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The men’s hockey team jumped to No. 2 in the national polls following a win and tie during the team’s weekend road trip to Colorado.

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Newmarket taxpayers are weighing their options regarding the town’s high school which needs repairs.

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Cattle brought in to restore the pasture at Emery Farm Owners say the Scotish Highlanders are more efficient than having the field manually mowed By KEN DOBROV FOSTER’S DAILY DEMOCRAT

Drivers on Route 4 may notice some unusual animals chomping on the grass over the next few weeks. Two Scottish Highlander cattle will graze their way around the South Pasture at the historic Emery Farm in Durham. The

Storm and Cloud, cattle from the Miles Smith Farm in Loudon graze at Emery Farm in Durham recently.

cattle, named Storm and Cloud, are from Miles Smith Farm in Loudon. Miles Smith Farm has its free range cattle go to numerous farms around the area. Their purpose, as the month rolls along, will be eating the grass at the farm. Miles Smith Farm co-owner Carole

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Chegg to offer free study help as finals loom

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By PHOEBE McPHERSON STAFF WRITER

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Junior Bill Cooper, known to listeners as ‘DJ Coop’ plays a song during his Monday Night Jazz show on WUNH. The station is switching from analog to digital radio next year.

WUNH making the switch from analog to digital By COURTNEY WILLIAMS CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Within the next academic year, the University of New Hampshire’s radio station, WUNH, will be switching from analog to

digital radio. Members of the university radio station pride themselves on being one of the last stations to make the system switch. The student-run radio station has been in operation since 1971. Striving for diversity in programming, the station makes a

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point to play artists and genres that are underrepresented in mainstream media. “The change is out of necessity, really,” said Ian Chase, general manager of

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The start of classes after Thanksgiving means that winter break and the end of the semester is right around the corner. The library starts to become busier each and every day, signaling projects, papers and the season of finals. Chegg, an online academic hub, helps students through their homework, offers online textbooks and awards scholarships. For the third year in a row, the site is seeking to help students ease the workload in the time that leads up to final exams. From Dec. 3-9, the company is offering free study help 24 hours a day, seven days a week in what company is calling “Chegg Study Week.” “[Students] can come in during that time and essentially study for finals for free,” said Chegg Communications Manager Angela Pontarolo. “[Chegg] includes textbook solutions that range from a whole slue of books. They can access an archive of 2.5 million questions.” Experts will answer questions in select subject areas and step-by-step solutions to textbook problems will be posted and displayed. The site allows students to ask up to 15 questions per week. This service is in its third year of host-

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INDEX

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Contents

Campus safety

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Newmarket schools threatened

4 Alpha Delta Phi Literary Society teamed up with UNH Police to hold a campus safety talk on Monday night in the Granite State Room.

Mexican drug war

5 Newmarket Junior/Senior High School is in danger of being shut down unless it can be rebuilt or repaired. If no decision can be voted on, the students may be forced to attend Oyster River High School.

‘Cats ranked No. 2 in nation

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12 The violent drug war in Mexico is being fueled by one thing in particular: Americans’ use of marijuana.

UNH sneaks by Cornell

Contact Us: The New Hampshire 156 Memorial Union Building Durham, NH 03824 Phone: 603-862-4076 www.tnhonline.com Executive Editor Justin Doubleday tnh.editor@unh.edu

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• UNH Bookstore- Customer Appreciation 25 percent-off Sale. All day. UNH Bookstore, MUB. • Study Abroad Information Session. 1:10-2:00 p.m. Murkland G17.

The Wildcats posted a tie with Colorado College and upset then-No. 2 Denver on their weekend trip out west.

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Lauren Wells put in a last-second layup to lift the Wildcats past Cornell on Sunday in Durham.

Corrections If you believe that we have made an error, or if you have questions about The New Hampshire’s journalistic standards and practices, you may contact Executive Editor Justin Doubleday by phone at 603-862-4076 or by email at tnh.editor@unh.edu.

The next issue of The New Hampshire will be on Friday, November 30, 2012

This week in Durham Nov. 28 Nov. 29

• UNH Bookstore- Customer Appreciation 25% percent-off Sale. All day. UNH Bookstore, MUB. • Gallery Talk: Reflections/ Refractions. 12-1:00 p.m. Museum of Art.

• Success in International Projects. 12-1:00 p.m. Kingsbury N343. • Evergreen Fair. 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Granite State Room, MUB. • HIV Testing Walk-In Clinic. 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Health Services.

Nov. 30

• Evergreen Fair. 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. Granite State Room, MUB. • Gourmet Dinner “VentiQuattro.” 5:00 p.m. Stillings Dinning Hall.


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DJ Cooper, works at the Monday Night Jazz show on WUNH. The station is switching from analog to digital radio within the next year.

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continued from page 1 WUNH. There have been no renovations to the station in roughly 20 years, and because most radio stations have switched to digital, it is logical for WUNH to update as well. This will also provide a more accurate, real-world experience for students wishing to pursue a career in radio, because digital radio is more common and preferred. “We are just getting numbers, ideas, and logistics taken care of,” said Sean Riley, the music director at WUNH on the progress of the change. “There is a lot to be done, so it is just one step at a time.” Steven Vanni, who recently redid ESPN’s station, will be helping WUNH head this project. Analog radios process sound into patterns of electrical signals. Typically, CDs are used, but some stations — like WUNH — still use records. Digital radio is essentially the transmission of sound processed into patterns of numbers, hence the name “digital.” This sound can be comparable to CD

players, or even more commonly to the MP3 file one may find on an iPod. Just as a CD’s sound quality is greater than a vinyl record, digital has a significantly clearer sound than past sound technology. Chris Noyes, an associate professor at the Berklee College of Music, said that digital actually has a noticeable difference compared to analog. “Digital offers a better audio quality, simplified functions for the DJ, and can even introduce background information useful to the listener — quite a win,” Noyes said. Careful listeners will be able to notice a difference in the sound, and the change may also open up more opportunities for listeners to customize their radio experience and be more involved. This could include being able to view song titles or even news reports on the screen of a radio while listening. Having a higher-quality sound and access to more music selection on a digital system, WUNH could possibly increase its listening base. Currently, its followers include students of the university and locals on the Seacoast, but its fans branch out as

far as international listeners on the WUNH website radio stream. There is no telling if the switch will draw in new fans, but Chase is confident in saying that WUNH is standing by its initial mission statement. “We are changing the appearance, not the content, mentality or purpose of the station,” he said. Current listeners do not have to fear change in the station or its programs. As for the massive collection of CDs and records it has saved up, WUNH will be keeping the records. Chase and Riley confirmed the records aren’t going anywhere, because they are such a part of the station’s image and are dearly loved by the staff. Staff members are still debating what to do with the CDs at this time, but are sure they will be put into good hands when the time comes. Ideally, WUNH would like to completely switch over to digital by the summer of 2013. The radio station team is optimistic about the change. “I’m personally excited to see the station get a face-lift and for us to become more modern, while still keeping our mission statement,” Chase said.

Hassan: NH agencies, lower your spending wishes By NORMA LOVE Associated Press

CONCORD — Gov.-elect Maggie Hassan warned New Hampshire agency heads Monday that their spending requests for the next two-year budget are unrealistic. “The requests total far more than our economy and taxpayers can afford,” Hassan said in opening three days of budget hearings on agency spending requests. Spending requests for the state-tax funded portion of the budget are for $3.3 billion over the two years — 26 percent higher than the current budget. Spending requests for the total budget from all funds, including federal and highway sources, are for $11.9 billion or 19 percent higher. Hassan said she felt the out-

going Republican Legislature made some wrong choices in its budget, but the economy has not recovered enough to restore all the funding it cut. “We will not be able to reverse course all at once,” said Hassan. Hassan and retiring Gov. John Lynch, both Democrats, cautioned that the economy —while improved — is not robust. “We must be prepared to continue to make tough, fiscally responsible decisions to ensure that we can invest in our priorities, including protecting the health and safety of our citizens and building an innovative economy that will ensure long-term growth,” Hassan said. Senate Finance Chairman Chuck Morse, a Salem Republican, said if agencies fail to set

clear spending priorities, lawmakers will set them to free up money for priorities they and Hassan feel are more important. For example, Hassan campaigned on restoring some or all of the $84 million in state aid cut to the University System of New Hampshire. The university system later requested $100 million per year — more than twice what it got in the current budget. Hassan said she will soon send conservative budget targets to state agencies. In her presentation, Administrative Services Commissioner Linda Hodgdon testified that her staff has been stretched thin by cuts. She said many in her agency will be retiring within the next 10 years, including some who help agencies and governors develop their budgets.

Soule said the cattle are more efficient than having the field be mowed by machines. “When you bring cattle to do the job, 80 percent of what they eat grows back,” Soule said. “We bring cows here wherever grass is available.” Soule said the cattle will eat 40 to 60 pounds a day. She added they give them foods they don’t like, including hay in order to get them interested in other material such as weeds. “The cattle like eating the grass so much better than eating hay,” Soule said. “We call them our machines. They’re our ‘lawn mooers.’” Soule said the successful partnership with Emery Farm that has worked in both their favors. “It’s the perfect spot for them,” Emery Farm co-owner Brad Towle said. Since this past May, around 16 cattle have grazed at Emery Farm. This is the first time they will be seen alongside the road for the public to view as they drive by the farm.  In addition to mowing and maintaining the areas around the farm, the cattle will be fertilizing the land. Soule said if they had mowed the land they would have removed all of the nutrients.  “With the cattle it goes directly

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continued from page 1 15 questions per week. This service is in its third year of hosting a study week. It was started to help students as they returned to school from Thanksgiving vacation and realized that finals are upon them. “It’s primarily for the math and sciences,” Pontarolo said. The site mentions offering experts in “math, science, engineering, business and more.” Because the site is based on students looking up textbook answers and asking questions, it isn’t necessarily useful for English majors or students writing papers. “In terms of essays, [it’s] not geared towards that,” she said. Advertisement of the service has been a challenge, as well. “We’re advertising through PR, pushing it out socially,” Pontarolo said. “We’re relying on online advertisement.” UNH freshman Brianna Stoyle was previously unfamiliar with the service; however she is a perfect candidate as she said she takes many science-based courses. After discovering Chegg, she seemed excited. “I think it sounds really helpful,” she said. “Really cool.”

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from the animal and goes back into the land,” Soule said. Towle agreed the cattle work better because there are pieces of land that the tractor and mower would have trouble reaching. The land, which used to be used to grow vegetables for Emery Farm, might be rejuvenated for future use. “They’re better at getting into places where we can’t get to,” Towle said. “Eventually, we might get this field back.” Farm Owner David Hills was pleased with how well the cattle have done. After providing the land for Storm and Cloud, Hills helped with the fencing costs. “They truly are magnificent animals and they’ve been doing an incredible job of clearing our fields,” Hills said in a previously released statement. Miles Smith Farm sells their beef at the farm as well as other places including Young’s and Johnson’s Steak and Seafood restaurant. It began its operations in the 1850s by Miles Smith and is currently owned by Soule and Bruce Davison. Emery Farm began by Joseph Smith in 1655 and is the oldest operating farm in America. Soule said before machinery took over, cattle were the primary mowing source for farms.  “This is the way it used to be done,” Soule said. “You move the cattle where the grass is and they’ll do their thing. It’s really the way we used to do things.” Emma Passaretti is a biomedical major who often studies with flashcards for finals. “I come up with more [questions] as I’m reviewing,” she said. She will be using Chegg Study Week to help her find answers to questions. “Definitely just because I’m in the sciences,” she said. Super-senior Anya Bean had never rented books nor known about the online study help from Chegg. “If it’s accessible, yeah,” she said. “I will for sure use it, I just didn’t know anything about it.” This free virtual studying service isn’t for all college students, though. A select few schools across the country were chosen to participate. “Schools were chosen across the nation on primarily a location basis and a size basis,” Pontarolo said. Including the University of New Hampshire, only 100 schools were chosen. Among those chosen were Arizona State University, Northern Illinois, Ohio State and the University of Oregon. Currently, students can sign-in for homework help at: chegg.com/ studyweek. “Chegg puts students first by providing them with the tools they need to help them save time, save money and get smarter,” Pontarolo said. “We really wanted to help students out.”

NH Homeland Security director to step down CONCORD — New Hampshire’s director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is stepping down. Gov. John Lynch announced Monday that Christopher Pope will leave his position in January. Pope, who was appointed by Lynch in 2006, led the development of New Hampshire’s homeland

security program. He also coordinated emergency operations during a dozen federally declared natural disasters. Lynch said Pope has done an outstanding job and called him the “calm in the center of the storm.” In a statement, Pope said he was grateful for the privilege to serve the state.


