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Did you take part in Black Friday or Cyber Monday? Check out this week’s ‘On The Spot’ to find out if your fellow Wildcats did. Page 11

Students compete for a sweet cause By DANIELLE LeBLANC STAFF WRITER

Build, build, as fast as you can; it’s time for the gingerbread house contest again. On Dec. 7, there will be the fifth annual gingerbread house-making contest in the MUB food court from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Entry costs $15 for each

preregistered team and $20 at the door. The students of Peterson Hall and “The Minis” organize the contest to raise money for On Belay. On Belay is a non-profit organization that provides adventure programs that build community among children who have or have had a family member with cancer. According to Ruth Abelmann, the chair of the board of On Belay, two stu-

dents who interned with On Belay five years ago started the contest. “I told them it would be cool to start a tradition and leave a legacy behind before they graduate,” Abelmann said. “… They started to brainstorm and came up with the gingerbread house contest.”

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The Wildcats beat Lafayette 45-7 in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday in Durham.

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Crushed under student debt Students struggle with growing price of higher education in NH

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ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE

By PHOEBE MCPHERSON DESIGN EDITOR

ebt: A word becoming synonymous with descriptions of students attending college in the state of New Hampshire. Recently, several studies revealed the Granite State to be the accumulator of the most student debt in the country. According to an October article in USA Today, students in debt make up three quarters of college graduates in New Hampshire. “The problem is that these days, college is far from cheap,” the article said. This is true. The average student graduating from a New Hampshire state university is walking the stage with more than $32,000 tied to the banks and government. “[You] just don’t see support for higher education,” Principal of PolEcon, a self-run research blog, Brian

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Durham will be holding its second annual Tree Lighting Celebration Friday, Dec. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. on Main Street. The event will block off a portion of downtown Durham and will feature family-friendly entertainment, games, holiday treats, a bonfire and visits from Santa and the Gingerbread Man.

UNH police chief hosting Twitter Town Hall By CASEY CONLEY FOSTER’S DAILY DEMOCRAT THE N.H. NEWS EXCHANGE

Got a burning question for University of New Hampshire Police Chief Paul Dean? This month, you can #askchiefdean directly. Just try to keep the messages to 140 characters. Dean will host a Twitter Town Hall on Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 1 to 3 p.m. that’s open to anyone in the UNH community with a Twitter account and an interest in campus safety. He’ll take questions in real time over Twitter and, where possible,

answer them right away. “I am hoping the majority of people take this as a positive opportunity to ask the police questions and we will do our best to answer them,” he said Monday. Dean said he will be answering the questions. Question and answer sessions over Twitter gained favor within the last two years as a way for political candidates (or their staffs) to interact directly with voters. It’s also becoming popular with law enforcement agencies around the country. This will be the first such forum for UNH police. Dean already maintains an

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Contents

The New Hampshire

Bleeding blue

Under the spotlight

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6 UNH junior Adam Carrington, lead singer of One Step Away, discusses his passion for music and all of the opportunities it has brought him.

‘Cats can’t claw back

The blood drive sponsored by the American Red Cross Club will continue from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.

Wildcat women continue slide

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16 Holy Cross managed to hold off a late Wildcat rally on Saturday, defeating UNH 63-52 in Lundholm Gymnasium.

This Week in Durham Dec. 3

Dec. 4

• Boren Awards Workshop, MUB Theatre I, 12:40-2 p.m. • Black Student Union Sit-In 15 Years Later, MUB Strafford Room, 5-6:15 p.m. • Musical Theatre Student Showcase, Hennessy Theatre, 6-8 p.m. • UNH Concert Band and UNH Symphonic Band, Johnson Theatre, 8 p.m.

• Free yoga class for students, MUB Wildcat Den, 12-1 p.m. • Winter Celebration Dinner, All Dining Halls, 4:30 p.m. • Aerial Dance Student Showcase, Newman Dance StudioNew Hampshire Hall, 7-8 p.m.

Dec. 5

• Evergreen Fair 2013, MUB Granite State Room, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. • Free HIV Testing Clinic in Honor of World AIDS Day, UNH Health Services Room 249, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. • Puppetry Student Showcase, Hennessy Theatre, 7-8 p.m.

Dec. 6

• Last day of class • Evergreen Fair 2013, MUB Granite State Room, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. • Free Yoga Class for Students, MUB Wildcat Den, 12-1 p.m. • Dance Student Showcase, Johnson Theatre, 7-8 p.m.

The Wildcats were swept by a physical Ohio State team this weekend, extending the team’s losing streak to five games.

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Gottlob said. “If you’re higher education, you don’t want to be thought of as less essential.” Tuition alone for the 20132014 academic year at the University of New Hampshire is $13,670 and $26, 390 for in-state and outof-state students, respectively. On top of that is the more than $1,400 in “student fees” for various anomalies such as athletic, transportation and “Memorial Union Building” fees. Students in the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics, Engineering and Computer Science majors in the College of Engineering and Physical Science, or music majors in the College of Liberal Arts can tack on up to $482 in additional fees per semester.

“That’s one of the

reasons that New Hampshire is higher. We don’t get a lot of money from the state.”

Brian Gottlob

PolEcon Principal

In 2011, UNH hiked its tuition 8.7 percent; a January 30, 2012 article in The New Hampshire reported that the school had increased its tuition for the 23rd straight year. But it’s not all bad, Keene State College senior and student trustee to the USNH Board of Trustees Allie Bedell said. USNH, the University System of New Hampshire, is the higher education system comprised of four different institutions: Plymouth State University, Granite State College, Keene State College and the University of New Hampshire. According to the USNH website, together the four universities award more than half of the diplomas in the state each year. “The university agreed to freeze tuition for the next biennium,” she said, “which is a really big step.” Over the summer, the Board of Trustees voted to make a twoyear freeze on in-state tuition. This freeze would mark the first action of its kind in 25 years. While this helps students attending college in state, out-of-state students are still in the line of fire. The breakdown of tuition shows that there is not one single factor that leads to the high cost of college. A headline for a Oct. 2012 article in The Nashua Telegraph stated that, “At $32,440, New Hampshire once again tops in nation in average student debt.” The article said that student “cost of attendance rose 147 percent for in-state students and 113 percent for out-of-states students.” “Two years ago [there was] a 45 percent cut in student appropriations,” Bedell said. “Unfortunately, those revenue streams have to come from somewhere.” But lack of funding is not the only problem contributing to college expenses. “I do think … [cost is] so high here because there tends to be a

lot of competition,” Gottlob said. “That’s very different than a lot of the country.” New England contains some of the nation’s most selective universities in the nation, such as Ivy League colleges. This comes back to the problem of public versus private funding. If a university (or college) is private, funding and student debt seems to be less of a problem. “But [there are] almost no programs in the state,” Gottlob said. “There is a very low level of state support.” Bedell begs to differ. She believes that students studying through USNH are receiving an education at a comparable bargain. “It is a highly competitive education that costs less than competitors,” she said. “It’s a relatively less expensive though [the] same education.” Gottlob agrees. “That’s one of the reasons that New Hampshire is higher. We don’t get a lot of money from the state,” he said. But according to Bedell, with USNH, this is not the case. “We are serious about keeping cost low,” she said. For most, if not all students, this is good news. Already weighed down with loans, there are students who work multiple jobs to put themselves through school, like junior Ben Randall. He majors in economics, is a brother of Sigma Phi Epsilon and has a passion for hockey. Randall is also one of the many UNH students currently trying not to think about how to pay off the loans he is accumulating while attending school in Wildcat Country. He transferred here from Minnesota with the mindset that he might as well make the best of college. “I figured I wanted to get as much as I could out of the college experience,” he said. But what does moving to a state with a reputation for the least affordable colleges mean when it comes to student debt?

“Education in the

state of New Hampshire [is a] quality education. It’s an investment in the future.”

Allie Bedell

USNH Board of Trustee student

It means working 20 to 25 hours a week at Best Buy Mobile to make rent and gas money. “I try to live off of … $50 a week,” he said. Regardless, Randall is like many other college students: full of ambition and optimism. “I’m optimistic, I think I’ll do fine,” he said. “Kids go to college to get a job one day. … You can’t be a downer about it.” But not all students are in the same predicament. Bedell is a residential assistant at Keene State so that she does not have to pay room and board. She is paying for college with a combination of scholarships, her parents’ and her own money. She does not qualify for financial aid.

“It’s a combined effort,” she said. Bedell will ultimately be graduating in the spring with zero debt. Students in the engineering department are not as worried about the “massive debt” they’re accumulating. One anonymous engineering student cited his relaxed demeanor to his trust in the field. “I’m not too concerned,” he said. “The field that we’re in … it’ll easily pay us back.” Sophomore engineering major Will Taveras will leave UNH with substantial debt, but he is excited about the opportunities presented to him after graduation. “I think [my field] definitely helps,” he said. “It is good to know that there’s so many out there looking to hire [us].” So the question is begged to students: Is college worth the investment if graduates are so weighed down? Bedell answered the question with an analogy: Higher education is like buying a car. You want to make an investment in something a little bit more expensive so that it will run longer. “Education in the state of New Hampshire [is a] quality education,” she said. “It’s an investment in the future.” According to UNH Business Services, the Board of Trustees is responsible for the decisions in students’ tuition and fees. The Board of Trustees decide not just UNH’s tuition, but all of the tuitions for schools associated with the University System of New Hampshire. In fact, the state of New Hampshire receives the least amount of state appropriations in the country, according to the most recent study released by the College Board. The College Board showed trends in college pricing of higher education. In the study, total state monies were released. Only two were reported as receiving less than $100 million for the year; New Hampshire received $82,697,778. This pales in comparison to California, which rings in at almost $10 billion in state funding. But according to Gottlob, New Hampshire has to “prove” its higher education’s worth to state lawmakers to receive more funding. This is something that’s difficult to do, when the outcome is 22and 23-year-old students venturing into an inflated economy, looking for a new job. But there is said to be hope for recent graduates and young adults as they enter into the workforce. Laura Everhart, marketing coordinator of Profit Tools, said that there’s lots of help for recent graduates in the real world at the Career and Internship Fair in the Whittemore Center on Oct.22. According to their website, Profit Tools is committed to assisting recent New Hampshire graduates through the Stay Work Play Challenge Grant, an incentive program intended to assist young graduates with financial obligations and federal loans. “The bottom line is … although graduating with debt is a strain, it’s an investment in your future,” Bedell said. “It will allow you to do meaningful work in your field.”

