Volume CXVI No. 55
Lecturer discusses sex in Europe
By Kimberly Wilson Campus Correspondent
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Dagmar Herzog presented the lecture: “Sexuality in Europe: A Twentieth-Century History” in the Biology Physics building Thursday. Herzog is a Daniel Rose Faculty Scholar and a professor of history at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Herzog has writtenon topics such as the histories of sexuality and gender, theology and religion and Jewish-Christian relations and Holocaust memory. She has edited anthologies on sexuality in the Third Reich and sexuality
in 20th century Austria. Herzog’s lecture focused on the 20th century, or as Herzog calls, “the century of sex.” “Sex is so interwoven with economics, religion, and politics,” Herzog said. “There are many ways one can tell the story of sex through the past 100 years.” Herzog discussed many aspects of sexuality in Europe during the 20th century, including backlash against liberalization, sexual ambivalences and the struggle between religion and politics concerning sexuality. Her lecture also addressed how market forces and techno-
logical advances play a large role in shaping Europe’s views on sexuality, and how these views on sexuality have changed over time. The lecture was followed by a question and answer session. One attendee asked, “How did European families feel about premarital sex?” “Pre-marital sex, as well as extra-marital sex, is common in Europe,” Herzog said. “It is expected that a large percentage of teenagers will have pre-marital sex, and it is not kept a secret that this occurs.” An attendee questioned how
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Prof. Herzog discusses sexualiwty in Europe at the Biology/Physics building Thursday afternoon.
Students react to Gov. election » HERZOG, page 2
MSA holds Haji dinner
By Keriana Kachmar Senior Staff Writer
BACK IN THE THICK OF IT UConn beats Pitt, now one game back in the Big East. SPORTS/ page 14 EDITORIAL: ELECTION MISTAKES NEED BIPARTISAN REVIEW Mistakes in election were unacceptable.
COMMENTARY/page 4 INSIDE NEWS: SOME U.S. REBUILDING MONEY IS FINALLY HEADED TO HATI U.S. will transfer $120 million to Hati Restoration Fund. NEWS/ page 2
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On Monday, nearly a week after Election Day, Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley conceded to Democratic candidate Dan Malloy. The election was marked by confusion and controversy when Bridgeport officials did not have enough ballots for the voter turnout. Students were split on the topic – some convinced that the election was fair while others were not so sure. John Peters, a 3rd-semester biology major, was happy with the results. “It was pretty crazy with the almost-recount,” Peters said. “It was pretty surprising that it came down to such few votes. [The Bridgeport incident] really shouldn’t have happened. They should have been more prepared for the voter turnout, especially for big election like the governor, but things do go wrong and they handled it well.” Austin Longendyke, 3rdsemester American studies major, thought that the Bridgeport incident took away from the integrity of the election. “It’s odd that photocopied ballots were counted, while thousands of absentee ballots are discounted every election because of signing them improperly or sealing them incorrectly,” Longendyke said. “It’s also suspicious that another bag of Bridgeport ballots was
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Dan Malloy, who won the Connecticut governor’s race, finishes a news conference at the Capitol in Hartford, Conn., Monday.
Foxwoods gets new CEO HARTFORD (AP) — The new chief executive of Foxwoods Resort Casino’s parent company said Thursday he will renegotiate debt and work with new partners as the eastern Connecticut hotel and casino looks to boost revenue and profit. Scott Butera, whose appointment as head of Mashantucket Pequot Gaming Enterprises was announced Thursday, said in an interview he will look to establish relationships with partners to be more competitive. He did not identify possible partners. “We can work with other partners to bring new life to the property and morph into something more competitive,” he said. The Mashantucket Pequot Indians, who run the casino, announced in August a deal with music company Live Nation that gives Foxwoods
the naming rights to the former Hilton Theater — now Foxwoods Theater — on 42nd Street in New York. The Foxwoods brand will be used on all exterior and interior signs. That’s the kind of deal Foxwoods will consider to extend its brand, Butera said. In addition, arrangements with other related businesses can be “quite profitable,” he said. Revenue for fiscal 2009-10 fell 8 percent from the previous year, to $652.2 million from $708.6 million. Foxwoods and neighboring Mohegan Sun are seeking ways to draw customers despite the weak recovery from the recession. The two casinos face the prospect of greater competition from New York and Massachusetts. State lawmakers in Massachusetts failed to agree on legislation this year that would permit casinos, but
Scott Butera answers questions during a news conference announcing his appointment as the new president and chief executive officer of Foxwoods Thursday.
the issue will be back on the agenda in 2011. And the Shinnecocks, a small Indian tribe on New York’s Long
Island, won a decades-long fight this year for federal recognition, bringing it one step closer to opening a casino.
As Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting, has receded into the summer and out of the academic year, the Muslim Students Association (MSA) transformed their annual “Ramadan Awareness Dinner” into the first ever “Hajj Awareness Dinner” that took place last night in the Rome Ballroom. Hajj, the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, is an obligation that every Muslim must complete. The MSA discussed the importance of this pilgrimage to a diverse audience at their awareness dinner. The Hajj pilgrimage takes place annually this time of the year. Muslims from all over the world come together to worship in Mecca. “It’s this unity.” Zabihullah Mamum, a 5th-semester management information systems major and the president of the MSA, said. “Everyone wears the same clothes, does the same things and travels in groups. It creates this Muslim community.” The guest speaker, Dr. Shadee Elmasry, a graduate student at Yale University, talked about the origins of this pilgrimage. “Hajj is not a Muhammad tradition, like Ramadan,” Elmasry explained. “Hajj was founded by Abraham, the father of the prophets. When we contemplate and think about Abraham, we think about all of the prophets.” He further explained the main reason why Muslims perform Hajj. Hajj is the dikhr, or remembrance, of our faith—and that is why it starts with Abraham,” Elmasry said. The advisor of the club and the dean of the computer science and engineering department, Dr. Reda Ammar, thanked the audience for coming to the dinner. “We, Muslims have become integrated into this community— the UConn community—and I thank UConn for that,” he said. Laura Reynolds, a 5th-semester communications major, came to the Hajj Awareness Dinner mainly to learn about this UConn tradition. “When you submerge yourself in another culture you really get to learn how other people live and how they view life,” she said. “It was both enjoyable and entertaining. More people should go out and try experiencing something new, they may learn something.” The dinner commenced with a question-and-answer portion and a performance of Islamic poetry by a member of the club.
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Panel to look into Conn. ballot shortage
BRIDGEPORT (AP) — A panel set up by Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch to look into voting problems in the Nov. 2 election has scheduled its first public meeting. Former Mayor Nicholas Panuzio, who was named to chair the bipartisan panel, says he hopes to hear first-hand accounts from voters at the meeting Tuesday night in City Hall Annex. Many polling places in Bridgeport used photocopied ballots after running out of ballots. The problems forced about half of the city’s precincts to stay open two hours late, leading to counting delays and confusion over who won the close race for governor between Republican Tom Foley and the eventual winner, Democrat Dan Malloy.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Some US rebuilding money is finally headed to Haiti
Gunshot victim eats before going to hospital NEW HAVEN (AP) — Police say a 25-year-old Connecticut man who was shot twice after buying a sandwich at a New Haven deli went home and ate his lunch before going to the hospital. Miguel Soto said he was leaving the deli Tuesday when he heard three gunshots. One bullet hit him in the left leg, another in the groin. Police said he went home and ate the sandwich before asking his father to take him to a hospital. Police did not say whether Soto realized immediately that he had been shot, or if he decided the injuries were not serious enough to require an immediate hospital trip.
Israel tells its citizens to leave Egyptian Sinai
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s government on Thursday told its citizens to immediately leave Egypt’s Sinai desert because of a kidnapping threat from the Army of Islam, after Egyptian security rounded up suspected militants and confiscated explosives. Egyptian security officials said they arrested members of a cell planning to attack Israelis and international forces in Sinai. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters, said police carried out raids in three cities in Sinai and seized explosives. They did not identify the cell, but said the militants planned to attack Israeli tourists in southern Sinai during the upcoming Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, which starts Tuesday, as well as the foreign peacekeeping forces.
Fire at nursing home in South Korea kills 10 SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A fire tore though a nursing home in the southeastern South Korea, killing 10 people and injuring 17 others, police said Friday. All of the victims were in their 70s and 80s and sleeping when the fire broke out on the first floor of a two-story building early Friday in the port city of Pohang, police officer Lee In-shik said. He said 17 people sustained minor injuries and were immediatedly taken to nearby hospitals for medical treatment. He said the fire raged for about 30 minutes before being put out. Police and fire officials were trying to determine its cause. Last November, a fire at an indoor shooting range in the southeastern port city of Busan killed 10 people, including eight Japanese tourists.
Murkowski camp cries foul in ballot count
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s campaign on Thursday accused observers for rival Joe Miller of challenging properly cast write-in ballots in an effort to drag out the heated Alaska Senate race and “delay the inevitable.” Shortly after the second day of write-in ballot counting began, a Miller observer challenged a vote for Murkowski that appeared to have her name spelled and printed correctly, though the “L’’ in “Lisa” was in cursive handwriting. At another table later, at least 10 ballots in which Murkowski’s name appeared readable were challenged, including one in which the vote read: “Lisa Murkowski Republican.” Miller’s campaign said observers are simply challenging votes that don’t meet the strict letter of the law — including those with minor misspellings of Murkowski’s name or those with legibility or penmanship issues.
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A girl walks on debris while using the structure of a building damaged during the Jan. 12 earthquake to air dry clothing in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Monday.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The first portion of U.S. reconstruction money for Haiti is on its way more than seven months after it was promised to help the country rebuild from the Jan. 12 earthquake. The U.S. government will transfer $120 million — about one-tenth of the total amount pledged — to the World Bankrun Haiti Reconstruction Fund in the next few days, U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said. “Having completed the process as outlined in the appropriation, we are now moving aggressively to commit that money to Haiti’s reconstruction,” Crowley said. A State Department aide said money destined for the fund would go toward rubble removal, housing, a partial credit guarantee fund, support for an Inter-American Development
Bank education reform plan and budget support for the Haitian government. The fund’s projects must be endorsed by the reconstruction commission cochaired by former President Bill Clinton and Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive. The U.S. money will nearly double the current reconstruction fund, into which eight other countries have contributed $135 million. It is to arrive almost exactly 10 months after the earthquake destroyed most of Haiti’s capital and surrounding areas and killed an estimated 230,000 to 300,000 people. Crowley told reporters at a Tuesday briefing that the money had been sent from the State Department to the Treasury Department for delivery. The funds are part of a $1.15 billion pledge made by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at the March 31 U.N. donors
conference for Haiti. Pledged for fiscal year 2010, which ended in September, the money has faced several delays. It wasn’t until July that Congress appropriated nearly the entire amount pledged, $917 million, in a bill signed by President Barack Obama. But without an authorization bill or an approved spending plan, none of it could not be released. The authorization bill was blocked by Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma. When his hold was reported by The Associated Press, the senator’s office initially said he objected to a provision creating a U.S. policy coordinator position that would cost $5 million over five years. Later he said he objected to a lack of cuts in other programs to offset the money spent in Haiti. That bill has never been voted on. The spending plan was given
Students see the ballot snafu as sticky election issue from STUDENTS, page 1 found on the Thursday following the election. It also disturbs me that many people went to the polls with the intent to vote but left because of the ballot shortage; it seems very undemocratic that people wanted to vote but couldn’t.” James Vinson, a 3rd-semester marketing major, is a Bridgeport native. “Honestly, I feel like that represents Bridgeport as a whole, the way the election was run,” Vinson said. “It’s not surprising. Just based on my personal experience, I used to be a representative from my high school to the Board of Education, and things just don’t get done. Things aren’t run the way they should be and it’s not surprising that something like
this happened.” Nolan Davis, a 5th-semester political science major, agreed
“It’s a tough situation. People need to have a right to vote, but photocopying the votes didn’t seem right.” –Nolan Davis UConn student that the election seemed dubious. “I thought it was very strange
to congressional committees in September and approved in October, when it was held up amid checks to make sure the money would not be lost to corruption, the State Department told AP. It is not clear if the other, nearly $800 million from the appropriations bill, has cleared that process. The United States spent more than $1.1 billion in humanitarian aid for Haiti this year, most in the first weeks after the disaster. The reconstruction pledge is a different pool of money, intended to support long-term rebuilding of the nation and its economy. The Secretary of State told the U.N. conference in March that if the effort to rebuild was “slow or insufficient, if it is marked by conflict, lack of coordination or lack of transparency, then the challenges that have plagued Haiti for years could erupt with regional and global consequences.”
Herzog: teen pre-martial sex no secret in Europe
with the Bridgeport thing. I felt that even though people should be allowed to cast their votes, going past the designated ending time wasn’t fair,” said Davis. “It’s a tough situation. People need to have a right to vote, but photocopying the votes didn’t seem right. I have a skewed perspective because I was in Foley’s corner, but it was tough. I think the way he [conceded] was good. He didn’t do it right away; he had all his people check the facts, seeing if the ballots cast matched the people registered to vote, and even without the questionable, photocopied votes, Malloy won. Foley made sure he didn’t win and when he realized he didn’t, he conceded. I think he did it in a classy way and even Malloy said he did it in a classy way.”
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psychoanalysis and sexuality are intertwined. Herzog described how Freud’s theories are useful for understanding ideology in sexuality, and how such ideology can be viewed in history. “I thought the lecture was very informative,” said Melissa Augustyn, a 3rd-semester history major. “It was not as grotesque as I thought it would be or as sexual – very historical.” “Intimacy and Exclusion: Religious Politics in PreRevolutionary Baden,” “Sex after Fascism: Memory and Morality in Twentieth-Century Germany” and “Sex in Crisis: The New Sexual Revolution and the Future of American Politics” are her most recently published books.
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Sunni walkout mars Iraq parliament session
Members of his Sunni-backed coalition walk out of of Iraq’s parliament session in a protest before a vote on the presidency in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday.
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s president gave Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki the nod to form the next government Thursday after an eightmonth deadlock, keeping him in his post despite a dramatic Sunni walkout from parliament that demonstrated the deep distrust between the two sides. The walkout and the fact that it came just one day after an accord was forged to work together dealt a blow to hopes for a unified government — especially one that ensures continued Shiite domination while giving Sunnis a role far short of the greater political power they seek. Sunni support is crucial. The Americans had been pushing for them to have a significant role, fearing that otherwise, disillusioned Sunnis could turn to the insurgency, fueling new violence as the last of U.S. troops prepare to leave by the end of next year. The power-sharing deal reached Wednesday night
was heralded by some politicians as a breakthrough, ending the months of wrangling since the inconclusive March 7 parliament elections. But Sunnis were already accusing al-Maliki of not fulfilling promises and have warned they could pull out if they are not met. At a press conference after the walkout, a lawmaker from the Sunni-backed Iraqiya bloc, Haider al-Mulla, did not answer when asked whether the bloc would participate in the government. Instead, he said Iraqiya would seek “explanations from al-Maliki and State of Law over their broken commitments.” The session was called so lawmakers could take the first formal steps toward forming the new government by naming senior leadership positions. It began with a show of unity, as al-Maliki and his top rival, Iraqiya’s leader Ayad Allawi, sat next to each other in the chamber, smiling and chatting. The first vote went smoothly,
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He then formally requested al-Maliki form a new government. Al-Maliki has 30 days to do so, as the factions work out the allotment of ministry positions, including key posts like foreign affairs and the interior ministry in charge of security forces. A Shiite lawmaker from al-Maliki’s alliance said the walkout was a surprise and emphasizes the suspicions that still define relations between Shiites and Sunnis who used to fight out their political differences on the streets with guns. But with or without Iraqiya, the political process would go on, he said. “We have a parliament, an elected president and a candidate to form a government. There is no way back,” said Abdul-Hadi al-Hassani. The Sunni minority had put great hopes in the March elections and succeeded in lifting their bloc to a narrow victory: Allawi’s Sunni-backed Iraqiya coalition won the most seats in the March elections, but not
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Election mistakes need bipartisan review
efore the next governor takes office, Gov. M. Jodi Rell needs to create a bipartisan commission to investigate the numerous mistakes that occurred during the election. The people of Connecticut deserve answers from the Bridgeport registrars and from Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz, whose incompetence tarnished the electoral process. Furthermore, Vernon mayor Jason McCoy, a Republican poll-watcher sent to monitor voting in Bridgeport, reported many irregularities. These mistakes appear to be products of unintentional human error, as opposed to fraud. Nevertheless, a commission can sort through the mess and put the matter to rest once and for all. The Bridgeport fiasco deserves the greatest amount of scrutiny. The Republican and Democratic registrars, Joseph Borges and Sandi Ayala, ordered only 21,000 ballots for 69,000 registered voters, citing financial reasons. When the ballots ran out at nearly half of the precincts, disgruntled voters left and the subsequent use of photocopied ballots, which must be counted by hand, threw the already tight gubernatorial race into chaos. The registrars’ negligence warrants further scrutiny so that this preventable mistake never happens again. The ballot shortage was not the only problem. McCoy witnessed poll workers give ballots to voters who had not shown proper identification. Ballots were left unsecured. An application incorrectly ordered absentee ballots to a vacant lot. These mistakes are unacceptable. An electoral commission can identify the sources of these errors and reprimand those responsible for improper training and administration of polling places. Any investigation must also look into the secretary of the state’s handling of the ballot crisis. The commission must answer an important question: how exactly did the secretary of state overlook this blatant error, especially in the state’s most populous of districts? Bysiewicz is no stranger to scrutiny. This past year, the attorney general, Senator-elect Richard Blumenthal, investigated her “inappropriate” use of the state contact database for political mailings. Then, in May, the state Supreme Court declared her unqualified to run for attorney general. After the election, she publicly announced that Dan Malloy, a fellow Democrat, was the next governor before official results were in. Bysiewicz’s misjudgments are two more links in a chain of consistently unprofessional behavior. Her questionable actions cannot be overlooked. Equal concern should be made regarding the set-up of the election commission itself. The commission should be bipartisan in order to prevent slanted findings that support one political party. Democrats now control the executive and legislative branches of state government, and would dominate any election commission whose seats are assigned proportionally. Republicans may have a limited say in what goes on in the Capitol, but they should have just as much say on the commission. Any disparity undermines the validity of the results, whereas a joint finding by Democrats and Republicans reflects fairness, impartiality and truthfulness. A commission will also provide greater legitimacy to Dan Malloy, who faces many challenges as the next governor. He must solve the state’s $4 billion deficit, 9.1 percent unemployment and a 20-year history of poor economic growth. When he takes the reins, he needs the full support of Connecticut’s citizens. For that to occur, the state must clear up the irregularities surrounding his election to ease the minds of the 49 percent who voted against him. A bipartisan election commission is essential for this state to move beyond the controversies, rally around the new governor and ensure that such egregious errors do not repeat themselves in elections to come. 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.
My boyfriend has been participating in no-shave November, now he’s threatening me with don’t-shave December. Dear class assignments, I’m purposefully trying to ignore you, but you keep drawing attention to yourself like the kid who eats paste in kindergarten. My favorite pen just ran out of ink. It’s a good enough excuse to stop studying. I had to interview an old person for my class this week, but instead wrote about my dead grandpa. I thought I hid it really well until my prof asked me why I wrote about his funeral. Oops. To any police officers working at the Ludacris show on Saturday: It’s ONLY A CIGARETTE. Trust me. Would I lie to you, bro? Is it sad that one of the main reasons I get excited for Fridays is because North dining hall gives away free M&Ms?
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HuffPost paints rainbows of messy, personal issue
f divorce were a refrigerator magnet, it would say two things: it sucks. And just like I am a master in the art of making finding the most inspirational refrigerator magnet-worthy quote to say to turn a friend’s bad day around, I, as a soon-to-be product of a parent’s third divorce, consider myself to be an expert on the subject. There’s really no more simple or eloquent way to say it. People get divorced so frequently that it hardly carries any shock value anymore. In fact, because the divorce rate is so high in the United States, the Huffington Post has even creBy Taylor Trudon ated a new section Commentary Editor on their website to commemorate the millions of broken up marriages across the country, entitled “HuffPost Divorce: Marriage Comes and Goes But Divorce is Forever – Nora Ephron.” According to Arianna Huffington, HuffPost Divorce (spearheaded by Ephron) is supposed to be the answer to “everything you wanted to know about divorce but were afraid to ask.” But instead of serving as a source of comfort, this latest addition to the news outlet has left me with mixed feelings. In a letter introducing the section, Huffington describes a family vacation she took with her ex-husband where, “spurred by our mutual devotion to them [our kids], we have made a huge effort to work through all of the difficulties and be friends. And little by little, with a lot
of hard work, we’ve now gotten there.” This is nice – but is it reality? How many divorced families actually take vacations together? Not very many, I would assume. The ones who do are lucky, but I would be quick to argue that the only time the topic of vacation comes up is when a kid has to choose between going skiing with dad over Christmas or hanging out with mom and opening up presents with her and her new boyfriend at a Cancun resort. In a perfect world, mom, dad, the kid(s) and the new boyfriend would all be holding hands in a synchronized swimming routine under the Mexican sun in a Bing Crosby winter wonderland. But let’s be honest: this is far from a perfect world.
“Divorce is no longer taboo, but family vacations don’t exactly come to mind...” Divorce is no longer taboo, but family vacations don’t exactly come to mind when you think of modern divorce in America. Which leads me to think – especially with the holiday season looming – how do college students cope with going through divorce? Divorce isn’t easy for kids at any age – not when you’re two (and don’t even know what the D-word means), 16 and get a phone call when you’re in Scandinavia for the summer, or even when you’re 21 and the news breaks when you’re home for a babysitting job. So what happens when you go home for that one weekend, or your parents come down to UConn to take you out for lunch, and your life suddenly takes a complete 180? There’s no
manual that comes with marriage, and there’s no manual that comes with getting a divorce. But the kids (who are now young adults in college) are especially left in the dark. You’re not a five-year-old who needs to have “Dinosaurs Divorce” read to you anymore. But it can feel just as strange. Where is the column telling us how to deal with that? As young adults who are not kids going through the divorce process, we know not to expect rainbows, butterflies and a pitchperfect “Parent Trap” ending. But where are the resources for us? We don’t have to worry about hiring attorneys, arranging child support and alimony and awkward ex-encounters at Stop & Shop. But we do have to worry about things like which house we’re eating Thanksgiving dinner at and which parent is going to have hurt feelings. The HuffPost’s latest venture paints a warm and fuzzy picture at the end of the divorce tunnel – and it’s comical. The truth is, sometimes divorces have a happy ending, and other times they don’t. While I do appreciate the humor and wit that can be found within the articles, it’s sometimes nice just to hear the acknowledgment that parents aren’t going to be reunited “BFFs” that swap holiday recipes and e-mails. For those students worried that they’ll be caught in a tug-of-war between parents during the holidays, for now we just have to figure things out as we go along – just like everyone else. In the meantime, find solace in knowing that you’ll at least get double the turkey leftovers. I know I do.
