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It was a rough break for Wildcat sports teams, which went a sub-par 12-20.

Best-selling author Elizabeth Gilbert will visit Portsmouth’s Music Hall. Page 9

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Proposed bill would bar students from voting in college towns Republicans think it will pass, others call it unconstitutional By THOMAS GOUNLEY EXECUTIVE EDITOR

A bill introduced in the New Hampshire House of Representatives earlier this month would bar college students from voting in their college towns unless they resided there before enrolling.

House Bill 176, which was introduced by Rep. Gregory Sorg (RGrafton County) would amend RSA 654-2 to include a new section entitled “Voters Attending Institutions of Learning.” The section would require that “the domicile for voting purposes” of a college student would be the

town or city “in which such person had his or her domicile immediately prior to matriculation … even though his or her intent to return thereto is uncertain.” Currently, students are able to choose their hometown or their college town as their domicile. “The reasoning behind this bill

is that issues differ by state,” Michael Weeden (R-Strafford), a UNH sophomore, said. “Many college students are more knowledgeable of the issues where they are a domicile, rather then where they attend college.” The proposal took a controversial turn following comments made by Speaker of the House Wil-

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“I want to ensure that a student’s vote counts where they will reside long term.”

Michael Weeden (R-Strafford County) UNH sophomore

Mother Nature’s frigid grip

RAYA AL-HASHMI/STAFF

A ‘DO NOT ENTER’ sign hung outside of room 140 Tuesday in Hamilton Smith after the building was flooded with three inches of water.

PHOTOS BY JULIE FORTIN/STAFF

Allie Wexler leaves the MUB yesterday evening bundled up in her scarf and coat to brave the frigid temperatures. Yesterday’s low was nine degrees, while today is supposed to reach the high 20’s.

Outdoor ice rink could open at the end of this weekend By KELLY SENNOTT STAFF WRITER

Students will soon be able to practice their triple-toe-loops, sit spins and figure eights on Scott Hall lawn. Campus Recreation is constructing an ice rink that could be up this weekend, said Whittemore Center Arena assistant operations manager Nick Gray. Gray said plowing will begin on the lawn at the end of this week or at the beginning of next week, depending on the outside temperature. Plowing was scheduled to begin Thursday, but the temperature was too warm, Gray said.

The Durham Fire Department will also be helping out, said Gray, who estimates that with a small garden hose, a rink would take about a week to create. The construction of the ice skating rink comes after a Student Senate resolution passed in December which suggested that skating would be a great way for students to “engage in healthy living and community involvement.” Whittemore Center Arena Operations manager Griffin Richard said the ice rink was a fun idea that his team decided to implement once it heard that the student population was interested. There is little funding for the rink, how-

Burst pipe deluges Hamilton Smith By ARIELLA COOMBS STAFF WRITER

ever, and currently the largest cost is manpower. If the rink is popular, it could develop into something more substantial in coming years than the structure they have planned for this winter. Lights and benches could be added if the rink is successful. Richard said the rink will be kept up by UNH maintenance; however, it will be free for the students to use whenever they want. Students will be able to rent skates at Campus Recreation just as they do for Open Skate at the Whittemore Center. The rink will be well marked to ensure

Cold winter weather caused pipes to freeze and burst in Hamilton Smith Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 19, around 5 a.m., flooding the ground floor. The flood damaged several offices and forced professors to move out only days before classes were scheduled to begin, causing unease and frustration about the condition of the building among many faculty members. According to project manager Joshua McGuigan of Servpro Disaster Re-

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Contents Black Swan Movie Review

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Women’s basketball beats Maine

10 Stirring psycho thriller Black Swan receives Oscar buzz, rave reviews and a Golden Globe at the onset of the 2011 awards’ season.

New UNH iPhone App

20 The UNH women’s basketball team rode Cari Reed’s 27-point performance to a 67-47 win over Maine on Wednesday at Alfond Arena.

UNH denies chance for trip to Uganda

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• Yoga noon-1 p.m. at MUB Wildcat Den • Art Exhibition:Legacy and Re-Viewed 5-7 p.m. at Museum of Art

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• Men’s Hockey vs. Providence 7 p.m. at Wittemore Center • Men’s Basketball vs. Boston U. 3 p.m. at Lundholm Gymnasium

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UNH now has a new iPhone application that allows you to determine your location on campus and how to get to other locations around campus.

The UNH organization Students Without Borders was disappointed when their assessment trip to Uganda was denied by the administration.

New Hampshire Listens

Why UNH Classes start on Tuesdays

After the Arizona shootings a group at UNH formed in order to discuss issues and events in order to become better listeners and more in touch with their surroundings.

The truth behind why classes for the spring semester started on a Tuesday, not Monday.

Wildcat Hockey The UNH Men’s hockey team faces off against Providence in a two game series this weekend.

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HB 176 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 liam O’Brien (R-Hillsborough) to a group of conservative activists. According to the New Hampshire Union Leader, O’Brien told the group that college students registering to vote on Election Day “are basically doing what I did when I was a kid and foolish, voting as a liberal.” “I look at towns like Plymouth and Keene and Hanover, and particularly Plymouth,” O’Brien said. “They’ve lost the ability to govern themselves.” O’Brien and Sorg did not respond to requests for comment. Weeden distanced himself from O’Brien’s remarks. “My support of this bill is not based on voting tendencies of college students,” he said. “I want to ensure that a student’s vote counts where they will reside long term, not just where they reside for the semester.” Durham resident Rep. Judith Spang (D-Strafford) put her position much more simply in an e-mail exchange on Wednesday. “I think this bill is an insult to democracy,” she said. Durham resident Rep. Timothy Horrigan (D-Strafford) said that the bill was an attempt by House Republicans to make it harder for people to vote. “It’s a bad idea to get people out of the habit of voting,” Horrigan said. “People already think it’s a difficult process.” Weeden disagreed with the idea that the bill would have that effect. “Any student who takes their right to vote seriously will be willing to take their time to vote via absentee ballot,” he said. O’Brien and other supporters have classified the bill’s attempt to redefine “domicile” as part of their plans to stem voting fraud in the state. “I believe that both parties should be aware that voter fraud exists and that efforts are needed to prevent voting fraud in the state,” Weeden said. “The citizens of New Hampshire deserve accurate election results.” Horrigan said there has been no substantial evidence of voting fraud in the state. “[The bill] is directed toward students,” he said. “The speaker said he didn’t like the way that students voted.” Horrigan believes that the bill violates the federal Voting Rights Act, as well as the federal and state constitution. One court ruling that opponents of the legislation cite is 1972’s “Newburger vs. Peterson,” which ruled “that you can’t require that there be an intent to stay in a state, either permanently or indefinitely.” Although the bill is controversial, both sides acknowledge that it has a chance of passing, given that Republicans control 297 of 400 seats in the House. “I believe that HB 176 will pass the legislature,” Weeden said. Horrigan said the House “may very well pass it,” but that the Sen-

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ate is “much more pragmatic,” and that he expected a court challenge. He also said that Republican candidates visiting the state for the upcoming presidential primaries wouldn’t want to find themselves in the midst of a voting rights controversy. Horrigan believes that there are numerous holes in the bill, which he called a “throwback to the disenfranchisement of the 1950’s and 60’s,” that would not stand up in court. “The way it’s written is somewhat unenforceable,” he said. “They can’t prove if you’re a student or not if you live off-campus. “[Students are] as much a part of the community as anyone else,” Horrigan added. UNH College Republicans President Robert Johnson took a different approach, saying that the bill is constitutional, but that legislators should focus on the economy and the budget. “New Hampshire reserves the right to define what constitutes a New Hampshire resident, and thus who votes in New Hampshire,” Johnson said. “With that said, I do not think that this is an appropriate time to work on this issue.”

“I think this bill is an insult to democracy.”

Judith Spang

(D-Strafford County) Durham Town Administrator Todd Selig said that he became aware of the proposed legislation last week, and that the Town Council did not get a chance to discuss the measure at its Monday on meeting. “The council has had no conversation on it and Durham has no position on it,” he said in a phone interview yesterday. However, his description of town government did not suggest a town unable to govern itself, as O’Brien said. Of the town’s 22 boards and committees, UNH undergraduate students hold positions on only one of them; two students are on the town’s Rental Housing Commission. He said that students are primarily interested in voting in federal elections. “There is usually very little interest in voting in the state-wide elections,” Johnson said. “There is hardly any involvement in the local elections.” Selig said that some Durham residents have expressed fears of students “overwhelming the polls and sweeping in a slate of their own candidates,” but that “in actual practice, that has not come to pass.” HB 176 would also pertain to federal employees and members of the armed services who are stationed in the state. Such individuals would similarly be unable to change their domicile, but instead “shall be presumed to have departed from such other place for a temporary purpose with the intention of returning.”

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Three inches of water flooded Hamilton Smith Hall after the cold winter weather burst a pipe.

FLOOD CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 covery Services – the company in charge of clean-up – the water was running for five hours before the location of the break was located. The break occurred in room 141 of Hamilton Smith and ran downstairs, resulting in three inches of water on the ground floor, McGuigan said. “You walked in and you would have thought there was a fire because there was so much steam,” McGuigan said of the condition of the building when he arrived on Wednesday. “You couldn’t see two feet in front of you.” McGuigan said they were able to remove the water by mid morning. Although the damage on the first level of the building was minor, McGuigan said it will take weeks to fully recover several offices on the ground floor due to the severe water damage. Andrew Merton, chair of the English department, said it was extremely fortunate that the steam pipe exploded when it did, in the early hours of the morning when nobody was around. Had it happened when school was in session, he said, teachers and students in the classroom could have been seriously hurt, and the occupants of the office suite in Hamilton Smith 52 – di-

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rectly below – could have been hurt or even killed by the boiling water and debris pouring down. Merton said he and his colleagues doubt this is the last time something like this will occur in the building. “This building is a disaster waiting to happen,” he said. The university is still assessing the costs of repair and renovation for the flooded areas of Hamilton Smith, said Kevin Sousa, academic counselor for the College of Liberal Arts. “This is basically wasted money,” Sousa said. “This is thousands and thousands of dollars that we shouldn’t have to spend.” According to Merton, this isn’t the first time there’s been a disruptive event in Hamilton Smith, which was constructed in 1907. “The building is really getting to the point of being uninhabitable, and it’s hardly cost effective,” Merton said. “As chair of the largest department in the building and one of the largest departments of the university, I think it’s imperative that we get moved to the top of whatever list that restoration has. This building needs to be gutted and renovated soon.” According to Sousa, the university is committed to making fundamental capital investments, one of which is the restoration of Hamilton Smith Hall.

Professor Janet Yount said she wasn’t surprised to hear that a pipe broke on Wednesday: this is the third time that something like this has happened in her office. Before she moved into the office, a pipe had burst under the floor and the floor had sunk, resulting in major repairs. Two years after Yount moved into the office, she was forced to move out due to a broken steam pipe. Yount said she had been concerned about another break for awhile because a heating pipe had burst in an office adjacent to hers last summer, causing everything in the office to be taken out and repaired. Although Yount’s office received much less damage during this break than other offices on the ground floor, she still has no phone, no computer, and no way to print anything due to water damage to the devices in her office. According to Yount, another pipe burst in the ceiling of an office near hers on Monday after last Wednesday’s spill had been cleaned up. She said she is uneasy about the prospects of moving back into her office because she is worried the same thing could happen to her. “It makes you lose confidence in the infrastructure here,” Yount said. “How many bandaids can we put on it?”

ing forward to the new ice skating rink. Seniors Laura Poland and Jamie Michael said they are planning to utilize the new rink. Still, a great deal of the success for the rink is dependent on

the weather and the students, said Richard. “It’s a gamble,” he said. “We are just hoping it goes well and doesn’t cause issues through misuse.”


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Students Without Borders gets... borders By GREGORY MEIGHAN NEWS EDITOR

The gift of giving is said to be the greatest gift of all, but when Students Without Borders was given a gift from UNH of “borders” the feeling of glee was replaced with dejection. To say Miles Amaral, a senior mechanical engineering major, was excited to take his knowledge from the classroom and exercise it in northern Uganda is an understatement. To say Amaral was crushed when he found out just a month before he was scheduled to set foot in Lukodi, Uganda, that the trip was not going to get off the ground is too an understatement. “The school single-handily derailed and partially destroyed a project to provide clean water and income to former child soldiers and community members in internally displaced persons camps,” Amaral said. Students Without Borders was planning on going to Lukodi, Uganda, to assess future construction of clean water wells. The organization started at UNH in 2002 doing trips to Thailand and later doing two trips to tribal regions of Niger. Trips to Niger were halted once tribal warfare broke out in the area leading the student organization to look to a new area of need. Amaral, junior civil engineering student Alex Pape, and associate professor of civil engineering Tom Ballestero, were the three-man crew set to go on the assessment

trip. The three, along with the active 22-member organization, poured thousands of hours of work to cover all the groundwork to get the assessment in the air, Amaral said. “The senior design group put in more than 200 hours of work in the last two weeks before it was due,” Amaral said. The university stopped the assessment trip for multiple reasons that Amaral said don’t hold much water. “The decision not to ‘approve’ the trip to Uganda was made solely on the basis of student safety,” said Vice President of Student Academic Services Mark Rubinstein. Administrative director for study abroad, Beth Killinc, said that there were too many uncertainties and safety issues that faced the assessment group when it came time for a decision to travel. Killinc said that at the time there were concerns of violence spreading down from Sudanese prereferendum. Another large scare was an undiagnosed virulent outbreak that was causing unexplained deaths in northern Uganda. Killinc said the Overseas Advisory Council was pulling people as well as the Peace Corps, but Child Voice and SWB had gathered other knowledge. Amaral said he trusted the information he was gathering from SWB collaborators ChildVoice and Engineers Without Borders. Amaral said that the group was told an added concern of the area was conflict with the Lords Resistance Army, a sectarian religious

and military group originally based in Uganda. Amaral said that Child Voice International C.E.O. and Founder Conrad Mandsager verified that the LRA has been pushed into the Democratic Republic of Congo, and has had no involvement in northern Uganda in two years, the outbreak was contained 100 miles away, and any problems in Sudan would be handled within their country with no risk of turning south.

