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Drum majors lead band to Macy’s Parade For some students, band is like family This article is part five in a series as the UMass Minutemen Marching Band prepares for the Macy’s ThanksgivingDay Parade. By ElEanor HartE


A member of UMass Greek life walks down the red carpet with kids from the Children’s Miracle Network at the recent UDance.

UMass hires four marketing agencies Officials seek help to redefine image By MariE MaccunE

Collegian Correspondent

The University of Massachusetts has hired four marketing agencies in order to boost its reputation in the commonwealth and across the country. “We have embarked on a broad campaign to promote the university,” said Executive Director of News and Media Relations Ed Blaguszewski. “We need to articulate the value, importance and contributions of UMass Amherst as a flagship campus,” he added. “We are a research institution promoting the commonwealth in the innovation sector. We need to remind people of that.” Blaguszewski said that one of the goals on the campaign was to “inform the state legislature and the gen-

eral public about our commitment to public service.” The University has done community outreach throughout the state, not just in the valley, and Blaguszewski hopes that by highlighting this in the campaign, UMass will gain greater recognition and importance. The University is also seeking to attract more attention from the state legislature and executives with the new campaign. In partnership with the State House, UMass has committed itself to a 50/50 plan, which means that the state will provide 50 percent of the academic expenditures of the University and students and their families will contribute the other half. In order for this goal to be reached, there needs to be enhanced funding from the State House. The University is hopeful that the new marketing strategies will heighten its reputation amongst key play-

ers in Massachusetts politics and reaffirm the state’s commitment to higher public education. Blaguszewski also said that the campaign aims to create a stronger alumni network with UMass Rising, the $300 million fundraising campaign aimed at alumni. UMass Rising is the biggest fundraising campaign organized in university history. “As students graduate, the value of their degree will increase as UMass’s standing in the commonwealth and the world rises,” said Blaguszewski, explaining why promoting the University is not just in the interest of current students here on campus but to anyone in connection to UMass. Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications Inc., Element Productions, Petta Ryan and Co. and Gravity Switch have all been hired as part of the project. Rasky Baerlein is a

Boston-based public relations agency focused on strategic communications. It is working in tandem with Element Productions, who, according to Blaguszewski, has done “impressive video work.” According to a press release put out by Rasky Baerlein, the two contracts with the University are worth $500,000 and run until May of 2014. Rasky Baerlein, Element Productions and Petta Ryan and Co. will be working on media strategies and public relations to promote the University as a whole for $450,000. Gravity Switch, whose contract is worth $50,000, is focusing specifically on the Stockbridge School of Agriculture. Their newest television ads are available on the University’s website and are being shown in the Boston area. see

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achel Rivard had 100 friends on campus before she even walked into a classroom. The week before her freshman year, she attended band camp for the University of Massachusetts Marching Band and found a second family. Initially a tuba player, she is now a drum major – and has the important job of leading the band.

majors are tasked with leading the group. This includes practicing parade marching, something the UMass Marching Band doesn’t do during a normal season. “We can practice for Macy’s all we want,” said Rivard, “but we won’t know what it’s really like until we’re there.” Becoming a drum major was not an easy process, according to Grady. There was an extensive application process, involving a

“I came to UMass for the band. Every other school I looked at had a tiny band, but UMass didn’t. It boggled my mind at first that there were 400 people in it” Colleen Grady, drum major In addition to the band’s daily practices, Rivard, a junior music education major, and the three other drum majors set up for rehearsals, organize sheet music and serve as the links between the director and the 400-member band. “Now I’m just all in. There’s no stopping it, because it’s who I am, really,” said Rivard. Rivard’s fellow drum majors are Gabrielle Istvan, a senior public health major, Jacob Balcanoff, a senior geology major, and Colleen Grady, a senior music education major. The UMass Marching Band is preparing for its trip to New York City to march in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade next week, and the drum

paper interview, a conducting interview, a marching rehearsal and more. “The responsibility does not come lightly,” she said. “You have to be the prime example of a leader,” said Istvan, explaining that the entire band looks to the drum majors for direction. There is an incredible amount of behind the scenes work that goes into the role of drum major. If someone drops the ball on something, the responsibility of taking care of it falls to the drum majors. They meet with UMass Marching Band Director Timothy Todd Anderson each week to assess the progress of rehearsals and the state of see

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Two new art galleries showcased at UMass Photos embody American culture By ElEanor HartE Collegian Staff

Two exhibits defining what it means to be an American in the 20th and 21st centuries have opened in the Herter Art Gallery at the University of Massachusetts. “American Pie” is an exhibition of works by British documentary photographer Martin Parr presenting an unconventional way of looking at American culture. “It’s an American Thing” is a collection of works by 14 photographers focusing on

American popular culture in the last century. Herter Art Gallery director Trevor Richardson brought the exhibits to UMass, where they opened in October. He had dreamed of bringing a Martin Parr exhibit to UMass for many years in order to showcase it to a new group of people, but the timing was never right for all the photos to be together. Eventually, a gallery in New York reached out to him about arranging an exhibition. Parr’s photographs are known for their sarcastic view of looking at American culture. A photo of the Mall of America, located in Minnesota, shows the mall as

“a cathedral to consumption,” said Richardson. A photo of a breakfast plate in Las Vegas is another example of Parr’s critical eye. The plate is filled with food: a bagel, waffle, eggs, sausage, yogurt – more food than one could ever expect to eat in one sitting. As the exhibit description says, “the images pointedly bring us to the edge of pleasure and discomfort.” Another photo is of empty hangers against a blank wall. “He has a real eye for pattern and color, for finding beauty in things you wouldn’t expect,” said Richardson. “That’s somesee

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Stars and Stripes (2001) by Martin Parr is being showcased at the Herter Art Gallery.



Monday, November 18, 2013

THE RU N D OW N ON THIS DAY... In 326, the original St. Peter’s Basilica was consecrated in modern day Vatican City. It stood where the current St. Peter’s Basilica stands today.


Bachelet tops vote for Chilean president SANTIAGO, Chile — Socialist former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet led the first round of voting in Chile’s presidential election Sunday by a comfortable margin, but it appeared she would have to compete in a runoff against second-place Evelyn Matthei. According to preliminary official results, based on close to 70 per cent of the votes counted, the centre-left Bachelet won 46.7 per cent of the vote compared to conservative Matthei’s 25.2 per cent. Both were well ahead of the other seven candidates. If final results confirm this trend, a runoff election would be held between the two on Dec. 15 to choose a successor to President Sebastian Pinera. Bachelet, 62, was president from 2006 to 2010. “Our effort has been to call people to vote so we can win in one round because we have lots of things to do,” Bachelet said as she cast her ballot. Matthei, 60, the conservative ruling-party candidate and a former labor minister under Pinera, had been billed in advance as her top rival. On Sunday, about 20 high school students occupied Bachelet’s campaign headquarters, demonstrating their opposition to the ongoing general election. “Change is not in La Moneda (Chile’s presidential palace), it is in major streets,” said a sign that the students erected in the Providencia neighborhood in Santiago. “This occupation is symbolic. It shows our position of resistance, displeasure and commitment to the whole of the social movement. We will not allow those who repressed us, persecuted us and dismantled our organization in the past to betray our demands,” the students said in a statement. The students cleared the building peacefully within a couple of hours. As he cast his ballot in Santiago, Pinera, who could not stand for re-election because Chilean law does not allow consecutive presidential terms, vowed to “cooperate in a loyal, patriotic and constructive way” with his successor, whoever it might be. Chile’s next president is set to be inaugurated on March 11. All 120 members of the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of parliament, were also up for election Sunday, as were 20 out of 38 senators. Chile’s new system of voluntary voting is being implemented for the first time in a general election. The number of registered voters rose from 8.2 million to 13.6 million following the move away from compulsory voting. In the first local elections under the new system last year some 60 per cent of registered voters did not go to the polls. –dpa

Socks collected Thanksgiving dinner to for homeless support less fortunate Project inspired by YouTube video By ChanCe Viles Collegian Correspondent The Student Leadership Center at the University of Massachusetts is striving to make a big difference for the homeless in the smallest of ways. The Student Leadership Center is organizing “Socktober” and “Sockvember” to collect donations of new socks and basic goods. Anytime through November, donations can be made in support of Craig’s Doors, a homeless shelter in Amherst. The Student Leadership Center is aim-

of a giant paper sock being colored in at the Student Leadership Center. Right now the drive has collected a little over 200 pairs of socks, said Rendell. “We are still a ways from our goal, but socks are still rolling in” she added. Donations are also being taken for other basic goods like canned and non-perishable foods, but money is not being accepted as a donation by the Student Leadership Center. Although the donations were supposed to stop November 15th, socks are now being accepted after Thanksgiving break as suggested by students at the Residence Hall Association general body meeting.

