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While some students spent their week off on sunny beaches, more than 100 UNH students volunteered for an ‘alternative’ Spring Break. Page 4
McConnell leaves legacy
Former UNH professor combined business, art
Vol. 102, No. 37
The women’s lacrosse team pulled out a 12-11 win against Columbia on Wednesday at Memorial Field. Page 20
Student org tries to ‘clear the air’ with smoke-free petition By PATRICK McGOLDRICK CONTRIBUTING WRITER
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Michael McConnell’s statues are now displayed in the courtyard of the new Paul College of Business and Economics.
By RACHEL FOLLENDER STAFF WRITER
hen Jim Davis was unable to sleep on airplanes, he and his colleague Michael McConnell invented the Headbed—an inﬂatable neck pillow to aid the needs of frequent travelers. Their creation birthed Talus Corporation: a company that specializes and sells a wide array of travel products and home accessories. Davis and McConnell, both former UNH professors, were the entrepreneurial dream team. Davis brought his business and marketing skills into Talus, while McConnell utilized his exceptional ability to understand what people wanted. He would then bring that vision to life using his greatest skill and lifelong passion: art. After a long-fought battle with cancer, McConnell passed away last fall on Oct. 27, 2012. He was 64 years old. His 36 years as an art professor and three terms as chair of
the Art and Art History Departments left a poignant impact on his colleagues and students. “I was in WSBE for two and a half years and I decided to completely change my life and become an art student,” said Samantha Freese, a former student of McConnell. “He was my advisor, and when I was really stressed about the switch, he made the whole process so easy, and it ended up being the best decision I had ever made.” In addition to being an inﬂuential member of the UNH community, McConnell is remembered for being a businessman, a real-estate entrepreneur, a loving father and husband, and an artist. His legacy will continue in Durham with the dedication of three of his sculptures to the new Paul College – a symbolic representation of his life’s passion for art and his ability to do business with it. Currently on display in the courtyard of the Paul College, McConnell’s larger-than-life sculptures serve as a
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A student group at UNH is trying to clear the air. Substance Awareness through Functional Education is inviting students to sign an online petition to ban smoking on the UNH campus. Since its inception on March 5, the petition currently carries 109 student signatures. The petition – per its website’s description – is not so much attempting to remove smoking from campus in itself, but rather to “gauge the community’s support on this issue (on-campus smoking).” “At this time, while we are aware that other schools are considering (or have implemented) such bans, our focus is more likely to be on education rather than prohibition,” said Mark Rubinstein, vice president for student and academic services UNH already bans smoking within a 20-foot radius of any on campus building. “Kids don’t really smoke anymore,” said freshman Marc Romano when asked his take on the petition. “If they banned smoking I don’t think anyone would notice and no one would stop, anyway.” As of Jan. 2, roughly 1,129 college and university campuses nationally have banned on-campus smoking, indoors and outdoors, according to no-smoke.org. Nosmoke.org cites a rapid trend in on-campus smoking bans, whereas only 530 campuses were ‘smoke-free’ in July 2011. New Hampshire currently does not have any 100 percent smoke-free college campuses. Massachusetts has 14 smoke-free campuses, while Maine has ﬁve – all of which do not permit any tobacco substances at all, according to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation. Advocating curtailing on campus smoking, UNH Health Services hosted “UNH Kick Butts Day” on March 20 and 21 in the MUB food court. Kick Butts Day was advertised on Health Services’ website as a “national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco.” Those who attended the event were gifted a free “Quit Kit” containing
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House passes bill allowing bars to stay open extra hour By CORINNE HOLROYD STAFF WRITER
The New Hampshire House passed a bill on Thursday, March 21 that would allow bars to stay open until 2 a.m., an hour after the state’s current limit. The bill, however, leaves the ﬁnal decision concerning bar hours up to individual communities. “(House Bill 575) now crosses over to the N.H. Senate. If ultimately passed by both branches of the legislature and signed into law, which has yet to occur, the town of Durham will address the local opt-out authorization,” said Todd Selig, the town administrator for Durham. “As of today, only the N.H.
House has taken action.” Selig said he believes the operational costs for bars and the problems this bill would bring up for police departments outweigh the sales gained from the later hour. “From a business perspective, the quantity of sales that would occur within this one additional hour of operation would seem de minimus (trivial) when operational costs are considered,” Selig said. “From a municipal perspective, the quality of a customer’s condition at one o’clock in the morning becomes problematic for local police departments.”
The town of Durham will make the ultimate decision whether to enact the N.H. House’s bill allowing bars to stay open until 2 a.m.
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Friday, March 22, 2013
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Music at the Moose
20 Staff writer Robert Wilson looks to the past and gives his take on what the future may hold for UNH women’s ice hockey.
9 San Francisco based band, Afrolicious, rocks WXGR evemt at Thirsty Moose Taphouse before break.
Long, snowy winter
New marijuana laws
5 This winter has proved to have been ﬁlled with lazy snow days.
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testament to his artistic ability. His years at UNH were spent teaching courses in sculpture, welding and bronze casting, but McConnell’s enthusiasm for sharing his creativity with others wasn’t limited to his teaching career. Davis remembers meeting McConnell at UNH in the 1970’s when he picked up sculpting as a hobby. “I was taking a sculpture course and that’s how I met him,” Davis said. “We started doing bronze casting together and became great friends. I remember all the time we spent welding together. People really admired him for his sense of design.” McConnell’s love of art, and, more specifically, of sculpture and teaching, developed at an early age, according to his wife of 30 years, Maryse McConnell. “In elementary school, Michael’s school had people come in and talk to students about their careers,” she said. “One was an art professor, and at that age he just decided that was what he wanted to be.” McConnell was born in Troy, Ohio on Dec. 4, 1948. He graduated from Troy High School in 1967, and received both a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Fine Arts from Ohio University. When he was just a child, McConnell began taking art, sculpture and welding classes. It wasn’t long before his interests sparked into passion, and he knew exactly what his future would entail – an intuition brought to life in his work. “He could see a larger picture of where and how something should end up,” Maryse McConnell said. “He had a large attention to detail, whether he was playing golf, doing business or creating art. He understood that things change, and he had an ability to see the change, change with it and make new decisions.”
derstood that creating art was great but that to make a living you had to sell something.”
Business partner Maryse McConnell fondly remembers the years she spent with her husband buying and fixing up houses. Early on, they rented out their refurbished homes to UNH students. Eventually, all of the properties were sold to local residents and families, including McConnell’s son. Restoring old homes was more than just a business venture – it was another outlet in which McConnell expressed his artistic abilities. His creative mark is left not only in various Durham houses that he and his wife once owned, but in their own home, as well. “Of course our house is artis-
tic,” Maryse McConnell said. “I assume all artists are like that. If you move into their environment, you’re going to sense them in that space.” And when it comes to that space, the impression McConnell left is felt in a major way. It remains in the homes he and his wife restored, the UNH Art and Art History Departments, the success of his former business, and in the work he left behind. More eminently, however, is the impact he left on his colleagues, his students, his friends, and his family. “I loved him dearly,” Davis said. “He was my best friend and a good business partner. I can’t say anything bad about him and I miss him dearly.” Davis, who now lives outside of Cleveland, Ohio, saw McConnell for the last time when he came to New Hampshire to visit him three weeks before he passed away. Talus Corporation was eventually sold to a new owner a few years ago and is now located in Portland, Maine. Davis said that McConnell had a unique ability to utilize both his left and right brain, a quality that allowed their business to flourish and that Davis admired. “He understood that creating art was great but that to make a living you had to sell something,” Davis said. “Talus combined both of those things, and we had a very good time.” Maryse McConnell said that she has received cards and condolences from various former students of her husband who hold him in high regard. “If you talk to his students, you’ll find that he was very patient and understanding,” she said. “He was very free and open. People tapped on that as a resource – they felt that he was approachable, and they really appreciated that.” One student, who commented on the Art Department Facebook page when McConnell passed away, recalled her favorite memory of McConnell during pre-registration for art majors. “We had all been sitting in line since the doors of the PCAC opened bright and early in the morning, and he came out of the office with a bowl of Lindt chocolates to share with everyone,” the student wrote. “He was so cheerful and kind, and that’s how I’ll always remember him.” Another student wrote, “… I always remembered him telling me after I chiseled a sculpture in two that it was not a mistake – it was an opportunity.” Maryse McConnell said that Michael McConnell exuded openmindedness and curiosity. “He was a problem solver,” she said. “He shared knowledge that would be good in any major.” While McConnell’s sculptures outside of the Paul College were the last tangible gift he gave to UNH, their presence delivers an ongoing message: When business, creativity, hard work and passion come together, opportunity and success are endless. “He always saw opportunity,” Maryse McConnell said. “There is no end to opportunity. You just have to figure out what you can do, and you follow through until it’s done.”
Friday, March 22, 2013
continued from page 1 Problems would be especially present in towns with larger student bodies such as Durham, Plymouth, Keene, Rindge and Hanover. “There’s a plus side and a minus side: if it’s open later, people are going to be able to drink more, but it’s not going to matter because people are going to drink at home,” said senior Sarah Mercier. “I don’t think it will change anything ... It’s just an hour.” Supporters, however, see the bill as a financial opportunity. Rep. Emily Sandblade, R-Manchester, was one of the supporters of House Bill 575. She believes that New Hampshire is losing business to other states because of the closing times. “New Hampshire is one of the few states in the country where
continued from page 1 advice and information on quitting smoking and a chance to talk with a SAFE peer educator about tricks to kick the habit. The event was aimed not just at students who are trying to quit or ‘kick’ the habit but also at elected officials, demanding legislation to snuff out cigarettes once and for all. “There’s always people smoking outside of Ham Smith,” said sophomore Justin Slattery. “But I don’t think it’s really a campus problem. People should be able to do what they want.” Kick Butts Day, while advertising the smoking ban petition, outlined the detriments of smoking in New Hampshire, citing that “smoking kills more people than
these establishments close at 1 a.m.,” Sandblade said in a Union Leader article published on March 17. “There are 47 states where they stay open until at least 2 a.m. We are losing business along the border areas, especially near Massachusetts.” Other supporters of the bill include senior Risa Hoffman and junior Abby Lawrence. “I would think it would be great because it would allow for the bars to get more business later,” Hoffman said. “I would stay out later and other people would, too. Bars in Boston stay open later so it would be good for businesses in N.H.” Lawrence agreed and added, “I turned 21 in October so I still haven’t been to the bars that much... that would be really cool because people are still out around 1 and 1:30 (a.m.). Some students disagree, saying that later hours would cause too many problems.
“Considering I work at the bar, I’m not exactly thrilled,” said Libby’s Bar and Grill doorman Matt Lafreniere. “I see the worst of the worst behavior from people who drink too much, and as far as I’m concerned, the bar being open even later will foster that stupid behavior that people like me will have to deal with because people have an extra hour to get drunk in public.” Even if the bill passes in the Senate, Durham may decide not to keep the bars open later, according to Selig. “It is the perspective of this community that persons leaving on-premise sales locations at 2 a.m. will be more impacted by alcohol consumption and fatigue,” Selig said. “All of which will increase the likelihood of poor decision-making as they attempt to find their way home whether on foot, as in the case of Durham, or by vehicle in other regions of the state.”
alcohol, AIDS, car crashes, illegal drugs, murders, and suicides combined,” as 1700 adults die each year in New Hampshire due to smoking, according to Kickbuttsday.org. The quads of UNH are not exactly teeming with smokers – some students see smoking cigarettes as a social practice, not a habitual one. “I don’t think I know anyone who smokes on the reg,” said sophomore Peter Mancuso. “I do know kids that only smoke on the weekends, though, like when they drink, but that’s it.” If a smoking ban were to be pursued, a petition would only be the start, having galvanizing power but no legal feasibility. Rubinstein said an issue of this nature should be raised through the “university’s representative struc-
tures including the undergraduate and graduate Student Senates, the Faculty Senate and the PAT, OS and EE Councils… (as a) more productive avenue” as opposed to signing a petition. The smoking ban petition received 70 signatures in the first two days of its posting, but in the 24 days since, it has received only 39 additional signatures. Perhaps the push to rid tobacco has quickly fatigued like a chain-smoker jogging. Brooke Warren, who was the first to sign the smoking ban petition, was unavailable for comment.
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Friday, March 22, 2013
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Students head south for Spring Break to volunteer
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UNH ABC students stand with two community members they worked with throughout Spring Break (top). A house that ABC members did renovations on such as construction and painting (bottom).
Where did ABC Members go for spring break? 1. Waterloo, Iowa 2. East St. Louis, Ill. 3. New Orleans, La. (Class trip: AMST 444B)
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8. Natchez, Miss. 9. Lucedale, Miss. 10. Cumberland Island, Ga.
