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Vol. 102, No. 38
The men’s soccer team lost 2-0 on Friday night in a spring scrimmage vs. UMass-Lowell.
Students give their opinions on the election of Pope Francis. Page 5
Huddleston talks issues at Student Senate meeting
Campus notified of sexual assault
WHITE OUT MANCHESTER
By ABBY KESSLER STAFF WRITER
UNH President Mark Huddleston and Dr. Stacey Hall of the Hamel Recreation Center both presented in front of the Student Senate on Sunday night in the Paul College, discussing a number of ongoing issues that the university is tackling. President Huddleston addressed constituents during the yearly meeting, discussing a wide array of ongoing issues at the university including PRESIDENT HUDDLESTON divestment from fossil fuels, the Navitas program and proposals to renovate Hamilton Smith Hall. He started by commenting that the public forum related to the divestment of the university from fossil fuels was an important discussion that took place on campus, and that although the university is committed to sustainability efforts, it is not willing to sacriﬁce ﬁduciary responsibilities of previous donors’ investments. “The more you restrict where the funds are invested, the less return you are able to get, and that is unfair to donors who gave to the school with the intention of creating a
By CORRINE HOLROYD STAFF WRITER
The No. 2 UNH men’s hockey team will face off against the No. 3 University of Denver this Friday in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The match will take place in Manchester at the Verizon Wireless Arena. Wildcat Nation plans to wear white to ‘White Out Manchester.’ Turn to page 20 for more details on Friday’s matchup.
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UNH police alerted the student body to a sexual assault on a “non-student female” that occurred Saturday morning around 2:30 a.m. in Sawyer Hall. According to the UNH Crime Report Map, the offense was an “aggravated felonious sexual assault forcible rape.” “There is no information to suggest the suspect was a stranger in the residence hall, and we do know that the victim met the suspect at an on-campus evening establishment,” UNH Media Relations Director Erika Mantz said in a March 23 Boston.com article. The alert, sent around 5:30 a.m. the same morning, let students know that “the unknown male is described as white, taller than 5’7” with short dark hair wearing a white shirt and blue jeans.” The alert also asked anyone with information to call UNH police at 603-862-1427.
Research collaboration brings new opportunities
UNH signs agreement with Southwest Research Institute, students get jump start on careers By BRIAN WARD STAFF WRITER
As students were enjoying their time off on Monday, March 11 during Spring Break, UNH signed a research collaboration agreement with Southwest Research Institute. The agreement will allow UNH graduates and undergraduates to work with the San Antonio-based company on larger space and satellite projects. Roy Torbert is the director of the UNH Space Science Center in Morse Hall. Torbert will be one of nine UNH engineering and accounting staff members who, along with one SwRI scientist, will make up the initial SwRI-EOS department. “We have competition out there for the space missions. If we don’t have a big collaborator, we would have a harder time getting on space missions,” Torbert said.
The SwRI-EOS department is expected to grow as new research projects get underway, with the department planning to lease 2,000 square feet of Morse Hall. Torbert said that there is ongoing undergraduate and graduate involvement in the agreement and students will get a chance to work at SwRI and potentially ﬁnd a career path. “We wouldn’t have done it unless it was beneﬁt,” Torbert said. SwRI has previously worked with UNH on the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) satellites, which are four spacecrafts designed to measure and study the Earth’s magnetosphere. Harlan Spence is the UNH director of EOS and said that due to the university’s previous dealings with SwRI the formal agreement was not unexpected. “I would say it emerged quite naturally,” Spence said.
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Model satellites hang in Morse Hall, where the SwRI-EOS will take up residence.
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Soccer defeated in shutout
UNH men’s lacrosse club team’s early lead over Northeastern was not enough, as the Huskies pulled out a 9-5 victory.
UNH men’s soccer kicked off its spring scrimmage season with a 2-0 loss to UMass-Lowell.
5 Poet and activist, Andrea Gibson came to the UNH campus over the weekend to slam her poetry and answer questions
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strong financial university now and into the future,” Huddleston said. He said that through the discussion the possibility of a financial sleeve could be implemented, so that future donors donate to the university with prior knowledge that their money would not be invested in fossil fuel companies. Huddleston also addressed the university’s commitment to bringing foreign exchange students to UNH through the program Navitas. “I think it is terrific to walk around UNH and hear accents and different languages being spoken around campus. It enriches the campus diversity. We now have students from around the world in our classrooms, which makes for a pretty neat atmosphere,” Huddleston said.
A large portion of the discussion on Sunday night revolved around Hall’s presentation regarding the expansion of the Hamel Recreation Center. He said that the partnership has already brought 200 students to the school. Huddleston said that the program will only grow, eventually bringing 1,000 students from around the world to campus, creating a 10:1 ratio on campus. Lastly, Huddleston addressed renovations to Hamilton Smith that have been on the top of the university›s capital one improvement plan for years but have made little progress due to the lack of state funding. He commented that renovations to the building would cost nearly $23 million dollars, which the university asked to be provided by the state. However, he said that Gov. Maggie Hassan placed $7.5 million in the capital one budget for the entire system, which includes Plymouth State University, Keene State College and UNH. “It is nothing. Here at UNH we have around $400 million in construction that needs to be done, no sweat,” Huddleston said. “I am not optimistic it is going to be provided at the state level. So, we are going to need to be creative on how to raise those funds.” A large portion of the discussion on Sunday night revolved
around Hall’s presentation regarding the expansion of the Hamel Recreation Center. Hall commented that administration recognizes the increasing need for expanding the workout facility to accommodate the growing number of students who use the space. She commented that the efforts of the current student body and its predecessors have pushed along the process, and although expansion plans are in their infant stages, progress has been tremendous thus far. Hall said that a committee will meet with Hugh Group Architects on Wednesday, May 1 to discuss the logistic of expanding the center. The discussion with the architects will seek to answer what direction the current building should be added on to, what the renovations should include and how much money will be invested into the project. “I don’t think anyone is happy with the facilities available. We have a lot of needs that have to be fulfilled,” Hall said. According to Hall there is currently .4 feet of space per student while the university should have 1 square foot of space per student. “We would need to more than double the space that we have now to meet these accommodations,” Hall said. Hall commented that with increasing student enrollment, the space in the facility is continuing to become more restricted. A survey conducted of 861 students showed that 80 percent of UNH students have forgone working out at the gym at some point because they assumed it would be overcrowded. “I have been trying to find a gym around the country that has less space than UNH, but I have been unable to find one,” Hall said. “I was shocked to find that we were absolutely last.” Although Hall was not sure about the costs implicated with expanding the Hamel Recreation Center, she believed that the cost would not be inflicted on the students paying the activities fee. As a temporary fix, employees at the Hamel Recreation department are currently looking into broadening their online communication with students to provide occupant numbers that would inform the public how many people are currently using the gym. Dr. Hall said she hopes providing these numbers will alleviate time spent waiting for machines and courts in the center. The information would be posted on the recreation center’s website and would inform students when the fewest people are working out.
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continued from page 1 “We’ve had a long series of informal collaborations, and I would say it was an organic development.” With roughly 3,000 employees and $584 million in revenue in 2012, SwRI is one of the largest independent applied research and development companies in the country. SwRI has 11 technical divisions, such as applied power and chemistry, but UNH is only working with the SwRI space science division. “One of the attractions of the collaborating from SwRI’s view is that in EOS we have scientists who are doing research into earth and oceans, which is areas that SwRI doesn’t have many researchers in,” Spence said. “It marries the best of both our institutions and it provides us the opportunity to be part of this bigger institution, which allows us to be part of these bigger, more complex projects.” Spence said that the col-
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 laboration agreement will provide great research and career opportunities for students. Both graduate and undergraduate students in the physics, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering programs will be eligible to work on collaboration projects with SwRI. Spence also noted that SwRI is keen on innovation and technology, and students from other science and math related majors might also be able to find work through the agreement. “For grad students, these kinds of projects are really remarkable opportunities to do cutting-edge research that will lead to PhDs,” Spence said. “For undergrads, we have already a number of undergraduates working on these projects; they can present their findings at national meetings and publish their findings in journals.” According to Spence, one of the UNH Space Science Center specialties is building NASA satellites that measure various phenomena around Earth. By partner-
ing with SwRI, UNH will be able to take an even larger part in future space missions.
“For grad stu-
dents, these kinds of projects are really remarkable opportunities to do cutting edge research that will lead to PhDs.”
Harlan Spence Director, UNH EOS
“I think it really provides great opportunity for the types of research that we do,” Spence said. “It will provide robust growth for the science we do and it will provide future job opportunities to students. I think we’ll see strong progressive benefits from this very soon.”
Supreme court takes on a new affirmative action case By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court’s decision to hear a new case from Michigan on the politically charged issue of affirmative action offers an intriguing hint that the justices will not use a separate challenge already pending from Texas for a broad ruling bringing an end to the consideration of race in college admissions. To be sure, the two cases involve different legal issues. The University of Texas dispute, with arguments already completed and a ruling possible soon, centers on the use of race to fill some slots in the school’s freshman classes. The Michigan case asks whether a voter-approved ban on affirmative action in college admissions can itself violate the Constitution. But the broadest possible outcome in the current Texas case — overruling the court’s 2003 decision that allows race as a factor in college admissions — would mean an end to affirmative action in higher education and render the new Michigan lawsuit irrelevant. If the justices are planning to overrule that earlier decision, “then I would think they would hold this case,” the new one, and order lower courts to review it based on the Texas decision, said Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the law school at the University of California at Irvine. He is representing students and faculty members in the Michigan case. At the October argument in Fisher v. University of Texas, the court’s conservative justices sounded as if they were ready to impose new limits on the use of race in college admissions. More than five months have passed without a decision, which is not unusual in the court’s most contentious cases. The appeal in the Michigan case comes from state Attorney General Bill Schuette, following a
ruling from the sharply divided 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. The appeals court, by an 8-7 vote, found fault with the 2006 constitutional amendment to outlaw “preferential treatment” on the basis of race and other factors in college admissions. The provision also applies to affirmative action in public employment and government contracting, but those issues are not being challenged. The appeals court said the constitutional amendment is illegal under Supreme Court rulings from the late 1960s and early 1980s that prohibit placing special burdens on minority groups that want to bring about changes in laws and policies. The court said that forcing opponents of the ban to mount their own long, expensive campaign through the ballot box to protect affirmative action amounts to different, and unequal, treatment. That burden “undermines the Equal Protection Clause’s guarantee that all citizens ought to have equal access to the tools of political change,” the appeals court said. By way of example, the court said that children of university alumni remain free to lobby lawmakers and university officials to adopt policies to take family ties into account in admissions. Schuette said the notion that a measure that forbids discrimination on the basis of race can be unconstitutional is legal nonsense. “Entrance to our great colleges and universities must be based upon merit, and I remain optimistic moving forward in our fight for equality, fairness and rule of law at our nation’s highest court,” Schuette said Monday. The American Civil Liberties Union’s Dennis Parker said the constitutional ban discriminates against students of color. “Michigan’s proposal aims to unfairly keep students from encouraging universities to consider race as one factor in admissions
but does not do the same for those who are trying to get the school to acknowledge other factors, such as legacy or athletic achievement,” said Parker, director of the ACLU’s Racial Justice Program Both the Michigan and Texas cases trace their roots to the same Supreme Court decision in 2003 — Grutter v. Bollinger — that upheld the use of race by colleges and universities in their quest for diverse student bodies. The ruling came in a lawsuit involving the University of Michigan law school. In response to the court’s 5-4 decision in that case, affirmative action opponents worked to put a ballot measure in front of voters that would outlaw the consideration of race. Similar laws are in place in Arizona, California, Florida, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oklahoma and Washington, Arizona Attorney General Thomas Horne said in a legal briefing supporting Michigan. In November 2006, 58 percent of Michigan voters approved the measure. Civil rights groups sued to block the provision the day after the vote. At the University of Texas, roughly three-fourths of incoming freshmen are Texans who graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school classes. They are automatically admitted under a plan that was designed to increase diversity without taking race into account. After the high court decision in 2003, Texas added the consideration of race among many factors to fill remaining slots. A white Texan, Abigail Fisher, sued the university after she was denied a spot in 2008. The justices could rule in Fisher’s favor without upsetting their 2003 decision, especially because Texas already has achieved a measure of diversity through the so-called top 10 plan, which is race-neutral.
