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Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Vol. 100, No. 40
TOUGH WAY TO GO OUT
Defenseman Mike Beck lies in the crease next to goalie Matt Di Girolamo during UNH’s 2-1 loss to Notre Dame in Manchester Sunday. Below, Brett Kostolansky fires a shot.
After big upset, ‘Cats fall to ND in regional final
Note to fans: don’t take success lightly
By BRANDON LAWRENCE CONTENT EDITOR
For the University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team, the story is the same; it’s just a different year. The Wildcats were UNH 3 knocked out of the NCAA Miami 1 tournament for the third ND 2 year in a row in the regional UNH 1 finals, which were held at Manchester’s Verizon Wireless Arena, hosted by UNH. After bowing out of the Hockey East tournament in the semifinals to Merrimack College, the Wildcats garnered a fourseed in the Northeast region on the national stage. UNH played Miami (OH), the region’s top-seeded team, on Saturday night in Man-
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More inside: Di Girolamo shines despite the loss. Page 20 UNH to submit bid to host NE regional again. Page 20 Thompson inks pro deal with Penguins. Page 19
ike Sislo sat at the postgame press conference fighting to spit out words in between tears. Paul Thompson and Phil DeSimone – still in full hockey gear – stood outside the locker room minutes after their hockey
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Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Aftermath of Japan Disaster
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Di Girolamo plays “steller”
7 According to WSBE experts, the aftermath of the disaster in Japan can have increasingly devastating effects on U.S. supply chains.
TKE hosts Alzheimer’s Walk
20 Despite the disappointing loss on Sunday, head coach Dick Umile credited goalie Matt Di Girolamo for his stellar play in net.
COLSA Open House
8 The UNH chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon will host an Alzheimer’s walk to raise awarenes and research for the disease.
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March 29 • EmPower Yoga! Fierce and Fabulous Power Lunch. 12:45 p.m.- 1:45 p.m. Wildcat Den, MUB. • Weight Watchers @ Work. 11:45 a.m.- 12:45 p.m. 10 West Edge Drive.
Spring was officially welcomed to the UNH campus with the macfarlane greenhouses open house and the Home and Garden Show at the Whitt.
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An article in Friday’s issue, “Experts are UNH talk of troubles facing Japan after earthquake,” misquoted Christine Shea, professor of technology and operations management and associate dean for graduate programs and research at WSBE. For the updated article, please see TNHonline. com. Additionally, the article said that the Financial Post has estimated it will cost Japan $20 billion to recover. They have estimated it will cost $200 billion.
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This week in Durham March 30 March 31 • Sex Talk Series. 12 p.m. -1 p.m. MUB Room 304. • Good Eats: Quick & Easy Food for Busy College Students. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Stillings Dining Hall.
• HIV Testing: Walk-in Clinic. 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. Health Services, Room 249.
April 1 • Environmental Research Group 2011 Spring Seminar Series. 12 p.m. -1 p.m. 320 Gregg Hall. • Art Exhibitions: Legacy and Re-Viewed. Museum of Art.
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GRAFF CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 careers at the University of New Hampshire had come to an end, trying to explain the disappointment they felt after UNH’s 2-1 loss to Notre Dame in the Northeast Regional final. “Words can’t describe it,” DeSimone said. They didn’t have to – their emotions did that for them. Sislo spoke softly as he answered questions with his yellow bath towel hanging around his blue UNH sweater. DeSimone refused to take off the jersey that helped him become one of the best playmakers in college hockey. And then there was Thompson - the hometown kid who grew up 15 minutes from the Verizon Wireless Arena. The Derry native spoke softly, staring at the ground. It was clear he wanted no part of removing his sweater, or even shaving his Luigi-esque mustache that the team grew for the playoffs. It’s moments like those that should serve as a reminder to Wildcat faithful to not get greedy. This is hockey after all – a game of inches and bounces. Any team can win on any given night. But no team can win every season. And that’s what the UNH men have done even as message boards fill up calling for Dick Umile’s job. The Wildcats have qualified for 10 straight NCAA postseasons – more than every team excusing Michigan. Let that soak in. It’s a stat that UNH fans know, but don’t really appreciate. That means the Wildcats have had more consistency than the likes of Boston College, Maine and Wisconsin. Anyone that understands sports is aware that titles are the only things that matter. And no one in the Granite State needs to be reminded that UNH hasn’t won a men’s title. By no means does consis-
Jury: Calif. teen guilty in school pipe bomb case REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - A Northern California teenager accused of setting off two pipe bombs at his former high school in a plot to kill three former teachers who gave him bad grades has been found guilty of attempted murder and weapons charges. Jurors on Monday found 18year-old Alex Youshock guilty on five of the seven felony charges he faced in the 2009 pipe-bombing at Hillsdale High School in San Mateo. The teen managed to set off two pipe bombs before being tackled by a teacher. Authorities found him wearing a tactical vest and armed with 10 pipe bombs, a chain saw and a sword. Jurors are still deliberating on two other attempted murder counts. After the final verdicts are in, they will have to decide whether Youshock was sane while committing the crimes.
It’s ludicrous for fans to act like the team failed. This squad didn’t fail anything . . . For them to be up in arms is absurd. tency make up for championships. But in a competitive college landscape with millions of dollars at stake, the risks are too high to gut everything. Consistency reins in college where coaching staffs recruit players that fit their system. Umile and Co. have done just that. Think back to Bobby Butler. Last year’s captain wasn’t recruited by any big-name programs – until UNH fell in love with his work ethic. He only went on to turn in one of the best careers in recent memory and continues to gain UNH recognition with his play in the NHL. I’m not saying we, as a UNH community, should settle for the playoffs. That’s the worst thing we could do. The goal should always be the national title. But for fans to be up in arms about last weekend’s loss is absurd. This is, after all, a squad that was predicted to finish fourth in the Hockey East. They went on to participate in hockey’s version of the Elite Eight, far exceeding these expectations. That makes three straight seasons the Wildcats have advanced to a regional final – an impressive feat. It doesn’t make up for a lack of championships or Frozen Four appearances, but it’s a sign that the program is among the upper-echelon of hockey. That’s why it’s ludicrous for fans to act like the team failed. This squad didn’t fail anything. They wanted more than anything to keep the sweaters on and play another day. But that’s not the way the puck bounced Sunday night. Sometimes the Hockey Gods are with you. Sometimes they aren’t. Just ask Sislo.
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HOCKEY CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 chester in the first leg of the bracket. Despite the fact that Miami had won 14 straight games (including the CCHA championship) and was the higher seed, it was evident that the atmosphere belonged to the Wildcats. Fans packed the home of the Manchester Monarchs, wearing UNH blue and white, and booed during the introduction of “your RedHawks” as Miami took the ice. The teams traded goals, and were knotted 1-1 not even two minutes into the game. Miami’s Bryon Paulazzo stuffed home a rebound just seconds into the contest, giving the RedHawks a temporary lead. Kevin Goumas scored the equalizer about a minute later from a difficult angle, catching Miami goaltender Cody Reichard off guard. It appeared that UNH had grabbed its first lead that same period, when Paul Thompson wrapped around the Miami net and fed Mike Sislo cutting in front, who scored the go-ahead goal. But after a referee review, it was determined that the puck deflected off of Sislo’s foot, disallowing the goal. In the third period, Sislo made sure to make one count. A beautiful cross-ice pass from defenseman Blake Kessel found its way to the captain’s stick in front of the Miami net, where Reichard was caught across the crease. Sislo buried an easy one-timer to give UNH the lead for good. Goumas scored on an empty-netter minutes later to ice the win and send the Wildcats into the regional finals. “It was a great pass [from Kessel],” Sislo said on Saturday. “That play was a result of hard work. Great play by him.” UNH head coach Dick Umile said that the team knew it had to play its best in order to beat Miami, and that the win would be savored for the night with a strong focus the next day on the next opponent. The regional final on Sunday began at 8 p.m. in Manchester between threeseed Notre Dame and UNH. The Fighting Irish were ranked ninth in the nation with
a wealth of young talent. Net minder Mike Johnson, a sophomore, came in as one of the hottest goaltenders in the nation. Freshman forward Anders Lee had two goals in the Irish’s win over Merrimack the night before. Notre Dame, like Miami, got on the board first against UNH, who was essentially playing another home game in Manchester. But unlike the previous night, New Hampshire had no answer. The 5,906 fans in attendance, mostly UNH supporters, were relatively silent until the remaining nine minutes. The Irish jumped out to a two-goal lead with five seconds left in the second period when Billy Maday deflected a shot into the net past UNH goalie Matt Di Girolamo. Maday, Lee and Johnson were named to the all-Northeast Tournament Team, while Johnson won tourney MVP. Finally, at 13:37 into the final period, defenseman Matt Campanale found Sislo for a goal in front of the Notre Dame net, and UNH pulled to within 2-1. But it was too little, too late for the Wildcats, as a penalty on defenseman Mike Beck was called with 1:44 left in the contest, which gave Notre Dame a one man advantage when UNH needed an equalizing score. No such luck came the Wildcats’ way. “It’s obviously a disappointment,” Umile said after the game on Sunday. “Congratulations to Notre Dame. We had our chances early on, but we couldn’t get a goal. … It’s been a great group [of seniors]. I feel for them.” A tearful Sislo praised the outstanding goaltending of the MVP Johnson after the loss that bounced the Wildcats, and reflected on a few of the opportunities that could have changed the outcome of the contest. “I wish I could take some [opportunities] back, but I can’t,” he said choking back tears. Another year has come and gone for the UNH men’s hockey team, and another year of the same result.
So far, most of tax cut is going down the gas tank By MARTIN CRUTSINGER ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON - Americans are earning and spending more, but a lot of the extra money is going down their gas tanks. Gas prices have drained more than half the extra cash Americans are getting this year from a cut in Social Security taxes. Unlike some other kinds of spending, paying more for gas doesn’t help the economy much. Most of the money goes overseas, and higher prices leave people with less money to buy appliances, computers, plane tickets and other things that can be postponed. “When food and gasoline prices are rising, it causes people to hunker down,” said Chris G. Christopher Jr., senior economist at IHS Global Insight. Consumer spending jumped 0.7 percent last month, and personal incomes rose 0.3 percent, the Commerce Department said Monday. Both gains reflected the cut of two percentage points in the Social Security tax, raising take-home pay. They also illustrated how higher gas prices are stressing household
budgets. After adjusting for inflation, spending rose just 0.3 percent. After-tax incomes actually fell 0.1 percent. The Social Security tax cut will give most households an additional $1,000 to $2,000 this year. In December, when President Barack Obama signed it into law, economists predicted higher take-home pay would lead to more spending and stronger economic growth. But gas prices have jumped more than 50 cents a gallon this year. In late December, they hit $3 a gallon for the first time in two years. Last week, they averaged $3.58 nationwide, according to AAA’s daily fuel gauge survey. Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, has reduced his forecast for 2011 economic growth from 3.9 percent to 3.5 percent, in part because of gas prices. That would still be better than last year’s 2.9 percent growth and the biggest expansion since before the recession. Still, much of the anticipated benefit from the tax cut will be lost. Christopher estimates half to twothirds of the extra cash will ultimately go toward higher gas prices.
Food prices have also risen in recent months, he noted. Higher gas prices generally don’t help the economy, even though they force people to spend more. The additional money doesn’t go toward making more products in the United States. And it seldom pays for higher salaries or new jobs. It generally ends up going overseas to oil-producing nations. Most people don’t have the luxury of deciding to buy less fuel. They have to get to work. So they spend more on gas, and less on other goods and services - from household purchases to restaurant meals to vacations - that do more to drive U.S. economic growth. Those purchasing decisions are critical for the economy because consumer spending accounts for 70 percent of growth. There’s also a psychological factor when gas prices, a consumer necessity, keep rising. Those higher prices tend to rattle consumer confidence. People feel poorer, and they’re less likely to spend freely. Ultimately, less spending can hurt job growth because businesses will feel less confident. Christopher said a rise of just 25 cents a gallon
in gasoline prices, if it persisted for an entire year, could cost the economy 270,000 jobs. It’s probably too early for the impact of higher gas prices to show up in national employment figures. The economy added 192,000 jobs in February. The consensus estimate of analysts is that it added 185,000 in March. People made big purchases in February. Spending on durable goods rose 1.7 percent, much of it from new cars. And though the housing market had its worst year in a decade last year, the National Association of Realtors says more people signed contracts to buy homes in February than in January. Still, economists are lowering expectations for the January-toMarch quarter. Paul Dales, senior U.S. economist at Capital Economics, said consumer spending will likely grow only 2 percent to 2.5 percent in that stretch. That would be down sharply from the 4 percent increase in consumer spending in the October-December period, the fastest pace in four years. The big rise in spending and smaller increase in incomes pushed the household savings rate down.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
The New Hampshire
Rebecca Black brings you the catchiest song you hate By JUSTIN DOUBLEDAY SPORTS EDITOR
When David Steinberg’s friend shows him a YouTube video, he usually knows what to expect. The seemingly harmless video will often feature a frightening face accompanied by a scream popping up in the middle of the clip to scare the unsuspecting viewer. But last week, things were different when the friend once again asked Steinberg to watch something on YouTube. “It’s just a music video,” Steinberg’s friend assured him. Still wary, Steinberg leaned in to watch a clip called “Friday” by Rebecca Black. “It was even more horrifying than I could have imagined,” Steinberg, a sophomore at UNH, said. It seems this is the general reaction that most have upon viewing “Friday,” a viral music video that has taken the Internet by storm since March 11, when the video was featured on Daniel Tosh’s “Tosh.O Blog” in a post titled “Songwriting Isn’t For Everyone.” No ghoulish face pops up in the middle of the “Friday” music video, but it has soared in popularity with an “it’s so bad, it’s good” effect. As of Monday, the official music video for “Friday” had more than 61 million views on YouTube, receiving more than 1 million “dislikes,” compared to just over 130,000 “likes.” It is already the second-most disliked video of all time, barely behind Justin Bieber’s music video for his song “Baby.” “Baby” is also the most-watched YouTube video of all time with more than 500 million views. Black’s music video for “Friday” has spawned numerous parody videos, along with a number of video responses, most of which react negatively to the song.
