‘Political handicapper’ wants to make politics simple
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In a lecture given at Konover auditorium Tuesday night, Dr. Stuart Rothenberg, a UConn graduate and editor of non-partisan political newsletter “The Rothenberg Political Report, demystified the rarely-understood current political environment.” Rothenberg described his job as a “political handicapper,” a mediator trying to simplify the complexities of Washington. The political analyst described the current state of the American government. “I talk about what is going on politically,” Rothenberg said. “You decide whether you like it or don’t like it. I’m not telling you what to think.”
Rothenberg spoke for a little over an hour, describing the country’s political landscape, addressing major American problems and commenting on political trends. Before he began, Rothenberg greeted some of his old professors in the audience, then offered a disclaimer. “A political scientist might disagree with me. But I don’t have to take another class. So I don’t care.” Rothenberg said he did not come to defend the politicians, but rather to give a more accurate and less critical sense of the position they are put in and of the decisions they face. He also offered some insight into the relationship between the public and their leaders and the decisions the public face when election time rolls around.
The self-proclaimed “quasijournalist” examined recent statistics, and drew a few conclusions from the political data. Rothenberg noted that, according to various polls, the country is coming off a recent uptick in American sentiment. Rothenberg credited the uptick to a tragic diversion from the most concerning American issues – the recent shooting in Tucson, Ariz. He claimed that President Obama’s speech in Tucson, in which he acted “like a father figure,” resulted in a more optimistic view of governmental behavior. Speaking to the audience, Rothenberg said, “You guys like that. Even if the politicians don’t mean it, you like that.” Rothenberg revealed the decision the American public faces when they fill out their ballots.
“Most elections are, ‘Am I content? Happy? Relieved? Do I think things have gotten better? Am I optimistic about my job security or safety?’” The political analyst said most voters evaluate their current situation and then, if happy, “are willing to accept the stains of a president just to keep the guys [they] like in office.” As it stands now, Rothenberg said the country “is largely pessimistic and fearful, and certainly worried.” However, without offering a forecast of the outcome of the 2012 election, or predicting the reelection of President Obama- the man who was just a Senate hopeful when Rothenberg interviewed him years ago- Rothenberg said that the American public has
a fair amount of thinking to do on its own. Addressing the public’s unwillingness to cut funds from Medicare, Medicaid, education and Social Security, Rothenberg said, “You guys want more service and to pay less.” “I’m with you,” he said. “But until we rework the arithmetic, it just won’t work.” “We’ve kicked the can down the road, and we can kick it again. But it is probably not going to get any easier.” Rothenberg suggested to the public that it is time to face the tough decisions. Rothenberg called that “the nitty-gritty of politics.” “I like the nitty-gritty,” Rothenberg said.
‘Straight from the Source’ focuses on environmental issues By Jaimi Welch Campus Correspondant
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Logan Trimblem, left, Director of Residential operations, and Richard Miller, Director of the Office of Environmental Policy, discuss the future of UConn’s environmental policies at Tuesday’s “Straight from the Source” meeting.
between different dorms on campus, run by EcoHusky and the Office of Environmental Policy, to see which building can use the least amount of water and energy in a fourweek period. The winning building receives an “energy offset certificate” and a Dairy Barn ice cream party, Miller said. Pierce said most of the dining
halls’ initiatives have pertained to the dish room and trying to reduce the amount of water used there. He also said they have moved away from the use of trays, with the exception of South Dining Hall, in order to preserve an even greater amount of water. Other projects presented by the panel that move toward environmental sustainabil-
ity were lights triggered by motion detectors, solar panels and green roofs, such as the one that will be constructed on SSHB West. “We need a continuous awareness program,” Robert said. “We need to keep this rolling and not let it end.”
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Administrators discussed issues, predominantly environmental sustainability on campus, at the Straight From the Source meeting on Tuesday night. The first question was directed at university newcomer Terrence Monahan regarding his plans as the new director of Environmental Health and Safety. Monahan said he hoped to change the culture that existed on campus. “Safety and health is everybody’s responsibility,” he said. “We all need to work together.” He added that some of his more specific actions included gap analysis, or figuring out what programs are working and which ones need to be removed or replaced. The panel also consisted of Dennis Pierce, director of Dining Services, Gene Roberts, director of Facilities Operations, Logan Trimble, director of Residential Operations and Rich Miller, director of the Office of Environmental Policy. Many members of EcoHusky were in attendance to ask the panel questions on the university’s current and future plans to move toward a more ecofriendly campus. EcoHusky and USG member Skyler Marinoff, a 4th-semester environmental engineering major, asked the panel how sustainability plays a role in their current and future endeavors.
Miller said the university has a commitment to the environment and sustainability, especially when beginning any new projects. “We make sure that we’ve assessed and addressed any environmental impact before we begin constructions,” Miller said. He added that all new construction meets the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, also known as LEED, Silver Certification on projects over $5 million. Miller said that the university adopted the policy in 2007, making it one of the first public universities to receive certification, while most other colleges use it as a guideline. “It’s an important value the university holds,” Miller said. Roberts said that part of his initiative starts with smaller scale projects, such as making sure the custodial cleaning products are all green. “We need a lot of awareness, and it doesn’t have to all be at the highest level,” Roberts said. “It can be at all levels.” One student brought up the issue of water conservation and asked what measures were being taken to prevent the waste and loss of water. Miller said the school goes through 1.6 million gallons in a typical day, which is down from the levels it has been at in previous years. He added that there are conservation programs as well as awareness and outreach programs to help offset this number. One such program is EcoMadness – a competition
Mike Dilbeck, creator and producer of the Response Ability Project, gave a lecture on Tuesday night in the Student Union Theater regarding the bystander effect and other action-oriented behaviors. Dilbeck said he was motivated to begin this project, which emphasises “Transforming values into action,” after an experience he had while attending Texas Christian University. Dilbeck was offered the chance to participate in the founding of a chapter of the Sigma Nu fraternity during his senior year, in 1987. He was eventually elected chapter president and was given the Man of the Year Award. But what he regrets are the actions that he did not take while in such a position of leadership. Throughout his college years, the brotherhood engaged in many
drug, alcohol and violence-related behaviors, including the beating of new members with their paddles. He then described how the chapter was closed down only two years after he graduated. “These things, they’re happening right in front of you.” Dilbeck said. “There comes a moment where you want to have the power to take action, but you don’t. We become frozen or even paralyzed.” The lecture began with Dilbeck leading a “Bitch Session,” where members of the audience could either raise their hand and complain about something, or text a complaint to his iPad. A few complaints from the audience included “too much school work,” “gas too expensive” and “it’s supposed to snow on Friday.” Dilbeck described how people refuse to act because they are fearful of their power, not of their inadequacies. He then gave a definition of power: “the
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Mike Dilbeck, lecturing about how students should be aware of their right to speak up in uncomfortable situations.
capacity or ability to direct influence the behavior of others or the course of events.” “A lot of the time we will attempt stand up for something then just say, screw it.” Dilbeck said. “I want you to have the power to stand up for what is right, even when it is uncomfortable.” The presentation lasted about an hour, and also described how the bystander effect plays a role in everyone’s lives, especially college students. Hazing, bullying and drug abuse are a few aspects of students’ lives that can put them in an uncomfortable situation that call for action. Consequently, most students simply do not speak up when such a time arises. “I want you to leave here thinking, ‘I have the power to act,’ “Dilbeck said. This lecture counted as an honors event and was sponsored by multiple student organizations.
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Conn. lawmakers extend workplace smoking ban HARTFORD (AP) — A tough new ban on smoking in the workplace in Connecticut has won broad approval in its first test in the legislature. The Public Health Committee voted 19-9 Monday to approve legislation banning smoking in workplaces with fewer than five employees, which is the current limit. An employer may still designate smoking rooms. The legislation includes self-employed workers. Opposition to the bill came entirely from Republicans, including Sen. Rob Kane who said state government is trying to expand its reach and interfering in the lives of Connecticut residents. Supporters say the legislation protects workers against second-hand smoke by closing a loophole allowing employees to light up in workplaces with five or more employees. A similar bill failed last year in the General Assembly.
Darien mourns death of local student DARIEN (AP) — The entire Darien community is mourning the unexpected death of a high school freshman. Authorities say Victor “Andy” Pena died Friday while running on a treadmill at a Boston hotel. He was in Massachusetts with his family to attend a younger brother’s swim meet. The cause of death remains under investigation by the Massachusetts Medical Examiner’s Office. Grief counselors were made available both at Darien High School and Middlesex Middle School. Pena’s brother is a seventh-grade student at Middlesex. School officials say Pena was on the high school track team and was “a valued student and a valuable member of the school community.”
President Obama to speak at Coast Guard Academy HARTFORD (AP) — President Barack Obama is scheduled to give the keynote address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy’s graduation in May, his first return to Connecticut since last autumn’s elections. The ceremony will be May 18 at the academy’s New London campus, academy officials said Monday. It will be his first visit to the service academy, which last hosted the nation’s commander-in-chief when President George W. Bush delivered the 2007 graduation keynote address. Presidents traditionally address the graduating class at one of the federal service academies on a rotating basis, and Obama addressed the U.S. Military Academy class at West Point, N.Y., last year. Although it is the Coast Guard Academy’s turn to host the president, its officials were not sure until recently whether Obama would stay on the same schedule set by his predecessors.
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Lawmaker’s lawsuit may challenge Conn. budget on electrical bills Malloy claims tax was legal but need to be re-packaged HARTFORD (AP) — A state senator’s legal challenge of a little-known fee on many Connecticut electric bills could create yet another massive hole in the state’s already deficit-plagued budget, should the tea party-backed lawmaker win in court. Sen. Joe Markley, a Republican from Southington, said he believes the General Assembly and former Gov. M. Jodi Rell deceived taxpayers when they decided to borrow up to $1.3 billion last year to help balance the budget. To pay off the bonds, officials extended a fee that customers of Connecticut Light & Power and United Illuminating have been paying to reimburse the utilities for their expenses following electric deregulation in 1998. Once those expenses are paid off, the fee would remain on customers’ bills but the money would go to the state. “This thing was hastily done and was an attempt to do it kind of in a way that nobody would notice it,” said Markley. “It’s kind of like, well, no one is going to notice because they’re paying it anyway,” he said. He estimates the fee amounts to about $100 a year for the average family, but it’s in the thousands of dollars for businesses and municipalities. Markley, who was elected in November, decided last year to sue the Department of Public Utility Control over the matter, arguing the fee is inequitable.
For example, customers of municipal electric companies were not charged the fee. His case has reached the state Supreme Court, which is expected to decide if it can move forward. Last week, Markley’s two lawyers, who have donated their services, argued that a lower court should hear the merits of the case and decide whether the tax is equitable. The state, meanwhile, has sought an expedited ruling because State Treasurer Denise Nappier has yet to issue the bonds to cover the deficit in the current fiscal year, waiting for Markley’s lawsuit to be decided. Such pending litigation would have to be disclosed in an official statement, a snapshot of Connecticut’s financial health, to potential investors. The treasurer needs to market and close on the bonds before June 30, the end of the current fiscal year. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said he realizes that if Markley wins, or if the case is sent to state superior court for a potentially lengthy review and appeals, it adds to the fiscal problems he’s been elected to fix. It’s estimated to create a $647 million hole — possibly less — in this year’s $19.2 billion budget, given the costsavings efforts and improved revenue collections. “For a guy who has got a $3.3 billion (deficit) in next year’s (budget), $647 (million) in this year’s would be a concern, I can assure you,” Malloy said Friday. “I am well aware of it.” Malloy said he has not been personally involved in coming up with a contingency plan for covering the $647 million. However, he said if the courts rule in Markley’s favor, determining the fee is illegal,
Rep. Tim Scott, R-S.C. listens at a House Rules committee meeting, on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Malloy said his administration would have to go to the General Assembly and ask lawmakers to “repackage that approach.” He did not provide further details, but acknowledged it would likely involve some other form of borrowing. Malloy has been a vocal opponent of borrowing money to cover operating expenses. “I think the fee was fair. I think it was misguided. It’s not a public policy I would have otherwise promoted or supported,” he said. “If you’re asking do I believe it to be legal? The answer is yes.” In a court document, Sarah Sanders, the assistant treasurer for the debt management division, said if the financing is not completed and the legislature does not take any action to cover the deficit, the state might have to use economic
recovery notes to make up the shortfall. ERNs are repaid from the state’s general fund and “would create additional credit and budgetary issues and may result in higher financing costs due to the lower credit rating on these types of notes.” Markley said he isn’t bothered by the possibility he could be making the state’s current budget challenges more difficult. In the long run, he argues, his actions will help Connecticut. “I feel about it like I would watching a friend, who had been drinking all evening, go back to the ATM one more time to take more money out of the bank,” he said. “Yes, you might think this is a good idea right now, but when you wake up in the morning, you’re going to wish you hadn’t taken out any more money.”
