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President Huddleston and Provost Targett host open forum

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UNH President Mark Huddleston speaks to community members on issues that were brought up during the forum. By Mark Kobzik STAFF WRITER UNH holds an open forum once a semester to discuss any topics concerning the UNH community, which allows for a question and answer dialogue hosted

by President Mark Huddleston and Provost Nancy Targett, and is designed to be more democratic than the state of the university address. Hundreds of students attended last semester’s forum where the town hall style discussion was first implemented. In his opening re-

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marks for the second forum, Huddleston mentioned that he wanted to move away from the state of the university address because of its “pretentiousness.” “The vibe of this campus is participation and democracy and I think this is in tune with that,” Huddleston said. “…I enjoy doing

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By Van Hendrickx STAFF WRITER Though UNH alumnus Tyler Wentworth ’08 graduated with a major in political science, the

vast capability of social media has seemingly pulled his career path in a direction that he didn’t see coming. Currently the senior producer of social media under the Communications of Public Affairs deSPOT continued on page 3

students felt had not been properly addressed by the UNH administration. Charlie Durkin, a senior biomedical science major, raised concerns over the university’s forum continued on page 3

Community urged to join the UNH Works advocacy effort after recent NH budget proposal By Madison Neary STAFF WRITER UNH President Mark Huddleston, in an email sent out last Saturday, encouraged communiy members to join the UNH Works advocacy effort, in response to Governor Chris Sununu’s recent budget proposal that gives no increased funding to public higher education. UNH Works is a group of 3,500 students, alumni, family and friends of the university who reach out to New Hampshire legislatures

Senior producer of UNH social media, Tyler Wentworth, speaks to students in the crowd at a football game.

the forums, I think they’re important. I’m not sure that it’s always a representative slice of campus life, but it’s the best that we can do and it gives us an idea of what is on people’s minds.” The forum became heated when subjects of controversy were brought up, especially ones that

on the role UNH plays in the advancing future of the granite state. According to UNH Public Affairs Manager Thomas Cronin, UNH Works was created in 2011 in response to an almost 50 percent budget cut to the University System of New Hampshire (USNH), which includes UNH, Plymouth State College, Keene State College and Granite State College. UNH Works, run out of the public affairs office, updates its advocates on current New Hampshire legislature so they can reach out to state senators and representatives

and promote UNH’s value. Cronin added that the advocacy effort largely focuses on the budget and educational funding. “The idea really was to bring together UNH students, parents, alumni and friends of the university to help better understand UNH’s value to the state,” Cronin said. “And then go to state lawmakers and tell them UNH’s story about why we are deserving resources and funding and support UNH Works continued on page 3

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THE NEW HAMPSHIRE On the Spot continued from page 1 partment (CPA), Wentworth now works with the university’s social media accounts to help promote the multitude of stories that UNH has to offer. “When I was a [UNH] student, Facebook was founded and throughout my undergraduate years, social media was coming into its own and really became a force when I started coming into my career,” Wentworth said. After graduating, family and friends encouraged Wentworth to get involved in the profession of recruitment. He eventually landed jobs at first La Salle University and then at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he worked for several years. It was at these universities that he first found a passion for telling the stories of campus community members through his management of Facebook pages and other social media platforms. Wentworth began working for UNH in 2013, and he now commands the university’s social media realm. UNH Works continued from page 1 from the state.” Cronin said he is “fairly confident” that New Hampshire has one of the smallest state general fund budgets in the country on a per capita basis, which means there is high competition among state agencies for the limited funds collected through taxes such as state, property and real estate. Cronin added that it is crucial to obtain as much money as possible Forum continued from page 1 handling of the Counseling Center, which, since last summer, had suspended the counselor’s ability to write letters for transgender students seeking hormonal replacement therapy as part of their transitions unless they had gone through the proper World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) training. According to Durkin, nine counselors resigned due to the suspension of this program and increased workload. The university required more training during this time for counselors to be allowed to write these prescriptions, even though, as Durkin pointed out, it is not required by law. “They didn’t realize the importance of this program and that a lot of these services can mean life or death for those going through their transition,” Durkin said. Durkin commended Dean of Students Ted Kirkpatrick’s commitment to working on a solution. Kirkpatrick has raised the idea of integrating Health Services and the Counseling Center, which Durkin said would be amazing. Durkin said he appreciated Provost Nancy Targett’s answers, but criticized President Huddleston’s demeanor which drew criticism after he told a UNH journalism student, Raoul Biron, that he would speak slower so that Biron could understand an answer to a question. “I thought he was being very evasive and petty with his questions and answers. He was very

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“I’m passionate about the stories this institution wants to tell and it drives me,” he said. “I want to be able to share that voice with the public…we have students that are top class.” According to Wentworth, about 90 percent of the population at UNH checks their social media accounts at least once a day; Facebook has 1.75 billion users and, in the United States, 68 percent of all adults have a Facebook account. “Social media has become an ever-present part of everyday life,” Wentworth said. Wentworth and his colleagues, who he calls his “mighty team,” manage the main university account, along with various alumni and student social media accounts. “The main account serves as our voice for the institution. Here we talk about funded research, or admissions related content, snow days, etcetera. We use our social media accounts to talk about how we represent our stakeholders and our students,” Wentworth said. “The alumni account is engaged toward a particular section,

we try to engage close to 140,000 alumni around the world. We focus on telling alumni stories, whether they achieve great things, win awards and just the accomplishments [our] alumni make,” he said. The department’s student interns, whose respective majors include communication, business and studio arts, run the student accounts. This program allows the interns to serve as the voice of the student body through the student account while simultaneously getting social media and marketing experience. The UNH student Snapchat has also started a “Takeovers” program, where selected members of the UNH student body share a day in their life as an UNH student, including their class time, extracurricular activities and other aspects of their student life. “Our UNH student Snapchat account allows for organizations around campus to show what they do, and then we download the stories onto our Facebook page to allow our students’ [stories] to live on…because the 24 hour thing is

terrible sometimes,” Wentworth said. For Wentworth, social media is more than a platform for self-expression, rather it opens a

gateway to pursue his passion to provide a stronger voice to tell the many stories of the UNH community.

for the USNH due to the correlation between how much money the state offers to buy out tuition costs and the costs of tuition for in-state students. Assistant professor of political science and director of the Masters of Public Administration program, Daniel Bromberg, says that, in general, groups like these can be effective in making change as long as they are well organized. “Well organized interest groups do much better than those that are not organized,” Brom-

berg said. “When you are able to speak with one voice and essentially have a pretty clear platform for what you want, you tend to be more effective.” Now that Sununu has released the budget proposal, the New Hampshire House of Representatives will have until April 6 to make changes and submit the revised edition. The state Senate will then have until June 22 to do the same. By June 30, Sununu will either pass or veto the house and senate’s reconciled version.

