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Spring weekend has not yet sprung

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Friday, April 8, 2011

By Abby Ferrucci Staff Writer

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South bend bound UConn travels to Notre Dame for Big East series.

If the last week is any indication, Spring Weekend activities around campus are only heating up. Parties and celebrations started Saturday when UConn beat Kentucky to head to the NCAA championship game. On Monday night, the celebrations after the championship were so large some compared the night to Spring Weekend. “The crowd was definitely more organized and full of school spirit than Spring Weekend,” said Nicole Qualls, a 6th-semester communication disorders major. “But there was a lot of people everywhere chanting and cheering, and things still got broken. Despite the damage done, the university seemed to have the right idea with the concert and dance party outside of Gampel Pavilion directly following the win. “Monday was definitely more organized with the DJ and the street being blocked off, which

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In this April 23, 2010 file photo a student crowd surfs through the crowd of people outside Celeron during the past Spring Weekend.

kept people together instead of running all around and breaking things,” Qualls said. These celebrations may be a reflection of the parties to come in just two weeks, when the traditional. Spring Weekend will occur. Despite attempts by administration to cancel the parties, the student body doesn’t seem willing to step down.

In May 2010, then-President Michael Hogan created a task force to figure out how to deal with the violence and debauchery surrounding the last celebration of the school year. In a report from January of this year, interim president Philip Austin urged “students to engage in a voluntary moratorium on Spring Weekend.”

School organizations like USG did not support the idea for the moratorium, because they felt as though students would not support it. As the event draws nearer, students around campus prove this is true. “I don’t think it’s going to work,” said Jaimi Welch, a 5th-semester political science and journalism double major. “[The administration] cancelling and changing school sanctioned events is not going to work because now there is no reason for students to stay sober during the day.” The championship game has given students a reason to party even harder. “I think Spring Weekend will be just as crazy especially now that we have something more to cheer about,” Qualls said. There have been attempts by the administration in the past to cancel Spring Weekend, all of which have not been successful due to the tradition still holding strong. In 1998, school officials tried to erase the negative connotation of Spring Weekend by changing the name to ‘university week-

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INSIDE NEWS: GE TO BUILD NATION’S LARGEST SOLAR POWER PLANT The company plans to spend $600 mil. to build power plant. NEWS/ page 2

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USG presidential elections contested By John Sherman Campus Correspondent Following accusations filed by USG former presidential candidate Vijay Sekhara citing campaign misconduct, the presidential and vice presidential ticket of Brian Ingmanson and Ali Albini has been disqualified from the Spring 2011 USG elections. Winners Sam Tracy and Lindsay Chiappa have not been disqualified. Sekhara filed an additional appeal late Thursday night to overturn the decision upholding Tracy’s victory. The appeal hearing will take place Sunday at 8 p.m. A USG statement released

Thursday afternoon read, “The Judiciary of the Undergraduate Student Government, Chief Justice Ashmore, Justice Justin Raymond, and Justice Carly Calabrese, unanimously agree on a vote of 3-0-0 that the […] Presidential Candidates Brian Ingmanson and Ali Albini are hereby disqualified from the elections.” The former candidates were found guilty of “three minor violations resulting in their disqualification,” the statement said. Ingmanson, the preliminary runner-up, explained his displeasure in a phone call Thursday afternoon. “I am upset by the decision. Ingmanson said. “Ali [Albini] and I never entered the election to be losers and cheaters. That is not

what we are.”. “I am a little bit disheartened by the entire process, and I think the student body feels the same way,” he added. Sekhara accused Ingmanson and Albini of chalking too close to a Student Appreciation Day event. Sekhara also claimed that Ingmanson called Sekhara soon after to encourage him to do the same. It is against election policies to chalk within 100 feet of USG held event. The USG Judiciary statement said, “Mr. Ingmanson was aware that his chalking was violating the election policies and had no intention of removing it. He then encouraged to chalk in the same area in order to make the compe-

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Obama, leaders short of deal as shutdown looms

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end’ and limiting the activities to UConn students only. These events were limited to USG, RHA and SUBOG sanctioned events and UConn ID’s were needed for admittance to everything, according to a report from the chancellor. Similar measures were taken in 1999, when Chancellor Mark Emmert created a Special Task Force on Community and Civility. The goals of the task force were to “make recommendations on enhancing a sense of community at UConn and assuring that civility becomes an integral part of living in that community,” and to “explore ways to build a more cohesive campus community,” according to a report from the chancellor. These past moratoriums were unsuccessful at keeping students from celebrating Spring Weekend. This year’s changes are a little different, moving the UConn tradition of OOzeball and other Southapalooza activities up a week, and restricting overnight guests from staying in the dorms.

tition ‘fair.’” “I called Vijay and told him that Sam and I had both chalked next to [the event]. I wanted it to be a fair race,” Ingmanson said. “Vijay then said that I was encouraging misconduct.” In a separate statement that preserved the Tracy-Chiappa victory, many charges were dismissed, claiming, “Additional evidence is required to prove a reasonable amount of guilt on the part of the defendants for the allegation.” In justifying their decision not to disqualify Tracy, Ashmore wrote, “The malicious intent that typically underscores a disqualification for three minor violations is either absent or there is not enough

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and congressional leaders bargained and blustered by turns Thursday, still short of an agreement to cut federal spending and head off a midnight Friday government shutdown that no one claimed to want. Obama met with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., at the White House at midday, and the three agreed to reconvene after dinner. In the interim, they dispatched aides to pursue a deal in negotiations in the Capitol. With an agreement elusive, Republicans passed legislation through the House to fund the Pentagon for six months, cut $12 billion in domestic spending and keep the federal bureaucracy humming for an additional week. Obama threatened to veto the bill even before it passed on a 247-181, mostly partyline vote. The administration issued a statement calling it “a distraction from the real work” of agreeing on legislation to cover the six months left in the current fiscal year. Each side insisted the other would be to blame for the pain of a partial shutdown. In a shift in position, Obama said he would sign a shortterm measure to give negotiations more time to succeed. That was one of the options available to Reid, although Boehner said he was confident Democratic lawmakers would persuade “Reid and our commander in chief to keep the government from shutting down” by signing the House-passed bill. At the White House, a senior budget official said the impact of a shutdown “will be immediately felt on the economy.” It also would be felt unevenly, said Jeff Zients, deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget. Military troops would not receive their full paychecks, but Social Security recipients would still get monthly benefits, he said.

What’s on at UConn today... MFA Exhibition 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Benton Museum

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SUBOG will be playing Spiderman Photo Identities is a selection from the Benton Museum’s permanent col- at the SU Theatre. lection of photo-based works from the last four decades on the subject of human identity.

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Blogger takes state lawmaker threats case to trial

HARTFORD (AP) — The lawyer for a blogger charged with encouraging violence against Connecticut lawmakers says his client is taking his case to trial and won’t accept a plea deal. Public defender John Stawicki says client Harold “Hal” Turner maintains his innocence and believes his speech was protected by the First Amendment. Turner was arrested in Connecticut in 2009 after authorities say he urged his readers to “take up arms” against state lawmakers over a bill that would have given Roman Catholic church lay members more control over parish finances. His case was placed on the Hartford Superior Court trial list after a brief hearing Thursday. The 49-year-old Turner is from North Bergen, N.J. He already is serving a nearly three-year federal prison sentence for making death threats against federal judges in Illinois.

CSUS approve 2.5 percent tuition increase

HARTFORD (AP) — More than 36,600 students in the Connecticut State University System will pay 2.5 percent more in tuition and fees starting this fall, along with a new 2.5 percent charge if they put those expenses on their credit cards. The system’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously Thursday to approve the tuition increase and new credit card transaction fee for students at Central, Western, Eastern and Southern Connecticut State Universities. They also added lab fees for nursing students at Central Connecticut, calling it necessary to provide supplies and maintenance for those labs. Southern and Western Connecticut already had such fees.

Judge to release home invasion witness list

NEW HAVEN (AP) — A judge plans to release the names of potential witnesses in the upcoming trial of a Connecticut man charged with a home invasion that killed a mother and her two daughters. New Haven Superior Court Judge Jon Blue denied a motion Thursday by attorneys for Joshua Komisarjevsky (koh-mih-sahrJEV’-skee) to reconsider his ruling to release the witness list. The defense has argued that potential witnesses fear harassment and threats if their names are publicized, jeopardizing Komisarjevsky’s right to a fair trial. Blue said in his initial ruling that witness lists are ordinarily public and the defense hadn’t proven the need to keep it sealed. The Hartford Courant sought the list. Authorities say Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes killed Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters in their Cheshire home in 2007. Hayes was sentenced last year to death. Komisarjevsky’s trial starts in September.

Chief named for state disabilities agency

HARTFORD (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has appointed a veteran in the field of serving the developmentally disabled to head Connecticut’s agency that funds and otherwise supports the state’s network of service providers. Terrence W. Macy was appointed Thursday to head the state Department of Developmental Services, which supports services for those with intellectual and other disabilities. It’s among the largest state agencies, with an annual budget of nearly $1 billion and more than 3,000 employees Macy is executive director of SARAH Tuxis Residential & Community Resources Inc. He also was director of vocational and residential services at a rehabilitation facility where he developed training programs and expanded services for those with autism and adults with brain injuries.

Meriden police file complaint against chief

MERIDEN (AP) — Two Meriden police officers have filed a complaint alleging that the chief and others have treated the chief’s son favorably during misconduct investigations. In one instance cited in the complaint, Officer Evan Cossette is seen on surveillance video pushing a handcuffed man in a holding cell. The man hit his head and Cossette — the son of Chief Jeffry Cossette — is seen moving the unconscious man, but never called for medical assistance. The complaint says Evan Cossette was given a letter of reprimand and ordered to take four hours of training on the proper use of force. The complaint says other officers would have been punished more harshly. Chief Cossette says the complaint was made by disgruntled officers.

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News

GE to build nation’s largest solar power plant

NEW YORK (AP) — GE is taking aim at the world’s biggest solar company in a bid to expand into a fast-growing renewable energy market. General Electric Co. announced Thursday that it would spend $600 million to build the nation’s biggest solar panel factory. It would build the same type of socalled thin film solar panels manufactured by First Solar Inc., the biggest producer of solar panels in the world. GE also announced Thursday that testing by a government laboratory showed that its panels set an efficiency record for this type of thin film panel, made from the elements cadmium and tellurium. “It’s demonstrated to be the cost leader in the marketplace and we think we can push costs lower, and faster,” said Vic Abate, vice president for GE’s renewable energy business. The company did not say where the factory would be

built. Abate said it would eventually employ 400 people and be producing panels by 2013. The plant would have the capacity to build 400 megawatts worth of panels per year, enough to power about 80,000 homes. By comparison, First Solar will have 2,300 MW of capacity by the end of this year. Still, analysts say GE’s size, manufacturing experience, and ability to invest heavily in technology and to finance projects is sure to eventually pressure First Solar and other solar makers. “There’s no way to not look at this as a severe competitive threat,” said Aaron Chew, an analyst at Hapoalim Securities in New York. Several large Korean companies — Samsung, Hyundai Heavy Industries, LG Display, and LG Electronics — have also indicated they plan to invest in solar. “The big boys are entering the space and it doesn’t bode well for

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In this Dec. 2, 2008 file photo, a General Electric (GE) sign is displayed at Western Appliance store in Mountain View, Calif. GE announced Thursday.

the smaller players,” Chew said. First Solar shares dropped $2.35 to $148.25. GE shares slipped 30 cents to $20.24. GE, based in Fairfield, is the biggest maker of wind turbines in the U.S. and among the biggest in the world, but it has been slow to venture into solar. It first bought a minority stake

in PrimeStar Solar, which developed the technology GE now plans to manufacture, in 2007. It recently acquired all of PrimeStar, which is based in Colorado. Solar power is far more expensive than wind power, and contributes far less power to the nation’s grid.

