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Paul packs GSR At UNH, Paul slams U.S. attack on Libya By THOMAS GOUNLEY EXECUTIVE EDITOR

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The UNH community gathered on Wednesday in the Lundholm Gymnasium to remember fallen football player Todd Walker who was shot down in Colo.

School remembers fallen WR Walker By RYAN CHIAVETTA STAFF WRITER

Throughout the years, UNH has celebrated many who have excelled at the field of athletics. Recognition has been granted to those at the top of their game in sports such as hockey, basketball and football. On Wednesday night, the campus paid tribute to a student who not only succeeded on the field, but also demonstrated the ultimate act of sacrifice in order to protect the life of another human being. Hundreds of students filled the Lundholm Gymnasium to honor the life of Todd Walker. The somber crowd paid tribute to the fallen football player, who died last Friday in Boulder, Colo., when he was shot by a man trying to rob a young woman Walker was walking home. As a slideshow played showing pictures of Walker, various speakers described the quality of person the fallen student

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During a speech in front of 611, mostly UNH students, Ron Paul slammed the U.S. attacks on Libya, saying President Obama overstepped his power.

Texas Congressman Ron Paul railed against the U.S. attack on Libya in a speech at the University of New Hampshire on Thursday, as he visited New Hampshire for the first time since the 2008 state presidential primary. Paul has said he is still unsure whether he will run for president in 2012. In his speech, Paul said that Obama overstepped his presidential powers by attacking Libya, allegedly without consulting Congress. “The founders were very clear that the decision to go to war was not the presidents’; it was Congress’,” Paul said. Paul also said he doesn’t believe “for a minute” Obama’s notions that the U.S. became involved for humanitarian reasons, instead declaring that the action was motivated by U.S. investment in the country and the country’s ample oil reserves. “Rwanda didn’t have any oil,” Paul said, referring to the genocide that occurred in the nation in 1994. “Were we there for humanitarian reasons?”

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Experts at UNH talk of troubles facing Japan after earthquake By ANDY GILBERT STAFF WRITER

UNH experts sat down to answer questions last Wednesday concerning the earthquake disaster that struck Japan earlier this month. These interviews tackled several different topics aimed toward better informing the students at UNH about the overseas disaster. Topics covered by the three experts included radiation, plate tectonics and the possible impact on manufacturing both in Japan and in America. On March 11, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake occurred off the east coast of Honshu,

near the fault line known as the Pacific Ring of Fire. The fault line by Honshu is a subduction zone, according to UNH Assistant Professor Margaret Boettcher, who researches fault slip mechanics. This type of fault line occurs when one tectonic plate is pushed below another, causing a very large “brittle zone” of built up pressure on the surface of the earth’s crust. “It’s very shallow,” Boettcher said, referring to the subducted plate as the two push and grind into each other. The built up pressure eventually causes

UNH experts talked of the disaster facing Japan Wednesday and the effect it will have on the U.S.

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Men’s Lax game at Outer Field

10 The Attic Bits from Epping, N.H. are making a name for themselves on the Seacoast with a genre of music dedicated entirely to compositions based on sounds from game consoles like Nintendo, Gameboy and Atari.

20 Check out a preview of the men’s club lacrosse team, as the squad’s first home game is this Saturday at Outer Field.

UNH’s McNair Program

Tuition hikes give book sellers a scare

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4 With tuition rates going up next year, local book stores like the Durham Book Exchange are worried that the hike in price to attend UNH will cause students to rent textbooks or buy online to save money.

New purpose for Smith Hall

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

Managing Editor Chad Graff tnh.me@unh.edu

March 25 • Justice Studies Colloquium. 2:10 p.m.- 4 p.m. McConnell 208. • Yoga Class for Students, 12: p.m. - 1 p.m., MUB Wildcat Den

The McNair Program awards students from low-income familes and minorities with the opportunity to earn a doctoral degree.

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With the plans for a new business school, many buildings have been vacated and moved into the former dorm, Smith Hall.

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 Thomas Gounley by phone at 603-862-4076 or by email at tnh.editor@unh.edu.

The next issue of The New Hampshire will be on Tuesday, March 29, 2011

This week in Durham March 26 March 27 • UNH Greenhouse Open House 2011. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. • NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Northeast Regional. 4 p.m.11p.m.Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, N.H.

• Home and Garden Show. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Whittemore Center Arena.

March 28 • Summer Session registration begins. • Money Talks - Get smart about your money before graduation. 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. MUB room 340.


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PAUL CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Instead, Paul proposed that the U.S. adopt a policy of nonintervention that “would keep our troops at home.” “I hope the American people keep the pressure on Washington, so that we don’t go looking for another war,” Paul said. “We don’t need another war in Libya.” According to numerous media outlets, Paul, along with several other representatives, is expected to introduce an amendment prohibiting all funding of the Libyan intervention. “We’ve been taught if you say anything about [foreign] policy, that means you’re un-American, you’re not supporting the troops, you’re not a patriotic person,” Paul said. “Well, I think being patriotic is challenging your government when it’s wrong.” Paul’s comments struck a chord with some of the standingroom only crowd that gathered to hear him speak. “Obama should hand his Nobel Prize back and they should give it to Ron Paul,” Kyle Murphy, a junior

WALKER CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 was with the grieving crowd. “It exhibited what qualities he stood for,” Athletic Director Marty Scarano said. “Hopefully people take that to heart.” The ceremony began with UNH President Mark Huddleston, Scarano and University Chaplain Larry Brickner-Wood addressing the audience and holding a moment of silence. From there, various teammates of Walker went and told stories of their friend and painted a picture of the energetic, funny young man taken before his time. The speakers held their emotions together as long as they could to deliver powerful speeches. Head football coach Sean McDonnell was proud that his players stood up and were able to share their feelings for Walker, and that the entire process was cathartic. “You could feel their sorrow,” McDonnell said. “You could feel their passion for the loss that they had. It hurts and being able to talk about it helps the grieving process.” McDonnell stepped up next and held back tears as he spoke about Walker. The coach spoke about all of the aspects that made Walker a memorable individual, including his red hair and penchant for baseball caps and making others laugh. McDonnell choked back tears at the end of his talk when he said that Walker’s bravery was the quality about him that he would miss the most. Scarano wrapped up the ceremony with a reading from the Walk of Memory plaque that is located at UNH Athletics. The reading spoke

political science major, said. According to the staff of the Memorial Union Building, 616 people attended the speech in the Granite State Room yesterday. Event co-sponsor Nick Murray, who also contributes a bi-weekly column to The New Hampshire, estimated that close to two-thirds of the audience was comprised of students. “Dr. Paul’s speech attracted a huge number of students from all over the political spectrum,” Murray said. “His views on the overextension of the U.S. military all over the globe, over 700 bases and troops in 130 countries, resonated with students and showed those in attendance that Dr. Paul is serious about cutting the budget, especially military spending, more than any other national-level politician.” The commentary on the recent developments in the North African nation took center stage in a speech that also included Paul’s traditional focus on small government and a call for the abolishment of the Federal Reserve. “He has addressed the same topics for the 30 years I’ve known about him,” said Jim Azzola, who drove to Durham from Connecticut to attend the speech, and who cam-

paigned for Paul when he ran for president in 2008. Much of Paul’s speech had the feel of a political stump speech. “It’s pretty amazing,” Paul said. “If you understand liberty, then you also understand the Constitution, and then you also understand the solutions to our problems.” However, Paul did not shy away from criticizing his own party along with attacks on ObamaCare and the nation’s “welfare and warfare state.” Although he said he supports efforts to defund NPR, a savings of approximately $10 million a year, he mocked the Republican Party’s focus on that while continuing to spend billions of dollars on military efforts around the world. “It just struck me as totally inconsistent and not addressing the subject,” Paul said. To some of Paul’s supporters, that kind of opposition is exactly what attracts them to him. “I think a lot of what is captivating about Ron Paul is that he goes over party lines,” Murphy said. But some present felt that Paul failed to offer enough background behind his ideas. “He failed to demonstrate how he plans to put his ideas to work,”

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gameplan for something like this. You don’t have a playbook. You got to reach out to friends and have them help.” Sean McDonnell UNH Football Coach of honoring those that have passed and that nothing should be taken for granted. After the ceremony, various students stood around embracing as tears fell from their eyes. The ceremony was a part of what has been a tough week for many. “It’s probably the hardest thing I’ve had in coaching,” McDonnell said. “You don’t have a gameplan for something like this. You don’t have a playbook. You got to reach out to friends and have them help you.” Scarano said that the unexpected nature of the passing has been difficult for the campus, and that the act of violence was nothing short of senseless. With the ceremony over, the campus will continue to grieve. The large amount of attendees at the ceremony, many of whom were also student athletes, was a vital part of helping the campus during this tough time. “I think it was important for the kids, and not just my players, but every player in this program to show that everyone cares about each other,” McDonnell said. “That they are a family and in times like this when tragedy strikes we got to get together, and tonight was a great thing to show that.”

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 the plate to “slip” and be pushed suddenly forward beneath the other plate, scraping against it and causing tremors, which breaks the top surface of the earth’s crust. “All of the largest earthquakes occur on subduction zones,” Boettcher said. Japan’s recent quake is the fourth strongest recorded. “Since it’s a magnitude nine earthquake, this is a huge event,” Boettcher said. “[The aftershock effect] will probably last for years. It will trail off in frequency, but we would expect there would be magnitude fives and sixes and certainly fours, threes and twos for many years.” The initial earthquakes and its aftershocks have caused massive destruction to Japan in the form of both quakes and tsunami waves, causing damage to some of Japan’s most vital nuclear power plants. This damage leaked radioactive iodine into the atmosphere around the power plants, causing water in the air to become contaminated. “How far it’s going to reach is going to depend on the weather,” said UNH associate professor of physics James Connell, who teaches the course, “Myths and Misconceptions about Nuclear Science.” “They’ve had a lot of rain there and that will probably bring down the iodine.” However, radioactive iodine is not as threatening in small doses as it may appear. According to Connell, radioactive iodine has a half-life of only eight days. That means every eight days the amount of radioactivity in the molecule is halved. “Radiation has two effects on people,” Connell explained. “In re-

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Ron Paul slammed the U.S. attacks on Libya during a speech he gave in the Granite State Room on Thursday. Marek Lipinski, a senior political science major, said. “From his speech in the Granite State Room, I heard a man making sweeping judgments and complaints about how the United States functions, but a complete lack of credible solutions on how to tackle these issues save ‘End the Fed,’ ‘Pull out of the UN,’ and ‘Blame Wall Street.’ These coinable catchphrases, while rather drastic, do not offer any substance on how such reforms might affect the U.S.”

Paul’s return to the state with the first presidential primary prompted many to dwell on his possible presidential aspirations. Several felt his chances have improved since he ran four years ago. “In the current long-term downturn, his popularity has only increased,” Gregory Wilson, a junior history major, said. Paul is in the area today as well, as he will be the guest speaker at the Dover Republican Committee’s inaugural Lincoln-Reagan dinner.

ally large doses, such as 100 REMs or more, it causes acute radiation sickness.” To give some idea of the chances of dying from radiation sickness, Connell offered the example of the Chernobyl disaster, in which 50 people died of radiation, only slightly higher than half the number that died from acute radiation sickness. The long-term residual effect of radiation is still a threat to the area around the leaking plants, as Cesium is a component of the nuclear core, which if it leaks out has a half-life of 30 years. “Those were all people [in Chernobyl] who were in the plant either at the time of the accident or afterward,” Connell said. “So it’s very unlikely that anyone outside the plant in Japan will get radiation sickness.” Even drinking the water in the local area will not likely cause the threat of getting acute radiation sickness. “It is many factors of 10 below what is required for [radiation sickness],” Connell said. “The risk with radioactive iodine is cancer of the thyroid.” Cancer is the long-term effect that radioactivity can cause in humans. Thyroid cancer is a specific risk in the case of radioactive iodine because that element naturally builds up there when being absorbed by the human body. People will take iodine pills when exposed to iodine radiation to lessen to amount of radioactive iodine absorbed into their systems. “Now infants use a lot more iodine, so do children, which is why the Japanese are mostly concerned with infants,” Connell said. Even with this worry, Connell pointed out how conservative and strict the Japanese government is

when allowing people to use water contaminated by radioactivity. “They are very strict on radioactive iodine,” Connell said. “They’re about a factor of 10 lower than the recommended levels in water for most of the world.” That means the levels they allow for use are about a tenth of the normal universal standard, further lowering the risk of long-term cancer effects. Earthquakes and fear of radioactivity has also played a role in causing some production plants in Japan to shut down, which may cause future backlashes in the rise in prices of certain products or companies to slow down production. According to Christine Shea, professor of technology and operations management at the Whittemore School of Business and Economics and associate dean for gradual programs and research, those who will be least affected by the possibility of plants shut down in Japan will be companies who have alternative production plants outside of the disaster zone. “It will affect companies differently depending where they source their parts,” Shea said, who added that companies who manage well look for alternative sources for supplies in case of difficulties and disasters. “You don’t want there to be just one source possible for a part, or a subassembly or any compound of a product.” In recent years Japan has lost production factories to China and South Korea, which in the long run caused the recent disaster to be less crippling to the world’s economy. The Financial Post estimates it will cost Japan about $20 billion to recover, on top of dealing with both aftershocks and the threat of longterm radiation.


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Alternatives to expensive textbooks widely available By KAITLIN JOSEPH CONTRIBUTING WRITER

College students can be a lot of things - busy, stressed out and sleep deprived. But the one thing most students can relate to is being broke. Each year students are bogged down with incredibly high loans for their education, which doesn’t always include room and board, food, or the most essential thing for their classes: books.

