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Vol. 103, No. 36
Despite its record, UNH basketball head coach Bill Herion is confident in his team’s improvements for next season.
The 20th Seacoast Home & Garden show will take place this weekend at the Whittemore Center. Page 7
Oscar-winning alum to address graduating class
By LILY O’GARA NEWS EDITOR
The University of New Hampshire class of 2014 has an exciting commencement ceremony to look forward to, as alumna and Academy Award winner Jennifer Lee will deliver the keynote address at the May 17 event. The ’92 English graduate wrote and codirected the popular animated ﬁlm “Frozen,” which received critical acclaim upon its Thanksgiving 2013 release. In March, the movie took home two Academy Awards after also having won a Golden Globe, a British Academy Film and Television Award (BAFTA) and ﬁve Annie
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A maze of shoes was displayed in the Granite State Room to represent those who died in the last year due to smokingrelated causes. The presentation was produced by the Substance Awareness through Functional Education program.
Presentation raises awareness on dangers of smoking By MELISSA PROULX STAFF WRITER
In the dimly lit Granite State Room on Tuesday stood a reminder, a memorial and a warning. This year’s Kick Butt’s Day presentation put on by the Substance Awareness through Functional Education (SAFE) program featured an elaborate maze of shoes, meant to represent the 1,700 who died of smoking-related causes in the past
year alone. The shoes varied in both color and style, from young children’s slippers to workmen’s boots to strappy heels, a representation that anyone can suffer the negative effects of smoking. “This is just one state in one year,” Melissa Garvey, a health educator and substance abuse counselor for UNH Health Services, said. Garvey organized the event. “People start smoking and I don’t think they realize how quickly they
can become addicted.” For many, including Peter Welch, a health educator for UNH’s Health Services, it was the variety that had the most impact. “When I was walking through, I saw a pair of shoes that looked like something my aunt – who became sick after years of smoking – owned,” he said. “It’s a very powerful display, I’m so impressed. It re-
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Students put urine to eco-friendly use
By JOEL KOST MULTIMEDIA EDITOR
aylor Walter knew last spring that the time to choose a senior capstone project was rapidly coming to a close, but she wasn’t concerned. The environmental engineering student, then a junior, was conﬁdent that the right idea would present
itself, and she would get it done well. Then, during her fundamental aspects of environmental engineering course (ENE 645), professor Nancy Kinner announced a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to the class. Those interested could apply to work with the town of Durham to reduce nitrogen efﬂuent going into the Great Bay, while
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Jennifer Lee (UNH ‘92) received two Academy Awards and a Golden Globe for her work on the animated film “Frozen.”
New pool plan on the table By MELISSA PROULX STAFF WRITER
Despite an already full agenda, an unplanned item took precedence at Monday’s Town Council meeting after staff members at UNH announced a new plan for the highlydebated outdoor pool. More than a dozen residents gathered in the Council Chambers in tense anticipation as to how the council members would react,
based on the most recent proposal. The round table was nearly ﬁlled, with council members Julian Smith – who was not scheduled to arrive until later that evening – and the newest member, Kathy Bubar, abroad that week. It was around 3:46 p.m. that day when council members and other members of the Durham community received an email detailing
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Local Proﬁle: Mike Anderson
Johnny Cupcakes gave a humorous and fun-ﬁlled lecture about entrepreneurship and his unique path to success in the fashion industry.
A look into how the music industry has inﬂuenced local musicians.
Men’s basketball wraps up season
Goumas leads ‘Cats into Semiﬁnal
Bill Herrion discusses the season and highlights what he wants to improve.
UNH will play in its ﬁrst Hockey East semiﬁnal since 2011 Friday at the Boston Garden.
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paving the way to save the community millions of dollars and offer an astoundingly eco-friendly fertilizer to local farmers. The method? Urine diversion. In other words, the chosen students would be collecting pee. Urine’s effects in Durham Whenever a toilet flushes, urine is sent to the wastewater treatment plant where it is treated to reduce its nitrogen levels and, in Durham’s case, sent out into the Great Bay estuary. Nitrogen, a natural nutrient and fertilizer, is essential to the sustainability of estuaries. Too much nitrogen, however, is hazardous. Nitrogen will fuel the growth of algae, resulting in more oxygen consumption. Fish, plants, and everything else that depends on oxygen will essentially be unable to breathe. To monitor how much nitrogen is released into the estuaries, the Environmental Protection Agency regulates how much a town’s wastewater treatment plant can filter out. In 2009, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services released a draft for a nutrient criteria report concerning the Great Bay estuary, claiming that the annual average of milligrams of nitrogen per liter should be no greater than 0.3 mg/L. Such a number would only be achievable if a town’s annual average of effluent nitrogen in wastewater is 3 mg/L. Durham’s wastewater treatment facility releases an annual average of 8 mg/L, but because the facility is reaching capacity, the town is required by the state to make an upgrade. David Cedarholm, Durham’s town engineer and UNH alum from the graduate program, said that the next facility upgrade, which will cost around $6-$8 million, would allow the town to put out an annual average of 5 mg/L. Since the town has to upgrade the facility, building a plant that puts out 3 mg/L of N, which would add another $6-$8 million upgrade, would be costly and unnecessary. In addition, a facility that puts out such a small amount of nitrogen requires the use of chemicals, likes the hazardous methane, to drive the biological process of filtering the water. The technology is certainly possible, Cedarholm said, but between the potential dangers and cost of chemicals (half a million dollars annually), it is not something the town would like to consider. “That is something we’re really trying not to do,” Cedarholm said of the 3 mg/L upgrade. “No one at the waste water plant is interested in going that route.” At the end of the day, Durham eventually needs to reach that goal. But forking over millions of dollars isn’t the only option. As long as the town reaches that 3 mg/L of nitrogen effluent, Cedarholm said, it shouldn’t matter where the nitrogen reduction occurs. “We don’t actually know if we really need to go to three,” he said. “We’re trying to find lots of things,
low-cost things, that will help us achieve the equivalent 3 mg/L.” Urine diversion is just that. The wastewater treatment facility sees a peak of nitrogen influent on the weekends when there’s increased activity in town. If those peaks can be reduced year round, Cedarholm believes that it could reduce the annual average of nitrogen effluent to 3 to 4 mg/L by the time the new upgrade is implemented. Inspired by the Rich Earth Institute in Brattleboro, Vt., a urine diversion project is the method of collecting human urine, sanitizing it to kill the pathogens and using it as fertilizer for crops. Urine naturally contains nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, all of which are beneficial to plant growth. It’s part of Cedarholm’s watershed integration program, in which wastewater sources like runoff, storm water and water from the treatment facility can be treated without pumping millions of dollars into facilities and chemicals. Urine accounts for about 80 percent of nitrogen entering the treatment facility; 10,000 gallons of collected urine a year could make the difference between upgrading the treatment facility a second time. “It’s an unusual [idea], but we have the student population that sounds like they’re game, and they’re quite the generators of urine,” Cedarholm said. Cedarholm had the idea to recruit students looking for capstone projects to assist him for a couple years. He bumped into Kinner, one of his graduate professors, last year and told her about it. It was that spring that Kinner offered the project to her students. Crossing boundaries Walter said Kinner’s offer was so unique that it was too good to pass up; she approached Kinner the moment class ended. “I didn’t think much of it,” Walter said. “I got up and said, ‘Nancy, sign me up.’” Fellow environmental engineering students Alyson Packhem and Adam Carignan, and business major Liz McCrary, joined Walter shortly after. But after the initial excitement, reality set in. “Then I got a bit nervous,” Walter said, questioning if such a project would even be possible in a college community. After all, the research was focused on collecting human waste, a topic that isn’t freely discussed. The students had no idea how the student body would receive the idea, or if students would even accept the idea of someone collecting their urine. According to Kinner, it’s this cultural boundary that the project must first overcome if it’s to be successful. “We just have to get people to think that this is a good thing, that it’s a more acceptable thing,” Kinner said. The Rich Earth Institute is successful because it depends on a small community that willingly donates urine. Students in a college community of about 10,000 aren’t as likely to take time out of their day to donate; the idea must be presented to the student body through public outreach, education and conversation.
It’s a conversation that all four students say should – and needs to – happen. “People don’t talk about the bathroom. And people use the bathroom and flush it all away and don’t even think about it,” Packhem said. “We’ve become so separated from our waste that we’ve become unaware of what it contains. The toilet doesn’t make things disappear.” Putting it all together By the time September rolled around, all four of the students’ excitement built up again. They constantly discussed how they should go about tackling such a project, whom they should talk to and how they should reach the student body. After naming the project Durham Urine Diversion & Recycle, they created a Twitter account for the project under the handle @ Peebus2014 for further outreach and developed an interest survey, in which over 50 percent of students interviewed expressed interest in participating. It was eventually decided to use a mobile trailer, dubbed the Pee Bus, with urinals hooked up to a 264-gallon cube to collect the urine for the start of the project. The only downside to using urinals is that women won’t be able to donate urine. Aside from the obvious logistical factors, using an actual toilet instead of a urinal adds the risk of feces being added to the urine. In addition, factoring feces into the project would add a whole layer of disease risks, cultural boundaries and challenges, Kinner said. Kinner said that figuring out how to implement toilets that can separate urine and feces is something that future team members have to discuss as the project moves forward, but, for now, gaining awareness and acceptance is key. “It’s the engineering practicality that we have to look at next,” she said. “The practicality of collecting women’s urine is much more difficult. This is an easier way to start.” Opening night The Durham Urine Diversion & Recycle project made its campus debut Thursday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. next to the Elizabeth Demerit House. The team, alongside Kinner and Cedarholm, welcomed passersby to come learn more about their project and urine diversion. The results were mixed, with some students promising to return when they “had to go,” while others were simply uninterested. Fiftyfive people donated their urine by the end of the night, measuring to about seven gallons. “There were a lot of people that said, ‘Whoa, this is the coolest project we’ve ever seen,’ and other people called us weirdoes,” Walter said over the phone. It wasn’t quite the success the team was looking for, but Walter said they learned what to improve on next time. They will be in the same location this weekend. “It was obvious that this was very new other people. I think we have to work on how we ask people what they want to hear,” she said. “We asked if they want to use the bathroom, and I think that’s a jarring thing to ask somebody. I’m
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continued from page 1 Awards. Lee also co-wrote the 2012 hit “Wreck-It Ralph,” which was nominated in 2013 for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. “We are honored to have award-winning screenwriter, director Jennifer Lee as this year’s commencement speaker,” Director of UNH Media Relations Erika Mantz said. “There has been a lot of buzz on campus about this distinguished alumna, and many students expressed interest in having her be this year’s speaker.” The alumna is paving the way for both women and screenwriters. According to “UNH Today,” she is the first female director to have a film surpass the $1 billion earning mark and also the first writer at a major animation studio to transition into directing. Mantz mentioned these accolades and said that Lee’s story is “inspiring and impressive.” Lee’s success story fits the commencement speaker criteria outlined on the university’s website, which states, “Commencement speakers are chosen on the basis of their ability to inspire, motivate and provide enlightenment by sharing experiences that elicit curiosity, instill knowledge, educate and offer wisdom to students as they enter the next phase of their lives.” All students, faculty, staff and alumni are allowed to nominate speakers and award recipients until Oct. 31 each year. The Honorary Degrees and Granite State Awards Committee review nominations before submitting recommendations to the President’s Office. According to Jody Record, editor of “The Campus Journal,” nominations are confidential The committee this year consists of 18 members, including Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Lisa MacFarlane, Senior Executive Director of Advancement Relations Mary
Horigan, Chief of Staff (President’s Office) Megan Davis, Director of University Events and Programs Patrice Russell and Senior Events Assistant for University Events and Programs Lauren Conley.
“As a professor of
English, I’m thrilled with Ms. Lee’s success, and delighted she’s coming back to UNH.”
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A representative for each of the individual colleges also served on the committee, as did representatives for UNH Law, the UNH Foundation, the UNH Alumni Association, the Provost’s Office, UNH Manchester, the Graduate Student Organization, the Class of 2014 and the Class of 2015. Provost Lisa MacFarlane, who is also a professor in the English Department, was pleased with the choice. “As professor of English, I’m thrilled with Ms. Lee’s success, and delighted she’s coming back to UNH,” MacFarlane said. “I can’t wait; it will be a great day, and a wonderful way to celebrate with the awesome Wildcat class of 2014.” The Honorary Degrees and Granite State Awards Committee Class of 2014 Representative Lizzy Barker echoed these sentiments. “As a graduating senior … my personal opinion is that I am very excited about this selection. I personally think Jennifer Lee, her work and success, represents what is great about UNH and the culture of discovery and challenge that it fosters,” Barker said. “I think she will offer great and personal advice for students heading out into the working world and I’m excited for the ceremony.”
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Johnny Cupcakes delivers secrets to success, happiness By Tom Spencer
hen Johnny Earle first printed a few T-shirts with his nickname, Johnny Cupcakes, printed on them, he didn’t realize he was printing money. He had been a serial entrepreneur his whole life, and when people kept asking him where they could get a Johnny Cupcakes Tshirt, he recognized an opportunity.
“I trick hungry people for a living,” Cupcakes said. He was referring to the many customers who believe they are entering a bakery when they visit his stores. The clothing is displayed in ovens and refrigerators, and the air smells like frosting. Many customers, though disappointed at first, will wind up purchasing some clothing. “A food-themed clothing brand is weird, but weird is good. It gets
“You have the potential to follow your
dreams and create something for yourself. That’s why I have this brand and that’s why I’m here today.”
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“You have the potential to follow your dreams and create something for yourself,” he said. “That’s why I have this brand and that’s why I’m here today.” Earle now goes by Johnny Cupcakes professionally, “pronounced koop-khak-is,” he said. “It’s Portuguese.” He runs a bakery-themed clothing business, a multi-million dollar enterprise with stores in Boston, Los Angeles and London. Cupcakes gave a lecture about entrepreneurship to UNH students on Wednesday, March 19, in the MUB Strafford Room. A crowd of about 60 people waited for his arrival while hip hop beats dropped from overhead speakers. There were glossy picture booklets with the business’ story and advice to aspiring entrepreneurs on every seat.
people talking,” Cupcakes said. According to Cupcakes, one of the keys to a successful business is creating a unique experience. All of his products have custom packaging, including boxes shaped like cake mix, rolling pins, dynamite sticks and frosting cans. Each clothing item is an experience as well, as only a limited amount of each shirt will ever be produced. Once a shirt is sold out, it is usually gone forever. “I decided to give my brand longevity,” Cupcakes said. The results have been lines of up to 400 people for store events, and a worldwide community of Johnny Cupcakes fans, some of who have gone so far as to tattoo themselves with the store logo. However, the road to success has not been easy. The business be-
gan with Cupcakes selling T-shirts from a beat-up suitcase out of the back of a battered Toyota Camry. Cupcakes has worked with lifelong friends who wound up stealing from him. He has turned down great opportunities from major corporations in favor of retaining his brand’s integrity. The lecture also included a raffle, magic tricks and tongue twister competitions for prizes. There was a surprise under every guest’s seat: store buttons, candy and business cards. The crowd received the show enthusiastically, and many purchased Johnny Cupcakes merchandise from the table at the back of the room after the show. There was a long line to meet Cupcakes himself and to take pictures with him. The show was inspiring to both people who had entrepreneurial inspirations and those who did not. “He was awesome … very chill,” Joe Rogers, a UNH junior and member of MUSO, the organization that brought Cupcakes to speak, said. “Very good to work with, other [speakers] have been stressful.” The talk inspired graduate student and MUSO member Tony Hamoui to move forward with his musical project, a band called Hamstank and the Special Sauce. “I don’t know about you, but it inspired me,” Hamoui said. “Strange is good, that was his mantra.” Johnny Cupcake’s major, takeaway message was, “Real success is being happy doing what you love.” He asked the crowd to take a picture of the slide with that phrase and share it through social media.