“There are lots of conversations happening in the media about the cutting of benefits to the working poor, and it’s easy to overlook this when it doesn’t directly impact you.” Dawn Rendell, assistant director of Residence Education for Leadership and Engagement. ing to collect 1,000 pairs of new socks in support of the shelter. According to a press release, contributors are encouraged to write their name on a paper sock and the Student Leadership Center will tape the socks to their windows. “This project for me is really a concrete way for students to start connecting with and being aware of the community around them. There are lots of conversations happening in the media about the cutting of benefits to the working poor, and it’s easy to overlook this when it doesn’t directly impact you,” said Dawn Rendell, assistant director of Residence Education for Leadership and Engagement. “While this is just a small step, I hope it will begin to help bring awareness to the issue and, potentially, lead to some larger conversations.” Between now and the end of the month, students can donate new socks to the Residential Life Student Leadership Center at Moore Hall 101 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.. Students can also see the progress toward the goal of 1,000 socks in the form


“I’m hopeful that some extra time, a little more publicity and a greater awareness will encourage students and staff from across campus to get engaged. I hope students, whether they choose to support this drive or something else, will choose to get involved in a cause that matters to them and make a difference where and when they are able.” said Rendell. “Socktober” was an idea started by the online viral video Kid President, who urges people to tape and photograph themselves helping the homeless and donating socks and other basic needs. In the video Kid President also urges people to donate money to an Arkansas homeless women’s shelter. “Can you imagine what that would feel like if you didn’t have socks or a coat to keep you warm?” said Rendell. “More than anything, I hope all of us can pay a little more attention to everyone around us, the struggles others are facing and show some care and compassion.” Chance Viles can be reached at cviles@

Volunteers help make meal possible B y l aura D iamonD Collegian Correspondent For many, Thanksgiving is a time to catch up with family and friends and huddle around the television watching football. For others, it’s a time to help ensure a great holiday for the less fortunate in the community. Kate’s Kitchen in Holyoke, Not Bread Alone in Amherst and MANNA Soup Kitchen at Edwards Church of Northampton, all work hard to prepare and serve a Thanksgiving feast meant to provide happiness, gratification and, of course, a delicious meal for people of the area. Bob Saalfrank, the program director and cook of MANNA Soup Kitchen, will be using 32 turkeys, 17 hams, 250 pounds of potatoes, 100 pounds of butternut squash, seven cases of cranberry sauce, a case and a half of pineapple to go with the hams and 17 cans of stuffing to prepare the Thanksgiving meal this year. About half of this massive amount of food goes to the 200 to 300 people who come to the


church to eat while the other half gets delivered to people who are unable to make it out. In order to cook everything in time, Saalfrank has to wake up at 4 a.m. every day during the week of Thanksgiving. However, he said, he always manages to finish by the time Thursday comes around and has a great time helping alongside their volunteers. Meanwhile, at Kate’s Kitchen, the main concern isn’t the preparation of the food, but the number of volunteers. “We’re very lucky that the Knights of Columbus, Fairview in Chicopee prepare everything for our Thanksgiving,” Mary Jane Dupot said. “We just have to make sure we have enough to take care of everyone.” About 100 people are predicted to show up at this Holyoke kitchen for Thanksgiving this year. Though they do have a list of people who call in to volunteer for Thanksgiving, Kate’s Kitchen accepts walk-ins as well. Dupot went on to express the necessity of volunteers, especially on the weekends. They also have clothing and food drives to further help people in the

area. At Not Bread Alone, the ambiance is festive and upbeat, according to Hannah Elliott. “Usually there’s a real party atmosphere and people have a really good time,” Elliott said. “The only challenges are getting all the food cooked by two o’clock and getting the place cleaned up once everything’s over.” Not Bread Alone is thinking of roasting five turkeys this year along with many vegetables and a wide assortment of vegetarian options. While they’re expecting around 60 people for Thanksgiving, they’re always thinking about the variability from year to year, especially since more people have been showing up lately. Although Thanksgiving tends to be a pretty popular day for volunteers, they always have room for more. “This meal is open to everyone, no matter what town they’re from or what they do for a living,” Elliott added. “Everyone is welcome and we hope a lot of people come.” Laura Diamond can be reached at

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thing 90 percent of people wouldn’t think to photograph. They’d walk right past it.” Other photos featured in the exhibit show four surly waitresses at an Atlanta diner, an out-of-place couple ignoring each other in a Las Vegas hotel lobby and a Minnesota fisherman standing outside his ice fishing hut. When Richardson went to see the Parr photos, he stumbled upon a number of other photographs he thought would be perfect for a companion exhibition. Thanks to the Staley-Wise Gallery in New York, which specializes in vintage photos, the exhibit came together under the title “It’s an American Thing.” “I thought it was the type of exhibit that would potentially appeal to lots of

people,” said Richardson. “Everyone knows who these people are: Elvis, JFK, Eisenhower.” The photos showcase the celebrities who dominated the later 20th century in the United States. Audrey Hepburn, James Dean, Louis Armstrong and Aretha Franklin are all included. “It’s a collection of photos of individuals who collectively define United States culture,” he said. An elegantly posed photo of John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy in Hyannisport hangs next to a photo of actor Paul Newman cooking in his boxers in the kitchen of his Beverly Hills home while his wife cradles their dog. “I liked the contrast between those two photos,” said Richardson.

Another photo shows a naked Joe Namath, quarterback for the New York Jets, shaving in his team’s locker room. Nicknamed “Broadway Joe,” Namath was known for his partying antics off the field. “He was the first real celebrity sports star,” said Richardson. The United States had a profound affect on popular culture in the 20th century, and that’s what Richardson hopes to show with “It’s an American Thing.” He acknowledges that it is very different from Parr’s critical eye in “American Pie” but believes the contrast between the two is what makes them a great pairing. Eleanor Harte can be reached at

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The UMass Marching Band is preparing for its trip to New York City to march in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade next week, and the drum majors are tasked with leading the group. This includes practicing parade marching, something the UMass Marching Band doesn’t do during a normal season. the band. During rehearsals, the drum majors can be doing anything from continuously walking backward as the band practices parade marching, to keeping the beat of the music for the group, to standing on tall ladders conducting the music. They get to rehearsals before everyone else to set up, and they’re the last to leave after they take everything down. It’s a huge time commitment, according to Rivard. “People aren’t aware of everything we do. We have to be the model,” said Grady. “We have to make people come to our level by setting the bar. If we’re at 110 percent, people might come up to 100 percent. People will only

go as far as we go.” The group is excited to be representing the University on a national scale. Though there is plenty of organizing to do, this is the first time the band will sleep in a hotel the night before a performance. They usually sleep on high school gymnasium floors. For them, it’s a sign that the band really is getting recognized, and it’s an extraordinary honor. For Colleen Grady, this moment has been a long time coming. “I came to UMass for the band. Every other school I looked at had a tiny band, but UMass didn’t. It boggled my mind at first that there were 400 people in it,” she said. A drum major in high

school, she now works with high school students at the Drum Major Academy, a week-long summer program founded by George N. Parks, the former director of the UMass Marching Band. “You have to be really into it,” said Rivard. “Everyone is here because they want to be.” She decided in high school to focus on band and music, and joining the marching band in college was just the next step. High school teachers led Istavan to music, and she’s had plenty of fellow students to look up to and emulate. She wants to someday be that person for someone else. “Music has this unexplainable power to bring people together,” said Istavan. “When it comes to band, it’s not just an individual effort. It’s a group effort and it turns into everyone coming together for the performance. You have to be in it to understand.” “The band is a family,” added Grady. “We get work done and also have a lot of fun.”

