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Thursday, February 24, 2011
Student Affairs Committee presents upcoming goals By Abby Ferrucci Campus Correspondent
HUNGER: THE SILENT EMERGENCY Learn more about global hunger at tonight’s Hunger Banquet. FOCUS/ page 7
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USG Student Affairs Committee member Lindsay Chiappa discusses her ideas for new energy-saving lighting in campus dormitories at the committee’s meeting on Wednesday.
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From death row to his freedom By Scott Gardreau Campus Correspondent On Wednesday UConn hosted Shujaa Graham, a falsely convicted man saved from the clenches of capital punishment. His lecture, “From Death Row to Freedom,” examined his sentencing to death and activism to abolish the death penalty. In partnership with Philadelphia-based group Witness to Innocence, Graham lectures around the country on “the death penalty, the criminal justice system, racism, incarceration and innocence in America.” In 1976 Graham was sent to death row in San Quentin State Prison in California for a crime he did not commit. After four grueling trials, Graham was found innocent and released in 1981. The lecture recounted his experience in winning his freedom. “I’m here today not because of the system,” Graham said, “but because of people like yourselves who attended my trial and promised they would set me free. I don’t want any human being to experience what I’ve experienced.” Spending his adolescence in and out of juvenile institutions, Graham came of age within the prison walls, teaching himself to read and write. He was inspired by the Black Prison Movement and eventually became a leader within
California’s prison system. “By being in a movement, I became a leader because I was a man of action. I had the urge to stand up and speak my mind,” Graham said. In 1973, Graham was framed in the murder of a prison guard at the Deul Vocational Institute in California. Along with his co-defendant Eugene Allen, who was released in 3 years, Graham was sentenced to death despite the local community’s support. The United State’s criminal justice system did not protect Graham from being innocently accused in three consecutive court rulings. “Because I was an outspoken person, I was the first one incarcerated. When I was tried, you couldn’t walk in my courtroom,” Graham said. Graham gave detail into the inequality in the court and jury systems. Because he was labeled as rebellious and unpredictable, Graham was placed behind bullet proof glass as jurors – essentially all of them white – precariously determined his fate. “I thought I knew everything, but that death row at San Quentin was a whole different story,” Graham said. “They called us devils, the condemned. I was beaten, stripped naked; Ive never been so humiliated in my life. I wanted to
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Shujaa Graham speaks to students at his lecture, “Death Row to Freedom” in the Student Union Ballroom on Wednesday evening.
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Ice machines, energy conservation and dining hall policies were the topics of emphasis at the USG Student Affairs Committee meeting last night. One of the committee members informed the group of his continued efforts to get ice machines into all residence halls on campus. Shaun Pilares, a 2nd-semseter international relations major said that the ice machines should be there for the “convenience of students.” Lindsay Chiappa, a 5thsemester health promotions major, explained another goal of the committee: to eliminate light pollution on the UConn campus by putting censors on the lights in residence halls. Jordan Hegel, a 4th-semester political science major, explained his continued efforts to understand the dining ser-
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HARTFORD (AP) — Connecticut Democrats claimed victory on Tuesday, winning most of the nine special elections for open legislative seats, despite Republican criticism of the new Democratic governor’s proposed tax increases in his budget. Yet the GOP maintained it had a good night as well, winning seats Democratic candidates had won just about three months ago. Unofficial results showed the Democrats winning seven of the nine legislative races up for grabs – three for state Senate and six for the House of Representatives. Many of the seats opened up after several Democratic legislators took jobs in Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s new administration. “I think it’s been a great day
for Democrats,” said Nancy DiNardo, the state Democratic chairwoman. She said the party was able to break the Republican tidal wave during the November general election. House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero, R-Norwalk, however, said he was thrilled the GOP picked up one seat in the House and one in the Senate. “By definition we were underdogs in every race,” said Cafero, adding that Democrats had won the same seats back in November. According to results provided to the Secretary of the State’s office, Republican Noreen Kokoruda defeated Democrat Joan Walker in the 101st assembly district, which includes part of Guilford and Madison and was held for years by a Republican in the past.
Kokoruda’s victory means the GOP now holds 52 out of 151 seats. Last session, the GOP had only 37 seats. Meanwhile, in the Senate, it appears Democrats will now hold a 22 to 14 majority. Both parties acknowledged that Republican Len Suzio defeated Democrat Thomas Bruenn in the 13th senatorial district, a seat previously held by former 16-year Democratic state Sen. Thomas Gaffey of Meriden. Democrats have held the seat Suzio won for the past 36 years. Gaffey had stepped down in January after pleading guilty to six misdemeanor larceny counts regarding double-billing for travel expenses. The district includes Meriden, Middlefield, and parts of Cheshire and Middletown. In the hotly contested 6th
state senatorial district, which includes Berlin, New Britain and part of Farmington, Democrat Terry Gerrantana, a former state representative, defeated New Britain Mayor Timothy Stewart, a Republican. Meanwhile, in the 27th, which includes part of Darien and part of Stamford, Democrat Carlo Leone, a state representative, defeated Republican Bob Kolenberg. A special election will now have to be held for Leone’s assembly district seat. Both parties reported that Essex First Selectman Philip Miller, a Democrat, defeated former TV news anchorwoman Janet Peckinpaugh in the race for the 36th assembly district. The Republican had run an unsuccessful bid for Congress last year.
vices’ policy on the limited food removal. Hegel recapped his meeting last week with C. Dennis Pierce, the director of dining services, during which Pierce informed Hegel that if students want to take more food out of the dining hall, they will have to compromise in other areas, such as having unlimited swipes in. “I think students want to keep their unlimited swipes, but we would have to talk to them,” Hegel said. Connor Bergen, the student affairs chair of USG and a 4th-semester political science and philosophy double major, also encouraged student affairs committee members to consider ideas for getting more students to the first Straight From the Source meeting to be held next Thursday. The student affairs committee meets every Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. in Student Union room 410.
Conn. home invasion defense: Poll shows bias NEW HAVEN (AP) — Attorneys for a Connecticut man charged with killing a mother and her two daughters in a home invasion want the trial moved from New Haven, citing a survey that found more people there believe he should be executed. Attorneys for Joshua Komisarjevsky asked a judge on Wednesday to move the trial to Fairfield County. The judge said he wouldn’t immediately rule. The defense paid for the telephone survey to bolster its argument. About two-thirds of respondents in the New Haven area believe Komisarjevsky should be executed, compared with about half in a judicial district in Fairfield County, which includes Stamford and Norwalk. The survey also found a higher percentage in New Haven believes Komisarjevsky is guilty. Walter Bansley, one of Komisarjevsky’s attorneys, apologized to relatives of the victims but said the defense has an obligation to its client, who faces the possibility of the death penalty if convicted. “The issue is, can he get a fair shake in staying alive,” Bansley said. Bansley cited more than 1,800 articles written about the crime in recent years, coming from places ranging from Connecticut to Moscow. He said the survey found that more than 99 percent of local residents know about the case, a record for high-profile crimes studied by experts. “If not this case, what case would a court ever grant a motion for a change of venue,” Bansley said. Authorities say Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes killed Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters, 11-year-old Michaela and 17-yearold Hayley, in their Cheshire home in 2007. Dr. William Petit, Hawke-Petit’s husband and the girl’s father, was beaten with a baseball bat but survived. Hayes was convicted of sexually assaulting and strangling Hawke-Petit. Authorities say the girls were tied to their beds, with gasoline poured on or around them, before the house was set on fire, leading to their deaths from smoke inhalation. Hayes, who also was convicted of killing the girls, was sentenced to death.
What’s on at UConn today... Black History Month Lecture 4 to 6 p.m. Dodd Research Center, Konover Professor Donald E. Bogle of NYU and UPenn will present a lecture called “African Americans in Hollywood: Images, Performers, Films, Filmmakers, 1903 to the Present.”
Hunger Banquet 5:50 to 7:30 p.m. Student Union Ballroom, 330 Students will be assigned a certain socioeconomic class and can partake in a dinner representative of that class.
Comedy Show 7 to 8 p.m. Student Union Theatre SUBOG presents a free performance by Kevin Shea, the 2009 winner of NBC’s Stand Up for Diversity Showcase.
Thursday Night Movie 9 to 11:30 p.m. Student Union Theatre
Harry’s quest for horcruxes continues in the series’ penultimate movie, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 1.” Admission is $2.
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Home invasion defense: Poll shows bias
NEW HAVEN (AP) — Attorneys for a Connecticut man charged with killing a mother and her two daughters in a home invasion want the trial moved from New Haven, citing a survey that found more people there believe he should be executed. Attorneys for Joshua Komisarjevsky asked a judge on Wednesday to move the trial to Fairfield County. The judge said he wouldn’t immediately rule. The defense paid for the telephone survey to bolster its argument. About two-thirds of respondents in the New Haven area believe Komisarjevsky should be executed, compared with about half in a judicial district in Fairfield County, which includes Stamford and Norwalk. The survey also found a higher percentage in New Haven believes Komisarjevsky is guilty.
Freshman applications to UConn surge 23 percent
HARTFORD (AP) — School officials say applications to the University of Connecticut surged by more than 23 percent this year. Officials credit the increase to intensified recruiting and a switch to the Common Application, which makes it easier for high school students to apply. There were 28,100 freshman applications this year for the Storrs and regional campuses combined, an increase of 5,265. It was the highest percentage increase since 2003, when applications jumped 27.5 percent. Freshman applicants from out of state for the Storrs campus went up 38 percent; the increase for in-state freshman applicants was 6.5 percent.
Suit claims FBI violates Muslims’ rights at mosque
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed against the FBI say they have become paranoid that the agency is following them and monitoring their phone calls after an informant was ordered to target Muslims for surveillance when he infiltrated California mosques. Ali Malik said Wednesday that his wife has recurring dreams that he will be snatched by the FBI, and the couple fears their phones are bugged. Malik is one of three plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and the Los Angeles office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. The lawsuit alleges that ex-FBI informant Craig Monteilh violated Muslims’ constitutional rights by conducting “indiscriminate surveillance” because of their religion.
Suspect in iPad data theft remains jailed in NJ NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — One of two men charged with stealing more than 100,000 e-mail addresses of Apple iPad users remained jailed Wednesday after making his first court appearance in New Jersey. Andrew Auernheimer, wearing handcuffs and a prison jumpsuit, chatted and joked with court personnel before the brief hearing in front of U.S. Magistrate Patty Shwartz, who scheduled a bail hearing for next week. Auernheimer didn’t enter a plea. Auernheimer was arrested in Fayetteville, Ark., last month and extradited to New Jersey, where he and San Francisco resident Daniel Spitler face one count each of fraud and conspiracy to access a computer without authorization. Spitler was released on $50,000 bail in January. The case is being prosecuted in New Jersey because the state is home to about 16,000 of the iPad users.
Police: Blood found in missing Ohio couple’s car
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A man charged in the stabbing death of his girlfriend’s daughter and wanted for questioning in the disappearance of an elderly Ohio couple was captured Wednesday in southern West Virginia, and authorities said they have “serious concerns” about whether the pair are alive after blood was found in their car. Samuel K. Littleton II was apprehended at 11:45 a.m. in the woods behind a Walmart in Princeton, about 300 miles from the couple’s home near Bellefontaine, Ohio. Littleton, who was spotted in a cave near the woods, was flushed out by a police helicopter and caught after a brief foot chase, West Virginia state police Capt. J.L. Cahill said. The car belonging to Richard Russell, 84, and his 85-year-old wife, Gladis, was found abandoned Tuesday in Princeton. There was blood inside the car and in the trunk, and the vehicle was being sent to a lab for further examination, Bellefontaine police Chief Brad Kunze said. “We have serious concerns that they have survived this ordeal,” he said. “We don’t have any specific information one way or the other at this time.”
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‘Out to Lunch’ discusses transgender history By Scott Gardreau Campus Correspondent On Wednesday, the Rainbow Center held a lecture titled “Transgender History: Absent, Appropriated, or Obscured?” as part of its “Out to Lunch” lecture series. Delving into more than 500 years of history, the event intended to inform listeners about the lives of significant transgender individuals. The lecture set out to address questions such as, “To what extent can transgender people be said to have a history before the development of these identities?” and “How has what it means to be gender nonconforming or gender different changed over time and developed differently in different cultures?” Speaking at the event was Dr. Ze Beemyn, director of the UMass Amherst Stonewall Center and co-editor of five books, including “Queer Studies: A Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Anthology.” His most recent work, “The Lives of Transgender People,” was written with Dr. Sue Rankin and is to be published by Columbia University Press. His presentation was based on a chapter of transgender history that Dr. Beemyn is currently working on for his fourth book, “Trans Bodies, Trans Selves.” The chapter hones in on some of the first historical cases of transgender individuals, including Thomas Hall, servant in the Virginia colony of the 1620s, who befuddled the court on whether to punish him/her for cross-dressing. He/she was sentenced to wear man’s breeches and a woman’s apron.
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Dr. Ze Beemyn, director of the UMass Amherst Stonewall Center and co-editor of five books, speaks at the Rainbow Center’s “Out to Lunch” lecture on Wednesday afternoon.
Another case Dr. Beemyn discussed was that of ‘Billy’ Tipton, a famous jazz musician who lived as a man for nearly 50 years unbeknownst to his fans, wife and immediate family. It wasn’t until his death of a peptic ulcer in 1989 that his son discovered his father was biologically female and went public with the story. “When someone like him dies, they’re discounted as not living as real men,” Beemyn said. “He sought to live his life and die as a man; to characterize him otherwise implies his history does not matter, or worse, is a lie.”