Johnny Earle, now professionally known as Johnny Cupcakes, delivered a lecture on entrepreneurship in the MUB’s Strafford Room on Wednesday. Cupcakes shared the success story of his bakerythemed clothing company, stressing the importance of uniqueness and happiness in any business venture.
UNH Wildcats volunteer to rebuild homes and hope By Greg Laudani contributing writer
Greg Laudani is a student in the course “New Orleans: Place, Meaning, and Context” Tears trickled down Errol Joseph’s face as he spoke to UNH student volunteers in front of a hollow space, the space where his house once stood. But even after Hurricane Katrina swept his home off its foundation nearly nine years ago, his tears were not from sadness. These were improbable tears of hope and joy. Over spring break, students and trip leaders in professor William Ross’ course “New Orleans: Place, Meaning, and Context” volunteered with lowernine.org, a non-profit organization dedicated to rebuilding and giving hope to residents of the Lower Ninth Ward. The Lower Ninth Ward, where Joseph’s home stood for generations, was the area most devastated by Hurricane Katrina. The storm took over 1,800 of the city’s lives, with a “lion’s share” coming from this neighborhood, according to Ross. Combined with surviving residents who relocated after the hurricane, only about 25 percent of Lower Ninth Ward residents have returned since the storm.
Lowernine.org teaches Lower Ninth Ward residents and volunteers construction and gardening skills, and also provides emotional and social services geared toward community development. The goal is to bring the people of this proud community back home. “Working with lowernine.org was especially rewarding,” freshman Hannah Lane said. “Their dedication and commitment to the people of the Lower Ninth Ward really inspired our class to work as hard as possible.” Ross’ class spent a week tiling, dry walling and siding devastated homes throughout the Lower Ninth Ward. While doing so, Lower Ninth residents like Joseph showed the group endless appreciation and hospitality. Joseph held a cookout to thank the UNH volunteers on their last workday, which featured freshly caught, fried catfish and hand-cut french fries. “Everyone was incredibly friendly, welcoming and generally thankful for our work,” senior Tess Renker, who served as a leader on the trip, said. “It’s hard to describe the unparalleled warmth of our host community.” The cookout was held outside of Joseph’s home, which now consists only of a series of two-by-four
wooden planks sitting on top of a sparkling tile floor, the only part of his home that survived Hurricane Katrina. Joseph, while welcoming everyone to visit the deep fryer for all the fried catfish they could handle, spent most of the cookout thanking volunteers with giant hugs for their help in rebuilding the community he loves. As much as Lower Ninth Ward residents appreciated the work volunteers put forward, the residents, too, left a lasting impact that students will carry forever. “Everyone was so grateful for everything that we did,” sophomore Ellie Huot said. “They all wanted to celebrate us but really we should’ve been celebrating them.” At the cookout, Joseph shared his story. Flooding from the hurricane ruined his house to the point where he had to gut it. He persevered through various failed attempts to inspect and rebuild through the state. He used state rebuilding grants to pay for supplies to rebuild the house. However, Joseph could not get permission from the state to rebuild. So, the supplies he bought, such as drywall, rotted away while he waited for permission to begin building. But he never lost faith that one day he would return home.
Years kept coming and going as Joseph waited for the state’s approval. At last he got the opportunity to work with lowernine.org in late 2012. Lowernine.org started working on his home for free, saving him thousands of dollars in construction costs.
“These people have struggled through nearly a decade of endless bureaucratic red tape, discrimination and setbacks, and they keep fighting to restore their community to what it was,” Boucher, who was a leader on the service trip, said. “Still, they are not embittered.”
“These people have struggled through
nearly a decade of endless bureaucratic red tape, discrimination and setbacks, and they keep fighting to restore their community to what it was.”
Bryan Boucher UNH volunteer
Despite all the hoops he had to jump through, the life-long Lower Ninth Ward resident was finally on the right path to getting his house back. Joseph’s perseverance epitomizes the remarkable sense of resiliency that many New Orleans residents have demonstrated in their journeys toward recovery. Going down to the Lower Ninth Ward helped volunteers see this resilience first-hand. Volunteers like senior Bryan Boucher admire these residents for their ability to remain strong in the face of tragedy.
Ross has been volunteering in New Orleans every year since spring break in 2006 and has taken his students down to volunteer since the spring of 2008. Seeing his students meet lifechanging people like Joseph is why Ross started the trip, and why he is eager to continue volunteering with students in future spring breaks. “You get to experience a different culture, and I think it gives students an opportunity to learn not only about New Orleans but about themselves,” Ross said.
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 a proposed plan for the UNH Outdoor Pool. The email came from Vice President of Students and Academic Affairs Mark Rubinstein, who said that he was speaking on behalf of UNH President Mark Huddleston. The proposed plan stated that a new 14,000 to 16,000 square foot pool would be built in order to replace the existing one. The cost of the project would be an estimated $4.4 million and would be paid for entirely by the university. Rubinstein said in both his letter to the council and at the meeting that he hopes construction will begin as soon as possible in order to ensure reopening of the pool for the 2015 summer season. “We are requesting the town’s elected leadership to add its support for the university’s proposal at tonight’s Town Council meeting,” Rubinstein said in his letter. “This will allow sufﬁcient lead time to prepare the university’s formal presentation for the USNH Board of Trustees’ meeting in April at which time UNH will seek approval for the project.” At the beginning of the meeting, Council Chair Jay Gooze read a draft motion that stated that the council endorses the pool and would allow planning and construction to begin immediately.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 ally gets you to stop and think about your life.” For many students who attended, the reaction was the same. “I think it came together very nicely,” Kierra Poulis, a freshman involved in the program who helped Garvey design the ﬁnal form of the labyrinth, said. “It deﬁnitely has a big impact.” According to its website, Kick Butts Day is a national anti-smoking campaign put on each year to help bring awareness to the detrimental effects smoking can have and to inspire youths to “stand up, speak out, and seize control against Big Tobacco.” Garvey said that this year’s exhibit was designed to be as educational as possible in order to bring awareness to the problem. There were cards placed throughout the maze, providing travelers with facts on tobacco history, policy, health risks and statistics, as well as general information as labyrinths themselves. “We used the design of a seven circuit chartres for our maze,” Garvey said, meaning that there were seven different rings that made up the maze. “It makes the walk like a ceremonial journey, which is something we wanted to incorporate into the memorial.” For her, the maze gave the exhibit a “solemn and reverent atmosphere” that showed the magnitude
However, the simple statement became much more complicated during the public comments. More than a dozen residents were in attendance and many chose to voice their opinions on the university’s proposal. In the past, many have expressed concerns about whether a new pool would be an adequate replacement for the existing one and questioned the true intentions of the university for wanting to replace the pool.
“UNH plans to de-
stroy the pool to put in two basketball courts and a track. They want to destroy a treasure.”
Though everyone had his or her own points to make, one point was made clear: the debate should continue. “UNH plans to destroy the pool to put in two basketball courts and a track. They want to destroy a treasure,” Durham resident Carol Glover said. “Be clear about what you’re being asked to do.” “I, like everyone else, was kind of stunned tonight,” resident Jim Howwitt said. “The whole thing reeks of a backdoor deal and of the loss, while the gradation of the shoes “gave hope for the future generations.” Planning for the monument began after Kelsey Sobel, a UNH master of social work graduate, suggested that Garvey team up with Breathe New Hampshire, a nonproﬁt public health agency whose mission is to eliminate lung disease in New Hampshire as well as to improve overall quality of life for residents. The agency had put on presentations similar to this one and hoped that UNH’s would be one that could be duplicated across the country in hopes of continually bringing awareness to the issue. Each day, more than 3,200 Americans under the age of 18 smoke their ﬁrst cigarette. Another 2,100 become daily smokers. Throughout the nation, tobacco use kills approximately 5.4 million per year and, if the trend continues, this could add up to one billion deaths in the 21st century. Throughout the room there were information booths, featuring helpful tips, tricks and alternative practices, like meditation, to help quit smoking from Breathe New Hampshire, Health Services and Healthy UNH, a campus wide initiative that encourages the University’s staff, students, and faculty to make healthy choices while simultaneously decreasing health care costs. The entire presentation came together after three hours of work over two days and is acting as a pilot for a potentially traveling display for Breathe New Hampshire,
the town does not want to be associated with anything like that.” Even for a few of the council members, this distrust was shared. “I was very surprised to have received your email,” Council Member Diana Carroll said. “I was being asked as a Town Council member to vote and when looking through [the proposal], six numbers was what I had.” “We’re looking and having the discussion about the pool for the one reason that’s not talked about,” she later said, holding up plans for the Hamel Recreation Center. Even with the backlash of opposition, there were a handful of community members who sided with the new proposal, believing it to be the best choice for the money. “I’m here to support the motion you have in front of you,” resident Cathy Leach said. “We could be looking at two summers without a pool if we keep pushing this off.” Leach also believed that the size of the pool was acceptable, saying that if it were any bigger, tax money from the town would have to be used as funding, a move that she did not support. In the end, the decision was made by Gooze to hold off on voting on the motion in order to allow for the proposed sketches to be drawn up and for the councilmen to come together to discuss the issue more. “I could have voted tonight,” Gooze said after the decision was made. “The fact is, the university owns the pool and it’s just up to the which provided all the shoes for the monument. “We’ve had a wonderful outpouring of support from the fraternities and sororities,” said Garvey, who received help from the Phi Mu Delta, Delta Xi Phi, Alpha Phi, Alpha Phi Omega and Lambda Chi chapters to help set up and break down the monument. “We are so proud.” In the past, SAFE has put on other campus wide events, including alcohol prevention programs like pancakes on Boulder Field during Homecoming and pre-concert pizza parties, such as the ones held before the Tiesto and Kendrick Lamar concerts. SAFE’s spring events will feature a showing of the documentary “The Anonymous People” about the over 23 million Americans experiencing long-lasting recovery from alcohol and drug addictions. The ﬁlm will be shown at the MUB Theater on Tuesday, April 22 as a part of SAFE’s Prescription Drug Awareness campaign.
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A new plan for the pool was presented Monday at the Durham Town Council meeting. town to work with them to get the best that they can get.” In an email following the meeting, Rubinstein said this “vague” wording was not meant to pressure councilmen into making a decision. “Our primary objective was to place the issue in front of the Town Council for consideration,” he said in the letter, agreeing with the council’s decision to postpone the vote. “... But if we had waited until the next meeting of the Town Council to bring forth a conﬁrmation of our proposal, it was more likely to have affected our ability to prepare for a presentation to the USNH Board of Trustees for consideration at their April meeting.” The controversial debate between the town and the university over what to do with the pool has been extensively discussed for what Durham Town Administrator
Todd Selig estimates to be the last 10 months, though the question of what to do with the aging pool has been around for years. Past project proposals have included a “retroﬁt” of the current 32,000 square foot pool already in place as well as a signiﬁcantly smaller 10,000 square foot pool. Rubinstein said the university, after receiving more exact ﬁgures on previous estimates, has had “an emerging consensus favoring the 14,000-16,000 foot option”. The current pool was built in 1937 and since then has acted as a central meeting group for both students and full-time residents during the summer months. According to the university’s website, though the pool has received multiple updates over the past decades, it is still largely out-of-date and considered a health and safety risk for users.
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Report details out-of-sync LAX shooter response By TAMI ABDOLLAH Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles International Airport was ill prepared for a crisis when a gunman ambushed security officers last year, and the emergency response was hindered by communication problems and poor coordination, according to a report released Tuesday. The report spotlighted flaws in various divisions of the airport and in systems that were in place, but it did not single out individuals responsible for problems. It also didn’t mention that two airport police officers assigned to Terminal 3 were out of position without notifying dispatchers, as required, or discuss a decision months before the shooting to have police officers roam terminals instead of staffing security checkpoints such as the one approached by the attacker. Mayor Eric Garcetti said a number of issues detailed in the report have been addressed and work will continue on others. “I expect this airport to take care of this airport,” Garcetti said at a news conference. “It is not something where we’re going to look for the cavalry to come in and to save us. ... We had a pretty good system, but pretty good isn’t good for me.” The 83-page report was put together by a consultant based on
findings by several agencies that responded to the shooting and a review of surveillance video, dispatch logs and 911 calls. It cited the heroism of officers who shot and arrested Paul Ciancia after a Transportation Security Administration officer was killed and three other people were injured Nov. 1. It also detailed lapses in technology and coordination, however, and included some 50 recommendations and lessons learned. “Had the attacker not been highly selective in his targets, and/ or had there been multiple attackers with weapons of greater lethality, the outcome might have been far different,” the report said. J. David Cox Sr., national president of the American Federation of Government Employees, said Tuesday the lack of coordination was “absolutely unacceptable” and medical aid to the fatally wounded TSA officer should not have been delayed. The Associated Press previously found that the TSA officer was not taken to an ambulance for 33 minutes. “This report confirmed what we already knew — that the security processes and systems at LAX are fundamentally broken,” Cox said. The report called for training airport police in tactical medicine so they can help the injured before paramedics arrive, and for training
paramedics to enter more dangerous zones earlier with law enforcement protection. Cox also called the report incomplete and off-target in ignoring that law enforcement officers had been redeployed to roam terminals and that two officers were out of position when the shooting began. LAX Police Chief Patrick Gannon said he was satisfied with the activities of the officers. However, Garcetti said airport policies requiring notification must be enforced and officers should be reminded and retrained about those rules. Cox called on the TSA and the airport board to take swift action to close security and emergency response gaps and said more needs to be done nationally to prevent such a situation from happening again. He said TSA officers, who are unarmed, shouldn’t be in fear for their lives when going to work; they should know equipment will work and armed officers will be present when needed. The TSA declined to comment on the report released Tuesday, saying a congressional hearing is planned next week in Los Angeles to discuss the shooting review. The congresswoman whose district includes the airport, Maxine Waters, said she was “shocked and dismayed.” “This report is an embarrassment,” Waters said in a statement. “LAX should have a state-of-the-
art emergency response system.” Sean Burton, president of the board of airport commissioners, said LAX needs additional emergency management staff, more training, new equipment and better agreements with other responding agencies. On Tuesday, airport board members asked LAX officials to provide a timeline for implementing the recommendations in the report. The board will be receiving quarterly progress reports. The report, in detailing the poor communications during the attack, noted that airport police had previously upgraded to a $5.4 million high-tech radio system but often couldn’t communicate with the 20 or more agencies on scene. In addition, senior police and fire commanders had no idea where to go or what the others were doing, and they didn’t unify multiple command posts for 45 minutes. There was nearly no communication between command post officials and the airport’s emergency operations center, which the report described as being staffed by untrained midlevel managers. The review also confirmed earlier AP reports, including that a TSA supervisor picked up a red phone immediately after the first shots were fired but hastily fled as the gunman approached. The airport police dispatcher who answered the call “only heard the sounds of shouting and gun-
shots. With no caller identification for a call from a red phone, and no one on the other end of the line, it was not initially known from where the call originated,” the report states. Mayor Garcetti said all LAX telephones and panic alarms have since been updated to transmit location information to dispatchers when an emergency call is made. The report was highly critical of the Los Angeles World Airports emergency management program, which it said was “not well-defined or widely understood across the agency, or perhaps even respected.” AP also has reported that a union representing sky caps, baggage handlers and lower level security employees had no idea what to do during the attack, were not trained for an evacuation and didn’t know how to help passengers. SEIU United Service Workers West spokesman Jacob Hay said the union was pleased by the mayor’s recognition of their importance but stressed that routine and comprehensive in-person training was necessary. “Serious risks cannot be addressed by a one-time video training,” Hay added. To keep travelers informed during chaotic situations, Garcetti said LAX is fielding teams to walk the airport, working on a centralized public address system, and can now send messages directly to travelers’ cellphones.
