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Wilson wins student body president election By LILY O’GARA STAFF WRITER

The results are in. After 2,065 students voted, the new student body president and vice president are Rob Wilson and Dylan Palmer, respectively. The junior duo defeated opponents Timothy Quinney and Alexandra Eicher by 102 votes after several intense debates and weeks of

campaigning. Wilson and Palmer received 1,061 votes (51.38 percent), and Quinney and Eicher received 959 votes (46.44 percent). There were also 45 write-in votes (2.17 percent) for both president and vice president. Peter Duffield won the USSBR Student Trustee position unopposed, with 1,902 votes (92.1 percent). There were also 163 write-ins for the

position, accounting for 7.89 percent of the votes. There was a slight issue with the voting process, due to an error on the voting web site’s part, according to Peter Geyer, Public Relations Chair of Senate. The newly launched Wildcat Link site allowed 42 non-students, most of which were

Rob Wilson, left, poses with running mate Dylan Palmer after they won the SBP/SBVP election. CAMERON JOHNSON/ STAFF

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Audience heated at possible land use

Hundreds showed up to the university’s first campus master plan forum in eight years, which touched on a new arts center, land use, and graduate housing.


Plan. Douglas Bencks, university architect and director of campus planning, led the forum.

The crowd that attended the 2012 Campus Master Plan Update forum on Tuesday, April 17 appeared to be a calm and quiet one; that is, until attendees had the opportunity to address the use of the land that houses the equine facilities, among other buildings. Students, town residents, and professors alike sat politely through an administrative presentation. When the floor opened up to discussion, however, residents and students found their voices. And they were not happy. Attendees were particularly agi-

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Relocating PCAC, renovating Hamilton-Smith discussed By ADAM J. BABINAT SPORTS EDITOR

People were being turned away before

they were eventually allowed to enter New Hampshire Hall on Tuesday afternoon, as hundreds were looking to attend a forum on the recent updates to the university’s Campus Master

Ten year loan the result of $12.5M in unraised money Admin: Increased enrollment will pay off loan By ABBY KESSLER CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Despite deep budget cuts in nearly every department at the University of New Hampshire, construction of the Peter T. Paul College of Business and

Economics facility has stayed on track. The original projected cost of construction was estimated at $55 million in 2009 when the project began. Today, according to Dick Cannon, vice president PTP SCHOOL continued on page 3

Construction on the Peter T. Paul School is well underway following a 10-year loan taken out by the business school to make up for unavailable funds. JULIE FORTIN/STAFF



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Strike out breast cancer

Technology in schools

6 UNH students will be holding the Strike Out Breast Cancer wiffle ball tournament to raise money for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer foundation.

The Wombats

8 Oyster River Middle School has been implementing different types of technology, such as SMART Boards, to help to teach students.

Women’s lacrosse victorious in NY


9 Britain-based band The Wombats will be returning to the United States for their upcoming show in Cambridge, Mass. at The Middle East club on Tuesday, April 24.

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• UNH Opera Workshop, Bratton Recital Hall, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. • Drop-in Yoga for Students, MUB Wildcat Den, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

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The UNH women’s lacrosse team ends losing streak against Columbia on Wednesday.


Other Story UNH Fencing competed in Hartford for a national championship title over weekend. The team placed 6th out of 33 teams.

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This week in Durham April 21 April 22

• UNH Seacoast Alumni Chapter Relay for Life, UNH Field House, 12 p.m. - 12 p.m. April 22 • McNair Scholars Program 20th Anniversary Research Symposium Oral Presentations, Memorial Union Building, 9:30 a.m.

• New Hampshire Authors Series - Rebecca Rule, Dimond Library, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. • Earth Day Mt. Monadnock Hike, Mt. Monadnock, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

April 23

• Shakespeare Birthday Celebration, Murkland Courtyard, 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. • Discussion: Christianity & LGBTQA + Identities, MUB 334/336, 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.


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continued from page 1 alumni who were still active in the Blackboard accounts, to vote. However, senate contacted the site and the votes were immediately removed. “The results are exactly the same,” Geyer said. Wilson said he was “happy” to be elected as student body president. “I am really excited to call my family back home in Chicago and tell them that I’m not just a college student, but that I’m also student body president,” Wilson said. Wilson commented that he is from the 43rd Street area in Chicago, and that many people never even make it out of the neighborhood. Wilson’s victory also particularly excited him because this is his third time running for office at UNH. During his freshman year, Wilson ran for vice president. Last year, he ran for president, but his


continued from page 1 At the forum, Bencks expressed the university’s focus on advancing UNH as a major state university, while simultaneously maintaining the feel of a small New England college. Some of the more prominent ideas the university is looking at in order to achieve this goal is to relocate the Paul Creative Arts Center in order to bring it closer to the community; move the law school – which is currently based in Concord, N.H. – onto the Durham campus; renovate Hamilton-Smith Hall; and expand the Hamel Recreation Center. According to Bencks, a number of locations have been looked at throughout the years for the relocation of a center for the arts. At one point, the list of locations was up to twelve, which included the locations of Hamilton-Smith Hall and even The Bagelry of Durham. Ideas have changed, though,


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of finance and administration at UNH, the final bids appear to be closer to $50 million. Half of the cost for construction was donated by UNH alumnus Peter T. Paul, who graduated in 1967, and who catapulted the project with a $25 million contribution to the highly lauded business school. Paul then encouraged other alumni, students, parents and the local business community to donate to the project in order to invest in New Hampshire’s youth. Since the project began, $5 million has been accumulated from smaller donations. The Whittemore School of Business and Economics has also saved $8 million, which is being put toward the academic building. This leaves a $12.5 million deficit that has been taken out as a loan and will be paid off out of UNH’s operating budget over a 10 year time period. According to Mark Rubinstein, vice president of student and

running mate dropped from the race, and he had to debate and continue his campaign alone. Ultimately, he lost by 90 votes. Palmer, too, was excited that he and his partner won, but he knew that it was going to be a close race because, as he said, both teams did a great job campaigning and had a lot to offer. “I did not expect to win but, at the same time, I also did not expect to lose. I was stuck in this fifty-fifty middle ground, but I am really happy and look forward to what I can offer the school,” Palmer said. According to their Facebook page, the duo’s platform focuses on, “listening to the student body’s voice, support for Medical Amnesty, transparent advising, a more transparent Blackboard, expansion of the gym, sustainability awareness, and an easier repeal of parking tickets.” In addition, the pair wants to focus on making the campus safer, preventing further budget cuts to the Women’s Studies program and

other programs that promote diversity, and also on the “huge accessibility” problem on campus. Though they have a busy agenda for the upcoming year, Wilson and Palmer both want students to be aware that they are here to listen. “Everyone has a voice,” Palmer said. “Every little group on campus needs to be heard.” The two plan to attend hall council meetings and speak with constituents, and also to engage in more activism and diversity endeavors on campus. Wilson will serve on the Steering Committee for the Campus Master Plan, and is also involved with the Student Environmental Action Coalition and the Peace and Justice League. He believes that his connections and range of interests will serve the position of presidency well. Palmer and Wilson have been friends since freshman year and, according to their Facebook page, are “extremely proud of [their] opponents and humbled by this victory.”

and as of the forum, the current plan is to construct a new center for the arts where C Lot and the Lower Quad are currently located. This new facility would potentially include a performance hall, white box theater, museum gallery, and potentially rooms for art students to reside in. General response by those in attendance to the forum was positive in regard to the selected destination for a future center for the arts. Bringing UNH School of Law to Durham was also briefly discussed during the forum. This would potentially include an expansion of Nesmith Hall, which would be the location where the law school would be housed if it were to move from Concord. Hamilton-Smith’s renovation was also discussed, with a new addition to the back of the building being proposed. This addition would include a rear entrance to the building – which would still house the English and philosophy departments – and would help toward making the rest of the building

handicap accessible. Plans for Hamel Recreation Center’s possible expansion were also considered. One of the key components that was raised about the expansion of the facility was how expansion would reduce the size of the outdoor pool located to the east of the building. This detail resonated with citizens of the town of Durham, but Bencks and those facilitating the forum made it clear that they are aware of the pool’s importance to the community. One of the final noteworthy details was in regard to housing, as the university is looking to expand the amount of housing for both undergraduate and graduate students. The changes being proposed would be to remove current family housing and the mini dorms in favor of additional SERC-like buildings, completely rebuilding Babcock Hall, and adding new family housing across the river to the south of campus, as well as directly between the Whittemore Center and the Woodside Apartments.

academic services at UNH, much of the money will be made back from increased student enrollment due to opening slots in the business program that the new facility is able to accommodate. The new building will allow UNH to expand the program’s current student capacity from 1,700 to 2,500 students. The new facility is needed, as the program has gained recognition around the nation, and space constraints have begun to arise. Many students who are qualified for the program are not accepted due to a lack of space in McConnell Hall, the current location of the program. “Student demand is strong and this year’s freshmen class will be the largest in our history. The new facility will allow us to provide the education that our students want and need,” Daniel Innis, dean of the Whittemore School of Business and Economics, said. In addition to increased space, the new building will also be equipped with the latest technology to allow students and faculty to record lectures and download them onto their computers. Also “break-

out rooms” will allow professors to give students real world problems, to split into groups, to solve posed questions and to reconvene in the common classroom with solutions. “Business education is vital for the future of the region’s economy,” Innis said in an email. “As the only AACSB (an internationally recognized, specialized accreditation for business and accounting programs) accredited undergraduate business program in New Hampshire, the Peter T. Paul College plays a key role in preparing future leaders.” The strengthening of the business school is intended to enhance the university’s overall image, with increased national recognition. “The expanded and improved facility will better support the curriculum being delivered to both undergraduate and graduate students and should be a catalyst for enhancing the reputation of both,” Rubinstein said. Construction on the building began on its scheduled date in June 2011 and, according to Cannon, the building is intended to be finished and ready to house students for the spring of 2013.

