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Family, friends remember UMass student Evan Jones as fun and reliable By Mary reines Collegian Staff
hether he was building a computer, or playing a pick-up game of basketball or even painting his face for a scavenger hunt, Evan Jones was up for anything. “No matter what, he’d always say yes,” friend Sam Taugher said of Jones, the 19-year-old University of Massachusetts student who was found dead by campus police in his Washington Tower dorm room on Sept. 7. “You could just count on him to always be there.” Officials have yet to determine Jones’ cause of death as they continue to conduct an autopsy. Jones, a Milton native, was survived by his mother Kristan Bagley Jones, father Don Jones and younger sister Ally. Jones grew up loving sports and became captain of his high school’s lacrosse and football teams. He was a competi-
tive athlete who enjoyed powerlifting, CrossFit training and a steady intake of chicken and rice. “He was determined to be a healthy, strong kid,” Jones’ mother said. Taugher, a sophomore at UMass who met Jones in the first grade, said that he and his friends used to make fun of Jones for his particular eating habits. “His diet was always hilarious,” he said. Taugher met Jones on the local soccer team when he moved to Milton in 2000. Both their fathers were coaches for the team, and the families enjoyed cookouts together. Among his happiest memories with Jones is a trip to Taugher’s Cape Cod house during their senior year of high school. There they were, 12 guys hanging out at the beach, golfing and having a good time. He remembered Jones lifting in the backyard and eating chicken and rice, as usual. Jones was Taugher’s
go-to companion for all kinds of situations. When Taugher’s girlfriend roped him into attending a concert at the Fine Arts Center, Taugher called up Jones to accompany them. Julia O’Brien, a UMass junior who went to Milton High School, had a similar experience with Jones during a senior scavenger hunt at the school. One of the tasks was finding a face-painted sophomore wearing a special outfit. She and her friends recruited Jones for the job, and although he was caught off-guard, he didn’t disappoint. “He’d do crazy things,” she said. O’Brien remembered Jones as a funny kid who was genuinely nice and always smiling. She often saw him with his group of close friends. According to his mother, Jones was both physically and emotionally intellisee
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Evan Jones with his younger sister Ally at a Red Sox game.
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Biochar to aid climate change New fuel making waves in agriculture By Gavin Portwood Collegian Correspondent
The women’s frisbee team practices on Wednesday afternoon on the athletic fields on Commonwealth Ave.
Music association gains members By Kristin LaFratta
who now plays a minimal role in the club. President Mitch Bordage now leads the The Association for group in what he calls its Musical Performance is comfirst year truly up and runprised of a diverse range of ning. musicians, which includes “The problem is there’s a flute players, rockers and lot of musicians but there’s beat boxers. Relatively not really a platform to show new to the University of your stuff,” Bordage said. Massachusetts, AMP is a net- “We try to give the opporwork for musicians across tunity musicians might not campus to get together to otherwise necessarily have.” share, expand and showcase The leaders of AMP their musical talents. describe their weekly meetThe idea for AMP origi- ings as an informal place nally came from student for members to show and Omar Wahid two years ago, help each other with their Collegian Correspondent
music. One goal of the group is for members to meet other musicians and potentially create projects or bands. “I was looking to add a music minor my freshman year,” AMP Secretary Lance Brozdowski said. “I looked into it and it wasn’t really what I was looking for. You had to perform and actually present very formal stuff to a board. I just want to meet people and jam.” Amateurs are also welcome to the group. This year, there will be workshops offered at weekly meetings,
which are held Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at room 119 in Herter Hall. These lessons will teach beginners in different areas of focus such as singing, guitar and music theory. “We hope to be the ultimate utility for all musicians both prospective and current,” Bordage said. Besides musicians, AMP welcomes those interested in working as event planners, sound technicians, video recorders and photograsee
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Biochar has made waves in academic and agricultural circles within the past decade as a solution to climate change, soil fertility and energy production. Biochar is created from biomass through a process called pyrolysis – high temperature heating within an enclosed environment – similar to the way that charcoal is made. The result is a highcarbon soil enhancer along with various byproducts. Syngas, or synthesis gas, a combustible hydrocarbon is given off by this process. It has been used as fuel for power plants and vehicles. The long-term introduction of biochar into agricultural soil allows for greater nutrient and water retention. Migration of soil contaminants and runoff is significantly minimized. As an environmental consequence, the carbon contained in these biomasses is put into a more chemically stable form. Proponents describe biochar as carbon ‘negative’ instead of carbon neutral. “Instead of chipping trees into the wood, we should take some of those chipped trees and make biochar out of them,” said Dr. Stephen Hebert, director of the Center for Agriculture at the University of Massachusetts. Despite enthusiasm, large scale and practical field studies do not yet exist. “Farmers are not going to take biochar and dump it on their fields if they don’t know what it’s going to do,”
Herbert said. He encourages skeptical farmers to perform small-scale experimentation on their own fields. This lack of real-word field trials have led Emily Cole, a graduate student at the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, to begin a test of the biochar in a cornfield in South Deerfield with various concentration of char. While not yet ready for empirical data, her biochar fields have demonstrated very encouraging results in the past two years. “We are beginning to see promising results even in the first year of data collection,” she said. New England is a prime testing ground for such studies. The effects of biochar are discriminating based on soil types and on contents. Different types of biochars are to be created based on the needs of the soil, encouraging the development of designer biochar. “In 10 years I think we can get to a point where we know general characteristics through a specific feed type,” Cole said. Added Cole: “Just like farmers send in soil to the lab to get its characteristics, I think we can start sending biochar into the lab.” According to Cole, these engineered biochars are a next step in agricultural proliferation. Professor Baoshan Xing at Stockbridge is one such professor who seeks to write a biochar prescription for a given soil ailment. “You make biochar with see
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THE RU N D OW N ON THIS DAY... In 2001, students held an America rally on the steps of the Student Union to boost morale against terrorist attacks and ask Afghanistan to turn over Osama bin Laden two weeks after the 9/11 attacks.
