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UMass student stabbed at party
APD: injuries not life threatening
A local house party turned perilous over the weekend when a 21-year-old University of Massachusetts student was stabbed by a fellow partygoer. The Amherst Police Department responded to a call at 66 Pine St. around 12:30 a.m. on Saturday following a reported disturbance. Upon arrival, police discovered the UMass student who had been stabbed several times in the neck and the back. The Amherst Fire Department transported the victim by ambulance to Baystate Medical Center. The victim is a 21-yearold student who is from Washington, D.C. An APD press release said the victim’s injuries were not life threatening.
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The rest of the college students who had been attending the party were dispersed. Police identified a suspect who turned himself in on Monday afternoon. Noah Pfister, 24, of Camden, Maine, was arrested on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Pfister is not a student at the University. He was visiting his girlfriend over the weekend, according to the Daily Hampshire Gazette, when the couple decided to visit the home of her former boyfriend where the fight that resulted in the stabbing ensued. Pfister is being held on $25,000 cash bail. He is expected to be arraigned on Tuesday morning at the Eastern Hampshire District Court. Police said that the investigation is ongoing. -Collegian News Staff
Protesters supporting the Graduate Employee Organization gathered at the Student Union on Friday to rally against repeated late wages for graduate students.
Rookies find a home in Marching Band Students to push First year students for voting power prepare for Macy’s on Lobby Day
This article is part five in a series as the UMass Minuteman Marching Band prepares for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
By Jaclyn Bryson Collegian Staff
For some students, the hardest part of freshman year is leaving their families behind and searching for new friends. But for “rookie” University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band students, by their first week at the University, they have already made over 400 friends. “I love just the family feel of band,” said Laura Rafuse, a freshman flute player. “Everybody is friends. If you need help with anything, people are always there for you.” As members of the Marching Band, first years rookies have to get used to attending daily practices alongside veteran band members, as well as occasionally waking up before the sun has even risen to perform at early football games. “I think my earliest wake up time this semester was 3:30 a.m. because we have to do hair and make-up before we leave sometimes,” said Brenna Fitzpatrick, a junior baton twirler who joined band this year. “That was a hard morning.” And while many have had experience as members of the band in high school, all agreed that there is definitely a difference playing at a college level. “You just have less time to do things so you need to be more efficient. You need to work quicker,” said Matt Harnois, a freshman member of the drum line, comparing his experience as a UMass Minuteman Band Member to his time in band at high school. “It’s like a different vibe.” With almost 400 people active in the marching band,
rookies added the community feel of band is a big plus. “There are 400 tutors around,” Erica Pollock, a freshman clarinet player, said of her fellow band members, who she said are always trying to help the rookies to succeed not only musically, but academically. “They help you with everything and anything,” said Pollock. “When I have trouble with my physics homework, I come to band and I’m like, ‘Hey guys, help with my homework,’ and they help me with my homework,” added Rafuse. “Even when I am having trouble with class they are there to help me through it.” But while joining band in college may require more work and, at times, may feel intimidating, many added that it’s worth the effort. “I went from a high school band of 60 people to a trumpet section of 60 people,” freshman Mike Nicholson said. “But it’s been great. I can name everyone in the section and tell you something about them too. We’re all friends now and we’re all there for each other.” For the band rookies, currently their biggest challenge is preparing for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. In order to be ready for their televised appearance, they have to practice in an entirely new way. “Obviously (there’s been) a shift away from field marching towards street marching and marching without yard lines,” Fitzpatrick said. “You feel more of an air of see
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Want more votes on [F]rom 1987–1991 Board of Trustees the Amherst, Boston, and Worcester By Brian Bevilacqua Collegian Staff campuses all had Since William Bulger the right to vote on was president of the school, University of school issues... There Massachusetts students has since been less have fought for the right to vote on what happens at than 11 percent stuUMass. dent representation “Some people think students don’t have the capacon the Board. ity to understand what is going on, which is complete crap,” said senior Student Government Association President Zac Broughton. He is determined to gain full voting rights for students this Lobby Day. “Students are heavily outnumbered on [the] board anyways, and we are adults and can make their decisions. This is something they have to trust us to do.”. On Tuesday, a group of between 50 and 75 UMass Amherst students will arrive at the State House in Boston with Broughton for Lobby Day, when activists from all five UMass campuses will join together to lobby for more student representation in the UMass Board of Trustees, the group responsible for the biggest decisions affecting the UMass system. Lobby Day, an event held by many large state colleges, usually falls in the spring semester so activists can lobby their state representatives for educational funding. It was decided to move it to the fall this year so students could persuade state government to support a bill that would grant voting rights to all five campus representatives. Currently, there are 19 voting members on the
Board, which consists of 17 school officials and two student representatives. According to the student government office, from 1987-1991 the Amherst, Boston and Worcester campuses all had the right to vote on school issues. However, when UMass Lowell and UMass Dartmouth opened, student voting rights were stripped. There has since been less than 11 percent student representation on the Board, with the two votes alternating between the five campuses and the other three schools listed as non-voting members. Although UMass Amherst does not have voting rights this year, the SGA and the Center for Education Policy and Advocacy have worked for several years during this annual event to gain suffrage for all students, even in years when Amherst did hold one of the two votes. The bill is currently stuck in committee, unable to move forward to a vote in the Massachusetts State House, so the student activists plan to talk to their representatives to persuade see
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013
THE RU N D OW N ON THIS DAY... In 1998, UMass police arrested a suspect in connection with the shooting of a student in Cashin Residence Hall on Oct. 30. UMass chief of police believed that the motive for the shooting was robbery.
AROUND THE WORLD
Mexican family stabbed to death MEXICO CITY — For the second time in two months, the Mexican border city of Juarez is reeling from a harrowing massacre, the victims this time a religious family of eight, including three children, whose bound, lifeless bodies were found with multiple stab wounds, according to state officials and local media reports. The victims, discovered Sunday, include two girls, ages 4 and 6; a 7-year-old boy; three women, ages 25, 30 and 60; and two men, ages 30 and 40, according to the Chihuahua prosecutor’s office. As of Monday, no suspects had been detained. Los Angeles Times
Mystery gunman sows Paris panic PARIS — A manhunt was underway in Paris on Monday for a gunman who opened fire at the offices of a national newspaper, seriously injuring one person. The same gunman is also suspected of a later shooting outside the headquarters of a major bank. The attacker first surfaced at the offices of the left-wing Liberation daily, in the central Republique district, where he burst into the reception and opened fire twice with a hunting rifle, hitting a photographer’s assistant in the chest and abdomen. From there, the suspect, who was described as a heavy set man in his early forties, is believed to have traveled west to La Defense business district, where someone fitting his description fired shots outside the offices of Societe Generale. No-one was injured in that incident. dpa
Egypt arrests 15 in killing of officer CAIRO — Egyptian authorities have arrested 15 people suspected of involvement in the killing of a security officer who was in charge of investigations into Islamist extremist groups, reports said on Monday. A security official told the state-run Al-Ahram newspaper that several people with non-Egyptian Arab nationalities were among those detained. Gunmen in two cars ambushed Maj. Mohammed Mabrouk on his way to work on Sunday, spraying his car with bullets. dpa
Violence interrupts otherwise typical weekend APD Weekend Log, Nov. 15-17 By Mary reines Collegian Staff
Friday, Nov. 15
3:29 p.m. A caller reported a medium-sized white dog in his back yard at 109 Fearing St. The caller was concerned that the dog looked neglected. The dog didn’t have a collar on and walked behind the blue house next to his. The dog was returned home about 20 minutes later. Saturday, Nov. 16
12:36 a.m. Noah Pfister, 24, of
Camden, Maine was arrested on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Police found a 21-year-old student at the University of Massachusetts who had been stabbed with a knife repeatedly in the neck and chest. He was taken to Baystate Medical Center with non-life threatening wounds.
