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Vol. 102, No. 39

The UNH men’s hockey team will face Denver in Manchester in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

A UNH alum didn’t let his lack of sight hold him back from climbing New Hampshire’s highest mountain tops.

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U.S. general, UNH alum to speak at commencement By JUSTIN DOUBLEDAY EXECUTIVE EDITOR

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U.S. Army deputy chief of staff for intelligence and 1982 UNH graduate Mary Legere is this year’s commencement speaker.

The Army’s deputy chief of staff for intelligence will take a break from the Pentagon to deliver UNH’s commencement speech. It was announced on Wednesday that Lt. General Mary A. Legere, ‘82, will give the keynote address on May 18 at the commencement ceremonies. The Dover native has spent over 30 years as a member of the armed forces. Legere is one of the highest-ranking graduates of the UNH ROTC. A three-star

Professor claims alleged assault was an accident

general, she oversees the “readiness, modernization and development of the 58,000 soldiers and civilians in the Army’s military intelligence corps,” according to a UNH press release. “We are honored to have Lt. Gen. Mary Legere as this year’s commencement speaker,” UNH President Mark Huddleston said in a statement released on Thursday. “We believe her leadership and dedication during a long and distinguished military career will inspire our graduating students as they think about starting their careers and moving forward in this next

The five pairs of students running for student body president and VP met with an Election Committee from the Student Senate on Thursday.

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ELECTION SEASON BEGINS

By CORINNE HOLROYD A UNH professor is facing a simple assault charge after a suspected domestic assault on Saturday, March 23 in Newmarket. Police arrested Professor David Smith for allegedly hitting “a female, live-in acquaintance with a cane,” according to a March 26 Union Leader article. “Last Friday afternoon I came home from a fiveday stay at Frisbie Hospital where I’d been treated for a bone infection in my foot that was threatening to lead to amputation,” Smith wrote in an email on Wednesday afternoon. “Happily, it only led to them cutting out a piece of bone, leaving me hobbled, but just relying on a cane for what was to be David Smith two weeks.” Smith said that when his girlfriend picked him up from the hospital, she was upset because she had “been ignored by the hospital” during his stay. “Apparently someone at the nurses’ station had said something derogatory, based on the fact that she’s not officially my wife, despite my repeatedly telling all involved that she should be consulted,” Smith wrote. This led to a verbal argument between the two, which in turn led to the suspected assault. “I raised my cane, meaning to strike the wall, but she walked into it,” Smith wrote. Newmarket Police Lt. Kyle True said that the women reported the alleged assault at around 11:45 p.m. on Saturday. “I didn’t hear what she said to the cop, having

phase of their life. Lt. Gen. Legere’s story is inspiring and impressive, and we look forward to welcoming her back to campus.” Legere graduated from UNH in 1982 with a degree in political science. She was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the Army’s military intelligence corps. She has earned master’s degrees from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Penn.

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Student body elections underway By KATIE GARDNER STAFF WRITER

The candidates for student body president and vice president have been confirmed, and they are now preparing for the April 17 and 18 election dates. On Thursday, the five pairs of run-

ning mates met with an Election Committee from the Student Senate to discuss the guidelines for running a campaign. The official debates were also discussed and will be held on April 11 and 16 during common exam time in Union Court. One pair running for office is junior Stephen Prescott for president and

junior Lizzy Barker for vice president. Both were involved in Student Senate as freshmen and have since been a part of many other student organizations. They said they enjoy serving the university and helping others.

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Durham landlords oppose town safety ordinance By JOEL KOST STAFF WRITER

Last month, the Durham Landlord Association responded to Durham’s new town ordinance, which requires all rental property owners to pay a fee for a bi-yearly safety inspection, stating that “the ordinance unfairly targets a select group of property owners and subjects the majority of responsible owners to an unnecessary and costly new program.” The DLA requested that the town suspend enforcement of the ordinance until revisions are made.

The Town of Durham adopted the ordinance on Jan. 7. It establishes a housing standards ordinance and fee that requires all rental properties to undergo a series of health and safety inspections every two years. The New Hampshire state statute grants a town the authority to establish a community standards ordinance and the specific standards, but it does not specifically address the issue of inspection programs. The DLA believes that Durham does not have the authority to create a maintenance inspection and fee. In addition, the DLA accused the Town of Durham of only

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Contents

Blind hiker climbs all 48 4,000 footers

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Student Body Elections

4 Randy Pierce, a blind UNH alumnus, has climbed all 48 4,000 - foot mountains in New Hampshire.

5 Elections for student body president will occur on April 17 and 18 on Blackboard.

10th annual Todd’s Trot

Tromafest

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6 The tenth annual Todd’s Trot will take place at the beginning of April. The road race occurs each year in remembrance of a young Durham resident who died of a heat stroke when trying out for West Point’s marathon team.

Gymnastics seniors look back

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• Anti Bullying & Victimization Workshop. All day. The Browne Center. • UNH Mobile Suite. 12 - 1: 30 p.m. Horton 210. • Yoga Class for Students. 12 1:00 p.m. Wildcat Den, MUB.

Tromafest in Portsmouth is a festival that’s sure to make you cringe.

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Senior gymnast Austyn Fobes looks back on her time at UNH as she prepares for the NCAA Regionals.

Corrections If you believe that we have made an error, or if you have questions about The New Hampshire’s journalistic standards and practices, you may contact Executive Editor Justin Doubleday by phone at 603-862-4076 or by email at tnh.editor@unh.edu.

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This week in Durham March 30 March 31

• Family Program: Draw On! • Happy Easter! 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Museum of Art, PCAC. • UNH Dance Company Concert. 2:00 p.m. Johnson Theatre.

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• Happy April Fool’s Day! • Durham- Last day to submit Intent- to- Graduate for May, 2013 with late fee. • Blood Drive. 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. GSR, MUB


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targeting professional rental property owners. The ordinance does not require rentable single-family homes to undergo the safety inspections and pay the fee. Perry Bryant, president of the DLA, claims that fee is too expensive and that the main safety concerns in town are in the homes being rented to students, not apartment buildings. “Most of the issues they were having were in single-family homes that were being rented to students, not in the professionalmanaged apartment buildings,” Bryant said. “(The town) basically took the position that the only way they could get at all of the people in the single-family houses was to notify all rental properties in town and that they would have to submit to this new ordinance.” However, the fee was put in place to fund additional positions necessary to run the program, not to make money, said Todd Selig, Durham’s Town Administrator. In order to successfully maintain the inspections, the town had to hire an additional fire inspector and a secretarial staff member. The ordinance was created in response to a fire on 16 Edgewood Road in 2011 that resulted from multiple safety deficiencies, including broken smoke detectors and padlocked doors. It left the fire department very concerned. “The fire department advocated strongly for the need for this type of program for the safety of the tenants, particularly students of the University of New Hampshire,” Selig said. There are about 3,200 UNH students who live in off-campus rental units, the majority of which are 50 to 75 years old and don’t meet the town’s safety requirements, according to Selig. He said he believes that students will not be able to properly maintain a safe rental unit without the aid of the new ordinance. “Unfortunately, students are not well-versed in the ins and outs of housing,” Selig said. “They aren’t aware of what the housing standards are or what should be. The fire department felt strongly that the town needed to ensure that the rental property was safe.” According to Selig, there were numerous attempts to actively involve members of the DLA in the ordinance’s drafting process. The association provided feedback early on, suggesting a self-inspection

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continued from page 1 left the room, but I did distinctly hear her say that she didn’t want me arrested,” Smith wrote. Smith was released on a $1,500 personal recognizance bail and is not allowed to have contact with the victim. He has petitioned the court to

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provision that states a landlord of rental property can perform his or her own inspection if the building passes two years prior. The provision was eventually included. Selig said the DLA dropped from the process entirely, but the town continued to work on the Ordinance. “It is disappointing that the Durham Landlord Association, which disengaged from the drafting process of the Housing Standards Ordinance (early) on, contrary to the town’s goal of ensuring the health and safety of residential properties within the community, is now threatening to challenge the newly adopted Housing Standards Ordinance after the fact,” Selig said over email.

“The fire depart-

ment felt strongly that the town needed to ensure that the rental property was safe.”

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Town Administrator But Bryant claims that the DLA attempted to make numerous suggestions to the Town of Durham to change certain aspects of the ordinance. “The town thinks that the landlords disengaged from the process when in fact the landlords were very involved with the process,” Bryant said. “But the town just went ahead and pushed it through and basically didn’t listen to anything the landlords had to say because they wanted to have this inspection ordinance.” The Town of Durham ultimately decided to not suspend enforcement of the ordinance. Of the nearly 100 rental units that were visited, almost all failed the initial inspection, according to Selig. Problems included inoperable smoke detectors, malfunctioning sprinkler systems and missing heat detectors. The DLA recently filed a Right to Know request asking for all of the documents that lead to the passage of the ordinance. Bryant expects that the DLA will finish reviewing the documents by next week. The association will then decide whether or not litigation is necessary. The Town of Durham has no plans to revise the ordinance at this point. have this ban lifted in order to retrieve his post-surgery medication and clothing. As for Smith’s teaching position, UNH Media Relations Director Erika Mantz released a statement saying that UNH is aware of Smith’s arrest. “We will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation as it progresses through the legal system with a focus on the rights and needs of our faculty, staff and students,” Mantz said. Smith is scheduled to appear in the 10th Circuit Court, Brentwood division, on May 7 for his arraignment, according to the same Union Leader article.

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continued from page 1 During her time in the Army, Legere has completed tours in Germany, the Republic of Korea, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iraq. She is a combat veteran, having been deployed in Operation Joint Forge in Bosnia-Herzegovina and in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Legere was in Iraq for 18 months, from April 2008 to September 2009, as the coalition forces’ chief of staff for intelligence.  She was promoted to her current position overseeing the Army’s intelligence operations in April 2012. Legere has been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, and the Bronze Star Medal, among many other honors.  While she is a high-ranking member of the military, Legere has not forgotten about UNH. In 2010, Legere came back to Durham to speak at the UNH ROTC’s Commissioning Ceremony.  “She’s really an outgoing person,” said Major Bob Sanders, the UNH ROTC Battalion XO (execu-

Friday, March 29, 2013 tive officer), on Thursday in Zais Hall. “She’s a really good speaker, and she’s really down to earth.”  While many three-star generals would probably leave immediately after speaking at a commissioning ceremony, Sanders said, Legere stuck around for an hour and a half after the 2010 ceremony, speaking to the friends and families of the graduates. Sanders said that Legere will also be setting aside some time in her schedule in the near future to host some of the graduating cadets from the UNH ROTC at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.  Sanders said that it is special for the ROTC program to have one of its graduates return as the commencement speaker.  “It’s an honor and it gets [the UNH ROTC] more notoriety,” he said.  Students had mixed feelings about Legere being chosen to give the keynote address at graduation. Senior environmental engineering major Victoria Brisson said that she grew up in the military and will be able to relate to Legere. But she’s not sure how others will be able to identify with the general.  “I think it will be good, but I

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wish we had more of a say,” Brisson said. “She’s a smart lady, so she’ll have a good perspective for us and good advice for the future. … I also like that [the speaker] is a female.”  Senior Amy Polaneczky was excited to hear the news about Legere. Polaneczky is majoring in business administration with a focus in marketing. She plans on going into the Air Force after graduation. “It’ll be awesome to hear from someone with such an interesting, important position,” Polaneczky said. Senior English majors Matthew Laurion and Stephen Goodrow said that they were neutral on Legere being chosen as commencement speaker. They conceded that she could very well give a charismatic speech, but said they can’t really relate to someone with a military background. “There’s not much we can glean from her experience because we have to take entirely different tracks [to success],” Laurion said. “It’s an entirely different world,” Goodrow said of the military. “It’s ‘Alpha, Bravo, Charlie’ versus ‘ABC.’”

Neither party has cash for student loan rate fix By PHILIP ELLIOTT Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Incoming college freshmen could end up paying $5,000 more for the same student loans their older siblings have if Congress doesn’t stop interest rates from doubling. Sound familiar? The same warnings came last year. But now the presidential election is over and mandatory budget cuts are taking place, making a deal to avert a doubling of interest rates much more elusive before a July 1 deadline. “What is definitely clear, this time around, there doesn’t seem to be as much outcry,” said Justin Draeger, president of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. “We’re advising our members to tell students that the interest rates are going to double on new student loans, to 6.8 percent.” That rate hike only hits students taking out new subsidized loans. Students with outstanding subsidized loans are not expected to see their loan rates increase unless they take out a new subsidized Stafford loan. Students’ non-subsidized loans are not expected to change, nor are loans taken from commercial lenders. The difference between 3.4 percent and 6.8 percent interest rates is a $6 billion tab for taxpayers — set against a backdrop of budget negotiations that have pitted the two parties in a standoff. President Barack Obama is expected to release his budget proposal in the coming weeks, adding another perspective to the debate. Last year, with the presidential and congressional elections looming, students got a one-year reprieve on the doubling of interest rates. That expires July 1. Neither party’s budget proposal in Congress has money specifically set aside to keep student loans at their current rate. House

Republicans’ budget would double the interest rates on newly issued subsidized loans to help balance the federal budget in a decade. Senate Democrats say they want to keep the interest rates at their current levels, but the budget they passed last week does not set aside money to keep the rates low. In any event, neither side is likely to get what it wants. And that could lead to confusion for students as they receive their college admission letters and financial aid packages. “Two ideas ... have been introduced so far — neither of which is likely to go very far,” said Terry Hartle, the top lobbyist for colleges at the American Council on Education. House Republicans, led by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, have outlined a spending plan that would shift the interest rates back to their pre-2008 levels. Congress in 2007 lowered the rate to 6 percent for new loans started during the 2008 academic year, then down to 5.6 percent in 2009, down to 4.5 percent in 2010 and then to the current 3.4 percent a year later. Some two-thirds of students are graduating with loans exceeding $25,000; one in 10 borrowers owes more than $54,000 in loans. And student loan debt now tops $1 trillion. For those students, the rates make significant differences in how much they have to pay back each month. For some, the rates seem arbitrary and have little to do with interest rates available for other purchases such as homes or cars. “Burdening students with 6.8 percent loans when interest rates in the economy are at historic lows makes no sense,” said Lauren Asher, president of the Institute for College Access and Success, a nonprofit organization. Both House Education Committee Chairman John Kline of

Minnesota and his Democratic counterpart, Rep. George Miller of California, prefer to keep rates at their current levels but have not outlined how they might accomplish that goal. Rep. Karen Bass, a California Democrat, last week introduced a proposal that would permanently cap the interest rate at 3.4 percent. Senate Democrats say their budget proposal would permanently keep the student rates low. But their budget document doesn’t explicitly cover the $6 billion annual cost. Instead, its committee report included a window for the Senate Health Education and Pension Committee to pass a student loan rate fix down the road. But so far, the money isn’t there. And if the committee wants to keep the rates where they are, they will have to find a way to pay for them, either through cuts to programs in the budget or by adding new taxes. “Spending is measured in numbers, not words,” said Jason Delisle, a former Republican staffer on the Senate Budget Committee and now director of the New America Foundation’s Federal Budget Project. “The Murray budget does not include funding for any changes to student loans.” The Congressional Budget Office estimates that of the almost $113 billion in new student loans the government made this year, more than $38 billion will be lost to defaults, even after Washington collects what it can through wage garnishments. The net cost to taxpayers after most students pay back their loans with interest is $5.7 billion. If the rate increases, Washington will be collecting more interest from new students’ loans. But those who lobbied lawmakers a year ago said they were pessimistic before Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney both came out in support of keeping the rates low.