The UMass Marching Band performs at Gillette Stadium.

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The 400 members of the marching band perform regularly at football games.




MARKETING “We want to connect with all different constituencies, especially those in and around Boston,” said Blaguszewski. “This campaign is helping us to tell our story; tell our story to the state government, the general public and even private contractors who might be interested in our research.” The campaign is not directly tied to admissions or enrollment; however the University hopes that by better promoting itself it will be able to attract even more of the best and brightest students as their first choice school. According to the Office of Institutional Research, in 2013, UMass had an accep-

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tance yield of only 20.5 percent. This means that of the students who applied and were accepted to the University, only about a fifth choose to enroll. Blaguszewski is optimistic that this will change and UMass admissions will become more competitive as word spreads about the quality of a UMass education. Petta Ryan and Co. is a media placement firm helping the University get the best deals when buying advertisement spots. This is important, Blaguszewski said, because “we want what we do to have the biggest impact it can. They can help us leverage the effectiveness of our dollar.”

Most recently, the firms helped organize Stand for UMass in Boston a few weeks ago. Blaguszewski said their role is to help plan the day, help in brokering key interviews with Boston media and help encourage the “very effective” use of social media. The University wants to “build enthusiasm and a community of followers [on social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter].” UMass received very positive feedback after the event in Boston and Blaguszewski believes the campaign is “off to a great start.” Marie MacCune can be reached at

Albuquerque votes on proposal to ban abortion Ban applies after 20 weeks of pregnancy B y C indy C arCamo Los Angeles Times

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A high-desert city in one of the poorest states in the nation has become the abortion debate’s latest battlefield and a testing ground for whether abortion limits can be imposed on the local level. Early voting had begun in Albuquerque for an election Tuesday, which will decide whether to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Although similar bans have been passed by state legislatures, New Mexico’s largest city is believed to be the first municipality in the country to place such an initiative on a ballot. The “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Ordinance,” which needs a majority to pass, would have statewide impact because the only late-term abortion providers in the largely rural state are in Albuquerque. Women living out of state also fly to Albuquerque for this type of care, said Micaela Cadena, policy director at Young Women United. The New Mexicobased group is part of the Respect ABQ Women campaign, which is fighting the local measure. “Albuquerque voters are voting for the whole state of New Mexico and also for the rest of the country,” Cadena said. The Supreme Court’s ruling in Roe vs. Wade has been interpreted by lower courts as making abortion legal through 24 weeks of pregnancy, but anti-abortion activists are pushing to ban the procedure after 20 weeks - a step in chipping away at the 1973 landmark ruling. Tara and Bud Shaver, who call themselves prolife missionaries, moved to New Mexico three years ago from Kansas, a center of antiabortion activism, with the intent of mobilizing a campaign to shut down Southwestern Women’s Options - one of the few clinics in the country that provide late-term abortions. There doesn’t seem to be a consensus on when a pregnancy is considered late-term, with definitions ranging from the 20th week of gestation to the 27th . Tara Shaver said that although terminations after 20 weeks account for about 1.3 percent of all abortion, banning them would be one step toward outlawing the practice entirely. In Albuquerque, it’s

Just the next state over, Arizona officials have appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court after a 20–week limit on abortions was struck down by a federal court. Eleven other states have also adopted 20-week limits. Several of these bans have been blocked by courts while litigation is pending. hard to get away from any mention of the measure. Campaign ads have taken over radio and television. Commuters drive down boulevards flanked with signs that read “Vote for Late Term Abortion Ban” or “Respect ABQ Women. Vote no Nov. 19.” On a recent weekday morning at University of New Mexico, Shaver and her contingent of volunteers handed out leaflets to backpack-toting students hurrying to class. At about the same time a “truth truck” - as the antiabortion group contingent calls it - maneuvered along a road cutting through campus. The truck carried its a billboard-sized picture of what looked to be a dismembered fetus. “We’re going to show them the truth - what abortion really does,” Shaver said. The night before, a group of abortion rights advocates gathered downtown. Bineshi Albert and her 17-year-old daughter, Dezbah Evans, munched on pizza before they took to the streets with their best pitch in opposition to the ban. “As a Native American, I have some experience with the government telling us what to do with our land, our hair, our body, our language, our culture,” Albert said. “I can relate that experience to me as a woman, and I just don’t think the city government should have a say to regulate what happens to my body.” To get the measure on the ballot, Operation Rescue and other antiabortion groups gathered 27,000 signatures - more than twice the number the city requires. If successful, the ordinance could be implemented days after city officials certify the election. Councilman Dan Lewis, who describes himself as pro-life, said that if the measure passes and is challenged in court, the city would be obligated to defend it. Councilwoman Trudy Jones, who has questioned the constitutionality of the measure, said abortion should not be a municipal issue. The special election will cost the city at least $500,000, and legal bills to

defend it could triple that amount - a strain for a poor city, she said. “We could feed a lot of babies for million and a half dollars,” she said. Opponents of the measure, including state Attorney. Gen. Gary King, have said they’re prepared to sue if the measure passes. Dave Sidhu, a constitutional scholar at the University of New Mexico, pointed to recent court rulings throughout the nation that have struck down similar bans at the state level. Just the next state over, Arizona officials have appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court after a 20-week limit on abortions was struck down by a federal court. Eleven other states have also adopted 20-week limits. Several of these bans have been blocked by courts while litigation is pending. In addition to the advertising blitzes, the fight over the measure is playing out at front doors, in parking lots and on college campuses - anywhere proponents and opponents can make their pitch. At the university, Shaver approached Rachel and Garrett Wolff and asked whether they had heard about the measure. Rachel Wolff, who is 18 weeks pregnant, said she had. At first, it appeared that Shaver had persuaded both to vote for the measure. But Rachel Wolff ’s eyebrows rose when she discovered the initiative does not make exceptions for women who are victims of incest or rape. The only exception is for women whose lives would be in danger if they were to carry the fetus to term. Wolff found that provision too limited. Her husband agreed. “I think they should make concessions for rape, incest and deformities,” he said. At this point, he said, he’d likely just not vote.

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Details of US aid may have been intercepted Documents to help Cuban dissidents By Juan o. Tamayo The Miami Herald

The documents were definitely not classified as secret. But they contained detailed information about U.S. government programs to help Cuban dissidents that Havana has outlawed as a semi-clandestine campaign to topple the communist system. So when the U.S. Agency for International Development mistakenly used an unencrypted line to send the documents to U.S. diplomats in Havana, USAID officials were chagrined and some of the authors of the document were incredulous. “An amazingly stupid thing to do,” said an official of one of the groups that generated the documents minutely detailed applications for a $6 million USAID program to train emerging leaders of Cuba’s nongovernmental sectors. His application of more than 200 pages contained a complete history of his past work with USAID’s pro-democracy programs in Cuba, the official said, some names of possible trainees and venues where they might be trained. USAID has played down the impact of the mistake, arguing that the U.S. government never classified the pro-democracy programs as secret or even confidential. “Nothing about USAID’s Cuba program is classified. We simply carry out programs in a discreet manner to help ensure the safety of all those involved,” said USAID spokesman Karl Duckworth. But the agency’s own documents highlight the security concerns surrounding the program. “Given the nature of

the Cuban regime and the political sensitivity of the USAID Program, USAID cannot be held responsible for any injury or inconvenience suffered by individuals traveling to the island under USAID ... funding,” one agency contract states. A slide presentation for nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that have been awarded USAID grants advises them to report any “Security Concerns, including Government of Cuba harassment and detention.” Alan P. Gross, a USAID subcontractor from Maryland, is serving a 15-year prison term in Havana for delivering to Cuban Jews three satellite telephones, paid for by the U.S. government, so they could have direct and uncensored access to the Internet. It was therefore shocking when USAID officials told applicants for the $6 million in grants in September that their applications had been sent to U.S. diplomats in Havana for their review on an unsecure line instead of the usual encrypted line. Duckworth declined to comment further on the incident. But four officials of NGOs that applied for the funds provided details to El Nuevo Herald. They asked for anonymity, saying they wanted to stay on good terms with USAID. The USAID request for proposal SOLOAA-13-000110, posted publicly on July 10, offered a total of $6 million over three years, broken up into at least two grants of no more than $3 million and no less than $1 million. Its goal was “to strengthen human capacity on the island by providing opportunities for civil society leaders to travel outside of Cuba to gain technical skills and experiential learning in an array of fields important to democracy and civil