residents were uncoopera- delayed threatened that he
1:04 p.m. A male, 20, from tive and that guests were would get his shotgun. He
Norwell, Conn., received a summons for assault and battery after assaulting a man at Puffton Village Apt. 398 on 1040 North Pleasant St. The man who received the charges approached the other man, who was standing on the steps of the apartment and talking on the phone. The man who 12:50 a.m. Ten males were was charged was looking reportedly fighting at the for his girlfriend and proTownehouse Apartments on ceeded to assault the man 50 Meadow St. Police con- on the steps. The victim was ducted an area search but transported to the hospital and suffered an eye injury, were unable to find them. knee injury and scratches. 12:29 p.m. A caller reported a loose cow near 1600 South 11:51 p.m. People spilled into East St. By the time police the front yard at the noisy arrived, the cow had walked party on 902 East Pleasant back to its proper location. St. Police reported that
rude. Police found underage drinking and cleared out the area. Four residents received tickets on charges of nuisance house and unlawful noise. Sunday, Nov. 17
1:22 a.m. A party of about 50 to 70 people at 80 South East St. was cleared out by police. One 22-year-old male received a summons on charges of unlawful noise and another 20-yearold male received a summons on charges of underage possession of alcohol.
said that it was just a joke and police advised him not to use that language in the future.
10:13 p.m. Russell Michael St. Andre, 50, of Amherst, was arrested on charges of carrying a dangerous weapon and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. A caller at 497 East Pleasant St. Apt. 131 reported that Standre struck his stepson in the face with a cane that opened up into a knife following a verbal argument. The victim was brought to Cooley Dickinson Hospital.
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Historic storms kill 8, leave many homeless Seven Illinois counties declared distaster areas By Michelle Manchir, andy GriMM and Bonnie Miller ruBin Chicago Tribune
WASHINGTON, Ill. — Hundreds of residents who lost their homes or couldn’t return to them amid gas leaks and downed power lines huddled Monday in a Washington church, thankful for shelter, running water and hot cups of coffee. Others ventured out into a wasteland of plywood, drywall and chunks of twisted metal, carrying water, food and saws in hopes of salvaging remnants of their belongings. A day after a storm of historic proportions slammed many Illinois communities, the task turned to assessing the damage from lives lost to homes destroyed - and comprehending the power of the tornadoes. Calling the November storm “unprecedented,” Gov. Pat Quinn declared seven counties disaster areas, with National Weather Service meteorologists estimating around a dozen tornado touchdowns in Illinois. Six people were killed in three separate tornadoes, and two more deaths in Michigan were attributed to the storm. With two of those tornadoes possibly hitting wind speeds just shy of 200 mph - an EF4 rating, the second most-damaging tornado on the Enhanced Fujita scale, used to measure the ferocity of such storms - meteorologists on Monday were calling the system one of the most powerful in decades. About 50 miles southwest of Chicago, cleanup efforts were underway along a ragged, 3-mile swath of destruction left by a lesspowerful tornado in Coal City. Work crews righted telephone poles, reconnected power lines and fixed damaged roofs. Meanwhile, across the ravaged state, local officials set early curfews and tried to secure damaged neighborhoods to ward off possible looting. “The devastation is just unbe-
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Fireman search through the remains of homes along Devonshire Road after a tornado left a trail of damage along in Washington, Ill., on Sunday. lievable,” said Washington Mayor Gary Manier, where one of the EF4 tornadoes struck. “I can’t imagine people walked away from these places.” Another tornado that struck in southern Illinois, killing an elderly brother and sister, was also given an EF4 rating Monday. A third tornado, which battered the southern tip of the state and killed three more people, was given an EF3 rating, according to the National Weather Service. “This is historic from the standpoint of the widespread nature of this,” said Chris Miller, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “We had tornadoes that were developing very near the Chicago area all the way to the southern tip of Illinois and a lot of places in between. That just speaks to the power of the storm that affected us Sunday.” The last EF4 tornado in Illinois
struck Harrisburg on Feb. 29, 2012 - when eight people died, scores were injured and more than 250 homes were destroyed. Illinois has only recorded two EF5 tornadoes, the last hitting Plainfield on Aug. 28. 1990, killing 29 people and injuring 350. The tornado that erupted over Washington on Sunday tracked through four counties and covered nearly 50 miles, staying on the ground for just under an hour, according to the National Weather Service. It left behind an apocalyptic landscape snarled with ruined wood and metal and the remnants of ordinary lives upended: a bike helmet, a T-shirt, a basketball. Steven Neubauer, 51, was the city’s lone reported fatality. His neighbor, Lori Anne Hagey, said that he was home when the tornado struck and was unable to make it to his basement, though his
Israeli police arrest former chief rabbi JERUSALEM — Israel’s former chief rabbi was arrested Monday on suspicion of taking bribes, defrauding charities and obstructing an investigation, police said. A gag order in connection with the arrest was lifted later in the day when the rabbi, Yona Metzger, was brought before a judge and remanded to police custody for nine days. Los Angeles Times
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Linda Agne, who lost her former father-in-law Joseph Hoy and his sister Frances Hoy during Sunday’s tornado, pauses as she looks over the Hoy’s farm in New Minden, Ill., on Monday.
surviving wife did. Hagey, whose nearby home remained standing, remembered Neubauer as a mechanic and heavy equipment operator who would always lend a hand if a broken lawn mower or tractor needed fixing. “He would do anything for everybody,” Hagey said. “He was here to help you.” In Washington County, Joseph Hoy, 80, and his sister Frances Hoy, 78, were killed when the storm blew through their farmhouse. “It’s like barren land,” said Joseph Hoy’s longtime friend, Estelle Wernle. Wernle said Hoy had been the hardworking and dedicated president of the Midwest Bird and Animal Breeders Association since 1990 and that he remembered the names of all 200 members of their bird club. Wernle said officials had told friends that Hoy had died on his property from a head injury. His sister, who is handicapped, and whom he cared for, was found “under a heap of rubble,” Wernle said. “I couldn’t believe it. I was devastated,” she said. Further south, in Massac County, an EF3 tornado tore through Brookport, killing Scholitta Burrus, 63; Kathy George, 58; and Robert Harmon, 56, according to Massac County sheriff ’s officials. The storm rolled into central Michigan where 21-year-old Ryan Allen Rickman died when a large tree crushed the Chevrolet Monte Carlo he was driving through the area, according to local officials. In Michigan’s Shiawassee County, the body of Phillip Daniel Smith, 59, was found entangled in downed power lines late Sunday night, officials said.
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013
SGA discusses Lobby Day, Blue Wall renovations ahead Senators hash out plans for the future By Katrina BorofsKi Collegian Staff
Student Government Association President Zac Broughton addresses senators during Monday night’s meeting.