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Theologian speaks about Israel/Palestine, receives mixed reactions
Marc Ellis, Jewish theologian, sits and talks of conflicts and war in the Middle East. Members outside of UNH came to hear him talk on Thurs. Mar. 21. By CATIE HALL Contributing Writer
An attentive crowd of about 25 people listened to Marc Ellis speak at the Memorial Union Building on Thursday, March 21. Marc Ellis, a Jewish theologian and professor, spoke on the crisis
of ethics in Palestine. “Some say Palestinians are the last victims of the Holocaust,” an impassioned Ellis said. “If you stand with Israel’s injustice, you are anti-Jewish from my perspective,” Ellis said. “It’s like giving someone who’s an alcoholic more to drink. You’re en-
abling.” The audience was a mix of elderly guests and college students. Some audience members sat with notebooks on their laps, ready to take notes. One man recorded the presentation on his iPad. Ellis started by defining the issue. The crisis of ethics results
from Jews wanting a homeland and Palestine fighting back. For years, the Jewish people have been nomads, both before and after the Holocaust. Leaders in Zionism sought to procure a homeland that had biblical origins: Israel on the west bank of Palestine. In 1948, Zionist leaders worked with government officials to partition Palestine for the first time. Since the first map, many others have been drafted, which have morphed the boundaries. Ellis went through a brief slideshow presentation highlighting the changes to Israel-Palestine maps from 1946 to 2012. Changes depict a shrinking space for the Palestinian population while Israel expands. Aside from Israel’s expansion, a major component of Ellis’ talk was America’s role in the situation. As an empire, Ellis said, America has sought to help the Jewish people. Today, the U.S. government knows largely about the issues in Palestine and Israel. “The whole American government knows every single detail about this like no other government in the world,” Ellis said. “Of course, these maps are forbidden in Jewish life. They’re treason.” Ellis believes the crisis in Israel and Palestine is apartheid. According to a Palestine Education Network pamphlet available at the speech, Israel is building a wall to keep Palestinians and Israelis separate. It is a system of stonewalls, patrol routes, trenches, monitoring systems and electric fences. The wall costs $2 million per kilometer. According to the PEN pamphlet, “4-6 billion U.S. tax dollars are spent every year to support the government of Israel – the largest recipient of U.S. aid in the world.” Ellis said that Jewish people are dependent on the American Empire. “Obama talks about Israel like they’re innocent, like he says America is innocent. Empires are always innocent,” Ellis said. His remarks were met with laughter from the audience. Despite Israel’s attempts to separate Palestinians, the Palestinians are fighting back. While Israel has nuclear weapons, Ellis said Palestine does not even have helicopters and tanks. Ellis said Israelis are using terrorism to get more land. “Terrorism is a weapon of the weak,” he said of Israel’s tactics. Ellis is a proponent of Jewish people having their own state. However, his biggest message was that Palestinians should not have to suffer because the Jews left their homeland. Ellis seemed to have the full attention of his audience. Notecards were handed out to the audience for a question-and-answer session afterward. They contained a range of provocative questions. The audience asked about America’s involvement and the future of Israel and Palestine. Ellis had simple answers to most of the questions. Each one was delivered with speed and was answered with chuckles or nods of agreement from the audience. When he didn’t
know an answer, he admitted it. One of the common questions was how to move forward with the issues. Ellis said the Jewish people are making the situation worse because they aren’t dealing with the trauma. Rather than to grieve over their history, they try to take what they want by force as rulers. Ellis said that isn’t the right way to go about it. Through “revolutionary forgiveness,” Ellis said, the Jews need to be okay enough to express their grief and move on. Then they can create new memories. “The reason for Jewish anger is because we know,” Ellis said. “We know we’re doing something wrong.” Ellis has a definitive view on whether or not Jews have a right to live in Palestine, he said. Answering one of the questions from the audience, Ellis said, “Do Jews have a right to live in that land? Yes, but not as conquerors.” Ellis emphasized that there have been Jews in Israel for 3,000 years. Like Jews, many people – Canaanites, Arabs, Jews, Palestinians – have been in and out the land. Therefore, Ellis said Jews don’t own the land. Although all audience members were attentive, overall reactions varied. Randy Kezar, an older gentleman who attended the speech, traveled to the Middle East in his youth before it became a volatile region. Though neither Jewish nor Palestinian, he said he feels strongly about the issues. He commented that the issue between Palestinians and Israelis is beyond politics – it’s racism. “I’m outraged, obviously,” Kezar said. “I’m very pessimistic of the improvement of the situation.” Though Kezar has little hope for improvement, he does put some trust in the government. He said he hopes that Ellis is right. “We should hope the government knows what’s going on,” Kezar said. Claire Cariello, a UNH junior, listened to an audio recording of the event. Familiar with the issues before the presentation, Cariello mostly agreed with Ellis’ statements. “I thought it was really interesting form his standpoint because he said, ‘I’m Jewish and American, and we’re doing this wrong,’” Cariello said. Some audience reactions were more negative. Molly Biron, a UNH student who attended the event, was overall frustrated with Ellis. “I really didn’t like him as a speaker and I didn’t like what he had to say,” Biron said. “He was really sarcastic and condescending and made a lot of bold statements. He seemed like a self-hating Jew.” Ellis had many bold statements to make during his presentation. Audience members often made audible “huh” and “wow” sounds as Ellis spoke. However, many chuckled when Ellis ended, “In fact, we’re in deep trouble when Jesus comes again.”
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Arrival of Pope Poet and activist delivers impactful performance in GSR Francis brings hopes, worries among students By TAYLOR BARCLAY CONTRIBUTING WRITER
By PHOEBE MCPHERSON DESIGN EDITOR
Much like the election of a new president, the election of a new pope brings about high scrutiny and close examination of the new leader’s every move. On March 13, Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected the 266th pope of the Catholic Church. Naming himself after St. Francis of Assisi, he became Pope Francis. He is not only the ﬁrst Jesuit ever elected to the position, but also the ﬁrst non-European pope in over 1,300 years. The Catholic Student Organization has high hopes for the pope, though it’s early in his papacy. Already, he is celebrating Holy Thursday (this coming Thursday, Mar. 28) in a youth prison. “(I’m) amazed. It’s impressive. He could be sitting in his nice comfy chair in the Vatican,” CSO’s Tim Roemer said. But that seems to be the way Pope Francis is taking to the papacy. Some have said he is much more relaxed and down-to-earth than Former Pope Benedict XVI was.
“I feel that as the
pope, he would be more open with everybody.”
“I think that his approach to it (the papacy) is very simple… trying to bring young children and young adults back into (the faith)… I think he’s doing a good job with that,” said CSO member Lea Cunningham. Paul Fontana is a former Catholic and knows all about the faith, though as he’s grown older he’s regressed away from the religion. “It’s tough. Most of our generation is either going to be agnostic or atheist, you know. That’s the world we’re kind of moving into,” he said. But he, too, said he understands what Pope Francis is trying to do with his power. “I can appreciate that, I really can,” he said. Chris Morelli, a practicing Catholic, has slightly strayed from the faith as he’s entered college. A freshman at UNH, he said it is tougher for him in college, but that he still holds onto the religion as a whole.“It helps me make decisions
in life,” Morelli said. But according to both Morelli and Fontana, Pope Francis’s revival among the youth has one ﬂaw: his stance on gay marriage. “The fact that the Catholic Church has such a strong viewpoint, a negative viewpoint, now makes them a minority,” Fontana said. There are talks of Pope Francis loosening the reigns on gay marriage. According to the Washington Times, in 2010 Pope Francis – then Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio – quietly supported civil unions. The Times reported that other bishops within the Church shot down his same-sex union proposal. “I feel that as the pope, he would be more open with everybody,” Morelli said. He understands that with the changing times Pope Francis will reevaluate his standpoint on gay marriage as a whole. “Society as a whole is becoming more open,” Morelli said. “So, hopefully he’ll become more open.” Roemer claims that the Church is progressive in its own way. According to his grandmother, the Church did not allow women to get near the altar while she was growing up. “So, it’s deﬁnitely more progressive than it once was,” he said. CSO leader Colleen O’Leary added that the Church focuses on the person, not on his or her sexuality. “It’s the people, you welcome the people,” she said. Pope Francis is welcoming people to the Church during the Year of Faith (Oct. 11, 2012 – Nov. 24, 2013) in the Church. Pope Benedict XVI declared it the Year of Faith in October of 2011. It is a time period for Catholics to reconnect with and deepen their faith. “I think having a new pope elected (this) speciﬁc year was awesome because it kind of renewed people’s spirits getting them into…going to church and living out a faithful life,” Cunningham said. “It’s not something he (Pope Francis) did, but it’s something cool.” Morelli said he thinks that the pope’s heritage is important, too. “I’m glad he’s the ﬁrst nonEuropean Pope in over 1300 years,” he said. “I think they’re probably looking for a new perspective at this point.”
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As she stepped onto the stage, the room of people bubbling with anticipation went quiet. Once hushed, she opened her mouth to speak and warmed the room with her big smile that everyone had been waiting for weeks to see. Last Friday, poet and activist Andrea Gibson left the audience in the Granite State Room content with her hour-long reading. The student-run organization MUSO sold 148 tickets to the event. Alex Parrish-Valliere, MUSO’s arts and lectures director, brought her because he felt that Gibson’s message represents MUSO’s values, and that she would draw people. People from all over the northern New England area came to listen to her speak. “I called out of work weeks ago to come tonight. We saw her (Gibson) in the parking lot, and I was like a deer in the headlights,” Nashua resident Janelle Chickis said. She came with friends from Lowell who have been reading Gibson’s work forever. When the clock hit seven, Gibson took the stage and jumped right into her poems. As a spoken-word poet, she memorizes all of her poems and creates a certain experience when you see her on stage. The raw emotion she exudes when reciting left
people at the edge of their seats. Her aggressive speech and movements on stage added to the sincerity and realness of her poetry. Growing up in northern Maine, Gibson lived in a conservative town she disliked as an adult when she came out to her parents. Many of her poems are about her lovers, and about ending homophobia and creating awareness for the queer community. She did, though, read a poem about her town as a way of trying to ﬁnd love for something that has brought her down throughout her life. “It’s always important to never forget where you come from,” she said as she told about her classist attitude toward her town. She then proceeded by asking if the audience had any requests, and the minute she said that women throughout the room shot their hands up, shouting out names of their favorite poems. Unable to remember one someone begged her to read, a girl in the audience was quick to hand her a book of her poems, and Gibson told the story about how she likes memorizing rather than reading from a paper. “The paper would shake louder than my voice ever could,” she said as she mentioned how nervous that made her. Even though she hates reading from books, she did it be-
cause she could tell how badly this student wanted to hear it. As she read another request, the poem “Ashes,” you could see the intensity in her eyes and the struggle she had to keep her composure. By the end of the poem, her eyes gleamed with tears, as well as those of many in their seats. She also read a new poem, “Royal Heart,” that was about love and the struggles it brings, which also brought people to tears. Going over her time, she read two more poems and thanked everyone for coming and bringing their feelings. After the event, she sat down and signed books and posters, hugging people and taking pictures. Lots of women went up to her and told her their struggles and the ways that her poetry and strength has helped them. One woman broke down in tears, and Gibson held her, thanking her for being who she was. “She’s an honest speaker and is so easy to relate to,” Parker Callahan said after the event. “It (the event) made me so sad, but it was so good,” student Lucy Collado said as she was waiting to take a picture with Gibson. “When I notice people being compassionate toward each other, it throws my heart open the most,” Gibson said with a huge smile on her face.
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Yoga gains popularity among the student body
Yoga on campus 1. Drop-in Yoga When: Wednesday, Friday at 12 p.m. Where: MUB Wildcat Den
2. PCAC Yoga
When: Tuesdays 4-5 p.m., Fridays 12-1 p.m. Where: PCAC
3. 3 Bridges Yoga
Students gather to practice vinyasa on Thompson Hall lawn. In recent years, yoga students have cropped up around the area, with student attendance in yoga classes increasing rapidly. By AUSTIN SORETTE Contributing Writer
It’s no surprise that one of today’s most popular trends is also one of the greenest forms of exercise. With more and more people being drawn in by this ancient tradition, yoga is starting to feel the pulse of mass interest. “There is definitely something cool about yoga and how it looks and feels challenging,” said Lona Kovacs, owner of Dover-based Green Lotus Yoga Studio. “It’s interesting to hear all of the things that make people walk through our door.” Yoga’s stimulation of the mental, physical and spiritual aspects of oneself appeals to the growing minds of future generations and seems to provide structure for the development of a positive mental attitude. “Yoga creates a surrounding that influences and supports yourself and your peers,” Kovacs said. “You’re building to make better decisions with people and wellness.” Inspired by this ethos, Green Lotus has created a program granting college students unlimited studio time in exchange for volunteer work within the local community. Called Seva, the program is similar to a work-study program and gives students a behind-the-scenes look at Ashtanga yoga while helping to improve both the studio and the community. “(The program) allows one to develop a state of mind where work and yoga aren’t mutually exclusive,” Kovacs said. “Both are still built on love, care and compassion.” “Green Lotus has always been consistent with college students,” said UNH graduate student Emily Klein, who frequents the yoga studio. “They do a lot of things to help students pay for classes, which in turn helps build a really strong community and a dedicated outreach.” Klein, a practitioner of yoga for almost a decade, had been drawn to Ashtanga because of its intense yet consistent practice. It struck a chord with her because it focuses on discipline while, at the same time, harnessing the calm, cool collection that one is always trying to achieve. “There is a lot of support for
beginners,” Klein said. “With the kind of strong practice that you get from programs like Ashtanga, you can get into it a little more. The local yoga studios and those involved are practicing yoga on and off the mat. For a lot of people in the community, it really is a lifestyle.” For many teachers in local yoga studios, the act of “throwing oneself head-first” into this culture is something that has become far more common in more recent years. Rochelle Jewell, founder of My Om Yoga in Greenland and instructor at Hamel Recreation Center, saw a noticeable shift in her student’s interests over the years. “When I first began teaching at UNH, it was more common for a student to take one session and then move on,” Jewell said. “Today, my students try to plan their academic classes around the yoga program at the rec.” “Another thing I have noticed (is) that many students who come into a class have already practiced yoga before. In the early years, the rec program was their first introduction to yoga.” One can theorize that this intense interest could be part of the ever-changing tide of culture. But there is also the possibility that, with everything you could ever want simply a web address away, the endless opportunities can be overwhelming, especially to those individuals on the cusp of entering the “real world.” The expanding yoga culture among college-aged crowds could be attributed to students finding new ways to escape the stress of academic life. “The stress level in our society is incredible,” Jewell said. “By the time college students find their way to yoga, they have experienced years of stress and are so ready to learn how to manage it more effectively.” The tranquility of the exercise stands at a stark contrast to the highpressure environment of a college campus. For freshman Maria Tiano, a student of Jewell’s, exposure to yoga led to a much-needed satisfaction removed from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
“Yoga has made me a calmer, nicer and more peaceful person,” Tiano said. “It has increased my ability to deal with the stress of everyday life. Also the breathing and meditation aspect has helped relieve headaches that I used to have daily.” While yoga is an effective stress-relieving activity, it is by no means a “walk in the park,” she added. When Sherry Frost, a yoga teacher at UNH, led a class of ROTC students, they thought that a stretching exercise would be nothing compared to the miles they have to run every single morning. But it didn’t take long after they had their palms on the mat that she had them in the palm of her hand. “They admitted that they’d had
a wrong impression about the kind of strength and balance required for the practice, and they had a better understanding of the value that yoga could add to their exercise regimen,” Frost said. “The students who come to yoga classes are looking for more than the physical benefits. They really do want to find the ‘unity’ of their minds, bodies, breath and spirit.” While starting yoga early offers assistance in the short-term goals of college life, instructors say the lasting effects of total relaxation will stick with students well into their adult years. “Yoga in general is a ‘green’ exercise; part of the healthy planet, body, and mind,” Kovacs said. “I want yoga to be for everybody.”