society development.” More than 20 NGOs are believed to have submitted applications by the Aug. 9 deadline. Competition for the money is stiff. The applications included proposed budgets, ways of monitoring and evaluations progress, organizational charts and past experience in Cuba. The applications are not required to include names or contacts, “but you usually include some to show that you know people, that your organization has some weight,” said one of the NGO officials. USAID officials called the applicants in late August to deliver the bad news: All their proposals had been sent on an unsecure line to Havana. One applicant quoted an agency official as saying, “We think the Cuban government may have seen all the proposals.” Cuba’s intelligence agencies consider the United States as their No. 1 enemy, and spy constantly on Washington’s diplomats in Havana, monitoring their communications and bugging their homes. USAID told the NGOs they could withdraw the proposals if they considered the risks to be too high. None the applicants withdrew. One said there was no sense turning back since Cuban intelligence no doubt already had the documents. A few weeks later, each of the applicants received rejection letters that made no mention of the USAID gaffe but noted that their proposals were weak in one way or another, the NGO officials said. The $6 million was distributed among USAID’s other ongoing Cuba democracy programs, created under the Helms-Burton act of 1996.

Family sues over gay– conversion therapy ban Parents allege that law violates rights By Soumya Karlamangla Los Angeles Times

A couple who wants to send their 15-year-old son to counseling to curb his attraction to other males is suing New Jersey over the state’s ban on so-called gay conversion therapies for minors. In August, Gov. Chris Christie signed into law a bill in that outlaws the therapies, making New Jersey the second state to do so after California. The New Jersey law prevents any licensed therapist, psychologist, social worker or counselor from using the therapies on children under 18, citing health risks, such as depression and suicide, linked to the practice. The new law was upheld in court Nov. 8 by U.S. District Judge Freda Wolfson after two therapists who wanted to provide the treatments sued. Now, the same judge, and the same attorneys on each side, are headed to court again. In this case, which also names Christie, a 15-yearold - referred to in court documents as John Doe for privacy reasons - and his parents want the teenager to undergo the therapies. They say the law is unfair-

ly preventing him from getting the treatment he wants, according to court documents. In the court complaint, the family alleges that the law violates their freedom of speech and free exercise of religion, as well as the parents’ fundamental rights. The court complaint details the teenager’s history of expressing stereotypically feminine and homosexual behavior, which the family says led him to have suicidal thoughts starting around age 10. His “unwanted same-sex attraction” was confusing and conflicted with his Roman Catholic religious beliefs, the complaint said. He tried to kill himself multiple times, the court documents say, and eventually asked to go to counseling for help. After he began therapy to change his sexual orientation in 2011 in New York, the strength of his samesex attractions dropped, according to court documents . On a scale of 1 to 10, the level of attraction dropped from an 8 to 3 and “every day would get a little better,” according to the documents. Now, the 15-year-old wants to go to a licensed psychologist in New Jersey for further therapy - referred to in court documents as Sexual Orientation Change

Efforts -but can’t because of the state’s ban. “Because no licensed mental health professional in New Jersey can provide him with SOCE counseling, John Doe will substantially regress in the significant progress he has made with his current counselor,” the court complaint states. In the earlier New Jersey case before Wolfson, she wrote in her opinion that the plaintiffs’ allegation that the ban infringes on First Amendment rights “runs counter to the longstanding principle that a state generally may enact laws rationally regulating professionals,” including those providing mental health services. Wolfson ruled that the law did not violate the plaintiff ’s free speech because nothing in the law “prevents licensed professionals from voicing their opinions on the appropriateness or efficacy of Sexual Orientation Change Efforts, either in public or private settings.” Demetrios Stratis, the plaintiffs’ attorney in both cases, said that the new case deals with the family’s ability to exercise freedom of religion and the fundamental rights of parents. “It’s a different analysis that needs to be applied, and that’s why we think Doe needs to be adjudicated on its own,” Stratis said.


““All literature is protest.” - Richard Wright

Monday, November 18, 2013


Millennials aren’t UMass puts politics before safety as bad as they say Lazy, narcissistic, idle, lost. These are all words used to describe the Millennial Generation, also called Gen Y: the group of people born between the early 1980s and the year 2000. In other words, our generation.

Maral Margossian It’s easy to click tongues and shake heads in disapproval at our generation, seeing as it is characterized by the great recession and its result in college graduates moving back in with their parents homes for long term durations. But these generalizations made primarily by members of older generations, eclipse a more important characteristic of Millennials: our tenacious optimism of the future, despite bleak prospects. Many articles about Millennials regard this generation as the new “Lost Generation,” a term coined by the writer Gertrude Stein concerning the bitter disillusionment experienced after World War I. We may

that don’t line up with their expectations. Our desire to positively impact the world is not a consequence of our inflated sense of self. According to Dan Schawbel’s “74 of the Most Interesting Facts about the Millennial Generation,” 41 percent of Millennials “do what their managers tell them to do, which is greater than older generations.” Schawbel’s article also notes that “Millennials say they do not deserve special treatment and are equally as committed as non-Millennials.” Millennials do not have a sense of high self-worth, but they do have a general distrust of large corporations and feelings of responsibility towards the world. According to the same article, 92 percent of Millennials believe a company’s worth should be measured by more than just profit and that 84 percent believe that making a positive change is more important than professional success. That does not seem like a group of people with a high sense of self entitlement. That is a group of people with great awareness of social responsibility. As for our being lazy, we are on our way to being the most educated generation in American history, according to Pew Research. As college applications become more cutthroat, highschool students now work harder than ever to get into colleges. Yet, the Millennial Generation has the greatest percentage of college attendees. Despite our unfavorable economic conditions and great accumulation of student loan debt, despite having to hold off moving to our own homes and starting our own families, 88 percent of Millennials are optimistic about finding a job. That does not sound like a Lost Generation. If we were the next Lost Generation, we would not have as much faith in the future as we do. Those who look at our generation with disdain should take a closer look. You will find that the Millennials are full of hard-working, innovative and optimistic people who stubbornly refuse to give up on the future.

We may be accumulating college debts without the guarantee of being able to pay them back. We may be stalled by the tough job markets from the recession. But we are not lost. In fact, we are the opposite. We know exactly what we want to do.

be accumulating college debts without the guarantee of being able to pay them back. We may be stalled by the tough job markets from the recession. But we are not lost. In fact, we are the opposite. We know exactly what we want to do. We want to make a positive impact on the world. A reoccurring criticism of the Millennial Generation is its inflated sense of selfworth and high expectations for careers as a result. In the Psychology Today article “Is Gen Y Becoming the New ‘Lost Generation?’” Gen. Y expert Bruce Tulgan slams the Millennials as “a pampered and nurtured generation, being both high performance and high maintenance, with a very high sense of self-worth.” As a result, some commentators argue, young adults are Maral Margossian is a Collegian turning down available jobs columnist and can be reached at

Recently in Spokane, Wash., two Gonzaga University students living in an off-campus, uni-

