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Panel talks Egypt politics Calls situation ‘most exciting time in the Middle East in decades’ By FARIS AL-HASHMI CONTRIBUTING WRITER
A close-to-capacity crowd filled MUB Theater II on Wednesday for a discussion titled, “Forum on Protests in Egypt and the Arab World.” Including a mix of academic analysis and first-hand perspective,
the panelists were in agreement that a profound shift in regional politics has occurred, even if the full tale has yet to be told in Egypt. Panelists were comprised of three UNH professors who specialize in the Middle East, as well as a professor and student at UNH who are originally from Egypt. The Student Senate Academic Af-
fairs Council, the Center for International Education, and the recently-created Middle Eastern Studies minor sponsored the forum. The idea for the forum came independently from all three sponsors, according to panelist and political science professor Jean-
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Michael Elwardany, a native of Egypt, spoke during the “Forum on Protests in Egypt and the Arab World” last Wednesday.
Valentine’s Day seen as ‘silly,’ ‘obnoxious’ holiday to students By SAMANTHA PEARSON STAFF WRITER
It seems that the most romantic holiday of the year is not doing much for UNH undergraduates. The general consensus among students on Valentine’s Day, regardless of their relationship status, is that the holiday is a tad overrated.
In several interviews, students all expressed similar opinions on the date, stating that while the holiday seems like a good idea in its purest form, it is ultimately too commercialized to have any real meaning. Most students said they had
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Fans arrive early for Wiz tickets
Christopher Ring, above, gave a speech to roughly 35 last week in Portsmouth about the alternatives available for ecofriendly and humanhealthy home interiors. Ring and his co-workers work for Greenovations, a supplier of ecofriendly items used for interior design. For the complete story, see page 4. COURTESY PHOTOS/SEACOAST MEDIA
Freshmen Joe Sannella and Mike Macierowski were the first students in line for Wiz Khalifa tickets which went on sale at 9 this morning. RAYA ALHASHMI/STAFF
By ZACK COX SPORTS EDITOR
Tickets to SCOPE’s highly anticipated Spring Climax show went on sale earlier this morning, accompanied by the line of students snaking through the MUB that comes along with any ticket
release. Unlike past years, however, the line for this year’s show, which features Pittsburgh rappers Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller, began a full 20 hours before the
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No.6 UNH vs. No.11 Merrimack
On Thursday night, Bomb the Music Industry! performed for a large group of fans in the Strafford Room in one of the first MUSO concerts of the semester.
Greg Burke and the UNH hockey team will face the streaking Merrimack College Warriors in a two-game series this weekend. Merrimack has won 10 of its last 11 games.
Possible Future of C-Lot
Winter Parking Ban Confusion
5 It remains to be seen whether or not the Durham Fire Department will relocate to UNH’s C-Lot behind Mills Hall in the future.
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This week in Durham Feb. 12 Feb. 13 • College Dating Comedians. 9-11p.m. Strafford Room, MUB. • Gymnatics Invitational Meet. 7 p.m. Lundholm Gymnasium. • Track and Field vs.Vermont. 12 p.m. Paul Sweet Oval, Field House.
• The Social Network. 7:15 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. MUB Theater. $2/$4 • Arts for Life. 1p.m. Art Museum. • Open stick and puck. 5:45 p.m.7:15p.m. Whittemore Center Arena.
Feb. 14 • CommUNHiversity’s Valentine’s Day Speed Dating. 7:30p.m. Granite State Room, MUB. • Valentine’s Day Skate Party. 6:15 p.m.- 8:45 p.m. Whittemore Center Arena.
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V-DAY CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 had mixed feelings, whether it was because of the “obnoxious decorations,” or the “public nature” of displaying such a private emotion – love – where everyone can see it. Particular complaints included malls being covered in red and pink for a month, gigantic teddy bears that no one ever has room to store, and the fact that regardless of relationship status, Valentine’s Day pushes people to feel like they have to do more and be more in order to fulfill the status quo of romanticism for the holiday. Furthermore, according to some students, the holiday puts too much emphasis on showering significant others with affection for a single day. “I feel like it’s silly to have a day purely there to show someone you care about them when it’s something that should always be done,” junior Stacey Gomez said. “Valentine’s Day just causes unnecessary anxiety.” Sophomore Molly Driscoll is avoiding that anxiety by spending the holiday with friends. “My former two roommates are my valentines this year,” she said with a laugh. “I’m in charge of
buying flowers, and my friends are in charge of getting cupcakes and actual Valentine’s Day cards.” When asked about her feelings on the holiday in general, Driscoll seconded Gomez’s thoughts. “I think it’s good to celebrate love, but I don’t think there should be a specific day of the year designated to celebrate love,” Driscoll said. “I think it should be celebrated all the time.” Driscoll’s greatest Valentine’s Day to date had nothing to do with romance, and she said she likes it that way. “I went on a double date with my parents, and my grandma was my date,” she said. “We went out for a nice seafood dinner. The only ‘proper’ Valentine’s Day I’ve had wasn’t very romantic at all.” Junior Chris Bruneau said that the holiday has good intentions, but that its commercialization forces people to feel like they have to spend money in order to prove that they care. “Looking at its pure intention, I think it’s nice to set aside a day spent with each other,” Bruneau said. “An ideal Valentine’s Day for me would be spending time together doing something outdoors, like going for a hike or skiing, and then making a nice dinner at home.”
Closings set in border group leader’s murder trial By AMANDA LEE MYERS ASSOCIATED PRESS
TUCSON, Ariz. - Attorneys are expected to give closing arguments Thursday in the murder case against an anti-illegal immigrant group leader who is accused of gunning down a 9-year-old girl and her father in what prosecutors say was an attempt to steal drug money to fund border operations. Shawna Forde, 42, is accused in the May 2009 killings of 29-yearold Raul Flores and his 9-year-old daughter Brisenia at their home in Arivaca, a desert community about 50 miles southwest of Tucson and 10 miles north of Mexico. Authorities allege that Forde and two men dressed as law enforcement officers forced their way into Flores’ home, shooting him, Brisenia and his wife, Gina Gonzales, who survived her injuries. Flores was believed to be involved with drug trafficking, police say, but officers don’t think the assailants found much cash or drugs in the home. Forde is the leader of the Minutemen American Defense, a small border watch group, and prosecutors contend that Forde planned the attack to help fund her anti-immigrant operations. Forde’s defense attorney, Eric Larsen, argued to jurors that Forde was never in the Flores home that night, but that it was the girlfriend of one of the men accused of breaking into the home. He argued that the girlfriend also is blonde and that Gonzales mistakenly blamed Forde after a photo line-up. Those who know her testified
that Forde “is essentially a braggadocio, an exaggerator, full of hot air,” her attorney, Eric Larsen, told The Associated Press. “They never really believed anything she ever said. She frankly just didn’t have the wherewithal to do this.” Attorneys are expected to wrap up arguments by the end of Thursday. The jury then will begin deliberating. A 911 recording released by the Pima County Sheriff’s Office in 2009 captures Gonzales pleading for help after her husband and daughter were shot. She is heard crying out in pain from a gunshot wound and then becoming frantic as the attackers return. The sound of nine gunshot wounds is heard as Gonzales engages in a gunbattle with the intruders. “Oh my God, I can’t believe they killed my family,” Gonzales says on the recording. Police say Gonzales shot and wounded one of her alleged attackers, Jason Eugene Bush, who officers believe was the gunman. Forde is accused of being the ringleader, and another man, Albert Robert Gaxiola, allegedly provided information about the local area. Bush and Gaxiola go on trial in the spring. Before coming to Arizona, Forde lived in Everett, Wash., where she ran for the city council in 2007, promising to allow police to check the immigration status of suspects, according to local news accounts. Chris Simcox, founder of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, previously told The AP that his group kicked Forde out in 2007 amid allegations of lying and pretending to be a senior leader.
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The line for tickets to the Wiz Khalifa concert reached roughly 50 by 12:30 a.m. Friday. Tickets went for the show, which is presented by SCOPE, went on sale at 9 this morning.
WIZ CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 ticket office opened. One group of seven friends arrived at the third floor of the MUB at 12:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon, prepared to camp out all night to be the first in line when tickets went on sale at 9 a.m. Freshmen Joe Sannella and Mike Macierowski were among the group, who planned to rotate in shifts throughout the night, and oddly said
EGYPT CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 nie Sowers, a specialist in Middle Eastern and Egyptian politics, as the significance of the political events in Egypt grew among segments of the UNH community. Mass demonstrations have been ongoing in Egypt for more than two weeks, as protestors seek to oust the regime of President Hosni Mubarak, who has held his position since 1981. The protests in Egypt follow on the heels of similar ones in nearby Tunisia that occurred in January, which resulted in the departure of that country’s long-serving president. The Tunisian revolution had a profound effect upon Egyptians, according to panelist Ihab Farag, a chemical engineering professor. “People didn’t know how to express their anger until Tunisia,” he said. According to Sowers, the way in which the protests have spread from Tunisia has made it relatable to students. “This is the most exciting moment in the Middle East in decades,” she said. In addition to Sowers and Farag, the other panelists were comprised of Etha Wolper, professor of history, Alasdair Drysdale, professor of geography, and Michael Elwardany, a graduate civil engineering student. Following the individual speeches, a significant time was devoted to questions from the audience, which extended past the event’s allotted time. Sowers said she hoped the forum offered a more in-depth
they are not huge Wiz Khalifa fans. “I like his stuff, but I’m more here for the experience,” Macierowski said. “It’s more just to do something that all our friends have wanted to do.” “We heard that Wiz Khalifa was coming here and we were just like, ‘We’re camping out. Let’s do it,’” Sannella said. “We got here at three, but our friends first got here at 12:30. We’re taking shifts.” The task would be harder than Sannella and Macierowski imagined, though, as the MUB closes at
night, relegating them to the small area between the two automatic doors at the building’s entrance. They said this would not deter them, however, and they had no plans to vacate their prime spot. “The constant traffic coming in and out of the MUB doesn’t help with the cold air [though],” Sannella said. Tickets are now on sale for the concert, which will be held on April 8th in the Whittemore Center. Student tickets are $18, and nonstudent tickets are $36.
analysis of the events in addition to giving students the chance to learn from Farag and Elwardany, who are from Egypt and still have connections there. Elwardany came to the U.S. to study from Alexandria, Egypt last July. Alexandria is Egypt’s secondlargest city, and a major site of some of the protests, which some of Elwardany’s friends are participating in. For his part, Elwardany supports the right of the people to protest, which he came to the forum hoping to affirm. “They need freedom and democracy,” he said. “They deserve it.” Additionally, he sought to dispel a perceived campaign of propaganda and misinformation by the Egyptian government, directed to both the West as well as to Egyptians. In an emotional and candid speech, Elwardany warned those in attendance to not take what his government is saying as truth. Any government tends to say lies when it is in trouble, he said. To Western media, the government is claiming that a hostile regime will take hold if the current one collapses, or that there should be no change because the people aren’t ready for democracy. To its own people, the government is framing the protestors as a minority being paid to protest, or as being spies for the U.S., Iran and Israel, he said. Beyond the validity of these claims, “How could the U.S., Iran and Israel ever have spies working together?” Elwardany joked. Contrary to government propaganda, the demonstrations don’t
belong to any party. “It’s the whole people. They know their rights,” he said. Professor Sowers agreed in the resoluteness of the protestors. “Unless they’ve got commitment [of reform] that is tangible, they won’t give up because this is their chance,” Sowers said. “It is an amazing moment of opportunity.” Senior political science major Ashley Rennebu, a member of the Student Senate Academic Affairs Council, and one of the organizers of the event, said she was happy with the turnout. “[Elwardany] was a powerful speaker,” she said. “He knows first hand what things are like. I think people liked that.” Fellow senior political science major Joelle Calcavecchia agreed that it was interesting to learn Elwardany’s perspective as a collegeaged student in Egypt, adding that she hopes more forums like these will be held in the future. Meanwhile, the events in Egypt continue to unfold. It is still unclear whether Egypt will act as the next domino to fall in the region after the Tunisian revolution. However, that may be irrelevant. According to Sowers, the protests already have “irrevocably changed the political regime.” The Egyptians in attendance were already looking forward. “This isn’t the Egypt I grew up in,” Farag said. “I hope it can be beautiful again.” For Elwardany, that future has been written. “Now I am proud of my country,” Elwardany said. “I really admire the people. We can do anything if we really believe in it.”