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continued from page 1 tated in response to one component of the plan, which includes public private ventures and the development of much of the land west along Main Street, near Route 4, as well as the possibility of constructing a research park, hotel, and other mixed-use development. The relocation of the equine facilities was also a concern. During the discussion portion, people said that this would “cheapen the campus,” that it is a “disturbing loss of identity,” “phenomenally short-sighted,” and would be “selling out.” One student asked, “How is development preserving the feel of a small, New England liberal arts college?” Alina Harris, a senior majoring in sustainable agriculture, commented that she has lived in Durham all of her life, and that she has watched the increasing development and loss of the skyline. UNH, she said, did not used to be a “stain” on the town. The idea that large retail vendors could potentially impede on the campus and its agricultural land, facilities and programs was disturbing to many. After all, many said, UNH did begin as an agricultural college. One student pointed out that a “dairy farm will never co-exist next to a strip mall,” and another stated that students cannot learn agriculture from a textbook. Graduate student Chris Dorich agreed. “I have always felt first and foremost that the best education comes from hands-on experiences. Having these agricultural fields and spaces provides an amazing opportunity for students at UNH and are essential to the feel, atmosphere, and education at UNH,” Dorich said. “Enough cuts have already happened to these programs, and it is time alternatives are found for helping close the budget.” The presenters pointed out to the crowd that UNH would very carefully monitor the construction of any potential new facilities, including the materials used and the building dimensions. In addition, building would only occur on plots of land opposite from open fields and on ground-leased property. One of the presenters, Douglas Bencks, university architect and director of campus planning, said that all of the projects mentioned were only potential blueprints, and also that the discussion of altering or relocating the dairy, equine and agricultural facilities was already occurring eight years


ago, and was present in the 2004 Master Plan. Planners and administration agreed that it is important to preserve the atmosphere and character of the campus, but also pointed out that, fiscally, UNH is very constrained. The citizens and students that were present seemed to be in approval of plans for the construction of a new Center for the Arts, but were unmoved by reassurances that there would be few negative consequences to developing the campus. Paul Chamberlain, assistant vice president for energy and campus development, said that nothing in the plan is definite at this time. “Despite there being ‘nothing in the plan that is definite,’ it is clear that destruction of farmland is being considered. That alone should raise eyebrows. There are many significant answers yet to be given in response to the lack of consideration for agricultural programs that have been slowly but surely marginalized by the university in the past few decades,” Evan Girard, an environmental and natural resource economics major, said. “We’re sending a message that retail and development is more important than academics or sustainability,” one senior said. Another agreed, saying, “We are a sustainable university, and pride ourselves on this. What are we saying about sustainability if we offer land to retail?” Many past and present members of the equestrian program were in attendance as well, and an alumna stated, “To say the equine program and retail could be compatible is ignorant.” She went on to comment that the program is nationally renowned, and that moving the facilities would have an irrevocable effect. There will be another forum on Tuesday, April 24, from 12:402 p.m. in the Strafford Room of the Memorial Union Building. “This is a really wonderful opportunity for us young people to be civically engaged to better understand this dynamic between people and the land, this conundrum in which we have to weigh the benefits of short-term, audacious methods of economic growth against weakened longterm social, environmental, and economic sustainability of our region,” Girard said. After speaking with constituent groups, the Campus Master Plan and Steering committees will present their recommendations to President Huddleston this summer and, in the fall, the Campus Master Plan Update will be presented to the University System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees for approval.

Little released about three northern NH deaths LANCASTER, N.H. – Little information has been released on the deaths of three people in the northern New Hampshire town of Lancaster. Police responding to a 911 call early Tuesday found 44-yearold David Collins dead at his home from apparent gunshot wounds. Two people were found dead in a burning pickup truck nearby. They have not been identified. Autopsies were planned on all three.

The discovery followed a rash of violent gun crimes in 72 hours in three small towns in New Hampshire, which is accustomed to between 15 and 19 homicides a year. The Attorney General’s office did not immediately respond to a message asking if more information was expected Wednesday. Coos County Superior Court records show Collins was charged in 2009 on two counts of burglary. The charges were later dropped.



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Thousands honor fallen Greenland officer Law enforcement from around the country bid Chief Michael Maloney goodbye By DANIELLE CURTIS and JIM HADDADIAN FOSTER’S DAILY DEMOCRAT

The Winnacunnet High School football field was a sea of black and blue Thursday as thousands of law enforcement from around the country gathered to honor fallen Greenland Police Chief Michael Maloney, whom family and friends described as honest, caring, and brave. Maloney was killed in the line of duty last week after going with a group of officers from the Attorney General’s Drug Task Force to execute a search warrant at the home of Cullen Mutrie, 29, of Post Road in Greenland. Investigators said Maloney was shot in the head while trying to pull another officer to safety after Mutrie opened fire. Four other officers were shot in the incident, which occurred eight days before Maloney’s scheduled retirement. Thursday morning, thousands of chairs were set up on the football field at Winnacunnet - where Maloney once competed as an athlete - to allow crowds of not only law enforcement, but community members to honor the fallen chief. Several white chairs punctuated the group, spelling out Maloney’s initials on the field. Community members also crowded the bleachers and grassy hills surrounding the field, as those who knew Maloney best spoke about the chief and his contributions to the region.

“Mike was meant

to protect and serve, and he did. He saved lives before he lost his own.”

Scot Blanchard

Retired Greenland Police Chief

Maloney’s younger brother, Tim Maloney, described his brother as funny and kind, and spoke of his brother’s love of family and community, drawing laughs from an otherwise solemn crowd. “To know my brother was to love him,” he said. “His grin was infectious ... when Mike was around everything was better.” Tim Maloney recalled ridealongs in his brother’s cruiser, calling those moments the “best show in town.” He thanked the community and law enforcement in attendance for their support during the past week, saying he and his family could not have gotten through this situation without it. If his brother was still alive, he said, he would have been amazed by the support and likely would have tried to use the attention to his advantage - finding a way to meet Patriots football player Vince Wilfork or getting a lifetime supply of Grey Goose vodka. Retired Greenland Police Chief Scot Blanchard, whom Mike Maloney replaced in 2000, also

shared stories of Maloney’s humor and pranks, but said the chief will be remembered most for his service and dedication to those around him. “Mike was meant to protect and serve, and he did,” Blanchard said. “He saved lives before he lost his own.” Because of this commitment to others, Blanchard said he couldn’t have chosen anyone better to take over his position at the Greenland Police Department. “I was so proud to have Mike be the one to replace me as chief,” he said. Greenland police Detective David Kurkul was a member of the police department when Maloney took over for Blanchard in 2000, and said that while police officers notoriously resist change, it didn’t take long for the department to embrace their new chief. “He was direct and spoke his mind to anyone,” Kurkul said of Maloney. “It never took long to know where you stood with him.” He said that while some in the community have been shocked to hear about Maloney’s brave actions on April 12, risking his life to pull injured officers to safety, those who knew the chief were not surprised. “He firmly believed in leading by example and he wouldn’t ask anyone to do anything that he wouldn’t do himself,” he said. Greenland officer Jeff Peirce, who has known Maloney for years, also spoke at the service, telling attendees Maloney was a great person to work with, but an even better friend. “Mike was a best friend to a lot of people and he had a lot of best friends,” Peirce said. “It was an honor to be his first best friend.” Maloney received full military honors at the service, including the playing of taps and a rifle salute. The State Police Airwing also performed a flyover during the ceremony. Police Honor Guard flanked the stage throughout the ceremony, carrying state and national flags and standing next to Maloney’s cruiser and police department motorcycle. Various state and national dignitaries also paid tribute to the fallen chief during the ceremony Thursday, thanking him and his family for his dedication and telling those in attendance to always appreciate the risks law enforcement take to protect them. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told the crowd he was honored to have the opportunity to speak and credited Maloney for his choice to spend his career serving the public. “Although he could have chosen an easier path or a safer one, he wanted to make a difference, and he did,” Holder said. “His ultimate sacrifice was made so that others might survive.” Holder urged attendees to ensure Maloney’s heroism would never be forgotten by living by his example. Gov. John Lynch shared simi-

lar sentiments, saying Maloney died doing what he loved and what he was good at - helping others. “Protecting others is what brought Chief Mike Maloney to us, and sadly, it is also what took him away from us,” Lynch said. Lynch said it was no surprise to see so many people crowded at the high school to honor the chief. “An attack on a police officer is an attack on all of us,” he said. “It contradicts everything we believe to be right and embodies everything we believe to be wrong.” Sen. Kelly Ayotte, who also spoke Thursday, became emotional as she considered what Maloney’s family would tell his young grandson about him years in the future. No matter how much time passes, she said, the community and law enforcement statewide will always be there to support the Maloney family. “Our hearts are broken for the family of Mike Maloney,” she said. “Our thoughts, our prayers - you have them. We are with you and we will stand by you in the difficult days to come ... New Hampshire lost one of its finest sons when we lost Mike Maloney.” New Hampshire Attorney General Michael Delaney, who said he knew Maloney for years, also shared his support for the


U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks Thursday at the funeral for the late Greenland Police Chief Michael Maloney, who was killed in the line of duty on April 12. chief’s family and fellow officers Thursday, and said Maloney will serve as a role model for generations of law enforcement to come. “His love for his community was boundless,” Delaney said. “And his legacy will live on in his family ... he will inspire all of those who are better people and better officers for having known him.” The ceremony ended Thursday with a “last call” for Malo-

ney from the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office. A radio dispatcher called out Maloney’s call number 260 before declaring Maloney “10-2,” the police radio code for deceased. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Chief Michael Maloney Trust Fund, c/o Optima Bank, 26 Lafayette Road, North Hampton, NH 03862, or at any of Optima Bank’s branches.

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UNH aims to strike out breast cancer

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Student organization Aspiring Hands set up a ‘Free Ice Pop and Red Bull’ table on T-Hall lawn Wednesday. The event was in an effort to get votes for ZipCar’s ‘Student’s with Drive’ contest to help the org transport volunteers to local after school prgrams.

On April 28, the first Strike Out Breast Cancer wiffle ball tournament will be held on Scott Hall lawn. “I wanted to do something from scratch for my major requirement and I thought it would be a fun way for people to get involved,” AnneMarie Graffeo, creator of the event, said. From 12-3 p.m., teams of six or more will compete to raise money for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer foundation. “I decided to help AnneMarie do this project because she had so many great ideas and I wanted her to accomplish everything she wanted to do,” Katie Helfrich, a co-coordinator of the event, said. “The goal for the event is to have all the teams full, have a nice cook out, and play softball.” One in eight women will develop breast cancer over the course of her lifetime, according to The diagnosis often has an impact on the entire family. “My aunt had breast cancer and I know how it affects the whole family,” Graffeo said. According to estimates from 2011, the American Cancer Society reported that there were 230,480 new cases of invasive

breast cancer that were diagnosed in women, and 39,520 women died from it. The goal for the tournament is to raise at least $500. “I’d like to make it an annual event,” Graffeo said. “I personally want to raise awareness about breast cancer. Spreading awareness is something I’m really passionate about.”

One in eight women will develop breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. So far, $380 dollars has been raised for the foundation. “During the softball tournament we are going to raise money and help find a cure for breast cancer,” Helfrich said. “I am so proud of AnneMarie for putting this event together. It will be a great day.” For more information or to donate to the cure, go to TR?pxfid=202357&pg=fund&fr_ id=2123. GOT A UNH.EDU E-MAIL? SUBMIT FREE CLASSIFIEDS AT

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University staff members, friends and family celebrated the life of Bob Pettigrew, longtime MUB employee, who died three weeks ago. Pettigrew retired last year from the MUB after a 20-year career at the Student Activity Fee Committee.

Gulf residents to get extra $64M for oil spill claims By CAIN BURDEAU ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW ORLEANS - Roughly 7,300 residents and businesses harmed by the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico will receive more than $64 million in additional payments because their claims with BP’s $20 billion compensation fund were shortchanged or wrongfully denied, the Justice Department announced Thursday. An independent audit of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility found “significant errors” in its processing of claims that led to applicants receiving less than what they were entitled to under GCCF procedures, the federal agency said. The auditor also identified claimants who were erroneously overpaid, but the department says the GCCF isn’t trying to recover those overpayments. BP created its compensation fund after the April 20, 2010 blowout of its Macondo well triggered a deadly explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig and spawned the nation’s worst offshore oil spill. The GCCF processed more than 221,000 claims and paid out more than $6 billion from the fund

to compensate commercial fishermen, property owners, hotels and other tourism-driven businesses that blamed the spill for economic damages. After BP and a team of plaintiffs’ attorneys agreed to a classaction settlement of economic damage claims last month, a courtsupervised administrator took over the claims process from the GCCF on March 8. Attorney General Eric Holder ordered an independent auditor to evaluate the GCCF after he visited the Gulf Coast last summer. While the audit identified errors, it also found that the GCCF claims process “constituted a significant advance in disaster response,” the department said in a statement. “While there’s no question that the independent GCCF labored under extremely challenging circumstances to get a huge number of payments processed successfully, the fact that this audit has resulted in tens of millions of dollars being made available to claimants who were wrongfully denied or shortchanged underscores the importance of the audit,” Acting Associate Attorney General Tony West said in a statement.