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textbooks here; we don’t really have the facility to do so. It’s a small store and it would be too confusing at checkout.” Lorraine M. Mechem Manager at Durham Book Exchange Thousands of students on the UNH campus flock to the campus bookstore or the Durham Book Exchange in search of books for their classes each semester. What students always seem to find out is that books can cost a small fortune.

“In the past my books have cost me around $800. They aren’t cheap,” said Ethan Dionne, a sophomore biomedical science major at UNH. With tuition prices rising again for next fall, the search for cheaper books will become even more apparent. What students don’t know is that there is a way around all the spending - renting books. When renting, instead of paying full price for a book you may never use again, students can pay less. The renting industry for books in the coming years could see a large increase if students look to save money. Durham Book Exchange may likely experience a loss in revenue next year. Being a small and private store, the increase in book renting in the next few years may be worrisome to them. “I am hoping it will be a passing phase, to tell you the truth,” said Lorraine M. Mechem, manager of the Durham Book Exchange. “We don’t rent textbooks here; we don’t really have the facility to do so. It’s a small store and it would be too confusing at checkout.” Mechem added that another reason the Durham Book Exchange does not rent books is because students would have to give employees a credit card, and if books get lost or stolen, those employees would have to track them down.

“I can’t even believe they are raising tuition prices again,” Mechem said. “Students just need to take into consideration their expenses. We like to hope that students will still buy textbooks.” There are already websites set up that provide books to be rented and returned for others to use after. The books are available as early as the summer for the fall semester. Chegg.com, bookrenters.com, campusbookrentals.com, and skoobit.com are just a few of the online rental sites where students can rent textbooks. Each website is different and they allow different things, such as whether or not highlighting in the books is permitted. Most websites work on a monthly fee that is paid until the textbook is returned. Students who continue to buy textbooks at the Durham Book Exchange can still sell back their books if purchased. “We already feel like we have a rental system in place, because you can sell your books back and get cash back at the end of the semester,” Mechem said. Students can also check www. amazon.com, where they can rent textbooks from other students across the country. There is also a new website, www.degbe.com, a site created solely for UNH students where they can sell books to other UNH students after making an account.

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Above, the Durham Book Exchange on Main Street in downtown Durham has been serving the students of UNH for 30 years. With the tuition rates going up again next year, owners are worried about the willingness of students to purchase books versus renting them.

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Group criticizes mock Iowa school shooting drill By TIMBERLY ROSS ASSOCIATED PRESS

An anti-illegal immigration group in Iowa is criticizing a mock school shooting training drill that includes a fake scenario involving a teen who vents his anger over illegal immigration by using vio-

lence. The four-hour exercise is scheduled for Saturday at Treynor High School in western Iowa and includes police, firefighters and hospitals. Officials say the drill’s fake scenario would involve a teen who has ties to a white supremacist group and is angry with illegal

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immigration. State director of the Iowa Minutemen Robert Ussery says the drill’s scenario is in poor taste and has a political agenda. But the drill’s director Doug Reed said Thursday that the scenario is “completely fictitious” and the immigration issue was incorporated to get Homeland Security funds to cover the costs of the training exercise.

Fire forces evacuation of 8,500 houses near Denver FRANKTOWN, Colo. - Authorities say a wildfire burning in an outlying Denver suburb has forced the evacuation of about 8,500 houses. They have ordered evacuations for homes within a 4-mile radius of the fire near Franktown, which is about 35 miles southeast of Denver. The fire started on four acres Thursday afternoon in a wooded area and is being driven by winds of

30 mph and stronger. Smoke from the blaze is visible from south Denver suburbs and a helicopter is dropping water. A Red Cross evacuation point has been set up at the Douglas County fairgrounds. Crews are also still trying to contain a roughly 2-square-mile wildfire in the foothills west of Golden. The area on the east side of the Rockies is at high fire danger.


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Plato, Mo., sits at center of nation’s population By ALAN SCHER ZAGIER ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Former student housing, Smith Hall, is now home to four department offices.

Admissions, other departments finally make move to Smith Hall By RYAN CHIAVETTA STAFF WRITER

After a long process spanning many months, Smith Hall finally has its new inhabitants. Four different departments moved into the newly renovated building over spring break and have begun operations in their new home. All of the materials from the offices of Admissions, the Counseling Center, Disability Services, and the Center for Academic Resources were moved into Smith Hall on Monday during break. By that Wednesday, the employees moved in and began to work. The departments made the switch to Smith Hall due to the construction of the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics. Several of the buildings the various departments inhabited, such as Grant House and Scofield House, will be demolished to make way for the new business school. Robert McGann, the assistant vice president for Student and Academic Services, and the director of Admissions, said that the move allowed for all student services to be consolidated into a single building. “The decision was made to move into the same location to give better access to students, to better utilize existing structures on campus,” McGann said. Due to the limited flexibility of the UNH schedule, the move had to take place during the week of spring break, rather than an easier time such as toward the end of summer. There were some tough decisions that needed to be made. David Cross, the director of the Counseling Center, said that his department had to shut down for three days before spring break to make sure that his employees had enough time to pack up all of

the materials they needed for the move. Counseling stayed open only for emergency situations. The Counseling Center, which was previously located in Scofield House, was where Cross has spent his entire career, and during that time many materials had piled up in his offices. “You can imagine how much stuff got accumulated in that time,” Cross said. The move was beneficial for Cross and his department, however, as it gives them time to sift through the materials to see what is needed and what can be thrown away.

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comparison in the space. This space is infinitely better than what we had previously. The old building had a very small reception area and no presentation space.” Robert McGann Student and Academic Services, Assistant Vice President McGann said that the move for Admissions was an easy one, as all of the applications are electronic, which simply required moving the computers from one building to another. The physical move was conducted by professional movers on Monday during spring break, and was completed in less than a day, according to McGann. Unpacking took place afterward, and even

though the offices have been doing so for more than a week, there is still a bit of work to be done. “We are still not totally settled,” McGann said. “We are probably 98 percent of the way there.” The moving process went well for the relocated departments, who were impressed by how seamless the transition was from start to finish. “It just went honestly as smooth as it could be,” Cross said. The departments have responded well to their new surroundings, as the newly renovated Smith Hall has given the employees room to do new events and give the campus a strong impression to potential new students. McGann said that the move to Smith Hall has been beneficial simply because it is an upgrade compared to the previous Admissions building, located in the Grant House. “There’s really no comparison in the space,” McGann said. “This space is infinitely better than what we had previously. The old building had a very small reception area and no presentation space.” Now the departments are trying to let students know that their offices have been relocated from their previous buildings. Cross said that the Counseling Center has left notes on the door of Scofield telling students of its new location, along with spreading emails and other methods of communication. “We haven’t heard about anyone lost yet,” Cross said. As the school year begins its final months, business will continue as normal for the departments in Smith Hall. The new combination of offices has the employees excited for the future. “I’m just really happy to be sharing with the other offices,” Cross said. “It’s going to be a nice blend.”

PLATO, Mo. - In a nation of nearly 310 million people, America’s new population center rests not in a Midwestern skyline of St. Louis or Chicago, but in a tiny Missouri village named after an ancient Greek philosopher. The Census Bureau announced Thursday what the 109 residents of Plato had suspected for weeks: Shifting population patterns and geographical chance converged to make this town on the edge of Mark Twain National Forest the center of the U.S. population distribution based on 2010 census data. The announcement also signifies larger trends - America’s population is marching westward from the Midwest, pulled by migration to the Sun Belt. And in a surprising show of growth, Hispanics now account for more than half of the U.S. population increase over the last decade. Such designations aren’t new to Missouri. The 2000 population center was Edgar Springs, about 30 miles to the northeast. Thirty more miles to the northeast is Steelville, the 1990 population center. That doesn’t mean locals aren’t downright thrilled with the recognition and a chance to be noticed. “It is putting a spotlight on a corner of the world that doesn’t get much attention,” said Brad Gentry, 48, publisher of the weekly Houston Herald newspaper 30 miles up the road. “Most residents are proud of our region and like the idea that others will learn our story through this recognition.” The Census Bureau’s first set of national-level findings from 2010 on race and migration show a decade in which rapid minority growth, aging whites and the housing boom and bust were the predominant themes. The final count: 196.8 million whites, 37.7 million blacks, 50.5 million Hispanics and 14.5 million Asians. Hispanics and Asians were the two fastest growing demographic groups, increasing about 42 percent from 2000. Hispanics, now comprise 1 in 6 Americans; among U.S. children, Hispanics are roughly 1 in 4. More than 9 million Americans checked more than one race category on their 2010 census form, up 32 percent from 2000, a sign of burgeoning multiracial growth in an increasingly minority nation. Based on the 2010 census results released by state so far, multiracial Americans were on track to

increase by more than 25 percent, to roughly 8.7 million. “This really is a transformational decade for the nation,” said William H. Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution who has analyzed most of the 2010 data. “The 2010 census shows vividly how these new minorities are both leading growth in the nation’s most dynamic regions and stemming decline in others.” For the first time, Asians had a larger numeric gain than African-Americans, who remained the second-largest minority group at roughly 37 million. The number of non-Hispanic whites, whose median age is now 41, edged up slightly to 197 million. Declining birth rates meant their share of the total U.S. population dropped over the last decade from 69 percent to about 64 percent. The Census Bureau calculates the mean U.S. population center every 10 years based on its national head count. The center represents the middle point of the nation’s population distribution - the geographic point at which the country would balance if each of its 308.7 million residents weighed the same. Based on current U.S. growth, which is occurring mostly in the South and West, the population center is expected to cross into Arkansas or Oklahoma by the middle of this century. The last time the U.S. center fell outside the Midwest was 1850, in the eastern territory now known as West Virginia. Its later move to the Midwest bolstered the region as the nation’s heartland in the 20th century, central to farming and manufacturing. But Plato, about 170 miles southwest of St. Louis, doesn’t reflect the population changes that have brought it special attention. The town and its surroundings have few blacks and even fewer Hispanics, though there are more minorities in three or four larger cities about 20 to 30 miles away. Rumblings of Plato’s newfound fame have stirred for weeks, only to be confirmed Tuesday when a pair of census officials came to town to plot the precise midpoint, which is located in a rolling pasture in an area dominated by beef and dairy farms. A commemorative plaque noting the distinction will be unveiled in April on a monument carved from Missouri red granite, said Elizabeth Frisch, vice president of the local bank. The plaque will be next to the post office, adjacent to the marker noting the town’s 1858 founding.

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Q&A: Cycling changes store owner’s life By EMILY BOWERS CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Paul Keegan, owner of 1 World Trading Company and ReCycles - a used bike business out of that same store - talks about a bike ride that changed his life, coping with adversity, and his hopes for the future. When Keegan was around 25 years old, fresh out of college and working for the defense industry, he took part in a charitable bike ride. Bike for Peace was an 800mile bike ride through Russia and Czechoslovakia - then communist countries - that gave him a valuable perspective on the oneness of the human condition. Twenty-five years later, now an owner of his own store filled with fair-trade, locally-made green goods, Keegan attributes his life of activism to that turning point.

He has a weekly radio program on WXGR out of Dover called “The Sustainability Report,” and his recycled bike business has given many Seacoast area residents a method for decreasing their dependence on cars. Last year Keegan participated in a nearly 300-mile bike trip for climate called the Climate Ride and completed the journey on one of his single-speed bicycles. This year he is being asked to captain two of these Climate Rides for Green America - a nonprofit, socially and environmentally responsible consumer organization - thereby gaining the dually appropriate title, “Captain Green America.” Emily Bowers: You’ve said that you’ve been a conservationist and activist for your whole life. Do you remember the turning point

that brought you to those paths? Paul Keegan: Well, I know the turning point for activism was Bike For Peace. That happened in 1986. I had just graduated from college; I was actually working in the defense industry because that’s how I grew up. My father was a defense industry guy - he was an engineer - and I went to work for the same company and I heard about this Bike for Peace thing that was coming through Nashua, where I lived. I decided to sign up to be an escort rider. I was going to ride with this group from Montreal to Boston … I got a call from the people at Team Works that were running the thing and they said, “Would you like to go to Russia?” I said I’d consider it but I needed to find things out first: I had a top-secret security clearance and in 1986 Russia and Czechoslovakia were still communist. So I immediately went to our security people and they said, “Yeah, you have to go through some procedures … but yes, you can go.” And for me, it was just a bike ride. I had no political agenda; but a turning point occurred. The second or third day into it we hit the mountains and it was uphill, 80 miles a day. … Many of the Americans had dropped off and were riding in the Sag bus, but I’m as knuckleheaded as they come and I wouldn’t stop. I’d be on a hill and I’d just barely be turning the pedals - it would be almost to the point where you’d have to stop and get off the bike - and suddenly, as I’m riding along, someone would put a hand on the small of my back and push me along. I would ride with them until I would have enough stamina to keep going. If I still wasn’t there and they got tired, they would signal somebody else and that person would come put their hand on my back and ride with me. They were doing this for everybody. They were the escort riders there - they rode these hills everyday. In a short period of time I learned how to get my legs under me and climb these hills better, but I didn’t do it alone. Any political ideologies erode when you’re at a physical limit and someone has just reached out - they haven’t asked you for anything, they’re just helping. That changed it for me. That was the turning point. Color, race, religion - anything - we all have the same basic wants, needs and desires. I saw people with their families in Russia and Czechoslovakia. I ate at their tables. They weren’t this race of people that wanted to kill us. They were a bunch of people that wanted to farm and feed their families or work in factories and feed their families. They wanted better for the next generation and I saw no difference between them and me, and us. I grew up with a brother who’s gay, a sister who’s retarded and I weighed 250 pounds in high