Though there is more than five months before the new two year budget is put into effect, UNH senior history major and USNH student board representative Lincoln Crutchfield does not feel it is fair to put “everything” on UNH Works in regard to raising funding for UNH and USNH. “I think we need a lot of help from our friends on both sides the aisle to push the UNH and USNH agenda forward,” Crutchfield said. “And that’s a good agenda and the right agenda for the state. If we

don’t push that agenda we are delaying making a better future.” According to Cronin, New Hampshire has an aging workforce and “we [UNH] are the primary educator.” “If [New Hampshire] is going to continue to have a 21st century economy, we need to have 21st century skilled employees going out into the workforce, taking those jobs in order for those jobs and those businesses to stay here in the state,” Cronin said.

demeaning, like ‘oh it’s a very complicated issue, you wouldn’t understand.’ I certainly didn’t appreciate that… For the answer he gave me it was so evasive. I would have had an entirely different tone had he come at it by admitting it wasn’t the best way they could’ve gone about it. I would have had an entirely different discourse with him if he had been more open to working with us,” Durkin said. Huddleston later apologized for his comments, which he acknowledged were not the best approach to answering someone’s concerns. Nooran Al-Hamdam, a firstyear economics student, asked about the steps the university is willing to physically take to address the travel ban and the recent immigration raids. “To be honest, we have limited ability to stop the federal government from doing things. I would be playing to the crowd if I said we’d park our bulldozers in the driveway. That’s just not a realistic option for us. What we will do is to continue the long-standing practice of not allowing federal agencies, like ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) to deputize our UNH [Police Department] and essentially put them in the immigration law business, that’s not something we will do,” Huddleston said. Huddleston also restated his opposition to sanctuary cities or campuses by saying that they draw unwanted attention from the federal government. He said he didn’t want international students to have anymore of a target on

their backs. Andres Mejia, Connect program coordinator and student at UNH, raised concerns over how freely university professors are able to say anything they want, even if that means ignorant or hateful speech. “What would you tell faculty or staff that tell students for example: ‘we know everyone voted for Obama because he’s black, right, Andres?’ And I’m the only person of color in that class. That’s an issue right there because you’re telling professors they can say whatever they want to a person of color and the only person of color in the class, because right there you’re not only dealing with the mental state of the student, but also the retention of students of color on campus which we all know is a huge issue,” Mejia said. “I’ve seen a lot of efforts to respond to the needs of underrepresented communities. Jaime Nolan [associate vice president for community, equity and diversity] is here and she does a fabulous job trying to encourage those efforts. We are absolutely committed to it,” replied Huddleston. Huddleston went on to deride the professor who made the comment toward Mejia and said that while he found that type of speech to be disturbing, he said that he is a free speech absolutist. Provost Targett also defended the free speech of professors by mentioning University of California Berkeley’s decision to have Milo Yiannopolous on campus, which was eventually met with intense protest from students that led to

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Provost Nancy Targett answers a question about the hostile attitude in Washington, D.C. regarding science and climate studies. the cancelling of the event. Targett said that it’s a tough issue to weigh both the values of the university and the protection of free speech. Other topics included protecting scientific research, which Huddleston said is a priority of the university. Some students raised concerns over the administration’s

pay increase while others wanted more information on funding for the Paul Creative Arts Center. After an hour of discussion, the second open forum ended with answers that didn’t fully addresses the concerns of those in attendance.


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#Fight4HER UNH Voices of Planned Parenthood raises awareness about the Global Gag Order

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Representatives of the #Fight4Her campaign, Lexah Hall and Woody Little, table and gather photo petitions in the MUB Union Court on Wednesday afternoon. By Anita Kotowicz WEB EDITOR

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As part of a national movement to raise awareness of the Mexico City Policy, which was recently reinstated by President Donald Trump on Jan. 23, the UNH student group Voices of Planned Parenthood (VOX) launched the #Fight4HER campaign in Union Court of the Memorial Union Building (MUB) on Wednesday afternoon. This policy, often referred to as the Global Gag Order, bars international organizations that either perform or promote abortions from receiving funds from the United States. The policy also prevents international healthcare providers from providing information about reproductive rights and preventions, as well as abortion referrals. Members of VOX, in partnership with the Population Connection Action Fund, gathered around a table in Union Court with the goal of raising students’ awareness about the potential effects of the policy, along with what could be done to combat it. Over the course of Wednesday and Thursday, this campaign will be spread over eight college campuses across the United States. These specific schools were chosen because of their location in states where the political identities are known to swing. The group of volunteers sat at the table Wednesday with duct

tape across their mouths, with the phrase “#Fight4Her” written on it. By doing so, the group of volunteers physically represented the “gag” order. “It’s a policy that stifles free speech,” said Woody Little, an organizer for the Fight4HER Campaign. Additionally, volunteers gathered photo petitions from students that stated their reasons for opposing the policy. These photos will later be sent out via social media to thank leaders, such as Senator Jeanne Shaheen, for standing up for international reproductive freedoms. According to Lexah Hall, a UNH junior linguistics major and treasurer of Vox, the campaign also hopes that these images will eventually reach Trump and might lead him to revamping the policy. The policy also prevents international healthcare providers from providing information about reproductive rights and preventions as well as abortion referrals. Doing so would cut all government funding of the healthcare practice. “It’s a rule that prevents millions of women, all because of a few men,” Hall said. Vox will be putting on a screening of the documentary “Vessel” on Tuesday, Feb. 21 in Room 233 in the MUB; this film showcases a doctor that provides abortions in international waters for women who wouldn’t have access to them otherwise.


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Elizabeth Lunbeck, a professor in residence at Harvard University, presents a psychological case study of President Donald Trump in MUB Theatre II.