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UNH PD gives talk on campus safety By RACHEL FOLLENDER STAFF WRITER

In the last 17 years, Lt. Steven P. Lee has encountered everything from student riots to meth labs, but his most frequent work has been at the University of New Hampshire, his alma mater, where he has come and gone throughout his career in law enforcement. As the current divisions commander for the UNH Police Department, Lee spoke to students in the Granite State Room Monday night about campus safety. The event was hosted by Alpha Delta Phi (ADP) society, UNH’s only coed literary society. “I think it’s beneficial for all students to learn their rights and responsibilities,” said ADP member Sean Moreau, who organized the event. Lee discussed issues regarding alcohol and safety, as well as provided an interactive forum in which students asked him questions pertaining to the law. Many of the audience’s questions centered around topics pertaining to underage drinking. “What exactly is the UNH amnesty program?” one audience member asked. Lee explained that if a student is intoxicated and feels that he or she or someone with them is in distress due to overconsumption of alcohol, if they seek help, they may receive medical amnesty and not face disciplinary action from the UNH Office of Conduct and Mediation. When students asked Lee about internal possession laws, he said that his top priority isn’t arresting people, but keeping people safe. “I get fired up when an officer gives a minor on foot a field sobriety test,” he said. “Intoxication should be obvious.” Lee also gave safety recommendations to students who asked what precautions they could take while walking through campus alone at night. In addition to UNH Safe Rides, students can also call for

a police escort to bring them home if they feel vulnerable. Lee vouched for the blue emergency lights on campus, and said he has seen how they are effective firsthand. “They work very well, and they get tested every weekend,” he said. When one of the emergency buttons is pressed, all of the lights go off and the intercom systems are automatically turned on, so even if the button isn’t being held down, the dispatcher can still hear what is going on. Lee said that there are currently talks of having another campus walk-through in the spring to determine more areas where the blue emergency lights can be installed on campus. “I didn’t even know those lights worked,” said Courtney Wolf, a senior in attendance. “People think that cops are just out to get them in trouble, but they care about safety. A lot of what I learned tonight makes me feel more secure.” Lee said that in the years he has worked at UNH, the most outof-control situation he has had to deal with were the student riots in 2007 after the Red Sox won the World Series. Even though he has witnessed the mob-mentality come and go, he said there are trade-offs. “With that, you find less of people looking out for each other,” he said. “People don’t want someone else getting them in trouble.” Lee encouraged students to ask police officers questions and to not feel uncomfortable doing so, regardless of the issue. With all of the misinformation, he said that police-talks are essential to a safer campus environment. Students who attended the campus safety talk Monday night received valuable information as Lee explained how to have fun without getting in trouble. “Don’t draw attention to yourself,” Lee said. “Just maintain and look out for one another; that’s the biggest thing.”

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After Sandy, lower Manhattan limps back to life By TOM HAYS ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK — The hum of massive mobile generators, boilers and pumps emerges blocks from Manhattan’s Financial District and turns into a steady din south of Wall Street — the now-familiar sound of an area laboring to recover from Superstorm Sandy. Other parts of the city have gotten mayoral visits and media attention after the Oct. 29 storm killed dozens of residents and tore apart homes in coastal neighborhoods. Less obvious were the millions upon million gallons of sea water that wreaked havoc on subterranean electrical panels and other internal infrastructure throughout lower Manhattan, making them unusable even after power was restored to the area. “There were waves on Wall Street, and it all ended up here,” Mike Lahm, a building engineer who rode out the storm at 120 Wall Street, said during a recent tour of the skyscraper’s basement. Nearly a month later, some of the high-rises that are home to investment banks, large law firms and luxury apartments have bounced back quickly. But others buildings remain eerily dark and vacant. Landlords have warned full power won’t be back for weeks, if not months, leaving businesses and residents displaced and uncertain about when — and even whether — they’ll return. JP Morgan Chase, the Daily News and the American Civil Liberties Union are among tenants still operating in satellite locations after getting washed out of their headquarters in lower Manhattan. Heavy flooding also hit a complex of multimillion-dollar apartments along the Hudson River, whose well-heeled owners — reportedly including Gwyneth Paltrow and Meryl Streep — could quietly retreat to second or third homes on higher and drier ground. “What you’re looking at here is a mass exodus,” downtown resident Gail Strum said as she retrieved some files and other belongings from a rental apartment building that’s still without power. “It feels like there’s no coming

back.” On paper, Strum’s assessment sounds too pessimistic. The city Buildings Department declared only nine buildings in lower Manhattan unsafe because of structural damage from the storm, and the power company, Consolidated Edison, said all buildings citywide had access to electricity and steam power by Nov. 15. A real estate consulting firm that’s tracking the lower Manhattan recovery, Jones Lang LaSalle, says 49 of the 183 office buildings in the business district were closed because of mechanical failures. By the latest count, at least half were back in full operation, even if it has meant relying on temporary power. More are expected to follow. “We see that as a very healthy pace,” said John Wheeler, a Jones Lang LaSalle executive. One success story was 120 Wall Street, a 600,000-squarefoot, 34-story skyscraper built near the East River that’s home to nonprofits such as the National Urban League, the United Negro College Fund and the Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration. Even before Sandy hit, landlord Silverstein Properties got ahead of a scramble for recovery resources by securing portable diesel generators each capable of providing 2 megawatts of power. Afterward, the building brought in its own fuel tanker from Pennsylvania — and a security team from Florida to guard it — so it could keep the generators going during the gas crunch. Using a mix of generator power and restored Con Ed service, engineers had the elevators, lights and heat up and running by mid-November. To the tenants, “It’s as if the building’s operating normally,” said Jeremy Moss, a vice president with Silverstein Properties. What tenants don’t see in the bowels of 120 Wall Street is a thicket of temporary, exposed wiring that runs everywhere. The warning “LIVE WIRE. KEEP OUT” is spray-painted in red on the door of a room housing switches, fuses or circuit breakers after it was submerged. The air is clammy and musty — “the smell of the East River,” said Lahm, the building engineer. Fearing the East River might one day try again to meet the Hudson, 120 Wall Street and other buildings are facing an even bigger, more expensive job: Moving critical infrastructure to higher floors or even roofs. “We’re going to need to relocate equipment so history doesn’t repeat itself,” Moss said. Farther uptown, NYU Langone Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital Center had put generators on high floors where they could be protected in a flood. But they still suffered failures with Sandy, apparently because other critical components of the backup power system, such as fuel pumps and tanks, remained in basements just a block from the East River. While 120 Wall Street enjoys a degree of normalcy, other newer and taller glass towers around it remain shut as teams of contractors and workers struggle to restore

power, phone and other services. Tractor-trailers providing emergency services such as “microbial remediation” crowd the streets. Cabs are few. Fire engines became a part of the mix on Friday with the report of a fire in the basement of another vacated office building at 55 Water St. — the address for financial services company Standard & Poor’s and the city Department of Transportation — that left two dozen people suffering from smoke inhalation and sent four to a hospital. The cause wasn’t immediately clear. The lower Manhattan disarray has also reached the courtroom. Last week, a resident of a still-evacuated luxury high-rise filed a $35 million lawsuit against his condo board and management company, accusing them of “gross negligence” in the wake of Sandy. The management company, Cooper Square Realty, fired back in a letter from its chief executive, David Kuperberg, claiming that contractors recruited from as far away as Wisconsin and Michigan have been working nonstop to tear out wet walls, carpeting and wallpaper to prevent mold; installing new generators; rebuilding a water pump; and mopping up residue left by oil-tainted salt water. “While Cooper Square Reality did not cause the storm, the company is doing everything it can” to get people back in their homes, Kuperberg wrote. The uncertainty also is evident at South Street Seaport, a cluster of early 19th-century mercantile buildings converted to retail shops and apartments. Usually teeming with tourists, the seaport remained a ghost town late last week, despite postcard-perfect weather. Inside a shut-down brew pub still without lights, workers wearing masks and white jumpsuits scrubbed down the bar, floor and tables. Many businesses, including Ann Taylor, Body Shop and Guess outlets, were still boarded up with plywood. Also shuttered was “Bodies ... The Exhibition,” the show featuring dissected human cadavers that has been a fixture there since 2005. Its website says that due to “damage to our venue, we are closed until further notice.” Some seaport residents have electricity back but no heat or hot water. Liz McKenna, 54, who was living in a third-floor apartment overlooking the East River when a deluge filled the entire first floor with water, said she expects to be able to move back in a couple of weeks — maybe. “That’s only a guess,” she said as she picked up her mail. “Look around. Nobody really knows how bad it is down here. ... We’ve been ignored.” One of the few businesses to open its doors, Meade’s bar and restaurant, had no customers at lunchtime. “We’re open, but who are we open for?” said 28-year-old bartender Nichole Osborne. “All of my regulars are displaced.” An etching on the front window, quoting Dylan Thomas, offered a glimmer of resolve: “Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”


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Newmarket’s aging school faces expensive fate By ANNAH TODD CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Under threat from the town’s fire chief to shut down the aging high school unless it is rebuilt or repaired, Newmarket taxpayers and school officials are vacillating between what is the best way to fix the problem. One thing is certain, though: there are no inexpensive choices. Newmarket has a single facility for its middle school and high school. Between grades 6 through 12, there are approximately 600 students. At a meeting on Nov. 19, at the Town Council Chambers, the expenses of the options were outlined. It would cost an estimated $44.3 million to renovate the current Newmarket Junior/Senior High School and the process would take three years. It would cost $50.8 million for a new high school, with an auditorium to be built across the street from the current school, over the course of two years. There is also an option to build the new high school without the auditorium, but it would be ready-to-add at a cost of $47.2 million. Alternatively, building the high school with no auditorium and no plan to add one at any time would cost $46.9 million. With a $6.5 million difference, renovating the building doesn’t seem to be a popular idea.

However, the voters in Newmarket have rejected building a new high school. Constructing a new high school that could house the estimated 220 students would be ideal, according to some members of the community. Amanda St. Pierre graduated from Newmarket High School in 2011 with her 72 peers. The school, which has sections that date back to the 1920s, “is getting really old,” she said. “The ceilings were falling and some rooms were flooding when I went there.” But time is running out. According to an article published by SeacoastOnline, “Fire Chief Rick Malasky wrote a letter to Hayes dated June 29, 2011, saying the agreed upon repairs, at an estimated cost of more than $2 million, must be completed by September 2015 or the building will be either ‘abandoned or replaced.’” Another option that is being considered would send Newmarket students to Oyster River High School. Oyster River, located in Durham, services students from Durham, Lee and Madbury, and the student body is typically around 700. A few students from Barrington are tuitioned in. In 2006, Oyster River High School also underwent a major renovation that cost $22 million. The Oyster River school district was against this proposal when it was originally proposed. However,

last spring, the number of enrolled students significantly declined. Since then, the two school districts have been in discussion about a possible merger. Jack Nimmo, a sophomore at Oyster River High School, said he would not mind if Newmarket and Oyster River merged.

It would cost $50.8 million for a new high school, with an auditorium to be built across the street from the current school, over the course of two years. “I don’t think the atmosphere and general feeling that Oyster River carries would change much,” Nimmo said. “But the classes at Oyster River are small; one negative to having extra kids would be that class sizes would be larger.” Newmarket Superintendent Jim Hayes said at a public hearing in January, “In terms of a long-term solution, there is no opportunity.” According to Hayes, Oyster River would consider taking up to 100 Newmarket students, but it would be for no more than five

years. Barrington does not have a high school and recently closed the discussion of building one. Oyster River’s tuition agreement with Barrington is exclusive to its high school students only and costs $13,200 per student, per academic year. The Department of Education reports that the cost per student, per academic year at Newmarket high school is $15,161.07. A student at Oyster River high school costs $16,084.19. By entering into a tuition agreement with Oyster River, Newmarket taxpayers could, if Oyster River offers them a similar tuition contract to Barrington’s agreement, save $2,161.07 for each student per academic year. Discussions are ongoing and will continue in Newmarket and between the districts, but how will the students at Oyster River react to the potential expansion? Cam Messer, a junior at Oyster River, has an optimistic opinion on his peers. “I am a firm believer that students get a truly unique and quality education here, and the daunting Newmarket enrollment numbers jeopardizes that,” Messer said. “But progress is always good, and if it does happen, I think we will have to deal with the situation in a mature, respectful and responsible way,” he said.