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Paul Keegan stands with the used bicycles he sells at his used fair trade store. school, so I was picked on. I knew what prejudice was. I knew what it was like to be something but be considered something else by everybody just because of outside appearance. … Very shortly after that, I got out of the defense industry. I started doing different things and taking on different paths. I became very active against nuclear power because part of our trip was changed because of Chernobyl. … This was four weeks after the incident. …They swung us down into a different part of Russia; we did the same 600 miles in Czechoslovakia, but our 200 miles in Russia was in a different location - they actually bused us somewhere else. I spent all my life outdoors wanting to protect it. It was sort of just an evolution of who I was into someone who appreciated nature, so as time went on it became just my focus: cycling, being outdoors, camping. EB: When did you open the Nashua store? PK: Saint Patrick’s Day 2008, so almost three years ago. EB: What inspired you to open that store? PK: A trip to South Africa. My wife and I went to South Africa on a photo safari; 2006, I think it was. It might have been 2005. … We’d both been in retail. I had a bike shop and she has Mother and Child, and what we saw was just an immense, incredible amount of poverty. You have no idea what people go through in underdeveloped countries. Women, for example, walk eight miles for water and they carry five- or 10-gallon buckets on their head for eight miles back. They do that twice a day. I don’t know a man in this country who would walk 16 miles for

water and carry 10 gallons on his head for eight of those miles, let alone do it twice a day everyday. The resources of the people are so scarce that everything is recycled. We have products [in the store] that come from plastic water bags, trash bags, grass - anything and everything - recycled glass, recycled bottles, because there are no other resources . . . That prompted us when we came back to consider fair trade, and within two years we had opened 1 World. EB: So part of the motivation was a supportive gesture to the impoverished people that you encountered? PK: Yeah. We started out fair trade but as the idea was coming together … we thought, OK, what would be better than a fair trade store would be a fair trade and locally-made store. Let’s help the underdeveloped nations by giving them a place for their products, but what about New Hampshire products? People are going to be coming to that part of town for New Hampshire products. It was a little bit of a marketing thing, if you would. So we started fair trade and local. Because the two of us, my wife and I, were very “green” to begin with, we said, OK, if we’re going to have something that’s made locally or if we import something, let’s make sure that it’s good for the earth. So we stuck to natural products. All of our soaps are made with only organic or natural ingredients. … We’ve really evolved more into a “green” store than a fair trade store. And that’s by design really. A part of it is seeing what the need is of people. Gifts are great, but they’re not going to keep people coming everyday. Stainless-steel canteens keep people coming in. Laundry liquid, things like that.


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Parks scientists erred in oyster farm study By JASON DEAREN

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McNair Program offers opportunities to firstgeneration college students and minorities By MERHAWI WELLSBOGUE

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SAN FRANCISCO - Errors were made but there was no criminal conduct by National Park Service scientists assessing the environmental impact of a disputed oyster farm in Northern California, a federal investigation has found. The Interior Department’s Solicitor’s Office said the scientists made mistakes that eroded public confidence when studying whether the operation of Drakes Bay Oyster Co. hurt seal populations and the environment in the pristine waters of Point Reyes National Seashore. “Specifically, several NPS employees mishandled research in the form of photographic images showing the activities of humans, birds and harbor seals at upper Drakes Estero,” the Interior Department said Tuesday. Interior’s probe came after a separate study by the National Academy of Sciences found park service officials exaggerated the operation’s negative impact on the environment. The academy’s investigators did not receive some 250,000 surveillance photos showing the oyster boats’ interaction with harbor seals. At issue is whether the 71year-old oyster farm - the only such facility in the Point Reyes National Seashore - can extend its lease, which runs out next year. The farm, which produces 40 percent of the state’s commercial oysters, is located in a small bay tucked into the green coastal hills of the park, about 50 miles north of San Francisco. The company has been in a feud for years with park officials who want to convert the estuary to official wilderness. Later this year the park service is expected to release its draft environmental impact statement, which will help determine if the farm can stay. “They were trying to figure out a way to scientifically support their beliefs that the farm was harming the environment,” said Kevin Lunny, the farm’s owner. “Our goal is not to get people in trouble or see heads roll, but this biased science material has made it into the environmental impact statement process.” Interior Department spokeswoman Kendra Barkoff said on Thursday the agency was ensuring that all appropriate actions are taken to address the issues the report identifies. In addition, the department has set up a website with access to the photographs and other documents related to the oyster farm dispute. The company has found a powerful ally in Democratic U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who accused the Interior Department on Wednesday of downplaying misconduct by the park service.

The McNair Program helps academically gifted students who come from low-income families, especially those that are first-generation college students or racial minorities interested in achieving a doctoral degree. Students in the McNair Program have tremendous opportunities, such as research and getting prepared for graduate school. “I decided to do the McNair Program my freshman year because I saw it as a great opportunity to work close with professors,” said Sinor Ali, a junior at UNH. “It offers a great deal of opportunity to network and get your name out there. They also help you with the

GRE and building your resume.” The program can be competitive, and it offers good opportunities for students who are interested in furthering their education. “McNair helps me for my future in education, because they help me with the application processes for grad school and what to apply for in scholarships,” Ali said. “Also the research that I did is making me more prepared for grad school.” Congress originally created the McNair Scholar Program, or the McNair Graduate Opportunity Program, in 1986 in honor of the astronaut Ronald E. McNair. This program is part of the federal TRIO (Education Talent Search, Upward Bound, Students Support Services, and Educational Opportunity centers) and is autho-

rized nationwide by the U.S. Department of Education. “I joined McNair because I wanted to go to grad school, and I realized McNair would help me prepare for it,” said Amadin Osagiede, a senior at UNH. “[You get the opportunity] to do a research study with the option of your own topic, and doing this on a regular basis helps you to be more prepared for grad school.” Antonio Henley, the director of the program, discovered his passion for helping students find their goals as a senior in college, when he realized that society has a negative attitude toward lowincome black males. “Black males education inequalities have revolutionized my thinking,” Henley said. Working with TRIO, Hen-

ley has influenced black males and helped them to achieve their goals. “As a professional, I became very interested in black males, and TRIO changed me in a broader sense,” Henley said. Any students who are firstgeneration college students or come from low-income families interested in doing independent research, visit http://www.unh. edu/mcnair/index.html for more information about the McNair Program.

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Report: EPA didn’t properly assess coal ash risks before recommending By DYLAN LOVAN ASSOCIATED PRESS

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The federal government promoted some uses of coal ash, including wallboard or filler in road embankments, without properly testing the environmental risks, according to a report from the Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general. The inspector general’s report, released Wednesday, said sites where coal ash was used as wallboard “may represent a large universe of inappropriate disposal applications with unknown potential for adverse environmental and human health impacts.” EPA is considering imposing stricter regulations for coal ash, or fly ash, a byproduct of burning coal at power plants. The rule changes were prompted by a 2008 environmental disaster at a Tennes-

see power plant that released more than 5 million cubic yards of ash into a river and nearby lands. EPA has said coal ash contains arsenic, selenium, lead and mercury in low concentrations, and those contaminants can pose health risks if they leach into groundwater. EPA officials relied on state programs to approve beneficial uses of coal ash, the report said, and the federal agency never implemented its own plans set up in 2005 to determine environmentally safe uses. The report recommended the EPA establish new guidelines to determine beneficial uses, and investigate whether action is needed at sites where the substance has been used as structural filler. Coal ash recyclers and manufacturers that use it have argued that tougher federal regulations would place a stigma on the substance and hinder efforts to reuse some of the 130 million tons produced at U.S.

coal-fired power plants each year. “We have many decades of beneficial use of these products with no damage cases that have resulted from this beneficial use,” said Thomas Adams, executive director of the American Coal Ash Association, in Aurora, Colo. The EPA halted a program last year that promoted beneficial uses of coal ash, and took down a related website. The program, called the Coal Combustion Products Partnership, was started in 2001 with a goal of increasing the recycling of coal ash for use in other applications. Adams said he was concerned the inspector general’s report is a harbinger of EPA plans to impose tougher standards on the substance. “You can kind of read between the lines that they truly don’t support recycling anymore,” Adams said.

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House committee sends N.H. budget to full House By NORMA LOVE ASSOCIATED PRESS

CONCORD, N.H. - A New Hampshire legislative panel voted Thursday to send a proposed budget to the full House that includes an anti-union provision that drew 400 chanting protesters to Concord. About 200 people jammed into the meeting room of the House Finance Committee, chanting slogans like: “What’s disgusting, union busting.” Others crowded into the hall outside the room. “We end up putting our lives on the line for you guys. You’re taking our voice away,” yelled one unidentified firefighter in the crowd. Several times committee Chairman Ken Weyler warned the crowd to be quiet or be removed. At one point, someone yelled “liar” at Weyler, and he yelled for everyone to “shut up.” The scene was another flareup in the intense national debate over union rights that has gone on since Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker began an attempt to ease that state’s projected $3.6 billion budget deficit by eliminating collective-bargaining rights for most public employees. Tens of thousands of protesters have turned out at that state’s capitol. The New Hampshire protesters Thursday specifically took issue with a policy change in a companion bill to the budget that attempts to force public employees to make major concessions at the bargaining table before their contracts expire or become at-will employees, whose wages and benefits can be changed by employers. State Rep. Neal Kurk, a Weare Republican and the measure’s sponsor, said it is intended to push the state workers’ unions into making $50 million in concessions on health care and benefits. Without the concessions, 350-500 workers might be laid off, he said. After order was restored, the committee approved the budget containing the collective bargaining provision as well as deep proposed cuts affecting thousands of New Hampshire residents that Democrats are calling morally disgraceful and fiscally irresponsible. Families with troubled children, the mentally ill and others used to turning to government for services are being asked to look instead to friends and churches in the budget the House will vote on next week. Thousands of children and adults will lose access to mental services in the $10.2 billion proposed budget for the two years beginning July 1. Families with outof-control children also will have

to look elsewhere. The committee recommends repealing a program for troubled children in need of services called CHINS. Hospitals wouldn’t get $115 million in payments for caring for the poor - on top of a proposed $20 million cut to the program proposed by Democratic Gov. John Lynch. Lynch, who has criticized the committee for making what he says are unnecessary cuts, proposed spending $195 million less than this year’s spending over the next two years on social services. The House committee’s budget cuts much deeper - proposing $555 million less in spending. Lynch’s budget proposed spending $10.7 billion.

“Government is not

there as a first resort. It is a last resort.” William O’Brien Republican House Speaker “Their reprehensible budget proposal will increase property taxes, kill jobs and put the lives of countless Granite Staters at risk. It will be the death of the New Hampshire advantage and our quality of life through dangerous, heartless and unnecessary cuts,” House Democratic Leader Terie Norelli of Portsmouth said at a news conference. Republican House Speaker William O’Brien defended the budget, saying New Hampshire needed a “transformative change” in its spending philosophy. He said people are going to have to do more to help themselves. “Government is not there as a first resort. It is a last resort,” he said. The deep cuts prompted a call this week from the conservative Cornerstone Action to church and faith-based leaders to fill the gap created by lost government services. “While many churches and faith-based organizations have done and continue to do incredible work in the mission field abroad, too often they have abdicated their responsibility, to serve our own neighbors, to the federal, state, and local governments,” Cornerstone Director Kevin Smith said in a statement But it isn’t just social services that would be dramatically scaled back. The committee proposes slashing the $95 million in annual aid to the University System of New Hampshire in Lynch’s budget to $55 million.


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The Cave Boys set to open for Wiz By BRI HAND CONTRIBUTING WRITER

It’s not every day that two college freshmen from Keene, N.H. get the opportunity to open for a performer with the scope and magnitude of rapper, Wiz Khalifa. Yet for Elliot Tousley and Tony Fiel, the reality of their impact is only recently setting in, with the chance to open for Wiz one signature away from being official. Their band, The Cave Boys, has been approved to open by SCOPE and is waiting to hear from the tour’s manager. The Cave Boys began when Tousley and Fiel were in high school. The two met in math class, and began rapping as a joke. “We were more messing around than taking anything seriously,” Tousley said. “It just kept progressing and we thought that our skills were improving each time we made a track, so we just kept going and going.” Because The Cave Boys be-

gan as a joke, the two find it hard to believe that they are now being considered to open for Wiz. “Everything pretty much started as a joke, so I didn’t really expect to get much out of it,” Fiel said. “Once I saw what we could actually do, I knew we’d get some opportunities, but not as big as Wiz. That’s huge.” Tousley describes The Cave Boys’ music as “two goofy white kids who rap about having fun.” Their songs include a rap set to the Rugrats theme song, and a song titled “Emma Watson,” dedicated to the actress who plays Hermione Granger. “We had to create an image that we could get away with,” Tousley said. “No one is going to find an artist from a small town in New Hampshire and take them seriously if they’re rapping about being gangster and pretending to have a whole bunch of money and going to a club.” Fiel said that he would say that their style of music is different, but

feels like everyone wants to say that. “I haven’t heard a lot that’s similar to ours,” Fiel said. “A lot of our older stuff was feel-good and optimistic; we’ve kept that with us on our newest project, but at the same time, we have experimented a little bit with the other side of it, setting different moods than just being happy.” The two freshmen are working hard to prepare for the gig by listening to their own music to find spots where they can improve, and performing at smaller venues. The Cave Boys are slated to open for a member of the Wu-Tang Clan on April 14 in Keene. This Friday, they will be performing a show at Stonehill College as a part of a battle of the bands. If they win, they will get the opportunity to open for K’naan. The band has also performed at The Pumpkin Festival in Keene and at New England College. They performed last fall in the Granite State Room, and appeared on “The Steve Katsos Show,” broadcasted to 13

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million homes around the world. “We’re doing everything we can to get the word out,” Tousley said. The band has a Facebook page, a Twitter account, and some performances can be found on YouTube. The two both agree that if they do end up opening for Wiz, they will be extremely nervous. “We have no idea what it’s like being in front of that many people, so I guess we’ll see how it plays out,” Tousley said. “We are definitely thrilled to have the chance

to show that many people what we have to offer.” “I think someone would have to be lying if they said they didn’t feel somewhat of the butterflies before getting up in front of 6,000 plus people,” Fiel said. “Once everything starts though, and we get in the groove of it all, it’s just the mics and our voices, definitely something we’ve become more comfortable with.”

