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By sHelBy asHline Collegian Correspondent An overnight parking ban will be in effect throughout Amherst from Dec. 1, 2013 to April 1, 2014, according to Amherst Chief of Police Scott P. Livingstone. The parking ban, which will be in effect from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. every day will make it easier for the Department of Public Works to keep the roads clear of snow, according to Captain Chris Pronovost of the Amherst Police Department. Pronovost explained that different cities use a multitude of tactics to keep the roads clear for plows. “We find (the parking ban) to be the most efficient way of doing that in (Amherst),” he said. The ban will be in effect throughout downtown Amherst as well as on the outlying streets in the town’s more rural sections. Residents who normally park their vehicles on the street outside their homes are not exempt from the rule. There aren’t any special accommodations for handicapped people either. According to a Nov. 12 press release, overnight parking will be allowed in the lower level of the Boltwood Parking Garage, although it is necessary to pay the meter between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. six days a week. People can also park in the Pray Street Lot, where meters are enforced from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, according to the press release. The Amherst Police Department will issue a warning for a first offense. A second offense will result in a $25 ticket. After a third offense, the vehicle will be towed, at which time the owner will have to pay upwards of $100 to retrieve the vehicle, as well as another $25 fine. If a person receives their third offense, the vehicle will be towed no matter what the weather is, the press release stated. In the case of a snowstorm, the warning provisions will not be followed. “If the DPW sees that there are cars, they’ll call us to get them out of there first before they attempt to

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Trombone section leader and President of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Dan Anthony helps a member of his section tune his trombone.

Service fraternities help band in various unseen ways This article is Part 8 in a series on the UMass Minuteman Marching Band as it prepares to march in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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hen thinking about the University of Massachusetts Marching Band, Greek life may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but it is one of the most integral parts of the marching band – from helping paint the fields for practices to making members feel less lost in the 400-person band. There are about 120 band members who are in one of the four musical Greek service fraternities, about a quarter of the band. “You don’t need to be in a Greek organization to be on (administrative) staff or anything, there’s plenty of people who aren’t,” said Dan Anthony, a senior trombone section leader who is president of Phi Mu Alpha

Sinfonia. “But having all of those people working together to run the monster that is the 400-person marching band, it really is a huge effort from so many people.” The four service organizations – Tau Beta Sigma, Sigma Alpha Iota, Phi Mu Alpha and Kappa Kappa Si – include both males and females helping with whatever the band needs, from cleaning and assembling uniforms to making sure that the band is fed and hydrated on performance days. “The family aspect of band too is a part of our organization and so we try and bring that to all of our music ensembles,” Anthony said. Anthony got involved in Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia after

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being bugged by a friend from high school to join. “I had originally been put off by the idea of fraternity which I feel like a lot of kids in the four music groups have been,” he said, “whether the stereotypes from the world, the terrible movies about them, things like that. “Meeting people from the four different organizations, kind of got me interested in them simply because it was quality people with quality reasons that were in it.” Anthony said that is was the sense of family and camaraderie that finally drew him in. “It felt significantly more comfortable being in that type of organization because there was a certain bond related to music whether it was helping music, making music, spreading music to people,” he said. Shannon Mackey, a sophomore clarinet player and corresponding secretary for Tau Beta Sigma, said that her see

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At the beginning of the year, UMass adopted a new tobacco policy that prohibited the use of any tobacco products on campus. However, almost one semester after the policy was first implemented, there are mixed opinions on how effective it has been. The policy was written by the Faculty Senate’s University Health Council. Associate professor Wilmore Webley, a member of the University Health Council, who played a major role in developing this policy, believes it has been very successful so far. “I used to walk out of any given building at any given time of day and walk into a puff of smoke and that hasn’t happened since the semester started,” Webley said. “I’ve seen one person smoking at the entrance or exit of a building … that is a tremendous difference,” he added. Associate Chancellor Susan Pearson and University Health Services Family Physician Robert Horowitz, members of the Tobacco-Free Policy Implementation Committee, agreed. According to Horowitz, there is “a lot less smoking on campus” than there was a year ago. Although some of the people responsible for the policy believe it has been successful, many students disagree. “I always see people walking around with cigarettes” UMass freshman Sarah Stanley said. “It’s well-intentioned, but it’s not going to do anything,” added freshman Miles Apfel. Other students say they have only seen mixed results. According to sophomore Jaice Rottenberg, compliance with the policy is different around campus. Rottenberg said that he sees lots of smoking in particular areas, such as near Butterfield Hall. He also said that he sees cigarette butts littered in places such as in front of the Fine Arts Building. see

