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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Vol. 100, No. 50

SPORTS

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The women’s lacrosse team clinched a tournament berth on Sunday with a 12-10 win over Binghamton. Page 20

Six crews competed for a $500 grand prize at TNH’s Best Dance Crew competition on Sunday night. Page 4

STUDENTS CELEBRATE SPRING

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As the university enters its final full week of classes and the tremendous workload that comes with it, Dimond Library has been crowded with students preparing for final papers and exams.

THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN Students feeling the stress as finals loom

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Campus was abuzz with springtime activities this weekend, including the May Day Carnival on Saturday and Solarfest (above) on Sunday. Check out photos from both on page 10.

Strafford Extension forced to shut down after $700,000+ in budget cuts By ARIELLA COOMBS STAFF WRITER

Devastating budget cuts are forcing the Strafford County Cooperative Extension office to close, resulting in five layoffs and no local access to Extension resources such as 4-H, nutrition, and forest and agriculture programs. According to County Administrator Ray Bower, the Strafford County Legislative Delegation not only voted to cut $725,326 from the commissioner’s proposed budget, but, in addition, prior to that vote, the delegation had motioned and accepted a proposal to substantially

By KERRY FELTNER STAFF WRITER

As the stress of finals week begins to set in, students are feeling the stressors of their academics; however each student deals with stress differently. “Any chance I get I have to do my work,” sophomore Alexandra Zambito said. “I am very stressed out.” “Every person has their own re-

sponse to stress (physically/emotionally) and stress tolerance - how much they can take on or manage,” said Kathleen Grace-Bishop, director of Education and Promotion at UNH’s Health Services. “That is why we shouldn’t compare ourselves to others in regards to how we experience stress.” For some students, the key to a successful finals week is in the planning. “I have gotten better at organiz-

ing my time for finals week,” junior Addie Fisher said. “We’ll see if it works this year.” Symptoms of stress include nerves, fatigue, overreactions, upset stomach, and even weight loss or gain. “Stress is the emotional and physical strain caused by our response to pressure from external and internal pressure,” Grace-Bishop STRESS continued on page 3

Bin Laden killed by U.S. forces

cut the $124,296 in funding proposed by the commissioners and give those funds to other agencies, such as Meals on Wheels and the Soil Conservation District. In response to the $725,326 funding cut, Bower said that the county eliminated 16 full-time equivalent positions, including those related to the Domestic Violence Unit, as well as funding for Cooperative Extension. “The elimination of funding for Strafford County/UNH Cooperative Extension, as well as other service agencies, was a very difficult decision to come to

In the aftermath of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s death, Democrats and Republicans alike have been singing praises of the greatest achievement since President Obama took office in January of 2009. Bin Laden’s death marks a symbolic resolution to the events of 9/11, closure that has been nine years overdue. Although celebrations have been widespread throughout the country since bin Laden’s death was announced, UNH professors give a warning: bin Laden’s

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Osama’s death monumental, but work is not done, UNH profs say By BRI HAND NEWS EDITOR

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After a nine-year manhunt, Osama bin Laden was killed late Sunday night at his hideout in Pakistan.


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INDEX

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Contents

TNH’s best dance crew

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U.S. Handball Assoc. to hold demo

4 On Sunday, TNH held TNH’s Best Dance Crew, in which six crews competed for prize money. “Last Minute” crew, comprised of members of the women’s track and field team, won first place.

65th annual Miss N.H.

20 The U.S. Handball Association will be holding a handball demo this Wednesday at the Hamel Recreation Center to showcase the sport to UNH students.

Spring events

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6 Twenty-seven contestants participated in the 65th annual Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Program this past Thursday - Saturday. Of the 27, six are currently students at UNH.

Contact Us: The New Hampshire 156 Memorial Union Building Durham, NH 03824 Phone: 603-862-4076 www.tnhonline.com Executive Editor Chad Graff tnh.editor@unh.edu

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Managing Editor Zack Cox tnh.me@unh.edu

• Vin Expo N.H., 5:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Whittemore Center Arena. • Introduction to Buddhism. 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. MUB 330.

Content Editor Brandon Lawrence tnh.news@unh.edu

This past weekend CAB hosted its annual May Day Carnival, and SEAC hosted its annual SolarFest event.

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Poker race Runners in an on-campus 5K race collected playing cards at checkpoints along the track and compiled a classic five-card poker hand. The winner was determined by who had the best poker hand, not by who ran the fastest.

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

The next issue of The New Hampshire will be on Friday, May 6, 2011

This week in Durham May 4 May 5

• UNH Jazz Bands. 8 p.m. Johnson Theatre. • COLSA/NHAES Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Seminar Series, 3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. James Hall G46.

• HIV Testing: Walk-in Clinic. 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Health Services, Room 249. • UNH Music Department Student Recital #17. 1- 2 p.m. Bratton Recital Hall.

May 6

• Annual Staff Recognition Program. 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. MUB Grainte State Room. • DBS Seminar. 12 - 1 p.m. Spaulding Life Sciences Bldg, G70.


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Stress

continued from page 1 said. “It is a constant and will be for the rest of our lives. There is positive stress, which can add some excitement or help us be motivated. When most of us think of stress we think about ‘negative’ stress or overload that can cause physical and emotional responses and ‘wear’ on the body.” Some students are not feeling as stressed; however, a lack of stress can still negatively impact academic performance. “I have only two finals and they are a week apart,” said sophomore Kelsey Lanman. “I don’t feel stressed but I don’t feel like studying as much either ... especially with the nice weather.” “We also know that all students may not have a variety of life skills and information to assist them with managing various stressors, but we are lucky on this campus to have variety of resources that can help students learn about stress, ways to manage stress and assist them in practicing self-care,” Grace-Bishop said. The American College Health Association National College Health

Survey has found that students state that stress is the number one issue that affects their academic performance. “We can learn how to prevent stress from getting the best of us by knowing our own warning signs of stress,” Grace-Bishop said. “Sleeping and eating well, exercising, drinking plenty of water, having a support system, having a positive attitude, … these are just a few of what we can do to both help stress not to get the best of us and to also help us deal with stress.” 
“I depend on coffee,” Fisher said. “It plays a huge role in my studying.” According to Grace-Bishop, each generation has it’s own areas of stress. “I believe there are different stressors for our students, some which have existed in other generations and some that might have not had the same impact, [that] we cause ourselves with our internal conversations/thoughts, and external [such as] information overload, environment, expectations from others, finances, insecurities about safety, relationships, etc.,” Grace-Bishop said. “[Stress] can impact our health, relationship, our enjoyment of life,” she added.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

8Barefoot Truth, gnarlemagne announced as openers for State radio

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Barefoot Truth (above) and Gnarlemagne will be the two opening acts at this Friday’s State Radio concert at the Field House, SCOPE announced Wednesday. The bands have both played at UNH’s Solarfest in recent years, and Gnarlemagne is composed entirely of UNH graduates. Doors open at 7 p.m. Friday night, with the show slated to begin at 8. Tickets are still on sale.

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death will not be the defining component in the next presidential election. With the 2012 Presidential Election looming in the future, many have wondered how such a landmark success will affect Obama’s standing among the country. “This will be a boost for Obama in the short-term because it’s such a big piece of news in the country at a time when it really needs it,” said Dante Scala, professor of political science at UNH. Scala said that bin Laden’s death will have short-term and longterm effects for the president, but he is unsure whether either one will be enough for an automatic win. “There has been some speculation that this guarantees Obama the next election,” Scala said. “I would caution against this.” Scala went on to say that many Republican’s arguments against Obama are now negated, such as Obama’s weakness in defending America and his apologies for the country. Even Obama’s political foes have given him credit for this victory. Former Vice President Dick Cheney, a fierce critic of Obama’s anti-terror policies for three years, called the killing “a tremendous achievement for the military and intelligence professionals who carried out this important mission … I also want to congratulate President Obama and the members of his national security team.” “When you see Dick Cheney and Rudy Giuliani giving Obama credit for this, it’s going to be that much more difficult for his Republican political opponents to say, ‘Well this guy’s not tough enough’ when he’s sending out special forces to

to for the County Commissioners,” Bower said. According to Bower, funding for Cooperative Extension was maintained despite 55 county employee layoffs for over two years. The extension had two years’ notice of pending funding cuts and suggestions to consolidate services between counties. 
 Despite the funding cuts and layoffs, Bower said that the county is doing all that it can to try and keep the extension office open, including providing the extension with free office space. However, the future of the branch is still uncertain at this time. John Pike, dean and director of UNH Cooperative Extension, said he hopes that Strafford County commissioners and county legislators will restore the funding and partnership with UNH in 2012. “UNH Cooperative Extension is proud to be the major outreach arm of the University of New Hampshire, and has been strongly supported in the past,” Pike said. “With respect to funding, UNH Cooperative Extension has faced budget challenges, but the total elimination of county funding for a county Cooperative Extension program is unprecedented in New Hampshire.” According to New Hampshire’s Commissioner of Agriculture Lorraine Merrill, Strafford County is the first county in New Hampshire to close its extension office. “What has happened in Strafford County is distressing, and will result in a real loss of many services that people in the county have relied upon, and perhaps taken for granted,” Merrill said. The Strafford County Extension office is not the only branch that has had the funding pulled out

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News of Osama bin Laden’s death prompted celebratory riots on college campuses across the country, such as this one at Penn State. take out America’s No. 1 enemy,” Scala said. Cesar Rebellon, associate professor of sociology, said that he thought this event would unite the country for Obama, but only temporarily. “In the immediate future, look for Obama’s approval to increase dramatically,” he said. “In this case, this will be something that Obama will be able to say cements his credentials as commander-in-chief, [since] this does seem to have been a very difficult and complex mission after Obama’s watch.” Many Americans appear to be pushing for the troops to return home after bin Laden’s death, but UNH professors insist that however huge this event may seem now, it will not have a long-term effect on U.S.-Middle East relations. “I think that counter-terrorism efforts will remain a priority for the

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U.S., but we should recognize that radical groups are marginal to the lives and concerns of most Middle Easterners,” said Jeannie Sowers, assistant professor of political science. Rebellon said that he thought there could be relatively small-scale or lone-wolf retaliations soon, but since Al Qaeda had no prior knowledge about the operation, any largescale attack would take time. “Beyond that, many don’t realize how de-centralized most terrorist organizations are becoming,” Rebellon said, referring to Al Qaeda. Despite the sense of victory that bin Laden’s death has sparked, Scala warns that everything is not going to be easy from here on out. “You can’t just take a victory lap and call it a day,” Scala said. “I think they’re smart enough to realize that.”

from under it. According to Merrill, the county delegation cut the Rockingham County Extension office budget by 15 percent this year. As a result, the branch will not fill the position of a retiring full-time educator, and a full-time support staff person is being reduced to 50 percent, along with additional funding cuts for other things such as training and mileage. However, Pike said that he is does not believe the drastic funding cuts that forced the Strafford County Extension office to close will happen for the remaining branches. “We’ve operated in partnership with New Hampshire’s county government for almost 100 years,” Pike said. “This model of combining the resources and research of the University of New Hampshire with local county government to improve the lives of the people across N.H. is a solid one, and I am very hopeful that we will continue to operate in collaboration with all 10 counties in the future. Pike said that there are many strong supporters of the extension, and that stakeholders who rely on its educational programs and services are very disappointed in the cut, and subsequent closing of the office in Strafford County. “4-H members and volunteer leaders are already meeting with extension staff to determine how best to minimize the effect of this cut to the kids,” Pike said. “But without professional staff in the county, it is impossible to maintain the same level of services and programs.” Lindsey Peterson, a dairy management student at UNH, was involved in 4-H as a child, and said that she is very concerned about the future of the program. “My question is this: if there are no older farmers to teach the younger generations and no extension office to educate the general public, who will?” Peterson said.