Off to see the wizard in spring recital By BRI HAND CONTRIBUTING WRITER

From March 30 to April 3, the UNH Dance Company will be performing its annual spring show with a combination of two pieces: an adaptation of “The Wizard of Oz” and “The Wounded Dove.” These two shows have a cast totaling more than 100 members, and each represent different styles of dance. “The Wizard of Oz” portion will feature jazz, tap, aerial, ballet, and modern dance, while “The Wounded Dove” will be primarily a ballet piece. “The Wounded Dove” is a faculty-created piece, featuring compositions by UNH music professor David Ripley, and choreographed by theatre and dance professor, C. Laurence Robertson. The two professors worked together as a part of the “Arts for Life” celebration, which emphasized collaborations between departments as part of the theme. The piece is credited as a tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr, and speaks of the struggle for freedom and identity, transition and rebirth. “The Wounded Dove” contains three separate pieces, titled “Turning Up Stones,” “Dance Everlasting,” and “Wounded Dove.” There will also be an additional ballet piece accompanied on piano by professors Christopher and Arlene Kies. As the UNH Dance Company dances to these pieces, Ripley will

be singing his music. “Here is a moment of collaboration that’s happening spontaneously in this moment,” Ripley said in an interview for the UNH Theatre and Dance podcast series. Ripley and Robertson stressed the importance of the dancers responding to Ripley, and vice-versa, since his live interpretation of the music could possibly differ from the recording the company has been rehearsing. The first act of the show will feature the classic tale of “The Wizard of Oz,” adapted for the stage by senior Brad Jensen. Jensen had the idea to tell this story two years ago, and suggested it to professor and

etc. Tickets to the spring show are $10 for students, $12.50 for non-students and $7 for children under 10. choreographer, Gay Nardone, expecting her to scoff at the idea. “Well, here we are!” Jensen said, who plays the Scarecrow. “Sure enough, I get to skip down the Yellow Brick Road my senior year, and I couldn’t be happier.”

Cast members and choreographer Nardone agree that although the show is primarily aimed at children, adult audiences will also take something out of the show. Nardone said that this portion is a great opportunity for parents to bring their children to see live theatre. There is a matinee on April 2 at 2 p.m. for children to come dressed as their favorite character. “The children will really appreciate the costumes, sights, and sounds of Oz, while the adults will appreciate the way in which we chose to tell the story,” Jensen said. “Adults will be brought back to their youth, singing and dancing along to the movie or reading a bedtime story with their parents,” said Randy Blake, who plays the Cowardly Lion. “I believe the adults will walk away, hopefully, with a little bit more respect for their children’s imagination and remember what it is like to be young and have wild dreams and fantasies once again.” The cast has been working for more than five months, and believes that all should see the show, since it holds something special for everyone. “For the students of UNH, I think people will be surprised how much they enjoy their night in the theatre,” Jensen said. “Leave the Keystone, TV and bars for two hours and sit back and enjoy a live

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The classic story of “The Wizard of Oz” has been re-adapted for the stage for UNH Dance Company’s spring recital by senior Brad Jensen and will feature jazz, tap, aerial, ballet, and modern dance styles. show!” Performances will be in the Johnson Theatre from March 30 to April 2 at 7 p.m. There will be addi-

tional matinees at 2 p.m. on April 2 and 3. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the MUB ticket office.


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The Attic Bits bring ‘chiptune’ to the seacoast By Samantha Pearson STAFF WRITER

Advancing technology and musical experimentation has created a broad range of opportunities for musicians to create and alter the music industry, as well as the craft as a whole. New genres are constantly being introduced, expanded upon and re-defined, which opens a series of debates as to the true nature of music and what exactly defines the art form. The Attic Bits of Epping, N.H. are huge advocates of this progressive approach to music. The band performs a genre of music called chiptune. The Attic Bits’ Facebook page explains the sound as “improvisational, experimental 8-bit ambient dance.” According to Mike D’Errico, a.k.a. Attic Bat, chiptune is broadly defined as “a musical medium which utilizes the sound chips of old video game consoles to create music in a variety of stylistic forms.”

etc. Hear some chiptune and donate to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society on March 26: check out The Attic Bits at The Jam Factory in Manchester. Suggested donation is $10. What exactly does that entail? D’Errico said that musicians who work in the chiptune genre typically write original compositions using specific programs that allow them to control sound bits from various game consoles including Nintendo, Atari, Gameboy and Commodore 64. The biggest difficulty with the genre is that many people don’t consider chiptune to be “real music.” “Our biggest accomplish-

COURTESY PHOTO Attic Bat (D’errico, left) and Arkbit (Murphy, right) compose music by controlling sounds from game consoles including Nintendo and Commandore 64.

ment thus far has been spreading our experience and knowledge of chiptune music to a wider audience through lectures and public workshops,” D’Errico said. “As one can imagine, the sound of chiptune music is hard to immediately access, especially for audiences that have not grown up with those video game sounds throughout their childhood.” D’Errico is only one half of The Attic Bits. Jeremy Murphy (a.k.a. Arkbit), who was unavailable for comment, is his musical companion. According to D’Errico, the two have been playing music in various contexts since middle school, and went on different mu-

sical paths when D’Errico went to UNH to study music. After D’Errico’s graduation from UNH, he began studying at Tufts University and returned to Epping, N.H., where he and Murphy formed The Attic Bits. Their debut album, Dance of the Dragon, was released in September 2010. Prior to the recording process for this album, D’Errico and Murphy had only created “live” music as experimental improvisations. Dance of the Dragon was their first attempt at composing music for the Nintendo Entertainment System and the Game Boy. Furthermore, the record introduces a narrative structure which is

continued in the band’s new release, The Field of Dismay. “In terms of the narrative story that we have constructed in conjunction with the music, Dance of the Dragon introduces The Attic Bits as the ‘wanderers’ who hack into a computer mainframe, allowing them to enter a video game world in which they confront multiple enemies, and befriend allies who help them navigate their way through the virtual world,” D’Errico said. “The Field of Dismay takes on a much darker tone, as the wanderers experience multiple tragedies at the hands of the evil powers,” he said.

D’Errico also said that The Field of Dismay delves deeper musically, “creating a fragmented soundscape that reflects the narrative.” For more about The Attic Bits, including tour dates, song streams and videos, check out the band’s website at theatticbits.com. The band also has a Facebook page, facebook.com/atticbits. The Attic Bits are scheduled to perform at The Jam Factory in Manchester, N.H., on March 26 and April 2. They also have a lecture scheduled at the Portsmouth Public Library on April 10. More information can be found online.

Gov. promises facelift to N.J.’s ‘ugliest’ building By BETH DeFALCO ASSOCIATED PRESS

NUTLEY, N.J. - Gov. Chris Christie wants a longtime New Jersey eyesore to get a makeover. Calling it the ugliest building in New Jersey, and possibly America, Christie said Thursday that any deal to finish developing a troubled multibillion-dollar retail and entertainment complex at the Meadowlands will have to include a new exterior. Late last year, Triple Five, which owns the Mall of America in Minnesota and the West Edmonton Mall in Canada, signed a letter of intent with lenders to complete the development of the “Xanadu” complex and possibly expand it.

Located about 10 miles west of New York City, next to the Izod Center and across a highway from the $1.6 billion New Meadowlands Stadium that is slated to host the 2014 Super Bowl, the d√©cor of the complex has been a source of curiosity for motorists traveling the New Jersey Turnpike. At a town hall event Thursday, Christie said the first thing that must be done is change the multicolored, multi-patterned exterior. “They have to change the Godawful ugly outside of that building. It is just an offense to the eyes as you drive up the turnpike,” Christie told the crowd, which responded with a cheer. The d√©cor, which cost an estimated $40 million, has been a source of curiosity for motorists on

the turnpike and a joke for late-night comedians. Christie said the exterior was a reminder of the project’s failure, asking: “How didn’t everybody understand that something that ugly would fail?” The project has had more than just cosmetic problems. The sprawling $2 billion complex originally was projected to open in late 2007. It was supposed to feature shops, an indoor snow dome, a movie complex, bowling alley, restaurants and an upscale martini bar. But as financing fell through, it remained empty, with its most noticeable feature being its exterior. Creditors took over Xanadu in August, after original lead developer Mills Corp. ran into finan-

cial problems and was replaced as general managing partner in early 2007 by Los Angeles-based Colony Capital Acquisitions. Triple Five and the governor’s office are in negotiations to start development, and a possible expansion. Christie said he hopes to have an announcement on the project this spring. Christie has backed findings of a panel studying the state’s gaming, sports and entertainment industries that determined $875 million was needed to finish the Xanadu and recommended the state help find some money to complete it, likely in the form of tax-exempt bonds. But, on Thursday the governor said there would be a caveat to using any state money on the project; the state wants a piece of the equity.

“If they want a state investment, we get a piece of the action,” Christie said. Bloomfield resident Charles Thompson, who came to the town hall event, said he didn’t agree with Christie on a lot of things, but was thrilled to hear him mention that Xanadu was getting a makeover. “He’s right about that,” said the 58-year-old Thompson. “Paint it white, or black, just do something!” Christie promised that the exterior would be the first thing worked on, even if construction inside remains unfinished. “I can’t take it anymore,” Christie said, “and neither can the people of New Jersey.”


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The New Hampshire • Friday, March 25, 2011

Notes from an Audiophile By SAMANTHA PEARSON STAFF WRITER

Alternative music has been exploding into mainstream pop culture for decades and the past 10 years have been no exception to that trend. Pop punk has become a staple on Billboard charts since the start of the new millennium. In recent years, the Fueled By Ramen record label has produced album after album from dozens of bands who all share a similar sound, style and overall aesthetic. The label, known for catchy pop-punk and acoustic bands, features big names like Fall Out Boy and Paramore, as well as smaller groups like newcomers The Swellers and the rising-in-popularity VersaEmerge. Every genre has its pioneers and trailblazers. In the case of pop punk, as it is generally known now, today’s most popular groups are hardly the originators of the genre. Bands like Good Charlotte, Yellowcard, Simple Plan, and The All-American Rejects come to mind when trying to recall the initial burst of pop punk into the mainstream seven or eight years ago. Most of these bands have

been inactive in recent years, as more recent ones have taken over their namesake and continued the still-new tradition of popularized punk music. This year, it seems that the bands many had thought would never return to the recording studio are determined to prove everyone wrong. Last summer’s Bamboozle Road Show, a nation-wide annual summer tour, featured Good Charlotte and Simple Plan as two of its featured bands. This year, Simple Plan will return to Warped Tour for the first time in years. Similarly, Yellowcard just released a new album this week and is playing the Dirty Work Tour in support of All Time Low, one of FBR’s most beloved foursomes. For twenty-somethings who first listened to these bands in the awkward transition years between junior high and high school, their re-emergence onto the recording and performing scene is slightly bizarre. It also inspires a lot of nostalgia. Of course, the most interesting aspect of this ‘return to pop punk’s new millennium roots’ is that it suggests that bands which most industry experts thought would fizzle out and disappear after their 15 minutes of fame might actually

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Yellowcard is back on the scene with a new album and tour. be capable of musical longevity. That isn’t to say that bands like Yellowcard or Good Charlotte will necessarily end up in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, though it is interesting to see that the term ‘indefinite hiatus’ in today’s music culture does not automatically mean ‘break-up.’ It does inspire a bit of hope for the future of popu-

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CLEVELAND, Texas - Authorities have arrested a 19th suspect in a series of sexual assaults against an 11-year-old girl in the southeast Texas town of Cleveland. Officials say 26-year-old Walter Jamal Harrison turned himself in late Wednesday. The Houston Chronicle reports he’s charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child. Since last month, police have arrested 19 men and boys - ranging from a middle-school student to a 27-year-old, accusing them of sexually assaulting the girl on at least four occasions from September on. Officials say the investigation began in December after a friend of the girl told a teacher of seeing a lurid cellphone video of one of the alleged attacks. Cleveland is a town of about 8,000 residents about 40 miles northeast of Houston.