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FedEx boxes removed from three locations at UMass UPS suggested as Apicella believes that the reason that FedEx alternative option chose to remove its boxes was due to disapBy nikoleta nikova

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A new art exhibit in the Hampden Gallery by artist Mark Rice incorporates letters and words into the art.

Three out of the four FedEx drop boxes on the University of Massachusetts campus were removed this past month, according to Charles Apicella, who is the manager of mail and distribution services at UMass. According to the UMass News and Media Relations Office, the three boxes that were removed were located at the Goodell Building, Whitmore Administrative Building and Campus Center. Apicella said that “the decision to remove the boxes was not made by the university,” but by FedEx. He also added that UMass didn’t have a contract with FedEx but had decided to “let them install boxes because

pointing revenue, since the company was not receiving as much as it had originally hoped.

of (the) convenience to students, staff (and) faculty.” Apicella believes that the reason that FedEx chose to remove its boxes was due to disappointing revenue, since the company was not receiving as much from the boxes as it had originally hoped. Some students at UMass are very displeased with the decision by FedEx. Freshman Taylah Henry said that she was “very disappointed that the boxes were removed.” Henry added that “they should not have been removed because a lot of students used them and they were very useful.” She believes that “FedEx should bring (the boxes) back.”

Apicella agrees that the removal of nearly all of the FedEx boxes will be “very inconvenient for students.” He stated that “it will now be more difficult for students to send mail.” According to Apicella, most students will now have to send their packages through UPS, and those who have not used UPS before will have to create a new account. Despite the recent removals, Apicella emphasized that FedEx has not entirely vanished from campus, as one drop box still remains in the Lederle Graduate Research Center. Nikoleta Nikova can be reached at


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THE RU N D OW N ON THIS DAY... In 2012, Art Ginsburg, the author and chef better known as “Mr. Food,” died in his home at the age of 81. He had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2011.


Nuclear talks resume with Iran, six world powers GENEVA — International negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program resumed here Wednesday, with the U.S. team under growing pressure to deliver an interim deal as soon as possible. Ten days after the last round broke off just short of the finish line, the Americans joined representatives of five other world powers and Iran in talks that are scheduled to run at least through Friday. The six world powers met among themselves Wednesday morning, and were scheduled to meet with the Iranian team later Wednesday or Thursday following a lunch between Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and European Union foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton, who is the point person for the world powers. Tribune Washington Bureau

Egypt’s el-Sissi vows to avenge soldiers’ deaths CAIRO — At least 11 Egyptian soldiers were killed and 37 wounded in the restive Sinai on Wednesday when an attacker detonated a car bomb as a bus filled with troops passed by. It was the deadliest attack against security forces since August and a sign that efforts to contain al-Qaida-linked insurgents in the region have failed. Egypt’s strongman, Defense Minister Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, vowed to avenge the deaths as the caskets of the slain soldiers arrived at the Almaza military base in Cairo. McClatchy Foreign Staff

Paris police: arrest in lone gunman case PARIS — Paris police said late Wednesday that they have arrested a man who may be the lone gunman who terrorized the French capital earlier this week. The man was apprehended in an underground garage in the suburb of BoisColombes about 7 p.m. local time. His DNA will have to be tested against samples taken from the offices of a newspaper targeted in a shooting and from a car used in a subsequent hostage situation, French investigators said. The gunman, believed to be age 35 to 45, started his crime spree Monday at the left-wing daily newspaper Liberation, seriously injuring a young photographer. The identity and motives of the gunman remain unknown. Hundreds of policemen have hunted the man, who also fired shots outside the headquarters of Societe Generale bank and held up a motorist before disappearing on the Champs-Elysees avenue. dpa Distributed by MCT Information Services


