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FBI raids house on N. Eagleville
By Megan Toombs Campus Correspondent
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The FBI, armed with search warrants and special members of the Cyber Task Force, raided a home at 208 North Eagleville Road last Saturday, Jan. 29, as part of a larger investigation into cyber attacks led by a group supporting WikiLeaks. After the FBI thoroughly interrogated the UConn chemical engineering student, he admitted to being a part of a larger, underground hacking group going by the name
of Anonymous. Though the student admitted to knowing what he was doing as well as that this was not the first time he had been involved in similar hacking activities, he was not arrested. This national group is responsible for hacking into credit card websites such as Visa, MasterCard and PayPal. After hacking into the website, several commands are run that overload the servers for days and render them useless to users. On the group’s website (www. whyweprotest.net/en/), it claims to be a “leaderless movement
that has worked tirelessly to oppose all forms of Internet censorship worldwide, from DMCA abuses to government mandated content filters.” The website continues on to say that the group’s “intiatives include supporting dissenting groups in Iran, Zimbabwe and Tunisia, as well as waging the highly visible information battle against the Church of Scientology” and that it is “now prepared to take the fight to the world stage.” The group’s homepage ends with “stand with us to defend your freedoms. We are anonymous and
so are you.” why they were there.” The FBI originally interrogatThe FBI said to one of the ed two UConn students, Peter students in reference to the Lariviere and Zack Hixon, in the cyber attacks that “this is secneighboring home at 204 North ond on their priority list only to Eagleville Road before realizing child pornography.” they had the wrong household. Peter Lariviere’s brother, Peter Lariviere, a junior Chris Lariviere, who works majoring in mechanical engi- for WFSB news station pointneering, said that a group of ed out the importance and sigabout 15 FBI agents came to his nificance of the FBI raid on door t 6 a.m., saying that they campus saying, “If it weren’t had an FBI search warrant. for the riots in Egypt, we “They popped open my door would have made national while I was sleeping and said headlines that day.” put your hands where I can see them,” Lariviere said. “It was terrifying because I had no idea Megan.Toombs@UConn.edu
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Snow forces 2 UConn buildings to evacuate By Russell Blair Managing Editor
Corey Hollmann, a 6th-semester civil engineering major, is encouraged by the state’s plans to improve public safety through the new system. “The more that can be done for public safety, the better. Especially at a university that has had problems in the past,” Hollmann said. Another outdated information system is seeing financial allocations during the bond agenda, according to the release. The state plans to allot a separate amount of $15 million to replace the 30-year-old computerized Inmate Tracking System at the Department of Corrections. Similar to the CJIS, the new system at for the Department of Corrections will allow for agency officials to electronically track inmates risk assessments, movements, violations, mental health status and other necessary information, according to the release.
The Tasker Building, which houses the offices of Admissions and Events as well as several staff members from the Neag School of Education, was closed temporarily today because of concerns about accumulated snow on its roof, the university said in an e-mail Thursday. “In light of the heavy snowfall this winter and large amounts of snow and ice accumulating on some roofs, teams are in the process of assessing UConn buildings on all campuses and clearing the collected snow if necessary,” Michael Kirk, UConn spokesman, said in the e-mail. Kirk said the staff members who were displaced would be reachable by e-mail. The Tasker Building was one of two UConn buildings evacuated Thursday, and the third in three days. Later in the day, the Dowling North Building at the UConn Health Center in Farmington was evacuated because of similar structural integrity concerns. The roof has not collapsed and no injuries were reported. The building was evacuated at about 3:20 p.m., medical center spokeswoman Carolyn Pennington, told the Hartford Courant. Barry Feldman, UConn’s vice president and chief operating officer, wrote in an e-mail to the university on Tuesday that the Freitas Ice Forum, home to the UConn men’s and women’s hockey teams, was temporarily closed because of accumulation of snow. “This afternoon, it was decided that due to visible snow retention on its roof, the Freitas Ice Forum on the Storrs campus will be closed until further assessment can be made,” Feldman said in the e-mail. “Events scheduled to occur in the rink will be postponed to a later date.” It is unclear at this time whether two events scheduled to be held at Freitas this weekend, a men’s hockey game against Army at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday and a women’s hockey game against Northeastern on Sunday at 1 p.m., will be held at Freitas. Anybody at UConn who notices excess ice or snow on a building on campus is encouraged to call 860-486-3113 so work crews can be dispatched to the location.
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Gov. Dannel Malloy announced new advances in public safety with allocations for major upgrades to the state’s current criminal justice system in a press release on Jan. 27. The allocations will be included in a state bond commissions agenda set for this week; the allocations will technologically revamp the old system, allowing for a new level of communication between state departments. The Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) will begin allowing professionals from the criminal justice system to instantly share files and information on offenders electronically, according to the press release. The state aims to increase public safety and security while lowering expenses and improving efficiency of communication among state justice depart-
ments including the police, court officials probation officers and prison administrators, according to the release. “These critical reforms were the result of input from the state’s top police, prosecutors, victim advocates and others who were asked what tools they needed to send repeat offenders to prison for as long as possible,” said Malloy in a written statement. The current system requires information to be handled through paper documents, which has proven to be both timely and costly for the state. CJIS will allow for a new level of efficiency, which has become a growing problem. The system will give users the ability to update the information instantly, according to the release. The new system was part of a criminal justice reform package that was approved by the Connecticut General Assembly in 2008. “The infrastructure to modern-
ize the woefully outdated, inadequate system of documenting these types of criminal files is long overdue and over the long-term will create the kinds of efficiencies that we need to begin making the state government,” said Malloy in a written statement. Gov. Malloy appointed Mike Lawlor, currently the undersecretary for criminal justice policy and planning, to the position of co-chairman of the CJIS Governing Board. “Giving one hand the ability to know what the other is doing is critical when dealing with offenders, and we must provide our state’s front line criminal justice professionals the tools to ensure that the system works to its greatest ability,” said Lawlor in the written statement. The system will provide an electronic database on offenders, and will include audio and video files which can be accessed and utilized by professionals to make the necessary decisions according to Lawlor.
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Jury selection set for March in home invasion
NEW HAVEN (AP) — Jury selection for the second defendant charged in connection with a deadly Connecticut home invasion has been postponed until next month. The trial of Joshua Komisarjevsky (koh-mih-sar-JEFF’ski) will start with jury selection, a process that could take months as prospective jurors are questioned by prosecutors and defense attorneys. Court officials said Thursday that New Haven Superior Court Judge Jon Blue postponed the start of jury selection until March 14. It had been scheduled to start Feb. 22. Authorities say Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes tormented the family for hours in their Cheshire home in July 2007 before killing Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters, 11-year-old Michaela and 17-year-old Hayley.
Conn. coop falls, killing thousands of chickens
HARTFORD (AP) — Connecticut officials say the collapse of a farm building due to heavy snow has killed 85,000 egglaying hens. Agriculture Commissioner Steven Reviczky (Reh-VISS-kee’) said Thursday the incident at Kofkoff Egg Farm in Bozrah occurred Jan. 27 and the number of birds killed was reported to the state recently. He says the dead birds were incinerated. Ken Pauze (Paw-ZAY’), a representative of the company, confirmed the information but would not comment. The state says back-to-back snow storms since late December and a recent ice storm have brought down roofs of more than 130 barns, greenhouses, equipment buildings and other farm buildings in Connecticut.
Ex-hospital director guilty of sex abuse
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A former California state mental hospital director was found guilty Thursday of multiple counts of sexually abusing his adopted son in what prosecutors contend was a pattern of preying on young boys that spanned four decades. A Superior Court jury convicted 63-year-old Claude Foulk of 31 of 35 counts of sex crimes, including lewd and lascivious acts on a child and sodomy by use of force. Prosecutors say another 11 men also came forward to claim Foulk molested them as children dating back to 1965, but only the son’s case could be prosecuted because of the statute of limitations. Foulk was fired from his post at Napa State Hospital after his arrest last year. He could face a maximum sentence of up to 248 years in prison when he is sentenced Feb. 23.
Feds: US man took 63 guns to UK in checked luggage RALEIGH, North Carolina (AP) — A North Carolina man concealed a total of 63 pistols in his checked luggage on multiple trips to the United Kingdom, where he exchanged the weapons for large cash payments, prosecutors said in court documents Thursday. A new indictment accuses Steven Neal Greenoe of 50 federal charges related to the weapons. Greenoe, 37, would purchase the firearms, take them apart and disguise them as engineering samples and inert weapons before concealing them in his luggage. He traveled at least eight times from Raleigh to the United Kingdom in 2010 and delivered the firearms to unnamed coconspirators, prosecutors said.
Police chief, guards killed in Mexican border city
CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) — Gunmen killed a retired army general who took over a month ago as police chief of the violence-wracked Mexican border city of Nuevo Laredo, the government of northern Tamaulipas state said Thursday. Two of his bodyguards also were slain and two suffered wounds. City Public Safety chief Manuel Farfan was attacked late Wednesday, the office of Tamaulipas state Interior Secretary Morelos Canseco said in a statement. It did not indicate who was suspected. Nuevo Laredo, across the border from Laredo, Texas, has been the scene of bloody drug-gang turf battles. Farfan had received telephone threats since taking over as the city’s top public safety official Jan. 1.
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Tens of thousands march against Yemen’s autocratic president Friday, February 4, 2011
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Tens of thousands of protesters Thursday staged unprecedented demonstrations against Yemen’s autocratic president, a key U.S. ally in battling Islamic militants, as unrest inspired by uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia spread further in the Arab world. The West is particularly concerned about instability in Yemen, home of the terrorist network al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. U.S. counterterrorism officials are worried that Yemeni security forces will be more focused on protecting the government, allowing al-Qaida to take advantage of any diminished scrutiny. President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in office for more than three decades, announced Wednesday he would not seek re-election in 2013 and would not seek to pass power to his son. Saleh’s pledge was seen as an attempt to defuse growing calls for his ouster. Opposition groups said they are suspicious of Saleh’s offer, however, and want concrete proposals for change. On Thursday, they led tens of thousands in protests in seven towns and cities across Yemen, with chants of “Down, down, down with the regime!” and banners calling on the president to resign now. In the capital of Sanaa, several thousand government supporters staged a counterdemonstration, carrying banners warning that the opposition is trying to destabilize Yemen. Military helicopters hovered in some areas, and there was a heavy security presence around the Interior Ministry and the Central Bank. The marches were largely peaceful, although witnesses said police opened fire in one provincial town, critically wounding a protester.
Supporters of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, hold banners and raise his portraits during a rally in support of Saleh and his government in Sanaa,Yemen, Thursday.
In the capital, scuffles and stone-throwing briefly erupted between government supporters and opposition marchers, but police stepped in and there were no reports of injuries. The Obama administration has cautiously praised Saleh’s offer of reform, in contrast to the sharp tone on Egypt, where President Hosni Mubarak is trying to cling to power until September, despite demands delivered in 10 days of massive protests that he leave office immediately. The White House said President Barack Obama called Saleh and urged him to follow through on his pledge to reform his government, and
asked that Yemeni security forces refrain from violence against protesters. U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley welcomed Saleh’s “positive statements” about including opposition elements in a reform process, but said that “it is important for governments across the region ... to follow statements with actions.” Saleh is a weak but increasingly important partner for Washington. Yemen has become a main battleground against al-Qaida. The government, which receives millions of dollars in U.S. military aid, has allowed American drone strikes on al-Qaida targets and has stepped up counterter-
rorism cooperation. The U.S.-born radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, thought to be hiding in Yemen, is believed to have inspired and even plotted or helped coordinate recent attacks on the U.S. Those include the failed December 2009 bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner and the unsuccessful plot to send mail bombs on planes from Yemen to the U.S. Al-Awlaki also is believed to have inspired the deadly 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, and had ties to some of the 9/11 hijackers. Yemen is the poorest Arab country, with nearly half the population living below the poverty line of $2 a day. Foreign Minister Abu Bakr alQirbi acknowledged Thursday that frustration of the young generation is widespread across the Arab world, including in his country. But he warned that interference from outside countries – he mentioned Iraq, Afghanistan or Pakistan – would be counterproductive. Speaking in Brussels, where he sought development aid, al-Qirbi argued that Yemen’s government was better placed to hold constructive internal dialogue. He said Yemen’s leaders never severed contacts with opposition parties and civil groups. However, Yemen’s opposition groups said they don’t trust the government’s promises. While some opposition figures have expressed readiness for dialogue, demands could harden as protests continue, said Mohammed al-Sabri, a spokesman for a coalition of opposition groups. “We will be able to answer the call of the people, regardless of what it is, including their slogans of ending the regime and pushing out the leader,” alSabri said.
Feds to Oakland: Pot farms would break US law SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The top federal prosecutor in Northern California has warned Oakland officials that large-scale marijuana farms licensed by the city would violate U.S. law and could lead to a crackdown on growers and their backers. The warning in a letter from U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag offered the first clear signal that the Justice Department would not tolerate even city-sanctioned growing operations, despite the Obama administration’s handsoff approach to states that have legalized medical marijuana. “The department is concerned about the Oakland ordinance’s creation of a licensing scheme that permits large-scale industrial marijuana cultivation and manufacturing as it authorizes conduct contrary to federal law,” Haag wrote in the letter to Oakland City Attorney John Russo dated Tuesday. Russo spokesman Alex Katz declined to comment on Haag’s letter but said Russo was planning to draft amendments to Oakland’s medical marijuana regulations to address cultivation issues. Those would likely be brought before the council in the next few weeks, he said. The Oakland City Council had asked Russo to seek guidance
Medical marijuana clone plants are shown at Harborside Health Center, a medical marijuana dispensary, in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday.
from federal authorities, even as the council in December put the application process for growers’ licenses on hold following a warning from the Alameda County district attorney that the city’s ordinance also likely violated state law. In July, Oakland became the first city in the country to authorize the licensing of marijuana cultivation operations. Until Haag’s letter, federal law enforcement officials had kept quiet about what might happen if the city actually went through with its plan.
