Volume CXVIII No. 109
March Madness Extra
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THE LONG WALK
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» NCAA TOURNAMENT – WEST REGIONAL FIRST ROUND – #3 UCONN vs. #14 BUCKNELL
Beware of the Bison
Bucknell has a history of big upsets in the NCAA tourney By Matt McDonough Associate Sports Editor
Bucknell, the Patriot League Champions, will be dancing for the fifth time in school history. And although the Big East champion UConn men’s basketball team is riding a five-game win streak following its improbable conference tournament run, the Bison are currently riding a 10-game win streak. Bucknell, the No. 14 seed in the West Regional, squares off against thirdseeded UConn tonight at 7:20 in Washington, D.C. Bucknell has not appeared in the NCAA Tournament since 2006. Bucknell beat Lafayette Friday night in the Patriot League final, 72-57. The victory was at the Bison’s home in Lewisburg, Penn. The crowd of under 5,000 was slightly smaller than the near-20,000 that witnessed UConn’s historical win over Louisville in the Big East championship. Bucknell defeated Army and Lehigh in the Patriot League quarterfinal and semifinal game. Thirdyear coach Dave Paulsen has led the Bison to a remarkable 25-8 overall record and 13-1 conference record, with their lone loss at the hands of the Black Knights. Bucknell beat Atlantic 10 tournament champion Richmond in Virginia, but other than that haven’t
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Lafayette’s Jim Mower (21) shoots as Bucknell’s Cameron Ayers defends during the Patriot League championship in Lewisburg, Pa. on Friday, March 11.
fared well against nonconference opponents. The Bison defeated Ivy League teams Cornell and Dartmouth, but lost to the lone NCAA bid in the conference, Princeton, by 11 in the CBE Classic. Bucknell played Big East teams in the season’s first two games, losing 68-52 to Villanova and 72-61 to Marquette, respectively. They lost to NIT participant Boston College in December, but defeated America East champion Boston University 52-49
at home. The team is led by a couple of sophomores. Mike Muscala and Bryson Johnson are the only Bison who average double-digit points. Muscala averages 14.9 points per game while Johnson averages 11.7. The 6-foot-11 Muscala also leads the team in rebounding, at 7.4 a game. Senior Darryl Shazier and junior Bryan Cohen have also started all 33 games. Joe Willman, who along with Shazier averages eight
points per game, started all but four games. Senior G.W. Boon, who started the other four, averages eight points and plays 20 minutes off the bench. Bucknell is best known for its 2005 NCAA tournament appearance. Like this season, they were a No. 14-seed, and faced third-seed Kansas in the first round in Oklahoma City. The Bison, who were down by three at halftime, beat the heavily favored Jayhawks 64-63. Kevin Bettencourt led Bucknell with 19 points in the upset and called the win “unbelievable.” Chris McNaughton hit a hook shot off the glass with 10 seconds left. The bank shot was over Wayne Simien, a future NBA champion with the Miami Heat. Simien had a shot to win the game, but missed a 15-footer at the buzzer. At the time, it was the 14th time a 14-seed had beaten a three-seed. The win was the Bison’s first NCAA victory in its 110year history. According to the AP, Bucknell had five scholarship players and had to borrow a school band for the Syracuse Regional shocker. Thursday, the underdogs, Bucknell, will be running a fan bus to the tournament. The school, with an enrollment of under 4,000 undergraduates, may not provide a homecourt advantage for the Bison, but there will be a Bucknell following present at the Verizon Center, hoping for a repeat of what happened in Oklahoma City in 2005. Tipoff is set for 7:20 at the Verizon Center. The game will be broadcast on TNT.
2010-2011 FINAL SCHEDULE/RESULTS: 26-9, 9-9 BIG EAST NOVEMBER 3 7 12 17
GP XL GP XL
AIC (exhib.) Bridgeport (exhib.) Stony Brook Vermont
W, 96-58 W, 103-57 W, 79-52 W, 89-73
Maui Invitational Wichita St. W, 83-79 Michigan St. W, 70-67 Championship Kentucky W, 84-67
DECEMBER 3 XL 8 GP 20 XL 22 XL 27 at 31 XL
UMBC W, 94-61 Fairleigh-Dickinson W, 78-54 Coppin St. W, 76-64 Harvard W, 81-52 Pittsburgh L, 78-63 South Florida W, 66-61
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Notre Dame Texas Rutgers DePaul
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Villanova Tennessee Marquette Louisville
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Syracuse Seton Hall St. John’s Providence Georgetown Louisville Marquette Cincinnati
L, 66-58 W, 61-59 L, 89-72 W, 75-57 W, 78-70 L, 71-58 L, 74-67 W, 67-59
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West Virginia Notre Dame
L, 65-56 L, 70-67
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2011 Big East Championship DePaul W, 97-71 Georgetown W, 79-62 Pittsburgh W, 76-74 Syracuse W, 76-71 Louisville W, 69-66
Scores in bold indicate Big East opponents.
» THE MATCHUP vs.
UConn Huskies 26-9 overall, 9-9 Big East
Bucknell Bison 25-8 overall, 13-1 Patriot
RPI: 14, SOS: 7*
RPI: 79, SOS: 222*
* courtesy of BBState.com
When: March 17, 7:20 p.m. Where: Washington, D.C. TV: TNT Line: UConn, minus-10 The Lead: The Huskies come into Thursday’s matchup having won five straight games at the Big East Tournament to lock up the school’s seventh Big East title.
» HUSKY TRACK Team Stats
Avg. off. PPG
Avg. def. PPG
Field goal %
3-pt. FG %
Free throw %
* points per possession UConn Kemba Walker Jeremy Lamb Alex Oriakhi Shabazz Napier Roscoe Smith J. Coombs-McDaniel Charles Okwandu Niels Giffey
GP PPG 35 23.5 35 10.3 35 10.0 35 8.3 35 6.4 35 6.2 35 2.9 35 2.4
RPG 5.3 4.4 8.5 2.3 5.1 2.7 2.9 1.2
APG 4.3 1.6 0.3 3.0 0.5 0.6 0.6 0.5
Bucknell Mike Muscala Bryson Johnson G.W. Boon Darryl Shazier Joe Willman Cameron Ayers Bryan Cohen Enoch Andoh
GP PPG 33 14.9 33 11.7 33 8.8 33 8.3 33 7.8 33 7.6 33 7.0 19 2.1
RPG 7.4 2.0 3.8 3.6 4.7 2.1 4.0 1.4
APG 1.4 1.1 0.6 5.6 1.1 1.4 2.5 0.1
UCONN RECENT RESULTS 3/12 vs. Louisville W 69-66 Big East championship 3/11 vs. Syracuse W 76-71 (OT) Big East semifinals
BUCKNELL RECENT RESULTS 3/11 vs. Lafayette W 72-57 Patriot championship 3/6 vs. Lehigh W 66-64 Patriot semifinals
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» THE DC’S TOP 10 UConn has played in 70 NCAA Tournament games (with a record of 43-27) dating back to 1951 under then-coach Hugh Greer. Except for one notable run to the Elite Eight in 1964, the Huskies did not achieve success until Jim Calhoun arrived on the scene in 1986.
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Accordingly, most of the games in the Daily Campus’ list of the Huskies’ all-time top 10 NCAA Tournament games come during Calhoun’s tenure:
10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
UConn 72, Ohio State 67 (1988 NIT championship) Jim Calhoun found his proper footing in his second season with the team after a 9-19 record in his first season, defeating Ohio State in the NIT championship to win UConn’s first major basketball championship.
UConn 75, Washington 74 (1998 Sweet 16) After dominating Washington all game, Washington hit a three-pointer to take a 74-73 lead. In a frantic finish, Rip Hamilton missed two shots before hitting a fall-away jumper with time expiring to send the Huskies to the Elite Eight once again in a 75-74 win.
UConn 98, Washington 92 (OT, 2006 Sweet 16) Late in the game, Rashad Anderson hit a three-pointer, which sent the game into overtime, and in overtime, UConn would pull away from Washington and win 98-92, to face George Mason in the Elite Eight.
UConn 67, Gonzaga 62 (1999 Elite Eight) The Huskies defeated the Bulldogs 67-62 to make it to their first Final Four in team history. They had made it to the Elite Eight before, but could never get over the hump. This game showed that UConn was a contender for the national championship.
Geo. Mason 86, UConn 84 (OT, 2006 Elite Eight) This loss to George Mason was probably the most painful losses in school history. The Huskies were up by 11 points at one point, but George Mason took the lead later in second half and eventually beat the Huskies in overtime.
UConn 52, Princeton 50 (1964 Sweet 16) UConn upsets Princeton in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament by a score of 52-50. Led by coach Hugh Greer long before the reign of Jim Calhoun, this was a huge accomplishment that would shape the team to become what it is today.
UConn 82, Georgia Tech 73 (2004 championship) Even though this game wasn’t as close as the previous game against Duke, it was far more satisfying. The Huskies were able to hold off Georgia Tech 82-73, where the final minutes were simply the coronation of a champion.
UConn 79, Duke 78 (2004 Final Four) UConn beats Duke in the Final Four of 2004 by a score of 79-78. The 2004 team was remarkably talented, with players such as Ben Gordon, Charlie Villanueva, and Emeka Okafur. Fueled by these players, the Huskies moved on and put down the Blue Devils.
UConn 71, Clemson 70 (1990 Sweet 16) The Huskies win one of their most memorable victories in program history by beating Clemson in the Sweet 16 of the 1990 Tournament at the buzzer, winning 71-70. The year of 1990 became known as the “Dream Season.”
UConn 77, Duke 74 (1999 championship) This one is an obvious choice for the most memorable tournament moment. Besides the fact that this was UConn’s first national championship, it was a close game that the Huskies finally came out on top in, winning 77-74. By Mike Ferraro and James Huang
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Jeremy Lamb (left) and Kemba Walker (right) go up for baskets during UConn’s 69-66 win over Louisville in Saturday’s Big East Championship game.
UConn hopes Walker can lead the Huskies to Houston By Mac Cerullo Sports Editor After an inspired performance in Madison Square Garden, the UConn faithful are hoping for an encore from the newly-crowned Big East champions. UConn is set to return to the NCAA Tournament after a one-year hiatus, thanks in large part to the play of Kemba Walker. Walker’s excellence on the court and leadership off it helped the Huskies overcome inexperience, the spectre of a postseason ban and a late-season slump to finish the year with a resounding exclamation mark. Now, coming off their historic run in the Big East tournament, the Huskies hope to keep their momentum going as they open the NCAA tournament in Washington, D.C. against 14-seed Bucknell. UConn earned a No. 3 seed in the West Region, which includes the reigning national champions, Duke, along with San Diego St. and Texas, who were each ranked in the Top 10 for most of the year. Despite the late season slump, UConn was never at risk of missing the big dance again. But the idea that UConn was looking at a No. 3 seed before the Big East tournament would have seemed pretty suspect, especially given the way the team finished. In that respect, UConn very well may have climbed up from a No. 5 or a No. 6 seed by winning the Big East, and in doing so, they earned a much easier road to Houston. Not to say that the road will be easy. For starters, Bucknell has a history of making noise in the first round. Bucknell famously upset Kansas, who was also a No. 3 seed, in the first round of the 2005 NCAA Tournament. The next year
the Bison advanced to the second Walker and the rest of the team round again. admitted that they were all exhaustShould UConn advance past the ed from the grind. The Huskies will first round, they would be looking have had a nearly a week to rest by at a tough second-round matchup tipoff tonight, however, and from against the winner of the Cincinnati this point on, the team will only vs. Missouri game. have to play two games over three Cincinnati, a No. 6 seed, had a days for three weekends until they successful season in the brutal Big either lose, or win it all. East. The Bearcats, however, have So how far can the Huskies go? been criticized for their weak non- Ultimately, the Huskies will go as far conference schedule, and suffered as Kemba Walker can carry them. a couple of blowout losses to other When Walker has struggled this tournament teams, most recently an year, the team has struggled. The 89-51 eviceration at the hands of Huskies have options who can conNotre Dame. tribute, but without Walker the team That being said, Cincinnati did can’t beat the best. take care of business, and coach Jim Don’t be mistaken; the team’s Calhoun acknowledged the potential supporting cast has improved expochallenge of facing a Big East team nentially since the start of the year. early in the tournament. Jeremy Lamb and Shabazz Napier “That’s a double-edged sword,” have progressed faster than anyone Calhoun told the Hartford Courant would have predicted, Alex Oriakhi after the field was announced. “They has proven he is capable of dominatknow you; you know them. It does ing inside the paint (though he hasn’t take away a little bit of preparation proven he can do so consistently) or adjustments.” and Jamal Coombs-McDaniel has Missouri, a No. 11 seed, may be emerged as a spark off the bench. a potential Cinderella themselves. But even with them playMissouri is an unusually strong No. ing at their best, without Walker, 11 seed, having beaten four other UConn wouldn’t have won the tournament teams on the year. And Maui Invitational, beaten Texas or as with Cincinnati, there is familiar- made any noise in the Big East ity with Missouri. UConn defeated Tournament. And looking ahead, the Tigers in the 2009 Elite Eight to there wouldn’t be any chance of reach their third Final Four. UConn getting past San Diego St, “We played Missouri just two years Texas, Duke or any of the teams to ago,” Calhoun told the Hartford emerge from the East region either. Courant. “Stylistically, they are the But when Walker is at his best, he same team.” can, and has, willed the team to vicOnce you look past the Washington tory. UConn is undefeated in tournaregion, the road only gets more chal- ment games so far this season, and lenging. But having won the New now that the road to Houston has been York marathon at Madison Square laid out, the time has come to see if Garden, one thing the Huskies won’t Walker and the Huskies have enough be short on is confidence. left in the tank to finish the job. Fresh legs are another story. After the Big East championship game, Michael.Cerullo@UConn.edu
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At A Glance: Washington, D.C. Breaking down the brackets
Bucknell Quick Facts
th 14 seed
Location: Lewisburg, Penn. Nickname: Bison Enrollment: 3,495 Record: 25-8, 13-1 Patriot Conference Last Game: W, 72-57 vs. Lafayette (Patriot Conference tournament final – March 11) RPI: 79 SOS: 222 How They Got Here: Patriot Conference tournament champion Wins Against The Field: Richmond, Boston University Notable Losses: Army, Wagner, St. Francis (PA)
Dave Paulsen Head Coach 3rd year at Bucknell (17th overall) Career record: 308-168
Mike Muscala Forward Sophomore 14.9 ppg 7.4 rpg .520 FG percentage
th 6 seed
Tournament Appearances: 5 Best NCAA result: Second Round – 2005, 2006 You should know: Bucknell has advanced to the second round in each of their last two tournament appearances. In 2005, they famously upset Kansas in the first round, which is considered by many to be the biggest first round upset in tournament history.
Cincinnati Quick Facts Location: Cincinnati, Ohio Nickname: Bearcats Enrollment: 31,523 Record: 25-8. 11-7 Big East Conference Last Game: L, 58-51 vs. Notre Dame (Big East tournament quarterfinals – March 10) RPI: 36 SOS: 83 How They Got Here: At-large selection Wins Against The Field: Louisville, Georgetown, Marquette, St. John’s, Xavier Notable Losses: None
Mick Cronin Head Coach 5th year at Cincinnati (8th overall) Career record: 155-100
Yancy Gates Forward Junior 11.8 ppg 6.8 rpg .507 FG percentage
th 11 seed
Tournament Appearances: 25 Best NCAA result: National Champion – 1961, 1962 You should know: Cincinnati’s schedule has come under heavy scrutiny due to its soft non-conference lineup. But the Bearcats have won every game they were supposed to while battling tough in a brutal Big East conference.
Texas A&M Quick Facts Location: Columbia, Mo. Nickname: Tigers Enrollment: 24,901 Record: 23-10, 8-8 Big 12 Last Game: L, 86-71 vs. Texas A&M (Big 12 tournament, second round – March 10) RPI: 37 SOS: 47 How They Got Here: At-large selection Wins Against The Field: Kansas St., Old Dominion, Illinois, Vanderbilt Notable Losses: Nebraska Tournament Appearances: 24 Best NCAA result: Elite Eight – 1976, 2002, 2009
Mike Anderson Head Coach
Marcus Denmon Guard
5th year at Missouri (9th overall)
Junior 17.1 ppg 3.4 rpg .506 FG percentage
Career record: 200-97
You should know: UConn faced Missouri in the Elite Eight of the 2009 NCAA Tournament. Since then, Missouri has steadily remained in tournament contention, making the field last year before losing in the second round.
The East bracket is home to the No. 1 overall seed, the Ohio State Buckeyes, and will be where the tournament starts when UNC – Asheville takes on Arkansas – Little Rock in the play in game. In the top half of the bracket, Ohio State should face little resistance until the Sweet 16 and a possible match-up with West Virginia or Kentucky while a bipolar Villanova team will have the chance to redeem their entire season by making a deep tourney run. An interesting match up in the 4 vs. 13 game will be the slow half court game of Ivy League champs Princeton and the high flying Kentucky Wildcats. The bottom half should be more interesting, with the possibility of an all Big East round of 32 match-up between Marquette and Syracuse, and a game of contrasting styles in the Washington vs. Georgia first round match-up. The North Carolina Tar Heels are the No. 2 seed and should have a easy first round match vs. Long Island.
- Miles DeGrazia
The reigning national champions, Duke, loom large in the West bracket. Michigan and Tennessee is a toss up, but whoever wins that game should lose to Duke in the third round. I see Texas and Arizona advancing to the third round, with Texas playing Duke in the Sweet 16. I have Duke beating Texas to advance to Elite Eight. For the lower part of the bracket, I have the Huskies defeating Bucknell to advance to the third round, where they will play Cincinnati, who will have a tough game against Missouri. I have San Diego State and Temple both advancing to the third round. I have the Huskies defeating the Bearcats and San Diego State defeating Temple. UConn will have their toughest test so far in San Diego State, but the Huskies advance to play their rivals, Duke. In the Elite Eight, I have the Huskies winning in a nail-biter, because I believe Kemba Walker will carry this team on his shoulders like he has whenever it has mattered most. - Mike Ferraro
Kansas, undoubtedly a favorite out of this bracket to play in Houston, finished the season as Big 12 champions with only two losses throughout the entire year. They will have some serious competition to deal with down the stretch. A trio of Big East representatives in Notre Dame, Louisville and Georgetown are most definitely battletested. Don’t be surprised if Purdue can rally around their stars JaJuan Johnson and E’Twaun Moore, potential pros, to carry them past some of the best. Sprinkle in some heavy upsets here and there, a possible second-straight deep run in the tournament by Richmond, and the Southwest will keep us watching right until the end. - Mike Szego
Some say the Southeast is the weakest region of the tournament. However, I believe it would be better described as the “feast or famine” region. While Pittsburgh is the easy favorite as the No. 1 seed, there are so many intriguing teams in this bracket who have the potential to make a run. Florida is a solid team, but showed they are the weakest No. 2 seed after their rough loss to Kentucky in the SEC Championship game. Everyone knows the exploits of Jimmer Fredette, but can he recreate his tourney magic for a second straight year? If not, three seed BYU could be primed for an early exit. Other than Pitt, four-seed Wisconsin have the least question marks in this region. However, Jon Leuer and the Badgers have a tough opening game against 30-win Belmont, the 13 seed. Five-seed Kansas State is a dangerous team, especially if star Jacob Pullen can have a few “Jimmer-esque” performances. Don’t forget that the Wildcats were ranked in the preseason top five. St. John’s, UCLA, and Butler round out the top eight seeds and are all legitimate contenders. - Dan Huang
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The stars are out
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Players to watch in this year’s tourney By Chris Zielinski Campus Correspondent With the NCAA tournament officially here, bracketology will reign supreme until Thursday’s tipoff. Many of us will try (and fail) to pick the best team to take home the glory, but in the end, only one team will reign supreme. Behind every great team is a great coach, and more importantly, great players. Many are deserving of recognition, but here are a few players who will have a tremendous impact on the tournament. The Stars Kemba Walker, Connecticut – Coming off a historic performance in the Big East Tournament, Connecticut looks to continue its run. With Kemba at the helm, a Final Four appearance is not out of the question. Walker set an NCAA Conference Tournament record with 130 points, two of which even managed to break a few bones on a player who will forever live on in infamy. Walker rebounds extremely well for a guard, and does a great job distributing the ball to his supporting cast. Statistics aside, Walker’s greatest strength is his ability to perform in the clutch down the stretch. You can count on Walker to have the ball in his hands when it counts the most, and don’t be surprised if another game winner or two comes from the Husky hero. Jimmer Fredette, BYU – Featured right alongside Walker in the discussion for Player of the Year is BYU’s beloved guard, Jimmer Fredette. Jimmer is far and away the best scorer in college basketball. If you’re curious, just google “Jimmer Range,” grab some popcorn and prepare to be amazed. Averaging 28.5 a game, Jimmer recently broke the all-time scoring record at BYU when he drowned New Mexico with his 52-point performance. With seemingly endless range, and the loss of Davies in the post, BYU’s success is tied – rather, tripleknotted – to Fredette. Look for Fredette to put the team on his back as BYU tries to avoid an early-round exit in the NCAA. Kyrie Irving, Duke – One of the best talents in this year’s field happens to also be one of the biggest question marks. Whispers of Irving’s return have surfaced over the past week. Look for him to try and test himself in Duke’s early games. Before his injury, Irving was averaging better than 17 points and five assists per game, while shooting 53 percent from the floor. A true testament to Irving’s skill is the fact that before his injury he dwarfed Nolan Smith, who only went on to become ACC Player of the Year, no big deal or anything. If Irving returns, look for him to spark an already-streaking Duke team, and make them a truly dangerous threat to win it all. Kawhi Leonard, SDSU – Leonard is
possibly one of the most overlooked players in the nation, as he often gets overshadowed by Fredette. Leonard’s game is serious. He averages a double-double and is integral to SDSU’s success. Watch for this NBA-ready forward to do serious damage in the tournament, with a great matchup between UConn and SDSU looming in our future. Harrison Barnes, UNC – North Carolina’s superstar freshman has officially come full circle. Coming into the season, Barnes had people excited about North Carolina basketball, only to fly under the radar in the beginning of the season. However, with his recent 40-point effort against Clemson, Barnes demonstrated poise beyond his years and a willingness to not only take, but hit the big shot. My guess is someone told Barnes his draft stock was slipping. Whatever the reason, look for Barnes to continue his emergence as the face of North Carolina, and to help it redeem itself in the tournament after the loss to Duke in the ACC title game. Honorable Mentions: Jared Sullinger, Ohio State – The freshman forward entered himself into National Player of the Year discussion by averaging better than 17 points and 10 rebounds per game for No. 1 Ohio State. He will be a menace in the paint for Ohio State, and will be key to their title chase. The Morris twins, Kansas – The Jayhawks have flipped the script, and are no longer led by a guard-heavy team. Rather, look for Marcus and Markieff to both come up with big performances as Kansas works its way toward another Final Four appearance. Brad Wanamaker, Pittsburgh – We all know Gibbs can shoot, but it is Wanamaker who is the true leader at Pittsburgh. With arguably the easiest road to the Final Four (how did Florida earn that No. 2 seed again?), Wanamaker will look to take control of games early on and help Pitt impose their will over opponents. Don’t be surprised if he’s very successful. Ben Hansbrough, Notre Dame – Kidding. No one argues that Hansbrough can play, but after taking the Big East Player of the Year from Walker, I wouldn’t watch him if you paid me. Kevin Anderson, Richmond – You didn’t really think I would go all big-name players did you? Watch closely as Anderson tries to guide Richmond over Vanderbilt in what has been unofficially dubbed the “best first-round game to watch” – or, as I like to call it, “upset city.” The senior guard averages better than 16 points a game and has the experience to lead Richmond to at least a weekend game, if not another weekend itself.
