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The New Hampshire Friday, February 21, 2014


After over 20 years away from UNH, Theta Chi Fraternity is trying to make a return to campus.

Vol. 103, No. 31

The women’s basketball team beat Vermont 71-50 for their 11th conference win of the season.

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University lecturers pass vote to unionize Final tally reports 70 percent in favor By KEN JOHNSON STAFF WRITER

Lecturers on the University of New Hampshire and University of New Hampshire at Manchester campuses voted to form a union Thursday night. After the tally, which was counted by the Public Employee Labor Relations Board (PELRB), 164 out of 203

total eligible lecturers voted on whether to form a union. There were 141 votes in favor of forming a union and 23 votes against forming a union. “I’m thrilled, I’m just thrilled,” said Sarah Hirsch, president of UNH Lecturers United, a chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). “It’s been a long, long journey to get here but we

ran a wonderful campaign and we know this is going to be a big improvement for lecturers at UNH.” “While the results are not final until certified by the New Hampshire Public Employee Labor Relations Board, University of New Hampshire officials were disappointed to learn Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, that lecturers at the university’s Durham and Manchester campuses voted to unionize,” Erika Mantz, director of UNH Media Relations, said. “UNH has five days to file any objections and is currently reviewing its options.”

Up until now, lecturers at the University of New Hampshire have had no union representation. Tenure-track faculty members have been represented by the AAUP-UNH, but lecturers are unable to join. A majority of votes were required to form the new union. UNH Lecturers United AAUP members have been working since last August toward the creation of the union. UNH Lecturers United AAUP filed union authorization cards with 70 percent in favor at the end of last semester.

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Gables to undergo $7.6m renovation




After two days of snowfall, students enjoyed nice weather on Thursday as temperatures reached a high of 45 degrees Fahrenheit. According to, rain and snow is in the forecast for Friday, followed by a sunny weekend.

Gables Towers A, B and C are slated to undergo a $7.6 million dollar renovation project this summer, financed through the procurement of a 10-year, low-interest loan, according to Director of Housing Kathy Irla-chesney. “One of our goals,” Irla-chesney said, “is to offer UNH students the best housing possible at reasonable rates.” The Gables are by no means in squalid form, but college apartments age like dogs and, considering it’s been 23 years since a renovation, a few students are complaining. “The Gables [A, B and C Tower] are looking good considering how old they are,” B Tower resident Lauren Pinchieri said, “but nothing like North and South Tower. They’ve got dishwashers, and if that doesn’t mean anything to you, then you’ve never lived in an apartment with five other girls.” As many UNH students are all too familiar with, washing dishes by hand is something akin to first world martyrdom and as thankless an endeavor as being the only one who ever refills the ice trays. Like the marvel with which one imagines a

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New committee addresses dorm themes By MELISSA PROULX STAFF WRITER

After officially forming last Sunday, a new Student Senate committee aims to clear the murky waters that surround the enforcement of themes in the dorms here on campus. The committee already consists of 13 members and includes a diverse range of students, including Stephen Prescott, a senior geography major, and Student Body

President Bryan Merrill. The idea to form the committee came about after an individual approached Merrill about a situation in Engelhardt Hall. Merrill, who wished to keep the incident and the individuals involved anonymous, said, in general, the problem began when individuals of drinking age who live in the substance-free themed dorm wanted to drink in their rooms but felt as though they were being told otherwise. Located in the lower quad, Engel-

hardt is a small hall that is the only chemfree dorm on campus, a theme its held since the late ‘80s. Over the years, the dorm has remained popular among the student body, with most of the students residing in it having requested to live there. “Typically, we are able to fill Engelhardt with mostly people who have requested it, though for the past few years housing has had to put some individuals

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New counter tops, cabinets and appliances (including dishwashers) are parts of the plan.



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Eating Concerns Awareness

The New Hampshire

UNH’s live music scene


5 UNH’s Eating Concerns Mentors will be helping students celebrate Eating Concerns Awareness Week with body-positive activities.

MUSO’s music director talks about the importance of bringing live music to the UNH campus.

WUNH’s Top 10

Pelcher makes his mark


10 WUNH shares college radio’s top 10 albums of the week.

Redshirt senior Chris Pelcher is the cornerstone of the men’s basketball team.

This Week in Durham

Don’t call it rebuilding

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Feb. 22

• “Sila,” Johnson Theater, 7-10 • “The Beat on the Street: Secp.m. ond Lines, Mardi Gras Indians, • MUB Movie: Gravity 3D, MUB and the Photography of Gary Theater II, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Samson,” Dimond Library Univ• CAB Comedy presents: Omid erity Museum, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Singh, MUB Strafford Room, 9 • Free Yoga Class for Students, p.m. MUB Wildcat Den, 12-1 p.m. • Cultural Connections: Arranged Marriages in India, MUB Entertainment Center, 3:30-5 p.m.

Feb. 23

• Deadline to enter Holloway Prize Competition, campuswide, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. • “Sila,” Johnson Theater, 2-5 p.m. • UNH Faculty Concert Series: Elizabeth Gunlogson, Bratton Recital Hall, 3-5 p.m.

Feb. 24

• Men’s Health Information Table, MUB Food Court, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. • Guided Meditation Session, MUB 203, 12:15-12:45 p.m. • Carsey Spring Research Seminar: Reform, Redemption, and Mass Incarceration, Holloway Commons, 4-5:30 p.m.

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The UNH track team currently has 16 freshmen on the roster but won’t use their youth as an excuse.


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“UNH lecturers voted tonight, 70 percent of our [203] lecturers voted to unionize as a chapter of AAUP,” Clark Knowles, lecturer of English, said. “It’s a good decision for us. It bodes well for all the lecturers for the university, for all of our students and for lecturers nationwide. For any contingent faculty nationwide, who is struggling with either no representation or under representation, a number of different levels at the universities and university systems around the country, so just very happy right now.” For members of the AAUPUNH, excitement was shared with UNH’s lecturers. “We’ve waited 24 years to have a sister union on campus amongst the teaching faculty and we are just ecstatic,” Deanna Wood, chapter president of the AAUP-UNH, said. “This is good for everybody, it is good for the lecturers, it’s good for the university and it’s good for the tenure track unit.” On the national level, the AAUP was excited for the lecturers decision at the Durham and Manchester campuses. “I would like to congratulate my colleagues in the UNH Lecturers United AAUP on their overwhelming victory,” Rudy Fichtenbaum, president of the National American Association of University Professors, said via a press release. “[The vote was] a victory that is a testament to the dedication and commitment of the faculty who gave so much for their cause,” Howard Bunsis, Chair of the AAUP Collective Bargaining Congress, said via a press release. UNH officials stood by their belief that a union was unnecessary for lecturers to achieve their goals. “UNH officials maintain that a union is not necessary to continue to make progress in areas of mu-

Neanderthal basking slack-jawed before the first fire, such is the condition visitors of North and South Tower find themselves in: gaping at their neighbors’ appliance, one more spaghetti- encrusted bowl away from dishwasher idolatry. The extensive renovations are effectively shuttling the three Towers out of the Paleolithic and into the 21st century. “Gables A, B and C will have their bathrooms and kitchens updated, including new appliances,” Irla-chesney said. This alone answers residents’ prayers, but the deal gets sweetened further. “Lighting and flooring will be replaced, apartments will be painted and receive all-new living and dining furniture as well,” Irla-chesney said. Harriman Architectures and Engineers was hired for the interior design of the project, an aesthetic Assistant Director of Apartment Living Michael Saputo described as having an “open and airy look … with more lighting and warm color schemes. Saputo added the whole team is “excited about each one [four-, five- and six-person apartment layouts] and [we] think students will really enjoy them.”



in there who did not sign up for it,” Scott Chesney, director of Residential Life, said. The result has been a tightknit group of students who return to Engelhardt year after year that Hall Director Karl DeGolier believes really sets it apart from the rest. “This building is so fantastic, and it’s one of the most amazing communities that I’ve been in or seen in any of my institutions. They care a lot about each other,” DeGolier said. For those who don’t request to live in the hall but get placed there anyways, DeGolier does what he can to respect their needs while at the same time still upholding the hall’s theme, saying that he tries to find the balance between being both strict and fair about maintaining the substance-free environment. “If there is an incident, then we do the same things that would be done in any building, there is no difference,” he said. Students who live in the dorm


UNH lecturers in Dimond Library where the final votes were tallied. Sarah Hirsch (middle) is president of UNH Lecturers United. tual concern, but the lecturers have expressed their preference,” Mantz said. “The university will designate a bargaining team, led by Chief Negotiator Candace Corvey, and prepare to begin negotiations.”

“ It’s a good deci-

sion for us. It bodes well for all the lecturers for the university, for all of our students and for lecturers nationwide.”

Clark Knowles English Lecturer

UNH Lecturers United AAUP is looking forward to negotiating with the university about lecturers’ work lives and has a chance to negotiate for a collective bargaining agreement, Hirsch said. It is hard to say how long until there is a collective bargaining agreement in place for lecturers, Hirsch said. “There is a lot of work ahead of us,” Hirsch said. UNH Lecturers United AAUP will be meeting with the bargaining have no written agreement saying that they promise to uphold the theme. Instead, they are simply just asked to follow what Chesney calls the “community agreement,” which is explained to residents at the beginning of the year by the hall director. “It [is] important to understand that if a student who is of legal age does choose to drink, they are not subject to the conduct system for that act since it is not a violation of university policy,” he added. “However, it is a violation of the community agreement and the basis upon which the Engelhardt theme exists.” Though some students are looking for change specifically in Engelhardt, Prescott said the ultimate goal of the committee is not to dissolve the theme or disrupt the dynamic of the hall. He believes that the group’s agenda is much larger than that. “We really just want to create a general discussion about where is a student able to say, ‘I want to live in my room and do my own thing’ and where can they say, ‘I don’t want to be involved in this community, this themed living,’” Prescott said.

team within the next few weeks, Hirsch said. UNH Lecturers United AAUP has already surveyed the lecturer group to know what is important to them. “We want to make sure this is a very representative process and representative agreement,” Hirsch said. Originally the lecturers at UNH’s main campus in Durham and the UNH-Manchester campus were going to vote on forming a union on Feb. 12 and 13 at both the Durham campus at the Dimond Library and Manchester campus at University Center. Heavy snowfall – dubbed Winter Storm Pax by The Weather Channel – interrupted the second day of scheduled voting set for Feb. 13 since the University of New Hampshire curtailed operations for the day. The second day of voting was rescheduled to Feb. 20 at Dimond Library in Durham. UNH-Manchester lecturers who had not yet voted were given the option to go to the UNH Durham campus or the PELRB offices in Concord to vote, or to vote via e-mail, Hirsch said. The votes were tallied by the PELRB in Dimond Library immediately following the end of the voting at 6 p.m. He explained his own personal experience with the issue, saying that he was faced with a similar problem when he worked as a resident assistant in Hunter Hall. He said he was told to really push his residents to participate in his floor’s leadership theme. “The discussion [started with Engelhardt], but honestly, it’s expanded to much more than that in the last couple of weeks,” Merrill said. “There is a jurisdictional gray area and we’re just trying to nail down where the lines are.” “Hopefully, in the end, I would like to see something in the [Students Rights, Rules and Responsibilities handbook] that clarifies student’s rights and also clarifies where they’re able to back off,” Prescott said. “I think that would be beneficial for not just the students but also Res Life.” As for Engelhardt, the theme will remain intact for now and any change, if it were to occur, would not be immediate, according to Chesney. “... Absolutely nothing will change either way for the coming year, since we are beginning the process of sign up for next year beginning next week,” he said.

“ One of our goals is

to offer UNH students the best housing possible at reasonable rates.”

Kathy Irla-chesney Director of Housing

Those familiar with Towers A, B and C know the frustrations of flickering lights, toilets with indiscriminate flushing habits and, of course, the pipe-bursting episode over winter break. LED bulbs will replace the old lighting in the apartments, and the toilet system will feature new water-conserving plumbing. The pipe burst was “a result of unusually bitter cold weather and other circumstances, including residents leaving windows open and the need for increased insulation in some of the attic spaces,” Irla-chesney said. She also said that “these concerns have already been attended to.” The plan to renovate the three towers has “been in the works for the past couple of years,” according to Assistant Director of Housing Facilities and Operations Michel Williams, emphasizing that student feedback throughout the planning


stages was taken seriously in respect to “dishwashers, improving lighting and more comfortable living room furniture.” Gables residents continue to influence the final implementation of the project, down to the smallest details. Saputo recently emailed residents a survey that asked their preferences in terms of kitchen chairs, offering the style choice between a high-top bar style and a standard style. Despite the close relationship between the students and designers, not everyone is happy with the renovations. One of the most ambitious aspects of the plan takes place in the bathroom and involves retrofitting the tub and shower layout into a walk-in shower, which is adjacent to a tile cubby system for toiletries. “I like the bathtubs,” B Tower resident Marc Romano said of the new walk-in design. “If they get rid of those how will I take my weekly tubbies?” There are 15 different layouts between the three buildings, and any project of this scope involves many people. “It took a lot of different voices and opinions,” Gables Complex Manager Victoria Wilson said in regards to finalizing the renovations plan. Wilson’s advice was sought during several conference meetings over the course of last summer and, as a North Tower resident herself, Wilson has first-person knowledge of what students are looking for. Her two most crucial suggestions – echoing a dishwasher-depraved milieu – were for the addition of a dishwasher and a larger refrigerator. “If you’re living with five other people, more space is always needed,” Wilson said of the refrigerator, but also indirectly reiterating the open layout concept of the project as a whole. “The Gables allow you to take the first step into apartment life,” B Tower resident Jocelyn Lydon said of her initial decision to live in the Towers, “with [all] the security of knowing that on-campus assistance will be there when needed.” There are, of course, some problems with the Gables that no degree of renovations could solve, i.e., the 3-a.m.-Saturday-night-odyssey across A Lot. “There really is nothing worse than walking across the wasteland that is A Lot,” A Tower resident Zach Marino said. “No form of renovation can solve that miserable truth.” For almost everyone, the impressive and thoughtful renovations to Towers A, B and C will be something to look forward to come the fall 2014 semester. Housing is offering tours of a single finished apartment in C Tower that was renovated over winter break.

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Friday, February 21, 2014

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Theta Chi seeks reinstatement By Melissa Proulx Staff Writer

After announcing its longawaited return last semester, the Theta Chi fraternity is making strong strides towards reinstating a permanent chapter here on campus. Members from the national headquarters of the group shut the UNH chapter down in the early ‘90s due to the risky behaviors and actions of some their members as well as others in the community. In an article published in The New Hampshire last semester, MaryAnne Lustgraaf, director of the MUB and then temporary coordinator of Greek Life, said that the fraternity had always planned on returning back to campus, it was just a matter of when. “They chose to wait this long so our community could catch up with national standards,” Lustgraaf said in the article. “Is it a perfect Greek community now? No, but it has made such strides. There are some people who make mistakes but it’s nothing like it was 10 years ago.” During the interview, Lustgaaf explained the strides the overall Greek community here on campus has made itself, using the collective statistics on increase GPA requirements and the decrease in high-risks behaviors to prove her point. Though only having started

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back in December, Erin Courville, the new coordinator of Greek Life, can already see that the community is continuing down this path. “I feel that I’m still learning what UNH is and what the students are like,” she said, “but I do know that they students are very independent and very driven.” With this history in mind, the current recruiters are doing their part to mend their past reputation and change the entire atmosphere of Greek Life in a way that would make all the university’s various fraternities and sororities a much more cohesive and collaborative community.

not just going to hear about when they’re advertising their parties on the weekend.” McCullough also made it clear, during a general information meeting about the fraternity, that the group would also do whatever they could to further benefit the university as a whole, saying that he hopes the group will continue to support the infrastructure that has allowed them to be here. “We have a saying that goes, ‘Alma mater first, Theta Chi for Alma Mater,’” he said. “If we don’t approach the school and work towards making it better, it’s not good.”