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TNH’s Best Dance Crew attracts many to Johnson Theater Sunday By CORINNE HOLROYD Staff Writer

On Sunday, 204 students filed into the Johnson Theater in the Paul Creative Arts Center to watch groups of dancers compete in The New Hampshire’s Best Dance Crew. Based on Randy Jackson’s television show “America’s Best Dance Crew,” the competition brought six teams to the stage to perform their choreographed routines in front of an audience of three judges and hundreds of students. One of the judges was professor Sarah Marschner, who teaches Introduction to Theatre, Exploring Musical Theatre, among other classes. The night started with Matt Riley, UNH’s Funniest Person on Campus winner and the MC for the competition, making jokes about his height – a full seven feet tall – and how awkward middle school dances and prom were for him. “I talk about my height a lot,” he said before going on stage. “I’ll talk about, maybe, me dancing as big as I am, and how funny it is like at proms and everything with my prom date.”

Riley introduced each act, including the UNH dance team, which danced to Rihanna’s “S&M.” The dance team also performed during the intermission with two of their members serving as judges. The first crew to dance was UNH Hepcats, consisting of members of the UNH Hepcats Swing Club. Molly Smith, one of the crew leaders, said they were competing because they “wanted to show a different genre of dancing.” The other leader, Sean Matthews, added, “A lot of people do very sexually-oriented dances, and we want to show something different. You can have fun while dancing and make it look really technical and cool. Swing is just an ability to express yourself without having to do it sexually. That’s the biggest draw for us performing here, that contrast.” Second up was Sketched Out, a team of four from the Sketched Out Comedy Troupe. The group started its routine by singing Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing,” then slammed lunch trays to the beat of Lil Mama’s “Lip Gloss.” “I’ve seen the movie Boogie Nights at least once,” said dance co-

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The winning crew, Last Minute, was made of up of members of the women’s track team.

ordinator Timothy Mallard. “We really just want to show people how to dance. Because, honestly, a big public health issue today is that people just don’t know how to dance well enough, and then they can’t express themselves, then they get stressed out, and that leads to cardiovascular disease, which is the number-one killer in America.” Mallard also jokingly said that they competed last year, but the judges “didn’t want to hand it to us because clearly we were on some sort of performance enhancers: spirit, I don’t know if you’ve heard of it.” Next was X-Posed, who came in third last year. Ally Morin, the crew leader, said that X-Posed was a group her freshman year, but it fell apart. Last year, when she heard about the competition, the team regrouped to compete. “I thought it would be good to keep it going and to start it up again. I hadn’t danced in forever and it’s my passion,” Morin said. “Most of my dancers had never danced before, and it’s really fun teaching people.” After X-Posed came a brief intermission, then DXP’s High Demand performed. The members of DXP’s High Demand are sisters in the Delta Xi Phi multicultural sorority. “We were involved last year and we were able to win the title last year, so of course we definitely want to continue to be involved, hopefully win, and have the chance to give part of the money to a charity,” crew leader Khana Riley said. DXP is still close with the charity they helped last year – and hoped to help this year – the Cornucopia Food Pantry in Durham. “I saw people with attitude,” Marschner said after the group’s performance. Next was Beyond Dope, members of the Black Student Union,

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Beyond Dope Crew, made of members of the Black Student Union, placed third in TNH’s Best Dance Crew. who danced to Beyoncé’s “Move Your Body” as part of Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” movement to end childhood obesity. “It’s focusing on trying to get kids in high school and elementary school to make sure they’re in shape,” crew leader Phil Parker said. “They’re doing this by dancing, so Beyoncé put together a dance as part of this program. It’s hitting the world pretty rapidly.” The last crew up was Last Minute, a group of women’s track and field team members whose claim was that they put everything together last minute. “We did it last year and we came in second, so this year we’re a little more motivated,” crew leader Chelsey Canavan said. While there were some technical difficulties during Last Minute’s performance, they powered through anyway. “It didn’t feel last minute at all,” Marschner said. At the end of the night, audience members voted for their favorite team by writing the crew’s name on the back of their tickets and passing

them to ushers. While the votes were tallied, four audience members had a dance off. They danced to Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies,” and the winner received $20. After the votes were counted, the top three teams were announced. In third place was Beyond Dope. In second was X-Posed, who won a case of Crunk Energy Drink. In first place was Last Minute, who won $250 for themselves and $250 for charity. “I knew we did a good job, but I was really shocked because other groups were excited about it and they loved it,” Last Minute member Liz Adejuyigbe said. “Everyone had fun and did their own thing. I was shocked. It paid off, I guess, all our hard work.” Last Minute members all agreed that they came together as a team like they do for track and field. “Our biggest strengths from track and field came out on the stage,” Adejuyigbe said. The Last Minute members hope their winning streak will continue at their next meet.

Shell to submit Arctic offshore drilling plan By DAN JOLING Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Shell Oil will apply to drill 10 wells off Alaska’s Arctic shore over the next two years under an exploration plan headed to federal authorities. The company hopes to see results from a $3.5 billion investment into Arctic Ocean drilling that has been thwarted in recent years by court challenges or inability to obtain federal permits. Shell Alaska spokesman Curtis Smith said Monday the company will seek permission to drill four wells in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska’s north shore and six in the Chukchi Sea off the state’s northwest shore using two drilling ships in 2012 and 2013. Drilling is bitterly opposed by environmental activists and some Alaska Native groups, who say petroleum companies have not demonstrated the ability to clean up a

spill in ice-choked waters. Critics contend leases in the Chukchi Sea were auctioned off before proper environmental studies were performed to determine how drilling and the accompanying industrial activity would affect endangered whales and other wildlife dependent on sea ice including polar bears, walrus and ice seals. Shell officials have said a catastrophic well blowout similar to last year’s disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is unlikely because its plans mitigate two key contributing factors. Shell intends to drill in shallower waters. Also, company officials expect far less pressure on their wellhead. Shell submitted a response plan that it says can handle a spill of 504,000 gallons per day - more than double what federal regulators said would be a worst-case discharge from the exploratory wells it has applied for to date.


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New group, Active Minds, IN BRIEF Hearing impaired men stabbed over sign language to hold event shedding light on mental illnesses By KARY McCAFFERTY Contributing Writer

Precisely 1,100 chairs are set to cover T-Hall lawn this Wednesday, May 4, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., part of an event called Stand Against Silence, brought to the campus by a new student organization called Active Minds. This organization focuses on spreading awareness on mental illnesses among college students. Chairs will be covered in the brightly-colored paper bags that students have been able to decorate at a table in the MUB for the past week. Each bag is a luminary dedicated to someone who has committed suicide. The UNH chapter of Active Minds was unveiled this past fall. The group works with the UNH Counseling Center and Health Services to help educate students on mental illnesses and provide a support system for those who are suffering. Vice president and sophomore Rachel Sluder said that she and two other students, including Kevin Canon, got together during the fall of 2009 to put the group together. The third founder has since transferred. Active Minds is a national organization with different chapters across the country, and since New Hampshire did not have a branch the three looked into starting one.

“We’re chang-

ing the conversation about mental health.”

Rachel Sluder

Vice President, Active Minds

The group officially started last semester and has primarily been tabling in the MUB to provide information on mental illnesses among college students. Active Minds works to foster a community that students will feel comfortable in to discuss what bothers them. In doing so, it looks to change any negative stigmas that may be attached to mental ill-

ness, which can cause those suffering to not come forward. Sluder said that many students who see the tables are open and honest about their own experiences and issues. Active Minds, on a national level, promotes an event titled “Send Silence Packing.” This event is composed of 1,100 backpacks to show the number of college students who commit suicide each year. Backpacks are donated with each student’s story written on one. However, having the national organization come to UNH is not permissible because only schools with well-established programs are visited, so instead, the UNH chapter of Active Minds is hosting its own version. Instead, the UNH chapter has decided to perform its own event of a similar note, and that’s how Stand Against Silence began. “In light of what’s happened with students on this campus this year, we really want to get the conversation started,” Sluder said, referring to the suicides of UNH students Christina Nichols and earlier this year Nathanial Bresler. According to a group member, sophomore Janet Mesh, few students have made luminaries in the MUB. She believes, however, that more students will make them during the actual Stand Against Silence event. “I feel like some people [may] be intimidated to come here,” Mesh said. “People may be more inclined when they see the chairs.” Mesh said that members of the group want the luminary-covered chairs to add more of an emotional edge to the event, as opposed to just providing statistics. In the future, Active Minds would like to take part in National Stress Out Week to help students keep themselves collected during finals. They also hope to plan larger, interactive events on the same scale as Stand Against Silence. “We’re changing the conversation about mental health,” Sluder said. Students who are interested in joining Active Minds may contact Rachel Sluder at raq53@unh.edu. The group meets Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. in MUB room 207.

