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A.I. the focus of Watson lecture By Scott Gardreau Campus Correspondent
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On Thursday College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean Jeremy Teitelbaum reflected on the victory of IBM’s Watson in “Jeopardy” and its impact on the future of artificial intelligence. The lecture, “Open the Pod Doors, Watson. Artificial Intelligence in Science Fact and Fiction,” was held in the Dodd Center’s Konover Auditorium. Teitelbaum, also mathematics professor, earned his PhD in mathematics at Harvard. A world-class numbers theorist, Teitelbaum is also a science fiction enthusiast who has fol-
lowed the progression of computer technology throughout the decades. “I’ve watched the evolution of computers and I know what they are capable of,” Teitelbaum said. “I figured that by now I was immune to surprise. Then I saw Watson.” Teitelbaum began his presentation with a brief history of computing models, detailing the work of Alan Turing and his 1936 “Turing” machine—a mathematical model that uses a set of rules to determine a result from input variables, all of which was done on paper. Feb. 16 saw the victory of machine versus man as super computer “Watson” tri-
umphed over the formidable Ken Jennings in “Jeopardy.” Language, still considered a distinctively human attribute, once marked the boundary that computers couldn’t cross. Watson’s ability to dissect the nuanced questions and break the language barrier was a milestone in computer engineering. “That’s what was most impressive about Watson; it was the closest example we’ve ever seen,” Teitelbaum said. Every time a machine can do something, we’re going to say it’s not intelligence. The little domain that’s exclusively ours is going to get smaller, but we’re going to cling to it.” Teitelbaum explored the
history of artificial intelligence with apt illustrations from major works of science fiction, including the film “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “Star Trek.” Teitelbaum humorously drew a connection between Watson and HAL 9000—the ship’s computer in “2001: A Space Odyssey” as both computers are black obelisks. “I know very little about artificial intelligence in the realm science,” Teitelbaum said. “I know much more about it in science fiction.” Science fiction flourishes on surpassing the limitations of modern technology. It indulges our fantasies of hovercrafts, jet packs and what-
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Afghan round table addresses war By Russell O’Brien Stafff Writer The Foundation for Humanitarianism program in the Department of Human Rights held a round table discussion on Thursday on the war and humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. The round table featured a panel of four professors and journalists with diverse areas of expertise. Charles Norchi, an international lawyer and Associate Professor of Law at the University of Maine, spoke first to the audience. He focused on setting the historical context of the situation and the country. “You can’t change people’s lives if you don’t know the history, culture and language,” Norchi said, touching on a theme that was present throughout the lecture. Afghanistan has a very ancient, complex history and has influenced, and been influenced by many different belief systems and cultures. “It’s been a history that’s been affected and shaped, sometimes for good, mostly for worse, by outsiders” Norchi said. In addition to discussing influences such as Alexander the Great and Genghis Khan, Norchi focused on the power struggle between Great Britain and Russia during the 19th century. The Durand Line, which was established during this time period, now makes up the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. It is, however, heavily disputed, as it divides an important regional ethnic group, the Pashtuns, between
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Charles Norchi, International Lawyer and Professor University of Maine addresses participants at a round table discussion about Afghanistan.
two countries. This is one example of outsiders influencing Afghanistan. The next speaker, Tatsushi Arai, a professor at the SIT Graduate Institute and a Peace Negotiator, spoke of his experiences as a conflict mediator in the region. He emphasized that the way actors look at conflict is couched in the way actors look at the world. Violence, he said, was the most visible part of conflict but beneath that there are deeper roots in history and culture. Arai stressed the necessity of consensus building mechanisms to bring together the elites of countries in the region as the key solving the crisis. Next, Vanessa Gezari, an independent journalist who writes on national and international affairs, spoke about her experiences reporting in Afghanistan during the U.S. invasion. “Things have actually gotten a lot worse in Afghanistan during the time we have been there,” she said. In
particular, she emphasized the lack of cultural understanding among American soldiers during the initial invasion in 2002. Most Afghans had hope, at first, that the invasion might improve their lives and were willing to tolerate occupation. American soldiers, on the other hand, were mostly focused on the recent 9/11 terrorist attacks and were not at all interested in learning about culture. This led to mistakes that eventually alienated the population. For example, groups would sometimes tell soldiers that a rival group was affiliated with the Taliban in order to get the Americans to attack the rival group. “The Americans often got it wrong,” she said. There are more attempts now to understand local culture but, as she explained, these efforts have a long way to go. The last speaker, Edward Giradet, a journalist and author,
also spoke of his experiences covering the conflict in Afghanistan. He focused more on the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan during the 1980s, which was his first experience with the country. One of the themes of his talk was how important getting to know the local community is for success in operating in Afghanistan. For example, many of the non-governmental organizations that provide aid to the country don’t use private security in Afghanistan. “They work with the local community,” Giradet said. “That’s the best protection.” Because the local community trusts them, they can operate relatively freely. American soldiers, on the other hand, act very differently. “I couldn’t believe the lack of interest and curiosity,” he said. Like Gezari, he also emphasized mistakes caused by a lack of cultural understanding. “We imposed a system that is very inappropriate to Afghanistan,” Girardet said on the current Afghan government. “No one trusts the Kabul government.” Those who came to the lecture approved of diversity of viewpoints in the discussion. “It was good to see their views on Afghanistan,” said Leila Vrabac, a 2nd-semester international relations major. “I know that a lot of Americans don’t know enough about Afghanistan.” Kelli McLaughlin, a graduate student from the SIT Graduate Institute agreed. “I really enjoyed the different perspectives from law to journalism,” she said.
ever else today’s cell phones are currently unable to boast. But with Watson’s innovative technology in the limelight, the future of artificial intelligence is a bright one. “It’s definitely an exciting time to work with computers,” said Evan Rollins, a 2nd semester electronic engineering major. “I believe in a strong form of artificial intelligence—whatever the human brain can do, can be done on the artificial computer, although Watson is a long way from a generally artificial intelligent machine,” said Teitelbaum. “After all, ‘Jeopardy’ is not the pinnacle of human achievement.”
State seeks apprentice for maritime pilot program
HARTFORD (AP) — As ship pilots age, an apprentice is being sought by Connecticut to help guide foreign-flagged ships into Long Island Sound harbors of Bridgeport, New Haven and New London. The state Department of Transportation issued on Thursday the first solicitation for applications for the apprentice marine pilot training and certification program. Maritime pilots board vessels such as freighters, tankers and passenger ships that are in the ports or on the open sea, and guide the vessels through traffic, rocks, reefs and narrow channels. Portions of Long Island Sound are dangerous, particularly “the race,” a stretch between Montauk on eastern Long Island and Fishers Island that must be navigated by ships, said Charles Beck, maritime manager for the state Department of Transportation. Pilots are responsible for determining cargo being brought into port and ensuring that ships operate properly and can be maneuvered effectively. Connecticut has seven licensed pilots, and Beck said an apprentice is needed as they approach retirement. The pilots have served 20 to 25 years or longer after working on tankers, tugboats and other vessels, said Capt. Charlie Jonas, spokesman for the Connecticut State Pilots executive board. The training and certification program is Connecticut’s first. Jonas had asked the Transportation Department to license another pilot to take on the work of two pilots who are reducing their workloads as they approach retirement rather than quitting. The apprentice will help Connecticut avoid losing the experienced maritime pilots, he said. “There’s not a lot of business in Connecticut and we need the expertise of the older pilots to train the new guys coming in,” Jonas said. To qualify for the unpaid apprenticeship, applicants must have a federal pilot’s license and documented pilot experience in Block Island Sound in Rhode Island, Long Island Sound and boundary waters of Connecticut and New York. Cargo such as heating oil, gasoline, road salt and steel enter New Haven’s port, which exports scrap metal. Other ports in Connecticut take in coal from Indonesia and chemical, Jonas said.
What’s on at UConn today... Blood Drive 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Garrigus Suites
The UConn vs. Syracuse annual Blood Drive will continue Thursday 4/14 and Friday 4/15 at the Garrigus Suites Main Lounge.
The Art of the Steal 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Benton
This documentary explores how greed, political power, and good intentions colluded to violate the wishes of multimillionaire Albert C. Barnes .
Photo Identities 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Benton
Photo Identities is a selection from the Benton Museum’s permanent collection of photo-based works from the last four decades on the subject of human identity.
Frontiers in Undergrad. Research 2 to 4:30 p.m. Wilbur Cross Reading Rooms
Frontiers in Undergraduate Research is the annual showcase of undergraduate research at the University of Connecticut.
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Tougher cell phone ban penalties clear state panel
HARTFORD (AP) — A bill imposing tougher penalties for texting or using a hand-held mobile phone while driving is progressing through the Connecticut General Assembly. The legislature’s Judiciary Committee voted 23-20 on Thursday approved the measure, which allows police officers to seize a repeat offender’s driver’s license for 24 hours, as they can in alcoholrelated cases. New Canaan Rep. John Hetherington wanted to require an officer to seize the license, but that part of the bill was amended to give police the discretion. Some lawmakers said the original requirement gave police too much power. The bill, which also increases the penalty for repeat violators of the ban from $150 to $500, moves to the House of Representatives. Connecticut first banned the use of hand-held cell phones while driving in 2005.
State attorney general bill clears committee
HARTFORD (AP) — A bill that attempts to clarify the qualifications for being Connecticut’s Attorney General has cleared a key legislative committee. The General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee on Thursday voted 29-15 in favor of a bill removing the requirement of 10 years of “active practice” legal experience. Instead, the legislation requires the attorney general to have been registered as an attorney in Connecticut for at least 10 continuous years. The bill moves to the House of Representatives for further action. The proposal stems from last year’s state Supreme Court decision that interpreted the law to require litigation experience. That ruling disqualified Democratic candidate and then-Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz (BY’-suh-wits) from running for attorney general. Some lawmakers said the old law also prevents other skilled corporate lawyers from running for the office.
Yale student killed when lab machine snags hair
NEW HAVEN (AP) — A Yale University student nearing graduation was killed inside a school lab when her hair was pulled into a piece of machine-shop equipment, an official said Wednesday. Michele Dufault, a senior majoring in astronomy, died Tuesday night “in what appears to have been a terrible accident involving a piece of equipment,” school officials said. The school said the accident took place inside a chemistry lab machine shop but didn’t say what the equipment was. “By all reports, Michele was an exceptional young woman, an outstanding student and young scientist, a dear friend and a vibrant member of this community,” Yale Vice President Linda Lorimer wrote in a message to Yale students and faculty. “We will find ways in the next day to gather to celebrate her life and grieve her loss.” In a Facebook profile picture, Dufault is shown with long brown hair that fell below her shoulders. She died from accidental asphyxia by neck compression, according to the Connecticut medical examiner’s office.
Man accused of rapes charged in prison fight
HARTFORD (AP) — A Connecticut man suspected of rapes up and down the East Coast has been charged with assault after a fight in prison. Correction Department spokesman Brian Garnett said Thursday that Aaron Thomas “scuffled” with cellmate Thomas Torres in a day room at the MacDougall-Walker prison in Suffield. The Hartford Courant, which first reported the fight, said it occurred the morning of March 31. Torres suffered abrasions to his neck and knee and Thomas was charged with third-degree assault and disorderly conduct. Thomas has been held since his March 4 arrest on rape and other charges in his hometown of New Haven. Authorities say DNA confirmed he was responsible for rapes and other attacks on 17 women from Virginia to Connecticut.
Bill granting diplomas to state veterans proceeds
HARTFORD (AP) — The parade for the national champion Connecticut Huskies men’s basketball team is officially a go. Organizers had said they might have to cancel Sunday’s parade because they had only raised about $25,000 of the $50,000 needed to stage the event. But The Hartford Business Improvement District and the MetroHartford Alliance announced Thursday that the local business community had stepped forward with the remaining funds. Sunday’s parade will begin at 3 p.m. at the state Capitol, and make a circle around Bushnell Park, concluding with a rally on the Capitol’s north steps. The Huskies will ride on top of a double-decker bus and show off the trophy they took home after their 53-41 win over Butler in the April 4 NCAA championship game.
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Gov. Malloy wants to restore popular tax credit
HARTFORD (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, fresh off a seven-week town hall meeting tour with constituents, said Thursday that he heard the complaints from middle-class taxpayers about his budget and wants to restore part of a popular income tax credit program. Malloy is asking the Democratic-controlled General Assembly to restore the local property tax credit against the personal income tax to a maximum of $300 when lawmakers make adjustments to his twoyear, $40 billion proposal. His original budget plan, presented in February, scrapped the program, which provided a credit of up to $500. “The institution of this $300 property tax credit I think is an important step toward finding a better balance on how to share the state’s burdens of a $3.3 billion deficit,” the Democratic governor said. “And that really is what we’re doing today. We’re putting in that $300. It will apply to the vast majority of the members of the middle class.” To cover about two-thirds of the cost of restoring part of the tax credit, Malloy wants to revamp how personal income is taxed for wealthier people under Connecticut’s graduated tax. Malloy’s proposal creates a flat 6 percent tax rate on the first $200,000 of income earned by a single filer and $400,000 earned by joint filers — eliminating three lower, graduated rates. It will cost a maximum of
In a Jan. 6,, file photo, Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy holds his first news conference as governor in his office at the Capitol in Hartford.
$1,000 more in taxes for wealthier single filers and a maximum of $2,000 for wealthier joint filers — a change that was immediately criticized by legislative Republican leaders as a move to appease Democrats who’ve called for higher taxes on wealthier taxpayers to help balance the budget.
