Volume CXVII No. 84
Archaeology professor wins national award By Courtney Robishaw Campus Correspondent
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Alexia Smith, an assistant professor in the old world archaeology program in the anthropology department, won a National Science Foundation CAREER award, an award designed to help advance the careers of young faculty members at eligible institutions. Smith will use the CAREER award, worth more than $400,000 for five years, to study archae-
obotany at six locations in the Middle East. “I chose to focus on archaeobotany because it provides a wonderful way to explore ancient agriculture and interactions with the environment,” Smith said. Smith will study what plants were grown and how at the six archaeological locations. She will also be testing whether or not changes in climate have influenced empires and shifts in power in the Middle East. “I will be exploring the role that food production played with
emerging social complexity and societal collapses,” Smith said. At one of the sites, in Areni, Armenia, Smith will work with an Armenian archaeobotanist, who will then come to Storrs as a research scholar. This award will affect the students at UConn, as it will provide undergraduates the opportunity to gain more experience in labs. Smith also hopes to have a “Sorting Club” established by next semester. Smith’s CAREER award provides benefits to her department
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as well. “The award will provide rare funding opportunities for graduate students carrying out dissertation research, as well as exciting international field opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students in locations such as Syria and Armenia,” said Natalie Munro, director of undergraduate studies for the anthropology department. Smith also plans to collaborate with Professor John Settlage from the Neag School of Education to provide training for Kindergarten
through 12th grade archaeology and archaeobotany teachers. Finally, Smith plans to organize workshops and lectures through the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History. Both Smith and the entire Department of Anthropology are very excited about the award and the opportunities it will bring to Storrs. “We are enormously proud of her,” saidAnthropology Department Head Sally McBrearty.
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ings of their own academic ability and drive to achieve have increased, reaching a record-high with about 75 percent of students reporting themselves as being “above average.” “College is necessary to get a high-paying job, or any kind of job in the current economy, so that definitely increases students’ stress,” said Margaret Perkins, a 2nd-semester political science major. Gregory Norris, a 2nd-semester biology major also believes that freshmen are under pressure. “I feel like this survey is probably accurate,” Norris said. “A lot of freshmen I know seem to have a tough time dealing with college. It’s different from high school, and not everyone handles it well.” But not all UConn freshmen believe the survey provides an accurate reflection of the overall mental health of incoming students. “I don’t know anyone that seems depressed,” said Victoria Outhouse, a 2nd-semester chemistry major. “I feel like everyone is decently happy, but there is tons of aid offered by the school for anyone who isn’t.” The Department of Counseling & Mental Health Services offers and encourages the use of the mental health resources on campus. Students can visit UConn Mental Health Services online for more information.
Survey says freshmen below average in mental health
The mental health of 2010 college freshmen has reached the lowest level in the 25 years that an annual survey of incoming students has collected data. The UCLA survey, “The American Freshman: National Norms Fall 2010,” involved more than 200,000 incoming full-time students at four-year colleges. The survey found that more students rated themselves as “below average” in emotional health than in previous years, while the percentage of students who said their emotional health was “above average” decreased to 52 percent from 64 percent in 1985. “I think we need to be cautious about making too broad an assumption concerning this survey,” said Barry Schreier, the director of Counseling & Mental Health Services at UConn. “It’s true that this generation is seeking more mental health services and is taking more psychoactive drugs than generations before,” Schreier said. “But there are other explanations for this. For one, psychoactive drugs are much more readily available than they have been in the past. Also, the economy is the worst it has been since the 1930s, and we are in the longest-projected war in U.S history.” Although the survey indicated a significant decrease in students’ mental well-being, freshmen rat-
Several buildings collapse amid latest storm MILFORD (AP) — Several buildings around the state collapsed Wednesday as another winter storm put more weight on structures, prompting evacuations and narrow escapes but causing no serious injuries. In Middletown, authorities say the third floor of a building on Main Street collapsed, but two workers managed to escape immediately before it gave way. Acting Fire Marshal Al Santostefano told The Associated Press the entire third floor of the building came off, littering the street with bricks and snapping two trees. He said two workers fled when they heard a cracking sound and narrowly escaped injury. “It’s like a bomb scene,” Santostefano said. “Thank God they left the building when they did.” Adjacent buildings were evacuated and streets were closed.
Santostefano said the building, which includes an accounting firm and stores on the first floor, has a flat roof. Enfield officials responded to a second major roof collapse in two days Wednesday, when the top of an auto repair and towing business caved in. No one was seriously injured, but a woman who was traumatized was taken to a hospital as a precaution. Ed Richards, chief of Enfield Fire District No. 1, said a police officer warned workers at Bosco’s Automotive to get out minutes before the collapse when he heard cracking noises. The officer was at the shop for an accident investigation. On Tuesday, an 80-feet-by40-feet section of roof at a warehouse building collapsed. Richards said one person suffered a hand laceration. “We’ve been extremely fortunate in these two incidents that no one’s been trapped or killed,”
Richards said. “I’m urging folks to get their roofs cleaned off as much as they can.” But Richards also said there have been a lot of emergency calls for people getting injured while clearing their roof. The worst injuries have been broken bones. The University of Connectict closed its hockey rink as a precaution out of concern over the snow and ice on the roof, according to Mike Enright, the school’s sports information director. He said there is no evidence of structural damage and the school hopes to have the Freitas Ice Forum reopened in time for Saturday’s men’s hockey game against Army. In Milford, authorities were at the scene of a building collapse and reported a natural gas leak in an industrial area Wednesday afternoon. People at surrounding businesses were evacuated as a precaution, and police said there was one report of minor injuries.
This photo provided by the Middletown Police Department shows a partially collapsed building on Main Street in Middletown, Wednesday.
What’s on at UConn today... Documentary Showing Noon to 1 p.m. Dodd Center, Konover Auditorium
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Fiancee stands by Yale lab killing suspect
NEW HAVEN (AP) — The fiancee of a Yale University lab tech continues to faithfully visit him in prison as he awaits trial on charges of murdering a graduate student and stuffing her body behind a wall in a lab building in 2009, records show. Raymond Clark III, 26, has pleaded not guilty to strangling 24-year-old Annie Le, of Placerville, Calif. Le vanished Sept. 8, 2009, from the Yale medical school research building where she and Clark worked, and her body was found five days later, on what was to be her wedding day. Clark’s fiancee at the time, Jennifer Hromadka, continues to visit him in prison every few days, according to records obtained by The Associated Press through a Freedom of Information Act request. Hromadka visited Clark four times in the first half of January and nine times each in December and November, according to prison logs.
New Haven officer convicted of DUI
NEW HAVEN (AP) — A veteran New Haven police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave following his conviction on a drunken driving charge. Chief Frank Limon placed Officer James Evarts on leave on Tuesday and ordered him to hand in his gun and badge. Limon also expressed dismay that he had to find out from another state agency that Evarts had been convicted last month and sentenced to six months in jail. Evarts was charged with DUI in Old Saybrook in July after calling in sick to work. He was suspended for six months in October, despite’s Limon’s request that he be fired, a punishment the police union said was too harsh considering the 12-year veteran had no prior disciplinary problems.
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Punxsutawney Phil predicts an early spring PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) — The country’s most famous groundhog predicted an early spring Wednesday but wasn’t willing to go out on a limb to forecast whether his state’s Pittsburgh Steelers will win the Super Bowl. Punxsutawney Phil emerged just after dawn on Groundhog Day to make his 125th annual weather forecast in front of a smaller-than-usual crowd in rural Pennsylvania who braved muddy, icy conditions to hear his handlers reveal that he had not seen his shadow. Including Wednesday’s forecast, Phil has seen his shadow 98 times and hasn’t seen it just 16 times since 1887, according to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club’s Inner Circle, which runs the event. There are no records for the remaining years, though the group has never failed to issue a forecast. Two years ago, Phil’s forecast also acknowledged the Steelers’ Super Bowl XLIII win the night before. This year, Sunday’s game
Groundhog Club handler John Griffiths holds Punxsutawney Phil, the weather predicting groundhog, during annual Groundhog Day festivities Wednesday in Punxsutawney, Pa.
was mentioned in the forecast but no winner was predicted between the Steelers and the Green Bay Packers, who meet in Dallas for Super Bowl XLV. “The Steelers are going to the
Super Bowl,” Mike Johnson, vice president of the Inner Circle, said just before the forecast was read, drawing cheers from the clearly partisan crowd gathered on Gobbler’s Knob, a
tiny hill in this borough of about 6,100 residents some 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. The Groundhog Day celebration is rooted in a German superstition that says if a hibernating animal casts a shadow on Feb. 2, the Christian holiday of Candlemas, winter will last another six weeks. If no shadow was seen, legend said spring would come early. In reality, Pennsylvania’s prophetic rodent doesn’t see much of anything. The result is actually decided in advance by 14 members of the Inner Circle, who don tuxedos and top hats for the event. The celebration usually draws 10,000 to 15,000 spectators when it falls on a weekday, Groundhog club spokesman Luke Webber said. The area was under a winter weather warning and while heavier snows and sleet never materialized, rain falling in about 35-degree temperatures made for a below-average crowd, said Webber, who offered no specific estimate.
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NYC smoking ban extended to parks, Times Square
NEW YORK (AP) — Lawmakers have voted to extend New York City’s smoking ban to parks, beaches – and Times Square. The ban approved Wednesday by a vote of 36-12 is one of the most ambitious outdoor anti-tobacco efforts in the U.S. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn says the new law will save lives and make New York a healthier place to live. The smoking ban will cover some 1,700 parks and 14 miles (23 kilometers) of public beaches plus boardwalks, marinas and pedestrian plazas. The law will go into effect in 90 days. New York City outlawed smoking in bars and restaurants in 2003. Backers of the ban say even brief exposure to secondhand smoke can pose health risks.
New test may help guide prostate cancer treatment
NEW YORK (AP) — A new experimental test may someday help doctors with one of the most vexing problems in cancer therapy: identifying which prostate cancer patients need aggressive treatment. Currently, once prostate cancer is diagnosed, doctors have no reliable way to know which cases are life-threatening. Most are not. So doctors have a difficult time determining whether they should monitor the cancers to see if they progress or recommend immediate treatment, such as surgery or radiation. Both treatments can cause problems, such as incontinence and impotence. The dilemma results in overtreatment, such that about 48 men are treated for every life saved, says Dr. Ronald DePinho of the DanaFarber Cancer Center in Boston.
WikiLeaks nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
OSLO, Norway (AP) — A Norwegian lawmaker has nominated WikiLeaks for the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, saying Wednesday that its disclosures of classified documents promote world peace by holding governments accountable for their actions. The Norwegian Nobel Committee keeps candidates secret for 50 years, but those with nomination rights sometimes make their picks known. Snorre Valen, a 26-year-old legislator from Norway’s Socialist Left Party, told The Associated Press he handed in his nomination in person on Tuesday, the last day to put forth candidates. “I think it is important to raise a debate about freedom of expression and that truth is always the first casualty in war,” Valen said.
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In this photo taken Jan. 27, Erik Bendl of Kentucky poses with a giant globe he rolled through Cocoa, Fla.
In this undated file photo provided by the the National Park Service, a bison digs under the snow to graze inside Yellowstone National Park, Mont.
COCOA, Fla. (AP) — Erik Bendl is pushing the weight of the world all over the country, and he’s happy to do it. He’s 48 years old, from Louisville, Ky. and is walking thousands of miles across the U.S. with his dog, whose name is “Nice.” He’s also accompanied by a giant globe. But first, the backstory – we’ll get to the globe in a moment. His travels began after his mother – a Kentucky state representative – died of complications from diabetes in 1987. Greta Bendl was 54, too young. Her death haunted Bendl, who was then working as a carpenter. He wanted to do something, anything, to show that his mother’s death wasn’t in vain. The answer lay in his garage: a giant globe given to him by a friend in 1988. When his son was little, Bendl would pump air into the 6-foot high sphere made of canvas with a waterbed innertube and play in the park. Bendl painted the oceans on it blue and the continents green. A reporter who saw Bendl and his son playing asked Bendl if he would be interested in walking with the globe for charity; Bendl said yes, in honor of his mother. In the late 1990s, he did a 160mile walk around Kentucky to
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Disease testing began Wednesday on hundreds of captured bison from Yellowstone National Park, with federal officials saying those that test positive for brucellosis could be shipped to slaughter this week. Twenty-one more bison were captured Tuesday as the animals migrated out of the snow-packed park to find food at lower elevations in Montana. That brought to more than 300 the number of bison being held in corrals near Gardiner, and livestock agents were driving another 38 toward the site Wednesday. Conservation groups appealed to Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer for the animals to be spared, but the governor told The Associated Press that his hands were tied by an agreement with the federal government that sharply limits where Yellowstone bison can roam. “We can’t unilaterally change that” agreement, he said as he also defended the Montana Department of Livestock, which faces criticism for opposing increased leniency for bison. “They are the agency that has to do something about them once they come to Montana,” he said. “We don’t want to put our livestock industry at risk.” The impending slaughter stands in stark contrast to recent ini-
promote the American Diabetes Association. He started calling the globe “A giant Earth ball,” or, occasionally, “The World,” and calling himself World Guy. For about seven years, he and the globe walked in parades around Kentucky. He got divorced. His son grew up. Then in 2007, Bendl did his first long walk – Louisville to Pittsburgh, 430 miles. It turned out he enjoyed being on the road, with few possessions. Bendl talks to everyone about diabetes – about his mother, about how important it is to exercise, how diabetes can be controlled. He says he donates money to diabetes awareness groups, such as the ADA and the Diabetes Exercise and Sports Association. Today, Bendl has walked more than 2,200 miles in 23 states with the globe. He’s been as far east as Acadia National Park in Maine and as far west as Pike’s Peak in Colorado. He’s hit New York City and Washington, D.C. He’s on his fifth long walk now, from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Savannah, Ga. Each day he walks 10 miles and usually meets a kind person (Bendl calls these random folks his “support team”) who gives him and Nice a ride back to his van. He drives the van near to where he ended his walk, sleeps in the van and starts fresh the next day.
tiatives to expand bison habitat in some areas outside the park. Those efforts have been frustrated by the animals’ tendency to wander and political opposition from Montana’s livestock industry and its supporters. Roughly half of the park’s bison, also known as buffalo, have been exposed to brucellosis, which causes cattle, bison and some other animals to prematurely abort their young. With more bison expected to exit Yellowstone due to a harsh winter – and the corrals capable of holding only 400 animals – a park spokesman also indicated that even bison that test negative for the brucellosis might not be released as originally planned. “There are a lot more bison in the park than we could conceivably hold,” Yellowstone spokesman Al Nash said. “The question that no one can answer is what will the rest of the winter see in terms of bison movement.” Fears that bison leaving Yellowstone could infect Montana livestock have driven a government-sponsored capture and slaughter program that has killed about 3,800 bison since 2000. However, no cattle-to-bison transmissions have been recorded, and the number of cattle on ranches surrounding Yellowstone has dropped sharply in recent years.