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excitement at practice. Everyone is kind of taking on unknown territory.” And for some, despite the once in a life time opportunity, are still nervous about completing the three mile march through New York City. “I’m in the first line of people who run out onto the star and there are 400 people behind me who are also running,” Rafuse said. “I’m just afraid that I’m going to trip and everyone is just going to run over me.” “You never know when the camera is going to be on you,” Nicholson added. “That can be kind of nerve wracking.” Despite this, their excitement overpowers their fears.
“It’s the first time this band is marching in that parade. It’s something new for the band and we get to be a part of it,” said Nicholson. “They say over a million people line the streets just to watch it in person, let alone on TV. That’s a really cool feeling.” For some, this performance is more about just showing off their music and band skills; It’s about bonding with their friends. “I’m not really excited to go to New York itself,” Rafuse said. “I feel like just hanging out in the hotel and like hanging out with all my friends is going to be a blast.” “Honestly, the appeal of Macy’s isn’t what drew me into band,” added
Fitzpatrick. “I’m just really excited to be with my friends in New York.” And as the band rookies march through New York City on Thanksgiving Day with the rest of the veteran band members, many first year students hope that people watching the performance will have a new appreciation for the work they put into the band. “We are representing our state for the nation in this event,” Nicholson said. “I hope (viewers) see that it’s special for us and it’s something that we have pride in, and that it’s something they can have pride in too.” Jaclyn Bryson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Government Association senators on Monday discussed the upcoming Lobby Day as well as renovations taking place at Blue Wall next semester. President Zachary Broughton introduced the meeting with a debriefing that took place between the University of Massachusetts Police Department and Senate members where they discussed the World Series celebrations. Broughton noted the discussion included a review of the event as a whole and the after-effects with UMPD. Reinforcing the positive feedback of this event, Broughton said, “This was a very positive conversation.” Progress has also been made on “What Defines UMass” campaign. Secretary of Public Relations and Outreach Kabir Thatte noted his interest in increasing awareness of the campaign through social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. In addition, Thatte plans on interviewing students across campus, adding a multimedia aspect to the campaign. Broughton also noted a letter sent to the Events
LOBBY DAY them that this issue matters to their constituents. In the last two decades, the University Board of Trustee members have explained the uneven voting rights by repeatedly stating that the other three campuses have representatives on the board listed as “non-voting members” whose opinions are taken into consideration when officials vote. “We’re not taking a position on this bill in the Legislature,” Ann Scales, director of communications at the UMass President’s office, said. “We believe that all five student trustees have historically had a major impact on Board of Trustees deliberations and decisions.” Many student activists are frustrated at the slow progress of the bill, prompting the SGA to unanimously pass a motion proposed by student Savannah Van Leuvan-Smith encouraging the state to pass this change. Despite the University’s unwillingness to take a stance in support of the bill, Broughton sees no reason for school officials to take issue with it. “I think the school would appreciate it,” he said. “This year we don’t have a vote. We have lobbied for this when we did have vote. It is our chance to have an advocate of student voices
Planning Board for the Blue Wall renovations that are projected to take place next semester. Due to the planned construction, space in the Campus Center will be limited. Events Planning was hoping to temporarily use the Student Union Ballroom as a space for students who would normally use the space in and around Blue Wall. “This means Monday through Friday from about 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. that space will be occupied,” Broughton said. “This is a huge issue for many groups and organizations that use that space.” This conflict prompted Broughton and other senators to send a letter to the Events Planning Board, requesting to change this intended plan. Fortunately for groups and organizations that use the Student Union Ballroom, the Events Planning Board for Blue Wall Renovation agreed to alter this plan and find another space for excess students in the Campus Center. Members of the SGA also discussed Lobby Day, which will take place Tuesday at the Massachusetts State House in Boston. Many SGA members will be participating. Lobby Day will give students from all five UMass campuses the chance to discuss pressing topics with state legislators. The topics of discussion
for Tuesday’s Lobby Day include House Bill H.1088 and Senate Bill S.588, which address student representation on the UMass Board of Trustees and the establishment of a Finish Line Scholarship for students, respectively.. “What we want to do with (House Bill H.1088) is make all five student trustees from each school have the right to vote all the time,” said Special Assistant Chris Czepiel, a freshman political science major at UMass. Currently, the Board of Trustees for the UMass system has 19 trustees. Each of the five UMass campuses has a trustee, but only two schools have representatives with voting rights each year. “Right now the trustees that can vote are from Boston and Dartmouth,” Czepiel said. “We’re not necessarily getting neglected, but it would be a lot harder for us to get something done this year than if we had a trustee in office.” Czepiel and many other SGA members will spend Tuesday talking with legislators in attempt to gain their support for this change in the Board of Trustee system. “Our biggest reason why we’re trying to pass this bill is to enable fair equity between all schools all the time,” Czepiel said. Katrina Borofski can be reached at email@example.com.
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on the Board, I don’t see why they wouldn’t support it. It would ensure equal representation.” He added, “If Caret means what he says, he will support it.” Megan Kingston, SGA student trustee, agreed with Broughton. “Equal voting power for all members of the Board of Trustees creates validity and value to each Board of Trustees member,” Kingston said. “President Caret states in almost every President Report to the Board of Trustees that student input and the student perspective is valued and important. For this to be true in statement and in practice, every student trustee needs to be granted voting rights. This concept of ‘ex officio’ membership devalues the student trustee, and the campus he or she represents.” Broughton sees Lobby Day as part of a longterm struggle to change the law. Although it may not see immediate success Broughton believes it will inevitably pass because failing to do so would be “hypocritical of those influencing the decision.” He said nothing can change instantly and expects no imminent drastic changes to UMass, but said his dream would be for it to go into effect July 1, the start of the new academic year.
Broughton believes his office’s lengthy push will be appreciated by state representatives because the students are not asking for money or any immediate changes – just the opportunity to have a greater input in future decision making. SGA and student activists hope that their government will respect this demand and move it out of committee to the floor of the State House. Broughton was optimistic that once Lobby Day pushes the bill out of committee it will easily pass. “The only thing that’s stopping it is that a vote has to happen,” he said. “A lot of bills die in committee. When it gets out, more people will talk about it.” Broughton added, “More student voters means more students standing up to the board against tuition and fee increases. Having more students votes will show what they want. “It is one thing to advise, it is another to be a part of the decision process,” said Broughton. “It allows students to demonstrate how they feel. If five students vote against something, it reveals a disconnect. If the rest of the Board votes yes and we vote no, it shows our opinion doesn’t matter.” Brian Bevilacqua can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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“I’m just going to write because I cannot help it.” - Charlotte Brontë
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Relaxing ‘one-child’ policy a step forward Among other reforms, including the closing of “reeducation through labor” camps, last week China offi-
Hannah Sparks cially relaxed its infamous one-child restriction, now allowing couples to have two children if one of the parents is an only child. Formerly, only couples in which both parents were only children were allowed such a luxury. The restrictions were practiced most strictly in urban areas; rural families were allowed to have a second child if the first was female. The law was first introduced in 1979 and has, according to China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission, prevented 400 million births, a number social scientists believe has been exaggerated, and which discounts the overall negative effects the policy has wrought. So, whatever effect you think this will have on the United States, global warming, over-population, or what have you – anywhere human rights and economic stability are concerned – this will be really good for China, and the world. First, the numbers: The one-child policy has resulted in stark demographic imbalances in regards to age and gender. An article by the BBC shows that by 2050, a quarter of the Chinese population will be over the age of 65, which will have been directly caused by the one-child policy. In that year, younger people may have the burden of caring not only for their two parents, but also, if all of their grandparents are alive, four grandparents. This is known as the 4-2-1 phenomenon. And with no siblings to shoulder the burden, that presents an unsustainable economic picture that a more relaxed policy would alleviate. Though ostensibly, the policy was initially created in order to check China’s burgeoning population. Inherent to the one-child system is a dramatic gender imbalance, which has serious implications for China’s future popu-
lation. With the former policy, 120 males were being born for every 100 females, meaning that, by the end of the decade, there will be 24 million “leftover men” for whom there is, statistically, no female counterpart. This is the highest such discrepancy in the world. Of course, it’s not the case that all Chinese men and women will pair off, or that every couple will want children. But having a drastic shortage of women (or, on the flip side, a huge overabundance of men), if unchanged, would have ill consequences for, to use a morbid term, China’s replacement rate. That would not only be somewhat strange (imagine a country in which half of the population is elderly) but it would also send China’s economy into shambles.