Firm in India halts sales of execution drug ATLANTA (AP) — A pharmaceutical company in India that supplied a key lethal injection drug to at least one U.S. state and reached out to a half dozen others announced Thursday it was no longer selling the drug to American prison officials, drying up yet another source of the drug amid a severe shortage. Kayem Pharmaceutical was fast becoming a major supplier of sodium thiopental, a sedative in the three-drug lethal injection cocktail that most of the 34 death penalty states use. The sole American manufacturer stopped making the drug last year and since then at least seven states have obtained the scarce drug overseas; others got it from fellow states. Mumbai-based Kayem said on its website it made the decision to “refrain ourselves in selling this drug where the purpose is purely for lethal injection and its misuse” because it cherished the “ethos of Hinduism.” Nebraska announced in January it had acquired 500 grams of the drug from Kayem, and a company salesman said he also sold the drug to South Dakota prison officials. A spokeswoman for the South Dakota attorney general said the state bought 500 grams for $5,000, but Sara Rabern wouldn’t say what company the state purchased the drug from. The salesman, Tony Atwater, said he and a colleague reached

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This Oct. 24, 2001 file photo shows the death chamber at the state prison in Jackson, Ga. Georgia has canceled all executions after federal drug agents seized its supply of a sedative used in lethal injections.

out to about eight states. “We were seeing a lot of interest in sodium thiopental, but states are scared,” said Atwater, who is planning on leaving the firm. “They want to wait until all the lawsuits are hashed out.” The Drug Enforcement Administration seized Georgia’s entire supply of sodium thiopental in March amid questions in a condemned inmate’s lawsuit about whether Georgia circumvented the law in obtaining the drug from an English company. And DEA agents last week

also took the Kentucky’s and Tennessee’s supply, effectively preventing executions in the three states. The sodium thiopental supply shortage began when Hospira Inc. of Lake Forest, Ill. stopped making sodium thiopental last year and grew worse in January when it announced it would not resume production. Another supplier, British firm Archimedes Pharma Limited, has said the firm does not directly export the drug to the U.S. and that

it doesn’t keep information on its product users. An Associated Press review earlier this year found that Arizona, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Kentucky, Nebraska and Tennessee obtained sodium thiopental overseas. South Dakota, which announced Wednesday it had purchased enough sodium thiopental to carry out the executions of its two death row inmates, did not immediately comment on how it obtained the drug.

beat Vijay by 313 votes.” Three hundred thirteen votes is almost a third of the total votes for Sekhara. Sekhara has pointedly accused Sam Tracy of misconduct by means of affiliation with the UConn Free Press, which published a photo of Tracy and Chiappa a day before the closing of the election polls. Sekhara evoked the technicality that candidates are not supposed to ask for nor receive aid from any

organizations funded by USG. “I was not involved with that at all,” Tracy said. “I have never been involved with the Free Press. It was more of a satire. The editor was doing it to critique the rule.” “If [the Free Press] was trying to help us, they would have said how to vote,” Tracy added. No voting instructions were published along with the picture. “It clearly wasn’t trying to help us,” Tracy said. Tracy humored the thought for

a moment, however, before using numbers acquired by an hourly vote tracker to dismiss any notion of an unfair advantage. “By the time the Free Press came out, to the time the polls closed, we got 94 votes,” Tracy said. “Even if you take away all of those votes – which is ridiculous – we still would have won by 219 votes.”

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from USG, page 1 evidence to establish such a conclusion at this time.” Tracy was pleased with the first hearing, but was noticeably displeased after being informed that Sekhara was filing yet another appeal. “I’m just really disappointed that this is going to be dragging on longer. Now we probably wont even know the results for another week,” Tracy said. “We

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In Thursday’s edition, the article “13-year-old named Truman scholar” by Courtney Robishaw incorrectly stated Colin Carlson was 13. He is actually 14.

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GlobalPost says 4 reports from US held in Libya

BOSTON (AP) — An American correspondent for GlobalPost and three other journalists were taken prisoner by forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, the Boston-based international news website announced Thursday. Editors were told by the New York-based Human Rights Watch that James Foley of Rochester, New Hampshire, and three other journalists were taken captive Tuesday evening while they were reporting on the outskirts of Brega, GlobalPost spokesman Rick Byrne said. Foley regularly contributes videos and dispatches and had been traveling with Libyan rebels, Byrne said. Editors last heard from him on Monday evening, Byrne said. “We want to make sure he is released as quickly as possible, and that he is safe,” said Byrne. GlobalPost said it has been

in contact with Foley’s family and is working with the U.S. State Department, Human Rights Watch and the Committee to Protect Journalists to gather information and secure the journalists’ release. American freelance reporter Clare Morgana Gillis was among the group when they were detained, according to The Atlantic editor James Bennet. Morgana Gillis was “reporting on the situation in Libya on behalf of The Atlantic and other American publications,” Bennet said in a statement. “We appeal to the Libyan authorities for her immediate and safe release, and for that of the three other journalists detained with her.” Spanih photographer Manu Brabo and South African photographer Anton Hammerl are also believed to be detained, according to Byrne.

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This undated still image from video released Thursday by GlobalPost, shows James Foley of Rochester, N.H., a freelance contributor for GlobalPost, in Benghazi, Libya.

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UConn must look out for unpaid interns

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s college students preparing to one day enter the work force, we are taught that internships are key to attaining career success. However, employers are taking advantage of unpaid interns. If colleges encourage students to actively pursue and participate in internships, then they also need to serve as watchdogs to ensure that student interns are treated fairly. According to a recent op-ed written in The New York Times, colleges and universities are neglecting to provide students with the knowledge they need to protect themselves from being taken advantage of by employers. From fashion to journalism to politics, certain fields and industries require internship experience in order to break into them. But oftentimes, this so-called “experience” consists more of grunt work and photocopying than actually gaining the skills needed to do the jobs students are pursuing. Students are being over-worked, working hours comparable to paid employees but not receiving compensation. Not only are interns struggling to survive financially, but contributor Ross Perlin also reports, “Unpaid interns also lack protection from laws prohibiting racial discrimination and sexual harassment.” Instances of using interns as free labor have become more pervasive. Another New York Times article reports that interns are fearful to report such violations. This is not surprising, because not only do interns feel the pressure to have internship experience on their resumes, but they also do not want to squash any future opportunities with that company or within that field. For many students, there is a silent understanding that they must comply with what is expected of them at their internships, since it is the most effective way to network and land a potential job. With employers overlooking the six federal legal criteria necessary to administer unpaid internships, colleges need to take on a larger role in overseeing this. At schools where thousands of students are participating in internships, it is a challenge to ensure that each individual is having a fair experience, but it is nevertheless necessary. In striving for a closer insight to their students’ internships, colleges and universities can more effectively monitor the progress of the internships and whether or not the needs and concerns of students are being addressed. Furthermore, stronger steps need to be taken to educate students before they begin their internships so that they are not blindly misled. Not only should students be encouraged to take on internships, but they should also be encouraged to speak up if they feel their employer is taking advantage of them. Ultimately, in addition to increased oversight by the Department of Labor, having this kind of supervision can ensure that the work and time of interns are not being abused, and that they are receiving the protections to which they are entitled. 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.

You know what follows the twelve? Thirteen. Dear Professor: I’m sorry I fall asleep in your class every day... But Arjona is at prime napping warmth, and your voice is just so damn soothing. I only have 30 more days to catch a squirrel before I graduate!! I find myself humming “Friday” on these days and I know I have a problem. FOLLOW THE TWELVE! Half of campus is spending their night drinking while the other half study for PNB. I see something wrong with this picture. It’s supposed to snow tomorrow. its really hard to find ways to procrastinate on doing homework now that march madness is over I just realized I haven’t been on Sporcle in 4 months. Finals are coming up, great time to catch up on all the missed quizzes. Coach Calhoun gets to throw out the first pitch at a Red Sox game soon. Considering how the sox are playing, they’d probably have a better chance to win letting him stay in.

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Snooki speech not worth more than Toni Morrison’s

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ou know there’s something very wrong in the world when Snooki has become more important than a Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winner. I’m talking about Toni Morrison. You know, the lady who wrote a book called “Song of Solomon.” Or maybe you’ve heard of a little novel titled “Sula.” Basically, for those who don’t know, Toni Morrison is kind of a big deal. So it’s a sad day when a rock star in the literary world stacks up as second-best to a girl whose talents are best known for her binge drinking, fistBy Taylor Trudon pumping and tanCommentary Editor ning (read: Snooki). Here’s the story: The Rutgers University Programming Association used mandatory student activity fees to pay “Jersey Shore” star Snooki $32,000 to chat about her GTL lifestyle and why she’s just so awesome. But no worries, Snooki proved she was worth the money Rutgers spent when she gave this little nugget of advice to students pursuing a higher education: “Study hard, but party harder.” Thumbs up, Snooks. Paying someone the price of a car to make an appearance is bad enough, but you know what is worse? Paying Toni Morrison $2,000 less to give students their commencement speech in May. That’s right folks, Snooki was paid $32,000 to spout her words of wisdom, while

Rutgers only wrote out a check for $30,000 to Morrison. Oh, the injustice of it all. You may be wondering why this is so upsetting. After all, $2,000 isn’t that much of a difference in the grand scheme of things and colleges pay public figures to come speak all the time for entertainment purposes. Snooki is a public figure and she is entertainment. Whether or not she is worth $32,000 is not the question that is up for debate, but rather the question is whether or not we place a higher value on trashy reality shows as opposed to education. I think we do.

“A rock star in the literary world stacks up as secondbest to a girl whose talents are...binge drinking, fistpumping and tanning.” There is no shame in having Snooki speak at colleges. Comedians are paid to make appearances all the time and our favorite “Shore” cast mate is no exception. Snooki is ridiculously tiny, orange and funny. If she came to UConn, I can’t say that I wouldn’t want to go see her either. But here in America, we measure the importance of things with a dollar sign. The more something is worth, the more money we are willing to pay for it. By Rutgers giving Snooki $2,000 more than Morrison, the school is indirectly saying that

what Snooki has to say (or rather, doesn’t say) is more valuable, which is definitely questionable. It would be beating a dead horse to once again talk about the misguided priorities of students. To say that we live in a society today that cares more about last night’s episode of “The Real World” than which bill passed in Washington, D.C. would be fairly accurate, and I’m willing to bet $32,000 that most American college students can tell you who Snooki is, but would have a hard time naming a Morrison novel—which is ultimately the bigger problem that we have on our hands. We could take Snooki’s resume and line it up against Morrison’s to determine who the “better” college speaker is, but what would be the point? You can’t compare the two. However, when money is involved, you become forced to evaluate what we truly deem as worthy and judging by where Rutgers is spending their dollars, the answer is quite clear. What I’m trying to say is that we can have our cake and eat it too. We can equally love both Snooki and Morrison while appreciating their individual contributions to society. But are Morrison’s words worth less than Snooki’s? The answer is no. Oh, and before I forget: Toni Morrison will be at UConn speaking tonight. It wouldn’t hurt to go check her out—she just might be worth your dime.

Commentary Editor Taylor Trudon is an 8thsemester journalism major. She can be reached at Taylor.Trudon@UConn.edu.

Movie technology we’ve been told to love:

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lthough we thought it would never come, summer is almost upon us. If the warm weather and lack of school aren’t enough to excite you, then perhaps the inevitable influx of summer movies will. Usually, this is the time of year, when I’m excitedly researching and decidBy Tyler McCarthy ing which summer Staff Columnist blockbusters are worthy of my time (generally I just see them all). Unfortunately, that might not be the case this year. This year, Hollywood has decided that what American public wants is to pay extra money to wear goofy glasses so that we can see images jump out of the screen and dance around in front of us. That’s right, I’m talking about this “new” craze in 3-D technology. I use the word “new” cautiously because it’s no secret that we have gone through a fad like this before, starting in the late 1950s and rebirthing itself again in the 1980s. However, this time around, it all feels a bit different. Where before 3-D technology was thought of simply as something cool and amusing, now it’s starting to get some legitimacy as it’s praises as being “powerful” or “artistic.”

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Slowly but surely, we’re submitting to 3-D technology and all that comes with it. The question, then, is what exactly comes with it? Nothing good in my opinion, but let’s look at it for a moment.