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By KEN JOHNSON CONTRIBUTING WRITER
While many students were looking forward to relaxing over Spring Break, some students were preparing to help others. They were participating in the Alternative Spring Break Challenge, which gives students a chance to assist those in need over the vacation. Junior Theresa Conn, who has gone on two Alternative Spring Break trips, said Alternative Spring Break is a substance-free alternative to spending potentially thousands of dollars going to a beach, or another vacationing luxuries. This year, around 100 students participated in Alternative Spring Break, going to nine different locations. Some went to Cumberland Island and Dahlonega, Ga. for trail maintenance. Others went to East St. Louis, Ill. for daycare work. The rest went to Benton, Ark., Danville, Va., Lucedale and Natchez, Miss., Waterloo, Iowa, or Waynesburg, Pa., for Habitat for Humanity. Junior Alison Letvinchuk is on the executive board for Alternative Spring Break Challenge and went to Natchez, Miss. While there she, along with eight others, helped ﬁnish a home that had been started in November. They put up walls and vinyl siding and put in some ﬂoors that hadn’t been ﬁnished as well as painted walls and doorways. Part of the experience that amazed her was how no one in her group knew each other, yet they bonded during the 36-hour van ride. The trip was an eye opener for her as well, as she didn’t know how much poverty was in the United States. “I think it’s a great way to give back to those who don’t have as much as we do,” Letvinchuk said. She said she would recommend Alternative Spring Break to anyone who hasn’t gone. Alternative Spring Break
wasn’t the only group headed off to help people during the week off. 30 students enrolled in an American Studies class, AMST 444B: New Orleans: Place, Meaning, and Context, went to New Orleans to help people there, as well. AMST goes to the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans, where Hurricane Katrina struck in the summer of 2005. They work in conjunction with lowernine.org, which is working to rebuild New Orleans. Many houses in the area are still uninhabitable. Theresa Conn, trip leader for the AMST trip, said the groups there were ripping up a ﬂoor, laying tiles, participating in demolition work and cleaning a yard. Conn said that like Alternative Break Challenge the AMST trip is substance-free. Conn went into college wanting to go on Alternative Spring Break and has found it rewarding and enjoyed the experience. Her favorite part was the relationships that she formed with people – not just the ones that went on the trip, but also the people they helped. Senior Audrey Hickey went on the AMST trip to New Orleans for the second time this year. Her group of 10 people worked on building ﬂoors and removing the wall of a house. Hickey’s favorite part of the trip was getting to meet the homeowner of the house she was working on. “I chose to do this trip because it’s very easy to get caught up in school, extracurriculars, friends, etc. when in college, and the trip is a good opportunity to see that there are more important things to think about [other] than yourself,” Hickey said. Conn said that applications for Alternative Spring Break are available generally after winter break. Those interested can like them on Facebook or ﬁnd them on WildcatLink.
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Friday, March 22, 2013
Snowy winter stark contrast from early spring in 2012
(Right) Cameron Johnson/staff; (Left) Julie Fortin/staff
Currently, (left) and March 2012 (right). Despite a rather snowier winter season, students have enjoyed curtailed operations and extended winter activites. Snow removal services have spent approximately $200,000 to keep roads and walkways clear. By KATIE GARDNER Staff Writer
After a late winter snowfall blanketed campus and gave students another snow day on Tuesday, the first day of spring looked much different than what UNH experienced last year. At approximately 2 p.m. on Monday, students received an email from Vice President of Finance and Administration Dick Cannon warning of a potential snow day for the following day. “Forecasts suggest the potential for significant snow tomorrow (Tuesday), starting in the pre-dawn hours and extending through the day… A decision will be made by 9 p.m. tonight (Monday) whether campus operations will be curtailed for some or all of the day on Tuesday,” he said in the email. After the mishap that occurred on Friday, March 8, before Spring Break where a snow day wasn’t called until around 7:40 a.m., UNH seemed to be making sure that did not happen again. According to the UNH website, curtailed operations have to be made by 6 a.m. when possible. When it was not called until almost 8 a.m. on March 8, many were displeased. On Monday night, students received notice of Tuesday’s curtailed operations just after 8:30 p.m. Durham received several inches of snow; the town of New Boston saw the most snow statewide with a total of 14.5 inches. Cities and towns across New Hampshire sent workers out late into the night, pushing snow removal budgets that have already been stretched thin. According to WMUR.com, “The state Department of Transportation estimated that it will finish the season having spent $45 million on plowing and road maintenance.” The town of Durham has spent around $200,000 on snow removal this winter, approximately $10,000 to $15,000 per storm, according to town administrator Todd Selig. Durham’s snow removal budget is a yearly one, and for 2013 it is $260,534. So far in 2013, the town has spent about 40 percent of that
budget. This past storm, however, did not call for very much clean up. “The snow in spring doesn’t usually last too long,” Selig said. “If this was in the middle of winter, we might bring in more equipment. In this case, we’ll just let it melt.” Despite this, Selig did say that the workers stayed for extended hours to make sure the roads were safe. The employees were sent home at midnight and came back at 4 a.m. to continue clearing the roads. “We’re like ghosts in the night,” Selig said. “People go to bed and there’s a lot of snow, and they wake up and it’s gone.” This year’s late winter storm is very different from what students experienced last year when temperatures were much higher. Last year the week after Spring Break was sunny and warm, with many students going to Hampton Beach and laying out on Thompson Hall lawn. Last winter, Durham spent only $120,000 on snow removal for the winter season, $80,000 less than 2012-13 winter season. “Because of climate change, Durham and New Hampshire as a whole have experienced weather patterns that are atypical,” Selig said. Students seem to be enjoying the recent snow from Tuesday’s storm, although this may only be due to the fact that it resulted in a day off. “I thought the snowfall was fantastic because it allowed me to finish some work I wasn’t able to do over spring break, but also because it was so beautiful for an entire day,” Jeremy Van Dessel said. Margaret McGovern agreed about the beauty that it brought to campus. “If we were going to have one last snow storm then I’m glad it was this snow storm because it actually was very beautiful,” she said. “All the snow stayed on the trees for a good part of the day, and I even saw some robins perched on a snow-covered bush – hopefully a sign spring is near.” Stephen Morgenstern said
that he loves the cold and enjoyed Tuesday’s weather. Others are more excited for what the extra bit of snow entails for winter activities. “Spring skiing is going to be sick,” Brian Vogler said. Senior Megan Houstle, however, held what seems to be a popular opinion among most students. “I basically like snow if it gives us a snow day,” Houstle said. “But if not, it needs to go away.”
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Bruno Fontes and Ana Tulia De Macedo question Durham Town Administrator Todd Selig as he conducts a presentation at the town hall Monday for visiting Brazilians for the U.S. State Department’s International Visitors Leadership Program to learn about open government and transparency.
Brazil delegation learns about transparency in government By Andrea Bulﬁnch FOSTER’S DAILY DEMOCRAT
Visitors from Brazil arrived at the Durham town ofﬁces Monday morning as part of the U.S. State Department’s International Visitors Leadership Program organized through the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire. The visitors had selected the town as an ideal community to observe open government and transparency. Town Administrator Todd Selig gave a presentation before the Brazilian delegation and their translators about how the town operates when it comes to communication between ofﬁcials and residents. Resident Peter Smith, a representative from Durham a number of years ago to the NH Right-toKnow Law Study Commission, and Selig spoke with the panel in the Town Council chambers. “Our residents are not hesitant to tell us what they think,” Selig said, also explaining that while residents are encouraged to speak before the town, it is necessary to maintain a balance as well, keeping things like meetings running according to schedule and following an agenda. “It’s important that we hear from the public,” Selig said. Fielding questions from the delegation, Selig went through a
presentation showing the online accessibility of the town’s website. Lissandra Paraguassu, a Brazilian reporter, asked Selig whether he had had any difﬁculty starting his position as town administrator about 12 years ago. He said there had been and that the town at the time had been a very turbulent and controversial place. But since he was hired, whether everyone agrees with his actions and opinions or not, Selig has made it a priority, he said, to keep everyone apprised of town operations.
ticipating. “But you have to ask,” Selig said of getting people involved. “Oftentimes it takes a citizen who is engaged in an issue.” Perhaps the biggest intrigue, though, was the very reason the state World Affairs ofﬁce had chosen Durham as an example for the curious visitors from Brazil: transparency. “When you’re trying to make an effort to inform the community . . . people begin to trust your government,” Selig said and added that even with differing viewpoints
“ It’s important that we hear from the public...but you have to ask. Oftentimes it takes a citizen who is engaged in an issue.”
Durham Town Administrator His administration notes, started in the early days if his leadership, turned into what is now known as the Friday Updates. The visitors were engaged during their time at the town ofﬁces and intrigued by the new public library currently being constructed. Selig said there are 20 boards and commissions operating in the town with about 75 residents par-
at times, town councilors and ofﬁcials know they are not being dishonest with each other and despite any debate, can still enjoy a cup of coffee together downtown.
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Friday, March 22, 2013
Settlement in WDH, pathology lab Woman ejected after dispute: Court agreement includes Route 101 crash parties may not discuss resolution seriously injured By MICHELLE KINGSTON FOSTER’S DAILY DEMOCRAT
Wentworth-Douglass Hospital and its former pathology lab provider reached a settlement in August over a suit originally ﬁled nearly two years ago. In accordance with the settlement stipulations, neither party nor their lawyers are commenting. The case was initiated because the hospital believed two doctors who had operated their pathology department had scrubbed hospital computers of records on their last day of work after their contracts were not renewed in 2010. Hundreds of court documents recently reviewed by Foster’s Daily Democrat show an agreement was reached, settling the case on the morning of Aug. 24, 2012. William Christie of Shaheen and Gordon, P.A., representing the hospital, told Judge Steven McAuliffe, “We can report to the court that we made a settlement offer this morning which has been accepted by the defendants in the case.” The defendants, Young & Novis, Pa., who did business for the hospital as Piscataqua Pathology Associates from 1991 to February 2010, claim disputes began as far back as 2006, when the two doctors who ran the lab, Cheryl Moore and Glenn Littell, had become suspicious of an employee, Mary Lemieux, breaching patient privacy. It was reported by Foster’s that the doctors went to the hospital for help and were originally ignored. They reported that the hospital did not notify the ofﬁce of civil rights of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, which enforces HIPAA, the federal law meant to protect individuals’ private health information. An audit was eventually completed in the spring of 2009 that surveyed damage. It showed 862 unauthorized viewings of material, 1,500 reports that were altered and 150 different times a physician’s name was removed or switched, which could have had patient reports being sent to the wrong place. Drs. Moore and Littell ﬁled suit against Lemieux, stating Lemieux “intentionally interfered” with their relationship with the hospital. Lemieux was let go in 2007 and has since argued against the suit. A letter the doctors wrote to the trustees of the hospital said the exemployee was utilizing passwords the hospital had failed to change. A suit by the hospital against Drs. Moore and Littell was ofﬁcially ﬁled in June 2011. According to an opening statement by Moore and Littell’s attorney, Charles Grau, from last August in the court case, “A disagreement grew between them (Moore and Littell) and the hospital about whether the hospital needed to report this security breach. They pushed the hospital to report it to authorities. The hospital felt that it wasn’t necessary and pushed them to send out
notices under their own letterhead. They felt that unfairly cast them as responsible for the breach since it was a hospital employee beyond their supervision that had altered the records.” When it was time to renew the lab’s services, the hospital decided to terminate the company in February 2010 after almost 20 years and hire a new group, Spectrum Pathology. On Feb. 28, 2010, Drs. Moore and Littell came in to work to ﬁnish cleaning out their ofﬁces. According to court documents, both parties did not communicate clearly over what was to be removed and what belonged to the lab or to the hospital. Grau said the vice president of operations at the hospital, Daniel Dunn, had not asked the lab how they were going to protect the conﬁdentiality of patient records that they had in their computers or what they were going to remove from the computers that may have belonged to the other hospitals that they worked for, York, Portsmouth Regional and Frisbie Hospital. “They believed that all of the documents they copied and scrubbed that night belonged to them and not the hospital,” Grau said. The hospital ﬁled a litigation hold letter less than three weeks after Drs. Moore and Littell left WDH, asking the doctors to return all electronic data that they had taken. Drs. Moore and Littell wrote back telling the hospital that they believe that everything they had taken belonged to them, not the hospital. Three months later, the hospital ﬁled the lawsuit. According to the suit, “The hospital says it declined to renew defendants’ contract to provide pathology services, whereupon defendants misappropriated and erased important computer data belonging to the hospital. Defendants, in turn, assert counterclaims against the hospital for invasion of privacy (false light), defamation, misappropriation of trade secrets, and conversion.” WDH claimed the doctors violated the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and hospital policy in February, when they were working to clean up and leave their ofﬁce. The hospital said the doctors violated the Act and the policy when they attached a storage device to two computers and a laptop owned by the hospital when they were packing up to leave. The hospital’s policy says the hospital owns and controls all computer data and that employees are to follow security measures to ensure patient and hospital information and the security of the computer network. The policy also forbids external hardware be connected to the hospital’s information network. According to a report by Foster’s on March 31, 2010, the removable storage devices were attached to the computers without approval of the hospital’s information sys-
tems department. Information was deleted from the computer network, including slide photos, autopsy images and patient information chart. The new pathology group and department employees were without access to the information. According to the suit, “WDH has suffered damage in that the actions of Young and Novis, Dr. Moore and Dr. Littell, have caused impairment to the integrity or availability of data, programs, systems or information stored in the WDH computer network.” After four long days of court in August, Christie told Judge McAuliffe all parties, including attorney Lincoln Soldati who represented Lemieux, had reached a settlement. “And so we have a memo of understanding we’re going to sign, and we believe under New Hampshire law we have a full effective settlement,” Christie said. McAuliffe congratulated Grau and Christie, adding that the case was “difﬁcult.” Christie said his clients were “very happy.” WDH released the following statement on the settlement agreement: “The matter has been resolved to the satisfaction of the parties. The terms of the resolution are conﬁdential.”
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A 66-year-old Raymond woman was seriously injured after being ejected from her vehicle following an accident on Route 101 in Exeter late Monday morning. At approximately 11:12 a.m. Monday, troopers from the Troop A Barracks in Epping were called to respond to a report of a serious motor vehicle crash on Route 101 in the area of Exit 10.
Police say it appears speed may be a factor in this crash, which remains under investigation. It was reported that a vehicle had rolled over and an occupant had been ejected. Based on the initial on-scene investigation, it appears that a 2005 Toyota Corolla being operated by Ruth Charland, 66, of Raymond, was headed east when the operator swerved to avoid another
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vehicle that had entered the lane ahead of it. Police said Charland lost control of her vehicle, crossed the center median, and the vehicle rolled. Charland was ejected from her vehicle and she was transported to the Portsmouth Regional Hospital for serious injuries. Katherine Scott, 24, of Epping, operated the second vehicle involved, a 2007 Chevrolet Suburban. Scott and her two children who were passengers at the time were transported to the Exeter Hospital for injuries that were not life threatening. Police said it appears speed may be a factor in this crash, which remains under investigation. Any witnesses to this vehicle’s operation before the crash or anyone that may have further information related to this crash is asked to contact Trooper Thomas Conlon at 223-8490 or email at Thomas.Conlon@dos.nh.gov. The westbound side of Route 101 was shut down for about 45 minutes and trafﬁc was rerouted off Exit 10. Assisting at the crash scene were members of the Exeter Fire and Rescue and Exeter Police Department.