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Blind alum shares experiences hiking all 48 NH 4,000 footers By CATIE HALL CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Looking at Randy Pierce, you wouldn’t guess he was a blind man who hiked all 48 of New Hampshire’s 4,000-foot mountains in one winter season. “We don’t plan to fail,” Pierce said in a phone interview. “We fail to plan …We influence our life with all of the decisions we make.” “Four More Feet” is a documentary that follows Pierce as he hikes the 48. Pierce, a UNH alumnus, came to MUB Theater II on Monday to show the film. Filmmaker Dina Sutin, guide Justin Fuller and wife Tracy accompanied Pierce to the screening. Professor Brent Bell introduced Pierce to a full audience. Pierce hiked mountains such as Mt. Moosilauke, Owl’s Head, Mt. Washington and Cannon. Fuller and Pierce’s guide dog, The Mighty Quinn, aided Pierce on the mountains. When Pierce was only 22, he started to lose his vision. Eleven years later, in 2000, his unknown neurological disorder destroyed his optic nerve. Pierce is part of the 7 percent of blind people who see no light at all. “All too often, when people deal with vision loss, they hide,” Pierce said. At the time, Pierce had his own setbacks. When he went blind, he said, he thought valuable experiences were no longer possible. However, Pierce received help from the N.H. Association for the Blind and Guiding Eyes for the Blind. It became Pierce’s mission to spread help and awareness to others because of the help he received. “Right now, there are 4.3 million blind people in the world,” Pierce said. “By 2020, there will be 32 million. That’s eight times higher, and the number one reason is because of age-related macular degeneration. It’s the baby-boomers.” Pierce founded a nonprofit organization, 2020 Vision Quest, to raise money and awareness for blindness. He wanted to give presentations without charge. He has spoken to more than 22,140 people. He also wanted to use his life as an example of conquering disability. “I think if Randy wasn’t blind, he’d be one of the most admirable people in the world,” Professor of Outdoor Education Brent Bell said. “The challenge of blindness makes him stand out even more.” Bell is Pierce’s former class-

mate. Pierce’s disabilities have not always been limited to blindness. Not only did Pierce lose his sight a year after graduating with a degree in electrical engineering, but he also spent over a year in a wheelchair due to the same disorder. According to his website biography, he spent 2004 through 2006 trying to get out of his wheelchair. When he started to walk again, he discovered his passion for hiking. Bell said that his appreciation for walking inspired Pierce to hike the 48. Pierce reached out to Bell for assistance. “Brent, I want to start hiking,” he said to Bell during a phone call. Bell opened his Backcountry Adventure Travel class to Pierce. He took Pierce and students on four week-long backpacking trips in the mountains. Bell said it was good for both Pierce and students. Bell said that Pierce allowed students to guide him. It gave them a better experience because the students had to pay attention to their surroundings in a new way. One wrong step for Pierce could mean a step off a cliff. “There are real consequences for them not paying attention,” Bell said. According to Bell, human guides have to pay attention to both themselves and the person they’re guiding. It is mentally exhausting. Learning to communicate is key to the process and builds a strong relationship between the guide and the guided.

“ We don’t plan to

fail. We fail to plan …We influence our life with all of the decisions we make.”

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In the phone interview, Pierce said that he has kept in touch with the students he interacted with. Some even appeared in the documentary. When Pierce first started to hike, he was very slow. It took a lot of communication between himself, human guides and his guide dog. Quinn has been a key part in Pierce’s hiking experience. The pair has been working together nonstop

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Blind hiker Randy Pierce ’88 and his guide dog Quinn, together, as they hike a snow covered mountain. They two are the subject of “Four More Feet,” a documentary film that screened at UNH on March 25. since Oct. 19, 2006. Quinn, raised by Guiding Eyes for the Blind graduated before his two years were up at the Patterson, N.Y. guide dog school. Before Quinn was released, Pierce stayed at the school for 17 days to ensure the two were a good match. On the mountains, Sutin was able to observe how Quinn and Pierce functioned as a team. “They were basically two individuals acting as one,” she said. “Randy’s first thought is Quinn at all times.” Guide dogs are taught intelligent disobedience. “Notice how the word intelligence comes before disobedience,” Pierce said at the question and answer session following the documentary. Pierce said that when Quinn feels there is danger, the dog stops moving. Then, it is Pierce’s turn to feel around for the cause of danger. When Quinn and Pierce know danger is avoided, they continue. Pierce’s last guide dog, Ostend, put himself in front of Pierce so a car wouldn’t hit Pierce. Pierce only broke his hand, and Ostend survived. “How many times do you need your life saved to appreciate how great these guides are?” Pierce said over the phone. When hiking, Pierce has to pay attention to the trails differently from a person with vision. Pierce said he can smell when he is in a different forest. He recognizes the smell of coniferous trees. By the type of tree he smells, he can tell where he is in elevation. “He remembers things and reads and researches everything before he goes into it,” Fuller said in the documentary. “And several times he would know exactly what was coming up, when it was coming up and when we were in the direct vicinity of it.” Pierce said that his life has been about problem solving. He admitted that he once got lost in a walk-in closet. He laughed with the audience, though he did say it was

an embarrassing moment. Many doubted Pierce when they first heard about his idea to hike the 48. Part of the 48 is The Bonds, some of the most remote mountains among the 4,000-footers in New Hampshire. “I guess at first I had my doubts,” Fuller said in the documentary. After hiking with Pierce, however, Fuller recognized that he was more than capable of hiking the mountains. Sutin said that she started hiking five years ago. When she started to hike, she was terrified. “When he told me there was going to be a blind guy hiking all the 4,000-footers, I thought, ‘No way!’” Sutin said. “I mean, how do you do that? I would be terrified.” In addition to being a filmmaker, Sutin was sometimes a human guide for Pierce. She said she had to think about ways to keep him safe. “I remember the first time guiding Randy, I hiked with my arm straight up,” Sutin said. “Just for a while so I would know where I needed to be as far as telling him when there’s a branch.” Bell said that he and Pierce joke around often. However, when it comes to Pierce’s wife, Bell is serious in his promise to bring the blind hiker back unharmed. “I honor her by taking care of him,” Bell said. “I really feel committed to that.” The team that Pierce worked with seemed to have great respect for him and what he stands for. “He’s probably one of the most consistent and positive people I’ve ever met,” Sutin said. When Pierce spoke after the documentary, the audience watched Pierce with focus and reverence when he spoke of hardships. They laughed loudly every time Pierce made a joke. “I haven’t quite figured you out as a crowd because you laughed hardest when I hit my head (in the film),” Pierce said, smiling. The audience asked questions about his relationship with Quinn, Quinn’s hiking gear, how his wife

felt about his hiking escapades, and how he learned to do everyday tasks without sight. One audience member directed a question at Fuller: “What was the hardest part about being a human guide?” Fuller smirked. “Listening to Randy talk,” he said. Pierce, as well as the audience, broke into laughter. More jokes were made about how Pierce parodies songs on the trails. Audience members had a positive reaction to his documentary and his answers. “I think he was really inspiring,” said Bryanna Roberts, a UNH sophomore and audience member. Stephanie Field, a UNH junior, said that there were scenes in the documentary where the screen blackened. It gave her perspective on what Pierce experienced. “He’s kind of eye-opening,” she said. Karen Stevenson, a UNH alumnus, attended the screening with her husband, Rick Stevenson. Rick Stevenson recently started doing volunteer marketing for 2020 Vision Quest. Karen Stevenson had never met Pierce until Monday. “If I missed the introduction, I never would’ve known Randy was blind,” Karen said. “Not only visually but also in spirit. … He is inspiring in a way that isn’t selective. Randy could be anywhere doing anything.” Between running his organization and giving free talks, Pierce is a busy man. He said his journey has been, and still is, a learning process. He talked about his setbacks and how he sometimes gets frustrated. “There are mornings when I wake up and I think, ‘Ugh, blind again? Really?’” Pierce said, gaining more laughs from the audience. Bell’s friendship and respect for Pierce epitomizes how other members of his team spoke of him. “What I admire about Randy is his ethical commitments,” Bell said. “The way he exemplifies these qualities I think are his most courageous acts.”


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Meet the candidates for student body president/VP Stephen Prescott, junior Lizzy Barker, junior -Restoring university funding -Revising parking and advising system

Aseeb Niazi, sophomore Christopher Thornton, sophomore -Medical amnesty for Greek life -Increasing housing availability -Lowering tuition -Increasing school spirit

Ugochukwu Uche, junior Jesse Arsenault, sophomore -University funding -UNH parking policy

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 “There are a lot of problems at UNH, and a lot of them haven’t been addressed, and I want to help address them,” Prescott said. Barker agreed and said that they wouldn’t be afraid to make reforms at UNH. “We’re both going to be seniors next year, so we’re not exactly timid to make changes,” she said. Prescott then went on to describe what these changes are that he hopes to make. “Our No. 1 issue is restoring funding to the university system. If you go around the university and ask students, that’s the thing they care about the most,” he said. Barker also mentioned that they would like to revise the both the parking system and the advising system. Also running for office are sophomore Aseeb Niazi for president and sophomore Christopher Thornton for vice president. Niazi already has experience in student government, as he was student body president in both middle school and high school, while Thornton has had leadership experience as an Eagle Scout. Niazi and Thornton want to work on many issues, such as medical amnesty for Greek life, increasing housing availability and lowering tuition, but their main

Friday, March 29, 2013 goal is to increase school spirit. “We want to make them bleed blue and white,” Niazi said. “Make them proud to be a UNH student.” The pair thinks this initiative is important for many reasons. “When it comes right down to it, we do a lot of awesome stuff at UNH, and I feel like we’re kind of lacking in distributing that knowledge,” Thornton said. He wants students to be more aware of the successes of not only alumni, but of students and faculty currently on campus. Niazi also wants to change the relationship between Student Senate and students. “Student Senate has been on campus for 30-plus years, 40 now, and we wait for people to come to us to tell us about issues. Why can’t we reverse that and go to them?” he said. The pair wants to solve the issues that are plaguing students here on campus and have already asked students what changes they would like to see. “The student body’s talking, and we’re hearing them loud and clear,” Niazi said. Also running is junior Ugochukwu Uche for president and sophomore Jesse Arsenault for vice president. Both said they are interested in helping others. Uche has been on many mission trips to places such as Africa and Costa Rica, while Arsenault has helped students through Student Senate. Uche and Arsenault are both

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Subcommittee proposes to scale back restored state funding By ABBY KESSLER STAFF WRITER

A House Finance Subcommittee is proposing to scale back the state funding that Gov. Maggie Hassan recommended be restored to the University System of New Hampshire. Hassan proposed to restore $20 million to the system in fiscal year 2014 and another $15 million in fiscal year 2015, which combined would bring the budget to 90 percent of its where it stood before historic cuts were made in 2011. However, the subcommittee is looking to slash Hassan’s recommendation by $6 million each year

in order to allocate already tight state funds elsewhere. According to Dick Cannon, vice president of finance and administration, UNH will know how much of Gov. Hassan’s proposal will be reallocated to the system by late June. Cannon said that until then it is too early to comment on whether UNH will be able to uphold its agreement to freeze tuition costs for the next two years if the state does not completely restore funding. “While we can and do work hard to control costs, legislative funding decisions drive the prices that New Hampshire families pay,” Cannon said. “We are committed

to using every dollar of state funding to support New Hampshire students directly.”

“We tried to shield students from the budget cuts.”

Mark Huddleston President, UNH

UNH receives a mere 6 percent of its budget from the state, making it the lowest state contribution per capita to public higher education in the country.

President Mark Huddleston said in an NHPR interview on Monday that although state funding contributes to such a small portion of the total operational budget, the money is worth fighting for. “Every dollar that is contributed from the state goes to buy down the cost of education for in-state students and many families. Those few dollars can make a difference between families being able to send students to the school,” Huddleston said. On the heels of the historic $31 million budget cut from the state, UNH was forced to institute cost-saving measures including layoffs, early retirement incen-

tives and a hiring freeze in order to minimize the burden on tuition increases. “We absorbed 80 percent of the state appropriation loss through budget savings,” Cannon said. According to the NHPR interview, UNH tuition rose by $650 last year, and it could have reached $4,650 if the university had transferred the loss of state funding onto its students. “We tried to shield students from the budget cuts,” Huddleston said. The full House committee is expected to take up the subcommittee’s proposal to amend the governor’s budget proposal on Tuesday.

Annual road race held in remembrance of Durham resident By BRITTANY SCHAEFER CONTRIBUTING WRITER

August has always been one of the hottest months of the year. And on August 21, 2003, no one had anticipated how much of an impact the heat would truly have. On that hot and humid August day, cadet Todd Heuchling was trying out for the West Point Marathon team. “That day was going to become the saddest day of our lives,” said Heuchling’s parents, Sally and Bob Heuchling, via email. “It was the final day of tryouts for the marathon team, and Todd was not to be denied. Todd had an incredible ability to focus on a goal and put everything else out of his mind.” But as he ran with the leaders near the end of the eight-mile competition, Todd Heuchling col-

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lapsed of a heat stroke. Fewer than 100 yards from the finish line, he could not be revived. He was 19 years old.

In remembrance of Todd Heuchling’s life, the Friends of Oyster River Track host an annual road race.

Todd Heuchling was laid to rest at the Durham Town Cemetery. As stated at www.toddstrot. org, his headstone reads: “Peter Todd Heuchling, Cadet, USMA, Class of 2006, Beloved son, brother, friend and a good soldier.” Todd’s dream was to become a member of the Army’s elite special forces.