Upset alert: Potential Cinderellas to look out for By Matt Stypulkoski Campus Correspondent
To many college basketball addicts across the country, the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament is the most exciting time of the year for one reason: upsets. Everyone loves a good upset, and picking them when filling out your bracket is just that much more gratifying. With that said, here are five first round potential upsets to look for: 10 Penn State vs. 7 Temple The Nittany Lions have been on a roll lately, having won four of their last five games while reaching the Big Ten Tournament championship game, where they finally fell to the Ohio State Buckeyes, who are now the tournament’s top seed. Penn State was good for some upsets throughout the season as well, having beaten four Top 20 teams, including a 36-33 win against No. 13 Wisconsin in the Big Ten quarterfinals. The Temple Owls, on the other hand, have missed several opportunities against ranked teams this season, losing to both Villanova and Duke, with their only win against a Top 25 team coming against Georgetown in early December. The Owls exited the A-10 tournament on a sour note after allowing a nine-point first half lead to slip away against Richmond. 11 Marquette vs. 6 Xavier Any team that can finish .500 in the Big East this season is clearly capable of playing with the best of the best on any night, and the Golden Eagles look like a team that could be destined for an upset. The Musketeers, on the other hand, come out of the A-10 which, though a solid league, cannot compare to the gauntlet of the Big East schedule. Xavier lost in its only game against a ranked team this season, which came in early January when they were smacked around 66-46 by Cincinnati, another Big East team. Xavier did have one win against a Big East team on the season however: a fivepoint win at home against Seton Hall in late November. 10 Florida State vs. 7 Texas A&M The Seminoles have been playing good basketball since about mid-January, sparked by a home win against then-No. 1 Duke. However the ‘Noles have pushed UNC to the brink, losing by two in the final seconds, and nearly beat Virginia Tech on a buzzer-beater that wasn’t in the ACC tournament. Overall, they have been competing well. The key difference in this game could come down to rebounding, as the Aggies rank 100th in the nation in that department, while Florida State does a much better job on the boards, sitting at 13th in the nation. If Seminoles star Chris
Singleton, who leads the team in both scoring and rebounding, can come back from injury and play, then look for Florida State to possibly pull the upset in this one. 10 Michigan State vs. 7 UCLA This matchup is an interesting contest between two solid college basketball programs: the history and allure of John Wooden’s Bruins versus the more recent success of Tom Izzo’s Spartans. Michigan State may have been one of the country’s biggest underachieving teams this season, starting the year at No. 2 in the polls and quickly plummeted during the opening weeks as they struggled to win games. The struggle continued for the Spartans for much of the season. However, as of late they have begun to pick up some of the slack, and senior guard Kalin Lucas has been filling it up more consistently. With a big game from him, Sparty could knock off the Bruins and cause trouble throughout the tournament, much like they did in the Big Ten Tournament by knocking off No. 9 Purdue early on. 12 vs. 5 Matchups (12 Utah State vs. 5 Kansas State and/or 12 Richmond vs. 5 Vanderbilt) Over the past 22 years, at least one 12-seed has won a game in 20 of those tournaments, so the 12-5 upset is always the trendy pick this time of year. This season, the two most likely upsets in this category appear to be either the red-hot Richmond Spiders, who are coming off a run to becoming the A-10 Tournament Champions, or the seemingly under-seeded 30-win Utah State team. The Aggies – who were projected to be more along the lines of a nine or 10 seed – find themselves in a first round matchup against the hot-and-cold Kansas State Wildcats, who, despite having the always-dangerous Jacob Pullen, have underperformed at times this year. The Spiders, on the other hand, face a solid team in Vandy, who despite losing in the SEC semifinals to the Florida Gators have played well over the three season’s final month and a half to close out the year. But history tells us that Richmond is a dangerous team come tourney time, having won games as a 12, 13, 14 and 15-seed in the Big Dance over the past 27 years and are 4-4 all-time in first round games, and therefore could be a handful for the Commodores come Thursday. With all that said, anything can happen in the tournament, so sit back, relax – or at least try not to get too upset with your brackets as they inevitably go down the tubes – and watch March Madness unfold.
» DAILY CAMPUS STAFF PICKS – THE 2011 MEN’S FINAL FOUR One To Watch: Mac Cerullo Sports Editor
I know Jared Sullenger’s going to be “partying in the USA” after Ohio State cuts down the nets.
One To Watch: Matt McDonough Associate Sports Editor
Coach Calhoun and Donnell Beverly embrace again as the Huskies win the West Regional.
One To Watch: Russell Blair Managing Editor
Steve Lavin brings big-time basketball back to the Garden, but who can stop the Jayhawks?
Thursday, March 17, 2011
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March Madness Extra
A history of success in the NCAAs By Quenton Narcisse Campus Correspondent Dominate victories. Championship banners. Legendary. That’s the only appropriate way to describe the UConn women’s tournament history lately. Known as arguably the most dominant collegiate basketball team of the decade, the Huskies have epitomized success not only throughout the regular season, but in the postseason as well. Under the umbrella of Geno Auriemma, who arrived in Storrs in 1985, the Huskies have made the NCAA tournament 23 consecutive years, dating back to 1989, their first appearance in the program’s history. They’ve made 16 Elite Eight appearances, and 11 Final Fours. The Huskies’ seven NCAA national championships are only second behind Pat Summitt and the Tennessee Volunteers. UConn broke onto the national scene in 1991. Led by First Team All-American Kerry Bascom, the Huskies won the Big East and regular season title and were picked as a No. 3 seed going into the NCAA tournament. They advanced to their 1st Final Four in UConn history after defeating Toledo, NC State and Clemson, respectively. They were eventually overpowered by top seeded Virginia, 61-55, in the semifinals. UConn women’s basketball had a landmark season in 1995. With the additions of Nykesha Sales and Kara Wolters, the Huskies were in for a promising year led by Rebecca Lobo and Jennifer Rizzotti – and they sure delivered. After an undefeated regular season, UConn continued their brilliance by dominating the NCAA tournament, defeating their first four opponents by a margin of 28 points per game. The Huskies would go on to beat Tennessee, 70-64, in the title game, the fifth undefeated season in women’s college basketball history. Lobo was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four. The Huskies continued
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Lorin Dixon dribbles the ball in the backcourt during one of UConn’s three Big East Championship games at the XL Center in Hartford. Dixon, along with Maya Moore, is part of a senior class that has been to three Final Fours and won two national championships. The Huskies will look to begin the three-peat Sunday against Jennifer Rizzotti’s Hartford Hawks.
their regular season success, but failed to capitalize in the postseason as UConn went on a five-year title less streak at the end of the 1990’s. Their rivals at the time, the Tennessee Volunteers, rose to national prominence and won three straight NCAA championships during this span. However, the 2000’s belonged to the Huskies. UConn won four of the first five national championships in the decade, with the 2001 injury-filled season as the only exemption. They consistently faced tough opponents throughout the tournament, including rival Tennessee, who they faced and defeated in the title game three times in the five year period. In 2004, the Huskies completed their third consecutive championship run, which was greatly amplified because the UConn men’s team had defeated Georgia Tech the prior night to win their second championship in school history. It was the first time a school’s men’s and women’s basketball program had won the NCAA titles in the same season. From 2005 to 2007, by
UConn standards, the Huskies struggled. The Huskies had won a Big East title and had consecutive 30 win seasons, but they struggled in the tournament, failing to get passed the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight. As for now, the postseason woes have certainly ceased due in part to the arrival of Maya Moore. After losing in the Final Four in Tampa to Stanford the previous year, the Huskies anchored by Moore, Renee Montgomery and Tina Charles – each All-Americans – ran through the regular season and tournament competition in 2009. They routed every opponent faced during the season by double digits en route to an undefeated season, and their sixth national title. The 2010 tournament was much of the same for the Huskies as they continued their historic undefeated streak and won their second consecutive title, beating Baylor and Stanford in the Final Four. With Maya Moore and Tiffany Hayes running the show for the Huskies this year, the Huskies are a No. 1 seed again, heading into the Philadelphia region. With victories from both teams in
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Junior guard Tiffany Hayes takes off from behind the three-point arc at the XL Center in Hartford. Hayes, a versatile scorer, will be key to a deep postseason run for UConn.
the early rounds of the tournament, there’s a chance UConn may face a former formidable rival they haven’t played since 2007: Tennessee. That would set up an interesting matchup millions would be tuned into. The Huskies face 16th-
seeded Hartford (17-15), coached by former UConn guard Jennifer Rizzoti, in the first round at Gampel Pavilion Sunday.
» DAILY CAMPUS STAFF PICKS – THE 2011 WOMEN’S FINAL FOUR One To Watch: Mac Cerullo Sports Editor
UConn’s gonna cut down the Cardinal, and then the nets again.
One To Watch: Matt McDonough Associate Sports Editor
Indianapolis is a boring city, but the Huskies should liven it up.
One To Watch: Russell Blair Managing Editor
Fun fact: I also didn’t pick the UConn men to make it to the Final Four in 2009.
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At A Glance: Storrs Hartford Quick Facts
th 16 seed
Location: West Hartford Nickname: Hawks Enrollment: 4,842 Record: 17-15, 14-5 America East Conference Last Game: W, 65-53 vs. Boston University (America East Conference tournament final – March 12) RPI: 154 SOS: 158 How They Got Here: America East Conference tournament champion Wins Against The Field: None Notable Losses: Central Connecticut Tournament Appearances: 6 Best NCAA result: Second Round – 2006, 2008 Jennifer Rizzotti Head Coach
Daphne Elliott Forward
12th year at Hartford
Sophomore 8.7 ppg 4.0 rpg .352 FG percentage
Career record: 231-136
th 8 seed
You should know: Jennifer Rizzotti is no stranger to UConn – she suited up for Geno Auriemma from 19931996 and led the Huskies to their first national championship. The Hawks and Huskies have faced off numerous times since Rizzotti took the helm 12 years ago, but Sunday will be their first game held at Gampel.
Kansas State Quick Facts Location: Manhattan, Kan. Nickname: Wildcats Enrollment: 18,778 Record: 21-10, 10-6 Big 12 Conference Last Game: L, 86-53 vs. Baylor (Big East tournament semifinals – March 11) RPI: 40 SOS: 39 How They Got Here: At-large selection Wins Against The Field: St. John’s, Texas A&M, Iowa State Notable Losses: Texas-San Antonio Tournament Appearances: 12 Best NCAA result: Elite Eight – 1982
Deb Patterson Head Coach
Brittany Chambers Forward
15th year at Kansas State
Junior 16.0 ppg 5.6 rpg .375 3PT-FG percentage
Career record: 300-174
th 9 seed
You should know: Six of the Wildcats’ 10 losses came against ranked teams, and two of the others against squads that made the field of 64. In fact, Texas San-Antonio was the onlys school Kansas State lost to that didn’t make this year’s tournament. The Wildcats will need to overcome poor free throw shooting (65.3 percent – 257th in the NCAA) to win.
Purdue Quick Facts Location: West Lafayette, Ind. Nickname: Boilermakers Enrollment: 24,901 Record: 20-11, 9-7 Big 10 Last Game: L, 73-61 vs. Texas A&M (Big 12 tournament quarterfinals – March 4) RPI: 57 SOS: 49 How They Got Here: At-large selection Wins Against The Field: South Dakota State, DePaul, Gardner-Webb, Penn State, Iowa Notable Losses: Northwestern, Wisconsin (2x) Tournament Appearances: 21 Best NCAA result: National Champion – 1999
Sharon Versyp Head Coach 5th year at Purdue (11th overall) Career record: 110-60
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Courtney Moses Freshman Junior 12.1 ppg 3.3 rpg .422 3PT-FG percentage
You should know: Purdue has consistently been one of the best programs in the Big 10. The Boilermakers have never entered the tournament lower than a No. 9 seed and have made the NCAAs 21 times in the last 23 seasons. Purdue is 16-1 in NCAA Tournament first-round games, its lone loss coming in 1996 as a No. 6 seed.
Breaking down the brackets
The Dayton Region kicks off its first round of games this Saturday. Here’s a look at some teams that the Huskies could face: Tennessee: The Lady Volunteers are the No. 1 seed in the Dayton Region, and rightly so, with a record of 31-2 and the champions of their SEC Division. They have a powerful lineup that can make their opponents pay for any mistakes on the court. Notre Dame: The Fighting Irish are the No. 2 seed, with a record of 26-7 and a Big East record of 13-3. They were one of UConn’s toughest opponents in the Huskies’ regular season, leading in the final minutes of the game on Jan. 8 before UConn made a comeback. James Madison: The Dukes may not be talked of much in the tournament, but they could definitely stir up some drama in the Dayton Region. As the No. 11 seed, they had a regular season record of 26-7, and won their Colonial Conference with a record of 16-2.
- James Huang
In their quest for a three-peat, the UConn women are going to have to run through the Philadelphia Region in order to make it to Indy for the Final Four. In the opening round, the Huskies will have to deal with 16 seed and in-state rival Hartford. Connecticut has fared well against the Hawks in all of their previous matchups, never losing in 11 contests. As is always true in the women’s tournament, the one-seeds are always heavy favorites to make a run to the Final Four, and this year is no different. However, some competition in the Philadelphia Region could come in the regional final, where the Huskies will likely line up against either second-seeded Duke or third-seeded DePaul. Perhaps the most interesting matchup on the Huskies’ side of the bracket will come after the conclusion of regional play, where they could renew their rivalry with Pat Summit’s Tennessee Lady Vols in the Final Four. The two teams have not played since the 2007 season.
- Matt Stypulkoski
The Stanford Cardinal will headline the Spokane Regional. Stanford (29-2) is led by its head coach of 24 years, Tara VanDerveer, and senior Jeanette Pohlen, who averages 15 points and five assists a game. The Lady Cardinal were the only team to beat UConn in the regular season (Dec. 30), and previously beat the Huskies in the 2008 Final Four, the last time UConn had lost before starting its 90-game winning streak. This year, they look to reach the Final Four for the fourth straight year. The Xavier Musketeers (28-2) will try to spoil Stanford’s hopes. Those teams could meet in a rematch of last year’s Elite Eight game, where Pohlen took the ball coast-to-coast to score a game-winning layup as time expired. Look for Stanford to continue its regularseason dominance of its competition. -- Jimmy Onofrio
The 2011 Dallas Region of the NCAA women’s bracket features the Baylor Bears at the No. 1 seed in search of a second straight Final Four appearance. However, the big surprise of this region is the potential Elite Eight matchup between Baylor and Texas A&M for what would be the fourth meeting of the season. Baylor is the obvious favorite of the region, with their star sophomore Brittney Griner, but there are other teams in this region that might not go quietly in this region. Most Anticipated Potential Matchup: No.1 Baylor vs. No. 2 Texas A&M These teams have played three times already this season, with Baylor taking all three games, including the most recent that gave them their second Big 12 championship in three years. However, the three games were very tightly played. Look for these teams to battle it out in a potential Elite Eight matchup. - Darryl Blain
Thursday, March 17, 2011
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March Madness Extra
» THE DC’S TOP 10 There are almost no teams in America that have had as much postseason success as the UConn women since Geno Auriemma came on campus in 1985. Seven national titles and 11 Final Fours is nothing to sneeze at. And in the 20 years or so since UConn first stormed onto the national scene by reaching the 1991 Final Four, the Huskies have played their share of great games. Below is the Daily Campus’ selections for UConn’s all-time top 10 NCAA Tournament games.
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Maya Moore will look to lead the Huskies to their third straight national championship. The raod to the Final Four in Indianapolis begin Sunday against Hartford.
Huskies’ road to Indy This year’s trip to the Final Four may be more daunting than in years past By Colin McDonough Senior Staff Writer
Before the No. 1 UConn women’s basketball team can even think about facing archrival Tennessee in the Final Four or having a rematch with Baylor and Stanford in the National Championship, the Huskies must survive and advance in the Philadelphia region. The road to Indy begins this weekend at Gampel Pavilion and ends at the Wells Fargo Center. Unless America East champion Hartford pulls off the upset of the century, UConn will play either Kansas State or Purdue in the second round in Storrs. The Wildcats and Boilermakers shouldn’t pose a threat to the Huskies at home. In the Sweet Sixteen things could get interesting for the Huskies. Bria Hartley and Stefanie Dolson will get their first taste of big games at a neutral site. The first and second rounds of the NCAA tournament, like the Big East tournament will be held in the friendly confines of the Nutmeg State with the home crowd behind UConn.
A possible matchup could be with No. 4 Maryland or No. 5 Georgetown. The Terrapins finished the season 23-7 and fourth in the ACC. If the Huskies face the Hoyas, it will be a familiar foe. Georgetown finished eighth in the competitive Big East, but gave UConn a challenge when the Huskies traveled to Washington, D.C. It took 20 points for Maya Moore to clinch the Big East regular season title on the Hoyas’ home floor. Stefanie Dolson only scored four points. This matchup could be a trouble spot for the Huskies. Coach Geno Auriemma said that this tournament is all about matchups, and that Dolson will be a key ingredient to win the national championship. The freshman helped lead UConn to the Big East tournament title. “Now that we have someone like her, we can count on night-in and night-out, we have a chance,” Auriemma said after the title game win over Notre Dame. “If she hadn’t developed to the point she is right now, we wouldn’t have any chance going into the NCAAs.” Finally, for UConn to have
a possible date with Tennessee in Indianapolis, they could have rematches with DePaul or Duke in the Elite Eight. Both the Blue Demons and Blue Devils made visits to Gampel Pavilion earlier this season and left with blowout losses. On Jan. 31, Duke came to the Huskies’ home undefeated and were handed a resounding first loss on the season, losing 87-51. The Huskies’ next game was against DePaul, who was undefeated in the Big East. UConn again dominated from the opening tip and won 89-66. Although the Huskies have had success this season against their possible opponents in the regional semifinals and finals, a neutral site may cause problems for this team. UConn’s depth will be a question throughout the tournament, as to whether or not a team with five starters and only one consistent reserve can win six more games in a row. The Huskies’ road to the Final Four may look more daunting than last year’s cruise to San Antonio, where UConn beat Iowa State and Florida State in the regionals by a combined 78 points. If the Huskies get through it, then an intriguing Final Four with Tennessee, Baylor and Stanford may await them.