child was a son. There are other stories of female babies being abandoned or, horrifyingly, even killed or otherwise left to die. The “invisible” killing of thousands or even millions of females (if you include sex-selective abortions, of which it is estimated that there may be up to a million each year) since the policy’s instatement is not only a serious human rights issue, but is also atrociously detrimental from a practical standpoint. A society cannot grow if there are no women, not only for reproductive reasons, but also for productive reasons. Women represent 49 percent of China’s population and 46 percent of its workforce, a ratio higher than that of many Western nations. China’s one-child policy was popular in the West when it was first implemented, though I can’t imagine Americans supporting any such policy for their own country. I can just imagine the Internet comments section quips now, about how nations bursting at the seams with people need these kinds of policies. And yes, maybe in a perfect world, broadly implemented population control could be a kind of utopian safety valve that would protect our natural resources and perhaps ensure extended human survival on the planet. But we don’t live in a perfect world. Governmentenforced and -endorsed population control means forced abortions, forced sterilizations and the denial of human rights to those unwanted second children, those unwanted daughters. Statistics show that in developed nations in which there is increased access to and education about birth control and other reproductive health care, the birth rate naturally falls. So, if you want to talk about controlling the population, education, not coercion, is the place to start.
Government-enforced and -endorsed population control means forced abortions, forced sterilizations and the denial of human rights to those unwanted second children, those unwanted daughters.
The one-child restriction also had more sinister implications than mere demographic shifts. Second children were denied access to state education and subsidized healthcare. Furthermore, families who broke the law could face heavy fines and lose their property or jobs, and some women were forced to undergo late-stage abortions. Feng Jianmei, a woman forced to abort seven months into her pregnancy, has received worldwide attention after a picture of her and the aborted fetus appeared online. She’s since received apologies from public officials, some of whom have been punished for their utter barbarism. And, when coupled with the traditional desire for sons, the one-child restriction led to an even stronger preference for male babies. Many women Hannah Sparks is a Collegian columundergo sex-selective abor- nist and can be reached at hsparks@ tions to ensure that their only umass.edu.
Gender socialization sets unfair standards for women Have you ever wondered why you were too afraid to do something you wanted because you were nervous
Elise Martorano about what people would think? Girls can’t cut their hair short, or they’ll get a thousand sly comments about their sexual identity. Boys can’t cry during movies, or they’ll be ridiculed by their friends about being too girly and emotional. A common reason for this struggle that men and women everywhere experience is gender socialization. Gender socialization is the constant influx of influences that we experience from the moment we’re born that governs the way we’re supposed to think and conduct ourselves based on our sex. It’s the reason girls are dressed in pink and encouraged to play with dolls, and the reason boys are discouraged from dressing up as princesses for Halloween and pressured instead to wrestle and play with trucks. Gender socialization is the source of throwaway phrases like “Boys will be boys” and “Don’t be such a girl.” A UNICEF article about early gender socialization says, “Boys are told not to cry, not to fear, not to be forgiving and instead to be assertive, and strong. Girls on the other hand are asked not to be demanding, to be forgiving and accommodating and ‘ladylike.’” Gender socialization persists for our entire lives. It determines how we dress, the careers we aspire to, the chores we’re assigned and the social expectations that cause us embarrassment and anxiety when we deviate from them. Gender socialization also determines the relationships between boys and girls, and men and women. Boys are socialized to be dominant, tough and bigger and better than the rest. But girls are socialized to be dainty, polite and subtle. This poses a bigger problem than meets the eye. The problem is that boys are socialized to dominate girls. Because they are constantly exposed to comments like, “Man up” and “Don’t be a girl,” society has automatically placed women in a subordinate position – men don’t want to be women. In fact, they avoid engaging in any behavior that would appear womanly. And con-
versely, this ensures that women, the “weaker sex,” can rarely gain positions of genuine power, influence or authority because they can never surpass the most powerful societal entity: a man. Women are therefore socialized to feel inadequate. Because they are pressured to feel weaker, they are also pressured to fulfill that role by altering their bodies and minds. This is one of several reasons women may develop eating disorders and become obsessed with image. Society has socialized women to believe the most powerful thing they can be is beautiful. Gender socialization is far more dangerous for women than it is for men because for women, it emphasizes a denial of self. Women must always be improving physically, constantly altering their bodies to be more beautiful. Two ways society informs women that they are inadequate are through eating habits and appearance. Many women have felt guilt when contemplating
are expected to stay at pretty much an eternal pre-adolescent weight.” This socialization runs so deep even women will demean other women for eating. As much as women feel pressure from men to be competently attractive, women feel pressure from other women to compete in the beauty race. Women are so socialized to feel guilty for indulging themselves that we feel the need to keep, as Burton says, “rationalizing our ‘bad behavior’ … with statements like ‘I’ve been really good lately,” or “I’m gonna need to walk this off later.” In addition to demonizing eating habits girls are often told from a very young age that their bare face is offensive to the general public. Girls are demeaned and stared at if they step out of their house without a fully made-up face, or at the very least, some eyeliner. Women who go to school or work or even to meet friends without any makeup are questioned almost comically, getting barraged with questions and comments like, “Are you sick?”, “You look awful” and “Rough night?” Women who don’t wear makeup are viewed as lazy, often prude-ish and lacking in personality or vigor. So why aren’t men subjected to the same standard? Because they are (and we are) socialized to believe that the faults in their skin are natural and have no cause for improvement. Women are socialized to believe that anything less than perfectly groomed hair, a flawless complexion, rosy lips and smooth legs is unnatural. We’re tired of being put down for our cravings and naked faces. We’re tired of being viewed as lacking in self-discipline and selfrespect. We’re tired of being told that it is unattractive to believe that our bodies are beautiful without having to deprive or alter ourselves. We’re tired of the fact that gender socialization allows men to feel powerful and commanding just the way they are, while women are forced into unrealistic molds in order to gain respect from others and even from themselves.