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NH Brief Dartmouth professor appears in ‘Lincoln’ HANOVER — An associate theater professor at Dartmouth College has good reason to see the movie “Lincoln” multiple times — he has a small role in the Steven Spielberg film. After Jamie Horton appeared in a campus production last year, one of his co-star’s friends encouraged him to submit an audition tape. Months later, he was cast as U.S. Rep. Giles Stuart, a New York congressman who was bribed to help ensure passage of the 13th amendment abolishing slavery. Horton acted and directed with the Denver Center Theatre Company for more than 20 years before he began teaching at Dartmouth in 2006. He said it was an amazing experience to be part of what he called an epic movie.

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N. California community mourns family swept to sea By JASON DEAREN ASSOCIATED PRESS

SAN FRANCISCO — Howard Kuljian and his family were out for a walk on a damp, overcast morning at Big Lagoon beach, playing fetch with their dog Fran as 10-foot surf churned the water just feet away like a washing machine. Signs near the beach warned of “sneaker waves,” the kind that suddenly roar ashore. Kuljian tossed a stick that took the dog down to the water’s edge, and in an instant, authorities said, a wave swallowed it, setting off a nightmarish scramble. “Everything kind of snowballed from there,” Coast Guard Lt. Bernie Garrigan said. Kuljian’s 16-year-old son, Gregory, ran to save the dog, only to be captured by the surging surf himself. Kuljian, 54, followed, and then his wife, Mary Scott, 57. On shore, their 18-year-old daughter, Olivia, and Gregory’s girlfriend could only watch. Both parents’ bodies were later recovered, but the boy — presumed dead — is still missing. The dog eventually made it back to shore. News of Saturday’s tragedy shocked many in the small college town of Arcata on the rough Northern California coastline about 280 miles north of San Francisco. Students at Gregory’s high school wore green in his memory Monday. By late afternoon, more than 1,300 people “liked” a Facebook page set up by the teenager’s friends called “Wear Green for Geddie” — using his nickname. Dozens tweeted tributes with the hash-tag (hash)WearGreenForGeddie. “I will always remember him no matter how long,” wrote Emmalaya Owen on the Facebook

page. “Especially how he was such an upbeat happy person or how he tried to put up ‘Be Happy’ propaganda posters he drew around school.” Others were trying to come to terms with the deaths. His sister graduated last year. “He was just a friendly guy, and everyone who knew him liked him, and his family was very close,” said Day Robins, a high school senior. She said Gregory and his family were active in school athletics and sailing. At Big Lagoon beach, a short drive from Arcata, signs posted near the parking lot warned beachgoers not to turn their back to the surf and to pay special attention to sneaker waves. “Because the beach is designed that way, when that 10-foot wall breaks, it surges up on the beach and surges back really fast,” said Garrigan, the Coast Guard officer. “It’s like a cyclical washing machine.” As the family walked along the beach, Howard Kuljian threw the stick and the dog gave chase, said Dana Jones, a state parks district superintendent. Seeing his son in the water, Kuljian leapt to action, and disappeared into the frigid water. Gregory managed to pull himself back onto the sand, but after realizing his father was drowning, both he and his mother went in to save him. As Olivia and the girlfriend watched in horror, a nearby bystander called police. By the time help arrived, it was too late. Jones said the officer wasn’t able to get to the family members because of the high surf. Garrigan said the search for the teenager was stopped because a person without a wetsuit could not survive for long in the cold surf.

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NH to chop down red pines to slow insect attack spree By KATHY McCORMACK ASSOCIATED PRESS

CONCORD — New Hampshire forestry officials plan to remove about 120 acres of red pine trees from a state park this winter to slow the spread of an aggressive insect that’s destroyed thousands of the trees in southern New England. The nearly microscopic brown insect is called red pine scale and was detected at Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown in August. It’s the first documented case of the insect in New Hampshire, though the bug’s been a longtime headache in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, which have been losing the trees for years. Parts of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania also have battled red pine scale. “We’re just going to try to cut it all out and hope that it doesn’t spread,” said Kyle Lombard, forest health program coordinator for New Hampshire’s Division of Forests and Lands. “There is no red pine left in Connecticut, and they’re cutting as fast as they can in states like Rhode Island and New Jersey. They’re just getting it out of there. It’s all dying.” In the past, he said, Connecticut tried to introduce insect predators that would feed on the red scale and experimented with pesticides, but nothing really worked. Ken Gooch, forest health program director for Massachusetts, said on average, his state loses

300 to 500 acres of red pines a year. Most of the loss has been in western Massachusetts, around the Quabbin Reservoir. He said some red pines also have died because of a common tree disease. “The only thing that we tried maybe 15 years ago was trying to cut it out as soon as we found it, but that didn’t stop it,” Gooch said. “It’s just like hemlocks’ wooly adelgid,” a tiny beetle that has attacked hemlock trees in the region. “The birds spread it,” Gooch said. “You can’t stop that.” While there are some native red pine stands in central and northern New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont, the tree is not considered native to the region; it is native to the upper Great Lakes through southern Canada west to Manitoba, and on mountainous ridges as far east as West Virginia. Many of the trees in New England and elsewhere were planted in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the workforce program under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, to restore forests. The trees grew fast and withstood cold weather. No one’s quite sure where the insect originated. Forestry officials say it was first reported in Connecticut in 1946. They think it was most likely introduced to the United States on exotic pines planted at the New York World’s Fair in 1939. Red pine scale is easily spread by wind, birds and squirrels. The first visible signs of infestation

include bright “flagging,” or discoloration of the lower branches, followed by the swift decline of the entire crown. A tree can be destroyed within a few years. Visitors to Bear Brook State Park will eventually notice the missing trees, many of which are at the park’s entrance, said Will Guinn, regional forester for New Hampshire’s Forest Management Bureau. But the landscape won’t be completely barren; there are nearby stands of white pines at the park that are waist-high to 10 feet tall. “That will be the next generation of forest coming along,” he said. The goal is to get the affected trees removed while they are still alive in time for a commercial timber harvest, Guinn said. “If we wait until the trees are dead, we’re going to have to pay to have thousands of trees removed,” he said. Guinn said red pine scale has not been detected in any other New Hampshire parks. Lombard said the insect doesn’t have the ability to withstand very cold winters, which is why he thinks the red pines in northern New Hampshire won’t be affected. “But we said that about southern New Hampshire for the last 30 years,” Lombard said. “So, it crept finally into southern New Hampshire. So, I would expect in 20 to 30 years maybe it would creep into northern New Hampshire. I don’t know; it depends what winter temperatures do.”

Another blow for state’s anti-eavesdropping law By MICHAEL TARM ASSOCIATED PRESS

CHICAGO — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday delivered another blow to a 50-year-old anti-eavesdropping law in Illinois, choosing to let stand a lower court finding that key parts of the hotly debated law run counter to constitutional protections of free speech. In that critical lower-court ruling in May, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that the law — one of the toughest of its kind in the country — violates the First Amendment when used against those who record police officers doing their jobs in public. Civil libertarians say the ability to record helps guard against police abuse. The law’s proponents, however, say it protects the privacy rights of officers and civilians, as well as ensures that those wielding recording devices don’t interfere with urgent police work. The Illinois Eavesdropping Act, enacted in 1961, makes it a felony for someone to produce an audio recording of a conversation unless all the parties involved agree. It sets a maximum punishment of 15 years in prison if a law enforcement officer is recorded. As it drew the ire of civil liberties groups, state legislators endeavored to soften the law earlier this year, but those efforts stalled.

The high-court’s decision could prompt a renewed push to overhaul it. But state Rep. Elaine Nekritz, a vocal opponent of the law, said court decisions hitting at its constitutionality could effectively nullify the most contentious aspects of the law and make further legislative action unnecessary. “If it’s unenforceable, it’s unenforceable,” the Northbrook Democrat said. “I think (the law’s opponents) would be pretty happy with that” and wouldn’t feel the need to formally strike it from the books. The Washington, D.C.-based high court didn’t hear arguments or issue an opinion, but its decision to do nothing amounts to a rejection of a plea from Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez to overturn the decision by the 7th Circuit in Chicago. In their 33-page petition to the Supreme Court, prosecutors argued the 7th Circuit had ignored privacy rights and created “a novel and unprecedented First Amendment protection to ubiquitous recording devices.” “The decision (of the 7th Circuit) diminished the conversational privacy of speakers in favor of a heretofore unrecognized First Amendment right to audio record the discussions of such speakers,” the petition said.

Especially in an era where recording devices can pick up conversations from far away, a lack of restraints could make civilians uneasy and make them reluctant to speak frankly to officers about criminal activity — endangering the public, the petition argued. What the prosecutor’s office sought most was “legal clarification and guidance,” a spokeswoman for Alvarez, Sally Daly said on Monday. She said it was disappointing the high court didn’t agree to hear the case. It stems from a 2010 lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union seeking to block Alvarez from prosecuting ACLU staff for recording police officers performing duties in public — one of the group’s long-standing monitoring missions. The ACLU of Illinois on Monday welcomed the high court’s decision not to touch the lower court’s ruling. “We are hopeful that we are moving closer to a day when no one in Illinois will risk prosecution when they audio record public officials performing their duties,” Harvey Grossman, legal director of the ACLU of Illinois, said in a statement. “Empowering individuals and organizations in this fashion will ensure additional transparency and oversight of public officials across the state.”


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Benefits fight brings lesbian couple to high court By LISA LEFF ASSOCIATED PRESS

SAN FRANCISCO — Like a lot of newlyweds, Karen Golinski was eager to enjoy the financial fruits of marriage. Within weeks of her wedding, she applied to add her spouse to her employer-sponsored health care plan, a move that would save the couple thousands of dollars a year. Her ordinarily routine request still is being debated more than four years later, and by the likes of former attorneys general, a slew of senators, the Obama administration and possibly this week, the U.S. Supreme Court. Because Golinski is married to another woman and works for the U.S. government, her claim for benefits has morphed into a multilayered legal challenge to a 1996 law that prohibits the federal government from recognizing unions like hers. The high court has scheduled a closed-door conference for Friday to review Golinski’s case and four others that also seek to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act overwhelmingly approved by Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton. The purpose of the meeting is to decide which, if any, to put on the court’s schedule for arguments next year. The outcome carries economic and social consequences for gay, lesbian and bisexual couples, who now are unable to access Social Security survivor benefits, file joint income taxes, inherit a deceased spouse’s pension or obtain family health insurance. The other plaintiffs in the cases pending before the court include the state of Massachusetts, 13 couples and five widows and widowers. “It’s pretty monumental and it’s an honor,” said Golinski, a staff lawyer for the federal appeals court based in San Francisco who

NH Brief Biz group to hold ‘shoe box party’ workshops BERLIN — A group of small business experts in northern New Hampshire is holding a bunch of “shoe box party” workshops for business owners who literally put all of their sale and expense receipts into a box before taking it to their tax accountant. The workshops are designed to help people get and stay organized. People can bring their shoe boxes. The workshops start Dec. 3, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at White Mountains Community College in Berlin. The college will hold a second one on Dec. 10. Two more will be held in January in Lancaster and Colebrook. The workshops are sponsored by Business Services North, a collaboration of the college, the New Hampshire Small Business Development Center and the Northern Community Investment Corporation.

married her partner of 23 years, Amy Cunninghis, during the brief 2008 window when same-sex marriages were legal in California. The federal trial courts that heard the cases all ruled the act violates the civil rights of legally married gays and lesbians. Two appellate courts agreed, making it highly likely the high court will agree to hear at least one of the appeals, Lambda Legal Executive Director Jon Davidson said. “I don’t think we’ve ever had an occasion where the Supreme Court has had so many gay rights cases knocking at its door,” said Davidson, whose gay legal advocacy group represents Golinski. “That in and of itself shows how far we’ve come.” The Supreme Court also is scheduled to discuss Friday whether it should take two more long-simmering cases dealing with relationship recognition for samesex couples. One is an appeal of two lower court rulings that struck down California’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. The other is a challenge to an Arizona law that made state employees in same-sex relationships ineligible for domestic partner benefits. The last time the court confronted a gay rights case was in 2010, when the justices voted 5-4 to let stand lower court rulings holding that a California law school could deny recognition to a Christian student group that does not allow gay members. The time before that was the court’s landmark 2003 ruling in Lawrence v. Texas, which declared state anti-sodomy laws to be an unconstitutional violation of personal privacy. Brigham Young University law professor Lynn Wardle, who testified before Congress when lawmakers were considering the Defense of Marriage Act 16 years ago, said he still thinks the law passes constitutional muster.

