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UConn’s School of Engineering received a $750,000 gift. Vice Chairman of GE and CEO of GE Energy John Krenicki and his wife, Donna Krenicki, made the donation to establish the John and Donna Krenicki Professorship in Biomedical Engineering. They both graduated from UConn in 1984, John with a degree in mechanical engineering and Donna with a degree in fine arts. “An engineering education
teaches discipline and provides a sense of confidence in decision making,” John Krenicki told UConn Today. “Engineering is really the heart and soul of GE, and it is a great foundation for a career in law, medicine, business and any other field.” In the past, the Krenickis have made donations to UConn’s art history and graphic design programs, in addition to gifts for sustainable energy initiatives. Through their new professorship, the Krenickis hope to move the school forward in terms of engineering research and education.
Biomedical engineering “blends traditional engineering techniques with biological sciences and medicine to improve the quality of human health and life,” according to UConn’s BME website. Mun Y. Choi, dean of the School of Engineering, is hopeful that the gift will allow the school to improve the future of health care and help to make medical advancements. “Biomedical engineering is the new frontier of science, helping us to better understand, prevent and treat diseases,” Choi said in a press release.
In addition to making breakthroughs, Choi believes that the professorship will improve the school’s reputation. “Through this professorship, we will…be able to support undergraduate and graduate level research, train the next generation of biomedical engineers and recruit graduate students working toward a joint Ph.D./M.D., with an emphasis on attracting underrepresented students to the school,” he told UConn Today. Like Choi and the Krenickis, many students from the School of Engineering are excited about the donation and look
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forward to the improvements it will bring. “This is actually the first I am hearing about this donation,” said Chris Buhlmann, a 3rd-semester engineering major. “It will not only help upgrade what the school already has to offer, but a donation from a corporation as respected as General Electric will only strengthen UConn’s reputation among other universities.”
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Last week Gov. M. Jodi Rell released a statement that said state grants worth $10.4 million are going to preserve 2,700 acres of open space in 35 cities and towns. The funds used were awarded to 42 projects as a part of Connecticut’s Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition Grant Program, which is run by the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. This grant program has been used to purchase open space since 1998. More than $100 million has been distributed to promote the purchase of 380 properties in 120 towns and cities preserving more than 24,000 acres. “This program is an outstanding partnership between state and local governments and land trusts that has preserved more than 24,000
acres in the past 12 years,” said Rell. Open space in Connecticut consists of land bought by the state, as well as town governments. These purchases are usually made with state financial aid through the Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition Grant Program. By using this grant program, funds have been made available for the purchase of land for open space. The funds used in the program originate from state bonding and the 2005 Community Investment Act. Rell has been supportive of the acquisition of free space. “By preserving open space and forests we safeguard the natural beauty of our state, support habitat for wildlife and provide greater opportunities for families to get out and enjoy the great outdoors,” Rell said. “The communities that will benefit from this round of funding are enhanc-
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ing the quality of life for their residents and visitors.” With the recent advances made in the expansion of open space, Connecticut is getting closer to its goal of protecting 21 percent, or 673,210 acres, of land by 2023, which is 673,210 acres. The recent purchase of open space puts Connecticut 73 percent of the way toward its goal. Coventry in particular is one of the many towns benefiting from these recent state grants. The Malon Property is being preserved as open space specifically. This area of land is an essential connection between town-owned-land and a permanent conservation easement which contributes to habitat in the area. There are also several trails that are available for recreational use.
As a result of a Social Security scare this summer, Interim President Philip Austin announced new plans to increase electronic security at the university this Monday, according to UConn spokesperson Michael Kirk. In August, someone stole a laptop computer from the Greater Hartford regional campus that contained the names and Social Security numbers of the campus’ applicants. The first step to countering the security breach was to offer free credit monitoring coverage for two years to those who were affected, at the university’s expense. Now the university is taking the next step, and will “embark upon a comprehensive and deliberate effort to address computer security concern,” according to Austin. The initiative will focus on “identifying our vulnerabilities and ameliorating them, both with respect to previously acquired and stored data, and data that will be acquired and stored in the future.” As identity theft and electronic security become a nationwide concern, it’s also an increasing concern at UConn. The Federal Trade Commission received over 1.3 million complaints of identity theft or fraud in the 2009 calendar year, according to the Consumer Sentinel Network. According to the CSN Data Book, there were 284 complaints of fraud per 100,000 residents in Connecticut, and 76 complaints of identity theft per 100,000 residents in 2009. This ranks the state as 29th and 16th in the country, respectively. Those numbers were up about 10 percent from the 2008 calendar year. These increases, in addition to the growing quantity of data stored electronically and the recent laptop theft at the university, have influenced Austin and his staff to create a new plan to secure UConn’s databases. “Security issues at the university have increased over the last several years due to significant growth in data creation and storage, offcampus computing and the use of personal electronic devices,” wrote Austin in a UConn Today release. “As a result, the university has become vulnerable to the everincreasing risks of data loss and identity theft.” Jason Pufahl, the director of information security, is out of the office until Oct. 25 and could not be reached for a comment.
What’s on at UConn this weekend... Friday Men’s Soccer 8 p.m. Joseph A. Morrone Stadium
Friday Science Lecture Noon to 1 p.m. Student Union Theatre
Saturday Movie: ‘Dinner For Schmucks’ 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. Student Union Theatre
Sunday Family Maritime Lecture 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Biology/Physics Building, 130
Watch the Huskies take on Notre Dame.
Listen to filmmaker and scientist Randy Olson give a lecutre on “Talking Substance in an Age of Reason.”
Watch the comedy about a dinner which celebrates its unique guests.
UConn archeologist David Robinson will screen a TV clip and show slides of an underwater settlement. -JAY POALNSKY
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WETHERSFIELD (AP) — The state Labor Department says Connecticut lost private sector jobs in September, reversing course after several months of growth. The total number of jobs fell to 1.61 million from nearly 1.62 million in August. State labor officials said Thursday that the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 9.1 percent. Nationally, the unemployment rate in September was 9.6 percent In September, the largest jobs loss in Connecticut was in educational and health services, down 3,200 jobs. Trade, transportation and utilities were down 2,500 jobs. Smaller losses were posted in construction, financial activities and manufacturing.
Law firm uses former restaurant drive-thru MANCHESTER (AP) — Legal service at one Connecticut firm can now be as easy to get as a hamburger and fries. The Kocian (KOH ‘see-en) Law Group has opened a drivethrough office in a renovated building that once housed a former Kenny Rogers Roasters. Attorney Nick Kocian tells WVIT-TV that clients can use the drive-through at the law firm’s Manchester, Conn., site to drop off and pick up documents. A paralegal works at the window, handing out documents and answering questions. Consultations and meetings with lawyers will still be scheduled for the office.
Jury awards $900K for fatal police shooting HARTFORD (AP) — A federal jury has awarded $900,000 to the mother of a man fatally shot by an East Haven, Conn., police officer. Emma Jones had sought damages from East Haven for the 1997 death of her 21-year-old son, Malik Jones. The officer involved said he shot Jones after a car chase because Jones drove at him, putting his life in danger. Hugh Keefe, East Haven’s lawyer, said Thursday the town will appeal. He said the federal judge in Hartford barred testimony about Malik Jones’ criminal history. David Rosen, Emma Jones’ lawyer, said jurors heard from Malik Jones’ daughter about what the loss of her father meant. A federal judge had thrown out a $2.5 million jury award against the town.
Navy picks submarines that will carry first women WASHINGTON (AP) — The Navy selected four submarines Thursday to carry the first women serving aboard what has been the last class of military vessels off-limits to them. Twenty-four female officers are in training for submarine service and are expected to join their boats in December 2011. The Navy selected the USS Wyoming and USS Georgia, based in Kings Bay, Ga., and the USS Maine and USS Ohio, with their home port in Bangor, Wash. The Navy announced in the spring that it was lifting the ban on women serving aboard subs. They had been barred on the theory that the close quarters and long deployments common to these vessels were unsuitable for a coed crew.
US bracing for major leak of secret Iraq war files WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is bracing for the imminent disclosure by the WikiLeaks website of a vast cache of secret U.S. Iraq war documents, which could throw a light on some of the darkest episodes of that conflict. WikiLeaks, a self-described whistle-blower website, is expected to post up to 400,000 documents online this week after having shared them in advance with several news organizations. It would be the second major release of classified U.S. war reports by WikiLeaks in the past four months. In July, despite objections by the U.S. government, the international anti-secrecy group posted nearly 77,000 documents from the Afghan conflict on its website.
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By Abigail Ferrucci Campus Correspondent Global warming may be a laughing matter, according to Dr. Randy Olson, a marine biologist turned filmmaker. Olson showed his mockumentary “Sizzle: A Global Warming Comedy” to an audience of students and professors in the chemistry building last night. Olson created the movie after being inspired by Al Gore’s film, “An Inconvenient Truth.” While he found the film compelling, he thought that the issue needed a more scientific voice. In his own film, Olson included interviews with both skeptics and
extremists on global warming to achieve this. The film hasn’t been widely released yet because Olson loves to show the film and then have a spirited discussion, which is exactly what occurred last night. “Scientists versus skeptics on the issue of global warming are like cub scouts versus the mafia,” Olson said. “Scientists just aren’t good communicators, and what [the movement to fight global warming] needs is a good PR campaign to get the backing of the public.” For some, the film was right on target for what Olson was intending. “The movie was great
because it was not preachy, Olson showed both sides of the story so that we could get to bottom of issue ourselves,” said Nathan Kastner, a 1stsemester chemistry major. Other students found themselves unconvinced. “There were so many messages to his film that I am still confused,” said Scott Zvaigzne, a 7th-semester allied health major. “It was an effective video of showing that the issue is more of a political issue, rather than an issue that people truly care about.” According to Olson, he pushes the comedic storytelling aspect of such an important issue because he feels this
is a good start to getting the public interested and aware of the topic. “Where simple facts haven’t worked, storytelling becomes a crucial element to get the public aware,” Olson said. Those interested in hearing more about the issue from Olson can attend his lecture “Don’t be such a scientist,” which shares its title with Olson’s book exploring why scientists have trouble communicating with the public. The hearing will be held Friday at noon in the Student Union.
Iraqis shy from American guidance
BAGHDAD (AP) — American influence has so dwindled in Iraq over the last several months that Iraqi lawmakers and political leaders say they no longer follow Washington’s advice for forming a government. Instead, Iraqis are turning to neighboring nations, and especially Iran, for guidance — casting doubt on the future of the American role in this strategic country after a grinding war that killed more than 4,400 U.S. soldiers. “The Iraqi politicians are not responding to the U.S. like before. We don’t pay great attention to them,” Shiite lawmaker Sami al-Askari, a close ally of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, said Thursday. “The weak American role has given the region’s countries a greater sense of influence on Iraqi affairs.” Vice President Joe Biden, the administration’s point man for Iraq, has doggedly lobbied Iraqi leaders, both on the phone and in six trips here over the past two years. Iraqis, however, measure U.S.
influence largely by its military presence, which dipped by threefold from the war’s peak to 50,000 troops in late August. As a result, Baghdad is now brushing off U.S. urgings to slow-walk a new government instead of rushing one through that might cater to Iran. “The Iranian ambassador has a bigger role in Iraq than Biden,” said a prominent Kurdish lawmaker, Mahmoud Othman. He said the Americans “will leave Iraq with its problems, thus their influence has become weak.” One problem which could worsen as a result is the sectarian divide — particularly if the secular but Sunni-backed Iraqiya political coalition, which won the most votes in the March election, is left out of a new Shiite-led government led by al-Maliki. Many Iraqis, particularly minority Sunnis, would view such a government as “blessed by Iran and evidence of America’s relative weakness,” analyst Michael Knights wrote on the website of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. This perception could
lead to a surge in violence. Washington, which has its hands full with the war in Afghanistan and the hunt in Pakistan for Osama bin Laden, sees Iraq as “the bane of everyone’s existence lately,” said one senior administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the diplomatic issues. But Iraq cannot afford to ignore completely what Washington wants. For one, that could bring the end of U.S. help and financial backing to broker $13 billion worth of contracts for military equipment. It also would all but dash any hopes by Baghdad to re-negotiate a security agreement that is set to expire at the end of 2011 — a needed step to keeping some U.S. forces in Iraq to continue training its fledgling air force and protect its borders. A senior Iraqi military official predicted the new government, once it is settled, ultimately will ask U.S. troops to remain beyond next year. U.S. alliances with Mideast nations to which Baghdad seeks
to cozy up also cement American influence in Iraq, said Salman Shaikh, director of the Brookings Doha Center think tank in Doha. “In that, I think the U.S. is still pretty well positioned in terms of getting its voice heard in Iraq,” Shaikh said. But he agreed that the U.S. carries less sway in Baghdad than it used to: “If it was such an easy thing to exert influence, then wouldn’t Iraq have had a government by now?” More than seven months have passed since March 7 parliamentary elections failed to produce clear winners, and Iraqi politicians say they will pick new leaders on their own timetable. Othman said the lengthy impasse, despite heavy U.S. pressure to form a government that includes all of Iraq’s major political players, shows that Baghdad doesn’t really care what Washington wants. “Yes, the Americans have their view on how to form an Iraqi government,” Askari agreed. “But it does not apply to the political powers on the ground and it is not effective.”
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Students demonstrate in Paris, Thursday Oct. 21. Protesters blockaded Marseille’s airport, Lady Gaga canceled concerts in Paris and rioting youths attacked police in Lyon on ahead of a tense Senate vote on raising the retirement age to 62. A quarter of the nation’s gas stations were out of fuel despite President Nicolas Sarkozy’s orders to force open depots barricaded by striking workers.