Haag’s letter acknowledges an October 2009 Justice Department memo instructing federal prosecutors to avoid going after patients complying with state laws regarding the medical use of marijuana. Since then, California has seen a drop in raids on medical marijuana dispensaries compared with the Bush administration years. But Haag wrote that her office will vigorously enforce federal anti-drug laws against illegal manufacturing and distribution of marijuana, “even if such activities
are permitted under state law.” She warned that not only operators of marijuana farms but also landlords, property owners, financiers and others could face prosecution and the loss of property for growing marijuana under Oakland’s law. A revised measure brought before the Oakland City Council this week sought to bring the city’s cultivation plans into compliance with state law by tying each farm to an individual pot dispensary. California’s landmark 1996 medical marijuana law allows users only to grow pot for themselves or obtain it from a designated primary caregiver. Hundreds of pot dispensaries throughout the state have operated largely free from interference from authorities by having users designate the dispensary as their primary caregiver. Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley said in her December warning to the council that she doubted whether the farms, as conceived under Oakland’s original ordinance, could qualify as primary caregivers. She also warned that even councilmembers might face criminal prosecution if the farms were allowed to open.
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Bomb dog finds home with fallen Marine’s family
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — When a sniper’s bullet struck Pfc. Colton Rusk, the first to reach his body was his best friend Eli — a bomb-sniffing, black Labrador so loyal he snapped at other Marines who rushed to his fallen handler. “Eli bit one of them,” said Rusk’s father, Darrell, recalling the story told to him by other Marines. After Rusk died Dec. 6, his parents decided they wanted to adopt his dog. They picked Eli up Thursday at Lackland Air Force to take him back to their home in rural South Texas. It was only the second time that a U.S. military dog has been adopted by the family of a handler killed in combat. Eli wagged his tail furiously when he was brought into a small room inside the 37th Training Wing to meet his new owners. A Marine staff sergeant tried to get the dog to sit obediently while he read a letter of thanks to the family, but he relented after Eli kept lunging forward to sniff Rusk’s mother, Kathy. When the leash was finally handed to Darrell Rusk, his wife and two sons each crouched down to hug and pet Eli, who lifted his front right paw to invite their hands toward his belly. All were crying. “Every time he called home, it was always about Eli,” Kathy Rusk said of her son. “It gave me some comfort knowing that Colton wasn’t alone over there.” Military dogs are often adopted after their service is over or if they don’t make it through training. But in the case of Eli, who was serving his second stint in Afghanistan when Rusk was shot, it wasn’t just a simple matter of Rusk’s family asking for him. Eli wasn’t injured in the attack that killed Rusk and was still considered “operational,” meaning he could have been transferred to another handler. The Defense Department invests thousands of dollars in training each military dog,
This photo provided by Darrell Rusk shows his son, Marine Pfc. Colton Rusk, with Eli, a black Labrador being retired from military service following the death of Rusk. Colton’s parents are adopting the bomb-sniffing dog who the military says loyally rushed to their son’s side when he was fatally shot.
all of which come through Lackland. When the Rusks asked about adopting Eli, pulling the dog out of service required permission from the Secretary of the Navy, said Doug Miller, who manages the Defense Department’s military
working dog program. Knowing there had only been one other adoption like Eli’s, Kathy Rusk said she didn’t want to get her hopes up. “I’m sure it helps the family in the grieving
process, because they can touch the last thing that was with him,” Miller said. Eli was assigned to Rusk in May, before Rusk was deployed on his 20th birthday. Kathy Rusk said her son was thrilled by the assignment, especially after growing up surrounded by dogs on the family’s 100-acre ranch in Orange Grove, just outside Corpus Christi on the Texas coast. The two quickly grew inseparable. Military dogs are supposed to sleep in kennels when deployed, but Rusk broke the rules and let Eli curl up with him on his cot. Other times, the dog took up the entire sleeping bag. Rusk ate ready-to-eat meals, so that’s what Eli ate instead of dog food, Darrell Rusk said. “Whatever is mine is his,” Colton Rusk wrote on his Facebook page. Darrell Rusk keeps more than a dozen photos of his son and Eli on his iPhone. One favorite is a photo of Rusk sticking out his tongue to mimic a panting Eli. Military officials believe Rusk came under fire in Afghanistan after another vehicle in a Marine convoy ran over a hidden explosive. Rusk was shot after the soldiers stopped to secure the area. He might have been trying to tie up Eli. “The enemy is aware that the dogs are finding their stuff, so it’s logical they would pick a dog or handler to take out,” Miller said. Eli will join three German shepherds at the Rusks’ ranch. The family put dogs to work hunting hogs when Rusk was growing up — a task that might be easy for Eli, who Darrell Rusk said sniffed out two explosives the day he son was killed. But Eli’s working days are over. “You’re going home and relaxing,” said Kathy Rusk, leaning in close to Eli and rubbing his snout. “You’re going home.”
Review: Verizon iPhone comes, but should you buy?
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ever since Apple’s iPhone went on sale in 2007, Verizon Wireless customers have held out hope that, one day, AT&T’s grip as its exclusive U.S. distributor would be broken. That day arrives next week, when Verizon’s iPhone goes on sale. Verizon is accepting preorders from existing customers beginning Thursday. It’s the same phone as AT&T sells, with a few small tweaks. The price is the same: $200 or $300, depending on how much memory you want. Verizon wants your signature on a twoyear contract, just like AT&T. But even if it’s the same phone, Verizon does things differently from AT&T, so there are some important factors to consider if you’re thinking about getting one. The big difference is likely to be network performance. AT&T’s network is notoriously congested in some cities, including San Francisco, where for a week I tested both phones side by side. Out in the country, Verizon has much wider coverage for broadband wireless data. The Verizon model was generally speedier at loading maps, websites and videos. For example, I was already done watching a YouTube clip of an adorable sneezing baby panda on Verizon’s phone when AT&T’s finally gave up on loading the video. At times, I couldn’t make a call on the AT&T iPhone but could easily do so on the Verizon one. So Verizon was faster for me, but the situation could be the opposite in many places across the country. Where AT&T’s network isn’t congested, it’s actually faster than Verizon’s, at least where AT&T has made recent upgrades. There are two other big changes. Verizon’s iPhone is the first to work on socalled CDMA networks, the type Verizon uses. AT&T uses GSM, a technology that’s more widely used around the world. This means the Verizon iPhone has very limited international roaming abilities. It won’t work at all in Europe, for instance. Verizon’s iPhone also includes Personal Hotspot, a Wi-Fi sharing feature that is becom-
AT&T customer Joe Walmsley tries out an AT&T phone next to an Apple iPhone 4 advertisement at an AT&T store in Palo Alto, Calif., Jan. 11. Verizon Wireless made the long-awaited announcement Tuesday that it will start selling a version of the iPhone 4 on Feb. 10, giving U.S. iPhone buyers a choice of carriers for the first time.
ing increasingly common on smart phones. It lets you connect as many as five gadgets to the Internet through the iPhone. If you’re stuck without an Internet connection for your laptop, for instance, you connect through the phone and Verizon’s cellular network. The feature is easy to use, but there’s a price for this convenience: $20 per month on top of what customers already pay for voice and data services. With voice, text and data plans, that
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AT&T got rid of unlimited-data plans for new customers last year. Most users get by with the 2 gigabytes of data alloted through its $25-per-month plan, which is $5 cheaper than Verizon’s unlimited plan. But if you go over the monthly allotment you’ll shell out for more data — $10 automatically for every gigabyte or fraction of it over. If unlimited data is a must, sign up now, because Verizon has said it will switch to limited-data plans some time this year. By getting an iPhone now, you can lock in the unlimited plan for at least two years. Another thing to consider about Verizon’s iPhone: You won’t be able you use data services while making a phone call. That means that if you’re chatting with your grandmother about her upcoming birthday, you can’t put your grandma on speakerphone while ordering her a bouquet of tulips online. Nor can you look for new games in Apple’s iTunes App Store while jumping into that conference call for work. It’s annoying, though not a deal breaker, for me at least. And if you can connect to Wi-Fi, you will be able to use that to get online while talking on the phone. Beyond the features, whether you get one will depend on when you last got your phone. If you are switching from another carrier and must pay hefty contract termination fees, it may not be worth it. Likewise, if you recently got a phone through Verizon Wireless, you’ll likely pay more than the standard $200 or $300 price. One more consideration: It’s likely a new iPhone model will be out this summer, and it’s not clear whether Verizon will get it right away. If it will, then this is a bad time to buy the iPhone 4. If it won’t, the new AT&T iPhone 5 might be attractive enough to justify getting that instead of a Verizon iPhone 4. Unfortunately, we probably won’t get any answers on this for months. If weighing the pros and cons get to be too much, just remember that whether you buy it now or hold out for the next iteration, you’re still getting an iPhone, silly.
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Scandalous shows can be springboard for talk
n addition to “Jersey Shore,” there is a new MTV show that millions of high school and college students are tuning into each week. “Skins,” which has garnered controversy for its raunchy content, is an American adaptation of the U.K. hit that features high school students having sex and using drugs.Taco Bell pulled its ads and the Parents Television Council threatened to take down the show. Instead of parents being upset with the show’s realistic nature, they should use the show as an opportunity to foster discussion with their kids. Since it’s creation in the 1980s, MTV has always been known for pushing the envelope in its reflection of teen culture. Skins is no exception, with its raw portrayal of high school students drinking and taking their clothes off—not so far from the beloved Jersey Shore (or The Real World), which actually involves real individuals who do this every Thursday night (and they are not actors). There is no doubt that Skins is racy and sexual, but perhaps the reason why parents are so upset is not the behavior the actors are displaying, but rather because it mirrors the lifestyle of many teens today. The fact of the matter is that Skins is more or less a realistic depiction of American teens. Of course it is exaggerated because it needs ratings, but teens partake in drugs, drinking and sex, whether it’s shown weekly on MTV or not. If parents truly perceive this behavior to be problematic, they should do one of two things: The first is to talk to their kids about the show and the second is, if they still don’t like it and want to deem it inappropriate, then they should censor it themselves. Clearly, Skins is meant for a mature audience and parents can determine for themselves whether or not their 13-year-old should be watching it. Skins contains frank and strong subject matter,and is not indended to be appropriate for those of all ages. But banning the show from being aired does not make drug use and sex among high school students go away. If anything, Skins can be used as a platform to discuss the relationships and issues real teens are facing today and how they can be confronted in a healthy way. 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.
What good is it being a second-semester senior when everyone else gets to miss just as much class as me? To the girl writing the InstantDaily about my leg jiggling in class, I hope you get in and I’m sorry I annoyed you. Today, I taught my mom what “facepalm” meant. Baby animals. You can’t say no to baby animals, InstantDaily. No jokes, no B.S., I hate ice. Flash-frozen freshman girls are not attractive. I suggest real clothing and a coat. I’m going to die when we have our first full week of school. It’s ironic that all Spring Weekend activities were canceled since campus will be one giant Oozeball court when the snow melts in spring. So, obviously, drinks + honesty = a bad idea. But apparently, honesty – drinks = a bad idea + no excuse. Bring on the drinks. A lot of drinks. Shame has left the building, I will be meeting up with him again around 6 a.m. tomorrow for the walk back before my 8 a.m. I heard UConn was making a bid to host the Winter Olympics. To all those girls ordering naked vegetarian burritos at the Union Cafe...it’s called a salad. It’s that time again: Taking the books out of my backpack and replacing them with alcohol. Hello, weekend!
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Snow day fun cools as frigid days flurry
s I write this in bed, watching “Sex and the City” reruns thanks to another snow day, there are several things that are going wrong in the world. Besides the violent political unrest that is occurring in Egypt right now and The White Stripes breaking up (I am still bleeding red and white two days later), this snowpocalyspe is taking over UConn, and I’m sick of it. I’ve always loved snow days. Even though I’m in college, snow days are still exciting, and any excuse to sleep in is appreciated. But while the first one was nice after coming back from By Taylor Trudon winter break, and Commentary Editor even the second one was good, it’s now beyond the point of excessive. I can’t stand to sit in my apartment for another day in my pajamas watching bad TV, and I can’t stand the idea of possibly having Saturday classes or extended days of school because of the bad weather. But here’s the thing: we don’t have to. These snow days are beginning to add up, and according to our trusty weather.com, we will be getting dumped with more snow next week too. Yes, most of us are sick of sludging through snow to get to classes and shoveling out our cars, but this is New England. One day it is tropical, and the next day it is a blizzard. We know by now to expect the unexpected, and therefore we
should expect something to be done concerning the amount of class time we have missed. Believe me, I’m in no rush to go back to class, but let’s be honest, playing the inevitable catch-up game is no fun. Consequently, the USG Academic Affairs Committee has created a Facebook group to serve as a forum where students can voice their opinions regarding how our administration should go about in making up for lost time. According to the group, “There is currently one Saturday built into the schedule as a make up day for just this occasion.” Clearly, one make-up day isn’t going to be enough so the administration has considered the idea of more Saturday classes. This possibility has appeared to ignite a frenzy that only Facebook is capable of inducing.
“I’m in no rush to get back to class, but let’s be honest, playing the inevitable catchup game is no fun.” The problem with Saturday classes is that whether they are mandatory or optional, there is likely going to be a very small percentage of students who will actually attend. Students work on Saturdays, go home for the weekend, travel and some are just going to be too hungover from the night before to bother showing up. While it would nice if every student would be willing (or able) to show up for a Saturday class, it’s easier said than done for various reasons. Likewise, the idea of extending the
school year poses problems as well. Many students – particularly graduating seniors – have jobs and internships lined up once the semester is finished and have specific starting dates that can’t be changed. But here’s the beauty of living in the 21st century, we have this wonderful technology called the Internet, where we can participate in online group discussions, post questions and where professors can upload lecture notes. It’s not perfect, but it’s the easiest and most convenient option. For professors that are more techsavvy, voice-overs can simply be added to PowerPoints as well. Of course, you cannot participate in a lab over the Internet, but that’s where extra office hours come in. Furthermore, individual professors can schedule optional review sessions (such as ones you might have during exam periods) where they can go over any material or questions that students may have based on what was posted online. At the end of the day, the administration, professors and students are all going to have to bend a little and work together as Mother Nature continues to unleash her wrath on campus. Syllabuses will need to be re-vamped and the add/drop deadline may need to be extended, but there is no need for hysteria because of rumors that spring break is going to be canceled or we’ll be sitting here making up classes until June. In the meantime, grab a shovel and enjoy the snow – it’s going to be here for a while.