Society has socialized women to believe the most powerful thing they can be is beautiful.
their food cravings. The fact that we are meant to deny ourselves something we want is obscene. And not just for a week or a couple of years – for our whole lives. Girls as young as elementary and middle school are judged harshly for craving a couple of slices of pizza or a big bowl of ice cream. “Think of what it will do to your figure,” mothers and magazines say. Every second of every day, girls are taught to deny themselves the things that would make them happy. One slip up in the strict regimen of selfdeprivation is seen as a disappointment. In her article titled “Eating: A Manifesto,” Krista Burton of the online girls’ empowerment magazine RookieMag discusses this issue with exasperation. She says, “(Do) you ever, ever hear dudes say ‘I just want a little bite’ or ‘This is so bad, you guys, but I totally ate a whole pint of Ben & Jerry’s last night’? No! Because it’s OK for men to eat! … Boys are allowed to Elise Martorano is a Collegian grow into men, but ‘attrac- columnist and can be reached at tive’ women in our culture email@example.com.
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“Doth mother know you weareth her drapes? ” - Tony Stark from “The Avengers”
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By søren HougH Collegian Staff
When I saw Kenneth Branagh’s “Thor” a few years back, I was confused. That isn’t to say I didn’t understand the movie, and I wouldn’t say it wasn’t badly made – I just had no opinion on its content. Perhaps it was the thin character development and gaping plot holes. Maybe it was the hokey costuming. Or it could have been that nagging feeling that it existed only to explain Thor and Loki’s appearances in “The Avengers.” But whatever that movie’s problems were, I was pleasantly surprised to find that Alan Taylor’s sequel, “Thor: The Dark World,” doesn’t have them. It avoids the sand trap of mediocrity altogether with a snappy energy and renewed sense of self, finally making Thor feel like an integral component of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The difference between the two films is immediately apparent. This time around, Asgard is no longer a plastic, antiseptic world. Every detail, down to minutiae like weapon design, feels fresh and new, perhaps owing its grittier aesthetic to Taylor’s history as a director for “Game of Thrones.” It also helps that Taylor takes a leaf out of Peter Jackson’s world-building handbook; just as Jackson did with Rivendell in “The Hobbit,” audiences return to a familiar world in an entirely different way, offering a different perspective than was given in Branagh’s “Thor.” Sitting by wavering pools, walking down long corridors and partying in crowded banquet halls all feel like organic extensions of a living, breathing city. Asgard is now more than ever a civilization that effortlessly and wondrously transitions between magic and technology. On a surface level, Asgard now seems to resemble Naboo from “Star Wars: Episode I” but thankfully, that’s where the comparisons end. “The Dark
By Jeremy Paskoff Collegian Correspondent
Sif (Jaimie Alexander, left) stands beside Thor (Chris Hemsworth, center) in the midst of battle. World” wastes no time with complex backstory or political drama. Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) is a dark elf bent on the destruction of the universe for some reason, and that’s really all the explanation the film offers. Unfortunately, screenwriters Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely see fit to introduce that premise through clichéd exposition on more than one occasion. Aside from the obvious redundancy, these moments do little more than cast light on the villain’s one-note agenda. This is symptomatic of the poor writing in “The Dark World.” Characters never have much to say to one another that isn’t directly related to the plot or for the sake of some hammy joke. The brilliant introspective commentary of “Iron Man 3” is nowhere to be found here. Instead, gags are set-up and executed in a rote, machine-like thrum. The lack of innovation and wit isn’t debilitating, of course, but it is disappointing given Shane Black’s strong launch of Phase 2. It doesn’t help that the dialogue in “The Dark World” is about as sharp as the broad side of Mjolnir. Indeed, the only conversations worthy of praise seem to be those where Joss Whedon stepped in to accentuate the relation-
ship between Thor and Loki. These sequences are compelling and stand in obvious contrast to the weaker scenes featuring Thor and Jane Foster. “The Dark World” works largely due to the top-notch performances of its leads. They show absolute commitment to the material. In particular, Chris Hemsworth has nailed Thor’s persona. His Asgardian alter ego is thoughtful, caring and vengeful. Gone is the jocklike, glory-bound portrayal from “Thor”; in “The Dark World,” none of his conflicts are without their emotional underpinning. Likewise, Anthony Hopkins seems to take his role a lot more seriously this time around, his relationship with Loki and Thor better formed and more believable than it was previously. Natalie Portman is once again wasted as Jane Foster, but filmmakers would do well to recognize that the character isn’t and will never be as interesting as much the better-developed fan favorite Pepper Potts. Without radical changes to the source material, it’s a dead-end; in the comics, Foster never really develops into more than Thor’s earthbound lover. Conversely, the brief screen time given to Frigga (Rene Russo) and Sif (Jaimie Alexander) reveals them to be some of the deep-
est characters this side of Thor and Loki. So why bother with Jane? In the past I have not been as fanatical about Tom Hiddleston’s Loki as some of my peers, but he really steals the show in “The Dark World.” His eyes reveal an ever-scheming mind beset by pain and emotional turmoil. In one particularly beautiful scene, Thor breaks through Loki’s illusions and finds his step-brother a distraught shell of his former world-conquering self. This sequence alone did more for both characters than either “Thor” or “The Avengers” combined. It is easy to recommend “Thor: The Dark World.” After its ponderous, romance-heavy first half, tragedy strikes and launches the film into non-stop action. Set-pieces are huge and cleverly-conceived. Malektih and his lieutenant (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), while simple in mission, are suitably terrifying opponents for the seemingly indestructible Thor. Ultimately, Taylor shows glimmers of masterful superhero storytelling in his Marvel debut. I just wish that there wasn’t so much time wasted on interstitial drivel before the first punches fly. Søren Hough can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
acters that Anderson creates is limitless, from Murray’s maritime explorer in “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou” to the precocious and incredibly intelligent Max Fischer (Schwartzman) in “Rushmore.” Every Anderson film is unique, yet still retains the same tropes that audiences have grown to love from the director. My first experience with Anderson’s films was “The Royal Tenenbaums,” which used to air on Comedy Central far too often. The film is humorous, but I never understood the actual comedic value until I re-watched it on my own. Conversely, I fully appreciated his movies when I first saw “Rushmore,” a film so well-written, well-casted, and well-directed that it became one of my all-time favorites. It tells the tale of a young man named Max Fischer as he dips his toes in a number of extracurricular activities, leading to his academic decline and eventual expulsion from the school he loves, Rushmore Academy. The rest of the movie delves into the relationship between Fischer and his industrialist friend (excellently-played by Murray), and their mutual pining for the affections of a certain elementary school teacher. The back-and-forth revenge with the two male leads was humorous and enjoyable. After “Tenenbaums” and “Rushmore,” I was eager to seek out other Anderson films. Since Anderson’s quirkiness and strange cinematic choices - like his trademark God’s eye view and uncanny neatness – are so peculiar, his style can be difficult to become acquainted with. Moreover, his close association with French avant-garde film, particular Jean-Luc Godard, can restrict him in a somewhat niche genre. But even though his filmography may not be for every movie viewer, it behooves any cinephile to give him a chance. Anderson is a director with a voice: something atypical of Hollywood that breaks the monotony of modern American cinema.
