Volume CXVI No. 59
Dining Services praised at monthly meeting
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LECTURE DISCUSSES ‘FEMALE MASCULINITY’ Lecturere discusses the ‘fluidity of sexuality.’ FOCUS/ page 7
‘Walking over the catamounts’ Walker goes for 42, Huskies move to 2-0. SPORTS/ page 14 EDITORIAL: DON’T PUT CT FERRIES ON THE BUDGET’S CHOPPING BLOCK Ferries have historic and cultural significance. COMMENTARY/page 4 INSIDE NEWS: QUAKER CONGREGATION SIGN STOLEN Mansfield Quaker congregation asks thief to return it. NEWS/ page 2
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Dining services and transportation were the hottest topics at USG’s monthly “Straight from the Source” meeting Tuesday. C. Dennis Pierce, director of Dining Services, fielded questions about sustainability, specific recipes and policies about taking food from the dining halls. He began with a brief update about the new reusable plastic containers at the Student Union, which students can purchase, return at the end of their meal, and receive a ticket to trade in for a new container at their next meal. “So far the Marketplace has sold about 60, but it’s a program that is still growing,” Pierce said. One student asked Pierce about the validity of a rumor he heard about UConn making its own honey, which Pierce confirmed. Pierce explained that the university consumes approximately 1800 pounds of honey per year and has placed 10 bee hives off of Route 195, “where UConn used to have apple orchards,” to cultivate its own source of honey. Another student inquired about receiving a recipe for macaroon cookies, which UConn bakes at its own bakery. Students generally asked lighthearted questions and praised the dining services for the recent improvements it had made.
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Potential changes to UConn 2000 discussed at CPPAC By Liz Crowley Campus Correspondent
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UConn Police Chief Robert Hudd, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Barry Feldman and Vice President for Student Affairs John Saddlemire speak with students at ‘Straight From the Source.
“We don’t usually get compliments here, so thank you,” Pierce said. Janet Freniere, manager of Transportation Services, answered questions about the possibility of adding more buses to the routes and service times to the bus schedules. She noted that some of the
21 buses that the university owns are very old and have acquired as many as 300,000 miles on them. Many have been in recent need of service. “We just put three new buses on order,” said Freniere. “The
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The Capital Projects Planning Advisory Committee met yesterday in the Bishop Center to discuss updates and revisions in the Timeline of UConn 2000 and activity of the University’s Arboretum Committee. After the approval of the minutes from their previous meeting, Alexandria Roe, director of planning and program development for UConn’s architectural and engineering services, presented the potential changes to UConn 2000. UConn 2000 is a program that is “renewing, rebuilding and enhancing [UConn’s] campuses through a $2.3 billion, 20-year state investment in the University’s infrastructure,” according to its website. The program aims to improve UConn’s academics and research programs. Such changes include the demolition of the Jamie Homero Arjona Building and the renovation of the Henry Ruthven Monteith Building. The plan is to turn Monteith into office space so they do not lose too much valuable room.
Roe said, “We have looked at adding the funds necessary to demolish Arjona, to demolish the [Central] Warehouse and renovate Monteith.” CPPAC is also increasing the funding for the Psychology Building renovation and addition and the Wilfred B. Young Building renovation. Other projects include redevelopment of the George Safford Torrey Life Science Building and the Edward V. Gant Science Complex. “The hospital addition to the UConn 2000 program added two years to the program,” Roe said. She also explained that $50 million has been allocated for this project. The buildings being considered for renovation areolder and are missing key components that newer buildings have. For example, the Psychology Building’s roof leaks, the Young Building needs new windows, central air conditioning and more space and the science buildings do not have adequate space to conduct scientific research. “We will be convening a committee to look at a small addition to the building and renova-
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UConn students: homeless for a night By Jennifer Silber Campus Correspondent Last night, anyone walking by the Student Union witnessed an interesting spectacle: crowds of UConn students camped out on the Student Union lawn as the final leg of the annual Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week came to a close. The event, which is organized each fall by UConn’s ConnPIRG, Amnesty International and the Multicultural Greek Council chapter, was started as a way to help raise food and money and to promote awareness of homelessness across Connecticut and the United States. Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week takes place annually the week before Thanksgiving. UConn is just one of the more than 500 campuses and communities that participate each year. Last year, more than 70 people attended UConn’s sleepout to show their support. Throughout the course of the night, student participants spread out on the Student Union lawn equipped with cardboard boxes, a standard supply for nighttime shelter for many homeless in the
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Students hunker down in their makeshift “home” for the night. The demonstration was the closing event of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.
United States. The event was catered with modest meals such as soup and chili, and some of UConn’s A Cappella groups came out for nighttime entertainment for the brave students spending the night out in the elements. The annual campout is
designed to show support for Connecticut’s homeless population and raise awareness for this growing social problem in the United States. “We’re trying to make people aware of the fact that homelessness is becoming more widespread in
Transformer fire causes power outage By Jay Polansky Associate News Editor
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A small fire which damaged a transformer across from the infirmary on Glenbrook Road Wednesday morning caused no injuries but caused the power to be shut off in the area, UConn Fire Chief John Mancini said. Around noon, Power was shut off in Wood Hall, Storrs Hall, Jorgensen, Student Health Services and the Old Warehouse around noon so Connecticut Light and Power could make repairs, according to a safety
alert sent via e-mail to the university community. At 10:14 a.m., the UConn Fire Department was dispatched to the area of Wilbur Cross for a report of smoke in the area. Two minutes later, the department was dispatched to the transformer, according to Mancini. When the fire department arrived, they did not find a major fire, just the blown-out switching station. “It basically put itself out,” Mancini said. “It’s more of an inconvenience than anything.” UConn’s police and fire
departments temporarily shut down Glenbrook Road, but pedestrian and vehicular traffic was moving past the scene by the afternoon. Evening classes in Wood Hall were cancelled Wednesday due to the power outage. Construction in the area, which had closed the road for the previous months, had been completed and was not a factor in the fire, according to Mancini. The specific cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
our state,” said Morgan Clark, a 3rd-semester exploratory major who is involved in the organization of UConn’s Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. “We want to show that homelessness affects everyone.” The previous night, two speak-
ers from Boston came to UConn to share their own firsthand experiences with homelessness and emphasize the reality of the situation that many college students have not been exposed to. The lecture focused on the fact that each person who is homeless has a different story and different reasons for their situation, and that not everyone who is homeless is necessarily “on the street.” “You can’t put a face on homelessness,” Clark said emphasizing that people who are homeless have a variety of reasons, and many people have no other choice in our nation’s current economic climate. In late 2009, 15.3 million people were unemployed in the United States, about 10 percent of the population. In addition to the events held to raise public awareness of hunger and homelessness, ConnPIRG has also been collecting nonperishable items for food drives at their events throughout the week. Donations are collected in collaboration with Community Outreach for a mutual food drive benefiting the homeless in Connecticut.
Pro-choice group promotes maternal rights, sex education on campus By Kimberley Wilson Campus Correspondent A Students United for Reproductive Justice meeting was held at the Women’s Center on Wednesday. Formerly known as the Reproductive Rights Committee, SURJ is a pro-choice committee dedicated to promoting reproductive choice and education through films, panels, volunteering and fund-raising. SURJ covers issues such as abortion, gender, sex-education, birth, and maternal rights. The
committee has attended and has been involved in several events concerning these issues so far this year. SURJ recently picketed a crisis pregnancy center in Willimantic that was distributing biased and false abortion information. According to members of SURJ, the center issues incorrect medical information such as “abortions will give you breast cancer,” and biased information such as “God will judge you for getting an abortion.”
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What’s on at UConn today... Khmer Rouge Documentary 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Dodd Center, Konover Auditorium “Enemies of the People” is about the brutal Cambodian Regime led by infamous dictator Pol Pot.
Food Inc. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Student Union Theater Come watch “Food, Inc.,” a documentary about our country’s highlymechanized food industry.
Invisible Children Meeting 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Student Union 321 This student group is focused on raising awareness and money for those affected by the war in Northern Uganda and the surrounding area.
Female Objectification Program 6:30 p.m.to 8:30 p.m. Student Union 303 “The American Women Program on Female Objectification” is an interactive presentation about how to change societal perceptions of women as objects. -JOE ADINOLFI
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Congregation seeks stolen church sign returned
A Mansfield Quaker congregation whose sign went missing in late September is asking for its return. “We’re hoping to get the word out before the semester ends,” said Storrs Monthly Meeting member Chris Corcoran. Corcoran said the sign went missing on from the congregations’ Hunting Lodge Road property on Sept. 25. The sign was cleanly removed and the sign’s posts remain, Corcoran said. “It wasn’t like it was hacked down,” Corcoran said. “Hypothetically, it could be brought back.” Corcoran said it’s hard to put a monetary value on the sign due to its sentimental value. A former UConn sign maker, now an art teacher, spent 80 hours crafting the sign by hand, according to Corcoran. Corcoran said he hopes that if someone has the sign, they return it. He is asking people with information on the whereabouts of the lost sign to contact him.
NCAA president discusses ways to curb violence
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — NCAA president Mark Emmert met Wednesday with two representatives who want the organization to take a stronger stand on violence against women. Kathy Redmond and Wendy Murphy, who are with the National Coalition Against Violent Athletes, spent about 90 minutes with Emmert. The group had already sent a proposal to the NCAA’s executive committee asking it to adopt a policy that cold impose corrective action or sanctions on schools or individuals. Possible penalties, under the proposal, could include counseling, suspension or expulsion from a team. The proposal also says schools could be fined for noncompliance. Redmond and Murphy say they were encouraged by the meeting and that Emmert wants to continue the dialogue.
School officials: 5th grader brought gun to school
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A fifth grader at an Augusta elementary school was arrested after school officials say he brought an unloaded handgun and ammunition to school. The Augusta Chronicle reports that a campus security officer at Terrace Manor Elementary found the gun after the school got a tip in an anonymous phone call before the school day began. Richmond County School System spokesman Lou Svehla says the 10-year-old boy was searched and taken into custody between 7:45 a.m. and 8 a.m. Svehla says school officials contacted the boy’s parents, and the boy was handed over to the Department of Juvenile Justice. The Department of School Safety and Security plans to continue investigating the incident.
Delay requested in death sentence is denied
NEW HAVEN (AP) — A judge rejected a request Wednesday to delay the sentencing of a man condemned to death for killing a mother and her two daughters in a home invasion. New Haven Superior Court Judge Jon Blue is scheduled to impose the sentence Dec. 2 on Steven Hayes, who was convicted of sexually assaulting and strangling Jennifer Hawke-Petit. Authorities say he and another man, Joshua Komisarjevsky, tied her two daughters to their beds, poured gasoline on them and set fire to their house in the wealthy suburb of Cheshire. Hayes’ lawyers said in papers submitted to New Haven Superior Court that the extensive publicity surrounding the case may have helped deny a fair trial. They asked for a two-month delay. They also said the death penalty, voted upon unanimously by a jury last week, was an issue in the campaigns for Connecticut governor and U.S. senator this year. This “may very well have created or caused the result of the jury’s verdicts being the product of passion and prejudice or was otherwise arbitrary and capricious,” wrote his lawyers, public defenders Thomas Ullmann and Patrick Culligan. They had tried to persuade jurors to spare him the death penalty by portraying him as a clumsy, drug-addicted thief who never committed violence until the 2007 home invasion with Komisarjevsky, a fellow paroled burglar they called the mastermind. The jury foreman, Ian Cassell, said some jurors were initially “on the fence” about life or death for Hayes.
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Latinos health unaffected by poverty By Purbita Saha Staff Writer
Latino paradox, poverty syndrome and geocoding; these were all topics that were discussed in Wednesday’s lecture at the Puerto Rican Latin American Cultural Center. Alexander Vias, an associate professor of geography and urban community studies at UConn, gave a presentation titled “Health Disparities in Connecticut: The Role of Local Poverty Levels on Mortality Rates 1990-2000.” PRLACC director Xae Alicia Reyes said that the discussion was topical because “in the recent midyear election health was a major front runner.” Vias researched the possible disadvantages that Latin Americans have when it comes to healthcare in both the state and across the nation. He used factors such as personal characteristics and geographic location to gauge his data. He then analyzed rates of morbidity and mortality to determine if health disparities between races and poverty levels exist or not. According to Vias, the work is difficult because it depends on many attributes and qualities. For example, the factor of spatial context is reliant on environmental and socioeconomic traits. Vias called this relationship “interplay” and said that it played a very important part in his project. Vias and his UConn partners teamed up with the Connecticut Department of Public Health to perform this study. The DPH publishes relevant data every year but does not have the time or the resources to analyze it. Hence, Vias and his fellow researchers stepped in to link
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Alexander Vias, Associate professor of geography and urban and community studies program gives a lecture entitled “Health Disparities in Connecticut: The Role of Local Poverty Levels on Mortality Rates, 1990-2000.”
this data, and the Census data from the year 2000, with local information. They broke the numbers down by age and race and used a methodology called geocoding to calculate mortality rates for each poverty level. While the methodology was not foolproof, Vias received results that were conclusive and striking. The aftermath of the study showed that there was a Latin paradox in Connecticut. Vias made up this term because the results went against the prediction that he had made. He noticed that although Latin Americans were poorer than white and black populations they still had lower mortality
rates than those two groups. Vias said that this could have been due to fact that Latinos have a healthier diet than whites and blacks. The other explanation was that many of them travel back to their birth countries before dying. The research still shows patterns of poverty syndrome in Connecticut. Poverty syndrome refers to the idea that as economic status increases the chance of living for a longer amount of time increases. Vias attributed this effect to a “lack of social network and capital” in poorer localities. He said that these neighborhoods offer no access to healthcare and that the residents do not seek
preventive treatment. Another trend that Vias noticed was that “females have lower mortality rates across the spectrum.” In conclusion, Vias said that disparities do exist. “If you put people in a poor environment the outcomes are going to be terrible,” he said. For things to change, Vias said that equal employment opportunities must be for all social levels and groups. This will allow for the poverty cycle to be broken. According to Vias, steps in the right direction are being taken with the inception of the state’s Healthy People 2010 initiative. But he also said that disparities cannot be eliminated
Three new buses ordered, cost $368,000 each from DINING, page 1 buses were $368,000 a piece and generally take 16 to 18 months to get here from the time they are put on order.” A puppetry student who works at the depot campus was concerned about the lack of opportunities to get to the depot campus on weekends. Another student from Charter Oak Apartments asked if more weekend shuttles could be added to the bus routes. However, Freniere informed the students that because of a lack of money and demand
for these routes, adding them would not be a feasible option for the near future. During the meeting, a question that fused dining and transportation together arose. One student heard that cooking oil from the dining hall was used to make biodiesel fuel for the buses. “This is actually done at the Student Union,” said Pierce. “The oil is pumped into tanks at the loading dock and then an external company extracts it and makes the biodiesel fuel.” Pierce said that this process will soon be done at all eight dining halls on campus, as well.