Commentary Editor Taylor Trudon is a 8th-semester journalism major. She can be reached at Taylor. Trudon@UConn.edu.
Since when is adorableness a fault?
ast semester, The Daily Campus weekly columnist Jesse Rifkin opined that UConn should change its mascot from Jonathan the Husky to something fiercer, or perhaps to give it a “gritty reboot,” the logic being that with over eight other schools who have a husky as their masBy Taylor Poro cot, our Staff Columnist mascot is not only too common, but also too cute. Not only is the logo fine the way it is, with numerous benefits, ranging from how recognizable it is to its cuteness, changing the logo could come at a steep cost. Jonathan is in many ways the public face of the university. How many students or sports fans can name the new president of the university, or any previous university presidents? Yet, the husky is plastered on everything the university sells or uses to identify itself; when people see it, they think UConn. Were the logo to suddenly change, the school and sports teams could take a financial hit. Those unfamiliar with the new logo might ignore any advertising, or the organization bearing it, unaware of who it
belongs to. A strong public relations campaign could increase awareness of the new logo of course, but those who don’t like it could stop attending games, supporting the school or buying merchandise. Consider Tropicana’s logo change debacle in 2009; It changed the logo on its orange juice cartons on Jan. 1, and by Feb. 22, line sales collapsed 20 percent. This change cost the company tens of millions of dollars within two months. As Tropicana is a purveyor of citrus products rather than a university, the comparisons are not exact, but it does demonstrate the risks of changing a beloved or familiar logo. Tropicana wasn’t the only business to run afoul of a logo change. Gap also attempted to modernize their logo, just to be hit with a swarm of complaints until they decided to change their logo back to its original configuration. This shows that logo redesign isn’t risk-free, and even if it were there’s no reason for the UConn logo to change. People know the husky. Changing it would create the risk of both alienation and a public backlash. Now, this doesn’t mean changes should never occur, as the husky logo has changed many times throughout its history, but
change for change’s sake is not the answer. There should be a specific reason for the change, because the school would risk a lot otherwise.
“The husky’s cuteness makes it unique in a world where all of the logos...are all trying to be fierce.” The husky’s current form has two big advantages: marketability and individuality. The university has to sell its merchandise, as do stores in the region, and while the goodwill of the university will move some stock, the adorable husky will also move its fair share. It’s cuteness appeals to pet lovers and children, who might not otherwise be interested in sports or the school. The husky’s cuteness makes it unique in a world where all of the logos, whether they be grizzlies, coyotes or clipper ship captains, are all trying to be fierce. This makes for a sea of college logos that seem to
fall into three categories: fierce and ordinary, unique in some way and ridiculous. Our mascot has a unique look without being silly, as Stanford’s tree is, nor does it seem potentially racist, as did The University of North Dakota’s old logo, the Fighting Sioux. A fiercer logo might not be able to attract as many kids as the husky does, and that’s a generation of potential UConn fans and students lost. There could be fewer seats filled and merchandise sold, and it could potentially have a slight impact on enrollment. A logo usually isn’t a main determinate in choosing a school unless the logo is offensive, but it’s still possible. There doesn’t seem to be much benefit to changing the husky. In its current form, its cuteness is appealing to those who aren’t normally interested in the university or sports, in addition to those who are. Changing the logo to a fiercer one would be nothing more than change for change’s sake and would offer little, if any benefit, while abandoning its individuality and appeal.
Staff Columnist Taylor Poro is a 2ndsemester masters student studying political science. He can be reached at Taylor.Poro@UConn.edu.
been watching a lot of the news footage , and it turns out they don ’ t walk like E gyptians after all . T hey walk regular like us .” – J immy K immel
Friday, February 4, 2011
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European conquest destroyed Native American lessons
rduous as it was, the successful colonization of North America would have been exceedingly difficult— perhaps unlikely—without the help of Native Americans, who had inhabited the land for tens of thouBy Tim Brogan sands of years prior to Staff Columnist European arrival. In effort to establish themselves in the Americas, Europeans assimilated into trade and power networks, formed alliances and even engaged in diplomatic measures, like treaties. By accepting belief systems and social structures, some of which may have seemed esoteric, Europeans established a mutual relationship with the natives, a crucial step in their eventual conquest. The sincerity of this cultural embrace is debatable, but it was undeniably short lived. As European colonies become independent, they began to break ties of allegiance that had sustained their early survival. The practical skills bestowed upon early settlers, such as agricultural practices, architectural techniques, and hunting methods allowed them to become independent quickly. Native American practices, the majority of which were passed down orally through gen-
erations, were inherited by Europeans and accelerated the growth and expansion of permanent settlements. It’s a testament to the indigenous knowledge pertaining to the land that we continue to use today. There are, however, Native American values that we either never picked up or that have become diluted through increasingly detached generations of Americans. By “detached,” I mean lacking a connection with the earth—many consider themselves to be independent of the natural world, rather than a part of it. While Native American traditions are diverse and numerous, just like the people themselves, a common theme found in translated documents is connectedness with the environment. In many indigenous stories depicting the origin of the world, foxes, bears, turtles, muskrats and an assortment of other animals play a part in creating an Earth that is conducive to human life. Presumably, these stories promoted a reverence for the earth and its inhabitants. A system of belief called Totemism, in which humans have a kinship with spiritual entities or “totems” that residue in plants, animals and non-living components of the environment, was present in many Native American cultures. I do not suggest that we replace our religions
with this system, but there is a lot to be gained from it. Attaching value to each living and non-living object on the Earth helps avoid an anthropocentric, or human centered outlook. An evaluation of reality exclusively through the human perspective, accentuates unjust distinctions between humans and the natural world. The fact that we lack a word to describe nonhuman organisms—we instead lump them all into one group called ‘animals’ that we too belong to but consider ourselves exempt from— is indicative of our perceived supremacy.
“Our connection with the natural world has been weakened, but not lost, it emerges from the depths of our being...” One Native American tradition attests that the forests, soils, rivers and air are the lifelines of the people. If you asked a person today what their lifeline is, nine out of ten would say their cell phone or laptop. Most don’t live primitive lifestyles in which they grow their own food,
make their own clothing, and gather amenities straight from the woods. We must consider these differences in perspective when deciding how much to value the natural world. It’s human nature to show apathy towards something you don’t know about. Similarly, if you don’t know about something and have little experience with it, you will not consider it worth protecting. In actively engaging with the land, Native Americans established an attachment to all parts of the environment. In valuing the land, they considered not just economic factors, but deeper spiritual benefits that could be obtained. Our connection with the natural world has been weakened, but not lost, it emerges from the depths of our being when we go for a hike in the woods or look up to the sky and see a passing flock of geese flying in “V” formation. When such a moment of Zen occurs, capture the awareness it gives you expand it to fit your daily life. You don’t have to paint your face with mud and carry out a tribal dance under the moonlight to pay your respects, but it’s important to get in touch with the natural world.
Staff columnist Tim Brogan is a 5th-semester natural resources major. He can be contacted at Timothy. Brogan@UConn.edu.
» THUMBS UP OR THUMBS DOWN: I slipped and fell today on my way to Monteith.
Kemba Walker is human after all.
Two more snow days this week.
Totally saw that coming
» LETTERS TO Burton Family Football Facility THE EDITOR Don’t Support “Alternate” Melody to National Anthem
I I am astounded by the coverage of Shai WarfieldCross’s performance of The Star-Spangled Banner at Bloomington High School in Indiana (Ind. Girl’s National Anthem Stirs Flap - January 28, 2011). She should not be singing the anthem to “express herself”. She should be singing it to show respect for the country. The tune is the tune, and it should be the only one used. The race argument is also invalid. Yes, it could be argued that it is a “white tune”. It was indeed written to the tune of “To Anacreon in Heaven” - an English drinking song used primarily by whites. However, short of having whites use that melody, while composing separate ones for blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans, and every other racial group, there really is no alternative to using a standard melody for everybody. – Gregory Koch
The meaning of donation? To “give as a gift.” Gifts are generally given without expectation for anything in return. I am a regular donor to UConn, and to UConn Football, perhaps not to the level of Mr. Burton, but a donor nonetheless. My reasons for donating are about acknowledgement for what UConn has done for me (Class of 1989) in the past, not about what I expect in the future in return for my donations. The Burton Football Facility is very impressive. Perhaps we should remember that the players are the ones that benefit from it, not the Athletic Director. – Justin Murphy
Over-Partasainship, Not Apathy, Made Ortiz Lose
Sergio Goncalvez’s article “Chris Kempf asserts in his article “Lessons We Can Learn from the Ortiz Campaign” (Wednesday, February 2) that Jason Ortiz failed in his campaign for office due to apathy of students on campus. However, he mentions,
Three days of class in three weeks.
but fails to expand on, the real issue. Kempf writes “After all, the [name] ... Ortiz appeared in the bottom right corner of the ballot because of [his] independent status; these were surely ignored by those blindly loyal to their party”. It is these blindly loyal individuals who allow bad officials to be elected, and prevent third parties from having a voice. In 2008, a High School in Brooklyn did a survey among its students. Students gave speeches representing the six presidential candidates who were on the ballot in enough states to mathematically have a chance of winning the presidential election. However, they were not told anything about the candidates other than the issues. They did not know the identity of the candidates, or details such as age, sex, or race. The results were interesting, to say the least. Forty-six percent voted for Independent Ralph Nader. Barack Obama came in a distant second with just 29 percent. By contrast, John McCain received a mere 4 percent of the vote. (The remaining votes were scattered between Green Party candidate Cynthia McKinney, Constitution Party representative Chuck Baldwin, and Libertarian Bob Barr). Results gathered by “Candidate Calculators”
meant to determine the ideal candidate for a voter based on his/her view on certain issues show a similar trend. Nevertheless, Nader received around 1 percent of the votes in the subsequent election, while Obama received 53 percent and McCain almost 46 percent. In a similar vein, many voters, were they educated on the issues instead of just the Party name, would have supported Jason Ortiz in the November election. Unfortunately, they are blind to who the candidate is, and only care about whether they are a Democrat or a Republican. It is time for the American people to begin voting for the best candidate, regardless of party affiliation (or lack thereof). – Gregory Koch
“Nobody should have a 0.16 GPA”
Having read Jesse Rifkin’s tirade on an underachieving student living down the hall, I noticed that the editorial had no singular or noteworthy point. Rather, it was more a means for Rifkin to humiliate an anonymous classmate who was clearly overwhelmed by the many freedoms provided by living away from home. Rifkin’s questions were designed to highlight his subject’s failures; the author seemed fix-
ated on eliciting specific responses that could prove his point in a biographic article of sorts. Additionally, Rifkin’s attempts at humor were ill-received, as he insinuates that Hitler knows more about human rights than his subject, and later, as he backtracks by jokingly blaming his subject’s failures on not eating Ramen Noodles, so-called “brain food”. Having just called his subject a “failure at life,” his shot at redemption is too little, too late. Now, I consider myself a hard-working student, much like it seems Rifkin carries himself. However, I won’t stand by while another student is embarrassed in a public forum. While the author may not name names, he certainly does a halfway decent job in bashing his hallmate. Mr. Rifkin, if you missed this one in kindergarten, please take it to heart now: “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it.” – Michael Kot
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What’s your favorite Super Bowl food? – By Kevin Scheller
“Wings. There are a wide selection of sauces, and they’re cheap.”
“Mozzarella sticks, because I like it cheesy!”
“I like kettle cooked chips, because the ‘crunch’ gets me amped!”
“Chips and salsa. I usually have that when I watch sports.”
Rob McNaboe, 4th-semester accounting and economics double major.
Julie Barrows, 8th-semester animal science major.
Shawna Blake, 8th-semester allied health major.
Qiming Wang, 2nd-semster genetics major.
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Friday, February 4, 2011
Journalists attacked by mobs, detained in Cairo
CAIRO (AP) — Foreign journalists were beaten with sticks and fists by pro-government mobs on Thursday, and dozens were detained by security forces. The U.S. condemned what it called the “systematic targeting” of the reporters, photographers and film crews who have brought searing images of Egyptian protests to the world. Foreign photographers reported attacks by supporters of President Hosni Mubarak near Tahrir Square, the scene of vicious battles between Mubarak supporters and protesters demanding he step down after nearly 30 years in power. The Egyptian government has accused media outlets of being sympathetic to protesters who want Mubarak to quit now rather than complete his term as he has pledged. Among the many detained were correspondents for The New York Times, Washington Post and Al-Jazeera. The Committee to Protect Journalists said late Thursday that in just the past 24 hours it had recorded 24 detentions of journalists, 21 assaults and five cases in which equipment was seized. The attacks on journalists have “intensified to levels unseen in Egypt’s modern history,” said Mohamed Abdel Dayem, CPJ’s Middle East and North Africa program coordinator. “This is a dark day for Egypt and a dark day for journalism,” said Joel Simon, the group’s executive director. “Egypt is seeking to create an information vacuum that puts it in the company of the world’s worst oppressors.” The New York Times reported that two of the most prominent U.S. television journalists covering the protests, evening news anchors Katie Couric of CBS and Brian Williams of NBC, have left Egypt. Couric returned to New York and Williams was to anchor his show from Jordan, the Times reported on its media blog.