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US signs treaty to regulate arms trade internationally UNITED NATIONS – The United States on Wednesday signed a treaty that seeks to regulate the international trade in conventional arms, but ratification in the Senate remains uncertain because of the strong resistance of gun rights advocates. Secretary of State John F. Kerry signed the Arms Trade Treaty in a ceremony at the United Nations, insisting that it would have no effect on Americans’ ability to buy weapons and little effect on overseas sales because of U.S. export controls that are already in place. “We are talking about the kind of export controls that for decades have not diminished one iota our ability in the United States as Americans to exercise our rights under the Constitution,” he said. Despite such arguments, conservatives consider the law a threat to the Second Amendment. Some also see it as another threat from abroad to American sovereignty. The treaty seeks to set standards for all crossborder transfers of conventional weapons, from small firearms to tanks and attack helicopters. It requires countries to review international sales contracts to ensure that weapons will not be used in human rights abuses, terrorism, violations of humanitarian law or organized crime. The United States, the No. 1 gun exporter, became the 91st country to sign the agreement. But some other top manufacturing countries, including Russia, China and India, have declined to sign. Rights group Amnesty International said it hoped the administration’s decision would be seen as a signal by the Russians and Chinese, as well as domestic opponents of the law. “The Obama administration is politically committed to ending the unscrupulous trade in deadly weapons used by dictators, warlords and criminal gangs to commit atrocities,” said Frank Jannuzi, Amnesty International USA’s deputy executive director. Oxfam, an aid group, called on Washington to live up to the spirit of the treaty by not transferring weapons to countries such as Syria, where there is a risk of rights abuses. The National Rifle Association issued a statement describing the law’s provisions as “blatant attacks on the constitutional rights and liberties of every law-abiding American.” MCT
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phers to join their association. These members could potentially help set up and capture AMP-sponsored concerts. Concerts are the one aspect of the association that are not so lax, said AMP treasurer Jim Lyons. Because of limited stage time, the group’s leaders must hold auditions for concerts. Musicians interested in performing in the group’s first concert on Friday, Oct. 18 are expected to come to auditions with a set list on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at the usual meeting place. No one in the association is required to perform in concerts, though it is offered to everyone. The group is driven by a vision of increasing its membership and popularity with the hope of cre-
ating bigger concerts that will generate revenue for both UMass and AMP. It is their dream to “become big enough to hold events where we can have a night of AMP performances where people will pay and keep going to our events,” Bordage said. The attendance at weekly meetings has already dramatically increased since last year. Last year, there were about 10 members who came to the meetings, but now there is between 40-50 attendees. Through flyers, tabling at the campus center and word of mouth, AMP has successfully spurred awareness of its purpose throughout the UMass campus. The group does more than create a fostering environment for musicians. It also gives members the
opportunity to show their talents in various venues. Bordage receives word from open mic nights and other events on campus seeking musical performances. He then forwards this information to AMP members for them to decide whether or not they are interested. Though the leaders themselves are advanced musicians and have varied interests in the realm of musical performance, they urge all UMass students with an interest in music to become a part of AMP. In the words of the association’s vice president Sarah Addi, “You don’t have to be Mozart to come play with us.” Kristin LaFratta can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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a purpose: to remediate, to amend soil,” Xing said. Some of his research has focused on laboratory-produced biochars for agricultural purposes. “Not all biochars are the same,” Xing said. “You have to know your soil [and] what kind of problem you have. Then you make the char to fit that problem.” Proponents and researchers of biochar will arrive at UMass next month to discuss, present and promote biochar at the 2013 North American Biochar Symposium. The upcoming symposium will feature researchers, regulators and individuals advocating biochar and presenting studies. The symposium is sponsored by the Pioneer Valley Biochar Initiative (PVBI), a local group involved in the
proliferation and production of biochar within the region. A few farms in the region have begun to integrate biochar in their fields and more have expressed interest. PVBI assists these farmers with logistics and supply of biochar. The upcoming 2013 North American Biochar Symposium will be held Sunday, Oct. 13 through Wednesday, Oct. 16. Presentation schedules are available online at symposium2013.pvbiochar.org. The New England Small Farm Institute will also hold a field day and workshop in Belchertown as a part of the symposium. More information for these events is available at www.smallfarm.org. Gavin Portwood can be reached at email@example.com.
Mass Impact Day Netanyahu: Iran leader’s draws volunteers UN speech was ‘cynical’ UMass students to help in community By Michael Turner Collegian Correspondent
community service. I am looking forward to working with friends and professors and local residents.” Students, alumni, faculty and university staff are all encouraged to participate in the event. The Student Government Association fully supports Mass Impact Day, and the vast majority of student representatives will be site leaders scattered throughout the communities to guide and aid in service efforts. Many organizations have collaborated to organize this event. Mass Impact Day is sponsored by Student Affairs and Campus Life, External Relations, the Student Government Association and the Alumni Association. Alden Credit Union is donating funds to finance the day of service. Numerous other organizations are participating in service efforts. YMCA Greenfield, UMass Permaculture, Big Brother Big Sister, Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and the Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts are all participating in Mass Impact Day.
Though relations between the University of Massachusetts and surrounding towns have been shaky at times in the past, the university is striving to work toward a better relationship. UMass students will give back to the community this Saturday with the second annual Mass Impact Day. Beginning at 9 a.m. at the Haigis Mall, the day of service is part of the university’s sesquicentennial celebration. Volunteers will fan out across the Pioneer Valley, doing service work in multiple communities, from nearby towns like Amherst, all the way to Springfield. The service work will range from visiting elders and cleaning up public lands, painting buildings and giving care and support to those in need. Many students are excited to work as a community for the collective good of Western Massachusetts, including UMass student Savannah Waters. “It is very exciting to be part of something larger than myself,” she said. “I feel that there should be more opportunities for the Michael Turner can be reached at campus as a whole to do firstname.lastname@example.org.
Israeli leader ‘not happy’ with claims By BaTsheva soBelMan Los Angeles Times
JERUSALEM – Although Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered Israel’s delegation to leave the room during this week’s U.N. speech by Iran’s president, he was listening and was not happy with what he heard. “As expected, this was a cynical speech that was full of hypocrisy,” Netanyahu said in a statement Wednesday. Netanyahu rejected Iranian President Hasan Rouhani’s comments describing Iran’s controversial nuclear program as an effort aimed at civilian purposes. “Any rational person understands that Iran, one of the most oil-rich nations, isn’t investing capital in ballistic missiles and underground nuclear facilities in order to produce electricity,” he said. Ahead of Rouhani’s speech, Netanyahu warned the world not to be fooled by half-measures providing a “smoke screen for Iran’s continued pursuit of nuclear weapons.” His attitude after
the speech remained unchanged. Iran’s strategy is “to talk and play for time” as it advances toward a military nuclear capability, he said. The Israeli leader has demanded that Iran stop enriching uranium, remove already enriched material from the country, shut down the enrichment facility and halt the development of plutonium. “Only a credible military threat can allow diplomacy or other steps to halt this armament process,” Netanyahu reportedly told his Cabinet this week. Although joked about widely, many believe that Netanyahu’s use of a cartoon of a bomb, representing Iran’s nuclear program, during a speech last year at the United Nations gained support for Israel’s position opposing the Iranian effort. But a combination of circumstances, including recent elections in Iran, have changed the diplomatic climate, and some observers contend that Netanyahu has been slow to adapt. Israel will have to upgrade and nuance its arguments on Iran, Raphael Ahren, a correspondent with the Times of Israel, wrote this week. Although Israel’s doubts are reasonable, “Rouhani is singing a
new tune and Netanyahu risks sounding like a broken record,” he wrote. Netanyahu has proved himself a responsible statesman regarding Syria but is flailing around on Iran, Barak Ravid, a writer with the newspaper Haaretz, told Israel Radio on Wednesday. “I expect my prime minister to identify change and adapt his messages and policies accordingly,” said Ravid, who said Netanyahu’s recent comments on Iran, as well as the boycotting of Rouhani’s speech, were hysterical. Netanyahu has his work cut out for him when he comes to the U.N. next week to make Israel’s case, Ariel Kahana of the daily newspaper Makor Rishon said during the radio debate. Not only have circumstances and players changed since last year, even the timing of Netanyahu’s speech before the world body - a full week after the appearances of President Barack Obama and Rouhani - renders him the “underdog,” Kahana said. However, he defended Netanyahu’s response to Rouhani’s speech: “Netanyahu has to speak the truth. Because if he doesn’t, who will?”
