Volume CXVI No. 71
Fiesta Bowl a financial loser
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
By Mac Cerullo Sports Editor
IN CASE YOU MISSED THEM.... 2010’s final films rang in the good, the bad and the whoeven-knows. FOCUS/ page 7
A REAL ‘WILD’ FINISH Walker’s late heroics lead Huskies to victory.
Reaching the Fiesta Bowl was a huge achievement for the UConn football program, but as it turns out, it came at a huge cost. Specifically, major financial losses fueled primarily by insufficient ticket sales, nearly offset the revenue the school received for participating. UConn was given an allotment of 17,500 tickets to sell, valued at approximately $3.4 million. Come game time, however, the school had only sold roughly 4,600 of those tickets. Associate Athletic Director Mike Enright said that the athletic department was still calculating the exact amount the school would have to absorb and that no estimate or official figure of money lost had been established yet.
“The number of tickets sold doesn’t reflect interest in the game,” –Mike Enright Associate Athletic Director
SPORTS/ page 14 EDITORIAL: WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM TUCSON SHOOTING Don’t ignore present warning signs. COMMENTARY/page 4 INSIDE NEWS: KING INSPIRED BY HIS TIME IN CONN. Martin Luther King Jr.’s work in Connecticut inspires him in life. NEWS/ page 2
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Given that the school only sold about a quarter of their allotment, it stands to reason that the resulting loss will be big. As a point of reference, the average value of the remaining 12,900 unsold tickets based on the $3.4 million total value would be roughly $2.5 million. If the official figure ends up being close to that, it would eat up nearly all of the schools participation revenue from the Big East by itself, and that’s before factoring in other costs. Other costs included travel, lodging and meal expenses, along with entertainment, promotion, awards, equipment and supplies, among other costs. The travel costs could prove to be the most exorbitant, given that the school had to fly several hundred people out to Arizona and back. The school’s official bowl expenses document has not yet been completed, and likely won’t be available until March. The official numbers won’t be known until then,
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Senior fullback Anthony Sherman carries the ball during UConn’s 48-20 loss to the Oklahoma Sooners in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1 in Glendale, Ariz. The university may incur a severe financial loss due to thousands of unsold tickets for the game.
but the early financial outlook based on tickets alone isn’t positive. How could that be? The prevailing thought is that the payout schools receive from bowl games, which in the Fiesta Bowl’s case is $17 million, goes straight to the participating university. In practice, however, that money goes to the Big East conference, along with the payouts of the other bowl games in which a Big East team is participating. That money is then divided up and distributed among those teams. UConn’s share was $2.5 million, a far cry from the $17 million the Fiesta Bowl advertises. Most of the Fiesta Bowl payout winds up going to other schools in the conference to help them cover expenses for
their own bowl trips. The main problem for the schools that participate in the bowl games is that they are obligated to resell a large sum of tickets, and the Big East doesn’t help cover any losses incurred by ticket sales either, leaving the schools on the hook for whatever they don’t sell. As a result, schools are stuck when their prices are undercut by secondary markets like Stubhub and eBay. “The number of tickets sold doesn’t reflect interest in the game,” said Enright to the Hartford Courant last month. “It’s reflective of secondary market and price of airfare and hotels.” UConn’s bowl packages were priced at $105, $190, $235 and $255 before fees, but even the most dedicated Husky support-
er would be hard pressed to pay those prices when a ticket could be bought on stubhub. com for as little as $3.99 on game day, according to Dom Amore of the Courant. Then there is also the issue of airfare and lodging, UConn offered packages to get fans to and from the game as well, but those packages cost between $1,000 and $2,635 and didn’t even include a ticket to the game. Many fans preferred to find cheap flights and lodging on their own, and if you can get a cheap ticket online as well, there isn’t much incentive to go any other route. In that respect, UConn was stuck between a rock and a hard place, and the ticket losses were almost inevitable. The athletic department has justified those losses by saying
By Alyssa Najm Campus Correspondent
hookah to students. Rajeh received support from fans on Facebook urging him to open another one closer to the university. Alexa Morris, a 2nd-semester ACES major, said, “I’d totally go to a hookah bar if it was local. I think a small business like that would thrive in this part of the state.” Although in the Middle East there are very few laws against smoking, it has become a priority of the state government to crack down on tobacco regulations for the health and well being of citizens. The planning and zoning committee rejected the
the money will be made up in the long run by the increased exposure the program will have received and from future seasonticket sales that would follow. Being able to claim a BCS bowl berth would also be a major benefit, the department said. The school was right about getting a lot of exposure. The Fiesta Bowl received a 6.7 rating, the fourth-highest rating in ESPN’s history. It’s too early to tell what kind of financial impact that exposure will have on the school, but in the short run, it won’t be enough to lessen the bad news that is coming once the bowl expenses have been accounted for and submitted to the NCAA.
King celebration » LOCAL held in SU Tolland says no hookah lounge
By Russell O’Brien Campus Correspondent
Last night, the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration was held in the Student Union Theatre. The event, organized by the Martin Luther King Day Committee, consisted of a series of speakers, performances by singers and choirs, and an awards ceremony for an essay and poster contest. Dr. Peter Nicholls, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, spoke specifically about how King impacted the education system. Going to university will have the biggest difference in your life, said
Nicholls. He explained how in the past, many people did not have access to a university education. However, because of the commitment of civil rights leaders such as King, universities now recruit minority students. Promoting diversity is one of the requirements for university accreditation. Dana McGee, associate vice president for diversity and equality, also spoke about how King emphasized bringing people together. She stated how important this message is in today’s polarized national dialogue. The keynote speaker, Dr. Amii Omara-Otunnu, spoke
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The town of Tolland turned down a request to open a new hookah lounge that would likely attract many UConn students. The request would have given birth to a popular social hot spot where many students would gather to smoke tobacco or shisha out of the water pipes. Omar Rajeh, owner of a hookah lounge in New Haven called Mediterranea and a native of Syria, made the request hoping to expand
request, saying establishing the hookah bar would contradict the towns and states efforts to restrict smoking, which they have done across the country in restaurants and other public settings. There are many hookah bars in Connecticut and in other states that offer this unique setting of communal tobacco smoking. Although there are many risks to smoking, it is ultimately up to the individual to enter such an establishment.
What’s On at UConn today... First day of Spring 2011 classes All Day Storrs campus Today is the first day of classes for the Spring 2011. Students are encouraged to pick up their syllabuses.
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Students for Sensible Drug Policy Meeting 8 - 9 p.m. Monteith 101 SSDP is a group working toward reforming U.S. drug laws that meets each Tuesday.
Rec Center resumes normal operation 8 a.m. – midnight Across from Student Union Students hoping to fulfill their New Year’s resolutions may go to the gym. -BRIAN ZAHN
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Police charge Conn. man with stealing funeral urn
OXFORD (AP) — Police say a Connecticut man is charged with stealing a funeral urn containing the ashes of his girlfriend’s grandmother. Connecticut State Police say 37-year-old Mark Kzakrzeski (Zak-ar-ZESS’-kee) of Southbury was carrying a pistol when he stole the urn during a fight Friday at the woman’s home in Oxford. Oxford Resident State Trooper Joe Duva said Kzakrzeski told them he threw the ashes and urn in the woods, and that it hadn’t been found as of Monday. Kzakrzeski was charged with larceny, illegal possession of a firearm and disorderly conduct. He was being held Monday on $50,000 bond and was scheduled to appear Tuesday in Derby Superior Court.
Conn. revenue $119M more than expected
HARTFORD (AP) — Connecticut officials say state revenue is likely to be a little higher than projected over the next year, but that it will do little to help erase billions in red ink. Benjamin Barnes, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget director, says the $119 million increase for 2011-2012 revenue projections indicates a slowly recovering economy. But he says it’s nowhere near enough to balance the state’s budget, which faces a $3.67 billion deficit starting July 1. The new figures were issued Friday to update projections from October. They’ll be updated again in April. The largest increase in anticipated revenues comes from personal income tax collections, estimated to be $99 million higher than October’s projections.
Conn. getting nearly $8M for lead paint cleanup HARTFORD (AP) — Federal officials say three Connecticut cities will soon share nearly $8 million to help clean up lead paint hazards in older homes. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says Connecticut’s grant is part of $127 million being awarded to 24 states and the District of Columbia. Hartford will receive $4.5 million of the grant. Bridgeport is getting $3.1 million, and New London is in line for almost $200,500. Lead paint was banned for use in homes in 1978, but it’s still present in many older structures nationwide. Lead exposure and ingestion can lead to health problems in children, including developmental delays and learning disabilities.
Conn. police identify Bristol stabbing victim
BRISTOL (AP) — Bristol police say a man who died after being stabbed at a weekend party was a city resident. Police identified the man Monday as 21-year-old Matthew Walton. He was among four people stabbed during an altercation at a High Street party around 11 p.m. Saturday. Police say 21-year-old Marc Higgins, also of Bristol, is charged with murder, assault and carrying a dangerous weapon. The other three victims’ stab wounds were not life-threatening, and police say they were treated at Bristol Hospital and released.
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King inspired by time in Conn. Tuesday, January 18, 2011
NEW HAVEN (AP) — Martin Luther King Jr. could hardly believe his eyes when he left the segregated South as a teenage college student to work on a tobacco farm in Connecticut. “On our way here we saw some things I had never anticipated to see,” he wrote his father in June 1944. “After we passed Washington there was no discrimination at all. The white people here are very nice. We go to any place we want to and sit any where we want to.” The slain civil rights leader, whose birthday is observed Monday as a federal holiday, spent that summer working in a tobacco field in the Hartford suburb of Simsbury. That experience would influence his decision to become a minister and heighten his resentment of segregation. “It’s clear that this little town, it made a huge impact on his life,” said John Conard-Malley, a Simsbury High School senior who did a documentary with other students on King’s experiences in Connecticut. “It’s possibly the biggest thing, one of the most important things, people don’t know about Martin Luther King’s life.” Until then, King was thinking of other professions such as becoming a lawyer, Conard-Malley said. But after his fellow Morehouse College students at the tobacco farm elected him their religious leader, he decided to become a minister. In his later application to Crozer Theological Seminary King wrote that he made the decision that summer “when I felt an inescapable urge to serve society. In short, I felt a sense of responsibility which I could not escape.” “Perhaps if he hadn’t come to Connecticut, hadn’t picked tobacco up here, hadn’t felt like a free person, hadn’t felt what life was like without segregation and been elected the religious minister, he may not have become such a leader in the civil rights movement,” Conard-Malley said. Nicole Byer, a junior at Simsbury High School who narrates the documentary, noted that King was roughly the same age as the students who produced the documentary. Such early experiences can have a profound influence on young people, she said.
Martin Luther King, Jr., third from left, listens to a speaker during an assembly at Morehouse College in Atlanta.
“Everything right now influences us,” Byer said. “Any small experience can change the direction of what we do right now.” In a letter to his mother three days after he wrote his father, King marveled over a trip he took to Hartford. “I never thought that a person of my race could eat anywhere but we ate in one of the finest restaurants in Hartford,” King wrote. “And we went to the largest shows there.” He wrote a week earlier of going to the same church in Simsbury as white people. His new calling as a religious leader was emerging, too. “I have to speak on some text every Sunday to 107 boys. We really have good meetings,” he wrote. William Duschaneck, an 88-year-old Simsbury resident interviewed by the students, said he played baseball with King in town. King was a strong pitcher, though the future preacher of nonviolence never drilled a batter, he said. “He was a good ballplayer. He beat us a couple times,” Duschaneck told The Associated Press, laughing. “It was interesting to hear him talk. He had a nice voice. He talked about God and so forth.” King described the work on the tobacco farm as easy.
“I have a job in the kitchen so I get better food than any of the boys and more. I get as much as I want,” he wrote to his mother. In a speech in Hartford in 1959, King recalled how hot it was working on the tobacco field and how he looked forward to relaxing on weekends in Hartford. Byer says King and other students often worked in temperatures that reached 100 degrees or higher. The students, who were earning money to pay for college, made about $4 per day, Byer said. They lived in a dormitory built at the edge of the tobacco field. King was nicknamed “Tweed” by his friends because he often wore a tweed suit to church, said Alexis Kellam, whose late father, Ennis Proctor, worked with King that summer in Connecticut. King’s friends teased him that the hot sun in the tobacco fields caused him to preach, his sister, Christine King Farris, told The AP. In her book “Through It All: Reflections on My Life, My Family, and My Faith,” Farris wrote that her brother underwent a “metamorphosis” as a result of his time in Connecticut. “That was quite an experience,” Farris said. King’s widow, Coretta Scott
King, wrote in her memoir, “My Life With Martin Luther King Jr.” that her husband talked of the exhilarating sense of freedom he felt in Connecticut that summer. That taste of freedom ended as King returned home. When he got to Washington, he had to ride the rest of the way to Atlanta in a segregated train. “After that summer in Connecticut, it was a bitter feeling going back to segregation,” King wrote in his autobiography. “I could never adjust to the separate waiting rooms, separate eating places, separate rest rooms, partly because the separate was always unequal, and partly because the very idea of separation did something to my sense of dignity and selfrespect.” Clayborne Carson, a history professor and director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University, said King’s time in Connecticut played a role in his decision to become a minister and in influencing his views about segregation. He said shortly before King came to Connecticut that summer, a bus driver ordered him to give up his seat for a white passenger on the way to Atlanta. “These experiences came fairly close to each other,” Carson said. “I think the two things together sharpened his sense of resentment about segregation in the South.”