Finally, questions were posed about how students can combat the poor ways that some instructors teach their classes or distribute grades. “Usually the department head takes complaints about instructors and will investigate the issues if they receive a number of them,” said Doug Cooper, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. One engineering student heard that one of his friends had actually been downgraded in a class to account for a standard bell curve. He asked if the university permits this. “An instructor can control their
class in any way they see fit,” Cooper said. “It is within their power to declare a 95 a ‘C’ if they so choose.” In recent months, administrators at the Straight from the Source meetings have been asked more pressing, heated questions about topics such as Spring Weekend, offensive content in The Daily Campus and construction issues. Comparatively, more specific and harmless questions seemed to be asked this time and many of the administrators cracked jokes.
Committee aims to preserve open space on campus from POTENTIAL, page 1 tions to the building rather than building a new building,” said Roe in regards to Torrey Life Science. The committee is especially concerned with preserving the campus’s open areas. Roe is concerned that they are limited in their “swing space” and that as buildings become taller and bigger they are consuming open space. There are a number of components to UConn 2000 that speak directly of the need to preserve open space. The concern about space is also shared by the Arboretum Committee, a volunteer committee whose purpose is to advise and educate the university about
the protection of plant life on campus, especially during construction and renovation. Mark Brand and Greg Anderson, representatives of the committee at yesterday’s meeting, shared a presentation about the plants that enhance our campus. “We can be an interface between the administration and decisions they make that some of the public may not like,” said Anderson. They pointed out some of the committee’s successes in preserving plant life, as well as some of their failures. The Arboretum Committee has identified, tagged and kept track of the 2,200 trees on the Storrs campus. They educate the administration and
the facility caretakers about the proper care of the plant life. One important issue the committee is trying to tackle is the respect of a tree’s root zone, which can extend large distances beyond the trunk. There are certain precautions one should take when on or near the root zone because that is one of the main resources a tree uses to sustain life. Brand explained how they recently protected the large Camperdown Elm. “It is one of the spectacular trees on campus, many of which we have,” Brand said. “We have 18 champion trees on campus.” Unfortunately, they witnessed the death of the only Sierra redwood on campus.
It was accidentally “trimmed fairly severely…to the ground,” said Anderson. The committee has created the “Campus Tree Touring Guide” which lasts approximately 40 minutes. Student, visitors and the general public can obtain a brochure of the tour and follow it along through the campus. Every spot has a description of the tree and interesting information about it. CPPAC will meet again on Feb. 10 at 10 a.m. and April 12 at 3 p.m. in Bishop Room 7. Meetings are open to the entire UConn community.
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Tuesday’s ‘What’s on at UConn?’ said USG’s Safety Walk would take place Wednesday night, but the event was never rescheduled, and will not happen this semester.
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Foreclosure class actions pile up against banks NEW YORK (AP) — Foreclosure-fraud class action lawsuits are starting to pile up against major banks across the U.S., threatening a besieged industry with billions more in potential losses. Bank executives are swarming Capitol Hill this week to defend themselves against multiple foreclosure-related investigations, including one by all 50 state attorneys general. Talks are under way in that probe in hopes of reaching a settlement, but that wouldn’t extinguish the mounting threat of an avalanche of class actions. A congressional watchdog said in a report issued Tuesday that the foreclosure document debacle could threaten major banks with billions of dollars in losses, further prolong the housing depression and damage the government’s effort to keep people in their homes. The class actions, which could be expanded nationally, seek damages for homeowners whose properties were illegally foreclosed upon by banks using fraudulent documents. Suits have been filed in Maryland, New Jersey and Massachusetts that target Bank of America Corp., Wells Fargo & Co., HSBC PLC and JPMorgan Chase &
Co. In Florida and Maine, Ally Financial, formerly known as GMAC Mortgage, is also being targeted. Perhaps an even bigger threat are the lawsuits that contend the banks’ foreclosure machinery amounted to a racketeering enterprise. One such case, an Indiana lawsuit against Bank of America, was filed under civil Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations or RICO laws, which allow damages to be tripled. The race is on for the banks to keep the scandal from metastasizing. Crisis management specialists are working around the clock to help banking executives stem the financial and public relations disaster. Shares of Bank of America, the biggest U.S. lender, are already down 21 percent for the year, making it the biggest laggard in the 30 stocks that make up the Dow Jones industrial average. Even if a settlement materializes with the state attorneys general, it won’t necessarily stop all the class actions, although it could slow their momentum and limit their scale. A settlement would also help assuage public distrust and outrage that is fueling a consumer backlash against banks.
The probe by the state prosecutors amounts to far more than an effort to root out the “robo-signers,” whose backoffice antics of signing thousands of foreclosure affidavits a day helped trigger the scandal. Lawmakers are also pressuring the banks to re-engineer their entire mortgage and foreclosure process to rid it of what they say is systemic dysfunction. For now, much of the talk in the banks’ negotiations with the state prosecutors involves a possible compensation fund, modeled on the one created for victims of the BP oil spill, for people who went through foreclosure proceedings based on faulty documents. Details are still hazy, but a consensus seems to be building that some kind of financial remedy is needed. “It’s a preliminary discussion and it’s part of several options being considered by this group,” said Geoff Greenwood, a spokesman for Tom Miller, the Iowa attorney general whose office is leading the investigation against the banks by the state AGs. Greenwood said the attorneys general have had several meetings by phone and in person with officials of some banks in recent weeks, and they plan
Malloy taps former Stamford aide as budget chief
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov.-elect Dan Malloy’s new pick for state budget director warned Wednesday that “shared pain and shared sacrifice” will be needed to tackle the state’s budget woes and its multi-billion-dollar deficit projections. Benjamin Barnes, Malloy’s choice for secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, said state policymakers can no longer rely on one-shot revenues or borrowing schemes to balance the budget. Instead, he said, they need to take on the longterm challenges Connecticut faces to put the state on a solid fiscal footing. The new budget year that begins July 1 is forecast to have a $3.44 billion shortfall — a figure that’s expected to be tens of millions of dollars larger if Malloy institutes accounting rules requiring that expenses incurred in one fiscal year be paid for in that year. “I think the concept of shared pain and shared sacrifice is critical to our success here,” Barnes told reporters at a news conference Malloy called to announce the appointment. “I think it’s going to involve a lot of very difficult decisions that are challenging for a great number of constituencies in Connecticut. There’s no ques-
Benjamin Barnes, Connecticut Gov.-elect Dan Malloy’s choice for secretary of the Office of Policy and Management.
tion that that’s true.” The 42-year-old Barnes, who lives in Stratford with his wife and three sons, held several positions with the city of Stamford, most recently the director of operations — a position Malloy described as the city’s OPM secretary. The city’s annual budget is about $500 million; the state’s yearly budget is about $19 billion. In total, Barnes served eight years in the Malloy administration in Stamford, including as director of administration and director of public safety, health and welfare. “Ben understands, because we’ve discussed this, that this is
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a great challenge for him,” said Malloy, who lauded his pick as someone with “great budgetary experience” and a proven track record of public sector success. “I explained to him that he will get a day off in August, and not before, and that a lot of work lies before him.” Barnes is currently the operating officer for the Bridgeport Public Schools, where he’s responsible for overseeing the school system’s facilities, transportation, technology and a $215 million budget. Barnes, who holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Swarthmore College and a masters degree in urban planning from New York University, also worked as the government finance director for the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities and as a planner for the cities of Hartford and St. Petersburg, Fla. He will replace Brenda Sisco, the acting secretary. She was appointed to the job by Gov. M. Jodi Rell after the former secretary, Robert Genuario, was named a superior court judge. Malloy said he hasn’t decided whether to keep any of Rell’s appointees, including some who now work at the Office of Policy and Management. He said some commissioners have asked to keep their jobs.
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to meet with others. However, “We’re not close to a deal,” Greenwood said. Among other topics being discussed in the talks, prosecutors
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A captured drug trafficker said Wednesday that the boss of one of Mexico’s fiercest cartels is physically and emotionally drained and that the leader’s recent offer to disband the gang is real. Sergio Moreno Godinez, known as “Yellow,” said La Familia was behind a letter last week that offered to dissolve if the government will protect citizens in the western state of Michoacan, where the cartel is based. The cartel is in decline and leader Servando Gomez, a.k.a. “La Tuta,” has suggested they give up, Moreno said in an interrogation video released by Mexico’s federal police.
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“The organization ... is in decline, it’s very badly structured,” Moreno said. Saying that La Tuta “seems exhausted, Moreno added, “It’s like he doesn’t want problems.” Police say Moreno, who was arrested Tuesday, was the major trafficker for La Familia in the port city of Lazaro Cardenas. La Familia, Mexico’s main trafficker of methamphetamine, captured nationwide attention in 2006 by rolling severed heads into a disco in the mountain town of Uruapan. Shortly afterward, President Felipe Calderon intensified the war on drug cartels, sending thousands of federal troops and police into Michoacan, his home state. The government has since
deployed tens of thousands of federal forces to drug trafficking hotspots across Mexico. Several kingpins have been captured or killed, but cartel violence has soared, claiming more than 28,000 lives in four years. The violence terrorized parts of Michoacan, one of Mexico’s most picturesque states, with a colonial capital, quaint mountain towns, sparkling lakes and famed monarch butterfly sanctuary. La Familia has been blamed for some of the brashest attacks on security forces, including an ambush that killed 12 federal police officers in June and a spasm of violence last year in which at least 18 police officers were killed.
SURJ protested pro-life group in Hartford from PRO-CHOICE, page 1 “We’re not yelling, we’re not screaming, we’re just trying to give people the information they need to know,” said Michelle Farber, a 7thsemester anthropology major and co-president of SURJ. Several SURJ members attended a “Homophobia Kills” Die-In in Hartford, which highlighted the struggle of the LBGT community. The event consisted of a ‘mock dying’ held in front
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of investors in mortgage-backed securities, banks put homeowners who are in loan modification programs into foreclosure proceedings at the same time.
Detainee says Mexico’s La Familia gang in decline
also want banks to do more home loan modifications and to end something called the “dual-track” process. Under that system, which was put in place at the insistence
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of the capitol building, where the attendees all ‘died’ in unison at the sound of a whistle, while an announcer called out the names of gay people who have committed suicide. This demonstration was followed by a rally, speakers and slam poetry. According to a member of SURJ, the event was “powerful and moving, and displayed how gay-friendly Hartford is.” SURJ also recently counterpicketed a pro-life group that was protesting in front of a Planned
Parenthood in Norwich. The committee plans on screening movies such as “Eggsploitation” and “Daddy I Do.” Students are encouraged to attend these films. SURJ welcomes new members, and both men and women are encouraged to join SURJ in their efforts to educate themselves and others on issues concerning reproductive choice.
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Don’t put CT ferries on budget’s chopping block
he Rocky Hill-Glastonbury and Chester-Hadlyme ferries, two of Connecticut’s historic sites, are on the state’s costcutting chopping block. The Department of Transportation has included the attractions on a list of transportation services that may be cut to fill the state’s $3.5 billion budget deficit. Such a decision would devastate local identity, harm the tourist industry, eliminate a practical means of saving gas for families and commuters and keep towns from receiving vital medical assistance during an emergency. Both ferries are historic landmarks in their respective towns, inseparable from the towns’ relationship with the river around which they were built. The Rocky Hill-Glastonbury Ferry is the oldest continually-operating ferry in America. It began operating in 1655 as a small raft, then upgraded to horsepower – literally. It was powered by a horse on a treadmill. In 1876, it entered the steam age before modernizing to the current flatboat barge. The Chester-Hadlyme Ferry, meanwhile, first ran in 1769 and served as a vital supply link to colonial troops during the American Revolution. Furthermore, the ferries are essential to the state’s tourism industry. The Chester-Hadlyme Ferry carries visitors to Gillette’s Castle, Devil’s Hopyard State Park and the Essex Steam Train and Riverboat. According to a 2003 DOT report, it carries 45,000 vehicles and 80,000 passengers annually. The Rocky Hill-Glastonbury Ferry is on the National Registrar of Historic Places and carries 22,000 vehicles and 40,000 passengers a year. Some of its tens of thousands of yearly visitors, such as motorists and cyclists, use the ferries to save gas money and avoid the traffic congestion of bridges in East Haddam, Glastonbury and Portland. During the spring and summer, children and families come to the ferries to picnic, fly kites and enjoy the lazy trip across the river. In the autumn, the ferries provide magnificent views of the foliage. The ferries provide an additional service during emergencies, such as natural disasters. Hadlyme First Selectman Ralph Eno reports that the ferries are part of an “emergency management plan for carrying ambulances when the bridges are out.” Eno has joined Democratic State Rep. Antonio Guerrara, who co-chairs the General Assembly’s Transportation Committee, in opposition to the plan. There are alternatives to closing the ferries. Hours can be cut during the spring and fall, or rates can be raised during tourist season. If the state is still not satisfied, it can privatize. Private businesses have the resources needed to market the ferries and perhaps link operations with a river-side restaurant, bar or bed-and-breakfast. For the majority of its 350-year history, the Rocky Hill ferry was run by local families. Another solution is for local towns to join in partnership and run the ferry together. This way, towns can pool their funds and share the operating cost so that no one town bears the burden in a bad year. Memories have been built around the ferries. As a result, they are not mere machines, but a permanent aspect of the cultural landscape. They have survived a revolution, two world wars, blizzards, hurricanes, floods and at least one economic depression. Today, they continue to provide necessary services to the townspeople as well as to the state. The Department of Transportation would be foolish to destroy these local treasures. 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 professor told the class that he would not be canceling the test Friday because of the Harry Potter midnight show. I’m guessing he got my little note. Well all I have to say to him is... STUPEFY! What’s up with the 1970s porn star that plays for Vermont? To the workers at northwest Grab-N-Go: please don’t make fun of me for ordering the “weed eater” wrap, I wasn’t who came up with that name. Embarrassing is having your father make it into the InstantDaily before you do. TWICE. Trying to find spacious library seating next to an outlet the week before Thanksgiving is like trying to stop Maya Moore: impossible. Does stealing bath products left in the showers make me a bad person, or just really gross? I like to run down hills rather than walk because I feel like a kid again in an imaginary roller coaster. What’s worse then having two sweaty men working out in your living room? Having two sweaty men working out in your living room while complimenting each other on how good they look.