Human rights organizations also were targeted. Some of those groups said many activists were taken away after a raid by the military police on a legal center in Cairo. In Berlin, U.N. SecretaryGeneral Ban Ki-moon condemned the “intimidation and restrictions” being placed on journalists and human rights groups in Cairo. “Let me absolutely clear: this is outrageous and totally unacceptable,” he said after meeting Germany’s president, Christian Wulff. “It must stop now.” CPJ said some state-owned television outlets and private stations owned by businessmen loyal to Mubarak had been portraying journalists as part of plots to destabilize Egypt. BBC foreign editor Jon Williams said via Twitter that security forces seized the network’s equipment in a Cairo Hilton hotel in an attempt to stop it broadcasting. Many international news organizations have been using the Ramses Hilton overlooking Tahrir Square as a base to cover the mayhem. Unidentified men entered the Cairo office of the U.S.-funded Alhurra television and threatened to kill the station’s two on-air journalists, the station’s governing board said. The station was closed and bureau activities relocated. Two Fox News Channel journalists were severely beaten by a mob near Tahrir Square on Wednesday. Correspondent Greg Palkot and cameraman Olaf Wiig had retreated to a building, but someone threw a firebomb inside and the men were attacked as they rushed out, said Michael Clemente, Fox’s senior vice president for news. Palkot and Wiig escaped to a hospital with the help of anti-Mubarak demonstrators, Clemente said. Palkot hasn’t been on the air and, for safety reasons, Fox held off for a day in reporting about its personnel. Swedish public broadcaster SVT said one of its reporters, Bert Sundstrom, was stabbed
French photojournalist from SIPA Press agency Alfred Yaghobzadeh is being treated by anti-government protestors after being wounded during clashes between pro-government supporters and anti-government protestors, in Cairo’s central Tahrir Square, Wednesday.
Thursday. The network said it’s unclear what happened but that when an editor called Sundstrom’s cell phone a man answered in Arabic that the reporter was in the hands of the Egyptian government. SVT said Sundstrom was seriously injured but described his condition as stable. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs denounced reports of “systematic targeting” of journalists in Egypt. The State Department described it as a “concerted campaign to intimidate.” “I think we need to be clear that the world is watching the actions that are taking place right now in Egypt,” Gibbs said. The Sunday Times newspaper’s foreign affairs correspondent, Marie Colvin, said armed men gathered outside a home where she was interviewing the family of a protester who’d been shot.
The men of the family locked her in a nearby shop and then helped her through the shoving, shouting crowd to a car, she said. “What happened today was terrifying,” Colvin said. “And you can’t call the police.” Douglas Jehl, foreign editor for The Washington Post, said on the paper’s website that Cairo bureau chief Leila Fadel and photographer Linda Davidson were held by military police and released. Their translator, Sufian Taha, and driver, Mansour elSayed Mohammed Abo Gouda, were believed to remain in custody, Jehl wrote. Pan-Arab broadcaster Al-Jazeera said three of its journalists were detained by security forces, four were attacked and another was missing. It reported Thursday night that the arrested journalists had been released.
Egyptian authorities have complained the network’s coverage was slanted in favor of protesters and could encourage unrest. Al-Jazeera also said equipment was stolen and destroyed during the 10 days of protests and its broadcast signal was disrupted across the Arab world. The Arabic-language satellite channel Al-Arabiya pleaded on an urgent news scroll for the army to protect its offices and journalists. Two Japanese freelance photographers were attacked while covering the protests, and one of them was slightly injured, the Kyodo News agency reported. It was not clear whether they were assaulted by pro- or antiMubarak protesters. ABC television said a group of men carjacked one of the station’s news crews and threatened to behead them. Producer Brian Hartman, Cameraman
Akram Abi-hanna and two other employees managed were released unharmed, ABC said on its website. The Paris-based all-news channel France 24 said three of its journalists had been detained for 24 hours, then freed for several hours, then detained again. The Toronto Globe and Mail said two of its reporters were detained by the military for about three hours. One, Sonia Verma, said the pair was picked up with about 25 other foreigners, including other journalists. The Greek daily newspaper Kathimerini said its correspondent in Cairo was briefly hospitalized with a stab wound to the leg after being attacked by pro-Mubarak demonstrators in Tahrir Square. A Greek newspaper photographer was punched in the face. The injured Greek correspondent, Petros Papaconstantinou, said on Kathimerini’s website that: “I was spotted by Mubarak supporters. They ... beat me with batons on the head and stabbed me lightly in the leg. Some soldiers intervened, but Mubarak’s supporters took everything I had on me in front of the soldiers.” The leaders of France, Germany, Britain, Italy and Spain said in a joint statement that the “attacks against journalists are completely unacceptable.” Associated Press spokesman Paul Colford said that “AP journalists in Egypt have faced the same harassment and intimidation as other news organizations.” One Associated Press location was disrupted by men wielding sticks, and satellite equipment was taken. “The situation was quickly defused,” Colford said. “No one was injured.” Other news outlets reporting beatings and detentions include Turkey’s state broadcaster TRT, whose Egypt correspondent, Metin Turan, lost a tooth after being beaten by pro-Mubarak demonstrators with batons. His camera, money and cell phone were stolen.
Obama sharpens jobs SUV plunges 80 feet into element of energy pitch icy Okla. river; 3 killed
President Barack Obama speaks at Rec Hall on the Penn State University campus, Thursday, in State College, Pa.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — President Barack Obama, turning briefly to his eclipsed domestic agenda, sharpened his sales pitch for clean energy technology Thursday by promising that the payoff would be a wave of jobs –the kind good enough to support families and long-term American prosperity. In a quick trip to Pennsylvania, a politically critical state, Obama proposed a tax credit and other ideas aimed at getting businesses to retrofit their buildings and save costs. He acknowledged that as presidential ideas go, making commercial buildings more energy efficient “may not sound too sexy,” but he said the commitment to such research could save billions in utility bills and create jobs of true “national purpose.” “Making our buildings more energy efficient is one of the fastest, easiest and cheapest ways to save money, combat pollution and create jobs,” Obama told a supportive crowd of invited guests, many of them students, at Pennsylvania State University.
The president chose Penn State largely because of its lead role in a research hub, under way in Philadelphia, that centers on energy-efficient technology. Obama’s broader aim is to build public and congressional support for the long-term economic ideas he outlined in his State of the Union address last week. The agenda of that speech, though, has since been vastly overshadowed by the political upheaval and violence in Egypt. At Penn State, the president sought to underline how committing to energy could create jobs – the top concern across the country. Referring to the emerging energy research center at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Obama said: “The discoveries made on this campus will lead to even more jobs – jobs in engineering, jobs in manufacturing, jobs in construction, jobs in insulation, jobs in retail. They’ll be jobs with a national purpose – jobs that make our economy smarter, jobs that make our planet safer,
jobs that maintain America’s competitive edge.” The innovation hub is getting a big help from taxpayers: $129 million in federal money over five years. As part of his new plan, Obama will ask Congress to provide companies with a tax credit that financially rewards them for retrofitting their buildings in ways that decrease energy usage. The proposal would alter the existing tax break for such commercial upgrades, switching it from a deduction to a credit that applies more widely, administration officials said. Obama’s new buildings proposal also calls for broader access to financing for businesses that want to make energy-saving upgrades; competitive grants for states and local governments that make it easier for companies to upgrade their buildings; and more training for workers in the field of commercial building technology. He challenged corporate executives and university presidents to help the cause.
MIAMI, Okla. (AP) — An SUV carrying eight mushroom farm workers veered off a snowy highway bridge Thursday and launched itself off an angled, plowed snowdrift and over the guardrail before plummeting more than 80 feet into a shallow icy river below. Three of the workers were killed and the others were injured after their red Chevrolet Avalanche careened off the Interstate 44 bridge and into the Spring River. “This is a fall of 80 feet or better . . . that alone is a very dangerous type of crash. This is a very traumatic crash,” Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. George Brown said. He said all eight were in their 20s. “The ground temperature was 11 degrees below zero, so it would take only a second to become hypothermic in this water and ice,” Brown said. Two of the victims died when the truck hit the shallow river, and the six others climbed on top of the vehicle, a state trooper who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak to reporters told The Associated Press. He said one of the six, later identified as Douglas Monzon, fell into the river while reaching for a blanket that rescue crews had thrown him, and that crews reached Monzon about an hour later in the river. Monzon was taken to The Freeman Health Center across the state border in Joplin, Mo., where he was declared dead of his injuries shortly after noon. Authorities have not released the names of the others killed. The accident occurred about 6:30 a.m., less than nine hours after officials reopened one of the highway’s two westbound lanes. The highway was made impassable Tuesday night by the snowstorm that barreled through Oklahoma and much of the nation, and hundreds of stranded drivers had to be taken to safety.
This photo provided by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol shows responders working the scene in Miami, Okla. where an SUV packed with eight people veered off of an icy highway bridge on Thursday.
The trooper who spoke on condition of anonymity said there was no indication that the truck was speeding or being driven in an unsafe manner. Ottawa County Sheriff Terry Durborow said the truck’s driver simply “went airborne.” “I don’t know if she lost control of her vehicle or not. She just jumped the guard rail off that bridge,” Durborow said. “It’s probably the worst conditions I’ve seen, and I’ve lived here all my life,” Durborow said. All of the workers were from the Carthage, Mo., area, about 25 miles east of the accident site, said Scott Engelbrecht, who runs a mushroom farm in Miami where the eight worked. The company, Engelbrecht Farms, was shuttered Wednesday because of the weather and reopened
Thursday. Workers heard the news about their colleagues shortly after 9 a.m., he said. “It’s a devastating event and it’s tough to know how to deal with it,” Engelbrecht said. Interstate 44 – also known as the Will Rogers Turnpike – was shut down when more than 20 inches of snow, sleet and ice fell during a blizzard that stretched from the Southwest to New England. Road crews reopened one lane in both directions Wednesday, but highway officials urged caution as temperatures at 10 below and colder kept roads frozen. “If people look at the conditions they’re driving in, slow down and pay attention and realize they’re driving in very hazardous conditions, they’re going to make it,” said Jack Damrill, a spokesman for the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority.
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Patty Hearst, the 19-yearold daughter of newspaper publisher Randolph Hearst, is kidnapped from her apartment.
Dan Quayle – 1947 Oscar de la Hoya – 1973 Natalie Imbruglia – 1975 Bug Hall – 1985
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Dave and Ethan capture hearts, inspire laughter Be ski-nny for skiing season
Tips for saving on Valentine’s Day
By Lauren Cardarelli Campus Correspondent I recently had an epiphany: winter facilitates weight gain. Think about it, all the holidays during a span of three-to-four months revolve around eating and drinking. To make matters worse, bundling up in layers conveniently conceals any added pudge and the inclement weather makes spending time indoors on the couch much more appealing then going to the gym. There is an upside to Mother Nature’s madness though, winter sports. But with skiing and boarding comes another beltloosening drawback, the inevitable lodge dining. Cafeterias filled with a wide variety of junk food offer nothing but fries, fries and more fries. Then, there is the hot chocolate machine that always produces the perfect cup of chocolatey goodness, trumping the Swiss Miss packages you have at home. Whip cream on top? Is that even a question? It all seems a bit contradictory, does it not? A weekend of intense physical activity leaves you bloated and hardly able to button your jeans. Save your binging for the next holiday and stop using dressing in layers as an excuse to gain weight. Next time you hit the slopes, consider these helpful, healthy tips. And step away from the curly fries! Pack a Lunch Easy on your wallet and your waist. By packing a nutritious lunch, you control the portion size and contents of your meal. A healthy ration of fibrous carbohydrates and lean protein will keep your energy levels up and help your endurance throughout the day, so you spend more time on the slopes than resting inside. Yogurt with granola, a deli meat wrap or even the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich (on wheat bread) will suffice. Throw a fruit or vegetable into that brown paper bag and you will be good to go. Hydrate Your body needs water after the demanding physical activity it has endured. Also, dehydration can be detrimental, especially in combination with high altitudes. Skiing, nausea and dizziness do not go handin-hand. Grab a bottle of water or a sports drink with electrolytes instead of soda or coffee when you take a breather. It keeps you feeling good and decreases bloat. Healthy snack Snack time might be a necessity depending on your breakfast (if you even ate one) and when you plan to break for lunch. Throw an easily accessible snack in the pocket of your ski jacket to munch on while you’re on the lift. Trail mix and protein bars are great refueling foods that will keep you going until lunch. Make good choices When walking through the overwhelming and crowded cafeteria, many tend to grab the first edible-looking item, getting in line and quickly trying to find a table through the chaotic herd of fellow hungry skiers. Instead, peruse a bit. Take your time finding a healthy wrap, salad or fruit cup. Yes, they do exist. No matter which mountain you prefer, ski lodge dining seems to always be fairly consistent. Next time you suit up for the slopes, nix the bloat. These healthy tips should ensure functionality and stamina.
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Dave and Ethan, a comedy pair, perform funny songs for the audience Thursday night at a free event paid for by SUBOG.
Comedy duo performs at Student Union By Elmira Fifo Campus Correspondent What’s the best way to ask a girl out? How do you plan the perfect first date? Only two guys can answer those questions: the double dating experts known as Dave and Ethan. A comedic duo and best friends since they were 12 years-old, David Ahdoot and Ethan Fixell entertained a packed enthusiastic audience at the Student Union Theater Thursday night with their comedic dating advice and hilarious love songs. The pair’s comedic stance on double dating began with an ad on Craigslist inviting girls to double date them for fun. “Believe me this wasn’t intended to become a comedy routine,” Ethan said after the show. Their ad spawned a series of videos on Youtube that garnered thousands of responses from women all over the country. As a result, Dave and Ethan said their
work has earned them 200 dates worth of stories, experiences and advice, many of which they now share with college students around the United States. UConn students anticipated a creative, hilarious show and Dave and Ethan certainly delivered. UConn had its very own funny dating coaches who described the best way to approach a girl, how to ask someone out and what not to do during a first date. They began by discussing the dating scene at UConn and pointing out that “it’s a mess here.” One of the first things students have to learn, they explained, is how to pick someone up. They gave examples of this by using various accents on different audience members, including an Indian accent on Sonali Bishnoi, a 4th-semester physiology and neurobiology major. “I’d like to take you home and bathe you in curry,” joked Dave. “Their accents were hilari-
ous and they were creative in general,” Bishnoi said after the show. “They were certainly different and I liked the way they were free with their sexuality and with each other.” Dave and Ethan played off one another. In one instance, they invited an audience member to describe a bad date experience before acting it out. Dave convincingly portrayed a flirty teenage girl, while Ethan pretended to ask her out on a date. Afterward they acted the date out the way they believe it should have been done. Along with their accents and satirical dancing, the duo gave the audience tips about how to have the perfect first kiss. Dave illustrated this using a tomato named Maria. Dave then pretended to devour the tomato, while Ethan made sexual puns. “I loved them because they are comedians that incorporate many different things into their act,” said Nicole Wierzbicki, a 2nd-semster nursing major.