PARIS (AP) — Police used tear gas and water cannon against rampaging youth in Lyon on Thursday while the French government showed its muscle in parliament, shortcircuiting tense Senate debate on a bill raising the retirement age to 62. Despite growing pressure, President Nicolas Sarkozy held firm on a measure he says is crucial to the future of France, heightening the standoff with labor unions that see retirement at 60 as a hard-earned right. Defiant unions announced two more days of protest, one on Nov. 6 — long after the bill is likely to become law. The bold action suggested that opponents believe they have the power to force the government’s hand. “The government bears full and complete responsibility for the continued mobilization, given its intransigent attitude, its failure to listen and its repeated provocations,” said the statement signed by six unions. Weeks of protests have left at least a quarter of the nation’s gas stations on empty, blocked hundreds of ships at the Mediterranean port of Marseille and even forced Lady Gaga to cancel Paris concerts. Violence on the margins of student protests have added a new dimension to the volatile mix. A march in Paris by at least 4,000 students was peaceful, but new violence broke out in Lyon, where police used water cannon and tear gas to hold back ram-
paging youths hurling bottles and overturning at least one car. “It is not troublemakers who will have the last word in a democracy,” Sarkozy told local officials in central France, promising to find and punish rioters. He accused strikers of “taking the economy, businesses, daily life hostage.” The tough talk extended to parliament where the government short-circuited a protracted debate on the retirement bill by ordering Senators to vote on a package of its own design. Labor Minister Eric Woerth, announcing the decision to call upon Article 44-3 of the Constitution, explained there would be a single vote this week, likely Friday, on a package — and no voting on the remaining 250 of some 1,000 amendments. The final text was expected to be adopted next week by both houses. The French government — like many heavily indebted governments around Europe — says raising the minimum retirement age from 60 to 62 and overhauling the money-losing pension system are vital to ensuring that future generations receive any pensions at all. French unions say the working class is unfairly punished by the pension reform and the government should find money for the pension system elsewhere. They fear this reform will herald the end of an entire network of welfare benefits that makes France an
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enviable place to work and live. “We cannot stop now,” JeanClaude Mailly, head of the Workers’ Force union, said Thursday of the protest movement. Unions have held several rounds of one-day strikes in recent months, but scattered actions have turned increasingly radical as the bill has made its way through parliament. “I don’t want to die at work,” said one Bordeaux student from the Bel Orme High School, among some 3,000 who protested in the southwest city. She identified herself only as 16-year-old Cassandra. Students barricaded high schools and took to the streets nationwide Thursday afternoon. Hundreds filled the port of Marseille — where dozens of ships waited in the Mediterranean after days of strikes have blocked access to a key oil terminal. Student protests have forced the government to its knees in the past, and in recent days some have degenerated into violence. Shopping streets stood nearly empty Thursday in central Lyon. The Bistrot de Lyon didn’t put tables outside as usual, out of fear of clashes. “We’ve seen a reduction of 30-35 percent of business overall, for the last few days with the rioting in town. Lunchtime, nothing is going on, we’ve no one. It’s more than calm,” said restaurant manager Philippe Husser. In Nanterre, the scene of
running street battles between masked and hooded youth and riot police in recent days, the scene Thursday morning was calm, said Mehdi Najar, one of a few dozen red-jacketed mediators organized by city hall to help keep the peace. In Marseille, hundreds of workers blocked access to the main airport for about three hours early Thursday. Passengers tugged suitcases along blocked roads as they hiked to the terminal, before police moved in to disperse protesters. Wildcat protests blocked train lines around Paris. Protesters in cars and trucks blocked several highways around the country, from near Calais in the north to the Pyrenees in the south, according to the national road traffic center. Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux lashed out at “certain people who take parts of our territory for battlefields.” Speaking on Europe-1 radio Thursday, Hortefeux said 1,901 people have been detained since early last week. Hortefeux insisted that the country has several weeks of gasoline reserves and that “the trend is toward improvement” in supplies. Still, he said a quarter of France’s gas stations lack fuel. Kamal Guerfa works — or at least shows up for work — at a gas station in Lyon. But on Thursday, there was nothing to pump. “We are here, ready to work, there’s no problem with that. The problem is that people
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DENVER (AP) — A suburban Denver pot grower who tried unsuccessfully to set up a federal-state showdown on medical marijuana agreed to a five-year prison term Thursday and was handcuffed in court after pleading guilty on federal drug charges. Christopher Bartkowicz, 37, pleaded guilty to three drug charges, including cultivation, after federal drug agents raided his Highlands Ranch home in February and seized hundreds of pot plants growing in his basement. The raid by the Drug Enforcement Administration came after a Denver TV station promoted a story in which Bartkowicz bragged about how much money he would make growing pot under Colorado medical marijuana rules. Bartkowicz was originally scheduled to plead guilty in April. But he changed his mind on a plea deal and decided to pursue a defense that was based on recent signals from the White House not to pursue federal marijuana cases in states that allow medical marijuana. Federal prosecutors sought to block Bartkowicz’s argument. U.S. District Judge Philip A. Brimmer last month sided with the government, ruling that Justice Department memos about drug prosecutions aren’t legal clearance to violate federal drug laws. After Bartkowicz was blocked from using Colorado’s marijuana law in his defense, as well as barred from bringing up the possible medicinal value of marijuana, he pleaded guilty. Under Thursday’s plea deal, which isn’t final until Brimmer approves it Jan. 28, Bartkowicz will serve five years in prison on three charges — cultivation, intent to distribute and having pot near a public elementary school. If he had gone to trial, Bartkowicz could have faced a life term because of a previous drug conviction. After he pleaded guilty Thursday, Bartkowicz tried to remain on bond until formal sentencing. Brimmer rejected the request, and Bartkowicz removed his tie and was handcuffed by two deputies and led from the courtroom. It’s not clear whether Bartkowicz’s earlier plea agreement, which he rejected, would have been gentler.
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Access to low book costs relies on profs.
ith textbook prices constantly on the rise, students face increasing pressure to find cheaper alternatives to the average bookstore. Pressure must also be placed on professors who assign these expensive texts. Professors have a responsibility to provide their students with the necessary resources to succeed. This includes affordable textbooks and cheaper alternatives. ConnPIRG has been recruiting professors to switch to “open textbooks,” which are published and sold online by Flat World Knowledge. Here, prices for the more expensive economics and science books can be up to 90 percent cheaper. Students can have the textbooks shipped directly to their doors, print the textbooks themselves or upload them onto an iPad or Sony Reader. According to ConnPIRG, the average student spends $900 annually on textbooks. As The Daily Campus reported, a combination of e-books, e-readers and rental books can lower the average yearly costs to approximately $600. But “open textbooks” can cut costs to $184 – an additional 30 percent decrease. This is a great deal, and the more professors hear about it the more popular and extensive open textbooks will become. Additionally, professors that do not do so already should engage in the same online price comparison and research as students. They can direct students to the most helpful sites and share their own advice about book buying. There could also be forums – within and between universities – where professors can talk to one another, compare their experiences with specific texts and make recommendations. This would go a long way toward pooling information that can then be forwarded to students. In some cases, this could mean that professors would need to look for cheaper alternatives to the textbooks that they have been using for years. If one edition or book is extremely popular among professors, its demand goes up, and so does its price. By considering other texts, the field of competition expands, which will lower costs in the long-term. To get there, professors must move outside of their comfort zones and consider alternate texts. Ultimately, professors cannot solve the problem of everincreasing textbook prices; that challenge belongs to the publishing companies who deliberately elevate prices when they print new editions every year. But professors can use their own research skills, expertise and ingenuity to point students toward the best books available at a reasonable price. Every day, professors strive to give students the biggest bang for their buck in the classroom. They should help students receive an affordable education with affordable books as well. 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.
The rent is not too damn high, the tuition is not too damn high, but SSDP is definitely too damn high! I can’t tell if the Jumanji board game is summoning me or if the band is practicing. At the Animal Science building I passed by a class and heard the prof. yell, “YOU’VE GOT TO CHECK THE SCROTUM.” I had to get a sober ride to my advising appointment. Is it possible to stop eating Ritz crackers before you finish the entire column? You know you’ve played to much Halo when you yell “BOOM HEAD SHOT!” upon completing a project. Hail storms are excellent, hail storms are great. Hail storms are elegant and a foolish thing to hate. Sometimes I feel like my tuition is just going toward free T-shirts. My biggest fear is doing something weird in public and having someone tell the InstantDaily about it. I’m convinced that the tiny building behind ITE is a secret entrance to Narnia. Whenever a teacher says 1-inch margin, I put 1.15. Double Spaced? More like 2.15. You do it too.
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Using behavior drugs is not cheating, but harmful
hether it’s playing a heated game of Candy Land or taking a spelling test in the fifth grade, we are taught from a young age that cheating is wrong. But for students attending Wesleyan University, the definition of cheating has gained a whole new meaning. The school has decided that the use of pharmaceutical aids – like Ritalin and Adderall – are a violation of its honor code. While taking drugs that are not medically prescribed is unhealthy and potentially harmful, it should not be considered unethical. Life By Taylor Trudon as a college stuCommentary Editor dent can be busy, stressful and often sleepless. You have class, Habitat for Humanity meetings, the night shift at Bookworms and sometimes three exams to study for in one week. In anticipation of the all-nighter that you are inevitably going to face, you borrow some Ritalin from your roommate who has a prescription. You feel more focused and alert, so before your 9 a.m. exam the next day you pop another one for good measure. You might get a good grade on this exam, but then again, you might just get the same grade if you hadn’t taken the Ritalin to begin with. But when it comes down to the final exam, a couple of pills aren’t going to compensate for an entire semester of skipped readings and halflistening to lectures because you were perusing Facebook instead.
The Huffington Post reports that in a 2009 study, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health reveals 6.9 percent of American college students aged 18 to 24 have used Adderall for non-medical purposes. Although this statistic may seem small, students have proven that they have no problem accessing these so-called “study drugs.” With drugs such as Ritalin and Adderall typically being given to individuals with disorders like ADHD, sleep-deprived students easily find these helpful concentration and energy boosts.
“If this is the logic, why not ban coffee? Or Red Bull?” But according to Inside Higher Ed, Wesleyan’s vice president for student affairs, Michael J. Whaley, believes taking study aides are a breach of academic integrity. He asks students to pledge that their work has been completed “without improper assistance.” If this is the logic behind the pledge, then why not ban coffee? Or Red Bull? Chugging a couple of Red Bulls is intended to increase concentration, so why is Red Bull not banned? At the end of the day, while caffeinated drinks and Ritalin may keep your eyes open a little longer during the wee hours of the night, it’s not going to help you when you’re trying to fill five pages in a blue book. Taking any kind of medication that has not been prescribed to you is
unhealthy, but it is not unethical in the way Wesleyan University is insinuating. It would be unethical to copy your friend’s homework assignment before passing it in, to cut and paste an article you found online into a paper or sneak a text to a classmate when taking an exam. But taking study aides – albeit a poor decision – is not necessarily grounds for cheating. If anything, the individuals are cheating themselves by putting drugs into their bodies that should not be there, or by thinking that popping Ritalin can magically enhance their performance on a test. There are many alternatives to taking Ritalin if you need an energy boost – whether it’s taking a quick 30-minute power nap or taking a short walk around campus to clear your head before studying. If taking drugs like Ritalin is considered cheating, then we are all guilty. Most of us can likely attest to consuming coffee, Diet Coke, tea or Monster while cramming for a test. The true problem that needs to be addressed is the general use of prescription abuse among college students and how to curb this trend. Taking study aides isn’t going to give you the answers when you’re taking test, and it can lead to bigger problems, like addiction, and cause neurological chemical imbalances. For those who want to perform well academically and use non-prescribed medications as an aide: While it may not be “cheating,” be careful not to cheat yourself.
Commentary Editor Taylor Trudon is a 7th-semester journalism major. She can be reached at Taylor. Trudon@UConn.edu.
Refocus time and energy on Iraq
he U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001 was marked with such a patriotic fervor that most Americans felt confident of victory. Indeed, the invasion of Iraq seemed to bolster the argument for fighting in Afghanistan; the former was seen as baseless and distracting, while the latter was portrayed as By Alex Welch the “good” Staff Columnist war, for lack of a better phrase. Unfortunately, it has become painfully obvious that the Obama Administration has taken the wrong approach to the war on terror. Refocusing efforts on Afghanistan from Iraq, President Obama’s course of action has accomplished very little. It is imperative that Washington turns its attention back to Iraq and break away from the Afghan war. The United States has committed to an ill-fated, nation-building effort in Afghanistan. While Afghans may have a “democratic” government in Kabul, this government has proven unable to solve the grave crises they face. There is widespread corruption in the Karzai government that undermines NATO efforts. The stark truth is that the origin of the Iraq war, which was
largely seen as illegitimate, has no bearing on the American course of action in the here and now. A perfect example of this is the decisive year of 2006. At this time, Iraq was on the verge of a massive civil war between the Shiite and Sunni extremist factions. It was also in that year that many impractical liberals called for a full-out withdrawal from the country. A withdrawal from Iraq in that key year would have caused the country to descend into full-scale civil violence. President Bush instead initiated the surge, which was one of a number of reasons why Iraq achieved relative stability. In 2010, while U.S. troops are being withdrawn, it is necessary to ensure that all available funds be sent to Baghdad to help continue that stability. Iraq is one of the most critical countries in the Middle East. It sits between Saudi Arabia and Iran, two theocracies that restrict the rights of their citizenry. Oil revenues have given Iraq a chance at a successful economy, and a history of strong education (one aspect of governing that Saddam Hussein did correctly) has resulted in a politically aware Iraqi population. In addition, the northern Kurdish region in Iraq has a track record of democracy, even under Saddam’s crime family.