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Home interior focus of Seacoast Green Seminar By EMILY BOWERS CONTRIBUTING WRITER
America’s homes may be making its citizens sick. This was one part of the message delivered during the Greenovations’ Green Home Seminar at the Portsmouth Public Library on Feb. 3. About 35 people arrived to listen to Christopher Ring of Greenovations, and Randy Trainor, owner of C. Randolph Trainor, LLC, talk about the alternatives available for eco-friendly and human-healthy home interiors. Greenovations is a supplier of eco-friendly and home-healthy interior goods, and C. Randolph Trainor, LLC is an eco-friendly interior design company. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air quality is the number one environmental health problem in the U.S. The air inside a typical American home can be up to five times more polluted than urban city streets.
These were two of the first statements made at the seminar, giving the audience some idea of why they should be interested in finding ecofriendly alternatives for its homes. Special interest was paid to volatile organic compounds (VOCs) within the home. These compounds, according to the EPA, can come from paints and lacquers, varnishes and waxes, building materials and furnishings, office equipment, air fresheners, cleaning supplies, and dry-cleaned clothing. In addition to causing irritation to the eyes, nose, and throat, inducing nausea and damage to internal organs, some VOCs are also carcinogenic. The take-home message of the event was that these potentially damaging compounds could be avoided if one makes careful decisions when building, renovating and furnishing home interiors. Ring, a former teacher, started Greenovations in May of 2010, and created the Green Home Seminar series as an educational initiative. His store is stocked with sam-
ples of recycled glass and concrete tiles, cardboard countertop material, formaldehyde-free flooring materials, and recycled cotton insulation made mostly from discarded blue jeans. Although he feels it is within his realm of duty as an eco-material supplier to educate local citizens about healthy home alternatives, he also said he shouldn’t have to organize such an event. “People shouldn’t have to spend all this time guessing, ‘Is this product healthy? Is it a high-quality product? Is it hurting people around the world far from us?’” Ring said. “It’s just that a lot of these products are.” Ring opened Greenovations in part due to his experience in helping to build a friend’s super-efficient house in the Adirondacks about six years ago. During that time, they had trouble finding materials for the project. “There was nothing local,” Ring said. “The closest suppliers were about a 60- to 70-mile drive, and that was only for the shell of the house,
Christopher Ring, founder of Greenovations, helps provide ecofriendly and home-healthy interior goods in the Seacoast area. not the interior,” Ring said. Six years ago, there were very few businesses like Ring’s in the area, but these days there are more options for the conscious consumer. “There seems to be more green businesses opening up than there is demand for it,” Ring said, adding that he hopes the customer base would grow along with the industry. Still, Ring said he is enjoying running a green business. “If I could make a living off of good-vibes, I would be the wealthiest person in town,” Ring said. About 95 percent of his walk-in customers express gratitude or excitement about what he is offering, he said. Chris Redmond, co-owner of Little Green Homes - an eco-friendly design and building company out of Portsmouth - said that since his company’s start in 2007, business has been pretty good. “We’ve managed to stay steady,” Redmond said. “I absolutely think there has been an increase in green building. We market our business that way for a reason. We want our clients to value energy-efficient, sustainable building projects.” Redmond said that green homes are more healthy, durable and energy efficient. “[These] are qualities that I believe everyone should want to be a part of their new home or remodeling project … and they are all great reasons to invest in green building,” Redmond said. Green-building and renovation businesses aren’t the only ecologically-based entities that seem to be growing these days; the Seacoast has seen its fair share of sustainabilityoriented organizations as well. One such organization, the Seacoast Renewable Energy Initiative (SEAREI), provides its members with a chance to participate in and receive ‘energy raisers’ in the style of traditional New England barn raisings. Volunteers offer their time and skills to install renewable energy systems into residents’ houses for no additional cost to the buyer. This eliminates the cost of installation of these systems, traditionally a large
portion of the total price. The organization originated in 2009, the brainchild of Michael and Ann Bliss of Portsmouth, who adopted the idea from the Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative (PAREI). What started as five board members in 2009 has turned into an organization with roughly 80 families as members. Ann Bliss, still a member of the board, said they have seen steady member growth since the start of SEAREI. They recently secured a grant from the N.H. Charitable Trust, and are looking for a project manager to coordinate between SEAREI and Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit home-building organization that is planning to include renewable energy systems in its new building projects. Since its inception, SEAREI has been responsible for five solar hot-water systems and four photovoltaic installations in the larger seacoast area. Bliss said Habitat hopes to complete three to five building projects this year with renewable energy systems. Bliss thinks the general Seacoast populace is fairly aware about issues of sustainability and green-home options compared to some other areas of the country. She points to just a few of the many Seacoast sustainability initiatives in the area, like the Zero Waste initiative in Portsmouth, Seacoast Slow Food and the local permaculture group. “There is a lot of enthusiasm for green initiatives here,” Bliss said. Despite the enthusiasm, it still remains to be seen whether the Seacoast will see a green home revolution in coming years or not. Ring said that he is not expecting riches from his new venture into green building and renovation supplies. “The eco-conscious don’t require extreme wealth, and I’m neither anticipating nor needing that,” he said. “I want to do something valuable for the world. That’s what’s going to make me happy.” The next installment of Greenovations Green Home Seminar series will be held on Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Portsmouth Public Library.
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Potential move in store for Fire Department? By KELLY SENNOT STAFF WRITER
A new Durham Fire Department building and a new parking garage may be replacing C-Lot on Mill Road. There will be a meeting on Wednesday, March 2, at 7 p.m. in the Durham Town Hall discussing the new fire department and parking garage, according to the Durham town website. The new location has been a long time coming, according to Durham Fire Chief Corey Landry. The fire department, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this March, has been moved many times before - from Pettee Block, to the shed of Thompson Hall, to the Murkland basement, and finally to its current location on 51 College Road. Right now, the fire department leases its space from the university, with the town and the university splitting the total funding. The Durham Fire Department serves both UNH and Durham. The fire department was moved to its current location 28 years ago, and at the time, it was meant to be a temporary arrangement. Landry calls the area where C-Lot is the “diamond in the rough,” as it is right within the downtown area and it increases the fire department’s visibility. “You wouldn’t believe how many people can’t find us,” Landry said. The new location would also increase the safety of the firefighters and the ease at which they help the community. The new building would also feature a community room for
Durham residents to meet. The community room and extra space would also be great for a training room, Landry said. Not only would there be a new fire department building on the premise of C-Lot, there would also be a new parking garage. Durham town representative Jim Campbell said that the parking garage would offer more spaces than C-Lot currently provides.
believe how many people can’t find us.” Corey Landry Durham Fire Chief At the moment, the setup for the parking garage and fire department is unknown. Landry said that an architect is currently working on the design. The fire department will either be on Quad Way with the parking garage on Mill Road, or vice-versa. The downside of having the fire department on Mill Road is that the parking garage would be hidden behind the building, Landry said. Ground level and traffic patterns are also something to look at when planning the new parking garage. Landry said that the downside of placing a fire department on Quad Way is that from the road, drivers are unable to turn left onto Main Street. Right now, no plans are definite. The meeting on March 2 will also feature a site feasibility study on C-Lot, according to the town website. All Durham residents are welcome to attend.
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Feds add murder charges in crackdown on NY gang ASSOCIATED PRESS
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - Federal prosecutors added murder and racketeering charges Thursday to a wide-ranging indictment aimed at gutting the local influence of the Latin Kings gang. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said he believed it was the first time the racketeering laws, often used against organized crime, had been invoked against the gang in the troubled city of Newburgh, on the Hudson River about 60 miles north of New York City. One of the murder victims was a 15-year-old bystander shot by accident during a gang fight, Bharara said. The others were gang members aged 20 and 21, he said. “Gang violence and drug dealing on the streets of Newburgh remain intolerable,” Bharara said. “We must put an end to the scourge that calls itself the Latin Kings. They are ruthless and resilient, and, as alleged, they have the blood of an innocent child on their hands.”
The updated indictment, unsealed Thursday in federal court in White Plains, adds 15 new defendants for a total of 31 charged since May in the crackdown in Newburgh, an ethnically diverse city of about 30,000 residents. All of the defendants are gang members, associates or suppliers, Bharara said. Most of the defendants have King aliases, including King Bullethead, King Tragedy and King Tutu. Orange County District Attorney Frank Phillips said the crackdown “has taken horrendously dangerous people off the streets.” Besides murder and racketeering, the defendants face various charges of attempted murder, robbery and assault. All 31 are charged with a drug distribution conspiracy. The violent crimes were committed to protect drug territory, Bharara said. “They peddled virtually every type of narcotic in Newburgh they could get their hands on - heroin, crack cocaine, powder cocaine, marijuana,” he said. “You name it,
they sold it.” A man the gang suspected of cooperating with law enforcement was stabbed in January 2010, Bharara said. The indictment said the structure of the gang included a Crown Council with an overall leader, a key adviser, a warlord, a secretary, and a treasurer. Members paid dues at meetings, the indictment said. Bharara said the ultimate goal of the crackdown was “sustainable justice” in Newburgh, where “entire blocks were controlled by gang members, running drug markets with guns on hand.” “The elimination of the Latin Kings will not alone bring about renewal and rebirth in Newburgh,” he said. “But until we fully restore of the rule of law, other positive change cannot take permanent root.” Diego Rodriguez, who leads the New York FBI, said prosecutors hoped to “reclaim the city of Newburgh for its law-abiding residents.”