The pair soon turned its comedic barbs inward, telling the audience that they dated best friends when they first met, and that on one double date, Dave ended up with both the girls. Audience members were also brought up on stage for a series of games. “I loved the Dating Game because it was so relatable,” said Jonathan Caez, a 6th-semester political science major. “It was interesting because, well, we’ve all been there, the awkwardness of a date.” Not content with just cracking jokes, the duo’s routine included some useful advice. “If a girl is going to complain about guys not going up to her, they should approach them. Take initiative,” Ethan said. Many may wonder how they are doing in their own love lives. Well, Dave is single and Ethan, sorry ladies, he’s got a lady friend.
Bob Marley documentary honors Black History Month
By Kim Halpin Campus Correspondent
The Dodd Research Center held a viewing of “Bob Marley and the Wailers. The Bob Marley Story: a Documentary on the Life of Bob Marley” as part of its African American film series on Thursday. The documentary outlined the life and culture from which Marley came, and how he was given the opportunity to become the influential person he was. Born in Nine-Mile, Jamaica, Marley lived in the rural countryside with his mother. As his mother explained, they could not live with Marley’s father because he was a white man and society would not approve of it. But Marley also spent a fair amount of his teenage years in East Kingston’s “trench town” in government housing. It was here,
that Marley really started to get into music. He knew from growing up in the countryside that one had to work for the right to eat, and in the city he learned new ways besides planting. He discovered that music could be his escape from poverty. The Wailers formed shortly after and were able to play for a producer. Throughout their careers, the Wailers’ main producer was Chris Blackwell, from London, who originally gave them 4,000 pounds to produce a record. He was also the one to suggest the band focus more on Marley and came up with the name “Bob Marley and the Wailers.” Blackwell had given them a chance when most other record companies saw them as trouble because they were associated with the Rastafarian movement. Rastafarianism is heavily rooted in Christianity and fol-
lowers believe that the former Emperor of Ethiopia is the second coming of Christ. But the sect gained a reputation for doing large quantities of marijuana and creating unrest. Marley defended the group and even frequented the Bulbay Rastafarian settlement as an escape. Some of Marley’s fans, specifically one that was interviewed in the film, thought of Marley as a higher being. Eventually when Marley passed away from cancer, a fan claimed that a stroke of lightning came through her window and rested on his picture because the heavens were grieving the loss, too. Marley strived to promote peace and understanding, especially within his home country, which was fraught with political violence. He was even shot by a political activist, although he was unharmed. Marley even committed to performing at his
concert two days later, revealing the bandages. Another one of Marley’s greatest achievements was performing at the One Love Peace Concert in 1978 at the National Stadium. Known as “Woodstock of the Third World,” the concert was put on to help quell political violence and create a unified country. Erica Laguerre, a 6th-semester African American studies major said that she, “enjoyed the film because [she’s] such a fan,” and that she appreciated how “Marley always worked to promote peace.” Bob Marley’s funeral was said to be more of a jubilee than a funeral procession; it was filled with music, dancing and love. The country and the world were grateful for the good he had managed to accomplish.
With Valentine’s Day closing in, it’s time to start thinking about gifts for that special someone. No, really, boys: THIS week. With the unsavory weather we’ve been having, you want to make sure anything that needs to be delivered is going to make it here on time. But regardless of when you start shopping or whether you need something delivered, you want to make it through the Hallmark holiday without going broke. Husky Finance is here to help. The first and most logical way to save money is to talk to your Valentine about a budget. It can initially be an awkward conversation, but it’s a good one to have. If you’re going for the element of surprise or haven’t been dating someone long enough for Valentine status to have, then this might be tougher to do. The easiest way to bring it up is to do it casually. “Hey, do you think we could pick a budget for Valentine’s Day so neither of us goes overboard?” Everyone is concerned about spending too much or too little, so your sig-
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Ways to celebrate your winter birthday
By Elmira Fifo Campus Correspondent
When the excitement of Thanksgiving and Christmas begins to dwindle, winter is exposed as a seemingly tiring, frustrating and dark season. For this reason, most students would eagerly bury their heads in their blankets and opt for a cuddle with their dogs rather than muster the energy to face the cold. Thrashing wind, blustering snow, slippery ice - it is not exactly ideal weather for a good time, especially for those of us not lucky to have spring or summer birthdays. Does this mean we should not celebrate? I was thinking about birthdays in particular. Having just passed mine a few days ago, it occurred to me that winter birthdays seems to be seriously subdued because, well, a pool party in February wouldn’t go well at all. Even so, anyone with a winter birthday ought to have at least some exciting prospects for celebration, so I’ve attempted to create a few. One of my good friends, Laura Titrud, a graduate student at UMass studying speech pathology, suggested making snowmen and putting birthday hats on them. This is a great way to gather many friends together and have a jolly good time partaking in an activity that we all loved as children. For those certain friends reluctant to come outside, entice them with the possibility of drinking hot chocolate next to birthday Frosty. This is a great way to spend the day and once the snowball fights and laughter
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Sheen Mavis Staples looking for Jagger to make wants to first appearance resume that first Grammy win on Grammy stage work
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charlie Sheen wants to get back to work this month on “Two and a Half Men,” a spokesman said Thursday. The 45-year-old actor remains in rehab but hopes to return to TV’s top-rated comedy by the end of February, publicist Stan Rosenfield said. That’s a “target” projection, Rosenfield said. The series halted production after Sheen sought treatment for undisclosed reasons following a 911 call and brief stay at a Los Angeles-area hospital last week. According to a tape of the 911 call, Sheen was said to be intoxicated and in pain.
Valentine’s Day can love your wallet back
In this Jan. 11, 2011 file photo, singer Mavis Staples is shown at her home in Chicago. Stapes is nominated for a Grammy in the Best Americana category, and Staples, who has never won a the coveted trophy, says she wants to take one home at the Feb. 13 ceremony.
CHICAGO (AP) — Mavis Staples still thinks about the advice that her father, the legendary Pop Staples, gave her about awards shows when she was younger. “’You all are singing to get your just reward and you’ll get your just reward. It’s coming for you. So don’t worry about these awards,’” she remembers him telling her when the family’s act, The Staples Singers, would be nominated for awards. But this year, she’s up for a Grammy in the Best Americana category, and Staples, who has never won the coveted trophy, says she wants to take one home at the Feb. 13 ceremony. “Sorry Pops, I want to win,” says Staples, who is nominated for her Jeff Tweedyproduced 2010 album, “You Are Not Alone” in a category that features Roseanne Cash, Los Lobos, Willie Nelson and Robert Plant. “But if I don’t win it, it will be OK,” she adds. The 71-year-old gospel legend, whose husky voice defines Staples Singers hits like “I’ll Take You There” and “Respect Yourself,” is on her fourth solo album since 2004’s “Have a Little Faith.” Before that, she went more than a decade without any new material. The latest album’s genesis came in 2008 when Tweedy and his fellow Wilco members went to see Staples sing at a club on Chicago’s North Side. A few weeks later, Tweedy and Staples met at a restaurant near her home on the South Side, not far from the University of Chicago — but not too close either. “There are college kids up there,” she says during an interview with The Associated Press at her home on Chicago’s South Side. “I didn’t want them to
grab the guy.” The pair, along with Staples’ sister Yvonne, sat and talked for hours about each other’s lives. “I was sold on him when he was talking family and the way he talked about my father,” Staples says. “He loved Pops and he knew all of our stuff. I felt like I knew Jeff Tweedy when I left that restaurant.” Staples had just finished her critically acclaimed album of civil rights songs, “We’ll Never Turn Back,” produced by Ry Cooder. Turns out Tweedy came along at the perfect time, because Staples had no clue what to do next. “He said, ‘Well we’ll come up with something’ and that’s what he did.” Staples says. “I give him the credit.” What Tweedy did was assemble a list that included songs by Pops Staples, traditional gospel hymns and a pair of original songs he wrote for Staples: “You Are Not Alone” and “Only the Lord Knows.” “My skin was moving on my bones at the title, ‘You Are Not Alone,’” Staples recalls. “He had those lyrics and I just, I said ‘Tweedy this is too beautiful, so beautiful.’ My heart, I could see all of what this song would do for people. How it was needed in people’s lives. People are going through trying times and they’re losing their homes, losing their jobs and this song was so comforting.” Tweedy said he mentioned the song to Staples during one of their conversations as they were trying to figure out where their worlds collided. “I think we have similar philosophies,” Tweedy says. “And one of them was realizing that all music says the same thing, ‘You are not alone.’ Just to be comforted, have a friend there.”
The recording session lasted several weeks during the Chicago winter of 2009 into 2010. Staples said one cold day, Tweedy asked her to sing “Wonderful Savior” in a freezing stairwell so he could capture a certain sound. Staples was reluctant. “I said ‘Uh-uh, not me. I am not going out there,’” Staples recounts. “I said, ‘Tweedy it’s cold.’ It was 14 degrees. He said, ‘Mavis, the sound is so good.’” Staples bundled up in a coat, hat and gloves and went outside with the backup singers. “All of us were around one microphone,” she says. “You could see the vapor coming from our mouths as we sang this song. When we went in to listen I was the first to say, ‘Oh man, that sounds good.’ I said, ‘Tweedy I will never dispute your word again. Whatever you ask for I’m willing.’” Staples describes the sessions at the Wilco loft as a “lovefest.” “The Wilco guys would come through and bring their babies and their wives and puppies,” she says. “It was just beautiful.” Tweedy feels the same way about her. “She’s somebody that has an enormous spirit that is visible to all people and has managed to stay vibrant and relevant,” Tweedy says. “She has a special gift.” Her friend and the author of the gospel music encyclopedia “Uncloudy Days,” Bil Carpenter, calls Staples one of the last surviving true soul artists. Carpenter said some of her current work updates her Staples Singers standards for a new generation. “It’s almost like she has a foot in the past, but she has a foot into the future too,” Carpenter said. “You’re going into the future, but you’re not forgetting the past.”
HERE COMES THE SUN
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In this May 19, 2010 file photo, musician Mick Jagger poses during a photo call for the film “Stones in Exile”, at the 63rd international film festival, in Cannes, southern France.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Recording Academy is finally getting some satisfaction, with Mick Jagger’s first appearance on the Grammy stage. The Rolling Stones frontman will perform at the Feb. 13 ceremony as part of a tribute to soul great Solomon Burke, who died last year. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer opened for the Rolling Stones several times during his career comeback late in life. Jagger will perform with soul singer Raphael Saadiq during the 53rd annual Grammy Awards, which will air live on CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles (8 p.m. EST). “We’re thrilled, delighted, excited and very much looking forward to Mick doing his debut on the Grammy stage,” said Neil Portnow, president and CEO of the Recording Academy. “It’s extraordinary to many of us that the fact is, this will be the first time; he has never performed on the Grammy stage.” This won’t be Jagger’s first appearance on a Grammy telecast. In 1986, the Rolling Stones were given a lifetime achievement award by Eric Clapton, and they performed on the show by satellite.
Simple pleasures work best for winter birthdays from WAYS, page 7
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Students wade through the wintry mix left over from the week’s snowstorm in Fairfield Way on Thursday afternoon.
“We did a remote from London, and it was at least three o’clock there,” said show producer Ken Ehrlich. “I think they had been celebrating a little time before we went on camera,” he said. “It was quite a moment.” Ehrlich has produced the show for 31 years and has always wanted Jagger and the Stones to perform, but it didn’t work out until this year. Ehrlich said it was Jagger’s admiration for Burke that brought him to the Grammy stage. “He’s asked me not to go into detail about what he’s doing, but I think when you see the performance, it will make a lot sense,” said Ehrlich. “I think it was the idea of the performance that was intriguing to him and really brought him here.” Jagger will join a performers list that includes Rihanna, Cee Lo, Gwyneth Paltrow, Eminem, Arcade Fire, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Usher, Lady Gaga, Lady Antebellum and Justin Bieber. When asked who was left on his list of must-have Grammy performers, Ehrlich, noting the numerous legends who have appeared on the Grammy stage, said: “In all honestly, that’s about it.”
kick in, you won’t realize that it’s cold at all. Those of a more girly nature could take a long walk and have a winter photo shoot. Afterwards you can all marvel at your lovely winter outfits and rosy cheeks. It’s great fun for a birthday and an inexpensive way to make a mini album to give as a gift. “I think if you are really adventurous you should rent out a skiing place or resort and invite a few friends along for the ride,” said Enerida Ademi, a 4th-semester political science major at Fairfield University. Obviously this is a more expensive alternative, but one that, if planned correctly and in advance, would be fantastic for an 18th or 21st Birthday party! Now, I am one of those freaks who is not affected by wintery blues, but even I understand the difficulties of getting anywhere with bad driving conditions. If you cannot drive anywhere, there are still plenty of ways
to celebrate getting older. “You could wear cute winter clothes and go out for a special dinner and drinks,” said Nadiya Chiger a 6yh-semester biological sciences major. Her friend, Ivonne Juarez, a 6th year math major adds “… then come home and relax by the fireplace or dance.” Alternatively, you could cook dinner and bake sweet treats with your friends if you have access to kitchen and even make your own cocktails for those over 21. There are many options for those of you born in these blistering winter months, so do not despair. If you are like me and have always fancied a picnic, make one indoors. It might even be better since you don’t get the bugs or the bees. When spring and summer do finally arrive, you can always have your pool party and say it’s a second birthday. I am sure nobody will have any objection. So get your gloves and hats and start making some friends for Frosty.
nificant other will probably be relieved to know that he or she is not going to be an awkward position come gift-giving time. Choose a “window” if you prefer, like “$50 to $75” instead of a rigid number, or pick a number with a $10 buffer zone either way. Then, of course, you have to stick to the budget. If you do decide to go over, you have to be OK with the fact that you will get a gift valued at less in return. And, if you are the victim of a budget-breaker, remember that you followed the agreed-upon rules and did nothing wrong. Enjoy being spoiled a little. When shopping for gifts, look for places that are running specials, sales or Valentine’s deals. Many will have sales on flowers, candy, jewelry or other Valentine’s Day staples. Others with offer deals on purchases over a certain dollar value. Keep an eye on sales circulars and commercials in the days leading up to your purchase to make sure you don’t miss out on a deal. When it comes to buying flowers, gentlemen, you can save by steering clear of roses. Other flowers or mixed bouquets smell just as nice and are, arguably, more beautiful when on display. If you or your girl is hung-up on roses, a single rose is affordable and, if paired with dinner or something else, looks more romantic than cheap. Another way to save without looking cheap is to cook dinner instead of going out. For guys or girls, it shows you care about impressing your valentine and you can show off your culinary skills too! Only know one dish? Whip it up and then go out for dessert! More of a baker than a chef? Skip dessert at the restaurant and make something sweet when you get home. Dinner aside, planning a night in for Valentines Day is cheap, and much more intimate than dinner and movie with a hundred other couples. You can rent a romantic movie (or download one somewhere) and watch it snuggled up on the couch. Maybe you can turn baking dessert into a date activity or just relax with a bottle of wine. As I always recommend when ordering things online, Google the same of the website and a phrase like “coupon code,” “savings code,” “free shipping” or something else related. By doing just a few seconds of searching you could save yourself quite a bit of money or find a nice upgrade for shipping. If you watch for deals, check for coupon codes and try some “at-home” substitutions to the normal Valentine’s Day activities, you can have a great holiday with your special someone without breaking the bank.
