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Nathan Dignan, the victim of the Jan. 28 stabbing outside of Adams Tower, was arrested last week on assault charges.

The men’s hockey team can lock up a tournament spot with a win or two ties this weekend at UMass-Amherst.

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Closing time for Ballards Aroma Joe’s Coffee to replace popular downtown bar



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Future ‘bleak’ for NH Diagnostic Lab Shutdown could prove disastrous for pre-vet, equine, dairy programs

By KERRY FELTNER and CHAD GRAFF After 41 years of owning and at least part operating a bar on 72 Main Street, Jesse Gangwer is selling the location where the building that housed Ballards Restaurant currently sits. Aroma Joe’s, a coffee shop described as hip and upbeat, will occupy onethird of Ballards and has a target opening date of May. Gangwer, who owns several

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Ballards Restaurant in downtown Durham closed its doors for the last time Tuesday night to the surprise of the campus and some of the bar’s employees.

Two frats, sorority receive sanctions

Steeped in financial difficulty due in large part to unprecedented state budget cuts, the New Hampshire Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is facing the possibility of shutting down. Located in Kendall Hall at the University of New Hampshire, the NHVDL researches and monitors animal diseases. The lab assists both the N.H. Commissioner of Agriculture and the State Veterinarian. The NHVDL also contributes to UNH’s pre-veterinary medicine program. Veterinary pathologists who work at the lab serve as teachers and advisors for students in the pre-vet program.

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SAE given one-year probation for ‘threatening,’ ‘physical harm’ By CHAD GRAFF EXECUTIVE EDITOR

Two fraternities and a sorority agreed on sanctions with UNH Greek Life following independent violations of the student rights, rules and responsibilities policies. The sanctions, which were agreed upon by the chapters and Greek Life in December, weren’t released to the public until Thursday. Sigma Alpha Epsilon was placed on disciplinary probation until the end of May 2013 and three other sanctions, including no activities with alcohol through the end of May 2012, following a violation of six policies including “physical harm” and “threatens or endangering the health or safety of any person.” If they are still following all UNH and national policies, they will be allowed one formal social in May or April. Dave Zamansky, assistant director for student leadership, and MaryAnne Lustgraaf, director of the MUB, said SAE

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Campus looks a bit different this year, as the Durham area has not received significant snowfall since Halloween.

Mild winter a departure from years past By ALYSSA TALIAFERRO CONTRIBUTING WRITER

For most students, experiencing more days without heavy winter jackets and clunky snow boots during the winter months has been a blessing rather than a curse. Hardly having been on the receiving end of any severe win-

ter weather, it is not hard to bring the question of climate change to the table. Will this warm weather become a trend in the years to come? State climatologist and UNH assistant professor Mary Stampone has some answers. At the New Hampshire State Climate Office, weather data is compiled after continuously being collected at

hundreds of weather stations across the state. The data is then compared to past temperatures and rain and snow measurements to see how they compare. “We use this data to identify patterns in temperature across the state, where and how much snow remains,

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Higher thoughts

What makes a family?

4 The owner of the Higher Grounds coffee trailer explains the Bible quotes on the side of his business.

Reed making

7 Zach Wahls, a University of Iowa student famous for his testimony in favor of same-sex marriage, talked to UNH students Wednesday.

Filter plays in New Hampshire


9 Junior music major Chris Foss has made over 500 of his own bassoon reeds via research grants from UNH.

Women’s basketball beats Maine

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• Cultural Connection: Serbia, MUB - Entertainment Center, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. • “The Memory of Water,” Hennessy Theatre, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. • Drop in Yoga for Students, MUB - Wildcat Den, 12 p.m.

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The women’s basketball team defeated arch-rival Maine, 65-53, on Senior Night Wednesday.

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continued from page 1 and how much rain or snow has melted and moved into the lakes and streams,” Stampone said. Last February, the state of New Hampshire was hit with large amounts of snow on Feb. 1, 2, , and 8. By this time, Durham is usually frosted white, icicles hanging over storefronts and students making the dreaded trek across campus, their faces barely visible as they are covered head to toe in heavy-duty outerwear. This February, quite a different picture has been painted. “Based on the average temperature for winter from 1981 to 2010 we have been warmer this winter,” Stampone said. “However, there are other years that have also been mild, and years that have not had much snow. This happens from time to time due to changing circulation patterns that influence whether the air that moves over us (and causes our weather) is cold/warm or wet/ dry.” While many towns and cities in northern New England were upset at the fact that a white Christmas was not in the cards this year, Stampone explained that there is great concern regarding the larger picture. “The concern is that the lack of snow tends to have a negative impact on winter tourism in the state and the influence that the snow-free surface and overall warmer atmosphere will have on weather patterns moving into the spring and summer.” Skiing conditions were also not up to par. Ski mountains that rely heavily on the winter months for income saw a rather disappointing change. “We felt the hit. It is hard to get people to the slopes when there is no snow on the ground elsewhere. We don’t get the average skier because they don’t have the constant reminder in the back yard,” said Jeff Moore, a ski instructor at Pats Peak in Henniker, N.H. “There have also


continued from page 1 agreed to the sanctions and brought some of the violations to the MUB. “They worked with us,” Zamansky said. “We had a good relationship and talked about it. I don’t think this was a surprise on their end. A lot of it was on their own accord. They want to be held accountable.” Lustgraaf said Phi Kappa Alpha and Alpha Phi also brought some violations to Greek Life and worked cooperatively. “When chapters get in trouble,” she said, “they sometimes tell on themselves.” Pi Kappa Alpha agreed to five minor sanctions including no activities with alcohol through Feb. 7, 2012 and a risk management workshop following two sanctions including “intimidation” and “hazing defined as an act which endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student, or which destroys or removes public or private property, for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation

been fewer skiers on the weekends than in previous years. It’s odd to be skiing and not have any snow in the woods or on the hills around us. The views are shocking because everything is still green.” For other winter athletes who rely on the lower temperatures, melting has become an issue. Jake Strong, a member of the UNH club hockey team, has been experiencing this issue firsthand. “The warm weather outside makes the ice softer and much harder to play on,” Strong said. As climate change is certainly a factor here, the idea of global warming, a term often mistakenly used interchangeably when talking about environmental damages, cannot be pinned to any single explanation. “Evidence for anthropogenicinduced increases in temperature requires long-term data analysis where changes in average conditions are evaluated over multiple decades or longer,” Stampone said. “Therefore, we cannot attribute the weather patterns in one season to any long-term influences on the overall average seasonal conditions because weather responds to local atmospheric conditions over the course of days to weeks.” What is more important than studying the complexity of the data collected in regard to rainfall, snowfall and temperature levels is what other environmental conditions the data are able to indicate. “These data help us better understand our environment and availability of resources, like water, as well as conditions of the soil and vegetation which are all an essential part of the N.H. economy,” Stampone said. Though the weather varies day-to-day and season to season, it is only after the data of averages has been collected and monitored over a significant period of time that climatologists will then be able to understand what truly has an effect on the instability of weather patterns not just in New Hampshire, but around the world.

with, or as a condition for continued members in, a group or organization.” Alpha Phi agreed to sanctions of possession/distribution of alcohol by an individual under the legal age and providing underage people with alcohol. The sorority must attend workshops titled, “Who is Watching Out For You?: The Sam Spady Story” and “Legal Aspects of Alcohol.” When reached for comment, SAE president Patrick Dodd and Pike president Nicholas DiMatteo referred questions to Lustgraaf. An Alpha Phi official did not respond to a message seeking comment. Zamansky and Lustgraaf said the letters informing the public and media of the sanctions were sent 11 weeks after the sanctions were agreed upon because of a lack of staff since the October departure of former coordinator of Greek Life Adam McCready. “This is a transparency thing,” Lustgraaf said. “They (the sanctions) were done last semester.”


Staff Writer Adam J. Babinat contributed to this report.


continued from page 1 places throughout Durham including Town & Campus, said he sold Ballards because he is considering retirement. “I’m at an age where I’m thinking I should retire,” he said. “It had nothing to do with money.” The remolding process of making one-third of Ballards into the area used for the coffee shop will begin next week. “What we do is entirely different [from Ballards],” said co-owner and co-founder of Aroma Joe’s Marty McKenna. “The opportunity presented itself and we believed that this space was the best choice for our company.” McKenna said they are considering putting a Mexican restaurant in the space not being used by Aroma Joe’s. “It is a good location and we hope to show people who we are and to continue to appeal to a younger crowd,” McKenna said. The move means that four downtown establishments currently have a liquor license. Gangwer said he asked family members if they wanted to take over Ballards, but when all of them passed, he began exploring sales options. Gangwer said he talked with Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts about the location, but felt Aroma Joe’s offered the best options to Durham. He said he did not consider another bar moving into the location. “The town is probably happy about that,” Gangwer said. Aroma Joe’s, which is known for its Red Bull flavors, reached an agreement with Gangwer to lease the entire building. Aroma Joe’s


continued from page 1 But financial problems have put the future of the lab in doubt. “It’s a serious issue and decisions are going to be made as to whether the lab will be continued or downsized,” said Dr. Richard French, a senior veterinary pathologist and clinical professor at NHVDL. “The worst-case scenario is that the lab closes. … Right now, it’s rather bleak.” French is one of three senior veterinary pathologists who work in the lab. He and the other pathologists, Michelle Fleetwood and Inga Sidor, would likely lose their jobs if the lab were to close. French, Fleetwood and Sidor are also the only three boardcertified professors who teach upper-level pre-vet courses at the university. Their departures would significantly affect the approximately 200 students in the pre-vet program. “The pre-vet program is basically going to be non-existent without Dr. French, without Dr. Sidor, without Dr. Fleetwood,” junior Maggie Lynch, a pre-vet major and a work-study assistant at the lab, said Students like Lynch would lose both a professor and an advi-

Friday, February 24, 2012 will be open to hiring students. It will be the company’s 14th location. Aroma Joe’s extends across southern Maine and southern New Hampshire. “We have been popular with high school students in the region and a lot of those local kids end up going to UNH,” McKenna said. McKenna doesn’t see Breaking New Grounds, a coffee shop on Main Street, or the Bagelry as a threat to the company. “We are never worried about competition,” McKenna said. “We are aware of it, but our company views it as with the McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s food chains. ... People have choices in where they take their business, and we try to serve the best products and to treat people as they’d like to be treated. We are self-focused.” Bagelry owner Abby Silverman Claridge admitted that she wasn’t familiar with Aroma Joe’s, but said competition can help an establishment. “Obviously it brings in competition, and that’s a good thing,” Silverman Claridge said. “Competition keeps you on your toes. It makes you work that much harder. We’re certainly not just a coffee shop.” The BNG owner could not be reached for comment. Ryan Wambolt, owner of The Knot, one of the four establishments in Durham with a liquor license, said he doesn’t expect a big difference in business from the Ballards move. “It’s going to be a little busier for us,” he said. “But it’s not going to be huge.” Gangwer built the Tin Palace in the Ballards location in 1971, though he had help managing it from family members, and subletted the place for a brief period. One Ballards bartender who

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sor if the three pathologists were to be let go. Instead, she would get an advisor who has never gone to veterinary school, as she prepares to go to vet school herself. Lynch and other students who complete their work-study in the lab would also lose their jobs. “The diagnostic lab is the main reason why I came to New Hampshire,” Lynch said, who is a New York native. “It’s basically the only reason why I went to UNH. I love UNH now, but the opportunities that they’ve given me have been far beyond than what I’ve expected. … I’m devastated that this is going to go.” Jon M. Wraith, dean of the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture, said that the needs of the pre-vet students would be addressed should NHVDL shut down. “If that were to happen, then we would absolutely take care of the student needs,” Wraith said. Wraith said that the university has been working for the past six months to find the funding neces-


was reached did not know what was going on with Ballards Thursday afternoon other than the hand-written sign on the door that read, “BALLARDS will be CLOSED for the rest of this week for inventory and refurbishing.” While Gangwer said that he had not notified all of his employees, he said that they would receive severance packages. Some students are not happy with the transition. “I’m disappointed,” junior Jami Harmon said. “It’s like a part of UNH. I’ll never get to go to Ballards. I just think about how many 21st birthdays people had there and it is sad.” Added Kyle Rodenbush: “I’m a little upset because it was one of my favorite bars. I had no idea Ballards was closing. I found out from my friends.” Others are open to what the new business will bring. “Its a little sad because I liked it there, but there are other bars to go to,” senior Anders LaScala said. “I’m glad to have a coffee shop I guess.” Aroma Joe’s hopes to continue expanding in the future with UNH’s help. The company opened in four locations last year, and this year the Durham location is just one of the three that are new locations for the company’s business. “We are looking at UNH to spread our company further into New Hampshire,” McKenna said. “We hope that students who live outside of New Hampshire will bring back the idea of Aroma Joe’s to their area, and hopefully it will bring growth to our company. We want to grow in the future in New Hampshire, New England and even beyond that.”


Content Editor Brandon Lawrence contributed to this report.

sary to keep the lab up and running. “The lab is extremely important to the university, the state, New England, and beyond,” he said. Clinics from New England and other surrounding states send blood samples, tissue swabs, dead animals, and other related materials to the diagnostic lab for research. These samples would have to go elsewhere without the lab. But Wraith made sure to point out that the NHVDL closing is not a sure thing. “As Mark Twain has said, the reports of my death are greatly exaggerated,” he said in reference to NHVDL. The closing of the diagnostic lab could also have a significant effect on the equine and dairy programs at the university, as UNH could fall out of compliance with the Animal Welfare Act. The act regulates the treatment of animals in research, exhibition, transport, and by dealers. UNH is by definition a “research facility” under the act. According to section 2143 of the Animal Compliance Act, each research facility is required to establish a committee of “not fewer than three members. Such members shall possess sufficient ability to assess animal care, treatment, and practices in experimental research as determined by the needs of the research facility…”



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NH Brief Basking seal brings onlookers near beach HAMPTON, N.H. - Visitors at New Hampshire’s Hampton Beach area saw an interesting guest this weekend: a harp seal. The seal was sprawled out on the shore just south of the beach Sunday afternoon and drew onlookers. Tony LaCasse of the New England Aquarium said the seal, an adult male estimated to weigh about 200 pounds, was in good health.