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After twenty years, Forest Watch meets all of its original goals Getting students involved in scientific research while remembering teacher Christa McAuliffe By KERRY FELTNER STAFF WRITER
Forest Watch is a UNH outreach program that caters to schools across New England, providing K-12 students a way to get involved in scientific research through the collection and processing of data pertaining to air pollution damage in N.H. forests. “Forest Watch schools study white pines and their response to ground level ozone,” Martha Carlson, Forest Watch coordinator, said. “Students do real science, a blend of field environmental and forestry studies with laboratory analysis of white pine health. The program combines botany with the physics of light, spectral measures of needle health, and correlative information, which students may derive from Landsat images of the New England forest.” Forest Watch celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2011, and has accomplished many goals since the start of its establishment. Since 1992, 367 teachers have participated in Forest Watch, and the program has worked with 258 schools in all
five New England states, as well as with a few schools in New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania. The program has three main goals: first, to have students learn through hands-on activities, both outside of their school and in their own classrooms. Secondly, Dr. Barry Rock, NASA scientist and UNH professor in the natural resources department, wanted to introduce students to space-age technology using Earth-orbiting satellites to monitor the planet from space. Finally, Rock wanted to study how white pine health varied from year to year, depending on a given summer’s air quality. In its 20th year, the program has met all of these goals and more. “Forest Watch focuses on training students to monitor the health of white pine trees outside their classrooms,” Rock said. “White pine is a known bio-indicator of exposure to ground-level ozone, and students collect pine samples every year to study in their own classrooms, as well as sending samples to UNH for analysis. These analyses are then compared with annual ozone levels monitored by New Hampshire DES
and regionally by the EPA.” Samples have been taken from 1,767 white pine trees in 3,497 field samples. Two sets of twigs are collected in each sampling, a total of 6,994 pine needle samples. The number of students who participate varies from small elementary classes of 12 to 20 students, to high schools in which three or four classes of students participate. It is estimated that almost 28,000 students have been involved in the program.
early 1987, Rock decided to come to UNH. When Rock arrived on campus in August of 1987, he received a letter from Phil Browne, a biology teacher at Concord High School, asking him to help restore his students’ faith in NASA. From this request, Forest Watch was born. “Once I had the opportunity to meet with Phil Browne and discuss possible classroom activities that would help restore Concord High students’ faith in NASA and
Her dream - to have students learn about “their home planet by studying it from space - has been achieved.” Dr. Barry Rock NASA Scientist & UNH Professor In addition to assessing the health of white pine each year, schools also receive satellite images of their local areas so that students are able to compare the health of their trees with those at the other schools. “Student data has allowed my research team here at UNH to see changes in annual health conditions at the participating schools,” Rock said. “Poor air quality years with high ozone levels cause poor health in the trees, while good air quality years cause good health in the same trees.” The idea for the program directly correlated to the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger in 1986, which killed Concord High School science teacher Christa McAuliffe. In August of 1986, Rock met with Dr. Berrien Moore, the director of the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space, and was invited to apply for a job at UNH. Since the cause of the Challenger disaster hadn’t been corrected by
in the use of the space program to study the Earth, the idea of Forest Watch evolved over the next three years,” Rock said. “We began the first Forest Watch teacher training workshops in 1990/1991 academic year.” The program began with six schools across New Hampshire, four of which are still in Forest Watch. “Forest Watch hopes to enrich science teaching and learning in regional schools by sharing UNH knowledge and technologies in science,” Carlson said. “Forest Watch also hopes to gather important data from many test sites about white pine health. Citizen scientists, the teachers and students, have provided information, observations and samples that one team of research scientists could never have collected.” Christa McAuliffe’s goal of educating and engaging students about Earth and space has not been lost in the 20 years of execution of the program.
“Christa’s mission on the Challenger was to have K-12 students learning about the Earth by studying it from space,” Rock said. “Christa’s dream has been met in the Forest Watch program.” Funding for the program is from UNH’s own New Hampshire Space Grant, a NASA program located on campus with the goal of educating the public about the many benefits of studying space. Forest Watch’s findings are crucial to the future of N.H. forests. “Forest Watch is interested in changing conditions in our atmospheric chemistry and weather patterns,” Carlson said. “These changes appear to make Forest Watch more important than ever as a long-term study of forest health. In addition, we are planning to launch a new branch on the Forest Watch tree, a study of sugar maples and their response to environmental stressors, including climate change.” Although the Challenger disaster took place 25 years ago, the science and space education systems are still impacted, and Christa McAuliffe’s legacy is remembered. “[Christa’s] legacy is alive and well,” Rock said. “Her dream - to have students learn about their home planet by studying it from space - has been achieved in UNH programs such as Forest Watch, Project SMART, and Watershed Watch - all highly successful hands-on science experiences for K-12 students.” Dr. Rock hopes that both Forest Watch and other science programs are not taken for granted. “I hope people take away the understanding that from the ashes of Challenger, many valuable educational lessons have helped carry on Christa’s dream,” Rock said. “All of these programs utilize NASA technology and science in ways that she couldn’t have imagined. She would be proud.”
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Friday, February 11, 2011
Students forced to leave open lots for plowing By ANDY GILBERT STAFF WRITER
As of Dec. 1, 2010, UNH’s Winter Parking Ban (WPB) has been in effect. Now, several months into this year’s parking ban, Marc Laliberte, operations manager for University Transportation Services, reports a decrease in WPB tickets for January compared to last year, with only 632 citations being written last month. Revenue from paid WPB tickets goes to helping the operations of shuttles and buses on campus, including the Campus Connector and Wildcat Transit. “This [amount of citations] is down considerably from last year,” Laliberte wrote in an e-mail on Thursday. “We’ve been experiencing relatively good compliance this winter, even though the weather has been considerably worse.” The WPB is in full effect, lasting from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. While the ban is in effect, parking in most lots is prohibited, some exceptions
include West Edge, the visitor lot, and section four of A-Lot, which is the closest on-campus section of parking before reaching the Gables. However, these exempted lots are occasionally closed so they can be plowed, taking some commuters, such as Amanda Pelchat, a junior, by surprise. Pelchat has been commuting since she was a freshman at UNH, and had never encountered the lot being closed until last week, when it was being plowed from 11 p.m. on Friday until 6 a.m. Saturday. She learned about it the Thursday before when a sign was posted in West Edge, but received no other notification about it before or after that. And while she moved her car on time, she said she was infuriated to discover the move only through the posted sign. “They did not send out an email to all commuters telling them that,” Pelchat said, who also mentioned the sign was only posted
Revived, then reviled: Ky. lets community hunt elk ASSOCIATED PRESS
STONEY FORK, Ky. - Bringing the majestic elk back to the Appalachian hills and hollows where they once roamed has become a nightmare. Rogues from a herd that numbered in the thousands are trampling gardens, flattening fences and marring yards with manure in the southeastern Kentucky town of Stoney Fork. They have made the roads dangerous, causing dozens of car crashes. Some residents have had enough. With the state’s OK, they headed out into the woods to kill elk. They killed 13 of them. “They’re dangerous. Somebody’s going to get killed if they don’t do something,” Stoney Fork said 73-year-old resident Nelson Short said. Short joined about 35 neighbors in a hunt one recent day. With a black 7mm Ruger slung across his shoulder, he boasted that one he caught trespassing on his land wound up in his freezer, sliced into steaks. “When they started bringing them in here, I thought it would be a good thing,” Short said. “It wasn’t.” Elk had disappeared from Kentucky around the time of the Civil War, mainly because of overhunting. Wildlife managers began bringing elk into the state in 1997 from several western states in what was heralded as an important ecology and tourism program. A group of about 1,500 elk released into 14 counties has grown to more than 10,000. Officials expected the elk
would thrive on the man-made meadows left behind after coal companies removed towering ridgetops in a controversial mining method known as mountaintop removal. Some of the elk, however, preferred the tender sprouts growing in the yards couched between steep mountains along a state road that passes through Stoney Fork. The state has received hundreds of complaints about elk intruding on neighborhood. And they have become a threat on the roads. More than 100 elk have been killed in collisions with vehicles since 2005, and no human deaths, according to state wildlife records obtained by The Associated Press. Because that only includes crashes reported to wildlife officials, residents say the total could be 10 times that. “I feel like they don’t need to be here,” Melissa Jones said, who has earned celebrity status in Stoney Fork because she survived a specatular crash which left an angry bull elk thrashing and kicking in the front seat of her Geo Metro. “They’re a danger to us, and we want them gone,” she said. Jones counts it a miracle that she walked away with only cuts and bruises after slamming into the cow-sized animal on her way to Bible study two years ago. The animals, which can weigh 700 pounds and stand 5 feet tall, can inflict major damage on vehicles. Responding to complaints from Stoney Fork residents, state wildlife officials agreed to allow them to shoot elk on their property in January and February, when mountain snows push elk into residential areas in search of food.
within the West Edge lot, and not outside by the road. “There was no prior warning unless you went to A-Lot,” she said.
to all residential hall directors, the Residential Life Office, and complex managers. However, Pelchat does not have a resident lot permit, but in-
“This [amount of citations] is down considerably from last year. We’ve been experiencing relatively good compliance this winter, even though the weather has been considerably worse.”
Marc Laliberte Operating Manager for University Transportations Services There was, according Laliberte, a lot of prior warning besides the signs, but it was distributed differently, depending on the group. “Several e-mails were sent to all resident lot permit holders, providing explicit instructions,” Laliberte said. Notifications were also sent out
stead a commuter’s pass, and was never sent an e-mail from parking services. West Edge is not only a resident lot, but a faculty/staff and commuter lot as well. Notifications to commuters were sent via the commuter’s online newsletter; however, not all commuters, including Pelchat, re-
ceive this newsletter, called “Commuter Connection.” “They need to send an e-mail to every student,” Pelchat said. “So even if they don’t have a car here they can tell their friends.” She was concerned that students who left their vehicles may have never received notification, and may have been towed. During this time, according to Laliberte, other lots were opened up for those who had to move. But at least in Pelchat’s experience, the sign posted in West Edge never listed these options, so she drove home instead of moving her car to an open lot. Overall, 40 vehicles were towed from the campus resident lots while they were being plowed that night. “This is out of nearly 2,000 cars we anticipated would have to move, so it was an exceptionally good compliance rate, for which we’re very grateful,” Laliberte said. “There were no tickets issued during this event.”
Friday, February 11, 2011
‘Granddad Bandit’ bank robber pleads guilty in federal court By DENA POTTER ASSOCIATED PRESS
RICHMOND, Va. - The graying, balding man dubbed the “Granddad Bandit” pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to robbing two Virginia banks and acknowledged two dozen other heists from New York to Texas. Michael Francis Mara, 53, quietly answered “Yes, ma’am” or “No ma’am” but made no statement during a plea hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Hannah Lauck in Richmond. Mara will not be charged in other states. Authorities say Mara took more than $83,000 in the heists, starting in Richmond in 2008 and ending with a North Carolina holdup the day before his Aug. 11 arrest. He was captured after a six-hour standoff with police at his Baton Rouge, La., home. Mara faced up to 20 years for each charge, but his plea deal with prosecutors calls for him to spend 25
years in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced May 11. U.S. Attorney Neil MacBride said that while Mara has not given investigators any motive for the robberies, he was not “hard off” and was employed with a vehicle transportation company. Mara’s federal public defender, Elizabeth Wilson, declined comment following the half-hour hearing. The FBI dubbed Mara the “Granddad Bandit” to help law enforcement and the public identify the man. The agency plastered bank surveillance photos of Mara on billboards around the country in August. He was arrested a week later after authorirites received a tip from someone who saw the billboard. Mara never used a disguise. He waited patiently in line and handed the teller a note demanding a specific amount of money. Once he suggested he had a weapon, but authorities said there was no indication he ever used one.