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Stop the presses: First iPadexclusive newspaper debuts NEW YORK (AP) — Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. launched the first iPad-only newspaper Wednesday. It is hoping the right combination of traditional reporting and technological wizardry will lure enough subscribers and advertisers to pay for a new way of delivering journalism. News Corp. plans to charge 99 cents per week or $40 per year for the newspaper, called The Daily. That’s less than what many publishers charge per month for home delivery of newspapers, though The Daily won’t be burdened with the cost of printing or delivering a physical newspaper. The digital newspaper is produced by reporters in New York and Los Angeles and a network of freelancers. It will be broken out into sections including News, Gossip and Opinion and delivered to subscribers on their iPads each morning. Each edition will have as many as 100 pages the size of an iPad, which measures 9.7 inches diagonally. Content will be updated, though not as often as a website. “There’s a growing segment of the population here and around the world that is educated and sophisticated, and they’re not reading national newspapers or watching much television news,” Murdoch said during a launch event at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. “But they do consume media. And
they expect content tethered to their specific interests delivered anytime, anywhere.” The Daily is the latest example of how media companies are trying to mine the iPad’s popularity for new sources of revenue. Many publishers already have free or paid apps as an addon to their print editions. Newspapers have been eyeing digital opportunities because the print advertising revenue they have traditionally relied upon has been evaporating for the past four years. Advertising revenue from newspaper websites has been growing, but it’s a fraction of what print brings in. News Corp. hasn’t been as hard hit as many publishers because of revenue coming from its Fox television network and the 20th Century Fox movie studio. News Corp. also owns The Wall Street Journal, one of the few newspapers able to sell a large number of digital subscriptions. Still, Murdoch referred to the crisis facing the news business Wednesday, saying, “We can and we must make the business of news gathering and editing viable again.” Though it is too soon to predict how The Daily will fare financially, Murdoch said News Corp. spent about $30 million to start the project. Operating costs will run roughly a half million dollars per week. So to break even on annual subscriptions alone would
Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and CEO of News Corporation, attends the launch of The Daily, Wednesday, Feb. 2 in N.Y. The Daily is the world’s first iPad-only newspaper and Murdoch’s latest project.
require a customer base of almost 1 million readers, assuming Apple Inc. takes its typical 30 percent cut. That
would put The Daily among the top circulating newspapers in the country. Advertising dollars will
help support The Daily as well, though how much is not yet known. News Corp. Chief Digital Officer Jon Miller said readers will be the main source of revenue for The Daily at first, but eventually the company would like to see a 50-50 split between subscription and advertising. It is counting on marketers to pay more to reach readers who are engaged enough to pay for a digital newspaper. Verizon Wireless is sponsoring the newspaper’s launch, allowing News Corp. to give readers two weeks for free. The iPad’s rising popularity gives The Daily and potential advertisers a vast audience to target. Nearly 15 million iPads were sold in just nine months last year and research firm Gartner Inc. expects 55 million tablets to be shipped this year. Most of those tablets will likely be iPads. On the other hand, The Daily will have competition. The New York Times has a free iPad app, though it plans to begin charging a yet-undetermined fee early this year. USA Today
has a free app and is overhauling its newsroom toward putting news on the iPad and other mobile gadgets. It has no plans to charge readers. The Daily is looking for an edge by offering an app that is more closely tailored for tablet computers. It is giving prominent place to video and graphics that can be manipulated using the iPad’s touch screen and photos that offer 360-degree, panoramic views at the swipe of a finger. Readers can navigate The Daily by swiping left to right to get to the next page, or zoom out to scroll through multiple pages at a time. Jesse Angelo, managing editor at News Corp.’s New York Post, will serve as The Daily’s editor-in-chief. After his first look at The Daily, veteran newspaper analyst Ken Doctor said he was impressed at the way News Corp. has taken advantage of the iPad’s touch screen in a way other publication haven’t. “I think they’ve set a new standard,” he said. “They’ve passed their first test.”
Hulu Plus set to hit 1 million subscribers
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hulu Plus, the video subscription plan that charges $8 a month to watch a range of TV shows online, will have 1 million paying customers this year and post annual revenue of more than $200 million, according to Hulu’s chief executive Jason Kilar. The details, made clear in a blog post late Wednesday came on the heels of the announcement of a new content distribution deal with Viacom Inc. to replay hit shows like MTV’s “Jersey Shore.” The shows, which also include “Tosh.0” and “Hot in Cleveland” will be available to subscribers 21 days after they first run on television and after Viacom has a chance to show reruns on its websites. The deal, which also brings “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and “The Colbert Report” back to the free version of Hulu online, runs into mid2012. Those shows disappeared from Hulu last March in a dispute over payments. Both the paid and free services of Hulu come with advertising. Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman told investors Thursday
that what changed his mind about the service was its offer to share subscription revenues along with advertising dollars — a model that mirrors the pay TV services provided by companies such as Time Warner Cable Inc. and DirecTV. “We are very interested in the new business plan that Hulu has come forward with because it replicates the dual revenue stream that we enjoy in the traditional distribution realm,” Dauman said. Kilar also said that all of Hulu, including its free website, will generate nearly $500 million in revenue in 2011, up from $263 million in 2010 and $108 million in 2009. Hulu is owned by The Walt Disney Co., News Corp., Comcast Corp.’s NBC Universal and Providence Equity Partners. Hulu has emerged as one of the largest providers of video content online. Competitor Netflix Inc., which complements its online streaming service with its legacy mailorder DVD rental business, finished 2010 with 20 million subscribers and revenue of $2.16 billion.
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Friday, February 4, 2011
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Griffin, 4 Celtics tabbed headed to L.A.
NEW YORK (AP) — Blake Griffin is going to his first AllStar game, and Kevin Garnett matched an NBA record Thursday with his 14th straight selection as one of a recordtying four Boston Celtics headed for the midseason event. Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen will accompany Garnett, who equaled Jerry West, Shaquille O'Neal and Karl Malone for the most consecutive selections. The Celtics joined the 2006 Detroit Pistons as the only teams to have four players picked as reserves by the coaches. Griffin, the Rookie of the Year favorite of the Clippers, will become the first rookie AllStar since Yao Ming in 2003. Joining Griffin on the Western Conference team for the Feb. 20 game at Staples Center were Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili of the NBA-leading Spurs; forwards Dirk Nowitzki of Dallas and Pau Gasol of the Lakers; and guards Deron Williams of Utah and Russell Westbrook of Oklahoma City, who joins Griffin as the lone first-time selections. Chris Bosh will go to Los Angeles with Miami teammates LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, who were elected as starters. The other East reserves picked were Atlanta's Joe Johnson and Al Horford. The reserves were selected in voting by the head coaches in each conference, who had to vote for two forwards, two guards, a center and two players regardless of position. They went for the winning teams in the East, whose reserves are represented by just three teams. "There hasn't been too many
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Boston's Big Three, plus Rajon Rondo and Blake Griffin were selected as reserves for the All-Star game by the coaches.
times where you've had this kind of competition at the top of the Eastern Conference with such good teams," Wade said. "So looking at the All-Star team, you understand that most guys are going to be from a few teams. That's how it should be in the Eastern Conference. The Western Conference is a different argument." The voting was much more difficult in the West, where coaches bypassed the likes of forwards Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge, Zach Randolph and Lamar Odom. "It was difficult," said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who will coach the West team. "When we
sat down, there were a lot of great names to choose from. At every position, you leave someone out." Tony Parker missed out despite being the second-leading scorer for the Spurs, who entered Thursday's game against the Lakers at 40-8. Veteran Steve Nash of the Suns and the Warriors' Monta Ellis, the league's sixth-leading scorer, also fell short. "I think every year it's hard for point guards to make it, because there are so many great point guards in this league, especially in the West," Williams said. "There are always young guys that are coming into the league
and it's going to continue to be a fight every year. That's another reason I feel so honored." The starters were chosen by fan voting and announced last week. Orlando's Dwight Howard, Chicago's Derrick Rose and Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire are the other East starters, while the Lakers' Kobe Bryant, Hornets guard Chris Paul, forwards Carmelo Anthony of Denver and Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City, and Houston center Yao were the winners from the West. Yao is injured and Commissioner David Stern will choose a replacement. That gives another chance to Love,
who is averaging 21.4 points and a league-best 15.5 rebounds, and shooting 43.9 percent from 3-point range. He has 34 straight double-doubles, but was undoubtedly hurt by his Minnesota Timberwolves' 11-37 record. But the coaches couldn't overlook Griffin, even though the Clippers are also below .500. The No. 1 pick in the 2009 draft has been spectacular after sitting out last season following knee surgery, averaging 23 points and 12.7 rebounds while compiling a half season of highlights with his array of dunks. The East will be coached by the Celtics' Doc Rivers, who said earlier Thursday that he
hoped his four players would be rewarded and said he would play them all together. "That way we can run offense in the All-Star game," Rivers said. "That'd be a first." The Celtics (1953, '62 and '75); Lakers ('62 and '98) and 76ers ('83) also had four All-Stars. But only the Pistons, with Chauncey Billups, Richard Hamilton, Ben Wallace and Rasheed Wallace, had four reserves selected by the coaches. The Heat's own Big Three was recognized when Bosh was selected to his sixth AllStar game, even though his numbers have dropped significantly in his first year since leaving Toronto. "Chris is definitely one of the top 24 guys that we have in this league, definitely one of the top 12 guys that we have in the Eastern Conference. So I don't think it's much of a debate," James said. "Happy for him, absolutely. To be able to take three guys off one team, just compliments this team, first of all, and then our individual talents put together that we're able to represent the Miami Heat that weekend." Duncan earned his 13th straight selection despite career-low numbers. Although Popovich has been monitoring Duncan's minutes with the Spurs, the coach isn't worried about a little extra playing time at Staples Center for his veteran big man. "I'm actually thrilled that he was chosen," Popovich said. "He's been the bulwark of what we do for a number of years. We have a pretty good record (this season), and he's a big part of that."
Sullinger’s double-double lifts No. 1 Ohio State
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — It’s beginning to look more and more as if Ohio State isn’t a typical team and center Jared Sullinger isn’t a typical freshman. Sullinger hammered away inside for 19 points and 15 rebounds and No. 1 Ohio State came back from a sluggish half to beat Michigan 62-53 Thursday night, helping the Buckeyes open with 23 wins for the second time in school history. “Sullinger is a freshman, but he’s a very unusual freshman,” Michigan coach John Beilein said. Beilein then focused on one pivotal play. In the middle of a critical 13-5 second-half run, Ohio State’s Jon Diebler airballed a 3 from the left corner. But Sullinger correctly positioned himself to catch the ball and put it back in. “I turned around and said,
‘The last time I saw that, Blake Griffin did it,’” Beilein said, referring to the former Oklahoma star now with the Los Angeles Clippers. “It’s incredible body control and hands. He’s hard to guard and you get in foul trouble.” Fouls were a huge factor in the second meeting between the teams in 22 days. The Buckeyes won the earlier meeting in Ann Arbor, Mich., 68-64, holding off the young Wolverines at the end. This time, Michigan led by six points early in the second half before Ohio State (23-0, 10-0 Big Ten) began looking to the 6-foot-9, wide-body Sullinger every time down the floor. As a result, he absolutely wore out defenders and was a huge reason why Michigan was called for 23 fouls to the Buckeyes’ 11. The Wolverines shot just four
free throws in the game; Sullinger shot 11 (making 5) by himself. The Buckeyes were 15 of 25. “I kind of knew that the doubleteam was coming baseline so I was going to explore and go to the middle as much as I can,” he said. “They were helping off of Dave (Lighty) and sometimes Dallas (Lauderdale). I knew the wing was open, so I was trying to get to the middle to break down that doubleteam for us to get a better chance to score.” William Buford added 13 points — including two timely 3-pointers in the second-half run — as Ohio State extended its conference lead to three games. It felt like a struggle for the first 39 minutes for the Buckeyes. “Our guys did a very good job of maintaining composure when things didn’t go the way that we thought that maybe they were
going to go,” coach Thad Matta said. “Probably the biggest thing was continuing to lock down and defend. Obviously our offense wasn’t as effective as it needed to be. We didn’t make shots and we had some good ones, some open ones. But the defense probably saved us.” Tim Hardaway Jr. had 15 points, Darius Morris 12 — but only two points on 1 for 7 shooting in the second half — and Jordan Morgan 10 for Michigan (13-9, 3-6), which fell to 1-22 all-time against No. 1s. The Wolverines led 26-23 at the half. “We had too many turnovers. We weren’t playing like ourselves. And we weren’t rebounding either,” Buford said. “So (Matta) got on us about that. And we had to play with more intensity.”