The need to discern the past from present took great precedence among the issues discussed. “Contrary to the ideas of historians and transgender activists, care must be taken not to impose contemporary western traditions of past,” Beemyn said. “We must do our best to take the past for what it is. We should not be doing what others have done to us, which is to appropriate or obscure complexity to have a historical presence.” “The information and historic stuff shared is interesting to me, the way it’s presented and in sync is critical,” said
Fleuretta King, director at the Rainbow Center. “We find educators who can share substantial information and give the opportunity to engage and ask questions, partly for the purpose of seeing how LGBT individuals interpret questions and comments from everyone else,” King said. The “Out to Lunch” lectures series focuses on queer studies and is open to the public. It is held every Wednesday at noon in the Rainbow Center at the Student Union.
USG supports legislation for decriminalization of marijuana
Graham turned life around despite adversity
By Joseph Adinolfi News Editor
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The USG Senate overwhelmingly passed a statement of position supporting state legislation that would decriminalize possession of less than one ounce of marijuana during its Wednesday night meeting. The bills, SB 943 and SB 1014, would reduce the punishment for possessing under one ounce of marijuana from a Class C misdemeanor – punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 or a one year prison term after the first offense – to an infraction similar to a speeding ticket. Votes were cast vocally, not by a roll call, so the exact margin by which the statement passed was difficult to discern – but almost no senators were opposed, while one or two abstained. CLAS Senator Sam Tracy, the statement’s author, said that he supports marijuana law reform because he believes that the current penalties are excessive. “I strongly believe in this bill – and in a broader sense, decriminalization – because as a policy, it does not raise marijuana usage at all,” Tracy said. “It’s a policy that makes sense – there’s no reason not to support it.” Tracy added that the bill would save taxpayer money. The non-partisan Connecticut Office of Fiscal analysis pro-
die right there.” “His bravery in the face of death is inspiring,” said Bryan Hakenjos, a 6th-semester communications science major. “We have to continue to change and adjust,” Graham said. “Don’t fear the word revolution. I want you to rise above your own individualistic goals, and have goals for humanity.”
“We have to continue to change and adjust.” – Shujaa Graham
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CLAS Senator Sam Tracy talks about the USG Senate’s decision to support legislation that would decriminalize possession of marijuana.
jected that a similar bill proposed in 2009 would save the state $30 million annually. Both bills have been referred to the General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Judiciary.
Two neighboring states – Massachusetts and New York – have already passed decriminalization bills.
Upon being released after the fourth trial, Graham continued building support for the prison movement and has since created his own landscaping business. He has also developed a program combining his story with blues lyrics put to music. The lecture was a free event sponsored by Idealists United and UConn ACLU.
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In Wednesday’s edition, Jesse Rifkin’s Commentary column mistakenly ran in the Sports section under an incorrect byline. The piece has been reprinted today in the Commentary section. Also in Wednesday’s edition, the Alpha Phi King of Hearts philanthropy event was mistanekly identifed as raising money for breast cancer. This is incorrect, Alpha Phi’s King of Hearts event raised money for women’s cardiac care, not breast cancer.
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Americans, Turks among the thousands fleeing Libya
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Foreigners fled the chaos in Libya by the thousands Wednesday, with Americans and Turks climbing aboard ships, Europeans boarding evacuation flights and North Africans racing to border crossings in overcrowded vans. Two Turkish ships whisked 3,000 citizens away from the unrest engulfing Libya as Turkey cranked up its largestever evacuation, seeking to protect an estimated 25,000 Turkish workers in Libya. More than 200 Turkish companies are involved in construction projects in Libya worth over $15 billion, and some construction sites have come under attack by protesters. The safety of U.S. citizens was a prime concern after failed attempts earlier this week to get them out by plane. But hundreds of Americans safely boarded a 600-passenger ferry at Tripoli’s As-shahab port on Wednesday for the five-hour journey to Malta, a Mediterranean island south of Italy.
Over a dozen countries – including Russia, China, Germany and Ukraine – sent planes in to help their citizens escape an increasingly unstable situation. Tripoli airport was chaotic and overflowing with stranded passengers, said Carlos Dominguez, who flew from the Libyan capital to Madrid. He said people could not buy tickets online and Libyan Airlines was accepting only cash. “The doors are locked and you can only get in if you have a ticket,” he said. Swarms of Egyptians who had lived in Libya were locked outside the airport, he said, “lying on the sidewalks with blankets and children” and all their belongings, even television sets. “The army treats them very badly,” he added. Passengers arriving in Rome and Malta also described scenes of chaos and violence at Tripoli’s airport, with people pushing and shoving to get onto the few flights taking off
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ing home aboard the only one of three scheduled Air Malta flights to make it out Wednesday, said the situation at the airport was desperate. “It was just terrible. People fighting for their lives, scrambling over people, pushing, shoving, kicking, everything. It was a mess.” Irina Kuneva of Bulgaria said tensions in Tripoli were
rising sharply after strongman Moammar Gadhafi’s defiant speech hinting at civil war with protesters in eastern Libya. “He said people should either do what he tells them or there will be a civil war,” she told reporters Wednesday as she arrived in Sofia on an evacuation flight. “People are very scared.” Two Turkish ships left the eastern Libyan port of Benghazi on Wednesday escorted by a navy frigate. They were heading to Turkey’s Mediterranean port of Marmaris, where a soup kitchen and a field hospital were set up and buses were brought in to transfer evacuees. Turkey also sent two more ships to Libya and flew 250 more Turkish citizens back home. Turkey has now evacuated over 5,300 citizens from Libya in the last three days. “We are carrying out the largest evacuation operation in our history,” Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said, adding that 21 countries other countries have asked Turkey to
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Facebook investigation is a step toward security
onnecticut’s attorney general, George Jepsen, has launched an investigation into Facebook’s handling of hacked accounts. The investigation was spurred by State Representative Kim Rose, who accused Facebook of not promptly responding to complaints that her name and photographs had been used without her permission. The attorney general is justified in his attempt to ensure that Facebook adequately protects consumers from this serious offense. Facebook fraud is a major problem that can affect every user. It is also a common occurrence. Fraud-related hacking is a significant offense that harms victims. Hackings typically occur in order to take over additional accounts or to trick users’ “friends” into giving money. Many times, the clearest sign of a hacked account will be an unusual message or wall post with a link to a website. Others, like the one that hit Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s account in January, may assault a user with obscenities if he or she “likes” a fraudulent status. More serious attackers will attempt to use the individual’s identity to message friends about a fabricated incident, such as a robbery, and plead for money. Users who receive messages like these should contact the person directly through another means – like the phone or e-mail – to verify that the incident occurred let Facebook know immediately if there is evidence of fraud. Facebook fraud is also an increasingly common occurrence, which undermines users’ faith in Facebook to provide sufficient protection and an adequate response time. The January takeover of Zuckerberg’s account was not remedied until 1,800 people “liked” it and were affected. French President Nicholas Sarkozy’s account was also hacked in January. And in February, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that four Missouri state representatives and one staffer had been targeted. “We’re hearing more about it than we ever have,” said one house clerk. Graham Cluley, a senior technology consultant from the security protection site Sophos, responded to the Zuckerberg incident by urging the Facebook founder to “take a close look at his privacy and security settings after this embarrassing breach.” As the additional attacks lead one to conclude, Zuckerberg has not. Therefore, the state attorney general is correct in considering this a major issue worthy of an investigation. 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.
And now the starting lineup for The Daily Campus: on page 4, the Editorial. “SUCKS!” InstantDaily, you should stay away from the Editorial Board, lest you develop a severe case of the stupids. Somebody please let the writer of the article in The Daily Campus about student section sportsmanship know that there is still a month until April Fool’s Day. My grad course is so long I can watch my professor’s pimple come to a head. Should I be concerned that there is a man running around in a pink tutu and UConn oven mitts? Thanks for adding another phobia to my list, UConn Foundation. To the writer of Sex in the Univercity: Stick to what you know...sex toys “And now they will sing Tik and also Tok by pop sensation Ke-dollar sign-Ha.” Best Glee episode ever! To the kid playing Pokemon Gold during philosophy, are you serious dude? This is college. What a wonderful idea. South lunch hour is like NYC rush hour during construction in a snow storm on New Year’s Eve. Sharpening a pencil is definitely a lot more fun when someone is cheering “Stick it in! Stick it in! Stick it in!” I heard the rumor that getting hit by a UConn bus gets you free tuition. I told my Mom that, and she told me to step in front of the bus. I don’t want the economy to hit me that hard. Seriously the best place to have sex: the very top of the Bio/Physics building. No one goes up there.
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Who should play the NBA celebrity all-star game
ast Friday, to get my mind off impending school exams and Dan Malloy’s tax increases, I watched the annual NBA Celebrity All-Star Game. In this event, two teams of celebrities – who do not necessarily demonstrate any basketball skills or even recognition of what basketball is come together to embarrass themselves. The competition was not exactly steep. We are talking about a game in which the Most By Jesse Rifkin Valuable Player Weekly Columnist award was given to Justin Bieber. Most cringe-worthy for me was watching Common – a rapper whose socially-conscious lyrics and emotionally meaningful rhymes helped redefine the potential of the music genre – miss repeatedly on live national television. I actually came in with some level of respect for that guy. I mean, when it comes to some of the other players, it’s not like I was bursting with admiration for Rob Kardashian anyway. But Common? The game needs some celebrities who exhibit two qualities. Number one: they must actually be talented at whatever they do. Number two: they must be at least pretty good at basketball. Obviously, not “Kemba Walker versus Georgetown” level. But hopefully at least “Kemba Walker versus Syracuse” level. With that in mind, here are my top ten choices for the ultimate five-on-five celebrity all-star game matchup.
Barack Obama. Our 44th President will demonstrate his commitment to education by showing everyone up. He played basketball in high school, and makes frequent use of the White House court. Plus, as our eighttallest President, height would definitely work to his advantage. Which leads me to my second choice…
“Bristol Palin. Why not?... She has certainly had a lot of practice shooting. Although not necessarily with a basketball.” Sultan Kösen. You have probably never heard of him, but this man holds the Guinness World Record for tallest living man, at 8’1”. A 28-year-old farmer from Mardin, Turkey, he is the fifth-tallest person in history ever medically confirmed. Personally, I would put him at shooting guard. Maybe point. Will Smith. I would rather have the Fresh Prince than Tayshaun Prince. Jimmy Fallon. The host of Late Night frequently performs physical comedy, all but confirming his athleticism on the court. Bear Grylls. Every week in the reality show Man Versus Wild, an apathetic production crew drops him off in some godforsaken location with nothing but the clothes on his back and a camera, and his goal is pretty much to survive for as long as he can. And he always does. So don’t tell me he wouldn’t own on the basketball court. This guy climbed Mount Everest. (For purposes of this article, I will ignore the report that Grylls was actually spending
those nights at Pines Resort, “a cozy getaway for families complete with blueberry pancakes for breakfast.”) Mark Wahlberg. Do not mess with Mark Wahlberg. Ever. Star of “The Fighter,” he may not have perfect basketball skills, but I once read that he can dead lift over 350 lbs. Good enough for me. Taylor Lautner. Not only is he the most famous ‘teen idol’ in the world right now, but he looks to me like he could drop some points. Let’s just hope that the werewolf is as good as Enosch Wolf. T-Pain. A singer and rapper, T-Pain has had three No. 1 songs. Once he steps on the court, all he does is win. Granted, he’s not that tall, but he is if you count that Abraham Lincoln hat he always wears. Bristol Palin. Why not? According to the Associated Press, she was “a member of the Juneau-Douglas High School junior varsity basketball team, in Juneau, Alaska.” Plus, as a member of the Palin family, she has certainly had a lot of practice shooting. Although not necessarily with a basketball. Aaron Carter. As we all remember, when he was only thirteen, he beat Shaq. Also, he is the undisputed greatest musician and songwriter of all time, slightly edging out Bob Dylan and Paul McCartney in most polls. So there you have it. Hopefully, the NBA will take my advice next year and put these players in the celebrity game. If not, I might just have to watch the actual all-star game instead. If I’m bored.
Weekly columnist Jesse Rifkin is a 2nd-semester political science and communications double. He can be reached at Jesse.Rifkin@UConn.edu.
By nature of website, Youtube sensations are polarizing
e’ve heard his story over and over again: he was raised by a single mother in low-income housing. Some people still don’t know if he was born in the United States or not. He skyrocketed to worldwide fame in 2008 by virtue of an intricately organized grassroots campaign and a groundswell of support from loyal followers. He’s an avid basketball fan and sneaks into a game with his hulking bodyguards whenever he gets the chance. He says he’s a practicing By Ryan Gilbert Christian, and it’s Staff Columnist reported that he’s the most searched-for “celebrity” on the Internet, ranked among the most significant and influential personalities in the social-networking realm. It’s impossible to turn on the television or radio, flip through a periodical or have a thoughtful debate with friends without him and his accomplishments dominating the conversation. I’m sorry, Glenn Beck, but it’s actually Justin Bieber who’s taking over the world. Bieber is at the pinnacle of his short but ongoing and extraordinary career, and over the last two weeks, he’s ruled the music charts (new single “Never Say Never” on the Billboard Hot 100), television (appearances on the 53rd Grammy Awards Show and “CSI: Crime
Scene Investigation”), magazines (cover of “Rolling Stone”), sports (playing in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game), film (the documentary “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never”) and, of course, YouTube. After all, if it wasn’t for that infamous and hypnotizing videosharing website, we would never have had the pleasure of having “and I was like baby, baby, baby ohh / like baby, baby, baby noo / like baby, baby, baby ohh” gruesomely carved into our collective memory. It was a web-surfing talent manager who first discovered Bieber when he came across videos Bieber posted of himself on YouTube singing covers of songs by Justin Timberlake and Chris Brown. Flash forward two years and Bieber’s music video for the single “Baby” is currently the most viewed, commented on and – here’s the hook – “disliked” video on the website. As you all probably know, along with being able to rate and share videos on Facebook walls, viewers have the option to click “I like this” or “I dislike this” for every video. The “likes” and “dislikes” are calculated and then displayed under the videos. The ten most viewed videos on YouTube include mostly music videos by popular artists like Lady Gaga, Eminem, Miley Cyrus and, of course, Justin Bieber, and a couple of the videos are amateurrelated content uploaded by individuals. All 10 of the videos have
been viewed millions of times and thousands of people have rated them, but only two of the videos in the top 10 have more registered “dislikes” than “likes.” Both of those videos are music videos by none other than J. Biebs.