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Medical marijuana bill passed with a promise to relax new usage laws House passes marijuana decriminalization bill CONCORD — New Hampshire advocates of medical marijuana won overwhelming support Wednesday in the House for a bill that would sanction five marijuana dispensaries and allow patients or caregivers to grow up to three plants for medical use. The bipartisan vote of 286-64 marked the fourth time in six years such a medical marijuana bill has won House approval. Two previous measures were vetoed by then-Gov. John Lynch; a third was killed in the Senate. “The intent of this legislation is to assist a very small minority of New Hampshire citizens who are suffering terribly from cancer, other terminal illnesses and debilitating diseases,” Rep. Steve Schmidt, RWolfeboro, said. The vote spread gives the bill a veto-proof majority in the House, although Gov. Maggie Hassan has said, and repeated Wednesday, that she supports a tightly regulated medical marijuana program. Hassan said her concern is over the state’s ability to regulate a home-grown option. Senate Republican Leader Jeb Bradley said earlier in the week
he believes a medical marijuana bill has enough support in the Senate, but the House version would likely be sent back with significant changes. The most recent measure to pass the Senate allowed for patients to grow the plant at home and did not provide for any dispensaries. Schmidt, a member of the committee that drafted the bill, said the legislation would affect only about 600 to 800 residents. Under the measure, patients would have to show they have a qualifying illness and corresponding symptoms as well as a relationship of at least three months with a provider. Some qualifying illnesses include: Cancer, glaucoma, HIV virus or AIDS, Hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, and PTSD. In addition, patients would have to have tried and not responded to other treatments. No one with a felony or drug conviction could be a caregiver or dispensary employee. “We think we’ve got a bill here that is among the most tightly controlled in the nation,” Schmidt said. Rep. John Cebrowski, R-Bedford, argued that legalizing medical
marijuana sends the wrong message to young people that marijuana isn’t harmful. Also, he said, growing and smoking marijuana is not an exact science and better pharmaceutical alternatives exist. “It would be terribly naive on our part not to realize that scope creep from medical use to full blown legalization of marijuana is the underlying agenda as has been proven in other states,” Cebrowski said. Recently, the House has shown a willingness to relax marijuana laws. Matt Simon with the Marijuana Policy Project noted that a bill to legalize pot garnered 112 House votes earlier this year, although it did not pass. This month, the House also plans to take up legislation that would decriminalize possession of up to an ounce of marijuana. Marijuana is decriminalized in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island; similar legislation is under consideration in Vermont. Those states all have medical marijuana laws as well. Hassan has said she does not support changing marijuana laws beyond its medical use.
CONCORD — The New Hampshire House passed a bill Thursday decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana for the fourth time in five years. But it’s still unlikely the state will join its neighbors in Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut in decriminalizing marijuana, as Gov. Maggie Hassan has said she’s not in favor of decriminalization and the Senate has shot down each of the recent attempts by the House to pass such a law. Bill supporters argued it’s time to end the prohibition of marijuana, which they said doesn’t have public support and is a financial and regulatory burden on the state. In addition, they said legal substances like alcohol and tobacco have worse health and societal impacts. “A criminal offense and a criminal record can do much more harm than a small amount of marijuana,” Rep. Joel Winters, DNashua said, during debate on the House floor. The House voted 214-115 to
State defense, aerospace firms eye NH Briefs more exports, opportunities Cold snap has affects maple farmers By HOLLY RAMER Associated Press
CONCORD — New Hampshire’s aerospace and defense industry companies are working together to find opportunities overseas. The New Hampshire Aerospace and Defense Export Consortium held its first formal meeting on Wednesday, just as many of its members are starting to feel the effects of the across-the-board federal spending cuts that began March 1. New Hampshire has about 300 aerospace and defense-related companies, and the industry is growing, but it is also deeply affected by what happens in Washington, said Christopher Way, interim director of the state Division of Economic Development. “We’re seeing the hiring that’s starting to flatten. We’re seeing expansions that aren’t occurring and we’re also seeing contracts that aren’t being offered,” he said. “We want to take a sector that has a pronounced impact on New Hampshire — aerospace and defense — and we want to do something more in the attack mode.” About 30 percent of the relevant companies haven’t yet exported their products, Way said. The consortium is aimed at helping them, as well as the more experienced companies that face challenges navigating often confusing export regulations and laws. Members of the group will take turns hosting monthly meetings, and the state is setting up a
private online portal for them to exchange ideas and seek help. “If there’s an issue you’re having or you want to pick someone’s brain, you can either send them a message through the portal or you can start your own discussion group and everyone can feed into that,” said Tina Kasim, of the state’s International Trade Resource Center. Harry Johnson of Profile Metal Forming in Newmarket asked the group to consider some kind of mentoring system to match up experienced companies with those just starting to explore exports. “For a company starting down the path, it would be very helpful to have someone to speak with on various issues,” he said. The group will be focusing on countries that are increasing their defense spending and those that are seeing an increase in business and leisure travel. Among those who attended Wednesday’s meeting, some said they want to do more business in the United Kingdom, while others were focused on South America, Australia and the Middle East. While industry groups focused on exports are common overseas, they are less common in the United States, Way said. “We’ve gotten more interest in this than probably anything in the last five years,” he said. “An industry group like this, that’s common ... but to add the export layer on that, that’s what makes it a little bit different.”
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GILFORD — Freezing temperatures have some maple farmers concerned that they won’t have enough sap to boil during the 18th annual Maple Weekend in New Hampshire, just a few days away. “It has been in the teens at night,” said Armand Bolduc of Bolduc Farm in Gilford. “That’s too cold. The trees are frozen.” He told The Citizen there’s no sap flowing right now, preventing his sugarhouse from gathering up gallons of sap to boil this weekend. The farm is one of over 110 sugarhouses in the state scheduled to hold activities. The events usually attract a lot of out-of-state visitors. “It takes 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup, you got
to have a lot of sap stored up to make a boil,” Bolduc said. Bob Hamel, who helps run the Bolduc sugar shack, says if temperatures hold steady in the 40s during the day and there’s sun, the sap can run again. Temperatures also can’t get lower than the 20s. Dennis Cormier of Cormier’s Sugarhouse in Alton said he’s had no sap running for the last three days. “This is not an unusual season,” he said. “I t is just that we all would really like the sap flowing for the weekend.” Hamel said people travel from far and wide to see the production of maple syrup. “it is only a four- to six-week season,” he said.
Man offering to shovel driveways arrested MANCHESTER — Police in Manchester say a man’s story that he was knocking on residents’ doors offering to shovel their driveways for cash turned suspicious when they discovered there were several warrants out for his arrest. Police said they stopped a vehicle on Wednesday to question the occupants, whom they believed were seen banging on doors. A passenger gave a false
name, but was ultimately identified as 26-year-old Timothy Flattery of Manchester. Police said there were warrants for his arrest stemming from a report of copper piping and tools taken from a construction site. Police said Flattery had been identified as selling tools from the construction site to a local pawn shop, resulting in warrants for receiving stolen property and theft, in addition to others.
House rejects reducing assaults to violations CONCORD — The New Hampshire House has rejected a bill that would have reduced the charge for simple assault to a violation if no injury occurred. The House voted 218-111 Thursday to kill the bill. Opponents said kicks, shoves, slaps, grabs or spits might not cause a
visible injury but would cause fear and could lead to more serious assaults. They said it wasn’t enough for someone to face a $100 penalty or 10 hours of community service. Supporters said the current law penalizes people for incidental contact.
pass the bill reducing the penalty for possession of up to a quarter ounce of marijuana to a fine of up to $200. The bill would also require those 18 and under to attend drug rehabilitation classes or face a $1,000 fine. Though the House has passed similar legislation in the past, it is more evidence that the body is increasingly open to marijuana reform. A recent vote on a bill legalizing pot altogether did not pass, but garnered a surprising 112 votes. A bill to tax and regulate marijuana was retained by a House committee for further study, so lawmakers could learn from the implementation of such systems in Washington and Colorado before taking action. Earlier in the week, the House passed a bill legalizing medical marijuana for seriously-ill patients, allowing them to cultivate the drug, and sanctioning a dispensary system in the state. Hassan and the Senate have voiced support for that bill, though it may see changes before landing on the governor’s desk.
House votes to prohibit privatizing prisons CONCORD — The House has voted to prohibit New Hampshire’s corrections commissioner from transferring inmates to a private prison except in an emergency. The House voted 197-136 Thursday to send the Senate a bill that bars the commissioner from entering into a contract with a private or for-profit group to take custody of state or county inmates. The governor could issue an executive order declaring a corrections emergency and authorize the temporary transfer of inmates to a private facility. The transfer would have to be renewed every three months but could not be longer than 21 months. Supporters argued it is the state’s constitutional responsibility to rehabilitate inmates. Opponents argued private prisons should be considered as a way to avoid building new, costly facilities in New Hampshire.
Man runs from mall store with diamond ring NEWINGTON — Police are looking for a man seen running out of a jewelry store at New Hampshire’s Fox Run Mall in Newington with a diamond ring in his hand. Police would not describe the ring taken from Hannoush Jewelers at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. They said it was valued at over $1,000. Sgt. Tim Stuart told Foster’s Daily Democrat the man was seen getting into a waiting car parked outside the main entrance. The vehicle had Massachusetts license plates.
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Life is a party with Afrolicious: San Francisco-based band rocks Thirsty Moose Taphouse at WXGR sponsored event By AUSTIN SORETTE CONTRIBUTING WRITER
If anyone has ever abided by the motto “life is a party,” it’s DJ Pleasuremaker (aka Joey McGuire) of the dance-fusion collective Afrolicious. The San Francisco based DJ literally rocked the house at the Thirsty Moose Taphouse in Portsmouth Thursday, Mar 7, where, in the ﬁrst minute he took the stage, he had the larger than life crowd in the palm of his hand and kept them moving and grooving until last call. Even as the worn-out audience exited the bar, you could still see most everyone bobbing their heads to the lingering funk laced in his aggressive blend of dub, disco, soul, Brazilian, and Latin sounds. “Music guides all the good things to happen,” Pleasuremaker said. “When you’re listening to music, there is always a good feeling that follows. It unites people.” Originally from Kansas City, Pleasuremaker and his brother Se-
ñor Oz (aka Oz McGuire) moved to San Francisco in 2007, throwing themselves head ﬁrst into the legendary Bay Area music scene. Upon his arrival, Pleasuremaker started working at the Elbo Room, a historic live music bar famous for supporting diverse styles of music ranging from jazz to hip hop to indie rock and more. At the same time, the DJ was polishing a tight drum ‘n’ bass sound in his ﬁrst group, “Pleasuremaker”. But the Elbo Room also served another purpose for the aspiring musician: it was a prime place for him to scout out musicians for a new band he wanted to develop, a band called Afrolicious. “We met in San Francisco, but everybody in the band comes from all parts of the world,” Pleasuremaker said. “When we started playing, the connection was just natural. We came through from music.” As Afrolicious began to gel together in 2010, the percussion and vocal sections slowly blossomed, and suddenly the DJ duo found
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DJ Pleasuremaker on left and local artist Marisa Mija on right perform different types of art as Mija spontaneously paints during Pleasuremaker’s set on stage. themselves morphing into a slightly Since their inception, the band Red Rocks Amphitheatre, the Sierra warped version of a traditional “big has held a ﬁve-year weekly residen- Nevada World Music Festival, and band”. Sometimes, the band plays cy at the Elbo Room and has played the Electric Forest Festival. shows that host up to twelve mem- all over America. They’ve even bers at a time. held down spots at venues like the MUSIC continued on Page 10
Goodreads.com: your source for book reviews, suggestions and more By PATRICK McGOLDRICK CONTRIBUTING WRITER
So. You’ve ﬁnished reading “Fifty Shades of Grey” and decided it’s time to read a book that doesn’t necessitate locking your door and sending your roommate a transparent text like, “Yo, when are u getting back 2 the room?” But you don’t know what to read because you don’t know what’s out there. This is where Goodreads helps you out. Goodreads.com is a free-tojoin website and is the largest site for readers and book recommendations in the world: hosting 14,000,000 members and 470,000,000 books. Joining is easy enough: create a username, pick genres you’re in-
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terested in, rate books from respective genres, and sift through recommendations based on your selected genres. Note that Goodreads will decline to recommend you anything if you haven’t rated (so, had to have read) at least twenty books. Because clearly giving all seven Harry Potter books ﬁve-out-of-ﬁve stars is not comprehensive enough to recommend me The Hobbit. Save your snobbery, Goodreads. The Goodreads website has a Facebook familiarity to it: books are periodically posted on the homepage by other members, whom can rate them, tell where they are in the book, and recommend them to other members, much like a status update
or shared link. Members can also choose to follow other members receiving updates on where they are in books, what they’ve read in the past, and what they have on their “shelf”, which is similar to a Facebook wall, save the solipsistic preaching and insert future potential-reads. Once you stumble across a book you might like to read, you simply add it to your shelf, reminding you to read it later on. Also like Facebook, Goodreads has games proving what book club moms taught us long ago that it’s never (really) about the books. Under the “explore” taskbar, one can ﬁnd trivia and quizzes, created entirely by member submissions.