“I say that because it’s clear from what they’ve said that they weren’t very familiar with us and our project, and we still don’t really understand their decision.” Alex Pape UNH Junior Civil Engineer “I applaud the university for caring about students,” Mandsager said. “It is unfortunate that the data we were bringing to the table was not seen as credible and I don’t know why. I was frustrated because I felt that the sources of information that the university was getting were not up to date; it was three or four years old.” The outbreak the university was concerned about was yellow fever; coincidentally that was the

mandatory shot the three members were required to get, Amaral said. “I was really disappointed and frustrated that there was such a lack of cooperation from the administration that led to mutual lack of understanding,” Pape said. “I say that because it’s clear from what they’ve said that they weren’t very familiar with us and our project, and we still don’t really understand their decision.” The assessment was to have two parts: Professor Ballestero and Pape were going to focus on ideal locations for a safe clean drinking water well, while Amaral said his focus would be on efficiency. “I was going to be assisting our professional mentor, Dr. Ballestero, with the groundwater assessment in the area and assessing the local water use,” Pape said. “The local water use assessment is needed to design a system that is applicable and sustainable.” Amaral said he would be mostly concerned with the mechanizing aspects looking at steel supplies commonly found in scrap yards that could be used to build windmills for powering the well. The well would help a thousand people that are walking miles to contaminated water sources just to wait in line for three to four hours, Amaral said. “Who is in those lines?” Amaral said. “Women and children who could be in school.” The addition of a new clean water well with six spigots running off a windmill will greatly improve the speed, not only to get

Solved: Teen put piano on Miami sandbar; gone now By JENNIFER KAY ASSOCIATED PRESS

MIAMI - The rumors can stop swirling: The baby grand piano that turned up on a Miami sandbar was burned to tatters by New Year’s revelers, then brought to its new home by a television designer’s teenage son who said Thursday he hoped the idea might help him get into a prestigious art school. And now, it has been removed. Captain John Nicholson with Biscayne Towing and Salvage said the piano was taken away, but couldn’t give other details.

rington, 16, had his endeavor on videotape. Harrington said he wanted to leave his artistic mark on Miami’s seascape as the artist Christo did in the early 1980s when he draped 11 small islands in Biscayne Bay with hot pink fabric. And if it helped the high school junior get into Manhattan’s Cooper Union college, that would be OK, too. “I wanted to create a whimsical, surreal experience. It’s out of the everyday for the boater,” Harrington told The Associated Press. “I don’t like it be considered as a prank,” he said. “It’s more of a

“I wanted to create a whimsical, surreal

experience. It’s out of the everyday for the boater.” Nicholas Harrington Miami teenager Florida wildlife officials had wanted it gone within 24 hours - or else the teen and his parents could have faced felony dumping charges. Theories of the instrument’s origin had abounded, with some saying they saw helicopters and television crews hovering around the piano. Others tried to claim responsibility, but Nicholas Har-

movement.” On Jan. 2, Harrington, his older brother Andrew and two neighbors lifted the instrument, which had been trashed during a holiday party, onto the family’s 22-foot boat and took it out on Biscayne Bay. There, they left it on the highest spot along a sandbar. A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer

told the teen and his parents Thursday that they had to remove the piano in 24 hours or face felony dumping charges, said FWC spokesman Jorge Pino. “We know his intent was not to go out there and dump the piano,” Pino said. “His intent was to express his artistic side.” But Harrington did not have the proper permits to do that, Pino said. Harrington is the son of “Burn Notice” production designer J. Mark Harrington. The piano is an old movie prop that sat for four years in Harrington’s grandmother’s garage. The teen had talked about hoisting the instrument from a tree or using it in a music video, among other projects, his mother said, but nothing happened until the winter break from school. The teen said he grew up in a family that appreciated art and architecture, and he had his parents’ support for his scheme. “The weirdness of it all just comes easily,” he said. The piano sat undisturbed in the bay until last week, when Suzanne Beard, a local resident, took her boat over to the sandbar to take a look. Her picture of pelicans roosting on the instrument ended up on the National Geographic website. From there, the story went viral,

much to Harrington’s surprise. “We pretty much forgot about it until it became super popular,” the teen said. He said he had planned to remain anonymous - except for including photos of the installation in his college application - until others began claiming responsibility. “I think it was much more powerful as a mystery,” said the teen’s mother, Annabel Harrington. “It put Miami on the map in a good way.” Harrington’s school counselor, Ariel Diaz-Escanaverino, said they had discussed the idea as a unique subject for a college application essay. “It was time to say and let the world know that it was a 16-yearold who really did this without any intrinsic feeling for notoriety or money or any of the things that started to happen,” Diaz-Escanaverino said. It’s not clear what will happen to the piano. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission isn’t responsible for moving such items and the U.S. Coast Guard won’t get involved unless it becomes a hazard to navigation. Harrington and his mother said they are prepared to retrieve the piano. “It’s just another adventure,” the teen said.

to the well but to draw water from it. Filling a five-gallon bucket with a hand pump would take about 15 minutes, but the new design allows six people at the same time to fill the same size buckets in two minutes, Amaral said. “I was impressed with Miles and his team because they wanted to build this equipment out of indigenous materials over there,” Mandsager said. “It is disappointing to us that this project has been sidelined.” Mandsager was born in Cameroon, Africa, and has spent a lot of time in northern Uganda since setting up the organization in 2006. He said that Child Voice looks to aid all aspects of the quality of life for all people looking to assimilate back into a society not torn by war. “We’re looking to restore the voices of children silenced by war,” Mandsager said. ChildVoice works with war orphans, former child soldiers, members of displaced families, and formerly abducted girls. Mandsager said that they provide guidance and support through classes and outreach to all of those in need. Mandsager said that they have a health center that had more than 11,000 patients last year, half of which were there for water born disease problems from a lack of clean water. For more information, Students Without Borders meets Thursdays at 7pm in Kingsbury Hall N129.

IN BRIEF Michelle Obama honors military families on Oprah CHICAGO - Michelle Obama made a stop on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” to salute America’s military families. The first lady appeared on Thursday’s episode of Winfrey’s talk show, describing how “months go by where birthdays are missed” because military families have multiple deployments. Her appearance comes three days after President Barack Obama announced new government-wide initiatives to support military families, including programs aimed at preventing suicide and homelessness. Michelle Obama also was to speak Thursday to new soldiers at their graduation ceremony at Fort Jackson in central South Carolina. The first lady has become an advocate for military families. She has traveled to military installations to talk with service members about their needs and concerns and has urged Americans to volunteer time to help them.


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In the wake of Arizona shootings, NH Listens program is formed By KERRY FELTNER STAFF WRITER

In the wake of this month’s Tucson tragedy, the idea of civility in society is under scrutiny nationwide. On Saturday, Jan. 8, 22-yearold gunman Jared Loughner fired several shots into a crowd outside an Arizona supermarket, where U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) was meeting with constituents, injuring 12 bystanders and killing six others. Giffords was shot in the head in the fire, and has since undergone brain surgery and is expected to fully recover. Since the shooting, the topic of civility has been widely discussed nationwide. At UNH, civility is the focus of the Carsey Institute’s New Hampshire Listens, a program that helps to coordinate public discussion in communities across New Hampshire. The program was inspired by Portsmouth Listens, a program that has been established for over 15 years. The program serves as a forum for community members to discuss a range of issues such as gambling, education and the environment, among other issues. According to Bruce Mallory, UNH professor of education at the Carsey Institute, a civil society is defined as one where people can freely express their disagreements and focus on the ideas presented, not the people personally behind those ideas. According to Mallory, however, communicating and initiating dialogue has become a practice that too often targets individuals. “We seem to have lost the art of listening to each other,” Mallory said. “We’ve moved from the ideas and have started focusing on the people who hold them. Because of

the role of the media, it is very easy to anonymously attack someone else.” One issue with contemporary discussions is that of accuracy, Mallory said. “People are forgetting to check the facts,” Mallory said. “People are arguing over opinions instead of facts. We lose track of the integrity of facts.” The art of listening is the current focus of the NH Listens program. “We hope to engage our community on issues of civil discourse, governing together across our differences, and solving intractable, complex public problems,” said Michele Holt-Shannon, administrative director of the UNH Discovery Program. NH Listens also exposes similarities in opposing arguments. “Through these deliberative discussions, participants come to understand that there is a lot behind peoples’ often polarized viewpoints that is nuanced,” Charles French, an extension associate professor of community development said. “People often are surprised to find common ground with others holding a different (often polarized) position on particular public policy issues.” Finding congruencies in these discussions also helps to aid the process of conflict resolution, French said. The main objectives of NH Listens are to increase capacity in local communities in NH for supporting deliberative dialogue on issues and to build a network that can, when needed, convene groups across the state for conversations relevant to NH citizens, according to HoltShannon. “NH Listens and other similar organizations at the local, state, and national level, seek to serve as fair conveners on controversial issues,” Holt-Shannon said. “The way they are helpful - and different - is [by]

creating an intentional space where all voices are invited to participate and everyone is asked to share their perspective and to listen.” There have only been two forums of NH Listens so far: a session on expansion of gambling and one on the economy. “With more towns moving to the SB-2 (referendum vs. town meeting) we are finding that more and more New Hampshire citizens suggest that they lament the decline of such opportunities to engage in community and public dialogue,” French said. “Discussion and deliberation is historically ingrained in the New Hampshire way of doing business.” The participants in these discussions have gained insight from hearing opposing sides of an issue they are passionate about. “We learned that people may change their perceptions and concerns (though not necessarily their position) as a result of dialogue and/ or after receiving credible information,” French said. “It is common for participants of well-run deliberative dialogues to moderate their opinion, suggesting that they often recognize the validity of others’ views and/or concerns.” In regards to progressing as a society, Holt-Shannon believes that there is still a long way to go. “We are markedly better in so many ways, and yet I do think we accept way too much extreme language in political discourse,” HoltShannon said. “I would love to hear less hyperbole from all of us.” To help prevent violence like the Arizona shooting, the components of trust and respect must always be present in opposing opinions. “In order to function as a civil society, we have to be able to trust each other to do the right thing and also to respect each other’s ideas,” Mallory said.

Study: College freshmen troubled but optimistic By KATHY MATHESON ASSOCIATED PRESS

PHILADELPHIAThis year’s class of U.S. college freshmen is reporting record-low levels of emotional health, with more students saying they frequently felt overwhelmed by work as high school seniors, according to an annual survey being released Thursday. Yet the new students generally expressed positive attitudes toward higher education, even as they struggle to finance it. More students than ever - about 73 percent - believe it will help their earning power, researchers at the University of California in Los Angeles found. “Despite the fact that students are concerned about the economy and stressed out ... they’re still really optimistic about the college

experience,” lead author John Pryor said. The study, titled The American Freshman: National Norms, found 51.9 percent reported their emotional health was above average, a drop of 3.4 percentage points from last year that Pryor called “fairly alarming.” Women were far less likely than men to report high levels of emotional health. Overall, emotional well-being was at the lowest level since the question was first asked in 1985, when 63.6 percent reported feeling above average, the study said. Pryor, director of the Cooperative Institutional Research Program of UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute, said the reasons behind the decline are unclear, but the result may be that freshmen are less able to cope with the stress of their new academic and social en-

vironments. That could lead to poor decisions in terms of time management and alcohol consumption, he said. Marcus Hotaling, chairman of mental health for the American College Health Association, said he’s not surprised by the findings. In 1985, he said, many students with mental health issues did not get into college. Today, they are able to pursue higher education because of improved medication, better treatments, reduced stigmas and more open discussions of mental health. “Students are more attuned to who they are, what they’re dealing with, and that there’s help out there,” said Hotaling. Academically, more students than ever - 71.2 percent - rated their abilities as above average; nearly 76 percent rated their drive to achieve in the same terms.

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„ UNH supporter Senator Judd Gregg

AP PHOTO/JIM COLE Outgoing Republican U.S. Sen., Judd Gregg smiles with his UNH Wildcat hockey team hat during a dedication ceremony at the University of New Hampshire’s Judd Gregg Marine Research Complex Monday, Dec. 13, 2010 in New Castle, NH. The complex was dedicated to Gregg who helped bring in more than $4w00 million to the university during his nearly two decades in Washington.


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Some answers to a Tuesday Teach For America gets start to the spring semester $100M for permanent By ANDY GILBERT STAFF WRITER

UNH is not alone in starting second semester classes on a Tuesday: the University of Vermont and University of Massachusetts at Amherst also begin classes on a Tuesday second semester. The difference, however, is that while other universities begin the day after Martin Luther King Day - a national holiday - UNH starts a week later. So why doesn’t the second semester at UNH start on a Monday? “The [academic] calendar is actually set by a faculty committee through the faculty senate, and they schedule things several years into the future,” John Aber, Dean of Academic Affairs, wrote in an e-mail on Wednesday. “The Tuesday start would be part of a semester schedule that provided an even number of classes for each day.” Some students and teachers enjoy the late start.