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NASA spots 54 potentially life-friendly planets WASHINGTON (AP) — An orbiting NASA telescope is finding whole new worlds of possibilities in the search for alien life, spotting more than 50 potential planets that appear to be in the habitable zone. In just a year of peering out at a small slice of the galaxy, the Kepler telescope has discovered 1,235 possible planets outside our solar system. Amazingly, 54 of them are seemingly in the zone that could be hospitable to life – that is, not too hot or too cold, Kepler chief scientist William Borucki said. Until now, only two planets outside our solar system were even thought to be in the “Goldilocks zone.” And both those discoveries are highly disputed. Fifty-four possibilities is “an enormous amount, an inconceivable amount,” Borucki said. “It’s amazing to see this huge number because up to now, we’ve had zero.” The more than 1,200 newfound celestial bodies are not confirmed as planets yet, but Borucki estimates 80 percent of them will eventually be verified. At least one other astronomer believes Kepler could be 90 percent accurate. After that, it’s another big step in proving that a confirmed planet has some of the basic conditions needed to support life, such as the proper size, composition, temperature and distance from its star. More advanced aspects of habitability such as atmospheric conditions and the presence of water and carbon require telescopes that aren’t built yet. Just because a planet is in the habitable zone doesn’t mean it has life. Mars is a good example of that. And even if some these planets are found to contain life, it may not be intelligent life; it could be bacteria or mold or some kind of life form people can’t even imagine. All the celestial bodies Kepler looks at are in
This artist rendering provided by NASA shows a solar system comparison of the Kepler-11 solar system and ours. A planet-hunting telescope is finding whole new worlds of possibilities in the search for alien life, including more than 50 potential planets that initially appear to be in habitable zones.
our Milky Way galaxy, but they are so far away that traveling there is not a realistic option. In some cases it would take many millions of years with current technology. But what Kepler is finding in distant parts of the galaxy could be applied to exploring closer stars, astronomers say. “Our grandchildren will have to decide what’s the next step,” Borucki said at a NASA news conference. “Do they want to go there? Do they want
to send a robot?” Before Wednesday, the count of confirmed planets outside the solar system stood at 519. That means Kepler could triple the number. And those findings are from Kepler’s scanning of just one four-hundredth of the night sky, so the actual number of planets out there is presumably hundreds of times greater, Borucki said. That is exciting to astronomers, since the more planets there are, the greater the odds that life
exists elsewhere in the universe. Yale University astronomer Debra Fischer, who wasn’t part of the Kepler team but serves as an outside expert for NASA, said the new information “gives us a much firmer footing” to hope for worlds that could harbor life. “I feel different today, knowing these new Kepler results, than I did a week ago,” Fischer said. She said Kepler “has blown the lid off of everything we know about extrasolar planets.” Another outside astronomer, Lisa Kaltenegger of Harvard University, called the findings “exciting good news.” Kepler also found that there are many more relatively small planets than there are giant planets. That is encouraging, too: Astronomers think a planet needs to be solid – rocky like Earth or Mars – for life to develop. And very large planets are unlikely to be solid; they are more prone to be gas behemoths like Jupiter. Sixty-eight of the planet candidates Kepler found are considered Earth-sized, including the first ones ever discovered to be smaller than Earth. An additional 288 planets were less than twice the size of Earth, which is still in that optimum zone for life. Only five of the 54 potentially habitable celestial bodies are close to the size of Earth, while the rest approach the gassy girths of Neptune or Jupiter, Borucki said. To be in the habitable zone, a planet has to be the proper distance from its star so that it could have liquid water on its surface, at least sometimes. NASA considers habitable-zone temperatures to be roughly between 0 degrees and 200 degrees Fahrenheit. The proper distance varies by star; smaller, weaker stars, for example, would require planets to be closer to be habitable.
Blood in Cairo square: Mubarak backers, foes clash
CAIRO (AP) — Supporters of President Hosni Mubarak charged into Cairo’s central square on horses and camels brandishing whips while others rained firebombs from rooftops in what appeared to be an orchestrated assault against protesters trying to topple Egypt’s leader of 30 years. Three people died and 600 were injured. The protesters accused Mubarak’s regime of unleashing a force of paid thugs and plainclothes police to crush their unprecedented 9-day-old movement, a day after the 82-year-old president refused to step down. They showed off police ID badges they said were wrested from their attackers. Some government workers said their employers ordered them into the streets. Mustafa el-Fiqqi, a top official from the ruling National Democratic Party, told The Associated Press that businessmen connected to the ruling party were responsible for what happened. The notion that the state may have coordinated violence against protesters, who had kept a peaceful vigil in Tahrir Square for five days, prompted a sharp rebuke from the Obama administration. “If any of the violence is instigated by the government, it should stop immediately,” said White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. The clashes marked a dangerous new phase in Egypt’s upheaval: the first significant violence between government supporters and opponents. The crisis took a sharp turn for the worse almost immediately after Mubarak rejected the calls for him to give up power or leave the country, stubbornly proclaiming he would die on Egyptian soil. His words were a blow to the protesters. They also suggest that authorities want to turn back the clock to the tight state control enforced before the protests began. Mubarak’s supporters turned up on the streets
Anti-government demonstrators carry a man wounded during clashes with pro-government protesters, at a makeshift medical triage station, near Tahrir square, the center of anti-government demonstrations, in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday.
Wednesday in significant numbers for the first time. Some were hostile to journalists and foreigners. Two Associated Press correspondents and several other journalists were roughed up in Cairo. State TV had reported that foreigners were caught distributing anti-Mubarak leaflets, apparently trying to depict the movement as foreign-fueled. After midnight, 10 hours after the clashes began, the two sides were locked in a standoff at a street
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Burton should reconsider leaving UConn as donor
Conn donor Robert Burton recently decided to reconsider his status as a major donor to this university in light of the hiring of the new football coach. His reasons are his reasons, and the morality and right of the decisions of Burton and UConn Athletic Director Jeff Hathaway are irrelevant to the point this editorial is going to make. However, as members of the student body, we would like to ask Burton to reconsider leaving our university. Regardless of who was right and who was wrong, asking for the withdrawl of the donation is not just going to hurt the prestige of the program and ruffle the administration’s feathers – it is going to directly impact students in a negative manner. The money allocated to scholarships may be for student-athletes, but those athletes are getting much more than a chance to play at the college level. At UConn they they receive a good education from the top public university in New England – something they may or may not have had access to without the scholarship funds. Seven million dollars is a lot of money, and while we are glad that at least some of the money will be re-routed to scholarships within the business school, we want Burton to know that even outside athletics, UConn is a university worth investing in. The student’s of UConn are worth investing in. We recognize that our football program would not have gotten off the ground in the 1990s without the help of donors like Burton, and we also recognize that the attention garnered by a successful athletics program is beneficial to both the reputation and the financial health of this institution. Robert Burton, on the behalf of the hundreds of students who have become successful, educated members of society because of your financial contributions, and the hundreds more who could follow in their footsteps due to your generosity, we would like to ask you to remain a part of UConn athletics and the general UConn community. Pulling out and going elsewhere would certainly make a point, but in the end, it is not just a faceless program that will be hurt – it is the lives of students that stand to be ruined. We hope that you can find a way to mend your relationship with this school, and that other donors remain involved. We hope that the university learns and reacts to this public relations nightmare in a manner that can mend this relationship and encourage involvement from new donors. No matter where the administration stands, we do take notice and appreciate your contributions. We could not have this university or the education that comes with it without you. 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.
So now that Jay Hickey AND the InstantDaily have valentines, I have to try to find an actual person to be mine? Actually, I’ll just ask my life-size poster of Kemba... Whoa! Double snow day all the way! What does it mean? *Cries* While Skyping my parents, my roommate came running in shouting to suck her dick. After the awkward pause my dad told me that I can transfer if I wanted. Three snow days, one weekend, one cancelled class and one free day means I just had a 7-day weekend! Jealous? Did the aliens from Space Jam take away Kemba’s shooting ability? If only Jay Hickey could’ve canceled the game against Syracuse too. In regards to the game against Syracuse, the important thing is they tried... They did try, right? ...Right? To the guy in front of me splashing me with slush: Just one question: Why are you wearing flip flops? My geoscience professor e-mailed us a video of a stoned penguin just in case we didn’t know “How to truly enjoy a snow day.”
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Nobody should have a 0.16 GPA
ou would think it impossible, but truth is stranger than fiction. There is a student living on campus at UConn who, last semester, pulled off an unthinkable achievement: a grade point average of 0.16. What’s more is that he lives on my floor. His walls are covered with posters that read “Peace Tea” in By Jesse Rifkin psychedelic colWeekly Columnist ors. The last time he got a haircut was over Thanksgiving break. His shirt has a silhouette of Jimi Hendrix on it. I spent a few minutes asking him about this disaster. “How did this happen, exactly?” I asked him. “I got a D+ in a one-credit class, and an F in everything else.” “Why did you fail everything?” “I missed almost all my classes.” “Why?” “All my classes were too early.” “How early?” “One of them started at 11. One of them started at noon.” “Don’t you have an alarm?” “I do. Sometimes I would set it. But sometimes when I set it, I would forget to turn it on.” “Didn’t you realize, by at least halfway
into the semester, that you were on the road to failure?” “I thought I would get, like, a C- in my human rights class.” “But you still failed?” “Yeah.” “Come on. Hitler didn’t even fail his human rights class.” “You know, last semester was kind of a blur.” Interesting.
“We each must find the correct measures of fun and work in our daily routines.” “What was your father’s reaction to your GPA?” “He didn’t want me to come back to college. He asked me to set up an appointment with my [academic] advisor, which he insisted on coming to.” “And what was your advisor’s reaction to your GPA?” “She was… not too crazy about it.” Still, he claims his academic troubles are a fairly recent development. As a matter of fact, his SAT score was a 2090 out of 2400, which he claims was the highest in his graduating high school class. Also, he received a “3.5 or 3.6” grade point average in high school. What went wrong? He cites a few factors, notably the increased amount of free time college offers. Once he arrived at a
university, his motivation decreased and work ethic plummeted. Nevertheless, he knows that there are plenty of kids at college who still manage to get straight As. He is a victim of his own mistakes. Perhaps there is a little bit of him in all of us. Who doesn’t want to have a blast and enjoy life? At the same time, there is a need for balance, in addition to the pleasure that college brings. Nobody enjoys doing work or cracking down on the books, but there is a price to pay if you fail to do so. We each must find the correct measures of fun and work in our daily routines. Why do some of us achieve success while others do not? Sure, natural ability no doubt plays a role. But for the most part, it is a simple matter of effort. As the old saying goes, “Hard work beats talent when talent does not work hard.” When your job for four years is to be a student, your grades are (for the most part) an indication of your success, or lack thereof. Maybe the guy down the hall from me is not a failure at life. The only problem is that his grades seem to reflect the fact that he is. After talking to him and making my way to leave his room, I could not help but notice the 24-pack of Ramen noodles on the floor. What is that for? “It’s brain food.” How long have you been eating those? “I didn’t eat any last semester.” On the other hand, maybe that explains it.
Weekly columnist Jesse Rifkin is a 2nd-semester political science and communications double. He can be reached at Jesse.Rifkin@UConn.edu.
No matter orientation, outing is unethical
mid the hubbub surrounding the explicit nudity, drug use and realistic sexuality portrayed in MTV’s remake of the British teen drama “Skins,” the news that outspoken contrarian Dan Savage is going to be shooting a pilot for the network was lost. Savage, who writes the syndicated relationship and sex advice column “Savage Love,” is working on an advice show for teens and young adults, which will be modeled By Ryan Gilbert after his recently Staff Columnist completed college tour. We can assume the televised show will be just as brutally honest, hilarious and graphic as his column and tour. Throw in the fact that Savage is also the founder of the LGBT youth oriented “It Gets Better Project” and MTV’s decision seems like a no-brainer, right? Not quite. Dan Savage is one of many popular pundits and online gossip bloggers who favors public “outings” of prominent media personalities, and criticizes those who are rumored to be gay and won’t come clean about it. Blogs like Gawker, Queerty and Perez Hilton have previously done their part in “outing” gay celebrities like Lance Bass, Clay Aiken and
Neil Patrick Harris, and have recently set their sights on CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
“..trying to expedite an exteremly personal and affecting experience like coming out isn’t noble.” In an interview with Big Think, an online forum, Mario Armando Lavandeira, Jr., better known as Perez Hilton, denied his role in this shameful practice. “Nobody ever forces anyone to come out. Nobody ever ‘outs’ anyone, even though people accuse me of that. I report on celebrities; I report on the private lives of public figures,” Hilton said. “But that doesn’t mean that the gay media, myself included, shouldn’t talk about Anderson Cooper being in the closet. And we shouldn’t talk about how much better it would be for the community and for him if he were open.” Do you see what he did there? Hilton isn’t nearly as clever or coy as he thinks he is. During his news show on CNN and in interviews he has done for other programs, Cooper has routinely emphasized and
denounced abuses and offenses directed at the LGBT community. When the University of Michigan’s student assembly president Chris Armstrong, who’s openly gay, was targeted and harassed by Andrew Shirvell, a state assistant attorney general, Cooper showed his viewers blog posts Shirvell had written calling Armstrong a “pervert” and “Satan’s representative” and cut the unashamed homophobe down to size. Cooper also dedicated segments of his program and hosted a special town hall showcasing and analyzing the recent spate of gay teen suicides. Yet, for some bizarre reason, this is not enough for the caustic and spiteful bloggers who demand Cooper valiantly wave his rainbow flag – if he even has one. Hilton believes it would be “infinitely better for the community if Anderson Cooper came out. Why? Because visibility is key. The more straight people see that there are gay folks out there, the easier it is for us to achieve change, the easier it will be for us to get marriage equality, the harder it is for people to hate.” And in a blog posted on The Huffington Post, human rights activist Ari Solomon wrote, “By staying closeted, we are perpetuating the shame and fear that bullies and bigots want us to feel. We are keeping others from getting to know us,
thereby never even having a chance at breaking down the walls of homophobia.” Solomon also wrote, “Famous gay people have the biggest responsibility of all” to come out of the closet and serve as “role models.” This disingenuous approach of using bad conscience over responsibility to try to force famous people out of the closet has had mixed results. For every Amber Heard who decided she was “part of the problem” by not coming out, there’s a Johnny Weir who wrote in his autobiography, “The massive backlash against me in the gay media and community only made me dig my ‘closeted’ heels in further.” Too many of those who champion for equal rights, protections and freedoms for the LGBT community are some of the same people who’ve become the gay Gestapo and are using their columns and blogs as guns to the heads of those who, for whatever reasons, haven’t made the decision to come out of the closet. “The closet” isn’t some hollow of disgrace and embarrassment, and trying to expedite an extremely personal and affecting experience like coming out isn’t noble. It’s none of our business.