“Is the ever-elusive Bieber dichotomy simply a case of one music fan’s treasure being another’s junk?” More than half of the people who’ve voted for and commented on Bieber’s “Baby” and “One Time” videos on YouTube have noticeably expressed their dislike and, in some cases, utter disgust for him and his music. Now, the young artist certainly has a dedicated and excitable league of fans. According to CBS News, Bieber is the first artist to have seven songs from a debut album chart on the Billboard Hot 100, and the documentary chronicling his meteoric rise to fame, “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never,” grossed $30 million its opening weekend. Films starring Julia Roberts and Tom Cruise can’t even do that kind of business over opening weekend any more. But why is it that for every fanati-
cal, unabashed and, to be honest, slightly terrifying “Belieber,” there is an offended, fingers-in-theears, dry-heaving non-“Belieber” who wants the young Canadian chucked back into that frightening and foreign land of socialized health care and hockey? Is the ever-elusive Bieber dichotomy simply a case of one music fan’s treasure being another’s junk? Or perhaps he has been over-exposed, over-hyped and over-played? Or maybe the “Lesbians Who Look Like Justin Bieber” website has scared the bejesus out of the National Institute of Marriage-supporting and Planned Parenthooddespising loonies who might otherwise be ransacking Wal-Mart bargain bins for dusty copies of Creed’s “Weathered.” The ubiquity and permanence of YouTube provide the site with the uncanny ability to launch and disintegrate the careers of up-andcoming or established musical artists. Christina Aguilera’s recent butchery of the National Anthem is an example of the latter. It’s a unique talent to be able to grab the reins of YouTube, hold on for dear life and take the ride. Shouldn’t we respect Justin Bieber’s effortless handling of that beast?
Staff Columnist Ryan Gilbert is a 6th-semester journalism major. He can be reached at Ryan. Gilbert@UConn.edu
“The Catholic Church has approved a new app that lets you make confessions over your iPhone. It also raises the possibility of accidentally buttdialing God.” – Conan O’Brien
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JELLY! by Elise Domyan Down 1 With-the-grain cutters 2 Vacation for the vain? 3 Smoked deli meat 4 Dictators’ aides 5 Wistful word 6 “Wonder Dog” of comics 7 Relate with 8 Drawing support 9 Willy-nilly 10 3-Down might be on it 11 Enters carefully 12 Rachmaninoff, e.g. 13 Prime 18 Certain caterpillar’s creation 22 Was in front 25 Look from Snidely Whiplash 26 Broken in
28 Rice University mascot 32 “__ picture paints ...”: song lyric 33 Walks with a cane, perhaps 35 Road marker 36 Shunned ones 37 Clean air org. 38 October Revolution leader 39 It can facilitate drawing 41 With the most open windows 42 Flipped 43 Convenient, shoppingwise 44 Least constrained 45 Erie Canal mule 47 Flat-bottomed boat 48 Ornamental bands 50 Lindsay of “Labor Pains”
51 Sierra __ 55 Cooped (up) 57 Fair-hiring abbr. 59 Bagel topping
Monkey Business by Jack Boyd
65 Remarriage prefix
Classic Stickcat by Karl, Jason, Fritz & Chan
Across 1 Lee followers 5 Works in the Uffizi Gallery 9 Gets ready 14 “__ Rhythm” 15 Role for Carrie 16 Singer Gorme 17 Money for the Warsaw government? 19 Letter alternative 20 They may be precious 21 Divulge 23 Hydrocarbon suffix 24 Fluorescent bulb filler 25 Foot-tapping songs? 27 “1984” protagonist __ Smith 29 Cut it out 30 Place to be pampered 31 French mystic Simone 34 Maundy Thursday period 35 Songwriting, to Porter? 38 G-note 40 Increase in intensity, with “up” 41 Previously 44 Weather map features 46 Ardor 49 Actor’s messages from an agent? 52 __ asada (Mexican meat dish) 53 TV’s Alf and others 54 Skin-soothing stuff 55 Bouquets 56 Rob of “90210” 58 Grain for bagels? 60 Sport with clay pigeons 61 Auth. of many quotes? 62 Old Boston Bruin nickname 63 Newbies 64 Following
I hate Everything by Carin Powell
The Daily Crossword
Irregardless Lindsey Dunlap
Aries - It may be one of those stuck days. Perhaps it’s time to take a break. Go on a vacation (mental or otherwise), or at least a long walk. Later things open up. Taurus - Life seems more complicated than it really is today. With a little bit of focus, you can handle anything that comes at you, one step at a time. Gemini - The day starts off well, with new ideas. Later you find it difficult to concentrate. Don’t blame yourself. Channel your energy towards creative solutions.
By Michael Mepham
Cancer - If you start the day on the wrong foot, don’t worry, it gets better. You could always try going back to bed and getting up again on the other foot. Leo - You’re full of things to say and express. Do it in a playful way, with music, dance or a science experiment. Be colorful. Let children teach you about joy. Virgo - Dedicate some of your time at home to make your place special. Clean up and organize your sacred spaces. Then you can invite someone over to dinner. Libra - You feel sexy today, and that’s okay. Others find your confidence attractive. Step out of your shell, meet new people and don’t be so serious. Scorpio - Your creativity still gets the attention, even if you slow down to more intimate thoughts. Write memoir essays or paint a self-portrait. Reflect on yourself.
Froot Bütch by Brendan Albetski and Brendan Nicholas
Sagittarius - When you’re relaxed, you’re more productive. Find the artistry in your work. Get things done earlier in the day, as later it may get busy. Capricorn - A sense of tiredness fills the air. Get some rest, for your health. Take a siesta, if you can. Don’t be impatient. Things are moving along, even slowly. Aquarius - Guard against being impetuous. Postpone daydreams for reality. Don’t sweat the small stuff, and don’t waste money. Continue to increase work effort. Pisces - Privacy is essential. An impasse appears with a loved one. They aren’t after the money. Consider that you don’t know the full story. It’s not personal.
Pundles by Brian Ingmanson
Side of Rice by Laura Rice
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NYC museum creates 9/11 timeline
NEW YORK (AP) — Flight attendant Betty Ong couldn’t tell exactly what was happening in the cockpit of American Airlines Flight 11, but it was clear to her that there was trouble. “I don’t know, but I think we’re getting hijacked,” she said in a phone call to an American Airlines reservation desk at 8:19 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001. The audio recording of that call – her relaying that two other employees had been stabbed, that they couldn’t get into the cockpit and didn’t know who was in there, that someone had sprayed something into the air, the long stretches of silence on the other end of the phone as her listeners seemingly struggled to fully absorb what they were being told – is part of an online timeline that attempts to give a sense of order to that most chaotic of days. The timeline, put together by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum and launched Wednesday, incorporates audio recordings from phone calls on that day, oral histories from survivors and eyewitnesses and graphic photographs and video snippets arranged in chronological order. Viewers can use social media including Facebook and Twitter as well as e-mail to share links to the site and to particular photos and videos. The timeline starts at 5:45 a.m., with photographs of hijackers Mohammed Atta and Abdulaziz al-Omari passing through airport security in Maine for a flight to Boston, where they would board Flight 11. It ends at 8:30 p.m., with President George W. Bush addressing the nation. Along the way, it outlines the departures of all four fatal flights and shows images of their passenger manifests, video and photos of the World Trade Center’s north and south towers after they were hit and heart-breaking moments such as when United Airlines Flight 175 passenger Brian Sweeney left a voicemail for his wife, Julie Sweeney.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker talks to the media at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., Wednesday.
Governor pranked by caller posing as donor
This photo by Yasuhide Joju, provided in New York by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, included in their “September 11 Attacks Timeline,” shows rescue workers at site of the World Trade Center attacks in New York, Sept. 11, 2001.
“Jules, it’s Brian. Listen, I’m on an airplane that’s been hijacked. If things don’t go well, it’s not looking good, I just want you to know I absolutely love you,” he said. The timeline doesn’t shy away from the starkest images of the day. In one video of the collapse of the south tower, an onlooker can be heard saying, “Oh, my God!” repeatedly as the tower falls. A video of the fall of the north tower carries a warning of mature language, as people can be heard screaming and cursing, including a man saying, “That’s a (expletive) bomb!” The president of the museum, Joe Daniels, said the project’s organizers were sensitive to the nature of what they were presenting and took steps such as leaving it up to viewers as to whether they wanted to take closer looks at specific photographs and videos or listen to particular bits of audio. “We are the institution that
needs to preserve the history of what happened,” he said. “That means taking on some of the difficult material. That means reminding people of some of the difficult stuff.” Charles G. Wolf, who lost his wife, Katherine Wolf, at the World Trade Center, said it was a good thing that the museum was putting this material out there. “We don’t want it to be sugarcoated,” he said. “We want people to understand what it was like.” The images may be difficult for some Sept. 11 family members and others to look at, but they can choose not to, Wolf said. He contrasted that to what he expects the atmosphere will be like closer to the 10th anniversary in September, when it’s likely images from the event will be more prevalent on television and elsewhere and will be more difficult for people disturbed by them to avoid.
“Unless you choose not to turn the television on, you’re going to be hit by this stuff later this year,” he said. The destruction at the Pentagon, the evacuation of lower Manhattan and the few extrications of people trapped in the debris are all in the timeline, as are images of items including the dusty and dirty shoes that were worn by people as they left the stricken towers and political candidates’ notices for the primary election New York City was expecting to hold that day. Compiled from the museum’s collection, the timeline is an effort to help people get a sense of how that life-altering day unfolded, Daniels said. “It takes an incredibly chaotic day that changed the world and organizes it in a way that is accessible to large numbers of people,” he said, pointing out, “No matter where you were, it was confusing.”
MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) — A prank caller pretending to be a billionaire conservative businessman was able to have a lengthy conversation with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker about his strategy to cripple public employee unions in the state, the governor’s office confirmed Wednesday. On the call, Walker joked about bringing a baseball bat to a meeting with Democratic leaders, said it would “be outstanding” to be flown out to California by businessman David Koch for a good time after the battle is over, and said he expected the anti-union movement to spread across the country. Audio was posted on the Buffalo Beast, a left-leaning website based in New York, and quickly spread across the Internet. The standoff between the governor and Democratic lawmakers is being closely watched across the U.S. because other conservative Republican governors may try to go after powerful public employee unions as part of their budget-cutting policies. Public-sector unions are an important part of the Democratic Party base. President Barack Obama and other Democrats will need the strong support of unions in the 2012 elections to counter a huge influx of corporate funds
allowed under a Supreme Court decision last year. On the call, Walker compared his stand to that taken by President Ronald Reagan when he fired the country’s air-traffic controllers during a labor dispute in 1981. “That was the first crack in the Berlin Wall and led to the fall of the Soviets,” Walker said on the recording. Democrats ripped Walker’s comments on the Wisconsin Assembly floor Wednesday morning, saying they had nothing to do with his assertion that legislation stripping public employees’ collective bargaining rights is needed to help solve a looming budget deficit in the Midwestern state. “That’s why we must fight it! That is why people must come to the Capitol and fight this!” Rep. Jon Richards yelled as thousands of protesters inside the rotunda roared in approval. “This isn’t about balancing the budget, this is about a political war.” Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie confirmed Walker took the call, which will only heighten widespread suspicions that brothers David and Charles Koch are pulling strings in Wisconsin’s battle as part of a conservative agenda to limit the unions’ power.