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Green Collar Jobs:
Petersen Engineering, Mechanical Engineer James Petersen By AUSTIN SORETTE GREEN ALLIANCE WRITER
James Petersen, 49, began his career in engineering in 1986. Six years later, he founded the Portsmouth-based Petersen Engineering, Inc. Passionate about energy and the environment, Petersen has expanded his expertise from his roots in HVAC and plumbing design to include building science, enclosure design and integrated design. A broad view of buildings, energy and the environment has signiﬁcantly changed Petersen’s practice, and the success of the sustainable design movement has created new opportunities and has elevated his role on projects as the mechanical engineer. Petersen is a trailblazer in pushing the importance and viability of sustainable building design, having mastered the art of the kind of cross-collaboration required to get all of the players in a building team to prioritize efﬁcient building techniques and materials. By constantly making the low-waste argument and professionally prov-
ing the superiority of mechanical systems that do this well, Petersen often can contribute to other sectors of a project that traditional engineers don’t have a part in. But sustainable engineering isn’t merely a job for Petersen; it’s a passion. Petersen is proof that going green is something that only the rare few pursue in every aspect of life, whether it’s undertaking complete renovations to his company’s 200-plus-year-old headquarters, spearheading efforts to improve the efﬁciency of the Portsmouth community pool, or riding his bike to work through all kinds of weather. AS: What do you like most about your job? JP: I like running a business. The challenges never cease and the opportunities are endless. There’s nothing to hold you back except for the artiﬁcial constraints you impose on yourself. AS: Where did you go to college? Does your college education help with your current job? What skills from college most prepared
you for the work you do now? JP: UNH twice: ﬁrst for mechanical engineering and then again for philosophy. Engineering taught me the laws of nature, and that they are not up for negotiation. Philosophy taught me how to read and write and communicate ideas, and showed me that what I thought were my most radical ideas have all been wrestled with before, and that gave me conﬁdence in my ideas and to speak up in my work collaborations.
ings. Advancing quality in buildings is what I strive for. AS: What are you most proud of in your business as relates to sustainability? JP: I’m proud that after starting something from scratch 21 years ago, Petersen Engineering positively contributes to hundreds of thousands of square feet of new and rehabilitated buildings each year. We are making decisions that determine the energy impact of the buildings we work on for the next 20 to 50 years. The decisions we make are important. I’m proud of my crew and proud that we are always advocating for quality.
AS: What do you look for in an employee in this ﬁeld? JP: Strong work ethic, thirst for knowledge, self-motivated, typically a BSME (bachelor science mechanical engineering), relevant work experience, Autocad drafting skills. AS: What made you integrate sustainability into your business/ go into a green industry? JP: I don’t like wasting my time. So, when I do something, I want to strive for the highest quality possible. Doing things well makes me feel good about how I am living
my life. So, speciﬁc to work, building better buildings that are energy efﬁcient, stewards of the environment, healthy and comfortable for the occupants, durable, and easy to maintain deﬁnes quality in build-
Petersen Engineering is located in Portsmouth and is a greencertiﬁed business in the Green Alliance. For more information, visit www.petersenengineering. com or www.greenalliance.biz. Email James Petersen at james@ petersenengineering.com Austin Sorette is a junior English major at UNH and a writer for the Green Alliance.
WUNH Presents Nightmare Air, Boom Said Thunder and Heads & Tales this Friday
Row of CD’s line the inside of the studio (above). The blackboard of WUNH keeps members and visitors up-to-date on what’s going on in the studio (right). By MAIREAD DUNPHY ARTS EDITOR
On Friday, March 29, WUNH is set to host a concert in the Strafford Room of the MUB. Nightmare Air, Boom Said Thunder and Heads & Tales will play at the event. With each of the bands coming from a different state, and having different sounds, the show should produce an eclectic crowd. Because WUNH will not be having its Hi-Fi Festival this year, members are looking for a big turnout this Friday at the MUB. “We have decided to switch gears and put on a more intimate show this year,” WUNH Promotions Director Alicia Jacobs said.
“Hosting campus events is one way we try to give back to UNH and the surrounding community for their continued support.” Nightmare Air is a Los Angeles-based rock band that has held its place on the Top 10 for college radio playlists in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The band went on tour this past summer in the United States, United Kingdom and Europe, playing festivals with bands such as The Buzzcocks, Ice Age and The Duke Spirit. Boom Said Thunder is a fuzz rock band out of Boston. Last.fm described the trio as being able to create “original rock songs with a unique, guitar-less sound and a give-it-all-you-got mental-
Their rock sound can be compared to bands such as Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Kills and PJ Harvey. The indie rock UNH-based band Heads & Tales, originally the Sam King Band, should ring a bell for UNH students. Having related themselves to such sounds as Young the Giant and Coldplay, the band members incorporate individuality into their songs. “There’s a possibility we’ll do one more small show – but the idea is to give the smaller shows a chance this year,” Jacobs said. WUNH’s event is this Friday, with doors opening at 8:30 p.m. Tickets for the concert can be purchased at the MUB. Tickets are $3 for students or $5 for non-students.
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013
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Carmakers: Proposed law would hurt consumers’ wallets
Lines of cars awaiting new owners at a dealership. With the power that the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers has had lately, though, buyers may see a steep hike in vehicle prices. By JIM HADDADIN Foster’s Daily Democrat
Auto manufacturers are warning that a bill gaining traction in New Hampshire will hurt car dealers, increase costs for consumers and potentially spark a legal battle. The bill would revamp the laws that govern the relationship between carmakers and car dealers in the state. It passed with overwhelming support last week in the Senate on a 21-2 vote and will now head to the House for debate. In state capitals across the country, franchise laws are routinely amended to address concerns that crop up. However, representatives from the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers say the bill pending in Concord would give car dealers unprecedented new privileges. AAM’s communications director, Daniel Gage, and the group’s state affairs director, Laura Dooley, recently laid out some of the manufacturers’ concerns during a meeting with the Editorial Board of Foster’s Daily Democrat. AAM represents 12 auto manufacturers, whose products comprise 77 percent of all car and light truck sales in the United States. Members include Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Toyota, Volkswagen and BMW. The manufacturers argue they’re willing to compromise with dealers over business practices, but Senate Bill 126 — the legislation at hand — is a government overreach that will result in bad public policy. “Our goal in any franchise bill that is proposed is to find some sort of balance — find some sort of harmony,” Dooley said. “The proposals that we push back on are the things that we push back on everywhere, and what we’re finding in New Hampshire specifically is we’re not making any headway to bring the New Hampshire provisions back into the general fold that we see in other states.” Dubbed a “bill of rights” for auto dealers, SB126 comes after a tumultuous period in the industry.
Several local auto dealers were shuttered in 2008 and 2009, as the country’s big three domestic automakers struggled to stay afloat. Gage said the upheaval created a political opening for local car dealers. “There’s still ill will,” he said. “And they’ve used that environment to capitalize, I think, here, and in our view, go beyond what is balanced and fair.” One common grievance among local car dealers is the burden of upgrading their showrooms and service centers to comply with manufacturer programs. The bill would prevent manufacturers from inducing their dealers to make facility changes more than once every 15 years. AAM is willing to negotiate on the issue, Dooley said, but a 15-year moratorium goes “well beyond” any industry standard the alliance has ever encountered, she said. Dooley pointed out that many facility upgrades are voluntary, and others don’t come at the full cost of the dealer. The group is pushing for a compromise of seven years — a guideline used in some other states. For manufacturers, consistency in branding is often the motivating factor behind asking dealers to change sales and service facilities. Dooley said AAM members fear another provision in the New Hampshire law could chip away at that consistency. It would allow dealers to use their own signs — a move she called “inappropriate.” “There’s nothing to stop them from a going to a junkyard and buying a sign that Ford made in 1953 and hanging it over their door ...” Dooley said. “Our companies put time and design elements into what their brand looks like, what their logo looks like.” Another proposal drawing criticism would reduce the time window available for auto manufacturers to audit their incentive and reimbursement programs. The bill would grant automakers only six months to audit records after claims
are paid out. Other states have adopted a 12-month cap, Dooley said. Automakers are also pushing back on a portion of the bill that would prevent them from surcharging New Hampshire auto dealers to compensate for higher parts and labor costs. AAM has developed a “national litigation strategy” to tackle the issue in states that have adopted similar laws, Gage said. One such state is Florida, where a lawsuit on the issue is still being adjudicated. Another provision — which requires car manufacturers to provide documentation to dealerships upon request — could also wind up in litigation, according to Gage and Dooley. SB126 would give car dealers the right to request a copy of their so-called “dealer file” once each year. The file would need to include any paper or electronic documents “concerning” the dealer. Such information would include sales performance data, market studies and reports about facility issues and employee matters. But AAM argues the language in the bill is so broad that car dealers could request anything they desired — even proprietary information, such as the computer codes used to program vehicles. The New Hampshire chapter of the Automobile Dealers Association has indicated it isn’t willing to compromise on the language, Gage said, even though the manufacturers have flagged the dealer file provision as a “non-starter.” “Our manufacturers strongly feel that the dealer file language is so unique ... and essentially outrageous that it could warrant litigation,” Dooley said. Without changes, the bill approved by the Senate last week will hurt consumers because it will force the manufacturers to compensate for higher costs with higher vehicle prices, Gage said. “Our position is that this bill in New Hampshire just goes too far,” he said. “And the end result is a bunch of unintended consequences for the consumer.”
NH Briefs Former House Speaker Bridge project to resume in Bedford Monday Harold Burns dies
CONCORD —Former New Hampshire state House Speaker Harold Burns has died. He was 86. The Whitefield Republican served 14 terms in the House and was its speaker for six years. House Republican Leader Gene Chandler told the Associated Press on Sunday that Burns was a typical, down-to-earth New England politician. Chandler said Burns never sought the limelight himself and thoughtfully considered the counsel of those around him. Burns was also elected to the state Senate in 2000 before retiring two years later to return to the family insurance business. Gov. Maggie Hassan said Burns carried on a family legacy of dedicated service. Last week, she signed a bill naming a Johns River bridge after the family.
BEDFORD—The New Hampshire Department of Transportation says work is expected to resume Monday on the replacement of the U.S. Route 3 bridge over the Everett Turnpike in Bedford. Work to be completed includes removal of the existing bridge, and ledge slope work that will involve blasting, curb installation, islands, sidewalks, and final paving and pavement markings. The bridge demolition and ledge work will require lane closures and state police rolling road blocks on the Everett Turnpike during off-peak hours for several weeks. E.D. Swett, Inc. of Concord is the general contractor for the $11.5 million project, which has a scheduled completion date of July 4.
Institute of Art starts new graduate program
Bobhouses must be removed by April 1
MANCHESTER—The New Hampshire Institute of Art is building on its recent merger with the Sharon Arts Center by starting a new low-residency master’s degree program. The new Master of Fine Arts degree will be based at the Sharon campus. Students will work closely with faculty advisers and mentors to complete independent projects during the semester, and then spend 10 days twice a year in Sharon discussing and critiquing their work with faculty and visiting artists. Degrees will be offered in visual arts, photography, creative writing and writing for stage and screen.
Police seek suspect in bank robbery SEABROOK— Police in Seabrook are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who robbed a local bank. Police say a white man in his early 20s robbed The Provident Bank at about 2:30 p.m. Friday. The suspect left with an undisclosed amount of cash and was last seen fleeing on foot. Police say the man was wearing blue jeans, brown boots, a black hooded shirt and sunglasses.
22-year-old woman killed in crash MEREDITH —Police say a 22-year-old woman has died after getting pinned under her car when it rolled over in an early morning crash in central New Hampshire. WMTW-TV reports that the woman was driving on Route 25 at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday when she struck a parked car. The woman’s car then rolled over, trapping her underneath. Authorities say the woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Her name has not been made public. Police say the cause of the crash is under investigation.
CONCORD—New Hampshire Fish and Game officials are reminding ice fishermen that they have a week to remove bobhouses from frozen waterways. The deadline is April 1. Officials also are reminding bobhouse owners not to leave them on public or private property without permission. Sgt. Dave Eskeland of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department tells WMUR-TV that the law is intended to ensure that bobhouses and their contents don’t fall through the ice and become a hazard to boaters. Failure to remove a bobhouse by the deadline can result in a fine and a one-year loss of the owner’s fishing license. Officials also can seize any bobhouse and its contents if not removed in time.
Fish and Game offers free lecture for new hunters CONCORD — Aspiring turkey hunters in New Hampshire can get a free crash course from a hunting guide at Fish and Game headquarters this week. Hunting guide John Asseng will walk would-be hunters through everything from hunting gear and basic bird calls to tips on turkey identification. The talk is offered at Fish and Game headquarters in Concord at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The lecture is free and no pre-registration is required. Spring gobbler season runs from May 3-31, but a youth turkey hunt is scheduled the weekend of April 17-28. The turkey hunting talk is part of Fish and Game’s spring series of outdoor adventure talks that run through May 8.
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013
This past Friday and Saturday, the UNH MacFarlane Greenhouse held its annual open house and public event in order to educate the public on plant life in the local Seacoast area. Dozens of colorful flowers and plants were on display for attendees to examine, enjoy and even purchase. The event also showcased research currently being done here at the University. Taken by CAMERON JOHNSON/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
NH Briefs Rivier University hosts peace conference NASHUA — Rivier University and New Hampshire Peace Action are teaming up to host a conference on building a culture of peace and nonviolence. The conference, being held Saturday in Nashua, includes a keynote speech by the Rev. John Dear,
a peace activist who just returned from a peace mission to Afghanistan. The theme of this year’s conference is promoting international peace and security. Participants will select among 25 workshop sessions.