Foster’s Daily Democrat reports the seals spend summers in the maritime provinces in Canada, but within the last decade, they have been turning up more often in the waters off New England during the winter. Most seals come out of the water once a day to rest, sleep or sunbathe. LaCasse said the seals look cute, but they need to be undisturbed. The seals will defend themselves if they feel threatened.

Coffee trailer owner serving up caffeine from a ‘higher’ power By KERRY FELTNER


Staff Writer

or seven years, the navy blue trailer has been parked in front of Hewitt Hall, serving students and community members coffee on the go. But coffee is not the only thing that customers can take away from their experience at Higher Grounds. A white board with Bible passages is widely visible to all patrons, with new passages written down about once a week. “I am a man of faith and I want to put that out there,” Higher Grounds owner Vinny Cirasole said. “It is my right to do so protected by the First Amendment.” Cirasole has been in the business for 16 years and has set up at UNH for seven years. He has had both complaints and positive feedback from customers about the Bible passages.

“It’s his prerogative

and it doesn’t bother me. Some days it actually helps me.”


“Some were offended initially but most are encouraged by the messages from the feedback I’ve received,” Cirasole said. “I change

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The Higher Grounds coffee trailer has been offering students coffee, to-go breakfast and Bible passages. and pick passages whenever the spirit moves me and when I feel inspired by one.” Cirasole’s goal is not to offend anyone with his display and not all of the writings on the board are biblical references. He has had quotes from people he admires before, such as Abraham Lincoln. “It’s his prerogative and it doesn’t bother me,” a customer said. “Some days it actually helps me.” Higher Grounds serves both coffee and breakfast food products. Its motto is the “Creation of Coffee.” “I am a person of faith so I

don’t have issue with it,” another customer said. Cirasole began using the writings as a way to spread his faith, especially in a typically agnostic environment such as a college campus where most students are evaluating their religious beliefs. “I’ve been blessed and I want to share my blessings to the community,” Cirasole said. “I’m just putting it out there and I think that the truth does resonate with people. If it does resonate with others I hope to inspire them to pick up a Bible or continue on their spiritual journey.”

Teenage girl dies after inhaling helium at party By JEFF BARNARD Associated Press

EAGLE POINT, Ore. - Last weekend, 14-year-old Ashley Long told her parents she was going to a slumber party. But instead of spending the night watching videos and eating popcorn two blocks away, she piled into a car with a bunch of her friends and rode to a condo in Medford, Ore., where police say the big sister of one of her friends was throwing a party with booze and marijuana. After drinking on the drive and downing more drinks in the condo, it came time for Ashley to take her turn on a tank of helium that everyone else was inhaling to make their voices sound funny. “That helium tank got going around,” said Ashley’s stepfather, Justin Earp, who learned what happened from talking to Ashley’s friends at the party. “It got to my daughter. My daughter didn’t want to do it. It was peer pressure. They put a mask up to her face. They said it would be OK. ‘It’s not gonna hurt you. It’ll just make you laugh and talk funny.’” Instead, she passed out and later died at a hospital, the result of an obstruction in a blood vessel caused by inhaling helium from a pressurized tank. It’s a common party trick someone sucks in helium to give their voice a cartoon character sound.

But the death exposes the rare but real dangers of inhaling helium, especially from a pressurized tank. Dr. Mark Morocco, associate professor of emergency medicine at the Ronald Reagan Medical Center in Los Angeles, said what happens is similar to when a scuba diver surfaces too quickly. A gas bubble gets into the bloodstream, perhaps through some kind of tear in a blood vessel, and can block blood flow to the brain, causing a stroke. The gas is also commonly seen in suicide kits - mail-order hoods sold out of Oregon and elsewhere that can be attached to a helium tank by people who want to kill themselves. In those cases, the helium crowds out the oxygen, asphyxiating a person. Death from inhaling helium is so rare that the American Association Poison Control Centers lumps it in with other gases, such as methane and propane. Only three deaths were recorded in 2010, said spokeswoman Loreeta Canton. It’s important to remind kids that ingesting any substance - for the sake of getting high or just changing their voices - can be dangerous, said Frank Pegueros, executive director of DARE, Drug Abuse Resistance Education. Pegueros said the first defense is for parents to tell their kids about the dangers of certain substances. He said kids need to also ask themselves whether going along with the crowd at a party is worth it.

“Peer pressure is a very potent force,” he said. “We’ve all gone through it growing up.” “It’s getting somebody to pause and think and evaluate the situation and determine, is this something that’s going to have a bad consequence,” he said. Police have arrested 27-yearold Katherine McAloon, who lived in the condo, on charges of providing alcohol and marijuana to minors. Four men who were at the party have been questioned by police, but have not been charged, said Medford Police Lt. Mike Budreau. More charges may be filed after police turn over their evidence to the district attorney. Ashley was a goofy, nerdy eighth-grader who struggled with her weight, was just starting to notice boys, got top grades in school, had posters of Justin Bieber all over her room and wanted to grow up to be a marine biologist, said her mom, Loriann Earp. The family moved from Grants Pass, Ore., to Eagle Point about a year ago, and Ashley had just gotten over the difficulty of adjusting to eighth grade in a new school. Justin Earp said the kids had four wine coolers each in the car, and four mixed drinks at the condo, before they started passing around the helium. Police said it was an 8-gallon canister, the kind you can buy at many stores. The kids were taking hits directly from the tank.


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UNH launches “Sustainable YouNH” contest Soldier defer plea in WikiLeaks case By CONNOR CLERKIN STAFF WRITER

Recently the UNH Sustainability Academy launched the “Sustainable YouNH” contest. This is the first year the contest has run, though students in various Earth Science classes have been pushing for a similar contest for years. For a grand prize of $500 in both categories, students are encouraged to submit a video or image of what sustainability means to them. Following the entry deadline, each submission will be placed on Facebook, where they can be voted on by the general public. The submissions that receive the most Facebook “likes” will move on to the final judging round. The jury will consist of Kristina Derocher, director of the Museum of Art, Sara Cleaves, associate director of the sustainability academy, David Kaye, chair of the Depart-

ment of Theatre and Dance, Juliee Holcombe, assistant professor of art, Jason Boucher, UNH social media coordinator, Dan Cachici, of academy technology, and Joe Tombarello, creative services writer, editor and producer of WMURTV. The two overall winners will be announced on March 21 at noon in the Museum of Art in the Paul Creative Arts Center. Thus far, the volume of submissions has been fairly low. Only 10 images and a single video have been submitted. Cleaves said that there have been fewer submissions than hoped for, and that the student body should feel encouraged to submit additional work, especially in the video category. The future of the contest may depend on current participation. Cleaves said that if involvement increases, if students enjoy the contest, and if many students vote for the submissions on Facebook, the contest may be brought

back next year or in years to come. Through the contest, the Sustainability Academy hopes to inspire creativity in the student body regarding sustainability, and to use the images and videos to inspire change after the contest is over. Entries can be submitted and voted for on Facebook. Simply search for and like “Sustainable YouNH” and then follow the directions on the page. The qualities in a winning submission are: “A strong sustainability message but told in a student voice. Something funny, thought-provoking, emotional, engaging. Something that when people see it, they’ll be inspired to think about and get involved in sustainability,” Cleaves said. Besides the $500 prize in both the image and video categories, Timberland has said that it will display the winners in its company’s headquarters at some point in April. The deadline for submissions is March 2.

Ohio church offers drive-thru for Ash Wednesday By DAN SEWELL ASSOCIATED PRESS

CINCINNATI - An Ohio church is offering a drive-thru Ash Wednesday blessing for parishioners pressed for time or reluctant to come inside the church for the Lenten observance. The Rev. Patricia Anderson Cook of Mt. Healthy United Methodist Church in suburban Cincinnati offered the ashes Wednesday evening for people of all faiths beginning around 5 p.m. in the church parking lot. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Christian season of Lent, which concludes after 40 days with the celebration of Easter, and the faithful traditionally have a smudged cross drawn on their forehead. Bridget Spitler, the church’s secretary and building manager, said the church had received a lot of positive feedback for offering the drive-thru ashes. “Some people may not be too comfortable coming in for a serious service,” she said, adding that

people with severe arthritis or other ailments that make attending the service uncomfortable also appreciate the drive-thru opportunity. The pastor will provide a church brochure and a Lenten booklet, and the church offers a traditional Ash Wednesday service inside at 7 p.m.

“Ashes to Go can be

a powerful way for people to encounter Christ where they are, in the midst of their lives.”

Teresa Danieley

Reverend of St. John’s Epsiscopal Church It’s a first at her church, but some other churches have also taken more informal approaches to the ashes. There’s even a Web site

called Ashes to Go. The Rev. Teresa K.M. Danieley of St. John’s Episcopal Church in St. Louis said the ecumenical effort began in 2007, with ashes given to some 100 passers-by outside a coffeehouse. The practice has spread, with clergy members offering ashes outside commuter trains, at bus stops and on street corners around the country. “Ashes to Go can be a powerful way for people to encounter Christ where they are, in the midst of their lives,” she says on the website. Cincinnati Archdiocese spokesman Dan Andriacco said for the Cincinnati region’s many Roman Catholics, getting ashes still calls for attending a service. Some Cincinnati area Catholics might be taking part in another Lenten tradition: McDonald’s FiletO-Fish sandwiches were pioneered in Cincinnati in the early 1960s by a franchisee, the late Lou Groen, who was trying to offset business being lost when Catholics abstained from eating meat on Fridays.

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FORT MEADE, Md. - An Army private deferred his plea Thursday to charges he made the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history. Pfc. Bradley Manning also deferred a choice of whether to be tried by a military jury or judge alone. He was arraigned before Col. Denise Lind at Fort Meade near Baltimore. A trial date has not been set. Manning faces 22 counts, including aiding the enemy. That charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison. The others carry a combined maximum of 150 years. He allegedly gave the anti-secrecy website more than 700,000 documents and video clips. Defense lawyers say Manning was troubled and shouldn’t have had access to classified material. Manning, 24, is a native of Crescent, Okla. He has been locked up since May 2010. At a preliminary hearing in December, military prosecutors produced evidence that Manning downloaded and electronically

transferred to WikiLeaks nearly half a million sensitive battlefield reports from Iraq and Afghanistan, hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables, and video of a deadly 2007 Army helicopter attack that WikiLeaks shared with the world and dubbed “Collateral Murder.” Manning’s lawyers countered that others had access to Manning’s workplace computers in Iraq. They say he was in emotional turmoil, partly because he was a gay soldier while U.S. armed forces still barred homosexuals from serving openly. The defense also claims Manning’s apparent disregard for security rules during stateside training and his increasingly violent outbursts after deployment were red flags that should have prevented him from having access to classified material. They also contend that the material WikiLeaks published did little or no harm to national security. In the December hearing at Fort Meade prosecutors presented excerpts of online chats found on Manning’s personal computer that allegedly document collaboration between him and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

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Lesbian federal worker wins health benefits case By LISA LEFF Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO - The government cannot deny health benefits to the wife of a lesbian court employee by relying on the 1996 law that bars government recognition of same-sex unions, a federal judge has ruled. In Wednesday’s ruling, U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White said the government’s refusal to furnish health insurance to Karen Golinski’s wife is unjustified because the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutionally discriminates against same-sex married couples. Golinski, a staff lawyer for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, has been trying to secure spousal benefits for her wife, Amy Cunninghis, since shortly after the couple got married during the brief window in 2008 when same-sex marriages were legal in California. Her boss, Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, approved her request, but the Office of Personnel Management ordered Golinski’s insurer not to process her application. After Golinski sued, the Department of Justice originally opposed her in court but changed course last year after President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder said they would no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act. “The Court finds that DOMA, as applied to Ms. Golinski, violates her right to equal protection of the law ... by, without substantial justi-

fication or rational basis, refusing to recognize her lawful marriage to prevent provision of health insurance coverage to her spouse,” White wrote in a 43-page decision that marks the third time in less than two years a federal court has declared the act unconstitutional.

A federal judge in Massachusetts, where same-sex marriage has been legal since 2004, ruled in July 2010 that the law is unconstitutional because it interferes with the right of a state to define the institution. When White heard the case in December, the head of the Justice Department’s civil division, Tony West, joined her lawyers from the gay rights legal group Lambda Legal in arguing on Golinski’s behalf, leaving the job of defending DOMA to a lawyer hired by a House of Representatives group. The lawyers representing the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group convened by House Speaker John

Boehner did not immediately respond to an email to their offices sent after business hours Wednesday. Former speaker and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi issued a statement saying White’s ruling demonstrated “that the House is not united in this case, that the BLAG lawyers do not speak for Congress, and that BLAG’s intervention remains a waste of taxpayer resources.” Wednesday’s ruling is the latest in an unbroken string of judicial setbacks for the Defense of Marriage Act, which Congress approved when states first started considering allowing gay and lesbian couples to get married. The law defines marriage as a union between a man and woman, and prohibits the government from granting benefits such as Social Security and Medicaid to same-sex couples. A federal judge in Massachusetts, where same-sex marriage has been legal since 2004, ruled in July 2010 that the law is unconstitutional because it interferes with the right of a state to define the institution. A year later, 20 of the 24 bankruptcy judges based in Los Angeles ruled that the act violated the civil rights of a married gay couple who were denied the right to file a shared bankruptcy plan. Last week, the Obama administration said it was extending its decision to stop defending the law to issues affecting actively serving military personnel and veterans in same-sex relationships.

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In unrelated case, stabbing victim charged with assault By KERRY FELTNER Staff Writer

Nathan Dignan, the man who was stabbed twice in the torso in an early Jan. 28 altercation outside Adams Tower West, was arrested on Feb. 16 and charged with simple assault following a separate incident at the Gables Apartments. “This arrest was not from the same case,” said Paul Dean, the director of public safety of the UNH police department. “This arrest was from an assault at Gables.” Dignan and Philip Hurley were hospitalized following the January incident. Dignan said he is still recovering. Eric Salovitch was charged with two counts of first-degree assault following the stabbing incident. The charges are in Strafford County court.