Staff Columnist Ryan Gilbert is a 6th-semester journalism major. He can be reached at Ryan. Gilbert@UConn.edu
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of the demand 57 Butler at Tara 60 1/2 fl. oz. 62 Halloween et al. 63 Moonstruck 64 17th Greek letter 65 Falcons, on scoreboards 66 Yr.-end adviser
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Aries - Today (and for the next three weeks) communication comes easily. Take advantage of this to bring other people into your projects. Thank them. Taurus - The days ahead look promising. Your ambition and desire for perfection can take you far. Write down career goals and take action to realize them. Gemini - If you dream of moving to another continent, now it’s the right time to do it. It will take courage, patience and thoroughness, but you can do it. Cancer - Change keeps showing up today. Although you feel more conservative, you jump into action. Invest in your own ideas, and you’ll be pleased.
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Leo - It’s a perfect day to recreate partnerships. Banish old wounds and invent something new with a business or sentimental partner. Why waste precious time? Play together. Virgo - Focus your energy on completing projects, especially those that require focused skill. You’re on fire and you want to get things done. Take your time. Libra - Continue your trip into self-discovery. Don’t be afraid to be childlike. Paint with your fingers, maybe. Don’t miss a chance to play in the snow. Scorpio - Learn from the challenges earlier in the day. Find your way home, eventually, to a comfortable chair for some serious lounging, complete with favorite treats. Sagittarius - Not everybody likes what you say, and that’s okay. You can be respectful and still speak out. Don’t be afraid to go public for what you care about.
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Capricorn - Put your energy to work generating money. Rethink financial options, and be open to new income possibilities. Go for what you want, but don’t step on anyone to get it. Aquarius - You have everything going for you today. Don’t fall asleep on your laurels and keep exploring creatively. Reward yourself by watching a good film. Pisces - Find a quiet place to sit and write down your thoughts. Concentrate intently. Enjoy the quiet time before the full speed coming ahead.
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Male model behind the Mona Lisa, expert claims ROME (AP) — A male apprentice, longtime companion and possible lover of Leonardo da Vinci was the main influence and a model for the “Mona Lisa” painting, an Italian researcher said. But the researcher, Silvano Vinceti, said Wednesday the portrait also represents a synthesis of Leonardo’s scientific, artistic and philosophical beliefs. Because the artist worked on it at various intervals for many years, he was subjected to different influences and sources of inspiration, and the canvas is full of hidden symbolic meanings. “The ‘Mona Lisa’ must be read at various levels, not just as a portrait,” Vinceti said. This is one of many theories that have circulated over the decades about the identity of “Mona Lisa” and the meaning for her famously enigmatic smile. Others have said the painting was a self-portrait in disguise, or the depiction of a Florentine merchant’s wife – the latter drawing a consensus among scholars. The world-famous portrait is on display at the Louvre Museum in Paris. The apprentice Gian Giacomo Caprotti, known as Salai, worked with Leonardo for more than two decades starting in 1490. Vinceti described their relation-
ship as “ambiguous,” and most art historians agree Salai was a Leonardo lover. Several Leonardo works, including “St. John the Baptist” and a lesser-known drawing called “Angel Incarnate,” were based on Salai, Vinceti told a news conference at the Foreign Press Association. These paintings show a slender, effeminate young man with long auburn curls. Vinceti said similarities with the “Mona Lisa’s” nose and mouth are striking. “Salai was a favorite model for Leonardo,” he said. “Leonardo certainly inserted characteristics of Salai in the last version of the Mona Lisa.” It was not the first time that Salai’s name had been associated with the “Mona Lisa,” though some scholars expressed skepticism. Pietro Marani, art historian and Leonardo expert, called the theory “groundless.” Vinceti said other influences may have affected Leonardo. He does not rule out that Lisa Gherardini, wife of Florentine merchant Francesco del Giocondo, may have provided an early inspiration. Equally, Vinceti said further inspiration may have come from noblewoman Beatrice D’Este, who was married to Ludovico Sforza, the duke of Milan at
the-art, CSI-like techniques with old-fashioned library research. Analyzing high-definition scanned images of the “Mona Lisa,” Vinceti claimed in recent weeks to have found the letters “S’’ and “L’’ in the model’s eyes, and the number “72” under the arched bridge in the backdrop of the painting.
He attaches several symbolic meanings to these letters: the “S’’ pointed him to Salai and the Sforza dynasty that ruled Milan, while the “L’’ is a reference to the artist himself and Lisa Gherardini. Marani, the Leonardo expert, said at least three historical documents prove that Gherardini was the original model. He said there are no known paintings of Salai, though he conceded it was entirely possible that the young apprentice might serve as a model for other Leonardo works such as “St. John the Baptist.” But he warned against reading too much into possible similarities between subjects. “All Leonardo subjects look like each other because he represents an abstract ideal of beauty. Therefore they all have this dual characteristic of masculine and feminine,” said Marani, an art professor at Milan’s Politecnico university. “The work began as the portrait of Lisa Gherardini, but over the years in Leonardo’s hands it slowly turned into something else: an idealized portrait, not a specific one,” Marani said. “That’s also why you have this fascinating face that transcends time and transcends a specific person, and why all these theories keep piling up.”
get. Nearly 15 million iPads were sold in just nine months last year and research firm Gartner Inc. expects 55 million tablets to be shipped this year. Most of those tablets will likely be iPads. On the other hand, The Daily will have competition. The New York Times has a free iPad app, though it plans to begin charging a yet-undetermined fee early this year. USA Today has a free app and is overhauling its newsroom toward putting news on the iPad and other mobile gadgets. It has no plans
to charge readers. The Daily is looking for an edge by offering an app that is more closely tailored for tablet computers. It is giving prominent place to video and graphics that can be manipulated using the iPad’s touch screen and photos that offer 360-degree, panoramic views at the swipe of a finger. Readers can navigate The Daily by swiping left to right to get to the next page, or zoom out to scroll through multiple pages at a time.
Art historian Silvano Vinceti gestures as a photo of Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” painting is projected in background, during a press conference, in Rome, Wednesday.
whose court Leonardo worked in the late 15th century. Vinceti said that Leonardo often would see the woman while he was painting “The Last Supper” for the Monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, where she went to pray. Traditionally, art historians say Leonardo started panting the
“Mona Lisa” in 1503, when he was back from that Milan stay. But Vinceti has said he may have started in the late 1490s in Milan. Vinceti, a media-savvy writer and art investigator, made his name when he said he had located Caravaggio’s long-lost bones last year. He combines state-of-
Stop the presses: First iPad newspaper debuts
NEW YORK (AP) — Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. launched the first iPad-only newspaper Wednesday. It is hoping the right combination of traditional reporting and technological wizardry will lure enough subscribers and advertisers to pay for a new way of delivering journalism. News Corp. plans to charge 99 cents per week or $40 per year for the newspaper, called The Daily. That’s less than what many publishers charge per month for home delivery of newspapers, though The Daily won’t be burdened with the cost of printing or delivering a physical newspaper. The digital newspaper is produced by reporters in New York and Los Angeles and a network of freelancers. It will be broken out into sections including News, Gossip and Opinion and delivered to subscribers on their iPads each morning. Each edition will have as many as 100 pages the size of an iPad, which measures 9.7 inches diagonally. Content will be updated, though not as often as a website. “There’s a growing segment of the population here and around the world that is educated and sophisticated, and they’re not reading national newspapers or watching much television news,” Murdoch said during a launch event at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. “But they do consume media. And they expect content tethered to their specific interests delivered anytime, anywhere.” The Daily is the latest example of how media companies are trying to mine the iPad’s popularity for new sources of revenue. Many publishers already have free or paid apps as an addon to their print editions.
Eddy Cue, vice president of Apple, attends the launch of The Daily, Wednesday in New York. The Daily is the world’s first iPad-only newspaper.
Newspapers have been eyeing digital opportunities because the print advertising revenue they have traditionally relied upon has been evaporating for the past four years. Advertising revenue from newspaper websites has been growing, but it’s a fraction of what print brings in. News Corp. hasn’t been as hard hit as many publishers because of revenue coming from its Fox television network and the 20th Century Fox movie studio. News Corp. also owns The Wall Street Journal, one of the few newspapers able to sell a large number of digital subscriptions. Still, Murdoch referred to the crisis facing the news business
Wednesday, saying, “We can and we must make the business of news gathering and editing viable again.” Though it is too soon to predict how The Daily will fare financially, Murdoch said News Corp. spent about $30 million to start the project. Operating costs will run roughly a half million dollars per week. So to break even on annual subscriptions alone would require a customer base of almost 1 million readers, assuming Apple Inc. takes its typical 30 percent cut. That would put The Daily among the top circulating newspapers in the country. Advertising dollars will help
support The Daily as well, though how much is not yet known. News Corp. Chief Digital Officer Jon Miller said readers will be the main source of revenue for The Daily at first, but eventually the company would like to see a 50-50 split between subscription and advertising. It is counting on marketers to pay more to reach readers who are engaged enough to pay for a digital newspaper. Verizon Wireless is sponsoring the newspaper’s launch, allowing News Corp. to give readers two weeks for free. The iPad’s rising popularity gives The Daily and potential advertisers a vast audience to tar-
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New year, new albums, new hype Save the animals! By Becky Radolf Staff Writer
This is only Lady Gaga’s second studio album, and the hype
It’s hard to visualize the dwindling numbers of different species when you’re nowhere near the jungle, but the problem is very real. Critters you see on Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel could be losing numbers fast, and some of them could even be extinct within the next 10 years. An article in Scientific American published on May 21, 2007 discussed the 10 animals that may go extinct in the next 10 years, with some teetering dangerously on the brink already. Our kids may have no idea that there ever existed a camel with more than one hump, considering the Wild Bactrian Camel only has about 1,000 individuals remaining between China and Mongolia. While camels always seemed like the resilient type, since they have the amazing ability to store water and live in harsh climates, these hardy animals may not have much time left. If you still want to sing “Sally the Camel” to your children and have it make any sense, you better hope these guys pull through. As poachers continue to threaten many species, few may have been hit as hard as the Black Rhinoceros. Killed for its horns, which have ornamental and “medicinal” properties, according to the article, these animals only have a few thousand still running free in Africa. The Gray Rhinoceros has fared better in recent years, but the black is headed down a slippery slope if poaching and habitat loss aren’t minimized. One of our closest ancestors may be heading toward its final days, as well. The Sumatran Orangutan has no more then 7,500 individuals left, according to the article. While that may seem like more than other critically endangered species, consider that their population is declining at an estimated 1,000 per year, a statistic provided by the director of the World Wildlife Fund’s Borneo and Sumatra Program. For these guys, only human activity is to blame for their exorbitant habitat loss. Loggers in particular are to blame,
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The notorious Lady Gaga is scheduled to release her second studio album, ‘Born This Way,’ on May 23. There are many new releases to look forward to in 2011; 10 of them are listed below. Singers and bands like R.E.M., Panda Bear, Radiohead and Bright Eyes are scheduled to release albums as well.
Oldies like R.E.M., goodies like Gaga are some of the 10 albums to look forward to in 2011 By Julie Bartoli Campus Correspondent 2010 was good, but 2011 is looking to be even better. Mark your calendars and blow your paycheck on iTunes preorders because, in spite of the weather, owning these albums is more important than paying your gas bill. Everyone bundle up and listen. Feb. 15: Bright Eyes “The People’s Key” This album will be the sonic equivalent of the 2005 “Digital Ash in a Digital Urn,” but better. March 1: Jay-Z and Kanye West “The Throne” Based on “H.A.M.,” the album is synth-driven, wellproduced and lyrically offensive but not unlistenable. It isn’t “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” but a col-
laboration with hip-hop legend Jay-Z is worth a listen.
hundred times more successful than any member of Vivian Girls. This album is going to be a roaring triumph, considering it’s fueled by hate and revenge.
March 8: R.E.M. “Collapse into Now” R.E.M.’s greatest success has been producing alternative rock songs laced with the misfit mindset of the late ‘70s and ‘80s. On its 15th studio album, R.E.M.’s taking that youthful rebellion to a new level by featuring the likes of Eddie Vedder, Patti Smith and Peaches.
May 3: Fleet Foxes “Helplessness Blues”
March 22: The Strokes “Angles” After releasing 2001’s most sexually explicit and overall brilliant album, followed by two progressively worse LPs, the Strokes spent most of 2005 and 2006 talking about breaking up, then splitting. Five years later, they’re back, and the rumor is that this album is capable of doing what “Is This It” did a decade ago.
