BASKETBALL SPECIAL ISSUE The final act
Building his palace
Chaz Williams has one final shot at cementing his Minuteman legacy.
Cady Lalanne’s finally healthy and ready to prove he’s evolved into the best center in the Atlantic 10. page a4
Finishing the job
Back where he belongs
UMass needs Raphiael Putney to return to form in his final season. page a3
It’s been almost two years, but Derrick Gordon’s finally returning to the hardwood. page a5
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UMass poised to end 15-year tournament drought
By Patrick Strohecker Collegian Staff
t’s finally time. In the month and a half since official practices started in late September, the buzz and energy surrounding the Massachusetts men’s basketball team has continued to grow. And with Sunday’s season opener against Boston College only three days away, UMass can finally put all the preseason hype behind it and focus on playing the games. “I just wanna say we’re anxious,” UMass senior forward Sampson Carter said. “You know, I mean, we’ve been battling. This has been a long preseason and you know everyone’s been battling hard against each other.” see
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Thursday, November 7, 2013
the final act
With his last college season ahead, Chaz Williams looks to cement a lasting legacy in UMass history
By Patrick Strohecker
hen you think of Massachusetts men’s basketball legends, the names of Julius Erving, Lou Roe and Marcus Camby are the first ones to come to mind. Chaz Williams has a chance to be viewed in the same light. A redshirt senior from Brooklyn, N.Y., Williams has restored UMass basketball, putting it back in the national spotlight in only two seasons as the team’s point guard. He’s become one of the best players in the Atlantic 10, with his uptempo style of play and his ability to seemingly make something happen out of virtually nothing. Entering his final college season, his hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed. Much like the Minutemen’s lofty expectations, he has garnered many of his own. He was named to the preseason AllAtlantic 10 first team and was recently named to the Bob Cousy Award watch list for the second straight year, an annual award given to the nation’s top point guard. The growth of Williams’ game has had as much to do with his maturation as it does with his skill set. Over the offseason, Williams struggled with the decision on whether or not to go pro. His options were to either enter the NBA Draft a year early, or take a professional contract in Turkey. While both opportunities were enticing for him, he still felt that he had unfinished business at UMass. “We still haven’t made it to the NCAA Tournament,” he said. “That’s what I came to college for. I didn’t come to college to lose in the first round of the NIT my last year here.”
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Senior point guard Chaz Williams has returned for his final season as he hopes to lead UMass to a long-awaited NCAA Tournament berth this season. The sacrifices Williams made in his decision to return for his final college season haven’t gone unnoticed amongst the team. “I think Chaz’s major transformation just from last year to this year, is that he truly understands it’s about the team and sacrifices for the team and university,” said Roe, now an administrative assistant at UMass. Coming out of high school, Williams wasn’t highly recruited, mainly because he was undersized. He settled in at Hofstra, where he averaged 9.8 points and 4.2 assists per game as a freshman. His strong finish to the 2009-10 season allowed him the option to transfer and join the Minutemen. But, before he could finally
suit up in Maroon and White, he had to sit out a year to comply to NCAA transfer rules. In his two seasons following since transferring, Williams has become the unquestioned leader for an improving UMass squad. He’s led the Minutemen to back-to-back appearances in the Atlantic 10 Tournament semifinals and National Invitation Tournament. But, if he wants to be known as one of the greats in UMass history, he needs to do much more. “Nobody remembers a loser,” Roe said. “They remember people who gave their passion, their heart and soul for the team, for the organization, for the university, for the community. You have to make an impression
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Chaz Williams barks out signals in a game against URI last season. on people and he’s definitely on his path of doing that.” Roe knows what it takes to go down as one of the best. He’s one of just five
Minutemen to have his number retired by the school and remembers how special it was for him. “When I heard about it,
I definitely thought it was a great honor (to have my number retired) because not many people have done it in our 100-plus years of history here,” Roe said. That just goes to show how hard it is to go down as one of the greats, so to even be in the conversation shows what Williams means to this program. “UMass, in those great years, hasn’t had that guy that people resonate with,” Roe said. “I think Chaz is one of the guys that the community (can) resonate (with), the university resonate with and the country resonate with. I mean, people look at UMass now and the first person they think about is Chaz Williams.” But, like Roe said, nobody remembers a loser and so far, neither Williams nor any other UMass player has gotten the team back to the NCAA Tournament in 15 years. So, if Williams wants to see his number hanging in the rafters in the future, then, according to Roe, he needs to lead the Minutemen back to the big stage. “If he’s able to take this team and win our first conference championship in I don’t know how many years and help us qualify for the tournament after so many years, then you definitely have to say that he’s going to leave behind some kind of legacy,” he said. Williams only has one more year left at UMass, but if he can lead the team back to national prominence and get it back to the Big Dance, then his name will forever be remembered as one of the greatest Minutemen of alltime. Patrick Strohecker can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and followed on Twitter @MDC_Strohecker.
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finishing the job
Coming off a lackluster junior campaign, Raphiael Putney is refocused for his final crack at the NCAA Tournament By Mark Chiarelli
aphiael Putney is a seafood guy. Apart of the program Athletes in Action this summer, a religiousbased basketball retreat, Putney traveled to Spain for a two-week stint and participated in the program’s basketball tour while also finding time to enjoy the delicacies of overseas travel. “My favorite part of Spain, it was the food,” Putney said. “I’m a seafood type of guy so I love seafood. “And also, just being around a group of guys from different college teams, there’s a lot of players around the nation and you don’t get a chance to meet them.” Putney’s trip overseas offered more than the typical basketball tour. Athletes in Action is deeply rooted in faith. As its website states, “Athletes in Action has been using sports as a platform to help people answer questions of faith and to point them to Jesus.” For Putney, it was the perfect fit. “It actually got me in touch with God a lot more,” he said. “Every day for two weeks we read the Bible for at least an hour. We took passages out of the Bible and we focused on dealing with basketball and off-thecourt situations. “It helped me keep my head balanced and stuff like that. It really did good things for me, I’m a religious person.” The team, which went undefeated during its time in Spain, met with various international professionals and also hosted a youth camp of over 400 students. The camaraderie is a connection Putney will hold EVAN SAHAGIAN/COLLEGIAN
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forever. “I got a chance to meet a team of players for a good two and a half weeks and got a good bond with them, I’ll know (them) the rest of my life,” Putney said. His roommate and fellow senior forward Sampson Carter said the two Skyped back and forth often while Putney was in Spain. Carter was in charge of getting the duo’s apartment together in Amherst while he was away. “He said it was a great experience,” Carter said. “It’s very different as far as the country and as far as even the game. College basketball, spacing on the court, he was talking to me about the ways to score over there, stuff like that.” Carter – who Putney described as “a brother” – allows Putney a calming influence to turn to at any moment, especially because they play the same position. “I just talk to him a lot, I talk to him about what I need to do,” Putney said. “Try to keep myself motivated and keep myself on the ground and stuff like that.” Observing the international game also offered Putney great perspective and a chance to network within the international game. “I accepted that challenge,” Putney said. “I thought it would be a good thing for my game as well, going into my senior year. Seeing some different things overseas, some transgressions as to how I play overseas and how I play in college.” UMass coach Derek Kellogg thought the experience was perfect for a veteran player looking to expand his horizons. “If a guy had a great experience and enjoyed himself, for me as a head coach, that’s fantastic,” Kellogg said. “It’s something that he’ll probably never be able to do again. “That’s one thing about being a college coach and being in a position where we can help provide some opportunities for kids that they probably would have never gotten.” Of course, there’s still
unfinished business in Amherst that Putney wants to settle. Putney was heavily recruited out of Woodbridge High School in Virginia by teams within the Atlantic 10 Conference. He rattled off schools such as Temple, St. Joseph’s, Xavier and George Washington as others interested in his services. Ultimately, he chose the Minutemen because of his close connection with Kellogg. “He was telling me he was gonna work with me to become a glue guy for the program,” Putney said. “I just thought he was a cool coach, he’s down to earth, he’d do anything for any recruit he got here. He’s like a father figure without really being my father, the type of father figure you have away from home.” With the roster retooled and the focus on postseason play at an alltime high, Putney hopes his senior year is his most special yet. “There is still stuff I want to get to,” he said. “I want to get to an Atlantic 10 championship, that’s one of my dreams and to make it to the NCAA Tournament. Every year we get closer and closer.” To help his team reach full potential, Putney wants to return to his sophomore form, a season in which he started 30 games and averaged 10.1 points and 5.9 rebounds per game while averaging 24.2 minutes per contest. Last year, he averaged 7.1 points per game while shooting 41 percent from the floor, a substantial drop from his 47 percent shooting mark as a sophomore. “Honestly, I personally think I had a terrible performance for me last year,” Putney said regarding his junior season. “I had decent numbers, I just need to be more focused and stuff like that, finishing a lot more plays. I gotta get back to that, just being focused and doing things to win basketball games.” Kellogg believes much of that focus should go toward the little things in see
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THE MASSACHUSETTS DAILY COLLEGIAN
building his palace
After his first fully healthy offseason, Cady Lalanne is ready to get back to work for a strong junior season By Mark Chiarelli
ady Lalanne receives a bounce pass from point guard Chaz Williams in the post, standing with his back to the basket on the left block. Williams’ pass is threaded dangerously, reaching around a defender as he practically shovels the ball through a congested paint area where Lalanne is waiting. The ball is swallowed up in one swift motion, Lalanne gathers, spins into the lane and takes just a single step, finishing on the opposite side of the basket. On this occasion, he finishes with a layup. Plenty of other times in practice, he’s delivered a dunk so thunderous that it’s shaken the base of the standalone hoop inside Curry Hicks Cage. Just a few plays later, Lalanne stands at midcourt as the team practices its full court defensive pressure, barking out commands and demonstratively signaling to other members on his team. It’s a simple practice on Halloween, yet another intrasquad scrimmage for a team anxiously awaiting its season opener on Nov. 10 against Boston College. But if you look closely, the evolution of a center is at work. Lalanne’s the first to tell you this year is different. “I think being in shape is a big difference for me,” he said. “I feel like I could’ve done a lot more but being out of shape kinda hindered me a little bit because I
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With his first fully healthy offseason now behind him, UMass junior center Cady Lalanne is hoping for big things in 2013. wouldn’t have the explosion I needed or I wouldn’t be as quick as I needed to be.” He’s shown promise in his first two seasons at UMass but hasn’t reached his full potential, battling nagging foot injuries and off-the-court distractions. Lalanne took it upon himself to change that. He added five pounds of muscle over the summer, toning his body and adding a noticeable amount of muscle
mass. “Now that I’m in shape I can have all that extra stuff,” Lalanne said.