“Going to the movies is beginning to feel less and less like a thought-provoking experience and more like a laser rock show from the 1970s.” First of all, you have the increased ticket price. Where once I had to internally justify spending $9 on a ticket, I now have to justify spending about $13. A modest difference, but it’s certainly a pain in the neck for something that I don’t really want to have in the first place. It just doesn’t add anything for me. The glasses are goofy and the pop-out images can distract from the story. Speaking of story, it’s getting the short end of the stick in all of this. The whole point of a movie is to sit in a comfy theater with friends or a date and be told

a great story. Something that captivates you, something that interests you, and God-willing, leaves the theater with you. There was a time, not too long ago, when a movie was judged based entirely on the writing. Visuals were just a compliment to a great thought-provoking story. We’re allowing that aspect of our films to be sacrificed for cheap sight gags that somehow literally break a metaphorical fourth wall. A film’s writing has become an afterthought. Somehow it’s become okay to pull us out of the movie we’re watching and remind us that we’re sitting in a theater when our eyes are tricked into believing that a car is driving right out of the screen towards us. Going to the movies is beginning to feel less and less like a thought-provoking experience and more like a laser rock show from the 1970s, where you sit down, shut up and enjoy it because it’s pretty. The worst part is that I don’t remember ever asking for this. I can’t recall a time when I was watching the “Shawshank Redemption” or “The Departed” and I thought to myself, “Boy, what this movie could sure use is a rock that looks like it’s coming right at me to create the illusion of depth.” Good films create depth

with good writing rather than cheap gimmicks. However, Hollywood, in its infinite wisdom, has told me and the rest of the country’s movie goers that the future of movies shall be less writing and more technology. We’ve been told that we want our movies to no longer be stories but rather “events” where we sit back and nod our heads in anticipation of what pretty light will pop out in front of our slackjawed faces next. So this summer, when you’re deciding which movies to see, before you’re get excited about a new movie coming out in 3-D, I ask you to remember what you’re getting excited about: Higher ticket price, cheap sight gags to replace story, an entertainment industry that thinks you’re stupid and the death of the greatest story-telling medium in history. Always remember that if you left the theater after seeing “Avatar” saying, “The story wasn’t great but visually, it was amazing,” congratulations, you’re part of the problem. Let’s try and change that mentality this summer, for the sake of our movies.

Staff Columnist Tyler McCarthy is a 4th-semester journalism major. He can be reached at Tyler.McCarthy@ UConn.edu

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Student athletes deserve better compensation

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t the end of last season, the NCAA suspended five Ohio State football players for selling Ohio State football memorabilia and receiving discounts from a tattoo parlor based on their position as college athletes. One of those players, quarterback Terrelle Pryor, sold the memorabilia for $2,500. Now compare that $2,500 to the nearly $116 million in revenue Ohio State By John C. Giardina sports brought into the university in 2008. It Staff Columnist should be no surprise that some players take the opportunity to earn money where there is obviously money to be made. The NCAA should recognize this fact and not cling to the notion that true amateurism is possible in the multi-billion dollar industry of college sports. The NCAA should change its regulations so that athletes are not punished for taking an opportunity to make a little money from a job that makes the university millions, an opportunity that most college students would take without a moment of thought. Current NCAA regulations are based off the idea that college athletics represent only a certain part of a student-athlete’s life; that

student-athletes are, in the end, those who foremost responsibility is to go to school. They then use this idea to support their rules around amateurism. They contend that a student-athlete is being paid in education and that, if a student-athlete is paid in anything else, then they are wrongly encouraged to be an athlete over being a student. It is clear, however, to most people that the idea that Division I athletes in major sports are students before athletes no longer holds true.

“It is no surprise some players take the opportunity to earn money where there is obviously money to be made.” Star athletes can be worth millions of dollars to their universities. Accordingly, universities often, even if unconsciously, push for success at all costs in those athletes, even at the expense of education. Athletes in football and basketball can be on the road for the better part of a season. Schools do make a variety of tutors and

resources available to athletes, but students who are rarely in class cannot be expected to receive the comprehensive instruction they would get from their professors. Star student-athletes are essentially professional athletes with a side concern of passing their classes, their main objective being to earn revenue for their school. That would all be fine if students were not severely punished when they try to take a small cut of that revenue. All the personnel involved in top-tier sports programs get paid millions of dollars each year, except the students actually providing the talent. Now, some may say there is no problem in this. After all, the college is providing a kind of farm system for the professional leagues, letting the students showcase their talent for one to four years before being drafted into a job that pays very well. This may be true for some athletes, but the chance that a college athlete will turn professional is actually very small. After some student-athletes leave college, they are left with a substandard education and virtually no prospects outside of sports. Now, to say that those students shouldn’t at least be allowed to try to benefit from their position is to deny those students an opportunity they may only get once in their life.

This is not to say that the majority of colleges and students do not put education first. Most sport programs create scholar-athletes in the fullest sense of the term. But, when it comes to big-name universities in the bigmoney sports, the teams are not groups of students, they are groups of entertainers who are watched by the entire country. The NCAA should reform their rules regarding amateurism. They should let students do what any person would do. They should let them take advantage of a chance to enrich themselves, whether it is through endorsements or branding or simply a discount at a campus restaurant. The NCAA should drop the charade that there is no money in college sports. Billions of dollars a year flow through college athletic programs and the students receive none of that in return for an education that neither the students nor the university take seriously. At the very least, they should be able to take a consolation prize from a system to which they give their whole college life.

Staff columnist John C. Giardina is a 2nd-semester economics and molecular and cell biology double major. He can be contacted at John.Giardina@UConn.edu.

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Kemba receiving Most Outstanding Player award

People setting things on fire

Kemba’s number was retired

Totally saw that coming

Totally bad

UConn won the national championship

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» LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Basketball and true blue pride

Right now, every single TV on this campus is playing the same channel. All radios are tuned to the same station. Gampel Pavilion is filled to fire-code restriction, and if any fans have a say—then some. Right now, every student on this campus, exams and projects be damned, is watching the same thing. We are all sitting, crowded into lounges, kneeling, standing, watching over shoulders and waiting with baited breath. Idle chatter is few and far between, the air dies in our lungs collectively whenever the ball leaves someone’s finger tips. Silence, then the room erupts when we make a basket. Silence, then cries of outrage when Butler takes the ball. Silence, then screams and clapping when we push ahead. Kemba Walker, Jeremy Lamb, Alex Oriakhi. People we go to class with. Dorm with. Eat lunch and skip class with. They are on that court, and every single student is watching. This is why I came to this school. The instant camaraderie of a common enemy in sports that erupts in a room as soon as the starting buzzer sounds. The chanting and cheering. People become a single entity when sports come into play, and they will stick together despite differences that normally have them on opposite sides of campus. As I sit here in the Union, comfy in my armchair, though I don’t know how comfortable I’ll be in twenty minutes when the game is close and I’m perched on the edge of my seat, I realize how personally invested I am in a sport that, two years ago, I would have said I hated. I love this team. I love the girl’s basketball team. I love the hockey and soccer and lacrosse and rowing team. This entire campus is a family, all watching their sisters and brothers put their 110% forward on the courts, field, ice, or track. A family that is prone to profanity when shots are missed and travels not called, albeit, but a family that I am proud to be a part of. I am proud to be a part of a campus where everything grinds to a halt for a game. I am proud to be a part of a community where even the sports illiterate know how many points Maya Moore has made in her season. I am proud to be a husky. This is UConn Country. - Rebecca Yarrish

Response to “Bottle ban an intrusion”

This is a response to Joseph Gasser’s article. How can you claim that water bottles are benign? It is a fact that plastic is harmful to the environment. For anyone who doesn’t believe this, research “The Trash Vortex” – a whirlpool of trash the size of Texas in the Pacific Ocean. I am surprised and confused that you claim the ability to have water bottles is a personal liberty. How about the fact that access to free, clean water SHOULD be a liberty itself. Aren’t the big industry brands guilty of creating a commercial market for a product that we should be able to receive clean, free access to? I believe those in support of reducing water bottles should not be criticized for improving not only the environment but the quality of life we all freely deserve. In your article, the Ecohusky student group was incorrectly represented. While we of course promote alternatives to buying bottled water, such as using Britas and reusable bottles, we never suggested implementing a complete bottle ban for all drinks. With the exception of vending machines, it is plausible, nevertheless, for UConn to eliminate the sale of their personal water bottle brand. After all, every dining hall as well as the student union offers clean water FOR FREE. Of course, I cannot speak on behalf of the entire campus but from my observations quite a number of students carry around reusable bottles without it being an inconvenience. Finding an alternative to wasting plastic is not the problem, it is the ease of access in obtaining water bottles that makes society resistant to change. This is rather unfortunate because clean water should be a free product. If campus dining halls provide this to us, why not reap the benefits and fill up your bottles instead of wasting more money and plastic? Lastly, while it is ideal to believe that using plastic bottles is acceptable because they can be recycled, most people do not recycle. According to the EPA, 2,480,000 tons of plastic bottles were thrown away in 2008. Also, have you ever even stopped to consider what happens to the bottles after you place them in recycling bins? A lot of energy and fuel is required to transform them into a suitable form for a new product. While being able to reuse materials is a step in the right direction, we also must begin reducing our dependence on plastic. A ban is by no means plausible at this current point in time, but individually we can all try to do our part to reduce. Next time you write a commentary, I ask you please to research the facts thoroughly and talk directly to groups or organizations you plan to reference, in order to eliminate another misinterpretation or misrepresentation. Go Green, Stay Blue!

‘Joke’ vote not the way to go Chris Kempf's article "We need a third party that makes un of Politics" presents an interesting point of view. However, a "joke" vote is not a good way of protesting the two-party system. In the 2008 Presidential election, there were six candidates who were on the ballot in enough states to have a mathematical chance of getting the 270 electoral votes needed to win. Of these, only Libertarian Bob Barr promised massive cuts to government spending and size. He would have ended the War on Drugs and eliminated various wasteful government departments. Additionally, he would have ended the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as soon as possible after taking office. It has been two years since Obama took office, and we are still actively engaged in those wars. On the other hand, if you believe the government should be doing more to regulate businesses than it currently is, Independent candidate and consumer protection activist Ralph Nader would have been a viable vote for you. Rev. Chuck Baldwin, the Constitution Party candidate, was the only one of the six theoretically viable candidates who fully supported public display of religious symbols on public buildings, and like Barr believed in ending the War on Terror. Finally, Cynthia McKinney of the Green Party was the only candidate to actively oppose the U.S. government’s support of Israel (Barr advocated ending all foreign aid, including to Israel, but did not oppose the actions of the country). She also was more actively involved in the human rights movement than any other candidate. However, doing a "prank" protest vote (like how 62 people in 10 states wrote in "Santa Claus" for president) will do nothing to solve the problem. There were perfectly valid reasons to support any of the four minor party candidates over Obama and McCain. Voting for them would be a legitimate way of protesting the two-party system. However, voting for a satirical, joke candidate is not the way to resolve the situation. - Gregory Koch

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How did you react immediately after the championship game? – By Wynne Hamerman

“I ran outside and screamed UCONN HUSKIES. You know what it is aarr aarr.” Devon Eamiellio, 8th-semester human development and family studies majorw

“Got real rowdy.”

“Immediately joined the riot outside.”

“Laid pipe.”

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Mike “Skizz” Scott, 6th-semester history and psychology double major


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News

Starving for attention

WORLD BRIEFS Ivory Coast leader in bunker vows no surrender

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — An armed group trying to install Ivory Coast’s internationally recognized president has surrounded a bunker the country’s strongman refuses to leave, saying they will wait for him to come out. Entrenched incumbent Laurent Gbagbo remained defiant on Thursday, even after airstrikes hammered his military bases and his residence, where he is holed up with his wife inside a subterranean tunnel. Via a spokesman in Europe, the ruler continued to insist he’d won last November’s election and stressed he would never leave the country he has ruled for the past 10 years.

Georgia alleges scavenger, 75, shut down Internet AP

A supporter shouts slogans as Indian social activists Anna Hazare, background right, and Swami Agnivesh, wearing saffron, look on during Hazare’s hunger strike against corruption, in New Delhi, India, Thursday.