Commentary Editor Taylor Trudon is a 7th-semester journalism major. She can be reached at Taylor. Trudon@UConn.edu.
Marijuana policy change still likely in Conn.
s a drug policy activist, I found the results of the Nov. 2 elections both disappointing and informative. It was disappointing because, out of four major marijuana policy bills I hoped and expected to pass (Prop 19 in California, Prop 203 in Arizona, Measure 13 in South Dakota, and Measure 74 in Oregon), zero actually did. In light of By Salvatore Sodaro these – for lack of a Staff Columnist better term – sobering results, I have encountered many people, students and non-students, inside and outside of the movement, who take these results as a death knell for the marijuana law reform movement, especially for the effort here in Connecticut. If legalization, despite all of the support it could possibly garner in a state as drug-progressive as California, could fail, then how can Connecticut muster up enough support for a bill proposing legalization, medicalization or decriminalization of marijuana? The answer: a lot more easily than you’d think. In fact, Connecticut has already done it once before. In 2007, HB 6715, a medical marijuana bill, passed through the Connecticut legislature. It would have been put on the books soon after if Gov. M Jodi Rell had not vetoed it. But Rell will not be Connecticut’s governor for much longer. Dan Malloy will take
office on Jan. 5, and this simple fact should be reason enough for drug policy activists in Connecticut to get excited. This optimism stems from his own words. Malloy has publicly and repeatedly stated that he would support marijuana decriminalization and medicalization in Connecticut. Remember that a medical marijuana bill already passed through Connecticut’s legislature with over 60 percent of the vote. But enough time has passed to allow the movement to amass additional support and publicity. That is the status of the political side of the marijuana reform movement. The other side, which is run by a collection of local, statewide and national grassroots organizations, is equally promising. Students for Sensible Drug Policy is a drug policy group based right here on campus. UConn’s chapter of SSDP, which meets Tuesdays at 8 p.m. in Monteith 101, was named 10th best in the country by High Times Magazine in October. UConn SSDP was a major mover and shaker in getting the 2007 medicalization bill through the legislature. It also played a key role in getting Dan Malloy elected, who won by a narrow margin of several thousand votes. Katlin Tyrol, a junior public and community engagement major, SSDP member and former SSDP president, was extremely optimistic about approaching marijuana law reform in Connecticut.
“Connecticut is closer to [marijuana] decrim and medical than we have ever been before,” Tyrol said. “It’s now our job now to make sure legislation is appropriately and quickly presented to our lawmakers so we can stop treating non-violent marijuana offenders like criminals and start treating them like the normal, contributing people they are.”
“Connecticut has already done it once before.” Picking apart the numbers from the recent midterm elections, one realizes how much support marijuana law reform actually has in this country. In California, Prop 19 (which would have legalized and taxed marijuana within the state) received more “yes” votes than any Republican candidate running for any seat in the entire state. Arizona’s legalization effort, Prop 203, failed by a mere 6,000 votes – about 1 percent of the total votes cast. These types of results suggest that the movement is teetering on the edge of success, and only slight adjustments need to be made within the movement for it to succeed throughout the country. “We must stop painting marijuana as a bad thing that needs to be controlled,” wrote Russ Belville, out-
reach coordinator of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). “People need to question why we bother arresting bright, successful, educated people and break up their loving families just because they prefer [marijuana] to a six-pack or a cigarette. The movement cannot succeed until people are rightfully more afraid of prohibition than they are of legalization.” Connecticut is currently in great shape to reform and repeal our archaic and harmful marijuana laws. Every bordering state to Connecticut has some form of medical or decriminalized marijuana, a statistic many state drug activists find disheartening. But I find it to be advantageous for when legislation is actually proposed. When might such legislation actually pass in Connecticut? With the combination of Dan Malloy as governor, a progressive state legislature and top-notch drug law activists in and surrounding our major universities, I expect marijuana decriminalization and/or medicalization to be fully passed in Connecticut within the next 200 days. It is the most likely and most sensible solution to America’s most dangerous social problem: the War on Drugs.
Staff Columnist Salvatore Sodaro is a 3rdsemester history major. He can be reached at SSodaro9@gmail.com.
is appointing retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal to its board of directors. That’s who I want looking for my missing luggage — the guy who’s been trying to find bin Laden for 10 years.” – Jimmy Fallon
Friday, November 12, 2010
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Music has ability to empower and mobilize
s I write this column, I’m entranced by Playing for Change’s rendition of Bob Marley’s “One Love.” Italian bluesman Roberto Luti opens the piece with a fingerplucked guitar solo. Then the beat of a Nepalese drum begins and Israeli singer By Tim Brogan Tula chimes in. I’m taken Staff Columnist aback by the power of the music. The message rings loud and clear. This diverse group of musicians can, and will, change the world. The group, composed of artists from five continents, reminds us that what we have in common is stronger than our cultural differences. Music is aptly described as a universal language. Although often the product of specific cultures, it benefits every person on Earth. I consider music to be the supreme art form, trumping all others in its unifying power. It offers humanity an indispensible tool with its capacity to mobilize the masses in the pursuit of change. Anyone with vocal chords can and should sing. Anyone with nimble fingers can and should pick up a guitar or sit down at a piano. There is no litmus test for becoming a musician. Talent is in the ear of the beholder. Imagine if Bob Dylan never started writing songs
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Response to Marie Claire ‘fatties’
I read the commentary in the Daily Campus almost every day (I get bored in class a lot) and I very, very often disagree with the opinions presented there. However, I usually shrug my shoulders, remember the First Amendment, and go on with my day. After reading the Marie Claire “Fatties” article last Friday, though, I couldn’t keep my silence any longer. I understand the author was probably on a deadline to submit something, but next time it would be nice if she took a second to make sure her argument made any logical sense. First off, the Marie Claire blogger’s original point pertained to obese people in romantic situations. I don’t think it’s unreasonable at all to suggest that people (in general) would not want to watch “characters with rolls and rolls of fat kissing each other.” After all, there’s a reason most actors/actresses are gorgeous and people will pay good money to see an average movie with an Angelina Jolie sex scene. Hot people making out is just good clean fun. The last time I scoured the internet for schoolgirl porn, anyway, the videos with slim girls who hadn’t done their homework had far more views than those with overweight girls in detention. And that was yesterday. Now let’s move on to the “most ludicrous sentence ever written” category. The article’s author states, “Regardless of one’s choices, they should not be denied respect.” Are you kidding me? One’s actions are exactly what determine respect. Respect is earned, not given. If you CHOOSE to walk into my home, defecate on my favorite oriental rug, call my dad a slut, and punch my mom in the face, I?m definitely not going to respect you. In fact, I’ll be reasonably miffed. That’s the reason the “this is tantamount to saying you think less of black people or the handicapped” argument holds no water. Those traits are involuntary. A man who loses his legs in a car accident (involuntary) loses no respect in my eyes, while a man who chooses to chop off his
because he thought his voice wasn’t good enough. Imagine how disillusioned Dust Bowl migrants would have felt had Woody Guthrie not cheered them up with his subtle melodies. Imagine if blues pioneers had succumbed to skeptics who likened their work to “devil’s music.” To quote John Lennon, “imagine all the people, living for today,” and “sharing all the world.” Music influences society by galvanizing movements for positive change.
“Through music, the oppressed find their voice and the courage to reach out for help.” Coined the “Global Jukebox,” the Live Aid concert in 1985 was broadcasted to 2 billion people. In 2005, 3 billion people viewed the sequel concert Live 8. In both cases, almost half the global population was united by a common goal, to “make poverty history.” Music is a prominent mechanism for social progress. We should cultivate its role in our culture, as there’s no better way to gain and share new perspectives. Bob Marley spread reggae music and the Rasta spirit across the globe. He unified blacks worldwide,
legs for fun (voluntary) loses all of my respect for being such an idiot. Obesity, in general, is the result of voluntary choices and if a blogger for Marie Claire wants to factor that into her conditions for respect, she should. Finally, I just want to say that we should all get out our dictionaries and look up “ignorant.” It means lacking knowledge or awareness, not having opposing views. Not everyone who disagrees with you is ignorant, perhaps they have their own perspective and it’s different than yours. I doubt you could hand the Marie Claire blogger a pamphlet of “fat-facts” to change her mind. In the end, I’m tired of people with the most entrenched of views calling others ignorant instead of facilitating intelligent discussion. Now please excuse me, I have a party bowl of cheese doodles to eat. – Alex Dellin
Respect, in response to the ‘fatties’ article on 11/5
“Regardless of one’s choices, they should not be denied respect.” This quote is outrageous. Respect is solely based on the choices one makes. I do not respect someone for being born rich precisely because they had no choice in the matter, and did nothing to earn their wealth. It is for the same reason that I do not look down on people who were born poor. If respect should be given regardless of life decisions, why would you be offended that overweight people were compared to addicts and drunks? Are they not equally respectable? Life choices aside, they are both human. That seems to be your threshold for respect. In an ideal world, this would be great. However, the world we live in has enough terrible people that I choose to set the bar a little higher. – Chad Jens
Response to Trudon’s ‘fatties’ editorial
After reading Taylor Trudon’s article regarding the “fatties” blog post, I noticed so many brazenly illogical and nonsensical statements I felt compelled
to respond. Respect is garnered solely by a person’s choices. There is a difference between a person that murders and steals and a person that donates blood and adopts kittens from an animal shelter. The animal lover/ blood donor earns my respect while the plundering murderer deserves disdain. By comparing a choice, such as weight, to an inborn physical characteristic, being black or handicap, is preposterous. The bigot is clearly more idiotic than the individual who notices that obesity is an issue and is turned off by the fat person that makes a conscious decision to eat three slices of pizza, a handful of fries and several hearty dollops of mashed potatoes for lunch. Comparing the racist to the knowledgeable nutritionist is a cheap trick to rally support for the obese. On another note, obesity is real and an extremely noticeable problem. The new TV show that highlights the corpulent nature of people does encourage fat people to become empowered for being fat. This is unacceptable with the current health trends and should not have a presence on a major broadcasting network solely because there is now a fat demographic. Rather than encourage these detrimental health qualities, increasing ones health should be the primary message that is emphasized. Ultimately, this TV show, while raising self-esteem, will have an increasing diabetes rate trailing right behind it. – Daniel Ratner
Response to ‘fatties’ article
I have yet to hear a legitimate excuse as to why it is acceptable to fill a shopping cart with processed and prepackaged food, enjoy fast food meals as a dietary staple, and avoid physical activity like it is crucifixion. People in our society try to hide behind the veil of “it’s a glandular issue” and “I can’t help it, it’s my genetics.” Yet, the current statistic of more than 30 percent of Americans (see americanheart.org) falling into the obesity category points to one cause: choice. I cannot imagine that one out of every three Americans is chained to their living room E-Z Boy with a conveyor belt of fried chicken
and through his songs, he urged them to call for an equal and free society. Marley is the poster boy for peace through music. Regardless of race, “One Love” is a mantra that everyone should live by. Reggae generally pits the common man against the tyrant government. You’d be hard-pressed to find an artist in the genre that doesn’t support the legalization of marijuana. The movement for sensible drug policies would not be on the cusp of success without the influence of music. In 2007, Dispatch, a band that has heavily influenced me, re-united and mobilized its active fanbase. They sold out Madison Square Garden for three consecutive nights. The shows were called “Dispatch Zimbabwe” and 100 percent of the proceeds went to help the African nation defeat famine, social injustice and inflation. Brad Corrigan, a member of Dispatch, said about the inspiration to hold a benefit concert for Zimbabwe: “It all came from a song...I hope there are more songs.” Corrigan’s statement typifies music’s immense potential. Another Dispatch member, Chad Urmston, now fronts State Radio, an equally influential and inspiring band. The band’s lyrics explore social inequities, government abuses and other
continuously emptying into their mouths. Rather, people are consciously choosing to lead a sedentary lifestyle and make nutritional decisions that are detrimental to their health. I wholeheartedly agree that all oppressed, and often underrepresented sects of society deserve respect, and that a comprehensive social attitude change is necessary for this. However, I do not think that sitting back and accepting obesity is appropriate or progressive. The new Mike and Molly show serves to desensitize people to obesity and lend social validation to this epidemic. Certainly, it depicts an aspect of our current reality, but this negative, unhealthy aspect should not be portrayed in a positive, lighthearted manner. Why should I accept this fact of life instead of lobbying against it? I will not find myself discriminating against any given person solely because of their weight, but they will not earn my full respect simply because they are a human being. “Regardless of one’s choices, they should not be denied respect.” This statement is so incredibly ludicrous. Let’s respect Hitler despite his choice to organize the slaughter of millions, Ken Lay despite his choice to consciously dupe thousands out of significant life savings, and the many trusted clergymen who chose to molest our youth. Maybe this was not quite what Taylor Trudon meant in her article on Friday, Nov. 5, however, that statement is representative of the attitude that permits lifestyles of obesity. The “Truth” campaign against big tobacco is acceptable because of the links tobacco has to fetal illness, heart disease, and a slew of cancers. Are obesity’s links to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and incredible strain on our healthcare system not equally worthy evils to combat? When is that one third of our population going to look in the mirror and accept responsibility for their choices and make a change? – Travis Biechele
topics often glazed over by the mainstream. The songs they create instill in me a belief that I can single-handedly make the world a better place. It’s sometimes hard to tell if State Radio is an activist group playing music or a band promoting activism. “Calling all Crows,” its service organization, mobilizes fans to promote human rights and women’s empowerment. Behind the relentlessly strummed chords, Urmston’s message in the song of the same name is simple: “If you feel like you are witnessing a movement, then get up girl and let them know you’re free.” Here, as in many other instances, a good soundtrack vitalizes a social movement. The speeches of civil rights activists have the struggle for equality embedded in them. Soul and gospel songs of the era dynamically expressed the struggle. Through music, the oppressed find their voice and the courage to reach out for help. Leaders may come and go, but their messages, strengthened by music, persist through time.
Tim Brogan is a 5th-semester natural resources major. He can be contacted at Timothy.Brogan@UConn.edu.
ter. Nevertheless, I was rather entertained by Alex Welch’s November 5th column “Hitchens: prolific, inspirational journalist.” To me, Christopher Hitchens seems about as ‘inspirational’ as Bill O’Reilly, and perhaps less so. Anyone who feels the need to write a book lambasting an old nun who took care of poor people in the streets of Calcutta (another one of Hitchens’ apparently “prolific” titles, which is devoted to exposing the apparently unsaintly activities of Mother Theresa) is someone who should find more interesting things to write about. Granted religious figures often act with hypocrisy, and granted religious conflicts often cause trouble; I don’t believe anyone can deny that. But there is no doubt that to anyone with an actual understanding of Christian theology or philosophy, Hitchens’ infamous “God is not great” represents an appalling lack of understanding of the Christian intellectual tradition, as well as a ridiculous number of straw-men and an obviously false thesis. Again granted, religion can cause problems. But to act as if it just poisons thing, as if it has never had any benefits for anyone or any group of people whatsoever is simply false, and is indicative of ignorance and bigotry rather than inquisitive journalism. My point then, aside from taking issue with Hitchens’ arrogant misrepresentation and poor understanding of my own faith, is only that Hitchens is intelligent enough to know the sort of garbage he’s spouting; but there is no doubt that it sells books. The same way Glenn Beck and Ann Coulter take ridiculous and absurd political positions to further their own self-interest, Hitchens does so with religion. His ‘prolific’ thought is nothing you couldn’t find on your average 13 year old’s blog; he just found a creative way to make money with it. God bless the man, I hope they cure his cancer. But in terms of his being an “inspirational” journalist, I’d say Hitchens is not great either. – David Swerling
‘Great journalist’ Re: Editorial: overstatement for Voting for students Chris Hitchens needs clarification
Let me begin by saying that I do not wish cancer on Christopher Hitchens, or anyone for that mat-
In response to the editorial on Wednesday, I definitely agree that the UConn Votes Coalition could
have done a better job motivating and getting students to the polls. As a member of the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) External Affairs committee, which was a part of the UConn Votes Coalition, I believe we did an exceptional job dorm storming and registering students to vote. We exceeded our goal of registering 1,500 students to vote, which is a great accomplishment. We, however, lacked in making information available about the shuttle buses and I had to ask my committee chair on the eve of Election Day where they were picking up students because no general information was made available to students. Even though I suggested the idea of having members of the coalition give class announcements to disseminate this information, it was a little too late and good for only select classes, which was still not enough to get a high student voter turnout. Also, the UConn Votes Coalition was not much of a “coalition” in the sense of that word. Groups such as USG, SSDP, and ConnPIRG did a large a portion of not only registering students to vote, but also making the class announcements, distributing t-shirts at the polls, giving out flyers, and running the buses. I did not see groups like SUBOG or the College Republicans helping run buses or motivating students to vote. In fact, members of the College Republicans served as election checkers, which challenged students and served as a barrier for students to vote. This was contradictory to the goal of the UConn Votes Coalition and getting students to vote. We in all measures dropped the ball in communicating with members of this coalition and having them commit to this goal. Many of us, I believe worked hard and made enormous sacrifices to try to make student voter turnout high. As a member of the UConn Votes Coalition, I hoped we could have done a better job and it is not easy to say as a member that even though I stayed up most of the night before election day working to get things ready and painting the rock, that I failed. In the end, however, we must admit we failed and we all must take responsibility, learn from our mistakes, and next time we will do it right. – Jordan Hegel
Who or what are you named after? – By Wynne Hammerman
“My older sister named me because she started calling my mom’s stomach Jessie.”
“I was named after St. Christopher because my parents are religious.”
“Bill Clinton’s wife.”
“A guy my mom thought was cute when she was in high school was named Michael.”
Jessica Divanno, 7th-semester psychology major.
Christopher Paulson, 3rd-semester finance major.
Hillary Daub, 5th-semester marketing and English double major.
Michael Gandelman, 7th-semester engineering and business double major.
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Friday, November 12, 2010
Hearing over suburban Tennessee mosque puts Islam on trial
This file photo shows Greg Johnson (right) and Ina Marshall and Tim Foster (left) arguing during a demonstration against a planned mosque and Islamic community center in Murfreesboro, Tenn. With testimony planned to resume Friday, Islam is on trial in a booming Nashville suburb, where opponents of a new mosque have spent six days in court trying to link it to what they claim is a conspiracy to take over America by imposing restrictive religious rule.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Islam is suddenly on trial in a booming Nashville suburb, where opponents of a new mosque have spent six days in court trying to link it to what they claim is a conspiracy to take over America by imposing restrictive religious rule. The hearing is supposed to be about whether Rutherford County officials violated Tennessee’s open meetings law when they approved the mosque’s site plan. Instead, plaintiff’s attorney Joe Brandon Jr. has used it as a forum to question whether the world’s second-biggest faith even qualifies as a religion, and to push a theory that American Muslims want to replace the Constitution with extremist Islamic law. “Do you want to know about a direct connection between the Islamic Center and Shariah law, a.k.a. terrorism?” Brandon asked
one witness in a typical line of questioning. Brandon has repeatedly conflated a moderate version of Shariah with its most extreme manifestations, suggesting that all Muslims must adhere to those interpretations. At one point, he asked whether Rutherford County Commissioner Gary Farley supported hanging a whip in his house as a warning to his wife and then beating her with it, something Brandon claimed was part of “Shariah religion.” The commissioner protested that he would never beat his wife. County attorney Jim Cope objected to the question, saying, “This is a circus.” The rhetoric has conjured up comparisons to another culture clash that played out in a Tennessee courtroom a hundred
miles and nearly a century away from Murfreesboro, a college city of 100,000 that is among the fastest-growing communities in the country. In 1925, the world watched as evolution came under attack at the Scopes monkey trial in Dayton, Tenn. Chancellor Robert Corlew has consistently given the plaintiffs leeway to present testimony by nonexperts and documents that they cannot prove are legitimate, saying he reserves the right to strike things from the record later. Corlew, who holds an elected office, has given little explanation for why he has allowed the testimony to stray so far afield. Since it is not a jury trial, the judge can ultimately disregard anything he deems irrelevant. Several attorneys suggested he may want the plaintiffs, three residents who object to how the
mosque came about, to feel they were able to have their say. That could explain why Corlew has allowed Brandon to repeatedly question witnesses about whether Islam is a legitimate religion — even after the Department of Justice stepped in with a brief stating that it was. When Farley, the commissioner, told Brandon the federal government defined Islam as a religion, Brandon responded, “Are you one of those people who believes everything the government says? Are you aware the government once said it was OK to own slaves?” Other faiths have risen to the defense of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro. The newly formed Interfaith Coalition on Mosques, which is composed of prominent Catholics, Jews, Muslims, and Southern Baptists and other Protestants, has filed a brief in
the case. It’s good for the mosque’s opponents to get their day in court — testimony is to resume Friday — said the Rev. Joel Hunter, an evanglical megachurch pastor and coalition member. But it’s “really out there” to question whether Islam is a religion, said Hunter, who leads a Longwood, Fla., congregation called Northland, A Church Distributed. Seeking to prove that the mosque has terrorist leanings, witnesses have pointed out that board member Mosaad Rowash previously had pro-Hamas postings on his MySpace page, something the mosque’s leaders have not denied. The U.S. government considers Hamas, a Palestinian Islamic political party with an armed wing that has attacked Israel, a terrorist organization. The political views of
Rowash — who hasn’t been called to testify and hasn’t commented publicly — and other board members are “totally irrelevant,” said Deborah Lauter, the director of civil rights for the Jewish Anti-Defamation League, which sponsors the interfaith coalition. If all of the members of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro were public cheerleaders for Hamas, it would still be illegal to discriminate against them because the First Amendment protects freedom of worship, she said. Even the group that provided the information on Rowash, the Washington-based Investigative Project on Terrorism, doesn’t claim that the MySpace postings prove anything about the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro or its members.