By Carlos Martens STAFF WRITER Elizabeth Lunbeck, a professor in residence at Harvard University’s Department of the History of Science, presented a psychological case study of President Donald Trump as part of her speech “Acting Human: The Psychopath and the Rest of Us,” on Tuesday, Feb. 14 in the Memorial Union Building’s (MUB) Theatre II for UNH’s Sidore Lecture Series. “There is value in trying to understand him. He’s not a policy guy, he’s all raw, unfiltered emotions,” Lunbeck said. Using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) by the American Psychiatric Association, Lunbeck guided her audience through a variety of symptoms of potential personality disorders exhibited

by Trump. The DSM, as noted by Lunbeck, identifies three categories for psychiatric personality disorders: clusters A, B and C, which determine the type of personality disorder a person has. According to Lunbeck, Trump mainly falls into clusters A and B, the realms of paranoid personality disorder, histrionic personality disorder, narcissistic personality disorder and borderline personality disorder. “I think it is startling how much of this criteria fits our current president,” she said. “I suspect Trump mobilizes his own narcissism.” Lunbeck supported her suspicions with a collection of Trump’s tweets, speeches and statements that she believes to coincide with the disorders and their symptoms. Though Lunbeck’s lecture was vastly insightful, the discussion that followed was also saturated with views and opinions from those who attended the

Tuesday lecture. About a dozen curious individuals stayed after to continue discussing Lunbeck’s case study of Trump and with back and forth debates, the postlecture discussion lasted almost 45 minutes. Throughout the lecture, Lunbeck stressed the importance of opening up one’s eyes and ears to see the potential personality disorders that America’s new president might have. After all was said and done, the amount of evidence she provided shows the great lengths she went through to ensure the utmost accuracy of her statements. Lunbeck teaches courses at Harvard in the history of psychoanalysis, psychiatry and the psychotherapies. She is also the author of a number of books, including the most recent “The Americanization of Narcissism” (Harvard 2014) and, with Lorraine Dusten, “Histories of Scientific Observation” (Chicago 2011).

STRATFORD, N.H. (AP) – A snowmobile rider is recovering after she jumped to safety from a burning snowmobile in Stratford, New Hampshire. Conservation officers say 17-year-old Cecelia Giuffrida, of Connecticut, was operating a snowmobile on Saturday when the machine started to catch on fire near her right foot. She immediately started her way to the

edge of the trail and jumped off the machine. The machine became fully engulfed in flames as it coasted away from her. Giuffrida’s snow pants were burned and she suffered burns to her leg and foot. No one else was hurt. Officers are still investigating the accident. They say mechanical failure appears to be the major factor.

National Parks to become more inclusive CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Maine Sen. Susan Collins have introduced a bill to expand access to national parks for disabled veterans. The bill would make all veterans with a service-connected disability eligible for a free, lifetime pass allowing entry to the parks and other recreational lands and waters held

by the United States. Shaheen, a Democrat, and Collins, a Republican, said under a 2004 law, individuals must be permanently disabled in order to be eligible for a free pass, creating uncertainty on whether all wounded veterans have access to the program. The new bill clarifies the language.

NH Teacher saves student life at lunch MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire teacher was honored by city officials for saving a child’s life. WMUR reports that Katrina Mackey, a special education instructor at Henry Wilson Elementary School, received a special honor at Manchester

School District board meeting Tuesday night. In January, Mackey saved a child who was choking at lunch by performing the Heimlich maneuver. Mayor Ted Gatsas gave the 15-year district veteran a resolution and thanked her at the meeting.

tent collapse results in charges, death LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) – A Florida-based circus operator has agreed to pay $25,000 in fines to resolve criminal charges in New Hampshire following a tent collapse in 2015 that killed two people and injured dozens. The Caledonian-Record reports a prosecutor says the plea agreement resolves eight charges, including operating without a license, and ensures the state will receive money from a defendant who has limited funds. Sarasota-based Walker

International Events initially faced more than $200,000 in fines. The agreement will need court approval. A March 8 hearing is scheduled. The company, now out of business, also settled some lawsuits and agreed to pay federal safety fines. Forty-one-year-old Robert Young and his 6-year-old daughter, Annabelle, of Concord, Vermont, died when a storm with 75 mph winds blew through the Lancaster Fairgrounds, toppling the tent.

DMV switches to new computer system CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – The state’s Division of Motor Vehicles is implementing its new driver licensing computer system over Presidents Day weekend. On Friday, Feb. 17, municipal clerks won’t be able to process the state portion of vehicle registrations. Customers seeking a registration that day will be issued a 30-day temporary registration and can return at a later date to complete the transaction. All DMV locations will be

closed on Presidents Day, Feb. 20, and Tuesday, Feb. 21. All DMV offices will return to normal operating hours and municipalities will be able to complete full registrations as of Wednesday, Feb. 22. Online services, including Online Driver License Renewal and Online Ticket Pay, won’t be available from Wednesday, Feb. 15, through Wednesday, Feb. 22. Except for Presidents Day, February 20, and Tuesday, February 21, tickets may be paid by phone at 1-800-272-0036.

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Current Issues Lecture hosts poets as part of annual MLK Jr. tribute By Aidan Reo CONTRIBUTING WRITER UNH Students, faculty and community members packed the Strafford Room of the Memorial Union Building (MUB) on Wednesday night for this semester’s first installment of the Current Issues Lecture Series, titled “The Spoken Word of Janae Johnson and Porsha Olayiwola.” Johnson, a spoken word poet, teaching artist and educator, bases her work out of California. While highlighting the issues of black queerness and black masculinity, Johnson became the 2015 National Poetry Slam Champion as well as the 2015 Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion. Accompanying Johnson was Chicago South-Side native Porsha Olayiwola. Olayiwola now resides in Boston where she organizes,

shootings in Chicago. “Today I protest by calling my parents on speakerphone,” said Johnson during her final poem about black pride. “I thank them for raising me on this [Stevie Wonder] music.” Both Johnson and Olayiwola left the audience impassioned as almost every stanza was met with “snaps,” the standard applause during slam poetry sessions. “I thought it was very powerful,” said sophomore anthropology and international affairs dual major Julia Paddock. “There was a lot of emotion and they really connected with me.” Johnson and Olayiwola’s performances were part of the 27th annual UNH Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute, “Art as Resistance and Remembrance.” On Sunday, Feb. 19, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, located at 30 Madbury Road in Dur-

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California - based Janae Johnson (above) and Chicago native Porsha Olayiwola performed poetry in the MUB Wednesday night covering a wide variety of topics. writes, teaches and participates in slam poetry competitions. According to her website, she “separates herself from the field of issuebased performance poets by applying advanced political analysis to examine injustice while providing perspective on concrete solutions.” Both poets took turns performing new and routinely rehearsed content, with topics ranging from misogynistic experiences at black barber shops to police

ham, will host the MLK Spiritual Celebration from 4 to 5 p.m. to remember those who have worked to build the community that MLK dreamed about. Additionally, Ken Nwadike, CEO of Superhero Events and creator of the Free Hugs Project, will be in the MUB Strafford Room on Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 7 to 8 p.m. to discuss his efforts in fundraising for homeless student athletes.