“The original idea of having a race in Todd’s memory was suggested by a group of his closest friends. The date, early April, was selected to coincide as closely as possible to Todd’s birthday, April 8,” Sally and Bob Heuchling said. “Todd loved to run—(he) ran all the time for the pleasure of it.” Over 500 runners and walkers

participate in the race each year. The community has embraced the race. “The race has been a wonderful success since its beginning,” the Heuchlings said. “We are all so touched by the turnout and enthusiasm each year of all those who participate as well as volunteer to make Todd’s Trot such a success. This race helps to ensure that Todd’s memory and spirit continues to shine. Our family will be forever grateful.” Last year’s winner, Dan Hocking, was a Dover resident and former UNH runner. “The memories we have of Todd are so wonderful and so numerous it’s hard to know what to say,” Bob and Sally Heuchling said. “He was a good-natured, funloving guy. He had a quiet sense of hu-

hours working on student finances and finding ways to reduce the burden on students. Merrill believes that they have both gained a large amount of expertise that will help them in office. “We’re going to apply that expertise not only to our main is-

sue, which is making UNH more affordable, but also to all that we do,” Merrill said. Merrill and McKernan have also set up the “UNH Please Complain Campaign,” in which students can submit issues that they have with the university so that the duo can address them if elected. They said they’d like to help students in as many ways as possible, especially when it comes to money. “Our biggest thing is making sure both fee-wise and financialwise students can afford to go to UNH and they can get their value out of UNH,” Merrill said. Both are extremely passionate about student government and politics. Merrill has testified to the state legislature in Concord on a number of bills to restore funding to UNH. Because of this and the work they do for Student Senate, they have many connections with legislators in Concord and the administrators of the university. “Will and I both have a vision and a plan and we have the tools, respect and expertise to actually implement those,” Merrill said. Also running for office are junior Adam Hill for president and freshman Alison VanDerHeyden for vice president. They were un-

available for an interview, but in a press release they stated that they have three main issues they want to work on if elected. First, they want to improve parking and campus transportation by reducing the cost of tickets and making parking passes available online. Also, the pair would like to make UNH students more cultured by sending them on trips to the city and bringing more concerts and art performances to campus. Lastly, they would like to “boost the university’s national image through international philosophy.” There is also a candidate running for Student Trustee, Tim Quinney, and he is unopposed. He has had much past experience working with administration and advocating for UNH students, which he hopes to continue as trustee. “It is important to have a student on the board who is wellversed in not only the need for funding, but also the reasons for its limitations in the state’s budget,” Quinney said. Students will be able to cast their votes online through Webcat on April 17 and 18. Students can use their personal computers, but there will also be polling stations set up around campus.

“He also had a serious side, the part of him that knew he was born a soldier.”

Sally and Bob Heuchling Todd’s parents

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Todd Heuchling mor, a constant sparkle in his eye and a zest for life. He also had a serious side, the part of him that knew he was born a soldier.”

TNH Briefs Human rights speaker to come to UNH This Mon. Apr. 1, Kathryn Striffolino ‘07 will be in the MUB Entertainment Center from 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. She will be speaking on behalf of Amnesty International and addressing the audience in a Q&A titled, “Leveraging Science for Human Rights: New Protection Tools for a Wired World.”

Dance to benefit Haiti in it’s fourth year Sat. Apr. 13, VFW will hold it’s fourth annual dance part in honor of Haiti. When the dance was first held in 2010, according to Foster’s Daily Democrat, “the country had just been devastated by an earthquake and the world was focused on helping.” Now, though, the focus has shifted and patrons who come now mingle, dance, and educate themselves on other topics. Latin vibes and local food will come together to contribute to a this cause and fundraiser. Doors open at 7 p.m., dancing starts at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $20. More information is available from newslifeandhope@yahoo. com.


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Construction of new Memorial Despite record snow, Dover still within Bridge nearing completion removal budget By ANDREA BULFINCH FOSTER’S DAILY DEMOCRAT

As the completion of the new Memorial Bridge in Portsmouth continues to draw near, electrical work has begun on the structure while workers continue to construct the final piece of the project, the center lift span. Electrical work has begun on the south span on the Portsmouth side of the bridge and, according to an update by Archer Western Construction on Tuesday, will continue up the south tower and into the control house.

begin to focus, however, on the electrical and mechanical aspects, as the smooth workings of the high-tech machinery that enables the center span to rise for marine traffic and lower for land traffic is critical. “While not as dramatic from a visual standpoint, this work ensures the safety and reliability of the new bridge, and is critical to a successful opening,” Archer Western said. Ironworkers continue to construct the center lift span superstructure on a barge, the same method as with the south and north

Work will be ongoing on the electrical and mechanical components of the structure until the bridge is ready to be safely opened this summer. And although Archer Western management is aware this is a highly visible project of great interest to the community, one that may be tempting to get as close to as possible, the contractors remind everyone to not enter the designated work site. Even after the official opening of the bridge, final work, including completing approach work, the channel fender system, landscap-

(Although) Archer Western management is aware this is a highly visible project of great interest to the community, one that may be tempting to get as close to as possible, the contractors remind everyone to not enter the designated work site. At the state pier, construction of the center lift span, the final portion to be floated into place between both the north and south spans — now secured on either side of the bridge — continues and is running on schedule, the update says. Construction efforts will

spans. A float-in for the center span is expected to take place in June and once in place will offer onlookers the chance to see mechanical and electrical testing as it occurs. The lift span will be seen moving up and down in the towers during that time.

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ing and cleanup, will require some areas to remain out of bounds even after the bridge is open to traffic. That final work will take until the end of the year to complete. Information on the construction project can be found by visiting www.memorialbridgeproject. com.

By MICHELLE KINGSTON FOSTER’S DAILY DEMOCRAT

Dover is still under budget with its storm management, despite record snowfall this winter. City Manager Michael Joyal said at the City Council meeting Wednesday the city is currently about $22,000 below its budget with snow removal. He added he is also pleased with how well “the department has handled the storms,” considering the budget and the amount of snow that has fallen. The city budgeted $445,000 this year. According to the storm management summary report, Dover has received, so far, 66.25 inches of snow, totaling almost 5,000 hours of snow cleanup. The last storm was one month ago on Feb. 27, with two inches of a snow and rain mixture costing the city just over $9,000. “We’ve started street sweeping, so it will probably snow as a result of that,” Joyal said, knowing

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the way New Hampshire’s spring season can treat its residents. In addition to the beginning of street sweeping, Joyal’s previous report lists that the 2013 construction season has gone out to bid and results will be in this month. Joyal also reported GPS work for all fire hydrants within the city has been completed. The city has located and recorded where each hydrant is and entered it into a system to have the information on file. Knowing where each hydrant is helps to clear the hydrants during snowstorms so they are accessible if an emergency should occur. With just over $20,000 left before over-budgeting for storms, according to the chart of this year’s storms, the city cannot afford to have a storm that drops more than about two inches of snow. According to the chart, anything greater than two inches has cost the city more than what is left in the budget this year.

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State Senate rejects energy project moratorium until the procedure to approve their locations, known as the siting process, can be changed. It’s been criticized as outdated. Opponents of the projects are concerned they’ll deal a major blow to the state’s tourism industry and real estate economy, and they want to protect local interests. Their efforts were set back Thursday when the Senate rejected such a moratorium, instead passing a bill calling for two studies of the siting process. One would be conducted by an independent consultant and the other by lawmakers. Lawmakers would get their recommendations by 2014. The moratorium was too broad, opponents argued. It would have affected all energy projects not required for system reliability and would in turn set back New Hampshire’s renewable energy goals, and the siting process can be improved without halting it altogether, they said. Sen. Jeff Woodburn, D-Dalton, who favored the moratorium, sup-

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CONCORD —Lori Lerner and her husband purchased a second home on Newfound Lake more than a decade ago and loved the area so much that they moved in for good. Now, she worries the construction of wind turbines on the ridges above the lake might stop others from following in their footsteps. “Who wants to invest their hard-earned money in an area that’s being over taken by these monstrosities?” she said Thursday. Already, 24 turbines in the area reach 400-500 feet above the high ground, and three other projects that Lerner cited would bring the total surrounding the lake to 120. Their presence has put the economy of the Newfound Lake region in the central part of the state in a downward spiral, she said. Lerner is part of a vocal contingent of New Hampshire residents urging the Legislature to temporarily put a stop to new wind projects

ported it partially because it would have prevented the siting committee from considering the Northern Pass transmission line project for another year, which many in his district oppose.

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inextricably tied to the natural beauty of our state, and anything that disrupts that hurts our ability to make a living.”

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Local business owner Some of his constituents worry that if above-ground transmission lines are built, they will hurt the region’s economy in order to bring power to Connecticut and Massa-

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NH Briefs Panel recommends women’s prison in Concord CONCORD — A New Hampshire legislative committee is recommending a women’s prison in Concord, next to the men’s prison. The 224-bed prison would go behind the men’s prison on 400 acres already owned by the state. The plan was adopted Tuesday by the House Public Works and Highways Committee in a capital budget proposal. Lawmakers have declined a new women’s prison for at least six years.

Committee Chairman Rep. David Campbell of Nashua tells the Concord Monitor there’s an additional selling point this time: the state is facing what may become a class-action lawsuit for failing to provide female inmates in the old Goffstown prison the same education, training and treatment given to male inmates. Campbell said the suit has been stayed pending the Legislature’s action on a new women’s prison.

Lawyers who argued for gay marriage set to speak CONCORD — The lawyers who have argued before the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn California’s ban on gay marriage will be the featured speakers at a New Hampshire lecture series this spring. The Constitutionally Speaking series will feature attorneys Theodore Olson and David Boies May 17 at Concord’s Capitol Center for the Arts. The lecture is free but reservations are required. The lawyers represent two

same-sex couples seeking to overturn California’s Proposition 8. Olson argued the case Tuesday. The evening program is part of series titled, “How Does the Constitution Keep Up with the Times.” Former Supreme Court Justice David Souter is a driving force behind the series. Olson and Boies were on opposite sides of the Bush v. Gore Supreme Court case that decided the 2000 presidential election.

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chusetts. If the lines go in above-ground, said Thomas Muller of the Owl’s Nest Resort and Golf Club said, they’ll put him out of business. He pointed to common ground between opponents of wind farms and opponents of the Northern Pass project. “Our livelihoods are inextricably tied to the natural beauty of our state, and anything that disrupts that hurts our ability to make a living,” Mullen said. The siting process for all largescale energy projects is governed the by the Site Evaluation Committee, made up of the heads of numerous state agencies. The procedures haven’t seen significant change since it was created in the 1970s. Woodburn called it a “fax machine process in high-tech ever changing world.” He added the committee is overburdened and outdated, without fees for applications, a staff or a budget. Others said the committee has sent mixed messages about its ability to handle its busi-

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CONCORD —A former New Hampshire restaurant owner admits he committed wire fraud by using customers’ credit card information to bilk more than $200,000. Brian Pearson pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court Thursday to wire fraud. From late 2009 until the spring of 2011, Pearson owned and operated Bella Sol restaurant in Portsmouth. But court documents show he was vexed by money problems

throughout that time period — pleading guilty in 2010 to passing bad checks and often failing to pay the restaurant’s rent. In his plea agreement, Pearson admitted to making 1,400 unauthorized charges to the credit cards of 250 of the restaurant’s patrons. He obtained the credit card information from the restaurant’s point-of-sale system. He faces a maximum of up to 20 years when sentenced July 8.

Man sought in dollar store robbery LEBANON —Police in Lebanon, are looking for a man who held up a Family Dollar Store. They say the man had a gun

when he showed up at the store at about 8 p.m. Wednesday. He fled with some money. No one was hurt.


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MUSO hosts first concert of spring semester

By THEODORE BROWN CONTRUTING WRITER

It’s 6 p.m., and through the wall separating TNH newsroom from the Wildcat Den, feedback from a microphone, a kick drum booming with bass, and guitars being tuned can be heard. Tonight, MUSO puts on their first concert of the spring semester, a collection of three East Coast bands not easily categorized by any genre in particular. At best, you could say they’re all ‘indie rock with post-rock influences’, but no matter how you look at

them, each band brings something special to the stage. MUSO’s former music director Sam Ueda organized the show, a bittersweet resignation to his days as a member of the local music community. “We try to bring stuff that’s different,” Ueda said. “We find music that music lovers and fanatics really like. ‘MUSO’ is actually a slang term for someone who is obsessed with music.” The bands were a half-hour late, so audience members had to wait until the first act went up. The

first act was Old Gray, a threepiece lineup from New Hampshire. As the lights turned off, the crowd gathered tight around the band. Old Gray started with a riveting piece consisting of soft guitar and drums as one member recited spoken word poetry. Soon enough, the strings gave way to brutal rhythms and screaming vocals, and when the chorus came in, the crowd kicked in and started shouting the lyrics along with the band. Next up was I Kill Giants, a Boston-based math-rock band formed in 2010. With a high en-

ergy level, dramatic time signature changes and intricately woven patterns of sound, the four musicians got the crowd moving. Even after a string broke on one of their guitars, the band played “Balance” as their farewell song Last to the stage was The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die, an eight-piece band from Willimantic, Conn. Despite being one member short, TWIABP still delivered. Ambient guitars layered on top of spacey, controlled drums created a wall of sound. Soothing melodies slowly transformed into gritty rock

anthems. At one point one of the guitarists even traded out his sixstring for a trumpet. The night was a success. Even though only about 75 students attended the show, it was still, for lack of a better word, awesome. The intimacy between band and crowd, the raw emotions conveyed through heart-wrenching lyrics and passionate screams, and the fact that you could shake hands with any band member you liked after the show all made lasts night is concert a one to remember.