IN BRIEF

NOAA: Record 312 tornadoes in 24 hours last week WASHINGTON - Preliminary government estimates say there were more tornadoes in a single day last week than any other day in U.S. history. Government analysts said Monday there were 362 tornadoes during last week’s outbreak, including a record-setting 312 in one 24-hour period. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the

largest previous number on record in one event occurred from April 3-4, 1974, with 148 tornadoes. NOAA says 340 people were killed during the 24-hour-period from 8:00 a.m. Wednesday to Thursday. It was the deadliest single day for tornadoes since the March 18, 1925 tornado outbreak that caused 747 fatalities across 7 states.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Police say two hearingimpaired South Florida men were stabbed at a bar when their sign language was mistaken for gang signs. Court records show that 45year-old Barbara Lee and 19year-old Marco Ibanez are facing

aggravated battery charges in the Saturday night attack in Hallandale Beach. Both are jailed Monday and records did not show an attorney for either of them. Police say the men were using sign language to communicate when Lee allegedly confronted

them with complaints they were flashing gang signs. Police say Lee left and returned with Ibanez and a juvenile and attacked the men, a bystander and a bar bouncer. Police say none of their injuries are life-threatening.


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Miss N.H. assists young women with school expenses By ANNIE SAGER Design Editor

The stage lit up with vibrant colors, the music began and 27 young women in bright dresses danced onto the stage. On April 28, months after each girl had been crowned at a local chapter competition, the Miss New Hampshire Scholarship competition had begun. Miss N.H. is a part of the Miss America Scholarship Program, currently the leading source of scholarships for young women in America. This year alone, $88,500 was awarded to contestants in the 65th annual Miss N.H. program. In addition, many of the local chapters have already awarded the contestants thousands of dollars. The winner of the competition is decided on through different aspects of competition; 5 percent on stage interview, 25 percent closed interview, 35 percent talent, 15 percent swimsuit, and 20 percent evening gown. Two preliminary swimsuit winners and two preliminary talent winners are announced. Those winners get $250 in addition to the $2,000 each contestant receives for participating.

The money that is awarded can be used for school expenses including, but not limited to, tuition, loans, new computers, housing, books, and school supplies.

To compete in the Miss N.H. competition, contestants must be a resident of the state, attending higher education, or working in N.H. Twenty-six of the 27 contestants are from N.H., with Miss University, Kacie Ferraro, being a resident of Rhode Island and a current graduate student at UNH. Of these 27 contestants, five are current students at UNH, four are graduates of UNH, one will attend the UNH School of Law in the fall, and Miss N.H. 2010 is also a student at UNH.

Jenn Clements, 2011 Miss Berlin-Gorham and a Miss N.H. contestant, is currently a student at UNH. In her three years in the competition, she has earned close to $11,000, which she has used toward her tuition. “The scholarship money that the Miss N.H. program has provided me has taken away a huge amount of stress in my college experience,” Clements said. “It is so nice to be able to start a semester not worrying about how I am going to pay for it. It makes it so I can work less at my job and use that time to focus on my schoolwork.” Lissa Silk, 2011 Miss Winnipesaukee, is a junior at UNH studying exercise science and theater and dance. She has been awarded more than $17,000 in scholarships in the past three years of competing. While the money can go toward any school expense, like Clements, Silk has used all of her money to pay tuition. After three nights of competition, on Saturday, April 30, Miss N.H. 2011 was crowned at Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H. Regan Hartley, Miss Keene Area, from Dover, N.H. and a student at Suffolk

ham as a professional firefighter, Durham Fire Chief Corey Landry was recently promoted to President of the N.H. Association of Fire Chiefs (NHAFC).

As a lifetime resident of Dover, he graduated from high school in 1988 and thereafter went into firefighting. “I joined the Durham Fire

“It is so nice to be

able to start a semester not worrying about how I am going to pay for it. “

Jenn Clements

2011 Miss N.H. Contestant

Chantel McCabe/ Contributing

Twenty-seven Miss N.H. contestants gather with 2010 Miss N.H. before the 65th annual competition this past week. University in Boston, was crowned Miss. N.H., winning $15,000. Megan Lyman won first runner-up and $5,500. Rebecca Rendina, Miss Stratham Fair and a UNH graduate, won second runner-up and $4,500. Lauren April won $4,000 for third runner-up and Erica Millet, a graduate of UNH, took home $3,000. In addition to the $88,500 awarded in the three nights of the

Miss N.H. Scholarship Program, these women collectively have been awarded nearly $82,000 in scholarships from their local competitions. Many of the contestants have competed in this program because it not only builds relationships, but also helps them get involved in their community because of the opportunities it allows them.

Durham Fire Chief Corey Landry receives promotion By ALEXANDRA CHURCHILL Staff Writer

After serving 23 years in Dur-

Department almost immediately after high school,” he said. “I’ve always liked to help people and be involved.” Chief Landry is proud of his professional accomplishments. He is a National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer - a position, he says, that includes one percent of the professional firefighting community nationwide. He is also a Certified Fire Investigator with the International Association of Arson Investigators and a Certified Fire Protection Specialist with the National Fire Protection Association. He holds a bachelor’s degree in public safety management and an associate’s degree in criminal justice, and he is working toward his master’s at the University of New Hampshire. Over the years, Laundry has worked at a handful of local fire departments from Rochester to North Hampton, but he’s never left the New Hampshire Seacoast region. He returned to the Durham Fire Department as assistant fire chief and was promoted to the rank of fire

chief two years ago. Chief Landry, who was second vice president for the association, learned he would be elected as president on April 14. In this role, he will succeed Chief Shawn Murray of the Hudson Fire Department. “As President, I will be in charge of the organization,” Landry said. He added that he will set goals and objectives for the year, as well as manage the budget. So far, he has met with Governor Lynch and several legislators in Concord. He will meet with his fellow officers in the association this week. The NHAFC is a statewide organization with the mission to promote professionalism in all aspects of the fire service including, but not limited to, emergency medical services and the protection of life, property and the environment. The organization promotes research into effective methods of suppression, prevention, training, and public education as it relates to all aspects of the fire service, as well as legislative changes that will aid the fire service in carrying out its functions.

IN BRIEF Eight from La. Boy Scout troop missing in Ark. forest LODI, Ark. - Authorities are searching an Arkansas wilderness area for a group of Louisiana Boy Scouts who they believe are stranded behind rain-swollen waterways. Art Hawkins, of the Evangeline Area Council in Lafayette, La., said by phone Monday that no one has heard from the two adults and six experienced scouts since they arrived at Ouachita National Forest on Thursday. The remote area has little cell phone coverage. Hawkins says searchers found the group’s van parked at the head of a trail the Scouts planned to hike. Authorities believe the group got cut off by rising water levels on the Little Missouri River or one of its many rain-swollen tributaries. The state police are planning to search for the group by helicopter later Monday.


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Melodically Magical: Alabaster Blue’s 2011 Spring Show By LAUREN SAUCIER CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Fifteen songs, 14 talented singers, five new members, two actionpacked sets, and one awesome performance sums up Alabaster Blue’s Spring Show. Alabaster Blue, one of UNH’s coed a cappella groups, performed in the Granite State Room at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. The group started off the night with “In The Next Room,” featuring a solo performance by sophomore Abby Lehman. Other songs included in the set were “Rolling in the Deep,” with a solo by Samantha Macomber, “Dog Days are Over,” which Jane Labriola both arranged and had a solo in, and “I’ve Seen All Good People,” with a solo by freshman Sydney Skinner. Alabaster Blue’s General Manager Corey Johnson said that the group took in five new members in February. The senior said it took longer than usual this year to get all the members up to speed, but with extra rehearsal time, the group really pulled through and came out with a great show.

Johnson said that AB’s latest album, 10 Songs Any Style was the group’s first experience in a professional recording studio. The album is on sale right now on the group’s website at www.UNHAlabasterBlue.com. “It’s exciting though to hear random notes on a page go from sounding like nothing to just like a song on the radio” Macomber said. “One of our favorite compliments that we sometimes get from our audience is that if they close their eyes, it sounds just like the original song,” Johnson said. As the year is coming to a close and Alabaster Blue’s seniors are leaving the group, the underclassmen explain that it is a bittersweet feeling to see the seniors leave. With four seniors in the group, the leadership will be different next year. But as members of Alabaster Blue have said, the musicianship only gets better from year to year. After the Spring Show, the group’s final showcase of the year, Alabaster Blue will be spending its summer preparing for its next album, and for next year’s shows.

IN BRIEF N.Y. insider trading trial goes on without defendant NEW YORK - A jury in a highprofile New York City insider trading trial has finished another day of deliberations without a verdict. The Manhattan jury has deliberated over six days in the case of Sri Lanka-born hedge fund manager Raj Rajaratnam (rahj rah-juhRUHT’-nuhm), who was absent from court Monday after undergoing surgery for a foot infection. A defense statement says Raja-

ratnam waived his right to be present and hopes to return this week. The judge instructed the jury not to read anything into his absence. Prosecutors say wiretaps prove the 53-year-old Galleon Group chief made tens of millions of dollars by trading on inside tips. Defense lawyers argue he relied on public information and complex analysis for his decisions.

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9th Circuit hears arguments in Obama birth lawsuit, despite certificate release By GREG RISLING Associated Press

PASADENA, Calif. - A federal appeals court heard arguments Monday about a lawsuit challenging the U.S. citizenship of President Barack Obama, despite the release of his detailed birth certificate last week. A pair of Southern California attorneys, on behalf of more than 40 plaintiffs, asked a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to remand their lawsuit back to the Orange County courtroom of U.S. District Judge David Carter. In dismissing the lawsuit in late 2009, Carter said the federal court system is not the proper venue to challenge a president’s election. The appellate panel seemed to concur, wondering how the lawsuit could have merit, given it was filed after the election and Obama had already taken office. “You did not file a claim at the time when the kind of relief you would be talking about might be plausible,” Judge Raymond Fisher said. “It doesn’t do anything for your candidates now.” It wasn’t immediately known when the judges would issue a ruling. Obama produced his full birth certificate last week and said

he hoped the nation could focus on more serious issues. Donald Trump, who has considered a presidential bid in 2012, took credit for getting Obama to release the document. However, plaintiffs’ attorney Orly Taitz said she believes the birth record has been falsified. Outside the courtroom, she said the document’s serial number was out of sequence, the typing wasn’t aligned, and it was printed on green paper instead of white paper like other Hawaiian birth records of that era. Taitz said she wants to travel to Hawaii with a forensic document expert to look at Obama’s records. “It’s not a true and correct image,” said Taitz, referring to the birth certificate. “It’s very inventive computer art.” Taitz and fellow lawyer Gary Kreep remain undeterred and have helped fuel the so-called “birther” movement that questions Obama’s citizenship. Both attorneys have been unable to convince courts around the nation their lawsuits have merit. Among their arguments - Obama may have dual citizenship and the president’s alleged use of multiple Social Security numbers. Taitz was ordered by a federal judge in Georgia two years ago to

pay a $20,000 fine, calling her lawsuit against the president frivolous and the litigation an attempt to misuse the court system to push a political agenda.