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Man gets 32 years in Chicago student’s slaying By DON BABWIN ASSOCIATED PRESS

CHICAGO - Each time the video was played in court, spectators turned away at the sight of a young man bending his legs and jumping into the air near a teenager sprawled on the ground after being punched, kicked and hit over the head with a wooden board. On Thursday, a judge cited the video of the 2009 attack that was seen around the world after it was posted online, saying that those few seconds when prosecutors say Silvonus Shannon leaped onto the head of 16-year-old honor student Derrion Albert justified the 32-year prison sentence he was handing down. Cook County Circuit Judge Nicholas Ford said while it was impossible to know whether Shannon actually killed Albert when he stomped on his head, it did not matter. What mattered, he said, was that when Shannon jumped in the air he crossed a “hard line” that can’t be crossed. He violated a code, the judge said, that says “once a man was down he wasn’t assaulted any more. He’s out of it.” The sentence was the latest chapter in the story of a brutal incident that became synonymous with the kind of violence that was claiming Chicago high school students at a terrifying rate - more

than 20 deaths in a six-month period. The sight of Albert, trying to defend himself against waves of attackers, being knocked to the ground, staggering up and unable to cover his body from all the kicks and punches, prompted the police department and the school district to take steps of security around schools. At the same time, in Washington, President Barack Obama dispatched two top Cabinet officials to the city to discuss ways to quell the violence.

hours of deliberations, a clear signal that they had little trouble discounting the contention by Shannon and his attorney that he did not actually land on Albert’s head. On Thursday, while there was some talk about whether Shannon landed on Albert, another student at the same high school on the city’s South Side, most of families of both victim and assailant talked about what was lost that afternoon in September of 2009 a few blocks from the high school. Responding to all the media

On Thursday, a judge cited the video of the 2009 attack that was seen around the world after it was posted online, saying that those few seconds when prosecutors say Silvonus Shannon leaped onto the head of 16-year-old honor student Derrion Albert justified the 32-year prison sentence he was handing down. Five young men were charged, four as adults and one as a juvenile The juvenile has already been convicted and one of the other adults pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, with two others still awaiting trial. Shannon stood trial in January and a jury convicted him of firstdegree murder after only a few

reports that included references to Albert’s good grades and his desire to go to college, Shannon’s cousin, Leona Shannon said, “He wants to go to college, too.” Albert’s family reminded the judge that this was the year Albert’s future would begin to unfold, with his graduation from Fenger High School.

This should have been a time, said Bonita Braxton, when the family might have been asking Albert about his prom, his test scores and what college he was hoping to attend. Instead, “We are asking for justice,” she said. “We will never get to see his dreams come alive.” Albert’s mother told Shannon that nothing he could say would make any difference to her. “There’s no apology you could ever give to me that I would forgive you,” she said. “You helped destroy a family.” Shannon did try to apologize. “I’m genuinely sorry for what happened and I hope you can forgive me,” he said, standing in the courtroom, his body turned to Albert, her father and other relatives. Byman had asked the judge to impose the minimum sentence of 20 years and not the 60-year maximum. He said that even the jury, after reaching a verdict, had asked the judge to show some mercy toward Shannon. Shannon, though, seemed to know by the time Ford told him his sentence, that he wouldn’t be sentenced to 20 years in prison. His head was already in his hands when Ford imposed a 32-year sentence - or six years more than the man who pleaded guilty to firstdegree murder earlier this year. When it was over, Ford allowed Shannon to hug his mother.

In Brief Pupil nut allergy: School eases up on restrictions EDGEWATER, Fla. - An elementary school beset by the protests of some parents is scrapping some of the more severe restrictions it had implemented to protect a first-grader with a severe allergy to nuts, such as obliging classmates to rinse their mouths twice daily with water. Parents were told Wednesday that students at Edgewater Public School, south of Daytona Beach, no longer have to rinse their mouths upon arriving and again after lunch. The school also is easing up on restrictions on classroom snacks and holiday celebrations, though pupils still must wash their hands and faces at school to avoid introducing nut residue into the classrooms. The measures were put in place recently to protect a first-grader who could develop breathing problems from contact with nuts. Some parents protested outside school two weeks ago, complaining the measures went too far. “They are trying to work with us. That’s what we wanted all along,” said Carie Starkey, who had protested with other parents outside the school. Her daughter is in the same class as the pupil with the allergies. A review of the first-grader’s medical plans showed the mouthrinsing wasn’t necessary, school district spokeswoman Nancy Wait said.

Ex-Army analyst pleads guilty to theft of government files By TIM TALLEY ASSOCIATED PRESS

LAWTON, Okla. - A former U.S. Army analyst who tried to board a flight to China with electronic files containing restricted Army documents pleaded guilty Thursday to theft of government property in a case the defense insisted was about carelessness, not espionage. Liangtian (lang-TIN’) Yang entered the plea in U.S. District Court in Lawton and was sentenced to three years of probation by U.S. Magistrate Shon T. Erwin. Yang faced up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine on the misdemeanor charge. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Gifford II had asked for five years of probation but did not seek a fine. Afterward, defense attorney John Zelbst said Yang, also known as Alfred Yang, made a mistake when he tried to take the manuals out of the country without the required permission. “It was careless,” Zelbst said. “Alfred did some things that were probably irresponsible. It’s not an espionage case. It’s a case of a really bad mistake.” Yang, a 26-year-old former field artillery analyst at Fort Sill in southwestern Oklahoma, entered the guilty plea seven months after

he was detained on Aug. 24 at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport following a security screen prior to a Tokyo-bound flight with China as its final destination. Investigators found copies of Army field manuals on multiple launch rocket systems on his computer equipment. “There were several manuals,” Gifford told Erwin during a sentencing hearing. Although none were classified as top secret, they were restricted, he said. Yang, who was dressed in casual clothes and was almost inaudible as he spoke to the magistrate, admitted he obtained the manuals through his employment at Fort Sill and that they were still on his computer as he tried to leave the U.S. Yang lost his security clearance on Aug. 16 after Army officials learned he had not reported getting married as required. Yang’s wife is a Chinese citizen. Defense attorney David Butler analogized the case to one of shoplifting and said Yang had cooperated with government investigators as they tried to determine if he was a threat to national security. “He’s done everything he possibly could,” Butler said. He asked Erwin to give Yang credit for the 70 days he spent in pre-trial detention at the Grady County Jail and impose just one year of probation.


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Calif. judge to rule if kids can see paralyzed mom By JOHN ROGERS ASSOCIATED PRESS

LOS ANGELES - It’s a custody case in which no one disputes these tragic facts: A healthy young woman went to the hospital to deliver her triplets, was badly brain damaged by a series of medical errors and can no longer walk, talk or even feed herself. But Abbie Dorn’s attorney says that doesn’t make her any less a mother to those 4-year-old triplets, telling Superior Court Judge Frederick C. Shaller at a hearing in Los Angeles Thursday that the 34-yearold woman has the same rights to regular visits with her children as any other parent. “They can call her mommy and, most of all, they can tell her they love her,” attorney Lisa Meyer said during closing arguments at a hearing to decide whether Dorn is allowed to see her children for two weeks every summer and a week in the spring and fall. The attorney for Dorn’s exhusband, Dan Dorn, countered

Meyer, saying that as tragic as her situation is, she is no longer capable of being a parent and that if her children are to see her it should only be under the supervision of their father and on his terms. “It’s unfortunate but it’s the truth, and we have to deal with what we know,” said attorney Vicki Greene. It likely will not be the final word in this case, as Abbie Dorn’s parents have sued for permanent visitation rights. After the closing arguments, Shaller closed the courtroom to the public so he and the attorneys could discuss the effect of visitations on Dorn’s children without violating their privacy. He said he expected to issue a tentative written ruling to the attorneys on Friday. A trial date on that matter has not been scheduled. The tragic events that led all parties to Shaller’s courtroom this week began on what should have been the happiest day of Abbie Dorn’s life. That was June 20, 2006, when she left for the hospital to give

birth to her sons Reuvi and Yossi and their sister Esti. The first two births took place without incident. But as a doctor was delivering Yossi, he accidentally nicked Dorn’s uterus. Before doctors could stop the bleeding, her heart had stopped, a defibrillator they used malfunctioned and her brain was deprived of oxygen.

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mommy and, most of all, they can tell her they love her.” Lisa Meyer Attorney A year later her husband, believing she would never recover, divorced her and is raising their children at his Los Angeles home. Her parents, meanwhile, took her to their Myrtle Beach, S.C., home where they are caring for her. As the conservators of her estate, they also

manage her malpractice settlement of nearly $8 million. Dorn’s attorney argues that her children should not be denied the crucial opportunity to bond with her as they grow up, even if they can’t have a traditional relationship with her. Thursday’s closing arguments showed a deep division between Dorn’s mother, Susan Cohen, and Dorn’s ex-husband. “She is an unfit grandmother,” Greene said at one point, adding that Cohen wants to take on the role of parent whenever the children visit their mother and to fill them with unrealistic expectations that their mother might recover. Cohen’s attorney, Meyer, complained that during a December visit, when the children asked to take home a photo of their mother, Cohen gave them each framed pictures that they clutched tightly. But when they got home, she said, their father hid the photos away in a cabinet. “He didn’t want them to know they had a mother,” she said. The two sides also disagree

over just how aware Abbie Dorn is of her surroundings. Her mother has said she communicates through her laughter and tears and can answer yes or no to questions by blinking. A neurologist testified earlier in the hearing that Dorn does seem to try to communicate by blinking but doesn’t do it consistently. As the attorneys made their arguments, Dorn’s ex-husband sat quietly, listening intently. He smiled but politely declined to discuss the case outside court. His ex-wife’s mother listened by phone from her home in South Carolina. Abbie Dorn, who lives with her parents, was represented by a large photo of herself that was placed in court. It showed her with her long dark hair pulled back, gazing pensively at the camera. A large photo of her children, wearing sunglasses and seated behind a basketball almost as big as them, was placed next to it. But the judge ordered it removed to protect their privacy when news photographers arrived.

Bachmann likely to enter WH race Judge won’t halt mental By BRIAN BAKST ASSOCIATED PRESS

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Tea party favorite and Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann is feeling pressure from the political calendar to rush a decision on a White House bid and may announce her intentions as early as May, one of her top advisers said Thursday. Bachmann, a third-term congresswoman from Minnesota, could form a presidential exploratory committee before two televised Republican debates scheduled the first week of May, said Ed Brookover, a Bachmann adviser. “I’m not sure the debate is what’s going to make our final decision,” he said. “Is it a factor? Yes.” Other Republicans familiar with Bachmann’s thinking said all signs point to a White House run. They insisted on anonymity to discuss private conversations with Bachmann and her advisers. For her part, Bachmann played coy. “I’m in for 2012 in that I want to be a part of the conversation in making sure that President (Barack) Obama only serves one term, not two, because I want to make sure that we get someone who’s going to be making the country work again. That’s what I’m in for,” Bachmann told ABC News. “But I haven’t made a decision yet to announce, obviously, if I’m a candidate or not, but I’m in for the conversation.” Bachmann spokesman Doug Sachtleben would only say the congresswoman would make a decision about a White House run by summer. Bachmann was in Iowa on Wednesday courting evangelical home-school advocates, and was being escorted around the state by

state Sen. Kent Sorenson, who told The Associated Press he would run her political operation in the state if she enters the race. Bachmann’s allies have been visiting office space around Des Moines for a potential headquarters and have consulted with veterans of past caucuses about operatives and consultants who are still available. Bachmann is a strong fundraiser; she collected a whopping $13 million for a re-election bid she won handily by 13 percentage points. She helped candidates and committees in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina - the traditional early nominating states raise cash. While she has no formal organization in any of those states, her appearances have generated enthusiasm among the party’s conservative base. She has twice met with Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and is scheduled to appear at an Iowa conference for conservatives this weekend, organized by Republican Rep. Steve King. The Republican presidential field has been slow to form compared to past election cycles as familiar names such as Sarah Palin mull bids and other potential hopefuls are working behind the scenes on their candidacies. The harsh media spotlight and the expense of a full-scale campaign operation deterred Republicans from early announcements in the expected race against Obama, who is certain to raise hundreds of millions of dollars. Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty took an initial step this week, creating an exploratory committee, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has moved closer to a campaign but stopped short of declaring himself a candidate. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney

and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour are expected to enter the race within weeks. In a new twist, freshman Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., told The Associated Press that either he or his father, 2008 candidate and Texas Rep. Ron Paul, would run. The younger Paul is a tea party favorite. Bachmann’s sudden rise has grown out of frequent appearances on cable TV shows and a propensity to make provocative statements that cut through the political clutter, even if they’re not always on the mark. She helped found a House Tea Party Caucus last summer, which strengthened her ties to the day’s hottest political movement of activists who rail against spending, regulations and taxes. This month, she flubbed basic history, telling New Hampshire activists they were from the “the state where the shot was heard around the world in Lexington and Concord.” The Revolutionary War’s first shots came next door in Massachusetts. Earlier this year, she also mistakenly praised the nation’s founding fathers, who she said “worked tirelessly until slavery was no more.” In January, she gave a Tea Party Express response to Obama’s State of the Union address. Complete with charts and a stern message about spending excesses, the televised speech was remembered mostly for a technical glitch that had Bachmann looking into a different camera. “Saturday Night Live” mocked it; Bachmann made joked about it during her next big speech. Bachmann, 54, has five children with husband Marcus, a therapist. On top of raising her own children, Bachmann has also parented 23 foster children.

exam of Tucson suspect By JACQUES BILLEAUD ASSOCIATED PRESS

PHOENIX - A federal judge said Thursday he won’t reconsider his order sending the Tucson shooting suspect to Missouri to have a competency exam at a federal medical facility. U.S. District Judge Larry Burns also rejected requests by lawyers for Jared Lee Loughner that he delay the exam while they appeal the order to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. In a filing with the appeals court, Loughner’s attorneys said they were told Thursday by a psychologist at the federal facility in Springfield, Mo., that their client’s mental competency exam had already begun. The 22-year-old has pleaded not guilty to 49 federal charges stemming from the Jan. 8 shooting at a congressional meet-and-greet event that wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 12 others and killed six people, including a 9-year-old girl and a federal judge. Loughner’s lawyers argued that a mental exam could do irreparable damage to their client’s rights while the matter is reviewed by the courts. They also objected to the exam being videotaped, and argued that providing prosecutors with the re-

cordings would violate their client’s rights to a fair trial and against selfincrimination. Prosecutors asked Burns to deny Loughner’s request, arguing that his lawyers have offered no basis in law for their request. Burns wrote in Thursday’s order that the federal facility in Springfield is the best and closest place for the exam and that sending him there won’t harm the defense of Loughner. Burns also wrote that Loughner’s lawyers - and not prosecutors - requested the video recording and that providing copies to both the prosecution and defense lawyers is only fair. “Validating the defense request would sharply and unfairly tip the adversarial balance in this case, and there is no legal justification for it,” Burns wrote. Loughner was flown from Tucson to Springfield on Wednesday. The exam will determine whether he understands the nature of the charges against him and can assist in his defense. A message left for Loughner attorney Judy Clarke wasn’t immediately returned. Robbie Sherwood, spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Arizona, which is prosecuting Loughner, declined to comment on the ruling.