Accessibility of social media: Are smartphones replacing cameras? By JENNIFER GAGNON CONTRIBUTING EDITOR

The dependency of technology has become extremely apparent as advancements are constantly evolving and increasing. Nowadays, people want the fastest, easiest, most convenient product on the market. With this mindset, smartphones have become a must-have for many. Smartphones make everyday tasks easier, as they allow for people to browse the internet, play games, text message, make phone calls, and take photos, just to name a few features. While all of these capabilities are very convenient and great to have at just a touch away, some of these tools do not come with the best quality, especially the camera. There are better options on the market that allow for production of high quality photos, such as a digital camera. What happened to those days when people thought it was considered “cool” and “in” to have a camera? Now, there is a huge hype when you become “Team iPhone”. What exactly influenced this shift in technology, and have smartphones

replaced cameras? Taking photographs will continue to stay as it is: a fun way to create and share memories. It would make sense to want to have such remembrances saved and kept at the best quality possible, but the main choice of many seems to be towards smartphones. It almost appears as if cameras have become extinct, as they are rarely seen and used in today’s society. “People want to capture a moment, so I do not think cameras will necessarily go away,” UNH Introduction to Media Studies professor Mark Hungerford said. “Cameras will not be obsolete, but I do think iPhones will eventually come to the standards of digital cameras.” “As far as artisans and professional photographers, they will always need to use a traditional camera, so that will not change,” UNH photography Professor Julee Holcombe said. Typically, people want to share photographs with others on the internet through social media sites. Having multiple accounts to stay connected with others is a popular

trend among many. People want to keep others updated with their lives through their accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To upload pictures on these sites, one must be connected to the Internet. With digital cameras, one will not have access to the Internet at all times, as cameras usually only have the ability to take pictures, unlike the iPhone. It can be a bit of a hassle and an annoyance to upload pictures through a memory card or USB cord. For example, the D5100 Nikon takes the same quality pictures as huge photographers’ cameras, which sounds appealing, but photos need to be uploaded through a USB cord, which can be a timeconsuming task that many do not want to take the time to do, as many are very busy with their lives. Also, pricing at a staggering $600, it is clear why so many chose iPhones over cameras with the expensive cost. People want results fast, and that is one of the biggest advantages of smartphones, specifically the iPhone. Among the numerous smartphones available on the market to-

“You try to play as much as you can,” UNH alum Tom Boisse of Red Sky Mary said. “The bigger the calendar you have will help you get more gigs. The campus activity board or any of the organizations like that, if you can present them with a full calendar, then that increases your chances of them booking you and taking you seriously.” UNH alum Stu Diaz of Gnarlemagne recalls relentless hunting for gigs in the early stages, gathering as many gigs as he could for his group regardless of their magnitude. House parties are less than glamorous, but, for Gnarlemagne, they were a great opportunity for students to learn about

them. “I just emailed a load of people, and for the first two years, no one wrote back,” Diaz said. “And we just played house parties and stuff like that, and eventually people started writing back, and we got a couple crappy gigs, and then we played enough crappy gigs in a row that people started giving us decent ones.” In addition to gigs, posting flyers and getting the band’s name in view of students going to and from their classes and parties is important in getting the word out. When Red Sky Mary started out, Boisse went rampant with plastering the campus with his band’s posters. When

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UNH Students upload pictures to social media sites daily for immediacy and easy accessibility. day, one of the top leading brands is the Apple iPhone. The iPhone 5, as well as other smartphones have the benefit of wireless Internet connection. One may have numerous pictures to upload on Facebook, and with the iPhone 5 these pictures will appear immediately just a touch away.

“IPhones are more accessible, making it easier for everyone to become photographers,” Holcombe said. Also, people do not want to have to carry around multiple devices, such as a phone, camera, iPod, and laptop all at the same

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How to grow a band from the ground

By MAX SULLIVAN CONTRIBUTING WRITER

So many musicians get their start in college, slaving away on what they call “the scene.” Regardless of their particular genre, most musicians agree on certain marketing tactics when it comes to generating a following. A common response among musicians to the question of what to do when starting out is to play everywhere you can. The more you play, even if it’s at the lowest and cheapest gig offered at the time, the better off you’ll be. It’s less about what the gig is and more about making sure people on campus know that you’re around.

Boisse was a senior, Red Sky Mary flyers could be found on virtually every bulletin board in Durham. “Where’d I post flyers? Everywhere, even in places where I wasn’t supposed to,” Boisse said. “I would hang Red Sky Mary posters up in Ham’ Smith on the English Department boards. Like Led Zeppelin said, no publicity is bad publicity. Eventually people just notice because they don’t know who you are, but initially there are only so many times they can go past the DUMP or go downtown where you can put all your posters, and eventually their name has been there enough so that they begin to recognize it.” One trait that comes more

naturally to some than others is being a social musician. It isn’t good enough to get on stage and play your songs. When you’re done with your show, you’ve got to shake everyone’s hand in the room, even if it’s uncomfortable. “You have to interact with the people. Yeah (it can be uncomfortable), but that’s something you have to get over as a musician,” Boisse said. “I definitely feel like when I started out, I thought, ‘Oh, I feel weird about asking people to come see my band,’ but honestly there’s no way it’s going to happen unless you do that. You have to spread the

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Author Jessica Valenti tells student to speak up against sexism By TAYLOR BARCLAY CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Author Jessica Valenti speaks about her book “Full Frontal Feminism” in the GSR On Wednesday, author and outspoken feminist Jessica Valenti came to UNH to talk about why feminism matters. UNH Peace and Justice League, the MUB, SHARPP, UNH President’s Commission on the Status of Women and NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire sponsored the event in hopes of spreading the message of feminism. As the event was getting started, crowds of people began filing in, whether self-identified feminists or women and men who were interested in what feminism was all about. “I was always a loud, opinionated girl, I was a tomboy, and feminism always mattered to me,” Valenti commented as she was signing books and taking pictures. Valenti, who founded feministing.com, a feminist blog that covers a range of topics from world issues, to women’s health, and everything in-between, wanted to talk about what it means to be a feminist and why everyone is really a feminist

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word.” Even more uncomfortable for many musicians is approaching people who hold a grip in the music scene, let alone a group of pretty girls at the bar. Getting to know who is on the Spotlight Awards panel or who hosts the local music show on the area’s big rock station is vital to a band’s success. In addition to being relentless, the key, Diaz said, is to appear grateful and avoid coming off as entitled to the gig. “I mean, I think the wrong thing do,” Diaz said, “Is to write (to a booker) with the expectation that people are going to know who you are, listen to all of your music, and that they’ve just been anxiously waiting and that the only thing holding you back from them having you play there is that you haven’t reached out to them yet. When you go to any sort of situation with an attitude of like, ‘Yeah, I’m owed this,’ people are less likely to be be

(she swears!). The blog, started in 2004 now has over 600,000 readers from all different countries. She started it to show the fun, cool and edgy side of feminism that many are blinded from. “I highly recommend not talking to brick walls,” Valenti said, talking about the close-minded people we might experience everyday. Her first book, “Full Frontal Feminism”, shows her witty attitude towards the patriarchal society we live in, and how important it is for our generation to speak up against sexism, anti-women’s body rights, and gender stereotypes. Valenti made it clear that feminism isn’t about misandry or bringing down men, it’s about equality for everyone. She started by asking the audience ‘who identified as a feminist’ and most of the hands in the room shot up proudly. She was genuinely shocked and happy by the fact that so many women and men felt the same way as her. She went on to talk about how our generation is evolving from the way things were previously, and about how almost a decade ago

she would search the word “young feminist” online and only a page of items would come up. Now when she searches it, millions of pages come up. Most Americans are taught not to be comfortable with strong women who speak their mind, Valenti said. Feminism is powerful because people get so angry when they want justice, but it’s also a lot of love and conversion into being a feminist. She wanted to talk about the played-out reasons why people hate on feminism and how it keeps young women away from identifying as one. Most people assume feminists are “hairy,” “ugly” and “dirty.” “If people didn’t see feminism as a threat and if people didn’t see feminism as powerful they wouldn’t spend so much time putting it down,” Valenti said as she told about trying to make feminism accessible to everyone. Too many people in America think that we don’t need feminism anymore, yet it’s so necessary when women are paid seventy-six cents to the man’s dollar. She also talked about how it’s so important to our

helpful when you have a sense of entitlement.” Social networking websites have become a huge part of up and coming bands’ growth. Facebook, bandcamp, twitter and instagram can all be effective avenues to take when trying to reach out to fans. Red Sky Mary uses their facebook page to communicate with fans frequently. From a discussion about what the ultimate super group would look like, to what will happen next on The Walking Dead, the band tries to generate any kind of traffic on their page that they can. As long as people are typing comments on their page, the band is doing it right. “The longer you can make a conversation about your group, business, organization, the better,”Boisse said. “And social media is a great way to prolong the conversation.” One of the biggest discouragements for bands trying to develop a following in downtown Durham is the fact that there are no venues on Main St that book live music regu-

larly. Every week, karaoke, trivia and DJ nights bring students in to drink and have fun, but you’ll not see live bands being booked at Libby’s or Scorps. Instead of criticizing the local bars and restaurants, Diaz acknowledged that there is little need for places like Libby’s to book bands every weekend. “Well,look at it this way. Libby’s is going to have business based on where they are no matter what because they’re in a college town.” Diaz said. “If you were them, why woud you take on the additional expense of paying a band. It’s not like they’re going to lose business if they don’t have a band. So really, it’s a question of incentive.” To counter this lack of a “scene” within the literal borders of Durham, Ian Sleeper, a UNH student and member of the band Heads and Tales, has recently formed a student organization to draw student musicians together and create a recognizable scene. Initially formed in January of this year, UNH Coalition of Organized Musicians will be going to the Stone Church in Newmarket’s open mic in April in an attempt to sell each of the bands to the venue. “It seems that the music scene is non existent, “Sleeper said, “so that’s our mission, and so we’ve come to gether to support eacho-

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Valenti stresses the importance of a strong woman. young people to look into feminism because it’s important to take action, “whatever that may mean to you.” “We are results in the culture we grow up in,” she spoke. After about half an hour of questions from the audience, she thanked everyone for coming and hearing why it’s so crucial to think about everything inclusive of all people.

“It’s good to know that it’s being brought to campuses. It paints a different picture. As a feminist you don’t have to think of me as a disease. It’s a movement that involves everyone,” UNH student Samantha Thatcher said. As the GSR cleared out, conversations were still being discussed among students, hopefully a clear sign that feminism will matter on our campus.

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The UNH Coalition of Organized Musicians was formed by Ian Sleeper, a member of Heads and Tales. ther.” Bands that are just starting out will always struggle with the value of their own music. ‘How can I put a dollar amount on something only I created?” According Boisse, Sleeper and Diaz, this is an insecurity that everyone has to get over. “I’m definitely not of the opinion that you should hand out free stuff,” Diaz said. “If you hand something out for free, it devalues it.” Sleeper said that Heads and Tales struggled early on to put a set amount on their music. On one

hand, they wanted as many people as possible to hear their music, but on the flip side of that coin, many dollars and hours were put into working on what they considered a valuable product. “We gave up a lot of weekends and lot of time spent with family or eachother to just be at the studio, so we ended going with a dollar a song because thats what we thought was fair,” Sleeper said. If a band intends on getting out of the garage and taking things to phase two, they need to be proactive.

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First Annual Troma-Fest brings fun, disgust and entertainment to Portsmouth By KEN JOHNSON Contributing Writer

A diverse crowd of 192 people filled the Seacoast Repertory Theater in Portsmouth for the final night of Troma-Fest 2013 to see “The Toxic Avenger” and its director, Lloyd Kaufman, cofounder of Troma Entertainment. Troma-Fest was a three-night event spread over three weeks that combined bad movies, all from Troma Entertaintment, with outrageous stage acts as part of The Seacoast Repertory Theater’s Red Light Series. The Red Light series is a series that caters to people looking for alternative programming. Troma Entertainment has a forty-year history of making independent films, which have found a cult following. On March 6 , Troma-Fest kicked off with “Cannibal! The Musical,” a film made by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, who later went on to create “South Park.” The pre-show entertainment for the night featured a homemade cannibal snowman competition, which encouraged attendees to bring in a homemade snowman made out of anything except snow. Hosts, Bunny Wonderland, also known as series codirector Knate Higgins, dressed in drag, and Tim Fife, series codirector, put on a demonstration on how to create washable fake blood in a comedy sketch that pushed all bounds of decency. The recipe for the fake blood was a tweaked version of one of Troma’s recipes from one of Lloyd Kaufman’s books. After the showing, Coat of Arms, a Portsmouth bar and one of the official sponsors of Troma-Fest, held an after-party with a special on Goldrush, trying to keep in theme with the movie presented that night. March 13 brought the second

night of the event, featuring the movie “Class of Nuke Em High” codirected by Kaufman. The pre-show entertainment for the night featured The Erotic City Electric Blues Band, with Fife on synthesizer, playing songs from several Troma Entertainment films. Following that, Bunny Wonderland and Tim Fife put on a Troma-Foaming demonstration to teach the audience how to get green foam to pour out of your mouth. To end the demonstration, they had an audience member perform a TromaFoam on stage. The after-party was held at Coat of Arms with specials on green drinks. March 20 was the final night of the event, featuring Troma’s bestknown classic movie, “The Toxic Avenger”, codirected by Kaufman. Prior to the show, Kaufman appeared at Bull Moose, a music movie and video game store, to sign autographs and talk with fans. Kaufman had a steady line of people during the entire event. Tim Lang, a clerk at Bull Moose, said that it has been promoting Troma movies and books at the shows and that Bull Moose was getting a lot of calls about the signing. The scheduled pre-show entertainment for the night was supposed to be Nuclear Waste Wrestling, featuring local women, and the Dirty Dishes Burlesque Revue. At the start of the night, Higgins announced that due to insurance issues, the Nuclear Waste Wrestling had been canceled. In its place, Bunny Wonderland and Fife had Barbie dolls dipped in green paint wrestle. Instead of the Dirty Dishes Burlesque Revue, Bunny Wonderland sang while part of the cast of the Seacoast Repertory Theater’s main-stage production, “A Chorus

Line,” danced on stage. The star of the evening, Kaufman, was brought out along with the Toxic Avenger to introduce the movie. After the movie, Lloyd Kaufman came back out with Bunny Wonderland and Fife for a Q&A session where questions were answered on anything Troma related. The after-party was held at Coat of Arms, which had been “Tromatized” for the night, with caution tape hung around the bar and nuclear waste barrels. Higgins said the series was a collaborative effort created by Tim Fife and himself. The Seacoast Repertory Theater plays musicals on the main stage, and they wanted to make an alternative series. TromaFest is the third in the Red Light Series. Higgins said the first in the series was a Dragon burlesque night, and the second was a burlesque drag show. Higgins said film is the favorite medium and he wanted to create a show that combined drag and burlesque with a film. “Troma lends itself to that kind of performance,” Higgins said. Fife said that he as a slight connection to Kaufman through friends and colleagues, so Troma-Fest was a good start to the combination series. Higgins said the material is a combination of written and improvised material. Higgins and Fife get together and throw ideas around and workshop the material that works. “We try and script the whole thing, but as anything live goes, it becomes unscripted and unravels as it goes along,” Fife said. Fife said that he and Higgins put posts up on Facebook to help determine which Troma films to show at the event. Higgins said they picked three films, which strongly repre-

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sent the Troma brand. “The Toxic Avenger” and “Class of Nuke Em High” are both Troma films made by Kaufman, and “Cannibal! The Musical” is a Troma pick-up, which means they didn’t make it but did distribute it. The first night had eighty-nine ticket sales, and the second night had 145 ticket sales. The final night sold 192 tickets, according to Higgins. “My partner Michael Herz and I, we are always amazed, even after 40 years of Troma, we are always amazed that somebody pays to buy a ticket to see a Troma movie,” Kaufman said. “We are still astounded that people are willing to pay to see something we’ve created, I think that’s the biggest thrill.” “The fans are the primary reason that Troma is the longest running independent movie studio in history,” Kaufman said.