Hunger strike focuses anger on Indian corruption

NEW DELHI (AP) — A 73-year-old Indian activist harnessing the tactics of Mohandas K. Gandhi has galvanized public anger at rampant corruption with a highprofile hunger strike demanding the government adopt immediate reforms. Anna Hazare’s fast, which entered its third day Thursday, has drawn breathless, round-theclock TV coverage, attracted the support of an array of opposition — and even some ruling party — politicians and has sent the government scrambling in search of a compromise. Hazare has said he will continue to consume nothing but water until India’s parliament agrees to create a powerful, independent watchdog committee to investigate corruption allegations. “Today, the country is demanding a change of the politics of bribery and corruption” Hazare told cheering supporters. While the government may oppose his demand for a more powerful ombuds-

man bill than it has proposed, he said, “The peoples’ will shall prevail.” The roadside tent in central New Delhi where Hazare is conducting his public fast has become a pilgrimage site for Indians fed up with the seemingly unending scandals. Dozens of supporters have joined the fast, while thousands of schoolchildren, office workers, farmers and doctors crowded into the tent or squatted on the nearby road Thursday in a show of solidarity. Many made overnight train journeys to join Hazare. “The people are outraged. The government has to put an end to the free run that politicians and officials are enjoying. They are plundering the country,” said Arti Ganguly, a doctor who came from the northern town of Varanasi, nearly 500 miles (800 kilometers) away, to protest. Scores of volunteers distributed drinking water to thirsty supporters as they listened to speaker after speaker denounce the government

for its failure to check corruption. Hazare’s supporters organized fasts and protest of their own in state capitals across the country. Public anger with corruption has been growing in the wake of recent scandals, including an investigation into the sale of cell phone spectrum in 2008 that reportedly cost the country tens of billions of dollars in lost revenue. The telecoms minister had to resign and is currently in jail pending a probe into the losses. The ruling Congress Party has also come under fire for mismanagement and corruption allegations tied to last year’s Commonwealth Games and the takeover of valuable Mumbai apartments intended for poor war widows by powerful bureaucrats and politicians’ relatives. The country’s top anti-corruption official was forced to resign last month after the Supreme Court ruled that graft charges he faced disqualified him from holding the office. Cabinet Minister Kapil Sibal,

UK admits to torture in Kenya in 1950s

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Foreign Office has admitted that some Kenyans were tortured and killed during an anti-colonial rebellion in the 1950s, but denies the current government has any responsibility for the survivors. The government was in London’s High Court Thursday to defend itself against a suit by four elderly Kenyans who claim they were tortured by officers acting for the British administration who were trying to suppress the “Mau Mau” rebellion, where groups of Kenyans attacked British officials and white farmers who had settled in some of Kenya’s most fertile lands. In 1952, then-Prime Minister Winston Churchill declared a state of emergency in the country and sent British soldiers to help colonial administrators capture the fighters and send them to detention camps. African soldiers under the King’s African Rifles regiment also took part in the British assault on the Mau Mau and their supporters. President Barack Obama’s grandfather, Hussein Onyango Obama, was one of thousands of Kenyans detained. The four Kenyan claimants who flew to London for the court case say they were severely beaten and sexually assaulted by European and African soldiers, officers and prison guards inside the detention camps. Two male claimants — Ndiku Mutua and Paolo Nzili — said they were castrated, and Jane Muthoni Mara said she was violently sexually assaulted. They say British administrators were aware they were being mistreated, and want an apology and compensation from the British government. They are supported by the Kenyan Human Rights Commission, which hopes that their case will force Britain to acknowledge and possibly compensate the thousands of Kenyans it claims were tortured, maimed or killed in the detention camps. Foreign Office lawyer Robert Jay admitted Thursday that several Kenyans were “screened” or tortured and interrogated inside the detention camps, but argued that Britain had not explicitly enacted a law that said prisoners were to be severely beaten or tortured, and it could not be held responsible for the abuses. In one incident, inmates at Hola prison — a detention camp that was later reclassified as a high security prison — rioted against being ordered to perform manual labor. In the fighting that followed, 11 prisoners were clubbed to death in front of other prisoners. One of the claimants, Wambugu Wa Nyingi, was beaten unconscious in the clash. Jay accepted that the deaths were “an appalling event” and blamed prison guards for the incident. But he said British soldiers who had been sent from the U.K. to Kenya specifically to fight the Mau Mau insurgency “played no role in screening activities inside the camps.” He said the officers who ran the camps were under the jurisdiction of the colonial administration in Kenya, and that all its powers and liabilities had been legally passed to the Kenyan government on independence in 1963.

The Mau Mau were outlawed by the British administration and the newly independent Kenyan government maintained the ban, worried that ill feeling between the Mau Mau and the Kenyans who had fought them on British orders would undermine national unity. The ban was only lifted in 2003, paving the way for legal action. The court case could prove a huge headache for the British government, which fears it may lead to similar claims from citizens of other former colonies who also hold grievances over the way they were treated under British rule. The Foreign Office admitted earlier this week

“The government is fighting this Kenyan case hard because its the tip of an iceberg.” Caroline Elkins Harvard Professor that it has discovered thousands of files containing sensitive information about how its officials behaved in the waning years of the British Empire. It was forced to reveal the existence of these files after law firm Leigh Day, which is representing the Kenyan claimants, appealed to the High Court that the government open secret documents detailing how the rebels were treated. The government had initially denied knowledge of the files, but last year Leigh Day presented the High Court with evidence obtained by Oxford University historian David Anderson which showed that around 300 files had been taken from Kenya to Britain just before the East African country gained independence in 1963. A judge ordered the Foreign Office to search again, and, earlier this year, they were discovered in one of its archives. Foreign Office minister David Howell told Britain’s upper house Tuesday that the search for the Mau Mau documents had also uncovered around 2,000 boxes of files from the 1950s and 1960s relating to 37 former British administrations — including those in Palestine, Cyprus, Malaya, Nigeria and Northern Rhodesia. “The government is fighting this Kenyan case hard because its the tip of an iceberg,” said Caroline Elkins, a Harvard professor whose book “Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya” unearthed many of the documents being used by the Kenyan claimants.

the government’s mediator with Hazare, said Thursday that the government was willing to set up a committee comprising lawmakers and civil society activists to work on the draft of the proposed ombudsman law. But that was not enough for Hazare’s supporters, who want him to head the committee. Further discussions would be held Friday, Sibal said after talks with protest leaders. Hazare, often referred to as a modern-day Gandhi, has adopted many of the tactics that India’s independence leader employed against British colonial rulers. Dressed in a hand-spun cotton tunic and sarong, reminiscent of the man he cites as his inspiration, the soft-spoken Hazare often uses public fasts to pressure the government. Pamphlets distributed at the protest site and many speakers referred to Hazare as “Mahatma,” or great soul, an honorific frequently used to describe Gandhi.

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — An elderly Georgian woman who allegedly shut off Internet service in her country and neighboring Armenia while scavenging for copper cable is facing charges that could lead to three years in prison. Authorities say 75-year-old Aiyastan Shakaryan severed a fiberoptics cable on March 28, shutting off the information highway in much of Georgia and all of Armenia for several hours. The cable ran parallel to a railroad track in eastern Georgia where she was allegedly scavenging.

Suicide attackers kill 6 at Afghan police compound KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Suicide attackers stormed a police compound with AK-47s, grenades and an explosives-rigged ambulance in southern Afghanistan Thursday in an escalation of fighting that coincides with demonstrations — some of them deadly — over the burning of a Quran in Florida. Six Afghan security troopers died in the attack in Kandahar province. Riots in the same province incited by the Quran burning killed 10 people on Saturday, part of a wave of protests that has forced international aid organizations and embassies to virtually lock down their facilities for more than a week. More protests are expected Friday.

Missile hits Israeli school bus JERUSALEM (AP) — An anti-tank missile fired from the Gaza Strip struck a school bus in southern Israel Thursday, wounding two people, one of them critically, and prompting fierce Israeli retaliation that killed five Palestinians. Israel unleashed airstrikes and tank fire against Hamas targets across the border. It was the heaviest assault on the coastal territory since a broad military offensive two years ago. Besides the dead, more than 30 Palestinians were wounded, said Palestinian health official Adham Abu Salmiya.


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Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hits his 715th career home run, breaking Babe Ruth’s legendary record of 714 homers.

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While his guitar gently jokes Carbs aren’t the enemy

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By Lauren Cardarelli Campus Correspondent The media has made carbohydrates out to be the devil, from plastering “Low-Carb” across labels and the increasing popularity of weight loss programs/fad diets that completely eliminate carbs, like Atkins or South Beach. This past week, I have become one of those crazy health nuts, scared silly of cereal, pasta and the God-forsaken bagel. In preparation for my formal, I have been loading up on vegetables, fruits and legumes, while saying “no” to carbs in all respects. Have I seen the results I wanted? I honestly feel better and look less puffy in my trouble areas, which brings me to my next question: Do we really need carbohydrates? Curious, I did a little research to get to the bottom of it. Basically, there are good and bad sources of carbohydrates. What I did not realizeis that many beans, fruits and vegetables are some of the best sources of carbohydrates with their vitamins, minerals and fiber, a factor in which can be misleading. So much for the “carb-free” diet I have been attempting... Complex carbohydrates promote good health and should be what we reach for when we are hungry or need energy, while simple carbohydrates (i.e. white bread or rice, highly processed foods, sugary desserts) can contribute to weight gain and have little to no nutritional value. The New York Times put it best when they wrote, “The body turns both simple and complex carbohydrates into glucose (blood sugar). Glucose is used in the cells of the body and in the brain. Any unused glucose is store in the liver and muscles as glycogen for use later.” Through my research, I found that nutritionists and doctors have started to promote the importance of carbohydrates in our daily diet, especially after results from numerous studies conducted on the ever-popular low-carbohydrate diets. According to Harvard’s School of Public Health, “Carbohydrates provide the body with the fuel it needs for physical activity and for proper organ function.” We need carbs for our brain and nervous system to operate properly, not to mention important vitamins and minerals. Not getting enough carbohydrates can cause malnutrition or even “excessive intake of fats to make up the calories,” as stated by the New York Times. Instead of cutting them out altogether, embrace the good complex carbohydrates, like whole-grains, fruits, veggies and legumes. In one news story, the New York Times claimed that most people’s daily calorie intake should be 40 to 60 percent made up of carbohydrates. Great news, for you and me!

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Rob Paravonian performs comical songs on his guitar for SUBOG’s comedy series on Thursday night in the Student Union Theatre. He performed a medley of songs which use the same chords that went viral on Youtube.

By Loumarie Rodriguez Campus Correspondent SUBOG Comedy presented its second to last comedian of the spring semester, Rob Paravonian, who performed at the Student Union Theatre last night. He has been featured on Comedy Central and has opened for the famous comedian George Carlin, who died in 2008. Accompanied by his guitar, Paravonian sang many popular tunes from throughout the years and analyzed what the lyrics were actually saying. Using songs from the Pussycat Dolls such as “Don’t Cha” and Sugar Ray’s “Every Morning,” he furthered explained to the audience how these songs give the wrong impression. He even threatened the audience with the song “Friday” by Rebecca Black and said, “If you guys

are not nice to me, I’ll keep playing that ‘Friday’ song.” Most of his routine was poking fun at old and new songs that most people are familiar with. At one point, he played a tune common in the Civil War era on his guitar and then told students he left voicemails for friends with this music in the background which had most audience members laughing. He then told more stories about growing up and having a rough time, since he referenced himself as a geek because he played the cello, leading to a lot of bullying in his school years. Nonetheless, he still managed to keep the audience entertained with an unusual rap of selling candy to fundraise for his school band. Paravonian played a lot of his own love songs ranging from “My Creepy Love” a song that told a story of a

stalker obsessed with a girl he met on a subway, to the “Angry Break Song,” referencing Bruno Mars’ song “Grenade,” leading him to say, “Good love songs should not be bloody.” Since he is both a musician and a comedian, he told the audience how makes more money in order to make ends meet by singing in the subways. He continued into stories about receiving advice from family members on how to make more money through children’s songs. He finished off his routine with his famous rant, found on Youtube.com, on Pachelbel, the composer of many famous classical pieces. It was a specific piece that he was forced to play on his cello, however, that included the same notes over and over again. He claimed to be haunted by this music because many popular songs heard on

the radio have this distinctive melody. He listed several bands that have this refrain within their popular songs, such as Avril Lavigne, Bob Marley and even Green Day. With his rant, he had most of the audience rolling in their chairs with laughter. 2nd-semester geosciences Michael Barnett said, “Halfway through the show, I suffocated with laughter.” “The show was very funny. It was very entertaining with the mixture of music and the song writing with the guitar,” said 8th-semester and communication disorders major, Scott Gordon. “It was a great turnout and an excellent performance,” said Paul Valentin, the SUBOG comedy chair and 8th-semester communications major, “I’m looking forward to our next show.”