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Enrico Caruso – 1873 Joe Lieberman – 1942 Eddie Murray – 1956 Kristin Davis – 1965
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Hunger: the silent emergency Learn more about global hunger at tonight’s Hunger Banquet
By Ragini Phansalkar Campus Correspondent Student organizations, including Global H.E.E.D., the Honors Council and the Public Health House, teamed up to organize an event that is the first of its kind at UConn. This semester’s Hunger Banquet will be held tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom, and will expose students to the misfortune of world hunger. The first 60 people who arrive will randomly be given a meal ticket placing them in either a “lower,” “middle” or “upper” class. Based on his or her class, one will receive a meal that is minimal, sufficient or lavish. Students will discuss their reactions over dinner and hopefully become more tuned in to the plight of millions of hungry people. As a precursor to this event, here is a survey of how hunger affects diverse sections of the world. In Africa, the major cause of hunger, as in every continent, is poverty. But Africa does not need to be poor; it has no lack of natural resources and is home to several oil-rich nations. But, corruption, greed, and a lack of strong leadership hold the African people back. War and disease make the situation worse. Eighteen million people have died from, and 26 million more are infected with HIV/ AIDS, which prevents adults from being able to make a live-
lihood and children from being able to attend school, according to Cozay.com. Many families depend on agriculture for survival, but war has destroyed much of the farmland. Each year in Africa, six million children under the age of 5 die of malnutrition Cozay.com reported. In South Asia, a surge in food prices, which rose 52 percent between 2007 and 2008, was a major blow to efforts to rid the region of hunger, according to New Europe, Ashok Sharma according to The China Post. This, coupled with the global financial crisis has worsened an already dire situation. Today, 75 percent of people survive on under $2 a day, and in June 2009 the issue hit a 40-year high, with 405 million people suffering from chronic hunger, reported The China Post. Like Africa, South Asia has fallen victim to corruption and politics. In India and Pakistan, most of the nations’ budgets are spent building up the military, not health care and education. In South America, 14 percent of people (62 million) suffer from lack of nutrition. Hunger is worst in the southern and southeastern areas, where 80 percent do not get a sufficient amount of food to eat, according to TierraAmerica.net. South America is also affected by financial troubles – it has recently seen bad harvest years, and a decrease in export prices. One Peruvian man described hunger as “a silent emergen-
Human cheese: will vegans go for it? By Becky Radolf Staff Writer
by the financial crisis, and have experienced a grave imbalance in the allocation of resources. Hafez Ghanem of the Food and
Cheddar, Gouda, Gorgonzola, Provolone. There are hundreds of amazing types of cheeses, but none of them are something vegans enjoy. What’s the solution to the lack of gooey goodness in a vegan’s life? Some say soy cheese, others say veggie cheese. Really, though, no cheese compares to real cheese. But what about human cheese? That’s right, human breast milk turned into cheese, that technically qualifies as vegan-friendly. It may be the next thing to be slapped on top of black bean burgers worldwide. It may seem odd, even gross, but a New York University professor teaching a course called “Living Systems” has proposed a system for sourcing, creating and distributing human cheese. Complete with an interesting diagram showing the cycle of breast milk to cheese, the pictures show a glass of liquid, assumed to be breast milk, a vat of the milk turned into several wheels of cheese, a bicycle and train (both presumably transporting this human cheese), a man eating the cheese and a toilet. The NYU professor argues
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3-year-old Letala Nkhaniyachuma eats banana leaves as his daily meal at his home in Masura village in Africa. The major cause of hunger in Africa, as in every continent, is poverty.
cy, because the people living in extreme poverty do not die overnight,” according to TierreAmerica.net In Europe and Central Asia, significant leaps toward com-
bating poverty and hunger have been made. In the past 12 years, 50 million people have been “rescued,” according to the UN News Centre. But, even developed nations have been hit hard
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Whoopi: Lack of black Judge tells Lohan day of reckoning coming soon Oscar nominees not a trend NEW YORK (AP) – Whoopi Goldberg said Wednesday that the lack of black nominees in major categories of this year’s Academy Awards doesn’t reflect a trend in the film industry. Speaking after hosting the opening of an exhibit of Oscar statues inside Grand Central Terminal, Goldberg underscored that five black actors have won Academy Awards since 2002. “I don’t know how it gets better,” she said after posing for pictures. “I think we’re all right.” Goldberg recently said on her show The View that she was upset about an article in The New York Times citing the lack of black nominees this year because it didn’t mention her supporting actress Oscar for 1990’s “Ghost.” The Times said she misread the story and that it was not meant to be a comprehensive list of all actors who had won Oscars. Goldberg later apologized for calling the reporting sloppy. She tried to clarify her comments about the story Wednesday, saying it was inaccurate to think there’s “something wrong” with the way blacks are represented at the Oscars. She said strides have been made since 1939 when Hattie McDaniel won for best supporting actress, becoming the first black awarded an Oscar. “This idea that there’s something wrong, something missing, seemed very inaccurate to me. And it was,” she said. “And there are a lot of people in that small little world of black Oscar folks. And, yeah. If you’re going to talk about it, then talk about it. Don’t sort of talk around it. That was my point.” Goldberg was chosen to host the opening of the exhib-
The coveted Oscar statue.
it in the Vanderbilt Hall of the Oscars “a couple weeks ago,” said Patrick Harrison, a spokesman for The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science, which puts on the Academy Awards each year. He said her appearance was not linked to the controversy stirred up by her comments about the Times article. “That came after we had asked her to participate in this event,” he said. Harrison said she was chosen because she was a twotime Academy Award nominee, had hosted the awards show four times and was “very much” a New Yorker. The exhibit will be open through Sunday, ending before the Oscars begin.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – A judge on Wednesday gave Lindsay Lohan roughly two weeks to decide if she will fight or take a plea deal in a felony grand theft case, but either decision could send the troubled starlet back behind bars. Superior Court Judge Keith Schwartz told Lohan he would sentence her to jail if she accepted a plea deal involving the theft of a $2,500 necklace from an upscale jewelry store. “If you plead in front of me, if this case is resolved in front of me, you are going to jail,” Schwartz said. “Period.” Lohan, 24, has pleaded not guilty to the charge. Rejecting the deal would trigger a hearing during which prosecutors would present some of their evidence to another judge. Schwartz said that judge would sentence Lohan for a probation violation if she determined Lohan should stand trial. That could mean Lohan is sentenced to jail even before the theft case is tried. Schwartz has said he thinks the actress violated her probation in a 2007 drunken driving case, and two other judges have warned Lohan she faced a return to jail if she got into trouble again. That was before police began investigating the “Mean Girls” star last month after the necklace was reported missing from the store in the Venice area of Los Angeles. The necklace was given to detectives by an unidentified Lohan associate before police could serve a search warrant. Wearing high-waisted white pants and a low-cut black top, Lohan told Schwartz she understood her options. She left the courtroom wearing sunglasses and clutching her mother’s hand. Prosecutors gave Lohan’s attorney Shawn Holley a
Lindsay Lohan, left, appears in Los Angeles Superior Court Wednesday with her attorney Shawn Chapman Holley, where a judge is to decide whether an allegation that the actress stole a $2,500 necklace can be resolved without going to trial.
copy of surveillance video from the jewelry store and police reports in the case. The potential evidence will now be reviewed by Lohan and Holley, who must decide how to proceed before the actress returns to court on March 10. Schwartz told the actress he was treating her like any other defendant and wanted her to know precisely what she was facing. “I want you to get on with your life,” Schwartz said. He said he doubted Lohan would take the plea deal, which prosecutors declined to discuss after the hearing. Lohan has lived with the near-constant prospect of returning to jail since May, when she missed a court hearing in the DUI case and a judge revoked her probation. She was sentenced to
jail twice and rehab twice last year alone, but her incarcerations have been shortened by jail overcrowding. Schwartz did not talk in detail about a report he received from probation officials, but said he thought Lohan’s release conditions should be modified if she is placed back on probation. He also said Lohan should receive psychological counseling and get a new sobriety sponsor to “to get your life back on track.” Lohan’s father, Michael Lohan, agreed with the judge’s assessment after the hearing, saying his divorce from his wife had created many of their daughter’s problems. Michael Lohan believes his daughter should fight the theft case. “I don’t see Lindsay as a criminal,” he said. “This is all a result of her addiction.” The theft case is not the
former star’s only legal concern. On Monday, she was cited for driving 59 mph in a 35 mph zone in West Hollywood, sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said. Prosecutors in Riverside County are also considering whether to charge Lohan with misdemeanor battery for an altercation with a rehab worker at a Betty Ford Center facility in December. She received three months of treatment at the facility after failing a drug test last year. The constant cycle of court appearances has kept Lohan’s career stalled. She lost her part in a biopic of porn star Linda Lovelace during her recent rehab stint and has not appeared in any major projects since 2007, when she was arrested twice and charged with drunken driving and cocaine possession.
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1. “Now 37,” Various Artists 2. “Sigh No More,” Mumford & Sons 3. “My World 2.0,” Justin Bieber 4. “Pink Friday,” Nicki Minaj 5. “Greatest Hits...So Far!!,” Pink 6. “Kidz Bop 19,” Kidz Bop Kids 7. “Doo-Wops & Hooligans,” Bruno Mars 8. “Loud,” Rihanna 9. “My Kinda Party,” Jason Aldean 10. “My Worlds Acoustic,” Justin Bieber
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fool of himself. If you’re a fan, you’ll probably enjoy the album, especially since 2008’s “Shutter” was a huge setback for Bayside. Otherwise, just kill time listening to “Under the Cork Tree.” It’s the same thing with sentimental value, not to mention that back then alternative pop was timely and endearing, whereas now it’s just a lastditch effort.
Sorry folks. This week, “The Downbeat” is not a music column. Instead, it is a declaration of my love for Thom Yorke. My obsession with Yorke has been reinvigorated by the recent digital release of Radiohead’s album, “The King of Limbs.” The lead singer of the rock band has been a sensation since the single “Creep” came out in 1992. From then on, he and his four band members have redefined modern music. They have applied advanced technological capabilities to their albums to create paramount sounds. Radiohead seems always to be one step ahead of any other band or artist out there. If Lady Gaga does something shocking and outstanding, chances are that Yorke and the gang thought of it first. The band takes the recent electronica movement into consideration on “The King of Limbs.” Radiohead pieces are not generally all that easy to dance to. Trust me, I’ve tried. But on the new album, the track “Feral” is doused with a heavy, dubstep beat. The song is still obscure enough to avoid the mainstream culture, and it won’t be joining Taio Cruz and Rihanna on DJ lists any time soon. But it may be the closest that Radiohead has ever gotten to club music. Of course Yorke himself is quite adept at dancing. In his masterpiece of a music video for “Lotus Flower,” also on “the new album,” the singer shows off his not-so-secret talent. Yorke is already known for his exceptional stage steps during live performances, but in “Lotus Flower,” he takes the energy to a new level. Although each move in the video was choreographed, the routine seems to be erratic and compatible with Yorke’s distinctive personality. In one scene he does the “swing batta batta,” while in another he throws in a little Charlie Chaplin hat lift. Sounds lame, right? But when Yorke does it, it is cool to the max. “The King of Limbs” is actually a needle in a haystack when compared to the rest of Radiohead’s work, and it is easy to chalk up all the credit to Yorke. His imagination seems to know no limits. But “The King of Limbs” allows the other members of Radiohead to enjoy the spotlight with Yorke. Drummer Phil Selway is the focus of many of the songs, including “Morning Mr Magpie” and “Separator.” Jonny Greenwood takes over a few of the ballads with his soft-as-rain piano intervals and chords. The band also uses the London Telefilmonic Orchestra in the pensive piece “Codex.” Yorke is a revolutionary in all aspects of his life. His ideas and opinions about the music business, world peace and environmentalism are all astute and insightful. Most important, his frankness makes him one of the most important public figures of the modern age. Whether he is answering questions about his eye or his cold interactions with other celebrities, Yorke has no qualms or fears when responding. I can write pages and pages about Yorke, Radiohead and “Kid A.” Maybe I’ll write a biography about them in the near future. But only if Yorke gives me his blessing.
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Popular, strange, talented, brilliant –whatever you wish to label Radiohead as, be sure to listen to their latest masterpiece, ‘The King of Limbs.’
‘The King of Limbs’ continues band’s streak of confusing fans By Joe O’Leary Staff Writer Radiohead is one of the world’s most popular rock bands. They are also one of the strangest. Eternally beloved, yet tough to decipher, the band’s albums have been examined thoroughly from the moment they were released. Some continue to befuddle fans. Their latest release, “The King of Limbs,” has been no different. The album’s first song is “Bloom,” and its opening
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This Day in Music 1992 Kurt Cobain married Courtney Love on Waikiki Beach in Hawaii. After formally meeting on Jan. 12th, 1990 in a Portland nightclub, Love knew that she was interested in Aberdeen’s grunge God, but Kurt wasn’t so sure. However, once he learned Dave Grohl was also pursuing Love, Kurt immediately formed a relationship with her. Right after Nirvana’s Saturday Night Live performance, Love found out she was pregnant with Cobain’s daughter, Francis Bean. The two held a shotgun wedding soon after Nirvana’s Pacific Rim tour, with Love in a satin dress and Cobain, true to his nature, in a pair of green pajamas, because he was “too lazy” to dress up. The two would embark upon over two years of marriage, drug problems and a variety of issues surrounding custody of Francis Bean, before Cobain’s tragic suicide in 1994. – Julie Bartoli
sounds like a hymn to any Radiohead fan who enjoys “Kid A.” A strange, repetitive drumbeat pops up under a choppy, electronic piano riff, and the two combine to create a unique sound. Though the band has delved into the electronic, most notably on last decade’s “Amnesiac,” it’s a jarring opening track. At first, it’s difficult to even discern a rhythm as Jonny Greenwood’s quiet guitar lines from and Thom Yorke’s shifting melodies swirl around the mix. Things improve with the next two songs, “Morning
Mr Magpie” and “Little By Little,” both of which hold abstract but enjoyable guitar riffs and dark, melodic lyrics by Yorke. The album’s sound becomes accessible with these, and develops a sound akin to the band’s 2003 and 2007 albums “Hail to the Thief” and “In Rainbows.” The fourth track, “Feral,” is a fast u-turn though, and quite possibly the most experimental song Radiohead has ever made. Riding only a chopped, repeating drum loop and disturbingly sparse organs, nonsensical moans from Yorke are spliced all over the track, leading to a very unsettling experience not unlike ambient “Kid A” track “Treefingers.” Right after this “experience,” though, listeners are rewarded with the album’s fantastic second half. Led by the danceable, haunting “Lotus Flower,” the last four tracks are both new and old, with discernable roots from the band’s past records. The deep, piano-
driven song “Codex” leads into the beautiful harmonies of “Give Up The Ghost,” which opens with the sounds of a forest brook, and builds new layers every few seconds until it hits a majestic high. Final track “Separator” begins as a low-key song but morphs into a great finisher that may taunt fans for months to come. Yorke cryptically finishes the album, which is much shorter than any other Radiohead release, with the lyrics “If you think this is over, then you’re wrong.” The jury’s out on the existence of an upcoming sequel album, perhaps titled “The King of Limbs 2: Limb Harder.” As it is, “King of Limbs” is uneven, with low lows but incredible highs. Of course, the album’s only been out for a week. As I recall, I didn’t think “OK Computer” was that great the first time around, either.