In Brief Fire in Disneyland parking lot destroys multiple cars

ANAHEIM, Calif. – A fire broke out in Disneyland’s main parking structure that burned eight cars and caused seven people to be treated for smoke inhalation, authorities said. No foul play was suspected but authorities haven’t given a cause for the Monday blaze at the Mickey & Friends Parking Structure. Four cars were destroyed and four more had major damage from the fire, which brought losses estimated at $180,000, the Anaheim Police Department said. Thousands of cars are tightly packed into the structure daily. Seven Disney employees were treated for smoke inhalation, four of whom were taken to hospitals. None of the injuries was life-threatening, Anaheim fire Sgt. Daron Wyatt said. Gray smoke could be seen pouring out of the structure when the blaze was first reported at

about 5 p.m. It was extinguished about 30 minutes later. Hundreds of park visitors and employees were stuck outside the structure unable to get to their cars until the evacuation and shutdown ended after about two hours. “A lot of people are just tired; they’ve been here all day. It’s more of a nuisance than anything,” Darren Clark, whose family of four couldn’t get to their car because of the shutdown, told KNBC-TV. “I’m kind of hoping it’s not my vehicle.” The Mickey & Friends Structure, with sections named for Disney characters and trams that take visitors to the entrance to the Disney Resort’s two theme parks, is a familiar spot for millions of visitors who pay $18 to park. The Disney parks remained open as usual until 8 p.m. Disney representatives referred questions about the blaze to fire officials.


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- Putting out twice a week since 1911 In Briefs Deep snow causes increase in accidents with Bison in Grand Teton National Park By Mead Gruver ASSOCIATED PRESS CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Unusually deep snow in Grand Teton National Park has made life dangerous for bison lumbering on the park’s only plowed highway and for motorists traveling the route, prompting park workers to escort the big animals to safer areas and urge drivers to slow down, park officials said Tuesday. The problem is that bison, which can weigh up to 2,000

pounds, prefer to use the road rather than struggle through the 3 feet of snow that accumulated recently. Vehicles have killed at least one and possibly two bison in the park so far this year after cars and trucks killed five in all of 2016. On Saturday, a truck killed a bison on U.S. Highway 26-89191. A bison hit in January has yet to be found. Hoping to prevent a run of collisions that can be just as dangerous for motorists, park officials in trucks guided small groups of bison along several

miles of the highway twice over the last four days. “They’re definitely very tired. So we make a long, slow escort to get them to safer areas,” said park spokeswoman Denise Germann. Park officials also plowed a side road they usually don’t bother clearing to help bison move to areas with less snow covering the shrubs and grass they like to eat. Moose have also been spotted taking advantage of the plowed route through Grand Teton, Germann said. Deep snow has put wild

animals in close quarters with people elsewhere in the Rocky Mountain region this winter. Oregon wildlife officials recently killed five cougars that left the snowy wilderness to feed on pets and chickens in a town. Wintry weather in the Rockies also has been unusually hazardous for antelope, which have been stranded on river ice, and horses unlucky enough to get stuck out in deepening snows. On the National Elk Refuge just south of Grand Teton, supplemental feeding of elk and bison with alfalfa pellets began

three weeks earlier than usual because the snow covered up their natural food. Then even more snow fell: So far this month, Jackson Hole at the base of the Teton Range in the park has been walloped with more than 30 inches in a series of storms. The snow and wind cut off electricity to parts of the popular resort area and closed Jackson Hole Mountain Resort for five days. Normally jubilant about extreme weather, ski resort officials reopened Monday after the big hit at peak season.

Catholic hospital denies transgender man operation, claims right to freedom of religion By Josh Cornfield ASSOCIATED PRESS TRENTON, N.J. – A Catholic hospital denies that it unfairly discriminated against a transgender man who sued after the hospital refused to allow a surgeon to remove the man’s uterus as part of his sex transition. Saint Joseph’s Healthcare System said that a court ruling in Jionni Conforti’s favor would violate its constitutional right to freedom of religion. The hospital

filed its response to the lawsuit Friday in federal court. The 33-year-old Totowa man had scheduled the hysterectomy at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson in 2015. His lawsuit alleges a hospital administrator told him the hospital couldn’t perform the procedure to remove his uterus because it is a Catholic hospital. He later had the surgery performed at another hospital, but Conforti is seeking a court order requiring the hospital to perform

any needed medical care for transgender patients. He is also seeking monetary damages. “The damages caused by the delay, as well as the humiliation and the stress caused by being discriminated against, is something that cannot be excused and are contrary to the law,” said Conforti’s attorney, Omar Gonzalez-Pagan, of Lambda Legal. “St. Joseph’s purportedly prides itself on having a patient-first approach. When you discriminate against a patient because of who

it is that really is not putting the patient first.” The hospital said in its response that Conforti’s claims are barred by the First Amendment and that the court system shouldn’t be able to interpret ethical and religious directives from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops followed by the hospital. The directives say procedures judged “morally wrong” by the church don’t have to be performed. It also cites state law that

says no hospital can be required to provide sterilization services or procedures. Conforti said a nurse in charge of surgery confirmed the procedure could be scheduled but his doctor was told later it wouldn’t be allowed because it was for gender reassignment. An email cited in the lawsuit from the hospital’s director of mission services, Father Martin Rooney, said it couldn’t allow the surgery because it’s a Catholic hospital.