NH Brief Senate considers interstate health compact bill CONCORD - A Senate committee is weighing the merits of forming an interstate compact to assume control for health care within New Hampshire’s boundaries. The House passed the bill last month that proposes that New Hampshire join with other states in delivering health care to its residents. Under the bill, the states would receive block grants from

the federal government and would take over Medicare and Medicaid. Congress would have to approve the compact for it to take effect. House Republican Leader D.J. Bettencourt sponsored the bill which seeks to free the state from the mandates of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The bill would supersede any federal health care law.

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Technology helping local middle school teach, learn better By JILL FRANK CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Technology is changing the ways that many children are taught standard subjects in their educations. Oyster River Middle School is one of the schools in this area that is proud to focus much of its classroom learning on technology. Jessica Lachance, a math major at UNH and student-teacher at Oyster River Middle School, said she experiences firsthand the new development of technology in the classroom everyday. “I think technology is one of the reasons I wanted to get involved in teaching,” Lachance said. “Learning for kids is becoming more and more different than how it used to be.” Lachance believes that not only is teaching easier when using newer technologies, but so is learning. “Sometimes a kid will have a difficult time understanding something just by me explaining it to them,” she said. “That’s when I will go onto the computer and actually show them what I am trying to explain. They seem to understand better when they can be taught visually.” One new way students are being taught visually is by the use of SMART Boards. A SMART Board is an interactive whiteboard that uses touch for input as a laptop or computer would work without a mouse. In a way, it seems to appear

as a white erase board, but it is actually like a big computer screen. Lynn Ellsworth, a sixth-grade math teacher at Oyster River Middle School, teaches her classes with a SMART Board each day, and said she could not love it more. “The SMART Board is an amazing addition to my classroom. Not only can the children go up to the board and draw on the screen with the special pens, but we can show them videos and tutorials from our computers on the screen,” Ellsworth said. “It’s a perfect way to teach an entire classroom full of children, and a great way to keep the teaching fun and interesting.” Ellsworth also explained that with the SMART Board she is able to teach students mathematics using real life examples and pictures on the screen. According to Ellsworth, the SMART Board makes it easier for most of them to understand certain problems given. But what if a student does not understand what is being taught to him or her on the screen? Ellsworth said if this problem occurs, she instructs her student-teachers to help the child one-on-one. “If a child doesn’t understand what is being shown to them on the SMART Board, we just refer back to simple, traditional teaching by going to their desk and explaining it to them face to face,” she said. “That is not very common though: usually all the children understand the material by using the SMART Board.”

Jessica Fleury, another math major at UNH and student-teacher at Oyster River Middle School, said she also loves the technology present in the classroom. “What I like most is actually not the SMART Board, but the clickers.” These ‘clickers’, or Activotes as they are formally called, are a way for teachers to see their class’ answers all in one bar graph. “The teacher will put a problem on the SMART Board and the children will solve it at their desks,” Fleury said. “They will then submit their answer onto the clicker which registers to the SMART Board. The teacher then can pull up all the results, anonymously, to see how many of the children solved the problem and got the correct answer.” Fleury said this is a good way to not single any children out if they don’t understand something. “The teacher just simply knows then to go over the material some more and to not move on yet,” she said. Jay Richard, principal of Oyster River Middle School, said he believes this technology is vital to the maturation of a child. “It’s true that some people still believe that teaching should be done the traditional way, with no technology,” he said. “But realistically, technology is only growing. Having the children use it at a young age not only makes learning more enjoyable for them, but in my opinion, it prepares them for the real world.” Richard said that he feels so


Oyster River Middle School has adopted new technology, like SMART Boards to help facilitate teaching, and learning. strongly about technology incorporated in schools that he has even created a rule called ‘B.Y.O.D.,’ which stands for ‘Bring Your Own Device.’ “This is an everyday rule that encourages the children to bring in any devices they want to their classrooms,” Richard said. “Students bring in anything from laptops and iPads to netbooks and even iPods.” While some devices may not be permitted to be used at certain times in the classrooms, the children are always welcome to use them during their lunch period or recess. “I think it’s better to actually permit the children to bring these devices and use them at the appropriate times than to just try and ban them completely from the school,” Richard said. “Why try to ignore something that we know they are just going to go run to when they get home?” According to Richard, some teachers did not completely agree with the open technology rule that Oyster River Middle School has adopted. “Honestly, it’s only a few staff members and it’s just because they are used to the traditional ways of teaching,” he said. “They have come around, though, since we first began using all the new technology. It just takes them some getting used to.” While some teachers may have had a hard time with the technology in their classrooms, Ellsworth says that all of her students’ parents loved the idea. “I was actually surprised at how

they all liked the idea of SMART Boards and clickers,” she said. Ellsworth said the only potential problem for some students was the use of Socrative. Socrative is an online website, similar to Blackboard for UNH staff and students, where children can complete homework assignments and check their grades right from their home computers. “Some parents who didn’t like their children spending a lot of time on the computer had a bit of a problem with this because some homework assignments could take a decent amount of time on the computer,” Ellsworth said. “But when I discovered this, I just changed the assignments and made them smaller and faster. This seemed to make the parents happy and fix that problem.” “From what I have seen there isn’t any actual evidence that technology makes a child learn better than a traditional way of teaching one-on-one,” Richard said. “But it definitely seems that with using technology the children are more engaged in the classroom. And, if they’re more engaged, it would probably be safe to say that they would be learning faster and better.” Richard says that the teachers at Oyster River Middle School never force the use of technology on a student. “If a student were to say they didn’t want to use a clicker or laptop, I would be more than fine explaining it to them the old-fashioned way,” Ellsworth said. “But that never seems to be the case.”

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The Avett Brothers entertain the Whitt By SAMANTHA PEARSON CONTRIBUTING WRITER

When The Avett Brothers took to the stage on Tuesday at the Whittemore Center Arena, the energy in the room was palpable. But the crowd didn’t look anything like what one would expect at a UNH concert. Only about 10 percent of the 2,300 tickets sold were sold to students; the rest of the attendees were non-students, according to Whitt Event Coordinator Carrie Barron, . “The atmosphere was great,” Barron said. “People enjoyed the show and we have received excellent feedback.” The floor sold out, with 1,500 people occupying the space on Tuesday night. The band didn’t have an opening act and hit the stage right on time at 8 p.m. Almost immediately the crowd, which had been fairly calm and collected prior to the start of the show, started dancing, clapping and singing along. “The floor was very popular,” Barron said. It was easy to see why. The Avett Brothers, an alternative folk band often cited as one of the primary movers in the folk revival movement of the last decade or so, performed with great energy. Cofounders Scott Avett and Seth Avett


Scott Avett (left) and Seth (right) performed in the Whittemore Center Arena on Tuesday. harmonized beautifully and the band played a solid mix of new and old works, pulling from their extensive discography. Formed in 2000 in North Carolina, the band has since produced six full-length albums and four EPs,

as well as three live albums. Their most recent record, I and Love and You, hit #16 on the US sales charts. The band ended the main portion of their show on Tuesday night with the title track from the album. At 9 p.m., about an hour before

the show ended, Scott stood alone on stage under a spotlight and performed “Murder in the City.” Originally written in 2007, Scott changed the lyrics in 2011 after the birth of his son; his daughter was born in 2008.

The original lyrics were “Make sure my sister knows I loved her / make sure my mother knows the same.” The new lyrics are “Make sure my daughter knows I loved her / Make sure my son knows the same.” It was in this fashion that Avett announced the sex of his second child at a show in London after two canceled tour dates. On Tuesday, the lyrics earned massive response from the crowd at the Whitt. When Seth joined his brother after “Murder In the City” on stage for some more acoustic work, the crowd got even louder. In addition to performing as just a duo, the brothers also took a moment to share some childhood memories. “[Seth] used to bounce a basketball on his head when he was about this tall,” Scott said. “Now he’s taller than me. I remember one day, he punched me square in the nose.” “Scott’s recently taken to telling random childhood stories,” Seth added. This acoustic portion of the show went on for about 20 minutes, and then the rest of the band rejoined the brothers for the remainder of the performance. Energy was high throughout the entire show, both from the band and from the AVETT continued on page 10

The Wombats return for stateside tour By MAX SULLIVAN CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Brit rockers The Wombats are digging in and working on the beginnings of their third studio release. Tord Overland-Knudsen, the band’s Norse-bassist-turned-Liverpudlian, said it’s too early to know much about their album, but he knows that the band intends to abandon at least one component that played a big part in their last album. “There’s actually no keyboards in the new songs,” Overland-Knudsen said. “Quite guitar heavy.” It’s more than just a drift from the last album, though. As the trio has begun to work out new song ideas in the bassist’s Liverpool flat, they want to try something completely new, rather than a “back to basics” approach. Overland-Knudsen said that the band, which typically produces pop-heavy sounds, might even be dabbling in folk, with a tinge of alternative rock, of course. “It sounds a bit like Band of Horses,” Overland-Knudsen said. “And it’s a completely new direction, something that we’ve never done before.” Fans will be glad to hear that

The Wombats have taken the dive into their next project so soon. Their second album, This Modern Glitch, was released in 2011, four years after their first album, A Guide to Love, Loss and Desparation in 2007. The long wait was caused by the amount of time the band spent on the road. “We toured, I guess, a half a year too long,” Overland-Knudsen said. “The demand was there, so we kept going out, kept going out, do a festival there, do another tour, and it kept going.” Being a new band touring the world for the first time, The Wombats lived a fast-paced life: constantly gigging, partying in between and never sleeping. It was hectic, and they didn’t have a very good grasp of what they could and could not handle. “We said yes to do everything,” Overland-Knudsen said. “We didn’t have any pace…we (thought we) could do fourteen gigs on the road without any days off.” In addition to their obligations as a band, the boys didn’t seem to have an off switch on their downtime. The toll they paid physically was related to the wild life many bands have taken to on their first

major tour. “We made it a lot harder for ourselves by having late nights, having a lot parties, staying out late, not sleeping,” Overland-Knudsen said. This past year has been much different. Four years older, the Wombats know how to manage a world tour. “I think (now that we’ve done it before) we know the pitfalls,” Overland-Knudsen said. “This time around, we’re a bit more wiser. We know that when we do three or four shows, we need a day off, and (that) we can do a night out when we need to, or an early night when we have to get up early the next day.” It wasn’t until January 2009 that the band finally got off tour and gave any thought to starting a new album. They ended up taking about two years to write, record and release the album. That sounds like an eternity to bands who pump out an album every year, but The Wombats just weren’t ready to put together a quality album right off the tour bus. “It’s a strange place to be back at the practice room and having normality, having a normal lifestyle. Being at home and starting writing again. It was all a bit of shock,”


Meet Liverpudlian indie rock outfit The Wombats. Overland-Knudsen said. “It took basically a long time to, to begin writing any songs that were worth keeping.” Other complications factored in, particularly the use of four different producers. However, the band felt that these measures were worth the time. Unlike other bands, The Wombats were never pressured into rushing their sophomore album. “I think we’re quite lucky to have a label that was giving us that time,” Overland-Knudsen said. “I

think a lot of other bands got the pressure to having to release something (quickly). Maybe from the label, maybe from management, maybe from themselves, I don’t know. I think when you’re touring you, as soon as you come off touring you just wanna go back out there and maybe you get impatient about (making a record first).” They’ve already written two full songs this year, but OverlandKnudsen said that this is only the tip

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The Descendants, starring George Clooney, delivers an emotional but flawed film-watching experience.