Michael Ball versity-leased apartment used a gun to defend themselves from forced entry by a recently released 6-time convicted felon..These students are now on probation from Gonzaga for possessing weapons on school owned property in violation of the student code of conduct. It is worth mentioning the students were properly licensed. Many here would not be surprised to know that the University of Massachusetts has a similar policy in the student code of conduct, but they may be surprised to know that the policy is broad and can be understood to even include pepper spray. As a founder of the UMass Gun Club, which has helped numerous students obtain their licenses to carry firearms as well as pepper spray, I am convinced that the University is putting politics ahead of student safety. I understand that it is not realistic for the University to allow students to carry firearms on campus. Pepper spray, however, is something I expect there to be more universal consensus on. Chapter 269, Section 10J of Massachusetts General Law prohibits the

carrying of any weapons on school grounds without the explicit permission of the school. However it also grants the school administration the ultimate authority to make any exceptions they see fit. Currently, Massachusetts is one of the only states where one needs a license to possess or carry pepper spray. Following the murder of Amy Lord in South Boston last summer, a bi-partisan bill has been referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means in order to change this. While many UMass students are licensed to carry pepper spray or firearms (which include pepper spray), it is likely that many others, in violation of both state law and the student code of conduct, carry pepper spray without a license. Along with two other instructors from the UMass Gun Club, I met with the Vice Chancellor’s office last semester to discuss making an exception for pepper spray. It makes me upset to say that politics have been put ahead of our safety as students. The answer we were given was that making a legal exception under Massachusetts law would first require them to amend the student code of conduct regarding weapons, which

they are unwilling to do, even in a very direct and limited capacity which would only allow defensive sprays. The Vice-Chancellor’s office later told me that UMass has never made an exception to the rule as it currently stands. Since the University of Massachusetts has put politics ahead of your safety, you face two separate pen-

student code of conduct may also extend to vehicles parked on campus. I encourage you to ask a police officer if it’s a good policy for you to be forbidden from carrying pepper spray on a campus with a population of more than 20,000,,into neighboring violent cities or even into downtown Amherst late at night. Even given my involvement in the field, I have yet to find one who can. It was just a few weeks ago that a UMass student was assaulted late at night in Amherst. While there is anecdotal evidence of pepper spray possibly having lasting effects in extreme circumstances, they are rare, and the spray is generally considered safe. Students can change policy by making noise. It is time to say enough is enough, and that as adults we want a school policy that allows us to defend ourselves both on and off campus. It needs to be clear as day in writing that UMass students are allowed to carry pepper spray to protect themselves without punishment. The University absolutely has the power to make this happen, but it is up to us to convince them that it is the right thing to do.

I encourage you to ask a police officer if it’s a good policy for you to be forbidden from carrying pepper spray on a 20,000+ person campus, into neighboring violent cities or even into downtown Amherst late at night … I have yet to find one who can.

alties if caught with pepper spray on campus. First, you will be in violation of Massachusetts General Law (C269S10J) and will face up to a year in jail and a $1000 fine. Next, you will be in violation of the student code of conduct regarding weapons, and could face expulsion. The UMass campus is generally very safe, but under this rule you cannot have pepper spray if even if you work in local cities such as Holyoke and Springfield, which are among the most violent in the state. If you take the bus to campus, you Michael Ball is a Collegian contribualso may not carry pepper tor and can be reached at at mjball@ spray from your home. The

Stand against street harassment I was walking in front of Morrill in broad daylight, wearing a red dress and just minding my own busi-

Molly Gately ness when a group of three guys walked by. One of them turned to me as he passed, looked me up and down, and sneered, “Hello, Little Red! Are you still afraid of the big bad wolf ?” I was too shocked to respond then but, now, I have an answer. I have never seen a wolf before and, no, the idea of one doesn’t scare me. What does scare me is the fact that, as a woman, I apparently cannot walk down a public street without receiving unwelcomed harassment. The actions are categorized as street harassment, which the organization Stop Street Harassment defines as “any action or comment between strangers in public places that is disrespectful, unwelcomed, threatening, and/or harassing and is motivated by gender or sexual orientation.” My story is certainly not the only one. In an informal survey I conducted of 70 people, 86 percent reported that they have been the victims of street harassment, with 60 percent reporting having experienced it on

multiple occasions. My survey also included 11 men, since street harassment is not always exclusively experienced by women. Participants reported incidents that ranged from being beeped at, to catcalled, to being physically groped, to even having their butts slapped. All of these experiences were in public places such as the bus, the T and even just on the street. One participant wrote that it “makes you feel uncomfortable when you are walking around campus.” A positive movement against street harassment is called Hollaback, which encourages victims from all over the world to share their stories and to react. Hollaback affirms everyone’s right to be “a person who never has to take it or just keep walking, but one who has a … response when they are messed with [and] someone who knows they have the right to define themselves instead of being defined by some creep’s point of view.” The problem with street harassment is that it is not often reported because it can happen within seconds, but that doesn’t mean we have to accept it. On top of trying to teach victims how

to react, Hollaback points out the need for a reassessment of the societal attitudes that allow this behavior to occur. Street harassment is part of a larger societal issue known as rape culture. The University of Minnesota defines rape culture as “a culture in which rape is prevalent and pervasive and is sanctioned and maintained through fundamental attitudes and beliefs about gender, sexuality and violence.” The respondents of my survey described harassment that was threaten-

rape or attempted rape. 42 percent of these survivors have told no one that it happened. With statistics so high, fighting street harassment is just the beginning of a much larger battle that must be fought. It is important for everyone, men and women, to stand against such harassment and to react when we see it occurring, even if it is not happening to us. If more people react, then the people that do the harassing will start feeling the pressure to stop. By raising awareness of these issues, perhaps we can change society’s perception of street harassment and rape culture as a whole. All people have the right to walk down the streets without being catcalled or yelled at. We need to reject the excuses that people are “just kidding.” Women are not sluts, hoes, whores or any other derogatory name, and we will not accept being referred to as such. It is time to take a stand against street harassment and demand the respect that we, as human beings, deserve.

The problem with street harassment is that it is not often reported because it can happen within seconds, but that doesn’t mean we have to accept it.

ing and sexually violent in nature. Street harassment often sexually objectifies women. The men that take part in these actions may be “just joking,” but their attitudes reflect disrespectful attitudes towards women that are inherent to rape culture. Such attitudes have dangerous consequences. According to statistics from the website One in Four, 25 Molly Gately is a Collegian contribupercent of college women tor and can be reached at megately@ report having survived a

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Japanese band drums up a great performance Yamato drummers ‘beat on the road’ By Sarah roBertSon Collegian Staff

The Asian Arts and Culture Department helped celebrate two anniversaries Thursday night as the Japanese Taiko drumming group, Yamato, came to the Fine Arts Center as part of their 20th anniversary world tour. The department, which is also celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, organized the show titled “Rojyoh – The Beat on the Road.” The Yamato drummers’ performance took audiences through the evolution of Taiko drumming and Japanese culture. The show opened with a short narrative on the history of Taiko and the founding of Yamato in the Nara Prefecture of Japan in 1993. The string curtain lifted and the troupe displayed their skill and athleticism in their first original song titled “Masurao,” which translates to “Strong Man.” It was an intense start to the evening that contrasted greatly with the end of the show, as the performance seemed to grow more whimsical as it progressed. During an intermission, the troupe changed from their traditional Japanese robes to t-shirts and jeans. Their changing was a way for the drummers to symbol-

ize how they bridge the gap between ancient Japanese culture and the art of Taiko today. “We, the members of Yamato, believe in the unique value of Taiko,” says the group’s president, Masa Ogawa, “We are committed to preserving its traditions and exploring new possibilities for this majestic instrument.” The stage was set up in a tiered-pyramid style with the massive, 800-pound Miya Daiko drum sitting in the center. This special drum was set flat on its side as to let two drummers play on either side, however the stage was changed several times throughout the performance and drums were moved and repositioned. In between stage set-ups, the drummers would perform in front of the curtain with smaller instruments, often incorporating humor and audience participation. In one song, titled “Garakura,” or “Toys for Scrap,” three drummers with small cymbals performed the equivalent of a rap-battle with just the small metal instruments. Tossing an imaginary object back and forth that signified whose turn it was, they humorously competed with the same precision and skill as their most intense drum song. The drummers did an excellent job moving around the stage and interacting with other drummers. Rarely did a drum stay in one place for an entire performance. The


A drummer from Yamato bangs on the Miya Daiko drum, which weighs 800 pounds. facial expressions of the drummers also helped communicate with audiences the mood they wished their music to portray. However, it was not uncommon to see the furrowed brow of a drummer give way to a smile when their passion for the music broke through their composure. Towards the end of the show the performers began to


rely on their humor to engage the audience. They began to interact more with other drummers, joke with each other in an almost childish way and engage the audience even more. Yamato’s style of humor allows the drummers to connect with audiences of any age. Retirees and toddlers alike could be seen clapping along with songs.