Former fire chief, town settle lawsuit CONCORD—A former New Hampshire fire chief has settled his wrongful termination lawsuit against the town of Chichester for $27,500. Gilbert Vien filed the complaint after selectmen fired him in 2010 after two employees accused him of assault. The Concord Monitor reported Monday that a settlement agreement was reached two days into a bench trial last month in Merrimack County Superior
Court. It’s expected to be finalized this week. Town attorney Daniel Mullen says the town isn’t admitting liability and agreed to the settlement to “buy peace” and get the matter over with. Vien’s attorney says the settlement clears Vien’s name, which is what he ultimately wanted. The $27,500 covers Vien’s legal fees and the wages he would have earned through the end of his term.
Students compete in bassing tournament CONCORD—Bass fishing will be joining baseball as a spring sport in some high schools this year as part of a trial program being launched by the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association. With help from the state Fish and Game department, teams will work with mentors to learn about the state’s aquatic resources and
the responsibilities of being anglers. Students then will compete in a tournament scheduled for May 9 on Lake Winnipesaukee in Moultonborough. Officials say the tournament fits with the association’s goal of adding more coed sports that are inclusive of all students and will have lifelong appeal.
The New Hampshire
State seeks greater disclosure for campaign spending By NORMA LOVE Associated Press
CONCORD — By some accounts, ads attacking Democrat Maggie Hassan last fall during her successful run for governor could be one of the costliest flops in New Hampshire’s political history. The ads hit her for paying zero property taxes but left out that as part of her husband’s job as principal of Phillips Exeter Academy, the couple is required to live in a home owned by the school. When response ads pointed that out, a new round of attack ads used them to hit back that Hassan had admitted paying no property taxes. But it wasn’t her opponent, Republican gubernatorial candidate Ovide Lamontagne, who was behind the ads. They were paid for by the Live Free PAC, an arm of the Republican Governors Association. Lamontagne had no control over the ads, which were among the results of an estimated $23 million that was spent on New Hampshire’s gubernatorial election last fall, all but $4 million by groups or people other than the candidates themselves. Now, in an effort to identify who is contributing to —and influencing —campaigns, New Hampshire lawmakers have introduced
legislation in both the House and Senate that would require more disclosure of a growing source of spending on state elections. New Hampshire law allows groups known as super PACs and others to spend unlimited amounts on television ads and fliers without disclosing either the amounts or their donors, making it nearly impossible for voters to know who is backing or opposing a particular candidate or issue. And a federal court ruling prohibits New Hampshire and the other states from limiting the spending. “That’s a loophole that needs to be fixed,” said Oliva Zink of the Coalition for Open Democracy in New Hampshire.
cause the proposals would exempt certain tax-exempt groups from reporting their donors, argues former Democratic Party Chairwoman Kathy Sullivan. They would only have to report their expenditures. “No group in and of itself is a good group or a bad group. They all should be forced to disclose where the money is coming from,” she said. Groups fear that their donors will stop contributing if they don’t want the public to know who is attempting to influence voters, Sullivan said. “At least you’ll know how much they’re spending and on what,” Sullivan said of the disclosure the bills would require of the
Legislators are trying to shed light on the influence of outside money on elections in two ways. The Live Free PAC filed a spending report —though it was not required to do so —but its counterpart, The New Hampshire Freedom Fund, an arm of the Democratic Governors Association, did not. Each spent nearly $8 million on the Hassan-Lamontagne race. “I can’t tell you with exact clarity, but I think they canceled each other out, dollar for dollar,” said Jim Merrill, who was a senior adviser to the Lamontagne campaign. But rather than spend that kind of money to explain issues and candidate positions, voters got misleading ads instead. Though attacks on opponents are as old as politics, a 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United case brought a new round of murk. The ruling allows corporations, unions and other groups to spend unlimited amounts on elections and led to the formation of political action committees with millions of dollars in resources that became known as super PACs. Billionaires, anonymous donors and shadowy outside groups funneled huge sums into last year’s elections. Legislators are trying to shed light on the influence of outside money on elections in two ways. Independent groups would be required to detail their spending to the state if they spend more than $5,000 on a race under the two bills. That goes further than current law, which requires groups to report their spending only if they expressly support or oppose a candidate, said state Sen. David Pierce, who is chairing the subcommittee working on the Senate bill. The bill is sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley. A House committee has decided to hold its bill until next year. And the Senate is voting Thursday whether to do the same with its bill. But such disclosure requirements would only be baby steps be-
groups. Among groups that would be exempt from reporting its donors is Americans for Prosperity, which was founded by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch and was behind public-union-busting efforts in Wisconsin and elsewhere. It’s not clear whether the group spent money on New Hampshire elections last fall, though Merrill believes they paid for some mailings to voters’ homes. A representative from the group testified against the Senate bill, saying its donors deserve anonymity to protect the exercise of their constitutional right to free speech. The call for anonymous free speech is not a loophole or “some nefarious political tactic,” Corey Lewandowski of Americans for Prosperity told the committee. Though groups like Americans for Prosperity would be exempt from reporting their receipts, Zink believes such groups would find ways to hide their donors even if required to report them. “What we need from true disclosure is a complex process where you’d be able to chase the money back to its source,” she said. Big-spending super PACs are here to stay in state races and campaigns simply need to plan their finances so they can respond to them —regardless of whether New Hampshire begins to require more disclosure, said Merrill, a Republican political consultant with The Bernstein Shur Group. “It’s always been a rough and tumble world,” he said, “but (super PAC spending) introduces a new variable in a rough and tumble world.” Merrill notes that Hassan entered the general election with just $16,000 left of the more than $1 million she raised in her primary campaign. The Democratic Governors’ Association jumped in with ads to boost her campaign. “It helped keep her ship balanced,” said Merrill.
The New Hampshire
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Historic ship sinking Fla. authorities to review video from funds and time footage of fatal skydive By STAFF Associated Press
The SS United States in port. The ship, which has made historic voyages taking passengers such as the Kennedys, is struggling to stay financially afloat.
By JOANN LOVIGLIO Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA — The SS United States is sending out what may be its final distress call. The 990-foot-long ship could be sold for scrap within two months unless the grass-roots preservation group that’s working to secure a home and purpose for it can raise $500,000 immediately, the group told The Associated Press. Talks are under way with developers and investors about the ship’s long-term future, but without the emergency funding, its caretakers fear they will run out of money before a deal is inked. The historic ocean liner carried princes and presidents across the Atlantic in the 1950s and 1960s but has spent decades awaiting a savior at its berth on the Philadelphia waterfront. “We’ve made progress on the fundraising side and the redevelopment side,” said Susan Gibbs, executive director of the SS United States Conservancy and granddaughter of the ship’s Philadelphiaborn designer, William Francis Gibbs. “Our immediate goal is to buy some time.” The group has raised $1 million through fundraisers and a website, where contributors can sponsor a piece of the ship for $1 per square foot, but has received no public funding. What is desperately and immediately needed, they said, are donors with deep pockets and high profiles. “Are we giving up on successfully redeveloping the ship as a selfsustaining entity? Absolutely not,” said Dan McSweeney, head of the redevelopment efforts. “We continue to have active discussions with potential partners, we have ideas of potential sites for the ship, but we need more time to get it off the ground ... and we’re running out of runway.” It costs $80,000 a month just for mooring, basic maintenance, insurance and security, he said. The conservancy is exploring potential partnerships with four entities in Philadelphia and New York City
to refashion the vessel as a stationary entertainment complex with 500,000 square feet of space for a hotel, theater, restaurants and shopping. The sluggish economy and other factors have slowed negotiations, McSweeney said. As talks continue, he said, the hope is to convince corporate sponsors, influential politicians and prominent business leaders —are you listening, Donald Trump and Michael Bloomberg? —to lend their political and financial capital to the effort. “Any way you look at it, there is no downside to this project,” McSweeney said. “It’s an economic and community development project that’s going to create jobs.” The SS United States carried more than 1 million passengers at record-breaking trans-Atlantic speeds over the course of 400 round trips from 1952 to 1969, among them President John F. Kennedy, Prince Rainier of Monaco, Salvador Dali and Elizabeth Taylor. A joint venture between the Navy and ship designer Gibbs & Cox, the luxury liner was made with hidden military might: It could have been converted in a single day to transport 14,000 troops for 10,000 miles before refueling. After being decommissioned it changed hands multiple times, from the Navy and on through a series of restoration-minded investors. It was towed from Virginia to Turkey to Ukraine, finally arriving in Philadelphia as a gutted hulk in 1996. Another succession of developers and a cruise lines failed to return the ship to service as retrofitting costs proved too great. A local philanthropist’s 11th-hour gift of $5.8 million allowed the SS United States Conservancy to save the ship from the scrapper and keep it berthed and maintained for 20 months. That was last November. “It’s an all hands on deck moment,” Gibbs said. “Now is the time, there’s a window. Within months, it will close unless everyone assists in the effort.”
ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. — Authorities on Monday were reviewing footage from a helmet camera worn by a skydiving instructor who, along with a student, died in a jump at a popular southwest Florida camp. Teacher Orvar Arnarson, 41, and student Andrimar Pordarson, 25, jumped separately, not in tandem, on Saturday after successfully completing two jumps earlier that day with 20 other people. The two Icelandic skydivers did not return from their third jump, tipping off an hours-long air and ground search around the Zephyrhills facility, about 30 miles northeast of Tampa. The bodies were discovered later that evening in the woods.
Investigators will review the helmet camera footage to try to glean more about what happened, said Pasco County sheriff’s spokeswoman Melanie Snow. The cause of death was blunt force trauma, the medical examiner’s office said. Autopsy results were pending, but a preliminary investigation determined that the manner of death was accidental. The men didn’t deploy their main parachutes, which could mean that they lost altitude awareness and didn’t know where they were during the jump, Skydive City co-owner T.K. Hayes told The Associated Press on Sunday. Both victims had backup automatic activation devices, but they didn’t have time to fully inflate. Out of 3 million jumps, 19
skydivers died last year across the United States, according to the United States Parachute Association. Experts said it is “very rare” for two jumpers to die in the same accident. “It happens from time to time if two skydivers collide while flying their parachutes if they don’t see each other,” said Nancy Koreen, director of sport promotion for association. “In that situation, their canopies can tangle, causing an accident. I don’t yet know the details of this particular accident, but from what I understand, this was a different case,” she said, adding that “it’s extremely rare for this type of double fatality to occur.” The victims were part of a skydiving group from Iceland who travel to Florida annually.
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The New Hampshire
9, walks Same-sex couples in military seek Girl, to get help after immediate overturn of DOMA crash kills dad By LISA LEFF ASSOCIATED PRESS
SAN FRANCISCO — The death certiﬁcate read “single,” although the fallen soldier was not. When it came time to inform the next of kin, casualty ofﬁcers did not go to the widow’s door in North Carolina, nor did she receive the ﬂag that draped the casket of her beloved, a 29-year-old National Guard member killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan. Because federal law deﬁnes marriage as the union of a man and a woman, the military did not recognize the marriage of Army Sgt. Donna R. Johnson and Tracy Dice Johnson at all, rendering Johnson ineligible for the most basic survivor beneﬁts, from return of the wedding ring recovered from the body to a monthly indemnity payment of $1,215. “You cannot imagine the pain, to actually be shut out,” said Dice Johnson, an Army staff sergeant who survived ﬁve bomb explosions during a 15-month tour in Iraq. “Not only is one of their soldiers being disrespected. Two of them are being disrespected.” As the Supreme Court prepares to consider the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, gay marriage advocates are focusing particular attention on the way they say the law dishonors gay service members and their spouses, who are denied survivor payments, plots in veterans’ cemeteries, base housing and a host of other beneﬁts that have been available to opposite-sex military couples for generations. If the high court strikes down the DOMA, the ruling could bring sweeping changes to the way the military treats widows and widowers such as Dice Johnson, the ﬁrst person to lose a same-sex spouse to
war since “don’t ask, don’t tell” was lifted in 2011. Although they can now serve openly, gay and lesbian service members “are anything but equal, and it’s the DOMA that is really what’s standing in the way,” said Allyson Robinson, a West Point graduate who serves as executive director of OutServe-SLDN, an advocacy group for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender service members and veterans that ﬁled a brief urging the court to strike down the law. On the other side stands the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, an association of faith groups that screen chaplains for military service. It has asked justices to uphold the DOMA on the grounds that pastors and service members from religions that oppose homosexuality would ﬁnd their voices silenced and their opportunities for advancement limited. “The military has no tolerance for racists, so service members who are openly racist are not service members for long,” the alliance’s brief states. “And if the traditional religious views on marriage and family become the constitutional equivalent of racism, the many service members whose traditional religious beliefs shape their lives will be forced out of the military.” Retired Col. Ron Crews, the group’s executive director, said Congress could ﬁnd ways to honor war widows such as Dice Johnson without striking down the DOMA, which he said had served as “a wall” protecting military personnel with strong religious beliefs since the ban on openly gay service members was eliminated. Before he left ofﬁce in February, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta ordered the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines to extend to same-sex
partners of military personnel certain beneﬁts not precluded by the DOMA, including ID cards giving them access to on-base services and visitation rights at military hospitals. Some of those measures would have eased Dice Johnson’s grief, if they had been in place earlier. In the future, for example, same-sex survivors of service members will be eligible to receive a deceased partner’s personal effects and to be presented with the folded ﬂag at the funeral. But many of the acknowledgements available to military spouses in opposite-sex marriages remain out of reach.