“Congress has the power to define for itself domestic relationships, including defining relationships for purposes of federal programs,” Wardle said. At the same time, he said, the gay rights landscape has shifted radically since 1996, citing this month’s election of the first sitting president to declare support for same-sex marriage and four state ballot measures being decided in favor of gay rights activists.

“It seems so simple

to us: just put me on the family health plan. It’s much bigger than that obviously, yet it isn’t.”

Amy Cunninghis Plantiff

“This is the gay moment, momentum is building,” Wardle said. “The politics are profound, and politics influence what the court does.” For Golinski and Cunninghis, getting this far has been a long, sometimes frustrating and sometimes heartening journey. Citing the act, known as DOMA, the Office of Personnel Management, the federal government’s human relations arm, initially denied Golinski’s attempt to enroll Cunninghis in the medical coverage she had selected for herself and the couple’s son, now 10. “I got a phone call from OPM in Washington, D.C., asking me to confirm that Amy Cunninghis was female, and I said, ‘Yes, she is,’ and they said, ‘We won’t be able to add her to your health plan,” Golinski recalled. Golinski knew that her employer, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, had a policy prohibiting discrimination against gay work-

ers, so she filed an employee grievance and won a hearing before the court’s dispute resolution officer, Chief Judge Alex Kozinski. As a lawyer for the court, she felt awkward about pursuing the issue, but she was also angry. Lambda Legal and a San Francisco law firm offered to represent her. “I had been working for the courts since 1990, and I feel, like everybody, I work hard and I’m a valuable employee, and I’m not getting paid the same amount if I have to pay for a whole separate plan for Amy,” she said. “It was really hurting our family.” Kozinski ruled that Golinski was entitled to full spousal benefits, but federal officials ordered Golinski’s insurer not to process her application, prompting the chief judge to issue a scathing opinion on her behalf. After the government refused to budge, Golinski sued in January 2010. The couple had joked about whether they “would make a federal case” out of their situation. Cunninghis noted that their genders would not have been an issue had Golinski worked in the private sector or in state or local government where domestic partnerships are offered. Because of DOMA, she said, “We don’t get access to a whole slew of benefits.” The Department of Justice originally opposed Golinski in court but changed course last year after President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder said they would no longer defend the law. Republican members of the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group, which oversees legal activities of the House of Representatives, voted to hire an outside lawyer first to back the act in Golinski’s case and the four others, and to then appeal the rulings on its unconstitutionality. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey

White handed Cunninghis and Golinski an unequivocal victory in February, finding that anti-gay sentiment motivated Congress to pass DOMA. In ordering the government to allow Golinski to enroll her wife in a family health plan, White rejected all of the House group’s arguments, including that the law was necessary to foster stable unions among men and women. A group of 10 U.S. senators who voted for DOMA in 1996 have filed a brief with the Supreme Court angrily denouncing the judge’s opinion and urging the high court to overturn it. “It is one thing for the District Court to conclude that traditional moral views, standing alone, do not justify the enactment of DOMA; it is quite another to find that legislators who hold or express such moral views somehow taint the constitutionality of the statute,” they said. Former U.S. Attorneys General John Ashcroft and Edwin Meese also weighed in, telling the court that Obama had failed in his duty and set a dangerous precedent by declining to defend DOMA. As a result of White’s ruling, Cunninghis was allowed in March to be added to Golinski’s health plan. Golinski so far is the only gay American who has been allowed to begin receiving federal benefits while DOMA remains in effect, a development that could be reversed if the Supreme Court upholds DOMA. Until then, the couple said they are going to trust that the tide of history is moving toward gay rights. “It seems so simple to us: just put me on the family health plan,” Cunninghis said. “It’s much bigger than that obviously, yet it isn’t.”

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JFK’s last night recalled as key event for Latinos By RUSSELL CONTRERAS Associated Press

President John F. Kennedy was supposed to just stop by and wave hello. Instead a group of eager Latinos persuaded him to come inside and speak to a packed room of Mexican-American civil rights activists. And then he persuaded his wife, first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, to address the crowd in Spanish. It was Nov. 21, 1963. Hours later, the president was dead, his assassination overshadowing the significance of a speech that can be seen as the birth of the Latino vote, so instrumental in 2012 in helping to re-elect the first black president, Barack Obama. To historians, Kennedy’s appearance at the Rice Ballroom in Houston was likely the first time that a president officially acknowledged Latinos as an important voting bloc. Though there are no plaques marking the historic occasion, the event is a touchstone for activists even if the spot where Kennedy sat and heard a band play Mexican ballads and where the crowd yelled “Viva Kennedy!” is now a refurbished ballroom in a loft apartment complex that often plays host to weddings. “That evening ... that’s where it began,” said Ignacio Garcia, author of “Viva Kennedy: Mexican Americans in Search of Camelot” and a history professor at Brigham Young University. “But because very few people know about the meeting, it’s like it never happened.” The surprise visit came after Mexican-Americans in Texas, New Mexico, California, Arizona, Illinois and Indiana helped Kennedy win critical swing states in 1960, thanks to an unprecedented voter registration drive in Latino communities. Independent “Viva Kennedy!” clubs sprang up. Sen. Dennis Chavez, D-N.M., and Texas legislator Henry B. Gonzalez of

San Antonio, a future congressman, began speaking in Hispanic neighborhoods across the country and positioned themselves as the first recognizable national Latino political figures. Just as in 2012, Republicans in 1960 did little to woo Latinos to support their presidential candidate, Richard Nixon. Latinos also identified with Kennedy, who was Catholic and Irish-American, a member of an ethnic group that had battled discrimination similar to what Latinos faced in the segregated Southwest. On Election Day in 1960, Kennedy won 85 percent of the Mexican-American vote. But during Kennedy’s first months in office, Latino leaders expressed dismay that the president had failed to appoint Hispanics in his administration. Chavez even openly criticized Kennedy for his lack of appointments; other leaders embarked on a letter-writing campaign over the slow movement on civil rights. Sensing another close election in 1964 and hoping to ease tensions, Kennedy visited Texas in November 1963. Advisers suggested that he at least pay a quick visit to MexicanAmerican activists at a Houston gala sponsored by the League of United Latin American Citizens, then the largest Latino civil rights group in the country. “The Secret Service told us that he may stop by, but not to advertise it because it wasn’t part of his official schedule,” said Alexander Arroyos, 76, who was an officer in LULAC at the time. “We could spread it through word of mouth. No one believed us.” Then Kennedy showed up. The president was greeted at the door by Macario Garcia, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his service during World War II. Inside the ballroom, Kennedy and the first lady found an enthusiastic crowd of World War II veterans, civil rights advocates and future

elected officials. Kennedy spoke briefly about foreign policy in Latin America and the importance of LULAC. The first lady told the crowd in Spanish that Texas had a deep history with Latinos. The crowd responded with chants of “Viva Kennedy!” A band played a ballad in Spanish as photographers took photos of the Kennedys and Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson and his wife, Lady Bird Johnson. Before that moment, historians believe that no president had ever acknowledged Latinos as a voting bloc, said Emilio Zamora, a historian at the University of Texas at Austin. President William Taft, who served from 1909-1913, may have met with a tiny group of Latino activists in El Paso, Texas, Zamora said. President Dwight D. Eisenhower likely shock hands with some Mexican-American voters in a campaign visit to South Texas in 1952. “But I think no president had ever publically thanked MexicanAmericans in that manner,” said Zamora. Fifteen hours after the historic meeting, Kennedy was dead. Band members who had played for the president the night before wept as the news unfolded. When Arroyos heard about the assassination, he told his boss at an import company he was too upset to work. Arroyos rushed to collect from friends as many photos as possible of Kennedy’s visit at the Rice Hotel as he could for a future edition of a LULAC newspaper. On Election Day 2012, analysts routinely spoke of Latinos finally awakening as a “sleeping giant” by giving Obama around 70 percent of their vote. But Ignacio Garcia said that assessment ignores how Latinos have influenced presidential elections for more than 50 years. In 1960, for example, their overwhelming backing helped put Texas and New Mexico in Ken-

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nedy’s column during the tight race against Nixon. The Republican’s campaign did not have a presence in Mexican-American neighborhoods and did not have a Spanish language TV ad, unlike Kennedy, who tapped the first lady for it. Kennedy also made promises to appoint Mexican-Americans to his administration. Johnson enjoyed support from Hispanics who campaigned for him during his landslide victory in 1964, and Mexican-Americans came out strongly for Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, D-N.Y., during the 1968 Democratic primary in California. In 2000, then-Texas. Gov. George W. Bush, a Republican, was able to edge Democrat Al Gore, thanks in party to receiving about 40 percent of the Latino vote, according to various estimates. “The Latino vote did not come of age the night Obama was reelected,” said Garcia. “It came of age Nov. 21, 1963.” The reason the Latino vote is attracting attention in 2012 is that Latinos are now the largest minority group in the United States and voter participating rates are up, Garcia said. Voter participation for eligible Latino voters has gone from 3.7 million in 1988 to an estimated 12.5 million in 2012, according to the Pew Hispanic Center. That number could double within two decades, the center said. Arroyos said most of the older activists shrug off the pronouncements that Hispanics are finally influencing national elections even though his generation helped give birth to the Latino vote. Still, he said even those who are still alive and remember that Kennedy speech probably don’t even know what role they played that eventually led to the voting numbers in 2012. “I didn’t know that evening was so historic,” said Arroyos. “I was just happy that he dropped by and just didn’t say hi.”

Serb sentenced for beating in US student freed from jail Associated Press

BELGRADE, Serbia — A former Serb college basketball player serving a two-year prison sentence for beating an American into a coma in New York state was freed Monday about two months early. Miladin Kovacevic was sentenced by a Serb court for his barroom attack on fellow Binghamton University student Bryan Steinhauer of Brooklyn in 2008. His early release was part of a government amnesty affecting over 1,000 prisoners with lesser crimes. After the brawl, Kovacevic jumped bail in the U.S. and fled to Serbia, which refused to extradite him, angering Washington. The Serb government eventually paid $900,000 to Steinhauer’s family as part of an agreement that also included putting Kovacevic on trial in Belgrade. The Obama administration and Steinhauer’s family both called Kovacevic’s sentence too lenient and New York prosecutors said they are still seeking his extradition. The assault left Steinhauer with skull fractures and a severe brain injury. Kovacevic managed to flee the U.S. thanks to fake Serbian travel documents from Serbian diplomats in New York. Serbia’s pro-Western opposition, which lost power to nationalists in May, said Kovacevic’s early release sent a bad message to the U.S. and to other Serbian citizens. “Because of his actions, the government had to pay nearly a million dollars instead of giving it to the poor,” said Democratic Party official Jelena Trivan.

NY court date Monday in massive insider trading case Associated Press

NEW YORK — A former hedge fund portfolio manager charged in one of the biggest insider trading cases in history was due in a New York federal court after an investigation that touched on the activities of one of the nation’s wealthiest financiers. Mathew Martoma’s court date Monday was expected to be largely procedural, though there could be some discussion of the $5 million bail set for him last week in Florida. He was arrested at his home in Boca Raton, Fla., but the case is based in New York. While working for CR Intrinsic Investors LLC between 2006 and 2008, Martoma exploited an acquaintance with a medical school professor to get confidential, advance results from tests of an Alzheimer’s disease drug, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s of-

fice said. Then Martoma used the information to make more than $276 million for his fund and others, prosecutors said. First he led other investment advisers to buy shares in the drug companies, and then he and the others ditched their investments before the public found out about the drug trial’s disappointing results, allowing them all to make big profits and avoid huge losses, according to prosecutors. Defense lawyer Charles Stillman said Martoma simply worked hard and vigorously pursued public information. Stamford, Conn.-based CR Intrinsic Investors is an affiliate of SAC Capital Advisors, a firm owned by Steven A. Cohen. Cohen’s net worth is estimated at $8.8 billion on the Forbes 400 list of the richest people in the United States.