Students urged to promote social equality on MLK day from KING, page 1 about current inequalities in the world. One example he used to demonstrate global inequalities was energy consumption. The U.S. is five percent of the world’s population. That five percent consumes a quarter of the total energy of the world. According to Omara-Otunnu, this means the average American consumes as much energy as 13 Chinese, 30 Indians and 370 Ethiopians. The world is not poor, he said. The challenge is how to globalize ethical values. Omara-Otunnu stated that the best way people can achieve these values is by rid-
ding themselves of their own personal biases and judgments a person who hates cannot give to others, he said. Someone who doesn’t respect their self can’t respect others. “Once we achieve this with ourselves, we can give it to others,” he continued. According to OmaraOtunnu, the student population needs to work on promoting the kind of social equality King envisioned. “We are still mentally segregated,” he said. He emphasized the need for sharing experiences among the student population and understanding that everyone has similar aspirations. The speeches were interspersed with songs performed
by Elizabeth Lyra Ross, The Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School Choir, and Voices of Freedom. The speech “The Birth of a New Nation,” was also read by students from the Dramatic Arts Department. The Martin Luther King Day Committee, composed of members of ResLife, Student Advocacy and the different Cultural Centers, has organized the annual event for the past three years. “We are an inclusive community,” said Willena Kimpson Price, referring to the university. Price is the director of the African American Cultural Center and an organizer for the event. “Martin Luther King fought
for human quality,” said Castro Jean-Giellen, a 6thsemester economics major, on why King is important today. He pointed out that King had to continue to campaign even after the Civil Rights Act was signed. “I really enjoyed it,” said Evan Robidary a 2nd-semester physics major. “There are still lots of inequalities. We need to work on destroying all the barriers between human beings.”
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Vigil honors NJ police officer Family of Mexican teen
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A Lakewood police car with bunting, is seennext to a wreath bearing the badge number of slain Lakewood Police Officer Christopher Matlosz, as a large crowd gathers
Town honors cop killed in line of duty LAKEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — In the frigid air on a plaza outside police headquarters, a patrol car sat alone. On its windshield was an oversized photo of Patrolman Christopher Matlosz, who was cut down in a hail of bullets he never had a chance of answering or avoiding. Bouquets of roses and chrysanthemums adorned the roof, under red and blue lights. On the trunk sat two votive candles, one of which had blown out in the subfreezing wind. The car served as the focal point of a candlelight vigil Monday night for the 27–year– old Matlosz, who police say was shot three times Friday by a teenager he had started to question. The slain officer’s fiancee, Kelly Walsifer, and his mother, Jane Coliao, wept on a platform overlooking the plaza as fellow officers gave tribute to him, and strangers cried along with them. “Chris had that million–dollar smile that automatically made you a friend of his,” said Englishtown police Officer Trevor Martinson, a close friend of Matlosz from his days with that department. “It still hasn’t sunk in yet. We loved him like a brother.” Hundreds of people packed the plaza, lighting candles and holding them aloft as bagpipes wailed “Amazing Grace.” Ringing the plaza were the words “Happy Holidays,” spelled out in big red letters. The suspect, 19–year–old Jahmell W. Crockam, was to make an initial court appearance on Tuesday in state Superior Court, charged with murder and weapons offenses. Crockam was arrested Sunday corning in Camden,
about 60 miles from the crime scene. He was in police custody and couldn’t be reached for comment. But Monday night was all about Matlosz, who had served on the police force for four years and was to be married next year. On the dashboard of the patrol car was a photo of him and his fiancee, beaming as she showed off the engagement ring Matlosz had given her. Matlosz’s colleague and friend Elsynia Seaman glowed with praise for him. “He was a really great guy, a unique, genuine person, and it’s hard to find those nowadays,” said Seaman, who served with Matlosz on the Howell Township First Aid Squad and knew him for years before that. “He could make anybody laugh.” Seaman recalled how selfless Matlosz was about teaching her the ropes on the first aid squad, the ins and outs of the ambulance and all the equipment that went with it, the proper procedure to be followed for a particular situation. Her father, Ron Seaman, who also served on the first aid squad with Matlosz, said the death “still hasn’t sunk in.” “It’s unbelievable,” he said. “If he had a dollar on him and you were cold, he’d give you the dollar and the shirt off his back. He was that kind of guy. “He was a true friend,” Seaman said. “I still can’t believe he’s gone.” Police Deputy Chief Charles Smith said the last few days have “been extraordinarily hard for us.” “We lost a brother in blue,” he said. “This young officer was murdered in a manner
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which was the equivalent of an execution. I don’t believe he ever saw what was coming. He was killed by a young assassin with no conscience.” Many of those who had gathered early were seething with anger over the officer’s killing and were ready to believe the guilt of the teenager charged with it. “What this guy did to that poor officer should be done to him,” said Patricia Polock, of Toms River, who has several relatives who are police officers. “These guys put their lives on the line and do everything for us.” Scott DeFilippo, of Toms River, bemoaned the fact that New Jersey has done away with capital punishment. “They did away with the death penalty, but they should bring it back for this clown,” he said. Glenn Wilson, pastor of the Restoration Family Worship Center, in neighboring Howell Township, said parents need to do a better job of raising their children. “As long as we have absentee fathers and preoccupied mothers, we will continue to produce children who are heartless,” he said. Authorities said Matlosz was on patrol Friday afternoon when he came upon Crockam on a residential street in an area where there had been several drive–by shootings. They said the two spoke to each other for a while in a non–confrontational manner and Crockam suddenly pulled a gun out of his baggy clothing and fired three shots into the officer, who slumped behind the wheel of his cruiser, his gun still in its holster.
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed Monday in Texas accuses the U.S. Border Patrol of wrongful death and civil rights violations in an agent’s fatal shooting of a 15-year-old Mexican boy in June. The lawsuit filed in El Paso on behalf of the family of Sergio Adrian Hernandez Guereca seeks $25 million in damages from the U.S. government. The agency has not released the name of the agent involved in the shooting. The Border Patrol agent shot and killed Hernandez on June 7 while trying to arrest illegal immigrants crossing the bed of the Rio Grande. According to the lawsuit, FBI spokeswoman Andrea Simmons has said a group of people on the Mexican side were throwing rocks at agents. Agents are generally permitted to use lethal force against rock throwers. But witnesses have denied the reported rock-throwing, family attorney Bob Hilliard of Corpus Christi, Texas, said Monday.
AUMSVILLE, Ore. (AP) – It’s noon. Juanita Nichol strolls into the Pizza Peddler and orders the Nichol pizza, a house specialty dreamed up by her family – pepperoni, easy on the sauce. It’s the same tradition Nichol has carried on for years, and little has changed since the 78-year-old grandmother became the public face of the tornado that struck this small community last month. The Dec. 14 twister, one of the strongest ever to strike Oregon, ripped the roof off Nichol’s plumbing supply shop just minutes after she closed up to have her car fixed. Nichol’s shop in the center of town is still a fenced-in pile of rubble, as are a handful of the homes destroyed that day. The radio tower atop the fire station is still bent and mangled. But elsewhere, there are obvious signs of progress like shiny new roofs and upright fences rising from the rubble of a storm that damaged 50 homes and four businesses. “It still gives me goose pimples when I think how close I was,” Nichol said. “And it really makes me look at my spiritual life in more depth.” God must have a plan for her remaining years, she said, and “he clearly has something left
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to the lawsuit. “More U.S. border agents arrived on scene, the shooter picked up his bicycle, and then they all left. No one took any action to render emergency medical aid to Sergio, leaving him dead or dying beneath Paseo del Norte Bridge in the territory of Mexico. Shortly thereafter, Mexican police arrived on scene and pronounced Sergio dead,” the 38-page complaint stated. Hilliard said the teen “had no weapon and was no imminent threat to the officer” and that witnesses have told a grand jury the boy was an innocent bystander. “Flip the situation. How would the American people respond if the (Mexican) federales fired a shot across the border and killed a 15-year-old American boy?” Hilliard said. Federal officials had previously spelled the boy’s maternal name as Huereca, but the family’s complaint says the correct spelling is Guereca.
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A message left with a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection in El Paso was not returned Monday, which was a federal holiday. Federal arrest records obtained by The Associated Press shortly after the June 7 shooting showed the Ciudad Juarez teen had been arrested at least four times since 2008 and twice in the same week in February 2009 on suspicion of smuggling illegal immigrants across the U.S.Mexico border. He never was charged with a crime. It their lawsuit, Hernandez’s family contends the teen and his friends were running up to the barbed-wire U.S. border fence, touching it, then scampering away when a border agent detained one of the boys. Hernandez had retreated and was watching the scene from beneath the international bridge when the agent pointed his gun across the border and fired twice, fatally wounding the boy with at least one wound to the face, according
for me to accomplish.” Since her near-miss, Nichol has received phone calls and e-mails from well-wishers throughout the Northwest and as far away as Pakistan. She’s running her business from home for now, but hopes to rebuild in the same place at the corner of Sixth and Main streets by the end of the year, she said. Not far away, on Cleveland Street, Lisa Wall’s home repair is nearly done. Her house was deemed unlivable after windows were smashed, a wall caved in and a truss or two in the roof snapped. On Monday, a contractor was installing flooring. Crews have already finished rebuilding the roof and the back porch, even better now with a covering to protect from the rain. “We just want back in here,” Wall said as she showed off the progress that’s been made on her home. Her family is living across town in a rental, and she expects to be moving back home by the end of the month. Despite the damage to her home Wall, 40, was fortunate. The houses on either side of her fared far worse. One was ripped off its foundation and was deemed a total loss. All that remains is a puddle shaped like the house that once sat there.
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What we can learn from Tucson shooting
ust over a week ago, 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner committed an unspeakable act of violence when he fired bullets outside a Tucson grocery store, killing six and wounding more than a dozen. While we do not know the reasons that triggered Loughner to take the life of a 9-year-old girl, or leave an Arizona congresswoman in critical condition and a country shaken, we do know that the former Pima Community College student displayed obvious warning signs of potential mental instability. Though we cannot always predict the lethal actions of our peers, it is important that we are able to recognize other students who may seem troubled. While taking classes at the college, Loughner was known for his erratic behavior, according to The New York Times. Students in his classes expressed discomfort and one teacher feared that he might bring a weapon to school one day, prompting campus police to become involved on several occasions. His “hysterical laughter, bizarre non sequiturs and aggressive outbursts” grew to be such a problem that the school ultimately suspended him. They told Loughner that he would need a letter from a mental health professional confirming that he was not a threat in order to return to the school. The college’s records clearly show that there was concern with Loughner’s behavior, but despite the discomfort shown by his teachers and peers, it’s difficult to imagine that a student could pose such a threat to his community. But no matter how “disturbed” we perceive a student to be, we know that we cannot force a person to visit Counseling & Mental Health Services. Suspending them can consequently make them feel further isolated and angry, causing them to continue in a downward spiral. We can’t predict if and when the behavior of these students is going to take a violent turn, but we can make ourselves aware of the symptoms that seem to elicit this. As a college community, we are all to a degree responsible for each other’s well-being. Don’t turn a blind eye to abnormal behavior, even if it may seem as trivial as something like a strange Facebook status. Be aware of the classic signs of psychosis, such as disorganized thoughts and speech, paranoia and drug use. Whether or not we are friends with those who display these signs, we should feel compelled to do what we can. Being an observer simply isn’t enough – but speaking up is a start. 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.
After five weeks, one day, 17 hours and 23 minutes, you’re finally back online. Hallelujah! So the entire fall semester, there were no classes cancelled due to weather, but during Intersession, two full days get cancelled? NOT FAIR! No one’s going to read this, because no one ever gets the newspaper on snow days. Right? I think I forgot my roommate’s name over the break. Why isn’t there a likealittle app for the iPhone yet? I wonder if teachers this semester will accept the “The huge clock in the Union made me late” excuse. Not flying home with the team: dick move Randy, dick move. My voice may be gone, but it was used to start the Kemba Walker chant while he was interviewed by ESPN. Worth it. Kudos to the UConn Public Works Department for making crossing from S Lot to Rosebrooks like traversing the Himalayan mountains. InstantDaily, I missed you more than Villanova missed the basket at last night’s game. When are they going to put that shirtless kid on the dance cam? Just walked by a few freshmen gossiping about Disney stars. Missed you, UConn.