“ We’re setting up some pretty high stan-

dards right off the bat. We’ve all seen the stereotypical fraternities and Theta Chi is a good opportunity to add some variety.”

Patrick Farrah

Freshman business administration major For Tanner McCullough, a leadership and education consultant from the Theta Chi headquarters, the best place to start is by choosing members who exemplify three characteristics: involvement on campus and the community, leadership skills, and academic integrity. “We’re being selective and trying to pick wisely,” he said. “We want members who you’re

For many of the already pledged members, this selectiveness and promise of working towards a greater good is what drew them to the fraternity in the first place. “I know what it is I want out of a fraternity,” Patrick Farrah, a freshman business administration major, said. “We’re setting up some pretty high standards right off the bat. We’ve all seen the ste-

reotypical fraternities and Theta Chi is a good opportunity to add some variety.” “I had my mind set on not joining a fraternity,” Malone Soeun, a sophomore political science major, said. “But there are going to be a lot of opportunities in this new chapter. We’re really going to be what makes this fraternity.” “We are trying to bring all the fraternities together and show we’re not all about the stereotypes,” McCullough said. “We’re trying to do more than just bring a group of guys together.” Even with a conscious decision to move towards this goal, Courville believes that the change would happen regardless. “When you have a new group come on, it really brings life in to everyone else [in Greek Life], and what their mission is and what they’re suppose to be doing,” she said. “I’m hoping very much so that they’ll branch out more to the community ... and create a more collaborative bond with the typical UNH student who might not want to go Greek. I’m definitely looking forward to see what’s going to happen next.” Those interested in learning more about the group can contact McCullough at (678) 544-3517 or or visit their website at

NH Briefs Eight displaced by fire NASHUA — Firefighters say up to eight people have been displaced in a fire at an apartment in Nashua, N.H. The fire Wednesday affected a first-floor apartment attached to the back of the Amherst Street Market. The fire also reached the attic. Firefighters said the deep snow outside the building made access to utilities and using ladders difficult. No one was hurt. The cause remains under investigation.

75-year-old accused of blocking plow MERRIMACK — A New Hampshire man who says a plow truck was pushing snow across the entrance to his driveway has been accused of blocking the truck. Police met 75-year-old Menahem Lowry of Merrimack in his driveway. WMUR-TV reports the plow driver said Lowry was standing in the road and refused to move until police arrived. Lowry was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. He was released on $1,000 bail and was scheduled to appear in court in March.

Fishing rope cut from endangered Ga. whale By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Wildlife experts cut away more than 280 feet of commercial fishing line being dragged by an endangered right whale off the Georgia coast, though some of the heavy rope had to be left tangled in the whale’s mouth, officials said Thursday. Entanglement in commercial fishing gear and collisions with ships off the East Coast are considered the greatest threats to the right whale’s survival. Experts estimate only about 450 of the large whales remain. Each winter they migrate to the warmer waters off Georgia and Florida to give birth to their calves. It was the first time since 2011 that a right whale snared in fishing gear has been spotted offshore in the Southeast, said Clay Georgia, a marine mammal biologist for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. He was part of the team that got close enough to the 30-foot whale to sever the three-quartersinch fishing line using a grappling hook equipped with cutting blades.

“We feel like what we did gives the whale a fighting chance to shed the remainder of the rope on its own,” said George, who estimated the whale is still dragging about 20 feet of the rope woven with lead weights. “The real take-home message here is we can’t just go out and save and fix every whale that shows up entangled. In some cases it’s just completely impossible to disentangle that whale.” The entangled whale spotted this week was actually a 4-yearold male, which George said isn’t surprising despite a misconception that only pregnant females and their babies migrate south at wintertime. A crew doing aerial surveys for the Navy offshore near Jacksonville, Fla., spotted the whale dragging fishing line behind it Sunday. Florida officials responding by boat managed to cut away some of the rope and attach a tracking buoy to the end. The whale was about 40 miles offshore of Darien, Ga., on Monday when the Georgia DNR was able to maneuver a small boat close enough to cut away most of the remainder.

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Friday, February 21, 2014


UNH professor proposes Eating Concerns Awareness Week pilot project for Durham By BRITTANY SCHAEFER


The UNH Technology Transfer Center has approached the town of Durham about a potential pilot project that will focus on income generated from the state road toll on statewide and local transportation. Charlie Goodspeed, a UNH associate professor and director of the Transportation Technology Transfer Center, said that the project is an experiment to analyze alternative methods to the state “gas tax.” Durham is one of three towns in New Hampshire that the Technology Transfer Center has approached. According to Goodspeed, Epping has also agreed, while Portsmouth has not yet given a definitive answer. “The effects of this program would not be felt for years,” Goodspeed emphasized. “This is just an experiment to see if the idea can be done.” The proposal of this pilot project comes at a time in New Hampshire when the state legislature is currently debating a bill that, if passed, would raise the gas tax every four years by 4 cents to raise an estimated $30 million in revenue per year. New Hampshire’s current fuel tax is 18 cents per gallon, a rate that has not increased since 1991. Durham Town Administrator Todd Selig said that Goodspeed reached out to him about the pilot project last week. Selig is enthusiastic about the proposal, which he believes could find ways to increase revenue for the New Hampshire Highway Fund. “The Highway Fund is the constitutionally protected fund used to repair state and municipal roads,” Selig said. “Right now the State Department for Transportation has inadequate funding when it comes to the maintenance of state roads.” Increasing the current gas tax is a solution to what Selig believes is viable as vehicles with greater fuel efficiencies are being manufactured. “Vehicles are becoming more fuel efficient, with more hybrid

vehicles on the road, and we can expect more electronic vehicles in the future,” Selig said. “It’s possible that, in this future, the same number of people will be driving the same number of vehicles. “By that time, if the miles per gallon is twice what [it] is now, then only half of the amount of revenue would be made available.” Due to the early stage of the program, the exact function is yet to be determined, though a number of methods are being considered. “One alternative is to charge a fee for miles traveled,” Goodspeed said. “About 17 states are looking at this model.” Last October, Oregon became the first state to implement a user charge pilot program based on mileage as opposed to the amount of fuel the vehicle consumes. One way to determine how many miles each vehicle has driven is to obtain a DMV recording of odometer mileage. “During registration each year, the mileage driven with be given a dollar value as an added surcharge on top of the registration fee.” Goodspeed said. There are also methods for mileage recording that have attracted controversy regarding whether they infringe upon the privacy of vehicle owners. According to Selig, there are states that require transponders to be installed in vehicles to track their mileage and use of gasoline, an approach he believes would be “dead on arrival in New Hampshire.” “There is a big ethic against big brother mentality in New Hampshire,” Selig said, “and I believe that that type of model is neither appropriate or effective.” Goodspeed concurred with this view, calling attempts to measure mileage by tracking GPS monitors and other electronic devices an invasion of privacy. “There is a better way for determining mileage without infringing upon privacy,” Goodspeed said. “The program will try to collect data more easily without adding any infrastructure.”

In Brief Number of Maine farms up as US farms down PORTLAND, Maine — The number of Maine farms has grown and continues to lead the New England states, while the farm total nationwide has dropped, the federal government said Thursday. Maine had 8,174 farms in 2012, an increase of half-a-percentage point from five years ago, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture 2012 census. The 10-year trend was more dramatic, with an increase of 13.6 percent from 2002, before growth leveled off after the period from 2002 to 2007, said Gary Keough, a USDA statistician. The preliminary data indicated the market value of Maine’s crops and livestock grew 24 percent over the past five years. The report put

the value of the state’s agricultural goods at $764 million, including $289,210 from livestock and poultry. It didn’t break down the data by crop. “The fact that Maine has made progress in a number of areas during a challenging economic environment is a testament to the resilience and hard work of farmers and processors,” said Gov. Paul LePage. The federal data is collected every five years. It shows total acreage in Maine grew 8 percent over the past five years to 1.45 million acres. Keough said one damper on the numbers rising even higher is a lack of available land. “New England is stable or growing with people wanting to get into farms,” Keough said.


Eating Concerns Awareness Week (ECAW) is upon us at the University of New Hampshire, from Feb. 24 to the 28. A week full of events will be hosted by the Eating Concerns Mentors. “Eating concerns awareness week is beneficial for students because it gives them the chance to recognize that there are so many students who are struggling with

disordered eating as well as suffer from having a negative body image,” Christine Luciano, UNH junior and eating concern mentor, said. “ECAW is sponsoring events all week that promote how to have a positive body image.” As an eating concern mentor, Luciano is trained to work with students who are struggling with eating concerns, recovering, or just looking for ways to improve their body image. Eating concern mentors serve as a support system

and provide resources offered on campus for students to get the help they need. “We highly encourage students to use this amazing resource because we have so much information to offer,” Luciano said. “Our mentors are truly passionate about changing the culture of this campus. Loving yourself is far more important than living up to the media’s expectations of what you should be.”



“Mindful Monday”

“Heart Your Parts”

+ Inspiration Stations: Campus Recreation: 5-7 p.m. Holloway Commons: 11a.m.1p.m. + Mindful Eating Lunch


MUB 237, 12-1p.m.

TUESDAY “Trash Negative Body Talk”

+ Inspiration Station: MUB Food Court: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

WEDNESDAY “Who Inspires You?”

+ Inspiration Stations: MUB Food Court: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

+ Inspiration Stations: MUB Food Court: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Campus Recreation: 5-7 p.m. + Film and Discussion: Tough Guise 2: Violence, Manhood & American Culture, MUB Theatre I, 8-10:30 p.m.

FRIDAY “Fabulous Friday” + The Vagina Monologues: MUB Strafford Room: 7-9 p.m.



Friday, February 21, 2014

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Going for gold: Olympic ad winners and losers By MAE ANDERSON ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK — The pressure to win during the 2014 Sochi Olympics is nearly as intense for marketers as it is for the athletes themselves. Just like there are medals handed out during the Games, there are winners and losers in advertising. It’s a huge stage for marketers. Companies pay as much as $100 million for exclusive rights to sponsor Olympic teams, while others shell out tens of thousands hoping to score gold by backing individual athletes. The catch? Advertisers’ fates are often tied to external factors. There were a number of distractions this year due to controversy over security, gay rights laws and Olympic preparedness in Sochi. But fortunately for many U.S. sponsors, those things were overshadowed by the athletic prowess of the nation’s Olympic athletes: The U.S. has won more medals than any country so far — good news for advertisers since experts say being associated with a medal winner is the easiest way to capture the goodwill created by the Olympics. Still, the best advertisers find ways to connect even when their athletes underperform. The advertising winners this year managed to both harness the feel-good nature of the Olympics and convey a message about their products. The

losers, meanwhile, failed to make memorable ads or worse, made an unfavorable brand impression to the millions of people watching. “Marketers have to be ready to capitalize on a good performance, but you still have to plan for a mediocre showing,” Tim Calkins, marketing professor at the Kellogg School of Business in Northwestern said. “Marketers need to find a way to make the whole effort successful.” MEDAL WINNERS — Procter & Gamble, a longtime Olympic sponsor, won points early with its feel-good ad “Pick Them Back Up.” The spot is a part of its popular “Thank You Mom” campaign that shows moms supporting young athletes when they fall down. Since the consumer products company debuted the ad online before the Olympics began, the spot has been viewed 18 million times on YouTube. And Ace Metrix, which measures the effectiveness of ads, has ranked it the most effective Olympic ad. “They won by getting out early,” said Ammiel Kamon, senior vice president of products and marketing of Kontera, which monitors how much online conversation brands generate. — Visa, another top Olympic sponsor, focused on responding to many events real time on social media. It helps that the payments com-

pany sponsored 37 Olympians and Paralympians, including gold medalists ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White and skier David Wise. Visa was able to respond quickly on Facebook when its athletes won gold medals, and that paid off. A photo mosaic tribute to Davis and White has received 54,000 likes and nearly 3,000 shares. Another for Wise received 39,000 likes and more than 1,600 shares. “What they’ve been posting on Facebook has been well-timed and gained traction,” said Debra Aho Williamson, principal analyst of social media at research firm eMarketer. GOING HOME WITHOUT THE GOLD — Unpredictability is what the Olympics are all about. That can work in a brand’s favor if an underdog sponsored athlete suddenly wins gold. But there’s another side to this, as Under Armour found out. The athletic wear company spent years developing a high-tech suit for the U.S. speedskating team, which was heavily favored coming into competition. But then the team failed to medal, and worse, some blamed the Under Armour suit. It is not clear the suit had anything to do with the team’s performance and some experts say the flap likely won’t hurt domestic sales of its core products like shoes and T-shirts. But it was a blow to the brand because it came in front

of a global audience right at the time when Under Armour is seeking to expand internationally. And experts say it put the company on the defensive instead of garnering positive Olympic goodwill. “It was an opportunity for them to shine on the Olympic stage and they fell,” said branding expert Laura Ries. Under Armour didn’t respond to a request for comment. — McDonald’s was limping out of the gate from the start. Before the Games began, the burger chain tried to introduce a seemingly innocuous hashtag on Twitter, CheerstoSochi. Getting a hashtag to go viral is a marketers’ ultimate goal, since it is basically free publicity. But in this case, the hashtag was picked up by activists in tweets condemning the Russian gay rights limitations and assailing McDonald’s for not speaking out forcibly against it. Next, none of its three sponsored athletes, including speedskater favorite Shani Davis, managed to get a medal. The company’s TV spots also failed to impress. One ad that shows Olympic champions biting their medals and comparing that to people biting Chicken McNuggets didn’t resonate with consumers: Ace Metrix said it scored on the low end of their effectiveness scale. McDonald’s said it supports its athletes and that thousands of fans sent positive “cheers” to athletes via its “Cheers to Sochi” campaign.

In Brief Europe plans to build a space telescope to hunt for new planets BERLIN — The European Space Agency says it plans to launch a satellite to hunt for planets outside our solar system by 2024. ESA says the mission will be called PLATO, short for Planetary Transits and Oscillations of stars. The satellite will be equipped with 34 telescopes and cameras trained on 1 million nearby stars to search for tell-tale signs of orbiting planets. Together with ground-based equipment PLATO will be able to determine the mass and rough composition of so-called exoplanets. ESA said in a statement Wednesday that the mission will focus on planets as big as Earth or bigger where surface water could exist. Water is a key requirement for life.