“ It’s not a true and correct image. It’s very inventive computer art.”

Orly Taitz

Plaintiffs’ Attorney

Taitz sued in Georgia federal court on behalf of Army Capt. Connie Rhodes, who sought to avoid deployment to Iraq by claiming Obama wasn’t born in the U.S. Other plaintiffs in the case include conservative activist Alan Keyes, libertarian vice presidential write-in candidate Gail Lightfoot and other members of the military. Assistant U.S. Attorney David DeJute acknowledged the courts may be the proper venue had a lawsuit challenging a candidate’s citizenship been filed before an election. “I think a candidate can challenge the qualification of another candidate, assuming of course that candidate does so in a timely manner,” DeJute said.


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Not everyone believes bin Laden is really dead By CALVIN WOODWARD Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Knowing there would be disbelievers, the U.S. says it used convincing means to confirm Osama bin Laden’s identity during and after the firefight that killed him. But the mystique that surrounded the terrorist chieftain in life is persisting in death. Was it really him? How do we know? Where are the pictures? Already, those questions are spreading in Pakistan and surely beyond. In the absence of photos and with his body given up to the sea, many people don’t want to believe that bin Laden - the Great Emir to some, the fabled escape artist of the Tora Bora mountains to foe and friend alike - is really dead. U.S. officials are balancing that skepticism with the sensitivities that might be inflamed by showing images they say they have of the dead al-Qaida leader and video of his burial at sea. Still, it appeared likely

that photographic evidence would be produced. “We are going to do everything we can to make sure that nobody has any basis to try to deny that we got Osama bin Laden,” John Brennan, President Barack Obama’s counterterrorism adviser, said Monday. He said the U.S. will “share what we can because we want to make sure that not only the American people but the world understand exactly what happened.” In July 2003, the U.S. took heat but also quieted most conspiracy theorists by releasing graphic photos of the corpses of Saddam Hussein’s two powerful sons to prove American forces had killed them. So far, the U.S. has cited evidence that satisfied the Navy SEAL force, and at least most of the world, that they had the right man in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The helicopter-borne raiding squad that swarmed the luxury compound identified bin Laden by appearance. A woman in the com-

pound who was identified as his wife was said to have called out bin Laden’s name in the melee. Officials produced a quick DNA match from his remains that they said established bin Laden’s identity, even absent the other techniques, with 99.9 percent certainty. U.S. officials also said bin Laden was identified through photo comparisons and other methods. Tellingly, an al-Qaida spokesman, in vowing vengeance against America, called him a martyr, offering no challenge to the U.S. account of his death. Even so, it’s almost inevitable that the bin Laden mythology will not end with the bullet in his head. If it suits extremist ends to spin a fantastical tale of survival or trickery to gullible ears, expect to hear it. In the immediate aftermath, people in Abbottabad expressed widespread disbelief that bin Laden had died - or ever lived - among them. “I’m not ready to buy bin Laden was here,” said Haris Rasheed, 22, who works in a fast food restaurant. “How come no one knew he was here and why did they bury him so quickly? This is all fake - a drama, and a crude one.” Kamal Khan, 25, who is unemployed, said the official story “looks fishy to me.” The burial from an aircraft carrier in the North Arabian Sea was videotaped aboard the ship, according to a senior defense official who spoke on condition of anonymity because a decision on whether to

release the video was not final. The official said it was highly likely that the video, along with photographs of bin Laden’s body, would be made

“How come no one

knew he was here and why did they bury him so quickly? This is all fake - a drama, and a crude one.”

Haris Rasheed U.S. Citizen

public in coming days. The swiftness of the burial may have raised suspicions but was in accord with Islamic traditions. Islamic scholars, however, challenged U.S. assertions that a burial at sea was an appropriate fate for a Muslim who had died on land. The act denied al-Qaida any sort of burial shrine for their slain leader. Once again, bin Laden had vanished, but this time at the hands of the United States and in a way that ensures he is gone forever. If that satisfies U.S. goals and its sense of justice, Brad Sagarin, a psychologist at Northern Illinois University who studies persuasion, said the rapid disposition of the body “would certainly be a rich sort of kernel for somebody to grasp onto if they were motivated to disbelieve this.”

Also expected to come out is a tape made by bin Laden, before U.S. forces bore down on him, that may provide fodder to those who insist he is alive. Pakistan, for one, is a land of conspiracy theorists, and far-fetched rumors abound on the streets and in blogs throughout the Arab world. But that’s not just a characteristic of the Islamic pipeline. Many ordinary Americans - and one billionaire - persistently questioned whether Obama was born in the U.S. despite lacking any evidence that he wasn’t. Sagarin said most people will probably be convinced bin Laden is dead because they cannot imagine the government maintaining such an extraordinary lie to the contrary in this day and age. Yet, he said, “as with the birther conspiracy, there’s going to be a set of people who are never going to be convinced. People filter the information they receive through their current attitudes, their current perspectives.” To be sure, even photos and video, subject to digital manipulation, may not provide the final word to everyone. But Seth Jones, a RAND Corp. political scientist who advised the commander of U.S. special operations forces in Afghanistan, said the administration should do all it can to minimize doubts. “There are always conspiracy theories,” he said. “There are individuals who believe that bin Laden wasn’t involved in the 9/11 attacks.”

Teacher shaves for first time since Sept. 11, 2001 after death of Osama STAFF Associated Press

EPHRATA, Wash. - A middle school teacher vowed after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, that he would not shave his beard until Osama bin Laden was caught. Gary Weddle kept his word Sunday evening. “I spent my first five minutes crying and then I couldn’t get it off fast enough,” Weddle, 50, told The

Wenatchee World. Weddle, who lives in East Wenatchee and teaches in Ephrata, had wanted to cut his beard for years. The gray stringy growth actually made him look a bit like bin Laden, the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks who was killed by U.S. forces. Weddle was a substitute teacher in Wenatchee when the terrorist attacks occurred on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, killing some

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3,000 people. Weddle said he was so absorbed in the news that he neglected to shave. A week or so later, he decided not to shave until bin Laden was captured or proven dead. He figured it would just be a month or two. At the start of each school year, Weddle told students the beard was a reminder of the attacks. After all these years, Weddle figured he’d still be wearing the beard next Sept. 11, the 10th anniversary of the attacks. He was working in his garden Sunday evening when news came that bin Laden was dead. Weddle wasted no time finding scissors and razors. He had cut the beard and was shaving the stubble before President Obama addressed the nation. Friends and neighbors watched him cut the beard. He cut himself while shaving for the first time in 3,454 days. Weddle was 41 when he made his vow. “I wanted him to get rid of it, but it was his vow,” his wife Donita said. “I respected his passion and keeping a vow. I was willing to look past the beard because I love him.”


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Blagojevich corruption retrial begins, prosecuters describe his alleged crimes By DON BABWIN Associated Press

CHICAGO - A government attorney told jurors Monday at Rod Blagojevich’s corruption retrial that the former Illinois governor acted like a corrupt traffic cop pressing a vulnerable driver for a bribe to let them avoid a speeding ticket. “It doesn’t matter if the driver pays or not,” prosecutor Chris Niewoehner told the newly-chosen jury during opening statements. “The policeman has made a criminal demand and committed a crime. He did it because he had power. ... Blagojevich had the power.” That anecdote appeared to be an attempt by prosecutors to spell out Blagojevich’s alleged crimes more clearly than at the first trial, which ended with mostly deadlocked jurors - many of whom complained that the case was too scattershot and too hard to understand. Niewoehner began by telling jurors that Blagojevich had abandoned the sense of duty he should have felt toward his constituents. “The people of Illinois put their trust in him to look out for them, but he sold out that trust,” Niewoehner said. “Instead of doing what was best for the people if of Illinois - he decided to use his power to do what was best for one person - himself.” When attorney Aaron Goldstein took the floor to deliver the openings for the defense, though, he told jurors all the government evidence that will presented in the coming weeks won’t amount to anything. “You will see the lengths to which they will go to get this man. .... And you will still be left with nothing,” he told jurors. “You will find yourself wanting more, and time after time you will get nothing.” Before opening statements began, attorneys and a judge made the final selection of the 12 jurors and six alternates. They include a teacher, a librarian, a retired director of music at a Catholic church, a video store employee who likes to watch Judge Judy on televi-

sion and a woman whose husband once did volunteer work for one of Blagojevich’s campaigns. Blagojevich’s first trial last summer ended with jurors deadlocked on all but one count. This time, Blagojevich, 54, faces 20 charges - from attempted extortion of a children’s hospital executive to conspiracy to commit bribery in a bid to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack Obama’s vacated U.S. Senate seat in exchange for campaign cash or a well-paying job. “What I am about to tell you probably won’t surprise you,” Goldstein said. “Rod likes to talk. He talks and talks and talks.” Goldstein walked through each of the alleged schemes and told jurors each time, “Rod gets nothing.” On the Senate seat, Goldstein added, “Selling the Senate seat - all talk. Rod does nothing. Rod gets nothing.” Niewoehner seemed to have anticipated that argument, telling jurors repeatedly that the bid to sell the seat or extort campaign donations was a crime. “Right there, the crime is complete,” Niewoehner said about Blagojevich allegedly making his decisions contingent on contributions or some other personal benefit. As a politician, Blagojevich knew how to apply pressure for money or favors without appearing too explicit, Niewoehner said. “Sometimes he was as subtle as a freight train,” he said. “Sometimes he sent the message more carefully.” Some observers criticized prosecutors at the first trial for delivering a complex case in a dry, just-the-facts mode, saying they must tell a better story. Niewoehner displayed more emotion than at the first trial, his voice occasionally rising in indignation. Goldstein’s presentation was comparatively tame compared to the theatrical opening by Blagojevich’s lead lawyer at the first trial, though Goldstein did occasionally seem to work himself up as well.