Dueling reviews: The Descendants almost hits gold By COURTNEY MILLS contributing writer

Amusing yet moving, depressing yet hopeful, it is no wonder that The Descendants (2011) won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. It combines heartbreak with humor for a film that will having you laughing one minute and crying the next. Matt King (George Clooney) is a rich land baron and lawyer who must re-examine his life after his wife Elizabeth is put in a coma due to a boating accident. A negligent husband and father, Matt must now connect with his two daughters, Scottie and Alexandra. At the same time, he must decide if he’s going to sell the 25,000 acres of undeveloped land that he and his family have owned for generations. However, the central plot revolves around Matt’s journey after he learns that his wife was cheating on him with a real estate broker. He searches for Elizabeth’s lover to invite him to see her in the hospital before it’s too late. Matt must juggle these situations all while grieving and trying to understand his marriage, fatherhood, and responsibility. George Clooney gives the performance of a lifetime in this character piece. From outright crying and anger to subtle changes of facial expressions, Clooney could not have portrayed this character’s thoughts, feelings, and personal growth any better. He silently

delivers the character’s mixed emotions about his wife with an eloquence that words could never accomplish. He makes the character and the film feel so real, so relatable, and so poignant. With that said, the movie has its flaws. It is well acted and beautifully done, but it feels a little drawn out and slow at parts. Also, while the pressure to sell his family’s land is relevant, it feels out of place. Honestly, the plot doesn’t matter as much as the character development; not to say the plot isn’t fine, but the dialogue and performances are what stand out.

Clooney could not have portrayed this character’s thoughts, feelings, and personal growth any better. Apart from some boring scenes scattered throughout, it’s a good movie. Again, the acting, especially Clooney’s, is really what carries the film. I enjoyed it, but I wouldn’t see it again. Still, it deserves a watch. The Descendants is showing in the MUB for $2 and is available at Redbox for $1.20. Final Score: 2.5 out of 4 stars

By ARJUNA RAMGOPAL staff writer

The Descendants offers mild entertainment. Anytime George Clooney is on the big screen these days, millions of fans flock to the theaters to see America’s heartthrob take their breath away. Clooney’s latest movie, The Descendants, isn’t his greatest movie, but the film does provide some solid entertainment, a couple chuckles, and a few tears. Matt King (Clooney) is a wealthy lawyer based in Honolulu, Hawaii. At the start of the movie King’s wife gets in a boating accident and is in a coma. On top of dealing with his wife’s condition, Matt must also deal with his off the wall 10-year old daughter, Scottie (Amara Miller), and his rebellious 17-year old daughter, Alex (Shailene Woodley). Rounding out the cast is Beau Bridges as King’s cousin Cousin Hugh who, with the rest of King’s family, is trying to sell their massive inheritance off for millions. The plot is fairly straightforward and not exactly groundbreaking. The movie relies heavily on its characters and performances. Clooney does his usual good job, though it’s certainly not his best. Miller and Woodley, who portray the two daughters, do a great job and definitely steal some scenes away. The movie, which was shot in DESCENDENTS continued on page 11


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continued from page 9 Hawaii, offers some great scenery that is, at times, breathtaking. The pacing of the movie is decent and logical, though there is not a nice neat package at the end, playing into the realism the movie focuses heavily on. Overall, The Descendants isn’t a typical comedy or drama, but rather one of those off-key independent-esque films that have started to clog theaters in recent years. There isn’t anything particularly special about this one, save for a few charming moments. It makes for a good one-time viewing, but nothing beyond that. Final Score: 2 out of 4 stars


Taking it abroad: traveling 101 By Erin Frick CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Traveling to one destination in general is a great experience. However, if you should ever find yourself in a situation like mine living in a foreign country for an extended period of time, or even if you plan a multi-country trip in a short period of time, you will need to know how to get the most out of travel plans for the best cost. The key is planning ahead. The earlier you search/book flights, you will have more available flight options at cheaper costs. This is true for U.S. traveling as well as for traveling abroad. Keep in mind that an international flight from the U.S. to Europe, Asia, and Africa can cost upwards of $1000, depending on the airline and the time of year. This part of your travel plans you will want to plan out as far in advance as possible. When traveling abroad, especially in Europe, international travel becomes much easier and much more affordable (Thank you, European Union!). There are numerous airlines available, and prices range from hundreds of euro a flight to less than 10 euro a flight. (True story, one of my flights from Spain to Northern Italy was only 5 euro). The best method I found for sorting through the airlines was using On this site, you can pick your start and end locations, and either view flights available for a specific date period, or just look in general at what is available during the month you are looking to travel. It sorts all of the available flights by the best price, whether you want non-stop or layover, and just saves you a ton of time in looking at the vast variety of flights available. RYANAIR is definitely one of the cheapest flights available. While it is a smaller plane type, and they need to blast a celebratory horn recording when they have a safe landing, I had nothing but good experiences with flying RYANAIR. About 12 of my international flights were through RYANAIR – and yes, the “we made it!” celebration horn was tooted every time. Word of warning, there are bag restrictions with most of these airlines, as in one bag per person. No, it does not mean you have your

purse and then your carry-on bag. They mean one bag: one, uno, un, wahiid. It also better fits in their size constraints (yes, they do check) otherwise it will be checked and you will pay for it. You will definitely learn how to pack like a pro when in Europe. Trains and buses also make for great traveling, but trains tend to be very expensive unless you sign up for a multi-pass deal. Just be sure to read the fine print, because some railroad package deals often have some strings attached. Buses are a great way to travel long distances within a country, but you often will have to look up the bus companies available within the specific country you are traveling in. You need to be prepared: bring a scarf. It makes a great pillow/barrier to lay your head on to sleep, and it also works to cover your nose if someone extremely smelly sits near you (this only happened once during a seven hour bus ride, and the man looked well put together, but WOW did he smell dis-

gusting). When looking for lodging, becomes your best friend. Hostels are designed for young people like ourselves to stay for an extremely affordable price. Yes, it can be communal lodging with strangers, but you also meet some fun people that way. Just plan ahead on what you will do with any valuables you have. I don’t recommend traveling with any valuables, but usually the hostel can hold things in their safe, or just keep anything valuable on your person at night so that it can’t be touched. This goes for when you are walking around during the day as well. If your valuables are on your person, either with a money belt or a strong, secure zipper and belt over the shoulder bag, you can keep better track of your passport, cash, and credit cards. Once travel plans and lodging are settled, the fun stuff begins! Look into tours, plan the sites you particularly want to see, and just get out there and explore a whole new world!

of the iceberg. The Wombats plan to come up with a decent pile of songs before deciding what will go on the album, and they are willing to take as much time as needed on this release, “If that’s what it takes.” Overland-Knudsen said he hopes that the album will be out in the fall of 2013. October of next year will be the band’s 10 year anniversary. “That might be a bit wishful thinking,” Overland-Knudsen said. “I’m not sure if it’s going to come out that quick. But, ideally, that will be amazing.” The Wombats are touring America this year, and OverlandKnudsen said they enjoy coming stateside. The venues get smaller around here, but the band likes getting an opportunity to play gigs that are up close and personal with fans. “Being back to the smaller rooms where you can actually


see people, you get a different interaction with the crowd,” Overland-Knudsen said. “And we’ve enjoyed that side of it, it’s more carefree, less pressure.” The Wombats had a pretty memorable experience their first time in Boston. In spite of the small crowd of only 30 people, they partook in crowd surfing, racing to the back of the room and back to the stage, all riding on the hands of their fans. “We had all three of us, and in the middle of a song I had, like, four people helping bring me (back up on stage),” OverlandKnudsen said. “Murph (singer/ guitarist Matt Murphy) had four, Dan (drummer Dan Haggis) had four, and then we had a race to the back of the venue and back to the stage.” You can catch The Wombats at The Middle East in Cambridge, Mass., Tuesday, April 24.




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Happy Carrot Media and Target came together to host the Spring Recess on Scott Hall lawn Thursday. The event feautred free food, games and entertainment. Hosts of the event also raffled off a pair of Red Sox tickets.

LORAIN, Ohio - Mitt Romney on Thursday visited a factory shuttered when George W. Bush was in the White House, and said its lingering idleness marks a failure of President Barack Obama’s economic policies. “Had the president’s policies worked it, would be open again,” the Republican presidential contender told a small audience seated in the cavernous space. Obama visited the factory - then open during his 2008 campaign for the White House, and Romney’s aides chose the site specifically for its presumed political advantage. The gamesmanship underscored a central feature of the 2012 campaign, in which Romney hopes voters will turn Obama out of office because of high unemployment and other economic difficulties, while the president seeks credit for the recovery that has cut joblessness nationally as well as in Ohio and other states in the industrial Midwest. The day’s events also reaffirmed Ohio’s central importance in the White House campaign. No Republican has ever been elected president without winning the state, and both candidates are expected to pour campaign resources in through Election Day. Romney said little or nothing he hasn’t said before, reflecting his campaign’s view that the site was as important as his spoken message. The continued idleness of the

National Gypsum Co. facility “underscores the failure of the president’s policies to get this country working today,” the former Massachusetts governor said. He noted that Obama had campaigned in Ohio on Wednesday, and said, “if you want to know where his vision leads, open your eyes. Because we’ve been living it for the last four years.” Romney said Obama would “like to be able to run on his words. But we have to make sure he cannot run away from his record.” Romney’s campaign also took the unusual step of distributing excerpts of Obama’s speech at the site in 2008. Obama’s appearance back then came in the midst of his struggle with Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary in Ohio. At the time, he was eager to make the case that she had been a supporter of the North American Free Trade Agreement, a pact generally opposed by bluecollar workers in the state. “Now, if we’re honest with ourselves, we’ll acknowledge that we can’t stop globalization in its tracks and that some of these jobs aren’t coming back. But what I refuse to accept is that we have to stand idly by while workers watch their jobs get shipped overseas,” Obama said at the time, according to the excerpts distributed by Romney’s campaign. “We need a president who’s working as hard for you as you’re working for your families. And that’s the kind of president I intend to be,” Obama said then.