80k people unfollow Turkish president ANKARA, Turkey — Media reports say close to 80,000 people have stopped following Turkey’s president on Twitter after he signed a controversial bill increasing government controls over the Internet into law. Abdullah Gul, who has more than 4 million followers on Twitter, announced in a tweet late Tuesday that he had ratified the legislation following government assurances that two disputed articles on Internet controls would be amended. The move sparked a campaign for people to stop following Gul on Twitter and Hurriyet newspaper said Wednesday that the Turkish president lost some 78,000 followers overnight. The legislation allows Turkish authorities to block websites for privacy violations without a court decision. It also forces Internet providers to make users’ activities available to authorities. The EU had called the legislation “a step back” for media freedom.

Florida judge to review Bieber arrest video before release By CURT ANDERSON ASSOCIATED PRESS

MIAMI — A judge said Thursday he will review police video made shortly after Justin Bieber’s recent Miami Beach arrest to determine if some portions should be withheld from the public, particularly clips depicting the singer urinating into a cup as part of a drug test. Miami-Dade County Judge William Altfield said after a hearing he will privately review some of the roughly 10 hours of Miami Beach police video taken after Bieber’s

Jan. 23 arrest. The Associated Press, The Miami Herald and other media organizations are seeking release of the video, arguing there is no exemption in Florida’s generous open records law allowing it to be kept under wraps. “The right of privacy cannot trump the right of access to public records,” said Deanna Shullman, the attorney for the AP and several other media outlets. “My clients have no interest in showing Mr. Bieber’s private parts. You have to redact that and release the rest.” Still, Shullman and Scott Ponce, who represents the Herald

and Miami’s CBS affiliate, agreed with Altfield’s plan to review the four clips that show Bieber urinating into the cup, as did state prosecutors. Bieber attorney Howard Srebnick said he found it “insulting” that the videos could be released perhaps with only Bieber’s nether regions censored, contending even that was a violation of privacy. “There’s no reason why the media should make a spectacle of that event,” Srebnick said. Altfield said he would hold another hearing on the matter March 4, meaning the current March 3 trial

date for Bieber will be delayed. But he said if the various sides could agree on release of non-objectionable video material, that should be done by Wednesday. “It’s prudent for us to make sure we’re all on the same page, all of us,” he said. Bieber, 19, has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of DUI, resisting arrest and driving with an expired license. Police say he and singer Khalil Amir Sharieff were stopped after a suspected illegal street drag race in exotic sports cars in a quiet Miami Beach neighborhood.

The toxicology test based on Bieber’s urine sample found the active ingredient in marijuana and the antidepressant Xanax. A breath test, however, showed Bieber’s blood-alcohol content was below Florida’s 0.02 percent limit for underage drivers. The other news organizations advocating for release of the video are: the Orlando Sentinel; Scripps Media Inc. representing the Naples Daily News, the St. Lucie News Tribune, Stuart News, TCPalm. com, the Vero Beach Press Journal, WPTV-TV and WFTS-TV; and the SunSentinel Co.


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First Korean reunions since 2010 begin By FOSTER KLUG ASSOCIATED PRESS

SEOUL, South Korea — The first reunions of North and South Koreans in more than three years came too late for 90-year-old Seo Jeong-suk. She died in South Korea just 15 days ago. So the daughter she grew old with, Kim Yong-ja, could not reintroduce her to the one she had not seen in more than 60 years. Kim, 68, could only sob and hand her long-lost sister a framed photograph of Seo, according to South Korean media pool reports. Kim Yong Sil clasped the photo to her chest and said, “It’s Mom’s photo.” Dozens of elderly Koreans wept and embraced in a rush of words and emotion Thursday at North Korea’s Diamond Mountain resort, in a rare period of detente between two bitter rivals that were once a single country. The reunions were all the more poignant because the participants will part again in a few days, likely forever. South Korean TV showed old women in brightly colored traditional hanbok dresses talking and hugging, families trading photographs of relatives who couldn’t attend or had died. Two men in suits

and ties wiped away tears, grasped each other by the necks and pressed their foreheads together as cameras flashed. One old man was wheeled in on a stretcher, his head propped on a pillow, a blue blanket wrapped tightly around him. Aging and illness made some reunions bittersweet. “Sister, why can’t you hear me?” North Korean Ri Jong Sil, 84, asked 87-year-old Lee Young-sil, who has difficulty recognizing people because of Alzheimer’s disease, according to pool reports. Tears flowed down Ri’s deeply wrinkled face as Lee’s daughter began sobbing, telling her mother: “Mom, it’s my aunt. It’s my aunt. She’s your sister.” The difference in the sisters’ family name is a product of the Korean Peninsula’s division: It’s basically the same family name but each country uses different spelling rules in both Korean and English. Ri Chol Ho, 77, from North Korea, used a piece of paper to communicate with his 81-year-old brother from South Korea, Lee Myeong-ho, who has a hearing problem. “Mother used to tell me that you would return home and buy me a pair of rubber shoes,” Ri wrote on the paper that he passed to his

brother, according to the pool reports. About 80 South Koreans traveled through falling snow with their families to meet children, brothers, sisters, spouses and other relatives. Seoul had said about 180 North Koreans were expected. The meetings are a vivid reminder that despite 60 years of animosity, misunderstanding, threats and occasional artillery exchanges, the world’s most heavily armed border divides a single people. Millions were separated from loved ones by the tumult and bloodshed of the 3-year war that ended in 1953, but few have been reunited. During a previous period of interKorean rapprochement, about 22,000 Koreans had brief reunions — 18,000 in person and the others by video. None got a second chance to reunite, Seoul says. Thursday’s reunions were arranged after impoverished North Korea began calling recently for better ties with South Korea, in what outside analysts say is an attempt to win badly needed foreign investment and aid. The North, however, sent mixed signals by threatening to scrap the reunions to protest annual military drills between Seoul and Washington set to start Monday. Many in Seoul are also wary

after last year’s springtime threats from North Korea of nuclear strikes against Seoul and Washington. North Korea in recent years has conducted nuclear and missile tests, and is blamed for attacks in 2010 that killed 50 South Koreans. Last week, North Korea decided to honor its earlier promise to allow the reunions after South Korea agreed to North Korea’s proposal that the rivals stop insulting each other. In South Korea, there are still worries that the reunions might be disrupted because of the impending military drills. The reunions are broken into two parts. Thursday’s reunions end Saturday. A second group of about 360 South Koreans plans to visit the mountain resort Sunday to meet with 88 elderly North Koreans. Those reunions end Tuesday. Both governments ban their citizens from visiting each other or even exchanging letters, phone calls and emails. In Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital, many people had heard of the plan to hold the reunions on the television news or other state media. “I desperately hope for reunification. We are of the same blood and getting these families together will help national reunification,” said 63-year old Jang Hye Sun.

The two Koreas have been in a near-constant standoff since an armistice ended the Korean War. It hasn’t been replaced with a peace treaty, leaving the peninsula still technically in a state of war. About 28,000 U.S. troops are stationed in South Korea to help deter aggression from North Korea. In 2000, South Korea created a computerized lottery system for South Koreans hoping for reunions, and since then nearly 130,000 people, most in their 70s or older, have entered. Only about 70,000 are still alive. It’s not known how North Korea selects people who attend reunions. South Korean media reported that the North usually chooses those loyal to its authoritarian government. According to pool reports, it was only through the application process that 93-year-old Kang Neung-hwan even realized that he had left a son behind when he left North Korea during the war. Kang Jong Kuk, now 64, had been in his mother’s womb at the time, and his father had not been aware that she was pregnant. And when they finally met Thursday, the elder Kang could not resist a little gentle teasing. “You look old,” he told his son. “Come give me a hug.”

NH lawmakers support Craigslist killing suspect’s dad says voting rights in capital she has a history of manipulation By RIK STEVENS ASSOCIATED PRESS

CONCORD — The “Taxation Without Representation” district came to the “Live Free or Die” state on Thursday to try to kickstart a grassroots effort to bring voting rights in Congress to residents of the District of Columbia. The district that enfolds the nation’s capital has only a nonvoting delegate in the House of Representatives and no senator. Its budget and laws are subject to congressional review. “Unfortunately, it is not very well known across the country that the 646,000 residents in D.C. make up more than the populations in the states of Vermont or Wyoming,” said Kimberly Perry, executive director of D.C. Vote, a nonprofit pushing for district representation in Congress. “We pay federal taxes, fight and die in wars, serve on juries, and fulfill all of the basic civic obligations of U.S. citizens but we have no vote in Congress.” Perry and D.C. Councilman David Catania were in New Hampshire at a hearing of the New Hampshire House Committee of State-Federal Relations and Veteran Affairs, where state Rep. Cindy Rosenwald introduced a resolution endorsing voting rights in the district. The delegation got a warm welcome from committee members, who said the district and the Granite State share a commitment to independence that is enshrined on their famous license plate scribbles.

“New Hampshire is, indeed, all about representative democracy and we in this House are its most ardent supporters,” Rosenwald said. “And so I believe we should demand the same level of representative democracy for our fellow Americans who live in our great nation’s capital.” Advocates acknowledge the resolution in the New Hampshire House is symbolic but hope it prompts other governments to take up the cause. Because the District of Columbia is not a state, it does not have voting representation in Congress. Periodic efforts to give the district’s residents a vote have failed in part because of politics: The city is overwhelmingly Democratic and Congressional Republicans balk at handing over an easy seat in the House and Senate. “No other major democracy in the world denies the representatives of their capital city a vote in their national legislature, and there is no reason the District of Columbia should continue to suffer this unique indignity and injustice,” said Catania, an independent who is considering a run for mayor. Two previous efforts to get support in New Hampshire failed because lawmakers were concerned it would lead to a push for change in the U.S. Constitution to grant the district statehood. Thursday’s resolution made it clear it was about only voting rights, not statehood. The committee will vote in early March with a full House vote anticipated in the middle of the month.


SUNBURY, Pa. — The father of a Pennsylvania woman who with her newlywed husband is charged with killing a man she met through Craigslist said he would support his daughter’s execution if she is found guilty and even hold the hand of the victim’s widow. Sonny Dean also told The Daily Item newspaper on Wednesday that he believes his 19-year-old daughter, Miranda Barbour, may have been involved in one other murder besides the Nov. 11 fatal stabbing of Troy LaFerrara, 42, in Sunbury. Police said LaFerrara met the young woman through her Craigslist ad, which offered companionship in exchange for money. Investigators allege Miranda Barbour stabbed LaFerrara of Port




Trevorton about 20 times in her parked car as her husband, Elytte Barbour, held a cord tight against LaFerrara’s neck from the back seat and then dumped his body in an alley. Dean told the newspaper that his daughter was a heroin addict and is a liar and manipulator, but he doesn’t think she is a mass murderer. “Miranda lives in a fantasy world,” he said. Miranda Barbour told The Daily Item last Friday she killed fewer than 100 people but stopped counting at 22. She said she lured a man into an alley in Alaska and watched as the leader of a satanic cult to which she belonged shot the man before telling Barbour it was her turn. “Believe very little of what Miranda says,” said Dean, of Texas. “She has a long history of extreme manipulation and dishonesty.”

It is possible she participated in a killing in Alaska, he said. He also did not dispute her claim of being a satanist. “The reason I think that the Alaska incident is a possibility is that Miranda ran away from home at least two times that I remember, both for over a 48-hour period,” he said. “Once was around the age of 13 and once was sometime the following year, when she was 14. I don’t know what took place during either of those 48-hour periods.” Dean said he prays for peace and comfort each morning for LaFerrara’s family, especially the victim’s widow, Colleen LaFerrara. In a prepared statement to the family, he said if a jury decides his daughter should be executed, “I would stand side by side with you, take your hand, and silently pray that some good may come of this.”

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Canadian prime minister beats Obama in Olympic hockey bet By DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is ready for the icy cold one President Barack Obama promised him. With their countries facing off in a pair of Olympic hockey games this week, more than just the puck is on the line. The leaders had wagered a case of beer on each game, a bet they apparently brewed Wednesday while in Toluca, Mexico, for a day of meetings with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. Obama and Harper announced their friendly wager on Thursday over Twitter. “@pmharper and I bet on the women’s and men’s US-Canada hockey games. Winner gets a case of beer for each game. (hashtag) GoTeamUSA!” Obama said in a morning tweet signed “-bo,” which is how the White House designates messages sent personally by the president. About the same time, a message on Harper’s official Twitter feed said: “I’m betting @barackobama one case of Canadian beer per

hockey game this week. (hashtag) teamusa is good, but (hashtag) WeAreWinter. (hashtag)GoCanadaGo. Harper was on an airplane returning home from Mexico on Thursday afternoon when he learned that the Canada women’s hockey team had defeated the U.S., 3-2, in overtime, to win its fourth straight Olympic gold medal — and that he also had won a case of beer. He’ll receive one of the varieties of beer that are brewed at the White House using honey from the beehive on the South Lawn. “I look forward to watching the game later and @barackobama, I look forward to my case of beer,” said a follow-up message on Harper’s Twitter page. The prime minister even took over the intercom on the airplane to announce the team’s latest Olympic victory, said his spokesman, Jason MacDonald. Cheers and applause erupted. The U.S. and Canada men’s teams play Friday for a spot in the final, and a chance to go for the gold.

Economy key issue in debate to put power lines underground By RIK STEVENS Associated Press

CONCORD — As New Hampshire considers whether all new power lines should be underground, people on both sides of the debate agreed on one thing Wednesday: It’s all about the economy. A Senate committee heard several hours of testimony on a measure that would require transmission projects not deemed necessary for reliability by the region’s power grid operator to be buried if there’s no reasonable alternative. The bill, sponsored by Senate Republican Majority Leader Jeb Bradley of Wolfeboro, would task the state Department of Transportation with identifying energy corridors along state-owned or controlled rights of way — at least one running northsouth and one running east-west — and require transmission projects to be built within those corridors. Bradley was careful to say his bill was not specifically aimed to push underground the $1.4 billion Northern Pass proposal by Northeast Utilities that would run 187 miles through New Hampshire, all but 8 miles on overhead lines. But there was no denying that the proposal colored all the testimony. “These projects need to be good neighbors,” Bradley said. “The fact that there has not been a neighborly process is why we’re at a stalemate.” Supporters of the buried lines say they’ll spare the region the visual blight that cuts into property values and stunts economic development. Thomas Mullen, owner of the Owl’s Nest Resort and Golf Club in Thornton, said sales of condominiums are hurting and the ones that do sell stay on the market for a long time and don’t bring sellers

anywhere near what they were asking. “The good news is we’ve had some sales at Owl’s Nest recently,” he said. “The bad news is some people got terribly hurt. The damage is real. The damage is to real people.” Other supporters, including environmental groups, also pointed to projects in neighboring states that are burying transmission lines, including a proposal in Vermont and New York that would go under Lake Champlain. “We are happy to have largescale projects,” said Nancy Martland, of Sugar Hill. “But we don’t want yesterday’s technology.” Opponents, including Northeast Utilities, say requiring contractors to bury the lines will add cost to projects, keep energy rates high and send an anti-business message that will scare away investment. Dave Atkinson, owner of A.B. Logging & Trucking Inc. in Lancaster, said the state needs to encourage development and getting the Northern Pass project done could help attract manufacturers to the economically struggling North Country. “We’re debating a bill that clearly brings more regulations, more mandates and clearly more cost,” Atkinson said. Donald Pfundstein, representing Northeast Utilities, noted that the energy corridors established by the state might not line up with existing transmission lines or generators. “This type of bill will obviously increase the cost of electricity,” he said. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee could vote on whether to move the bill forward when it meets again in two weeks.