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TNH Travels: “Hummus”

NH Notables earn second in regional competition; Prepare to move on to semifinals By Alex LaRoza STAFF WRITER

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A peek inside a Moroccan restaurant in London. By Stef Khairallah CONTRIBUTING WRITER I am sitting on the floor of a Middle Eastern restaurant with my dad. The restaurant is authentic, just like he is. The food arrives in waves as my father describes the manufacturing process of each and every item. The more he talks, the less I want to eat it. However, he spent his whole life watching his mom slave away while making this food, and he wants us to get it; so I make a plunge into a plate full of hummus and grape leaves. He asks me in between each bite if I like what I’m eating. I nod – swallowing a grimace at the bitter, soggy texture of the food, which, in my mind, is foreign. “Dad, I’m pretty sure I can’t breathe,” I tell him with my mouth full of food I just can’t seem to swallow. He shushes me, and continues to delve into the history of his culture and their food preparation. I lose consciousness. I am taken to the hospital and diagnosed with an allergy to sesame, the key ingredient in most Lebanese food flavored with Tahini. My father, being traditional, spends the next 10 years telling me that allergies aren’t real, insisting that if I simply eat a few sesame seeds each day, eventually I won’t be allergic anymore. My 13-year-old self resents him for his pompous disbelief. From then on, he grumbles and pouts when my mother comes home from the store with plain buns a rather than everything bagels. I roll my eyes and text under the table. Almost 10 years later, I am backpacking through Europe. I am on the Buiksloterweg ferry traveling from the Amsterdam Centraal

Train Station to complete my commute toward my reasonably priced hostel. The hostel is cheap, but it’s anything but convenient. I had purchased a box of take-away Chinese food which seemed much more satisfying to eat in the comfort of my rental bed than on a park bench. I carry the box for 45 minutes, dodging cyclists and waiting for public transportation to deliver me to my temporary sanctuary. I open the thin, bendy box to reveal a thick layer of sesame seeds coating the surface of noodles. I eat the whole thing and fall asleep drunk. I wake up not dead. I call my dad and apologize. I tell him he was right about allergies and that I should have been eating sesame this whole time. He scoffs at me with a well deserved, “I told you so.” Nine months later, I am sitting in a booth of a Moroccan Restaurant in South Kensington, London with 13 other study abroad students. We bask in cheap mojitos and bad jokes. The restaurant is traditional, so they deliver large plates for the table to share. The waiter places a feast of hummus and falafel in the center of the table, directly in front of my vision. I eat more than my fair share. “Hummus is SO good,” I squeak in between bites. “I never really had it before.” Tipsy and full, I feel a great sense of pride toward the notion that I am enjoying the food of my culture, of which I have been neglecting for the last 10 years. Suddenly, I am running down the street, in no particular direction, looking for Benadryl. When my first hive appeared on my forearm, I tried to ignore it. No one else could tell. But as my throat Travels continued on page 10

After competing against eight other groups in the International Competition of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) Northeast Quarterfinals last Saturday, Feb. 11, UNH’s original all-female a cappella group, the New Hampshire Notables, came in second place with 343 points, about 40 points behind Northeastern University’s first place co-ed group, Distilled Harmony. The Notables beat the third place group, the University of Massachusetts’ all-female group, S#arp Attitude, by 30 points. This unexpected placing means that the UNH group will now move on to compete at the semifinal competition, which will be held at the Boston Symphony Hall on March 26 at 2 p.m. “The Notables came into this competition with the motivation to learn from the experience and to have fun,” the NH Notables’ public relations officer Susan Dudka said. “While we have put weeks of hard work into our performance, none of us have ever competed in the ICCA before and I don’t know that any of us ever expected to get this far. But now that we have this chance, we are more determined than ever to show the world what we’ve got.” Five quarterfinals will be held for the northeast region, with two having already been completed. The first and second-place groups at each quarterfinal round get to move on to the semifinal round. From there, the first place winner will go on to compete at the ICCA final at the Beacon Theatre in New York City on April 22. “For the Notables, the semifinal round will definitely be unlike anything we saw this past weekend at the quarterfinals. The stakes are raised,” NH Notables member Rachel Dallaire said. The competition began with a meeting between the group and the ICCA Northeast producer in order to go over the schedule for the day. Each of the groups then participated in a random drawing to determine the order of performance. “The Notables drew the number nine, which meant we would perform last. And, as newcomers

to the ICCA, this made us a little nervous,” Dallaire said. “It was slightly ironic, because nearly every competitive a cappella group that arrives at the ICCA wants to draw the magic number that would put them last in the lineup so that they could draw off the builtup energy of the crowd and be the freshest performance in the judges’ minds.” Each group then got 15 minutes to sound check before taking their turns to perform. After all of the performances were over, the judges discussed their picks. All of the nine competing groups were then called on to the stage for the awards and the announcement of the winners. One of the NH Notables’ members, senior psychology major Asa Gomberg, received an award for “Best Soloist” for her performance of the song “Rise Up” by Andra Day. “When they announced that we had taken second place, we went crazy, crying and hugging each other,” Dallaire said. “It was so surreal, and it’s still so surreal, thinking about how a group of 11 ICCA amateurs had collectively scored higher than larger co-ed groups that competed year after year. I’ve always loved a good underdog story, but it’s a whole different feeling to actually be a character in one.” After the quarterfinals, the NH Notables were given score sheets from the judges, on which comments were left about what worked and what didn’t in terms of their performance. The group, who normally rehearse three days a week for a total of six hours, will be adding more time to that schedule as they prepare for the next section of the competition. “Moving forward, we definitely have a lot of work to do,” Dallaire said. “While we don’t have quite enough time to learn and choreograph an entirely new set, we do have a lot of time to perfect (and add to) the one we already have.” “It was one of the most incredible experiences I have ever had because I was able to share such an empowering moment with the best girls I know,” comusic director of the NH Notables, Danielle Lewis, added. “We have worked so hard to get to where we are and I can confidently say we left it all on the stage that night.”

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(Above) The NH Notables on stage at the ICCA Northeast Quarterfinals last Saturday. (Below) The Notables’ runner-up certificate. The Notables will move on to the semifinal competition, which will be held at the Boston Symphony Hall on Sunday, March 26.