“What happens now as with all felony cases is that they are sent to the county attorney’s office to be prosecuted,” Dean said. The Durham Police Department is still investigating the case. “The police will continue to investigate, however we sent the case in for review,” Dean said. “The county attorney has jurisdiction over all felony cases. “It is important for the community to know that these serious cases are a process. They are definitely not forgotten, it just takes time.” Strafford County Attorney Tom Vilardi added, “The case has been received by the deputy county attorney Alysia Cassotis. It is currently under review for possible indictment by a grand jury presentation.”

Teen arrested in flight ruckus sang of bin Laden By NIGEL DUARA Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. - A Saudi Arabian teenager has been indicted on charges of interfering with a flight crew after authorities alleged he tried to hit fellow passengers, took a swing at a flight attendant and referred to Osama bin Laden during a flight to Houston. Police arrested 19-year-old Yazeed Mohammed A. Abunayyan on Tuesday night at Portland International Airport after his Continental Airlines flight turned around after the incident. A cousin said that his relative suffers from schizophrenia, was flying home to see his sick mother, and hasn’t taken his medication for three weeks. The cousin, Fahad Alsubaie, 21, told the Medford Mail Tribune he was escorted off the plane with Abunayyan. Alsubaie said the disruption began after a flight attendant confronted the two for sitting together, because Alsubaie was in the wrong seat. “I was going to ride back with him, just to make sure he was safe. They didn’t want us to sit together,” said Alsubaie, a Saudi Arabian exchange student studying English at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. Wednesday’s indictment said a flight attendant asked Abunayyan to stop smoking an electronic cigarette, but he refused. He’s also accused of yelling profanities and swinging his fist at the flight attendant, and also hitting or attempting to hit several passengers. Abunayyan also spoke or sang about Osama bin Laden and his hatred of women, the indictment said.

“When they asked him to stop the cigarette ... he just went crazy, I couldn’t stop him,” Alsubaie told the Mail Tribune. Passenger Mark Foster told KGW-TV that he and others aboard the flight were prepared to take action. “You could tell buckles were off,” he said. “People were already leaning toward the aisles.” Asked whether the FBI considered Abunayyan a terrorism threat, spokeswoman Beth Anne Steele noted that the indictment was on interfering charges, not terrorism. Ashland police believe Abunayyan is the same teenager who led police on a slow-speed chase in the Southern Oregon town Sunday, ramming two police cars and nearly hitting a pedestrian. He was accused of drunken driving and assaulting an officer and was released on bail Monday. The cousin said he was the person hanging out the driver’s side window trying to pull the key out of the car’s ignition while Abunayyan was driving away from police Sunday in Ashland. “When I asked him about what he did in Ashland, he said, ‘Not me, other person inside me,’” Alsubaie told the newspaper. “He thinks he has a different personality.” Abunayyan appeared in court Wednesday afternoon to hear the charges and was assigned an interpreter who translated the proceedings into Arabic. His attorney, Phil Lewis, said in court that he needs more time to meet with Abunayyan before he enters a plea. “His English is not good enough,” Lewis said. “I’m unable to ascertain issues of competence.”


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Friday, February 24, 2012


YouTube sensation, same-sex marriage advocate speaks at UNH By KERRY FELTNER STAFF WRITER

The number one YouTube sensation of 2011 was not some kid’s rapping ability or a video of a cute animal, but a testimony at the Iowa House Judiciary Committee. Zach Wahls, a 19-year-old engineering student at the University of Iowa, spoke at the hearing on behalf of same-sex marriage, using his own family to advocate for marriage equality. Wahls came to UNH this past Wednesday to speak about his experience. “[In reference to his YouTube popularity] It was a new experience for me,” Wahls said. “I woke up to 300 emails the next day. It has been a roller coaster ride that has kept me busy.” Wahls was raised by two women - his biological mother Terri and his mother Jackie. He scored in the 99th percentile on the ACT, is an Eagle Scout and owns and operates his own small business, according to his testimony. Wahls attempted to stress to the Iowa House Judiciary Committee that the sexual orientation of his parents had no impact on the person he has become. Wahls found that many ques-

tions arose when he talked about his family to others. “Some questions I’ve been asked range from: ‘Dude, are they hot?’ to ‘Don’t you long to meet your father?’ Wahls said. “[In regard to the father question] The answer is no. People immediately presume you feel an absence.”

Wahls was raised by two women - his biological mother Terri and his mother Jackie. He scored in the 99th percentile on the ACT, is an Eagle Scout - and owns and operates his own small business. Other questions Wahl has faced are: “Which one of your moms is the man? Isn’t it different having two moms?” Wahls joked, “It’s like going

NH GOP leaders propose birth control exemption By NORMA LOVE ASSOCIATED PRESS

CONCORD, N.H. - A GOPdominated House committee sided Thursday with a push by Republican leaders to exempt all employers - not just religion-affiliated institutions - from paying for health plans that include birth control if they object on religious grounds. The Constitutional Review and Statutory Committee voted 10-6 to recommend that the House amend a 12-year-old state law that requires insurance coverage for contraceptives if the policy also covers other medications. The proposal would exempt any employer who had a religious objection to including contraceptive coverage. Republican House Speaker William O’Brien began championing the change to the law when he learned it existed while criticizing a federal rule that requires insurance companies to provide contraceptives to employees of religionaffiliated institutions. O’Brien and other GOP leaders say the federal requirement should be overturned even though President Barack Obama has modified the policy so that insurance companies, and not the organization affiliated with a church, would pay for birth control coverage. They pushed a resolution through the House on Wednesday expressing their position. Colin Manning, press secretary for Gov. John Lynch, a Democrat, declined to say if Lynch would veto the bill to revise the state law if it reaches his desk. “We have a commonsense law in place - a law that was passed 12 years ago with strong bipartisan

support and the governor does not believe we should be limiting access to FDA-approved prescription drugs,” Manning said. On Thursday, supporters and opponents lined up on the proposed state exemption. O’Brien told the committee the state law is trampling on religious freedoms. He said it is similar to the federal health care changes enacted under Obama that he and other Republicans in the House oppose. O’Brien accused Obama, a Democrat, of using the issue to woo women to vote for him in November. “This trampling on our religious rights by the president seeking electoral advantage needs to be rejected,” said O’Brien. But Claire Ebel of the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union said the bill could open the door to other kinds of discrimination, such as refusing to rent or serve people based on religious objections. “This bill sets an enormously frightening precedent,” she said. She said that exempting the Catholic Church, which has been the impetus behind the call for an exemption, is different from exempting entities the church controls. For instance, Catholic Charities gets most of its funding from public sources, and organizations receiving public funding should abide by state laws that prohibit discrimination, she said. If the measure is passed, the NHCLU will sue to block it, she said. IS THERE SOMETHING WE’RE NOT COVERING? CONTACT BRANDON LAWRENCE AT

to a Chinese restaurant and asking which chopstick is the fork. It’s a whole different set of utensils. I guess it is different in one way – I’m really good at putting the seat down,” he said. Wahls used Wednesday’s talk as a continuation of his original testimony. He presented some of the arguments others have against gay marriage and used his own experience to state his views. “I don’t like that it is called ‘gay marriage,’” Wahls said. “My moms don’t drive ‘gay cars,’ or live in a ‘gay house,’ and as far as we can tell our dog isn’t gay. It’s just semantics. At the end of the day it comes down to a share of love and commitment.” Wahls described the rate of progress of marriage equality as becoming a nonissue in 10-15 years. “How many people in this room picked your sexuality?” Wahls asked the crowd. “The difference is that we can’t control who we are attracted to, but we can control our actions.” Wahls described one experience of his mother Terri who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. She was taken to the hospital for severe pain, but the doctors did not listen to her partner Jackie in regard to


her condition, which cause the doctor’s preferred method of treatment to make Terri’s pain much worse. “Without marriage equality there can be very real human consequences,” Wahls said. “The doctor on call was not legally indebted to listen to Jackie about Terri’s condition.” Students thought Wahls was a captivating speaker. “I think it is impressive,” sophomore Baxter Cohen said. “He’s my age and he showed how normal he is, just like an everyday kid.”

“I thought it was great that he stuck to his beliefs and he was well composed,” junior Kelley McQuillin said. To Wahls, parenting is much more than DNA. “There are people who think you can separate gay love from straight love, and I think those are the people who are the least capable of understanding what love truly is,” Wahls said. “Genetic makeup isn’t all [parenting] is... it’s the support. I feel very blessed to have the parents I’ve had.”



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NH Briefs Dartmouth tests new campus alert system HANOVER, N.H. - Dartmouth College is testing a new system to warn students, faculty, staff and the surrounding community of major emergencies. In January, the college installed an Outdoor Mass Notification System that includes sirens and voice speakers to provide a loud and immediate warning to the campus. The system is located atop two hills and will be tested at 1:15 p.m. Thursday. Officials say the test will last five to 15 minutes and may be heard as far away as Lyme, the next town over.

Guinta rides aboard rescue tugboat PORTSMOUTH, N.H. - New Hampshire Congressman Frank Guinta’s first voyage aboard a tugboat has been a memorable one. Guinta was on the boat Tuesday learning about the types of ships and deliveries that come into Portsmouth when the boat heard about another tugboat taking on water in the Piscataqua River after getting stuck under the Memorial Bridge. The tugboat, the Eugenia Moran, helped pull the other boat away from the bridge and towed it to the Isles of Shoals Steamship Co. The two people aboard the tugboat in distress were working on the project to replace the bridge connecting Portsmouth to Kittery, Maine. Guinta said the rescue went smoothly.

NH soldier dies, found in Army barracks room LYMAN, N.H. - The U.S. Army says a soldier from New Hampshire found unresponsive in his barracks room in Fort Benning, Ga., was later pronounced dead. Twenty-two-year-old Spc. Matthew R. Woods of Lyman was found Sunday morning. Woods entered service Jan. on 13, 2009. He was a 2007 Lisbon Regional School graduate. Woods was in the 3rd Squadron, 1st Calvalry Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division. He was deployed to Iraq during his time in the brigade. His death is under investigation.

Vice President Biden to stop at city art institute MANCHESTER, N.H. - Vice President Joe Biden is making another visit to New Hampshire. Biden is scheduled to be in Manchester at the New Hampshire Institute of Art on Thursday afternoon. The doors open at 2 p.m. The trip is part of a visit to New England that includes stops in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

The New Hampshire

Fitness program for mentally ill expands in NH By HOLLY RAMER Associated Press

KEENE, N.H. - Back when he was a self-described friendless recluse, Craig Carey spent hours sitting in a chair doing nothing or driving around in his car, alone. Then a fitness program for people with serious mental illness turned his life around. “The In SHAPE program gave me something to grab onto. I came out of my shell, I went to other programs ... got a part time job,” he said. “I started to say, ‘OK, my life is getting back together.’” Carey, 47, of Keene, was diagnosed with manic depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder 15 years ago. In 2003, he became one of the first clients at Monadnock Family Services to join In SHAPE, a program so successful that the state has won a $10 million federal grant to replicate it at the rest of the state’s community mental health centers. The goal is to expand a program that now serves 150 people to 4,500 participants in the next five years. The average life span for someone with a serious mental illness is 25 years shorter than someone in the general population, a gap that has been largely overlooked even though an estimated 10.4 million American adults - including about 43,000 in New Hampshire - fall into that category, said Dr. Stephen Bartels. He will supervise the program funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. “It can legitimately be said that this is the largest and most important health disparity in the nation that has been unappreciated,” said Bartels, director of Dartmouth College’s Centers for Health and Aging. People with serious mental illnesses such as depression or schizophrenia are more likely to smoke and be obese, putting them at greater risk for diabetes, heart disease and other chronic disease. And medications used to treat their mental ill-

nesses often cause weight gain or leave them feeling too lethargic to exercise. Spending money on wellness efforts now will be less costly than expensive treatments for chronic diseases later, Bartels argues. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a sustained 10 percent weight loss will reduce an overweight person’s lifetime medical costs by $2,200$5,300 by lowering costs associated with high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and high cholesterol. A report released this month by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Trust for America’s Health found that reducing the average body mass index by 5 percentage points in the United States could lead to more than $29 billion in health care savings in five years. And there are societal benefits as well, said Ken Jue, who created the In SHAPE program in 2003. Some participants have gone back to work after decades of unemployment. Others have gone back to school. “As people have become involved in the program and as they begin to improve their physical health, they develop a sense of selfconfidence that really frees them up to do some incredible things,” said Jue. Jue, a consultant to Monadnock Family Services, was the agency’s CEO in 2002 when he noticed a troubling trend. “I was sitting in a funeral of a client of the agency ... and I realized in the middle of the funeral that I’ve been to a lot of these funerals, and people were pretty young. They were in their 50s or very early 60s,” he said. “All of a sudden I said, ‘This doesn’t make sense why these folks would be dying.’” The acronym in In SHAPE stands for “Self Help Action Plan for Empowerment.” Participants are paired with trained health mentors to develop plans that in-

clude exercise, nutrition counseling and smoking cessation. Those who don’t have a primary care doctor are assigned to physicians at Cheshire Medical Center, who know about the program and work to reinforce it. Students at nearby Keene State College help with the nutrition components, and the local YMCA provides the fitness facilities.

Diane Croteau, 49, of Keene said the confidence she’s gained through the program has alleviated her depression and improved her health. She’s lost 60 pounds in the last year and works out at the YMCA every week day. “When I first started In SHAPE, I was a little wary about going and exercising in front of people. But once I started, it wasn’t bad, and I

“As people have become involved in the

program and as they begin to improve their physical health, they develop a sense of selfconfidence that really frees them up to do some incredible things.”