Bomb threat closes part of Rte. 1 bypass By Kendall Salter Foster’s Daily Democrat The N.H. News Exchange
PORTSMOUTH — Part of the Route 1 Bypass was shut down for three hours Thursday morning after emergency personnel responded to a bomb scare near Buzzy’s Bypass Gas. According to Police Lt. Darrin Sargent, a Department of Transportation worker noticed a suspicious device and reported it to Portsmouth Police around 8:30 a.m. After initial investigations, police called in the Fire Department and a State Police bomb squad. “They came across what appeared to be a suspicious-looking
device on the side of the road,” Sargent said. Emergency personnel shut down northbound traffic and evacuated a few nearby buildings. A robot eventually reached the device, which Sargent said was “constructed to look like a bomb,” and determined that it was a fake. At that point, roads were reopened. Police were on scene for about two hours. Sargent said it is not clear how the device was placed at its location, and said the incident is under investigation. “It was kind of in a remote location,” Sargent said. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Portsmouth Police at (603) 427-1500.
NH Brief Dartmouth faculty show off artistic side HANOVER — Faculty and staff at Dartmouth College are showing off their artistic talents. Since 2006, the college’s Office of Human Resources has invited employees to share their talents with the community through ArtWorks, an annual show and arts festival at the Hopkins Center for the Arts. The two-day event starts Wednesday, and will include paint-
ings, photography, video, poetry, live music and more. Participants say they appreciate the opportunity to share their work with colleagues, friends and students.
The New Hampshire
Spring will be blooming at home and garden show By Mary Pat Rowland Fosters Daily Democrat The N.H. News Exchange
DURHAM — More than 200 exhibitors will showcase their expertise, knowledge and products at the 20th annual Seacoast Home & Garden Show on Saturday and Sunday, March 29-30. The 2014 show features the following: — Garden Marketplace and Seminars, which brings the expertise of local nurseries — including Churchill’s Garden Center in Exeter, Studley’s Flower Gardens in Rochester and Pawtuckaway Nursery in Barrington — to home show attendees. Garden seminars sponsored by Churchill’s Gardens include topics such as “Container Gardening,” “Edible Gardening” and “Intro to Trees and Shrubs.” — 10th Annual Meet the Chefs cooking series presented in partnership with Taste of the Seacoast, featuring — among others — chefs Craig Spinney of Tavola, Kevin Fitzgibbon of Michelle’s on Market Square, Justin Bigelow of Mombo, David Masotta of Three Chimneys Inn, Julie Cutting of Cure, Ian Thomas of The District and Ben Chesley of Epoch. — Seminar Series, with workshops such as “Geothermal Made Easy” by Quest Geothermal, “How to Buy the Right Generator” by Cote Electric and “Powering with Solar PV- The Energy Revolution” by ETE Solar. — Expertise from professionals in fields including kitchen de-
sign, landscaping, windows, roofing and building. “After the long winter we just had, it is nice to think about spring,” Carrie Barron, a New England Expos show producer, said. “And with spring comes all of the home and garden projects that you want to start. The show is the perfect place to get a head start on those projects.” The show is presented by New England Expos, a New Englandbased company with offices in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. “For homeowners, there are always improvements that can be made or new features to add around the house and yard,” Beth Alles, a New England Expos show producer, said. “That’s why we focus our shows for New England consumers who are in all stages of building, remodeling, landscaping and decorating their homes.” “We love bringing local professionals to our shows,” Barron said. “This means attendees can imagine the possibilities and find the experts to complete the projects in one place.” The show will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 29 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 30, at the Whittemore Center Arena in Durham. Admission is $8 for adults; $6 for seniors age 65 and older; $5 for children age 6-16; children younger than age 6 are free. Discount coupons are available. For more information go to http://seacoast. newenglandexpos.com, or call 866295-6438.
In Brief Maine man’s ‘gun’ turns out to be a tattoo NORRIDGEWOCK, Maine — Police armed with assault rifles descended on a Maine man’s home after members of a tree removal crew he’d told to clear off his property reported that he had a gun. Turns out the “gun” the tree crew had seen on Michael Smith of Norridgewock was just a life-sized tattoo of a handgun on his stomach. Smith, who works nights, was asleep when the tree crew contract-
ed by a utility to trim branches near power lines, woke him up at about 10 a.m. Tuesday. He went outside shirtless and yelled at the workers to leave. When he’s not wearing a shirt, the tattoo looks like a gun tucked into his waistband. Smith tells the Morning Sentinel the tattoo has never been a problem before. Police didn’t charge him.
Israeli minister apologizes to US for his remarks JERUSALEM — Israel’s defense minister has apologized to his U.S. counterpart for criticizing Washington and for calling it weak when it comes to its stance on Iran’s nuclear program. A statement from Moshe Yaalon’s office late Wednesday says he phoned U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and told him he hadn’t intended to harm relations between the two close allies. This week, Yaalon questioned Washington’s commitment to Is-
rael’s security. He said Israel cannot depend on the United States to lead any action against Iran’s nuclear program and can only rely on itself. Earlier, he also criticized U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, saying the top American diplomat was unrealistic and naive in trying to forge an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. Kerry on Wednesday called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to protest Yaalon’s remarks.
The New Hampshire
Friday, March 21, 2014
Group challenges New England energy coordination By STEPHEN SINGER Associated Press
HARTFORD, Conn. — A Boston environmental group is challenging how energy policy is coordinated by New England’s six governors, saying the state leaders are conducting private negotiations with the energy industry. The Conservation Law Foundation has submitted public records requests in the region’s six states. It said a plan by the governors that focuses on natural gas and hydropower from Canada “appears to be the product of backroom deal-making rather than sound public policy informed by open dialogue.”
Christopher Recchia, commissioner of Vermont’s Public Service Department, said state officials have been transparent since announcing the initiative and actions in the future will be “entirely public.” “There is no basis for this to be considered not out in the open,” he said. Dennis Schain, the spokesman for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Policy, and Krista Selmi, spokeswoman for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, said the governors have had a policy of openness. They issued a public statement about the initiative in December, published their request
“We’re just in the beginning stage.”
Commissioner of Vermont’s Public Service Department The group’s vice president of policy and climate advocacy, Seth Kaplan, said, “Without vital public transparency, the resulting projects are sure to cost more than they should, in dollars as well as environmental impact.” The governors late last year announced a plan to expand natural gas use. They asked the region’s grid operator, ISO-New England, for technical help to seek proposals to build transmission equipment and public works to deliver electricity to as many as 3.6 million homes. They also asked ISO to figure out how to finance the project.
to ISO-New England for technical assistance in January and initiated a comment process this month. “You don’t need to look any further than the price spikes for electricity in the Northeast this winter to appreciate the pressing need for action to correct decades of inactivity when it came to expanding both regional electric transmission capability and natural gas pipeline capacity to supply power plants,” Schain said. Patrick Woodcock, director of the Maine governor’s energy office, said the states have solicited information from numerous groups
“from the moment this initiative was created,” and he denied that state officials have negotiated privately with the energy industry. Behind the Conservation Law Foundation’s criticism of the policymaking process is its difference with governors over what it believes is an over-reliance on natural gas. It’s touted as less expensive than heating oil, but the drilling method used to draw out natural gas known as fracking is bitterly denounced by environmentalists. “The assumption which seems to be going on here is that we need a great new pipeline that must be paid for by the customers of New England through our electricity bills,” Kaplan said. “That assumption we think is wrong and at the very least needs to be tested in public.” Demanding records and emails that may detail issues raised between the governors, their environmental officials and others might shed light on how the region’s energy policy is being developed, he said. Specifically, what are now private communications could provide information on internal debates, Kaplan said. “We suspect that different states want different things. Some may not be on board on this. They might be quietly acquiescent. We don’t know,” he said. Recchia said the governors and top environmental officials have only recently kicked off debate over hydropower, wind power, natural gas and other sources of energy. “We’re just in the beginning stage,” he said.
Friday, March 21, 2014
The New Hampshire
Exxon Valdez spill effects 25 years later By DAN JOLING Associated Press
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Before the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico, there was the Exxon Valdez disaster in Alaska, at the time the nation’s largest oil spill. The 987-foot tanker, carrying 53 million gallons of crude, struck Bligh Reef at 12:04 a.m. on March 24, 1989. Within hours, it unleashed an estimated 10.8 million gallons of thick, toxic crude oil into the water. Storms and currents then smeared it over 1,300 miles of shoreline. For a generation of people around the world, the spill was seared into their memories by images of fouled coastline in Prince William Sound, of sea otters, herring and birds soaked in oil, of workers painstakingly washing crude off the rugged beaches. Twenty five years later, most of the species have recovered, said Robert Spies, a chief science adviser to governments on the oil spill restoration program from 1989 to 2002. But some wildlife, as well as the people who live in the region, are still struggling. Here’s a look at what’s changed since the spill: FISHERMEN Bernie Culbertson was pre-
paring to fish cod when the Exxon Valdez ran aground. With oil in the water, fishing came to a standstill and life for he and other fishermen drastically changed. “The bottom fell out of the price of fish,” he said. Pink salmon that sold for 80 cents per pound fell to 8 cents per pound. Consumers turned to farm fish or tuna out of fear of tainted salmon. His boat caught 2.5 million pound of pinks one season and lost money. Culbertson turned to other fisheries, traveling as far as California. Fishing 12 months a year, his marriage failed. Friends couldn’t repay loans and lost boats or homes. Exxon compensation checks, minus what fishermen earned on spill work, arrived too late for many. The fisheries today are not the same. “The shrimp are slowly, slowly coming back. The crab aren’t back. The herring aren’t back. The salmon are back in abundance,” he said. INDUSTRY
At the time of the spill, complacency among government officials and the oil industry had set in after a dozen years of safe shipments, said Mark Swanson, director of the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens Advisory Council and a former Coast Guard officer.
When the tanker ran aground, for instance, spill response equipment was buried under snow. Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. in 1989 had 13 oil skimmers, five miles of boom and storage capacity for 220,000 gallons of spilled oil. Now, Alyeska has 108 skimmers, 49 miles of boom and onwater storage capacity of almost 38 million gallons. North Slope oil must be transported in double-hull tankers, which must be escorted by two tugs. Radar monitors the vessel’s position as well as that of icebergs. Two major spill drills are conducted each year. And nearly 400 local fishing boat owners are trained to deploy and maintain boom. PACIFIC HERRING After the spill, the population of herring crashed. It is now listed as “not recovering.” The silvery fish is a key species because it is eaten by salmon, seabirds and marine mammals from otters to whales. Four years after the spill, the estimated herring population based on modeling shrunk from 120 metric tons to less than 30 metric tons. How that happened remains a question, said Scott Pegau, research program manager for the Oil Spill Recovery Institute in
Cordova, Alaska. Here’s what’s known: Adult herring feed on zooplankton, which crashed for three years after the spill. With less to eat, herring may have been more susceptible to disease normally fended off within a herring population. Herring populations can stabilize at a low or high number, but something has prevented a rebound. Oil likely is no longer a factor, Pegau said. SEA OTTERS
Responders estimated that as many as 3,000 sea otters died the first year. Hundreds more died in the years after of exposure to oil that persisted in sediment, where otters dig for clams. Three factors could have had an impact on the otters’ ability to survive. Oiled fur loses insulating value. Otters ingest oil as they groom, and researchers years after the spill found blood chemistry evidence consistent with liver damage. Grooming takes time away from feeding. “One of the lessons we can take from this is that the chronic effects of oil in the environment can persist for decades,” said Brenda Ballachey, who moved to Alaska a few months after the spill and spent the next summer dissecting sea otter carcasses collected
from beaches and frozen. The U.S. Geological Survey research biologist is the lead author of a federal study released last month that concludes that sea otters have finally returned to prespill numbers. PIGEON GUILLEMOTS
The pigeon guillemot, which looks like a black pigeon with web feet, is one species that has not recovered. Numbers were declining before the spill. An estimated 2,000 to 6,000 guillemots, or 10 to 15 percent of the population in spill areas, died from acute oiling. Researchers suspect river otters, mink and other predators targeted guillemot eggs as an alternative to foraging on oiled beaches. Like sea otters and another bird that took years to recover, harlequin ducks, pigeon guillemot’s forage for invertebrates in sediment and likely were affected by lingering oil, said David Irons, a seabirds expert with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The decline of its other prey, juvenile herring, didn’t help. Numbers continue to decline in both oiled and non-oiled areas. Irons has proposed reducing mink numbers on the heavily oiled Naked Islands, once prime habitat for guillemots, to restore their numbers.