There are a lot of Hollywood directors whose styles blend together, making most movies today feel voiceless and bland. Wes Anderson is a director who does the exact opposite giving his films a certain charm and style. Although critics receive his work with very mixed opinions, Anderson proves, time after time, that he has a great love for the art of filmmaking. Anderson’s French influences are clear. He uses shots and filmmaking techniques borrowed directly from that style of cinema. Critics and film analysts have compared scenes from his 1998 film, “Rushmore,” as nearly shotfor-shot representations from scenes in “The 400 Blows” – a French film classic. While French cinema is usually a stark contrast from what is made in America, Anderson flawlessly connects the two types of film, broadening the audience for a normally niche set of film fans. As one who typically cannot stand French cinema, I appreciate Anderson’s work as a middleground between forms. Anderson’s scripts are light-hearted, fun and quirky, embracing a lot of recurring themes: the innocence of youth, familial dysfunction and love. Although the tone of some films, especially “The Royal Tenenbaums” and “The Darjeeling Limited,” are darker than films like the animated “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” there is always a dependable amount of well-written humor to add some levity to the proceedings. Anderson uses a consistent cast that is always a pleasure to see from film to film. Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman always seems to find a way into his movies, as well as repeating roles from the Wilson brothers (Owen and Luke) and Anjelica Huston. More recent additions include Bruce Willis and Edward Norton. In a single movie, not one of the characters is exactly like Jeremy can be reached at jpaskoff@ another; the range of char- umass.edu.
‘Kill Your Darlings’ challenges fundamentals of art
Radcliffe plays a subtle Ginsberg By yosHi makisHima Collegian Correspondent
Destruction is necessary for creation. Art comes at a price. This is the lesson of debut director John Krokidas’ “Kill Your Darlings,” which takes Faulkner’s philosophy of artistic ruthlessness to a murderous extreme. The title of “Kill Your Darlings” comes from a famous piece of writing advice from William Faulkner, advising writers to “kill your darlings,” to mercilessly remove any unnecessary pieces of one’s work, no matter how much the writer may be attached to them. But in the film “Kill Your Darlings,” it’s not just unnecessary words that are getting cut. The film opens on a young Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe) entering Columbia University as a freshman in
1944. A self-proclaimed “poet” who has yet to write a single word, Ginsberg is taken under the wing of the worldly, charismatic Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan). Carr introduces him to his Bohemian circle of friends, including William Burroughs (Ben Foster) and Jack Kerouac (Jack Houston). As these young men try to create a new literary movement, the murder of Carr’s mentor and lover Kammerer both traumatizes and inspires them all. Krokidas has chosen to focus on the legendary Allen Ginsberg – a fortunate decision for the audience. Radcliffe delivers an excellent nuanced performance, comfortably wearing the role of a man who is not yet uncomfortable in his own skin. But while Ginsberg is the protagonist, the film also floats continuously between the perspectives of the entire main ensemble. Using the camera to his advantage, cinematographer Reed Morano makes the audi-
ence acutely aware of the limits of restricted narration. The film is shot in shallow focus so that most objects in the frame become blurry. Even subjects in the foreground fall out of focus because of the motion of the handheld camera. In “Kill Your Darlings,” vision is unreliable and the truth hovers, indistinguishable, on the periphery. Krokidas’ film is a comingof-age story, filtered through the uncertain, dizzy perspective of male adolescents. Ginsberg, Carr, Kerouac and Burroughs have all begun to realize the scope of their own talents, but in the moment of this film, they’re all still a bunch of immature young adults. Their world is a boy’s club. Women rarely enter the picture, and when they do, they fall into one of three narrow categories: nagging wife (Kerouac’s girlfriend Edie, a squandered Elisabeth Olson), burdensome lunatic (Ginsberg’s mother, played by Jennifer Jason Leigh) or sexy-
hungry bimbo (a ravenous Barnard student). At times, “Darlings” seem to channel classic cinematic coming-of-age tales. In one scene, Ginsberg, Carr and Burroughs cannibalize copies of literary classics with scissors and nail them to the walls in an effort to create a neo-Dadaist masterpiece. Shredded paper floats through the air like cinders. The boys transform their formal clothes into tribal costumes, wrapping ties around their heads. Ginsberg and Carr cut their palms and press them together to perform a ceremony of blood brotherhood. Despite the urban setting, this could be a scene straight out of “Stand By Me” or “Lord of the Flies.” They are boys, but they will become men after undergoing the literal trial brought on by Carr’s murder of Kammerer. The death of Kammerer becomes the locus of massdefloration in “Kill Your Darlings.” The scene in which Carr stabs Kammerer to death
is intercut with Burroughs shooting heroine and Ginsberg losing his virginity – a Freudian theorist would have a field day with this movie. The moment of the killing is a collective loss of both sexual and moral innocence for the star writers. However, the film suggests that this crime is also fortunate fall. It portrays the murder as a rite of passage on the way to maturity. The legitimacy and talent of the Beat Generation is never called into question. Whenever Ginsberg reads his work aloud, the swelling music lulls the audience into an awestruck stupor. We are supposed to take it for granted that these men are nascent geniuses. But their genius emerges because of an act of violent destruction, not glorious creation. The film ends with text explaining that the first major works by each of these writers was inspired by Kammerer’s death. Kerouac and Burroughs collaborate on a book based on the inci-
dent, while Ginsberg dedicates his first collection of poetry to Carr, the murderer. Ultimately, Krokidas suggests that Kammerer was a human sacrifice at the altar of the Beats’ brilliance His killing was an integral part of their evolution as artists. But did it have to be? This conclusion forces the audience ask some difficult questions about the nature of inspiration. Early in the film, Kammerer (still alive) says of Ginsberg that he is nothing special yet, but “under the right circumstances, even he might change the world.” Is murder the “right circumstance” under which artistic perfection is achieved? What is the human cost of art? These questions are at once fascinating and horrifying – just like the film that forces us to ask them. Yoshi Makishima can be reached at email@example.com.
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the top-seeded Billikens for the second consecutive game. While the Minutemen stayed with Saint Louis in the scoreless first half, the Billikens proved why they were the conference’s top team with two unanswered goals in the second half. “In the Saint Louis game, we still could have managed things better than we did,” Koch said. “So there’s a lot of stuff that we as a team have to work together on to move forward.” Looking at next year’s squad, the young UMass team will expect to see everyone return with the exception of only three seniors: Brett Canepa, Connor DeVivo and Nigel Negm. Among the returnees include juniors Josh Schwartz and Matt Keys, who finished in first and second, respectively, in points for the team. Schwartz recorded six goals and four assists en route to 16 points for the year. Keys, who started the season as a starting defenseman before moving to forward, finished with 10 points on three goals and
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UMass coach Sam Koch is excited to see how goalie Nick Ruiz improves. four assists. Regarding whether Keys’ position change will continue next season, Koch said that it is too early to tell. “A lot will depend on how people develop in the spring,” Koch said. “If we find a target player that can really do the job like he does, then we can put him in the back. If we find another defender that could really do a good job in the back, then we’ll play him up top. “He can play both spots and he likes both spots, so we will put him where he helps the group the most.” In addition, Koch said
that he is excited to see goalkeeper Nick Ruiz, defensemen Matt Pease and Josh Jess and midfielders Carlo deMarco, Cody Sitton, and Luke Pavone develop. All were freshmen who received significant playing time in 2013. “We’ll continue to go forward from where we left off,” Koch said. “Obviously we want to get back to the A-10 Tournament and we certainly want to get to the finals and win it.” Anthony Chiusano can be reached at email@example.com and can be followed on Twitter @a_chiusano24.
Brooke Sabia was named the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year. Conference First Team, while Verelst made the Second Team. Tagliente also won Coach of the Year, making it her second straight award at UMass. Once the offseason is under way, Tagliente will be focused on replacing critical pieces to her team, especially those who played out of the backfield and midfield. “Solidifying those two areas of the field will be important, and we’ll have to see what works for us,” she said. “We need to go back to basics a little and build up our defensive group because we are losing one of our critical passers out of the back.”