Working with a legend Lalanne’s also utilized the help of a legend, leaning on the wisdom of Minuteman legend Lou Roe, who joined Derek Kellogg’s staff as an administrative assistant last season. Roe’s No. 15 hangs from the rafters in the Mullins Center
and the former power forward’s 1,905 points rank third all-time. As soon as Roe arrived on campus, a mutual connection to work together formed. “(Roe) just teaches you all the small little things that you wouldn’t really think about,” Lalanne said. “The little things he teaches you, they probably won’t be that big but they make such a big difference when you’re out on the court.” Roe describes himself as Lalanne’s mentor, available to communicate and make Lalanne the best basketball player he can be. “He has some interesting (goals),” Roe said. “Wanting to be the dominant player in the Atlantic 10 Conference, possibly one of the premier big men in the country. “(I’m) just giving him some ideas to reflect upon each and every day to get to that point where he feels comfortable that he’s helping this team.” Roe’s experience in the post – he played 17 seasons professionally after leaving UMass – is translating to Lalanne’s game. The two have spent ample time together working on moves, discussing basketball and watching film since early September. “I worked more on the post, mid-range area,” Lalanne said. “On dribble moves, making all my moves see
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UMass has chance to revitalize fanbase
n Sunday, at 3 p.m., the waiting game finally ends. For fans of the Massachusetts men’s basketball team, college basketball purists and those sick of the never-ending preseason hype Mark machine, Chiarelli basketball is finally back. Playing on the TD Garden parquet in front of fans from all over the region should feel like Christmas morning, the culmination of excitement and anticipation. Yet the focus for many is not the beginning. Instead, it’s the end. I was sitting with a close friend at lunch one afternoon when the topic of the conversation turned to the state of UMass basketball. “I’m really hoping to see an NCAA Tournament game this year,” he said unprovoked. It was a harmless statement, but one that’s permeating around campus this season. Now, more than ever, students and fans expect the Minutemen to take that next step and return a program to the highest pedestal of college basketball. The “college experience” is better when students have something to rally behind. Athletics are an easy choice and offer a common outlet for excitement. UMass is still searching for that as it tries to expand as a national power within the NCAA. The Minutemen haven’t reached the NCAA Tournament in 15 years. The last time the University produced a legitimate contender in a major sport – football’s 2006 Division 1-AA appearance in the national championship -- MySpace was still a rising star in the world of social media. Through 21 games at the Division I level, UMass football stands at an abysmal 2-21. Just one of those wins came at home and virtually no students partook in the two-hour bus ride to soak it all in. Hockey is in the midst of a changeover and may be another season or two away from truly contending. If not for field hockey, the University’s foothold in the national landscape of collegiate athletics would be virtually nonexistent. Basketball offers students at UMass and fans in the surrounding region a chance to care, a reason to finally get excited.
This team is plenty talented. The Minutemen have won at least 20 games the past two seasons while finishing at 9-7 in the A-10 both years. Chaz Williams, one of the program’s most prolific players and a contender for Player of the Year within the conference, is in his senior year and averaged 15.5 points per game a year ago. So too, are Sampson Carter and Raphiael Putney, two critical role players who are no strangers to heavy minutes under coach Derek Kellogg. “We just know this is our last year,” Putney said before the season. “Last year we just didn’t finish a couple games that we needed to win. So this year we’re more mature and we know what we need to do to win now.” The team faces high expectations and, to a certain extent, pressure. A year ago, the idea of making noise within the NCAA Tournament was feasible before the season, but it wasn’t until the final weeks of the season that the idea became real. “I don’t even want to think about the pressure,” Carter said. “We try not to think about any of that.” Some of that “pressure” is self-inflicted. Unlike last year’s questionable out-ofconference schedule, UMass isn’t holding back. Games against BC, LSU, Florida State and Brigham Young are a conscious effort to play upper echelon talent and prove to the selection committee this team can run with the nation’s best. “We have to come with a tournament mindset from early,” Williams said. “We’re playing against tournament-like teams so we have to come ready like it’s a tournament game. We can’t come in with (any) mistakes.” It’s imperative the Minutemen also find an improved version of Cady Lalanne and utilize Derrick Gordon effectively. Traditionally, UMass’ greatest struggles have come within the half-court offense. A traditional, hulking post presence like Lalanne and a dynamic slasher such as Gordon alleviate Williams of carrying the team for stretches at a time. Ultimately, the current collection of Minutemen won’t be viewed in terms of the usual buzz words like progress or potential. There’s been two years of that. Now, it simply comes down to results. There’s a hunger throughout campus for a winning team to cheer see
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Thursday, November 7, 2013
back where he belongs Following almost two years away from the court, Derrick Gordon is ready to finally step in for the Minutemen By Patrick Strohecker
get more exposure and things like that. “I hurt a few of my teammates because they wanted me to stay, but at the end of the he last time Massachusetts men’s basday, I had to make this decision for the better ketball guard Derrick Gordon played in of my future.” an NCAA game, he was on the nation’s After a strong freshman season and biggest stage. helping WKU win a game in the NCAA As a freshman at Western Kentucky in Tournament, Gordon’s decision to transfer 2012, Gordon led the Hilltoppers to the second made him one of college basketball’s hottest round of the NCAA Tournament, where they commodities during the 2012 offseason. saw their season come to an end at the hands “We had heard that Derrick Gordon was of eventual national champion Kentucky. It leaving Western Kentucky after a really was an abrupt end for Gordon and Western good freshman year,” UMass coach Kentucky, but a memory he’ll always appreDerek Kellogg said. “And so when we ciate. got the release, I immediately called “It was fun and I’m planning on getting him and went down and met with his back there too,” Gordon said. “It was crazy. family. So, it was one of those things It’s not like the regular season at all. Just the where there wasn’t any question if we bright lights and the crowd and everything wanted him or if he could play here and and just as much as I used to watch it on TV, what was going to happen, it was just a it was just mind-blowing.” matter of him feeling comfortable with the What ensued for Gordon following the campus and the team and me as the head season-ending defeat was something that no coach.” athlete can ever plan for. Gordon’s option to transfer was a second chance for many schools, like UMass, to Moving on recruit him once again after he originally Following the second round exit, Gordon committed to WKU early on in high school had a big decision to make. when he was playing for St. Patrick’s High In the middle of the season, Hilltoppers School in New Jersey. coach Ken McDonald was fired less than 24 When Gordon signed on with UMass, it hours following a loss that put the team at was more than just adding a strong player 5-11. Immediately, Gordon, who was recruitto an already deep roster. It was also a win ed by McDonald to leave his New Jersey within the Atlantic 10. roots and go down south, started thinking Before making his decision to sign with about his future with the program. the Minutemen, Gordon also visited with “The assistant coach (Ray Harper) took Rhode Island and St. Joseph’s, both conferover. I still wasn’t really sure what I was ence rivals of UMass. going to do,” Gordon said. “Honestly, I was “I didn’t have any (emotions) initially just more concerned of the season and just because I didn’t know if we’d actually be worrying about getting my teammates as far involved in the recruiting process,” Kellogg as we could, but that definitely played a big said. “But, after we spoke with him and his role because he left and I liked him a lot.” family, at that point I actually felt excited (be) As his freshman season moved forward, cause they were definitely interested.” Gordon had to deal with the thoughts of It was a major step in the right direction transferring lingering in the back of his for Kellogg and the program, but Gordon’s mind, as well as playing basketball. He time to shine in Maroon and White was going helped get the Hilltoppers back on track and to have to wait. led them in points (11.8), rebounds (6.7), free An extended offseason throws made (135), free throws attempted (196) and minutes played per game (33.3). Due to NCAA transfer rules, any player But, when the season ended and the time that leaves a Division I school for another one came for Gordon to make a decision on his must sit out a season before they are eligible future, he knew that the best move for his to play again. That meant Gordon had to wait future was to leave Western Kentucky. over 20 months before he could resume his “It was tough, just a tough decision cause college career. at the end of the day, I didn’t really know The life of a college transfer is something what to do,” he said. “I sat down and talked of a trying time in their lives. They are to my family about it and just tried to see required to comply with all NCAA academic what the best decision for me to do. Of course requirements, go through all the grueling I wanted to play in a better conference and in-season and offseason workouts, but come
game day, they sit on the bench in street clothes, acting more as a cheerleader than a teammate. “Now that I think about it, it went by quick, but then again, going through it, it felt (like) forever,” Gordon said. “Just going to every game, knowing that you’re not playing and you got to sit on the bench, it just felt like it was going to keep going and going and going and going.” Kellogg likes his players to feel like they are part of a family, so Gordon had plenty of support during last season. One player who helped get him through his long time off was point guard Chaz Williams. Williams, now a senior, went through the same experience after his freshman year, when he decided to leave Hofstra and play for the Minutemen. With his own experiences of sitting out a year, Williams took Gordon under his wing and helped him make the transition between schools easier. He’s also taking a lot of the pressure off of Gordon to make plays. “When I was at Western Kentucky, which was tough, I had to take a lot of shots,” Gordon said. “I had good players around me, but I was one of the main scorers. Now, it’s a lot different. Chaz is a scorer as well. When a lot of people are going to be looking at him a lot more, it’s going to ease me up.” The teaching and guidance that Gordon received from his teammates last season helped him quickly adjust to life at UMass. He bought into the team concept and it’s shown in his dedication outside of practice and constantly trying to get better.