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Amazon’s delivery drones: An idea that may not fly By SCOTT MAYEROWITZ Associated Press

NEW YORK — Jeff Bezos’ idea to let self-guided drones deliver packages may be too futuristic for Washington to handle. The Amazon CEO is working on a way to use the small aircraft to get parcels to customers in 30 minutes or less. While flight technology makes it feasible, U.S. law and society’s attitude toward drones haven’t caught up with Bezos’ vision. Amazon.com Inc. says it’s working on the so-called Prime Air unmanned aircraft project but it will take years to advance the technology and for the Federal Aviation Administration to create the necessary rules and regulations. The project was first reported by CBS’ “60 Minutes” Sunday night, hours before millions of shoppers turned to their computers to hunt Cyber Monday bargains. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in the interview that while his octocopters look like something out of science fiction, there’s no reason they can’t be used as delivery vehicles. Bezos said the drones can carry packages that weigh up to five pounds, which covers about 86 percent of the items Amazon delivers. The drones the company is testing have a range of about 10 miles, which Bezos noted could cover a significant portion of the population in urban areas. Bezos told “60 Minutes” the project could become a working service in four or five years. Unlike the drones used by the military, Bezos’ proposed flying machines won’t need humans to control them remotely. Amazon’s drones would receive a set of GPS coordinates and automatically fly to them, presumably avoiding buildings, power lines and other obstacles. Delivery drones raise a host of concerns, from air traffic safety to homeland security and privacy. There are technological and legal obstacles, too — similar to Google’s experimental driverless car. How do you design a machine that safely navigates the roads or skies without hitting anything? And, if an accident occurs, who’s legally liable? Delivering packages by drone might be impossible in a city like Washington D.C. which has many no-fly zones. But technology entrepreneur and futurist Ray Kurzweil notes that “technology has always been a double edged sword.” “Fire kept us warm and cooked our food but also was used to burn down our villages,” says Kurzweil. “It’s fascinating as an idea and probably very hard to execute,” says Tim Bajarin, an analyst with Creative Strategies who sees Bezos as an unconventional thinker. “If he could really deliver something you order within 30 minutes, he would rewrite the rules of online retail.” Amazon has already done that once. In 1995, with investments

from family and friends, Bezos began operating Amazon as an online bookseller out of a Seattle garage. Over nearly two decades, Amazon grew to become the world’s largest online retailer, selling everything from shoes to groceries to diapers and power tools. Amazon spends heavily on growing its business, improving order fulfillment and expanding into new areas. Those investments have come at the expense of consistent profitability, but investors have been largely forgiving, focusing on the company’s long-term promise and double-digit revenue growth. The company spent almost $2.9 billion in shipping last year, accounting for 4.7 percent of its net sales. There is no prohibition on flying drones for recreational use, but since 2007, the Federal Aviation Administration has said they can’t be used for commercial purposes. “The technology has moved forward faster than the law has kept pace,” says Brendan Schulman, special counsel at the law firm Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP. Schulman is currently challenging that regulation before a federal administrative law judge on behalf of a client who was using a radio-controlled aircraft to shoot video for an advertising agency. Autonomous flights like Amazon is proposing, without somebody at the controls, are also prohibited. The FAA is slowly moving forward with guidelines on commercial drone use. Last year, Congress directed the agency to grant drones access to U.S. skies by September 2015. But the agency already has missed several key deadlines and said the process would take longer than Congress expected. The FAA plans to propose rules next year that could allow limited use of drones weighing up to 55 pounds. But those rules are expected to include major restrictions on where drones can fly, posing significant limits on what Amazon could do. Many of the commercial advances in drone use have come out of Europe, Australia, and Japan. In Australia, for instance, an electric company is using drones to check on remote power lines. “The delay has really been to the disadvantage of companies here,” Schulman says. “Generally, the government wants to promote the advancement of science and technology. In this case, the government has done exactly the opposite and thwarted the ability of small, startup companies to develop commercial applications for this revolutionary technology.” Amazon isn’t the only company awaiting guidelines. A Domino’s franchise in the United Kingdom released a test flight video in June of the “DomiCopter,” a drone used to deliver hot pizza. “We think it’s cool that places like Amazon are exploring the concept,” says Domino’s spokesman Chris Brandon. “We’d be surprised if the FAA ever let this fly in the States — but we will surely stay tuned to see where this all goes.”


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Hospital worker gets 39 years in hepatitis case By HOLLY RAMER ASSOCIATED PRESS

CONCORD— A traveling medical technician was sentenced Monday to 39 years in prison for stealing painkillers and infecting dozens of patients in multiple states with hepatitis C through tainted syringes. “I don’t blame the families for hating me,” David Kwiatkowski said after hearing about 20 statements from people he infected and their relatives. “I hate myself.” Kwiatkowski, 34, was a cardiac technologist in 18 hospitals in seven states before being hired at New Hampshire’s Exeter Hospital in 2011. He had moved from job to job despite being fired at least four times over allegations of drug use and theft. Since his arrest last year, 46 people have been diagnosed with the same strain of hepatitis C he carries. U.S. Attorney John Kacavas said the sentence “ensures that this serial infector no longer is in a position to do harm to innocent and vulnerable people.” Kwiatkowski admitted stealing painkillers and replacing them with saline-filled syringes tainted with his blood. He pleaded guilty in August to 16 federal drug charges. Before he was sentenced, Kwi-

atkowski stood and faced his victims, saying he was very sorry and that his crimes were caused by an addiction to painkillers and alcohol. He told investigators he had been stealing drugs since at least 2003 and swapping syringes since at least 2008. “There’s no excuse for what

disease played a role in one woman’s death. “You may only be facing drug charges, but make no mistake, you are a serial killer,” said Kathleen Murray of Elmira, N.Y., whose mother was infected in Baltimore and was too ill to travel to New

“There’s no excuse for what I’ve done. I

know the pain and suffering I have caused.”

David Kwiatkowski Medical technician

I’ve done,” he said. “I know the pain and suffering I have caused.” Prosecutors asked for a 40-year sentence. Judge Joseph Laplante said he cut the last year as a reminder that some people have the capacity for mercy and compassion. “It’s important for you to recognize and remember as you spend the next 39 years in prison to focus on the one year you didn’t get and try to develop that capacity in yourself,” Laplante said. The victims spoke angrily and tearfully of the pain that Kwiatkowski had inflicted by giving them hepatitis C, a blood-borne virus that can cause liver disease and chronic health problems. Authorities say the

Hampshire for the sentencing. Linda Ficken, 71, said she is haunted by the memory of Kwiatkowski standing at her hospital bedside in Kansas for more than an hour applying pressure to the catheter’s entry site in her leg to control bleeding. “On one hand, you were saving my life, and on the other hand, your acts are a death sentence for me,” Ficken, of Andover, Kan., told him. “Do I thank you for what you did to help me? Do I despise you for what your actions did and will continue to do for the rest of my life? Or do I simply just feel sorry for you being the pathetic individual you are?” Prosecutors said Kwiatkowski

NH Briefs High school makes orna- Woman charged in Vt. Police say 5-year-old ments for national tree armed robbery case accidentally shot CANAAN— High school students in Canaan have created ornaments for the New Hampshire tree that will be part of the “Pathway of Peace” National Christmas Tree display in Washington, D.C. The students at Mascoma Valley Regional High School used ceramics, metal, wood, fiber, natural materials, digital imagery and acrylic painting to create ornaments reflecting New Hampshire. The ornaments depict beaver dams, log cabins and historical buildings, outdoor activities, wildlife, lilacs and others. The students worked with artist and educator Christopher Moore in September and October. The students traveled to the State House in Concord to display their ornaments at the Nov. 6 Governor and Council meeting. “By mixing several artistic disciplines, your creative work captures the wondrous beauty and the charming essence of New Hampshire for visitors from across our nation to enjoy,” Governor Maggie Hassan told the students. “On behalf of the citizens of New Hampshire, I commend you for your artistic vision and your valued contribution to this beloved national tradition and wish you all the best in the future.” The National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony takes place on Friday beginning at 4:30 p.m. In 1856, New Hampshire’s Franklin Pierce, 14th president of the United States, became the first president to place a Christmas tree in the White House. The National Christmas Tree Lighting began on Christmas Eve in 1923 with President Calvin Coolidge.

MONTPELIER — A 19-yearold New Hampshire woman has been arrested in connection with an armed robbery in Vermont. Police in the town of Hartford say a Cumberland Farms convenience store was held up on Nov. 24. On Monday police arrested Leah Dundas of nearby Lebanon, N.H., in connection with the heist. Dundas is due to be arraigned on a charge of assault and robbery with a deadly weapon on Tuesday in Vermont Superior Court for Windsor County. Police said they did not know if she had a lawyer.

Group questions hunting in Stratham park STRATHAM— A group of residents in Stratham, N.H., wants to ban hunting in a park that includes baseball fields, miles of hiking and biking trails and a skating rink. The Portsmouth Herald reports that hunting is allowed anywhere at Stratham Hill Park except within 300 feet of the ranger’s house. Regulations are different for state parks, where hunting is forbidden within 300 feet of a trail. Resident Tana Ream says the combination of hunting and other activities is too dangerous, and she wants to ban it. Longtime resident and hunter Mike Nichols says he’d support a safety zone around congested areas but doesn’t think hunting should be banned outright. A proposal to ban hunting at the park failed by a wide margin at a town meeting two years ago.

self with handgun

MANCHESTER — New Hampshire police say a 5-year-old playing with a handgun accidentally shot himself. Manchester police say the boy is being treated at Elliot Hospital for a non-life threatening gunshot wound. Investigators say the boy was playing with a handgun owned by his mother’s boyfriend when the gun went off. His mother and her boyfriend — 29-year-old Sonday Bishop — told police they did not know he was handling the handgun. The shooting occurred at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday. Police seized the .22 caliber handgun and are continuing their investigation.

Police investigate Bank of America robbery MANCHESTER — Police in Manchester are investigating a bank robbery in which a man handed a teller a note demanding cash. Police said the teller at the Bank of America on Hooksett Road gave the man some money and he left at about 1 p.m. Monday. No weapons were seen. The suspect is described as white, and up to 6-foot-1, with an average build. He wore a black zipup jacket, light colored cargo pants and white sneakers. He wore a light colored ball cap with designs, large aviator sunglasses and black and white “Mechanix” brand gloves.

deserved 40 years for creating a “national public health crisis,” putting a significant number of people at risk and causing substantial physical and emotional harm to a large number of victims. Assistant U.S. Attorney John Farley called Kwiatkowski’s actions “exceedingly callous” and “unbelievably cruel” and noted that Kwiatkowski could’ve stolen painkillers without exposing his patients to hepatitis C. Defense lawyers argued that a 30-year sentence would better balance the seriousness of the crimes against Kwiatkowski’s mental and emotional problems and his addiction to drugs and alcohol, which they said clouded his judgment. “David Kwiatkowski is not a monster,” said attorney Bjorn Lange. “He didn’t set out to infect himself or anyone else with the hepatitis C virus.” In all, 32 patients were infected in New Hampshire, seven in Maryland, six in Kansas and one in Pennsylvania. Though prosecutors have not included the Pennsylvania case in their count, a spokeswoman for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has repeatedly said the hospital had one confirmed case. Kwiatkowski also worked in Michigan, New York, Arizona and Georgia.

Two of the 16 charges stem from the case of Eleanor Murphy, a Kansas woman who has since died. Authorities say hepatitis C played a contributing role. “You ultimately gave my mother a death sentence,” Murphy’s son, Ronnie, told Kwiatkowski. Murphy said he would have preferred a life sentence for Kwiatkowski and didn’t understand how he had been able to continue working after his repeated firings. “His path and my mother’s path never should have crossed,” he said. The judge noted that while Kwiatkowski’s lack of a criminal record kept his sentence from going even higher, he said that was only because Kwiatkowski’s employers handled his behavior as personnel matters instead of crimes. And Kacavas said his office has begun working with other agencies to draft policy recommendations to prevent future incidents. “While the conclusion of this prosecution closes the criminal aspect of this case, it has cast a harsh light on the dirty little secret of drug diversion in the medical setting and it has heightened public awareness for the need for tighter reform and regulation in the hiring and management of medical health care workers,” he said.

Police identify man killed in the Arrowhead Stadium lot in KS By BILL DRAPER ASSOCIATED PRESS

KANSAS CITY — It could take four to six weeks before authorities can determine how a man died after an altercation in the parking lot of Arrowhead Stadium during Kansas City’s game against Denver, police said Monday. The man was identified as Kyle A. Vanwinkle, 30, of Smithville. An examination of Vanwinkle’s body did not show obvious signs of trauma, Kansas City police spokesman Darin Snapp said in an emailed statement. Snapp said a man who owned a Jeep and his son returned to the vehicle during Sunday’s game and found a man “who did not belong” inside, which led to a fight between the owner and Vanwinkle. Police responded to a disturbance call in Lot A at Truman Sports Complex, where Arrowhead Stadium is located, and found Vanwinkle on the ground unconscious. Three people were taken into custody Sunday evening, but all were released Monday afternoon with no charges filed. Snapp said investigators are awaiting autopsy and toxicology reports before deciding whether Vanwinkle’s death was the result of a crime. “We don’t know if the person had a health condition, had a heart attack. We don’t know,” Snapp said Sunday. “We’re going to investigate this as a homicide until we hear differently. Right now it’s a suspicious death but we are going to investigate it as a homicide.” It wasn’t clear whether the men knew each other, or whether the Jeep owner had been in the sta-

dium or was outside tailgating with other fans. Arrowhead has a no reentry policy, meaning anyone who left the closely- contested game would not have been allowed to come back inside. Officers searched a suburban Kansas City home Monday morning after investigators learned evidence in the man’s death might be found there, Snapp said. He declined to provide further details.

“We’re going to

investigate this as a homicide until we hear differently.”