Medal of Freedom honors 14 recipients Oprah, Clinton among honorees By AnitA KumAr McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama awarded the nation’s highest civilian honor Wednesday to 16 Americans, including former President Bill Clinton and iconic talk show host Oprah Winfrey, in a star-studded and often poignant celebration at the White House. “These are the men and women who in their extraordinary lives remind us all of the beauty of the human spirit, the values that define us as Americans, the potential that lives inside of all of us,” Obama said in a 45-minute ceremony. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is given to those who have “made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors,” according to the White House. The late Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space, Watergate-era Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee and country music legend Loretta Lynn were among the leaders of sports, politics, science and the arts to receive the medal. Most of the loudest applause was reserved for Clinton, who since leaving the White House has raised money to help in the aftermath of natural disasters and created a foundation to improve health, economies and the environment across the globe.

“Lifting up families like his own became the story of Bill Clinton’s life,” Obama said. “He wanted to make sure he made life better and easier for so many people across the country.” In recent years, Obama and Clinton have become allies, but the relationship between the 42nd and 44th presidents has been fraught with complications, particularly in 2008 when Obama and Clinton’s wife competed for the Democratic nomination for president in 2008. Just last week, Clinton urged Obama to allow Americans to keep their insurance as part of the new troubled health care law. The two hugged briefly. “I’m grateful, Bill, as well for the advice and counsel that you’ve offered me on and off the golf course,” Obama said. “And most importantly, for your lifesaving work around the world, which represents what’s the very best in America. So thank you so much, President Clinton.” Obama mentioned Hillary Clinton, his former secretary of state, only once, thanking Clinton for having patience “during the endless travels of my secretary of state.” Hillary Clinton, a possible presidential hopeful in 2016, and daughter, Chelsea, were seated at the front of the crowded room, as were first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, members of Congress and movie director Steven Spielberg. In holding the event Wednesday, Obama honored the legacy of President John F. Kennedy, who established the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Kennedy was assassinated 50 years ago this week in Dallas, two weeks before

he could honor the inaugural class of 31 recipients. Instead, President Lyndon Johnson presided over the ceremony at the White House the same day Kennedy’s family moved out. “I hope we carry away from this a reminder of what JFK understood to be the essence of the American spirit,” Obama said. “Some of us may be less talented, but we all have the opportunity to serve and to open people’s hearts and minds in our smaller orbits.” Others honored Wednesday: former Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks, known as “Mr. Cub;” the late Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii; Daniel Kahneman, a Princeton University scholar of psychology; former Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar; chemist and environmental scientist Mario Molina; the late civil rights leader Bayard Rustin; jazz trumpeter, pianist and composer Arturo Sandoval; former University of North Carolina basketball head coach Dean Smith; writer and activist Gloria Steinem; civil rights leader Cordy Tindell “C.T.” Vivian; and Patricia Wald, the first woman appointed to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Inouye’s wife stood in for him while Ride and Rustin, the other two posthumously honored, in part for helping break down gay barriers, were represented by their partners, Smith, who is suffering from a neurological disorder, was not able to attend. Besides Clinton, Winfrey drew the most interest. Winfrey rose from a childhood of poverty to become the creator of the highest-rated