“The changes you saw today, it’s not as a result of the listening tour, because the listening tour said cut spending. There’s no spending cut,” said House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero Jr., R-Norwalk. “This is a result of negotiations with the Democratic legislature that said, ‘We want to join you in
your budget, here’s our concerns, you tax the middle class too much, you don’t tax the wealthy enough.’ And he made that change.” The two-year, $40 billion budget Malloy proposed in February calls for $1.5 billion in tax increases for the fiscal year beginning July 1, about $758 million in spending reductions and $1 billion in labor savings that have yet to be reached. The legislature’s tax- and budget-writing committees are expected to vote next week on their proposed changes to the governor’s plan. Malloy’s budget director, Benjamin Barnes, has been meeting privately with the Democratic committee leaders in recent weeks. He said lawmakers are expected to make some additional changes to Malloy’s package but did not elaborate. Senate President Donald Williams said this week, for instance, that he expects Malloy’s proposed “coupon tax,” which imposes a sales tax on the full price of an item and not the price discounted by a coupon, will not be part of the legislature’s tax package. He said other issues are still being debated, such as increases to the gas tax and the overall sales tax rate. Malloy, who wrapped up his tour of 17 town meetings this week, said the property tax credit issue was raised by senior citizens and others who attended his events and he wanted to make sure that change was made.
NASA pioneer honored; says he regrets shuttle end
HOUSTON (AP) — One of the giants of American space exploration said Thursday he regrets the coming end of the shuttle program and believes NASA’s workhorses for the past three decades could be modernized to allow them to carry the load for three more. Christopher C. Kraft Jr., who was NASA’s first flight director and helped guide U.S. space flights from the earliest days of the Mercury and Gemini programs, said rather than ending the shuttle program after a final planned flight in June, NASA should make its shuttles more efficient and less expensive to operate so they might one day take astronauts to Mars or beyond. “It still has the potential of carrying out a very good space program,” he said of NASA. “Yet the space shuttle, which knows how to come and go from space, is going. That’s a shame,” said Kraft, who also helped put men on the moon with the Apollo program. NASA honored Kraft, 87, at a ceremony Thursday at the Johnson Space Center in Houston by naming Mission Control after him. It was a fitting tribute for a man who served as the space center’s director from 1972 until 1982 and who helped design Mission Control, a familiar sight during space missions with its rows of consoles and workers. It currently acts as the control rooms for the shuttle program and the international space station. After a nearly two-hour cer-
Christopher C. Kraft, left, shakes hands with Johnson Space Center Director Michael Coats at the dedication ceremony naming Mission Control the Christopher C. Kraft Jr. Mission Control Center at the Johnson Space Center in Houston Thursday.
emony outside the nondescript building during which Kraft entertained the crowd with anecdotes about the early days of the U.S. space program, he reflected on the end of the space shuttle program, “I think the space shuttle is by far the greatest space ship we have ever built in this country. I think it is the safest vehicle we have ever built. It’s too bad we’re not taking advantage of it for the next 30 years,” said Kraft, who retired with the start of shuttle flights, which began 30 years ago this week.
“It could take us not only back to the moon but probably to Mars with the right kind of design, the right kind of people and support from Johnson Space Center. It’s too bad we’re not going there,” he said. Only two shuttle missions, both to the space station, remain. Endeavour is due to blast off on April 29, and Atlantis on June 28. The shuttles are being retired in favor of interplanetary travel; the goal is to send astronauts to an asteroid and then Mars. During the ceremony, various
NASA officials and other space program pioneers, including former flight director Gene Kranz, did not specifically mention the shuttle program but talked about their hope that the work they’ve done in the space program will continue in the future. “I pray that our nation will someday soon find the courage to accept the risk and challenge to finish the work we started,” said Kranz, who is best known as the flight director on the Apollo 13 mission, the failed moon mission that was dramatized in the 1995 film starring Tom Hanks.
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Lawmakers take aim at puppymills
Friday, April 15, 2011
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri voters thought they scored a big win against some of the nation’s most notorious puppy mills when they approved strict new dog breeding regulations last year. Now state lawmakers are changing the rules. A state law aimed at cracking down on disreputable breeders and improving animal care has been overhauled by lawmakers who say the voter-approved version is too costly, and punished legitimate dog-breeders who generate an estimated $1 billion annually in the state. Animal advocates complain elected officials are overruling the will of the people and some are prepared to put the issue on the ballot again next year. Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States, said public confidence is undercut when about 100 lawmakers change a law backed by about 1 million voters. “The effort in Jefferson City is a piece-by-piece dismantling of every core provision,” Pacelle said. “It suggests to me that this is an industry that wants deregulation. They want to do things that they want and to heck with the people who care about dogs or consumers as long as there are enough dogs purchased.” Missouri Rep. Jerry Nolte,
who represents part of a county that passed the ballot measure, said he voted for the bill because it will help protect dogs by increasing funding for enforcement. “What I was trying to do was interpret what the voter intent was, and what they wanted to do was to lessen the suffering of these animals,” said Nolte, a Republican. “And I believe that this, on balance, will reduce the suffering of these animals.” A spokesman for Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon said Thursday the bill would get a careful review and declined comment on whether he planned to sign it. Missouri’s law passed last November on the strength of residents from heavily populated Kansas City and St. Louis but failed in rural areas where many dog breeders operate. But swayed by breeders who argued the law would close them down and concerned about possible future regulation for other agricultural industries, a bipartisan group of mostly rural lawmakers voted to change most of the law’s provisions. For example, a 50-dog cap is scrapped but breeders would pay more to boost state oversight of the industry. The Humane Society of Missouri and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals were among the animal advocates
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FAA addresses sleeping controllers WASHINGTON (AP) — Publicly fuming, the FAA chief collected Thursday the resignation of the head of the U.S. air traffic system, doubled controller staffing at more than two dozen airports and ordered a sweeping review of the entire system that ensures planes fly safely, as the government sought to reassure the public that air travel is safe despite at least four instances of controllers sleeping on the job.
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SAN DIEGO (AP) — The engine of a jet fighter caught fire in the air over an aircraft carrier in the Arabian Sea, but sailors quickly doused the flames after it touched down and the pilot escaped unharmed, the Navy said Thursday. The fire on the USS Carl Vinson on Monday was the second involving an F/A-18C Hornet aboard an aircraft carrier in less than a month. Authorities did not immediately indicate whether the causes might be related.
5 charged in $37M heist at tech firm FREMONT, Calif. (AP) — Five men have been charged in a $37 million armed heist at a technology firm that authorities called the largest computer chip robbery ever in the San Francisco Bay area — one of the nation’s tech hotspots. The men were arrested after as many as 15 people armed with rifles and handguns and wearing gloves and masks stormed a loading dock at Unigen Corp. on Feb. 27. The robbers tied up several employees and locked them in a room before spending a half-hour loading flash memory chips into a truck.
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Oversight of salaries right step for Trustees
he University of Connecticut Board of Trustees has voted to create a compensation task force to review administrative pay. Board Chairman Lawrence D. McHugh announced the decision after the Hartford Courant reported huge pay increases for UConn’s two top police officers – raises that were made without the board’s knowledge. The task force will scrutinize the salaries of all non-faculty, non-physician and non-union employees, but McHugh stated that the focus will be on the university’s 286 top-level administrators. “This board needs to take steps to monitor these salaries,” McHugh said. “Checks and balances need to be in place.” The board’s decision takes a positive step in the right direction toward greater fiscal responsibility at UConn. For too long, the administration has been given free reign to authorize pay increases for administrative and managerial workers without any practical check on its power usually provided by the board of trustees. Because the administration has been leaving the Board of Trustees in the dark, bloated and unjustifiable raises have been implemented that do little to help the student community. Even more appalling, salary increases as high as five-digits have been allowed over the past three years, during a state budget crisis and economic recession that left many students struggling to make ends meet. The Board of Trustees is right to review salaries in light of these administrative transgressions. Giving the board the power to review salaries will help to allow it to approve administrators’ and managers’ salaries in the first place. This would prevent the administration from granting exorbitant salary increases behind closed doors. Requiring all salaries and raises to receive the board’s approval would also add a level of fiscal oversight that is currently nonexistent. The authority to review salaries may solve current salary-related problems, but will not prevent future abuses from occurring. Further empowering the Board of Trustees is the solution to unjust salary increases that help a few to the detriment of students and taxpayers. 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.
Athur Landsomething, I’ll go to formal with you, as long as I’m allowed to fall down an entire flight of steps again, like last year’s formal. How convenient that pay day is on the first day of Spring Weekend. It’s beginning to sound a lot like Spring Weekend. Am I the only one who had no idea it’s Spring Weekend this weekend? Will the real Spring Weekend please stand up? Between the kids who think they’re entitled to destroy things and the administration which says they’ll barricade roads without even knowing when Spring Weekend is, there’s no way anything could go wrong, right? Somebody seriously needs to turn off the car alarm thats been going off for five hours in South. Dear Stall Street News, if your intention was to teach me the various components of the hookah, you have succeeded. Sincerely, Chronica Lewinsky. The boys just came into my room wearing solely boxers and suspenders and “party-boyed” me while listening to Celine Dion. Most people say “bless you” when you sneeze. Some roommates say “stop it.” My keeper boyfriend says “EWW!!!” Screw it, let’s all just go party with the animals on Horsebarn Hill. Was the puppet on 30 Rock from UConn, too? THIS IS URINETOOOOOWWWN! ONE RESTROOM HERE AT URINETOOOOOWWWN.
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Boys can like pink, girls can like blue
hen my little brother was about five years old, among the many presents he received under the Christmas tree that year was a BeDazzler from Santa. My brother had seen this fashion tool on a TV commercial, and he thought the idea of bejeweling his clothes was the coolest thing ever. So after all of the trucks, Legos and Hot Wheels cars he unwrapped that morning, it was clear that the BeDazzler was the winner, as my mom spent the day after Christmas helping him BeDazzle his jeans with rhinestones and sequins. Freaked out yet? Well, hold on tight By Taylor Trudon and get ready for Commentary Editor this one: when my mom and I had the occasional (read: every weekend) nail-painting party, he wanted in too. At the time, my “onlygirls-wear-pink” middle-school self refused to paint his nails Coney Island Cotton Candy like mine, so I compromised and painted them clear instead. I had to admit, after that minimanicure, the kid had nicer cuticles than mine. Looking back, I wish I could have told myself to get over it and just paint them pink like he wanted, gender stereotypes be damned. So when I saw the latest J. Crew ad of president and creative director Jenna Lyons painting her son’s toenails hot pink, I absolutely loved it. The endearing, “Awww”inducing ad shows a giggling Beckett (with pink toes) and his mom. The ad reads: “Lucky for me, I ended up with a boy whose
favorite color is pink. Toenail painting is way more fun in neon.” Totally cute.
“But here’s the truth: pink and blue are colors, just as painting nails and playing football are fun things...” Here comes the big shocker: this simple photo has got some people’s non-pink underwear in a twist. Namely social conservatives like Fox News’ Dr. Keith Ablow, who deemed the ad “blatant propaganda celebrating transgendered children,” according to an ABC News article. You’ve guessed it: by painting a little boy’s toenails pink, his parent is turning him gay, setting him up for years of psychotherapy, and blah blah blah—all from a J. Crew ad that sells sweaters, madras shorts and overly priced—albeit adorable—floral headbands. Yes, dear conservatives, J. Crew is really trying to get political here. Or maybe they’re just trying to present a picture of a mom hanging out with her little dude while having some harmless fun with a bottle of nail polish. Then again, I’m probably reading way too much into this. My question? How is it, in the year 2011, this is actually being talked about? This ad – a little boy with pink-painted piggies – is supposed to be controversial? I’ve seen photos of Ashlee Simpson’s son with black-painted nails and Gwen Stefani’s son with neon yellow, so is the color pink really the issue, or is it just painting little boys’ nails in general? Is it both? Dear Lord, does this mean that when I
ran around my backyard with my older brother’s black-and-white Power Ranger gloves that I was unknowingly destroying my sexuality as I know it today? I guess so, then. You don’t need a degree in women’s studies to understand how gender is socially constructed. Boys like blue, football and playing in the mud because that’s what they’re taught. Girls like pink, Barbies and having tea parties because we teach them to, right? But here’s the truth: pink and blue are colors, just as painting nails and playing football are fun things we like to do. Nothing more, nothing less. Today, my little brother is 11 years old and would likely be surprised at the fact that he once wanted his nails painted, just as this All-American-Boy-Scout-Pokémonloving-Little-Leaguer would likely be equally mortified to know that I’m telling you this (sorry bud, but that’s what you get when your sister is a writer). Hopefully, he doesn’t feel stripped of his masculinity or one day accuse my mother and me of distorting his Godgiven gender role as some nutcases would claim. Either way, I think it’s safe to say that he hasn’t been psychologically scarred because he was allowed to dabble in nail polish or decorate his jeans when he was barely three feet tall. I have a cool mom. Beckett has a cool mom, too. Painting nails is fun—not a political statement. Maybe we need to create a new nail polish color titled “Boys Like Pink Too.” Who knows—I think it’d be a bestseller.
Commentary Editor Taylor Trudon is an 8thsemester journalism major. She can be reached at Taylor.Trudon@UConn.edu.
Shareholders should boycott anti-gay donations
n recent months, companies, freed of campaign limitations, have been getting more vocal on anti-gay politics. While these companies have attracted protesters and boycotts, one group that has not responded, but should, is shareholders. Shareholders, as expectants of profit, should be furious that money would be wasted on By Taylor Poro activities Staff Columnist that, at best, would not aid the company and, at worst, would prompt the boycotts and protests they are seeing. The aforementioned businesses spent money on these endeavors, which should have outraged shareholders. This was not the personal money of CEOs or other officials; it was company money – spent frivolously. The purpose of a business is profit, and as such, shareholders and executives should be focused on spending money in ways to maximize profit. It is hard to imagine how donating to antigay causes could possibly be beneficial to the company. Chick-fil-a has donated food to a marriage seminar in Pennsylvania sponsored by a company with anti-gay ties. Target has donated of $150,000 to Minnesota Forward, a Republican
PAC. Since then, Target has received a lot of negative publicity, boycotts and protests outside their California stores, and Lady Gaga announced she would be severing her ties with the company. Chick-fil-a, meanwhile, has become a point of ridicule on gay and liberal blogs, and their policies have received even greater scrutiny.