“It’s nice to have the Monday to get ready for Tuesday,” journalism professor Lisa Miller said. Miller has taught at the university for more than 20 years. She primarily teaches on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and said she enjoys starting right off instead of having to wait a day. UNH sophomore Ben Griggs, an electrical engineering major, said that since students are not allowed to move back into the dorms until the Sunday before classes begin, starting classes on Tuesday gives students more time to settle in and prepare for class. However, the late start doesn’t please everyone. “We just had a full month off from school,” Justin Lalumiere, a sophomore pre-veterinary major, said. “Why do we need an extra day?” Lalumiere’s concerns were specifically aimed at the laboratory sessions that many science courses require in addition to lectures.

Laboratory sessions typically do not begin until the second week of classes. The Tuesday start is not the reason for this delay of lab sessions, however. According to Charles Zercher, a UNH professor and the Chemistry Department Chair, the first week of labs is used as preparation in the chemistry classes and, since labs do not begin until the second week of the semester, would not be affected by starting classes on Tuesday. During this first week, the laboratory classrooms are often used for evaluation tests for students taking general chemistry classes in “an effort to understand where the students are at coming into this semester,” Zercher said. He added that labs are more often disrupted during the fall semester, when holidays take place during the middle of the week. “It just causes problems with good continuity in the lab experience,” he said.

Bulgarian gets sentenced to two years and deportation for stealing dead boy’s ID By JONATHAN J. COOPER ASSOCIATED PRESS

PORTLAND, Ore. - A Bulgarian man was sentenced to two years and a day in prison Thursday for stealing the identity of an Ohio boy who was kidnapped and killed at age 3. Doitchin Krastev, who used the name for more than a decade while living as an American citizen, apologized to his own family for “falling off the face of the Earth” and to the family of Jason Robert Evers, whose name, birthday and Social Security number he assumed in 1996. Krastev had a private meeting with the child’s relatives, who wanted to be sure he knew Jason Evers was a real human being, not a faceless name. The meeting helped humanize Krastev, the boy’s sister, Amy Evers, said afterward. But she was unsure if the apology was genuine. “He’s lived for 15 years in a lie,” Evers said. “It’s kind of hard to be truthful when you’ve lied for so long.” Amy Evers was 6 when her brother was abducted from a YMCA and killed in 1982. A 17year-old boy was convicted of manslaughter in the boy’s death, described as a botched kidnapping plot to get ransom money so the teen could buy a car. In a deal with the government, Krastev pleaded guilty in November to passport fraud and aggravated identity theft. He’ll be on probation for three years after his release, but he’s likely to be

deported soon after he gets out of prison, attorneys said. His lawyer, Susan Russell, said he hopes to rebuild a life in Bulgaria with his American fiancee. Krastev apologized to the people he hurt and thanked his lawyer, friends and family in a brief statement to U.S. District Judge James A. Redden.

“That is what we have left, and I want to keep it that way.”

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In videotaped interviews, friends and relatives from Bulgaria to Oregon described Krastev as a bright, hardworking man who loved to play chess and help others in need. His newest friends called him Jason Evers. Hearing that, Amy Evers had to step out of the courtroom for a moment. “You are not Jason Evers,” she told him later. Krastev’s mother Krassimira Baytchinska said in a video her son was badly beaten in school when he was 11 and suffered from an eye tick. Michael Horowitz, a former Reagan administration lawyer who took him in for two years of high school, suggested Krastev disappeared out of an intense fear of returning to Bulgaria. Russell, his lawyer, told the judge Krastev made a bad decision as a young man and couldn’t

get out from under the lie as he built an increasingly complex life around the false name. Krastev, 37, was born to a prominent Bulgarian couple in the former Soviet Union and came to the United States to get an education. He graduated from an elite Washington high school before dropping out of college, disappearing and eluding attempts to track him down. He later bought property in Oregon and Idaho. He even passed a criminal background check and worked as a sworn investigator for the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. It all came apart last year, when a routine check of passport records against death certificates raised a red flag for the U.S. State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service. Authorities arrested the man who called himself Jason Evers, but he refused to reveal his given name. It wasn’t until an old acquaintance recognized his picture in online newspaper articles that authorities discovered his true identity. Krastev was arrested last May in Idaho, where he owned a home in Caldwell. Amy Evers was eager to see Krastev deported. He made decisions the real Jason Evers never would have made, she said, and used the name to build a life her brother never got to build. “It belongs to my brother. It belongs to my family,” she said of the name. “That is what we have left, and I want to keep it that way.”

fixture in education By DORIE TURNER ASSOCIATED PRESS

ATLANTA - Teach For America, the education organization that places recent college graduates in low-income public schools, is getting $100 million to launch its firstever endowment in hopes of making the grass-roots organization a permanent fixture in education. The program - which is now in communities from Atlanta to rural New Mexico to Los Angeles - announced Thursday that four philanthropists are joining to create a stable, long-term source of money. It’s welcome news for an organization that had more than 46,000 applications for just 4,400 teaching slots this academic year. “A few years ago we embraced the priority of making Teach For America an enduring American institution that can thrive as long as the problem we’re working to address persists,” said founder Wendy Kopp, who dreamed up Teach For America for her undergraduate thesis and launched it in 1990. “I think it’s only appropriate in our country - which aspires to be a place of equal opportunity - that we have an institution which is about our future leaders making good on that promise.” It’s also likely to be unwelcome news for teachers’ unions and other opponents, who say Teach For America puts inexperienced 20somethings with just five weeks of training in classrooms and most of don’t stay after their two years of service. Some have criticized it as an organization that lets top graduates experiment in public education for a couple of years before moving on to something else. “I don’t want anyone to practice or test out whether teaching is their profession on children,” said Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association, a teachers’ union with 3 million members. “We need to find out if teaching is your profession before you get in the classroom.” Teach for America says onethird of its alumni keep teaching after two years, and two out of three remain in the field, some as publicpolicy analysts or school administrators. It points to studies that show its teachers are at least as effective as those who enter the teaching profession in more traditional ways. The idea of an endowment started with philanthropist Eli Broad, who pledged $25 million from his Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation and encouraged others to commit to the project. Three more groups stepped up with matching funds: the

Laura and John Arnold Foundation, the Robertson Foundation and philanthropists Steve and Sue Mandel. The endowment will only produce about 2 percent of Teach For America’s $200 million budget at first, but Kopp said that will grow over time. The organization gets its budget from nonprofits, corporations and federal grants, but those aren’t always dependable. Kopp said she hopes that steady stream of revenue means the organization can double the number of active corps members serving two-year terms to 15,000 and increase the communities they reach from 39 to 60.

“A few years ago we embraced the priority of making Teach For America an enduring American institution that can thrive as long as the problem we’re working to address persists.” Wendy Kopp Founder of Teach for America

Broad, whose foundation gives out the nation’s top prize in public education each year, has donated $41 million total to Teach For America since its inception. He said he wanted to form an endowment to ensure the program persists. “Instead of it being viewed as a movement, we have to make it look like an institution,” Broad said in an interview. “One of the ways you do that is an endowment like a college or university has.” Not only is Teach for America celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, but Kopp’s second book, “A Chance to Make History,” debuted this week. The book outlines the lessons Kopp has learned as she’s watched her organization’s teachers try to change educational outcomes for the nation’s poorest children. “When I started on this endeavor 20 years ago, truly the prevailing notion at the time was that kids’ socio-economic circumstances would determine their educational outcome,” Kopp said. “Today we’re surrounded by hundreds of examples of whole classrooms and schools that are taking kids from rural and urban areas and putting them on a different trajectory.”

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Missionary believed to be shot over prized truck at Texas border By PAUL J. WEBER ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Lost somewhere on campus? There’s an app. for that! By DANIELLE CURTIS NEWS EDITOR

For owners of iPhones, iPads and the iPod Touch, getting lost on the UNH campus can now be solved with the push of a button. Last month, the university released a free Campus Map application for Apple that enables users to find directions to and from any location on campus. The application was developed last fall by UNH Information Technology (IT) employee Dmitry Sadykov. According to Neil Larson, an information support technician for UNH Media Relations, the ap-

plication was the result of polling conducted by the IT department that showed a high demand for such an application among students and staff. Since its release last month, the Campus Map application has been downloaded over 800 times, Larson said. According to UNH senior Andrea Degulis, however, this application might not be useful for upper classmen and longtime staff members who already know their way around campus. Still, Degulis said she would download the application to her iPod in hopes of learning something new about the UNH campus.

In addition to providing directions to various locations on campus, the Campus Map application can also indicate exactly where the user is on campus and provide the locations of resources such as ATMs, computer labs, parking, and dining. The application also features a searchable map and lists academic programs and their associated buildings. Historical facts and other information about UNH buildings and landmarks are also at the fingertips of students and staff interested in learning more about the campus. For more information or to download this application, visit www.itunes.com.

Medical examiner: missing Texas teen was strangled after abduction By BETSEY BLANEY ASSOCIATED PRESS

LUBBOCK, Texas - A 15year-old girl whose body was found along a roadside in West Texas was strangled soon after her abduction from a motel where she had been babysitting the children of a man accused in her disappearance, authorities said Wednesday. Lubbock County Medical Examiner Sridhar Natarajan declined to elaborate on what was used to strangle Elizabeth Ennen Jan. 4, and would not comment on whether she had been sexually assaulted. Elizabeth had been listed as a runaway until her body was discovered Monday evening near Shallowater, about 10 miles northwest of Lubbock. Police have jailed a suspect, 45-year-old Humberto Maldonado Salinas, on a charge of aggravated kidnapping. Police brought a preliminary case on a murder charge to the prosecutor’s office Tuesday. District Attorney Matt Powell said he wants investigators to gather more evidence before he brings charges against Salinas in the slaying.

“I want them to do some more things,” Powell said. Jail records indicate Salinas does not yet have an attorney. No one answered the door at the home of Elizabeth’s mother, Virginia Ennen, on Wednesday. A posting Tuesday afternoon on Virginia Ennen’s Facebook page reads that she and Elizabeth’s two brothers “love you and will forever miss you!!!!! LOVE YOU BABY RIP Elizabeth.” According to a police report, Elizabeth was babysitting Salinas’ children at the motel. The report says Salinas told police he was playing bingo and that his wife had gone out with her sister. Police reports detail motel surveillance video footage that shows Salinas chasing the Lubbock Monterey High School student in a hallway, then grabbing her by the arm and forcing her toward a parking lot where his vehicle was parked. Footage then shows the vehicle leaving the motel, returning, then driving away again. Lubbock police Capt. Greg Stevens said Wednesday that investigators believe Elizabeth was killed soon after she was abducted from

the motel. He did not elaborate. Salinas was at Elizabeth’s home when her mother reported her missing early Jan. 5. He told police that Elizabeth had been babysitting his children at a different motel to the one where he was recorded chasing her. He also said he had dropped her off at her home about 1:00 a.m. Jan. 5 and returned there after finding her purse on the floorboard of his car. Elizabeth had watched Salinas’ children previously and her mother trusted Salinas, police said. For those reasons, Stevens said, Salinas was not a suspect early on. He said the suspect had been “misdirecting the investigation . . . in the opposite direction from the truth.” Salinas has told investigators that Elizabeth was “like a daughter” to him, according to the reports. Powell said he will probably present the case to grand jurors and let them decide on whether to charge Salinas in Elizabeth’s death. He said his office is a long way from deciding whether to pursue the death penalty.

MONTE ALTO, Texas - An American missionary couple who were attacked by gunmen in Mexico drove up to an illegal roadblock in a dangerous area of the country that has had 40 violent car thefts in the last two months, a Mexican official said Thursday. The gunmen opened fire after the driver, Sam Davis, decided not to stop, said an official in Mexico’s Tamaulipas state attorney general’s office who would not be identified because he is not authorized to discuss the case. Davis’ wife, Nancy, was shot in the head by a bullet that shattered the rear window of their 2008 Chevrolet pickup truck, Pharr police Chief Ruben Villescas said Thursday. Sam Davis told U.S. investigators that he drove as fast as he could to the border, about 70 miles away, with his wife bleeding in the seat next to him. Faced with a long line of traffic waiting to enter the U.S., he drove in the opposite lane across the Pharr International Bridge to the border checkpoint. Nancy Davis, 59, was rushed to a hospital in McAllen, where she was later pronounced dead. An autopsy was scheduled for Thursday. Authorities say the couple’s heavy-duty truck is the kind prized by criminal organizations in Mexico, and similar to ones Pharr police say they can often single out as stolen before the vehicles are driven across the border. “Driving that type of truck is an eye-catcher,” said Pharr police Sgt. Ray Lara, who routinely patrols bridge traffic. “We figure maybe they don’t bother the church people. But they want those trucks.”