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NH police shooter, girlfriend sold drugs By BRIDGET MURPHY ASSOCIATED PRESS

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. - Donna Tibbetts spent the day before her daughter’s memorial angry at the child she had dearly loved for getting mixed up with drug dealing. Court records unsealed Tuesday showed that police were seeking Brittany Tibbetts’ arrest when they went to what turned into a deadly raid at her boyfriend’s home last week. Authorities said Cullen Mutrie, 29, killed Greenland Police Chief Michael Maloney and injured four drug task force officers as they tried to enter his home. Then he turned a gun on Tibbetts and himself. “This is not how she was brought up,” Donna Tibbetts told The Associated Press in a phone interview. “... I feel like she just got led down the wrong path with someone she just couldn’t let go ... For her to be involved in something like this, it breaks my heart.” The court records showed that police believed both Mutrie and Tibbetts were involved in selling more than 500 prescription pills every few days from his home. They had a separate warrant for Tibbetts’ arrest. Documents also revealed that police previously arranged for an informant to buy drugs at the home, and that person made the deal with Tibbetts. Authorities found their bodies in the house after a tense standoff. Tibbetts, a 26-year-old cosmetologist and former high school softball standout, had a gunshot wound to her head. Donna Tibbetts, a school system cook in Maine, said her daughter had been living with Mutrie until they split about three weeks ago.

NH Briefs Dartmouth College nabs interim president HANOVER - Dartmouth College has selected an interim president, now that Jim Yong Kim has been chosen to be the next president of the World Bank. The board of trustees approved Provost Carol Folt as interim president, effective July 1. Kim will remain president until June 30. Folt is Dartmouth’s chief academic officer and second-highest ranking college officer. She became provost in 2009. Folt has been in charge of a faculty-led academic strategic planning process. She joined the Dartmouth faculty in 1983, teaching biology. She also has served as dean of graduate studies and dean of faculty. Kim, a surprise nominee of President Barack Obama, was selected Monday in a vote by the World Bank’s 25-member executive board. He’ll succeed Robert Zoellick, who’s stepping down after a five-year term.

But her daughter went back to check on him when he became upset about losing a ring that had belonged to his late father. The woman said she last talked to her daughter the day after Easter, when Brittany Tibbetts had celebrated the holiday with her family and given haircuts to her grandparents. Tibbetts said her daughter told her she’d had a good interview at a salon that day and hoped to get the job.

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got led down the wrong path with someone she just couldn’t let go ... For her to be involved in something like this, it breaks my heart.”

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Shooting victim’s mother The mother said she wished police had arrested her daughter in public, before showing up to raid Mutrie’s residence. Police returned her daughter’s mini-Pinscher, Diesel, to the family after finding him with her daughter’s body in the home’s basement. The dog now wears a new collar that reads, “Mama loves you always.” While Brittany Tibbetts’ funeral was a private memorial on Wednesday at her family’s home, signs along a busy New Hampshire road on Tuesday warned motorists to expect delays in the area because

services for Maloney are expected to draw thousands. The police chief’s wake was held Wednesday and his memorial service was at noon Thursday at Winnacunnet High School athletic field in Hampton. Two of the other four officers that authorities said Mutrie shot are still hospitalized, but are expected to survive. The chief died just days before his retirement, after telling selectmen at a meeting last week that he had one final item to clear up. Police had been investigating Mutrie since at least 2010. Officers who went to his house to confiscate guns after a domestic violence arrest found anabolic steroids. Neighbors also had complained about Mutrie and their suspicions about drug activity at his home, according to court records. Neighbors told police in February 2011 that they heard him yell into his phone, “How much an ounce?” Earlier this year, an informant told police that Mutrie and Tibbetts were dealing oxycodone out of the home, more than 500 pills every few days. An undercover detective brought the informant to the house and the informant reported buying 10 pills from Tibbetts. Officers conducting surveillance over the next few months reported seeing cars at the house that belonged to people with drug arrest records. The new court records emerged Tuesday, after Associate Attorney General Jane Young asked a judge to unseal a warrant that allowed officers on a drug task force to search Mutrie’s home. Authorities blacked out one paragraph of the related affidavit, citing an ongoing investigation.

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NH Briefs Senate votes to study online driving issue CONCORD - New Hampshire’s Senate has voted to study whether to allow teen drivers to take online driver education courses instead of attending driving school to get their driver’s licenses. The Senate voted 17-7 Wednesday against letting teens under age 18 complete online courses and getting a total of 60 hours of supervised behind-thewheel training to get the licenses.


Parents would have had to provide 20 of the 60 hours of training in the vehicle. Parents also would have had to complete an online course. Teens who failed their written or road test and wanted to try again before turning 18 would have had to pass a driving school course. Supporters said the online course is less expensive than driving school, but opponents wanted its safety risks studied.

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States asked to apply for unemployment plan Campaign commercials By JIM KUHNHENN Associated Press

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is looking for states that will experiment with unemployment insurance programs by letting people test a job while still receiving benefits. The plan is a key feature of a payroll tax cut package that President Barack Obama negotiated with congressional Republicans in February. The Labor Department will open the application process Thursday for 10 model projects across the country. Any state can apply for the “Bridge to Work” program. The plan is modeled after a Georgia program called “Georgia Works.” Under the plan, workers who have lost jobs can be placed in other temporary jobs as trainees for short periods to retain their skills or gain new ones while receiving jobless assistance. About a third of the time, those workers wind up getting hired full-time. A number of states are com-

bining unemployment benefits with on-the-job training, including North Carolina, New Hampshire, Utah and Missouri.

Under the plan, workers who have lost jobs can be placed in other temporary jobs as trainees for short periods to retain their skills or gain new ones. A senior administration official said those states would be eligible to apply for the federal demonstration project. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to describe the program before an administration announcement. States that are chosen could get waivers from the federal government allowing them to tap their

unemployment insurance accounts to pay for such costs as transportation for workers in temporary jobs. The program has had mixed results in some states that have their own programs. Administration officials said they hope the waivers and assistance offered by the federal demonstration projects could help rectify any problems that have emerged. Supporters of the programs say it helps workers retain or learn new skills and add new job references to their resumes. The plan passed with support from leading Republicans, including House Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. It also is designed to answer critics of unemployment benefits who say the aid discourages some people from aggressively seeking work.

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give hint of ad war to come By BETH FOUHY Associated Press

NEW YORK - Get ready. The presidential ad campaign coming to a TV and radio near you is going to be nasty, expensive and heavily influenced by independent groups, particularly those that favor Republican Mitt Romney over Democrat Barack Obama. Commercials airing in a handful of states offer a preview of what’s to come. “Mitt Romney stood with big oil, for their tax breaks,” Obama’s campaign says in an ad already running in six general election battleground states. “No matter how Obama spins it, gas costs too much. Tell Obama, stop blaming others,” the Republican-leaning group Crossroads GPS says in its latest ad, also airing in swing states. The scorching ads that helped define the GOP nominating contest have yielded to the early stages of what will be an epic air battle between Romney and Obama as they scramble to define in the most unflattering terms and bring each other down. The emergence of outside groups known as super PACs is all but certain to ratchet up the negativity, adding a level of slash-and-burn rhetoric to the campaign that the candidates themselves might seek to avoid. “The 2012 Republican primary was by far the most negative we’ve seen and my expectation will be that the 2012 general election will be one of the most negative in history,” said William Benoit, who studies campaign advertising at Ohio University. “The super PAC ads will make it even more so.” Super PACs were borne from a 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision easing campaign finance restrictions on corporations and wealthy people. Republican-leaning groups were very active in the 2010 contest, helping to wrest the House from Democratic control and picking up six Republican Senate seats. The proliferation of super PACs and expected closeness of the Obama-Romney contest guarantee a TV ad rivalry much different than what voters saw in 2008, when Obama’s campaign opted out of public financing and the state by state spending limits such financing requires. That decision allowed Obama to bury Republican Sen. John McCain beneath some $244 million worth of ads - roughly a 4-to-1 spending advantage for Obama. This cycle, that figure is likely to be swamped by spending by American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS alone. The sister groups, both tied to President George W. Bush’s longtime political director Karl Rove, and largely financed by a handful of wealthy businessmen, have announced plans to pour as much as $300 million into attack ads against Obama and other Democrats. Romney turned down public financing for the primary campaign and is expected to do the same for the general election, as

is Obama. That clears the way for a full-fledged ad war between the two campaigns, amplified by ads from super PACs. The Obama campaign has already spent about $2 million on its ad this month in Iowa, Ohio, Colorado, Virginia, Florida and Nevada, according to several media buyers who provided information to The Associated Press. Crossroads isn’t far behind, having spent $1.8 million on its ad in the six states. Crossroads’ spokesman, Jonathan Collegio, said the group’s current role is in part to fill the gap for Romney’s campaign as it raises the money it needs for the campaign against Obama. Collegio said the months between the primaries and the political conventions is a critical period where an outside group can provide “air cover” while a candidate regroups. Romney’s campaign spent $18.1 on ads during the primary campaign but has gone dark since rival Rick Santorum suspended his campaign last week. Records show the campaign has not yet bought any television time to begin running ads again. Restore Our Future, a proRomney super PAC founded by a team of his former aides, will have a significant role in the general election. It was by far the most influential player in the Republican nominating contest, responsible for $36 million of the $100 million total that was spent on ads, according to the Smart Media Group, which tracks campaign spending. Carl Forti, a founder of Restore Our Future and its spokesman, predicted that as many as 20 Republican-leaning super PACs would seek to oust Obama and would work together to figure out how to gain maximum traction from their ads. “The outside groups are at our best when we do coordinate,” said Forti, who was the political director for Romney’s failed 2008 presidential bid and has been a Crossroads strategist since 2010. “We did so in the 2010 cycle and I expect and hope we will be able to coordinate again.” At least one super PAC backing Obama’s re-election has been on the air attacking Romney. Priorities USA Action, founded by two former Obama White House aides, went up with a new ad this week in Florida, Iowa, Ohio and Virginia depicting Romney as a heartless businessman who would cut benefits for the middle class to give tax cuts to the wealthy as president. “Mitt Romney. If he wins, we lose,” the ad says. Still, Priorities is spending just under $700,000 on the current ad buy, reflecting the group’s significant fundraising disadvantage compared to Republican-leaning groups. Priorities and its affiliated nonprofit group have raised just $10 million since last year, while American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS together have raised more than $100 million since 2010.


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Student organization Active Minds set out to bring awareness to the reality of suicide amongst college students during a day-long demonstration Wednesday. (Above) Students set up 1,100 empty chairs on T-Hall lawn to represent the college students lost to suicide each year. In the evening, students came together to tell stories of suicides and light luminaries in memory of friends and family. The event was meant to break the stigma of depression and suicide, and to ask those in need to seek help.

Vt. wins federal change on Guard disaster aid By DAVE GRAM Associated Press

MONTPELIER, Vt. - In the weeks after Tropical Storm Irene caused widespread flooding in Vermont, the role of the National Guard changed from getting emergency food and medical supplies to cutoff towns to helping state transportation crews rebuild roads into those towns. On Wednesday, nearly eight months after the storm, Gov. Peter Shumlin and other officials announced they’d been told of a change in federal policy that’s likely to be seen as good news by state emergency responders around the country: The Federal Highway Administration says it will reimburse state National Guard units when they pitch in to do emergency road repair work. “National Guard troops were vital to Vermont’s recovery effort, saving lives and property in the hardest-hit areas, and helping with

road and bridge repair,” Shumlin said. With the FHWA agreement that it will pay $4 million to reimburse the Guard’s road work, that much will be freed up for the state to use elsewhere in ongoing efforts to rebuild from the storm, Shumlin said. The FHWA decision is a reversal from an earlier ruling that money would not be available to reimburse the state for payments to the National Guard. Guard units from Vermont and other states, including Maine and New Hampshire, were active in Vermont after the storm in a variety of recovery activities. Vermont’s Agency of Transportation, which led efforts to rebuild hundreds of washed-out road sections and bridges, got reimbursed under the FHWA’s emergency relief program. But when the state asked for additional funds to pay the National Guard for help with construction projects, that re-

quest was denied. Vermont Assistant Attorney General Daniel Dutcher told the FHWA in a memo that refusing to pay for the Guard’s help on postdisaster construction projects was “bad policy” that might leave states reluctant to deploy Guard troops for emergency repairs. “As a result, work could be delayed, which could compromise public safety and infrastructure and increase expenses in the long run,” he wrote. The new policy will allow payment for National Guard work under certain conditions, which Vermont officials said the state meets. The Guard work must be done under the direction of an entity otherwise eligible for emergency relief funding, like the Vermont Agency of Transportation. The work must not get other federal funding, and construction work must be reported separately from other Guard services like rescue operations.