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Activism without purpose largely ineffective
once had a history teacher who remarked that women had fought so hard for equal rights and for their voices to be heard in society. He then bitterly lamented that once they won what they fought for, the majority of the female population used that right to drink and smoke in public, thus achieving equality with their male counterparts in the race to heart disease and other effects of risky behavBy Michelle Anjirbag ior. Whether this Weekly Columnist remark was sexist or inappropriate for a classroom setting is not important. He brought up a good point: once the fight was over, it was hard to figure out what the point of the fight was in the first place. The women’s suffrage movement may have granted women equal rights as men, but was the cost of fighting for those rights truly offset by what was actually gained and left as a legacy? This is a conundrum that can be applied to a multitude of conflicts both domestically and internationally. History has shown us that economically, politically and socially, Americans are rarely happier than when they are fighting for something. We like our wars. We like our activism. And more than anything, we like having a cause to promote. Activism is as much a part of the American way as apple pie and eating a hot dog at a baseball game. We find something we care about and scream about it until we are out of breath. We yell about our problems until we can pinpoint the source
and the solution. With the way Americans can protest and mobilize, we should ideally have the most socially responsible, effective democracy in the world.
“We have a large bureaucratic knot that becomes more and more tangled...” Instead, we have a large bureaucratic knot that becomes more and more tangled, effectively stopping the ability of the government to function in the best interests of the people rather than the interests of politicians and special interest groups. In this environment, all the protesting quickly becomes noise that no one is willing to listen to or respond to in a way to affect change. Everyone knows the source of the problem, and everyone knows how to solve it, yet somehow, nothing happens to effectively change our lives. From healthcare to economic reform, to pulling American troops out of war zones they never should have entered, the American government system is at a stalemate, and the American people are the ones who continue to pay the price. I think that we as Americans – our politicians and policymakers included¬ – need to relearn what it means to logically address a problem, and act not only for a certain special interest group or a minor constituency, but for the greater good of this nation. We might have made it through several natural disasters, terrorist attacks, surmounting international threats, and a recession, but we are hardly reclaiming the golden age of America’s promise or reaffirming the possibility within the myth of the American dream.
The different points of view melding together and compromising to work as a single, united nation is the ideal of modern America – a place where everyone has a voice and the freedom to build a better life. But there is a marked difference between expressing a point of view, and one side always getting its way, or else throwing the congressional version of a tantrum by filibustering on important measures that can significantly make the lives of American citizens better, such as tax reforms and cuts for the middle class. Logically speaking, in order to fix our problems, we have to change our lifestyles – it’s the basis of making resolutions as so many of us do each year. The same concept applies to politics. We cannot balance the budget by refusing to cut spending as well as refusing to raise taxes. We cannot have healthcare reform or school lunch reform without spending more on the programs. This isn’t news to anyone. But it is a taste of the logic we are sorely missing from political discussion today. We may never be a nation that recognizes public intellectuals as an integral part of our society or knows the names of its most prominent philosophers. But we are a nation that knows how to draw attention to our problems, and push to rectify them. However, after the laws are made and the movements signed, we as the public need to take the new rights guaranteed by such reform and make sure that everything that was fought for politically means something, and that there was a point and a purpose behind everything we fight for.
Weekly Columnist Michelle Anjirbag is a 6th-semester English major with a creative writing concentration. She can be reached at Michelle.Anjirbag@uconn.edu.
Resolve to resolve issues with resolutions
hink back to what you were doing three weeks ago on Friday night: New Year’s Eve. A By Michelle Wax n i g h t of ballStaff Columnist d r o p ping, resolutions and, more often than not, a beverage or three. Whether your resolutions were made in the night’s drunken stupor or in the clarity of Saturday morning, they, like most of America’s resolutions, have probably faded to a distant memory just three weeks into the year. While New Year’s resolutions are great and inspiring at the moment of declaration, the problem is that they often get brushed to the side the instant they begin to get in the way of an individual’s pre-resolution lifestyle. Small, manageable changes, rather than grand gestures are more effective in changing and improving your lifestyle in the long run. Change is hard. The first step to changing is consciously deciding to actually change your behavior in some way, no matter how small the change. This may sound obvious,
but often a person’s original behaviors are so persistent, it is very easy to revert to previous ways. It might take you three Post-It notes, two reminder texts and a pushy roommate to get you to the gym instead of lounging on the couch each day after class. But once you overcome the problem of your two competing interests – gym or couch – and choose the gym (hopefully), you’ll be well on your way to sticking to that habit. Next, create a plan of action. Though the resolution of vowing to “get in shape” may make you feel good, you really need a specific plan of action to make it a reality. Yes, you want to “get in shape.” But how? Do you want to do 45 minutes on the treadmill, and 100 sit-ups and squats daily? Or do you simply want to order wings less and salads more? Whatever your plan is, it’s important that it is realistic to your current lifestyle so that you can begin making changes slowly and steadily in order to avoid getting discouraged by goals that are far out of reach. If the goal is to eat healthier, don’t go into a health kick and replace all food with veg-
etables and protein. Instead, buy whole grain bread instead of white the next time you go shopping, and skip the cookies. Small steps like these to phase in new behaviors slowly will be much more successful than a hasty and drastic transition.
“Make changes slowly and steadily in order to avoid getting discouraged by goals...” Staying motivated is another key factor in succeeding. Motivation can come in many forms, from sharing a goal with a friend to rewarding efforts after a certain goal has been reached. If two friends want to both do better in a class, they can work together to attend review sessions and study in the library together. Pushing a friend in a positive way will not only help them, but will help yourself as well. But no one method works for everyone. A fascinating study done by
University of Hertfordshire psychology professor Richard Wiseman discovered that among 12 percent of New Year’s resolutions fully achieved, men are 22 percent more likely to achieve their goals if they write them down whereas women are 10 percent more likely to achieve their goals if they share them with their family and friends. Let’s go back to our “get in shape” example. When many people think of a rewards, often the thought of dessert or another form of delectable food comes to mind. This does not have to be the case. Although a piece of cake from time to time is fine, a reward that does not contradict your final goal is a better alternative. Try a massage or treating yourself to a night out on the town instead. The good news is, change can be made at any time, not just on Jan. 1. So don’t get discouraged in regards to resolutions: just don’t go big – go small.
Staff Columnist Michelle Wax is a 6thsemester management major. She can be reached at Michelle.Wax@UConn.edu.
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Aries - The day is filled with emotions. Use your words. When you have a chance, snuggle in bed with your journal and a cup of tea. Write it all down. Taurus - Don’t believe everything you hear. Stay quiet while others argue, and wait until asked for your opinion. Don’t gossip, either. You’ll be glad. Gemini - Don’t stay stuck in what you already know. Move ahead. Finish up all that stuff you said you’d have done by now, or change the deadlines. Go play.
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Cancer - Figure out how much you can afford to put away for a rainy day. There may be conflict at home. Resolve it with communication, and put it in writing. Leo - Emotions run a bit rampant today. Journal them for understanding. In the end, as the Beatles said, “the love you take is equal to the love you make.” Virgo - Shatter your assumptions. They may no longer fit. It may be tricky to get your message across, but it’s worth the intention. Think outside the box. Libra - The answers you seek today are elusive, but the limitation is an illusion. You’re more talented than you think. Find what you need far away. Scorpio - Don’t be held back by old sorrows. The answer is closer than you think. Just ask for what you want. It’s not a good time to shop, so hold off on spending.
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Sagittarius - Do you really need extra stuff? You might have something already that does the job just fine. Save money easily this way. Consider the impacts of your choices. Capricorn - A private conference spells out the facts. Think it out before speaking. When you do, let your words come from the heart. Dance with the circumstances. Aquarius - Tell them what’s up without stirring up jealousies or animosity. Keep your wits about you, and use your imagination. Reenergize at home with family. Pisces - Listen to your messages. The answer is right in front of you (probably yes). Money’s looking better. Don’t offer your opinion unless asked.
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King’s peace legacy praised after Ariz. shootings ATLANTA (AP) — Americans observed civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday on Monday with thousands volunteering for service projects and more reflecting on his lessons of nonviolence and civility in the week following the shootings in Arizona. Six people were killed in Tucson and Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is fighting for her life. The violent outburst was a reminder to many gathered at King’s former church in Atlanta that the Baptist preacher’s message remained relevant nearly four decades after his own untimely death at the hands of an assassin. Attorney General Eric Holder praised him as “our nation’s greatest drum major of peace” and said the Jan. 8 bloodshed was a call to recommit to King’s values of nonviolence, tolerance, compassion and justice. “Last week a senseless rampage in Tucson reminded us that more than 40 years after Dr. King’s own tragic death, our struggle to eradicate violence and to promote peace goes on,” Holder said. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle volunteered to paint for a service project at a middle school in Washington’s Capitol Hill. He urged Americans to get out into their communities — a step he suggested would have special meaning following the shootings. “After a painful week where so many of us were focused on the tragedy, it’s good for us to remind ourselves of what this country is all about,” he said. National and local politicians joined members of the King family at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta to mark what would have been
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Donated corneas from the young girl killed in the Arizona mass shooting have saved the eyesight of two children, the girl’s father told The Associated Press on Monday. John Green said the Donor Network of Arizona told him and his wife about the successful transplants. He said he doesn’t know whether any of 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green’s other organs have gone to any other children, but he’s under the impression that her wounds rendered her internal organs unusable. Christina was the youngest victim of the shooting that left a total of six dead and 13 others wounded – including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords – on Jan. 8. Green said he and his wife Roxanna didn’t hesitate to allow doctors to use Christina’s organs. “The fact that her organs were able to help people, that was an amazing thing to me,” he said. “It’s just another thing that this little girl has given the world.” The Donor Network of Arizona declined to comment on any
donation, citing confidentiality. The third-grader had just been elected to the student council and had been interested in politics from a young age, which is why she went to see Giffords. Green said knowing that other children have been helped by Christina has been a comfort during a difficult time for his family. “We really felt a lot of emotion about that,” he said. “That was something that really made us feel gifted, still. We just want to make sure that her little time here in the world was well-spent.” He said his daughter constantly made him proud, whether it was as a baseball player on an allboys team or as someone who defended other students against bullies on the bus. “If there was something to be said, she would say it,” he said. “I liked the fact that she would help the kids that were being bullied, that she’d step up on the bus and say, ‘Hey you can sit with me.’” Christina’s grandfather, Dallas Green, managed the 1980 world champion Philadelphia Phillies.
Members of the King family from left, Christine King Farris, sister of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Alveda King, niece, Rev. Bernice King, daughter, Martin Luther King III and wife Arndrea, and their daughter Yolanda, 2, pray at the crypt of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and wife Coretta Scott King as the nation mark’s the 25th federal observance of King’s birthday Monday in Atlanta.
the civil rights icon’s 82nd birthday. Members of the King family also laid a wreath at the tombs of King and his widow, Coretta Scott King, on the 25th anniversary of the federal holiday established to honor the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize winner. The largely African American audience of about 2,000 gathered at Ebenezer
– where King preached from 1960 until his death in 1968 – included parents and children, members of the clergy, politicians and footsoldiers of the civil rights movement. Two of the Kings’ four children, Martin Luther King III and the Rev. Bernice King attended Monday’s ceremony. Their brother, Dexter King, was unable to attend the ser-
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ing the civil rights movement, issued a renewed call for Americans to unite in peace and love as King preached during his lifetime. “If Dr. King could speak to us today, he would tell us that it does not matter how much we disapprove of another person’s point of view, there is never a reason to deny another human being the respect he
or she deserves,” Lewis said. The Rev. Raphael Warnock, pastor of Ebenezer, called for members of Congress to show solidarity during the State of the Union Address this month. Quoting the Bible and Abraham Lincoln, Warnock said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” “Maybe after Arizona what our children need to see is us sitting together,” Warnock said. In Philadelphia, hundreds of volunteers including Mayor Michael Nutter helped refurbish computers for needy residents as part of the city’s “day of service” events to mark the King holiday. The effort was part of the $25 million federally funded Freedom Rings Partnership, which aims to deliver 5,000 computers over the next few years to people in the city, where 41 percent of residents lack Internet access. In South Carolina, the day was an opportunity for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to underscore its opposition to a Confederate flag that flies outside the Statehouse. It was moved from atop the Capitol dome in 2000 after protests by the group. “Take down that flag,” North Carolina NAACP president, the Rev. William Barber, told the audience at a rally in Columbia. He argued the flag’s presence disrespects people not only in South Carolina but across the nation. Critics say it represents slavery because it was flown by the southern rebel states in the Civil War. King is the only American who was not a U.S. president to have a federal holiday named in his honor. He has been recognized on the third Monday in January since 1986.
vice because he is recovering from injuries he received in a car crash last year. Yolanda King, the eldest of the King siblings, died in 2007. Bernice King is also president-elect of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which her father co-founded in 1957. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, who worked with King dur-
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(Clockwise from top left) The films The Fighter,’ ‘True Grit,’ ‘Black Swan’ and ‘127 Hours,’ all released in the final stretch of 2010, are not to be missed. As Hollywood gears up for the Oscars, these four and others are potentially crucial players in the race for Best Picture.