“Driving that type of truck is an eyecatcher.” Ray Lara Pharr Police Sgt. There were conflicting reports about where the attack occurred. In a news release on Wednesday, the Pharr Police Department said it happened near the city of San Fernando, about 70 miles south of the Mexican border city of Reynosa. That area is controlled by the Zetas drug cartel, which was blamed for the massacre of 72 Central and South American migrants found slain in August. But according to the Tamaulipas official, the assault happened about 7 miles south of Reynosa on a highway connecting San Fernando with the border. The area is one of Mexico’s most violent and

dangerous, and is controlled by the Gulf Cartel, and has seen a spate of recent violent car thefts, the official said. Pharr police chief Ruben Villescas said he planned to speak with Mexican investigators on Thursday. He declined to say where Sam Davis was on Thursday or to give details about Davis’ church, citing the need to protect Davis. The couple’s son, Joseph Davis, told The Associated Press on Thursday that his parents knew the risk of working in certain parts of Mexico, but that they were devoted to their missionary work. He said his parents had been chased by gunmen before, and that his mother would often text message him to let him know when they had crossed safely back into the U.S. “It would be easier” to count the number of times they weren’t targeted during recent trips to Mexico, Joseph Davis said at his Monte Alto home. His parents began their missionary work in Mexico in the 1970s. Nancy Davis’ slaying echoes the suspected slaying in September of American tourist David Hartley, who was gunned down by Mexican pirates while Jet-Skiing on a border lake, according to his wife. His body was not recovered. “I don’t know them, but my heart breaks for them,” Tiffany Hartley said of the Davises. After the Hartley attack, Texas Gov. Rick Perry called for a stronger response from Mexican authorities to bring those responsible to justice. On Thursday, Perry’s spokeswoman, Katherine Cesinger, said Nancy Davis’ slaying underscores the need for greater border security. “How many Americans are going to have to die for the federal government to pay attention and realize they need to secure the border,” she said. Merton Rundell III, a friend of the Davis’ and the director of finance at Union Bible College in Indiana, said the Davises spent 80 to 90 percent of their time in Mexico and had a home in the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon. He said they spent the rest of their time in Texas or traveling the U.S. raising funds for Gospel Proclaimers Missionary Association, the organization they founded. “They’ve been working in Mexico for over 30 years. It was mainly establishing churches - that was their main thrust. “They loved the work they were doing in spite of the danger,” Rundell said. Rundell described Nancy Davis as “a petite lady with a drive like you wouldn’t believe. She lived life to the fullest. They were both totally given to (their work).”


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JamActs wins over crowds with dance-worthy tracks By MAX SULLIVAN CONTRIBUTING WRITER

It’s only been two years since their formation, but the JamAntics have already surpassed bassist Eric Reingold’s expectations. Heralded in local papers as “best jam band in New Hampshire” and “A must-see, five star band”, Reingold is blown away by the sudden praise. “It means a lot to me, personally,” said Reingold, who just returned to New Hampshire from Virginia two years ago before joining the band, “For me to come back and be given this kind of praise- it’s a whole other level.” Based in Concord, the JamAntics are a unique blend of different sounds and people, according to Reingold, who said the JamAntics have their own “niches” which make the band stand out. “The beauty of the JamAntics is that everyone has such a different background,” said Reingold. Masceo E Williams, the group’s elder and primary songwriter, plays drums, but is also their lead singer.

Jordan Tirrell-Wysock’s fiddle brings a sound unique in rock music, usually only heard in bluegrass. Freeland Hubbard is a left-handed guitarist, which is an unusual sight. It seems to be a bizarre combination of musicians, enough so that Reingold sees himself and rhythm guitarist Lucas Gallo as “the boring ones,” laughing as he says it. “And I don’t even know how to play the bass!” he said. “Other people will tell me ‘I like what you

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through the summer and intends to slug it out, but not simply among jam bands. In fact, as the band’s distinctive nature makes itself more apparent to the listener, one might ask- Is this a traditional jam band? Reingold doesn’t think so. “Most of our songs are three to four minutes long,” he said, insisting that the band members actually can’t stand playing one song for two long, let alone a 10 to 15 minute long phish-like jam. Still, the funky, smooth grooves associated with jam music are there, enough so to attract any Phish-head in the neighborhood. Being based so close to a college community here in Durham, Reingold claims to have a soft spot in his heart for the college scene. “I just love the college scene,” he says, insisting that the band will continue to gig within range of the college campuses. COURTESY PHOTO

were doing on the bass there’ and I’m like ‘Dude, I don’t even know what you’re talking about.” The band is booked solid

Band members Eric Reingold, Mascso Williams, Jordan Wysock, Freeland Hubbard and Lucas Gallo have begun to build a fan base on the Seacoast with their jam band tunes.

“Eat, Pray, Love” author to hold Q&A in Portsmouth By BRI HAND CONTRIBUTING WRITER

By ZACK COX

Next Thursday, Portsmouth’s Music Hall will be visited by bestselling author, Elizabeth Gilbert, known best for her 2006 memoir, “Eat, Pray, Love”. Gilbert, who inspired readers worldwide with her tale of selfdiscovery, will be presenting her newest bestseller, “Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace With Marriage”, which will be released in paperback on Feb. 1.

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One of the most successful independent bands of all time is returning to the stage this summer, and the long-awaited tour has already received overwhelming support from fans. New England-based rock trio Dispatch will reunite for a series of 13 concerts in six cities over the month of June, culminating in three shows at TD Garden in the band’s home city of Boston.

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Elizabeth Gilbert Q&A and convo The Music Hall Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m. Gilbert’s presence at the Music Hall is part of a series called “Writers on a New England Stage”, a partnership between New Hampshire Public Radio and the Music Hall, in collaboration with RiverRun bookstore and Yankee Magazine. Thursday’s event will consist of an onstage conversation, Q&A, and a short signing. Although Gilbert’s presentation is sold out, it is still possible to

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Gilbert will hold a book signing for her fans next Thursday.

buy a signed copy of “Committed” by purchasing a book voucher online. Those who buy a book voucher ahead of time will save 10 percent off the retail price, and can pick up a signed copy after the event at the RiverRun Bookstore and the Music Hall box office. Signed copies of “Committed” will be sold for $16 at the event, and only $14.50 if bought in advance from the RiverRun bookstore website, or the Music Hall website. “Committed” starts where “Eat, Pray, Love” leaves off. The book considers the reality of marriage when Gilbert and her Brazil-

ian-native love, Felipe, are forced to marry because of American immigration laws, despite their agreement to never get married. Confronted with an ultimatum between marrying Felipe and having him be forbidden from entering the country, Gilbert delves into learning about the institution of marriage in order to confront her own fears and insecurities. Gilbert describes her novel as a “love story” and a clear-eyed celebration of the complexity and consequence that real love, in the real world, actually entails.

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New dates added! To purchase tickets, visit www. dispatchmusic. comIbh elit When the tour was originally announced on Jan. 1, it consisted of one show in each of the six cities: Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colo., Millennium Park in Chicago, the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, Calif., Red Bull

Arena in Harrison, N.J., Chastain Park in Atlanta, and TD Garden in Boston. However, when the presales for many of the venues sold out almost immediately, additional shows were added to meet the tremendous demand for tickets. Presently, the tour consists of three shows at both TD Garden and Red Rocks, two in Chicago, California, and New Jersey, and one in Atlanta, with the possibility of more dates still being added. This summer will mark the trio’s first stadium concerts together since 2007, where they reunited for Dispatch: Zimbabwe, a set of three concerts at Madison Square Garden in which all money raised from ticket sales went directly to charities helping fight injustices in Zimbabwe, and their first full tour since the band broke up in 2002. Dispatch was formed at Middlebury College in the early 1990s by Chad Urmston, Brad “Braddigan” Corrigan and Pete Francis Heimbold, and developed a strong following amongst college students in the following years.

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“Black Swan” is not your typical ballerina movie By ALEXANDRA CHURCHILL STAFF WRITER

With darkly delirious dreams, murderous, bone-crunching action and gripping sex scenes, this is not a pretty ballerina movie. From the imaginative Darren Aronofsky, whose directorial pursuits brought movie goers the award-winning Pi and Requiem for a Dream, is Black Swan, a film 10 years in the making, one that follows one prima ballerina’s descent into madness. Black Swan premiered at the Venice Film Festival last year and since then, has been stirring up movie buzz as the nominee of several awards including five Academy Awards, four Golden Globes, and a record-breaking 12 Broadcast Film Critics Association Critics’ Choice Movie Awards in categories ranging from makeup to cinematography to supporting actress. The psychological drama opens to a dream: a dark unlit stage and a sweeping orchestral score from Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake”. This classic ballet tells the story of Odette, a princess magically transformed into a swan by the curse of an evil sorcerer. The only way for the spell to be broken is by true love from the Prince, but he falls in love with Odette’s dark twin and the princess-turned-bird kills herself at plays’ end. Enter Nina Sayers (Natalie Portman): a naïve, near childlike ballerina recruited in the New York Ballet Company, who despite her precision and sprightly grace, yearns for the spotlight at center stage. Her years of hard work in the troupe seem to pay off when the director of the company, Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel), announces the season’s opening show as an old-time ballet classic “Swan Lake”. He dismisses his longtime prima ballerina Beth (Winona Ryder) to cast Nina in the lead as the Swan Queen. His modernized, edgy inter-

pretation of the play calls for the dual role of the Swan Queen to embody both the pure innocence of the White Swan and the dark sensuality of the Black Swan. Nina is elegantly poised as the White Swan, but what the shy dancer lacks is the dark edge to a true Black Swan. Paranoid of being usurped by her frienemy understudy, Lily (Mila Kunis), Nina must cast aside her controlled façade as the White Swan and dance the visceral, passionate steps of the Black Swan. The cinematic genius of “Black Swan” is in Aronofsky’s directorial blend between surrealism and reality. Scenes from the film are deriv-

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Black Swan (R) Showtimes at Regal Fox Run: 12:55, 4:10, 7:25,10:05 ative of some of the less-than-pleasant realities of the dancing profession, as Portman struggles with bouts of bulimia, bleeding toes in pointe shoes, chiropractors cracking and tweaking her bones back into place, and the ruthless competition between dancers for the prestigious role in the spotlight of prima ballerina. Aronofsky’s original screenplay, as Nina is haunted by uncanny mirror images of herself, derives upon the role of understudies and the notion of being haunted by a double or a folkloric doppelganger. As an audience, we follow Portman’s mind with scenic backto-back switches from sanity to insanity, images of violence and gore to images of poised collectivity. From delusions of murder and the much talked about girl-on-girl action between Mila Kunis and Nata-

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Natalie Portman plays an attention driven ballerina in her newest, and arguably best movie, “Black Swan.” The film has been nominated for countless awards, including “Best Actress.” lie Portman to her bedside jewelry box tinkling the score from “Swan Lake”, the pressure becomes all too much for the young ballerina and her role on the stage becomes a platform for her madness. As for the brief on-stage dance sequences: they are eerily beautiful. As Nina’s psychological breakdown climaxes, she strips herself of all self-conscious constraints to (quite literally) personify the Black Swan, unfurling black feathers from her shoulder blades and her eyes burning red with drive. Portman’s haunting performance, which won her a Golden Globe for Best Actress, is perhaps the best yet of her acting career. Aronofsky’s film, “Black Swan” and its fatal ending warns us of the destructive, detrimental side-effects of perfectionism with Portman’s last whispering words on screen, “Perfect. I’m perfect.” It psychologically unravels one ballerina’s dream to give the perfect performance. Once she springs from grand plié to pirouette, you won’t be able to look away.

From The Verb desk

From the Verb desk Amanda Beland Welcome back everyone! I hope your winter breaks were full of dancey live music, shocking and heart stopping movies and delicious eats for balance. Mine was taken over by writing, baking beyond my capacity and watching those trashy shows that make you seem unemployed, (Maury, anyone?). Now that we all have our first week underneath our belts, I thought I would introduce you to the new arts, entertainment and lifestyle section, better known as The Verb.

This semester, we’re placing more of a focus on local UNH and Seacoast news, events and features, including band profiles, restaurant and business features, MUB movie reviews and anything and everything related to the vibrant cultural movement of the area most of us call home at least three seasons out of the year. I’m partially mentioning the change to give you a sneak peak of stories and photography to come, but also to put out the word to arts, entertainment and lifestyle related people, places and things, in case they wanted to be a part of the movement. We’re always looking for new and fresh ideas at The Verb, so if you or someone you know want something to appear on these pages, feel free to shoot me at e-mail tnh.arts@gmail. com. Likewise, we’re always looking for talented and enthusiastic writers to make impacts through words. And with that, I will bid you ado.

DISPATCH CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9 The band became known for their unique medley of genres, mixing rock music with reggae, folk and funk influences, and for their stirring live performances that involved eight-plus-minute jams and the three members sharing vocals and switching instruments on the fly. The three went their separate ways in 2002 due to musical differences, but come together in July of 2004 for “The Last Dispatch,” a free concert at Boston’s Hatch Shell that was originally said to be the band’s farewell performance. The show, which was expected to draw 20,000-30,000 fans, drew over 110,000, making it the largest independent concert of all time. Tickets for this summer’s tour go on sale to the general public this Friday, Jan. 28.

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Local band returns The Verb’s must see concerts to old Seacoast stomping ground By MAX SULLIVAN CONTRIBUTING WRITER

By AMANDA BELAND ARTS EDITOR

Mail the Horse, formerly known as AMPM will be returning to perform in their home state of New Hampshire for the first time since summer on Jan. 28 to an eager crowd at The Stone Church. “It’s a show where we’re celebrating our album’s online release and reuniting with some old friends,” said lead singer Michael Hesslein Band members Hesslein, bassist Brendan Smith, guitarist Mike “Donny” Amidon and newly recruited drummer Will Lawrence will be performing mostly new songs from their recently recorded album “Guilt and Luck”, a compilation that shows the new face of an ever-evolving group. Digital copies of the album, along with posters, will be sold at the event through the

band’s record label, Off the Coast records. MMoss, The Migs and BA Canning will also be performing with Mail the Horse. “On our first LP that we recorded as AMPM, we did the whole thing ourselves and just figured we’d record the songs the way we wanted and produce them so each one sounded cool,” said Hesslein. “Sometimes some help behind the mixer can be a real blessing.” The band currently lives in Brooklyn, where “Guilt and Luck” was written and recorded in its entirety. The name “Mail the Horse” is a recent change for the band and originated from one of Brendan’s childhood experiences. According to Hess, the band plans on touring New England in the spring.