“Coming into this year, I got a big chip on my shoulder. A lot of people are still doubting me just because of the school I came from and the conference. I mean, I have a lot to prove, not just to myself, but, I mean, people around the country.” Derrick Gordon
Something to prove If you ever want to find Gordon on campus, you’ll likely find him at the practice court. That’s how much basketball means to him. Whether it’s the extra work he puts in after practice, or the late-night workouts at Curry Hicks Cage by himself, Gordon knows he still has something to prove. see
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season predictions It’s finally time for the Massachusetts men’s basketball team to end its 15-year NCAA Tournament drought. The collection of experienced players returning from last year’s team, accompanied Patrick Strohecker by the addition of sophomore Derrick Gordon and a solid group of freshmen will make this year’s team a tough one to beat. The high-tempo offensive style and the in-your-face defense will wreak havoc on opposing teams. Expect UMass to play well once again in the conference tournament and make it back to the semifinals, with a trip to the championship game not completely out of reach. A strong regular season against a much improved non-conference schedule and a deep run in the A-10 Tournament should be enough to put this team back into the NCAA Tournament as a mid-to-high seed. Once there, I can see the Minutemen pulling off an upset in its opening game, before being outmatched by a much more experienced team in the next round. But, after 15 straight seasons of watching the tournament on TV, a trip back to the tourney, even if it is brief, is certainly a season to be proud of. At this point, it’s a fairly simple question with this team. Will the Massachusetts men’s basketball team make the final field of 68 and compete in the NCAA Tournament? Yes. I’ll preface this by saying there are some very legitimate concerns with this team. Mark Chiarelli Where will the outside shooting come from? Can they compete with upper level teams early in the season? But, as strange as it sounds, I think it’s overlooked that for a majority of the games this season, UMass will have the best player on the floor. Chaz Williams spurned a professional European career to return and will better on his totals of 15.5 points per game a season ago and seven assists. Fans will fall in love with Derrick Gordon’s style of play. He’s aggressive, initiates contact and assumes the scoring lead when needed. But what will they get out of Sampson Carter and Raphiael Putney? Both are seniors and have one last crack at bringing back hardware. This season’s X-factor? Demetrius Dyson. He’s the first freshman off the bench, and coach Derek Kellogg loves how he meshes with the veterans as a swingman spot. Prediction: 12th seed in the NCAA Tournament and third in the Atlantic 10.
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TIME TO DANCE
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Sunday’s opener at TD Garden in Boston will finally end a grueling 45-day preseason schedule of 30 practices. That’s a long grind for the Minutemen, who have had to deal with the bitter taste of a first round National Invitation Tournament exit last season after being a bubble team to get into the NCAA Tournament. Even with the disappointing finish to last season, the hype surrounding this year’s squad is at a level comparable to the glory days of the 1990s, when UMass made it to seven consecutive NCAA Tournaments. The Minutemen were selected to finish fourth in the Atlantic 10 preseason poll, and several, if not all, media outlets have them at least as a team to watch for to make the EVAN SAHAGIAN/COLLEGIAN NCAA Tournament to begin the season. Chaz Williams draws contact as he drives to the hoop in Tuesday night’s exhibition against AIC. But expectations are nothing new to this team, which fer rules following his move “It’s going to help us get think if you look at our had similar postseason aspifrom Western Kentucky. over the hump because we schedule, it’s the best schedrations at this time last seaBy all accounts, the now have a schedule where ule, especially the best home son. Minutemen have the pieces people are going to say, ‘Oh, schedule we’ve had in here “Expectations are really in how many years? Fifteen? what you make of them,” necessary to make a deep run OK, they have some big Twenty? So if people can’t get this season, one that Kellogg schools,’” Carter said. “So, UMass coach Derek Kellogg excited about this team and hopes will be full of completnow there’s going to be big said. “We’re kind of just takthe schedule that we have, ing it day-by-day and trying to ing lofty goals the team has tests and we’re going to be on then my question is, ‘When set out for itself. a different level now, so now improve and get better. With do you get excited?’ “We talk about cutting we have to live up to what the schedule, I think you can’t “So I’m looking forward to down nets all the time,” people are saying.” look at any expectations; just big crowds and the students who you’re playing, take that Kellogg said. “You have to Once UMass gets into conferand people in the town gethave something that you’re ence play, its schedule won’t game and move onto the next ting excited.” dreaming of and so winning soften up much. one.” It won’t take long to get an With the exception of the the Atlantic 10 is one of those While the A-10 historically idea of where this UMass four incoming freshmen, the goals. Making the NCAA hasn’t been a strong consquad is heading, as it opens Tournament is one of those ference, its recent success core group of players from up its season with in-state goals. For me as a coach, we in sending teams deep into last year’s 21-win team is the NCAA Tournament has rival BC. It’s the first time that mostly back. Standout senior have those long-term goals.” It won’t be easy for the helped boost its status among UMass has opened up its seapoint guard Chaz Williams, son against a BCS-conference Minutemen to snap their top-tier conferences. who has been pegged as an opponent in Kellogg’s tenure, Of the three remaining early candidate for Atlantic 15-year tournament drought, something that can give the 10 Player of the Year, returns as they made it a point in the A-10 teams that made last team an added incentive to be after a busy offseason in which offseason to strengthen their year’s Big Dance – Virginia spot-on from the opening tip. he first decided not to forego non-conference schedule, Commonwealth, La Salle and “(It’s) always nice,” Carter his senior year and enter the something that’s held them Saint Louis – the Minutemen said. “Because you work so will play all three at home this NBA Draft, then declined back in recent years. hard from that last final game Going into “Selection season. Those three schools a professional offer to play last year, through the spring in Turkey in late August. Sunday” the previous two also make up the top three in and then through the sumWilliams will join a senior seasons, UMass had outside the preseason A-10 poll. mer and then through the In turn, Kellogg is hoping preseason and all through cast of Carter and swingman chances to get into the field Raphiael Putney. Juniors of 68 as a bubble team, most- his team’s home schedule can that time you’re thinking Maxie Esho and Cady Lalanne ly due for its lack of quality bring an atmosphere to the about your next opponent the Mullins Center that has had next season. Man, BC is the as well as sophomore Trey wins and low RPI standing. This season, though, that glimpses of potential in pre- first (team) on our list and Davis are back in the fold, and UMass has a welcome addi- shouldn’t be the case, as the vious years, but hasn’t quite they’re our target. That’s all tion in the form of sophomore Minutemen added several maintained consistency over we see.” transfer Derrick Gordon, who strong BCS-conference foes to the course of a season. figures to play a large role their schedule, including BC, “I want the students to be Patrick Strohecker can be reached at this season after sitting out LSU, Nebraska and Florida excited about our team and firstname.lastname@example.org and followed last year due to NCAA trans- State. what we’re doing,” he said. “I on Twitter @MDC_Strohecker.
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quicker. We worked on hook shots and all that, how to get positioning and the right spacing with players.” Roe believes the biggest change for Lalanne is his patience, especially when he receives the ball in the block. Lalanne’s instinct to stand up in the post disrupted his post work a year ago. Now, he has to “sit in the chair.” “Last year, he received the ball a lot of times in situations where he didn’t have balance,” Roe said. “The key to balance is being low and having a low stance and you can do everything from being in a low position.” Lalanne’s ability to lead, despite it not being a natural instinct, is evident this season as well. “He’s also become one of the premier leaders on the team by being a little bit more focal because he’s a shy, drawn back kid,” Roe said. “A very nice kid, but he’s understanding if he wants to be one of the best players in the country and looked at as a leader, he wants to be more vocal with his teammates.”