Kaufman’s favorite Troma movie is the latest two-volume movie “Return to Nuke Em High”. Rob Gonzales, general manager of Coat of Arms, said the after-party for the first night didn’t have a huge attendance but the attendance was good enough. Gonzales said that night there was also a snowstorm. The second night was packed with a great turn out. Gonzales saw the attendance grow bigger with each event. “I would say that, after all said and done the festival was a smashing success. It really opened up our space to a new demographic, brought new people into our space who had never been here before and that Tim and I had an absolute blast putting it on,” said Higgins. “We both came off of it in what we were lovingly calling a ‘Troma coma’ meaning we were both so tired.

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continued from 9 time to complete multiple tasks. It is simply too much at one time, and many people prefer the convenience aspect of the iPhone. “It is sort of like your purse or wallet, you do not go without it,” photography Professor Julee Holcombe said. “I like using my iPhone because it is always with me, and I do not have to lug around my phone and a camera”. “It is more convenient to have everything all in one small phone,” said UNH sophomore, Julie Fierly. A recent poll was posted on Facebook, asking UNH students, “When taking pictures do you typically use a Smartphone/ iPhone or a camera?” The survey was done through the Class of 2016 and 2015. Out of the 48 respondents, 41 answered that they use a Smart Phone/iPhone, and only 7 use a camera. There are still in fact people that still use cameras, but a very small number. Take a look around campus. You do not necessarily see many using snapping pictures with cameras. Smartphones prove to be the preferred choice by many for its

convenience aspect of the all-inone concept. “The quality of my iPhone (iPhone 4) is a little less than my camera, but its convenience outweighs the quality,” UNH sophomore Julie Fierly said. With the all-in-one concept going in favor for the iPhone, cameras are becoming more advanced in a similar manner. For example, the Samsung Galaxy camera does in fact have related Smart Phone features that might have many thinking otherwise about their future investments. The Samsung Galaxy features Android 4.1 Jelly Bean™, which allows one to access Android apps, as well as taking incredible photos, giving one the best of both worlds. This camera does however run at $450.00, but produces more enhanced, detailed images than a Smart Phone typically would. As Professor Julee Holcombe stated, “The image quality of the iPhone could be compared to a Polaroid camera.” “Also, there are times I take out my phone, and I realize I deleted pictures by mistake, so they are just temporary memories that get deleted unless you upload them on the internet,” Professor Holcombe said.

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Ultimately, the choice is yours what technology you want to use to take pictures, but certainly there has been a dramatic shift away from cameras. “There is a need for technology as it evolves, and there will be something that eventually takes over the iPhone to improve and incorporate the complexity that a camera has,” Julie Holcombe said. Despite the downfalls with the camera in the iPhone, the convenience factor makes all the difference in today’s society, and it is safe to say that the camera has been replaced with Smart Phones for many.

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Records provide new look at Ariz. shooting spree By BRIAN SKOLOFF Associated Press

PHOENIX — An erratic Jared Loughner walked into a convenience store with an urgent message for the clerk: “I need a ride to Safeway.” It was Saturday morning, and then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ meet-and-greet started at 10 a.m. As he waited for his taxi, Loughner nervously paced around the store and made several trips to the bathroom, gazing anxiously at a clock. “Nine twenty-five. I still got time,” he said. Loughner arrived and got in line with others waiting to meet the congresswoman. He opened fire about 10 minutes later as screams of “gun” rang out through crowd. Within moments, Giffords lay bleeding on the sidewalk with 11 others who were wounded. Six people were killed. Almost everyone who crossed paths with Loughner in the year before the shootings described a man who was becoming unhinged. He got fired from a clothing store and thrown out of college, shaved his head and got tattoos of bullets on his shoulder. He showed up at the apartment of a boyhood friend with a Glock 9 mm pistol, saying he needed it for “home protection.” He made dark comments about the government, and, according to one acquaintance, appeared suicidal. His spiral into madness hit bottom on that Jan. 8 day in 2011.

The information about Loughner’s mental state —and the fact that no one did much to get him help —emerged as a key theme in roughly 2,700 pages of investigative papers released Wednesday. Still, there was nothing to indicate exactly why he targeted Giffords. The files also provided the first glimpse into Loughner’s family and a look at parents dealing with a son who had grown nearly impossible to communicate with. “I tried to talk to him. But you can’t,” his father, Randy Loughner, told police. “Lost, lost and just didn’t want to communicate with me no more.” His mother, Amy Loughner, recalled hearing her son alone in his room “having conversations” as if someone else were there. Despite recommendations from Pima Community College that Loughner undergo a mental evaluation after the school expelled him, his parents never followed up. In a statement released by the gun control advocacy group she started with her husband, Giffords said that “no one piece of legislation” would have prevented the Tucson shooting. “However, I hope that commonsense policies like universal background checks become part of our history, just like the Tucson shootings are —our communities will be safer because of it.” While such checks may keep those with mental illnesses from obtaining guns, the 24-year-old

Loughner had never been diagnosed with any conditions, meaning it’s doubtful much would have stopped him from legally purchasing a weapon. Friends and family interviewed by law enforcement after the shooting painted a picture of a young man who was deeply troubled in the weeks before the shooting.

While he never heard him mention Giffords “he just seemed to have some kind of ... hate for government,” Kuck added. Kuck’s roommate, Derek Andrew Heintz, who has known Loughner since he was about 12, said he was cooking when Loughner showed up with a gun and removed it from his belt. It was loaded with 32 rounds.

“I tried to talk to him. But you can’t. Lost, lost and just didn’t want to communicate with me no more.”

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Arizona gunman’s father Loughner visited Anthony George Kuck, who had known him since preschool. Kuck said he was alarmed to find he had shaved his head and was armed. “I kicked him out of my house because he showed me his gun,” Kuck said. Kuck told police he had seen Loughner’s mental state deteriorate over time, starting with drinking problems in high school, trouble with authorities and being kicked out of college. “I know he has some crazy thoughts where he ... just believes the government is corrupt, and he has all these assumptions on things, that he doesn’t really know what he’s talking about,” Kuck told investigators.

He asked Loughner why he had the weapon. “I just want to show you,’” Loughner replied. Loughner then left Heintz with a souvenir —one bullet. His parents grew alarmed over his behavior on several occasions —at one point submitting him to drug-testing. The results were negative, said Amy Loughner, who was particularly worried that her son might have been using methamphetamine. The father said his son kept journals, but they were written in an indecipherable script. Loughner bought a 12-gauge shotgun in 2008, but his parents took it away from him after he was expelled from college and administrators recommended he not own weapons. On the day of the shooting, he and his father got in an argument, and he chased Jared Loughner away from their house. Friend Bryce Tierney told investigators Loughner called him early in the morning that day and left a cryptic voice mail that he believed was suicidal. “He just said, ‘Hey, this is Jared. Um, we had some good times together. Uh, see you later.’ And that’s it,” Tierney said. One-time Loughner friend Zachary Osler explained how he worked at a sporting goods store where Loughner bought the handgun used in the shooting. He was questioned about seeing Loughner shopping there sometime before Thanksgiving and described an awkward encounter with the man. “His response is nothing. Just a mute facial expression. And just like he, he didn’t care,” Osler told authorities. News organizations seeking the records were denied access in the months after the shooting and the arrest of Loughner, who was sentenced in November to seven consecutive life sentences, plus 140 years, after he pleaded guilty to 19 federal charges. Last month, a judge cleared the way for the release of the records after Star Publishing Company, which publishes the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson, joined by Phoenix Newspapers Inc., which publishes The Arizona Republic, and KPNX-TV, sought their release. The judge said Loughner’s fair-trial rights were no longer on the line now that his criminal case has resolved.

Loughner’s guilty plea enabled him to avoid the death penalty. He is serving his sentence at a federal prison medical facility in Springfield, Mo., where he was diagnosed with schizophrenia and forcibly given psychotropic drug treatments to make him fit for trial. Loughner’s attorney, Judy Clarke, didn’t return a call seeking comment Wednesday. There was no listed telephone phone number for Randy and Amy Loughner. Arizona’s chief federal judge and a 9-year-old girl were among those killed in the rampage. Giffords was left partially blind, with a paralyzed right arm and brain injury. She resigned from Congress last year. Giffords intern Daniel Hernandez described how constituents and others were lining up to see Giffords on the morning of the shooting. He helped people sign in and recalled handing the sheet on a clipboard to Loughner. “The next thing I hear is someone yell, ‘Gun,’” said Hernandez, who rushed to tend to Giffords’ gunshot wound to the head. “She couldn’t open her eyes. I tried to get any responses from her. It looked like her left side was the only side that was still mobile,” Hernandez told authorities. “She couldn’t speak. It was mumbled. She was squeezing my hand.”

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nothing. Just a mute facial expression. And just like he, he didn’t care.”

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Friend of Arizona shooter Hernandez explained how he had some training as a nurse and first checked for a pulse. “She was still breathing. Her breathing was getting shallower,” he said. “I then lifted her up so that she wasn’t flat on the ground.” When he was arrested at the scene, Loughner was wearing peach-colored foam earplugs and had two loaded magazines in his left front pocket for the Glock he used in the shootings. Hours later, he was polite and cooperative as detectives began their initial interview. As Loughner sat in restraints in an interview room, the conversation was confined mainly to small talk. Little was said over the first four hours. Loughner asked if he could use the restroom, then at one point complained he felt sore. “I’m about ready to fall over,” he said. Today, Giffords is still recovering. She struggles to speak in complete sentences and often walks with the help of her husband. In a January interview on ABC News, she said “daggers” to recount her tense, face-to-face encounter with Loughner at his sentencing. When asked to describe his mental illness, she said one word: “sad.”


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NJ boy found in apartment with dead mom weighed 26 pounds By SAMANTHA HENRY Associated Press

UNION, N.J. —After realizing the emaciated child inside was too weak to follow their instructions to get on a chair and reach the chain lock keeping them from getting in, rescue workers simply kicked in the door. They found the naked, malnourished 4-year-old boy in an overheated apartment where he had been trapped for days with the decomposing body of his mother, a bag of sugar his only source of food. The child weighed only 26 pounds and may have been neglected even before his mother’s death, authorities say. “The only way to describe the little boy was it was like a scene from World War II, from a concentration camp, he was that skinny,” Officer Joseph Sauer told The Associated Press. “I mean, you could see all his bones.” His mother, identified Wednesday as Kiana Workman, 38, of New York City’s Brooklyn borough, was discovered dead Tuesday on the floor of her bedroom at a tidy, lowrise apartment complex in Union Township, about 15 miles from New York City. Because the chain lock was on, police said, the toddler couldn’t get out. The apartment belongs to Workman’s mother, who is recuperating from surgery at a nursing center, said police, who could not track down any other relatives. Adoption offers have poured in from around the world. Officers were called to the apartment after neighbors complained to the maintenance crew about a terrible stench. Police quickly pieced together

that the boy had been inside the apartment with his mother’s body for days. He had put lotion on his mother, police said, leaving behind handprints, in an attempt to help her. Officer Sylvia Dimenna, who traveled to the hospital and remained there with the boy, said he was very bright and articulate but tired. “He was quiet,” Dimenna said of the boy moments after pulling him from the apartment. “I just said: ‘You’re OK. You’re OK buddy, we’re going to take care of you. He just hugged me, and I took him to the ambulance.” The child’s first request after being examined, police said, was a grilled cheese sandwich and a juice. Dimenna, a 24-year veteran of the force and about to be a grandmother herself, stayed by the boy’s side in the hospital, watching Disney videos and trying to comfort him. “He said he missed his mommy,” she said. The little boy, whose name police have not released, weighed well below the normal 40 or so pounds for a child more than 4 years old, according to Police Director Daniel Zieser. “It’s possible he was improperly cared for before the mother’s death; we just don’t know yet,” Zieser said. Investigators believe the boy’s mother died of natural causes and do not suspect foul play, as the door was locked from the inside and the windows were secured, Zieser said. The boy, now in state custody, remained in the hospital where he was being treated for malnourishment and dehydration, police said. “Physically, he’s fine. Whether there are any mental problems later

on ... I’m not a child expert,” Zieser said. The boy was not strong enough to open the refrigerator and was unable to open a can of soup. Police said he told them he had been eating from a bag of sugar. The boy could not say how long his mother had been dead. Police initially estimated she had been dead five days before the discovery was made, but Zieser said Wednesday it may have been two to three. Nobody had talked to her for about a week. Autopsy results that would help them better determine the time of death were pending. Police said they were getting calls from around the world from people offering to adopt the child or donate money or toys. “It’s overwhelming,” Zieser said. “I just hope everything works out for the child,” the police director said. “We’re just going to take it one step at a time and do the best that we can for the child.” Police said they were trying to find someone in the family capable of taking care of the boy, including a brother of Workman believed to live out West. But he said it would be up to the state’s child welfare agency to determine where the child is placed. Dimenna, who is studying for a masters degree in psychology and would like to work with children once she retires from the police force, said they are incredibly resilient. “He’s very bright, he’s very engaging, very articulate, and I really think that, given all the help he’s getting, he’s really going to do well, and I’m praying for that for him,” Dimenna said.

Ind. blast suspect charged in plot to kill witness By CHARLES WILSON Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS —A man already charged in a deadly house explosion in Indianapolis tried to arrange for a key witness to be killed, despite signs in the jail warning inmates that their phone calls were recorded, prosecutors said Thursday. Mark Leonard also wrote and signed a contract to hire a hit man and confirmed in a phone call with an undercover federal agent posing as a hit man that he wanted the witness dead, Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said at a news conference in downtown Indianapolis. Leonard, his girlfriend, Monserrate Shirley, and his brother Bob Leonard already face life in prison without parole if convicted of felony charges including murder and arson in the Nov. 10 blast. Teacher Jennifer Longworth and her husband, John, were killed in the explosion that also left 33 homes in the Richmond Hill subdivision so damaged that they had to be demolished. Curry said Leonard has now

also been charged with one count of conspiracy to commit murder. Leonard asked a fellow inmate at Marion County Jail if he could put him in touch with a hit man to kill the witness who he said was “blabbing,” according to the affidavit. The inmate, who Leonard believed belonged to a motorcycle gang, indicated he could help, and they drew up a contract agreeing that Leonard would pay a $15,000 kill fee on his release. Leonard even drew a map indicating the location of the witness’ home, the affidavit says. Leonard also offered a $5,000 bonus on two conditions: that the hit man would first persuade the witness to call 911 and recant his statement to investigators, and that the death would look like a suicide. The affidavit does not describe how or when federal authorities became involved, and Curry declined to provide details, but soon after Leonard’s conversation with the inmate he found himself on the phone with a man he believed to be a hit man. Instead, it was a federal agent.