» OUR PROJECTED ROAD TO THE FINAL FOUR
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Here’s who we at The Daily Campus think the Huskies will face, and hopefully defeat, en route to their third straight national championship.
Second Round vs. Kansas State
Sweet 16 vs. Georgetown
Elite Eight vs. Iowa State
Final Four vs. Tennessee
Title Game vs. Baylor
UConn 81, Toledo 80
(1991 Second Round) A mediocre second round win over Toledo? Well, back in ’91 the field was only 48 teams so this was UConn’s first ever NCAA tournament win as a Division I women’s basketball team. It’s a safe bet to say the best was yet to come.
UConn 60, Clemson 57 (1991 Elite Eight) Why some random Elite Eight win in 1991 over Clemson? This win marked the first time that the Huskies would advance to the Final Four of the “Big Dance” and just like Arnold, “They’ll be back.”
UConn 67, Vanderbilt 57 (1996 Elite Eight) Believe it or not, there was a time when Connecticut was not accustomed to turning out Final Four appearances like Apple does a new iPod. This win over Vanderbilt marked the first time in school history when the Huskies went to back-to-back Final Four’s.
UConn 70, Tennessee 64 (1995 championship) UConn and Tennessee clash like a striped shirt with plaid shorts. It’s only fitting that the Huskies’ first ever NCAA Tournament Championship would come against their soon to be rival. They were approaching the “Summit” all right and they were getting there quickly.
UConn 70, Tennessee 56 (2002 Final Four) As Kurt Russell said as coach Herb Brooks in Miracle, “Their time is done. It’s over.” This 24-point beat down over Tennessee meant that the 2000’s was going to be the decade of the Husky and the Vol’s would have to step aside.
UConn 71, Tennessee 52 (2000 championship) The Huskies win convincingly over perennial juggernaut Tennessee and tell the women’s basketball world that they mean business. This Final Four appearance would also mark the first of five consecutive Final Four’s that UConn would participate in.
UConn 73, Tennessee 68 (2003 championship) For the first time in school history, the Huskies win back-to-back NCAA Championships. UConn was only the third team in tournament history to win consecutive championships. USC did it first and Tennessee accomplished the feat second. This win came also against Tennessee...again.
UConn 70, Tennessee 61 (2004 championship) The Huskies got bored with winning just two championships in a row, so they decided to spice it up a little bit and make it three. At this point, Pat Summit was about ready to rip Geno’s hair out.
UConn 82, Tennessee 70 (2002 championship) The Huskies earned their first of three 39-0 seasons. The Huskies were just the second team in history to finish 39-0 and if you have paid any attention whatsoever to this top-ten then you’d have a pretty good idea of who did it first in 1998.
UConn 76, Louisville 54 (2009 championship) The Huskies capped off another 39-0 season, and completed the most dominant season in women’s basketball history. UConn won by an average of 25.8 points per game in this tournament, that’s insane.
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March Madness Extra
» NCAA TOURNAMENT – EAST REGIONAL FIRST ROUND – #1 UCONN vs. #16 HARTFORD
Pupil takes on the teacher
» THE MATCHUP vs.
UConn Huskies 32-1 overall, 16-0 Big East
Hartford Hawks 17-15 overall, 14-5 Am. East
RPI: 1, SOS: 3*
RPI: 154, SOS: 158*
* courtesy of CollegeRPI.com
When: Sunday, March 20, Noon Where: Gampel Pavilion, Storrs TV: ESPN2 The Lead: America East champion Hartford is the first obstacle in the way of the Huskies’ eigth national title. The Hawks, led by former Husky standout Jennifer Rizzotti, are in the NCAAs for the fifth time in the last seven years.
» HUSKY TRACK Team Stats
Avg. off. PPG
Avg. def. PPG
Free throw %
Field goal % 3-pt. FG %
UConn Maya Moore Tiffany Hayes Bria Hartley Stefanie Dolson Kelly Faris Lorin Dixon Heather Buck Lauren Engeln
GP PPG 33 22.8 33 13.9 33 12.4 33 10.2 33 8.0 32 2.9 28 2.3 27 1.7
RPG 7.9 4.7 3.7 5.8 6.7 2.3 2.1 0.7
APG 4.3 3.6 2.7 1.6 3.7 2.8 0.7 0.1
Vermont Mary Silvia Daphne Elliott Ruthanne Doherty Alex Hall Nikkia Smith Ilicia Mathis Jackie Smith Amanda Weaver
GP PPG 31 9.1 32 8.7 30 7.6 32 7.3 28 6.9 29 6.5 32 5.6 19 3.5
RPG 2.8 4.0 6.0 3.8 4.5 2.6 2.2 1.5
APG 1.1 1.2 1.4 1.4 1.3 1.0 3.5 0.3
UCONN RECENT RESULTS 3/8 vs. Notre Dame W 73-64 Big East final 3/7 vs. Rutgers W 75-51 Big East semifinals
HARTFORD RECENT RESULTS 3/12 vs. Boston U. W 65-53 Am. East final 3/6 vs. UMBC W 66-48 Am. East semifinals
Rizzotti, former Husky, takes on old coach in NCAAs By Andrew Callahan Staff Writer
In their quest for a third consecutive national championship, the No. 1 UConn Huskies will take their first step against one of their own. The No. 16 Hartford Hawks are captained by head coach and former Connecticut great Jennifer Rizzoti, who led them to a 2011 America East championship. Practicing just 30 miles away from Gampel Pavilion, Rizzotti and the Hawks face the tallest of tasks to pull off an upset. Thanks to a 65-53 victory over Boston University in the America East conference final, the Hawks have made it back to the NCAA tournament for the sixth time in 11 years under Rizzotti. Hartford’s longest tenure in the big dance occurred back in 2006, after reaching the second round following conference regular season and tournament titles. Last season, the Hawks fell in the first round after making their debut in the AP top 25 poll following a 27-5 year. This season, things are far different. Having returned just two starters from a year ago, the Hawks chalked up 10 more losses than in their 2009-2010 campaign. They managed a 2-8 record against nonconference competition when playing away from their home court. But the real story was the stark difference in how the team began their season and how they ended it. Showcasing their inexperience, the Hawks struggled mightily in the early going by finishing their first 10 games with a devastating nine losses. However, after battling back to respectability in America East play, the eventual conference champs shocked nearly everyone by winning 11 of their last 12. You can count UConn head coach Geno Auriemma among those with mixed feelings about hosting the Hawks on Sunday. “I’m happy for them,” Auriemma said. “Coming from 1-9 to start the season to here, that’s a tremendous accomplishment for them. The way
Connecticut guard Jennifer Rizzotti (21) drives past Tennessee guard Latina Davis (5) in the first quarter of the NCAA Womens Championship game, Sunday, April 2, 1995, in
the NCAA does things, so much of it scoring list, a list she now tops. is regional. I don’t think there’s any As for Rizzotti, the 12th-year surprise they were sent here. I’m head coach of the Hawks will be forthrilled for her and for her players. ever etched in UConn lore, regardThe fact that we have to play them – less of Sunday’s outcome. The AP well, you have to play somebody.” Player of the Year back in 1995 When further pressed about his feel- started at the point of Connecticut’s ings and the possibility of knocking first team to have a perfect season out a team coached by his former start- and win the national championship. ing point guard, Auriemma answered Similar to her former boss, Rizzotti in typical, humorous fashion. admits to mixed feelings. “It’s cruel. March is a cruel “It will be a little bit weird for month – especially for us Italians,” me, because it’s not something that Auriemma said. “Bad things hap- I wanted to do, but it’s something pen in the middle of March. History that will be special,” Rizzotti said. is not kind to Italians in the middle “There will be a lot of fans there of March.” who will be a little bit bipartisan, UConn has dominated the all-time torn in terms of who they root for, series dating back to 1985-86, reel- and wanting us to do well, as much ing off 11 blowout victories. The as they’re die-hard UConn fans and last time the two teams met was they want them to repeat, or tri-peat, nearly a year and a half ago, when as national champions. They’ll want the Huskies knocked off the Hawks us to do well. It will be fun.” 80-45. Maya Moore poured in 22 points as she passed Swin Cash for No. 12 on the all-time Connecticut Andrew.J.Callahan@UConn.edu
2010-2011 FINAL SCHEDULE/RESULTS: 32-1, 16-0 BIG EAST NOVEMBER 4 10 14 16 21 26 27 28
GP XL GP XL at GP GP GP
Franklin Pierce (exh.) Indiana Univ. (PA) Holy Cross Baylor Georgia Tech
W, 112-41 W, 100-41 W, 117-37 W, 65-64 W, 71-51
World Vision Challenge, Storrs Howard W, 86-25 Lehigh W, 81-38 LSU W, 81-51
DECEMBER 2 at 5 XL 9 GP 19 MSG 21 XL 28 at 30 at
South Florida Sacred Heart Marquette Ohio State Florida State Pacific Stanford
W, 80-54 W, 86-32 W, 79-47 W, 81-50 W, 93-62 W, 85-42 L, 71-59
JANUARY 5 8 12 15
Villanova Notre Dame St. John’s Louisville
W, 76-63 W, 79-76 W, 84-52 W, 78-55
GP at at XL
17 22 26 29 31
at GP at at GP
North Carolina Pittsburgh Rutgers Cincinnati Duke
W, 83-57 W, 66-46 W, 63-40 W, 80-46 W, 87-51
FEBRUARY 5 8 12 14 19 22 26 28
GP at at XL GP XL at GP
DePaul West Virginia Providence Oklahoma Notre Dame Seton Hall Georgetown Syracuse
W, 89-66 W, 57-51 W, 68-38 W, 86-45 W, 78-57 W, 80-59 W, 52-42 W, 82-47
MARCH 6 7 8
XL XL XL
2011 Big East Championship* Gerogetown (QF) W, 59-43 Rutgers (SF) W, 75-51 Notre Dame (F) W, 73-64
MSG – Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square Garden, New York *2011 Big East Championship at XL Center in Hartford Scores in bold indicate Big East opponents.
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Instead of being silent, when blogger, comic and cartoonist Lela Lee gets angry, she gets loud. Lee is featured in a 25-minute segment of the documentary “Searching for Asian America,” called “Angry Little Girls.” “Angry Little Girls,” which is named after Lee’s online comic strip, was screened at the Asian American Cultural Center last night at 7 p.m. in an event presented by Kappa
Phi Lambda, an Asian-Interest oncampus sorority. The discussion about the video before and after it was screened was led by Angela Rola, director of the Asian American Cultural Center. “I want you, tonight, to think about anger,” Rola said before playing the video. She urged the audience to turn the feeling into “something very positive.” In the video, Lee recounted the way her comic began. In college, she went to a cartoon festival, which deeply offended her with
its span of racist jokes, so she found the inspiration to make her own cartoon series, “Angry Little Asian Girl.” Lee admitted to being surprised at how “candid and explosive” her anger was in the first episode of “Angry Little Asian Girl,” and filed it away in a drawer for four years, before she rediscovered it and submitted it to be screened, which gave the cartoon local fame. From there, Lee’s cartoon slowly turned into something with which women of all races could identify. The character, who is loosely based on
Lee herself, experiences many of the pressures that women in society feel to be passive and quiet, yet she explodes angrily when offended. Lee eventually dropped the “Asian” from her cartoon, expanding the racial makeup of the characters in her cartoon’s universe. She opted to do this because of the way that many women related to the “underdog” struggle. Although more races are represented within the cartoon, Kim, the angry little Asian girl, remains a focus of the cartoon. Rola began a discussion after-
Rehabilitation through writing
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LaReese Harvey, left, Kathy Wyatt, center, and Brenda Medina, right, shared pieces of literature they wrote while incarcerated at Connecticut’s York prison. The three women worked with other inmates to compile a collection of theraputic works.
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By John Sherman Staff Writer Revision is a powerful thing. It has transformed personal drafts to published gold; rough works to best sellers; troubled woman to inspiring triumphs. Three of those triumphs, along with UConn’s own Wally Lamb, author of the highly regarded “She’s Come Undone,” shared a story of unconventional rehabilitation Wednesday night at the Bishop Center. Brenda Medina, Kathy Wyatt and LaReese Harvey – all former inmates of Connecticut’s
maximum security York prison – were students of Lamb’s therapeutic creative writing program during their time in the Connecticut prison. They worked with other inmates in small groups to craft, share and revise personal pieces of literature. A collection of works from those groups, “Couldn’t Keep It To Myself,” was published in 2004. The literature got better over time with Lamb’s guidance (the award-winning author joked some prisoners were initially reluctant to submit anything other than a melodramatic anecdote about their favorite uncle). And, as they wrote, the women got better too.
“Writing helped me a lot more than any therapist,” said Medina, a 30-year-old woman now free after 18 years of imprisonment. “It was my sanity. It helped me stay grounded.” The words of Kathy Wyatt made it clear how much one of the oldest forms of selfexpression could benefit those serving time for their mistakes. “When I arrived [in prison] it was a nightmare. You are treated with no respect. It was brutal. There is no compassion. But you could put your pain on paper and [the writ-
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wards, asking if anyone in the audience could define the term “model minority myth,” which she discusses in her classes. The term, coined by sociologist William Petersen, spoke to the higher performance of Chinese-American and JapaneseAmerican students in schools in the 1960s, and juxtaposed them with “problem” minorities. This myth, Rola said, disadvantages all minority groups, with no exception made for Asians, as if they fail to meet the high standards
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State considers boosting school dropout age
HARTFORD (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are considering a proposal to boost the high school dropout age to 18 and require schools to notify parents when their child is in danger of failing a class. The bill, which will be aired in a public hearing Thursday, would require students to stay in school until they are 18 years old or they graduate, a standard already in place in 20 other states. Under current law, Connecticut teens can drop out at 16 as long as a parent or guardian gives written consent in person to school officials. A law passed in 2009 changes that to 17 years old as of July 1, though the new proposal under consideration would eliminate that provision and set the age at 18. The General Assembly’s education committee is hearing testimony Thursday on the bill, which Gov. Dannel P. Malloy asked legislators to introduce as part of a package of education reform ideas. “The idea of letting a 16- or 17-year-old leave school without a degree or GED in hand makes no sense, none at all,” Malloy said Wednesday, referring to the high school equivalency certificates that some people pursue in lieu of a traditional diploma. “It really isn’t just about the decision of the 16-year-old. A lot of kids at younger ages are being told, ‘All you have to do is hang in there until you’re 16 and you can drop out.’ That’s a very negative message,” Malloy said. Those who want the dropout age lower than 18 in Connecticut and other states say that forcing students to stay in school does not guarantee they will attend classes, or that they will be interested or participate, even if they do attend.
Rainbow Center shows LGBT side of Islam By Jaimi Welch Campus Correspondent
The world of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered Muslims was brought to light Wednesday in a presentation hosted by the Rainbow Center. The lecture entitled “Hidden Voices: The Lives of LGBT Muslims,” given by Faisal Alam, is part of the center’s “Out to Lunch” Lecture Series. Though the presentation was about LGBT Muslims, Alam said he also wanted to paint a different picture of Islam. “I want to show you another side of Islam,” Alam said. Alam presented the audience with a slideshow of the often-
unseen elements of Muslim life – fashion shows, new bathing suits called burqinis and interfaith dialogue between religious leaders. Islam is undergoing a transformation regarding the role of women and LGBT individuals, not only within the confines of their own country but also in a religious aspect, said Alam. Fleurette King, director of the Rainbow Center, said she agreed Islam was becoming more accepting of homosexuality. King said it takes time, but she has seen more Muslim students in the Rainbow Center than in previous years. She added how imperative it is to talk about the issues because in every religion there are different levels of acceptance, and the
Muslim faith is no exception. Homosexual Muslims undergo many of the same struggles Christian and Jewish Americans face when trying to come to terms with their sexuality while maintaining their faith. “Verses of the Quran are used to speak against homosexuality,” Alam said. Alam showed part of a documentary centered on openly gay Muslims whose lives have been turned upside down since their decision to come out of the closet. One individual in the film stated she thought her mother was going to tell her family she was dead because it was better than telling them she was gay.
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Faisal Alam speaks to students on Wednesday afternoon. Alam is a queer-identified Muslim activist of Pakistani descent and the founder and former director of the group Al-Fatiha.
What’s on at UConn today... Panel Discussion 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Library, Class of 1947 Room This discussion, “The Demographics of Incarceration: Stereotypes and Invisibility” will consider why certain groups are targeted or ignored.
Information Session 12 to 1 p.m. BUSN, 214 Undergraduates planning to apply to the School of Business should attend this information session to learn more about the application process and which courses they should take.
CHIP Lecture Series 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. J Ray Ryan, 204 Dan Montano and Danka Kaspryzk from the Batelle Institute will present their lecture, “Zimbabwe: A decade of AIDS prevention research.”
The Tourist 9 to 11:30 p.m. Student Union Theatre Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp star in this thriller/romance about a man with a broken heart who travels to Italy.
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HARTFORD (AP) — Lawmakers on Wednesday confirmed Judge Lubbie Harper Jr. to the Connecticut Supreme Court, approving Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s first nominee to the state’s highest court. The 68-year-old Harper will fill the seat vacated by former Justice Joette Katz, who Malloy appointed to run the Department of Children and Families. While lauded for his services as a judge – he was first appointed to the bench in 1997 and later named to the Appellate Court in 2005 – and his work in the community where he’s been viewed as a role model to many young people in New Haven, he did not receive unanimous approval. The House of Representatives voted 124-16 and the Senate 24-7 in favor of his nomination.
Bethel man charged with selling steroids DANBURY (AP) — Federal authorities say they have arrested a Bethel man who allegedly distributed steroids to high school student-athletes and others in the Danbury area. Prosecutors said Tuesday that 46-year-old Mark Mansa was one of four people arrested in connection with the distribution of drugs. The three other men face charges in connection with the distribution of marijuana. Prosecutors say Mansa sold about 70 200-milliliter bottles of steroids every month at a price of up to $90 each. He is charged with conspiring to distribute steroids from January 2004 to February 2011. Investigators say he sold anabolic steroids to a cooperating witness on four occasions in 2010. His lawyer tells The News Times of Danbury that he intends to plead not guilty at his arraignment scheduled for March 23 in Bridgeport.
LA judge admonished for Ku Klux Klan comment
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Superior Court judge in Los Angeles has been admonished for a comment referring to the Ku Klux Klan in a case involving two African-American defendants. The California Commission on Judicial Performance admonished Judge Harvey Giss on Wednesday for saying the only way he could convince the defendants to plead guilty would be to come out in a white sheet with a pointy hat. When the defense protested and requested his removal from the case, the judge conceded it was a bad statement but also remarked that people don’t have a sense of humor anymore. The commission said the comments by the judge were inappropriate and offensive and issued the public admonishment as punishment for violating the Code of Judicial Ethics. A call to the judge was not immediately returned.
Univ. of Delaware wrongly lauds 61 for admission NEWARK, Del. (AP) — The University of Delaware is apologizing to dozens of applicants who were mistakenly congratulated for winning admission to the university. A Web link to register for an event for admitted students was incorrectly made available on Friday to all applicants, whether they’d been accepted to the school or not. The link was viewed by 61 students who had been either waitlisted or denied admission. When applicants clicked on the link, they were taken to a registration form that included the word “congratulations”. Seventy-five students registered for the event online, including 12 students who had been waitlisted or denied admission.
Father offers alibi for son charged in Wash. bomb
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The father of a Washington man charged with leaving a bomb along the route of Spokane’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade has provided a possible alibi for his son. Bill Harpham (HAHR’-pum) told KHQ-TV and KXLY-TV on Tuesday that he was being cared for by Kevin HarPham in Kettle Falls when the bomb was found Jan. 17. Bill Harpham is recovering from a stroke and said he and his son watched news reports that morning of the discovery of the backpack bomb. He says it would have been impossible for Kevin Harpham to make the 90-minute trip each way from Kettle Falls to downtown Spokane to plant the bomb. But he says his son does have racist beliefs and he wouldn’t be surprised if he helped build the bomb.