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Pop Quiz: “Willie Stark, the central character of All the King’s Men, is believed by some to be loosely based on what Louisiana governor?” Give up? Well, it’s Huey P. Long, of course. The point I’m making is that the trivia seems deliberately impossible, that being said, 60.4 percent of the members who answered said question got it correct; all this in the epoch of $8 dollar a month Netﬂix, outstanding! The most interesting and useful facet of Goodreads is the “Listopia”: a panoply of books categorized by more relevant genres than just romance, adventure, young-adult, etc. Listopia has genres like “Books that should be Made Into Movies” and
“Downton Abbey-esque Books.” Any member can create a “group,” which is tantamount to a virtual book club there is a reading schedule posted, and discussion/ comments follow below. For one group, 2013 is the “Year of Proust,” where members read roughly one hundred pages a week of varied Proust texts and then discuss, who knows what, madeleine cakes, maybe? If the ostensible banality of an online book club glazed your eyes, perhaps members whom adorn usernames like “Proustitute” or “Obsessive Comproustive” can revitalize
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CONTINUED FROM 9 “Me and my brother have been touring since 2008,” Pleasuremaker said. “We would frequent places like Austin, TX and Tahoe, CA. Just recently, we ﬁnished our third tour in Hawaii last year.” But the most important thing to know about Afrolicious is that they are not simply just a band; they are a party. The genius of Pleasuremaker is that he knows how to achieve a full and complete sound that can make one DJ sound as explosive as a twelve-man band. The night of the WXGR sponsored show in Portsmouth, when Pleasuremaker took the reigns after Green Lion Crew ﬁnished their
CONTINUED FROM 9 your curiosity. Creative writing is also posted by the thousands; proving a highly conductive outlet for those whom require more than 140 characters to self-actualize, and vapidly pontiﬁcate to the world that remains unconvinced your life has the artistry and tragic undertones of a Terrence Malick movie. Quick-thought: can anyone who is a member of an online book club with seemingly inex-
set, it only took the press of a button to bring every single person out of their seats. The ﬁrst note drilled into your brain and boogied through your bones, making you incapable of doing anything else but trying to shake it out. And don’t be fooled by the cultural fusion. Underneath Pleasuremaker’s intricate, non-western sounds like Latin and Brazilian, there are ﬁrm roots in the kind of electronic funk and soul drenched dub that keep your feet from staying longer than a second on the ground. “I got into music when I was young and was really open to all different kinds at an early age,” says Pleasuremaker. “Genres like jazz led to funk, funk led to Latin and African. They’re all styles that pick haustible mines of free-time to read ﬁction all day have that tragic of a life…? Why should you become a member of Goodreads? It’s deﬁnitely not for everyone, but there are dozens of good book recommendations and reviews that, at the very least, make you aware such books exist. If anything, the ‘Quote Page’ is great to just scroll through: “The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read,” Mark Twain said. Pick up those books comrades, Mr. Clemens has a point.
you up.” Afrolicious still hosts their weekly parties, even when Pleasuremaker and some of the other musicians are on the road, but the band are still planning to continue touring around the States and tag their name to as many festival line-ups as they can. But for DJ Pleasuremaker, the party never stops. Whether he’s vibing out with a full band or inciting a bar-wide dance alone behind his equipment, you can be sure that the Afrolicious energy will course smoothly through your veins and leave you grooving for the rest of the night. For more information about Afrolicious, visit www.facebook. com/Afroliciousmusic
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New Zealand indie-poppers, The Ruby Suns are currently touring in support of their new record “Christopher”. It’s the fourth record of their career and has taken college radio by storm. During a recent tour stop in Boston, Ryan McPhun took a few minutes to relax and shoot the breeze with WUNH’s Sean Riley. Sean Riley:“Fight Softly” back in 2010 was one of the most popular records of the year at our station. That’s how I got into you guys. What sort of developments have you made with the Ruby Suns’ sound from “Fight Softly” to the new record? Ryan McPhun: I think a big part of it was clarity in both the song writing and production. There are a lot of acoustic instruments on the new album. I don’t know if it sounds like it, but there are. Both records are superb, also quite electronic. But the new one, I think, is more direct, and
I wasn’t trying to ﬁll every second of every song with sound effects just because I’ve done that before, so I was bored of it. So, there are some songs that are just really simple and have really simple arrangements. That’s something that I haven’t really done before. So, my goal was to do something different and write a pop song. SR: One song off the new record Christopher, which we’ve been playing a lot, that I am intrigued about is, I believe the lead single, “King Fisher Call Me”. It kind of got my attention just when I was reading the track list just because it’s got kind of a uniquesounding name to it. Can you tell us a little bit about the back-story behind the song and how you got the title? RM: Well, the title came ﬁrst. I think I was going to write the song about something else, when
I thought of the title. And then I just kind of changed my mind, and the lyrics aren’t necessarily about a bird. My ﬂat in Auckland felt a little bit suburban, but it wasn’t far from downtown or anything like that. Even though it was a heavilypopulated area, there were an awful lot of birds in the trees around my house and, I’ve always been a fan of King Fishers. There are often a couple sitting in a tree outside my bedroom window. So, I was inspired by that. SR: Electronic music elsewhere around the world has been popular a long time and just now, the last year or two years, in the states there’s been an explosion of this whole craze. It rubs some people here the wrong way, and your sound certainly draws on a lot of electronic inﬂuences I would suspect just from hearing your records. What is your take on the whole situation of dance music today? Are there things you like about it? Things you don’t like about it? RM: Well, it does seem like there’s some sort of homogenized thing that’s happening where it’s way more normal now for bands to just have a whole bunch of electronic things on stage and play a show or just be in an electronic band and it’s not weird like it was that one time not too long ago. As far as the states is concerned, I don’t live in the states and I’m not into blogs or anything like that, so I don’t really know what’s going on. When I hear new bands, I think, ‘oh that must be what’s in.’ It must be interesting to be here (in the US) because the (music) culture is so huge. There are so many bands, but in New Zealand, there’s like twelve bands. To read the whole interview and to check out what WUNH is listening to next, check out www. wunh.org
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Friday, March 22, 2013
Justin Timberlake drops ‘SexyBack’ to put on his ‘Suit & Tie’ By SHELBY LEFEBVRE CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Upon the premiere of Friends with Benefits in 2012, released six years after his sophomore album FutureSex/LoveSounds, fans began to seriously doubt whether Justin Timberlake would ever return to the recording studio. Between 2007 and 2012, Timberlake lent vocals to less than 15 songs and collaborated on a handful of Lonely Island tracks while he primarily focused on establishing himself as a leading actor. In January, Timberlake shocked fans when he announced his long overdue return to the studio shortly before releasing the album’s first single, “Suit and Tie” featuring JayZ. I’ll be honest; I was disappointed with “Suit and Tie”, from the quirky intro to Jay-Z’s flatline (and, quite frankly, regrettable) hook. Don’t get me wrong, the track is good, but it lacks the punch of past singles such as “SexyBack”. His range as a vocalist is minimized and the beat itself is rather lackluster after the first two minutes. It comes across as lazy for the duo that produced the
intricate beats of “FutureSex/LoveSounds”, but still much better than Justified (but we should act like that unfortunately-named abomination never happened), arguably one of the best albums to come out of the last decade. As of Tuesday, I had my foot in my mouth. The wait for The 20/20 Experience was worth all 2,381 days since September 2006. From the jazz-inspired “Pusher Love Girl” to the Latin-based beats of “Let The Groove Get In”, The 20/20 Experience is as close to perfection as pop music can possibly get. The sound ranges from Timberlake crooning over a modern R&B-meets-soul guitar riff to a hyper-modern hip-hop beat on the very next track. Perhaps the most incredible part of this album - and the excruciating wait for it is seeing Timberlake’s maturation through the years. While there are blatant (and welcomed) similarities between 20/20 and FS/LS, there’s a new element of humanism yet to be heard from Timberlake (the almost petty revenge in “Cry Me a River” and “What Goes Around...Comes
Back Around” is the closest thing to real emotion Timberlake’s ever shown on record). His latest single, “Mirrors” is a visceral 8-minute tribute to his grandparents’ 63-year marriage made in memory of his late grandfather who passed away in late December. While the lyrical content is undeniably cheesy (as they are in most love songs), the audible yearning in Timberlake’s falsetto over the somber-keyed R&B beats sets the tone for a beautifully emotional track that I predict will be one of 2013’s best. The song is powerful on its own, but the music video makes an even bigger impact, depicting the love story of his grandparents through the test of time beginning in the 1950s up until what could be interpreted as Timberlake’s own marriage to actress Jessica Biel. Just beyond the 5:30 mark, the pulsing beats die down to a much more intimate interlude, which in the video is signaled by Timberlake’s grandmother dropping her wedding ring down to him in a room full of mirrors that leads to an uncharacteristically somber dance sequence for the remainder
Justin Timberlake releases his first album since 2006. of the video. “Mirrors” aside, 20/20 is Timberlake’s sexiest album. Where FS/ LS made you want to get up and dance, 20/20 has a classier feel. As seen in the video for “Suit and Tie”, it would be more apt to dress to the nines and sip on the most expensive glass of red wine the world has to offer. If FS/LS is your freshman year of college, 20/20 is the Master’s Degree you’ll soon receive from grad school at Harvard. Don’t write off Spaceship Coupe based on its ridiculous name (and whatever
you decide a “space-lover cocoon” is), as it’s easily the most seductive track off of the album, laid out over a relaxed bass/soul hybrid track a la “Until the End of Time” - and let’s be real, we’ve all dreamed of marrying and running far, far away with Justin Timberlake (and only Justin Timberlake) at least once since 1997. The best part of 20/20 isn’t even The 20/20 Experience itself, but that it’s a two-part release, the second half to be released in November.
Looking fly in the tundra: How dressing cool in dramatically low temperatures is a cinch By EMMA B. HUNTOON CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Let me level with you: it is infrequent that I go out in Durham. This could be due to many factors, some being that I have increasingly become a homebody and I reside in Dover, it is cheaper to buy a six pack of PBR tall boys than four fancy mango-infused vodka concoctions, and I already have back problems. I cannot sleep on my friends’ tile floors in the Mills. However, I find it increasingly difficult to go out in Durham because I am someone who gets cold through osmosis, and seeing girls in two -foot-long dresses (shoulder to hem) gives me frostbite, and next thing you know I am sprawled on the sidewalk outside of Libby’s hallucinating like Emile Hirsch in “Into the Wild.” Do not mistake me, I understand pants discrimination, I prefer a skirt or dress over jeans any day! However, skirt doesn’t mean loincloth, and 15-degree weather does not mean “girls, I’m bare-legging it tonight!” While the idea of “how much clothing women should wear” has a lot of social and societal contexts that deserve a lot of credence and consideration. This article is aimed
at making one point: if you live in a cold climate and are interested in looking sharp, dressing appropriately for the elements must be a focal point. Furthermore, for those of us who will (hopefully) be joining the workforce come the end of May, image and planning your wardrobe around presentability is crucial. Skirts are never out of the question, but wearing a skirt that covers somewhere in the middle of your thighs is ideal at college, and required in the majority of the workforce. In the warmer months, sans leg wear is appropriate and expected, but for now layer on a pair of tights or thick leggings. You can get them anywhere from Target to EMS, and in an array of colors. While I like to go with blacks, dark blues and reds, I dream to one day wear acid green leggings and pretend that they are apple jolly ranchers. You see? Layering is fun! Now, I know that sometimes when we think of the word “sweater” a montage of people’s lumberjack grandfathers and your aunt’s favorite Easter cardigan with pom poms and rabbits on it might come to mind. Perhaps you
also know that sweaters can look sexy. While you are wearing that middle-of-the-thigh skirt with maroon tights, try slipping on a simple, long-sleeve cotton shirt with an oversized cable knit piece. Although this may not sound “sexy” the entire point is that it is wholly expected for people to bundle up in the winter - it makes sense. Furthermore, wearing a sweater layered over a shirt means that if you get overheated, you can shift clothing layers accordingly. Textile choice and accessories also can add interest to an outfit that is more covered up. Most everybody wants what they wear to be noticed, and people notice ornate jewelry and funky patterns. Try brocade-printed metallic pants with metal-detailed black boots and chunky knits. Mix leathers with cable knits and spandex with coarse wool. If you choose to wear a monochromatic outfit, accent the “sameness” of color (or lack thereof) with bold jewelry pieces or a structured bag with spikes. When people look at you, they will be interested in the intricacy of your clothing, and you can take credit for putting such a detail-oriented and unique outfit together. And on
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Friday, March 22, 2013
The New Hampshire
Barbs of racism, anti-Semitism in NY school clash By JIM FITZGERALD Associated Press
SPRING VALLEY, N.Y. — School board meetings descend into shouting matches. Accusations of racism and anti-Semitism fly. Angry parents turn their backs on board members in a symbolic stand of disrespect. Tension in a suburban New York school district is rooted in an unusual dynamic: The families who send their children to public schools are mostly Hispanic and AfricanAmerican. The school board is almost entirely made up of ultraOrthodox Jews who send their children to private schools and are bent on keeping taxes low. “It’s as if the board of directors of Coke only owned stock in Pepsi,” said Steven White, an activist for the public schools. Public-school parents accuse the board of the 9,000-student East Ramapo Central School District of cutting teachers, guidance counselors, art programs, all-day kindergarten and the high school marching band, while diverting public resources to favored Orthodox institutions. Peggy Hatton, who co-hosts a radio program that features school issues, said, “It’s just becoming impossible for our students to apply to colleges when the advanced placement classes are cut, the extracurriculars are cut.” How a public school district that’s 57 percent black, including
Haitian, and 29 percent Hispanic, came to be governed by ultraOrthodox Jews is a case study in changing demographics and the power of democracy. The district, 25 miles north of New York City in Rockland County, has been settled rapidly in recent years by Jews from the Hasidic and other sects who came from their traditional strongholds of Brooklyn. They quickly built their own schools, or yeshivas, raised large families and became a powerful voting bloc. Though not a majority of the population, they have organized to defeat school budgets that increase taxes and to elect members of their own communities to the board. At the same time, public-school supporters are less organized; many are believed to be non-citizens who don’t vote. And the area’s older residents have also tended to vote against school budget increases. At least seven of the nine board members are ultra-Orthodox Jewish men. A man and a woman who represented the public-school community resigned from the board in January, alleging intimidation by the rest of the board. Two men, one black and one Jewish, were appointed to replace them. The stark division has led to a flurry of lawsuits and petitions, and New York State has intervened, blocking the sale of a public school building to a Jewish congregation and warning the board to change the way it uses public special education money for private schools.