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A look into UNH’s live and local music scene College towns can serve as breeding grounds for the next big thing in entertainment. By MIRANDA WILDER



ome are dancing, losing themselves in the music and completely disregarding anything that exists in the outside world. Others casually sway to the guitar’s heavy blaring. The kick drum feels like it is being beaten from the inside of your chest, and the singer’s voice is nearly drowned out by his own bass player. Not one person in the room is standing still. This description of a concert could be used for an A-list rock show in the big city, but contrary to popular belief, it also describes the general atmosphere of one of the many locally held concerts around the University of New Hampshire’s campus. College towns can be a prosperous place for local musicians, and UNH’s Memorial Union Student Organization (MUSO) does

its best to keep the music of smalltown performers alive. MUSO meets every Tuesday to organize different events, mainly local concerts performed in the Wildcat Den or other rooms around the Memorial Union Building.

For the type of mu“ sic we play, people want to drink.”

Zach Mayeux Notches

A town like Durham has the potential to accommodate many live performances, yet many music lovers feel there could be a bigger and better scene. Nick Rocci, director of MUSO and sophomore at UNH, struggles to liven Durham’s music scene. “I think it should be [the ideal

Examples of successful events that MUSO has held in the past.

place to have a show] and it can be, but it’s kind of hard here,” Rocci said. Considering Durham is such a small town, there aren’t many venues available to house live music, unless you venture into Dover or Portsmouth. Rocci finds it difficult to organize successful events, but is proud of the events that do attract attention. Directing a club through UNH provides Rocci easy access to local musicians. The musicians that he has worked with in the past generally become good connections to other musicians, and sometimes even good friends. This widely expands Rocci’s selection, as former performers are constantly introducing him to prospective performers interested in playing gigs. “Everyone’s in each other’s band or has been or will be,” soloist Amber French said. French has experience both touring and performing locally. She finds the two equally necessary. “It’s important to do stuff locally when you have a job and an apartment and cats.” Although her heart resides on tour, she finds comfort performing in such a small college town alongside her friends. Close to tears after a nerve-wracking solo performance, they crowd her with compliments and reassurances. Rather than competing with other local bands, French is overwhelmed by the amount of support they provide each other. The abundance of local musicians not only provides moral support, but also helps unknown performers gain recognition. “The more bands the better,” French said. “There’s definitely strength in numbers.” Zach Mayeux, lead singer and bassist for the punk band, Notches, takes advantage of the ability to book shows through MUSO. The club is responsible for funding its local events, which allows Mayeux and his band members to perform without any expenses of their own. Mayeux, a freshman, is still learning to balance schoolwork with music. He does not want to bind himself strictly to on-campus performances, but for him, classes are a big distraction. He finds his band is much more

Frances Quinlan of Hop Along sings her heart out in the Wildcat Den RYAN EYESTONE/CONTRIBUTING

popular at venues that serve alcohol. “For the type of music we play, people want to drink,” he said. “There aren’t a lot of bands that play our type of music. We end up playing where everyone thinks we’re the worst s--- ever.” He refers to his band as a mixture of “garage/punk,” not defining it as any particular genre.

Everyone’s in each “other’s band or has been or will be.”

Amber French Solo artist

Without access to alcohol, less people are apt to show up, considering it is not customary for UNH to provide alcohol for its students. UNH students do, however, enjoy the benefits of attending free or relatively cheap concerts held by MUSO. Many of the fans present have some form of relationship with the artists. “I’m just the fan girl,” Connor Sheridan, a UNH student waiting in line said jokingly. Eyeliner on males and females alike, everything is clearly about the

music. The dim lighting and casual setting of the Wildcat Den seems to instantaneously open up both the hearts and minds of everyone in the audience as the music begins to overtake the room. Even though there are points where the lyrics are barely audible, there remains a strong vibe in the room that seems to create an invisible connection between the audience and the band. Local musicians can easily benefit from the campus life of UNH, but the circle of friends that so devotedly supports each other is what seems to really keep these young artists thriving. MUSO’s contribution to the UNH music scene has been extremely beneficial in terms of supporting the art. Not only does the student organization support local and student artists, but they also bring bigger names such as Big D and the Kids Table and Hop Along, giving students a chance to become inspired by those who have taken it to the next level. Every individual has his or her own reasons for contributing to Durham’s music community, but as the singer of local band, Me in Capris, put it, “It all comes down to that feeling when music feels like home.”


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If you’ve been paying any attention to indie and indie rock in the past couple of years, you’ve probably at least heard of Young the Giant. Their eponymous debut album spawned two gold singles, “My Body” and “Cough Syrup,” but the entire album was exemplary of the band’s SoCal style: lush, surfy guitars intertwine with vocals that toe the line between croon and growl. The rhythm section features creative grooves and driving bass, and the entire album is filled out by

textures, echoes and string arrangements. After years of hard touring, Young the Giant has returned with their sophomore effort. For fans of the first album, “Mind Over Matter” brings a mixed bag. Gone are the surfy vibes that encapsulated the first album, as are the more abstract lyrics. On the new album, they have been replaced by an eclectic mix of dance, new wave and straight ahead rock. The lyrics have taken on a more concrete aesthetic, focusing on themes of growing up and finding oneself. This doesn’t mean that “Mind

Over Matter” isn’t a great album. The band has used their initial success as a springboard, which has allowed them to experiment and innovate on their second album. Tracks such as the opener, “Anagram,” and lead-off single, “It’s About Time,” feature odd time signatures and complicated syncopation, but manage to retain their groove. “Firelight” is a must-listen. The plaintive track highlights the band’s diverse cultural influences, and features soaring melodic work by lead singer Sameer Ghadia. Mid-album rockers such as “Daydreamer,” “Camera” and “Eros” bring angular guitar riffs and driving drums reminiscent of the Strokes, Phoenix, and Two Door Cinema Club. The groove through many of these uptempo tracks is infectious, and does one of the things that their first (and still spectacular) album did not: It makes you want to get up and dance. Overall, “Mind Over Matter” is a great album. While it deviates from the band’s beloved debut in style, arrangement, and production, it retains the clever melodic hooks, powerhouse rhythm section, and the intelligent musical performance that fans have come to expect from Young the Giant. Most of all, the album reflects YTG’s formidable live show, which unites material from across the band’s catalog. Be sure to check out both albums, and catch the band live if they play within 100 miles of you. It’s worth it.

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WUNH is back in The New Hampshire! Each week we’ll be sharing the top 10 records on college radio with you – check ‘em out! 1. Dum Dum Girls “Too True” 6. Mogwai, “Rave - Los Angeles noiseTapes” poppers Dum Dum - Scottish post-rockGirls take the No. 1 ers Mogwai’s “Rave spot this week with Tapes” lands at No. 6 their new record, “Too – long drawn-out tunes True!” are perfect to zone out to. 2. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, 7. Gardens & Villa, “Give The People “Dunes” What They Want” - SoCal indie rockers - Soul revivalist ShaGardens & Villa are ron Jones’ new record at No. 7 this week – with her backing band, check ‘em out if you The Dap-Kings, is like The Shins or Fanclose behind at No. farlo! 2. You can spot them in “The Wolf of Wall 8. Warpaint, “WarpaStreet” – they’re the int” band performing at - Warpaint, at No. 8, Leo DiCaprio’s wedis a great dream-pop ding. group hailing from Los Angeles. 3. Damien Jurado, “Brothers & Sisters 9. Nick Waterhouse, Of The Eternal Son” “Holly” - Seattle indie-folk - Nick Waterhouse, singer-songwriter at No. 9, is a singerDamien Jurado’s new songwriter from San record lands in the Francisco with a fresh three spot – recomtake on old school mended for fans of R&B and soul. Highly Phosphorescent, Fleet influenced by artists Foxes, and pretty like Van Morrison. much every Seattle musician. 10. Quilt, “Held In Splendor” 4. Hospitality, “Trou- Rounding out the top ble” 10 is Quilt, a fantastic - Hospitality’s “Trounew psych-pop group ble” is at No. 4 – this hailing from the JamaiBrooklyn trio produces ca Plain neighborhood extremely catchy indie- in Boston. pop tunes. Tune in to WUNH to 5. Broken Bells, “Afhear these awesome ter The Disco” new records. We can - Broken Bells, the be found at 91.3 on side project of produc- your FM dial, and live er Danger Mouse and online around the James Mercer of The world at! Shins, finally have a new record out, debuting this week at No. 5!


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Local artist releases ‘new age’ project By CHARLIE WEINMANN ARTS EDITOR

“Every sound can serve a purpose resulting in music that will place you in an environment and help you hear a different world.” A quote from the ‘about me’ section of Gregory Rothwell’s Facebook page best describes his music to a new set of ears. He is a musician from the New Hampshire Seacoast, and his new solo album, “XIV” was released on Feb. 18. Rothwell writes, performs and produces all of his music himself. Having been an active member in the seacoast music scene since 2000, playing bass guitar in a number of local bands, he began creating his own music in February of 2013. After partaking in a competition that challenged the artist to write and record brand new material, and then release it within the span of one month, Rothwell realized the potential of his own talent. His new album, “XIV” is his third full release. Rothwell’s bio states that “his ability to create a multi-textural world of sound is infected by his surroundings and

filtered through a free form approach.” Indeed, the album comes off as “free form.” There is no doubt that “XIV” contains tracks that would seem alien to the average pop music enthusiast, but that’s not to say there is nothing worth listening to. To be honest, people might benefit from something that sounds a little foreign compared to the oh-so-sweet melodies of the Great Biebs. “XIV” is 25 minutes of lyricless sound, combining aspects of several different classic genres, with a spacey twist. As the album opens, we begin our journey into the mind of Rothwell, experiencing first an acoustic groove that transforms into a sort of Vampire Weekend type feel. The second track, “With A Wild Deck Of Cards,” is darker, putting the listener into a classic, eight-bit video game with its moving bass line and sound effects that sound like jets taking off. The album is unique in the way that each short track has it’s own unique story to tell. If you closed your eyes and listened to this album all the way through, it may feel

like you just went on a psychedelic trip, or experienced a crazy dream. As the album progresses, we are tossed between dark, experimental synth driven jams, and light acoustic melodies with sparkly finishes, one of which features some folky harmonica. Rothwell’s music is certainly emotionally provoking. The feeling after listening to the album could be compared to watching a movie with a really deep, intricate story line. You feel something when the music is over, and sometimes it is hard to pinpoint what exactly you feel. The odd yet beautiful intricacy displayed can be mesmerizing. Track 13, “Only Gentle Magic Can,” is this writer’s favorite, producing what is reminiscent of mellow, jazzrock with a strong groove. Rothwell’s music is not for everyone. Not every listener will be drawn into the story being told, due to it’s outlandish personality. But if you are ready for something new and different, then let “XIV” take you on a journey through the past and the future. And hey, its never a bad thing to support the work of a local musician.


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European Union imposes sanctions against Ukraine By JUERGEN BAETZ Associated Press

BRUSSELS — The European Union voted on Thursday to impose sanctions against those held responsible for the violence in Ukraine. The sanctions, unanimously approved by EU foreign ministers at an emergency meeting, include a travel ban to the 28-nation bloc and the freezing of assets held in EU countries. The sanctions will target “those responsible for human rights violations, violence and use of excessive force” in Ukraine, the EU said in a statement. It said the bloc will soon establish a list of those who will be affected by the sanctions. When asked if they would target Ukrainian officials and opposition activists held responsible for violence, EU diplomat Catherine Ashton noted that the primary responsibility lies with the government. “The responsibility to stop the violence rests squarely with those in power, and we urge them to do so as fast as possible,” she told reporters after the meeting in Brussels. The EU is “truly alarmed and shocked by the violence that has taken place,” Ashton said. The bloc acted as street battles between anti-government protesters and police left scores of people dead and hundreds wounded in the last few days in the ex-Soviet state. The United States, which has threatened to impose sanctions, al-

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Activists rest at their burning barricade near Kiev’s Independence Square, which remains the epicenter of Ukraine’s political turmoil. Many casualties occurred Thursday after government snipers returned fire on protesters who threw firebombs and advanced on police lines after fearing a false truce. ready has canceled the visas of several Ukrainian officials connected with the police violence. In Brussels, the EU ministers also said the bloc’s member countries agreed “to suspend export licenses on equipment which might be used for internal repression” in Ukraine. The equipment wasn’t identified, but it could include items such as firearms, ammunition, vehicles equipped with water cannons and

anti-riot protection gear for law enforcement officials. Ashton said the EU foreign ministers agreed that the scope of the sanctions will be adjusted according to developments in Ukraine. That leaves the EU leeway as it seeks to broker a peaceful solution to the conflict there. The Brussels meeting was held as the foreign ministers of Germany, France and Poland held talks with Ukrainian President Viktor Ya-

nukovich and opposition leaders in Kiev on Thursday aimed at ending the violence. “There is a widespread horror in the European Union as well as in the United Kingdom at the scale of the loss of innocent life and the events of the last 48 hours,” British Foreign Minister William Hague said in Brussels. Meanwhile, top officials in Europe and the United States talked with one another on the telephone

about the Ukraine crisis Thursday. Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke with British Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel to emphasize “the need for an immediate end to bloodshed and urgent steps to stabilize the situation and stop extremist and terrorist actions,” the Kremlin said in a statement. Merkel said that in separate conversations she had with Putin and President Barack Obama she briefed them about the trip of the three EU foreign ministers to Kiev. She said she, Putin and Obama agreed that a political solution must be found as soon as possible to prevent further bloodshed in Ukraine. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon also expressed concern about Ukraine’s violence. In an interview with The Associated Press in Athens on Thursday, Fogh Rasmussen said Ukraine’s government has a “special responsibility not to use excessive force,” and he urged the country’s military to remain neutral. He said NATO defense ministers would meet in Brussels next week and would likely “review our relationship with Ukraine,” which isn’t a member of the alliance but participates in its operations and exercises. Ban called for an immediate end to the violence in Kiev, “and a return to real, genuine, constructive dialogue,” U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky said.

Timeline of key events in the Ukraine government protests STAFF REPORT Associated Press

KIEV, Ukraine — Kiev has exploded in deadly violence this week, about three months after anti-government protests began peacefully. Here are key events that have shaped the unrest. Nov. 21: President Viktor Yanukovych’s government announces that it is abandoning an agreement that would strengthen ties with the European Union and instead seeks closer cooperation with Moscow. Protesters take to the streets. Nov. 30: Police brutally attack a group of protesters, detaining 35. Images of protesters bloodied by police truncheons spread quickly and galvanize public support for the demonstrations. A protest on Dec. 1 attracts around 300,000 people, the largest in Kiev since the Orange Revolution in 2004. Activists seize Kiev City Hall. Dec. 17: Russian President Vladimir Putin announces that Moscow will buy $15 billion worth of Ukrainian government bonds and allow for a sharp cut in the price Ukrainians pay for Russian natural gas. Putin and Yanukovych claim there are no conditions attached. Jan. 22: Two protesters die after being hit with live ammunition and the third after a fall during a confrontation between police and demonstrators manning barricades, the first protest deaths.