Now let’s examine the situation in Afghanistan. The U.S. is fighting a tenacious enemy on its own territory. Afghanistan has a rampant drug trafficking problem, often run by the Taliban to gain revenue, and the intense regionalism of the outlying portions of the country makes it difficult to take a diagonal approach and unite various factions. American efforts in Afghanistan have proven futile, epitomized by the failed devolution of U.S. responsibilities to the Afghan and Pakistani militaries.
“American efforts in Afghanistan have proven futile.” Furthermore, we have a dubious partner in Pakistan, which is not-so-secretly allying itself with the Afghan faction of the Taliban to gain political power in post-war Afghanistan and an asymmetrical military force against India. In typical American naiveté, government officials fail to see (or, in some cases, blatantly ignore) the pseudo-loyalty of Islamabad. In the war on terror, President Obama has taken an irresponsible, if not misguided, approach. Every dollar the Obama admin-
istration loans to the questionably-loyal Pakistani and Afghan governments is a dollar that should be focused on strengthening Iraq, whether it be the police, military, government or vital infrastructure. This is not to say the Obama administration has done nothing to help Iraq’s government. It just has not done enough. The resources being wasted in Afghanistan should be redirected towards Iraq. The situation is deteriorating in a country that certainly has a chance of succeeding as a modern state; more U.S. focus may very well give the Iraqi government a buffer to address the needs of the Iraqi population. This cannot be accomplished unless NATO powers, the United States in particular, forgo the attempt at nation-building in Afghanistan and invest more time and energy in Iraq. They need to help Iraqi politicians (such as Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and his secular rival Ayad Allawi) cut across rifts and compromise, and lead to the emergence of a promising, liberal-minded nation.
Staff Columnist Alex Welch is a 5thsemester political science major. He can be reached at Alexander.Welch@ UConn.edu.
“A very joyous week. A week where the whole world was watching a bunch of men trying to climb out of a hole they dug for themselves -- but enough about the Democrats. Lets talk about those Chilean miners.” – Bill Maher
Friday, October 22, 2010
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Grade inflation has detrimental effect on schooling
ver the past couple decades, students at colleges and universities have seen a marked increased in GPA averages. While this may seem like good news (after all, who doesn’t like higher grades), grade inflation, if unchecked, will destroy the credibility and effectiveness of higher education in By John C. Giardina this country. Staff Columnist Grade inflation began in the 1960s, when professors were reluctant to give low grades, since students could leave or be dismissed from college and then enter the military draft. Grade inflation then slowed until the 1990s, when they again began to increase. This trend has continued through today. Grade inflation destroys the concept of grades as tools to motivate and differentiate students. If grades continue to increase at current rates, it is not hard to imagine a world where most students get GPAs between 3.5 and 4. If this happens, students will have little motivation to go above and beyond, while
» LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Men’s Ice Hockey
I have something to say and it isn’t about something you printed - it’s about something you failed to print. I think you owe the Men’s Hockey team an apology. Considering that my husband and oldest daughter are alumni of the University of Maine that’s saying something. On Saturday October 9, 2010 our Men’s Ice Hockey team (second from the bottom in pre-season polls) played the University of Maine - Hockey East (eleventh ranked preseason polls) at Alfond Arena (a very imposing arena) in Orono. I listened on WMEB (UMaine’s radio station.) UConn scored first and the game ended in a 3 - 3 tie. This is a big thing! I watched in the paper all week. Nothing! You don’t even have them listed in the section of team schedules. These guys played their hearts out did a tremendous job, and were totally ignored. It’s not right! – Sandra Bradford
Response to “Crisis Pregnancy Centers...”
With regard to Cindy Luo’s Oct. 18 commentary piece, “Crisis pregnancy centers deceive visitors,” I do understand the good intentions of the article and of the writer, who is obviously very concerned for women and who clearly has her heart in the right place. However, CPCs are not clinics; they are centers, which is why they should not be expected to have a full staff of doctors. CPCs can give referrals for, and sometimes transportation to, actual medical facilities, but their main goal is to provide information about contraceptives and alternatives to abortion, as well as prenatal, postnatal and post-abortion counseling. Some also offer parenting classes and free baby supplies. They believe abortion is cold-blooded infanticide; of course they’re going to be deadset against it. However, the decision is ultimately left up to the woman, and
graduate schools or future employers will not be able to tell if one student is more talented than another. Aside from diminishing the power of grades, grade inflation also exacerbates long-standing inequalities between private and public institutions, and between different areas of study.
“Just as the government must step in to stop runaway monetary inflation, someone must step in to stop runaway grade inflation.” Up until the 1950s, the average GPA of public and private institutions were on a similar level. But before grade inflation began in the late 1960s, grades in private schools started to rise. This disparity, due to a uniform inflation rate, has remained. Private school GPAs are
model CPCs will respect that. If the staff are mean, pushy or judgmental, that is a problem with that particular center, just as it would be in an abortion clinic with the same issues. CPCs work to eliminate the crisis without promoting infanticide through the suggestion of eliminating the child. There is, of course, the clichéd response to that: “It’s just a fetus; it’s not a baby.” But “fetus” is just Latin for “offspring” and “baby.” Would calling an innocent five-year-old boy a “homo sapien” make it alright to kill him, too? Finally, I’d like to point out that every claim listed about “antichoice” centers lying to women can just as easily be made about “pro-infanticide” clinics. Framing the discussion in either context is not honest. If there’s an issue with fraud in a CPC or likewise in an abortion clinic, it belongs to the individual institution. To make a broad generalization of accusation with such little basis would be presumptuous. – Hannah Lovell
Cindy Luo’s “Crisis Pregnancy” commentary
In response to Cindy Luo’s commentary, “Crisis pregnancy centers deceive visitors,” I find it ironic that the author mentions “misconceptions” about what happens in a CPC, especially when the nature of the services offered by “Planned Parenthood” entail very little actual parenting. By stating that CPCs “rarely provide genuine help to women in a crisis,” the author makes the implicit point that life is not a valid choice. This entire piece is written with the presumption that death clinics are the only ones allowed to use the pretense of neutrality to advance their agenda. Aside from the name they use–a subjective matter at best– very little evidence is offered to advance the belief that CPCs are misrepresenting themselves as medical clinics. Pregnancy may technically be a medical condition but nothing in the name implies a legal obligation to perform medical services. More importantly, the author of this piece fundamentally mis-
represents a) the rights of US citizens and b) the responsibilities of non-profit organizations to disseminate certain information. The name CPC–the only basis on which the author has inferred misrepresentation–cannot possibly violate women’s rights as is stated. No woman–or man for that matter–has a Constitutional right to receive a litany of facts about abortion. I can’t possibly imagine how this idea was even formed in the writer’s mind. The lack of certain information, by definition, cannot be construed as misinformation. One final fact-check: the author suggested that placing a “no abortions” outside a CPC would be bad for business. What business? These are nonprofit institutions; they exist to prevent genocide. – Nick Tomboulides
VAWPP Is Always Open to Discussion
I’m writing in response to Michelle Anjirbag’s October 19th commentary article, “To end assault, move beyond stale dialog.” It’s disappointing that Michelle has developed the views that she currently holds about the Violence Against Women Prevention Program (VAWPP) and the Women’s Center. Michelle states that she feels certain beliefs are being forced upon her, closing the door to more productive dialogue. VAWPP’s intention is certainly not to silence anyone else’s opinions. We consistently advocate dialogue and open discussion around issues of violence against women on the UConn campus. In fact, VAWPP has issued an invitation to Michelle to discuss in further detail the issues she brings up in her article. If she really is promoting greater dialogue, then we certainly hope that she will take us up on our offer. In addition, Michelle states that discussion around these issues consistently neglects men’s point of view. I would have to disagree. Male allies are extremely important in preventing violence against women. VAWPP often works with the Men’s Project, a group on campus that examines social constructions of masculinity and how men can help prevent violence against women.
still, on average, about .2 points higher than those of public schools. This makes it much harder for students from public institutions to stand out against competition from their peers at private institutions. Even with an excellent GPA, public students often find themselves shut out from jobs and graduate programs in favor of students with similar GPAs but a degree from a more respected and prestigious institution. As a result, public school students, who are often from lower socioeconomic classes, are at a disadvantage. Grade inflation also highlights differences in grading between disciplines. These days, humanities and social science classes generally grade more easily than science or engineering classes. On average, science classes grade .4 points lower than humanities classes and .2 points lower than social science classes. This disparity is a problem in and of itself, but grade inflation has drastically changed the way this problem affects the world at large. As students look for ways to get marginally higher grades, they drift away from science and engineering classes toward humanities classes. While the humanities and social sciWhat Michelle and I do seem to agree on is that sexism and rigid gender expectations are harmful to both men and women. I sincerely hope that Michelle gives us the chance to continue this discussion. – Tess Koenigsmark
State Rep. Coverage Is Too Biased
I have been very disappointed in the quality of the paper’s coverage of the State Representative race for Mansfield and Chaplin. In the article “Mansfield candidates face off” on October 20th, Jason Ortiz was featured prominently in a front page photo, the article only featured positive student comments about Ortiz, and none of his opponents were mentioned until the seventh paragraph. The Daily Campus needs to provide more balanced coverage of this race. Views from students who support Gregg Haddad, Brien Buckman, and Chris Paulhus should be included more frequently to ensure fairness. – Michael Daniels
How Jason Ortiz Won Me Over (sort of)
I have not always been kind to Jason, and I have never been fair. I have blamed him for the caliber of stupid inarticulate protestors that follow him. Sad sheep that believe personality and politics come in a hairstyle, inevitably married with two children voting republican, and laughing about “those days” in their late years. I have blamed Jason for not sticking to his guns, and also for sticking to them. I have blamed Jason the candidate for not being Jason the activist, and simultaneously for being too much like Jason the activist. I have disagreed with him on everything there is and joked about his politics. Yet not last night, Jason may be many things, but his passion is real. On this ship of fools he and his only real opponent Gregory Haddad, managed to navigate like true
ences are important, science and engineering are vital to this nation. There is no doubt that grade inflation is having a deleterious effect on higher education. It questions the ability of institutions to find and promote the most gifted students. It turns the process of earning a college degree into a rat race for the highest grades, no matter the ability level of the student or quality of instruction. Just as government must step in to stop runaway monetary inflation, someone must step in to stop runaway grade inflation. Because of the nature of grade inflation, one university or college alone cannot do this. All of the academic community must come together to halt this crisis. Whether they phase out quantitative grading or institute uniform grading quotas, something must be done to make sure grading is fair and accurate. Otherwise, the reliability of this country’s prized education system could be destroyed.
John Giardina is a 1st-semester economics major. He can be contacted at John.Giardina@UConn.edu.
statesmen. I had printed up bingo cards, with commonly used “Ortiz-isms” written on them. While he clearly hit the few points on my cards and it was tough to resist the urge to shout “Bingo” at the top of my lungs, that was much less impressive then the charismatic way he answered questions. His answers were topical on point and showed a general knowledge of the regions he would be representing. I caught up to him after the debate and found out why. Jason has become the people’s candidate. Riding his bike from door to door in the 54th district Jason has been listening to the people of his district. He has been writing down their concerns. Now this approach may not be the right path. Many, including myself, are hard pressed to believe in voter’s knowledge of what they need, even on a local level. In my opinion the average voter is ill informed, lazy and has no idea what they want, contrary to what the talk show hosts will have us believe, we are not concerned citizens, just morons who vote for the prettiest monosyllabic slogan. Therefore I am not entirely thrilled with Jason Ortiz’s approach, but I can say this, if you want someone who truly represents the district, from his background in activism to listening to some of your stupidest and most worthless ideas, Jason has done that and more. He is truly a people’s candidate. I just wish the people were slightly smarter. – Roman Schwartz
ConnPIRG: Lower textbook prices
Your story, ConnPIRG: Lower textbook prices, demonstrates that ConnPIRG needs to broaden its sources of information on student options for textbooks. Student spending on textbooks and course materials has been flat or going down since spring 2006. The latest data from Student Monitor show that the average 4-year college student spent $659 in 2009, down 7% from 2008 and, when adjusted for inflation, spent 8 percent less for textbooks in
2009 than in 2001. PIRG came up with the $900 figure it uses more than six years ago and it never changes, up or down. According to the College Board’s 2009 Trends in College Pricing, books and supplies are actually one of the smallest expenses, even for public two-year commuter students, with tuition and fees, room and board, and “other expenses” all being greater. And the frequency of new editions has not changed in decades. The average is 3.9 years, according to a study by the California State Auditor. Publishers do not oppose opensource textbooks. However, some perspective on their use is important. There are about one million faculty in the U.S. and more than 400,000 different textbooks in college bookstores. Currently, there are approximately 20 open source textbooks and, according to PIRG, about 1,000 faculty who, “when possible,” will use open source texts. PIRG fails to mention that it sponsored a study last year in California that found that faculty are “careful to consider cost” (Yes, faculty do know the prices) but believe that quality, reliability, and accuracy come first. Those same faculty also expressed concern that “open/ free/affordable” and “high-quality” were oxymoronic. Three observations: The cost of a college education has become increasingly high. An on-campus student at UConn will spend an average of $23,546 this year, according to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). About $800 of that amount will go to books and supplies. For an investment of time and money of this size it’s critical that students demand that quality and value come first. There are more textbook and course material options available today than ever before and, overall, student spending on textbooks is going down. Shop online, including publishers? websites, for good deals. Never rely on a single source, particularly one with a political agenda, for a newspaper article, a research paper or your vote.
– Bruce Hildebrand Executive Director for Higher Education, Association of American Publishers
What was your favorite Halloween costume as a kid? – By Rochelle BaRoss
“I’ve never really had a great costume memory, but I’m planning on something fun for this year! I can’t tell you because it may reveal my secret identity.” Victor Preato, 9th-semester illustration major.
“I was a sick Glinda the Good Witch.”