While state law provides for a school district to pay some private school expenses, for transportation, textbooks and special education, the state alleges that East Ramapo has been too quick to move children — mostly Jewish children — from the public schools into special education schools run by the Orthodox. Each case funnels thousands of taxpayer dollars to the private schools. The state is also insisting that the district balance its budget, which has an estimated $8 million deficit this school year. At a meeting Tuesday night, the board approved borrowing $7.5 million. That meeting illustrated the apparent disdain each side has for the other. There seemed little in common between the board members, most in yarmulkes and black coats, and the onlookers, mostly from racial minorities. About 20 residents shouted in protest, then stood and turned their backs on the board when it decided that in the future, students could address the board only at the end of meetings. “You’re not doing right by these children!” shouted Mae Davis of Spring Valley. “What about freedom of speech?” Daniel Schwartz, president of the board, had complained that public comment has become insulting, and he said there’s no requirement to offer it at all. “I think there are people who want to be abusive to the board and when it starts we’re not going to tol-
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erate it,” he said Monday. Some parents have petitioned the state Education Department to remove the school board, a rare step. Department spokesman Tom Dunn would not comment specifically about East Ramapo, but said the commissioner has the authority to remove local officials “for willful violation of law or neglect of duty or willfully disobeying a decision, order, rule or regulation.” The board denies any wrongdoing. It announced at Tuesday’s meeting that it is suing the state in federal court, seeking a judge’s declaration that its methods for special education placement are legal. “Nobody has done anything to deprive anybody of anything,” Schwartz said. “The monies that are spent on private schools are state mandated just like the monies that are spent on public schools.” He said the district’s problems stem from its being “a square peg” — a district that has about 9,000 public school children and an estimated 20,000 in private schools, almost all of them Jewish. ���You show me another district where at least two thirds, if not possibly more than that, of the total student population is private school as opposed to public school,” Schwartz said in an interview. “You show me a district like that anywhere.” Similar patterns affected the school board makeup in Lawrence, on Long Island, but Dunn said Lawrence did not descend into similar problems. Lakewood, N.J., also has an Orthodox-dominated board and has experienced tensions. Laura Barbieri, a lawyer with Advocates for Justice, which is suing the district on behalf of publicschool parents and other taxpayers, said the board is catering to Orthodox parents who “do not want their children educated with children of color.” “Do I think racial discrimination is at the core of this? Yes I do,” she said. Schwartz dismisses claims that an Orthodox-dominated school board can’t represent the public school interests. “Men can legislate for women, women can legislate for men, white people can legislate for black people and black people can legislate for white people,” he said. “I don’t see where it makes any difference.” Asked if he felt anti-Semitism played a part in criticism of the board, he said only, “I can make my assumptions.” Last year he said some critics were engaging in “an age-old anti-Semitic trope” that Jews were interested only in money. He said money — “more money from the state” — is the solution to East Ramapo’s problems. But state Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski said the division in the community is too deep for that to work. “Public school parents have said, ‘We don’t want any more money.’” Zebrowski said. “They don’t trust their own school board with additional money.” The Democratic assemblyman has proposed instead that East Ramapo be divided into two school districts, one for public schools and one for private schools. “This is an unconventional situation and we need an unconventional solution,” Zebrowski said.
Town poised to be first in Ariz. to OK civil unions By STAFF Associated Press
SIERRA VISTA, Ariz.— A former mining community in rural southern Arizona that has shifted over the years into a liberal artists’ haven and tourist destination is poised to become the first city in this conservative state to legalize civil unions for same-sex couples. The Bisbee City Council, on an initial vote Tuesday, unanimously endorsed an ordinance that would give same-sex partners in civil unions the same rights in the city as married couples, the Sierra Vista Herald reported. A formal vote on the measure is scheduled for April 2. Councilman Ken Budge called the proposed ordinance long overdue. He described Bisbee, which is more liberal than most communities in Cochise County, as a “compassionate and open city” doing the right thing. “We are the blue dot in a red state of red,” he said. Some of the wording for the ordinance is from bills proposed but not passed in the Republican-led Arizona Legislature. The head of an influential advocacy group for social conservatives said the group was studying how Bisbee’s proposal “interfaces with state law.” “Clearly, Bisbee granting civil unions is not in accordance with state policy,” said Cathi Herrod, president of the Phoenix-based Center for Arizona Policy. “Clearly it applies only in Bisbee.” According to the ordinance, the city would be exercising “inherent powers of self-government” under its city charter to attempt to reduce discriminatory practices. The proposed ordinance said it is the right “of every person to enter into a lasting and meaningful relationship with the partner of his or her choice, regardless of the particular sexual orientation of that partnership.” The measure means two people in a civil union would be considered spouses in such matters as property ownership, guardianship in cases of illness, and disposition of remains upon death, City Attorney John MacKinnon said. Under the ordinance, same-sex couples could go to City Hall and get a form indicating they want to enter into a civil union. The city clerk would file the notarized form and a signed affidavit and then issue the couple a certificate of the civil union. The form would cost $76, the same cost of a marriage license. Several Bisbee residents urged the council to support the measure. Margo McCartney said after her partner of 16 years died, the partner’s daughter had to sign all documents because the couple wasn’t married and had no rights. “It’s so humiliating,” McCartney said through tears. “So. I’m hoping that Bisbee will be out there first.”
The New Hampshire
Shivs, more on display at historic Philly prison By KATHY MATHESON Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA — A mounted wooden fish. Dog figurines. Colorful soap carvings of clowns and Santa. A wallet made of interwoven cigarette packs. It sounds like a bad garage sale — until you get to the shivs. And the century-old mug shot book. And the inmate death ledger. Those items are among dozens of prison artifacts set for display at the historic Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. The brief exhibit opens Saturday and runs for 10 days. The defunct and decayed prison, which once housed gangster Al Capone, was abandoned in 1971 but has since been preserved in a state of semi-ruin, becoming one of the city’s eeriest and quirkiest tourist attractions. The objects have never before been exhibited because the dank, decrepit facility didn’t have any climate-controlled rooms. But recent renovations will allow the prison to temporarily convert its staff conference room into a “pop-up museum.” Chronicling the inmates’ arc of arrival, hard time and departure, artifacts range from mug shots and the prison’s original front-gate key to handicrafts, shanks and a death ledger. Many died of tuberculosis; some were executed elsewhere; others served their sentences and went home. The objects remind visitors that hundreds of people once lived and worked in the now spooky and silent cellblocks, said Sean Kelley, director of public programming. The site also featured amenities such as a synagogue, chapel, print shop and curio store, where inmate crafts were sold to the public. “Life here was incredibly varied. ... A lot of people find that surprising,” Kelley said. “It’s amazing how this place was really a small city.” The prison sits behind forbidding, 30-foot-tall walls in the city’s Fairmount section. It was an architectural marvel when it opened in 1829, boasting indoor plumbing and central heat even before the White House. Such conveniences enabled solitary confinement that would,
ideally, lead to penitence — thus the term “penitentiary.” The solitary system was scrapped in 1913. After closing more than 40 years ago, the facility largely became a crumbling mess until historical preservationists stepped in. It reopened for daily tours in 1994. That’s about when former staff and ex-inmates started returning keepsakes of their time at Eastern State, Kelley said. One guard’s widow showed up with a bag full of her husband’s mementos, including a nearly complete set of a magazine that prisoners published from 195667. “The objects have been coming back to us for years,” Kelley said. That includes an inmate-made model clipper ship, which was returned in 2010 by Edwin Feiler Jr., of Savannah, Ga. Feiler had bought the foot-tall boat — and dozens of smaller ones, also crafted by prisoners — for a Navy-themed party at his University of Pennsylvania fraternity in the 1950s after hearing about the inmates’ handiwork through word of mouth. In a recent phone interview, Feiler vividly recalled “the crash” of the penitentiary gate as it closed behind him when he picked up the crafts. The ship would later spend decades as decor at his beach house on Georgia’s Tybee Island. He decided to give it back to Eastern State after his daughter, Cari Feiler Bender, began doing publicity for the site. “When something like that’s on display, it becomes more meaningful to everybody,” Feiler said. “All you have now are those (prison) walls, but there were people there. It was alive.” Eastern State archivist Erica Harman said one of her favorite objects is a 2-inch-tall decorative cutlery set that an inmate carved from soup bones in 1856. He used a jackknife, which was allowed during the era of solitary confinement. Harman called the exhibit “a great reminder of the inmates’ humanity.” “They’re not just numbers, they’re not just criminals. They’re people,” she said. “That can be hard to remember when you’re looking at locks, cells and keys.”
In Brief Stocks fall amid worries about Oracle, Cyprus Stocks are closing lower on Wall Street after Oracle’s weak sales results weighed down big U.S. technology companies. Traders are also worried about Cyprus running out of time to avoid bankruptcy. Major indexes followed European markets lower at the open and remained negative all day. The Dow Jones industrial average fell as much as 129 points by
mid-afternoon before paring the loss to close down 90 points. All three major indexes felt the drag from technology stocks after Oracle reported an unexpected decline in sales in its fiscal third quarter. Oracle’s results have an outsized impact on other technology stocks because it reports earlier than most of its peers.
Friday, March 22, 2013
Georgia lawmakers approve crackdown on so-called pill mills
A suspect is taken into custody by Georgia police. Last June, a pill-mill raid initiated dozens of investigations and new states regulations on prescription drugs. By KATE BRUMBACK Associated Press
ATLANTA — As Southern states cracked down on so-called pill mills, Georgia’s lax regulation made it a magnet for clinics known for prescribing powerful painkillers to drug dealers and addicts for an illicit high. The dozens of pain clinics across Georgia that authorities believe are illegally prescribing or dispensing the drugs often have parking lots full of out-of-state license plates, evidence that people are coming from hundreds of miles to seize on an unregulated industry, authorities say. The rapid spread of the clinics led state senators to pass legislation Thursday to try to get rid of illegitimate businesses. “We’re one of the few states in the Southeast that hasn’t touched it, so we’re the place that all these out-of-towners come,” Attorney General Sam Olens said. “It’s a huge problem that’s killing our kids, and we need to be going after the bad actors and protecting the professionals.” The bill would license and regulate pain management clinics, and require the owner to be a doctor. The law would stop short of requiring doctors or pharmacists to use a state registry so that authorities can track how much of a painkiller a person is receiving. The bill, which already passed the House, now goes to Republican Gov. Nathan Deal. A spokesman declined to say whether the governor would sign it. Because some pain clinics are legitimate, prosecuting those that aren’t can be difficult, said Barbara Heath, the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s diversion program in Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina. If the prescriber is a doctor — and not someone forging prescriptions — prosecutors must prove
the pills aren’t for a medical need. Red flags include clinics with a large percentage of out-of-state patients, patients receiving the same large amount of the same drug and clinics with a bouncer at the door. Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, West Virginia, Texas, Louisiana, Florida and Mississippi have all recently passed laws targeting such pain clinics, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The DEA is prosecuting pain clinic operators who used to do business in Florida and picked up and moved to Georgia immediately after Florida passed tougher restrictions in 2011. But it’s hard to tell exactly how many pill mills exist in Georgia. According to estimates from the Georgia Drugs and Narcotics Agency, there were fewer than 10 pill mills in the state in 2010, while the number has exploded since then, fluctuating between 90 and 140 over the last year.
up and going because that’s the information tool that’s going to tell you who’s prescribing what and who’s receiving what pills,” said Sherry Green, CEO of the National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws. DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James, who has made prosecuting rogue pain clinics a priority, said the easy access in Georgia also leads more people in this state to become addicted. He said a person with a knee injury can get a legitimate prescription for painkillers, and once it’s gone, they can just go to a pain clinic to get more. A pain clinic is defined in the bill as a medical enterprise where at least half of the patient population is being treated for chronic pain. Affected businesses would have to get a state license beginning in July. Licenses would have to be renewed every two years. The proposal would also require new pain clinics to be owned
He said a person with a knee injury can get a legitimate prescription for painkillers, and once it’s gone, they can just go to a pain clinic to get more. The most common pills dealers and addicts want are oxycodone and hydrocodone, which are highly addictive. Some shop around the state, gathering prescriptions from numerous clinics before returning home to sell the drugs. Georgia passed legislation in 2011 to create a program to track prescription drugs dispensed here, but it isn’t expected to start operating until May, in part because of a delay in funding. “If someone were to ask me what would be the best first step to really trying to curtail this problem, I would say get the (program)
by physicians licensed in Georgia. Existing clinics where nonphysicians have ownership with doctors would be allowed to remain open. Green, of the National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws, said requiring owners to be doctors is an important step because their livelihood is at stake. “So the thought is you’ve got to have somebody with that level of accountability with a pain clinic because you’re giving out substances that are the most potentially addictive substances we have,” she said.