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Evan Jones (second from right) and friends before their senior prom in 2012. a good head on his shoulders,” Vitrofsky said. “Sometimes bad things happen to good people, and this is just one of those times.” The fraternity is planning a candlelight vigil Jake Vitrofsky near Haigis Mall for happiness during a birth- on Sept. 8. Taugher had Jones’s birthday on Oct. 20. day party for one of the fra- Jones’s ticket. Vitrofsky hopes that many “It was really hard people will attend. ternity’s members. It was Jones’s first weekend back. to be there knowing that Taugher thanked his “He was like the happi- he wouldn’t be there,” childhood friend for all of est person alive,” Vitrofsky Vitrofsky said. Vitrofsky worked with the good memories they said. “It was like seeing a kid in a candy store, and Kappa Sigma’s national had together. “I wish we could have like everyone around is office to have Jones’s name put down as a founding had more,” he said. your best friend.” Vitrofsky and Taugher father in the fraternity’s Mary Reines can be reached at went to the Easton Corbin charter. concert together at UMass “He was a good kid, had email@example.com.
“He was a good kid, had a good head on his shoulders. Sometimes bad things happen to good people, and this is just one of those times.
Senate moves toward budget fix Votes 100-0 to take up bill By david Lightman and maRia Recio
McClatchy Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON – After a marathon day and night of talking, the Senate moved Wednesday toward a budget plan that would keep the government open past a Monday night deadline while maintaining funding for the new health care law. The final vote by the Democratic-run Senate should come no later than Saturday, which then would send the plan back to the Republican-ruled House of Representatives. The House would have to decide whether to agree to keep the government and Obamacare running at least for a few months or shut down parts of the government to try to force Democrats to accept some diminution of the Affordable Care Act. The move toward Senate approval of a short-term status quo spending plan came after Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, sat down at noon EDT Wednesday, ending a 21-hour, 19-minute talkathon that protested continued funding of the health care law. Despite his efforts, the Senate voted 100-0 to move ahead with debate on the budget plan. Cruz and his allies might have other opportunities for protests this week, but few Democrats or Republicans were eager to see them. “We could finish this bill in a matter of hours,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. “But instead we find ourselves being pushed closer and closer to another shutdown.” Veteran Republicans also derided Cruz’s tactics. “I know how this ends,” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said of efforts to shut down the government. Like many Republicans in power, McCain thinks that voters
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gent. “He could talk about his feelings,” she said. Jones also liked to argue, and when thinking about what major he would choose at UMass, he considered his stubborn tendencies. “I love to argue,” he told his mom, “so I think I’m going to be a lawyer.” Jones was undeclared, but he was also interested in computer science, and he even built his own desktop computer. He brought it to UMass and it still works to this day. “He liked to use his hands and his head,” his mother said. Jones was excited about joining Kappa Sigma, a new fraternity at UMass. He and Taugher met with Jake Vitrofsky, the fraternity’s president, who liked Taugher and Jones right away. Vitrofsy remembered how he and Jones had a mutual love for country music, which they discovered when Vitrofsky’s phone once rang playing “Wagon Wheel” by Darius Rucker. Jones, who suffered from epilepsy, had to leave school during this past spring semester as his condition worsened. Vitrofsky, worried about his friend’s health, stayed in contact with him over the summer. “You meet someone like that and you want to make sure they’re OK,” he said. He remembered Jones’s
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“The pleas from the American people, I can tell you in Texas, are deafening. The frustration that the United States Senate doesn’t listen to the people is deafening.” Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas would blame incumbents, especially Republicans, for a shutdown. If Congress can’t agree on a budget plan by the start of the new fiscal year, on Oct. 1, parts of the government will begin closing. The House passed legislation Friday to keep the government running through Dec. 15, but it also defunds Obamacare. The Senate is expected by Sunday to pass a shortterm plan that finances the government but includes money for the health care law, setting up a showdown with the House. The extended debate appeared to do little other than anoint Cruz as a champion of the grassroots conservative tea party movement. There was irony in the final vote. Though Cruz tried to filibuster, he and his backers voted to cut off debate and move ahead on the bill. T hat vote, they explained, came because they like the current le gislation defunding Obamacare and want to press colleagues to vote against the upcoming Democratic effort to restore the money. Democrats painted the surprisingly unanimous vote as face-saving. “The only reason Ted Cruz switched to yes is that he would have had so few people voting with him it would have been embarrassing,” said Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. In the meantime, Cruz stood out in a Senate that has at least two potential 2016 rivals for the Republican presidential nomination, Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida. Paul had led a 13-hour protest in March over U.S. drone policy. Asked Wednesday whether he
minded Cruz taking the spotlight, Paul smiled and said, “No. Congratulations to Ted for giving one long speech.” Cruz’s star turn was driven by social media reports that followed him minute by minute, recording how he read bedtime stories to his children from the Senate floor, chastised fellow Republicans for political timidity and portrayed himself as a defender of voiceless Americans who are about to have their health care become more expensive and more inaccessible. “The pleas from the American people, I can tell you in Texas, are deafening,” he said as he wrapped up the debate. “The frustration that the United States Senate doesn’t listen to the people is deafening.” He had begun talking at 2:41 p.m. Tuesday. Cruz, an attorney who usually wears cowboy boots, said he’d “embarrassingly” decided not to wear his “argument boots,” which he’d worn to his swearing-in last January. He wore black tennis shoes instead. Cruz’s time ended at noon Wednesday. The gavel sounded, and he sat down in his chair near the left corner of the chamber. As he sat, he got a round of applause and a standing ovation from the handful of Republican senators and staffers in the chamber. When he emerged in the hallway to a phalanx of cameras and reporters, Cruz was asked what he’d accomplished. “I hope that this filibuster has helped frame this debate for the American people,” he said. Later, Cruz told McClatchy he felt terrific
and had eaten “a peanut or two” during the marathon. The spotlight might shift to the House for a while, as House Republican leaders are considering voting soon on increasing the nation’s debt limit, a separate budget showdown. Republicans might attach a provision to that bill delaying the implementation of the health care law. Adding to the controversy, a new report released Wednesday found that the Internal Revenue Service had failed to properly account for all expenses tied to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration’s report said that from fiscal 2010 through 2012, the IRS reported costs of $488 million associated with implementation. But the report said the IRS had failed to “track all costs associated with implementation of the ACA,” specifically about $67 million in indirect costs that the agency didn’t account for or attempt to quantify.