The agent asked Leonard if he was certain he wanted to go through with the killing and Leonard said he was, according to the affidavit. When the agent asked Leonard if he wanted the witness to suffer, Leonard told him no, because “that takes too much time,” the affidavit says. The witness told investigators that Leonard had told him about the explosion a week before it occurred and that Leonard was already shopping for the Ferrari that he intended to buy with the insurance money, according to a probable cause affidavit related to the original charges. Investigators believe Leonard and the others orchestrated the fatal explosion by removing a gas fireplace valve and gas line regulator so that the house filled up with natural gas, then set a microwave to start on a timer, sparking the blast. Curry said in February he would seek life without parole for Shirley and the Leonards because a jury was unlikely to choose the death penalty.

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John Saunders, of Irwin, Pa. He is charged with the theft of $100,000 worth of whiskey stored in the mansion where he was formerly employed.

Worker denies drinking expensive whiskey By STAFF Associated Press

SCOTTDALE, Pa. —A former mansion caretaker denied that he drank four dozen bottles of wellaged whiskey worth $100,000, claiming it would have been unsafe to drink and saying the booze had “evaporated” instead. “Yuck! That stuff had floaters in it and all kind of stuff inside the bottles,” John Saunders, 63, of Irwin, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review outside a district judge’s courtroom on Wednesday. “I don’t think it would even be safe to drink.” Saunders’ comments came after his preliminary hearing on theft and receiving stolen property charges was postponed until May 15 so he could apply for a public defender. Patricia Hill found the Old Farm Pure Rye Whiskey hidden in the walls and stairwells of her century-old Georgian mansion, which was built by coal and coke industrialist J.P. Brennan. She converted the mansion into a bed and breakfast and hired Saunders as a live-in caretaker, only to discover the bottles had been emptied and replaced back into slots in their original wooden cases. Scottdale police charged Saunders with stealing the whiskey —by drinking it —after his DNA was found on the lips of

some empty bottles, Chief Barry Pritts said. Saunders downplayed that evidence and denied drinking the booze which, police said, Saunders claimed must have “evaporated” over time. “I moved those cases three times for Hill. ... I can’t believe she would accuse me of doing that. I have nothing to hide,” Saunders said, noting he’s been friends with Hill and her family for 40 years. Hill told police she stored the 52 bottles of whiskey in the original cases, which contained 12 bottles each. After Saunders moved out, Hill said she discovered last March that the bottles in four cases were empty. Police had Bonhams, a New York City auction house, appraise four remaining bottles and concluded the value of all 52 bottles —had 48 of them not been emptied —would have been $102,400. Bonhams’ whiskey specialist said the liquor would have remained valuable as long as the corks remained sealed and the whiskey untouched. Saunders disputed that appraisal saying he believed Hill was “looking for money. I’d say that whiskey’s real value is about $10 a bottle and she hired someone to inflate the price.”

In Brief 3 accused of smoking pot in police parking lot TOTOWA, N.J. —State troopers in northern New Jersey didn’t have to go far to make a pot bust. They didn’t even have to get in their cruisers. Police say they caught three men lighting up in a car in the parking lot of the barracks in Totowa. What gave the men away? Police say a trooper setting out for night patrol caught a whiff of marijuana.

The three men were charged with drug possession. Police say they were waiting for another man who was inside the station picking up paperwork for an impounded car. He was also charged with drug possession. Authorities say for some reason, the men didn’t expect to see a trooper in the parking lot of the state police barracks.

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Italy’s center-left leader fails to Palestinian journalist jailed form a stable government for Abbas photo By COLLEEN BARRY Associated Press

MILAN—Italy remained in political gridlock Thursday after the center-left leader announced he had failed to form a government. Pier Luigi Bersani, who has been talking with parties since Friday, expressed some bitterness when he told reporters at the president’s office in Rome that he found “unacceptable” attempts by some parties to set “preclusions and conditions.” Bersani’s attempt at forming a stable government able to help Italy out of recession and get Italians back to work was always a long shot. Bersani’s coalition controls the lower house, but not the Senate, and inconclusive February elections gave strong voice to a protest party. The next move belongs to President Giorgio Napolitano, who will hold a day of consultations Friday to “personally ascertain the developments possible,” the president’s secretary general, Donato Marra, said. The failure makes more likely a possible technical government with a well-defined mission to take on urgent tasks, which include rewriting the election law, and push through some measures that have broader acceptance, like cutting political costs. “I do believe now that the president will try to find a personality

who is not so political as Bersani, possibly coming out of the left, and see if that person can find some sort of agreement to get the backing” from both the center-left and the center-right, said Giovanni Orsina, a professor of political science at Rome’s LUISS University. “That is the only solution at the moment.” The Feb. 24-25 elections ended in a three-way gridlock with Bersani’s center-left forces, former Premier Silvio Berlusconi’s centerright forces and the anti-establishment protest movement founded by comic-turned-political leader Beppe Grillo. Old animosities and a hardline left wing of his party forced Bersani to rule out an alliance with Berlusconi’s center-right forces —a sort of grand coalition that Napolitano clearly favored. And Grillo’s 5 Star Movement made clear that it wouldn’t back Bersani or any established party —despite Bersani’s appeal to responsibility during a meeting Wednesday. The 5 Star Movement’s apparent intransigence makes a way forward difficult. It refuses steadfastly to vote confidence in any government that it does not run, and the Italian constitution requires a vote of confidence for a government to officially take office. The movement on Thursday proposed that Italy could continue under the caretaker government of Mario Monti, allowing the newly

elected parliament to take on some urgent tasks. It was unclear if Napolitano would find that acceptable, if Monti would want to stay on, or if such a possibility were even constitutional. Orsina said there is a limit to how long a government can continue without a vote of confidence, and this caretaker government was formed provisionally until a new government could be formed. “If we say it is not a provisional solution, that it is more permanent, I think Monti should go back to the chambers and ask for confidence,” Orsina said. Monti, whose technical government enacted emergency measures to help protect Italy from the sovereign debt crisis after Berlusconi stepped down in 2011, dissolved parliament last December after Berlusconi pulled support, paving the way to elections. More recently, he has been under pressure over his government’s flip-flop over the fate of two Italian marines charged with murder in India. It first announced earlier this month the pair would not go back to face trial after being allowed home temporarily, but then sent them back anyway fearing international isolation over the move. His decision to run in the elections, finishing fourth with a dismal 10 percent of the vote, also has sapped his authority as a technical figure.

Raids on NGOs are to check foreign funding By MAX SEDDON Associated Press

MOSCOW —Russian authorities are raiding non-governmental organizations to make sure they comply with a law intended to stem foreign meddling in Russian politics, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday. Activists have criticized the sweeping searches of as many as 2,000 NGOs across the country as an attempt by the Kremlin to intimidate its critics. France and Germany have summoned Russia’s ambassadors to explain the searches, while the U.S., Britain and the EU have expressed concern. Russia’s rights ombudsman, Vladimir Lukin, asked Putin about the raids, saying they have been conducted for no apparent reason. Putin responded that the goal was to “check whether the groups’ activities conform with their declared goals and whether they are abiding by the Russian law that bans foreign funding of political activities.” Hours before he spoke, the prosecutor general’s office said the raids aimed to weed out underground groups and combat money laundering. A recent law requires all NGOs with foreign funding that engage in vaguely defined political activities to register as “foreign agents.” Leading Russian NGOs have denounced the law as impossibly

vague. Although rights activists such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have faced the most pressure, the Russian searches have also affected groups offering French-language courses in Siberia and those promoting bird-watching.

be aimed at undermining important civil society activities across the country,” Nuland told reporters, adding that the U.S. ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, has expressed his displeasure to Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.

Although rights activists such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have faced the most pressure, the Russian searches have also affected groups offering French-language courses in Siberia and those promoting bird-watching. Pavel Chikov, a member of the presidential human rights council, said Russian agencies with no connection to the new law —including the fire, labor and health departments —had joined the checks. “The prosecutor general’s office has become a kind of repressive machine, instead of serving as institution that enforces the law,” fellow council member Sergei Krivenko said Thursday. In Washington, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland slammed what she called a Russian “witch hunt” against nongovernmental organizations. “These inspections appear to

Nuland said the laws passed last year by Moscow impose “harsh restrictions on NGO activity in Russia.” “They are chilling the environment for civil society, which is taking Russian democracy in the wrong direction,” she added. Nuland said the U.S. was continuing its support for Russian advocacy groups, using platforms outside of Russia to direct funds to organizations. Putin, who returned to the presidency in May, has repeatedly accused NGOs of being fronts allowing the U.S. government to interfere in Russia’s affairs.

By DALIA NAMMARI Associated Press

RAMALLAH, West Bank —A West Bank appeals court on Thursday upheld a one-year prison term for a Palestinian journalist who had a photo on his Facebook page that authorities claimed portrayed President Mahmoud Abbas as a traitor, rights activists said. It was the second such case in two months, and Abbas’ Palestinian Authority is facing mounting criticism for stifling dissent. In particular, Abbas’ security forces have targeted supporters of the Islamic militant Hamas, which seized the Gaza Strip from him in 2007. The defendant in Thursday’s case was Mamdouh Hamamreh, a reporter for the Hamas-linked AlQuds TV. Nimer Hamad, an adviser to Abbas, said the Palestinian president would pardon Hamamreh, but declined further comment. Prosecutors have alleged that a photo montage on his Facebook page back in 2010 showed Abbas next to a villain in a popular TV drama about French colonial rule in the Levant. The villain was an informer for the French and the photo caption read: “They’re alike.” Hamamreh denied that he was the one who posted the photo, but last year a court sentenced him to a year in prison. An appeals court upheld the sentence Thursday, said Issam Abdeen of the Palestinian human rights group Al-Haq. In February, a Palestinian court

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application today. sentenced university student Anas Awwad, 26, to a year in jail for “cursing the president” on Facebook. The Palestinian judiciary applies a Jordanian law that criminalizes cursing the king. Awwad’s father said at the time that his son was being punished for what appeared to be a humorous caption under a picture showing Abbas kicking a soccer ball. An appeals court overturned Awwad’s sentence earlier this month and ordered a new trial, Abdeen said. Several other Palestinians face similar charges, he said. Abbas and his Palestinian Authority, which administers 38 percent of the West Bank, have come under fire repeatedly for squashing dissent. Hamas, which rules Gaza, has faced similar accusations, including going after supporters of Abbas’ Fatah movement. The Palestinian political split of 2007 largely halted the work of democratic institutions. It paralyzed the parliament and prevented new parliamentary and presidential elections.

In Brief North Korea orders rocket prep after US B-2 drill SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea’s leader said his rocket forces are ready “to settle accounts with the U.S.” in response to U.S. nuclear-capable B-2 bombers joined military drills with South Korea. Kim Jong Un’s comments in a meeting with senior generals early Friday are part of a rising tide of threats meant to highlight anger over the drills and recent U.N. sanctions over Pyongyang’s nuclear test.

State media says Kim signed a rocket preparation plan and ordered rockets on standby to strike the U.S. mainland, South Korea, Guam and Hawaii. Many analysts say they’ve seen no evidence that Pyongyang’s missiles can hit the U.S. mainland. But it has capable short- and midrange missiles. Despite the rhetoric, a lucrative North Korean industrial plant operated with South Korean knowhow is running normally.

Iran, North Korea try to block arms trade treaty UNITED NATIONS — The chair has suspended a U.N. meeting after Iran and North Korea said they would block adoption of a treaty that would regulate the multimillion-dollar international arms trade. To be approved, the draft treaty needed support from all 193 U.N. member states. Australian Ambassador Peter Woolcott, the meeting chair, called

the suspension after Iran and North Korea raised their nameplates refusing to join consensus following speeches outlining their objections to the treaty. Supporters of the treaty said that if the treaty was not adopted they would go to the General Assembly and put the draft to a vote where they expect overwhelming approval.

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Mandela responds positively to treatment By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG —Nelson Mandela was back in the hospital for the third time in four months Thursday, and the 94-year-old former South African president was reported to be responding well to treatment for a chronic lung infection. South Africa’s presidency said that doctors were acting with extreme caution because of the advanced age of the anti-apartheid leader, who has become increasingly frail in recent years. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate was admitted just before midnight to a hospital in Pretoria, the South African capital. He has been particularly vulnerable to respiratory problems since contracting tuberculosis during his 27-year imprisonment for fighting white racist rule in his country. “The doctors advise that former President Nelson Mandela is responding positively to the treatment he is undergoing for a recurring lung infection,” the presidency said in a statement. “He remains under treatment and observation in hospital.” Mandela, who became South Africa’s first black president in 1994, is a revered figure in his

homeland, which has named buildings and other places after him and uses his image on national bank notes. “I’m so sorry. I’m sad,” Obed Mokwana, a Johannesburg resident, said after hearing that Mandela was back in the hospital. “I just try to pray all the time. He must come very strong again.”

“And so when they found that this lung infection had reoccurred, they decided to have him immediately hospitalized so that he can receive the best treatment.” He said there had been a global outpouring of messages expressing concern for Mandela’s health. President Jacob Zuma wished Mandela a speedy recovery.

Earlier this month, he was hospitalized overnight for what authorities said was a successful scheduled medical test. In December, Mandela spent three weeks in a hospital in Pretoria, where he was treated for a lung infection and had a procedure to remove gallstones. Earlier this month, he was hospitalized overnight for what authorities said was a successful scheduled medical test. Presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj, referring to Mandela by his clan name “Madiba,” said the latest stay was not for previously planned treatment. “No, this wasn’t scheduled. As you will appreciate the doctors do work with a great sense of caution when they are treating Madiba and take into account his age,” he said.

“We appeal to the people of South Africa and the world to pray for our beloved Madiba and his family and to keep them in their thoughts. We have full confidence in the medical team and know that they will do everything possible to ensure recovery,” his office quoted him as saying. In February 2012, Mandela spent a night in a hospital for minor diagnostic surgery to determine the cause of an abdominal complaint. In January 2011, he was admitted to a Johannesburg hospital for what officials initially described as tests but turned out to be an acute respiratory infection. He was discharged days later.