“Well, last year I dressed as my dad. Silver hair, pillow beer belly, University of Minnesota Golden Gophers vest.”
“Dude, I was totally a dinosaur. It was rad.”
Kelsey Egan, 5th-semester American studies major.
Zack Wussow, 9th-semester photography major.
Amanda Brayman, 7th-semester illustration major.
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Friday, October 22, 2010
‘Don't ask, don't tell’ is back
A protestor from the LaRouche PAC, left, walks past demonstrators protesting the discharge of gays from the military, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010, in Seattle outside Hec Edmundson Pavilion on the University of Washington campus in Seattle, where President Barack Obama and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. later held a rally.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Defense Department on Thursday declared that "don't ask, don't tell" is once again the law of the land but set up a new system that could make it tougher to get thrown of the military for being openly gay. Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday ordered that all dismissals under the 1993 law be decided by one of the four service secretaries in consultation with the military's general counsel and Gates' personnel chief. Defense officials said the change was not intended to slow the rate of discharges. In his memo, Gates wrote that the purpose of narrowing those in charge was to "ensure uniformity and care in the enforcement" at a time of "legal uncertainty." Still, the move puts the question of
who can be dismissed from the service for being openly gay in the hands of just six people — all of them civilian political appointees who work for an administration that thinks the law is unjust. Before Thursday's order, the dismissal of gay enlisted personnel could be done by any commanding officer at a rank equivalent to a one-star general. The change follows an eight-day suspension of the ban after a federal judge in California ordered the military to stop enforcing it. An appeals court on Wednesday agreed to the administration's request to a temporary stay of the court order, although that could be overturned too within a matter of days. The legal wrangling has left many gay troops uncertain as to whether they
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could still be kicked out of the service for speaking up. At the same time, some former service members discharged for being gay have tried to re-enlist although the fate of their applications remains uncertain. The Pentagon says it doesn't know how it will handle any cases of gay troops who may have disclosed their sexual orientation during the law's moratorium or cases of gay troops who tried to enlist. Officials also say they don't know how many cases might present a legal challenge. A senior official said the Pentagon "will evaluate each case, one at a time." The official, who demanded anonymity in turn for speaking about the case, said the Pentagon believes that most gay troops stayed quiet during the week the
ban was lifted because of warnings by gay rights advocates that they could still lose their jobs. The official also said that the Pentagon would use the same criteria to determine whether a service member violated "don't ask, don't tell," even though each case must be decided at the senior echelons of the Pentagon. The official said that the order does not mean the Pentagon "will separate more or fewer people." The official briefed reporters Thursday for the first time since the court's Oct. 12 injunction. While press officials cited protocol as the reason for demanding anonymity, the official's reluctance to speak publicly seemed to indicate an unwillingness to wade into the spotlight
as such a political case makes its way through the courts. President Barack Obama has said he supports repeal of the law, but wants Congress — not the courts — to decide its fate. He also has agreed to the military's request that it be given more time to implement any changes. But Obama's decision to appeal the court order has put his civilian appointees in the awkward position of defending the law just weeks away from congressional midterm elections. Several gay rights advocates have said they are angry and frustrated with the administration's handling of the case and with congressional Democrats for not acting sooner to repeal the law.
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In a televised speech President John F. Kennedy announces that U.S. spy planes have discovered Soviet missile bases in Cuba.
I love you just the weight you are
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Friday, October 22, 2010
Students in Symphony Orchestra play at von der Mehden
By Amy Schellenbaum Associate Managing Editor
This week, tri-Delta sorority is hosting Fat Talk Free Week, an event aimed at getting young adults to stop the unhealthy body-bashing cycle. Young adults are watching documentaries and attending speeches about unrealistic bodies in the media, and about how to stop sustaining a culture of personal abuse on at least 35 campuses nationwide, according to Time Magazine. Even Jillian Michaels, the explosive trainer from “The Biggest Loser” who is notorious for shouting at contestants as they cry and sputter on treadmills and for fuming when someone loses only three pounds in a week (and who I like despite my better judgment), said on her Twitter account, “To be clear... there is a big difference between pursuing health and verbally bashing yourself.” And I completely agree. Disparaging someone, especially yourself, will not provide the motivation onr needs to become healthier. A sentence popped up on the powerpoint in my Medical Anthropology class (taught by the lovely Pamela Erickson), and I was so struck by its connection to this topic that I made a note to mention it here. “Healing requires respect, compassion and understanding.” Somebody’s personal journey toward better health is not about “curing” a disease or disorder, and that includes many Western misconceptions of being “fat.” In medical anthropology, we study the difference between curing, which encompasses only the independent pathogens as they affect segments of our physical bodies, and healing, a process that requires acceptance as well as mental and emotional peace. The sentence was originally used to describe how the practices of Western reductionist medicine do not address all that is needed for many to consider themselves healed. Medical practitioners need to offer these things to their patients, and, more relevantly, people need to offer these things to themselves. A person can be amazingly fit, yet still have such a distorted and toxic relationship with food and exercise that his or her overall well being is damaged by constant doubt and guilt. Being at a healthy weight (and what the heck does that mean anyway?) while constantly barraging yourself is not really healthy at all. Real health requires “respect, compassion and understanding.” Western fixation – no, obsession – with being skinny is only hurting our health. Fat talk is not making our obesity epidemic any less rampant. Making people feel bad about themselves is not encouraging them to lose weight. It’s bashing and bruising the confidence, self-identities and health of people throughout the Western world, women and men of all ages, shapes and weights. To clarify, I am not saying that I’m a fan of the so-called “Fat Pride” movement. We have a severe obesity problem in the U.S. It’s an epidemic that isn’t getting fixed by rational, modern medicine. It’s also a problem that is irrevocably entangled in our culture and environment. One out of every 8 deaths in the U.S. is caused by a disease directly related to being overweight or obese, according to the U.S. Department of Health
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Internationally acclaimed percussionist Haruka Fiji of Saitama, Japan, plays a solo on Thursday night at von der Mehden with the Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jeffrey H. Renshaw.
By Kim Halpin Campus Correspondent Thursday night, the UConn Symphony Orchestra played a concert in front of a nearlypacked house at the von der Mehden Recital Hall. Friends and family came to watch the nearly 85 student performers. Audience members were given a performance that was just as visually compelling as it was musically. The concert began in near darkness, with a single percussionist playing as the “Water Concerto” commenced. The soloist moved down the aisles and finally ended on the stage to join the other two percussion players.
The piece, composed by Tan Dun, is unique in that it employs sounds and instruments uncommon for an orchestra. “Dun goes to New York’s Chinatown, and just listens,” said Haruka Fujii of the “Water Concerto.” As the lead percussionist, Fujii is currently teaching at UConn and is very familiar with Tan Dun’s work. She explains that Dun got the idea to use the water basins featured in the piece from the covers on security cameras. Dun’s works call for strict attention to detail and specification in the way the water instruments are played. Many of the key sounds in the piece were played using hands to drip and play with the water in
the basins. Cups and bowls were also used in the water basins for pouring and creating hollow drums to be played with mallets. Gongs were employed throughout the piece and dipped into the water to create resonating sounds. Two UConn students, Jennie Herreid and Robert Kennon, were also able to play the water percussion with the accompaniment of the entire orchestra. The “Water Concerto” was conducted by Jeffery H. Renshaw. Marvin McNeill, assistant director of athletic bands for the university, said that he was “very impressed by the maturity of the ensemble to play such a piece.”
The second piece performed was “Four Sea Interludes,” composed by Benjamin Britten and conducted by the associate conductor Cheung Chau. A more traditional symphony piece, “Four Sea Interludes” is divided into four sections, moving through “Dawn,” “Sunday Morning,” “Moonlight” and “Storm.” Britten sought to express psychological struggles as well as physical struggles in the piece. Beginning with “Dawn,” the high-pitched phrases created the impression of a desolate seascape, setting the mood for the piece. The piece continued into the bells of “Sunday Morning.” The
work continued to rise into “Moonlight,” intensifying the mood to prepare for the final section. In “Storm,” it is evident that there is a challenge between the light of the Sun and dense darkness of the Storm; and in the conclusion, “Storm” wins. The Orchestra is “a premiere group in Connecticut,” said 3rd-semester political science major Jonathan Singnagam. “They were completely enjoyable to watch.” The Symphony Orchestra holds auditions in the fall for all students and community members.
‘Out With The In Crowd’ Movie: slogans are part of gets crowd moving
By Matt Yost Campus Correspondent Last night was the second night of the “Out With The In Crowd” tour, featuring Balance & Composure, Title Fight and coheadliners Bayside and Senses Fail. Having seen Bayside about six times, I was particularly excited for the tour. Unfortunately, none of the other bands really did anything special for me. Still, drawing a near sold-out crowd is quite an impressive feat considering neither of the coheadliners has released material for the last three years. The Webster Theater was filled with over-enthusiastic Senses Fail and Bayside fans ready to see the bands take the stage. First opener Balance & Composure were musically spoton. Sounding like Devil and Godera Brand New or Crime in Stereo, the band’s musical performance was quite engaging. Their stage presence, on the other hand, left much to be desired. Despite being talented musicians, they appeared lazy and disorganized. This caused much of the crowd to ignore the band on-stage. Title Fight was quite good on the stage, getting a decent amount of the crowd involved and excited by its performance. Despite the fact that the band normally graces smaller stages, it handled the transition to the main stage at the Webster quite gracefully. When Bayside came on stage, the band immediately generated a massive crowd reaction. As they opened with fan-favorite “The Walking Wounded,” the entire Webster Theater morphed into one giant mosh pit. Crowd surfers passed overhead every minute or so.
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Senses Fail, one of the headliners of the “Out With The In Crowd” tour, performing.
Bayside shows have always been a personal favorite of mine. The passion of the fans cannot be compared to any live experience I have yet to attend. But, Bayside put out a weak setlist; after the show, the band explained to me that the purpose of the tour was to play songs that are normally ignored during live performances. But even if this was the purpose of the tour, the band could’ve selected far stronger underdog tracks. One of the biggest qualms I have with Bayside performances is the fact that its most recent album, “Shudder,” was completely ignored in the setlist, despite being a solid entry into Bayside’s album collection. Only one song, “I Think I’ll Be Okay,” was played, and it remains my least favorite on the record. The band did cut through a few of the older hits; “Devotion and Desire,” “Montauk,” and “Blame It On Bad Luck” were all featured. All in all, despite poor set choices, Bayside put on a solid, entertaining performance. Senses Fail failed in this respect. The closing band rubbed me the
wrong way. From insensitive jokes about domestic violence to a stage performance that felt like it was choreographed by Taking Back Sunday, the band was a dud. Fans, however, seemed to love the performance, going off-the-walls for every track. Toward the middle of the setlist, lead singer Buddy Nielsen described the tour name as an attack on “unoriginal scene bands only working for profit.” What Nielsen doesn’t realize, however, is that Senses Fail isn’t in a position to criticize others for artistic integrity. Senses Fail has failed to distinguish any progression throughout its discography. Overall, reactions to each band’s performance seemed dependent on whether or not the attendee was already a fan. None of the artists will gain fans based on their live performances. While I would certainly be in attendance at the next Bayside show, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend the experience to a non-fan.
Doug Pray, director of the film “Art & Copy,” a commentary on advertisements and how they’ve evolved over time, showed his film Thursday afternoon at the Student Union Theatre. The film touches on both the pervasiveness of advertisements in America, as well as how they have changed over the years, through both necessity and the innovation of advertisers. “The average [American] child sees over 20,000 ads each year,” the film states. “There are 450,000 billboards all across the United States.” Because of the sheer numbers of advertisements we are exposed to every single day, advertisers have had to get creative with the ways they present their products to the public. The film covered brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Got Milk?, Nike and even Apple, revealing the then-controversial advertising campaigns that brought these brands to the forefront of our culture. For example, the slogan “Got Milk?” was originally shot down by advertisers. Today, it is one of the most recognized, and parodied, slogans in existence. Conversely, the film also told the story of slogans that didn’t originate from advertisers’ offices. Nike’s “Just do it” was derived from the
dying words of a murderer in Utah, just before he faced the firing squad. In spouting his not-so-famous last words “let’s do it,” Gary Gilmore unknowingly helped create the slogan that Nike built its reputation upon. Told from the perspective of the people who create advertisements as opposed to the clients who request them, “Art & Copy” is also a story of innovation and creativity. “It’s nice to see a film like this, it was really creative,” said Ellis Sant’Andrea, a 9thsemester art communication design major. Unfortunately, Sant’Andrea and Peter Maniscalco, a 9thsemester communication design major, were the only two in attendance. Sant’Andrea said it was “sad that more people didn’t come.” “Forty-four percent of satellites belong to advertising…the average family has more than three TVs,” the film says. “Art & Copy” is full of facts and statistics describing the complete and utter saturation of advertisements in American culture. “A 30-second commercial on American Idol costs $750,000…on the Superbowl $2.7 million.” “Art & Copy” certainly accomplishes its purpose, putting more scrutiny on American advertising.