Mail the Horse’s new album, “Guilt and Luck” will receive a special listen on Friday night, as the band makes their first return visit since the summer.

Dover Brick House: Tear Down The Sun CD release party, NGHBRS, The Vital Might, with stand up comedian Jake Hamel between acts, 9 p.m., Dover. Fury’s Public: House: Local bands, Dover. The Press Room: The Cosmik Zombies, 9 p.m., $5, Portsmouth. The Red Door: The Party Bison, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Portsmouth. Stone Church: Mail the Horse with Mmoss, The Migs, and BA Canning, Newmarket.

Saturday, Jan. 29 Barley Pub: Bruce Bartlett, Dover. Blue Mermaid Island Grille: Todo Bien, 9 p.m.-midnight, $5, Portsmouth.

Paranoid Social Club at Dover Brickhouse, Dover, March 9 After the Portland based rock group Rustic Overtones went on hiatus in the early 2000’s, some of the group’s founding members, Dave Gutter and Jon Rood, formed this trio with drummer Marc Boisevert. Funky grooves, loud guitars and a great front man make them a solid option for anyone seeking a great party band with good songs to boot. Peter Wolf at Blue Ocean Club, Salisbury, Mass., March 20 Last August, Peter Wolf arguably played the highest profile show on the East Coast last August when they opened for Aerosmith at Fenway Park. Wolf is expected to pull out material from his recent release, Midnight Souvenirs, as well as classics from his days with the J. Geils Band. Just don’t underestimate his age. The old man’s still got it. COURTESY PHOTO

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Dover Brickhouse, Dover, April 28 Ted Leo has been lurking in the dungeons of alternative rock for a decade now, after founding his group, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, in 1999. If you are looking for something that might impress your Brooklynite hipster friends, drop

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The Wailers at the Portsmouth Music Hall, Portsmouth, Feb. 19 College campuses are always riddled with reggae fans, whether hardcore rasta wannabes or casual Bob Marley listeners. Whichever category you fall into, this show is must see.

Dover Brick House: Bigfoot and Full body Anchor, 9 p.m., Dover. Portsmouth VFW WSCA: 106.1 FM fundraisting dance with Jeannie Daniels Band, tickets $10 at door, or free with new membership, Portsmouth. The Press Room: Jazz lunch with Larry Garland & Friends,1 p.m., no cover. The Molenes and Waylon Speed, Americana, 9 p.m., $6, Portsmouth.

Sunday, Jan. 30 Coat of Arms Trivia night, 8-10 p.m., Portsmouth. The Press Room: Jazz Grill, Chris Humphrey with Laforce, Parker, Kaumeheiwa and Harris Jr., 6-9 p.m., $10. Portsmouth. Rudi’s: Jazz brunch with Sharon Jones, noon-3 p.m., Portsmouth Stone Church: Open Mic with Dave Ogden, Newmarket.

Above: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists will play on April 28. Below: Paranoid Social Club will play on March 9 Since the early 2000’s, this this garage rocker’s name in front of them and head out to the Brick- New Jersey native has been makhouse for this must see underground ing a name for herself as a talented singer-songwriter, drawing from a rock show. pallet of classic 60’s pop, rock and Nicole Atkins at Port City soul to create her own personal vibe. Music Hall, Portland, Maine, If you can make the trip up north, it’s worth it. Feb. 24


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Witness in ex-CIA operative case had mental issues By WILL WEISSERT ASSOCIATED PRESS

EL PASO, Texas- Defense attorneys for an elderly ex-CIA operative and anti-communist militant on trial for perjury argued Wednesday that a top prosecution witness’ history of schizophrenic episodes and hallucinations make him unreliable. Government informant Gilberto Abascal is key to the federal charges against Cuba-born Luis Posada Carriles, a personal nemesis of Fidel Castro. Abascal claimed he was on a boat that helped Posada sneak into the U.S. through Miami in 2005, though Posada told immigration officials he came across the Texas border. Posada, 82, also is accused of lying during federal immigration hearings in El Paso about his involvement in a series of 1997 bombings in Cuba. He is charged with 11 counts of perjury, obstruction and immigration fraud. In an effort to discredit Abascal, Posada attorney Arturo Hernandez introduced a medical evaluation from the Social Security Administration that indicated Abascal suffered from “severe schizophrenic symptoms” from 2002 until August 2004.

The symptoms stemmed from head injuries Abascal suffered after falling about 14 stories while working at a construction site in 2000, and he went to a Miami hospital emergency room in June 2004 with hallucinations. Abascal could control the problems with proper medication, according to the records. Abascal, on the witness stand since Monday, said he sometimes suffers from insomnia and depression, but maintained that he is not schizophrenic. “I don’t know what the doctors put” in their records, he said. Upon repeated questioning from Hernandez, he told the defense attorney: “I’m afraid of you.” “You’ve had me under surveillance for six years,” Abascal snapped, alleging that Hernandez’s office has watched him to find evidence that could be used against him during Posada’s trial. Hernandez chuckled, then said, “you have no reason to be afraid of me.” U.S. Attorney Jerome Teresinski objected several times as Hernandez questioned Abascal, after objecting to Hernandez introducing the 223 pages of Social Security records. Twice, the attorneys

spoke privately with U.S. District Judge Kathleen Cardone. When Hernandez continued to question Abascal about mental problems, Teresinski said he was “harassing the witness.” Cardone dismissed the jury and Hernandez called for a mistrial, saying accusations by Abascal and Teresinski that he acted improperly had biased the jury.

“This is cross examination. It can sometimes get heated, but, regardless of that, I’m not here to limit the cross.” Kathleen Cardone The judge refused the request. She noted the high number of objections, saying part of the problem was that Abascal had been evading Hernandez’s questions for two days. “This is cross examination. It can sometimes get heated,” Cardone said. “But, regardless of that, I’m not here to limit the cross.” Discussion of Abascal’s medical records came after Hernandez spent hours introducing bank files showing that Abascal claimed to have no income in order to receive disability payments - but was actu-

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ally working as a handyman at the time and collecting checks in other people’s names. Abascal, 45 and a native of Cuba, also admitted paying no federal taxes in 2005 and said that, despite his claims of being indigent, he made about $100,000 as co-owner of a Florida chicken farm. He also dodged Hernandez’s

questions constantly, finally telling the defense attorney, “you have an obsession with money.” Abascal is central to the government’s case because he testified that he was on a shrimp boat converted into a yacht that traveled to the resort island of Isla Mujeres in Mexico, picked up Posada, and helped him slip into Miami in March 2005. Once in the U.S., Posada applied for citizenship and underwent a series of immigration hearings. During them, he said he paid a smuggler to drive him from Hon-

duras, through Mexico and across the Texas border. He also failed to acknowledge his role in a series of 1997 hotel bombings in Havana that killed an Italian tourist - even though he gave an interview to the New York Times admitting responsibility. Posada is public enemy No. 1 in Cuba, featured on propaganda billboards. He participated in the Bay of Pigs invasion, though he was not one of the invaders who made it to Cuban soil. In the 1980s, he helped support U.S.-backed “contra” rebels in Nicaragua. Posada was arrested in Panama amid a plot to kill Castro during a visit there in 2000. He went to prison, but was eventually pardoned - then turned up in the U.S. He was held in an immigration detention center, but was released in 2007 and lived in Miami as the current case against him proceeded. Cuba and Venezuela accuse Posada not only of the 1997 Cuban hotel bombings, but also of organizing an explosion aboard a Cuban airliner in 1976 that killed 73 people. A U.S. immigration judge has previously ruled that he couldn’t be deported to either country because of fears of torture.

IN BRIEF Ex- Mass. teacher who ran off with 15 year old student gets probation SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - A former teacher who ran off with a male student and pleaded guilty to statutory rape charges was given probation Wednesday by a judge who said he does not see her as a sexual predator. Lisa Lavoie, a former teacher at a Holyoke elementary school, was charged in 2009 after she and a 15-year-old boy were reported missing and found a week later in a motel in Morgantown, W.Va. The 25-year-old Lavoie pleaded guilty last month to three counts of statutory rape and one count of enticement of a child under the age of 16. Prosecutors asked Judge Cornelius Moriarty to sentence Lavoie to three to five years in state prison. But Moriarty, saying he does not think Lavoie will reoffend, spared her jail time and sentenced her instead to five years of probation. He said Lavoie’s conduct was “seriously exacerbated by the fact that she was a teacher.”

He said that in most cases involving adults having sexual relations with children, it is an adult male and the motivation is more likely to be sexual gratification. “But I find this is not the case; in fact, it’s quite the contrary,” he said. Moriarty said he thinks Lavoie’s “interest and concern for (the boy’s) emotional well-being was what originally began this episode,” which he said “was originally well-intended.” He said it appears Lavoie’s kindness toward the boy was what led to his sexual interest in her. “There are those who perhaps will say this sentence is too lenient,” Moriarty said. “This too shall pass,” he told Lavoie. Hampden District Attorney Mark Mastroianni said in a statement that his office’s recommendation of a three-to-five-year sentence was consistent with sentencing guidelines established for judges in

Massachusetts. “Given the information available to me, I see no reason for the imposition of a sentence significantly lower than the sentencing guidelines,” for cases such as these, Mastroianni said. As part of her probation, the judge ordered her not to have any contact with the boy or his immediate family. Prosecutors asked Moriarty to also order Lavoie to not have any unsupervised contact with children under 16. The judge rejected that request, saying, “I don’t find this young lady to be a sexual predator.” The judge ordered Lavoie to complete an alcohol rehabilitation program. Last month, Lavoie’s bail was revoked after she violated a pre-sentence probation condition of no alcohol. Her lawyer said Lavoie accepts responsibility and does not excuse what she did.

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HUMBOLDT, Calif. - A Northern California woman has pleaded not guilty to killing her 6-week-old baby by feeding him methamphetamine-laced breast milk. Prosecutors say 26-year-old Maggie Jean Wortman of Loleta used methamphetamine and passed it to her two children while breastfeeding. Detectives arrested Wortman last week after a two-month investigation found her son died in November due to “methamphetamine

toxicity.” Wortman entered her plea Tuesday in Humboldt County Superior Court. She is charged with involuntary manslaughter and two counts of felony child endangerment. The Times-Standard of Eureka reports that authorities placed Wortman’s 19-month-old daughter in protective custody after she tested positive for methamphetamine. Wortman faces a maximum prison sentence of nine years if convicted on all counts.

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Snow, shovel, repeat: East Coast digs out again By DEEPTI HAJELA ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK - Enough already. People across the Northeast wearily shoveled their sidewalks and dug out their cars - again - after getting clobbered by the latest in a seemingly never-ending string of snowstorms, this one an overachieving mess that packed more punch than anyone expected. “I’ve lived in New York 70 years, and this year is the worst I remember,” said Lenny Eitelberg, 77. “It’s the continuity of it. It just keeps coming. Every week there’s something new to be worried about. It’s almost become comical.” In the Washington area, up to 7 inches of snow renewed memories of last year’s “snowpocalypse” and created chaos when it hit the nation’s capital at the height of the evening rush hour Wednesday, forcing commuters into treacherous, eight-hour drives home. Even the president got caught in traffic. New Yorkers, keeping close watch on the cleanup after a postChristmas blizzard paralyzed the city for days, had it a little easier this time. The heaviest snow arrived overnight, when there weren’t many cars and buses around to get stuck. The forecast had called for up to a foot of snow, but the storm brought far more than that. New York got 19 inches, Philadelphia 17. Boston got about a foot, as expected. Many schools closed for a second day Thursday. Airports ground to a halt, and nearly a half-million people lost power at some point. Virginia Sforza, 61, was indignant as she shoveled her sidewalk in Pelham, outside New York City. “My biggest fear is if it continues like this all winter, we won’t have a place to put it and we’ll

never get our cars out and we won’t even be able to go to the stores,” she said. “We had a year like this back in the ‘90s, but I was a lot younger. The prospect of this continuing is disgusting.” Washington-area residents, who had largely been spared heavy snow this winter after getting buried by a series of storms last year, lamented this year’s encore. Around 300,000 people lost power, and motorists abandoned cars by the hundreds when pressing on proved fruitless. In Maryland, jackknifed tractor-trailers and other stuck vehicles blocked roads and impeded snowplows. “That’s the nightmarish situation that we’ve been dealing with as quickly as we can,” Gov. Martin O’Malley said. Logan Nielson, 31, who works in advertising in San Francisco, described a harrowing 60-mile drive from Dulles Airport in northern Virginia to his hotel in Baltimore. What should have been no more than a two-hour trip became a ninehour ordeal. “It was a nightmare. ... We would sit there for 30-minute periods, not moving,” he said. “You don’t know: ‘Am I stuck here for three hours? Am I stuck here till tomorrow?’” After arriving Wednesday night in Washington from Manitowoc, Wis., President Barack Obama couldn’t fly on the helicopter that normally takes him to the White House from a nearby military base. Instead, a motorcade had to snake through the crippled rush-hour traffic. The federal government let 300,000 Washington-area employees go home two hours early Wednesday, sending them straight into the teeth of the late-afternoon

storm. It took many people more than eight hours to get home. The men’s basketball team from Maryland’s Towson University got stuck in traffic just a few miles from its game at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. The team eventually checked into hotel rooms in nearby Manassas around 1 a.m. - six hours after the scheduled tip-off. The game was rescheduled for Thursday.