A Senate committee has voted recommending studying whether to let New Hampshire communities put up to a one-year moratorium on allowing refugees to settle in. Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas has pushed for the moratorium due to the demands for services on his city. But the Senate Public and Municipal Affairs Committee voted 3-1 Tuesday to recommend that the Senate vote for more study, effectively killing the bill.

Committee Chairman Jack Barnes said the groups that handle resettling the refugees aren’t communicating well with Gatsas, but Barnes supported the study motion. A moratorium would cost the state $2.5 million in federal grants for support services and would not stop refugees from settling in a different state and moving to New Hampshire where they would receive no federal assistance.

Senate weighing decriminalizing marijuana Possessing under one-half ounce of marijuana would in some cases be punishable by a fine in New Hampshire under a bill before a Senate committee. The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing Thursday on the House-passed bill.

A first offense would be a violation punishable by a $250 fine. The second would be $500. Subsequent offenses would be misdemeanors subject to a year of jail time and a $1,000 fine. Offenders under 21 could also be ordered to take a drug awareness program.

Senate considers cutting USNH chancellor’s funding A Senate committee is considering whether to support a House bill that would dissolve the chancellor’s office at the University System of New Hampshire. The House voted last month to shift the responsibilities to the college presidents. The Senate Finance Committee is holding a hearing Thursday on the proposal.

Bill supporters argue the office of about 70 employees is an unnecessary. They say it would put $15 to $20 million back into the system to be used for things like lowering tuition rates. But opponents say it could harm the system and lead to services being duplicated.


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n article on the front page of this newspaper, titled “Audience heated at possible land use,” details the worries of those who attended the campus master plan forums this past Tuesday. Equine students, in particular, are concerned that their program could be relocated, and the west edge of campus commercially developed. The fact is, this possibility should be a concern for all students at the university. UNH touts itself as a research university that has the atmosphere of a New England liberal arts college. And even as it has grown over the years, the university has retained that image. But the proposed changes would forever alter the landscape of the university. If this commercial development remains a part of the master plan, UNH risks losing more than the equine and dairy programs. It risks losing its identity. Approximately 35 acres near the dairy farm on the west edge of campus would be considered for development under the current master plan. Possibly replacing these agricultural fields would be retail stores and

other commercial developments. The development of this land would run counter to current Durham zoning regulations. The west edge of campus would go from open farmland to concrete and strip malls. Even if this development does not directly displace the equine or dairy programs, it would affect them negatively. As multiple students at the forum pointed out, retail stores and stables could never coexist next to each other. Another option would be relocating the equine program. That would mean a move west, closer to Route 4 and further from center of the university. Douglas C. Bencks, university architect and director of campus planning, pointed out that the possible relocation of the equine program was in the original master plan in 2004. But the program has tripled in size over the past eight years. A move down Main Street would be a step backward for the equine program. The development of these agricultural fields would also be an affront to the history of the university. UNH began in 1866 as an

agricultural college in Hanover, N.H. It moved to Durham in 1893. A farmer named Benjamin Thompson, the namesake of the Thompson Hall, gave both land and money for the further development of the college. The university has obviously expanded since. But virtually every building that UNH has raised around Durham has been for student use, whether it’s a dining hall, a dormitory, a research facility or otherwise. Now, the university is considering selling its soul, the farmland it was founded upon, as it deals with the financial burden of heavy budget cuts. President Mark Huddleston and other administrative figures have talked of finding alternative revenue streams. It’s natural that they explore all options in their quest to keep UNH as affordable as possible. But the development of retail stores on land that supports university programs should not be considered any further. UNH risks losing its equine facilities, its dairy farm and its image as a New England liberal arts college in the development of its agricultural lands.

From the editor’s desk: On a day meant for celebration, immaturity reigns


econds after being named the new leader of undergraduate students in the small office of student senate, Rob Wilson and newly-elected student body vice president Dylan Palmer walked out of the office they’ll spend so much time in next year. The pair took a right out of the senate office, then a left at the vending machines and another left into the Diversity Support Coalition office where they locked the door behind them. As they departed, they left behind a group of student senators standing quietly in their office. It was an odd sight – the new leader turning and walking away from the people he’s going to be working with, walking from the room he’s going to be working in, leaving it all behind on a day designated for celebration and excitement for the year ahead. The move was slightly alarming, but, by itself, not cause for second thought. Then, as members of The New Hampshire, including myself found him and asked him to comment on becoming the new leader of undergraduate students, he declined. I asked him why and he said he wouldn’t comment to the student

newspaper because it didn’t endorse him. The paper didn’t feel he was the best candidate, we explained. As the day continued, it became clear – he still is not the best option for student body president. We continued to explain that we remain the best way for him to reach students. He abstained. Wilson then said he was upset that a correction he requested did not make the paper’s Monday issue. That is false. It ran on page two with one other correction, I explained. Finally, after spotting a reporter from TNH that he recognized, he agreed to give her an interview if everyone else left the room. Fine. While the move was immature and may say something about Wilson’s leadership abilities, we’ll respect his decision if he doesn’t want to talk with the media in the future – even if it’s the wrong move for student senate. But what was especially noteworthy from my short conversation with Wilson was his continued exaggeration and illusion of what he had accomplished at student senate. He still maintains that he has more experience than his counterparts, which is true if you don’t discount the semesters and meetings that he

did not participate in. As 2010-2011 president Richard Peyser said of Wilson one year ago in this newspaper, “Wilson seemingly held his participation in the billiards club to be more pressing than representing his constituents; he frequently left and failed to show up at student senate meetings to attend his billiards club. That, however, is not the core concern I have. I take great offense to his statement that he has been working on medical amnesty since ‘it’s inception,’ when in fact he has not contributed to that pilot program in any capacity whatsoever.” At this point, there is little the university can do. Undergrads voted and Wilson won the election-turnedpopularity-contest. We can only hope that Wilson understands his role and attends meetings. We can only hope he loses his childish behavior toward the media. We can only hope his policies become realistic. And if that doesn’t happen, well, that’s when we can be grateful that the student body president doesn’t have much power anyway. Chad Graff Managing Editor

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Chalk drama at UNH

often find it necessary on this campus to step back and engage in a form of self-criticism in order to keep myself intellectually honest. I realize that I am a conservative attending a state university in the Northeast. Furthermore, I know that there are features of an American university campus which endlessly irritate me, but which would fail to faze the average college student. Finally, I think it is important to ensure that I am critiquing my adversaries on campus, rather than simply caricaturing them as is so often done to those on the right by those on the left. Despite this, I am often faced with events on this campus which have a tendency to come off as a mocking misrepresentation when recounted in conversation or in print. Such is the case of the recent tiff between the UNH College Democrats and the Young Americans for Liberty. To properly comprehend this story, I think a little background is needed. The UNH College Democrats is your typical political student organization. Weekly meeting attendance averages around two dozen and a core of about five members is responsible for administering the group. Their regular activities include tabling, volunteering on local and state campaigns, and facilitating small campus events. The Young Americans for Liberty at UNH, YAL for short, began as an independent libertarian student group following Congressman Ron Paul’s initial run for the presidency in the 2008 Republican primaries. Later, the group became a recognized chapter of Young Americans for Liberty, a national student organization seeking to “recruit, train, educate, and mobilize students on the ideals of liberty and the Constitution.” UNH’s chapter was recently recognized as the strongest YAL organization in the Northeast. The group’s activities include weekly discussions, the distribution of literature (mostly copies of the Constitution), and the facilitation of guest speakers. And now for the story: two weeks ago, the UNH College Democrats decided to advertise their meetings via chalk in an effort to

From the Right Nick Mignanelli recruit new members. These chalk advertisements included relatively well-drawn Obama emblems above messages which read “Join College Democrats”, “@UNHDems,” and “#freedom.” One of YAL’s leaders—who found the association of the Obama presidency with the concept of freedom amusing—took a picture of one of these advertisements and posted it on Facebook with the caption, “lol UNH College Dems #freedomfail.” Later that day—in a totally unrelated incident carried out by individuals acting independently of YAL—these chalk advertisements were “defaced.” By “defaced,” I mean that phrases like “war,” “I love war,” and “I love the NDAA” (the National Defense Authorization Act, a law that allows for the indefinite detention of citizens on the grounds of suspected terrorist activity) were drawn alongside the chalk advertisements left by the College Democrats. I am told that upon seeing this, at least one of the group’s officers was “very upset,” “on the verge of tears,” and naturally, looking for someone to blame. When the YAL leader’s earlier Facebook post was brought to this officer’s attention, said officer jumped to the conclusion that YAL had institutionally and systematically “defaced” all of the College Democrats’ chalk advertisements. In view of this, one has to conclude that it might be wise for the College Democrats to reflect upon their sense of self-importance. After all, it takes audacity to conclude that YAL has nothing better to do than to vandalize one’s chalk drawings. Since concluding this faux investigation and identifying a scapegoat, it is rumored, and by rumored I mean well-known, that the

College Democrats have brought this fabricated story to the administration’s attention. Additionally, I have heard that the group intends to submit a bias incident report on the matter. While I have never been a great fan of “bias”—or any other speech code for that matter—I have always been under the impression that “bias” refers exclusively to “hate speech” committed on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, disability, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity. In light of recent developments, it seems as though the term has now been expanded to include any speech that liberals become indignant about. Oh well, College Democrats will be College Democrats. The only thing that bothers me about all this is the hypocrisy. In late October of 2010, in the days preceding the November election, I called the UNH Police and had the College Democrats removed from SERC B for soliciting without a permit. This activity, which the College Democrats were partaking in as a group, was in clear violation of university policy. The College Democrats probably assumed that this policy was intended for, you know, religious nuts, door-to-door Bible salesmen attempting to convert students to the “opiate of the masses.” Surely, such policies were not intended for a liberal student group attempting to convince their fellow students to vote in a town that they do not live in for candidates they have not researched. And yet, it was. The College Democrats, as an organization, made the decision to break university policy and solicit inside residence halls without a permit. In case there is any confusion, please note that this is far more serious than chalking around another organization’s chalk advertisements. And yet, the College Democrats insist on indicting YAL on a jurisprudence of lies. You can’t make this stuff up.