Loumarie.Rodriguez@UConn.edu

When Monday was today, it was the best day to be on Today

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Students gathered in Gampel Pavilion on Monday, April 4 at 6:30 a.m. to be on the Today show to show their support for UConn in the men’s basketball NCAA Tournament.

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WHUS Fest to provide live music for students

By Focus Staff Not a fan of B.o.B. and Far East Movement? Don’t worry – WHUS has got you covered. UConn’s student radio station will be kicking off the warm weather with WHUS Fest Saturday at UConn Hillel at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The music festival is free for UConn stu-

dents and $5 for guests. The five-band lineup includes Family of Deer (a band made up entirely of UConn students), Japanther, Terrer Pigeon Dance Revolt, Pissed Jeans and Unstoppable Death Machines. The bands will go on at 7 p.m. Guests will have the chance

to win tickets to B.O.M.B. Fest (May 28 and 29 at Western Connecticut State University) and to buy records from University of New Haven’s DJ Malcom Tent. Need anymore convincing? “It’s going to be a great show,” said Liz Verhagen, WHUS operations manager.

3 ‘Jersey Shore’ stars set for MTV spinoff shows

NEW YORK (AP) — Life isn’t always a day at the beach for the stars of “Jersey Shore,” so three of its cast members will also be appearing in MTV spinoffs. The network said Thursday that Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Jenni “JWoww” Farley have been paired in a new real-

ity series that will follow their adventures when their summer share is over. Meanwhile, Paul “DJ Pauly D” Delvecchio has scored his own 12-episode reality series that chronicles his life as a disc jockey. Both series begin production later this year and are slated to air in 2012.

Thrifting is the act of shopping at thrift stores or charitable organizations in search of preloved items at a greatly reduced price. While formerly believed to be an activity for those unable to afford new clothing, thrifting has become increasingly popular and acceptable in all social classes. Thrift stores are for shoppers with tight budgets, unique style or a penchant for vintage clothing to fill their closets without breaking the bank. For the greenies on a budget, thrifting is a double-whammy. Thrifting not only saves you big time, but reusing an article of clothing reduces your carbon footprint by lessening the demand for more clothing to be produced. Thousands of budget conscious folks are scoring unique deals by thrifting every day. With a “wash before you wear” attitude and a little perseverance, you can be a successful thrifter in no time! I wouldn’t say I’m a prothrifter just yet, but I’ve had my scores. In a recent trip to the Salvation Army on Route 195, I managed to come home with a powder blue Tommy Hilfiger sweater, a black dress shirt from Express and a pair of dark-wash Hollister skinny jeans all for $8. Did I mention that all of those still had the original tags on them? That’s what thrifting is all about – finding something that is just right for you at a price you can appreciate, just because it wasn’t someone else style or size. Lucky for you, I’m into sharing, and I’ll give you the crash course in thrifting know-how. To successfully thrift, you have to remember the Five “P’s”: patience, planning, preparation, place and prime time. Patience Thrifting is a hit-or-miss endeavor. You will have to search through a lot of junk before you come upon something you may want, and it can often be frustrating to come home empty handed. If you return often and only go when you have time to burn, you’ll be more likely to find those hidden gems without losing interest altogether. Planning With so many choices and deals, thrifting can be an overwhelming and tempting experience. In order to avoid aimless rack surfing or a closet full of unworn sale items, head into your adventure with an agenda. Need some more gym clothes? Maybe a new sun dress or some nicer clothes for work? A goal, as long as it’s not too specific, will guide you as you troll for diamonds in the rough and make sure you only bring home the gems you really need. Preparation Like any shopping experience, thrifting requires the right attire. There are two schools of thought on this: either wear clothes that are loose and easy to take on and off, or wear leggings and a tank so you can just try things on over your own duds. Whichever option is for you, make sure you pair it with some comfortable shoes. Place Don’t shop at any old thrift shop you come upon. Instead, take the time to search for the

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UConn Irish respects tradition, works hard

Photos courtesy of Katie Cooney

The UConn Irish, pictured above, values history, tradition and awareness. The Irish step dance team meats Thursday nights from 7 to 9 p.m. On the right, they pose with former-president Michael Hogan during his tenure at UConn from 2006-2010.

By Purbita Saha Staff Writer History, tradition and awareness: these are three tenets that the student group UConn Irish stands by to increase its presence at this university. UConn Irish, previously known as the Celtic American Cultural Society, is dedicated to celebrating Irish culture here on campus. Members of the organization participate in movie nights, informational sessions and most conspicuously, dance and instrumental performances. The club is well known for its Irish step dance team, which has performed at events like Lip Sync, World Fest and the Pipes in the Valley festival in Hartford. There are about 40 mem-

bers in UConn Irish, 25 of whom are dancers, according to Kathleen Cooney, 8thsemester biomedical engineering major. Cooney, who is the co-president of the organization, said that only a few of the members had step-dance experience before coming to college. Therefore, the ones who have been dancing since a young age, Cooney has been dancing since she was 3-years-old, collaborate to teach the rest of the team and work together to choreograph routines. The dancers have between six and 10 routines that they cycle through. The two main types of dances that they perform are jigs and reels, said Cooney. Reels are light-shoe dances. This means that the performers have to wear flat ballet shoes. On the

other hand, jigs are heavy-shoe dances. The dancers wear thickheeled, tap-like shoes while performing jigs. Other costume pieces for the women include skirts, which were made by one of the club members. The men wear allblack ensembles. Cooney said that during more traditional performances, the female dancers will wear customized “solo dresses” and ringlet wigs. Club members usually dance to live music, which is provided by three student musicians who play the concertina, the tin whistle and the violin. Ben Gagliardi, a 6th-semester ecology and evolutionary biology major, plays the anglo concertina for the group. He said that Irish music is purely an oral tradition. This means

that instead of reading notes off of sheet music, the musicians have to learn their parts by ear. Gagliardi said that Irish music is made to dance to. “There is a strong relationship between the music and the dances,” he said. “The dancers strengthen the musical atmosphere. The musicians’ energy feeds off of the dancers’ energy and vice versa.” Cooney also said that the dancing is closely connected to the instrumentals. She said that the music is very upbeat, energetic and fast in tempo. Though dancers keep their upper body very stiff, their “legs are moving fast to keep up with the music,” Cooney said. Cooney listens to Irish dance music on Pandora, and she encourages others to do

the same. She also said that individuals who wish to experience the Irish arts should attend Irish Fest this weekend. The step dancers will be performing, and various instrumentalists will be displaying their talents during the fest. Gagliardi said that there will be musicians playing concertinas, tin whistles, Irish bagpipes, wooden flutes, mandolins, guitars and bodhrans are the Irish variants of drums. Irish Fest is on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Wilbur Cross South Reading Room. The event is being hosted by UConn Irish and the Department of Residential Life and is free to students and the general public. UConn student Rose Murphy will be singing a repertoire of traditional Irish songs. Additionally, dozens of musi-

cians from the local area will be playing pieces for the audience members to dance to, said Cooney. She added that an individual will be shouting out instructions to the crowd so that even the most inexperienced dancers will be able join in. Irish Fest activities will also include samples of Irish food, trivia games and prizes. Those who are interested in Irish step dancing are welcome to take a beginner class on Tuesday nights, 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Student Union room 304C. Once students become adept at the routines, they can choose to join the dance team and take part in performances, she said. The dance team practices on Thursday nights from 7 to 9 p.m.

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Noted Detroit artist fills city block with shoes DETROIT (AP) — Tyree Guyton is best known for transforming a deteriorating Detroit neighborhood into a colorful, outdoor polka-dotted art gallery. Twenty-five years later, Guyton again is using the Motor City as his canvas. This time, though, instead of applying a paint brush to a series of vacant homes, he’s focusing on something much smaller: shoes. Lots of them. Guyton and an army of volunteers have painted or hauled in close to 10,000 discarded and donated shoes. Called “Street Folk,” Guyton’s latest outdoor art installation populates an entire city block with sneakers, slippers, ski boots, wingtips and

many other kinds of footwear. Guyton’s masterpiece, the Heidelberg Project, brought attention to Detroit’s many vacant homes. “Street Folk” focuses on the city’s homeless population. “I live around the corner here, and so I see every day this church behind me, feeding people every Wednesday, and I knew I wanted to say something,” he said. “And it came to me to talk about the plight of the people right here.” In addition to school kids and others who donated their time and shoes, Guyton said he paid the homeless to help him with various tasks. He would ask them to work and let them offer up a figure for their compensation.

“It’s my way of having them put a value on themselves,” Guyton said. Guyton invited Lamuel Sparks to come by and look around on Thursday. The 47-year-old, who’s been without a permanent residence for about five months, has been staying at the Detroit Rescue Mission. “I think this is very interesting,” he said of “Street Folk.” ‘’It says there are a lot of homeless people that need to be taken care of.” Guyton told Samuels, who was in need of shoes, that he could take any pair he wanted. Slipping on a pair, Samuels said, “I think these are gonna work.” Nearly every kind of footwear is represented in “Street Folk,” roller skates and roller blades,

pumps and stilettos, winter boots and cowboy boots, tennis shoes and high-tops and sandals and flip-flops. Some faced the same direction. Some sat on their sides. Others were placed to form a large circle. “I find shoes to be interesting — fascinating — because life is a journey,” Guyton said. “It’s a tool that helps us to go from one point to the next.” Some of the shoes made long journeys of their own. People from as far away as Egypt, Italy, Iraq and the United Kingdom sent in samples. Some included a handwritten note to explain their donation’s significance. An area firefighter sent along a pair of boots from his

department. “These boots have seen both the best and worst of what can happen in our lives ... and tell the tales of house fires and births of babies,” the note read. “Street Folk,” which will be on view for a few weeks, is part of Art X Detroit, a new arts festival that runs through Sunday. Art X Detroit features new visual, literary and performing arts at 17 different venues created by each of the 38 Kresge Artist Fellows and Kresge Eminent Artists who received awards from The Kresge Foundation between 2008-10. Guyton was awarded a $25,000 Artist Fellowship, which he used to put together “Street Folk.”

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lawyers in the case against Michael Jackson’s doctor want to know if prospective jurors were fans of the pop star, how much they know about his death, and how familiar they are with 27 different prescription drugs he may have taken. A 29-page questionnaire with those and other questions was released Thursday after prospects who said they could serve on the two-month trial of Dr. Conrad Murray finished answering its 117 questions. Candidates were asked if they had ever seen Jackson or his family members in person, whether they own his records or DVDs, attended his concerts or saw his posthumous concert movie, “This is It,” and if so why they watched it. In one section, prospects were asked if they knew any of the more than 100 potential witnesses. Included on the list

were Jackson’s three children — Prince, Paris and Blanket — as well as his parents, brothers and sisters. Large chunks of the questions involved familiarity with drugs and exposure to media coverage of the case, including Internet and social media postings. Jury prospects also were asked if they had ever posted blog entries about the case. In a section headlined, “Attitudes about celebrities and people in the news,” they were asked, “Do you think that people of wealth or fame are treated differently in the court system?” Notably, there was no mention in the questionnaire of Jackson’s highly publicized acquittal after his child molestation trial in 2005 Murray has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter. He is accused of gross negligence for administering the anesthetic propofol and other sedatives to

Jackson before he died. The trial is likely to focus on his competence based partially on his reactions after Jackson stopped breathing on June 25, 2009. Jury prospects were asked, “Do you have any positive or negative feelings or opinions about Conrad Murray or Michael Jackson?” Lawyers also wanted to know if they had ever taken prescription drugs, including propofol, and a long list of sedatives and mood altering drugs. The lawyers also wanted to know if they had friends or family members who were ever addicted to prescription drugs, and if they themselves had been in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. In addition, prospects had to disclose if they were ever involved in an emergency medical situation and whether that would prejudice them in deciding the case.