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L.L. Bean stamps out shipping charges By DAVID SHARP ASSOCIATED PRESS

FREEPORT, Maine - As retailers increasingly turn to free shipping to lure customers, L.L. Bean is upping the ante by waiving shipping fees all the time, with no minimum order, putting pressure on rivals. Effective Friday, the outdoors and clothing retailer joins Zappos. com in offering year-round, nostrings-attached free shipping, going against the grain in an industry accustomed to selective free shipping offers, particularly around the holidays, and sometimes tied to minimum purchases or vanity credit cards. Steve Fuller, L.L. Bean’s chief marketing officer, said the company had been toying with the idea for the past three years as it tested occasional free shipping. “In research after research after research, the customers said this is how we want to shop,” Fuller said. The offer applies to standard 2to 5-day shipping via UPS to L.L. Bean customers in the U.S. and Canada. Two-day shipping remains an option for $15, the company said. Neither offer applies to large items like canoes or furniture that have to be delivered by freight. Aware that customers want free shipping, retailers are increas-

ingly providing it. In 2009, 30 to 35 percent of online holiday purchases involved free shipping; this past holiday season, the figure grew to 40 to 45 percent, said Andrew Lipsman, analyst at comScore Inc., an Internet research firm. Retailers like L.L. Bean closely examine the rate at which online customers discard their “virtual” shopping carts when they see the shipping fees. “Three-quarters of consumers say that they will abandon their purchase when they can’t get free shipping,” Lipsman said from his Chicago office. Competitors are taking different approaches to shipping: - Amazon.com offers unlimited two-day shipping through its $79-ayear Amazon Prime service. - Walmart.com offers free shipping to stores and plans to roll it out to all stores by June. - Overstock.com offers free shipping for new customers on first order. - Macys.com offers free shipping with a minimum purchase of $99. Tom Peers, a customer dropping by L.L. Bean’s 24-hour flagship store, said he thought other retailers would have to match Bean’s offer to remain competitive. “Everyone’s looking for a hook,” said Peers, who plans to

take advantage of Bean’s free shipping. “For me, there’s no question it would give them an edge.” Lipsman said he didn’t think Bean’s announcement on Thursday would open the free shipping floodgates. But other retailers will take note, and it could add momentum to the already-established trend, he said.

increases due to the initiative, although external factors, such as the price of cotton, might affect costs as they normally would. Previously, free shipping was available only to those customers who held an L.L. Bean-issued affinity credit card. Those card holders will continue to get free monogramming, free returns and points earned

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they will abandon their purchase when they can’t get free shipping.” Andrew Lipsman Analst at comScore Inc. “They have to pay attention to something like that. They have to see how consumers are responding,” Lipsman said. “When many retailers are offering something like this, and consumers come to expect it, then you could be on the outside looking in.” L.L. Bean, which saw a 5.8 percent gain in sales this past year, is counting on a further boost in sales this year from the free shipping offer, and hopes the sales increase will partially offset the costs of providing free shipping, Fuller said. Company spokeswoman Carolyn Beem said there will be no price

toward future Bean purchases, the company said. For L.L. Bean, it’s a return to the company’s roots. When Leon Leonwood Bean started the company in 1912, he provided postpaid shipping to catalog recipients. Bean is announcing the free shipping in an e-mail blast to customers, and will be following up with a television campaign. Next week, Bean will pick up the tab for riders on 10 Boston city buses decorated as L.L. Bean packages and emblazoned with the phrase, “All L.L. Bean gear now gets a free ride.” The free rides are a weekonly deal.

Census 2010 figures show NYC growth, upstate loss By DAVID B. CARUSO ASSOCIATED PRESS

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NEW YORK - New York City seemed to undergo a whirlwind of construction during the last decade, with new apartment buildings sprouting in every part of town, but the 2010 census found only modest growth in the city’s population. Census figures released Thursday put the city’s 2010 population at 8,175,133, a 2.1 percent increase from 2000. The statewide figures showed Buffalo and other large cities upstate continuing to lose population. The city tally was challenged immediately as inaccurate by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who said he believed the count overlooked many recent immigrants to the city. “We are concerned that there

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has been a considerable undercount,” he said, adding that the city’s own demographic analysis suggested there were another 225,000 people in the Big Apple.

New York City and the adjacent suburban counties to the north and on Long Island all posted growth since 2000. In contrast, the largest cities in upstate New York

“The census always undercounted New York because it takes a lot of leg work to walk up six stories and count how many people are in an apartment.”

Mitchell Moss NYU Urban Planning Professor For evidence, he pointed at the tallies for Brooklyn and Queens. Both of those boroughs have been part of the city’s residential construction boom, but the census found growth flat, with a 1.6 percent increase in Brooklyn and nearly zero change in Queens. “It doesn’t make any sense,” the mayor told reporters at a news conference. He said the city added about 170,000 new housing units over the past decade, and it was “totally incongruous” that the census recorded a population increase of only 167,000. The 2010 numbers will be used by officials drawing New York’s legislative districts for the next decade. New York’s current 29-member House delegation will drop to 27, its lowest level since 1823. The U.S. Census Bureau in December previously reported that the state’s population grew by 2 percent in the past decade to 19.4 million.

posted losses. Buffalo lost 10.7 percent of its population for a count of 261,310; Rochester lost 4.2 percent to 210,565; Syracuse lost 1.5 percent to 145,170. A number of upstate areas have grappled with the slow but steady loss of people - especially college-educated young people - to warmer and more bustling areas in the South and West. Buffalo, for instance, boasted 580,000 people in 1950, meaning the city lost more than half its population in 60 years. Overall, the 53 counties comprising upstate New York grew by 1.5 percent, with some parts of the Hudson Valley posting strong gains. The city of Albany grew by 2.3 percent to 97,856. Robert Ward, director of fiscal studies at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, said it was troubling to see the declines in western New York counties like

Erie and Niagara, though he noted that gains were posted elsewhere upstate, such as Monroe and Montgomery counties. “It’s good to see some upstate growth,” Ward said in an email, “but in relative terms, the region continues to decline.” Bloomberg said he believed Census workers had failed to properly count the number of people living in buildings that are home to many recent immigrants. That point was echoed by Mitchell Moss, a New York University urban planning professor, who said the census always undercounts New York City with its mix of immigrants, young people and night dwellers. “The census always undercounted New York because it takes a lot of leg work to walk up six stories and count how many people are in an apartment,” Moss said. New York City officials also assailed the accuracy of the census after the count in 2000, and had publicly campaigned for greater public participation in the 2010 tally. Historically, many New Yorkers have ignored the census. About 60 percent of the households that received a census form mailed it back, compared to a national average of 74 percent. Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz said he found it impossible to believe the census figures. He said the growth of the borough’s large communities of Hasidic Jews, for example, didn’t seem to be reflected.

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Obama should address country on Libya Six days after the U.S. began combat operations in Libya, notably the launch of more than a hundred cruise missiles, President Obama has avoided a speech to the nation explaining the rationale behind his decision. In the wake of recent questioning of his actions, and the United States’ recent habit of long military occupations, the nation deserves to be addressed. It doesn’t help that Obama was in Latin America for five days ending Wednesday, but the fact is that the use of U.S. military force in a foreign country always requires the utmost amount of communication. Obama’s actions have prompted criticism from Republicans, which consists of the usual mix of politics (2012 is coming) and legitimate points. Ron Paul (R-Texas) devoted a significant portion of his speech at UNH

yesterday to the situation in Libya, which he is strongly opposed to. That’s not to say that Obama doesn’t have some legitimate rationale to com-

The easiest way to prove that the recent actions have been in the national interest is to let the nation decide. For that, it needs the backstory. municate. The actions in Libya were prompted by a United Nations resolution, so U.S. support is not surprising. It is nearly a week later, however, that most Americans are beginning to question. Just what exactly are we waiting

for? When do we declare the mission accomplished? The original resolution said nothing about the resignation of Gaddafi, but Obama earlier this month said it was necessary for the leader to “step down from power and leave.” At what point will the actions in Libya become based on the goals of the U.S., as opposed to those of the United Nations? Is his resignation a necessary part of Obama’s “humanitarian goals?” Congress is complaining that they weren’t consulted. The Obama administration claims that they were. The American people, however, have undeniably been out of the loop during all this. When military forces are used, it’s time to face the nation. That’s given. The easiest way to prove that the recent actions have been in the national interest is to let the nation decide. For that, it needs the backstory.

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Ron Paul turnout battles apathetic stereotype About 15 minutes before Ron Paul was scheduled to take the stage yesterday in the Granite State Room, extra rows of chairs were swiftly added to the original 15 that had been facing the stage. Minutes later, they were filled, and, after a directive for audience members to fill in all empty seats, the crowd officially became standing room only. It’s officially primary season in New Hampshire (although Ron Paul hasn’t officially thrown his hat into the ring) and, despite the apathetic college student that every other generation likes to speak about, it became clear that a significant portion of this cam-

pus is eager to engage in the political process. Although plenty of nonstudents came up for the speech, in

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Friday, March 25, 2011

OP-ED

„ LetterS to the editor Protect bobcats Trappers are in the news lately discussing how they are helping to live-trap bobcats for the bobcat study at the University of New Hampshire. They typically don’t mention how, outside of the research, they themselves prey on wildlife with their steel traps, killing beavers, coyotes, foxes and fishers and twice as many nontarget animals, including stray cats and dogs. They don’t mention how they destroyed bobcats for their pelts or for mounts of taxidermied bobcats up until twenty years ago, nearly eliminating bobcats from N.H. altogether. Now, some of these trappers are promoting the false impression that bobcats are becoming a problem as they rebound to more normal levels. Their goal is for NH Fish & Game to quietly re-open the trapping season that’s been closed for twenty years, without stirring a public outcry. However, bobcats are not a problem, because even with a comeback, they will always be rare, with one adult bobcat’s habitat spanning over many square miles. The public should loudly protest any call for killing of bobcats. Suzanne L. Fournier Coordinator, Speaking for Animals in N.H,

Budget cuts hurt those who need help I live in Portsmouth, own my own small business and have a 26-year-old son with Down Syndrome. I understand that we have a budget crisis but do you honestly think that cutting services for the most vulnerable is the way to go? I’m terrified about what all these butcher-like cuts will do to my son and his current quality of life. Are you a parent? Do you know anyone with a disability? Do you understand the harm you will cause if you move forward with these horrific budget cuts for those who need our help the most? I ask you this, why are you insisting on cutting these services to the most vulnerable in our communities when you ask absolutely nothing from those who have NOT suffered during this horrible recession to give anything? I’m truly sickened by what our state and our country is fast becoming - a selfish society that only wants to do good by those who have more then they need! Tax the wealthy! Have them chip in for this budget disaster that was caused by the wealthiest of

wealthy on Wall Street! Who will suffer with your blatant attack on the weakest among us? Not your wealthy friends! Have you paid attention to the tax rates over the past 30 years? The wealthiest tax rates have gone down while those of us who work hard for a living have gone up! Were you aware that the income for the top two percent in our country has risen 125 percent since 1979 while the rest of our incomes have either remained the same or have gone down? Do you think this is right? Do you think this is fair? I pay taxes proudly in hopes that my elected Representatives do right by all the people, not just the rich! And now you’re attacking our teachers, firefighters, policemen and all the hard-working public employees? Why? So your wealthy friends can continue to vacation in their ocean front properties in Rye? This is class warfare and it’s the Republican/Tea Party that will be responsible for the irreparable harm that you will cause so many. Can you live with that? Nancy Beach Portsmouth, N.H.