Black, a 13-year-old singer from California, performs the song. Black did not actually write the song, as “Friday” was penned and produced by Ark Music Factory, a small record label that focuses on finding new, young singers. Upon discovering an artist, Ark writes a song for the singer and often produces a corresponding music video. For these young singers, however, fame does not come cheap. According to an article by The Daily Beast, Black’s mother paid $2,000 to Ark Music Factory to write and produce a song for her daughter. Black had to choose between two different songs co-written by Ark producers, Clarence Jey and Patrice Wilson. She chose “Friday,” because “it is about hanging out with friends, having fun.” “I felt like it was my personality in that song,” Black told The Daily Beast. Most others do not view the song in such a positive light.
Rebecca Black has become a pop sensation for her song about the excitment that Friday brings. the song. “I thought it was terrible, basically everything about it,” sophomore Andrew Rossi said of the song. Rossi was one of many students who first saw the music video on Facebook after a friend posted it. The video has been shared more than 6.8 million times on Facebook, and nearly 43,000 times on Twitter. “Rebecca Black” was a trending topic on Twitter for six straight
“I’ve always complained about how Ke$ha had a music contract, but she is light years ahead of [Black].”
David Steinberg UNH Sophomore “I’ve always complained about how Ke$ha had a music contract, but she is light years ahead of [Black],” Steinberg said. “Friday” has received overwhelming negative attention from both individuals browsing the web and the media alike. The large majority of comments on the video insult Black and the song, mostly for its lyrics, including The Huffington Post, which said the video “bounces between being simple repetitive pop to purely bizarre choices” in a March 14 review of
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days, between Thursday, March 17 and last Wednesday, March 23. After a brief hiatus, Black’s name was once again a trending topic on (you guessed it) Friday, March 25. According to Christine Feldman, a lecturer in communications at UNH, social media has played a large role in driving the popularity of “Friday.” “The song has been everywhere, so it’s just like a train wreck; you can’t look away,” Feldman said. “There’s all sorts of reasons why we tune in to the YouTube clips that we do, and it’s not always to do with the quality.” Black is one of many recent artists who have gained notoriety through the use of social media. Bieber is a prime example of a singer who has used YouTube and the Internet to become famous. “It seems that the creation of
Thirteen-year-old Rebecca Black’s song Friday is a hit across the country. celebrity has moved away from things like ‘American Idol’ and reality shows to social media. ... I think [Black] is the latest version of that,” Feldman said. Of course, bloggers, critics and YouTube commenters have blasted both Bieber and Black alike. But Feldman and others agree that most of that negativity is on the Internet, where anonymity makes it easy to criticize just about anything. “It’s just the Internet,” freshman Elizabeth Barlow said. “I don’t think many people will say things to [Black’s] face.” Perhaps to the surprise of some, there are those out there who even like “Friday.” Sophomore Aurora Burgess enjoys the song “because it’s catchy.” But she is not a big fan of the video. “ I don’t like the video because everyone seems to be 12 [years old] ... it’s creepy,” Burgess said. “Twelve-year-olds don’t party.” Burgess’ roommate, sophomore Hillary Brown, agrees that the song has a catchy tune, but she does not seem to enjoy it as much. “It’s catchy but it sucks,” Brown said. “It’s stuck in my head and I hate it.” While “Friday” remains a video that is more often laughed at than enjoyed, Black may be the one laughing all the way to the bank after all is said and done. With first-week sales of more than 37,000 copies of the song in the U.S., “Friday” debuted at No. 72 on the Billboard Hot 100. According to a March 22 article on Billboard.biz, Black has raked in approximately $50,000
over the last two weeks for “Friday” through sales on iTunes and Amazon’s MP3 store. If she set up a content partner agreement through YouTube’s revenue-sharing program - which awards money to the owners of popular videos such as Black’s the 13-year-old could be making even more; the same Billboard article estimated that Black would make at least $15,000 for every 30 million views of the video. In a move that has softened some of her detractors, Black announced that she would be donating a portion of those profits to the relief efforts in Japan. It is not clear what is next for Black. In an interview with The Sun, a British tabloid paper, she said that she is working on a debut album. But it remains to be seen whether her career will have the meteoric rise of Justin Bieber or the sharp collapse of most other Internet sensations. Whatever the case, she can thank everyone who shared “Friday” on Facebook or tweeted it to their followers for her rise to fame, whether those people were making fun of the video or not. “Any publicity is good publicity, I guess,” Steinberg said. According to Feldman, Rebecca Black will not be the last teen sensation to create a buzz on the Internet. “There’s more of this to come,” Feldman said. “I’m curious to see whether the caliber of the music and the artists who become this phenomena will be better in the future or whether it will stay at that pop music level.”
N.J. policeman dies in home standoff with officers STAFF ASSOCIATED PRESS
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - A veteran New Jersey police officer who violated a restraining order was shot and killed during a nine-hour standoff at his home, and authorities were trying to determine whether he killed himself or was hit by fellow officers. An autopsy was being performed Monday on the body of Sgt. David Powell, a 22-year veteran of the Piscataway Police Department. Ballistics tests also were being done to determine what gun fired the fatal shot.
Powell’s standoff began shortly after 3:30 p.m. Sunday when the 46year-old off-duty officer refused to go to police headquarters to respond to a report that he had violated a restraining order earlier in the day, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan. His mother, Diane, told The Star-Ledger of Newark that her son had just gone through a difficult divorce. Neighbors said his wife and daughter had moved out of the house. Shortly before 4:30 p.m., Powell told police he was holding hostages. Piscataway police went to
the residential neighborhood and summoned the Middlesex County SWAT team. They cordoned off surrounding streets and talked with Powell, who refused to surrender and threatened to kill any officer who approached the house. Shortly after 6:45 p.m., Powell stepped outside onto the front porch, armed with a 9 mm submachine gun. He fired several shots and police returned fire. Through the evening hours, police kept trying to communicate with Powell but were unsuccessful. During the same period, they determined that there were no hostages, Kaplan said.
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Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Admissions takes in recordbreaking number of applications By SAMANTHA PEARSON STAFF WRITER
RAYA AL-HASHMI/ STAFF
Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh spoke in the Strafford Room at 7 p.m. last night on the popular resistance in Palestine and the Arab world.
Speaker tells of Palestinian fight for independence By FARIS AL-HASHMI CONTRIBUTING WRITER
In a lecture given in the Strafford Room Monday night, Palestinian activist Mazin Qumsiyeh argued that Palestinians have been committed to nonviolent resistance since the beginnings of the Zionist immigration to Palestine and continue to successfully do so against an occupation today. Qumsiyeh, a professor in Palestine, is on tour promoting his latest book, “Popular Resistance in Palestine: A History of Hope and Empowerment.” He was invited by the Peace and Justice League (PJL) and Seacoast Peace Response. Qumsieyeh said he wanted to show the audience the personal side of the Palestinian story. Qumsiyeh outlined a history of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, which began in the late 1800s with Jewish migration to Palestine, the creation of Israel in 1948, and a history of fighting and occupation since. The 1948 creation of Israel resulted in hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees. More than 400 villages and towns were destroyed and the people forcibly removed, Qumsiyeh said. However, he said he wanted to move beyond the statistics and show how the Palestinian people were affected. Each refugee is a story of persistence, a story of resilience, a story of hope, Qumsiyeh said. He counts 14-15 uprisings against colonization in the history of the conflict, all of which, he said, began with nonviolence. Historically, these include demonstrations and the forming of political delegations. Today, these continue with sit-ins in front of property set to be bulldozed. Qumsiyeh said even going to school can be an act of nonviolent resistance when schools are closed down by occupation authorities during uprisings. In fact, Qumsiyeh has a story of his own. He is from a village, Beit Suhour, near Bethlehem, in the West Bank. According to Qumsiyeh, Bethlehem is only 13 percent of its original size due to Israeli construction policies on the land.
In one picture of the village, a part of Beit Suhour’s countryside was transformed into a concrete settlement block. Qumsiyeh said his village gained international attention in the Palestinian uprising of 1987, when its residents refused to pay taxes, under the adopted slogan, “No taxation without representation.” The authorities responded with a curfew and confiscated all the furniture in people’s homes. Qumsiyeh said his village’s ac-
UNH must be doing something right. This year, first-year applicants have broken last year’s record. UNH had a record-breaking number of first-year applicants for the 2010-2011 school year with around 16,500 sent to the school last spring. According to Robert McGann, director of Admissions, 17,297 first-year students have applied to begin furthering their education at UNH next fall. Of those who applied, 12,356 students have been accepted. April 1 is the promised date applicants will be informed of their acceptance status at colleges across the country. “Most schools are getting record numbers of applications,” McGann said. McGann said that although
the population of high school graduates is declining, the number of students applying to colleges is increasing due to ease of access through digital applications.
Of the 12,356 students who have been accepted this year, the Admissions department expects approximately 2,900 students to enroll with the university. Students are also applying to more schools. As such, McGann said that there is less confidence that students who have been accepted will decide to enroll. McGann said that the biggest
concern for families in choosing a school is whether or not a university offers a good financial aid package. “UNH is an expensive institution, in or out of state, no matter how you look at it,” he said. “New Hampshire residents often realize that it’s a more affordable option than most of the others out there, so the proportion of instate students is usually higher.” Of the 12,356 students who have been accepted this year, the Admissions department expects approximately 2,900 students to enroll with the university. This number has remained fairly constant over the past decade, according to McGann. Last year, around 12,000 students were accepted and 2,855 students chose to enroll. Maintaining the status quo helps the university keep student fees at a semi-constant rate and allowing room for transfer stu-
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The 1948 creation of Israel resulted in hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees. More than 400 villages and towns were destroyed and the people forcibly removed. tions were a success. As a people, he said, Palestinians have succeeded simply by remaining in their land. “We’ve done a remarkable thing by staying,” he said. Qumsiyeh still participates in nonviolent resistance, which impressed Andie Marion, a freshman member of PJL. “It’s really cool to see him actually fighting for [freedom],”she said. Having a native of the area speak was valuable, according to Amy Antonucci, a representative from Seacoast Peace Response. “It’s helpful so we have that piece of the puzzle, too, of that direct experience,” she said. On the other hand, one audience member accused Qumsiyeh of being biased by only showing the Palestinian side of the conflict. Alex Freid, head organizer of PJL, admitted that while Qumsiyeh was biased, it was important to have his input to better educate students. “There is a lot of nonviolence that takes place on a daily basis that we don’t see,” Freid said.
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Ex-student pleads guilty in Va. community college shooting By MATTHEW BARAKAT ASSOCIATED PRESS
MANASSAS, Va. - A former college student upset about his failing math grade pleaded guilty Monday to attempted murder for shooting at his professor in a community college classroom. Jason M. Hamilton, 21, of Manassas, has been jailed since December 2009 after he opened fire on the Woodbridge campus of Northern Virginia Community College. At a plea hearing Monday, Prince William Police Det. Brian Cavanaugh said Hamilton fired two rifle shots at his professor, Tatyana Kravchuk, because he was upset with his grade. No one was hurt. Cavanaugh testified that Hamilton had been carrying a recently purchased hunting rifle in a hockey bag to other classes the day
of the shooting. He waited outside Kravchuk’s classroom and walked in shortly after the afternoon class began. The first shot hit a blackboard behind Kravchuk, who ducked under her desk. The second shot hit the wall behind her, Cavanaugh said. Hamilton later described the shots to police as flying “way over her head.” Hamilton was preparing to fire a third shot when the rifle malfunctioned, Cavanaugh said. Police found Hamilton sitting in a chair outside the classroom. When they approached him, he told police, “I am the shooter.” Cavanaugh described Hamilton as quiet and cooperative when he explained his actions to detectives and told police the shootings were “a way to release pent up anger.”