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Reckless Gents and Horse Lincoln make students laugh Living in skin is the new thing
By Amy Schellenbaum Associate Managing Editor
It’s almost wintertime. I’m sure I’m not the only one anxious to break out my winter spice tea, my silly earflap hat and “Love Actually.” But being such a big fan of Thanksgiving, I am staunchly refraining from breaking into “Silver Bells” until after break. Still, it’s all very tempting. I was bursting with the urge to hum “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” when I woke up Monday to snow on the ground. The indicators seem to be everywhere (with the major exception being the upper floors of Monteith and Arjona, which still seem to think it’s early September). But do you know how I really know winter is almost here? It’s my skin. Every time I leave a hot shower these days, my skin feels overwhelmingly parched. The skin between my fingers gets pale and dusty, the skin on my cheeks feels like saran wrap pulled taut. My legs itch. It’s super aggravating, and from what I’ve been hearing, I’m not the only one who thinks so. So here are a few tips for keeping your skin from feeling mutinous the next few months:
Enough with the super hot showers
It’s one of the world’s pettiest and most annoying dilemmas. When I walk across campus with the wind scratching my pink face and snow or sleet freezing me to my bones, what I want most is to take off my wet clothes and hop in a steaming shower until winter is over. Unfortunately, really hot showers mess with the lipids (a.k.a. oils) in your skin that protect it from the elements, which leads to loss of moisture, according to WebMD.com. So don’t do it. Drink hot tea and get all snuggly in a blanket instead. Another showering note: You may want to stop using regular soap during the next few months. Switch to a moisturizing body wash or a gentle shampoo for cleaning your body, and you’ll definitely notice a difference.
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Michael Bodulak, a 7th-semester physics education major, Max Margenot, a 1st-semester math major and Scott Pavlow, a 7th-semester physics major (l-r) perform in a scene by Reckless Gents.
By Loumarie Rodriguez Campus Correspondent The three main UConn Improv groups performed at the Student Union Theatre Thursday night. The Agents of Improv, Reckless Gents and Horse Lincoln stormed the stage in an ultimate showdown or, in other words, a cage match of the local Improv groups. Each group had 15 minutes to
display a game or do an improv act, after which the judges made their decision as to which group preformed the best. Then, once the judging process was over, the groups had the chance to win prizes ranging from $135 for first place to $25 for third. First up to the showdown was Agents of Improv, who began with a game called “Rolling Blackout.” The game took off with lines like, “That’s why you
get married to a window washer less dust,” being thrown about. By their second game, many more random lines emerged that had audience members rolling with laughter, such as, “Your unicorn didn’t happen to have a child did she?” Reckless Gents took the stage next. With great excitement, they started off by selecting one audience member to read lines from their book “Treasure Island,”
Laid back tunes at The Beanery
Having grown up with severe eczema, I always had a giant tub of Eucerin. Their cream is lovingly thick and it’s relatively cheap, too ($6.49 for 4 oz. of its “intensive repair” cream). Cetaphil is a good option as well. These don’t use fragrances or other irritants, making them great options for everyday use and for people with extra sensitive skin. I’ve always heard that putting on lotion right after a shower helps to “lock in” the moisture. About.com agreed, suggesting that “for best effect, pat skin dry instead of rubbing with your towel before application.” Alternatives to lotion include pure shea butter or shea butterlotion hybrids (L’Occitane has a fabulous one if you’re willing to lay down the cash). There’s also extra virgin coconut oil. To me it sounds like something I’m more likely to cook Cuban food in than put on my skin, but it’s supposed to be amazingly effective.
Be especially diligent after shaving
Guys should avoid most aftershaves, which suck all the moisture out of skin. Mensflair.com suggests that if you’re using an electric razor, don’t put it on the closest setting because “it’s
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Ray Johnston, a 7th-semester finance major plays his guitar like a riot at Live at the Beanery.
and with those lines they would form scenes. Whether it was a talking map that led down to Satan’s or a sinking boat, they managed to grab some laughs with their witty acts. The Horse Lincolns ended the night by announcing that their next show would be Nov. 17. After their routine, there was a quick prize give away to audience members sitting in special seats. Then the judges made
their verdicts, granting first place to the Horse Lincolns. It was up to the audience members, however, to decide who would win second and third place by how loud people cheered for their favorite group. Agents of Improv took second place and Reckless Gents took third. A 3rd-semester mechanical engineering major, Eze Onuma, said, “It was a solid show. I
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Vegas spectacle at Latin Grammys LAS VEGAS (AP) — Some of the biggest stars from three continents gathered Thursday for the 11th annual Latin Grammys, which kicked off with a rush of photographers for Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, the groove of Chris Botti's jazz trumpet and a wave of cheers for Enrique Iglesias. The gala featured some odd pairings: Juan Luis Guerra rapping while synchronized swimmers kicked their legs upside down in pool. Iglesias performing with reggaeton duo Wisin y Yandel. Canadian-Portuguese folkrocker Nelly Furtado and pioneering female hip-hop MC Mala Rodriguez getting their groove on with the b-boy crew Jabbawockeez. But the audience embraced the diversity of Latin genres and enjoyed every moment. Spanish singer Alejandro Sanz won the first major award of the evening — best male pop vocal album — for "Paraiso Express," bringing his career total to 17 Latin Grammys.
"When I saw the opening of this Latin Grammys show, I got very emotional," he said. "I was at the first one, and it's been a little complicated, and see how far we've come." Venezuelan duo Chino y Nacho burst out of their seats when their win for best urban album was announced. "We're not going to be able to sleep tonight," Nacho said. "We're proof that 'si se puede' with determination and perseverance." Chino chimed in: "I'm going to dare to say something that's never been said at the Grammys: Venezuela!" Bronx-born bachata singer Prince Royce sang his charttopping bilingual version of "Stand By Me" with the song's original composer and singer, R&B legend Ben E. King. By the time the Latin Grammy committee invited King to sing with the 21-yearold Dominican, King's granddaughter had already played him the song. The difference between the original and the bachata version? "You can dance faster," King told reporters later.
Dramatic Arts and LARK Play Development Center host reading By Kim Halpin Campus Correspondent On Wednesday and Thursday night, the Department of Dramatic Arts and the LARK Play Development Center hosted a workshop reading of the play “Doctoring” in the Nafe Katter Theatre. The entire play set within one day, and is about four people living in the city and the trials of their turblent love lives. Focused around the doctor’s office, we see Doctor fall in love with Sherry. At the conclusion of the
play, the actors, writer and director engaged in a question and answer session with the audience. “It was a really relevant story and it was interesting to see freshmen perform and pull it off so well,” said Alison Barton, a 7th-semester acting major. “There should be more [productions] like it. I loved it.” As a workshop piece, the play was presented with the actors on stage at all times, reading from the script at music stands when they were giving their lines. The actors were not supposed
to physically act out the scenes, but instead express it through the spoken lines. First-semester acting major Kaitlyn Gorman played Sherry “You had to add action to your voice,” she said. She said it was difficult for them after being able to act it out in previous rehearsals. The play was the product of an intensive, eight-day session in which five students were able to bring the script to life and work with the writer to elaborate on it. This communicative nature was a new, but welcomed, experience for most
of the actors. Riana Maia, a 1st-semester acting major who played Doctor, expressed that “it was not about the acting but about making the script better.” All of the actors said that it was refreshing for them to be able to ask the writer questions about what she was trying to portray in the play. They also said that it was an amazing experience to be able to give honest feedback to the writer, and to have the writer appreciate the critiques. Drew Camputaro, a 7th-
semester theatre studies major, gave the example that in one version of the script they worked with, writer Nastaran Ahmadi had taken out one of his character’s monologues at the end, which really “brought the character together for [him].” After hearing Camputaro’s views, Ahmadi decided that the monologue really was essential to the closure and it was read at the workshop. Ahmadi and director Jessi Hill explained that it was great to have a cast
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A ‘skintilla’ New ‘Call of Duty’ of advice for blasts last year’s sales record your hands from IT’S, page 7 too irritating.” It’s especially important to moisturize after shaving because the area was more exposed to dehydrating soaps and irritation. Protect your hands Because the skin on your hands is thinner and more delicate than the skin on the rest of your body, it gets drier faster. Invest in a good, thick hand cream and apply it to every bit of your hands before sliding them into mittens or gloves when leaving your dorm or apartment. Bonus points: Get a humidifier Humidifiers put steam in the air, creating a false, rainforestlike environment in your room. I’ve heard they can be really helpful, but I don’t think they’re necessary if you follow the other tips. If you stick to these guidelines, I’m confident you can defend yourself against the havoc winter can inflict. This winter we should be itching to pelt our roommates with snowballs, not just itching.
Marie Osmond says son was depressed before suicide CHICAGO (AP) — Marie Osmond says her son suffered from depression and had struggled with drugs before his suicide eight months ago. During an interview on the episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" that aired Thursday, Osmond says her son, Michael Bryan, didn't show his depression. She says he had a difficult childhood and started to use drugs when he was about 12, but that he wasn't using drugs at the time of his death. The 18-year-old college student jumped from the eighth floor of an apartment building in Los Angeles in February. The coroner ruled the death a suicide. Osmond returned to work within a couple of weeks. She told Winfrey the stage was her safe place.
Child Actor who played Eddie Munster in NJ rehab
NEW YORK (AP) — "Call of Duty: Black Ops" shattered entertainment records this week when it raked in $360 million in its first 24 hours on sale, once again proving that video games have cemented their place in our lives as mainstream entertainment on par with movies and music. For the hordes of devoted fans who waited at midnight Monday to get their hands on the military shooter, this is hardly a surprise. For them, popping the new "Call of Duty" into a game console is the equivalent of turning on the TV to watch the Super Bowl or the World Series — except here, they control the outcome.
The game, from Activision Blizzard Inc., sold 5.6 million units the day it went on sale, according to the company. Its predecessor, "Call of Duty, Modern Warfare 2," meanwhile, sold 4.7 million copies to reap in $310 million during its first day on sale last year. "Black Ops" went on sale Monday in North America and the U.K. It costs $60 and works on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 gaming consoles. As such, games have an easier time setting dollar sales records than, say, movies or music, because fewer people need to buy them in order to bring in big bucks.
Lambert wins 3 CMA awards, including album of year NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Miranda Lambert's coronation at the Country Music Association Awards came with the most authentic endorsement you can get in Music City: Loretta Lynn. "Nobody in country music is more country than Miranda," the icon said. Lambert won three CMA awards Wednesday night, including the coveted album of the year, celebrating her 27th birthday by leading a sea change in country music that also included two wins for her fiance, Blake Shelton, and entertainer of the year for longsuffering Brad Paisley. The blond Texas firebrand whose breakthrough album "Revolution" was just that joined Lynn on stage with Sheryl Crow for a rendition of "Coal Miner's Daughter." Lambert received her female vocalist of the year trophy from Lynn, who is celebrating her 50th year as a singer. "I hope it's the beginning," Lambert said. "I hope that I'm here 40 years from now, handing out an award like Loretta did." Lambert also won video of the year for "The House That Built Me," which also won song of the year for songwriters Tom Douglas and Allan Shamblin. It's a song that Lambert almost missed out on. It originally was pitched to Shelton, but when Lambert heard it, she immediately broke down because it seemed to perfectly describe her hard-luck childhood. She asked Shelton if she could have the song instead. It went on to become her second No. 1 hit and helped her earn nine CMA nominations, a record for a woman and the second most in CMA history. "People could've gotten greedy, but I'm glad they didn't," Shamblin said. The song might be the perfect symbol for country's new "it" couple. They've shared in almost everything in a year that saw their engagement. Both said it was more special to see the other win. For Shelton, who was recently invited to join the Grand Ole Opry, the night was not only a validation of his 11-year career,
but a sign of acceptance from the Nashville music community. He ended Paisley's threeyear run as male vocalist of the year — a development Paisley praised — and won music event of the year for his "Hillbilly Bone" collaboration with Trace Adkins. "I know this stuff is political and that's my favorite thing about it right now," Shelton said. "That's the hardest thing to do in this town, is to get people on your side." And people were definitely on their side. When Shelton won male vocalist, Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles said: "Ooooh, shake it up CMA." And the traditionally conservative voters did just that. Other relatively new acts with wins included Lady Antebellum and the Zac Brown Band. Lady A, the second-leading nominee with five, won vocal group of the year and single of the year for "Need You Now," a crossover sensation that has helped the trio's album of the same name to 3 million in sales. And Brown's band won new artist of the year. Sugarland took vocal duo of the year, and Mac McAnally won musician of the year. Paisley, long Nashville's young gun who's matured into one of the genre's most popular spokesmen, was first nominated for the award in 2005. This year he became the face of the city after May's devastating floods. Just weeks from lawunching his aptly named H2O Tour, the floods destroyed most of his personal and tour gear, forcing a fast-forward effort to prepare. "I owe this award to my crew that put this show on and take as much pride in it as I do," Paisley said. "If there was ever a year I wanted to win this one, it was this year." Paisley, who co-hosted the ABC broadcast with Carrie Underwood, thought it was the CMA awards he's seen, and he's been watching since childhood. The show featured spirited performances by Keith Urbawn, Reba McEntire, the Zac Brown Band and Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley and Carrie Underwood. And Gwyneth Paltrow sang the theme to her new movie, "Country Strong."
Malaysia gaythemed film gets applause at 1st show
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Muslim-majority Malaysia's first gay romance movie opens with playful scenes of a bare-chested male couple massaging each other on a beach at night — but their euphoria soon evaporates in a story that seeks to placate both conservative government censors and contemporary audiences hungry for edgy material. "Dalam Botol," or "In A Bottle," is a Malay-language film about a man who gets a sex change operation because he thought it would satisfy his male lover, but ends up regretting it. The film earned applause from movie bloggers invited to its first public screening Wednesday, three months before its scheduled nationwide release. "Even five years ago, we wouldn't have been able to make it," Raja Azmi Raja Sulaiman, the film's producer and writer, said after the screening. "I'm glad that at this time, at this moment, we can show it." Malaysia's government-run cinema censorship board has long frowned on sexually provocative films. As recently as last year, the board banned British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen's "Bruno," accusing it of promoting homosexuality with its portrayal of a flamboyant fashion journalist. But public pressure for the board to tolerate mature themes is leading to looser restrictions. Censors now say depictions of homosexuality like those in "Dalam Botol" are no longer barred — as long as being gay isn't condoned. "If the movie had tried to glamorize the lifestyle of a gay person, it would be against our current standard guidelines," censorship board chief Mohamad Hussain Shafie told The Associated Press this week. "But the character repents in the end. We can say it is in line with our social values." The slow-paced, melancholy film bears influences of foreign gay-themed movies, including the Oscar-winning "Brokeback Mountain" and Hong Kong's "Happy Together." But it takes far fewer risks — its heterosexual male leads, who include a 26-yearold making his film debut, never kiss. The most explicit acknowledgment that the characters have sex is when one gets out of bed in his
Raja Azmi Raja Sulaiman gestures during an interview before a public screening of her new Malay-language film “Dalam Botol” or “In A Bottle” at a studio in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
underwear while the other sleeps, presumably naked, beneath a blanket. Nevertheless, there are raw, poignant scenes that capture the realities of being gay in a country where homosexuality is effectively outlawed. Though prosecutions are rare, sodomy is punishable by 20 years in prison. Raja Azmi said the film is about a close friend who had sex change surgery in Thailand 25 years ago and wanted to warn young men not to make the same decision. In "Dalam Botol," the main character is wracked with remorse after his operation prompts his partner to abandon him. "It's not an anti-gay movie. I believe it's not wrong to be gay, but it's wrong to have a sex change," Raja Azmi said. Malaysia has no formal gay rights groups, but some gay men have mixed feelings about the film. "I want to see gay characters in local movies, but it's wrong to make it seem like we're all so tragic and depressed," said a 30-year-old financial analyst who asked to be identified only as Mark. "Of course, I hope that someday, our society will be open
enough to have a Malaysian movie about two gay men who meet, fall in love and live happily ever after." The film — which has been approved for a February 2011 release to audiences older than 18 — was carefully vetted by censors from the start. Raja Azmi submitted her script to the board before filming it. She was told to change the original title — "Anu Dalam Botol," or "Penis in a Bottle" — and remove an intimate bedroom conversation between the male characters. Although "Dalam Botol" has potential for Malaysian acting awards, it might not lure local audiences who favor comedies and horror movies. Raja Azmi claimed she doesn't mind if it fails to recoup its production and marketing costs, estimated to slightly exceed 1 million ringgit ($320,000). Some of the 30 bloggers at Wednesday's screening were cautiously optimistic. "It's something new, something different," said 23-yearold university student Aoron Mikael. "And of course, all the controversy will make people curious to watch it."
Letting her voice be heard
Reading puts focus on script AP
Butch Patrick, who played boy vampire Eddie Munster in “The Munsters.”
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The former child star who played boy werewolf Eddie Munster on TV has entered a drug and alcohol treatment facility. Butch Patrick's agent said Thursday that the 57-yearold is in a private facility in New Jersey. Agent Jodi Ritzen says Patrick is in rehab "to deal with a lifetime problem of substance abuse." Ritzen wouldn't disclose the name of the facility where he's being treated. Patrick moved to the Philadelphia area earlier this year after being contacted by a West Chester woman who was a fan of "The Munsters" back in the 1960s. She announced last week that they had split.
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so dedicated to working on the script and helping them reach the goals they had set for the piece prior to arriving at UConn. They said that it was an important experience for everyone involved, particularly the actors because readings are a major part of being an actor in the “real world.”
The program taught them that communication is their most important resource, and that they have to be prepared for their character so that the focus can be on the script.
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thought the Agents of Improv should have won, but it was still good overall.” “Reckless Gents were so funny and the performance was well put to together,” said Jamille Rancourt, a 1st-semes-
ter undecided major. “It was an overall riot,” said Justin Teal, a 1st-semester actuarial science major.
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no longer De Laurentiis, last of the Amazon selling guide for pedophiles movie moguls, dies
NEW YORK (AP) - He was a small man who dreamed big, hit the highest heights and failed like few others. Dino De Laurentiis was born to be a movie producer. The Academy Award-winning legend of the Italian New Wave and producer of “Serpico” and “Barbarella” who helped revolutionize the way movies are bankrolled and helped personify the no-limits life of a cinematic king, died Wednesday night at the age of 91 in Beverly Hills. His dozens of credits included the art-house classics “La Strada” and “Nights of Cabiria,” the cult favorite “Blue Velvet,” the Hollywood epics “War and Peace” and “The Bible,” and such mainstream hits as “Three Days of the Condor.” He backed horror films (“Halloween 2”), police drama (“Serpico”) and the most far-out science fiction fused with sex and sexuality (“Barbarella”). And when he bombed, he really bombed: “Dune,” about which director David Lynch complained he was denied creative control; the Madonna vehicle “Body of Evidence”; the 1976 remake of “King, Kong,” which nearly finished off the career of Jessica Lange before it really started. Not all his movies had big budgets, but De Laurentiis didn’t think a film was real without real money. “Night of Earth” director Jim Jarmusch has spoken of meeting with the producer at his office, where De Laurentiis’ desk was big as Jarmusch’s apartment. He spoke to Jarmusch about the director’s low-cost productions. “He asked me, ‘Why do you make amateur films instead of professional ones?’” Jarmusch once recalled. “I asked what made a film amateur or pro-
fessional. He said any film that costs more than $5 million is professional.” De Laurentiis was one of the first producers to understand the box-office potential of foreign audiences, and helped invent international coproductions, raising money by pre-selling distribution rights outside North America. He was tiny, but tough, a veritable Napoleon on the set and utterly tireless. “Such a little lion,” was how his second wife, producer Martha De Laurentiis, put it when he turned 80. Throughout his career, he alternated lavish, big-budget productions with less commercial films by directors such as Robert Altman, Ingmar Bergman and Lynch, and he often packaged the blockbusters with art films to secure distribution for the smaller films. “The extraordinary thing that Dino taught all of us is the true figure of the independent producer,” De Laurentiis’ nephew, Aurelio De Laurentiis, a noted Italian film producer, said Thursday. “He always behaved in the U.S. as a major studio, even though he was a one-man show.” “He was my biggest champion in life and a constant source for wisdom and advice. I will miss him dearly,” granddaughter Giada De Laurentiis, a star chef and host on Food Network, said. Raised outside of Naples and one of six children born into the family’s pasta-making business, De Laurentiis quickly realized that his destiny was in moviemaking. He was central to the rise of Italy’s film industry, which in the 1950s rose to international prominence as the Italian New Wave. De Laurentiis’ initial success began after World War II, starting with “Bitter Rice,”
in 1948, which launched the career of his first wife, Silvana Mangano. In 1950, he went into business with another rising director, Carlo Ponti. They soon dominated the Italian movie business, monopolizing top stars such as Mangano, Sophia Loren (who later married Ponti) and Marcello Mastroianni. Their first international production was the epic “War and Peace” (Henry Fonda, Audrey Hepburn, Mel Ferrer) in 1955. With the lure of huge salaries, he often imported international movie stars to boost a film’s prospects. For Fellini’s “La Strada,” which won the Academy Award for foreign language film in 1957, he persuaded Anthony Quinn to come to Rome. De Laurentiis also produced Fellini’s “Nights of Cabiria,” which won the foreign film Oscar a year later. At Dinocitta, De Laurentiis married Hollywood stars with spectacle: “Barrabas” (Quinn); “The Bible” (George C. Scott, Ava Gardner); “Anzio” (Robert Mitchum); “Waterloo” (Rod Steiger). He also made more offbeat fare, such as Roger Vadim’s sex romp, “Barbarella” (Jane Fonda). De Laurentiis was one of the first producers to understand the box-office potential of foreign audiences, and helped invent international coproductions, raising money by pre-selling distribution rights outside North America. He began to move away from his base in Italy in the 1960s when the government changed the rules to mandate totally Italian productions to qualify for subsidies. He sold Dinocitta to the government in 1972. He relocated the studio in Wilmington, N.C., and dubbed his production company the De Laurentiis
Entertainment Group. The Oscar-winning “Serpico,” in 1973 with Al Pacino, was De Laurentiis’ Hollywood debut. Charles Bronson’s “Death Wish,” Robert Redford’s “Three Days of the Condor” and John Wayne’s last film, “The Shootist,” followed. He often stayed loyal to young, talented directors, even though the results weren’t always strong. He made “Buffalo Bill and the Indians” with Robert Altman. Even after Michael Cimino’s huge flop “Heaven’s Gate,” De Laurentiis made “Year of the Dragon” and “Desperate Hours” with him. Despite the failure of “Dune,” he stuck with David Lynch and two years later produced the acclaimed “Blue Velvet.” De Laurentis also continued to be a small factory for tackiness. Though he had earlier worked with revered filmmakers such as Victorio De Sica, Roberto Rossellini and Ingmar Bergman, some of his schlock included the plantation drama “Mandingo,” the horror film “Amityville II,” the cult comedy “Army of Darkness” and Madonna’s “Body of Evidence.” Though flops like “King Kong” and “Hurricane” could be shaken off, personal tragedy took its toll. In 1981, his son Federico was killed in a plane crash. Mangano, his wife of more than four decades, died in 1989. De Laurentiis, close to 70, was undaunted and started over. Within two years, he had a new wife, 29-year-old Martha Schumacher, formed a new company and started producing moneymakers again. “My philosophy is very simple,” he once said. “To feel young, you must work as long as you can.”