Off on Libya It is unfortunate Mr. Goodwin has changed his mind on Libya from non-intervention to supporting the recent hegemonic actions. Yes, Col. Gaddafi is a criminal. Yes, the rebel fighters deserve victory. But neither of those reasons justify the violent bombing campaign undertaken by the West. If the West was going to intervene to support the rebels, bombing should not have been the tool used. Maybe air strikes are not bloody for pilots pushing buttons thousands of feet in the air. But don’t deceive yourself into thinking those bombs play some innocent, limited role. Bombing is an act of war. Civilians, who are allegedly the ones to be protected, will be killed by these bombs. Secondly, there is nothing moral about the U.S.’ actions. The government can deceive the naive that it cares about Libyan civilians. But where was the U.S. in Rwanda, Darfur, Lebanon or Palestine? As outsiders, we can never know the real reasons, oil or otherwise, for this Western intervention. Mr. Goodwin likes to contrast Libya with the Iraq War. But as another war based on deception, there may be more similarities than he thinks. Faris Al-Hashmi Senior, Political Science

OPINION

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Cote a bad choice for 2011 commencement speaker The university has announced the commencement speaker for the graduating class of 2011. His name is David Cote, and he is the chief executive of Honeywell Inc. The company is primarily known as a household items manufacturer thermostats, humidifiers and so on. Honeywell is much more diverse, however; operating multi-million dollar contracts with the U.S. military and handling extremely sensitive and hazardous chemical materials. Cote is a board member at JPMorgan Chase & Co., and has been an active business executive in American companies since the 1980s. Many of us are not pleased. For clarification purposes, this is not a personal attack towards David Cote, although his recent actions in Illinois speak about his character quite transparently. There, under his leadership, Honeywell refused to negotiate with a workers union when they did not accept the proposed cuts on their retirement healthcare. When the workers continued to work without a contract, because they were concerned about the safety of the plant and the surrounding community (they handled hazardous chemical material), Cote went ahead and fired them. I plan to talk in detail about this event in other campus publications, including this one. The majority of my criticism, however, is geared at the UNH administration; not only in regards to the lack of diversity in the past (Cote is the third CEO to speak at commencement in the last three years) but its failure to understand the implications of Cote’s selection. At the end, Cote is one CEO in an entire culture of corporate power, and many others deserve to be scrutinized much more aggressively. This is not about vilifying American big business; it’s about why we are including this narrative in our graduation. The process for selecting a speaker is by nomination; students, faculty and staff are able to submit nominations. Students, no surprise here, were particularly absent from the process and did not nominate. The overall sentiment I am hearing now in response to those who are unhappy with Cote is: tough luck,

From the Left David Jacobsen maybe you should have nominated someone. This sentiment was also made clear by the TNH Editorial staff. Although marginally compelling, let me tell you why that response doesn’t cut it. Firstly, the selection of a commencement speaker, especially for UNH, has every little to do with counting up the nominations. UNH does not budget to pay commencement speakers, thus I can imagine that the internal politics of the selection are heavily based on the selected speaker having either a connection to the university, such as Gary Hirshberg (2009 speaker), CEO of StonyField Farm, David Cote (UNH Alum) or not be in high demand, like Bert Jacobs (2010 speaker), CEO of “Life is Good,” who provided us with his rags-toriches story and threw frisbees at the graduates. Secondly, the committee involved in the selection process, should have looked past the protocol of nomination, to realize that having three CEOs in a row can start to imply things about the university. For example, that the entirety of the university is a business school, or that the university has a mission that is business-oriented. This implication has the potential to be further solidified by the language used by the administration; as noted by President Mark Huddleston, “Mr. Cote exemplifies many of the characteristics that we embrace at UNH: an entrepreneurial spirit, a global outlook, and a commitment to public service. I have a few problems with that: 1) Not all of us embrace an “entrepreneurial spirit,” considering we are a liberal arts and research university, 2) I sure hope we have a global outlook, and not

the type that is primary concerned with competing aggressively in the global market, and 3) disagree with me if you wish, but sitting on the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform has little to do with “public service.” I am sure that Obama and a group of talented CEOs and lawyers crafted some hallow mission statement for their afternoon tea party on “fiscal responsibility” to try to fabricate some imagination about reform. And, as I mentioned before, closing the door on hundreds of workers because you refuse to negotiate their healthcare and retirement benefits after they have worked for years with hazardous chemicals, does not, to me, exemplify “service.” You want “fiscal responsibly?” Stop giving yourself obscene raises and support the end of the Bush tax cuts, and as a leader, provide not just necessary, but exceptional healthcare and advocate for your worker’s well-being. What frustrates me is the message we are sending - it is a message of arrogance. That while the rights of workers and teachers are being assaulted in order to strengthen private markets, that while people are setting themselves on fire, because their education and agency isn’t valued by their governments, that while we are engaged in a war, and that while UNH students graduate into an America which has been bankrupted by military recklessness and the tolerance of corporate irresponsibility, for us, to sit and meditate on the illusive “potential” of the American dream; that all we have to do is work hard to reach our $16 million a year salary. It’s offensive and arrogant. This is far beyond David Cote, it’s about our sensibility in promoting a message of domestic and global solidarity, as a visionary institution concerned with justice. „„„ David Jacobsen is a senior political science and women’s studies major. He considers himself a leftwing radical feminist and immigration progressive. He is a member of the UNH College Democrats.

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Donald Trump: Our best hope? Last month, I had the opportunity to attend the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C., where Donald Trump crashed the convention and delivered a speech informing the delegates that he was exploring a possible presidential run. His speech was bold and simple; he summarized problems and presented solutions in a plain style that few presidential hopefuls use effectively. The conclusion of his speech was greeted with applause and shouts of “you’re hired!” And what conservative wouldn’t love Donald Trump; he’s a charismatic, internationallyknown, self-made (well, close enough, it takes money to make money) billionaire. His stated positions are decidedly conservative: pro-business, anti-China, pro-gun, anti-ObamaCare, pro-life, and anti-foreign aid. As a businessman, he employs thousands, owns hundreds of major real estate properties, and has his own highly rated TV show. Mr. Trump is a distinctly American personality who has put his stamp on the New York skyline. But not everyone is impressed with the man lovingly referred to as “The Donald.” As one of my close friends, a veteran of the Conservative movement and a former candidate for the N.H. House recently remarked to me, “Donald Trump is about Donald Trump.” Perhaps that’s true, but one has to wonder what Donald Trump would personally gain in ascending the presidency. What would Mr. Trump’s personal objective be in running for president? Is he seeking prestige, fame, privilege, or power? Surely, these are all things Mr. Trump has had for the better part of his adult life. Taking his word at face value and considering the fact that he has more to lose than to gain in running for the presidency, one would have to conclude that he must have some sort of affection for his country. Perhaps he really believes that he can solve America’s problems.

From the Right Nick Mignanelli Apart from claims of selfinterest, there are those who have asked whether having a reality TV show precludes Mr. Trump from running for president. I’m pretty young; I just turned 20 this month, but I can still remember a presidential candidate who probably has a few sex tapes floating around somewhere; no one seemed to think that that possibility precluded that guy from being president. Seriously though, what would be more entertaining than watching Donald Trump tell Barack Obama that he’s fired in his signature New York accent?

With the economy in ruins, escalating international crisis, and our country’s sociopolitical hegemony on the line, can Americans afford not to accept Mr. Trump’s charity? Donald Trump is not perfect. Like any businessman living in modern America, his career has been turbulent, though by no means unsuccessful. His company has been forced to file for bankruptcy three times, each time surviving only to exceed previous success. He has party affiliation changes and Democratic campaign donations to explain. Mr. Trump

switched his party registration from Republican to Democrat in 2001 only to reregister as a Republican in 2009. His campaign contributions have gone to Republicans and Democrats alike; Democratic politicians who have benefited from his campaign donations include Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Kirsten Gillibrand, Ted Kennedy, and Rahm Emanuel. The practice of donating to both sides of the aisle is not, of course, uncommon in the business community. But despite his flaws, he has so many redeeming qualities. I am personally impressed with the fact that he’s not a politician (or as I like to call them: lawyers who have grown bored with their mundane legal careers). Furthermore, Mr. Trump is a highly effective administrator and negotiator, things which, needless to say, Mr. Obama is not. He’s more than talk, but he can do that to: his speeches hold the attention of large crowds and convert new supporters. His ideas have too much substance to simply write him off as another celebrity running for office, but the polls seem to indicate that his name recognition is not a bad thing. A recent Newsweek/Daily Beast Poll puts Trump within two points of the President in a head-to-head matchup. All these things appear to make Mr. Trump an ideal standard bearer for the Republican Party in 2012. He’s wealthy and successful, and he’s here to help. Donald Trump’s impending run for the presidency is almost like a modern day noblesse oblige. With the economy in ruins, escalating international crisis, and our country’s sociopolitical hegemony on the line, can Americans afford not to accept Mr. Trump’s charity? „„„ Nick Mignanelli is a sophomore political science major. He considers himself a third wave conservative. He is an active member of the UNH College Republicans.

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The Oddsmaker 52%

UNH hockey continues after game one this weekend.

11% 100% 63% 91% 80%

chance seniors do not already have fullblown senioritis.

chance Gus Johnson makes life more exciting.

chance it will not snow again this season. chance those people with winning March Madness brackets will be the people who know nothing about basketball. chance that most people regret coming back from wherever they went to for spring break.

5%

chance that your Friday is half as good as Rebecca Black’s.

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Ron Paul is our President, come 2013.

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Middle Eastern youth now fight for their political voice By RAQUEL WOODSRUFF WASHINGTON SQUARE NEWS, NYU

The popular revolution surging throughout Libya has been under a spotlight in the U.S., as allied warplanes and cruise missiles have recently begun to aid anti-government rebels in their fight to remove dictator Muammar al-Qadaffi from power. But this incredible uprising is just one of many intensifying pro-democracy, anti-autocratic movements driven by young people across the Middle East. The revolt in Libya, the most censored country in the Middle East and North Africa according to the 2009 Freedom of the Press Index, is an illumination of the vigorously growing opposition fu-

eled by youth who, through access to social media, have seen how the rest of the world lives and want it for themselves. They want the freedom to make their own choices and the freedom to have their own voices. The immobilizing wall of silence was first broken in the Tunisia revolution. The popular uprising that ousted the nation’s leader Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali was the first democratic revolt in the modern Arab world and a catalyst for the rest of the Middle East to press for reform in a region dominated by authoritative regimes. The oppressed citizens of other Arab and North African nations did indeed begin to respond — several countries are currently fighting against the corruption and nepotism

they have lived with their whole lives and are realizing that political freedom and economic reform comes from democracy. Following their neighbors in Tunisia, in January protesters in Egypt demanded the overthrow of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and his regime. After weeks of popular protest and pressure, Mubarak resigned from office in February. A record number of voters turned out in Egypt approving constitutional amendments to secure a free and fair democratic system. In Yemen last week, President Ali Abdullah Saleh, a determined U.S. ally in the fight against terrorism, declared a state of emergency and dismissed his cabinet after government-linked forces killed

more than 40 unarmed protesters. On Monday, news came about of several top army commanders and one of Yemen’s key tribal leaders having sided with the protesters. And that’s not it. Opposition leaders in Bahrain were arrested after troops disbanded thousands of protestors that were occupying the central square of Manama. The king called for a three-month state of emergency. In Saudi Arabia, Sunni Muslims sent troops to mollify the mainly Shiite upheaval in bordering Bahrain. King Abdullah offered over $100 billion in added benefits to citizens following relentless protests in Riyadh. Let’s take a look at Syria. Protesters set fire to a headquarters of the ruling Baath Party — a raging indication of dissent in one of the

region’s most authoritarian states. And now Libyan people pouring across Tunisia’s border are being offered food and assistance from their neighbors. It’s obvious now that Libya is but one part of a remarkable wave of revolt in the Arab world. The Arab people, mainly the youth, are no longer sitting paralyzed under oppression, restricted by religious theocracies. The U.S. should continue supporting the dissidents in Libya and the quest for freedom in future autocratic governments. Middle Eastern dictator-run governments are finally changing — an extraordinary step in the modern Arab world. And the United States being a part of it is a tremendous thing.


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SPORTS

March 25, 2011

The New Hampshire

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

For young Wildcats, Beliveau continued to impress By RYAN HARTLEY STAFF WRITER

Junior Denise Beliveau, a small forward on the women’s basketball team, was successful on and off the court this season. Despite her team’s elimination from the America East tournament, a 67-53 loss to Binghamton in the quarterfinal round, Beliveau’s accomplishments received recognition around the conference. Before that 14-point loss on March 4, Beliveau received the America East Player of the Game award given to the player who received the most Player of the Game awards during conference play. Beliveau received 10 awards during the regular season, including winning seven in her team’s last eight contests. She was also named to the America East All-Academic team, an honor that particularly impressed first-year head coach Maureen Magarity. “She was named on an all-academic team, which is just something extra besides basketball,” Magarity said. “I think she’s very motivated in the classroom as well, so I’m really proud of her for making that.” The head coach feels that this dedication to schoolwork in addition to her commitment to basketball exemplifies who Beliveau is as a person. “She’s a very balanced young woman,” Magarity said. “I think she’s focused in all areas of her life.” Beliveau stressed the impor-

STEINBERG CONTINUED FROM PAGE 20 nerve-wracking. After a while you really start to enjoy competing and it becomes second nature to you.” As the years passed, Steinberg practiced hard to refine her skills. The star gymnast also credits strong coaching in helping enhance her skill level to where it is today.

tance of what being a “student-athlete” means. “We’re ‘student’ athletes, so student comes first,” she said. “Being motivated in the classroom kind of reflects who you are on the court. I’m a hard-worker on the court and in the classroom because after basketball does end, I need to have a strong education behind me to be able to accomplish the other goals I have in life.” Besides being named to the all-academic team, Beliveau also received the America East Player of the Game Award for her consistent play this season. Overall she averaged 13.1 points per game, ranking 13th best in the conference, along with 8.9 rebounds per game, which was good for second in the conference. To Magarity, the solid numbers come as no surprise. “Obviously, she’s really produced for us this year statistically,” she said. “She led our team in rebounds, scoring, minutes played ... statistically, obviously, she’s really led us.” Along with her success in the classroom and on the court, Magarity also recognized Beliveau’s leadership qualities. “She’s a captain this year [along with senior Jill McDonald],” the head coach said. “Especially for me in my first year, she’s just been really great. I think we have great communication, she’s not afraid to speak up; she really wants our program to push through and get to the next level. I think her hard work

However, it was a moment in her freshman year of high school that solidified in her mind that she had made the right decision to continue with gymnastics. During that year, Steinberg went to Nationals and won the meet. Steinberg described it as one of the best feelings in the world, and knew that day that she had made the right choice. “That was the day I knew