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MONTVILLE (AP) — Montville police are looking for the vandals who spray painted anti-Semitic symbols and slogans on a shed at a local cemetery. Police Lt. Leonard Bunnell Jr. said Monday the vandals could face hate crime charges. He says the department has leads but there have been no arrests. The incident happened earlier this month, when the maintenance shed at Comstock Cemetery was marred with a swastika and messages including “Juden Go Home” and “White Revolution Only Solution.” Juden is German for Jews. Randi Pincus, assistant director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Connecticut regional office, tells the Norwich Bulletin the graffiti appears to be an attempt to “threaten and scare” Jews visiting the graves of their loved ones. Police do not think the graffiti was the work of neo-Nazi or white supremacist groups.
Hartford man convicted of Bloomfield slaying
HARTFORD (AP) — A Hartford man has been convicted of murder and robbery for a drug-related shooting in a Bloomfield park. Rogeau Collins was also cleared of some charges Monday in connection with the March 2009 slaying of 27-year-old Bobby Dixson of Hartford. Dixson was found face down outside the passenger side of his car near the Metropolitan District Commission’s Reservoir No. 3. He was shot at least eight times. Sentencing is scheduled for May 23. The Courant reports that Collins’ attorney said during closing statements that prosecutors failed to establish Collins’ motive for the killing, failed to establish a direct connection between his client and the victim and didn’t prove that Collins fired a gun. Another man, Adrian Dean, pleaded guilty to felony murder and other charges last year.
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GE Energy plans on increasing gas use, stating it is more efficient and less harmful to the environment
NEW YORK (AP) — General Electric Co. said Tuesday it will spend $3.2 billion for a controlling stake in French equipment developer Converteam as it continues to position itself as a major player in what’s expected to be a 20-year boom in oil and natural gas demand. Converteam, which serves a variety of industries including oil and gas companies, is the latest of $11 billion in acquisitions by GE’s energy business. GE also has acquired Dresser Inc., Wellstream Holdings, Lineage Power Holdings and Well Support in the past six months. GE Energy CEO John Krenicki said the Fairfield, Conn., industrial giant wants to take advantage of a rebound in petroleum drilling and natural gas exploration. Demand for natural gas, which emits less carbon dioxide than other fossil fuels, is expected to climb in coming years. The Energy Information Administration said natural gas consumption should grow
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wind and solar energy. GE officials said the company’s expertise will be particularly useful in high-growth markets in Brazil, Russia, China, India and the Middle East. Converteam employs 5,300 people and operates in 80 countries. It posted pre-tax earnings of $239 million in 2010. Morningstar Inc. analyst Daniel Holland said it makes
“The deal looks a little expensive to me... They payback might be a little down the road” – Daniel Holland Morningstar Inc. Analyst sense that GE would beef up its energy business after agreeing to sell its stake in NBC Universal for $6.5 billion. It bolsters an area that’s firmly
rooted in the company’s tradition, he said, and it’s a safe bet that energy demand, and the need for more efficiency, will grow in the future. Holland said the only drawback is that GE now seems to be pressing into new territory with the acquisition of Converteam, and increased competition from companies like Siemens could make the venture less profitable than expected, at least initially. “The deal looks a little expensive to me,” Holland said. “They payback might be a little down the road.” GE said its energy business will purchase the stake from a controlling group of shareholders that includes Barclays Private Equity and LBO France. The deal is expected to close during the third quarter. It plans to buy the remaining 10 percent from Converteam’s senior management during the next two to five years for an amount that will depend on factors such as the time of sale and business performance. GE said it doesn’t expect to pay more than $480 million for that remaining stake. GE shares slipped 7 cents to $19.68 in morning trading.
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Japan: Not enough safeguards to protect nuke
TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s government admitted that its safeguards were insufficient to protect a nuclear plant against the earthquake and tsunami that crippled the facility and caused it to spew radiation, and vowed to overhaul safety standards. The struggle to contain radiation at the Fukushima Dai-ichi complex has unfolded with near-constant missteps — the latest involving three workers drenched with water feared to be contaminated. Safety officials said Wednesday that the three were fine and did not register high radiation levels, but the incident fed criticism of the utility that owns the plant as well as scrutiny of Japan’s preparedness for nuclear crises. The March 11 tsunami that slammed into Japan’s northeast, wiping out towns and killing thousands of people, knocked out power and backup systems at the coastal nuclear power plant. More than 11,000 bodies have been recovered, but officials say the final death toll is expected to exceed 18,000. Hundreds of thousands of people
remain homeless, their homes and livelihoods destroyed. Damage could amount to $310 billion — the most expensive natural disaster on record. “Our preparedness was not sufficient,” Chief Cabinet secretary Yukio Edano told reporters Tuesday. “When the current crisis is over, we must examine the accident closely and thoroughly review” the safety standards. An Associated Press investigation found that Tokyo Electric Power Co. officials had dismissed scientific evidence and geological history that indicated that a massive earthquake — and subsequent tsunami — was far more likely than they believed. That left the complex with nowhere near enough protection against the tsunami. The mission to stabilize the power plant has been fraught with setbacks, as emergency crews have dealt with fires, explosions and radiation scares in the frantic bid to prevent a complete meltdown. The plant has been leaking radiation that has made its way into vegetables, raw milk and tap water
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as far away as Tokyo. Residents within 12 miles (20 kilometers) of the plant have been ordered to leave and some nations have banned the imports of food products from the Fukushima region. Highly toxic plutonium was the latest contaminant found seeping into the soil outside the plant, TEPCO said. Safety officials said the amounts did not pose a risk to humans, but the finding supports suspicions that dangerously radioactive water is leaking from damaged nuclear fuel rods. “The situation is very grave,” Edano said. Workers succeeded last week in reconnecting some parts of the plant to the power grid. But as they pumped in water to cool the reactors and nuclear fuel, they discovered numerous pools of radioactive water, including in the basements of several buildings and in trenches outside. The contaminated water has been emitting many times the amount of radiation that the government considers safe for workers. It must be pumped out before electricity can be restored and the
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Members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force pray for victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami at a mass grave site in Yamamoto, northeastern Japan, Tuesday.
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tive boots. They have been treated and released. Nikkei, Japan’s top business newspaper, called it “outrageous” that TEPCO had been slow to release information about trenches outside the reactors filled with contaminated water, one just 2 inches (5 centimeters) from overflowing.
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The Daily Campus Editorial Board
John Kennedy, Editor-in-Chief Taylor Trudon, Commentary Editor Cindy Luo, Associate Commentary Editor Michelle Anjirbag, Weekly Columnist Arragon Perrone, Weekly Columnist
Tickets bill fails to take students into account
he Connecticut General Assembly proposed a bill called, “An Act Concerning the Fair Sale of Tickets to Entertainment Events,” ostensibly to “protect persons who purchase tickets to entertainment events,” according to the statement of purpose. The bill would require purchased tickets to be transferable and consumers to be given the choice between paperless or paper tickets, depending on their needs. While the biggest supporters of the bill are ticket resellers, who say that the bill would improve transparency and help consumers, detractors warn that it could harm consumers more than help. For one thing, “Concert promoters say such a law would make big stars bypass Connecticut,” according to the Hartford Courant, as similar legislation passed in New York has been consistently disregarded by major performers. This proposed act could also just simplify the process for automated purchasers, “bots,” used by ticket resellers, to purchase more tickets and manipulate the prices in the resale market even more. For another, the bill would prohibit venues from withholding more than 5 percent of their tickets from their general sales, supposedly to combat deliberate withholding to spur demand. According to a statement by UConn athletic director, Jeff Hathaway, in the Courant, however, this bill would prevent the university “from setting aside blocks of home seats for students, schoolchildren and nonprofits.” Additionally, Hathaway added that the bill could result in “huge price markups” and “an uncontrolled market of ticket resellers.” Indeed, if only 5 percent of tickets to home games in Gampel can be reserved by the university, then the amount of student tickets available will inevitably be fewer, spiking the market for resale prices. Gampel Pavilion seats about 10,000. If the new bill passes, then only around 500 seats can be reserved by the university for any reason, which would mean that student tickets would be even harder to come by. It does not seem fair to the student population to have fewer seats proportionally allotted to them. If anything, complaints about the basketball lottery mean that students already find it difficult to acquire tickets for the games. The legislation fails to take into consideration an issue such as this for students. It is admittedly a unique population, but one that deserves equal consideration nonetheless. While this bill may have good intentions, it has the potential to have dangerous ramifications for consumers. In addition to possibly helping what the act is meant to prevent, it also adds another layer of difficulty to students at UConn. 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.
Is it too late to make a UConn basketball/Charlie Sheen reference? I used to think that huge hole of dirt on campus was an eyesore. The way the building is turning out, it looks like that eyesore is going to stay for a while. Hey Brittany Griner! See you at the Final Four...oh wait, my bad. Are Kemba and Maya secretly brother and sister? Maya Moore WINNING.
How is it that I can’t get into the InstantDaily but Pokemon can? I was worried about finding an outlet-equipped cubicle in the library. Not only did I obtain an outlet, but I got my own room! “King in the castle, king in the castle.” I’m looking out the fourth floor library window and there’s a creepy shadow moving inside the inverted pyramid. Whether it’s people getting it on or a large animal, it’s disturbing either way. When our men and women both win, who gets the first billing on the sign by the exit? So I walked in on my roommate and his girlfriend. Why hasn’t a company invented Eye Bleach yet? Duck Fuke.
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Liberal groups not immune to corporate ties
he phrase “corporate interests” is occasionally tossed around to condemn non-profit organizations, supposedly tying them to big business executives who use puppet organizations to pursue an anti-environmental, anti-labor agenda. But there is an inherent problem in using this catchphrase: few organizations escape the influence of big business. Corporations have the resources, manpower and expenditures necessary to pursue legislative policies around the world, and pursue them they do, on both sides of the politiBy Arragon Perrone cal aisle. In the global warming Weekly Columnist debate, conservative-leaning organizations tend to face the most attacks for being allegedly tied to big-business policies. But left-leaning groups, considered to be friendlier to the environment than their conservative counterparts, are not immune to corporate influence. The United States Climate Action Partnership (USCAP) pursues policies that, according to its website, “call on the federal government to enact legislation requiring significant reductions of greenhouse gas emissions.” But its list of members, all of whom are mentioned on its website, reveal a possible conflict of interests. Among the big-name corporations like General Electric and Johnson & Johnson are Chrysler, the Ford Motor Company and Shell. A couple years ago, other members included oilgiant BP, Caterpillar and Deere. Chrysler, Ford and Shell even make the list of “founding members.” Why would oil companies establish an organization that seeks to increase government regulation of their own industries? Furthermore, why would oil companies
establish an organization that seeks to limit gas emissions, thereby reducing their own productivity and revenue? The answer is simple – they wouldn’t. Logically, an oil producer or car company is not likely to join an organization that seeks to reduce its own profits. It is even less likely that an oil producer or car company will go to the trouble of forming its own organization for the explicit purpose of harming itself. A rational person will not willingly make the gun and the bullets that will be used to shoot himself or herself in the head. But a rational person may be willing to make the guns and bullets if they are being coerced or paid a lot of money.
“Liberal alliances and organizations like USCAP receive coprorate funding, too...” Perhaps it should not be surprising that the federal government gave Chrysler $15 billion worth of taxpayer-funded bailout money in 2009. Nor is it a shock that General Motors, a USCAP member since 2007, would receive $50 billion in bailouts. The cost of self-cannibalism may indeed be a steep one for the American taxpayer. More curious is USCAP’s policy pursuits, which seem designed to target the very businesses that comprise the alliance. USCAP sponsored the Waxman-Markey bill that passed the House of Representatives in June 2009, but stalled in the Senate. If it had passed, the bill would have imposed an energy tax and cap on national greenhouse
gas emissions. Such policies would have dramatically cut into the companies’ profits with the ultimate goal of making the companies’ services obsolete. Why would any self-interested corporation choose to take part in this? Some companies chose not to. BP, Caterpillar and Deere left USCAP, but Chrysler, Ford and Shell stayed. Their continued presence raises questions about USCAP’s intentions and reveal the organization’s overall mission in a questionable light. USCAP is one of the nation’s leading organizations that is pushing cap-andtrade legislation, which explicitly intends to increase government regulation and control businesses. Mere coincidence cannot explain the fact that global car and oil companies, whose very existence is often subject to attacks by liberal environmentalists and politicians, are key members. “Corporate interests” may be a useful phrase to attack conservative organizations, but the truth is that the phrase is blatantly misleading. Liberal alliances and organizations like USCAP receive corporate funding, too, and sometimes from the most unlikely sources. If a person or group wants to target another for being a corporate puppet, that person or group ought to be very careful that its money is not coming from the same source. Conservative organizations receive the greatest scrutiny for being “corporate.” Liberal organizations deserve the same level of scrutiny. Money is colorblind, and it can pay off both the red and the blue.
Weekly columnist Arragon Perrone is a 6th-semester political science and English double major. He can be reached at Arragon.Perrone@UConn.edu.