Friday, March 22, 2013
The New Hampshire
Scientists find universe is 80 million years older By LORI HINNANT Associated Press
PARIS — A new examination of what is essentially the universe’s birth certificate allows astronomers to tweak the age, girth and speed of the cosmos, more secure in their knowledge of how it evolved, what it’s made of and its ultimate fate. Sure, the universe suddenly seems to be showing its age, now calculated at 13.8 billion years — 80 million years older than scientists had thought. It’s got about 3 percent more girth — technically it’s more matter than mysterious dark energy — and it is expanding about 3 percent more slowly. But with all that comes the wisdom for humanity. Scientists seem to have gotten a good handle on the Big Bang and what happened just afterward, and may actually understand a bit more about the cosmic question of how we are where we are. All from a baby picture of fossilized light and sound. The snapshot from a European satellite had scientists from Paris to Washington celebrating a cosmic victory of knowledge Thursday — basic precepts that go back all the way to Einstein and relativity. The Planck space telescope mapped background radiation from the early universe — now calculated at about 13.8 billion years old. The results bolstered a key theory called “inflation,” which says the universe burst from subatomic size to its vast expanse in a fraction of a second just after the Big Bang that created the cosmos. “We’ve uncovered a fundamental truth of the universe,” said George Efstathiou, director of the Kavli Institute for Cosmology at the University of Cambridge who announced the Planck findings in Paris. “There’s less stuff that we don’t understand by a tiny amount.” The map of the universe’s evolution — in sound echoes and fossilized light going back billions of years — reinforces some predictions made decades ago solely on the basis of mathematical concepts. “We understand the very early universe potentially better than we understand the bottom of our
oceans,” said Bob Nichols, director of the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation at the University of Portsmouth in Britain. “We as humanity put a satellite into space, we predicted what it should see and saw it.” Physicist Sean Carroll of the California Institute of Technology, who was not involved in the project, called it “a big pat on the back for our understanding of the universe.” “In terms of describing the current universe, I think we have a right to say we’re on the right track,” he added. Other independent scientists said the results were comparable on a universal scale to the announcement earlier this month by a different European physics group on a subatomic level — with the finding of the Higgs boson particle that explains mass in the universe. “What a wonderful triumph of the mathematical approach to describing nature. The precision is breathtaking,” Brian Greene, a Columbia University physicist, said in an email Thursday. “The satellite is measuring temperature variations in space — which arose from processes that took place almost 14 billion years ago — to 1 part in a million. Amazing.” The Big Bang theory says the universe was smaller than an atom in the beginning when, in a split second, it exploded, cooled and expanded faster than the speed of light — an idea that scientists call inflation. It’s based in part on Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity — from about 90 years ago. “The universe is described amazingly well by a simple model,” said Charles Lawrence, the lead Planck scientist for NASA, which took part in the research. “What is new is how well the model fits both the old data and the new data from Planck.” The $900 million Planck space telescope, launched in 2009, is named for the German physicist Max Planck, the originator of quantum physics. It has spent 15 1/2 months mapping the sky, examining so-called light fossils and sound echoes from the Big Bang by looking at background radiation.
When the light first burst out, it was blinding, but it is now fractions of a degree above absolute zero, Lawrence said. The space telescope is expected to keep transmitting data until late this year, when it runs out of cooling fluid. Planck’s examination of the Big Bang’s afterglow set the universe’s age at about 13.8 billion years. Scientists often round up to 14 billion years anyway, and Caltech’s Carroll said an additional 100 million years is nothing — like adding a month to the age of a 13-year-old. But 100 million years is important, countered Planck scientist Martin White: “100 million years here and there really start to add up.” The new results also mean there’s slightly less dark energy in the universe than scientists figured. Instead of 71.4 percent of the universe being that mysterious force, it’s 68.3 percent. This dark energy is smoothly spread throughout the universe and gives the “push” to its expansion, Carroll said. The results also slightly boosted the amount of dark matter in the universe — up to 26.8 percent — and more normal matter, up to 4.9 percent. The concept known as the Hubble constant, which measures how fast the universe is expanding, was adjusted to be about 3 percent slower than scientists had thought. But the bigger picture was how Planck fit the inflation theory, which physicists came up with more than 30 years ago. Inflation tries to explain some nagging problems left over from the Big Bang. Other space probes have shown that the geometry of the universe is predominantly flat, but the Big Bang said it should curve with time. Another problem was that opposite ends of space are so far apart that they could never have been near each other under the normal laws of physics, but early cosmic microwave background measurements show they must have been in contact. Inflation says the universe swelled tremendously, going “from subatomic size to something as large as the observable universe in a fraction of a second,” Greene said.
Planck shows that inflation is proving to be the best explanation for what happened just after the Big Bang, but that doesn’t mean it is the right theory or that it even comes close to resolving all the outstanding problems in the theory, Efstathiou said. There was an odd spike in some of the Planck temperature data that hinted at a preferred direction or axis that seemed to fit nicely with the angle of our solar system, which shouldn’t be, he said. But overall, Planck’s results touched on mysteries of the universe that have already garnered scientists three different Nobel prizes. Scientists studying cosmic background radiation won Nobels in 1978 and 2006, and other work on dark energy won the Nobel in 2011. At the news conference, Efstathiou said the pioneers of inflation theory should start thinking about their own Nobel prizes. Two of those theorists — Paul Steinhardt of Princeton and Andreas Albrecht of University of California Davis — said before the announcement that they were sort of hoping that their inflation theory would not be bolstered. That’s because taking inflation a step further leads to a sticky situation: An infinite number of universes. To make inflation work, that split-second of expansion may not stop elsewhere like it does in the observable universe, Albrecht and Steinhardt said. That means there are places where expansion is zooming fast, with an infinite number of universes that stretch to infinity, they said. Steinhardt dismissed any talk of a Nobel. “This is about how humans figure out how the universe works and where it’s going,” Steinhardt said. Efstathiou said the Planck results ultimately could spin off entirely new fields of physics — and some unresolvable oddities in explaining the cosmos. “You can get very, very strange answers to problems when you start thinking about what different observers might see in different universes,” he said.
High-tech search for Vatican’s communications site experiences slip; runs Batman story snake in South Africa VATICAN CITY — One of the can communications adviser. ered down from the lead story on JOHANNESBURG — The Pretoria Zoo says it’s turning to technology with infra-red cameras to search for a two-meter-long (6.5-foot-long) black mamba snake that escaped from its enclosure a week ago. Marketing manager Craig Allenby of the zoo in South Africa’s capital said Thursday the missing snake probably is in the roof of a service building behind its terrarium. That has not stopped fearful callers to radio talk shows discussing the nearly always fatal results of a bite from one of the world’s fastest and most venomous snakes. Zookeepers realized last week that the mamba’s enclosure was empty. They have been unable to search the roof area where they suspect it is preparing to hibernate.
Vatican’s main Twitter accounts and the website of its communications office were running stories about Batman on Thursday with the headline “Holy Switcheroo!” — raising concerns they might have been hacked. But two Vatican officials said the site hadn’t been hacked, and that the reason for the unusual posting was an “internal system failure” due to a non-native English speaker posting the story on the website. The story was from the Catholic News Service. It has as its headline: “Holy Switcheroo! Batman has grown bitter, more vengeful with the years” and details the evolution of the Batman comic franchise. “Admittedly some people might have been thrown off by the headline,” said Greg Burke, a Vati-
Monsignor Paul Tighe, the No. 2 in the Vatican’s social communications office, said the office’s website, www.pccs.va runs stories about communications issues and regularly takes copy from Catholic News Service, the news agency of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
the site. The other stories on the website are much more church-oriented in nature. On Thursday, they included Pope Francis’ explanation of how he decided on calling himself Francis, the address to the media by the head of the social commu-
The reason for the unusual posting was an “internal system failure.” Once a story is posted, he explained, it generates an automatic tweet on the office’s Twitter handle @pccs_va. “I thought we had been hacked to be honest,” he said. But further investigation yielded a simpler explanation. The story was later low-
nications office about coverage of the papal conclave, and a story about registration being open for a congress on the role of the media in promoting peace. Earlier this week, the Twitter account of a senior Vatican official was hacked.
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Opinion Don’t stop the music
SCOPE should take part in production of spring concert
front-page article in this past Tuesday’s issue of the The New Hampshire detailed how the Student Committee on Popular Entertainment’s budget is being handled the in wake of the sanctions levied against the organization last semester. With nine of its members reinstated earlier this semester, SCOPE still hasn’t been allowed to use any of its budget or take part in the planning for a spring concert. Student Activity Fee Chair Bryan Merrill and SAFC Chief Financial Officer Justin Ykema have been charged with the task of controlling SCOPE’s budget and bringing a concert to campus. But as the halfway point of the spring semester has come and gone, it’s looking less and less likely that there will be a big show to bookend the year. In Tuesday’s article, Ykema said that he and Merrill “can’t guarantee” a concert this semester, as 20 of their offers to various artists have fallen through. He described how the pair has reached out to SCOPE alumni for help, but they have been unwilling, instead telling Merrill and Ykema that they’d rather see them fail. While it may be a petty response, it’s not unexpected of alumni who saw their former org gutted and left to die last semester. Instead of reaching out to alumni, Merrill and Ykema should work with current SCOPE members to bring a concert this spring. The
duo is in an unenviable position, tasked with a job that normally takes an entire organization to complete. But with 20 offers already rejected, perhaps they should realize that they can’t do this on their own.
It makes no sense to allow nine members to rejoin the org and then keep them from serving their main purpose, which is to bring entertainment to the university. It is up to SCOPE’s advisory board, which Merrill is a part of, to allow the organization to help bring a concert to UNH this spring. The advisory board is in place to help SCOPE focus on its sanctions. But it makes no sense to allow nine members to rejoin the org and then keep them from serving their main purpose, which is to bring entertainment to the university. SCOPE could still operate under the advisory board’s guidance while helping Merrill and Ykema. It would also be an incredible waste of current students’ money to not use SCOPE’s budget to book a
concert for this spring. The organization was given a subsidy of $162,400 for fiscal year 2013. Very little of that money has been used so far this year. Even if Merrill and Ykema do come through with a concert, it will be through an outside booking agency, meaning tickets will cost more for students. Take, for instance, the recent Tiesto concert, which was put on by NV Concepts, an outside company. Student floor tickets cost $40 for that show. But for the SCOPE-run J. Cole show last spring, student floor tickets cost just $18. SCOPE receives a SAF subsidy so it can provide affordable popular entertainment to UNH. With SCOPE not allowed to take part in the planning and production process, students will have to pay more for tickets. The advisory board already revised its original, highly questionable decision from last semester to kick all members of SCOPE out of the org when it reinstated nine members at the beginning of the spring semester. It can certainly allow SCOPE to work with Merrill and Ykema to bring a concert to campus. If they do not, and there is no concert this spring, they won’t just be punishing one organization. They will be punishing the entire student body, and wasting their student activity fee money in the process.
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Friday, March 22, 2013
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The Sequester: Another attempt by the corporate elite to crush labour
he media has been up in arms recently about the economic sequester that is, as the Republican Party says, an attempt to offset the “reckless spending” of our leaderless and partisan President. Even though the sequester cuts only a mere 3 percent of federal spending – which, in the scope of the nation’s $15.1 trillion GDP and $16.72 trillion federal deficit – is only a drop in the bucket, it represents a particularly dangerous road for us to take if our goal is to balance the federal budget. Despite the fact that the working class’s discretionary income has stayed fairly consistent (and, in some regions and demographics, even dipped), inflation has reduced its economic purchasing power, leaving the middle class with increasingly little influence over the economy. As capitalist-style “tax reform” continues to redistribute wealth upwards, workers have less power to influence the state of the economy. The only other entities with enough purchasing power to impact the state of the economy are: first and foremost, the federal government, with its incredible collective bargaining power accounting for trillions of dollars and millions of participatory taxpayers; and secondly, to a lesser extent, private corporations, who currently sit on over $2.2 trillion unused and untapped assets and armies of lobbyists (nearly five per every one member of Congress). If individual consumers no longer have the power to impact the economy through their elective expenses, then we need to have the second and third most powerful
economic entities take responsibility and do something to defibrillate the American economy. Private corporations have no desire to do so – not only does the Dodge v. Ford Supreme Court case require them to operate in the interests of profiteering shareholders rather than in the economic interests of the community, but they exist to generate profit regardless of their legal obligations.
Gutting the federal budget in such a delicate time is not something that will serve the direct interests of the American middle class. We cannot trust in the corporate aristocracy to work in the interests of the working class. I am not arguing that we should place our faith in federal institutions rather than corporate ones (indeed, I’m much more a fan of the abolition of the State), but we need to be intellectually honest with ourselves by acknowledging that the federal government has enormous power, and it has the potential to use that power to jump-start the economy. At the risk of sounding like an angsty, deficit-spending-obsessed Keynesian, we need to use the government’s extraordinary budget to invest in the working class. Gutting the federal budget in such a delicate time is not something that
From the Left Dan Fournier will serve the direct interests of the American middle class. The sequestration is not a good idea. We should not be pulling billions of dollars out of the economy when our recovery is still so fragile. We should be pumping money into the economy, be investing in the working class and small business, and enacting massive public works programs that hire millions of thousands of American citizens to repair, expand, and modernize our roads, bridges, ports, and infrastructure. There is nothing about this “sequestration” that involves fiscal responsibility; the entire concept reeks of an overt attempt by the bourgeois class to initiate privatization at all levels under a fabricated illusion of financial collapse. Without these budget cuts, they cry, our debt will skyrocket to a point wherein our interest payments to China will consume our entire budget, and it, along with other foreign powers, will effectively own the rights to our economy. Without this sequestration, they argue, the evil, socialist president that we re-elected (by voter fraud, some right-wingers argue) will increase our debt to consume our entire budget and a
second Great Depression will be ushered in by our outrageously left-wing president. The entire sequestration is the result of an illusion by the corporate aristocracy, who are so financially irresponsible that, instead of claiming responsibility for the Wall Street collapse of 2008, they are willing to create an elaborate illusion of pending economic collapse in order to have the working class shoulder their burden. The sequestration is an attempt to shift the responsibility for our economic woes from the 1 percent to the 99 percent. It is a way for the élite to shift responsibility to the Average Joe through a series of intricate lies about the state of the economy. No matter what Wall Street says - about the “bankruptcy” of Medicare in the coming years, the shrinking Social Security surplus, the atrocious tax-and-spend policy of our “far-left” President, or the budget-busting cost of our progressive Congress - we are not broke. The United States is not poor; we are not out of money. We have the funds to do anything that we want - the problem is merely that we have chosen to spend our tax-payer dollars in horribly irresponsible ways. Of course, why on Earth should we invest in modern, ecofriendly green energy when we can fund the construction of ten thousand more wartime missiles instead? Why should we spend our money on universal healthcare, comprehensive education, or the mass-repair of our national infrastructure when we can spend it on a bloated Pentagon bureaucracy and imperialist war? We need to realize that the
host of economic reforms that President Obama has passed – from the Affordable Care Act to the Economic Recovery Act – have already begun to pay off and have started to defibrillate our economy. The reckless spending of the previous administrations has hit a critical point wherein its begun to compound at an exponential rate: Nixon’s $ 2 trillion-and-counting “war on drugs” and Bush’s $2.2 trillion “war on terror,” when combined with the post-2001 tax cuts for the rich that constitute 48 percent of our entire federal debt, put Obama’s entire “socialist” agenda to shame. I am not defending the Democratic Party in any sense; it is riddled with internal corruption and financial waste, but we cannot blame the current administration. Our debt is the result of generations of tax-and-spend obsessed bureaucrats, not a single president. It is time that the American people stop blaming President Obama for every economic woe that comes their way and start being honest with themselves about the government’s electoral history and start taking responsibility for themselves for electing those petty bureaucrats into office. Now is not the time to play the blame-game in D.C.; now is the time to take responsibility and set aside partisanship to actually work towards an economy geared in the economic interests of the working class.