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Plea agreement could shed light on arms trade By BEN DOBBIN ASSOCIATED PRESS
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - A sudden plea agreement in a federal prosecution of a trio of international weapons dealers has heightened momentum in a case that could shed light on the illicit global arms trade, including irregularities in U.S.backed shipments of assault rifles to Iraq. Gun dealer Karl Kleber, a German national who had been living in Portugal, pleaded guilty Wednesday in a U.S. district courtroom, admitting to violating federal arms laws in a scheme to import banned Chinese assault rifle parts. On Thursday, a second suspect, British arms dealer Gary Hyde, pleaded innocent to the charges, nearly two weeks after he, Kleber and a third suspect were each indicted on two arms trafficking counts. Kleber agreed to provide information to prosecutors and testify. His cooperation, along with tapes investigators culled out of more than 21,000 conversations from his wiretapped phones in Germany, threatens to expose the inner workings of a group of companies whose collaboration in gray-area weapons deals around the world has long frustrated authorities and arms trade experts. Kleber appeared before U.S. District Judge Charles Siragusa in an orange prison jumpsuit with his hands manacled. Asked by Siragusa whether he would be willing to point a finger at the other suspects, Kleber said, “I’m prepared to do that.” When the judge pressed him on why he committed the crimes, Kleber replied, “Money.” The investigation stretches from China to Portugal and involves authorities in Britain, Germany and other countries, but prosecuting the
case in the U.S. signals that tough American arms-trafficking laws provide the strongest venue to pursue illicit weapons charges. Arms traffickers often skirt detection by operating in countries that have weak oversight and laws regulating weapons transactions. “These guys have been under the radar for years in the Balkans, Eastern Europe and other places that are major sources of guns that destabilize nations and prop up dictators,” Hugh Griffiths, an arms trafficking expert with the Stockholm International Peace Institute said. “But to go after them legally, you need strong laws and enforcement, and the U.S. remains the best place to find that.”
cited a recent WikiLeaks release of a 2008 U.S. diplomatic cable that showed the British government blocking a major arms sale to Libya by a company owned by Hyde. York Guns, where Hyde is managing director, tried in October 2008 to persuade British authorities to license the company to ship 130,000 Ukranian-built Kalashnikov rifles to Libya. The sale was blocked, according to U.S. diplomats in Tripoli, because British officials feared the guns might wind up with hostile governments or armed rebels inside neighboring Chad or Sudan. “It shows you how clueless some of these dealers are,” said Oliver Sprague, Amnesty International’s London-based Arms
“These guys have been under the radar for years in the Balkans, Eastern Europe and other places that are major sources of guns that destabilize nations and prop up dictators.” Hugh Griffiths Arms Trafficking Expert Kleber pleaded guilty to one count of aiding in a scheme to disguise the banned Chinese assault rifle parts as Bulgarian-made. Prosecutors said he faces up to five years in prison. Hyde, 41, of York, England, posted $50,000 cash bond Thursday, a condition allowing him to be released locally on electronic monitoring. Paul Restorick, 61, of Kent, England, is not yet in U.S. custody. Hyde and Restorick each face a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Authorities are rarely able to counter a questionable arms deal on the front end, but arms trade experts
Program director. York Guns was not cited in the U.S. indictment against Hyde in New York. “Although Gary Hyde is managing director of York Guns Ltd., no allegations have been directed towards York Guns Ltd. and no inquiries have been made of the company by the U.S. authorities,” the company said in a statement from Karen Boldison, Hyde’s assistant. Instead, the U.S. case against the three men revolves around two other British companies that allegedly conspired in the August 2008 importing of a shipment of 5,000 Chinese AK-47 assault rifle drum
magazines that were disguised as Bulgarian-made. According to a plea agreement between Kleber and prosecutors in the western district of New York, the AK-47 parts shipment originally had been intended to be sold in 2007 for a “subcontractor in connection with a United States Department of Defense contract to supply military goods for delivery and use in Iraq.” According to Kleber’s plea agreement, Restorick, who headed British-based Mil Tec Marketing, approached Kleber and Hyde, who shared in ownership of a Britishbased company called Jago Ltd., in February 2007 to supply 5,000 AK-47 drum magazines as part of an Iraq weapons contract. Their deal was initially with Floridabased General Defense Corp., a subcontractor providing weapons and other munitions to Iraq. Kleber and Hyde then arranged with a Chinese weapons manufacturer to supply the parts, disguising them as Bulgarianmade to slip past a U.S. ban on importing Chinese weapons. The routing of tons of AK-47s by American defense contractors to government forces in Iraq was cause for alarm in the late 2000s when arms trafficking experts and U.S. government investigators warned that thousands of guns in the massive shipments were not being properly documented and could be going missing. Slipshod monitoring and record-keeping by U.S. defense officials led the government investigators and other critics to warn that thousands of weapons had been unaccounted for, prompting worries that some shipments were being diverted to insurgent militias and other warring factions. A July 2007 General Account-
ing Office investigation revealed that some 190,000 rifles and handguns shipped to Iraqi forces in the mid-2000s could not be documented. An independent investigation a year earlier by Amnesty International also had raised questions about the possibility of thousands of missing guns. The Amnesty report cited York Guns as among a shadowy group of weapons dealers involved in a byzantine transaction of hundreds of thousands of weapons that was clouded by shell companies and poor record-keeping, making it difficult to determine who provided the weapons, who shipped them and where they ultimately ended up. “We could never nail down that the missing weapons went to insurgents, but some likely went astray because it appeared to us nobody was checking and monitoring them properly,” Sprague said. But in the case of the Chinese AK-47 parts that originally were ordered as part of the Iraq contract, federal authorities were able to trace where they went - to a warehouse in Rochester. An affidavit filed with the case shows that the trio apparently was unable to fulfill its side of an $800,000 Iraq weapons contract with General Defense Corp., leading to a breach-of-contract lawsuit against Restorick’s company that later was settled out of court. The suspects then cut a deal, the documents show, with American Tactical Imports, a company based near Rochester, to sell the AK-47 parts. The assault rifle parts were delivered to the Rochester company in September 2008, but federal investigators began hearing reports from other gun industry import figures that the drum magazines were prohibited items from China.
helping you get action 11 Feburary 2011
Red Sky Mary delivers high-energy beats
By ANDY GILBERT STAFF WRITER
Red Sky Mary is a rock band that was started by stealing; specifically, by stealing two band members from a rival band. “We literally stole Mike
[Kalempa] and Barrett [Goeman],” Tom Boisse said, a junior at UNH and the lead guitarist for the band. Boisse explained how he first saw the band’s future bass player and drummer at the 2009 Battle of the Bands at Exeter High School.
At the time, he and his childhood friend, Sam Vlasch, now lead singer for Red Sky Mary, were hosting the event with their previous band. “If you win the battle of the bands, your band gets to host it the next year,” Boisse said. “We called
them up and asked, ‘Want to be in our band?’ and it worked.” The band has been together ever since, and will be releasing its first album online in late February or early March. The band normally has one to two shows a week rang-
ing from private party shows, for which they don’t charge, to cover shows. “We can play other people’s music,” Mike Kalempa, a sophomore at UNH, said.
Birth of UNH’s art department depicted in semester salon series By BRI HAND CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Christie Lane soothes fans with alternative sound By AMANDA BELAND ARTS EDITOR
One of the Seacoast’s newsest bands, Christie Lane, is making an impact on this campus, not only through its unique concert venues (they performed for Franz Food’s late night customers in the laundramat last weekend), but in its musical talent as well. The duo guitarists, Zachary Quigley and Lucas Perry, have been playing guitar and writing songs together since they were kids, but only recently made their quest to stardom official with the recording of their first four track demo. With influences like Say Anything, Northstar, Cassino, Harvey Danger, Operation Ivy, Silversun
Pickups, Bayside, Punchline, Death Cab for Cutie, Iron & Wine and Rise Against, the two best friends are booking shows and trying to grow their fan base.
Christie Lane on Portsmouth Community Radio on Feb. 14 “We’re just trying to make music fun,” Perry said. Visit http://www.christielanemusic.com/Home.php for music clips and tour dates.
This Sunday, Feb. 13, the UNH Museum of Art will hold its second event this semester in this year’s series, “Arts for Life: Embrace the Past, Enrich the Future”. This week’s presentation will feature Sigmund Abeles, former UNH art professor and well-known humanist artist. Abeles, who taught drawing and painting at UNH from 1970 to 1987, will recount his development and experiences as an artist, educator and studio art faculty member at UNH. Abeles’ presentation is part of the Sunday Salon series, which examines the past development of the Department of Art & Art History, current exhibitions, and future initiatives of the Paul Creative Arts Center. “This series is about looking to the past where artists got their start at the PCAC,” Catherine Mazur, the Education and Publicity Coordinator at the museum, said. “Later in the series, we will be looking to-
wards the future.” Abeles was recruited by UNH in 1970, and promoted to a full professor in 1979. There, he was one of the most sought-after professors in the Department of the Arts.
UNH Salon Series Feb. 13 at 1 p.m. “His works indicate the lively imagination and sure technical ability of the artist, and they help to explain why students in large numbers have come to Abeles semester after semester for inspiration and pedagogical guidance,” David S. Andrew, Associate Professor of the Arts, said in a pamphlet written about Abeles’ life and works. Abeles’ style has been called “expressive realism” because of the emotional content of his human paintings.
“I’m a figurative artist, but not in a straight representational way,” the artist has said about his work. “When I look at a figure, I don’t just see form; I see who the person is and what the person is feeling.” Some pieces of Abeles’ work are currently exhibited in the Museum of Art in preparation for Sunday’s presentation. His paintings are part of a show titled, “War and Remembrance” and will be on display through April 8. Abeles currently resides in New York, and enjoys a reputation as one of the country’s leading realist artists of the post-war era, equally at home as a draftsman, an etcher, a lithographer, a pastel painter, and a sculptor. His works are featured in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, and several other museum Sunday’s event is free to the public and begins at 1 p.m. inside the Museum of Art.
National recording contest looks to foster creativity By MAX SULLIVAN CONTRIBUTING WRITER
It’s February, and that means the Record Production Month(RPM) Challenge is back for another recording round. Every February since 2006, The Wire, the local alternative magazine based in Portsmouth, N.H., launches its annual RPM Challenge, where it challenges musicians and bands across the country to record and finish an entire album (10 songs or 35 minutes) within the 28 days of February. “It’s a little like National Novel Writing Month,” the RPM homepage said. “Where writers challenge each other to write 1,700 words a day for 30 days.” In 2006, The Wire created the challenge and advertised it in the New Hampshire area, encouraging all bands to get involved. The first year, the paper brought in more than 400 CD submissions, making it a local success. The next year, national media outlets began covering the event, and submissions more than doubled, stretching from New Hampshire all the way
to the U.K. and beyond. “It’s a great idea,” Art Murphy, part owner of Indiefair Studios in Londonderry, N.H., said “It’s for bands who want to put it together and have an album.”
To get involved in the event, all interested bands can visit the RPM Challenge’s website and sign up. If they finish their album in time, they can upload their finished tracks. Since the event is not a contest but a challenge, those who enter are not awarded any prizes. Instead, the challenge is designed to encourage the growth of music and keep the creativity of the art alive. “It’s for the sake of the art,” Murphy said.
Those who finish their album get their songs posted on the RPM Challenge website, where anyone can go and listen to them. This makes it a good opportunity for any artists seeking exposure in the music community. Hundreds of bands are listed alphabetically, ranging from all different genres, from pop to metal to folk. All forms of music are encouraged, even if it’s recording “35 minutes of jaw harp through a delay pedal while someone chants the names of all the fast food restaurants,” according to the RPM website. The deadline for submissions is March 1 at midnight. If you haven’t entered yet, it’s not too late. Even if you feel hard pressed for time, the challenge reminds those who enter that a masterpiece is not expected. All that they ask is that you try. Who knows? You might come up with the next hit record. For further information and the opportunity to enter, go to www.rpmchallenge.com to enter.
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Anthony Rapp to perform one man show in MUB By BRI HAND CONTRIBUTING WRITER
On Feb. 16, Broadway actor Anthony Rapp will perform a oneman show for the university in the Strafford Room at 7 p.m. Rapp, best known for originating the role of Mark Cohen in “Rent”, will be performing a stage adaptation of his memoir “Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent”. The show covers his days in the beginning stages of Rent and the significant losses that colored the time for him. “Without You” begins in September 1994, where Rapp, a young, struggling actor, realizes that he is late for an audition. He, of course, gets the part, and becomes a part of a show bigger than he had ever imagined.
However, Rapp’s days working on “Rent” were certainly not easy, nor without losses. In his show, Rapp discusses the untimely death of Jonathan Larson, the creator of “Rent”, who passed away a night before the show opened. The two were close friends. Also, Rapp will perform scenes that show his mother’s battle with cancer, and his emotions following her death. This one-man show highlights Rapp’s musical talent through music from “Rent”, “Hedwig and The Angry Inch”, REM, Radiohead, and original songs from his album, “Look Around.” In addition to his show, Rapp will be signing copies of his memoir after the presentation. This event is free and sponsored by the MUB, Residential Life, and Health Services.