When Dice Johnson learned that uniformed ofﬁcers were at the North Carolina home of her mother-in-law and father-in-law, she grabbed her marriage certiﬁcate and raced over there. Johnson had requested that her wife be the ﬁrst to hear in the event of her death, she said. “I wanted to make sure they saw my face, even if they weren’t going to notify me,” she said. The notiﬁcation ofﬁcer assured her he had planned to visit her, too. Johnson’s mother, Sandra Johnson, knew how happy her daughter was to be married to
“ There are a handful of things you can’t
tell your heart not to do. One is to serve your country, and the other is not to love who you love.”
Army staff sergeant The widows of the two men who lost their lives alongside Johnson on Oct. 1 heard the news from an Army casualty ofﬁcer. But Dice Johnson, 43, found out from her sister-in-law. Johnson could not list her as primary next-of-kin since the government did not recognize their marriage. Former Rep. Joe Sestak, a retired Navy admiral who was the highest-ranking ofﬁcer ever elected to Congress, said such inequities have implications for national security. Many ﬁnancial protections and support services are offered to military families not just out of gratitude, but so service members can focus on their jobs during dangerous deployments, Sestak said. “When you step back and all of a sudden realize that a law would actually prevent, today, the spouse of somebody in our military (being) notiﬁed ﬁrst that that solider or that sailor has been harmed or killed ... you sit back there and say, ‘What’s going on?’” he said. Dice Johnson and her wife had been together six years when they decided to get married. They waited until the military lifted the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy and then exchanged vows last year on Valentine’s Day in Washington, D.C. Soon after, Johnson volunteered for a second tour of duty, despite pleas from her wife and mother. “There are a handful of things you can’t tell your heart not to do. One is to serve your country, and the other is not to love who you love,” Dice Johnson said. Johnson had been in Afghanistan only a few weeks when a man wearing a vest packed with explosives drove a motorcycle into a group of soldiers on patrol in a market area in the city of Khost. Johnson was killed, along with two other members of the 514th Military Police Company, a translator, six Afghan police ofﬁcers and six civilians.
Dice Johnson, and the fact that her daughter-in-law was not recognized as such outraged her. As primary next-of-kin, she made sure Dice Johnson was recognized as her daughter’s wife, including insisting that she be allowed to accompany a military escort with her daughter’s body. “They hemmed and hawed, hemmed and hawed, and I said, ‘You will accept Tracy going up there because she will be our liaison. She will bring our daughter home, and she will bring her wife home,’ “ Johnson said. One of Dice Johnson’s duties as the escort was to take possession of her wife’s property, including a velvet bag containing the wedding ring and St. Michael’s medallion Johnson was wearing when she was killed. She was instructed to pass them on to her mother-in-law’s casualty assistance ofﬁcer. The night before she did, she slept with the jewelry, unsure if she would see the possessions again. The ofﬁcer delivered them to Sandra Johnson, who immediately gave them back to her daughter-in-law. “Every little step was a shaky step,” said Dice Johnson. “You are deﬁnitely on uncertain ground.” Dice Johnson does not fault the Army. From the casualty ofﬁcer to National Guard commanders, everyone did “the best they could,” she said. In some instances, she was even surprised at her support. The condolence letter she received from President Barack Obama acknowledged Johnson as her wife. If the DOMA is overturned before the one-year anniversary of the attack, Dice Johnson may become eligible for monthly survivor beneﬁts, guaranteed health insurance and other ﬁnancial compensation. “My biggest thing, honestly, is to get her death certiﬁcate changed to married,” she said. “That will be my victory.”
By CHRISTOPHER WEBER ASSOCIATED PRESS
LOS ANGELES —Braving the cold and howling of coyotes, nineyear-old Celia Renteria was certain her father was still alive when she crawled out of a steep Southern California canyon and walked in the desert darkness to summon for help after a rollover crash. With temperatures dipping into the 40s, she hiked through rugged terrain to a nearby home. No one answered. Then she hiked up the rocky embankment and along the remote highway to a commuter rail station where she ﬂagged down a passing motorist early Sunday. When ofﬁcers responded, they found Celia’s father, Alejandro Renteria, 35, dead. He was pinned in the driver’s seat. In all, she trekked 1 1/2 to 2 miles. “She was very courageous, being able to walk through the dark, through bushes and very rough terrain to get help for her dad,” said California Highway Patrol Ofﬁcer Gil Hernandez. “Had she just waited there, we probably would not have found her until the next day.” The Renterias’ 2010 Ford Escape was launched about 200 feet down into the canyon along an isolated stretch of the Sierra Highway in the high desert of northern Los Angeles County at about 1 a.m. Sunday, the CHP said. The vehicle ﬂipped several times. Authorities said Celia managed to free herself from the mangled wreck to ﬁnd help. She ﬁnally found a passing motorist near Acton, a small town tucked in the mountains between Los Angeles and the Mojave Desert. Law enforcement ofﬁcials praised Celia’s bravery and tenacity. “She walked quite a distance in a very, very threatening environment,” CHP Sgt. Tom Lackey told KABC-TV. “It’s very steep and it’s brushy and there’s also coyotes in the background.” A helicopter airlifted the girl to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She was treated for minor injuries including bumps and bruises and a cut on her face. “She’s in good condition,” Lyndsay Hutchison, a hospital spokeswoman, said Monday. She could not provide any further details, saying parents or a legal guardian must permit the release of information under medical privacy laws. On video shot by the family in the hospital, the girl said she was cold and hurt, according to KCBSTV. She told her family she was saddened to learn her father did not survive the crash. The girl’s caregiver Consuelo Amador told the station the child didn’t panic, and turned off the car’s engine after she smelled gasoline. “They were really close, and that’s what hurts me the most,” the girl’s sister Amber Mejia told KCBS. “He was actually the only father that sticked around my sister.”
The New Hampshire
In Brief Knox must wait 1 more day for high court decision ROME — Italy’s highest court says it will issue a decision Tuesday morning on whether to overturn American student Amanda Knox’s acquittal in the murder of her roommate. The court heard six hours of arguments on Monday before going into deliberations. After several hours, it announced it would issue the decision at 10 a.m. (0900 GMT) Tuesday, an unusual but not unprecedented move. The high court normally issues the decisions the same day it hears arguments. But prosecutor general Luigio Riello told reporters that “in very complex cases, it happens” that the court takes another day. Lawyers for Knox’s co-defendant, Raffaele Sollecito, declined to speculate on what the delay could mean for the decision. Both were acquitted in 2011.
Prince Harry skipping Vegas on up-coming visit to the States LONDON —Britain’s Prince Harry is returning to the United States —but this time he’s skipping Las Vegas. The 28-year-old prince will travel to the U.S. East Coast as well as Denver and Colorado Springs, Colorado, to support veterans’ charities and get in a bit of polo. Harry, a longtime supporter of charities that rehabilitate war veterans, will attend several events at the 2013 Warrior Games, a competition in which veteran athletes from both Britain and the United States take part. “Prince Harry wants to highlight once again the extraordinary commitment and sacrifice of our injured servicemen and women,” said Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, Harry’s private secretary. Harry recently spent 20 weeks in Afghanistan as co-pilot gunner on an Apache attack helicopter. His May 9-15 visit will include trips to Arlington National Cemetery, Walter Reed National Medical Center and an exhibition on Capitol Hill about land mine clearance, a favorite subject of his late mother, Princess Diana. He will also visit areas in New Jersey hard hit by Hurricane Sandy. Harry will also play in the Sentebale Polo Cup in Greenwich, Connecticut. Sentebale —which means “forget-me-not” —is a charity founded by Harry and Lesotho’s Prince Seeiso that helps children struggling with poverty in the tiny southern African country. On his last U.S. visit, the third-in-line to the British throne stormed last year into the headlines when he was caught frolicking in the nude with a woman after an alleged game of strip billiards in his Las Vegas hotel room.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Berezovsky’s billions: How the Russian tycoon lost so much By RAPHAEL SATTER Associated Press
LONDON — How do you burn through billions? The unexplained death of Boris Berezovsky, whose body was found Saturday inside his upscale English home, has refocused attention on the fantastic wealth racked up by Russia’s ruthless oligarchs —and their propensity for spending it. Berezovsky, 67, had once been considered Russia’s richest man — but by this January, a British judge was wondering whether the tycoon would be able to pay his debts. Police say Berezovsky’s death is unexplained but that there was no evidence of anyone else being involved. His lawyer said the oligarch had been in “a horrible, terrible” emotional state. The tycoon had survived several assassination attempts, including a 1994 car bomb in Moscow, and there was speculation as to whether his death was natural, part of a conspiracy or a suicide. To understand how one man could lose so much money, it helps to see how he made it in the first place. FOUNDATIONS OF A FORTUNE Berezovsky, a mathematician, made his fortune in the 1990s during the catastrophic privatization of the Soviet Union’s state-run economy. That era was marked by hyperinflation, contract killings and rampant corruption. As Russia’s GDP crumbled, oligarchs leveraged their ties to ruthless criminals and crooked officials to tear off huge chunks of the country’s assets for themselves, draining resources and stripping factories to build fabulous
Angelina Jolie meets with women, girls in eastern Congo GOMA, Congo — Angelina Jolie is meeting with women and girls in eastern Congo, where sexual violence is rampant. Jolie, a special envoy for the U.N. refugee agency, traveled to the Nzulo camp near Goma on Monday along with British Foreign Secretary William Hague. The International Rescue Committee says it’s provided care to more than 2,500 women and girls who have been raped or abused over the last year alone. The IRC is handing out kits with flashlights and whistles, as well as cleaning products so that women can avoid bathing at creeks where the risk of assault is higher. Sexual violence is frequently used as a weapon of war by rebel groups that operate in eastern Congo, as well as by Congolese soldiers.
fortunes. Berezovsky —whose interests ran from automobiles to airplanes to aluminum —was one of this dark period’s primary beneficiaries. He became a political operator in Russian President Boris Yeltsin’s inner circle, trading on his connections to rack up assets estimated by Forbes to be worth roughly $3 billion in 1997. “No man profited more from Russia’s slide into the abyss,” author Paul Klebnikov wrote in a critical profile of Berezovsky titled “Godfather of the Kremlin.” Eventually, the abyss began threatening Berezovsky as well. The tycoon had been instrumental in orchestrating the accession of Yeltsin’s successor, Vladimir Putin, but when the new leader and Berezovsky began to clash, his political cover disintegrated. Berezovsky then fled the country in 2000, eventually claiming political asylum in Britain.
last $1 million when he fled Russia. If Berezovsky were strapped for cash, he didn’t show it. He rode around London in a reinforced Maybach limousine and was often seen huddled with business contacts in the exclusive hotels that line London’s Hyde Park. His string of oversize mansions in England, France and the Caribbean suggested he was a cut above the average millionaire. Russian officials seemed to believe that Berezovsky had plenty of cash on hand, trying —with mixed success —to claw back some of the exile’s assets. Charges are still pending against him in relation to the alleged embezzlement of some $13 million from Russia’s now-defunct SBS-Agro bank. Berezovsky had also previously been convicted in absentia of bilking hundreds of millions of rubles from the airline company Aeroflot and the carmaker AvtoVaz.
LIVING LARGE IN LONDON
Berezovsky often expressed a fondness for Britain’s legal system, despite his frequent and expensive encounters with it. A search of British court records throws up roughly three dozen judgments —libel, fraud, divorce, breach of contract —involving the tycoon in some way. Berezovsky sued a business associate over a fraudulent loan. Other business associates sued him over a botched oil deal. Berezovsky sued Forbes over an unflattering profile. He sued Russian television for suggesting he had a hand in the poisoning death of ex-Russian KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko. His second wife sued him for a divorce.His girlfriend sued him for a house he’d promised her. He sued the wife of his long-time partner, Badri Patarkatsishvili, in
How much money Berezovsky really had —and how much he was able to take with him from Moscow —remains shrouded in uncertainty. Rich Russians at the time routinely stashed their money in labyrinthine offshore trusts or held assets under the names of associates or family members. Many deals weren’t even put into writing. What’s clear is that the 1998 Russian financial crisis, coupled with Berezovsky’s spectacular fall from political grace, had a big impact on his bottom line. Forbes estimated his postMoscow fortune in the hundreds of millions. Rival oligarch Roman Abramovich testified in court that Berezovsky had been down to his
THE BILLS PILE UP
a complicated dispute over how to split the man’s assets after his death. The sums involved were staggering. The loan deal was worth $5 million. His second divorce settlement in 2011 reportedly cost him 100 million pounds (about $154 million at the time). Patarkatsishvili’s assets could be worth hundreds of millions more. The biggest lawsuit of all, against Abramovich for breach of contract and blackmail, was for a mind-boggling $5.6 billion. Berezovsky lost the lawsuit against Abramovich last year and the judge involved stopped just short of calling him a liar. He was stuck with tens of millions of pounds in legal bills. A FORTUNE FALTERS Whatever the extent of Berezovsky’s wealth, his expensive divorce, Patarkatsishvili’s death and his paper mountain of litigation left it much reduced. In 2008, Berezovsky was forced to sell the Darius, a 110-meter (360-foot) -long custom-built yacht that many believed was an attempt to compete with an even larger ship, the Eclipse, being built for Abramovich. Earlier this month, the Times of London reported that Berezovsky was downsizing his art collection, selling off his homes, firing staff and closing his office in London’s upscale Mayfair district. In a January ruling in a dispute between Berezovsky and his ex-girlfriend Helena Gorbunova, High Court Judge George Mann wrote that the oligarch’s fortune appeared to have been spread thin. “On the evidence, Mr. Berezovsky is a man under financial pressure,” he said.
Five jailed in UK for inventing movie in tax scam
LONDON — Five people were jailed Monday in Britain for pretending to make a Hollywood movie in a scam to defraud tax authorities of millions of pounds. The fraudsters were convicted earlier this month of attempting to bilk the government of 2.8 million pounds ($4.2 million) in a plot reminiscent of the Academy Award-winning hit “Argo” — but without that movie’s heroic hostage rescue. Bashar Al-Issa, described as the leader of the fraud, was jailed for six and a half years on Monday. The four others in the group were sentenced to about four years each.