The offense The landscape of basketball, especially in the college level, is changing. The game’s moving away from the traditional frontcourt, adding more guardoriented offenses because of the increased speed and mismatches. Lalanne’s cognizant of the changes. “Centers nowadays are knocking down jump shots,
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and after that seeing me run down the floor and going over the defense and laying it up, quick hitters,” he said. “A fast system to me is more exciting, you have a lot more fun. You play a lot looser, it’s a lot better.” For Lalanne, the opportunities and potential are endless. He believes he’s the best big man in the Atlantic 10. His mentor isn’t far behind. “I have no doubt he would be the best big man in the A-10,” Roe said. “It’s just up to him if he wants to do that. He has all the tools. “We say to our young guys, you have a full tool belt to go to construction, it’s up to you how big you want your palace to be. Go to work and use those hammers and saws.”
a game which make the difference between winning and losing. “For us to be a really, really good team, I think he has to have a big year,” Kellogg said. “And when I say a big year, I mean blocking shots, rebounding. When a play is there, make it.” Kellogg also said many in college basketball focus too much on the offensive side of the ball. “A guy like Putney comes up with a big block or a big play, the rest of the guys feed off that,” he said. “And normally, when he does those things it leads to something good on the other end of the floor.” It’s a delicate line to walk for Putney, who understands that expectations are sky-high this season. Still, he’s doing his best to disregard the distractions and focus little on the pressure. Instead, it’s his job as a veteran leader to remain steady on a day-to-day basis. “I’m a senior, I gotta be sure I have that leadership and that intensity for my other young players that look after me,” Putney said. Now, it’s time to get to work. “We know this is our last year,” Putney said. “Last year we didn’t finish a couple games that we needed to win. So this year we’re more mature and we know what we need to do to win now.”
Mark Chiarelli can be reached at email@example.com and followed on Twitter @Mark_Chiarelli.
Mark Chiarelli can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and followed on Twitter @Mark_Chiarelli.
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Cady Lalanne dunks it home in a game against URI last season. some of them are knocking down threes,” he said. “I feel like the game’s just evolving more and players are evolving too.” While Roe cautions the team would rather see Lalanne working close to the basket, the versatility the 6-foot-10 center possesses adds yet another weapon. “He’s sort of like a hybrid we call it, he can do everything,” Roe said. “He’s one of the euro-tradition kinda guys where he can shoot the outside shot.” In addition to Williams, the Minutemen have Derrick Gordon and Trey Davis vying for minutes at the guard position with versatile wings in Raphiael Putney, Sampson Carter and Maxie Esho. Kellogg has the flexibility to run smaller, quicker lineups. That’s no problem for Lalanne. “It gets me excited seeing a fast-break or a dunk here
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“Coming into this year, I got a big chip on my shoulder,” Gordon said. “A lot of people are still doubting me just because of the school that I came from and the conference. I mean, I have a lot to prove, not just to myself, but, I mean, people around the country.” Gordon finds solace when he’s working out by himself. For a guy who has been on the biggest stage when the lights were brightest, Gordon enjoys just taking a step back from all the commotion surrounding the team and just working on his own game. “Definitely just coming here late at night and just doing some of the things that I wasn’t doing well in practice,” he said. “Just little things like that, it’s all going to pay off eventually, so, I mean, it gives me more confidence.” His hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed either. Kellogg appreciates his drive, but sometimes wishes he would take a rest. “I tell him to get some rest,” Kellogg said, laughing. “I do like that he’s committed to the game. That he’s getting in extra work.” Despite not playing a game yet for the Minutemen, Gordon is the only member
of the team that knows what it’s like to play in the NCAA Tournament. That experience is something that he’ll add to a team that is looking to get back to the Big Dance for the first time in 15 seasons. “I have the most experience in the NCAA Tournament as far as this team, but if we do what we gotta do and get back there, then I think that we can go a lot further than I did when I was at Western Kentucky,” he said. Gordon knows what this team is capable of doing and understands that he’ll play a major role in getting the program back where it’s longed to be. He describes himself as a “winner” and gives off an air of confidence that has become contagious among the other members of the team. It’s been nearly two years since Gordon last played in a game. But, with the season opener against Boston College only days away, the excitement in Gordon’s personality continues to grow, knowing that he is finally back where he belongs. Patrick Strohecker can be reached at email@example.com and followed on Twitter @MDC_Strohecker.
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for and a hunger within the locker room to deliver notoriety to a program that’s been missing since the days of John Calipari and Marcus Camby. “People always try to say, ‘What’s my best attribute or what can I do on the floor,’” Gordon said in early October. “And I say honestly, a lot of people don’t say it, but I’m a winner. I’m the person that’s gonna do whatever it takes
for my team to win.” The mindset to win is in place, a crucial ingredient for a team set to embark on a pivotal year for the future of UMass basketball. Now, it’s time to produce, time to prove this is a team capable of playing deep into March. It’s time to dance. Mark Chiarelli can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and followed on Twitter @Mark_Chiarelli.
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He keeps tHem in lines
Archives ignite Dickinson feud Harvard’s website receives backlash By kristin Lafratta Collegian Staff
COURTESY OF THE MARCHING BAND
UMass Minuteman Marching Band Director Dr. Timothy Anderson conducts the band.
Director brings the band opportunities This article is part two in a series as the UMass Minuteman Marching Band prepares for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
By Patrick Hoff
n a typical day, Dr. Timothy Anderson comes into work around 7 a.m., goes to the University of Massachusetts Recreation Center and then attends to his administrative duties before his evening is consumed by his passion: marching band. “I was in marching band in college at the University of Iowa and my first fall there, it was just such a wonderful experience and I enjoyed it so much, I wondered if we could
make a living doing this,” Anderson said. Anderson has been the director of the UMass Minuteman Marching Band since 2011, after the former director, George Parks, passed away unexpectedly from a heart attack in 2010. During his tenure in Amherst, Anderson has brought the marching band to a Bands of America Grand National
Championship Exhibition and is preparing to bring the band to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade at the end of the month. “Each band has to apply for [the Macy’s Parade] and you send videos of what you’ve done and…a resume of your band’s accomplishments for a long period of time,” said Anderson. He added, “I’d say our invitation was based on the great work of Professor Parks and Professor (Thom) Hannum and everyone who’s done so much for the band over the years.” Anderson attended the University of Iowa where he received his bachelor’s degree in music and then
the University of Florida where he received his master’s degree in music. He also received a doctorate of education in music education from the University of Illinois. Before coming to UMass, Anderson taught for five years at Fresno State University. There he directed the Bulldog Marching Band and pep band, the symphonic band and the concert band. He was also a middle school and high school band director in State Center, Iowa. The decision to transition to UMass came from a variety of factors for Anderson, chiefly the marching band’s reputation. “It’s a band with quite an illustrious reputation,” he said. “It was a neat opportunity, it was somesee
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The recent launch of Harvard’s online Emily Dickinson Archives, a compilation of hundreds of images of Dickinson’s original manuscripts, has received critical backlash from Amherst College, Harvard’s historical rival on all things Emily Dickinson. According to Michael Kelly, head of Archives and Special Collections at Amherst College, it was the way that Harvard went about creating the Emily Dickinson Archives, EDA, that Amherst College found disappointing. “Harvard pursued and created this online archive without really accepting input from anyone else,” Kelly said. “Our feeling is that this really should have been a collaborative effort and it really was not,” He added, “It’s not about us not getting credit or not being included. It’s about their scholarly approach.” The archives are essentially an online imitation of Ralph W. Franklin’s “The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Variorum Edition,” a three-volume edition of Dickinson’s work that was published by the Harvard Press in 1998. While Franklin’s volume contains 1,789 poems, some of which came from Amherst College’s manuscript collection, it does not include letters and various other available manuscripts associated with Dickinson’s life. These documents were also left out of Harvard’s new archives. “It would have taken a lot of work and involved a lot of stuff,” Kelly said, referring to Harvard gathering all of Dickinson’s available manuscripts. “They basical-
ly cut a lot of corners doing it the way they did, taking a 15-year-old text.” Elizabeth Giudicessi, Communications Officer at Harvard, was unavailable to comment on the issue. The EDA website, states that the reproduction of Franklin’s work is the focus of the archives’ first release and acknowledges that the website is not a new edition of Dickinson’s poems. It adds, “The long-term goal … is to provide a single site for access to images of all surviving Dickinson autograph manuscripts.” According to an article in The Guardian, Harvard curator of books and manuscripts Leslie Morris said the university felt it would be best to start with “a subset of Emily Dickinson’s work” and the edition that included the most poems. There are also plans to expand the site’s content and accessibility. The university hopes to make the application programming interface open and shared with the public in order to “develop new ways of working with the archive’s materials or its technology infrastructure.” The EDA website also details the project’s future priorities, which include adding images of Dickinson’s letters and metadata, which is data about the manuscripts. Kelly finds the metadata of the manuscripts a priority because the EDA only includes Franklin’s edition, which was published 15 years ago. “Part of what this project does is erase the last 15 years of scholarship,” Kelly said. “My job is to make things available to researchers.” He added that Amherst College takes a different approach with their archives. “We’re just going to put up the manuscripts and anyone can do whatever they want with them see
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Walk for Light addresses campus safety By Jason kotocH Collegian Staff
U n ive r s i t y of Massachusetts police led about 30 students and staff on the annual night-time “Walk for Light” tour on Wednesday to identify potential safety hazards all around campus. The event, which started several years ago, brings together students, staff and campus police. It has led to the installation of lighting and additional police call boxes on campus. UMass Police Chief John Horvath was happy to see the group come together on Wednesday evening and said the event was a great way to build community and to address any safety issues students and staff might have. “Safety on campus is everybody’s responsibility,” Horvath said. “The UMPD will lead the charge on that but it’s really incumbent on everybody to take care of each other.” This year’s walk comes just two months after former student Patrick Durocher, 18, of Longmeadow was arrested on charges of aggravated rape outside the Campus Center during the early morning hours on Sept. 2. The Daily Hampshire Gazette reported that,
“Items should be fixed a day or two after the ‘Walk for Light.’” UMass Police Chief John Horvath “According to court records, UMass Police responded to an emergency call about 1:15 a.m. at the north side of the Campus Center involving a woman on the ground and a man standing over her.” According to the Gazette, “This is the third rape allegation involving a student on campus that led to criminal charges in the last 12 months.” Safety on campus is important to students like Sanah Rizvi, a sophomore psychology major who acknowledged the safety concerns of students. She echoed the words of Horvath on the need for a collaborative approach to campus safety. “I realize that a lot of students have problems on campus and I think it is really important to be a part of the solution,” she said. UMass Deputy Police Chief Patrick Archbald organized the group into seven teams that walked around designated areas of campus. Team leaders, physical plant workers and UMPD offi-
cers accompanied students who made periodic stops to note street light outages or to note the location of emergency call boxes. Archbald was glad to have students’ input during the walk. “It is important to get student involvement,” he said. “Everyone wants people to feel safe walking around campus.” Participants included members of the UMPD, residential life, the Student Government Association, physical plant workers and residence hall security. All of the teams’ notes were compiled at the end of the walk and a report will be sent to the physical plant, where plans will be made to repair lights and address other security issues. Those issues include overgrown trees and bushes that might block lighting and visibility in the darker parts of campus. Harvath said, “Items should be fixed a day or two after the ‘Walk for Light.’”