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Latin film depicts 1986 Bogota massacre By Kimberly Wilson Staff Writer Last night, the Colombian film Satanás, was presented as part of an ongoing Spanish and Latin Film series. The UConn graduate students of the Language Association (formerly the Spanish Association) in collaboration with The Institute of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies are presenting 10 films throughout the spring semester at Homer Babbidge Library. Each week, the presentation is dedicated to a film from a different Spanish or Portuguese speaking country. The Institute of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies (IPRLS) is an interdisciplinary program
focusing primarily on Latina and Latinos in the United States, including Puerto Rico. The institute focuses on issues that affect the Latina and Latino experience across the globe, and is engaged in regional, nation, and international exchanges. Jorge Castillo, a member of the Language Association and the presenter of the film said, “One of our main goals is to showcase different films from the Spanish and Portuguese speaking world.” The film Satanás is based on a book written by a survivor of the event, depicting the Bogota massacre in 1986, when a man went on a shooting spree in a restaurant. The film explores the lives of several people involved in
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the incident and the murderer himself, as well as the themes of justice and retribution. The movie was shown in Spanish with English subtitles. “Not all films we show are so dark,” said Castillo. “Next week we will be showing a comedy from Puerto Rico.” After the film, Castillo hosted a brief discussion, where students expressed their opinions on Satan. The idea that the film depicted an American type of violence was raised. Castillo noted that at the time of the massacre, killing sprees were foreign to the culture of Bogota. Kiara Morales, a 3rd semester psychology major commented on how the film differed from typical American movies. “I guess that the way the film
is, it’s a lot more honest than the films here. The purpose of the film wasn’t to entertain at all, it was to shock you and allow you to see the feelings. I’m used to at least having a reason for things, or have something turn out fine in the end. It was a real story, and they didn’t put any twists on it,” said Morales. For more information, UConn community members can visit the UConn Spanish & Latin American Film Series’ Facebook page, which has trailers and information for the films. All members of the UConn community are encouraged to attend the film screenings.
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from ASACC, page 1 set for themselves by society, they are marked as failures. Rola acknowledged that her intention had initially been to screen only “Angry Little Girls,” but “recent events” made her feel as though after showing Lee’s story, there was an urgent need to show the audience a recent Youtube clip that had gone viral. The version of the clip Rola showed was originally uploaded by a white UCLA student identified as Alexandra Wallace. The video features Wallace giving a “rant” about Asians in her apartment complex and the library who don’t use “American manners.” The clip, one of many versions reuploaded to Youtube after the original version was deleted, had 203,039 views. Rola said that when the video first began receiving hits, she received 15 e-mails from students about it. After showing the silent crowd the clip, students expressed their outrage at how Wallace seemed to think that Asians all come from one, isolated space, affected by the recent Japanese tsunami. Teri Chung, a 2nd-semester political science major, and Xinyi Li, an 8th-semester finance and statistics major and vice president of Kappa Phi Lambda, helped to run the event on behalf of Kappa Phi Lambda for its Spirit of the Phoenix month in March. This year’s theme for the annual Spirit of the Phoenix month is “Where I Come From.” Li felt that the event, which heavily featured Angry Little Asian Girl being outraged at the assumptions people made about her heritage, deeply speaks to the theme of the month, “digging back to your immigration roots.” Chung felt the movie was important because “we all have our own issues” and the movie speaks to the community that Chung hopes Kappa Phi Lambda can foster. Iris Lam, an 8th-semester management information systems major and president of Kappa Phi Lambda, was the one who found the documentary in an online database, and said that she desires to one day bring Lee to UConn. Lam feels that students can relate to Lee because she is “not too political, but more artistic” and she “teaches you to be an activist in a creative way.”
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State sued York prison inmates for Alam tells of his profit made on published works struggles faced from REHABILITATION, page 1 when coming out ing group] would pick you up,” Wyatt said. LaReese Harvey poetically suggested that the art of language could always be a vehicle for growth in such a harsh environment built on containment. “Words can make someone grow from a caterpillar to a butterfly,” Harvey said. The three former inmates each performed a piece of work to the large, respectful audience. Kathy Wyatt performed a very serious, captivating poem. Medina followed by reading an excerpt of recentlywritten prose. Harvey capped off the performances with an animated rendition of Maya Angelou’s “Phenomenal Woman.”
“Words can make someone grow from a caterpillar to a butterfly.”
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But though the creativity was abundant, the stories refreshingly inspiring, things became a bit more formal as correctional reform entered the presentation. Lamb and many women of York prison had a notorious
interaction with the Connecticut justice system. Their battle with the state caught national attention in 2004. After Lamb’s “Couldn’t Keep It To Myself” made significant profits, inmates whose works were featured in the book received payments of $5,000 each. Connecticut then sued the inmates for the cost of their imprisonment (a compounding total of more than $100 a day), citing that their marginal profits meant they were financially capable of incurring their cost. Other than state officials, very few thought it logical that a payment of a few thousand dollars indicated the women were capable of paying bills of over $100,000. After the plight of Lamb and the York women was featured on “60 Minutes,” Connecticut dropped the lawsuit. Connecticut has since revised the technicality it used in the suit, now allowing for inmates to profit from therapeutic work without penalty. The episode of “60 Minutes” featuring Lamb and defensive state officials was shown at the event. There were many laughs during the interviews of state officials. This event is one of many in a series related to imprisonment issues. The series was constructed by the Institute for Puerto Rican and Latino Studies.
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Struggles such as this young woman’s are faced every day in the culturally diverse Muslim community. “There is no difference between being gay and being Muslim,” Alam said. Alam, who moved to Ellington in 1987, said he exploded out of the closet while attending college in Boston, Mass. He would party every single night, but during the day was devoted to his faith. “At night I was club kid Faisal, during the day I was brother Faisal Alam,” Alam said. After a breakdown from essentially living two separate lives, Alam contacted other gay Muslims and founded Al-Fatiha, an organization that helps lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and questioning Muslims and their friends. Groups such as Al-Fatiha help tackle the issues of oppression and stereotypes by sharing with others the truth about homosexuals in Muslim society. Presentations such as Alam’s are essential because “we rarely give a voice to Muslims, let alone gay Muslims,” said King.
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For Irish-Americans, labor threats carry poignancy
NEW YORK (AP) — In a year when the questions of union power and the responsibility of governments to their employees have taken center stage, St. Patrick’s Day is taking on dual meaning for many Irish-Americans, with their rich ties to the labor movement. The struggles their famineworn ancestors faced as new arrivals – the slurs from their neighbors, the “Irish need not apply” signs – still echo through the generations, as does the avid union support that helped lift them to positions of power, influence and ultimately acceptance. “Union jobs, civil service jobs have always been the ladder out of poverty for working people in this country,” said Patrick J. Lynch, leader of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, the union that represents New York police. “The faces may have changed. The countries they’re coming from may have changed. But the ladder is the same.” In Wisconsin, Ohio and elsewhere, public workers face threats to collective bargaining rights, and Irish-American legislators backing the proposals are being accused of betraying their heritage. In the nation’s largest city, the fond subject of songs like “When New York was Irish,” a tight budget has led to a battle
over municipal pensions. Lynch this week recalled joining his father on the picket line in the New York transit strike of 1980 when he was a teenager. He had grown up listening to his dad, a longtime motorman, speak frequently of the legendary Mike Quill, founder of the Transport Workers Union of America and a native of Kilgarvan, Ireland. Remembering Irish-American labor struggles is “especially important this year when unionism is under attack across the country,” Lynch said. While many Chinese immigrants laid train tracks from the West Coast, it was largely Irish immigrants who laid them from the East. Many Irish immigrants went to work in the mines of the South. And in New York, they joined the police force and firefighters in great numbers, said Peter Filardo, an archivist at the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. So many Irish-Americans once worked in the city’s transit system, the joke went, that the IRT subway line was known as “Irish Rapid Transit.” Irish-American workers were key in the rise of powerful political machines in the 19th and early 20th centuries. AFL-CIO presidents have included names like George Meany, Thomas
Donahue and John Sweeney. “We have gained our place through labor activism and political activism all across the United States,” said John Kilbane, a native of Ireland and business manager of the Laborers’ Local 310 in Cleveland. “The old adage goes, ‘A rising tide floats every boat,’“ Kilbane said. “If collective bargaining is attacked and collective bargaining rights are weakened, or lessened or obliterated, it certainly is the beginning of a race to the bottom economically, not only for union people, but for those who are not fortunate enough to be represented by a union.” In Dublin, Ohio, state Rep. John Carney said people at a St. Patrick’s Day parade last weekend gave him an earful on legislation nearing approval that would limit collective bargaining by public workers. “If I had taken a straw vote, I would have said that it was overwhelmingly ‘no’ based on the people along the parade route, that’s for sure,” said Carney, an Irish-American and a Democrat from Columbus, who said he understands how the immigrants’ union activism was borne out of discrimination. “I think it should be a point of pride,” he said.
Some Irish-American leaders, though, have come down on the other side of the present-day labor debate. In Wisconsin, where the governor last week signed a law that ends most collective bargaining rights for public workers, the effort to pass the bill was led by two brothers of Irish descent – Senate Majority Leader Scott
Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald. As thousands of protesters swarmed the Capitol, the brothers were accused of betraying their heritage. One protest sign read: “Fitzgerald isn’t Irish.” Some Irish-Americans say their heritage is irrelevant when it comes to labor activism and politics, especially because they and
their ancestors are now thoroughly integrated in American society. Jim Cavanaugh, president of the South Central Federation of Labor, which helped organize opposition to the Wisconsin bill, noted that Irish families have been in Wisconsin for generations. He said he would give his perspective only as an American, not an Irish-American.
MIAMI (AP) — Countries that outpace the U.S. in education employ many different strategies to help their students excel. They do, however, share one: They set high requirements to become a teacher, hold those who become one in high esteem and offer the instructors plenty of support. On Wednesday and Thursday, education leaders, including U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, the nation’s largest teacher unions, and officials from the highest scoring countries, are meeting in New York to identify the best teaching practices. The meeting comes after the recently released results of the Programme for International Student Assessment exam of
15-year-olds alarmed U.S. educators. Out of 34 countries, it ranked 14th in reading, 17th in science and 25th in math. “On the one hand, the United States has a very expensive education system in international standards,” said Andreas Schleicher, who directs the exam. “On the other hand, it’s one of the systems where teachers get the lowest salaries. “Then you ask yourself, how do you square those things?” Schleicher co-authored a report released Wednesday in conjunction with the conference which concluded that for the U.S. to remain competitive, it must raise the status of the teaching profession. An additional report released
by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development, as well as the PISA exam, identified several effective practices observed in the top performing regions and countries: – They draw teachers from the same pool of applicants as those from other selective professional careers. Aspiring teachers in Singapore, for example, are selected from the top one-third of secondary school graduating classes. They are given a monthly stipend while in schools and starting salaries are competitive with other professional jobs. In Finland, there were 6,600 applicants for 660 openings in primary school preparation pro-
grams in 2010. – Higher teacher salaries – rather than smaller class sizes – were a better indicator of student performance. At the same time, it wasn’t an exclusive means of attracting the best into the profession and must be accompanied by support from school leaders and a work environment that values professional judgment rather than formulas. “They want to do knowledge work, not work in a prescriptive environment,” Schleicher said. – Teachers are continually being trained and developing their skills as instructors. In Shanghai, teachers are expected to participate in 240
hours of professional development within five years. Singapore teachers are entitled to 100 hours of training per year “to keep up with the rapid changes in the world.” – Instructors are held accountable for student performance, but test results would be just one of a number of measures to determine student outcomes. Teachers welcome effective appraisal systems. – In many cases, countries with the highest student performance also had strong teacher unions. The unions also developed their research capacities, with international links and connections to ministries and universities. In the U.S., part of the rea-
son why the standards to enter teaching are not higher stems from lingering fears over teacher shortages, like those seen during the 1950s when baby boomers were students and what may happen as they are retiring. Sandi Jacobs, vice president of the Washington-based National Council on Teacher Quality, said the higher standards to enter the profession are critical to later success. “Everything else is sort of a ripple effect,” she said. Jacobs noted that there is evidence from other countries that raising the bar would add prestige to the profession and allow schools to attract a new set of teaching candidates.
In this file photo of March 17, 2010, Joseph O’Keefe, left, plays a bagpipe as the Department of Sanitation of New York’s Emerald Society Pipes and Drums marches during the St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York.
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Fed shutdown for budget woes is unacceptable
his week marks the deadline by which our government was supposed to have settled the new federal budget, amidst fears that the current gridlock over what should and should not be cut will result in a total shut down of the government rather than a solution to our financial woes. In the midst of this tension, Alison Stanger, the director of the Rohatyn Center for International Affairs at Middlebury College, has published a book revealing exactly how much the nation is spending in overseas conflicts. One of her finds is that private contractors, who receive salaries that are double and triple that of the soldiers who volunteer their services to the military, are handling the majority of our conflicts. In the current economic climate, this is absolutely unacceptable. It would be one thing to supplement our troops with contractors out of necessity, in a conflict we entered rationally after weighing the consequences, but to merge government with business, and then not manage that amalgamation is not only hanging our troops out to dry, but telling the American people that their government does not care about how its mismanagement hurts the people. In Stanger’s book, we learn that the contractors hired to protect U.S. embassies internationally can be found partying when they are supposed to be on duty, are not under military control, and are protected from termination by virtue of being federal employees even when they are earning inflated salaries to not do their jobs. These contractors often subcontract out to smaller firms, and then raise their fees, so that jobs such as building schools in Iraq, which should only cost about $50,000, cost the American people about three times as much. And, even though we continue to pay them, the work does not get completed. To make matters worse, the bureaucratic mess we call government cannot keep proper records of the payments it makes – it has no idea where about $4 billion or more has gone. How is this fiscally responsible? How is this ensuring the future of the American people, or working to reduce our deficit? It is not. A five year old could tell us that. But somehow the federal government has overlooked this fact from the first day it let contractors determine the terms by which the American people are supposedly protected. The government needs to cut its spending; let it begin with ending the privatization of governing through hired contractors. 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.
Hey SUBOG, can you work on getting Rebecca Black? I went to hibachi and the chef said “Kemba” as he shot the food in my mouth. I have skipped so many classes that when I went to take my exam I couldn’t remember what room the class was in. When I look around campus I see: Budweiser, Bud Light, Pabst’s, Keystone, Busch and Natty...UConn: embracing diversity. I dont know which is better, complete domination of the Big East in basketball, or that now that Spring Break is over there are finally machines open at the gym. My main motivation for studying is that I’ll be able to play Pokemon before bed. I spent eight hours over the past three days researching for my bracket instead of studying for my astronomy test tomorrow. So I’ve been eyeing this hottie in the library for about half an hour now...Got any good pickup lines InstantDaily? Is it me, or does Bob Huggins look like John Goodman’s lost brother? Am I the only one excited for the larpers to come out? Man, I gotta stop drinking so much at the library. I never get anything done. My roommate told me if I bought Domino’s breadsticks for him he’d let me eat the small one. Forget Friday, is it May yet?
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From Paul Revere to Kemba Walker, help is key
fter the UConn men’s basketball team blazed through five of the best teams in the country in five straight days to capture the Big East Championship last week, the easy thing to do is give most of the credit to the star point guard, Kemba Walker. Why? Because it’s true. But also key was Jamal CoombsMcDaniel, a player who has the sixth-highest scoring average on the squad, yet pulled down a critical By Jesse Rifkin offensive rebound Weekly Columnist with only moments left in a tied game against Pittsburgh, ranked third in the nation. Managing to call a time out mere milliseconds before he traveled, the play allowed UConn to retain possession and set up a final shot, which Walker knocked down at the buzzer in an ending that instantly reached legendary status. However, Coombs-McDaniel’s contribution will be far less remembered, despite its monumental importance. The world is full of similar examples of people whose involvement were critical in events far more important than that of a basketball game, yet whose names became eclipsed by others. Rosalind Franklin was a biophysicist, who in 1952 captured a photograph of an x-ray diffraction of DNA. One of Franklin’s colleagues showed the photograph to another scientist, James Watson, without Franklin’s knowledge or permission. The image was
conclusive proof that DNA was shaped in a double helix, which inspired Watson and his scientific partner Francis Crick to determine the chemical structure of DNA. Though it occurred over half a century ago, it is still considered one of the greatest discoveries in human history, for which Watson and Crick were deservedly awarded the Nobel Prize. Franklin was not.
“UConn’s performance is the cumulative effect of all the players on the team, not all of whom are nationally recognized.” Everybody knows the story of Paul Revere: in 1775, the British launched a surprise attack on Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, and Revere rode on horseback to warn the colonists, yelling “The British are coming! The British are coming!” Revere was actually one of over forty men who warned the colonists. In fact, Revere was captured after traveling only nineteen miles, quite limiting the number of citizens who heard his message. The rider who was actually most responsible for warning the colonists was Israel Bissell, whose name had the unfortunate quality of not sounding as good as that of Paul Revere. Thus, when the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote his now-famous poem “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere,” he selected to write it about the man whose last name rhymed with more words, and Bissell’s name became known by only a few.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in their 2000 decision Bush v. Gore that the recount of contested Florida ballots could not continue, effectively declaring George W. Bush the President. The final vote was 5-4, which means if any one of those five justices in the majority had voted the opposite way, Al Gore could very well have been President instead. Three of the five justices voting in that majority are still serving on the court – Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, and Clarence Thomas. Pick any one of those names at random, and that person – by ruling the way they did in that court case – thrust Bush into the Presidency. Thus their decision had a nearly-inconceivable (albeit indirect) impact on pretty much everything that happened during Bush’s presidency: the U.S. response to 9/11, the Iraq War, the government’s response to the economic collapse, and perhaps even the 2008 election of Barack Obama. Yet how many people off the street can name even one of those justices? UConn’s performance is the cumulative effect of all the players on the team, not all of whom are nationally recognized. Likewise, there are many people throughout history who have contributed to achievement and goodness in the word, yet whose names we will likely never know or remember. So while Kemba Walker’s final shot against Pittsburgh will go down as one of the greatest moments in UConn basketball history, do not forget that it was Jamal CoombsMcDaniel who got the rebound and called time out to get him there.
Weekly columnist Jesse Rifkin is a 2nd-semester political science and communications double. He can be reached at Jesse.Rifkin@UConn.edu.
Gay marriage opponents use primitive arguments
he debate over gay marriage in this country has slowly but steadily morphed into what is nearly a battle royale between supporters and opponents of a social union that is, ironically, meant to create and foster kinship. You can’t tell people they can’t fall in love. Supporters and opponents alike have made arguments for why they are right and judicious in what they By Ryan Gilbert b e l i e v e . Supporters Staff Columnist have seen five states and their nation’s capital allow same-sex couples to be married. Opponents have witnessed the passage of the federal Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 in California. Supporters have celebrated polls that find growing support for allowing same-sex marriage. Opponents have lauded 29 states having a constitutional ban restricting marriage to one man and one woman. Just recently, supporters cheered when President Obama directed the Justice Department to no longer defend DOMA, and opponents applauded when Maryland’s Democrats failed to get enough votes to pass a bill that would have made same-sex marriage legal in that state. I could go on and on about the victories and defeats of each
side of this debate but what would be the point? Is this not all stuff we have heard before? Aren’t the polls telling us that our generation is, for the most part, indifferent when it comes to the issue of same-sex marriage? Haven’t we got primitive and depraved “religious” hypocrites doing most of the damage to their side’s credibility? Lately, watching anti-gay religious and political leaders try to defend why they believe homosexuality is wrong and why they believe same-sex couples shouldn’t be allowed to get married has been like watching old episodes of “The Flintstones” – you quaintly notice that they’re really just barefooted, dirty Neanderthals who like to bang rocks and eat meat. Yet, to give credit where credit is due, unlike Fred Phelps, Fred Flintstone clearly believes in evolution. Go, Dino. I’m not going to walk you through the litany of reasons for why a country that prides itself on the decree that “all men are created equal” should let its gay citizens marry whom they love and adopt children with whom they love. But I’m also not going to allow any more ink to be wasted by printing the absurd, thoughtless and downright cruel motives for why some people in this country believe it’s perfectly OK to discriminate. What I would like to do is encourage all of us to look deep
inside ourselves and try to determine whether or not we are perpetuating, even casually or inadvertently, any of the hate that feeds the beast known as anti-gay discrimination. Do we call things “gay” when we intend to point out how stupid or annoying they are? Do we call our friends “fags” when they do something dumb or piss us off? Do we put on a lisp and flail our wrists when we attempt to impersonate a gay person? I know I’ve been guilty of each of these, and I still struggle to catch myself doing them and change my behavior.