Prosecutors said the fraudsters claimed to be producing a made-in-Britain movie with unnamed A-list actors and a budget of 19 million pounds. But officials say the project was a sham to claim almost 1.5 million pounds in goods and services tax for work that had not been done, as well as 1.3 million pounds under a government program that allows filmmakers to claim back up to 25 percent of their expenditures as tax relief. Britain’s tax agency said the filmmakers had submitted paperwork and received 1.7 million pounds when research revealed
“that the work had not been done and most of the so-called suppliers and film studios had never heard of the gang.” When the scam was detected, the gang hastily made a film called “A Landscape Of Lies” on a shoestring budget in a bid to cover it up. The movie was released straight to DVD in Britain in 2011. But that did not deter tax authorities. Judge Juliet May said innocent actors were roped into the bogus project, never suspecting they were used to create a “realistic background” for the fraud.
Belgium’s chocolate stamps offer lick with a kick
BRUSSELS —Feel like having chocolate at Easter in Belgium? Well, send a letter and really lick that chocolate-flavored postal stamp. The Belgian post office released 538,000 stamps on Monday that have pictures of chocolate on
the front but the essence of cacao oil in the glue at the back for taste and in the ink for smell. Belgian stamp collector Marie-Claire Verstichel said while the taste was a bit disappointing, “they smell good.”
Easter is the season for chocolate in Belgium with Easter eggs and bunnies all over supermarkets and speciality stores. A set of five stamps costs 6.2 euros ($8) but might leave a customer hungry for more.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The New Hampshire
Beauty vs. Poverty : Haiti splashes Kerry, Karzai bury hatchet in Kabul meeting slum towns with lively colors By MATTHEW LEE Associated Press
A woman carries a bucket through the shantytowns of Haiti. In an effort to make the ransacked slums look more appealing, painters and workers were hired to paint these towns bright colors. By TRENTON DANIEL Associated Press
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — One of Haiti’s biggest shantytowns, a vast expanse of grim cinderblock homes on a mountainside in the nation’s capital, is getting a psychedelic makeover that aims to be part art and part homage. Workers this month began painting the concrete facades of buildings in Jalousie slum a rainbow of purple, peach, lime and cream, inspired by the dazzling “cities-in-the-skies” of well-known Haitian painter Prefete Duffaut, who died last year. The $1.4 million effort titled “Beauty versus Poverty: Jalousie in Colors” is part of a government project to relocate people from the displacement camps that sprouted up after Haiti’s 2010 earthquake. The relocation has targeted a handful of high-profile camps in Port-auPrince by paying a year’s worth of rent subsidies for residents to move into neighborhoods like Jalousie. The government is now trying to spruce up these poor neighborhoods and introduce city services. “We’re not trying to do Coconut Grove. We’re not trying to do South Beach,” said Clement Belizaire, director of the government’s housing relocation program, referring to Miami neighborhoods. “The goal that we are shooting for is a neighborhood that is modest but decent, where residents are proud to be from that area.” While most residents welcome the attempt to beautify Jalousie, a slum of 45,000 inhabitants, critics say the project is the latest example of cosmetic changes carried out by a government that has done little to improve people’s lives in the Western Hemisphere’s poorest country. “This is just to make it look like they’re doing something for the people but in reality they are not,” said Sen. Moise Jean-Charles, an outspoken critic of President Mi-
chel Martelly, arguing that the money could have been better spent. Amid its narrow corridors and steep steps, Jalousie has no traditional sewage system or electric grid. The slum is lit at night by candles and a web of wires that tap illegally into the public power system, dangling above the concrete homes. Water is provided by an outdoor spigot where people line up with buckets. Some people wonder why Jalousie was chosen for the makeover, though officials say they plan to expand the project to other Port-auPrince shantytowns. Jalousie is unique in that its mountainside presence makes it visible to people living in the wealthy district of Petionville. Critics have suggested that the choice of Jalousie is as much about giving the posh hotels of Petionville a pretty view as helping the slum’s residents. Belizaire said he welcomes controversy, adding that the project’s visibility is important. It’s a concrete accomplishment for the government and he contends that it does indeed help Jalousie residents. “People are sitting on the balcony, having a beer, smoking a cigarette —whatever —and you have all of Port-au-Prince at your feet, and you’re living in colors,” Belizaire said, sitting in his office. Jalousie, perched above rich Petionville, has become a flashpoint for class controversy in Haiti recently. It is among many slums that have sprawled across the hills of Port-au-Prince in recent decades because governments past and present have failed to provide affordable housing and basic services. Many of the homes crash down the hills every year during the country’s rainy seasons. Haiti’s class divisions spilled into the streets last year when more than 1,000 people from Jalousie protested in central Port-au-Prince. They threw rocks at a luxury hotel and criticized rich Haitians, threat-
ening to burn down Petionville if the government followed through with a plan to demolish their homes. Officials had wanted to tear down the homes next to a ravine to build a flood-protection project. During heavy rainfall, rocks from the ravine clog the entrance to a private school for the children of diplomats and wealthy Haitians. The demolition never happened. These days, most people in Jalousie chalk the protests up to a “misunderstanding,” and talk about the project with pride. “It’s beautiful. Jalousie is not the same anymore,” Resilia Pierre, a 53-year-old wife and mother, said as she waited at a well to buy water. “We don’t have the means to do it ourselves. I would like to say ‘thank you’ to the people who did that.” The government’s goal is to eventually paint 1,000 homes and other buildings. Workers hired by three companies began two weeks ago by putting concrete finishes on the ash-colored facades of the slum’s cinderblock houses. Then they paint over the finish with bright colors using rollers, standing atop wobbly ladders next to buckets of paint. The entire effort is supposed to take six months. Duffaut, one of Haiti’s most famous painters, was born in the country’s south in 1923. He studied at the Centre D’Art in the late 1940s and his work, appearing in museums worldwide, has long been a source of national pride. While the project in Jalousie may be inspired by Duffaut, when completed it will still require a bit of imagination by the viewer to see his psychedelic cities in the sky, with their dazzling colors and surreal tiers that seemingly hover in the air. What residents will have in their neighborhood high up on a mountainside will be a lot of bright colors and a love of the artist.
KABUL —Eager to overcome a bout of bickering, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Afghan President Hamid Karzai made a show of unusual unity between their two nations on Monday. The friendly display came as the U.S. military ceded control of its last detention facility in Afghanistan, ending a longstanding irritant in relations. Kerry arrived in the Afghan capital of Kabul on an unannounced visit amid concerns that Karzai may be jeopardizing progress in the war against extremism with anti-American rhetoric. After a private meeting, Kerry said he and Karzai were “on the same page” on security and reconciliation issues and brushed aside suggestions that relations were in peril. Karzai infuriated U.S. officials earlier this month by accusing Washington of colluding with Taliban insurgents to keep Afghanistan weak even as the Obama administration pressed ahead with plans to hand off security responsibility to Afghan forces and end NATO’s combat mission by the end of next year. At a joint news conference after their talks, Karzai told reporters that his comments in a nationally televised speech had been misinterpreted by the media. Kerry demurred on that point but said people sometimes say things in public that reflect ideas they have heard from others but don’t necessarily agree with. “I am confident the president (Karzai) does not believe the U.S. has any interest except to see the Taliban come to the table to make peace and that we are completely cooperative with the government of Afghanistan with respect to the protection of their efforts and their people,” Kerry said. He noted that he had specifically raised the comment in question with Karzai and was satisfied with the response. “We’re on the same page,” Kerry said. “I don’t think there is any disagreement between us and I am very, very comfortable with the president’s explanation.” For his part, Karzai said that he had been trying to make the point in his speech that if the Taliban really wanted foreign troops out of Afghanistan they should stop killing people. In the March 9 speech, he berated the Taliban for deadly bombings in Kabul and the city of Khost that he said “showed that they are at the service of America and at the service of this phrase: 2014,” —the withdrawal date set for most international forces. Karzai suggested in the speech that the U.S. and the Taliban were working together “trying to frighten us into thinking that if the foreigners are not in Afghanistan, we would be facing these sorts of incidents.” Standing beside Kerry on Monday, Karzai said “today was a very good day,” citing the turnover of the detention facility at the U.S.run Bagram military base north of Kabul. He also expressed gratitude for the sacrifices made for his country by Americans. At the same time, he defend-
ed allegations he has made about American troops or their local contractors abusing Afghan civilians. He said his complaints and criticism were not meant to “offend” anyone but rather to protect his people. “When I say something publicly, it is not meant to offend our allies but to correct the situation,” he said. “I am responsible for the protection of the Afghan people. I am the president of this country. It is my job to provide all the protection I can to the people of this country.” Karzai has ordered U.S. special operations forces out of Wardak province, just outside Kabul, because of allegations that Afghans working with the commandos were involved in abusive behavior. Kerry and Karzai’s news conference came near the beginning of Kerry’s 24-hour visit to the country —his sixth since President Barack Obama took office but his first as Obama’s secretary of state. Kerry referred frequently to U.S. respect for Afghan sovereignty and he said the handover of the detention facility was testament to that. As Kerry flew to Kabul, the U.S. military ceded control of the Parwan detention facility near Bagram, a year after the two sides initially agreed on the transfer. Karzai had demanded control of Parwan as a matter of national sovereignty. The long-running dispute over the center had thrown a pall over ongoing negotiations for a bilateral security agreement to govern the presence of U.S. forces in Afghanistan after 2014. An initial agreement to hand over Parwan was signed a year ago, but efforts to follow through on it constantly stumbled over American concerns that the Afghan government would release prisoners that it considered dangerous. An initial deadline for the full handover passed last September; another passed earlier this month. The U.S. concerns are not without foundation. Zakir Qayyum, a former Guantanamo detainee, was released into Afghan custody in 2007. Freed four months later, he rejoined the Taliban and reportedly has risen to become the No. 2 leader in the Taliban. Both Kerry and Karzai lauded the transfer of the facility. Karzai said an Afghan review board would carefully consider any intelligence provided by the U.S. or others about detainees they deem to be too dangerous to free. The pair also called on the Taliban to take advantage of the offer to open a political office in Doha, Qatar, from where they could engage in reconciliation talks with the Afghan Peace Council and potentially negotiate an end to hostilities. Kerry said the Taliban should not ignore the opportunity because the United States is committed to Afghanistan’s security beyond 2014 and will not allow gains made over the past decade to be lost. He noted that Obama has not yet decided how many U.S. troops should stay after next year and that the Taliban should not count on a complete American withdrawal.
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March 22 Mathia J. Bowdoin, 24, 41 Congress St. Rochester, NH 03867, Boulder Field, DWI, 12:50 a.m. Keegan Swindall, 19, 2 Huckins Drive, Newmarket, 03857, 59 Wiswald Road, 3:15 p.m. Marshall Thompson, 19, 75 Stevens Hill Road, Nottingham, 03290, Garrison Ave, transfering alcohol by minor, 7:10 p.m. Christian Quinn, 20, 5 Page St. Rochester, 03867, SERC A, 5th Floor, disorderly conduct, 8:50 p.m. Collin Blake Gagnon, 18, 130 Lincoln St. Exeter, Mass, 03833, SERC A, 5th Floor, disorderly conduct, 8:50 p.m. Philip A. Delisle, 20, 163 Estate Drive, Barrington, 03825, Strafford Ave., reckless operation, 10:59 p.m. March 23 John McGuire, 19, 1042 Hurriane Hill Road, Mason, 03048, Richardson Hall, Unlawful possession of alcohol, 3:05 a.m. March 24 Nicholas Osborn, 19, 69 Curve St, Wellsley, Mass., 02482, Stoke Hall, unlawful intoxication, 12:28 a.m. Alyssa M. Milotte, 18, 8 Columbia St, N. Chelmsford, Mass., 01863, Hunter Hall, unlawful intoxication, 12:35 a.m. Kayla Watson, 19, 69 Old Gage Hill Road, Pelham, NH, 03076, SERC B, unlawful intoxication, 1:35 p.m.
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Microsoft CEO Bill Gates has revolutionized technology as we know it. Now he’s set his eyes on the next frontier: a next-generation condom. According to The Independent, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will give a $100,000 prize to whoever designs the “next generation” of prophylactics. An additional $1 million in funding will be given to the winner as well. The Foundation’s description of the challenge states that “the primary drawback” of condoms for both males and females is a decrease in pleasure as compared to no condom. Detailed proposals on how to effectively redesign the condom can be sent to the Foundation for review.
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Ireland is reknowned for its drinking culture, but one Irish town is taking it even further than the rest of the country. The rural town of Kilgarvan recently passed a resolution that allows locals to drink and drive, according to The Washington Times. The resolution was proposed by local politican and pub owner Danny Healy-Rae, who said that the legislation will lower suicide rates and help the elderly feel less isolated. “I am talking about mainly elderly people who live in very remote places who come to town to get a bit of shopping, enjoy a couple of pints and a chat with friends and then drive home at less than 30 miles an hour,” Mr. Healy-Rae told The New York Times. “These are not the ones causing accidents. What is the alternative for them where no public or other transport is available? Staying at home lonely, staring at the four walls?”
Duck successfully fathers chicken Scientists in Dubai were able to get a duck to successfully father a chicken. Researchers at the Central Veterinary Research Laboratory injected a chicken’s germ cells into the reproductive organs of a male duck, according to the Daily Express. When the duck began to mature, it began producing the chicken’s sperm. Scientists said the technique will allow hens to lay the eggs of other species, which could help save endangered species and even bring back extinct ones. Another team of scientists recently used the same technique to bring back an extinct amphibian species. The scientists inserted the preserved tissue of the amphibian into the donor eggs of a living frog in order to bring the species back from extinction.