Dan Fournier is a pre-medical undergraduate majoring in evolutionary biology. He considers himself to be a left-wing progressive and liberty-minded individual.
Opposing increase in road toll a hard road to travel for NH Legislators
fter lengthy debate on March 6, the NH House passed HB 617, a bill that increases the road toll, commonly referred to by opponents as the “Gas Tax,” by 4 cents per gallon of gasoline in each of the next three years (fiscal years 2014 – 2016) and then 3 cents in fiscal year 2017, for a total 15-cent increase over the current road toll of 18 cents per gallon. It is referred to as the 4-4-4-3 plan with Rep. David Campbell of Nashua as the prime sponsor. This additional revenue would be placed in a separate fund within the constitutionallyprotected highway fund to be used exclusively for the construction, reconstruction, and maintenance of state and municipal roads and bridges – investment that will equate to good jobs across New Hampshire, particularly within the construction, engineering, paving, and aggregate industries. Projections show the modest change in the road toll would result in increased highway block grant funding for municipalities of $3.6 million in 2014 to over $13 million in 2017 and beyond, for a total increase of $117 million over
the next ten years. For communities working diligently to stabilize local tax rates across the granite state, this increase is significant. To put it into concrete terms, the 4-44-3 plan would mean an additional $250,962 for Bath; $2,982,522 for Concord; $949,347 for Durham; $980,731 for Exeter; $573,305 for Henniker; $1,656,408 for Keene; $1,140,890 for Laconia; $6,851,848 for Manchester; $5,364,972 for Nashua; $2,079,901 for Rochester; $2,195,307 for Salem; and $112,771 for Woodstock. Local taxpayers in every town and city across NH benefit from the 4-4-4-3 plan. But much needed additional revenue for municipalities targeted to roadway repairs is not all that this bill provides. The increase would also fund an additional $8.5 million per year for municipal bridge and highway aid programs, fully fund the I-93 widening project, fully fund the state’s grossly underfunded 10-year transportation plan, and provide resources to address the 1600+ miles of state roads currently rated in “poor” condition. The road toll is a true user fee that has not been increased in over
Op-Ed Todd Selig 20 years. If the citizens of New Hampshire want decent roads, someone will have to pay for them, and it is only appropriate that the cost be borne by the users. Those who drive less would pay less; those who drive more would pay more. The House Ways and Means Committee voted on March 20th to recommend reducing the road toll increases from four cents/four cents/four cents/three cents over the next four years, to simply four/ four/four. This is a mistake. Full implementation of the 4-4-4-3 plan is reasonable and necessary to meet the state’s transportation needs. Here is why. At 18 cents per gallon, New Hampshire’s road toll is currently the lowest in New England. An important aspect of the road toll is that it does not translate penny for penny at the pump. Drive into Maine with a higher gas tax than New Hampshire and you can find lower gas prices there.
This is because supply and demand is the primary driver of gas prices, not the road toll. When the average driver drives 12,000 miles per year, getting an average of 22.6 mpg, it will cost an additional $79.65 per year after the 15-cent increase is fully implemented. This cost is based on the assumption that the 15-cent increase passes through penny for penny at the pump, which is unlikely.
At 18 cents per gallon, New Hampshire’s road toll is currently the lowest in New England. Even assuming that every penny is passed onto the driver at the pump, the cost of $79.65 is less than what the average New Hampshire driver is currently spending on vehicle maintenance and repairs due to poor New Hampshire road conditions ($323/year), as reported by TRIP, a national transportation group. And in some areas of the state it is worse. The average driv-
er in the Southern New Hampshire area, including Manchester and Nashua, loses $503 annually due to driving on deteriorated roads, while rough roads cost the average Dover-Rochester-Portsmouth driver $400 annually. New Hampshire faces an annual transportation funding shortfall of $74 million, more than one third of the state’s major roads are deteriorated, nearly a third of Granite State bridges are in need of repair or replacement, and the state’s rural traffic fatality rate is disproportionately higher than that of other roads in the state. Unless New Hampshire can increase transportation investment, conditions are projected to worsen significantly in the future. This serves none of us well and works against the New Hampshire advantage. HB 617, at the 4-4-4-3 level, is a good plan and deserves the support of the N.H. Legislature. Opposing it is a hard road to travel for our representatives and senators in Concord.
Todd Selig is the Durham town administrator.
The New Hampshire
The proliferation of the nanny state
hile enjoying my spring break, relaxing and hanging with friends and family, I privately rejoiced in the decision by the New York Supreme Court to strike down the soda ban pursued by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who in his three terms as mayor, through bans and policies, has transformed the Big Apple into an all-but fullfledged nanny state. In a nanny state, the choices of free people in a free society are superseded by the all-watching, always caring, “I know better than you do” government. The ruling is not a case of judicial activism run amuck or conservative interfering; it’s common sense. Let the people of New York City, and frankly across America, live their lives by their own accords, not by the accords of government. The proposed soda ban by Bloomberg in New York is another unnecessary intrusion and detour by government into our personal choices and habits. If government can dictate what size of soda a person can drink, then where does the infringement end? With his soda ban sidelined (for now) he’s going after cigarettes, trying to force businesses selling cigarettes to conceal them in an attempt to discourage smoking. I’ll admit smoking is not a healthy choice and I would not engage in it, but I would never make it my business as an elected official to force vendors to conceal them from public view. If people smoke, then the consequences are theirs and theirs alone. Smoking is a choice. Sure, Mayor Bloomberg’s intentions are swell and duly noted, but then again the road to hell is paved with swell intentions. His New York City policies are reflective of a large issue spreading across these United States – an abdication of the personal liberty to the almighty government that
From the Right Phil Boynton claims to know what’s best for the American people. Call me oldfashioned, but I’ve put my faith in the American people to make their own decisions. Now, the concept of the nanny state is at times difficult to articulate. In my two previous columns I’ve tried to decry the problems with big government and its problem on American society. However, I am stating my opinion, and it can be taken for what it’s worth. When concrete examples come into play, such as the New York City mayor’s efforts to bypass the will of free people and to tell them what they can and cannot drink, it puts into context the ills of big government and why the nanny state must be rejected at all costs! At stake in this argument over a nanny state and big government is liberty: the liberty of myself, those reading this column and the people of this country. Liberty is what the fight is about and liberty is more than personal freedom. It’s more than the freedom to do as one pleases. It is the freedom to make choices that affects one’s life. If I choose to eat 50 donuts a day and drink a soda once before bed and once in the morning every single day, and then one day I suffer a heart attack, I must bear the consequences of my decision. It is not the government’s responsibility to take care of me. I made the choice to eat poorly, and the burden falls into my lap.
No reasonable person would partake in the food and drink choices I have just described. But the point is clear. In a free society, I should be able to make my own decisions and endure the consequences of those decisions. That is liberty. Our founders warned of a society where government cares for its citizens from the cradle to the grave. The minute government becomes our caretaker, we give up our freedom and we will never get it back. Government need not tie our shoes or blow our noses for us. Government’s function is simple – to protect the rights endowed on us by our creator. A government that babies its citizens exploits personal choice and becomes the permanent nanny. Unlike politicians such as Bloomberg and others who shall remain nameless, I have faith in the American people to make decision for themselves. These politicians see the American people as ignorant and too dumb to get out of their own way. They think that their judgment and vision is superior to others. The nanny state sees itself as a savior in the form of government. I take the opposite view. It is government that needs saving – salvation from statism. To put it simply, the nanny states trust government. I trust the people. Government today is like overgrown bushes needing to be trimmed back. If America is to avoid the ever-growing presence of a nanny state government, then it is time to take a weed whacker, hedge trimmer or good old fashioned scissors and cut back the unkempt shrubbery that has become government.
Phil Boynton is a junior political science major and considers himself a common-sense minded conservative.
n Letter to the editor Fraud at the Divestment Dialogue At the university dialogue on March 4, I asked to sit with two friends. A facilitator told us that, given the nature of a university dialogue, those managing the event wanted to make sure that those who share a perspective were not consolidated in one discussion group, thus the assigned seating. A few hours after my column was published on Tuesday, two odd posts on the Student Environmental Action Coalition’s Facebook page were brought to my attention. The first, posted by a prominent SEAC member on March 4, reads: “IMPORTANT! There are UPDATED and NEW documents in the Google folder – please con-
tinue reviewing all but make sure read the ‘Really Super Important Document’!!! The link is in the SEAC group page and not here for security reasons. Table Captains and Co-Captains, if you are not in class after 5pm, please come to the office…to practice these arguments!” The second, posted by a page administrator on March 6, reads: “Hey friends!!! First of all, I’d like to thank all of you – current and alum SEAC members – who attended the University Dialogue event on Monday, and a special shout out to all the folks who spent hours prepping to be spokespersons for this campaign. You all make me incredibly proud of this group – from the time and energy you’ve put into the campaign, to the positive report backs from every table in the room…” What are we to make of the
Friday, March 22, 2013
Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Thumbs up to March Madness.
Thumbs down to your bracket being in shambles after the first day of games. Thumbs up to not having to make up snow days like in high school. Thumbs down to snow. Enough already. Thumbs up to being optimistic.
Thumbs down to being jobless and homeless for the summer... What was that last thumbs up, again? Thumbs up to the new Facebook pages related to UNH. Thumbs down to homework overload.
Thumbs up to the N.H. House passing a law that would allow bars to stay open until 2 a.m. Thumbs down to the fact that Durham will probably opt out of that law if it’s passed. Thumbs up to a well-crafted sandwich.
fact that participants who had concerns about the consequences of divesting our university’s endowment sat at their assigned seats, while SEAC assigned members to each table with the task of manipulating the flow of discussion and shouting down opposition to divestment? In a typically belligerent “Scoop on Sustainability” column published in Tuesday’s issue, a SEAC member wrote, “During the discussion, I couldn’t stop thinking about a chant I learned at the Keystone XL Pipeline protest in February: ‘Tell me what democracy looks like! THIS is what democracy looks like!” It seems now that the divestment dialogue was more deception than democracy. Nick Mignanelli, TNH columnist
Thumbs down to Friday exams.
Thumbs up to your professor taking a vacation and cancelling class. Thumbs down to getting your Netflix account hacked.
Friday, March 22, 2013
The New Hampshire
Henrion recognized at Hockey East Awards ceremony STAFF REPORT THE NEW HAMPSHIRE
Senior forward John Henrion of the No. 10 University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team earned the Army ROTC ThreeStars Award for the 2012-13 season. In addition, the Wildcats were honored as the 2013 Charlie Holt Team Sportsmanship Award, given annually to the least penalized team in Hockey East. The first round of awards were announced Wednesday, March 20 by the league office. The Hockey East All-Star Team, Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Coach of the Year will be announced at the league’s awards banquet Thursday, March 21 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge. Henrion was honored as the Army ROTC Three-Stars Award recipient for outstanding single-game accomplishments over the course of the 2012-13 season. The Hockey East Three-Stars Award is chosen in every Hockey East contest. Henrion had a flare for the dramatic with three game-winning goals and several game-tying goals. The senior forward has a leagueleading 153 shots on net. He scored four goals, including his first collegiate hat trick in a weekend series against UMass, helping him to the Hockey East Player of the Week honors March 4. Henrion was a Star of the Game eight times and was the No. 1 star in five games. Hockey East proudly recognizes an entire team for its sportsmanlike play with the Charles E. Holt Sportsmanship Award, named after the former UNH coach. This award is given to the team that receives the lowest average penalty minutes per game over the course of regular season Hockey East play.
16 Wildcats named to EAGL All-Academic Team The University of New Hampshire gymnastics team placed an East Atlantic Gymnastics League-leading 16 members and 76 percent of its roster on the EAGL All-Academic Team, the league announced Monday. Awards will be presented to the honorees at the 2013 EAGL Championship Banquet on Friday, March 22, in Chapel Hill, N.C. 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. Freshmen are eligible if they earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the fall semester. Senior co-captain Courtney Connors, a business administration: accounting major, garnered all-academic accolades for the fourth consecutive year. Senior co-captain Jen Aucoin, a nutrition & wellness major, earned all-academic honors for the third straight year. Other three-time honorees are juniors Hannah Barile (kinesiology: exercise science), Jillian Hudson (nutrition), Erin Machado (biomedical science) and Jannelle Minichiello (psychology, business). Sophomore Kayla Gray (kinesiology: exercise science) made it backto-back years on the all-academic squad, joining senior and first-time recipient Becca Marrama (nutrition & wellness) and eight members of the freshman class: Catarina Broccoli (undeclared); Lauren Brodie (undeclared); Rebekah Bubnar (environmental conservation studies); Cassy Izzo (biology); Brittany Prestia (undeclared); Alexa Profit (recreation management & policy); Elissa Solomon (kinesiology: exercise science) and Courtney Thompson (undeclared). The Wildcats (17-7, 6-2 EAGL) will compete in the 2013 EAGL Championship, hosted by the University of North Carolina, on Saturday, March 23, at 2 p.m.