WASHINGTON – The Washington Navy Yard shooter believed he was being targeted by an “ultra low frequency attack” and left a note saying that this was “what I’ve been subject to for the last 3 months, and to be perfectly honest that is what has driven me to this,” the FBI revealed Wednesday. Aaron Alexis, a 34-yearold computer technician for a private Navy contractor, killed 12 people in the Sept. 16 rampage as he fired a sawed-off Remington 870 Express shotgun, into which he had etched several, including “End to the torment!” The FBI also released chilling surveillance video and photographs from Building 197 at the Navy Yard, including scenes of Alexis in a dark-blue-andwhite shirt and dark trousers wielding the shotgun as he stalked hallways and stairwells in search of victims. Valerie Parlave, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, said Alexis did not expect to survive the shootings that spanned 70 minutes that Monday morning. “There are indicators that Alexis was prepared to die during the attack and that he accepted death as the inevitable consequence of his actions,” she said. She also emphasized that there was no evidence Alexis was intentionally hunting down any coworkers or supervisors he might have known since he started working at the Navy Yard on Aug. 25. She added that he was involved in a “routine” office disagreement the Friday before, but said that incident had nothing to do with his motive for the shootings. “There is no indication to date that Alexis was targeting specific individuals,” Parlave said. The bureau also released a timeline showing that Alexis arrived at the Navy Yard at 7:53 a.m. EDT in a rented blue Toyota Prius with New York license plates and parked in a garage directly across from Building 197. According to the timeline, he walked into the building carrying a backpack and was next seen headed to a fourth-floor bathroom carrying the
backpack and a clipboard. At 8:15, he left the bathroom with the shotgun “but without the backpack or a clipboard.” A minute later, he shot the first victim in the building’s 4 West area. The first 911 emergency call came a minute later. Alexis moved to the third floor at 8:20 and next went down to the first floor; then he returned to the third floor. At times, he crouched or hid. At 9:25, police officers shot and killed him on the third floor. According to an affidavit from FBI Special Agent Sarah Jones, the shooter’s body was found near a 9-millimeter semiautomatic pistol that authorities said he took from a security guard he shot. The shotgun was recovered on the first floor with Alexis’ ID badge for access to the building nearby. The backpack was recovered in the bathroom. It contained “empty boxes of ammunition, consistent with the caliber discharged on the scene,” Jones said in the affidavit. Also inside were documents with his name on them, as well as numerous electronic discs and external thumb drives. Agents recovered his Lenovo Thinkpad T500 laptop computer at a nearby Residence Inn, where Alexis had been staying in Room 716 for nine days. The FBI did not reveal what investigators found on the various devices beyond the statement that an “ultra low frequency attack” had driven him to kill others. For some time, Alexis had been experiencing delusional behavior, authorities said, even telling police in Newport, R.I., that unseen individuals were following him and trying to send microwaves through his body. He purchased the shotgun at a suburban Virginia gun store two days before the shootings. According to Parlave, Alexis altered the weapon by sawing off the barrel and stock. He covered the end of the stock with purple duct tape and etched phrases into the stock. They were: “End to the torment.” “Not what yall say!” “Better off this way!” “My ELF weapon.” Parlave noted that the Navy uses extremely low frequency signals to communicate with submarines, but conspiracy theorists believe ELF is a weapon for government “monitoring and manipulation of unsuspecting citizens.”
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Wisdom from the world’s smartest man more to society than was required of him, but, despite his impressive gifts, he was, Rane McDonough at the end of the day, only human. highest ever. He started life as Instead of flying too close a child prodigy and could read to the sun, he recognized his four languages. He began tak- human limits and ended up ing university courses when with a nice, happy life. While he was a 3-year-old and was asked to come to the United States to work on pure math problems for NASA as an 8-year-old. When he was 16 years old, he burned out and returned to Korea. He attended university most of us will not contriband eventually settled into a ute to a better understanding middle management job at of the inner workings of the a Korean corporation called universe, what is true for Kim Chungbuk Development and Ung-yong is true for everyone: has not made big headlines We are born, we contribute to since. Upon his return to the betterment of our species obscurity in Korea, he was and then we die. Once an individual contributes enough to labeled a “failed genius.” Yet Mr. Kim does not see ensure that he can live comhimself as a failure, citing his fortably, it is his decision how happiness as a source of suc- much more he is willing to do. As Orson Scott Card cess. Though as a child he did wrote in “Ender’s Game,” things that were beyond the capabilities of most adults, he “Individual human beings are was not happy. In a recent all tools, that the others use to interview, he referred to his help us all survive.” During Mr. Kim’s early life, years at NASA as “the lonely he was indeed just a tool, a years.” It is wrong for the Korean human supercomputer used media to deride Mr. Kim as a by NASA and, by extension, failed genius. He gave much the rest of humanity, to help Kim Ung-yong has a confirmed IQ of 210, one of the
understand the mathematical nature of the universe. He performed his function until he was no longer able to. But once he had made a name for himself, once he reached a point in which he could live whatever life he wanted, he had to choose:
How much of our lives belongs to ourselves, and how much belongs to ... our fellow humans and to posterity?
most important decision you can make. The ability to make this decision and experience the consequences of it without blaming others is the foundation of freedom. There are those who choose the extremes. There are people who live from dayto-day, who consider only themselves and care nothing for the emptiness of their own lives. They are born, they die and with their passing, nothing remains to show that they were ever here. Then there are those who are so focused on the big picture, and they lose sight of their humanity in the process. There are scientists who conduct illegal and immoral experiments in the name of “progress,” and tyrants who butcher millions of their own people in the pursuit of “the perfect society.” Finally, there are the rest of us in the middle trying to maintain a delicate balance. We try to live fully, while still remembering our vulnerabilities and imperfections. We should follow Kim’s example and not let others try to dictate our lives for us.
What kind of life did he want to live? Instead of choosing glory or power, he chose peace and quiet. In doing so, he followed a tradition of other great men, such as Cincinnatus and George Washington, who quit while they were ahead instead of overextending themselves. For that, I respect Mr. Kim. While most of us will never be as smart or as useful as Kim, we still have to face the same question that he did: How much? How much of our lives belong to ourselves, and how much belongs to our neighbors, our countrymen, our fellow humans and to pos- Rane McDonough is a Collegian terity? columnist and can be reached at In my opinion, this is the firstname.lastname@example.org.
The worth of the polymath In ninth grade, I was con- duced some of the most notavinced that the circus was ble figures in history, including da Vinci, Michelangelo, Maral Margossian Galileo and Copernicus. During this period, people the perfect place for me to were encouraged to expand begin my career. I wanted to their knowledge into a vast travel, be a fashion designer, array of subjects. photographer, trapeze artFast forward to today: ist, journalist and I loved polymaths are a dying breed lions. I didn’t want to sacri- and education values spefice one career for another, cialization. The process of so I figured that if I joined applying to college clearly a circus, I could create the displays this emphasis on costumes, take photographs specialization. When high of the shows, participate in school students are applythe shows as a trapeze artist, ing to college, they are told write about our adventures, that admissions officers are be around lions and travel. looking for applicants who I’ve come a long way from display passion and focus my “circus phase,” but that through their choice of period of my life reflects a classes and extracurricular crucial aspect of who I am. I activities. still love fashion design, phoIn the Washington Post’s tography and writing, along “Answer Sheet,” Valerie with math, human rights, Strauss asks the question, philosophy and literature, “Do colleges want wellthough I am by no means an rounded students or those
sion. Generalist students can easily be dismissed by admissions officers as mere resume builders with no true focus and get left in the dust. This tendency toward specialization is reinforced in college, where students declare a major with the hope that they will one day work in that field. The drive to do one thing and do it well is so engrained in our culture that our jobs have become synonymous with our identities. When we meet people for the first time, one of the first questions we ask is, “what do you do” or “what’s your major,” as though one’s job or major gives a clear indication of who that person is. Specialization discourages us from perceiving each other as complex, multidimensional, human beings
College graduates are “lacking basic workplace proficiencies, like adaptability, communication skills, and the ability to solve complex problems,” according to a special report by the Chronicle of Higher Education. This problem can be solved by generalists. Since generalists know a little bit about a lot, they can approach complex problems from various perspectives, coming to a solution faster than if they approached the problem from a single perspective. “Only by understanding the work within fields to the right and the left of your own can you understand the bigger picture … whether you’re talking about a corporation … or the world as a whole,” Meghan Casserly quotes writer Carter Phipps
Specialization discourages us from perceiving each other as complex, multidimensional, human beings and instead creates the illusion that we can achieve a definite understanding of each other simply through our majors or jobs. expert in any of these subjects. In short, I am a jack of all trades, master of none. The term “Renaissance man,” or polymath, refers to “a person with many talents or areas of knowledge,” according to the New Oxford American Dictionary. Leonardo da Vinci – who was a painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist and writer – is the most famous example of a Renaissance man. Humanism, an outlook that stresses human potential, characterized the Renaissance era, which pro-
with a passion?” “We are always suspicious of students with laundry lists of extracurricular activities because it suggests that the student is not developing an in-depth engagement with any one activity,” Eileen Brangan Mell, director of Public Relations at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, said in the article. Of the 12 college admissions officers interviewed in the article, seven came to similar conclusions. Some added, almost as an afterthought, the qualifier that there is still room in college for those who have not yet found their pas-
and instead creates the illusion that we can achieve a definite understanding of each other simply through our majors or jobs. There are few options for the generalist in college. General education requirements allow students to explore various subjects, but ultimately specialization takes over in the form of a declared major. Ironically, while the purpose of a major is to prepare students for their future careers, many employers find that college graduates are not adequately prepared in the other, more general skills necessary for employment.