‘Killing Time’ is straight out of 2005 By Julie Bartoli Campus Correspondent Here’s how it goes in my head. Pete Wentz walks into a bar. Sitting alone at an adjacent table is New Found Glory frontman, Jordan Pundik. The two exchange a nod, and after ordering a drink Wentz pulls up a chair and joins Pundik for an imaginary, impromptu catch-up. “You hear about this band, Bayside?” Wentz asks.
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“No,” Pundik replies, gnawing at his straw. “Well,” Wentz leans in conspiratorially, “apparently they released a new album, ‘Killing Time,’ and it sounds like a formulaic crossbreed between your band and mine.” Pundik raises an eyebrow. “When did it come out?” “This week.” “Why would anyone want to sound like Fall Out Boy meets New Found Glory? That’s so 2005.” “Your guess is as good as mine.” Released Feb. 22, Bayside’s fifth studio album, “Killing Time,” features 11 tracks of recycled music straight from the angst-ridden days of middle school, puberty and “Sugar, We’re Goin Down.” The album opens with “Already Gone,” a generic howcould-you-do-this male angst piece with overused metaphors such as “And I’m living a lie/ I’m in a fantasy world/But the hero won’t win this time.” Jack O’Shea is the song’s salvation, adding genuine guitar grit and playing mind games with the whammy bar that almost subdues Anthony Raneri’s whining. “Sick, Sick, Sick,” the album’s first single, follows this trend, leading the way for more passive-aggressive snaps at apparently abominable exloves. The group occasionally yelling “Sick! Sick! Sick!” in
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Bayside’s new album, ‘Killing Time,’ sounds like a mix between New Found Glory and Fall Out Boy.
unison doesn’t give the record much artistic credibility. Track six, “Seeing Sound,” was ripped straight from Green Day’s “Basket Case,” with a chorus that sounds far too familiar. “On Love, On Life,” is the album’s highlight, a breathable ballad and break from the teenage hyperemotional psychobabble set to power chords that the song is sandwiched between. It shows a vulnerable side of Raneri that would be redeeming had he not previously made a
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Palace keeps wedding gown secret – so far LONDON (AP) – Fashion Week has come and gone, the carnival is moving on to Paris and Milan, and still there has been no clarity on the pressing issue of the day: Who, exactly, is designing Kate Middleton’s wedding gown? Some of the people who are not designing the dress stepped forward after their London catwalk shows to say so – including punk priestess Vivienne Westwood and Christopher Bailey of Burberry – but no one has come forward to say they are the one. More surprisingly, perhaps, the word has not leaked out, even in the gossipy fashion world. A few hundred journalists, several dozen designers and legions of overdressed fashion types have just spent six days together drinking free buckets of free champagne and icy vodka cocktails at various parties and receptions, but no one seems to have spilled the beans. Bob Woodward and the brass at the Washington Post protected Deep Throat’s identity for decades, but Buckingham Palace only has to protect this secret for another 70 days or so to allow Middleton to achieve her stated goal of surprising Prince William, and the rest of the world, when she walks down the aisle in her mystery gown. She just might pull it off – if the chosen one can resist the natural impulse to boast a bit to his or her closest friend, with the whispered admonition not to tell a soul, a tactic that would likely lead to worldwide disclosure within days. Caroline Rush, chief executive of the British Fashion Council that stages Fashion Week, said it is not surprising that the information has been tightly held. “Whoever has the honor will be sure not to leak it, that’s the agreement,” she said. “It’s the one thing everyone is asking
in London and in New York. Who’s dressing Kate? Who’s it going to be? I really don’t know who it is; I just hope it’s British. Who knows? Who knows?” Rush is confident that Middleton will look fantastic when the moment finally arrives. “There’s no doubt she’ll look spectacular on the day,” Rush said. “They eyes of the world are going to be on her and it’s a key date in our country’s history. I’m sure she’ll make the effort to have the most beautiful dress.” The only catty comments on the matter came from Westwood, who told reporters that Middleton didn’t quite come up to snuff, style-wise. Other star designers chose total discretion at Fashion Week. Daniella Issa Helayel refused to talk about Middleton at all, except to gratefully acknowledge the obvious – that Middleton’s public embrace of Issa’s designs has led to an “amazing” growth in sales for her rising brand. There was an earlier boomlet of support for Bruce Oldfield,
a prominent designer who was favored by the late Princess Diana. His stock rose after Carole and Pippa Middleton – Kate’s mother and sister – were photographed leaving Oldfield’s tony shop, but he seemed to take himself out of the running by making several TV appearances in the United States. The thinking is that he would not have spoken publicly about the wedding if in fact he had gotten – or expected to receive – the big assignment, because to do so would have violated the palace’s quest for privacy. The official palace position – repeated to any journalist who cares to call – is that the choice of designer is a “private matter” for Middleton, not an official matter to be discussed by the monarchy’s representatives. Press officials working for Prince Charles – father of the groom, Prince William – point out that the wedding is not a state affair; they maintain Middleton deserves the same right to privacy as any bride. They say she wants to be able to surprise her husband at the ceremony itself – which would mean keeping the press guessing until late in the morning of April 29. In lieu of hard information, some maintain the final choice has not actually been made but that a “short list” of prospective designers has been asked by the Palace to submit sketches of what they designs they think would work for the big event. Others believe Middleton may pull off a shocker by choosing an unknown designer now flying well below the radar of the fashion pack. Could she go even further and show a practical, frugal side by picking an off-the-rack gown at a department store? Now that would truly be a surprise.
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‘Deadliest Catch’ crew member found dead in motel
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A member of the hit cable TV show “Deadliest Catch” fishing crew has been found dead in an Alaska motel room, police said Wednesday. Justin Tennison, who worked on the Time Bandit, one of the vessels on the popular Discovery Channel reality series that depicts the crab fishing industry in the dangerous waters off Alaska, was found dead Tuesday afternoon in Homer, authorities said.
Beer, hard liquor and a small amount of marijuana were found in the room, Homer police Lt. Randy Rosencrans said. Police believe a party was held in the room on Monday night — two rooms were registered under Tennison’s name and nearby guests complained about the noise. The 33-year-old Tennison is set to make a posthumous debut in the series’ seventh season, which is scheduled to begin in April, Discovery spokesman
Josh Weinberg said. “Justin was tough as a bull and was an all-around good hand,” a statement posted on the Time Bandit’s official website said. Weinberg also released a statement, saying Discovery was saddened by the news. “We send our sympathies to his entire family and fellow crew members during this most difficult time,” the statement said.
Documentary about Brazil dump vies for Oscar Is breast milk the wave of the RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – A truck loaded with trash climbs a mountain of garbage, scattering a hoard of vultures. As it spills out its load, men and women reach into the stream for tin cans, plastic bottles, paper – anything they might sell – as the vultures swoop back in, fighting for scraps of food. This landfill, one of the world’s largest, operates 24 hours, seven days a week, taking in more than 9,000 tons of garbage daily from Rio de Janeiro and four other cities. With organized recycling still in its infancy in Brazil, most salvaging of reusable materials from Rio’s trash happens here, through the heavy, dirty work of about 5,000 “catadores,” or trash pickers. After decades of anonymity, the workers of the Gramacho Municipal Landfill have been catapulted to fame by a collaboration with Brazilian artist Vik Muniz, who used the trash they sort to create portraits of the pickers. A documentary recording that experience is now vying for an Oscar. On Feb. 27th, the recyclers plan to watch the awards show from the community of plywood, tin and cardboard shacks where many of they live, a short walk from the dump. “I can’t say this is a dream that’s come true, because who would have imagined this?” asked Luciana dos Santos, a former trash sorter who now is financial director of the workers association at Gramacho. Even as the workers enjoy their moment in the spotlight, they’re steeling themselves for change many of them have long feared: the closure of the landfill. Built on unstable, ecologically sensitive marshland in 1977, Gramacho was long blamed for polluting Guanabara Bay, and it is running out of space. Three days after the Oscars ceremony, the first load of trash will go to a state-of-the-art facility that meets stringent new
environmental regulations, but has no room for the catadores. By December, Gramacho will be closed, transformed into a biogas facility. The money raised through their collaboration with Muniz has helped many of the catadores prepare by establishing worker-run recycling coops. For many others, whose only jobs have been sorting through trash, the closure will be traumatic. Things first started changing for the catadores when Brooklyn-based Muniz visited the dump in 2007, seeking elements to use in his next project. Muniz, born into a Brazilian working class family, is known for art that incorporates materials from dust to diamonds. Often the elements themselves carry a message, as when he created portraits of the children of sugarcane cutters out of sugar itself. The documentary, born of a chance meeting between English filmmaker Lucy Walker and Muniz, followed the artist’s collaboration with the recyclers over three years. Muniz took photos of the workers in epic poses that drew from their own experiences, reproducing, for example, Jacques-Louis David’s “The Death of Marat” and Pablo Picasso’s “Woman Ironing.” The image was blown up until it filled the floor of a warehouse-sized studio. Trash was used to fill in the details, giving it color and texture. The final result, an image so large it had to be seen from above, was then photographed. The documentary shows how the catadores start to see themselves differently as they help build their own portraits. Suelem Pereira Dias, who started working in the dump when she was 7 years old and was supporting two children by the time she was 18, had seen few if any pictures of herself before, said Muniz. When she and others sud-
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People collect recyclable materials from Jardim Gramacho municipal landfill where the documentary ‘Lixo Extraordinario,’ or ‘Waste Land,’ was filmed in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
denly see their own faces rendered larger than life, they are moved to tears. The experience also gives some of the participants enough distance from their daily grind to start imagining a life away from the stench of the landfill. “It was a very strong, emotional situation,” said Muniz. “The fact that they had worked on it and the fact that that image was made with nothing but the stuff that they deal with every day, that for me was the most important thing.” In addition to the Oscar nomination, the documentary won the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award for Best World Cinema Documentary and nearly two dozen other film festival awards. Through the sale of the portraits, Muniz raised $300,000 for the association and the recyclers who worked with him. That money paid for an office, a storage shed to sort materials and management classes. Soon they had their own recycling cooperatives, and were gearing up to work in a new system in which trash will be sorted in households, and recycling plants will replace catadores. No one, least of all the
workers, disputes that their current work is dangerous and unsanitary. They don’t earn much: 10 cents per kilogram of cardboard, 14 cents per kilogram of glass. But many hours of work and hundreds of kilos later, it’s a living. For some, it’s the only job they’ve held in lives of few opportunities and much bad luck. In Gramacho, children learned from their parents how to differentiate materials, including 14 different types of recyclable plastic, by touch and sound so they can work into the night, when deliveries ramp up. Sueleide Portela da Silva, 21, started working alongside her mother, who toiled at Gramacho for 25 years until she lost her eyesight to trash falling from a truck. By 14, Silva had her first child. At 15, pregnant again, she started working at the dump, along with three of her sisters. None of them attended school beyond 4th grade. “People are very afraid,” she said of the dump’s closure. “Most people here can’t read properly, and every job out there, they want you to have high school, college.”
that our changing world has enabled us to create new foods and redefine what we consider natural and healthy. As the oldest bio-technology to be developed by humans, we should be using our own cheese for consuming, he says. Furthermore, he states we are the only animals to harvest another species’ milk. Basically, the professor argues it would be healthier, nonexploitative of animals, more local and more ecological. But would Americans be willing to adapt to an idea that involves something we haven’t consumed since we were infants? Personally, I’m not willing to drink the breast milk of a complete stranger, since I have no idea what they put in their body and how they care for themselves. Not to mention, I’m eating something made out of some random person’s breast milk. Though an extremely radical and progressive idea, I can’t imagine that breast milk
cheese will ever become a staple in a vegan’s routine. Vegans make a conscious choice to eliminate cheese from their diets, along with all animal products. They aren’t looking for an alternative and they make do with what’s available. Non-vegans probably won’t jump on the trend either, simply because nobody is going to pick up the breast milk cheese sitting next to the cheddar in the supermarket. It’s a little too taboo right now, and people may have to start drinking breast milk before they start eating breast milk cheese. Regardless of whether or not these new concepts catch on, the fact that people are opening their minds to these possibilities is a positive step, and one that will encourage other people to seek out new food sources. Breast milk may not be in the cards now, but maybe it will be a staple in our diets in 20 years.
Approximately 925 million people the world over suffer from hunger from HUNGER, page 7 Agriculture Organization said that “hunger increased as the world grew richer and produced more food than ever over the last decade,” according to New Europe. In the United States, 17.3 million people were unable to afford a sufficient amount of food as of 2008, according to FRAC.org. Although hunger in the U.S. is much less severe than in developing countries, it still has significant effects on physical and mental health, as people are forced to skip meals and buy
food sparingly. There are 925 million people living in hunger across the world- people of all races, religious and national backgrounds, according to the World Food Programme. Hunger is a global issue that cannot be forgotten or set aside, not even by one who has the fortune of being able to eat at his leisure. If you would like to share your thoughts on hunger, hear what others have to say or simply learn more about hunger as a global issue, attend the first ever UConn
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New Facebook status options applauded by gay users NEW YORK (AP) – Jay Lassiter is no longer “in a relationship.” Let’s clarify that: Lassiter, a media adviser for political campaigns who lives in Cherry Hill, N.J., is still with his partner of nearly eight years, Greg Lehmkuho. But since Thursday, when Facebook expanded its romantic-status options, Lassiter’s profile there echoes his relationship’s legal status: “Domestic partnership.” It may not be a life-altering change. After all, you can call yourself anything you want on a social network. And Facebook is merely that. But, Lassiter notes: “I’m no different from all those other Facebook users whose identity is tied up with their Facebook pages, for better or for worse.” And so, he says: “It’s high time. It’s an affirming gesture. It’s sort of one tiny step for gays, but a giant leap for gay rights.” Facebook’s addition of civil unions and domestic partnerships to the list of relationships its users can pick from came after talks with gay rights organizations, including GLAAD, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. The social network has “sent a clear message in support of gay and lesbian couples to users across the globe,” said GLAAD’s president, Jarrett Barrios. “By acknowledging the relationships of countless loving and committed samesex couples in the U.S. and abroad, Facebook has set a new standard of inclusion for social media.”