Notes from an Audiophile
SAMANTHA PEARSON Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is on Monday and the cutesy decorations are unavoidable. Also unavoidable are the love songs that get perpetuated on the radio, in commercials, and generally everywhere you decide to go in the week leading up to the most romantic holiday of the year. One of the most amazing elements of music is that it’s completely pervasive. Unfortunately, around major holidays, it’s also one of the biggest problems with music. What do you do if you’re single and spending Valentine’s Day alone in your room with Ben, Jerry and your favorite horror movie? What do you do if you’re hanging out with friends, mocking all of the couples who are on dates with candlelight and rose petals? What do you do if you’re one of those couples? Everyone needs a little mood music, whether they’re bitter, laughing or in love. There are love songs in every genre, if you look hard enough, though not all of them are happy or even upbeat. So for those of us who are spending the holiday alone
or with friends, it might be a good idea to go with something a little rough around the edges, but still playful enough to keep the night from devolving into a sob fest of loneliness and despair. Try a little Florence and the Machine (“Kiss With a Fist” is always good for semi-angry jumping on the bed) or You Me At Six (“Save It for the Bedroom” is great for the recently-scorned). If you’re feeling particularly vengeful, bust out some Alanis Morissette. If you just want to have fun and forget about love interests altogether, try some dance music or hip-hop. As for people who are looking for love songs, whether it’s to get yourself pumped up for a night of speed dating or a date with your boo, there are hundreds of song choices. You can go with Taylor Swift, if you want to capture that girly, high school sweetheart feeling. You can go with Sufjan Stevens or Death Cab for Cutie if you want something quiet, comfortable and sweet. You can even go with Usher (or Marvin Gaye, for a classic approach) if you really, really want to woo someone with soulful crooning and a smooth rhythm. If all else fails, take a page from Glee’s book and serenade your sweetie with a Paul McCartney classic. Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be awful. If you have control over anything, it’s the music. So choose wisely and have fun putting together your “Silly Love Songs” playlists.
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Bomb the Music Industry! performs for enthusiastic crowd By AMANDA BELAND ARTS EDITOR
On Thursday night, Bomb the Music Industry! performed in the Strafford Room to a dedicated group of fans. The show was planned and executed by the Memorial Union Student Organization (MUSO). The ska and punk-based band, known for songs like â€œEven Winning Feels Badâ€? and â€œI Donâ€™t Love You Anymoreâ€? was just one of many bands who played, including Laura Stevenson & the Cans, The Brave Little Abacus and Bill Ray Gun. The show was free for students and $5 for non-students. â€œMUSO chose Bomb because we think they are a great band to headline a great show that will appeal to a wide range of students,â€? said MUSO member Sam Ueda before the show.
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Why the Facebook movie is a favorite for ‘Best Picture’ By SAMANTHA PEARSON STAFF WRITER
The Social Network has been deemed the film of our generation by critics and audiences alike. Directed by David Fincher with a screenplay by Aaron Sorkin and starring a young, ensemble cast of tremendous talent, the description is not totally inaccurate. True enough, the film is about Facebook. It is also a film about betrayal, love, greed, miscommunication and, at its core, how humanity sometimes fails to live up to its own standards. It would be easy to write this film off for anyone who hasn’t seen it. Justin Timberlake (of NSync fame), is one of its headlining stars and the posters boast an image of Jesse Eisenberg covered in massive, pretentious character labels in white text. Furthermore, it is the type of drama that is not for everyone. Some people love it while others think that it is incredibly shallow and inconsequential. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences apparently falls into the former category. As do the American Film Institute, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the Hollywood Foreign Press, various film guilds and dozens of critics associations.
What was once scathingly referred to by most as “the Facebook movie” is nominated for eight Academy Awards, including ‘Best Picture’, ‘Best Director’, ‘Best Adapted Screenplay’ and ‘Best Original Score’. Jesse Eisenberg, whose portrayal of Mark Zuckerberg is both eerily robotic and distressingly human, is nominated for ‘Best Actor’.
The Social Network showing in the MUB Feb. 10,11,12,13 at 7:15 & 9:30 p.m. Eisenberg’s “Mark” drives the audience mad with the conflicting desires to slap him for being so incredibly cold toward his only true friend, going so far as to screw him out of billions of dollars, and to hug him for being so achingly desperate for companionship that he keeps walking down a path of self-destruction. The film won Best Picture at the Golden Globes and has won the same award almost across the board from critics associations. It
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is nominated in the same category at the BAFTAs. The big question is, will The Social Network take home the Oscar? Predictions suggest that its biggest competition is The King’s Speech. With twelve nominations, the British film has nods in more categories than any other film at this year’s awards. The problem with comparing these two films, ultimately, is that they are incredibly different stories with incredibly different themes. So maybe the question should be, does The Social Network deserve to win? The short answer: yes. Given its depth of character, gut-wrenching performances, sharp, intelligent dialogue and penetrating score, this film is more than just a creation myth about Facebook. It is more than a fictionalized account of people who no one really had any insight on before the film’s release. It is a portrait of humanity that forces its audience to acknowledge that people are flawed, and happy endings are not always possible, nor do they come in the neat, tiedwith-a-bow format that contemporary moviegoers know so well.
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The band plays regularly at both the Stone Church and the Dover Brick House. They even have a concert coming up at the Brick House on Feb. 18 and another show at the Stone Church further down the line. “Our goal and our attitude is as kick-ass as possible, to be the hardest working band around, having the most gigs,” Boisse said. He also mentioned the primary goal is to get noticed, though the long-time goal is actually to be an opener some day for a SCOPE concert. The proceeds from their cover events go into funding the band and the publication of
Jesse Eisenberg’s portrayal of Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg in the recent movie The Social Network has earned him an Oscar nod for ‘Best Actor’, but can the movie that made him famous sneak out an Oscar win as well? its album, which is being produced by Milltown Studios. It will be a live CD, which means the band all went at the same time to record with minimal dubbing later. “It’s how albums used to be done,” Boisse said, speak-
Red Sky Mary at Dover Brick House on Feb. 18 ing of the live style of the CD. It is being co-produced by local artists John Nolan, of John Nolan and the Working Girls, and Geoff Taylor of One Hand Free. Boisse insists the band
isn’t about vintage rock n’ roll or any other subgenre of rock. They all simply call it “rock n’ roll.” “We don’t prescribe to labels,” insisted Boisse. “We’re just rock. It’s not vintage, it’s not classic rock, it’s new rock … it’s just rock n’ roll.” But is it possible rock is dead? Especially when compared to a college community who’s primary audience waits hours for SCOPE tickets featuring singers such as Wiz Khalifa, Akon and Girl Talk? “Rock isn’t dead,” Boisse said with a smile. “The people who say rock is dead just can’t play it.” And Red Sky Mary can play it in full.
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Iowa’s politics-free redistricting faces test ASSOCIATED PRESS
DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa residents figure they’re immune from the bare-knuckles, once-adecade redistricting fights of other states, where incumbents use the process to solidify their re-election chances while parties scramble for any advantage. But in this rural Midwestern state, politically relevant on the national level mostly for hosting the first caucuses of each presidential election, redistricting is less about politics and more about nonpartisan fairness. That could be about to change. For the first time in two decades, Iowa is losing a seat in Congress because population growth has been heavier elsewhere. That, combined with what some experts say is a national trend toward transparency, could present the biggest challenge yet to a redistricting system enacted in 1980 that allows three nonpartisan staffers to draw the lines. “That’s going to be a more potentially controversial decision, getting rid of one seat and moving other seats around to swallow up territory that is lost,” Bruce Cain, a political science professor at the University of California-Berkeley
said. “It’s going to be a more severe test of the system than if Iowa was adding a seat or staying the same.” While the state lost a U.S. House seat once before with its current nonpartisan system in place, Cain said the political climate was less contentious in 1991 when the legislature accepted the first congressional map presented by the panel of an attorney and two geographers. Although Iowa is the only state where a completely nonpartisan panel redraws the lines, others have tried their own variation of taking the process out of the hands of state lawmakers. These panels still include political appointees but aim to make sure one party doesn’t have complete control. In California, voters approved a 2008 initiative removing the process from the legislature after previous gerrymandering of political boundaries left the state with oddly shaped districts and little turnover between the parties. For the first time this year, a 14-member citizens panel with representatives from all parties - even the smaller ones - will handle the task of drawing congressional boundaries. Arizona enters its second round of redistricting using a five-member commission made up of four citi-
zens appointed by legislative leaders from both parties. Those four then choose the fifth member. In the past, the panel has included two Republicans, two Democrats and one independent. And while the legislature still has control of the process in Florida, voters there approved two constitutional amendments last November prohibiting the drawing of districts to favor incumbents or one party. Even with those new rules, there is much room for interpretation - and court challenges. Other states have considered changing the redistricting system without much success. In Indiana, Todd Rokita - now a member of Congress - was an outspoken advocate of banning political data or voting patterns during the map-drawing process when he was that state’s secretary of state. During a 2009 speech to the Indianapolis Rotary Club, he called the state “the wild west of redistricting,” complaining that the only rule governing the process is that districts have to be “contiguous” - and there’s little clarification about what that means. But Rokita’s proposal got little traction in the legislature, and now he represents a congressional district that resembles a disjointed array of Lego blocks, spanning
from the state’s northwest corner to south central Indiana. His office declined to make the congressman available for an interview but released a brief statement saying his position on redistricting hasn’t changed. According to the National Council of State Legislatures, 37 states rely on their legislatures for drawing maps while 13 use some sort of separate commission. Of those, Iowa’s is the most detached from politics, said Morgan Cullen, an NCSL policy analyst. “It’s completely unique to Iowa and a lot of other people look to it as a model,” Cullen said. Three of Iowa’s five congressional districts are currently represented by Democrats, so if they lose a seat they also would lose their majority in the state delegation. This week, the Census is releasing local population numbers for the state to begin the process. Sam Rucker, spokesman for the Iowa Democratic Party, said it’s too early to speculate on which seat will be eliminated. “We just have to wait and see what the map is and take it from there,” Rucker said. House Speaker Kraig Paulsen, R-Hiawatha, said Iowa’s process doesn’t allow the process to become “consumed” by partisan politics.
“If the objective is to create a wholly partisan model where one party controls it than this system is not designed to support that,” Paulsen said. Even in Iowa, the final maps must ultimately be approved by the legislature once the panel’s work is finished, but little political posturing has occurred over the past three decades. Cain, the Berkeley professor, said the process isn’t “completely antiseptic,” but it’s close. It wouldn’t work most places, he said, because Iowa “lacks the kind of racial, economic, ethnic and regional diversity” of larger states on the coasts or in the South. “If you tried to impose something like that in California, the various interest groups would go ballistic because they don’t trust bureaucrats to do this,” Cain said.