Darin Snapp

Kansas City Police spokesman

Ted Crews, a spokesman for the Chiefs, said the team was aware of the incident but could not comment further because of the police investigation. The death came one year to the day after Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, on Dec. 1, 2012, at a home not far from the stadium. Belcher then drove to the team’s practice facility and fatally shot himself in front of then-coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli. In September 2012, a gunman attacked a Kansas City Royals employee in the same parking lot, which also services Kauffman Stadium. The shooting took place several hours before the scheduled start of the Royals’ game, which went on as scheduled.


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continued from page 1 Abelmann said that the first year only about 15 teams participated. However, since then the event’s continued to grow. Last year 97 teams from UNH and the community took part in the funfilled contest. “There are mostly teams of four,” Cassie Godinez, a senior and volunteer for the contest and at On Belay, said. Godinez helps advertise and get supplies for the contest. “We supply most of the stuff, such as frosting, basic candy like the swirly mints, gumdrops, et cetera,” Godinez said.

The gingerbread house contest is a fun way to be creative. [Ruth] Abelmann claimed that in the past she’s seen students create Stoke Hall, ski lodges, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and even Fenway Park. In the contest all students, faculty and locals are supplied with a package of frosting and candy. However, participants are allowed to bring their own candy if they wish. “Some people really go all out for this and bring a lot of their own supplies,” Godinez said. According to Allie Birchmeier, the Peterson Hall director and one of the sponsors of the event, cardboard platforms are also provided. In addition to getting supplies for the gingerbread house contest, it is Godinez’s job to ask the community and local businesses to do-

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continued from page 1 an active Twitter presence under the handle @UNHpolicechief. He routinely tweets campus news, such as updates on the power outages over the weekend. As of Monday afternoon, he had 441 followers. 
 UNH police has incorporated Twitter and other social media efforts in the past. The department has held two previous virtual ridealongs called “tweet-alongs” in which details about an officer’s shift are sent live over Twitter. The most recent tweet-along was held Nov. 1 as part of a worldwide event called #twtpol. UNH Detective Eric Kulberg rode with the officer during that event and live-tweeted throughout the shift. In the prior UNH police tweet-along, which was held in partnership with UNH

nate prizes for the contest. “Some of the prizes we give away are really great,” Abelmann said, “such as a gift card to Libby’s.” Other prizes include gift cards to places like Flatbread, Bloom’n Cow Ice Cream in Newmarket, outdoor adventure parks in the area and many more. According to Birchmeier, there are over 30 different prizes. The prizes vary in the ages they are geared towards. Trudy Brown is the ‘Expert Gingerbread House Judge.’ She evaluates every house to determine the winners. “Basically I walk around and people ask me questions and I give suggestions,” Brown said, “such as how to make the structure sturdier or where to add more frosting.” Brown used to be the only judge. However, because of the increasing popularity of the contest, for the first time this year there will be two judges. Brown will help judge the older contestants, while the other judges will focus on the younger groups. “It’s a very fun event,” Brown said. “Some students even come in with blueprints.” The gingerbread house contest is a fun way to be creative. Abelmann claimed that in the past she’s seen students create Stoke Hall, ski lodges, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and even Fenway Park. “As they finish they hold up a paddle, signaling that they are ready for me to judge,” Brown said. “Some people take an hour, others enjoy and stay until the end.” If nothing else, the contest is a great way to relieve stress during the hectic time that is finals week. “Many UNH students think it’s great,” Brown said. “It’s a few hours of doing nothing before studying.” This year Birchmeier claims she expects an even bigger turn out than last year – between 400 and 500 participants. “It’s just a fun, fun day,” Brown said. “Everyone is in the spirit and it’s a great event and great fundraiser.”

Health Services, that agency’s social media coordinator rode with the officer and tweeted the action. During the town hall, users can send direct messages to Dean or tweet at the chief’s handle. Questions can also be submitted by including #askchiefdean in the message. For those who prefer Facebook, Dean also will answer questions posted to the UNH Police Facebook page. Some topics will be off limits during the forum. Police operations and ongoing investigations won’t be discussed. Neither will accusations against law enforcement. Dean said he’ll follow up offline with anyone who has serious concerns about sensitive subjects. However, most public safetyrelated topics will be fair game during the two-hour forum. “We want it to be an open town hall meeting,” Kulberg said, “just like if the chief held … a meeting at the student center.”

Use #askchiefdean to tweet questions at Chief Paul Dean on Dec. 4 from 1 to 3 p.m.

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Envoy says China has right to set another air zone By JIM GOMEZ Associated Press

MANILA, Philippines — China has a sovereign right to establish a maritime air defense zone over another region as it did in the East China Sea, the Chinese envoy to the Philippines said. The United States and key Asian allies have not honored the East China Sea zone, which was announced Nov. 23 and is seen primarily as a bid to bolster China’s claim over uninhabited Japanese-controlled islands known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China. The Philippines is locked in another territorial dispute with China in the South China Sea. When asked to comment about concerns that China might set up a similar zone over the South China Sea, Ambassador Ma Keqing said in a news conference late Monday that it was the Chinese government’s right to decide “where and when to set up the new air identification zone.” She added she could not say at this time if China would do so. Ma said that the East China Sea zone’s designation should not spark concerns. “This will not hinder any normal freedom of flights within this area if they’ve notified the Chinese

authorities,” Ma said. The U.S. ambassador to Manila, Philip Goldberg, described China’s move as dangerous. “We do not believe that this is a move intended to build confidence or, in any other way, improve the situation,” Goldberg told reporters.

“This will not hinder any normal freedom of flights within this area if they’ve notified the Chinese authorities.”

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Instead, China’s new zone “will create tension and the possibility of miscalculations and that’s never good.” While the U.S. has not recognized the Chinese imposition, it has advised its carriers to comply to be safe. “We can’t, with commercial aircraft, take chances, as I mentioned, of miscalculation, so we have recommended to our commercial airlines that they give such notification,” Goldberg said.

NATO: US deal with Afghanistan crucial By JAMEY KEATEN Associated Press

BRUSSELS — NATO won’t be able to deploy its noncombat training and advisory mission in Afghanistan after next year unless President Hamid Karzai agrees to a bilateral security agreement with the U.S., the alliance’s secretarygeneral said Monday.

Karzai has refused to sign a bilateral security agreement with the Obama administration despite strong support from a key Afghan national assembly. Mounting new pressure on the Afghan leader a day before NATO foreign ministers start a two-day meeting in Brussels, Anders Fogh Rasmussen said he hopes Karzai will sign the agreement needed for NATO to reach its legal framework for plans to assist Afghan forces after combat troops leave at the end of 2014 —which looms as a turning point for the Atlantic alliance as it phases down its largestever military mission. “Let me be very clear: It is a prerequisite for our presence in Afghanistan beyond 2014 that an

appropriate legal framework is in place,” Rasmussen told reporters at NATO headquarters after meeting with new Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg. Without it, “it will not be possible to deploy a train, advise (and) assist mission to Afghanistan after 2014.” Karzai has refused to sign a bilateral security agreement with the Obama administration despite strong support from a key Afghan national assembly, deferring a decision to his successor after elections in April. Alliance military chiefs and diplomats say they need time to plan, and the U.S. has threatened to make plans for a complete pullout if a bilateral deal isn’t signed by the end of December. U.S. Ambassador to NATO Douglas Lute told reporters Monday that the deal is an important “first link in the chain” that could ultimately bring more than $8 billion for Afghan security forces and development assistance. The ministers’ meeting is shaping up as an opportunity for alliance members to play up successes in Afghanistan in the face of continued instability there and low public support in the U.S. and Europe about the nearly 12-year NATO mission. Following the Sept. 11 attacks, the U.S. led an international intervention that toppled the Taliban regime in Afghanistan and has taken the lion’s share of responsibility in NATO’s multi-nation International Security Assistance Force since then.

Philippine aviation official John Andrews said Tuesday Filipino carriers have been notified of China’s air defense zone but says it is up to them whether to comply with Chinese requirements for passing aircraft to identify themselves and submit details of their flights. The Philippines has said the zone infringes on the freedom to fly in international airspace and compromises the safety of civil aviation. China has said that all aircraft entering the zone of international waters between China, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan must notify Chinese authorities beforehand and that it would take unspecified defensive measures against those that don’t comply. China has been locked over increasingly-tense disputes over potentially oil- and gas-rich territories in the South China Sea with Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam. While recent territorial spats between Beijing and Manila have particularly been antagonistic, China has extended help to the Philippines, which was devastated by a Nov. 8 typhoon that left more than 5,600 people dead and 1,700 others missing.

NH Briefs Car fire driver arrested BROOKLINE— New Hampshire State Police responding to a car accident in Brookline found the vehicle on fire and arrested the driver on a drunken driving charge. Police said the driver, 24-year-old Daniel Lewis of Hollis, escaped from the car and was not hurt in the accident early Sunday. Lewis was charged with aggravated DWI and bailed to appear in the Milford District Court next month. Firefighters said the car was a total loss.

Nuclear plant reaches deal to avert lockout SEABROOK— The owners of the Seabrook Station nuclear power plant and the union representing 226 workers there reached a contract agreement Sunday to avert a lockout. The agreement came hours before the plant had threatened to lock out the workers at midnight Monday. Ted Jenis, president of Utility Workers Union of America Local 555, said members will vote on the agreement on Thursday. The agreement includes 2.25 percent raises each year for three years, Jenis said, and the company agreed not to eliminate its five fire brigade leaders. Those two issues, along with scheduling, were the sticking points in the negotiations, Jenis said.


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Trial set to begin in deadly 1989 fire By LYNNE TUOHY Associated Press

KEENE — Nearly a quartercentury after a fire killed a Keene family of four, a man who was a longtime suspect is going to trial in their deaths. David McLeod, 57, has pleaded not guilty to four counts of second-degree murder. He’s accused of igniting a blaze in a drugfueled rage on Jan. 14, 1989, in the apartment building where his ex-girlfriend lived and killing Carl and Lori Hina, their 4-month-old daughter, Lillian, and Carl Hina’s 12-year-old daughter, Sara.

Walker initially told investigators she thought she may have fallen asleep while smoking and that’s how the fire started. Courtesy Photo

UNH junior Adam Carrington performs with his band One Step Away. Carrington met band mates Terence Healy and Ben Trudeau through musical theater at his high school and they formed the group in 2006.

Under the spotlight By BRYANNA ROBERTS Contributing Writer

“I know everyone says, ‘without it I wouldn’t be able to live,’ but seriously, it’s true,” lead singer for the band One Step Away and UNH junior Adam Carrington said. When he’s not in class or doing homework, Carrington is writing songs for One Step Away. After taking a year off to redefine its music, the band is now ready to drop its latest EP and impress its fans once again. Looking back to where it all started, Carrington was very young when he found himself singing around the house and not being able to stop. It was a passion, which pushed him to the idea of participating in the third grade talent show. “I would just not stop singing around the house, and I just loved it,” Carrington said. Going into high school, Carrington decided to join musical theater. “At first he was really shy about it,” Anna Scapicchio, a junior at UNH, and a longtime friend of Carrington, said. “Once he got more comfortable singing in front of people, I definitely thought he was going to do something with it. … he was really talented.” Musical theater was also where he met his current band mates, Terence Healy and Ben Trudeau. After declaring themselves One Step Away in 2006, the young boy band

was ready. At the Boston Music Festival in 2008, One Step Away received the alternative rock genre award for the performance of original songs. A few years later, the group went on to play shows at the Hard Rock Cafe in Boston. In 2010 One Step Away met with some producers to create their first album. According to website Last.fm, “The resulting album, ‘For the Broken,’ has One Step Away poised on the brink of the big time.” By 2011, One Step Away was offered a chance to be part of the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon in Las Vegas. The live concert raised $61.5 million in six hours, according to an article written in International Business Times. The band was invited in 2012 to play at the Comcast Center in Mansfield, Mass., for a summer concert known as the Kiss Concert, thrown by radio station Kiss 108. One Step Away was able to sing the day away with artists Adam Lambert, Gym Class Heroes, Carly Rae Jepsen and Flo Rida. The group has an impressive fan base and 13,808 likes on the One Step Away Facebook page. Even though many fans express their love, one of their biggest fans – according to Carrington – is a girl named Luka Hummel from the Netherlands. She reaches out to the band often to remind them of her love. “Thank you so much for ev-

erything, guys! You changed my life,” Hummel said in a recent post. With all of the opportunities that continue to come the band’s way, Carrington finds it hard to balance music and school. Now that he is in his junior year at UNH, he wants to spend more time on music. “Music is the majority of my life; school is definitely second,” Carrington said. When describing what music means to him, Carrington makes it simple. “It’s kind of like a diary,” he said. “I turn to music for everything.” He describes it as relaxing, therapeutic and fun. Within the past year, though, the band has been reshaping its music. “As we got older and went through life changes, so did our music,” Healy, the guitarist for the band, said. Carrington explained that right now they are writing a lot and have been using an EP they made this past summer to promote themselves within the industry. In the meantime, they are continuing to write more songs. “Not because we have to, we like to,” Carrington said. As the band waits to hear back from various representatives in the industry about contracts, Carrington made a statement that seemed to sum up his feelings for music: “I could do it forever.”