“My biggest fear is if it continues like this all winter, we won’t have a place to put it and we’ll never get our cars out and we won’t even be able to go to the stores.” Virginia Sforza New York City Resident Two freshmen recruited from Florida marveled at the scene, never having seen a snowstorm cripple an entire region. “I couldn’t believe it. People were getting out of their cars” in the middle of the Capital Beltway “and stopping to clear the snow off their windows,” said guard Dre Conner, a native of Lauderdale Lakes, Fla. Even old hands marveled at the continuing power of this winter, whose endless snowstorms are being helped along by a cold-air phenomenon off the coast known as the North Atlantic Oscillation. After digging out his driveway for the “umpteenth time” and knocking some large chunks of ice off his car, Joel Davis stood outside his home in Toms River, N.J., and wondered when he would ever see his lawn again. “I like the snow and I expect to get some living here, but this is nuts,” he said. “I can’t remember the last time everything wasn’t snow-covered. We didn’t get a

Hawaii bill would charge $100 for Obama birth info By MARK NIESSE ASSOCIATED PRESS

HONOLULU - Hawaii’s government would charge $100 for a copy of President Barack Obama’s birth records under a bill introduced in the state Legislature by five Democrats. The bill would change a privacy law barring the release of birth records unless the requester is someone with a tangible interest, such as a close family member or a court. The measure hasn’t been scheduled for a public hearing, a required step before it can move forward. A decision on considering the bill will be made by the House’s Democratic leadership and committee chairmen. The idea behind the measure is to end skepticism over Obama’s birthplace while raising a little money for a government with a projected budget deficit exceeding $800 million over the next two years. “If it passes, it will calm the birthers down,” said the bill’s pri-

mary sponsor, Rep. Rida Cabanilla. “All these people are still doubting it because they don’t want the birth certificate from Obama. They want it from our state office.” So-called “birthers” claim there’s no proof Obama was born in the United States, and he is therefore ineligible to be president. Many of the skeptics question whether he was actually born in Kenya, his father’s home country. The Obama campaign issued a certification of live birth in 2008, an official document from the state showing the president’s Aug. 4, 1961, birth date, his birth city and name, and his parents’ names and races. Hawaii’s former health director also has said she verified Obama’s original records. And notices were published in two local newspapers within days of his birth at a Honolulu hospital. Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who was a friend of Obama’s parents and knew him as a child, said last

white Christmas, but it seems that it’s been white ever since.” New York City typically gets 21 inches of snow a winter. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the latest storm makes this January the snowiest since the city started keeping records; at 36 inches, it easily breaks the mark of 27.4 inches set in 1925. The New York area has been hit with snow eight times since midDecember.

month he wanted to release more of the state’s birth information about Obama. But he ended the effort last week when the state attorney general told him that privacy laws bar disclosure of an individual’s birth documentation without the person’s consent. The new legislation to release records may run into similar legal problems because of Hawaii’s strong constitutional privacy protections, said Rep. John Mizuno, a co-sponsor of the bill. “If people really want to confirm Barack Obama is born in Hawaii, that’s fine,” Mizuno said. “I don’t have a problem with looking at innovative ways to bring revenue to the state. The taxpayers deserve a break.” The $100 fee would help offset the extra work by state employees who handle frequent phone calls and e-mails from people who believe Obama was born elsewhere, Cabanilla said.

The city, slammed for its slow response to a big storm in late December, handled this one better. It closed schools and some government offices. Federal courts in Manhattan and the United Nations shut down as well. The Statue of Liberty closed for snow removal. The Queensborough president’s office got only three or four complaint calls - compared to dozens following the day-after-Christmas storm. Bloomberg said the city benefited both from lessons learned and the storm’s timing. “This time people were already home by the time the snow really got bad,” he said. Still, the city wasn’t hasslefree. Dozens of passengers spent the

hours from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. huddled in subway cars after their train got stuck at a Brooklyn station because of malfunctioning signals. Two girls, ages 4 and 7, passed out from breathing carbon monoxide gas while sitting in the family car waiting for their mother to finish digging it out. The vehicle’s tail pipe had apparently become clogged with snow. Both were hospitalized in critical condition but expected to survive. The airport serving Hartford, Conn., got a foot of snow, bringing the total for the month so far to 54.9 inches and breaking the monthly record of 45.3 inches, set in December 1945. In Massachusetts, travel was made trickier by high winds. Gusts of 46 mph were reported in Hyannis, 45 mph in Rockport and 49 mph on Nantucket early Thursday. In Lynn, Mass., heavy snow collapsed a garage roof and briefly trapped two men. At least seven deaths were blamed on the storm, including those of a Baltimore taxi driver whose cab caught fire after getting stuck in the snow and people hit by snowplows in Delaware, Maryland and New York. The region’s major airports slowly got back up to speed after canceling hundreds of flights or closing altogether. New York’s LaGuardia and Kennedy had reopened by midmorning, and passengers were flying out from Philadelphia and Washington-area airports.


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SALT LAKE CITY - The parents of a missing Utah teen say they believe their daughter is the 13-yearold girl who was shot and killed in a weekend police shootout in Port Orchard, Wash., at a Walmart parking lot. Authorities are awaiting an autopsy report and have not yet identified the girl who was killed Sunday alongside Anthony Martinez, 31, of Utah. The Deseret News of Salt Lake City reports that the missing Clearfield girl’s family believes she fled a South Salt Lake foster home with Martinez on Jan. 18. Family spokesman Chris Bateman said Martinez was a friend of the girl’s mother. The family had not seen Martinez in years but crossed paths with him last April, Bateman said. Last fall, the girl ran away with Martinez, leaving a note for her family, Bateman said. They were later found in Sacramento, Calif. The family didn’t know the two were in contact until the girl ran

away, he said. After she was returned home, the teen was placed in foster care in order to keep her from seeing Martinez, Bateman said. In October, Davis County prosecutors charged Martinez in Utah’s 2nd District Court with one count of first-degree felony child kidnapping. He was free on $25,000 bail at the time of the shooting. A court hearing had been scheduled for Wednesday. The exact nature of the relationship between the girl and Martinez is unclear. Martinez should not have been with the teen and her family didn’t want her to have contact with him, Bateman said. Martinez’ brother, Barrett Martinez, on Monday said his brother was only trying to help the girl, who was going through a difficult time. “I don’t believe that. I think it’s a complete lie. He kidnapped this little girl,” Bateman said. “She might have gone with him, but I think there was some brainwashing involved.”

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Objecting to House Bill 176 State looks to discriminate against college students College students around the state, if not the nation, should be following a particularly dubious piece of legislature that was introduced in the New Hampshire House earlier this month. House Bill 176, which would bar students from voting in their college towns unless they lived there before enrollment, has the potential to greatly alter every election henceforth in the town of Durham for UNH students and residents alike. And not in a good way. There aren’t many substantiated arguments for the bill, but supposing that there were, the House’s foremost Republican has to have chosen the most illogical and objectionable one to publicly make his case with. It’s awkward when politicians actually say what’s on their mind. House Speaker William O’Brien made clear his personal reasons for supporting the bill when he spoke to a group of conservative activists two weeks ago. According to the New Hampshire Union Leader, O’Brien told the group that college students registering to vote on Election Day “are basically doing what I did when I was a kid and foolish, voting as a liberal.” As a result, he said, college towns have “lost the ability to govern themselves.” O’Brien supports HB 176 because he objects to the voting patterns of the college-aged population. Last time we checked, citizens were allowed - no, encouraged – to voice their opinion at the polls. If O’Brien doesn’t believe that college students have the appropriate level of life experience to vote intelligently, we suggest he shift his political movement from the passage of HB 176 to an effort to repeal the 26th amendment to the United States Constitution, which lowered the voting age from 21 to 18. This would be a substantially more difficult task, but it would certainly get rid of those pesky leftleaning voters, which is what HB 176

is all about. Others have chimed in that the bill would somehow combat “voting fraud,” a completely unfounded notion. It is perfectly legal for college students over the age of 18 to vote in elections. Theoretically, according to Republicans, they will still be voting in their home domiciles if this bill passes.

If there ever was an easily-objectionable bill, New Hampshire has found it in House Bill 176. If that’s the case, it doesn’t sound like we’ve really cracked down on any fraud voters, unless we count those out-of-state students who would lose their ability to vote in the state. Interestingly, it is critical to the continued financial survival of this university that these students continue to attend and pay out-of-state tuition to UNH in rather sizeable numbers. Yes, it would be possible for students to request absentee ballots from their hometowns, and we encourage all students to do so in the case that this bill goes somewhere. But, let’s be realistic; the number of students at UNH and other New Hampshire universities who vote would decline. The whole point of Election Day registration was that we were encouraging participation in the democratic process. Apparently, we got tired of encouraging democracy. College students are as much a part of the Durham community as anyone else. They should have a say in that community if they so desire. If they decide that they remain invested in their particular hometowns and do indeed have a desire to return there after graduation, then they can decide to keep that as their domicile. Free will. Choice. Wonderful

things. As conspiracy theories go, the idea that student voters have made college towns unable to govern themselves is a creative, perhaps crowdpleasing one. But chaos is far more likely to happen when the Red Sox win the World Series than on Election Day. Durham, Plymouth, Keene and other New Hampshire college towns seem to be surviving. The essence of HB 176 is that college students belong in a completely different class from everyone else, and unfortunately it’s a lower one. There’s no mention of the well-off couple with a second house on Lake Winnipesaukee; no mention of the snowbirds that jet off to Florida to escape the New Hampshire winter. There is a mention of college students. College students, it seems, we should be concerned about. And military personnel, surprisingly. That’s right, there’s no leniency for those “employed in the service of the United States.” Deciding that they can’t vote here is a surprising way to express gratitude to those who serve our country. The proposed bill says that this group “shall be presumed to have departed from such other place for a temporary purpose with the intention of returning.” Unfortunate, that presumption is wrong, as these are individuals and families just going where their country needs them. There is no “intention of returning.” It goes without saying that this bill doesn’t offer any of the “progress” that New Hampshire residents expected when they voted the current legislators into office into election. The 2010 midterm elections weren’t a referendum on college students; they voiced concerns about the economy and government spending during the midst of a recession. If there ever was an easilyobjectionable bill, New Hampshire has found it in House Bill 176.

Ice rink is exciting winter development We commend the impending development of an ice skating rink in the area commonly known as the Congreve Fishbowl. For a school in New Hampshire, perhaps nothing seems more natural than a central rink around which the campus can revolve in the

winter months. The rink will provide a break to any winter doldrums and provide a fun, healthy activity for a time when weather may not otherwise encourage outdoor activity. Most of all, it’s about taking advantage of what you

have. And cold weather seems to be in supply. Providing that weather remains in supply, we suspect that the rink will turn out to be a low-cost, low-maintenance area that has the potential to become a fun new winter tradition.

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Thumbs up to TNH’s minor redesign. What do you think?

Thumbs down to returning to a campus that is basically just one giant slush puddle. Thumbs up to the fantastic ski conditions in New England right now! Thumbs down to Hamilton Smith Hall. That place is falling apart right in front of us.

Thumbs up to Germs. And obviously we’re talking about the class.

Thumbs down to buying expensive books that won’t get used.

Thumbs up to having Dining Dollars again.

Thumbs down to Horton 4. Worst room on campus. By far. Thumbs up to spending time between classes playing an endless game of Risk. Nice way to pass the first week. Thumbs down to being sick already. Bad way to pass the first week. Thumbs up to multiple weekends packed full of awesome sporting events in our future.

Thumbs down to attempting to create the perfect sched- ule via Add/Drop forms.

Thumbs up to the new staff members joining TNH. Thumbs down to inefficiency of Uggs. Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down are the collected opinions of TNH staff and UNH students.

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Hard to find substance in Obama’s State of the Union When are we going to get over the romantics? It amazes me how President Obama can stand in front of Congress and give a State of the Union address that was a cross between a Dr. Seuss book and a Ken Burns documentary, with a healthy serving of constitutional poetry, of course. This tired narrative of: no matter how big or small; no matter if you are rich or poor; no matter if you are Christian or Muslim, if you just believe in the American dream, we will “win the future.” It is very clear, to me, that the American people are getting irritated with the fluff. As a leftist, and an Obama supporter, it was impossible for me to find substance in the ambiguous material he provided us with. I am aware that Obama needs to “bring people together,” and the function of rhetoric has been taught to me well. I also believe that persuasion is necessary in politics, but it is truly getting out-of-control. Of course, the liberals are not the only guilty ones. We have been exceptionally trained by conservatives in theatrical politics. From dramatic readings of the constitution (not reading the sections of historical relevance, of course) to Tea Party members proclaiming revolution, to the romantic image of Americans holding guns to defeat tyranny, this is the rhetorical machine that propels their antiquated platform. Another thing that really annoyed me is the fetish American politics has with “children.” Think about the children; what about the children; the children are the future, is all we heard. Newsflash: The children were the future in 1970. You know who they are now? Bad politicians. I am aware that my expectations of a State of the Union address are rather high, but nevertheless, Obama needs to be more transparent with his demands. So much of our politics, and our abil-

From the Left David Jacobsen ity to engage in politics, is being lost to nonsense. I am aware that there is a “house on the hill,” but I want to

If I don’t see aggressive partisan movement, I am not sure where I will arrive politically at the end of his term. know how we are going to deal with the undocumented citizens in the kitchen of that house. I want to know how we are going to invest in education, not how we are going to be “global leaders.” As much as I love the small business owner, I don’t think I can stomach another inspiring story of the little business that could, while we allow corporatism to run wild. I really don’t want to hear about how “progressive” the administration is with the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, while no one points out how problematic it is to make people’s identities and sexualities visible through nationalism - notice the “open your campuses to the ROTC” comment quickly followed this magical delegation of “equality.” I am sure that the Human Rights Campaign and other corporate-style non-profits will go straight to the bank with this one. I am tired of the lack of at-

tention this administration, and all prior administrations for that matter, have when it comes to the war on drugs; their platform of negligence is so profound that it is impossible to have a reasonable debate about comprehensive drug reform without someone laughing. I need to know what the compromises will be with healthcare, and I need Obama to say he will veto any attempt to repeal healthcare. Aggressive times call for aggressive measures. I can’t say I am disappointed in Obama, yet. But, if I don’t see aggressive partisan movement, I am not sure where I will arrive politically at the end of his term. I voted for a liberal for a reason, and now with re-election coming, we are witnessing the birth of a type of mediocrity that Americans are known for - bipartisanship. A new national group, “No Labels,” has been taking off, a group that concentrates on, again, “bringing people together.” This group, and so many like them function in the following ways: making the right more conservative and encouraging the left to move to the center, arriving to the worst place to be in politics - the middle, a state of stagnation. I can’t stress this enough: we need to change the way we talk about politics. We are done hearing about the American dream. Many of us have it, many of us don’t. What we need to do is figure out how to succeed without promising “houses on the hill” and “futures.” We must focus on the present. „„„ David Jacobsen is a senior political science and women’s studies major. He considers himself a leftwing radical feminist and immigration progressive. He is a member of the UNH College Democrats.