2010’s final films rang in the good, the bad and the who even knows By Natalie Abreu Senior Staff Writer The end of the year seems to bring a new perspective to what makes a more successful film. If the latter half of 2010 taught film lovers anything, it’s that the appeal of the smaller, less commercial films like “Black Swan,” “The King’s Speech,” “127 Hours” and “True Grit” can be greater than the $100 million budget film. To quote a Dec. 15 EW.com article, “When little movies about ballet dancers and a guy who cuts his arm off are generating more heat than big, shiny holiday offerings from stars like Johnny
Depp and Angelina Jolie, you know there’s something strange in the air.” Director Darren Aronofsky’s twisted “Black Swan” is certainly strange and is the most talked about movie of the awards season. The film has already made a cultural mark with spoofs by the Jackass crew and “Saturday Night Live.” The storyline of an ambitious but introverted ballerina (Natalie Portman) and her vivacious rival (Mila Kunis) hovers between genres, ranging from a classic rivalry story to a psychological thriller and even classic camp movies with girlon-girl action.
“The King’s Speech,” on the other hand is the stuff Academy Awards are made of. Who could resist a period biopic with a stellar cast, including Best Actor front-runner Colin Firth as the stammering King George VI, who takes on the task of eliminating his stutter with the help of an unorthodox speech therapist (Geoffrey Rush)? “The King’s Speech” may be a period piece, but it’s one of the better buddy movies of the year. “True Grit” is certainly not your average Coen brothers’ movie. Sneaking up to No. 1 at the box office, this was the Coen Brothers’s first film to gross over $100 million at
the box office. The tale of a sharp-tongued 14-year-old girl trying to gain justice for her father’s death has proven to be the crowd pleaser of the season, with a great cast including Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld. Speaking of a great cast, the insightful boxing drama “The Fighter” boasts a supporting cast of Amy Adams, Melissa Leo and Christian Bale, who are all sure to gain some major recognition this awards season. Starring Mark Walhberg as real life boxer Mickey Ward, the film not only highlights his rise as a boxer, but also his chaotic personal life.
Like it or not, the Fockers franchise has always been a crowd pleaser, and the third installment, “Little Fockers,” has certainly not been an exception. Taking the No. 1 movie slot for two weeks straight before “True Grit” claimed it, the film introduces the Fockers’ offspring and, of course, rehashes the rivalry between fatherin-law Jack (Robert DeNiro) and hapless husband, and now father, Greg (Ben Stiller). Several other films just popped onto the scene only to fizzle out with audiences and critics alike. Does anyone
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Both casual, sophisticated fashion dominate film awards By Natalie Abreu Senior Staff Writer
Actress Claire Danes donned a pink Calvin Klein gown for the Globe awards.
It was already a busy weekend for the awards ceremony crowd, with the Critics’ Choice Awards airing on VH1 on Friday night and the 68th Annual Golden Globes Awards on Sunday night. Both awards ceremonies had their own quirks: the Critics’ Choice leaned more toward causal with a more low-key fashion sense and the inclusion of laughout-loud parodies of “Inception,” “Black Swan” and “The Social Network” by the Jackass crew. The Hollywood party atmosphere of the Golden Globes’ hosted by a crass Ricky Gervais. But while the awards stakes were high, as the Golden Globes set the precedent for upcoming Academy Award nominations, so were the fashion stakes, setting the tone for the rest of the awards’ season. Beaded and sequin detailing was popular on the red carpet, along with black, white and nude colors with pops of blues, greens, reds, and bold neon pinks, oranges and yellows. With the wide variety of gowns each evening, there were certainly standouts on the red carpet for both good and not-sogood reasons. Olivia Wilde wore a glamorous, beaded strapless Marchesa gown with an ombre effect, while nominee Anne Hathaway shone in an
Dreams really do come true. As a “Harry Potter” fan for more than a decade, the news that Universal had created a park in Islands of Adventure called “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” was exciting, but I didn’t think I would be seeing it anytime soon. That all changed this past break on a vacation to Florida, where I spent two days (including my birthday) at Hogwarts. The places I had read about for so many years, and the characters whose stories I followed, all appeared live, before my very eyes. The movies could only begin to scratch the surface of every Potter fans’ imaginings. Walking through the theme park plunged me into the pages of J.K. Rowling’s world. While the park was modeled after what we see in the “Harry Potter” films, those fixtures were, of course, based on what us fans read in the books. Let me explain to you what it felt to literally walk through Harry’s world. Let’s start with the line to get into the Wizarding World. Once visitors enter Universal’s “Islands of Adventure” park, those interested in Harry’s home are ushered into a line just to enter the wizarding park. Smart people get there as early as possible to wait in a 20-minute to half-hour long line, which was my case. The line is, on average, a two-hour wait for the rest of the day. I see the line as a test for fans of Harry. Those who don’t care (and therefore don’t deserve to step through the magical boundary that is the gateway to Hogsmeade) are discouraged by the line and instead head straight for Jurassic Park, which is right next to the Wizarding World. Fans of just the Harry Potter films may wait in the line or wait for some time and then leave. True fans – those who fell in love with the books – wait in line, no matter how long it takes.
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Actress Olivia WIlde shines in a Marchesa gown at HBO’s Golden Globes afterparty.
amber, shimmering, backless Giorgio Armani Prive gown encrusted with crystals that fit like a glove. Both gowns displayed great uses of the shimmering detailing trends of the night, as did presenter Scarlett Johansson in a beaded nude butterfly sleeve gown Elie Saab gown accented with a sweeping updo. Kyra Sedgwick displayed a beautiful, airy, orange-yellow Emilio Pucci gown, with a flutter neckline and a cinched waist. Other best dressed examples of the bright color, minimalist fashion trend was displayed by “Easy A” nomi-
nee Emma Stone in a peachy short-sleeved Calvin Klein gown, and “Temple Grandin” winner Claire Danes in a slim fitting hot pink, also by Calvin Klein. Some stars, however, just missed the mark. Helena Bonham Carter, a nominee for “The King’s Speech,” always turns heads on the red carpet, for all the wrong reasons. How over-the-top was she this time around? Not even her bird’s nest hairstyle topped with a black mesh hairpiece, quirky sunglasses and an even
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The SUBOG Concert Committee will welcome musical group O.A.R. as the headliner for the 2011 Winter Weekend Concert. The show is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. The opening band will be announced at a later date. Tickets for the concert, which will be held at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, will go on sale Jan. 31. Tickets will be sold exclusively at the Jorgensen box office, and be ope up to both in-person and online sales. Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets for the show are not available for purchase by the general public, but students may buy tickets for themselves and guests. Student IDs are required to purchase tickets, which cost $25 for student floor $35 for guest floor, $20 student balcony and $30 guest balcony. Students may buy up to four tickets. Any questions regarding the concert should be directed to Kristina Gillick, Chair of the SUBOG Concert Committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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New Year’s film resolutions 1. The Green Hornet: $40 M 2. The Dilemma: $21.1 M 3. True Grit: $13.1 M 4. The King’s Speech: $11.2 M 5. Black Swan: $10.4 M 6. Little Fockers: $8.4 M 7. Yogi Bear: $7.4 M 8. TRON: Legacy: $6.8 M 9. The Fighter: $6.2 M 10. Tangled: $5.5 M
By Natalie Abreu Senior Staff Writer
If you all can remember all the way back to Thanksgiving time, I gave a short but sweet list of the things I have been grateful for during the first 11 months of 2010. Now, it’s a new year and a new semester for everyone to get excited for. Okay, maybe excited isn’t the right word to put in there. In honor of the new year, I’m making a list of resolutions to be a better, more effective critic on film, TV and pop culture overall to make Pop Off pop out even more. Keeping up with the movieplex
Week ending Jan. 14
Upcoming Releases Jan. 21 The Company Men No Strings Attached The Way Back Jan. 28 The Mechanic The Rite Feb. 11 The Eagle Gnomeo and Juliet Just Go With It Justin Bieber: Never Say Never
The Dark Knight (2008) In the wake of the releases of “The Green Hornet” and “The Green Lantern,” as well as the announcement that Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy will end in 2012 with “The Dark Knight Rises,” let’s reflect upon the genius that is “The Dark Knight.” Would we all still have seen it had Heath Ledger not so brilliantly portrayed the Joker? Yes. Though the Joker’s scenes may not have been as incredible and haunting to watch, the tale of Batman’s quest to anonymously save Gotham City was enough to pull millions into theater seats that hot July of 2008. Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhardt - they shaped everything that wasn’t the Joker. We’ll see how that hole is filled in 2012. - Caitlin Mazzola
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Kato (Jay Chou), assistant to the Green Hornet (Seth Rogen), takes on some enemies in the latest comic-turned-film, ‘The Green Hornet,’ which took over the box office this weekend.
After 14 years, ‘Hornet’ hits the silver screen By Joe O’Leary Staff Writer On paper, “The Green Hornet” seems like it didn’t want to be made. It’s taken the film 14 years to reach the silver screen. Somehow, the finished product ended up with “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” director Michael Gondry at the helm, Seth Rogen as head writer and the titular character and a supporting cast that includes Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz, Cameron Diaz and Asian pop star Jay Chou. Surprisingly, amidst all the turmoil, the film actually managed to turn out well. It’s lighthearted and fairly sub-
versive, with amusing comedy, entertaining action and a ridiculously high amount of collateral damage. Most of the film’s success falls to Rogen. His script is subversive and playful, with many great jokes and well-crafted parodies of the typical superhero film. Rogen also plays lead character Britt Reid, who becomes The Green Hornet, as an incompetent idiot, through and through. Even when Reid seems to know what he’s doing, he just gets himself in more trouble. Rogen plays the headstrong superhero with bombast, showing true comedic talent – whether he’s burning down meth labs or failing to pick up women.
Waltz and Diaz are also fantastic in their respective roles. Waltz plays Chudnofsky, an incredibly sensitive and fretting criminal mastermind, who is said by another character to be “undergoing a midlife crisis.” Waltz is hilarious as the neurotic crook, who is obsessed with being “scary” and carries a double-barreled pistol as his trademark. Diaz plays her role, Reid’s secretary, as a send-up of typical “damsel-in-distress” characters; she takes care of herself, knows just how stupid her boss is and doesn’t hide her disdain for him, even when he’s begging her for help. Chou, in his American film debut, is an unfortunate weak
link. While his work in the action scenes is very impressive, he never forms a bond with Rogen. This is an important miss, as he plays The Green Hornet’s sidekick Kato, who is supposedly the character’s best friend. Overall, though, the film’s a lot of frantic fun. Gondry’s direction is fairly average but includes few fantastic stylistic choices sprinkled through the film. Mostly, though, it seems Rogen and his writing partner just wanted an excuse to see just how much of Los Angeles they could destroy in one film, and if nothing else, the results are fun to watch.
Netflix streaming: the TV side of things By Jason Bogdan Staff Writer A few months ago, Netflix changed their pricing system. Their regular DVD/Blu-Ray mailing subscriptions were raised slightly, and they also presented a new option of having just the streaming service for the low price of $7.99 per month so their users can enjoy an increasing library of internet streaming titles. I should emphasize that all titles on streaming can expire before you know it, so don’t expect the entire series of “Lost” or “Nip/Tuck” to be in your instant queue forever. Their ambition has certainly paid off for people like me who use the service religiously with recent films like “Shutter Island” and “Brothers.” Today, though, I’ll be talking about some of my TV picks recently put on Netflix Streaming over the past few months. TV Season pick: “Louie: The First Season” FX released their brilliant animated series, “Archer,” though that expired right before the DVD of the season came out. Luckily, the first season of “Louie” was released on Streaming right afterward (and before the DVD release as well). If you’re a fan of the unshielded vulgarity of Louie C.K.’s comedy, then you absolutely need to see his TV series. It’s a fine slice of dark comedy sprinkled with awkwardness and uncomfortable moments, so keep in mind before diving in that it’s not for everyone.
Yes, watching all the latest movie releases is a no brainer. But as my semester comes to a close, so does my time at UConn; no longer will I have the benefit of getting paid to review films, one test to my dedication will be keeping up with what the New Year has to dish out, including… More Indie, please
Independent films, documentaries, and even foreign films, have been so hard to come by, especially when they are likely to be released at only art house theaters, but the payoff has definitely been worth it. Sometimes the micro-budget film has more of a lasting impact than any bigname, dime-a-dozen blockbuster released nowadays. Certainly, some of the more intriguing and critically successful films of the year, including one of my favorites, “127 Hours,” have been of the low budget fare. Keeping it Old School
New films are being released on a weekly basis, but there are also plenty of classic films from the golden era of film that are worth rediscovering and are certainly part of any film critics’ repertoire. I recently came across the 1948 film “The Red Shoes,” and it has not left my mind since. That’s my show and I’m sticking to it
I have rarely mentioned TV shows, if at all, in my column. After all, there’s another column for that. I have my go-to shows already, like the zany “Community” and the gut-wrenching “The Walking Dead,” but it is interesting to stick with a show to see how characters and plots pan out over numerous seasons. Though I haven’t considered it before, applying the same critical eye I have towards films to television might yield interesting results. All the world’s a stage
3000 can find some great episodes here, whether they’re Joel or Mike fans. Being the Joel fanatic that I am, I wholeheartedly recommend that you start off with the riff on the insanely nonsensical adventure of Hercules vs. a cheesy cult. It’s almost like it was made for jeering, with a script being catalyst for one of the best MST3K rants I’ve ever seen. And the “deep hurting” moment near the end? Amazing.