NFL lockout needs to end, but so do their business practices
t would be wrong to proclaim that I deserve a Ph.D. in sports knowledge and a ridiculous stretch to argue that I have an infallible knowledge of the American economic system. Yet I am one for consistency, and love occupying myself with contradictions in wider society. America obsesses over sport, and as an avid follower of many sports, I am left wondering; when did the disconnect happen, where America allowed such nonsensical measures By Keith Wilcox such as player Staff Columnist drafting and wage caps to exist, but at the same time would revolt if the president came along and said, “no citizen can earn over $1 million per year.” If American football has strict measures on who can play where, how much people can spend and how players can move between employers, then why does American wider society not adhere to the same strict rules? Better still, why is it that the NFL is allowed to be so antiAmerican? It is assumed that Americans wouldn’t stand for such a barbaric, “Winner takes all,” approach to sport. They say draft picking is about fairness, to ensure the best matchups and that all are entitled to a chance to
win the Super Bowl. Yet we are conditioned to allow businesses to go under, as the market apparently decides what is appropriate for the needs of the economic environment and the most competitive company can attract the most appealing candidates. They can offer lucrative salaries to improve their performance. Americans are not entitled to free health care or internationally-recognized high standards of universal education. So why should a terrible NFL franchise be entitled to the best player in the NCAA when we don’t give the sickest Americans access to the best hospitals? Any change in removing the draft is unlikely to happen. Thus, I’m left deliberating over what would happen if we had draft picking in everyday American life. We could have the worst teachers at the best schools or the worst business manager in the country becoming the secretary of the treasury. How about we introduce draft-picking for the legal system? We could give the most heinous criminals the best lawyers and those more likely to be innocent can get a resemblance of Ted from Scrubs as their attorney? If that happened, you might all start another revolution, but we know that the best employees in any profession can move to the best employers for the best wages.
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Why isn’t the same applicable in American football?
“The wage cap has to go for the benefit of the players...” So I cannot fathom how fans stand for it. The best American footballers in the NCAA deserve to play for the team that suits them, not to be coerced into playing for last season’s no-hopers. They work hard for four years through college and have very little choice on where they can play. Moreover, the university that has harnessed and developed the player over these four years should be entitled to compensation for helping to produce a professional footballer, not just simply see them waltz off with only the reputation of a player to help the institution. The NFL lockout is an obvious example of where wage caps need to be removed. Without a wage cap the player whose contract is due to expire can negotiate with other clubs for a better deal. That’s how it works in the job market; you look around for the job that suits you best. The same NFL sides are still prominent in the play-offs at the end of every season, regardless of wage caps, so why not let players bargain for the market value of their abilities?
In a broader economic sense, removing a wage cap on high earning sports stars could benefit America in the long run. An argument defending the rich is that they generate wealth through tax receipts. So why is it, then, that America’s national icons are not entitled to higher wages if America’s contemporary villains are? By allowing American football players to negotiate for wages without the confines of wage caps, it could ultimately benefit the American treasury, as the federal government would see an area of income increase. American football is a multibillion dollar industry; it’s time it started acting like it. It has an obligation to the wider success of the United States. The wage cap has to go for the benefit of the players who are entitled to the profits of a franchise. Yet I am more concerned with the missing revenue from the American people. If we remove the wage cap in the NFL, the tax receipts increase and this new revenue can contribute towards solving America’s fiscal and societal worries.
Staff Columnist Keith Wilcox is a 2nd-semester exchange student studying American history. He can be reached at Keith.Wilcox@ UConn.edu
threw her hat into the ring. We think she’s going to be running for president. For those who find Sarah Palin too intellectual. Michelle Bachman for President. As a comedian, all I can say is, where can I donate to this cause?” – Bill Maher
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Classic JELLY! by Elise Domyan
Classic Dismiss the Cynics by Victor Preato
calendar 35 Refs’ whistle holders 36 Natural burn balm 37 Pitts of “The Gale Storm Show” 38 Signs off on 39 Chile __: stuffed Mexican dish 42 N.L. team managed by Tony La Russa since 1996 44 Scarlett’s home 45 World Cup chant 46 Horseshoes feat 47 Revolutionary Hale 49 Fully fills 50 Hewlett-Packard rival 52 Banned orchard spray 53 Full-grown filly 55 Setting for many a joke 57 Taoist Lao-__ 58 Majors in acting
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3 Tailor’s measure 4 Van Gogh work 5 Gun lobby org. 6 Ahead of time 7 Shade in the Caribbean 8 Bank holding 9 Saxon start 10 Chute above the beach 11 Persian Gulf emirate 12 Like some mortgages 13 DDE predecessor 18 Rope fiber 22 Paternity proof, briefly 24 Mud nest builders 25 Naysayer 27 It surrounds Lesotho: Abbr. 29 ‘80s-’90s legal drama, and this puzzle’s title 30 The Daily Beast, e.g. 33 To be, to Brutus 34 Like the Islamic
Jason and the Rhedosaurus
Across 1 Beginning for the birds? 4 Shaq on the court 9 Beat __ to one’s door 14 Vietnam Veterans Memorial architect 15 Ramadi resident 16 Local cinemas, colloquially 17 Whip-cracking cowboy of old films 19 Weight room sound 20 Venetian arch shape 21 Ethel, to Lucy 23 Canyon-crossing transport 26 Fridge raider 28 Hong Kong harbor craft 29 Field for the fold 31 Remote power sources? 32 Thing to blow off 34 Sign before Scorpio 35 Sky blue 38 Postgrad hurdle 40 “Cosmos” host 41 Lotto relative 42 Assure, with “up” 43 Titan is its largest moon 48 Most foxy 50 Landmass encompassing the Urals 51 Wax-filled illumination 54 Bombast 55 Artist’s topper 56 Victor’s chuckle 59 Conductor Previn 60 Came up 61 Sargasso or Coral 62 Parks and others 63 Zellweger of “Chicago” 64 Prince Valiant’s son
I Hate Everything by Carin Powell
The Daily Crossword
Classic Toast by Tom Dilling
Aries - There’s no mountain too tall for you today, as long as you use your imagination and reserve some time to care of yourself. Meditation provides answers. Taurus - A sense of humor and wit can lighten even the most frustrating moments. Mercury goes into retrograde today, so stay close to home and just take care of business. Gemini - Your common sense and clever wit entertain those around you, even as you may prefer to hide out. Watch out for mechanical difficulties, and let your love out. Cancer - If you’re planning a trip, double confirm the tickets and be sure the car’s in good repair. Address any breakdowns with humor, and avoid them with multiple options.
By Michael Mepham
Leo - Today’s a good day for laying low, taking it easy and handling routine chores. Give extra time for deliveries and travel. Nurture yourself and others. Virgo - Keep your wits about you and your sense of humor at hand. The unexpected may show up today. Allow extra time in your schedule for it. Libra - Your common sense and entertaining attitude make light of technical breakdowns or unexpected outcomes. This outlook turns out to be really helpful to others.
Why The Long Face by Jackson Lautier
Scorpio - Your friends and family appreciate your witty common sense. It’s not a great day for travel or mechanical equipment. Stay close to home, and take time for yourself. Sagittarius - You come from strong stock, and know how to dance with circumstances. Add time to your schedule for the unexpected, and double-check travel arrangements. Capricorn - Retrograde Mercury could cause confusion regarding home renovation, purchase or paperwork for the next three weeks. Keep all receipts, and hold off on signing, if possible. Aquarius - Use your time wisely. If you don’t feel your best, let others jump in the game and sit this one out. It’s a good day for increasing your income. Pisces - Sometimes you just have to pray and hope for the best. Sometimes it takes action and effort, despite the circumstances. Which is going to be? Balance both.
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Sad Hampster by Ashley Fong
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Ohio House panel OKs public worker union bill COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A panel of Ohio lawmakers made a bill to limit collective bargaining rights for 350,000 public workers even tougher for unions on Tuesday, as the state moved closer to Wisconsinstyle restrictions. A Republican-controlled House labor committee voted 9-6 along party lines to send the bill to the full House. Its approval of the legislation was met with chants of “Shame on you!” from the several hundred demonstrators gathered outside the hearing room. “I don’t hear your supporters out there!” one man inside the room shouted to lawmakers. A vote on the bill in the GOPcontrolled House could come Wednesday. The Senate, also led by Republicans, passed the bill earlier this month on a 17-16 vote and would have to agree to the changes before Gov. John Kasich could sign it into law. The new Republican governor also supports the bill. Similar limits to collective bargaining have cropped up in statehouses across the country, most notably in Wisconsin, where the governor earlier this month signed into law a measure eliminating most of state workers’ collective bargaining rights. That state’s measure exempts police officers and firefighters;
Ohio’s does not. The Ohio bill would apply to public workers across the state, such as police officers, firefighters, teachers and state employees. They could negotiate wages and certain work conditions but not health care, sick time or pension benefits. The bill would do away with automatic pay raises and would base future wage increases on merit. Workers would be banned from striking. The committee made more than a dozen substantive changes to the legislation, though it kept much of the bill intact. Kasich’s $55.5 billion, twoyear spending plan for the state counts on savings from relaxed union rights at the state and local levels. Local governments and school districts face deep cuts in the wake of the state’s $8 billion budget gap. Those decreases in funding aren’t lost on lawmakers, said state Rep. Joseph Uecker, chairman of the House Commerce and Labor Committee. “We have to give them something in order to help control their costs,” said Uecker, R-Loveland. “I think this bill goes a long way in helping them control the costs.” The revisions make it more difficult for unions to collect certain fees. But the commit-
tee also removed jail time as a possible penalty for workers who participate in walkouts and made clear that public workers could negotiate over safety equipment. Democrats contend illegal strikers could still face imprisonment under laws already on the books, despite changes to the bill. Despite the adjustments, Ohio Fraternal Order of Police President Jay McDonald said the bill was still “fundamentally flawed.” “The minor changes made to Senate Bill 5 are offset by additions that make the bill even more unfair for Ohio law enforcement and firefighters,” he said. The committee also altered the bill to ban automatic deductions from employee paychecks that would go the unions’ political arm. Other changes would prevent nonunion employees affected by contracts from paying fees to union organizations. Unions argue that their contracts cover those nonunion workers and that letting them not pay unfairly spreads the costs to dues-paying members. “This is even more radical and unfair than the Senate version of the bill,” said Eddie L. Parks, president of the 34,000-member Ohio Civil Service Employees
Walter Hudson, of Toledo, protests against Senate Bill 5 at the Ohio statehouse Tuesday. in Columbus, Ohio. The bill would strip public employees of collective bargaining rights.
Association. “Not only are they attacking middle-class wages, rights and benefits, but now the bill will punish people for even joining a union. Those who join will be picking up the tab for those who don’t.” Democrats have offered no amendments. Instead, they delivered boxes containing more than 65,000 opponent signatures to the committee’s chairman. “These people have expressed their concern and their frustra-
tion with what the bill is going to do to their future,” said state Rep. Kenny Yuko, a Democrat from Richmond Heights. Opponents have vowed a ballot repeal if the Ohio measure passes. State deadlines would require that Kasich sign the bill by April 6 for a referendum to be on the ballot this fall. The legislation was met with demonstrations and packed hearing rooms in the weeks before the Senate passed the
measure. On Tuesday, an estimated 450 protesters listened to the committee’s amendments over the loudspeakers positioned around the Statehouse before they headed outside, shouting, “Kill the bill!” Lawmakers also revised the bill to include more details on who defines merit and performance pay. For instance, performance pay for teachers would be based upon a statewide framework from the state Department
Governor tours firm cited by OSHA
HARTFORD (AP) — As Gov. Dannel P. Malloy visited a Newington company that manufactures aircraft engine components on Tuesday afternoon, he had no idea federal authorities were almost simultaneously announcing that the same firm, Volvo Aero, was being cited with 17 alleged safety violations, according to a spokeswoman for the governor. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA, said the manufacturer faces a total of $83,400 in proposed fines following a comprehensive inspection. “Workers at this plant face the risk of falls, fires, explosions, electrocution, struck-by injuries, chemical exposure and being caught in unguarded operating machinery,” said Paul Mangiafico, OSHA’s area director in Hartford. “For the safety and health of its workers, the company must address these issues so that they do not occur again.” He said the employees were exposed to “a range of hazards that could result in potentially serious or fatal injuries” if not corrected. Colleen Flanagan, Malloy’s spokeswoman, said the governor’s visit to Volvo Aero was part of his ongoing tour of small and large businesses to discuss the state’s budget and plans to help grow jobs. She said Malloy did not know about the OSHA investigation. “We were not made aware of this issue and obviously the governor fully supports OSHA doing its job,” she said. A message was left seeking comment from Volvo Aero. An OSHA spokesman said Volvo Aero, which develops and manufactures components for aircraft engines and gas turbines, said the company was informed of the alleged violations on March 21. It has 15 days from the receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to the company, to comply, meet with Mangiafico or contest the findings before an OSHA review commission. OSHA cited specific safety violations in its announcement on Tuesday. They include workers being hoisted on a load hook of an overhead crane; lack of personal protective equipment; improperly designed combustible dust collection system; improper disposal of combustible rags; failure to monitor the air to determine workers’ exposure to hexavalent chromium compounds; unguarded milling machines, belts, pulleys and grinders; and failure to re-evaluate workers’ abilities to safely operate fork lifts and provide them with refresher courses.