“The difference between social and fiscal politics is that there is not a need for businesses to get involved.” What is important to note is that these were not an attempt to use shareholder money properly, which is a way to maximize profit. If they were, they were done rather stupidly, as the negative publicity has certainly outweighed the positive. While businesses do often involve themselves in social issues, there is usually a wellestablished profit motive. Most businesses donate to charities, such as sponsoring local chil-
dren’s sports based on profit. The motive serves two important duties: every dollar spent is expected to reap greater amounts though good publicity, an improvement of the company brand and increased store traffic. Further, it should keep businesses from using their money on unpopular charities that will ultimately lose them money. This is not to say that businesses should not remain out of politics. In fact, politics are often life and death for companies. To quote former Chief Justice John Marshall, “the power to tax involves the power to destroy.” A business class uninvolved in its own survival, whether through lobbying or campaign contributions, would shift the balance between state and business power towards the state, when ideally they should be equal. The difference between social and fiscal politics is that there is not a need for businesses to get involved, as it’s not important to a business’s survival. Even in the event that a business owner is deeply passionate about an issue, they should refrain from using company money. Further, it’s probably better not to get involved when issues involve restriction of liberties.
For the example of Chickfil-a, it should be noted that they’re a company with religious principles, going as far as closing on Sundays. This shows that social issues and causes are important to the company, even if they’re not popular or, arguably, right. But this still doesn’t explain one thing: why they spent company money. If these issues were of such importance to the leaders of these companies, then personal donations that aren’t as strenuously linked to a company, thus avoiding or lessening PR issues would be preferable. When a business engages in activities that enrage the consumer, they oftentimes find themselves facing the brunt of protests. This can be an effective matter of enacting business change, but a lesser advocated, more effective matter is to argue against those policies from a fiscal standpoint. A business is supposed to maximize profits—divisive social issues are the last place company money should be used.
Staff Columnist Taylor Poro is a 2nd-semester masters student in political science. He can be reached at Taylor.Poro@UConn.edu
“President Obama wants to raise taxes on the country’s richest people. And you thought Donald Trump hated him before.” — Jay Leno
Friday, April 15, 2011
The Daily Campus, Page 5
America’s debt crisis: not a time for compromise
ast week, the government came close to shutting down operations due to its inability to agree on a new budget plan for the coming fiscal year. Many Americans were pushing, or rather imploring, the House of Representatives to reach some sort of compromise. Last Friday, the president and Congress heard the public’s call and agreed upon a temporary deal that would keep the governBy Tyler McCarthy ment running. This was done, literally, at the 11th hour, by Staff Columnist resolving some of the key social issues that were stalling the debate. It would appear that once again we’ve all been saved and can be happy that our government was able to transcend partisan politics. However, the question needs to be asked: Who does this help? Certainly not Democrats, who have had to make temporary concessions on social issues - nor are Republicans pleased with having to agree to cut spending by only about half of their intended percent. The people that it helps the least, however, are the American people. So much time and debate has been focused on this budget issue being a platform to attack or
defend social issues such as Planned Parenthood or Medicare for seniors, that we’ve clouded the real issue at hand. What we’re arguing over, what this debate is all about is the key philosophical differences between liberal and conservative thinkers and their views on how a government should run.
“It’s unrealistic to think a major national crisis can be solved with...policies that let us pat ourselves on the back.” We need to take a mental step backwards and stop squabbling over our social issue of choice and realize that we’re arguing over a potentially huge paradigm shift from one set of economic values to another. Americans and Congress should be focusing their attention on that issue. Because we’ve allowed this issue to be framed as a social debate, we’ve allowed the media as well as our own sensibilities to get carried away as we demand compromise. We’ve tricked ourselves
into believing that the threat of government shutdown and our catastrophic national debt, that this is the time to reach across political aisles and join hands for a compromise that we can all feel good about. While that’s a pleasant notion, in sort of a cheesy Disney movie kind of way, it’s the exact opposite of what our country needs. With times this difficult and our debt this high, we don’t need to be drawing lines in the sand on social issues so that in 2012 we can all play “Who was more evil?” at the election polls. Take, for example, Paul Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity” plan. The only attention that it gets is on a few key social issues such as its policy towards healthcare. He’s ridiculed because people wish to argue that these are the types of things that government money should absolutely be funding. We don’t want to feel like we’ve kicked senior citizens to the curb right? Surely there is a way pay off our national debt while still maintaining these types of programs right? Unfortunately, this is a moment when compromise, by the very definition of the debate, is not an option. Conservatives aren’t waging war on Medicare or Planned Parenthood for the fun of it. This is indicative of a major philosophical difference regarding how the government
should be run. These programs, while are able to give us all a case of the warm fuzzies, are not the kind of thing we can afford to be dumping money into, especially when our national debt is in the trillions. Conservatives always have, and always will believe that such things are left up to personal responsibility and aid from private organizations. Basically, it’s the idea that the government can’t spend money better than I can, and if they can, then there is something seriously wrong with me. If there was ever a time for no compromise, America’s current economic crisis is it. While it may sound a bit heavy-handed to say that there is such a thing as an occasion where compromise is completely out of the question, it’s also unrealistic to think a major national crisis can be solved with adorable compromises and policies that let us to pat ourselves on the back because we kept everyone happy. Those plans don’t last for very long before we’re in a mess again. We need progress on this issue, not just the illusion of progress.
Staff columnist Tyler McCarthy is a 4th-semester journalism and political science double major. He can be contacted at Tyler.McCarthy@UConn.edu.
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Yes, we are programmed I commend Alessandra Petrino’s piece “Are We Programmed?” (4/13/2011) for beginning to question the media’s effect on one’s life and ideas surrounding certain institutions (in this case, marriage and having children). I want to begin by stating that I am not against marriage, nor am I against having children, but I do feel that it is important to question the motivations behind all of the reality television shows that focus upon the “perfect wedding.” I feel that these television shows have many objectives, but I will focus on how the shows perpetuate traditional gender roles and further emphasize the heteronormativity within our society. The “perfect, fairy tale wedding” that many reality television shows focus upon, as well as the examples that Petrino uses to show childhood dreams of marriage (e.g., putting on one’s mother’s make-up and wearing a table-cloth as a veil) demonstrate our society’s emphasis on the importance of a woman getting married to the “perfect man.” It is taught from a young age that getting married is the “happiest moment” in one’s life, and that having children is the expected next step. Going hand-in-hand with this role as a wife and a mother is the tradition of the woman staying at home and raising the children. Of course, this model is not the norm (many women have careers and many fathers play vital roles in raising their children), but the television shows still glamorize these roles. On top of the gender roles, reality television shows such as “Say Yes to the Dress” and “Four Weddings” explicitly support the heterosexist mentality of our society. There are no LGBTQ individuals in the shows, excluding perhaps the gay wedding planner or designer. But he is not a “threat” to the “traditional marriage.” Isn’t it interesting that there are so many reality television shows that focus on these heterosexual, “fairy tale” weddings at a time when same-sex marriage is a hot topic? These shows serve to reaffirm the heteronormativity in society: that heterosexual marriage ought to be cherished and something to dream about, while samesex marriage is “odd,” “immoral,” and “takes away from tradition.” The messages that reality television thrusts at the viewer are very explicit, and it is up to us as educated viewers to question the true intentions of these “dream wedding” programs. - Austin Longendyke
Protestors: remove offensive image I’m usually not the one to get vocal when I see something that offends me. For the past year I’ve noticed a display on Fairfield Way that contains a sign of President Obama featuring a Hitler-style mustache. From what I understand, the sign is meant to make a connection between Obama and Fascism. While I don’t agree with the argument that Obama is a Fascist, I fully support the rights of the people making this argument to say that he is. I do however think that they could make this argument without comparing Obama’s policies to the awful atrocities committed by Hitler. This sign is offensive not because it makes Obama look like a bad guy, but because comparing something like the holocaust to things like
universal health care and budget management (no matter how bad of a job people think Obama has done with these issues) implies that they are of equal consequence. It is disrespectful to the memories of the millions of people that Hitler killed to say that anything Obama has done is as evil or inhumane. Furthermore, it is cruel to use what happened to them as a tool to advance an unrelated issue. As encouraging as it is to see politics discussed publicly on campus I really hope that it can be done in a way that does not offend anyone; if the sign were removed I (and I believe others as well) would feel much more comfortable and open to discussing these issues. I hope that the individuals who made this sign continue to express their opinions but out of respect for everyone who may be offended by it, I hope that they remove the image. - Joseph Levy
“Amazon Tax” Thomas Dilling’s screed (“Amazon Tax” is Blatantly Unconstitutional, 4/13/11) sheds more heat than light. The author’s factual inaccuracies undermine his persuasiveness and his absolute certainty regarding the unconstitutionality of an attempt to collect Connecticut’s “use” tax from internet retailers would surprise the Supreme Court justices who have wrestled with analogous issues since 1824. The Supreme Court’s decision in Quill Corp. v. North Dakota is based on the “Dormant Commerce Clause,” a judge-made doctrine that appears nowhere in the Constitution. In Quill Corp., itself, the Court declares that, “[o]ur interpretation of the “negative” or “dormant” Commerce Clause has evolved substantially over the years, particularly as that clause concerns limitations on state taxation powers.” The Court’s tangled and inconsistent “Dormant Commerce Clause” jurisprudence led it, in Quill, to punt by declaring, “...it may be that “the better part of both wisdom and valor is to respect the judgment of the other branches of the Government.” The constitutionality of Connecticut’s “use” tax is unquestioned. The issue is whether internet retailers can be required to collect the tax and remit it to the state. A large and growing number of internet retailers, including Barnes & Noble, Walmart, and Apple already collect the tax and several of them have extended open invitations to affiliates who have been threatened with termination by Amazon. Amazon cannot credibly argue that collecting the tax would be unduly burdensome. Amazon avails itself of Connecticut’s infrastructure and legal system to conduct it’s business and should no longer be permitted to freeload. No doubt, Suzanne “Suzy” Staubach was surprised by her promotion to “manager of the UConn Co-op” by Mr. Dilling. In fact, she is manager of the General Books Division of the Co-op and a resource and treasure for the university community. Stop by, explore books, pick Suzy’s brain, attend a reading or author signing and recognize that in the absence of tax fairness, your ability to do so in the future will be imperiled. - Joseph Szalay
Bottled water and the environment
The recycling rate at UConn is around 20 percent, that is a fact. If students decided to invest in a reusable water bottle, the effect would be enormous. The plastic used in the water bottles sold on campus takes at least 400 years to decompose, so if the majority of these and similar materials don?t get reintroduced to the manufacturing system, what happens to them? Well, we see them everyday, in campus quads, on the side of the road, in the garbage. They get put in landfills to sit unchanged for countless years, or incinerated releasing harmful toxins into the air we breathe. Depending on the brand of bottled water, its price tag can be thousands of times more expensive than the equivalent volume of tap water. However, bottled water is effectively the same product and quality as tap water. In fact, municipal tap water is subject to greater regulation than the water we find conveniently bottled. It would be unreasonable to call for the ban of all bottles in any area, but it seems that not only is bottled water unhealthy for our world, but an ingenious scam that has hoodwinked the community at large. EcoHusky has taken serious offense to “Campus Bottle Ban?” published some weeks ago. Not only did the article rely heavily on rhetoric and conjecture to make its point, but it wrongly made a target of a student group without ANY factual basis. On a personal and journalistic level the article was unprofessional in terms of its portrayal of a group?s opinion without the proper contact to confirm such a stance. EcoHusky has never supported a complete ?bottle ban,? however it strongly believes that the usage of WATER bottles should be limited. The author, as president of a fellow student group, should have understood the harm caused by exploiting another organization for the sake of an article. The author noted that companies are making progress towards environmental friendliness with their products, however, UConn’s current contract with Coca-Cola doesn’t reflect what can be done. Pepsi announced that they have found a way to produce 100% biodegradable bottles. Contracting Pepsi would allow UConn to enjoy similar products, at a higher level of eco-responsibility. A last point to be made is about the environmental movement in general. It?s worth noting that the Green Movement is not entirely composed of extremists. In fact some of the most famous environmental champions in history have come from the Republican Party. Theodore Roosevelt and Richard Nixon are accredited with some of the largest contributions to the environment in US history, making large strides in conservation and the quality of our air and water. In conclusion, EcoHusky and many other environmental groups on campus wish to improve our environment, but not at the expense of our consumer rights. Compromise is important and collaboration between all student groups is cornerstone to progress. - Skylar Marinoff, Treasurer of EcoHusky
What is your favorite Easter candy? – By Wynne Hamerman
“Uh, the eggs.”
“Whatever ‘Free Candy’ van in the shadows is giving out..”
“You remember those chocolate balls with the tart candies inside? Yeah, those were awesome.”
“My roommate’s Reese’s Eggs. Yes Sarah, I know where you hide them.”