Although the season ended on a sour note with a 4-1 loss to Duke in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, the offseason is something Tagliente and the rest of the young Minutewomen are looking forward to. “It’s going to be an exciting time for us,” Tagliente said. “I think this is a young group with a lot of potential and athleticism, so it’s all about getting those critical players motivated for next year and repeating for a third time.” Jason Kates can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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UMass women’s cross country finished in 25th place. that the junior has taken the top spot for the team Coming in second for the team was the freshman Davis, who was 116th overall and finished with a time of 22:30.1. Following her was Purdue-Smithe who came in at the 155th spot with a time of 22:55.7. The redshirt junior still has another year of eligibility left as she comes off an impressive year in which she stayed healthy despite being plagued by injuries
in the past. The team’s fourth-place runner was senior Sarah Barrett. In the last race of her collegiate career, Barrett completed the meet in 23:28.0, which was good for the 181st spot. Carly Zinner followed Barrett two seconds later and finished 185th overall to round out the top five for the Minutewomen. Frank Corona can be reached at email@example.com.
Minutemen fall on the road
On Friday, the Massachusetts club hockey team traveled to Chestnut Hill to take on Boston College. The game didn’t go as planned for the Minutemen, as they fell 4-2 in their second loss to the Eagles this season. UMass coach Jamie Magarian believed that “we left the rink knowing we were the better team, but they didn’t win the game, we lost the game.” The Eagles scored three times in the second period. Magarian said that during the five minutes when BC scored its three goals, the Minutemen broke down on transitions and on defense, which subsequently hurt them. UMass broke through in the third period when Jared Stone notched the first goal assisted by Brett Mason and Adam Kmetz. The second Minutemen goal was scored
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is continuing to play great, so I’m really excited about what we have coming up.” However, there will be some key departures next year for UMass with seniors Hannah Prince and Alexa Sikalis graduating. Sikalis ended the season with 20 assists and averaged the second-most assists per game in the entire nation. Also graduating will be Mel Sutherland, Molly MacDonnell, Alyssa Ineson and Lindsay Bowman. Tagliente said that one quality that will be missed from this group of seniors is the healthy competitiveness they brought to every practice and game. “With that group, they’ll compete every day and bring intensity that drives the team,” she said. “They don’t accept anything less than giving it your all and they were the group that set the bar high. To have such a strong core of players leaving is going to be really difficult to replace.” Just like last year, the Minutewomen ran through their A-10 competition and picked up several accolades at the end of the year. Sikalis, Sabia, Prince and Allymohammed were all named to the A-10 All-
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– you have some room for error.” Miles Hodge rounded out the top five after coming in 176th place with a time of 33.29.1. The Minutemen will head back to New York for the IC4A Championship in Bronx, N.Y. on Nov. 23.
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The UMass women’s cross country team didn’t qualify for the NCAA Championships after finishing in 25th place out of 37 teams. Unlike the men’s team, it won’t have a chance for another race, which means its season has come to a close. The team went down to Bronx, N. Y., this past Friday for the NCAA Nor theast Re gional Championship and was led by its usual trio of Rachel Hilliard, Christine Davis and Alexandra PurdueSmithe. Hilliard came in 82nd place with a time of 22:04.0 and was once again the top finisher for the Minutewomen. This is the sixth time in seven meets
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“We left the rink knowing we were the better team, but they didn’t win the game, we lost the game.” UMass coach Jamie Magarian by Miguel Rojas and was assisted by Scott Campbell and Mason. For most of the third period, UMass was shorthanded due to penalties. However, the Minutemen competed with the Eagles in four-on-four play. UMass was penalized for five minutes due to a hit from behind penalty in the frame. “It should not have been called a major, but it was a hit from behind,” Magarian said. “In the third period, that did not seem to hurt us, we outskated them with four people on the ice … even their coach at the end of the game stated that they had the priests come in and bless the goal posts and cross bar before the game and it helped out,” he added. Magarian made it clear that his players didn’t capitalize on countless opportuni-
ties. In fact, he stated that “we hit between the post and the crossbar four times and we had a missed penalty shot during the game as well.” Magarian added that he was told “by fans that two of our goals were believed to be in, though they were called no goals, I heard from parents who were at the game and had a good view that the pucks were in fact in. The goalie pulled them out and the refs were not in position to see it. However that is neither here nor there, it is just unfortunate.” Looking forward, the Minutemen will work on their offensive zone entries in order to make the most of future opportunities, according to Magarian. Matthew Zackman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After dropping the first game, the Massachusetts men’s club rugby team rallied and won four out of its next six games in Sunday’s New England Rugby Sevens Tournament in Seekonk, Mass., placing first in the consolation bracket and third overall. The Minutemen had been preparing for this tournament for two weeks, enduring freezing temperatures in order to organize their game plan. UMass usually plays Rugby Union, which is a different type of rugby, but sevens is played with only seven players per team and has seven minute halves as opposed to the 40-minute halves of Union. “It’s more about ball control, staying out of contact, you want to stay much deeper,” captain Sam Grant said. Grant played sevens over the summer and took a leadership role in organizing the team’s strategy. Unfortunately for the Minutemen, that strategy was not implemented in the day’s first bout against Brown, as UMass lost 52-0. “Our first game was such a blowout because we didn’t stay true to our structure,” Grant said. Sevens and 15s fields are the same size, which means players have to spread out more when playing sevens, but UMass stayed tight, which opened up gaps for Brown. Missed tackles and a lackluster offense were the hallmarks of that game. The second game, which was against UMass Dartmouth, went much differently, as the Minutemen won 54-0. “We were shaking off cobwebs in that first one, but then we just came out and pounded on Dartmouth,” Jason Potash said. “We didn’t come out for nothing.” UMass rolled with momentum into its third game against Northeastern’s second squad, in which senior Devin Ibanez scored a hat trick, earning more than
UMass rugby finished in third place over the weekend.
“We were shaking offcobwebs in the first one, but then we judt came out and pounded Dartmouth We didn’t come out for nothing.” Jason Potash, UMass rugby player half of the team’s points. “We stayed real deep and wide,” said Potash, who also scored against Northeastern. The Minutemen finished the 14 minutes up 26-0. Things were looking up for the Minutemen after defeating Northeastern, and they were expecting to make it to the finals bracket, but a loss against New Hampshire kicked them into the consolation bracket. UNH was an evenly matched team but small mistakes led to a 15-0 loss. The final two games were played in heavy rain and mud. The Minutemen pulled of a 24-0 victory over Brown’s second squad to advance in the consolation bracket. The rugby club’s final match of the day was against Northeastern’s second squad once again The game started off evenly matched with neither team gaining significant territory. But late in the first half, Grant picked up a turnover, which he swung out wide to Potash. Potash then had an 80-meter run for a try. This swung things in favor
of UMass, who finished out the game on top 61-0 to clinch the top spot in the consolation bracket. Tackles by Alphonsus Preza, offloads by Thomas Thekaekara and an overall sound performance culminated in a victory. Freshman Brendan Kelly stood out all day on Sunday. He was the only player to stay on the field for every minute of every game. His performance was praised by his teammates. “BK really stood out,” Grant said. Sevens rugby demands nearly constant sprinting from players, and Kelly did not slow down all day. Kelly’s drive earned him the name “Iron Man” from his teammates. Kelly was the Minutemen’s top scorer on Sunday. UMass put in a team effort, as all of the 12 starters and all but one substitution scored during the day’s matches. The Minutemen opted out of a small trophy for their victory, instead claiming a large box of chips and snacks as their prize. Jackson Goddard can be reached at email@example.com.