Ken Jue

In SHAPE creator Those partnerships have been key to the program’s success, Jue said, and have helped integrate participants into their communities in a way that would not have been possible had the mental health agency just set up its own fitness center. “Someone with a serious mental illness can become isolated, and social isolation contributes to their poor health status,” he said. “So I wanted this to be done in the community.” Participants generally spend about nine months in the program, and there is always a waiting list, Jue said. Research published by Bartels in 2010 found a dropout rate of 20 percent, compared to a 2533 percent dropout rate for healthy adults enrolled in formal exercise programs. The research also found that participation in the program was associated with a reduction in waist size, blood pressure and symptoms of depression and an increase in physical activity, readiness to eat healthier and overall confidence levels.

got to meet a lot of people outside of In SHAPE,” she said. “It’s been basically life-changing for me.” She and other participants said the health mentors they’ve worked with know how to strike a balance between being supportive and challenging. If a participant isn’t feeling up to going to the gym, mentors will go to their homes and take them out for walks. If someone is dealing with a medical issue, the mentors help contact doctors. “It’s a personal relationship,” said Paula Wheeler, 68, of Keene, another longtime participant. “They offer you a lot of respect, and it doesn’t matter where you are. You can be a very in-shape person or you can be a person who really has a lot of work to do, but they’re accepting of who you are.” While several mental health agencies in other states have used In SHAPE as a model for similar programs, the New Hampshire expansion is the first time such a program will be implemented statewide, Bartels said.

Police say love triangle led to CA murder-suicide By DON THOMPSON Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A 73-year-old gunman entangled in a love triangle shot and killed the treasurer of a remote-controlled airplane club who police said was having an affair with the estranged wife of the attacker. Before turning the gun on himself Tuesday, Robert Gully chased the woman from a parking lot into the lobby of a building where the club was meeting. He fired multiple times but failed to hit her, Sacramento police Sgt. Andrew Pettit said. Police said Gully and 62-yearold Jerome Votaw of Sacramento were both romantically involved with the 49-year-old woman, whose name was not released. “I was shocked when I knew the suspect was in his 70s and the victim was in his 60s,” Pettit said. The woman was married to Gully, and both also were members of the club, but they were separated. Pettit did not know if she was living with Votaw.

“They were definitely in a relationship,” he said. “As far as living together, I can’t confirm that.” A person who answered the telephone at Votaw’s home said the woman who lived there wasn’t taking any calls.

“I was shocked

when I knew the suspect was in his 70s and the victim was in his 60s.”

Andrew Petit

Sacramento police Sgt.

Gully got into an argument with Votaw and the woman in the parking lot, drew a gun and shot Votaw multiple times before trying to shoot the woman, Pettit said. He kept firing as the woman ran to the lobby, with bullets shattering a large glass door. “It appears that it wasn’t random, it wasn’t just something he

came upon,” Pettit said when asked if the shooting was spontaneous. A security guard was in the lobby, and about a half-dozen airplane modelers club members were in a conference room and came into the lobby after the shooting took place. Pettit credited the club’s president with calming Gully down and walking him back outside the building. “From what I understand, he did a fantastic job. He was in there taking a lead on this and directing people what to do in that situation,” Pettit said. Police, however, heard Gully shoot and kill himself as they arrived. “It could have been a lot worse, especially with the people in there if he started shooting innocent bystanders,” Pettit said. “We believe those two were his intended targets.” The club’s website identifies the president as John Bigwood, who declined comment when reached by telephone. Gully, a resident of West Sac-

ramento, and Votaw were both part of the 200-member Sacramento Area Modelers club, which bills itself on its website as offering one of the premier flying sites on the West Coast. Its facility southeast of Sacramento features a pit area and runway, snack bar and clubhouse made from a converted semi-trailer. Vice President J.R. Schiager and the club’s secretary, Bob Calvert, said they did not want to discuss the attack. “I think what’s been reported is pretty accurate,” Calvert said. Members of the club fly large, radio-controlled model airplanes and meet monthly at the headquarters of the Sacramento Municipal Utilities District, a large, customer-owned electric company. Members were seen Wednesday retrieving their model aircraft from the building. The utility is looking into its policy on permitting private groups to use its facilities, Utility district spokeswoman Dace Udris said. No employees were involved in the incident, she said.



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Kicking bass and making reeds UNH music major brings art and color to the tedious task of reed making By HANNAH LIUZZO CONTRIBUTING WRITER

POP QUIZ! What is a bassoon? A. A primate B. A musical instrument C. A weapon To find out, read next week’s issue of TNH Arts! Just kidding, guys. If you answered C, that’s weird, although not entirely incorrect. The (most) correct response is B., A musical instrument. Awesome quiz, great job! If you’re still like, “Wait, what the heck is a bassoon? I’ve literally never heard of that,” don’t fret. Let’s just take a journey together into the magical world of the symphony orchestra. The bassoon is a member of the woodwind family, specifically the double reeds, and to make this simple, it looks like a hollowed out tree branch with silver keys and a metal drinking straw sticking out. And it sounds like ducks, sometimes. Low ducks. Or truck horns. But what we’re really here to talk about, people, is not our small, brown, web-footed, pond-dwelling friends or 18-wheelers. We’re here to talk about bassoons, which are musical instruments, members of the woodwind family, double reeds.

Chris Foss is a junior, a music major, and a bassoon player. He’s so good at it that it’s kind of alarming. And on top of being a master of an instrument that doubles as a walking stick, he’s now approaching his third undergraduate research project dedicated to experimenting with reed making techniques for the bassoon. A reed is a piece of cane that you put your lips on and blow air through to produce sound on an instrument via vibrations. Because the bassoon is a double reed, there are two of them, and they vibrate against one another. “All dedicated bassoon players make their own reeds,” Foss said. After years of toying with reed making, he decided to conduct a series of formal experiments on the different techniques involved in the construction of reeds. Foss has conducted research with a REAP grant, a SURF grant, and this summer, he’ll be living in Italy and studying the Italian style of reed making and bassoon playing through IROP with Italian bassoonist and reed expert Giorgio Versiglia. Foss’s research took a great deal of preparation and required devoting entire days over the summer to experimenting with different techniques, isolating variables, and recording results. Through these experiences, as daunting as it is to


Junior music major and bassoon player Chris Foss has learned different techniques for making his very own reeds. To keep the task interesting, he adds flair to each one with color, glitter, and other details. spend eight straight hours working with cane, twine, and wire, Foss has become a huge advocate of undergraduate research. “Within the bassoon world,

which is fricken huge, people learn to play their instrument and go along without thinking twice about what their teachers tell them,” Foss said.

“I think part of the value of undergraduate research is you break away from just going to classes and

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Lead singer of Filter won’t subscribe to a label By MAX SULLIVAN CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Richard Patrick is completely pissed off. He has spent the last year on the road with Filter, touring the world from the U.S. to Germany and back. He’s performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and he’s working with his band mates on a brand new album, scheduled to come out this summer. He’ll be the first to tell you that “it’s been a hoot.” Still, Patrick is as angry as ever. According to Filter’s front man, you’ll hear plenty of fury in his trademark scream on the upcoming release. “I’m screaming my ass off (on this new record),” Patrick said. “I’ve definitely got the aggression. I’m definitely pissed off about a lot of things in my life.” The album, to be named Gurney and the Burning Books, will be a return to the Short Bus sound in some areas, with a slight depar-

ture in others. According to Patrick, Filter fans have grown accustomed to hearing different sounds and expecting the unexpected. “My fans get it,” Patrick said. “It’s not always murky and swollen and sad. There’s a whole variety of feelings. For me, it’s like covering all your bases.” Patrick’s first major introduction to the record business was playing with Nine Inch Nails in the early 90s. He said he grew accustomed early on to putting originality far ahead of record sales. “When I was back in Nine Inch Nails, we were like, ‘This (sound) hasn’t exploded yet, but we’re 20, and this is what we’re going to do.’ We were of age and we could be inspired like that,” he said. After leaving NIN and finding success with Filter’s hit “Hey Man, Nice Shot,” Patrick still had that mentality ingrained in him, and it led to confrontations with his bosses at the record company. “I was sitting there, talking to


Filter is playing a string of live shows in New England this spring, including a date in Hampton Beach. a guy at Warner Brothers–and this is the head guy–and he goes, ‘Well, Rich, you’ve got this song “Take a Picture,” and it’s super light, and it’s this beautiful song. Don’t you see that as kind of a problem?’ And I go,

‘Why?’ And he goes, ‘Well, because you’re famous for “Hey Man, Nice Shot.” You’re going to lose all those heavy metal fans … Look at our band Disturbed. Those guys know what they’re doing. Those guys are

selling to their audience and they’re keeping their audience happy,’” Patrick said. “And I’m like, ‘Yeah, but, how FILTER continued on page 10



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continued from page 9 can you grow as a person? How can you develop as an artist?’ If you have to have your hair cut exactly the same way for years, you’re going to be f**ked. You’re going to go insane.” Patrick has faced criticism in recent years, too. On 2010’s The Trouble with Angels, the use of auto tune on “The Inevitable Relapse” drew a lot of criticism from many fans. This took the singer completely by surprise. “This one tiny little effect, for this one tiny little percentage of the record … Because I said this is kind

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of like Short Bus, my old-school audience was almost offended that I used auto tune,” Patrick said. “And for me it made perfect sense, because it was tongue-in-cheek.” For Patrick, limiting himself to one predictable sound would be maddening. Instead of categorizing his music as rock, grunge, or alternative, he just looks at it as making a Filter album. “I’m not making a rock record,” Patrick said. “I don’t want to be a cookie cutter and pump out the same s**t, and I think that is important as an artist. I think the new record is going to sound like a brand new Filter record.” The new album, Gurney and Burning Books, is still in the works. Patrick has been writing the new album with current Filter guitarist Jonny Radtke. The two are experimenting with the key of C as well as drop B, relatively new sounds for Filter. The album will have hills and valleys, which Patrick said is important for any record to remain interesting. There is also a possibility of a live album coming out this year, the recordings taken from a show in Germany. Patrick assured that the sound from the live disc will be “gnarly and big.” See Filter at Wally’s Pub in Hampton Beach on Thursday, March 1 and at Boston Billiard Club in Nashua on March 3. For more information, visit the band’s website at

MUSO Presents….

Movies for the Week of February 24-March 1 the ruM diary

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tickets are $2 for students with id and $4 for others. Movies sponsored by Film Underground are FREE. Tickets go on sale 1 hour before show time. Cat’s Cache and Cash are the Only forms of payment accepted.

For more info contact: MUB Ticket Office - University of New Hampshire (603) 862-2290 - Email: 83 Main St, Durham, NH 03824

The New Hampshire

2012 Academy Awards Score Sheet Compiled By EJ LEE contributing writer

Do you have Oscar predictions? Here’s a score sheet you can cut out to keep track of your predictions. I also made some of my own. Key: *Who I Want To Win / **Who Will Actually Win Your Pick |


Best Picture The Artist The Descendants Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Hugo * Midnight in Paris The Help Moneyball War Horse The Tree of Life Best Actor Demian Bichir, A Better Life George Clooney, The Descendants Jean Dujardin, The Artist * Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Brad Pitt, Moneyball Best Actress Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs Viola Davis, The Help ** Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo * Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn Best Supporting Actor Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn Jonah Hill, Moneyball Nick Nolte, Warrior Christopher Plummer, Beginners * ** Max Von Sydow, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Best Supporting Actress Berenice Bejo, The Artist Jessica Chastain, The Help Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs Octavia Spencer, The Help * ** Best Director Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris ** Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life Alexander Payne, The Descendants Martin Scorsese, Hugo * Best Original Screenplay Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris ** JC Chandor, Margin Call Asghar Farhadi, A Separation Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist * Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, Bridesmaids Best Adapted Screenplay Alexander Payne, Nat Faxton, Jim Rash, The Descendants ** John Logan, Hugo * George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon, The Ides of March Aaron Sorkin, Steven Zaillian, Moneyball Bridget O’Connor, Peter Straughn, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

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Friday, February 24, 2012


Moon’s People Like You is relatable for everyone By AUSTIN SORETTE CONTRIBUTING WRITER


UNH undergrad Sandi Moon released her third album in November, People Like You. The album features 10 brand new tracks from the singer/songwriter, and can be purchased on Amazon, iTunes, and CD Baby. Some tracks are also available to stream on Moon’s website,

The innocence you will hear in the lyrics on Sandi Moon’s latest album People Like You is a true representation of the type of heart-on-itssleeve indie pop-rock that you play while sharing a blanket with someone as the sun sets in the distance. Moon’s record is like a photo album, and each of the cuts is a snapshot of nostalgic days at summer camp, rehabilitating lost love in Italy, and lonely people who both play ukulele. This music major takes the singer/songwriter role and performs both with incredible range. Her voice fluctuates between soaring falsetto and coy melody that you wish you could sing along to but, once attempted, you are asking yourself “how the hell does she do that?” I asked myself the same for the symphony of indie folk instruments

she presents (the musicians credits inside the album sleeve seems longer than this entire review). Moon’s musical arrangement has the feeling of lo-fi without the “pass the 4-track” production. The eclectic instrumentation is reminiscent of modern artists like Mumford & Sons and Jason Mraz. The songs are drenched with piano, brass, and especially ukulele, without a single hint of guitar on the album. Regardless of where and when you play this record, Moon is sure to draw you into her world, where you can unleash your inner animal or at least wish your best guy friend wasn’t gay. For more, check out

Final Grade: ATracks to stream: “Inner Animal” “Ukulele Loner”


Junior Chris Foss plays the bassoon, a double reed wind instrument.


continued from page 9 doing what your teacher tells you to do. [Undergraduate research] has been the most rewarding experience of my time at UNH. I’ve learned to uncover new information and be in charge of my own education because once I leave these walls, that’s what matters.” In his lifetime, Foss estimates he’s made over 500 reeds. And as you can imagine, doing anything 500 times can get boring. To keep things exciting, Foss incorporates aesthetic qualities into his reed making, employing colorful twine, bright nail polish (to seal loose ends of twine), glitter, and intricate patterns, sort of like friendship brace-


His newest spring line is made up of bright pinks, oranges, blues, yellows, and sparkles, and is “inspired by the twinkle in Dr. Boysen (UNH’s Wind Symphony conductor)’s eyes.” Foss’s reeds are so beautiful that you might want to dangle one from a chain around your neck. It’s truly an art form in and of itself. To see Foss and his reeds in action, come see the UNH Wind Symphony perform on Sunday, March 4 at 3 p.m. in the Johnson Theater. The performance is free and open to the public, and provides a great opportunity to support student musicians. Plus, you can get up close and personal with a real live blue-footed bassoon!