„ LetterS to the editor SBP voices opposition to House Bill 176 In order for our state to prosper, we need to take advantage of every talent of every individual living in our towns and cities. New Hampshire is lucky to have some of the greatest minds in the country and many of them are willing to commit their time and energy to their local communities to make it a better place. House Bill 176 would block many students from engaging and contributing to their communities. It would take away the right of students to vote in the towns and cities that they live in. When I first read the bill I was shocked that Speaker O’Brien would support this, and even more appalled when I read his comments.

By suggesting students should not vote in the communities that they are living, working, studying, and making a better place because they are “foolish” and “liberal” is insulting to thousands of hard-working and hard-studying individuals and is blatant political manipulation. This is not a party issue; this is about someone’s right to vote. If a student has made their college town their home, why should they be denied the right to vote in their community? Political posturing is not what we need in New Hampshire. Speaker O’Brien, use your newfound power and influence encouraging growth in this state to better our future instead of taking away our fundamental right to vote. Richard Peyser UNH Student Body President

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The cultural devolution: America’s relationship with China What strange times we live in, when one noble prize winner rushes another noble laureate out a garbage bag-lined side door of the White House while hosting a state dinner for the jailer of another. I am referring, of course, to Obama’s treatment of the Dali Lama last year in comparison to his treatment of Chinese President Hu Jintao during his recent visit to the United States. I do feel the need to give credit where credit’s due. So, in Obama’s defense, he did state that: “the United States continues to support further dialogue between the government of China and the representatives of the Dalai Lama to resolve concerns and differences.” I cannot fail to report, however, that there was no mention of Tibet in any of the joint U.S.-China statements issued during the visit. My main criticism is not China’s treatment of Tibet in relation to the United States’ treatment of China. Rather, I am more concerned about how gracious our government seems to be when hosting the leader of a regime that has killed and imprisoned millions. That this regime happens to govern the world’s second-largest economy is no coincidence. The fact that Red China has a long history of abusing human rights, and of smashing any grassroots attempt at true democracy, seems to be an issue that those on both the Right and Left can agree on (for argument’s sake, I am excluding the Left’s pesky Maoist faction). Harry Reid, a man I rarely agree with, got it right when he referred to the Chinese president as “a dictator.” Of course, like all spineless politicians, he quickly backtracked saying: “Maybe I shouldn’t have said dictator, but they have a different type of government than we have?” But what else do you call a head of state like Mr. Hu? (A humble agrarian reformer?) What electorate did he face to obtain his office? For those of you unfamiliar with the way in which China chooses its head of state, in accordance with article 62 of the 1982

From the Right Nick Mignanelli Chinese Constitution, the president is chosen by the National People’s Congress. This sounds legitimate, until one realizes that the National People’s Congress (a rubber stamp legislature to begin with) chooses China’s president amongst a field of one candidate.

Why is it that the world’s most influential democracy rushes an exiled Buddhist monk out the door, while rolling out the red carpet for a Stalinist dictator? Then there is the annoying matter of Noble Prize winner and political prisoner Liu Xiaobo to consider. Mr. Liu is a Chinese literary critic, academic and human rights activist. He is a co-writer of the revolutionary, anti-authoritarian manifesto, Charter 08. Charter 08 is a document signed by hundreds of Chinese human rights advocates and intellectuals. Among other demands, the document calls for the free election of public officials, the freedom of association, the freedom of religion, an independent judiciary, and a guarantee of human rights. So it was no surprise that the Chinese government immediately saw this as a threat. In response to Charter 08, the Chinese government arrested Liu, held a show trial in which he was convicted of “in-

citing subversion of state powers,” and sentenced him to eleven years in prison. Last October, the Nobel Committee announced that Liu Xiaobo would receive the Nobel Peace Prize “for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.” During the December 10 award ceremony, an empty chair sat on stage to symbolize Liu’s absence. A statement by Liu was read at the ceremony in which he had written, “I have no enemies, and no hatred.” His statement went on to say that he is “filled with optimism” and that he “looks forward to the advent of a future, free China. For there is no force that can put an end to the human quest for freedom?” So why do we continue to shroud the atrocities and injustices committed by the Chinese Communist Party under a veil of state dinners, warm diplomatic receptions, and joint press conferences? What does it say about the American Republic when we continue to engage a regime that jails intellectuals and activists, a regime that invades and occupies entire countries, a regime that has the blood of millions of innocent people on its hands? Our economic dependence on totalitarian China threatens our national security, while our friendly diplomatic relations with the Maoist regime serves as a reluctant endorsement of its activities. China needs us as much as we need it. Would it be that ambitious, nay, outrageous a foreign policy initiative to attempt to coax the Chinese government into enacting some democratic reforms? Why is it that the world’s most influential democracy rushes an exiled Buddhist monk out the door, while rolling out the red carpet for a Stalinist dictator? Surely, America is better than this. „„„ Nick Mignanelli is a sophomore political science major. He considers himself a third wave conservative. He is an active member of the UNH College Republicans.

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OP-ED Facebook keeps users vulnerable By JESSE KUMMER CARNEGIE MELLON TARTAN

For all that it has to offer people in terms of keeping in touch, Facebook sure likes to hide its true face sometimes. Throughout its expansion as one of the best social networking websites, Facebook dealt with a large amount of criticism about its online privacy issues. Just this past week, a new feature was released allowing applications on the site to ask users for access to their home addresses and phone numbers. While Facebook has disabled the feature for the time being, some feared that users would allow access to this secure data without knowing it. That may not seem like too big of a deal, but pile that on top of countless other issues, including constant updates to the site’s almost 6,000-word-long privacy policy, data mining of private individuals, and permanent changes to Facebook’s design and layout without any options for users. On top of these broad issues, more “unique” concerns have been voiced after Facebook disabled the search function to find MoveOn. org’s page after it organized protests against the site, Facebook’s canceling accounts of users who uploaded breastfeeding photos, and its censorship of editorial content critical of Facebook. This is still just the tip of the iceberg. The recent release of the movie The Social Network has pushed Facebook and its founder Mark Zuckerberg to the forefront

of not just social networking news, but the general news of the world as well. And this newfound surge of popularity and good spirit has done a swell job distracting people from Zuckerberg’s efforts to encourage people to share more information publicly. I know it’s hard to keep up with the new features rolled out seemingly weekly when all you’re really trying to do is stay in touch with someone you went to fourth grade with. The fact is that if you are on Facebook, it is almost inevitable that you have shared information with companies and people you have never heard of.

Facebook sure likes to hide its true face sometimes. Yet we’re all still on Facebook, along with 500 million other people across the planet. There aren’t any signs of people deleting their accounts in record numbers either; in fact, the company is stronger than ever. It took in hundreds of millions of dollars of investments this past year from Microsoft, Goldman Sachs, and other investors who want to see the company, currently valued at $50 billion, move forward as quickly as possible. So, what to do? Is there an answer to this multitude of concerns over your privacy? I’m not sure, but I do know that if Facebook had a “dislike” button, I’d be all over that like white on rice.

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What’s the most interesting thing you did over break?

“I saw mad hoes in Montreal’s Red Light District while visiting family.” Dan Fournier, freshman

“I got really drunk and celebrated my wingman’s birthday.” Chris House, junior

“I worked, partied and celebrated the Winter Solstice.” Ashley Moore, junior

“I went to a family reunion in New Orleans and had a great time.” Eric Landry, freshman


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Nahin honored with America East Swimmer of the Week award

In their absence, the majority of the scoring load has shifted onto Tyrone Conley’s shoulders. The senior captain has responded, scoring a shade over 18 points per contest in the six games since Myrick was injured. That includes a two-game stretch in which senior center Dane DiLiegro could not play due to suspension for violating team rules. But beyond putting up points, Herrion said that the normally soft-spoken Conley has also been instrumental as a leader in Abreu’s absence. “[Abreu] brings so many intangibles to the table that you don’t seen on a stat sheet,” Herrion said. “Tyrone’s been terrific this entire year with Alvin out and he’s done everything in his power to carry this team.” According to Herrion, Conley and Abreu are “roommates and best friends.” The two seniors entered UNH together four years ago and have both built extraordinary careers as a part of the basketball team. Along with classmate Dane DiLiegro, the two were expected to lead the team to the top of the America East this season. That all changed when Abreu went down. “I’m so proud of how [Conley] has handled a very difficult situation,” Herrion said. “In an unfortunate way, with Alvin getting hurt, its forced Tyrone Conley to become a leader ... he’s been great.” Conley is not the only one who has been forced to expand his role on the team. Sophomore Chandler Rhoads has moved from his customary position at point guard over to shooting guard to fill in for Abreu. While Rhoads’ shot was something of a question mark early in the season, he has found the outside touch as of late. Rhoads has hit eight of

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Senior captain Tyrone Conley has been forced to carry the majority of the offensive load with Alvin Abreu and Ferg Myrick sidelined for the rest of the season with injuries. his last 14 three-point attempts, and he is averaging 12.8 points per game over the last six games, nearly doubling his season average. Sliding into the vacant point guard spot has been freshman Jordon Bronnor, whom Herrion describes as a “true point guard.” Bronnor, along with freshman shooting guard Scott Morris, has gotten significant playing time, something that Herrion did not see happening at the beginning of the season. “Players are kind of being thrown into the fire sooner than expected, but I think its going to help us in the long run,” Herrion said. “Our young guys, I really like the way they’re playing.” The Wildcats currently sit at 8-12, 2-6 in America East. They will take on Boston University this Saturday at Lundholm Gymnasium. The Terriers are the type of team that UNH will have to compete against if they want to make a late-

season run in America East, which is not entirely out of the question. The Wildcats are strong along the frontcourt, as DiLiegro and junior Brian Benson are second and third, respectively, in the conference in rebounding. Sophomore Chris Matagrano and senior James Valladares give UNH depth off the bench. On the perimeter, Conley has proven to be one of the most explosive scorers in the conference, while Rhoads and Bronnor continue to improve game by game. And as Herrion pointed out, once March Madness comes around, anything can happen. “When you’re in a league like ours, that’s a one-bid league, it comes down to three games in March,” Herrion said. “If we keep getting better, you want to be playing your best basketball in February and March. That’s what our goal is right now.”

Allison Nahin, a senior on the UNH women’s swimming and diving team, was honored as the America East Swimmer of the Week by the conference Tuesday afternoon. Nahin propelled New Hampshire to a record-breaking afternoon, as the Wildcats broke four pool records, including one school record, on their way to earning a 159.5139.5 victory over Dartmouth College at Swasey Pool on Jan. 22. The senior led the UNH 400-

yard medley relay team to a firstplace finish in a pool-record time of three minutes and 56.52 seconds. Individually, Nahin broke her own pool record in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:03.50. Her previous career best time came last year when she claimed the pool record in 1:03.53. Nahin rounded out the day taking the top spot in the 200-yard breaststroke, clocking in at 2:23.90. Nahin and the Wildcats return to action Friday, Feb. 4 (5 p.m.), when they finish the regular season against Maine at Swasey Pool.

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Senior Paul Thompson will look to help lift the Wildcats over Providence in their two-game series this weekend. UNH is away on Friday and will take on the Friars at the Whit on Saturday.

HOCKEY CONTINUED FROM PAGE 20 last weekend’s 2-1 loss to Boston University, a game that UNH head coach Dick Umile said was one of the team’s best games of the year. “Saturday night [against BU] I thought we played one of our better games,” Umile said, “They’re a talented team, and we couldn’t get it past [goalie Kieran] Millan, and we gave up a tough goal there for the winner.” UNH returns to the ice this weekend for a home-and-home series with the Providence Friars, a team they defeated just last Friday in a thrilling 4-3 overtime victory at the Whittemore Center. The Wildcats have had the Friars number in recent years, going undefeated in the last 12 meetings between the two teams (10-0-2). The wins have not come easily, however, as eight of those 12 have been decided by one goal or less, with five going into overtime. Providence comes in with a below .500 record (7-10-5, 3-8-4 Hockey East) but is much improved from last year’s team that finished dead last in the final conference standings, and it showed in last weekend’s meeting. “They can create some headaches for you,” Umile said. “They’ve got a good first line that

played well against us. We’ll have to do a better job in the specialty situations; a couple shorthand goals we gave up.” The Friars have also been victims of some tough losses lately and are in the midst of a four-game losing streak, two of those coming in the form of 4-3 overtime losses to Maine and UNH. “They’re a good team, they play hard, they can beat anyone,” sophomore Greg Burke said, “Really, every team in our league, we can’t take them lightly at all.” Burke, who has missed 13 games this season with injuries, notched his first goal of the season in last Saturday’s loss to BU. UNH must remain focused this weekend and not look past this series to next weekend’s colossal twogame home series with Maine, who currently sits fourth in the Hockey East standings, two spots below the Wildcats. “It’s definitely a pretty important time of the season right now,” senior defenseman Matt Campanale said. “We [need to get] these points that we’re supposed to have. We’ve got to get them. It came down to the wire last year, and it’s coming down to the end. These are four points that we need to get this weekend.” The puck drops at 7 p.m. on Friday in Providence and 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Whittemore Center.