Lt. Patrick Archibald leads a group of students around campus to document unlit areas and malfunctioning lights. Sophomore Madison Goldstein, a sociology major and associate speaker of the SGA, says she feels safe on campus and that events like this remind her that campus security and the UMPD really care about the safety issues facing students. “I know a lot about safety resources on campus, but I think that more work on out-
reach would be ideal,” she said. Tom Fydenkevez, section head of mechanical and electrical utilities at UMass, walked with group six, which explored the northern section of campus. He explained to students the behind-thescenes workings of the University. Fydenkevez said that utili-
ties workers make weekly trips around campus looking for burnt-out lights, but stressed the importance of student assistance. “Events like this are good because these are the students who walk around here every day, so they know,” he said. Jason Kotoch can be reached at email@example.com.
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ON THIS DAY... In 1944, Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected to his fourth and final term as president of the United States. Roosevelt is the longest serving American president in history.
By Mark Z. BaraBak Los Angeles Times
The UMass Marching Band performs at Gillette Stadium.
thing a little different and it seemed like something to CAIRO — An look into.” Egyptian appeals court When Anderson is not on Wednesday upheld directing the Minuteman a sweeping ban on the Marching Band, he teachMuslim Brotherhood, in a es multiple classes at the sign of the interim govern- University, including a ment’s determination to graduate conducting semikeep heavy pressure on the nar and a class on marching band technique. He Islamist movement. also directs a concert band The ban, ordered in and the UMass Hoop Band, September, outlaws all Brotherhood-linked groups which plays at the UMass basketball games. and activities, and paves “There’s a lot to keep the way for the seizure of involved with,” said the movement’s assets. Anderson. The Brotherhood Outside of the school, denounced the ruling, Anderson enjoys following which came just two days sports, especially college after deposed Islamist basketball, being involved with his church, St. Brigid’s president Mohamed Morsi was put on trial by the mil- Parish and reading a variety of different books. itary-backed government. “Lately I’ve been reading The proceedings were a lot of Russian literature,” adjourned until January, Anderson said. “I find that after repeated courtroom their experience is very outbursts by the ex-leader, unique and the Russian some of the other 14 defen- people have gone through dants, and courtroom spec- a lot and the way it’s been tators. expressed in their authors is Los Angeles Times always … compelling.” One of the Anderson’s favorite things about UMass is the students’ strength of conviction.
Arafat probably poisoned by polonium
Swiss forensics examiners found sufficient traces of the deadly radioactive isotope polonium-210 in the exhumed remains of Yasser Arafat to conclude with relative certainty that the late Palestinian leader died of poisoning in 2004, Al-Jazeera channel reported Wednesday. The Qatar-based broadcaster said it had obtained exclusive access to the 108-page report of the University Center of Legal Medicine in Lausanne, which it posted on its website. Los Angeles Times
Berlusconi compares woes to Holocaust ROME — Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi stirred new controversy Wednesday by likening the alleged judicial hounding suffered by his family to the persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany. “My children say they feel what Jewish families must have felt in Germany during the Hitler regime. We really have everybody against us,” Berlusconi told political journalist Bruno Vespa, according to a statement published on his conservative party’s website. The remarks drew sharp rebukes from Jewish leaders. Comparisons between the Holocaust, in which over 6 million Jews died, and the legal woes of the Berlusconi family are “not only inappropriate and incomprehensible, but also offensive,” said Renzo Gattegna, head of the Union of the Italian Jewish Communities. dpa Distributed by MCT Information Services
Call to secede in Colo. fails after counties vote Unhappiness rises Weld County, where the measure failed 58 percent to 42 percent, was the most imfrom gun controls
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Egypt court upholds ban on Brotherhood
“UMass students are very independent-minded,” he said. “They have very strong opinions and they’re not afraid to share them. I respect their free thinking. In today’s day and age it’s important for students to stand up for what they believe in.” Anderson does not plan to change much about the marching band in the coming years – just to continue the traditions of his predecessors. “I think [my goal is] just continuing the traditions that this band is known for, the tradition of excellence that all of our alumni look back at and see a band that they’re proud of and can relate to,” Anderson said. “This band has been very good for a long time,” he added. “Professor Parks came here in 1977. This band has been invited to three different presidential inauguration parades and we view going to the Macy’s Parade as another step in our band’s continued history.” Patrick Hoff can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Voters in a half-dozen counties in rural Colorado have rejected a call to break away and create a new state, dealing a serious setback to an effort that always seemed a long shot. Residents of 11 Republican-leaning counties cast ballots in an advisory vote Tuesday, a backlash arising from unhappiness over legislation passed this year by the Democratic-run Legislature, including gun controls, clean-energy requirements and expanded gay rights. The vote was the first of several steps it would take to form a new state, something that has not happened through secession in 150 years. Floyd Ciruli, a Denver pollster and longtime student of Colorado politics, said the measure suffered from its seeming implausibility. “There’s no doubt people are angry and wanted a vehicle to express their anger,” Ciruli said. But once they conveyed their frustrations, he said, actually splitting off from the rest of the state was, for many, a step too far. Voters in Weld, Logan, Sedgwick, Elbert, Lincoln and Moffat counties opposed the secession initiative, according to unofficial returns. The adviso-
portant test vote. The county was not only home to several leading proponents but was the most populous and economically prosperous of the 11 voting, making it a linchpin of the breakaway attempt.
ry measure was approved in Cheyenne, Washington, Phillips, Yuma, and Kit Carson counties. Weld County, where the measure failed 58 percent to 42 percent, was the most important test vote. The county was not only home to several leading proponents but was the most populous and economically prosperous of the 11 voting, making it a linchpin of the breakaway attempt. One major supporter, County Commissioner Sean Conway, suggested it was time to refocus efforts. “The voters of Weld County have spoken. They said this was something the county commission should not pursue, and we will not pursue it,” Conway said. “But the problem still exists. We’re going to put our resources into other options.” Among them is a proposal that would modify the way state lawmakers are chosen, giving greater clout to rural areas. For their part, secession advocates vowed to press on, citing the support of the five sparsely populated counties. “As the gov-
ernor would say, we need to lean in a little harder,” said proponent Jeffrey Hare, quoting Democrat John Hickenlooper, who opposed the breakaway effort but expressed sympathy for the frustration of rural residents. “We’re in for the long haul,” Hare added. Hare said secession proponents would consult with elected leaders of the five counties to see how they wished to proceed. Activists could take their effort to the state Legislature, or seek another advisory vote in 2014, hoping to expand support. “We have to do a better job of educating people,” Hare said. In Denver, Hickenlooper issued a conciliatory statement. “As we were reminded during the flood, we are at our best when we are Colorado united,” he said. “While voters in six counties rejected the secession plan ... we understand that some rural areas still feel underrepresented and are not being heard. We remain committed to listening more and working with local communities all across Colorado.”
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“I really wish people would stop. Someone around here jokes we just want to prove that Mabel Todd is a better lover than Susan Dickinson.” Michael Kelly, head of Archives and Special Collections at Amherst College … we’re not going to filter through some other scholar’s interpretation.” The animation on the site makes the manuscripts appear like pages in a book that can be flipped, which Kelly said is a “misrepresentation of the material.” He added that he feels the integrity of the manuscript is paramount, and that there was no discussion of the appropriateness in the website’s animation. The age-old rivalry between Amherst College and Harvard is said to originate from the Dickinson family itself. Harvard’s Houghton Library holds a collection of manuscripts from Susan Dickinson, wife of Emily’s brother Austin Dickinson. Amherst College possesses the manuscripts that
belonged to Mabel Loomis Todd, Austin Dickinson’s mistress. Kelly said the historical feud between the university and college is not what caused Amherst’s EDA criticism. “I really wish people would stop,” Kelly said. “Someone around here jokes we just want to prove that Mabel Todd is a better lover than Susan Dickinson.” Despite the continuous exchange between Harvard and Amherst College over the dead poet, Kelly feels there will never be a single authority over the work of Emily Dickinson. “Really she belongs to the world,” he said. Kristin LaFratta can be reached at email@example.com.