- Andy Best, 8th-semester psychology and sociology double major
Alex Hollenbeck, 6th-semester nutrition major
Brian Allan, 6th-semester mechanical engineering major
Martina Burn, 6th-semester molecular and cell biology major
The Daily Campus, Page 6
Friday, April 15, 2011
UN: 34 killed in Iraqi raid on Iranian exile camp
BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi army raid last week on Camp Ashraf left 34 Iranian exiles dead, according to a U.N. spokesman who on Thursday offered the first independent death toll for the attack that drew sharp rebukes from Baghdad’s Western allies. The April 8 raid targeted the People’s Mujahedeen Organization of Iran, which seeks to overthrow Iran’s clerical leaders. The group won refuge at Camp Ashraf years ago during the regime of Saddam Hussein, who saw them as a convenient ally against Iran. But since then, the exiles have become an irritant to Iraq’s new Shiite-led government, which is trying to bolster ties with Iran. The attack was the climax of days of building tensions between the Iraqi army and the Ashraf residents, who feared they were about to be attacked after nervously AP watching soldiers bulk up In this April. 8, file photo, Iraqi Army soldiers stand guard near burned trailers at Camp Ashraf north of Baghdad, Iraq. A Western diplomat their forces outside the camp. says U.N. observers found 28 bodies during a tour of a camp of Iranian exiles stormed by Iraqi soldiers last week. The Iraqi general who led the raid said it was in response The Ashraf residents main- Iraqi government to conduct a bodies from the camp. to Ashraf residents pelting his tained from the start that 34 full and serious investigation Ashraf resident Shahriar troops with rocks and throw- people were killed and as and said the U.S., U.N. and Kia said the 12 bodies at the ing themselves in front of many as 325 wounded. The European Union must help bro- morgue were likely among military cars. Iraqi government said three ker a peaceful solution between about 50 wounded residents U.S. Senate Foreign Relations people were killed. the two sides. who were taken to the hospiChairman John Kerry on Both Iran and the U.S. con“Corrective action is impera- tal for treatment hours after Thursday called it a “massacre.” sider the People’s Mujahedeen tive,” Kerry said in a statement. the raid, who later died. He The U.N. visit was criti- Organization of Iran to be a “The (Iraqi) investigation must demanded that the U.N. pubcal because the Ashraf resi- terrorist threat, although the hold accountable the responsi- licly release its findings. The dents and the Iraqi government European Union removed the ble parties and ensure that there group’s political movement, have issued wildly different group from its terror list several will be no sequel to these hor- the Paris-based National accounts of the raid and the years ago. rific events.” Council of Resistance of reasons behind it. After Saddam fell, U.S. The U.N. inspection of the Iran, urged the U.S. and the U.N. human rights spokes- troops took control of Camp camp came five days after U.N. to protect and monitor man Rupert Colville in Geneva Ashraf, disarmed its fighters the human rights agency first the camp. said a team of U.N. observers and confined the resident to demanded to be allowed in. “This atrocity is a clear case saw 28 bodies still at the camp their 30-square-mile camp. The Iraqi army and police have of crime against humanity, war during a Wednesday visit to the In return, the military signed blocked access to the camp for crime and crime against internacompound in eastern Diyala an agreement with the camp’s more than a year, following a tional community and could be province. Most of the bodies 3,400 residents giving them similar raid in July 2009. repeated at any moment,” said appeared to have been shot and protected status under the A U.S. Army medical team Maryam Rajavi, president-elect some were women, he said. Geneva Conventions. also entered the camp last of the resistance group. Three of the bodies appeared But it’s not clear whether weekend to provide humanitarIraqi government spokesto have been crushed to death, the residents still have those ian aid but has refused com- man Ali al-Dabbagh did not a Western diplomat in Baghdad legal protections. ment on what it looked like immediately respond Thursday said — likely from being run Iraqi allies in Washington and inside. Journalists have not been to the U.N. findings. Earlier over by a car. London and U.N. officers in allowed in. this week, he said the Iraqi “It’s clearly a very serious Geneva sharply criticized last Until the U.N. visit, the only government voted to help move incident and we are trying to week’s raid, but Iran praised it. official casualty count in the the Ashraf residents outside the get more information,” Colville Kerry called the raid “deeply raid came from the morgue at country of by the end of the said. He said six bodies are “else- disturbing” and “simply unac- Baqouba public hospital, where year because “Iraq is not the where” but did not clarify where. ceptable.” He called on the officials said they received 12 choice for them.”
WORLD BRIEFS Bin Laden deputy against NATO campaign in Libya
CAIRO (AP) — In a video recorded before international airstrikes began in Libya, al-Qaida’s deputy leader calls on Muslim nations to fight the United States and NATO if their forces enter the country. Ayman al-Zawahri also calls on Muslim nations to fight the forces of Moammar Gadhafi. Al-Qaida and its North African offshoot have called for the Libyan leader’s overthrow and the establishment of Islamic rule in the country. In the recording posted on militant Internet forums Thursday, alZawahri says neighboring Egypt, Algeria and Tunisia, in particular, should “rise up and fight both the mercenaries of Gadhafi and the rest of NATO.” A summary of the video was provided by SITE Intelligence Group, a U.S.-based organization that tracks extremist websites.
Cocaine found on bus carrying Venezuelan militias
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Police seized 66 pounds (30 kilograms) of cocaine aboard a bus transporting members of Venezuela’s government-organized militias, authorities said this Thursday. Federal Police Chief Wilmer Flores Trosel said the cocaine was discovered when the bus was stopped on Wednesday near the presidential palace in Caracas, where the militia members were slated to participate in an event celebrating President Hugo Chavez’s return to power following a 2002 coup.
Haiti urged to prosecute ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Jean-Claude Duvalier may not have directly participated in torture and killings but there is still enough evidence to prosecute him for abuses dating back more than 25 years, a Human Rights Watch lawyer said Thursday. The former dictator known as “Baby Doc” had to be at least aware of torture and killings committed by forces under his command according to testimony from victims and a review of documents and old media accounts, Human Rights Watch counsel Reed Brody said at a news conference to present a report reviewing the evidence against Duvalier.
Syrian president orders release of protesters
BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s president ordered the release Thursday of hundreds of detainees involved in a month of protests seeking to wrest political freedoms from one of the Middle East’s most repressive governments. The order, announced by state TV, signaled an attempt by President Bashar Assad to calm weeks of growing protest anger and pre-empt what is expected to be another day of large demonstrations on Friday. Protests erupted in Syria a month ago and have steadily increased, with tens of thousands calling for sweeping political reforms from Assad’s authoritarian regime. More than 200 people have been killed during in the government’s crackdown, according to Syria’s leading pro-democracy group.
Paper: China accuses famed artist of tax evasion
Expelled Tunisian migrants returning from the Italian island of Lampedusa leave Tunis airport on Monday.
Dispute escalates over migrants BRUSSELS (AP) — An international dispute over a surge of Tunisian immigrants escalated on Thursday when the French prime minister told Italy to send the migrants home instead of allowing them to travel to neighboring nations. Some 26,000 illegal migrants have taken boats across the Mediterranean to the small Italian island of Lampedusa in recent weeks in what Italian officials have labeled a “human tsunami.” Italy has said the immigration is a Europe-wide problem and it will give the migrants six-month residence permits that would allow the migrants to travel to other countries in Europe’s visafree Schengen travel zone. France says it will only honor permits held by migrants who can prove they have sufficient financial resources. Beyond that, France has instituted patrols on the Italian border — unprec-
edented since the introduction of the Schengen zone. Germany has said it would do the same. “A large part of the Tunisians that arrive in Italy should not be spread over different European nations like some propose. They should return to their nation,” French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said. “There is no rule that says that illegal economic migrants should be welcomed here and allowed to travel freely in Europe.” EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said after talks with Fillon that he is pressing Tunisia to do its utmost in taking their nationals back. On Monday, Italian Interior Minister Roberto Maroni said there was little point in staying in the EU if countries would not cooperative on issues like migration from Tunisia, which was destabilized by an uprising that overthrew its longtime president in January.
BEIJING (AP) — Famed Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who disappeared earlier this month and is believed to be in police custody, is being investigated for allegedly evading his taxes and destroying evidence, a Hong Kong newspaper reported Thursday. The Beijing-backed Wen Wei Po newspaper quoted unnamed sources as saying Ai, an outspoken government critic, is suspected of evading large amounts of tax, though no exact figure was given, and destroying papers that might have been used as evidence against him. His family denied the paper’s claims and said the government is trying to punish him for his social activism. “He has made the government unhappy by speaking up for ordinary people,” Ai’s sister Gao Ge told The Associated Press. “Now the government wants to get him back.” The Wen Wei Po is often used by the Beijing government to help shape public opinion among Chinese in Hong Kong, which has a vibrant, free media. The report is of a piece with several recent editorials in mainland newspapers attacking Ai. It said he was also being investigated for bigamy because he has a young son with a woman other than his wife and is suspected of spreading pornography online. Before he disappeared, Ai had been keeping an informal tally of the recent detentions of activists, lawyers and writers on Twitter. China has stepped up those detentions since February when online calls for protests similar to those in the Middle East and North Africa began to circulate. Ai has also spoken critically about a number of national scandals, including the deaths
People walk in a street with Chinese detained artist and activist Ai Weiwei and words ‘Who’s afraid of Ai Weiwei’ sprayed in Hong Kong.
of students in shoddily built schools that collapsed during the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, children killed or sickened by melamine-tainted infant formula and a deadly high-rise fire in Shanghai that killed 58 and was blamed on negligent workers and corrupt inspectors. Gao called the newspaper report “comical” and said the allegations indicated that police have no substantial evidence against her brother. Ai’s wife, Lu Qing, said that the company that handles Ai’s financial affairs, Beijing Fake
Cultural Development Ltd., is registered under her name and belongs to her. “So why do they accuse him of tax evasion?” she asked. “Authorities are clearly acting in bad faith.” Lu said the bigamy claims were fabricated and that her husband has only married once. “Whatever else happened in his life is our private matter,” she said. Ai and Lu married in the United States but haven’t registered the union in China, Gao said. He has a child with another woman but the arrangement is
open and amicable, she said. “There is no accuser,” Gao said. “Everyone is fine with the situation as it is.” Gao said the suggestion that Ai posted pornography online probably refers to a seminude selfportrait he put on the Internet. In the photo, Ai’s groin is obscured by a plush toy animal. The animal — a grass mud horse — is fictional. It was invented by Chinese Web users to slyly insult the nation’s Internet censors because the Chinese characters of the name are homonyms for a graphic slur.
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Be safe on Spring Weekend
Tightening the belt on booze
By Amy Schellenbaum Associate Managing Editor Last year, I covered Thursday night of Spring Weekend for The Daily Campus. I had a blast. I went out with my little notepad and a mini-posse of male editors, and got to experience Spring Weekend for the first time. I had few expectations and not a drop of alcohol in my system. I talked to Mansfield Deputy Fire Chief William Jordan. I found him by asking a paramedic stationed only about 50 yards from the gobs of people standing in by Carriage Apartments. The lights on the six ambulances and uncountable police cars flickered almost blindingly in the heavy darkness. There was no music – just a lot of yelling, crying and the occasional drunken “UConn Huskies” cheer. Jordan told me that before 10 p.m., students had already been taken to the hospital. They had nasty cuts from broken bottles, he said. Seventy-eight medical and fire professionals were there that night tending mostly to alcohol-related injuries, including alcohol poisoning and near hypothermic reactions thanks to alcohol’s ability to lower body temperature. While I had a fabulous time that night, the morning after, I found myself musing how pathetic and unnerving it was that one party warranted a brigade just to keep us from seriously injuring ourselves. And when I found out about Jafar Karzoun, my heart ached at the simple stupidity and tragedy of that loss. He died of a head injury from hitting his head on a curb during a fight. It happened the same night I had had so much fun. According to collegedrinkingprevention.gov, in one year, almost 600,000 people between the ages of 18 and 24 are accidentally injured while intoxicated. Almost 100,000 students 18-24 are sexually assaulted due to alcohol. Well over 3 million people in that same age group drink and drive. What are we doing? This is the stuff that destroys people. We can’t be this reckless with others’ lives. I had a wonderful time that night without any alcohol at all. I observed and laughed with my friends. I got a free crappy bagel and glowsticks. I had a hilarious conversation with a drunk blonde who insisted that I was Molly from his Spanish class. I suppose this column is less about health and more about (I was going to try to avoid this word, but I have to use it—just this once!) responsibility. Know your limits, and stay within them. This is not about stifling any rights, depriving someone of college experiences or looking down on people who want have fun, celebrate and soak up the solidarity that comes with this tradition. It would just be better if said soaking was not in Dubra and Keystone. Have fun. Be a rebel-rouser. Drink if that’s what you want to do. But do it safely. Don’t be stupid and wander off by yourself. Don’t pick fights. Don’t destroy property. Don’t take drinks from people you don’t know. Don’t drink and drive. Don’t drink enough to completely lose awareness. Please.
Leonardo da Vinci – 1452 Bessie Smith – 1894 Seth Rogen – 1982 Emma Watson – 1990
Broadway star Andrea McArdle as Penelope Pennywise with the cast of Urinetown being presented April 14-17 and 27-30 by Connecticut Repertory Theatre at the Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre.
Urine-vited to the show By Jason Wong Campus Correspondent The Connecticut Repertory Theatre put on a preview performance of “Urinetown: The Musical” at the Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre Thursday night. The show was directed by Paul Mullins and featured three actors from the Actors’ Equity Association. “Urinetown,” written by Greg Kotis, was intended to be a comedy, but also deals with deep subject matter. He meant for the musical to be a sort of casual commentary about the state of human consumption, stating in the program, “…as human beings interested in pleasure, convenience, personal freedom and individual progress, we’re simply incapable of making the changes necessary to save ourselves.” As direc-
tor Mullins said in the program, “Urinetown challenges us to ask, in the face of earthquakes and oil spills, what will we do when there is simply not enough?”