Friday, February 24, 2012


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Dueling reviews: The Muppets return

This week in the MUB

The Muppets A decent film, is a touching, with some nostalgic film truly hilarious one-liners By ARJUNA RAMGOPAL staff writer

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Disney’s The Muppets (2011) stars Amy Adams and Jason Segel alongside Jim Henson’s legacy. The film is great for all ages, offering a nostalgic throwback for adults and an introduction to beloved characters for kids. The film features an original song that’s up for an Academy Award at Sunday’s Oscar ceremony.

The new Muppets movie, simply titled The Muppets, is not a groundbreaking movie, but it is a heartwarming, classic throwback that anyone can enjoy. It’s the first Muppets movie since Muppets in Space, which came out back in 1999. So it’s been a while since we’ve seen our favorite puppet friends. Much like their long hiatus, the movie doesn’t dilly dally around their absence. It actually embraces the fact and goes on a tale on how the Muppets try to get back to what they used to be. But the great part about it is that the movie doesn’t take itself too seriously. It has touching moments, but also goofy ones. The film features an overthe-top villain and a mock Muppet crew. The two main human characters, played by Jason Segel and Amy Adams, are not too imposing and over the top, but they’re not too shallow and invisible either. Their storyline intertwines nicely, and they provide much of the satirical content that ultimately results in the film poking fun at itself in an obvious and intentional way. The songs are top notch as well. There are the classic Muppet songs like the original theme song, “Rainbow Connection,” and everybody’s favorite, “Mah Na Mah Na.” There are also some great originals, like “Man or Muppet” (which also features a great cameo). The song is so popular that it has been nominated for an Oscar, and a Twitter campaign has been started to allow the Muppets to perform it live at the ceremony this weekend. The movie implements a lot of classic stuff that older fans of the Muppets will appreciate, while younger fans will appreciate the Muppet humor that still holds up today. In a world of 3D and eyepopping animations, The Muppets is still bright and colorful and holds up well to all the gimmicks. The Muppets’ one misstep might be the pacing of the film. While its runtime is under two hours, the beginning of the movie drags on a bit, making the exciting second half feel a little too short. Ultimately, this film is a touching new addition to the Muppet family that should revitalize the brand. Here’s hoping that we get some more Muppet films soon. Who knows, maybe a Muppet halftime show for next year’s Supebowl is in the cards as well. Final score: 4 out of 5 stars

By COURTNEY MILLS contributing writer

Just as Toy Story 3 was made for aging fans, so was The Muppets. Not to say the movie is not for children, because it is, but it’s also a nostalgic journey for adults. It pulls on your heartstrings and just like Toy Story 3, tells you to let go and move on. The plot is what I like to call “meh.” It’s your typical “let’s get the (fill in the blank) back together and shake things up” reunion film. It’s even comparable to the “washed up (fill in the blank) making a comeback” movies, such as The Wrestler. In the movie, the Muppets have to come up with $10 million to save the Muppet Theatre from the greedy oilman, aptly named Tex Richman. FOX and friends had a field day with this one, by the way. They criticized The Muppets for its liberal agenda that brainwashes children to hate wealthy people. And to that, I say, “no comment,” as that’s for you to decide. Just because the plot was recycled and the characters were one-dimensional does not mean that The Muppets wasn’t a good movie. It parodied several film genres at different points, made fun of itself, and broke the fourth wall. Though the overall movie was just decent, I found myself loving the reflective one-liners. For example, when Tex Richman revealed his plan to his laughing cronies, he repeatedly said “maniacal laugh!” When Kermit and the gang were rounding up the rest of the Muppets, his robot suggested that, in the interest of time, they use a montage. Also, after a large explosion, Fozzie Bear said, “Wow, that was such an expensive looking explosion! I can’t believe we had that in the budget!” Excellent. Lines like these made the film, in my opinion. I recommend this movie to anyone who likes comedies, the Muppets, and feeling nostalgic and bittersweet. I don’t recommend this movie to FOX News. Overall, The Muppets is light-hearted, fun, self-aware, and doesn’t take itself seriously, just like this review… and that, my friends, is reflexivity, Muppets style. Final score: 3 out of 5 stars


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Friday, February 24, 2012


The Kitchenette: Coffee can be healthy, too!

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Need to survive midterms? Afraid your coffee intake might be too much? Getting bored with the same old mocha? Never fear: coffee has a ton of health benefits and it’s versatile in cooking. Plus, Durham has a good selection of coffee places, so you can try every spot until you find a cup of joe you really love. By ERICA SIVER staff

With midterms here or right around the corner, chances are you’re loading up on coffee. Lucky for you, the benefits of your cup of joe go beyond keeping you awake into the wee hours of the night. Coffee is high in antioxidants, and its caffeine is believed to have benefits as well. Many other foods like berries and greens are high in antioxidants as well, but the largest antioxidant source in the American diet is coffee. Recent research has found that consumption of coffee decreases the risk of developing certain cancers like liver and prostate. Research on prostate cancer found that there was a 60 percent decreased risk with six cups or more per day. Some of you may be consuming this much coffee around this time of the semester, but reduced benefits are possible with lesser consumption. The antioxidants have also been found to keep arteries healthy, preventing stroke and high blood pressure. Coffee has antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that have been shown to decrease the risk for Type 2 Diabetes as well. These factors seem to help the body utilize insulin and control blood glucose levels. Although right now you’re all probably wishing you didn’t have to learn anymore, decades from now you’ll be hoping you don’t forget. Coffee drinkers have been found to have lower prevalence of Alzheimer’s and Dementia than non-coffee drinkers due to the antioxidants. So drink coffee to stay awake, or drink it to remember whatever it is you’re cramming this week. If you’re not a coffee drinker there are lots of other interesting culinary applications for coffee. They might not have quite as potent benefits as a plain old cup of joe but they’re worth a try! Also, keep in mind that when I refer to coffee, I mean plain black coffee, not a latte, Frappuccino, or a cup loaded with cream and sugar. Certainly you don’t need to drink it black, but drinking several cups a day of creamy sweetened coffee can really rack up the calories, so be mindful.

Cowboy Rubbed Rib Eye with Chocolate Stout Pan Sauce (

duce by half over medium heat. Remove the thyme sprig and whisk in the butter. Season to taste.

Ingredients 1 nice, thick rib eye, 1 to 1.5 inches thick, big enough for two 1 tablespoon ground coffee 2 tablespoons Kosher salt (we used Diamond Crystal -- you may want to reduce the salt to taste, especially if using Morton’s Kosher or other finer salt, see comments) 2 teaspoons dark brown sugar 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 1 tablespoon coarse ground black pepper 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes (preferably Ancho chile) 1 cup chocolate stout (you’ll have to drink the rest) 1/2 cup beef stock 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 1 sprig thyme 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Note: This steak would be delicious without the stout sauce if you are under 21 or too cheap or lazy to go buy chocolate stout. Just skip the sauce and only use the rub recipe!

Instructions Mix the coffee, salt, paprika, peppers & cumin together and toast lightly in pan until fragrant (alternatively you can toast whole spices then grind). Mix the spices with the sugar to make the rub. Spread the rub all over the steak and let sit for awhile. If you do it the night before you’ll have stronger flavor but if you do it right before serving it’ll be good, too. (If you pre-rub and set it in the fridge, be sure to bring it up to room temperature before searing, so you do not shock the meat.) Heat a cast iron pan until it’s really hot - a drop of water flicked into the pan should sizzle and bounce. Add vegetable oil, wait a few seconds until the oil heats up, then place the steak in the pan. It should sizzle; leave it there, do not touch it at all for 3-4 minutes. It should be browning on the bottom. Then place it under a hot broiler and broil to medium rare or desired doneness. Remove the steak and let rest on a warm plate, cover with aluminum foil. Add the thyme sprig to the pan and let it sauté a bit until it gets nice and fragrant. Pour in the chocolate stout and deglaze the pan. Add the beef broth, whisk together and re-

Coffee Brownies with Pecans and Ganache Topping (Bon Appetit) Ingredients Nonstick vegetable oil spray 2 cups sugar 15 tablespoons (2 sticks minus 1 tablespoon) unsalted butter 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 3 tablespoons finely ground coffee beans 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 large eggs 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour 3/4 cup pecan pieces 1 cup bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips (6 ounces) 6 tablespoons freshly brewed coffee Instructions Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9x2-inch metal pan with nonstick spray. Combine sugar, butter, cocoa, ground coffee, and salt in large metal bowl. Place bowl over saucepan of simmering water and whisk until butter melts and ingredients are blended (texture will be grainy). Remove bowl from over water; cool mixture to lukewarm if necessary. Whisk in eggs and vanilla. Sift flour over and fold in. Mix in pecans. Spread batter in prepared pan. Bake brownies until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Cool brownies in pan. Place chocolate chips in small bowl. Bring brewed coffee to simmer in small saucepan; pour over chips and stir until melted and smooth. Let ganache stand until cool and beginning to thicken, about one hour; spread evenly over brownies.



Friday, February 24, 2012

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San Diego jurors told corpses were soaked in acid Prop. 8 backers seek review By ELLIOT SPAGAT ASSOCIATED PRESS

SAN DIEGO - Two members of a breakaway Mexican drug gang dissolved their victims’ corpses in vats of acid in a gruesome display of Mexican cartel tactics played out on U.S. soil, a prosecutor told jurors. The defendants held two kidnap victims in the master bedroom of an average San Diego home as ransom payments were negotiated, said Mark Amador, a San Diego County deputy district attorney. After being dragged downstairs and strangled to death in June 2007, the bodies were placed in two 55-gallon barrels of fluids. Attorneys for the defendants Jose Olivera Beritan, 38, and David Valencia, 41 - were scheduled to make opening statements Thursday. A cooperating witness eventually led investigators to Valencia’s San Diego ranch, where they discovered bones, teeth and body remains that appeared like brownish gelatin, Amador told jurors in his opening statement Wednesday. The technique of dissolving bodies in liquid is common among warring Mexican cartels but extremely rare on U.S. soil. It allows for evidence to be destroyed. “This is not typical. This is not normal. This is extraordinary - here, at least,” Amador said. Amador said the liquids are typically made of supplies that can be purchased at stores. Jurors were shown photos of three boxes of muriatic acid found in one holding

house in Chula Vista, a San Diego suburb. Beritan and Valencia are charged with murdering and kidnapping two people in San Diego, while Beritan is charged with a third murder. They are the first to go on trial among 17 people who were indicted in 2009 in what authorities said was a campaign by a Mexican drug gang to export its violent ways to the United States. Beritan is also charged with an attempted kidnapping in January 2007. The victim was allegedly abducted in a San Diego suburb by assailants wearing police uniforms and managed to escape. The victim is expected to testify.

“ This is not typical.

This is not normal. This is extraordinary - here, at least.”

Mark Amador

San Diego County deputy district attorney

Prosecutors say the defendants belonged to “Los Palillos” - “The Toothpicks” in English - a cell of the Tijuana-based Arellano Felix cartel that broke away around 2002 when its leader was killed in an internal feud. The leader’s younger brother, Jorge Rojas, moved to the San Diego area and allegedly directed the cell in trafficking drugs and com-

mitting nine murders and a series of kidnappings until his arrest in 2007. Rojas, 32, was convicted of one kidnapping in 2008 and sentenced to life in prison. He will be tried later this year on additional charges that may make him eligible for the death penalty, if convicted. The group’s targets were sometimes suspected or confirmed drug traffickers, authorities say. The two whose bodies were dissolved in acid include a drug trafficker, said Amador, who did not reveal the other victim’s occupation in his opening statement. The home where their bodies were dissolved was equipped with sheets of wood and fans. “It was a mess to do this, and it stunk,” Amador said. The group’s demise came in June 2007 when the family of one kidnap victim, Eduardo Gonzalez Tostado, called the FBI for help, Amador said. Families of previous victims refused to contact authorities. The prosecutor described Gonzalez as a wealthy businessman but acknowledged he is suspected by some of ties to the Arellano Felix cartel. A young woman allegedly lured him to a home in Chula Vista, where he was chained and blindfolded in a closet for eight days while his captors demanded $2 million from his pregnant wife. The family paid $193,000 in a package equipped with a tracking device that the FBI used to locate the victim. Gonzalez, who was rescued in a SWAT raid, is expected to testify at the trial.