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Pot legalization gaining supporters US, Iran hope Tolerance expands “Maine is on the brink of creating a massive to end nuclear to the East Coast marijuana industry that will inevitably target teens and other vulnerable populations. negotiations Misconceptions about marijuana are becomBy RoB Hotakainen McClatchy Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON — Buoyed by their success at the polls Tuesday, marijuana backers say they will now try to get the drug fully legalized in 13 more states by 2017. They would join Colorado and Washington state, which voted last year to allow pot sales for recreational use. The drive to legalize won considerable new momentum across the country on Election Day as voters in three states approved propot measures. Portland, Maine, became the first East Coast city to legalize marijuana. Colorado approved a 25 percent tax on pot. Voters in the Michigan cities of Lansing, Jackson and Ferndale decided to remove all penalties for possession. Portland voters opted to allow residents to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana. The campaign ignited controversy after proponents spent $2,500 to buy pro-pot billboards on city buses and in bus shelters. “Most Portlanders, like most Americans, are fed up with our nation’s failed marijuana laws,” said David Boyer, the Maine political director of the Marijuana Policy Project, a pro-legalization group. While the measure won easily in Maine’s largest city, it may be more difficult for pro-pot forces
to win across the state. Legalization backers hope to get the issue on the statewide ballot in 2016. Officials with Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana), an opposition group led by former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., said they planned to launch a statewide affiliate to gear up for the vote. “Maine is on the brink of creating a massive marijuana industry that will inevitably target teens and other vulnerable populations,” Kennedy, the group’s national chairman, said in a statement. “Misconceptions about marijuana are becoming more and more prevalent.” Kennedy said it was time “to clear the smoke and get the facts out about this drug.” With a Gallup Poll released last month finding that 58 percent of Americans now back legalization, supporters are confident that more states will jump on the bandwagon. Maine is among the 13 states targeted for fullscale legalization by the Marijuana Policy Project. The group said it would try to get legalization on the ballot in seven states and work to get state legislatures to pass it in the other six. If a petition drive succeeds, Alaska voters are expected to consider legalization first, in 2014. In 2016, the group will try to get the issue on the ballot in Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana and Nevada. They’ll try to get state legislators to do the job
ing more and more prevalent. U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy
in Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Tuesday’s votes were the first ballot initiatives since last November, when Colorado and Washington state approved tax-and-regulate sales plans that will take effect next year. In Colorado, voters gave the green light to a 25 percent pot tax that comprises a 15 percent excise tax to pay for school construction and a 10 percent tax to pay for enforcement. “Colorado is demonstrating to the rest of the nation that it is possible to end marijuana prohibition and successfully regulate marijuana like alcohol,” said Mason Tvert, the communications director for the Marijuana Policy Project in Denver. Tvert said the measure would raise millions of dollars each year for the state’s schools, instead of having the money diverted to drug dealers. He said it was “only a matter of time” before other states would adopt similar plans. Many cities in Colorado already are eyeing marijuana as a possible source of revenue and are considering ballot measures that would impose local taxes on retail pot sales. So far, nine U.S. cities or
towns have voted to legalize marijuana or to remove penalties for possession, according to the Marijuana Policy Project. In Michigan on Tuesday, voters in Lansing, Jackson and Ferndale joined Detroit and Flint, where residents decided last year to remove all penalties for adult possession. In Colorado, the municipalities of Denver, Breckenridge and Nederland had voted to do away with penalties before the entire state voted last year to allow recreational use, beginning this Jan. 1. To fight the efforts, Project SAM officials said they wanted to warn the public that legalization could create a “Big Marijuana” tobacco-style industry. They said it was time to have an “adult conversation” about health effects and the possibility of increased drug addiction among teens. That discussion is already underway in Maine. “This is not about demonizing or legalizing marijuana, but rather educating the public about the most misunderstood drug in the state,” said Scott Gagnon, who will serve as Maine’s coordinator for Project SAM.
US talks of detention center in Yemen Facility to replace Guantanamo prison By DaviD S. ClouD Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is in talks with Yemeni officials to set up a detention facility outside their capital to hold dozens of terrorism suspects from Guantanamo Bay and Afghanistan, U.S. and Yemeni officials say. The plan affects only Yemeni prisoners but is considered key to a renewed push by President Barack Obama to close the prison camp built at the U.S. naval base in Cuba after the 2001 terrorist attacks, a vow he repeated this week. More than half of the 164 prisoners at Guantanamo Bay are from Yemen. “There’s a definite recognition that this needs to happen but if it’s not done right, the risks are very high,” said a U.S. official familiar with the talks, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the plans are classified. Yemeni officials have drawn up preliminary plans for the facility outside the capital, Sanaa, but final agreement may be months away. Deep disagreements remain on funding, and about whether it would function as another prison or as a halfway house for detainees to re-enter society after years of confinement and isolation. Details of the discussions are closely held because of political sensitivities in Washington and the U.S.-backed government in Yemen. The southern Arabian Peninsula nation is battling an insurgency by warring tribes backed by Islamist groups that has caused a sharp decline in security in recent months. U.S. officials worry that
Yemeni prisoners who are sent home may resume terrorist activities after being released, possibly by joining al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, the Yemenbased terrorist offshoot that has repeatedly sought to bomb U.S. airliners and other Western targets. Yemeni officials, in turn, don’t want to be seen helping Washington create an alternative to the unpopular prison at Guantanamo Bay. They warn that any U.S.-backed facility would create a target for attacks by Islamist militants, and thus would need heavy defenses. In previously undisclosed talks held in Rome recently because of security risks in Yemen, they pressed U.S. and European officials for funding for construction and training guards and other staff members. The administration has brought Saudi Arabia into the talks as well in the hope it will pay for the project. Detainees at the facility would undergo counseling, instruction in a peaceful form of Islam, and job training in Yemen before any decision on freeing them, U.S. officials said. The program would be modeled on a largely successful Saudi effort to reintegrate Islamic militants into society. White House officials said they are working with the United Nations and other governments to assist Yemen with the project. “We believe that the establishment of a credible, sustainable program would be an important step for the Yemeni government in bolstering their counterterrorism capabilities,” Caitlin Hayden, spokeswoman for the National Security Council, said Wednesday. Human rights activ-
ists warn that they will oppose the new facility if it means Yemenis who were imprisoned for years without being charged at Guantanamo Bay are merely shifted to serve indefinite detention at a new jail. “I don’t think (it) should exist unless it’s an actual rehabilitation program,” said Andrea Prasow, senior counterterrorism counsel with Human Rights Watch. “There’s no way I would find it acceptable for (returned Yemeni detainees) to be held against their will.” Many of the Yemenis at Guantanamo have been held for more than a decade since their capture in Pakistan, Afghanistan and elsewhere. At least two other Yemenis are in U.S. custody in Afghanistan. The Pentagon has designated 55 for transfer to Yemen, and 25 of those are considered low risk and approved for “immediate” hand over. The other 30 may be transferred if Yemen agrees to conditions aimed at ensuring they will not return to violence. Yemen’s foreign minister, Abubakr Qirbi, acknowledged last month that his government plans to construct a facility for “rehabilitation” of Guantanamo Bay detainees, but he did not mention the U.S. involvement and portrayed the returning prisoners as nonviolent. “We are currently planning to construct this facility and taking legal steps for the return of the 55 people who the U.S. has agreed to send home, those who do not pose a threat,” he said, according to Yemen’s official news agency. “A meeting of specialists from Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the European Union was held to mull over the construction of the rehabilitation facility.”
U.S. officials have discussed building a Yemeni facility for several years. The idea took on new life after Obama vowed in May to renew efforts to close Guantanamo Bay and appointed special envoys at the State Department and Pentagon to make it happen. Blocked by Congress from moving the terrorism suspects to prisons on U.S. soil, the administration has focused on reaching agreements with other governments to take their citizens home. But most foreign governments say they will release the detainees because they have not been convicted of any crime. That creates a political problem for the White House since some Republicans have blocked efforts to send detainees back to their own countries. Yemen’s president, Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi, privately offered to pay for the project when he met with Obama at the White House in August, according to a Yemeni official who discussed the talks on the condition of anonymity because of diplomatic sensitivities. But Yemen has since rescinded that offer, citing a severe budget shortfall at home, officials of both countries said. U.S. officials insist that they cannot pay for the project either. They say Republicans in Congress, many of whom oppose closing Guantanamo, will not appropriate money to build a separate facility in Yemen. Nor is it possible to guarantee that the prison meets U.S. standards without American personnel there, which officials rule out. “You put something like this up and you are responsible for it,” said a U.S. official.