Men’s soccer announces new student athletes
John Henrion was honored with the Army ROTC Three-Stars award in the first round of Hockey East awards presented by the league office. The Team Sportsmanship Award was established by the league’s directors in 1992 and was renamed to honor Holt in 1998. The award is in the form of a shadow box with etched glass depicting the image of New Hampshire’s legendary coach. New Hampshire earns the award bearing the name of its former coach for the eighth time in program history and the fourthstraight time. The Wildcats were whistled for a league-low 257 minutes for an average of 9.5 in 27
league games. Overall, the ‘Cats were the sixth least penalized team in the nation with 9.3 penalty minutes per game. UNH hopes its 19-11-7 mark is good enough for an at-large bid into the 16-team field for the upcoming NCAA tournament. The selection show is Sunday, March 24 at 9 p.m. on ESPNU. If the Wildcats are selected they would compete March 29-30 at the NCAA Northeast Regional, hosted by UNH, at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester.
Rob Thompson, head coach of the UNH men’s soccer team, announced the addition of three student athletes that will play in the fall season of 2013. Karl Frisk comes to UNH after attending Shattuck St. Mary’s for the past two years. There, he played with the U18 Academy squad as a senior and the U16 Academy team in the previous year. As a junior, Frisk scored the determining goal that ultimately sent SSM to playoffs in Dallas, Texas. Prior to his time at SSM, he lived in Switzerland, where he attended the American School in Switzerland (TASIS) as a freshman and sophomore. In his second year, he was the top scorer. Elijah Leverett joins the Wildcats after a stellar senior season at Greely High School in Cumberland Center, Maine. He compiled a record of 10-40, making 65 saves on 74 shots faced while tallying seven shutouts. Leverett led the Rangers to the playoffs as a freshman, junior and senior and was named to the All-Western Maine Conference First Team in 2012. As a member of the Seacoast United Soccer Club, Leverett helped his U16 and U17 squads to a pair of state titles and to advance to regional play. Will Szostkiewicz arrives in Wildcat Country after primarily playing with the New England Revolution Development Academy. In the 2011-12 season, Szostkiewicz started 26 of the 29 games he appeared in and tallied the first goal of his Revolution career. The goal came against NJSA and was also the game winner. While at Longmeadow High School, the back started all games played during his time with the program. He helped lead LHS to the playoffs in 2010-11 and in 2011-12. He was named to the First Team All-League squad as a sophomore and junior and was a First Team All-Scholastic Western Mass. selection as a junior.
continued from page 20 direction that Hockey East as a conference has gone in the past few years. “Basically, it boils down to the stretch of where we lost more than our share of games, turning over elite players in the past and just how the conference as a whole are stepping in on acquiring more talent to their rosters,” McCloskey said. It is not to say the program is not acquiring talent, because in order to play Division I hockey, a player must have high-qualified skills to compete, but it has more to do with attracting high profile recruits to Durham. Schools all around the country are getting better and are being more aggressive. However, just like any “dynasty,” there comes a time where a program is just in rebuilding mode. Making two consecutive Hockey East tournament berths, despite both being losses in the quar-
Junior Nicole Gifford kneels down to block a shot in a game against Northeastern on Dec. 1, 2012. terfinals round, means that UNH fans have something to be optimistic about moving forward. “I like the way our program has been,” McCloskey said. “It has been competitive, and the young class this year will help get the pro-
gram back on solid ground.” With that said, there are still areas in which the program can improve as the rebuilding process continues. One area that McCloskey noted right away when asked was the offense, which to him could
use a little depth. “We need to be a little deeper on offense, because we don’t have enough scoring in the lineup,” McCloskey said. This is an important aspect of the rebuilding process for the Wild-
cats, as McCloskey wants to maintain the balanced approach the team currently has offensively. McCloskey pointed to how some teams in Hockey East have begun to rely on a couple of players offensively. “I rather have a wide variety of skaters contribute on the offensive end then just have one or two skaters score 20 goals,” McCloskey said. All of this is just part of the struggle that comes with playing in a competitive conference. With teams like Providence, Vermont, Maine and Northeastern currently on the rise and consistent powerhouses like Boston University and Boston College continuing to thrive, New Hampshire has plenty of competition each and every season. Yet as the competition continues to get tougher for the Wildcats, the coming seasons will go to show whether or not McCloskey and the Wildcats can break out from the pack and return to their winning tradition.
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Sophomore Kayla Gray and the Wildcats will need a big weekend in Chapel Hill, N.C. this weekend if they hope to qualify for the NCAA Regional Championships. Currently, UNH sits at No. 37 in the NCAA rankings, just one spot shy from qualifying for the NCAA meet.
Wildcats prepare for EAGL Championship By NICK STOICO Sports Editor
On Saturday, the UNH gymnastics team will compete in the East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) Championship, which will be hosted by the University of North Carolina. This event is crucial for the No. 37 Wildcats, who must rank in the Top 36 to qualify for the NCAA Regional Championships. If the Wildcats succeed in qualifying for the regional tournament, it will be for the 30th time in 31 years. UNH competed at the EAGL championship last season, finishing in sixth place with a final score of 195.225. The Wildcats are coming off of a second-place finish they earned at a quad-meet held at Kent State on March 15. UNH had two
first-place finishers at the meet in sophomore Erika Rudiger and junior Hannah Barile on the floor exercise. Competition will be very tight for the Wildcats, as fellow league teams will all be competing in hopes of qualifying for the NCAA Regional. No. 33 North Carolina, No. 35 Pittsburgh, No. 37 George Washington, and No. 39 Rutgers are all competing to either make it into or stay in the field of 36. No. 22 Maryland and No. 30 North Carolina State are also competing at the meet, but both of these programs are considered locks for the NCAA event. UNH competed with George Washington and Rutgers earlier in the season, taking the win over each program. This will be the first meeting of the year for the Wildcats against North Carolina and
Pittsburgh. The Wildcats will be looking to make an early impact in the floor exercise, the team’s strongest event. Barile, senior Austyn Fobes, and sophomore Kayla Gray each rank in the Top 10 in the league in floor exercise. UNH earned a bye from the first round of the floor exercise event. On the balance beam, UNH is ranked sixth in the league and will be relying heavily on Gray’s recent streak of success on the beam to continue. Gray has earned three consecutive first place scores on the balance beam. The Wildcats, who lead the league with 16 members on the EAGL All-Academic Team, have won the EAGL Championship once before in 2003 when UNH hosted the event at the Whittemore Center.
scoring four goals within the first ten minutes. Contributing to this aggressive lead was sophomore midfielder Laura Puccia, senior captain attack Jenny Simpson, and freshman attack Laura McHoul, with the third goal coming off one of Columbia’s players. Keeping the ‘Cats on top, Jenny Simpson and Laura McHoul each scored again, making the score 6-2 by the end of the first period. Goalkeeper Kathleen O’Keefe stayed strong in net, making five clean saves in the first half. During the second period there was more action from Columbia’s offense. Within a minute into the period, a shot got by O’Keefe and Columbia started to catch up. With back-to-back goals from sophomore midfielder Rachael Nock and junior midfielder Molly Gaffey, the ‘Cats had a solid lead when the momentum shifted. With 20 minutes left on the clock, the Lions scored two more, making the score 8-5. The Lions continued their streak in the second period with three consecutive goals with only eight minutes left putting the score at 10-9. “We came out tentative,” Albrecht said. “Columbia is a good team, and by the end of the game it felt like we were scratching out.”
UNH tried to take advantage of every opportunity it had on offense. Nock was able to make one more in net, increasing the score to 11-9 with 4:51 remaining. Just 11 seconds later, Columbia’s Ashley Rinere fired one into the mesh cutting UNH’s lead down to one. Then, with only 1:29 remaining the Lions’ senior midfielder Kelly Buechel score, with a score now tied at 11-11. “We realized how much we had to step up (after the tying goal),” Simpson said. The Wildcats did just that, as sophomore Kayleigh Hinkle picked up the ground ball around the twelve-meter mark with ten seconds left. Then, as time expired Hinkle bounced the ball into the cage to lift UNH to a 12-11 victory. “I didn’t know the ball actually went in,” Hinkle said regarding the game-winning goal. “When they called it a goal I was just very relieved that we didn’t have to go into overtime and that we pulled out the close win.” “It was good to see Hinkle step up and go in confidently,” Albrecht said. “She has always been a consistent force.” The Wildcats will be looking to continue its recent run of success when they travel to Albany, N.Y. on Sunday to kickoff America East action against Albany. “I hope we take the momentum we’ve gained from winning two straight and keep winning in conference starting this weekend,” Hinkle said.
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in Hockey East and fourth nationally in defensive scoring. DeSmith earned Honorable Mention All-Star status after compiling a record of 18-9-7 with five shutouts. He posted a .924 save percentage and a career-best 2.24 goals-against average. The sophomore set a UNH program record after playing 203 minutes, 32 seconds of consecutive shutout hockey, spanning four games (Nov. 4-Nov. 18). DeSmith was named the Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week five times over the course of the season and also took home Hockey East Goalie of the Month honors in October and November. Goumas was also tabbed to the Honorable Mention All-Star squad after posting career-high marks in goals (10), assists (32) and points (42). He is the first Wildcat to eclipse the 40-point barrier since 2010-11. Goumas registered a 10-game point streak (Nov. 2-Dec. 6) during which
No longer in the Hockey East tournament, senior forward John Henrion and the UNH men’s hockey program play the waiting game in order to find out whether its season continues. The Wildcats will learn their fate Sunday, when the NCAA announces the field for the NCAA tournament. The NCAA Selection Show is scheduled for 9 p.m. and will air on ESPNU.
Sophomore goaltender Casey DeSmith joined junior forward Kevin Goumas as a honorable mention for the Hockey East All-Star Team. he notched 19 points (7g, 12a). Against No. 2 Denver (Nov. 24), the junior paced a dramatic Wildcats’ comeback with a career-high five points, including a hat trick and two assists. All three of his goals came in the third period. The Wildcats hope to extend the season with an at-large bid to the 16-team field for the 2013
NCAA Division I Championship tournament. The NCAA Selection Show is Sunday, March 24 at 9 p.m. on ESPNU. If selected, the Wildcats would compete March 29-30 at the NCAA Northeast Regional, hosted by UNH, at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H.
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Friday, March 22, 2013
‘Cats clinch last second victory
UNH looks to return to its winning ways
he University of New Hampshire’s women ice hockey program has brought a lot of hardware, success and pride to this place we call home. Claiming the title of inaugural women’s ice hockey champions in 1998, the Wildcats never had a losing season in the 33-year history of the program. They won ﬁve ECAC championships between 1986 and 1996. When the Wildcats joined Hockey East in 2002, they won four consecutive Hockey East titles from 2006 to 2009. To add to that, New Hampshire has more wins than any other women’s ice hockey program, at 668 in its ﬁrst 32 years. This includes when the Wildcats went undefeated in their initial 74 games (73-0-1) spanning the 1978 through 1982 seasons. Yet with three consecutive losing seasons, it is fair to ask: Where has that winning attitude gone the past few years? It was only a few years ago that UNH last claimed its Hockey East title, during the 2008-2009 season. Since then, however, the program has really struggled. The lowest point came right away, during the 2010-2011 season when the ‘Cats failed to make the Hockey East tournament. According to current UNH Head Coach Brian McCloskey, the dip in the programs performance can be attributed towards the direction that Hockey East as a conference has gone in the
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From the bullpen
By JENNIFER GAGNON The University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team played against the Columbia University Lions UNH 12 on Wednesday to claim its secColumbia 11 ond consecutive win of the season. The Wildcats came up big, as they battled it out until the very last second to pull out a 12-11 victory, improving their record to 2-5. The game was originally scheduled for 11 a.m., but due to the snow conditions, it was pushed back until noon. With many hard at work plowing and preparing the ﬁeld to get the game in, the Wildcats geared up in the brisk cold, not letting the weather diminish their performance. “There were a lot of factors that came into play today, but it was all about staying focused,” Head Coach Sarah Albrecht said. Although weather conditions were not up to par, the Wildcats made this game exciting with fans at the edge of their seats until the very end. New Hampshire started the ﬁrst period attacking the net right away,
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Sophomore Kayleigh Hinkle and the Wildcats pulled out a thrilling lastsecond victory Wednesday afternoon as UNH faced off versus Columbia.
UNH nets Hockey East All-Star Sophomore van Riemsdyk named to First Team STAFF REPORT THE NEW HAMSPHIRE
University of New Hampshire sophomore defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk was named a Hockey East First-Team All-Star, while sophomore netminder Casey DeSmith and junior forward Kevin Goumas were named Hockey East Honorable Mention AllStars. Thursday’s announcements were made at the league awards banquet, held at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge. van Riemsdyk headlines the group after having a stellar season from the blue line.
The sophomore recorded seven goals and 24 assists for 31 points, tops among league defensemen. He ﬁnished with two power-play goals, two game-winners and one shorthanded tally. van Riemsdyk notched a careerhigh four points, all of which were assists, in New Hampshire’s 6-2 win over Merrimack (Jan. 26) in the battle for the RiverStone Cup at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H. He recorded a trio of helpers as the Wildcats topped Vermont, 4-3 (Feb. 22). In all, he registered multiple points in 11 games and is ranked ﬁrst
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Hannah Barile and the UNH gymnastics team head to Chapel Hill, N.C. this weekend to compete in the EAGL Championship. For a full preview of what the Wildcats will be in for this weekend, turn to Page 19.
The UNH men’s hockey team had 257 penalty minutes during regular season Hockey East action, the fewest in the conference.