“‘Urinetown’... was intended to be a comedy, but also deals with deep subject matter.” And that’s the gist of the show – the town is suffering from a decades-long drought, where the very thought of private toilets is unthinkable, and people must pay a corporation’s fee to pee, or risk the mysterious threat of Urinetown. The main protagonist, Bobby
Strong was played by Ken Clark, whose acting brought a hilarious and unconventional flair to the idea of a hero. And not only that, but he displayed quite an amazing tenor for every number. Bobby Strong’s love interest, Hope Cladwell, was played by Alison Barton, who accurately portrayed the heroine as the adorable and strong-willed character she is. The character Penelope Pennywise, played by Andrea McArdle (who played the original Annie!!), was a character much beloved by the audience – her tough personality and cando vigor was endearing to all. Similarly, Little Sally, played by Alexandra Perlwitz kept the audience enthralled with her combination of naïveté and humorously delivered lines. The CEO of the company, Caldwell B. Cladwell, played
by Bob Walton, was portrayed masterfully – he was able to capture the essence of the cruel and corrupt businessman perfectly, while keeping the audience laughing. Robert Thompson, Jr. played the part of Officer Lockstock, Cladwell’s main lackey and the narrator of the show. He brought a form of deadpan levity to his dialogue that kept the audience in stitches. In short, the CRT’s production of “Urinetown” was stellar, and an altogether fabulous interpretation of the show. It will be playing April 14-17 and 27-30. Go see it! Congratulations to the cast and crew of CRT’s “Urinetown” for an amazing preview!
ABC cancels 2 longtime soaps
NEW YORK (AP) – ABC canceled two of its three soap operas on Thursday, consigning “One Life to Live” and “All My Children” – and Susan Lucci, daytime’s most famous actress – to television history. The move leaves “General Hospital” as ABC’s only daytime drama, one of only four that will remain on ABC, CBS and NBC’s daytime schedule. Soap operas have slowly been fading as a TV force, with many of the women who made up the target audience now in the work force. In place of the two
canceled dramas, ABC will air shows about food and lifestyle transformations. Brian Frons, head of ABC’s daytime department, went to the California set of “All My Children” to deliver the news on Thursday, where a video link was also set up to the New York set of “One Life to Live.” He said the shows were doing well creatively, but falling ratings indicated they had a bleak future. “If you have a show in severe decline, you’re trying to catch a falling knife,” Frons said.
‘All My Children’ star Susan Lucci.
Gamma simulates drunk driving to prove point By Loumarie Rodriguez Campus Correspondent The Greek-affiliated group Gamma held the Tipsy Tricycle Challenge Thursday in an attempt to raise money for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Gamma is neither a fraternity nor sorority. The organization is designed for Greek members to join and advocate for mature management of alcohol as well as promote wellness and safety. In order to be a part of the group, student must be a member of a fraternity or a sorority. The event raised awareness about the dangers of drunk driving by having students put on beer goggles and try to ride
a tricycle in a straight line. Participants donated a dollar to take a ride on the tricycle. The beer goggles had different alcohol percentages that impaired sight and judgment, making it more difficult to steer the tricycle in a straight line. To make the matter more challenging, there was even a pair of night vision goggles that had a high alcohol percentage to simulate late-night drunk driving. “We know there is a lot of drunk driving on Spring Weekend,” said Matt Daudish, vice president of Gamma, member of Tau Kappa Epsilon and a 6th-semester mechanical engineering major. “We figure this would be a good way to start off Spring Weekend – to spread awareness.”
Conor Murphy, a Tau Kappa Epsilon member and 6th-semester psychology major, attempted to skateboard while wearing the goggles. After a brief ride, he stumbled onto the sidewalk. “It’s harder to walk than to skateboard,” he said, after a few attempts to walk straight. There were many contenders passing by attempting the challenge throughout the event’s three-hour duration. But the majority of students attempting to walk a straight line had a hard time focusing and tended to veer off to the side. Those brave enough to attempt to ride the tricycles ended up crashing into the curb or sidewalk. “I had a harder time walking rather than riding the tricycle,” said Emily Whittaker, a 6th-
semester resource economics major and a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. “I’m really glad that Gamma put on a event like this,” said Gamma President Cassie Schmidt, an 8th-semester dietetics major and member of Pi Beta Phi. “It’s spreading awareness while allowing students to have fun.” Gamma is neither a fraternity nor sorority. The organization is designed for Greek members to join and advocate for mature management of alcohol as well as promote wellness and safety. In order to be a part of the group, student must be a member of a fraternity or a sorority.
Let’s face it: drinking is expensive. Outside of “Nickel Night,” it’s not easy to have a cheap night out. And, when you’re doing it for four or more nights in a row (read: Spring Weekend), the bills are bound to amass. Lucky for your budget, all the new restrictions and rules imposed by the administration will probably slow your drinking considerably. (Too soon?) I know better than to suggest you skip the weekend altogether, so for those of you clever enough, careless enough or legal enough to get your Spring Weekend on, here are a few tips to keeping your budget under control. The first thing to remember is to be realistic when making your shopping list. Seriously, put down the machismo and pick up your senses – you just aren’t going to need six handles of vodka and three 30s. As cool as your annual shopping cart picture will look on Facebook, anything you don’t drink is money down the drain. To prevent excess spending, consider splitting a bottle with someone. Larger bottles are typically a better deal per ounce than smaller bottles, so splitting a big bottle with a friend will work out cheaper than each buying a small bottle. And while you are deciding who is buying what and how much it will cost, at least consider the possibility of dropping down a shelf or two. There’s nothing classy about a parking lot full of sloppy, sweaty college kids, so leave the Grey Goose for next time and take home some Dubra, Smirnoff or Svedka for this weekend’s festivities. Another way to lose money quickly is to be too generous. I know, I know, “sharing is caring.” But when it comes to a commodity as expensive as alcohol, sharing is getting taken advantage of. Share a drink with a roommate or partner, sure, but don’t go passing out rounds of shots or handing out cans of beer to any guy who shakes your hand. Do a little math to see how much a serving costs and then decide who you’re feeling friendly toward. Another way to lose your money quickly is to spill it, or be forced to do so. Bring a refillable water bottle out with you, or any other container with a lid, to avoid wasteful spills and party fouls. To avoid having your drinks forcibly emptied into a drain before your eyes, just don’t bring them anywhere you aren’t supposed to have them. If your budget gets out of control, start collecting empty cans and bottles when you stumble in the door. Returning a few bags of recyclables at your grocery stores of choice can put some of that lost money back into your pocket. And, of course, be safe. The only things that rack up quicker than drink bills are hospital bills.
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SPECIAL EDITION: ON-CAMPUS FOOD
Dish of the week
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Ordering from Ted’s Restaurant & Bar
By Brian Zahn Associate News Editor To most people in the area, Ted’s represents only one thing: a bar. Ted’s Restaurant & Bar does live up to its name, however. It not only serves food – it delivers. The type of food that Ted’s has to offer is hardly a health nut’s dream. Most of its best selections that will absolutely demolish your body, but you’re far too apathetic because it tastes just that good. My favorite thing that any delivery place at UConn
has to offer is their Q Steak wrap: 16 inches of steak, bacon, BBQ sauce, onions, peppers and cheddar cheese on a wrap, and I add hot sauce for no charge. All of this costs $10. When I was a freshman, I took pictures of myself eating it on my webcam, because I wanted to commemorate it. To me, it represented everything I thought of the “college lifestyle.” It would clog my arteries, it would be about twice as many calories as I would want to consume that evening, it didn’t even cost me that much and it was so damn delicious. I’ve never
actually taken a ruler to the sandwich, but whether or not it falls an inch or two short of 16, Ted’s grinders and wraps are the kind of bad choice that I’m glad I make. Ted’s also makes a great bowl of chili, and that is something that can never be emphasized enough when it comes to both bar food and delivery, especially when Storrs is still being plagued by the winter of our discontent. I’m not an expert on the chili alarm system, but I’d say it ranks somewhere around 2-alarm chili. Because to most people Ted’s
represents a bar first and a restaurant second, the delivery people don’t tend to know the campus as well as the delivery people from other restaurants. I’ve never had a delivery person get lost, but if you order Ted’s make sure to stay by your phone and know where you live relative to other places on campus, because your driver might call you for a hint. As always, tip your driver. For the majestic, cheap food that you’re about to enjoy, you owe it to your driver for getting it to you hot.
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Ted’s Restaurant & Bar.
Making a case for Husky Pizza By Melanie Deziel Associate Focus Editor
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Husky Pizza, the area pizza place with the most school spirit, is a great place for a cheap meal that won’t leave you disappointed. The restaurant offers a large dine-in area with plenty of booth seating. Personally, I eat in at Husky Pizza far more than I order out. I love the fact that there are UConn pendants, banners, posters and other autographed memorabilia throughout the eatery. The big screen TV in the back of the restaurant is almost always showing
sports, which is nice when the Huskies are playing. Their menu is pretty extensive for a namesake pizza restaurant. Wings, calzones, grinders, salads, burgers, wraps and more make up the selection. I haven’t tried everything on the menu yet but everything I’ve tried has been satisfying and the people that I’ve gone with have said the same of their meals. Husky Pizza’s cheese pizza is my go-to meal. The slices are cheap, cheesy and delicious. If they haven’t just taken a pie out of the oven, they’ll toss your slices back in for a decent warm-up and you’re in
business. They cut their slices large, too, making it an even better deal. They have a nice deal if you order in-store, with two slices of cheese pizza and a fountain drink for under $4. No need to pass if you can’t eat a whole pie – Husky Pizza offer a variety of meal deals that pair pizza slices, grinders and other entrees with drinks and/or a side, making it a singles-friendly restaurant. It’s great for a cheap date too, as they offer a medium twotopping pizza and two cans of soda for $11. The only downside of the single-slice deals is that a “pepperoni slice” is just a cheese
slice with a few pieces of pepperoni tossed on top. Those who like their pepperoni baked in, grease and all, will be disappointed but, as I said, their plain cheese is definitely worth having. Occasionally there is an invasion of E. O. Smith kids, since the restaurant is right across the street from the high school, but it’s never been bad enough to stop me from returning. If you’re not as ambivalent toward noise while dining, take advantage of their free campus delivery.
Why I choose Chang’s Garden for lunch By Jason Wong Campus Correspondent Looking for some non-stir fried Asian food for lunch? Consider going off-campus to Chang’s Garden, located on 1244 Storrs Road. Their lunch specials, served from 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., are rich in variety, affordable even by a college student’s standards, and quite decent in taste for their pricing. Upon entering the restaurant, the party I was with and I were greeted by the host-
ess, who graciously showed us to a table and provided us with menus. After perusing it, we elected to all order lunch specials, all of which come with a choice of soup, egg roll, or soda, and a choice of rice. I ended up ordering their Ma-La Seafood, which is jumbo shrimp and fresh scallops sautéed in hot Ma-La sauce, a classic Szechuan dish. Along with my hot and sour soup, it made a delectably spicy lunch. My friends ordered Eggplant Treasures (Chinese eggplant
with shrimp, scallops, and chicken sautéed with spicy chef’s brown sauce) and Beef with Broccoli, which is pretty self-explanatory. They both ordered wonton soup, and were quite pleased with it. With the total cost adding up to around $26 ,plus tip, it was a worthwhile deviation from the standard dining hall lunch. If you’re not looking for a lunch special, Chang’s still has a wide variety of dishes to choose from. In another foray outside of UConn’s dining services, I and another friend of mine
ordered a pair of noodle soups, mine pork and his beef. They didn’t skimp on either meat or noodles, which was a pleasant surprise, as sometimes restaurants will do that, and you leave still mildly hungry. That meal was about $20, plus tip. The restaurant itself is a comfortable place to eat, with suitably Asian décor and efficient and friendly staff. So if you find yourself craving decent Chinese food, give Chang’s Garden a try!
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Randy’s Wooster Street Pizza By Kim Halpin Staff Writer
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Randy’s Wooster St. Pizza Shop.
If you’re looking for pizza and want it fast, Randy’s Wooster Street Pizza can deliver it to you in around 15 minutes. They offer a substantially extensive menu in the pizza, wings and combo realm. With nine different sauces for wings and around 35 unique pizzas, it’s easy to find something to please everyone. Having never ordered from Randy’s, my friends and I kept it classic with a regular cheese
pizza and a couple orders of the “Wicked Sticks,” which are their strips of fried dough. Their website had a delivery estimate of 45 minutes, but 15 short minutes after placing the order the delivery man called to say he was here. It might be a mystery how they could make the pizza and deliver it in that short time, but it was definitely fresh when it got to us. The small pie we ordered could sufficiently feed the three of us, but if you’re a hungry guy, it could also easily turn into a personal pizza. Their style is something unlike most other pizza places; a style which can
only be described through their one-of-a-kind sauce. On top of a thin crust and complemented by a blend of great cheeses, the sauce creates a fantastic meal. Our side of “Wicked Sticks” was a slightly different story. They were apparently thrown into the box with a cup of their marinara and had the topping of Parmesan cheese and herbs thrown on top of everything, including the cup. As a lover of fried dough, they were a slight disappointment, but mainly because of the marinara. It was a liquid base with more hints of tomato than actual tomatoes. Without
the topping though, the dough itself was delicious. Their reasonable prices make it easy to order a little of every kind of pizza your friends like. Randy’s has a variety of other appetizers including fried raviolis, nachos and fried pickles, though these seem a little more expensive than they need to be. Randy’s Wooster Street Pizza is a great place to grab that late night snack, especially one to share with your friends.
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Fly on over to Wings Over Storrs By Loumarie Rodriguez Campus Correspondent
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Wings Over Storrs.