as saying in an article for Forbes. We have lost sight of the value of the polymath over the course of time. The men of the Renaissance is reason enough to believe that a generalist approach to education results in a beneficial outcome. If we shift back to valuing the Renaissance man, we can rediscover human potential. In the words of science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein, “Specialization is for insects.” Maral Margossian is a Collegian columnist and can be reached at email@example.com.
No draft, no protest On Saturday, three more age in mainstream media, U.S. troops were killed in despite daily casualties and Afghanistan, bringing significant events. We live in an age when Jason Roche wars are fought on the sidelines and no one bothers to the coalition death toll to give it a second thought. 3,378 while another 19,310 There are people who have been wounded. The have been greatly impactstory did not make any of ed by Operation Enduring the national news head- Freedom, namely the brave lines, because the war in men and women who have Afghanistan has essen- been deployed overseas, tially been forgotten by often on multiple tours. the media and seemingly The all-volunteer force by the American public as is stretched thin, and in well. order to maintain enough Oct. 7 will mark the 12th forces on the ground, many anniversary of the war in soldiers spend a cumulaAfghanistan, adding anothtive three to four years in er year to the longest concombat, far greater than flict in United Stated histhe one year deployments tory. It has also been the most expensive war with faced by most soldiers dura price tag around $4 tril- ing Vietnam. And those prolonged lion and the human cost of deployments wreak havoc 225,000 lives. on the mental and physical The original goals – to eliminate al Qaeda and health of veterans. Nearly remove the Taliban from 30 percent of all veterans
Operation Enduring Freedom has been a costly failed investment for the United States and throwing more resources to prolong its death and destruction hardly seems reasonable. power – have still not been met, as the Taliban retains strong political influence and al Qaeda continues to spread throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Operation Enduring Freedom has been a costly failed investment for the United States and throwing more resources to prolong its destruction hardly seems reasonable. Yet the current anti-war movement is almost non-existent in comparison to the protests of the Vietnam War, a strikingly similar conflict. During the Vietnam War, hundreds of thousands of people gathered in frequent protests against the war, demanding that troops be brought home. One of the primary reasons for these mass protests was the draft, which threw unwilling participants onto the front lines. The protests eventually led to an end to the draft in 1973, and since then anti-war protests have dramatically declined. Unless someone is in the armed forces or has family in the military, the majority of Americans are completely isolated from the war still raging in Afghanistan. The allvolunteer military has created an environment in which most Americans do not even realize if their country is at war or not. This inevitably leads to a greater tolerance of military engagement. Not only do Americans not have to worry about being drafted to fight, they’re rarely bothered to even hear about the fighting. The war in Afghanistan receives little if any cover-
from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In 2012, more soldiers committed suicide than were killed in battle, adding to a total of more than 2,700 military suicides since 2001. While the costs of the war have not troubled the minds of the vast majority of Americans, they are very real for those who actually have to fight. Though an all-volunteer military may evoke the thought that only those who want to fight will be sent to war, that is often not the case. Military recruitment frequently targets poor and uneducated individuals who have few alternative opportunities for work. Military service provides a means to pay for college, which is a primary motivating factor for many recruits. The recent protests by service members against a possible strike on Syria clearly show that American soldiers are not hungry for war. The war in Afghanistan has cost trillions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of lives, but has had no immediate impact on most Americans. It has been the longest and costliest war in United States history, but one of the least protested. As the war continues and other conflicts emerge, it is important for everyone to remember that while these wars may go on unnoticed, they do not do so without consequence. Jason Roche is a Collegian columnist and can be reached at jwroche@ umass.edu.
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H E A LT H
Simple, effective cures for sleeplessness
Useful tips to fall asleep easier and stay asleep longer By ElisE Martorano Collegian Staff
according to the National Sleep Foundation. Eliminate the need for caffeine by starting your homework earlier and knowing when to stop for the night. Drinking coffee, black or green tea, soda or energy drinks close to bedtime make it extremely difficult to fall asleep easily, or sometimes at all.
As college students, we all know that it’s hard to get a great night’s sleep. Between the pressures of school and the desire to spend time with friends, we often go to bed too late, wake up too early and toss and turn in between. Here are a few ways that you can fall asleep faster and wake up No exercise before bed feeling more refreshed, even Many people claim that in the midst of a hectic school rigorous exercise before year. bed helps them fall asleep Avoid drinking lots of quicker. In reality, engaging fluids before bed in intense cardiovascular Drinking too much before exercise before bedtime can bed can make you feel bloat- seriously upset your natural ed and uncomfortable, not to sleep rhythms. That being mention you’ll be waking up said, exercising earlier in the throughout the night for fre- day or engaging in light exerquent trips to the bathroom. cise before bed (a nap, light You can minimize this by stay- stretching, etc.) can prevent ing hydrated during the day restlessness while trying to and not drinking as much at fall asleep. night. Waking up during the night can seriously decrease the quality of your sleep, so cutting down on the amount of fluid that you consume beforehand can help you stay asleep until morning.
Avoid caffeine before bed You may want to make yourself a quick cup of coffee while staying up late to cram in some extra studying, but resist the urge. It takes your body up to six hours to purge half of the caffeine you consume. This means that even if the effects of the coffee you drank have worn off long before, you will have trouble relaxing and falling asleep for hours afterward,
a three hour nap in the afternoon, try to just hit the sack earlier. With the extra sleep you won’t have to take a long nap during the day, and therefore you’ll have more time to get your work done and go to bed at a more reasonable time.