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Project LEAD hosts UNH’s first Poker Race Saturday By NICK REID Contributing Writer

Shuffle up and deal! The University of New Hampshire played host to the first ever Poker Race on campus Saturday, April 30, kicking off at 10 a.m. The approximately five-kilometer race was played by different rules than most road races - that is, the winner wasn’t the first one to cross the finish line. Instead, 21 walkers and runners as well as 14 volunteers collected playing cards at checkpoints along the track and compiled a classic five-card poker hand. UNH student Kirstin Rickarby walked across the finish line among the final group of contestants to find that the three two’s she was carrying formed the only three-of-a-kind in the race and the best overall hand, guaranteeing her the first selection of prizes that were drawn from a hat. “I had a great time at the Poker Race,” Rickarby said. “I never would have believed that three twos would have been the winning hand. I don’t know that much about poker but that didn’t seem like a winning hand.” Fellow UNH student Travis Adams was also guaranteed a pick by posting the race’s best time, at 16

minutes and 22 seconds. Those were far from the only winners of the Poker Race, though. The proceeds raised by the event went to benefit the Japan disaster relief. In all, $208 was collected in entry fees that will be donated to the Red Cross.

“The incredible

piece of this race is that you don’t have to necessarily be the best runner because it is the best/worst hands that win.”

Dave Zamansky

Assistant Director of the MUB Prizes - donated by several local businesses such as Hayden Sports, the Durham House of Pizza, Friendly Toast, and the Portsmouth Gas Light - were distributed to the winners, as well as the participant who had the worst hand and the five next-best hands, leaving a significant number of racers going home with a souvenir. The race was orchestrated by

co-directors Kelly Martin and Carly Rickarby, both juniors at UNH, as part of the Project LEAD certificate program. Volunteers from such organizations as Alpha Phi Omega, Lambda Pi Eta and the Campus Activities Board helped in putting together the event. “We decided that we wanted to [hold the race] this spring so that if it went well we could do it again next year,” Martin said. “And I’d say it definitely went well. There’s a very good possibility we’ll do this again next year.” Assistant director of the MUB, Dave Zamansky, commended Martin and Rickarby’s efforts in organizing the event, pointing out that they took all the aspects of the race - gathering permits, putting together the course, getting volunteers, and getting prizes from local businesses - into their own hands. He supposed that the same event might attract 50 to 100 participants next year. “The incredible piece of this race is that you don’t have to necessarily be the best runner because it is the best/worst hands that win,” Zamansky said. “Everyone has a chance to win while being healthy at the same time. Kelly and Carly have definitely found a different concept for a great cause that students can rally around for years to come.”

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May kicked off this weekend at UNH with CAB’s annual May Day carnival which featured rides, food and contests on Saturday. Then on Sunday, SEAC’s Solarfest provided free live music, vendors and fresh food.

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Ensign gives farewell, Arab TV station reports Al-Jazeera apologizes to colleagues reporter not heard from in Syria for extramarital affair STAFF

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By KEVIN FREKING Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Republican John Ensign of Nevada apologized Monday to an all-but-empty Senate chamber for his extramarital affair with a former aide, and hoped aloud that his legislative record would speak for him. Ensign announced in June 2009 that he had an extramarital affair with Cynthia Hampton, a former member of his campaign staff. Amid the scandal, his parents provided the Hamptons with $96,000, described as a gift, and Ensign helped find Doug Hampton, the husband, a lobbying job. He announced his resignation in late April. Ensign’s farewell speech was notable as much for who was not there as for what he said. Not a single colleague came to hear him speak or to pay tribute to his service. The gallery was empty of family members and staffers who often pack its seats for such occasions. Five of Ensign’s staffers lined a bench on the Senate floor during his address; one could be seen wiping a tear with a tissue. In the presiding officer’s chair, freshman Sen. Chris Coons, DDel., opened a folder on his desk and appeared to begin writing remarks on a separate matter the moment Ensign began speaking. “I was blind to how arrogant and self-centered that I had become,” Ensign said. “The urge to believe in it was stronger than the power to fight it.” Before the affair with Cynthia Hampton became public, Ensign had been highly critical of

colleagues who had fallen from grace. Ensign said he regretted judging two scandalized colleagues, former Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, and the late Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, and calling for their resignation. Later, Ensign privately apologized to them, and asked them to forgive him. Ensign said they did. Ensign revealed that Craig was one of the first to call with support after Ensign had admitted his affair. “A person understands mercy a lot more when they need it and when it’s shown to them,” he said. Ensign also used the speech to praise his wife, Darlene “I do not deserve a woman like her, but I love her,” Ensign said. Ensign apologized to colleagues for putting them in a bad position. He also talked about his legislative accomplishments, primarily noting that he had helped author successful bills that set aside land for parks and trails, and that he had arranged for money from the sale of public lands to go to the state’s educational system. Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval has appointed Rep. Dean Heller to complete Ensign’s second term. He is scheduled to be sworn in on May 9. The general election for that seat will take place in November 2012. The Justice Department eventually dropped its criminal investigation. Meanwhile, the Senate Ethics Committee investigated and announced in February that it was appointing a special counsel to investigate Ensign.

BEIRUT - An Al-Jazeera journalist has not been heard from since she entered Syria on Friday to report on the political turmoil there, the Arab satellite TV station said Monday. A regional official of the Committee to Protect Journalists said there was “strong evidence” to suggest the journalist, Dorothy Parvaz, had been detained on arrival at Damascus airport on a flight from Qatar. She has U.S., Iranian and Canadian citizenship, and formerly was a reporter and columnist for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. “We are deeply concerned for Dorothy’s safety, security, and well-being,” Al-Jazeera said in a statement. “We are requesting full cooperation from the Syrian authorities to determine what happened at the airport, what her cur-

rent location is, and the status of her health.” Parvaz joined Al-Jazeera in 2010 and recently reported on the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. The station said she graduated from the University of British Columbia, obtained a master’s from Arizona University, and held journalism fellowships at both Harvard and Cambridge universities. Mohamed Abdel Dayem, Middle East and North Africa program coordinator at the Committee to Protect Journalists, told Al-Jazeera there was evidence to suggest Parvaz had been detained at the airport. “Obviously we are worried for the safety of Dorothy, specifically, as we are for numerous other journalists who are in government custody right now,” Dayem said. Some Syrian journalists have been in custody for weeks as part of an effort by the Syrian government limit media coverage of the

unrest, he said. Once-unimaginable protests are posing the most serious challenge to four decades of rule by the Assad family in one of the most repressive countries in the Middle East. The Post-Intelligencer quoted Parvaz’s finance, Todd Barker, as saying he spoke to her by telephone the night before she left for Syria, and she had expressed no concerns about traveling there. Barker and Parvaz’s family issued a statement appealing for information about her; it described her as a “global citizen” and a “determined journalist.”

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N.H. Gov. John Lynch has Obama’s friend pleads no contest in Honolulu plan to close $47M revenue gap by end of fiscal year By AUDREY McAVOY Associated Press

By NORMA LOVE Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. - The state’s tax receipts for April are disappointing, but Gov. John Lynch said Monday he has a plan to close a potential $47 million general fund revenue shortfall by the end of the fiscal year. New Hampshire will have a balanced budget on June 30 thanks to his aggressive management of spending, Lynch said. “We will have a balanced budget for this fiscal year,” the Democrat told reporters at a briefing. House Republican leaders were quick to criticize Democrats for being overly optimistic when they built this year’s budget on unrealistic revenue projections. “Today’s April revenues show exactly why using reliable numbers is so important and verifies again the accuracy of the House revenue figures,” said Republican House Speaker William O’Brien, of Mont Vernon. “New Hampshire’s budget is in a huge hole because of overinflated estimates, and the House will make sure that this trend does not continue.” The House projected this winter that revenues were too rosy and

the state would end the year $50 million in deficit as a result. Senate Republican Leader Jeb Bradley said the revenue picture is troubling. “I think it just shows we’re talking about next year’s budget and the House’s revenue number (for this year) is proving to be, unfortunately, accurate. That should be a concern to all of us,” said Bradley, of Wolfeboro.

“We will have a

balanced budget for this fiscal year.”

John Lynch

N.H. Dem Governor

Lynch’s budget adviser John Beardmore said April’s revenues were almost $30 million below projections. April’s receipts added to the $17 million the state is behind so far this year bring the total potential shortfall to $47 million. New Hampshire’s general fund budget for this fiscal year is just under $1.5 billion. The total budget for the year after including federal, highway and other funds is $5.8 billion.

HONOLULU - A close friend of President Barack Obama pleaded no contest on Monday to soliciting a prostitute in Hawaii. An attorney for Robert “Bobby” Titcomb entered the plea a month after Honolulu police arrested Titcomb during an undercover sting operation. Titcomb, 49, didn’t appear in the Honolulu courtroom.

“He doesn’t fully agree with the facts of the case,” said his attorney William Harrison, but “he’s going to take full responsibility for his actions in this matter.” The judge granted Harrison’s request for a deferral. That means the case will be dismissed in six months if Titcomb stays out of trouble. He must also pay a $500 fine and make a donation to a criminal injury compensation fund. Honolulu police arrested Titcomb and three other men on April

4 during an undercover operation. Titcomb attended Punahou School in Honolulu with Obama in the 1970s. The two have often played golf and basketball and headed to the beach together when the president has been back in the islands for vacation. Obama has also visited Titcomb’s beachside home, about an hour outside downtown Honolulu on Oahu’s North Shore, for barbeques during the past few years.


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Tension as Obama and national security team watched raid in White House Situation Room By ERICA WERNER Associated Press

WASHINGTON - From halfway around the world, President Barack Obama and his national security team monitored the strike on Osama bin Laden’s compound in real time, watching and listening to the firefight that killed the terrorist leader. Gathered in the White House Situation Room, members of the group held their breath and barely spoke as they waited to see whether a carefully crafted yet extremely risky plan would succeed, said White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan. Obama had been playing golf but returned to the White House for the suspenseful watch Sunday. Brennan said he would not reveal details “about what types of visuals we had or what type of feeds that were there but it was - it

gave us the ability to actually track it on an ongoing basis.” Typically, members of the Navy SEAL team that conducted the operation wear helmet cameras that transmit sound and video to their operation centers and that data can be fed live to the White House and Pentagon. As the SEALs lowered themselves from helicopters into bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, the president and his advisers could only wait. “It was probably one of the most anxiety-filled periods of time, I think, in the lives of the people who were assembled here yesterday,” Brennan told reporters. “The minutes passed like days, and the president was very concerned about the security of our personnel.” There hadn’t been unanimity among members of Obama’s team about going forward with the plan. The president had plenty of evi-

dence to suggest bin Laden would be found in the compound - as indeed he was - but there was no ironclad certainty he was there. Then there was the danger. Anything could happen. And indeed, something did. One of the helicopters carrying the SEALs stalled upon arrival in the compound and had to be abandoned. It was a heart-stopping moment. “Seeing that helicopter in a place and in the condition that it wasn’t supposed to be, I think that was - at least for me and I know for the other people in the room the concern we had that now we’re having to go to the contingency plan,” said Brennan. The contingency plan of switching to a different chopper worked. In the end, so did the whole operation, and bin Laden was shot dead. But not before the president’s nerves got a serious workout.