Though McLeod was an early suspect, he was not arrested for more than two decades, in part because so many of the witnesses were drunk the night of the blaze or were uncooperative with authorities during the initial probe. New Hampshire’s cold case unit picked up McLeod in 2010 in West Sacramento, Calif., where he had moved and raised a family. “I think everyone is very relieved that it’s finally going to be resolved, and that would include the family of the victims and all the witnesses involved,” said lead prosecutor Janice Rundles. McLeod’s lawyer, Caroline Smith, declined to comment. Investigators say on the night of the fire, McLeod threatened to torch the building where his ex-girlfriend lived and afterward bragged about having set the blaze. Investigators say the fire started around 2 a.m. in the second-floor apartment of Sandra Walker, next to the Hina family’s unit and just above that of his ex-girlfriend, Wanda Ford. One witness told police that McLeod was drunk, high on cocaine and angry that Ford was with other men who also lived in the eight-unit apartment house. Ten days after the fire, authorities say, McLeod refused to take a lie detector test and left the state. At the time of his arrest, McLeod’s family said he left New Hampshire soon after the fire to pursue a job in Arizona. He later married and

moved to California. Relatives say he worked in construction until he suffered a disability on the job. Court documents indicate McLeod will say at trial he had an alibi, maintaining he was at a party in a first-floor apartment with friends when the fire began on the second floor. Authorities initially cited the credibility of witnesses for why McLeod was not arrested earlier. Many of them had been drinking heavily that night, including his ex-girlfriend, Wanda Ford, who has said she was there but remembers little. Ford also told investigators McLeod had made earlier threats to burn down the building, but she didn’t believe he’d do it. Witnesses have since been more forthcoming with authorities. The Supreme Court cleared the way for his trial with a ruling earlier this year that prosecutors may use the testimony of arson experts whose findings are based in part on statements made by Walker, who lived in the apartment where the fire started. Superior Court Judge John Kissinger ruled last week that arson experts may testify that Walker was among the witnesses they interviewed, but they cannot repeat the substance of what she said because McLeod’s lawyers can’t crossexamine Walker, who died of cancer in 2005. Walker initially told investigators she thought she may have fallen asleep while smoking and that’s how the fire started. But information she provided about the speed and nature of the fire led arson experts to conclude the fire had been set. Jury selection is set to begin Monday in Cheshire Superior Court. McLeod has been held without bond since his arrest June 30, 2010. McLeod’s is the most sensational — but not the only — arrest made by the state’s 4-year-old cold case unit. The unit’s other arrests include Arthur Collins of Manchester, charged last year with the 2001 shooting death of 50-year-old George Jodoin, and David Caplin and Anthony Barnaby, charged with killing roommates Charlene Ranstrom and Brenda Warner in Nashua in 1988. Caplin and Barnaby were arrested in Canada in 2011 and are still fighting extradition. Investigators in July charged a Massachusetts man already serving two life sentences — Craig Conkey — with the 1991 stabbing of a Plymouth State University associate registrar. McLeod’s is the first of the cold case arrests to go to trial.

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Spending surges on Cyber Monday By MAE ANDERSON ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK — Power up and shop. Millions of Americans took advantage of online deals ranging from free shipping to hundreds of dollars off electronics and halfprice clothing Monday, which was expected to be the busiest online shopping day of the year. The spending surge on socalled Cyber Monday came after a disappointing holiday weekend in stores. And it showed that Americans are increasingly comfortable buying items on tablets and smartphones. Early results showed online shopping was up 18.7 percent compared with the same time last year, according to figures by IBM Benchmark. Mobile traffic, which includes smartphones and tablets, accounted for 30 percent of all online traffic. Brandon Harris, 27, from Memphis, Tenn., started shopping at midnight Sunday and by Monday had spent around $300 and completed half of his Christmas shopping, including a Barbie doll for his niece and a TV for his mother. “I haven’t shopped for a Christmas present in a store in three years,” he said, making purchases from his iPad instead. “It’s a lot more convenient to be at home and shop.” The National Retail Federa-

tion, a trade group, predicts more than 131 million people will shop online Monday, up about 2 percent from last year. Meanwhile, UPS expects to pick up more than 32 million packages on Monday, about a million more than Cyber Monday last year. And research firm comScore expects Cyber Monday sales of $2 billion, up from about $1.47 billion last year. Online sales account for about 10 percent of total holiday spending, which is expected to grow about 3.9 percent to $602.1 billion for the months of November and December. Joel Anderson, president and CEO of Walmart.com, said he anticipates Cyber Monday to be the site’s busiest day ever. He said 2013 is the “tipping point” for mobile traffic, which includes smartphones and tablets. More than half of Walmart. com’s traffic came from smartphones and tablets on Thanksgiving and Black Friday, Anderson said. And he expected the same to be true on Monday. “2013 is the year online went mobile,” he said. Arthur Baynes, 30, was checking out email deals on his smartphone. The travel insurance claims adjuster from Richmond, Va., was looking for a new TV and Blu-Ray games for his younger relatives. “When I’m looking for something, I’ll look it up on my phone and then use the Amazon app on

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my iPad to buy,” he said Monday. “It’s just easier. I don’t have to sit down where my computer is.” Cyber Monday comes after retailers’ failed efforts to boost spending during the holiday weekend. They offered big discounts in early November, and several opened stores on Thanksgiving Day. But the retail federation predicts that spending fell for the first time ever, down 2.9 percent to $57.4 billion, during the four days that ended Sunday. About 81 percent of retailers planned to offer deals specifically for Cyber Monday, according to the NRF’s online arm, called Shop.org. The name Cyber Monday was coined in 2005 by Shop.org to push people to shop online. After retailers revved up deals for the day, it became the busiest online shopping day in 2010. But since then, more people shop online with faster Internet access, and retailers have expanded deals, stretching them into Cyber Week or even Cyber Month. This year, retailers such as Amazon and Wal-Mart rolled out online deals beginning in November. Belus Capital management analyst Brian Sozzi said that’s the new normal, however. “The consumer has become immune to Cyber Monday and Cyber Week, they just want the discounts continually once the calendar hits November,” he said.

By the numbers: 18.7% ............................. increase in online shopping since last year 30% ............................................. of online traffic on mobile devices 131 million% ..................... predicted total Cyber Monday shoppers 2% ...................... increase in Cyber Monday shoppers from last year 32 million ...................................... expected UPS package pick-ups $2 billion .......................................... expected Cyber Monday sales 10% ......................................... total holiday shopping done online

$602.1 billion ...expected online sales in November & December 81% .................... retailers planning to offer Cyber Monday deals

NH Briefs Forest now offers $5 Christmas tree permits CAMPTON— The White Mountain National Forest is offering $5 Christmas tree permits for people who want to cut their own trees. Several different types of evergreen grow in the forest, such as balsam fir and spruce. Each family may cut one tree per permit and can use a handsaw or ax; chainsaws are not permitted. Trees should not be cut in or near campgrounds, picnic areas, experimental forests, wilderness, timber sale areas or within 100 feet of a state highway. Forest offices are located in Campton, Lincoln, Gorham and Conway.

Bone marrow needed Former Sen. Smith to help boy suffering plans his campaign from leukemia BEDFORD— The parents of a 2-year-old New Hampshire boy with leukemia are asking people to become bone marrow donors in hopes of finding a match. Police in Bedford are hosting a bone marrow drive Saturday until 6 p.m. at police headquarters to help Aybel Martin of Goffstown. Abel’s parents tell WMURTV their son went through several rounds of treatment and they thought he was in the clear until the cancer resurfaced in October. They are asking potential donors to be tested and placed on the bone marrow donor registry. Donors should be between the ages of 18 and 55.

MANCHESTER — Former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith says he’s moving back to New Hampshire in an attempt to win back his old seat. Smith, who lives in Florida but summers in Tuftonboro, told WMUR-TV (http://bit.ly/InJSDU) on Sunday that he will file paperwork to form a campaign committee in the next few days, followed by a formal announcement in January. The GOP field includes former state Sen. Jim Rubens and conservative activist Karen Testerman. Smith served two terms in the Senate before losing the 2002 primary to John E. Sununu. In 1999, he ran for president, dropped out of the Republican party, became an independent, ended his presidential campaign and returned to the GOP.

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Derek Schad, freshman, waits to donate blood at the blood drive sponsored by The American Red Cross Club yesterday. The drive will continue today, Dec. 3, in the Granite State Room between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Appointments are recommended and can be made online at redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS. Each donor will receive a UNH Bleed Blue T-shirt.


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A commuter train on the Metro-North Railroad derailed Sunday morning after approaching a sharp turn at 82 mph in a 30 mph zone. Officials say that the automatic slow-down technology Positive Train Control would have been able to prevent the accident by monitoring the train’s speed and slowing it down before the turn, and that the Metro-North Railroad was due to receive this technology within the next two years. The accident left four people dead and more than 60 injured.

NTSB: Train going too fast at curve before wreck By FRANK ELTMAN Associated Press

YONKERS, N.Y. — A commuter train that derailed over the weekend, killing four passengers, was hurtling at 82 mph as it entered a 30 mph curve, a federal investigator said Monday. But whether the wreck was the result of human error or mechanical trouble was unclear, he said. Rail experts said the tragedy might have been prevented if Metro-North Railroad had installed automated crash-avoidance technology that safety authorities have been urging for decades. The locomotive’s speed was extracted from the train’s two data recorders after the Sunday morning accident, which happened in the Bronx along a bend so sharp that the speed limit drops from 70 mph to 30 mph. Asked why the train was going so fast, National Transportation Safety Board member Earl Weener said: “That’s the question we need to answer.” Weener would not disclose what the engineer operating the train told investigators, and he said results of drug and alcohol tests were not yet available. Investigators are also examining the engineer’s cellphone, apparently to determine whether he was distracted. “When I heard about the speed, I gulped,” said Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. Engineers may not use cellphones while on the train, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which runs Metro-North. The engineer, William Rock-

efeller, was injured and “is totally traumatized by everything that has happened,” said Anthony Bottalico, executive director of the rail employees union. He said Rockefeller, 46, was cooperating fully with investigators. “He’s a sincere human being with an impeccable record that I know of. He’s diligent and competent,” Bottalico said. Rockefeller has been an engineer for about 11 years and a Metro-North employee for about 20, he said.

Asked whether the tragedy was the result of human error or faulty brakes, Weener said: “The answer is, at this point in time, we can’t tell.” But he said investigators are not aware of any problems with the brakes during the nine stops the train made before the derailment. The wreck came two years before the federal government’s deadline for Metro-North and other railroads to install automatic-slowdown technology designed to prevent catastrophes caused by human error.

Asked why the train was going so fast, National Transportation Safety Board member Earl Weener said: “That’s the question we need to answer.” Outside Rockefeller’s modest house in Germantown, N.Y., police told reporters that at the request of the family, anyone who trespassed would be arrested. Calls to the home went unanswered. The NTSB’s Weener sketched a scenario that suggested that the train’s throttle was let up and the brakes were fully applied way too late to stave off disaster. He said the throttle went to idle six seconds before the derailed train came to a complete stop — “very late in the game” for a train going that fast — and the brakes were fully engaged five seconds before the train stopped. It takes about a quarter-mile to a half-mile to stop a train going 82 mph, Kevin Thompson, Federal Railroad Administration spokesman.