Budget your time
When you get back from classes, plan out the rest of your day. Don’t waste too much time that you can’t afford on social media or hanging out with friends. Figure out how long each part of your homework will take and decide on an order to do it. That way you’ll be less stressed and won’t find yourself at 3 a.m. struggling to finish studying for an exam you have in six hours. Knowing your plan of action is significantly helpful in getting to bed earlier because you will Don’t take long naps be more aware of how long it Taking several hour-long will take to do everything you naps during the day may need to get done, when you give you more energy to do need to start and how much your homework until the wee time you can relax. hours, but it will ultimately be Limit screen time and a detriment to getting a better bright lights night’s sleep. Taking extended daytime naps can cause Bright light keeps you your body to think that it has alert. The ceiling lights in already gotten all the sleep your dorm room are pretty it needs, which means you harsh, so it would be benefiwill have a more difficult time cial to use a soft reading light drifting off when it comes when it starts getting late. time for bed. Consistently This also means that excestaking long naps can make sive use of the computer, or you feel sluggish in the long lying in bed staring at your run, and eventually you may phone, is detrimental to geteven become dependent on ting a good night’s sleep as falling asleep midafternoon. well. Turn down the brightInstead of going to bed late, ness on your screens and try waking up early and taking to engage in activities that
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don’t require them the closer Breathing in for five seconds through the nose, then breathit gets to bedtime. Listen to audiobooks or ing out for five seconds out the mouth is the most relaxrelaxing music ing pattern. You can create Listening to a book on tape your own breathing pattern – at a low volume is extremely anything that you find steady helpful when falling asleep. A and relaxing. Deep breathing quiet, monotonous voice can decreases your heart rate and be relaxing, take away your establishes a rhythm for you stressful thoughts and cause to fall asleep to. you to focus on something Get a sleep app else. You’ll soon find yourIf you have a smart phone, self caught up in the content and drifting away into sleep. there are several applications Relaxing music can be helpful that you can download that monitor your sleep. One that for falling asleep as well. is rated five stars out of over Establish a breathing 9,000 iTunes reviews is called pattern “Sleep Cycle alarm clock.” One of the most basic This app graphs your sleep requirements for getting stages noting how long it a good night’s sleep is to took you to fall asleep, how regulate your breathing. long you were in each sleep
stage and how many times you were in REM sleep (the deepest sleep stage, short for rapid eye movement). The most helpful feature is that you can input a time span (for example, 30 minutes before or after your set wake-up time) in which the alarm will turn on during your lightest stage of sleep. This allows you to complete your deepest sleep cycles and wake up refreshed and rejuvenated. Utilize these tips, and get serious about your sleep habits, and you’re sure to be drifting off to dream land and counting some serious Z’s in no time. Elise Martorano can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOOD & DRINK
Imperial Pumpkin Stout: new twist on a seasonal trend Pumpkin beer gets a much needed update By EMily a. BrightMan Collegian Staff
Fall is once again upon us, which can only mean one thing: break out the pumpkin flavored, well, everything. From the endless cups of pumpkin spice coffee to the sickly sweet aroma of pumpkin pie-scented candles, this versatile squash certainly makes its presence known during the season of vibrant foliage. While many corporate and craft breweries jump on the pumpkin beer bandwagon to bank on a seasonal fad, a truly succulent pumpkin beer is hard to come by. Pumpkin ale is typically the heavy hitter this time of year because of the flavor versatility that ale brewing affords, and because ale is a relatively nonthreatening type of beer to pumpkin fans who are just in it for the flavor. For those pumpkin eaters who like to flirt with the dark side in terms of their beer, the recently released Imperial Pumpkin Stout from the Harpoon Brewery is both a refreshing reprieve from the inordinate amounts of pumpkin ale for sale and a gratifying experience in the versatility of pumpkin flavor. In my personal experience with imperial stouts, the color trend typi-
Fall is once again upon us, which can only mean one thing: break out the pumpkin flavored, well, everything.
had no illusions going into this that I was going to be imbibing a seriously dense beer. However, the thickness is offset slightly by the carbonation, which leaves an understated tingling on the lips and brings the flavor together smoothly. The lingering tastes of smoke and roasted malt coupled with the palpable tang of alcohol make this beer a dynamic exercise in complex flavor configuration, an attribute I do not grant lightly. I am absurdly picky when it comes to my pumpkin beer, but Harpoon has genuinely impressed me this time around with their unique take on the pumpkin trend. If you find yourself tiring of the same old six packs of Shipyard Pumpkinhead, but you simply cannot quench your thirst for all that is pumpkin, take a visit to the dark side and give the Imperial Pumpkin Stout a try. Be warned, this is a bold and boozy beer that should not be guzzled simply for the intoxicating effect. The Harpoon Brewery has a legacy of releasing distinctive and delicious beers, but this time they have truly outdone themselves. Competing pumpkin beers beware; Imperial Pumpkin has thrown down the gauntlet.
cally moves in the direction of dark, chocolate browns, but Harpoon’s Imperial Pumpkin pours out perfectly pitch black. The effervescent tan head dissipates quickly, leaving just hints of milky lacing. In terms of aroma, the most striking thing about this beer is the subtlety of the pumpkin scent. Instead of the overpowering smell of pumpkin that is omnipresent in many such seasonal beers, the fragrances of roasted caramel and heavy spice are the most noticeable elements. The first sip yields an intense rush of flavor. Dense malts and caramelized sugar blended with notes of dark fruit and cinnamon delight the palette superficially, but are swiftly replaced by an aftertaste reminiscent, not surprisingly, of gingerbread. The thickness of this beer is the most notable facet of the overall composition, and even a small sip gives the impression of swilling a mouthful of molasses. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Stouts as a beer style tend to be on the thicker Emily Brightman can be reached at ebrightside as a result of heavier malts, so I email@example.com.
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the team’s last scrimmage. Doyle, despite being just a freshman, was his backup. So for the very first game of his very first year of high school, Doyle was called upon to lead Catholic Memorial to a season-opening win over Haverhill. The pressure was on. Doyle had never been more nervous for a start in his life, even to this day. “I was a freshman, I didn’t want to screw up,” Doyle said. But he delivered. Doyle threw his first career touchdown pass and led the Knights to a win. “A.J. had size and speed and skill so he fit the bill even though he was a young player,” Catholic Memorial Athletic Director and football coach Alex Campea said. “He had a touchdown pass, managed the game, did a great job and I do recall that he told me, ‘Coach, you don’t know how many butterflies I had,’ and I go, ‘Well, that’s a good thing. It means you’re excited to play the game.’” Doyle was used sparingly for the rest of the season, but was the starting quarterback from his sophomore through senior year. He was a two-time captain, Catholic Conference MVP and also played linebacker. “He’s very competitive, he’s driven to excel, so he got better every year from sophomore year to junior year to senior year,” Campea said. “He worked on his skills, he worked, obviously during the season, but he worked hard in the offseason to make himself a better football player. I think those are attributes all coaches look for in their players: willingness to work hard, get better as his years went along at CM and now as his time is moving along at UMass.” There was a time, though, when UMass was no longer a possibility for Doyle.
end with the top scoring offense in the country, averaging 5.63 goals per game. It boasts a deep offensive lineup, with goals coming from 15 different players and six players with double digits in points. The Terps also come in with one of the stronger defenses in the nation, ranking 19th with 1.38 goals allowed per game. UMass’ last game against a higher ranked team resulted in a 4-1 loss to No. 3 Connecticut, but Tagliente said that game is no longer on their minds.
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A.J. Doyle looks for an open receiver while playing for Catholic Memorial. now?” According to Campea, Doyle consulted his parents and they agreed that it was the right choice to make. From there, his coach advised him to inform thenWolfpack coach Tom O’Brien of his decision to de-commit. Doyle listened and was ready to move on to become a college quarterback. “Once his mind and heart were in the right place, meaning wanting to be a quarterback at the next level, made the decision, I was happy for him and that opened up the door to what has transpired, which is the opportunity to go to UMass and play as a Minuteman,” Campea said. “I know he’s happy about it, I know his parents are happy about it and he realizes there’s a lot of work to be done, but he’s not afraid of that.” The best offer that remained came from Molnar at UMass. And there was no way he was passing that up. “I just couldn’t give up playing quarterback and so I decided while I still had the opportunity and I had these four or five years, that I’d take this chance and play quarterback at the college level,” Doyle said.
Things certainly didn’t get any easier for Doyle from there. He still had a long way to go before that chance to fulfill his dream would finally come.