Jan. 28: The prime minister resigns and parliament repeals the new harsh anti-protest laws that set off the violence of a week earlier. Both are concessions to the opposition aimed at defusing the crisis. Jan. 31: Opposition activist Dmytro Bulatov, missing since Jan. 22, resurfaces badly bruised and with part of his right ear cut off. He believes a pro-Russia group was behind his kidnapping and torture, raising fears among the opposition that extrajudicial squads are being deployed to intimidate protesters. Feb. 16: Opposition activists end their occupation of Kiev City Hall in exchange for the release of all 234 jailed protesters, in what is seen as a sign of progress toward resolving the crisis peacefully. Feb. 18: Street clashes leave at least 26 people, including 10 police officers, dead and hundreds injured. The violence begins when protesters attack police lines and set fires outside parliament after it stalls on taking up a constitutional reform to limit presidential powers. Russia’s offer the day before to resume payments under the bailout deal also feeds opposition suspicions that Yanukovych has made a deal with Moscow to stand firm against the protesters. Riot police respond to the violence by trying to push protesters off Independence Square. Feb. 20: Hours after a truce is announced, fierce clashes erupt between protesters and police, with numerous casualties.


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Friday, February 21, 2014


Roadside impaired driving survey causes outcry By MICHAEL RUBINKAM Associated Press

READING, Pa. — Orange cones and flashing police lights confronted Ricardo Nieves as he rounded a bend on the way to his mother’s house. Before he knew what was going on, Nieves said, a man working for a government contractor stepped in front of his car and forced him to turn into a parking lot. There, a woman repeatedly tried to question him about his driving habits and asked for a mouth swab that would detect the presence of illegal or prescription drugs in his system. Nieves refused. Then he sued, contending his rights were violated. His Dec. 13 experience has been repeated thousands of times in cities around the country as the federal government tries to figure out how many of the nation’s motorists are driving while drunk or high. U.S. transportation officials call the National Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drugged Driving, which has been conducted five times since 1973, a vital tool for monitoring the safety of America’s roadways. But some motorists and civil liberties advocates contend the government’s methods are intrusive and even unconstitutional. Some police departments have refused to partner on the survey or regretted their decision to do so in the wake of public outcry. In Tennessee, legislation that would ban law enforcement from helping out on the survey unanimously cleared the state Senate last month. In the southeastern Pennsylvania city of Reading, Nieves is angered over what he views as an abuse of power. “I didn’t even have a choice to make a decision” to stop for the survey or keep going, he said. “That choice was taken away the moment he stepped into my right of way.” Conducted in 60 cities around the nation, the survey yields the government’s best estimate of the prevalence of impaired driving. It works like this: Motorists are randomly selected — either by a uniformed police officer or a private contractor working for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration — and waved into a parking lot, where they are questioned about their drinking and driving habits, asked to take a breath test, and offered money if they provide saliva and blood samples or agree to answer a more extensive written survey. Federal officials stress the survey is both voluntary — a large sign at each survey site says so — and anonymous, with local police enlisted to provide security and divert selected motorists from the flow of traffic. Any driver found to be impaired is offered a ride home or put up in a hotel. The survey’s supporters include Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a group funded by auto insurers whose president, Adrian Lund, said it lets researchers and policymakers monitor how national alcohol policies are working. Though the rate of drunken driving has plummeted over the past 40 years, impaired motorists kill thousands a year. Highway deaths involving drunken drivers rose 4.6 percent from 2011 to 2012, when

they numbered 10,322, according to federal statistics. “This is a very minimal intrusion on privacy,” Lund said. “If you know that by participating in this survey, [it] means that we may develop policies that make it less likely you’re killed by an alcoholimpaired driver, I think that’s well worth the price.”

the government’s interest in getting drunken drivers off the road outweighs the minor intrusion of a brief stop. But critics of the National Roadside Survey say a study doesn’t carry the same weight as a checkpoint. “It certainly isn’t an immediate public safety measure,” Mary

ny offered bonuses to interviewers who were most successful at getting motorists’ compliance and replaced those who didn’t get enough motorists to say yes. A company spokeswoman referred questions to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which said the 2013-14 survey is being conducted in the same man-

“ This is a very minimal intrusion on privacy. If you know that by

participating in this survey, [it] means that we may develop policies that make it less likely you’re killed by an alcohol-impaired driver, I think that’s well worth the price.”

Adrian Lund

President of Mothers Against Drunk Driving But the government’s own documents acknowledge concerns about the National Roadside Survey at least as far back as 2007. The tactics used by the Maryland-based contractor, the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, are “not routine by any means,” according to a survey methodology that describes how some police departments had balked at participating in the 2007 version of the survey because they believed they were barred by law. “The major barrier ... was obtaining police department support for the study. In some localities, city attorneys or the police leadership believed that legal limitations to randomly stopping vehicles, including potential liability, prevented their participation,” the document said. While federal officials contend the survey is voluntary, that’s not entirely the case. Survey-takers use a device, called a passive alcohol sensor, to collect a breath sample before the motorist’s “consent or refusal of the survey,” according to the methodology. That lets researchers maximize the amount of data they collect while helping them get impaired drivers off the road, the document said. Later on, motorists are asked to blow into another device that measures blood-alcohol content more precisely. Kim Cope said there was nothing voluntary about her experience with the survey last November. Cope was heading out on her lunch break when she was funneled into a single lane of traffic, then directed into a parking lot by a uniformed Fort Worth, Texas, police officer. Cope agreed to take a breath test because she thought it would get her out more quickly, but she wasn’t happy about it. “It was very frustrating,” she said. “If it’s voluntary, then you’d think you would have a choice to pull into that parking lot or pull into that parking spot, and I was given no choice in either of those.” Fort Worth Police Chief Jeffrey Halstead apologized for his officers’ role in the survey and said it wouldn’t happen again. In a statement posted on the department’s Facebook page, he said the survey “caused many of our citizens frustration” and jeopardized the public’s trust. In general, police can’t stop a motorist without first suspecting that a law was broken. The Supreme Court has carved out an exception for sobriety checkpoints, saying

Catherine Roper, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, said via email. “So, even though a sobriety checkpoint may be more intrusive in that you can’t say no and drive away, this is illegal, we think, because there’s no sufficient reason for making people pull over and talk to government officials in the first place. “And I am just talking about the stop itself,” she said. “This doesn’t even take into consideration some of the coercive strategies people have alleged are part of this program.” The 2007 methodology shows how the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation relied on its survey-takers to persuade reluctant motorists to take part. The compa-

ner as the 2007 version. The $7.9 million survey is now nearing completion. But Nieves, 48, an Army veteran and chaplain for an American Legion post, said an important principle is at stake. “The Fourth Amendment clearly states that I’m allowed to go about my business without government intrusion, that I’m allowed to go about freely where I need to go,” he said. “And on that day, no one here, in my city government or that police department, was protecting me.” Nieves’s attorney, Aaron Martin, said his client thought he’d be arrested if he didn’t pull over “because it appeared it was a traffic stop by police. In fact, it was, by all appearances.”

Last week, PIRE asked a judge to throw out Nieves’ lawsuit, pointing out the civilian survey-taker immediately told Nieves he was not in trouble and that his participation was voluntary. Nieves “was in no way compelled to stop, and, indeed, hundreds of other vehicles completely ignored the civilian data collector and continued on their merry way,” the company’s lawyer wrote. The city of Reading likewise said that Nieves “suffered no injury or damages.” City officials declined to comment to The Associated Press, citing the pending lawsuit, but promised they won’t participate in future surveys, according to a legal memo filed by PIRE’s attorney. While some motorists view the survey as problematic, others have no problem. “I hate to say it, but it was an easy $65,” said Mary Marchione, 44, of Virginia Beach, Va., who provided saliva and blood samples and completed the written survey. “I felt like it was voluntary right from the get-go. ... They just really want to know who’s driving with what in their system.” In the Boston suburb of Hingham, Mass., police Sgt. Steven Dearth said the survey went smoothly, with no complaints and a line of motorists waiting to provide blood samples. “If offered the opportunity, we would do it again,” he said. “The data will obviously be beneficial to the cause.”



Friday, February 21, 2014

The New Hampshire

Radical Femen leader plans US feminist outpost By ELAINE GANLEY Associated Press

PARIS — She quickly seduced French officialdom after arriving from Ukraine, winning political asylum within a year of her application. Her visage, framed in blond hair crowned with flowers, helped inspire France’s latest postage stamp. Few French people knew back then that they were dealing with a radical soldier for the feminist cause, in town to organize the ranks of women for a radical insurgency with bare breasts as weapons. The sweet start for 23-year-old Inna Shevchenko is souring. The defiant chief of the Ukraine-born Femen movement now risks up to five years in prison and a 75,000euro ($103,000) fine for bashing brand new bells at Notre Dame Cathedral a year ago — and allegedly damaging one. Dressed only in pantyhose, she and eight others were celebrating the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. The trial for the nine was postponed from Wednesday to July 9. A second trial begins March 14 for a single Femen activist for simulating abortion in Paris’ famed church, Eglise de la Madeleine. Femen has orchestrated a raft of bare-breasted protests with a range of targets: near the Vatican, in front of Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, near the Grand Mosque of Paris and in several churches outside France, including at Christmas Mass at Cologne Cathedral. There, a single topless woman with “I am God” painted on her chest briefly jumped onto the altar. Boldness is clearly in Shevchenko’s blood. She fled Ukraine in 2012 after taking a buzz saw to a huge wood cross, risking prison. Today, she is nonchalant about that risk. “Of course, I was scared” after the Ukraine protest, she said in

an interview with The Associated Press. “But this is not that fear that will make you stop your activity. We are scared to not be able to continue our activity.” “We are not a political party who wants to find fans. We are not a rock band,” she said. “We’re a bunch of angry women.” Shevchenko has announced plans to expand Femen’s footprint from nine countries mostly in Europe to the United States, most likely in New York or Washington, D.C. The group’s Ukraine headquarters has been shut down.

nearly three months of deadly protests now against President Viktor Yanukovych’s government. In December, Femen activists in France urinated on portraits of Yanukovych in front of the Ukraine Embassy. British sociologist and feminist scholar Kristin Aune sees Femen as part of an apparent resurgence of feminist movements, but suggested that Femen’s protest tactics are out of synch with the West. “In a way, they have taken an old-fashioned feminist view,” said Aune. “In the ‘60s and ‘70s, feminists said religion is terrible but

“ We are this group who is irritating our

enemy. We do not care about how many people will not like us.”

Inna Shevchenko

Chief of the Ukraine Femen movement “We are this sort of detonator,” she said. “We go where the problem is.” That includes houses of worship, which she says are responsible for patriarchal laws that subjugate women. The plan to add a U.S. branch coincides with a wave of criticism of Femen and questions about why Socialist President Francois Hollande officially approved a stamp representing “Marianne,” the national symbol since the French Revolution, that resembles Shevchenko. One conservative lawmaker wants the stamp withdrawn. Another conservative wants the group declared a sect, which would make it illegal in France. Hundreds of people from the ultra-conservative Roman Catholic group Civitas to far-right supporters held a protest in Paris recently against Femen. Femen, founded in 2008, sees itself as the cutting edge of feminism, “ringing the [alarm] bell” as it did in Ukraine, well before the

later saw it as possibly liberating.” In Aune’s opinion, some Femen causes are more worthy than others, such as fighting sexual tourism as the group did in Ukraine. But Femen’s heavy focus on religion, including Islam, in protest operations in Western Europe and in Tunisia may reflect a failure to fully understand the “diversity that exists in Christianity and Islam,” she said. Femen’s most audacious activist was a Tunisian who spent more than two months behind bars last year after her arrest in May for allegedly scrawling the word Femen on a cemetery wall. Amina Sboui, who also posted topless photos of herself online, is also the best known Femen dropout; she renounced the group because of what she called its anti-Islam stance. Femen has about 40 activists in France who take part in protests and 350 members who help out, Shevchenko said, adding that it has 250 activists in nine countries. The large building north of Paris that became Femen head-

quarters two months ago — after the group’s Paris digs mysteriously burned down — features a training room to keep activists fit and where 100 pushups every Saturday are de rigueur. The walls are covered with Femen slogans like “My Boobs, My Bombs,” ‘’My Body, My Gun,” “We Are Soldiers Of Freedom.” Critics claim Femen thrives on media attention more than improving the lot of womankind. Yet one leading feminist network in France was careful not object to Femen tactics. “We think our techniques are, perhaps, more effective,” said Anne-Cecil Mailfert, spokeswoman for Dare Feminism. “But what is certain is they are the target of attacks by the right and extreme right. .... Anti-feminists will do everything to make them look like a dangerous, crazy movement.” Femen is mostly ignored in other European countries where protests are staged, including Spain, West Germany and Sweden. In a recent TV documentary series, Swedish feminist Belinda Olsson questioned whether the movement has a clear motive or was just a bunch of “exhibitionists showing their tits.” Two women who claim to have left Femen France have harshly criticized the movement and its leader in interviews with two French publications, both speaking anonymously. One told the weekly Le Nouvel Observateur that Shevchenko behaved like a queen. It failed to upset the Femen leader, who conceded the movement is organized in a strict hierarchy with her on top. “Some women can feel like they’re in the army. We act like an army, yes,” she said. “There are soldiers, but every soldier can become a general.” For Shevchenko, the medium is clearly the message. “We are this group who is irritating our enemy,” Shevchenko said. “We do not care about how many people will not like us.”

Foundation awards $1m grants to nonprofits By HERBERT G. McCANN Associated Press

CHICAGO — The MacArthur Foundation has chosen seven nonprofits for grants of as much as $1 million to recognize their success and future potential in work ranging from promoting the rights of Nigerian women to researching anti-crime programs in Chicago, the foundation announced Thursday. The groups chosen for the 2014 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions — whose annual grants range from $750,000 to $1 million — are all previous recipients of the Chicago-based foundation’s largess. They were chosen for this award after foundation staff reviewed how well each was run, MacArthur Foundation President Robert Gallucci said. “These are stars in my view — organizations that stand out in the work that they do,” Gallucci said. “In every case, getting this award from the MacArthur Foundation, I’m told, helps them in their work

and it adds to their effectiveness and their credibility.” Five groups will receive $1 million each. They are the Washington-based National Housing Trust, which preserves and improves affordable housing; NatureServe, an Arlington, Va.-based group that promotes environmental conservation; New York-based investigative reporting group ProPublica; the Citizen Lab of Toronto, which helps monitor political activity that could affect human rights; and the University of Chicago Crime Lab, whose focus is on urban crime rates. Grants of $750,000 each were given to Nigeria’s Women’s Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative, which promotes and protects the rights of women, and the Washington-based Campaign Legal Center, which seeks to reduce the influence of money in politics. Crime Lab executive direct Roseanna Ander said she was “very excited” about the award. She said the lab uses scientific research to evaluate the effectiveness and im-

pact of strategies used to combat violence and crime, with the ultimate goal of providing facts that inform policymakers on which programs do the most good for the dollars spent. The grant, she said, will help make the laboratory nimble and able to expand its reach beyond Chicago and a few other cities. “What’s helpful about the money is that we will be able to turn on a dime and move on a project immediately,’” she said. “We won’t have to find a funding source before taking on a project.” The Citizen Lab of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto helps other nonprofits monitor governmental political activities in cyberspace and the human rights violations that could result. The organization gained prominence in 2009, when it issued a report documenting cyber espionage that targeted and compromised computer systems in the Offices of the Dalai Lama. The espionage was linked to China’s hacking community.