Metro-North’s parent agency and other railroads have pressed the government to extend Congress’ 2015 deadline a few years because of the cost and complexity of the Positive Train Control system, which uses GPS, wireless radio and computers to monitor trains and stop them from colliding, derailing or going the wrong way. Steve Ditmeyer, a former FRA official who teaches at Michigan State University, said the technology would have monitored the brakes and would not have allowed the train in Sunday’s tragedy to exceed the speed limit. “A properly installed PTC system would have prevented this train from crashing,” he said. “If the engineer would not have taken control of slowing the train down, the PTC system would have.”

On Sunday, the train was about half full, with about 150 people aboard, when it ran off the rails around 7:20 a.m. while rounding a bend where the Harlem and Hudson rivers meet. The lead car landed inches from the water. In addition to the four people killed, more than 60 were injured. Seven victims were still in intensive care at one hospital, and two patients were reported in critical condition at another. The injured included five police officers who were heading to work, according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on NBC’s “Today” show that he thinks speed will turn out to be a factor in a crash he called “your worst nightmare.” The train was configured with its locomotive pushing from the back instead of pulling at the front. Weener said that is common, and a train’s brakes work the same way no matter where the locomotive is. Ditmeyer said the locomotive’s location has virtually no effect on train safety. The dead were identified as Donna L. Smith, 54, of Newburgh; James G. Lovell, 58, of Cold Spring; James M. Ferrari, 59, of Montrose; and Kisook Ahn, 35, of Queens. Lovell, an audio technician who had worked the “Today” show and other NBC programs, was traveling to Manhattan to work on the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, longtime friend Janet Barton said. The tree-lighting ceremony is Wednesday night. “He always had a smile on his face and was quick to share a

friendly greeting,” ‘’Today” executive producer Don Nash said in a message to staffers. The NTSB has been urging railroads for decades to install Positive Train Control technology. In 2008, Congress required dozens of railroads, including Metro-North, to do so by 2015. The MTA awarded $428 million in contracts in September to develop the system for MetroNorth and its sister, Long Island Rail Road. But the MTA has asked for an extension to 2018, saying it faces technological and other hurdles in installing such a system across more than 1,000 rail cars and 1,200 miles of track. “This incident, if anything, heightens the importance of additional safety measures like that one,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, which is also served by Metro-North. “I’d be very loath to be more flexible or grant more time.” MTA spokeswoman Margie Anders said the agency began planning for a PTC system as soon as the law was put into effect. “It’s not a simple, off-the-shelf solution,” she said. The derailment came amid a troubled year for Metro-North, and marked the first time in the railroad’s 31-year history that a passenger was killed in an accident. In May, a train derailed in Bridgeport, Conn., and was struck by a train coming in the opposite direction, injuring 73 passengers, two engineers and a conductor. In July, a freight train full of garbage derailed near the site of Sunday’s wreck.


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Prosecutor: Fatal beating followed police threat By GILLIAN FLACCUS Associated Press

SANTA ANA, Calif. — A bloody beating by police that left a California homeless man dead began when one of the officers on trial in his death grew frustrated with his evasiveness, snapped on a pair of latex gloves and told him, “’See these fists? They’re getting ready to [expletive] you up,’” a prosecutor said Monday. The warning came after the officer, Manuel Ramos, had bantered with Kelly Thomas, a 37-year-old mentally ill man, for about 13 minutes while investigating a call that Thomas had been tampering with cars at a Fullerton transit center, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackaukas told jurors in his opening statement at the trial. “There was a change at this point, a significant change for the worse,” Rackauckas said. “This was the turning point where Ramos went from casual to malicious.” Ramos, 39, has pleaded not

guilty to second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter and is the first officer charged with murder for on-duty actions in the history of Orange County. Jay Cicinelli, 41, has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter and use of excessive force.

Thomas began struggling, Cicinelli used a Taser on Thomas and hit him eight times in the face and head with the blunt end of the stun gun, prosecutors say. In court, Rackauckas showed jurors a photo of the Taser, covered in blood, and the blood-

“Kelly didn’t really last very long after that.

He continued to cry out to his dad for help, he pleaded for mercy, he kept crying out that he couldn’t breathe.”

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Orange County District Attorney Much of the incident was captured on surveillance tape and audio recordings from officers’ body microphones that promise to be the centerpiece of the trial. Thomas, whose family says was schizophrenic, died five days after the July 5, 2011, confrontation with six officers. Moments after Ramos and

soaked sidewalk where Thomas had struggled with police. “He’s pinned to the ground, he’s face up, the back of his head is on the pavement and so there’s no give there. Cicinelli repeatedly pummeled Kelly in the face, without mercy. In his own words, Cicinelli said that he ‘smashed his face to hell,’” Rackauckas said. “Kelly didn’t really last very long after that. He continued to cry out to his dad for help, he pleaded for mercy, he kept crying out that he couldn’t

breathe.” John Barnett, a defense attorney for Ramos, painted a different picture of the encounter. The trial is not about “some bully cop who beat a homeless person to death,” Barnett said during his opening statement. “This case is not about a homeless, helpless, harmless mentally ill guy. This case is about a man who made choices in his life — bad choices — that led to his tragic death.” Thomas had been taking methamphetamines since the 10th grade that caused him to have spontaneous, violent outbursts, Barnett told jurors. He said Thomas’ history of violence included attacking his 73-year-old grandfather with a fireplace poker in 1995 and trying to choke his mother, who took out a restraining order against him. Thomas was convicted of assault in the 1995 case, Barnett said. Ramos’ threat to harm Thomas with his gloved fists was conditional — only if he didn’t start listening — and it was clear Thomas didn’t take him seriously because he replied, “Start punching, dude,’” Barnett said. A desperate struggle fol-

lowed, with police officers fearing for their safety, Barnett said. They were so overpowered that they called a “Code 3” — an emergency call for all available officers to respond — three times as they tried to wrestle Thomas into handcuffs, he said. “That means officers are in trouble. That means, we’re losing this fight,” Barnett said. “The amount of force they were using was not only not too much, it wasn’t enough.” Cicinelli’s attorney was expected to give his opening statement later in the day. Thomas, who some called “Crazy Kelly,” was familiar to police and known around town for his disheveled red beard and erratic behavior. Ramos had been called on seven previous occasions to remove him from private property, and Thomas had been written up for trespassing, urinating in a fountain and vandalism, among other things, according to court documents. A third Fullerton officer will be tried separately. Three other officers involved in the incident were not charged.

Gay weddings become a reality in Hawaii with new marriage law By OSKAR GARCIA Associated Press

HONOLULU— Hawaii issued 40 licenses for same-sex marriages Monday as gay marriages began in the state with six couples at a Waikiki resort exchanging vows side-by-side in front of a few hundred guests. The state began accepting applications for licenses on its website at midnight. Almost all of the licenses were for couples on Oahu, said state Department of Health spokeswoman Janice Okubo. One license was for a couple on Maui. Saralyn Morales was among the six couples who tied the knot at the Waikiki resort shortly after the new law took effect. “It’s about making that commitment to the person that I want to spend the rest of my life with,” she said shortly after cutting a small wedding cake with her spouse, Isajah Morales. Okubo said the Health Department already has certified one same-sex marriage and was verifying documents for two dozen more. The state has up to two days to issue a marriage certificate once a marriage is performed if a couple obtains their license online. Hawaii helped start the national gay marriage discussion more than two decades ago when a samesex couple was denied a marriage license, leading to a court fight that eventually prompted Congress to pass the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996. Part of that law, which stipulated that marriage was between a man and woman, was struck down earlier this year by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Tourism is the lifeblood of Hawaii and officials believe the islands will benefit from the new law. An estimate from a University of Hawaii researcher says the state will get a $217 million tourism boost over the next three years as a result of gay marriage. The new law allows couples to register for a license and be married the same day, a process that appeals to tourists. Couples can sign up for a license online then be verified by any license agent throughout the state. Agents have set up shop throughout the islands, from resorts on Maui and the Big Island to hardto-reach places on Kauai. Saralyn and Isajah Morales began filling out license applications a few minutes after midnight, along with other couples. Several license agents huddled around four laptops in a tiny conference room, refreshing their web browsers to coax a state-run website to load. A few feet away, wedding guests sipped champagne, dined on curried shrimp and portabella mushroom sliders, listened to piano music and took pictures with the seven cakes on display for the occasion. Couples who walked in to register on the spot posed with a threetiered centerpiece cake, adorned with pink and white roses. “Next!” Keola Akana exclaimed after being the first of the group to complete the license application with his groom, Ethan Wung. Akana said he and Wung were getting married after entering into a civil union last year so they could receive federal benefits. “Got dinged on taxes last year

because we’re not legally married federally, and we will be married for taxes this year,” Akana said. “Now we’re equal to everybody in Hawaii that’s married, everybody in the nation and the world that’s legally married, so that’s an honor.” One of the organizers, Honolulu Pride Chairman Michael Golojuch Jr., said early Monday that more than three dozen couples had signed up to wed. “We started this battle 23 years ago and we get to finish it tonight,” Golojuch said. Hawaii businesses now are looking for ways to embrace the gay community, he said. “They opened up their doors to us, their hearts to us,” Golojuch said. “That’s what we’re seeing with a lot of the business community that understands that $217 million is what our economy needs to keep on going.”

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Officials: Speed a factor in Walker’s deadly crash By JAKE COYLE Associated Press

LOS ANGELES— Investigators sought to determine the cause of a fiery crash that killed “Fast & Furious” star Paul Walker while the actor’s fans erected a makeshift memorial Sunday near where the Porsche he was riding in smashed into a light pole and tree.

After the Porsche crashed into a light pole and tree, it burst into flames. The downed light pole had a speed limit sign of 45 mph. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said speed was a factor in Saturday’s one-car crash, though it will take time to determine how fast the car was going. Because Walker is so closely associated with the underground culture of street racing portrayed in the popular “Fast & Furious” film franchise, the fatal accident had an eerie quality — a tragic end for a Hollywood hero of speed. The crash also killed Walker’s friend and financial adviser Roger Rodas, according to Walker’s

publicist, Ame Van Iden. She said Walker was a passenger in the 2005 red Porsche Carrera GT when they drove away from a fundraiser in the community of Valencia, about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Sheriff’s deputies found the car engulfed in flames when they arrived at the site of the crash, near the fundraiser at Rodas’ sport car dealership. Officials have not identified either person found in the car. On Sunday, fans of Walker, 40, gathered to leave flowers, candles and memorabilia from the action movies. His “Fast & Furious” co-star Tyrese Gibson broke down when he visited the crash site. “Paul is the heartbeat of this franchise and we’re gonna see to it that his energy and presence lives on forever,” Gibson later posted on his Instagram account. He also posted a video of the film cast and crew recently celebrating Walker’s birthday. Sheriff’s deputy Peter Gomez said investigators are working to determine how fast the car was traveling and what caused it to go out of control, including whether the driver was distracted or something in the road prompted him to swerve. After the Porsche crashed into a light pole and tree, it burst into flames. The downed light pole had a speed limit sign of 45 mph. Walker rode the “Fast & Furi-

ous” franchise to fame, starring in all but one of the six action blockbusters, beginning with the first film in 2001. He had been on break from shooting the seventh installment; production began in September and while much of the film has been shot, it’s incomplete. Universal Pictures has not said what it plans to do with “Fast & Furious 7,” which currently is slated for release in July. Walker and Rodas had thrown a fundraiser benefiting victims of the recent typhoon in the Philippines. The event was held by Reach Out Worldwide, a charity Walker founded in 2010 to aid victims of natural disasters. The fundraiser and toy drive took place at Rodas’ custom car shop, Always Evolving, in an area of warehouses and office parks. Rodas, 38, and Walker co-owned an auto racing team. Rodas competed in 10 Pirelli World Challenge GTS races this year, the racing organization said in a statement. Attendees rushed to the crash, which was nearby but out of sight, to try to put out the flames with fire extinguishers. One attendee of the event, Jim Torp, said he heard the loud sound of a car’s engine revving and then an explosion. Walker and Rodas planned a quick ride, Torp said. “The last words Paul said to anybody were, ‘Hey, I’ll be back in five minutes. All right?’ And that

was it,” according to Torp. Torp said Rodas had a young son, whom he tried to stop from running to the accident scene, but could not catch him in time. Walker left behind two completed films. He stars in the upcoming Hurricane Katrina drama “Hours,” which Lionsgate’s Pantelion Films is to release Dec. 13. He also stars in “Brick Mansions,” a remake of the French action film “District B13” that Relativity plans to release next year. His “Fast & Furious” co-stars reacted in shock the actor’s death. Vin Diesel posted a photograph of him and Walker arm-in-arm on Instagram with the message: “I am absolutely speechless.” Lucadris said on Twitter: “Wherever you blessed your presence you always left a mark, we were like brothers.” Walker is survived by his 15-year-old daughter.