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21 March 2014
From the road to home
Mike Anderson’s story of how his music career changed course By CHARLIE WEINMANN
ew England welcomes many different pastimes: ﬁshing, hiking and boating being some popular options. With its grand lakes and mountains, New England is considered a hotspot for wildlife enthusiasts. But what the rest of America doesn’t seem to be noticing is that New England is quite the hotspot for musical talent. Mike Anderson, 33, currently resides in the lakes region and has just left his job as a technology sales person at Staples in Tilton. The job was only meant to be a temporary solution for paying the bills while Anderson got back on track with his ﬁrst passion: music production. “I’m new to the lakes region so [working at Staples] was a good way to get to know the area. … I have no intention to work retail any further,” Anderson said. Anderson has been playing music in a band since 1999, playing his ﬁrst show at the age of 16 in a battle of the bands. He became interested in playing music after a tragic accident occurred involving the death of a childhood girlfriend in 1993. He picked up the guitar and taught himself how to play his ﬁrst song, “Stairway to Heaven.” “After the grieving came the anger, and I started into metal, and progressively got heavier until I started listening to death metal,” Anderson said. “It was my outlet, and therapy to keep me ‘inline’ with the rest of society.” The legendary metal band, Metallica, inspired his ﬁrst true love of music. Anderson laughed as he described his affection for the band, citing their decline in popularity today, although at the time they were one of the biggest acts around. As time went on, Anderson became more involved with playing live music. He began playing with a group of friends, who would eventually become his partners on the road as they toured across America. In 2000, Anderson joined his friends and members of metal
band, THYK, touring off and on until 2005. “For me, playing out was war,” Anderson said, although not in a negative sense. “We were all friends, but when I hit the stage, it was about business, and my music
Along with THYK, Anderson would go on to play live with Nick Groff from The Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures,” as well as select members of Parliament Funkadelic. Anderson explained how
ing, ‘work smarter, not harder,’” Anderson said. Turning to the very source that took him off the stage and into his home studio, Anderson used the Internet as the basis of his new business. Anderson Audio was born, offering graphic design, voice
how “diffiI understand cult it is to get
going, but these days, people are starting to do things themselves, like I actually started out.”
Mike Anderson Musician/Producer
Mike Anderson singing lead vocals with his metal band, THYK. COURTESY PHOTO
was my weapon of choice.” As THYK made headway, they began to acquire more of a following, including a crew that would help make things on the road go somewhat smoother. They eventually received representation from Brass Knuckles Management, (later called Hard Core Maﬁa), out of Massachusetts. “We would play in front of 10 to 3,000 people depending on the show and location,” Anderson said. “Whenever we played locally, the house would normally be packed with 50 to 150 people.” Although Anderson had a passion for his own band, he mentioned that his favorite acts to play with were always the different local bands he would come across. “It was a brotherhood of support, and the love for metal music [was mutual],” he said.
gigging on the road became almost a losing situation, as the Internet made new music more accessible. “People became less interested in going out in general, and local clubs didn’t want to pay bands to play, and would rather pay a deejay, or cover band to just play top 40 hits,” Anderson said. Anderson found himself right in the middle of what was to become known as the evolution of the music industry. It was in with the new, and out with the old, and without local clubs supporting local music there grew a void in the local scene, preventing artists from making as much progress as before. Anderson took notice of this change and realized he too had to move on, which is when he began his new journey as a producer and audio editor. “I like to relate to an old say-
over work and audio engineering. His customers would hail from all over the country, including a few of his former band mates. Anderson described the difﬁculty with his new line of work, speciﬁcally working out of a town in New England where the music industry is not as prevalent as out West. Anderson has had to turn down several projects that have come to him for service as they are often not properly prepared, or a lack of ﬁnancial funds would mean trouble with payment. “I understand how difﬁcult it is to get going, but these days people are starting to do things themselves, like I actually started out,” Anderson said. “The most challenging part is when I am hired to produce an album, or even just a song, and I can’t seem to connect with the artist. In the past I have told some artists that they need to go back to the drawing board, or ﬁnd another producer, because it just feels like a mess. Music is art, so it’s very difﬁcult to say to someone who feels like what they are doing is good, that it is actually out of sorts.” Although, his work is not entirely stress-provoking. Anderson spoke about how it is his passion
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that drives him forward even in the most difﬁcult situations. “I love when I connect with a project,” Anderson said. “There is a spark of energy that seems to get my imagination going. I have a vision, and when it comes to music I can hear things in my head without even actually hearing it. I hear a piece of music and in my mind, I can almost see the people playing the music.” He spoke about his producing techniques, and how he has learned the importance of keeping his distance from an artist’s creative energy while still being subjective. He often will ask the artist the intended purpose of the music being recorded or produced. Will it be played on air? On a stage? Is it meant for personal listening? “Unless I understand what the point is, it’s hard to say, ‘Yeah that’s good,’ or, ‘I’m not sure you will actually be able to play this live unless you have 13 different people on stage,’” Anderson said. Anderson feels conﬁdent that the drive for music and entertainment is strong in New England. He noted that many successful metal bands have come from the central Massachusetts area, which is coincidentally where Anderson’s current musical project, Broken Hell, is based out of. “I seemed to have lost [my passion] while I worked for other people, and that is not who I am,” Anderson said. “I am a very passionate person and full of energy. I am re-focused, and taking on new [projects]. If you truly love something then you never really quit. I am just getting things back in order and focusing on my own projects.” Anderson sees himself continuing his personal musical endeavors while furthering his career as a producer. He wants to continue with a positive attitude, making sure to promote the local music industry in his own unique way. “Too many people are the instant gratiﬁcation type,” Anderson said. “I must take steps in the right direction whenever possible.”
Friday, March 21, 2014
The New Hampshire
Keeping it real, keeping it fresh By AUSTIN SORETTE CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Ever wondered what Tribe would sound like if they were born in the Seacoast? Listen to “For the Record.” It’s no secret that jazz/funk and hip-hop were twin babies separated at birth, and when executed properly, listening to one would feel absolutely incomplete without the other. But in our sad world, this combination is dreadfully labeled as “alternative rap,” a title that is so hipster, it reeks like bad breath. But “For The Record” makes you wonder why this stuff isn’t the popular thing, and why any half-baked artist you’ll ﬁnd on World Star is. Jiggy Tone and Funk Tous are everything Seacoast in terms of sound and they are practicing under this amorphous umbrella term called “grassroots.” Adopting the smooth Seacoast groove-jazz sound, songs like “The Funk” and the eponymous track sound like these two guys were rapping over a Harsh Armadillo jam. The lyrical ﬂow of these guys’ voices wafts ﬂuidly over gorgeous piano chords, screaming sax leads and pumping
bass and drums. On this record, Tone and Tous are taking an eraser to the whiteboard of contemporary hip-hop. The two guys (who are UNH students) rev up the tempo of the beats and pay homage to “golden era” rap, when ﬂow and rhymes were delivered under a deadline rather than modern day emcees whoes beats are so slow and bass-heavy, you’d have thought you aged ﬁve years after hearing a song once. But that doesn’t mean the album isn’t a kick-back record. Songs like “Bring It Down” and “Classic” may have a bit of a harder beat to them, but you won’t ﬁnd any song with an edge like a serrated blade. The fact is that a select few have a bit of a pep, but almost every song on the album invokes this desire to chill on the softest patch of grass on your lawn and spend a day trying to ﬁgure out exactly what color the sky is. Even the lyrics keep calm despite what’s hot in the hip-hop world. It’s a rookie mistake to think you can rap about robbing neighborhoods and selling crack in this stagnant Seacoast region, and these guys know better than that.
Instead, they write heart-onsleeve rhymes, a ballsy move considering the history of macho-masochism that bleeds in the rap game. You’ll ﬁnd songs about love, amateur artistic struggle, and a day in the life of a well-off white kid. Hell, they even have a song called “Cry!” There are, of course, party jams in the mix. In the same vein that Tupac’s “I Get Around” contrasts his more heart-felt songs, Tone and Tous have their fun on tracks like “Wipe Me Down” and “Let ‘em Know.” They’ve got the sense of humor that gave groups like Public Enemy good dynamic; the silliness is outweighed by the seriousness and vice versa. But when all is said and done, this album has lyrical honesty riding on a current of beautiful jazz melodies and groovy funk beats. Any hip-hop fan that is ready to vomit if they hear another Wiz Khalifa or Rick Ross beat will fall for this album. In the midst of this culture of ‘90s nostalgia, these guys will send you rocketing back to the rap game of the Clinton-era. In short, expect these guys to pick up the mic when Nas puts it back on the stand.
Jiggy Tone and Funk Tous in their home studio. The duo brings back classic aspects of r&b favorites.
March. 21 1. Beck, “Morning Phase” - Legendary alt-rocker Beck Hansen’s ﬁrst album since 2008 is a deeply personal, mellow effort, a refreshing change of pace from the upbeat jams he’s provided over his 20year career. 2. St. Vincent – “St. Vincent” - Every track is an instantly catchy art-rock gem, and the album landed her highest sales chart debut of her career, debuting at No. 12 on the Billboard 200. 3. Real Estate – “Atlas” - From the NYC suburbs of North Jersey. “Atlas,” Real Estate’s third album, ﬁnds the band continuing to perfect their brand of chilled-out suburbia rock while taking a more serious approach to their lyrical styles.
4. Dum Dum Girls – “Too True” - The LA rocker’s third album is highly inﬂuenced by British altrock groups like The Cure and Siouxsie & The Banshees. 5. Black Lips – “Underneath The Rainbow” - A veteran garage rock group from Atlanta, “Underneath The Rainbow” is ﬁlled with high-adrenaline garage-psych tunes from beginning to end. 6. Angel Olsen – “Burn Your Fire For No Witness” - It’s one of the best
WUNH College Radio Top 10 Records folk-rock records you’ll hear all year. Olsen began her career as a backing musician and collaborator with a variety of bands including Wilco. 7. Broken Bells – “After The Disco” - This album is full of dreamy vocals and juicy melodies that anyone can enjoy. The duo consists of James Mercer (from The Shins) and Danger Mouse (a respected producer as well as a member of Gnarls Barkley with Cee-Lo). 8. Temples – “Sun Structures” - Temples is a new psychedelic rock’n’roll group from England that’s already landed gigs as the opening act for bands including The Vaccines and The Rolling Stones. 9. Phantogram – “Voices” - This New York electro-rock duo’s second full-length album features contributions from members of The Flaming Lips. 10. TacocaT – “NVM” - The bizarre name and energizing power pop come to college radio for the ﬁrst time. After making a name for themselves locally, this is TacocaT’s ﬁrst album on the respected label Hardly Art. Tune in to WUNH to hear these awesome new records. We can be found at 91.3 on your FM dial, and live online around the world at wunh.org!
The New Hampshire
Friday, March 21, 2014
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Portsmouth Restaurant Week By CRAIG HARIMAN CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Students have recovered from beer week, which ended March 3, and they should be able to see straight again after St. Patrick’s Day in time to make their way into Portsmouth for Restaurant Week April 3-12. Restaurant Week Portsmouth and the Seacoast gathers participating restaurants in the area, all offering special three course meals at a set price for dinner, with some offering a lunch as well. The set prices are a less expensive way to try some new ﬁne dining options around town without racking up a three-ﬁgure tab. Prices are generally per person and do not include beverages, taxes or gratuity. Five participating restaurants are offering the three course menus for $16.95 during their regular lunch hours. Lunch is between 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Blue Mermaid Island Grill, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Vida Cantina. At Epoch lunch is from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., while it’s 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Portsmouth Gas Light. Somewhere between lunch and dinner is the wine bar menu at Rudi’s. Instead of lunch they optioned for smaller portions and a drink instead of a full meal. This will also give some bang for your buck while still enjoying Rudi’s atmosphere. The dinner list is lengthier and includes 40 additional restaurants in Portsmouth and a few in the surrounding New Hampshire towns of Dover, Rye and Exeter, as well as the Maine towns of Kittery and York. At $29.95 per person, this is a great way to experience new culinary tastes you may normally be priced out of. Eating exciting food in an elegant atmosphere can make for a memorable night, even on a
student budget. This hasn’t been a big attraction for students at UNH in the past. After several broad inquiries in classes and stopping random students on campus, is was evident that Restaurant Week was not on the UNH community’s radar. Are the prices still too high for a college budget? There are no special discounts for students beyond those already in place for the event. “Unfortunately, the speciﬁc discount is the three course preﬁxed prices of $16.95 and $29.95 lunch or dinner for all Restaurant Week patrons,” Alli Miller, the events and social media coordinator for the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce, said. “I mentioned wanting to do a student rate for New Hampshire and Seacoast students by presenting their college ID,” Miller said. “However, this idea has been tabled for Spring 2014 [Restaurant Week] and will be discussed for future Restaurant Weeks.” It may not be the taste of the food for students as well. While it is an opportunity to explore different foods from an eclectic mix of cultures, people might run into some new, interesting ﬂavors and textures they might not particular like. “I am really picky eater and I have a rudimentary diet that I follow because I get really bad headaches and stomach cramps. In other words, I follow a vegan diet, plus I eat eggs, but I avoid most gluten,” Annah Todd, a junior, said. “For me, going out is more about the person I’m with, the architecture of the building, or the city I am in.” “Since Restaurant Week entails a pre-ﬁxed menu, which always includes a ton of meat and cheese, I am deﬁnitely not jumping at the opportunity,” Todd said. “If my signiﬁcant other was dying to go somewhere, I would go, of course, but like I said, dining out is more
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about the experience for me rather than the food.” Whether making it a date night or hanging with friends, attendees can deﬁnitely make a night of it by adding a trip to The Music Hall in downtown Portsmouth. They are presenting the Singer Songwriter Festival during the same period. The full schedule and tickets can be seen on their website at http://www. themusichall.org/calendar/program/ portsmouth_singer_songwriter_festival. Reservations may be a better option during Restaurant Week, as deals at higher-end restaurants may draw larger crowds, especially for dinner. A few places actually require reservations, so check an individual establishment’s policy. Also, it may be wise to check each restaurant’s hours because they vary from place to place. The complete list of participating restaurants can be found at http://www.portsmouthchamber. org/restaurantweek.cfm/ along with each restaurant’s description, hours and directions. For more information, check out Restaurant Week Portsmouth & the Seacoast on Facebook.
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Friday, March 21, 2014
The New Hampshire
Westboro Baptist founder dies at 84 By JOHN HANNA Associated Press
TOPEKA, Kan. — Fred Phelps did not care what you thought of his Westboro Baptist Church, nor did he care if you heard its message that society’s tolerance for gay people is the root of all earthly evil. By the time you saw one of his outrageous and hate-filled signs — “You’re Going to Hell” was among the more benign — you were already doomed. Tall, thin and increasingly spectral as he aged, the Rev. Fred Phelps Sr. and the Westboro Baptist Church, a small congregation made up almost entirely of his extended family, tested the boundaries of the free speech guarantees by violating accepted societal standards for decency in their unapologetic assault on gays and lesbians. In the process, some believe he even helped the cause of gay rights by serving as such a provocative symbol of intolerance. All of that was irrelevant to Phelps, who died late Wednesday. He was 84. God is love? Heresy, he preached, and derisively insisted the Lord had nothing but anger and bile for the moral miscreants of his creation. In Phelps’ reading of the Bible, God determined your fate at the moment of your creation. Informing the damned could not save them from eternal fire, Phelps believed, but it was required for his salvation and path to paradise.