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Having Election Day off won’t raise voter turnout
o we need classes off on Election Day? No. We don’t. Despite this, the Undergraduate Student Government Academic Affairs Committee is considering a bill in favor of not holding classes on future Election Days. In a recent Daily Campus piece, a member of USG explained his approval of the bill. “A class holiday on Election Day, combined with a growing student population who are registered to vote, would promote and allow for a greater student turnout in elections, strengthening [UConn students’] clout in By Jesse Rifkin political elections Weekly Columnist and policy.” In Connecticut, election polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., a total of 14 hours. Fourteen hours! Unless you have 14 hours of classes that day, your class schedule is not exactly preventing you from voting. The part about allowing “for a greater student turnout in elections” is ridiculous – if classes were canceled, do you know which UConn students would vote? The exact same ones who vote even though there are classes on Election Day! If classes were canceled, guess which UConn students wouldn’t vote? The same people who don’t vote right now! I find it hard to believe that there is a single UConn student who didn’t vote this year who says, “If only classes had been canceled that day, I would have voted.”
Those UConn students would not have voted, regardless of whether or not there were classes that day. West Virginia and Hawaii both classify Election Day as a civic holiday, so classes (as well as government jobs) do not meet on that day. In both of these two states, however, voter turnout is actually lower than the national average. If canceling classes actually boosted voter participation, wouldn’t West Virginia and Hawaii have higher turnout? There is only one way to increase UConn voter turnout: get people to care.
“There is only one way to increase voter turnout: get people to care.” The problem is not that students’ class schedules are preventing them from casting their ballot. The problem is their priorities. If more of an effort was made to tell students what was at stake, they would realize how important it is to vote in elections. Let me give an example. The government can spend more money than they take in, and that results in something called a deficit. Having a deficit of any amount is a very bad thing. A deficit of one dollar would be terrible. Connecticut has a deficit of $3.44 billion. This year alone, spending will be $1.34 billion above what should theoretically be our spending cap.
See, the government spends way too much money, and then ordinary taxpayers have to pay to get us out of debt. But the politicians don’t want too much of that debt-paying money to be paid by the taxpayers who do most of the voting. If they did, those taxpayers would say, “Hey, I don’t like spending all this money to pay for your mistakes,” and they would vote the politicians out of office. So guess who the politicians have pay for most of the debt they create? People our age! Why? Because most people our age don’t vote. As a result, politicians can balance the budgets on our backs, and not have to worry much about the repercussions or consequences of doing so. Politicians from both parties have done this. The public will be paying for the spending of both George W. Bush, a Republican, and Barack Obama, a Democrat, for decades to come. We still have not finished paying off all of Ronald Reagan’s spending, even though he has not been president since 1988! That, my friends, is just one of many reasons why you should vote. Quite frankly, it is a shame that UConn has to consider having classes off on Election Day to encourage students to do so. Because if the polls are open for 14 hours, and you can’t spare five minutes to cast a ballot, then you deserve it when you end up with politicians who make you pay for their mistakes.
Weekly Columnist Jesse Rifkin is a 1st-semester political science and communications double major. He can be reached at Jesse.Rifkin@UConn.edu.
London riots highlight apathy in U.S. students
ast Wednesday, over 50,000 enraged university students took to the streets of London to protest new austerity measures put in place by England’s conservative Tory government. Sign-waving and chanting quickly gave way to violence and propBy Salvatore Sodaro e r t y destrucStaff Columnist tion. By the end of the day, rioters had seized control of the Tory Headquarters in Westminster, not far from Parliament. Several dozen people were injured, and several dozen more were arrested during the rioting. While London Mayor Boris Johnson referred to the display as an abuse of the right to protest, many of the student rioters claim that this was an appropriate and unavoidable response to the Conservative government’s abuse of power. But why are these riots happening? What could the government have possibly done to deserve such a massive display of protest and violence? The austerity measures called for by the conservative coalition include a £82 billion ($148 billion) cut to public and university spending, although the most egregious offense to the London rioters was the increase of the
university tuition cap. The new maximum tuition for a university in England was tripled from about £3,000 to £9,000 (about $15,000). The rise in tuition will take effect starting in 2012. To put this in perspective, tuition in Scotland is free to EU and Scottish students.Many students have been organizing for many years in an effort to make university tuition entirely free. To these students, the tripled tuition cap is at the very least a slap in the face, and at worst a clear abandonment of costs for to higher education. When comparing the London rioters’ situation with the scene here at UConn, some startling numbers become evident. Under the austerity measures, the highest tuition can be is around $15,000 USD, and that price can only be charged if aid is provided for poorer students. At UConn, tuition alone can be as high as $25,000. If a meal plan and housing are added, out-ofstate tuition for UConn can run to nearly $40,000 per year, and there is no guarantee for aid, even for students in dire need. Even student loan repayment is much more lenient in England than it is here: In England, a student can wait to repay their student loans until they are financially able to do so and have a stable job. After a student
graduates UConn, they have a mere six months until they must begin repaying their student loans, and it is quite difficult to get an extension on that grace period. Simply put: Students in London are rioting over a situation most UConn students would dream about. Either students in England are particularly angry, or American students are particularly content. While I cannot comment on the first suggestion, the second one must be true to some degree.
“Students in London are rioting over a situation most UConn students would dream about.” In America, and specifically at UConn, tuition costs have never been higher, and could very well increase by the thousands of dollars in the coming years. American students are no strangers to protest, as our parents’ generation can tell you. Why, then, is this generation so complacent when students in England are rioting over a situation that is so much better than ours? It could be that the students
simply have no idea what is happening to them, and they are ignorant of a truth that would infuriate them if uncovered. It could be that students know full well the situation they are in, and simply do not care. As less than 20 percent of UConn’s registered undergraduates voted in the recent midterm elections, this is the likely culprit. It could also be that students just do not care about anything that does not appear on their Facebook newsfeed. But perhaps there are students out there that know exactly what is happening, and do not like it one bit, but are not sure what other recourse they have. Getting involved in a local social justice organisation would be a good start. But it appears that students in London have already decided on the direct action they need to take to defend their right to an affordable or free university education. They are willing to fight a system much less daunting than the one right here at UConn. It is a shame that so many students here are willing to idly sit by when the fight for our own education has so clearly already begun.
Staff Columnist Salvatore Sodaro is a 3rdsemester history major. He can be reached at SSodaro9@gmail.com.
are concerned that the new airport security scanners could lead to pictures of their genitals ending up on the Internet. Apparently no one has told them that without pictures of genitals, there would be no Internet.” – Conan O’Brien
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Super Glitch by John Lawson
26 Fortification 29 Musical seconds 30 Not charging for 32 Safe place with a counterintuitive name 34 Less soggy 35 Stop asking for cards 38 Like a USN volunteer 41 Parakeet’s eats 43 Distance on a tank 45 __ del Fuego 47 Its southern border is about seven times longer than its northern one 48 Prohibitions 50 Bad start? 52 HQs for B-2s 53 Not leading anyone 56 Highest Russian territory, once? 57 Kerfuffle
JELLY! by Elise Domyan
Down 1 Ring piece 2 West of Hollywood 3 Athena’s attendant 4 Discounted price 5 Antonius Block’s chess opponent in Bergman’s “The Seventh Seal” 6 Nuclear Nobelist Niels 7 Prefix with gram 8 Author Wouk 9 Paraphernalia 10 “That’s my cue!” 11 Godfather portrayer turned shop owner? 12 Dinner side, perhaps 13 It can raise dough 18 Vinyl successors, briefly 22 Chiang Mai resident 23 Ewe kids 24 Asian cartoon genre 25 Beatle in a bout?
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Horoscopes Aries - Yesterday’s efforts pay off now in the form of curious opportunities to work with others. Check into the details carefully, before moving forward.
Gemini - You have a sense of your own creative potential, and want to get into action. Associates with demands present a challenge. Buy them off with chocolates.
Poop by Michael Badulak
Taurus - Take time for meditation early on. This aligns your thinking with coworkers. What seemed an obstacle yesterday becomes today’s glorious opportunity.
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Stickcat by Karl, Jason, Fritz & Chan
Cancer - Focus on food today. How delicious! Use all your talents and imagination for a menu to please all. It doesn’t need to take all day to taste good. Leo - Possibilities and difficulties appear, as you plan travel with associates. Take advantage of the opportunities as they arise, yet maintain a flexible schedule. Virgo - Your energy shifts toward scheduling a social event. It’s possible that some won’t be able to attend, regardless of when. Plan something for them later.
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Libra - Share an “Aha!” moment with a trusted companion. You really understand now about beauty and harmony. You both carry that feeling throughout the day.
Jason and the Rhedosaurus
Across 1 Encircled by 6 Persian faith 11 One with a cover 14 More of a novice 15 Lunch hr. end, often 16 A victory may break one 17 Marx as a Druid? 19 Rio hello 20 PD precinct boss 21 Chants of a lifetime? 23 Works 26 Cell component 27 Lift with effort 28 Win by __ 29 Built up charges 31 Parts of personal music libraries 33 Musical intervals 36 ASCAP rival 37 First rabies vaccine creator 39 Interior decorator’s concern 40 Classic breath freshener 42 Certain counter’s woe 44 Iron supplement brand 46 Spread out 47 Memo opener 49 Bengals, on scoreboards 50 Noble address 51 Question of advisability 53 There are pins at the end of one 54 Columnist Landers 55 Well-dressed Swedish actress? 60 Biker’s chopper 61 Bullwinkle nemesis 62 Stravinsky and a lab assistant 63 Barcelona bear 64 Bright 65 Not schooled in
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The Daily Crossword
Scorpio - Someone you know falls in love head over heels. This has been a long time coming. Keep an appropriate distance as you congratulate them both.
Victory Lap by Zach Wussow
Sagittarius - Someone’s wearing rose-colored glasses. Allow them to enjoy the moment, knowing you can come back to reality later. Who knows what may come of this? Capricorn - Keep one eye on your work, and another on a social plan that comes together now. Accommodate the needs of special guests. The conversations prove valuable.
Milksteak & Jellybeans by Alex Dellin
Aquarius - Take action early to gather essential data. Test each resource with logic. Verify facts through accepted sources. Everyone appreciates the extra effort. Pisces - Take time out to balance your checkbook. Good news or bad, at least you know where you stand. Then you can create a workable plan for budgeting wisely.
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After crash and government control, rebirth for GM
DETROIT (AP) — The last time General Motors threw a big party was two years ago, for its 100th birthday. Two months later, its CEO was before Congress, begging for bailout money. Now GM is getting ready for another celebration — this time for its future. GM will be reborn as a public company Thursday with a stock offering, ending the government’s role as majority shareholder and closing a remarkable chapter in American corporate history. The U.S. government should make about $13.6 billion when GM shares start trading on the New York Stock Exchange. The federal Treasury is unloading more than 400 million shares of GM, reducing its stake in the company from 61 percent to about 33 percent. The IPO could wind up as the largest in history. GM set a price of $33 per common share on Wednesday, a day after it raised the number of shares it will offer to satisfy investor demand. When the U.S. government and other owners sell their shares, they’ll raise $18.2 billion. GM will raise another $5 billion by selling 100 million preferred shares at $50 each. Together, the sale of common and preferred stock will bring the deal’s value to a record $23.2 billion. The stock offering is the latest in a series of head-spinning developments over the past two years for an American corporate icon. In September 2008, to mark the beginning of its second century, the automaker celebrated in the grand three-story atrium on the ground floor of its Detroit headquarters. GM had seen a lot of changes in its 100 years, said then-CEO Rick Wagoner. “In fact, it’s changed a lot in the last 100 hours,” he said, referring to the banking crisis, which was just starting to unfold. Two months later, Wagoner found himself in front of members of Congress, begging for money to keep GM alive. Four months after that,
he was ousted by President Barack Obama. By June 2009, GM had filed for bankruptcy. It emerged relieved of most of its debt but mostly owned by the government and saddled with a damaging nickname: “Government Motors.” The value of its old stock was wiped out, along with $27 billion in bond value. Now GM will become a publicly traded company again and revive the stock symbol “GM.” Dan Akerson, GM’s fourth CEO in two years, will ring the opening bell Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange, to celebrate the company’s rebirth. “This is an extraordinarily important moment in the life of GM, along with emerging from bankruptcy,” says Steve Rattner, who headed up Obama’s auto task force for several months. “It’s not the end of the story of government involvement in GM, but it is a critically important step forward.” Most of the new stock will go to institutional investors, not to everyday investors, following a Wall Street system that rewards investment banks’ big customers. GM will set aside 5 percent of its new stock for employees, retirees and car dealers to buy at the offering price. The deadline to sign up was Oct. 22, but the company has not revealed how many people took the offer. In the stock offering, the government stands to make $13.6 billion if it sells 412 million shares, as planned, for $33 apiece. It will still have about 500 million shares, a one-third stake. It would have to sell those shares over the next two to three years at about $53 a share for taxpayers to come out even. The total bailout was $50 billion. GM has already paid or agreed to pay back $9.5 billion. That comes from cash and payments related to preferred stock held by the government. The GM debut comes at a time when auto stocks are performing well generally. The stock of GM’s crosstown rival,
Charles Boeddinghaus works at his post with Getco LLC at the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, Nov. 17. Getco has been named the market maker for GM’s initial public offering, scheduled to be held Thursday.