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Digging into new business school As construction begins, don’t forget the lack of funding

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ust six weeks after announcing a $16 million fundraising failure, university administrators will break ground on a new business school Tuesday afternoon at the corner of Garrison Ave. and Main St. It’ll be a moment filled with forced smiles, bright lights and lots of undue applause – for the administration at least. Amidst this PR move, let’s not forget the irrational logic and poor fundraising abilities administrators displayed in the three years since announcing plans to raise $25 million to match the $25 million donation by Peter T. Paul. Don’t get us wrong, this isn’t meant against Paul or his generous donation. It’s against the administrators who, after all, set an unachievable goal. The administrators who, though understanding the numbers, didn’t let the community know how far behind they were on these fundraising goals. The administrators who, in asking for the $16 million loan from USNH, tried to put the loan on the students, then, after much disapproval, removed the line about students funding the loan without inserting another line about where the funding would come from.

Amidst this PR move, let’s not forget the irrational logic and poor fundraising abilities administrators displayed. For all we or anyone else knows, the $16 million will still come out of students’ pockets. It’s time for administrators to (come up with and) release how they plan on paying back the USNH. Until then, one of the largest financial failures in UNH history will be magnified even more – no shovels can deny that. After all, just because six weeks have passed doesn’t mean we can ignore the administration’s blunder. They’re about to start construction on a building that will be used to teach students the facets of business. The only problem is the ones behind the plan are displaying a lack in business and marketing capabilities. We’ve stood by President Mark Huddleston through what’s been going on with the UNH chapter of the AAUP. That was for two reasons. We believe in the plan that he

has to improve education. But while this building may help, so would minor renovations to McConnell Hall. Again, though, if they were able to fundraise all $50 million, we’d have no problem with the building. But they didn’t. That leads us to reason No. 2. It’s a time when cost-saving measures need to be taken. We were with administration when it rejected the fact-finders proposed contract between professors and UNH looking for a more conservative contract. But it doesn’t make sense for administrators to turn around, grab a $16 million loan without saying where the money will come from, and break ground on a $50 million building after assuring the university that they would’ve fundraised enough money by now. Well they didn’t, and construction shouldn’t be starting. But we realize that it will. So what’s important now is finding a rational way to fund $16 million and announcing it to the community. Don’t forget that as they pose for photos with wide smiles and yellow hard hats.

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OPINION

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

OP-ED

n Letter to the editor As week goes on, don’t Friday letter missed forget privileges the point of Op-Ed September 11, 2001 was a traumatic and defining experience for our generation. Most of us were in middle school as we watched in horror as the planes crashed, and the towers fell. Our naively innocent perception of the world was replaced with the realization that the world was not the happy place that we thought it was. On Sunday evening, President Barack Obama announced that Osama Bin Laden, the mastermind behind the attacks, was dead. This is the culmination of ten years of hard work and sacrifice by American soldiers, public workers, and elected officials. A mass murderer, the villain of our youth, is dead, and America has, in the words of former President George W. Bush, “sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done.” As you work through your last few classes, be thankful that we all have the privilege to live in the freest nation in the history of mankind. Cherish the opportunities present to you and appreciate what others have given up on your behalf. When you are out celebrating Cinco de Mayo Thursday night, be aware that halfway across the world there is a young, tired, and homesick soldier putting his life in danger on for this country. The scars left on our generation from September 11 will never fully heal, but for a short moment in time, let us put politics aside and remember that we are all Americans, together. Robert J. Johnson President University of New Hampshire College Republicans

In response to Mr. Azarian’s letter, firstly I am happy that there are other students who have an active concern about Libya, where our tax dollars are going, and where our bombs are going. Regardless whether one is for or against regime change in Libya, Mr. Azarian did not address the fact that Obama lied to the American people by claiming in a speech that the U.S. was not pursing regime change, and then a few weeks later writing that it is. Would Mr. Azarian not agree with me that at least the president should tell the people the truth about war before we enter it? As to the point about greed, Mr. Azarian still believes the U.S. is acting purely to protect civilians. We must move past the notion that the U.S. does, has or should intervene militarily for humanitarian reasons. It is not the U.S.’ role to play Divine Justice and protect innocent people from evil actions. How many countries around the world would we be in right now if we applied that rule? In the case of Libya, yes Gaddafi was selling us oil since 2003, but look at the big picture – Gaddafi was never a reliable U.S. ally. This was the man whose house (and daughter) Reagan bombed. Unlike dictators who are stable U.S. allies (such as Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah), Gaddafi should be compared to Saddam Hussein, in which at times (during the Iran-Iraq war) we had common interests, but overall we would pounce on any opportunity to remove him. The uprising in Libya provided the best opportunity for the West to remove Gaddafi. It is true, I did not criticize Gaddafi in my op-ed, but I did not defend him either. I would like him gone, but not through violent foreign hegemony and deception. Faris Al-Hashmi Class of 2011 Political Science

Replace Facebook chat with talk By Sara Nelle Murphy Kentucky Kernel

Go to Willy T, look around at all the students hunched over their laptops. All of these individuals are at the library to “study,” right? No, of course not. These students turn on their computer and immediately log onto Facebook. No one needs a summary on what Facebook is. Why? Because almost every single student on this campus has one. Facebook has become a part

of us. We basically live two lives, a real life and a virtual life on the Internet. In real life, we’re not as quick, clever or witty as we would be in the world of our online persona. In real life, we’re not always seen in the most flattering light or angle while we’re always approvingly tagged with a photo on our online world. Facebook is the main addiction of our generation. It takes energy out of our living life.

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The power of not being bound to a political party

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h, what a splendid year it was. Yet again the follies that make up our political spectrum did not disappoint and continued their generous flow of things to think about, sort through and make sense of. For those that participated in this critical thinking, whether inspired by my columns or not, I sincerely appreciate it. The only thing one truly has control over is his or her mind, and to betray that mind by enslaving it to dogma and creed is nothing less than unacceptable. So for those that keep their mind open to the possibility of being liberal in some realms and conservative in others, you should appreciate yourself. This will be my last column so I will make one last push via the forum I am afforded by The New Hampshire to illustrate the potential of open thought. When I started writing this column a year and a half ago I had the notion that most people were moderate politically and shared sentiments with both sides of the aisle. It was this perspective that I wanted to speak for. With the airwaves and print clogged with ideologues like Rush Limbaugh, Ed Shultz, Rachel Maddow and Sean Hannity, I figured there might be a niche for someone to speak from the center. If the talking heads were the first group of people that irked me, politicians were certainly a close second. Witnessing what they do to get reelected and they’re complete refusal to even understand another point of view made me deeply cynical about the political process and the people involved. It was my original opinion that people like you and me were passive pieces in a game we had no command of. My evaluation of the world around me suggested that it was the politicians and talk show

Your Lefts and Rights Tyler Goodwin hosts forcing us into cookie-cutter opinions we didn’t necessarily want to be associated with. Well it isn’t the first time and it certainly won’t be the last, but I couldn’t have been anymore wrong. As I wrote more columns and continued to develop my opinions on how people come to their own political opinions, a light bulb went off. It was just that, people come to their own political opinions. It was and is, in fact, each individual who formulates his or her own opinions. Instead of everyone being passive game pieces with no power, it became clear to me that we actually have all the power. It is each individual who controls what they read, watch and hear. It is you who controls your keyboard, dial and remote control yet we fail ourselves every day. The protective cocoon in which you wrap yourself, and trap your brain in, is to blame. This is the evil I wanted to rebel against. If you are a conservative and only watch FoxNews, read the Wall Street Journal and listen to Rush Limbaugh, is it really a wonder that you think liberals are the absolute slime of the earth? If all day you seek to surround yourself with people who reinforce your belief instead of challenge it, then how is it that you know you’re right or even if that’s what you truly believe?

This also explains why politicians must become extreme. If you go by ratings, Rush Limbaugh is more popular than anyone else on radio today. So if you were a Republican looking to hold office, why wouldn’t you profess the views that attracts voters? The point is politicians and talking heads are not to blame. They are simply capitalizing on the zombies who like to be spoon-fed the same old lines. The reason why dogmatic thought is preferred over open thought is that open thought is just too difficult. Why think if you can be given a script for the test, right? If you cast a vote or voice an opinion in the world of politics at any level, it is paramount that you know the issues and do your own research in regards to them. If you actually do this you will be shocked at the new conclusions you draw. I guarantee that no one who does this will be close to 100 percent conservative or liberal. Then again, I could be wrong – again. It might not be a mistake that every week “From the Left” and “From the Right” got more readers than “Your Lefts and Rights.” I think most people got to the word “and” and decided that an inclusive word doesn’t have a place in politics. Anyway, it’s been real. I hope I provided a fresh perspective, cut through the ‘BS’ and pissed some people off along the way. nnn 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.

Reader comments on TNHonline.com Billie on “Ten minutes with Matthew Gray Gubler” Matthew was definately fun to watch. Terry’s story was a great point and I wish he would’ve shared more ghost stories! Great job bringing him in! BTK on “Ten minutes with Matthew Gray Gubler” Matthew Gray Gubler was one of the best shows any organization at UNH has brought in the past 4 years I’ve attended. He was an excellent speaker and a sweetheart. I hope he enjoyed having us as much as we enjoyed having him. Disguested AAUP member on “Union made mistake with vote”

Sage on the Stage: as an AAUP member, I couldn’t disagree more with your interpretation of the President’s remarks. The first page and a half of his comments to the NH Senate Finance Committee praise UNH for the efforts we have taken and the results we have achieved. He then uses one paragraph to discuss some of the common problems and challenges that are endemic to all of higher education, not just to UNH. These problems and challenges quite frankly had to be addressed in his comments because they were made at multiple points to multiple audiences preceding the President’s testimony, by those wishing to radically slash the budget for the University System. Consequently, they needed to be answered, and the President answered them honestly. Are we perfect? The answer is quite simply no.