The answers of prospective jurors will be released when they are questioned in person beginning May 4. In another development, Murray’s lawyers filed six motions to exclude from testimony “sexually scandalous information” regarding Murray’s patronage of a strip club in Los Angeles, the women he met there, and the amounts of money he spent, “This evidence has no rational bearing on any issue in this matter and is presented merely to harass and discredit Dr. Murray,” one motion states. Three of Murray’s mistresses testified at a preliminary hearing earlier this year. The motions also sought to exclude from evidence autopsy photos of Jackson. “Dr. Murray is on trial accused of having caused the death of international superstar king of pop Michael Jackson,”

another motion states. “As if that fact alone is not inflammatory enough, the prosecution seeks to further inflame the passions of the jury by introducing autopsy photographs of Mr. Jackson.” The motions submitted by attorney Nareg Gourjian also asked to exclude evidence involving Murray’s child support payments, lawsuits over his financial affairs, and his relationships with women. Prosecutors filed a motion late in the day asking to admit as evidence audio recordings of Murray’s statements to police detectives during a lengthy interview two days after Jackson’s death. Prosecutors David Walgren and Deborah Brazil said Murray’s statements “clearly are admissions.” Judge Michael Pastor set a hearing for April 21 to deal with the motions.

Jury prospects asked if they are Jackson fans

Be swift in order to thrift from THRIFT, page 7

“right” store. Consider the safety of the area of town and the cleanliness of the store. Look for stores in upscale neighborhoods or towns, because they will have the brands and labels worth sifting through. Set aside some time for thrifting when you’re out of town or on vacation, too, for a taste of completely different selection and style. Head to www.thethriftshopper.com and search using your zip code to see how many thrift shops are in your area. Storrs, for example, has nine thrift or charity stores within 15 miles. Pick stores that are close together and make an afternoon of it. Prime Time Like any time you are looking for a clothing deal, it’s best to head to the store in the mornings before everything has been picked through. If you aren’t a morning person, make sure you pick offhours to eliminate competition. Also, shop for items when they are out of season for the best deals and the biggest selection. If you are friendly with the employees and ask at the right time, they just might tell you when they do their re-stocking. This otherwise secret information is priceless – you’ll know the perfect time to come into the shop and you can be the first to look through new merchandise. If you stick to the 5 “P’s” and learn as you go, you’ll be saving in no time. For those of you who still can’t stomach the idea of wearing a stranger’s clothes, even with washing, try this instead: have a thrift-party with a group of friends! Ask everyone who attends to bring good condition clothing or accessories that they no longer wear and do a free exchange. The more people, the better the swap. Bring any leftovers to your local Salvation Army or Goodwill to continue the circle of sharing.

Melanie.Deziel@UConn.edu


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Comics

Classic JELLY! by Elise Domyan 54 MLB execs 55 Chantilly crower

Dismiss the Cynics by Victor Preato

decor 25 Dice and ice, often 26 Mesopotamian savings plan? 27 Earhart et al. 28 Spiritual leaders 30 It may be tipped 31 One commonly follows “said” 32 Naval acronym 33 Japanese dough 39 Stone monument 41 And those following, in footnotes 43 King with a trunk 44 Old TV parts 45 Knight’s protection 47 Ventura County resort 48 Contemporary of Mao 49 Operatic slave 50 It’s behind us 53 Elemental suffix

by Andrew Prestwich

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1 Cpl.’s subordinates 2 “__ (So Far Away)”: 1982 hit for A Flock of Seagulls 3 Reset 4 Letter from London 5 “__ was saying ...” 6 McGregor of “The Men Who Stare at Goats” 7 Feb. sentiment 8 Circus sites 9 French Oscar 10 Y for men only? 11 Iberian bridge? 12 Capital ENE of Kathmandu 14 Way out yonder 17 Shrek’s love 22 Like much Hawaiian lava 23 Complaint while groping 24 Some Chinese restaurant

Jason and the Rhedosaurus

Across 1 Chuck E. Cheese’s order 6 Disaster response gp. 10 Eric the Red’s birth year, roughly 13 Lets go 14 Conscious 15 “A likely story!” 16 Celtic quaffs? 18 Old cereal box letters 19 __-Caps 20 Anderson of Jethro Tull 21 Pyle portrayer 23 Composer Stravinsky 25 Words of affection from Luigi 26 Club ingredient 28 Astronaut Grissom 29 Seed alternative 30 Caribbean baby animal? 32 Impudent 34 Senescent 35 Refinery input 36 Escape to Vegas, maybe 37 “__ life!” 38 Arabian guy? 40 Withdrawal concern 41 911 response initials 42 Hardly local 43 ‘70s TV cop played by Robert Blake 45 Assorted: Abbr. 46 Farewells overseas 47 Dinghy thingy 48 Electrical sound 51 Lighting brand 52 East Asian “pet”? 56 “__ you nuts?” 57 Matching 58 Agony and ecstasy 59 Dorm agts. 60 640 acres: Abbr. 61 Opposite of lanky

I Hate Everything by Carin Powell

The Daily Crossword

Horoscopes

Toast by Tom Dilling

Aries - Accept a generous offer. Get the facts to the right person. Reaffirm a commitment. Slow and steady does it. Keep focusing on your goals, even if they if they seem as far away as ever. Heed the voice of experience. Taurus - Accept a generous offer. Count an awkward moment as another learning experience. Don’t let a minor disagreement mess up all your plans. Compromise. Gemini - Pay attention to kitchen or plumbing care. Solutions and new opportunities get revealed in conversation with others. Fulfill your promises, and money comes in.

By Michael Mepham

Cancer - Rules simplify things. You and a distant colleague see eye to eye. If you stumble, get up again. Don’t fret about the money. Two heads are better than one to resolve an issue. Leo - Old, high-quality standards show their value. Ask for recommendations, and keep a stash in reserve. It’s not a good time to travel or to try a new trick. Grab happiness from a glimmer, and focus on it. Virgo - Avoid making the mistakes of another. Romantic misunderstandings could occur, so avoid tooting your own horn and focus on listening. Keep communications clear.

Why The Long Face by Jackson Lautier

Libra - Even with all of today’s distractions, concentrate on providing good service. Play by the rules, and accept another assignment for a bonus. This boosts morale. Scorpio - Accept well-earned acknowledgment. Prepare for more than you think you can cover in the allotted time. This is the stuff that’s been winning that recognition. Sagittarius - Keep quiet about finances, but don’t go into debt. Use your whole mind and body. Capricorn - Keep planting those seeds and nurturing the soil for a plentiful harvest. Postpone travel plans. Shift things around. Keep the focus, even for others easily distracted. Aquarius - Practice playing by the rules. It pays off. Don’t be too demanding in love today. Listen in and to the silence. Work behind close doors for efficiency. Pisces - Today is not a good day for travel or work. Expand in the direction of least resistance. Get support from the group. Imagine the future. Enjoy peaceful moments.

Pundles by Brian Ingmanson www.cupcakecomics.com.

Sad Hamster by Ashley Fong


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Sports

Rose leads Bulls past Celtics 97-71 in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Derrick Rose scored 30 points and the Chicago Bulls closed in on the top seed in the Eastern Conference by beating the Boston Celtics 97-81 on Thursday. The Bulls' 17th win in 19 games put them four games up on Boston and Miami with four to play and eliminated the Heat from getting the No. 1 seed. The Celtics, who play the Heat on Sunday, still have a mathematical shot albeit a remote one. But barring a collapse, Chicago will be the top seed in the East.

It's another step for a team that expected big things after a major overhaul, and all the Bulls have done is deliver their best season since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen made championship celebrations a regular event. Rose was a one-man highlight reel against Rajon Rondo, beating him with his crossover and getting to the rim, particularly in the early going. Rose scored 16 points in the first half as the Bulls jumped out to a 48-43 lead, and Chicago regrouped after momentarily falling behind in the third. Luol Deng scored 23 points,

UConn set to compete in New England’s

former. In both his tournaments this spring, Dziubina placed the highest among his teammates. Senior DeLucia and junior The Huskies have a big week- Carroll are the only other comend ahead of them, as they petitors who participated in the will be competing in the New Huskies’ last tournament. DeLucia England D-I Championships start- shot 13-over par and Carroll shot 16-over par at the ing Saturday. Rhode FAU Spring Break Island’s own Newport Championship. Both National Country look to improve on their Club will play host to the tournament. New England past performances. Junior Brian Hwang This marks the only Championship and senior Jeremy Troy time the Huskies will play in the north- Sat. and Sun. are both making their east this spring. It is Newport, second appearances this spring and first since also the final tune-up before the Big East Rhode Island Puerto Rico. Troy shot an 11-over par (227), while Championships next Hwang shot at 24-over par (240). weekend. This weekend’s tournament Huskies’ coach Dave Pezzino has elected to bring five golfers will be hosted by Providence this weekend, including Brian College and be played on both Hwang, Chris DeLucia, Matt Saturday and Sunday. The Huskies Carroll, Matt Dziubina and Jeremy next compete at the Big East Troy. The Huskies will look for Championships from April 17 to Dziubina to continue his streak of April 19. It will be held at the stellar performances. Since mak- Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club ing his season debut last month in in Innisbrook, Fla. Puerto Rico, Dziubina has arguably been the team’s best per- Haidan.Huang@UConn.edu

By Dan Huang Campus Correspondent

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and Carlos Boozer added 14 points and 12 rebounds. Chicago outscored the Celtics 44-22 in the paint, outrebounded them 44-35 and held Boston to 38.4 percent shooting. Paul Pierce led Boston with 15 points. Kevin Garnett scored all 10 of his points in the second half and Rondo finished with seven. Jeff Green scored 10 and Ray Allen had seven points. The Bulls led 48-43 at the half when Pierce made a jumper and Rondo hit his first two baskets to give Boston a one-point lead, but the Bulls responded by running off 10 straight, a dunk by Deng and floater by Rose mak-

ing it 58-49 midway through the third. It was 61-58 after Glen Davis hit two free throws with just over three minutes left in the quarter when the Bulls started a 13-2 run that stretched into the fourth quarter. Deng started the spurt with a 3, and he followed a layup by Boozer off a turnover with a steal and layup to make it 68-58 with 1:31 left. Davis hit two free throws for Boston. But Rose made a 3 with 23 seconds left in the quarter, and Boozer added a three-point play 45 seconds into the fourth to boost Chicago's lead to 74-60.

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Chicago Bulls' Keith Bogans guards Boston Celtics' Ray Allen in Chicago.

Yankees hold off Twins, win 4-3 NEW YORK (AP) — Rafael Soriano was right back out there doing the job he was hired for, two days after blowing a big lead in his eighth-inning slot. Just like the New York Yankees drew it up when they signed him to a $35 million, three-year contract in the offseason, Soriano got the ball to Mariano Rivera with a scoreless eighth Thursday. He protected a one-run lead in a 4-3 win over Minnesota, their first game since the Twins rallied from a 4-0 deficit to win in extra innings Tuesday. “A lot of people — the manager, the pitching coach, the GM — everybody comes to me and say, ‘Bad day, you know, it happen to everybody here. Come back tomorrow ready for the game,’” Soriano said. Minnesota lost more than the game: Its heralded Japanese import, Tsuyoshi Nishioka, broke his lower left leg after Nick Swisher slid into him at second base

while breaking up a double play in the seventh. The Twins said they believed the play was clean, and Swisher sought Nishioka out in the X-ray room after the game to apologize. “He definitely eased my mind,” Swisher said. “He told me, ‘Hey, it’s not your fault. Don’t feel bad.’ I know I play hard, but you never want to go in there trying to hurt anybody.” There was no immediate word on how long Nishioka would be out because of his broken fibula. Derek Jeter passed Rogers Hornsby for 33rd place on baseball’s all-time list with two hits, and A.J. Burnett (2-0) improved to 7-0 in 12 April starts for the Yankees, allowing two runs on five hits in six innings. No. 9 hitter Brett Gardner helped the Yankees manufacture their first run in the third, then drove in their final run in the fourth. New York won two out of

three in the rain-shortened series. The Yankees now head to Boston to face the rival — and winless — Red Sox. After Wednesday’s rainout, manager Joe Girardi immediately gave Soriano another chance. Soriano allowed a leadoff single to Joe Mauer, then retired the Twins’ 4-5-6 hitters. Rivera pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save. Soriano said his shoulder felt looser than it did Tuesday, when he walked three batters. “His command was what we were accustomed to seeing, and that was the difference,” Girardi said. Gardner led off the bottom of the third with a walk. He stole second on a 3-0 count, then moved to third on a groundout by Jeter. Swisher drove him in with a sacrifice fly to deep right-center, and New York had a 1-0 lead without a hit in the inning. The Twins scored twice in the top of the fourth to take a 2-1 lead, but Francisco

Liriano (0-2) walked Alex Rodriguez to open the bottom of the inning. After Robinson Cano singled, Andruw Jones drove in the tying run with a one-out double. The Yankees went back on top when Russell Martin’s grounder to first scored Cano. Gardner’s bloop single to right with two outs put New York up 4-2. Liriano allowed four runs on four hits and three walks in five innings, striking out five. Twins shortstop Alexi Casilla said Nishioka would have to learn how his new counterparts in America try to break up double plays — and to stay behind the bag while turning two. “In Japan, they play clean,” Casilla said. “They don’t want to hurt anybody.” The Twins manufactured a run of their own in the seventh off Joba Chamberlain to pull within 4-3. But Soriano and Rivera wouldn’t let them come all the way back.