Halting uranium enrichment is goal By Roy Gutman McClatchy Foreign Staff
GENEVA — On the eve of crucial negotiations over Iran’s controversial nuclear program, U.S. and Iranian diplomats expressed hope Wednesday that they will be able reach an initial understanding leading to a comprehensive accord by Friday. The deal would involve lifting for six months some of the international economic sanctions that have been imposed on Iran in exchange for its curbing the enrichment of uranium. Such a deal would mark a breakthrough in the decade-long dispute over a program that the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China fear is intended to produce a nuclear weapon. “What we’re looking for now is a first phase, a first step, an initial understanding that stops Iran’s nuclear program for the first time in decades and potentially rolls some of it back,” a senior U.S. official said. The official, a member of the U.S. delegation led by Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman, couldn’t be identified under the rules of the briefing. At the heart of the proposal is the demand that Iran halt the expansion of its ability to enrich uranium, presumably by not buying new centrifuges, the equipment used in the enrichment process. That’s a change from previous demands that Iran stop enriching uranium past a certain purity. Iran already has produced a sizable stockpile of low-enriched uranium and a more worrisome supply of 200 kilograms - 440 pounds - of uranium enriched to 25 percent purity. Experts say there’s no clear need in Iran’s peaceful nuclear program for the latter amount, and that if Iran decided to, that 25 percent could be enriched quickly to the high-level purity needed to produce a nuclear weapon. Iran’s new foreign minister, Javad Zarif, said Iran was “prepared to reach an agreement” in the talks this week. “We are optimistic that we can move forward,” he told France 24, an all-news television channel. Zarif said that while the negotiations were expected to take at least a year to complete, Iran needed to have a sense of the final outcome. He appeared to be referring to Iran’s demand to end the most devastating sanctions, which limit oil sales and international banking relations. The accord under discussion this week, he said, addresses the most immediate concerns of Iran, the U.S. and the five other nations. “I believe it’s not difficult to reach that agreement,” Zarif said. If the six major powers “are prepared to reach an agreement, then we can have an agreement.” Because so little has come out about the behindscenes talks since they kicked off in Geneva in mid-October, it wasn’t clear whether the two sides were genuinely on the edge of an agreement or whether both were posturing and professing eagerness for a deal in order to increase psychological pressure on each other. The senior U.S. offi-
cial said the six powers were willing to expand on an offer they had made in February at talks in Almaty, Kazakhstan, that Iran rejected at the time. That proposal offered to ease bans on the sale of Iran’s petrochemicals and precious metals in return for a complete halt in uranium enrichment beyond a 20 percent level. This time, it’s a sliding scale. “We do have a menu of options that allow us to mix and match ... what we might be willing to do depending on what they would do,” the official said. The six-month period for the interim agreement is only a proposal and hasn’t been agreed to, the official said. One of the biggest questions as the talks resume in Geneva is whether the U.S. Congress will impose additional unilateral sanctions against Iran, a step that Israel and its supporters in Congress favor but the Obama administration adamantly opposes. The senior official appealed to Congress not to do so: “Our experts believe any additional sanctions would be harmful at a truly crucial moment.” Imposing new sanctions might undercut the prospects for a deal, which would leave “no attractive alternatives,” the official said. In fact, the only alternatives are allowing Iran to acquire nuclear weapons or going to war to prevent it. Taking a pause in imposing sanctions isn’t taking a position on sanctions as such. “This is a decision to support or not support diplomacy,” the official said. “For the first time, Iran appears to be committed to moving the process forward quickly,” the official added. Zarif, a fluent English speaker who studied at San Francisco State University and the University of Denver and served as Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations, shouldered some of the blame for the deep lack of trust between his country and the United States and other major powers. He called the current standoff “an unnecessary crisis” because Iran doesn’t seek nuclear weapons. “We believe that even the perception that Iran is seeking nuclear weapons is detrimental to our security,” he told France 24. In the three weeks since the first formal round of negotiations in Geneva, Iran had talks with the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna that Zarif described as “very productive.” He called a further set of talks among technical experts from Iran and the six powers “a good round.” Zarif said that if the negotiations didn’t result in a deal this week, they would at the next round. “I do believe if we cannot reach a breakthrough in this round, it is a disaster,” he said, “because it’s taken a long time to reach this state.” He said there was a need to build confidence. “We believe the first steps will take us a long way in rebuilding that confidence, and then we can take the more difficult steps,” he said.
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Thursday, November 7, 2013
“I’m not afraid of death; I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” - Woody Allen
Loss a powerful lesson
The bridge from Wall Street to Washington The Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace opened on Oct.1 and despite computer
glitches, the program had helped six people nationwide acquire coverage by the end of the first day. Meanwhile, insurance company CEOs are drooling over the massive profits that the ACA has brought the industry. The law is yet another example of government policy bending to the interests of the wealthy. Before delving into the influence of money in American politics, let us first
influence that the wealthiest corporations and individuals have on the political process. They can pay for their own political campaign and become a politician themselves, like outgoing New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. But politics can be a bore sometimes, so why not just take the president out for a game of golf and suggest policies over some complimentary drinks? Or if golf seems too exhausting, there’s always the option of staying at home and hiring lobbyists to take congressional representatives out to dinner and pay for their next campaign. Sure, money does not
It is fairly easy for politicians to cater to the needs of the top earners in the country to the detriment of everyone else, because everyone else isn’t paying attention. consider the political power of a single American citizen. We each get one vote, usually choosing from one of two candidates in elections that generally end with the predominant party as the victor by tens of thousands of votes. We are told that we can call or write our congressional representative, but this contact hardly ever ends in a meeting and most likely your grievance will find its way to the recycling bin. Of course, there is the ability to donate to a cause or candidate you believe in, but the amount that you can afford is likely a drop in the ocean compared to corporate contributions. Now let’s consider the
guarantee political power – it only has a success rate of 95 percent in congressional elections for the House of Representatives and 80 percent in the Senate. Nevertheless, the largest investors in lobbying have a magnificent track record in getting what they want. Reuters reports that “30 brand-name companies paid a federal income tax rate of minus 6.7 percent on $160 billion of profit from 2008 through 2010 compared to a going corporate tax rate of 35 percent. All but one of those 30 companies reported lobbying expenses in Washington.” The lobbying efforts of insurances companies cut
any public option from the ACA and led to the mandate that every American citizen must purchase health insurance. The result was a final bill which guaranteed insurance companies more clients and no government competition, allowing them to raise premium costs. The passage of the ACA raised the common stock value of many insurance companies by 200300 percent. The will of the people cannot be completely disregarded – after all this is a democracy, right? The positives of the ACA cannot be overlooked: individuals with preexisting conditions can receive coverage, college students can remain on their parents’ plans and everyone receives “essential health benefits.” However, these benefits are only achieved by stuffing insurance companies’ pockets with a $500 billion subsidy paid by taxpayers and by requiring that everyone buy insurance or be fined. Congress cannot be blamed for its bias toward the wealthy – everyone looks out for their own self-interest. The Guardian points out that, “There are 250 millionaires in Congress. As a whole, the polity’s median net worth is $891,506, nine times the typical US household.” And quite frankly it is the voters who place these individuals in power. All those million dollar campaign ads are just too good to resist. It is fairly easy for politicians to cater to the needs of the top earners in the country to the detriment of
everyone else, because everyone else isn’t paying attention. In the 2012 presidential election, only 37 percent of Americans said they were following the election closely. Presidential elections are a special time, they receive the highest voter turnout of all U.S. elections and so many more people than usual are following politics. Even when people do choose to pay attention to the news in an attempt to be informed, most choose television as their primary source, or other mainstream outlets. It may come as no surprise that this news coverage has a slant for the wealthy when it becomes known that six corporations control 90 percent of American media outlets. So Americans try to make a choice outside of the campaign ad propaganda, they are subjected to a media which ignores the problems of the poor and focuses on popularity contests over substantive issues. The only way to end the extensive influence that money has on politics is for the electorate to become more aware of the phenomena and pressure their representatives to stop catering to financial interests. The wealthiest Americans are the most active in politics, and in turn, politics works in their favor. Whether or not you pay attention to or care about political events, they will still impact and likely exploit you. Jason Roche is a Collegian columnist and can be reached at jwroche@ umass.edu.
On May 27, 2012, after four life to a sport only to have it years and seven seasons, I culminate in my own failure? I never broke records. ran my last high school track I never competed on the Steven Gillard national level. It was a waste of time. meet at the Division 1 chamStanding at a distance pionship at Durfee High now, almost 18 months later, School. My event was the 400 the emotions I had after losmeter hurdles and I came ing my last track meet seem into the meet seeded some- almost ridiculous. My track where in the middle of the 28 experience wasn’t defined by its final outcome: it was qualifiers. I left that meet in 27th defined by everything in place after running the worst between, and it was worth every second. Looking back, I race of my life. As I sat on the bus ride don’t remember the failures. home wondering how I man- I don’t remember the throw aged to fail so badly, I began to up, the last place finishes, the receive texts from my friends. trips or the falls. I remember the victories, the cheers of “I’m sorry,” they said. That’s how I learned that my teammates as I passed my grandma, after a three- a competitor, the rush of month battle with brain can- adrenaline and the refusal to cer, had passed away earlier quit. To ask why my grandma that day. I had lost one of my had to leave us was to ask grandfathers 16 years earlier why my track career had to when I was 2, but the passing of my grandma marked the end. It just had to, like all first time I had lost a loved things, but it was never about one as an adult, as somebody the end. It was about the emowho could understand and tions – the nervousness and exhilaration and determinawould remember.
To ask why my grandma had to leave us was to ask why my track career had to end. It just had to, like all things, but it was never about the end. The days that followed marked one of the hardest times of my life. The death of a loved one is not something easily comprehended or quickly accepted. Some days I felt almost unbearable grief and some days I felt anger, but through it all, my thoughts were pervaded by an overarching sense of disbelief: I would never hear my grandma’s voice again. Losing my grandma forced me to finally confront the transience of everything around me. It seemed that life was destined to be an endless cycle of loss, grief and recovery that would damage me more and more every time. Whenever I think back on my high school experiences, I inevitably wind up thinking about my last track meet and consequently, the day my grandma passed away. I wondered for a long time why two distinct events in my life were inexplicably intertwined on that Sunday morning in May, but I dug deeper, and in that day I remarkably found a serendipitous lesson. Grieving over the loss of my grandma was like grieving over my 27th place finish in my final track meet. In the moment there was a natural reaction to something I was unwilling to accept: why did I dedicate four years of my
tion and pride – felt while running the race. My grandma ran many races in her life – sometimes she tripped and fell and sometimes she lost, but I know the ones she always remembered were the true victories: the births of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and her marriage at age 18 to my grandpa, which lasted for 58 years. I was just another average high school runner, and my grandma was just another average woman. I never broke records and she never made millions. I never raced nationally and she never traveled the world. When I lost her, it was easy to become caught up in the emotions just as I had after running my last race. It was easy to ask, “Why?” Whenever I find myself missing my grandma, I need only to think back to the times when I whipped around the track as a high school student and the impending sorrow is replaced by a soothing realization. I miss you Nanny, and I always will. But I know you ran, just like I did, and I know you loved every second of it. Steven Gillard is a Collegian columnist and can be reached at sgillard@ umass.edu.