Although I am a theater major, I know less about theater than movies. With theater, you can’t find a copy of a production as easily as picking up a movie. Also, a $10 movie ticket will always beat a more than $50 ticket to the theater. Yet with a renewed love of library resources, I can track down scripts and DVDs of productions and finally become as learned as I should be. Plus, with new shows on Broadway that have tickled my interest, including “Spiderman: Turn off the Dark,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Catch Me If You Can” and “Once,” I’ll be sure to save up some money to splurge on the Great White Way in 2011.
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Subscribers of Netflix know that the rental service does not exclusively stream movies on its website: shows like “Louie: The First Season” (above) are available for everyday viewing pleasure.
Mini-Series pick: “North and South” To be honest, I wasn’t the biggest fan of the original novel when I read it for an English class. But this BBC mini-series version was an improvement that sped up the pacing and had better emphasis on the coup d’etat and relationship between Margaret and Thornton. It’s also well acted with Daniela Denby-Ashe pulling off the snobby-yet-caring persona of Margaret Hale flawlessly. Anime Series pick: “Soul Eater” For my fellow anime fans,
there’s also quite a selection like the complete series of “Moribito” and “Claymore.” But my current No. 1 pick on Streaming is easily the complete 51-episode series of “Soul Eater.” It’s an incredibly fun action/adventure romp with likeable characters, slick animation, great art style and incredible music that I cannot recommend enough for all you otaku out there. MST3K pick: “Hercules Against the Moon Men” People who love some Mystery Science Theatre
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Film trends that should Golden Globe parties packed with celebrating stars go out with 2010
By Becky Radolf Staff Writer In this technological age of movie making and cinematic magic, it’s no wonder that movie production can become a little absurd. Some movies, like “Toy Story 3” and “Inception,” dazzled audiences with groundbreaking effects and animation. Others were stale regurgitations of former films. That said, there are several trends that should be tucked quietly away with the memory of 2010. Terrible Jennifer Aniston movies How many times do we have to see Jennifer Aniston play herself in a new setting? In 2010, she released “The Bounty Hunter” and “The Switch,” both featuring a blandly familiar Aniston making self-deprecating wisecracks amid a tired love plot. Aniston, find yourself a role with some substance before
you get completely typecast – if it hasn’t happened already. Using 3-D technology for no apparent reason We get it: 3-D is really freaking cool. When “Avatar” enlightened audiences to the wonders of this new dimension in film, it worked. When “Tron” did it, it worked. When “The Jonas Brothers: The Concert Experience” did it, not so much. There’s a time and a place for a 3-D movie. But the fateful day when Nicholas Sparks’ films feature long, exaggerated kissing scenes two inches in front of viewers faces, may be just around the corner, and we’ll be paying $13 for it whether we like it or not. Michael Cera always playing Michael Cera Michael Cera is a funny guy, but he’s been the same funny since his “Arrested Development” days. In “Youth in Revolt,” a large portion
of Cera’s acting was just his normal, awkward gawkiness. Watching him desperately try to be cool isn’t going to be funny forever, so he needs to break out and find a new niche or commit himself to a character on a television show. Excruciatingly bad sequels… “Little Fockers,” that means you “Meet the Parents” was fantastic. “Meet the Fockers” had its moments, but it was still a movie better left unmade. “Little Fockers” was the utter death and destruction of a movie that once rested fondly in our hearts. Travesties like “Little Fockers” need to stop. While lesser sequels will be made as long as production companies are willing to make them, let’s hope Hollywood starts to tell eager writers and directors, “This is a completely crap version of what we just did. Go home and think of something new.”
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BURLINGAME, Calif. (AP) – Former Wall Street financial executive Gordon Murray, who co-authored the best-selling “The Investment Answer” after ceasing treatment for terminal brain cancer, has died, his publicist said. He was 60. Murray died at his Burlingame home on Saturday, said publicist Jennifer Musico. He was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a type of brain cancer, in 2008. After a recurrence of the disease last year, he declined all further treatment and began writing “The Investment Answer” with co-author and
financial adviser Daniel Goldie. The pair self-published the primer on financial investing in August, and it became a best-seller after an article about Murray appeared in The New York Times in November. The book’s official website describes it as a straightforward guide that will benefit individual investors, rather than the financial industry giants that employed Murray for more than 25 years. A native of Baltimore, Murray rose from Goldman Sachs bond salesman to managing director for Lehman Brothers and Credit
Suisse First Boston. He retired in 2001 and became a consultant for Dimensional Fund Advisors, an investment management firm. “The Investment Answer” was acquired by Business Plus and will be published in hardcover on Jan. 25. In a statement Monday, Business Plus publisher Rick Wolff said Murray’s “inspirational spirit and legacy will live on in his honest and forthright book.” Murray is survived by his wife, Randi, and two sons, Ben and Sam.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) – The kids of “Glee” and “The Social Network” weren’t just all right after the Golden Globe Awards, they were downright giddy at several post parties, making a scene singing, dancing and celebrating their wins during one of Hollywood’s most booze-andboogie-filled nights. Stars spilled into multiple soirees spread around the Beverly Hilton Hotel after Sunday’s awards ceremony, indulging in champagne, upscale comfort food and mutual back-patting into the wee hours. Just before midnight, half of the young cast of “Glee” huddled together, strutted their moves and belted along to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin,’” blasted by a DJ at the Warner Bros. bash with In Style magazine at the hotel’s Oasis courtyard. The hit musical Fox show won the trophy for television’s best comedy or musical for its second year in a row. Twenty-year-old Chris Colfer, who snagged a supporting actor award for his role as a gay teen on the show, clutched his trophy in one hand and swayed to the tune, which “Glee” made more famous covering. “Chris winning this year was like us winning last year. It was a shock. We all cried,” gushed castmate Kevin McHale, 22. “We all really are best friends in real life.” Towering over other revelers, 24-year-old actor Armie Hammer of “The Social Network” also shimmied to the music, and toasted the film about Facebook’s founding, the night’s big winner with trophies for best drama, best direction, best script and best score. Standing in a smoking area outside the party’s large black tent – shimmery metal orbs were suspended from the ceiling as chandeliers – Hammer mused about his being a first-
Descendant of slave traders Goldman Sachs limits Facebook private offering tells family's story
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) – Katrina Browne stood in the slave fort in Ghana, a film camera documenting her journey with nine relatives to learn how their ancestors became the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. “Our feet were on the hardpacked dirt that contained human excrement from hundreds of years before,” Browne recalled. “We were told about the circumstances of the people who were held there. Suddenly, the battery on the camera light went out, and we were in complete darkness. Everybody started making their way to the exit, but I said, ‘Let’s just stand here.’ We knew the horror of where we were standing. “It was the longest 10 minutes of our lives. “Before that, I didn’t allow myself to try to feel what it was like to be a slave,” Browne said. “It’s too overwhelming, so you don’t go there. Going to those sites, I let my heart break. “Then, I thought, ‘I can’t imagine being a black person in America and not being angry all the time.’” The 43-year-old Browne poured her passions and energies into directing and producing a documentary film, “Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North,” about her family’s strong ties to slavery. She was scheduled to be in Grand Rapids on Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, to show the film and lead an audience discussion with coproducer Juanita Brown. The issue surfaced for Katrina Browne when her grandmother sent her a family history that included a reference to three generations of slave traders in the family. Curious, since her family was from Rhode Island. Wasn’t slave trading a Southern thing? Browne started exploring her family’s past, and what she found haunted her. Her family was the largest slavetrading family in U.S. history, transporting more than 10,000
enslaved Africans.Browne is the seventh generation descendant of Mark Anthony DeWolf, the family’s first slave trader. From 1769 to 1820, the DeWolfs sailed from Bristol, R.I., to West Africa, where they traded rum for slaves. Some of the thousands of captives were shipped to the five coffee or sugar plantations owned by the family in Cuba. Most were sold at auction in the United States. The family grew wealthy, opening a bank, insurance company, auction house and distillery, and continued buying and selling slaves illegally well after the federal ban in 1808. In 1998, Browne decided to make a film about the family’s past and her efforts to come to grips with it. She wrote to 200 DeWolf descendants, asking them to accompany her on a trip to Bristol, Ghana and Cuba, all stops on the slave trading route of their ancestors. Sixty relatives replied, she said, and nine decided to go with her. The award-winning Emmynominated documentary traces their journey and its profound effect on them. “I had incredible shock and upset that my ancestors were slave traders,” said Browne, who lives in Boston. She tells of a group of school girls in Ghana who came to see her family while they were there. One said to her cousin, Ledlie Laughlin, ‘Are you not ashamed to be here?’ “The other girls laughed nervously, like they couldn’t believe she asked that,” Browne recalled. “He said, ‘Yes, I am ashamed. This is how I’m trying to make sense of my connection.’” “None of us created it,” Browne said, “ but we’re stuck with this legacy.” She and co-producer Juanita Brown have shown the film, which debuted in 2008 at the Sundance Film Festival, all over the world.
Producer Ryan Murphy, right, holds his award for best musical or comedy television series for ‘Glee’ at a Fox party following the Golden Globe Awards Sunday.
timer to the Globes, where guests schmooze both during and after the ceremony. “It levels the playing field. It’s like, there’s Darren Aronofsky, and I say, ‘I love your work!’ And he’s like, ‘I love the Social Network!’” said Hammer, laughing, about meeting “The Black Swan” director. As for when he would end his long night, Hammer joked, “I’m a nonstop party.” Other guests included Heidi Klum, Seal, Ryan Phillippe and Hayden Panettiere. At the annual roof party hosted by NBC, Universal Pictures and Focus Features, a mostly industry crowd packed the dance floor while a DJ spun funk and hip-hop, as a live MC rapped. The spread included mini grilled cheese sandwiches, mashed potatoes and mac ‘n’ cheese. Earlier in the evening, A-listers flocked to The
Indie films may be the ones to look out for in 2011 from IN CASE, page 7 remember that “Yogi Bear” was not only a movie, but in 3-D too? “Tron: Legacy,” a movie that truly deserves and utilizes the 3-D medium, had trippy special effects, costumes and the return of Jeff Bridges. All that couldn’t make up for a so-so plot and script. What about Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie starring together in a dull thriller called “The Tourist”? The other bigbudget head-scratchers of the holiday season included “Chronicles
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks about the social networking site’s privacy settings in Palo Alto, Calif., in May 2010.
NEW YORK (AP) – Goldman Sachs Group Inc. has prohibited U.S. investors from participating in a private offering expected to raise up to $1.5 billion for social networking site Facebook, citing widespread media coverage that could run afoul of securities guidelines. The investment bank said Monday it decided to restrict the fund to prospective shareholders in Asia and Europe because it determined that the news coverage could be inconsistent with the laws that govern private placements. In a statement, Goldman Sachs said it made the deci-
sion on its own and “believes this is the most prudent path to take.” Although Goldman Sachs did not specify which laws it was concerned about, the Securities and Exchange Commission has guidelines that regulate the amount of solicitation and publicity that is allowed in connection with a private placement. The development comes after Goldman Sachs and a Russian investor invested $500 million in the privately held social networking site earlier this month. The bank set up the offshore fund, which initially was to have been available to investors in the United States.
Portman shines at Globed in Viktor and Wolf gown from BOTH, page 7 quirkier Vivienne Westwood gown proved to be her biggest offense on the red carpet. Her biggest no-no of the night was her use of two different colored shoes. Michelle Williams, as beautiful as she is with her pixie haircut, was just bland with her brown Valentino gown accented with daisy print and fluttering sides. Natalie Portman was glowing
with her “Black Swan” win and funny but grateful acceptance speech and was certainly shining in a pink Viktor and Wolf gown that covered up her baby bump, but was unfortunately accented with gem encrusted red rose that threw off Portman’s elegant vibe. Had she not been wearing her diamond necklace, she might have gotten away with the dress.
Weinstein Company’s party with Relativity Media, presented by Marie Claire magazine, at the lot adjacent to Bar 210, formerly Trader Vic’s. Modest decorations included vases of roses and flickering candles. As studio head Harvey Weinstein milled around shaking hands with guests, “The King’s Speech” best actor winner Colin Firth settled into an outdoor booth in the back with his wife and his co-star Guy Pearce. Co-star Helena Bonham Carter, surrounded by a thick throng of fans, joined later. Firth, calm and self-deprecatory, with his trophy on the table and a tumbler in hand, accepted compliments, but joked “I don’t have many accomplishments” when asked how his win ranked against other pinnacles in his life. Firth said he had to catch a flight home to London on Monday, and didn’t know how late his revelry would go.
of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” the third film in Disney’s “Narnia” franchise, Jack Black’s contemporary take on “Gulliver’s Travels,” and the medieval/fantasy film “Season of the Witch ” featuring Nicolas Cage in another throw away role. Will 2011 continue the studio film tanking at the box office trend? Will the indie film be the next “must see” attraction? Only time can tell at this point.