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of gay marriage case By LISA LEFF ASSOCIATED PRESS

SAN FRANCISCO - Samesex couples in California will have to wait a while to find out if they have regained the right to get married, after the backers of the state’s gay marriage ban petitioned a federal appeals court to review a split decision by three of its judges that struck down Proposition 8. Lawyers for a coalition of religious and legal groups on Tuesday asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear the 2-1 decision that declared the voter-approved ban to be a violation of the federal civil rights of gay and lesbian Californians, opting for now to avoid taking their chances with the U.S. Supreme Court. “After careful consideration, we determined that asking for reconsideration by the full 9th Circuit is in the best interests of defending Prop. 8,” said Andy Pugno, general counsel for the Protect Marriage coalition. “This gives the entire 9th Circuit a chance to correct this anomalous decision by just two judges overturning the vote of seven million Californians.” If Proposition 8’s sponsors had not sought the 9th Circuit’s reconsideration by a midnight deadline, the three judges would have let the ruling take effect in another seven days, clearing the way for same-sex marriages to resume in the state for the first time since Proposition 8 passed. Instead, same-sex marriages will remain on hold at least until the 9th Circuit decides to accept or reject the rehearing petition. The court does not face a deadline for doing so, and if it agrees to take the case, it could order another round of legal arguments that would further delay a final ruling. Although the closely watched case is expected to reach the Supreme Court eventually, legal experts said supporters of the ban could be exhausting all their options before asking the high court to intervene. If a majority of the 9th Circuit’s 25 actively serving judges agree to reconsider the case, it would be assigned to a panel that includes the chief judge and 10 randomly selected judges. “I think it is a bit of a gamble, but they could be hoping for more persuasive dissents,” Elizabeth Wydra, chief counsel for the Constitutional Accountability Center, said. “Whether it’s before the en banc 9th Circuit or the Supreme Court, I think their arguments ultimately are going to lose.” Stanford University law professor Jane Schacter said that while the 9th Circuit does not often reverse the decisions of member judges, Prop. 8 backers might believe a ruling by a bigger appeals court panel could yield a decision more likely to pique the interest of the Supreme Court. The two judges who rejected Prop. 8 two weeks ago focused their decision exclusively on California’s ban, even though the court has jurisdiction in nine western states. Analysts have said that made it less likely the Supreme Court

would take the case on appeal. “If the en banc decision was broad, it might be more likely to draw attention of the Supreme Court because it would be a decision with national reverberations,” Schacter said. Proposition 8 amended the California Constitution to outlaw same-sex marriages five months after the state Supreme Court threw out a pair of statutes that limited marriage to a man and woman. The proposition was approved by voters in November 2008 with 52 percent of the vote. The 9th Circuit panel said in its Feb. 7 ruling that the amendment violated the U.S. Constitution’s promise of equal protection because it singled out a minority group for disparate treatment for no compelling reason.

“Separate is never

equal - and I am confident that one day, very soon, every American will be able to enjoy the fundamental freedom to marry.” Chad Griffin

President, American Foundation for Equal Rights The lone dissenting judge insisted that the ban could have served a legitimate purpose in the minds of its supporters: namely, helping to ensure that children are raised by married, opposite-sex parents. In the petition filed Tuesday, lawyers for the ban’s supporters said the 9th Circuit panel overlooked a 1972 Supreme Court precedent in a 1972 same-sex marriage case that should have been binding on their deliberations and misapplied the high court’s 1996 decision overturning a Colorado measure that outlawed discrimination protections for gay people. “Disapproving of the redefinition of marriage to include samesex couples is plainly not the same as disapproving same-sex couples as a people,” the petition states. “Do President Obama and a host of other prominent champions of equal rights for gays and lesbians support the traditional definition of marriage solely to disapprove of gays and lesbians as a class and to dishonor same-sex couples as a people?” Six states allow gay couples to wed - Connecticut, New Hampshire, Iowa, Massachusetts, New York and Vermont - as well as the District of Columbia. The governor of Washington signed a bill this month that would make that state the seventh. But California, as the nation’s most populous state and home to more than 98,000 same-sex couples, would be the gay rights movement’s biggest prize of them all.


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Friday, February 24, 2012

Jurors to hear from witnesses of Rwandan genocide By LYNNE TUOHY Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. - Lawyers for a New Hampshire woman charged with lying about her role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide say she is the victim of lies by Rwandans who stand to gain and others who would be punished if they didn’t link her to the slaughter. Beatrice Munyenyezi’s side of the story was cast in opening statements by defense attorney Mark Howard in a federal courtroom Thursday. She has been incarcerated since her arrest in June 2010. Prosecutors say she commandeered a roadblock in front of a Butare hotel owned by her husband’s prominent family, and from the post ordered countless rapes and killings and stole belongings from those victims. They say she lied on documents to enter the United States in 1998 and obtain U.S. citizenship in 2003 when she said she played no role in the genocide and denied any affiliation with an extremist Hutu party responsible for much of the violence. Howard maintains she was holed up inside the family’s hotel,

protecting her 1-year-old daughter and sick from her pregnancy with twins who were born months later. “This case is about lies - lies that were told about Beatrice Munyenyezi,” Howard told the jury of eight men, four women.

“It is a crime in

Rwanda to say or do anything denying the genocide. When any Rwandan is asked if Beatrice Munyenyezi participated in genocide they have to say yes.”

Mark Howard Defense Attorney

Howard described Rwanda’s present government is as “an authoritarian regime run by a thug.” He said the government controls how people discuss the genocide he said was perpetrated by the Rwan-

da Patriotic Front that now rules the country. “It is a crime in Rwanda to say or do anything denying the genocide,” Howard said. “When any Rwandan is asked if Beatrice Munyenyezi participated in genocide they have to say yes.” Howard said those serving life sentences for killing during the genocide will have their sentences reduced to 20 years if they identify other participants. “Do the math,” Howard told the jury, noting the genocide took place 17 years ago. “Their motive to identify someone is they get out in just three more years.” The first witness to testify Thursday was Esperance Kayange, who said she watched as her mother and siblings were slaughtered by Hutus in April 1994 - the start of the genocide. Prosecutor John Capin, in his opening remarks, said Kayange witnessed Munyenyezi ordering rapes and killings at the roadblock in front of her family’s hotel, a roadblock set up to identify Tutsis through their national identification cards. Howard told jurors that Kayange testified at the International Criminal Tribunal on Rwanda

(ICTR )- the tribunal that convicted Munyenyezi’s husband and mother-in-law of genocide and other crimes against humanity and sentenced them to life in prison. “She testified for 10 days at the ICTR ... and never once mentioned Beatrice,” Howard said. “When she testified 10 years ago, she couldn’t even describe the hotel. Capin told jurors the evidence would leave them with no doubt that Munyenyezi “acted enthusiastically” in the events of the genocide and lied to obtain citizenship, which she was never entitled. Howard said Munyenyezi fled Rwanda to protect herself and her daughters and came to this country to make a better life for them. “Beatrice Munyenyezi is in this country with her family because she deserves to be here,” Howard argued. “You folks know how to sift through the rubbish and get to the truth. You stand between the government and Beatrice. She’s earned her right to be here and she can stay here.” The trial is expected to last 4 to 6 weeks. Three interpreters of Kinyarwandan have been hired by the court for the Rwandan witnesses.

Former U. Va. lacrosse player faces 26 years for murder By STEVE SZKOTAK Associated Press

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. In a trial that revealed the lives of elite athletes at a top-notch school, a former University of Virginia lacrosse player faces 26 years in prison for the beating death of his former girlfriend amid a swirl of betrayal, distrust, anger and a culture of drinking. The prosecutor who meticulously and methodically constructed the case against George Huguely V in the May 3, 2010, beating death of Yeardley Love spoke glumly late Wednesday about a trial that put on display a much-diminished athlete and the horrific injuries he inflicted upon the young woman he professed to love. It played out before two families shattered by the experience. “There’s nothing to make good the terrible tragedy done to the Love family,” prosecutor Dave Chapman said under an umbrella in a drenching rain outside the courthouse. “We hope they feel some solace.” Jurors deliberated about nine hours before returning a verdict on the murder count, then recommended that Huguely serve 25 years. The maximum prison term for seconddegree murder is 40 years. The 24-year-old defendant from Chevy Chase, Md., could have received a life term if convicted of first-degree murder. He also was found guilty of grand larceny, with the jury recommending one year in prison. Circuit Judge Edward Hogshire set an April court date for sentencing matters before formal sentencing, expected to be held in summer. He is not bound by the jury’s recommendations, but Virginia judges typically heed jurors’ wishes. Huguely was found not guilty of four other charges, including

breaking and entering and burglary. Jurors could have returned lesser verdicts of involuntary or voluntary manslaughter. Huguely, pale and 30 or more pounds lighter from his playing days on U.Va.’s nationally recognized lacrosse team, cast his gaze downward during sentencing as Love’s mother and sister told jurors of their lives since Love’s death. Sharon Love tearfully testified that her daughter’s death was an “unbearable” tug on her life. “Every year that goes by I’d like to know what she’d be doing now,” she said. Love’s sister, Lexie, 28, described painful reminders of her kid sister’s absence. “A song will come on the radio and I’ll just burst out in tears,” she said, sobbing. Her sister’s death, she said, “left a large hole and nothing will fill it.” In a statement, the Love family said the passing of time has not eased the sorrow of her loss. “Our hearts burst with pride when we think of Yeardley’s accomplishments but our hearts melt when we remember her kindness and grace,” the Loves said in a statement. The defense did not present any witnesses at the sentencing hearing. Members of the Huguely family declined to speak as they left the courthouse. “No person is the sum of the worst decision he ever made,” one of Huguely’s defense attorneys, Rhonda Quagliana, told jurors before they began deliberating his punishment. After comforting Huguely inside the courthouse, co-defense counsel Francis McQ. Lawrence said he was disappointed by the jury’s verdict but said he was proud to represent Huguely “in his fight for fairness over the last couple years.” “He has the support of his

loving family,” Lawrence said, declining questions. “He’s displayed amazing resilience and courage.” He added. “I think those in the courthouse saw his remorse during various times during the trial.” The verdict was returned to a somber courtroom. Huguely stood ramrod straight in an ill-fitting jacket, flanked by his attorneys, and appeared stoic as the verdict was read. Some sobs could be heard among the Love and Huguely families. The jury of seven men and five women considered testimony from nearly 60 witnesses over nine days. They had to decide whether Huguely battered Love to death in a jealous outburst or if his intent to talk with her spiraled out of control and she died accidentally. They also suggested her own drinking and a prescription drug used for attention deficit disorder could have contributed to her death. Huguely killed Love, a U.Va. women’s lacrosse player from suburban Baltimore, after a day of golf and binge drinking, incensed that she had had a relationship with a North Carolina lacrosse player, the prosecution said. Love’s right eye was bashed in and she was hit with such power that her brain was bruised. She also had wrenching head injury that caused bleeding at the base of her brain stem. A coroner concluded she died of blunt force trauma. Defense and prosecution experts offered different medical opinions on the lethal consequences of her injuries. Chapman, who described the night Love was killed as a scene from a horror show, said Huguely kicked a hole in Love’s door to get in her bedroom and left his onagain, off-again girlfriend to die. Huguely’s attorneys said she banged her head against the wall of her bedroom. Huguely claimed she only had a bloody nose when he left.

A defense witness testified Love, then 22, smothered in her own blood-dampened pillow. Jurors heard testimony from lacrosse players who told of Huguely’s escalating drinking problem and public spats between the two. The incidents included Huguely putting Love in a chokehold while on his bed, and one in which Love accused him of flirting with two high school girls. Friends and fellow players said the two were unfaithful to each other and had a fiery relationship. In a police interrogation video viewed by jurors, Huguely acknowledged he may have shaken her but insisted he didn’t grab her neck or punch her. The prosecution said Huguely went to Love’s apartment less than one week after he sent her a threatening email about her relationship with a North Carolina lacrosse player. In the email, Huguely wrote that when he found out about the relationship, “I should have killed you.” In his closing arguments that left some shaking their heads, Lawrence described Huguely as a hulking, hard-drinking jock but no killer. He acknowledged Huguely had an unintended, accidental role in Love’s death, arguing for a finding of involuntary manslaughter and a 10-year prison term. He suggested their behavior was the norm in the “lacrosse ghetto” at U.Va. Love’s death will have a lasting effect in Virginia. Last year, the General Assembly passed a law that expanded criteria under which people can seek protective orders. The measure allows people in dating relationships or those who face threatening coworkers to more easily obtain such an order.


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Loss of bar is loss for Durham

Downtown becomes more homogenous


he loss of Ballards Restaurant is a loss for the town of Durham. And that doesn’t depend on whether you personally liked the place or not. Campus was shocked Wednesday when rumors began spreading that the downtown establishment was closing for good and that a coffee shop, Aroma Joe’s Coffee, was coming in to replace it. Our front-page story for the first time confirms these rumors and fleshes out the details from both camps. Despite the fact that there was no official news from either Aroma Joe’s or Ballards, many students took to Facebook and Twitter to express their opinion, with the vast majority voicing their support of Ballards. But the issue goes beyond your personal opinion of the bar. Durham has a small business district, to put it mildly. The loss of a single establishment has a large impact on the UNH and Durham community. With this particular move, we believe that impact is negative. For background, Durham had four bars prior to Tuesday: Ballards, Libby’s, Scorps and the Knot (though

Mei Wei Restaurant also serves alcohol). Given their popularity on any given weekend, Durham could easily support that many.

Durham has a small business district, to put it mildly. The loss of a single establishment has a large impact on the UNH and Durham community. With the loss of Ballards, the market will be under-served. It will also be less diverse, given that each of the bars had their own identities; Ballards attracted patrons who might not have been as interested in the other establishments. Durham needs a range of bars to appeal to students, community members and alumni who return to town for various events such as Homecoming. There are probably some university and town officials who hail

this change – owner Jesse Gangwer even suggests this when he says, “The town is probably happy about [not leasing the space to another bar].” There will always be those who object to establishments serving alcohol to students of legal age and hope that this will refine the town’s culture. But Durham is always going to be a college town, largely because there is a rather sizable university here. The town shouldn’t pretend to be something it’s not. It’s a simple fact that when students turn 21 they want to go to the bar. If Durham doesn’t have enough options for them, they will go elsewhere, which raises the issue of driving. It’s safer for the community to have a vibrant downtown. Obviously, this closure and the building’s new tenant is a choice on the part of the owner of Ballards, who owns that building as well as several others in town including Town & Campus and the Red Carpet Flower Shop. But we do believe that Durham’s business district becomes diminished and more homogenous with this sudden event, and that’s an unfortunate development.

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UNH Greek Life’s ‘transparent’ move


n Thursday, shortly after revealing sanctions for three Greek chapters that were agreed upon 11 weeks ago, MUB director MaryAnne Lustgraaf said UNH Greek Life did it in an effort to be “transparent.” They wanted the public to know what was going on, she told The New Hampshire reporters. What she should have said, though, was that they wanted to be transparent and that they wanted to keep the public informed, but that they failed at it. How can she say that the move was about keeping the public informed and being “transparent” when the sanctions are so old that some of the disciplinary actions have already expired? Lustgraaf said that Greek Life has been operating short-staffed. This is true. The school lost then-Coordinator of Greek Life Adam McCready in October and he wasn’t replaced until this month. Perhaps that’s an excuse to delay the announcing of these sanctions a couple days – not 11 weeks though.