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The band Fleet Foxes plans to release its second album, ‘Helplessness Blues,’ on May 3, a follow-up to its 2008 debut.
12: Panda “Tomboy”
Regardless, “Person Pitch” was fantastic, so hang tight.
This may never come out, considering Noah Lennox changes the release date whenever he’s backed up, tired or just kind of bored.
April 12: Vivian Girls “Share the Joy” Their drummer quit, joined Best Coast and became a
Hartford avenges the demon barber By Jason Wong Campus Correspondent Last Sunday was the last public performance of the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts’ production of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” For those of you who are unfamiliar, “Sweeney Todd” is a musical about a barber who returns to London after 15 years in prison on false charges. Upon learning that his wife poisoned herself after being raped by the Judge Turpin, the man who wrongfully sentenced him, he vows revenge. The company performed the show in a black box theater, allowing audiences to immerse themselves in the action. Such a theater allows actors to move amongst the audience, and allows the audience to view the show from several different angles. The language in the music and script remained the same, but there was a modern flair in many of the actors’ costumes, though all conveyed a sense of dark dreariness. The part of Sweeney was played by Ross Yoder, who portrayed the part masterfully. Not only did he capture Sweeney’s initial pain and rage perfectly, he was also able to depict Sweeney’s descent into madness with frightening realism. The complementing character of
Mrs. Lovett, played by Mackenzie Friedman, was also done very well. She added an essence of silliness and humor to the character, who rather darkly, but humorously, introduces the idea of baking Sweeney’s victims into pies. It was her character who often had the audience in stitches. The Judge and his Beadle, played by Graham King and Colleen Welsh, respectively, delivered their roles as the primary antagonists. The Judge was the model of false righteousness, and the Beadle was an excellent arrogant henchman. Similarly, Jack Ploszaj and Julianne Daly, playing Anthony and Johanna respectively, played the parts of the young lovers beautifully. Ploszaj’s charming tenor and Daly’s soaring soprano captured the only real spot of goodness in the musical itself. The character of Pirelli, played by Mike Hornig, was somewhat disturbing, but in an altogether refreshing way. His assistant, Tobias, played by Eli Mann, was the picture of the pure innocent, up until the emotional finale. His simple sweetness often brought smiles to the audience’s faces. Finally, the character of the Beggar Woman, played by Julia Veronesi, was excellently done. From her madness to the tragedy of her character, there are no complaints.
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Sweeney Todd, portayed by Johnny Depp in 2007’s ‘Sweeney Todd,’ is the story of a barber with a thirst for vengeance.
If Fleet Foxes dropped their debut album last year instead of 2008, there’s a high possibility that we’d all be listening to “Fleet Foxes” instead of “The Suburbs.” Unfortunately, Fleet Foxes had the better album, but Arcade Fire had the moment. The good news is listeners coming off their 2010 indie binges still may be craving the mild-mannered folk outfit. May 23: Lady Gaga “Born This Way”
Charlie Sheen thanks CBS bosses, fans for support LOS ANGELES (AP) – Charlie Sheen thanked his bosses, co-stars and fans for their support Wednesday, hours after authorities released a 911 call in which a doctor described the actor as “very, very intoxicated” and in pain. Sheen’s thanks come as his off-camera antics, which led to a trip to the hospital last week and a return to rehab, caused a halt of production on television’s highest-rated comedy, “Two and a Half Men.” In a four-paragraph statement, Sheen thanked his bosses, CBS chief Les Moonves and Warner Bros.’ TV division President Bruce Rosenblum, for “their concern and support.” He did not offer any new details on his treatment. “I have a lot of work to do to be able to return the support I have received from so many people,” Sheen’s statement said. It was issued hours after the Los Angeles Fire Department released a 5-minute recording in which Dr. Paul Nassif said he received a call from Sheen’s residence and spoke with a secretary who sounded worried about the 45-year-
old actor. “They said don’t call 911, but I got (Sheen) on the phone and he was very, very intoxicated, also apparently in a lot of pain,” Nassif said. Sheen was taken to a Los Angeles area hospital last Thursday and was released later that day. Sheen’s publicist, Stan Rosenfield, cited the actor’s history of hernia problems and later said his client went into rehab, but he did not say why. Rosenfield declined to comment Wednesday on the actor’s condition, citing medical privacy laws.
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1. “The King is Dead,” The Decemberists 2. “Kidz Bop 19,” Kidz Bop Kids 3. “Science and Faith,” The Script 4. “Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes,” Social Distortion 5. “Low Country Blues,” Gregg Allman 6. “Doo-Wops & Hooligans ,” Bruno Mars 7. “Teenage Dream,” Katy Perry 8. “Speak Now,” Taylor Swift 9. “Pink Friday,” Nicki Minaj 10. “Sigh No More,” Mumford & Sons
A sampling of UConn a cappella
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Members of The Go! Team pose behind a desk for Fox News. The band’s new album sounds like a lot of their old songs, heard in many a Honda commercial.
The Go! Team’s third studio album sounds too commercial, too familiar By Julie Bartoli Campus Correspondent You say you’ve never heard of The Go! Team? Have you seen a Honda Civic, Cannon, Target or PS3 commercial within the last five years? Chances are, you heard the English sextet chanting in the background. Despite expressing unearthly amounts of talent, as well as fusing the near-unfuseable genres of hip hop, funk, soul, dance
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This Day in Music 1959 It was during the Winter Dance Party tour that a plane crash killed rock legends Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, along with pilot Roger Peterson. According to Holly, the ice-cold tour bus wasn’t working out, so Waylon Jennings, Valens and Holly got tickets on a plane that could hold three passengers in addition to the pilot. The plane was designated to take the musicians to the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. Meanwhile, Big Bopper was scheduled to take the tour bus. However, Bopper came down with the flu, and asked to take Waylon Jennings’ seat on the warmer plane. Jennings obliged. “I hope your ol’ bus freezes up,” Holly cracked as he and Jennings parted ways. Jennings’ reply? “Well, I hope your ol’ plane crashes.” At 9:15 a.m. the next morning, the wreckage was spotted near Clear Lake. All passengers had died on impact. The crash was later deemed “The Day Music Died.” – Julie Bartoli
punk and noise pop into rhythmic and aurally appealing pieces, the band’s claim to fame is that a lot of people inadvertently play “The Huddle Formation” in their head when they see a Honda Civic drive by. Released Feb. 1, The Go! Team’s third studio album “Rolling Blackouts” provides 13 tracks that all face the same problem: They’re incredible, but at times they are so catchy that the songs become commercial. The record opens with
“T.O.R.N.A.D.O.,” a crunk backbeat fronted by singer Ninja’s hip-hop attitude and a pulsating brass section. The title is more than appropriate. The next song is a mix of neo-psychedelic and dance pop, featuring the vocals of Deerhoof’s Satomi Matsuzaki along with Tsuchida’s glockenspiel and a well-utilized triangle. Best Coast frontwoman Bethany Cosentino also had a hand in the making of “Rolling Blackouts,” with her vocals utilized in track six, “Buy Nothing Day.” The song sounds less like The Go! Team and more like Best Coast’s hazy beach rock, which leaves listeners without a jinglein-the-making aftertaste, and is arguably the album’s best piece. In “Voice Yr Choice,” track eight, Ninja sounds dangerously like Niki Minaj via “Bedrock,” and over record scratching and blazing horns, they tap the realm of catchy, commercial verses
once again. The album’s only real rocker is the title track, “Rolling Blackouts,” laced with girl-group chants and distorted guitars reminiscent of Thurston Moore. As I previously mentioned, the songs are great, but I wonder who exactly they were made for. The Go! Team seems to have stopped producing music for its fans and changed its target demographic to car dealerships and Target marketing executives. “Rolling Blackouts” could have been an incredible album had the band not been labeled with such a commercial past. The Go! Team shouldn’t be the soundtrack to buying your Nike shocks; it should significantly become apart of you. And there is far too much history behind its creators to hear it any other way.
The White Stripes announce they’re breaking up NEW YORK (AP) – The White Stripes are done. The groundbreaking rock duo, which helped revive and reshape a stale rock scene with their scorching, guitar-fueled, blues-tinged songs, announced Wednesday they are splitting up after more than a decade and six albums together. Jack and Meg White (who presented themselves as brother and sister but were actually ex-husband and wife) said no “Behind the Music”-type troubles doomed the band. “The reason is not due to artistic differences or lack of wanting to continue, nor any health issues as both Meg and Jack are feeling fine and in good health,” a statement announced. “It is for a myriad of reasons, but mostly to preserve what is beautiful and special about the band and have it stay that way.” The Grammy-winning, platinum-selling band started off in Detroit in 1997. Seen mainly as the brainchild of frontman Jack White (Meg was the drummer), the band’s breakthrough came at the start of the new millennium with the albums “White Blood Cells” and 2003’s “Elephant,” with the now-classic song “Seven Nation Army.” But over the years, Jack White has focused attention on other projects, including the bands the Dead Weather
and the Raconteurs, as well as his Nashville, Tenn.-based Third Man Records. He’s also acted as producer, helping revive the career of Loretta Lynn with the album “Van Lear Rose” and most recently, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Wanda Jackson’s “The Party Ain’t Over.” The last recording by the White Stripes was the live album “Under the Great White Northern Lights,” released last year, along with an accompanying DVD documentary. In an interview with The Associated Press last year, White said being a part of the Stripes was “extremely hard,” but he liked the challenge. “If it ever got easy to go out and do a White Stripes show, I think we would just end it. It’s always been hard. That’s what I get from it though. It forces me to create something that I wouldn’t have done before. That’s tricky,” he said. “It’s tricky to go out on stage with two people in front of 10,000 people and make them all interested and keep them all interested for an hour or two, and standing their proudly and say it’s finished, that’s the show. That’s hard to pull off.” The duo urged fans not to be upset at the band’s demise. Though no new recordings are expected, unreleased tracks are forthcoming.
Meg White, left, and Jack White of The White Stripes are shown in New York in 2004. The ex-husband and wife duo have called it quits for the band.
“The White Stripes do not belong to Meg and Jack anymore. The White Stripes belong to you now and you can do with it whatever you want,” they said. “The beauty
of art and music is that it can last forever if people want it to. Thank you for sharing this experience. Your involvement will never be lost on us and we are truly grateful.”
Who wants to watch “Glee” when you can watch live a cappella performances? Here at UConn, we have eight a cappella groups and one barbershop quartet that host concerts multiple times throughout the semester. The most substantial showcase was on Friday, where each of the nine groups sang a two-number repertoire. Of the groups that performed, I have to say that Extreme Measures had the strongest showing. The Measures sang a rendition of the summer hit “Shark in the Water” by V.V. Brown, which was enjoyable even though I heard it before when they opened for the Penn Masala concert. But the group simply blew me away with the number “Home.” This single, by Marc Broussard, did not make it big in 2005, despite the fact that it contains a perfect mix of blues, jazz, funk and country music. The soloist from EXM killed his part with his powerful voice and the background vocals were supportive, yet muted enough that all of the attention was on the soloist. Co-ed a cappella groups generally have a difficult time balancing parts, but this group has all the right pieces in all the right places. As per usual, the women in the crowd were enamored with A Completely Different Note (CDN). Using their suave dance moves and falsetto trills, the all-male group was able to woo the audience with a outstanding depiction of Usher’s “There Goes My Baby.” The R&B style that Usher uses is hard to replicate, but the soloist pushed on the high notes and thus, achieved the same effect that the hip- hop star usually has. The two all-female groups, The Chordials and Rubyfruit, were also a wonderful listen. The Chordials did a slight variation of Rick Springfield’s “Jessie’s Girl” by singing, “I wish that I were Jessie’s Girl/ how can I be a woman like that?” The song took the ’80s by storm with its familiar strum pattern and iconic music video, and has peaked in popularity in modern times as well. The Chordials performed it well, despite the fact that there was no guitar accompaniment, jarring cymbals and Springfield’s modest croon to round out the cover. Rubyfruit was the last group to take the stage. Their closing set included a sweet acoustic version of “American Honey,” originally by Lady Antebellum. While “American Honey” is considered to be a country song, it is certainly enjoyable for any kind of music lover. The soloist was immaculate during her segment of the performance, and while there was no build up, the piece was sung so softly that it could have been deemed a nostalgic lullaby. Real music comes from real talent, and that is what these UConn groups have. Autotune, guest stars and orchestral backgrounds are all frills that make “Glee” songs popular. But in all actuality, to make good music, singers need to vocalize and put their minds, bodies and souls into their performances. That is why a cappella really is the most elite form of music out there.
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Philly museum removes mummies after China objects PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A museum just days away from opening a long-awaited exhibit including two mummies and other historical artifacts from China is gutting the display of all objects at the request of Chinese officials, the museum announced Wednesday. The artifacts were part of “Secrets of the Silk Road,” which is scheduled to open Saturday at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Philadelphia. The exhibit has already traveled to museums in California and Texas without issue. Visitors to the Philadelphia museum will see a pared-down exhibit.
Penn museum spokeswoman Pam Kosty said she could not offer any more information beyond a statement saying Chinese officials had requested the items not be shown. She declined to identify the officials. Attempts to reach the Chinese consulate for comment were unsuccessful because of the Chinese New Year holiday. The exhibit’s main attraction is a nearly 4,000-year-old, pristinely preserved mummy from far western China, whose flaxen hair and eyelashes are still intact. A well-preserved mummy of a baby, along with vibrantly colored burial trappings of a third mummy, was
among more than 100 ancient objects featured. The artifacts come from the Tarim Basin in the autonomous Xinjiang Uyghur region of China. Victor Mair, a Penn professor of Chinese language and literature, has been researching and leading expeditions in the area for more than 20 years and helped develop the exhibit. On Wednesday, Mair said in an e-mail that he could not discuss the dispute but that he hoped to continue negotiating with the Chinese after the New Year holiday. In a Jan. 21 interview with The Associated Press, Mair said “Secrets of the Silk Road” had been years in the making
because China jealously guards its antiquities. Mair was especially excited to display them at the Penn museum, a regional attraction that is a hub for research but struggles to attract visitors. It was to be the exhibit’s only East Coast stop. “It’s going to be the rebirth of this museum,” Mair said last month. “It’s going to put it back on the map.” As he spoke, various museum officials interrupted to report that the artifacts had arrived. Mair noted that the exhibit’s Chinese chaperones would be sightseeing in the area, including trips to New York and Atlantic City, N.J.