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Denise Beliveau started going down to the post this season, adding a new wrinkle to her already impressive offensive game. and her perseverance through all the injuries have really paid off.” Despite the fact that she just switched to the forward position this season, Magarity noted how Beliveau’s natural ability allowed her to make the transition easier. This quick adjustment allowed her to develop an inside game and become one of the top rebounders in the conference. “Obviously she’s very athletic and quick to the ball, but the one thing that I think she’s really strong at is rebounding, which I think might’ve surprised some people this year numbers-wise,” Magarity said. “She led our team in rebounding, and we really depended on her especially with mismatches.” Beliveau noticed this improvement in rebounding, especially on

the offensive side of the ball, but credited it to knowing how her teammates play the game. “I think my offensive rebounding has really improved a lot,” she said. “That also has to do with knowing your teammates. I know when my teammates are going to shoot, when they’re going to pull up, when they’re going to drive, when they’re going to pass. By knowing those, you can put yourself in a position to get rebounds.” Magarity attributed Beliveau’s newfound ability to score inside to her successful rebounding. “She’s always been able to score from the perimeter, but this year she’s really gotten a lot better at scoring around the basket,” Magarity said. Beliveau said that her skills as

gymnastics was definitely the right path,” Steinberg said. “I love doing it, and I had the talent for it, and it was just something I always wanted to better myself in, and it was something I strived for.” Around that time, Steinberg discovered that she eventually wanted to take her talents to the college level. Steinberg went to various college meets, including watching the University of Georgia team, which is one of the best in the country. When it came down to choosing a college to attend, the Ridgewood, N.J. native didn’t look at UNH at first. Steinberg was being recruited by various schools, and was initially avoiding New Hampshire due to a dislike for snow. However, after a leg injury during her junior year of high school that she initially thought would sink her college hopes, UNH continued to pursue Steinberg. She visited the campus during the following summer and fell in love with the campus. “I loved it,” Steinberg said. “I loved the school. I loved the girls. After that I was sold. I just wanted to come here. I love New England and the whole snow thing went out the door.” Since starting her gymnastic career at UNH, Steinberg has seen an improvement in her performance. Steinberg said that performing in college has made her focus on the

little details, and those small details have made her a better gymnast. Participating in college gymnastics has also allowed Steinberg to travel all around the country. The star gymnast enjoys seeing various parts of the country, including trips to Arizona and to Louisiana for Mardi Gras. However, all the traveling has worn down Steinberg to a degree. “It does take its toll,” Steinberg said. “It does tire you out. It does take you away from classes so there are drawbacks, but it’s awesome to travel around because you are with a group of people who are your closest friends.” One of the most rewarding aspects of UNH gymnastics for Steinberg has been the strong bond that she has built with her teammates. Steinberg enjoys the fact that her teammates know how to work hard, yet maintain a positive lighthearted environment. “I’m really lucky, because I have a really supportive team and we all support each other no matter what,” Steinberg said. After 17 years of participating in gymnastics, Steinberg is ready to end her successful career as a gymnast. While she does admit that her body is ready to retire from the strenuous sport, Steinberg acknowledges that the feeling is bittersweet. “I’m glad there’s a finish line but I’m also sad as well,” Steinberg

a guard have helped make her transition from guard to forward easier. “I can post up a little bit more now,” Beliveau said. “If I have a smaller guard on me, I can get down there and post up.” When the coaches asked Beliveau to play the forward position for this past season, Beliveau was willing, but unsure how she would adjust to the position. The change wasn’t as easy as it appeared. “I was almost always undersized, and a lot smaller than the girls that I was covering,” she said. “I’m just not used to the post; I’m more of a guard.” Still, Beliveau managed to get used to the position. “At first I was uncomfortable, but the coaches have been so patient and helpful,” the junior forward said. “I think adding that dynamic to my game and working on becoming more comfortable in the post has been really helpful.” Despite all the recognition she received this past season, Beliveau gave the credit of her success to a piece of advice given to her by her coaches. “The biggest thing the coaches always tell you is that everyone wants to be a scorer, but there’re so many other things you can do when you’re not scoring,” she said. “I may not have been scoring as much as I would’ve wanted to every game, but I can still rebound, I can still get a steal, I can still get assists; I can be more of an all-around player and leader.”

said. “I’ve worked hard over the past 17 years spending sweat, tears, and injury, and it’s all coming to an end.” Steinberg is an occupational therapy major, a stressful major that she says is tough to juggle with all of the practices and meets that she has been attending. Steinberg said that she is ready to take her passion for gymnastics and apply it towards her future career. Even though she is a senior this year, Steinberg’s academic career isn’t finished as she has a year and a half left to finish her master’s degree. Even though she won’t be participating in any more meets after this year concludes, Steinberg will continue to keep track of the gymnastics team. Steinberg said next fall that she will possibly try and be an assistant coach next fall as she continues her studies and will go to as many meets as she possibly can. As her time as a competitor dwindles, Steinberg realizes how important gymnastics has been to her, not only as a competitor, but as a person. “I’ve grown so much as a person through this sport,” said Steinberg. “It’s embedded in me all the qualities I have going forward. Gymnastics has taught me a lot of life lessons and I really appreciate that.”


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2011 NCAA Division I Hockey Tournament 1 N. DAKOTA Fighting Sioux

1 MIAMI (OH) RedHawks

Record: 30-8-3 (21-6-1) WCHA Champions

Record: 23-9-6 (16-7-5-2) CCHA Champions

4 RENSSELAER Engineers

4 NEW HAMPSHIRE Wildcats

Record: 20-12-5 (11-9-2) ECAC At-Large Bid

Record: 21-10-6 (17-6-4) Hockey East At-Large Bid

MIDWEST REGIONAL, GREEN BAY, WIS. 2 DENVER Pioneers

NORTHEAST REGIONAL, MANCHESTER, N.H. 2 MERRIMACK Warriors

Record: 24-11-5 (17-8-3) WCHA At-Large Bid

Record: 25-9-4 (16-8-3) Hockey East At-Large Bid

3 WESTERN MICH. Broncos Record: 19-12-10 (10-9-9-5) CCHA At-Large Bid

1 BOSTON COLLEGE Eagles

3 NOTRE DAME Fighting Irish Thursday, April 7

Saturday, April 9

2011 Frozen Four

National Championship

Xcel Energy Center St. Paul, Minn.

Xcel Energy Center St. Paul, Minn.

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Record: 23-13-5 (18-7-3-2) CCHA At-Large Bid

1 YALE Bulldogs

Record: 30-7-1 (20-6-1) Hockey East Champions

Record: 27-6-1 (17-4-1) ECAC Champions

4 COLORADO COLLEGE Tigers

4 AIR FORCE Falcons

Record: 22-18-3 (13-13-2) WCHA At-Large Bid

Record: 20-11-6 (14-7-6) Atlantic Hockey Champions

WEST REGIONAL, ST. LOUIS, MO. 2 MICHIGAN Wolverines

EAST REGIONAL, BRIDGEPORT, CONN. 2 UNION Dutchmen

Record: 26-10-4 (20-7-1) CCHA At-Large Bid

Record: 26-9-4 (17-3-2) ECAC At-Large Bid

3 NEB.-OMAHA Mavericks

3 MINN. DULUTH Bulldogs

Record: 21-15-2 (17-9-2) WCHA At-Large Bid

TOURNEY CONTINUED FROM PAGE 20 scored five or more goals in 11 games this season they have also allowed five or more six times this season, including a 6-3 loss to the Wildcats on Oct. 9. While their defense has been solid for much of the season, those sorts of lapses could be cause for concern in the one-anddone nature of the tournament. The road to the Frozen Four gets no easier in the next round, as the winner of UNH-Miami will face either Merrimack or Notre Dame for a trip to St. Paul. Merrimack has been one of the nation’s biggest surprises this season, riding the school’s first winning record in over 20 years to the Hockey East final and a No. 2 seed in the national tournament. Another matchup with the Warriors would be a nightmare for UNH, who has lost three straight to Merrimack in just over a month, including being thoroughly outplayed in a 4-1 loss in the Hockey East semifinals last weekend. East Regional: ECAC champion Yale earned the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament and was rewarded with the shortest travel distance of any

team. The Bulldogs with play Atlantic Hockey champion Air Force in Bridgeport, Conn., just 20 miles from the Yale campus, while No. 2 seed Union plays Minnesota-Duluth in the other regional semifinal. Yale is led by a powerful, balanced offense, with eight players totaling 20 or more points on the season, and stellar play by senior goalie Ryan Rondeau, who ranks first nationally in goals against average (1.83) and second in save percentage (.932). The East appears to be the most balanced of the regional sections, as top-seeded Yale has lost to both Air Force and Union this season. The Dutchmen, playing in their first NCAA tournament, upset Yale in the last game of the season to nab the ECAC regular season title. Midwest Regional: The Midwest Regional in Green Bay will feature arguably both the nation’s best team and the nation’s best player. The North Dakota Fighting Sioux, led by sensational senior forward Matt Frattin, come in ranked No. 1 in the country (although they are seeded third overall in the tournament) and are riding a 13-game winning streak. The WCHA regular season and tournament champions will face

Record: 22-10-6 (15-8-5) WCHA At-Large Bid

Rensselaer in the first round, and the Engineers boast their own scoring force in senior Chase Polacek, a Hobey Baker finalist for the second straight year. In the No. 2-No. 3 matchup, tourney veteran Denver will face off against Western Michigan, a team who’s run to the dance has been very similar to Merrimack’s. After winning only four conference games last season, the Broncos more than doubled that this season and made an unexpected run to the CCHA title game and their first tournament appearance in 15 years. West Regional: In the longest trip by a No. 1 seed this year, Boston College will travel to St. Louis to face No. 4 seed Colorado College in the first round. BC’s run to the tournament was similar to that of the Fighting Sioux, riding a 13-1-1 home record to a Hockey East regular season and tournament championship. The Eagles feature a star-studded lineup highlighted by a trio of first-team All-Hockey East selections in goalie John Muse, forward Cam Atkinson and defenseman Brian Dumoulin. The winner will face the winner of No. 2 seed Michigan and No. 3 seed Nebraska-Omaha.

LACROSSE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 20 bio, who were both lost to graduation. Maloney led the PCLL in goals last season en route to being named league MVP. “We have a really young team this year,” head coach Jake Sullivan said. “A lot of those [younger] guys lost a place on the field last year with guys like Maloney and Rubio here, and now that these guys are going to get a chance to get out on the field a little bit more I think everyone is going to be shocked at how much firepower we actually gained this year by ways of graduation. Also returning this year is the junior midfield duo of Mark Cochrane and assist-monster Daniel Milano, whose 30 helpers last season led the PCLL by a long shot. Back in net for the Wildcats is senior Jake Katz, who led UNH to an 11-3 record with a league-leading 154 saves last year in his first season in Durham. “The biggest thing that I expect from Jake this year is that he’s just matured into his role even more,” Sullivan said. “He’s becoming a defensive leader for us and now that

he’s had a look at all these teams in our conference I think he’s going to be that much better this year.” The Wildcats began their 2011 campaign last week with a threegame swing through Arizona over spring break against some of the nation’s best. After opening the season with an 18-4 loss to an Arizona State team ranked No. 2 nationally, UNH fell to Arizona, 8-5, before rallying for six fourth-quarter goals to defeat Santa Clara, 10-9, to close out the trip. The Wildcats will begin the PCLL season against URI this Saturday before BC comes to town next Saturday for a title game rematch. The Eagles are currently 3-1 on the season and will travel to Michigan and Michigan State this weekend before heading to Durham. “There’s always Boston College, they’re a fantastic team,” Sullivan said. “But the competition in our conference has gotten that much better.” Game time this Saturday is 2 p.m. on Outer Field. “I’d love to see a turnout,” Sullivan said. “These guys work hard, they support their school. And the bigger the turnout the better the show.”


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The puck is set to drop on the 2011 NCAA Hockey Tournament, and the UNH men’s hockey team will look to finally end its annual “regional curse.” The Wildcats have qualified for ten straight tournaments, but have not reached the Frozen Four since 2003. They will hope some hometown advantage will change their fortunes this year, as they will take on top-seeded Miami (Ohio) in the first round of the Northeast Regional in Manchester, N.H.

A 2-4-2 record in the final stretch of the regular season dropped UNH from a potential No. 2 seed to a No. 4 seed, and its opponent in the first round is what one would expect in a No. 1 seed. The RedHawks are absolutely loaded offensively, boasting three 50-plus-point scorers in senior Hobey Baker finalists Andy Miele and Carter Camper and sophomore Reilly Smith, with Miele leading the nation with 71 points. The Wildcats have had some success against Miami this season, however, splitting a two-game series in October. And while the RedHawks have TOURNEY continued on page 19

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Stellar career nearing end for Steinberg By RYAN CHIAVETTA

By ZACK COX After falling to Boston College in the Pioneer Collegiate Lacrosse League championship last season in double overtime, the UNH men’s club lacrosse team returns this year stacked with talent and ready to begin its quest for a PCLL title when they host Rhode Island on Saturday night in the 2011 home and conference opener. The Wildcats’ strength is their core of young talent, especially on the offensive end. Sophomore Evan Flower (31 goals, 13 assists in 2010) and freshmen Joe Gardiner (38 g, 8 a) and Garrett Buckley (14 g, 4 a) were all in the top five on the team in scoring last season and will all return this year. UNH will be stuck with the task of replacing PCLL All-Stars Michael Maloney and James Ru-

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Sophomore Joe Gardiner (18) and senior Sam Elmes (4) return this year and will bolster UNH’s attack. The Wildcats host conference foe URI on Saturday at 2 p.m. on Bremner Field in their home opener.

Chelsea Steinberg has had a long road in order to become one of the best gymnasts at UNH. Now as she is about to end her college career, Steinberg is trying to make the best of the rest of her time in Wildcat Country. Steinberg got her inspiration to become a gymnast when she was a toddler attending a gymnastics themed birthday party. At the age of five, Steinberg was enrolled in her first class and began her road to becoming a successful gymnast. When she was seven years old, Steinberg began competing in various events. Steinberg had some initial jitters when she started competing at a young age, but eventually found comfort in the process. “The first few meets I was really nervous,” said Steinberg. “I think anybody when you are first competing in front of people can be very STEINBERG continued on page 18


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