Ford, has risen steadily this year, from about $10 in January to about $16.50 as the GM IPO approached. The stock traded for a dollar in November 2008, and Ford never even took bailout money. As for GM, whether bankruptcy actually fixed the company remains an open question. Before the crisis, it was saddled with debt and had a labor contract that called for paying workers even if they weren’t working. Massive pension and health care costs kept GM’s fixed costs high, and contracts with dealers meant it would be expensive to shut underperforming brands. Combined, those
New Mexico unemployment fund faces insolvency next August
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Higher taxes on businesses and cuts in jobless benefits will be necessary to shore up New Mexico’s unemployment program, lawmakers were told Wednesday. The ailing unemployment fund is among the challenges facing Republican Gov.-elect Susana Martinez, who takes office in January and has pledged not to increase taxes. Workforce Solutions Secretary Ken Ortiz told legislators the state’s program for paying unemployment benefits will run out of money next August if the economy doesn’t improve and the jobless rate remains high. “I believe based on the projections ... the tax schedule has to be adjusted at some point,” Ortiz said in an interview after he testified before the Legislative Finance Committee. The fund has a balance of $201 million at the start of the month but is being drained because of the state’s high unemployment — 8.2 percent in September. The state is paying out about $850,000 a day to jobless New Mexicans but that’s expected to reach more than $1 million a day starting next month when New Mexico has to begin picking up part of the costs of extended benefits. The federal government
has been paying the full cost of benefits beyond 26 weeks, but the state will have to cover half. New Mexicans will be able to receive a maximum of 46 weeks of unemployment benefits starting next month, down from 93 weeks currently. Higher taxes on businesses and reductions in benefits are the options for shoring up the unemployment fund. It will be up to the Legislature and the incoming governor to decide how to fix the problem. Ortiz said that 19 states have imposed a one-time surcharge on employers to replenish their unemployment programs. If nothing is done and the unemployment fund runs out of money, then businesses will end up paying higher taxes. New Mexico will have to borrow money from the federal government to pay jobless benefits if the state’s fund becomes insolvent. Ortiz said taxes on employers would have to increase to replenish the fund and repay the loan with interest. Under state law, the employment tax rates are locked into place through 2011. After that, tax rates will automatically increase as needed to replenish the fund unless the Legislature and governor change the law. New Mexico isn’t alone in fac-
ing problems with its unemployment compensation program. Thirty-six states have taken out loans from the federal government to pay jobless claims, according to Ortiz. The average tax payments by a New Mexico business for each of its employees will go to $214 a year in January, up more than 20 percent, under a law enacted earlier this year to rebuild the unemployment trust fund. Rates vary for businesses depending on their history of unemployment claims. Benefits also were trimmed, with the maximum weekly benefit dropping to $380 in July from $426.
problems put the automaker in a topsy-turvy world where it made more sense to run plants at full bore, even if no one was buying cars. Bankruptcy fixed much of that. The company closed 14 of its 47 plants, shuttered or sold off its Hummer, Saturn, Saab and Pontiac brands, and slashed its debt from about $46 billion to about $8 billion. Union retiree health care costs are now the United Auto Workers’ responsibility, and the controversial jobs program that paid idled workers almost a full salary has been eliminated. GM employs 209,000 people in the United States today,
down from 324,000 in 2004. But it’s making money. Before bankruptcy, GM lost about $4,000 per car. Now it makes about $2,000 each. GM says it is poised to earn about $19 billion a year when the car market rebounds. GM is a strong player in China, where the auto market is growing exponentially. And customers in the U.S., potentially the most profitable car market in the world, are starting to take notice of GM’s cars and trucks again. The upcoming Chevy Volt, an advanced electric-gas car, could help GM convince people it doesn’t just make gas guzzlers. And it’s a winner with
critics: GM won the Motors Trend Car of the Year award Tuesday for the Volt. Still, questions remain. With this stock offering, GM doesn’t rid itself of government intervention. The government remains a big shareholder. And three board members, plus the CEO and Chairman Ed Whitacre, were all handpicked by the government. Financial problems that plagued the automaker for the past decade still don’t seem under control: Despite hiring Chris Liddell, a new CFO from Microsoft known for fixing problems, GM says it’s still not sure all the financial problems were fixed.
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Lecture discusses ‘Female Masculinity’ By Brian Zahn Senior Staff Writer For its latest installment of the Out to Lunch lecture series, the Rainbow Center hosted Kamora Herrington, the Mentoring Program Coordinator for True Colors, the largest national convention for LGBT youth. Herrington spoke of gender binaries in her lecture, entitled “Female Masculinity.” Herrington came with two of her “props” – in this case, 21-year-old Ternise Barrett, a student at St. Joseph’s College, and 19-year-old Natasha Martinez, two self-identified “studs”: cisgendered women who have a masculine gender expression. Herrington relayed to the audience that she wanted to have a profound discussion, as she ordinarily works with groups that get caught up with the idea that womanhood and manhood are determined by genetalia. She believed the Rainbow Center would be able to move beyond these “101 issues.” Herrington, after a discussion on what constitutes gendered males and females, stated that stereotypical perceptions are what truly pervades a society. “When you get into the gay thing, gender goes out the window,” Herrington said. “I can’t tell you how many parents try to beat the man out of their daughters and beat the woman out of their sons.”
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Kamora Herrington, the mentoring program coordinator of True Colors headed a discussion on gender norms in the Rainbow Center on Wednesday afternoon as part of the Rainbow Center’s Out to Lunch lecture series.
She discussed the fluidity of sexual orientation, and how woman are freer to experiment than man. Several audience members agreed that women are able to explore their sexuality, whereas with men, upon having a homosexual encoun-
ter, cannot go back. “There’s very little leeway for men,” Herrington said. Nicholas Arntsen, a graduate student with a concentration in political science, said that he believes this is because of a deeply embedded homophobia
in all men. “Gender itself is so deeply embedded in that way,” Arnsten said. Herrington urged the audience to think about gender more actively. She said that drag queens, who exist as a
parody to gender, can get too complacent, and fall into gendered roles themselves. “Constantly question yourself and ask who you are and why you are,” she said.
A Day To Remember departs from norm on new album my long relationship with the band, I had to roll my eyes and feel a little frustrated. The album is easily the most poppy record the band has released to date. But is also the most uninspired and churned out. Being one of my most anticipated releases of 2010, I couldn’t help feel a pang of disappointment.
By Matt Yost Campus Correspondent
Upon the arrival of A Day To Remember’s newest release, “What Separates Me from You,” a multitude of statuses flooded my Facebook exclaiming how “brutal” and “intense” the new record was. For the first time in
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Common’s sense: Musicianactor working on book
NEW YORK (AP) — Here's a book with a Common touch. Atria Books announced Wednesday that Common, the 38-year-old actor and hiphop star, is working on a memoir scheduled to come out in June. The book,"One Day It'll Make Sense," will be co-written by Adam Bradley. It will tell of Common's childhood in the South Side of Chicago and his entertainment career, including the Grammy-winning collaboration with Kanye West, "Southside," and such films as "American Gangster."
Pink sings out: She and her husband are expecting a child
Musician Pink on the Ellen Degeneres show.
NEW YORK (AP) — Pop star Pink says she’s eating for two. The Grammy-winning singer confirms her pregnancy on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” airing Wednesday. It’s the first child for Pink and her motocross-racing husband Carey Hart. Pink tells DeGeneres that this is a pregnancy she worked for, explaining: “It was not an ‘Oops!’” And while she isn’t sure if the child is a boy or a girl, she says her doctor is hinting it’s a girl.
By no means is the album a bad one, but it doesn’t reach the full potential. Previous releases “Homesick,” “For Those Who Have Heart” and “And Their Name Was Treason” became staples that made the band stand out in the Warped Tour crowd. Blending hardcore breakdowns and screams with pop punk, A Day To Remember provided solid segues between pop and metal music. “What Separates Me From You,” on the other hand, attempts to play both sides of the fence and create an album that is at one point entirely pop punk and another entirely “metal.” The issue is that the big appeal of A Day To Remember is in their ability to create a perfect harmony between the two genres.
At some points, the album really does shine. The opener, “Sticks and Bricks,” is exactly what ADTR fans celebrate: heavy, breakdown-ridden verses with a catchy sing-a-long chorus. The first single “All I Want” and “All Signs Point to Lauderdale” demonstrate that the band really does have a good grasp on creating creative and energetic poppunk music, and could be big draws for the band. The “heavier” songs are ones that I have issues with. “2nd Sucks,” one of the first released songs of the record, is the first ADTR song to feature no clean singing. Something about this song, as well as “You Be Tails, I’ll Be Sonic,” doesn’t settle well with the band. While the
songs are somewhat appealing, it doesn’t feel like an entirely heavy song fits the band well. They’ve established themselves as far too talented to be limited to the generic scene metal category. “What Separates Me from You” isn’t comparable to previous releases, but isn’t bad by any means. It’s frustrating that they didn’t utilize their obvious talent to build upon their established sound, but the record still offers a multitude of solid songs that will make for a solid summer pop-punk playlist. While not a record I would recommend to newcomers to the band, it will certainly please fans.
Among Men’s showing of ‘Get Real’ to promotes discussion By Jason Wong Campus Correspondent The group Among Men hosted a showing of the movie “Get Real” Wednesday night in the Rainbow Center. The movie intent was to bring about awareness of the group Among Men. “Get Real” is a coming-ofage story about two boys in a British high school who fall in love. The movie follows Steven Carter, a 16-year-old boy who is bullied at school, misunderstood at home and whose only confidant is his neighbor Linda. It is then that he is propositioned by John Dixon, the school’s head boy and sports star. Though initially mortified, Steven is open to John about his homosexuality, which eventually leads to John’s emotional revelation about a previous homosexual encounter and his current sexual confusion. The two find themselves deeply attracted to each other. But to Steven’s dismay, John insists that their relationship remain a secret. This prompts Steven to write an anonymous article for the school magazine about the challenges of
being a gay teenager. Unfortunately, as events of the film progress, accurate rumors about the author of the article are spread around the school, and John’s fears of discovery are heightened. This leads to Steven being confronted by a pair of bullies. John ostensibly saves him by faking a beating, but when the bullies return unexpectedly, John feels the need to prove his heterosexuality and so pushes Steven to the ground and kicks him. Despite the abuse, Steven makes it to the ceremony at which he is to receive the prize for a newspaper competition. At the microphone, instead of expressing thanks, he comes out as gay. Steven’s coming-out results in a standing ovation from the crowd, and acceptance from friends and family. He seeks out John near the end of the film. John apologizes, but is still unwilling to be open about his sexuality, even though he admits to loving Steven. Steven wishes him happiness in his life, and walks away. “The movie shows the typical struggles encountered by a gay teen accurately, albeit with an atypical reaction and
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The cover for the film “Get Real.”
more drama,” said 3rd-semester philosophy and music double major Jonathan Donovan. “I believe that the problems encountered in the film are exactly the kind of thing Among Men is best suited to deal with,” said 5th-semester exchange student Dom Tromans. Among Men is a group for men who love men, or who think they might. It is committed to providing a safe and confidential space to men of all walks of life to foster individual and personal growth.
Black Friday, the official start of the holiday shopping season, is just eight days away. Huskies, now is the time to put your saving shoes on. Serious price cuts, incredible coupons, early and extended store hours as well as lots and lots of sales make this day the most highly anticipated shopping day of the year for retailers and consumers alike. The shopper’s holiday falls on Nov. 26 this year: just a week from tomorrow. If you can take a little time between now and then to get organized, you can make the most of the bargains that this day has to offer. The first thing you have to plan for is an early morning. Black Friday is a “go big or go home” event, and many of the best sales will end before you’d be out of bed on any other day. They don’t call them “early bird specials” for nothing. Set the timer on your coffee maker, pick out your clothes the night before and head to bed early Thanksgiving night. The next best thing you can do for your sanity and your budget is to plan a shopping route. There is no need for a fully mapped plan of attack, but knowing which stores and malls you’d like to hit could help you plan a more logical order to things. Prioritizing your stops by most in-demand items, time
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This or that?
By Becky Radolf Staff Writer
Ever wonder how eco-friendly you truly are compared to others? Perhaps you recycle every now and then, use a washable mug or beautify yourself with only products not tested on animals. Maybe, without even trying, you’ve been going above and beyond a level of sustainable mediocrity, just by doing your normal routine. Either way, sometimes there’s still a better way to do things. First, there’s the always-popular topic of whether a bath or a shower uses more water. Mindy Pennybacker, author of “Do One Thing Green,” says to go for the latter, stating that a typical eight-minute shower only uses 17 gallons of water, while the typical bath uses 30 to 70 gallons. Next, you’re at the grocery store with a building line of angry mothers behind you, and the casher asks you the age-old question: “Paper or plastic?” Maybe you’ll pick that time to spread your sustainable wings, but you might not know which would make a difference. Well, sorry to rain on your parade, but the answer is neither. Making a paper bag consumes four times more energy than making a plastic bag, according to Pennybacker, although plastic bags don’t biodegrade as fast and are more likely to end up as litter. A lesser evil might
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Girl Talk – Feed the Animals
Featuring an Unexpected Twist Norah Jones showcases her versatility on album of duets
1. “Speak Now,” Taylor Swift 2. “My Kinda Party,” Jason Aldean 3. “The Incredible Machine,” Sugarland 4. “Merry Christmas II You,” Mariah Carey 5. “I Am Not A Human Being,” Lil Wayne 6. “Come Around Sundown,” Kings of Leon 7. “Recovery,” Eminem 8. “Dreams,” Neil Diamond 9. “Hits Alive,” Brad Paisley 10. “The Union,” Elton John/Leon Russell Week of Nov. 30, 2010
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By Steph Ratty Staff Writer Norah Jones has stepped out of her comfort zone with “… Featuring Norah Jones,” a new album released Tuesday that is comprised entirely of duets with other big name artists. Each of the album’s 18 tracks highlights a different musician in varying genres, from country to rap, which poses surprisingly little challenge for Jones. She manages to use her famously haunting voice in different ways to suit each style. In “Virginia Moon,” a duet with the Foo Fighters, Jones was able to stick to her familiar muted voice. The romantic
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song is written by the Foo Fighters, but suits Jones’ repertoire perfectly. Jones also kept with her naturally jazzy sound with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band for “Ruler of My Heart,” and with Ray Charles in “Here We Go Again.” She joins forces with Willie Nelson to put a sweet twist on the old holiday classic, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” The unexpectedly perfect combination of their voices gives the song a cozy touch. Jones completely switchs gears to team up with R&B and rap artists for three songs that venturs well out of her usual style. “Take Off Your Cool” is an acoustic song recorded with Outkast that shows the strengths of each musician. “Life is Better” is a soulful track with plenty of doo-wop beats. The song, a duet with rapper Q-Tip, is intriguing and smooth. Jones even pairs up with Talib Kweli for “Soon the New Day,” a fluid R&B track that is far from anything Jones has released thus far. “…Featuring Norah Jones” also includes country songs, proving Jones’ voice knows no boundaries. She hits her
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Norah Jones latest album, “... Featuring Norah Jones,” includes duets with Dolly Parton, Outkast, Ryan Adams and more, as listed on the album’s cover.
stride with “Bull Rider,” a folksy recording with Sasha Dobson. The track is surprisingly velvety, and is similar to “Loretta,” another country track she sings with Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. Jones also performs “Creepin’ In” with country legend Dolly Parton. Their voices complement each other well, further proving Jones’ versatility.
The rest of the album is rounded out by duets with Belle and Sebastian, Ryan Adams, Charlie Hunter and Sean Bones, among others. It has an adaptable track list that has something of interest for anybody – even the most critical of audiences.