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Socratic Society moves to Freedom Café By Katherine Lesnyk CONTRIBUTING WRITER UNH’s Socratic Society, an organization run by the philosophy department, met to discuss the philosophy of art in the Freedom Café on Friday, Feb. 10 as part of their weekly discussion meetings. Subtopics included what is classified as art and how it has changed over time, how art is valued, the differences culture brings to art and more. The respectful, flowing conversation bounced between students with very few silent moments and a variety of contributions. Questions were posed during the discussion, which kept the conversation going. The major focus of this particular conversation was centered on whether or not artists need talent or creativity to create art. Though other discussion topics were brought up, including education, the existence or nonexistence of alternative facts and millennials. For several years, the Socratic Society was not a recognized organization on campus. It was not until juniors Andrew Ware and Eden Suoth persisted on its acknowledgment that it was fully established November 2016. Originally, the society met in the basement of Hamilton Smith Hall, but once construction on the academic building began, the meetings moved to

the Freedom Café, where students were offered pastries and beverages courtesy of the philosophy department. Overall, students expressed enjoyment in conducting the meetings there, though common complaints were the distracting noises of the music, other conversations and beverage machines. However, students make do and continue to attend these discussions. Ware and Suoth, the unofficial leaders of the Socratic Society, emphasized at the end of the discussion that the organization welcomes all students, regardless of major, even though it is associated with the philosophy department. They plan on keeping the meetings in the Freedom Café, even after the renovations of Hamilton Smith Hall are complete. The Socratic Society meets on Friday afternoons in the Freedom Café from 2:10 to 3:30 p.m., although the conversations often extend past this time due to the exuberance of students, student availability on Friday afternoons and enthusiasm about the topics. For more information on the organization, visit their page Wildcat Link or the Facebook group, “UNH Socratic Society (2016 – 2017).” They can also be seen advertising on flyers around campus. The next discussion, on Friday, Feb. 17, will be about cultural globalization: the concept that one day, world cultures will converge into one single culture of the entire human population.

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(Above) The Socratic Society engages in discussion at their meeting this past Friday. (Below) Attendees of last Friday’s meeting pose for a group shot.

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Here’s the deal, ‘Cats: One-Pan Taco Dinners don’t photograph well. This whole “one pan meal” thing promised to save me major time on dishes, so naturally, being super lazy, I took the bait. Admittedly, I have to hand it to this meal; had I not decided to make some fresh salsa as well, I would have had substantially less dishes to wash. One, to be specific. However, the downside of everything cooking together is that your food, while delicious, is gonna look kinda like brown mush. Doesn’t exactly pop in a picture. Still, letting the quinoa cook right in the pan with everything else was way simple and added some great flavor to a healthy food that I generally find to be sort of blah. Anyways, here is a recipe for delicious and nutritious brown mush and some photos of tasty fresh salsa that you can serve on top of it. Say cheese, and as always, happy cooking, ‘Cats!

Directions 1. In a large skillet, brown turkey burger over medium-high heat. 2. Add corn and black beans (both rinsed and drained), as well as dry seasoning. Combine until well-mixed. 3. Stir in quinoa. Add 1 1/2 cups of water. Bring to a rapid boil, then reduce to medium-high heat and simmer, covered, until quinoa is cooked (20-25 minutes). 4. Serve over a bed of fresh greens, with tortilla chips, in tacos or alone. *Optional: pair with homemade salsa and/or queso fresco (Mexican-style fresh cheese).

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1 lb lean ground turkey 1 can black beans 1 can whole kernel corn 1/2 cup dry quinoa 1 tsp ground cumin 1/2 tsp chili powder 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1/2 tsp oregano 1/2 tsp sea salt 1/4 tsp paprika 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

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n Feb. 4. Penn State sophomore Timothy Piazza tragically passed due to injuries from a fall down a set of basement stairs at the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house at 11 p.m. on Feb 2. Members of the fraternity, where Piazza was pledging, almost immediately moved him upstairs. However, an ambulance was not called until 10:49 a.m. on Feb. 3. The medical examiner stated that Piazza sustained, “multiple traumatic injuries from a fall,” also adding that he had been intoxicated. Although Piazza’s death was ruled “accidental,”criminal charges could be filed if there is evidence of reckless endangerment, according to attorney Stewart Eisenberg of Eisenberg Rothweiler in Philadelphia, a personal injury law firm, because of the 12 hour gap. As of Feb. 7, Penn State University and its Interfraterinity Council has called for a, “halt [to] all social activities for IFC chapters until further notice.” The release also stated that the cause for this suspension was not only for “a tragic student death associ-

have been called to save a life. Twelve hours where this 19-yearold sat injured and intoxicated with no one concerned enough, or paying close enough attention to take action. Although there is no official ruling, the heartbreaking reality is that people were incredibly morally incompetent. There is never any amount of “trouble” you could get in that you couldn’t get over by saving a life. And this is a tragedy that could happen on any campus, including ours.

It is no secret that students at our university drink, go to parties and the bars multiple days throughout the week. While these late night parties often create fun memories and harmless regrets, it is always important to sit back and take a look about how much alcohol we consume and our personal consumption limits, not to mention the way we treat one another.

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the same age. About one in four college students report academic consequences from drinking. This included missing class, falling behind in class, doing poorly on exams or papers and receiving lower grades overall. And, 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor-vehicle crashes. We all come to the university knowing very few to no other students. Although the people

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‘Intensive Care’ Maybe it’s because I’ve been binge-watching “Criminal Minds” lately, but I feel the need to discuss a song or three about abuse. Whether it’s abuse of children or adults, whether it’s physical or emotional, it can leave a scar. Luckily, I have never been involved in abuse myself, but I’ve been friends with a few victims and I’ve seen so much on the news that it’s really a sore topic in today’s society. That’s probably why there even are so many songs about the subject. I was just going to pick one song to talk about, but I couldn’t narrow it down. So here are my top three: “Alyssa Lies” by Jason Michael Carroll, “The Little Girl” by John Michael Montgomery and “Goodbye Earl” by the Dixie Chicks.

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Gabrielle Lamontagne at school./Alyssa lies with Jesus./Because there’s nothing that anyone would do!” “The Little Girl” by John Michael Montgomery is more about emotional abuse suffered by the protagonist, though her parents certainly abused each other. This story may have a happier ending, but it’s still a

Her teacher doesn’t recognize the signs, but the daughter of the singer does – in a way – not understanding what she’s seeing. “Alyssa Lies” is a song about a little girl who is being abused at home, but lies about it in school and covers up the bruises. Her teacher doesn’t recognize the signs, but the daughter of the singer does – in a way – not understanding what she’s seeing. It’s a very sad song that ends sadly to make a point. Before the singer can do something to fix the problem, the girl has been killed by her abuser. This points to a flawed system of protection for children against abuse, since it’s very coincidental and difficult to determine, and children aren’t routinely checked for such symptoms (such as wearing long sleeves in summer and explaining that they have a lot of bruises because they “fall” a lot). When these children sometimes do speak up, they are often considered to be lying or making up stories to get attention. “…And I told her that Alyssa wouldn’t be in school today./ She doesn’t lie/In the classroom./She doesn’t lie/Anymore

terrible fate in general for a child to have to spend so much time watching parents abuse them-