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In Brief Bird steals camera in Australia SYDNEY — A brazen bird snatched a video camera that was recording crocodiles in northwest Australia and captured fascinating footage of its 110-kilometer (70mile) journey across the country’s remote landscape. Wildlife rangers in Western Australia’s Kimberly region released video on Monday that reveals the sea eagle’s caper. The bird’s flapping wings can be seen as it grabs the device and takes off, and the eagle later poses for a selfie, poking its face into the camera lens. Rangers set up the motionsensor camera along the Margaret River in May, hoping to record images of crocodiles. The camera, which is about 10 to 15 centimeters (4 to 6 inches) long and 5 centimeters (2 inches) wide, disappeared soon after and the rangers figured it had fallen into the water. The rangers recently found out that the device had been found near the Mary River, about 110 kilometers (70 miles) away, ranger Roneil Skeen told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. When they examined the video inside, the real culprit was revealed. The rangers plan to bolt down their cameras from now on, Skeen said.


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Thai protest leader vows to escalate offensive By JINDA WEDEL ASSOCIATED PRESS

BANGKOK — A firebrand opposition leader vowed Monday to escalate his campaign to topple Thailand’s government, and ordered his followers to storm Bangkok’s police headquarters after they fought all day with riot police protecting heavily barricaded key buildings. Earlier Monday, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said she is willing to do anything it takes to end the violent protests but made it clear she cannot accept the opposition’s demand to hand power to an unelected council. Yingluck was elected with an overwhelming majority in 2011, and many observers see the protesters’ demand as unreasonable if not outlandish. “Right now we don’t see any way to resolve the problem under the constitution,” she said in the brief 12-minute news conference televised live. Yingluck’s comments highlighted the unusual political deadlock Thailand finds itself in with no clear solution in sight. The standoff intensified as protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban gave a defiant speech late Monday to thousands of cheering supporters at a government complex they seized last week when the anti-government demonstrations started. The protests have renewed

fears of prolonged instability in Southeast Asia’s second-biggest economy and come just ahead of the peak holiday tourist season. Even if Yingluck dissolves parliament and calls fresh elections, Suthep said, he will “continue the fight ... because they can always come back to suck the blood of people, steal from people, disrespect the constitution and make us their slaves.” “If people are happy with elections and go home, I will remain here alone,” he said. Earlier Monday, protesters commandeered garbage trucks and bulldozers, and tried to ram concrete barriers at the Government House and other key offices. Police repelled them by firing tear gas, water cannons and rubber bullets, as protesters shot back explosives from homemade rocket launchers. At least three people were killed and more than 200 injured in the past three days of violence, which capped a week of massive street rallies that drew crowds of more than 100,000 at their peak. A Bangkok hospital confirmed that two of the people they treated Monday had suffered gunshot wounds, but it is not clear who shot them. The police say they have not used live rounds. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is “concerned” about the situation in Thailand and urges all sides to exercise “utmost restraint,”

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his spokesman, Martin Nesirky, said. In Washington, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the U.S. was also encouraging restraint and political dialogue. She told reporters that violence and seizure of public or private property “are not acceptable means of resolving political differences.” The European Union said it was saddened by the violent escalation of previously peaceful demonstrations, and very concerned over occupation of public offices and intimidation of media. “We believe that the response of the Thai authorities has so far been restrained and proportionate,” EU heads of mission in Thailand said in a statement. The protesters, who are mostly middle-class Bangkok supporters of the opposition Democrat Party, accuse Yingluck of being a proxy for her brother, former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. He was deposed in a 2006 military coup but remains central to Thailand’s political crisis, and is a focal point for the protesters’ hatred. The protesters say their goal is to uproot the political machine of Thaksin, who is accused of widespread corruption and abuse of power. “Come and join the people to get rid of the Thaksin regime and we can work together to change Thailand into a pure and democratic country,” said Suthep who has

projected his fight as a non-violent campaign for democracy. Still, he called on his supporters to attack and take over the Bangkok Metropolitan Police headquarters on Tuesday, saying the police were a lackey of Thaksin and Yingluck. “We’re going to gather all our forces and we’re going to take over the Metropolitan Police Bureau and make it the people’s,” he said. Monday’s violence took place around key institutions -- the Government House, the Parliament and Metropolitan Police Bureau in the historic quarter of the capital. The area has some of Bangkok’s main tourist attractions such as the Grand Palace, Wat Pho temple, the Bangkok zoo, and the backpacker area of Khao San Road. Most of Bangkok, a city of 10 million, has been unaffected. Analyst Thitinan Pongsudhirak told The Associated Press that while Suthep’s demands may appear “bold and blatant,” they go down well with the people ... who think that the electoral system can never be trusted and therefore they have to set up their own government and rewrite the rules.” The protesters’ numbers have dwindled from a peak of 100,000plus a week ago, but hardcore groups have remained at the frontline, fighting running battles with the police. In her news conference, Yin-

gluck stuck a conciliatory tone, repeatedly pleading for negotiations, and implied she was willing to hold fresh elections if that helped. “I am not against either resignation or dissolution of parliament if this solution will stop the protests,” she said. “The government is not trying to cling to power.” “If there’s anything I can do to bring peace back to the Thai people I am happy to do it,” Yingluck said. “The government is more than willing to have talks, but I myself cannot see a way out of this problem that is within the law and in the constitution.” She and Suthep met briefly on Sunday in the presence of top military leaders, even though he had an arrest warrant against him. A second arrest warrant was issued Monday on charges of insurrection. His sustained campaign has raised suggestions that he may have the backing of the military, which has long had a powerful influence over Thai politics. The army has often stepped in during times of crisis, carrying out 18 successful or attempted coups since the 1930s. But this time, if the army does anything, “it will be with great hesitation” because it would have no support internationally and would find it tough to install a new civilian government acceptable to all, said Thitinan, director of Chulalongkorn’s Institute of Security and International Studies.

DID YOU PARTICIPATE IN BLACK FRIDAY AND/ OR CYBER MONDAY?

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Adam Howard, junior

“I actually looked online today. I didn’t go out. I was looking for Kindles and Nooks. I didn’t get one because I looked at my bank account ...”

“I’m not big on online shopping, and I don’t like getting out of bed before 11 a.m.”

“I just went to Old Navy. … I like their clothes and I was shopping for myself.”

“I didn’t really need anything. … I think it’s kind of ridiculous that the stores open at 6 a.m. and it encroaches on Thanksgiving.”


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What’s the cost of Black Friday? As shopping days grow, meaning of holiday is weakened

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hortly after Halloween is over and candy is placed on discount in retail stores, Christmas decorations begin appearing on shelves, seldom saving places for turkeys and cornucopias. With retailers and advertisers controlling much of the attention that Americans give to holidays, Thanksgiving seems to be given the lowest priority of these three. And with increased emphasis on Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the importance of purchasing more goods, even less attention is given to Thanksgiving each year as Black Friday grows. It has been said before, but it is incredibly ironic that the one day of the year dedicated to showing appreciation for what people already have is immediately followed by a day dedicated to accumulating more items. While it can be argued that on Black Friday people are out purchasing gifts to show their appreciation and thanks for their loved ones during the holiday season, that does not negate the fact that their Thanksgiving celebrations have been nearly overlooked by the need to shop as early as that evening. Retailers offer significant discounts to shoppers willing to head to the stores Thursday night or Friday morning, but what is the real

cost of Black Friday? Is cutting the price on some items worth cutting short a day spent with loved ones?

It has been said before, but it is incredibly ironic that the one day of the year dedicated to showing appreciation for what people already have is immediately followed by a day dedicated to accumulating more items. Some people are able to enjoy Thanksgiving before doing some shopping the following day, but others seem to overlook the meaning of the holiday just hours later, heading into stores where fights over merchandise ensue. This focus on material goods seems to outweigh the themes of generosity, gift-giving and appreciation that are supposed to be the focus instead of material goods.

Headlines from media outlets across the country convey a picture of what some Black Friday shopping experiences became: “People Beat Each Other Up Over Towels At Walmart On Black Friday” and “Black Friday Marred By Violence in Several States” were two articles from the Huffington Post. These may be extreme examples of Black Friday, but they are the images of the day that are remembered. As college students with parttime jobs, most students can benefit financially from the savings that are offered in the hours and days following Thanksgiving. But in the limited time that many students have to spend at home over the short Thanksgiving break, using part of that time away from family to shop seems contradictory to the spirit of the weekend. Students should be making fiscally responsible decisions, but not at the cost of losing time with family. The same can be said for all Americans, not just students. As the season for shopping grows with each passing year - and will likely become even more of an event next year - remember to appreciate the holidays in their due time, no matter how much money will not be saved if a midnight sale is missed.

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hristmas songs are playing on the radio. The lights are being strung. Trees are placed shimmering by the windowpane. Children eagerly await for the arrival of old St. Nick. Christmas is such a wonderful and even, dare I say, magical time of the year. December, a month that offers fond look back at the past year, while preparing for the year ahead. All these good tidings and cheer are tied together nicely, like a beautiful package, wrapped in red and green paper, waiting underneath the tree. Christmas is a time when we feel most hopeful. A time when we offer a smile, instead of a snarl. Where we redress petty grievances and come together with family and friends. We bask in the holiday glory and for a single moment find peace on earth.

In this holiday season, let us reflect as a nation on all we have been given and why even in our trying times we are still blessed. It is at this time of year when we as a country should be at our best. A time when we aspire to our greatest potential. For this column

From the Right Phil Boynton I seek no political bent, as there is enough of that measure throughout the year. Instead, I take this time to reflect on the meaning of this special holiday and why, as a country, we need a little more of the Christmas spirit throughout the year. I often hear, especially in the midst of a heated political squabble or a fierce back-andforth, ‘Why can’t every day be like Christmas?’ Certainly, the feeling is shared for many people. At Christmas we appear to be on our best behaviors. We smile more. We laugh more. Momentarily, we forget all the troubles and return to a simpler time, a time of innocence. Surely, we’d all love for the feeling of Christmas to last from Dec. 26 all the way to the following Dec. 25. Yet we become bogged down in our day-to-day lives, we forget the magic that Christmas brings and, yes, the innocence. The innocence of a simpler time. The innocence of youth.

Perhaps that is why people constantly say, “Christmas is for the children.” Indeed, a great deal of Christmas is devoted to the children, but even seeing the smile of a child on Christmas morning surely brings a smile to even the staunchest Ebenezer, and is surely enough to warm the heart. Christmas is for the children, as it was one special child that made this such a joyous time of the year. In this holiday season, let us reflect as a nation on all we have been given and why, even in our trying times, we are still blessed. Let us strive to keep the magic of Christmas in our hearts and thoughts not only on the 25th, but throughout the year. Though it may be hard and we may lapse from time to time, let us keep the faith. Let us never forget who we are and what we can do. For Christmas reminds us year in and year out of everlasting and enduring hope. The hope of freedom. The hope of humanity. Let us keep those notions in our hearts and keep them there throughout the year. And let us strive towards the indelible creed of, “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, goodwill toward men.” A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

s Phil Boynton is a senior political science major and president of the UNH College Republicans.

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Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Thumbs up to December and the start of the holiday season. Thumbs down to no snow. A sprinkling of snow doesn’t count, we want to ski. Thumbs up to everyone who can handle donating blood without passing out. Thumbs down to “The Walking Dead” mid-season finale. Thumbs up to finally acing all of your classes. Hard work pays off, kids. Thumbs down to the word “exacerbate.” Figuring out a way to use it correctly is exacerbating. Thumbs up to the start of ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas. Thumbs down to not knowing what to get anyone for Christmas... Thumbs up to Iowa beating Nebraska. Thumbs down to Iowa losing to Villanova. Thumbs up to big points in fantasy football. Thumbs down to being forced to watch football over Thanksgiving break when you don’t like football. Thumbs up to all of the haters finally having to accept the Christmas season. Thumbs down to living on whatever food is in your cabinets until break starts. Cereal for dinner it is. Thumbs up to getting some essays and tests out of the way before finals week starts. Thumbs down to finals fatigue. And it’s not even finals week yet. The Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down section represents the collective opinion of The New Hampshire’s staff and does not necessarily represent the opinion of the student body. But it more than likely does.