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Like a Pro: UNH students are passive recipients

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few weeks ago I wrote about the lack of student activism and participation around campus. UNH students, and many other college campuses, are pretty passive nowadays when it comes to holding rallies and protests. Obviously this was not always the case, such as the protests that were held in the mid 1960s and into the 1970s over the United States actions in Vietnam. It is a little surprising that campuses remain so quiet now, even with the very similar wars going on in the Middle East. Most professors would agree that students do not seem to care about class material or real-world issues, and even President Huddleston has taken notice. As we all know by now, President Huddleston gave a speech to the New Hampshire State Finance Committee that raised some eyebrows around campus, particularly with the AAUP, who held a “no-confidence” vote on Huddleston’s actions. However, I am not here to critique President Huddleston or the AAUP for either of their actions. I want to draw light on the particular quote by Huddleston that caught the AAUP’s attention. Huddleston said: “We still too frequently convey information in 50-minute lectures delivered by a ‘sage on the stage’ to largely passive recipients in the audience three times a week for 15 weeks a term — as if that schedule were Biblically decreed and as if that were the way that ‘digital natives’ actually learn today. Worse, we remain wedded to a credentialing regimen of courses and majors and degrees that mainly reflect ‘seat time,’ rather than what students actually learn or need to learn.”

The part that first grabbed my attention was the “largely passive recipients in the audience” line. You can say that again. UNH is full of students who really do not care about many classes and real-world issues. Both of these problems have really simple solutions, but the changes need to be made from the top of the university system. The entire General Education and Discovery program needs to be changed. I understand that it is important for students to have a wellrounded education, but students are too often stuck in meaningless Gen Eds that are simply GPA boosters. What good does that do? Other than boost your GPA of course. Germs? Making Babies? Intro to Music? I’m glad I know that washing my hands is healthy, condoms prevent STDs and babies, and that I can name which one of Beethoven’s symphonies is being played in just 15 seconds. Watch out Donald Trump, here comes The New Hampshirite, future entrepreneur of the century. I’m going to be as healthy as an ox and musically sophisticated, that is a one-two punch to make millions off of. If UNH loses funding there are going to be even more 250 seat brainless lectures, because classes like those are cheaper to run. The second problem I mentioned above, UNH students not seeming to take an interest in world news and events, can also be improved. This became blatantly apparent Sunday night following the news of Osama bin Laden’s death. Universities across the country including Penn State, West Virginia and even UMass had students pouring into the streets in celebration. I made my way downtown and UNH

was dead quiet – a virtual ghost town. One of the reasons that students of the 60s and 70s were so active was because the schools allowed them to and even encouraged it in a way. Many universities would hold what were called “teach-in” discussions and debates for up to three days every semester. During these teach-ins, classes would be replaced by debates and workshops dedicated to discussing the Vietnam War and other national events in a respectful and civil manner. What is really more important, learning about something you can probably look up in about three minutes online or examining and discussing real world events that are currently impacting your life in more ways than you know? Vietnam protesters were called “bad Americans” for not supporting the government despite the fact that it is our responsibility and right to critique the government. I do not think protesters are “bad Americans” at all, but I do think that you can be a “bad American” if you do not take the time to learn and discuss what is really happening in the world. Then the question arises, should we as a people be morally responsible for letting it happen? Stay classy, not UMassy, The New Hampshirite nnn 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.

Blatant disrespect of instructors is a festering problem By Korrin Bishop

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espect is endangered. Common courtesy is declining. Maturity levels have plummeted. The evidence of these truths can most clearly be observed in the classroom of an institute of higher education. It is an unfortunate truth that the behaviors of students toward their instructors have moved from being collaborative and constructive to callous and demeaning. Instead of eloquent debates, students demand their opinions be held high and mighty. Instead of learning from mistakes, students argue at the top of their lungs for one extra point on a test. It is gravely disappointing to watch the entitlement generation turn college courses into high school classrooms one would only see on an exaggerated television series. In an attempt to save civility, I would like to use

this letter to pay my utmost respect to an instructor who the University is privileged to have. This is my third term taking the second-year American Sign Language sequence from Peter Quint, and it has truly been an honor. As a member of the deaf community, Quint offers students the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in deaf culture. Students are given the chance to learn firsthand about creating a positive environment for equal language access. If anything, my classes with Mr. Quint have taught me just how much of a struggle members of the deaf community must endure to gain this. In the classrooms of a hearing-dominated world, Quint could not be paid enough for the work that he does. I believe Quint’s best attribute is his incredible sense of compassion. He is understanding of students and maintains a positive attitude through both highs and

lows. His sense of humor is engaging and an amazing asset to helping learn the language. Quint is open to feedback and is continuously looking for ways to improve as an instructor. He is passionate about what he teaches because he understands the greater impact educating has beyond the classroom walls. I encourage all students to take a stand. Prove to society that we are not dwindling into a mass of barbarians. Show that we have manners and that we understand how to express gratitude. We must stop belittling those who teach us and instead raise them up and acknowledge the immeasurable value they bring to our campus. Be an advocate. Pay respect to an instructor who, most likely, is too often overlooked. These are the people who are opening up the world to us, and they are doing it because it is what they love to do.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

OP-ED

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Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the first golf outing of the season. Thumbs down to golf rounds over 100. So maybe it’ll take a little while to shake off the rust. Thumbs up to U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! Thumbs down to Fox News. Someone tell them it’s Osama, not Obama. Thumbs up to in-game reviews and the Bruins! Thumbs down to the Celtics. And to the refs. And to all of Miami. Thumbs up to Cinco de Mayo. Thumbs down to it falling on a Thursday, thus losing the excuse to drink. Thumbs up to finally getting the dream schedule you’ve always wanted. Thumbs down to registering for classes in the communications department. Thumbs up to drinking on the beach. Thumbs down to the beach being 60 degrees. Thumbs up to reading days and enjoying the weather because of them. Thumbs down to bees. They’re everywhere. And yes, they’re terrifying. 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.


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SPORTS

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

FROM THE BULLPEN

Open letters to the many recurring characters at the gym By SAMER KALAF

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he reasons for going to a gym are different for each person. Some go to build muscle and get stronger, stay in the shape they currently are in or just play some kind of sport for fun. Personally, I fit into the last group, because without my shirt on, I look like one of the children you can give just $10 a month to cover all my food and health expenses. Let me tell you, it has taken a lot of crunches to get that body. Since I’ve only got about a month left at UNH, I think I’ll take this opportunity to extend some personal messages to some frequent inhabitants of the gym. If you’re one of the people below, stop sweating all over this newspaper, and make sure you wipe it down after you’re done with it. Dear Weightlifter Who’s Trying Too Hard, If you’re going to try and lift way more than you actually can in order to impress the people you think are paying attention to you, stop slamming everything after you do three reps of it. No one cares because they’re too busy focusing on the amount they are capable of doing since they are taking their time. You shouldn’t model your gym trips after those Planet Fitness commercials. There’s no reason to act like you’re passing a kidney stone. Work those lats, Samer Dear Girls Who Go To Group Fitness Classes, This isn’t a complaint but a curious question. What exactly happens during those classes? I feel like it would be a 10 on the

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competitive and in great shape,” said Gary Sabbag, a handball veteran and UNH alumnus. Since handball can be played for years down the line, the USHA wants players to start at an early age in order to keep the sport thriving. Cruz and Sabbag are hoping to generate enough interest to start a club team at UNH. All it would take is seven or eight students to get the wheels in motion. Some schools in the American Northwest have handball classes. Sabbag, along with other UNH alums, would also like to begin a handball course at UNH. “It would not cost the univer-

creep scale (10 being the highest) to watch, so I’d rather just have one of you tell me. My best guess would be something similar to the music video for “Call On Me” by Eric Prydz. Is that accurate? I’ve got my leotard ready, Samer Dear Person Exercising In Jeans, Why do you do that to yourself? It doesn’t look very comfortable at all. I feel like there would be a lot of chafing that would occur due to lifting and running in denim. The most unnerving part of watching you do this is seeing you leave the gym later without changing at all. You’re walking around in the sweaty jeans for possibly the rest of the day. Also, it makes me feel underdressed for my gym visit. Please wear shorts instead, Samer

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I probably should have included you in my column about pickup basketball, but I couldn’t think of a catchy name for you to be in it. It’s frustrating when a bunch of you take out basketballs from the desk and then start a five-on-five full court game with just one of the balls, leaving six or seven others sitting next to your gym bags in the corner. If you’re going to take all of those basketballs out, at least start some new game where you can incorporate them into it. Call it basketballballballballball or something. Just do it, Samer

sity a dime because I would teach this thing for free,” Sabbag said. Regardless of skill, everyone is invited to attend the event. “We just want to get people on the court,” Cruz said. Experts such as Cruz and Sabbag will be on hand to instruct students and answer questions about the game of handball. USHA will supply equipment such as balls and eye protection. All one needs to wear is sneakers, a T-shirt and athletic shorts. Players will be matched up based on intensity and interest in the game. There will also be free pizza. “Hopefully the students will take advantage of this opportunity,” Leach said.

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continued from page 20 the ensuing draw control and quickly attacked to generate a 2-on-1 rush with Keagins, who was turned aside by Scott. UNH kept the ball and Casiano’s low shot from the middle of the fan was also stopped by Scott. The Bearcats advanced the ball into the attack zone but Duclos caused a turnover and gained possession for the visiting ‘Cats by corralling the ground ball, and that led to a goal by Meghan Bridges that lifted UNH within 10-7 at 12:27. Cohen, deep on the right side, fed a high pass across the goalmouth and Bridges leapt to fire the ball into the goal. Ally Stager won the ensuing draw control, which set up a free position for Casiano. Her shot attempt from the top-right side was blocked, but the high-bounding ball continued towards the goal and Keagins swept a shot into the goal to make the score 10-8 at 11:53. Binghamton gained possession on the draw control, but Duclos and Casey Doyle double-teamed Castiglie behind the goal to force another turnover. UNH attacked in transition as Cori Rees caught an outlet pass at midfield, attacked

The New Hampshire down the center and scored on a low, close-range shot at 9:36 to trim the deficit to 10-9; it was Rees’ first career goal. Binghamton called time out, but Cohen won the draw control and then finished a feed from Rausch at 9:05 to level the score, 10-10. Gunts once again kept the Bearcats at bay when she stopped Casiglie’s high shot with 7:45 remaining. Duclos picked up the rebound and Cohen drove down the right side of the fan and scored on a shot into the upper-right corner to give UNH its first lead of the game, 11-10, at 6:38. UNH extended its lead to 1210 at 4:50 when Rausch, from the top-right of the fan, found JoJo Curro curling behind the net to the left post for a high shot into the goal. With 58 seconds remaining, Gunts turned aside Wright at the left post, then Gunts denied Zuern at the left post with 28 seconds to play and Stager picked up the ground ball to secure the victory. In the first half, Binghamton jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Zuern (at 27:15) and Moore (24:36). Simpson, with the assistance of Keagins, made the score 2-1 just 10 seconds later, but Zuern struck again at 24:02 to reestablish a two-goal lead, 3-1.