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Mich. governor signs cut in unemployment benefits By KATHY BARKS HOFFMAN ASSOCIATED PRESS
LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder on Monday made Michigan the first state in the country to lower the number of weeks jobless workers can get state benefits, a trend other cash-strapped states may follow as a way to avoid taxing businesses more for unemployment benefits. Snyder said he signed the bill reducing state benefits from 26 to 20 weeks because it will allow people out of a job now to get up to 20 more weeks of help from a federal program for those who used up their state and most of their regular federal unemployment benefits. The change will allow them to extend unemployment benefits to 99 weeks. Those last 20 weeks of federal benefits would have expired for 35,000 Michigan residents in early April and for 150,000 residents by the end of 2011 if Snyder hadn’t signed the bill by Friday. “Cutting them off so abruptly would have jeopardized the wellbeing of those who are trying hard to find work,” Snyder said in a release after signing the bill in private. But critics, including Michigan’s entire Democratic congressional delegation, said the Republican
governor should have vetoed the bill rather than sign cuts in state jobless benefits into law. Nearly every state has offered at least 26 weeks of benefits for the past half-century, and Michigan’s unemployment rate has been one of the nation’s highest for the past five years. “Gov. Snyder’s decision to sign this reckless measure cutting the lifeline for Michigan’s unemployed will reverberate for years in Michigan,” U.S. Rep. Sander Levin of Royal Oak said in a release. “Republicans hijacked a simple technical change to extend 100 percent federally funded benefits this year and gave Michigan the dubious distinction of becoming the only state in the union with 20 weeks of state unemployment insurance.” A letter urging Snyder to veto the bill was signed by Michigan’s two U.S. senators, Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow, as well as Democratic Reps. Hansen Clarke, John Conyers, John Dingell, Dale Kildee, Gary Peters and Sander Levin. “Michigan would be the only state to have 20 weeks of state unemployment insurance and the first state to reduce benefits during a period of high unemployment. These are two distinctions we do not want for our state,” they wrote in the letter. They noted that Michigan’s action could
cause federal benefits to be reduced by an additional 16 weeks in Michigan, possibly costing jobless workers 22 weeks of state and federal benefits. Michigan added 71,000 jobs between February 2010 and last month, the first sustained job gain the state has seen in the past decade, and its unemployment rate has taken the biggest tumble of any state in the country over the past year, from 13.5 percent to 10.4 percent. Still, finding a job isn’t easy. Michigan last year ranked thirdhighest nationally in the percentage of unemployed workers who had been looking for a job for a year or more - 36 percent out of 590,000 workers, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. State Democratic lawmakers supported the extension of the federal benefits but voted against the overall plan because of the other changes to the state jobless benefits system. Republicans who hold majorities in the House and Senate pushed the bills through last week, saying the plan makes sense given the poor financial shape of the state’s unemployment insurance system. Michigan has had to ask for $3.9 billion in federal loans to cover the cost of unemployment benefits over the past two years.
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Tuesday, March 29, 2011
WSBE professors discuss Maine labor mural comes down on governor’s orders Japan earthquake influence on U.S. supply chains By CLARKE CANFIELD ASSOCIATED PRESS
By BRETT FERRELL CONTRIBUTING WRITER
On March 11, Japan suffered from an earthquake measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale. A tsunami, caused by the colossal tremble, produced further devastation. The same waves showed up on the coasts of Hawaii and tsunami warnings sounded off up and down the West Coast of North America. The waves and warnings were not the only effect on the U.S. from this traumatic overseas natural disaster. University of New Hampshire Whittemore School of Business and Economics Associate Dean and professor of technology and operations management Christine Shea shed some light on an economic issue this disaster has produced. “We used to say somewhat facetiously that, in the 1950s in the American automotive industry, coal and steel entered one end of the plant and a car came out the other end,” Shea said in a previously released statement. Today, the production of consumer goods such as automobiles is much more complex. Auto companies purchase parts and assemblies from as many as 2,000-3,000 companies who manufacture these parts needed to assemble the car. The auto company is responsible for assembling these parts to produce the vehicle. Some companies buy their parts from suppliers located in Japan. “A shortage of only one component can halt a production,” Shea said. Because of the devastation in Japan, there have been supply chain shortages. Companies most affected by this include foreign automotive companies such as Toyota, Honda and Nissan, as well as electronics companies like Sony and Toshiba, since most of their purchased parts come from Japan. Some American auto companies rely on parts from Japan as well. Even a Boeing 737 airplane is composed of Japanesemade parts. Based on the law of supply and demand, prices could increase with the declining supply. “Even assembly plants located in the U.S., and not directly affected by the Japan crisis, could run out of parts in a couple of months depend-
ing on how much inventory exists in the supply chain,” Shea said. According to a CNN article, all 13 of Toyota’s factories in the U.S., Canada and Mexico shut down following the earthquake and resumed production on March 17, but did not begin producing vehicles until March 26. The factories were also informed that they should be prepared to shut down at any time if their parts supply becomes further strained. Honda, Nissan and Sony shut down following the earthquake as well, and will resume production later this month.
plants located in the U.S., and not directly affected by the Japan crisis, could run out of parts in a couple of months depending on how much inventory exists in the supply chain.” Christine Shea UNH WSBE Associate Dean Even if American companies rely on receiving parts strictly from other American companies, there is a risk. To protect themselves from shortages caused by disasters, companies must spread out their supply so that if one area suffers, the entire supply will not be at risk. “We need some robustness in the supply chains,” said WSBE associate professor Honggeng Zhou. “It’s a trade-off between the cost and efficiency.” Companies would have to invest more money to seek new suppliers in order to avoid losing even more money to a disaster such as the one in Japan. “It is estimated that there is about two months worth of inventory in the supply chain,” Shea said. “If the crisis exceeds two months there will be a gap in the supply of certain cars because the inventory will have been depleted.”
IN BRIEF Police: Ohio woman choked Walmart greeter, 71 ELYRIA, Ohio - Police say a pregnant woman and her mother were arrested after the older woman choked a 71-year-old Walmart greeter while leaving the store. Elyria (eh-LEER’-ee-uh) police say 49-year-old Toni Duncan of Elyria was asked to show a receipt Saturday and responded by pushing a cart into the greeter, grabbing his throat and choking
him. She was charged with assault. Her daughter, 21-year-old Ashley Jackson, also of Elyria, was charged with aggravated menacing and inducing panic. The (Lorain) Morning Journal reports that she’s accused of saying she would blow up the store and that the greeter would be dead when her boyfriend learned of the incident.
PORTLAND, Maine - A mural depicting Maine’s labor history was removed from the lobby of the state Department of Labor headquarters and put into storage over the weekend after a directive from the new Republican governor that it come down. The 36-foot, 11-panel mural will be kept at an undisclosed location until a suitable spot can be found to put it on public display, said Adrienne Bennett, spokeswoman for Gov. Paul LePage. The artwork was not appropriate for the Department of Labor because it is one-sided in favor of labor interests at the expense of business interests at a time when LePage is pushing a pro-business agenda, Bennett said. The mural depicts Maine labor history with images that include a paper mill strike in the town of Jay, a strike at a shoe plant in Lewiston, women shipbuilders at Bath Iron Works and child laborers. The LePage administration last week directed that the mural be taken down and that Department of Labor conference rooms named for labor leaders be renamed for mountains, counties or something else perceived as neutral. The rooms have yet to be renamed. Plans to take down the mural have attracted state and national media attention at a time when leg-
islatures in several cash-strapped states are considering measures to restrict collective bargaining by public workers. Because of the scrutiny, the administration felt it was appropriate to remove the mural during the weekend rather than on a weekday, when state offices are open, Bennett said. “We feel the mural controversy is counterproductive to the work the Department of Labor needs to focus on and our state as a whole needs to focus on,” she said. The mural, which was bolted to the walls, was created by artist Judy Taylor of Tremont using a $60,000 grant that came from the U.S. Department of Labor, said Maine Department of Labor spokesman Adam Fisher. Bennett released an anonymous fax received by the governor’s office and signed by “A Secret Admirer” that said the mural was propaganda in line with “communist North Korea where they use these murals to brainwash the
masses.” Robert Shetterly, an artist from Brooksville and president of the Union of Maine Visual Artists, questioned whether something else was going on for LePage to “take this kind of political risk and expend this political capital” on a mural most people had never heard of or seen. Shetterly called it “an exceptionally cowardly act” to move it over the weekend when no one would notice. “If he really believed this was the right thing to do, he would ... be there himself, he would explain to Maine people why this was a good idea for Maine’s democratic future and Maine’s economic future.” The governor last week said an agreement had been reached for the mural to be moved to and displayed at Portland City Hall. But city officials and members of the City Council have yet to sign off on any such deal, said spokeswoman city spokeswoman Nicole Clegg.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
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Tau Kappa Epsilon holds Pa. Lutheran college first walk for Alzheimer’s rated most popular By ALYSSA TALIAFERRO CONTRIBUTING WRITER
The brothers of Tau Kappa Epsilon at the University of New Hampshire will hold their first-ever Memory Walk on Saturday, April 9, 2011. The walk will begin in B-lot at 11 a.m., loop around campus, and end back in B-lot for a total walk of 2.5 miles. The walk will raise both awareness and funding for the research and support of Alzheimer’s disease. As philanthropy chair, TKE brother Pat Archambault is in charge of the event, having chosen the Alzheimer’s Association as the official beneficiary of the frat’s philanthropy, “because President Ronald Reagan, a TKE brother, became diagnosed with the disease. The fraternity has partnered with the Ronald and Nancy Reagan Research Institute, which was established in 1995, one year after Frater Reagan announced to the world that he had Alzheimer’s.” The Alzheimer’s Association was adopted by Tau Kappa Epsilon’s headquarters as the official philanthropy in 2001. Archambault explained that “[the] association is a national network of chapters committed to finding a cure and helping those affected by the disease. According to estimates, there are as many as between 2.4 and 5.1 million
Americans with the disease. Alzheimer’s robs people of their independence and is very expensive to manage. The cost of care for those affected by this disease is a staggering $172 billion per year. This is what inspired the event, the implications of caring for Alzheim-
“Donating both the
brotherhood’s and my time to raise funds in support of managing and researching this terrible disease is the least we can do.” Pat Archmabault TKE Brother, Philanthropy Chair er’s. “Donating both the brotherhood’s and my time to raise funds in support of managing and researching this terrible disease is the least we can do,” Archambault said. For Archambault, the motivation to organize and hold the event came from not only having a fellow TKE brother with a personal
connection to the disease, but also wanting the UNH chapter to have an annual philanthropy event that students and community members can participate in. Although the majority of the brothers themselves have not had personal connections to the disease, TKE brother Bobby Brousseau has. His grandmother was recently diagnosed with the disease, and he has a great aunt that has already found herself well into the later stages of Alzheimer’s. “After my great aunt was diagnosed my family’s life was changed,” Brousseau said. “My mother and my aunts were put through a great deal of grief seeing a member of our family slowly forget who they were and who she was herself. Seeing what my family already had to go through with my aunt, and what my family and grandmother are going to have to go through while fighting this disease is what motivates me for this walk. It is a terrible disease and I am willing to do anything that I can to help my grandmother and my great aunt, as well as anything that can help prevent this disease from affecting other families.” Along with the support of the UNH family, local businesses such as The Durham Market Place, The Bagelry, Staples, Screen Gems, and
by Jewish students By KATHY MATHESON ASSOCIATED PRESS
ALLENTOWN, Pa. - One of the hottest college campuses in the U.S. for Jewish students is also one of the unlikeliest: a small Lutheran school erected around a soaring stone chapel with a cross on top. In what is being called a testament to word of mouth in the Jewish community, approximately 34 percent of Muhlenberg College’s 2,200 students are Jewish. And the biggest gains have come in the past five years or so. Perhaps equally noteworthy is how Muhlenberg has responded: offering a kosher menu at the student union, creating a partnership with the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, and expanding its Hillel House, a social hub for Jews. “What makes us stand out is that we actually enjoy our diversity,” said Randy Helm, the college’s president, an Episcopalian. “Our close-knit community has embraced differences rather than pulling into its shell or fracturing along religious, ethnic or other lines.” Many major universities - including some of the country’s most highly selective schools - have large proportions of Jewish students, far bigger than the 2 percent of the U.S. population that is Jewish. But how, one might ask, did this come to pass at Muhlenberg, a liberal arts school little known outside Pennsylvania? Muhlenberg graduate Ben David, now a rabbi on New York’s Long Island, said it is a question worthy of Malcolm Gladwell’s best-selling book “The Tipping Point,” which analyzes how trends develop. “Jews are like nothing else in terms of word of mouth,” said Patti Mittleman, director of Muhlenberg’s Hillel House. “There are so many Jews at Muhlenberg who are having a positive experience at Muhlenberg. That gets talked about in the synagogue and in youth group and in summer camp and in all of those ways that Jews meet each other and talk to each other.” Muhlenberg’s Jewish students range from the secular to the Orthodox, and most come from the Northeast Corridor. Allentown is an hour from both Philadelphia and New York. Founded as a seminary in 1848, Muhlenberg (pronounced MYOOL-in-burg) was renamed nearly 20 years later for Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, a founder of the U.S. Lutheran church. The college is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, though it says it receives only minimal financial support from the denomination. The campus chapel is used to this day for both worship
and annual student convocations. But there are no required religion classes, and there is no mandatory church attendance. Muhlenberg’s Lutheran roots are not relevant in an era when universities’ religious ties are generally looser than they once were, said Jeff Rubin, a spokesman for the national Hillel organization for Jewish students. He noted strong campus Hillels at Roman Catholic schools like Boston College and Georgetown. And Emory University in Atlanta, which was founded by the Methodist Episcopal Church, is about 30 percent Jewish. “Any university that goes out of its way to create a Jewish community on its campus is going to enjoy an influx of Jewish students,” Rubin said. While many Lutheran colleges have diverse campuses, Muhlenberg is unique in the size of its Jewish enrollment, said Bill Hamm, president of the Lutheran Educational Conference of North America, which represents 40 such institutions in the U.S. and Canada. Hamm was at a loss for an explanation. But he said that perhaps the lesson to be learned from Muhlenberg is how “to be a welcoming community for others.” David, the rabbi, said Muhlenberg’s welcoming attitude led him to attend the school in the mid-1990s. He half-joked that his choice may have unwittingly given the college the “official stamp of Judaic approval” in the region since his father is also a rabbi in the large Philadelphia suburb of Cherry Hill, N.J. “If a rabbi is willing to send his son to this place, then the Jewish experience there must be pretty strong,” said David, 34. Still, many people give one main reason for Muhlenberg’s popularity: the sociable Mittleman, who has been at the college for 22 years. In “Tipping Point” terminology, she is the “connector,” linking people of all faiths and backgrounds. A new dining hall at the $47,000-a-year college opened last fall with two kosher food stations, allowing observant Jews to eat with their friends in a common food court instead of in a separate cafeteria. In January, Muhlenberg announced a semester study program at the Jewish Theological Seminary. The school is also considering a major in Jewish studies, currently offered as a minor. And last month, hundreds attended the opening of an expanded Hillel that now can seat more than 300 for Shabbat dinners and bagel brunches, which students say are popular with Jews and non-Jews alike.