Westboro’s spokesman would only obliquely acknowledge this month that Phelps had been moved into a care facility because of health problems. And so he and his flock traveled the country, protesting at the funerals for victims of AIDS and soldiers slain in Iraq and Afghanistan, picketing outside country music concerts and even the Academy Awards — any place sure to draw attention and a crowd — with an unrelenting message of hatred for gays and lesbians. “Can you preach the Bible without preaching the hatred of God?” he asked in a 2006 interview with The Associated Press. “The answer is absolutely not. And these preachers that muddle that and use that deliberately, ambiguously to prey on the follies and the fallacious notions of their people — that’s a great sin.” For those who didn’t like the message or the tactics, Phelps and his family had only disdain. “They need to drink a frosty mug of shutthe-hell-up and avert their eyes,” his daughter, Shirley Phelps-Roper, once told a group of Kansas lawmakers. The activities of Phelps’ church, unaffiliated with any larger denomination, inspired a federal law and laws in more than 40 states
limiting protests and picketing at funerals. He and a daughter were even barred from entering Britain for inciting hatred. But in a major free-speech ruling in 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the church and its members were protected by the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment and could not be sued for monetary damages for inflicting pain on grieving families. Yet despite that legal victory, some gay rights advocates believe all the attention Phelps generated served to advance their cause. Sue Hyde, a staff member at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, said plenty of churches and ministers preach a message that attacks gay people. But Phelps and his family had “taken this out on the streets,” forcing people to confront their own views and rousing a protective instinct in parents and friends of gays and lesbians. “It’s actually a wonderful recruiting tool for a pro-equality, prosocial acceptance movement,” she said. “To the Phelps family, that is not particularly important or relevant. They are not there to save us. They are there to advise us that we are doomed.” Once seen as the church’s unchallengeable patriarch, Phelps’ public visibility waned as he grew older and less active in the church’s pickets, with daughters Shirley Phelps-Roper and Margie Phelps — an attorney who argued the church’s case before the U.S. Supreme Court — most often speaking for Westboro. In the fall of 2013, even they were replaced by a church member not related to Phelps by blood as Westboro’s chief spokesman. In Phelps’ later years, the protests themselves were largely ignored or led to counter-demonstrations that easily shouted down Westboro’s message. A motorcycle group known as the Patriot Guard arose to shield mourners at military funerals from Westboro’s notorious signs. At the University of Missouri in 2014, hundreds of students gathered to surround the handful of church members who traveled to the campus after football player Michael Sam came out as gay. Phelps’ final weeks were shrouded in mystery. A long-estranged son, Nate Phelps, said his father had been voted out of the congregation in the summer of 2013 “after some sort of falling out,” but the church refused to discuss the matter. Westboro’s spokesman would only obliquely acknowledge this month that Phelps had been moved into a care facility because of health problems. Margie Phelps did not reveal to The Associated Press on Thursday the condition that put Phelps in hospice care. Asked if he was surrounded by family or friends at his death, she would only say that “all of his needs were met when he died.” There will be no funeral, she said. Fred Waldron Phelps was born in Meridian, Miss., on Nov. 13, 1929. He was raised a Methodist and once said he was “happy as a duck” growing up. He was an Eagle Scout, ran track and graduated from high school at age 16.
Selected to attend the U.S. Military Academy, Phelps never made it to West Point. He once said he went to a Methodist revival meeting and felt the calling to preach. Ordained a Baptist minister in 1947, he met his wife after he delivered a sermon in Arizona and they were married in 1952. Phelps was a missionary and pastor in the western United States and Canada before settling in Topeka in 1955 and founding his church. He earned his law degree from Washburn University in Topeka in 1964, focused on civil rights issues.
ty, Phelps ran as a Democrat during his brief dabble with politics. He finished a distant third in the 1990 gubernatorial primary, and later ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate and Topeka mayor. It was about that time that Westboro’s public crusade against homosexuality began. The protests soon widened and came to include funerals of AIDS victims and any other event that would draw a large crowd, from concerts of country singer Vince Gill to the Academy Awards. He reserved special scorn
“ The Westboro Baptist Church is probably
the vilest hate group in the United States of America. No one is spared, and they find people at their worst, most terrible moments of grief, and they throw this hate in their faces. It’s so low.”
Research director for the Southern Poverty Law Center But in 1979, the Kansas Supreme Court stripped him of his license to practice in state courts, concluding he’d made false statements in court documents and “showed little regard” for professional ethics. He called the court corrupt and insisted he saw its action as a badge of honor. He later agreed to stop practicing in federal court, too. Westboro remained a small church throughout his life, with less than 100 members, most related to the patriarch or one of his 13 children by blood or marriage. Its website says people are free to visit weekly services to get more information, though the congregation can vote at any time to remove a member who they decide is no longer a recipient of God’s grace. The church’s building in central Topeka is surrounded by a wooden fence, and family members are neighbors, their yards enclosed by the same style of fence in a manner that suggests a sealed-off compound. Most of his children were unflinchingly loyal, with some following their father into law. While some estranged family members reported experiencing severe beatings and verbal abuse as children, the children who defended their father said his discipline was in line with biblical standards and never rose to the level of abuse. Phelps could at times, in a courtly and scholarly manner, explain his religious beliefs and expound on how he formed them based on his reading of the Bible. He could also belittle those who questioned him and professed not to care whether people liked the message, or even whether they listened. He saw himself as “absolutely 100 percent right.” “Anybody who’s going to be preaching the Bible has got to be preaching the same way I’m preaching,” he said in 2006. Despite his avowedly conservative views on social issues, and the early stirrings of the clout Christian evangelicals would enjoy within the Kansas Republican Par-
for conservative ministers who preached that homosexuality was a sin but that God nevertheless loved gays and lesbians. When the Rev. Jerry Falwell died in 2007, Westboro members protested at his funeral with the same sorts of signs they held up outside services a decade earlier for Matthew Shepard, a gay University of Wyoming student who was beaten to death in 1998. “They’re all going to hell,” Phelps said in a 2005 interview of Christians who refuse to condemn gay people as he did. It wasn’t just the message, but also the mocking tone that many found to be deliberately cruel. Led by Phelps, church members thanked God for roadside explosive devices and prayed for thousands more casualties, calling the deaths of military personnel killed in the Middle East a divine punishment for a nation it believed was doomed by its tolerance for gay people. State and federal legislators responded by enacting restrictions on such protests. A Pennsylvania man whose 20-year-old Marine son died in 2006 sued the church after it picketed the son’s funeral and initially won $11 million. In an 8-1 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court declared in 2011 that the First Amendment protects even such “hurtful” speech, though it undoubtedly added to the father’s “already incalculable grief.” “The Westboro Baptist Church is probably the vilest hate group in the United States of America,” Heidi Beirich, research director for the Montgomery, Ala.-based Southern Poverty Law Center, told The Associated Press in July 2011. “No one is spared, and they find people at their worst, most terrible moments of grief, and they throw this hate in their faces. It’s so low.”
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In Brief 4,000 people rescued from Italian shore ROME — Italian authorities say they have rescued more than 4,000 would-be migrants at sea over the past four days as the war in Syria and instability in Libya spawn new waves of refugees. The numbers of migrants reaching Italian shores generally rises this time of year as warm weather and calm seas make the Mediterranean Sea crossing from North Africa easier. But the U.N. refugee agency said the numbers so far in 2014 represent a 300 percent increase over the same period in 2013. Italian maritime officials said 2,922 people were picked up March 17-18, and another 1,165 were rescued in the two days ending Thursday. The spike is primarily due to renewed instability in Libya, where refugees from Syria and across Africa gather, awaiting a chance to leave on Italy-bound smuggling boats, said Carlotta Sami, spokeswoman for the U.N. refugee agency in Italy. Because of the increase in violence in Libya, migrants have pushed harder to leave the country sooner, she said. “They cannot stay safe in Libya,” she said, adding that the recent arrivals in Sicily included two Syrian women in their 80s. “Everybody is trying to escape Syria.” Italy beefed up its air and sea surveillance of the sea smuggling route after a boat capsized last October off the southern island of Lampedusa, killing more than 360 people. Nearly 43,000 migrants arrived by sea in Italy in 2013.
Education minister loses plagiarism case BERLIN — A former education minister in Germany who resigned over plagiarism allegations has lost a legal bid to have her doctorate restored. Annette Schavan, an ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel, quit in February 2013 after an academic panel at Heinrich Heine University in Duesseldorf reviewed her 1980 doctoral thesis, discovered uncredited passages from others’ work throughout her paper, and revoked her degree. A Duesseldorf administrative court upheld that decision Thursday. Schavan said she would read the full judgment before deciding whether to appeal it. “I once again reject strongly the accusation of deception,” the 58-year-old said in a statement. Merkel’s government plans to make Schavan, a reformminded Roman Catholic, Germany’s next ambassador to the Vatican.
The New Hampshire
Friday, March 21, 2014
Green Collar Careers:
Seth LaFlamme, D.C., Owner of Great Works Chiropractic By Theresa Conn Contributing Writer
Great Works Chiropractic in South Berwick, Maine offers a unique approach to healthcare. “At Great Works, we treat underlying problems, not just outward symptoms,” Seth LaFlamme, 36, explained. Shying away from typical drug-based treatment, LaFlamme uses traditional chiropractic methods to help his patients get well. With minimal waste production and a focus on sustainability, Great Works Chiropractic is a great example of how the healthcare industry can “go green.” Theresa Conn (TC): What do you like most about your job? Seth LaFlamme (SL): Conventional health providers mostly just work towards relieving a patient’s complaints, but at Great Works Chiropractic, we focus on neurostructural connection. The brain controls the body; it regulates the nervous system, muscles, organs, everything. It can be tempting to treat a symptom like back pain or headaches with drugs, but that doesn’t solve the underlying problem. Think of it this way: if your house was on fire, would you just pull the batteries out of the screaming smoke detector? No. You’d fix the big problem and be grateful that you were alerted to it in the first place. At our practice, we treat our patients based on the principle that if we can restore the integrity of the nervous system and its supporting structures, the body will do the healing itself. It’s amazing to hear a patient who has been struggling with pain for years say, “I didn’t know life could be this good.” I also really enjoy working with kids. They’re so in touch with their innate selves. My wife is also a chiropractor, and we both have advanced pediatrics training. It’s gratifying to work with kids who are excited to come to our office. Don’t get me wrong, working with adults is great, but there’s something special about helping a stereotypical “sick kid” become healthy and be off to a good start. TC: Where did you go to college? Does your college education help with your current job? What skills from college most prepared you for the
work you do now? SL: I didn’t follow the typical path to becoming a chiropractor. I graduated from the University of Maine-Farmington with a degree in writing. After college, I was painting houses and freelance writing. I had a few health problems, so I went to get help. My chiropractor blew me away. He told me how our bodies can heal themselves, and I couldn’t believe it. My wife [who was working with him at the time] and I both decided to become chiropractors, and we went to Life University in Georgia, one of the largest chiropractic schools in the world. My undergraduate education absolutely helps me with my current job. The medical field is very practical and left-brained; being creative and in touch with the intuitive right-brained way of thinking has helped me expand my practice and connect with my clients. I also have to write letters to other doctors and insurance programs regularly. My ability to clearly explain the needs of my patients has been a real asset. Although my writing degree may not pertain on paper, it has been vital for the success of my practice. TC: What do you look for in an employee in this field? SL: Most chiropractors open their own practices. Of course you need to have a scientific and business background, but I think communication skills are crucial. You must be a “people person.” You don’t need to be a social butterfly, but you do need to be able to connect with your patients. As a chiropractor, you’re not just prescribing pills for your patients. You’re in the business of changing beliefs as well. You have to be able to convince people that there are other ways to fix issues other than popping aspirin. It’s important to bond with your clients and build relationships with them. TC: What made you integrate sustainability into your business/go into a green industry? SL: Well, sustainability is inherent in our practice because of the way we do business. The medical industry is incredibly wasteful; hospitals, offices, and medical manufacturers produce prolific amounts of toxic waste
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every day. For us, it’s not like that. We barely produce any trash. Our treatments only require our hands; being a chiropractor is an example of how “green” healthcare can be. TC: What are you most proud of in your business as related to sustainability? SL: We put our money where our mouth is when it comes to sustainability. Along with producing minimal waste, we support local and global environmental initiatives. For example, we sponsor the “Seacoast Harvest Magazine,” a publication that highlights local farms and markets around the area. We also support the Great Works Regional Land Trust. We make sure our business is part of green endeavors in our community; it’s part of who we are. Great Works Chiropractic is a green-certified business in the Green Alliance. For more info on Great Works, visit http://greatworkschiro.com. To learn more about the Green Alliance, go to http:// www.greenalliance.biz. Theresa Conn is a senior Environmental Conservation and Sustainability major at UNH and a writer for the Green Alliance.
Seth LaFlamme, pictured with his daughter, sets a “green” example with a sustainable workplace. At Great Works Chiropractic, LaFlamme uses traditional methods to avoid waste production, and supports local and global environmental initiatives.
Friday, March 21, 2014
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In Brief Iran fire festival marks end of winter season TEHRAN, Iran — Iranians jumped over bonfires, threw firecrackers and floated wishing lanterns to celebrate an ancient festival marking the end of the Persian year, ignoring calls by many Islamic clerics to shun a ritual that has officially been denounced as pagan. The celebration, known as “Chaharshanbe Souri,” or Wednesday Feast, was celebrated late Tuesday and is a pre-Islamic tradition in Iran, marking the eve of the last Wednesday of the solar Persian year. March 21, the first day of spring, marks Nowruz, the beginning of the year 1393 on the Persian calendar. The Persian fire-jumping festival symbolizes an opportunity to purify the soul for the coming new year and celebrate the end of winter. Celebrations for Chaharshanbe Souri last until midnight Tuesday, as Iranians of all ages light bonfires, set off firecrackers and dance in streets, parks and other public places. The festival has been frowned upon by hard-liners since the 1979 Islamic revolution because they consider it a symbol of Zoroastrianism, one of Iran’s ancient religions. They say it goes against Islamic traditions. But police mainly stood by watching rather than trying to disperse the crowds in the streets of the capital. The celebration is one of the few non-religious remaining events on the Persian calendar.