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is no longer selling a self-published guide for pedophiles. It wasn't immediately clear whether Amazon.com Inc. had pulled the item, or whether the author withdrew it. Amazon did not immediately return messages Thursday. The book, "The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure: a Child-lover's Code of Conduct," offers advice to pedophiles on how to make a sexual encounter with a child as safe as possible. It includes first-person descriptions of such encounters, purportedly written from a child's point of view. The availability of the book calls into question whether Amazon has any procedures — or even an obligation — to vet books before they are sold in its online stores. The title is an electronic book available for Amazon's Kindle e-reader and the company's software for reading Kindle books on mobile phones and computers. Amazon
allows authors to submit their own works and shares revenue with them. Amazon issues guidelines banning certain materials, including those deemed offensive. However, the company doesn't elaborate on what constitutes offensive content, saying simply that it is "probably what you would expect." Amazon also doesn't promise to remove or protect any one category of books. Once discovered Wednesday, the book triggered outrage from commenters on sites such as Twitter. Some people threatened to boycott the online store until Amazon removed the book. Two petitions on Facebook alone won more than 13,500 supporters. On Wednesday, child online safety advocacy group Enough is Enough says it isn't surprised that someone would publish such a book, but believes that Amazon should remove it. It says selling the book lends the impression that child abuse is normal.
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Down 1 Banned pollutants 2 Biblical resting place 3 Composed 4 “The Fox and the Hound” fox
I Hate Everything by Carin Powell
31 Tip for a smoker? 33 Corner the market on 34 In accordance with 35 It may be found in a deposit 36 Outlaw 37 Onetime Jeep mfr. 38 Architect Mies van der __ 39 Pound sounds 43 Fluted, in a way 44 Old Spanish coins 45 Web address ender 46 House Judiciary Committee chair during the Nixon impeachment hearings 47 “Have a nice day” response, and a literal hint to this puzzle’s theme 48 Critical moments to gear
up for 50 Maximum degree 51 European capital 52 Hubbard of Scientology 53 Team acronym 54 John with Emmys and a journalism award 56 Rancher’s concern 59 Jamboree gp. 60 Be in session 61 Trendy boot brand
Super Glitch by John Lawson
5 Suffix with fruct6 Hold up 7 “Do you bite your thumb __, sir?”: “Romeo and Juliet” 8 Riga resident 9 Old lab heaters 10 Isaac’s eldest 11 Eponymous skater Alois __ 12 WWI German viceadmiral 14 Centers 15 Prods 20 Justice Fortas 22 Derisive 23 Raison d’__ 24 Month before Nisan 27 Card game warning 28 Out of bed 29 Still-life subject 30 Bud
JELLY! by Elise Domyan
Across 1 Bucolic 9 Sushi choices 13 Wood preservative 14 Plays the class clown 16 Opening with a thud? 17 Showy 18 Overseas fem. title 19 Staple in a Hollywood first-aid kit? 21 Clueless 25 Source of Ulee’s gold 26 Compulsion to set up camp? 29 She played Emma in “The Avengers” 32 Mideast language 33 Support group? 34 Hoss and Little Joe’s off-color jokes? 40 Lake near Niagara Falls 41 Atlanta campus 42 Jets coach Ryan 43 Civil unrest in Brest? 48 Fizzled out 49 Gulf of Finland city 50 Restrain a legendary soul seller? 55 Word with a head slap 57 Six-Day War country 58 Classy accommodations at the Spider Ritz? 62 Insurer of Tina Turner’s legs 63 One transferring property rights, in law 64 Plenty 65 As terrific as they say
Classic Happy Dance by Sarah Parsons
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Classic Poop by Michael Badulak
Aries - An older individual has the knowledge you need. Now grasp the theory and apply it yourself. Add your unique touch to the final product. Taurus - Your desire to take independent action is supported by your bosses. Put your energy into changes that transform the philosophical landscape.
Cancer - Others fill your work environment with discussion and even argument. What seems obvious to you inspires lively conversation, which enriches the outcome.
Dissmiss the Cynics by Victor Preato
Gemini - Even though you wish you could act independently, today you get better results working closely with a partner. Employ tried-and-true methods.
By Michael Mepham
Classic Nothing Extraordinary by Thomas Feldtmose
Leo - Accept every opportunity that comes your way with enthusiasm. You may not be able to do it all, but your productivity will surprise you. Share time with friends later. Virgo - Although your mind may be on the weekend and family activities, remain focused on work. The rewards come when the job is done. Enthusiasm moves it forward. Libra - Don’t waste time arguing. It takes something to generate helpful conversation, but the results are worth it. Just handle the situation gracefully.
Bucephalus by K.X. Ellia
Scorpio - If you were by yourself, you’d enjoy getting your work done without stress. Others want you to play now. Get them to help with the work first. Sagittarius - Keep your eyes peeled for the chance to do something new today. Independent thinking provides unusual opportunities for you and others. Keep an open mind. Capricorn - Take time today to plan a social outing. You don’t need to break the bank to have a wonderful time. Choose a spot you haven’t tried before. Love blossoms. Aquarius - Group members come together to choose a unified direction. Enthusiasm builds as the work begins. An older person tracks the progress. Play your role. Pisces - Relationships flourish, both publicly and privately. Each person maintains independence, while joining together to share old memories and make new ones.
Pundles and Droodles by Brian Ingmanson www.cupcakecomics.com.
Why the long Face by Jackson Lautier
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Field hockey to open NCAAs against American By Ryan Tepperman Staff Writer The UConn field hockey team (15-5-0), ranked fifth in the nation, will kick off NCAA Tournament play Saturday when they take on No. 9 American. The game is set to begin at 2 p.m. in College Park, Md. on the home field of Maryland University. American enters this weekend’s action with an 18-3-0 overall record, including a 7-0 conference mark after sweeping the Patriot League in both the regular season and the conference tournament. On Tuesday, the Eagles officially qualified for the NCAA Tournament, after beating Kent State in the Play-In Game by a score of 2-1. UConn, on the other hand, had to settle for an at-large bid after finishing as the runner-
up in last weekend’s Big East Tournament. The Huskies used a 19-6 shots advantage to beat No. 14 Louisville 2-1 in the tourney semifinals, before getting edged by fourth-ranked Syracuse 1-0 in the finals the following day. Freshman forward Marie Elena Bolles and junior Cara Silverman accounted for all the team’s offense, scoring a goal each in the tournament. Silverman was later named to the All-Tournament Team for her efforts, where she was joined by fellow junior Ali Blankmeyer and senior captain Melissa Gonzalez. Goalie Sarah Mansfield, competing in postseason play for the first time in her collegiate career, surrendered just two goals in the tournament. Mansfield and the UConn defense, which owns an NCAA leading 0.77 goals against average, will have their hands
full Saturday against a potent American offense, which enters the weekend as the nation’s third highest scoring team at 3.80 goals per game. The Eagles boast three double-digit goal scorers – led by senior forward Christine Fingerhuth’s 17 – and three of the nation’s assist leaders in Kristin Gebhart, Natalie Ellenberger and Gina Hoffman, who have totals of 16, 13 and 11 assists, respectively. The Huskies will also have their hands full trying to get the ball past goalie Hannah Weltzerman, who is letting up under a goal per game this season. The winner of tomorrow’s contest will play the victor of the Maryland-UMass game. The Terps enter the weekend as the tournament’s top seed with a 19-1 record out of the ACC.
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Junior forward Bethany Semlear fights for the ball during a 1-0 loss to Syracuse in the Big East tournament on Nov. 7.
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Huskies head to Philly to face Penn Men's S&D to swim against Quakers By Carmine Colangelo Campus Correspondent After a big win against Army last week, the UConn women’s swim and dive squad look toward their meet against the University of Pennsylvania this weekend. It will mark the first time these schools have ever competed against each other. Last weekend, the Huskies routed the Black Knights 164-127, as they improved to a 3-1 mark on the season. “It was a pretty solid meet for us,” said head coach Bob Goldberg. “We were as good as we needed to be.”
Junior Swimmer Caitlin Gallagher won the 200-yard breaststroke, in addition to being part of the team who won the 200-yard medley relay. “Gallagher continues to swim very well for us,” Goldberg said. Another swimmer who impressed the head coach was sophomore Isabelle Nat, who won the top spot in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 53.99 seconds, which he described as being “a really nice time for her.” According to Goldberg, he didn’t see the Black Knights as a big challenge, but more of a tuneup meet for this one against the Quakers, and for the subsequent Terrapin Cup next weekend.
Having no prior experience against the Quakers, the Huskies will have nothing to go on but statistics, as well as their fourth-place finish at the Ivy Championships last year and their ninth place finish in the ECAC Championships. In order to best prepare for the match, Goldberg said the Huskies were “keeping up our hard training at practice.” The Huskies will face the Quakers in Philadelphia this Saturday Nov. 13 at 1:00 p.m., hopefully beginning their career against Penn at 1-0.
By James Huang Campus Correspondent The UConn varsity men’s swim team prepares to take on the Penn Quakers this Saturday in Philadelphia at 1 p.m. Currently undefeated, the Huskies hope to continue this hot streak. Their last meet, against the Army, was intense, with the Huskies only winning by six points. They worked extremely hard and the fruits of their labors showed. However, the meet also showed where they struggle in some events. This vic-
tory served as a wake-up call that there are some areas to improve and that there will be more difficult meets, like Penn, later on. “This is Penn’s first meet. They are always a tough team with a great tradition in the Ivy League. They have traditionally been better than Army. I expect everyone to be ready to contribute in an effort to win the meet,” said coach Goldberg. The Quakers open their season in Columbia University on Friday. Consistently considered stronger than the Black Knights, they have
many weapons. Junior Peter Amos is lethal, with top times in 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle, and 200yard freestyle of 20.6, 45.6, and 1:41.3. Junior Brendan McHugh has 53.97 in the 100yard breaststroke and 1:56.80 in the 200-yard breaststroke. There are many other swimmers and divers on the team that have scary good stats. Let’s not forget, though, that the Huskies have talent and power of their own.
Edsall goes for it on fourth down on own 19 yard–line By Colin McDonough Senior Staff Writer With 2:50 left in the game and the UConn football team clinging to a two–point lead on Pittsburgh, coach Randy Edsall decided to take a timeout. The Huskies were in a fourth–and–one situation at their own 19–yard line. “I hesitated a little bit, I looked over there and saw how much it was, and said, ‘Defense, do you think you can stop them?’ And before they answered I said we’re going for it,” Edsall said. “To me it wasn’t that big a risk in terms of how I felt the game was going. I saw Pittsburgh take the ball down on our defense. Some people may say it takes a lot of ‘kahunas’ to make that call but I just looked at the situation.” Jordan Todman took the hand off from Zach Frazer and ran four yards for the first down. “He had the utmost confidence in us to move the chains
Blair: Many athletes don't get credit
from UCONN'S, page 14 for UConn. In the Women’s Hockey Media Guide, Sydor said that in 10 years she sees herself as a pharmacist in a hospital who still plays hockey and keeps up with UConn athletics. I wish her all the best in this endeavor. There simply isn’t enough space in this one column to honor all of the great senior leaders out there for the various UConn sports. But students should try to be cognizant of all the athletes UConn has to offer. While it may be harder to follow some of the smaller sports on campus, I think you’d be hardpressed to find athletes with the same great skill, leadership and heart that some of the ones listed above have demonstrated. So next time you’re on Facebook in the library, procrastinating on your stat homework, try to congratulate Brickley, Gonzalez, Sydor or any of the numerous other senior leaders on campus for a job well done. I’m sure they’ll appreciate it.
and keep the clock going,” and was the first running back to Todman said. “I knew I was rush for more than 100 yards on the getting the ball and it was all Panther defense. confidence and determination.” “Thirty–seven is a lot of carries, Todman said the offense pleaded but I’m still waking so I’m ok,” to Edsall and wanted to go for it on Todman said. fourth down to try to win the game. Todman said that the Huskies Edsall decided to take the risk and knew they would have a shot to run it paid off. against Pittsburgh’s stifling defense “We knew we would after watching film. get that,” Frazer said. “We saw plays where “Our offensive line we thought we’d be does a lot and they usuable to hurt them,” ally don’t get the credit Todman said. they deserve. It’s nice Todman moved to to see their work payfourth on the UConn ing off.” all–time rushing list durNotebook ing the first half. The Kashif Moore had two receptions for 46 junior rushed for 102 yards, including a touchdown and yards in the first half, 120 in the thought Todman would rush for the second half, and although he didn’t first down. score Edsall had Todman to thank “I definitely had confidence for the comeback win. with the line and backs that we “The thing that’s impressive is were going to get that first down,” he’s running between tackles, he’s Moore said. running outside, and he’s doing it Todman’s big night all,” Edsall said. “He loves to comTodman carried the ball 37 times pete and he’d want us to give him for 222 yards, both career highs the ball every time I think.”
Huskies stay unbeaten at home Both UConn and Pitt discussed the Rentschler Field crowd before Thursday night’s game. “They have a very enthusiastic crowd,” coach Dave Wannestedt told the Pittsburgh media. “We’re expecting a lot of noise. From being up there two and four years ago at night, we know that if you let them, the crowd is really going to get into it.” The crowd of 35,391 in East Hartford may not have been a sellout, but they helped will the Huskies to the 30–28 victory. “We are undefeated at home,” said Kashif Moore. “It’s great to be here especially these last two games. I love playing here.” The win moves the Huskies to 5–0 at “The Rent” this season. “Anytime we’re here in the Rent we’re excited,” Todman said. “It’s great to have the fan support. It’s great to have them behind our backs.” Big East battle
Todman leads Huskies to 30-28 win from BACK, page 14 Todman rushed for a career high 222 yards on 37 carries, and the offensive line overpowered the Panthers defense consistently throughout the game. “That’s just having faith in us,” Todman said. “He had the utmost confidence in us, and we were able to move the chains to keep the clock going.” Early on, Pitt wasted no time getting on the board. On UConn’s first play from scrimmage, the Panthers overloaded the line, disrupting a flea flicker play and forcing quarterback Zach Frazer to make a badly underthrown pass, which was picked off by Pitt defensive back Jarred Holley. Pitt took advantage of the turnover with a five-play drive capped off by a 4-yard touchdown run by Dion Lewis, giving Pitt a 7-0 lead a mere two minutes into the game. But the Huskies’ offense responded on the next drive, converting several key plays while moving the ball down the field. Most notably, the Huskies’ converted on 4th-and-1 after being stopped just short of the 1st on a 9-yard pass by Frazer to Ryan Griffin. The next play, Frazer completed a beautiful 36-yard pass to Kashif Moore, who strode into the endzone to tie the
game at seven. The Huskies’ momentum continued into the next Pitt drive, when cornerback Jerome Junior picked off a pass from Pitt quarterback Tino Sunseri to set up a 46-yard field goal, the second longest of his career, to stretch the Huskies lead to 10-7. UConn added to their lead early in the third quarter when Teggart kicked his second field goal of the game to give the Huskies a 13-7 lead. UConn was able to get the ball back early after the defense sacked Sunseri twice on Pitt’s first possession of the second half, but from that point, the offense began to sputter, and Pitt took advantage. Pitt took a 14-13 lead later in the third quarter after Dion Lewis rushed for a one-yard touchdown, his second of the game. The rush was set up by a highlightreel catch by Pitt wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin, who hauled down a 42-yard pass from Sunseri that he had to leap as high as he could to catch. The lead grew to 21-13 after UConn failed to score, and then failed to stop Pitt on the ensuing drive. But the third quarter ended on a positive note for the Huskies as wide receiver Nick Williams returned the kickoff following Pitt’s score 95-yards for a touchdown. The fourth quarter began with a
scare, as UConn quarterback Zach Frazer came out of the game with what appeared to be a wrist injury. Redshirt freshman Mike Box came in to replace him for the rest of the drive, but Frazer was back in by the next possession. “He just had the wind knocked out of him,” Edsall said. The Huskies finally broke through midway through the fourth quarter. UConn took a 23-21 lead on a 25-yard field goal by Teggart, and on the ensuing kickoff, Pitt’s Ray Graham fumbled the ball, allowing Robbie Frey to recover and give UConn the chance to gain some distance. UConn took no time in taking advantage of the opportunity. Frazer snuck a 14-yard touchdown pass through the tightest of windows to wide receiver Isaiah Moore, stretching the lead to nine with about six minutes to play. But that lead shrunk to two after Pitt responded by quickly driving down the field. Baldwin caught an impressive 20-yard touchdown pass, though it initially appeared that he didn’t get his feet down. A lengthy review overturned the incomplete ruling, and UConn got the ball back with a 30-28 lead and four minutes remaining.
After the win versus Pitt, UConn move to 2–2 in the Big East and sits tied for second place with USF and Louisville. Syracuse and Pitt are tied for the conference lead with a 3–2 record in Big East play. After beginning conference play 0–2 the Huskies have fought back into the race with wins over West Virginia and the Panthers. “We’ve got a long way to go still, but we helped ourselves today,” Edsall said. “This games over and we have another one next week, and that one is going to be tough as well.” “We definitely want to keep this ball rolling,” Moore said. “We’ll enjoy it for a little bit but focus on the next game.” Moore said even when the Huskies were 0–2 in the conference, the goal never changed. “We still had the same goals and hopes of becoming Big East champions,” Moore said. Campbell arrested Defensive end Marcus Campbell was arrested Monday for stealing a
laptop computer. The 22–year–old was charged with fifth–degree larceny for taking a backpack took someone else’s backpack that was totaled to be worth $876. Last week, Campbell was suspended from to the team for a violation of team policies. According to the Connecticut Post, coach Rand Edsall’s knowledge of Campbell’s pending legal trouble was the reason for his suspension. Campbell was already out for the season, with a torn anterior crucial ligament. Campbell was released by UConn police but is scheduled to appear in Rockville Superior Court on Nov. 17. Todman moves to fourth on the UConn all–time rushing list. The junior had 102 yards in the first half to move up to fourth on the list. Todman rushed for 120 yards in the second half to round out the night at total 222 yards on 37 carries.
» WOMEN'S ICE HOCKEY
UConn faces UNH Wildcats By Peter Logue Campus Correspondent The UConn women’s hockey team will look to build on the momentum they gained last Saturday by thumping Hockey East foe Maine 3-1 when they face another in-conference rival, UNH, this weekend in a home–and–home series. The Huskies will travel to Durham on Saturday before returning to Storrs to face the Wildcats at the Mark Freitas Ice Forum. The puck will drop at 2 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively. The Huskies, whose record improved to 2-7-1 on the year with the win over Maine, are hoping to avenge an opening day loss from New Hampshire on Oct. 2. The Huskies fell by a score of 2-1, with both of UNH’s goals coming in a span of 90 seconds. In order to knock off the red hot Wildcats, winners of seven of their last eight games, the Huskies will have to improve on an aspect of their game that has plagued them all season: puck possession. “The thing that we don’t do well is that we get into a bat-
tle, we force turnovers, but we never seem to come away with the puck,” said coach Heather Linstad. “The biggest thing is that we have to have puck possession. We can’t just be involved, we have to be committed. When we are in a puck battle, we have to come out with the puck. UNH is really good at that, but we have to be better.” A bright spot throughout the early season struggles for the Huskies has been the offensive production of freshman Taylor Gross. She leads the teams in goals with four and is tied for the lead with six points. Linstad feels that as impressive as her star freshman has been, “the potential for improvement is definitely there.” “Taylor has great speed,” explained coach Linstad. “We have gotten her some open ice. She has very good hands. But she would be better served if she won some more battles. She’s got to get grittier. She’s doing well. Do I think she could be doing even better? Yes.”
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» WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Huskies’ quest for three-peat begins Sunday at Gampel accomplishment, they know that they are 0-0, and not 78-0. “We just think of it as this is a new team,” Hayes said. “We just After the UConn women’s bas- have this year’s goals set and we’re ketball team unveils their seventh just going to work toward those.” national championship banner on Five freshmen will begin the wall of Gampel to work toward those Pavilion Sunday, the goals. Bria Hartley quest for an eighth and Samarie Walker title will begin. The impressed the most out Huskies will take on of the new Huskies durHoly Cross after blow- vs. Holy Cross ing preseason. ing out both oppo“I think we definitely 2 p.m. nents they faced durmade a good start, but Sunday ing exhibition play. we have to continue,” UConn will also carry Hartley said. Gampel its 78-game winning Walker had 22 points Pavilion streak into the contest. and 15 rebounds in a But the Huskies turned 100-41 over Indiana the page on last season long ago. University of Pennsylvania “I feel blessed and amazed to in the final exhibition game be able to be on that team, and Wednesday night. to know that you can contribute “We’re trying to get her involved toward getting another one of more because she’s good around those,” said Tiffany Hayes. “It was the basket, but sometimes she gets a very special team.” caught in that, ‘What should I But while Hayes and returning do?’” said coach Geno Auriemma. players are proud of last year’s Auriemma said after
By Colin McDonough Senior Staff Writer
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Freshman Bria Hartley drives against Indiana in an exhibition game Wednesday at the XL Center.