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IN BRIEF Coast Guard drops some charges in Calif. boat crash CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - The Coast Guard has dropped the most serious charges against the highest-ranking member of the crew on a boat involved in a collision with a pleasure boat in San Diego Bay, that killed an 8-year-old boy. The Coast Guard said Monday the court-martial for Petty Officer 2nd Class Ian Howell will begin Tuesday at Camp Pendleton on a charge of dereliction of duty. He no longer faces charges of negligent homicide, assault and negligence with a boat. Howell’s court-martial was initially scheduled for May. The driver, Petty Officer 3rd Class Paul Ramos, was sentenced to three months in the brig last week for dereliction of duty for his role in the 2009 crash.
Charges filed against clown in rape of Calif. girl SANTA ANA, Calif. - Prosecutors in California have filed four felony counts against a professional clown charged with raping a 12year-old girl nine years ago. Jose Guadalupe Jimenez is charged with two counts of lewd acts upon a child, a count of aggravated sexual assault of a child and a count of forcible lewd act on a child. The 41-year-old Anaheim man, who is expected to be arraigned Monday, faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted. Orange County prosecutors say Jimenez was dressed as a clown when he grabbed a girl at a fast-food stand just before midnight in January 2002, drove to a school parking lot and raped her.
Garage sale at Scrushy’s former estate nets $160K VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. - Buyers walked away with more than $160,000 worth of items at a twoday garage sale at the Alabama estate once owned by HealthSouth Corp. founder Richard Scrushy. Consultant John Jones says about $120,000 worth of Scrushy’s former belongings were sold Saturday in Vestavia Hills. More than $40,000 worth was sold Sunday. Combined, the weekend sales and another sale in December have totaled more than $230,000. Scrushy also had homes, cars and properties seized. But it’s barely scratched the surface of what he owes from a settlement - $2.9 billion.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Ex-Wis. prosecutor won’t face charges over sexting By TODD RICHMOND ASSOCIATED PRESS
MADISON, Wis. - A former prosecutor who sent racy text messages to a domestic abuse victim won’t face criminal charges over misconduct and sexual assault allegations, the Wisconsin Justice Department announced Monday. State investigators reviewed more than a dozen complaints against former Calumet County District Attorney Ken Kratz. They concluded he acted inappropriately but didn’t commit any crimes, said Assistant Attorney General Tom Storm, who led the investigation. Kratz’s attorney, Robert Bellin, said his office was investigating whether anyone lied in an effort to hurt Kratz. “I think it’s obviously the right decision,” Bellin said of not filing charges. “I don’t think we were that worried about it. We think that there were statements from individuals who came forward who were not completely truthful.” Kratz did not immediately return an email or a voicemail left at his private law firm’s office. Kratz resigned from his $105,000 per year position in October after The Associated Press reported he had sent 30 text messages trying to strike up an affair with a domestic abuse victim while he prosecuted her ex-boyfriend on a strangulation charge. Kratz, who was 50 at the time, called 26-yearold Stephanie Van Groll “a hot nymph” and asked if she was “the kind of girl that likes secret contact with an older married DA.” Van Groll complained to police and Kratz was removed from her ex-boyfriend’s case. The Justice Department investigated at the time but decided not to file charges. Kratz was instead ordered to self-report the text messages to the Office of Lawyer Regulation, a separate state entity that reviews attorneys’ conduct. The office declined to discipline Kratz, saying he hadn’t violated any rules. Pressure mounted on Kratz to resign after Van Groll’s allegations became public. Then-Gov. Jim Doyle began removal procedures and other women came forward with accusations. The Justice Department and the lawyer regulation office both reopened investigations. On Monday the Justice Department released reports documenting about 20 complaints the agency received after it reopened its probe. One woman claimed while Kratz was handling a domestic abuse case against her husband in 1999, he came to her house and started caressing her while they sat on her couch before being interrupted by a call from his girlfriend. Storm wrote the statute of limitations had expired on the incident. Kratz also was accused of offering to help one woman win a gubernatorial pardon in exchange for a relationship. Another accused him of offering to help her write a victim impact statement against
her husband in an abuse case in exchange for sex. She told investigators she thought Kratz was a “predator.” A Calumet County social worker told investigators that Kratz made a lewd remark about oral sex to her during a break in a 2009 parental rights trial. Another social worker said Kratz tried to flirt with her via email and commented in court about a reporter’s breasts.
“I think it’s obvious-
ly the right decision. I don’t think we were that worried about it. We think that there were statements from individuals who came forward who were not completely truthful.” Robert Bellin Ken Kratz’s Attorney “If anyone talked to him about anything beyond the professional, he thought it opened the door for him,” that social worker said.
But agents found no evidence Kratz did anything illegal. Storm wrote that nothing indicates Kratz failed to perform his duties, tried to obtain a dishonest advantage or did anything that exceeded his authority.
“There is no reasonable possibility that further investigation will reveal evidence establishing the elements of a criminal offense,” Storm wrote. “There are no further leads to pursue and the file should be closed.”
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
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Study finds Catholics more supportive of gay rights and issues By LAURA ANNE HENDERSON CONTRIBUTING WRITER
On March 22, the Public Religion Research Institute hosted a teleconference on a study that stated American Catholics are more supportive of gay and lesbian issues than American Christians and nonCatholics. The Public Religion Institute is a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that conducts research on religion, public policies and morals. The researchers are members of the American Academy of Religion and the American Association for Public Opinion Research. Panelists at the teleconference last week included Dr. Steven Schneck, a lecturer at the Catholic University of America, and Professor Michele Dillon, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Sociology at UNH. According to the research, about three-quarters of American Catholics support legal acknowledgement of same-sex relationships, 43 percent approving of same-sex marriage and 31 percent supporting civil unions for homosexuals. Only 22 percent said they do not think same-sex marriages and civil unions should be legally recognized. When the researchers asked if Catholics support same-sex marriage when it is defined as civil marriage, which is
not performed by a religious organization, support rose to 71 percent overall. Furthermore, the study found that American Catholics were even more supportive of gay rights in general, not including marriage and civil unions. According to the study, 73 percent of Catholics believe gays should be protected against discrimination in the workplace, 63 percent support allowing homosexuals to state their sexuality openly in the military, and 60 percent support a gay or lesbian couple’s right to adopt children. Megan Houstle, a Catholic sophomore at UNH, was surprised by the study. “All you ever seem to hear about is how the Catholics don’t allow gay marriage and how they aren’t accepting,” she said. “However, being a Catholic myself and being very involved in my church not only at home but at school, this survey seems very accurate.” Tom Boisse, a junior at UNH, however, was not surprised by the findings. “I feel as though these statistics represent an accurate portrayal of the American public,” he said. “Catholics have come across less supportive of gays when being depicted in the media. However, I have not noticed any special dislike of gays in my interactions with Catholic peers.”
Professor Dillon agreed. “Support for same-sex rights has been steadily increasing among Americans in general over the last several years,” she said. “This support has extended to same-sex civil unions and/or marriage.”
“Over the last few decades, there has been greater appreciation for the ‘origins’ of homosexuality and a recognition that it is a ‘normal’ sexuality rather than a pathological condition or simply a lifestyle choice.”
Michele Dillion, Ph.D. Chair of the Department of Sociology, UNH Still, many question why there is an increase in support for gay rights among Catholics, members of a religion that have long preached homosexuality as a sin. According to Dillon, however, Catholics “in part because of comparatively high levels of education and income, and because they tend to be concentrated geographically in more liberal regions, tend to be more liberal than average Americans on social issues, and we would expect this liberalism to extend to same-sex rights.” Although Catholics in general have become more supportive of gay rights, the study found that the trend is not necessarily true about
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Catholic churches. According to the results, 27 percent of Catholics who go to church regularly said their clergy talks about homosexuality, and 63 percent of this group said their church speaks negatively about it. Dillon was not surprised that
individual Catholic views of homosexuality differ from the views of Catholic churches. “On the sexual morality dimension there is a tradition since the mid-1970s whereby substantial proportions of American Catholics see sexual morality as a matter of private conscience [and] religious freedom,” Dillon said. “Therefore, while the church condemns same-sex sexual behavior, many Catholics take an opposing view.” Dillon said this tradition is derived from “doctrinal changes put in place by the Second Vatican Council” from 1962-1965. Support for gay rights has also affected other social issues, including how Catholics tend to disagree with the church’s disapproval of artificial contraception. The study also revealed that seven out of 10 Catholics think that some teachings of the Catholic Church contribute to higher suicide rates among gay and lesbian youth. According to the study, 33 percent
believed these messages contribute heavily to suicide rates among homosexuals, while 37 percent believe they contribute a little. The study also revealed that 56 percent of Catholics believe that same-sex relations are not a sin and 69 percent believe homosexuality cannot be changed and reject the idea that it is a choice. “Over the last few decades, there has been greater appreciation for the ‘origins’ of homosexuality and a recognition that it is a ‘normal’ sexuality rather than a pathological condition or simply a lifestyle choice,” Dillon said. Despite this rise in support, however, Dillon believes the issue is still heavily opposed. “As the debates over samesex marriage highlight, many oppose the idea of the normalcy of same-sex sexuality and of samesex marriage,” Dillon said. She also added that younger generations will most likely be the ones to provide support for future policies in regard to same-sex issues. “It is instructive that it is the younger generation who are the most liberal on this issue,” Dillon said. “They grew up in a time in the U.S. when gay sexuality was much more visible in pop culture and in public generally … As this generation ages, it will likely move [younger] cohorts in a similarly liberal direction, supportive of laws and policies that affirms same-sex relationships.” For more information on the Public Religion Research Institute’s study, visit www.publicreligion.org/research.
Military gay support group launches online magazine By BRIAN WITTE ASSOCIATED PRESS
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - A support group for gay military service members launched an online magazine to provide information about pending repeal of the Pentagon’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, and printed copies could be on large bases by May, the group’s co-director said Monday. An active-duty Air Force officer who is the co-director of OutServe said the magazine of the same name seeks to raise awareness that the change is coming. He uses the pseudonym JD Smith because he is gay and has lingering concerns about whether he could be discharged before the policy is fully implemented. “The magazine helps set the tone, the idea, that it’s actually going to happen and normalizes it,” he told The Associated Press on Monday. “The more we normalize it, the more accepted it becomes.” The free magazine will be published bi-monthly. OutServe has about 3,000 members, and the group plans to distribute copies in places like hospital waiting rooms and on stands at community centers on military bases where other publications
are available. Military officials did not respond to an email seeking comment Monday. The magazine also will include articles about different OutServe chapters and information of interest to gay military members. Smith said group members believe the visual presence of a magazine will highlight that gays already serve proudly in the military. The first electronic issue includes an article on a meeting between representatives in the group and the Pentagon Repeal Implementation Team. The article pointed out that the services plan to complete training at various points this summer relating to the policy’s repeal. The article also said team representatives could not give an expected repeal date because the decision is being based on training completion and how well unit commanders believe units are prepared. The electronic edition also includes information about different gay support groups in the military, such as the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, which provides free legal advice to service members affected by the policy.