He also had surgery for an enlarged prostate gland in 1985. The apartheid government released Mandela in 1990. Four years later, he became the nation’s first democratically elected president under the banner of the African National Congress, helping to negotiate a relatively peaceful end to apartheid despite fears of much greater bloodshed. He served one five-year term as president before retiring. Perceived successes during Mandela’s tenure include the introduction of a constitution with robust protections for individual rights and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a panel that heard testimony about apartheid-era violations of human rights as a kind of national therapy session. Mandela last made a public appearance on a major stage when South Africa hosted the 2010 World Cup soccer tournament. Until his latest string of health problems, Mandela had spent more time in the rural village of Qunu in Eastern Cape province, where he grew up. He was visited there in August by then-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Doctors said in December that he should remain at his home in Johannesburg to be close to medical facilities that can provide the care he needs.

According to Egypt, Iranians pose no risk By MARIAM EZZAT Associated Press

CAIRO —Egypt’s tourism minister said Thursday that allowing Iranian tourists to visit Egypt after being banned for more than three decades would pose no threat and could help shore up the nation’s struggling tourism industry. Tourism Minister Hesham Zaazoua’s remarks, in an interview on Thursday with The Associated Press, come amid controversy over allowing Iranians to visit Egypt after decades of frozen diplomatic relations and suspicion —especially among ultraconservatives —that Iran aspires to spread its Shiite faith to the Sunni world. Egypt, which is predominately Sunni, has been working to normalize relations with Iran, after a long freeze that began after Egypt signed its 1979 peace treaty with Israel and Iran underwent its Islamic revolution. Relations began to improve after former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was forced to step down in the 2011 popular uprising. Egypt’s new Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have exchanged visits, which have opened new avenues of cooperation between the former foes. Zaazoua, who visited Tehran nearly a month ago and signed a memorandum of understanding to promote tourism, told the AP that Iranians were not going to visit Egypt to export an Islamic revolution. He said Iranian visitors, who would be restricted in their movements, would not be visiting reli-

gious sites. “We have not received Iranians for 35 years,” Zaazoua said in his office. “They are pure tourists. They are not coming to create a revolution as far, as I am concerned.” “They are coming to visit tourist sites within Egypt,” he said referring to the ancient cities of Luxor and Aswan. “They are coming for vacationing.” He said if problems surface, “we can stop it, as simple as that.” Egyptians have mixed feelings toward Iran. Some believe in Iranian plots aimed at destabilizing the country while others sympathize with Iran’s Islamic revolution and admire Tehran’s defiance of the United States.

shoulder from some. He was given a harsh reception by Egypt’s top Sunni cleric of Al-Azhar, and the Iranian leader was attacked by shoe-throwing Syrian protesters upset about Iran’s alliance with the embattled Syrian regime. A new understanding with Iran would be a shake-up for a region that has been split between Tehran’s camp —which includes Syria and Islamic militias Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza —and a U.S.-backed group led by Saudi Arabia and rich Gulf nations. Further complicating relations, the Islamic militant group Hamas, which rules the Palestinian enclave in the Gaza Strip, is a historical offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, the

“ We have not received Iranians for 35

years. They are pure tourists. They are not coming to create a revolution, as far as I am concerned.”

Hesham Zaazoua

Egypt’s Tourism Minister Zaazoua’s visit to Tehran sparked anger from ultraconservative Islamists like Al Nour party. The party issued a statement warning Morsi’s government that opening the country up to Iranians risked plunging the country, which “enjoys a Sunni unity,” into sectarian strife. When Ahmadinejad visited Egypt on Feb. 5, he too got a cold

dominant force in Egyptian politics since Morsi’s election. Zaazoua said preparations were under way to allow Iranian tourists to visit, but he declined to disclose a date. Last week, Egypt’s Foreign and Civil Aviation Ministry established regulations for Iranian tourists, mainly restricting the size and movement of the tourist groups.

Ali al-Ashri, an official with Egypt’s Foreign Ministry, said Iranian tourists would only be allowed to visit certain sites, such as the ancient cities of Luxor and resort areas like Sharm el-Sheikh. Cairo was not on the list of places they would be allowed to visit, mainly because it is the site of shrines of revered Shiite figures. The size of Iranian tourist groups would be limited to 100 persons, and there would only be three travel agencies given permits to coordinate the Iranian visits. Flights would carry Iranians directly from Iran to their tourist destination, the civil aviation minister said. “We don’t want to create problems to our country or any other country, including Iran itself,” Zaazoua said. The Egyptian government is looking to boost the tourism business back to pre-revolution levels, when 14.7 million tourists visited Egypt in 2010. Continued unrest since the 2011 uprising has scared away tourists and investment. Last year, the number of tourists climbed to more than 10 million, but most tourists go to beach resorts along the Red Sea. To assuage fears among some that Iranians would try to practice religious rituals in Egypt, Zaazoua emphasized that Iranian tourists would not be allowed to visit religious sites. “I can’t ignore countries like Iran,” he said. “I am a technocrat. ... I am looking to just increase the share from international traffic of tourism in the world.”

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In Brief US-Russian crew blasts off for space station BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan —A Russian spacecraft carrying a three-man crew has blasted off on a quicker than usual trip to the International Space Station. The Soyuz took off as scheduled from the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 2:43 a.m. Friday (2043 GMT; 4:43 p.m. EDT Thursday). Chris Cassidy of NASA, along with Russians Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin, make up the first crew to take a new, much shorter path to the orbiting outpost. Instead of the two-day approach maneuver used in the past, a journey to the station would take the crew just under six hours. The new maneuver has been tested successfully by three Russian Progress cargo ships, an unmanned version of the Soyuz used to carry supplies to the space station.

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t’s not often that there is a town ordinance that students can get behind. But the Housing Standards Ordinance is one that is actually intended to protect students rather than persecute them (see: the town’s noise ordinance). As reported on the front page of today’s issue, the Housing Standards Ordinance requires all rental property owners to pay a fee for a bi-yearly safety inspection. The Durham Landlord Association believes that the ordinance unfairly targets professional rental property owners. Rentable single-family homes do not have to undergo the safety inspections and pay the fee. The matter has broken down into classic small-town “he said, she said” politics. Durham Town Administrator Todd Selig says that midway through drafting the ordinance, the DLA dropped out of the process entirely. DLA president Perry Bryant says that the association was very much involved in the drafting process, but the town did not listen to any of its input. Regardless, the ordinance benefits students who rent off campus in Durham. And that is something that we can support.

Most students who live offcampus are looking for affordable housing, first and foremost, as they try to balance paying rent with paying tuition. They are not going to be as concerned with the checking the safety of the rental properties as they are going to be about the price.

The ordinance benefits students who rent off campus in Durham. And that is something that we can support. There is also is a high turnover in off-campus student housing, as most students do not stay in the same apartment for longer than a school year. This makes it even less realistic that student renters will look closely at all of the health and safety aspects of an apartment, as they are not making any sort of long-term commitment. They are looking for an apartment that will be affordable for them (or for their parents) as they

attend UNH. Selig said that of the first 100 rental units that were visited under the ordinance, the majority failed inspection. The problems included malfunctioning smoke detectors and sprinkler systems. Those aren’t problems to scoff at; they are issues that could put student renters in danger. They are the type of issues that the ordinance was created to address. According to a story published on Jan. 9 in Foster’s Daily Democrat, at the public hearing on Jan. 7 in which the ordinance passed, Selig brought up two fires in 2011 that he called “close calls.” He said that the fire department reported various health and safety violations after going through those two buildings. Luckily, no one was injured in either of the fires, as nobody was in the houses in either incident. But according to Selig, the fire department said that there easily could have been fatalities had people been present in the burned properties. Now, after the ordinance passes, the first group of units that are inspected turns out numerous violations. It appears that so far, the ordinance is doing its job.

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n Letter to the editor To the editor Recent attempts to ban smoking on campus are part of a larger attempt to persecute and subjugate a minority group. The externalization of the ‘smoker’ over the last few decades has led to the public denunciation, and open persecution, of a minority group. This insidious threat has now manifested itself even on the UNH campus – a place that is supposed to celebrate diversity and castigate oppression. The externalization of the smoker has led to a division

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between the smoker and society, and the smoker and himself. The smoker is a ‘burden’ to those on campus; he is ‘other;’ he is that which must be eliminated. The smoker must daily recognize himself as ‘other.’ He can only become a part of the UNH community if he comes to this realization. Yet upon this recognition he either eliminates himself from the community altogether (he affirms himself as ‘other’), or he eliminates himself through the elimination of his ‘self’ as ‘smoker.’ In either case, the smoker is destroyed.

I call on all liberty-minded individuals to rise up and support the right of the smoker! The homogenization and elimination of marginalized groups is real and threatens our very social fabric! The smoker must be able to exist and affirm himself as a part of the UNH community, if for nothing else, because the rights and existence of all other minority groups depend on it! Kevin Vansylyvong History and Philosophy Dual Major UNH ‘13

Show me the money

t doesn’t seem too long ago that former President George W. Bush and former Vice President Al Gore were battling for Florida and the United States presidency. At the time, citizens all over the country were amazed by the amount of money that had been raised — more than $300 million. I don’t think most people realized how much campaign finance could change over the span of 10 years. After the Citizens United U.S. Supreme Court case, election finance changed tremendously. The Justices in a 5-4 decision decided that political spending is a form of protected speech under the First Amendment, and the government may not prevent corporations or unions from spending money to support or oppose individual candidates. This has allowed super PACs and qualified non-profit corporations to fund campaigns. Meanwhile, according to Harvard Law Prof. Lawrence Lessig, as of 2012, “.26 percent of Americans give more than $200 in a congressional campaign; .05 percent give the maximum amount to any congressional candidate; and .01 percent — the 1 percent of the 1 percent — give more than $10,000 in an election cycle.” One major problem with current campaign finance reform is that candidates have become more focused on fundraising that legislating. Now more so than ever, instead of trying to gain the support of the American people, political candidates have to focus on appealing to the donors who will provide the largest contributions. As a result, Americans have a government that is, according to Lessig, “not dependent upon the People alone,

Another View Paul Sherman The Michigan Daily but that is also dependent upon the Funders.” This dependency on donors also prevents strong thirdparty candidates from having their voices heard on a national stage. Additionally, candidates don’t have to disclose their donors or their expenses. Peter Schweizer, president of the Government Accountability Institute, said in an article in USA Today candidates don’t have to disclose the names of their ‘bundlers,’ or those who collect donations from multiple donors. Currently, lobbying groups and organizations can obtain money without having to worry about revealing their donors, which makes it easier for these groups to gain government contracts, loans and jobs. Despite these glaring problems, Congress has been slow to pass any significant legislation. Last summer, Washington tried to pass the DISCLOSE Act, which would have “required groups making more than $10,000 in campaign-related expenditures to disclose contributors who had donated more than $10,000.” However, Congress failed to pass the bill, after a Republican filibuster. While this bill would have been an important step in the right direction, it wouldn’t completely solve the problem at hand, since groups wouldn’t be forced to disclose all of their donors. After the DISCLOSE Act, there has not been a significant push to pass legislation related to this important issue.

Even though Congress has been slow, there are potential solutions that could level the playing field for candidates. Overturning Citizens United would be an obvious solution but is unlikely given the current composition of the Court. Beyond that, if Congress can come to an agreement, full disclosure should be employed along with harsher restrictions on the amount super PACs can spend. Candidates would have to be more careful about their fundraising sources. At the same time, they would be able to focus on the important issues and appeal to their constituents more. Furthermore, since candidates are running for public office, Americans have the right to know the donors. Another alternative would require that ordinary Americans insist their members of Congress legislation that requires disclosure and spending limits. This would help set up a possible challenge to Citizens United once the composition of the U.S. Supreme Court changes. Adding public pressure to the equation may force Congress to get this done. Clearly, there’s interest in getting legislation passed, but there needs to be a push and the public could be just that. Campaign finance has been one of many issues that Congress has continued to put on the back burner. The longer we put off reform, the more it will hurt our government. In the near future, I hope we can get back to allowing candidates to focus on the important issues of the day as opposed to fundraising all over the country for several years.

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MEN’S HOCKEY

DeSmith gets a second chance By MAX SULLIVAN CONTRIBUTING WRITER

No. 10 UNH men’s hockey goalie Casey DeSmith may have had one bad game against Denver University earlier in the season, but that’s something DeSmith has put behind him. In fact, he’s excited to give it another go in Friday night’s NCAA Tournament game in Manchester against three-seed Denver. “As far as myself is concerned, that was a tough game in Denver, and I’m pretty exited that I’ll be able to play them again,” DeSmith said. “I hope that they look back at the game in Denver and think they’ll have an easy time with us because of how I got off to the start in that game, but, yeah, it will be exciting to have an other shot at them.” Getting pulled against Denver is not something that UNH Head Coach Dick Umile feels the need to bring up to his sophomore goalie during this week’s preparation. Not only is he impressed with DeSmith’s play all season, but he knows that DeSmith doesn’t need any reminding when it comes to that game. “I’m sure that I don’t have to remind him of (getting pulled),” Umile said. According to Umile, DeSmith’s desire is part of what makes him stand out. He isn’t only talented, but he’s driven. He faced adversity in high school, struggling for playing time, and he faced trial by fire in his freshman year when the starting job was passed to him from a struggling Matt DiGirilamo. “The way he competes, I think he’ll handle (Friday’s game) fine,” Umile said. “The way he started out his career was under a lot of pres-