Wednesday’s match-up that he is finally getting excited about this team, but he still does not know what to expect heading into the season opener. “They’re probably all nervous in the beginning – probably more anxiety than anything else,” Auriemma said. “People probably remind them of the winning streak, so that’s probably weighing on their minds.” Last year’s national championship will also be on their minds when they watch the banner get unveiled. “You would like to think that there is, ‘Wow, this is what I got myself into and this is what I started,’” Auriemma said. “It also may be way more than they anticipated. ‘I’ve watched three or four of these championships and now I’m part of it and asked to get another one for them.’” Auriemma said he wants to see where the new players fit into the team’s puzzle, and he has played with the starting lineup and rotation
throughout the preseason. “I think we need to try a lot of different things and see who handles what role,” Auriemma said. “I want everybody to get used to whatever we decide.” UConn’s opponent, Holy Cross, defeated Assumption 69-57 in Worcester. The Crusaders begin their regular season tonight at home against Yale. They’ll then travel south to take on the Huskies on Sunday. Last season UConn beat Holy Cross 87-34 on the road en route to a 39-0 season. If the Huskies want their 2010-2011 title run to start off well, then veterans and freshmen will have to gel together. “We talk about it all the time,” said senior forward Maya Moore. “The freshmen don’t have the luxury to be real freshmen and sit and watch and learn. They have to get in there and work towards their strengths and play a lot of minutes. They have to step up.”
» MEN'S HOCKEY
Men's ice hockey to take on 2009 Frozen Four team RIT
By John Shevchuk Staff Writer This weekend, the Huskies will head to Rochester, N.Y. to take on RIT, the team that ended UConn’s season last year. In the 2009-2010 season, the Huskies played RIT a total of six times, four of which were in the regular season. During the regular season, RIT took the first three games. In the Atlantic Hockey Tournament, the Huskies lost two straight games in the quarterfinals to RIT, ending UConn’s postseason. RIT continued on a run to become the first AHA team to make the NCAA Frozen Four. The Tigers’ road ended in the semifinals when they lost to Wisconsin 8-1. “They are going to bring the same team they brought at us last year,” said assistant coach Joe Dumais. “They have a lot of the same players from the Frozen Four team.” RIT is off to a tumultuous beginning to the season, with a 2-5-1 overall record and a conference record of 1-1. Their only conference win came in an
overtime game against Robert Morris. The RIT Tigers and the Huskies have shared one opponent – Union – so far this season. The Tigers traveled to Schenectady, N.Y. where they were dominated by Union by a score of 7-2. UConn, on the other hand, was competitive with Union and tied them 3-3. “We have a different nucleus this year. We still have Bartus in goal, some great freshmen and strong senior leadership,” Dumais said. The Huskies did well in their last Atlantic Hockey series, going 1-1 against Canisius. The upcoming series against RIT is the first away conference series of the year. UConn has a 1-1-2 away record. The Huskies played their two best opponents of the season on the road in Maine and Union, with both games ending in a tie. “The team has been very excited playing against ranked opponents,” Dumais said. “It will be no different at RIT. They have a great building to play at and we’ll thrive off the energy brought to the barn.” RIT is led by senior Andrew
Favot, who has a total of nine points and six assists. Junior Tyler Brenner leads the team in goals with five and is second in points with eight. The Tigers do not have a consistent goaltender, going through three goalies in their eight games. Senior Jan Ropponen of Finland has started half of the games, and has a GAA of 3.27 and a save percentage of .908. Husky goalie Garret Bartus has a GAA of 2.91 and a save percentage of .916. In addition to Garret Bartus’s great goaltending, the UConn penalty kill has been the early story of the season. Their penalty kill is an impressive 90.6 percent, which is fourth in the nation. UConn has stopped 48 of 51 shots on the penalty kill. “Throughout the week, we worked on our penalty kill a lot, since RIT has a great powerplay. We are really looking to win the special teams battle,” Dumais said. Both the Friday and Saturday games will begin at 7:05 p.m. at Ritter Arena in Rochester, N.Y.
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Junior forward Marcello Ranallo handles the puck in a 1-1 tie against Canisus at home on Nov. 6.
» WOMEN'S SOCCER
Huskies take on Hofstra in first round of NCAAs at BC By Andrew Callahan Staff Writer
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Sophomore defender Danielle Dakin dribbles in a 3-0 win against Louisville on Oct. 28.
The UConn women’s soccer team will begin their NCAA tournament journey tonight at Boston College in a first round game against Hofstra at 7 p.m. The team followed up their regular season with a good showing in the Big East Tournament that included resounding victories over Louisville and No. 4 Notre Dame, which likely secured their NCAA bid. Now, the Huskies are in “win or go home” circumstances. Though Hofstra was the best possible draw for UConn out of the other three teams playing in BC, the Pride still present a considerable challenge. Located out of Hempstead, N.Y., the Pride finished their year with a record of 18-2 after losing in their conference championship
to James Madison. “Hofstra is a very good team, but they definitely didn’t play the same schedule we did,” said head coach Len Tsantiris. “They didn’t have the Penn States, Notre Dames or West Virginias. But we did share some common opponents who they actually did better against.” Common opponents include William and Mary and two teams from the Big Ten. However, the Pride’s past play will not be among the focal points for the Huskies on the pitch. “We’ve prepared those who are going to go for us,” Tsantiris said. “In practice we ran through many different situations, so they’ll know what to do no matter what happens. They’ve just got to play for 90 minutes.” In what could be their final game for True Blue, seniors Elise Fugowski and Becky Gundling will play a large role
in determining the final outcome. They both dominated the midfield in the Huskies’ greatest win of the season over Notre Dame two weeks ago. In fact, UConn became the first Big East opponent to top the Irish in South Bend since 1995. Fellow seniors Kacey Richards, Meghan Cunningham and Erin Clark will also contribute on either side of their classmates. Cunningham has been moved to defense, alongside Richards who was named to the All-Big East first team. Clark will step into the forward’s role. Another UConn forward, Angelika Johansson, has been shutout recently since leading the Huskies in scoring during the regular season. Last time out against West Virginia, she was marked constantly, and sometimes doubleteamed by the Mountaineers. This opened up opportunities for junior forward Jess Shufelt.
“Ultimately, the only thing that will matter is who creates more chances, who capitalizes on them and simply who plays better for 90 minutes,” Tsantiris said. One disadvantage that could play against the Huskies is the fact that they’ll be competing on an artificial surface. Hoftstra, BC and BU all play their home games on turf and will be used to the playing surface in Chesnut Hill, Mass. The Huskies have only played a handful of games under these circumstances, but they are confident they’re prepared. “The game is on turf, which all the other teams have as their homefields,” Tsantiris said. “So it means the game will be different from what we’re used to, but we’ve been training on it this week so we’ll be okay.”
Women’s XC heads to Fairfield to end season Volleyball wraps up season at Pitt, WVU
By Peter Logue Campus Correspondent
The UConn women’s cross country team will look to culminate a historic season with another solid performance when they travel to Fairfield on Saturday for the NCAA East Regional Championship. The Huskies, who are coming off back-to-back program best finishes at the New England and Big East Championships, respectively, will be one of the 41 regional Division I teams duking it out for two automatic bids and, possibly, one of the 13 national at-large bids to the NCAA National Championship.
The Huskies, whose top four runners at the Big East Championships were a combination of freshman and sophomores, are not quite at the level to compete for a berth to the national championship race. But the experience that the team gains on Saturday could be instrumental in the ensuing years. “The Regional Championships becomes an important meet in our future,” explained coach Andrea Grove-McDonough. “The group that’s here right now, being so young, will be a group that has a chance to get to the national meet, so its important for them to start realizing the importance of the regional meet.”
The Huskies will also be in a position to rewrite the record books, as the best finish in program history at the NCAA regionals to date is 11th. Grove-McDonough said that her team is gunning for a top-10 finish. Putting the future aside, however, the Huskies’ coach admitted that ending the season on a positive note is something that is very important for her and her squad. “Even though we’ve had a great championship season thus far, the last competition you do is the one that leaves the taste in your mouth. We want it to be a good one,” Grove-McDonough said.
By Matt Stypulkoski Campus Correspondent After struggling to a 5-18 record (3-9 in the Big East) so far this season, the UConn volleyball team will look to end the year on a high note this weekend as they travel to Pittsburgh and West Virginia to close out their schedule. Despite their struggles, the Huskies have won three of their last five games, including a three-set sweep over the USF Bulls last Sunday. They look to add to their current success against the Panthers (11-17, 5-7 Big East) and the Mountaineers (14-14, 4-8 Big East).
In the first game of the weekend, the team will match up against a Pitt squad that has fallen a bit out of sync recently, having lost three straight and five of their last six matches. The Huskies will also have a chance to play the spoiler role in this game, as the Panthers currently sit in a three-way tie for the eighth and final Big East Tournament spot. When they travel to Morgantown on Sunday, the team will face a similar situation against the Mountaineers. West Virginia, which has now dropped six straight matches, sits just one game out of the Big East Tournament chase.
Therefore, depending on how West Virginia fairs in its first match of the weekend, the Huskies could once again have the opportunity to stand as a major obstacle to a postseason berth. Aided by the big serving of senior Rebecca Murray, who will be playing in her final two collegiate games, and underclassmen Morgan Freeman and Mattison Quayle, the Huskies should be a formidable opponent for these conference foes as they fight for the last remaining playoff spots.
TWO Friday, November 12, 2010
What's Next Home game
Away game Gampel Pavilion, XL Center
Football (5-4) Nov. 20 Syracuse 7:00 p.m.
Nov. 27 Cincinnati TBA
Nov. 23 Nov. 22 Michigan St./ Wichita State Chaminade 3:00 p.m. 2:00/7:00
Nov. 17 Vermont 7:00 p.m.
The Daily Question Q: Who will be the surprise team in the Big East this year for men’s basketball? A: “UConn, baby.” Hardik Vyas, 3rd-semester biology major
» That’s what he said
Nov. 16 Baylor 6:00 p.m.
Nov. 21 Georgia Tech 2:00 p.m.
Nov. 26 Howard 7:30 p.m.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP)—Sebastian “Sebas” Fernandez headed in a 90th-minute goal Thursday to give Malaga a 3-2 win over Hercules to reach the fifth round of the Copa del Rey. After a 0-0 draw in the first leg, Portuguese forwards Eliseu and Edinho struck early to give Malaga a 2-0 advantage. Hercules’ Javier Portillo halved the difference before the break and teammate Abel Aguilar equalized in the 63rd, before Fernandez scored to ensure coach Manuel Pelligrini made a winning home debut at La Rosaleda. Getafe, Mallorca and Valencia also went through to the fifth round on Thursday. With Malaga’s first home victory of the campain, Pelligrini also avoided repeating last season’s disaster when his Real Madrid team was eliminated by lower-division club Alcorcon. Eliseu scored an 11th-minute opener, racing behind the defense to receive a weighted pass from Quincy Owusu-Abeyie and fire past goalkeeper Piet Velthuizen. Moments later, Malaga defender Weligton headed a volley by Cristian Hidalgo off the goal line. Striker Edinho smartly intercepted a pass that Juan Ramon Cabrera tried to tap back to his ‘keeper for Malaga’s second goal in the 15th.
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Nov. 27 Lehigh 7:30 p.m.
Men’s Soccer (12-2-5) TBA NCAA Tournament TBA
» NCAA FOOTBALL
Women’s Soccer (10-10-3)
Pryor says no to hoops, yes to senior year
Today NCAA Tournament Round 1 Hofstra (Chesnut Hill, Mass.) 7 p.m.
Field Hockey (15-5) Tomorrow NCAA Tournament Round 1 American University (College Park, Md.) 2 p.m.
Volleyball (5-18) Tomorrow Pittsburgh 2:00 p.m.
Nov. 14 West Virginia 2:00 p.m.
Nov. 19 Big East Championship
Men’s Hockey (2-1-3) AP
Today RIT 7:05 p.m.
Tomorrow RIT 7:05 p.m.
Nov. 19 Bentley 7:05 p.m.
Nov. 20 American International 7:05 p.m.
Nov. 26 Rensselaer 7:00 p.m.
Women’s Hockey (2-7-1) Tomorrow UNH 2:00 p.m.
Nov. 14 UNH 1:00 p.m.
Nov. 20 Nov. 26/27 Vermont Nutmeg Classic 2:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
Dec. 4 Boston University 1:00 p.m.
Men’s Cross-Country Tomorrow Regional Championship 11:45 a.m.
Nov. 20 IC4A Championship TBA
Nov. 22 NCAA Championship TBA
Women’s Cross-Country Nov. 20 Regional Championship All Day
Nov. 22 NCAA Championship All Day
Men’s Swimming and Diving Tomorrow Penn 1:00 p.m.
Nov. 18-20 Maryland Terrapin Cup All Day
Women’s Swimming and Diving Tomorrow Penn 1:00 p.m.
Nov. 18-20 Maryland Terrapin Cup All Day
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Malaga beats Hercules 3-2 in Copa del Rey
Women’s Basketball (0-0) Nov. 14 Holy Cross 2:00 p.m.
Will the Vikings fire coach Brad Childress before the end of the season?
» Pic of the day Nov. 30 UNH 7:30 p.m.
The Daily Roundup
“I think everyone in New York is happy about that, except maybe Macy’s losing one of their floats.” –Cleveland Browns coach Eric Mangini complimenting Jets coach Rex Ryan on losing weight.
Dec. 4 USF TBA
Men’s Basketball (0-0) Today Stony Brook 7:00 p.m.
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Miami Heat forward LeBron James argues after he was called for fouling Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010, in Miami. The Celtics won 112-107.
THE Storrs Side Men’s and women’s basketball open 2010-2011 slates By Matt McDonough Associate Sports Editor Ones to attend: Men’s basketball, vs. Stony Brook, Fri. 7 p.m., Gampel Pavilion The Huskies open their 2010-11 season against the Seawolves. After two impressive exhibition wins, it’s time to win games that count. A note to the student section: please do not boo the Stony Brook coach. I know the proper way to welcome a head coach of an opposing team is to yell “sucks” after his named is said over the PA system. But coach Steve Pikiell was born and raised in Connecticut and is a UConn alum. Pikiell captained the Huskies during the 1990 dream season. So save the jeers for the Stony Brook players, and make an exception for their coach. Women’s basketball vs. Holy Cross, Sun. 2 p.m., Gampel Pavilion The defense of and the quest for a third–straight title begins this weekend. UConn
overwhelmed both exhibition opponents and will look to do the same to the Crusaders, a mid-major program. It will be the final home opener for senior forward Maya Moore, who is favored to win Player of the Year accolades. The 2010 national championship banner will be raised prior to the contest. Ones to follow up on: Men’s hockey at RIT, Fri. and Sat., 7 p.m. The 2-1-2 Huskies are off to their best start since the 199899 season. After going undefeated last weekend against Cansius, UConn will look to have another successful weekend against an Atlantic hockey foe. This weekend it’s the defending league champions and Frozen Four participant, RIT. Going into hostile environments and silencing the crowd is no hard task for UConn after winning at Army, and coming back to tie Maine and Union in the third period on the road.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP)—Despite saying earlier this week that he’d like to play basketball again, Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor is committed to football and has enjoyed his almost three years with the Buckeyes. He’s liked it so much, in fact, he swears he’ll be back for his senior year. “I’m a Buckeye until I break all the records,” he said during preparations for the eighth-ranked Buckeyes’ showdown on Saturday at Ohio Stadium against Penn State. The junior said he had no intention—at least right now—of jumping into the NFL draft. “I feel like I want to get my degree and finish off strong and maybe have a better season next year with no losses,” he said. “I love being here and I need to develop more knowledge as a human being and not worry about money and stuff like that. “My mom works a little bit so I can use some of her money, and the money that we get here,” Pryor said, referring to his scholarship and stipends that athletes receive for expenses. “I don’t really have to worry. I can suffer another year, I just want to gain more knowledge as a human being before I leave.”
THE Pro Side Patriots versus Steelers highlights Week 10 of NFL By Russell Blair Managing Editor NFL: Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears, Sun. 1 p.m., FOX Brad Childress’ job may be on the line but that isn’t fazing Brett Favre and the Vikings. Sitting at 3-5, Minnesota is taking on the NFC North-leading Bears in a matchup at Soldier Field in Chicago. The environment won’t favor the Vikings, as they haven’t won a road game since beating Green Bay on Nov. 1, 2009 and have lost eight of their last nine visits to Chicago. NFL: Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants, Sun. 4:15 p.m., FOX Wade Phillips is out and the Cowboys are heading to the NFC East-leading Giants. Could things get any worse in Dallas? Coming into the season a popular pick for the Super Bowl, Dallas’ porous defense has allowed 40.3 points per game over the last three weeks. The Cowboys are off to their first start since 1989, and a loss on Sunday would certainly eliminate them from playoff contention.
Jason Garrett, a former Cowboys and Giants quarterback, was promoted from offensive coordinator to the interim head coach. It will be up to Garrett and backup quarterback Jon Kitna to help Dallas avoid falling to the G-Men for the fifth straight contest.
NFL: New England Patriots vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, Sun. 8:20 p.m., NBC Coming off an embarrassing loss to the Browns, Tom Brady and company will look to right the ship when they travel to Heinz Field to take on Mike Tomlin’s Steelers. Pittsburgh hung on to a 27-21 victory over Cincinnati Monday night, but are familiar with fourthquarter failures, as five of their seven losses in 2009 came when they led after 45 minutes. The Steelers top-ranked run defense, which allows just 58.3 yards per game, will look to stop the Pats at the line of scrimmage and bog down the New England offense. The Patriot backs will be looking for a big day after carrying the ball 20 times for just 68 yards last Sunday.
» INSIDE SPORTS TODAY P.13: OSU’s Pryor to return for senior year. / P.12: Women’s basketball opens season. / P.11: Field hockey faces American in NCAAs.
Friday, November 12, 2010
UConn’s unsung heroes
BACK IN THE THICK OF IT
UConn beats Pitt, now one game back in Big East
By Mac Cerullo Sports Editor
Russell Blair Everyone on campus knows Kemba Walker and Zach Frazer, and rightly so. The two lead the men’s basketball and football teams, respectively, and often play in front of a national audience on TV. But what about all the other athletes here at UConn who are leaders for their teams but don’t get the attention and respect they deserve? This week, I’m going to take a look at a few of the top athletes on campus that most people haven’t heard of.
Robert Brickley, senior midfielder, men’s soccer
UConn soccer runs in Brickley’s blood. His father, Neil, played under Joe Morrone in the 70s, and still helps out with the team, performing videotaping duties. So when Robert Brickley enrolled in UConn in the fall of 2006, some may have thought coach Ray Reid was doing him a favor, or that Brickley had made his way into the program based on his name alone. Both of these premises couldn’t be more wrong. Named a regular starter in his sophomore year, Brickley has been a force on UConn’s back line for the past three seasons. A captain this year, Brickley performs well not only on the field, but off it, too. With a 3.71 GPA in civil engineering, Brickley has been named to numerous All-Academic teams throughout his career in Storrs. Brickley embodies all facets of the NCAA definition of “student-athlete.” Melissa Gonzalez, senior midfielder, field hockey
In much the same way as Brickley, Gonzalez doesn’t light up the stat sheet but is an impressive defensive force. She has led Nancy Stevens’ teams to the NCAA tournament the last three seasons. Gonzalez’s list of accolades runs long, but perhaps most impressive has been her consistency. Gonzalez has missed just one start in her four years in Storrs. The reason? She was off leading the 2008 U.S. Pan American Games Team to a gold medal. Gonzalez’s senior class might be one of the most talented to come through Storrs, with four trips to the NCAA Tournament, a Final Four appearance and a combined five Big East regular season and tournament championships. The field hockey world at large has recognized Gonzalez, and it’s time the campus does the same. Jody Sydor, senior defenseman, women’s hockey
While they have struggled this season, the UConn women’s hockey team may be one of the best-kept secrets on campus. Sydor was tabbed to wear the “C” and skate as the captain this year of the perennial top-10 team. Sydor has skated in 117 games for the Huskies, with seven goals and 36 assists. Perhaps most impressive about Sydor is her career plus-minus of +22, proving that she is a valuable asset on the ice. Sydor, a pharmacy major, has also been named a Big East Academic All-Star, and received numerous academic honors in her home country of Canada before coming south to play
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The UConn football team took a major stride towards their goal of a Big East championship last night by knocking off conference leader Pitt by a score of 30-28. The game was an exciting, back-and-forth affair that ultimately came down to a gutsy fourth-and-one call. Deep in their own territory and only ahead by two points, coach Randy Edsall went all in by going for it on fourthand-one. It was a gamble that could have easily cost the Huskies their season, as a failure to convert almost certainly would have resulted in a go-ahead field goal by Pitt and a third Big East loss for UConn. Edsall had faith in his team, and his faith was rewarded as running back Jordan Todman burst across the line, putting the Huskies in position to run out the clock and hang on to the tenuous two-point lead. “I knew exactly what down it was, and I just took a look into the eyes of the offensive lineman and [Todman] and knowing the heart and guts that he has that he was going to find a way to make the first down,” Edsall said. “I wanted us to control our own destiny.” Edsall had reason to believe in his offense.
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Junior running back Jordan Todman rushes the ball during UConn’s 30-28 win over Pittsburgh last night at Rentschler Field. Todman rushed for 222 yards on 37 carries, both career highs. He also had one reception for seven yards. Todman is the Big East’s leading rusher.