MUB officials emphasized that these moves did not come as a surprise to the chapters. Of course not. They happened nearly three months ago. It’s a surprise that it took this long.

The only thing that’s transparent in this mess is the Office of Greek Life’s poor excuse. Don’t mistake this lack of a move by blaming the chapters. It’s not their fault that UNH Greek Life sat on this story for 11 weeks. That’s why we won’t name the chapters at fault on this page. In the interview, Lustgraaf also repeatedly downplayed the violations for which the three Greek organizations took responsibility, which in the case of two chapters included threatening or endangering the health or safety of another person. Lustgraaf stressed the fact that

these sanctions were put in place before the semester ended. They wanted the chapters to understand their sanctions before winter break. If Greek Life were truly transparent, though, and truly wanted to keep the public informed of chapters that violated policies, it would have announced those before winter break too. Instead, they sat on the sanctions the last week of fall semester. Then the five weeks of winter break. Then another five weeks. Lustgraaf said they weren’t written and distributed earlier because of a “lack of time.” “Dave (Zamansky) wrote them last month and Sarah (Pope) wanted to go over them with new presidents,” she said. Neither reason explains why it waited 11 weeks to distribute the notice. What’s even more troubling though is that they tried to play it off like they were doing the public a favor by being “transparent.” The only thing that’s transparent in this mess is the Office of Greek Life’s poor excuse.

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Don’t blame big oil for gas prices


he average price of gasoline at the pump across the US last week was about $3.47 per gallon according to the Energy Information Administration. Seems high right? Think back to July 2008, when the average price of gasoline reached an all-time high of more than $4.10. That was an expensive time for a summer road trip. Both of these figures support the popular yet accurate perception that gasoline has been getting more and more expensive lately. It’s also true that major international oil companies, such as Chevron and ExxonMobil, have been making record profits over the past several years. In fact during the quarter that included the record July 2008 gasoline prices, ExxonMobil earned $15.3 billion, the highest quarterly profit in American history. So, it must follow that big oil companies are responsible for the high price of gasoline, right? This is not the case. In reality, the price you pay when you fill up your car has nothing to do with Big Oil and everything to do with a symphony of events occurring around the planet. But before examining those, it is important to understand the process that a gallon of gasoline goes through before it reaches your gas tank. First, crude oil lying miles under the surface of the earth has to be found and pumped to the surface. This is an incredibly complex task that usually occurs in some of the most inhospitable regions of the planet. A single well can cost billions of dollars. Next, the crude oil has to be transported to a refinery to be processed into products that can be used, such as gasoline, diesel and ingredients for plastics. Finally, it is sold and transported to retail gas stations across the country. According to the US Department of Energy, the current price you pay for a gallon of gas includes several costs, specifically crude oil (about 70 percent of the total), refining (10 percent), distributing and marketing for retail stations (5


espite recent primaries in Michigan and Ohio — states hit hardest by some of the worst economic numbers since the Great Depression — the 2012 presidential election has seen more talk about contraception, abortion and marriage laws than the housing market or tax bills in past weeks. Social issues don’t typically dominate the discussion in gloomy economies. In 2008, candidates pushed social topics to the back burner in place of economic factors that went on to decide the election. So why are they in this election? Social issues are strong tools for polarizing voters, as they raise emotional reaction, which becomes important for early voter turnout in primaries and caucuses. For candidates like Rick Santorum, a relatively unknown candidate just a few months ago, providing more focus on social issues is a strategy to get more media attention and

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percent) and government taxes (15 percent). Given this, it is clear that the price of crude oil is the single largest factor affecting the price of gasoline. So, changing gasoline prices really reflect changing crude oil prices.

It is important to understand the process that a gallon of gasoline goes through before it reaches your gas tank. Crude oil is a commodity, meaning that it is traded at a single price in a global marketplace. It also means that events happening around the world drive changes in its price. Like any market, crude oil is subject to the laws of supply and demand. Generally speaking, the global supply of crude oil is roughly equal to global demand. As a result, supply disruptions as small as a single refinery fire can have a discernible impact on the price of gasoline. That’s why events such as tensions with Iran, a war in Libya or any other trouble with oil producing nations can cause the price you pay for gasoline to increase dramatically. But supply disruptions are only half of the equation. Increased demand also causes prices to rise and the vast majority of new demand is being created outside the United States. Consider this: according to the UN, the US consumes roughly 25 percent of the world’s oil but makes up only five percent of the world’s population. Simultaneously, there are more than two billion people in India and China

who don’t currently consume like we do, but are desperately trying to catch up. They want two cars, lots of things and a big house to put it all in, just like us. Imagine the increased demand for oil when there are two billion more cars on the road. So as more events threaten a global supply of crude oil and demand continues to increase at incredible rates due to growth in developing countries, its clear that high gas prices are here to stay for some time unless serious energy conservation efforts occur. Furthermore, according to “Energy Independence” more than 80 percent of the world’s oil reserves are controlled by foreign states, not major oil companies. This fact, combined with a tight global crude oil supply-demand balance, illustrates why gas prices cannot be manipulated by oil companies, which are subject to the same whims of the global market that we are. The reason oil companies make so much money when crude oil prices are high stems from the fact that they physically own some of the crude oil that they produce, meaning they receive higher payments when the global crude price increases. However, producing oil is an incredibly expensive business that is occurring on an unfathomably large scale. As a result, all of these record profits are invested right back into exploring for and producing more oil. In the past, politicians and the public alike have called for higher taxes and increased restrictions on oil companies. In reality, a policy change like this would actually make gasoline more expensive, as oil companies would have less money to invest in finding new oil, reducing the amount they can supply. Going forward, we desperately need to reduce the amount of oil we consume, as there just isn’t enough to go around. But let’s not make the problem worse by imposing punitive measures on an industry that is vital to our economic growth.

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Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Thumbs up to our front page being the #1 story on reddit! We beat our previous record daily page views by 47 ... thousand. No big deal. Thumbs down to the fact that Ballards is closing. Thumbs up to mild weather! It’s pretty much been spring this entire semester. Thumbs down to losing the #1 spot in Durham for day drinking. Yes, that would be Ballards. Thumbs up to the 84th annual Academy Awards. We’re legally required to say 84th annual. Thumbs down to the fact that Ballards didn’t tell us they were closing beforehand. Thumbs up to the NFL draft combine starting! More football! Thumbs down to the fact that there are people under 21 on this campus who will never get to experience Ballards. Thumbs up to the word “Lawlz.” Thumbs down to an over-saturated coffee market and an under-saturated bar market in Durham. RIP Ballards. Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down are the collected opinions of UNH students, faculty and staff. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of TNH or its staff.

It’s the economy, stupid campaign funds. The economy and jobs still tops lists as the No. 1 topic voters want to hear about and will most likely decide the election after parties have chosen their candidates. Yet for now, candidates are pointing fingers at Washington for its birth control policy. Santorum has championed a newly passed bill that requires women to undergo a pelvic ultrasound before they can have an abortion. Shifting the debate to these topics may change who can win primaries, as opposed to who can win elections. Candidates like Santorum and Jon Huntsman benefited from early debates but have been criticized about their economic credentials. The candidates’ inclination toward social topics seems to correlate with the monthly report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which claimed that more than 200,000 jobs have been created

Another View Eric Best Minnesota Daily each of the past three months. NASDAQ and Dow Jones both hit their highest numbers since the beginning of the financial crisis in January. This seems to have scared Republican candidates away from taking on economic issues. According to Nate Silver of The New York Times, the electability of each candidate is affected by changing what is discussed. GOP frontrunners Mitt Romney and Santorum are rated as equally conservative on economic issues, yet Santorum seems strikingly more conservative on social policy. Santorum has become synonymous with social issues, campaigning hard on his religious values, perhaps as a way to dis-

tinguish himself from other GOP candidates. The opposite is true of Romney, whose big business background has been under recent scru-

The 2012 presidential election has seen more talk about contraception, abortion and marriage laws than the housing market or tax bills in past weeks. tiny from the right and left. Such polarization motivates voters early, but hurts a candidate’s chances of being elected later in an election. When voters see a candidate with more radical positions on social issues, it can be repelling, especially to undecided and swing voters who

can decide elections. The shift toward social issues has President Barack Obama at a disadvantage. The president has less control over social issues, which are largely decided on the state and court level, rather than by the executive branch. Thus, it may be easier for candidates to simply blame Obama over what they see as current social problems. Ultimately, economic policy will decide the race for the White House. As the election winds down, voters are going to want to put faith in a candidate who they know can handle the economy and not necessarily social concerns. As the economy moves to the limelight of the presidential race, more Americans will join the political discussion. While social issues are of great importance, both the candidates and news media must talk about what voters need and want to know about so they can make an informed decision.


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continued from page 20 to even the score at 23-23. Fraser broke the deadlocked tie with a jumper to take back the advantage, but it was quickly lost when Rhoads sank a 3-pointer from the left wing to give UNH its first lead of the contest, 24-23, at 3:43. The Black Bears reclaimed the lead with a 6-0 scoring spurt to close out the half, as Justin Edwards buried four of four shots from the free throw line and Raheem Singleton sank a floater in the lane to give Maine the 29-25 edge head-

Sports Briefs Abreu, Benson up for AE Fans’ Choice award Seniors Alvin Abreu and Brian Benson are candidates for America East Fans’ Choice Player of the Year. The pair has helped lead the UNH men’s basketball team to an over all record of 12-15, including 6-9 in conference. Fans can vote at Abreu leads the Wildcats in scoring on the year with an average of 13.6 points per game, which is also eighth in America East. His 1.9 3-pointers made per game is seventh in the conference. With his 35.5 minutes per game average, Abreu plays more minutes than any other player in the conference except for teammate Chandler Rhoads (36.5 mpg). Benson, meanwhile, leads the conference in rebounding, hauling in 8.4 boards per game, including 3.1 offensive rebounds per game, which also leads all America East players. His 0.9 blocked shots per game is third in the conference. Benson also scores 5.4 points per game.

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The University of New Hampshire women’s swimming and diving team will compete in the America East Championships, hosted by Boston University, at its Aquatic Center from Thursday, Feb. 23 through Sunday, Feb. 26. Selected third in the conference preseason poll, New Hampshire finished the regular season with a 6-2 record, opening the year with five straight victories. The ‘Cats will rely on the veteran leadership of seniors Casey Albert, Jessica Little and Nicole Poppas entering the postseason, as they look to put a stamp on a successful 2011-12 campaign. Shelli Reed is expected to lead the way in the pool for the Wildcats, qualifying within the top-three of the sprint-freestyle events including No. 2 in the 200 entering the championships. The ‘Cats will also get a boost on the boards from three-time Female Diver of the Week, Ellen Pelletier, as she ranks No. 1 in the one-meter competition. UNH opened the season breaking five pool records, recording its fourth straight victory in as many years against Siena (Oct. 15), 12693, at Siena Swim Center. The Wildcats won every event on the day, with Little capturing pool records in both the 200-yard IM and 200-yard breaststroke. She finished the 200-yard IM with a time of two minutes and 9.27 seconds, while clocking in at 2:20.88 in the 200yard breast. The ‘Cats followed up their win against Siena, topping Central Connecticut State and Bryant University in a dual meet on Oct. 23. Reed claimed the top spot in the 100-yard freestyle (52.14), 50yard free (24.02) and 200-yard free (1:51.65), finishing the day at the top of the America East performance list in all three events.  New Hampshire continued its hot start, claiming first place in 14 of 16 events on its way to posting a 160-128 victory over Rhode Island (Nov. 12). Katie Mann raced to firstplace finishes in all three individual events in which she competed and also swam a leg in the winning 400 medley relay to lead New Hampshire to a victory. The win, which was their fourth straight, catapulted the Wildcats to No. 20 in the first Mid-Major Division I rankings of the season. UNH preserved its undefeated streak in its conference opener

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Beliveau, Frame up for AE Fans’ Choice award Senior Denise Beliveau and junior Morgan Frame of the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team are up for the 2012 America East Fans’ Choice Player of the Year award. Beliveau averages 13.9 points per game, 8.4 rebounds per game, and 1.5 assists per game. She has started in all 27 games that the Wildcats have played in, and her 13.9 points per game is fourth in the America East conference out of those who have played in at least 75 percent of their team’s games. Beliveau has previously been named to the America East All-Conference Second Team and All-Academic Team in 2011, as well as having been named 2007-2008 America East Rookie of the Year and to the America East All-Rookie Team that same season. Frame is playing her first season here for the Wildcats, after sitting out during the 2010-11 season per NCAA transfer regulations. She has played in 19 of the team’s 27 games, and is averaging 16.1 points per game, 7.7 rebounds per game, and 1.3 assists per game. Voting for the award takes place on and goes until noon on Tuesday, Feb. 28. Courtesy photo

Junior Shelli Reed will lead the way for UNH in the America East Championships, which are taking place at BU this weekend. against Vermont (Dec. 4), taking out the Catamounts, 168-132. Reed and Little combined for five individual first-place finishes on the day to lead the Wildcats to victory. Reed finished in first place in the 50-yard (24.12), 100-yard (52.48) and 200yard freestyle (1:52.06). Little was equally impressive, collecting firstplace finishes in the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststrokes, timing in at 1:06.19 and 2:21.90 respectively. Despite dropping decisions to Boston University (Jan. 16) and Dartmouth (Jan. 21) down the stretch, the Wildcats capped off the year in convincing fashion earning a 185.5-109.5 win over Maine (Feb. 3). Reed finished in first place in both the 50-yard (24.57) and 200yard freestyle (1:54.20). Additionally, New Hampshire took the top three spots in the 100-yard freestyle with Adria Morales finishing in first place, clocking in at 10:35.11. Katie Keefer (10:41.90) and Sydney Tribou (10:46.30) claimed second and

third place in the event. Last season the ‘Cats claimed third place at the America East Swimming and Diving Championships, breaking 11 school and nine conference records, while also qualifying for NCAA provisional time standards in eight swims. Lauren McCandless contributed to three first place finishes and helped the ‘Cats break four records on the weekend, earning the Women’s Rookie of the Year award. She also captured one individual title, while breaking a combined three records on her own. Amy Perrault also took home hardware for the Wildcats, earning the Coaches Award, recognizing a senior that gets the most points in her career at the championships. In addition, UNH earned America East Coaching Staff of the Year for the second straight year, taking home the honor for the 11th time in Josh Willman’s 18-year tenure as New Hampshire’s head coach.

ing into the locker room. Rhoads led the Wildcats with nine points at the break while Fraser led the Black Bears with eight. Maine opened the second half just as strong, posting a 7-3 run, with McLemore kicking off the stretch by sinking a layup and a 3-pointer from the baseline to put the Black Bears on top, 36-28, with 15:59 left in regulation. New Hampshire came back to trim the lead down to two, 40-38, putting together a 10-4 scoring run that was capped off with an Abreu fast-break layup at 13:00. Myrick helped fuel the run, notching four points during the 2:36 stretch.