He added that the new status options, available to Facebook users in the U.S., Canada, Britain, France and Australia, will serve as an important reminder that legal marriage is not an option for gay couples in most states. Only Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Washington, D.C. allow same-sex marriages. This week Hawaii becomes the seventh state to permit civil unions or similar legal recognition for gay couples. Of course, there’s also a Facebook option to say “It’s complicated” – and that’s exactly how some users felt about the new changes. Because, for people both gay and straight, more options mean more decisions to make: What exactly is my relationship, and what should I call it? “You go into a store and there are 27 kinds of soda, and sometimes it would be easier if there were just Coke and Pepsi,” explains Erik Rueter, who works in marketing at an educational nonprofit institution in Pittsburgh. To Rueter, the essence of his relationship is crystal clear: He and his partner, Robb, will be together forever. “We complete each other’s sentences,” he says. “We’ll be sitting there in the nursing home, gumming up each other’s food, chasing each other in our wheelchairs.” Two years ago, Rueter, 34, proposed to his partner on bended knee, despite the fact that in Pennsylvania they cannot marry. They’ve been engaged
ever since, and that’s been his Facebook status – until Thursday, when he changed it to domestic partnership. But Rueter is conflicted about the change. “Part of me wants to go back to ‘engaged’ – because I still am,” he says. “Part of me wants to say ‘married,’ as in, ‘I don’t care what the law says.’ And part of me says, ‘It’s just Facebook!’” And then ANOTHER part of Rueter tells him just how powerful and influential Facebook is, with well over 500 million users across the globe. “Just having the option to say, ‘This is what my relationship is’ is a really good thing,” he says. It can be a good thing for some straight Facebook users, as well. Michael Stimson, a Scot who lives in Marseille, France, is not married to his partner, Izzy (short for Isabelle), but they live together and have a young son. He’s just changed his status from blank to domestic partnership. For Stimson, it helps to clarify to other users with whom he’s chatting that he is not, well, available. “People do flirt with you on the Internet,” he says. “I like to put them in the picture a wee bit, so there’s no confusion.” Izzy approves of his decision. “Most people that you speak with on Facebook are people you don’t know,” she says, speaking in French from home in Marseille. “This makes things more clear.” Of course, there are no political overtones to the couple’s
This screenshot made on Friday shows the relationship status options in a Facebook profile. Facebook has added “In a civil union” and “In a domestic partnership” to the Relationship Status section.
change in status. In the United States, though, there is a passionate debate over gay marriage. Lassiter, the campaign adviser from New Jersey, changed his status from “in a relationship” to “married” last year in an act of political defiance, he says, when the state legislature rejected a bid to recognize gay marriage. But it just didn’t feel right, and he changed it back to “in a relationship” months later. Besides the fact that “married” wasn’t accurate, “I’m not
really the marrying type,” he says. “Me and my partner have an equilibrium as things are.” But “in a relationship” made it sound like a high-school relationship, rather than one that’s lasted a number of years. So the new status feels better, says Lassiter. And he’s been encouraged by the positive feedback he’s gotten on just the first day from Facebook friends – including people from as far back as high school – giving him a thumbs-up. Lassiter also thinks the
change is most important for gay people – especially younger ones – living in areas of the country where their sexual orientation is less accepted than in the liberal Northeast. “For those people, it legitimizes being in a gay relationship,” he says. And so, maybe a social network can be something of an agent of social change. After all, Lassiter says, “As Facebook goes, so goes the world.”
Adele’s sophomore disc mines shattered love Novelist Umberto Eco
NEW YORK (AP) – Adele’s ex-boyfriend may not be aware of it, but he’s joined an illustrious club of people who were inadvertent inspirations for art. Eminem’s Kim, the comedian who dumped Alanis Morissette and heard about it on “You Oughta Know,” the mystery man behind Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain,” Patti Boyd Harrison (Eric Clapton’s tortured “Layla”) and an assortment of Taylor Swift exes – they’re all members. The fingerprints of Adele’s former flame are all over her sophomore disc “21,” from “Rolling in the Deep,” the soulful kiss-off that opens the disc, to the more reflective “Someone Like You” that ends it. The disc is released in the U.S. this week. He may not even know his status. “I have no idea if he’s heard the record, or is kind of clever enough to link it, to think it’s him,” said Adele, who discreetly keeps his name private. “I’m not saying he’s dim. It’s just that toward the end I don’t think he
felt like I loved him enough to write a record about him. “But I did,” she said. Given how second albums are often problematic for artists, it helps to have something to write about. The Londonborn Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, who goes by her first name professionally, won best female pop vocal and best new artist at the 2009 Grammys and sold more than two million copies worldwide of “19.” The 2008 debut was named for her age when she wrote the album’s songs. Same thing for its follow-up. She was discovered by her British record company after a friend posted some of her songs online. She wanted to sing, but was reluctant to dream too big, and thought XL Recordings wanted to hire her as a talent scout when instead their executives were seduced by her powerful pipes. “I find it hard to say, ‘Oh, I’m a singer,’ because my singers are Etta James and Carole King and Roberta Flack, the all-time gurus,
the gods of singing,” she said. Ryan Tedder, who co-wrote two songs on Adele’s new disc, is a believer. He’s still flabbergasted by watching her nail one of those songs, “Turning Tables,” on the first take in the studio. “Rumour Has It” took two takes. Tedder, who has written or produced songs for Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson and Leona Lewis, said Adele is “the single greatest female singer alive, period. “I’ve worked with a lot of people,” he said. “I’ve never, ever, ever seen or witnessed a singer do what she does in the recording studio.” VH1 taped an “Unplugged” episode with Adele, accompanied by just a guitar and piano, which will premiere on the network March 4. VH1 will show it online a day earlier. Rick Krim, executive vice president of talent and music programming at VH1, likes Adele’s voice and attitude. “She always had this playful cockiness about her,” he said.
opposes boycotts of Israel
Adele worked with several co-writers and two main producers on “21”: Paul Epworth, a hip Brit who also produced Florence and the Machine, and Rick Rubin, the bear-hugging American record executive and producer renowned for getting back to basics with artists in the studio. She said she appreciated the different approaches, each part of her learning process.
Thurman stalker seeks plea deal in new NYC case NEW YORK (AP) – Uma Thurman’s convicted stalker is trying to work out a plea deal on charges that he tried to contact her again after a judge declined Wednesday to toss out or pare down the new case. Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Gregory Carro said Wednesday there was enough evidence to support the new contempt, stalking and other charges against Jack Jordan, who had been ordered to stay away from the “Pulp Fiction” actress. Jordan’s lawyer and prosecutors said they were discussing the potential for a plea deal but haven’t reached any agreement. A psychiatric treatment program is a possibility, said Jordan’s lawyer, Sam Roberts. In the meantime, Jordan, 39, remains jailed on $500,000 bond. He said nothing during Wednesday’s brief court hearing. A former lifeguard and pool cleaner who studied for a master’s degree in English, Jordan
has acknowledged a fixation on Thurman that began when he saw her in the 1988 movie “The Adventures of Baron Munchausen.” He was involuntarily committed to a mental hospital in 2005 after being questioned about his obsession with the Academy Awardnominated “Kill Bill” star, he has said. He was convicted in 2008 of stalking and harassing Thurman by showing up at her Manhattan home, trying to get into her trailer on a movie set, calling her family and employees and sending eerie letters with such messages as “my hands should be on your body at all times.” He was sentenced to three years’ probation and told not to try to contact her for five years. But prosecutors say he did just that twice in October, calling some of her phone lines, demanding to speak to her and bewailing her romance with Swiss financier Arpad “Arki” Busson. Jordan called a New York police sta-
tion a few days later, asking whether he was wanted by police and acknowledging he’d called Thurman’s home, according to court papers filed by prosecutors. He was arrested in November at his family’s
home in North Potomac, Md., where officers found him sitting in front of a computer screen with “Uma Thurman j’adore” in a Google search box, court papers say. Jordan’s lawyer says the new charges are excessive, particularly felony contempt charges that entail instilling or trying to instill “reasonable fear of physical injury” and death. Roberts notes that Jordan isn’t accused of threatening Thurman, just of trying to talk to her. But Carro, who presided over Jordan’s trial, said he “finds no basis for dismissal” of the new charges. If convicted of contempt, Jordan could face up to four years in prison. He’s due back in court March 30. Thurman’s spokeswoman has said she won’t comment on the case. It’s being prosecuted by the Brooklyn district attorney’s office because Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr.’s former law firm has represented the actress.
JERUSALEM (AP) – Renowned Italian writer Umberto Eco said at an Israeli book fair Wednesday that boycotting scholars for their governments’ policies is akin to racism. It was his response to British writers who called on prominent British novelist Ian McEwan to reject an Israeli literary prize this week as a way of protesting Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians. McEwan, who wrote the celebrated 2001 novel “Atonement,” accepted the Jerusalem Prize at the book fair’s opening ceremony earlier this week but peppered his acceptance speech with tough criticism of Israeli policies toward Palestinians in the West Bank and east Jerusalem. Eco told reporters that unlike McEwan, he faced no pressure from colleagues to stay away from the Israeli book fair, and he does not support boycotts. “I consider it absolutely crazy” and “fundamentally racist to identify a scholar, a private citizen, with the politics of his government,” Eco said.
Eco, 79, is the author of bestselling books including “The Name of the Rose” and “Foucault’s Pendulum.” He is one of Italy’s most widely read novelists. Eco has stirred controversy in the past. The Chief Rabbi of Rome criticized his latest book, “The Cemetery of Prague,” a work of historical fiction about a 19th century document forger who writes the fake, antiSemitic tract “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.” The Chief Rabbi said the book could ignite anti-Semitism among readers. Eco countered that the fictional character is purposely depicted in a negative light. The author said he has a “very Talmudic mind” and once suspected he was of Jewish heritage. He said his fascination with Jewish culture is evident in his books. Gingerly answering questions about his opinion of Israeli policies toward the Palestinians, Eco joked, “I have so much to say against the Italian government that I have no time to speak about the Israeli government.”
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Cerullo: Calhoun's suspension is a scar, but it won't define his legacy from THE STORM, page 14 AP
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski (pictured left) and Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon (pictured right.)
Callahan: Duke's lockdown defense gives them the edge as the nation's No. 1 team from WHO, page 14 and maintain their top-five standing. When he returns, they may never leave No. 1. Tell the Raptors they can wait and ask Pitt about their shoddy free throw and three-point shooting. Also, say hey to the ‘rents for me. Colin: Will do, Drew. The only reason Duke has maintained their top-five status is because they play in the top-heavy ACC. What’s Duke’s worst loss of the season? A 15-point beatdown by St. John’s. Yes, Pitt just lost to the Johnnies, but on a last-second shot. Also, Pitt has overcome adversity, too. While I was at the 2009 Big East tournament, I ran into Brad Wanamaker at a McDonald’s. DeJuan Blair and Sam Young then joined Wanamaker, but he insisted to his teammates that the service was horrible, and the three Panthers walked out the door. A sophomore back then, Wanamaker is now a senior poised to lead the best team in the nation. Andrew: Wanamaker might want to walk out the door again if his team ever meets up with Duke in the NCAAs, because I can guar-
antee you their offense will be just as horrible as that service was. Duke’s lockdown defense has allowed an average of fewer than 59 points per game over their last five contests, while Coach K’s face has gone purple just once. Jamie Dixon’s got to start using a lot more hair gel to get his team as slick as the Blue Devils have been as of late. Colin: Although Dixon uses hair gel, I can assure you Coach K’s hair isn’t naturally that color. Dixon teaches his kids to play defense and worry about offense later. When you battle with the other bullies in the Big East, you need to be physical and tough. I can also assure you that if Duke played in the Big East they would not be the No. 1 team this week. Andrew: Of course Coach K’s hair isn’t natural. But what would Duke haters have if they didn’t have a coach with a gnarled face, blatant rug atop his head and a last name with about 59 consonants in a row? And, I’ll take your assurances with me to Ted’s where we can watch Pitt get smashed by West Virginia tonight at 9. Even if WVU was, say, a 20-point favorite, would you take ‘em? Yeah, I think I would too. See you tonight, Col.
prize, while everyone else just keeps on running. By the looks of it, there are a lot of people out there who wish the NCAA took the lead pipe to our program’s legs. Gary Parrish, who blogs for CBSSports.com, called the sanctions “a joke” and said that recruiting penalties don’t matter as much as the NCAA would like to think. “A postseason ban? That hurts. A television ban? That stings,” Parrish wrote. He’s far from alone. If you Google “UConn got off easy,” all kinds of opinions on how the program got a slap on the wrist will come up. To be perfectly honest, I can’t blame them. All things considered, I think the program got really lucky. The NCAA could have made an example of UConn, hit the program with every recruiting penalty under the sun, barred Calhoun for coaching for two years like they did Beau Archibald, and then ban the school from the postseason for two years. But they didn’t. And then there is Nate Miles. What if he had actually played for UConn? If he did, then the program’s 2009 Final Four appearance probably would have been vacated. I’m not saying that what he did was a good thing. I think most of us would agree that violating a restraining order against a woman you abused qualifies as a scumbag move. But, the fact that he did get himself kicked out of UConn when he did may have been the best thing he ever did for this school. All of that being said, there is one piece out there that stands above all the ranting and raving about how the NCAA should have dropped a nuke on Gampel Pavilion. Les Carpenter’s story on YahooSports.com hits the nail on the head about why this punishment matters and why it’s sufficient. “While it was easy to assume Calhoun got off light when the NCAA didn’t put a postseason ban on his team, Tuesday, the punishment that did come was actually far worse for the reputation he fought bitterly to guard,” Carpenter writes. “By finding Calhoun failed to create an atmosphere of compliance, the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions was essentially saying he was no better than the crooks, cheaters and scoundrels against whom he has coached for nearly
40 years. Forever now the Calhoun name will include a three-game conference suspension for recruiting violations. And that he can never erase.” This is what the bloggers are missing: Coach Calhoun is a man who prides himself on his character and integrity, and this punishment is a scar on that legacy that he tried so hard to protect these past two years. This matters, and for Calhoun, this is going to hurt. Carpenter got this part right. But Carpenter ends up falling into a trap I see columnists fall into frequently when it comes to athletes and morality. Carpenter’s tone grows dramatic and final, the same tone you usually hear an ESPN personality adopt when doing a feature on an athlete’s fall from grace, and speaks as though Calhoun’s story is over, his legacy sealed and the book written.