11/26 Chris Webby 9 p.m., $20
Springsteen holds up on “The Promise”
Webster Theater, Hartford
By Julie Bartoli Campus Correspondent
11/29 Tim and Eric 7 p.m., $25 12/2 Abandon All Ships 6:30 p.m., $10 Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel, Providence, R.I. 11/20 Therefore I Am 5 p.m., $14
Whenever Bruce Springsteen takes the stage, whether at a Jersey neighborhood bar or in front of 40,000 people at Madison Square Garden, he always seems almost too accessible. Springsteen crosses the platform with a look of confused bemusement. He tugs at his jeans. He fiddles with his guitar. He doesn’t sashay over to the mike, he hobbles. Then, with a crooked smile, the 61-year-old singer tells a
joke, or asks how we’re feeling tonight. At this point, we’re feeling no different from the multiplatinum artist. We’re cocking our heads thinking, “I’ve got a white T-shirt and blue jeans. If I learned a couple chords, I could be the next Bruce Springsteen – easily.” Then he starts to sing. He releases howling, raspy and lyrically cleansing vocals that remind the audience we aren’t in the same league as Bruce. In fact, we aren’t even playing the same game.
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This Day in Music 1994 The Beatles may have finally joined the iTunes catalog this week, but that’s nothing compared to the online sensation the Rolling Stones caused 16 years ago. On Nov. 18, 1994, the Stones became the first band to stream a live concert on the web. Their 20-minute show broadcasted straigt out of Dallas, TX, and could be viewed using Mbone at 10 frames per secAP ond. The event was produced by Springsteen waves to photographers on the red carpet of the movie “The Promise: The the New York-based media and Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town” at the Rome Film Festival. technology company, Thinking Pictures Inc., which gave the boys their allotted spot and title of the “first cyberspace multicast concert.” Mick Jagger started the show songs, sound completely alike. by announcing, “I wanna say By Becky Radolf She has a definite party-vibe a special welcome to everyone Staff Writer going on with this new album, that’s, uh, climbed onto the and she has no qualms about Internet tonight and, uh, has got Rihanna has a great over- displaying her sexual fetishes into the Mbone. And I hope it all sound, but it is hard to in “Loud.” doesn’t all collapse.” overlook the fact that all her Her fifth album in five years, Maybe it was vicious fore- sounds, save for a few select “Loud,” comes across as a shadowing, or maybe Jagger was just expressing his concern over the unfamiliar World Wide Web. Either way, 16 years later Loud Richards has a book demeaning Rihanna Jagger in every possible way, 11/16/10 and the Stones’ biggest rivals 11 tracks are officially iTunes-ready. Cue everything falling apart.
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“The Promise,” Springsteen’s new 21-track, two-disc album, reaffirms this realization. The LP is a collection of previously unreleased singles written between “Born to Run” (1975) and “Darkness” (1977). Released November 16, the cover depicts a younger Springsteen leaning against a beat-up Chevy, looking decidedly unglamorous. A revamped “Racing in the Street” is the first track, and is now a thickly layered aural experience, piling piano on guitar on harmonica, held together by a cyclic drumbeat. Humbly outshining all of this is Springsteen, who announces, “Calling out around the world/We’re going racing in the street,” a well-executed reference to Martha and the Vandellas. “Because the Night,” a hit originally given to Patti Smith, is returned to its rightful owner, and Springsteen does it justice. He pleads and croons through E-Street guitarist Stevie Van Zandt’s
weaving guitar line. “Ain’t Good Enough for You” is an upbeat Motownesque piece with drum pounding between verses. “Fire,” the album’s signature song, recalls the lip-snarling sound of Elvis Presley, fused with Bruce’s poetic lyrics. “The Promise” is the missing link between Bruce’s 1975 and 1977 albums. The tunes are all great, but Springsteen wanted only the cream of the crop for his albums, leaving these gems on the backburner for 35 years. Luckily they’re finally available, held together by Bruce’s grimy, blue-collar cover photo. That’s the thing about Springsteen. He isn’t glam, he isn’t punk, he isn’t even hip. He’s a down-to-earth, New Jersey rocker – a workingclass guy just like each and every one of us. Except, of course, he’s ridiculously talented. And that hasn’t changed.
Rihanna’s sound is strongest with other artists
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melding of all her previous work. But with that melding comes a lot of overlapping, which tends to make only a few songs really stand out. “Love the Way You Lie” will jog the memory of anyone who was alive this summer, so with the release of the new album it comes across as just overplayed and exhausted. The beats on the album definitely do propel the tracks along and make the songs higher quality The real gem on this album, however, is “What’s My Name?” featuring Drake. Drake adds a whole new element beyond Rihanna’s average vocals. What makes this album successful is Rihanna’s confidence
and maturity. She’s moved beyond her haunting past with Chris Brown and has a sexual confidence that would make any girl’s self-esteem skyrocket if she listens to it while she straightens her hair on Saturday night. “Raining Men” with Nicki Minaj, sung in minor-key (Rihanna’s strength), only adds to the girl power with Minaj’s style, bringing more depth to the album. By herself, Rihanna may not be stellar. But her collaborations and accompaniment make her a huge success, and the album doesn’t entirely disappoint.
There’s a reason why people don’t like Kanye West. I’m not talking about his VMA debacle with Taylor Swift or his self-made comparisons to Trent Reznor and Thom Yorke. Most criticism of West comes from the fact that he is a sampling machine. The majority of the songs found on “The College Dropout,” “Late Registration” and “Graduation” are created with samples. The most obvious one is “Stronger,” which is adapted from a song by Daft Punk. Most listeners are unaware that Daft Punk, not West, came up with the background of the song. Sampling refers to artists using sounds off of a recorded product in their own work. The act of sampling sits precariously on the blurry line between plagiarism and free use. According to John Lindenbaum of Princeton University, one in three albums on today’s Billboard 100 list have some form of sampling. In his thesis for the Princeton Center of Arts and Cultural Policy Studies, Lindenbaum claims that sampling has become an instrument for some artists, rather than a tool for creativity. This further dilutes the country’s already messy copyright rules. Sampling is most prominent in rap music. Because rap has a heavy emphasis on lyrics, it’s hard for these artists to come up with accompaniments, especially when few know how to play an instrument. In an effort to popularize their music they lift parts of other songs and fuse them with their own verses. Cee-Lo Green’s latest album, “Lady Killer,” is heavy with Motown beats. Due to its high musical value, it has already been sampled multiple times though it was released just last week. Pop music has a similar problem. Multiple artists have copied Bob Marley, U2 and Pearl Jam songs, according to Lindenbaum. Coldplay has been accused of sampling on their 2008 album, “Viva la Vida or Death and all his Friends.” YouTube videos point out the similarities between the title track and “Foreigner Suite” by Cat Stevens. The band is also in a lawsuit with artist Joe Satriani,who claims that “Viva la Vida” is really his song. Imitation is definitely not the most sincere form of flattery when artists aren’t getting paid for their own music. Typically musicians will have to give a dividend of their profits when recording covers of other artists. Even high school and college performance groups have to buy the licensing rights to songs before they can recreate them on the stage. Recognition is one of the missing elements in sampling, but royalties is the more important one. For example, most mash-up artists don’t have to pay a cent. This is because the US has an expansive statute for free use to accompany the First Amendment right to free speech. The limits to free use, however, are not clearly defined by law. This means that mashers such as Girl Talk, Super Mash Bros and Xaphoon Jones can integrate two or more songs together and not be penalized. Their premise for innocence is simply that the pieces are altered enough so that they don’t resemble the original songs. Apparently, this is fair use. But listeners love mash-ups, covers and remixes. Consequently, sampling will become a routine among today’s artists. While these forms of music are artistic, they pose a problem for lesser-known musicians who are having their life’s work stolen away from them. Once sampling becomes prevalent, plagiarism and fair use will become indistinguishable.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Glee brings on the cheer this Christmas
By Nicole Green Campus Correspondent
The fifth album inspired by the hit show Glee was released on Nov. 16, three weeks before a holiday Glee episode is set to air and more than a month before the holiday itself. Everyone in the cast took on a range of classic Christmas songs and performed them with the style and power of their characters on the show. The album features 12 yuletide song covers. Chris Colfer, who plays Kurt, performs a hearty rendition of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” with his new possible love interest Blaine, played by the hugely popular singer/actor Darren Criss. Cory Monteith, Mark Salling and Kevin McHale (Finn, Puck and Artie, respectively) belt out a testosterone-fueled, jazz-inspired “Jingle Bells.”
Glee Music: The Christmas Edition Glee Artists 11/16/10 12 tracks
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Amber Riley’s powerful gospel performance of “Angels We Have Heard on High,” is certainly one of the album’s strong points. Now on to the low notes: Matthew Morrison, who plays Mr. Shue, adds to the mix with a slightly lackluster, but otherwise decent version of “O, Christmas Tree.” Lea Michele (Rachel Berry), Monteith, Naya Rivera (Santana), McHale, Heather Morris (Britney) and Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina) perform a mainstream rendition of “Deck the Rooftop,” which has its strongest appeal in the energy of the cast members. “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” performed by Morrison and k.d lang, will charm younger listeners more than the show’s target audience. While Christmas albums are a dime a dozen this time of year, “Glee: The Music—The Christmas Album” is said to be one of the most anticipated and greatest holiday compilations in years. The show, which ropes in millions of viewers every week, has sold over 5 million copies of its four previous albums, along with more than 15 million song downloads. See what all the fuss is about: Glee’s Christmas special, “Sue the Grinch,” will air Dec. 7. Until then, get in the holiday spirit and download the album. The songs are spectacularly performed and the CD is well worth it—a modern, popular take on classic Christmas tradition.
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To 3-D or not to 3-D? 'Potter' people disagree
LONDON (AP)— Disappointed the new "Harry Potter" film won't be in 3-D? Its star, Daniel Radcliffe, feels the opposite. Radcliffe said he is delighted that the filmmakers and distributor Warner Bros. scrapped plans to convert "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" to 3-D. He also hopes they abandon their 3-D plans for "Part 2," due in theaters next July. "If any film doesn't need a gimmick, it's these ones, and that's for me what 3-D is," Radcliffe said in an interview. "For me, 3-D adds nothing to the story." It does add to the box office, however. Movies available in both two- and three-dimensional projection often derive two-thirds or more of their revenue from 3-D versions, with fans willing to pay the few dollars extra it costs to put on the dorky glasses that bring the illusion of depth to the images. The filmmakers had been racing to create a 3-D version of "Deathly Hallows" in time for its theatrical debut this week, but they said they ran out of time to do it right. "We lavish a huge amount of attention and care on the 2-D version, the normal version of the film," said producer David Barron. "We were just not prepared to throw off what you might call some half-assed version just for the sake of trying to generate more money." How much more money? There's no way to pinpoint precisely what 3-D would have added to revenues for "Deathly Hallows," but producer David Heyman made an estimate. "I think 10 to 20 percent, probably. On a film that's going to make $800 million at the box office, that's a lot of money," Heyman said. "Warner Bros. are going to have to alter their fourth-quarter projections because it's not in 3-D." As bad as that sounds for shareholders, it's a rare instance of quality trumping commerce in greedy Hollywood. Warner Bros. pushed for a 3-D version but ultimately agreed to drop it once the filmmakers convinced studio heads it would be an inferior rush job.
In this film image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Daniel Radcliffe is shown in a scene from “Harry Porter The Deathly Hallows: Part 1.”
Director David Yates, who shot both parts of "Deathly Hallows" simultaneously, said "lots of beautiful individual bits and pieces" of "Part 1" had been converted to 3-D, but other scenes simply did not look right. With what the filmmakers learned on "Part 1" — and nearly eight months ahead of them — they are confident they can deliver a 3-D version of "Part 2" that lives up to the "Harry Potter" brand name. "I think it's going to be really cool," Yates said. "We've been working with people since May on the whole 3-D thing, so it's not like we're starting from scratch. I want it to work. I really want it to work." There are moments in the 2-D version of "Part 1" where the possibilities of 3-D can be clearly seen, including a scene where a giant snake hurtles itself at the camera and another where Harry's pet owl flies away from him toward the audience. Such images were not created for 3-D jolt effect, though, since "Deathly Hallows" was not shot with 3-D in mind. The film was well into production before the digital 3-D craze took hold last year, culminating in James Cameron's sci-fi sensation "Avatar."
Digital 3-D comes in two basic flavors: Films such as "Avatar" specifically shot with 3-D cameras that create two slightly offset images, and movies converted to 3-D after the fact. Done well, footage converted to 3-D can look great. George Lucas showed an impressive 3-D conversion of the opening scenes of 1977's "Star Wars" to theater owners at a convention in 2005, and the technology has advanced since then. Lucas plans to release 3-D versions of all six "Star Wars" movies, while Cameron is converting "Titanic" for 3-D release. As meticulous as Lucas and Cameron are, fans probably can expect top-of-the-line 3-D conversions. But some recent movies converted to 3-D have come off as hasty knockoffs to cash in on 3-D mania. Critics carped that 3-D added little to such recent hits as "The Last Airbender," ''Clash of the Titans" and even Tim Burton's blockbuster "Alice in Wonderland." Some claimed 3-D conversion jobs actually can be a distraction, leaving images looking smudged and blurry. Radcliffe is not a fan of 3-D even when it's done well. He said that Christopher Nolan's
sci-fi blockbuster "Inception" was the year's best film both visually and dramatically, "and that for me puts the 3-D argument to bed." "'Avatar,' sure, it looked amazing, but not more amazing than 'Inception,'" Radcliffe said. "And I thought about 'Inception' for so much longer because it was a better film, because it was a more interesting film. And I don't think that technology is a substitute for story, which I think is how 3-D can sometimes be used." Nolan, who also made "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight," is not shooting his next Batman movie in 3-D, either. Warner Bros., which released "Inception" and the Batman movies, may be counting on a 3-D bonanza from next summer's finale to the "Harry Potter" franchise. Yet Radcliffe would like to see "Deathly Hallows: Part 1" work enough critical and commercial magic that the filmmakers and studio bosses will change their minds. "What I'm hoping is that this film will get a good enough reaction so they all go, 'Maybe we don't have to do the last one in 3-D. People don't miss it.' That's what I'm hoping for," Radcliffe said. "But it's sort of not in my control."