“And the drinking, and the fighting just got worse every night./Behind their couch she’d be hiding. Oh what a sad little life./And like it always does, the bad just got worse./With every slap and every curse./Until her Daddy, in a drunken rage one night/Used a gun on her mom, and then took his life./And some people from the city took the girl far away./To a new Mom and a new Dad:/Kisses and hugs every day.” Now for something completely different, as Monty Python would have it. “Goodbye Earl” is a fun, upbeat song with lyrics that discuss physical abuse in a relationship and one – rather extreme and illegal – manner of dealing with it. I don’t really like the song for the way that it considers dealing with this kind of problem, but it’s done in a fun way which makes it interesting to me. However, the way in which the song describes the processes of dealing with the abuse legally but needing to take illegal action to make it stop is another way of pointing out the limitations of systems in place to protect people from physical

I don’t really like the song for the way that it considers dealing with this kind of problem, but it’s done in a fun way, which makes it interesting to me. selves through drugs and alcohol before ultimately hurting each other right in front of her. She’s spared, and in the story it is related to religion, which strikes a chord with me, though I understand that not everyone shares my religious beliefs. Still, the fact that no one noticed the problems going on in this child’s life points to not just negligent parents and family, but a negligent system. Children need to be protected – sometimes from their own parents – but we currently don’t have the right systems in place to properly meet the care needs of every child who faces these issues.

abuse. “Well she finally got the nerve to file for divorce./She let the law take it from there./But Earl walked right through that restraining order/and put her in intensive care.” I’m starting to think the protective services we have already in place need to be put in the ICU. Since there seem to still be so many problems implementing these systems, maybe it’s time to re-work the system a bit. You can follow Gabrielle on Twitter @bookwormwillow

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Thomas has been sensational for Boston, but will it be enough?

Hello Green Teamers, it has certainly been a long time since we last spoke. Listen, I understand all of the confidence that has been surrounding the New England region as of late, but let us take a step back. I also understand that Tom Brady has passed the championship torch to Isaiah Thomas, but the NBA Finals in June are a long time away. For now, let us focus on what positive steps head coach Brad Stevens and the team have taken toward the overall No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. At 37-19 the Celtics are 2 1/2 games back of the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers, otherwise known as LeBron James’ team. With the Celtics on a four-game win streak, fans have every reason to be excited as the first half of the season winds

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continued from page 16 With 5:54 remaining in the first half, the Wildcats were in a close one as they only led 17-15. This was largely due in part to the poor shooting the team had from the field which was 28.6 percent up to that point. “We just stayed aggressive and not being lackadaisical on offense,” Smith said of how the team was able to overcome

down. They’re 7-3 within the Atlantic Division and hold the top spot with a 4 1/2 game lead on the Toronto Raptors. Yet, the Raptors have improved most recently by trading for Serge Ibaka from the Orlando Magic. More importantly, the Celtics are missing out, in my opinion, on capitalizing on another key addition. I fully understand that Isaiah Thomas has been playing like the NBA’s most valuable player, but let us be real. He is not going to get it. That award, my friends, will go to a player like James, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook or James Harden. Although, Thomas’ numbers have been impressive. He is averaging 29.8 points per game, which is ranked third in the entire league with 1,554 points. Only Westbrook and Harden have

more. He has eclipsed past Celtic records with a 52-point performance in a game earlier this season. His hustle, drive and mental edge have provided the team with a boost, even as all-star shooting guard Avery Bradley stays absent on the bench with an injury.

its early struggles. “Mostly because [Camara] and [Leissner] kept crashing the glass and getting third, fourth and fifth chance buckets.” However, the Wildcats finally kicked into gear and went on an 18-2 run to close the half and go up 35-19. From then on, the Wildcats would never relinquish the lead, even going up by 26 points at one point. UNH cruised to a 64-51 victory. “A really good win for us al-

though it wasn’t picture perfect,” Herrion said of the victory. “But at this time in the year, [the team] is just trying to find wins. We are just trying to climb the ladder in this league.” The win improves UNH’s regular season record to 1611 and 7-6 in the America East standings thus tying them with UMBC record-wise. UNH stays home and will face the University of Harford Saturday, Feb. 18 at 1 p.m.

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low. DeMarcus Cousins has been out of the question, but adding another big time player could help bring banner 18 to Beantown. For now, Celtic pride has been infused within the city. Nothing bleeds green more than the Celtics in a city where tradition and pride glooms throughout the streets. After another win over the Philadelphia 76ers, the time to pay attention to this team has come and gone. Hop on the bandwagon now if you have not. Just pump the brakes and highlight Feb. 26 on your calendar. The Celtics will head up to Toronto to challenge the Raptors. These kinds of games you do not want to miss. Anyways, it was great to talk to you again Green Teamers. Keep doing you.

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continued from page 16 are on pace to capture their first title. The ‘Cats have beaten every conference foe this season, at least once, and Albany is the only team to knock off UNH. A team that hasn’t had much playoff success now finds themselves atop the conference standings and it looks like it they will hold that spot before the playoffs. What this means is that if UNH can make it through the quarterfinal and semifinal round, then they would host the conference championship game. The first two rounds have been hosted by Albany and Binghamton in years past, but now the America East tournament will host the quarterfinals and semifinals at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland, Maine. With the conference tournament drawing ever closer, the ‘Cats still have some work to do before the season is over. A trip to Hartford, senior

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, I just know that once the playoffs start Thomas will be held in check. Adding Al Horford has been beneficial for the team, but they need another forward. Marcus Smart has been instrumental on defense and seeing young Jaylen Brown perform at a high level is encouraging, but they need more. Right now, you all deserve to smile. With Kevin Love out for six weeks and Cleveland struggling as of late, the No.1 seed could be up for grabs. James will do what he does best to carry the team, but right now the Celtics have the edge. If the team won’t trade a first round pick for Chicago Bulls star Jimmy Butler then where does the team turn to? Danny Ainge, you must find another presence down

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Hartford

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Binghamton

7-6

Junior Aliza Simpson contributed three of UNH’s 18 assists in their 65-57 win over the Black Bears.