The New Hampshire
‘Best lead’ in plane search: 2 objects seen in sea By KRISTEN GELINEAU Associated Press
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — A freighter used searchlights early Friday to scan rough seas in one of the remotest places on Earth after satellite images detected possible pieces from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane in the southern Indian Ocean. In what officials called the “best lead” of the nearly two-weekold aviation mystery, a satellite detected two objects floating about 1,000 miles off the coast of Australia and halfway to the desolate islands of the Antarctic. The development raised new hope of finding the vanished jet and sent another emotional jolt to the families of the 239 people aboard. One of the objects on the satellite image was 24 meters (almost 80 feet) long and the other was 5 meters (15 feet). There could be other objects in the area, a four-hour flight from southwestern Australia, said John Young, manager of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s emergency response division. “This is a lead, it’s probably the best lead we have right now,” Young said. He cautioned that the objects could be seaborne debris along a shipping route where containers can fall off cargo vessels, although the larger object is longer than a container. Four military planes searched the area Thursday without success but will resume later Friday morning, Australian officials said. The Norwegian cargo vessel Hoegh St. Petersburg, with a Filipino crew of 20, arrived in the area and used searchlights after dark to look for debris. It will continue the search Friday, said Ingar Skiaker of Hoegh Autoliners, speaking to reporters in Oslo. The Norwegian ship, which transports cars, was on its way from South Africa to Australia, he said. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority said another commercial
ship and an Australian navy vessel were also en route to the search area. Satellite imagery experts said the lead is worth investigating. “It would be very nice if you could see a whole wing floating there, then you could say, ‘OK that’s an airplane.’ When you’re looking at something like this you can’t tell what it is,” said Sean O’Connor, an imagery analyst with IHS Janes.
Malaysian nationals. But he cautioned that relatives still “do not yet know for sure whether this is indeed MH370 or something else. Therefore, we are still waiting for further notice from the Australian government.” Malaysian officials met with the relatives Thursday night in a hotel near Kuala Lumpur, but journalists were kept away. After the meeting, groups of people left looking
“The chances of it being debris from the
airplane are probably small, and the chances of it being debris from other shipping are probably large.”
Aviation professor University of New South Wales But another analyst said the debris is most likely not pieces of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. There have been several false leads since the Boeing 777 disappeared March 8 above the Gulf of Thailand en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. “The chances of it being debris from the airplane are probably small, and the chances of it being debris from other shipping are probably large,” said Jason Middleton, an aviation professor at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. The development marked a new phase for the anguished relatives of the passengers, who have been critical of Malaysian officials for not releasing timely information about the plane. While they still hope their loved ones will somehow be found, they acknowledged that news of the satellite images could mean the plane fell into the sea. “If it turns out that it is truly MH370, then we will accept that fate,” said Selamat Bin Omar, the father of a Malaysian passenger. The jet carried mostly Chinese and
distraught. Hamid Amran, who had a child on Flight 370, said questions asked at the meeting made it “apparent that Malaysia’s military is incapable of protecting its own airspace.” He said he “believes that my child and all the other passengers are still alive. I will not give up hope.” A man who would only give his surname, Lau, said he was there to support a Chinese couple who had lost their only son. “It appears some families are slowly accepting the worst outcome,” he said. Malaysian Airlines CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said the relatives in Kuala Lumpur were being given updates by high-level officials “two or three times a day.” “We do take care of the next of kin, and assuming it is confirmed, that the aircraft is located somewhere close to Australian, we will obviously make arrangements to fly the next of kin there,” he said. A group of Malaysian government and airline officials flew
Thursday night to Beijing to meet families there. Young said the ocean in the search area is thousands of meters deep. DigitalGlobe, a Longmont, Colo.-based company, said it provided the images to Australian officials. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority released two images of the whitish objects. They were taken March 16, but Australian Air Commodore John McGarry said it took time to analyze them. “The task of analyzing imagery is quite difficult, it requires drawing down frames and going through frame by frame,” he said. The hunt has encountered other false leads. Oil slicks that were seen did not contain jet fuel. A yellow object thought to be from the plane turned out to be sea trash. Chinese satellite images showed possible debris, but nothing was found. But this is the first time that possible objects have been spotted since the search area was massively expanded into two corridors, one stretching from northern Thailand into Central Asia and the other from the Strait of Malacca to the southern Indian Ocean. Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein made it clear Thursday that although international search efforts are continuing both on land and in sea in the northern and southern hemispheres, the effort is mostly concentrated south of the equator over the vast Indian Ocean. Malaysian authorities have not ruled out any possible explanation for what happened to the jet, but have said the evidence so far suggests it was deliberately turned back across Malaysia to the Strait of Malacca, with its communications systems disabled. They are unsure what happened next. Police are considering the possibility of hijacking, sabotage, terrorism or issues related to the mental health of the pilots or anyone else on board.
US questioning more than 100 from ‘stash house’ By MICHAEL GRACZYK Associated Press
HOUSTON — U.S. immigration authorities on Thursday were interviewing more than 100 people presumed to be in the country illegally after they were discovered crammed into a small house in south Houston. Five men also were in custody, two of whom were arrested after driving from the home on Wednesday. Authorities suspect it was a so-called stash house, a place where smugglers bring the people they’ve brought into the U.S. illegally and keep them until they or their family members pay a ransom. Police who found handguns and documents in the car suggesting illegal activity then went inside and found the people captive. Three other men were apprehended trying to flee after police arrived. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Special Agent Brian Moskowitz told a congressional hearing in Houston Thursday the five were held on offenses that
included hostage taking, weapons charges and conspiracy to harbor illegal immigrants. “It’s going to take some time,” agency spokesman Greg Palmore said. “We’re not far along that we’re going to release names at this point. We’re still interviewing individuals and we’ll follow the information where it goes. “It’s nothing that’s going to occur overnight.” Men in underwear and without shoes, more than a dozen women and two children were found inside the filthy single-story, 1,500-squarefoot house about 12 miles south of downtown Houston. They are primarily from El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico, Palmore said. Houston police, responding to a tip, went to the home in a somewhat rural area during a search for a 24-year-old woman and her two children, a 7-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy. They’d been reported missing by relatives late Tuesday after an apparent smuggler didn’t show for a planned meeting, police
spokesman John Cannon said. Officers found 115 people jammed inside. Among them were the missing woman and her two kids. It was not immediately certain how the people got there, but one woman told authorities she’d been held for 15 days. Cannon said the other women said they’d been captive for several days. Authorities are still determining whether the people will be deported, Palmore said. The house had power but no hot water and only one toilet. “It’s a typical stash housetype of environment,” Cannon said Thursday. “What was atypical was the numbers of people kept inside.” Stash houses are not uncommon in Houston, because of its proximity to Mexico, which is as little as a five-hour drive to the southwest. But the size of the operation discovered Wednesday is more prevalent closer to the border in South Texas. Palmore described the number of people as “the largest I’ve seen in
one location” in his seven years on the job in Houston. “This case demonstrates the human tragedy that occurs as a result of our broken borders,” said U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, RTexas, chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, who was in Houston Thursday for a hearing on human trafficking. “Last year over 100,000 people entered the United States illegally through Texas alone and the Department of Homeland Security has no plans to stop the flow,” he said. In 2012, four people were arrested when 131 people were found in a house near Alton in Hidalgo County, about eight miles north of the border. An additional 115 were discovered the same year nearby in a cluster of stash houses near Edinburg, also in the Rio Grande Valley. “It’s sporadic,” Palmore said. “It’s nothing you can predict. Some weeks we can encounter five days straight, five separate incidents. Then other weeks we may have none at all.”
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Updating the pool is not what’s best for the university
or nearly two years, the university and the town have been endlessly arguing over one topic: the UNH Outdoor Pool. While the university has been proposing to alter the outdated pool, the town has been advocating to preserve the historic pool. This week, a reasonable solution was proposed at the town council meeting. Mark Rubenstein, Vice President of Students and Academic Affairs – speaking on behalf of UNH President Mark Huddleston – presented the proposal for a 14,000-16,000 square foot, $4.4 million new pool. Today’s front page article reported that discussion at the meeting indicated that those in attendance would like the debate to continue. However, after months and years of discussing the pool, the debate should end soon. Rubenstein said that the proposal will be formally presented to the USNH Board of Trustees in April; that leaves little time for a continued debate. The university, the town, UNH students and additional voices have all had their opinions heard throughout this process, all of which seem to have been taken into serious consideration in this most recent – and likely, ﬁnal – proposal.
With finances a constant issue for the university, spending more money than necessary would not fiscally responsible for the university. According to information about the outdoor pool on the Campus Recreation website, “…the existing pool does not meet the level of health and safety the public generally expects of UNH. While DES may say the pool meets minimum standards, UNH believes higher standards are necessary.”
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Friday, March 21, 2014
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Turning crisis into opportunity
his past Sunday, Ukrainian citizens living in Crimea, Ukraine’s southeast peninsula, voted to break away from their country and join Russia. Under the auspices of armed Russian soldiers, Crimean citizens cast their ballot in a hurried referendum. If this sounds illegitimate, irregular or illegal to you, rest assured, it is. A quick (albeit oversimplified) analogy exists in the form of Arizona holding a vote to join Mexico, assuming that Arizona was forcefully occupied by Mexican troops. If you are confused as to how the situation in Ukraine led to this, fear not: here’s a brief synopsis. Instead of entering into an auspicious economic agreement with the European Union that would have facilitated lucrative trade relations and a closer connection to the West, ex-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych chose to accept a decidedly inferior arrangement with Russia—only after receiving billions of dollars in debt-relief from Russian President Vladimir Putin. Witnessing what they correctly believed to be Cold War era bully tactics, Ukrainian citizens began to peacefully protest in Kiev and other cities. In what can be described as a dictator-esque paroxysm, President Yanukovych reacted to these developments by violently cracking down on protesters, restricting
personal freedoms and installing a curfew. Rather than quell the unrest (surprise, surprise), these actions exacerbated tension within Ukraine, particularly between the western Ukrainians who wanted a closer relationship with Europe and the eastern Ukrainians that elected Yanukovych and generally favor Russia. A maelstrom of civil unrest gripped Kiev in the months that followed, with protests turning into riots and riots morphing into a countrywide revolution. Eventually Yanukovych was forced to abscond to Russia. This more or less brings us to the present. Over the past few weeks President Putin has ordered thousands of Russian troops into Crimea under the guise of protecting ethnic Russians (the majority in Crimea) from “ultra-nationalist” Ukrainians, and has threatened to do the same in mainland Ukraine. Crimean authorities then “voluntarily” put forward a referendum that gave citizens the option of joining the Russian Federation. The voters predictably acquiesced. President Obama and many European leaders have deemed Russia’s actions a gross violation of both Ukrainian sovereignty and international law, but Putin has remained defiant. On Tuesday, the United States and European Union announced sanctions, visa bans and asset freezes against top Russian officials, primarily those close
A Third Perspective Ethan Gauvin to Putin. The Russian president, however, confirmed the annexation of Crimea and continues to thumb his nose at the international community, condemning what he calls “Western hypocrisy.” In the midst of this imbroglio, however, lies an opportunity. Putin’s aggressive moves have presented the United States with a chance to undermine, his political future and end Russia’s expansionist tendencies in the long term. The West now has substantial justification to implement broad and unrelenting economic sanctions against Russia, the focus of which must be on oil and natural gas. Russia’s economy is in poor shape; not only is it overwhelmingly reliant on gas exports, but foreign investment has gradually evaporated due to chronic government corruption, its currency continues to devaluate (resulting in an inflationary spiral), and its main stock index has experienced a stomach-dropping free fall in recent weeks. This leaves Gazprom, Russia›s government-con-
trolled oil monopoly, as one of the country’s last sources of economic power. Yet there is even more bad news: Gazprom’s global market share has fallen from 360 billion in 2007 to 77 billion in 2013. Unfortunately, Russia still provides around 30 percent of Europe’s oil and natural gas. This means that the U.S. needs to get European countries on board, especially Germany, if economic sanctions are going to be effective. Conversely, European leaders understand that their citizens, not Americans, would be the victims of gas and petrol price hikes. It’s not difficult, therefore, to appreciate why Angela Merkel would be reluctant to join an economic crusade against Germany’s largest gas supplier. But the U.S. has a trump card, indeed the reason why Gazprom’s market share has tumbled so dramatically. New drilling methods, spurred by technological innovation, have wrought a shale gas revolution in America. U.S. companies can now reach pockets of natural gas that were previously thought inaccessible (“fracking”) and this has resulted in an abundant supply. Exxon Mobile’s chief economist, among others, predicts that the U.S. will achieve complete energy self-sufficiency by 2020— and possibly even earlier. The Obama Administration must recognize this development for what it is: a geopolitical weapon.
By expediting the approval of natural gas exports and subsidizing companies that supply Europe, the U.S. could mitigate Europe’s initial gas shock as well as share the burden of imposing sanctions. Building the infrastructure needed to meet this additional demand will take time, but so will Putin’s territorial ambitions. Destroying Putin’s gas leverage opens a variety of diplomatic options. Without a show of economic force, however, diplomatic efforts will repeatedly fall on deaf ears and Russia will have no incentive to stop its encroachment. In an editorial addressed to the American people last September, written at the height of the Syrian crisis, Putin emphatically stated: “Under current international law, force is permitted only in self-defense or by the decision of the Security Council. Anything else is unacceptable … and would constitute an act of aggression.” With an economy in shambles and civil unrest at the door, Putin may be inclined to embrace his former reasoning. Or, better yet, Russian citizens may be inclined to oust him in the same manner as Yanukovych—a kleptocrat whose time had come.
s Ethan Gauvin is a senior political science major.
Putin’s power grab could mean Soviet Union 2.0
ven though the corporate Fox-CNN-MSNBC complex is discussing the Ukrainian revolts, other news sources (that is, non-American ones, including those in Canada, Mexico, Europe and even Asia) are painting an entirely different picture. Evidence continues to pour in from outside our monopolized media that the CIA has directly intervened to fuel and fund the revolts, and has used them as a veil to quietly stage yet another “regime change” to install a new government sympathetic to American economic interests. This includes the Nazi-ist and ultra-nationalist political party “Svoboda,” which has taken over powerful positions in the Ukrainian executive and legislative branches. Other offices have been handed over to “Batkivshchyna” political party, the socially conservative pro-EU party that campaigned on establishing a federal FBI-like secret police to “protect” Ukraine and bar non-Ukrainians from owning property. Since President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted from power and fled to Russia for sanctuary from the revolts, the new Svoboda-Batkiyshchyna coalition government has quickly ushered in a series of neoliberal (that is, market fundamentalist) “reforms” that eviscerate public anti-poverty programs by privatizing them under corporate control. Whether parliament’s actions are constitutionally legal under current Ukrainian law is not clear, even by Ukrainian academics, and Yanukovych has denounced the
government and its newly-appointed President Oleksandr Turchynov as having engaged in an unconstitutional coup d’état.