Many students here at UConn have an obsession with Wings over Storrs. This establishment offers numerous possible flavors of chicken wings, ranging from extremely hot – such as the afterburner flavor – or something mild, like teriyaki. However, since it was my first time trying these special wings, I decided not to risk it my taste buds and went with honey barbecue and teriyaki wings. To my surprise,
I found the wings to be not as exciting as I thought they would be. The flavor was just all right – nothing too special, but a decent snack. Although I was told on the phone it would take about 45 minutes for delivery, I only had to wait about 25 minutes, which was great because my roommate and I were craving a nice midnight snack. We ordered two paper airplanes, which brought seven wings for a good solid late-night meal. Immediately after opening the bag, the smell of the wings seemed to drift down the hallways in the dorm, which
attracted a couple of floor mates to come see who had the wings. Luckily, there was no sharing involved. However, to my surprise, both flavors of wings smelled similar, which made it hard to determine which was the honey barbecue and the teriyaki. Despite this little setback, both flavors where just a solid okay. Perhaps it was the fact that my standards were set too high by many students constantly raving about how amazing the wings are. Or perhaps I should have been braver and ordered a spicier type wings that are listed under
the buffalo style. Overall, Wings over Storrs were just all right, not exactly amazing. However, I would still order them if I need another late night snack. There are plenty of flavors to try from that might redeem my faith in Wings over Storrs. But for now, I feel that they are okay. If you want something different from a simple pizza then yes, Wing over Storrs is for you. But be sure to order the right flavor or face disappointment.
Hop on over to Jack Rabbit’s
By Kayleigh Kangas Campus Correspondent While I’m sure we all enjoy the comfort of what we know and are used to, the back and forth between pizza and wings welcomed a new alternative about a year ago: the savory burgers of Jack Rabbit’s. With an extensive menu of classics and specialties, this burger joint something fo everyone. I, for one, appreciate juicy Angus Beef® just as much as the next guy, but for those of you who would like to stick to the healthier side, turkey and vegan burg-
ers are offered as substitutes. While I have never ventured away from the “Gourmet Burger” section of the menu, it includes everyone’s favorites, from salads to classic and gourmet dragon dogs. There are also a variety of alternatives including turkey, vegan, kosher and hummel. And no one wants to pass up a delicious chocolate shake. While the 50s style and juke box first drew me to Jack, it’s really the food that keeps bringing me back. Don’t get me wrong: I’m not one to shy away from trying new things. But when I find my favorites, I stick to them. That’s exactly
what happened when I discovered the Jack Rabbit’s Boston Burger. As if the savory flavor of the perfectly prepared burger and the added texture of the melted cheese were not enough, this burger combines the classics – a taste of crunchy bacon and a generous smothering of caramelized onions, with a pleasantly zesty “magic sauce.” Prices are affordable, ranging from $4.25 to $8.00 for one of these mouth-watering masterpieces, making Jack Rabbit’s a hard contender to pass up for those late night study breaks. Sides are not included, which may be the
only down-side – if you call an extra $2.50 steep. If so, just throw in an extra dollar for a unique twist: sweet potato fries, which have gotten countless enthusiastic reviews, although they’re not for everyone. But that’s the great thing about Jack Rabbit’s! The unique character of the food lends itself to every palate, and the variety lends itself to every person. But I think I’ll stick with my Boston Burger.
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Dismiss the Cynics
25 Before, in verse 26 Where Mandela was pres. 28 Dosage abbr. 29 Babbling Addams character 34 Coleridge work 35 __-do-well 36 Network that merged with The WB 37 David Beckham’s org. 38 Half a fly 39 Withdrawal aid, briefly 40 Fraternity founded at New York University in 1847 42 Hoops embarrassment 43 Caught one’s breath 44 As one 46 Lesotho’s home 47 Spoil rotten 48 Brit. military award
50 Lover’s gift 53 Boater’s edge 54 When Tony sings “Maria” 55 Time often named 56 Under-the-sink brand 57 Arthur of “All in the Family” 58 Spain’s Queen Victoria Eugenia, familiarly 59 __ snail’s pace
by Andrew Prestwich
1 Thing that endures 2 Port of SW Italy 3 “That’s just wrong” 4 “That way madness lies” speaker 5 Tolkien’s Skinbark and Leaflock, e.g. 6 China’s Northern __ Dynasty, 386-534 AD 7 First of the Maj. Prophets 8 Three-part fig. 9 Creator of a popular sixcolor puzzle 10 First name in aviation 11 Paid (for) 12 Maura of “ER” 13 Lost __ 14 Paris possessive 20 Adler’s subj. 22 Theda of silents 23 Bungle 24 Run-down theater
Jason and the Rhedosaurus
Across 1 Fantasy author and forensic pathologist? 9 Jah worshipers 15 Reason for a pass 16 Strike caller 17 German shepherd 18 Some special forces headgear 19 It merged with Kmart in 2005 20 Hairy 21 High sch. VIPs 22 Behaviorist and teen confidant? 27 At first blush 30 Teen follower? 31 Infer 32 Indeed 33 Huckster and school supporter? 38 Toon dynamo, familiarly 41 Inspiration for the Frisbee 45 Lieu 48 Time, for one 49 British novelist and medic? 51 CD-__ 52 Droid in every “Star Wars” film 53 Sweet cake that’s an Easter tradition in Eastern Europe 55 Spots 57 University of Cincinnati team 60 Gangster’s gun, in oldtimey slang 61 Permits 62 Most people 63 Children’s author and roadside helper?
I Hate Everything by Carin Powell
The Daily Crossword
Classic Toast by Tom Dilling
Aries - Challenges in love continue today. Lay low. Learn from your mistakes. You couldn’t be where you are without them. Continue putting the pedal to the medal in your work. It’s time to reduce the height of the inbox pile. Taurus - All you need is love. You’re very attractive now. Find the love, even in mundane practices like filing taxes. Check for changes before proceeding. Take your time and get it right. Gemini - An uncomfortable moment leaves you wanting to hide out in your cave. It’s a good time to germinate seeds in the dark. Take time to make your cave cozy.
By Michael Mepham
Cancer - Pay down debt and put money into savings, if you can. Make sure to acknowledge everyone who contributed at work. Curl up with a good book or movie after the chores are done. Leo - Do without one thing to gain another. Romantic persuasion works for you now. An argument may seem tantalizing, but it’s better to be charming than charmed. Virgo - Pay a bill before buying treats. Romance may be difficult today. Be patient. Wait for clear instructions, when others know what they want. It works out.
Why The Long Face by Jackson Lautier
Libra - You may have to travel to get what you want, but go peacefully and take care of yourself. Tomorrow promises to be busy and exciting. Scorpio - Work together with your community and friends. Pay attention to details and stay focused. Keep breathing. You’ll be surprised at how much you can save without effort. Sagittarius - You’re in tune with a distant loved one. Be charming to one who’s being argumentative. The secret is in the pudding. Cook some and share its magic with others. Capricorn - Extreme attention to finances could create disappointment in love. Make sure to pay attention to your relationships. News of big change arrives now. Aquarius - As you give, let others contribute to you. Find acceptance for yourself and those around you. We don’t have so much time as to spend it on small complaints. Pisces - Challenges in your relationships are only temporary. Postpone fantasies and stick to practical plans. List what you need to learn. Withhold judgment.
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Bruins lose game one BOSTON (AP) — Carey Price returned as Montreal's starting playoff goalie with his third postseason shutout, Brian Gionta scored twice and the Canadiens opened the series with a 2-0 win over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night. Price started just one of the Canadiens 19 playoff games last year when they were seeded eight but reached the Eastern Conference finals where they lost to the Philadelphia Flyers. Jaroslav Halak started the others but was traded to the St. Louis Blues in June. This season, Price started 70 games and on Thursday he turned aside 31 shots. Gionta scored at 2:44 of the first period on a pass from Scott Gomez from the left boards. Gionta and Matthew Darche both got behind the Bruins defense with Darche directly in front of goalie Tim Thomas and Gionta on the right side of the crease. Darche let the puck go by and Gionta put it in between Thomas' left side and the post. Gomez also assisted on Gionta's other goal at 16:42 of the third period. The game was played cleanly without any fights between the teams that had several physical confrontations during the regular season. In Boston's 8-6 win at home on Feb. 9 there were 45 penalties for 182 minutes. On March 8 in Montreal, the Canadiens won 4-1, a victory overshadowed by Zdeno Chara's hard hit that drove Max Pacioretty into a stanchion between the team's benches. Pacioretty suffered a severe concussion and a cracked vertebra.
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UConn hosts Seton Hall in Big East play
By Daryl Blain Campus Correspondent
coming from West Virginia, who swept doubles play and won four out of six singles matches. Jennifer Learmonth The UConn and Lucy Nutting had women’s tennis UConn’s lone wins for team faces Seton the day at the No. 1 and Hall in Storrs today No. 6 singles matches, at 2 p.m. respectively. The Huskies are The team has failed vs. Seton coming off a threeto win more than two Hall game Big East matches in any Big slide, with two out East loss and have been 2 p.m. of three losses comout twice, which UConn tennis shut ing at home. They Senior Emily Herb courts are 1-5 in conferfeels “doesn’t reflect ence play on the how tough everyone season. The most recent loss has been playing.”
Coach Glenn Marshall stressed the need to play well against conference opponents after their loss to Marquette last Friday. There are only four inconference matchups remaining on the schedule, so the Huskies will be looking to even up their conference record starting today. The team plays again tomorrow at home against Villanova at 12 p.m., its last home game of the season.
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UConn will try to improve to 2-5 in Big East play against Seton Hall.
Huskies head to Mt. Sac Relays UConn faces Villanova By Cory Lebihan Campus Correspondent
and 3x100-meter relay events. Hawthorne’s 11.31s time in the 100-meter dash was quick enough to earn No. 14 national The UConn women’s track and ranking in the event. She field team looks to keep building is also ranked No. 23 in the momentum at the Mt. SAC Relays country in the 200-meter dash and the UTech International after crossing the finish in Invitational this weekend. 23.59s this past weekend. Senior capF r e s h m e n tain Trisha-Ann Madalayne Smith Hawthorne led and Celina Emerson the Huskies in the and sophomore UConn All-Region Kristin Brown Invitational, their lone helped Hawthorne Mt. Sac home meet of the year. take home the 4x100 Relays Hawthorne displayed relay in 47.14s. her All-American Sat. All day In addition to form by taking three Hawthorne’s wins, first-place finishes Walnut, Cal. the Huskies recordin three meets and ed victories in nine earned the Big East other events. Three Track Athlete of the of those victories helped proWeek title. pel UConn student athletes Hawthorne finished first into national rankings in indiin the 100-meter, 200-meter, vidual events.
Senior runner Meghan Cunningham ran 10:29.42 at last weekend’s home meet to earn a No. 49 national rank in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Underclassmen jumpers Whitney Holder and Ilva Bikanova took home top honors in the long jump and high jump respectively to climb into the national rankings. Holder’s top jump of 6.26 meters lands her No. 31 in the country. Bikanova is ranked No. 49 in the country after topping 1.75 meters. Hawthorne will travel to Kingston, Jamaica to participate in the UTech International Invitational on April 16. The rest of the Huskies will head to Walnut, California on April 16 to compete in the 53rd annual Mt. SAC Relays.
By Quenton Narcisse Campus Correspondent
postponed due to inclement weather. The match was played Thursday with the Eagles winning 7-0. The UConn men’s tennis team Villanova looks to continue faces Villanova in conference its three-game winning streak it action this Saturday in Storrs. has built over the past week. The The Huskies are Wildcats beat LaSalle coming off a 6-1 7-0 last Saturday, splitvictory against St. ting a doubleheader with Francis on Sunday, Loyola and St. Josephs where UConn played 5-2 and 4-3, respectively. excellently from start vs. Villanova The main focus of to finish. Saturday’s match, and Saturday really most of the season, UConn, led by senior Andrew Noon will be success in doubles Marcus and junior Marcus and Warden UConn tennis play. Scott Warden, swept have been dominant all courts doubles play as all year as a tandem in the three teams excelled. No.1 spot for UConn. The Huskies also won all but one For the Wildcats, senior Dave singles match, and even that one Shaheen and Ryan Peyton have was competitive, going the full also played well, carrying a three sets. 13-match winning streak in douUConn’s home match-up against Boston College was Quenton.Narcisse@UConn.edu
A Red Sox fan's journey to the new Yankee Stadium The Huskies were honored at Yankee Stadium Wednesday night—the ultimate dream for the UConn student from New York, and nightmare for UConn students from New England. For the latter, the very concept is some sort of twisted hybrid of the schools’ beloved basketball team fresh off of its miraculous postseason run and the Evil Empire that has haunted their entire childhood and whose hatred of is an innate part of their existence. Being from Maine, I faced the dilemma of the New Englander: could I, a die-hard Red Sox fan,
swallow my pride and attend a Yankee game against a team other than Boston? Could I sit in the (remade) version of the “House that Ruth Built?” Could I tolerate the flashbacks to Aaron Boone’s walk-off home run against a Tim Wakefield knuckleball that didn’t knuckle in the 2003 ALCS to send the Yankees to the World Series and send me to bed with a broken heart? After hours of anguish and meditation on the infamous Bucky “Bleeping” Dent home run in 1978, I came to a decision. At least temporarily, my love for the Huskies slightly
outweighed my lifelong hatred of the Bronx Bombers. I would go to Yankee Stadium. The journey to the Stadium was tumultuous, to say the least. Our bus broke down in the middle of the city during rush hour, leaving me wondering why I ever dared to cross the baseball gods. After an hour of being the cause of a traffic jam of epic proportions, we finally decided to make the fivemile trek through the heart of the Bronx by foot. Upon finally entering the stadium at 6:40 p.m., we quickly found a place to stand behind home
plate amongst the other UConn fans that had made the trip. The ceremony honoring the basketball team was impressive, featuring a championship tribute video on the 5,925 square-foot HD television screen in center field. With the entire team standing behind the plate and the Yankees already on the field, the focus then turned to the man of the hour: Bronx native Kemba Walker, who had been invited to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Kemba admitted to being nervous after coach Jim Calhoun (who shared the same honors at Fenway
Park in Boston last week) told him that it was a big deal. He came to the stretch and, with his trademark grin, kicked and fired a pitch that barely reached Yankee catcher Russell Martin. As Alex Oriakhi said, “He could have put more mustard on it.” Nonetheless, it was a tremendous moment for Walker and all of UConn Country, even the ones who hate the Yankees. All told, I am proud that I was able to tolerate being in the presence of Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez for several hours in the name of UConn. I’m proud of my three friends who were able
to help me unexpectedly navigate my way through New York City by foot. But most of all, I’m proud of the Huskies for all that they accomplished this season. And as for my future attendance at Yankee Stadium, there is only one occasion for which I plan on making a return appearance: Jeremy Lamb throwing out the first pitch next year after leading the Huskies to another championship.