Citizen Lab Director Ron Deibert said he was blown away by the MacArthur award. “We look in places where government and companies don’t always want us to look,” Deibert said. “To remain impartial, we don’t accept funding from the state. ... We seek out research grants, which come and go and are finite. Something like this helps us create an endowment which can offset core operating costs.” Gallucci noted that he recently visited the offices of ProPublica, calling it an extremely well-run organization whose goals are to “shed a light on accuracy and fairness in the media and exposing fraudulent business practices and improve the democratic system.” The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is a private, independent group that hands out about $230 million in grants annually. It may be best known for its “genius grants,” $625,000 no-stringsattached fellowships that have gone to hundreds of people since 1981.

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In Brief Iowan fired for using forklift on candy in vending machine MILFORD, Iowa — An Iowa man has lost his job and unemployment benefits for using a forklift to get a candy bar from a malfunctioning vending machine, state records say. According to state unemployment records released last month, Robert McKevitt, 27, of Spirit Lake, was working at Polaris Industries’ warehouse in Milford when the incident occurred last fall. McKevitt wanted some candy, so he deposited $1 in a vending machine for a 90-cent Twix candy bar, The Des Moines Register reported. But the candy bar got snagged on a hook and wouldn’t fall. He banged it and rocked it, but that didn’t work. The state records said McKevitt then commandeered a forklift, picked up the machine at least six times and dropped it about 2 feet onto the concrete floor. Three candy bars fell. McKevitt was fired five days later. McKevitt told the newspaper recently that he never lifted and dropped the vending machine but did use the forklift to move the machine back in place. “That machine was trouble,” McKevitt said. “They fired me, and now I hear they have all new vending machines there.” In a ruling released last month, a judge denied McKevitt’s claim for unemployment benefits, saying he willfully disregarded his employer’s interests.


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Woman who faked cancer sentenced to one-year term for fraud By ED WHITE Associated Press

SANDUSKY, Mich. — A judge sentenced a Michigan woman to a year behind bars Wednesday in an “almost mind-boggling” scam that tricked an insurance company and swindled big-hearted people in small communities who believed she was dying of cancer. Authorities said it was all an extraordinary lie: No doctor has ever stepped forward to even suggest that Sara Ylen had cancer. Ylen, 38, already is serving a minimum five-year prison sentence in another case of deceit, and the one-year punishment for fraud will run at the same time. Ylen claimed she developed cervical cancer from a sexual assault in 2001 and was regularly treated at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Zion, Ill. The Michigan-based Mercy Hospice cut her off in 2011 after two years when tests showed her life wasn’t in peril. The cancer hospital said it had no record of her as a patient. The Lexington resident accepted thousands of dollars from supporters who for years regularly read of her plight in the Port Huron Times Herald. She repeatedly forged medical records, including documents that bore the letterhead of cancer specialists at the University of Michigan. In January, Ylen pleaded no contest to fraud through false pretenses and false statements. A nocontest plea in Michigan is treated like a regular conviction for the purpose of a sentence. “All of these fraudulent acts that you perpetrated on so many people, and the extent that you went to perpetrate them, is almost mindboggling,” Sanilac County Circuit Judge Donald Teeple said. “You took advantage of the goodwill and generosity of people who were more than willing to assist you, all based on lies.” Ylen was silent in court, about 90 miles northeast of Detroit, and has never given a public explanation. Wearing prison shackles and an oversized coat, she also declined to comment as officers escorted her

to a van for a return trip to prison, where she is serving a sentence for falsely accusing two men of rape. Outside court, defense attorney David Heyboer did not shed much light on her behalf. “I don’t know what took place. I’m not a doctor,” he told The Associated Press as he walked swiftly to his car. “I don’t know if you’re going to have a heart attack in a minute.” Prosecutor Brenda Sanford acknowledged that some people might consider the sentence light. She said the judge simply followed Michigan law. “There was nothing he could do to give her additional time,” Sanford said. Ylen owes about $122,000 to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, mostly for the hospice care. A 2012 event at Croswell Wesleyan Church raised $10,800 for her bills, but the church has not asked for repayment. It was just a fraction of the money given by people over the years. “There was a time when I wanted to hear her say, ‘I’m sorry.’ I would have given her a big hug,” said Sue Nieghorn, who organized the church fundraiser and attended the court hearing. “But I don’t have that expectation anymore. She’s still saying she’s sick. A no-contest plea is not saying, ‘I’m guilty.’” The public first learned about Ylen in 2003 when she agreed to be featured in “Sara’s Story,” an awardwinning series in the Port Huron newspaper, in which she talked about being raped in daylight in the parking lot of a major retail store in 2001. Her alleged attacker, James Grissom, was sentenced to at least 15 years in prison. But Grissom was released from prison in 2012 after a judge threw out his rape conviction. Police in Bakersfield, Calif., said Ylen made up rape allegations during a 2001 trip there, evidence that wasn’t available to Grissom to challenge her credibility when he was on trial. A psychologist, Daniel Kachman, evaluated Ylen as part of her divorce case. In a court filing, he told a judge that she often feels “dependent and dejected” and takes on the “role of martyr.”

In Brief Boy killed in argument over teen’s baby LOS LUNAS, N.M. — Court documents say a 15-year-old New Mexico boy accused of killing his 12-year-old friend struck him following an argument over the teen’s infant daughter. The arrest warrant affidavit, first obtained by KRQE-TV, says the 15-year-old suspect hit Alex Madrid, of Albuquerque, on the left side of his head, then placed him under a mattress in a field outside Los Lunas. Valencia County Sheriff’s Capt. Gary Hall says the suspect’s

daughter is around 4 months old. The suspect told deputies Madrid had tried to stab him with a screwdriver. He has been charged with first-degree murder and tampering with evidence. The teen’s attorney, Cindy Mercer, didn’t immediately return a phone message from The Associated Press. Under New Mexico law, the state can charge minors as adults only if they are at least 14. The AP typically doesn’t identify juveniles charged in crimes.

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Mexico condemns shooting by US border agent By ELLIOT SPAGAT Associated Press

SAN DIEGO — The Mexican government on Thursday condemned a U.S. Border Patrol agent’s fatal shooting of a Mexican man who allegedly struck the agent in the head with a rock near the U.S.-Mexico border. Mexico’s Foreign Relations Department said in a statement that it was “profoundly concerned” about the killing of Jesus Flores Cruz, 41, near San Diego. The department said lethal force should be avoided in immigration enforcement.

Under current policy, agents can use deadly force if they have a reasonable belief that their lives or the lives of others are in danger. The unidentified agent fired his gun Tuesday after Flores Cruz hurled several large rocks, including one about the size of a basketball, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, which is leading the investigation. One of the larger pieces hit the agent in the head and the agent feared for his life, investigators said.

Flores Cruz suffered two gunshot wounds, the sheriff’s department said. Authorities said they confirmed his identity with a fingerprint match from a 1996 arrest by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. No further details on that arrest were released. Remedios Gomez Arnau, Mexico’s consul general in San Diego, said the agent is the only surviving eyewitness. Two other Mexicans who entered the country illegally and were arrested nearby heard gunfire but did not witness the shooting, she said. The Mexican government has been unable to locate Flores Cruz’s family and doesn’t know which part of the country he is from, Gomez Arnau said. Under current policy, agents can use deadly force if they have a reasonable belief that their lives or the lives of others are in danger. The Border Patrol has long maintained rocks can be lethal weapons. The Police Executive Research Forum, a nonprofit group that led a government-commissioned review, previously recommended that the Border Patrol and its parent agency, Customs and Border Protection, prohibit deadly force against rock-throwers and assailants in vehicles, Border Patrol Chief Mike Fisher told The Associated Press last year. Customs and Border Protection rejected the proposed curbs, which Fisher called “very restrictive.”


Gomez Arnau, the consul general, said Thursday that the U.S. should heed recommendations against lethal force, including the proposed ban on killing rock-throwers. “There should be greater attention to all these recommendations against lethal force,” she said at a news conference. “Of course the details and circumstances vary. However, it is important to act on these recommendations.” Agents were attacked with rocks 339 times in the 2011 fiscal year, more than any other type of assault, according to the Department of Homeland Security inspector general. They responded with gunfire 33 times and with less-than-lethal force — a category that includes pepper spray and batons — 118 times. Rock attacks fell to 185 instances in fiscal 2012, becoming the second-most-common type of assault. Agents fired guns 22 times and responded 42 times with lessthan-lethal force. Department of Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas didn’t address specifics when asked about the shooting Wednesday but said the Border Patrol’s use-of-force policy would be publicly released. “We are committed to ensuring the safety of our men and women who put their lives on the line on the border,” he said. “At the same time we are committed to ensuring that our use-of-force policies are a reflection of best practices.”


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he front page story presents a problem that some students in Engelhardt Hall, the residence hall labeled as having a “chem-free theme,” have been facing recently. The description of the dormitory on the Department of Housing’s website says that “Students choosing this theme make a commitment to not use alcohol, tobacco or other drugs.” However, a quote in the article from the Director of Residential Life, Scott Chesney, recognizes that not every single student in the dorm chooses to live there: “Typically, we are able to fill Engelhardt with mostly people who have requested it, though for the past few years Housing has had to put some individuals in there who did not sign up for it.” The Department of Housing seems to be currently faced with an issue; students who choose to live in Engelhardt for its chem-free theme have a right to expect this theme to be upheld, but students placed there against their own decisions have a right to not feel forced into a rule that is contrary to the university’s housing rules. The fact that a committee has

been organized to identify this issue (and other potential issues with different themes of the university’s residence halls) signifies that Student Senate – and hopefully university administration – recognizes that there are problematic differences between the regulations of some residence halls and the university.

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To the UNH community Every snowstorm, my friends and I make a point of going on a walk around campus, right in the thick of it. You never know who you are going to come across, or what hills you may end up body-surfing down. This past Tuesday night was more enlightening than our previous curtailed operations adventures. We crossed paths with UNH’s shoveling crew. They had just completed clearing out all pathways and staircases leading into/out of/around HoCo. These were hands down the most humble and kindest people we could have begun conversation with. How did the conversation begin? We said “Thank you.” How did it end? With a request. We were talking for about five minutes, mostly about how to come up with the money to move to Florida ... somewhere nice, in the south, on the beach if we could. However, before we parted, they shared with us the hardest part of their job. Surprisingly, it wasn’t the constant cold or the windburn, but the lack of appreciation they receive from the

university. Not only the students, but those who showcase UNH. They specifically mentioned pictures. How we always see the snow piled high on walkways and students trudging along up to their knees. “You never see the after,” they said. They feel like their work is being ignored and is going unrecognized. And here’s what they asked: “All we’d like to see is a shout out in your newspaper or something. It doesn’t have to be big or fancy. It doesn’t even need a picture, but how great’d that be? Nah, all we’d like it to say is, ‘To the shovelers, thank you for doing such a great job. We appreciate it.’ That’s it.”

tion and the choice of students in Engelhardt to live in a chem-free environment. This presents the question of which overrules the other, the regulations of the university or the regulations of individual dormitories? According to the Department of Housing’s website, Engelhardt only houses 125 residents; all 125 undergraduate residents in this building deserve to feel comfortable where they live, whether that is to remain chem-free, according to their residence hall choice, or to drink alcohol if they are of legal drinking age, according to their housing placement. As they currently stand, the rules seem to contradict one another; either the university is telling students that they cannot drink in their rooms even though they are of legal drink age because of the residence hall’s theme or they are telling students not to fully adhere to the theme of their residence hall. Whatever this newly-formed committee decides, it should include explicit regulations in the UNH Room and Board Agreement, stating that either the theme or the university’s regulations overrule the other.

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Reform every industry, even the Constitution

he U.S. Constitution is not something that we should fetishize and cling blindly to. The Founding Fathers would want us to constantly question, challenge and update the system based on the needs of the American citizens, not dogmatically worship its bureaucracy as absolute and unquestionable. If there is one thing we Americans should debate, it’s the Constitution. Federalists, anti-Federalists, progressive reformers and conservative partisans should have this rich and dynamic debate every day – whether it’s the Tea Party’s desire for a Federal Marriage Amendment that makes national same-sex marriage constitutionally illegal, or the Communist Party USA’s desire to add more than a half-dozen new civil liberties to the Bill of Rights. The Constitution isn’t the only thing that needs to be changed, but Obama’s reforms have been half-hearted, temporary Band-Aid solutions, rather than the comprehensive economic surgery that we really need. No matter what the Republican Party (or its cryptofascist “Tea Party” fringe) say about Obama, know that he is not left wing. The policies enacted via legislation and executive order are not what any legitimate “left” administration would enact. When the vanguard party of the proletariat seizes control of the state, it won’t look anything like what Obama, Biden, Pelosi and Reid are pushing for. What would a real left party


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do? It certainly wouldn’t enact the Affordable Care Act; that is, use the federal government’s power to tax citizens as a means to coerce them into a bureaucratic, forprofit market monopolized by a handful of insurance corporations. As the Socialist Party presidential nominee, Stuart Alexander, called it, it’s “nothing more than a corporate re-structuring of the healthcare system.” Real progressives would institutionalize a universal, non-profit, single-payer Medicare-for-All national insurance program that covers every citizen from birth to death. Some laws have been introduced to do this, including Rep. Dennis Kucinich’s H.R. 676, which would cover all primary, preventative, emergency, therapeutic, dental, optic and specialist care.