Universal brings the world of Hogwarts to life from LIVIN', page 7 Entering Hogsmeade is like walking into heaven, or at least an incredible dream. I won’t give away too many details for the sake of those who have yet to visit and don’t want their preliminary imaginings spoiled. To your left will be Hogsmeade, the village filled with shops such as Honeydukes, the candy emporium; Zonko’s, the joke shop; restaurants and pubs like the Three Broomsticks and the Hog’s Head; and countless other shops with crooked chimneys, forming an eccentric skyline. To your right, the turrets of Hogwarts castle loom just above the Dueling Dragons roller coaster, on which riders can choose to mount a Hungarian Horntail or Chinese Fireball, launched simultaneously to make for some terrifying loops and near head-on collisions. Nestled between the Dueling Dragons and Hogwarts castle, home to the headlining ride, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, is the Flight of the Hippogriff, a kiddie rollercoaster featuring Buckbeak the Hippogriff. Before hopping in line for Forbidden Journey, grab a mug of frothy butterbeer or
some ultra-sweet pumpkin juice, because you may be there for a while. Forbidden Journey is a major attraction, and since the park only opened this past summer, the ride will be swamped for some time to come. Riders will wait in a line winding through the Herbology greenhouse and then through a few parts inside Hogwarts castle. Fans will be greeted by Dumbledore, who begins to lay out the plot of the ride. Harry, Ron and Hermione explain further in the next room, the Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom. The Sorting Hat is among other sights, including the containers holding the House points and talking portraits like the Fat Lady and the Mirror of Erised. It’s every dork’s wildest dream. Finally, visitors will clamber into the four-seat contraption that takes you on a wild, fast journey following Harry on his broomstick through the Quidditch field, the Forbidden Forest and Hogwart’s own Great Hall, hounded by an angry dragon, dementors and gargantuan spiders. Sound good? Start saving your money.
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Electric crowd helps carry Huskies to victory By Matt McDonough Associate Sports Editor
“It was ridiculous,” Oriakhi said, noting that the Texas game last year may have had a crazier crowd. “We all knew it was Junior point guard Kemba going to be like this when we Walker has carried the No. 8 saw them camping out. I would UConn men’s basketball team say they’re our sixth man. They all season long. Against No. 7 really helped us and it really Villanova, it was the crowd that boosted us.” carried the Huskies. “The crowd “We had a lot of was terrific,” said heart,” said coach Shabazz Napier. Jim Calhoun. “We “When I first saw got carried by our them coming in, I crowd. It was great.” was like, wow, this Of course, Walker is going to be somegave a little help, thing special. Going scoring a teamon the road against Notebook high 24 points, and Pittsburgh, I saw dropping a floater their crowd, I was with two seconds left that gave like, wow, we don’t have funs UConn (15-2, 4-2 Big East), like this. There’s a lot of people a 61-59 win over the Wildcats here, but coming back playing (16-2, 4-1 Big East) before against ‘Nova, I was second10,167 at Gampel Pavilion. The guessing myself, saying, oh shot, Walker’s second game- man, we may have the best fans. winner of the year, sent the They made it easy for us. When already standing spectators into we were down, they were up.” a frenzy. At one point in the Villanova coach Jay Wright second half, the student section said it was a great Big East sounded like a herd of elephants atmosphere, a typical old school stampeding on the bleachers. bloodbath with both teams
“sucking” in the first half. “[UConn] definitely picked up the defensive intensity when the crowd got going in the second half,” Wright said. Start of a new era New football coach Paul Pasqualoni was introduced to the soldout crowd during a first-half timeout. Pasqualoni received a standing ovation and addressed the fans. “It’s great to have you back on campus,” Pasqualoni said, pointing to the student section. “All the great success isn’t possible without great fans and support on campus and in the state of Connecticut...I can feel your passion and energy. We start up in 229 days, and we are going to need all of you. God bless you, and thank you.” Break Recap The Huskies had ups and downs while students were on semester break. On Dec. 20, UConn defeated Coppin State 76-64 at the XL
Center. Three Huskies, Walker, Oriakhi and Lamb, reached double figures in scoring, while Roscoe Smith snatched 10 rebounds. UConn led by 20 most of the contest. The Eagles, however, outscored the Huskies by five in the second half to make the score respectable. Enosch Wolf had four points in his collegiate debut. The Huskies improved to 10-0 on Dec. 22, dominating Harvard 81-52 in Hartford. Walker led the team with 20 points. UConn was handed its first loss on Dec. 27 at Pittsburgh. The Panthers controlled the game, winning 78-63. Walker had 31 points on 10-of-27 shooting. The Huskies continued to slump to New Year’s Eve, needing overtime to overtake South Florida 66-61 at the XL Center. Walker finished with 24 points and Oriakhi added 15. In their first game of 2011, on Jan. 4, UConn lost at Notre Dame 73-70. The loss dropped their Big East record to 1-2. Napier was second on
the team with 18 points. The Huskies rebounded with a resume-building non-conference win at Texas on Jan. 8. Four UConn players scored in double-figures ,with Walker’s 22 points leading the way. Oriakhi had 11 points and 21 rebounds. After a lapse in clock judgment by Smith with 10 seconds left in regulation, the game went into overtime. Thanks in part to a circus Walker 3-pointer as the shot clock expired, the Huskies, in possession of the ball, trailed by one with under 10 seconds remaining. Walker hit a mid-range jumper with 2.8 seconds on the clock and Napier stripped a Longhorn 3-point attempt at the buzzer for the victory. Oriakhi finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds in a 67-53 win over Rutgers in Hartford on Jan. 11. Walker scored 31 and Jeremy Lamb added 13 as UConn rolled to a 82-62 win at DePaul Saturday.
Kemba Walker goes up for a shot during UConn's 61-59 win over Villanova.
Freshman RB McCombs arrested for marijuana possession By Jay Polansky Associate News Editor Freshman running back Lyle McCombs, from Staten Island, N.Y., was suspended indefinitely from the football team today due to “violation of team policies,” according to a release from the university. UConn Police arrested McCombs Sunday at Ellsworth Hall, charging him with pos-
session of a controlled substance or less than four ounces of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. McCombs’ bail was set at $1,000 and his court date is January 25, according to his police report. It is unclear at this team if his suspension was related to the arrest.
Celtics edge Magic 109-106 in Garnett's return from injury
BOSTON (AP)—Kevin Garnett returned after missing nine games with an injured leg and came up with a steal in the final seconds to help the Boston Celtics beat the Orlando Magic 109-106 on Monday night. Garnett went around Jameer Nelson and intercepted a pass intended for Jason Richardson, then threw the ball ahead to Ray Allen. Allen was fouled while trying to dribble out the clock; he made both free throws— giving him 26 points for the game and 13 in the fourth quarter alone. Garnett scored 19 with eight rebounds in his first game since he strained his right calf on Dec. 29. Rajon Rondo had 10 points and 13 assists. Dwight Howard scored 33 points with 13 rebounds and Ryan Anderson scored 16 points, including four 3-pointers, for the Magic. There were 10 lead changes in the third quarter and six more in the fourth as the Magic scored eight straight points to turn a six-point deficit into a 95-93 lead. Allen hit a pair of 3-pointers to answer 3s by Jason Richardson and Hedo Turkoglu, but a third 3-pointer by Allen was negated when Garnett was called for a moving pick.
Walker's last second shot lifts Huskies past Villanova at Gampel from A REAL, page 14 ball was going to be in my hands,” Walker said. “Being the leader of this team, I wanted it to be in my hands. I was able to get a nice little shot off.” “They ran two guys at him, so Kemba did what Kemba does,” said coach Jim Calhoun. “He split the two, and got to where he wanted to be, and that’s an amazing play.” The exciting finish came on the heels of one of the most excruciating halves of basketball you could imagine. The score at the end of the first half was 22-21 Villanova, and both teams were shooting 24 percent from the field and roughly 27.5 percent from behind the arc. The shooting woes for the Huskies were especially evident, as the team got off to a 10-0 start but then slowly allowed Villanova to climb back into the game. There was even a stretch of 5:42 in the middle of the half when UConn didn’t score a single basket. The quality of play improved greatly in the second half, and the Huskies were able to get key contributions from Jeremy Lamb down the stretch as well. Lamb finished with 14 points, and was instrumental down the stretch, particularly at the point with roughly seven minutes to go when Villanova took a 46-41 lead and looked ready to potentially take control of the game.
Lamb hit a big layup to cut the deficit to one, and then hit another one to give the team a 52-48 lead about a minute later. “I know he scored points at DePaul in an open game, but this was a little different,” Calhoun said. “This was a Big East game with a lot of screens being set, and he fought his way through the screens. And I thought he played terrific defense.” “I’m getting comfortable – more and more comfortable,” Lamb said. “My teammates were looking for me, and I was able to knock down some shots.” That key point in the second half, when the Huskies came back from the five-point deficit, also sparked an explosion of crowd energy that could only be rivaled by last year’s Texas game in terms of crowd noise. From the very start the fans were electric. But starting at the seven-minute mark of the second half and lasting until the end, the entire crowd was on its feet. “Down the stretch of the game, it was just an incredible crowd,” Calhoun said. “I don’t know if we could have won that kind of game on the road.” With the win, the Huskies improve to 15-2 overall, 4-2 in the Big East. The team will be back in action this Saturday when they host Tennessee in Hartford at 2 p.m.
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Friday, January 18, 2011
» A LOOK BACK AT THE BREAK...
UConn falls to Oklahoma 48-20 in Fiesta Bowl
By Mac Cerullo Sports Editor
GLENDALE, Ariz. – Though the score doesn’t indicate it, the Huskies played their hearts out in a losing effort against No. 7 Oklahoma. But while the heart was there, the execution at key points was not, resulting in the lopsided final score of 48-20 in the team’s first BCS bowl game. Following the game, former coach Randy Edsall said that the Huskies needed to play a perfect game in order to beat the Sooners, but didn’t. Despite the loss, however, Edsall and the players were upbeat following the game, recognizing that the result didn’t outweigh the overall accomplishment of reaching the Fiesta Bowl in the first place. “It is a game of inches,” Edsall said. “And we couldn’t make enough of those inches today against an outstanding football team in Oklahoma.” Though UConn was in striking distance at points during the game, the Huskies’ undoing ultimately came on offense and on third down. The Huskies were unable to score an offensive touchdown for the second straight game, and on third down, UConn convert-
ed 5-of-17 on the night, while Oklahoma was 7-for-15. Failing to stop Oklahoma on third down proved to be costly on several occasions for the Huskies. The turning point in the game came early in the third quarter, when Oklahoma, faced with a 3rd-and-9, converted the first down when Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones found receiver Ryan Broyles for a 20-yard pass. On the very next play, Jones hit Cameron Kenney for a 59-yard touchdown, one of three on the night, to give Oklahoma a 27-10 lead. On UConn’s next drive, quarterback Zach Frazer was intercepted by Oklahoma corner back Jamell Flemming on a ball that was tipped by receiver Michael Smith. Flemming returned the pick for a 55-yard touchdown, and just like that, Oklahoma had a 34-10 lead. Though UConn was unable to climb all the way back into the game, their resilience that has characterized their entire season shined through again as they scored the game’s next 10 points to get back within striking distance. On the very next play following Flemming’s touchdown, Robbie Frey returned the kickoff 95-yards for a touchdown to make it 34-17, reigniting the UConn crowd that
had fallen silent after Oklahoma’s two quick scores. “Our motto is play every play like it’s our last, and I felt like we did,” said running back Jordan Todman. “There were times we were down, and a lot of people would want to give up or just lay back and put their head down. I felt like we kept our heads up and we played every play like it was our last until the clock hit zero. I’m proud of my teammates and my brothers and everybody out there competing and trying their best to win this game.” UConn made it a two score game shortly after when kicker Dave Teggart hit a 38-yard field goal to make it 34-20. But that’s as close as UConn got. Oklahoma reasserted control over the game in the fourth quarter, finally putting the game out of reach for good with 3:25 when Jones found Broyles for a 5-yard touchdown to give the Sooners a 41-20 lead. The play perfectly summed up Oklahoma’s offensive performance on the night. Jones’ throw was precise and Broyles was just able to get his foot down in bounds despite having to lunge forward to make the catch. The final nail in the coffin came on the next drive, when a Zach Frazer pass to Dwayne Difton was bobbled and intercepted by Tony Jefferson, resulting in another pick-six to make it 48-20. Jones’ ability to quickly and efficiently lead the Oklahoma offense consistently frustrated
UConn’s defense. Jones finished with 429 yards passing with three touchdown passes, his only blemish coming in the second quarter when he was picked off by Dwayne Gratz, who returned the interception for a touchdown. “Any time you get can a defensive touchdown or score, what Dwayne Gratz did, it’s a huge lift for the team,” said linebacker Scott Lutrus. “It’s the easiest way to score. The easiest play we can make on defense is score on touchdown. That was a hell of a play by him. He is a good player. Made a good read on it.” Other than that one interception, however, UConn was not able to do enough to disrupt Jones’ rhythm. It didn’t help that the rest of the Sooner offense was performing at the highest level too. “There’s more than Landry Jones that you have got to concern yourself with when it comes to Oklahoma,” Edsall said. “We tried to do a couple different things. We tried to – we wanted to play some two-deep against them and then we wanted to play some pressure against them. But, again, if you feel like your matchups - maybe you can go man-to-man. But the matchups aren’t good for us to be able to go man-to-man all the time.” Though the UConn offense couldn’t find the endzone, Todman was a bright spot. After starting off slow, the junior tailback got it going in the second half, finishing the game with 121 yards rushing on 32 carries.