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So far, most of tax cut is going down the gas tank By MARTIN CRUTSINGER ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON - Americans are earning and spending more, but a lot of the extra money is going down their gas tanks. Gas prices have drained more than half the extra cash Americans are getting this year from a cut in Social Security taxes. Unlike some other kinds of spending, paying more for gas doesn’t help the economy much. Most of the money goes overseas, and higher prices leave people with less money to buy appliances, computers, plane tickets and other things that can be postponed. “When food and gasoline prices are rising, it causes people to hunker down,” said Chris G. Christopher Jr., senior economist at IHS Global Insight. Consumer spending jumped 0.7 percent last month, and personal incomes rose 0.3 percent, the Commerce Department said Monday. Both gains reflected the cut of two percentage points in the Social Security tax, raising take-home pay. They also illustrated how high-
er gas prices are stressing household budgets. After adjusting for inflation, spending rose just 0.3 percent. After-tax incomes actually fell 0.1 percent. The Social Security tax cut will give most households an additional $1,000 to $2,000 this year. In December, when President Barack Obama signed it into law, economists predicted higher take-home pay would lead to more spending and stronger economic growth. But gas prices have jumped more than 50 cents a gallon this year. In late December, they hit $3 a gallon for the first time in two years. Last week, they averaged $3.58 nationwide, according to AAA’s daily fuel gauge survey. Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, has reduced his forecast for 2011 economic growth from 3.9 percent to 3.5 percent, in part because of gas prices. That would still be better than last year’s 2.9 percent growth and the biggest expansion since before the recession. Still, much of the anticipated benefit from the tax cut will be lost. Christopher estimates half to two-
Feds cite Massey mines for dozens of violations By TIM HUBER ASSOCIATED PRESS
CHARLESTON, W.Va. Massey Energy Co. was cited for more than 80 safety violations uncovered in the latest round of special inspections targeting troubled mines in the United States, the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration said Monday. The Massey citations are among 166 issued at eight mines in five states during special inspections in February, MSHA said.
“We treat citations
seriously and we are working diligently to constantly improve safety at our operations.” Jeff Gillenwater Spokesman for Richmond “MSHA has been conducting these targeted inspections for nearly a year and, while some operators have been responsive and showed a willingness to change, others continue to commit the same serious violations,” director Joe Main said in a statement. The agency started the socalled impact inspections after 29 miners died in an explosion at Massey’s Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia on April 5, 2010. Two Massey mines in West Virginia and one each in Virginia and Kentucky accounted for more
than half the violations issued nationally during impact inspections last month. MSHA also cited three non-Massey coal mines in Kentucky and Alabama and a stone quarry in Pennsylvania. “We treat citations seriously and we are working diligently to constantly improve safety at our operations,” said Jeff Gillenwater, a spokesman for Richmond, Va.based Massey. MSHA said it issued 43 citations at Massey subsidiary Process Energy’s No. 1 mine in Pike County, Ky. Nearly 42 percent involved so-called significant and substantial violations considered more likely to result in injuries, MSHA said. At the other three Massey operations, the rate of serious violations was above 60 percent, MSHA said. That included 11 serious violations cited at subsidiary Elk Run Coal’s Seng Creek Powellton mine about 40 miles south of Charleston in Boone County. A previous impact inspection at Seng Creek last September turned up serious violations that MSHA said could have caused an explosion, including cutting too deeply into the coal seam and skipping mandatory tests for explosive gases. Massey said at the time it fired or suspended several miners at Seng Creek. MSHA singled out a small Kentucky coal mine for criticism after the latest round of inspections. Inspectors found D&C Mining in Harlan County, Ky., operating without a mandatory emergency shelter and violations such as not following its ventilation plan for controlling coal dust, MSHA said.
thirds of the extra cash will ultimately go toward higher gas prices. Food prices have also risen in recent months, he noted.
“ I expect these
strongly accelerating upward movements of commodity prices to be short-lived.” Dennis Lockhart President, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Higher gas prices generally don’t help the economy, even though they force people to spend more. The additional money doesn’t go toward making more products in the United States. And it seldom pays for higher salaries or new jobs. It generally ends up going overseas to oil-producing nations. Most people don’t have the luxury of deciding to buy less fuel. They have to get to work. So they spend more on gas, and less on
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other goods and services - from household purchases to restaurant meals to vacations - that do more to drive U.S. economic growth. Those purchasing decisions are critical for the economy because consumer spending accounts for 70 percent of growth. There’s also a psychological factor when gas prices, a consumer necessity, keep rising. Those higher prices tend to rattle consumer confidence. People feel poorer, and they’re less likely to spend freely. Ultimately, less spending can hurt job growth because businesses will feel less confident. Christopher said a rise of just 25 cents a gallon in gasoline prices, if it persisted for an entire year, could cost the economy 270,000 jobs. It’s probably too early for the impact of higher gas prices to show up in national employment figures. The economy added 192,000 jobs in February. The consensus estimate of analysts is that it added 185,000 in March. People made big purchases in February. Spending on durable goods rose 1.7 percent, much of it from new cars. And though the
housing market had its worst year in a decade last year, the National Association of Realtors says more people signed contracts to buy homes in February than in January. Still, economists are lowering expectations for the January-toMarch quarter. Paul Dales, senior U.S. economist at Capital Economics, said consumer spending will likely grow only 2 percent to 2.5 percent in that stretch. That would be down sharply from the 4 percent increase in consumer spending in the October-December period, the fastest pace in four years. The big rise in spending and smaller increase in incomes pushed the household savings rate down to 5.8 percent of after-tax incomes last month. That compared with 6.1 percent in January. Dennis Lockhart, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, said he doesn’t expect food and energy prices to keep rising sharply. “I expect these strongly accelerating upward movements of commodity prices to be shortlived,” Lockhart said in a speech Monday in Atlanta.
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Former N.Y. comptroller is Southwest flight makes emergency landing in Ky. in hospital, faces charges in state’s pension fund case LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A Southwest Airlines flight traveling from Orlando to Chicago made an emer-
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ley Dillon says the 101 passengers from Flight 1385 are being transferred to another aircraft. She says the problem plane will go in for a maintenance check. She says the first officer noticed the smell of smoke, apparently from wires that connect to the windshield. The smell cleared once power to the wires was turned off. She said the plane landed at Louisville International Airport with no problem on Monday afternoon.
Man who died in San Diego boat mishap is named SAN DIEGO - Authorities have identified one of two men who died after a rented sailboat capsized in San Diego Bay’s calm waters. The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office said Monday that Chao Chen of San Diego’s Rancho Penasquitos area died after vigorous attempts to revive him failed. He died Sunday night, a little more than two hours after the boat capsized.
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NEW YORK - Disgraced exstate Comptroller Alan Hevesi was in a hospital Monday as he faced sentencing for influence-peddling at the state’s massive pension fund, his lawyers said. With Hevesi absent, his judge angrily stepped out of the case amid what he called baseless claims from Hevesi’s lawyers that the judge had a conflict of interest. It’s now unclear when Hevesi, a Democrat, will be sentenced for accepting free travel and campaign contributions in exchange for awarding a certain firm hundreds of millions of dollars in pension fund money to manage. Hevesi, 71, has a court date April 4 with a new judge. Hevesi never made it to court Monday. He was in a Virginia hospital with signs of internal bleeding and was undergoing an endoscopy during the day, lawyer Bradley D. Simon said. An endoscopy is a procedure in which doctors insert an instrument into the body so they can see internal organs. Hevesi became ill over the weekend while visiting his daughter in Virginia, Simon said. Hevesi pleaded guilty in October to a corruption charge. Once the state’s chief financial officer, he was the highest-ranking official in a pay-to-play scandal that has brought guilty pleas and civil settlements from a roster of politicians, financiers and firms. He could face up to four years in prison or no jail time at all. The decision is up to a judge. Until now, it’s been a judge who happens to have close ties to Simon’s estranged father. Simon asked state Supreme Court Justice Lewis Bart Stone to recuse himself. The request came after an uncomfortable March 1 hearing in which Simon said he learned that his parents’ wills have disinherited him - and that the judge is the executor of those wills, as well as a trustee of a trust the parents had set up. Simon called that a conflict of interest. Stone had previously said he didn’t see a conflict, saying he and Simon’s father had never discussed the discord between father and son. The judge blasted Simon Monday for raising what he called a “meritless” issue that got media attention, saying his involvement in the parents’ financial affairs had long been known to their son. “The effect of this publicity has been to create a counter-story ... to the real story here” of Hevesi’s crime, the judge said. But he said the controversy and ensuing coverage “dims the clarity of this sentencing,” so he would transfer the case.
Stone has presided for two years over other cases stemming from the pension fund probe, but Hevesi and then-state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s office had already reached a plea deal by the time Hevesi’s case went to the judge. Cuomo, a Democrat, is now governor. The office of current Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, also a Democrat, said in court papers there was no reason for the judge to recuse himself from the sentencing. Schneiderman’s office declined to comment on Monday’s developments. Hevesi’s camp was pleased the judge had taken himself off the case, Simon said. Hevesi resigned in 2006 after pleading guilty to a felony for using state workers to chauffeur his wife. The pension case emerged after he left office. He ultimately admitted letting a California venture capitalist pay for the comptroller and his family to take five trips to Israel and one to Italy, at a total cost of about $75,000. The investor, Elliott Broidy, also arranged for $500,000 in campaign contributions directed by Hevesi or his staff. And Broidy paid $380,000 in bogus consulting fees to a friend of Hevesi’s chief political adviser, Henry “Hank” Morris. Around the same time, Hevesi awarded Broidy’s company, Markstone Capital Partners, a $250 million pension fund investment. Broidy pleaded guilty to a felony charge of rewarding official misconduct. Eight people, in all, have pleaded guilty to criminal charges in the case. The only one sentenced so far, Morris, got 16 months to four years in prison; the range reflects the possibility of parole. Morris admitted using his connections to Hevesi and other pension fund officials to extract $19 million in personal payouts from firms hoping to manage some of the money. At $141 billion, New York’s retirement pool is one of the world’s largest government pension funds and a rich source of investment dollars. Several financial players paid more than $170 million in civil penalties in connection with the pension fund investigation. They include such politically connected firms as the Carlyle Group and such prominent financiers as Steven Rattner, who helped lead the Obama administration’s bailout and restructuring of Chrysler and General Motors. Before Hevesi became the state’s chief financial officer, he held the same office for New York City and was a longtime state assemblyman in a Queens district now represented by his son, Andrew Hevesi.
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Macfarlane greenhouses and Home and Garden Show host open houses By CAITLIN ANDREWS CONTRIBUTING WRITER
The Macfarlane greenhouses were bursting with people and color during the annual open house this past weekend. The event provides information for gardening enthusiasts and brings a taste of spring to Durham after the long winter. Seminars on various aspects of gardening, including rain harvesting and sustainability, were free and open to the public. A variety of plants were also available for purchase. The open house has been attracting residents of New England since it began more than 40 years ago, according to John Hart, a professor at UNH’s Thompson School. “I run into people who have been coming here since it started,” Hart said. “People come from all over New England.” Snacks and beverages were sold at the Greenhouse Café, run by the Thompson School’s Horticultural Club. Proceeds went to fundraising for the senior trip to the Longhouse Reserve, world-class gardens located in Philadelphia, Pa. Displays throughout the greenhouses were created out of natural materials. Students involved in the course Flower Show Design
and Construction spent the last six months working on the designs. Heidi Medlyn, freshman horticulture student, was one of the several students taking turns answering questions around the displays, and said the motif, Mother Goose, was aimed toward a younger crowd. “We thought it was something the kids would enjoy,” Medlyn said. Several educational displays were manned by volunteers from the UNH Co-op Extension, an outreach program run by land-grant universities focused on research that will benefit local farmers and homeowners. They provide programs on agriculture and natural resources accessible not just for gardeners, but also for the general public. “Our goal is to bring researchbased education to all of New Hampshire,” said Mary Tebo Davis, an educator at the Extension. “We’re not just teaching students, but all residents.” Coinciding with the open house was the 17th Annual Seacoast Home and Garden Show, held in the Whittemore Center. Hart said the two events work together in terms of scheduling. The show sprawled the entirety of the Whitt, with both the upper and lower levels filled with booths
Saudi student pleads not guilty to bomb plot in Texas By BETSY BLANEY ASSOCIATED PRESS
LUBBOCK, Texas - A Texas college student from Saudi Arabia accused of buying chemicals and equipment to build a weapon of mass destruction pleaded not guilty Monday. Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, his hands and feet shackled and wearing dark blue jail clothing, entered his plea at his arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy Koenig at the federal courthouse in Lubbock, Texas. Koenig set a May 2 trial date. If convicted of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction he faces up to life in prison and a $250,000 fine. Earlier this month U.S. District Judge Sam Cummings, the trial judge, issued an order prohibiting Aldawsari’s attorney or prosecutors from speaking about the case. Court documents allege he hatched plans to attack various U.S. targets, including in New York City and at former President George W. Bush’s Dallas home. Rod Hobson, the 20-yearold’s attorney, stood with his client and whispered to him after Koenig asked Aldawsari whether he wanted to waive the reading of his indictment. “Waive,” Aldawsari told Koenig. Aldawsari, who was legally in the U.S. on a student visa, was ar-
rested Feb. 23. The White House said President Barack Obama had been notified about the plot. Court records indicate authorities traced Aldawsari’s online purchases, discovered extremist online posts he made and secretly searched his apartment, computer and email accounts, and read his diary. The terrorism case detailed in court documents was significant because it suggests that radicalized foreigners can live quietly in the U.S. without raising suspicions from neighbors, classmates, teachers or others. It also showed how quickly U.S. law enforcement can move when tipped that a terrorist plot may be unfolding. Federal authorities said a chemical company, Carolina Biological Supply of Burlington, N.C., reported $435 in suspicious orders by Aldawsari to the FBI on Feb. 1. Separately, Ann Arbor, Mich.-based shipping company Con-way Freight notified Lubbock police and the FBI the same day with similar suspicions because it appeared the order wasn’t intended for commercial use. Prosecutors said that in December, he bought 30 liters of concentrated nitric acid from QualiChem Technologies in Georgia, and three gallons of concentrated sulfuric acid that are combined to make TNP. The FBI later found the chemicals in Aldawsari’s apartment as well as beakers, flasks, wiring, a Hazmat suit and clocks.
featuring everything from home improvement companies to local craftsmen and food. Unique wares were prevalent, such as Chuck McGonagle’s Crazy Camel Dessert Hummus, based out of Somersworth, N.H. McGonagle has been coming to the show for three years, and boasts of a product that is as healthy as it is rare. His hummus is not only vegan, but also gluten-free and low fat, with high protein and fiber. “I’m the only dessert hummus maker in the country,” McGonagle said. “It’s a sweet version of a snack food.” The scheduling of the Home and Garden Show works perfectly considering the host of events the Whitt houses. Hockey season moves away for the national tournament, and concerts are planned for the April and May months.