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Trip home smooth for many Thanksgiving NH police help rescue travelers on busiest travel day of the year eagle from animal trap By PHUONG LE Associated Press

SEATTLE — Despite a predicted increase in the number of holiday travelers, Americans returning home after the long Thanksgiving weekend found generally good weather, few airport delays and at times manageable conditions on the nation’s highways. Travel appeared to run smoothly Sunday — typically the busiest travel day of the year — as millions journeyed home after feasting with family and friends, even though there was little elbow room on packed buses, trains and airplanes. Many travelers strategically hit the road early in the day or waited until much later to avoid possible bumper-to-bumper traffic. Craig Haft, 57, left Cincinnati with his wife and daughter around 6:15 a.m. to drive to their home in Fairfax, Va., after visiting family. At midday, he reported smooth driving. “It went fine on Wednesday and has been good so far today,” he said. Some were upbeat despite long journeys ahead. Andy Harbison, 38, said he didn’t mind the 8-hour drive back to Harrisburg, Pa. after visiting family in Michigan. The roads were good, he said, and he simply enjoyed being with family after being away from them during previous deployments to Iraq and Kuwait while in the National Guard. Experts had predicted a slight rise in the number of people traveling this Thanksgiving weekend compared to last year. Some 43.6 million Americans were expected to journey 50 miles or more between Wednesday and Sunday, and more of them were likely to be driving while fewer were flying, according to AAA’s yearly analysis. Mauro Scappa and his wife, Chris, and their two children were among those who chose not to take to the skies. They braced themselves for delays as they waited at New York’s Penn Station for a train back to Washington, near their home in Falls Church, Va. But their train was expected on time Sunday

morning. “We definitely wanted to avoid the airport on Thanksgiving weekend, for sure,” Scappa said. Renee Kerns, her husband Mike and their two children left about 30 minutes earlier than usual to catch a flight to home to California. They anticipated longer lines at the Washington-area Dulles International Airport, but sailed through security in about 10 minutes and were at their gate for their 8:30 a.m. flight to Oakland, Calif., more than an hour before their flight. “It was fine,” Renee Kerns said of getting through security. Added her husband: “Easy, but we’re early.” Helped by dry weather and mostly clear skies, both O’Hare and Midway international airports in Chicago reported normal operations Sunday with no delays. Leonard Reddick, 29, waited near downtown Chicago for a bus back to Flint, Mich. He traveled on Thanksgiving day to see his sister in the Chicago area, explaining that it’s his trick for avoiding the huge crowds on the day before the holiday. He also liked the $84 roundtrip fare. Reddick, who works at General Motors, was rethinking one decision as he was gearing up for the five-hour trip back home to Michigan: He had declined the turkey and mac and cheese leftovers because he thought it might mess up his luggage. The tens of millions of holiday travelers also included a few thousand users of Megabus, the ultracheap inter-city network popular among students and the creative class. Shane Dillon, 26, a librarian now living and seeking work in Chicago, joined the throng waiting to board at Detroit’s Rosa Parks Transit Center for the return trip to the Windy City. He was in the area visiting relatives in Allen Park, Mich. “It was great to see family and friends. The food was good,” Dillon said. A few days, though, was enough. “I’m glad to be going home.” Dense fog greeted travelers at Union Station in Los Angeles early

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Sunday, but it didn’t appear to cause problems. Mike Lansing, 63, and his wife, Kay, 60, opted to take Amtrak for the first time to their home in the San Francisco Bay area after weighing high gas prices. They spent a week in LA with their daughter, son-in-law and new grandson. He said he’s relieved not to have to get behind the wheel. “I don’t know if we’re really saving any money, but it’s an adventure!” said Kay Lansing. At the Boise Airport, Charles Beyer, 59, waited for luggage after having just arrived from Portland, Ore., where he visited his son and daughter. He said he found most of his fellow passengers complacent about the challenges of traveling during the holiday weekend through packed airports. “The good old days of pulling up to the curb and getting onto the airplane in five minutes are long gone,” he said.

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SALEM — A bald eagle found in an animal trap on Thanksgiving Day was freed by police who watched it fly away apparently unharmed beyond a small cut on its leg, Salem police said Friday. On Thursday afternoon James Ransom of Metheun, Mass., who was scouting hunting locations, called police to report that he had found the eagle next to the recently skinned remains of a beaver. Police said it appeared the eagle was attempting to feed on the beaver and got caught in the trap. Officer John O’Donnell covered the eagle with a blanket while Ransom worked to untangle the bird’s wing from around a small tree and to release the jaws of the trap. They determined there was

just a minor cut on one of the eagle’s talons, where the trap had snapped shut. Sgt. Mike Wagner attempted to pick him up with the blanket, but the eagle was fine and flew right out of his hands. The group watched as the eagle flew several hundred yards away and landed on top of a large pine tree. Wagner said as they worked to free the eagle, the officers were able to find an identification band on the leg of the eagle, which contained a serial number. Police later determined the trap was in compliance with state law and the identification tag for the owner was found at the scene. The eagle was not the intended target of the trap. “It is being considered a rare and unfortunate incident that fortunately had a happy ending,” Wagner said.


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Gaza Strip cease-fire raises hopes for reconstruction By SARAH EL DEEB Associated Press

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Mohammed Falah Azzam has been through this before. His mother’s home was bombed in the 2008-09 Israeli military offensive in the Gaza Strip, which left hundreds dead and thousands of homes destroyed. In renewed fighting last week, an entire block of buildings housing his extended family was badly damaged in an airstrike that Israel said was aimed at a militant. While none of his relatives was hurt, the 61-year-old retired schoolteacher once again has to worry about providing shelter for his family. Some relatives are sleeping in an empty shop, squeezed in with other family members. Others are spending their nights in rooms covered in plastic wrap to shield them from the winter rain because all the windows were blown out. “This is going to cost thousands,” Azzam said. “The longer I wait, the more damage will happen,” he added, pointing to a heavily damaged building sitting atop tilting concrete columns. Azzam finds himself caught again in a pile of paperwork to seek assistance, trying to secure hard-to-get construction materials. This time, he hopes the process will be smoother, thanks to both of Israel’s pledges to ease its longstanding border blockade and the

newfound political clout of Gaza’s Hamas rulers in the region. Israel promised to ease the blockade as part of a cease-fire last week that ended eight days of intense fighting. But difficult negotiations lie ahead, and there is no firm timeline for lifting the restrictions. Israel launched its offensive Nov. 14 in response to months of rocket fire out of Gaza. It carried out some 1,500 airstrikes during the fighting, while Palestinian militants lobbed a similar number of rockets into Israel.

Reconstruction since the 2008-09 fighting has been slow, in large part because of Israel’s blockade. Israel imposed the restrictions in 2007, after Hamas, a militant group sworn to its destruction, wrested power over the coastal strip from the government of Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Under international pressure, Israel loosened the blockade in 2010 but maintained tight restrictions on imports of glass, cement, metal and other construction materials, saying they could be di-

“This is going to cost thousands. The longer I wait, the more damage will happen.”

Mohammed Falah Azzam

Retired school teacher

The damage to buildings in Gaza appears less extensive than it was four years ago. The United Nations estimates 10,000 homes were destroyed or damaged, while Hamas has put the number at about 8,000, including 500 that were destroyed or heavily damaged. In comparison, U.N. relief agencies said as many as 40,000 homes were affected in the earlier round of fighting. Israel said its airstrikes are aimed at militants, and it blames Hamas for the damage, accusing the group of using residential areas for cover.

verted for military use. Only U.N agencies and international organizations in the Palestinian territory are allowed to import such material from Israel for their own projects. To make up the shortage, a bustling smuggling industry through underground tunnels along the Egyptian border has sprung up. While prices for key construction goods have come down, they still remain expensive for the majority of the population in Gaza, where the unemployment rate is over 30 percent and 80 percent of the people rely on U.N. handouts.

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“The blockade in terms of housing impacts us primarily — the U.N. — and the people who are most vulnerable who don’t have access to jobs or economic opportunity,” said Scott Anderson, deputy director of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency. “People who have money, it is easily available.” In the short term, there is no relief in sight. During the recent offensive, Israel heavily targeted the tunnels, which are also used to bring weapons into Gaza. Residents along the border say that smugglers and tunnel owners are still inspecting the damage but that many of the tunnels still operate, though at reduced capacity. An Egyptian security official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media, estimated that half the tunnels are not functioning. With a sullied face and wearing only his undergarments, Azzam gave up his search for valuables in the rubble of his destroyed home on a recent day. He sat down to take a break and do some math.

“They promised that after things calm down, they will begin to reconstruct all homes destroyed and not just ours.”

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His mother’s house was destroyed by an Israeli airstrike in 2009. Since then, he has barely managed to rebuild one of its two floors. A $25,000 grant he received from an Arab fund did not cover the costs, and materials for the project have been hard to come by. The Hamas government has given him $1,000 to find a place to live for now, and each member of the extended family received a similar amount. With housing in tight supply and rents skyrocketing, Azzam said the money will not last long. “As we look there are no places to begin with,” he said. “If we find a place, rent will be around $300 or $400. Before it was $200.” Yasser al-Shanti, deputy of the ministry of public works and housing in the Hamas government, said construction materials will start flowing into Gaza again once the tunnels are up and running again. But Hamas’ real hope is that Israel and Egypt will lift border restrictions to allow large quantities of goods into the territory through proper border crossings. Hamas has high hopes for Egypt’s new Islamist government, which is far more sympathetic to the Islamic group than the ousted regime of Hosni Mubarak. The Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt is currently

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limited to foot traffic. Hamas, an offshoot of Egypt’s ruling Muslim Brotherhood, wants Egypt to turn the crossing into a bustling cargo terminal. “We expect that international and Arab institutions are ready to help. We don’t expect to have a problem,” al-Shanti said. Hamas has put the damage to Gaza’s civilian infrastructure at roughly $750 million, a sum that will probably have to be raised through special U.N. emergency appeals and donations from wealthy Arab countries. The future of the crossing will be a central issue in indirect, Egyptian-brokered negotiations between Israel and Hamas. Under the cease-fire, Israel made a vague commitment to ease its closing of Gaza. But the details must be negotiated. With Hamas rejecting Israel’s key demand — that arms smuggling into Gaza be halted — it remains far from certain whether Hamas will get what it wants. Egypt also has not been clear how far it is willing to open its border,

fearing that this will allow Israel to “dump” Gaza on Egypt and undermine hopes for reconciliation between Hamas and Abbas’ rival government in the West Bank. Ayman el-Kholi, whose twostory home was destroyed in an Israeli airstrike aimed at militants, said Hamas government representatives and fighters, including Hamas strongman Mahmoud Zahar, visited him and promised compensation. “They promised that after things calm down, they will begin to reconstruct all homes destroyed and not just ours,” he said. In the meantime, the 41-yearold banker has sent his six children to sleep at various relatives’ homes, and he is staying with a friend. The rubble from the destroyed building was still in a heap on Sunday as he waited for the only government tractor to come remove it. The entire block was damaged by airstrike. Shops were buried and a nearby workshop for electrical appliances was severely damaged. “We don’t save in banks. All my money was in the house. All of it is now under the rubble, around $10,000 plus my wife’s gold,” elKholi said. “We are waiting for an opening of the crossing. We are waiting for donor countries, from Arab countries, to help us rebuild the house again.”

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Cyber Monday likely to be busiest online sales day By MAE ANDERSON Associated Press

NEW YORK — Americans clicked away on their computers and smartphones for deals on Cyber Monday, which is expected to be the biggest online shopping day in history. Shoppers are expected to spend $1.5 billion on Cyber Monday, up 20 percent from last year, according to research firm comScore. That would not only make it the biggest online shopping day of the year, but the biggest since comScore started tracking shoppers’ online buying habits in 2001. Online shopping was up 26.6 percent on Cyber Monday compared with the same time period a year ago, according to figures released Monday evening by IBM Benchmark, which tracks online sales. Sales from mobile devices, which include tablets, rose 10.2 percent. The group does not track dollar amount sales. The strong start to Cyber Monday, a term coined in 2005 by a shopping trade group that noticed people were doing a lot of shopping on their work computers on the Monday following Thanksgiving, comes after overall online sales rose significantly during the four-

day holiday shopping weekend that began on Thanksgiving. “Online’s piece of the holiday pie is growing every day, and all the key dates are growing with it,” said Forrester Research analyst Sucharita Mulpuru. “The Web is becoming a more significant part of the traditional brick-and-mortar holiday shopping season.” It’s the latest sign that Americans are becoming addicted to the convenience of the Web. With the growth in smartphones and tablet computers, shoppers can buy what they want, whenever they want, wherever they want. As a result, retailers have ramped up the deals they’re offering on their websites during the holiday shopping season, a time when stores can make up to 40 percent of their annual revenue. Amazon.com, which started its Cyber Monday deals at 12:01 a.m. Monday, is offering as much as 60 percent off a Panasonic VIERA 55inch TV that’s usually priced higher than $1,000. Sears is offering $430 off a Maytag washer and dryer, each on sale for $399. And Kmart is offering 75 percent off all of its diamond earrings and $60 off a 12-in-1 multigame table on sale for $89.99. Delisa O’Brien, 24, took advantage of some of the deals on Monday. O’Brien, who said she

would rather shop online than deal with the crowds in stores, bought an H-P Notebook for $399 on Hewlett Packard’s website for her mother. The company threw in a free Nook e-book reader with her purchase. “When it comes to Black Friday, I’m a tiny, 5’1” woman and the thought of having to push and shove my way through hoards of people just to get cheap merchandise is kind of a nightmare to me,” said O’Brien, a Brooklyn, N.Y. resident. “My mom gets a new laptop, I get an e-reader, and all without spending too much money. ... Everybody wins.”