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Jordan Todman rushes down the field during the 2011 Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma.
After the game, Todman announced his intentions to enter the NFL Draft. UConn finishes the season at 8-5 for the third season in a row. With the loss, the Huskies fall to 3-2
all-time in bowl games and 0-1 in BCS bowls. The Huskies will open the 2011 season against Fordham at Rentschler Field on Sept. 1.
UConn breaks UCLA’s 88-game McDonough: Edsall’s sudden departure is win streak, sees own end at 90 disappointing, though not entirely surprising. from THE FIESTA, page 14
out the stands indicated it might be the junior’s final collegiate game. Todman didn’t score a touchdown. He was stopped a yard short on the fourth down with under 20 seconds remaining. In the post game press conference, after a 121-yard effort against a Big 12 defense, he made it official and announced his intentions to forgo his senior season and enter the draft. He leaves big shoes to fill and a heavy load to carry in the backfield. A sign in section 141 read, “Dear Randy, Please Stay. Love, UConn.” He didn’t. In a surprising move, Randy Edsall left for Maryland the day after the game. It wasn’t surprising that Edsall left, as his name has been mentioned for candidacy at marquee programs the last few seasons. But Maryland? The lateral move to another basketball school is a head scratcher. Although Edsall did everything he could at Storrs, even winning a Big East championship, the Terrapins won’t go to any game better than the Orange Bowl. It sounds like Edsall wanted out because of administration shortcomings, and the man didn’t owe Connecticut anything after all he’s done. But he did owe his team a heads-up. He didn’t fly back with the team and many didn’t find out about his departure until they landed. In a page out of the LeBron James playbook, he didn’t tell his team face-to-face that he was leaving. Todman did.
But the coaching carousel is about taking opportunities when they come. Sometimes it’s better to be Brian Kelly than Greg Schiano. Fans shouldn’t be upset with Edsall. He stayed in the Nutmeg State for over a decade, defining the program. He didn’t desert UConn, staying until after the bowl and what would have been the end of Howard’s career. As for hurting the players’ feelings, that’s a different story. Perhaps, the most foreshadowing utterance came from an Oklahoma fan at the pre-game fan-fest. As the UConn band, cheerleaders and dance team members rolled through and Husky faithful gathered, he said to the crimson and cream clad person he was with, “Let’s get out of their way. It’s their moment.” With everything that transpired following the game, this Fiesta Bowl was our moment. The football program’s horizon is grey. In the blink of an eye, Todman was gone. Overnight, Edsall went with him. It was not a win on the gridiron in Arizona, but a feeling that should never be forgotten. The Fiesta Bowl was an experience that should have been cherished and not taken for granted, because nothing, not even tomorrow, is guaranteed. And the defining moment was UConn’s first ever BCS touchdown. It was the type of event where you had to pinch yourself after it happened. Judging by Gratz’s reaction, I think the team felt the same way.
“He didn’t fly back with the team and many didn’t find out about his departure until they landed.”
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The UConn women’s team poses after defeating Florida St. to win their 89th game in a row, breaking UCLA’s old mark of 88 straight wins.
By Andrew Callahan Staff Writer Perhaps you’ve heard – the Connecticut women’s basketball team finally fell. On Dec. 30, 2010, after two long years, UConn suffered defeat from the same team who last beat them 90 games before – the Stanford Cardinal. Call the rare and humbling loss what you will, but when assessing the Huskies’ winter break, you would be remiss to omit their other games. All of which, in fact, turned out to be imperative, sometimes even history-making, victories. Immediately after finals, the Huskies took to the court at Madison Square Garden for a showdown with the then-No. 11 Ohio State Buckeyes. The rout was on early as Maya Moore and Tiffany Hayes combined for 48 points while the Huskies shut down the nation’s leading scorer, Jantel Lavender. UConn left town with their 88th consecutive victory, tying the all-time college basketball mark held by UCLA with the 81-50 win. Two days later, the electricity inside the XL Center was palpable. With the entire basketball world watching, the Huskies went to battle with then-No. 15 Florida State, who sadly didn’t stand a chance, losing a lopsided contest, 93-62. History was not to be denied this night; chants of “eighty-nine” filled the arena and Moore poured in a career-high 41 points. The celebration went deep into the night, as the historic mark was all theirs. The Huskies’ following trip out west opened with a contest against the lowly Pacific Tigers. The Tigers tripped up UConn early on, keeping the score low and the game in the halfcourt. But the back-and-forth contest did not last as Connecticut got their offense into a flow that carried them to an easy 84-42 win. Any sort of Husky momentum then came to a screeching halt when the team ran straight into a buzz saw at Maples Pavilon. Stanford’s early lead was never relinquished, backed by hard defense and crisp offensive play throughout the game. Cardinal forward Jeanette Pohlem stepped up big and sunk five 3-pointers, much to the pleasure of the raucous crowd. Kelly Faris’ team-high 19 points went for naught in
the Huskies’ 71-59 defeat. Back home, UConn reopened Big East play with the visiting Villanova Wildcats. Over the course of the 40-minute affair, the Huskies clear edge in talent shined brightly, but it was their great hustle that forced a lopsided outcome. A plus-31 difference in rebounding allowed the Huskies to clean up their mess against the bottom of the Big East and move on easily with an 81-35 victory. Working their way from the basement up to the Big East’s top tier, Moore and company headed to Notre Dame for a fight with the perennial powerhouse Irish. A frenetic tempo that began at tip-off and never let up, coupled with a tied score at half, set the stage for a fantastic finish. Buckets went back and forth in the final moments until Moore was able to find a cutting Faris for an easy layup and the lead. Stephanie Dolson then sealed the deal with a pair of clutch free throws, and the Huskies escaped South Bend, Ind. with a 79-76 victory. Neither an abominable snowstorm nor a late 9 p.m. start could deter the Huskies, who rode their new two-game winning streak into New York City and dismantled St. John’s. Tenacious defense was the story, as the Red Storm were limited to less than 30 points in each half. Samarie Walker put up 15 points while Lorin Dixon dished out seven assists in the 84-52 romp. Returning home to the XL Center, Connecticut continued their romp through Big East competition. Their next victim turned out to be the Louisville Cardinals, who were ultimately clipped by a career day from Bria Hartley. Hartley scored 24 points and was 4-for-8 from downtown while collecting eight rebounds. Though the halftime lead was a slim five points, UConn pulled away late behind the freshman point guard, winning 78-55. With break coming to a close last night, the Huskies notched yet another victory over a ranked opponent, taking down No. 11 North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C. Tiffany Hayes returned from a mild concussion to lead her team on a 12-0 run in the second half after building a twelve-point lead at intermission. The junior finished with 29 points as the
Pasqualoni hired to replace Edsall as coach from PAUL, page 14 which is to continue to lead the team and work hard.” Since Edsall’s abrupt departure, there has not been any announcement of players transferring. Edsall coached the Huskies for 12 seasons, leading them to a share of the Big East championship, a BCS bowl berth and an 8-5 record in 2010. He left for the Terrapins a day after UConn’s 48-20 to Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1. “The team is ready to get this thing rolling and build off of our momentum we’ve had since last season,” Moore said. “I spoke to Coach Edsall on the phone a week ago and just told him thanks for everything he’s done for us and the program and good luck. The team also wants the fans to continue their support and we want to say thanks to the Husky Nation.” Pasqualoni beat out Mark Whipple, who for the past two days had been widely regarded as the leading candidate, for the job. Whipple was the offensive coordinator at Miami, Fla. AP
Paul Pasqualoni (right) speaks to former NFL player Tebucky Jones (left).
TWO Tuesday, January 18, 2011
The Daily Question Q: “Who will win the AFC Championship game?” A: “Definitely the Steelers.”
Away game Gampel Pavilion, XL Center
Jan. 29 Louisville Noon
“Who will win the NFC Championship game?”
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Feb. 5 Feb. 2 Syracuse Seton Hall 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
– New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan following his team’s 28-21 win.
» NBA Nets’ coach not aware of any meeting with Anthony
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP)—New Jersey Nets coach Avery Johnson said Monday he hasn’t been told of any potential meeting with trade target Carmelo Anthony but wants to be a part of it if one does happen. Reports surfaced Sunday that the Denver Nuggets gave the Nets permission to talk with Anthony to persuade him to accept a three-year, $65 million extension, which could pave the way for a three-team deal that would send the All-Star forward to New Jersey. Anthony said Sunday night in San Antonio he didn’t want to talk to any potential trade suitors. Johnson said before Monday’s game against Golden State that general manager Billy King had not told him of any potential meeting. “You guys always have something new every day,” Johnson told reporters. “If there’s such a meeting taking place, make sure you guys contact (Nets spokesman) Gary Sussman so I can make sure I make myself available.” Trade speculation has surrounded Anthony since he turned down a three-year, $65 million contract extension that’s been on the table since last summer.
Women’s Basketball (17-1) (6-0) Jan. 22 Jan. 31 Feb. 5 Jan. 26 Jan. 29 Pittsburgh Rutgers Duke DePaul Cincinnati 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m.
Men’s Hockey (8-12-3) Jan. 21 Jan. 22 Air Force Air Force 7:05 p.m. 7:05 p.m.
Jan. 29 Feb. 4 Jan. 28 Army Holy Cross Holy Cross 7:05 p.m. 7:05 p.m. 7:05 p.m.
Women’s Hockey (10-13-1) Jan. 21 Maine 5:00 p.m.
Jan. 22 Maine Noon
Jan. 29 Jan. 28 Boston Boston University University 7:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.
Feb. 4 Boston College 2:00 p.m.
» NFL Brett Favre files retirement papers to league office
Men’s Track and Field Jan. 20 Jan. 29 Feb. 4 Jan. 21 Feb. 5 UConn Great Dane Saturday Night Collegiate Giegengack Heptathalon Invite Invite at the Armory Invite TBA 5:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Women’s Track and Field Jan. 22 URI Invite 10:30 a.m.
Feb. 5 Feb. 19/20 Jan. 28/29 Feb. 4/5 Penn St. New Balance Giegengack Big East Champ. Invite Invite Invite All Day 2:00 p.m. All Day All Day
Men’s Swimming and Diving Jan. 22 Seton Hall 1:00 p.m.
Jan. 29 Feb. 11 Feb. 5 Jan. 28 Bucknell Big East Yale Bucknell Invitational Championship 1:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. Noon All Day
Former UConn head coach Randy Edsall jokes with his team before participating at the Richard Petty Driving Experience at Lowe’s Motor Speedway on Dec. 27, 2007 prior to the Meineke Car Care Bowl, where the Huskies lost to Wake Forest.
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Women’s Swimming and Diving Jan. 22 Seton Hall 1:00 p.m.
Feb. 11 Jan. 29 Feb. 5 Jan. 28 Big East Bucknell Yale Bucknell Championships Invitational 1:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. All Day All Day
NHL: Boston Bruins at Carolina Hurricanes, Tuesday, 7 p.m., NESN The Northeast Division leading Boston Bruins travel to North Carolina to take on the Hurricanes. Coming off an offensive explosion on Monday when they scored seven goals on the Canes, the Bruins will look to keep their hot streak alive and knock out Carolina again.
NHL: Montreal Canadiens vs. Buffalo Sabres, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., Versus The Montreal Canadiens and Buffalo Sabres face off in a battle of Northeast Division rivals.
The Canadiens are right behind the Bruins in the Northeast Division and sit 7th in the conference with 53 points. The Sabres are trying to get their season back on track after starting off 19-20-5, outside of the Eastern Conference Playoff picture.
Team 1. Ohio State 2. Kansas 3. Syracuse 4. Duke 5. Pittsburgh 6. San Diego St. 7. Villanova 8. UConn 9. BYU 10. Texas 11. Texas A&M 12. Kentucky 13. Missouri 14. Purdue 15. Minnesota 16. Notre Dame 17. Michigan St. 18. Wisconsin 19. Louisville 20. Washington 21. West Virginia 22. St. Mary’s 23. Illinois 24. Georgetown 25. Cincinnati
Women’s Rankings Record
18-0 17-0 18-1 16-1 18-1 19-0 16-2 15-2 17-1 14-3 16-1 14-3 16-3 15-3 14-4 14-4 12-5 13-4 14-3 13-4 12-4 16-2 13-5 13-5 16-2
Others Receiving Votes: Temple (99), Georgia (89), Kansas St. (86), Gonzaga (84), Colorado (78), others.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP)—Don’t believe Brett Favre is finally done? Well, NFL’s all-time leader of almost every major passing mark has at least filled out the forms. Favre has made another move toward leaving the game for good by filing retirement papers with the league, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed Monday. This is merely a procedural matter, to start the clock on a player’s pension and Hall of Fame eligibility. It’s worth noting, too, that Favre has done this before, only to change his mind. Retired players can request to be reinstated at any time. But the news was another sign that Favre’s thrill-filled 20-year career has come to an end, as he repeatedly insisted throughout a painfully disappointing 2010 season for the Minnesota Vikings. The 41-year-old Favre threw for only 11 touchdowns in 13 games and was intercepted 19 times, finishing with a career-low 69.9 passer rating that ranked third-worst in the NFL among qualifying quarterbacks.