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Oriakhi ready for big season this winter By Matt McDonough Associate Sports Editor As the buzzer sounded on the UConn men’s basketball team’s disappointing 2009-10 season, then-freshman center Alex Oriakhi immediately started his offseason. “I felt this was a big summer for me,” Oriakhi said. “I got up in the morning and would do two lifts a day. I got faster and stronger. I was in the gym a lot at night, just about every single day unless I had homework to do.” Oriakhi vs. Stony Brook s t i l l remembers 7 p.m. the bitGampel ter feeling of leaving Pavilion the court SNY after the Huskies’ 65-63 loss to Virginia Tech in the second round of the NIT. He said he thought of the loss and the Huskies’ 18-16 (7-11 Big East) campaign all summer long. “I would sugarcoat it if I said it was a good season,” Oriakhi said. Oriakhi hopes this year will be different. When UConn opens its season tonight against Stony Brook at 7 p.m., a stronger and more mature sophomore center will be standing on the Gampel Pavilion court. Oriakhi emerged as one of the team’s leaders this summer, along with senior guards and co-captains Kemba Walker and Donnell Beverly. Leadership was something the Huskies lacked last season, especially from their seniors. It was senior Jerome Dyson who turned the ball over five times against Virginia Tech. Stanley Robinson disappeared in the second half, finishing with only nine points in the season-ending loss to the Hokies. And Gavin Edwards missed the game-winning shot in his final college game. Oriakhi said this year’s team has a different mindset and cohesiveness. “We have each other’s backs, on and off the court,” Oriakhi
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Sophomore center Alex Oriakhi rebounds the ball against Bridgeport at the XL Center in Hartford on Nov. 7. UConn won the exhibition game 103-57.
said. “We didn’t hang out as much last year. This year we all joke around, hang out together and go to class together.” Oriakhi and Walker have become best friends. According to the sophomore center, the senior point guard is a talented cook, making a great macaroni and chicken. And UConn, picked to finish 10th in the Big East this season, will definitely have to cook up a few upsets for a trip to the NCAA tournament to happen this year. Oriakhi will have to be a key cog in the Husky offense. “I expect a lot from Alex,” Walker said. “He got a lot stronger. He works hard. He’s worked on his jump shot and post moves.” “Consistency,” Oriakhi said, when talking about what he needs to work on. “If you look at great players, LeBron and Kevin Durant, they’re consistent.” The center wasn’t consistent
last season, notching double-digit rebound totals six times, but only having one double-double. He went scoreless for four games, including three Big East contests, but became only the third freshman under coach Jim Calhoun to have 14 rebounds in a game. “I’m always going to rebound and block shots, because I think that’s the best thing I do,” Oriakhi said. One of the best things Oriakhi can do now is lead his team, both vocally and by example. “When we make mistakes, we aren’t pointing fingers,” Oriakhi said. “We’re saying it’s going to be okay.” Freshman forward Tyler Olander said this year’s leaders have helped all the freshmen adjust to both college life and basketball. He singled out Oriakhi as being particularly helpful. “For me it’s been Alex,”
Olander said. “Over the summer, I worked out with him. He’s a good quote guy, giving me quotes during workouts that keep me going.” “You can tell just by his mindset that he is a pro,” Olander continued. “He’s the first one in the gym usually...He’s there the latest at night working out. He’s a special player.” Oriakhi draws inspiration from Jeff Adrien of the Golden State Warriors. “He’s a big brother, a mentor to me,” Oriakhi said, adding that he watches a lot of tapes of Adrien’s games. Although never teammates, Adrien and Oriakhi have a similar game, and they got to play with each other during a pick-up game at Gampel Pavilion this fall. Former Husky and Boston Celtics’ guard Ray Allen was there as well. “Playing with Ray Allen, a
world champion, what more can you say about that?” Oriakhi said. “For him to do that and come back and play with us, what more can you ask for?” Oriakhi was selected to the AllBig East rookie team last season, and at 6-foot-9 and 240 pounds he is developing into a serious NBA prospect. But he realizes that nothing is given to you. That lesson was learned last season when he and his team underachieved. “Jeff said, ‘You have to be hungry and want it,’” Oriakhi said. No one is hungrier to start the season than Oriakhi. Not even Walker’s macaroni and chicken has helped get the bitter taste of last season out of his mouth. He’s craving something better this season.
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Volume CXVI No. 56
Friday, November 12, 2010
Calhoun’s new pups ... Pg. 3 Kevin Ollie’s homecoming ... Pg. 4 2009-10 All-Big East Team predictions ... Pg. 6
Walker’s time has come – Cerullo, Pg. 3
THE HUSKIES 2
G – Senior Hawthorne, Calif.
F – Sophomore Dorchester, Mass.
G – Freshman Norcross, Ga.
F – Freshman Berlin, Germany
November Fri 12 Stony Brook (GP) Wed 17 Vermont (XL) Mon 22 at Wichita St. (Maui Invitational) Tue 23 at Michigan St./Chaminade (Maui) Wed 24 at EA Sports Maui Invitational Tue 30 New Hampshire (GP)
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December Fri 3 UMBC (XL) Wed 8 Fairleigh Dickinson (GP) Mon 20 Coppin State (XL) Wed 22 Harvard (XL)
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F – Freshman Mansfield, Conn.
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at Pittsburgh (Petersen Events Center), 8:30 p.m., ESPN2 UConn opens its Big East schedule on the road against preseason No. 5 Pittsburgh, who enter the season loaded with veteran talent and experience. USF (XL)
January Tue 4 at Notre Dame
Time 7 p.m.
G – Freshman Randolph, Mass.
G – Junior Bronx, N.Y.
F – Freshman Baltimore, Md.
C – Sophomore Lowell, Mass.
Kyle Bailey G – Senior Lancaster, N.H.
Michael Bradley F – Freshman Chattanooga, Tenn.
Charles Okwandu C – Senior Lagos, Nigeria
Jim Calhoun Head Coach 25th season
Overall record: 823-358 (.696); 575-221 (.722) at UConn National titles: 2 (1999, 2004) Big East titles: 16 (regular season: 10 – 1990, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006; postseason: 6 – 1990, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2004)
Villanova (Gampel Pavilion), 3:30 p.m., ESPN The Huskies will welcome students back to campus with one of the biggest games of the year, taking on preseason No. 6 Villanova at Gampel Pavilion. 2 p.m. 9 p.m. 12 p.m.
February Wed 2 Syracuse (XL) Sat 5 at Seton Hall Thu 10 at St. John’s
Time 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.
CBS SNY SNY TV ESPN ESPNU ESPN
Georgetown (XL Center), 7 p.m., SNY UConn takes on preseason No. 20 Georgetown in Hartford as the Huskies try to get its first win over the Hoyas since the 2006 regular season.
Sun 13 Providence (GP) Fri 18 at Louisville Thu 24 Marquette (XL) Sun 27 at Cincinnati March Wed 2 at West Virginia Sat 5 Notre Dame (GP)
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Sat 22 Tennessee (XL) Tue 25 at Marquette Sat 29 Louisville (GP)
at Texas (Erwin Center), 3:30 p.m., ESPN After upsetting the No. 1 Texas Longhorns at Gampel Pavilion last season, the Longhorns will have its shot at redemption as the Huskies travel to Austin for round two.
Tue 11 Rutgers (XL) Sat 15 at DePaul
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Friday, November 12, 2010
Walker must lead young team By Mac Cerullo Sports Editor Two years ago, the Huskies marched through the regular season en route to the Final Four. Last year, it seemed like the Huskies were getting marched on nearly every game they played. Kemba Walker played on both of those teams, and in his two years at Storrs, he has experienced both the thrill of the tournament and the disappointment of underachieving. Now, he is the unquestioned leader of a very young team, and it will be up to him to set the tone as the 2010-11 season gets underway. “We can’t wait,” Walker said. “We’re anxious [to start playing].” Though last year was a very disappointing year, this year’s team looks a lot different. Gone are Jerome Dyson, Stanley Robinson and Gavin Edwards, who graduated this past spring. Gone is Ater Majok, who withdrew from UConn in September and is now playing professionally in Turkey. Gone are Darius Smith and Jamaal Trice, who opted to transfer after their freshman year. In their place, coach Jim Calhoun has assembled a talented new freshman class who will see significant playing time right off the bat. The pace of their development will be one of the determining factors into how far the team goes this year. In the two preseason exhibition games, the freshmen clearly dem-
onstrated their talent and promise at times, while also exposing their youth and inexperience at others. Most notably, guard Jeremy Lamb put up 17 points with six rebounds, two assists, three blocks and two steals against Bridgeport, after having a much less impressive debut against AIC. “In the first game, he was slow shooting the ball and was kind of feeling his way through the game,” Calhoun said following the Bridgeport exhibition. “Today, he just attacked. He’s a very good shooter, and he added by rebounding, blocking shots and being very active.” Along with Lamb, freshman guard Shabazz Napier showed great promise in the preseason, exhibiting excellent ball handling ability to go along with a good shooting touch. Lamb and Napier will add depth to what was already a solid backcourt, with Walker and senior Donnell Beverly. The big question mark for the Huskies, however, will be the forward position. There will be a lot of pressure on sophomore Alex Oriakhi to step up and dominate the paint, given the youth of the frontcourt. Freshman Roscoe Smith showed in the preseason that he has the talent to make an impact on the team, playing tenacious defense and exhibiting an impressive offensive skill set. But Smith performed poorly against Bridgeport, showing that he, along with fellow freshmen Niels Giffey and Tyler
Olander, still has some adjusting to do at the college level. Senior Charles Okwandu and sophomore Jamal CoombsMcDaniel could be the key for the Huskies. Someone besides Oriakhi is going to have to step up for the Huskies to go anywhere this season, and with another season under their belts, either Okwandu or CoombsMcDaniel could turn out to be that guy. If not, there is always the chance that Enosch Wolf, a 7-foot-1 center from Germany who will join the team on Dec. 17, will wind up being that difference maker. One thing is for sure, this will be a very deep team that should only improve as the freshman gain more experience. Calhoun said that he plans on going with a 10-man rotation, but that keeping that rotation will require “a commitment by everybody.” “There’s only one guy right now who is slated in to play a ton of minutes, and that’s Kemba,” Calhoun said. “I think it will give us depth and will allow us to press and run more. But that kind of remains to be seen.” It’s difficult to predict what this team could be capable of, but with the season about to get under way, the team will now get their chance to leave last year in the past, and spend the next four months answering the skeptics on the court.
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Alex Oriakhi goes up for a dunk during an exhibition game against Bridgeport.
Huskies will rely on solid group of freshman By Matt McDonough Associate Sports Editor This year’s freshman class for the UConn men’s basketball team entered the program under a cloud of controversy, a cloud that had nothing to do with them. The six newcomers committed to UConn while the NCAA was still conducting its investigation into allegations involving recruiting violations. When the freshmen started classes, UConn was submitting its response to the NCAA. On Oct. 8, the athletic program admitted to recruiting violations. When First Night, the year’s season tip-off, took place in Storrs, coach Jim Calhoun was in Indianapolis pleading his case. Despite all the off-court issues, Calhoun has put together one of the more intriguing incoming classes in recent years. The class of 2014 will take the court for the first time tonight. Although they’ve yet to make an impact on the court, the freshmen presence is certainly felt in the locker room. “I love them,” said senior co-captain Kemba Walker. “I love each and everyone of them. They’ve got confidence. They’ve got swagger.” The freshmen are unique, coming from places as close as Mansfield and as far as Germany. Forward Tyler Olander and Niels Giffey are roommates. Olander was an E.O. Smith standout, playing in the shadow of the UConn campus. He hails from Mansfield and grew up just a few miles from campus. JIM ANDERSON/The Daily Campus “The [other freshmen] ask what’s Roscoe Smith looks for a pass during the Huskies’ exhibition game against around here and what there is to do,” Bridgeport. Smith is one of six freshman on the Huskies’ roster to start the year. Olander said. “A lot of them are really
independent and like to find things out themselves. But we are an adventurous group and do it together. I’m finding out new stuff myself.” Olander said that from watching UConn play as a child to pretending to wear a UConn jersey in his driveway, playing here in front of family and friends is a dream come true. Olander scored four points in each of the two exhibition games. He started in both, and showed he has both an inside and outside game. Against AIC he made a lay-up in the first half, and in the second hit an outside jumper that would have been a three-pointer had his foot not been on the line. Giffey is from Berlin and played for the club team Alba Berlin. He scored eight points in each of the two preseason games, hitting two threepointers against Bridgeport. “I’d like to be what they call the glue guy,” Giffey said of his versatile game. Until 7-foot-1 German center Enosch Wolf lands on campus, Giffey is the lone foreign freshman. Giffey said a chemistry is developing between the freshmen on and off the court. He said that he and Olander hang out with Jeremy Lamb and Michael Bradley in their dorms all the time. Lamb led Norcross (GA) High School to a Regional Championship last year. He can play at both guard and forward. He scored 17 points, grabbed six rebounds and blocked three shots in the win vs. Bridgeport. Lamb has length and a 7’4” reach. He snatched four offensive rebounds against AIC. Bradley, a 2010 McDonald’s All-America nominee from Chattanooga, Tenn., hasn’t taken his warm-up off all
season and continues to look like a redshirt candidate. The Huskies’ biggest recruit, forward Roscoe Smith, is from Baltimore and attended Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. Smith was a Jordan-Brand All-American and ranked the 34th best recruit in the country by ESPN, seventh at his position. He chose UConn over Duke, Georgetown, Kansas and Florida. Smith struggled shooting the ball in exhibition, going 1-for-10 from the floor against Bridgeport. He was, however, nursing a tweaked ankle he suffered in practice. The freshman with the most flair is guard Shabazz Napier. The confident guard from Greater Boston has become a vocal leader among the underclassmen. “We’ve been pushing forward cause we know at the end of the day we have a big road upcoming this season,” Napier said. Although UConn is predicted to finish 10th in the Big East, Napier expects a good season for the team and himself. “The sky’s the limit, to be honest,” Napier said. “To be perfect is successful to me. But as long as I feel as though I have no regrets, it’s a success.” He looks comfortable on the court, running the offense and splitting time with Walker and Donnell Beverly at point guard. Napier averaged 10 ppg in preseason contests. These freshmen entered UConn with cloud over them. It is up to them to make sure when they leave Storrs in four years that there are clear skies overhead.
Kevin Ollie’s homecoming
Friday, November 12, 2010
By Mac Cerullo Sports Editor
Fifteen years after leaving Storrs, Kevin Ollie has finally found his way home. After graduating from UConn in the spring of 1995, Ollie moved on to a 15-year professional career, including a 13-year run in the NBA in which he played for 11 different teams, changing teams a total of 15 times. Most recently, Ollie played for the Oklahoma City Thunder this past season, where he backed up Russell Westbrook at point guard. After the Thunder lost to the Lakers in the first round of the playoffs, Ollie was contemplating his future in the NBA. Then he received an unexpected opportunity. He was offered an assistant coaching job by coach Jim Calhoun, an offer he happily accepted. “[Jim Calhoun] and the AD Jeff Hathaway approached me and said they had a vacancy,” Ollie said. “It was a great opportunity for me to stay closer to home, go to a place that I love, go to a place where I’ve bled and sweated for, and just to come and be under a Hall of Fame coach is an awesome thing.” As a former UConn player, Ollie understands better than anyone what it means to be a Husky. In his career at UConn, Ollie was a two-time captain who helped lead the team to two Big East Championships and a Sweet 16 and Elite Eight appearance in the NCAA Tournament during his junior and senior seasons, respectively. Ollie is also third all-time in career assists at UConn. In the pros, Ollie was never in the same place for very long, but he said that the biggest highlight of his career was his time in 2001 when he played for an NBA Championship with the Philadelphia 76ers against the
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Left: Connecticut associate head coach George Blaney, right, watches First Night NCAA college basketball exhibition activities with new assistant coach Kevin Ollie, left, in Storrs on Friday, Oct. 15. Right: University of Connecticut Huskies Kevin Ollie, right, drives around St. John’s Redmen David Cain during first half Big East action at Madison Square Garden, Jan. 30, 1993 in New York.
Los Angeles Lakers. “That was probably my biggest individual and team highlight,” Ollie said. “Playing in LA, where I’m from, that was a great accomplishment in my career.” Ollie’s experience at UConn and as a professional has provided him with a tremendous wealth of knowledge that he can pass down to his players, but only a few months in his coaching career, Ollie is still learning what it means to be a coach. Ollie described himself as an empty cup trying to absorb all the knowledge he can from the experienced coaches around
him. He also said that his background as a point guard has helped a lot, too. “Being a point guard, you have to be the coach on the basketball court,” Ollie said. “The coach can’t get out there and play. We call out the plays. We don’t make any substitutions but we call out the plays and different things like that. So I think being a point guard my whole life has allowed me to have me roll over into being, hopefully, a good coach down the line.” Ollie also said that his background has helped him quickly
build a rapport with the players, particularly the guards. “Coach has given me an opportunity to work with the guards on a daily basis, so I’m building some sweat equity with those guys,” Ollie said. “I’m learning from them, too, so it’s not like I’m just giving, giving, giving. I’m learning too – how to be a better coach for those guys, what pushes their buttons – so I’m just getting an understanding of them and how they’re wired as individuals, so I can get the best out of them that I can possibly get.”
In the absence of Calhoun at First Night, Ollie was given the chance to address the fans, whom he repeatedly praised in his speech. It seems only fitting that after years of traveling around the NBA, never finding a true home, Ollie will begin the next chapter of his career right where it started, on the floor at Gampel Pavilion, surrounded by thousands of cheering Husky supporters. After a 15-year journey, Kevin Ollie is finally home.
BIG EAST CONFERENCE AT A GLANCE » 2009-2010 STANDINGS Conference
Team •Syracuse •Pittsburgh •West Virginia •Villanova •Marquette •Louisville •Notre Dame •Georgetown South Florida Seton Hall Cincinnati UConn St. John's Rutgers Providence DePaul
15-3 13-5 13-5 13-5 11-7 11-7 10-8 10-8 9-9 9-9 7-11 7-11 6-12 5-13 4-14 1-17
.833 .722 .722 .722 .611 .611 .556 .556 .500 .500 .389 .389 .333 .278 .222 .056
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2010 NCAA TOURNAMENT Overall
28-4 24-8 27-6 24-7 22-11 20-12 23-11 23-10 20-12 19-12 18-15 17-15 17-15 15-17 12-19 8-23
.875 .750 .818 .774 .667 .625 .676 .697 .625 .613 .545 .531 .531 .469 .387 .258
• indicates team qualified for 2010 NCAA Tournament 2010 Big East Tournament Second Round: Georgetown 69, USF 49; Marquette 57, St. John's 55; Notre Dame 68, Seton Hall 56; Cincinnati 69, Louisville 66 Quarterfinals: Georgetown 91, Syracuse 84; Marquette 80, Villanova 76; Notre Dame 50, Pittsburgh 45; West Virginia 54, Cincinnati 51 Semifinals: Georgetown 80, Marquette 57; West Va. 53, Notre Dame 51 Championship: West Virginia 60, Georgetown 58
First Round – March 18-19
Midwest:  Ohio 97,  Georgetown 83 West:  Syracuse 79,  Vermont 56 West:  Pittsburgh 89,  Oakland 66 East:  Washington 80,  Marquette 78 East:  West Virginia 77,  Morgan State 50 South:  California 77,  Louisville 62 South:  Old Dominion 51,  Notre Dame 50 South:  Villanova 73,  Robert Morris 70
Second Round – March 20-21
West:  Syracuse 87,  Gonzaga 65 West:  Xavier 71,  Pittsburgh 68 East:  West Virginia 68,  Missouri 59 South:  St. Mary’s 75,  Villanova 68
Regional Semifinals – March 25-26
West:  Butler 63,  Syracuse 59 East:  West Virginia 69,  Washington 56
Regional Finals – March 27-28
East:  West Virginia 73,  Kentucky 66
National Semifinals – April 3
South:  Duke 78, East:  West Virginia 57
» 2011 BIG EAST TOURNAMENT All games at Madison Square Garden, New York
Tuesday, March 8 – First Round
No. 9 seed vs. No. 16 seed (noon, ESPN2) No. 12 seed vs. No. 13 seed (2 p.m., ESPN2) No. 10 seed vs. No. 15 seed (7 p.m., ESPNU) No. 11 seed vs. No. 14 seed (9 p.m., ESPNU)
Wednesday, March 9 – Second Round 9/16 winner vs. No. 8 seed (noon, ESPN) 12/13 winner vs. No. 5 seed (2 p.m., ESPN) 10/15 winner vs. No. 7 seed (7 p.m., ESPN) 11/14 winner vs. No. 6 seed (9 p.m., ESPN)
Thursday, March 10 – Quarterfinals 8/9/16 winner vs. No. 1 seed (noon, ESPN) 5/12/13 winner vs. No. 4 seed (2 p.m., ESPN) 7/10/15 winner vs. No. 2 seed (7 p.m., ESPN) 6/11/14 winner vs. No. 3 seed (9 p.m., ESPN)
Friday, March 11 – Semifinals 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., ESPN
Saturday, March 12 – Championship 9 p.m., ESPN
Friday, November 12, 2010
Breaking down the Huskies
It’s the size of the heart in the dog
Centers — The Huskies will be very thin this year at the center position with freshman Michael Bradley expected to redshirt. Sophomore Alex Oriakhi looks to be the leader of the group, with senior Charles Okwandu looking to improve off a disappointing junior season in which he averaged just 1 point and 1.6 rebounds per game. Look for Oriakhi to have a break out season and live up to the hype.