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No limits on search in Gibson case
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Detectives will have unrestricted access to search the contents of a computer used by Mel Gibson’s ex-girlfriend while they investigate claims she tried to extort the actor, a judge ruled Thursday. An attorney for Oksana Grigorieva had been seeking a ruling that would limit what sheriff’s detectives could look for on the computer, which the Russianborn musician said contains loads of personal information, including videos, letters and photos. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon said he could not dictate what detectives search for, but that they may be barred from using certain information if a criminal case against Grigorieva is filed. “For me to supervise or run their investigation would be improper,” Gordon said. A search warrant he approved for the computer’s contents was not overly broad and Grigorieva’s information would be protected, he said. Detectives will be working off a copy of the computer’s hard drive because Grigorieva’s computer has been returned to her. Gibson, 54, has claimed Grigorieva attempted to extort him during a contentious custody battle over their infant daughter. Sheriff’s detectives also have investigated Grigorieva’s claims that the actordirector physically abused her during a fight in January. No charges have been filed, and no timeline was given on when the extortion investigation would conclude. Grigorieva’s attorney, Daniel Horowitz, said detectives would find information on the computer that would exonerate his client. “My entire life is on that computer,” Grigorieva, 40, said after the hearing. In addition to personal writings and music, the computer also contained videos of Gibson and other information about Academy Award winner, she said. Horowitz wrote in a court filing that there was nothing salacious on the computer. The copy of the computer’s information may be returned to Grigorieva if she is not charged, Gordon said. Grigorieva repeatedly professed her innocence Thursday, at one point stopping a county attorney who had moments earlier described her as a “suspect” in court.
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and Human Services. And some of the people involved in this Fat Talk Free Week are, in my opinion, taking it a little far. To me, saying, “I need to go to the gym” is not necessarily promoting an unhealthy attitude. A lot of times I feel the need to go to the gym because I’m frazzled or lethargic or just plain want to go. It’s almost never about me feeling fat. It’s not realistic or completely necessary to eliminate critical dialog, but once we begin making an effort to stifle those negative thoughts and comments, people may have a more positive relationship with food. Maybe then eating disorders and obesity problems will begin to decline. Again, health requires “respect, compassion and understanding.” Focusing on flaws and working obsessively to get rid of them is not healthy. What I consider fat talk is making us sicker mentally, emotionally and physically. It’s contributing to a social disease, and for thousands, if not millions, it is eroding a sense of self and promoting unhealthy eating and exercising habits.
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NPR axes, Fox defends Williams over Muslim remarks
WASHINGTON (AP) – “I’m not a bigot,” longtime news analyst Juan Williams said. Then he talked about getting nervous on a plane when he sees people in Muslim dress. Fair game for one of his employers, Fox News Channel, but a fireable offense for the other, NPR. Muslim groups were outraged, saying that Williams’ remarks Monday on Fox’s “The O’Reilly Factor” endorsed the idea that all Muslims should be viewed with suspicion. But conservatives and even some liberals said NPR went too far in axing his contract for being honest about his feelings in an interview where he also said it is important to distinguish moderate Muslims from extremists. The opinions Williams expressed on Fox News over the years had already strained his relationship with NPR to the point that the public radio network asked him to stop using the NPR name when he appeared on Bill O’Reilly’s show. NPR CEO Vivian Schiller said Thursday that Williams had veered from journalistic ethics several times before Monday’s comments. Controversial opinions should not come from NPR reporters or news analysts, Schiller said, adding that Williams was not a commentator or columnist for NPR. Schiller said whatever feelings Williams has about Muslims should be between him and “his psychiatrist or his publicist – take your pick.” In a post later on NPR’s website – where comments were heavily against Williams’ firing – she apologized for making the “thoughtless” psychiatrist remark. On his Thursday broadcast, O’Reilly blasted NPR for what he called “a disgraceful decision” and called on Schiller to resign. “Ms. Schiller is a pinhead,” said O’Reilly. O’Reilly said Williams was merely describing how he felt, and that “millions of Americans feel the same way.” Williams appeared shaken during an appearance on the show, and when shown Schiller’s videotaped comments about him talking to a psychiatrist, asked incredulously: “Now I’m mentally unstable?”
He and O’Reilly both said they believed Williams was fired from NPR because of his association with Fox. “You know what? I didn’t fit into their box,” he said. In a memo to her staff and affiliate stations, Schiller said the comments violated NPR’s code of ethics, which says journalists should not participate in media “that encourage punditry and speculation rather than factbased analysis.” Fox News, meanwhile, announced it had re-signed Williams to a multiyear deal that will give him an expanded role with the network – and that Williams will host O’Reilly’s show on Friday. Chairman Roger Ailes described Williams as “a staunch defender of liberal viewpoints” and “an honest man whose freedom of speech is protected by Fox News on a daily basis.” Williams stood by his remarks Thursday. He told Fox News his statement was not bigoted, as he said NPR news executive Ellen Weiss implied Wednesday when she fired him by phone. “I said, ‘You mean I don’t
even get the chance to come in and we do this eyeball-toeyeball, person-to-person, have a conversation? I’ve been there more than 10 years,’” Williams said. He said Weiss responded that “there’s nothing you can say that would change my mind.” Williams made the comments at issue while discussing whether O’Reilly was wrong to have said “Muslims killed us on 9/11” during an appearance last week on ABC’s “The View.” O’Reilly’s comment prompted co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar to walk off the set, but Goldberg defended Williams on Thursday. “The point he was trying to say is, ‘I get nervous,’ and that’s OK,” Goldberg said. “Firing him for saying that, I think, is kind of ridiculous.” Republicans denounced NPR’s decision. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told Fox News that Congress should investigate NPR for censorship and consider cutting off its public funding. “Juan Williams: Going Rogue,” former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin
SEATTLE (AP) – A few lucky visitors first are invited to try on the sorting hat, which compliments them on their bravery, intelligence or cunning. Then, a few steps down a dark corridor, you are surrounded by a cloud of steam. Ahead is the train station, where the Hogworts Express has just arrived. You have entered “Harry Potter: The Exhibition,” a showcase filled with the imagery evoked in J.K. Rowling’s seven-part series about an orphan named Harry who discovers he is part of a mostly hidden magical world. The traveling museum show opens in Seattle on Saturday. What Harry Potter fan hasn’t wanted to sit for a bit in a giant chair at Hagrid’s cottage, watching to see if the dragon’s egg shaking and rattling on the table is going to open? The show also give fans a chance to test their Quidditch skills and see up close the beautiful gowns the actors wore to the Yule Ball in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.” Costumes and props from the seven movies are in Seattle for an exhibition at the Pacific Science Center, including a few that weren’t shown when the show stopped previously in Chicago, Boston and Ontario. Seattle is the last stop – for now – in the United States for the 10,000 square-foot exhibit. “The filmmakers have been great. They love the exhibition and love sharing things with the fans,” said Eddie Newquist, chief creative officer of Global Experience Specialists, an exhi-
bition and trade show company based in Las Vegas. Newquist said it took two years to create the exhibit, and it continues to evolve as the filmmakers release more props. The seventh movie opens Nov. 19, and one more film is planned. From the seventh movie, the exhibition includes a decoy detector, Rita Skeeter’s biography of Albus Dumbledore, and a costume worn by Helena Bonham Carter, who plays Bellatrix LeStrange. As you enter the castle, the fat lady, who usually sits in a picture frame that blocks the entrance to the Gryffindor Common Room and Harry’s digs at Hogwarts invites the visitor to stop and enjoy her singing. When you start to walk away, she signals the visitor to give her just a little more time. In the end, she breaks her wine glass on the wall when she can’t break it by singing – just like in the movie. Just about everything the fan has ever wanted to take a closer look at is on display: from the tapestry outside the Room of Requirement – it’s painted not woven – to the creepy, crawlers stored in jars in the potions classroom, plus the marauder’s map, Harry’s broomstick, various school uniforms, everybody’s wands and Dobby the house elf. A few things were missing from the displays, including owls, which were not seen until the gift shop. The show has only a few hands-on exhibits: tossing a quaffle, pulling a mandrake from its pot and sitting on Hagrid’s
chair. But a group of second graders, many who hadn’t read any of the books or seen the movies, were quickly immersed in the displays and hyped up with excitement, without any assistance from the sweets on display at the end. Kyleigh Ball, 7, who has read the first book in the series, said her favorite part was the costume displays. “I thought it was great,” she said. When asked if anything in the exhibit was too scary, Kyleigh added, “I definitely don’t want my best friend to get freaked out by the statues. They were scary.” She would advise her friend to avoid the giant statue of the Angel of Death from the graveyard scene in the “Goblet of Fire.” Newquist said the exhibit is appropriate for children old enough to read one of the books or see the first movie, and the scary parts of the exhibit were not as scary as the later movies. Kyleigh’s teacher, Dano Beal of Lafayette Elementary in West Seattle, wore a wizard’s robe and a fancy hat to the preview. Harry Potter is his classroom theme this year – with a focus on teamwork – and he contacted the Science Center to tell them his class was really immersed in the story. They were invited to be the museum’s special guests for the press preview of the exhibit. “I’m terribly excited,” he said, when asked if he or the children were more entranced by the displays. “The kids have just been wiggling about it. They’re going to be talking about this for months.”
News analyst Juan Williams appears on the “Fox & friends” television program in New York on Thursday. Williams has written extensively on race and civil rights in the U.S.
said Thursday in a Twitter message. “NPR should receive NO fed tax dollars if it operates as intolerant, private radio. Mr. President, what say you?” Federal grants provide less than 2 percent – or $3.3 million – of NPR’s $166 million annual budget. It is funded primarily by its affiliates, corporate sponsors and major donors. O’Reilly had invited Williams on his show Monday to discuss his spat with hosts from “The View.” “Where am I going wrong here, Juan?” O’Reilly asked. Williams told O’Reilly, “I think you’re right,” and said that “political correctness can lead to some kind of paralysis where you don’t address reality.” “I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country,” he said. “But when I get on a plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.” He went on to say that it is wrong to believe all Muslims are extremists, just as it would be wrong to think all Christians are extremists because of the actions of a few. “We don’t want, in America, people to have their rights violated, to be attacked because they hear rhetoric from Bill O’Reilly and they act crazy,” Williams said. Before Williams was fired, the Council on AmericanIslamic Relations said a news organization would not tolerate such commentary from a journalist about other racial, ethnic or religious minority groups. Early this month, CNN fired anchor Rick Sanchez for comments that included questioning whether Jews should be considered a minority. “NPR should address the fact that one of its news analysts seems to believe that all airline passengers who are perceived to be Muslim can legitimately be viewed as security threats,” CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said. Society of Professional Journalists President Hagit Limor said Thursday that although the group supports Williams’ right
to free speech, “Based on our code of ethics, which advises avoiding stereotyping for any reason ... we understand the rationale that may be behind NPR’s decision.” Williams was a longtime reporter, columnist and editorial writer at The Washington Post. He has written extensively on the civil rights movement, including a book on the African-American religious experience and a biography of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first black justice. Williams has been with Fox News since 1997. His appearances have been an issue for NPR in the past, including his remarks about Michelle Obama on a 2009 episode of “The O’Reilly Factor.” “Michelle Obama, you know, she’s got this StokelyCarmichael-in-a-designer-dress thing going. ... her instinct is to start with this ‘Blame America,’ you know, ‘I’m the victim,’” Williams said, according to an account by NPR’s Ombudsman Alicia Shepard. Carmichael was a civil rights activist who coined the phrase “black power.” Schiller said Williams’ comments about Michelle Obama also violated the ethics code, but NPR executives wanted to give Williams a second chance. One NPR employee, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, remains a Fox News contributor, and there was no sign that would change. “Mara’s work on NPR and elsewhere is consistent with our standards and practices,” NPR spokeswoman Anna Christopher said. Dori J. Maynard, the president of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education – a renowned institute that trains minority journalists – said NPR may have missed an opportunity by firing Williams. It could have broadcast a town hall-style program, or even a series, exploring why Williams made the remarks and feels the way he does. “I hate what he said,” Maynard said during the Associated Press Managing Editors conference in St. Petersburg, Fla. “But he didn’t say something, unfortunately, that other people aren’t thinking. So we have to talk about it. Not talking about things don’t make them go away.”
Harry Potter props, costumes Robin Williams to make Broadway on display in Seattle debut as a tiger
NEW YORK (AP) – Robin Williams will make his Broadway debut next year in the play “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo.” Producers say the awardwinning actor has signed on to join Rajiv Joseph’s dark comedy that will follow the fall of Saddam Hussein. It’s narrated by a philosophical tiger who encounters two American marines and an Iraqi gardener. Williams will play the tiger. Moises Kaufman will direct the play, which premiered last year in Los Angeles. Broadway previews begin March 10 with an opening set for March 31. Williams starred off-Broad-
Robin Williams opening his mouth really wide during a Comedy Central Special.
way in 1988 opposite Steve Martin in a revival of “Waiting for Godot.”
Mel Gibson’s appearance in ‘Hangover 2’ canceled
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Mel Gibson’s planned cameo in “The Hangover Part II” has been canceled. Warner Bros. Pictures and director Todd Phillips say the embattled actor won’t be appearing in the sequel to the popular ensemble comedy. Gibson’s cameo role as a tattoo artist in the film was announced earlier this week. Phillips said Thursday that producers supported his deci-
sion to cast Gibson, who has been engaged in a high-profile custody battle with ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, but the decision “ultimately did not have the full support of my entire cast and crew.” The film is set to reunite Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha and Ed Helms, who starred in the 2009 summer blockbuster. The sequel is scheduled for release next year.
Steamy ‘Glee’ GQ pics have many, well, steaming Friday, October 22, 2010
NEW YORK (AP) – You’re a couple of great-looking, talented young actresses on the hottest show on TV. You’re adults. So why NOT pose for some seriously saucy photos in GQ, a magazine for adult men? Well, it gets a little thorny when the show is “Glee,” beloved by 8- and 9-year-olds, and when you’re posing as a high-school girl in nothing but skimpy panties, spreading your legs sky-wide on a locker room bench. Or suggestively licking a lolly as you lean – in the same skimpy panties – on a highschool locker. Did the stars of “Glee” go too far? That’s what critics and fans of the show have been debating as the photo spread in GQ’s November issue, featuring Lea Michele (the ambitious Rachel) and Dianna Agron (Quinn, the once-pregnant cheerleader), started circulating this week. Oh yes, male co-star Cory Monteith (the quarterback Finn) is in there, too – but he remains clothed (in fact, he’s practically bundled up.) “I just wasn’t impressed at all,” said a disapproving Emily Martin, a mother in Ontario, Canada, and a self-professed “huge Glee fan.” “I guess I just don’t understand why they chose to even pose for these photos in the first place,” Martin wrote in an e-mail message. “I don’t get what they hope to gain by putting themselves out there like that.” Her feelings were echoed by commentators as prominent as Katie Couric, who devoted an opinion segment on Wednesday’s “CBS Evening News” to the photo flap. “I’m a Gleek,” she began, saying how she and her 14-yearold daughter watch the show every week. But she decried the photos, particularly Michele’s spread-eagle one, as “raunchy” and “un-Glee-like,” and concluded: “I’m disappointed.” “Utterly tone-deaf,” chimed in Salon.com. “An explosion of cliched fetishism not seen outside the cheap Halloween costume aisles,” wrote EW.com.