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DeSmith dominant in weekend action STAFF REPORT THE NEW HAMPSHIRE

Junior netminder  Casey DeSmith  posted a 32-save shutout as the University of New Hampshire hockey UNH 3 men’s team shut-out Colo. Col. 0 Colorado ColUNH 6 lege, 3-0 SatColo. Col. 2 urday night at World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo. Senior Kevin Goumas had three points on two goals and an assist while classmate Nick Sorkin had a goal and two assists. Sorkin was first to strike for either team as he buried his third goal of the series and 11th of the season at 12:28 of the second period to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead. The play started when Justin Agosta received the puck just inside of the blueline in the CC zone. He faked a shot and slid a pass to Goumas who redirected the pass on net. Josh Thorimbert made the save on the initial shot, but Sorkin honed in on the rebound and put it away. The Wildcats started the first period with an offensive flurry with consecutive shots by Grayson Downing, Dan Correale  and  Matt Willows. Each of the three attempts were saved by Tiger netminder Thorimbert. The Tigers stepped their pressure up in the following minutes as Wildcat goalie  DeSmith made four consecutive saves to keep CC of the board. CC’s Jared Hanson nearly broke the stalemate as he fired a shot at the UNH net from the slot that ricocheted off the post and away from the net. Through the first period of play, DeSmith made saves on each of the 12 shots he faced. New Hampshire skaters blocked a total of eight shots by the Tigers. Willows led the Wildcat attack in the first period with three shots. Down-

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continued from page 16 got a stick on the shot and knocked it in on Wilkes’ right side, making the score 2-0. UNH forward and captain Nicole Gifford said the team needs more practice with Crossley and Curtis in the lineup again. “We’re a little disjointed, two players coming back,” Gifford said. “It’s a good thing having them come back, but it’s obviously a bit of a disjoint for our team. … We’ll be fine, we need a little bit more practice this week.” The Wildcats struggled to keep the Buckeyes out of the slot for much of the game. OSU got some of the best opportunities by skating with ease through the Wildcat defensemen, including their second in which McKinnon, Schmitt and Kepler surrounded Wilkes as if the Wildcat defensemen were not even there. UNH coach Brian McCloskey wasn’t concerned too much about these advantages, as the Wildcats handled these odd man rushes well.

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ing,  Dalton Speelman  and  Maxim Gaudreault  each notched a pair of attempts. CC held a 12-9 shot advantage at the end of the frame. Through the second period, the Wildcats outshot the Tigers, 1612 and holding a 25-24 advantage through the two periods. DeSmith remained resilient with everything Colorado College sent at him, tallying 24 saves through the two periods. The Wildcats blocked an additional seven shots in the frame. In the third period, Goumas extended the UNH lead to 2-0 with a laser from the slot that hit the bottom of the crossbar and went into the net. Sorkin served a pass to Goumas who in turn carried the puck across the blueline and laced a shot at the goal. The puck sailed over the glove of Thorimbert and into the net. With 41 seconds left in regulation, Goumas struck for his second goal of the game on an empty netter as Colorado College had pulled

Thorimbert seconds earlier. Sorkin gathered the loose puck in the UNH zone and played a pass in stride to Goumas at center ice. Goumas sent his shot directly into the empty net for the goal. At the end of the third period, UNH prevailed, 3-0. DeSmith posted a 30-plus save effort for the second straight night as he made 31 in Friday night’s contest. The shutout improves his record to 7-5-0. Thorimbert made 32 saves on the 34 shots he faced in net for the Tigers. His record falls to 1-10-2.  UNH improved to 9-7-1 with the win. The Wildcats are back in action next weekend with a home-andhome series against Hockey East foe Boston College. The first game will be held at Boston College on Friday, Dec. 6 while the ‘Cats return home for the second game on Saturday, Dec. 7. Both games are set for 7 p.m.

“That didn’t bother me as much as just the fact that we got caught numerous times pinching where we shouldn’t have been,” McCloskey said. “I thought our defense and Ashley [Wilkes] played what advantage plays we gave up, and we haven’t been giving many up so they played them well. … [OSU] didn’t really capitalize on their chances. They had some clear two on ones. … In that sense, at least, defensively, I think it was good for us.” The Wildcats did not create similar opportunities in their offensive zone as consistently as the Buckeyes. In the first period, they did not take a single shot from the closer of the faceoff dots. Most of their shots Sunday came from the point, but their forwards in front of OSU goaltender Lisa Steffes were unable to get a stick on the shot. OSU proved to be one of the most physical teams the Wildcats gave faced. The Buckeyes had no problem bumping and grinding against the Wildcats, both against the boards and in the open ice. In one instance, an OSU skater charged at Ariel O’Neill, who stood alone in her own end at the left faceoff circle. The Buckeye hit

O’Neill and fell hard to the ground as if she’d hit a concrete wall. Players also jeered each other more frequently than usual, protecting their goalies and teammates. “They’re a more physical team than we’ve been used to,” Curtis said. “But it teaches us to be more physical. You can learn something from every game.” In one scrum, Jenna Lascelle fell to the ice and took a few seconds to get to her feet. She limped to the bench, but she returned later in the game and appeared fine. Jonna Curtis eagerly participated in scrums along the boards and in front of the goal, demonstrating a lack of fear in spite of being injured for over a year. Crossley played with a similar aggressiveness, though at times she fell in a manner to suggest she was careful about throwing her body around. Though Crossley returned to the lineup, O’Neill remained on the blue line, where she had played since Crossley went down in October. She had an even plus/minus. The Wildcats play an away game Friday night against Harvard at 7 p.m. Sunday, they host Dartmouth at 2 p.m.

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continued from page 16 UNH called a timeout following the three and made a defensive stop. With the ‘Cats in possession, Bronner drove to the net and drew another foul. Bronner missed the first shot but made the second to bring Holy Cross’ lead to five. Thompson took over for the Crusaders, however, and made six consecutive free throws to bring the game to its final score of 63-52. Holy Cross got off to a quick start, grabbing a five-point lead at the first media timeout. Dudzinski made his impact early, scoring two difficult buckets amidst an aggressive Wildcat defense. The Wildcats managed to trim the Crusaders’ lead to two points, with an eight-point run with 7:38 to play in the first half. The scoring run was highlighted by a Pelcher dunk along the baseline, which got the crowd and bench off their feet. The Crusaders answered, however, hitting back-to-back threepointers from Dudzinski and Robert Champion. After a UNH turnover,

Thompson scored in transition to bring the Holy Cross lead back to 10 and forcing UNH head coach Bill Herrion to burn a timeout. “In the first half, we got outplayed and outcompeted,” Herrion said. “That was really the difference in the game; guys not ready to play hard and Holy Cross just wanted it more than we did.” Both teams traded buckets at the end of the first half, and Holy Cross scored a lay-up at the buzzer to bring the lead to 11. UNH’s shooting struggled in the second half, shooting at a 29.4% clip from the floor and finished just five for 18 from three-point range. Despite their struggles from the field, the Wildcats managed to make 15 of their 19 free throws. “You have to drive the ball and try to [draw a] foul,” Herrion said. “You just cannot keep taking finesse three-point shot[s] … we got to get to the line more, our starting [lineup] didn’t shoot a free throw [in the first half].” With the loss, UNH slips to a 2-4 record and look ahead to backto-back away games, taking on Central Connecticut State on Dec. 4 and Yale on Dec. 7.

the kid can pull it for 80 yards. He’s so good that I don’t really think that continued from page 16 there’s a way to stop him.” The UNH running backs contributed plenty as well.  Crossan, The game was shaped by Jimmy Owens,  Setian  and  Sterithe Wildcat defensive line, which ti rushed for 84, 69, 46 and 53, resacked Lafayette starting quarter- spectively. back Drew Reed 10 times, seven “Unbelievable,”  Goldrich  said sacks coming in the first half. Many about the UNH running backs. “All Lafayette drives were disrupted by these guys can make plays, and it’s sacks as big as 10 yards. good to know when you’re handing “We talk about sacks an aw- the ball off to the.” ful lot, especially in the preseason, In the second half, Lafayette talk about the effects they have on began making progress on offense, drives,” UNH head coach Sean Mc- suggesting a possible comeback. Donnell said. “I’m not smart enough McDonnell acknowledged his conto remember what the percentage is, cern when the Leopards covered 24 it’s like 80 or better, when you get a yards in two plays on their first drive sack within a drive, how there’s no after halftime. scoring … sacks are huge, … It’s “The first drive after we didn’t such a big momentum thing.”  score and they did some things,” After giving up 28 yards to the McDonnell said when asked if there run while leading 28-0 in the sec- were any moments in the second ond quarter, UNH responded with a half that hinted at a shift in momenmomentum killing sack on the first tum. “Believe me, I’ve been around Lafayette pass play of the drive.  long enough to see people come Reed, who completed 20 of 30 at- back from games. We’ve been ahead tempts for 206 yards, could do little in a bunch of games this year. Cento help his team with the Leopard tral Michigan, Lehigh, Towson, you offensive line. Even when Lafayette know, and we lost those games.” used their tailbacks and tight ends to When asked if he’d learned help block, the Wildcats closed in on anything Saturday in his team’s Reed. blowout win that applied to the Shane McNeely hit Reed in the coming matchup against Maine, pocket to cause a fumble that was McDonnell said it was the penalties. recovered by the Wildcats at the La- The Wildcats committed three penfayette 22 yard line, leading to Har- alties, including a flag for having 12 ris’ touchdown reception.   men in formation. Just as their offensive line “The only thing that jumps out failed to keep the pressure off Reed, to me right now is penalties,” McLafayette’s defense struggled to Donnell said. “Can’t have a couple cover Harris throughout the game. of those. We’ve just got to clean When the Leopards covered him those up.” man to man, Harris burned the deIn regards to playing the Black fenders. When they smothered him Bears on Saturday, Goldrich said he with coverage, he allowed other wouldn’t have it any other way. Just receivers to get open. Justin Mello the week before, the Wildcats beat and Crossan both caught three pass- Maine at Cowell Stadium, 24-3. es, Mello for 49 yards and  Cros“It’s a team we’ve seen besan for 30 and a touchdown. Harris’s fore,” Goldrich said. “We know we presence defined the field of play for can compete with them. … We’re up UNH’s offense. north so both of us are used to the “Whether you’re handing it cold weather and just to be able to off to [Harris], throwing it to him, get a chance to see these guys again, giving him a little bubble screen, a team that we know we have a little the kid’s gonna make a play,” UNH grudge match against is going to be quarterback Sean Goldrich said. “It so exciting. It’s going to make the could be a one yard completion, or game so much better, so much more even a minus two yards completion, intense.”