Online shopping was up 26.6 percent on Cyber Monday compared with the same time period a year ago. Chas Rowland, 34, a pastor in Vicksburg, Miss., agrees. He said that he prefers shopping online on his iPad. On Cyber Monday, he bought clothes at several online retailers, toys at Toys R Us and elec-

tronics and phone accessories from Best Buy. He got at least 40 percent off everything and free shipping on some items. “The best part was that I got to sleep while everyone else was standing in lines all night long on Black Friday,” he said. How well retailers fare on Cyber Monday will offer insight into Americans’ evolving shopping habits during the holiday shopping season. With the growth in high speed Internet access and the wide use of smartphones and tablets, people are relying less on their work computers to shop than they did when Shop.org, the digital division of trade group The National Retail Federation, introduced the term “Cyber Monday.” As a result, the period between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday has become busy for online shopping as well. Indeed, online sales on Thanksgiving Day, traditionally not a popular day for online shopping, rose 32 percent over last year to $633 million, according to comScore. And online sales on Black Friday were up 26 percent from the same day last year, to $1.042 billion. It was the first time online sales on Black Friday surpassed $1 billion. For the holiday season-to-date,

NJ Gov. Christie says he plans to seek 2nd term By ANGELA DELLI SANTI Associated Press

MIDDLETOWN, N.J. — His popularity surging because of his handling of Superstorm Sandy, Gov. Chris Christie announced Monday that he will seek re-election so he has the chance to lead the state through a recovery effort he said will extend past his first term. “The public needs to know that I’m in this for the long haul, that the person who has helped to lead them through the initial crisis wants to help lead them through the rebuilding and restoration of our state,” he said at a news briefing in Middletown, where he had come to thank first responders and volunteers. “It would be wrong for me to leave now,” the 50-year-old Republican governor said. “I don’t want to leave now. We have a job to do. That job won’t be finished by next year.” The gubernatorial election is a year from now. Christie said he made his decision after talking with his family over the weekend. He said his wife and four children, ages 9 to 19, were unanimous in their decision he should run again. “I have a job to finish that six weeks ago I never anticipated having,” he said. The governor filed papers with election officials Monday cementing his intention to seek a second term. The step allows Christie to set up a campaign headquarters, hire staff and raise money toward his re-election. A formal announce-

ment is expected in January. Christie carried the Democratic-leaning state by 86,000 votes in 2009, an upset win over Democratic incumbent Jon Corzine. Christie, who has become a national figure during his first term, is riding an unprecedented wave of popularity because of how he handled the storm, which he said Friday had caused more than $29 billion in damages in New Jersey. Even Democrats have applauded his hands-on response. He appeared on “Saturday Night Live” in his trademark fleece pullover this month to lampoon his own nationally televised storm briefings. About the only criticism directed his way since Superstorm

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Sandy attacked the coast in late October has come from fellow Republicans who have lambasted him for embracing President Barack Obama as the two toured New Jersey’s ravaged coastline six days before the presidential election. Some

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even blame Christie for tipping a close election to the president. Christie was the first governor to endorse Mitt Romney; he raised $18.2 million for the GOP nominee and crisscrossed the country as an in-demand surrogate for Republican candidates. Some are still questioning his party loyalty, however, as they did after Christie delivered the keynote address at the party’s nominating convention in Tampa. Critics saw that August speech as too much about Christie and not enough about Romney. The prospect of Christie seeking a second term became likely after he spurned overtures by Republican bigwigs to enter the 2012 presidential contest and more so when he later ruled himself out as vice presidential material with a resounding “I love the job I have now.” Buzz over a Christie 2016 run has become muted since the governor boarded Marine One with Obama. So far, no one has stepped forward to challenge him as governor. Several Democrats, most prominently Newark Mayor Cory Booker, have been thinking aloud about running for their party’s nomination. Christie said he hadn’t spoken to Booker except by text in about 10 days and didn’t know the mayor’s political intentions. “My expectation is, Anybody who wants to run is going to run,” Christie said. “We only know one person who’s running, and that is me. All the rest are going to have to make their own judgments.”

Christie’s reputation for bluntness and penchant for confrontation have made him a YouTube sensation and sometimes obscured policy changes he has championed. With the help of Democrats who control both houses of the state Legislature, Christie took on public worker unions, enacting sweeping pension and health benefits changes that cost workers more and are designed to shore up the underfunded public worker retirement and health care systems long term. He also enacted a 2 percent property tax cap with few loopholes to try to slow the annual growth rate of property taxes, already the highest in the nation at an average of $7,519 when adjusted for rebates. Christie’s education reforms have been slower to accomplish, and Democrats have refused to budge on his signature issue for this year, a phased-in 10 percent tax cut. With tax collections underperforming the administration’s projections and storm rebuilding threatening to eat further into revenues, Democrats are unlikely to waver on their position that the state can’t afford the cut. Christie’s handling of the state’s struggling economy, a potential Achilles heel, has taken a back seat to the storm recovery. But unemployment remains a stubborn 9.7 percent, or 1.6 percent above the national jobless rate, and it’s too early to tell whether tax collections will rebound to match administration projections for the fiscal year that began in July.

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comScore found that $13.7 billion has been spent online, marking a 16 percent increase over last year. The research firm predicts that online sales will surpass 10 percent of total retail spending this holiday season. The National Retail Federation estimates that overall retail sales in November and December will be up 4.1 percent this year to $586.1 billion. But as other days become popular for online shopping, Cyber Monday may lose some of its cache. To be sure, Cyber Monday hasn’t always been the biggest online shopping day. In fact, up until three years ago, that title was historically earned by the last day shoppers could order items with standard shipping rates and get them delivered before Christmas. That day changes every year, but usually falls in late December. Even though Cyber Monday is expected to be the biggest online shopping day of the year, industry watchers say it could just be a matter of time before other days take that ranking. “Of all the benchmark spending days, Thanksgiving is growing at the fastest rate, up 128 percent over the last five years,” said Andrew Lipsman, a spokesman with comScore.

In Brief New England Occupy groups join Walmart protests on Friday AUGUSTA, Maine — Occupy protesters in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont joined others across the nation in Black Friday pickets at Walmart stores. In New Hampshire, groups demonstrated in Somersworth, Manchester, Derry, Salem and other locations to take issue with wages, benefits and treatment of employees of the world’s largest retailer. In Ellsworth, one of the Maine communities where protesters appeared, about 15 activists near the city’s Walmart Supercenter held signs with slogans such as “Support the strike!” and “Boycott Black Friday!” In Williston, Vt., Walmart shoppers were greeted by about 20 protesters Friday morning. Police relocated the protesters off of the Wal-Mart property.

Police Log Nov. 19 Jeremy Mastro, 27, 300 Boyntin St., Manchester, N.H., UNHPD, simple assault, failure to pay child support, 11:14 a.m. Nov. 26 Daved Strzykalski, 18, 3 Dow Ave., Atkinson, N.H., 03811, Williamson, possession of controlled drugs, 1:15 a.m.


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Cannabis concessions

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magine the mayor of an American town is driving her young daughter to school in the morning when an SUV comes to a screeching halt in front of her car. She is dragged out of her vehicle by armed men, and she begs them to leaver her daughter alone before entering the SUV. No one sees her for days. This is what happened to Maria Santos Gorrostieta, mayor of the western state of Michoacán in Mexico, earlier this month. A few days after her abduction, her body was found on the side of a road in the southern part of Michoacán. Gorrostieta was likely tortured before being murdered, yet another victim of the Mexican drug war. She died a heroine, surviving two prior assassination attempts, all the while championing the rights of her people and speaking out against drug-related violence. Unfortunately, Gorrostieta’s death has become part of the norm in Mexico, as the war on drugs rages on, a war funded by the United States of America. Ever since the propaganda film “Reefer Madness” was released in 1936, a large portion of the American public has viewed marijuana as a drug on the same level as narcotics, stimulants, hallucinogens and other chemical drugs. The federal government has viewed it the same way for more than 40 years, criminalizing marijuana under the Controlled Substance Act of 1970. While states have made exceptions for medical use, possessing, using, selling or cultivating marijuana is still illegal for most Americans. Of course, making the drug illegal in the United States has only raised the demand for marijuana, and

the cannabis crop often associated with peaceful hippies is helping to fuel one of the bloodiest conflicts in the world right now.

And the group of people who are fueling this drug trade? Americans, who use marijuana more than any other country in the world. More than 47,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence in Mexico since the country began its war on drugs in 2006, according to the Mexican government. Outside reports have the death toll as high as 60,000. Corruption has infiltrated the country’s institutions, most notably the police force, which is so corrupt that it is essentially useless as a defense against drug cartels in most parts of Mexico. And the group of people who are fueling this drug trade? Americans, who use marijuana more than any other country in the world; a World Health Organization survey published in 2008 found that 42 percent of Americans use cannabis. The demand in America helps fuel the multi-billion dollar drug trade that is centered in Mexico. Making marijuana illegal to grow and distribute in the United States has never been able to halt the actual use of the drug. It has only served to make selling the drug one of the most

profitable criminal enterprises in the world for the violent Mexican drug cartels. And the violence does not stop in Mexico, as it has often spilled across America’s southern borders. A U.S. border patrol agent was shot and killed in an Arizona border town in early October, likely as a result of drug violence. Washington and Colorado recently took a step in the right direction by passing ballot initiatives to legalize recreational use of marijuana, although it is still illegal in the eyes of the federal government. A Rasmussen Reports survey from May found that 56 percent of likely voters support legalizing and regulating marijuana the same way alcohol and tobacco are regulated. Outgoing Mexican president Felipe Calderon recently said that the Mexican drug war will never end unless the United States either curbs its drug consumption or uses “market mechanisms” to stem the flow of drug money to Mexico. Calderon means that Americans must stop paying for illegal drugs from across the border and create safe, legal markets from which to purchase marijuana. It has become abundantly clear that legalizing marijuana nationwide is the clearest choice of action for the United States. This is not about young adults being able to toke up with some friends and play Mario Kart without fear of the cops knocking on their door. The stability of our most immediate southern neighbor and ally is at stake. Marijuana legalization would cut profits to cartels, curb the violence in Mexico and end many of the problems that U.S. officials currently face.