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Not surprisingly, though, the harshest commentary came from the Parents Television Council. “It borders on pedophilia,” said Tim Winter, president of the council. He called the spread a “near-pornographic display” – especially the “full-frontal crotch shot.” As for GQ, which is enjoying a burst of publicity, it took issue with the pedophilia reference – pointing out that Agron and Michele are 24, and Monteith is 28. “I think they’re old enough to do what they want,” said GQ’s editor in chief, Jim Nelson. In an e-mail to The Associated Press, Nelson elaborated: “I don’t think it will surprise anyone that we knew what we were doing,” he wrote. “I think most people will take the pictures with the wink and spirit of fun in which they were made.” Nelson added: “What we wanted to celebrate in the shoot and the story is (the show’s) playfulness, its wicked sense of fun, the clever way it plays with its selfawareness. And it doesn’t hide from it sexual suggestiveness.” No question about that. “Glee,” which airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. Eastern on Fox, frequently deals with mature themes: Teen pregnancy, homosexuality, the loss of virginity. Some parents bristled last season at a scene where Finn ejaculated in a hot tub. And this season, the cheerleaders Santana and Brittany were not only shown making out on a bed – one of them referred to a hard-core lesbian sex act. And yet, in a dilemma for parents, kids as young as 8 and 9 adore the show, drawn in by its wonderfully energetic and witty musical numbers. For them, it’s a much cooler, hipper “High School Musical.” If one had any doubt as to the youthfulness of the fan base, they need only have witnessed the legions of squealing tweens at last spring’s “Glee” concert tour. The show’s creators didn’t quite expect that at first. “We didn’t know 9-year-olds would like it so much,” cocreator and executive producer Brad Falchuk told the AP in May. “We didn’t know the geri-
atric set would like it so much, either. I wish we knew how we did it.” It wasn’t clear how “Glee” producers felt about the GQ photos: Fox denied the AP’s request for comment. In any case, Nelson, at GQ, said that Fox knew about the shoot, but didn’t get involved in the concept. “It was up to the individual actors and the reps for the actors to approve the concept,” he said. A publicist for Michele did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the actress, who is the breakout star
of “Glee” and the subject of the raciest GQ photos – the one with spread legs, and the lollipop-licking photo. Nor did a representative for Monteith. A publicist for Agron would only confirm the authenticity of a posting by the actress on tumbler.com: The photos, she said, “do not represent who I am.” “They asked us to play very heightened versions of our school characters,” wrote Agron, whose poses weren’t nearly as explicit as Michele’s, but still had her in tiny schoolgirl skirts
intentionally raised up. “At the time, it wasn’t my favorite idea, but I did not walk away.” “If you are hurt or these photos make you uncomfortable, it was never our intention,” she said. “And if your 8-year-old has a copy of our GQ cover in hand, again I am sorry. But I would have to ask, how on earth did it get there?” At least one parent interviewed for this article agreed with Agron that it was the parent’s responsibility to control what children see. “Parents need to filter what
comes into their house,” said Vivian Manning-Schaffel, a 42-year-old mother of two in New York City and a frequent blogger on parenting issues. “It’s up to parents to be clear about what is what.” As for the GQ photos, Manning-Schaffel added: “I don’t understand what all the hoopla is about. If I were those actresses, I’d be out there posing in those outfits myself! They’re both gorgeous.” Celebrity editor Bonnie Fuller also came to the actresses’ defense.
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Friday, October 22, 2010
Carin Goes to College by Carin Powell
Down 1 G.I. Joe foe 2 Subject of Great Britain/ China wars 3 Religious teacher 4 Filmmaker’s __ light 5 Berlin was its last capital 6 Bathrobe word 7 When repeated twice, “and so on” 8 Mettle 9 Freshwater crustacean 10 First first name in space 11 Popular foam shoe 12 Mascara target 13 Shout of support 21 Gare du __: Paris
railway station 22 Aria singer, often 26 Country singer Jackson 27 Symphonic poem pioneer 29 Word in many a rap name 30 “NBA on __” 31 Frat party wear 32 __ pea 33 Noodle tests? 34 Yawn-inducing 35 Sad 37 “Please open a can for me”? 39 Improve, perhaps 43 Have, as an operation 44 Stevie Wonder’s “__ She Lovely” 45 Representing in drawing 46 Let go 51 Quahogs
53 Type of jacket the Beatles helped make fashionable 54 Windbreak, often 55 Lots 56 Oversight 57 Like mortals? 58 Track 59 First first name on the moon 60 Landed 61 Humerus neighbor 62 Govt. broadband regulator
Super Glitch by John Lawson
68 Ma’s forte 69 Pre-wedding party 70 Pres. Reagan’s “evil empire”
Classic JELLY! by Elise Domyan
Across 1 Bulletin board material 5 __ ed 9 Human-powered Eastern cab 14 Hyalite, e.g. 15 Realize 16 Arcadian 17 Actress Andersson 18 Karachi language 19 Popped up 20 Baroque painter’s study of a snack? 23 1986 movie title trio 24 Rib 25 Muscat money 28 Employees with a lot of keys 33 Go back 36 Surrealist’s portrait of a president? 38 Spanish pronoun 40 Suffix with polymer 41 Org. co-founded by Babe Zaharias 42 Synthetist’s picture of a French author? 47 Afternoon break 48 Radiances 49 Mars candy bar 50 Pol. platform-promoting org. 52 Après-dinner confection 57 Impressionist’s study of a washerwoman? 62 Intense excitement 63 Sheryl Crow’s “__ Wanna Do” 64 When repeated, “I agree” 65 Newmark with an online list 66 Land of 10,000 Lakes: Abbr. 67 Delinquent’s fear
The Daily Crossword
Poop by Michael Badulak
Aries - Carve out time to spend by yourself to complete necessary projects. Work imaginative ideas provided by associates into the final presentation.
Gemini - Create a working environment that suits everyone. Consider feelings as well as concrete goals. That way, everyone feels like part of the process.
Dissmiss the Cynics by Victor Preato
Taurus - Circumstances require you to spend time with friends. No problem! That’s what you want to do anyway. Everyone has more fun than you thought possible.
By Michael Mepham
Cancer - A surprise communication changes your direction today. Possibilities expand exponentially if you listen carefully. You couldn’t have planned it.
Nothing Extraordinary by Thomas Feldtmose
Leo - Change is the only game that matters today. The status quo is not an option. Use all your resources to gain the necessary insight. Then move forward. Virgo - Draw group members closer together. Each person needs support. You sense an opportunity just around the corner. Solidarity works magic now.
Bucephalus by K.X. Ellia
Libra - Your desire for change benefits from letting your imagination run free. Notice where it takes you, and apply your own native wisdom. Scorpio - Young people capture your attention and help you deliver the creative goods. Your imagination stimulates their action, achieving success. Sagittarius - Wow! You’ve been gathering pieces together for some time, and now it all fits together like a charm. The entire household sparkles with delight. Capricorn - You need to catch up on correspondence. Write sweet thank you notes, email friends, and make an important phone call to a female relative. Aquarius - There’s a mystical book you’ve wanted to read. There’s a valuable lesson in the plight of the characters there. Plus it’s fun. Pisces - The responsibility is on you now, and that’s fine. You have great ideas and enthusiasm. So work alone and get it done. You can do it.
Pundles and Droodles by Brian Ingmanson www.cupcakecomics.com.
Why the long Face by Jackson Lautier
Friday, October 22, 2010
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UConn hopes to get on point at Army By Danielle Ennis Staff Writer The Huskies seek their first win after a tough loss to Merrimack on Saturday. “We both had our chances, and they finished on theirs. It wasn’t the outcome we were hoping for, but we have to learn from it and put it behind vs. Army us,” said sophomore goaltender 7:05 p.m. Garrett Bartus. Merrimack Tate Rink outshot the West Point, Huskies 40-25, but scored only N.Y. once in the first period. The Huskies tied it 12 seconds into the second period with a goal from senior forward Jason Krispel. But shortly after, Merrimack put four more in the net to finish the second period 6-1. They added one more to the tally in the third to finish off the 7-1 victory. “It is not what we wanted and was not indicative of how we play,” said
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Senior forward Justin Hernandez chases the puck against Bentley on Feb. 19.
Football has taken last three against 'Ville
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“I’ve been very impressed with Bilal Powell,” Edsall said. “If you had a chance to watch that game the other night, you saw a guy who really ran extremely well. He’s powerful, he’s got speed, I think he’s got three touchdowns over 70 yards this year, he’s just having a very, very good year.” UConn has defeated Louisville in each of its last
three meetings, including a 38-25 Homecoming victory at Rentschler Field last season. But Edsall called the current Louisville team a “much improved football team.” Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. at the Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium in Louisville. The game will be televised on ESPNU.
Tsantiris: We just need to relax and play our game from UCONN, page 14 With a tie against juggernaut Notre Dame and a win against a talented De Paul team, last weekend’s results greatly increased the Huskies’ confidence in themselves. After last weekend, they are convinced that they can earn a good result against any team they face. “That was a big time game against Notre Dame and for us to tie them, it was was huge. Now we know that we can go up against any team in the nation and beat them. That result gave us a ton of confidence,” said junior forward Melissa Busque. But the Huskies having confidence heading into this weekend does not mean it will be an easy weekend. “We will be playing against two good teams and it will be on the road. It is going to be tough
for us,” Tsantiris said. Tsantiris also said that the team has a few things that they still need to work on, one of them being their defense. He said that they have had lapses in their defense and often times, they look too sloppy and disorganized in the back. “We just need to relax and play our game, so we don’t get ourselves rattled. For us to just play our game is always key...I would also like to start to see them attack more early in the game,” Tsantiris said. For the Huskies, it is critical that they start both matches hungry and aggressive, and sustain that energy throughout the game. Defense will also be key; they cannot afford to be sloppy and allow the lapses in their back line that have plagued them at times this year.
coach Bruce Marshall. “We made mistakes and didn’t capitalize on theirs.” “As a group we have to get back to work at practice this week and make the adjustments to play at army this weekend,” Bartus said. Bartus was named Atlantic Association Goaltender of the Week on Oct. 11 after he led the Huskies to a 3-3 tie against Maine with 40 saves. He stopped 18 straight shots between the third period and overtime. While on penalty kill, he stopped 15 shots against a squad who had the nation’s top power play unit in 2009-10. This was Bartus’ second time Jason Krispel earning this honor. The huskies ended the first period ahead 1-0, and when the second period ended the game was tied 2-2. Maine scored early in the third to take the lead, but the Huskies rallied with a game-tying goal by sophomore forward Sean Ambrosie with less than seven minutes in the final period. The defense held strong for the
to Notre Dame,” said captain Robert Brickley. “We still sit in second place in the league and Notre Dame is only two points behind us. This game will go a long way in determining seeding for the Big East Tournament.” When the Huskies return to the pitch tonight, it will be the 20th time the Huskies and Fighting Irish have met. In the 2009 season, Notre Dame defeated the Huskies in overtime, 2-1, in South Bend, Ind. on Halloween. The Huskies, however, won the two previous matches. Steven Perry leads the Fighting Irish with 21 points on nine goals and three assists. Two Notre Dame goalkeepers have split time in net, playing seven games a piece. On the road, the Fighting Irish have earned a record of 2-2-1, allowing 1.5 goals on average as well as 18.3 shots. “Notre Dame is a very good team that’s very organized,”
coach Ray Reid said. “They play more soccer, [coach] Bobby Clark is very organized.” “Notre Dame has always been known for its stout defense and organization, but our game plan really doesn’t change much from game to game,” Brickley said. “We always look to dictate the tempo and try and possess the ball from the first whistle.” Brickley and eight teammates will play in their final regular-season home game of the year on Friday. Shawn Fonseca, Josh Ford, Greg King, Shawn Nicklaw, Alan Ponce, Matt Sangeloty, Thomas Wharf and Robert Brickley will all participate in the Senior Night festivities before the game. Fox Soccer Channel reports the game will begin at 8:07 p.m. underneath the lights or Morrone Stadium. Students can pick up free tickets at the UConn Ticket Office today.
Phils stay alive in NLCS, 4-2
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Doc got the best of The Freak this time in a rematch of aces. Roy Halladay pitched through a groin pull, outdueling Tim Lincecum and keeping the Philadelphia Phillies alive in the NL championship series with a 4-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants in the NL championship series Thursday night. Jayson Werth’s solo homer in the ninth quieted the raucous sellout crowd of 43,713, and many fans began making for the exits even before Philadelphia pulled within 3-2 in the best-of-seven series. Halladay’s bunt — which appeared to be foul — helped spark a three-run third inning, when Shane Victorino drove in the first of two runs that scored on a fielding error by first baseman Aubrey Huff. “I don’t know,” Halladay said of the bunt. “It happened
San Francisco Giants first baseman Aubrey Huff dives for a throw as Philadelphia Phillies’ Ben Francisco is safe at first during the ninth inning of Game 5 of baseball’s National League Championship Series Thursday.
so quick.” Placido Polanco followed with an RBI single, and the two-time reigning NL cham-
pions forced a Game 6 back home in Citizens Bank Park on Saturday and another cross-country trip. Jonathan
Sanchez starts for the Giants against Roy Oswalt, who is 10-0 in 12 starts in Phillly this year.