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Vermont

5-9

night against UMass Lowell and a trip to UMBC still remain on tap for UNH and if the ‘Cats win against Hartford they will lock up

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Stony Brook

3-10

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UMass Lowell

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TNH photo album: Light Up Lundholm On Feb. 15, the UNH men’s basketball team defeated the University of Maine Black Bears 64-51 in a glowing Lundholm Gymnasium. Attendees were given a LED light baton to “Light Up Lundholm.” Photos by China Wong


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UNH vs. No. 4 Boston University

Friday at 6 p.m.; Agganis Arena in Boston, Mass. Saturday at 7 p.m.; Whittemore Center in Durham, N.H. UNH is 12-14-4, BU is 19-9-2

The Scouting Report The Terriers’ offense

The Terriers’ defense

For a couple years now, the Terriers have had one of the topranked offenses in Hockey East and this year is no different. With the departure of standouts Matt Grzelcyk and Brandon Fortunato last season, much of the offensive firepower now comes from a pool of young talent. This includes goal-scorers such as Clayton Keller and Boston Bruins product Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, who have a combined 27 goals on the year. Speed will be tough to match against this highly talented offense. Stride-for-stride defensive coverage will be the best chance for the Wildcats to slow down the young guns.

As much as the Terriers offer on the offensive side, they bring as much, if not a better, defensive presence to this two-game series. The player to watch for will be yet another Bruins product and USA World Junior Hockey Championship team standout, Charlie McAvoy. In 29 games played, McAvoy has three goals and 13 assists combining for 16 points overall, which is seventh on the team in points. McAvoy’s durability makes him dangerous, which many saw during the World Junior Hockey Championship run when he amounted for most of the time on ice. McAvoy is a shot creator. The ‘Cats will have to bear down and get in McAvoy’s shot lanes to take the edge off Danny Tirone.

The Terriers’ goaltending The central theme around BU’s fourthranked team is the plethora of young talent and freshman Jake Oettinger has been the primary goaltender for the Terriers this season. Starting in 26 games, Oettinger has posted a .932 save percentage with a incredible 1.93 goals against average. His GAA leads the Hockey East leaderboard and in virtually every other stat, he cracks the top-3 only behind the likes of Merrimack goaltender Collin Delia, Joseph Woll and Hayden Hawkey in some categories. Oettinger will be a handful for the ‘Cats this weekend. Rebounding will be the key. Low shots and rebound generation will have to be priorities because it will be seriously tough to beat Oettinger standing up.

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STATSof theDAY Tyler Kelleher leads Division I with 33 assists in 30 games.

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Matias Cleland’s teamleading total blocked shots.

TNH Picks Brian Dunn, Sports Editor: 4-2 BU over UNH; 3-2 BU over UNH Zack Holler, Sports Editor: 5-2 BU over UNH; 4-3 UNH over BU in overtime.


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Conference races heating up WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

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Wildcats ‘Light UNH closing in Up Lundholm’ on No. 1 seed

Saturday Feb. 18 MBB vs. Hartford

Saturday Feb. 18 MHOC vs. Boston U

Saturday Feb. 18 WLAX vs. Harvard

Sunday Feb. 19 GYM vs. Temple

In this issue... Staff writer Ben Nawn breaks down the current state of the Boston Celtics and what lies ahead.

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Senior guard Jaleen Smith tallied a game-high 21 points, nine rebounds and six assists in Wednesday night’s win. By DANIEL CLARE STAFF WRITER

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Junior guard Brittni Lai scored 14 points on 6-9 shooting. She also added two rebounds and two assists in the win. By SAM ROGERS STAFF WRITER

The ‘Cats stayed true to the theme of ‘Light Up Lundholm’ night at Lundholm Gymnasium as the Wildcats put together an impressive performance against the University of Maine. On Wednesday, the 15-11 Wildcats faced the 6-22 Black Bears in a late season America East matchup. UNH beat the Black Bears convincingly 64-51 in a game that saw the trident of senior guard Jaleen Smith, junior forward Iba Camara and junior forward Tanner Leissner play to their expectations. Smith was the games leading scorer with 21 points and six assists. Smith also came within one rebound of a double-double, grapping nine. The game was a return to form for Smith as he had a string of sub-par games going into Wednesday night’s contest. It was the first time Smith had a 20-point game since the doubleovertime loss at UMBC on Jan. 28 where he earned 21 points and 10 assists. Camara continues to improve and cement his place as one of the most reliable players on the Wildcat team. Camara notched his eighth double-double of the season as he netted 12 points and grabbed a sizeable 16 rebounds for the game. “His development is great. The thing with [Camara] is now he is starting to get confident,” head coach Bill Herrion said of Camara’s improvement over the course of the season. “The whole issue in the past was constant foul trouble and it hurt his production. Now he’s learning to stay on the floor longer.” Camara has played a crucial role in the Wildcats’ development of a strong frontcourt all season, but that wouldn’t be such the case if it were not for the production of big man Leissner. Leissner had 20 points and six rebounds for the game. Leissner’s strong performance is a step in the right direction as the Texas native is coming off a night against Binghamton on Feb. 14 where he put in a 27-point performance. As for the game itself, it was a slow start for the Wildcats against the lowly Black Bears.

In one of its final road tests of the season, UNH traveled to rival Maine for one more regular season meeting. The ‘Cats continued their conference success as they defeated the Black Bears for the second time this year, this time by way of 65-57. Junior Carlie Pogue led the ‘Cats as she recorded her second straight double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Junior guards Brittni Lai and Olivia Healy added 14 and 13 points respectively. The two also combined for seven assists. UNH as a team only had 12 turnovers in the contest. A team with proven talent in the frontcourt doesn’t usually get out worked down low, but UNH was outscored 36-34 in the paint. The ‘Cats never trailed in the game and their largest lead was 15. Although, UNH held on for the win, Maine outscored the Wildcats by five in the second half. UNH builds on its conference success as it improves its America East record to 12-1. The Wildcats have led the conference all season and with just three games left, they own a three-game lead over both Albany and UMBC. A historic season for this UNH team might add another accolade to their accomplishments. The Wildcats have a record of 22-4 which is only one win away from tying a program best, which is 23 wins, a mark set in the 1982-83 season. The record heading into this game, 21-4, is the programs best record through the first 25 games. The success has been grabbing attention nationally as UNH was ranked No. 22 in the Mid-Major top-25 poll. Setting regular season records are fantastic for team success, school spirit, national exposure and confidence but, as duly noted in the past, it doesn’t mean anything without a championship. In the Wildcats’ case, an America East championship UNH has never won the America East title, but this year the ‘Cats

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