“Watching antigay religious and political leaders... has been like watching old episodes of ‘The Flintstones.’” I would like to challenge all of us to really think hard and long about if we are doing enough to promote and ensure equality and acceptance. Have we gone to UConn’s Rainbow Center and talked with fellow students who find support, comfort and encouragement there, and asked how we could get involved in activities and demonstrations?
“It turns out that the Republican
Have we volunteered for True Colors or the Human Rights Campaign or Freedom To Marry? Have we voted for public officers and politicians who support marriage equality? We all know what it is like to not really be able to empathize with other people’s tragedies and struggles and how easy it can be to ignore their immediate problems. And marriage seems especially to be one of those concepts that our generation is putting less and less stock into. Statistically, we’re staying at school or home longer, we’re taking jobs (when they’re available) further and further away from where we’ve grown up, and we’re getting married when we’re older – if we’re getting married at all. We must remember that there is a significant chunk of us who aren’t able to really think about that last part and who can’t freely and clearly picture their lives with their future husbands and wives. There’s a foggy screen some of us are forced to filter our dreams through until our great country allows us the freedom to marry whomever we love, wherever we like.
Staff Columnist Ryan Gilbert is a 6thsemester journalism major. He can be reached at Ryan.Gilbert@UConn.edu
budget that they submitted for next year slashes funding for the agency that issues tsunami warnings and organizes responses to the tsunami. In their defense, Republicans say that tsunamis are just a theory, they are not a real threat like ACORN, the Black Panthers, NPR, and math teachers in Wisconsin.” – Bill Maher
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Across 1 Bingo call 5 Gordon __: Michael Douglas’s “Wall Street” role 10 One may require stitches 14 German import 15 Slangy negative 16 Control 17 See 53-Down 20 Fairy tale ender 21 Amazement 22 Early surgery aid 23 Talking with one’s hands?: Abbr. 25 Ante26 See 53-Down 34 Washington’s Grand __ Dam 35 Fierce anger 36 Carnival city 37 Old, in Oberhausen 38 “Good heavens!” 40 Humdinger 41 Relieve (of) 42 Pencil remnant 43 Legal-sized fish 45 See 53-Down 48 Neighbor of Nev. 49 Reggae singer Kamoze 50 Big name in food service 53 Brine-cured delicacy 55 Remove forcibly 60 See 53-Down 63 Andy Taylor’s son 64 Submit taxes, nowadays 65 Kong’s kin 66 Guam, for one: Abbr. 67 ‘50s experiment, briefly 68 Longings
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Irregardless Lindsey Dunlap
Aries - The trail’s bumpy today. Make sure your equipment is correctly tuned, and that you stretch well before launching. They just might make the ride more fun. Taurus - Innocent pleasures tempt: ice cream, sharing the news, creating and playing with someone fun. Get lost in daydreams, but don’t fall for delusions. Gemini - Your ancestral anchors to home may seem invisible, when you indulge fantasies and delusions of grandeur. Don’t be tricked. Be proud of your roots. Cancer - Fantasies and false promises may tempt today. Watch out for the ones that cost money. Handle your deadlines for best results, and then go play.
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Leo - Don’t gamble with love or money today. Some might see you as an easy mark. Play your cards close to your chest, and give up being attached to the outcome. Virgo - Fantasy may be a nice place to hang out, but it doesn’t produce results. Take a brief mental vacation, and then take action toward fulfilling a specific goal. Libra - Emotions are high today. Don’t be too harsh on yourself. Everything will look better in the morning after some good welldeserved rest. Avoid making big decisions. Scorpio - Your dreams are not firmly grounded in reality yet. Perhaps you’re avoiding committing to a particular direction. Imagine yourself already there. Seek hidden options.
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Sagittarius - Ever feel like you’re going nowhere? Maybe you’re playing a game that’s too small for you. Choose trusted friends to support new directions, and then take action. Capricorn - Read the fine print thoroughly today. Ask people you trust to show you your blind spots. Your own thinking might delude you. Take care with financial decisions. Aquarius - Don’t be too harsh on yourself. Make the best of challenges by discovering new abilities. Rather than getting defensive, own any mistakes to make them only once. Pisces - No matter how hard you try, you can’t please everyone. Take it easy today. Put your own oxygen mask on, before helping others. Your body will appreciate a good rest.
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Side of Rice by Laura Rice
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Elite Japan nuclear workers race to stop meltdown FUKUSHIMA, Japan (AP) — They risk explosions, fire and an invisible enemy – radiation that could kill quickly or decades later – as they race to avert disaster inside a dark, overheated nuclear plant. The 180 emergency workers at Japan’s crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi complex are emerging as public heroes in the wake of a disaster spawned by an earthquake and a tsunami. Dubbed by some as modern-day samurai, the technicians were back at work late Wednesday after a surge of radiation forced them to leave their posts for hours. “I don’t know any other way to say it, but this is like suicide fighters in a war,” said Keiichi Nakagawa, associate professor of the Department of Radiology at the University of Tokyo Hospital. Small teams of the still-anonymous emergency workers rush in and out for 10 to 15 minutes at a time to pump sea water into the plant’s overheated reactors, monitor them and clear debris from explosions. Any longer would make their exposure to radioactivity too great. They also struggle with broken equipment and a lack of electricity. Even at normal times, workers wear coveralls, full-face masks with filters, helmets and double-layer gloves when they enter areas with a possibility of radiation exposure.
Some of them carry oxygen tanks so they don’t have to inhale any radioactive particles into their lungs. But the burst of radioactivity Wednesday led the government to order an evacuation of the Dai-ichi complex for about five hours. “The workers cannot carry out even minimal work at the plant now,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said of the evacuation. The highest reading among various locations that had to be accessed by the workers hit 600 millisieverts, equal to several years of daily exposure limit, according to statistics released by Tokyo Electric Power Company. Millisieverts measure exposure to radiation, which can cause cancer and birth defects. Severe exposure can cause burns and radiation sickness – nausea and vomiting and harm to blood cells. A typical individual might absorb 6 millisieverts a year from natural and manmade sources such as X-rays. Small additional annual exposures of under 100 millisieverts are believed to produce no discernible harm but more carries health risks. Tony Irwin, an Australianbased nuclear consultant, said the normal dose for a radiation worker is 20 millisieverts a year, averaged over five years, with a maximum of 50 mil-
lisieverts in any one year. “So they would be trying to rotate people to make sure they’re within that limit. Now many countries have an emergency limit of 100 msvs a year,” he said. “They’ll wear radiation monitors, so they can see exactly what they’re getting on a real time basis.” Yet on Wednesday, Japan’s Ministry of Health Labor and Welfare raised the maximum legal exposure for nuclear workers to 250 millisieverts from 100 millisieverts. It described the move as “unavoidable due to the circumstances.” The workers’ challenges this week have included struggling for hours to open a pressurerelease valve and allow water to enter the reactors. When a worker left the scene for a short period, the water flow ceased and fuel for pumps bringing up the water ran out. A building housing a spent fuel storage pool exploded Tuesday, making two huge holes on the upper side of the wall on the building. A plant worker spotted a fire shortly thereafter that was later put out. The workers also have had to walk around the area to measure radioactivity in each place where they were supposed to enter, and remove contaminated debris. “Workers persevere amid fears of 400 millisieverts,” read one headline in the nationally
A woman on a wheelchair takes a radiation exposure scanning at a gymnasium in Koriyama, northern Japan, Wednesday.
circulated Yomiuri newspaper. The newspaper said one male worker who was opening a valve to let out builtup steam was hospitalized after complaining of nausea and exhaustion after being exposed for 10 minutes of radiation, despite wearing
head-to-toe protective gear and a mask. “The thing I’ve been concerned about right now are the workers. They are at a tremendous risk,” said Don Milton, a doctor who specializes in occupational health and directs the Maryland Institute of Applied
Environmental Health at the University of Maryland. Milton noted reports that some workers have already shown signs of acute radiation sickness. That would be even worse than it sounds because “the sooner it comes on after exposure, the worse it is.”
Crash highlights Chinese- NH murder suspect says American gambling market he’d probably kill again NEW YORK (AP) — At age 75, Mon Ling Ng is hard of hearing and often lonely – a resident of Manhattan’s Chinatown who finds a way to fill his days: by gambling. “I go almost every day; it’s exciting, and I have company,” said Ng, who takes a bus to a casino hours away. About 30,000 Chinese New Yorkers per week board discount buses that take them from Chinatown to casinos outside the city – buses like the one that crashed on a return trip from a Connecticut casino, killing 15 passengers. The crash is illuminating how casinos around New York in many ways treat the city’s Chinese-Americans as their bread and butter, a population with an ancient gambling tradition that will reliably hand over money. “If you run a casino, Chinese business is a major part of the business,” said Peter Yee, assistant executive director for behavioral health services at the Hamilton Madison House, which offers Chinese-language treatment for compulsive gambling. “There’s no other population that is exclusively targeted by the gambling industry like the Chinese.” Yee noted that Chinese children grow up seeing some form of gambling “as part of everyday ritual.” “We incorporate it in all major celebrations, and it’s for money — playing cards, dice, pai gow,” he said. Mohegan Sun, the casino in Uncasville, Conn., from where the doomed bus was returning last weekend, caters especially to Chinese-American gamblers; its website has a Chineselanguage section offering gaming and bus promotions. The casino estimates that a fifth of its business comes from ethnic Asian clients. The typical gambling package includes a round-trip bus ticket, plus cash bonuses subsidized by casinos, some of which also offer meal coupons. On any given weekday in New York, about 4,000 seats are sold on dozens of such buses, and 6,000 on weekends, Yee said. More than 90 percent of the passengers come from Chinese communities, drivers told The Associated Press. Each passenger on the illfated bus paid $15 for the 200mile round trip to Mohegan Sun, said Matthew Yu, operator of Sunflower Express, the ticket agency that coordinated sales. The World Wide Travel bus left Manhattan for Mohegan on Friday evening and started the return trip just before 4 a.m.
Customers purchase bus tickets at one of the discount bus companies in the Chinatown neighborhood of New York, Monday.
Saturday. The journey ended when the bus flipped on its side just a few miles short of home and slid into a sign pole, shearing it in two and leaving a mess of bodies and twisted metal on Interstate 95. Two days after the crash, in a neighborhood where many people not only knew the victims but also knew it could have been them, business at Sunflower was down, though Yu wouldn’t reveal by how much. “People are scared,” said Yu, holding his head in his hands as he sat in his tiny, windowless office up two flights of stairs from Canal Street, Chinatown’s main drag. “One stupid thing happens, and the whole world stops,” he said. “I’m very upset.” Another company, Sky Express, charges $12 for a round trip, with a free $60 casino bonus. Ng celebrated his birthday Friday by taking to Mohegan a World Wide Travel bus that left about six hours before the one that crashed. Patrick Kennedy, an unemployed car service chauffeur, was also on the trip. On Monday, Kennedy was at the bus stop, greeting Ng. “Me and you – we made it back!” Kennedy told Ng as they
gave each other the thumbs up in front of a bus operated by Dwayne Smith, a driver for World Wide. “Some people go almost every day,” Smith said, although only a handful of people showed up for Tuesday’s trip, which was canceled. Right behind the World Wide bus was another one, run by Sky Express and leaving for Connecticut’s Foxwoods casino at 1 p.m. and returning around midnight, driver Marvin Ha said. Many Chinese-American gamblers are elderly, looking for company and entertainment. Others are immigrants with few friends or family in the United States. And some are men at risk of losing their homes, jobs and families to accommodate their pastime, Yee said. “Everyone knows how to gamble in the Chinese culture; it’s very normal,” said Sai Ling, 57, who lost her parents, whom she described as casual gamblers, in the crash. As a result, Yee said, when gambling becomes a problem, people don’t seek treatment “until they are totally lost – until they lose their homes, their jobs, their families.” Others, he said, commit suicide.
NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man who has admitted being part of the deadly knife and machete attack on a woman and her 11-year-old daughter told a jury Wednesday he might kill again if he’s ever released from prison. Christopher Gribble, 21, said on the fifth day of his trial that he knows he’s going to prison whether he’s convicted or whether the jury sides with his defense – that he’s not guilty by reason of insanity. He admits he killed Kimberly Cates and maimed her daughter, Jaimie, at their Mont Vernon home in October 2009. Gribble said if the jury finds him insane, there is a possibility he could go free one day. “If I did get out, I think it is possible I could kill again,” he said. On cross-examination, Gribble acknowledged he planned the home invasion, supplied the machete and knife used to attack the victims and buried the weapons and some of the items stolen from the Cates’ home. Prosecutor Jeffery Strelzin asked him if he acted “purposely” when he attacked Kimberly Cates. “It’s hard not be purposeful doing something like that, when you stick a knife in someone,” Gribble replied. Gribble testified for nearly 11 hours over the course of three days. Strelzin began his crossexamination Wednesday, clearly with the goal of establishing that Gribble was in control before, during and after the crimes. “You chose to do this,” Strelzin asked, to which Gribble replied, “Yes.” Strelzin showed Gribble a receipt for the jewelry he stole from the Cates home and pawned
Prosecutor Jeff Strelzin shows indictments to Christopher Gribble during cross examination at Hillsborough Superior Court in Nashua, N.H., Wednesday.
the next day for $130.62. “So that’s how much Kim’s life was worth to you?” Strelzin asked. “That’s an interesting way to put it, but, yes,” Gribble said. Strelzin noted that less than four hours before the home invasion, Gribble was sitting in a car with his ex-girlfriend, Ashley Martin, who had angered and devastated him a week earlier when she broke up with him. Gribble had the weapons they would use on the Cates in the back of his car. Strelzin asked him why he didn’t kill Martin. “I never considered killing Ashley,” Gribble said. When asked if he could pick and choose who he killed and could control himself, Gribble replied, “Yes.” Quinn Glover, an Amherst man who participated in the home invasion and pleaded guilty to burglary, robbery and conspiracy, testified Wednesday that Gribble was “excited, happy, invigorated” after hacking at the two vic-
tims and plunging the knife into Kimberly Cates’ throat. Glover said Gribble quickly shifted his focus from his victims to ransacking the room’s bureau drawers for jewelry and other valuables. Glover contradicted Gribble’s earlier testimony that he felt nothing during the attacks. Glover will be sentenced to 20 years in prison and also has testified against another codefendant, Steven Spader. Spader, who wielded the machete during the attacks, was convicted in November and is serving two life sentences without possibility of parole. Also Wednesday, testimony that another co-defendant, Billy Marks, gave during Spader’s trial was read to the Gribble jury. Marks, who has a cooperation agreement with the state that calls for a 30-year sentence, has not yet pleaded guilty and invoked his right to remain silent. Superior Court Judge Gillian Abramson denied a defense motion to compel him to testify.
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On this day, Saint Patrick, Christian missionary, bishop and apostle of Ireland, dies at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland.
Nat “King” Cole – 1919 Kurt Russell – 1951 Billy Corgan – 1967 Mia Hamm – 1972
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Shamrocks a-shakin’ Be green, help Japan
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with traditional Irish food at home or in the dining halls By Kim Halpin Campus Correspondent St. Patrick’s day has become a way for people of all nationalities to be Irish for a day. The celebration began, however, in the very heart of Ireland to celebrate St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, on the anniversary of his death. Although St. Patrick was not born Irish, he had a massive influence in converting the country to Christianity in the first century. Legends about this figure include the use of the three-leaf clover to explain the religious concept of the Holy Trinity. This is how the shamrock came to be identified with the holiday, as people would wear them in remembrance. It is also said that he delivered a sermon to drive all the snakes from Ireland into the sea to drown. Granted, there are no snakes native to Ireland, so many believe this was a way to help convert the pagans. The Irish would celebrate this religious holiday by attending a mass service in the morning and having parties in the afternoon. The traditional fare was meat, specifically bacon, which is normally banned during this season in their religion, and local vegetables of cabbage, potatoes and carrots. The iconic corned beef was not originally from Ireland, but was a product of America. This dish is still the major choice for dinner on St. Patrick’s Day. The holiday was brought
to America when Irish troops were fighting alongside the English army in 1762. It was on American soil coincidently that the first St. Patrick’s day parade was held, so that the soldiers could stay connected to their roots. The tradition stuck in America, and the New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade, which combined with Irish Aid Societies in 1848, is now the oldest civilian parade in the entire world, and the largest in the United States, according to History.com. The holiday deviated from its religious roots in Ireland in 1965 when the government lifted the historic ban of pubs on March 17 in order to increase tourism in the area. Today, citizens around the world, including Australia, Canada, Japan and Russia are celebrating by wearing green and drinking Irish beer. It has become a secularized holiday, focusing more on catering to the Irish lifestyle than to its religious connotations, with enormous concerts and firework shows over Dublin. One of the most impressive celebrations is in Chicago, where the city empties 40 pounds of green dye into the river, producing a bright green river for several hours. If you’re looking for a way to get connected to the holiday, the university has planed traditional Irish dishes on the menus at many dining halls today. Towers will be serving corned beef for dinner, along with Gelfenbien Commons, Putman and South dining
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halls. Corned beef, beef stew and potato soup will be served during the lunch hours at Putnam. Whitney dining hall will also be having a St. Patrick’s Day dinner. Corned beef can be eaten with mustard, or by making it into a sandwich. Many people also prefer to make corned beef hash, which consists of corned beef, onions, potatoes and spices, mixed together and cooked in a skillet.
Above: A meatpacker works to prepare corned beef, the traditional St. Patrick’s Day dish. Top photo: A kayaker paddles on the Chicago River after the Chicago River was dyed green Saturday.
Irish or not, get into that lucky spirit
By Elmira Fifo Campus Correspondent Today is St. Patrick’s Day, and many of my Irish friends are gearing up for their own festivities, undoubtedly splattered with every shade of green and a flamboyant array of Irish Car Bomb cupcakes. Each year the build-up and anticipation might be similar to that of Christmas. As a non-Irish person, the excitement always surprises me. Yet, I have oftentimes wished I were part of the celebration. The random Irish accents dispersed throughout campus, the quest for a lucky four leaf clover, the chance to wear the one green thing in my closet – who wouldn’t want to at least try? As I spoke to friends and students, most agree on two things: St. Patrick’s Day is a drinking holiday, and everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. While this bodes well for those of us who are not Irish, we do not know how to celebrate St. Patty’s style. Now, of course there are the generic traditions such as the drinking and the parade, the shamrocks, Irish berets and loads of green. It is also a day where leprechauns become the lead actors and it’s OK to speak in an incomprehensible accent that may, for the guys, woo several lovely lasses. Even so, I wanted to know what, specifically, is important about it. A friend of mine, Ryan Morris, a 6th- semester political science major, loves all the stereotypical hype but mainly, he sees it as a great way to connect with friends and his background. “In my family we always celebrate just being together
If these dogs can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day without a drop of Irish blood between the two of them, so can you.
and doing all the traditions together,” he explained. He also had some suggestions for non-Irish people adding that mainly they should celebrate their friendships and spending time together. “If it is possible, trying some traditional Irish food like corned beef and potatoes, lots of potatoes, is a good way to get into it,” he also offered. That sounds wonderful, although I am hoping the dining halls may contribute to this cause. Another way to celebrate, for those 21 and over, might be to check out the bars. Huskies and Ted’s will have themed nights on St. Patrick’s Day and it might be a great way to have a different night out. “ If you are over 21 you of course need to drink something
Irish; Guiness is a must,” said Morris. I also found several ideas for virgin and alcoholic cocktails and drinks as well as desserts and food on foodnetwork.com that seemed well worth trying. Amanda Arthur, a 6th- semester nursing major, prefers the traditional food. ‘We normally celebrate with a lot of Irish food, the obvious corn beef and cabbage, but we also do an Irish whiskey lamb with mash potatoes and brussels sprouts” she described. She additionally pointed out she likes to dress up as well, saying, “I normally wear the traditional green with my celtic jewelry of the claddagh ring, earrings, and my triquetra necklace. And of course we brush up on our Gaelic: erin go bragh!’ If you’re feeling a more sub-
dued Irish spirit, you might decide to make sugar cookies with leprechaun cutouts or cupcakes with green frosting. And hey, if you really don’t want to acknowledge the holiday but still want to celebrate, have a Shrek themed night, as one of my other friends, Dori Ademi at Post University, suggested. You can still have green frosting while you also attempt to slur Gaelic. Whichever way you choose to celebrate, St. Patrick’s Day is a great holiday to try out, especially if you are not Irish. That way, you can take it as seriously as you want and you won’t be left out of the festivities.