“The NCAA could have neutered the program and taken away the feeling that this season was leading up to something, but they didn't. With their decision... we can finally move on.”
“Jim Calhoun: He was a hall of fame coach and won two national championships… but who cares because he’s a cheater, a liar and he got suspended for three games because his renegade streak caught up to him,” the book will read. Right? Get real. This punishment is a scar on Calhoun, but it won’t be his legacy. Former Temple coach John Chaney, also a hall- of- famer, got suspended for the year because he sent out a goon to take an opposing player out of the game. The kid ended up breaking his arm. You mention Chaney today? Most people will point to his
record and his career accolades. Same with Woody Hayes of Ohio State: he punched an opposing player in his last game. Sure, people remember, but it’s not their legacy. Compared to those incidents, you think a three game suspension is going to be what people remember? That’s why bloggers everywhere are so outraged; they aren’t angry just for the sake of being angry. This punishment may be an indictment of Calhoun, but in the long run, it will be forgotten. That’s why there’s so much anger, and for me personally, and I’m sure most of you, so much relief. For the everyday sports fan, wins and losses matter, the postseason matters, winning championships matters and the feeling that your season means something matters. The NCAA could have neutered the program and taken away the feeling that this season was leading up to something, but they didn’t. With their decision, the ghost of Nate Miles has finally been exorcised, and we can finally move on. Tonight marks a new beginning for the Huskies, who will take their first step out of the storm tonight when they face Marquette at the XL Center. It also marks an opportunity for the rest of us, too: an opportunity to praise this young team for hanging in there despite the tough competition and the specter of sanctions. It’s an opportunity to make a statement to Marquette and the rest of the Big East that UConn will be a factor in March, and a statement to Notre Dame in particular that when they come to Gampel next weekend, the team will still have something to play for. Tonight, I expect the fans to cheer, chant and scream so loud during timeouts that none of the Golden Eagles will be able to hear themselves think, much less hear coach Tom Crean call a play. You know, a real home court advantage, the kind that our editorial board apparently doesn't grasp, and the kind that makes UConn the great basketball destination it is. I don’t know what next month will have in store, but I do know that the program will have a chance to build on their illustrious history. A week ago? Who knew, anything was possible. And for all UConn basketball fans, that’s a beautiful thing.
Softball begins spring season in Florida from SOFTBALL, page 14
A disadvantage that essentially every baseball and softball team in the Northeast faces is the snow that keeps their fields out of commission long after teams in the South have been playing. The Huskies have been practicing in Schenkman several times a week, but will have only one outdoor practice before opening their season against Jacksonville on Friday as part of the Florida Atlantic University Tournament. Although not being able to play outdoors until the day before the season opener could be viewed as a major setback, the Huskies are not going to use it as an excuse. “We have to get used to the outdoors right away,” Mullins said. “It takes time but we are just going to get out there and get playing. You just have to know that when you look at those first several weeks you have to see improvement.”
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Zielinski: Carmelo in NY was inevitable from NBA, page 14 Carmelo Anthony’s trade saga, which recently culminated in him landing on the Knicks. Predictions and projections aside, the longevity and disorganization of the trade exhibited poor communication at its finest. Realistically, every trade comes with its sense of mystery and ambiguity. Sprinkle in a little drama from the media and suddenly you get something from nothing, which was often the case with Carmelo. Rumored to go to a minimum of three teams, the duration of Carmelo’s trade hype evoked plenty of interest. But in the end, wasn’t the outcome expected? Everyone pinned New York as his ultimate destination, so in actuality, his decision to join forces with Amare Stoudemire and Spike Lee in Madison Square is no surprise at all. So what, then, is the significance of the trade, you ask? Well, aside from the millions of happy Knicks fans, the issue at hand is communication, and in Carmelo’s case, the lack thereof. After witnessing the trainwreck Lebron caused with his free agency dealings, one figured NBA players would take notice and learn from the King’s missteps in the future. Anthony must’ve been discussing his wedding plans with LaLa during “The Decision,” because he definitely missed the memo. Somehow, Anthony managed to create more of a buzz, with more potential outcomes and more wavering on his part than even Lebron could manage. At least for all the fans Lebron alienated, he made his decision and stuck with it. With Anthony, one could never tell where he truly wanted to play or if he even wanted to be traded. More importantly, this was all going on midseason, while Lebron at least handled his business during the summer. With his shortcomings in mind, let’s consider what Anthony could have done differently. First, he would have benefitted from clearer communication. Yes, trades require consent from players, coaches, agents and the league itself, but with an objective in mind, the equation can be solved much sooner. Therefore, if Anthony had simply admitted it was his dream to play in New York, and that it was his chosen destination, the trade could have been facilitated much easier. Denver fans would have been outraged, but it is Anthony’s career, and that is what’s key here. Likewise, a more direct decision would have cut down on the distractions and alienation from fans that comes with wavering for months over such an important decision. All in all, the takeaway message is clear: Throughout our lives, many of us have important decisions to make, like Anthony. Unfortunately, we don’t all make millions of dollars like he does. But all the same, every decision comes with options. Consideration is key, as important decisions should never be made immediately, but waiting too long is exponentially worse (we all remember that friend at prom). Thus, making a decision at the appropriate time and sticking to it has become a skill we all try to perfect, and it can often make or break our success. At the end of the day, people will respect a straight-forward decision if it is made with conviction - and this is where Anthony faltered. Moreover, decisions that affect one’s future should always be made firmly, instead of passively letting them occur. Simply put, individuals should shape the future they want to have. Undoubtedly, he has a great career ahead of him, and the Knicks’ future is very exciting. We can all rest easy knowing the trade saga is over and we can now focus on what’s truly important: the actual NBA season.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
» FIFA SOCCER
Sports Illustrated writer Grant Wahl to run for FIFA President
By Miles DeGrazia Futbol Columnist On Feb. 17, American football journalist Grant Wahl announced he would run for FIFA president. At first I, like many American football fans who view Wahl as one of our finest journalists, thought this was a joke. It was not until I saw his name pop up all over the TV and Internet that I began to take it seriously. Wahl is a Sports Illustrated senior writer and New York Times best seller. His 2009 book, “The Beckham Experiment,” is pushing for massive change that the established leaders in FIFA refuse to look at. The reasoning behind Wahl’s campaign is obvious to almost all football fans and seems very genuine. A quick flashback to the 2010 World Cup highlights many major flaws in the current regime. June 18, 2010, Johannesburg: Slovenia v. United States. After a furious U.S. comeback led by goals from Landon Donovan and Michael Bradley, midfielder Maurice Edu hits home a volley to seal one of the greatest comebacks in World Cup history. But wait— a whistle— a foul on the U.S. The dramatic Edu winner is wiped from the history books and the match ends in a 2-2 draw. Malian referee Koman Coulibaly becomes an international poster boy for FIFA’s shortcomings. In accordance with FIFA regulations, Coulibaly did not have to give a reason as to why he blew for a foul, because the referee’s judgment is final and no public debate on the decisions can be made. Wahl wants all referees to answer any and all question that journalists have about close calls during matches. Another issue with the Coulibaly situation is the belief about the way current World Cup referees are selected— that the best officials in the world are not being used. Right now each of the six confederations get anywhere from two
(Oceania) to 10 (UEFA) officiating trios involved in the World Cup, despite totally different standards in domestic and international competitions in those regions. Wahl wants to disband the caps on number of officials from a federation, and get the 30 best officiating crews in the world. June 27, 2010, Bloemfontein: Germany v. England. Just two minutes after a Matthew Upson header cut the German lead in half, a Frank Lampard shot deflects off the crossbar, hits the ground, then bounces out. All 40,510 people in attendance seem to be able to tell that the ball crossed the line, yet the three Uruguayan officials do not give a goal. Germany went on to win the match 4-1 and outcries from every corner of the globe for goal line technology went unheard by FIFA, who have refused to look at any options. Wahl plans to use instant replay on all close goal line calls, to make sure that the correct decision is made. These two incidents just begin to scratch the surface of FIFA’s on- the- field shortcomings, and sadly, there have been just as many off the field. Allegations of bribery and selling of World Cup votes led to two FIFA officials being suspended and headlines regarding a myriad of suspected corrupt practices FIFA is involved in. Wahl plans to release all internal documents, wikileaks style, in an attempt to make FIFA a more transparent organization and show the fans what is really going on. Right now, Wahl needs just one of the 208 federations to nominate him so he is eligible for the final ballot on June 1. Wahl has admitted that winning is a long shot; he really just wants to spark a conversation about the necessary changes FIFA needs. Even if Wahl fails to win, he represents something bigger than one man: he represents a change in the established order of FIFA.
Men's basketball set for first game since sanctions from IT'S BEEN, page 14 coach, so we’ll be fine.” On Tuesday, the NCAA made its ruling regarding the program’s recruiting violations. The Huskies avoided a postseason ban, but Calhoun was suspended for the first three conference games of next season. Calhoun released a statement, saying he was disappointed in the NCAA ruling and he and his lawyer will make a decision as to how to proceed. The school will provide no further comment on the matter, and the NCAA ruling didn’t seem to affect the players at all. “I didn’t pay attention to it at all,” Lamb said. “I didn’t know it was coming out. I was in the Student Union and people told me it was coming out... I’m not going to think about it at all.” Lamb scored 24 points in a 76-68 win over the Golden Eagles at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee on Jan. 25. The win gave the Huskies a 17-2 record for the season. Today UConn is No. 14 in the nation at 20-6 overall. Marquette is in 11th place in the conference at 7-7 in the Big East, 16-11 overall. The Huskies are 8-6 in the Big East. Although UConn is 3-4 since the win against the Golden Eagles, Lamb and company still have confidence stemming from the road victory. “It definitely adds confidence
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Jeremy Lamb goes up for a layup during the Huskies' Feb. 13 game against Providence.
to get a road win,” Lamb said. “It shows we have heart, now we are at home and have to defend home court.” “What I took off the first game was how fast we played... In the half court we played at a great speed,” Blaney said. “It was what allowed Jeremy to get 24.” Walker added 14 points in that win. Roscoe Smith and Shabbazz Napier both notched 11, but Lamb took over the game. “They’re definitely going to keep an eye on me more,” Lamb said. “They can’t double-team me because we have Kemba. If they double-team me, Kemba’s going to kill them or other players on our team. They shouldn’t double-team me… I think I
caught Marquette off guard.” Every game is important for the Huskies, who are vying for better seeding for the Big East tournament in less than two weeks. Following tonight’s contest, UConn finishes out the regular season at Cincinnati and West Virginia, before senior day against Notre Dame on March 5. Every game will be vital to Big East positioning. “I think there’s added importance to the next game,” said Blaney. “When you’re in conference play, there’s always importance added to the next game, no matter what level you’re at.”
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The women's club rugby team huddles up during a game.
Women's rugby club gears up for spring season By Aaron Kasmanoff-Dick Campus Correspondent UConn women’s rugby is a program unlike any other on campus. The highly organized team is composed of many different athletes who are more of a family than a team. Rugby is a highly physical and violent game that requires a great deal of physical strength, practice and dedication. The benefits, however, are ample. Team president Aileen Depot, an 8th-semester English major, said, “New girls should join Rugby because you get to learn a new sport, travel, stay in shape and make a ton of new friends.” Rugby on campus is a Division 1 club team. The team participates in games and tournaments all throughout New England during their regular fall season, which takes place from early September until the beginning of November. Practice resumes indoors during the spring, and by March, when it becomes warm enough, the team moves outdoors. In the shorter spring season, the team participates in games and practices, leading up to a long weekend trip to Nashville, Tenn., for “Nashbash.” The team is part of the New England Rugby Football Union, which is composed of both club and
varsity teams. Within the organization, the team is classified as “Women’s Division 1.” A tough league to play in, the New England Rugby Football Union is composed of some very talented teams. “I think our team was pretty successful this year. We had a good amount of young players stepping up into new posistions,” Depot said. The Division 1 category includes Army, Brown, Dartmouth, Yale and UMass Amherst. UConn finished fourth out of six teams in the regular season, posting a 2-3 record over five games. The team is coached by Mark Jordan. He is in his third year coaching UConn women’s rugby and his 27th year playing the sport. According to Coach Jordan, “[Rugby] is the most demanding, challenging, rewarding and team-building game I have ever played or coached.” Coach Jordan is from Buckinghamshire County in England. The Rugby team is sure to be successful in the future. This young team is in the development stage now, but look to see them in the spotlight over the next few years. Depot closed our interview by mentioning her favorite part of Rugby: “My teammates, they are my family here now.”
TWO Thursday, February 24, 2011
The Daily Question Q : “How far in the playoffs will the Knicks go with Carmelo Anthony?” A : “The Knicks got Carmelo?” —Kyle Campbell, 6th-semester nuclear cell biology major
» That’s what he said
Away game Gampel Pavilion, XL Center
Today Marquette 7 p.m.
Feb. 27 Cincinnati 12 p.m.