Toyota Yaris compact sedans lie damaged at Sendai port, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. The cars, which were waiting to be exported to North America, were washed away from their parking area by the March 11 tsunami.
Anti-Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi protesters, wave the pre-Gadhafi Libyan flag during a protest after Friday prayers at Court Square, in Benghazi, eastern Libya.
Toyota restricts parts orders; Honda cuts output Obama: It is too early engage DETROIT (AP) — Shortages of auto parts from Japan are hitting North American operations at Honda and Toyota. Toyota Motor Corp. on Tuesday said it wants its U.S. car dealers to stop ordering more than 200 replacement parts made in Japan because it’s worried about running out of them. And Honda Motor Co. said it will temporarily cut production at its North American auto factories starting Wednesday due to shortages. It’s all because of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan and its huge auto industry. The quake damaged many parts supply companies that make key components for cars and trucks in the U.S. and other countries. Industry analysts expect many automakers to run into shortages until production returns to normal. No one’s certain when that will be. Already several automakers have been forced to cut production. Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Co. and others have stopped taking orders for certain paint colors because a specialized pigment factory hasn’t been able to come back on line. Toyota has restricted orders for some Japanese components made at more severely damaged plants to make sure they remain available. It has told U.S. dealers they can’t order 233 parts for Lexus, Scion and Toyota models unless they have a customer who needs one for a repair. Dealers said the parts include brake rotors, body panels, shock absorbers and other components. They mainly are for the Prius gas-electric hybrid and hybrid versions of the Highlander SUV, and the Camry midsize sedan. Toyota spokesman Steve Curtis said he did not know specifically which models were affected. “We are asking the dealers
to refrain from ordering parts in excess of what they need,” he said. Parts managers at some dealerships may have ordered additional parts made in Japan in anticipation of shortages, and those orders could cause Toyota to run short, said Earl Stewart, who owns a Toyota dealership in North Palm Beach, Florida. “It’s not necessarily being a bad guy. It’s just doing your job,” Stewart said. “If everybody decides to stock up in advance, it’s kind of like hoarding and suddenly there’s a shortage.”
“Our North America suppliers can pretty much supply virtuallythe whole car, but you’ve got to have every part” Ed Miller Honda Spoke Person About 70 percent of Toyota cars and trucks sold in the U.S. are built in North America, but roughly one in four parts in those vehicles still come from factories in Japan. Production of most replacement parts resumed in Japan on March 17, and Toyota began shipping them to the U.S. soon after. Meanwhile, Honda has run short of some engine, transmission and electrical parts that come from Japan. As a result, it will cut the number of hours that some North American assembly lines operate each day. Cuts will
vary by plant and model, but Honda would not say how many hours it would cut from production schedules, or what models would be affected the most. Honda has factories in Ohio, Indiana, Alabama, Georgia and Canada. Like Toyota, most of Honda’s parts for cars build in North America come from suppliers in the region. But some are still imported. “Our North American suppliers can pretty much supply virtually the whole car, but you’ve got to have every part,” said Honda spokesman Ed Miller. Employees have the option of staying at the plant and being paid during the shutdown hours, taking vacation time, or taking time off without pay. Much of Japan’s auto industry — the second largest supplier of cars in the world — remains idle weeks after the earthquake. Few plants were seriously damaged by the quake, but with supplies of water and electricity fleeting, no one can say when factories will crank up. Some analysts say it could be as late as this summer. The uncertainly has suppliers, automakers and dealers scrambling. And it exposes the vulnerability of the world’s most complex supply chain, where 3,000 parts go into single car or truck. Each one of those parts is made up of hundreds of other pieces supplied by multiple companies. All it takes is one part to go missing or arrive late, and a vehicle can’t be built. Goldman Sachs estimates the shutdowns are costing the Japan automakers $200 million a day, which adds up to $2.8 billion for just the past two weeks. Each week of continued shutdowns costs $1.4 billion. By comparison, Toyota made $2.3 billion in all of 2010, and its sudden acceleration recalls cost $2 billion.
negotiations exit with Gadhafi
NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama pledged Tuesday to increase diplomatic and political pressure on Moammar Gadhafi to compel the Libyan strongman to step down. “Hopefully, he’s going to be getting the message soon,” the president said. In separate network television interviews Tuesday, the president said it’s too early to negotiate an exit for Gadhafi. He also did not rule out providing military hardware to rebels seeking to depose Gadhafi and his nearly 42-year-old regime. “One of the questions that we want to answer is: Do we start getting to a stage where Gadhafi’s forces are sufficiently degraded, where it may not be necessary to arm opposition groups,” Obama said on NBC Nightly News. He told CBS Evening News that Gadhafi’s inner circle is beginning to recognize that “their days are numbered.” He said some may be negotiating to leave the regime. “But that information may not have filtered to Gadhafi yet,” he said, On a day where forces loyal to Gadhafi beat back rebels with tanks and rockets, Obama conceded on ABC that, “it’s conceivable that the process of actually getting Gadhafi to step down is not going to happen overnight. That it’s going to take a little bit of time.” Obama added: “He’s been greatly weakened. His forces have been degraded. But what’s absolutely true is that if you measured his remaining capability to rebel or opposition capability then he’s still more powerful on the ground in Libya.” On CBS, Obama acknowl-
edged testimony Tuesday by NATO’s supreme allied commander in Europe that officials have seen “flickers” of possible al-Qaida and Hezbollah involvement among the rebel forces. But he said most of the opposition leaders that have dealt with U.S. officials “are professionals, lawyers, doctors — people who appear to be credible.” Earlier Tuesday, at the dedication of a new building for the U.S. delegation to the U.N, Obama said the nation’s conscience and its common interests “compel us to act” to protect civilian lives in Libya. He said the international military effort against Gadhafi places the U.S. at the center of the mission, “but not alone.” In the shadow of the United Nations, the president said the international community is haunted by past failures to save innocent lives. He said force should not be the first option against a country like Libya. But if other measures are not sufficient, he called on nations to uphold international peace and security. Obama’s comments on Libya came a day after he explained his decision to undertake a military mission in Libya during a nationally televised speech. Obama spoke Tuesday during a whirlwind day in New York that included the dedication of the U.S. mission building, named after former Commerce Secretary Ron Brown, a visit to a science and engineering fair, interviews with network anchors and two Harlem political appearances, including a fundraiser that netted $1.5 million for the Democratic National Committee.
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UConn Crowns Best Dance Crew Why are we “should-ing” on ourselves? By Alessandra Petrino Campus Correspondent
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Members of the University of New Haven dance group, Monsoon, perform on stage at Jorgensen Tuesday night for the UConn’s Best Dance Crew competition. Monsoon was ultimately given the title of “UConn’s Best Dance Crew” after a series of performances against the competing group, UConn’s Dance Company.
Monsoon and UConn’s Dance Company compete for the title By Kim Halpin Staff Writer The UConn All-Stars hosted UConn’s Best Dance Crew at the Jorgensen Theater on Tuesday night as a way to showcase local dance groups Monsoon and UConn’s Dance Company. Two members of All-Stars emceed the evening and introduced the judges. The panel consisted of two UConn graduates and the president of the Central Connecticut State University Pep Squad. All the judges have had experience on dance crews, and dance continues to be an important part of their lives. The teams were each given three rounds to perform with specific categories for each round. The first theme was 2010 Billboard hits, so the groups choreographed their own routines to some of the most popular songs of last year. The dance crew from the University of New Haven, named Monsoon, danced first, followed by the returning champs, the UConn Dance Company. The judges concluded that both groups needed a little more energy to get the crowd into their dance more. And though the judges were caustic at times, they did compliment Monsoon’s
choreographed unison and UConn’s unique style, which consisted of long arm and leg movements. Round two was focused on dance crazes, so each group was given a style to incorporate into their second routine. Audience members appreciated Monsoon’s mechanical and acrobatic performance, especially when they all “shut off” and one member had to “insert 50 cents to continue.” The UConn crew took a different approach by incorporating many more crazes than just the Dougie, their assignment. Though this confused some of the judges, others applauded the way the girls made it into their own style. One judge named Sergenial exclaimed, “My white girls!” after their performance, saying they restored his faith that, “white girls can dance!” 2nd-semester undecided major Jennifer Farina said that she “loved the energy in the audience, and it was really fun to watch.” In the final showdown, the crews were allowed to mix their own music and to create a telling title for their performance. UConn went first in this last round. They called their show “Momentum”
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Members of UConn’s Dance Company (top right, bottom right) perform at Tuesday night’s UConn’s Best Dance Crew competition. The University of New Haven group, Monsoon, is shown in one of their routines (bottom left). Both groups were told to bring more energy after their first round performance, and came back with new vigor in round two. Round three allowed to groups to create their own “story” by mixing music, and both groups performed admirably. Ultimately, the title and the $300 prize went to Monsoon.
With every decision we make from day to day tends to come more questions from within our inner monologues. The “what ifs” stream in and take over, often making us, even for an instant, regret our original decisions. However, we’ve grown up with the knowledge that with life comes “ifs” being implanted in our minds; though the questions may linger, they always settle with the decisions that have been made. Yet before the “ifs” in life, we are often forced into the question of “should.” Should I do this or that? What should I say? Where should I go? What should I do? How should I act? Who should I tell? These questions usually form in our minds before taking any action or making a decision. The “shoulds” are the predecessors to the “ifs.” Or rather, the “shoulds” are the action and the “ifs” the reaction. In every relationship, these “should” questions envelop us. First, there are the questions that begin a relationship. Should I say yes to this date? Where should we go? Should I kiss him/ her? Should I tell my friends? Then there are the questions during the relationship. Should I have said that? Should I apologize? Should I tell him I hate his mother? The questions can go on and on. Questions about what is okay to say, what is okay to disclose to the other person and when to do these things constantly revolve around our heads. Of course, there are always the questions surrounding sex. Should we be doing this? How should I sound? What should I say? Should I say anything? Where should it happen? What position should we do? What should I expect? Should I ask about previous partners? Not to mention the questions that come after a relationship has ended. Should I have tried harder? Should I have not argued as much? Should I have been more adventurous? Should I have ever dated him/her? Questions such as the ones spoken of occur throughout relationships, in everything we do. Yet should we be questioning these things? (And there’s that “should” again). Why are we “should-ing” all over ourselves? Is it that we are raised to question our actions, no matter how sure we may be of them? Or is it because we need to reassure ourselves of what we are about to do and the reasons why we are actually doing them? Are we sometimes lost and just trying to find our way? Christian Belisario, a 6thsemester biological sciences major, said, “I think it’s because people do not want to seem foolish in front of those who they are in a relationship with or whoever they are attracted to.” “People want to justify their actions, and by questioning them, they want to make sure they are doing the right thing,” he added. By “should-ing” all over ourselves, are we really reassuring anything or are we making our actions more likely to be messier? When we question the actions we make in relationships, whether it is with “shoulds,” “should haves” or “ifs,” we are not necessarily making the relationship better. In needing to question ourselves in our relationships, there is a lack of confidence. Often we aren’t showing our real selves. These types of questions illustrate a type of censoring ourselves for the sake of not looking
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This year is the 10th anniversary of Nintendo’s GameBoy Advance. This month imarks 10 years since the handheld’s release in Japan, though it did not make its North American debut until June.
Reflecting on the 10th anniversary of the Gameboy Advance By John Tyczkowski Staff Writer Exactly one decade ago, the acclaimed master of handheld video game systems, Nintendo, released the latest in its line of Game Boys. The new system had been anticipated with baited breath for over a year, though early designs had been leaked as early as 1996. Most importantly, it was rumoured to be a radical redesign, even more so than the Game Boy Color. It was to be held sideways and supposed to be significantly more powerful than previous Game Boy platforms. Early press releases touted support for graphics that would be on par with the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), unheard of in a handheld at that time. The Game Boy Advance made its debut in March in
It didn’t make my top-five DS game list, but it wouldn’t feel right to ignore the fantastic Legend of Zelda game released on the DS, Spirit Tracks. To be honest, Link going from sailing on a vast ocean in Phantom Hourglass to restricted train tracks felt like a step backwards. But thankfully, everything else about the game was even greater than the first DS game. The dungeons were far more creative and fun, the new items that implement the microphone/touch screen were actually well-made and the story with Zelda tagging along in ghost form was just the kind of unique twist the series needed.
tors, such as F-14 Tomcat and Wing Commander: Prophecy. Even real time strategy games such as Mech Platoon and turnbased strategy games including Advance Wars made like appearances. Gamers were no longer confined to traditional platformers and puzzle games. However, if they stuck to their old game, they would be treated to them in 32-bit glory. Nintendo also opened up a nostalgia market of sorts with the Advance, since its more powerful hardware could easily emulate Nintendo’s older home console systems. Versions of classic Nintendo Entertainment System and SNES games were soon released in the mid-2000s. Older generations could once again enjoy older Nintendo games such as the original Mario Brothers games, the original Metroid games and the original Mario Kart, to
name just a few. This strategy, combined with the release of all-new games in these series, helped to introduce these older franchises to a new generation of gamers, such as in the case of the action-adventure Metroid series. Essentially, the Nintendo Game Boy Advance helped to revolutionize the hand-held gaming system once again, not only through superior technology and hardware but also through its large library of games both new and old, and its gameplay-expanding graphical capabilities. Its success led to a redesigned version, the Game Boy Advance SP, being released in 2003, and a furtherimproved version of the SP in 2005, solidifying the Advance as king of the handheld market. At least, until the Nintendo DS arrived on the scene.