By re-integrating the USSR, Putin will be able to re-establish Russia as a world hegemon and centralize major decisionmaking in Moscow. Vladimir Putin is also directly intervening and his actions in Crimea are distressing. Domestically, he shows how the Russian legislature has been effectively drained of its power and has transferred most of its decision-making authority to Putin himself. It has done this in two ways. Firstly, it has passed several “emergency power” acts that expand the power of the presidency so that it can make most decisions without having to ask for approval, including passing major economic, political, and military policies without any legislative action. Putin has essentially concentrated most of the Russian government’s power in his own office, allowing him to virtually rule by decree. This is profoundly undemocratic and reminiscent of feudal autocracies, not modern republics. Secondly, he created the “United Russia” political party, which holds a majority in the legislature. In essence, Putin is not just the
From the Left Dan Fournier president, but a legislative leader. This means that the Russian legislature is under his direct personal control; it is a group of his own political minions who will vote any way that he tells them to, making it nothing more than a rubber-stamp for whatever policies he wants put into law. I would not be surprised if he rigs the next national elections (again) so that he can stay in power for another term, if not longer. Putin’s government is reminiscent of Khrushchev and Brezhnev’s post-Stalin USSR; a country that pretends to be democratic and work with the industrialized world, but in reality is nothing more than a hyper-centralized government wherein the unelected executive makes most major decisions. Since the dissolution of the USSR in ’91, Russia has been incrementally taking action to re-establish control over Eastern Europe. Nothing is more illustrative of this than the fact that Putin used his new “emergency powers” to send military troops to Crimea to “protect” ethic Russians from growing Ukrainian nationalism. Ukraine used to be one of the republics that constituted the larger Soviet Union, and Russia has suffered several serious economic
shocks and sharp stock-market declines since it has been isolated. By taking over Crimea and its natural resources, Russia is taking yet another step to re-Sovietize Eastern Europe, and his new talk of “protecting” ethnic Russians in Estonia and Lithuania shows that Crimea was only step one in this larger plan. Putin – and the government that he embodies – wants Crimea for several reasons. Its vast oil, mining, hyper-fertile soil and uranium resources are just one reason (similar to Bush and Obama’s illegal and imperial military occupation of the Middle East to seize crude oil and natural gas under the guise of “spreading democracy”), but there are others. By re-integrating the USSR, Putin will be able to re-establish Russia as a world hegemon and centralize major decision-making in Moscow and, by extension, in himself. His blatant disregard for democracy by assuming governmental powers unto himself, and for actively using those powers to “protect” ethnic Russian abroad, marks him as one of the most corrupt leaders of the past generation. He is tied with Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, because she can effectively control the EU’s political and financial decisions (i.e., her cruel exploitation of Greece via tyrannical bailout stipulations), giving her the power to do what Hitler could only dream of: politically rule the entire European continent. The U.S. shouldn’t hide its imperial foreign policy behind a
feigned loyalty to Ukraine’s “national sovereignty.” The same country that dropped 23,000 bombs on Yugoslavia in 1999 demanding that Kosovo be separated from Serbia and Yugoslavia, and who invaded Afghanistan in 2001 and bombed Libya in 2011, has no legitimate defense in calling for the protection of the national sovereignty of any nation. The U.S. is, unfortunately, one of the great historical imperialist powers par “excellance” and is in no place to lecture any country on how it should conduct its foreign affairs. It should respect the democratic will of the Crimean people. It should go along with the results of the referendum, regardless of how it serves corporate interests, because the referendum is the manifest democratic will of the Crimean populace. Putin may be a political thug, but he is a smart thug; having been active in the USSR’s “communist” party since the mid-1970s and its KGB secret police, he’s acutely aware of how the US-EU-NATO complex functions. His actions in Crimea are distressingly similar to Hitler’s in Poland, and the international community needs to step up and take action to make sure Crimea isn’t followed by Lithuania, Estonia and others.
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.
The New Hampshire
Twenty under twenty
he name Peter Thiel came up back in 2011, while I was doing research for a comprehensive English project. Thiel, the co-founder of PayPal, was featured with three other men in an Intelligence Squared debate, a show that televises a formal debate on a particular topic. Thiel was paired with political scientist Charles Murray and against Henry Bienen and Vivek Wadhwa, respectively the president emeritus at Northwestern University and vice president of research and development at Singularity University. The topic? Whether or not too many kids go to college.
Thiel’s original purpose for creating the fellowship was to demonstrate that money spent on college would be better invested otherwise. At the time of reading the debate transcript, I was more concerned with picking out flashy quotes to cite in the English project. There are two quotes that stand out particularly in my memory. Murray: “Nearly everyone needs more [schooling]. … What they don’t need is to chase after this fraudulent, destructive thing called a B.A. The B.A. is really the work of the devil.” Wadhwa: “[America] became the most fiercely competitive land in the world because we educate everyone. If we keep having these silly debates about four-year degrees, we’re going to lose out.” Chalk up two classic cases of appeal to an audience’s emotion right there. Clearly those guys paid close attention in their respective English classes. At that time Thiel was promoting his new “20 under 20” fellowship: $100,000 and professional mentorship, a package deal created as an incentive for teenagers to forego going straight to higher education. The Thiel Fellowship had just proclaimed its first batch of successful recipients, while critics were proclaiming their disgust with Thiel’s attack on higher education. Three years, 64 Thiel Fellows and an earned $55 million in angel and venture funding later, it looks like the fellow-
Penned with Zen Benjamin Kramer ship has made good on its case. On the surface, the program sounds promising. Some of the recipients had incredible accomplishments before becoming fellows, and others’ careers have skyrocketed at the end of the fellowship. Craziest yet may be that despite participating in an anticollege fellowship, some fellows afterwards still choose to enroll in higher education to further pursue their field of interest. But is this the model everyone should follow? Critics highlight that the program sends a misleading message to society that we should be giving everyone money to do as they please, instead of properly investing it to develop the necessary career skills. Former Harvard President Lawrence Summers decries the fellowship, saying, “If any significant number of intellectually able people, of the kind that would have the opportunity to attend top schools, are dropping out, I think it’s tragic.” If people want to play “spot the bias” for a moment, of course college presidents are upset there are voices saying the world’s best and brightest students do not have to spend money on their tuition fees. Additionally, since our generation has proven so willing to pay said money for tuition, it is no surprise that venture capitalists are trying to entice us to join in on their programs instead, at least, to build their own network of talent. Is that not why you paid to come to this college as opposed to a lesser choice, to be a part of a prestigious or however appealing community? Chances are if you are reading this, you are already well invested into putting money and resources into higher education. The easy red herring of a question would be whether or not people should go to college. However, the real question is, are you taking full advantage of your time here in college? “Penned with Zen” has already put forth pieces that encourage readers to make the best of things: “Carpe Diem,” “Today is a gift,” and other motivational
thoughts like that. This line of thinking however is a bit more clinical than usual. Think about how much tuition fees are for you. Now consider that number for 16 weeks of school and the standard rate of 16 credit hours per semester. Let’s even allow for some variance: maybe you are taking the minimal 12 credits to stay full-time, or are forking over a bit more to go over the 20 credit limit. For each credit hour and hours in a class per week, for the amount you pay – which is in range of at least $100 a class a week – how great are you feeling about your college investment? How comfortable do you feel about the course material once you pass and are done with a class? For a general education class, did you appreciate how it changed you into becoming a more developed you? Did you at least once talk one-on-one with the professor or teaching assistant to gain some deeper insight into the course material?
The easy red herring of a question would be whether or not people should go to college. However, the real question is, are you taking full advantage of your time here in college? Thiel’s original purpose for creating the fellowship was to demonstrate that money spent on college would be better invested otherwise. The common pitfall both sides on the college debate get trapped in is the misconception that choosing one sets your path – career and otherwise – for success or failure. Whether or not you have the luxury of choosing your path, it is always worth asking whether or not you are making the best of each week you have. That’s the real trick.
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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Friday, March 21, 2014
Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Thumbs up to the first day of spring. Thumbs down to winter weather kicking off spring. Enough snow already. Thumbs up to Wildcat Alex Preston in American Idol’s Top Nine. Go Alex! Thumbs down to mud everywhere. One downside to spring. Thumbs up to finally having an idea for a major. Thumbs down to also having six other ideas for a major. Thumbs up to brackets on brackets on brackets. Thumbs down to March Madness currently being the biggest distraction in your life. Thumbs up to the Jack Johnson Pandora station. It never gets old. Thumbs down to senioritis. We still need to get work done even though we don’t want to. Thumbs up to roommates almost home from a semester abroad. Thumbs down to being extremely pale compared to everyone who traveled during spring break. Thumbs up to having some promising job prospects for the summer. Thumbs down to updating your resume that you haven’t touched in years. Do high school clubs still count? Thumbs up to Nelly, still. Sure, it’s not a country concert, but we can work with a throwback Thursday. Thumbs down to people complaining about Nelly. Don’t pretend like you didn’t listen to him in middle school. The Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down section represents the collective opinion of The New Hampshire’s staff and does not necessarily represent the opinion of the student body. But it more than likely does.
Friday, March 21, 2014
‘Frustrating’ season not all negative
The New Hampshire
Gymnastics leads in academic honors The University of New Hampshire gymnastics team placed an East Atlantic Gymnastics league-leading 14 members and 74 percent of its roster on the EAGL All-Academic Team, the league announced Monday. Awards will be presented to the honorees at the 2014 EAGL Championship Banquet on Friday, March 21, at the Portsmouth Harbor Events and Conference Center in Portsmouth, N.H. In order to be named to the EAGL All-Academic Team, student-athletes must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher or a combined 3.0 GPA from spring 2013 and fall 2013. Freshmen are eligible if they earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the fall semester. The entire senior class is being feted for the fourth consecutive year including co-captains Hannah Barile and Erin Machado, Jannelle Minichiello and Jillian Hudson. Kayla Gray, a kinesiology: exercise science major, earned her third straight EAGL All-Academic Team award. Two-time recipients include junior Adrienne Hill and sophomores Catarina Broccoli, Lauren Brodie, Cassy Izzo, Brittany Prestia, Elissa Solomon and Courtney Thompson. Freshmen Kaylor Kelley and Jen King debuted on the All-Academic Team.
Spring schedule released for volleyball
Senior Jordon Bronner (5) scored 52 points, nine assists in the final three games of his UNH career. By ROB WILSON STAFF writer
When asked to describe the UNH basketball team’s past season in one word, UNH head coach Bill Herrion said, “Frustrating.” “When you look at a 6-24 overall record from the outside, the first thing that comes to most people’s minds is how horrible the season must have been for us,” Herrion said. Despite the UNH Wildcats finishing their season on the losing end, next year holds a brighter future or perhaps a new beginning for the basketball program, washing away a history of struggling pasts. In the past five seasons, New Hampshire has tallied up an overall record of 53-95. The team has been averaging 10 wins to 19 losses over that span. That kind of record is not good enough. Even then, the Wildcats’ best season out of the past five was three years ago when the team finished 13-16. What the team needs to get over this hump can be easily addressed, according to Herrion, and the two major areas are better leadership and a much better offense. “Our offensive needs a lot of work,” Herrion said. “There is a lot of figuring out to what direction the coaching staff wants to go in improving the offense. When you are averaging around 50 points per game you are going to lose a lot of games. Our defense was good enough this season to
win games. However, when you have an offense that couldn’t find ways to score points, it doesn’t matter.” Herrion highlights how center Chris Pelcher, now a graduating senior, played from the beginning of the season. Pelcher dominated on the glass as well as scoring inside, averaging a double-double consistently for New Hampshire. But an injury sidelined Pelcher for about two months and it was then that the dynamics necessary to win games changed. “When you coach at a college level and have a player like Pelcher, who was a dominate player inside, you’re going to win games,” Herrion said. “When he went down, it really changed the way to score points.” During that two-month span, the five freshmen - Jaleen Smith, Daniel Dion, Jacoby Armstrong, Williams Gabriel and John Edwards - used that time to get valuable minutes, as well as experience, which is not the norm for most freshmen. These freshmen were different. By the end of the season they were not freshman anymore, but a solid part of the starting lineup and playing like juniors. Herrion hopes that this experience will pay off in the future. It all comes down to wins and Herrion understands that. “When you are a coach, you are judged by wins and losses,” Herrion said. “You think I’m satisfied with six wins? Absolutely
not.” Herrion has experienced losing seasons in the past, usually due to attitude issues with different players. But with this UNH team it has been the complete opposite for him. “This team deserves a lot of credit,” Herrion said. “They all hung in there this season, never giving up. It takes a lot of strength to do what these players did and I am proud of each and every one of them.” Knowing that the blame can’t just be put on the players for the lack of a stellar season, Herrion noted that he would like to work on being a better coach next season. “I want to become a better offensive coach,” Herrion said. “Scoring points was the biggest issue for the team this past season and I am very aware that it needs to be improved heavily for next year. This year was hard for the coaching staff to develop a style of play on our offensive game mainly because we dealt with many injuries over the course of the season. It was hard to get any rhythm and I became uncomfortable with our substitution patterns. Improving the offense is our biggest challenge right now.” With a new set of recruits coming in and players riding out the off-season to get stronger and healthier, a brighter future is not so far away for this team. Follow Rob Wilson on Twitter @RobWilson_TNH
The defending America East champion University of New Hampshire volleyball team has announced its 2014 spring schedule, which begins Saturday, March 29. The Wildcats open the spring slate with a round robin tournament at Boston College on March 29. UNH will compete against the University of Connecticut (12 p.m.), Providence College (1:30 p.m.) and the host B.C. Eagles (4:30 p.m.). UNH volleyball returns to Lundholm Gymnasium on Tuesday, April 1 (7 p.m.), welcoming BC. The following contest will see the Wildcats travel to the University of Rhode Island for its invitational on Saturday, April 12. Times and teams are still to be determined. New Hampshire will start off the spring schedule hosting the UNH Spring Tournament on Saturday, April 19. The Wildcats welcome Bryant University, Harvard University, the University of Hartford and the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Times are still to be announced. UNH returns 14 players to the 2014 roster following its fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in program history. Outside hitter and conference First Team honoree Tori Forrest returns as UNH’s most productive offensive player, with 2.91 kills per set last season. Setter Taylor Dunklau, the reigning America East Championship Most Outstanding Performer, will also return to the squad, ranking third in program history with 2,103 assists. Defensive specialist Madison Lightfoot looks to build on last season’s breakout year, registering the second-highest dig tally in a single season last year with 546. More information regarding the 2014 spring schedule will be released in the coming weeks.
Katie Mann leads successful first day at NCAA’s Junior Katie Mann of the University of New Hampshire women’s swimming & diving team participated in day one of the NCAA Women’s Swimming & Diving Division I Championships at the University of Minnesota’s Aquatic Center Thursday afternoon. Mann competed in the 200-yard individual medley, her optional event of the three-day meet. She set a new UNH and America East open record with a time of 1 minute, 58.78 seconds, placing 40th in the field. The mark edges out teammate Jenni Roberts’ record by one hundredth of a second, which she set at the ECAC Championships in 2013. Mann returns to the pool on Friday, March 21 to compete in the 400yard IM. The preliminary heats are set to begin at 11 a.m. and the final races start at 7 p.m. She looks to improve her career-best time of 4:09.40, which ranks 23rd in Division I.