Artifacts like the Beauty of Xiaohe, shown above, have been removed fromw the Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeoloigy and Anthropology, per China’s request.
Fawcett’s red swimsuit Franco may be Broadway bound goes to Smithsonian WASHINGTON (AP) – The red swimsuit that helped make “Charlie’s Angels” actress Farrah Fawcett a 1970s icon became part of the Smithsonian’s collection Wednesday on what would have been her 64th birthday. Fawcett’s longtime companion Ryan O’Neal presented the swimsuit and other items to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington. O’Neal said Fawcett, who died in 2009 after battling anal cancer for several years, always intended to give the suit to the museum. “They asked her years ago for the bathing suit,” he said. “So it was always in her plan.” Fawcett wore the bathing suit for a photo shoot shortly before her debut on Charlie’s Angels in 1976. The resulting poster sold millions of copies and became the best selling poster of all time, according to Smithsonian curator Dwight Bowers. Bowers compared the poster to World War II pinups of Betty Grable and Rita
Hayworth, saying it became a symbol of the 1970s era. Though fans know the bathing suit as red, it is actually a burnt orange color, possibly due to fading. Before it was donated to the museum, Fawcett framed it herself, and it was stored at a Los Angeles warehouse, O’Neal said. Nels Van Patten, Fawcett’s friend and tennis coach who was with her during the bathing suit shoot, said Wednesday she did her own hair and makeup for the pictures and didn’t have a mirror. She also squeezed a lemon in her hair to get natural highlights, he said. Also donated to the Smithsonian were Fawcett’s book of scripts for the first season of “Charlie’s Angels,” a 1977 Farrah Fawcett doll and a “Farrah’s Glamour Center” styling kit for creating her signature hairdo. The items will be part of the museum’s popular culture history collection and will go on display this summer.
NEW YORK (AP) – A charming drifter and a fading movie star – classic Tennessee Williams characters in search of two players. And the actors to do the job just might be James Franco and Nicole Kidman. Director David Cromer said Wednesday that negotiations are under way to persuade Franco to join Kidman in a Broadway production of “Sweet Bird of Youth” later this year. “It looks like it’s coming together,” said Cromer, who helmed the recent award-winning Off-Broadway revival of “Our Town” at the Barrow Street Theatre. “It’s one of my favorite plays.” Oscar-winner Kidman last appeared on Broadway – and in the nude – in David Hare’s “The Blue Room,” which ran from 1998 to 1999. Franco, who was nominated for an Oscar for “127 Hours” would be making his Broadway debut. Cromer said producers, including Scott Rudin, had signed Kidman but are still in talks with Franco, though the actor has expressed interest.
“They’re still working on the schedule,” he said. The play tells the story of an aging actress and the gigolo paramour who uses her as he tries to help her get back into movies. Cromer said producers hope to have the production staged by fall or winter. Clearing schedules for both actors is a challenge. Kidman, who could win her second lead actress Oscar for “Rabbit Hole,” has finished “Trespass,” a home-invasion thriller with Nicolas Cage, and is slated to star with Clive Owen in a TV movie about the romance between Ernest Hemingway and a World War II correspondent. Franco is even busier. Beside his recurring role on the daytime soap opera “General Hospital” as a demented artist, he has signed on to co-host The Academy Awards with Anne Hathaway while taking classes at Yale University and the Rhode Island School of Design. “Sweet Bird of Youth” had its Broadway debut in 1959
and featured a young Paul Newman and Geraldine Page, who reprised their roles as Chance Wayne and Alexandra Del Lago in a film version. A Broadway revival in 1975 starred Christopher Walken and Irene Worth. This year is the centennial of Williams’ birth.
We must do our part in saving endangered species from ANIMALS, page 7
but that doesn’t mean we don’t indirectly affect these creatures by financially supporting companies that threaten their habitats. With 3,071 “critically endangered” species in the world, it’s no wonder that our lifestyles need to change to give these animals have a fighting chance. The biodiversity of our planet will keep our food chains up and running, and with one species’ extinction will come several others that depend on them for sustenance. Giving to causes like the World Conservation Union will help the fight, and committing ourselves to never purchasing products obtained by poachers will ensure these animal stay on the map. Furthermore, know the companies you buy your goods from, where they get their raw materials and how they are helping– or hurting – the cause to keep these species thriving.
Radiohead, the » TECHNOLOGY Cars to release Google rolls out Android Market for Web albums in 2011 MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) – Users of phones running Google Inc.’s Android operating system are getting more ways to browse and buy apps for playing games, reading the news and other tasks. The Internet search leader announced its Android Market Web store Wednesday. The store lets users choose apps through a Web browser and have them installed remotely to their smart phones and tablets. Previously, the Android Market was only available on Androidrunning devices. Chris Yerga, director of engineering for Android cloud services, said the move is meant to give users more ways to find and install apps on their Androidrunning gadgets. It also gives developers more control regarding the promotion and sale of apps, he said. Like the Android Market app, the Web store allows you to look for apps by category or browse featured or most popular ones.
The Goggle Body app for Google’s Android 3.0 Honeycomb mobile operating system.
The announcement of the store, at market.android.com, came at a media event for a new version of Android. Called Honeycomb, the new software is geared toward tablet computers, which are growing more popular amid Apple’s launch of the iPad last April. Also Wednesday, Yerga said
Google will start supporting in-app purchases, which means that Android app developers could make it possible for users to buy virtual items such as additional levels or features within games. This is a feature Apple Inc.’s iPhone already has. Bart Decrem, general manager of mobile for The Walt Disney Co., demonstrated that feature on the popular music game “Tap Tap Revenge.” In the game, which has long been available for the iPhone, users buy songs and then tap along on the touch screen in time to the music to score points. Decrem co-founded Tapulous Inc., which created the “Tap Tap Revenge” games and was sold to Disney in July for an undisclosed amount. He said the games have been downloaded more than 50 million times so far. Since “Tap Tap Revenge” games are free and make money from advertising and in-game song sales, the announcement is a big deal for Decrem.
from NEW, page 7 is already enormous. Her 15 minutes aren’t anywhere near being up. TBA: Radiohead Thirty million Radiohead fans could be wrong, but they’re all going to go out and buy this album anyways. This is here to let listeners know that within the next 10 months, they’ll be able to make Thom Yorke more rich and pretentious than he already is. For now, just rock out to “OK Computer.” TBA: The Cars It’s their first album since 1987. I’m surprised, mostly because Benjamin Orr, the bassist and vocalist behind the hit single “Just What I Needed,” died of pancreatic cancer 11 years ago. Which means he probably won’t be on the LP.
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Muslims seek change in their Hollywood story
LOS ANGELES (AP) – After years of watching Muslims portrayed as terrorists in mainstream TV and movies, an advocacy group hopes to change that image by grooming a crop of aspiring Muslim screenwriters who can bring their stories – and perspective – to Hollywood. The Muslim Public Affairs Council is hosting a series of workshops taught by Emmywinning and Oscar-nominated veterans over the next month, an initiative that builds on the group’s outreach for a more representative picture of MuslimAmericans on the screen. The workshops are the natural evolution of MPAC’s efforts to lobby TV networks and movie studios from the outside, and they fit into a small, but growing, movement to get more Muslim-Americans behind the cameras. MPAC dubbed its effort the Hollywood Bureau, while Unity Productions Foundation recently started a similar project called Muslims on Screen and Television. Other nonprofit arts foundations, such as the Levantine Cultural Center and Film Independent, have joined forces by planning networking events for Muslim actors and training and mentoring young filmmakers. “The idea is to really give Muslims an avenue to tell our stories. It’s as simple as that. There’s a curiosity about Islam and a curiosity about who Muslims are – and a lot of the fear that we’re seeing comes from only hearing one story or these constant negative stories,” said Deana Nassar, MPAC’s Hollywood liaison. At the council’s first screenwriting workshop last Saturday, three dozen attendees packed into a classroom in downtown Los Angeles to hear Emmywinning comedy writer Ed Driscoll give tips of the trade, from knowing the audience to
making a script outline. The students reflected a diversity not often seen in Hollywood’s portrayal of Muslim-Americans, from a black woman who grew up in Mississippi to a stay-at-home mom to a defense attorney who dabbles in screenwriting on the side. Khadijah Rashid, 33, said before class that her Hollywood experience included working behind the scenes on everything from reality TV to the awardwinning biopic “Ray.” But Rashid said she had always felt her own story – growing up Muslim in the Deep South – was the tale she most wanted to tell. She recalled being teased as a child for her unusual last name and choking down chunks of dry cheese for lunch when the school cafeteria served pork, a forbidden food in Islam. “I don’t think it’s much drama, but it’s my own personal drama,” said Rashid, now a single mother living in Pasadena. “I definitely want to tell my story, but I need to learn how. If I get the tools, I’ll just pour it out.” With any luck, Hollywood will listen. The industry has taken more interest in telling authentic Muslim stories in recent years, said Ahmos Hassan, a Muslim-American talent manager who has been in the business for more than two decades. “There’s a demand for Muslim stories, but whether it’s Muslim writers or not depends on the talent they bring to the table,” Hassan, who owns Chariot Management, said during a break in the class. “They need to bring that to the industry ... and I think the industry is open to it now, more so than any time before.” MPAC has had some success working with writers and pro-
ducers from the outside. Its Hollywood Bureau was founded after Sept. 11, 2001, with a simple strategy: to make sure the portrayal of Islam on TV screens was accurate, even if it was negative. Since then, the organization has consulted on a parade of hit TV shows, including “24,” ‘’Bones,” ‘’Lie to Me,” ‘’7th Heaven,” ‘’Saving Grace” and “Aliens in America.” The group also has held meetings with top network executives from ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, and throws a Muslim-inspired version of a Hollywood awards show each year for productions, both mainstream and independent, that advance understanding of Islam. In 2009, winners included “Slumdog Millionaire” and “The Simpsons,” for an episode that featured Bart befriending a Muslim boy named Bashir. The goal is not to spoon-feed Hollywood Muslim-friendly story lines, but to increase awareness of the diversity of American Muslims and to be a resource for writers and producers, Nassar said. “There’s only a small, small number of people who are trying to drive a negative agenda. Most of the time it’s innocent oversight, and they’re very happy to get our take on what they’re doing, to get our feedback,” said Nassar, who also attended the workshop and is an entertainment lawyer by training. That feedback has been an eye-opener and a challenge for some in the industry, where the Muslim-as-terrorist plot line has been an accepted story for years. “When you’re sitting in the writer’s room, and you’ve got to come up with a plot line and you’ve got to come up with a bad guy, it’s really easy to pull that out and say, ‘OK, Muslim terrorist,’” said T.S.
Cook, an Oscar-nominated screenwriter who will teach two of the four sessions. “It’s a lazy man’s way to villainy – and it’s pretty ingrained.” Writer Roger Wolfsen, who worked on the TNT drama “Saving Grace,” said MPAC consultants were invaluable when he was assigned to write a script for an episode that featured a black death-row inmate who was converting to Islam. In the plot, the inmate Leon had a personal angel, Earl, who had been guiding him. Wolfsen’s challenge was to show Leon’s conversion and decide if his angel would change in appearance – or if he would continue to exist for Leon at all. MPAC’s consultants urged Wolfsen to resist making Leon’s character a militant, angry black man and instead suggested that he focus on the beauty and mystery of the moment of conversion. The collaboration paid off, he said. “Everything was my idea, but I didn’t know a single detail. I didn’t know how you convert; I didn’t know what it means; I didn’t know what an Islamic angel would say, how an Islamic angel would behave,” Wolfsen recalled in a phone interview. In the end, Wolfsen showed Leon reciting the Islamic declaration of faith in his prison cell as his angel watches. When Leon opens his eyes, the angel is still there and greets him with a simple “Us salaamu alaykum,” or “Peace be upon you” in Arabic. The episode was one of the high points of Wolfsen’s career. “With every writer, you’re always looking for new ways to provide freshness to your characters in abbreviated fashion,” Wolfsen said. “You can do that, sometimes, by making somebody a believable Muslim.”
The photo collage above shows producer-Khadijah Rashid praying at her home. Rashid started her production company ‘Muslimah Movies’ in order to tell the true story of MuslimAmericans as they really are in their daily lives.
Writing songs triggered Is $3M worth it for a Super Bowl ad? Ask GoDaddy new start for Martin
NEW YORK (AP) – Ricky Martin began writing a new CD, but then he had to stop. The singer says he got so comfortable revealing his feelings – and his sexuality – that he needed to explore that in another way. “When I started writing my music, in this cathartic process, I started writing my book ... and I had to stop doing music because what was coming out was really intense,” Martin said. His memoir “Me” hit The New York Times best-seller list in November. And while Martin says he’d love to release a book of photos next, he’s putting out the album that somewhat served as the prequel to “Me.” “Because of what I learned about myself with the book, I ended up writing the music for this album,” he said of “Musica + Alma + Sexo,” his twelfth effort, out this week. “For the first time in my life I was not forced to release an album.” The Puerto Rican singer said that kind of freedom allowed him to take risks and get emotional. “There were emotions (and) it was not easy,” he said. “You have to start opening doors within your mind, opening doors and closing them (like), ‘I don’t want to go into that room ... Should I? No, but I have to,’” he recalled. “It was very liberating (and) very healing.” Martin spent two years making the mostly Spanish CD, cowriting each track and reuniting with Desmond Child, the pro-
ducer behind his hits “Livin’ la Vida Loca” and “She Bangs.” He will support the disc when his U.S. tour kicks off in Puerto Rico on March 25 and wraps up on May 8 in San Diego. He says he plans to bring sexy back on tour. “It’s going to be a very sexual tour ‘cause it is a sexual album. So let’s just have fun and provoke,” he said. Martin became a father to twin boys through a surrogate mother two years ago. And he’s looking to expand his family: “Of course I want daddy’s girl. In a couple of years, not now.” He also said though his boys are young, they’re catching the music bug. He’s even open to them being teen singers like he did when he debuted in the boy band Menudo. “I’m very lucky because my parents supported this... If they didn’t support me, today I would be so frustrated,” he said. “I want (my kids) to be happy. I would never force them into anything ... What I’m trying to say here is that for many years I did things for others to be happy. I don’t want them to go through that.” While Martin, now 39, was not open about his sexuality for many years, he was a musical success: He sold more than 20 million albums in the United States, won a Grammy and toured the world. But now, he says, he’s reached a new high. “I feel balanced,” he said, pausing, then smiling: “I feel like I can touch the sky.”