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VOLLEYBALL

Hirschinger still going strong in 18th season J

By ARJUNA RAMGOPAL sPORTS EDITOR

ill Hirschinger never envisioned herself playing volleyball in college. “I didn’t like volleyball,” Hirschinger said. “I thought it was a slow sport. My first love was basketball and I was on the track and field team [in college].” Now 18 years into being the head coach of the UNH volleyball team, Hirschinger has achieved it all. Four conference championships, five coach-of-the-year awards, and three, soon to be four, appearances in the NCAA tournament are a few of her achievements. But beneath it all is a coach who will do whatever her team needs of her. “Her coaching style is whatever we need it to be,” senior captain Morgan Thatcher said. “Whether that be lifting us up when we’re down, bringing us down when we’re too up, letting us enjoy something and getting us back on track, giving us a break when we’re banged up, whatever, she does it.” Hirschinger teaches order and discipline to her players. “Tuck in your shirts, be thankful for what you have, always say ‘thank you,’” Hirschinger said. “That’s what it’s all about.” But it’s not all serious all the time for her. Players such as Destiny Tolliver recall meeting Hirschinger for the first time, and how she barked like a dog to make her feel less shy and force her to start talking. Hirschinger didn’t start playing volleyball until college at New Mexico State. After finding out that two Olympic coaches had joined the volleyball program staff, Hirschinger saw an opportunity to learn from some experienced coaches, even if it was in a sport she never liked. “I was horrible at first, just really bad,” Hirschinger said. “But I stuck with it, got better and I really started to love it.” After her freshman year, Hirschinger transferred to Utah State, following the same coaches who had inspired her to go with the sport she described as slow. Once there, Hirschinger played every position, never being an elite player. She worked hard and was eventually named a captain. But for Hirschinger it wasn’t necessarily about playing, but about the strategy and the game. Her years with the coaching staff led to frequent conversations about the coaching side of the game, why things worked a certain way, and why a specific strategy would work over another. There were days at Utah State where Hirschinger would act more like a coach

than she would a player, barking orders at her teammates, lining everyone up, and even correcting young assistant coaches when they were wrong. It was evident to her coaches that she was born to coach. It wasn’t an accident, however; to Hirschinger, it was something she had always wanted. “When I was in elementary school and we were asked what we wanted to be, I wrote down ‘coach,’” Hirschinger said. “From the strategy, to the way the game worked, to motivating, everything about it was what I wanted and still want. To being able to coach people, impact them and make their lives better, it felt right.” After graduating from Utah State, Hirschinger’s coaches were so impressed with her focus on the court and her demand from her teammates that they spread her name around the coaching community. Hirschinger got some interviews and a job offer to work under her coaches as an assistant coach. But she wanted more and applied for the head-coaching job at Drake University, an institute with a division one volleyball program. Just like that, at the age of 22, Hirschinger was the head coach of Drake University, barely six months older than some of her senior players. “I didn’t know how to build a program,” Hirschinger said. “I learned a lot from just going to the office, sitting down and figuring it out, thinking about what to do, going to conventions, talking to people, doing it. A lot of that has helped me figure out how to be a better coach.” Day after day, Hirschinger learned a little bit more. Hours were spent in her office, going over simple things from talking to a player to devising a game plan for the toughest opponent. Hirschinger’s biggest attribute was always being prepared and keeping everyone accountable, from her coaches to her student managers. No one could slack off under her, and even in those early days at Drake, Hirschinger, from an outside perspective, seemed like she had it all figured out. Hirschinger figured it out, and after five years left Drake University for greener pastures at Ferris State in Big Rapids, Mich. Despite being a division two school, the facilities were bigger, the students were into it, her salary was tripled, and the school was behind its volleyball program. For Hirschinger, it was the change she wanted. She had never been satisfied with the status quo, and while being a head coach at a division one school at the age of 22 was a big deal, it was time to win.

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Jill Hirschinger has led the UNH volleyball team to four conference championships.

12 years and 330 wins later, Hirschinger had transformed from a young coach to one at the top of her profession, leading her team to be one of the best in the country, winning championships along the way. But it still wasn’t enough for Hirschinger. She wanted a legacy, to be a pillar of the volleyball community. “The nation has pockets where volleyball has built up and there are people you can name there,” Hirschinger said. “I wanted that. You look at the New England area and it was really untapped.” So she headed to New Hampshire in 1996, taking over the program in its second year of being a division one program. She went from Ferris State, a school with some of the most highly-attended games and one of the most talented rosters, to a place where volleyball wasn’t a popular sport. It was tough at first. Hirschinger befriended hall directors at UNH and taught them how to take stats down during games.

The stands were generally empty. Most people didn’t know the school even had a volleyball team. But by 1998, Hirschinger won her first conference championship with the team. She won another four years later in 2002, another in 2003, and her most recent just a couple of weeks ago in 2013. She has become one of the most successful coaches in the NCAA, in the top 20 for most active career wins (694). With UNH, she has five America East coach-ofthe-year awards, four America East championships, and 285 career wins. “She’s such a great coach, such a student of the game,” Tolliver said. “She teaches so much, understands so much, and makes us players better. But she is just so funny sometimes, and such a pleasure to play under.” Arjuna Ramgopal can be reached on Twitter @ArjunaRamgopal

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Career day for Kilpatrick, Gaston not enough against Bryant STAFF REPORT THE NEW HAMPSHIRE

Senior guard Kelsey Hogan tallied a season-high 17 points on 4 of 13 shooting. However, the Bryant UniverBryant 67 sity Bulldogs UNH 61 topped the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team 67-61 at the Chace Athletic Center Sunday afternoon. The Wildcats fall to 3-3 on the season while Bryant improves to 2-4, snapping a four-game losing streak in the non-conference contest. 

Hogan matched a career-high in three-pointers with four as all of her field goals made were from beyond the arc. Junior forward Kaylee Kilpatrick (15) and junior guard Ariel Gaston (13) both registered careerhigh scoring efforts. Sophomore guard  Elizabeth Belanger  paced the rebound effort with seven while chipping in 11 points. The first half was closely contested, as each side did not have a lead greater than five points. Additionally, the score was tied five times and the lead was exchanged on 10 occurrences.

New Hampshire jumped out to a 7-3 lead to open the match. Bryant stormed back to take its first lead of the game with a 10-1 run to push the score up to 13-8 with 12:26 remaining in the first. The Wildcats were sharp from three-point range early as the ‘Cats hit their first four treys to keep pace with the Bulldogs.  The Wildcats regained the lead at 21-20 as Belanger nailed a jumper with 8:52 left in the first half. UNH extended its lead to 25-22 with scoring contributions from Madi Rowan and Hogan. Despite that, Bryant closed out the first half on an 11-4 run to enter halftime

with a 33-29 lead. The Bulldogs continued to shoot efficiently from the floor as Bryant opened a 7-3 run in a span of 3:34 to start the second half. Trailing 40-32 with 16:26 remaining, New Hampshire cut the Bulldogs’ lead down to four, which was capped off by a Gaston trey with 13:55 left.  Bryant pulled away again as a 14-6 run gave the Bulldogs their largest lead of the match at 60-46 with 7:57 left in the half. New Hampshire clawed back into the match, powered by a 13-point effort from Kilpatrick in

the second frame to cut the deficit down to three at 64-61.  With 1:55 left on the clock, Bryant fended off the late UNH surge in the expiring moments of the game. After a missed trey from Hogan, the Bulldogs countered with a layup to lead 66-61 with 41.7 seconds left. Another attempt from longrange by Hogan would rim out as the Bulldogs drew a foul on the ensuing rebound. Bryant would follow by tacking on a free throw with 18 seconds left. New Hampshire ran out of time, giving the Wildcats a 67-61 defeat.


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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

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FOOTBALL

Wildcats stay balanced against Leopards By MAX SULLIVAN STAFF WRITER

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R.J. Harris (above) dominated on Saturday, recording eight catches for 173 yards and a touchdown.

The UNH football team blew out Lafayette College 45-7 at Cowell Stadium Saturday in its first round NCAA UNH 45 playoff game, Lafayette 7 advancing to the next round to play at the University of Maine next Saturday. It was the first time since 2005 that UNH hosted an NCAA playoff game, and the team had not advanced to the second round since 2010. The Wildcats put up 551 yards total on offense. Sean Goldrich passed for 267 yards and two touchdowns, while the running backs combined for 294 yards and three touchdowns. The Wildcats first scored 2:32 into the game on a one-yard rush by Nico Steriti. The play was set up by a screen pass that Harris took roughly 20 yards to the one-yard line. He ran past at least three wouldbe tacklers, untouched until being brought down in front of the goal line. On the following play, Steriti ran the ball to the outside right and stiff armed Lafayette’s Matt Smalley, knocking Smalley down before walking into the end zone. The second score came from a Goldrich 22-yard touchdown pass to R.J. Harris. On the play, Harris

was covered aggressively by a safety. The defensive back attempted to intercept Goldrich’s pass at the 15yard line, but he missed by inches, barreling past Harris and giving the receiver an open path to the end zone. He caught the pass and ran unchallenged into the end zone, giving the Wildcats a 14-0 lead. The Wildcats scored in a variety of ways from that point on. Shortly after the UNH offense made the score 21-0 with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Dalton Crossan, Nick Cefalo ran an 86-yard punt return back for a score, giving UNH a 28-0 lead with 11:42 remaining in the half. With 35 seconds remaining in the third quarter and a 31-0 lead, Chris Setian scored on a 28yard rush up the middle, breaking through the line to more than 20 yards of open grass before reaching the end zone. The Wildcats tacked on their last score with Crossan’s second touchdown of the game, a 56-yard run, making the score 45-0. Lafayette finally scored with 4:50 remaining in the game via a pass to Mike Duncan, whom backup quarterback BlakeSearfoss hit on the numbers in the middle of the end zone to make what became the final score of 45-7. FOOTBALL continued on Page 14

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WOMEN’S HOCKEY

Late rally not enough against Holy Cross

Five straight losses for ‘Cats

By JUSTIN LORING

By MAX SULLIVAN

STAFF WRITER

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The University of New Hampshire men’s basketball team staged a late rally, but ultimately fell to Holy Cross 63-52 on Saturday night. The Crusaders’ Anthony Holy Cross 63 Thompson and Dave UNH 52 Dudzinski led all scorers with 17 points apiece, and Dudzinksi grabbed eight boards. UNH was led by Jacoby Armstrong, who had 12 points and seven rebounds, with Patrick Konan adding 13 points and six boards. With 5:20 left in the game, the Wildcats found themselves trailing by 12. Following a media timeout, Jordan Bronner hit four consecutive free throws to trim the lead to eight. On the ensuing possession, Bronner made a steal and pushed up court for a fast break, but Holy Cross’s Malachi Alexander was in position to make a block. After a Holy Cross timeout, UNH made a good defensive stand but fouled Malcolm Miller before the shot clock expired. Miller went to the line, but missed both shots. After another Holy Cross possession, which saw them make just one free throw, UNH’s Armstrong hit a threepointer in the corner to bring the score to 57-51.

The UNH women’s hockey game lost Sunday at home to Ohio State University, giving the Buckeyes the sweep of the weekend’s two games. The loss brings UNH down to Ohio St. 2 6-9-2, 2-3-2 in Hockey East. UNH 0 The Wildcats had freshman forward Jonna Curtis and Ohio St. 3 sophomore defenseman AlexUNH 2 is Crossley back in the lineup, Curtis’s first weekend back since Oct. 21 of last season and Crossley’s first since Oct. 16 earlier this year. Freshman goaltender Ashley Wilkes started in net for the fifth time this season, continuing an impressive string of games despite a record of 1-4-0. She saved 18 of the 20 shots she faced. “I feel like our heads weren’t in it,” Wilkes said. “I think we came back on our heels not ready to play.” OSU’s game-winning goal was scored by Danielle Gagne, assisted by Melanie Moylan, 3:25 into the game. Upon receiving the pass from Moylan in the neutral zone, Gagne carried the puck down the right side lane and shot at the net’s top right corner from the right faceoff dot. The puck went over Wilkes’ left shoulder, making the score 1-0. The Buckeyes scored again with 6:37 re-

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SCORE CARD WOMEN’S HOCKEY (6-9-2, 2-3-2)

2 0 OHIO ST.

UNH

Sunday, Durham, N.H.

Also: L, 3-2 vs. OHIO ST. WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (3-3)

67 61 BRYANT

UNH

Sunday, North Smithfield, R.I.

MEN’S HOCKEY (9-7-1, 5-3)

3 0 UNH

COLORADO COL.

Saturday, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Also: W, 6-2 vs. COLORADO COL. MEN’S BASKETBALL (2-4)

63 52 HOLY CROSS

UNH

Saturday, Durham, N.H.

FOOTBALL (8-4, 6-2)

45 7 UNH

LAFAYETTE

Saturday, Durham, N.H.

STAT

4 DAY of the

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Jessica Hitchcock (above) had a goal in weekend action against Ohio State.

maining in the period when Julia McKinnon received a pass in the slot from Sara Schmitt. McKinnon wound up and fired at Wilkes, who was about 20 feet away in goal. Claudia Kepler W HOCKEY continued on Page 14

The UNH volleyball team will make its fourth appearance in the NCAA tournament this Thursday, at Southern California.

IN THIS ISSUE

- Jill Hirschinger has seen it all in her 18 seasons as head coach of the UNH volleyball team. Page 15


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