Huskies open season at Head of Charles
By Carmine Colangelo Campus Correspondent The UConn women’s rowing team will officially begin its season Saturday at the Head of the Charles Regatta. Due to flooding on the Connecticut River on Oct. 3, the rowing team was unable to begin the season at the Head of the Riverfront Regatta in Hartford a few weeks ago. “We were disappointed to not have the opportunity to race at the Head of the Riverfront,” said head coach Jennifer Sanford-Wendry.
“Everyone is very anxious to test our speed against other crews.” According to SanfordWendry, the Head of the Charles is a very difficult course. Not only is the river’s current a factor in the race, but the course also has three major turns. “The coxswain is most important member of this race,” Sanford-Wendry said. The coxswain is the one who steers the boat, motivates the crew, gives the crew their spatial relation to other boats and makes necessary race decisions. If the coxswain is not doing an
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remainer of the game, garnering an impressive tie for the Huskies. Although the defense fell short in the following game, the Huskies have to use the momentum from the Maine contest for their forthcoming games. “We need to work on not breaking down defensively and burying our scoring chances,” Krispel said. “xWe were very strong defensively against Maine and gave them very few scoring opportunities.” “It is early in the year and we are happy with the result against Maine,” Marshall said. “We hold good spirits heading into our first league competition against Army.” The Black Knights are 0-2-0 overall and 0-1-0 in conference play. They suffered a loss to Colgate at the Cape Cod Classic to open their season, and fell short to Holy Cross in overtime this past weekend. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m. at Tate Rink in West Point, NY.
from NO. 4 HUSKIES, page 14 “We have a lot of pieces in place right now,” Stevens said. “Our defense has been stout, and we’ve had excellent goalkeeping. Those two things are important when chasing championships.” On Wednesday, the Huskies won their sixth game this year against a ranked opponent, toppling the BU Terriers by a score of 3-0. Forward Anne Jeute added to her impressive freshman campaign with two goals, including the game winner just 14 minutes into the contest. “One thing that’s helped us on the road to date has been starting quick,” Stevens said. “We got up quickly against Northeastern and BU, and on the road that is a really critical part of winning. We’ll need to do that to win on Saturday.” Junior back Jestine Angelini tallied her second goal of the season early in the second half to put the Huskies up two, and senior Melissa Gonzalez collected her fifth assist on a Jeute goal in the 60th minute. Freshman goalie Sarah Mansfield stopped four shots en route to gathering her league-leading seventh shutout.
Mansfield will have to be sharp again on Saturday against a balanced Syracuse attack. The Orange saw six different players score in last Saturday’s 11-0 thrashing of conference-foe Georgetown. Geyer posted two goals and two assists in the contest, while Loncarica chipped in with a dish of her own. Senior back Maggie Befort, Syracuse’s all-time scoring leader with 120 points, doubled her season-scoring total by pouring in a hat trick in the win. Stevens said that she believes that her team’s defensive scheme – UConn switched from man-toman last year to a zone defense this year – should be able to counter the red-hot Syracuse offense. “I think when you switch into zone, you can cover more people and you’re not as concerned about mismatches,” Stevens said. “In man-to-man it’s all about matchups, but now that we’re in a zone we’re more concerned about playing good team defense.
adequate job, it can result in lost time on turns or even crashes with other boats. “The opportunity to go to the Head of the Charles is huge on our squad,” SanfordWendry said. “We have about 55 people on the team, and only 18 get to go.” According to SanfordWendry, the process of choosing the rowers for the event is based on how they perform in a 5-kilometer race, their technique and “how well you individually can blend with the crew.” Last weekend, the final lineups were created for the
Varsity 8 and second Varsity 8 teams. “We’re extremely pleased with the outcome,” Sanford-Wendry said. “Both boats have showed great speed at practice this week.” The Head of the Charles, which is in Boston, will showcase 30 different crews that includes both Big East teams and teams all over the country, such as Alabama and Xavier. Hopefully the weather cooperates this weekend, and the Huskies will finally be able to begin their muchanticipated fall season.
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to segway into indoor off of a short version of a cross-country race. They will have fun at this meet.” In particular, GroveMcDonough said she’s looking for a big day from Christine Vogel, a 4:50 miler, and Ally Cooper, an 800-meter specialist. With Brittany Heninger clinching the last open spot for the group that will race in the Big East and Regional Championships, the top nine have been able to really focus. “There is no longer the question of who will run in the championships, and they are just preparing,” said Grove-McDonough, who has her top runners tapering and doing some fine-tuning work before what is arguably the biggest meet of the season. Although they are not allowed to race on Saturday, they will travel to New Britain to support their teammates. The Big East Championships will take place on Oct. 30 in Syracuse, N.Y.
Women’s XC sends five to CCSU
With only one week to go before the Big East Championships, the UConn women’s cross country team will rest its top nine runners this weekend at the Central Connecticut State Mini Meet in New Britain. While the nine who will race in the conference championship are given a chance to rest and mentally prepare, the other five members of the team will look to finish their season on a strong note. Coach Andrea GroveMcDonough said that she looks at the meet as “an opportunity for seniors to go out on a high note in the last cross-country race of their collegiate career, and for the rest of the team to finish strong and to go out and have some fun.” The short, 3-kilometer race will provide an opportunity for the mid-distance specialists to shine, as well as to gain confidence as they prepare for indoor track. “It’s a nice way for them
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Friday, October 22, 2010
UConn looks to rebound from slow start in Minnesota
By Peter Logue Campus Correspondent Last season, the UConn women’s hockey team hovered around mediocrity until cranking out a 12-game unbeaten streak towards the end of the season, launching them into the top-10 nationally. It was one of the strongest campaigns in program history. This year’s team, off to a 1-4 start, will look to ignite a similar streak and turn its young season around when they travel to the University of Minnesota-Duluth to face the reigning national champions twice this weekend. The Huskies dropped a pair of games last weekend as they fell 5-3 against Colgate on Friday and were thumped 7-1 by Syracuse on Saturday. “Our biggest problem is that
we are hesitant and because we ent. I am very confident in this are hesitant we make a lot of team. We have it in us,” Linstad mistakes. We are sitting back said. and waiting for things to hapUnfortunately, for a team pen. We are trying looking to find its to do too much, and flow and get back on overcompensating track, the Huskies will for things that we be facing the No. 4 really don’t have to. team in the country this at We have to have betweekend in Minnesotater flow,” said coach Minnesota- Duluth. The Rams Heather Linstad. return several playDuluth Despite the slow ers, including multiple start, the coach, in Sat. and Sun. Olympians, from last her 11th year, went national cham4:07 p.m. year’s on to add that her pionship team. As if teams never tend to that simple knowlstart the seasons firing on all edge were not enough intimicylinders, and that she is still dation for the Huskies, prior very optimistic about the sea- to Saturday’s game they will son. have to watch as the National “Besides the Syracuse game, Championship banner is we’ve lost every game by one unveiled, as well as highlights or two goals. They have to from the historic season. know that they have the talNonetheless, Linstad feels
that if her team plays strong on the defensive end, they will have a shot to knock of the champs. “We have to have good goal tending and we need to play smart defensively. We certainly don’t want to get into a shootout with them.” A bright spot amidst the early-season struggles for the Huskies has been the play of freshman Taylor Gross. The Colorado native leads the team with three goals, including two in the last two games. “One of the things I said to Taylor was, ‘Taylor, do you want to be good or great?’ She said she wants to be great. She knows she a very good player, she has great hands, and we recruited her here to UConn to be a goal scorer and
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A UConn women's hockey player skates up the ice during a game against UNH last February.
Huskies faceoff against pair of New Jersey foes By Matt Stypulkoski Campus Correspondent
Junior middle hitter Allison Nickel returns the ball on Sept. 26 against Villanova.
ing behind two sets. Both opponents pose an interesting challenge for the The UConn women’s vol- Connecticut women (2-15, leyball team will take on 0-6 Big East) as they conNew Jersey-based foes Seton tinue to struggle to snap their now 15-match losHall and Rutgers ing streak. this weekend in In the first of Big East action at VOLLEYBALL the two matchups, Gampel Pavilion. vs. Seton Hall, set to take place Interestingly Friday night at 7 Rutgers enough, all three p.m., the Seton teams are coming Fri. 7 p.m., Hall Pirates (8-14, off five-set matches Sun. 2 p.m. 2-5 Big East) will in their most recent contests. The Gampel Pavilion come to town led by two of the Big East Huskies dropped a Conference’s best heartbreaker to St. John’s Red Storm on Sunday hitters, Sarah Osmun and evening and the Pirates and Meghan Matusiak, both of Scarlet Knights pushed each whom are in the Top 5 in other to the limit last Friday, kills and points per set. In the second contest, with Rutgers coming back to take the game 3-2 after fall- which will be Sunday at 2
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UConn takes home match
By Will Penfield Campus Correspondent The UConn women’s tennis team won its only home match of the fall season definitively, 5-2, over Quinnipiac Thursday. “This was an outstanding win today,” said head coach Glenn Marshall. “We lost to them last year 4-3, so it was nice to get our revenge today. The girls played very tough, both in singles and doubles.” The Huskies won four singles matches en route to their victory, as well as picking up the all-important doubles point. Sophomore Abby McKeon won her singles match with back-toback 6-2 set victories. Freshman Lucy Nutting was the Huskies’ second victor with a come-from -behind win over Lavina Theodora Cristescu 2-6, 6-3, 6-3. Freshman Jennifer Learmonth
added a third victory to UConn’s tally with a 6-3, 6-3 straight set victory over Adrienne Markison. Emily Herb added the fourth singles victory with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Rachel Cantor. In doubles action, Herb and Learmonth won their match over Markison and Cantor 8-3. Nutting and Lauren Wilmarth added a second doubles victory over Cristescu and Lisanne Steinert. The Huskies’ only doubles loss came when McKeon and junior Alexa Gregory fell to Juliet Labarthe and Sarah Viebrock 8-3. UConn’s two singles losses came when Gregory fell to Labarthe 6-2, 7-6, and Wilmarth fell 6-3, 7-5. The Huskies began competing in the Regional Championship at Dartmouth yesterday. This is the last event scheduled for the Huskies in the fall season.
Huskies tame the Bobcats By Greg Keiser Staff Writer UConn men’s tennis defeated the Quinnipiac Bobcats Wednesday afternoon, 4-3, with freshman Teddy Margules winning the pivotal singles match. The Huskies got off to a poor start, losing three of their four doubles matches. The only UConn pair to win was the team of senior captain Andrew Marcus and junior Scott Warden, who won 8-6. They recovered though, winning four of their six singles matches for the victory. “Overall we played pretty well,” said freshman Ryan Carr. “I’m really proud of how everyone played.” Marcus beat Brian Mikkelson 6-4, 7-5. This was a major emotional win for Marcus. Similar to how Margules won the day for the Huskies yesterday, Marcus beat
Mikkelson two years ago for a 4-3 win. Last year, Marcus was hurt for the matchup with Quinnipiac. Junior Ricardo Cardona topped Chris Nelson 6-3, 6-4. Marcus predicted earlier in the week that Cardona would step up for the team to make up for the losses of juniors Matt Burns and Dave Adams. Burns twisted his ankle at the Quinnipiac Invite two weeks ago. Adams is done for the fall season with shoulder and elbow problems. Cardona proved Marcus correct with his two-set win. Carr edged Alex Lazerowich 6-4, 6-1 before Margules defeated Corey Morgenstern 6-r, 6-4 for the win. The final fall event is the Connecticut College Championships at Yale in New Haven, on the weekend of Oct. 29.
p.m., the Huskies will host the Scarlet Knights (9-11, 1-5 Big East), who come into the match with the highest hitting percentage of any team in the conference. This statistic could bode well for U C o n n ’s big hitters such as senior Rebecca M u r r a y, j u n i o r Rebecca Murray J o r d a n Kirk and sophomore Mattison Quayle. Murray, the conference leader in aces per set category, and the rest of the Huskies will also look to rack up some easy points off
the serve against the Scarlet Knights, as the Rutgers women are ranked No. 13 in aces allowed in the Big East. For the Huskies, this weekend’s games are also critical to their hopes of making the Big East tournament as only the top eight make the cut, and they currently sit in 15th place with eight games to play. If the team has any chance of making the tournament, they will need to not only snap its current streak, but also to replace it with a winning one. With two home games this weekend, both Seton Hall and Rutgers provide the perfect opportunity to begin a turnaround and a run toward the postseason.
Blair: UConn drug policy doesn't prepare athletes for real world from ENDRES’, page 14 For the purpose of this next comparison, let’s equate a scholarship with a salary, i.e. a job. Endres failed three drug tests and was, per university policy, still going to be allowed to keep his “job.” You think there’s a “real” job out there where you can fail multiple drug tests, in this case three, and keep your job? I doubt it. A scholarship is like a job offer. When Endres signed his papers to come to UConn, he knew what he was getting himself into. Endres is accepting taxpayer dollars for a free education. This comes with some strings attached: maintaining a certain GPA, staying out of trouble off the football field and not testing positive for illicit drugs. I have no problem if Endres wants to use drugs in his free time. That’s his decision and it’s his loss. But when he goes back on a signed
agreement, with state money on the line, and lets down his teammates like this, what can he possibly learn? Did he learn nothing from the first failed drug test and the medical treatment that followed? Did he learn nothing from the second failed test and the 30-day suspension? I give Edsall all the credit in the world for giving Endres a second chance. “Everyone makes mistakes,” “he’s only a kid” – these excuses might fly the first time. But the second? And the third? I don’t think so. I wish Endres all the success in the world. I hope he gets clean, gets a degree and goes on to have a successful career on and off the football field. The “Three Strikes” rule might work here at UConn, but Endres is dreaming if he expects the same kind of leniency in the real world. Best of luck, Cody.