LOS ANGELES (AP) – GoDaddy.com was almost unheard of six years ago. Then it ran the most talked-about ad of Super Bowl XXXIX – a spoof of Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction” in which a busty woman appears before a censorship board and a strap breaks on her skimpy top. The spot was so racy that Fox yanked a second airing scheduled for later in the game. The other fallout? The Super Bowl ad rolled out each year by GoDaddy, which registers Internet domain names, is now almost as eagerly awaited as the halftime show. Fox is charging about $3 million for 30 seconds of ad time this Sunday during Super Bowl XLV. So is the gamble worth it for companies? “It’s not a bet,” GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons says, “if you know the outcome.” Online businesses in particular reap big benefits from pitching during the big game. Viewers see the ads, then rush to the Web to see uncut versions of the commercial or snag freebies – and they end up becoming paying customers. Take Homeaway.com, which last year hired Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo to send up the old National Lampoon movies in a Super Bowl ad. (A snooty concierge tells Chase he’s booked in the “Napoleon Suite,” which turns out to have a comically low ceiling.) The ad, the site’s first during a Super Bowl, resulted in a huge increase in traffic, which lets
vacationers book rental properties. The new business from the Super Bowl ad allowed the site to recoup 60 percent to 70 percent of the cost. “The rest you’re attributing to future value,” co-founder and CEO Brian Sharples says. The company is buying time during Sunday’s PackersSteelers game and will save money on production by not using celebrities. It already spent $1 million on servers to handle the Internet traffic bump last year and can reuse the equipment. CareerBuilder’s ads helped the job-listing site leapfrog rival Monster after its first Super Bowl ad in 2005. The amount of money billed to companies posting new job listings in the month after the Super Bowl has risen, on average, by 39 percent above the same month the previous year. It’s back again this year, despite the tough economy. “What we’ve found year in and year out is that it effectively moves our business,” says chief marketing officer Richard Castellini. And then there’s GoDaddy. After Super Bowl XXXIX, it added race car driver Danica Patrick as a “GoDaddy girl,” and last year signed “The Biggest Loser” trainer Jillian Michaels. It’s already encouraging customers to check out this year’s Super Bowl for “our hottest ads yet.” Since the Jackson spoof in 2005, GoDaddy has gone from single digits to nearly 50 percent of market share in domain-
GoDaddy.com CEO Bob Parsons.
name registry. On average, the site says, it has picked up 5 percentage points of market share within the first 48 hours after a Super Bowl ad. It posted almost $1 billion in revenue last year. For other big brands, the link between sales and awareness is harder to measure. Most people knew Budweiser before its helmet-wearing bottles squared off in the first Bud Bowl, and most people had tried McDonald’s before Larry Bird and Michael Jordan played extreme Horse for a Big Mac. Still, this year, several major companies are returning to the game after absences to save cash or try different marketing strategies. General Motors, which
was under majority government ownership this time last year but has since gone public, will try to drum up excitement for its small Chevrolet Cruze. PepsiCo wants to put Pepsi Max back on people’s radars as a zero-calorie drink after a year of focusing on community grants. The attraction for advertisers is playing to an audience of about 100 million people all at once. The 68 spots were sold out by Fox in October, an indication that companies are more eager than ever to appeal to the masses. Last year, some spots remained unsold until six days before kickoff. In some cases, the ads can work too well, especially if they’re linked to online giveaways. Dockers, a Levi Strauss & Co. brand, promised free pants in its ad last year and ended up mailing out twice as many pairs as it expected. Jen Sey, senior vice president of global marketing, says the strategy paid off by revitalizing the brand and helping the company find new distributors. But this year, it’s doing a cheaper pre-game ad and not promising any freebies. “We’re taking those resources and spreading them throughout the year,” says Sey. And Denny’s Corp., whose free Grand Slam breakfast campaign created huge lines around the country last year, is staying clear of the game. It has a new ad campaign that won’t be shown during the Super Bowl and won’t offer anything for free.
Broadcaster gives American outlet to Al-Jazeera NEW YORK (AP) – Al-Jazeera English has temporarily gained a long-sought American television outlet for its coverage of the Egyptian turmoil, an event that the Qatarbased news network hopes is a turning point for its acceptance in the U.S. market. Link TV, an independent broadcaster seen primarily on the DirecTV and Dish satellite systems, said Wednesday it is simulcasting about 12 hours
a day of live Al-Jazeera coverage to about 33 million of the nation’s nearly 116 million homes with televisions. Al-Jazeera’s in-depth treatment of the story has won praise from journalists and hostility from Egyptian authorities, who closed the channel’s Cairo office and briefly detained six of its journalists. When the story calms down, Al-Jazeera plans go back to cable operators in the U.S. to
seek permanent spots on the air, said Al Anstey, the network’s managing director. “This is a really important moment for us in the United States,” Anstey said. “To me, this is evidence that there is a clear demand for Al-Jazeera English and the content that we put out.” Link already airs documentaries from Al-Jazeera, includes some of its material in its daily “Mosaic” program about
news from the Arab world, and once a week it airs a halfhour Al-Jazeera newscast. It is part of the Link’s mission to provide news and information from across the world through difference perspectives, said Kim Spencer, chief content officer of the San Franciscobased network. Al-Jazeera offers a perspective that Americans need to see, with a wealth of contacts in the Middle East, he said.
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yards on 70 carries. If the Packers were at full strength this season, they might have been the No. 1 seed in the NFC. But they ended up the sixth seed, and then proceeded to beat the three best teams in the NFC on the road–something only the 2007 Giants and 2005 Steelers have done. Quenton: Rodgers, with the exception of the Atlanta game, hasn’t been that spectacular in the playoffs. The Packers needed an interception from Tramon Williams in the final seconds to beat Philadelphia, and against Chicago in the NFC Championship game. The Packers’ D came to Rodger’s defense, as they had no offensive touchdowns in the second half. What they lack is a strong running game, and while Brandon Jackson and James
Starks are decent backs, they can’t finish games on the ground. On the other hand, Rashard Mendenhall has been pivotal so far in these playoffs. He had two touchdowns in the divisional round against Baltimore, and an additional 121 yards and a score against the Jets. Also, when Roethlisberger was suspended for the first four games this season, Mendenhall had 411 yards and four touchdowns, leading Pittsburgh to a 3-1 record. Even when Big Ben is not in the picture, the running game is stable enough to keep Pittsburgh afloat. Mike: Sometimes experience is overrated. Rodgers has played out of this world in four postseason starts, the only loss coming against Arizona in last year’s Wild Card shoot-out that ended 51-45 OT. This postseason, Rodgers has a quarterback rating of 109.2; he also completes 71 percent of the
time. He throws the football pretty good, I know. He also has thrown for six touchdowns and two interceptions, but that’s not all. He has 56 rushing yards, and two rushing touchdowns as well. So, Rodgers has been responsible for eight touchdowns this postseason. By any measure, those are outstanding numbers. Rodgers can match Ben Roethlisberger play for play when it comes to making passes and avoiding the pass rush—something both quarterbacks have excelled at.
Quenton: Throughout the year, the Packers have garnered all the attention on the defense. And for good reason. BJ Raji, Charles Woodson and Clay Matthews are all elite players. However, Green Bay was 18th in total rushing yards allowed, and 31st in rushing yards allowed per rush. The secondary was also 19th in pass defense. Throughout 20 games,
including playoffs, Pittsburgh is first in points allowed at 13.3 per game, and first in rushing yards allowed at 55.5 per game. They’re also second in total yards allowed. Pittsburgh also has this year’s Defensive POTY in Polamalu. When he’s on the field, the Steelers not only improve in stopping the pass, but in the running game as well. Polamalu’s a ferocious tackler and perennial ball-hawk, intercepting seven passes in 14 games this year. James Harrison, Lamarr Woodley and Ike Taylor are no slouches on defense, either. So while the Packers get all the publicity, the Steelers are doing just fine flying under the radar. Mike: I almost forgot to mention the Packers’ defense until Quenton was so kind as to point out some of the flaws of their defense to me. Clay Matthews and Charles Woodson are elite players, but
their stats this postseason have been unreal. Tarmon Williams leads postseason stats with most interceptions at three; second in that category is Sam Shields who plays for the Packers as well. Clay Matthews is second to Terrell Suggs, with three and a half sacks in just three games. Not to mention, Matthews finished second in Defensive Player of the Year to Polamalu 17 to 15. The Packers defense also is the only one this season to post a shut- out against the Jets 9-0 in the regular season. Quenton: Regardless of the success Pittsburgh has achieved in past Super Bowls, the Packers are favorites to win by a 2.5 spread. This makes Pittsburgh, winners of two of the last five Super Bowls, the underdog. That’s surely going to give the Steelers added motivation to play well, and prove the detractors wrong. Tomlin, known for his
cool demeanor, always pushes the right buttons, and will have this Steelers team ready when the game arrives this Sunday, which is one of many reasons they will win Super Bowl XLV.
Mike: Favorites and underdogs mean absolutely nothing in the Super Bowl; it’s all winning and nothing less. Just like Vince Lombardi said, “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.” The Super Bowl trophy means something extra to the Packers because it is named after their Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi, and they believe the trophy belongs in Green Bay. To address Quenton’s point about distractions, once the ball is kicked off at 6:29 p.m. on Sunday, all those distractions go away. In the end, the Packers will claim their fourth Super Bowl and 13th NFL championship overall.
Cerullo: Whaler Hockey Festival Stypulkoski: NHL's new system success will be fun for all Husky fans
from WINTER, page 14 rink has been built on the field, and over the course of a week, the event will host numerous games played at the local, high school, collegiate and professional levels. And on Sunday, Feb. 13, UConn hockey will take center stage. That day, dubbed UConn hockey day, will feature both the men’s and women’s teams in a double header. First, the men’s team will take the ice at 1 p.m. against AHA opponent Sacred Heart, whom the Huskies beat earlier this season on the road 9-3. Following that, the women’s team will take the ice against Hockey East rival Providence. That game will begin at 4 p.m. Personally, I can’t wait. I love hockey, and I think it’s great that UConn is going to have this opportunity to play in a special event like this. There’s
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no reason we shouldn’t be able to pack the stands for this either. After all, the tickets are general admission, they’re cheap (a $5 ticket is good for both games) and SUBOG is providing buses so students can easily get to and from Rentschler Field. Once you’re there, why not make the most of it? Tailgate for a bit, start a big snowball fight in the parking lot, or sled down one of the 25-foot-tall snow banks or something. Maybe it’s a little too much to expect an atmosphere like the one at Michigan Stadium in Michigan this past December, when 113,411 fans showed up to watch an outdoor game between Michigan and Michigan St, but I don’t think it’s unreasonable to hope that a good amount of students see this as the unique opportunity it is and show up. I’ll admit, both the men’s and women’s teams are having down seasons this year,
but even last year when the women’s team was a Top-10 team that finished one win away from reaching the eightteam NCAA Tournament, interest was fairly low. But this is different. This is real outdoor hockey in our own backyard. How often do we get the chance to see a UConn team play in an event anything like this? This should be a lot of fun for everyone, and the more people who show up, the better. I’m sure the players and coaches would appreciate it too. If nothing else, last football season’s blizzard game against South Florida taught us that all sports are a lot more exciting in the snow – and, looking around right now, I see a lot of snow. See you at the Rent! Follow Mac Cerullo on Twitter at @MacCerullo.
and picked their own teams like they were out on the pond, getting ready to play a friendly pick-up game. And frankly, that’s pretty much what it turned out to be. As always, the All-Star Game took the same form as it does in every other league, a high scoring, defenseless affair in which offense was easy to come by and back checking forwards were nearly impossible to find. But unlike in some sports, the game was actually fairly competitive, ending at 11-10, about as close to a nail biter as you’ll find in a meaningless exhibition game. That’s more than can be said
for the NFL at least, who held their annual Pro Bowl on the same weekend, which featured the NFC jumping out to a 42-0 lead and a final touchdown in which the lineman literally stood still and the defense did anything but attempt to make a tackle. While the NFL has continued to let their all-star competition falter and embarrass the league, the NHL decided to be proactive and try to fix – or at least add a little bit of excitement – and seem to be on the rebound. Luckily for hockey fans, even if the All-Star Game never realizes its full potential and becomes an exciting and interesting event, at least the NHL still hosts the Skills Competition. It is always fun to
watch, because it’s not often you get to watch goalies race around the rink or see Ovechkin try some of the ridiculous things he’s done in recent years in the Breakaway Challenge – like donning a hat or using two sticks, for instance. Also, watching slap shots fly off the stick of Zdeno Chara at nearly 106 miles per hour never gets old either. This year’s NHL All-Star Game, to me at least, was a resounding success considering the interest generated compared to past years, and at least hockey players are still giving some effort –I mean come on, somebody make a tackle!
Syracuse beats UConn 66-58
from HARTFORD, page 14 zone,” Lamb said. “We moved the ball and my teammates told me to be ready to shoot.” The Orange zone defense only let Lamb hurt them. Bigs Rick Jackson and Baye Keita had 13 and 11 rebounds, respectively. Jackson added 13 points, Kris Joseph scored 11 and Brandon Triche led Syracuse with 16. “[Rebounding] comes down to heart really,” said Alex Oriakhi who finished with nine points and five boards. “That’s something we didn’t have, especially myself.” UConn started the second half cold and Syracuse reeled off five straight points before Okwandu’s jumper bounced off the back rim and dropped in at the 18-minute mark. Facing a seven-point deficit with 15 minutes to play, Lamb hit a three to bring life back into the sold-out Hartford crowd.