I haven’t been this excited about a UConn men’s basketball team in a while. After last season’s debacle, which ended with a second round exit in the NIT, this year’s team is full of promise and potential, but frankly, not much else. But this isn’t reason to fret. If there was one thing last year’s team lacked it was heart. Sure, scrappiness on defense and chasing after loose balls doesn’t win championships, but a talented team with no drive has just as much a chance at winning as any of the UConn women’s last 78 opponents. Nothing can compare to the heartbreak I endured when UConn lost in the 2006 Elite Eight to George Mason, but it seems the Huskies are trying awfully hard to stick another dagger in my heart. The missed postseason of 2007, the first round NCAA loss of 2008, the Final Four loss in 2009 and the ungraceful NIT exit last year have all been hard to endure. But this year, I can’t lose. Why? I’m not going into this season with low expectations; I’m going in with no expectations. Now this doesn’t mean I think we’re going to be a bad team. Or even that I think we’re the 10th best team in the Big East. Rather, I don’t know what to expect from this year’s UConn team – quite frankly neither does anybody else – and the prospect of that excites me. This year’s team has six freshmen, with one more joining the squad after the first semester. While the incoming class boasts a few highly touted recruits, many remain unknown, but maybe that’s for the best. The way some of the recent top tier recruits we’ve gotten have panned out – namely Nate Miles and Jonathan Mandeldove – maybe we’re better off venturing into the unknown. I thought last year’s team was a Sweet 16 squad. And I still believe that with a little more dedication and drive, they could have easily made it that far. I’m going to withhold judgment on this year’s team. This season, UConn will face some growing pains. But without that 2006-07 season, UConn wouldn’t have made the Final Four two years later. I’m not saying that fans should pack it in and write off this season as a loss. The prospect of such a large and potential-laden recruiting class excites me. With none of the freshman a sure-fire NBA draft selection next season, or perhaps not even in two years, the group is likely to stick together for a while. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and national championships aren’t either. Just ask John Calipari. I’ve written several times that I commend Jim Calhoun for not going after the oneand-dones, and I still believe that. For every UConn recruit that’s a surefire NBA pick, or a recruit that doesn’t pan out, there’s a Jeff Adrien or a Hilton Armstrong, a player that hustles up-and-down the court and works his way into an NBA contract. This year’s team may make the NCAA tournament, they may miss the NIT. They may win the Big East, they may finish in 16th place. They may play down-to-the-wire in agonizingly close finishes or they may be on the winning and losing ends of blowouts. But whatever their record at the end of the season, they may also be the hardest working group of freshmen to come through Storrs in quite a few years.
Guards — If the freshmen get up to speed quick, the Huskies backcourt has the potential to be one of the most exciting backcourts in the Big East. Junior Kemba Walker can be penciled in for close to 20 points per game but is in need of a sidekick. Calhoun will rely on senior Donnell Beverly for leadership and to run the point so Walker can play off the ball at times. Freshmen Jeremy Lamb and Shabazz Napier have a chance to get a lot of minutes early on. Look for Lamb to step up and be the second scoring option in the backcourt.
Forwards — The Huskies have a lot of depth this year at the forward position with three incoming freshman, Tyler Olander, Roscoe Smith and Niels Giffey, in addition to sophomore Jamal Coombs-McDaniel. Olander gives the Huskies a player who can play down low and also step back and hit a three pointer. Giffey and Coombs-McDaniel should play a key role in the Huskies’ outside game as well. Smith looks to step in as a long forward who will play a key role in the Huskies’ rebound plans and also as a scorer, similar to Stanley Robinson.
2009-2010 SEASON IN REVIEW SCHEDULE AND RESULTS – 17-15, 7-11 Big East; NIT, Second Round
NOVEMBER 4 8 13 16 17 25 27
XL AIC (exh.) GP UMass-Lowell (exh.) GP William & Mary NIT Season Tip-Off GP Colgate GP Hofstra NIT Season Tip-Off Semifinals % LSU % Duke
W, 106-67 W, 88-50 W, 75-66 W, 77-63 W, 76-67 W, 81-55 L, 68-59
DECEMBER 2 6 9 20 22 27 30
XL GP $ XL XL XL at
Boston University Harvard Kentucky Central Florida Maine Iona Cincinnati
W, 92-64 W, 79-73 L, 64-61 W, 60-51 W, 71-54 W, 93-74 L, 71-69
JANUARY 2 6 9 13 17 20 23 27 30
XL GP at XL at GP GP at XL
Notre Dame Seton Hall Georgetown Pittsburgh Michigan St. John’s Texas Providence Marquette
W, 82-70 W, 71-63 L, 72-69 L, 67-57 L, 68-63 W, 75-59 W, 88-74 L, 81-66 L, 70-68
FEBRUARY 1 6 10 13 15 20 22 28
at GP at XL at at XL GP
Louisville DePaul Syracuse Cincinnati Villanova Rutgers West Virginia Louisville
L, 82-69 W, 64-57 L, 72-67 L, 60-48 W, 84-75 W, 76-58 W, 73-62 L, 78-76
MARCH 3 6
Notre Dame USF
L, 58-50 L, 78-65
2010 Big East Championship 12 * St. John’s (R1)
2010 NIT Tournament 16 GP Northeastern (R1) 22 at Virginia Tech (R2)
W, 59-57 L, 65-63
Bold indicates Big East game. % NIT Season Tip-Off Semifinals (Madison Square Garden, New York) $ Big East/SEC Invitational (Madison Square Garden, New York) *Big East Championship (Madison Square Garden, New York) GP = Gampel Pavilion; XL = XL Center; bold denotes conference game
2009-2010 FINAL STATISTICS ## 11 15 21 33 34 04 05 02 35 24 13 55
Player DYSON, Jerome WALKER, Kemba* ROBINSON, Stanley EDWARDS, Gavin ORIAKHI, Alex* COOMBS-MCDANIEL, J.* MAJOK, Ater BEVERLY, Donnell* OKWANDU, Charles* SMITH, Darius TRICE, Jamaal BAILEY, Kyle
GP-GS 34-34 34-34 34-34 34-5 34-29 34-0 26-22 32-0 30-12 19-0 10-0 1-0
* indicates returning letterwinner
FG-FGA 195-499 152-377 203-387 132-223 63-137 32-100 25-59 20-50 15-29 5-12 0-4 0-0
FG Pct. .391 .403 .525 .592 .460 .320 .424 .400 .517 .417 .000 .000
3FG-3FGA 40-137 38-112 27-79 0-1 0-1 16-59 0-0 3-9 0-0 1-2 0-3 0-0
3FG Pct. .292 .339 .342 .000 .000 .271 .000 .333 .000 .500 .000 .000
FT-FTA 156-218 155-202 61-97 97-124 43-80 31-46 9-22 8-13 1-7 8-15 2-5 0-0
FT Pct. .716 .767 .629 .782 .538 .674 .409 .615 .143 .533 .400 .000
Reb 146 145 260 221 224 39 79 45 47 11 5 0
RPG 4.3 4.3 7.6 6.5 6.6 1.1 3.0 1.4 1.6 0.6 0.5 0.0
Ast 144 172 34 26 12 19 4 40 2 6 1 1
TO 132 99 77 62 35 15 21 27 17 9 3 0
Blk 21 15 41 69 54 3 42 1 13 1 0 0
Stl 44 70 30 26 13 8 4 15 5 4 1 0
Pts 586 497 494 361 169 111 59 51 31 19 2 0
PPG 17.2 14.6 14.5 10.6 5.0 3.3 2.3 1.6 1.0 1.0 0.2 0.0
Friday, November 12, 2010
2010-11 Daily Campus Men’s All-Big East Team Preseason Player of the Year — Austin Freeman, G, Georgetown
Jimmy Butler, F, Marquette
Kevin Jones, F, West Virginia
Austin Freeman, G, Georgetown
Kemba Walker, G, UConn
Ashton Gibbs, G, Pittsburgh
Photos courtesy of JOHN LEVASSEUR/The Daily Campus and the AP
Mick Cronin (5th year)
Oliver Purnell (1st year)
John Thompson III (7th year)
Last Season: 19-16 (7-11), 12th
Last Season: 8-23 (1-17), 16th
Last Season: 23-11 (10-8), 7th
The Bearcats lost their top two scorers from last season and return only one double-digit scorer in Yancy Gates at 10 ppg, a forward who Cronin believes could be an all-conference player. There is hope that redshirt freshman Sean Kilpatrick can provide some scoring.
Oliver Purnell welcomes a team that has been a constant Big East bottom dweller, but could make leaps this season with the hope they will close out tight games; last year they lost 10 games by eight points or less. Even though almost no scorers are returning, tight defense by three returning starters will be the key.
The Hoyas earned a No. 3 seed in last March’s NCAA tournament and look ready to go after the Big East Conference Championship. The team returns All-Big East performer and preseason Player Of The Year Austin Freeman. In returning four starters, three double-digit scorers and a deeper bench, Georgetown could play its way into a high NCAA tournament seed.
Last Season: 20-13 (11-7), 6th
Last Season: 22-12 (11-7), 5th
Last Season: 23-12 (10-8), 8th
The Cardinals lost four starters from last year’s team, including all-everything guard Edgar Sosa. With only one starter back, and no one who averages higher than eight points per game, Pitino may look toward the freshman and his transfer to lead this offensively deprived team.
The Golden Eagles lost three starters from last season’s NCAA Tournament team but return star Jimmy Butler, who averages 14.7 ppg and 6.4 rebounds and was a league leader last year in almost every category. The addition of top recruit Vander Blue should provide some backcourt depth.
Notre Dame loses big man Luke Harangody after a successful career in South Bend, but returns the bulk of their offensive production. All-Big East preseason nominee and Connecticut native Tim Abromaitis brings back his 16.1 ppg and sweet shooting touch from the outside to hopefully lead the Irish back to the NCAA tournament.
Rick Pitino (9th year)
Jamie Dixon (8th year)
Buzz Williams (3rd year)
Keno Davis (3rd year)
Mike Brey (12th year)
Mike Rice (1st year)
Last Season: 25-9 (13-5), 4th
Last Season: 12-19 (4-14), 15th
Last Season: 15-17 (5-13), 14th
Pittsburgh, which is trying to reach the Final Four for the first time since 1941, has four starters back from last season. These include junior sharpshooter Ashton Gibbs (15.7 ppg), steady big Gary McGhee and extremely versatile wing Gilbert Brown (10.7 ppg).
Going into the offseason, Keno Davis may have thought that his squad’s only problem was defense, as the Friars let up a Big East-leading 82.2 points per game. Then superstar forward Jamine Peterson (19 ppg, 10 rpg) was kicked off the team in May for violating team rules. Providence is at or near the bottom of the heap once again.
It seems as if things are finally starting to look up for Rutgers with the hiring of former Robert Morris coach Mike Rice, a defensiveminded guy who knows how to recruit. Scarlet Knight fans may have to endure a couple more losses, however, as do-it-all Mike Rosario transferred to Florida.
Last Season: 19-13 (9-9), 10th
Last Season: 20-13 (9-9), 9th
Last Season: 17-16 (6-12), 13th
A deep sleeper pick for this year, Seton Hall’s success relies on whether or not double-double machine Herb Pope (11.5 ppg, 10.7 rpg) can play this year after collapsing during a spring workout. Preseason All-Big East selection Jeremy Hazell (20 ppg) will continue to light it up from behind the arc.
Dominique Jones, the explosive penetrator who consistently put up 20 points a night against Big East foes, left early for the NBA and was a first-round selection. Coach Heath is still left with a dominating frontcourt, composed of Jarrid Famous (10.4 ppg, 7.5 rpg) and oftinjured Augustus Gilchrist (13.4, 5.9).
Recently a college basketball analyst on ESPN, former UCLA coach Steve Lavin takes the reins at St. John’s and is welcomed by nine seniors, five of whom are returning starters. D.J. Kennedy (15 ppg) will continue to shine, but his teammates will determine whether or not the Red Storm make the NCAA Tourney for the first time since 2002.
Last Season: 28-4 (15-3), 1st
Last Season: 25-8 (13-5), 4th
Last Season: 27-6 (13-5), 3rd
Syracuse boasts one of the most hyped freshman in the country in Brazilian 7-footer Fab Melo. For the Orange to win the conference he has to become the next great player known as “Melo” to come out of Syracuse and fill the shoes of last year’s Big East Player of the Year Wesley Johnson, who declared for the NBA Draft.
Although the Wildcats lost All-American Scottie Reynolds to graduation, Villanova returns eight of its top 11 players from last season. Senior trio Corey Fischer (13.3 ppg, 3.9 apg), Antonio Pena (10.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg) and Corey Stokes will lead the experienced team which will look to put last year’s dissapointing NCAA second-round loss behind them.
Last season was a memorable one for West Virginia, as it won the Big East Championship and made a run all the way to the Final Four. But, the team lost its heart and soul, Da’Sean Butler (17.2 ppg, 6.2 rpg), to graduation. Junior forward Kevin Jones (13.5 ppg, 7.2 rpg) and point guard Daryl “Truck” Bryant will have to step up and carry the load.
Kevin Willard (1st year)
Jim Boeheim (33rd year)
Stan Heath (4th year)
Jay Wright (10th year)
Steve Lavin (1st year)
Bob Huggins (4th year)
DC Staff Predicted Order of Finish:
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16.
Louisville Notre Dame Seton Hall Cincinnati Providence USF Rutgers DePaul
Team and order of finish compiled by Mac Cerullo, Colin McDonough, Matt McDonough, Eric Ploch, William Penfield and Dan Agabiti.
Friday, November 12, 2010
2010-11 Daily Campus Women’s All-Big East Team Preseason Player of the Year — Maya Moore, F, UConn Maya Moore, F, UConn
Monique Reid, F, Louisville
Tiffany Hayes, G, UConn
Skylar Diggins, G, Notre Dame
Sugar Rodgers, G, Georgetown
Photos courtesy of ASHLEY POSPISIL/The Daily Campus and the AP
DC Staff Predicted Order of Finish:
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.
9. Syracuse 10. Marquette 11. Pittsburgh 12. Providence 13. USF 14. Villanova 15. Cincinnati 16. Seton Hall Team and order of finish compiled by Mac Cerullo, Colin McDonough, Matt McDonough, Eric Ploch, William Penfield and Dan Agabiti.
Jamelle Elliott (2nd Year)
Last Season: 12-18 (4-12), 14th
Doug Bruno (25th Year)
Last Season: 21-12 (9-7), 6th
Terri Williams-Flournoy (7th Year)
Jamelle Elliott returns for her second season in charge of the Cincinnati Bearcats and continues to be the only coach that also played in the Big East Conference. The team was recently picked to finish 15th in the Big East, despite senior point guard and second leading scorer last season (11.4 ppg) Shareese Ulis returning to the team.
DePaul recently became only the third D-I women’s basketball team to have its court named after its head coach, Doug Bruno. Bruno has racked up 458 wins in his 25 years, and will have to rely on junior Keisha Hampton this season. Hampton is a preseason All-Big East selection after averaging 13.8 ppg and 5.5 rpg.
For the first time in the history of the Georgetown Hoyas, the team is ranked in the preseason top 25. After a 26-win season the Hoyas ranked 13th in the nation and are predicted to finish third in the Big East. The team is led by sophomore guard Sugar Rodgers, who was recently named a unanimous selection to the Preseason All-Big East team.
Jeff Walz (4th Year)
Terri Mitchell (15th Year)
Last Season: 26-7 (13-3), 3rd
Muffet McGraw (23rd Year)
Last Season: 14-18 (5-11), 13th
Last Season: 17-16 (6-10), 10th
Last Season: 29-6 (12-4), 4th
The 2010-11 Louisville Cardinals are looking to move on after disappointing 2009-10 campaign, when the team won just 14 games, a year removed from reaching the NCAA title game. Four of last season’s starters are returning. The Cards boast a topfive ranked recruiting class that includes one WBCA All-American and 3 McDonald’s All-Americans.
With six seniors leading the way, this season’s Golden Eagles could emerge as a dark horse in the Big East this season. The team is led by senior guard Angel Robinson, who was named the to the preseason All-Big East second team for the second consecutive year. She led the team with 11.9 ppg and was fourth in the Big East with 4.67 apg.
Notre Dame will return a solid core of players from last season’s Sweet 16 team. The team is led by sophomore guard Skylar Diggin, who has been named to the preseason Naismith watch list. Diggin was the first freshman in 17 years to lead the team in scoring, and just the third player in Notre Dame history to score 400 points, 100 assists and 75 steals in a single season.
Last Season: 16-15 (5-11), 12th
Agnus Berenato (8th Year)
Last Season: 19-15 (7-9), 8th
Phil Seymore (6th Year)
C. Vivian Stringer (16th Year)
Pitt enters the season hoping to advance to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in five years. With five seniors, including Chelsea Cole, who averaged a league-leading 11.6 rpg, the Panthers have experience. But Pitt will need to overcome the loss of three would-be juniors – Pepper Wilson, Kate Popovec and Sarah Ogoke – who have all transferred.
The Friars are coming off their first winning season since 1991-1992 and return six players, including four starters, from last year’s lineup. Providence broke a program record for postseason wins (3) by advancing to the quarterfinals of the WNIT. The Friars will welcome six freshmen who make up the 29th-best recruiting class in the nation.
The Scarlet Knights return a defense that allowed opponents to shoot just 34.8 percent from the field last season, second in the Big East and ninth nationally. With junior college transfer Julie Paunovic and highly touted freshmen Briana Hutchen and Daisha Simmons joining the lineup, Rutgers should make the tournament for the ninth straight year.
Anne Donovan (1st Year)
Jose Fernandez (11th Year)
Last Season: 19-15 (9-7), 6th
Kim Barnes Arico (9th Year)
Last Season: 9-21 (1-15), 16th
Last Season: 15-16 (6-10), 11th
Last Season: 25-7 (12-4), 4th
The Pirates welcome the tallest player in the history of the women’s game, the 6-foot-8 Anne Donovan, as their new head coach. After bouncing around coaching staffs of the WNBA, Donovan inherits a Seton Hall team that returns just two starters and finished last in the Big East a year ago. But Seton Hall’s five-member freshmen class has been tabbed as the No. 24 class this season.
The Bulls return just two starters off last year’s WNIT team but have several key newcomers. USF will welcome National Junior College Player of the year Andrea Smith and her twin sister Andrell, in addition to Daleisha Carn, a transfer from Alabama, and Sasha Baker, a transfer from Indiana.
The Red Storm will rely on junior forward Da’Shena Stevens, an All-Big East First Team selection in 2009-10, a season in which she put up 14.3 ppg and 7.6 rpg, to lead the offense. Barnes Arico enters the season trailing Joe Mullaney, Jr., currently an assistant at Villanova, by eight wins for the most victories in school history.
Last Season: 25-11 (7-9), 9th
Last Season: 14-16 (3-13), 15th
Last Season: 29-6 (13-3), 2nd
The Orange lost All-American Honorable Mention guard Nicole Michael but return two starters, as well as bringing in a talented group of freshman. Last year’s deep run in the WNIT tournament will hopefully translate into a second NCAA tournament run in the last four years for this up-and-coming team.
Don’t let last year’s record fool you; this team could be much improved this year. Perretta brought in a strong recruiting class, bringing in two McDonald’s All-American nominees, who combined with last year’s All-Big East freshman team forward Laura Sweeney could help them make a huge jump in the Big East standings.
If any one team can dethrone the Huskies this year, West Virginia looks like the team that could do it. The Mountaineers return all five starters, including all Big-East guard Liz Repella. With the return of last year’s team, the addition of three top-150 high school recruits and a former junior college All-American, look for the Mountaineers to improve upon last year.
Quentin Hillsman (5th Year)
Harry Perretta (32nd Year)
Mike Carey (10th Year)
Friday, November 12, 2010
Breaking down the Huskies
Every streak is broken eventually
Centers — Redshirt sophomore Heather Buck returns for a second year, this time without the benefit of National Player of the Year Tina Charles. She will be backed up by 6-foot-5 freshman Stefanie Dolson.
Guards — Senior Lorin Dixon brings her blazing speed and high-powered defense back to the squad for this season. She will share the duties with Kelly Faris and Tiffany Hayes, who had 25 points in the Huskies’ blowout of Franklin Pierce. Freshman Bria Hartley scored 14 points in the game, and will give the team help off of the bench this season.
Forwards — Senior Maya Moore, two time National Player of the Year, returns to dominate again for her final season in Storrs. Three freshmen, Lauren Engeln, Michala Johnson and Samarie Walker will back up Moore for the 2010-2011 year.