Ohio State supplants Duke as the No. 1 team in the nation
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I thought it would come down to me and Belichick and thank goodness it never did because he won that battle like he always does.”
Men’s Basketball (15-2) (4-2) Jan. 25 Jan. 22 Tennessee Marquette 2:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m.
– Jesse de Boer, 6th-semester sports management major
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Team 1. Baylor 2. UConn 3. Duke 4. Stanford 5. Tennessee 6. Texas A&M 7. Xavier 8. UCLA 9. West Virginia 10. UNC 11. Notre Dame 12. Michigan St. 13. DePaul 14. Oklahoma 15. Maryland 16. Georgetown 17. Miami (FL) 18. Iowa 19. Kentucky 20. Iowa St. 21. Wis. Green Bay 22. Florida St. 23. Arkansas 24. Georgia 25. Ohio St.
16-1 17-1 17-0 14-2 17-2 15-1 14-2 15-1 17-1 16-2 15-4 16-2 17-2 13-3 14-3 14-4 18-1 15-4 13-4 13-4 17-1 14-4 15-2 14-3 11-6
Others Receiving Votes: Texas Tech (61), Georgia Tech (54), Duquesne (50), Marquette (33), others. Compiled by Mac Cerullo
Griffin scores career-high 47 to lead Clippers past Pacers
LOS ANGELES (AP)—Those critics who label Blake Griffin’s offense one-dimensional? The Los Angeles Clippers rookie answered them with the NBA’s high-scoring game this season. Hitting a mix of bank shots, hooks, 3-pointers and turnaround jumpers, Griffin had a career-high 47 points and 14 rebounds for his 27th consecutive double-double, helping the Clippers rally to beat the Indiana Pacers 114-107 on Monday. “It’s cool because all I hear is, ‘He can dunk and jumps high,”’ Griffin said. “People question the other skills and as a basketball player, you take that personally.” It was Griffin’s 33rd doubledouble of his rookie season, and his 19 field goals made were a career best. His points topped the previous league high of 46 by Golden State’s Monta Ellis. “Oh my goodness, he caught a feeling today,” Baron Davis said of Griffin. “He was unstoppable. We just kept feeding him and he kept producing. That keeps the defense off-balance.” Danny Granger scored 32 points, making 10 of 11 free throws, and former UCLA star Darren Collison added 30 points and eight assists for the Pacers, who practically dared Griffin to shoot by rarely double-teaming him.
“We wanted to keep him from getting to the paint and just make him take tough jumpers. But he was making a lot of jump shots, so it was hard to defend him,” Granger said. Eric Gordon added 23 points and Davis had 14 points and 12 assists for the Clippers, who were coming off a win over the twotime defending NBA champion Lakers a day earlier and have won 10 of their last 14. “It’s time to be a more mature team,” Gordon said. The Clippers started out as if in a hangover from Sunday’s win, trailing most of the first half while letting Griffin do nearly all the scoring—he had 28 points at the break, one more than all his teammates combined. “We came in and said, ‘We can’t let him do that again,”’ Granger said. “But we just couldn’t stop him.” The Clippers got back into the game in the third, and built an 11-point lead in the fourth. Los Angeles got three straight 3-pointers by Ryan Gomes, Gordon and Davis, who played an inspired one-minute sequence in which he hit the trey, scored another basket and then stole the ball and fed Randy Foye for a fastbreak layup. Griffin’s three-point play stretched the Clippers’ lead to 103-92 with 5 1/2 minutes to go.
» INSIDE SPORTS TODAY P.12: A look back at the Fiesta Bowl. / P.12: Women’s basketball’s streak ends at 90. / P.11: UConn football player arrested for marajuana.
The Fiesta may be over
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
A REAL ‘WILD’ FINISH
Walker’s late heroics lead Huskies to victory
By Mac Cerullo Sports Editor
He didn’t jump the route. The ball seemed to flutter right into his unsuspecting arms. A moment later, UConn cornerback Dwayne Gratz had the football tucked away under his right arm and 46 yards of green grass in front of him. Gratz sprinted toward the blue end zone with the BCS logo and “UConn” painted in white script. When he crossed the goal line, the outnumbered Husky fans were already celebrating. No, Gratz’s interception for a touchdown didn’t give UConn the lead in the 2011 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. It cut the deficit to eight early in the second quarter. But judging from Gratz’s emotional reaction, it may as well have clinched a national championship for the Huskies. Gratz dropped the ball after two steps in the end zone, and ran across the field waving his arms as if he couldn’t believe what had just transpired. Gratz’s teammates caught up with him and lifted him up, as he put his hands over his face mask in disbelief. Freeze frames of the celebration make it appear as though Gratz was even tearing up. Gratz’s pick six was one of Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones’ rare misses of the night, as the Sooners outclassed the Huskies and rolled to a 48-20 victory in Glendale, Ariz. UConn put up a good fight, however, and proved that they belonged in a BCS bowl game. On the same token, Oklahoma humbled the Huskies in a manner that made the doubters look good. But in UConn’s defense, not many teams in the country could have hung with the Sooners on New Year’s Day. The Fiesta Bowl experience wasn’t about the loss, either financially or on the field. It was about being there. It was about the first BCS berth in school history. It was about seeing our team line up against Oklahoma. It was about the Sooner fanfare, and what a traditional football school is like. It was about a basketball school playing in a major bowl game. Sure, Sooner fans would snicker sarcasm and uneducated remarks about UConn’s lack of football tradition, but it was a pleasure enlightening them on the Huskies’ success. One Sooner fan in the stands asked me about our team, not knowing much besides that we were known to run the ball. It was about Zach Frazer. The much maligned quarterback played well in his final game, competing 19 of 39 passes for 223 yards and two interceptions that weren’t his fault. It was about Robbie Frey’s kickoff return and David Teggart’s consistency. It was about Kashif Moore paying tribute to Jasper Howard. Moore, who held Howard in his arms during the last moments of Howard’s life, wore No. 6. It was a move that, according to one of Moore’s family members, surprised everyone. There could not have been a better tribute. Howard was back on the field with his brothers. There were constant reminders, however, of the grim future. During UConn’s last possession, there was hope that running back Jordan Todman would find the end zone. In December, Todman got feedback on his NFL Draft stock, and whispers through-
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Kemba Walker and the No. 8 UConn Huskies earned their first signature Big East win of the year in front of a raucous crowd at Gampel Pavilion yesterday afternoon, defeating No. 7 Villanova 61-59 in a hard fought battle that went right down to the very last shot. With time winding down, the ball found its way into Walker’s hands. He then split two defenders to get into the lane, burying the gamewinning floater with two seconds left on the clock. Walker scored the Huskies’ last seven points, starting with a huge three-pointer to give the Huskies a 57-54 lead and adding to it seconds later with two free throws. With less than a minute to go and a five point lead, it seemed that the game was already won. But then Villanova’s Corey Fisher hit a big three of his own. When Walker missed both foul shots on the ensuing possession, the Wildcats had a chance to tie it up, which they did on two Fisher free throws. Then Walker took over. “That’s what it came down to. Of course the
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Kemba Walker goes for a layup during yesterday afternoon’s men’s basketball game against Villanova. The Huskies won the game 61-59.
Huskies step on Tar Heels
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP)— Tiffany Hayes scored 29 points to help No. 2 Connecticut roll past 10th-ranked North Carolina 83-57 on Monday night, routing the Tar Heels for the third straight season. Maya Moore added 26 for the Huskies (17-1), who scored the game’s first eight points to give them- UConn selves a comfortable margin then scored UNC the first 12 of the second half to blow the game open. The Huskies shot 49 percent despite cooling off late, knocking down seemingly every early open look—and there were plenty—and even the ones when the Tar Heels (16-2) managed to get a hand in the shooter’s face.
Connecticut also completely shut down the Tar Heels’ attack, keeping them from running out in transition and forcing them to operate in the halfcourt. North Carolina shot 31 percent, including 9-for-39 (23 percent) after halftime. The Huskies have now won four straight with the 83 meetings, last three coming by 57 a combined 97 points. Hayes’ performance was an especially welcome sight for coach Geno Auriemma. Her status was in doubt after she suffered an apparent concussion in a collision with Moore while going for a loose ball in the first minute of Saturday’s win against Louisville.
But Hayes started and helped the Huskies get rolling. She had a three-point play followed by a 3-pointer midway through the first half, then lost Cetera DeGraffenreid on a cut to the basket for a layup that made it 33-17 with 11:22 before the break. By that point, the Huskies had made 14 of 18 shots and had come away empty on just three possessions while repeatedly taking advantage of the Tar Heels’ aggressive man-to-man defense with several scores off backdoor cuts. By halftime, Hayes had 18 points to pass her season average (15 points), while Moore had 14 as the Tar Heels tried in vain to slow her with a rotation of Jessica Breland, Krista Gross and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt.
The Streak: A reflection By Colin McDonough Senior Staff Writer On Dec. 30, the UConn women’s basketball team lost for the first time in 90 games. A 71-59 loss at Stanford ended the Huskies’ historic winning streak that lasted almost 1,000 days. “When you see what happens tonight and how it happened, I think you can appreciate it even more – what it took to get to that point, and how many things can go wrong, and how you can have bad nights,” coach Geno Auriemma told the Associated Press after the loss. The Cardinal was the last team to beat UConn, in the 2008 Final Four. In 2009, UConn went 39-0 and avenged its 2008 loss to Stanford on the way to the national championship. Last season the Huskies beat the Cardinal twice, once in the national final to win back-to-back championships. And in the 2010-2011 campaign UConn stayed undefeated until the team met up with the Cardinal again. Maples Pavilion and veteran Stanford proved too much in the 12-point defeat. “At some point, reality had to set in, and today, reality set in,” Auriemma told the AP. “I’m not destroyed about it. Winning that many games in a row, it’s
unheard of.” UConn bested its own women’s record by 20 games. Last season, the Huskies broke their previous streak of 70 wins in a row. On Dec. 21, UConn beat Florida State to win its 89th straight game, surpassing the UCLA men’s basketball team’s Division I record. After the win at the XL Center, the Huskies celebrated at midcourt with “89” T-shirts. Maya Moore and company watched Stanford celebrate when their streak ended. Moore was held to 14 points by a stifling Cardinal defense, which forced tough shots all night. The senior leader could not get into the flow of the offense and missed 10 shots. The Huskies battled back after Stanford began the game on a 15-4 run, but could not get over the hump. “I thought we let it get away from us,” Auriemma told the AP. “The atmosphere, what was going on, and when Maya couldn’t get going early, I think it affected the rest of our guys. We just didn’t play like ourselves. Give credit to Stanford. I think they played an unbelievably good game.” Although UConn’s record streak ended, the Huskies have won four games in a row since the loss to Stanford.
By the numbers...
998 Number of days the 90 game winning streak lasted.
134 Minutes UConn trailed during their winning streak.
90 The length of the winning streak, surpassing UCLA’s mark of 88 straight wins, as well as UConn’s own women’s record of 70.
5 No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchups during the winning streak.
4 Teams that came within 10 points of the Huskies.
2 Consecutive perfect seasons during winning streak.
Lorin Dixon dribbles the ball during last night’s game at UNC. The Huskies won 83-57.
Paul Pasqualoni named new UConn football coach By Matt McDonough Associate Sports Editor Paul Pasqualoni has returned home. Pasqualoni, a Cheshire native, agreed to become UConn’s new head football coach Thursday, less than two weeks after Randy Edsall left to accept the same position at Maryland. Pasqualoni was most recently the interim defensive coordinator with the Dallas Cowboys. “We are very proud to welcome Paul Pasqualoni to the UConn family and also bring him back home to his native Connecticut,” UConn athletic director Jeff Hathaway said in a statement. “Paul brings an outstanding coaching background to UConn on the collegiate, professional and high school level. He also is a man of strong character and integrity, and we look forward to him developing our football student-athletes in the classroom, on the field and as part of the community.” The 61-year-old boasts Big East experience, coaching Syracuse from 1991-2004, leading the Orangemen to six bowl wins in nine appearances and four Big East championships. Pasqualoni was an assistant at
Syracuse for three years prior to becoming the head coach. After being dismissed from Syracuse, Pasqualoni was an assistant for Dallas from 2005-07. He was the Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator in 2008 and 2009 before returning to the Cowboys last year. Pasqualoni’s first head coaching job was at Western Connecticut State from 1982-86. “I don’t know too much about him, but reading about him I see that he has a lot of experience and success everywhere he’s been,” said wide receiver Kashif Moore, who will be a redshirt senior next fall. “Everyone wants to just keep the ball rolling and continue to work towards another BCS berth.” It is unclear as to what type of offense and defense Pasqualoni will implement at UConn. “Well as of right now, I have no idea what his intentions are for the program, but I don’t feel like we need too much rebuilding,” Moore said. “We’ve had a lot of success my time at UConn and I would hope that he can help elevate that. So I’m just going to put my trust in him and believe that that is why he came and just only control what I can
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