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UConn hosts All-Region Invitational in Storrs By Cory LeBihan Campus Correspondent The UConn women’s outdoor track and field team looks to keep building toward its season goal of a Big East Championship this weekend as they compete at home in the UConn All-Region Invitational. The Huskies almost made their dream a reality during the indoor season, but came up just short of winning the Big East title. Conference rival Louisville edged UConn by 1.5 points to take first at the

Big East Championships. player, Meghan Cunningham and “After a heartbreaking loss like Brittany Heninger had providthat [the team] has ed a boost to a group even more desire to of distance runners put it away,” said disthat already includes tance coach Andrea All-American Heather Grove-McDonough. and the SecondUConn All- Wilson The distance runners, Team All-American dissprinters, jumpers Region Invite tance medley relay team. and throwers all need Sat. All Day Accomplished senior to be on the same captain Trisha-Anne Sherman page to win the Big Hawthorne continEast, she added. ues to anchor a young Complex Three meets into group of sprinters for the outdoor season the Huskies. and championship hopes are lookFreshman sprinter Celina ing promising for the Huskies. Emerson, a member of the The return of UConn soccer nations 12th best distance med-

WOMEN'S TRACK

Huskies host St. Francis on Sunday By Quenton Narcisse Campus Correspondent

battled throughout. UConn stormed out of the gate, winning the No. 1 match, led by senior Andrew Marcus The UConn men’s tennis and junior Scott Warden. team faces St. Francis Sunday Dave Adams and Jai Yoon folin Storrs at 10 a.m. lowed suit, winning It’s the third of the No. 2 in decisive seven consecutive 8-5 fashion. home games for the The Huskies also Huskies. The Huskies fought in singles are on a slight downplay, as Wei Lin vs. St. turn, having lost three lost in the tiebreaker Francis consecutive matches 6-2, 7-6 (4), 10-3. dating back to March. Warden also fought 3 p.m. On March 31, but fell UConn Tennis valiantly Georgetown handed short, losing to St. Courts UConn a 4-3 loss in John’s Mike Lampa a very competitive 6-1, 7-5, 10-6. back-and-forth affair. Sunday, Coach Glenn Marshall UConn lost to St. Johns 6-1. stressed that his team needed Despite the score, the Huskies to focus on winning the doubles

MEN'S TENNIS

points if they wanted to continue their success for the rest of the season. And the Huskies did just that in the start and will need to continue those great starts if UConn wants to get back on track. After St. Francis, the Huskies face Boston College and conference foe, Villanova before making up their match with Marist. The Huskies’ match-up with Marist on March 31 was cancelled due to inclement weather, and is now rescheduled for Monday at 3:30 p.m., in Storrs.

Quenton.Narcisse@UConn.edu

Blair: Kemba has accomplished everything, has no reason to stay in Storrs another year

AP

Connecticut's Kemba Walker speaks as his coach Jim Calhoun, left, looks on after being introduced as the winner of the Bob Cousy Award.

tract to satisfy Duke students and fans, nor insinuate that in leaving for the pros, he would forfeit what he has already accomplished in Durham. I simply intended to highlight some of the reasons for staying, with a little bit of humor thrown in,” he continued. Well Chris, it looks like you missed the mark. And Irving declared his intentions to enter the NBA Draft several days after you wrote this column, so I guess things just aren’t working out for you, are they? If there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s people backpedaling on their opinions like this. Cusack obviously knew what he was writing,

UConn can improve on Big East lead with series win in South Bend

from SOUTH, page 14 UConn’s entire infield seems to be swinging a hot bat recently. That trend certainly continued in Wednesday’s win, as catcher Doug Elliot went 2-3 win an RBI, third-baseman Ryan Fuller collected three hits and scored two runs and first baseman Mike Nemeth when 1-2 with three walks. Rightfielder John Andreoli had arguably the biggest day for the Huskies, as his twoRBI single broke the game open in the fifth. The win marked UConn’s fifth in a row, their seventh win in the last eight games. Still, as hot as they are right now, Penders knows that winning in conference play is a different animal. “We try to treat every game the same, but I’d be lying if I said that going into South Bend is the same thing

as playing Quinnipiac on Tuesday afternoon,” Penders said. “There’s a little more at stake this weekend with things like conference titles. It’s fair to say guys get keyed up and more emotional to play conference games.” Entering tonight’s game, the Huskies hold the early lead in the Big East with a 5-1 record, while the Fighting Irish (12-14-1) sit at 3-3 in conference play after dropping last weekend’s series against Pittsburgh. Louisville, who trails UConn by just one game, plays at Cincinnati this weekend.

Ryan.Tepperman@UConn.edu

and then when people didn’t like it, instead of defending his position, he caved. Fellow students, fans and alumni, don’t beg Walker to stay. He’s already given more to this university than we can ever ask for. He’s graduating, he won a championship, and we should all wish him well and cherish the memories he’s left us with. To suggest otherwise, that Walker should stay for any reason, is nothing but selfish. That’s my position, and I stick by it. Don’t expect a retraction in next week’s Daily Campus.

Russell.Blair@UConn.edu

Cory.LeBihan@UConn.edu

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The women's track team will be at home this weekend.

UConn travels to New Jersey By Jimmy Onofrio Campus Correspondent

at last weekend’s home meet, is seeded No. 11 out of 28 teams, and will race against Temple, Duke, UNC and Miami (FL) The UConn rowing team will in their heat. The second varrace in the Knecht Cup this sity eight is seeded No. 8 of Saturday and Sunday 22 boats and will in Camden, N.J. face Marist, George The regatta brings Mason, Duke and together over 50 schools vs. Stamford UNH in their heat. from across the country Coach Jen Sanford3 p.m. to race on the Cooper Wendry feels good Sherman River. The varsity and after a solid week of second varsity boats practicing, “We feel Complex will race in seeded heats very confident going ESPN2 for a chance to advance into the weekend,” to the semi-final races, she said. The team and other boats will compete in will be facing some strong unseeded races. competition this weekend, and The Varsity 8 boat, recently each boat will be competing named Big East Boat of the in more races if they post fast Week after their performance enough times to advance.

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Sanford-Wendry wants to see her team do well enough to advance to the higher races. “Our goal for all our crews entered is to finish strong in the heats and semi-finals so that we can secure a spot in the grand final,” she said. UConn will only have one more meet before the Big East Championship in May in Princeton, N.J. Endurance and conditioning have been two of the factors Sanford-Wendry has cited as leading to the team’s past success and look for them to be tested this weekend.

James.Onofrio@UConn.edu

The Huskies did it!!! Although the men's epic run is over, our coverage never stops. www.dcsportsonline.wordpress.com www.dailycampus.com

from LET, page 14 “Rest assured, you’ll never regret leaving Duke after just one year, never wonder what might have been if you stuck around to play with the nation’s No. 2-ranked recruiting class, which by the way includes your longtime friend and teammate Austin Rivers. It’s really a no-brainer.” Where does Chris Cusack, the author of the piece, get off? Does he think Irving owes anything to Duke? If anything, Duke owes Irving. Irving was part of a team that put fans in the seats at Cameron Indoor Stadium. He was injured, recovered and helped lead the Blue Devils to the Elite Eight. Instead of thanking Irving for his services and wishing him well in the NBA, Cusack selfishly tries to goad Irving into feeling bad for leaving. What does Cusack think? Does he think Irving is going to read this piece and go, “Gee, some Dookie is upset that I’m leaving, I should really reconsider leaving for the NBA Draft.” Cusack got blasted so bad for the publishing of the piece that he later wrote a retraction. “I sincerely apologize to everyone who was offended by its content; it was my intention to be satirical, not hateful,” Cusack said. “I did not mean to imply that he should put off a huge NBA con-

ley relay squad, will look to continue her emergence this weekend after two first-place finishes at last weekend’s meet. Senior captain Tynisha McMillian will also hope to continue her recent dominance in the shot put and discus events. Several young UConn jumpers represent the final piece of the championship puzzle and will look to notch solid performances this weekend.


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Home game

Away game Gampel Pavilion, XL Center

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Sports

The Daily Question are you going to spend you weekends now without March Q : “How Madness?” A : “I’ll finally get some work done.” – Kyle Campbell, 6th-semester nuclear cell biology major.

April 15 Villanova 3:15 p.m.

“It can’t get any worse than this.“

» MLB AP

» Pic of the day

Second to UConn

Softball (13-16) (3-2) Tomorrow Hartford 1 p.m.

April 13 Louisville 12 p.m.

April 13 Louisville 2 p.m.

April 16 Pittsburgh Noon

April 16 Pittsburgh 2 p.m.

April 23 Louisville Noon

April 29 Villanova 6 p.m.

Lacrosse (6-4) (0-2) Today Syracuse 4 p.m.

April 16 Notre Dame Noon

April 21 Cincinatti 4 p.m.

Men’s Track and Field April 9 UConn Invitational All Day

April 6-9 Texas Relays All Day

Women’s Track and Field April 9 UConn Invitational All Day

April 16 Mt. Sac Relays All Day

April 23 April 28 April 29 UTech Penn Relays Penn Relays Invitational All Day All Day All Day AP

Butler guard Shelvin Mack, right, claps as forward Matt Howard attempts to stop the applause after he was saluted by coach Brad Stevens as the team was honored at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Golf April 9 New England’s All Day

April 10 New England’s All Day

April 17 April 18 April 19 Big East Big East Big East Invitational Invitational Invitational All Day All Day All Day

Email your answers, along with your name, semester standing and major, to sports@dailycampus.com. The best answer will appear in the next paper.

The Daily Roundup Kevin Youkilis

Today Tomorrow April 10 April 13 Notre Dame Notre Dame Notre Dame Brown 5:35 p.m. 2 p.m. 1:05 p.m. 3:30 p.m.

“Which was more impressive, the Big East tournament or National Championship?”

» That’s what he said – Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis after Boston started out 0-6.