Save big this Black Friday by checking Green choices: ads, guessing spending, shopping online what should
from BLACK, page 7 sensitive sales and store location will mean less time spent in traffic, less money spent on gas and a greater chance that you’ll escape the day with both a completed list and a full of head of hair. Flyers, commercials and paper coupons are going to be your best Black Friday shopping companions. While many stores do not require any coupons or papers to take advantage of their savings, some will offer even deeper discounts for those who have coupons, newspaper flyers or an ad from a comparable store that offers a lower price. Check the newspaper throughout the week leading up to Black Friday and be sure to actually sit through the television commercials instead heading to the kitchen to snack. Take note of places you want to check out, whether you opt for a paper list or a mental one, and think of where you can get
each item on your list, even if it’s not a place where you normally shop. Some things are too good to be true, even on Black Friday. Be sure to compare prices before diving in. With all the different types of sales and discounts, it can get complicated to accurately predict what your total will be and some stores will use fancy wording or secretive restrictions to reduce the actual savings behind the deals. Take the time to do some quick calculations and you may find that what looks like a good deal at one store can be beat by a sale at another. If you plan to shop online, you may be able to keep the savings, but skip out on all the crowds, lines, traffic and exhaustion. Many stores will start their Black Friday sales in their online stores at exactly midnight and some offer even deeper deals online than they do in stores. You can finish your Christmas shopping and head to bed before the
earliest of Black Friday early birds are just getting up. And, hey, Black Friday shopping doesn’t have to be all about giving. Black Friday is a perfect time to rake in savings on big purchases for you too. Been waiting for the right time to upgrade your MP3 player or want a bigger TV for the dorm? Stores like Office Depot, Best Buy, WalMart, Staples and more will have major deals on electronics next Friday. Clothes not fitting like they used to or closet looking a little monotone? Stores like Macys, Kohls, Old Navy and JC Penney will be offering deep discounts on clothing, shoes, accessories and more to spice up your winter wardrobe. With a little advanced planning, a bit of quick math and just a sprinkle of selfishness, you can emerge from this Black Friday with a full wallet, an even fuller trunk and a smile on your face.
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be the paper route, but nothing is more eco-friendly than simply bringing your own bags to the grocery store. Several supermarkets even offer a discount on your groceries for each bag you bring. Now that you’re perusing the grocery store aisles with your reusable bags in tow, what foods should you be choosing, anyway? Some products tote the “all natural” label on them, while others have a “certified organic” description. Don’t be fooled; the two aren’t interchangeable, and the clever wording could dupe you. “All natural” means that any chemicals in the product were substituted for a natural ingredient that is better for the environment, but those products could still be treated with pesticides or a number of other chemicals. “Organic” means completely clean and grown with no toxic intervention. Finally, in choosing to reduce your carbon footprint by eating whole foods, you might find yourself choosing between the local, non-organic tomatoes grown by a farmer nearby, or the organic produce produced in some faraway land. When in doubt, go local. The Department of Agriculture imposes strict guidelines on growing practices in Connecticut, so the shipment and production of bringing in fruits and vegetables from so far away outweighs the benefits of going pesticide-free. Capitalize on the small things you already do to accumulate some green karma, and eventually you’ll find yourself making other small changes throughout your day. Maybe you didn’t even know how gentle you already were on the planet, so keep up the good work!
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Thursday, November 18, 2010
Weighing in on the electricity-free AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker
By Melanie Deziel Associate Focus Editor A few weeks back, The Daily Campus received word that a new coffee and espresso maker was hitting the market. As the former writer of the DC’s weekly coffee column, The Grind, I was more than happy to whip out my favorite mug and weigh in on the product – the AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker. At first glance, the contraption is very intimidating. The literature that accompanies the product prefers to say that the AeroPress is “admittedly a little odd-looking.” Having tried most methods of making coffee that are on the market, I assumed I could dump the pieces on the counter and get brewing right away. Not so. With multiple pieces and a process no other coffee maker uses, you will actually need to use the directions for at least the first time you use it (Seriously, guys. Put down the pride and pick up the pamphlet. It’ll be worth it). The press is comprised of a tube-shaped chamber with a mesh cap that screws onto the bottom. Toss one of the custom-made filters right into the cap. After you place the contraption over a mug, you add two scoops of coffee and some hot water. Give it a quick stir with the included stirring stick and insert the plunger. When you press
down on the plunger, the air trapped inside the chamber forces the water through the grounds and sends the bold beverage into your mug. If you don’t count the time it takes to heat the water, the entire process takes under a minute, and uses no electricity. Once you’ve mastered the process, you can cut the time down to 30 seconds or so and it gets less awkward with continued use. Clean-up takes even less time. The “plunging” causes the grounds to be pressed together into a half-hardened puck that you can just eject right into the garbage once you unscrew the mesh cap. Because the plunger is so close in size to the chamber, it scrapes the inside dry as you press and all you have to do is rinse the end. The entire process is strange at first, yes, but it can be mastered with only a few tries. It’s smaller than a traditional coffee maker so it can be stored pretty easily in tight quarters, like a shared kitchen. Clean-up is easy and uses no electricity, so it’s good for lazy and green folk alike. What the AeroPress actually produces is not a cup of coffee but a small amount of hyperconcentrated liquid, roughly equivalent to two shots of espresso. It’s free of grounds and grit, which sometimes get through the filter when you use a standard French press, and it’s less bitter than an electric drip coffee maker. The brew is rich and strong, for sure, but good. As a side note: I used an Extra Bold blend to make my shots. You can probably alter the strength by choosing a “mild” blend, although I’m not sure why you’d want your espresso weak. You could drink the shots
straight up if you want, but you can also fill the mug the rest of the way up with milk and call it a latte. I honestly prefer my lattes flavored, but I have no complaints about the plain latte I made with shots that the AeroPress produced. With shots this bold, I might have to invest in some flavor syrups and start making my lattes at home.
THE GOOD Smooth delicious espresso Eco-friendly Easy to clean
THE BAD Confusing at first Need a means to heat water You'll miss your favorite cafe
THE VERDICT Great for espresso! Better than a drip maker for coffee but not worth the extra work.
If you’re looking for a standard cup of “American coffee,” as the literature says, you have to add more hot water. You end up filling the cup to dilute the concentrated solution to your desired level of strength. The result is definitely less bitter than a conventional electric drip coffee maker, but I’m not sure if the difference is quite worth
investing in and learning an entirely new process that will take more set-up than an electric-drip coffee maker. Also of note: using the AeroPress requires facilities that not all students will have access to in their residence halls. Heating up water would require a stove or a hot water maker, and if you add milk to make your shots into a latte, you’re going to need a microwave to enjoy it hot. And, without a kitchen in your dorm room, you’ll have to get up and head down the hall for that “easy clean-up.” So, what’s the verdict? If you’re living in a dorm and you’re just looking for a standard cup of coffee, the AeroPress is not for you. The coffee it makes is good, without a doubt. But for the average college student living in a dorm, an electric coffee maker is much more practical and convenient. But the AeroPress is definitely a great little espresso maker, especially for the price. You can’t get shots of espresso this decent from machines with a much higher price tag. At $30, the AeroPress is a great deal. If you’ve got the facilities, it’s definitely worth your time and money. If you like espresso, you won’t be disappointed. You can head to http://aerobie.com/products/aeropress. htm to learn more about the AeroPress and to see how you can get your hands on one. And, if you’re in the unfortunate group without the facilities to use the Aeropress, consider getting one for a nearby friend who has the technology. It can make up to four shots at once, so they shouldn’t have trouble sharing.
Doctor defends Octomom's fertility treatments LOS ANGELES (AP) — A doctor testifying on behalf of "Octomom" Nadya Suleman's fertility doctor repeatedly defended the in vitro treatments she received, saying it was appropriate considering her impaired fertility and desire for a very large family. Dr. Jeffrey Steinberg took the stand in a hearing that resumed Wednesday in Los Angeles, where closing arguments are expected to begin by Thursday in the Medical Board of California's licensing hearing for Dr. Michael Kamrava. The state licensing agency is seeking to revoke or suspend the Beverly Hills physician's license to practice medicine, accusing him of gross negligence in his treatment of Suleman and two other patients. Steinberg, a longtime professional acquaintance of Kamrava's and a fertility doctor, said Kamrava had to take into account his clinic's low success rate when treating patients for fertility. Steinberg's testimony con-
flicted in several instances with earlier testimony from the medical board's expert witness, University of California San Francisco's fertility chief Dr. Victor Y. Fujimoto. Kamrava's treatment in one attempted pregnancy, when he implanted eight embryos, was "aggressive" but "I can't fault his judgment, to be honest," Steinberg said. Suleman's hormone levels indicated she had the decreased fertility of a woman over 40 years of age before she was 30 years old, he noted. All 14 of Suleman's children were conceived through in vitro treatments provided by Kamrava. Fujimoto had testified that the number of embryos Kamrava implanted in his repeated treatments of Suleman exceeded the standard of care, which is to implant one or two embryos. It is unheard of for a patient to be implanted with 12 embryos, as Suleman was in the conception of the octuplets she birthed in 2009, said Fujimoto.
Kamrava, in earlier testimony, has said he regrets implanting Suleman with 12 embryos, which, in his own words, resulted in the "very risky, unhealthy pregnancy" of the octuplets. Steinberg also seemed to easily read and understand Kamrava's medical records and notations, which Fujimoto said were substandard and difficult to decipher. Kamrava had gone out of his way to warn Suleman of the risks of implanting all 12 embryos, Steinberg said. "(Kamrava) clearly spelled out over and over and over again that number one, he disagreed with her decision, and that she understands everything, that she's insisting he transfer all the embryos," said Steinberg. Steinberg said, had he been in Kamrava's position, he would not have found it necessary to recommend Suleman for a mental health evaluation after she came back for repeated treatment, despite already having two children through in vitro fertilization.
He later added that in hindsight, she needed mental evaluation but no doctor has the "crystal ball that everyone expects us to have." Fujimoto testified last month that providing unabated fertility treatment to a single woman should have raised questions, and resulted in mental health consultations before each additional pregnancy going forward. Under cross examination, deputy attorney general Judith Alvarado asked Steinberg if doctors have an obligation to the welfare of existing children when they're considering providing fertility treatments. "No, I think the mother has that obligation. To imply that fertility physician should assume responsibility for families of all their patients is way beyond our expectations and abilities," Steinberg said. "None of us would be able to practice medicine." The hearing is expected to resume Thursday, with the state calling one more witness before closing arguments.
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The Aeropress Coffee and Espresso Maker, by Aerobie. Applying gentle pressure to the plunger (top tube) forces hot water through the chamber (bottom tube) and grounds and into your mug. A funnel is included to fit various sized mugs.
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Black, Gardenhire picked as managers of the year NEW YORK (AP) — Bud Black hung on to win this race. Ron Gardenhire became a firsttime Manager of the Year, too, after so many near misses. A month after his San Diego Padres were knocked out of the playoff chase on the final day, Black nudged Cincinnati’s Dusty Baker by one point for the NL award Wednesday. “I guess this vote was sort of like our season, it came down to the wire,” Black said on a conference call. Gardenhire was the clear choice in the American League, earning the honor after five times as the runner-up. He led Minnesota to its sixth AL Central title in nine seasons. “Congrats to the best manager in bestball!” Twins center fielder Denard Span tweeted. “Way overdue!” Span tweeted an apology moments later for misspelling baseball. Said Gardenhire: “It’s pretty neat to have your name mentioned up there.” Black was selected after guiding San Diego to a 15-game turnaround despite the secondlowest payroll in the majors. The Padres finished 90-72 and led the NL West until a late, 10-game slump and then a loss to San Francisco on the last day eliminated them. Black drew 16 first-place votes in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America and got 104 points. Baker had 13 first-place votes and 103 points. Bruce Bochy of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants, Atlanta’s retiring Bobby Cox and Philadelphia’s Charlie Manuel got the other first-place votes. “This was a great year in the NL,” said Black, who was on a golf course near San Diego when he got the word. “I guess this vote could’ve gone either way. I feel fortunate that I won. All these guys are so deserv-
Left: This Oct. 3, 2010, file photo shows San Diego Padres manager Bud Black watching from the dugout in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, in San Francisco. Right: Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire argues with umpire Tim Tschida before his ejection in the seventh inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Sept. 5, 2006, in St. Petersburg, Fla.
ing.” Baker, a three-time Manager of the Year, led the NL Central champion Reds to their first playoff spot since 1995. He was listed on 27 of the 32 ballots while Black was picked on 26. “I’m not terribly disappointed because I didn’t expect it,” Baker told The Associated Press. “Buddy did a great job.” Baker was in the mountains of California when he heard the vote totals. The announcement came on the one-year anniversary of his father’s death. “When I woke up today, I was
» WOMEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING
Terrapin Cup on tap By Carmine Colangelo Campus Correspondent Coming off a loss at the University of Pennsylvania, the UConn women’s swimming and diving team will seek redemption at the Terrapin Cup. Starting today, the Huskies will take on the University of Maryland Terrapins in a three-day event in College Park, Md. “This is the second-most important event of the season,” said coach Bob Goldberg. “This is a midseason check.” In order to prepare for the meet, Goldberg has been swithcing up the way he runs his practices, in order to give his swimmers more rest before this long event. He gave his squad a few days off following the loss to the Quakers last week. When they started swimming again, Goldberg held shorter
practices in order to adequately rest up before the event started, but to still get the practice in before the Terrapin Cup. After falling to the Quakers 171.5 to 126.5, the Huskies’ record now stands at 3-2. Despite some seemingly strong performances from junior Caitlin Gallagher, who won three individual events, as well as being part of a winning medley relay, and another strong performance from sophomore Danielle Cecco, who won two diving events, it was not enough to hold off the Quakers. “This is a test to see where we are at midway through the season,” Goldberg said. Hoping to improve, the Huskies will look to pull off some marquee victories during the Terrapin Cup, hopefully improving their record in the process.