Syracuse turned the ball over on the next possession and Walker finished the fast break with a goal-tended lay-in. Okwandu tied the contest at 36 off a great Niels Giffey pass. On the other end, Keita lost the ball going up for a shot and it hovered a few few over the rim before dropping it. Joseph then hit a 3-pointer to push the lead back to five with 13 minutes to go, sparking an Orange run. “I thought we got beat, but I don’t think we should’ve got beat,” Calhoun said. UConn had another good start to the game, with Oriakhi hitting a turnaround jumper for the game’s first basket. Walker made a 3-pointer at the 18:20 mark to make the score 5-0 less than two minutes into the game. The Orange didn’t score until the 14:25 mark. Triche gave Syracuse its first points, but on the next possession Lamb banked home a deep
3-pointer as the shot clock expired to push the lead to seven. “Obviously, we got off to a very bad start,” Boeheim said. “The difference this time was the defense was better.” Napier found his shooting stroke, knocking down a 3-pointer to five the Huskies an 18-10 lead with 6:20 left in the half. After a C.J. Fair basket, Walker found Oriakhi, who dunked the ball through traffic on the low post pushing the lead back to eight. Fair answered on the other end, but Napier hit another three giving UConn a brief ninepoint lead. The Orange stormed back, cutting the lead to three with 2:30 to go in the first. Fair sent home an alley-oop to make it 23-22 in the Huskies’ favor. Jackson scored at the buzzer, giving the Orange a 26-25 lead at the break.
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Walker, UConn struggle offensively and defensively By Mac Cerullo Sports Editor
All of this was no consolation to Okwandu, who, like Napier on Saturday, was just plain upset about the result. “I’m not here to talk about my points or my rebounds, we lost the game, which is really bad for us,” Okwandu said. “We lost two games at home, so we have to play hard the next game and we have to play together.”
After starting the year out hot, blowing away all competition and expectations in the process, the Huskies have caught a winter cold. Offensively and defensively, the Huskies have struggled in the past two games, both home losses No escape from against Big East the zone opponents. Kemba Offensively the Notebook Walker’s shooting Huskies looked woes continued as well, as he clueless against Syracuse’s shot 3-for-14 for the game, zone defense. Except for good for only eight points. It brief stretches, there was not was Walker’s first single digit enough ball movement to conscoring night of the season. sistently get to the basket or After the game, coach Jim find an open shot. Calhoun wouldn’t comment As a result, turnovers were on any individual players or a consistent source of pain their efforts. Walker himself for UConn. Syracuse took said that he is healthy and advantage, too, outscoring the has just been going through a Huskies 17-4 off turnovers. rough patch. When UConn did get an The lone bright spot on open shot, however, they offense was Jeremy Lamb, couldn’t seem to knock it who scored a game-high down. Lamb was the only 22 points and was the only exception, knocking down UConn player who was able 9-of-16 shots including 4-ofto successfully navigate the 10 three pointers. Syracuse zone defense. It was Lamb’s third straight According to Lamb, how- game with more than 20 ever, the bigger worry going points, and his sixth straight forward for the Huskies game scoring in double figshould be their defense, not ures. Given Walker’s recent their offense. struggles, Lamb’s emergence “Some of it is just mis- as a go-to scorer has come at communication, we’ve got to the perfect time. communicate,” Lamb said. “I “It’s just confidence,” think tonight I would keep my Lamb said. “Early in the year man in front of me, and then I didn’t have confidence, now I’d see somebody else open I have confidence.” and I’d try to get there. So I Lamb said that there wasn’t just think we’ve got to com- any particular game when the municate on defense more, turnaround occurred, but that it and we didn’t make plays came as coach Calhoun would when we needed to.” bench him so he could learn. For the second straight “He’d always tell me you’re game, UConn’s front- a good scorer, but at the same court struggled to do their time he was trying to teach jobs. Against Louisville on me lessons, that I could be Saturday, the bigs barely got better than what I am, so some any touches, but last night, games I would get seven minSyracuse outscored UConn utes, others I would get eight 40-22 in the paint and had minutes, but it was a learning little difficulty getting posi- tool,” Lamb said. “Now I’m tion inside for rebounds or just doing what’s best for the putback layups. team and I’m putting the ball The exception to the trend in the hole.” was Charles Okwandu, who Now stuck in a two-game had arguably the best game losing streak, Lamb and the of his collegiate career Huskies will need to get back with eight points and eight to their winning ways this rebounds. Okwandu was also weekend when they travel to very sturdy on defense and Seton Hall. came up with numerous big plays that helped the Huskies keep the game close in the second half. Michael.Cerullo@UConn.edu
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The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers line up at the line of scrimmage in a Madden 11 simulation of Super Bowl XVL, which will take place Sunday at 6 p.m. in Dallas.
By Aaron Kasmanoff-Dick and Dan Huang Campus Correspondents A Green Bay Packers quarterback won Super Bowl XLV on a game-winning fourth quarter touchdown pass. His name, however, is not Aaron Rodgers. Packers backup quarterback Matt Flynn led his team to an exciting victory on Tuesday night, defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-24 in The Daily Campus Madden Super Bowl. Flynn threw four touchdown passes, including a 63-yard bomb to Brett Swain with 17 seconds remaining in the game that clinched the win. An injury to starter Aaron Rodgers on the team’s third offensive play made way for Flynn to enter the game. The Packers’ defense
stepped up immensely, causing an astounding seven turnovers. The Steelers had the opening possession after winning the coin toss. The drive did not last long, as the Packers recovered a fumble by Heath Miller and quickly got on the board with a six-yard touchdown pass to Greg Jennings. In the second quarter, Mason Crosby added three on an easy 20-yard field goal. The Steelers could not put any points on the board in the first half, due mostly to Miller’s fumble, as well as three from Ben Roethlisberger. Flynn helped add two more scores in the second quarter, extending the lead to 24-0 with touchdown passes to Swain and rookie Andrew Quarless. The tides turned in the second half, as the Steelers finally got on the board with a six-yard touchdown pass to Matt Spaeth. The
touchdown was followed by a successful two-point conversion. Roethlisberger also added two short touchdown runs in the red zone. The two subsequent two-point conversions tied the game at 24-24 with a minute left in regulation. While some coaches would have played for overtime with an inexperienced quarterback like Flynn, Mike McCarthy was obviously not one of them. The Packers coach gave Flynn the green light, and Flynn rewarded his coach by throwing a 63-yard touchdown to Swain with 17 seconds left. Swain, a second year receiver from San Diego State, had only six receptions in the regular season. He had the biggest game of his life in the Super Bowl, finishing with three receptions for 122 yards and two touchdowns, winning the game’s MVP award. The true hero, however, was Matt
Flynn. Originally a seventh-round pick by the Packers, Flynn has played sparingly in a reserve role. Flynn, however, is no stranger to playing in big games. In his senior season at LSU, he led his team to a BCS National Championship, beating Ohio State. Flynn finished 14-for-22, with 201 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions. Roethlisberger was 19-for-33 with 192 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. Ike Taylor had two interceptions and Troy Polamalu, Charles Woodson, Clay Matthews and Tramon Williams each had one. The running game was relatively non-existent for both teams, as neither accumulated more than 100 rushing yards.
Dyson, Edwards living life in D-League By Mac Cerullo Sports Editor During their four years at UConn, Jerome Dyson and Gavin Edwards experienced some of the highest highs a basketball player can attain prior to the NBA. They played for a Hall of Fame coach in one of the greatest college basketball venues in the country, and in their junior year, they played for a top seeded team that marched all the way to Detroit for the Final Four. Two years later, however, the crowds have faded, and the two have gone their separate ways, each taking a different path that they hope will take them to the NBA down the road. But for a couple of nights, their paths crossed again, only this time on opposing sides of the court, and at an improbable location: the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass. Dyson and Edwards are now playing in the NBA Development League, which is essentially the minor leagues of American professional basketball. After graduating last spring, Dyson found his way into the Oklahoma City Thunder organization, and has been playing for their D-League affiliate, the Tulsa 66ers, ever since. Edwards’ path, however, took him much farther. After graduating, Edwards went home to Arizona to play for the Phoenix Suns’ summer league team. Following that, Edwards made a big change, moving overseas to South Korea. There he played for the Anyang KT&G Kites briefly, and he described the experience as a big learning experience. “That was definitely a big culture shock for me,” Edwards said. “I had to get used to a lot of stuff really quickly.” While in Korea, Edwards averaged 5.1 points per game and 2.4 rebounds. Beyond the experience on the court, Edwards came away with a couple of interesting stories – none stranger than his story about a Korean custom that would
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Former Husky Jerome Dyson lays the ball during UConn’s 60-48 loss to Cincinnati at the XL Center in Hartford on Feb. 13, 2010.
be unthinkable here. “Before the year they had this severed pig head,” Edwards said. “They had a bunch of dried fruits around it, and then the general manager for the team takes an envelope, puts money in it and puts the envelope in the pigs mouth. Then everybody goes and says thank you. It’s kind of a good luck charm, I guess, that they do every year, but it was just weird. It was in the middle of half court, too, everyone just walks in and there’s a big pig head on the floor.” Edwards only played seven games in Korea before moving on to the Ukrainian Basketball Super League, where he played three games for Khimik-OPZ Yuzny. “That was a little bit closer to Westernized culture, but it was still way different,” Edwards said. “Everyone’s a bit more rugged out there.” Edwards found his way home in December, and has been playing for the Springfield Armor ever since, merely an hour from the UConn campus. This past Thursday and Friday, Dyson returned to New England for the first time, too. “I talked to him before the
last game,” Dyson said after last Friday’s game. “He said he’s enjoying himself over there, I know he’s happy about being back in the area.” On the court, Dyson and his team got the better of Edwards. At 22-6, Dyson’s Tulsa 66ers are the best team in the NBA D-League, and they flexed their muscles during the two-game series, first beating Springfield 107-101, then 118-98. Dyson played perhaps the best game of his basketball career in the Friday game when he scored 37 points on 12-for-20 shooting while going 6-for-9 from behind the arc, with the three misses coming late in the game, with Dyson only three points shy of 40. Despite the result, Edwards had a solid showing of his own, scoring 17 points off the bench with eight rebounds and two blocks. Once it was done, Dyson praised his former teammate, having just played against him for the first time. “Gavin’s really really good,” Dyson said. “You don’t really see the talent that he has, he can knock down that 15- or 17-footer almost at ease, and he really bangs down low and gets rebounds.” Both players said that they still
keep in touch with some of the players still at UConn and that they have been following the team’s season closely. Both players were also in attendance at Saturday’s game against Louisville as well. And while their time in the Storrs spotlight is over, their careers certainly aren’t. The NBA D-League may be a punchline to some, but the players who play in the D-League are no joke. In last weeks series, Dyson and Edwards shared the court with several instantly-recognizable players – most notably Kansas’ Cole Aldrich and Villanova’s Scottie Reynolds, two players who also reached the Final Four at big time college basketball schools. Will either Dyson or Edwards ever make the NBA? We can’t know for certain now. But in the meantime, they are still out there, working toward that goal while being paid to play the game they love. Though the big crowds have faded and the spotlight is elsewhere now, their story is not over, and only time will tell what the next chapter will be.
UConn football adds 16 recruits for next season
from PASQUALONI, page 14 last season. Ashiru looks to join up with fellow three-star linebacker Marquise Vann in filling in positions vacated by graduating seniors Greg Lloyd, Lawrence Wilson and Scott Lutrus. After a monster senior season that saw him rack up 106 tackles, 10 sacks and seven forced fumbles, two-star recruit Julian Campenni
joins as the only defensive tackle in the class. Other recruits in the secondary include Tyree Clark (two stars, Fla.), Wilbert Lee (two stars, N.Y.) and David Stevenson (three stars, Ga.). Other offensive linemen brought in include three-star recruit Dalton Gifford from Maine and the New England Prep School Lineman of the Year in two-star recruit Paul
Nwokeji. The hit of Pasqualoni’s first class could be Michael Nebrich, a threestar quarterback out of Virginia. Nebrich is rated on Rivals.com as the nation’s 30th-best dual threat quarterback after a senior season that saw him rewrite the Virginia. record books. Nebrich set the state record in all-purpose yards and passing yards on his way to winning the Washington Post’s Metro
Player of the Year. With another Feb. 2 past, another signing day goes by as well. The fact that UConn was even able to keep many of these 16 signees after the turmoil of the last few weeks is remarkable and I’m sure they won’t disappoint on the field over the next three to four years.
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The Daily Question Q: “Who is the best team in the NBA right now?” A: “The Bulls. Derrick Rose is an unstoppable force.”
“Which men’s basketball team would you least like to face in the first round of the Big East tournament?”
– Hardik Vyas, 4th-semester biology major
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» That’s what he said
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“ Everybody is going to determine their own fate... We have to win our share.”
Away game Gampel Pavilion, XL Center
Men’s Basketball (17-4) (5-4)
-UConn coach Jim Calhoun after a 66-58 loss at home.
Feb. 5 Feb. 13 Feb. 10 Feb. 16 Feb. 18 Seton Hall St. John’s Providence Georgetown Louisville 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 9:00 p.m.
UConn closes rink due to ice on the roof
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STORRS (AP) — The University of Connecticut’s hockey rink has been closed because of too much ice and snow on the roof. Mike Enright, the school’s sports information director, says the decision to close the Freitas Ice Forum is precautionary, and there is no evidence of structural damage to the building. He says the school hopes to have the rink reopened in time for Saturday’s men’s hockey game against Army, but he says other arrangements are being made in case inspectors decide to keep it closed. The Freitas rink also serves as the home rink for the E.O. Smith, Tolland and Windham high school co-op team, and the Northeast Ice Dogs youth hockey program. It opened in 1998, replacing an outdoor rink on campus.
Women’s Basketball (21-1) (9-0) Feb. 8 Feb. 12 Feb. 14 Feb. 19 Feb. 5 West Providence Oklahoma Notre Dame DePaul Virginia 2:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
Men’s Hockey (8-13-4) Tomorrow Feb. 5 Army Army 7:05 p.m. 7:05 p.m.