Unsurprisingly, they got a standing ovation and came back for one more song that relied heavily on the audience clapping in time with the drummers. Yamato will continue their worldwide tour by going to Boston and playing several shows there. They have played over 2,600 shows in 52 countries since Yamato was

founded 20 years ago and they have plans to continue touring for years to come. The mission of the troupe is to spread their love and appreciation for Taiko drumming worldwide and uphold “Yamato,” the spirit of Japan. Sarah Robertson can be reached at


Gaga’s little monsters Born Ruffians tear up the Iron Horse in Northampton eat up LP ‘ARTPOP’ New album returns ‘art’ to ‘pop’ music By ana Lopez

Collegian Correspondent

Lady Gaga’s fourth official LP “ARTPOP,” released Nov. 11, stays true to her pulsing, disco-pop style. She’s received quite a bit of attention for calling her album a “reverse Warhol” - referencing famous artist Andy Warhol, who ingeniously decided to incorporate pop culture into his art. Cleverly, Gaga attempts her own swing at it, telling the Daily Mail that “the intention of the album was to put art culture into pop music.” Her ‘little monsters’ will surely flock to the dance floor with her iconic pop beats. Opening the album with the single “Applause,” Gaga continues themes found on her first two albums of her addiction to fame as she laments “If only fame had an IV.” This fame obsession isn’t anything new, the name of her first album, “The Fame” and subsequent EP “The Fame Monster” both clearly show how much she craves the spotlight. In the track “G.U.Y.,” she pleads “love me, love me, please retweet me.” In the namesake track on “ARTPOP,” Gaga reveals “I try to sell myself/ because I just love the music not the bling,” hinting that the fame isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, but she can’t live without it. While her lyrics continue this theme, there are other underlying, more vulnerable, tones to her lyrics. In her ballad, “Dope,” she cries “I need you more than dope,” showing her emotions connected to some of her music. However, there

are not a lot of intellectual or thought-provoking lyrics, but that’s never been her forte. There are a few unique and appreciated twists that show her experimenting with sounds outside of her tried and true electro-pop. “Jewels N’ Drugs,” featuring Too Short, Twista and T.I., shows her hard edge as she battles it out with these lyricists on a more urban rap track. Following suit, “Do What U Want,” featuring R. Kelly, is as soulful as it is catchy. The two crooners complement each other over a synthesized, soulful track. “Aura” does this as well, starting out with a complex and intriguing guitar melody that segues into rhythmic bass and Gaga’s typical fame-centric lyrics. Gaga flows effortlessly between the different genres on “ARTPOP,” but the album still proves exhausting. The amount of intense pop is only somewhat dispersed by the genre change ups, making it hard to get through at points. The album is almost strictly dance-pop music with the exception of the soulful popballad “Dope,” in which Gaga lets her vocal range overpower the piano she is playing, reminding listeners why she’s on top. Following this is a mid tempo pop-ballad, “Gypsy.” The tempo and love centered lyrics sound more like a Katy Perry type single; it doesn’t feature any of Gaga’s in-yourface bizarre lyrics and style. One of her most disco-esque tracks “Swine” carries heavy EDM influence, using intense synths. Synthesizers pop and cut on each track, entrancing the listener as Gaga mesmerizes you with her tongue-incheek innuendos, a staple of

her style. If it’s not fame, it’s sex. Gaga plays off of sexual themes in nearly all her songs, most notably in “Sexxx Dreams,” where she blatantly says “When I lay in bed I touch myself and think of you.” For some this could be uncomfortable, but it’s too catchy to care. She’s never been one for discretion and this is no different. “Venus” also features overt sexuality, in true Gaga flair. The least enjoyable songs are “Donatella” and “Fashion,” both featuring painfully shallow lyrics reflecting fame and sounding like they weren’t completely composed when they went onto the album. Other songs are forgettable: “MANiCURE” and “Mary Jane Holland” blend in with the rest. They’re overdone and lack anything that may make the listener want to click repeat. Gaga could have switched it up a little more, since many people were expecting her to reinvent herself after her first three mega-hit albums. Many of these tracks would sound just as at home on “Born This Way” as they do on “ARTPOP”. While Gaga indisputably knows how to create a dance anthem, it’s hard to find anything truly spectacular about the album. Her voice is impeccable, but it’s the same sound we’ve all come to know and love. “ARTPOP” is worth the listen, but listeners should pop an Advil or two before, otherwise the synthesizers may get to their heads. The tracks worth a download are “Applause,” “Sexxx Dreams,” “Gypsy” and “Do What U Want.” Ana Lopez can be reached at aelopez@

Indie-rock band visits from Canada By aLex FraiL Collegian Correspondent

It was a few minutes after 7 p.m. on Nov. 5, and the Iron Horse was only halffull. Patrons picked at the last few fries on their plates as conversations carried across the quiet hall. Then five young men hopped on stage and the crowd broke into applause. Northampton natives The Sun Parade opened for Born Ruffians with a fastpaced, unnamed jam from their upcoming LP. The young band grabbed the hall’s attention for their 40 minute set. Clad in plenty of plaid and a hat like that of the Lumineers’ Wesley Shultz, lead vocalist Chris Jennings led the band in a rousing, yet intimate, jam session. Born Ruffians, an indie rock quartet from Canada, carried the torch just past 8 p.m., following an excellent outing from The Sun Parade. The crowd bobbed in anticipation during the gap between sets. More fans packed the floor. The Ruffians took the stage to applause befitting a much larger audience than they had that Tuesday. In their nine years, the Toronto band has garnered a large cult following spread across both Canada and the United States, despite never achieving remarkable commercial or critical success. The concert promoted their newest LP, “Birthmarks,” which dropped back on April

16. The album was headlined with new tracks like “6-5000,” “Too Soaked to Break” and “Ocean’s Deep.” The new songs caught on quickly, most of the audience knowing the words of “6-5000.” Following the opening track, front man Luke Lalonde requested the lights be lowered, quipping how nervous he was now that he could see the whole audience. The lights faded away. Only the backdrop of their album cover, three triangles and a slash, illuminated the hall, pulsing a continuously shifting palette of warm greens and reds and violets. The lighting threw a hypnotic spotlight on the band and doused the rest of the hall in shadow, suggesting an experience both central and remote. After a few new tracks, the Ruffians dived back in time, playing favorites like “Retard Canard” and “Nova-Leigh.” The concert reached a fever pitch with “I Need a Life,” the place trembled with a massive choir chanting, “Oh, but we go out at night!” Song transitions varied from dead silent with little acknowledgement of the audience to playful jabs at the upcoming Latin night at Iron Horse. Despite a low priority for crowd engagement, the band came alive during tracks. Bassist Mitch DeRosier was the most vocal, joking that their Latin dance song was coming up for those in attendance only for Latin night. DeRosier also heeded Christopher Walken’s advice from the “More Cowbell” sketch and truly explored the space of the stage, groov-

ing back and forth between the audience and drummer Steve Hamelin. The bassist added immense character to the concert and set himself apart from the common flatfooted bassist. He was consistently the funniest and most vocal member of the Ruffians. The band nailed “Permanent Hesitation,” a new track that’s part uptempo rock jam, part synth locomotive. Born Ruffians closed the show with the biggest crowd pleaser, “Needle,” which has the familiarity of old favorites like “Oh Man,” but with a newer, more developed sound. Newcomers might have been slightly lost, as the band rarely introduced songs and only briefly mentioned the new album, “Birthmarks.” Even so, some transitions proved to be entertaining, like when Lalonde’s solitary, thunderous strumming broke into an upbeat rendition of “With Her Shadow.” The Ruffians played an even mix of old classics and new hits Tuesday. The Toronto-based band appears to have made quite an impact on international fans, even without a huge commercial presence. The concert offered plenty of great alt-rock moments, like the “Six! (Six!) Five! (Five!) Thousand!” chant in “6-5000” and self-effacing lyrics like “I belong to no one, a song without an album/Long forgotten maxim spoken to the sea” from “Needle.” They’re a band that’s more than the sum of its album’s stars. Alex Frail can be reached at afrail@