Huskies carried by outstanding play by Walker
from ‘WALKING’, page 14 led by forwards Matt Glass and Evan Fjeld, who scored 15 and 12 points in the first half, respectively. The score remained close throughout the half, thanks entirely to Walker, but there was no doubt which team was having the better game, and as a result, Vermont went into the break with a 36-33 lead. The second half played out much better for UConn (2-0), though the story was largely the same. Walker remained the sole dominant force on offense, but the Huskies’ began to separate themselves from the Catamounts when they picked it up on the defensive end. A key stretch came in the middle of the second half, when the Huskies went on a 7-0 run to take control of the game. It was at this point when freshmen Shabazz Napier and Niels Giffey began to seriously disrupt the Vermont offense. Giffey stuck to his man like glue, while Napier wreaked havoc on the ball carrier. He finished the night with five steals, several of which lead to easy layups on the fast break. “The game changed when we
then we put Shabazz on the ball,” Calhoun said. “And he does make a difference on the ball, he just makes life miserable, and then we get up by 20-something.” Alex Oriakhi recovered from a poor first half to finish with a solid line, 11 points, seven rebounds and five blocks. Oriakhi’s performance was a bright spot of a frontcourt that struggled mightily for the most part. Freshman Roscoe Smith was a mixed bag in his second career game. Smith finished with 15 points, two blocks and a steal while shooting a perfect 3-of-3 from behind the arc, but he had some ugly plays as well, including one play in which he blocked a shot, took the ball up for a layup and was blocked himself on the other end. In the closing seconds, he was called for a technical foul when he hung on the rim following a dunk. “He did a good job, I thought he really did a good job,” Calhoun said. “He’s talented athletically, though he did get two of his shots blocked, which I’ll remind him of because he can go to the rim harder than that.”
thinking about my dad, not the award,” Baker said. “He’d be proud of me.” This marked the third time that the NL Manager of the Year was decided by a single point. There was a tie for the AL honor in 1996 between Joe Torre and Johnny Oates. Two BBWAA voters from every league city send in three top choices when the regular season ends. Votes were counted on a 5-3-1 basis. Gardenhire drew 16 firstplace votes and 108 points, and was the only AL manager listed
on all 28 ballots. Ron Washington, who started the year with a cocaine admission and ended it with Texas’ first trip to the World Series, was next in the AL with 10 first-place votes and 81 points. Tampa Bay’s Joe Maddon and Toronto’s retiring Cito Gaston drew the other first-place votes. “It’s pretty cool,” Gardenhire said on a conference call from Florida. The last time a manager won the award without making the playoffs was 2006, when Joe Girardi got it with Florida. The pitching-rich Padres were
a surprise all season, and led the division by 6½ games on Aug. 25. But San Diego’s inability to hit proved to be its downfall. Needing a win to keep playing, San Diego lost 3-0 at San Francisco on the last day and tarnished the year — “162 defines your season,” Black summed up. “It still stings,” he said. Black moved the Padres within one win of a playoff berth for the second time in his four seasons. His first season as manager, in 2007, the Padres lost an epic 13-inning wild-card
tiebreaker game at Colorado. A former pitcher who once played under Baker, Black was hired by the Padres after Bochy was forced out following the 2006 season. Black and Bochy are the lone Padres winners for the manager award, first presented in 1983. That first year, Tom Lasorda of the Dodgers beat Houston’s Bob Lillis by one point. In 1985, St. Louis’ Whitey Herzog topped Cincinnati’s Pete Rose by a point. Gardenhire became the first manager in baseball history to win six division titles in his first nine seasons. Despite another loss to the Yankees in the first round of the playoffs, there are many in the Minnesota organization who feel that he had his best year as a manager. “A lot of good things came out this season,” he said. Always focusing on fundamentals, he won his 800th career game in September and another division title despite playing the entire year without closer Joe Nathan and most of it minus former MVP Justin Morneau. Gardenhire shuffled his lineups and batting order constantly. Minnesota finished 94-68 in its first season at Target Field. The Twins were swept by New York in the opening round, the fourth time in eight seasons they’ve been eliminated by the Yankees. “It’s getting old, getting knocked out,” Gardenhire said. “Not finishing second” in the voting, “that’s good. Now if we go whack the Yankees in the playoffs next year, we’ll get that done.” Gardenhire joined Tom Kelly as the only managers in Twins history to win the award. Gardenhire finished second the last two years, along with 2006, ‘04 and ‘03.
» WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
For ex-Huskies, victory over Baylor is sweet HARTFORD (AP) — Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma says the 80-game winning streak belongs not to his current crop of players, but those who wore the uniform during the past two championship seasons. On Tuesday night, many of those players and other former Huskies gathered around TVs and computers from Hartford to Spain to watch UConn extend the streak with a thrilling 65-64 win over Baylor. And they shared that experience with each other, via Twitter. They trash talked, did a little online coaching, worried when Baylor took the lead, and cheered when UConn came back to win, all in bursts of 140 characters or less. “2am in Spain,” tweeted Kalana Greene, the most outstanding player in last spring’s Big East tournament. “My neighbors hate me right now....” “3am here and I do not care,” replied Renee Montgomery, who is playing for Maccabi Ashdod in Israel. “Lets gooo!!!” The trash talking started early, much of it aimed at Baylor coach Kim Mulkey, who chose to wear metallic leather pants, and a metallic gold blazer to the game. “And the what not to wear outfit goes toooooooooooooooo ........ (Drum roll).....kimmulkey,” wrote Tina Charles, last year’s national player of the year. But once the game started, much of the tweeting was about the play on the court. Swin Cash, who attended the game with former teammates Sue Bird and Rita Williams, tweeted from the second row after Baylor center Brittney Griner drew two quick fouls from UConn freshman Stefanie Dolson. “I haven’t seen Griner make 1 post move yet!,” Cash wrote. “She turns right shoulder every time, so there’s no need to foul.” And when freshman Samarie Walker came in and held Griner scoreless over the
Freshman Bria Hartley (14) drives to the basket past Baylor’s Brittany Griner in UConn’s 65-64 win over the Bears Tuesday night at the XL Center in Hartford. The Huskies stretched their win streak to 80 games.
last 17 minutes of the first half...there was praise from Charles. “I must say samarie is doing a GRREEAAATT job :),” she wrote. But there clearly were some nervous Huskies when Baylor overcame a 15-point deficit to take an eight point secondhalf lead. “R u buggin out as much as
me?” former forward Meghan Gardler wrote to Charles. “I can’t sit down.” “every teams makes a run,” Greene tweeted. “now back to what we kno.” And the Huskies did come back, closing on a 17-8 run and winning the game when Baylor ’s Odyssey Sims couldn’t get off a long 3-pointer at the buzzer.
“coach is probably stroking his hair 904390790457905 times right now in the locker room,” joked Charles, and the UConn twitterati let out a huge cheer. “And heres the thing,” wrote Montgomery. “If UConn loses at any point, theres nothin anyone could say to me bc Im still gonna bleed blue.”
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» CLUB SPORTS
UConn springs into gymnastics
By Aaron Kasmanoff-Dick Campus Correspondent Gymnastics is a sport that requires dedication and skill from a very early age. For those wishing to become gymnasts, it is almost impossible to pick up the requisite skills at the college level. Consequently, the UConn gymnastics team is almost exclusively composed of athletes who have a serious amount of competitive experience at the high school level, as well as experience in the United States of America Gymnastics programs. Team President Casey DiTroia started doing gymnastics competitively at the age of five years old, and had competed in USAG up to level nine by eighth grade. There are 10 levels, with level one being the most basic and level 10 being “elite.” Chronic back fractures stopped DiTroia from competing during high school. Upon reaching college, DiTroia and her friends wanted a way to continue their sport at a competitive level, so they formed a gymnastics club, which still exists as a way for students to learn skills and stay in shape at a non-competitive level, and Gymnastics as a club sport by her sophomore year. The team competed at Nationals in its first year of existence, but didn’t do well due to the team’s size and inexperience. “This year we’ve about doubled our numbers and expect to do much better.” says DiTroia. The team practices two to three times a week at Deary’s Gymnastics in Danielson. A normal practice consists of a group stretch and warm-up, followed by individual practice in each of the four events that a team member can com-
Roche: Champions League unimpressive thus far from PARITY, page 14
Courtesy of Casey DiTroia
The UConn Club Gymnastics team, led by president Casey DiTroia.
pete in. Vault, bars, beam and floor. Many people might be familiar with some of these events from watching the Olympics on TV, or the character Stewie from “Family Guy” running through a complex series of moves and feats of acrobatic skill that make many of us here on the ground wince in anticipation of what seems to be an inevitable fall. The vault consists of a hurdle over an approximately four-foot by four-foot padded table. An athlete sprints down a marked runway known as the “run” jumps onto a springboard and completes any number of complicated twists and turns in the air before landing on a predetermined spot on a mat. The athlete is marked down for hopping or being unable to execute a clean landing on this spot. The bars is an exercise that involves two sets of uneven
Cerullo: Some things will never change
bars set about 4-6 feet from each other. The athlete then performs a series of complex swings, flips and releases on and between the two bars. Different moves on the apparatus necessitated its original evolution from the parallel bars used in men’s gymnastics. Consequently, the uneven bars are an almost exclusively female event. In USAG levels 1-6 a compulsory routine is set forth. In Levels 7-10, the athlete must come up with her own routine within a series of specific guidelines. The balance beam is an event in which the athlete must walk, dance and perform many complex moves on a long beam approximately four feet in the air. Athletes are expected to impress the judges with complex routines. The floor exercise consists of a “dance” type routine incorporating tumbles, flips and difficult maneuvers in a peri-
od of 90 seconds. The floor is underlain with springs in order to aid the gymnasts in gaining height. All four events are scored by taking a Start Value, which is based of the difficulty of the techniques contained in the routine. This value might be up to 10. Additional points are added based on how well the performer executes the routine. The team’s season goes from December to mid-April. They compete in three home meets and three or four away meets, as well as regionals and Nationals. UConn hopes to be more competitive this season, and hopes to do well at their largest meet, Nationals.
earlier this year, Real Madrid’s 2-0 victory over AC Milan and of course, the recent defeat of Arsenal by Ukrainian side, Shakhtar Donetsk, where the winner came from Arsenal’s former striker, Eduardo da Silva. Again, it’s not the match-ups themselves, but the format of the round that makes for some very anti-climactic results. Last year, of the teams that advanced from the group stage, three were Spanish, three English, there Italian, two German, two French, one Russian, one Greek and one Portuguese. If the group stage were to end today, Spain, Germany, Italy and Russia would all qualify the same amount of teams as last year. England, on the other hand, would qualify one more than last year, France one less than last year and instead of one Greek and one Portuguese team, there would be one Danish team and one Ukrainian team. The fact that teams must perform well over a series of six matches makes the competition, at this stage, incredibly vulnerable to parity. Given the similarity of results like these on a yearto-year basis, many supporters often ponder the requirement for a group stage; or at least the need for involvement of clubs from some of the more elite leagues. However, although the same teams seem to be getting through to the knockout stage year after year, there are still some great aspects of the Group Stage. For example, even though some of the smaller teams in each group rarely go through to the Knockout Stage, there still remains the possibility of upsets. There have already been several upsets this year, such as the aforementioned Shakhtar
Donetsk defeat of Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur’s 4-1 trouncing of defending champions Inter Milan. Also, for some of the smaller teams, making it to the group stage of this elite competition is a great accomplishment, and the opportunity for their fans to travel to a club like Manchester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan or any of the bigger clubs is a real treat for players and supporters alike.
“The fact of the matter is, in this stage of the competition, the results have been fairly anti-climactic in terms of the teams that move on to the next round.”
Finally, the fact that some of the bigger teams in each group don’t always win their group means that there is the possibility of a big match-up between two giants in the first knockout stage, which only adds to the drama and tension of the already exciting competition. Overall, although the Group Stage experiences a fair amount of parity in the long run, there are still plenty of reasons for supporters to tune in and watch this preliminary round of one of the world’s premiere football competitions.
Huang: James a clear choice for the Heisman from HEISMAN, page 14
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Freshman Bria Hartley carries the ball Tuesday night against Baylor.
from STREAK, page 14 ning a record eight gold medals in Beijing, and then made headlines by celebrating with some tree of his own. The New Orleans Saints, Chicago Blackhawks and San Francisco Giants each ended decades-long championship droughts, and the Texas Rangers and Arizona Cardinals came oh-so close. LeBron James, after years of speculation, finally made his decision. Brett Favre, after even more years of speculation, still hasn’t. The football team has started four different quarterbacks, with the switches numbering at least nine. Calhoun wouldn’t give one dime back. Donald Brown became the first UConn player to be drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft. He almost got a Super Bowl ring too, but that prize wound up going to his old quarterback, Tyler Lorenzen, who was a member of the Saints’ practice squad when the Saints beat the Colts. Jeff Adrien and Jonathan Mandeldove dominate
the InstantDaily. “The only illegal recruiting Calhoun did was taking Jeff Adrien away from the Justice League,” wrote a student in the InstantDaily on March 27, 2009. “Mandeldove must be the most feared player on our team. By the time you see him, you’ve already lost,” wrote another student in that same InstantDaily. Mike Hogan and Hasheem Thabeet were on top of the UConn world, until they decided to leave for greener pastures elsewhere. In Thabeet’s case, that was the NBA D-League for a while. Randy Edsall became the school’s all-time wins leader in football, and Jim Calhoun won his 800th career game. The ‘brick’ chant was born. There’s now a guy on the men’s team named Shabazz. Enough said. Three classes of UConn students have arrived on campus, some of whom are now more than halfway through college and beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel, which may or may not wind up being New Jersey instead of the promised land.
However, he is not accused of breaking the cardinal sin of college sports: taking extra benefits. In the end, James will end up with the Heisman, due more to the actions of Newton and his father, and based less on his own merits. Eric: Until Cam Newton is kicked off the Auburn football team or is suspended, the allegations against him shouldn’t be taken into account during the voting. For one, it was Newton’s father that asked for the money, not Cam himself. Regardless, the Heisman is the award for the best college football player, not the most valuable, not the best behaved – simply the best. Newton is currently fourth in rushing, tied for first in rushing touchdowns, tied for second in points and has the second highest quarterback rating in the nation. Those statistics speak for themselves. Dan: Newton’s father is the one who is accused of seeking money for his son’s recruitment, which in essence means he was representing his son. That is a violation of NCAA rules. The Heisman Trophy is an award with an aura of greatness about it, and I expect the voters of the Heisman to shun Newton based on the allegations surrounding him. Reggie Bush returned his Heisman Trophy earlier this year, in light of NCAA findings that he received almost $300,000 in extra benefits. The Heisman Committee will not want to pick a player who could be in danger of the same fate as Bush, and further hurt the integrity of one of the most respected awards in American sports. Eric: The phrase “innocent until proven guilty” rings true in the sports world just as it does in the legal world. Until the NCAA tells Cam Newton he is ineligible and a conclusion is made, it completely unfair to a student athlete who has worked as hard, if not harder than anyone else in the nation to be punished. The award can’t be taken away based on speculation. If it is shown that Newton is innocent, then the integrity will be even more tar-
Oregon running back LaMichael James is leading the NCAA in rushing yards in 2010. The Ducks, who are ranked No. 1 in the AP poll, have never had a Heisman Trophy winner.
nished if he loses it. How will it look if the Heisman Committee doesn’t give it to Newton based on the accusations presented, but months later the NCAA reports that nothing happened? There would be outrage, and the committee would lose all respect. Dan: Innocent until proven guilty does prevail in the sports world. But in this situation, the guilt seems too obvious to ignore. ESPN college football analyst Bob Davie made a great point during a recent game. His point was that, as a father, if he were ever wrongly accused of trying to sell his son off to the highest bidder, as Cecil Newton is accused of by the media, he would be up in arms and be expressing public outrage to any media outlet he could reach. The response by the Newtons has been minimal, which does not help their cause at all. In addition, Cam also faced accusations of cheating during his time at Florida. Newton’s response to this allegation has also been minimal. This allegation makes sense, as he would have faced possible expulsion at UF, which can explain why he transferred. When there is this much smoke, it is unreasonable to believe that there is no fire. Eric: As of now, the money
was never even accepted, so there is no issue. Getting away from the moral issue at hand, it is still no question that Newton is the best player. In the weekly USA Today Heisman voting poll, even with the allegations currently at hand, Newton received 48 points, with eight of 10 first place votes. Your candidate, James, only has 27 points and is sitting in third place. If anyone besides Newton would get the Heisman it would be Boise State’s Kellen Moore, not James. But that is a moot point as there is no doubt Newton is the nation’s best player. Dan: Even though I believe that LaMichael James will win the Heisman over Cam Newton, I do not fully agree that this is fair. This whole situation reveals a double standard in college sports. The public is picking Newton and his father apart over allegations that they sought money in return for Cam’s signature on a scholarship offer. Even though this is clearly against NCAA rules and everything the NCAA “stands for,” their actions can be characterized, at most, as unethical. The NCAA makes millions off these athletes, so it’s hard for me to brand Newton as a horrible human being for try-
ing to get a small slice of the pie. But that’s a discussion for another time. Though I do favor James in the Heisman voting, I would say that his offfield transgressions have been just as bad as Newton’s. James received jail time and probation after pleading guilty to harassment charges, hence the onegame suspension. Although James did admit his mistake and served his debt to society and the suspension, it’s certainly a worse deed to strangle your ex-girlfriend than to take money from boosters at least it is to me. However, the media doesn’t feel the same way, as amidst all the news about Newton, little is said about James’ past transgressions, even though he is regarded by many as a top candidate for the Heisman. The NCAA also does not feel the same way, as James is eligible, but Newton will be permanently ruled ineligible if and when the allegations are proved true. As a result, this year’s Heisman Trophy will be given to LaMichael James for being the lesser of the two evils. Kellen Moore would have had a great shot to be in this discussion if he was on a BCS Conference team, but I agree that this is a moot point.