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Japan, and then in June in North America and Europe, ushering in years of memorable gaming. One of the biggest assets to the success of the Game Boy Advance launch was the built-in backwards compatibility feature. All of the old Game Boy and Game Boy Color cartridges that gamers already owned with still play on the Advance, though they would stick out of the back a bit. Gamers didn’t have to worry about getting rid of their entire library, or about not having games to play if they could only buy the Advance at first. In addition, the new, more powerful technology of the Advance opened up new gameplay possibilities for handhelds. First-person shooters were finally implemented in a genuinely playable form, such as Medal of Honor and Doom, as were flight simula-
After more than six good years of the Nintendo DS system, its successor has finally been released this week. Between the system redesign, new graphics engine and fancy glasses-free 3D, there’s a whole lot to take in. But is it worth the $250 to buy one the first week? Nintendo apparently wanted more than just better graphics and motion-support with their new handheld. Enter the brand new upper screen that actually uses cool overlapping two screens to implement stereoscopic 3D without requiring any special glasses. It’s quite an enticing piece of technomagic, but does it actually work? It does, in the viewing format that is recommended. When you adjust the 3D slider on the slide that seamlessly adjusts how stereoscopic things get, the screen really does have the kind of depth and pop-out imagery that you pay extra for in the movie theatre. But it only works its magic when you sit still and stare at it at an appropriate length. Move it a bunch and the whole thing goes loopy until your eyes readjust. Needless to say,
using the motion sensors and the 3D at the same time almost never works. There’s also the matter of your eyes feeling strained after long use. For the first few hours, I did have to take a break to relax my head for a bit. But the more I’ve used it for the past few days, the more my eyes have gotten used to the trick, and have hurt far less. Though not everybody’s retinas will have the same experience, so keep your expectations low before checking it out. The actual design of the system, for the most part, is actually very good. The buttons have fine precision, the “circle pad” is a far superior analogstick substitute than the PSP nub ever was and the slider to adjust the 3D is properly placed, but it’s not perfect. For whatever reason, the new telescoping stylus is on the back, when it was far better on the side for the DS Lite. Also, the headphone jack is placed weirdly in the middle, and the Start, Select, and Home buttons are crammed right below the touch screen. The system itself feels sturdy and the length isn’t equal to that of as the DSi, but the width and odd muffin-top finish makes it a bit of a pain to carry on your
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The 3DS comes in red, blue and black and features many new options.
In honor of the 3DS being released this week, I thought it’d be appropriate to reflect on the best of the best, for the original DS, though there were so many good DS games that actually ranking them in a topfive form was a rough one. It just goes to show that people couldn’t have been more wrong when they called the system a complete flop for the first year. It started off weak, but six years later it turned out to have the best software lineup for any handheld system. 5. Mario Kart DS – It’s generally known that the first Mario Kart game is the one that’ll be your favorite. For a long time, I had that same mindset when the GBA, Gamecube and even original SNES version couldn’t beat my first Kart experience on the N64. But somehow, the DS game changed that. The controls were the tightest, and the track lineup was just incredible enough to have this become my whole new favorite Mario Kart. 4. Picross 3D – The original Picross on the DS showed off this classic puzzle game on the touch screen where it belongs. But Picross 3D literally added a whole new dimension to this brilliant alternative to Sudoku, with neat new rules while still keeping the soul of the original intact. 3. New Super Mario Bros. – After spending the entire Game Boy Advance lifestyle rereleasing all the brilliant 2D Mario platformers (except, oddly, for the first one), there was a massive gap in giving a whole new portable Mario game. “New Super Mario Bros.” was actually an appropriate name for this game. It’s the masterpiece of classic platformers, but with the wall jumps and other enhancements from the 3D Mario games to make it feel like the best of both worlds. 2. The World Ends With You – When I left GameStop with my copy of this game, I was so furious about the cashier’s ignorance of working the register and the “new games” box (it took over an hour before the manager fixed the situation) that I put all my faith that this game would be worth the frustration. And after five hours of one of the most enthralling RPG storylines, entertaining two-screen battles and the highly stylish presentation, it actually exceeded those expectations. 1. Elite Beat Agents – I’m going to level with you all here: the Japan-only prequel to this game, Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan, is my favorite DS game. But in this import-gamefree list, the American sequel is still my favorite experience on the system. The developers at iNiS made one of the most creative music rhythm games ever with a highly energetic soundtrack, the incredibly fun gameplay system that could only be played on the touch screen and a quirky personality to boot.
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Nintendo’s new 3DS: the good and the bad
from GAMER’S, page 7 pants pocket. But the biggest hindrance the system has, by far, is the battery lifespan. If you’re playing the 3DS in 3D mode constantly, have the backlight on the highest setting and have the system in wireless Internet form, the amount of play time is only at about three hours. I’ve played around with taking away the internet connection and energy use of the screens and have added a few more hours before my latest recharge, but it’s still not great for a long commute. So, yes, there are aspects to the 3DS that could be improved in future system integrations. But for such a daunting price point like $250, Nintendo at least adds enough stuff to make the cost more understandable. There’s a built-in pedometer that counts your steps while the system is in “sleep mode” that will give you Play Coins to unlock features in games like Street Fighter 4. While you’re traveling with it, there’s also the “StreetPass” extra that lets you instantly exchange data with other 3DS owners passing by, though I personally haven’t come across such an event yet. There’s also Mii
support, the ability to put your MP3 files on the included 2GB memory stick to mess around like on the DSi and a photo mode that lets you take photos in 3D that’s surprisingly (at least, mostly) not bad-looking. It does make the camera’s cell phone quality more tolerable, that’s for sure. There are also two games included right in the system. Included are a collection of real, physical cards that can be brought to life on screen from the cameras used for the AR Games. It contains six minigames that let you feel immersed by playing games like archery and fishing right off your kitchen table. Face Raiders, on the other hand, is actually more impressive-looking than most of the launch game lineup. It takes a picture of your face and turns it into enemies while having the photo make facial reactions in a creepily realistic fashion. It’s a fun shooter on its own, but the disturbing use of your friends’ faces here adds a whole lot more charm. Both games are, at their core, tech demos. But they’re also cool to let others see, and it shows the potential the system’s tech has, besides the 3D. Overall, I was actually sur-
prised by how much I enjoyed the 3DS, despite the poor battery life and restricted use of the stereoscopic 3D. The extras add value to the system, the interface of moving around the system’s options, and apps are the best Nintendo has designed yet and the experience itself is a blast when I play in the right circumstances. That being said, you don’t need to buy it right now. If anything, it would be wise to wait for the summer when the Internet browser, online marketplace and Netflix Streaming will open up around May. And it will be a few months before more good games like Zelda and Kid Icarus will be available. But whenever you do feel like investing for this new generation of portable gaming, you’ll definitely get quite a lot of bang for your buck in the 3DS. So what’s the verdict on Nintendo’s latest handheld? The Good When you’re in the right sitting and eye position, the stereoscopic 3D works wonderfully. The buttons, circle pad, stylus and the screens themselves are well-built. The included games of Face Raiders and AR Games are
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This photo highlights the various features that make Nintendo’s new 3DS a standout from the company’s past handhelds.
great to show off the system to friends and family. The Bad The stereoscopic 3D use is
also very stubborn and not for everyone. The battery life is abysmal. There still aren’t enough good games, and many of the online modes
‘Hardcore’ gamers vs. ‘Mainstream’ gamers
By Lucas Ma Campus Correspondent With the new age of video games that appeal to such a broad spectrum of people, it seems anyone can claim to be a hardcore gamer. Whether you play Modern Warfare, World of Warcraft or even Mario, as long as you play it, a lot people will call you hardcore. I’m not sure when playing a few mainstream titles constituted being an avid gamer, nor why it annoys me as much as it does. Now, you may assume it’s because I don’t want to be
pigeonholed with a group of people who play games I hate. While there is some truth to this statement, I can’t say it’s the main reason. If I had to take a guess, it’d have to be because of the attitude of the majority of said “hardcore gamers.” As soon as someone’s labeled hardcore (and yes, in some cases the title is self-proclaimed) they feel like it’s their civic duty to throw their opinions in your face. This wouldn’t be so bad if what they said wasn’t so, for lack of a better term, stupid. Good luck debating with them
though; such people will turn a deaf ear to anything negative said about their beloved game, no matter how logical. I mean, one moment they’re showing you how cool the graphics look, the next they’re slamming their controller on the floor and turning off the console, all the while proclaiming how cheap the game is and how much they hate it. So exactly what has to be done to consider yourself a hardcore gamer? The way I see it, it certainly isn’t the number of games you’ve owned or played, but the types and their overall quality. Someone can
brag about having 20 or 30 games, but if they’re all of the same genre, who cares? A true video game enthusiast is the one who will form their own opinions on individual games, despite what they read or hear from others. In other words, they won’t condemn a game just because it doesn’t have the words Halo in the title or if it’s a game that’s not an FPS. I don’t want to say a hardcore gamer is one who only plays niche titles, but in general that’s what happens due to their unique taste in games, which then also leads to them
being the most knowledgeable about video games. I should point out that even though those who are truly hardcore will know more than the mainstream gamers, neither one is superior or inferior to the other. The sooner people figure this out, the sooner we can stop all the fanboy wars. That energy would be better spent figuring out a term that sounds better than “gamer,” because, quite frankly, it sounds dumb.
Lindsay Lohan won’t be charged for rehab scuffle
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lindsay Lohan has one less legal worry after prosecutors announced Tuesday that they would not pursue any charges against her over a December scuffle with a rehab worker. Riverside County District Attorney’s spokesman John Hall said prosecutors determined there was insufficient evidence to pursue a misdemeanor battery case against the actress. Police were called to a Betty Ford Center facility in Palm Desert around 1 a.m. on Dec. 12 after a worker accused Lohan of hurting her during an altercation. The worker, Dawn Holland, later spoke about the incident on camera with TMZ and was fired by Betty Ford for violating patient confidentiality rules. Lohan was nearing the end of her three-month court-ordered treatment at the center after violating her probation on a 2007 drunken driving case.
Prosecutors had sought further investigation from police agencies that responded to the call, but ultimately found there was not enough evidence to file charges. The “Mean Girls” star faces a far more serious case in Los Angeles, where she is accused of felony grand theft after a jewelry store claimed she took a $2,500 necklace without permission. Lohan has pleaded not guilty and her attorney has said she is innocent. The actress last week rejected a plea deal that included guaranteed jail time and is due in court on April 22 for a preliminary hearing during which prosecutors will lay out some of their evidence against the starlet. An email from Lohan’s attorney, Shawn Holley, stated she was out of the office and was not immediately available for comment. If she is ordered to stand trial, a judge could send Lohan to jail for violating her probation.
Lindsay Lohan, left, smiles with her attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley at Los Angeles Superior Court, Thursday, March 10. Lohan has rejected a plea agreement offered by prosecutors that included a guaranteed return to jail.
‘Trek’ captain Abrams revisits youth in ‘Super 8’ decades ago, when he was obsessed with making his own horror films and monster flicks. “It was sort of an uncanny thing shooting it, because it felt like I had gone back to my childhood in a way that was just incredibly surreal and oddly disturbing,” Abrams told The Associated Press. “There are moments where I was like, ‘My God, this is exactly what it was like.’ The set dressing, the costumes. Certainly, some of the subject matter was just very transportive.” Due in theaters June 10, amid Hollywood’s onslaught of visual-effects and action tales, “Super 8” began as a quiet drama about teen film-
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because they felt it represented their growing momentum and presence on campus. They set their dance to Britney Spears’ “Hold it Against Me” and expanded their dance style to more than just long, smooth movements. One judge said that their “booty shake” caught her off-guard. Monsoon’s final performance was titled “Brainstorm” to represent their collaboration. They had a special scene to showcase just the guys, though judges said they needed to show more energy. The girls, however, brought up the excitement and the judges singled out some of the more talented members. Throughout the evening, the pep squad gave two special performances: a contemporary piece about the effects of alcoholism and a finale piece incorporating all of the members of their group. The UConn All-Stars also presented an extravagant showcase of their talents at the ending of the show, using many different songs and groupings of members. At the end, the hosts brought both groups onto the stage for the judges to announce the winner. Ultimately, the winner of $300 cash, bragging rights and trophy was Monsoon.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — J.J. Abrams is making good use of his boyhood apprenticeship shooting super-8 movies. The director of 2009’s “Star Trek” and creator of TV’s “Lost” revisits his childhood with this summer’s “Super 8,” about a band of kids shooting a monster movie who end up documenting a train wreck that unleashes an alien force. The movie is the most autobiographical he has worked on, Abrams said in an interview at CinemaCon, a Las Vegas convention for theater owners where he showed off footage Monday night. The youths in “Super 8” are doing exactly what the 44-yearold Abrams was doing three
will be added in a later system update. In other words, you don’t have to buy it right now.
makers in a small town. Abrams decided that while he loved the characters he had created for that scenario, it needed something to make it an event audiences would want to see. At the same time, he was working with distributor Paramount Pictures on a sci-fi adventure about a train that crashes while carrying an alien presence from Area 51. “The problem with that premise is I didn’t have characters that I loved and cared about inside that world. So I had a sort of premise on the one hand with no characters I could get inside of, and on the other, I had characters I was inside of with no story. So I
thought, fit them together,” Abrams said. “Why don’t they answer each other’s problems and become one thing?” Abrams has been making scifi movies for decades. He fondly recalls a visual effect he created by making an alien ship out of papier mache and model parts, then suspending it in front of a makeshift rear-projection screen displaying footage shot from a moving car, so it looked as though the ship was flying. “I was always trying to do things that any kid now with a computer would fall over laughing at the preposterousness of it,” Abrams said. “Super 8” has an alien master among its producers in Steve Spielberg, whose
blockbusters include “E.T. the Extra-terrestrial” and “War of the Worlds.” Spielberg also gave Abrams an early job as a teenager. After reading a news story about Abrams and other young filmmakers, Spielberg’s office contacted him with an offer: repairing and restoring the super-8 films Spielberg shot in his own youth. Abrams said the offer flabbergasted him, figuring Spielberg must have had a huge team devoted to preserving his early work. Why would he hire unknown kids? “It was because he knew we would take care of them,” Abrams said. “He had done the same thing we were doing.”