Women's swimming and diving start season at Husky Invite By Carmine Colangelo Campus Correspondent The UConn women’s swim and dive team will kick off its 2010-2011 season this Saturday at the Husky Invitational. The event will pit the Huskies against Providence College, Central Connecticut State University, Fordham University and Fairfield University. It will not be like an average meet, however, since there will be no diving events. The Huskies will look to continue their success from last year, which included a third-place finish at the Big East Conference Championships by sophomore diver Danielle Cecco in the one-meter dive and an eighth place finish overall in the Big East Championships. The Huskies were also named a Scholar All-American team by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. They held a team GPA of 3.12 last year. The 2010-2011 season
will mark the return of head coach Bob Goldberg, who is returning for his 23rd season. As head coach for the UConn swimming and diving team, Goldberg holds a career record of 298-112-3. The team will also return John Bransfield, who is in his 13th season as the head diving coach, and assistant diving coach Cynthia Dumaine, who is in her second season at UConn. There are also three new editions to the coaching staff: Janelle AtkinsonWignall, John Hogan and Tyson Hurst, all of who were named assistant coaches. The Huskies start their 2010-2011 campaign this Saturday at 12 p.m. at the Wolff-Zackin Natatorium.
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The Daily Question Q: Has the NFL become too soft? an expansion team next year is going to be the London Silly A: “Yes, Nannies.” Alex Jones, 5th-semester communications major
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MIAMI (AP) — A freak injury to Mike Miller’s right thumb is expected to keep one of the NBA’s top 3-point shooters sidelined for several weeks, yet another blow to the injuryprone Miami Heat. Miller was injured when the thumb on his shooting hand got tangled in a teammate’s jersey during practice Wednesday. The Heat have not revealed a formal diagnosis or possible recovery time. Coach Erik Spoelstra said before Thursday night’s preseason game in Atlanta that MRI results on Miller’s thumb were not yet available. LeBron James said he talked with Miller, who is disappointed. “He’s down,” James said Thursday night. “Of course he is. This is an exciting season. It’s an exciting season for himself. When you work out a lot in the offseason and get prepared for the regular season, and you have a freak accident happen like that, he’s down. You really can’t understand what he’s going through right now.” James said he is optimistic Miller will return for the majority of the season. “We know how important Mike is to this team, but he’s going to have an opportunity to get some rest, get his body healed up and he’ll be back for the long run,” James said. Miller is not on the trip with the Heat, a swing that concludes with the preseason finale in Tampa, Fla. on Friday against Orlando. His injury is expected to be reviewed by hand surgeon Dr. Andrew Weiland, a New Yorkbased specialist who regularly treats professional athletes.
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — It started with a simple tweet. Boston Celtics big man Shaquille O’Neal sent a tweet to followers Thursday afternoon that he was headed to Harvard Square to pose silently for photographs. He had promised the stunt two weeks ago on Boston sports radio station WBZ-FM without specifying a time. For more than an hour, the 38-year-old NBA veteran posed as a statue while dozens of curious onlookers took pictures of him just off the campus of Harvard University. Shaq said nothing, but witnesses say he did smile at some fans’ comments. Afterward, Shaq tweeted a “thank you” to those who showed up. O’Neal and the Celtics open the season Tuesday in Boston against Miami.
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The one to watch: Football at Louisville, Sat. 3:30 p.m. ESPNU UConn, 3-3 (0-1 in the Big East), enters the afternoon game banged up and with negative storylines surrounding the program. Running back Jordan Todman is nursing an injury, while quarterback Cody Endres was suspended for the rest of the season after failing his third drug test. Reportedly, Endres took amphetamines. Michael Box, second on the depth chart before Endres’ suspension, will make his first career start under center. The Huskies are 0-3 on the road this season, and will be looking for their first win away from Connecticut against the 3-3 Cardinals. Louisville also has an 0-1 conference record under first-year coach Charlie Strong. Last time UConn traveled to the ‘Ville, Zach Frazer led a fourth-quarter comeback, resulting in a 26-21 victory.
The one to attend: Men’s soccer vs. Notre Dame, 8 p.m. The No. 5 Huskies end their home slate against the Fighting Irish. The prime-time matchup that pits the Big East Blue Division’s second and third-place teams will be broadcasted live on the Fox Soccer Channel. UConn is coming off a 2-0 win over West Virginia on Tuesday night. Notre Dame is 7-4-3 with 12 points in the league standings. The Huskies have two more points than the Irish, and are 10-1-3 on the season. Senior Night festivities will be held before the game. The one to follow up on: women’s soccer at West Virginia, Pittsburgh, 7 and 1 p.m., Fri. and Sun. The Huskies finish the regular season with two conference games with Big East tournament ramifications. UConn, 14 points, are tied for third in the American division standings but still need to clinch a tournament berth.
MLB: ALCS Game 6, New York Yankees vs. Texas Rangers, Fri. 8:07 p.m., TBS The Yankees look to keep their pennant dreams alive after taking Game 5 by a score of 7-2. CC Sabathia pitched brilliantly, allowing two runs in six innings as the Yankees beat C.J. Wilson and the Rangers to stave off elimination. Game 6 will see the series move back to Texas, and the Rangers will have their first chance to eliminate the Yankees at home. Colby Lewis will take the mound for the Rangers, who will face Phil Hughes of the Yankees. NFL: New England Patriots vs. San Diego Chargers, Sun. 4:15 p.m., CBS After edging past the Baltimore Ravens in overtime to move to 4-1, the Patriots look to continue their fast start by taking advantage of a
Chargers team that has struggled early in the season. The Chargers currently stand at 2-4, with unexpected losses against teams like the Oakland Raiders and St. Louis Rams. The Chargers are, however, 2-0 at home this season, and quarterback Phillip Rivers has performed well thus far. NFL: Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers, Sun. 8:20 p.m., NBC Brett Favre once again returns to Lambeau Field to face his former team, as the Vikings and Packers each look to get a big win in the division to help get their seasons back on track. Though both teams were picked as possible Super Bowl contenders, each has struggled at times this year. The Vikings are 2-3 coming into the game, while the Packers stand at 3-3. Both teams trail the Chicago Bears for the NFC North division lead.
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Endres’ time is up
Friday, October 22, 2010
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
Huskies host Notre Dame in televised Senior Night match
By John Shevchuk Staff Writer
UConn coach Randy Edsall announced today that Cody Endres has decided to leave the UConn football team permanently, rather than serve his yearlong suspension and attempt to return next season. I can’t say that I’ll miss him. Everyone makes mistakes. Unfortunately for Endres, he made the same mistake three times. I think it’s high time – no pun intended – for the university to take a look at the drug policy regarding athletes and consider the possibility of revisions. Endres failed not one, not two, but three drug tests in his time here, reports are saying. We don’t know if the three failed drug tests came all this season, but if I were a betting man, I’d say they likely did. The crazy thing about all of this? Per university policy, had Endres decided not to leave he would have been able to rejoin the team next year – rejoining the same team that he had let down on three previous occasions. The policy reads: “A studentathlete who tests positively for street drug use for the third time during his or her career at the University will be barred from practice and competition for the remainder of the academic year in which the third positive test result was obtained. Following a third positive test, the same procedures to be followed subsequent to a second positive test will be carried out and the student-athlete must again be seen by appropriate medical personnel for treatment.” The procedures referred to included further intensive drug treatment and a referral to Student Health Services. This is all well and good, and I hope the university takes all the steps necessary to help Endres on the road to recovery with whatever problems he’s facing. But should it really take four failed drug tests to lose a scholarship and be booted from the team? Too often we forget that college is supposed to prepare us for real life. It isn’t supposed to be all fun and games, even for Division I athletes. As the NCAA likes to trumpet in its commercials, most college athletes “go pro in something other than sports.” According to the Daily Free Press, less than 2 percent of college basketball and football players play for any amount of time professionally. So college athletics prepare students for real-life careers, right?
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For the second consecutive game the No. 5 Huskies will play in front of a national audience, this time on the Fox Soccer Channel. After beating West Virginia 2-0 on Tuesday, UConn will take on the Fighting Irish in the NSCAA College Game of the Week. Students are expected to pack Morrone Stadium for the final regular season home game and potentially achieve the highest attendance year. That number would have to break 4,477 set at 10-1-3, 4-0-2 the Seton Hall game earlier this month. The Huskies are now 10-1-3 overall and have an unbeaten record of 4-0-2 in the Big East. Notre Dame has a record of 4-2 in the con7-4-3, 4-2-0 ference and is just Today, 8 p.m., two points behind the Huskies in the Morrone Stadium Blue Division. A Notre Dame victo- Fox Soccer Channel ry on Friday would result in Notre Dame passing the Huskies in the standings. Fortunately for UConn, its last win against West Virginia clinched a Big East Tournament berth. In that game Carlos Alvarez and Stephane Diop each contributed a goal. Though the Huskies have clinched a tournament berth, they are still focused on earning a No. 1 seed. “The win over West Virginia was hard-fought and well earned but it won’t affect our approach to
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Junior midfielder Tony Cascio dribbles the ball up field during UConn’s 2-0 win over West Virginia Tuesday night.
Box, UConn begin life without Endres at ‘Ville By Mac Cerullo Sports Editor
icy, and multiple reports surfaced soon after that Endres had failed a drug test for the third time. Cody Endres has played his Endres’ departure from the last game as a Husky. Huskies comes days before the At his teleconference yes- team heads down to Louisville terday afternoon, coach Randy to face the Cardinals in a key Edsall announced that Endres Big East game. has left the program. “We need to get a According to Edsall, win,” Edsall said at redshirt freshman his press conference Mike Box will take on Tuesday. “I don’t at over as the startknow how the whole ing quarterback and Louisville thing is going to play start his first career in the end, but I Saturday out game Saturday at do know we need to 3:30 p.m. get a win on the road. Louisville. Former starter Zach Frazer Right now we’re 0-1 ESPNU will move up to No. in the Big East, and 2 on the depth chart. we need to get a win Yesterday, the team in the Big East, and all we can announced that Endres had worry about is this game, and been suspended for the rest of all the other scenarios, there’s the academic year due to a vio- nothing we can do about it.” lation of university policies. Though Mike Box’s ability ESPN’s Joe Schad reported to perform as a starter is still a that Endres had violated the mystery, the Huskies still have school’s substance abuse pol- a well-rested Jordan Todman
to lean on. Todman is currently the third-leading rusher in the nation, averaging 152.2 yards per game. But in order to beat the Cardinals the Huskies’ defense will have to step up. The Cardinals have the topranked offense in the Big East, averaging 456.7 yards per game. The Cardinals offense also averages 30.7 points per contest, which is second in the Big East behind UConn’s average of 32.8. A major reason for Louisville’s offensive productivity is running back Bilal Powell. Powell is ranked just behind Todman nationally in rushing, averaging 149.7 yards per game. He has also rushed for more than 200 yards in each of his last two games, including a 209-yard, two-touchdown performance in Louisville’s 35-27 loss to Cincinnati.
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UConn looks to clinch Big East berth ships, with the top three earning a bye to the second round. In addition, the third-, second- and This weekend’s roadtrip for first-place teams earn a home game in the opening rounds. the UConn women’s As it stands now, soccer team is of the Huskies are in immense importance. third place in their Friday night at 7 division, because they p.m., the team will hold the tiebreaker be in Morgantown, at West over South Florida, W. Va. to take on Virginia they would earn a WVU, currently 7-1-1 in the Big East, in Today, 7 p.m. bye. But that could change in two games. the first of two critiIf the Huskies play at Pittsburgh cal matchups for the Huskies. Following Sunday, 1 p.m. poorly and fail to earn at least one win, a that game, they travel home playoff match to Pittsburgh to face or a bye is out of the picture. the 2-6-1 Panthers on Sunday. “We could very much use a The way this weekend plays out could have an enormous [positive] result against West effect on the outcome of the Big Virginia,” said coach Len East’s American Division. The Tsantiris. “But a win versus Pitt top five teams in each division is absolutely critical. We have to of the Big East will earn a spot win that game.” in the conference champion-
By Dan Agabati Staff Writer
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Senior midfielder Kacey Richards kicks a corner in UConn’s 3-1 win over DePaul on Oct. 17.
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Junior running back Jordan Todman runs past a Vanderbilt defender on Oct. 2.
No. 4 Huskies look to win third straight, head to ‘Cuse
game of the season tomorrow at Providence College. Like UConn, Syracuse is among the conference’s top The No. 4 Huskies look to three teams in both scoring win their third straight game (2.99 goals per game) and against a ranked defense (1.15 goals opponent when they against average). travel to New York on The Orange also has Saturday to take on two of the Big East’s No. 8 Syracuse. top 10 scorers in After back-to-back at Syracuse midfielders Leonie wins over No. 15 Geyer and Martina Saturday Boston University and Loncarica, who then-No. 4 Princeton, Noon boast season totals UConn (13-3-0) will J.S. Coyne of 21 points and 20 try to hand the Orange points, respectively. Field (10-4-0) their first Head coach Nancy conference loss of Stevens said that the the season. Syracuse enters the matchup with Syracuse, which weekend atop the Big East standcould potentially determine ings with a perfect 4-0 record in this year’s Big East champileague play. The Huskies curon, comes at an optimal time rently sit at third place in the confor her team. ference at 3-1, just behind 4-1 Louisville. The No. 10 Cardinals will play their final Big East » STEVENS, page 11
By Ryan Tepperman Campus Correspondent
Published on Oct 22, 2010