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UConn splits to compete in Miami and Providence By Mike McCurry Campus Correspondent Head coach Gregory Roy has thoroughly enjoyed the few sunny days that have graced Storrs as of late. He is looking forward to seeing more of that type of weather this weekend, as part of the squad is heading down with Roy to Miami for the Hurricane Alumni Invitational. While mostly upperclassmen and proven young-guns will make the trip to Florida, the rest of the UConn men’s outdoor track and field team will compete in the Brown Invitational in Providence.
About 15 Huskies will take door 800-meter event. Unger, part in the Hurricane Alumni on the other hand, is 30th in the Invitational, a prestigious meet country with a javelin toss of that also features USA and 69.4 meters. Olympic stars. According to Chapman, coming off of Coach Roy, his team a great winter seawill also be going up son, took advantage against some elite of competing at schools in LSU and home last weekend Miami. Those repby recording a vicresenting UConn Hurricane tory in the decathinclude All-American Unfortunately Alumni Invite. lon. runner Mike Rutt, for UConn, no more javelin thrower Cody Brown Invite. meets will take place Unger and decathlete their backyard for Saturday in Jesse Chapman. the remainder of All day Rutt, who nearly the year. That being won the 800-meter said, the Husky race at the NCAA Championship Spring Invitational did wonin the winter, is currently ranked ders for the team. seventh in the nation in the out“It was nice to have some
fans for once. When you’re away, you don’t really have too many people cheering for you. Considering we were home last weekend though, there were no excuses. My friends had to stop by, say hello, and cheer the squad on,” Chapman said. Both the Hurricane Alumni Invitational and Brown Invitational will take place all day on Saturday. Action in Providence begins at 9:30 a.m., while the first event in Miami is scheduled for 11 a.m.
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Chris Whyte runs hurdles last year at the Sherman Family Sports Complex.
UConn heads to Notre Dame Huskies gear up for Big East at the hands of Syracuse. Both the Huskies and the Irish have played and lost to the Orange in the last week, falling by scores The UConn lacrosse team will of 17-9 and 12-7 respectively. For the Huskies, last travel to South Bend, week featured threeInd. this weekend as goal performances they take on Big East opponent Notre Dame at Notre Dame from freshman Lauren Kahn and junior M.E. on Saturday. Saturday Lapham, as well as Tomorrow at noon, an 11-save showthe Huskies will play Noon ing from sophomore the Fighting Irish for their second-straight South Bend, goalie Brittney Testa. Even with such perroad game against a Ind. formances the Huskies Big East opponent. were outshot 33-18 in The last time the two teams met, the Huskies fell to the loss to the Syracuse Orange. With the loss the Huskies record the Irish 16-9. Both the Huskies and the dropped to 6-5. The game against the Irish Irish are coming off of losses
By Carmine Colangelo Staff Writer
will mark the Huskies their third Big East opponent in a row and their fourth this season. The Huskies have not had any success in Big East play, losing all three of their games to Rutgers, Georgetown and Syracuse. The Irish’s season story in the Big East differs from the Huskies, as they are 2-1 in conference play. They currently have wins over Rutgers and Villanova, while their one loss came at the hands of the Orange. The Huskies will be hoping to change their in-conference woes with a victory over the Irish on Saturday.
By Dan Huang Campus Correspondent The UConn men’s golf team is gearing up for its biggest challenge this season as they head down to Florida for the Big East Championships. The three-day tournament, held at the Innisbrook Golf and Spa Resort, will commence Sunday. The Huskies will bring five experienced golfers to the event in hopes of making the NCAA tournament for the first time. Coach Dave Pezzino’s upperclassman-heavy squad will consist of two seniors and three juniors. The seniors, Matt Dubrowski and Jeremy Troy, are also the captains
and bring a bevy of experience and leadership to the table. The duo has played in a combined four events this season and look to capture the title in what could be each golfer’s last collegiate event. Last weekend, Troy finished tied for 12 at the New England D-I Championship with a seven-over par performance. The three juniors competing this weekend are Jeb Buchanan, Matt Dziubina, and Adam Vaccari. All three have played well this season, but recently, Dziubina has been stealing the spotlight. The Shelton native has been the Huskies’ top performer in each of the last three events. His best performance came at the Caribbean Intercollegiate Classic in Puerto Rico, where he
shot a two-under par and placed fifth. Buchanan has also been a steady performer this season, competing in the team’s first three events. He and Vaccari will try to bring their top game to the course this weekend. The 12 team field includes defending champion Georgetown, who is ranked sixth in the Big East. The top two contenders for this year’s event are Notre Dame and Louisville, who are ranked first and second respectively in the Big East. UConn can make the NCAA tournament if they win this weekend’s event or finishes ranked as one of the Top 65 teams in the country.
Yanks rally for win in 10th Huskies will try to maintain Big East lead NEW YORK (AP) — Nick Swisher hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning and the New York Yankees rallied from a five-run deficit for an 6-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles Thursday night to sweep the rain-shortened series. After Joba Chamberlain used his big body to save a run in the eighth by blocking the plate and keeping the Yankees within 5-4, Jorge Posada led off the bottom of the ninth with a tying homer on the first pitch off closer Kevin Gregg. Michael Gonzalez (0-1) walked Mark Teixeira and gave up a double to Alex Rodriguez to start the 10th. After Robinson Cano lined out, Swisher hit a fly and Teixeira easily beat right fielder Nick Markakis' throw home. Swisher earned the Yankees' first pie in the face of the season for a gamewinner. Mariano Rivera (1-0) gave up a leadoff single in the 10th. But Derrek Lee grounded into a double play and Vladimir Guerrero grounded out. Chamberlain relieved Bartolo Colon in the eighth inning with runners on first and third. Chamberlain threw a pitch in the dirt that went to the backstop, and the ball took a long bounce off the wall as catcher Russell Martin went to retrieve it. Martin tossed the ball to
Chamberlain, who turned sideways and shielded pinch-runner Felix Pie from reaching the plate. Pie made a standup slide rather than going all the way down and thought he was safe — Orioles manager Buck Showalter came out to argue, but replays clearly showed Chamberlain made the tag in time. Gregg's meltdown spoiled a solid six-inning effort by Jake Arrieta and handed the Orioles their fourth straight loss after a 6-1 start. Baltimore built its early lead against Phil Hughes, who struggled once again. Rodriguez, who went 3 for 3, doubled in the fifth for New York's first hit against Arrieta and Cano followed with a double to pull New York to 5-1. Teixeira hit an RBI double and Rodriguez added a sacrifice fly in the sixth. Martin had a run-scoring grounder off reliever Jason Berken in the seventh to make it a onerun game. The Yankees' win ended a more than 10-hour day of big league baseball in New York. The Mets were swept by Colorado in a doubleheader at Citi Field that started at 12:20 p.m. and ended just after this game started. Struggling with low velocity on his fastball, Hughes lasted just 4 1-3 innings after going only two innings against Boston in his last start and four in his first start of
the season. He reached 92 mph twice in the first inning but was throwing consistently in the 88-89 mph range after the second. Manager Joe Girardi said that location was more important that speed. On Markakis' tworun homer in the third, the pitch — an 86 mph cutter — was way off Martin's target. In the fourth, Luke Scott doubled and scored on Mark Reynolds' drive that Curtis Granderson caught leaping into the wall in right-center for a 3-0 lead. Swisher crashed into the wall in right field catching a flyball in the fourth, one batter before Markakis lined an RBI double to right, ending Hughes' night. Colon relieved and gave up an RBI single to Guerrero for a 5-0 lead. Arrieta came in 2-0 with a 3.65 ERA against the Yankees. He bounced back smartly from his last start, when he took a pounding from the potent Texas Rangers (3 1-3 innings, eight runs). Arrieta gave up three runs and five hits.
from HEADLINE, page 14 Weekend preview With a one-game Big East lead over Louisville, Pittsburgh and West Virginia, the Huskies will turn their attention to conference-foe Villanova this weekend with three games at Plymouth Meeting, Pa. Junior Matt Barnes, who’s on a six-game winning streak and owns a Big East leading 1.03 ERA, will get the call in this afternoon’s matchup. Seniors Elliot Glynn and Greg Nappo are expected to start Saturday and Sunday. Juniors Kyle Helisek and
Maloofs choose to stay, but if not there was an ownership group headed by Pittsburgh Penguins co-owner Ron Burkle that would be interested in purchasing the team from them or buying another team to move to Sacramento. "We totally acknowledge that it's the Maloofs' decision as business owners to determine if it's in their best interests to go to Anaheim or stay in Sacramento," Johnson said. "I think we presented the alternative in that it makes sense to stay in Sacramento." The Maloofs already have made one thing clear. "The Maloofs are not going to sell the team," Kings spokesman Troy Hanson said. Johnson stressed the viability of the Sacramento market to the owners and reminded them of the Kings' success in the city over the last 26 years. A former NBA All-Star, Johnson compared his adrenaline when he got dressed Thursday to that
end “as they are expecting some bad weather” in the area. Following the series with Nova, the Huskies will head straight to Amherst, Mass., for a Monday matchup with the UMass Minutemen—a game scheduled in place of an April 5 rainout. UConn will then host in-state foe Fairfield on Tuesday, marking what will be the team’s fifth game in five days.
Men's basketball victory parade set for Sunday from BLUE, page 14 The parade will begin at the corner of Elm Street next to Bushnell Park. The convoy will then continue onto Jewell and Gold Streets. The parade will continue onto Main Street and follow Capitol Avenue and finish at the steps of the State Capitol building.
Here, Gov. Dannel Malloy will introduce the championship team in front of the entire state. Rally attendees will then see UConn favorites Jim Calhoun and Kemba Walker. Sunday’s weather is projected to be the best weather of the weekend similar to Thursday. Earlier this week, there was
talk that the parade would be canceled due to lack of funding. Thursday night it was confirmed that the $50,000 needed to run the event was collected from donations. A long list of partners have also sponsored the event.
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Sacramento mayor makes pitch to keep Kings NEW YORK (AP) — Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson watched part of the Kings' season finale, then flew overnight across the country to meet with NBA owners. His goal: Make sure that wasn't the last NBA game in California's state capital. "We felt very strongly that the Sacramento Kings were worth fighting for. And if anybody thinks that we're going to sit on our hands and roll over and just let somebody leave without putting up a good fight, they'd be gravely mistaken," Johnson said Thursday after a presentation in front of NBA owners. Kings owners Joe and Gavin Maloof are considering a move to Anaheim and must file a relocation application with the league by Monday. The league's owners are meeting in New York the next two days, and Johnson followed the Maloof group in speaking to them Thursday. Johnson said he hopes the
Kyle McMyne and sophomore Kevin MacLachian will be on the mound for the Wildcats this weekend, who are 2-7 thus far in conference. Despite the trio having ERAs of 5.17, 5.84 and 5.83, respectively, Penders said the offense will have to step it up a notch for the team to have success this weekend. “It’s a tough field to play at at Nova,” Penders said. “It’s bigger. We need to hit more line drives and harder ground balls. We need to stay on top of the ball…and swing better than we did today.” Penders also said that there is a chance of a rainout this week-
of a postseason game. He revealed to the owners more than $7 million in corporate participation that he said was identified in less than a week and reiterated the city's commitment to building a new entertainment complex to replace the Power Balance Pavilion, whether the Kings remained to play in it or not. "So for anybody that has concern, even in a down market, a down economy, that we as a community can't step up to a higher level in the 2011-12 season, they would be mistaken and we have to demonstrate that," Johnson said before the meeting. Darius Anderson of the Anderson Burkle Group said Burkle's interest proves that. Johnson said the owners asked and were assured that Burkle's group would not seek to move the team. "If this new ownership group comes to Sacramento, we will have a winning team. No doubt about it," Anderson said. "Ron
knows how to win, he won the Stanley Cup two years ago, and he's made that same commitment going forward." Johnson said the Kings sold out in 19 of their 26 seasons in Sacramento, adding that "I don't believe the grass is greener in Anaheim than it is in Sacramento." "Fans mean something. Fans are the texture and the heart and soul of the NBA," Johnson said. "That's No. 1. No. 2, we are a top-20 TV market, so I want to remind and maybe dispel some of the concerns that people have with the Sacramento market. It is a viable market." But the former Arco Arena is outdated, so the Maloof brothers have begun exploring the move to Southern California. The Honda Center, which hosted the NCAA tournament's West Regional finals, has amenities that Sacramento's building lacks.
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Five UConn baseball players were suspended from the team Sunday for a violation of team rules. The suspensions, first reported by WHUS Sports Director Adam Giardino, were handed down after some “off the field distractions” Saturday night in South Bend, Ind. after the Huskies defeated Notre Dame, according to head coach Jim Penders. “Saturday leaving the park, we’re not quite as strong as we thought we were,” Penders told Giardino in an interview on Monday. “ We had some distractions off the field Saturday into Sunday and some guys made some selfish decisions. Now we’re going to have a few team suspensions and things that none of us foresaw and things that hopefully won’t take a lot away from our season. I’m not going to make excuses for us, we’ve got to be strong enough to handle that.” The five players suspended were pitchers Elliot Glynn, Bob Van Woert, Michael Zaccardo and Ted Hurvul and catcher Joe Pavone. Pavone was already sidelined for the season with a leg injury. Penders said that Glynn, Van Woert, Zaccardo and Pavone will be reinstated no sooner than April 23, for a minimum suspension of 11 games, but only if they complete the assignments he has requested of them. Hurvul is suspended indefinitely. The players have already served three games of the suspension. UConn has gone 1-2 in this stretch, with losses to Notre Dame on Sunday and Yale on Tuesday, followed by a win over Brown yesterday in Storrs.