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Lotus-Eater Double IPA: a strange brew indeed Pretty package, average taste from NH beer By Emily A. BrightmAn Collegian Staff
Having been raised by wild hippies, I am inadvertently drawn to all things psychedelic. While this was all well and good in my formative years as I cultivated my love for 60s pop art and every weirdo classic rock band from Cream to Uriah Heep, sometimes my affinity for the psychedelic seriously affects my beer selection judgments. In other words, if my wandering eye happens upon a beer label swimming with swirling colors and trippy designs, my beer-loving heart is automatically stolen. I consciously realize how superficial this practice is, and sometimes I reconsider my frivolity when it comes to choosing beers based on labeling. But then I get a glimpse of all the lovely looking bottles I have tucked safely away in my craft beer stash and I don’t feel nearly as guilty for being shallow. Disregarding my superficiality, I was drawn to the subject of this week’s column based entirely on its labeling. Lotus-Eater Double IPA from the Candia Road Brewing is wrapped in a relatively simple tan label with a circular mosaic of color at its center, giving the impression of a hallucinogenic eye peering out from the torso of the bottle. Immediately drawn to this eddy of color, my beer geek brain was also entranced by the name “Lotus Eater.” Like countless other American teenagers, I read Homer’s “The Odyssey” in high school and was more than familiar with the figure of the lotus eater. The quintessential burnouts of ancient Greek mythology, the lotus eaters were a secluded tribe of people who sustained themselves
entirely off of the lotus plants that grew lush on their island. Though consuming the lotus made the people lethargic and apathetic, they continued to gorge themselves on the narcotic plant and thus lived a languid existence of indifference. From a literary perspective this is an apt metaphor for the prevalence of self-indulgence, but from a typical college student’s perspective this sounds like the ultimate laid-back lifestyle. Thankfully lotuses are in short supply in New England, otherwise the dynamic of the average college campus might be vastly different. Once I got over my visual love affair with the bottle, I did some research. Lotus-Eater is part of a series of special releases from the Candia Road Brewing Company, based in Manchester, N.H., called “Nepenthe” ales. The Nepenthe Brewery is a supplement to the Candia Road Brewery, the mothership brewery of the company. The Nepenthe Ales series includes such scintillating names as Whimsical Wheat, the Shire Stout and Solo-Springer, all of which come equipped with their own visually seductive label. Though it pained me a bit to have to break into this lovely looking beer, popping the top off revealed a wave of piney malts and freshly baked bread. Deeper in the nose are hints of spiciness and hops, but the aroma is primarily strong pine. Poured delicately to preserve the heavy foam, LotusEater’s dark caramel coloring is entirely cloudy, even when held up to the light. The high amounts of sediments that settle to the bottom of the bottle are made evident when poured, adding to the murkiness of the beer. Most notable about Lotus-Eater at first sight is the thickness of the head – the inch-thick tan head settles sluggishly, leaving thick ropes of lac-
ing around the edge of the glass. On first sip, the foamy head is still present, even in the face of high carbonation, which lends a lighter quality to what is otherwise a very heavy beer. The first sip heralds a wash of malt blended with a hoppy spiciness, but sadly this beer is a little too watery to really get a full sample of the flavors. While there are some definite IPA elements like big hop taste and a definite bitterness, Lotus-Eater overall is not terribly impressive in terms of flavor. The most prominent feature of this beer is its consistency. Carbonation is a slippery slope when it comes to IPA styles and sometimes the amalgamating of the two is not always harmonious. At the risk of sacrificing flavor for fizziness, Lotus-Eater is considerably heavier on carbonation than it is on taste complexities. The presence of sweeter malts gradually gives way to earthy hop notes with an aftertaste reminiscent of woody pine and hints of grass. Though there was a miniscule layer of golden sediment sludge left in the bowels of my glass once I had taken the last sip, the lingering taste of yeast and citrus on the palate was worth any discomfort I might have felt at seeing the aftermath of this beautifully labeled but relatively unimpressive IPA. The mythology of the lotus eater as part of the ancient Greek canon is an apt metaphor for the physical after-effects of a 22 oz bottle of this beer. At 8.2 percent alcohol, what Lotus-Eater lacks in flavor complexity it makes up for in ferocious alcohol content. Needless to say, after swilling the entirety of the bottle I had purchased, I felt like a somewhat lethargic lotus eater myself. Though Candia Road Brewery’s availability is limited, selections of their Nepenthe Ales can be
While Lotus-Eater comes with a mesmerizing label, the beer itself is relatively unimpressive. ordered through the company’s website. Though Lotus-Eater was not terribly impressive in the great scheme of beers I’ve come across, it is certainly worth mentioning in terms of its origin and the stark beauty of its labeling. While this may be an indication that I should reconsider my methods of choos-
ing beer, I think I’ll stick to my system of going for any old IPA that looks pretty. If nothing else, my recycling bin stuffed full of craft beer bottles will look simply gorgeous, which is always a plus. Emily A. Brightman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Have leftover Halloween candy? Put it to work
Delicious ways to recycle your surplus of holiday sweets By hAE young yoo Collegian Correspondent
The spooky fun of Halloween is over, and now we all have to adjust to reality again. The downside is that this can be hard to do with a mountain of leftover trick-or-treat candy staring you in the face. You know you shouldn’t eat it all, but candy is just too precious to throw out. Instead of sacrificing your leftover goodies, here are some creative ways to use your surplus sweets so it won’t go to waste.
Make s’mores It’s getting too cold outside to roast marshmallows for s’mores, but making them in the microwave is a snap. The whole process only takes about 15 seconds, and it gives you an opportunity to use up any leftover chocolate. Use a piece of HERSHEY’S chocolate for the classic s’more, or experiment with a REESE’s Peanut Butter Cup or your favorite chocolate treat. Stick a marshmallow and piece of chocolate in between two graham crackers and microwave them on a heat-safe plate. What you will end up with is a gooey, delicious mess that will taste just as good as a summertime s’more made in a real fire pit.
the dried fruit provides the body with essential vitamins and antioxidants. Trail mixes are a great snack that will fill you up and give you energy, and having that little extra kick of sweetness from the candy is always a plus.
Put it into a piñata Piñatas are always a lot of fun to make regardless of the season. They’re even more fun to beat and break open. You can purchase one at Walmart or Target and stuff it with all the extra goodies you have as a quick and easy fix for large amounts of leftover treats. Bring it to a party, give it to a friend as a gift or keep it in your room as decoration and break it open when you feel that candy craving setting in. Even if nothing comes of it, at least you have a piñata around if life ever gets unexpectedly boring.
Save it for Thanksgiving and Christmas
If you’re totally out of ideas for what to do with your candy surplus, you can always ACCRETION DISC/FLICKR put your leftover candy into a festive bag and bring it home for the holidays. Recycling your Excess Halloween candy has a way of piling up, but that doesn’t mean the extra sweets have to go to waste. extra Halloween candy for use in gift bags is totally thrifty and an easy way to prepare for lished designs. You can also bake chocolate for that extra chocolate kick. Get creative and the gift-giving season. and candy into your cupcakes, cakes and see what tastes the best. Just because you find yourself with a cookies by mixing small pieces into the batter Halloween candy surplus doesn’t mean it Make trail mix or dough. has to go to waste. There are a slew of If you are feeling healthy, you can add creative and delicious ways to repurpose Make hot chocolate your leftover candy to some homemade trail leftover candy, from adding it to new reciHot chocolate is perfect on chilly nights, mix. It is easy to make your own mix by pes to saving it for the next holiday. Candy Add to desserts and the traditional cup can be made more combining together some nuts, seeds, dried and sweets don’t only have to be useful for If you like to bake, you can use your left- interesting with a few add-ins. You can drop fruit and even pretzels or popcorn. Once you Halloween trick-or-treaters: candy is dandy over candy and chocolate to decorate your in peppermint candies or a YORK Peppermint have your base ingredients, grab a handful all year long. favorite baked goods. Add a piece or two to Pattie for a minty taste, a few HERSHEY’S of M&M’s or cut up a candy bar into small the tops of frosted treats for a final touch, or KISSES to make it more chocolaty, or even pieces to add to the mix. The nuts and seeds Hae Young Yoo can be reached at haeyoungyoo@umass. use smaller pieces of candy to make embel- stir your cocoa with a Twix bar or a KIT KAT are a healthy source of protein and fiber, and edu.
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May. 21 - Jun. 21
nOv. 22 - Dec. 21
Like Christmas lights, keep your cobweb decor up until next year so you don’t have to go through the process of reputting them up.
The more you explain a joke, the better it gets.
Jun. 22 - Jul. 22
Only when you realize how little you really need to impress others is when you can honestly start living.
Dec. 22 - Jan. 19
You might have been wearing your tights for far too many days if you can now put them on like pants.