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stupid or making confrontation. This in turn can make us even more lost in translation. “It’s better to get your issues out, because that tension will build up and cause more problems in the future. But I think one should question their actions beforehand, just not to the point where it would become problematic,” Belisario said. So perhaps there are times when asking the “shoulds” during a relationship are helpful. Yet, to question oneself so much isn’t always the best decision. No matter how much reassurance we may need, questioning ourselves may sometimes only make later situations worse. As Carrie Bradshaw would advise, “As we drive along this road called life, occasionally a gal will find herself a little lost. And when that happens, I guess she has to let go of the coulda, shoulda, woulda, buckle up and just keep going.”
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1950s screen idol Farley Granger dead Known for role in ‘Strangers on a Train,’ Granger was 85 NEW YORK (AP) — Farley Granger, the 1950s bobby sox screen idol who starred in the Alfred Hitchcock classics “Rope” and “Strangers on a Train,” has died. He was 85. Granger died Sunday of natural causes, said Ellen Borakove, a spokeswoman for the New York City medical examiner’s office. Granger, who died at his Manhattan home, was an overnight Hollywood success story. He was a 16-year-old student at North Hollywood High School when he got the notion that he wanted to act and joined a little theater group. Talent scouts for movie mogul Samuel Goldwyn saw the handsome youngster and signed him to a contract. His first movie was “The North Star” in 1943, a World War II story that starred Anne Baxter and Dana Andrews. “It was one of those miracle careers,” he said. “I had no talent and no training whatsoever and suddenly I was thrown ... (in) with Walter Huston, Erich von Stroheim, Anne Baxter, Ann Harding and Walter Brennan.” A decade later, at the height of his Hollywood stardom, he walked away from it to really learn his craft. He spent the rest of his career in a mix of movies, television and stage work. Granger was born on July 1, 1925, in San Jose, Calif., where his father was a car dealer. The business went bust during the Depression and in 1933 the family moved to Los Angeles where he was subsequently spotted.
In a 1943 file photo, Farley Granger portrays a Russian youth in his first movie, 1943's " North Star." Granger, most famous for his roles in Alfred Hitchcock's "Strangers on a Train" and "Rope," died Sunday, March 27, 2011 of natural causes in New York. He was 85.
His career halted for U.S. Navy service during World War II — “I was chronically seasick.” But when he was mustered out he returned to Hollywood and the Goldwyn publicity machine. “Goldwyn firmly believed in big hype and hoopla for his stars, so he’d publicize me in projects that were never even written just to get space in the fan magazines,” Granger once recalled. The magazines ran pictures of Granger in swim trunks cavorting with such stars as Debbie Reynolds, Ann Blyth and Jane Powell. But he said the only serious romance he had with a woman was with
Shelley Winters. In the 2007 memoir “Include Me Out,” written with his partner Robert Calhoun, Granger says he was bisexual. He writes about a Honolulu night that epitomized his life. A 21-year-old virgin and wartime Navy recruit, he was determined to change his status. He did so with a young and lovely female prostitute. He was about to leave the premises when he ran into a handsome Navy officer. Granger was soon in bed again. “I lost my virginity twice in one night,” he writes. His lifelong romance with
Winters was “very much a love affair.” “It evolved into a very complex relationship, and we were close until the day she died,” he said in a 2007 interview with The Associated Press. A briefer affair with Ava Gardner began when both quarreled with their dates at a Hollywood Christmas party. “We met at the bar and left together,” he recalled in the interview. “It was a short but pretty intense and enormously fun affair.” He also writes about his same-sex celebrity affairs. For a time, he lived with Arthur Laurents, writer of the stage and movie versions of “West Side Story” and “Gypsy.” In New York, Granger says he had a two-night fling with Leonard Bernstein. Granger made “Rope” in 1948 and “Strangers on a Train” in 1951. In the latter, based on the classic novel by Patricia Highsmith, he played a tennis star who meets a man on a train. The other man, played by Robert Walker, turns out to be a psychotic who proposes that each of them murder the other’s troublesome relative. He tells Granger’s character, “Some people are better off dead — like your wife and my father, for instance.” Walker’s character pro-
ceeds to carry out his part of the bargain, killing the tennis star’s estranged wife and trapping the Granger character in an ever-tightening circle of suspicion. Beside the two Hitchcock thrillers, Granger appeared in “They Live By Night,” ‘’Roseanna McCoy,” ‘’Side Street,” ‘’The Story of Three Loves,” ‘’Edge of Doom” and “Hans Christian Andersen.” But he wasn’t happy with most of the films he was offered. “I was on suspension most of the time for turning down scripts,” he recalled. Finally, in 1953, he effectively fired his boss and headed for New York. “I bought out my contract from Goldwyn, which had two years to go. It took every penny I had. It helped that I didn’t live a big fancy life, that I’d saved my money for a rainy day. Because that was a rainy day. “I left Hollywood because I didn’t know my craft,” he said. “I was a star, but I knew nothing of the techniques of acting. I figured I’d better learn or I’d be in trouble when the star aspects of my career wore off.” In New York, he studied with Stella Adler, Lee Strasberg and Sanford Meisner, among the top and most famous acting coaches. “What saved my life then was live television, the so-
called Golden Age of television drama,” Granger said. “I did a lot of it and loved it. Most movie actors were afraid to go into live TV because they weren’t used to it. I had to, just to make a living, but I also wanted to because it was the closest thing to theater.” He made his Broadway debut in 1960 in “First Impressions,” a musical version of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.” He later did two years with Eva Le Gallienne’s repertory troupe and a considerable stint as the lead in the long-running thriller “Deathtrap.” Granger continued to make films over the years, including “The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing,” ‘’The Serpent,” ‘’The Man called Noon,” ‘’The Imagemaker” and “The Whoopee Boys.” He made several movies in Italy including Luchino Visconti’s “Senso.” He also appeared in several daytime soaps, including “As the World Turns,” ‘’Edge of Night” and “One Life to Live,” for which he received a Daytime Emmy nomination. But he said he preferred the stage: “I feel I’m much more relaxed in front of an audience than a camera. I feel the response. The live audience really turns me on and I like it.
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Kings closer to Anaheim
McDonough: No matter who wins award, Walker proved that he is a better player than Jimmer Fredette from NO, page 14
ankle-breaker against Pitt, had 33 points and 12 rebounds versus Syracuse and in the championship game trusted a freshman to make the go-ahead lay up with an assist to Jeremy Lamb with less then a minute left. And after four more wins to make UConn’s fourth Final Four, Kemba and Donnell Beverly will be the first two Huskies to ever play in two Final Fours. Just give the award to Walker. As for Fredette, his biggest showings were two peak performances in wins over San Diego State. Walker played the Aztecs too. Kemba scored 36 in UConn’s Sweet 16 win, while on TBS, Jimmer’s season ended. Fredette didn’t just fall, he fell flat on his face. He scored 32 points on 29 shots and missed 12 of 15 3-point attempts. Rick Reilly even wrote a column of how lousy Fredette looked. Fredette did win the scoring title and had a better regular season, but if he played in the Big East, I’m sure he wouldn’t put up Kemba’s numbers, let alone his 28.5 points per game. And what about defense? Fredette does not have the athleticism, anticipation and hustle that Walker does. Nor does Fredette have the amount of rebounds, assists, steals and blocks as Kemba. Where are Nolan Smith and Jared Sullinger? Like the Jimmer, these Player of the Year candidates and their teams were vanquished in the Sweet 16, while UConn plays on. Smith and the defending champs got blown out of the water by Arizona in the second half. Walker scored 20 points and had seven assists against the Wildcats the next round. While Smith watched on CBS, Walker and teammates embraced at midcourt of the Honda Center celebrating a Final Four berth. Smith and Duke had a lot more experience, and some may argue
more talent than the Huskies. But Smith couldn’t lead his team like Kemba has. Sullinger and Ohio State also lost in the Sweet 16 on a Brandon Knight jumper in Newark. The freshman did average 17 points and 10 rebounds a game, but again, he was on an experienced team that, come tournament time, showed it didn’t have as much heart as Kemba and the Huskies. Calhoun has said on multiple occasions that Walker is the most valuable player in the country, “bar none.” Although this isn’t technically an MVP award, I still think there is no way to argue Fredette, Smith or Sullinger is a better basketball player than Walker. Is this more of a regular season award? Possibly, but they are announcing it during the National Championship when Walker could be on the court and the other candidates home watching. Even so, Walker’s regular season wasn’t perfect or completely consistent. But he was the leader on a team that made it to the NCAA tournament after not receiving a single vote in the preseason rankings. Since Ben Hansborough wrongfully won Big East Player of the Year, Walker and the Huskies have been on a mission. They won the conference title, with Kemba receiving MVP honors and the West region, again with honors for Walker. Even if our hero doesn’t win Naismith Player of the Year, or an award from any media outlet, it doesn’t really matter. Because Kemba has a chance to help UConn win its third national championship in unbelievable fashion, which obviously would trump any individual success in a team sport. And at worst, he already has something that all three of the other candidates don’t: a trip to Houston this weekend.
Connecticut freshman Jeremy Lamb, center, goes to the basket during practice in Storrs, Conn on Tuesday.
Freshmen key to UConn's run (AP) — Connecticut's freshmen aren't showing any signs of nerves headed into the Final Four, just a quiet confidence. Junior All-American Kemba Walker says that will be a key to how the Huskies perform in Houston this weekend on a stage bigger than freshmen Jeremy Lamb, Shabazz Napier and Roscoe Smith have ever played. UConn was back on campus Tuesday, practicing before Wednesday's trip to Houston. The Huskies play Kentucky on Saturday. Walker said once they get to Texas, he will sit down with the freshmen and tell them about his experiences during the 2009 Final Four, where UConn lost to Michigan State. He wants to make sure this class does not get as overwhelmed as he did by the experience. "I don't think anybody could tell them anything right now," Walker said. "They're on top of the world right now. They're playing great basketball, each and every one of them. We're going to need these guys big time for us. They got us where we are now, so hopefully they can keep it up."
Walker has gotten most of the credit for UConn's nine-game run through the postseason, averaging almost 27 points a game in the NCAA tournament. But Lamb has been averaging over 18 points, and shooting over 73 percent from 3-point range. His 3-pointer, steal and dunk were keys to UConn's win over San Diego State in the regional semifinals. And his teammates say his calm, almost stoic demeanor, has helped keep the Huskies from getting too keyed up in key situations. "He just has that laid-back personality, but trust me no one's heart is beating any faster than his," said coach Jim Calhoun. "I think he can be a very special player and he's starting to become a special player." Smith scored a career-high 17 in the Huskies first-round win over Bucknell and has been averaging six points and five rebounds. Nappier averages eight points, and had 10 in the regional final win over Arizona. But Walker says Nappier's biggest contributions have not shown up on the stat sheet. "He brings that extra playmaking ability to the team," Walker
said. "There's times when I'm not able to be on the ball the whole game because maybe I'm a little fatigued. Guys will want to ball pressure me, and he gives me that extra edge." Nappier said the freshmen realized their time had come during the Arizona game, when during a late timeout, the coaches drew up a play for Lamb instead of Walker. "For the whole team to point out a freshman, it showed a lot," he said. Lamb says he's been inspired by watching video clips of his father, Rolando Lamb, hitting a game-winning buzzer-beater in the second round of the 1984 tournament for Virginia Commonwealth. That shot sent Northeastern and its coach, Jim Calhoun, walking off the court dejected. "It's a good clip," Lamb said. "Sometimes I just watch it over and over again. It's nice. No, I don't bring it up with coach; he might slap me." But Calhoun said with the way Lamb has played this tournament, all has been forgiven. "I have said to his father," Calhoun quipped. "One loss equals one Final Four? Great trade."