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TOURNAMENT they defend in numbers,” UMass senior co-captain Hannah Prince said. “So, we realized we need to add more numbers, we need to go around the baseline, really get their feet exposed.” The Minutewomen came out swinging in the second half, launching 10 shots, five on goal, but were only able to score once on a penalty stroke by Brooke Sabia in the 45th minute. Meanwhile, Duke extended its lead further on a put-back goal by Jessica Buttinger in the 56th minute and a penalty corner goal by Heather Morris just a couple minutes later, assisted by Le Marchand and Grace Christus. “We countered a bit in the second half and we generated enough attack to earn a point, make the game 2-1,” Tagliente said. “It was with-



“I think we need some time to just let the season settle and enjoy what we have done. We’ll take a step back for a couple months and we’ll regroup when the semester starts up again.” UMass coach Carla Tagliente in reach, we just couldn’t get another to fall, and then, tide turned, and score line went the other way.” Tagliente said that while the team will have plenty of work to do this offseason, it will take some time to reflect on the season that has just ended. “I think we need some time to just let the season settle and enjoy what we have done,” she said. “We’ll take a step back for a couple months and we’ll regroup when the semester starts

up again.” Even though Prince’s collegiate career is now over, she is looking forward to seeing what the team will do next season. “Obviously, it’s sad for me to be done, but I know this group, they’re very talented,” she said. “I definitely think that they’re going to make some noise next year.” Jesse Mayfield-Sheehan can be reached at and can be followed on Twitter @jgms88.


Hannah Prince competed in her last game with the UMass field hockey team in Sunday’s loss to Duke.



Cady Lalanne finished with 13 points for UMass men’s basketball in its win over Youngstown State on Sunday. the game, including going 5-for-26 on 3-pointers, well below its season average of 36 percent from beyond the arc. The Minutemen also held the Penguins’ leading scorer Kendrick Perry to only 14 points on 6-of-20 shooting. Perry entered the game averaging 21 points per game, but was held in check all afternoon by the entire

team. “We told our guards, Chaz, Putney, Trey [Davis] and Derrick Gordon and even Demetrius [Dyson] a little, that he gets no open looks,” Kellogg said. “They connected to him and I thought our big guys, whether it’s Cady, Maxie [Esho], Sampson, or even Tyler [Bergantino] for his three minutes, did a good job recognizing when he had

learn,” Anderson said. “I won’t do it next week. I can tell you that much.” It was arguably the most disheartening moment of the afternoon for the Minutemen, especially for the UMass offense, which was warming up on the sideline, hoping for one last chance at some late-game magic. “Frustrating is probably the best word,” quarterback Mike Wegzyn said. “I was talking to the guys, we were ready to put together a twominute drive there and kind of getting each other excited, getting revved up, ready to go. And what happened, happened, and the clock ran out and the game was over.” That moment was only one of many missed opportunities for UMass, however. The Minutemen forced and recovered fumbles on the Zips’ first three possessions and none of them turned into points. Right after Akron made it 14-13 in the fourth quarter, Tajae Sharpe had his man beat in single coverage deep down the field, but Wegzyn overthrew him and the sophomore receiver couldn’t reel in the diving catch that would’ve put UMass in field goal range.

the ball and kind of helping out.” The Minutemen will travel to South Carolina to take part in the Charleston Classic. Their first game in the tournament is against Nebraska on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. Patrick Strohecker can be reached at and followed on Twitter @P_Strohecker.


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of kneel downs was all it took for Akron to wrap up the 14-13 win at Gillette Stadium. It was the first time UMass coach Charley Molnar, Anderson or any other UMass player had heard of the leaping penalty. It was explained to Molnar by the officials that Anderson was lined up one yard past the line of scrimmage when he jumped and landed on top of the players in front of him, resulting in a personal foul. “It’s not the act of leaping but landing on the players in front of him,” Molnar said. “I have not seen that called at least in games that I’ve been involved in. “Doesn’t make it right, doesn’t make it wrong. I’m just saying it’s a call that you’re not gonna see very often. I guess if they called it you’d hope that it’s flagrant.” Anderson said after the game that not only was it the first time he had ever heard of the penalty, but it’s something he has done numerous times in his career. This occasion just happened to be more costly than any other. “I’ve done it multiple times, but it’s a part of the game and you live and you


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Minutemen, committing 12 first half turnovers and keeping Youngstown State within striking distance with a 34-26 score despite the Penguins (4-1) only shooting 32 percent in the first half. “They were rushing too much,” Kellogg said. “Putney had two travels; I was like ‘Come on, stop.’ In transition a few times we’re trying to throw lobs and they’re hitting off the front of the rim and bouncing and ricocheting. … So, we trim that down to 12 or 13, the lead should be, that should mean we’re playing a full game.” The second half was more indicative of how UMass can play, getting numerous players involved on offense. In total, the Minutemen (3-0) had four different players with double-digit point totals. Chaz Williams and Sampson Carter both had a team-high 19 points, followed by Putney and Cady Lalanne, who had 17 and 13 points, respectively. “It’s just knowing that we‘re all playing together,” Williams said. “Years ago it would just be one or two guys in double figures and then the rest is just in single numbers. But now it’s like, you see us growing as a group.” UMass was helped out on the defensive end by poor shooting from the Penguins. Youngstown State only shot 37 percent from the field for

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Later in that possession, the Minutemen had a fourth and 1 at the Akron 47 with 6:39 left in regulation, but Jamal Wilson was stopped for no gain. It ended up being UMass’ final offensive play of the game. “We had plenty of opportunities to win the football game, to take control of the football game, to take charge,” Molnar said. “It certainly didn’t come down to that last drive and the last sequence of events. Our offense didn’t convert on the fourth down; our defense allowed some first downs along the way and then of course the penalty on special teams. All three were complicit in the last several minutes, but we had opportunities to win the game. “You can go back to the first quarter when they had three turnovers and offensively, we came up with (nothing) after three turnovers. All of the turnovers were given to us with good momentum and field position.” Chalk it up as a tough weekend for UMass sports fans. Nick Canelas can be reached at and followed on Twitter @NickCanelas.

the second half alone while acting as an extension of the coaching staff on the floor. “He’s been around me and I’ve been around him long enough to, I don’t want to say put the game in his hands, but tell him what we’re trying to do,” Kellogg said. “He knows the plays that kinda fit into those situations and we’ve kinda worked together to make sure that is all kinda comes together.” It was Williams who assisted on Sampson Carter’s 3-pointer with 11:39 remaining to stretch the lead to 54-45. Williams assisted Derrick Gordon on a transition layup four minutes later to make it 59-49, the last time the lead dipped below double digits. His ability to find various teammates and make the right play calls at the right times allowed the starting offense to operate at full potential. “It’s just knowing that we’re all playing together,” Williams said. “Years ago it’d just be one or two guys in double figures and then the rest is just single numbers but now it’s like you see us growing as a group.” That growth is evident across the entire frontcourt for UMass. Cady Lalanne finished with 13 points and 15 rebounds while adding three blocks on the defensive end. His efficiency – he missed just a single shot

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on 6-of-7 shooting – and his presence on the floor continue to rise. So too is the presence of Putney. After playing just 17 minutes in the season opener due to foul trouble, he finished the next two games with double-digit scoring. Putney dropped 17 points in addition to seven rebounds, punctuating the game with a vicious onehanded dunk over a helpless Josh Chojnacki of Youngstown State. “I came out with the mentality to just be patient in the second half, let the game come to me,” Putney said. It was the type of performance Kellogg expected out of his older players. Add in Sampson Carter’s 19 points on 6-of-9 shooting and UMass provided a solid, matter-of-fact team effort against the Penguins. Now, the Minutemen must maintain the consistently as they head south to Charleston Classic in Charleston, S.C. “We’ll take the win. I really like that we’re 3-0 and we’ll go down to Charleston and play real good competition,” Kellogg said. “We’re playing a really tough schedule, we’ve met the task to this point and now we’ve got three real big games in four days.” Mark can be reached at mchiarel@ and followed on Twitter @ Mark_Chiarelli.