Feb. 11 Feb. 13 Feb. 18 Sacred Bentley Bentley Heart 7:05 p.m. 7:05 p.m. 7:05 p.m.
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No. 12 Villanova tops Marquette 75-70
Women’s Hockey (12-15-1) Tomorrow Feb. 6 Feb. 12 Boston Northeastern Providence College 1:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m.
Feb. 19 Feb. 13 Providence Northeastern 4:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m.
Men’s Track and Field Tomorrow Feb. 11 Feb. 19/20 Feb. 25/26 Feb. 5 Collegiate Giegengack Lafayette-Rider Big East New England Invite Invite Invitational Championship Championship 9:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. All Day All Day
Women’s Track and Field Mar. 5/6 Feb. 4/5 Feb. Feb. 5 Feb. 19/20 ECAC New Balance Giegengack Big East 25/26 Invite Champ. New England Championship Invite 2:00 p.m. All Day Championship All Day All Day
Men’s Swimming and Diving Feb. 16 Feb. 11 Feb. 11 Feb. 5 Mar. 11/12 Big East Big East Big East Yale Zone Diving Championship Championship Championship 1:00 p.m. All Day All Day All Day All Day
AS Roma midfielder Marco Borriello celebrates after scoring a goal during their Serie A soccer match against Brescia, in Rome’s Olympic stadium, Wednesday.
UConn club to take on Maine at Frietas Saturday
By Aaron Dick-Kasmanoff Campus Correspondent
Mar. 11/12 Zone Diving All Day
What's On TV PGA: Phoenix Open, 8 p.m., Golf Channel Anthony Kim will come into the Phoenix Open in Scottsdale, Ariz. on Thursday hoping to start well in the first round play. The PGA Tour season is only four weeks in, but already ratings are up from last year. A large portion of this can likely be attributed to Tiger Woods’ presence on tour.
NBA: Heat at Magic, 8 p.m., TNT Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat travel to Orlando to face Dwight Howard and the Magic in a battle for Florida. LeBron James is third in the NBA with 26 points-per-game, while Wade is fourth with 25.7. AP
Dwight Howard is second in the NBA with 13.6 reb
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP)—Study any Villanova season under Jay Wright and it’s clear star guards made it a national power. Randy Foye and Scottie Reynolds led the transition to Corey Fisher and Corey Stokes. Fisher and Stokes are doing their part this season, for sure. This year, however, the Wildcats are winning games inside. Mouphtaou Yarou scored 18 points, Antonio Pena had 14 points and 10 rebounds and No. 12 Villanova snapped a two-game losing streak in a 75-70 win over Marquette on Wednesday night. Yarou and Pena continued to thrive inside for the Wildcats (18-4, 6-3). They combined for 15 rebounds and have become the Wildcats’ most consistent players this season—and are more than just dirty-work players under the glass. “Villanova doesn’t win too many games because of their inside game, and I think we did,” Wright said. “I thought Mouph was outstanding and ‘Tone was great.” Fisher controlled the game with 17 points and six assists for the Wildcats, who had lost three of four and fell out of the top 10. That kind of slump is bound to happen in the rugged Big East and even a return to their oncampus home didn’t make the game any easier for the Wildcats. Villanova won its 46th straight game at the Pavilion after losses at UConn, Providence and at the 76ers’ arena to Georgetown. The Wildcats’ win during that four-game stretch came at Syracuse.
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At UConn, ice hockey is more than just a varsity sport. Just as impressive as the recruited athletes who compete for Division I glory are the students who play for the UConn men’s club ice hockey team. These athletes compete at a Division II level in the Northeast Collegiate Hockey Association, alongside rivals such as Northeastern, Boston College and Bryant University. The team is highly competitive in the league, and plays many regular season games at Trinity College, and select home games at the Frietas Ice Forum on campus. The team is unbeaten at Frietas. “Next Saturday, Maine is coming down to the Frietas,” said Scott Tuelings, a first-year member of the team who played junior college hockey for the last two years after graduating from Hamden High School in 2008. “It’s very exciting. Everyone should come out and show their UConn pride.” These athletes give UConn a lot a to be proud of. The team plays a difficult regular season before moving on to league playoffs, followed by regionals. Of the eight teams that enter the regional tournament, only two will compete for the national title. In the
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Goalie Justus Neumann makes a save against Northeastern during a hockey game.
last decade, Head coach John Watson and his team have made three national tournament appearances, five regional tournaments and just barely missed regionals last season with a tough loss to New Hampshire. “After losing to UNH in regionals last year, we are looking to make a return to the national tournament in San Jose,” said Tyler Harrington, a third-year player.
“We’re looking to make our third nationals in four years and compete for the national title,” said Steve Plachtyna, a thirdyear player and the team’s second-highest scorer with 15 goals and 10 assists. It appears that the team will do just that. There are just three regular season contests left for the Huskies, and they have to put in a solid showing to catch up
with first place Bryant. Left on the schedule: Maine, Bryant and UMass. “Our goal is to win out the last three regular season games before the regional tournament,” Tuelings said. “We’ve beaten UMass already and are expecting to beat Bryant to gain some ground in the rankings. We’re also expecting to beat Maine on our home ice.” The team has put in an admirable performance this season and just finished a two-game sweep of Boston College at the historic Matthews Arena. The team even traveled to Florida in October for a series against Florida Gulf Coast. This program means a lot to the team members both on and off the ice. “I think one of the reasons we’re such a tight-knit group is because we spend so much time together not only on the ice, but off the ice, both in class and out of class and around campus,” said second-year defenseman Michael Sanca. “I think that helps build team camaraderie.” Hopefully the team can turn that feeling into a national championship and join the already plentiful ranks of UConn athletes who know that they truly are the best of the best.
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Thursday, February 3, 2011
HARTFORD PAINTED ORANGE
Winter classic at the Rent
Syracuse snaps fourgame skid at XL Center
By Matt McDonough Associate Sports Editor
Mac Cerullo Over the years, I’ve gotten to experience some pretty cool sporting events. From the Fiesta Bowl to Super Bowl XLI to last year’s Boston Marathon, all are experiences I’ll never forget. But perhaps the most amazing one of all was last year’s Winter Classic at Fenway Park. There’s just something about outdoor hockey that sets it apart; it feels so much more natural than hockey in an arena. The open air, bundling up to stay warm, the snow – it was really something else. The electric crowd and B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber that flew over after the national anthem probably added a lot to it, too. Probably the biggest thing was the fact that an outdoor hockey game, like that one in our backyard, was a once in a lifetime opportunity. As it turns out, I may have been wrong. Next week, the Whaler Hockey Festival at Rentschler Field will begin. A full-sized
A heavy dosage of freshman Jeremy Lamb and a small helping of senior center Charles Okwandu couldn’t cure the No. 6 UConn men’s basketball team’s struggles and prevent it from dropping its second straight home game. Junior Kemba Walker’s shooting woes continued as the Huskies lost to Syracuse, which entered the contest on a four-game losing streak, 66-58 at the XL Center. UConn dropped to 5-4 in Big East play and 17-4 overall, while the Orange improved to 6-4 in the conference and 19-4. “When you lose four in a row, you try to find a way to make a play,” said coach Jim Boeheim. “It’s not easy. It’s not easy, this game could’ve gotten away from us a few times.” Walker shot a dismal 3-for-14 from the field, finishing with his lowest scoring output of the season with eight points. The junior guard was 1-for-6 from 3-point range. Okwandu had a nice output, scoring eight points and grabbing eight rebounds. Lamb kept the Huskies in the game, scoring 22 points and hitting 4-of-10 3-pointers. “I thought one guy wanted to shoot the ball and that was Jeremy, and that’s sad,” said coach Jim Calhoun. “It wasn’t so much them doubling Kemba in the
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Freshman guard Jeremy Lamb puts the ball up during UConn’s 66-58 loss to Syracuse at the XL Center in Hartford Wednesday night. Lamb scored a game high 22 points.
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Pasqualoni inks 16 in first class of UConn reign
By Matt Stypulkoski NHL Columnist
By Eric Ploch Campus Correspondent
This past weekend, the NHL took its annual midseason break to allow the league’s top stars to put on a show for their fans. In past years, the weekend has received criticism, however, due to the lack of excitement surrounding the break’s main event, the All-Star Game. To counter the waning interest in the midseason classic, the NHL threw a new wrinkle into the team selection process for the game. On top of the standard selection process involved for players to reach the All-Star Game, the league named two team captains, Nicklas Lidstrom of the Red Wings and Eric Staal from the host Hurricanes, and left the rosters up to them. Abandoning the traditional West vs. East setup, on the night prior to the game, all the players that had been selected for the event were pulled together in a room. What ensued was probably the most interesting part of the weekend – the All Stars kicked it old school
When former UConn head coach Randy Edsall left the program in disarray hours after the Fiesta Bowl, it wasn’t only finding a new coach that seemed problematic. The staff also had to worry about the hit this would take on recruiting with only a month until national signing day. Almost instantly, Hank Hughes was named interim head coach, and he hit the trail ensuring recruits this was still the program they wanted to play for. “The fact that coach Hughes was still going to be there helped him quite a bit,” recruit Marquise Vann’s high school coach Aaron Fitzstephens told the Hartford Courant. UConn got its man weeks later, signing Connecticut native Paul Pasqualoni to the head coaching position. With only weeks to recruit, the staff and he were able to get 16 players to sign with the program for next season, four of which have already enrolled in classes for this spring semester. Pasqualoni is no rookie to the college football-recruiting scene.
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As head coach at Syracuse during the 1990s, he was able to draw some of the best national talent to the Carrier Dome. Players like Marvin Harrison and Donavan McNabb led the Orangemen to Big East titles and BCS bowl berths. Pasqualoni also had a stranglehold on the Connecticut recruits, getting letters of intent from now NFL pro-Bowler Dwight Freeney from Bloomfield, New Britain native Tebucky Jones Sr. and the McIntosh brothers from Cheshire. Of the 16 signees, eight are three-star recruits and eight are two-star recruits, based on the rivals.com star rating. “We’re excited about the kids that we have and were fortunate enough to sign. It’s a very balanced class,” Pasqualoni told the Hartford Courant. “We have eight on the defensive side of the ball and eight on the offensive side of the ball, and were able to fill positions on the depth chart that we felt we needed to address.” With the loss of Jordan Todman to the NFL Draft, the staff was able to pick up two key recruits at the tailback position in Connecticut native Max DeLorenzo and Virginia native Deshon Fox. Both
two star recruits, DeLorenzo was named Connecticut’s Class M state player of the year while Fox brings explosive speed out of a senior season that saw him score 29 touchdowns. “There are some who don’t think I can play at UConn,” DeLorenzo told the Hartford Courant. “It’s very special to be a state player going to UConn. There’s a lot of pride. They were in a BCS bowl. There are so many positive things about the program.” Kamal Adams comes in as a two star recruit from Dover, Del., where he played defensive back but will most likely switch to wide receiver. Another two star recruit at defensive back is Andrew Adams. The Georgia. native was first team all-city and all-county during his senior year. Pasqualoni was able to bring in two Connecticut studs in three-star recruits Kenton Adeyemi and former Class LL state champ Sean McQuillan, as well as teammates from Georgia in Jefferson Ashiru and Xavier Hemingway. Hemingway was a three-star recruit, offensive lineman who was first team all state
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Lake Braddock quarterback Michael Nebrich celebrates after scoring a touchdown during against Thomas Dale in the Division 6 VHSL Football Championship on Dec. 12, 2009 in Charlottesville, Va.
Which team will win Super Bowl XLV? Pittsburgh Steelers
By Michael Ferraro Campus Correspondent If the past is any indication, the Pittsburgh Steelers will win the Super Bowl this upcoming Sunday. This is their third Super Bowl appearance in the last six years and eighth in their history, winning six of them. The Steelers have arguably the most clutch quarterback in the NFL in Ben Roethlisberger, and the Defensive Player of the Year, Troy Polamalu. Mike Tomlin is also the ultimate player’s coach who always finds ways to fire up his players. Add a couple savvy veterans and a stout running game, and the Steelers should get their third ring in six years.
Rashard Mendenhall has been running wild...
Quenton: The Steelers will win Sunday for one reason: Ben Roethlisberger. Rodgers has the accuracy, RPG-like arm and smooth footwork in the pocket, but Big Ben gets it done where it counts, which is the win column. His numbers aren’t flashy – he has a career 85.4 passer rating with 17 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in the playoffs. But he has a 10-2 playoff record, and has 19 fourth quarter comebacks, which showcases his leadership and toughness. He’s hard-nosed and mentally tough, which was on display week 13 when he broke his nose on the first drive against the Ravens and still led his team to a 13-10 victory. Roethlisberger’s ability to maintain efficiency through injury and experience in close games should get the job done against Rodgers and the Packers. Mike: We all know how out-
standing Rodgers has been this postseason, and I will show you his stats a little later. But first, let’s acknowledge the depth the Green Bay Packers have. In the first game of the season they lost their star running back Ryan Grant to a torn ACL for the rest of the season. For most teams, that would have been a killer, but Green Bay fought throughout the season to fill the void that Grant left well enough to earn themselves a playoff berth. They had an out of this world total of 15 different players on Injured Reserve, which means they can no longer play for the rest of the season. Let me name several who are on that list: Jermichael Finley, Cullen Jenkins, John Jolly, Nick Barnett and Mark Tauscher. James Starks also came out of nowhere in the playoffs leading all postseason rushers with 263
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Green Bay Packers
By Quenton Narcisse Campus Correspondent
The Aaron Rodgers era in Green Bay is officially here. Rodgers and the Packers look to win their fourth Super Bowl in five appearances. The Green Bay Packers and Rodgers will join the company of other Packers greats like Brett Favre and Bart Starr as Super Bowl winning Packer quarterbacks. When the playoffs started, nobody wanted to face Rodgers and their explosive offense with Greg Jennings and Donald Driver. While the Packers were decimated by injuries throughout the season, they still managed to beat Michael Vick, Matt Ryan and Jay Cutler on the road this postseason.
...but Cullen Jenkins is looking to slow him down.