Nick Mignanelli is a junior political science major and TNH’s resident conservative contrarian. He is the communications director of the NH College Republicans. Follow him on Twitter @nickmignanelli

n Letter to the editor The legacy of UNH’s Bob Pettigrew Like many others in the UNH community, I’ve spent the last few weeks mourning the loss of Bob Pettigrew, a good friend and mentor. But in our sadness, it’s important we take a moment to define and secure Bob’s legacy. Bob’s greatest gift to the university was his consistent, unwavering support of student empowerment. He was a firm believer that student freedom and responsibility should be a central tenet throughout the university - not just the areas in which he worked. Bob believed that by empowering students to create, collaborate, succeed and fail, the

university is better. Empowerment creates better programs, organizations and leaders. Even the failures, mistakes and trying times that naturally come from students’ attempts at complicated projects were embraced by Bob since frequent challenges are as instructive as successes. That’s not to say Bob was hands-off. He was an influential guiding voice, providing fantastic advice for navigating the myriad of stakeholders in a university many students only had a few years to discern. His council was not only reasoned and considerate but frequently sought after by the young and impassioned people for whom he cared so much. Bob’s relentless studentadvocacy personally changed me as well. The experience I gained working with Bob on SAFC and

student senate definitely impacted my ability and desire to start my own music-tech company. The direct contacts I had with promoters, managers and artists from our work on SCOPE is unmatched at nearly any other university in the U.S. Bob fought hard during my tenure and afterward to preserve the autonomy that facilitated these direct relationships between students and the outside world. Bob was a big part of the unique and powerful culture at UNH. By continuing the system of student empowerment that Bob so strongly advocated for, we cannot only preserve a unique aspect of our university but honor an amazing member of our community. Thank you, Bob. We will miss you. Edward Aten ‘03

Friday, April 20, 2012


Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Thumbs up to less than a month until finals. Thumbs down to having to spend the remainder of that time studying for said finals. Thumbs up to being able to study for all those finals in the sun on the T-Hall lawn. Thumbs down to knowing the nice weather won’t last long, again. Thumbs up to actually learning something of value in a GenEd.

Thumbs down to late night fire alarms. Classic Stoke. Thumbs up to free flavorices. Thumbs down to always being broke by the end of the semester.

Student body elections: the best write-in candidates Barack Obama He may have some more pressing issues to deal with right now. Chuck Norris Real original. The NewHampshirite Perhaps, but sadly, he’s a senior. And, according to his tweets, he drinks far too much to lead a university. Rick Santorum He might be a bit conservative for this university. Ash Ketchum With Pikachu as his running mate? CatDog But which one would take the hit and just be VP?

Tupac Shakur That hologram at Coachella was pretty life-like... Turd Ferguson And Sean Connery as VP? Suck it, Trebek! Dustin Pedroia I’m sure he’d welcome a change of scenery considering the Red Sox’ poor start. The Pillsbury Dough Boy He’s too soft to handle the mean streets of UNH. Abraham Lincoln Top hats would be all the rage around campus. Tim Tebow Maybe his divine powers could fix all of UNH’s financial problems?



Friday, April 20, 2012


Four new ‘Cats set to join program STAFF REPORT

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continued from page 20 Cohen rolled behind the net to the right post to pull the ‘Cats within 2-1 at 23:24, then Simpson drove the right side of the fan and finished Hinkle’s feed to level the score at 22:27. Keagins’ first goal of the game on a charge through the middle of the fan gave UNH a lead it would not relinquish, 3-2, at 21:01. New Hampshire potted a fourth consecutive goal to extend the lead to 4-2 at 19:26 when Keagins one-timed Simpson’s pass from behind the net into a goal. Kacie Johnson curled behind the net to the right post and placed a shot high into the upper-near corner to lift Columbia within 4-3 at 17:55.

Sports Briefs Letourneau, A.E. Performer of the Week After a strong performance over the weekend, graduate student Allison Letourneau of the University of New Hampshire women’s track & field team was named the America East Track Performer of the Week, announced by the league Tuesday afternoon. Letourneau ran to a first-place finish in a field of 24 in the 800 meters at the Wildcat Invitational. She crossed the finish line in an ECAC-qualifying time of 2:10.68, marking the second-fastest time in school history. Letourneau’s time also ranks first by more than three seconds in the conference this season. The Nova Scotia native is coming off an impressive indoor campaign as she placed second in the mile at the America East Championships and also set a pair of school records in both the 1,000 meters (2:48.16) and the mile (4:42.47). Letourneau kicked off the outdoor season with a 17th-place finish in the 5,000 meters at the Raleigh Relays. This marks the fourth weekly conference award for a member of the UNH women’s outdoor track & field team this season. Senior Sydney Fitzpatrick also captured track performer of the week accolades, while senior Laura Stern and junior Rosemary Read earned field performer of the week awards.

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Robin Balducci, the 21-year head coach of the University of New Hampshire field hockey team, announced Tuesday that four incoming students enrolled at UNH for the Fall 2012 semester will join the Wildcats’ field hockey program. This quartet complements the five students who committed to New Hampshire by signing a National Letter of Intent in February 2012. Lauren Gardner, Molly Heaney, Cari Posternak and Taylor Rideout are the Wildcat newcomers. Gardner was a standout goalkeeper at Parkland High School, where she was an All-State Academic Team selection as a senior in 2012 and led the Trojans to second place in the district championship as a junior. Gardner helped backbone her X-Calibur club team to the NIT Pool-A title this past year after a runner-up finish in 2011. Her team also placed second at the 2009 Keystone State Games’ Scholastic Division District Championship. Heaney starred as a back for the Exeter High School field hockey team. She was named the New Hampshire Division I Player of the Year, All-State First Team, Union Leader Player of the Year and was selected to the Twin State team as a senior in 2011. Heaney was also an All-State First Team selection in 2009 and 2010 and earned All-State Second Team honors as a freshman in 2008. She is also a Cape Cod Challenge All-Star Team member. Posternak will remain a Wildcat, as she lettered for the York High School Wildcats and led the field hockey team to the Western Maine Class B championship and was an All-State selection in 2010 and 2011. The forward recorded 20 goals and 18 assists as a senior to become the second-leading scorer in York history. Posternak tallied 18 goals and 18 assists as a junior, as well as 16 goals and 17 assists in her sophomore season. Posternak also played for the Seacoast United club team,

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Hayley Rausch (above) and the women’s field hockey team won the America East Championship last season. They hope to build on that success next season with four incoming athletes. which went 6-0 at the Field Hockey School Festival in Arizona this past year. She also competed with New England Hockey Mates, which had a 5-1 record a the most recent Disney Showcase. Rideout was a 2011 NFHCA All-America Third Team selection as a forward/midfielder at Barrington High School. She also garnered All-State First Team, All-Division and All-Tournament honors as a senior captain, when she led the field hockey team to the RIIL Division 1A division and state championships. Rideout has competed at the USFHA Futures program from the 2008-12 seasons – including Futures Championship, Futures Elite and National Hockey Festival – and has also played for the Lead the Way field hockey club for six years

(2007-12) and was an AAU Junior Olympics participant in 2008-09. Rideout led Barrington to the Division 1A championship in 2009 and 2010, as well as a runner-up finish in the ’10 state tourney. Her other schoolgirl accolades include NFHCA All-Region Team, All-State First Team and RI Field Hockey Coaches Association AllDivision Team in 2010. These incoming student-athletes join a UNH field hockey program that won the 2011 America East regular-season and tournament titles en route to advancing to the NCAA Championship. That squad tied the school benchmark for wins in a season established by the 1986 national runner-up team and broke the single-season records for goals (78), assists (61) and points (217).

Cohen, from behind the net, found Casiano alone at the left post and she quickly deposited a shot into the open cage to reestablish a two-goal lead, 5-3, at 16:21. Utilizing a screen by Puccia on the left wing, Keagins cut to the middle of the fan and rifled a shot inside the right post for her third goal of the game and 125th career point to give the ‘Cats a 6-3 lead at 11:37. The Lions called time out, but Casiano deposited a low shot off a free position from the top of the 8-meter arc into the goal for a 7-3 advantage at 10:17. Puccia set up the next two tallies to extend the margin to six goals. From 15 meters off the right post, Puccia slipped a pass low to Nock, who turned and fired a shot into the upper-right corner at 3:56.

Then deep on the left side, Puccia found Cohen curling from behind the net to the left post for her second goal of the game at 1:29. Columbia opened the secondhalf scoring on a Katie Angulo goal at 22:14 to close within 9-4, but free-position goals by Puccia (at 20:36) and Nock (17:07) gave the Wildcats an 11-4 lead. Cuscovitch responded with a goal 25 seconds later and Angulo struck at 15:37 to trim the Lions’ deficit to 11-6. On a free position from the right side, Keagins raced to the middle and fired a shot back inside the right post to make it a six-goal game, 12-6, at 12:47. Cuscovitch and Angulo scored 23 seconds apart – at 9:15 and 8:52, respectively – to pull the home squad within four goals, the closest

The University of New Hampshire women’s volleyball team has a full slate of activities planned for Saturday, April 21. The day will include matches against both the UNH men’s club team and the alumni team, and will wrap up with the annual end-of-year banquet. The day begins with the team facing off against the UNH men’s club team at 11 a.m. before a match against the alumni team at 1 p.m. The alumni team will feature current seniors Amy Keding, Lauren Laquerre and Jessy Dick, while both matches will be held at Lundholm Gymnasium. The day will conclude with the annual awards banquet at 4 p.m. The banquet is held annually to honor the accomplishments of its three-player senior class and other award recipients.

Cheerleading takes third at Championship The University of New Hampshire All-Girl cheer team finished in third place overall by a slim margin in the 2012 NCA Collegiate Cheer Championship Finals. The ‘Cats defeated former two-time defending national champion, Kennesaw State University, but, fell short of the championship title, awarded to the University of Texas at San Antonio with a score of 9.500. UNH finished in third place on day one of the competition after discrepancies in the team’s score were resolved. “We have faced a great deal of adversity this year and having to appeal to the NCA in order to be scored properly for our performances was another item to add to that list. While I do not feel our finals score reflects the true degree of difficulty of our routine and the quality of our performance, I understand that we compete in a sport that lies in the hands of a judging panel,” Head Coach Jackie Briggs said. “I am proud of this team and know that in my last season as the head coach, they performed to the best of their ability and represented the University of New Hampshire with poise and pride. I am so impressed with these young women and all they have accomplished.” Briggs will step down from her coaching role at UNH after serving as the head coach for two seasons and the program’s assistant since 2008. She is also a former Wildcat cheerleader and UNH grad. CU had been since 7-3 in the latter part of the first half. CU won the ensuing draw control and recorded two shots off target before UNH’s Doyle caused a turnover and corralled the ground ball at 5:46. UNH called a timeout. Following two extended scoreless possessions, the Wildcats struck again at 2:01 when Hinkle set up Puccia. Keagins potted a man-up goal with two seconds remaining to close the scoring. UNH finished with a 23-16 edge in ground balls. Columbia had the edge in shots (22-19), draw controls (18-6) and turnovers (1012). New Hampshire returns to action April 21 against UMBC for its last home game of the season. The Senior Day game begins at 12 p.m.

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Amber Casiano (above) had two goals in Wednesday’s 14-8 win over Columbia University.

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After a disappointing regular season performance, coupled with a devastating overtime loss to BU in the Hockey East quarterfinals, captain Connor Hardowa looks to turn the page and build on the team’s youth heading into the 2012-13 season.