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gain, which gave the Zips the ball, and they didn’t relinquish it for the rest of the game. Akron took the lead for good at the 9:49 mark in the fourth when quarterback Kyle Pohl (20-of-33 for 208 yards and one touchdown) found Jawon Chisholm, who leaped for the pylon and just snuck the ball in for the winning touchdown. Back in the third quarter, the Minutemen had regained the lead thanks to Wegzyn, who came in for the injured Doyle. Wegzyn was 4-of-4 for 76 yards on the drive, which concluded on a play action touchdown pass from Wegzyn (4-of-7 for 76 yards and one touchdown and interception) to Blanchflower with 6:58 remaining in the quarter. “Everybody wants to play, but you do what you can, you control what you can control, and it’s in the coach’s hands whenever they want to put me in it’s up to them,” Wegzyn said when asked about coming into the game cold. “So what I do is just to try to play my best whenever I’m out there.” One of the bright spots for UMass despite the loss was Blanchflower, who is now the all-time leader in receiving yards by a tight end in


Mike Wegzyn (11) completed 4-of-7 passes for UMass football Saturday. Minuteman history, surpassing Milt Morin’s previous record of 1,151. Blanchflower finished the game with five receptions for 26 yards and a touchdown. His historic moment came on a 9-yard completion from Doyle (13of-21 for 75 yards and one interception) near the end of the first quarter. “It happened in the midst of a drive,” Molnar said of Blanchflower’s historic catch, “so I’m not sure if I got a chance to congratulate Rob. Quite frankly, you expect to tell him that in a winning locker room and that is one of the biggest disappoint-

ments this afternoon for me.” Brendon Levengood continued his perfect field goal streak with a pair of kicks from 37 and 33 yards in the first half to keep UMass within striking range. The Zips were the only team to find the end zone in the first half after they marched down the field on a five-play, 63-yard drive that lasted 2:19, which was capped off by a Pohl scramble to his right for a touchdown. Cameron McDonough can be reached at and followed on Twitter @Cam_McDonough.



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Duke tops UMass in NCAA’s Minutewomen’s season ends in second round By Jesse Mayfield-sheehan Collegian Staff


Raphiael Putney put an exclamation point on UMass men’s basketball win on Sunday with a ferocious dunk.

UMass pulls away late Veteran leaders to beat Youngstown key Sunday’s win Patrick strohecker Collegian Staff

It took the Massachusetts men’s basketball team 35 minutes, six seconds to find the killer instinct to put away a feisty Youngstown State squad. It was better late than never. With the Penguins UMass 85 h a n g i n g around for YSU 69 most of the contest, the Minutemen used a 13-6 run to open up an 18-point lead late in the game en route to an 85-69 victory in front of 4,321 fans at Mullins Center on Sunday afternoon. “I thought we could’ve maybe stepped on it a little earlier at dif-

ferent times of the game,” UMass coach Derek Kellogg said. “We let them come back [with] a couple missed layups, so we still have a ways to go, but I would say we’re more mature than we might have been last year and the year before where you’re up eight and then all of a sudden you’re down one before you step on the gas.” Senior Raphiael Putney finished off Youngstown St. with a thunderous dunk over Josh Chojnacki that caused the Mullins Center to erupt and put the final exclamation point on the game. In past years, UMass has been known to play down to its competition and Sunday was no different. The first half was sloppy for the see

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By Mark chiarelli Collegian Staff

The Massachusetts men’s basketball team’s 85-69 victory over Youngstown State wasn’t flashy, nor was it ever in doubt. UMass carried itself with a business-like manner, leading for all but one minute, 23 seconds of the game. Four different starters finished in double figures. The fifth, Derrick Gordon, finished with nine points. Despite turning the ball over 19 times and leading by just eight at halftime, the Minutemen came out in the second half and soundly discarded the Penguins. It was the type of cohesive, mature effort in the second half that UMass coach Derek Kellogg

expected out of a team laden with veteran leadership. “I didn’t raise my voice really and go crazy,” he said. “It was just like, ‘Are we trying to do something? What do you guys want to do with this game and this season?’” His team responded. UMass’ lead never fell below six points and cruised in the latter stages of the game. “I would say that we’re more mature than we might’ve been last year and the year before,” Kellogg said. Senior point guard Chaz Williams stood at the forefront of the victory. Williams scored 13 points and tallied seven assists in see

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Minutemen fall to Akron on Senior Day

Rob Blanchflower sets new TE receiving mark

UMass coach Charley Molnar did not see the leaping personal foul take place since he was watching the ball, but he was given an explanation from the referees for the call. By caMeron Mcdonough “Here’s how it was explained to Collegian Staff me,” he said. “Our man lined up a FOXBORO — Everything was set yard past the line of scrimmage. He up perfectly for the Massachusetts jumped, which is certainly legal, and he landed on top of the guys in front football team. Down by one point, the of him, which makes it a personal Minutemen had forced Akron to take foul.” Mike Wegzyn, who had come in a field goal with one minto play quarterback ute, 30 seconds remaining, after A.J. Doyle limped and if it made it, UMass Akron 14 off the field in the third would have a chance to quarter, was getting march down the field and UMass 13 ready for the chance to win the game with a timetry to win the game but out to spare. never got to due to the penalty. But defensive end Justin “Talking about that last little bit Anderson was assessed a personal there right at the end of the game, foul for leaping on the field goal yeah, frustrating is probably the best attempt, which gave the Zips a word,” he said. “I was talking to the first down. All UMass (1-9, 1-5 Midguys, we were ready to put together American Conference) could do a two-minute drive there and kind of was watch as Akron (4-7, 3-4 MAC) getting each other excited, kind of kneeled three straight times to claim getting revved up, ready to go, and a 14-13 win on the Minutemen’s then what happened, happened and Senior Day at Gillette Stadium in the clock ran out and we ran out of front of a listed attendance of 10,599.

It was fun while it lasted, but the ride is over for the Massachusetts field hockey team. The 10th-ranked Minutewomen fell to No. 5 Duke by a score of 4-1 in the second round Duke 4 of the NCAA Tournament UMass 1 on Sunday, eliminating them from the tournament and ending their 2013 season. But despite the tough loss, the team can look back on a very successful season that involved winning its second straight Atlantic 10 Championship and advancing farther into the playoffs than it has since the 2000 season. “Of course I’m disappointed with the outcome today, but I’d be disappointed with the outcome next weekend if we lost in the national championship game,” UMass coach Carla Tagliente said. “But I do think that this team did a tremendous job and it’s the best team that I’ve ever been a part of and ever coached.” The Blue Devils got out to an early lead in the game when Abby Beltrani tipped in a pass from Aileen Johnson in the 10th minute to put Duke on the board. The Blue Devils opened up their lead in the 23rd minute with a penalty corner goal by Hannah Barreca, assisted by Beltrani and Emmie Le Marchand that gave them a 2-0 lead going into halftime. The Duke defense shut down the Minutewomen in the first half, holding them to just one shot through the first frame. “They’re very low tacklers and see

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Leaping call stings UM in loss UMass downed by missed opportunities By nick canelas Collegian Staff


A.J. Doyle left Saturday’s game after he reinjured his ankle in the third quarter of UMass football’s loss to Akron. time.” When senior tight end Rob Blanchflower saw that he wouldn’t get a chance to win his final game at Gillette Stadium, he said “it’s the worst feeling in the world.” That wasn’t the only missed opportunity for the Minutemen on Saturday, though. UMass had forced

three consecutive fumbles back in the first quarter, but didn’t convert any of those chances into points. It also had a chance on fourth and 1 from Akron’s 47 to pick up a first down late in the fourth quarter, but Jamal Wilson was stood up for no see

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FOXBORO — About an hour before kickoff on Saturday, Hockey East released a statement with clarification on a ruling that was made that eventually led to the Massachusetts hockey team’s 2-1 loss to Boston College on Thursday night. Just hours later, even more confusion emerged on the football field. Leading 14-13 with one minute, 32 seconds left in the game, Akron lined up for a 25 yard field goal that would put the Zips up 17-13 late, but would at least give the Minutemen one last shot at a comeback victory. Akron kicker Robert Stein made the kick, but there was a penalty flag on the field. Justin Anderson was given a personal foul for leaping – the first of its kind for UMass this season – to give the Zips first and goal at the 4-yard line. The Minutemen had just one timeout remaining, so a series see

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