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POLICE LOG March 21
lawful intoxication, 12:05 a.m. March 27
Kyle Dinicola, 21, 13 Bristle Lane, Sandy Hook, Conn. 06484, Janeto’s House, Warrant- theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, 3:39 p.m. March 26 Dana M. Corey, 20, 38 South Whitefield Road, Whitefield, N.H., 03598, Stafford Ave. un-
Andrew M. Robinson, 18, 695 Salisbury St., Holden, Mass., Devine Hall, room 206, possession of controlled drug, 12:27 a.m.
Jonathan Carlisle, 19, 11 Moreau St., Manchester, N.H., 03102, Wildcatessen, unlawful possession of alcohol, 1:30 a.m.
Shawna Stilian, 20, 49 Rolling Hill Road, Hampstead, N.H., 03841, Wildcattessen, willful concealment, unlawful intoxication, 1:58 a.m.
Corey Stallings, 18, 609 Martha’s Way, Dover, N.H., 03820, SERC A, unlawful possession of alcohol, protective custody, 1:45 a.m.
Ind. Democrats return to Statehouse after boycott By DEANNA MARTIN ASSOCIATED PRESS
INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana House Democrats who fled the state nearly six weeks ago to protest a Republican agenda they considered an assault on labor unions and public education returned to the Statehouse
on Monday after nearly six weeks in Illinois. Minority Leader Patrick Bauer said he and his fellow Democrats ended one of the longest legislative walkouts in recent U.S. history after winning concessions from Republicans over recent weeks on several issues.
“We’re coming back after softening the radical agenda,” said Bauer, D-South Bend, whose return was greeted by cheering union workers. “We won a battle, but we recognize the war goes on.” Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma gaveled in the chamber shortly after 5 p.m. EDT, giv-
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ing the House its first quorum since Democrats fled. “It’s refreshing and pleasant to see a full chamber,” he said. But what Democrats actually achieved with the walkout is a matter of debate. Republicans vowed throughout the standoff that they wouldn’t remove items from their agenda, and by and large they won’t have to. The only bill actually killed by the boycott was a “right-to-work” proposal that would prohibit union representation fees from being a condition of employment. Republicans agreed to changes on several other bills but are still pushing their agenda. For example, they agreed to cap for two years the number of students who could participate in a voucher program using taxpayer money to attend private schools, but it would still be among the nation’s most expansive use of vouchers when the limits expire. Last week, Republicans agreed to reduce the number of government projects that would be exempt from the state’s prevailing construction wage law, but the amended bill is still expected to pass. The concessions are likely more than Democrats would have gained had they not boycotted, but won’t stop the GOP agenda. The Democrats’ most significant achievement may be the fact that people across the state are talking about these issues. Bauer said the public needed a “timeout” to learn about the agenda pushed by Republicans who took sweeping control of the House in 2010 elections. Thousands of people attended Statehouse rallies during the walkout, and hundreds of people attended local town hall meetings. Many teachers said they didn’t realize Republicans supported vouchers and other measures they think will erode public education, and some union members said they wished they had voted. In that sense, Democrats “punched above their weight,” said Robert Dion, who teaches politics at the University of Evansville. “They got the attention of the state, and they were able to finagle some meaningful concessions that I don’t think were necessarily offered all that willingly,” Dion said. On the other hand, Dion said, Democrats have a bit of a black eye because the walkout lasted so long.
Bauer and most House Democrats had fled on Feb. 22 to protest 11 pieces of legislation, denying the House the two-thirds of members present needed to do business. The state constitution requires a quorum to conduct any official business, and the impasse had the potential to force a special session or even a government shut down if a new budget wasn’t adopted before July 1. The Indiana boycott came a week after Wisconsin’s Democratic senators left for Illinois in their three-week boycott against a law barring most public employees from collective bargaining. Wisconsin Republicans used a parliamentary maneuver to pass the law without them, and the matter now is headed to court. Indiana’s standoff got a bit nasty at times - with name-calling, scathing political ads, rowdy rallies and fines totaling more than $3,000 for most absent Democrats - but last week Republicans and Democrats seemed to tone down the rhetoric and were cautiously optimistic that the discussion between Bosma and Bauer could lead to a resolution. Bosma predicted that lawmakers would have plenty of late nights as they work toward the scheduled end of the regular legislative session April 29. “It’s long past time to get to the people’s business,” Bosma said. “Hopefully we can make this work in five short weeks.” Bosma said he didn’t consider the changes to that government projects bill substantive. That proposal would have originally increased from $150,000 to $1 million the point at which projects were exempt from the state’s prevailing construction wage law and removed school districts and state universities from its requirements. Republicans since agreed to set the limit at $250,000 the first year and raise that to $350,000 the second year. They also agreed to delete the school and university exemptions. On the private school voucher bill, Republicans agreed to cap the program at 7,500 students in the first year and 15,000 in the second year. Bauer said the compromises aren’t perfect. “Democrats aren’t bound to vote for them, and we will make an effort to continue to amend the proposals before us,” Bauer said.
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Sinking the Flagship UNH threatened in state’s proposed budget New Hampshire currently ranks last in the nation in per capita state support of higher education. It would require an increase of 26 percent just to make UNH second to last, beating Massachusetts. Naturally, the state legislature is looking to slash this gross misappropriation of funds. While the University System of New Hampshire currently receives a $100 million appropriation from the state ($68 million of which goes to UNH), the state is looking to chop a whopping 45 percent off that number, which would deny UNH itself $31 million. Although desperate times require desperate measures, the cut is a far too radical attack on an institution that is already at a disadvantage. New Hampshire legislators seem determined to make this the first state without a publicly-supported higher education system. UNH is already suffering. The legislature’s lack of support leads to things like the cost of attendance nearing $25,000 for in-state students, and almost $40,000 for out-of-state students. Unfortunately, public higher education is one of those investments that make great business sense, with immense returns on a minimal investment, while still remaining a tough
sell. That is due primarily to the parallel private structure that exists, and a naïve ruling class that assumes it is financially within reach of everyone. In reality, the broad spectrum that exists within higher education - two-
The broad spectrum that exists within higher education - two-year community colleges, four-year public colleges and four-year private colleges - is one of the reasons that it is so successful, as it has as much diversity as the workforce it needs to produce. year community colleges, four-year public colleges and four-year private colleges - is one of the reasons that it is so successful, as it has as much diversity as the workforce it needs to produce. The most frequent complaints
hurled against UNH – tenure, overpaid coaches, misappropriation of research dollars – aren’t particular to this institution. They are complaints against higher education in general, even the private sector. Unfortunately, New Hampshire has a radical contingent that wants to make an example of the university. With a cut of nearly 50 percent, that example wouldn’t be pretty, and the loss of jobs, educated workers and incentive for young people to remain in the state would be easy to trace. Obviously, UNH has a history of making up for a state that undervalues it, but every effort has a breaking point. In recent years, the university has been making efforts to increase alumni donations. They have been making efforts to bring in out-of-state supports, which pay a higher tuition rate (naturally, the legislature and others jump on the latter to make their case that the university isn’t doing enough to serve New Hampshire residents). They have been undertaking these measures to combat the lowest per capita support. They have been undertaking these measures to deal with an annual appropriation of $68 million. The efforts have been moderately successful. But these efforts cannnot simply be ramped up to offset a loss of $31 million.
Mural gone, history unchanged In Maine, LePage makes good on threat Maine Governor Paul LePage attracted national attention – and widespread criticism - when he threatened to remove a mural depicting Maine’s labor history from the lobby of the state’s Department of Labor offices. A series of scenes in the 36-footwide mural depict a paper mill strike, a strike at a shoe plant, and child laborers. Yesterday, he made good on his threat, and the walls of the lobby are bare, the mural in storage. The mural, according to LePage, is too pro-union. It is unfortunate that LePage considers the past too “pro-union.” The
paper mill strike took place in Jay; the shoe plant was located in Lewiston. And child laborers were once an alltoo-common sight in this country.
The mural’s removal didn’t create any longterm jobs for Maine’s 50,000 unemployed. According to Politico, LePage’s press secretary, Adrienne Bennett, justified the decision, saying:
“Workers and employers need to work together to create opportunity for Maine’s 50,000 unemployed. We understand that not everyone agrees with this decision, but the Maine Department of Labor has to be focused on the job at hand.” However, Bennett’s justification only points out the absurdity of the situation. The mural’s removal didn’t create any long-term jobs for Maine’s 50,000 unemployed. And the fact that LePage decided to concentrate his efforts on removing the mural suggests a complete lack of focus on “the job at hand.”
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OP-ED Like a Pro: Truth hurts By THE NEW HAMPSHIRITE TNH COLUMNIST
I love UNH hockey with all my heart, mind and soul. For the past three seasons I have attended nearly every home game and I’ve made trips to Manchester and Boston to watch others. I still remember the first game I attended as a nine-year-old, when Jason Krog netted a few points in a 9-4 win over Providence. I remember the pain of the 1999 loss to Maine in the National Championship and again in 2003 to Minnesota. I remember screaming and running up and down the halls of Williamson when they tied North Dakota with less than a second left. I will always remember those games, just as I will remember the games this past weekend. The win over Miami-Ohio was as exhilarating as they come and the loss to Notre Dame hurt as bad as any other since I first watched the blue and white take the ice in the late 1990s. Sunday night’s performance against Notre Dame is a tough one to swallow. After UNH looked so good against arguably the hottest team in the country in Miami-Ohio, the team just did not seem to have the same fire in the second game. Every year it has been the same story. Early season promise, breakout players, great regular seasons followed by an early playoff exit. I love UNH hockey, but the truth hurts. I know I am not alone. Following Sunday night’s collapse, my Facebook, Twitter and text message inbox was full of similar reactions. Here are just a select few: “I hate reruns;” “Such is the life of a UNH hockey fan;” “UNH loses in disappointing fashion in March? Haven’t we watched this episode before?” “They looked unmotivated until it was too late. Where was the team that shut down Miami?” “Can’t believe UNH couldn’t win a big game ... oh wait, yes I can.” “Damn. UNH, can we win an important game for once?” “And the post season Umiliation of UNH hockey continues.” “Still the University of No Hardware.” “Now can we fire Umile? Please?” “$380,000 for what? Another early exit?” Just like when every season ends, fans instantly brought up coach Umile’s playoff history. I’ll be the first to admit it is obviously not pretty. Let’s face it, he has done a fantastic job, always fielding a highly competitive team. We rarely hear of UNH players having offthe-ice issues, and players develop extremely well during their UNH career. Recently, Bobby Butler
and Paul Thompson are perfect examples of student athletes who have improved on and off the ice under Umile’s watchful eye. But the truth hurts. UNH still has yet to win a national championship and like former Jets’ coach Herm Edwards famously ranted, “You play to win the game.” I mean no disrespect to coach Umile or the players, but facts are facts. For UNH to truly be considered a college hockey powerhouse, we need a national title. Fans looked for other things to blame following the game. Many pointed out the fact that a lobster was thrown and not a fish. As soon as I saw the lobster I thought it might have been a bad omen. The fish is tradition; you cannot change tradition, especially with a trip to the Frozen Four on the line! At times the team looked flat, unmotivated and deflated up until the late goal. What else is there to say? That was a hell of a season that provided hours of entertainment for UNH fans, and although it ended with a sour taste in our mouths, I cannot help but still feel proud for this team and especially the senior class. Entering the season no one really knew what to expect. We had lost our leading scorer and had a virtually untested goalie. For most of the season, the team came up big and up and down the lineup, with different players of each class stepping up when the team needed them. It didn’t end the way we wanted because “most of the time” is not the same as “always.” Looking back on the entire season, I think we can all say it was one of the most entertaining seasons in a long time. Maybe that’s why this loss hurt so badly. I cannot end this without thanking our senior class. For the last four years Greg Manz, Mike Beck, Phil DeSimone, Paul Thompson, Matt Campanale, and Mike Sislo represented UNH extremely professionally on and off the ice. Thank you for the memories and best of luck with your future careers. I don’t know any of them personally, but I’m proud to call them my fellow students. Stay classy, not UMassy, The New Hampshirite The New Hampshirite is a mysterious UNH student who entertains much of the campus with his politically incorrect and realistic accounts of student life in Durham. You can find his blog at unhblog.com.