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harles Dickens once described a future of contradictions, writing that, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us...” More than any other era, that time is now. We are off balance at a precipice of inevitable change; we have an ever expanding technological horizon, rapidly diminishing natural resources, an out of control global population and a planet at capacity. Two months ago, five UNH students met with some of the most senior level administrators of our university to discuss the possibility of divesting the endowment from fossil fuel corporations, and reinvesting in socially and environmentally responsible companies. As we found out, investments are actually made by an external company, Prime Buchholz, and major decisions go through the Foundation’s Board of Directors, and the Investment and Finance Committee. They declined to provide a position or opinion on divestment at the time, however, last week the Student Environmental Action Coalition received the official statement of the UNH Foundation regarding its stance on divestment from fossil fuel companies. It read, “The UNH Foundation’s primary responsibility as stewards of donor-endowed funds

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A tale of two cities, submerged is to generate the maximum amount of return for UNH to support students, faculty and programs.” UNH cannot continue making all of its decisions only considering what is profitable instead of what is ethical. At what cost to society do we keep running business as we are? Would UNH invest in the drug trade or sex trafficking? Many of the fossil fuel corporations we believe UNH invests in break laws and regulations on a regular basis, and people are dying because of them. We know UNH would not want to invest in crimes against humanity, but the effects of burning fossil fuels rise to that level, so where and when do we draw the line? Hampshire College and Unity College have officially divested their endowments from fossil fuels, and there are active campaigns underway on 47 campuses across the United States. Just last week, 72 percent of Harvard students voted in favor of divesting the university’s $30.7 billion endowment from fossil fuels. The finest academic institutions in this country took a stand against the racial injustice of Apartheid by supporting a similar divestment campaign. It was obvious and undeniable then, as it is now, that the issue of Apartheid was a deeply moral one and that investment in any companies that were perpetuating that system was unethical and outside the mission of most major universities. In this instance, the call to action is even louder, the mission more deeply

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Fiona Gettinger moral. We are not taking action for a specific people in a specific place, we are taking action for all people everywhere, for clean air, clean water, and a stable climate for children yet unborn. The stakes are the highest imaginable – ensuring the ability of our planet to sustain life for future generations. As an institution that is focused on preparing this generation for its future, we have a responsibility to ensure that there is one for which to be prepared. In discussions on this topic, we have repeatedly heard the term “fiduciary duty,” the legal obligation of one party to act in the best interest of another. While the term is too often used to mean exclusively increasing profits, fiduciary duty is actually a broad obligation to ensure that UNH’s mission is best upheld. UNH was established as an agricultural school, therefore a commitment to the prevention of further climate change is absolutely fundamental. Our mission, as stated on the UNH website, notes that, “[UNH] has a national and international agenda” with “a strong sense of responsibility for this special place, a commitment to serving the public good.” For an institution of higher learning to continue to completely disregard its own mission and prioritize profit over the

We are not alone

he anatomical Homo sapiens have been walking Earth for nearly a quarter of a million years. On a 24-hour clock we came about roughly at 23:58:43 in comparison to the age of Earth. Not until 500 B.C. did Pythagoras claim that Earth was not flat and nearly 1,000 years later, 450 years ago, the telescope was invented. I was alive when America’s first optical telescope, Hubble, was sent into space. To say we know much about what lies within the confines of our universe is to be dense. I have always found it intriguing that humans have maintained a highly egocentric view of ourselves. Always convinced that the greatest city lay at the “center of Earth.” Always convinced that the sun and planets revolved around us. Always convinced that we were at the center of all stars in the galaxy. Always convinced that we had someone watching over our particular planet, our particular species, and that we were the only living organisms, let alone “intellectuals,” in the universe. How humbling it is to lay on a grassy hilltop staring into a deep, dark sky, knowing that we are one of a handful of minor planets revolving around an average star, one of the over quarter trillion (with a “T”) estimated stars in the Milky Way with likely more than that in planets. While knowing that there are roughly the same number of galaxies in the universe as there

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are stars in the Milky Way, how can one remotely claim to believe that Earth is the only harbinger of life? I haven’t even begun to talk about the age of the universe. It is because of the Hubble Space Telescope that we know the universe to be 13.72 billion years old, humans existing with telescopes for 3.28 millionths of a percent of that existence. Countless stars and planets have been born and have died off before Earth was even formed, all with the potential chance to hold the conditions for life to arise. The odds are ever stacked in favor for life to exist elsewhere in the universe. With a symbolically infinite number of places for life to arise and do so in less than a billion years (in Earth’s example) — there can only be one answer as far as I am concerned. We are not alone. Chemically, there really isn’t anything special about us. We are made of water and carbon mostly. Hydrogen, oxygen and carbon are among the most abundant elements in the universe — carbon having more combinations than any other element combined. Ranking order of abundance of elements in the universe to that of humans, you find they match up perfectly, all elements having

been forged in the creation and destruction of stars. “We are star stuff,” as the late and great Carl Sagan put it. If you are not familiar with the Hubble photo called “Ultra Deep Field,” I highly recommend you look it up. This was a photo taken by Hubble after we pointed it in a very dark area of the sky for a long time. The result was nearly 10,000 individual galaxies and only a handful of lone stars in the foreground. If you were to hold the hole of a threading needle up into the night sky, everything that falls within “Ultra Deep Field” fits inside that eye of the needle. Here’s the catch. We know that it takes time for light to travel a distance, and we know how far away those galaxies are (13 billion light years), which means we are essentially looking back in time to galaxies and stars that don’t exist anymore. At any point in time, one of the solar systems within one of those galaxies could have held the right conditions for life to rise. These systems, having long been destroyed, could have been replaced with new systems with completely new conditions to bear chance for life to grab hold. Extraterrestrial life in the universe is inevitable with these sorts of odds. Do I believe we have been visited by aliens? No. In a followup column I will talk about what I believe to be the implications of such an encounter.

well being of its students will set a precedent of avarice and indifference to the suffering of others. This university also happens to be near the coast and is at risk of directly seeing the effects of climate change as Hurricane Sandy made so apparent just a month ago. So the fact that the Foundation is not thinking about the preservation of this campus is a violation of fiduciary duty in and of itself. The UNH Foundation needs to consider the very real consequences of climate change. From hurricanes to desertification and drought, these consequences have been increasing in proportion in the last decade. Global carbon dioxide emissions for 2011 were yet again the highest in human history, and recent scientific studies estimate global temperature rise to be between 4 and 6 degrees Celsius by the end of this century. Our generation has grown up in a world of extreme weather and natural disasters, and we have never experienced a month or year that has been colder than average. This is the legacy that our parents left us, and we will leave our children an uninhabitable planet if we do nothing about it. The Foundation’s statement acknowledges that, “Sustainability is a leading priority for UNH” but continues on to say that, “The Foundation recognizes student interest in seeking better alignment between the university’s focus on sustainability programs and the

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Foundation’s investment policy; however, divestment in fossil fuels is not a practical or feasible option for the UNH Foundation.” There is no explanation or evidence provided as to why it is not a practical option. As far as we know they denied the possibility without even inquiring into the actual feasibility of divestment at UNH. As more universities and colleges across the nation divest their endowments from fossil fuels, it will be embarrassing for UNH to fall behind in sustainability, something in which we have claimed to be a leader and innovator. UNH has the opportunity to become the first state university to divest its endowment from fossil fuels, or it can refuse to stand up to the corporations which are obliterating the futures of its own students. The Student Environmental Action Coalition will continue to be an active voice on this campus, speaking out against UNH funding climate change and the suffering of millions of people worldwide. Join us this Thursday, Nov. 29, outside of Thompson Hall at 12:40 p.m. to ask President Huddleston to discuss the most important issue our species has ever faced.

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Fiona Gettinger is a sophomore at UNH and president of the on-campus chapter of SEAC. You can contact SEAC at unhseac@gmail.com or by stopping by their office in MUB 139.

Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Thumbs up to UNH men’s hockey being ranked No. 2 in the country. Thumbs down to running out of Thanksgiving leftovers. Thumbs up to the official start of the holiday season — it is now acceptable to listen to Christmas music. Thumbs down to having to worry about Christmas shopping. Thumbs up to fewer than two weeks left of classes. Thumbs down to procrastination.

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UNH continues losing skid against the Crusaders

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Junior Patrick Konan posted 13 points and the Wildcats opened the second half with a 13-3 run to erase a HC 60 10-point defiUNH 50 cit, but the University of New Hampshire men’s basketball team fell at Holy Cross, 60-50, Saturday afternoon at the Hart Recreation Center. New Hampshire drops to 2-3 on the season, while the Crusaders improve to 4-2 overall. In addition to Konan, senior Ferg Myrick also reached doublefigure scoring with 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting to pair with five rebounds. Senior Chandler Rhoads posted a season-high five assists to go along with six points and seven boards. Dave Dudzinski paced the Crusaders with a game-high 19 points, while Cullen Hamilton and Malcolm Miller recorded 11 and 10, respectively. Holy Cross opened up the contest with a 7-2 lead through the first 3:31 of action, until Myrick came off the bench and netted six unanswered points, capped off with a three-pointer, to pull the Wildcats within one at 9-8 at 14:33. The Crusaders responded with five unanswered points, but the Wildcats answered right back with a 6-1 stretch as a Rhoads layup kept the Wildcats within one point midway through the opening stanza. From there, Hamilton hit back-to-back treys to spark a 12-2 Crusader run and put the home side in front, 27-16, at the 6:34 mark. Konan was able to slice the deficit to eight after he drilled a three-pointer from the corner, but the Crusaders held a 33-23 advantage at halftime. New Hampshire kicked off the second half with a 6-0 run as freshman Chris Orozco contributed four points during the stretch to bring the Wildcats within four, 33-29. After Holy Cross stopped the run with a three-pointer, the Wildcats reeled off seven straight points to complete the 13-3 stretch and even the score at 36-36 with 15:18 remaining. The teams swapped baskets over the next four scores to remain tied at 40-40 before the Wildcats took the lead on a pair of free throws by junior Chris Pelcher to move in front, 42-41, at the 10:47 mark.

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continued from page 16 game after. The win over Cornell is the Wildcats’ third of the year, giving UNH a record of 3-1. The lone loss came last Tuesday in a close fought match with Boston College. New Hampshire trailed for the majority of the first half, but broke through at the beginning of the second half. The 10-0 run was started by a layup made by senior

1. Boston College 2. UNH 3. Boston University 4. Providence 5. Merrimack UMass-Amherst 7. Vermont 8. UMass-Lowell Northeastern 10. Maine

Conference Points 16 8-1-0 6-1-1 13 5-3-0 10 8 4-3-0 3-3-1 7 3-5-1 7 2-5-2 6 5 2-4-1 2-6-1 5 1-5-1 3

Overall 10-1-0 9-1-2 7-4-0 6-5-1 4-6-2 4-5-2 2-7-2 4-5-1 4-7-1 2-9-1

This weekend’s RESULTS: Saturday Friday Colgate 1 at Merrimack 1 (OT) St. Lawrence 5 at Northeastern Minnesota 5 at Vermont 1 UNH 4 at Colorado College 4 (OT)

Dartmouth 3 at BC 6 Princeton 1 at UMass Lowell 3 Providence 7 at Brown 0 QU 2 at UMass Amherst 2 (OT) St. Lawrence 0 at BU 4 Minnesota 3 at Vermont 1 UNH 6 at Denver 4

Goumas’ play rewarded STAFF REPORT The New HAMPSHIRE

MEG ORDWAY./STAFF

Sophomore Garrett Jones and the UNH men’s basketball team fell short to Holy Cross on Saturday, as the Crusaders went 12-12 on free throws within the last five minutes of play. From there, the Crusaders answered with a 7-0 run to regain the lead at 48-42 with 6:22 left to play. UNH trimmed the deficit to five at 50-45 on a jumper by Konan, but could not get closer the rest of the way as the Crusaders went a per-

fect 12-12 at the free throw line during the final 4:34 to hold the ‘Cats at bay and seal the victory. The Wildcats return to action on Thursday, Nov. 29 when they visit Connecticut at 7 p.m.

forward Morgan Frame. Belanger then followed up with a jump shot 90 seconds later. Reed got in on the action with a layup, with the assist by Belanger. Senior captain Kelsey Hogan put the exclamation point on the run with a sensational threepointer. Belanger then made a free throw and missed the next. The momentum would not last, as the Eagles pulled away in the last minute coupled with some untimely misses by the Wildcats,

specifically free throw misses by Belanger and a couple of threepointers that were wide by Hogan. Hogan, who logged 38 minutes in the loss to BC, did not play in the Cornell game on Sunday. It is unknown if this is due to injury or another reason. The Wildcats will next take the court on Wednesday at Harvard. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. Harvard is 4-2 on the season, including 1-0 at home. Last year, Harvard finished 18-12, including a win at UNH, 69-62.

Junior forward Kevin Goumas of the No. 2 University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team was named Hockey East Athletic Republic Player of the Week for the first time this season. In addition, the Wildcats were named Hockey East’s Team of the Week, collecting these honors for the second-straight week. The announcements were made Monday by the league office. This is Goumas’ first time receiving the Hockey East Player of the Week honor in his collegiate career and becomes the first UNH player to win this award since Dalton Speelman did so Oct. 15. Goumas registered seven points over the weekend (3.5 ppg) against a pair of nationally-ranked foes in Colorado. Goumas had a pair of assists in Friday night’s 4-4 tie at Colorado College. He posted a career-high five points, including a hat trick in a 6-4 win over then-No. 2 Denver. Goumas had 11 shots on net including nine against DU and was a +6 for the weekend. He leads Hockey East in points and assists. Goumas notched a natural hat trick with all three goals coming in the third period. He scored UNH’s fourth, fifth and sixth goals, the gametying, game-winning, and critical insurance goal to seal the victory for UNH. Goumas ranks first in

Kevin Goumas Hockey East in points (20) and assists (14), while ranking fourth and second in those respective categories nationally. New Hampshire erased an early 3-0 deficit at Denver to rally for the win. The team is 5-0-1 in the last six games and has matched its best start in program history with a 9-12 mark. Goumas and the Wildcats play a two-game series with UMass Lowell this weekend. The Wildcats play at the Whittemore Center Friday, Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. with television coverage on WBIN-TV and FOX College Sports Central. The Wildcats will then travel to the Tsongas Center Saturday, Dec. 1 with puck-drop at 7 p.m.