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continued from page 20 of seven shots on goal before Ortiz reentered the game. UNH recorded the advantage in shots (35-6, including 20-1 in the first half), ground balls (1813) and draw controls (13-5) while committing fewer turnovers (1222). Grote gave the ‘Cats a 1-0 lead at 27:05 of the first half on a shot from the right wing under the crossbar. Puccia extended the advantage to two goals at 22:40. Grote, on the right wing, passed to Simpson, curling around the near post, and she scored on a low shot to put UNH in front 3-0 at 16:02. Iona called time out, but Hinkle gained possession of the ensuing draw control. She drove the right side of the fan and ripped a shot into the upper-right corner to increase the cushion to 4-0 at 14:35. The Gaels’ Mary Kate McCormick controlled the draw, and that

sure, and he handled that well.” When asked if the loss to Providence in the Hockey East Tournament two weeks ago taught DeSmith any lessons, he said that he and the rest of the team have blocked out that tough loss. However, the sophomore said that he felt good about his play in that game, giving up three goals on 25 shots, and he’s confident that that level of play will carry over to Friday night’s game. “I was pretty pleased with how I played at Providence,” DeSmith said. “Obviousy not the right outcome for us, but yeah, definitely felt good in there and I’m definitely confident going into this week.” DeSmith said he recalls facing the well-balanced attack that Denver brought back in November. He said that the team has strong skaters up front as well as offensively minded defensemen who know how to get involved with scoring goals. Denver is a well-balanced team line-wise, and he expects to face shots from all four lines, but he sees this as a good thing. He won’t have the opportunity to get comfortable and take a shift off. “They do have a lot of fire power on every line, and I think that’s better for me,” DeSmith said. “I’ll be engaged every shift and, you know, getting shots every shift, so I’d prefer that.” Playing the game in Manchester will make a big difference for DeSmith and his teammates, as opposed to traveling to Denver to play in front of an away crowd. “That’s huge. Being able to drive an hour to play a national tournament game is something that most teams don’t get to do,” DeSmith said. “So we were re-

ally fortuate that we were able to do that, and I’m sure it will make a difference having a lot UNH fans there rather than having to go out to Coloarado to play this game. I think that we’ll have a definite advantage becasuse of that.” DeSmith had a fantastic season for the Wildcats this year, being named a Hockey East Honorable Mention All-Star and Hockey East Goaltender of the Month for two straight months. A common praise for DeSmith coming from Wildcat defensemen has been his ability to bail out the UNH skaters when things aren’t exactly going their way. Trevor Van Reimsdyk, who’s had a fantastic sophomore year of his own this season, recalls in particular the many times when UNH ended up winning by three or four goals because of DeSmith’s ability to maintain those leads when they were only by one or two goals in the first and second periods. “I remember those games in Merrimack when it looked like four-nothing, maybe we just played that awesome,” Van Reimsdyk said, “But in those games there’s always that time where when its one-nothing or two-nothing, there’s that kind of defining moment where if they score its a totally different game, but (DeSmith) always seems to make that big save.” A chance to redeem himself against Denver aside, DeSmith is excited to play in his first-ever NCAA tournament game. “I’m excited. Its pretty much all you can say, it’s a huge opportunity,” DeSmith said. “A chance to go to the Frozen Four with two wins this weekend, so needless to say I’m really excited, and I’m optimistic.”

led to the visitor’s only shot of the first half, which was fired wide by Meghan Testoni at 13:35. Simpson struck again at 9:35 for her 25th goal of the season and a 5-0 UNH lead. Ortiz made two saves before Grote’s second goal of the game extended the advantage to six goals at 5:36. Nock, driving down the middle of the fan, collected a pass from Grote and fired a shot into the cage to give New Hampshire a 7-0 lead at 4:07. Puccia, on another curl around the right post, scored with 59 seconds on the clock to close the first half scoring. Puccia once again curled around the right post and scored on a low shot to give UNH a 9-0 lead at 28:57 of the second half. Jamie DePetris won the ensuing draw control and then Grote, alone at the right post, one-timed Hinkle’s crossing pass into an open net for a 10-goal advantage at 27:32. DePetris once again controlled the draw, and this time Grote set up Simpson for her third goal of the game and the team’s 11th at 25:51. Graves, in her season debut, potted

an unassisted goal to give UNH a 12-0 lead at 24:35. Iona was awarded a free position at 19:32, but McCormick’s shot from the top of the fan sailed wide right. The Gaels retained possession, and Brittney Mabus fired a shot high at 18:40. Chelsea Cyester was positioned behind the net to gain possession for UNH. The ‘Cats cleared the ball to the other end of the field, where Grote set up Graves’ goal at 17:00 for her fourth assist of the game and a 13-0 advantage. Casiano finished a feed from Hinkle at 8:30, Puccia potted her fourth goal of the game at 4:00, and Graves, off a pass from Kriss, closed the game scoring with 31 seconds remaining. It marked the eighth shutout in UNH history and the first since April 2002 (23-0 win vs. Binghamton University); the other six shutouts occurred between the 1977-81 seasons. New Hampshire returns to action April 3 at home against the University of Vermont. Game time at Cowell Stadium is 3 p.m.

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continued from page 20 “It’s a whole new season,” Umile said. “The positive of (UNH’s time off) is that our team got a little bit of rest.” In this NCAA Northeast Regional semifinals matchup, the Wildcats will be facing off with a Denver squad that has — aside from an early exit in the WCHA playoffs — been playing well during the second half of the season. After losing to UNH, the Pioneers went 0-3-3 to end the first half of the season before going 10-5-2 to finish off the regular season. “Obviously Denver’s a good team. You don’t make it to the NCAA tournament without being a good team,” senior captain Connor Hardowa said at a press conference on Thursday. A big difference for New Hampshire in this second half of the season has been the team’s goalscoring struggles, particularly when it comes to getting on the board first. UNH has scored first in just three of its last 13 games and is 132-2 this season when scoring the first goal compared to 6-9-4 when the opponent strikes first. “I think we had difficulty, obviously, scoring goals,” Umile said. “That was the biggest thing that happened to us. We fell behind in a lot of the games.” Part of the problem for UNH has been its inability to find a consistent goal-scoring threat, as New Hampshire currently has five different players with ten or more goals. One player that has been heating up at the right time, however,

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Championship banquet, has a 9.800 vault RQS (tied for 19th in region), a 9.845 RQS on uneven bars (No. 9), a 9.790 RQS on balance beam (No. 13) and a 9.850 RQS on floor exercise (T-14th). Before one can reach success, one must endure through some sort of struggle, which in Fobes’ case were some injuries. “I must say, the injuries I have gone through have been the biggest struggle, but by thinking positive and having my teammates all behind me was huge,” Fobes said. At last Saturday night’s EAGL Championship, hosted by North Carolina, Fobes earned AllTournament First Team on bars (T-2nd) and Second Team on vault (T-ninth), floor (T-13th) and allaround (13th). During the regular season, she earned All-EAGL First Team on bars and all-around while notching Second Team on vault, balance beam and floor exercise. Fobes finished in first place on bars five times as part of her

is sophomore forward Grayson Downing. Downing has registered a point in four of the last five games, with three goals and two assists during that span, and now sits tied with senior Austin Block for the teamlead in goals (15). A big offensive effort will be important, as New Hampshire goes up against a Pioneers team that ranks No. 27 in the nation in average goals allowed per game (2.71) but also ranks No. 3 in goals scored (3.39). Look for Umile to rely not only on Downing and Block for goals, but also senior John Henrion (who has 14 goals this season) and junior Kevin Goumas (who leads the team in points with 42). For Denver, UNH’s sophomore goaltender Casey DeSmith (who will most likely get the start) will be watching out for senior forwards Shawn Ostrow (26 points, a team-leading 15 goals) and Chris Knowlton (29 points, 13 goals) as well as junior forward Nick Shore (a team-high 33 points, 14 goals) to make a big impact for the Pioneers. “They’ve got some skilled forwards in Shore, Knowlton and Ostrow, so they’ve got guys who can make big-time plays,” Umile said. If UNH is able to come out of Friday’s game with the victory, it will face the winner of UMassLowell/Wisconsin in the Northeast Regional final. That game will be Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Perhaps a good omen for the Wildcats heading into their game against Denver is that, prior to 2012, the last time New Hampshire did not advance to the NCAA tournament is 2001. One year later, UNH advanced to the Frozen Four.

team-leading 18 gold-medal performances. She was previously honored as a member of the AllEAGL First Team on bars (2012), floor (2011) and all-around (2011) and All-EAGL Second Team on bars (2011). Being a leader of the team has been huge for Fobes and her success contributes to what she wants to leave behind when her career as a collegiate athlete is all said and done. “I want to leave here knowing that I did the best that I could, and that the four years I have been here have been worthwhile,” Fobes said. Fobes’s plan after college is to continue gymnastics as a coach. “I want to coach and help the girls that I teach get a window of opportunity to achieve their goals,” Fobes said. Austyn Fobes qualified for the 2013 National Collegiate Women’s Gymnastics Championships, which was announced Monday. Fobes was selected as an all-around competitor and will compete at the Morgantown Regional hosted by West Virginia University on Saturday, April 6.

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No. 10 UNH vs. No. 12 Denver Friday at 8 p.m.; Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester; TV: ESPNU UNH is 19-11-7; Denver is 20-13-5 overall

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UNH blue line Trevor van Riemsdyk

UNH’s opponent in Friday’s NCAA Northeast Regional, Denver, can do one thing very well: score. Through 28 games, the Pioneers sit at No. 3 in goals scored in the nation with a goals against average of 3.39. A big part of that has to do with a trio of Denver forwards, seniors Shawn Ostrow and Chris Knowlton and junior Nick Shore. Combined this trio has scored 42 of the Pioneers 129 goals this season and will be a big factor against New Hampshire. That means UNH Head Coach Dick Umile will be looking to his blue line to help aid sophomore goaltender Casey DeSmith, and a big member of that would be Hockey East All-Star sophomore Trevor van Riemsdyk. van Riemsdyk, as well as seniors Brett Kostolansky and Connor Hardowa, will play a big role in aiding DeSmith is trying to slow down Denver’s offensive attack. Slowing down the Pioneers will be a big part in trying to help UNH keep up offensively and could be the deciding factor in Friday’s game.

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Sophomore forward Grayson Downing has picked up his play offensively lately and now sits tied with senior Austin Block for the team lead in goals (15). Downing will be a huge factor if the Wildcats hope to advance.

TNH Hockey Picks UNH vs. Denver on Friday

Justin Doubleday, Executive Editor: 4-2, UNH Adam J. Babinat, Sports Editor: 5-4, UNH Nick Stoico, Sports Editor: 4-3, UNH

Shawn Ostrow

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Denver forwards

The Wildcats offensively

The Pioneers offensively

Recently, sophomore forward Grayson Downing has stepped up for the Wildcats in a big way offensively, scoring points in four of his last five games. Downing will need some help Friday thouggh, so expect UNH to look towards seniors John Henrion (14 goals) and Austin Block (15) to try to share the workload with Downing.

One of the top offensive teams in the nation, a third of Denver’s offense comes from the trio of Shawn Ostrow, Chris Knowlton and Nick Shore. The Pioneers are far from top-heavy, though, as they have six scorers with 10-plus goals this season. To top things off, Denver is No. 10 on the power play in the country and will give UNH headaches on Friday if the ‘Cats are not on top of things defensively.

The Wildcats defensively

The Pioneers defensively

In net for the Wildcats is sophomore goaltender Casey DeSmith, who UNH has ridden throughout the season. After an excellent early start, DeSmith has come back to earth in the second half of the season yet has still managed to be the No. 20 goaltender in all of college hockey, a fact UNH will rely on Friday.

The Pioneers will likely have sophomore goaltender Juho Olkinuora, who has stepped up for Denver down the stretch, in net Friday. In 23 starts, Olkinuora has allowed an average of 2.28 goals per game with a save percentage of .929. A fresh face to UNH, Olkinuora will look to stop a Wildcats offense that has struggled at times to find goals in the second half.

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‘A whole new season’

Umile and the Wildcats say they are ready for Denver

GYMNASTICS

Fobes and her final year on the mat

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Grayson Downing and the Wildcats will take on Denver on Friday at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester. By ADAM J. BABINAT SPORTS EDITOR

After a one-year hiatus from the NCAA tournament, No. 10 University of New Hampshire will look to claim its first-ever NCAA National Championship in the sport of men’s hockey. The Wildcats will start their journey on Friday, when they take on No. 12 Denver. The puck is set to drop at 8

p.m. at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester. New Hampshire and the Pioneers have met previously this season, back on Nov. 24 when UNH rallied from a 3-0 deficit to upend the then-No. 2 Denver squad, 6-4. That was last semester, though, and a lot of hockey has been played since then. In fact, since the Wildcats last played Denver, New Hampshire has

gone 10-10-5 (including UNH’s Hockey East quarterfinals games against Providence). Despite the mediocre play down the stretch, UNH Head Coach Dick Umile in a teleconference on Tuesday made it clear that the NCAA tournament provides a fresh start for all 16 teams involved. M HOCKEY continued on Page 18

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Nicole Grote recorded seven points to propel the offense while Kathleen O’Keefe and Taylor Hurwitz combined to shut out Iona UNH 16 College in the UniverIona 0 sity of New Hampshire’s 16-0 victory in Wednesday afternoon’s women’s lacrosse game at Memorial Field. UNH won its second consecutive home game and recorded its third win in the past four games to improve to 3-6 overall. Iona fell to 2-8 with its fifth

consecutive loss. Grote tallied three goals and a career-high four assists to finish with a personal best of seven points. There were four other multiple-point scorers for the Wildcats – Laura Puccia (four goals), Jenny Simpson (three goals), Becca Graves (career-high three goals) and Kayleigh Hinkle (one goal, two assists). Hinkle extended her team-best point-scoring streak to 13 games with her three-point effort, while Simpson’s goal-scoring streak was pushed to 10 games. Amber Casiano and Rachael Nock were the other goal scorers.

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ymnastics is a sport that involves the performance of exercises requiring physical strength, flexibility, power, agility, coordination, and balance. Many people participate in the worldwide sport today. However, a select few carry their legacy on to their collegiate careers at a high level. Austyn Fobes is one of these select few and has brought a lot of success to UNH over her four years. Her four years here at UNH has been an enjoyable and steady ride. “It’s been long, but very enjoyable,” Fobes said. Fobes is currently the northeast’s fifth-ranked all-around gymnast — and No. 1 among individuals whose teams did not qualify — with a Regional Qualifying Score of 39.130. The Howell, N.J. native is the East Atlantic Gymnastics League’s (EAGL) No. 4 all-around gymnast with a 39.130 RQS, four all-around titles and a league-season-high 39.425 against Rutgers on Jan. 6. Fobes’ 9.790 vault RQS (T-15th) includes four firstplace finishes, highlighted by a personal-best 9.850 versus the Scarlet Knights. When asked of whom Fobes’ biggest contributors have been over the years helping her move towards success, Fobes couldn’t single out any one particular person. “I would have to say all my coaches here at UNH. All my coaches that have been with me from the start of my career, like my mom,” Fobes said. “They all have brought me one step closer to my goal.” The senior is ranked 14th on beam (9.790 RQS) with an event-winning 9.825 at Central Michigan (Jan. 11) representing a season-high mark, which she equaled in a tri-meet against George Washington and Yale (Feb. 3) and in a quadmeet at then-22nd-ranked Kent State (March 15). Fobes is tied for 10th in EAGL on floor exercise (9.845 RQS) with four first-place scores. The senior, who was tabbed UNH’s team MVP during last Friday’s EAGL

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Emma Kriss recorded her first point as a Wildcat with an assist. O’Keefe, who started the game, was not credited with a save in 30 minutes but was credited with the victory. Hurwitz stopped three shots in the second half. Iona starting goalkeeper Maria Ortiz played the first half and final 17 minutes of the second half; in 47 minutes, she made nine saves, allowed 11 goals and tallied a team-high four ground balls. Blaire Nathanson opened the second half in goal and stopped two

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Last time Casey DeSmith faced off against Denver, he was pulled after giving up three straight goals. Now, DeSmith has a shot at redemption. Page 18.

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