Softball (16-17) (4-3) April 16 Pittsburgh Noon
April 16 Pittsburgh 2 p.m.
April 17 Pittsburgh 11 a.m.
April 20 UMass 4 p.m.
April 22 USF 4 p.m.
April 29 Villanova 6 p.m.
May 1 Loyala 1 p.m.
Lacrosse (6-5) (0-2) April 21 April 16 Notre Dame Cincinnati 4 p.m. Noon
April 23 Louisville Noon
Men’s Track and Field May 8 April 16 May 7 April 16 May 6 Big East Brown Big East Hurricane Big East Tournament Alumni Invit. Invitational Tournament Tournament All Day All Day All Day All Day All Day
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Women’s Track and Field April 16 Mt. Sac Relays All Day
April 23 May 1 April 28 April 29 UTech Brown Invitational Penn Relays Penn Relays Invitational All Day All Day All Day All Day AP
Orioles starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie, left, presents University of Connecticut basketball guard Roscoe Smith, right, with a sunflower seed box containing a baseball before a Yankees baseball game at Yankee Stadium.
Golf April 18 April 19 Big East Big East Invitational Invitational All Day All Day
April 17 Big East Invitational All Day
Men’s Tennis Today Boston College 2 p.m.
April 16 Villanova Noon
April 28 Big East Invitational TBA
Women’s Tennis Tomorrow Seton Hall 2 p.m.
April 16 Villanova Noon
Huskies look to exact revenge on BC By Jimmy Onofrio Campus Correspondent
water.” She also said that staff and crew are confident that they can improve upon last week’s time and beat BC in a After losing narrowly in two rematch, as well as Holy Cross. races to Boston College last The second varsity eight week in the Knecht Cup, the has been practicing their endUConn rowing team will get of-race sprint during this week another shot at the of practice. Failing to Eagles in a match keep up with the rising hosted by Holy pace as the race goes Cross this weekend “is where they lost vs. Boston on in Worcester, Mass. touch with the pack in College Last weekend, the the final of the Knecht second varsity eight Cup,” according to Sunday boat placed fifth in Sanford-Wendry. She Worcester, said the crew has been the grand final. The first varsity boat, focusing on increasing Mass. however, barely the boat speed as the missed making it race goes on. out of the first heat, missing Both varsity fours and the the cut by a 10th of a second. novice eight boats have also In an attempt to improve been practicing to maintain good times for this weekend, coach speeds for the duration of the Jen Sanford-Wendry said some two-kilometer race. The team changes have been made to the will look to turn its practice into rigging of the boat, and that the results this Sunday in Worcester. first varsity will race a crew with a low-average weight. “The bow of the boat has been riding a little high out of the water [in past races],” Sanford-Wendry said. “So by moving the riggers, tracks and foot stretchers closer to the bow, the boat will hopefully ride a little better through the James.Onofrio@UConn.edu
April 22 Syracuse 10 a.m.
April 22 Syracuse 10 a.m.
April 28 Big East Invitational All Day
Five UConn baseball players suspended
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Minnesota Twins’ biggest loss of the day came after getting beat by Tampa Bay. Moments after Johnny Damon hit a tworun homer with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Rays a 4-3 victory over Minnesota on Thursday night, the Twins announced that star catcher Joe Mauer was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to weakness in his legs. Mauer had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in the offseason. He had a very light workload during spring training to try and reduce the wear and tear on his legs and stay fresh for the rigors of catching an entire season.
THE Weekend Ahead Victory Parade in Hartford is an event to attend By Matt McDonough Associate Sports Editor Storrs Side Games to attend: The UConn football team will culminate its month-long spring practice with the annual spring game at Rentschler Field. The Blue-White game will kick off at 5 p.m. on Saturday, after its start time was pushed back in hopes that it will accommodate more fans’ schedules. Husky fans will get their first look at new coach Paul Pasqualoni and his system as UConn wraps up the spring before preparing for summer training camp and the fall season. The softball team is home all weekend, with a Saturday double-header against Pittsburgh. The games begin at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. The series between the Huskies and Panthers will wrap up Sunday at 11 a.m. Coach Jim Calhoun rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange and threw out the first pitch at Fenway Park. Kemba Walker threw out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium a week after his number was retired during the Welcome Home pep rally at
Gampel. The sign on the highway has been changed, catering to the 2011 national champions. The celebration is not over, however. A victory parade will take place at 3 p.m. in Hartford on Sunday. Although money still needs to be raised for the parade to definitely take place, according to reports, the rally at the North Steps of the Capitol will still take place. Games to follow up on: Lacrosse and Baseball. The lacrosse team will head to Notre Dame at 12 p.m. Saturday, while the baseball team gets set to play a three-game series Friday through Sunday at Villanova. Pro Side Although the NCAA basketball season is officially over, there will be no shortage of sports on television this weekend. The NHL playoffs, which got under way Wednesday, will be on all weekend, on the Versus network. Four NBA playoff series will start this weekend on ABC, ESPN and TNT programming. The Yankees will take on the defending American League champions Texas Rangers at 8 p.m. on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball.
» INSIDE SPORTS TODAY P.13: UConn baseball players suspended. / P.12: Lacrosse heads to Notre Dame. / P.11: Women’s tennis hosts Seton Hall.
Spring (game) Weekend
Friday, April 15, 2011
BLUE AND WHITE UP ALL NIGHT UConn’s Spring Game hits the Rent under the lights
By John Shevchuk Staff Writer
Russell Blair Go to the UConn spring football game. I don’t care if East Hartford is 40 minutes away, I don’t care if this weekend is the “real” Spring Weekend, and I don’t care if you planned on going to Huskies, Thirstys or Teds. Grab your friends, load up your car and go support the UConn football team tomorrow at 5 p.m. It’s been a tumultuous offseason for UConn’s gridiron warriors. Randy Edsall abandoned his team after an embarrassing loss to Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl for the greener pastures of Maryland, and Jeff Hathaway brought in a coach who hasn’t worked in the college game in more than a decade. Not to mention he’s collecting Social Security. Key contributors have been suspended and reinstated. Jordan Todman has declared for the NFL Draft, and the Huskies have a wide-open battle for starting quarterback. Coming off a season in which they won the Big East, it’s feasible that UConn could land anywhere from No. 1 to No. 8 in the 2011 standings. Now, more than ever, our fellow student-athletes need support from their fans. I’ll be honest; the spring game is going to be boring. You’re going to see second and third string players that you don’t even know. In years past, Randy Edsall implemented a wacky scoring system awarding points for both offensive scores and defensive stops, which, hopefully, he has taken to College Park with him. This year’s contest will feature 20 minute running quarters in the second half. It’s not a real college football game. But on the other hand, it’s the last time you’ll be able to see UConn play football until next August. And for some of us, the last time we’ll be able to see UConn play football as UConn students. Kevin Meacham, a former Daily Campus columnist and founder of TheUConnBlog.com, wrote a column several years ago urging the university to move the spring game to Memorial Stadium, UConn’s old on-campus facility. I stand by this argument, but I don’t see it happening in the near future. The spring game is used by the athletic department as a way to give potential season ticket holders a free preview of Rentschler Field. I don’t see that changing any time soon. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. Traveling to Rentschler Field is always an experience. Make the most of it. I know you aren’t supposed to throw footballs in the parking lot, but pack some footballs. Bring a grill, bring some food, bring some drinks and bring your friends. Parking is free, there’s no cover and the drinks are a lot cheaper than at any of the three campus bars. One of the things I like best about playing 40 minutes away from campus, heck, maybe the only thing I like about playing 40 minutes away from campus, is that tailgating becomes an event almost as big as the game itself. Saturday will be in the 50s, a little chilly, but similar to the crisp fall weather we’ll have in East Hartford in September. Simply put, it’s going to be football weather. Students should take this one last weekend, before Spring Weekend and before cramming for finals, to take in the weather, take in some food and drink and enjoy the Huskies’ spring game. And with those running quarters in the second half, you may even make it back in time for Nickel.
Amidst the talk of potential activities happening this weekend, there are two UConn events that are guaranteed. The first comes at 5 p.m. Saturday. For the first time, the Blue and White Spring Football game will be held at a time other than the traditional noon at Rentschler Field. At the meetand-greet with head coach Paul Pasqualoni earlier this year, he addressed the moving of the time to better accommodate families, especially those involved in spring sports who play afternoon games. On Saturday, players will be given the Sat., 5 p.m., opportunity to “strut stuff” in front of Rentschler Field their a UConn audience with East Hartford high expectations from last year’s season. With Zach Frazier leaving UConn, the starting quarterback position is currently open. Freshmen quarterbacks Michael Nebrich and Michael Box and viral video start Johnny McEntee will all see equal playing time on Saturday. The departure of starting running back Jordan Todman and transfer of Robbie Frey creates another opening for the starting running back position. USC transfer D.J. Shoemate is expected to be a strong contender for this position. Championship Parade to be held on Sunday Just as the energy from last Monday’s championship win begins to shrink, there will be one more chance to exhibit Husky Pride in the streets of Hartford. Sunday at 3 p.m. the NCAA men’s basketball champions will head to the state’s capitol for the traditional parade throughout the city. The men’s team will return to Hartford for its first celebration since the parade for both the men’s and women’s championship teams in 2004.
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Kashif Moore looks for running room on Oct. 29, 2010 against West Virginia. Moore helped UConn to a Fiesta Bowl berth last season. The Huskies’ road back to the BCS starts Saturday in their annual Blue versus White Game.
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UConn looks to stay hot on road at Villanova By Ryan Tepperman and Danielle Ennis Staff Writers
first. After back-to-back singles by LJ Mazzilli and Nick Ahmed to lead off the inning, Mazzilli was able to score off a Brown error before a George Springer With former major leaguers RBI-single drove Ahmed home. Lee Mazzilli and John Franco “We came out of the gate on hand, the UConn baseball swinging, ready to play,” said team was able to Mazzilli, who went bounce back from two-for-four with two its ugly loss to Yale RBIs playing in front by beating Brown at Villanova of his dad, Lee. 6-2 yesterday at J.O. Butler gave both Today,1 p.m. those Christian Field. runs back with After blowing a 7-0 a wild second inning lead over in-state foe that included two hits, Yale Tuesday – all in a walk and a hit batsthe seventh and eighth man, but he would innings – the Huskies were able settle down to shut the Bears out to topple the Bears behind the over the next five innings. The pitching of starter Pat Butler. The Huskies would then take the lead junior gave up just two second- for good with three runs in the inning runs in seven innings of fourth off an RBI single by Doug work en route to picking up his Elliot and a two-out, two-RBI first win of the season. single by Mazzilli. UConn wasted no time getUConn would add its sixth ting on the scoreboard with two run in the seventh to complete unearned runs in the bottom of the the scoring courtesy of a Mike
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Nemeth single, which brought Ahmed home for the second time in the game. Sophomore Ryan Moore closed the game out for the Huskies with two perfect innings, relieving Butler. “Despite early struggles, Butler settled in well,” said coach Jim Penders. “And we saw real progress from Ryan Moore. He waited his turn, and he did well.” In total, UConn dominated the Bears with a 9-4 advantage in hits. The Huskies also played their fifth game of the season without committing an error. Most importantly, though, they were able to pickup clutch hits, as three of the team’s runs came with two outs. “Timely hitting and really good defense got us the win,” Mazzilli said. “If we build on what we did today and carry it into this weekend, we should show good results. Today was all positives.”
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Ryan Fuller slides into home on April 6 against UMass.
After split at Louisville, Huskies host Pitt at home By Michael Ferrero Campus Correspondent
tom of the first, but the Huskies quickly responded with a solo homerun in the top of the second by Kim Silva, her third of the year. Yesterday the Huskies earned Silva has greatly improved since a spilt in a doubleheader against her freshmen season last year that Louisville and ended their 12-game saw her bat .181. This year, she winning streak, but it could have is currently batting .347. Jennifer been a sweep – if not for a game- Esteban of the Cardinals scored winning single in the bottom of a run in the bottom of the first, the seventh inning in ending the game in heartgame one. break for the Huskies as Kiki Saveriano she belted a game-winpitched a combined ning single to extend the vs. 13 innings in the Cardinals’ winning streak Pittsburgh to 12 games, but that’s as two outings and her record now stands at Sat. Noon, 2 far as it would go. 9-12 on the season. In the second game, In her 13 innings of p.m., Sun. 11 the Huskies again were work, Saveriano only quickly behind 1-0, but a.m. allowed three runs, that’s all the Cardinals none of which were would get from Saveriano. She earned. In total, Saveriano struck would pitch six shutout innings out 11 batters in 13 innings. to snap the Cardinals’ 12 gameIn the first game of the double winning streak. The Huskies header, the Cardinals jumped out would score four times in the top to an early 1-0 lead in the bot- of the fourth inning on a bunt RBI
single from Amy Vaughan, then Marissa Guches drove Silva home and Julianne Towers got a twoRBI single to lead the team with 29 RBIs on the season from the leadoff spot. Andrea Huelsenbeck made it 5-1 with an RBI single in the top of the seventh inning. The Huskies’ record stands at 16-17 on the season and 4-3 in Big East Conference play. The Huskies will next take on Pittsburgh in a three-game home series this weekend. Pittsburgh is 24-14 on the season, but is only 3-6 in Big East play after starting 3-0 in the conference. Pittsburgh comes into this game on a five game losing streak and having lost seven out its last eight games. The Huskies’ pitching staff will have to be aware of the Panthers’ ability to hit the long ball as they already have set a team record with 35 homeruns on the season, the most in school history.
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Brittany Duclos throws to first base against Boston College.