Baseball (14-10-1) (5-1)

Next Paper’s Question:

Congratulations Brian Tamburello Winner of a Sprint HTC Evo phone

Red Sox slip to 0-6, lose to Indians 1-0

CLEVELAND (AP) — In a season where nothing has gone right, the winless Boston Red Sox found a new way to lose Thursday. A couple of them, in fact. The Red Sox lost their sixth in a row when the Cleveland Indians squeezed home the only run in the eighth inning, then trapped pinch-runner Darnell McDonald off second base for the final out in a 1-0 victory. “It can’t get any worse than this and there’s only one way to go,” third baseman Kevin Youkilis said. “That’s up.” At 0-6, the Red Sox are off their worst start since 1945, when they lost a team-record eight straight. Boston, favored by many to win the World Series, returns to Fenway Park for its home opener Friday against the New York Yankees. “The slate’s not really clean,” Boston manager Terry Francona said. “The record is what it is, but I don’t want us to have a hangover. We need to pick it up. We’re going to play a good team now. We haven’t done a very good job to this point. I don’t want us to be trying to win for this week because we can’t do that.” Asked what type of reception he anticipates Friday in front of the Boston fans, Francona said, “I don’t know. I’ve got more important things to worry about than how the hell they’re going to clap.” Asdrubal Cabrera’s suicide-squeeze bunt put the Indians ahead in their fourth straight win. “We did beat a very good ballclub — regardless if they’re struggling or not,” manager Manny Acta said. “We won and it was a very well-played series. It wasn’t like they were sloppy and we got lucky. We played good baseball.” After Cabrera’s bunt, the game took another unusual twist for the Red Sox. David Ortiz drew a two-out walk in the Boston ninth off Chris Perez and McDonald ran for him. J.D. Drew bounced a single that ricocheted off Perez and went to third baseman Adam Everett. McDonald rounded second base too far, fell down and tried to scramble back to the bag. Everett, who had come in to field the carom, made a snap throw to second baseman Orlando Cabrera that barely nailed McDonald. “I’m not even sure, it might have been wet,” McDonald said. “I lost my footing and tried to get back. I felt I might have got in there, but I guess I didn’t. I was trying to make something happen and it didn’t work out.” Replays showed second-base umpire Dan Iassogna’s call was correct. “He lost his footing and couldn’t get back,” Francona said. “He didn’t try to do that. He just slipped.” Cleveland swept the three-game series, which came after Texas swept the Red Sox to open the year.

THE Weekend Ahead Baseball takes center stage as Yanks and Sox renew rivalry By Matt McDonough Associate Sports Editor Storrs Side Games to attend: Track & Field Although some of the men will be at the Texas Relays in Austin, UConn will host its only outdoor home meet of the season. The UConn Husky Spring Invitational takes place all day Saturday. The women’s team will also be in Storrs hosting the UConn All-Region Invitational at the Sherman Family Sports Complex on Saturday.

Men’s Tennis April 12 April 16 April 10 St. Francis Boston Coll. Villanova 3 p.m. Noon 10 a.m.

April 22 Syracuse 10 a.m.

April 28 Big East Invitational TBA

Games to follow up on: Baseball

Women’s Tennis Today St. John’s 2:30 p.m.

April 8 Marquette Noon

April 10 West Virginia 10 a.m.

April 13 Rutgers 1 p.m.

April 15 Seton Hall 2 p.m.

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Brian Tamburello poses with his prize at The Daily Campus building last night.

Winners of five straight, UConn will head to South Bend, Ind. to take on Notre Dame in a crucial Big East conference series. The games start Friday with a 5:35 p.m. first pitch. Saturday’s contest starts at 2:05 p.m. and the series wraps up Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. The Huskies are top dogs in the Big East going 5-1 in conference and are 15-10-1 this season. The Fighting Irish enter the weekend

tied for third at 3-3 and is 12-141 on the season. The games can be followed on the Game Tracker on uconnhuskies.com. The softball team is also on the road, visiting in-state foe Hartford at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Pro Side The NBA season is on its last leg with playoff seeding still to be determined and only a handful of games remaining for most teams. On Friday, Boston hosts Washington and Charlotte visits Miami. The Celtics, currently 1/2 game ahead of the Heat for the second spot in the Eastern Conference, will visit LeBron James for a Sunday showdown at 3:30 p.m. on ABC. The first game of the double-header is the Bulls, comfortably sitting at the top of the East with a three-game lead, at the Orlando Magic. In Major League Baseball, the Yankees ship up to Boston for a three-game slate with the winless Red Sox. Boston is 0-6 and will try to shift the balance of power, playing New York on Friday, at 1:10 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday.

Matthew.McDonough@UConn.edu


» INSIDE SPORTS TODAY P.13: Red Sox slide continues in Cleveland. / P.12: Lacrosse heads to Syracuse. / P.11: Celtics fall to Rose, Bulls in Chicago.

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SOUTH BEND BOUND

Let Kemba leave

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UConn travels to Notre Dame for Big East series

By Ryan Tepperman Staff Writer

Russell Blair Kemba Walker is coming off the best single season in UConn history. He’s made two Final Fours, won one Big East Tournament and Monday, Kemba cut down the nets in Houston as the Huskies won their third national championship. He’s on track to graduate in three years with a sociology degree and will likely be a top-15 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. It’s for all the above reasons that the Facebook page “Kemba Walker – Please Stay One More Year!” bothers me. What more does Kemba Walker have left to do? What does he have left to prove? Kemba has done more for the men’s basketball program in the last three seasons than nearly any student-athlete before him. He’s getting his degree and wants to pursue a career in the NBA. Who are we to hold him back? Sure, Kemba has a year of eligibility left, but if he doesn’t want to go to graduate school, why should he come back to Connecticut? Is it really fair for Kemba to languish in a master’s program for a year just so our basketball program has a shot at repeating as national champions? Do my fellow students realize how selfish that sounds? Some of the posts on the Facebook page are so shortsighted and hurtful that it pains me. “Look what happened to Thabeet when he decided to leave early....HE’s A BIG BUST!!!!!!!! what good did it do for him??? Kemba, we love you, please stay!!!!!!!!!” It’s really great that you love Kemba, but asking him to stay by prefacing it with the fact that he might be a bust? Some love you’re showing him. People also brought up the fact that the NBA may be facing a lockout next season. This is just as insulting to Kemba. Do you really want him to stay here because of a labor issue, not of his own volition? I’d like to think we’re a little better than Duke here. I’m sure everybody here remembers the famous Elton Brand e-mail, where Duke alumna Jennifer Taylor called out the former Blue Devil for leaving school two years early to go to the NBA. “You have not only insulted the current students who are putting in four years at a school they love, but also the thousands of alumni who have realized the value of a Duke education and what an honor and privilege it was to be there for four years.” Taylor want on to say that Brand would “never be considered part of the Duke family.” Brand’s response? “Thank you very much, for reminding me of the reason why I left Duke. People like you cannot and will not ever understand my situation. Never being considered a part of your posh group of yuppies really hurts me to the heart. Yeah, right.” The same thing happened this year with Kyrie Irving. A columnist for the Duke University student newspaper, The Chronicle, wrote a satirical piece urging Irving to go pro. Among other things, he brought up the lockout, the fact that Irving may end up as a lottery pick and play for a bad team and the fact that Irving never won a national championship.

» BLAIR, page 12

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The UConn baseball team (15-10-1) will take its five-game winning streak and one-game conference lead into South Bend this weekend to face Notre Dame. Junior Matt Barnes, who hasn’t lost since UConn’s Feb. 26 meeting with Indiana and is second in the Big East with a 1.00 ERA, will get the start tonight for the Huskies. Seniors Elliot Glynn and Greg Nappo will pitch Saturday and Sunday respectively. The Huskies, on the other hand, are expected to face Brian Dupra, Cole Johnson and Todd Miller this weekend. The Notre Dame trio has combined to start 21 of the team’s 27 games this season, winning two games apiece and posting ERAs of 1.70, 2.18 and 3.88, respectively. “They’re a bunch of strike throwers,” coach Jim Penders said of the Notre Dame pitching staff, whose team ERA of 2.78 is third in the conference behind UConn and Louisville. “They know how to get ahead. If we can do that, I think we’ll be okay and win some games this weekend.” UConn has been getting ahead early and often the past couple weeks, particularly on the scoreboard. On Wednesday, the Huskies jumped out to a 1-0 lead over UMass in the second inning before putting the game away with four runs in the fifth. Bob Van Woert – despite a bumpy outing where he walked five and surrendered three hits – improved to 3-0 on the season, shutting out the Minutemen in his 5.1 innings of work. David Fischer, Dan Feehan and Kevin Vance gave up just one run in 3.2 innings in relief. LJ Mazzilli continued to set the tone for the offense with two hits out of the leadoff spot. He also started his third consecutive game at second base coming off an elbow injury. “I think we have a lot of second baseman that are interchangeable, but he’s done a good job since he’s been out there,” Penders said. “Second base is more of an offensive position than a defensive position for us, so the guys swinging the hot bat are gonna get a chance there.”

UConn beat UMass last week at home, but they will travel to Notre Dame this weekend to try lengthen its lead in the Big East standing. The Huskies currently sit in first place.

» UCONN, page 12

Huskies take care of URI 11-7, Hartford up next By Michael Ferraro Campus Correspondent

solid four innings of work, but would get a no decision as Ali Adelman pitched three innings of relief to earn her sixth victory of Before the UConn’s week- the year. Her record stands at 6-5. end game against in-state rivals In the past few games, the Huskies Hartford, the Huskies first had have been victims of come-fromto take on URI, which was 3-27 behind victories, but today they entering Thursday turned the table on the against the Huskies. Rams. The Huskies The game did not would score six runs in start well for the vs. Hartford the top of the fifth and Huskies, as Kiki also score four Saturday would Saveriano gave up more runs in the top of 1 p.m. four runs to the Rams the seventh. in the first. Two of The offensive Hartford the four runs were heroes of the game unearned, as the were Kim Silva, who Huskies committed two errors blasted a three-run home run, in the first inning, which has her second of the year, and Amy been a problem all year for DeLuca and Marissa Guches, the Huskies. The Rams would who had two RBIs each. not score again until the botJulianne Towers, Brittany tom of the seventh inning, when Duclos and Andrea Huelsenbeck the Huskies already had a com- each had one RBI. The rest of manding 11-4 lead heading into the Huskies runs were unearned. the bottom of the seventh. With the win, the Huskies Saveriano gave the Huskies a improve to 14-16 on the season

SOFTBALL

and the Rams fall to a pitiful 3-28 on the season. Up next for the Huskies will be in-state rival Hartford. As with the Rams, the Huskies will be facing a team at the bottom of the standings. The Hawks’ record is 3-20 for the season and they are sliding fast on a 10 game losing streak. The Hawks are currently winless at home with a 0-3 record, but the Huskies should not overlook this opponent. In order for the Huskies to continue winning, they need to play consistently, something that has been a struggle for them all year and was evident Thursday when they had to come from behind to beat a three-win team. After Saturday’s game at 1 p.m., the Huskies will have a couple days off before they play five straight Big East games. JORDAN ACKER/The Daily Campus

Michael.Ferraro@UConn.edu

Jennifer Ward plays against Boston College on Wednesday.

UConn faces Big East rival Syracuse on the road By Carmine Colangelo Campus Correspondent

heading into the game and I think that caused us to play timid in the transition. I thought we did well on our attack and moved Coming off of a loss last the ball quickly which was part week to Big East opponent No. of our game plan… but we 17 Georgetown, the UConn had a tougher time adjusting to lacrosse team will look to Georgetown’s secondary look.” change their conferThe loss puts the ence woes this season Huskies at a 6-4, and with a victory against 0-2 in Big East play. Syracuse today. Although the game Last Friday, the vs. Syracuse caused the Huskies to Huskies played the drop in the Big East 4 p.m. Hoyas in a very tightit was not Syracuse, standings, ly contested game. all bad. Junior M.E. The match was very Lapham scored her N.Y. back and forth, but 100th career goal last the Huskies were not Friday in part of a able to hold on as the Hoyas team-high four-goal performance. edged them out 14-12, in part Also, sophomore goalie Brittney of a late game run. Testa was named to the Big East “I think we matched up pretty Weekly honor roll after saving 12 well against Georgetown,” said shots, tying a career high for her. head coach Katie Woods. “We So with the loss in their past, the had issues all day in our transi- Huskies look ahead to their game tion game… we had some nerves against the Orange today. UConn

LACROSSE

will travel to Syracuse, N.Y. to take on their Big East opponent for the first time this season. “The team is very excited for the upcoming match up with Syracuse,” Woods said. “We have a handful of players from there, so it’s always a big game. They’re a very strong team but we’ve come into our own recently so I think it could be a good game.” In order to prepare for this game, Woods made the focus of practice this week about putting players under extra pressure in order to prepare them for the Orange. The Orange this season have a 3-6 record after dropping their last game to No. 18 Dartmouth (7-10). Although their record is lackluster, the Orange are 1-0 in Big East play with an 11-7 win over Rutgers.

Carmine.Colangelo@UConn.edu

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Mackenzie Rainone will head to her hometown of Syracuse this weekend.

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