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Judge to decide Miss San Antonio amid dispute ASSOSCIATED PRESS
SAN ANTONIO - A Texas judge will decide who will wear the Miss San Antonio crown after pageant officials tried to boot the winner over alleged violations, including packing on a few pounds. Miss San Antonio 2011 Domonique Ramirez has sued to stop pageant officials from taking away her title and chance to compete to be Miss Texas - and possibly Miss America. Miss Bexar County Organization president Linda Woods said the 17-year-old Ramirez violated her contract by arriving late to events, not wearing proper attire and gaining some weight. Woods said that Ramirez is not overweight and had not gained an “extreme” amount since the pageant last spring. Still, her clothes
have not fit for months because Ramirez is “an inch or two” larger in her hips and waist, which violates pageant rules requiring winners to maintain the size they were - weight and measurements - as the day they signed the contract. But Woods said other viola-
17-year-old Ramirez violated her contract by arriving late to events, not wearing proper attire and gaining some weight. tions, such as Ramirez having a dirty sash and broken crown and bringing her boyfriend with her to
events, were bigger problems because they hurt the image of Miss San Antonio. “She had been reprimanded before for repeated violations,” Woods told The Associated Press on Thursday. “Was her weight a violation? Yes. Was it the determining factor? No.” Ramirez couldn’t immediately be reached for comment. Her attorney did not immediately return calls for comment Thursday. Ramirez has said that she is 5 feet, 8 1/2 inches tall and weighs 129 pounds. She has said her weight was part of the organization’s escalating harassment of her that began in November, the San Antonio Express-News reported. Her lawsuit filed Monday also alleges breach of contract, claiming the pageant organization did not provide Ramirez with a
required chaperone and traveling companion. Earlier this week a judge ordered the pageant organization to reverse its removal of Ramirez and to stop promoting the first runnerup, Ashley Dixon, as Miss San Antonio. The judge was to decide on the dispute at a Feb. 16 hearing. On the organization’s website Thursday, references to Miss San
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Opinion Stay on the path
Focus on social issues not what N.H. ordered The Republican-dominated legislature is acting, and it’s not what the people of the New Hampshire ordered. They swept into office with an emphasis on the economy, only to allow that pressing issue to fall to the wayside now that they’re in session. Two bills currently before the N.H. House, HB 437 and HB 443, would ban same-sex marriage in the state of New Hampshire. A public hearing has been set for next Thursday. As we’ve previously expressed on this page, we support the right of all citizens to marry whomever they choose, regardless of their sexuality. With that, we stand with the majority of New Hampshire residents. According to a WMUR Granite State Poll conducted by the UNH Survey Center, 62 percent of residents oppose repeal of the 2009 law that legalized same-sex marriage in the state. However, the larger issue behind this debate is that the House’s insistence to focus on social issues is doing little to benefit the state at
this time. That’s an opinion that’s been expressed repeatedly, even by some of the state’s most conservative voices.
Legislators must decide whether to pursue a repeal or not; halfhearted efforts just waste their time. In an editorial published on Nov. 5, the New Hampshire Union Leader, whose editorial board is one of the most conservative in the country, wrote: “A lot of Republicans would love to undo the Democrats’ social agenda by repealing same-sex marriage and restoring parental notification for abortion. They need to realize that those issues can wait, but the state budget cannot.” House Majority Leader D.J. Bet-
tencourt appears to get the message. According to the Nashua Telegraph, he has said he will ask the House Judiciary Committee after the hearing to retain the bill that would block a final vote on it until early next year. “This assault on our agenda has the potential to take important focus and energy away from our focus on the budget,” Bettencourt wrote to house speaker William O’Brien. “Therefore, it is my belief that the same sex marriage repeal must be retained in the Judiciary Committee this year so that our full and undivided attention is focused on New Hampshire’s outstanding financial issues.” However, a public hearing does little good if a motion is to be tabled immediately afterwards. Legislators must decide whether to pursue a repeal or not; half-hearted efforts just waste their time. We think there are more pressing issues confronting the state.
Banning the smoker, not just the smoking Hiring policies go too far to rail against legal substance In a move that parts from the traditional method of merely discouraging smoking as much as possible, more employers are making smoking a reason to discourage job applicants, according to an article published Thursday on the website of The New York Times. For the most part, the hospitals and medical-related businesses enacting these strict policies, which go so far as requiring potential employees to submit to urine tests for nicotine, are looking to cut down on health care costs and encourage healthier living, both noble motives. However, tobacco is a legal
substance and should be treated as such, provided that it is not impending employees from performing their job.
You can only go so far, no matter how pure your intentions. Employers are more than welcome to make efforts to discourage smoking, such as making their premises smoke-free. But restricting employees from lighting up on their own time is an unwarranted intrusion into their personal lives. The argument
detailing effect of secondhand smoke on others doesn’t work here as it does for area smoking bans; the primary victim is the smoker him or herself. And employers – or the government – can’t save us from ourselves when an activity is legal. Yes, smoking is an unhealthy habit, but there are numerous other activities that experts would categorize similarly, such as excess food and alcohol. Most Americans likely violate those mantras from time to time; will employers elect to save us from them? You can only go so far, no matter how pure your intentions.
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One class short: When the university impedes students from moving on By ANDY IRISH GUEST COLUMNIST
There is a fine line between promoting a sense of responsibility in UNH students and impeding them from moving on with their professional careers. As a WSBE senior in excellent academic standing with hopes of graduating in May, I have been forced to drastically alter my post-collegiate plans as I have been told I will have to return in the fall semester to complete my finance degree. After exhausting all my resources in an attempt to add the course- meeting with the professor, academic advisors, and department chair- I was denied permission to add the final course that I need to graduate from the University with my finance degree in May. It all began when I had personal issues that made me contemplate taking medical leave for the spring semester and finishing up my coursework in the fall. After talking with my friends and family I decided that the best thing for me to do was to push forward, finish the remaining three required courses that I need, and graduate with my fellow seniors in May. The decision process was lengthy, and unfortunately I missed preregistration and managed to enroll in only one course before winter break as the other two were full. Upon my return to UNH for the spring semester, I talked with the professor of one of the two courses that were full, and managed to convince her that I really needed the class and she signed my add/ drop form. However, adding the second class that I needed to fulfill my degree didn’t go so well. The professor informed me that there was a waiting list of students who wished to take the class, and that because I was late in communicating my predicament with him, he felt a moral strain in adding me to the class ahead of the other students. He also informed me that it wasn’t the physical presence of an extra student that was the problem, and I had actually attended the class that day to find that there were indeed open seats left in the classroom. Furthermore, the students on the waiting list were not graduating seniors and will have ample opportunity to take the course during the fall or spring of 2012. I was the only
graduating senior that was denied permission to add the course, and this raises concern as to where personal morals outweigh the academic and professional success of students. Many students, like myself, have held steady jobs and given up their summers in order to make money to pay their way through college. With in-state tuition of over $15,000 and out-of-state upwards of $30,000, few students leave college without being in a substantial amount of debt. While I believe that the issue that I am facing is far larger than money alone, and actually raises questions as to WSBE’s commitment to helping their students graduate and move on with their professional careers, it certainly plays a significant role. If I indeed do fail to get into this course, I will be forced to either take classes that will have no impact on completing my degree, or will have to double up on my major and take classes that I have little interest in. From a financial perspective, clearly the second alternative reigns superior over the first, but is it really worth $7500 to take classes that I don’t want to take? All because of a morality complex that places my need to take a finance class in order to graduate on the same level as juniors who will have the opportunity to take it next year? Something is wrong with this picture; an academically sound student needs to pick up one class in order to graduate from the University, but is instead being denied that privilege and being forced to spend an exorbitant amount of money and delay his career aspirations because of a negligent communication failure and personal complex. It amazes me that university faculty that are exposed to thousands of students every day cannot sympathize with a case such as this. Four months and $7,500 as a super senior is a stiff price to pay for a finance class, so to all students I with you the best of luck in reasoning with the university in the future, and see you next year. Congratulations to those responsible seniors who have their lives figured out at the age of 21 and are graduating in May. Andy Irish is a senior finance major.
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The true Republican agenda in N.H. becomes transparent Throughout this past year, I have been criticized heavily for my dismissal of the Republican Party. I have cast them off as antiquated zealots who find nothing better to do then talk about gays, abortion and guns. How I wish that this time around they would finally shut me up, and force me to admit that they are competent legislators who make the economy, education, and the health of this state their main priority. Well, for all of you who thought that was the case: keep dreaming. Let us unpack the nonsense republicans are “debating” in Concord. Nonsense one: Gay marriage. Look, we have been through this before. We have grown tired of the “we are all equal,” “let me marry who I love;” “look into your hearts;” rhetoric. Every other functional democracy in the world has made a decision about this. Let us marry, because we should. Why this is an issue while bridges are falling down, streets are not paved, public education is tanking and people do not have jobs is beyond me. To put this debate into perspective, I give you this: In the last year, less than 1,000 same-sex couples married in this state, a state of 1.3 million people. This is what you are worried about? 1,000 people who just want to enjoy the privilege everyone else has? How about the fact that recent polls show public opinion favoring marriage equality or labeling a “nonissue?” The people who are still concerned with this are clearly out-of-touch, and judging from some of my conversations with them, they are under the impression that marriage is some sort of “sacred” institution. Well, tell that to the rising rates of divorce (close to 60 percent), most marriages lasting less than five years, and people using Internet sites to actively cheat on their partners. I am interested in financial and legal security. Marriage is nothing more
From the Left David Jacobsen than the annoying form you fill out on your first visit to a doctor. Simple maintenance. These people need a get a grip.
It is becoming more and more difficult to understand the Republican Party. Reagan would be rolling in his grave, partially because Sarah Palin is trying to “feel his presence” and partially because the party is becoming incrementally insane. Nonsense two: Student voting rights. That’s right, Republicans are so happy with the newly-elected traveling circus they secured in the House, they want to enact a completely unconstitutional law that would not allow college students to claim their university domicile as a residence and vote. Why are they doing this? Simple. It so happens that a majority of college students do not identify or vote for Republicans - so they are trying to limit our rights to help their collapsing party pick up votes and remain relevant. Talk about partisan supremacy in the legislature!
The list goes on and on, and yours truly will keep you updated with the shenanigans in the House: nonsense such as guns on the House floor and the crusades against Planned Parenthood. You know, the stuff that matters - not the economy, education, or healthcare. It is becoming more and more difficult to understand the Republican Party. Reagan would be rolling in his grave, partially because Sarah Palin is trying to “feel his presence” and partially because the party is becoming incrementally insane. Especially in the New Hampshire legislature, the people “championing” the majority of the nonsense are folks who get a little bit too clever, and are bored people who wait for the session to start to play a game of sadistically indulging in their ideologically fetishes - exercising their bigotry - as they painfully try to hold on to their fundamentalism despite the fact that their ideas have lost their relevance. I’m not even angry anymore, just worried for their well-being. They will continue to fight TLGBQ+ rights until they find their grandchild bleeding from the head after they killed themselves (with the gun they defended in a legislature) because somebody called them a faggot. Allow their daughters to go up to them and tell them some man abused them and they are pregnant - while they are college students and have no money - and want a future. Then they can revisit their “life” romantics. Pay attention to what is going on. If the nonsense that goes on this session does not alarm you, it is truly time to worry. 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.
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necessary for the government to have a hand in the process.’ The only time this could be true, is for the purpose of pooling community resources to implement and maintain infrastructure, in order to create a better quality of life for the citizens.”
many people have a knee jerk reaction at the word “gun”. Rhetoric around firearms is always particularly fiery. I only ask that people take the time to do research on a given issue before voting along party lines.” Anonymous
Anonymous These comments were left on “Editorial: A tale of two gun bills” from the Feb. 9, 2011 issue.
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Weakened national defense: Thanks, Democrats! In late December, a vote of historic importance took place in the U.S. Senate when Washington politicians decided to ignore the concerns of the military in favor of passing legislation to appease a civilian populace misinformed by the media. In case you missed it, a last ditch effort by congressional Democrats to save their fleeting gay constituency (and gay campaign donations) turned into the hasty passage of highly politicalized and poorly thought out legislation that would forever change the structure, and perhaps efficacy of the U.S. military. It’s as if the American Left was trying to shove political correctness down the military’s throat.