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Anaheim city council unanimously approved a $75 million bond deal Tuesday night to entice the Sacramento Kings to relocate to Orange County. The city council twice voted 5-0 for the lease-revenue bond measures, resulting in a round of applause from the audience at its packed City Hall meeting room. "Anaheim took a giant step closer to bringing an NBA team to Anaheim and the Honda Center," Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait said. "I am thrilled. A better word is stoked." Tait repeatedly emphasized the city is borrowing no money and has no financial risk in the deal. According to every Anaheim official at the meeting, the city is merely acting as a conduit for a private investment by Henry Samueli, the billionaire owner of the NHL's Anaheim Ducks. "I'd like to recognize this is a historic moment for us," Council Member Harry Sidhu said. "This is going to be a great economic engine for us. A lot of jobs are going to be created, and I'm fully confident in that." Samueli, who also manages the city-owned arena, is financing the deal, which includes $25 million in upgrades to Honda Center, including a practice court and new locker rooms. Another $50 million will be working capital for moving costs that could include relocation fees paid to the NBA's other owners. The Kings must file for relocation by April 18 for the deal to move forward. The bond issue was publicly opposed by just one person in the meeting crowd, which also included a fan wearing the No. 4 Sacramento jersey of retired star Chris Webber. Although most city officials were careful to emphasize the bonds could be used to move any team, not just the Kings, Council Member Kris Murray acknowledged the obviously messy emotions behind the deal.
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UConn’s Maya Moore leads AP All-America team again (AP) — Make it a perfect 4 for 4 for Maya Moore. The Connecticut star became only the second four-time AllAmerican when she was honored by The Associated Press on Tuesday. She was joined on the team by Baylor’s Brittney Griner, Stanford’s Jeanette Pohlen, Texas A&M’s Danielle Adams and Ohio State’s Jantel Lavender. “It’s really special and something that I’m sure I will really appreciate more when I look back on it years from now,” said Moore, who along with former Oklahoma star Courtney Paris are the only four-time recipients. “I’ve been blessed to have had really good teammates to play with over my career.” Although Moore played down the achievement, her coach Geno Auriemma had plenty of praise for his star. “You take the points she’s scored, rebounds, steals, you add it all up, you would be hard pressed to find somebody who’s had a better career than that at Connecticut or anywhere else for that matter,” Auriemma said. Moore received 195 points and was a unanimous choice by the 39-member national media panel that votes in the weekly Top 25. Voting was done before the NCAA tournament. It’s the third straight year that Moore was a unanimous choice. Griner, a second-team AllAmerican last season, helped Baylor win the Big 12 championship for the first time in six years. The 6-foot-8 sensational sophomore changes the game on both ends of the floor with her ability to alter shots and to finish on offense. “Coach always tells me when I realize how good I am it will be something special, and I don’t think that I’ve really recognized how good I am or can be,” Griner said. Lavender earned AllAmerican honors for the second straight year. The Ohio State center put up huge numbers all season long for the Buckeyes, who had a roller-coaster year. Ohio State won its third straight Big Ten tournament championship before falling to Tennessee in the regional semifinals. “We went through some struggles this season, and I think that helped me stay focused and become an even better leader for my team,” said Lavender, whose team lost 4 of 5 games in the middle of the regular season. Adams became the first Texas A&M player to make the first team. She has helped guide the Aggies to their first 30-win season and second trip to the regional finals. “It was a goal for me at the beginning of the season to make the All-American team,” she said. “I’ve worked so hard for it, and I’m so happy and honored that I made the team. Putting that hard work in all offseason and this season just to prepare for this moment.” The 6-1 senior forward came to Texas A&M after spending two years at a junior college. “They provided me with the opportunity, and I’m thankful for it,” she said. “It’s a big honor for me and A&M.” Pohlen helped guide Stanford back to the Final Four for the fourth consecutive year. She had a career-high 31 points to lead the Cardinal to their victory over Connecticut that snapped the Huskies’ record 90-game winning streak. “Oh wow,” said Pohlen, who was also the Pac-10 player of the year. “That is such an honor; I can’t put it into words. I can only really thank my coaches and teammates for that. They have confidence in me.” The second team consisted of Oklahoma senior Danielle Robinson, Xavier senior Amber Harris, Gonzaga senior Courtney Vandersloot, Stanford junior Nnemkadi Ogwumike and Duke senior Jasmine Thomas. The third team was: Tennessee junior Shekinna Stricklen, Miami junior Shenise Johnson, Kentucky senior Victoria Dunlap, Xavier senior Ta’Shia Phillips and Notre Dame sophomore Skylar Diggins. The preseason All-America team was Moore, Griner, Lavender, Ogwumike and Robinson.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Cavaliers top LeBron, Heat
CLEVELAND (AP) — In an unbearable season of losses, Cleveland got the win it wanted most. The Cavaliers took down LeBron James. Despite blowing a 23-point lead, the Cavs battled back and beat the Miami Heat 102-90 on Tuesday night, getting a dose of revenge against James, who was making his second homecoming visit to Cleveland since leaving last summer. J.J. Hickson scored 21 and Anthony Parker scored 20 for the Cavs, who were embarrassed by James and the
Heat 118-90 on Dec. 2 — a night when Cleveland fans unleashed their hatred on the superstar. This time, James left the floor hanging his head. He finished with 27 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. In the closing seconds, a sellout crowd of 20,562 cut loose at a victory even the most loyal Cleveland fan couldn't have imagined. Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, who accused James of quitting in last year's playoffs after the two-time MVP announced he was joining Dwyane Wade
and Chris Bosh in a poorly conceived TV special, highfived anyone within reach. On the floor afterward, Parker, whose last 3-pointer with 2:47 left capped a 12-0 run and put the Heat away, addressed Cavs fans. "You guys deserve it," he said. The Cavaliers were a different team — literally — from the one that laid down against the Heat here in December. Injuries and trades have reduced Cleveland's roster to a shell of the one James played with and helped win 60 games last season.
Penfield: Phils and Giants will fight in NL from SOX, page 14 The Phillies did lose some offense with Jayson Werth going to the Washington Nationals. But with Lee and Roy Halladay on the mound, one run is all it takes, and they still have the likes of Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins to provide some pop with the lumber. Another team that should be in the mix is the 2010 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants. The Giants have the best pitching staff next to the Phillies ,led by The Freaky Franchise, Tim Lincecum. Their young staff was lights out in the 2010 postseason. Expect that to translate to more success in 2011.
They may be offensivelychallenged, but with young emerging stars in Buster Posey and Pablo “Kung Fu Panda” Sandoval, the Giants offensive attack should be more powerful this season. You can count on the Giants being in the mix come playoff time. Finally, no matter how much it pains me to say this, you can never, ever count out the Yankees. Their lineup is stacked one through nine and they have one of the best pitchers in baseball leading their staff in CC Sabathia, and one of the best leaders in the game in Derek Jeter. I may not like Jeter, but I respect the hell out of the guy.
The thing he does best is win, evidenced by his five World Series rings. The Yankee pitching staff may not be great, but you’d be ignorant to think that the Yankees will not trade for a starting pitcher come July to improve their chances of winning in October. That being said, the Red Sox may have as good a chance as anyone. But it is foolish to label them as the favorites when they have so many questions with their pitching staff. Opening Day is Thursday, baseball fans, and it is time to get excited again, about America’s pastime. Lets hope for a great season.
The Huskies advance to their 12th Final Four in school history from PAYBACK, page 14 “I don’t really think about it right now,” Moore said. “Of course it’s really exciting to be able to be at a program where I’ve been able to flourish.” Jasmine Thomas was also named an All-American, but the Huskies held her in check. Thomas shot seven of 22 from the field and finished with 17 points. On Jan. 31, the Huskies blew out Duke by 36 points at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs. Although it was two months later in Philadelphia, it was nearly the same margin. The run beginning with the final seven points of the second half stretched to a 29-3 run by the midway mark in the second half. UConn dominated nearly all facets of the contest. The Huskies held Duke to a 25.4 shooting percentage from the field and scored 40 points in the paint to the Blue Devils’ eight. UConn shot 72 percent in the second half and showed balance throughout, with four players in double figures. After UConn’s 10-2 run at the start of the game, Duke switched to a pressure defense like Georgetown played on Sunday. The Blue Devils used traps once the Huskies brought the ball to midcourt. It kept Duke in the game until the end of the half. At the 7:48 mark, the Huskies held a 19-14 lead; Moore fouled Karima Christmas on a 3-pointer. Christmas made two of three to get the deficit to three points. After Lorin Dixon missed a 3-pointer, Dolson gave
the Huskies a second chance and Moore hit a jumper. But Duke answered with a Jasmine Thomas drive to make the score 21-18 with over six minutes left. Duke had a chance to tie it off a Thomas 3-pointer with 2:23 remaining in the first half, but it fell short. Then, with 1:20 left, Moore hit a 3-pointer of her own to push the lead to 28-20. Moore made the lead 10 points at halftime with a fade away jumper at the buzzer. “That was big for us, it felt good to be able to execute,” Moore said. Auriemma said that he didn’t think about sitting Moore when the lead was only three and the senior had two fouls. “Contrary to what people think, I have a pretty stable view of myself and my team and we’re very realistic. But one thing is the absolute truth, there’s only one team playing right now that knows how to win a national championship,” Auriemma said. “There’s only a couple kids in America playing next weekend that knows how to win a national championship, and I’m fortunate enough to have on their team.” Christmas said that the play was pivotal, but it didn’t break the Blue Devils’ backs. “I think we still thought we were in the game, it was only a 10-point game at that point,” Christmas said. After the break, UConn’s run ended any hope of an upset, and allowed the Huskies to ease into their 12th Final Four.
TWO Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Away game Gampel Pavilion, XL Center
Men’s Basketball (30-9) (9-9)
The Daily Question would win in a fight? Kemba Walker, or a Hurricane called Q : “Who Kemba?” A : “Kemba, the Player of the Year, because he’s unstoppable.” Tim Skomro, 6th–semester exercise science major
» That’s what he said Jim Calhoun
An unpleasant wind
Baseball (10-10-1) (2-1) April 1 St. John’s 3 p.m.
April 2 St. John’s 1 p.m.
April 3 St. John’s Noon
April 5 UMass 3 p.m.
April 2 Rutgers Noon
April 2 Rutgers 2 p.m.
April 21 Cincinatti 4 p.m.
April 23 Louisville Noon
Softball (11-12) (1-0) Today Boston U. 4 p.m.
March 31 Quinnipiac 3 p.m.
March 31 Quinnipiac 5 p.m.
Lacrosse (6-3) (0-1) April 1 Georgetown 4 p.m.
April 16 April 8 Syracuse Notre Dame Noon 4 p.m.
UConn wide receiver Isiah Moore suspended
April 6 Texas Relays All Day
Olympiacos’ Ioannis Bourousis, right, gets the ball past Montepaschi Siena ‘s David Moss during their Euroleague, quarterfinal basketball match in Siena, Italy on Tuesday.
Women’s Track and Field April 2 UConn Select Invitational All Day
April 9 UConn All-Regional Invitational All Day
April 9 New England’s All Day
April 10 New England’s All Day
April 17 April 18 April 19 Big East Big East Big East Invitational Invitational Invitational All Day All Day All Day
Men’s Tennis April 3 St. John’s Noon
April 12 April 16 April 10 St. Francis Boston Coll. Villanova 3 p.m. Noon 10 a.m.
April 20 Boston Univ. 3 p.m.
Women’s Tennis April 6 St. John���s 2:30 p.m.
THE Storrs Side The UConn baseball team can save season in Big East play By Colin McDonough Senior Staff Writer
April 8 Marquette Noon
April 10 West Virginia 10 a.m.
April 13 Rutgers 1 p.m.
April 15 Seton Hall 2 p.m.
Fiesta Bowl CEO Junker fired after probe
Men’s Track and Field April 2 LSU Invitational All Day
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PHOENIX (AP)—The Fiesta Bowl fired president and CEO John Junker after a scathing internal report released Tuesday found “an apparent scheme” to reimburse employees for political contributions and “an apparent conspiracy” to cover it up. The reimbursements, listed as at least $46,539, appear to violate state and federal campaign finance laws. The Arizona attorney general’s office is conducting a probe of the matter. The BCS reacted swiftly, saying it would undertake an investigation of its own to “consider whether the Fiesta Bowl should remain a BCS bowl game or other appropriate sanctions.” The Fiesta board of directors voted unanimously to fire Junker “for his improper and inappropriate activities documented” in the report. Junker, in his ubiquitous bright yellow Fiesta Bowl sports jacket, had been the face of the event for three decades, leading it from an upstart event to one of the BCS giants. With an annual salary of about $600,000, he had been on paid administrative lead since Feb. 4 after, the board said, he failed to comply with two written directives to cooperate with the investigation. The board said the probe also uncovered “excessive compensation, nonbusiness and inappropriate expenditures and inappropriate gifts.” The 276-page report of an investigation that conducted by Fiesta Bowl board members and a retired Arizona state Supreme Court justice, was published on the bowl’s Web site fiestabowl.org. The investigators said it found the “apparent scheme” to reimburse at least $46,539 for employees’ political contributions. The probe also found “an apparent conspiracy to conceal the reimbursement scheme from the bowl’s Board of Directors and state officials,” according to the news release accompanying the report. The BCS issued a statement from executive director Bill Hancock and Penn State University President Graham Spanier, chair of the presidential oversight committee.