THE MASSACHUSETTS DAILY COLLEGIAN
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
UM wraps up special season Minutewomen won 19 games By JAson KAtes Collegian Staff
Matt Keys was one of the bright sports for the UMass men’s soccer team in 2013.
Minutemen turn to youth for future By Anthony ChiusAno
they gave up. “The first half of our schedule was difficult. A lot of it was on the road, and that’s just not easy to do,” Minutemen coach Sam Koch said. “Guys really had to get used to playing at a high level really quickly.” In addition to a tough nonconference schedule, Koch also attributed the team’s slow start to a lack of experience, characterized by having 14 freshmen on the team. “There was such a learning process because we had so many young players who never really played with each other that were all of a sudden out there,” Koch
The Massachusetts men’s soccer team’s season came to an end on Nov. 14 following a 2-0 loss to Saint Louis in the first round of the Atlantic 10 playoffs. While a first round exit may be viewed as a disappointment in some eyes, the fact that UMass qualified for the tournament at all may be deemed a success. The Minutemen struggled mightily to open the season, posting an 0-8-1 record through their first nine games. Through this nine-game stretch, UMass recorded three total goals compared to the 15 that
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said. Despite the early difficulties, Koch said that the early playing time given to many of the underclassmen helped the team for the rest of the season. “You can’t put a price tag on (experience),” Koch said. “It is something that is hard to get and our guys got a lot of it this year.” On Sept. 28, the Minutemen’s offense finally found success against Siena, as the team earned its first victory of the season by a 5-2 count right before conference play. UMass then won three of its next five games to improve to sixth place in the A-10
standings. “I think it was just all coming together,” Koch said. “Guys started to really understand what they needed to do and were able to do it.” Needing one more win to clinch the team’s first playoff berth since 2008, the Minutemen concluded the regular season with two losses to Dayton and No. 21 Saint Louis, which momentarily left Minutemen outside of the top eight teams that make the postseason. UMass eventually received outside help and settled for the eighth seed and were matched up with see
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For the Massachusetts field hockey team, the bar was set high from Day 1. Winning the Atlantic 10 title for the second straight year and getting back to the NCAA Tournament was something every player had on their mind, and anything short of that would be a disappointment. In the end, the Minutewomen achieved these goals and then some, posting the most wins in a single season since 2000 with 19. UMass coach Carla Tagliente, who has now wrapped up her third season in Amherst, believes her team far exceeded what the expectations were at the beginning of the year. “I think the team knew what they were capable of when the season started,” she said. “This was their goal from the beginning, so I am extremely proud of them. I think having the most wins since 2000 is a testament to the team and shows all the hard work that has been put in by this program.” With the win in the first round of the tournament on Saturday against Virginia, UMass put together one of its longest winning streaks since the 2010-11 season, winning 12 straight games. During this streak, the Minutewomen scored 52 goals while only allowing 14. They also went 7-0 in conference play. Perhaps one of the brightest spots of the sea-
“I think the team knew what they were capable of when the season started. This was their goal from the beginning, so I am extremely proud of them.” Carla Tagliente, UMass coach son was the emergence of sophomore Brooke Sabia, who scored 20 goals in 22 games and won this year’s Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year award. Tagliente thinks Sabia really came into her own at the start of the season. “To score as many goals as she did is truly an accomplishment in itself,” she said. “We have a number of young leaders emerging from different positions, especially Brooke.” Besides Sabia, Tagliente said that a number of underclassmen stepped up this year, including A-10 Rookie of the Year winner Charlotte Verelst, who scored the game-winner in overtime against the Cavaliers. Tagliente was also encouraged by the development of goalkeeper Sam Carlino and Lauren Allymohamed. “Charlotte may not have had the goal production Brooke had, but she had an outstanding postseason, and her play against Virginia was just phenomenal,” Tagliente said. “Sam Carlino is really coming into her own and Lauren (Allymohamed) see
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XC places 20th, Anderson, Holloway commit to UMass hoops gains 25th in NCAA’s Men’s two 3-star recruits
Men to compete in IC4A on Nov. 23 By FrAnK CoronA Collegian Staff
When the Massachusetts men’s cross country team found out where it finished among the 37 teams in the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship on Friday, it wasn’t what it had hoped to hear. The Minutemen had placed 20th in the field, which meant they didn’t qualify for the NCAA Championship and will have to settle for an appearance in the IC4A Championship. But UMass coach Ken O’Brien didn’t seem all that shocked to hear his team wouldn’t make it to the NCAA’s. “It wasn’t one of surprise,” he said. “You’ve got an outside chance if you put your best race together.” The team was led by three underclassmen in Ben Groleau, Blake Croteau and Benjamin Thomas. The trio finished in the top three for the Minutemen, but it wasn’t
enough to keep up with the tough competition. “Being a young team that’s not completely out of the picture,” O’Brien said, “you need a little more age in distance running which gives you some strength and additional experience Groleau, a recent Atlantic 10 All-Conference runner, led the team with a 58th place finish in a field of 255 runners as the sophomore completed the course with a time of 31:31.0. Croteau, a freshman, took the 97th overall spot with a time of 32:15.0 and was followed by Thomas, who crossed the finish in 110th place seven seconds later. Antony Taylor, who had led the team with a top10 finish in the Atlantic 10 Championships, would have to settle for a 118th place finish and a time of 32:27.8. This was his lowest finish of the season. “There was a day or two that wasn’t up to snub with some other people,” O’Brien said, “but that’s why you have seven men see
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By MArK ChiArelli Collegian Staff
Massachusetts men’s basketball coach Derek Kellogg made it official on Monday, announcing that both C.J. Anderson and Rashaan Holloway signed National Letters of Intent to play basketball for the Minutemen. Kellogg spoke highly of both players before Monday’s practice, describing both as good kids and noting the recruits meshed well with the group of players already on the roster. “From C.J., to even Rashaan and his family, (they) were really impressed with how our guys interacted with each other and also the recruits,” Kellogg said. Anderson, a Memphis, Tenn. native, is the third recruit from the Memphis area following the path set by Sampson Carter and Demetrius Dyson. Standing at 6-foot-5, 175 pounds, Anderson has the ability to play multiple positions within Kellogg’s offense. Ranked as a 3-star player by both Rivals and Scout. com, Anderson is averaging 22 points per game through four games at Arlington
UMass men’s basketball coach Derek Kellogg got NLI’s from C.J. Anderson and Rashaan Holloway. High School. “He’s another versatile, UMass style player,” Kellogg said. ”And what I like the best about him is he’s another good kid, a really highcharacter young man who has a great family.” Holloway is more of a post-dominant player at
6-foot-10, 280 pounds. The Elmer, N.J. native is ranked as a 3-star recruit by ESPN and averaged 22.8 points per game as a junior, earning the title of Salem County Player of the Year and First Team All-Tri Country Conference. “He’s a big guy with great hands,” Kellogg said.
“Watching him in summer ball, he can finish around the rim. And I think as soon as he gets some college physicality and shape, he’s got a chance to be a really good player here.” Mark Chiarelli can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and followed on Twitter @Mark_Chiarelli
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