Here, clearly, the American Left has sacrificed the republic’s national defense and the safety of gay and lesbian soldiers on the altar of political correctness. It’s interesting how quick the Left is to simply brush aside critics of the repeal. As if someone like the Commandant of the Marine Corps, General James F. Amos, has any idea what he’s talking about (I much prefer the opinion of someone with real military expertise like, say, Barbara Boxer). Prior to the repeal, General Amos reported in a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing that he believed that a repeal of DADT would lead to a “potential disruption to cohesion,” and that it would be “a distraction to Marines who are tightly focused at this point on combat operations in Afghanistan.” Fortunately, when you’re a liberal ideologue bent on your own social agenda, it’s rather easy to simply write these concerns off as unfounded; you can just give the standard sound bite: “DADT just doesn’t work!” Contrary to liberal mythol-
From the Right Nick Mignanelli ogy, DADT has worked rather well. Don’t believe me? Ask gay and lesbian soldiers themselves. According to the Pentagon survey religiously cited by proponents of the repeal, 85 percent of gays and lesbians currently serving in the U.S. Military do not want their unit to know that they are homosexual. This mean that only fifteen percent of gays and lesbians currently serving in the U.S. Military have any desire to do so openly (a far cry from the 100 percent of gay servicemen who have appeared on “The Rachel Maddow Show”.) As for the criticism that countless gay men and lesbians have been dishonorably discharged from the U.S. Military: in the past five years, less than one percent of unplanned discharges have been for violation of DADT and of those, only a minute percentage were dishonorable. Most gays and lesbians who currently serve in the U.S. military seem content with the policy; could it be because it benefits them? By the way, for those of you who are interested, that same Pentagon survey also showed that a vast majority of those members of the military opposed to the repeal are troops serving in combat units isn’t that comforting? It’s interesting how successful the media has been in framing the repeal of DADT as a simplistic moral issue. Needless to say, if liberal politicians were really interested in doing what’s best for gay and lesbian soldiers (rather than, say, just grandstanding on a faux civil rights issue) they would be at least nominally concerned with the safety of gays and lesbians serving in the military. Over the past several decades
there have been cases in which acts of violence and harassment have been committed against gay servicemen. The question has to be posed: will gay servicemen be safer in the post-DADT era? The military is in no way a homophobic institution, but just by the nature of its demographic makeup, the military may not be the safest place for an open homosexual, at least not right now. No one was proposing that DADT should have stayed in place forever. The main argument against the repeal was that now is not the time. Society is just beginning to accept homosexuality as mainstream and it seems as though the military isn’t quite there yet. The fact that we are in the midst of two wars only complicates matters. Even a compromise would have been better than this. Here’s a solution, how about a compromise in which gay soldiers who desire to serve openly could have done so in noncombat positions, just as female soldiers do now? Who would have been opposed to that? Unfortunately, when you are dealing with the Left it’s all or nothing; we’ll deal with the consequences later. Any logical individual who takes all the facts into consideration will come down in opposition to the December repeal of DADT. This isnt an issue of homosexual rights; this is an issue of national defense and safety. The fact of the matter is that the repeal of DADT will be detrimental to the efficacy of the United States Military and dangerous for gay servicemen. Here, clearly, the American Left has sacrificed the republic’s national defense and the safety of gay and lesbian soldiers on the altar of political correctness.
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OP-ED Thumbs Up
Thumbs up to Greek food.
Thumbs down to the Greek economy.
Thumbs up to Speed dating on Valentines Day!
Thumbs down to the common cold.
Thumbs up to new 3-point champ Ray Allen.
Thumbs down to the Wiz Khalifa ticket line starting more than 20 hours before the tickets go on sale. Thumbs up to travelling to Boston very early in the morning with TNH pals!
Thumbs down to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak not actually stepping down.
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.
Thumbs down to the Celtics losing to the Lakers. Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down are the collected opinions of UNH students, faculty and staff. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of TNH or its staff.
What are your Valentine’s Day Plans?
“I’m going to an anti-Valentine’s Day party.” Rebecca Ganley, senior
“I’m going to buy my girlfriend roses and share a lovely dinner with her.” Mike Kaminski, sophomore
“You mean Singles Awareness Day?” Tyler LaChance, freshman
“I like living on the edge, so I don’t really know yet.” Amanda Brabec, freshman
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GRAFF CONTINUED FROM PAGE 20 Through 26 games this season, Thompson has netted five more goals (23 total) than Butler did through the same amount of time last year to go along with six more total points. But he’s still not getting the respect he deserves – by the fans at least. Other teams know where he is every Friday and Saturday night. “Thompson’s such a great goal scorer,” Maine head coach Tim Whitehead said. “He can score every possible way. I’m looking forward to his graduation from the University of New Hampshire.” So why, then, does Thompson not have the same hype that Butler did? Was it because Butler was the captain? Maybe. Was it because Butler was more fun to watch with his electric wrist shot? Possibly. Maybe, even, it was the volunteer work that Butler put in. Regardless, there is no one reason that Butler’s hype dwarfs what Thompson is receiving this year. There is no good reason either. Butler was a great player – this isn’t taking anything away from him. But so is Thompson. Thompson, a N.H. native,
W BBALL CONTINUED FROM PAGE 20 third straight possession with three points the old-fashioned way, sinking a jump stop layup and converting the free throw that followed to give UNH an 11-10 lead. Beliveau and McDonald capped off the run with a pair of layups, putting the Wildcats on top, 15-13, with 11:49 remaining in the first stanza. The Seawolves responded with a brief 6-2 scoring spurt, but the Wildcats closed out the first half with a 20-7 scoring stretch that spanned 8:06, giving the visitors a 37-26 edge at the intermission. The ‘Cats kicked off the stretch with back-to-back treys from Beliveau and Wells, as New Hampshire jumped ahead, 23-21, at 7:30. The Wildcats finished off the
leads the nation in goals per game, is tied in total goals and third in points per game. He leads every major statistical category in the Hockey East – routinely one of the best conferences in the nation. And he plays defense. UNH athletics recognizes this. Yesterday, they launched ThompsonforHobey.com, a site promoting his candidacy for the award. But it’s not going to happen without more support from the fans – the same fans that, 12 months ago, chanted “Hobey Butler.” Butler used to sign dozens of autographs on wrinkled napkins every trip he made to HoCo. People who didn’t care about hockey knew of him. Everyone knew of him. That’s not the case this year. The best player in the nation is again donning the Wildcat blue and white. It would be a shame if fans didn’t do everything they could to bring the Hobey hardware to UNH. Thompson has done his part, the athletic department has done its part, now its time for the fans to do theirs. After all, fans can complain all they want about the coaching and lack of championships, but if they let this one slip away, they can only look at themselves through the glass case that holds Jason Krog’s sweater.
last five minutes of the frame outscoring the Seawolves 10-3, as Wells capped off the stretch with a trifecta from the top of the key with the shot clock nearly expiring and 15 seconds on the game clock, extending the UNH lead to 11. The two squads would exchange baskets for the first seven minutes of the second frame, until Stony Brook started to pull away with a 9-2 run that lasted over four minutes, trimming the New Hampshire lead down to six, 53-47, with 7:56 remaining. That was the closest it would get, however, as clutch free throw shooting down the stretch preserved the win for UNH. The Wildcats are back in action Sunday (1 p.m.) when they return home to take on the University of Maryland Baltimore County at Lundholm Gymnasium.
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UNH nets tie versus Qunnipiac STAFF REPORT THE NEW HAMPSHIRE
Courtney Birchard scored with 7:15 remaining in regulation and Kayley Herman made 24 saves to lift the UNH women’s ice hockey team to Tuesday night’s 1-1 non-conference tie against Quinnipiac University at the TD Bank Sports Center. UNH is now 2-1-1 in overtime and 13-14-1 overall. Quinnipiac moves to 18-10-2. QU goalie Victoria Vigilanti was also credited with 24 saves, including five in the five-minute overtime session. Herman stopped two shots in OT. In the scoreless first period, UNH generated a 5-1 shot advantage in the opening five minutes but the Bobcats gained momentum midway through the stanza – after the Wildcats killed off a QU power play – to finish with a 9-6 edge through 20 minutes. Herman turned aside five shots from close range, including two off the stick of Erica Uden Johansson. The Bobcats took a 1-0 lead at 8:06 of the second stanza. Kelly Babstock kept the puck in the offensive zone at the left point to create a 2-on-1 opportunity. She skated wide and her pass across the low slot was chipped into the open right side of the net by Amanda Colin. Midway through the frame, Kristina Lavoie led a rush down the center of the ice and maneuvered past three Bobcats. She flipped the puck towards the left post but a QU skater cleared the puck out of the crease before Armstrong could direct it towards the open net. With UNH still trailing 1-0 early in the third period, Courtney Sheary advanced from the left point to the corner and flipped a waisthigh pass to the low slot that ArmUNH Qunnipiac
PREVIEW CONTINUED FROM PAGE 20 might have surprised some people, but I don’t think they’re surprising anybody anymore. After floundering in the basement of the conference for years, the Warriors hit rock bottom in 2006-07 when they finished with at 3-27-4 record, good for last place. Merrimack showed signs of improvement last season, however, finishing sixth in the conference with 16 wins (including seven over ranked teams) and set a foundation for this year’s breakout campaign. “They’ve done a much better job in the last three or four years in recruiting,” Umile said. “[Merrimack head coach] Mark [Dennehy] has brought in a system that they obviously have really bought into and he has them playing it really well.” Faced with the challenge of competing with teams like Boston College and Boston University for area recruits, Dennehy was forced to scout elsewhere. This is evident
Senior Courtney Birchard scored UNH’s lone goal of the game, which proved critical in the 1-1 tie against Quinnipiac on Tuesday. strong chopped down out of the air, but Vigilanti was in position for the save. With 90 seconds to play in regulation, Lavoie headed a 2-on-2 rush in which she left a drop pass in the slot for Armstrong, who snapped a wrister that Vigilanti caught in her glove. UNH was whistled for too many skaters on the ice with 21.9 seconds remaining in overtime, but the quartet of Birchard, Dziengelewski, Lavoie and Arielle
O’Neill gained control of the puck and did not allow the home team to get a shot on goal. New Hampshire returns to action Friday (7 p.m.) & Saturday (4 p.m.) for a two game series at the University of Vermont. The Wildcats conclude the regular season with a home-and home series against Boston College the following weekend. UNH’s Senior Day at the Whittemore Center is the Feb. 20 (4 p.m.) regular-season finale.
in this year’s roster, with four of Merrimack’s top scorers hailing from outside of the U.S. Atop this list is sophomore Stephane Da Costa, a native of Paris, France, who leads the Warriors with 36 points (13 goals, 23 assists). Da Costa is tied for second in Hockey East in points with UNH’s Mike Sislo, trailing only UNH’s Hobey Baker hopeful Paul Thompson, who leads all scorers with 42 points. “They’re getting balanced scoring, they’re big, they’re strong,” Umile said. “They’re a legitimate team that’s contending for the top spot . . . in Hockey East.” The series will feature some of the best in the conference on both ends of the ice. The potent Merrimack offense has been devastating at times, pouring in goals in routs of Maine (7-1), Vermont (7-1) and UMass (11-2), while the Wildcats have legitimate scoring threats on all three lines. Also on display will be two of the conference’s top netminders in UNH’s Matt Di Giorolamo (1.88 GAA, .938 save percentage) and Merrimack’s Joe Cannata. Cannata
has thrived in his first year as the full-time starter, ranking in the top three in Hockey East in both goals against average (2.12) and win percentage (.731). “It starts in goal,” Umile said. “[Cannata] has been there for them. He makes key saves at key times, and he’s been their guy.” No. 6 UNH (17-5-4, 15-2-2 HE) will host the first game of the series Friday night at the Whittemore Center before traveling to Lawler Arena for Saturday night’s contest. Although Lawler has a seating capacity of only 3,000, Merrimack is known for having one of the best home-ice advantages in the conference. UNH suffered a 3-2 loss last season in its last trip to Merrimack. “They’re playing great hockey and they’re playing even better hockey at home,” UNH senior Phil DeSimone said. “So we really have to capitalize Friday night, then go down there and steal one on Saturday.” Game time for both nights is 7 p.m.
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Former Wildcats in the NHL: Along with Butler, there are three other former UNH hockey players currently playing in the National Hockey League, and 25 more playing professionally in various leagues around the world.