CONTINUED FROM PAGE 16 tournament as well as last season’s team, which was one of the worst for the Wildcats in recent memory. He had a solid impact on each of those teams as well, including last season when he compiled 14 points on five goals and nine assists over the span of 32 games. He was also third on the team with 37 over the course of the season. As a freshman during the 2009-10 season, he had two points – both of which were assists – and was able to contribute 12 blocks in 29 games with a team that lost in the NCAA East Regional final. During the 2010-11 campaign Hardowa improved on those numbers, scoring a total of 10 points – three goals and seven assists – while ranking fourth on the team with 44 blocks. This was done while playing in all 39 of the Wildcats’ regular season games. Despite the team’s performance on the ice, Hardowa is extremely optimistic moving forward into next season. A large part of that has to do with the close bond the team formed over the course of this season, a bond


CONTINUED FROM PAGE 16 training and long practices paid off.” The championship was held over the course of two days, April 14 and 15. Jon Moss, head coach, said that they days were long, beginning at 7 a.m. and not ending until eight at night. “It was exhausting,” said Moss. Despite this, the team was upbeat and supportive of each other. “All the squads came together,” said Moss. “They really gelled together this weekend.” According to Peter Lawson, a sabre coach, the support of parents who attended the match was a huge factor in keeping the team going.

he hopes maintains moving into the next. “The team chemistry and everything, the atmosphere around in the locker room, was probably the best out of the three years I have been here,” Hardowa said. “There is a lot of respect for each other and there was no separation between the team. Really well bonded, a lot of cohesiveness. It did not really reflect how we played, when we were in the locker room together. We were always a team; we were never a bunch of individuals. It might not have shown on the wins and losses record, but it was definitely there in the locker room.” The end of the season, when the Wildcats lost in overtime to BU during its Hockey East quarterfinals series, was a better indicator of the level of play the team could reach last season. To Hardowa, it was during that three game series that the team was able to show the Hockey East and the rest of the NCAA just what type of team UNH really had. “It showed a lot of [the] character of our team. I think you can think about it [as] maybe bittersweet,” Hardowa said. “I mean obviously nobody wants to finish their season, especially against

BU and especially in overtime in the third game after we won the first one, but at the same time we showed a lot of character and we showed a lot of pride.” The captain also was thrilled to be able head into next season with Brett Kostolansky and Greg Burke as his alternate captains. It was clear that Hardowa held the duo to high esteem. “It was better to go up there with of my classmates, Brett and Greg,” Hardowa said. “In my eyes, they’re wearing C’s too.” Hardowa hopes to maintain the same level of play exhibited against BU, as well as the same sort of team chemistry, as the men’s hockey team shifts its focus on next season. The hard work that has provided him with this opportunity to be the team’s leader is something he hopes he will be able to instill into the squad. “Hard work is going to beat talent on any night. I think we showed that this year, that we may not have had the scoring we wanted we [showed we] had hard work every night,” Hardowa said. “Even though we were so close, I think next year if we keep up the same worth ethic and the same bond between everybody, then we are going to be successful next year.

“Lots of parents showed up,” Lawson said. “They brought food, support—it was exceptional.” The team is mostly comprised of underclassmen, with only six seniors. Moss said that most members have never fenced before coming to college, a rarity in college fencing. “The squads that didn’t get into the top eight fenced way above what they’re used to,” Moss said. “The biggest surprise was seeing how well the younger fencers handled the pressure this weekend,” Cordell said. “Tensions run high and often much is expected of these fencers during the team rounds. Nevertheless, all of them—from the A-strip starters to the squad alternates—poured their hearts and best efforts into the weekend.” For a team that is losing many

of its senior members, the tournament was a changing of the guard. “I competed with Jill Walden, Jill Dusseault, and Lauren Wells,” Cordell said. “This is the second year in a row women’s sabre has taken bronze at Nationals, both years the result of the determined efforts of the same four girls. It will be heart-breaking to leave.” The championship was held in Hartford, Connecticut. The previous year’s tournament was held in Chicago, and next year’s looks to be held at UCLA. “I am extremely proud of my teammates, coaches, and the UNH fencing program,” Ntapalis said. “It was great getting to work and train with all of them and finishing the year strong. Now we’re looking forward to next season.”

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he 2012 NFL schedule was announced this past Tuesday, and of course this writer’s eyes were all over the Patriots schedule. To my surprise, the Patriots are opening up the season in Tennessee against the Titans at 1 p.m. on Sunday, September 9. My early thoughts were that the Patriots opener would be a primetime game against a big name opponent like the Broncos, Jets, or Ravens. Each of those had multiple storylines because of the Patriots recent run at the Super Bowl, would, have had a big draw. Alas, the league thought differently and went in a different direction. The Patriots will play their home opener on Sun., Sept. 16 at 1 p.m. against the Arizona Cardinals. Following that game against the Cardinals will be two more road games at Baltimore (for Sunday Night Football) and the Buffalo Bills. Starting three out of four on the road is a tough draw for any team, but luckily the Patriots aren’t facing the stiffest competition. Weeks three and four look to be tough though, as Baltimore is always a challenge for the Patriots and the Bills built up defensive line could make life tough on the Patriots offense. October starts off with another Tom Brady-Peyton Manning duel, although this time Manning will be in a Bronco’s uniform. Several great storylines will litter the game, which should provide for a thrilling match-up. New England then travels to CenturyLink Field in Seattle, one of the toughest stadiums to play in. The Patriots then return home for their first game against the Jets, which is followed by a

trip across the pond to take on the St. Louis Rams in London for the second time in four years. Luckily, the Patriots will receive their bye week after the London game, squaring off against the Bills at home at 1 p.m. on November 11. The Colts will come to town one week later, presumably with Andrew Luck leading the offense. The big game for November is a primetime Thanksgiving showdown at New York against the Jets. The Pats then have 10 days to recover from their turkey dinners to fly down to Miami on Dec. 2 and take on the Dolphins for the first time of the season. The Pats then have back-to-back primetime showdowns at home against the Texans (Monday Night Football Dec. 10 at 8:30 p.m.) and the 49ers (Sunday Night Football Dec. 16 at 8:20 p.m.). After the homestretch, New England flies down to Jacksonville for their last away game of the season, before returning home to take on the Dolphins on December 30 at 1 p.m. for the final game of the season. The games that stick out to me are the Ravens game, the London game against the Rams, the Thanksgiving clash with the Jets, and the primetime back to backs with the Texans and 49ers. I think all four primetime matchups will provide a good challenge for this Pats team at different parts of the season, serving as good checkpoints for how the team is progressing. The London game is always special because not only does the team get to play internationally, but also it shows which teams are true teams and which are pretenders in such a different environment.



UNH track & field returns to action this Saturday in Princeton, N.J. where the Wildcas will look to maintain its strong outdoor performance eagainst 34 other teams.


For the fourteenth time in his career, basketball’s most stable coach, Larry Brown, was announced as a head coach. This time he’s off to Dallas to coach SMU.

Friday, April 20, 2012 FENCING

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After rough season, Hardowa looks toward the positives By ADAM J. BABINAT


UNH Fencing Club finished off a solid season in Hartford, Conn. over the weekend, finishing sixth overall against 33 other colleges. With a rather young team, hopes are high heading into next year.

UNH lights it up in Hartford Club fencing finishes sixth at national championship By CAITLIN ANDREWS CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The UNH Fencing team lit up the Connecticut Convention Center last weekend during the United States Association Collegiate Fencing Club’s National Championship, beating out 33 other colleges to place in sixth overall. The women’s squads placed in the higher ranks, with women’s foil taking fourth, épée 13th, and sabre third place. The men’s foil took 18th, the épée seventh, and the sabre 23rd.

Ariella Coombs pulled off an impressive sixth place in women’s individual foil, and Yang Tang placed ninth in men’s épée. “It was exciting,” Jacqueline Cordell, a senior and sabre captain, said. “We have always done well at the national competitions, and seeing the underclassmen perform so admirably is a positive reassurance that the team will continue to do well in the years to come.” Fencing is divided into three types of weapons: foil, sabre, and épée. Each weapon competes separately with different sets of rules,

and men and women compete separately. Further division is made for each school, as a squad of 3-5 people is assigned for each weapon. These squads are comprised of an A, B, and C fencer—with A being the most skilled—and a substitute, also known as an alternate. According to Andrew Ntapalis, épée captain, the biggest factors that contributed to the team’s success were their “training, discipline, and focus that we have been working on throughout the year. The intense FENCING continued on page 19


he sport of hockey has always been a part of junior defenseman Connor Hardowa’s life. For the Edmonton, Alberta native, a lot of that had to do with the support he received from his family growing up. “My dad always encouraged me, [was] always at the games. My mom was always there,” Hardowa said. “It was a part of my life ever since I’ve been able to put skates on, and it’s kind of been my dream to play college hockey. Now that I’m here, I’m just living my dream.” Hardowa’s dream only got better this past Saturday, when he was appointed team captain for this upcoming season at a team banquet. This is just another accomplishment that can be tacked onto Hardowa’s resume, however, as he has displayed on numerous occasions both his playing ability and his leadership skills. It all started in back to Hardowa’s days in the Alberta Junior Hockey League, when he played for the Spruce Grove Saints. While playing for the Saints, Hardowa led all defensemen in the AJHL in scoring, obtaining 63 points in 61 games on 20 goals and 43 assists in route to being named the league’s most outstanding defensemen and co-MVP.


Junior Connor Hardowa hopes to build on the positive from last season as team captain. What makes his time in the AJHL more significant, at least for the Wildcats, was Hardowa’s leadership ability. During his time with the Saints, Hardowa was a two-year captain and lead the team to a 2008-2009 regular season title. During his time with the Saints, Hardowa committed to UNH, having yet visited the campus. It was when he went to a game against BU that Hardowa knew he had made the right decision, describing the atmosphere in the arena as “amazing”. Since Hardowa’s arrival on campus in 2009, he has been a part HARDOWA continued on page 19


‘Cats losing skid ends against Columbia STAFF REPORT THE NEW HAMPSHIRE

Kate Keagins scored a seasonhigh five goals to propel the University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team to Wednesday night’s 14-8 victory against Columbia University in non-conference action at Robert K. Kraft Field. UNH scored on its first nine shots of the game en route to recording its third-highest goal output of the season to improve to 4-9

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overall. Columbia is now 2-11. Keagins extended her point streak to 18 games and goal streak to 16 with her five tallies. Laura Puccia led six other multiple-point Wildcats with two goals and two assists. Ilana Cohen tallied three points (2g, 1a) while Amber Casiano (2g), Rachael Nock (2g), Jenny Simpson (1g, 1a) and Kayleigh Hinkle (2a) all recorded two points. Taylor Hurwitz was credited with eight saves and a career-high six ground balls to earn her first career victory. Casey Doyle finished with two caused turnovers and four





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ground balls, which matched her personal best, and Casiano also tallied a career-high five draw controls. Paige Cuscovitch (2g, 2a) and Katie Angulo (3g) led the Columbia attack. Skylar Dabbar made two saves. The Lions quickly built a 2-0 lead when Kaitlin Brophy scored goals 17 seconds apart at 24:46 and 24:29. The home team’s advantage was shortlived, however, and the Wildcats closed the half on a 9-1 run to take a 9-3 lead into halftime. W LAX continued on page18

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Juniors Katheleen O’Keefe (left) and Casey Doyle (right) assisted the Wildcats in ending its four game losing streak Wednesday in New York.

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Number of free position goals scored by the women’s lacrosse team in Wednesday’s win over Columbia. The team had a total of five opportunities.

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