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Controversial dance and guitar show to play at Jorgensen this weekend By Focus Staff
This column focuses on sustainability, reducing your carbon footprint and general environmental concerns to help maintain and preserve our planet. However, once in a while, an event so catastrophic occurs that constantly enforcing small efforts like recycling and turning off lights gets put aside for a greater cause. That cause is helping relief efforts in Japan. You might wonder how this relates to sustainability at all, but helping a country marred by such tragedy ties more closely to being green than you might think. The more money raised means the more money that can be put toward slowly rebuilding a country whose entire way of life has been disrupted. More money means more aid, more resources, and more of a chance for a full meltdown to be avoided as nuclear power plants teeter on the brink of collapse. So how can you help? Most of your donations can be made straight from you cell phone. One of the easiest ways is to text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation straight from your phone. It’s easy and takes a grand total of five seconds (depending how fast your little thumbs can type). If you don’t want to use your cell phone because you’re on your parents’ plan, you can send cash donations or a check to the American Red Cross with “Japan Tsunami Fund” in the memo line. By sending money directly to trustworthy companies like these, you can ensure your money will be well spent on
On March 18 and 19, the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts will host the controversial, awardwinning flamenco guitarist Roni Benise and his band as they bring their newest show, “The Spanish Guitar,” to UConn. Benise and his band have traveled the world with their eclectic blend of more than a dozen musical styles, including gypsy violin, Flamenco dancers, African tribal drums and Brazilian Samba percussionists. The group won an Emmy Award in 2007 for the costumes of their show “Nights of Fire!” which was recorded as a special, playing on PBS networks across the country. The soundtrack to the production reached No. 2 on the Billboard World Music Chart. Benise has also performed on “Dancing With The Stars.” The group has also found controversy overseas. At a recent event held at Jaipur Palace in India, Benise’s band and dancers were allegedly escorted off the stage before their show concluded, as officials in the country had deemed the dancers’ outfits too revealing. Their set was supposed to include seven songs, but after the fifth, the show was abruptly ended. “The Spanish Guitar” is
a new show from Benise, where his guitar takes center stage as the musical show’s protagonist on “a quest for lost passion.” The story travels the world, featuring a changing state-set that will progress through exotic locales including the streets of Old Havana, the canals of Venice, a Spanish bullring, Parisian cafes and a millennia-old Buddhist temple in India. The tour is concurrent with the release of “The Spanish Guitar” CD and DVD, Benise’s eighth CD and third DVD. “The Spanish Guitar” is directed by Raj Kapoor, who has also directed shows for Josh Groban, “American Idol” and Britney Spears, and is choreographed by Alex Magno, who has worked with Madonna, Yanni and The Pussycat Dolls. The show also features musicians Karen Briggs, Michael Lomas, Gilberto Gonzalez, Daniel de los Reyes and singer Karina Nuvo. On his website, Benise commented on “The Spanish Guitar,” saying “This is a great show for the whole family; I really think we have something for everyone.” He continued, “I hope people will be inspired… by our music, by the production and have the passion to follow their own dreams.”
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1. “21,” Adele 2. “Late Nights and Early Mornings,” Marsha Ambrosius 3. “Sigh No More,” Mumford & Sons 4. “Never Say Never: The Remixes,” Justin Bieber 5. “Now 37,” Various Artists 6. “Going Out in Style” Dropkick Murphys 7. “Town Line (EP),” Aaron Lewis 8. “My World 2.0,” Justin Bieber 9. “Doo-Wops & Hooligans” Bruno Mars 10. “Greatest Hits...So Far!” Pink
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Lasers” showcase Fiasco’s skills as a rapper and are, in my opinion, two great tracks. For something more upbeat, play “ The Show Goes On,” Fiasco’s club song with a conscience. Bear with “Out of My Head” to hear the extent of Atlantic’s sabotage of Fiasco’s work, forcing him away from great rap and toward commercial-sounding-noise. Atlantic may have won this battle, and “Lasers” will probably out-sell both “Food and Liquor” and “The Cool,” but will disappoint dedicated Lupe Fiasco fans.
Have you ever wanted to own a band, or even just a piece of one? Now, thanks to an innovative new record label called My Major Company (MMC), that dream can become reality. It’s no secret that the music business is experiencing an economic downturn. Album sales are steadily falling, as illegal downloading continues to dominate the Internet. Consumers have the ease of picking and choosing their favorite singles to buy off of iTunes for 99 cents. Gone are the days when people would go out to the store, buy a record, recline on their beds with lyrics in hand and listen to each song in its entirety. Music has evolved to become an accessory rather than a hobby. More importantly, music is not as personal and influential as it was 30 years ago. That is why MMC is such an ingenious idea. It allows listeners to be an active part of the musicmaking process. It also allows artists to be directly inspired by their fans, in both a physical and a spiritual sense. In an interview with Time magazine, one of the members of the contracted band Some Velvet Morning said that he was more motivated in his musical career because his investors were not just some faceless businesses. So here’s how it works. Artists who want to be highly autonomous and manage themselves can submit a demo to MMC. Once the singer or band gets $160,000 in investments, it is officially signed to the company’s label. Both new and experienced individuals are invited to work with MMC, which pledges to provide its charges with a strong fan community, professional guidance and 20 percent of the record revenue. Investors, on the other hand, get 40 percent of the profit from the records that they choose to fund. Signing up to be an investor involves a simple, five-step process that is absolutely free. Validated individuals are allowed to view videos of 10 different performers on MMC’s website, and make playlists and rosters under their account name. There is no minimum or maximum investment fee, however, individuals are only allowed to buy up to 100 shares of one band or singer. On its web site, MMC advises interested individuals to only choose musicians that they really like, and to be aware of that fact that the music industry is subject to many uncertainties. Furthermore, MMC stresses that community opinions are very important. Therefore, the company hosts many forums to allow investors to compliment and critique the artists that they support. Investors are also given contact information for the bands and singers so that they can directly interact with them. Ultimately, MMC notes on its web site that investors are the “lifeblood of the system,” and that their cooperation leads to good albums and successful artistic endeavors. So far, MMC’s investment has been hugely successful. The company is dependent upon the online medium. It uses a wide range of social networking tools to gain investors and promote its clients. And while it is not the first label to depend on the community for financial support, it is the first one that pays its investors back with cash. In a recent article, Time reported that one investor made a profit that was 22 times greater than his original deposit.
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In its fifth album, the band Rise Against uses its songs to address themes like teenage suicide, deaths of American soldiers and sexual discrimination.
Rise Against takes on a critical view in its latest album ‘Endgame’
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“Can nobody save us, will anybody try,” Rise Against sings on one of its newest songs, “Help is On the Way.” On its last album, Rise Against turned its juvenile defiance into shrewd apprehension. With “Endgame,” Rise Against has upgraded its persona once again, from apprehensive to disapproving. Additionally, the band has adopted a melodious approach to
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This Day in Music 2006 The Smiths were offered $5 million to reunite and perform at the 2006 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The band politely declined. Formed in Manchester in 1982, the Smiths featured vocalist Morrissey, guitarist Johnny Marr, drummer Mike Joyce and bassist Andy Rourke. Despite a lack of commercial success, they developed a cult following and were considered the most influential British band of the 80s. All four of their studio albums climbed the charts, particularly in the UK, but with Marr and Morrissey constantly butting heads, the band called it quits in 1987. The Smiths claim to have reached the end of their journey due to irreconcilable differences, yet a White Stripes aura still surrounds the situation, making the British boys seem rather redeemable. They chose to stop performing after reaching their peak and no amount of money coerced them into what could possibly end in embarrassment. The Smiths will forever be remembered on a high note, topping off a brilliant five-year career with critically acclaimed “Strangeways, Here We Come.” – Julie Bartoli
its artistry. This doesn’t mean that “Endgame” is any less intense than Rise Against’s four former albums. The band still retains its rough-andtumble rock style and high energy level throughout the new record, but it also incorporates more musical elements to make its songs more aesthetically pleasing. For example, the band uses a chorus of “heys” in the background of three of the songs on “Endgame.” There are more extended guitar solos between verses and choruses. Lead singer Tim McIlrath retains his clear-cut vocals and perfect-
ly matches the tempo set by the instrumentals on each song. Plus, Brandon Barnes’s drumbeats are much more varied and engaging on “Endgame.” The band designs a neat combination between rhythms and artistry for each of the album’s 12 tracks. The record starts off strong with three great songs: “Architects,” “Help is On the Way” and “Make it Stop (September’s Children).” Rise Against then reverts to its former song structure during the next five tracks, and subsequently, ties the album up with three more powerful numbers. In particular, “This is Letting Go” stands out, as McIlrath counters the rampant guitars and beats by employing a softer approach on his vocal parts. “Endgame” contains a tenacious set of lyrics, but as far as title tracks go, it is a bit disappointing. The concept for “Endgame” is based on a world that is headed for an apocalypse. Of course, this world is hardly fictional, as many of the songs focus on topical
issues. For example, McIlrath took what he saw in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and turned it into the album’s first single, “Help is On the Way.” “Endgame” also discusses impending crises such as teenage suicide, sexual discrimination and the deaths of American soldiers who are overseas. And while Rise Against’s previous album, “Appeal to Reason,” also provided commentary on similar situations, the band’s new songs take social criticism to a whole new level. Rise Against’s newest album isn’t groundbreaking, nor is it incredibly illuminating. But as a whole, “Endgame” is a solid effort by the band as it tries to redefine the role that music has in society today. It is evident that Rise Against is growing into an influential, well-celebrated band. At the very least, “Endgame” will add to the band’s allure and help it to expand its fan base across the nation.
Lupe Fiasco showcases writing talent on ‘Lasers’ By Tom Teixeira Campus Correspondent If you haven’t heard the buzz surrounding Lupe Fiasco’s third album, “Lasers,” you may mistake some of the Chicago rapper’s latest work for fresh, club-ready rap music. If you’re a devout fan, you might fling the disc across your dorm room at the wall, deeply saddened that Lupe “sold out.” Fiasco has had
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a very public fight with Atlantic Records over the production and release of his third album, publicly contemplating retirement and recently admitting to suicidal thoughts. After a three-year fight, he allowed Atlantic to push his album onto shelves March 4. Already a renowned lyricist, Fiasco continues to showcase his skills as a writer on many “Lasers” tracks. Most of “Lasers” has a unique, spaceysolemn sound that would allow the album’s songs to flow together nicely if not for the blatant insertion of more commercial songs by the record company. The addition of songs like “I Don’t Wanna Care Right Now,” “Out of My Head” and “Break the Chain” clearly don’t fit into Fiasco’s “Lasers” concept, lyrically or sound-wise. These tracks are grossly overproduced, feature simplistic, poppy hooks and have an amateur, commercial sound. To put it simply, some “Lasers” songs are hard to listen to. Their unfortunate inclusion sabotages the entire album. Considered a “positive” rapper and a “conscious” lyricist, Lupe brings “conscious” to a new level as “Lasers” is more politicallyand socially-charged than either of his first two albums. Other tracks are more self-reflective and are, at times, emotionally moving.
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Lupe Fiasco performs at Lollapalooza in 2007.
Though “Lasers” builds on Fiasco’s reputation as a critical, ‘conscious’ rapper, his feud with his label and apparent loss of control of his own work seem to have sucked all the ‘positive’ out of him. It doesn’t sound like Fiasco is having fun making music anymore - the youthful, enthusiastic feel of his earlier work is lacking in “Lasers.” Though largely mediocre as a whole, the album has its highlights. For classic Lupe Fiasco, try “Till I Get There”. If you’re looking for controversy, check out “Words I Never Said” or “State-Run Radio.” “All Black Everything” and “Beautiful
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NY Dolls dance Nate Dogg, whose hooks backwards in heels boosted rap hits, dies » OBITUARY
By Julie Bartoli Campus Correspondent
The New York Dolls entered the 1971 protopunk scene with an appropriate game plan: all talent and no tact. They dressed like glam rock females and played like half-hallucinogenic teenage boys. They phased out Sylvain Sylvain’s otherworldly guitar lines with overwrought distortion. They came off like they had no general concept other than being gifted and acting stupid. In a time when it was all the rage to play an instrument you’ve never touched (Sid Vicious) or gender bend to a point of total ambiguity (Bolan and Bowie), the Dolls just could not decide whether they were glam, rock or punk. So they chose all three, along with anything else they could find. Their fifth studio album, “Dancing Backward in High Heels,” continues this trend. Released on March 15, the 13-track LP features a cacophony of songs that have nothing to do with one another, but, in NYD spirit, still
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The New York Dolls have been around the protopunk scene since 1971. The band is still cranking out punk 40 years later.
manage to sound fantastic. The album opens with “Fool for You Baby,” a blues-inspired piece with Johansen pleading instead of flipping his curls and heel-toeing his way out of his previous album scenarios. Six minutes later, “Talk to Me Baby” cuts in with a Phil Specter Wall of Sound. Sylvain’s guitar sneer takes backseat to
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Send a text, help save a country in need from BE GREEN, page 7 relief efforts and providing food, water and shelter to the victims. International Medical Corps is also on site, responding to disaster victims. They are open to receiving donations by texting MED to 80888 to donate $10 from your mobile phone. You can even text “QUAKE” or “JAPAN” to contribute to earthquake relief sponsored by the Salvation Army, who has organized efforts in Tokyo to help victims. Other organization such as Save the Children, GlobalGiving, and Americares are also working toward helping Japan recover from this crisis. You can get involved by visiting their respective websites and learning how you can help. Keep in mind that in our times of trials and tribulations, the Japanese have aided us. When Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans, Japan provided over $1.5 million in private donations, $200,000 in cash to the American Red Cross, and around $800,000 in relief supplies, according to federal government statistics. Needless to say, your $10 would be paying it forward. Maintaining our planet means helping those who need it most. While many of us may feel helpless as we watch video after video of the tsunami’s damage, we can get some comfort in knowing even the smallest of donations will pay off in the long run.
feminine “oh-oh’s” and a neverbefore-utilized brass section. “Baby, Tell Me What I’m On,” is pure Lou Reed, with cyclic lyrics and low-range vocals. Meanwhile track 10, “Funky But Chic,” channels the Rolling Stones through a Mick Jagger sneer and a Keith Richards guitar lick. Even the album’s weakest link, “Streetcake,” which could easily be the soundtrack to any corporate elevator, is worth a listen, demonstrating raw talent overshadowing a lack of concept. That’s the point of the New York Dolls: everything fits exactly how it normally shouldn’t. The whole David-Johansenas-Buster-Poindexter debacle finally makes sense.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Singer Nate Dogg, whose near monotone crooning anchored some of rap’s most seminal songs and helped define the sound of West coast hip-hop, has died at age 41. Nate Dogg, whose real name was Nathaniel D. Hale, died Tuesday of complications from multiple strokes, said Attorney Mark Geragos. Nate Dogg wasn’t a rapper, but he was an integral figure in the genre: His deep voice wasn’t particularly melodic, but its tone – at times menacing, at times playful, yet always charming – provided just the right touch on hits including Warren G’s “Regulate,” 50 Cent’s “21 Questions,” Dr. Dre’s “The Next Episode” and countless others. While Nate Dogg provided hooks for rappers from coast to coast, the Long Beach, Calif., native is best known for his contributions to the West Coast soundtrack provided by the likes of Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Tha Dogg Pound and more. Nate Dogg was even part of a “supergroup” featuring Snoop Dogg and Warren G, called 213. Nate Dogg, who had suffered at least two strokes since 2008, also put out his own solo projects but was best known for his collaborations with others. Last year, Warren G said Nate Dogg was in therapy but needed help. “Everybody just gotta keep him in their prayers, ‘cause he had two strokes and that’s real dangerous. And a lot of people don’t come
R&B singer Nate Dogg.
back from that,” he said in an interview to HipHollywood. “’Cause the game needs him, I need him.” After word of his death spread, tributes poured in on Twitter. “We lost a true legend n hip hop n rnb. One of my best friends n a brother to me since 1986 when I was a sophomore at poly high where we met,” Snoop Dogg tweeted Tuesday night. Like Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg got his start on Death Row when he was signed to the groundbreaking label by Dr. Dre. Nate Dogg got his start singing in the local church choir. He dropped out of high school to join the Marines but after three years was dishonorably discharged. He briefly got involved with the drug trade before forming a musical group with Snoop and Warren G. It was Warren G who was credited with giving their music to Dr. Dre. Nate Dogg made his debut
on Dr. Dre’s classic album “The Chronic,” and immediately distinguished himself with a trademarked sound: a low, steady croon that came across as intimidating as the rap verses. His vocals made him one of the most sought after collaborators for rap songs. Fifty Cent, who tapped Nate Dogg for his 2003 love song “21 Questions,” tweeted Tuesday: “I wrote the chorus to 21 questions I needed nate to sing it for me. He had a way of making everything feel hard.” Nate Dogg could be heard on songs ranging from Ludacris’ “Area Codes” to Tupac Shakur’s “All About U” to Eminem’s “Shake That.” Even as times changed, and rappers came and went, he didn’t fall out of fashion. He faced several legal problems. In 1996, he was acquitted of an armed robbery charge; a jury deadlocked on another and he was not retried. In 2000, Nate Dogg was accused of trying to kidnap an ex-girlfriend, but those charges were dismissed. He pleaded no contest to gun possession and was sentenced to probation. In January of 2008, he suffered a debilitating stroke but a few months later was arrested for stalking and threatening his estranged wife. He appeared in court in a wheelchair. The charge was dropped a year later. Nate Dogg spent the last years of his life trying to rebound from his medical problems. “All dogs go to heaven ... RIP NATE DOGG,” tweeted Snoop Dogg.
Little-known Raekwon album worth listening to
ByTom Teixeira Campus Correspondent It might not get much radio play and probably won’t break into the iTunes bestsellers list, but nonetheless, Raekwon’s “Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang” is an album worthy of a listen. “Shaolin” is Raekwon’s fifth solo album, his second since the fall-out of the Wu-Tang Clan, and his first album untouched by legendary producer RZA. His latest album follows 2009’s criticallyacclaimed “Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...Pt. II” as well as his involvement in Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Friday Project. “Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang” breaks the mold for Raekwon,
as RZA was excluded entirely from the project, despite his heavy influence on all of Raekwon’s previous work. Additionally, the album was released on Raekwon’s own ICE H20 record label. These two production factors enabled Raekwon to control every aspect of “Shaolin”, having final authority on everything
from beats and lyrics to guest appearances and singles. “Shaolin” is a cohesive concept album that follows the usual Wu-Tang trends, displaying strong beats, kung-fu influence, violent, crime-oriented lyrical content and old-school sound and flow. Almost every track on his album features kung-fu samples or an East-
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Asian musical sound. Tracks often flow directly into one another, giving the album as a whole a complete and contiguous feel. The album features a handful of short, chorus-less raps that utilize Raekwon’s smooth flow and rhyming skill to tell narrative stories. “Shaolin” is a true concept album and is best when listened to from beginning to end as an entire body of work. Though it delivers as a traditional album, “Shaolin” doesn’t add much to Raekwon’s portfolio and neither advances nor tarnishes his reputation as a rapper. “Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang” features a handful of appearances by former Wu-Tang members, though the album’s most
memorable guest performances come from Nas on “Rich and Black” and Rick Ross on “Molasses”. So far, “Butter Knives” and “Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang” have been released as singles and I would expect “Rock ‘N Roll” featuring Jim Jones, Ghostface Killah and Kobe James to follow. In my opinion, the juxtaposition of “Butter Knives” and the story-telling “Snake Pond” make up the heart of the album. As a whole, “Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang” satisfies as an album spawned from the Wu-Tang Clan, but lacks the freshness necessary to make it relevant in today’s hop-hop scene.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Kenny Chesney isn’t happy with what he’s seeing on the video screen. He’s been watching it while singing a song during a rehearsal for his “Goin’ Coastal” tour and it just doesn’t snap. He gives instructions over the sound system to personnel at the back of the warehouse space where Chesney and his crew have been at it for several weeks. “I want the picture to change every time he hits the snare drum – BAP! BAP! BAP! BAP! BAP!” he says while air hammering an imaginary kit. A little later, his seven-piece band stumbles a bit and Chesney tells the group, “We’ve got to get that intro down.” He worries over what he’s going to say to the crowd at certain key moments, crafting and discarding drafts as he goes. “I’m glad you’re here. You can help me with this,” he tells a small group of record label executives and media. This is Chesney in lock-down mode. With just a few rehearsals left till his tour kicks off Thursday in West Palm Beach, Fla., Chesney was agonizing over every detail. “There’s a lot of mixed emotions for me right now because I’m for the first time seeing everything we’ve worked so hard on come together,” Chesney said. “And I’m very happy about that. But on the other hand it’s not all together yet so it’s the thing that keeps me up at night when I’m preparing to do this.” The attention to detail is what has made Kenny Chesney one of the most bankable acts in the touring business, regardless of genre. Since 1999, Pollstar figures show he has sold more than 8.8 million tickets and grossed more than $460 million. Only the Dave Matthews Band has sold more tickets over the last decade and only Matthews and Celine Dion have grossed more. Chesney took the year off the road in 2010 to concentrate on his lauded new album “Hemingway’s Whiskey” and to make three films
MILWAUKEE (AP) – The Milwaukee Art Museum is taking a new look at Frank Lloyd Wright on the 100th anniversary of his Taliesin home in Spring Green, with an exhibit showing the organic side of the prolific architect that features scale models, furniture and photos as well as video footage and more than 30 drawings that have never before been publicly displayed. “Frank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architecture for the 21st Century” starts with urban plans and a model that he traveled with nationally, trying to promote his vision of a community integrated into the landscape. Wright, who designed houses, corporate and government buildings, libraries, museums and churches in addition to furniture and lighting, saw his plans as the antithesis to cities being too condensed. “He was very concerned about conservation of materials, conservation of energy, environment, landscape, all the things which are now becoming so pertinent in a planet, which we seem to be slowly – bit by bit – destroying,” said Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer, director of the archives at the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation in Arizona, who worked with Wright before the architect died in 1959. “It seems like a good time to remind people that there was a good way in which architecture helped people live better and live in harmony not only with themselves but the planet they are living on.” Wright built his Broadacre City model in the 1930s, based on his book “The Disappearing City.” He revised and expanded the text in 1958 with “The Living City.” Drawings from the book were used by a German museum and the foundation to produce a model in the 1990s. It’s the first time the models have been shown together, and will likely be the last time the Broadacre model will travel because of its fragile condition, said Brady Roberts, chief curator
Touring giant Chesney Milwaukee museum looks at organic side of Wright on the road again
Kenny Chesney rehearsing for his “Goin’ Coastal” tour in Nashville, Tenn.