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One year later, bringing back the healthcare debate Birthdays are usually a joyous occasion filled with the sharing of good memories and cold beer. However, a significant birthday just passed under the radar screen this past week, and no one seemed to notice. It is the first birthday of the sweeping and hugely controversial healthcare law, commonly known as ObamaCare. I started writing this column on the heels of the healthcare debate more than a year ago and, like the rest of the country, seemed to have forgotten about it. In the 24/7 news world we live in, something else is always going to take over the headlines, but it is imperative that we have good memories. A revisiting of an old topic certainly does more to benefit and refresh than pretending it didn’t happen does. The healthcare debate is a microcosm of everything I hate about politics. It is the self-portrait of bitterly held ideologies that cripple progress and draw inelastic lines in the sand. It still makes me sick to my stomach that when the healthcare law came to vote in the Senate, every Democrat voted “yes” and every Republican voted “no” in a disgusting display of whose side can posture better. If that vote doesn’t show the inability or unwillingness for politicians to use their own brains and think critically, then nothing will. I understand that disagreement is an essential part of democracy, but compromise for the betterment of society is equally as essential. From the results of the Senate vote alone, you can see for yourself that this matter became a huge political playing card that was manipulated into whatever heart-shaped box the fakes in Washington wanted to force feed their constituents. In the words of Charlie Sheen, “They just come in and puke all over it.” I heard, and still hear, about how passing this bill makes the ones who believe in it communist and those who don’t Nazis. As usual, the average person with a level head has to dig through so much crap that he or she either gives up
Your Lefts and Rights Tyler Goodwin before he or she finds the answer, or he or she finds the answer, but at the cost of his or her sanity for the day. Because politicians have an undiagnosed disease that prevents them from talking about things in a sensible, truthful manner, we’ll have to do the work for them and analyze where ObamaCare finds itself about a year after its passing into law.
It is the first birthday of the sweeping and hugely controversial healthcare law, commonly known as ObamaCare. First of all, one may have forgotten or not known that this bill will and continues to be implemented gradually until January 2018. Most of the provisions in the bill haven’t been introduced into law and have yet to actually make a difference (better or worse) in the average American’s life. For the sake of our conversation, we will look at this bill as a whole because eventually it will all be integrated into American law (unless Michele Bachmann takes over the country). At the very core of ObamaCare is an effort to get as many Americans as possible a basic form of healthcare coverage. Left or right, I would hope that this is a goal worth fighting for. The left
champions this idea more than the right, which I have always found interesting because the right professes a closer connection to Christianity. I’m devotedly atheist, but my understanding of Jesus is that he would have wanted most, if not all, people to have healthcare. Religion in government: a topic for next week’s column perhaps. If we take ObamaCare at its simplest form, the quest to get people covered, then two questions arise: can we afford it and is it constitutional? The answer to the former is incredibly difficult to figure out. It basically comes down to who you believe, because there are so many different figures it’s obvious that more than one person is lying. I am going to go with the figure produced by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), a group that is bipartisan. They say this bill will actually reduce the deficit by $143 billion. In addition, if hardcore, grudge-holding right wingers somehow get their way and repeal it, the cost will be $210 billion. That number was also produced by the CBO. In terms of constitutionality, it has been challenged five times in a federal court and three of those five times the bill’s constitutionality has been upheld. So the bill covers more Americans, reduces the deficit and has been deemed constitutional more times than not. I don’t know about you, but I say we give this thing a chance. This problem was settled a year ago. I think that memo got lost on the way to Republican headquarters, but someone should give them a heads up that it’s time to try and solve other issues. Tyler Goodwin is a junior history major with a business minor. With this column he hopes to show that it is possible to solve major issues without being divisive or following the doctrine of specific political groups.
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The New Hampshire
Huddleston: Cut in state funding would be “historic and devastating” By MARK HUDDLESTON GUEST COLUMNIST
Imagine a New Hampshire business that generates $1.3 billion for the state’s economy every year. Imagine, too, that its partnerships with private businesses create or save hundreds of jobs, raise millions in investments, and help thousands of small businesses get started, meet payroll, and succeed. Its research and development wing is rated among the nation’s best. At the same time, it gives its trainees the skills they need to thrive in the new economy. Finally, it helps their families, and makes New Hampshire a great place to live. This is the University of New Hampshire. While UNH is not a for-profit business, there is no arguing with the bottom line: As an investment, UNH offers the New Hampshire economy an extraordinary return on its public dollars. Remarkably, UNH accomplishes all this with a relatively modest, though critical, contribution from the state. The state’s contribution to UNH is just 13 percent of our budget, and New Hampshire as a state makes by far the lowest per capita contribution to higher education in the country. Year after year, with ingenuity and true New Hampshire frugality, UNH wisely leverages this state money. So, for the state’s $68 million annual investment and with other sources, UNH contributes $1.3 billion to the gross state product. Put another way, UNH generates $1,000 per state resident in economic activity, while the state’s contribution to UNH equals $52 per state resident. That’s a 20to-1 return on investment. So, it was disheartening to learn that the House Finance Com-
mittee recommends cutting the state’s contribution to University System of New Hampshire by 45 percent. In real dollars, this would mean a $31 million loss for UNH — a historic and devastating cut. Let me stress that we understand the dire nature of the state’s budget. The challenges New Hampshire faces are unprecedented, and we well know that the era of business-as-usual has passed. As partners with the state, UNH takes its responsibility for addressing these challenges seriously. Our strategic plan for 2020 is a major step that will remake the way we deliver higher education. At its core is a demand for even more innovative UNH collaborations with private industries, funders, and entrepreneurs. It also demands real sacrifices. Last month, the University System took a proactive step to cut almost $9 million in employee compensation and benefits. UNH also appointed a new task force to seek further savings, which will report out soon. We are willing to do our fair share. UNH already works hard to keep tuition in check. We know middle class families are struggling, and we are committed to limiting the impact of any potential budget cut on them. While we are uncertain how such deep cuts would be absorbed at this point, they would certainly threaten UNH’s ability to deliver the research, technology and expertise that are already helping hundreds of New Hampshire businesses get started, stay in business, and even thrive in tough times. The New Hampshire Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UNH, for example, is the only state agency that has certified, full-time business advisers to provide confidential, long-term management advice to small busi-
nesses. Last year, it advised 724 companies in 181 New Hampshire communities — resulting in a return of $10 in tax revenues and $158 in wages for every dollar invested by the state. And clients who receive SBDC counseling are nearly twice as likely to succeed after five years than businesses that don’t seek SBDC help. The New Hampshire Innovation Research Center at UNH has awarded more than $6 million to 129 companies. Matching money brings the total to $20 million over 20 years. Last summer, UNH launched the New Hampshire Innovation Commercialization Center at Pease Tradeport. This effort provides expert advice, business services, and seed money to new companies — including those that are using UNH-patented technology. UNH also launched a new partnership to extend broadband Internet access across the state, which will create 700 jobs and improve access to 12,000 businesses and institutions. Finally, UNH graduates nearly 30 percent of the state’s new graduates in science, technology, engineering, and math — talent New Hampshire businesses will need as they emerge from the recession. UNH graduates like to stay in New Hampshire, too, and some 51,000 alumni work, live, and contribute to their communities here. These are just a few ways that UNH contributes to the state’s economy. It’s a record of service that our citizens should be proud of — and a wise investment that our elected leaders should be proud to support.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
OP-ED Thumbs Up
Thumbs up to MLB opening day on Thursday.
Thumbs down to UNH hockey on Sunday. Thumbs up to feeling really good about your recently-drafted fantasy baseball team. Thumbs down to Rebecca Black. Still garbage, but unfortunately still bumpin’.
Thumbs up to the wind whipping down Main Street. Come on, warm weather.
Thumbs down to students selling Wiz Khalifa tickets for upwards of $100.
Thumbs up to outdoor intramurals starting. At least there’s no snow!
Thumbs down to the Celtics sucking.
Mark Huddleston is the president of UNH.
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.
Important to note differences between Libya and Iran By BILAL AHMED RUTGERS DAILY TARGUM
As the United States becomes deeper involved in its third war in a Muslim state, comparisons with the war in Iraq are inevitably made. Before any discussion of the two conflicts is made, it is important to note that differences between the wars in Libya and Iraq undeniably differentiate the two conflicts. President Barack Obama continued his foreign policy trend of limiting U.S. combat involvement in Libya, while former President George W. Bush overwhelmingly devoted large numbers of troops to overthrowing Saddam Hussein in Iraq — though sustainability concerns limited the number of soldiers he committed as well. There has been some international support for intervention in
Libya, although these resolutions have advocated for a much narrower range of military options than explored in Libya. Even the Arab League vote has been regretted substantially by those who voted for it. Libya has been overwhelmingly portrayed as a humanitarian conflict that will protect the lives of civilians, while Iraq was sold to the international community as a security action against the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction primarily and a humanitarian action secondly. The bombing of Libya is somewhat similar to the NATO assault on Serbia, which saw the international community intervening to stop the destructive trend of regional politics. It is worrying that despite successes in the Slavic states, the United Nations is still skeptical about the capacity of
ethnic tensions to ease in the region and these developments may be replicated in Libya. Obama sought to differentiate himself from his Republican peers by committing troops to Libya while confronting real concerns in the state. However, the basis for this commission is almost identical to that of Iraq. It became increasingly clear that a victory for Col. Muammar Gaddafi would set a powerful precedent in the Arab world that autocratic oppression of rebellious movements would lead to an end of political movements against the dictators in question. American intervention in Libya would therefore prevent this eventuality and ally the United States with freedom and democracy in the Middle East, which is a similar justification to that which motivated direct action in the war
in Iraq. Iraq is a continuing military campaign, which has roots in an attitude of self-admiring support for democracy that both predated and survived the revelation that Saddam Hussein did not pursue weapons of mass destruction. This support was meant to portray that the United States was allied with pro-democratic movements in the Middle East, though they were certainly less noticeable until a Tunisian man resolved to set himself ablaze. Libya is therefore another attempt to place the United States in a favorable light in the Middle East by offering itself as the vanguard of regional democracy and will have similarly complex problems later when these attempts run against American interests of maintaining stability and the export of oil from the region. However, the most striking
difference between Iraq and Libya is that Bush at least attempted to maintain a semblance of democracy by lubricating the months leading up to the beginning of the conflict with a public relations campaign concerning the necessity of the conflict. Obama, surprisingly enough, has begun the Libyan campaign with little consultation from elected representatives, worrying, as there is a weak withdrawal strategy from Libya similar to that of Iraq where thousands of troops are still stationed. Let us not forget that Iraq was supposed to be a conflict concluded in a matter of months, not years. It seems reasonable to believe that Libya, while we are still stationed in Iraq, may become Obama’s Iraq. The gap of history is so minuscule between the two conflicts that it would be inexcusable if this were the case.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
The New Hampshire WOMEN’S LACROSSE
UNH announces signing of Wildcats fall to UMBC new recruits for 2011 season in America East opener STAFF REPORT
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Rob Thompson, head coach of the UNH men’s soccer team, and his staff recently announced that five student-athletes have committed to attend UNH and play for the Wildcat soccer program in the fall. “I am excited to add another set of players into the fold next fall,” Thompson said. “There is quality, experience, character and depth in this group.” Blake Dawn, a goalkeeper from San Marino, Calif., will join the Wildcats after graduating from St. Francis High School in La Canada, Calif. Dawn was a team captain of the Golden Knights, who captured the Mission League title in 2008 and the CIF State Championship in 2009. Additionally, he brings significant club experience as he competed in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy with Cosmos Academy West, formally Los Angeles Futbol Club, helping the squad finish as the runner-up in the Cal Premier Soccer League in 2010. “Blake is a very aggressive shot stopper who has a lot of potential at the Division I level,” Thompson said. “I am excited about the competition we will have in goal next fall.” Connor Pauley, a back from Londonderry, N.H., will come to UNH after a four-year varsity career at Londonderry High School. Pauley was a standout defender for the Lancers, leading his team to the state playoffs all four years, while notching 10 goals and 10 assists in his career. As a senior, he earned First-Team All-State honors and was named one of the top three players in New Hampshire by ESPN Rise. “Connor should project as a center back at UNH,” Thompson said. “He is big, rangy, smart, and his left foot is a welcome asset.” Kyle Lewis, a goalkeeper from North Reading, Mass., will come to
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with the club’s AHL affiliate Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins this weekend. Thompson, who is a Hobey Baker top 10 finalist, was the Hockey East Player of the Year. The 2011 Hockey East scoring champion was a unanimous selection as a Hockey East First Team All-Star. Thompson was a twotime Hockey East’s Athletic Republic Player of the Month (Nov. and Jan.) and a three-time Hockey East’s Athletic Republic Player of the Week. He ranked second in the nation in both power-play goals (12) and game-winning goals (seven)
Midfielder/forward Aaron Smith (7) is one of five high school seniors who will join the UNH soccer program in the fall. UNH after a distinguished career at Malden Catholic High School. The four-year letter winner served as team captain as a senior and was named a Catholic Conference AllStar. Lewis played for the Boston Blast where he won USYSA Massachusetts State Championships in 2007 and 2008. Additionally, Lewis played for the MA Olympic Development Program for three years. “Kyle is big and aggressive coming off his lines and his prowess in the air is a major strength,” Thompson said. Adrien Elvis Lumumba, a back from Newfields, N.H., comes to UNH after one year at Exeter High School. Prior to attending Exeter, Lumumba was at Essex High School in Essex Junction, Vt. where he was a three-year letter winner, leading the team to national rankings in 2007 and 2008. After leading Essex to the state championship in 2007, Lumumba helped lead the Hornets to the state semifinals just two years later. He earned First Team All-State and All-Metro honors, while also being named to the Burlington Free Press All-Star Team in 2009. Lumumba
as well as ninth in points per game (1.37) and sixth in goals per game (0.74). Thompson led Hockey East in points (52), goals (28), power-play goals and game-winning goals, as well as third in power-play points (22) and ninth in assists (24). Thompson and the Wildcats finished the 2010-11 season with a 22-11-6 overall record and qualified for the NCAA’s for the 10th consecutive season. The ‘Cats advanced to the Regional Finals for the third straight season, being the only team in the nation with wins in each of the last three years. Thompson’s stellar career came to an end after Notre Dame defeated the Wildcats, 2-1, in the Northeast Regional Final.