Mar. 5 Notre Dame 2 p.m.
Women’s Basketball (27-1) (14-0) Mar. 4 Mar. 5 Mar. 6 Feb. 28 Feb. 26 Big East Big East Big East Georgetown Syracuse Tournament Tournament Tournament 3:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m. TBA TBA TBA
– Tiger Woods on his early exit from the Match Play Championship at the hands of Thomas Bjorn.
» Pic of the day
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP)—The NCAA says both Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl and former football coach Lane Kiffin committed recruiting violations and failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance of NCAA rules within their programs. Following its 22-month investigation of the athletic program, the NCAA notified Tennessee of a dozen rules violations by the coaches, their assistants and the university itself in a letter released by the school on Wednesday. Kiffin, who is now at Southern California, received a separate notice of the allegations against him. Tennessee’s baseball program was included in the investigation, but was not accused of any violations. The university has until May 21 to respond to the NCAA’s allegations and is expected to appear at a June 10-11 meeting of the Committee on Infractions. A final decision by the NCAA and any sanctions likely would come several weeks after that. “Receipt of the NCAA’s notice of allegations by the University of Tennessee is another step in bringing this matter to conclusion,” Tennessee athletics director Mike Hamilton said in a statement. “Our institution has operated in complete cooperation with the NCAA since April 2009 as they have pursued their investigations. We take these allegations seriously and most items noted in this document have already been reported broadly.”
Women’s Hockey (13-18-3) Feb. 26 Hockey East Tournament TBA
Men’s Track and Field
Cardinals Wainwright injures right elbow
May. 26 NCAA Championship All Day
Women’s Track and Field Feb. 25/26 New England Championship
June 9 Mary 5/6 May 26 NCAA ECAC NCAA Championship Regional Championship All Day Championship All Day
Men’s Swimming and Diving Mar. 24 NCAA Championship All Day
Mar. 11/12 Zone Diving All Day
Houston Astros pitcher Lance Pendleton goes through a sliding drill during a spring training baseball workout yesterday.
Women’s Swimming and Diving Mar. 11/12 Zone Diving All Day
Mar. 17 NCAA Championships All Day
Baseball (1-2) (0-0) Mar. 6 California 3:00 p.m.
Softball (0-0) (0-0) Tomorrow Jacksonville 4:00 p.m.
Feb. 25 Florida Atlantic 6:00 p.m.
Feb. 26 Feb. 26 Maryland Kent State 9:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.
Feb. 27 TBD TBA
Lacrosse (1-0) (0-0) Tomorrow Feb. 27 Binghampton Quinnipiac 3:00 p.m. Noon
Mar. 7 Boston College 1:00 p.m.
Mar. 9 Holy Cross Noon
Mar. 12 Sacred Heart 1:00 p.m.
Golf Mar. 7-9 Mar. 25-27 April 9-10 April 17-19 May 19-21 Carribean FAU Spring N.E. D-1 Big East NCAA East Intercollegate Break Champs Champs Regional All Day All Day All Day All Day All Day
ST. LOUIS (AP)—St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright is getting a second opinion on his injured right elbow, which the team fears will require reconstructive surgery. Team spokesman Brian Bartow said Wednesday night that results of MRIs and other tests were being examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles. The team anticipated a news conference Thursday afternoon to disclose findings. Wainwright, a 20-game winner and runnerup for the NL Cy Young Award last year, was sent back to St. Louis on Wednesday for tests and consultation with team physician George Paletta. Earlier in the day, general manager John Mozeliak said “things do not look encouraging” for the right-hander, who injured his elbow while throwing batting practice Monday. Mozeliak stopped short of saying Wainwright would need season-ending Tommy John surgery. “I don’t want to speculate, but obviously ligament damage, that’s usually what it results in,” he said.
» COLLEGE HOCKEY
The frozen free-for-all
By Eric Ploch Campus Correspondent
Feb. 27 Mar. 5 Tomorrow Feb. 26 Texas A&M- San Diego Oregon St. Indiana C.C. State 3:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m.
E-mail your answers, along with your name, semester standing and major, to email@example.com. The best answer will appear in the next paper.
NCAA accuses Tennessee of violations
Feb. 26 AIU 7:05 p.m.
May 15 Feb. 25/26 IC4A New England Championship Championship All Day All Day
“Will Deron Williams make an impact on the New Jersey Nets?”
Men’s Hockey (11-17-4) Tomorrow AIU 7:05 p.m.
Next Paper’s Question:
The Daily Roundup
“I blew it.”
Men’s Basketball (21-5) (8-6) Mar. 2 West Virginia 7 p.m.
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In the majority of college sports, respect is determined by name and conference membership. In football, the power conferences like the SEC and Big 12 are given the main course meal, while teams like TCU and Boise State are given the leftovers. In basketball, the media drools over the Big East and ACC, while teams like Davidson from the Steph Curry years are left to fly under the radar. There’s one sport where teams from all-conferences and namesake put the season in their hands and no one can simply look at conference alignment or prestige in choosing the nation’s best; this sport is college hockey. Just looking at the top five in this week’s USCHO.com’s coach’s poll shows the parity in the game. North Dakota, Boston College, Yale, Merrimack and Union are stacked at the top. These schools vary from Division 1 (Boston College) to 1-AA (Yale) and even Division 3 (Union) but for one season a year, schools are placed on an even pedestal regardless of school size or monetary contributions. In the southern portion of even
our own state, one of the nation’s most physical hockey rivalries has been brewing for some time. Quinnipiac and Yale have been battling on the Hamden and New Haven border for years now, and the annual “heroes hat” game has drawn the attention of many fans. Last weekend my dad and I went down for the annual game in Hamden and the place was packed. It was standing room only, and the arena was more electric than even some of our very own UConn basketball games. It’s a great experience to be in these small rinks with the crowd going crazy, an atmosphere I hope to one day see here at UConn before I graduate. The men’s team plays in the Atlantic Hockey League and currently sits in sixth place. This weekend is huge: A sweep over American International would vault the program into a third place tie in the league. Without a steady power atop the conference, the tournament could be anyone’s for the taking and the NCAA Tournament automatic bid may not be as far out of reach as people realize. Even with a losing record, the UConn women still sit in fourth place in the women’s Hockey East. Boston University seems to have the league championship
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Andrew Olson skates with the puck during a Jan. 22 game against Air Force.
in their pocket but with a win on Saturday against Northeastern, the Huskies may have something to say about that. The difference in college hockey is that only 16 teams advance to the NCAA Tournament every year, which makes winning that much more important. If the season ended today, the favorites for the men’s crown would have to be the experienced Yale squad who were one goal short of making the Frozen Four last year, Boston College who has been running
wild through Hockey East and North Dakota, the poll’s No. 1 team this week. On the women’s side, Cornell and Wisconsin both seem to be tough to beat with only two losses apiece and look to be the favorites this year. Either way, best of luck to the Huskies this weekend in their respective games and upcoming tournaments. Hope to see you in the NCAA tournament come March.
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Thursday, February 24, 2011
IT’S BEEN THAT KIND OF WEEK
The storm has passed
Calhoun to miss tonight’s game due to death in family
By Matt McDonough Associate Sports Editor
Mac Cerullo I guess now we can all breathe a sigh of relief. The two-year Nate Miles hangover has finally passed, and thank God; the whole ordeal has been a huge black cloud over the school for far too long. But despite all the stress and speculation, the news we got yesterday ultimately wasn’t that bad. Jim Calhoun will have to sit out the first three Big East games of next season, and the program will have to cope with some recruiting restrictions for a few years. But no wins were vacated, and what’s more important is that there will be no postseason ban. Hallelujah! Considering everything this team has accomplished this season, finding out that you aren’t going to be allowed into the postseason— less than two weeks before the postseason— would have been the mother of all disappointments. I’d say it would’ve been the equivalent of running the first 25 miles of a marathon before some deranged psychopath jumps in your path and breaks your leg with a lead pipe. You’re left broken, unable to reach the
Coming off a humbling 71-58 loss at Louisville Friday night that dropped the UConn men’s basketball team to eighth in the Big East standings, the Huskies will look to rebound tonight against Marquette at the XL Center. And UConn will have to do it without its head coach. Jim Calhoun was not at practice Wednesday, and he will not coach tonight’s 7 p.m. contest in Hartford, due to the death of his sister-inlaw, Eileen (McDevitt) Fucile, on Monday. Calhoun will be attending the calling hours and memorial service in Nashua, N.H., and is expected to return to 20-6, 8-6 the team for practice on Friday or Saturday, according to associate head coach George Blaney. Blaney will coach the team tonight. The assistant, in his 10th year at UConn, coached seven 16-11, 7-7 games for the Huskies last year while Calhoun Tonight, 7 p.m., was out with an illness. ESPN Blaney was at the helm when UConn defeated XL Center No. 1 Texas last January. Freshman Jeremy Lamb said that before leaving, Calhoun told the team to play hard and give it their all. Junior captain Kemba Walker didn’t draw parallels between Calhoun’s absence this season and last year. “It’s different this year,” Walker said. “It’s only one game. Last year he was sick, but this year somebody else in his family, so you know, you’ve got to adjust. Coach Blaney is another great
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Men’s basketball coach Jim Calhoun fixes his tie during a timeout during UConn’s Jan. 22 game against Tennessee.
Softball heads to the Sunshine State to open season By Peter Logue Campus Correspondent
last year, leading the team in virtually every offensive category. “Jules is our leadoff hitter While the rest of us brave and she is such a competitor,” the sub-freezing temperatures, said coach Kate Mullins. “She the UConn softball team will brings a lot of passion to the arrive in Boca Raton, Fla., field and we really expect Thursday afternoon her to set the tone and will open what and to be the leader looks to be a promfor us on the field ising season Friday. and to be the comThe Huskies return Florida Atlantic petitor that she is. I several core playTournament think it’s important ers from a team she not try to do Fri. - Sun. that that finished 21-30 too much, she needs a year ago, posting Boca Raton, to stay within hera 7-15 mark in Big self. She’s a great Fla. East play, while also competitor and she looking to infuse has tremendous pasnew talent. sion for the game, and if she Leading the Huskies this brings those to the plate and season will be second base- to the field in the way that she man Julianne Towers. Towers, normally does she’ll be fine.” one of only two seniors on the Although Mullins has just team (utility player Kathleen two seniors, she has the beneBrenneman is her lone class- fit of a loaded class of juniors mate), had a breakout season with an abundance of experi-
By Chris Zielinski Sports and Society Columnist As the inaugural Sports in Society article, a brief explanation is necessary. Throughout society, both positive and negative aspects are highlighted in many ways. Sports are no different, often providing insight into underlying values of society. Frequently, sports illustrate problems that often could have been solved much easier, or demonstrate the rationale behind individuals’ actions. The focus of the first article, the NBA trade deadline, fulfills both of these soundly. To begin, communication is the driving force behind both success and failure. The latter was epitomized through
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ence under their belts. Amy Vaughn, a versatile outfielder who received All Big East Third Team accolades a year ago, is expected to complement the offensive firepower in Towers. A major strength for the Huskies this year will be pitching, as they will feature a threeheaded attack on the mound. “We’ve got two returning pitchers in Kiki (Saveriano) and Ali (Adelman), both of whom had very strong preseasons,” said Mullins. “We expect to have a very strong pitching staff. Complementing them is Katelyn Callahan, who will be the rookie on the staff, and hopefully she will step up and help us out a little bit, too. Really pleased with what we’ve seen with Kiki and Ali and that will be really important for us.”
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Julie Towers of the softball team records an out at first base during a game last season.
Who is the true No. 1 team in men’s college basketball? Pittsburgh
By Colin McDonough Senior Staff Writer In the revolving door that is the No. 1 team in men’s college basketball, there have been three top teams in the past three weeks: Duke, Kansas and Ohio State. While each have shared the spotlight, there’s one team that hasn’t been No. 1 all season, yet stands as the best team in all the land: Pittsburgh. As the first place team in the Big East, by far the strongest conference in the country, Pittsburgh has proven their worth as the best team in the land.
Pittsburgh is the best team in the Big East...
» POINT/COUNTERPOINT Colin: Pitt is the best team in the best conference of college basketball. There is no doubt or logjam atop the Big East standings, as the Panthers have been in first place throughout conference play. Pitt has a 12-2 Big East record and is two games ahead of second- place Notre Dame. The Panthers beat UConn, Georgetown, Syracuse and Villanova and in nonconference, Pitt defeated Texas in addition to my parents’ mighty alma mater, Duquesne. Andrew: The question at hand isn’t who is the top dog in the Big East, it’s who is the best college basketball team in the nation at this time? The answer is Duke. Listen, Pitt has lost two of their last seven and four of those five wins were over unranked teams, by an average margin of just eight points. Yet, Duke has the
best scoring margin of anyone at +19 points. Pitt might be beating most of their opponents, but Duke is beating theirs to a pulp. Colin: Duke’s star point guard Kyrie Irving is out for the season. That is a blow that the Blue Devils won’t be able to get over during tournament time. In NBA 2K11, after my first season in franchise mode I played against the Raptors. Somehow, someway, Toronto was the best team in the East. And you know who its starting point guard was? Kyrie Irving. Andrew: Colin, I must commend you for that point and give thanks for the perfect setup you’ve dished out, much like Irving used to do for Duke. Since losing Irving, the Blue Devils have managed to both improve
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By Andrew Callahan Staff Writer
Picked pre-season as the best team in the country, the Duke Blue Devils have finally resumed their rightful spot at the top of the polls. Winners of 10 of their last 11, the Blue Devils are the only top-five team not to have lost last week, despite missing one of their three best players since December. They started off as the best, they’re the best now and they’ll only get better. That’s why the Duke Blue Devils are the true No. 1 team in college basketball.
... but Duke is the reigning national champions.