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The New Hampshire WOMEN’S HOCKEY

Minnesota blows out Wildcats UNH struggles defensively against Gophers By ROBERT WILSON STAFF WRITER

It was known coming into the weekend that the University of Minnesota women’s hockey team was a force Minnesota 4 with which to UNH 0 be reckoned with. They Minnesota 10 are not only UNH 2 the defending national champions in women’s NCAA Division-I ice hockey, but they hold the same depth of wellrounded players. They established themselves as the team to beat this season, coming into a weekend doubleheader against the University of New Hampshire with a 14-0-0 record. The Golden Gophers took care of business on Saturday afternoon for game one of the doubleheader, embarrassing the Wildcats by a score of 10-2. Minnesota opened up the game with three first period goals. The first one came 2:19 into the period off the stick of Amanda Kessel. Hannah Brandt then netted the next two as she scored 4:42 and 12:21 into the period. The one highlight of the game for the Wildcats was when Haley Breedlove got New Hampshire on the board with her first career goal, seconds after Brandt’s goal. Breedlove found a pass from teammate Caroline Broderick in front of the net, as Breedlove one-timed it past Minnesota goaltender Noora Raty. Kayla Mork was credited with the second assist on the play for her first point of the season. Through

one period of play Minnesota held a 3-1 lead. The Golden Gophers struck early again, as Lee Stecklein tallied her first goal of the year when she scored on a power play 3:06 into the second period. Rachael Bona then tallied a goal seconds later, 3:19 into the period to increase the lead at 5-1. Jessica Hitchcock helped put the ‘Cats back on the board with her third goal in two games with 13:52 left in the period on a power play to bring the score to 5-2. Megan Armstrong and Alexis Crossley tallied assists on the play. Minnesota increased its lead once again with a two-goal burst late in the second period, upping the lead to 7-2 with goals by Meghan Lorence and Bethany Brausen at 17:19 and 18:10 of the second period. Minnesota was up 7-2 after two periods of play. The Golden Gophers continued to dominate the Wildcats as they capped off their scoring in the third period with three more goals coming from Kessel, Kelly Terry and Brandt. After three periods of play, UNH fell 10-2. Minnesota outshot New Hampshire 37-9 over the course of the game. New Hampshire played a better defensive game on Sunday, but failed to put the puck past Amanda Leveille. Minnesota prevailed victorious once more as they won easily 4-0 to grab the sweep of the weekend series. Minnesota struck first as they broke the stalemate to take a 1-0 lead at the 12:10 mark of the first period when Lee Stecklein tallied her second goal of the season on a power play. New Hampshire

goaltender Moe Bradley prevented Minnesota from adding additional goals in the period after making a total of 14 saves on the 15 shots she faced. Through one period of play, the score was 1-0 in favor Minnesota. Minnesota’s knack for scoring early continued as it extended its lead just 1:34 into the second period courtesy of Rachel Bona’s sixth goal of the season. Milica McMillen then gave Minnesota a 3-0 lead with 5:54 remaining in the second period as she roofed the puck past Bradley. The Wildcats came into the third period with stronger offensive play as they doubled their shots over the previous two periods with eight, but they could not manage to score. Minnesota grabbed a quick score 3:02 into the third period by the offensive-minded Kessel, who tallied her 20th goal of the season on the penalty kill. The rest of the period remained competitive, but New Hampshire could not muster a goal as the ‘Cats were shut out by a final score of 4-0. Minnesota outshot them 43-16 in three periods of action. New Hampshire’s was Bradley, who received her first decision of the year, made an impressive 39 saves in net. With the two wins, Minnesota improves its record to an impressive 16-0-0. As for the two losses, UNH falls to 6-9-1 on the season. The Wildcats will take to the ice and look to gain new ground on Saturday, Dec. 1 when they host Northeastern in a Hockey East contest at 2 p.m. at the Whittemore Center.

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continued from page 16 coach Dick Umile and the senior leaders have instilled in the program. The ignominy of last year and all the disappointments that contributed to it have been buried and forgotten. Yes Wildcat fans, New Hampshire hockey is back where it belongs. Last year, the Wildcats faced off with Boston University twice before the start of December. New Hampshire lost each of those games with a combined score of 9-2. So far this season, UNH has met the Terriers twice as well, although this time it was the Wildcats kicking the dogs out the door. In their first meeting of the season New Hampshire surprised a clearly frustrated BU team with a 4-1 win. Less than a month later, the Wildcats traveled down to Agganis Arena and beat the Terriers once again, this time 3-1. The Wildcats’ early season travel last year was to Minnesota to take on St. Cloud State. UNH fell 7-5 in the first meeting and then managed to hold on to a tie in the second game. St. Cloud came to Durham for the regular season opener and UNH took both games of the doubleheader. This season’s trip was 2000 miles to Colorado, but playing in an unfamiliar place did not seem to have a negative affect on these Wildcats. UNH held on to Colorado College and recorded a tie. Without a day to rest, Umile and the Wildcats traveled to Denver and took on the Pioneers. Grayson Downing and Kevin Goumas each recorded hat tricks – first of each of their careers – and lifted the ‘Cats to an upset over Denver. New Hampshire was

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continued from page 16 the frame. DU turned the puck over at the blue line to Goumas, who slide the puck to Downing for a wrister. Denver scored to make it 4-2 at 10:09 as Loney fired a shot that was blocked by a UNH defender and was lost. The puck bounced out to Loney, who had an open net for an unassisted tap in. Both teams had nine shots on goal in the period. Downing completed the hat trick just 1:19 into the third period as he scored on a nifty backhander finishing off a one-on-none fast break. Credit Justin Agosta and Wyer with assists on the goal that cut it to 4-3. UNH tied it at 13:24 of the third as Goumas scored on a rebound goal that appeared to get lost in the pads of DU netminder Brittain. Casey Thrush and Maxim Gaudreault assisted on the tying tally. Goumas scored the go-ahead

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Senior forward John Henrion and the Wildcats have plenty to be happy about after a strong performance out West this past weekend. The team’s efforts now have it ranked No. 2 in the nation. goal, an unassisted goal, at 16:40 of the third period. In the first, Denver struck be-

fore New Hampshire, just 5:18 into the contest as Gabe Levin scored on a backhander from be-

hind the net that bounced in off the back of UNH netminder Casey DeSmith. Chris Knowlton and Jo-

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USCHO.com Rankings 1 – Boston College 2 – New Hampshire 3 – Minnesota 4 – Miami (OH) 5 – Denver 6 – Notre Dame 7 – North Dakota 8 – Union 9 – Boston University 10 – Western Michigan down by four goals before Downing and Goumas threw up six unanswered points and lifted the Wildcats past Denver 6-4. This game exemplifies the precise difference between this year’s team and the one that took the ice last year. Road games are crucial to a team and can define precisely what a team is about and represents. Before heading into these recent road games, including games at UMass Lowell and BU, players and coach Umile alike noted on the importance of getting a few wins on the road. “We can make a statement here,” Goumas said. The statement has been made. The season is still young though, and the Wildcats are over a month out from their first meeting with No. 1 Boston College. They will travel to BC on Jan. 11 and then return to Durham to host the Eagles on Jan. 12. If the two teams maintain their performance and composure as the top teams in the nation until then, we will certainly be in for a quality game of hockey. The Wildcats were out of the conversation last year. Now, they are the talk of the nation.

siah Didier assisted on the goal. DU doubled its lead just over a minute later as Daniel Doremus scored from the right slot on a wrister with assists from Nolan Zajac and David Makowski at 6:23. The Pioneers made it 3-0 as Matt Tabrum scored with assist from Loney and Quentin Shore at 9:05. New Hampshire replaced DeSmith with Wyer after the third goal. The Wildcats would get some pressure on Denver in the second half of the first, but had to kill off three penalties in the period and were not able to crack the scoreboard. DU held a slim 11-9 shot advantage in the first. The Wildcats outshot Denver 31-27 for the game. Denver was 0-5 on the power play, while UNH was 0-1 in just 19 seconds of power play time. UNH returns to action Nov. 30 against the UMass-Lowell River Hawks. Puck drops at 7:30 p.m. at the Whittemore Center with TV coverage on WBIN-TV and FOX College Sports.

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Win over Denver shows contrast to 2011-12 season From the bullpen Nick Stoico

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Junior forward Kevin Goumas notched seven points in two games over Thanksgiving break, including a five-point game that included a hat trick on Saturday night in the ‘Cats’ 6-4 win over then-No. 2 Denver.

Riding mile-high

Big weekend vaults UNH to No. 2 in the nation STAFF REPORT THE NEW HAMPSHIRE

Grayson Downing and Kevin Goumas each scored their first career hat tricks as the then-No. 3 UniUNH 6 versity of New Hampshire Denver 4 men’s hockey UNH 4 team rallied Colorado 4 from a early 3-0 deficit to capture a 6-4 win over the then-No. 2 University of Denver on Saturday night in non-conference action at Magness Arena. The New Hampshire win on Saturday came after the Wildcats allowed two goals late on Friday to come away with a 4-4 overtime tie with No. 14 Colorado College. UNH, which is now 5-0-1 in its last six games, improves to 9-1-2 overall. Denver is now 9-3-0. The win and tie vaulted UNH up a spot to No. 2 in the nation. Goumas added a pair of assists for a career-high five points, while six other Wildcats factored in scoring. This marks the first time UNH

had two hat tricks in the same game since Jerry Pollastrone and Matt Fornataro did so in the Hockey East quarterfinals against UMass on March 15, 2008. Jeff Wyer came in net in relief of Casey DeSmith and stopped 18of-19 shots in 50:55 of time in net, earning his first collegiate win. Sam Brittain allowed five goals on 30 shots and falls to 4-2-0 on the season. Trailing 3-0 after one period, the Wildcats rallied with six of the game’s final seven goals, including four third-period goals to earn the come-from-behind win. UNH struck back with a shorthanded goal by Downing at 3:49 of the second. Brett Kostolansky chipped the puck to neutral ice where Kevin Goumas played the puck to Downing on the right wing. Downing raced down the boards and scored on a one-timer. New Hampshire cut it to 3-2 with a fouron-four goal by Downing at 7:41 of M HOCKEY continued on page 15

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Total number of points scored over the weekend by junior forward Kevin Goumas.

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Total number of hat tricks scored by UNH Saturday versus Denver.

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Total number of goals allowed consecutively on Friday night against Colorado College.

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Total number of goals scored by UNH in its win over No. 2 Denver.

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Total number of first place votes UNH received in the most recent USCHO.com poll.

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hree games into last year’s UNH men’s ice hockey campaign, and the season was already being called historical. “Wildcats off to worst start in 23 years,” was the headline that stretched across the main sports page in the Oct. 18, 2011 issue of The New Hampshire. The article was published following New Hampshire’s 5-1 loss to the eventual national champions, Boston College, bringing the Wildcats to a 0-3 record to start the season. The last time the Wildcats had started the season with three losses was 1988. The tone set at the opening of the season resonated with the team throughout the rest of year. For the first time since 2001, New Hampshire failed to make the playoffs and ended the season with an overall record of 15-19-3. At this point in the season last year, the Wildcats were 6-6-2 and continuously searching for the root of their problems. The season was slipping away with every misstep. Jump forward to present time. The Wildcats sit at No. 2 team in the nation following an upset win over Denver, 6-4. New Hampshire holds an overall record of 9-1-2. Hockey is the backbone of the athletic element of the UNH community and last season’s disappointments were difficult to sit through, but this season’s early successes are a testament to the mentality of the team that BULLPEN continued on page 15

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Wells boosts UNH to win By ARJUNA RAMGOPAL STAFF WRITER

Women’s basketball senior guard Lauren Wells, who has endured a frustrating season so far, broke through UNH 59 on Sunday afCornell 56 ternoon when she rolled in a layup with 27 seconds to go, putting the University of New Hampshire Wildcats up over Cornell, 57-56. Senior guard Cari Reed added two free throws, lifting New Hampshire past Cornell with a final score of 59-56. Wells played her second consecutive game coming off of the bench, with freshman guard Elizabeth Belanger taking the starting position. While Belanger played 36 minutes and registered a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds, Wells chipped in 24 minutes and nine points. Sophomore guard Ariel Gaston also got the start, joining guards Reed and Belanger in the Wildcats

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Lauren Wells smaller starting lineup of three guards and two forwards. Gaston, however, only played 12 minutes, opening things up for Wells, who played the majority of the second half, stepping on the W BBALL continued on page 14

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