will be joined at UNH by former Essex teammate Paul Bianchi. “Elvis is a superb athlete that can play either at center back or on the right side of the defense,” Thompson said. “He can jump and tackle, and his pace and potential are great attributes.” Aaron Smith, a midfielder and forward from Loudon, N.H., will join the Wildcats after propelling Merrimack Valley High School to the New Hampshire Class 1 Final Four in 2010. Smith, a four-year letterman and senior captain for the Pride, will graduate as the high school’s all-time leading scorer, recording 95 career points on 72 goals and 23 assists. Smith was a Second Team All-State selection as a sophomore and junior and picked up All-New England, First Team All-State and ESPN Rise All-Star honors during his senior campaign. “Aaron can play up top or in either wide attacking positions,” Thompson said. “He has a tremendous work rate, can score with both feet, and his quickness gives him an edge in one-on-one battles.”
Hayley Rausch recorded two goals and two assists to lead the Wildcat attack, but the UNH women’s lacrosse team was defeated 10-8 Saturday afternoon by UMBC at UMBC Stadium. UNH, which had won each of the previous nine meetings vs. UMBC, is now 5-4 overall and 0-1 in the America East conference. UMBC improves to 7-4, 1-0. Rausch was named UNH’s America East Player of the Game. Ilana Cohen and Kate Keagins also finished with two goals apiece. JoJo Curro recorded one assist, three caused turnovers and two ground balls while Amber Casiano one goal and four draw controls. Kathleen O’Keefe was credited with four saves. Alicia Krause tallied three goals, one assist and three ground balls to garner the UMBC America East Player of the Game honor. Amanda Pappas also recorded three goals and an assist while Erika Braerman netted three goals. Natalie Rau made six saves defending the Retrievers’ goal. UMBC, which hadn’t held a lead against the Wildcats any of the previous three meetings in this series, took a 1-0 lead on Krause’s free-position goal at 27:53. New Hampshire scored consecutive goals at 25:33 and 22:00 to take a 2-1 advantage. Rausch set up Casiano’s goal and then scored when she finished off a feed from Curro. The Retrievers tied the score, 2-2, on Pappas’ first goal at 20:06 but then Cohen potted her first of the game, with Rausch also setting up that tally, at 19:25 to put UNH back in front, 3-2. UMBC responded with three goals in 68 seconds to ignite a 5-0
spurt that transformed a one-goal deficit into a 7-3 lead. Braerman scored a free-position goal at 16:51 to tie the score, 3-3, then Krause scored on a free position at 16:03 and Braerman struck again 20 seconds later to give the Retrievers a lead they would not relinquish. Pappas deposited a shot into the net at 10:14 and 8:39 to push the margin to 7-3. The Wildcats called a timeout at that point and responded with a goal by Cohen at 5:47 and another by Rausch at 2:57 to pull within 7-5. Braerman converted an Ashley Stodter pass into a goal and 8-5 lead just 16 seconds later, but Ally Stager responded 11 seconds after that (at 2:30) to once again lift the ‘Cats within two goals, 8-6. Rau denied Rausch at 1:10 and at the other end of the field, O’Keefe turned aside Stodter in the closing seconds to keep UNH within 8-6 at the half. New Hampshire opened the second-half scoring on Keagins’ goal at 29:03 to trim the deficit to 8-7. The Retrievers reestablished a two-goal cushion of 9-7 on a Lindsay Cox tally at 25:47. UNH had three opportunities to cut into the deficit but Keagins hit the post and then was stopped by Rau on a free position, and Rau also made a save against Jenny Simpson. The ‘Cats did pull within 9-8 when Keagins scored a free-position goal at 22:51. Krause’s third goal of the game, an unassisted strike at 9:52, gave the home team a 10-8 lead and that tally proved to be the last score of the game. New Hampshire returns to action Friday (7 p.m.) at Harvard University. The Wildcats’ next home game is next Wednesday, April 6 (4 p.m.) vs. America East rival Boston University.
Senior Paul Thompson wasted no time securing a job for his time after UNH. Just a day after the Wildcats were eliminated from the NCAA tournament, Thompson signed with the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins.
The New Hampshire
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
THE WEEKEND IN PHOTOS Photos by Tyler McDermott
Two UNH fans react as sophomore Austin Block takes a big hit from Notre Dame’s Sean Lorenz in Sunday’s regional final.
UNH’s Paul Thompson (sporting an awesome playoff mustache) skates in on Miami goaltender Cody Reichard in the Wildcats’ 3-1 upset win over the RedHawks in Saturday’s regional semifinal.
UNH’s Phil DeSimone and Miami’s Andy Miele keep their eyes on the puck before a faceoff in Saturday’s regional semifinal at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester.
MANCHESTER CONTINUED FROM PAGE 20 to UNH Associate Athletic Director Dorothy Sheehan, that’s helped the Wildcats host the northeast regional four times, including that first time in 2004. And Sheehan and Co. are hoping that hospitality allows the Queen City to host again in 2013 and 2015. The NCAA hasn’t asked schools for bids yet, but UNH is fully prepared to place bids for 2013, 2015 and every odd number year after that, according to Deputy Athletic Director Steve Metcalf, who serves as UNH’s tournament director. “We intend to bid in 2013 and beyond,” Metcalf said. No timetable has been set for when the NCAA will require schools to bid to host one of the four regionals – northeast, east, midwest and west. The Wildcats have hosted the four-team regional in 2004, 2007,
2009, and this year, 2011. “It’s such a special event,” Sheehan said. “This staff here [at the Verizon] works extremely hard. We’re thrilled to be partners.” Verizon Wireless General Manager Tim Bechert enjoys helping host the tournament as much as anyone on the Wildcat staff. “This is prestigious,” he said before taking in the UNH-Notre Dame game. “By now, we’re very confident in our ability to host a regional.” Sheehan and Bechert mentioned that Manchester is known as one of the best regional host city. The city routinely draws a decent-sized crowd and the nearby airport allows fans of opposing teams to fly in easily. Metcalf said that this year fans have filled hotels and restaurants around Manchester, a good sign for the city hosting the tournament. Plus, the NCAA seemingly feels comfortable giving Manchester a regional thanks to the re-
sume it presents each two years. Not only has UNH hosted the regional four times, but it tries to play a regular season game at the Verizon each year, most recently against Dartmouth. “We’ve built a very good reputation,” Bechert said, going on to say that it was the minor details that made Manchester stand out. “From the quality of the food, to the service, to the friendliness, to the security, it reflects New Hampshire. And this is what New Hampshire is all about.” In 2004, UNH sold out the arena. Since then, the draw has been a bit less, but the recent success of the Wildcats has allowed the team to play at the stadium in all four years it has hosted the tournament. And the Verizon staff has opened Wildcats fans with open arms. “To bring these types of events, that’s what this was building is here for,” Bechert said. “And we’re going to keep bringing stuff like this until the building doesn’t exist anymore.”
A bird’s-eye view of a faceoff between UNH’s Paul Thompson and Notre Dame’s Riley Sheahan in Sunday’s contest.
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first full season. With the chances Notre Dame had, the Fighting Irish could have easily potted four or five goals. “Di Girolamo played great,” senior Phil DeSimone said. “He’s done that all year.” Di Girolamo, who started every game between the pipes for UNH, contained Notre Dame in the final two periods when the Fighting Irish fired 31 shots. Billy Maday flipped a backhand at the doorstep over Di Girolamo’s blocker to give Notre Dame the two-goal lead. Earlier in the first, he gave up a hard shot from the point off the stick of Stephen Johns. “There was traffic. I think it may have even been deflected,” Umile said. “The second one was
tough.” The 5’ 10”, 165-pound goalie plays a quick game and was able to stop many chances with a strong glove. Di Girolamo entered the game with a 2.45 goals against average and a .922 save percentage. He improved on both of those stats Sunday, keeping UNH in the game while the offense tried to find a rhythm. With 7:46 to play in the third, Bryan Rust had a good chance to put Notre Dame up 3-0. But again Di Girolamo was there. Rust split two Wildcat defenders and rifled a hard wrist shot from Di Girolamo’s right. But the goalie from Ambler, Penn. snagged the rubber with his glove and held on for a whistle. “He played well enough for us to win,” DeSimone said. “We just didn’t do it.”
March Madness indeed: There will be no No. 1 or 2 seeds in the Final Four this year for the first time ever.
March 29, 2011
The New Hampshire
Another year, another playoff heartbreak as ‘Cats fall in regional final
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NCAA Regional Semifinals Saturday, Manchester, N.H.
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NCAA Regional Finals Sunday, Manchester, N.H.
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Saturday, Baltimore, Md.
UNH goalie Matt Di Girolamo yells to defenseman Connor Hardowa during the Wildcats’ 2-1 loss to Notre Dame on Sunday at the Verizon Wireless Center in Manchester. The loss ended UNH’s season in the NCAA regional finals for the third consecutive season.
Loss does not reflect play of Di Girolamo
Thompson signs with Penguins Senior may play as early as this weekend STAFF REPORT THE NEW HAMPSHIRE
By CHAD GRAFF MANAGING EDITOR
UNH head coach Dick Umile was quick to take any blame off goalie Matt Di Girolamo following his team’s 2-1 loss to Notre Dame on Sunday night in front of 5,906 at the Verizon Wireless Arena. After all, Di Girolamo stopped 36 of Notre Dame’s 38 shot attempts. “All season, people had questions,” Umile said of Di Girolamo. “They said ‘is he going to be able to handle the NCAA’s?’ He’s been terrific all season.” The junior goalie’s best saves came at the biggest times. He didn’t allow a goal in the third period and stopped all five shots he faced on the Fighting Irish’s two power plays. In the second, Di Girolamo stopped a hard shot off the stick of Ben Ryan in the slot. After that, he stopped a Riley Sheahan rebound bid. Then a Sheahan slap shot. Then an Anders Lee slap shot. The saves piled up quick for the junior goaltender playing in his DI GI continued on page 19
Senior Paul Thompson of the UNH men’s hockey team has signed a two-year entry-level contract, it was announced by Pittsburgh Penguins’ executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero. Thompson is expected play TYLER MCDERMOTT/STAFF
Paul Thompson will continue his hockey career with Pittsburgh.
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Manchester optimistic about hosting future regionals By CHAD GRAFF MANAGING EDITOR
Seven years ago, the University of Michigan came to the Verizon Wireless Arena the first time the University of New Hampshire hosted a regional in the NCAA men’s hockey tournament. Wolverine fans began what they called a “trip to the sticks.” But after they left, thanks to the Queen City and New Hampshire hospitality, Michigan fans had a new view of the Granite State – a better one. It’s that hospitality, according MANCHESTER continued on page 19
This year marked the fourth time that the Verizon Wireless Arena has hosted an NCAA regional, with the Wildcats competing in all four.
IN THIS ISSUE -The men’s soccer team announced the signing of five new fresmen for the 2011 fall season. Page 18
-The women’s lacrosse dropped its first America East conference this weekend, falling to UMBC, 10-8, in Baltimore on Saturday. Page 18
STAT DAY 5,906
The recorded attendance of the UNH hockey team’s loss to Notre Dame at the 10,019-seat Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester was 5,906, which would not have even filled the 6,501seat Whittemore Center.