Edwards helped keep UNH at bay, going three of four from the line on back-to-back possessions, setting up a 12-4 run that gave the Black Bears their largest lead of game, 52-42. Maine led the rest of the way, polishing off the stretch with five unanswered, as Fraser buried a layup and Singleton canned a layup from the left side for two and the foul at 7:18. The Wildcats return to action when they round out the regular season against Binghamton on Sunday, Feb. 26 (1 p.m.) at Lundholm Gymnasium. The game will be broadcast live on WBIN-TV.

Lepine, Myrick in Student-Athlete Spotlight Marie-Elaine Lepine of the women’s ski team and Ferg Myrick of the men’s basketball team are featured in this week’s Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight. Lepine, a junior from Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, raced to fourth place in the women’s giant slalom to lead the UNH ski team to victory in that event and fourth place overall at the Williams Winter Carnival, which was held Feb. 17-18. Lepine recorded a two-run aggregate time of 1 minute, 49.60 seconds in last Saturday’s giant slalom at Jiminy Peak to lead three Wildcats among the top eight overall. On Feb. 12 at Burke Mountain, the women’s alpine captain raced to victory in a make-up giant slalom race that was canceled earlier this year at the UNH Winter Carnival. She posted a combined time of 1:59.53 to take the top spot in a race that affected EISA standings, but not NCAA points. Also that weekend, Lepine placed seventh in the giant slalom and 11th in the slalom at the Dartmouth Winter Carnival. In the opening weekend of the 2012 EISA season, she finished third in the GS and 10th in the SL at Bates. She then took ninth place in the slalom at the UNH Winter Carnival. Myrick, a junior forward from Philadelphia, averaged 17.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks per game to lead the University of New Hampshire men’s basketball team to last week’s victories at Boston University (56-54) and at home against Towson University (72-58). He was selected UNH’s America East Player of the Game in both games and was honored as Player of the Week by the league office on Monday. He opened the week with 15 points, all in the second half, and three rebounds to lead the Wildcats to their first win at BU since Feb. 10, 1994. Myrick followed that with a game-high 19 points vs. Towson to match his highest total of the season.

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The UNH men’s basketball team plays Binghamton in its regular season finale this Sunday at 1 p.m. at Lundholm Gymnasium.


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Paey enjoying stellar senior season By ARJUNA RAMGOPAL


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enior Brice Paey is as tough as they come. He’s vocal, but he listens. He’s humble, but confident. He’s a hard worker, but he praises all of the people around him for his success. Paey is part of the UNH men’s track team, and has been for the last five years. He’s a thrower - one of the best in America East. This season, Paey has won every single shot put event at every meet UNH has competed in. Yet, the senior thrower is still unsatisfied. “The year has been good,” Paey said. “I’m happy that our baseline has improved. I’m not content with what I’ve thrown so far. I’ve got a lot more in the tank. I’ve thrown a lot further in practices and stuff like that.” Paey was born in Milton, N.H. and went to St. Thomas Aquinas High School in nearby Dover, N.H. It was there Paey got his start at shot put. “One of my grandfather’s friends was a coach at the high school,” Paey said. “He was there my freshman year and he said ‘Let’s try it out,’ and we tried it out.” Paey bulked up during his high school career while also playing football. “I came into my senior year taking it a little more serious and won a couple championships,” Paey said. “I was mediocre.” UNH men’s track & field coach Jim Boulanger noticed Paey’s senior-year performances. “Saw him at the New England’s, felt good about him,” Boulanger said. “Offered him a very

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Senior thrower Brice Paey stays humble despite holding the UNH record for longest shot put throw (18.29 meters) and winning virtually every competition he has entered so far this season. small scholarship. Nobody else was recruiting him, so it was a good thing for us. Didn’t really show until the New England’s when he popped his 56-footer and all of the sudden more people were interested. We were lucky; we already had him signed.” “My early years here [at UNH] were successful. They were constructive to getting me where I am today,” Paey said. Since Paey arrived in 2007, he has steadily improved his distance and has picked up more wins each year. Paey also holds the UNH record for the longest throw at 18.29 meters (about 60 feet). Last year Paey redshirted due to academic field trips that prevented him from going to most meets. But he didn’t stop working to improve his performance on the field.


Hockey East Standings Conference Points Overall 15-7-1 31 21-10-1 1. Boston College 15-8-0 30 20-9-0 2. UMass-Lowell 14-8-1 29 18-11-1 3. Boston U. 28 18-10-3 13-9-2 4. Maine 15-9-6 11-8-4 26 5. Merrimack 10-10-3 23 12-14-4 6. Providence 10-12-2 22 13-15-3 7. UNH 18 11-14-5 7-12-4 8. UMass-Amherst 7-12-4 18 11-14-5 9. Northeastern 6-23-1 3-19-1 7 10. Vermont This weekend’s MATCH-UPs: Friday Saturday BC at Providence 7 p.m. Maine at Northeastern 7 p.m. UMass-Lowell at Merrimack 7 p.m. UNH at UMass 7 p.m. BU at Vermont 7:30 p.m.

Providence at BC 3:30 p.m. BU at Vermont 7 p.m. Merrimack at UMass-Lowell 7 p.m. Maine at Northeastern 7 p.m. UNH at UMass 7 p.m.

“I worked out a lot and put in a lot of work to get better for this year,” Paey said. Despite all of his success, he is humble, thanking those around him for his success. “My parents, they gave me my work ethic,” Paey said. “I try to work harder than anybody so I can get the goal in the end. I’ve had a good cast of people around me at UNH that have helped me out a lot.” As for the future, the senior has a desire to get even better and go even further. “I would really like to throw after school. If I can continue to improve I’ll have a much bigger opportunity to do something with the sport,” Paey said. Finally, Paey was asked what his ultimate goal is. Without hesitation, he answered: “Throw as far as I physically can.” Meg ordway/staff


Greg Burke and the men’s hockey team could use two wins vs. UMass this weekend, as the ‘Cats are just four points ahead the Minutemen.

continued from page 20 the first half, but Maine cut the lead to eight in the last three minutes, with the score at 30-22 going into the half. In the second half, things got interesting. With 14:03 remaining, UNH increased its lead to 4127. Maine answered back with a three-pointer and a three-point play after Walczak was fouled on a layup. For the next six minutes, Maine went on a 16-7 run, cutting the lead to five. “[During the run], our mindset was ‘we’re up, it doesn’t matter if we’re up by four or up by 14, we need to play like we’re [winning],’” Beliveau said. “Our goal was to get big stops, easy buckets down the other end and rebound the ball, and I think we executed that pretty well.” The Wildcats turned around and answered with their own run, outscoring Maine 13-1 during a sixminute stretch, leading by as much as 19. Maine’s efforts were too little, too late, bringing the score to its final of 65-53. “We always make things interesting sometimes,” Magarity joked. “Maine played really hard. Defensively they picked it up in the second half. … We got a little sloppy and I credit Maine with their de-

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On top, junior Jilliane Friel and senior Abigail LaRosa pose for a picture on Senior Night. Below, senior Denise Beliveau and coach Maureen Magarity embrace during a pre-game ceremony. fense for that, but overall I’m very pleased and I’m really happy we got this win for the seniors.” UNH will play its regular season finale at Binghamton on Saturday at 2 p.m., in a match-up that

will determine if UNH has the fouror five-seed at the America East tournament. Regardless of which seed they earn, the Wildcats will face UMBC in a quarterfinal game on Saturday, March 2.

“Thank God we came and won Saturday, because we gave it away on Friday,” Umile said. “We played so well, I thought, on Friday except for the last couple of minutes and it cost us the game, but I think we managed it much better on [Saturday].” Failure to close out tight games like this has prevented the Wildcats from climbing above the lower tier of Hockey East. Since Jan. 7, UNH is 7-5-1, with all five of those losses coming by just one goal and four ending in overtime. “We’ve played pretty well this second half [of the season],” Umile said. “The games that we’ve lost have been overtime or one-goal games. We found ways to give them away; the BC game, the Vermont game the other night. But we’ve competed hard and we’ve been in every game.” The UMass team that the Wildcats will face this weekend has struggled down the stretch, losing six of its last eight games, but an impressive 7-3-3 home record shows that the Minutemen are a tough squad to beat in their own

barn. Goaltending has been an area of concern in Amherst this year, as none of the three Minuteman netminders have particularly impressive stat sheets. Freshman Kevin Boyle has been the top performer, holding at 7-4-4 record through 17 games played. Both Boyle and fellow freshman Steve Mastalerz were shelled in UMass’ visit to the Whittemore Center back on Nov. 4, allowing a combined seven goals in a 7-3 UNH victory. “We’ve had some great matchups with UMass,” Umile said. “It’s been crazy out there. We had a couple where they tied us up at the buzzer and ended up winning in overtime. We’ve had some crazy stuff happen.” UNH will be without freshman Casey Thrush on Friday, who is sitting out after being ejected from last Saturday’s game for hitting from behind. The third/fourth-line winger has 10 points and a team-high +8 plus/minus rating in his first season in Durham, and will likely return to the lineup on Saturday. Game time for both Friday and Saturday is 7 p.m. at the Mullins Center.


Ryan Braun won the appeal of his 50-game suspension on Thursday. You have to feel good for Braun. Not only was his name unfairly linked with sterioids, but it was also alleged that Braun had herpes.

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coach Dick Umile said. “This is all playoff hockey for us. We’re just trying to win our games.” The Wildcats had a chance to lock up a playoff bid last weekend, but managed just a split with lowly Vermont. Though UNH controlled play for much of the weekend, defensive lapses in the final minutes of Friday’s allowed the Catamounts to net two late goals – one with 14 seconds left in regulation and another in overtime – and pick up the upset.

Senior guard Alvin Abreu posted 15 points, but the University of New Hampshire men’s basketball team fell to the University of Maine, 71-58, on Wednesday night at Alfond Arena. The Black Bears improve to 12-15 overall and 6-9 in America East play while the Wildcats snap a four-game winning streak and drop to 12-15 and 6-9 in league action. Abreu collected America East Player of the Game honors for UNH, finishing with four boards, three assists and two steals. Brian Benson added 14 points and seven rebounds. Chandler Rhoads and Ferg Myrick rounded out UNH’s double-digit scorers with 13 points apiece. Rhoads chipped in with seven boards and five helpers. Maine’s Gerald McLemore led all scorers with 16 points while also adding three steals and two rebounds to his line. After trading baskets early, Maine created some separation when Alasdair Fraser canned a jumper and Andrew Rogers sank baskets on consecutive possessions to push the lead to six, 15-9, with 13:50 remaining in the first half. The ‘Cats struck back to cut the deficit to one, 19-18, after Rhoads hit a jumper in the paint and Benson drained a three from the top of the key with 6:16 left in the first frame. Mike Allison would sink a pair of free throws on the ensuing possession, but Scott Morris drained a trey

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Freshman goalie Casey DeSmith and the Wildcats need just one more victory to secure a Hockey East tournament bid.

Win over UMass will lock up playoff spot for ‘Cats By ZACK COX MANAGING EDITOR

Win and they’re in. It’s that simple. Coming into the penultimate weekend of the regular season with a four-point lead over UMass in the Hockey East standings, the UNH men’s hockey team needs just one win (or a pair of ties) against the Minutemen this weekend to clinch a spot in the conference tournament. “We’re basically in the playoffs [already],” UNH head



The UNH women’s basketball team honored seniors Denise Beliveau, Abigail LaRosa and Kelley Flynn before Wednesday’s game, a 65-53 win over Maine at Lundholm Gymnasium. Beliveau led all scorers and rebounders with 16 points and seven boards. Flynn notched a career-high 11 points and LaRosa added eight points and six rebounds to her totals. “For me, this is only my second year [at UNH] … I’ve really relied on the three [seniors], individuUNH Maine

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ally and collectively,” head coach Maureen Magarity said. “All three of them are amazing young women off the court, which is definitely most important.” Senior Night wasn’t the only special occasion at Lundholm Gymnasium, however. Maine freshman Danielle Walczak, who hails from Lee, N.H., and attended Oyster River High School, played in her first game in Durham. She received a standing ovation during team introduction from an entire section devoted to her friends and family. UNH led by as much as 13 in

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Denise Beliveau scored 16 points on Senior Night at Lundholm.

SCORE 71 58 65 63 CARD MEN’S BASKETBALL (12-15, 6-9)

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The UNH women’s lacrosse team will play the first game of its regular season this Saturday at 1 p.m., as the ‘Cats will be taking on intrastate rival Dartmouth at Memorial Field.

IN THIS ISSUE - Senior Brice Paey has been dominating in his senior season for the men’s track & field team. page 19

- The UNH women’s swimming and diving team will compete in the America East Championships. page 18


Issue 31 of The New Hampshire's 101st volume.

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