– a 3D concert movie and two documentaries about football. With his return to touring, he’s bringing along Uncle Kracker and Billy Currington to open his arena shows; the Zac Brown Band will join them on11 stadium dates throughout the summer. Currington’s beachy vibe is a lot like Chesney’s, but he’s never experienced anything like the “Goin’ Coastal” tour before. He’s trying to raise his game to keep up with country’s biggest draw. “We actually had to bring in a little more production than we’re used to,” Currington said. “It’s a new experience for me playing places that big and
needing this much gear.” Chesney says this year’s show will be leaner than previous productions. “But I feel like it’s better,” he said. “I feel like musically it’s better and that visually it’s really, really good and we’ve been working on that a long time. So it’s very exciting to get to do what I love to do again, you know, and to feel that energy and to be that person up on stage. It’s an unbelievable feeling to feel all those people focus energy right on you, and us as a band we can feel that. There’s no feeling like that anywhere.”
A chair designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
at the Milwaukee Art Museum. The idea was the culmination of Wright’s work, but never came to fruition. Wright was one of the first big-name architects to really care about making sure the building and environment were in harmony, said architectural historian Jack Quinan. The architect first used the term “organic architecture” in 1894. “Wright’s work has endured and is going to be relevant and continue to be relevant largely because of his organic theory – his interest in creating an American architecture that derives from nature, you might say crossed with geometry,” said Quinan, who’s on the board of directors for the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy. He noted the Darwin D. Martin House in Buffalo, N.Y., a prairie house Wright designed around 1903, which was considered odd then. It has a south facade where the sun is somewhat blocked in summer but streams into the house in winter. The house also has sun traps – a series of glass plates so the summer sunshine bounces off the glass and up into the house indirectly. Taliesin, in his hometown
of Spring Green, Wis., was Wright’s longest ongoing architectural work, as he kept changing it for nearly 50 years. To break down barriers between the interior and exterior, Wright used local limestone and mixed sand from the river into his plaster. He used tall windows in the living room to provide a view of the rolling hills. The windows also provided natural light, which is diffused by the overhanging roof so the house remains cool. The show also looks at one of Wright’s lifelong pursuits, which was to provide affordable housing to low-income residents. He designed the American-System Built Houses – compact, geometric homes assembled onsite with factory-cut materials to reduce costs. During the Great Depression, Wright started developing “Usonian” homes, which were also designed to control costs and had carports but no basements or attics. Roberts said the exhibition comes as people are changing perspectives due to the financial downturn: Maybe bigger isn’t always better. “So it’s interesting now to look at Frank Lloyd Wright and how prescient he was to say, “No, you can have a beautiful house that is actually very small in terms of a footprint but it can feel quite spacious by being opened up to nature,’” he said. “This is very practical and economical, but also it’s another thing we’ve lost in suburban planning, with sort of homogenous cookie-cutter houses.” The 33 new drawings include the V.C. Morris House known as “Seacliff” in San Francisco and the Raúl Bailleres House in Acapulco, Mexico – both never built, along with the Seth Peterson cottage in Lake Delton, Wis. and the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Wauwatosa, Wis.
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» NCAA BASKETBALL
St. John’s prepares for Zags without D.J. Kennedy
DENVER (AP)—The only shooting for St. John’s senior D.J. Kennedy at this tournament involves a video camera. Kennedy, one of the Red Storm’s most versatile players, tore his right ACL during the Big East tournament. The injury hasn’t stopped him from soaking up the moment at the NCAA tournament. He’s capturing his team’s journey with his camera as the sixth-seeded Red Storm (21-11) face No. 11 seed Gonzaga (24-9) in the opening round of the Southeast region
on Thursday. Kennedy’s even holding out a slim hope that maybe, just maybe, he might be inserted into the game, possibly for a late free throw. A guy can dream, right? Especially here, on this stage. “If they need some, I know I can go in there and do that,” said Kennedy, who plans to have surgery on his knee in early April. Kennedy paused, glancing down as he sat in the Red Storm’s dressing room. He quietly added, “I can’t wear
the jersey. It would get to me too much.” With Kennedy’s loss, the Red Storm lost not only its team leader, but its top rebounder, as well. Asked about the significance of Kennedy’s absence from the lineup, St. John’s coach Steve Lavin didn’t mince words. “A devastating blow,” said Lavin, who’s in his first season in charge of the program brought to prominence decades ago by Lou Carnesecca. Given Gonzaga’s size—the Bulldogs have nine players at
6-foot-5 or taller — Lavin will start 6-8 senior Sean Evans in Kennedy’s place. He was a starter the last two years, but has been coming off the bench this season. “It’s humbling knowing the reason you got in there is because of one of your closest friends is hurt,” Evans said. “Our focus is on the game. But it’s also on D.J., knowing what he put in for us. Him not being there is a big motivation for us.” The Red Storm are trying not to dwell on the loss
of Kennedy, the player they relied so heavily on all season. “There’s no one player that has to step up to try to offset the loss of D.J.,” Lavin said. “We need to do it collectively as a group, instead of one of our players trying to be a hero.” Kennedy vows to contribute in other ways, such as doling out a few pointers, a couple of observations from his courtside seat on the bench. “He is a great coach,” Evans said. “He might have a future in this.”
Down the road, maybe. Just not now. “I’ve got to show them it’s not about me, it’s about the team, the group, the family we have,” Kennedy said. “This is a business trip.” The business of basketball is booming again for St. John’s. The Red Storm are back in the tournament for the first time since 2002. They’re looking for their first win on this stage since 2000, when they beat Northern Arizona in the opening round. St. John’s was then bounced from the tournament by Gonzaga, 82-76.
Will Oakland or Utah State play deep into the tourney? from WHO, page 14 on the court when they take battle against Kansas State in the first round. If Wesley continues the way he’s played all year, Utah State could make a spectacular run. Mike: I do like Tai Wesley, but Utah State doesn’t have nearly the supporting cast as Oakland. As perimeter players will not hesitate to let it fly from deep, and if the defense can’t close out fast enough, they will pay big–time. Guards Reggie Hamilton and freshman Travis Bader are as deadly as it gets, hitting a combined 172 3– pointers and bringing the team to 10th in the nation in the category. Oakland’s first round match–up against Texas may look rough at first sight, but when you look at how the Longhorns have played down the stretch, going a mere 8–4 in the final 12 games, things start to look a bit brighter. Teams began to play a zone against Texas, forcing them to shoot more jump–shots than they would like to, an area where they really struggle, and for a team that isn’t exactly known for its stifling defense, coach Kampe should have no problem following
the scouting report. If they can pull off that first upset and gain some momentum, the rest of the field better look out. Quenton: While Oakland does have an explosive offense who can shoot the three, the Aggies aren’t slouches themselves on the offensive end. Five of Utah State’s six top scorers shoot over 35 percent from three–point range, and as a team, they shoot 48 percent from the field, which is pretty solid. On the other hand, the Aggies play a completely different style of basketball, which prides itself on defending the basketball. They apply constant pressure, and the Wildcats are infamous for their sloppy turnovers. Not to mention, the Aggies’ defense only allows a 38 percent field goal percentage from their opponents. And while many complain about their strength of schedule – only ranked opponents were BYU and Georgetown – Utah State has an RPI of 15, seven spots higher than the Wildcats. Kansas State guard Jacob Pullen is paying attention, stating, “A lot of people might have this as an upset game, so we have to understand that we’re playing a good team.” They’d
better, or they might be packing their bags earlier than expected. Mike: I’ll give you credit, personally, I think Utah State will beat Kansas State The problem is that we’re talking about a Cinderella story here, not an upset. I’m looking further down the road. For a team to have potential to make a long run against top opponents, it will undoubtedly need to control the game and play at its own pace. We already know Oakland plays a “run and gun” style that is tough for any team to run with, but they also have the ability to dominate the paint with their big men, a trait which is a necessity in order to truly dominate games. The team ranks 13th nationally in team rebounding. Aside from the outstanding rebounding ability of Benson, Oakland has senior Will Hudson, who puts up 7.1 per game, and Drew Valentine, who grabs 5.6. If a team wants to play a fast–paced game and put up a lot of shots, it better be able to rebound the basketball at a very high level, and this team can. Throw in the fact that it is the 11th best shot–blocking team in the country, allowing them to grab extra possessions throughout the game. Good luck slowing these
guys down. Quenton: Utah State is not just a team that makes one shocking upset, and then they’re eliminated from the round of 32. The Aggies are more than capable of making a long run in the tournament, especially in the Southwest region. With a victory over Kansas State, the Aggies would face the winner of the matchup between the Wisconsin Badgers and Belmont Bruins. Both of these teams would be beatable in the second round, as Wisconsin has a horrible time on the road and Belmont would be the underdog against Utah State. Granted, if things play out as they should, they’d face No. 1 seeded Pittsburgh in the Sweet 16, which would be an upset for the ages. But its defense keeps the team in the game with anyone, and if it has the lead in the second half, Coach Morrill is going to do what he does best, which is grinding out the game. Similar to Oakland, the Aggies are also known for their rebounding, as they’ve outrebounded all but two of their opponents this year. The Aggies may not be flashy or as athletic as Oakland, but they execute the two most important things when
it comes to winning a basketball game: rebounding and playing defense, which is why I give them a chance against any opponent in the tournament. Mike: There’s one final important trait a team must have to make a run at a championship that is more important than all of the others: senior leadership. Upperclassmen make all the difference, and Oakland is full of them, with three seniors and a junior in the starting lineup. Cinderella teams have to want it more than everyone else but stay focused at the same time, and having the luxury of mature players on the floor will make everything run more smoothly. It isn’t going to be a walk in the park for them; there may very well be times late in games when they are down and even struggling. There will be times of crisis when they will have to turn to the leaders. You can’t find this trait on any box score or on any web site, but when you go into a locker room full of seniors who are ready to take their last shots in their college uniforms, for some, the last shots of their careers, you can see why this
would be a tough match–up for anyone. You can bet the Oakland Golden Grizzlies won’t go down without a fight, and is poised to be the biggest Cinderella team of the 2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Quenton: Utah State is equipped with the same leadership on its roster, suiting up six seniors this year. These players have accomplished a great deal during their four–year tenure at the university, including four consecutive WAC regular season titles and three seasons with an undefeated record at home. However, it’ll most certainly be a rebuilding year for the Aggies next season, as these players will be exiting the program, leaving a dent in the roster. Yet, a deep run in this year’s NCAA tournament would be icing on the cake for the seniors who’ve fought admirably for the program. Their record over these four years is 108–27, including three consecutive appearances to the tourney. Backed by solid perimeter play, a viable post presence and stifling defense, don’t be surprised if you see the Utah State Aggies making a surprising run through the NCAA tournament.
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Thursday, March 17, 2011
» WOMEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING
UConn readies for NCAA tournament
By Carmine Colangelo Campus Correspondent The UConn women’s swimming and diving team will extend their successful season into the postseason as they look to compete in the NCAA Championship. Although the entire team will not be in attendance, sophomore diver Danielle Cecco will be representing the Huskies in the one-meter and three-meter diving events in Austin, Texas, this year’s home for the NCAA Championship. The event will begin today and end on Saturday. Last weekend the Huskies competed in the NCAA Zone Diving event in Annapolis, Md., where Cecco won both the one-meter and three-meter diving events, winning the threemeter event last Friday and the one-meter on Saturday. On Saturday, Cecco finished with a score of 567.70 points, easily edging out Sarah Milton of
Virginia Tech, who placed after Cecco with a score of 507.75. Junior diver Kelly McCauley and sophomore Nicole Borriello also competed in the event. They both competed in the one-meter dive placing 33rd and 47th respectively, not high enough to advance them to the NCAA Championship, however. Cecco will represent the Huskies at the NCAA Championship this weekend. Cecco had a very solid season this year, competing in both the one-meter and three-meter dives this year, placing top five in virtually every meet and was a major contributor to the Huskies’ impressive 6-2 season. Last season Cecco finished in fourth place at the NCAA Zone Diving event, just missing the cut for last year’s NCAA Championship, making this year her first trip to the event.
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A UConn swimmer competes swimming the backstroke in a race.
Nova throws 6 no-hit innings as Yanks top Orioles
TAMPA, Fla. (AP)—Ivan Nova even impressed himself. Nova threw six no-hit innings, Yankees manager Joe Girardi unveiled what could be his opening-day lineup and New York beat the Baltimore Orioles 10-0 on Wednesday night. “I showed myself how good I am,” Nova said. Nova, competing with Freddy Garcia, Bartolo Colon and Sergio Mitre for one of two open spots in the Yankees’ rotation behind CC Sabathia, Phil Hughes and A.J. Burnett, struck out four. He threw 41 of 59 pitches for strikes. “It’s the best pitching performance we’ve had in spring training,” Girardi said. Mark Teixeira had an RBI double, the Yankees’ third straight hit to start the first off Jim Johnson. After Jorge Posada had a fourth-inning run-scoring single, Alex Rodriguez made it 4-0 on a two-run homer in the sixth. “It’s nice to be able to do
that,” Girardi said of having all his starting position players play together for the first time. Vladimir Guerrero got the Orioles’ only hit, a twoout double in the seventh off Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, who then retired Luke Scott to complete his second scoreless inning this spring. Orioles manager Buck Showalter had encouraging news about several injured players. He didn’t rule out second baseman Brian Roberts (back), first baseman Derrek Lee (right wrist) and reliever Koji Uehara (elbow soreness) returning as soon as this weekend. “I’ve got all three, kind of, slated some time this weekend if things stay on schedule,” Showalter said. Roberts hit off a tee and Uehara threw off a bullpen mound on Wednesday. Lee had a soft toss session and could take live batting practice Thursday.
Cerullo: Kansas will cut down the nets in Houston Huskies begin NCAA tourney
from TIME, page 14
The east regional has a collection of very strong teams at the top and comparatively weak teams at the bottom. I don’t see a lot of upsets happening here with Ohio State, UNC, Syracuse, Kentucky and West Virginia at the top. The only real surprise I can see is Marquette beating Xavier in the first round, but all things considered it wouldn’t be that earth shattering. Once everyone gets to Newark, all bets are off. The toughest pick in the entire tournament, in my opinion, was the Syracuse vs. UNC matchup in the Sweet Sixteen. Talk about an even matchup. The numbers line up perfectly, both teams have a bunch of big wins and I couldn’t even really pick the team I like more, because I hate them both. I eventually settled on UNC, and I don’t really know why. Ultimately, Ohio State’s going to emerge from the region, though compared to the other No. 1 seeds, they definitely have the toughest road. West Regional: I wasn’t originally planning on sending UConn to the Final Four. I thought it would be kind of homerish and maybe
a bit of a reach, but once the bracket came out, I felt a lot better about doing so. The reason why: the only team in this region who I think UConn would have trouble beating is Duke. Luckily, Texas happens to be the No. 4 seed, and in my opinion, they are deserving of at least a three-seed, if not a two. Texas will beat Duke. Call me crazy, but I think they can pull it off. Take Duke out of the equation, and what does UConn have to do? Win two manageable games, beat San Diego St. (I don’t know what to make of them. Hopefully, they’re overrated… hopefully) and then what do we have? A rematch with Texas, unless Arizona, who I think is also underseeded, ruins that by beating Texas in the second round. Then who knows what could happen.
Southwest Regional: I think I might have played it too safe this year, because by this point I started to realize that I didn’t make too many daring picks. Three of my four Sweet 16 picks were from the Big East, plus Kansas. I guess Georgetown over Purdue is kind of a reach, but who knows? Maybe I should have gone with my girlfriend’s intuition and sent
the winner of USC and VCU to the Elite Eight? At least she sent Kansas to the Final Four, too. I’d like to think that they’ll be able to avoid getting Ali Farokhmanesh’d again. Southeast Regional: Now we’re talking. What the heck do we make of this bracket? Will Pitt finally break through and reach the Final Four? Will BYU be able to make a run without Brandon Davies? Is Florida the worst two-seed since Tennessee in 2006? Will Wisconsin or Kansas State emerge as a dark horse Final Four team? And what the heck do we make of St. John’s? Seriously, St. John’s bugs me. I can see them reaching the Final Four, and I can just as easily see them being beaten by Gonzaga in the first round, or BYU in the second. I ended up chickening out and sending BYU to face Pitt in the Elite Eight, where I feel like Pitt will finally end their drought and break through. But then again, there is always Michigan State. Even as a No. 10 seed, I can’t shake the looming feeling that the Spartans might just come out swinging and win their way back to the Final Four again.
If that happens, then I’m just going to pick them for the Final Four every year they make the tournament until Tom Izzo dies or retires. Final Four: So after all this, what does my Final Four look like? We’ve got Ohio State, Kansas, Pitt and UConn. Yes, that’s three No. 1 seeds, including my school. “Wow, Mac, you sure are daring. Why don’t you just pick a safer bracket next time?” Bite me. If you want to send Oakland, Indiana State, Michigan State and Akron to the Final Four, be my guest. And if you do that and win anyway, then frankly, you deserve the chance to pick the InstantDaily. Anyway, Ohio State will beat Kansas in the national championship game. Yes, I’m really going out on a limb with that one, too. Whatever. If you have anything to say about it, I’ll be in Washington, D.C. by the time any of you read this anyway. In all seriousness, the next couple of weeks should be a blast. Good luck to everyone, and may the best picker earn the loving embrace of the InstantDaily.