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Winter was not a happy vacation for UNH athletics, as many Wildcat sports teams struggled mightily while school was out of session.

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The perennial quarterfinal curse continued this season for the football team, as they managed just three points against Delaware’s dominating defense in a 16-3 loss. The sixth quarterfinal loss in seven years sent the Wildcats home, while the Blue Hens advanced all the way to the National Championship game.

After fighting through the loss of leading scorer Alvin Abreu (left) for the season in the second game of the year, the loss of players finally took its toll in January for the men’s basketball team. Sophomore standout Ferg Myrick (right) was also lost for the season with a ruptured patellar tendon, and senior Dane DiLiegro missed two games due to suspension. The team has struggled in conference games, taking a 2-6 record into the weekend.

After flying out of the gate en route to a 10-2-4 record and going into break ranked No. 2 in the nation, the men’s hockey team was struck with a rash of bad luck in January, dropping one-goal decisions to underdogs St. Lawrence and Dartmouth, and losing a battle of a game, 2-1, to BU last weekend.

W BBALL CONTINUED FROM PAGE 20 first ‘Cat to notch 10 field goals in a game since Candace Williams did so against Boston University on Jan. 17, 2009. She finished the evening 10 for 17 from the floor and 6 for 11 from beyond the arc. Her six 3-point field goals are a career best. She also added four rebounds and one assist in the win. Tanna Ross earned player of the game honors for Maine, finishing with a team-high 18 points, six rebounds and two assists. Kelsey Hogan (15 points) and Kate Early (11 points) also scored in double-digits for UNH, marking the fifth time this season three ‘Cats have finished in double-figures. Early’s point total was a season best and fell just one short of her career high. Denise Beliveau chipped in with 13 rebounds and six points, while also matching a career best with six assists. After a seesaw battle for much of the first half, New Hampshire picked up the pace in the last four minutes, scoring 13 unanswered

points to close out the stanza to give the Wildcats a 26-24 edge at the intermission. Reed ignited the ‘Cats after being held scoreless for the first 16 minutes of the action, knocking down a 15-foot jumper from the left wing, halting a 7-0 Maine run at 3:51. After a change of possession Ross fired back with a 3-pointer, pushing Maine ahead 24-18 with 3:38 remaining. That would be the last time the Black Bears would score for the rest of the frame, as Reed sank 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions to tie the score at 24-24 with 1:21 remaining. Reed kept up the hot shooting at the start of the second frame, banging in a pair of threes on back-toback possessions, building UNH’s lead to eight at the 18-minute mark. Ross sank a 3-pointer and Ashleigh Roberts banked in a layup on two straight trips up the floor, cutting the deficit down to three about a minute later. The ‘Cats responded on the defensive end, limiting the Black Bears to just two points over the next 3:35, posting a 10-2 run on the back of Reed, who scored every

basket during the stretch, pushing the Wildcat lead to its highest margin to that point with a 42-31 edge at 14:20. A Shareka Maner layup and a Ross trifecta would snap Maine’s scoreless streak, but UNH kept piling on the points as a hook shot in the lane by Early ignited a 20-4 run that lasted over seven minutes. The senior added a jumper about a minute later and Hogan drained a 3-pointer from the right wing on the possession that followed, as New Hampshire tallied seven unanswered points to set off the stretch. UNH closed out the run just as strong, posting seven unanswered points once again, as Beliveau set up Early with a pair of transition layups less than a minute apart and the Wildcats knocked down 3-of-6 free throws from the charity stripe to take a 60-42 lead with 5:21 remaining. Early scored all 11 of her points during the stretch, as she guided the ‘Cats to a 22-point advantage, giving them a lead they would not relinquish. The Wildcats return to action on Saturday at 1 p.m. when they face Boston University at Case Gymnasium.

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Sophomore Fobes garners Gymnast of the Week honors By STAFF REPORTS THE NEW HAMPSHIRE

UNH sophomore Austyn Fobes has been named the EAGL Gymnast of the Week, the league announced on Tuesday. It is the first award for Fobes, who earned the floor exercise championship and tied for second place on vault, uneven bars and all-around in UNH’s victory at Pittsburgh on Sunday night. In Saturday night’s loss at Penn State, the Howell, N.J., native tallied a team-best 39.025 all-around score, took third place on vault (9.8) and third place on floor (9.8). Battling an injured ankle during Sunday’s triumph over previ-

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M BBALL CONTINUED FROM PAGE 20 3 for 3 to start the second half, with Gerald McLemore, Terrance Mitchell and Andrew Rogers all draining treys to stake the Bears to their first double-digit lead, 38-27, with 15:50 left in the game. Two more treys by Mitchell and McLemore closed what wound up being a 16-7 run to open the second half with Maine holding its largest lead of the game at 46-30 just 5:04 in. A 3-pointer by freshman Scott Morris and a basket inside by senior Dane DiLiegro kicked off a 6-0 run that sliced the deficit to 10. Another

basket by DiLiegro a few minutes later brought the Wildcats to within eight at 48-40 with 10:12 remaining. Maine countered with an 11-3 run to take a 59-43 lead with 6:38 to go in the contest. Four straight points by freshman DeAndray Buckley cut it to 12, but that was as close as UNH would come as a Barnies three-point play opened the lead back up to 15 in the final minutes. DiLiegro led the Wildcats with nine rebounds, adding six points on 3-of-4 shooting. Morris chipped in with six points on 2-of-4 shooting from behind the arc. Buckley tallied six points, two boards, two assists, two steals and a block. Junior Brian Benson recorded six points and six

rebounds. Senior Tyrone Conley, who was in foul trouble much of the night, saw his career-best 13-game double-digit scoring streak come to an end as he scored five points and handed out a pair of helpers. Maine outshot UNH 43 percent (23-54) to 34 percent (18-53), including 44 percent (7-16) to 22 percent (5-23) from long range. The Black Bears also outrebounded the Wildcats, 45-31. UNH only turned the ball over nine times and forced 14 Maine turnovers. The Wildcats return to action Saturday at 3 p.m. when they take on Boston University at Lundholm Gymnasium.

ously-unbeaten Pittsburgh, Fobes registered a 9.8 on vault, a 9.725 on bars, a 9.275 on beam and a 9.825 on floor for an all-around score of 38.625. Fobes becomes the first UNH gymnast to earn an EAGL weekly honor since then-senior Julie Sauchuk captured the EAGL Specialist of the Week award March 15, 2010. Then-junior Chelsea Steinberg was the last Wildcat to be feted as the EAGL Gymnast of the Week on Feb. 16 of last year. The UNH gymnastics team, with a record of 3-2, returns to Lundholm Gymnasium to play host to the University of Bridgeport this Sunday at 2 p.m.

John Lyons, the second-winningest head football coach in Dartmouth College history, has been hired as the new defensive coordinator at UNH. Lyons earned 60 career victories as the head coach at Dartmouth from 1992-2004. His Big Green teams won two Ivy League championships (1992, 1996), including a perfect 10-0 season in ‘96 when Lyons was named the New England Coach of the Year by the New England sports writers and the Division I N.E. Coach of the Year by the Gridiron Club of Boston. “I’ve known John for more than 25 years, going back to when we were both assistants at Boston University, and everywhere he’s

been, his defense has been exceptional,” McDonnell said. “We are very excited to have someone with his experience coming to run our defense.” Lyons, a West Hartford, Conn. native, most recently worked at Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, N.H., where he served as football coach since 2005 and athletic director since 2008. He guided the school to three consecutive Evergreen League championships from 2007-2009. Previously, Lyons spent three seasons (2005-07) in NFL Europe for the Cologne Centurions, the last two years as defensive coordinator. Under his tutelage, the Centurions had the league’s top total defense in 2005 and 2007 and the top-ranked pass yardage defense in 2006.


An actual tweet from Matt Hasselbeck’s Twitter account: “Somebody ask Cromartie if he knows what CBA stands for.”

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Friars are familiar foes SCORE ‘Cats welcome improved Providence to Whit for second-straight weekend By ZACK COX SPORTS EDITOR

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John Henrion battles with a Friar’s player in UNH’s 5-2 win last year.

Vacation is over for the UNH men’s hockey team, and after rough winter break the Wildcats will be happy to get back to school. After carrying a 10-2-4 record, along with a No. 2 overall national ranking, into the team’s month-long winter recess, UNH has posted an average

3-3 mark thus far in the new year. All three losses have been highly contested matchups, however. After dropping a 2-1 overtime decision to St. Lawrence on Jan. 2, the Wildcats were upset, 5-4, by Dartmouth on a last-minute goal and could not muster enough offense in last weekend’s 2-1 loss to Boston

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Injuries have put damper on once promising season

Reed drops 27 on Bears Sophomore has career day as ‘Cats bowl over Maine

By JUSTIN DOUBLEDAY SPORTS EDITOR

When it comes to basketball— and most any sport—injuries are a part of the game. Every team deals with a rash of bumps and bruises over the course of the season and there is not much sympathy coming from the opposing sidelines and stands. But even the most diehard Vermont or Maine fan has to feel for the UNH men’s basketball team this season. For the Wildcats, what started out as a season with serious expectations of an America East championship run has nearly been derailed by two devastating injuries. Senior Alvin Abreu’s seasonending ACL tear in just the Wildcats’ second game seemed like enough bad luck for one season. But in a Jan. 4 game at Boston University, sophomore forward Ferg Myrick ruptured the patellar tendon in his right knee, ending his season as well. Myrick’s breakout campaign was cut short and the Wildcats’ found themselves without two of their top scorers. “The biggest challenge, from a coaching standpoint, is just staying patient and positive,” UNH head coach Bill Herrion said. “The two guys that we lost are two very good offensive players, and at this level, it’s very hard to substitute that kind of offense that we’re missing.” The numbers offer a good idea about the effect these injuries have had on the Wildcats. Abreu, a senior captain, was UNH’s leading scorer last season and had already eclipsed 1000 points in his career. Meanwhile, Myrick was named to the America East All-Rookie team last year and was averaging 12.1 points per game this season before

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Sophomore Cari Reed led three Wildcats in double-figures, netting a career-best 27 points, propelling the UNH women’s basketball team to a 67-47 victory over the University of Maine Wednesday night at Alfond Arena. The win, UNH’s third in the last four games, improves the Wildcats to 6-14 overall and 3-5 in America East play. The Black Bears, who registered the lowest point total of any UNH opponent this season, fall to 3-17 overall and 1-7 in conference action with the loss. Reed was named the America East Player of the Game for New Hampshire, notching the highest single-game point total of any Wildcat this season. She is also the UNH Maine

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UNH

Tuesday, Orono, Maine

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (6-14, 3-5)

67 47 UNH

MAINE

Wednesday, Orono, Maine

IN THIS ISSUE -UNH’s Austyn Fobes was named EAGL Gymnast of the Week. Page 19

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Junior forward Brian Benson pulled in 22 rebounds in a double overtime loss at Stony Brook on Jan. 15. The 22 boards is the second-most a Wildcat has ever recorded in a single game.

While we Barnies leads Maine past Wildcats were gone COURTESY PHOTO/SETH POPLANSKI

UNH’s Denise Beliveau drives on a Maine defender in Wednesday’s 67-47 win. Beliveau finished with six points and 13 rebounds.

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MEN’S BASKETBALL

By STAFF REPORTS THE NEW HAMPSHIRE

Maine UNH

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Sophomore Chris Matagrano scored a team-leading eight points and pulled down four rebounds for the UNH men’s basketball team, but it was not enough in a 64-50 loss at the University of Maine on Tuesday night at Alfond Arena. UNH slips to 8-12 overall, 2-6 in the league, while Maine improves to 13-7 and, with its sixth straight victory, maintaining its America East first-place standing with a league mark of 7-1.

Sophomore Chandler Rhoads, UNH’s America East Player of the Game, netted six points, grabbed four rebounds and handed out three assists, but had his career-best fivegame double-digit scoring streak snapped. Troy Barnies earned America East Player of the Game honors for Maine as he posted 20 points and 14 rebounds to go along with a pair of assists. The unlikely duo of Matagrano and freshman Jordon Bronner led UNH’s offensive attack in the first half, shooting a combined 7 of 8 from the floor to tally 15 of the

Wildcats’ 24 points. Matagrano, who scored New Hampshire’s first six points of the half, entered the locker room with eight at the intermission, while Bronner contributed seven points, hitting all three of his shots, including a 3-pointer. Bronner finished 3 for 6 for seven points, with two assists and two rebounds. Barnies nearly posted a double-double in the opening half, as his 10 points and 9 rebounds helped the Black Bears take a 29-24 lead at halftime. After only attempting four 3-pointers the entire first half, Maine went

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See page 19 for a rundown of what’s been happening in the world of UNH athletics since we left for winter break.


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