Sarah Campbell, cutting from left to right across the fan, caught a centering pass from Cohen and scored on a high shot at 20:04 to pull UNH within 3-2. The Bearcats once again had a quick response from Moore at 19:45 but Simpson, who initially dropped Rausch’s entry pass, quickly picked the ball off the turf and scored on a low shot from the top of the crease at 19:06. Goals by Zuern (17:11) and Wright (14:18) pushed Binghamton’s lead to 6-3 before Cohen scored on a high free-position shot from the top of the fan at 12:50. Wright scored with 14 seconds remaining in the first half to give the home team a 7-4 halftime lead. The Bearcats scored the initial two goals of the second half – Castiglie at 27:17 and Wright at 25:40 to push the advantage to 9-4. Casiano trimmed the deficit to 9-5 at 14:43 when she maneuvered from the right wing to the middle of the fan and scoring on a shot inside the left post. New Hampshire finished with the edge in both ground balls (1917) and draw controls (14-10) while Binghamton had the advantage in shots (29-23) and committed one less turnover (18-19).

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continued from page 20 “We played harder than I think we played a lot of the season,” Duclos said. “We’ve been on a tough streak and coming out hard and playing almost a full 60 minutes made it a great Senior Day.” The Wildcats and Eagles battled hard in the first half of the game, with the teams trading goals throughout the period. UNH fought back every time the game could have gotten out of hand to keep pace with Boston College. The Wildcats’ efforts left the two teams in a 6-6 tie after the buzzer sounded after 30 minutes of play. Staying close with the ninthranked Eagles helped keep the spirits of the Wildcats alive and gave them the motivation to play at a high level. “We were like ‘we can definitely do this, we can definitely beat this team,’” said Jojo Curro, who had two assists for UNH. “Just by having the score so close it brought everything up and the competition up.” The hopes for an upset were crushed by the Eagles quickly in the second half. Boston College broke the tie by scoring with 27:47 left in the second half. It only took six seconds for the Eagles to find the net once again, and from there the floodgates opened. Boston College scored four more times to bring the score to 12-6 before UNH finally broke its dry spell when Ilana Cohen scored with 7:47 left in the second half. By then, the game was far out of reach. Both teams would add a pair of goals before the final buzzer sounded. The Eagles were able to overcome the Wildcats’ success in the first half by being the more aggres-

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Senior Allie Duclos (14), pictured above in an early season game vs. BU, played her last home game as a Wildcat on Friday evening. sive team for the final 30 minutes. Boston College outshot the Wildcats 17-10 in the second half, flipping the result from the 15-10 shot advantage UNH enjoyed in the first. “They just kept bombarding us,” said Hayley Rausch, who scored three times for the Wildcats along with an assist. “They tried to catch us off guard and I think we were frazzled by that and we kind of fell apart for a little bit but then we were able to get it together and get that last goal.” Even with the loss the Wildcats were satisfied with their effort. Head coach Michael Daly told his team after the game that it was the most proud he had been of his squad the entire season. “This is probably the best we’ve played start to finish,” Daly said. “We got a lot of different contributions from a lot of different players.” Even with the attention given to the opponent, the day belonged to Duclos. Her teammates and coaches had nothing but positives things to say about their soon to be departed captain. “I’m sad watching her leave,”

Curro said. “She’s definitely a great captain, a great leader all of the years I played with her.” Rausch also said similar words about the senior captain, adding her importance to UNH women’s lacrosse. “She has a huge impact on our team,” Rausch said. “We are all really going to miss her. She did a lot for this program.” Daly said that Duclos was a special kind of player that was a joy to coach and watch play. The head coach said that Duclos was the type of player that he wishes never had to leave the program. However, Friday evening was the last time that Duclos will step onto Memorial Field wearing the blue and white. Even though Duclos is ready to move on, she admits that it will be tough leaving it all behind. “It’ll be tough leaving everything, the school, the girls, the team,” Duclos said. “I love it. I loved my four years. I’d do it over again if I could.”


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TNH Sports Photos of the Year: 2010-2011

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MARCH 29: Defenseman Mike Beck lies in the crease next to goalie Matt Di Girolamo during UNH’s loss to Notre Dame in the NCAA tournament.

SEPTEMBER 28: Senior wide receiver Chris Chandler dives to make a sideline catch during the UNH football team’s 31-10 rout of Lehigh in the fall season.

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OCTOBER 26: Ryan McGuinness (8), Alan Buzbee (54) and Matt Evans (52) celebrate after Evans intercepted a UMass pass in the first ever Colonial Clash at Gillette Stadium.

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FEBRUARY 25: Senior Kate Early hugs a teammate after her final home game as a Wildcat ended in a victory for the UNH women’s basketball team.

FEBRUARY 15: Junior Danielle Reibold strikes a midair pose while competing in the floor exercise during the Wildcats’ overall victory at the UNH Invitational.

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MARCH 29: Senior Paul Thompson (sporting a sweet playoff mustache if you look closely) skates in on the Miami net during UNH’s first round win in the NCAA tournament.


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Tim Thomas was incredible Monday night in the Bruin’s victory, as Boston’s goalie made 52 saves, including 46 saves in a row to end the game.

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The New Hampshire

WOMEN’S LACROSSE

Comeback ‘Cats

Dramatic victory over Binghamton puts UNH in America East playoffs STAFF REPORT THE NEW HAMPSHIRE

In a game to determine the fourth seed of the upcoming America East Championship tournament, Kate Gunts made a season-high 10 saves to backbone the University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team to Sunday afternoon’s 12-10 come-from-behind victory against Binghamton University in the regular season finale at the Bearcats Sports Complex. UNH improved to 8-8 overall and 3-3 in America East to advance to the America East tourney for a league-record 14th consecutive season. The Wildcats will play top-seeded and host school University at Albany in a May 5 semifinal game. Binghamton’s season ends at 4-13, 1-5. Gunts, who was named UNH’s America East Player of the Game, held the Bearcats scoreless for the final 20:46 of the game and was credited with two ground balls in addition to 10 saves. She made six saves in that span, including two in the final minute to preserve the Wildcats’ two-goal advantage. Ilana Cohen tallied three of her game-high five points (three goals, two assists) during UNH’s closing UNH Binghamton

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Goalie Kate Gunts, shown above in UNH’s game against BC Friday, was key in the Wildcats’ comeback win at Binghamton on Sunday.

UNH gives valient effort on Senior Day against BC By RYAN CHIAVETTA STAFF WRITER

For 30 minutes, the UNH women’s lacrosse team held its own with the ninth-ranked Boston College Eagles. The Wildcats kept up with the superior foe throughout the first half and were in good shape to pull off an impressive upset. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, the Eagles took off in the second and pulled away from UNH, winBC UNH

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ning by the final score of 14-9 on a windy day at Memorial Field last Friday evening. The strong effort arrived on Senior Day as the team honored captain Allie Duclos, painting her number 14 on the side of the field. Duclos herself scored in the last home game of her career. The strong effort from the Wildcats made for a memorable Senior Day for the team captain. SENIOR continued on page 18

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7-0 spurt, and she was also credited with three draw controls and one caused turnover. Kate Keagins, Hayley Rausch and Jenny Simpson also tallied multiple points for the Wildcats. Keagins finished with a goal and two assists – as well as five draw controls, two ground balls and one caused turnover, Simpson netted two goals and Rausch had two assists. The Bearcats took a 10-5 lead at 20:46 of the second half when Casey Bulman scored a free-position shot from the top of the fan. Gunts did not let another shot pass, however, as she denied Ali Castiglie with 19 minutes remaining. The Bearcats went into a spread attack in an attempt to maintain possession and their five-goal advantage. They called time out at 16:59, but Chelsea Cyester forced a turnover and gathered the ground ball with 15:30 on the clock. New Hampshire then began its comeback, as the ‘Cats advanced the ball downfield and Keagins, from the top-left of the fan, passéd the ball to Allie Duclos in the middle. Duclos, who caught the ball with her back to the goal, pivoted and fired a shot into the net at 14:43 to trim the deficit to 10-6. Cohen gained possession on COMEBACK continued on page 18

RECREATION

Hamel Rec Center to host handball demo By BRETT FERRELL CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The racquetball courts in the Hamel Recreation Center have often been utilized by many students eager to stay in shape and have fun doing so. On Wednesday from 5-8 p.m., the courts will be used for another breed of sport. “Those are actually handball courts that we play racquetball in,” Assistant Director of Campus Recreation David Leach said. The game of handball is played just like racquetball, but without the racquets. It is a competition between two teams, which can consist of either one or two players. Each player must hit the ball with only his or her hand and bounce it off one, two or three walls. Similar to tennis, the ball cannot hit the floor more than once. The game is one of the oldest ever, as its roots date back to ancient Roman and Mayan cultures. The United States Handball Association (USHA) will be putting on a social for the game at the Rec Center. “College students are our greatest market,” Gary Cruz said. Cruz is the youth development director of USHA. Although the game demands speed and agility, handball can be played well into a person’s old age. “I’ve played guys in their 70s who were still very HANDBALL continued on page 18

SCORE CARD WOMEN’S LACROSSE (8-8,3-3)

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Sunday, Binghamton, N.Y.

14 9 BOSTON COLLEGE

UNH

Friday, Durham, N.H.

MEN’S LACROSSE (3-8, 1-5)

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NORTHEASTERN

Friday, Durham, N.H.

IN THIS ISSUE -Check out TNH’s six best sports pictures of the year for the 2010-2011 athletic seasons. Page 19 -Samer Kalaf sends letters to the various characters he meets while gymin’ it at the Hamel Recreation Center. Page 18 -Be sure to pick up this Friday’s issue of TNH to see which athletes and teams are honored in the end of the year TNH Sports Awards.

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A group of men play handball, a game that is very similar to racquetball. The USHA will be hosting a handball social this Wednesday at the Hamel Recreation Center.

The UNH women’s lacrosse team is headed to the America East tourney for a league-record 14th time. The Wildcats will square off with No. 1 seed Albany in the May 5 semifinal game.


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