New Zealand bans foreign students from prostitution Prostitution is legal for most in New Zealand, but foreign students will have to look elsewhere for work. According to www.nzstudywork.com, a government immigration website, foreign students “can’t provide commercial sexual services. In other words, they can’t work as a prostitute, act as an operator of a New Zealand prostitution business or invest in a prostitution business.” The website said that student workers have the same rights as domestic workers, but are barred from working certain jobs. According to www.rawstory.com, there are about 70,000 overseas students in New Zealand. Many of these students look for part-time work to help cover expenses while studying in the foreign country. Prostitution was decriminalized in the country in 2003.
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In gay marriage debate, ‘defense of marriage’ arguments flawed
he U.S. Supreme Court is set to consider two cases concerning same-sex marriage this week. The constitutionality of Proposition 8 in California will be argued on Tuesday, while the court will hear a separate case challenging the Defense of Marriage Act on Wednesday. Prop 8 amended California’s Constitution to ban same-sex marriage, but a federal judge in San Francisco declared it unconstitutional. The Defense of Marriage Act, meanwhile, prevents the federal government from recognizing samesex marriage in states where they are legal. It is no secret that the tide of public opinion has turned in favor of same sex marriage in recent years. A 2012 Pew Research Center poll found that 48 percent of Americans support gay marriage, while 43 percent oppose it. That is a striking change from 2001, when a similar poll found that only 35 percent of Americans supported it, while 57 percent opposed it. A common argument against gay marriage often made by religious conservatives is that it deﬁes the teachings of the Bible. That line of reasoning is easily dispatched by the fact that our government operates under a strict separation of church and state. Laws should not be inﬂuenced by religious texts. But another argument of the opposition contends that legalizing same-sex marriage would hurt the institution of marriage. They argue that “traditional marriage” is the basis for a healthy society. A recent New York Times article highlighted how younger opponents of gay marriage are trying to focus the debate on the meaning of marriage instead of gay rights. The article cited a report by the Heritage Foundation titled “Marriage: What It It Is, Why It Matters, and the Consequences of Redeﬁning It.” The lengthy report essentially rests its argument on two pillars: that marriage should recognize the “sexual complementarity” of men and
women, and that children need both a mother and a father to be properly raised. It is an argument that is, of course, ﬁlled with fallacies. The report says that religions and cultures across the world have long recognized marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Whether it be the Judeo-Christian religions or the ancient Greeks and Romans, the report argues, cultures across the world have alwaysestablished marriage as between a male and a female. It fails to mention that in the majority of those cultures, women were often forced into marriages and subject to the authority of their husbands. Apparently, some traditions can be disregarded.
It is no secret that the tide of public opinion has turned in favor of same-sex marriage in recent years. The Heritage Foundation report also states that marriage exists to bring together a male and a female to produce children. Redeﬁning marriage “would further disconnect childbearing from marriage.” This only excludes heterosexual couples who choose not to have children and couples who are physically unable to procreate. Are their marriages less legitimate in the eyes of proponents of “traditional marriage?” One can only wonder. Children require a mother and a father to be raised properly, the report contends. There is no doubt that children who are raised by two parents have more comprehensive support system than those raised by single parents. Yet, at no point does the report cite any study that found two males or two females are any less capable as parents than a male and a female. Perhaps the most ridiculous claim in the report is that legalizing
same-sex marriage will “threaten religious liberty.” Those who support marriage between only a man and a woman will be “marginalized,” the report says. The hypocrisy is so astounding it barely warrants addressing. But for the sake of the argument: if people do not want to support same-sex marriage due to their religious beliefs, that is their choice. But they cannot expect to be employed by the government and impose those beliefs in their work. Nor can they expect to use those beliefs as a reason for not hiring an individual or denying homosexuals their business. One argument that the report does get right is that “government recognizes but does not create marriage,” although the author may have had another argument in mind when stating that fact. But the majority of Americans believe that government is not properly recognizing marriage by barring same-sex couples the right to get married. Americans now recognize that two adults who wish to be joined in a union have that right, regardless of sexual orientation. This majority also sees through the idea that same-sex couples tying the knot will somehow destroy the sanctity of marriage. Perhaps those who believe in strengthening the institution of marriage should spend less time worrying about gay couples who love each other and more time protesting wedding chapels on the Las Vegas strip. The only remaining opponents to gay marriage are either outspoken bigots or those hiding behind the “defense of traditional marriage” argument. Legalization of gay marriage throughout the United States will not weaken the institution of marriage, nor will it send our country onto a cataclysmic course toward Biblical destruction. It will simply reinforce the freedoms that all Americans should be afforded. The Supreme Court will have a chance to conﬁrm those freedoms this week.
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The American Republic has become the American Empire
t what point did we allow our country to turn into a corporate police state? When was it that our great American Republic mutated into a nationalist empire? Did it start when President Obama expanded the use of drone strikes in the Middle East, bombing women and children in the hopes of potentially eliminating a single al Qaeda agent, or when his Affordable Care Act restructured our health care system to reinforce, and even mandate, participation in a for-profit and anti-trust law exempt market? Was it then, when his healthcare and financial “reform” padded the pockets of the ultra-rich at the expense of the working class? No – the situation that we have now is the result of more than a generation’s worth of political apathy, of allowing capitalist bureaucrats and Wall Street financiers to make our decisions for us. Being an anti-establishment government-basher has become fashionable; sitting around and pointing out the flaws of the nation, without making an effort to take a part and offer a practical solution, makes one “cool” and “edgy.”
Every single politician that takes part in the government is guilty of the construction of the American Empire. The USA Patriot Act codified many of the wishes of statists into law. Whether it is the act’s regulation of bank accounts, the broadening of the government’s authority to deport citizens, or the authorization of roving wiretaps and non-consenting business record searches, the act is only the first brick in the construction of the modern police state. We have also had the unfortunate passage of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, which appropriates and divides up defense and war spending, but contains a blatantly unconstitutional clause that gives
From the Left Dan Fournier the government the authority to indefinitely detain American citizens. And now – even after the intense political backlash against the NDAA 2012 – our Congress has the gall to discretely slip another clause into the NDAA 2013 that repeals the World War II-era legislation that prevents the government from using state-approved propaganda, and would make Washington immune to any court cases challenging them. The entire NDAA 2013 sets the stage for an Orwellian thought police program, complete with the blessing of our elected representatives. The impacts of these laws, both constitutionally and as a matter of personal liberty, become even more frightening when we realize that they do not stand alone. Hosts of other bills – from the surveillance-expanding USA Act of 2001 or the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act’s drastic expansion of state-approved execution, or even the protestrestricting Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act that was passed during the populist Occupy Wall Street uprising – are also on the books. One could fill an entire library with books full of these heinously unconstitutional laws that the élite class uses to secure its hegemony. When brought together with the push for prison “reform” vis-à-vis privatization, expanding TSA and Homeland Security powers, and the government’s recent mass purchasing of guns and ammunition, it seems that we are getting dangerously close to fascism. The dozens of harsh, inhumane bills that were passed from the FDR era and on are nothing compared to the outrageous human rights violations that have been committed in the name of
“liberty” and “democracy” since Sept. 11, 2001. We have allowed the bourgeois élite to take advantage of us by uniting us against the “terrorists,” by appealing to a demagogic and emotionalist sense of nationalism and fear. By uniting us against a common “enemy,” they have expanded and centralized police power. Since that tragic day, the profiteering élite have created a false threat, a faux straw man of pending immediate danger of the foreign terrorists who want nothing more than to end our entire way of life and kill all of us, for no other reason than our being “free” and “rich,” not in retaliation for the toppling of their democraticallyelected leaders and incessant drone strikes. The Middle Eastern neocolonialism of the Bush-Cheney regime reeks of overt imperialism. Who are we to colonize and occupy foreign lands, topple governments that we do not like, and establish radical ones that serve our economic interests? How can we go about proselytizing incessantly about “freedom” and “liberty” while presiding over the systematic eradication and political disenfranchisement of millions of our fellow human beings? It does not matter who the president or the current administration is, or what political party controls Congress or the governorships. Every single politician that takes part in the government is guilty of the construction of the American Empire. We should not be encouraging an expansion of state power; we should not be crushing every single liberty that our Founding Fathers fought for, especially amidst cheering and applause. We should be championing the abolition state authority in all spheres, not supporting it. If we continue to rely on the state to solve all of our problems, then we have no one else to blame for our country’s descent into fascism than ourselves.
Dan Fournier is a pre-medical undergraduate majoring in evolutionary biology. He is both a libertarian socialist and an active member in the peace movement.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Thumbs up to UNH hockey getting into the NCAA tourney. Thumbs down to having to work during UNH’s first round game against Denver on Friday. Thumbs up to Florida Gulf Coast chicken dancing all the way to the Sweet 16. Thumbs down to being optimistic about your NCAA bracket. It always ends in disappointment. Thumbs up to warming temperatures. The snow needs to go, Mother Nature. Thumbs down to word documents getting randomly corrupted. The Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down section represents the collective opinion of The New Hampshire’s staff and does not necessarily represent the opinion of the student body. But it more than likely does.
n Letter to the editor To the editor Phil Boynton’s criticism of the soda size limit in New York City is another case of a common sense public health policy overshadowed by ridiculous anti-government hysteria. It’s clear he failed to do his homework on the issue. Boynton’s claim of infringement on “liberty” is false. Mayor Bloomberg did not ban soda outright. Those who wish to consume more than 16 ounces have the liberty to get a refill or buy another bottle. Boynton’s examples of personal choices having no effect on the masses are also false. People who become diabetic and develop heart disease from poor nutritional choices, or smokers who develop lung cancer, drive up health care
costs. The costs are passed onto taxpayers (Tricare, Medicare and Medicaid) or through more expensive insurance premiums. Obesity-related health care costs have surpassed $190 billion annually, and obesity is now the top disqualifier for military service. Boynton failed to acknowledge that childhood obesity has tripled in 30 years, correlating identically with the increased consumption of surgary beverages. He failed to acknowledge the massive rise in Type II diabetes among children. He failed to acknowledge that those in poverty are more likely to be obese because of the food they have access to or can afford. This includes giant surgary beverages aggressively marketed to children. It’s best they consume 16 ounces of empty calories instead of 32. Children have not become less responsible; they just live in a much more toxic food environment. There are instances when government can be beneficial in addressing its citizens’ health and education, especially for children. Anti-smoking laws are prime examples of intervention success that saved lives and health care costs. Most importantly, Boynton failed to acknowledge Bloomberg’s policy successes in reducing gun violence, smoking and obesity. His sole ideological argument, absent of the realities of the obesity crisis, falls flat on its face. Brooks Payette UNH grad student
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
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Roberts, Mann wrap up NCAA Championships Junior Jenni Roberts and sophomore Katie Mann wrapped up competition at the NCAA Division I Championships today after swimming in their final events. Roberts competed in the 200-yard butterfly as Mann swam in the 200 breaststroke. Roberts touched the wall in the fly at a time of 1:59.68, wrapping up her three days of competition at the championships. Roberts finished off placing 45 out of 48 entrants in the event. Mann clocked in at 2:14.45 in the 200 breast as she completed her third and final event as well. Mann ended up placing in the 44th spot out of 52 entrants in the event.
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Sophomore attacker Jeff Auger scored one goal against the Huskies on Saturday in Durham.
Four-goal first quarter not enough for Wildcats By JUSTIN LORING staff Writer
The UNH men’s lacrosse team suffered a 9-5 loss on Saturday at the hands of the Northeastern Huskies. NU 9 Coming off a long UNH 5 road trip where the Wildcats played West Virginia, George Washington, UC Davis, Cal-Berkeley and Sonoma State, the Wildcats are 3-3 on the season and 0-1 in conference play. Northeastern got on the board first, but it was the Wildcats who took the lead after the first quarter. Led by sophomore attackman Tom Auger, who finished the day with three goals, UNH led 4-3 after the first frame.
After a scoreless second quarter, the Huskies took control and didn’t look back. Outscoring the Wildcats 4-1 in the third quarter, Northeastern used a balanced attack with six different players scoring at least one goal. UNH received a few costly penalties in the second half, one of them being a two-minute lockedin unsportsmanlike conduct, which led to three Huskie goals. Northeastern added two more goals in the third to bring the game to its final score of 9-5. Goaltender Connor Nolan made nine saves in the first half, but was pulled in the second half for sophomore Marty Gorman
continued from page 20 goal to tie the score, 2-2, at 11:44 but Gaffey gained possession of the ensuing draw control and McHoul potted an unassisted goal 30 seconds later to put the ‘Cats back in front, 3-2, at 11:14. Bowles’ first goal of the game lifted UA into a 3-3 tie at 9:07. The Great Danes controlled the draw, but O’Keefe denied Jess Antelmi to keep the score deadlocked, and Casey Doyle corralled the ground ball to give possession to UNH. Both teams committed a turnover, and then Nicole Grote gathered a ground ball and moments later set up Puccia to give New Hampshire a 4-3 lead at 5:15. Albany outscored UNH 3-1 the last two minutes of the first half to take a 6-5 lead into halftime. Keggins struck at 1:54, and Burek’s goal with 24 seconds on the clock gave the home team a 5-4 lead. Simpon won the ensuing draw control, which led to McHoul setting up a Hannah Wohltmann goal with nine seconds remaining to tie the score, 5-5. The Great Danes gained possession and quickly advanced the
Laura McHoul had three points in Sunday’s loss to Albany. ball as Burek set up Keggins with two seconds to play. UA also struck first in the second half when Bowles extended the advantage to 7-5 with a freeposition goal at 28:51. O’Keefe kept the margin at two goals with a save against Nichole Eamer at 25:45, and on the next UNH possession Kayleigh Hinkle set up Puccia’s second goal of the day to trim the deficit to 7-6 at 24:20. The ‘Cats had an extended
after a collision with an NU attackman that left him shaken and holding his knee on the play. The injury didn’t appear to be serious, but the coaches took precautionary measures with Gorman, who made five saves in the second half. Sophomore attackmen Conor McCarthy and Jeff Auger also added goals for the Wildcats on Saturday. The Wildcats have lost three straight and will look to earn their first win in conference play in their next two games at home, facing conference foes SUNYBuffalo on Friday and Boston College on Saturday before heading to Worcester, Mass. to take on Worcester Polytechnic Institute. possession with a chance to tie the score, but Simpson fired wide at 18:42 and then Berman stopped shots by Simpson and Gaffey within a 13-second span to preserve Albany’s one-goal lead. The Great Danes then went on the attack, and Bowles’ third goal made it 8-6 at 14:30. Puccia gained possession of the ensuing draw control, but the Wildcats did not record a shot before turning the ball over two minutes later. O’Keefe once again denied Antelmi at 10:53 to give possession back to UNH, but the ‘Cats again committed a turnover one minute later without recording a shot. Burek’s second goal of the game gave UA its largest lead of the game – three goals – of 9-6 at 7:05. In the next four minutes, UNH had possession of the ball just twice for a total of 18 seconds. Albany took possession with 2:59 remaining and held the ball until Andrea Flood scored a manup goal with 37 seconds to play. Keggins scored another man-up goal 16 seconds later to close the scoring. New Hampshire returns to action March 27 at home against Iona College. Game time at Memorial Field is 4 p.m.