Ohio State's Jon Diebler, center, goes up for a shot against Michigan's Stu Douglass.
Huskies try for 10-0 in conference play from EXORCISING, page 14 “It was incredible the way we played good team defense and played without fouling,” Maya Moore said. “It can be hard to play that way and ….offensively, getting out in transition. We knew if we could rebound the ball we could get them in transition. That’s something we love to do.” “I think it was another example of how we’re getting better,” Auriemma said. “Stefanie
Dolson is getting better by the day. Tiffany Hayes played exactly the way Tiffany needs to play... We don’t even talk about Maya [Moore] anymore because Maya is Maya... I watched it and was amazed by it myself.” Throughout their season the Blue Demons have ceased to amaze, most notably rising from being unranked all the way to the top ten. Upsets over West Virginia, St. John’s and Stanford have drawn the eye of pollsters
in the Associated Press who since the new year have vaulted them up thirteen spots. On the offensive end, DePaul boasts a potent attack. Four players average double-digit scoring, including junior forward Keisha Hamption who is third in the Big East with 15.6 points per game. As a team, the Blue Demons are eighth nationally in field goal percentage and fourth in assists per contest. The Co-Big East leaders are
also very active defensively, ratcheting up nearly twelve steals every game. In Big East play they’ve managed to hold their conference foes to just over 22 points in the first half, at which point the game may even be out of hand.
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Friday, February 4, 2011
Women’s hockey takes on pair of rivals
By Peter Logue Campus Correspondent
The UConn women’s hockey team will look to get back to their winning ways after a five game winning streak ended last weekend when they were swept in a homeand-home with the No. 3 team in the country, Boston University. They will travel to Boston College on Friday night and return to Storrs on Saturday to face Northeastern at 1 p.m. The weekend has great conference standing implications for the Huskies (12-15-1 overall, 8-6-1), who currently sit at third place in the conference with 17 points. They are chasing conference-leading BU and Boston College, who is in second
place with 19 points. Northeastern is currently in fifth place with 15. The Huskies have already faced the Eagles twice this season, battling to a 2-2 overtime tie at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum in Storrs on October 30 before being thumped 4-0 in Chestnut Hill the following day. When asked what her team needs to do to defeat the nationally ranked Eagles, Coach Heather Linstad said that she hopes that her team will increase their intensity this time around. “Of course scoring one more goal then BC will get us the win,” joked Linstad. “But truly we need to play with passion and win the puck battles. We were too passive against BU [in the two earlier meetings].” On Saturday, UConn will face a
Northeastern team that is having an impressive season. They are 13-6-4 overall, with a 5-4-3 Hockey East ranking and have spent a few weeks throughout the season in the national top 10 rankings. Their offense features a formidable double threat in Rachel Lannes and Katie MacSorley. Lannes leads the team with 21 points while MacSorley has scored 12 goals on the year. “Northeastern is a very energetic team that likes to get up and down the ice quickly,” said Linstad. “They have solid goaltending and some good scorers.” UConn has had to deal with some adversity this week as the Freitas Ice Forum was closed on Wednesday due to “ice accumulation” on the roof of the building. Mike Enright, UConn’s
Huskies host final meet of season By Carmine Colangelo Campus Correspondent After a dominating performance at Bucknell last weekend, the UConn Women’s Swimming and Diving team returns to Storrs for their final meet of the regular season. The 5-2 Huskies (2-1 in the Big East) are coming off of a successful weekend against the Bisons, where they won their head to head matchup 190-109 on Friday as well as 12 first place finishes in the Bison Invitational. Now they head home to host Yale in their final regular game of the 2010-11 season. The Bulldogs hold a 5-3 record on the season, including a
3-2 record in the Ivy League. Looking towards the matchup this Saturday, The Huskies’ Head Coach Bob Goldberg predicted a very competitive meet. “This will be a high-caliber matchup,” Goldberg said, who sees Saturday’s event as being “comparable to a conference meet. Almost every event could be decided by the flip of a coin, they are very good.” This looks to be a very good matchup this weekend since both teams hold very similar and competitive records. The Huskies will look for strong performances from their star players like Danielle Cecco, Caitlin Gallagher, Erin DeVinney as well as the rest of the supporting cast if they want to hang with the Bulldogs.
“This is what we need before a tough meet,” said Goldberg, in reference to the upcoming Big East Championships, which begin Feb 11 in Louisville, KY, the next meet after this final regular season game. With it being the final game of the season, it will be senior day at the Wolff-Zackin Natatorium. “Right at one o’clock we will recognize the seniors with a ceremony,” said Goldberg. The Huskies will honor their hardworking seniors. The meet will begin approximately at one o’clock, right after the senior day ceremony.
Men’s swimming faces Nutmeg foe Yale By James Huang Campus Correspondent
“They are a very good team and we seldom are able to beat them.” To just look at the Bulldog’s record isn’t an accurate measure The UConn men’s swimming of their strength. With a record of and diving team takes on the 1-4 along with third and fourth Yale Bulldogs this Saturday place finishes in two invitationafternoon in the Natatorium als, anyone would at 1 p.m. This will think they’re a terrible be the team’s last swim team. But there meet of their reguare two key factors lar season before that back up the truth competing in the of the Bulldogs being vs. Yale Big East and NCAA a good team. They 1 p.m. Championships. are in the difficult Ivy This meet will be Wolff-Zackin League Conference. Senior Day for the Their only win so Huskies as they honor Natatorium far has been against the senior members Dartmouth and that will graduate this they’ve been defeated year. This will perhaps by good teams such as be their most important meet of Navy and Penn. the regular season. The men If coach Goldberg considers have to finish the regular season them a good team, then the with a victory and a 7-1 record Bulldogs shouldn’t be underagainst the Yale Bulldogs. This estimated. They have a great will be a tough test. amount of depth and talent. “Yale is always a big meet for Senior Jason Choi is consisus,” said coach Bob Goldberg. tently fast in fly and backstroke.
Sophomore Jared Lovett is versatile in breaststroke, backstroke, fly, and individual medley. They also have strong divers in sophomore Aaron SeriffCullick and junior Colton Staab. Coach Goldberg is fully aware of Yale’s depth. “The key is the first places,” Goldberg said. “You cannot win a meet without winning the majority of first places. This is critical since we are a smaller team in numbers than Yale. I expect our men to ready for a good fight. I expect Yale to do the same. They have good swimmers in every event. We can beat them only if we are good enough to win a majority of events. It will be a real challenge.” Most recently, the Huskies competed in back-to-back swim meets, defeating Bucknell in a road meet then competing in the Bison Invitational.
UConn set to compete in Collegiate Invite By Mike McCurry Campus Correspondent
Kyle Duggan, will travel to the Armory in what is shaping up to be a very talented meet. The other athletes to compete are The UConn men’s track Mike Alleman, Noel James and and field team will be com- Aaron King. peting in both the Collegiate Rutt, a senior from and Giegengack Invitationals Pennsylvania, finally had a this weekend. The chance to rest after Collegiate Invitational, a jam-packed weekwhich takes place at end. On Friday, the the Armory Track and senior competed in Field Center in New the Millrose Games York, starts at 9 a.m. Collegiate at Madison Square on Friday and Saturday. Garden. The followInvite The Giegengack ing morning, Rutt meet, also a two-day 9 a.m. had to take part in affair, is set to begin at the mile race among Armory, New Yale University around other events. York City 4 p.m. Friday and 9 “Pulling a double a.m. Saturday morning. on the weekend Coach Gregory Roy has wasn’t anything new to me,” decided to only take a select few Rutt said. “I can’t say that I felt to the Collegiate Invitational. fresh afterwards, but it’s someThe team captains, sprinter thing that, as a middle distance Mike Rutt and pole vaulter runner, is very common to us.”
While some of the most athletic Huskies will be sent to New York, UConn still has a strong group going to Yale. Although last week’s focus was more on individual performances, coach Roy’s men still fought hard and wanted the victory. “There were solid performances throughout, but I think it’s safe to say there is more potential for everyone,” Freshman Sean Walsh said. “We are looking to continue to get better each week until we ultimately peak at championship time.” Coach Roy applauds his team for what they have done thus far, but realizes that this weekend is a big one. “There’s only two weeks until the Big East Championship,” Roy said. It’s time to get rolling.”
UConn heads to Seton Hall looking to snap losing streak against 10-12 Pirates at Prudential Center in Newark from SHIVER, page 14 three spots behind UConn in the Big East at 4-6 and 10-12 overall. Their home arena, the Prudential Center, is home to the NBA’s New Jersey Nets and the NHL’s New Jersey Devils. The Huskies’ star, Kemba Walker, is going through a slump. On Wednesday, he shot 3-for-14 from the field, finishing with eight points, his first
single-digit scoring output of the season. Walker said no injury is affecting his shooting woes, and Calhoun has not answered any question regarding him the last two games. Walker is looking to turn it around Saturday. “We gotta come out and practice and play hard,” Walker said. “If we give 100 percent effort we should be good…we have to stay confident and stay with each other and we’ll be fine.”
UConn is aware that they have held nine-point leads in the last two contests, and in both, had a chance to either close the game out, or get over the hump and take back the lead late in the game. “We’ve got to finish the game off like we didn’t [against Syracuse] on Saturday,” Calhoun said.
sports information director, said that he hopes the rink will be reopened by Saturday. In spite of being ousted from their home ice during the week, the Huskies have had a solid week of practice to prepare for the two crucial conference matchups this weekend. “I thought we had an okay practice Monday but bounced back on Tuesday with a lot of energy and passion. Wednesday we took the day off because the Freitas Ice Forum was closed. We will practice off campus today; I hope it is as energetic as Tuesday. The rink being closed makes for a fewadjustments but it’s not a major problem.”
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After a series against BU, the Huskies will try to bounce back against BC and Northeastern.
Women’s track riding momentum into N.Y. By Cory Lebihan Campus Correspondent As the indoor track schedule nears the championship meets, the Huskies will participate in their final invitational of the season this weekend at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational in New York. The UConn women’s track and field team rode into this week feeling good after solid performances against premiere competition at the Penn State National Invitational and the 104th Millrose Games. “Winning championships is always one of our primary team goals” junior distance runner Heather Wilson said. Wilson knows that those meets are swiftly approaching. The Huskies season up until now has been marked by dominating performance from upperclass-
men and the emergence of plenty of young talent. Wilson has been one of the standouts for the Huskies this season. She has broken a school record in each of the past two meets and is primed to shave time off her marks as she leads the Huskies into the New Balance Collegiate Invitational. “It hasn’t really sunk in yet, but it feels good,” Wilson said of her recent record breaking performances. “I’ve preached that confidence is key,” said distance coach Andrea Grove-McDonough. “[Wilson] bought in. That makes her capable of something special.” All-American upperclassmen Victoria Flowers and Trisha-Ann Hawthorne have been dominating with their performances this year and have consistently gained points for UConn. Much of the Huskies’ success
this season has been dictated by the achievements of their young talent. Freshmen and redshirt freshmen have eagerly jumped into pivotal roles for this team and have been able to contribute points to the team, Grove-McDonough said. Hurdler Madalayne Smith, jumpers Natasha McLaren and Ilva Bikanova and runners Shauna McNiff, Lauren Sara, Brigitte Mania and Ana Groff are all freshmen or sophomores that have taken huge strides in becoming contributors. Any of these athletes can step in and produce points for the team Grove-McDonough said. UConn will need the contributions as it heads to New York to compete in the New Balance Collegiate Invitational on Feb. 4 and 5.
Blair: Pasqualoni’s recruits like Cheesecake Factory from HUSKIES, page 14 by Connecticut high school coaches in an open letter, running the show, the Huskies will pick up some more in-state talent. After all, Pasqualoni was the one that lured Bloomfield native Dwight Freeney to Syracuse. Some of the criticism Pasqualoni faced after his selection was that he wasn’t a great recruiter and he’s been out of recruiting for seven years. But with the unimpressive classes that Edsall has hauled in lately, I think we have to give Paul a chance. I wrote a few weeks back
that Paul Pasqualoni was like Applebee’s, and I stand by it, but Pasqualoni’s recruiting is more like a Cheesecake Factory. It’s a chain, and the food is pretty simple, but the presentation is great. Pasqualoni’s classes weren’t that impressive, but he turned Syracuse into a Big East contender, a Top 25 team and actually won a few BCS bowl games. Edsall’s recruiting? It’s more like a Friendly’s. You know what you’re going to get each and every year, and yet, you keep going back to the well. Edsall kept getting two and three-star recruits, and kept turning in 8-4, 7-5
and the occasional 9-3 season. Pasqualoni might not bring in recruits that are much flashier than Edsall’s, but I’d like to think he’s going to do more than Edsall was ever able to do. Besides, when’s the last time you went to the Friendly’s here and actually left satisfied? Be honest.
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The Daily Question men’s basketball team would you least like to face in the Q: “Which first round of the Big East tournament?” A: “Pitt because they are full of beasts.”
Tomorrow Feb. 10 Feb. 13 Feb. 16 Feb. 18 Seton Hall St. John’s Providence Georgetown Louisville 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 9:00 p.m.