2009-2010 SEASON IN REVIEW SCHEDULE AND RESULTS – 39-0, 16-0 Big East; Big East Tournament Champions; NCAA Champions NOVEMBER 5 9 14 17 20 27 28 29
GP St. Rose College (exh.) XL Vanguard (exh.) GP Northeastern at Texas at Holy Cross WBCA Classic GP Hofstra GP Richmond GP Clemson
W, 91-46 W, 91-37 W, 87-48
DECEMBER 3 10 20 23 28
GP XL GP XL at
Vermont Hartford Iona Stanford Florida State
W, 84-42 W, 80-45 W, 90-35 W, 80-68 W, 78-59
JANUARY 2 4 7 9 13 16 18 23 26 30
at XL GP GP at GP at at XL at
Seton Hall USF Cincinnati North Carolina Marquette Notre Dame Duke Villanova Rutgers Pittsburgh
W, 91-24 W, 84-42 W, 83-51 W, 70-46 W, 68-43 W, 70-46 W, 81-48 W, 74-35 W, 73-36 W, 98-56
W, 85-44 W, 98-68 W, 105-35 W, 83-58 W, 87-34
FEBRUARY 2 7 10 13 15 20 24 27
XL at at GP at XL at XL
West Virginia Louisville DePaul St. John’s Oklahoma Providence Syracuse Georgetown
W, 80-47 W, 84-38 W, 95-62 W, 66-52 W, 76-60 W, 85-53 W, 87-66 W, 84-62
7 8 9
XL XL XL
21 23 28 30 APRIL 4 6
% % ^ ^
2010 NCAA Tournament Southern Univ. (R1) Temple (R2) Iowa State (Sweet 16) Florida State (Elite Eight)
Baylor (Final Four) W, 70-50 Stanford (NCAA Champ.) W, 53-47
2010 Big East Championship Syracuse (QF) W, 77-41 Notre Dame (SF) W, 59-44 West Virginia (F) W, 60-32 W, 104-65 W, 90-36 W, 74-36 W, 90-50
Bold indicates Big East game. % - NCAA First and Second Round (Norfolk, Va.) ^ - NCAA Regionals (Dayton, Ohio) # - NCAA Final Four (San Antonio, Texas) GP = Gampel Pavilion; XL = XL Center; bold denotes conference game
2009-2010 FINAL STATISTICS ## 23 31 32 03 05 22 34 41 30 21 13
Player MOORE, Maya* CHARLES, Tina GREENE, Kalana HAYES, Tiffany* DOTY, Caroline* GARDLER, Meghan FARIS, Kelly* McLAREN, Kaili DIXON, Lorin* BUCK, Heather* FERNANDES, Jacquie*
GP-GS FG-FGA 39-38 279-542 39-39 299-484 39-39 190-326 39-37 130-296 39-38 94-244 37-2 50-104 39-0 55-144 36-1 47-77 29-0 27-58 35-0 24-48 34-1 11-39
* indicates returning letterwinner
FG Pct. .515 .618 .583 .439 .385 .481 .382 .610 .466 .500 .282
3FG-3FGA 80-192 0-1 11-24 45-140 49-152 17-49 17-63 0-2 4-12 0-0 8-28
3FG Pct. .417 .000 .458 .321 .322 .347 ..270 .000 .333 .000 .286
FT-FTA 98-124 110-161 54-78 91-124 28-37 46-61 31-40 14-22 25-41 13-20 9-10
FT Pct. .790 .683 .692 .734 .757 .754 .775 .636 .610 .650 .900
Reb 325 372 182 129 96 102 143 72 60 66 19
RPG 8.3 9.5 4.7 3.3 2.5 2.8 3.7 2.0 2.1 1.9 0.6
Ast 150 63 62 116 136 24 82 59 61 10 9
TO 75 87 60 85 71 38 44 43 34 16 4
Blk 40 93 12 15 8 7 13 18 3 13 1
Stl 82 22 52 40 46 20 48 16 20 10 4
Pts 736 708 445 396 265 163 158 108 83 61 39
PPG 18.9 18.2 11.4 10.2 6.8 4.4 4.1 3.0 2.9 1.7 1.1
According to multiple sources, the UConn women’s basketball team’s streak of 78 straight wins will not last forever. What sources, you might ask? Coach Geno Auriemma and the Huskies. The first 77 wins of the 78 were by double-digits. UConn has won back-to-back national championships. But Auriemma will be the first to admit that his team shouldn’t be ranked No. 1 in the country. “It makes no sense,” Auriemma told The Connecticut Post. “But I guess that’s what the perception is around the country. `Well, they’ve been No. 1 for so long that they’ve got to be No. 1 again this year.’” Auriemma lost senior leadership in Kalana Greene. He lost the No. 1 draft pick in the WNBA draft in Tina Charles. Maya Moore, Tiffany Hayes, Heather Buck and Caroline Doty are 78-0 at UConn. But as Hayes said, heading into this season, it is a totally different team. Students who are now sophomores and juniors have never yet witnessed their school lose in women’s basketball. But that doesn’t mean it won’t happen. Holy Cross comes to Storrs on Sunday, the same day that the program’s seventh national championship banner will be unveiled. On Tuesday, Brittany Griner and the No. 2 Baylor Bears make the trek to Hartford for one of the biggest games of the regular season. Auriemma has joked that it is a “winner-take-all,” and that whoever wins will be proclaimed the national champions. He has also said that for his young team, it’s a win-win situation. Even, apparently, if UConn loses. It may be that Auriemma is just sending a message to his team and to the rest of the country. It may be that the Hall of Famer is joking around and trying not to build his team up. But if he is sincere about not worrying about the streak ending, then why should the rest of us get worked up about it? The Huskies are 10 games away from tying the UCLA men’s basketball team’s record of 88 consecutive wins. Eleven wins would beat that mark. If UConn starts the season 22-0, then they will break 100 consecutive wins. But Auriemma has said that the streak doesn’t matter to the team. So it shouldn’t matter to us. Students and fans should therefore ready themselves for the women’s first loss since the Final Four to Stanford in April of 2008. If the Huskies lose, hell won’t freeze over, pigs won’t fly and Auriemma and Pat Summit won’t become friends. An end to the streak doesn’t mean an eighth national championship won’t happen. The team has said the only winning streak that matters is the six games in March and April. Whether or not the streak ends remains to be seen. Until it does, everything else is pure speculation. The Huskies will ride the 78-game streak into the 2010-2011 season, but their record is still be 0-0. No matter if the streak ends against Holy Cross or Baylor this season, or against some other team next season, fans should still respect and cherish what UConn has accomplished. And don’t be surprised that, if the steak does end, another winning streak begins shortly after.
Freshmen have big tracks to fill
Friday, November 12, 2010
After years of dominance, Auriemma will now look to a new core of young Huskies By Andrew Callahan Staff Writer Stepping inside Gampel Pavilion, you will never find a lack of memorialized greatness to gape at. Championship banners, plaques and pictures all adorn the walls upholding the very center of both UConn basketball programs. For the next four years, five select freshmen will walk in and simply call it “home.” Stefanie Dolson, Bria Hartley, Samarie Walker, Michala Johnson and Lauren Engeln have come to Storrs to fulfill their goals of a national championship. With just two starters returning from a year ago, it will largely fall on their shoulders to get the job done. Head coach Geno Auriemma calls the group a really good mix of players consisting of “some big guards and a big center.” Over a year ago, he spoke to his belief that because they all wanted to go to Connecticut and ultimately ended up in Storrs, he should give them a chance to be “really, really good player[s].” Hartley and Dolson appear to be on the fast track to success, as they’re likely to see the most minutes out of their classmates this season. The New York natives knew each other prior to enrolling through summer leagues and high school. Each acknowledge the difficulty in adjusting to college level, but welcome the challenge. “I’m excited,” Dolson said. “I know there’s a lot of pressure on me, so I’m going to do all I can to work hard in practice and try to get better. The biggest thing for me is to not get down on myself after a bad play.” The freshman feels that Auriemma’s assertion that she and her fellow post players need to attain a greater intensity on the interior is accurate. The problem, of course, is how to go about this and in turn how to go against her everyday personality. By acknowledging her dilemma, however, Dolson has already begun to turn her personal
roadblock into a minor speed bump. “When you step on that court, you’ve got to have a different attitude, and I’m working on it for sure.” According to Auriemma, the fact that Dolson aspires to be great, combined with her abilities, makes the realization of individual success very possible. The four-year journey will be long and tough, but nothing appears to be out of reach for the talented 6-foot5 center, who’s essentially filling in for the departed Tina Charles. Hartley, on the other hand, needs anything but a change to her approach. The rangy 5-foot-7 guard loves to push the tempo and seems to be a perfect fit for the UConn offense. She’ll be splitting time at point guard with senior Lorin Dion, who also brings a true tenacity to the table. Rated as the No. 14 recruit of the 2010 class by ESPN, Hartley exudes a contagious confidence on the floor that’s not easily shaken. In her first official game at Gampel Pavilion last week, she dropped fourteen points and six assists on Franklin Pierce. She also led all freshmen in minutes by a sizeable margin. “It’s been pretty good so far,” Hartley said. “We started off a little slow that game but have to get into things and keep adjusting to the college level and schoolwork. We’ll get there,” Ranked just four spots ahead of her in the same list was teammate Walker, a 6-foot-1 swingman from Dayton, Ohio. The freshman forward is, described by anyone who’s ever seen her play, an extremely versatile player with considerable explosiveness. According to Auriemma, she’ll be relied upon for many things coming off the bench in 2010-2011 and has already shown marked improvement in her young career. “Samarie’s made some good strides from that first game,” Auriemma said. “She’s been better in practice and we’re just trying to get her more involved. She’s very good around the basket and putting the ball on the floor,
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Freshman Bria Hartley dribbles the ball during practice. Hartley is one of five freshman to join the Huskies’ roster this year, and will be relied on by Auriemma to contribute early.
though sometimes she gets caught and stalls thinking, ‘What should I do?’” Michala Johnson also offers an abundance of versatility and potential for her coming years in Storrs. A 6-foot-2 athletic forward, Johnson boasts an incredible vertical leap and is a matchup problem for opponents who don’t offer the same combination of length and athleticism. Though she saw just seven minutes against Franklin Pierce, she made the most of her time with six points, which included a pair of free throws. Johnson also considered Duke,
Georgia, Maryland and DePaul during her recruitment. Rounding out the class of 2014 is Lauren Engeln. Engeln traveled the farthest to call Storrs her new home after playing high school ball in Laguna Hills, Calif. Engeln offers a powerful combination of strength and aggression, complemented by good ball handling skills. At 5-foot-11 Engeln can play all three spots along the perimeter and will likely see time at each in her coming years as a Husky.
BIG EAST CONFERENCE AT A GLANCE » 2009-2010 STANDINGS Conference
Team •UConn •West Virginia •Georgetown •St. John’s •Notre Dame •Rutgers •DePaul Providence Syracuse Marquette USF Pittsburgh Louisville Cincinnati Villanova Seton Hall
16-0 13-3 13-3 12-4 12-4 9-7 9-7 7-9 7-9 6-10 6-10 5-11 5-11 4-12 3-13 1-15
1.000 .812 .812 .750 .750 .562 .562 .438 .438 .375 .375 .313 .313 .250 .188 .062
– 3 3 4 4 7 7 9 9 10 10 11 11 12 13 15
2010 NCAA TOURNAMENT
39-0 1.000 29-6 .829 26-7 .788 25-7 .781 29-6 .829 19-15 .559 21-12 .636 19-15 .559 25-11 .694 17-16 .515 15-16 .484 16-15 .516 14-18 .438 12-18 .400 14-16 .467 9-21 .300
• indicates team qualified for 2010 NCAA Tournament 2010 Big East Tournament Second Round: Notre Dame 89, Louisville 52; Syracuse 76, Providence 71; DePaul 64, Marquette 54; Rutgers 70, Cincinnati 44 Quarterfinals: Notre Dame 75, St. John’s 67; UConn 77, Syracuse 41; West Virginia 47, DePaul 41; Rutgers 63, Georgetown 56 (2OT) Semifinals: UConn 59, Notre Dame 44; West Virginia 56, Rutgers 49 Championship: UConn 60, West Virginia 32
First Round – March 20-21
Dayton:  UConn 95,  Southern University 39 Dayton:  St. John’s 65,  Princeton 47 Kansas City:  Notre Dame 86,  Cleveland State 58 Memphis:  West Virginia 58,  Lamar 43 Memphis:  Georgetown 62,  Marist 42 Sacramento:  Vanderbilt 83,  DePaul 76 (OT) Sacramento:  Iowa 70,  Rutgers 63
Second Round – March 22-23
Dayton:  UConn 90,  Temple 36 Dayton:  Florida State 66,  St. John’s 65 Kansas City:  Notre Dame 84,  Vermont 66 Memphis:  San Diego State 64,  West Virginia 55 Memphis:  Baylor 49,  Georgetown 33
Regional Semifinals – March 28-29
Dayton:  UConn 74,  Iowa State 36 Kansas City:  Oklahoma 77,  Notre Dame 72
Regional Finals – March 30-31
Dayton:  UConn 90,  Florida State 50
National Semifinals – April 5
Dayton:  UConn 70, Memphis:  Baylor 50
National Final – April 7
Dayton:  UConn 53, Sacramento:  Stanford 47
» 2011 BIG EAST TOURNAMENT All games at XL Center, Hartford
*BETV – local regional sports networks
Friday, March 4 – First Round No. 12 seed vs. No. 13 seed (noon) No. 9 seed vs. No. 16 seed (2 p.m.) No. 10 seed vs. No. 15 seed (6 p.m.) No. 11 seed vs. No. 14 seed (8 p.m.)
Saturday, March 5 – Second Round 12/13 winner vs. No. 5 seed (noon, BETV*) 9/16 winner vs. No. 8 seed (2 p.m., BETV*) 10/15 winner vs. No. 7 seed (6 p.m., BETV*) 11/14 winner vs. No. 6 seed (8 p.m., BETV*)
Sunday, March 6 – Quarterfinals
5/12/13 winner vs. No. 4 seed (noon, ESPNU) 8/9/16 winner vs. No. 1 seed (2 p.m., ESPNU) 7/10/15 winner vs. No. 2 seed (7 p.m., ESPNU) 6/11/14 winner vs. No. 3 seed (9 p.m., ESPNU)
Monday, March 7 – Semifinals 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., ESPNU
Tuesday, March 8 – Championship 7 p.m., ESPN
Friday, November 12, 2010
Will new team bring about old results? By Andrew Callahan Staff Writer The winds of change blew through Storrs this fall; and for the UConn women’s basketball team of 2010-2011, they did some serious rearranging. The Huskies are still pegged as the No. 1 team, but they’ve suffered substantial losses and are actually expected to lose for the first time in over two seasons. Here’s a look at the differences between the Husky teams you came to know and love and the squad whose season begins Sunday. Post play remains a questions mark You’ve probably heard: Tina Charles graduated. That’s no shocker, but the Huskies have yet to nail down who will replace her. It’s an effort that will likely have to be made by many team members. Not only did Charles put the ball in the bucket like no other Husky in history, she played some darn good defense. Back to the future and it’s been freshman Stefanie Dolson and red-shirt sophomore Heather Buck battling for minutes on the low block. Buck saw spot time in the Huskies’ undefeated run a year ago and stands just an inch shy of the 6-foot-5 Dolson. The first-year center appears to be the slotted starter, but much could change in the coming months. The first task for the duo will be their tallest of the season. This Tuesday, UConn will take on the 6-foot-8 Britteny Griner and the No. 2 ranked Baylor Bears at the XL Center. One can only assume Griner has improved since threatening the Huskies’championship run last year in their Final Four meeting. Fortunately, Dolson and Buck will have almost all season afterward to improve themselves.
Will the real starting point guard please stand-up? Most teams would call the combination of Lorin Dixon and Bria Hartley running the point a luxury. But in UConn Country, the lack of a definitive starter and floor leader leaves for some uneasiness within its fan base. Entering this season, Caroline Doty was expected to continue her starter’s role for the second straight year. But she fell victim to the third torn ACL of her career and will now miss every game. Dixon offers a veteran presence and almost unparalleled quickness, while Hartley offers her own package of offensive potential. In the team’s first exhibition Dixon took the starting spot and saw about as much rest at the end of each half as cemented starters Maya Moore and Tiffany Hayes. But in that same exhibition, Hartley showed that the big stage does not intimidate her, and took full control in her twenty-eight minutes with an impressive performance. While one exhibition is certainly too small and insignificant a sample to draw conclusions from, head coach Geno Auriemma has said he is unsure of how he will divvy up their minutes. In fact, Auriemma also declared that, against some teams, it will be beneficial to have the pair out there together, speaking to the undoubted talents of both players. As they say, only time will tell. A lesser team + tougher competition = closer games Only in its championship game against Stanford last April did the Huskies finally play a game that was decided in single digits since its 78-game winning streak began. The streak is still intact, but do not expect the astounding double-digit trend to resuscitate itself.
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Lorin Dixon goes up for a layup during an exhibition game against Franklin Pierce.
Not only will UConn meet up with non-conference opponents Baylor, LSU, Ohio State, Florida State, Stanford, North Carolina, Duke and Oklahoma, but its competition within conference has gotten much stronger. Four other Big East clubs are in the top 15 of the pre-season AP poll, each with legitimate opportunities to challenge the Huskies. West Virginia returns all eight letter-winners and five starters, including reigning Big East Defensive Player of the Year Sarah
Miles. Miles and company will take their shot at the Huskies in Morgantown on Feb. 1. Notre Dame and Georgetown are slotted at No. 12 and No. 13 in the polls, and the Hoyas welcome back Sugar Rodgers, last year’s top rookie, who posted 17.2 ppg. Finally, St. John’s rounds things out in the Big East, at No. 14 in the AP poll after a 27-win season and with four returning starters.
Moore ready to cap off storybook career
Maya Moore readies to make a pass during an exhibition game against Franklin Pierce.
By Colin McDonough Senior Staff Writer
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Maya Moore has won two national championships and been named National Player of the Year twice, an All-American three times and Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA tournament once. Her illustrious college career has one more chapter, and one of the best women’s basketball players of all time will hold a new title when the regular season starts Sunday versus Holy Cross: senior leader. The Georgia native has all the accolades and experience, but she will need to be the team’s leader in her final season if she wants a shot at a third title. In the Huskies’ previous two championship seasons, Moore had Renee Montgomery and Tina Charles to look to. “This year is definitely different,” Moore said. “They were there to bail us out. This year, it’s obvious that I’m going to have to step up. When something needs to happen, I have to be ready to make it happen.” Moore has made it happen each year of her career. Last year she led the team with 18.9 points and 3.8 assists per game. She was second to Charles in rebounding and split most of the major awards with the current Connecticut Sun center. To make up for the loss of Charles and Kalana Greene, Moore wants Kelly Faris, Tiffany Hayes and Lorin Dixon to have stronger leadership roles. “We all need to play like we’re captain, because we have the most experience,” Moore said. “Those three players and myself have to play with that captain mentality.” Moore joked that she is unsure of whether she has retained her captainship from last year. The team had a chance to grow without Moore last
offseason, who missed most of the preseason workouts while playing for Team USA in the World Championships in the Czech Republic. “Other people started stepping up when Maya wasn’t here,” Dixon said. “But I’m glad she’s back.” The United States won the gold medal, as Moore played alongside former UConn greats Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird under the leadership of head coach Auriemma. Moore said it was fun to play with the pros, but that now her focus is turned back to UConn and the college game. “We have to keep our immediate focus on what’s in front of us,” Moore said. “We have the potential to win a national championship. This year I feel we have just enough pieces to get it done again. It’s going to take a lot of focus for another banner to come next year.” Five freshman will be a part of the banner ceremony Sunday at Gampel Pavilion. Moore said that the team has gelled together well thus far. But there are still question marks heading into their quest for a three-peat and an eighth banner. “We’re going to have to see as the year goes on,” Moore said. “I just want to make sure we’re the best team we can be.” Moore is a natural leader, and by her own admission she’s a people person. “I love being around people and I realize, too, how much of an impact it can make,” Moore said. “That’s part of my personality, and I embrace it. Moore has led the Huskies on and off the court in her first three years at UConn. In her senior season she’ll try to do it one more time.
Friday, November 12, 2010
November Sun 14 Holy Cross (GP)
G – Junior Lakeland, Fla.
F – Freshman West Carrolton, Ohio
G – Freshman North Babylon, N.Y.
Michala Johnson F – Freshman Bellwood, Ill.
Stefanie Dolson C – Freshman Port Jervis, N.Y.
G – Junior Doylestown, Pa.
F - Freshman Laguna Hills, Calif.
F – Senior Lawrenceville, Ga.
Senior 30 SpringfieldG – Gardens, N.Y.
Heather Buck G – Sophomore Stonington, Conn.
G – Sophomore Planfield, Ind.
Assistant Coach 3rd season
Assoc. Head Coach 26th season
Marisa Moseley Assistant Coach 2nd season
The GENO File
Geno Auriemma Head Coach 26th season
Overall record: 735-122 (.858), all at UConn National titles: 7 (1995, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010) Big East titles: 32 (regular season: 17 – ‘89 - 91, ‘94 - ‘04, ‘07, ‘08, ‘09, ‘10; postseason: 15 – ‘89, ‘91, ‘94, ‘95, ‘96, ‘97, ‘98, ‘99, ‘00, ‘01, ‘02, ‘05, ‘06, ‘08, ‘09, ‘10.)
Time 2 p.m.
This early season matchup against the No. 2 Bears may likely be the toughest game the Huskies play all year. 2 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. Time 7 p.m. 1 p.m.
vs. Marquette (Gampel Pavilion), 7:30 p.m., CPTV The Huskies open its Big East home schedule against Marquette before the students head home for break.
vs. Ohio State (MSG), 2:30 p.m., ESPNU The Maggie Dixon Classic always pits the Huskies against a tough opponent, and this year it’ll take on yet another top-10 opponent, the No. 7 Buckeyes.
Tue 21 Florida State (XL) Tue 28 at Pacific Thu 30 at Stanford January Wed 5 Seton Hall (GP)
9:30 p.m. Noon
North Carolina, one of the toughest sides in men’s or women’s college basketball, starts the season ranked No. 15. 7:30 p.m.
at Rutgers (Louis Brown Athletic Center), 7:30 p.m., TBA Though Rutgers has had a few down years, the Scarlet Knights still have the distinction of being the last Big East team to defeat the Huskies.
Sat 29 at Cincinnati Mon 31 Duke (GP) February Sat 5 DePaul (GP) Tue 8 at West Virginia Sat 12 at Providence
Sat 19 Tue 22 Sat 26 Mon 28
ESPNU CPTV ESPN2 TV CPTV
at North Carolina (Carmichael Auditorium), 7 p.m., ESPN2
Wed 22 Pittsburgh (GP)
7 p.m 10 p.m 9 p.m Time 7:30 p.m.
CPTV CPTV CPTV CPTV TV CPTV CPTV
at Notre Dame (Purcell Pavilion), 2 p.m., CBS After being thrashed at Gampel last year during the first ever Women’s College Gameday on ESPN, the No. 12 Fighting Irish will be looking for revenge in South Bend, Ind..
Mon 12 at St. John’s Thu 15 Louisville (XL)
vs. Baylor (XL), 6 p.m., ESPN2
Sun 21 at Georgia Tech Fri 26 Howard (GP) Sat 27 Lehigh (GP) Sun 28 LSU (GP) December Thu 2 at USF Sun 5 Sacred Heart (XL)
26 WED Kelly Faris
2 p.m. 7 p.m. Time 2 p.m. 7 p.m. 2 p.m.
TBA ESPN2 TV CPTV CBS C CPTV
vs. Oklahoma (XL Center), 7 p.m., ESPN2 The Huskies face another Big 12 heavyweight at the XL Center. Oklahoma lost by 16 to UConn in Norman, Okla. last year. Notre Dame (GP) Seton Hall (XL) at Georgetown Syracuse (GP)
2 p.m. 7 p.m. 3 p.m. 7:30 p.m.
CPTV CPTV CPTV CPTV
GP – Gampel Pavilion, Storrs; XL – XL Center, Hartford; italics indicates Big East conference game.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Every streak is broken eventually - C. McDonough, Pg. 8
ONE MOORE CHANCE Moore looks to cap off storybook career ... Pg. 10 Hartley, freshmen have big tracks to fill ... Pg. 9
Auriemma hopes that new team brings old results... Pg.10