Waiting Doyle was one of Molnar’s first recruits at UMass, but it didn’t mean the starting quarterback job was a lock. Molnar gave Wegzyn, then a redshirt freshman, the nod for the 2012 season and Football Bowl Subdivision opener at Connecticut. For the next 10 games. Doyle saw action in seven of those games, but didn’t make his first collegiate start until the season finale against Central Michigan. In that time, he said he never second-guessed his choice to de-commit from NC State, or to come to UMass. He was simply working hard and waiting for his time to come. “I knew we were a young team and I knew I had a lot to learn and a lot to improve upon so it was just a matter of time before I started to get starts,” he said. Doyle certainly capitalized on his opportunity once it finally came. He completed 30-of-45 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns against
“I think that game’s behind us,” she said. “We had some pretty glaring things that we did wrong in that game that were very basic, but at the time not obvious. I think we’ve moved on from that and I think that’s in the past right now.” Friday’s game is scheduled for 4 p.m. while Sunday’s game is set to begin at 1 p.m. Both games are at Garber Field. Jesse Mayfield-Sheehan can be reached at email@example.com and can be followed on Twitter @jgms88.
UMass welcomes UNH and No. 2 Maryland to Garber Field this weekend.
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UM eyeing first winning streak
UMass coming off overtime win By Joey Saade Collegian Staff
Still searching for its first winning streak of the season, the Massachusetts women’s soccer team hosts Bryant on Thursday looking to put an end to that drought. Coming off another come-from-behind victory in overtime on Sunday against Northeastern, UMass (3-5-1) has shown its ability to stay resilient in trying circumstances. “I don’t think I’ve ever questioned how hard this teams works, and their will and desire to win,” Minutewoman coach Ed Matz said. “They have a lot of heart.” Sunday’s game marked
the second time this season the Minutewomen fought off an early deficit and came out with a win. According to Matz, that mentality is one characteristic that sets this team apart from past squads. “If we gave up a goal early, we rarely came back to turn that game around,” he said of his team last year. “I have a lot of confidence in these players, and when someone is having an off day, I don’t hesitate to switch or go with something else. We challenge all the players on the bench to come in and pick up the challenge of play.” On the other side, Bryant also seems to be hitting its stride. After losing their first three games of the season, the Bulldogs (4-5) come into Amherst having won four of their last six games. In those four wins, Bryant
the Chippewas. Although UMass lost 42-21, he kept the Minutemen within reach for most of the game. Most notably, he opened the door for what was expected to be a fierce quarterback competition in the offseason. It didn’t quite work that way, however. An undisclosed injury set Doyle back during spring practice and Molnar named Wegzyn the clear front-runner heading into training camp. But Doyle kept battling. He returned to Catholic Memorial over the summer to train with Campea and some former teammates, as well as set an example for the current Knights team. He returned to Amherst with his sights set on getting back in the race for the start in the season opener against Wisconsin. It didn’t come. Doyle was frustrated and turned to Campea, who he still communicates with regularly. His old coach told him to keep his head up. “As his coach and knowing A.J., I tried to be as positive as I could,” Campea said. “I said, ‘Hey, your time will come, keep working, I’m sure the coaches will see your attitude, your work ethic, your ability,’ and I believe that’s taken place.” Doyle played a combined three quarters in relief through the first two games, both games UMass lost. Doyle’s play was mediocre at best, but Wegzyn was worse. Wegzyn completed less than half of his passes, led the Minutemen to just one score and was nowhere near as effective as advertised. Doyle came in for the second half of that second game against Maine on Sept. 7, and although the final score – 24-14 in favor of the Black Bears – may not show it, he was immediately a calming presence. That ultimately earned him the start the next game against Kansas State. In that game, which UMass lost 37-7, Doyle shook off a first quarter interception for a touchdown to lead the Minutemen into the red zone twice. They
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Atlantic Coast Conference school North Carolina State. However, that scholarship was to play linebacker. He accepted anyway. But as he was going through summer workouts at Catholic Memorial and started what would be his final season as a quarterback, he had a change of heart. He de-committed from NC State. “Just going through the summer workouts for my high school and through camp and starting the season and really just loving playing quarterback and loving being that guy, there was just no way I wanted to give up that dream,” Doyle said. Once he came to that decision, one of the first people he told was Campea. “Coach, I’m gonna decommit because, although NC State is a great school, it’s a great opportunity, but I really don’t want to play linebacker. I want to play quarterback at the next level,” Campea recalled Doyle saying. Decisions “A.J. I think you can,” Doyle received several Campea responded. “I think scholarship offers during you’re more than capable the college recruiting pro- of being a Division I college cess. The one that stood out quarterback. But are you to him the most was from willing to give that up right
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has outscored its opponents 8-1, including three shutout victories. Junior forward Suzanne Sanders leads the Bulldogs offensively with three goals and six points in eight games this season. On the defensive end, goalkeepers Lauren Viverito and Kaylan Conrad split games in net. The two have combined for 21 total saves in their team’s last three games. Last season’s matchup between the two teams ended in a 3-2 UMass victory. Thursday’s game will just be another test for Matz’s squad. “It’s just a matter of going out with the same attitude for every single game,” Matz said. Despite staying competitive in nearly every game this season the Minutewomen have yet to show consistency in the win column. Matz acknowledges that it’s vital for his team to start
a winning streak to not only gain momentum moving forward, but to also stay alive in the hunt for an Atlantic 10 Tournament berth. “One of the challenges of coaching a young team is to get consistency,” Matz said. “It’s one of the things we work for and discuss. If you don’t put together back-to-back wins, it’s very difficult and nearly impossible to move on.” With comeback performances in two of its last three games, UMass seems to have finally turned the corner. If the team hopes to contend for a tournament bid, now is the time to start its first winning streak of the season. Kickoff for Thursday’s contest is set for 4 p.m. at Rudd Field. Joey Saade can be reached at Jsaade@umass.edu and followed on Twitter @Jsaade1225.
led 7-6 after 15 minutes of play. The final outcome wasn’t what UMass had hoped, but Doyle wasn’t rattled by the atmosphere at Kansas State and Molnar was pleased with his quarterback’s performance. “He was on the money today, and he doesn’t always do that in practice,” Molnar said after the game. “But today, he was sharp and his decision-making was pretty good. There was one or two he definitely missed, and we’ll work on those things and make sure we don’t miss them again. But I felt very confident with him out there tonight.”
Hopeful It may have taken some time, and certainly some obstacles to overcome, but Doyle finally appears to have the starting quarterback job secured. For him, it’s a dream come true. Since the moment he decommitted from NC State, all he’s ever wanted to do was play quarterback. He hopes for a chance to extend his career as a quarterback at the next level, but is aware of what it will take. If that doesn’t work out, Doyle said he would like to coach one day, of course, as a quarterbacks coach. “Playing quarterback has always been a part of me,” Doyle said. The hope to play at the highest level hasn’t left Doyle’s mind quite yet, however, and it appears he’s not the only one who gives him a chance. “I think he’s got all the skills necessary to be successful,” Campea said. “I haven’t coached him in two years, but what I know is that he’s a big, strong, physical player who’s athletic. I think once he has an opportunity and UMass has an opportunity to put all the pieces of the puzzle together, I think that success awaits him along the way.” Nick Canelas can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and followed on Twitter @NickCanelas.