-Packers receiver Donald Driver on playing in his first Super Bowl
Ramirez, White Sox finalize deal
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CHICAGO (AP) — Alexei Ramirez would love nothing more than to spend the rest of his career with the Chicago White Sox. Consider this a big step. The shortstop and the team finalized a new contract that adds $32.5 million over four years through 2015. Chicago exercised Ramirez’s $2.75 million option for 2011 in December. The agreement announced Thursday adds salaries of $5 million in 2012, $7 million in 2013, $9.5 million in 2014 and $10 million in 2015. The White Sox have a $10 million option for 2016 with a $1 million buyout. “I’m so happy with where I’m at with the White Sox, with what I’ve done so far, and what I hope to accomplish,” Ramirez said through an interpreter during a telephone conference call. “If I’m lucky enough to play for the White Sox my entire career, that’s something I would love to do.” The 29-year-old hit .282 with eight homers and 70 RBIs in 156 games with Chicago last season, becoming the first shortstop in White Sox history to win the Silver Slugger Award. He led AL shortstops in average, slugging percentage (.431), homers and total bases (252), and he ranked second in RBIs.
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Women’s Basketball (21-1) (9-0) Feb. 8 Feb. 12 Feb. 14 Feb. 19 Tomorrow West Providence Oklahoma Notre Dame DePaul Virginia 2:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
Men’s Hockey (8-13-4) Feb. 11 Feb. 13 Feb. 18 Sacred Bentley Bentley Heart 7:05 p.m. 7:05 p.m. 7:05 p.m.
Women’s Hockey (12-15-1)
Feb. 19 Feb. 13 Providence Northeastern 4:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m.
Pettite to announce retirement at Stadium
Men’s Track and Field Today Tomorrow Feb. 11 Feb. 19/20 Feb. 25/26 Collegiate Giegengack Lafayette-Rider Big East New England Invite Invite Invitational Championship Championship 9:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. All Day All Day
Women’s Track and Field Mar. 5/6 Today Feb. Tomorrow Feb. 19/20 ECAC New Balance Giegengack Big East 25/26 Invite Champ. New England Championship Invite 2:00 p.m. All Day Championship All Day All Day
Men’s Swimming and Diving Feb. 16 Feb. 11 Feb. 11 Tomorrow Mar. 11/12 Big East Big East Big East Yale Zone Diving Championship Championship Championship 1:00 p.m. All Day All Day All Day All Day
In this file photo, Oct. 13, 2009, Andy Pettite tips his cap to the Yankee Stadium crowd during the 2009 World Series against the Phillies. He will announce his retirement today.
Mar. 11/12 Zone Diving All Day
Team 4Pittsburgh 12Villanova 15Louisville 9Notre Dame 25West Virginia 17Syracuse 13Georgetown Cincinnati 6UConn St. John’s Marquette Seton Hall Rutgers Providence South Florida DePaul
What's On TV NFL: Super Bowl The big game is set to take center stage in Texas as the Pack and Steel meet for NFL’s championship. Aaron Rodgers tries to stop Ben Roethlisberger from winning his third Super Bowl ring in this matchup of two classic franchises.
Women’s Standings AP
NBA: Mavericks at Celtics, 8 p.m., ESPN Since Dirk Nowitzki came back from injury Dallas has reeled off six straight wins. The Mavs will try to beat the best team in the East in Boston where Rajon Rondo and the Big Three are coming off a 3-1 West Coast swing. AP
NEW YORK (AP) — Andy Pettitte will announce his retirement Friday morning at a Yankee Stadium news conference. A five-time World Series champion, Pettitte had been telling the Yankees since the end of the season that it was likely he wouldn’t play in 2011. He became a free agent and has not attempted to negotiate a contract. The 38-year-old left-hander is 240-138 with a 3.88 ERA n 16 major league seasons. He excelled in the postseason, setting a major league record for wins by going 19-10 with a 3.83 ERA. Pettitte’s departure leaving a huge hole in the Yankees’ rotation, with no proven starters behind CC Sabathia, Phil Hughes and A.J. Burnett. Having failed to sign free agent Cliff Lee, New York has agreed to minor league contracts with Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia in recent weeks, trying to find more options for a fourth and fifth starter in addition to youngster Ivan Nova and Sergio Mitre. Pettitte spent 13 seasons with the Yankees, interrupting his career in New York to play for his hometown Houston Astros from 200406. He was a three-time All-Star, earning the honor in 1996, 2001 and last year, and was a 20-game winner in 1996 and 2003 when he twice went 21-8.
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“I don’t think it’s really going to hit me until Sunday when I walk out that tunnel, knowing that this is the biggest stage that I’m going to play on in my career .”
Men’s Basketball (17-4) (5-4)
Today Feb. 6 Feb. 12 Boston Northeastern Providence College 1:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m.
“Who will win next year’s Super Bowl?”
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Away game Gampel Pavilion, XL Center
Today Feb. 5 Army Army 7:05 p.m. 7:05 p.m.
Next Paper’s Question:
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Women’s basketball and Super Bowl highlight weekend By Matthew McDonough Associate Sports Editor The Storrs Side Games to attend: women’s hockey, Sun., 1 p.m. UConn takes on Hockey East foe Northeastern Sunday at Freitas Ice Forum. The Huskies will be in Boston Friday for a one-game slate with Boston College. Heading into this weekend, UConn has lost two straight following a five-game win streak. Men’s hockey, Sat., 7:05 p.m. The Huskies will have a homeand-home series with the Army. After playing in West Point, N.Y. on Friday, UConn will return to Storrs for a Saturday night showdown with the Black Knights. The Huskies are winless in their last eight games, their only points coming from a tie against Air Force on Jan. 22. Army is one spot ahead of UConn in the Atlantic Hockey standings, sitting in ninth place. Women’s basketball, Sat., 2 p.m. The Huskies take on DePaul Saturday afternoon at Gampel
Pavilion. UConn will look to extend its new win streak to 10 games. Still without a conference loss, the Huskies will look to stay undefeated in Big East play against the Blue Demons, who are also undefeated in Big East play. Game to follow up on: men’s basketball, Sat., 7 p.m. The Huskies travel to Newark, N.J. to take on Seton Hall at the Prudential Center. No. 6 UConn is now 17-4 after two straight home losses to Louisville and Syracuse, respectively. The Huskies will try to avoid falling to .500 in Big East play when they play the Pirates. Unlike UConn, Seton Hall defeated the Orange earlier this season. Pro Side: game to watch: Super Bowl, Sun., 6:29 p.m. A no-brainer, the NFC champion Green Bay Packers and AFC champion Pittsburgh Steelers decide the NFL’s 45th champion in Dallas.
» INSIDE SPORTS TODAY P.13: Pettite to retire today. / P.12: Women’s hockey faces BC and Northeastern. / P.11: Griffin, 4 Celts named to All-Star teams.
Friday, February 4, 2011
Huskies not seeing stars
EXORCISING THE DEMONS
UConn takes on DePaul for first place in Big East
By Andrew Callahan Staff Writer
Another UConn signing day has come and gone, and once again, the Huskies are at the back of the pack. Randy Esdall used to say that the recruiting services were often wrong. Maybe he’s right; former UConn basketball center Jonathan Mandeldove was a four-star recruit, as was quarterback Zach Frazer, an elite 11 quarterback who spent a year on the sideline of Notre Dame before transferring to Connecticut. And we both know how they panned out. It might be hard to see the college or pro potential in a high school recruit, but I’d agree that, more often than not, the services know what they’re talking about. These are professionals who do nothing for a living but evaluate the talent level of high school athletes. Sure, maybe Randy Edsall was able to coach these two- and three-star recruits up to four-star playing ability, but imagine what the program would be able to do with top-tier recruits. UConn has finished seventh or eighth in the Big East in recruiting in each of the last six years, floating between 50th and 70th nationally. The only four-star recruits the program has snagged since joining the Big East are Dwayne Difton (22 catches, 195 yards in two seasons) and Jarrell Miller (left the university after redshirting his freshman year). I understand that it’s hard to get 18-year-olds to come to Storrs, but with outstanding facilities such as the Mark Shenkman Training Center and the soonto-be-renamed Burton Family Football Complex, there’s no excuse for not aggressively going after our pipeline. Outside of Boston College, UConn is the only Division I football program in New England. And yet, consistently, BC is able to haul in better recruiting classes. What do the Eagles have that we don’t? A better stadium? Alumni Stadium only seats 4,500 more fans than Rentschler and is about 45 years older. A bigger fan base? Maybe, but from my experience, many BC “superfans” are about as fair-weather as they come. Tradition? UConn has more Big East championships (2) than BC (1), and the Eagles have yet to win their league since moving to the ACC. Let’s not forget that the Huskies also made it to a BCS game before Boston College. Sure, the Eagles may have some memorable games against Notre Dame, and a disputed championship in 1940, but outside of a few kids living in Massachusetts, I doubt most high school players dream of suiting up in the maroon and gold. I’m a big fan of Montana Tech head football coach Bob Green. Although he’s led the Orediggers to some memorable moments on the gridiron I’m sure, I was introduced to him as a YouTube sensation for his whimsical sayings. One of my favorites: “you break enough eggs, you’ll make an omelette.” And in my mind, that’s exactly how Edsall and the Huskies have gotten by so far, by getting enough three-star recruits that one or two were bound to have breakout years like Donald Brown or Jordan Todman. But how far does that really get us? I’m not saying that UConn is ever going to land five-star recruits, but they should at least be in contention for most of the elite football players in New England. Maybe with Paul Pasqualoni, who was endorsed
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Following his team’s 87-51 wallop of No. 3 Duke last Monday, Geno Auriemma said something very interesting to his student section: “This Saturday, we’re going to need you.” It was puzzling at the time but Auriemma’s declaration revealed just how much respect he has for Gampel’s next visitor, No. 9 DePaul, otherwise known as the greatest up-start team in the nation. 21-1, 9-0 Beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, the UConn women’s basketball team will battle on their home court for sole possession of first place in the 21-2 , 8-0 Big East conferThe visitSaturday, 2 p.m. ence. ing Blue Demons Gampel Pavilion are fresh off an impressive vicCPTV tory of their own, downing No. 8 West Virginia by a margin of twenty-two points. West Virginia was the last team standing before Connecticut took them down in the conference championship one year ago. But the story on Saturday for the Huskies will be, as it has always been, their own level of play. And if their showing against Duke was any indication of things to come, their current nine-game win streak should reach ten.
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Maya Moore dribbles the ball in an 87-51 win against Duke on Monday night at Gampel Pavilion. Moore and the Huskies will need the Gampel crowd to be loud Saturday afternoon versus DePaul in a battle for first place in the conference.
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» MEN’S BASKETBALL
Shiver me timbers: No. 6 Huskies try to bounce back By Matt McDonough Associate Sports Editor
wants more from his team. Calhoun stated, after the loss in Hartford that dropped UConn to 17-4 on the season and 5-4 in Coach Jim Calhoun said conference play, that he has been that everyone in the Big East outcoached the last two games conference controls their own by Louisville’s Rick Pitino destiny, and he told the No. 6 and Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim, UConn men’s basketball team respectively. And although in the locker room following Calhoun believes his team has the Syracuse loss had a great start that he is tired of to the season, his shaking the other players know the team’s hands and losing streak must seeing smiles on at two. at Seton Hall stop their faces after the “This team is a 7 p.m. Huskies’ losses. really good team,” “We’ve got to Prudential Center said senior center have the same peoCharles Okwandu. SNY ple shake our hands “We play hard. We and have frowns,” have to come out Calhoun said. of the comfortable The Huskies will try to turn zone. I know we are reluctant their frowns upside down because we are 17-4, before Saturday at the Prudential Center [Syracuse] 17-3, and we are just in Newark, N.J. when they take too comfortable. We really need on Seton Hall at 7 p.m. Calhoun, to play hard, forget about 17-4 who has been short to the press and play really hard like we of late, refusing to answer any used to do.” questions regarding specific The Huskies enter Saturday’s players besides Jeremy Lamb contest tied for fifth in the conafter Wednesday’s 66-58 loss to ference. The Pirates have had the Orange at the XL Center, an up-and-down season, on and
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Kemba Walker drives to the hoop in Wednesday’s 66-58 loss to Syracuse in Hartford. Walker and UConn will try to right the ship and end a two-game losing skid at Seton Hall.
off the court, under first-year coach Kevin Willard, who took over after the departure of disgraced coach Bobby Gonzalez. Seton Hall has two good players in senior guard Jeremy Hazell and junior Herb Pope. Pope, and Hazell, along with Jordan Theodore and Jeff Robinson, average double-digits in scoring. Hazell has played in nine games and has had a roller coaster senior campaign if there ever was one. On the court he is averaging 19 points and almost three rebounds per game. But Hazell has missed half the season due to a broken wrist in November. Following his wrist surgery, Hazell was shot once in the right armpit in an attempted robbery Christmas night at his home in Harlem. Hazell was released from the hospital the next day and returned to the court Jan. 12 and scored 23 points in a Seton Hall win. The Pirates have won two straight, including a 90-68 thrashing of Syracuse at the Carrier Dome. Seton Hall is
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Huskies to play weekend series with Army their past two games on the road, their last home game resulted in a high-scoring tie. Hopefully the Huskies can The Freitas Ice Forum has come away with a pair of wins been closed due to ice and in this home-and-home series. snow on the roof. Wins this weekend They hope to reopen will help UConn’s it for Saturday. The playoff seeding. men’s hockey team Army is coming has been forced to off a loss and a tie at Army practice outside to Bentley, while the of campus, rangHuskies are comTonight ing from Pomfret ing off two losses. Tate Rink The Huskies and the Academy to the XL Center. West Point Black Knights have The team heads identical records of 7 p.m. to West Point, N.Y. 7-15-4. to take on Army UConn is averagtonight. They return Saturday ing 2.9 goals per game while night for a rematch, if Freitas allowing 3.9, and have a 20 reopens. percent power play scoring Although they have lost percentage (22 of 109).
By Danielle Ennis Staff Writer
Freshman Cole Schneider continues to lead the Huskies with 15 assists and 22 points. In a new format for the AHA, each team in each pod (UConn and Army both play in the Eastern pod). Play each other three times. This weekend will end the three game series for the two teams. Their first meeting resulted in a 3-2 victory for UConn. This will be the huskies last game at the Freitas Ice Forum before heading to Milford to play Sacred Heart and then to Rentschler for the much anticipated outdoor game.
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UConn willl try to best conference foe Army in a home and home series this weekend.