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Friday, March 21, 2014
Wildcats win two more, get set to host EAGL championship By SAM DONNELLY contributing writer
The UNH women’s gymnastics team took a trip down to Raleigh, N.C. on Sunday to compete against the top team in the Eastern Atlantic Gymnastics League, North Carolina State. The Wildcats edged The Wolfpack 195.600 to 195.550. UNH started on bars, while N.C. State started on vault. Lauren Brodie scored a 9.850 to take third place, while Erika Rudiger scored a 9.800, which was good enough for fifth. Although Brodie and Rudiger started out strong, the Wildcats trailed 49.000 to 48.900 after one rotation. Meghan Pflieger led the way on vault with a 9.750, good enough for fourth place. New Hampshire scored a 48.425. After two rotations the Wildcats still trailed NC State 97.425- 97.325. “We did not stick bar dismounts and we did not stick vault,” head coach Gail Goodspeed said. “Although I think we were a little undervalued on vault.” UNH stepped up their routines on floor taking four of the top six spots and scoring a 49.150. “We performed very well on floor,” Goodspeed said. “We paid attention to detail and executed like we can.” The senior co-captains Hannah Barile and Erin Machado led the way with scores of 9.850 and each taking
a share of second place. Kelsey Aucoin and Pflieger followed closely on their captain’s heels, scoring 9.825 each and grabbing fifth place. Going into the last event, UNH led 146.475 to 146.425. On beam, Aucoin stepped up as she has all season,. “Kelsey has been amazing all year long,” Goodspeed said. “She or Meghan could be our rookie of the year. She steps it up for competition.” Aucoin scored a 9.875, which was good enough for first place. Jannelle Minichiello and Pflieger both scored a 9.825 and tied for fourth place. The team scored a 49.125. Although the Wildcats won the meet, they were guaranteed a berth to regionals regardless of the result. While Goodspeed knew all along, the team didn’t want to. “I knew before the N.C. State meet,” Goodspeed said. “They didn’t want to know. I knew for sure after we won, they didn’t want to know. They want to just compete.” Two days before, the Wildcats defeated the Air Force 196.100 to 195.075 at Lundholm Gymnasium for senior night and military appreciation day. Rudiger led the Wildcats by claiming first place in both uneven bars, where she matched a personal best of 9.875, and floor exercise scoring a 9.870. “Erika really stepped up tonight,” Goodspeed said. “She hit ev-
After losing the first three meets of the season, the UNH gymnastics team has won seven of its last eight. ery routine well and was confident as usual.” UNH never trailed in the meet, outscoring Air Force in every event. Aucoin tied for first place on vault with a score of 9.850. Barile held third place with a 9.825. UNH finished vault holding a slight lead over Air Force, 48.900 to 48.325. After Rudiger matched her personal best on uneven bars, senior Janelle Minichiello set her career high at a 9.825, and Megan Pflieger grabbed fourth place with a 9.800, propelling the Wildcats to a seasonhigh 48.900 on the bars. Aucoin and Kayla Gray helped post team scores of 49.100 by sharing first place with a score of 9.875 respectively. Rudiger and senior
Erin Machado finished it off with a 9.850 each on floor exercise, good enough for a first place finish. In honor of the senior class, coach Goodspeed read off each accomplishment by Barile, Minichiello, Machado, and Jillian Hudson. All four were recognized academically for four years on the team, each holding a GPA of 3.1 or above. The four seniors were all held in high regard by their teammates, being described as leaders, kind and inspiring. “They are the reason this team is where they are,” Goodspeed said. “They are resilient and their work ethic is off the charts, but most importantly they are great young women.”
After Goodspeed acknowledged their dedication, a video commemorated the four seniors and included baby photos and early training highlights as well as a huge thank you from both the coaching staff and teammates. On Saturday, UNH will host the Eastern Atlantic Gymnastics League conference championship in the Whittemore Center. This will be the first time this season New Hampshire will compete in the Whittemore Center, and coach Goodspeed has some concerns. “My concern is the mats,” Goodspeed said. “They are on the ice and we don’t want the mats to be hard. In gymnastics they are supposed to absorb not push back.”
So when Bellamy and Team USA gave up a 2-0 lead in the final minutes of regulation and lost in overtime, it stung hard. The first goal came with 3:26 remaining when a shot from Brianne Jenner bounced off of Bellamy and into the net, a play the defenseman shrugged off the best she could. Then, with 54 seconds remaining, Bellamy went to check Canada’s Rebecca Johnston, who had the puck in the right corner of the USA zone. Bellamy smothered her, but Johnston managed to toss the puck at USA goaltender Jessie Vetter. The puck bounced off Vetter and landed on Poulin’s stick, who was ready in the slot. In overtime, Team USA came out of the gate with a flurry of shots on Canada goaltender Shannon Szabados, but she stopped all five shots that got through the tough shot-blocking Canadian defenders. Then, 7:31 into the extra period, Canada’s Hayley Wickenheiser got a breakway and headed for the USA net all alone. USA’s Hilary Knight caught up to her and chopped her down before she could get a shot off, giving Team Canada a four-on-three power play. Less later a minute later at 8:10, they converted, Poulin ripping the game winning goal past Vetter from the slot to give her team the win. She turned around and clapped her stick to the ice in celebration. All the while, Bellamy sat with her teammates on the bench, waiting for a shift that would not come, not for four more years. “There’s no words to explain it. It sucked.” Bellamy said. “Four
years of training that you thought, you’re playing in this one game, and you’re going for the gold medal. You don’t even think about the silver medal because you’re just going for the gold medal, and I mean it was really tough on our team. It was.” Bellamy still treasures her experience in Sochi. Aside from the loss, she spent two weeks on one of the sports world’s biggest stage with friends she holds dearly. She connected with other veteran players like Chu, someone she said she’s learned a lot from, as well as first-year Olympians like Brianna Decker and Annie Schleper, players who she said bring out her younger, fun loving side. And despite the controversies surrounding Russia in the weeks leading up to the games, terror threats being the worst of them, Bellamy said the players felt no international tension, either on the ice or in the village. “That was the funny thing,” Bellamy said, “because I see us at war with other countries and other countries with each other, but, you know, when you’re at the Olympics with the other athletes, it’s just it’s amazing. We all just respect each other so much, and we don’t care what happens in the outside world. It’s what happening right then and there.” Bellamy is still focused on her goal though. She plans to continue working in the weight room and on the ice to make sure she earns a spot on the 2018 Olympic team. If she makes it, she might just get more chance at a gold medal game against Team Canada.
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head coach Dick Umile said. “He hasn’t even been on skates. There’s an outside chance he could make it for the NCAAs, but that’s a way’s away.” Brett Pesce, who was just 17 at the start of the season last year, has filled in van Riemsdyk’s place. It’s difficult to fill the shoes of a player who leads the team in assists, but Pesce has adapted well and has become one of the most important players on the team. “I love playing with Brett, he’s such a smart, decisive player,” Knodel said. “We played a lot his freshman year, but since Trevor’s been out, he’s stepped his game up a lot. … The majority of the reason why he didn’t put up a lot of points last season is because he because he didn’t get the opportunities.” In the team’s last 13 games since van Riemsdyk’s injury, Pesce has 16 points (6g, 10a) and has recorded a point in 11 of them. His presence is felt on both special teams, being on the top pairing of the powerplay, as well as the penalty kill unit. “I’ve definitely increased my confidence level,” Pesce said. “I was just myself, I kept playing my game and I just got more chances in key situations.”
little compensation in women’s hockey. Still, Bellamy has accepted her lot. “Yeah it’s a full-time job, but I love it,” Bellamy said. “It’s hard, but if you’re passionate about the game, and you need to play in order to play for your national team or want to go the Olympics, then you have no choice.” Bellamy said the team was especially motivated to prepare for a win in Sochi after being exposed by their northern rivals four years ago in Vancouver. They lost 2-0 in the gold medal game to Canada that year, and the former Wildcat said there was no doubt in the USA locker room who was the better team. With that understood, Team USA flipped their program around shortly after the 2010 games ended, naming fellow UNH alum Stone their new coach. In the following four years, Bellamy said the team felt more prepared than ever. “We knew Canada was the better team [in Vancouver],” Bellamy said. “Day in and day out, [we’ve been] getting prepared physically, emotionally, psychologically, and it’s been incredible. I think we were the most prepared we could have been [in Sochi], and I don’t think there’s any regrets that we had, and I think that we used that gold medal game in Vancouver for motivation every day on the ice and in the weight room, and I think that it really helped us.”
AWARDS FROM AROUND THE LEAGUE On Thursday, 10 finalists were announced for the hobey Baker award, college hockey’s equivalent of the Heisman Trophy. The Big
Sophomore Brett Pesce (above). Ten had more nominations than any other conference, with three. Boston College junior Johnny Gaudreau is the favorite to win the award, scoring 69 points (32g, 37a) in 37 games this season. Gaudreau’s linemate, Kevin Hayes (24g, 32a), is the only other nominee from Hockey East. Hockey East also announced their season-ending awards and all-stars. Knodel and Goumas were selected from the Wildcats for the Hockey East second team all-stars. Gaudreau captured player of the year, while Vermont’s Mario Puskarich was named rookie of the year. Mauermann received co-defensive player of the year award and individual sportsmanship award. The Wildcats were honored with the team sportsmanship award for the second year in a row, after averaging just 7.8 penalty minutes per game.
Friday, March 21, 2014
No. 11 Dayton became the first underdog to win in March Madness, coming from behind to upset sixthranked Ohio State 60-59 after OSU’s Aaron Craft missed a last-second shot.
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Pesce, Wildcats prepare for HE semifinal JUSTIN LORING Sports editor
After a tumultuous weekend that saw the team lose a two-goal lead in back-to-back games, the UNH hockey team has its sights set on Providence. The teams split the season series back in November, with UNH owning the all-time series with a record of 11-6. “They’re a similar type of team [to Northeastern],” captain Eric Knodel said. “Keying in on some of their top guys like [Mark] Jankowski, [Ross] Mauermann, who are really good players and drive their offense, will be key for us.” The Wildcats return to the Hockey East semifinal for the first time since 2011, when the current crop of seniors were just freshmen. This year’s semifinal is also special, as it is the first time in league history that a team from Boston hasn’t been represented. Providence ousted UNH in last season’s Hockey East quarterfinals, a series which went three games. After losing the first game 3-2, UNH rebounded with a commanding 4-1 win the next night. In game 3, UNH took a 2-1 lead in the second, but Providence recorded two powerplay goals to win the game and the series. “Special teams in the playoffs tend to determine the outcome,” Knodel said. PAIRWISE UNCERTAINTY As of March 20, UNH is tied with Michigan for the No. 16 ranking in the PairWise poll. Michigan owns the tiebreaker over UNH, putting the Wolverines in the tournament and UNH on the outside looking in. The team will have to win at least one game to get
The Wildcats are currently tied for No. 16 in the Pairwise rankings, needing at least one more win for a spot in the NCAA tournament. into the tournament field, but can guarantee a spot by winning the conference title. Five Hockey East teams (Boston College, UMass-Lowell, Notre Dame, Vermont and Providence) are currently in the field, but with a win, UNH can jump Vermont and possibly knock them out of the tournament. No teams have officially clinched playoff spots with most leagues playing their respec-
tive conference championships this weekend. While the PairWise ranking isn’t used by the NCAA in its selection process, it is the most accurate predictor of the tournament field. PESCE STEPPING UP HIS GAME On Jan. 18 in their game against No. 3 Union College, Trevor van Riemsdyk took an awkward spill into the wall and had to be
helped off the ice. A seemingly normal play went wrong and UNH received the worst possible news: van Riemsdyk, at the time the team’s current assist leader, would miss the remainder of the regular season and most likely all of the postseason. “He won’t be back [for this weekend],” M HOCKEY continued on Page 19
UNH alumna Kacey Bellamy reflects on her time in Sochi
MAX SULLIVAN Staff writer
hen the buzzer sounded at Sochi’s Bolshoy Ice Dome and MariePhilip Poulin scored the overtime goal to give Team Canada their fourth straight Olympic gold medal, former UNH Wildcat Kacey Bellamy sat on the Team USA bench, motionless. Numb. Her coach, Katey Stone, patted her on the back. “Get out there,” Stone said. With that, the 26-year-old, two-time Olympian, third all-time in points among UNH defensemen, climbed the half wall and skated to meet her American teammates. Some hung their heads. Others, lay on the ice, their faces buried in their arms. Bellamy cried. “I just got out there and I started bawling,” Bellamy said. “I started crying. Obviously, it’s a sad moment. You just feel like all your energy, everything that was right there, just ended, in a second.” Three weeks after getting her second Olympic silver medal, Bellamy said she’d found some perspective. She took time to unwind in the company of her friends and family. Last Thursday, March 13, she had her homecoming in Westfield, Mass. That day,
she visited six different schools and spoke to kids about her experience. Getting away from the games and seeing the support from her town made her reflect on Sochi in a different light. “Talking to elementary schools, seeing kids with flags, cheering, smiling, eyes wide open, and you know, that’s it right here. That brought it back into perspective,” Bellamy said. “It’s just about the people you surround yourself with and the people that you touch, and that’s what matters in life. … It’s about the journey.” Bellamy acknowledged, though, that the loss to Canada further cemented her obsession for an Olympic gold medal. “It’s the reason I still play the game,” Bellamy said last Friday. “Because of Canada.” The USA-Canada rivalry, which has now been featured in four of the five women’s Olympic Gold Medal games to take place since 1998, is precious to women’s hockey. According to Bellamy, both teams recognize that the sport would be missing something if the two didn’t butt heads every four years. “It’s the history of it, and that’s what makes it so special,” Bellamy said. “The back and forth … our players have played against those players for so many years, and
it’s a real dislike, but you know, we need each other, they need us, we need them to keep this strong, and I think it’s helping women’s hockey in such a positive way.” But with the respect comes bitterness. The two teams made their resentment clear towards the end of 2013. They made headlines by dropping the gloves in October and December during the exhibition games leading up to the Olympics. “It’s a very aggressive rivalry,” Bellamy said. “We respect each other, off the ice and on the ice, but once we step on that ice, you know, no friendships there. I know we played against each other in different leagues, we played with each other in college, but it’s a different story when you stop on the ice representing your country.” To reach their goal in beating Team Canada, the American women make tremendous sacrifices. Bellamy spends her days in the weight room, the practice rink and the film room, as well as on many seven-plus hour drives into Ontario and beyond as a member of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League’s Boston Blades. In addition, Team USA meets several of times a year for international tournaments. During the Olympic years, which start in September and go until the games in February, the workload increases significantly.
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Bellamy is ranked third all-time in points for a defenseman, playing from ‘05-’09. Bellamy and her teammates do all this while living off of her Team USA stipend and the money she can make by working at hockey camps throughout the year. Even for the elite, there is no rest and BELLAMY continued on Page 19