Sunday Notre Dame, NCAA Tournament T.B.A.
Today Hartford 3 p.m.
“Who has a better gameface, Kendrick Perkins of the Thunder or UConn’s Jeremy Lamb?”
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Women’s Basketball (36-1) (16-0)
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“...standing on the podium would be a bad time to make a decision, and quite frankly, if things don’t go well, it would be a lousy time to make a decision.” – UConn men’s basketball coach Jim Calhoun on his future following the Final Four.
Saturday Kentucky, NCAA Tournament 8:49 p.m.
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Last season, the UConn baseball team used a strong showing to earn an at-large bid into the NCAA tournament. The Huskies’ difficult nonconference schedule, and quality record outside Big East play, helped them host the regionals in Norwich, even though UConn didn’t win the conference regular season or tournament titles. The Huskies will have to do things a little bit differently this season. UConn went 8-9-1 to start the season, including an 18-3 loss to neighbor Rhode Island. The first 18 games came outside of Big East play. On paper, the Huskies don’t look like the team that was ranked by Baseball America prior to the season, or the team that was on the Omaha watch list. But that doesn’t mean UConn’s dreams of a College World Series, or just another berth in the NCAA tournament, are over. The Huskies can do it the old-fashioned
way, by winning the conference championship. Last weekend, Pittsburgh visited J.O. Christian Field for the opening series of Big East play. UConn took two out of three, with a Matt Barnes shutout on Friday and a 9-2 win over the Panthers on Saturday. The Huskies dropped a 4-0 decision on Sunday, but still managed to take the series. If UConn can win its weekend series, it’ll bode well for the Huskies NCAA hopes. Last year’s Big East tournament champions, St. John’s, was the only team in the conference to sweep its opening series. The Red Storm comes to Storrs this weekend in a threegame set that will help determine if the Huskies will compete for the conference title. Teams that were thought to be chasing the Huskies have better nonconference records than UConn. But that doesn’t mean anything, as Big East play is upon us.
According to Desmond Conner of the Hartford Courant, UConn wide receiver Isiah Moore has been suspended by coach Paul Pasqualoni for violation of team rules. Moore played in all 13 games last season for the Huskies, catching 15 passes for 147 yards and scoring one touchdown. Moore, who has two touchdowns in his career, will be a redshirt senior this fall. – Staff Reports
THE Pro Side Major League Baseball’s opening day is finally here By Dan Agabiti Staff Writer With the weather still a crisp 45 degrees in Storrs, it might not feel like baseball season. But tomorrow, the MLB season starts with five games throughout the day, starting at 1 p.m. The marquee matchup for MLB’s opening day features the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers in a game at Yankee Stadium. Both teams are bringing their ace to the mound in hopes of starting the season on a good note. For the Tiger, right-hander Justin Verlander takes the hill. Verlander had an 18-9 record in 2010 with 216 strikeouts and a season ERA of 3.37. The Yankees look to CC Sabbathia to start their season on the right foot. Last season, Sabbathia won 21 games for the Yankees and struck out 197 batters with a season ERA of 3.13. The Yankees’ rival, the Boston Red Sox acquired Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford this offseason. New York failed to pick up any high-caliber players, and as a result find themselves starting the season as an A.L. East underdog.
The Tigers picked up Victor Martinez, Jhonny Peralta and Brad Penny in hopes that these three will be able to improve their third-place AL Central performance from last season. After going 81-81 in 2010, the Tigers are looking to finish above .500 this season. Hideki Okajima sent for assignment On Monday, the Red Sox made the final choices on their roster and pitcher Hideki Okajima was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket. Okajima was once the team’s top lefty coming out of the bullpen and was nearly a certainty to shut down opponents as a setup man for closer Jonathan Papelbon. Okajima’s ERA has gone up in all of the past four seasons. In 2007, it was 2.22 and last season, it was 4.50. So far this spring, his ERA is 6.00 after six innings pitched. “A big part of the decision was the preservation of pitching depth,” Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said according to ESPN. “Pitching attrition is usually the biggest culprit in destroying an otherwise promising season.”
» INSIDE SPORTS TODAY P.13: Fiesta Bowl CEO fired. / P.12: Moore an All-American, again. / P.11: Walker says freshmen are key to Final Four run.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
No debate for P.O.Y.
PAYBACK FOR BRIDGEPORT
UConn avenges Regional Final loss to Duke in 2006
By Colin McDonough Senior Staff Writer
To quote Jim Calhoun during his rant about Ryan Gomes, “It’s been written about, it’s been talked about.” But we need to talk one more time about Kemba Walker’s Player of the Year candidacy that ends this weekend at the Final Four. The Naismith Player of the Year award will be announced Monday, with Fredette, Walker, Nolan Smith and Jared Sullinger the final candidates. While it seems like Jimmer Fredette is the frontrunner, that notion should be put to bed immediately. As Russell Blair, managing editor and columnist for The Daily Campus, said in his column last week, “If Walker doesn’t receive the Naismith at the end of this season, the committee that selects the award needs to be rounded up, brought to the basement of Gampel Pavilion and forced to watch Kemba highlights until they reconsider.” Thanks, Russ, I couldn’t agree more. Let’s see what Kemba has done this season. He led an unranked, freshman-heavy team to a Maui title nearly singlehandedly. After that Walker hit a step back game-winner at Texas, a floater against Villanova at Gampel with two ticks left and had a Kobe-like self-pass off the backboard in a dominant performance against Georgetown in February. Then came a lull at the end of Big East play. But not to worry, Walker made up for that with the epic run in the Big East tournament that words can’t quite do justice. He hit the
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Sox still have question marks By Willy Penfield MLB Columnist Ever since the signing of Carl Crawford and the trade for Adrian Gonzalez, baseball experts have been anointing the Boston Red Sox the favorite to win the World Series. Not so fast, my friends. The Red Sox have greatly improved their offense with Crawford and Gonzalez and also got Kevin Youkilis and Dustin Pedroia back from injury, but they still have many questions involving their pitching staff. Will Josh Beckett return to his old self? Likewise for Jonathan Papelbon. We will have to wait and see. For now, a team with far fewer questions deserves the title of World Series favorite. It is common knowledge that pitching wins the championship. No team in Major League Baseball has better pitching than the Philadelphia Phillies. With their re-acquisition of Cliff Lee, the Phillies have aligned themselves as the favorites to win the World Series. In addition to Lee, the Phillies have three other pitchers on their staff that could be an ace on many teams. In a five or seven-game series against the Phillies, you will have to face two of the best pitchers in baseball at least once in Lee and Roy Halladay. Following them is Cole Hamels and Roy Oswalt, both outstanding pitchers in their own right. Let’s face it, the Phillies’ rotation is terrifying to any team they face in October. The Red Sox rotation has the potential to be closely intimidating, but question marks surrounding Beckett, John Lackey and Daisuke Matsuzaka are worrisome.
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PHILADELPHIA – The No. 1 UConn women’s basketball team used a series of runs to complete their journey to the Final Four. The Huskies started the game on a 10-2 run, scored the last seven points of the first half and then began the second half with a 13-2 spurt that will send them to Indianapolis on Sunday to play Notre Dame in the national semifinals. UConn beat the Blue Devils 75-40 at the Liacouras Center at Temple University last night to earn a trip to Indianapolis for its fourth straight Final Four. Maya Moore scored 28 points and had 10 rebounds after being named a first team All-American on Tuesday for the fourth consecutive year. Bria Hartley scored 14 points, while Stefanie Dolson and Tiffany Hayes also hit double figures with 12 and 11, respectively. “I think what this team did, in its own way… was an incredible accomplishment,” said coach Geno Auriemma. At the 3:44 mark in the second half, Moore hit a jumper to extend the lead to 69-35. The two points gave her 3,000 total for her career. After an official timeout, Moore was taken out of the game. Moore was the Philadelphia Region’s Most Outstanding Player and Lorin Dixon and Hartley were named to the AllRegion team, along with “Miss 3,000.”
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Junior Tiffany Hayes gets a piggy-back ride from freshman Stefanie Dolson after UConn’s 35-point win over Duke in the Elite Eight. The Huskies advanced to their fourth straight Final Four.
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Huskies to face Big East nemesis next By Andrew Callahan Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA – Thanks to a bevy of familiar foes, tight games and controversial comments about its fan base, UConn has now completed perhaps its most bizarre road ever to the Final Four. Even with the semifinal berth in hand, the Huskies are heading to Indianapolis with one more odd obstacle still ahead. After collecting their second win over Duke this season, and their third against Georgetown in as many meetings, UConn will now need to beat Notre Dame for an unprecedented fourth time. There’s an old
saying that speaks to how repeating the feat two days difficult it is to beat a team later, as they squeaked by three times in one season, and Temple 77-64. the Huskies defied it in the Traveling back east to Ohio, Sweet 16. But now the Fighting Irish they’re headed into turned things unchartered territoup a notch, with ry against the Irish. a 25-point vicWorking through tory over Allthe Dayton region, A m e r i c a n Notre Dame took Danielle Robinson a road to the Final and No. 6 seed Four that almost Oklahoma. It was equaled the Huskies the third time in Notebook in its strangeness. four years that the Beginning in Salt Sooners and the Lake City as the No. 2 seed, Irish had met in the NCAAs, the Irish faced the No. 15 seed splitting the first two matchUtah, which was essentially ups. Notre Dame star Skylar a home game for the under- Diggins willed her team to dogs. Notre Dame garnered a dominant performance, and a 13-point victory before consequently into the Elite
Eight against Tennessee. One step from the Final Four, Diggins put on a masterful show with 24 points to lead her team in its first ever victory over the Lady Volunteers. Reminiscent of the team’s showing versus Oklahoma, Notre Dame played efficiently on both ends of the floor, allowing Tennessee to lead for fewer than three minutes. In her postgame press conference, Hall of Fame Volunteer coach Pat Summit showered Diggins with praise. “No question Skylar Diggins was the player that made them go, and we don’t have a guard that plays that way,” Summit told the AP. “And guard play is very important at this time of
year. She was terrific, without any doubt the best guard on the floor. She energizes that team. She was the real force.” Diggins played extremely well in her first two matchups with the Huskies this season. But UConn turned the tables in their third matchup in the Big East championship, holding her to 5 of 16 shooting from the floor, and 14 points overall. The Huskies, of course, came out with the win in the tournament final, beating the Irish 73-64, as Maya Moore and Stefanie Dolson combined for 46 points.
Huskies and Terriers engage in dogfight score after the third inning. Kiki Saveriano pitched six innings and struck out eight batters and the record fell to The Huskies’ record stands 6-8 on the season. Kim Silva at 11-12, with a 10-12 on went 2-3 with three RBIs, all the road or on neutral sites. the runs the Huskies scored Today, the Huskies will start that game. In the second game, the their first home stand of the season. Of the first 23 games, Huskies exploded for 11 runs in the sixth the Huskies have had inning after traila single home game, ing the Hoyas 6-2. against Fairfield in a Vaughan 12-0 blow-out win. vs. Boston Amy recorded four Seven of the next eight games will be played University RBIs in the second game and Ali at home, something 4 p.m. Adelman pitched the Huskies haven’t a complete game UConn had all season. Three of the last Softball Field to even her record to 4-4. Andrea five games have either Huelsenbeck batbeen postponed or canceled. After games against ted 4-for-5 with two runs and Quinnipiac and Sacred Heart freshman Maddy Schiappa were both postponed, the tied the game with a two-run Huskies went to Georgetown double. The Huskies are currently to play the Hoyas in a threegame series to open up Big 1-1 in the Big East, which East play. In the first game, currently has them tied for the Huskies fell to the Hoyas sixth place with the Hoyas. Next up for the Huskies 5-3. The Huskies had the early advantage but they could not is Boston University, who is
By Mike Ferraro Staff Writer
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Amy Vaughan connects with a pitch in a 12-0 win over Fairfield earlier this season. The Huskies take on Boston University today.
currently 15-8 and is tied for first place in the American East Conference. This will be the only meeting between the two schools this year. BU was also at the Buzz Classic in Georgia, but the two teams didn’t meet. BU comes into tomorrow’s game riding a three-game winning streak after mercy-ruling Stony Brook the last three games. The Huskies can match offenses with BU, as the Huskies have scored 10-plus runs in five games this season, while the Terriers have done it four times. The Huskies are averaging 4.6 runs scored per game this season. In order for the Huskies to prevail they need to play solid defense and score as often as possible. The Huskies take on the Boston University Terriers at the softball field at 4 p.m. Admission is free.