James van Riemsdyk
Left Wing Current team: Philadelphia Flyers Past teams: None Career stats: 27 goals, 32 assists in 125 games About: Second overall draft pick, left UNH in ‘09 after sophomore season. Played in 2010 Stanley Cup finals with Philadelphia as a rookie.
Goalie (Class of ‘01) Current team: St. Louis Blues Past teams: Oilers, Sabres, Blue Jackets, Penguins, Red Wings Career stats: 89-54-4 record, 2.62 GAA, .909 SV% About: Has bounced between six franchises over eight seasons, his best coming with Detroit in 2008-09, when he posted a 25-11 record in 37 starts.
Left Wing (Class of ‘06) Current team: Colorado Avalanche Past teams: Coyotes Career stats: 25 goals, 45 assists in 255 games About: Has played in 49 or more games in all four seasons in NHL, first three with Phoenix and this season in Colorado. Has played in 53 of 54 games this season.
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BUTLER CONTINUED FROM PAGE 20 -vated and work harder. “I want to be an everyday player in the NHL,” he said. “It gave me a taste of the future.” Aside from playing in front of bigger crowds, Butler is learning to adjust to the faster game speed, smaller ice rinks, and longer seasons. For the 2010–11 season, Butler was assigned to the Binghamton Senators, Ottawa’s minor league affiliate. In 46 games this season, Butler has compiled 22 goals, tied for seventh in the AHL, along with 11 assists, which earned him a spot on the AHL All-Star Game. Butler was quick to give a lot of credit to playing along with great teammates including one other all star. “These guys know what they’re doing out there. It helps out my game a lot.” The All-Star game, Butler said, was a huge learning experience for him. Aside from the All-Star festivities, being around the best in the league helped put his career into perspective. “Being a rookie and being able to play along-side the best really helps,” he said. “I had a great game
playing with great players.” Butler indeed did have a good game, tallying one goal and three assists, enough to win the game’s MVP award. “It’s a great honor, it didn’t hit me until they had the camera guy following me” Butler said. His success has garnered him recognition at the NHL level, as Ottawa has called him up for nine games this season, most recently this past Wednesday against the Calgary Flames. The most common reason for a team to call up a player from the AHL is to temporarily fill the spot of an injured player. For Butler, it’s an opportunity for him to play on the biggest stage. “It’s always a great feeling being called up,” he said. “You never know when or how long you’ll be there so I just play as hard as I can.” While Butler’s main focus is on his season with the Senators, he is still following along with his alma mater’s hockey season. “I still talk to or text [Paul] Thompson, [Phil] DeSimone and [Mike] Sislo,” he said. “We try to update each other after games. “I definitely try to stay updated with UNH, it’s where I got my start.”
Wildcats sputter against Stony Brook By JUSTIN DOUBLEDAY SPORTS EDITOR
Stony Brook 63 UNH 56
The threepoint shot can be a basketball team’s best friend. Nothing is more demoralizing then seeing a flurry of threes find the bottom of the net for the opposing team. But a reliance on the three can also make it a team’s worst enemy. On Wednesday night against Stony Brook, the UNH men’s basketball team saw the danger in taking too many shots from behind the arc. The Wildcats shot just 28 percent from three-point land, falling to the Seawolves, 63-56, in a game that UNH would like to forget. “We weren’t ready to play from the opening tip,” UNH head coach Bill Herrion said. “We had so many defensive breakdowns in the first half.” It was that opening period that ultimately doomed the Wildcats. Stony Brook scored 35 points, the most points UNH has given up in the first half at home all season. The Seawolves were the model of efficiency, shooting 52 percent from the field, 50 percent from three and turning the ball over just three times. Meanwhile, the Wildcats scored just 23 points, shooting a meager 38 percent from the field, including 3-16 from behind the arc. In fact, UNH shot more threes than they did two-point field goals (10) in the opening half. “In the first half, we just shot way too many threes,” Herrion said. “We just don’t have enough offensive firepower; when we dig holes
and we get behind, it’s very hard for us to come back.” Nonetheless, UNH mounted a comeback in the second half. After Stony Brook hit three-straight 3-pointers to extend its lead to 5135 with 8:30 to go in the game, it appeared that the Seawolves would cruise to an easy win. But UNH responded with a 10-0 run, including five points from freshman Jordon Bronner. Stony Brook recovered when Bryan Dougher nailed a 3-pointer from the wing to take a 54-45 lead with 5:10 left in the game. Sophomore Chandler Rhoads responded with a three of his own two minutes later, cutting the lead to six. From there on out, the two teams traded baskets, and UNH could not get any closer. The Wildcats sliced the lead to five with 31 seconds left, but two free throws from Dougher sealed the game for Stony Brook. Dougher led Stony Brook with 16 points, while Leonard Hayes chipped in with 11 points. For UNH, Tyrone Conley scored 17 points on 7-17 shooting, while Rhoads shot just 6-15 from the field for 14 points. If there was one bright spot for UNH in the loss, it was the play of Bronner. The freshman point guard scored a career-high 13 points on 5-9 shooting, showing unusual aggression on the offensive end of the floor. Unfortunately for Bronner, his teammates could not replicate his energy. After the game, Herrion commented that Conley and others looked tired on the court, as injuries have forced many Wildcats to play unusually high minutes over the course of the season.
Senior Tyrone Conley drives to the basket as Stony Brook defenders close in during UNH’s loss to the Seawolves Wednesday night. Conley scored 17 points in the game, but it took him 17 shots to do so. “This team, they’ve given a lot. I do see a couple of guys [are] tired,” Herrion said. “I think Tyrone Conley has looked tired for the last week and a half. He’s played so many minutes. [But] it’s not an excuse.” Stony Brook head coach Steve Pikiell said that his team focused on limiting Conley, who is averaging 17.3 points per game in America East play. “You give him half an inch and he can make shots,” Pikiell said of
Conley. “You can’t give him any clean looks, and that sets up his drives to the basket, but you have to pick your poison. I’d rather give up two than give up three.” The Wildcats had been on a roll before the loss, winning three of their last four games prior to Wednesday night. The loss dropped UNH to 11-14, including 5-8 in conference, while Stony Brook leapfrogged the Wildcats in the America East standings, improving to 10-14 overall, 5-7 in conference.
UNH dropped from fifth to seventh in the standings, with three conference games remaining in the regular season. Next up for the Wildcats is a brief two-game road trip. They will face UMBC this Saturday before traveling to New York the following weekend for their ESPNU Bracketbuster game against Marist College. UNH will return home to face Maine in its last home game of the season on Feb. 22.
February 11, 2011 COLUMN
Lack of love for Hobey hopeful
Congrats to Ray Allen on breaking the NBA three-point record Thursday night. Too bad the C’s weren’t as successful as Kobe dropped 20 in the second half to give the Lakers the win.
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Return of the ‘Mack SCORE CARD
Merrimack comes to town in midst of breakout season
MEN’S BASKETBALL (11-14, 5-8)
By ZACK COX
The Nut Graff Chad Graff
ast weekend, Paul Thompson carried the puck in the off wing, skated behind the net, and tossed an improbable shot from an even more improbable angle, banking the puck of the goalie’s back with 15.3 seconds to play, giving the Wildcats the win over their most hated rival. The packed Whittemore Center went nuts as the 6-foot-1-inch, 205-pound senior rose to his knees and put his hands above his head with the red light flashing next to him. And then, like it has happened all season, the support died for the best player in the nation. But look back one year ago. The best player in the nation again put on a UNH sweater twice a week. His name was Bobby Butler. It’s a name Wildcat faithful won’t soon forget. The former captain led the nation in goals last season, but inexplicably wasn’t awarded the Hobey Baker trophy, given to the best college hockey player in the nation. As fans packed the Whittemore Center, they would talk about how many goals Butler was going to score, not if he would score. That’s not the same this year.
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When the UNH men’s hockey team faces off against Merrimack in a home-and-home series this weekend, it will not be the same Warriors team it has seen in recent years. In fact, this year’s Merrimack squad is enjoying success not seen in North Andover in decades. The No. 11 Warriors (17-5-4, 11-5-3 in Hockey East) are ranked in the national polls for the first time in school history, and have clinched the program’s first winning season since joining Hockey East 22 years ago. “[They’re] not a surprise,” UNH head coach Dick Umile said. “Maybe early in the season they
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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (8-16, 5-7)
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WOMEN’S HOCKEY (13-14-1, 6-11) TYLER MCDERMOTT/STAFF
Merrimack’s Stephane Da Costa (24) eyes UNH’s Phil DeSimone (39) in one of the teams’ matchups last season. Da Costa has been a force for the Warriors, leading the team with 36 points this season.
Taking it to the next level Former UNH hockey star Butler making his mark in AHL, NHL By HA HOANG CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Wednesday, Stony Brook, N.Y.
Bobby Butler has played in nine games for the Ottawa Senators.
Wednesday, Lundholm Gym, Durham
For many of the current players on the UNH hockey team, it has been a childhood dream to play in the National Hockey League one day. Some players opt to pursue other careers, and some players struggle to adapt to the different playing level. Former Wildcat Bobby Butler is the most recent player to make it to the next level with success. Before the Ottawa Senators called
him up Wednesday from the American Hockey League’s Binghamton Senators, Butler took some time to reflect on his recent success in the pros. After going undrafted during his collegiate career, Butler signed with the Ottawa Senators as a free agent, and made his NHL debut on April 1, 2010 against the Carolina Hurricanes. While Butler appeared in only two games towards the end of the Senators’ season, Butler said it was enough for him to get moti-
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Tuesday, Hamden, Conn.
IN THIS ISSUE -The women’s hockey team rallied to force a tie with No. 11 Quinnipiac on Tuesday. Page 18 -The men’s basketball team struggled mightily from behind the arc as they dropped an America East battle to Stony Brook, 63-56, on Wednesday. Page 19 -Check out page 19 for a look at how some former UNH hockey players have fared in the NHL. Page 18
Sharp-shooting ‘Cats down Seawolves STAT STAFF REPORT THE NEW HAMPSHIRE
Senior Jill McDonald scored a game-high 20 points and junior Denise Beliveau recorded her ninth double-double of the season with 11 points and 12 rebounds as the UNH women’s basketball team earned a 72-58 victory against Stony Brook University Wednesday evening at Pritchard Gymnasium. With the win the Wildcats improve to 8-16 overall and 5-7 in America East play, as they garner UNH SBU
their second win in the last three games. As for the Seawolves, they drop their fourth straight game, dipping to 4-19 overall and 1-10 in conference action. Beliveau was named the America East Player of the Game for UNH, registering her 12th career double-double in the win. She rounded out the contest with a season-high four steals and two assists. Junior Lauren Wells added 17 points, three assists and two steals. She finished the night 6-for-10 from the floor and 4-for-5 from beyond
the arc. Her four 3-point field goals tie a career high. Kirsten Jeter was selected as the player of the game for Stony Brook, finishing with a team-high 19 points, six boards and four steals. New Hampshire shot a seasonbest 57.1 percent (24-42) from the floor and 57.1 percent (8-14) from deep, holding SBU to 36.7 percent (22-60) shooting. The Wildcats were most impressive in the second frame, shooting 60 percent (12-20) from the field, while limiting the Seawolves to 35.3 percent (12-34)
shooting. The Seawolves jumped out to an early 10-2 lead, as a Jeter layup iced the run, giving the home team its largest lead of the contest at 16:29 in the first frame. After scoring just two points in the first four minutes of the action, New Hampshire caught fire when Beliveau and Wells dropped in treys on back-to-back possessions to cut the deficit down to just two points, setting off a 13-3 run that lasted over five minutes. Beliveau would score on a
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The UNH men’s hockey team has won 13 of its last 20 meetings with Merrimack. The Wildcats hold a 14-3-3 lead in the series during this time period dating back to 2004.