TWO Thursday, November 18, 2010
Away game Gampel Pavilion, XL Center
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The Daily Question Q: Who will win the NFL MVP award? A: “Michael Vick. He is easily having the best season of his career.” Chidera Nnmani, 1st-semester political science major
» That’s what she said
Nov. 27 Cincinnati TBA
“I had never seen a 6-8 female person before in my life,”
– UConn freshman Samarie Walker on playing against Baylor’s Brittany Griner Tuesday night.
Dec. 4 USF TBA
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Dec. 3 UMBC 7:00 p.m.
Atlanta trades for Uggla, Infante to the Fish
» Pic of the day Dec. 8 FairleighDickinson 7:30 p.m.
(AP) — Dan Uggla’s reluctance to sign a rich contract extension with the Florida Marlins last week quickly turned into a big gain for a rival team in the National League East. Handcuffed by Uggla’s scoffing at a reported four-year, $48 million offer (and presumably his owner’s refusal to go any higher on the deal), Florida GM Larry Beinfest traded the superslugging second baseman to the Atlanta Braves at the GM meetings on Tuesday afternoon. Beinfest’s return was not a particularly impressive one, especially since Uggla will be in a position to hurt the Fish 18 times a year. In exchange for the last year of arbitration of a middle infielder with four straight 30+ homer seasons, the Marlins will receive utilityman Omar Infante and lefthanded reliever Mike Dunn. Yes, Infante was an All-Star in 2010, but he was really only on the team because of the lineup flexibility that he gave National League manager Charlie Manuel. The Marlins will gladly welcome his .321/.359/.416 slash line from 2010, but his power isn’t anywhere close to what Uggla brings to the table.
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Women’s Basketball (2-0) Nov. 26 Howard 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 27 Lehigh 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 28 LSU 4:30 p.m.
Dec.. 2 USF 7:00 p.m.
Men’s Soccer (12-2-5)
Panthers place Williams on IR; Clausen sits out
Nov. 21 NCAA Tournament 1:00 p.m.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP)—The Carolina Panthers have scored a league-low nine touchdowns and average an NFL-worst 11.6 points a game. And those ugly numbers were posted before the media relations staff had to switch to a tiny font to get all the players jammed onto Wednesday’s injury report. Just how bad are things getting for the woeful Panthers (1-8) in this lost season? It appears either a rookie sixth-round pick or a journeyman who was a full-time dad this time last week will start at quarterback Sunday against Baltimore with Jimmy Clausen recovering from a concussion. Of course, the rookie Clausen was starting because Matt Moore (shoulder) was lost for the season last week. Tony Pike or Brian St. Pierre won’t get to hand the ball off to DeAngelo Williams to ease the load. Carolina’s top running back was placed on season-ending injured reserve Wednesday with a mid-foot sprain.
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Hernandez in hot water over stolen armband By Eric Ploch Campus Correspondent
ing that Hernandez had used one of Manchester’s armbands during the second half. The story concerns more of In a week when Randy an ethical issue rather than Edsall was leading his UConn outright cheating. Late in the program to a season-changing first half, one of Manchester’s win over West Virginia, there wide receivers lost his armseemed to be more talk sur- band on a tackle. When the rounding another member of next play was called, the playthe UConn football family. er looked down, only to see his Reports by the armband was gone. Hartford Courant Pizzoferrato claims a few weeks ago that on their game claimed that forfilm, they see the mer UConn quarManchester quarterback and wide terback calling out receiver D.J. the plays during the Hernandez was third quarter, but involved in a quickly getting shut moral misconduct down when the play scandal during a was run. Connecticut high “When our quarschool football terback [Seth A multi-part series game. DeValve] called the Hernandez, play, D.J. looked who is at 24 is the young- down at his clipboard at the est high school football arm band, said the play into his coach in Connecticut, led headset and then their defenthe Southington High School sive coaches yelled what was football team into a game coming to their defense. You against local rival Manchester can see it on the game films,” on Oct. 22. But no one ever Pizzoferrato told the Hartford thought the game’s outcome, Courant. a 28-14 Southington win, Hernandez quickly rejected would be brought into ques- the claim that he did this, saytion. Weeks after the game ing that the game was over and had ended, Manchester head that he wouldn’t talk about it coach Marco Pizzoferrato went anymore. But after a few days, to the Hartford Courant claim- the truth came out.
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
“Coach Hernandez did admit to having possession of a card containing coded Manchester plays and attempting to use the card during Manchester’s first offensive drive of the third quarter,” the Courant reported. They said that the card “was used during four plays of said possession which ultimately led to a Manchester touchdown. The card was not used at any further point in the game.” This raises an important question. Did Hernandez cheat? If so, what should be his pun- D.J. Hernandez ishment, if any? To call it cheating would be an over-exaggeration. The issue is an ethical issue, similar to stealing signs in baseball. There aren’t any rules against it, but the understanding is that it shouldn’t be done. Even though Hernandez says that the only possession he used the armband for was Manchester’s final scoring drive of the game, his readiness to use it makes this claim difficult to believe. Southington’s athletic director chose to suspend him for a single game. But it should make no difference, as the game is against one of the
conference’s worst teams, East Hartford. The CIAC, the governing body of Connecticut’s high school sports, may take further actions against Hernandez, but this is highly unlikely. Southington could forfeit the game, which they would have won, wristband or not. Sitting at seventh pace in the current Class LL rankings for the state playoffs, a system in which only eight teams get in, the decision to forfeit the game would all but knock Southington out of the playoff picture. H e r n a n d e z shouldn’t have done what he did. But for people to call it cheating is an exaggeration. Should Southington have to forfeit the game? I don’t believe so. Instead, this will hopefully be a learning experience, and will only make Hernandez a better coach. At 24, he still has plenty of successful years ahead of him. All I know is when I go to my hometown’s Thanksgiving game against Southington this year, I’ll be prepared for wristbands that will be thrown his way.
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P.13:D.J. Hernandez in hot water over armband. / P.12 UConn club gymnastics competes at high level. / P.11: Victory over Baylor sweet for ex-Huskies.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
‘Walking’ over the Catamounts
Reflecting on the streak
Walker goes for 42, Huskies move to 2-0 By Mac Cerullo Sports Editor
Since I first arrived at UConn as a freshman, the women’s basketball team has not lost a single game. I’m now a junior. It’s been a long time, and a lot has happened since the team’s last loss on April 6, 2008, when they lost to Stanford in the 2008 Final Four. For instance, since April of 2008, there has been a catastrophic financial crisis, numerous hurricanes, an oil spill and back-to-back NBA championships by the Los Angeles Lakers. Barack Obama was elected president of the United States, Michael Jackson died right before his big comeback tour and new technologies such as Twitter blossomed and engrained themselves in society. Tiger Woods won the U.S. Open on one leg, and then eventually wound up driving into a tree. Similarly, Michael Phelps captivated the nation by win-
On a night where nobody else could hit a basket, Kemba Walker stepped up and carried his team to victory, scoring a career-high 42 points in the Huskies’ 89-73 win over Vermont. Walker was unstoppable from start to finish, scoring the Huskies’ first seven points and never letting up. When he was taken out with less than two minutes left in the game, he walked off to a standing ovation from the XL Center crowd. “Kemba’s performance was pretty special,” coach Jim Calhoun said. “Every time we needed something, he got it.” Walker also led the team in rebounds with eight, and played an outstanding game despite suffering from stomach cramps for the whole game. “He played with great determination,” Calhoun said. “He was playing with stomach cramps, not the Cal Bear stomach cramps… but the real stomach cramps, and he had those right off the bat, and thank God he recovered.” Walker scored 21 points in the first half, and the team needed every one of them. He was the only player who made any reasonable contribution early, with only four other players scoring in the first half, none of whom scored more than four points. Vermont (1-1), on the other hand, played well right out of the gate, taking a 4-0 lead in the first two minutes of the game. The Catamounts were
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UEFA Champions League: parity time By Jon-Paul Roche Futbol Columnist
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UConn Junior Kemba Walker exploded for 42 against Vermont in the Huskies final tune up game before the Maui Invitational Wednesday.
It’s more than halfway through the group stage of this year’s UEFA Champions League competition and I haven’t yet taken the time to talk about the illustrious competition. This isn’t because there hasn’t been a great deal of quality football produced from this year’s competition, because there certainly have been some exhilarating single fixtures. In fact, the group stage always seems to produce some scintillating football, as any competition with teams like those involved in the Champions League would. The matter of the fact is, in this stage of the competition, the results have been fairly anti-climactic in terms of the teams that move on to the next round. Because the group stage utilizes the round-robin format, it downplays the significance of the big matches that often occur within the group. There have been some great individual matches in this particular group stage, such as the late 1-0 win which Manchester United pulled off at Valencia
Walker ties Hartford record, Calhoun shakes up lineup By Matt McDonough Associate Sports Editor
“It’s pretty special seeing a guy getting 42 points easy,” Calhoun said. “It honestly looked easy for him.”
Junior point guard Kemba Walker etched his name among Huskies have poor first half, the UConn men’s basketrebound in second ball team’s elite with his perThe Huskies may have had formance at the XL Center Maui on their mind a Wednesday night. bit too early. Walker’s 42 points UConn played a distied the Hartford mal first half. Walker home record with carried the team, scorClifford Robinson ing 21 points. Only and were nine short four other Huskies of Bill Corley’s scored in the in the program-record half, as Jeremy Lamb 51 against New and Roscoe Smith Hampshire on Jan. Notebook notched four points 10, 1968. Walker apiece. Freshman forreceived a standing ovation from the 10,216 in atten- ward Tyler Olander and senior dance following his performance. guard Donnell Beverly each had “I’ve been fortunate enough to two points at the break. “As far as us helping Kemba, I witness some pretty good performances over the years... Kemba’s don’t think we did that and that’s performance was pretty special,” what I’m frustrated about,” said sophomore center Alex Oriakhi, said coach Jim Calhoun. Calhoun compared Walker’s who finished with 11 points and shot to Richard Hamilton’s and seven rebounds. The Catamounts were led his athleticism to Rajon Rondo.
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by the duo of junior forward Matt Glass and senior forward Evan Fjeld. The mustachioed Fjeld posted a team-high 26 points on 10-of-18 shooting. Glass added 24. “I thought we did a pretty good job in the first half of controlling tempo,” said Vermont coach Mike Lonergan. “We were able to score with Matt and Evan at the forward position.” New starting lineup... for now Calhoun tweaked the starting lineup, going with Lamb, Olander, Oriakhi and Walker, as he did in the first game, but started Coombs-McDaniel over Giffey. The quotable Kemba Walker “I was tired from a run on my own,” Walker said of his stomach cramps. “My stomach started to hurt, my back started to hurt and I couldn’t breathe but I was good.”
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Freshman Roscoe Smith scored 15 points, second on the team, in the Huskies’ 89-73 victory over Vermont Wednesday night at the XL Center.
Should Cam Newtown or LaMichael James win the Heisman? Cam Newtown By Eric Ploch Campus Correspondent There is no way that Newton should be discounted in consideration for a Heisman because of what possible could be the outcome of the NCAA investigation. The voting needs to use the current stats, and not use the allegations until the final reports come out. Therefore, there is no doubt that Newton is the nation’s best player, on arguably the nation’s best team, which is why the Heisman should be his. Kellen Moore has too weak of a schedule to get recognition even though his stats are amazing, and LeMichael James may be a great rusher but is no where near Cam Newtown. Auburn quarterback Cam Newtown
» POINT/COUNTERPOINT Eric: Cam Newton is by far the favorite to win the Heisman trophy. In the spring, Auburn didn’t even have a starting quarterback, nor were they a ranked team, but Newton has led them all the way into the National Championship race. He plays in the toughest conference, week in and week out, against the nation’s top defenses. He dominated against LSU, a top ten team for much of the season (currently ranked fifth). He is not only the nation’s top passer and rusher, but he can also catch the ball. Against Ole Miss, he caught a beautiful 21-yard touchdown pass with all the looks of a wide receiver. Newton is in the top three in three offensive categories. He is not only the most valuable player, but also the best college football player this year based
on stats alone. Dan: Cam Newton’s stats this year are filthy. No sane person in America can argue against that. However, voters should not forget about the star player for the No. 1 team in the country, Oregon RB LaMichael James. James may be the lesserpublicized Heisman candidate, but he is in a great position to win the award at season’s end. James currently leads the nation in rushing, despite missing the season opener due to suspension. He is the undisputed star on the highest-scoring team in college football. Most importantly, he is not a walking scandal like Cam Newton. James isn’t necessarily the posterchild for good behavior, as shown by his one game suspension.
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By Dan Huang Campus Correspondent
While Auburn QB Cam Newton should be the runaway choice for the Heisman Trophy, his off-field transgressions will hamper his candidacy, and the prestigious award will fall to Oregon RB LaMichael James. James, like Newton, leads an undefeated team. He is the nation’s leading rusher, and he stars in the highest scoring offense in the country. James has not exactly been a model citizen off the field, but his eligibility is not in question. Newton could very well be a former Auburn Tiger sooner than later. James wins as the lesser of two evils.
Oregon running back LaMichael James