on beam; senior Courtney Connors was named to the All-Tournament Second Team on vault; and Erin Machado notched a spot on the AllTournament Second Team on floor. Following a first-rotation bye, the Wildcats went right to work on floor exercise by turning in a team score of 48.900 to take over second place, behind N.C. State (48.950). Barile, the Wildcats’ sixth and final floor competitor, tallied a team-best 9.850 to claim a share of second place. Gray scored a 9.800 (tie-ninth), while Erin Machado and Austyn Fobes each earned a 9.775 for a share of 13th place. After a third-rotation bye, UNH recaptured momentum in the fourth rotation by compiling a vault score of 48.825, matching the second-highest total of the season. Connors tied her season high with a 9.800 to jumpstart the lineup. Fobes and Barile equaled Connors’ mark to share ninth place, and Gray added a personal-best-matching 9.725 (T-28th). At the meet’s midway point, the Wildcats (97.725) trailed only the Wolfpack (97.750). UNH and Pittsburgh moved into a first-place deadlock following the sixth rotation with matching totals of 146.475. After a slow start on uneven bars, Fobes and
Senior Austyn Fobes was named the team MVP on Friday. Aucoin went back-to-back with tying scores of 9.825 to share second place. Gray’s 9.750 was good for a tie for 14th place, and New Hampshire registered a 48.750 Struggles on balance beam in the eighth and final rotation caused the Wildcats to slip to sixth place overall, but Gray stole the spotlight with the event-winning 9.875. Solomon set a career high with a 9.800 to tie for seventh place. Despite the best efforts of New Hampshire, the team failed to qualify for the NCAA Regionals as a team. However, UNH will be sending Fobes, Gray and Barile to Morgantown, W.Va. to represent the Wildcats on April 6.
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UNH looking for athletes to join cheerleading squad By MAX SULLIVAN CONTRIBUTING WRITER
With this year’s cheerleading tryouts coming up on May 3 through 5, the team hopes to find girls who are both athletically capable of handling the skills required to compete at a high level of cheerleading while simultaneously handling the time commitment required by practice schedules and their scholastic responsibiities. On April 7, the team will hold an open practice, serving as a preview to the tryouts. There, the team and prospective cheerleaders will meet with the coaches for the first time. This practice will not be nearly as intense as the tryouts in May, and it will be an opportunity for the girls to get to know each other and learn more about what will be expected of them at the official tryouts. “We’ll talk about how we warm up, how we stretch in the beginning, what skills we’re working
on at the time, how we practice and then we’ll conclude with more information about tryouts and a tour of the athletic department,” UNH cheerleading coach Mary LeRose said. Roughly 30 to 40 girls are expected to turn out for the team’s tryouts on May 3. For the next three days, they will compete for a spot on the 25 girl roster, based on their athletic ability as well as personality and commitment-based traits. The latter will come partly from meeting the coaches for a brief interview. The interview will consist of questions regarding what kind of community service experience the girls have, as well as why they want to try out for the UNH cheerleading squad. In the past two years, it has become illegal for high schoolers to perform certain skills. Doing a double down from a one-legged stunt and a two-and-a-half-high pyramid are among those that are now illegal for high school cheerleaders to
train for. UNH cheerleading coach Amanda Temple said that this is not going to be a problem for incoming freshmen. They will not be expected to perform these skills at tryouts. Instead, new teammates will learn the collegiate skills once they’ve made the team. The collegiate skills training will likely take place in August, according to Temple. “What we look for is the technique,” Temple said. “So, really, if you have the basics down and have good quality technique, we can then take you into the higher skills and you’ll flourish with no problem.” Time management is a big part of being a cheerleader at UNH. Cheerleaders are expected to handle their responsibilities as a cheerleader, practicing regularly throughout the week, performing at football and basketball games and staying on top of their studies. It is treated as a sign of commitment by veterans like Lea Girard, currently
‘Cats start off spring season against River Hawks By ROBERT WILSON STAFF WRITER
The University of New Hampshire men’s soccer team hosted new America East foe UMass-Lowell UML 11 for a spring scrimUNH 6 mage. In the Wildcats’ first action since falling in penalty kicks to UMBC in the America East finals, the River Hawks came out on top 2-0 over UNH. The main point of the fivegame spring season that New Hampshire is playing, which started off with the contest against Lowell, is to fit in schemes and to see what is and what is not working for UNH. According to UNH Head Coach Rob Thompson, the Wildcats made steps toward that after a decent performance. Thompson made a point, though, that Friday’s game was just a practice for UNH, since the team was not able to go outside due to the winter weather. “We need to get better, and we understand that we lost six sharp players,” Thompson said after the game. “So, we are just trying to focus in on what we need to do in order to excel.” This will be important for New Hampshire, as the team heading into the fall season will be very young, as Thompson pointed out. “We obviously have a lot of inexperience, and it will take some time for everything to flush together, but that is what these spring games are for,” Thompson said. “This was our first game being out-
a senior in her final year as a cheerleader. “Motivation and attitude are really important,” Girard said. “It does create a time commitment. We are looking for people who commit to that and still perform in the classroom as well.” The UNH cheerleading team has been extremely competive in recent years. In the last two years that the team went to National Cheerleading Association competition, referred to as “nationals”, they competed against schools like Louisville, Kentucky and Kennesaw State, all highly competitive schools, and placed second and third, respectively. While UNH does not qualify its cheerleading teams as official school sports, this is the case with all collegiate athletic programs. Cheerleaders coming to UNH should not discount the skill level that this team has potential to reach, and they can expect to train with a quality program that can compete
with the best. Last season, the UNH sports department opted not to send the cheerleading team to nationals because of the amount of injuries. Currently, the team is waiting to hear back from the sports department regarding their bid to go to nationals. Temple said that, while the team is not technically recognized as a sport like the hockey and football teams, she expects the cheerleaders to treat their experience with the team as though they are collegiate athletes like the other teams on campus. “I think UNH cheerleaders get the same thing that every student athlete gets,” Temple said. “They are part of a team and a sport at the collegiate level, which is intangible, really, you know, they can expect to learn the keys to success, they can learn they’re going to meet some friends that they’re going to have for the rest of their lives, and they’re going to have a great time.”
Wildcats lost 9-2 in 1995 and 4-2 in 2005 in the only two postseason meetings between the squads. Denver is making its sixth-straight trip to the NCAA’s. The other first-round game of the 2013 Northeast Regional pits Hockey East champion No. 5 UMass-Lowell (26-10-2 overall, 16-9-2 in Hockey East) against WCHA champion No. 15 University of Wisconsin (22-12-7 overall, 13-8-7 in WCHA play) at 4:30 p.m on March 29. The first-round victors advance to play each other in the regional final March 30 at 6:30 p.m. (which will air on ESPNU) with a spot in the Frozen Four on the line.
continued from page 20 into the field of 16. The Pioneers went 14-9-5 in WCHA, but lost to regional foe Colorado College 2-1-0 in the WCHA quarterfinals. DU was 14-73 at home compared to just 6-6-2 on the road. UNH won this year’s meeting against Denver in a dramatic 6-4 come-from-behind victory on Nov. 24 at Magness Arena. Overall, the Wildcats are 4-90 lifetime against Denver including a 0-2-0 mark in the NCAA’s. The
A Spring in Their Step
Freshman backer Andrew Chaput and the UNH men’s soccer program look to use the spring season to warm up after the winter months. side, since we have been kept inside due to the weather, so I am really not concerned too much with this game.” The Wildcats are bringing in three additional players into 2013 who carry good talent that can be worked out to bring out further success in the program. These three players are Karl Frisk, Elijah Leverett and Will Szostkiewicz. The Wildcats will continue with four more spring games as they play host to Southern New
Hampshire University in their second contest, taking place on March 29 with a start time set for 7 p.m. on Bremner Field. New Hampshire will then hit the road as it travels to The College of the Holy Cross for an afternoon match on April 7 at 3 p.m. As well, on April 13, the ‘Cats travel to R.I. to take on Bryant University at 1 p.m. At last, New Hampshire will wrap up the spring season with a home contest against Franklin Pierce on April 20 set for 11:30 a.m.
The UNH women’s soccer program kicked off its spring season on Friday, when it faced off against St. Anslem College. New Hampshire will use the spring season to freshen its legs after resting over winter, as well as to find its groove under new Head Coach Sam Lopes.
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The New Hampshire
UNH loses in America East opener to Great Danes STAFF REPORT THE NEW HAMPSHIRE
Laura McHoul recorded a team-high three points but the University of Albany 11 New HampUNH 6 shire women’s lacrosse team was defeated
11-6 by the University at Albany in Sunday afternoon’s America East conference action at John Fallon Field. UNH, which entered the game with a two-game winning streak, is now 2-6 overall and 0-1 in America East. Albany, which recorded the advantage in both shots (22-12) and
draw controls (12-6), improved to 6-3, 1-0. McHoul recorded a goal and two assists to extend her pointscoring streak to eight games. Laura Puccia was the only other Wildcat with multiple points – she tallied two goals. Kathleen O’Keefe was credited with seven saves and a
team-high four ground balls. Albany was led offensively by Rachel Burek (two goals, ﬁve assists), Rachel Bowles (3 goals) and Maureen Keggins (3 goals). Anna Berman made ﬁve saves. The Great Danes took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Allie Phelan at 27:59, but UNH leveled the score
on a Molly Gaffey free-position goal at 23:21. Both teams went scoreless the next seven minutes before Jenny Simpson converted McHoul’s pass into a goal and 2-1 Wildcats’ lead at 16:11. Ariana Parker netted a man-up W LAX continued on Page 18
‘Cats finish sixth in EAGL meet STAFF REPORT THE NEW HAMPSHIRE
Kayla Gray scored a 9.875 to win the East Atlantic Gymnastics League balance beam individual championship, and the University of New Hampshire gymnastics team placed sixth overall with a 194.175 at Saturday’s EAGL Championship, held at the University of North Carolina’s Carmichael Arena. North Carolina State won its ﬁfth EAGL title with a 195.175 to edge No. 22 Maryland (195.100), Pittsburgh (194.875), George Washington (194.750), North Carolina (194.225), UNH, Rutgers (193.925) and Towson (192.675). Gray, who became New Hampshire’s ﬁrst EAGL beam champion since Mariana Pena-Trestini in 2006, earned a berth on the EAGL All-Tournament First Team on beam, ﬂoor exercise and all-around, where the sophomore ﬁnished tied for second place with a 39.150. Senior Austyn Fobes earned All-Tournament First Team on bars and Second Team on vault, ﬂoor and all-around; junior Hannah Barile was tabbed to the All-Tournament First Team on ﬂoor and Second Team on vault; senior Jen Aucoin was named to the All-Tournament First Team on bars; freshman Elissa Solomon garnered All-Tournament First Team on TYLER MCDERMOTT/STAFF
The UNH men’s hockey team returns to the NCAA tourney after a year-long absence on Friday in Manchester, N.H.
UNH tournament bound ‘Cats to face No. 12 Denver to kick off NCAA tourney STAFF REPORT THE NEW HAMPSHIRE
The No. 10 University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team received an at-large bid to the 2013 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Championship and will face off against No. 12 Denver in a ﬁrst round game of the Northeast Regional that will be played March 29 at 8 p.m. at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H. live on ESPNU. The announcement was made Sunday by the NCAA Division I men’s hockey selection committee live on ESPN2. UNH, which returns to the NCAA’s after
a one-year hiatus, has been to the tournament in 11 of the last 12 years. The ‘Cats are 1911-7 overall and earn the seventh seed in the 16-team tournament. New Hampshire has a 14-24 record in 21 previous NCAA appearances with seven Frozen Four appearances. This is the team’s 18th appearance under the guidance of UNH Head Coach Dick Umile. UNH has advanced to the regional ﬁnals in each of the past three trips to the NCAA’s. Denver enters the ﬁrst round with a 2013-5 overall record and earned an at-large bid M HOCKEY continued on Page 19
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WOMEN’S LACROSSE (2-6, 0-1)
Sunday, Albany, N.Y.
GYMNASTICS continued on Page 18
SPRING SEASON UNDERWAY
STUDENT TICKETS – UNH Athletics is selling students tickets for $10, which covers the whole weekend. – Students who secure $10 tickets will be offered a free seat on the ‘Cat Pack fan bus. – These tickets are sold at the Whittemore Center Box Office on a first-come, first-served basis.
IN THIS ISSUE - The UNH cheerleading team prepares itself for the 2013 team tryouts, which will start in May. Page 19
STAT DAY of the
The UNH men’s soccer program kicked off its spring season on Friday. For full details on the spring season, turn to Page 19.
The UNH men’s hockey team will be makings its 18th NCAA tournament appearance under UNH Head Coach Dick Umile.