We need a profound, revolutionary reconstruction of our entire economy so that it works in the direct material interests of the working class. The Congressional Budget Office has repeatedly estimated that H.R. 676 could save $450 billion per year by streamlining the insurance filing process, reducing administrative waste and bureau-

From the Left Dan Fournier cracy, simplifying payments, and allowing the program to bargain with pharmaceutical corporations by entering into long-term prescription supply contracts with them in exchange for making them the sole provider of a given medication. This is what is done in other countries, including Britain, which also nationalized all hospitals to cut down on costs by streamlining hospital administration to further reduce the multi-insurer bureaucracy; Taiwan, which copied Britain and gave everyone a “Health IC” smart card that’s swiped when you enter the hospital, cutting down on billions lost by insurance fraud; and Canada, which left most hospitals privately-owned but required all to accept its national insurance, allowing citizens to pick which hospital they want to go to, and thus inducing a market mechanism wherein each hospital competes with each other to be the best and attract the most patients. Healthcare reform isn’t the only thing that America needs. We need a profound, revolutionary reconstruction of our entire economy so that it works in the direct

material interests of the working class. We need to nationalize higher education so that we can cut down on the wasteful, for-profit corrupt politics of privately-owned universities and save billions of dollars, which can be re-directed to subsidize the tuition costs of millions of low-income and middleclass college students. Numerous economists have repeated that if the government paid every university students’ tuition across the whole country, it would actually cost less than what it pays now via the Pell Grant and Plus Loan programs because privately-owned for-profit colleges charge more for their tuition payments because they know the government will pay the extra costs. Did Obama make the education system work in the interest of the working class, or did he re-structure the college loan payment system so that the majority of the interest payments go to the federal government instead of the corporate banks? Has Obama created a universal higher education system, or did he preserve and re-direct loan exploitation? A healthy, educated populace should be able to find jobs via a public works program: a neverending national re-construction program wherein we work together to constantly upgrade, modernize and weatherize our infrastructure and energy grid in an eco-friendly manner so that we are prepared for the economic challenges of the 21st century. These jobs should be able to take place in a workplace

wherein the workers themselves have ultimate control over production and exchange. That is, rather than bail out the corporate banks that wrecked the economy via illegal insider trading, federal funds should support worker-owned and worker-managed co-operative businesses so that democracy would be introduced into economics, not just politics. This collective, democratic decision-making would be a powerful sociologic threat to the disciplinarian, top-down management of capitalism. It would be a means through which the seeds of a new society could be planted, and people would have control over their own financial destiny via genuine economic democracy. What do you think? Do you think that we should leave all of our major economic decisions to the Republican and Democratic elite, or do you think that we should transfer all political and economic decisionmaking power to the working class via direct democracy? One path is conducive for liberty and solidarity; the other promotes economic exploitation and a hyper-partisan police state. You decide which is which.

s Dan Fournier is a pre-medical undergraduate majoring in evolutionary biology. He is both a libertarian socialist and an active member of the peace and labor movements.

Six steps to rocking your interview

pplying for a job always seems more stressful than it should be. Considering that most application postings just require a piece of paper that you personally craft to best portray yourself and a written statement declaring that you, too, are willing to work to make a way to live, getting hired should be as straightforward. Of course, it is never that simple representing yourself. How can it be, when the most common criteria for looking through different human beings for a job position is a three-digit number that is supposed to summarize your academic career? Maybe you cannot write to save your life; the number of people I know that are cripplingly reliant on spell check is less than ideal for the average college student. So what’s another avenue to consider getting hired for a job, if you cannot embody yourself on paper? Logically – and maybe most terrifyingly – the best chance you have to secure a job is to do well in the interview. Ten minutes of two people talking to each other does so much more to highlight yourself than two or 10 pieces of paper ever could. Consider the following as tried-and-true practices for you and your interviewer to get the most out of your interaction.

Research the company beforehand This step is first for a reason; typing the company name into an Internet search engine is the earliest and easiest thing you can do once you are informed that you secured an interview. Inquiring about the company, via online research or through a personal connection has a twofold purpose. It helps you to anticipate what sort of questions you will be asked and show how invested you are in that particular career field. An interviewer will look more than favorably at prospective employees who are knowledgeable about their company and do not waste time asking basic questions. Too frequently do job candidates ask during an interview, “So, what do you guys do for work around here?” Practice, practice, practice Not only does practice make perfect, but you can help reduce any anxiety you might have during the actual interview by having a pretend one. Start by asking yourself a question for each line in a resume; why did you choose to go to the University of New Hampshire? Why do you want this job? Any questions that an interviewer might ask, prepare answers for them as a sign of your professional competency to do what they ask of you. Not getting flustered during your

Penned with Zen Benjamin Kramer interview shows that you ready for anything. Think twice about describing past work experience Maybe you had a less than stellar time at your last job. Maybe you arrived late one too many times, you hung around a troublesome employee and you both got fired, or your boss was just an idiot. Whether or not you left your last job as a victim of circumstance, you do not want to waste valuable interview time acting that way your interview. Frankly speaking, it will sound like you are complaining and cannot handle problems. Bad mouthing your most recent job suggests that you will be likely to do the same if you leave this company – that is, if they even hire you after such complaints. Check and prepare for the small things This part is just a reminder not to forget about the essentials for your interview. Do you know when

you need to leave to get to your interview on time? Do you have an appropriate outfit for the interview? If you have to break for lunch, do you know if it’s on them or if you should bring your own? Did you bring anything that they might want to see? Hint: If you think they might want to talk about it – be it a printed writing sample or a video presentation on a USB stick drive – have it readily accessible. Consider this another chance to impress your interviewer how much you prepared you are for this appointment, and therefore how much this job means to you. Be yourself Remember that giving companies a chance to ask you questions about your work experience is only half the reason they called you in for an interview. The other, bigger reason is to see what you are like. Are you the kind of person that can act appropriately in the office atmosphere? If the company has regular late nights, would they want someone like you around when everyone is tired and short-tempered? A software engineer once told me about a coworker who had tantrums whenever his work was critically reviewed. Not surprisingly, the company was not interested in dealing with an employee of such infantile behavior, no matter how talented he or she was. The inter-

view is a chance for a company to preemptively avoid similar hiring mistakes. Once the interview is done, send a thank you note Chances are once your interviewer is finished with you, he still has a stack of prospective employees to call in to interview and do the whole process all over again. While you and the rest of the job candidates who are called in for an interview are all equally qualified, demonstrating that you are more courteous than the rest is a great way to make your interview memorable. It certainly seems like giving an ego trip to your interviewer for your personal advancement. Instead of second-guessing yourself if you are just being polite or not, consider it an opportunity to letting the interviewer know you are aware the whole process is nothing personal and just business. That level of professionalism is a very important characteristic that lets companies know you have what it takes.


Benjamin Kramer is a “super senior” finishing his degree in Applied Mathematics and Solid Mechanics. He hopes this column makes you think and brightens your day.



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Continued from page 20 said. “At the time I was receiving a lot of football letters, but I knew that basketball is where I wanted to be. My father passed away when I was only two, so it was my and sister that were always there to support me when I was down. I’d say they are the ones who motivate me the most.” For any college athlete, the lifestyle is much different than a typical college student who normally goes from class to dorm life. For athletes, they have to work around class, as well as their sport schedule, which leaves managing time as being the biggest challenge for Pelcher’s lifestyle as a studentathlete. “My schedule is crazy and sometimes overwhelming,” Pelcher said. “You have to manage your time well. The average day for me is usually going for treatment, class, to practice, to more treatment and then homework. Some days you wake up at seven in the morning to head out to the bus for away games, and those days turn in 12-hour days. It is just a schedule that takes time to adjust to.” Even though Pelcher has succeeded as a Wildcat over these past two years, he was limited on the court due to two serious injuries. The first injury took place towards the end of the first season when Pelcher separated his shoulder, sidelining him for several games. Pelcher battled a leg injury this season causing him to miss 12 games. Today, Pelcher is back in the lineup but still trying to find his groove, a groove that will take a couple of games to find. Despite the battling of injuries and challenges, Pelcher continues to overcome obstacles that stand in the path of his dream to play basketball. “When you get injured it’s a learning experience,” Pelcher said.


Continued from page 19 pine team in giant slalom ranking (No. 7), followed by Coley Oliver (No. 9), Kris Hopkins (No. 13) and Geoff Bonewald (No. 19). Oliver is UNH’s top-ranked Slalom competitor, ranking No. 9 in the national standings. Sam Coffey holds the No. 15 spots by just two points over Hopkins (No. 16) and Ogle sits just outside the Top-20 by one point. On the women’s side, Annika Taylor is the top Nordic competitor ranking second in NCAA Freestyle rankings and sixth in Classical. Taylor missed the three Carnivals this season, as she was competing for the Great Britain in the Under-23


Continued from page 20 the net, but this time she curled around the left post and scored from the top of the crease at 20:11. Rix struck again on a free position at 18:56 and Puccia, off a feed from McHoul behind the net,

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Pelcher has been a full-time starter since transferring in 2011 “You just have to accept that in life, everything is not going to go as planned.” During his first season as a Wildcat, Pelcher displayed a tenacious game on the offensive side, putting up double-digit scoring outputs from game to game, until teams decided to double him in coverage, which Herrion expresses as a time where Pelcher’s numbers went down. “Chris was impressive in his first year here at UNH offensively until teams began to double team him towards the end of the season,” Herrion said. “In the offseason, before this season, the coaching staff and I challenged him to be a better rebounder, a little more force

on the glass. This season Chris has improved tremendously in that department, and his numbers have gone way up. It just shows when he is on the court and is healthy, he can be a big impact for us. I truly believed if he was fully healthy, he would have had a monster year.” When it comes to describing Pelcher as a person, the first word that comes to teammate and fellow senior Jordon Bronner is goofy. “He is just a big goofy guy,” Bronner said. “Not many people who expect that, but he is. Most importantly, he is a great teammate and does a lot for the guys. Most of the things he does for us goes unseen. For example, he is a big help to freshmen William Gabriel and Jacoby Armstrong. He is always giving those guys advice since they play the same position, and vocally he leads by example.” While others see Pelcher as a good teammate, Armstrong sees a warrior. “He really is a competitor,” Armstrong said. “Coming off an injury and being able to put great numbers up despite being out there too fast, it just shows that he wants to win. He is always letting me know what I’m doing wrong, always encouraging me, he is just a good, funny and laid-back kid who studies the game. There is not one negative thing about him.” With only a few games left in his collegiate basketball career, Pelcher seeks to find somewhere to play in the future. Pelcher will graduate with a sociology degree. “I just want to be in basketball for the rest of my life,” Pelcher said. “If I can play anywhere after college, I will do it. Someday I would like to get into coaching, whether it is starting as an assistant somewhere and eventually becoming a head coach. Anything to do with basketball, I’m all there for it. I’d also like to help young people too. With only a few games left in the season, I am hoping the team can make history in the tournament, and do something special.”

World Championships in Italy. For women’s Alpine, UNH has three skiers in the Giant Slalom top-20: Laura Rozinowicz (No. 11), Katie Farrow (No. 15) and Jenna Kantor (No. 19). For Women’s Slalom, Randa Teschner (No. 5) is the top competitor for the Wildcats, followed by Farrow in 10th, Morgan Klein in 18th and Rozinowicz rounds out the top-20 (No. 20). “We’re a unique sport: each week we combine men and women for alpine and Nordic for team scores,” Schwartz said. “For them to make the National Championship, it’s [based on] the individual scores.” Skiing is also unique in the way they recruit athletes to the team. The top high school skiers will com-

pete in the Junior Championships, which are held at the same time as the NCAAs, generally within close proximity to one another to allow coaches to scout recruits. “We don’t recruit too much out of high schools … there are specialized ski schools, such as Green Mountain Valley School … it’s a school based around racing.” Middlebury College will play host to this weekend’s EISA Championships/East Regional Carnival. After a week of no competition, the University of Utah will host the NCAA championships on March 5-8.

responded with a goal 59 seconds later to move the score to 13-6. BC scored goals at 15:41 (Rich), 14:02 (Rix) and 11:04 (Ceglarski) to open up a double-digit lead. McHoul and Hinkle netted goals 31 seconds apart at 2:13 and 1:32, respectively, to lift the ‘Cats within 16-8. Tess Chandler capped the scoring on a free-position goal

with 49 seconds to play. BC finished with the edge in shots (28-17), ground balls (19-11), draw controls (14-13) and committed fewer turnovers (13-19).  New Hampshire returns to action Feb. 22 at home against intrastate rival Dartmouth College. Game time at Bremner Field is 1 p.m.

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Swimming & diving sets their sights on NCAAs By ROB WILSON STAFF WRITER

The University of New Hampshire women’s swimming and diving team broke the all-time league championship record with 877 points to win the 2014 America East Women’s swimming and diving title at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute Sports & Recreation Center last Sunday. UNH’s 877 points eclipses its own previous AE championship mark of 858 points, set in 2013. The Wildcats earn back-toback America East Championships for the third time in their history and the first time since the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons. Overall, New Hampshire is bestowed its sixth conference championship, all under UNH head coach Josh Willman. With another championship under its belt, UNH moves its sights to get more swimmers and divers to qualify for the NCAA tournament this season. “Overall I thought we had a very successful meet in the America East Championship,” Willman said. “One of our goals was to win the title entering this season, as well as breaking the record for points in the championships which we previously broke last year with 858 points, this year we had 877. We hoped to get over 900, but were pleased with the outcome, and a bunch of the swimmers received great times.” Moving forth, Willman hopes to get more swimmers to compete in the NCAAs. “We’d love to get more swimmers to get invited,” Willman said. “The NCAAs is a selection process, so in order to qualify you would at least need a top 30 time in a single event.” One of the UNH swimmers heading into this year’s NCAA tournament is Katie Mann, who was recently named the Philip Hunsaker Women’s Division I Swimmer of the Week. Mann is the second Wildcat this season to receive the national honor. Senior Jenni Roberts earned the weekly award on Jan. 29. The junior set three America East records over the three-day meet, while winning two events. New Hampshire went on to win the conference title for a second consecutive year and sixth in program history with a championship record of 877 points. Mann paced the field in the 200-yard IM and set a new conference record with a time of 1:59.12. She also garnered gold in the 400 IM, snapping her own America East record and earning a NCAA B cut

time of 4:14.10. Mann became the first three-time winner of the event since UNH’s Kristen Nardozzi accomplished the feat between 2001 to 2003. Mann also posted UNH program records in the 100- and 200yard breaststroke. In a 200 breaststroke time trial, the junior split a 1:02.17 at the 100 mark, breaking the UNH record. Mann went on to finish the race with a new school record and NCAA provisional standard of 2:10.30, ranking her No. 19 nationally in Division I. UNH senior teammate and fellow captain, Lauren McCandless praises Mann’s recent performance as “phenomenal.” “Katie performed tremendous over the weekend and I know she will prepare well for the NCAA’s in the coming weeks,” McCandless said. Mann hopes to prepare better this year than last year. “Even though I was proud of what I did last year, I have just higher expectations for myself this year,” Mann said. “I am going to root these girls on during the ECAC’s and hope the best for them all.” Winning the championship has been an incredible feeling for both captains, who credit the entire team for accomplishing the feat. “It was just a great team effort,” McCandless said. “Everyone’s swim counted, and most importantly, everyone was doing this for the team. We put so much effort into it and competed at the highest level that we could.” As the season taps out into championship meets, the graduating class of seniors from New Hampshire will be sorely missed by Willman. “It’s really sad,” Willman said. “There are a lot of points made by this class, with great leaders. They all just did a fantastic job. It will be hard to say goodbye to all of them, but we have a great junior class coming up, so that is something to look forward to when this season is all said and done.” Willman credits the coaching staff for doing a great job preparing for the America East Championship this past weekend, and is proud at his team for receiving a No. 14 ranking in the BCS polls for swimming and diving. “Being 14th ranked as a nonBCS school is a pretty big thing,” Willman said. “It is just a good time for us right now.” Follow Rob Wilson on Twitter @RobWilson_TNH

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Friday, February 21, 2014


UNH continues dominance in America East play STAFF REPORT The new hampshire

Junior forward Kaylee Kilpatrick set a new season-high in scoring with 17 points to lead the University of New UNH 71 Hampshire women’s UVM 50 basketball team to a 71-50 win over the University of Vermont at Patrick Gymnasium on Wednesday night.  New Hampshire won its third consecutive game, improving to 17-9 overall and 11-2 in America East. Vermont dropped its sixthstraight decision and fell to 6-20, 3-10. Head coach Maureen Magarity set a career-high in wins in a single season with 17. UNH notched its most wins since the 1998-99 campaign (19-8, 13-5 AE).  Four Wildcats registered double digits in scoring. Behind Kilpatrick’s 17 points, sophomore forward Corinne Coia notched 12 points on 4 of 4 shooting from the floor. Junior guard  Ariel Gaston tallied 11 points. Sophomore guard Elizabeth Belanger logged 10 points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. Freshman forward Kristina White tallied a game-high 19 points on 7 of 10 shooting for Vermont. White also paced the shooting from beyond the arc with four treys on six attempts. Sophomore forward Gracia Hutson was just shy of a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds.  New Hampshire shot 26 of 57 from the field to log a .456 field goal percentage. The Catamounts

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Kaylee Kilpatrick scored a season-high 17 points in UNH’s 21-point victory over Vermont. With the win, UNH improves to 11-2 in AE play. were held to 18 of 54 (.333) shooting and 5 of 17 (.294) from beyond the arc. UNH benefited from points off the bench with 29. The Wildcats opened the match, jolting to a 10-2 run with baskets from Coia and Gaston.