DeGrazia: This MLS season will be most exciting yet from MLS, page 14 bring youth onto their side. Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Frankie Hejduk, Steven Lenhart, Brian Carroll and Adam Moffat all left the club while bringing in Jeff Cunningham, Sebastián Miranda and eight other draft picks. The Columbus Crew has become an MLS powerhouse, consistently being MLS Cup challengers, but this season has all the traits of a rebuilding campaign. D.C. United – The 2011 D.C United team will attempt to rise like a phoenix from the ashes after a dismal 2010 campaign. After finishing dead last (16th) in 2010, DCU retooled in the off-season, bringing in Dax McCarthy, Josh Wolff, Fred, Pat Onstad and third overall pick Perry Kitchen. The biggest off-season move in all of MLS happened in DC when USMNT fan favorite Charlie Davies joined the club on a 12-month loan from Sochaux. Adding all these proven players to a squad, which already featured Branko Bošković, Chris Pontius and Honduran-American wonder kid Andy Najar, sets DC up to be the most improved MLS team in 2011. Houston Dynamo – The 2011 Houston Dynamo will begin their season in uncharted water as they switch conferences and join the East. This year’s team will look to improve after a disappointing 2010 season that saw the team lose Stuart Holden and Ricardo Clarke, both USMNT players. Orange Crush had three first-round
draft picks and will need the youth to improve quickly if they hope to compete this season. Led by Brian Ching and Brad Davis, the fans in Houston have grown accustomed to success, and hope last season was just a hiccup and not a trend. New England Revolution – After two straight third place finishes in the east in ‘08 and ’09, the Revs struggled and could only manage a 13th place finish last season. New England’s management have long been criticized for their reluctance to spend money on quality players to improve the squad. But this off-season saw the Revs bring a pair of French players in defender Didier Domi from Olympiacos and midfielder Ousmane Dabo from Lazio. All-time leading goal scorer Taylor Twellmen retired and is now the Philadelphia Union color commentator. Again, captain Shalrie Joseph will be heavily relied on and will need to have a huge season if the Revs hope to make the playoffs. New York Red Bulls – Without a doubt, the New York Red Bulls threw down the gauntlet last year when they signed Thierry Henry and Rafa Márquez. Despite joining the team midseason, the team finished 3rd in MLS and 1st in the East. Now, with a whole off-season to gel, the Red Bulls have set their sights on winning the Supporters Shield and MLS Cup. During the off-season, the Red Bulls were again one
of the busiest teams, shipping out 11 players and bringing in nine. The outgoing players were headlined by captain and all-time goal scorer Juan Pablo Ángel being released and fan favorites Mike Petke and Seth Stammler retiring. Additions to the club are Corey Hertzog, Jan Gunnar Solli and Wayne Rooney’s brother, John. The 2011 New York Red Bulls are stacked at almost every position but the team has been criticized for not devolving and blooding young American talent, the original purpose of MLS. Philadelphia Union – Expansion is tough for almost every team and last season was no different for the U. Finishing seventh in the east, the Union struggled to hold down a solid back five all season long and paid the price, giving up 49 goals last season. The Union management acknowledged this and signed Columbian national team goalie Faryd Mondragón and defender Brian Carroll from the Crew to address the issue. Forward Carlos Ruiz was also added to partner with Sébastien Le Toux up top. The Union has built a fairly solid roster and could be the surprise team in 2011. Sporting Kansas City – The first year after a rebranding is extremely important to show intent to the fans and the rest of the league. But the off-season Sporting Kansas City may not have filled the fans with confidence. They lost captain Jimmy Conrad to Chivas USA
and Josh Wolff to DC United. New players Omar Bravo and Júlio César will need to have an immediate impact for SKC to do well. Young forwards Teal Bunbury and Kei Kamara will have a lot of pressure to perform and if these two misfire it could be a long season for Sporting Kansas City. Toronto FC - Since Toronto FC’s inception in 2007 the team has yet to qualify for the playoffs and their best finish has only been 11th place. With fans and management tired of the mediocre play - 14 players left during the 2011 off-season, only brining in eight - the mantra “quality over quantity” seemed to ring true for TFC. Nathan Sturgis and Alan Gordon are the only incoming players with MLS experience, with a trio of Dutch players added to the squad. Again Dwayne De Rosario will have to have a stellar season if TFC expect to get into the playoffs 2011 will be a very exciting year for MLS, with an alltime high number of teams and expansion to an already soccercrazed Cascadia region. This summer will see MLS’s best have a second shot at playing the biggest club on earth: Manchester United, this time in Red Bull Arena. In a league that has been called the most competitive anywhere on earth, the beginning of a season brings hope to every team that it could be them lifting the Cup in November.
against Bucknell in D.C.
from HEAD-ON, page 14 Walker leads the team in steals and assists, and is behind Oriakhi in rebounding. Walker, generously listed at 6-foot-1, has grabbed 187 boards this season, seven more than Roscoe Smith. Although coach Jim Calhoun’s starting lineup and rotation changes constantly, look for Lamb, Walker, Oriakhi, Smith, Shabazz Napier, Jamal Coombs-McDaniel and senior center Charles Okwandu to play most of the minutes. In New York City, Niels Giffeye was used as a defensive specialist, and Tyler Olander’s breakout performance against Syracuse in the semifinal gave Smith, who sported a black eye and gash that needed stitches on his face from a hit in the Pittsburgh quarterfinal win, fresh legs for the championship. Senior Donnell Beverly was inserted to run the offense at point guard throughout the tournament. Rebounding will be important against the Bison. The Patriot League champions who are currently riding a 10-game win streak is led by 6-foot-11 forward/center Mike Muscala. The sophomore averages 14.9 points per game and 7.4 rebounds. Another sophomore, Bryson Johnson, averages 11.7 points per game. Darryl Shazier, Joe Willman and Bryan Cohen are the other starters, while G.W. Boon, who comes off the bench,
is a key cog in the Bucknell rotation, averaging 8.8 points per game, good for third on the team. The Bison earned their fifth NCAA tournament appearance, routing Lafayette 72-57 Friday night at home to win the Patriot League tournament. Muscala scored a game-high 18 in the championship game. Unlike UConn’s incredible run of five games in as many days, Bucknell did not have as tough a road. The Patriot League tournament was spread out, with the Bison defeating Army 78-51 in the first round on March 2, and beating Lafayette in the semifinals on Mar. 6 with a score of 66-64. Bucknell dominated the Patriot League in the regular season, ending with a 13-1 inconference record. The Bison have not danced since 2006. In 2005, they won their first NCAA tournament game. As a 14-seed in the Syracuse region, Bucknell knocked off a Wayne Simienled Kansas team 64-63. With a chance to win the game, Simien received a full-court pass with two seconds left and had a wide-open turnaround jumper from 15-feet. But the attempt hit back rim, and the Jayhawks were upset. With the same 3-14 matchup this season, UConn will have to be on upset alert.
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Sign up for the first annual Daily Campus Tourney Pick’em challenge, first prize wins both of the above prizes! How to sign up: Go to Yahoo.com, sign in, and go to Tourney Pick’em 2011 under Fantasy Sports. Once there, find the “My Brackets & Groups” tab and click on “Join Group” Then, select “Join Group” again and enter the Group ID and Password.
Group ID: 25824 Password: uconnhuskies You will need a Yahoo ID to sign up, if you don’t have one, making one is free and easy. Also, please register with your UConn email account so we can verify your eligibility if you win. Thanks, good luck and happy picking! ~ Mac Cerullo, Sports Editor
TWO Thursday, March 17, 2011
Away game Gampel Pavilion, XL Center
Men’s Basketball (26-9) (9-9)
The Daily Question Q : “How many NCAA brackets have you filled out?” A : “14. And UConn takes home the title in every single one.”
Next Paper’s Question:
“Which player has the best name in the NCAA Tournament this year?”
—Peter Rodriguez, 2nd–semester marketing major
» That’s what he said
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Aztecs get a glimpse at coach’s earlier life
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Women’s Basketball (32-1) (16-0) March 20 Hartford, NCAA Tournament 12:053
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP)—Riding back from the Mountain West Conference tournament last week, San Diego State’s players learned coach Steve Fisher had a copy of the new documentary about Michigan’s famous Fab Five recruiting class. Most of them didn’t know much about the team Fisher coached to consecutive national title games, so they asked him to pop it in on the bus trip home. “They enjoyed it,” Fisher said Wednesday. “I do think that they heard a lot about it, but most of them weren’t born when the Fab Five were playing. But they still had fun with it. They ribbed both myself and (assistant coach) Brian Dutcher about how we looked then and how we look now, and all that stuff. So it was fun.” The 1991 freshman class of Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Ray Jackson and Jimmy King was one of the most heralded in college basketball history and had a good run in Ann Arbor. The fivesome’s legacy, though, was overshadowed by scandal after prosecutors said nowdeceased booster Ed Martin gave Webber, Maurice Taylor, Robert Traylor and Louis Bullock more than $600,000 while they were student-athletes. The film, produced by Rose and aired on ESPN, looked at what happened to the Fab Five both on and off the court. Fisher said he got a copy of the movie last week before playing in the MWC tournament and had no problem with it.
Men’s Hockey (15-17-4) Tomorrow RIT, Atlantic Hockey Tournament Semifinals 4:05
Baseball (7-6) (0-0) March 18 Rhode Island 1 p.m.
March 19 College of Charleston 1 p.m.
March 20 March 21 March 22 Southern Northeastern Holy Cross Miss 3 p.m. 3 p.m. 10 a.m.
Yankees’ Chamberlain to play catch on Thursday
Softball (8-8) (0-0) Today March 19 March 19 March 20 March 20 Fairfield Hofstra Columbia Columbia Hofstra 3:30 p.m. 12:30 p.m. 3 p.m. 12:30 p.m. 3 p.m.
Lacrosse (5-1) (0-0) March 19 Rutgers 1 p.m.
March 27 April 1 March 25 St. Georgetown Canisius Bonaventure 4 p.m. 5 p.m. 12 p.m.
April 8 Syracuse 4 p.m.
Men’s Track and Field April 2 LSU Invitational All Day
April 6 Texas Relays All Day
Women’s Track and Field March 25 Yellow Jacket Invitational All Day
March 26 Dick Shea Open All Day
Men’s Swimming and Diving March 24 NCAA Championships All Day
Women’s Swimming and Diving Today NCAA Championships All Day
Golf March 25 March 26 FAU Spring FAU Spring Break Break All Day All Day
March 27 FAU Spring Break All Day
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The Daily Roundup
“I saw Kemba Walker. The guy plays like a pro already. So I’ve got to go with Connecticut as good as San Diego State is.” – President Barack Obama on UConn’s chances of making it to the Elite Eight in the NCAA tournament.
Today Bucknell, NCAA Tournament 7:20 p.m.
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April 9 New England’s All Day
April 10 New England’s All Day
Connecticut guard Kemba Walker, right, waves at the start of a news conference in Washington, Wednesday. Connecticut will play Bucknell in the second round West Regional NCAA tournament college basketball game.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP)—Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain is set to test a strained muscle on his upper left side. New York manager Joe Girardi said the righthander will play catch for the first time in four days Thursday. An MRI this week found that Chamberlain has a mild strain. “First step is let him feel good playing catch and go from there,” Girardi said before Wednesday night’s game against Baltimore. “Anytime, I think, you hear a strain, that’s bad news. It’s not what you want to hear, but right now, he feels good. Throwing is different than doing things in the training room.” Girardi is hopeful Chamberlain will be ready for Opening Day. “The bottom-line is, we want the player healthy,” Girardi said. “But we’ll be smart about it. If he plays catch and doesn’t feel great, we’re not going to say, ‘OK, you’ve got to get on the mound.”’ Chamberlain experienced a cramp-like feeling while pitching in a game last Friday and continues undergoing treatment.
Close-knit team cycles on
By Aaron Kasmanoff-Dick Campus Correspondent
“If you’re worried about falling off the bike, you’d never get on.” Lance Armstrong, the author of this quote, is possibly the most famous cyclist to ever live. His dedication and love for the sport of cycling has inspired millions, including the members of the UConn cycling team. The 13 or so members of this club sport on campus aren’t just enthusiastic bike riders, but athletes in a difficult sport. Most people learn to ride a bicycle in childhood, but the level of cycling that these athletes indulge in is much greater than your ride around the block. As anyone who’s taken a spinning class will tell you, cycling requires extreme endurance, lots of willpower and strong legs. For some it can be a way of life. “Cycling is my passion,” says team president William Czaja, a sophomore. “Cycling is 24-7.” The UConn club cycling team races in the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference, and is classified as Division 1. The team mostly competes in mountain bike and road
racing events, against teams like Rutgers, Yale, Columbia, Stevens and more. It is one of 10 regional conferences making up USA Cycling Collegiate. It spans from Delaware to Maine and encompasses almost a thousand athletes who compete in the events of track, mountain bike, cyclocross and road racing. Track racing occurs on a banked circular track similar to one used for NASCAR. These races are usually separated into sprint and endurance events. The endurance races can be as long as 200 laps, seen in World Championships and the Olympic games. Mountain bike racing occurs along a dirt track, usually in the woods. Sometimes there are length races associated with mountain biking, but there are also “free ride” events in which the rider is judged on tricks and style in addition to the time it takes to complete the course. Cyclocross races occur on tracks that require the rider to dismount and carry his or her bike up portions of the trail before continuing on bike. Road races are the most familiar to the average sports fan. They involve long protracted
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Junior Leah Oppenheimer competes in a race for the cycling team.
races, either at once or in stages across great distances on a paved road or track. At UConn, the cycling club participates in a race almost every weekend during the school year. The mountain bike season is in the fall, while the road racing season picks up in the spring. While no race is more important than any other to the team, nationals has been a consistent source of success for the cycling team. Last year the squad finished
13th in the nation. Last semester the team sent four racers to nationals. While there are no current plans to send any team members to nationals this year, the team is optimistic in their outlook. “We’re always very competitive,” says Czaja. Life on the cycling team can be tough, but fun. “We’re a closeknit community of cyclists.”
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P.13: UConn cycling is 24-7. / P.12: Swim and dive prepares for NCAA tournament. / P.11: St. John’s will play without Kennedy.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
HEAD-ON COLLISION WITH BISONS
Time for tourney picks
UConn plays Bucknell in round of 64 in NCAA tournament
By Matt McDonough Associate Sports Editor
After a one-year hiatus, the UConn men’s basketball returns to the NCAA tournament as the No. 3-seed in the West Region tonight. The Huskies will take on the 14th-seed Bucknell at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. Tipoff is 7:20 p.m. UConn went 18-16 last season and fell in the second round of the NIT. The Huskies were a shoe-in to make the NCAA tournament this season as an at-large, but last week UConn, the No. 9-seed in the Big East tournament, won five games in five days to claim the title and earn the confer26-9, 9-9 ence’s automatic bid. The Big East championship helped the Huskies, 26-9, earn a three seed. Junior captain Kemba Walker scored 130 points combined last week, setting a conference tourna25-8, 13-1 ment record. Walker scored 20 points or 7:20 p.m. higher in the first four games, being held to Verizon Center 19 against Louisville in TNT Saturday’s 69-66 championship win. Walker didn’t increase his season averages that much with his five-day feat, averaging 23.5 points per game, slightly higher than his average prior to the Big East tournament. Alex Oriakhi, however, boosted his points-per-game average to 10, along with 8.5 rebounds per contest. Jeremy Lamb is averaging double figures as well, at 10.3 points per game.
And so it begins. March Madness is upon us, and today marks the start of the best three weeks of the year. Upsets, buzzer beaters, drama, frustration, watching your carefully constructed bracket burst into flames after your national champion gets beat in the first round— what could be better? Getting to brag about how your bracket is the best on campus, that’s what. I want to thank everyone who signed up for the Daily Campus Tourney Pick’em. The turnout was great and it should be a lot of fun. The InstantDaily is excited, too— it’s looking forward to hanging out with someone else for a change after chilling with [name redacted] all year. For those of you who haven’t signed up yet, you still have until noon today to do so. Do it, I’m looking forward to beating all of you. That’s right, all of you. (Those are words I’ll undoubtedly wind up eating later…) So, how is this March going to play out? I’ll tell you.
East Regional: Talk about a meat grinder.
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MLS Eastern Conference Preview
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Junior guard Kemba Walker drives on Louisville sophomore guard Peyton Siva during UConn’s 69-66 win in the Big East Championship in Madison Square Garden on Saturday.
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Men’s tennis to travel to play Fairfield
By Miles DeGrazia Fútbol Columnist
By Quenton Narcisse Campus Correspondent
Chicago Fire – The Chicago Fire look to rebound after a disappointing 2010 campaign. A busy off-season saw John Thorrington, Freddie Ljungberg, Nery Castillo and captain Brain McBride all move on, while they brought in a pair of Uruguayans and Serbians to bolster the squad. Marco Pappa and new captain Logan Pause will be given a more prominent role this season in absence of last season’s stars. The big question for this team is: who will score goals, since last season’s scoring leader only had seven goals? Columbus Crew – The Columbus Crew will look for their fourth straight top two finish in the 2011 season. In the offseason the Crew moved on quite a few starters in an attempt to
The UConn men’s tennis team looks to continue its momentum against Fairfield today at 2:00 pm at the Walsh Athletic Tennis Courts in Fairfield. The Huskies are coming off a fantastic spring break in Puerto Rico, where they went 3-1 with victories over Bryant, Wabash and Minnesota State-Mankato. Their lone loss came against Sacred Heart. In the final two matches of last week, UConn defeated Wabash 7-0 and Minnesota StateMonkato by the same score. The Huskies were clicking on all cylinders against Wabash, as every UConn player who competed won their match with the exception of one.
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Doubles has been wonderful After losing to Delaware in for the Huskies as well, winning a back-and-forth match, the five of their last six matches. Fairfield University men’s tenThus far this season, the nis team is now 5-3 on the charge has been led year and looking to by senior Andrew rebound. Marcus and junior Erik Kremheller, Scott Wa r d e n . Dennis Zlobinsky, Warden (Boardman, Dan Sauter and Ohio) has been the vs. Fairfield Bjorn Merinder have cataylst, entering been standouts for 2 p.m. Thursday’s matchup the Stags. Zlobinsky Fairfield with a four-match and Kremheller both win streak in sinUniversity have two-match wingles play. ning streaks coming Marcus (Potomac, into today’s decision, MD) and Warden have also while Merinder and Sauter been phenomenal in doubles have been solid in doubles. play, as they’re currently on a With the three wins last two-match win streak. week, the Huskies are now Jai Yoon, Teddy Margules three games above .500 on and Wei Lin have all been the year, sitting at 5-2 so far steady contributors for the this season. Their only losses Huskies as well. Lin (Bayside, came in matches against Army NY) is currently on a three- and Sacred Heart University. match win streak in singles play after his consistent play Quenton.Narcisse@UConn.edu last week.
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Junior Ricardo Cardona volleys the ball during UConn’s 6-1 win over Hartford on Sept. 15.
Who will be this year’s NCAA men’s Cinderella Team? Oakland Grizzlies
Every year a team seemingly comes out of nowhere and catches fire in the NCAA tournament, making an unforgettable run that crushes brackets around the country. In 2011, the Golden Grizzlies of Oakland University, led by coach Greg Kampe, will be that team. This seldom–heard–from of 13-seed has an uncanny ability to score the basketball, ranking No. 1 in points per game at 85.6. Opposing coaches beware, Oakland will force you to play extremely disciplined defense if you want to get by them in this year’s tournament.
Mike: Take a look at the teams in the past that have made deep runs in the tournament. Most of them have one thing in common: a star player. Oakland has that star in 6’11 forward Keith Benson. Not only does Benson put up 18 points and 10.1 rebounds per game, but he can stretch the floor well for the Golden Grizzlies, shooting 40.9 percent from behind the three- point arc. He’s got an NBA skill-set and can wreak havoc for opposing defenders. That’s not all Benson brings to the table. Aside from Oakland’s heavy offensive attack, Benson is the leading shot-blocker in the entire NCAA tournament at a whopping 3.6 per game. If he can shut down the paint and let Oakland get up and down the floor quickly, they’ll be one of the toughest outs around.
Quenton: While Benson is a phenomenal player, Utah State has its
By Mike Szego Campus Correspondent
Oakland could surprise some teams...
» POINT/COUNTERPOINT own star player in Tai Wesley. The WAC player of the year averaged 15 points and eight rebounds this year, leading the Aggies in both categories, while ranking 12th in the nation in shooting at a whopping 60 percent from the field. He also has exceptional feel for the paint and has great vision, so teams must beware of his passing skills from the block. The offense runs through Wesley, so the Aggies’ perimeter players will be rewarded with open looks due to the double teams he will continuously face in the paint. Wesley is also tough as nails. After breaking his nose for the second time in consecutive seasons, he has yet to miss a game for the Aggies, leading them all the way to a WAC tournament title. In a game known for physicality, Utah State will arguably have the most talented big man
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Utah State Aggies
By Quenton Narcisse Campus Correspondent
Utah State, sitting at a 30-3 regular season record, might be the most under-appreciated team in the field of 68. They went 24-1 in their last 25 games and instead of moping over the selection snub, the Aggies will surely use it as motivation. Utah State is filled with hard-nosed low–post players and phenomenal guard play. This is a collective unit, coached by Stew Morril, and it’s their third consecutive tournament appearance, so there will be no butterflies in the stomachs of the Aggies. Couple that with veteran leadership and you have a dangerous team to contend with in the NCAA tournament.
... but Utah State are on a 24-1 run.