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istic, we went against one of the top 20 teams in the country and we’re not, yet.” The development of the young squad continues to be a process, something the team works on consistently. Mired in a losing streak, Koch stressed it’s important for his team to stay positive amid the struggles. “I think the team is definitely down and depressed they haven’t done better, but they also realize there are a number of areas where we continue to improve,” he
said. The next step is a home date with Siena, the final game before conference play begins. “If we don’t have a better result against (Siena) then I’d say we should be concerned,” Koch said. “But today’s game, I think we got what we wanted out of this game which was a really good learning experience.” Mark Chiarelli can be reached at email@example.com and followed on Twitter @Mark_Chiarelli.
THE MASSACHUSETTS DAILY COLLEGIAN
Thursday, September 26, 2013
from the pack
A.J. Doyle living out dream as UMass football’s starting QB By Nick caNelas
.J. Doyle had a chance to lead the Massachusetts football team to an upset. Trailing by a mere three points to Vanderbilt early in the third quarter on Saturday, the Minutemen had the ball and another chance to take their first lead of the afternoon. Doyle had been playing well to this point in just his second start of the season, completing 17-of-22 passes for 121 yards and a firstquarter touchdown that tied the game at 7-7 at the time. Pinned back at his team’s own 3-yard line and down 10-7, the sophomore quarterback went to work. His first pass of the drive on secondand-9 went nine yards to Bernard Davis. First down. Two plays later, he dropped back to pass, immediately found an opening in the Commodores’ defense and ran the ball for a 9-yard gain. This time, however, Doyle came up limping. He grabbed his left leg after the play and needed help from the training staff to work his way back to the sideline. It certainly didn’t look good for Doyle, who had battled all through training camp and in the first two games of the season as a backup for this very opportunity. But Doyle was fine. According to the quarterback, it was simply a twisted ankle. Once he got it taped and got the green light from the trainers, he was ready to go. Meanwhile, Mike Wegzyn was leading the Minutemen into Vanderbilt territory in
his first appearance since being benched at halftime against Maine in Week 2. Doyle approached UMass coach Charley Molnar. “I’m ready to go,” Doyle said. “Get out of here,” Molnar said jokingly. Wegzyn stayed in. But the drive stalled. On the next series, Doyle was back on the field. The end result wasn’t pretty for UMass – the Commodores pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 24-7 victory – but after all the challenges he endured just to fulfill his dream of becoming a Division I starting quarterback, there was no way he was letting a minor injury potentially ruin this opportunity.
Beginnings Playing quarterback has always been a passion of Doyle’s. Whether it was in the backyard or in Pop Warner as young as 7 years old, Doyle has always loved being the one in control. Even in basketball he said the ball was always in his hands. In baseball, he was a pitcher. So why would football be any different? “There’s something about it,” Doyle said. “I like being the guy, like being in control, having the ball in my hands.” Doyle was given that opportunity sooner than he had expected his freshman year at Catholic Memorial High School in West Roxbury. Exactly one week before the first game of the season, the Knights’ starting quarterback and captain suffered a sprained ankle during see
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Above: A.J. Doyle scrambles away from Vanderbilt defenders during last Saturday’s game at Gillette Stadium. Bottom left: Doyle drops back to pass when he was quarterback at Central Memorial High School in West Roxbury. Bottom right: Doyle looks for an open receiver against Maine on Sept. 7 at Gillette Stadium.
UMass shut out by Syracuse UM hosts UNH,
Minutemen outshot 15-5 by the Orange By Mark chiarelli Collegian Staff
The role of Cinderella would not be casted upon the Massachusetts men’s soccer team Wednesday night. In front of a crowd of 593, UMass fell to national powerhouse Syracuse 3-0 for its eighth straight defeat The Orange, ranked No. Cuse 3 20 in the country UMass 0 entering the season, provided one of the final tests for the Minutemen (0-81) before Atlantic 10 play begins Oct. 11. Syracuse (5-2) dominated offensively, outshooting UMass 15-5 with seven different players registering at least a single shot. The Orange offered an aggressive offensive attack intent on creating pressure early, which created two goals in the first 45 minutes. Nick Perea scored his third goal of the season in the 31st minute, capitalizing on a corner by Jordan Murrell to beat UMass goalkeeper Nick Ruiz with a header. Stefanos
Stamoulacatos scored just 12 minutes later for the Orange, working around an UMass defender and cleaning up a deflection in front of Ruiz. “I think you have to expect what they can do on the attacking side of the ball,” UMass coach Sam Koch said of Syracuse’s cohesiveness as a unit. “They’re very, very good at combining, the best team we’ve seen so far being able to work together and combine. “Having said that, (Syracuse) sends a lot of people forward and we had a lot of opportunities to counter and I thought we did well and created good chances ourselves, we just didn’t put them away.” UMass entered the game aware this would be the toughest team it faced to date and hoped to use it as a learning tool moving forward. “I think we’re a better team having played them because we realized, here are some of the areas we have to work on,” Koch said. “They exposed us and punished us when we made mistakes.” Two of the Orange’s three goals came off set pieces, the second coming in the 48th
No. 2 Maryland Minutewomen are unbeaten at home By Jesse Mayfield-sheehaN Collegian Staff
UMass goalkeeper Nick Ruiz made four saves in Wednesday’s loss to Syracuse. minute. Juuso Pasanen beat Ruiz on a header off another corner from Murrell for his first career goal to make it 3-0. Syracuse took eight corners compared to the Minutemen’s five. “(Syracuse’s) players are men,” Koch said. “They’re bigger, faster, stronger. We’re still puppies so I think we have to be realistic in where we are and the direction we’re going in.” A realistic approach was also warranted offensively, where Koch acknowledged he was pleased with the chances his team created against Orange goalkeeper
Alex Bono, who he called “the best goalkeeper in college soccer.” Still, Bono enjoyed a relatively stress free night, making saves on only two shots. UMass has scored just one goal in its last five games and struggled to maintain possession in the opposing end. “Is (the offensive struggle) an emergency? I think when your house is on fire, that’s an emergency,” Koch said. “Is it something that’s certainly concerning? No doubt. “You’ve gotta also be realsee
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The Massachusetts field hockey team wraps up its three-game homestand this weekend with its toughest opponent to date. UMass hosts New England rival New Hampshire on Friday and will then take on second-ranked Maryland in a battle of top 10 teams on Sunday. The Minutewomen (7-2) are 19-14-2 in 35 meetings against the Wildcats (3-4), including last year’s 2-1 overtime victory in the season opener. UMass coach Carla Tagliente said her team has improved since it last played UNH, but she won’t count the Wildcats out of the contest. “I think we’re a better team than we were last year, and I think we’re heads and shoulders better than them,” she said. “But it doesn’t mean anything what my thoughts are, it just matters who shows up on Friday.” After losing its first three
games, UNH has turned its season around and has won three of its last four. The Wildcat offense ranks 40th in the nation with 2.29 goals per game, while its defense has given up 2.69 goals per game. Hannah Prince said one of the keys to beating UNH will be providing a strong defensive press. “(The Wildcats) do play a little different style,” she said. “So I’d say defensively, pressing is going to be the biggest key to our performance for UNH.” Maryland has faced UMass 13 times and has won every game, including a 5-0 victory last year in which the Terrapins outshot the Minutewomen 28-2. Tagliente said the team needs to focus on what they need to do in this year’s game and the most important thing is generating offensive opportunities. “If we can generate 10, 12 plus shots, and if we can generate 5-6 corners in that game, I think it’ll be a game,” she said. Maryland enters the weeksee
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Published on Sep 26, 2013