New Hampshire stretched its lead to 16-2 with 13:32 left in the first half. Junior forward Niki Taylor logged the first field goal for the Catamounts at 13:09, snapping the shooting drought. Belanger countered for UNH with a jumper in the

paint to lead 18-4 with 12:54 left in the frame. White sparked a 6-2 run for Vermont, slashing the New Hampshire advantage down to 10. After trading points, Kilpatrick muscled her way to back-to-back and-one conversions. The six-point swing upped the Wildcats’ score to 30-17 with 4:05 left in the first half. Gaston capped off the half, converting a three-point play of her own as UNH held a 34-21 lead. New Hampshire continued its consistent scoring into the second half, getting contributions from Kelsey Hogan, Belanger and Coia. The Wildcats raised the score to 42-22 with 15:51 left in the second frame. UNH extended its lead to 20 at 51-24, capped off by a layup from Sarah-Marie Frankenberger.  White tried to jump start the Catamount offense with the 3-ball. However, New Hampshire continued to trade baskets. The Wildcats carried their lead to 60-34 with 7:35 remaining in regulation. After being held to just nine free throws in the first half, UNH began to attack the paint. The Wildcats forced the Catamounts over the foul limit and converted 13 of 17 free throw attempts. Despite a 12-point second half from White, New Hampshire preserved its lead and notched the 71-50 victory. The Wildcats wrap up the regular season with a three-game homestand. UNH will welcome the University of Massachusetts Lowell for the first match of a basketball doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 22 (1 p.m.).


UNH Skiing preps for big weekend By JUSTIN LORING sports editor

With the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) season coming to an end, the UNH Nordic and Alpine ski teams are putting all their efforts into competing their best when it counts the most. The EISA consists of 15 schools from around New England, with schools representing Divisions I through III. Vermont ranks first in every category, except for men’s classical nordic, a category in which it still owns the second and third-place spots. After finishing sixth in last week’s Williams Carnival (536 points) and third in the Dartmouth Carnival (710 points) on Feb. 7-8, the ‘Cats are looking to hit their stride. Sophomore Eirik Fosnaes finished third in the 10k, earning the team 60 points on the day. “Our scoring puts an emphasis on top-10 finishes,” Nordic head coach Cory Schwartz said. “We don’t even look at [overall] times: it’s all about [where one] places.” Fosnaes isn’t the only successful Scandinavian on the team. Senior Per Lindgren, a native of Sweden, finished fifth in the 20k classic at the Dartmouth Carnival and has a total of six top-10 finishes in either the 10k or 20k this season. Lindgren and Fosnaes are also ranked No. 13 and No. 14, respectively, in the NCAA Nordic classical skiing rankings. In the freestyle category, Fosnaes ranks No. 14 while Lindgren sits at No. 21. Jay Ogle leads the men’s alSKIING continued on Page 18


Despite team’s youth, UNH strives to improve every day By MAX SULLIVAN Staff writer

UNH men’s track and field head coach Jim Boulanger knows his team doesn’t have the pieces to take first place in many of the events in the conference championship this weekend. With 16 freshmen in their ranks, the Wildcats are just too green for that this year. “They’re young, you know,” Boulanger said. “We should have a good meet, but I think our youth is going to show.” What that leaves for the Wildcats at the America East Championship this Sunday and Monday, Feb. 23 and 24, is a developmental gauge. How far have the upperclassmen come since their freshman year? How many firstyear Wildcats have adapted to the collegiate level? A realist, Boulanger is more concerned with answering those questions than he is about high placement. “[We’re] looking for good meets out of … the older crew,” Boulanger said, “And then it’s, ‘Let’s see how the freshmen can handle the new world.’” Among the upperclassmen who Boulanger hopes will do well this weekend is senior middle-distance Steve Souza, who placed seventh with a personal best of 1.4.56 in the 500-meter race two weeks ago at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational, held at Boston University. This week, he’s developed a cold. Boulanger hopes he can overcome it and repeat the success he had two weeks ago. Seniors George Jumpp, a hammer thrower, and middle distance runner Eric Stys are also expected to do well this weekend. At

BU two weeks ago, Jumpp threw a personal best 57 feet and 9.75 inches, placing seventh in his event. On Feb. 1, Stys placed fifth in the 800-meter race at the URI Invitational on Feb. 1 with a time of 1.56.62. Boulanger said that junior distance runners Jeff Moretti, Jeremy Wildgoose and middle distance runner John Prizzi are also expected to do well this weekend. Moretti and Prizzi both reached personal-bests in the 3000-meter run at BU two weeks ago, and Wildgoose helped UNH place fourth in the distance medley at URI three weeks ago. “Jeff Moretti and John Prizzi [are] two juniors who have stepped up nicely,” Boulanger said. “Jeremy Wildgoose is another. These kids are healthy, coming out of cross country [and] are really shining.” From the freshmen, who are still learning to compete at this level, Boulanger expects mixed results. “Some are going to do well, and some are going [to] act like freshmen,” Boulanger said. What makes a freshman stand out is his consistency, Boulanger said. Most first year college athletes are used to qualifying often in high school, some of them with ease. In college, athletes find it more difficult to stand out, especially when going against schools like Albany and Boston University, who have bigger budgets for their track teams than UNH does. The margin for errors shrinks a lot in college. “It’s quite a bit different,” Boulanger said. “They’re used to competing at the high school level and qualifying, but…now you’re

in [college] and everybody’s good, so you perform at your best all the time. There’s not a shot, not a chance to have a mediocre performance.” Weight thrower Mike Shanahan is one of the freshmen who has learned to be consistent. He’s regularly thrown 50 to 51 feet this season- fantastic, considering he’d never thrown the weight before coming to Durham. A member of the UNH marching band, Shanahan had only done track in his senior year of high school. “[The weight] is an implement he has never seen, you know,” Boulanger said, “So, it’s a whole new event for him.” Boulanger suspects the music background has helped develop his feet. “I think that fact that he’s working in music- he’s got great feet, so I think that’s important,” Boulanger said. Another freshman who has stood out this year is Drew Piazza, a former soccer player who also ran track at Danvers High School in Danvers, Mass. He came in first in the 800-meter dash in last week’s meet at Maine. The conference championship, however, will be a greater test than the meet last week. “[Piazza] is really starting to shine in the 800 with his win at Maine last week,” Boulanger said. “Now, to do well at the conference [championship], he’s going to have to step a whole ‘nother second… he’s going to have to run with people.” Boulanger also mentioned freshmen distance runner Tanner Kent, who placed 21st in the 500-meter race at BU two weeks ago, and Chris Poggie and John Cox who, along

with Wildgoose, both helped secure fourth place for the Wildcats in the distance medley at URI. The indoor conference championship also serves as the gateway to the spring’s outdoor season. Much of the training in the winter months is focused on preparation for the outdoor season, where many players benefit from the excitement that comes with escaping the dingy, gray gym at the UNH Field House. “It’s kind of like, ‘Okay, we’ve got to put up with the winter to get the spring,’ kind of like the normal New England feeling, you know?” Boulanger said. Some of the Wildcats are so eager to put the winter behind them, they’re already training outdoors. Thursday afternoon, during a warm break from the snow storms, Jumpp trained outside like he has for much of the past few weeks, despite the snow on the ground. “Georgie and Rosemary Read [of the women’s track and field team],” Boulanger said, “they’re even out there now as we speak, finding the hammer in the snow pile, digging it up and throwing again, so that’s how crazy they are about spring.” First comes this weekend’s championship meet, though, and Boulanger hopes his team can at least nip at the heels of the favorites while he looks at how much the team has grown this season. “We got some gaps in the team,” Boulanger said, “But just battle. The goal is to get people in the finals and then see what happens. That will be the telling question, because then we can go on to the spring.”


After a myriad of questionable calls, Marie-Philip Poulin scored the gamewinning goal for Canada, securing the Gold medal over the United States on Thursday afternoon.

Friday, February 21, 2014 WOMEN’S LACROSSE

UNH stonewalled by Boston College

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The “Gentle Giant” leads by example, on and off the court By ROB WILSON


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Laura McHoul recorded four points (2g 2a) on Thursday and is second on the team in scoring (six points). STAFF REPORT The new hampshire

Laura McHoul recorded two goals and two assists for the University of New Hampshire womBC 17 en’s lacrosse team in UNH 8 Thursday afternoon’s 17-8 loss to No. 13 Boston College at Newton Campus Lacrosse and Soccer Field.  UNH, which opened the season with a 9-5 victory last Saturday, is now 1-1. BC improved to 2-0.  McHoul recorded a teamhigh four points while both Laura Puccia and Kayleigh Hinkle (two goals, one assist) tallied three points and four draw controls. Taylor Hurwitz was credited with seven saves. Jamie DePetris and Amy LeBel tied for the team lead in ground balls with two, and DePetris had one of the team’s three caused turnovers.  BC’s offense was led by Mikaela Rix (4g, 2a), Brooke Blue (4g), Sarah Mannelly (1g, 3a) and Covie Stanwick (4a). Four other Eagles tallied multiple points. Emily Mata matched Hurwitz’s save total.  BC built a 2-0 lead on goals by Moira Barry and Blue at 28:15 and 27:19, respectively. UNH pulled within 2-1 at 24:30 on Puccia’s free-position goal from the top-left of the fan.  The Eagles scored four consecutive goals to extend the advan-

tage to 6-1. New Hampshire had two possessions with a chance to tie the score before Mannelly, low on the left side, converted Stanwick’s pass into a goal and a 3-1 lead at 19:33. The home team won the ensuing draw control and Rix set up Kate Rich’s goal at 18:41. BC gained possession of the next draw control and Blue, curling around the left post to the top of the crease, one-timed Stanwick’s pass into the net for a 5-1 lead at 17:49. UNH then won the draw, but turned the ball over and Stanwick set up Cali Ceglarski’s goal at 15:49.  Hinkle controlled the draw and fired a shot wide. The ‘Cats retained possession and Rachael Nock lobbed a pass from the topleft of the fan that eluded Mata and Devon Croke one-timed a shot into the open net at the right post. Her first career goal lifted UNH within 6-2 at 14:25. The Wildcats capitalized on a BC turnover to trim the deficit to 6-3 at 12:47. Hinkle corralled a loose ball at the restraining line and advanced the ball to Puccia, who scored her second goal of the game.  New Hampshire once again had a chance to get closer as Puccia won the ensuing draw control and Marissa Gurello was awarded a free position, but Mata stopped her charging shot from the left wing at 11:59. The teams exchanged possessions and Mata once again pre-

served the three-goal lead by denying a Brooke McGillis free-position shot at 9:48.  Rix drove through the right side of the fan and scored on a high shot to give the Eagles a 7-3 lead at 7:41. Hurwitz turned Stanwick aside at 6:36 and the Wildcats cleared the ball to the offensive zone. From behind the net, McHoul found Hinkle cutting down the middle and she fired a side-arm shot into the cage to make it 7-4 at 5:36.  Barry struck at 1:38 and again with 11 seconds on the clock to give BC a 9-4 lead at halftime.  In the opening minutes of the second half, Hurwitz kept the ‘Cats within striking distance by stopping free position shots by Barry and Rix. BC regained possession, however, and Mannelly set up Blue’s goal at 26:32. Blue won the ensuing draw and finished another feed from Mannelly to give the home team an 11-4 advantage at 25:47.  Mata preserved that cushion when she denied Nock on a free position from the right side at 23:13, and that led to Rix’s unassisted goal at the other end of the field for a 12-4 lead at 22:35. BC won the next draw control, but McGillis forced a turnover and gathered the ground ball to give possession to UNH. McHoul once again set up behind the net, but this time she curled W LAX continued on Page 18

Staff writer

t nine years old, Chris Pelcher had a dream to be a basketball player. Now, 14 years later, Pelcher is living out his dream as a Div. I college basketball player for the University of New Hampshire. Pelcher, No. 44, currently plays center for the Wildcats. But before transferring to UNH he spent his first two years playing college basketball for Iona, a closeto-home private college in New Rochelle, N.Y., 147 miles south of Albany, N.Y. where Pelcher grew up. During his time at Iona, the team experienced three head coaching changes over five years. The inconsistency of game plans, offensive mindsets, and other variables took away from Pelcher’s potential as a player. It became more inevitable for Pelcher to look elsewhere for his remaining future in college basketball. Right out of high school, the Wildcats pushed heavily to recruit Pelcher but were denied. However, after being notified of Pelcher’s desire to transfer two years later, UNH men’s basketball associate head coach Ken Dempsey decided to give the 6’10”, 240 lbs. Pelcher a call. “Coach Demps gave me a call one day and asked for me to come up for a visit of the campus,” Pelcher said. “When I came up for the visit, I really liked the school,



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Chris Pelcher, a transfer from Iona, currently leads the Wildcats in points per game (11.9), rebounds (8.9) and blocks (2.5) this season.

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saw a great education opportunity and the coaching staff’s great passion for the game, so I decided to commit.” UNH men’s basketball head coach Bill Herrion saw a great addition to his team when Pelcher decided to commit. In the past two years of coaching Pelcher, Herrion has nothing but praise for Pelcher, whom he calls, “the gentle giant.” “He has been such a great addition to our basketball team on and off the court,” Herrion said. “He has really good skill, which he proved last year on the offensive floor for us. Chris is just a really good kid, he is going to graduate with a degree and definitely has a chance after college to continue his basketball career if he decides to.” “If you put your mind to it, you can do it.” Those are the words that Pelcher lives by, and were the words of his high school coach Brian Frucio, who saw Pelcher’s potential to play at a very high level. Along with the motivation from his high school coach, Pelcher received most of his motivation from his family, crediting his mother and sister for their support in following his dream. Pelcher was an athletic kid who played a wide range of sports like football, lacrosse, baseball and track and field, before finding his love for basketball. “It was my dream to play Div. I college basketball and it was in my junior year of high school that I knew it was coming true,” Pelcher




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The New Hampshire's 31st issue of the 2013-2014 academic year.


The New Hampshire's 31st issue of the 2013-2014 academic year.