President Barack Obama awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Oprah Winfrey in the East Room at the White House. talk show in television history. She launched “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in 1986 when few women - and even fewer black women - had a national platform and used her influence to support underserved communities around the world. “Even with 40 Emmys, the distinction of being the first black female billionaire, Oprah’s greatest strength has always been her ability to help us discover the best in ourselves,” Obama said. “Michelle and I count ourselves among her many devoted fans and friends. As one of those fans wrote, ‘I didn’t know I had a light in me until Oprah told me it was there.’ What a great gift.” Obama joked that he could relate to Winfrey, whose funny-sounding first name prompted her boss to suggest she change her name to Susie. “I have to pause here to say I got the same advice,” he said. “They didn’t say I should be named ‘Susie,’ but they suggested I should change my name. People can relate to Susie, that’s what they said. It

turned out, surprisingly, that people could relate to Oprah just fine.” Later, the Obamas and the Clintons traveled to Arlington National Cemetery to lay a wreath near the eternal flame that marks Kennedy’s grave. As they walked up to the site, Obama and Clinton each held one hand of Kennedy’s sisterin-law, Ethel Kennedy, as she climbed the steps. In the evening, Obama was to deliver a speech on Kennedy’s legacy of service at a dinner attended by many members of the Kennedy family, including Robert Kennedy’s daughter, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, and John F. Kennedy’s only surviving sibling, Jean Kennedy Smith. In the last five decades, more than 500 people have been awarded the Medal of Freedom, including some in attendance Wednesday night: baseball great Hank Aaron, singer Aretha Franklin, economist Alan Greenspan, civil rights activist Jesse Jackson and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

Detroit bankruptcy fueled by state cuts, shrinking tax base By todd SpAngler Detroit Free Press

WASHINGTON — A New York-based think tank released a report Wednesday questioning Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr’s assertion that the city’s longterm debt is responsible for its fiscal problems or that pension contributions are a major hurdle for the city’s finances. Instead, the report by Wallace Turbeville, a senior fellow at Demos, a public policy organization, said Detroit’s decline into bankruptcy was caused by a steep decline in revenues partially due both to a shrinking tax base and deep cuts in state revenue-sharing with the city. “By cutting revenue sharing with the city, the state effectively reduced its own budget challenges on the backs of the taxpayers of Detroit,” Turbeville wrote. “These cuts account for nearly a third of the city’s revenue losses between (fiscal year) 2011 and FY 2013. ... Furthermore, the Legislature placed strict limits on the city’s ability to raise revenue itself to offset these losses.” Demos describes itself as nonpartisan but has been identified as a liberal think tank in past media stories. Its website says its mission is to “reduce both political and economic inequality” in America. Orr has cited Detroit’s $18 billion in long-term debts as a major reason for the bankruptcy filing - the largest by any municipality in the nation’s history - and has said that pensioners may have to see benefits cut. But Turbeville argues that the city’s annual cash flow is the problem - not long-term debts - and that legacy costs

Orr has cited Detroit’s $18 billion in longterm debts as a major reason for the bankruptcy filing - the largest by any municipality in the nation’s history - and has said that pensioners may have to see benefits cut. for health care and pensions haven’t been out of line with other cities. Instead, he said, financial institutions that entered into complex deals with the city to help pay pension obligations should be held responsible, believing a “strong case can be made that the banks that sold these swaps may have breached their ethical, and possibly legal, obligations to the city in executing these deals.” He also said state investment should be increased to “pre-crisis” levels on an emergency basis, and that tax subsidies for development in the city - such as those provided to the Detroit Medical Center, DTE Energy, Comerica Bank, Quicken Loans and others should be “treated similarly to the city’s other financial obligations” and be open to being reclaimed by the city as part of the bankruptcy process. “The residents of Detroit have already suffered as a result of the crisis, as have the public employees,” Turbeville wrote. “The recipients of tax expenditures should share in the sacrifice as well.”




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service organization, during this week and next week specifically, have been put in charge of cleaning and organizing the uniforms before the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Mackey said that when she joined the marching band as a freshman, she saw the sisters of TBS and knew that she wanted to join during that first semester. “I liked seeing all the sisters doing all the field lining and I wanted to be a part of helping out the band more,” she said. “I thought that was always a really cool thing, because I was a drum major in high school so I always liked helping the band.” Erica Davignon, another member of TBS and a junior flutist, recently joined her service organization during her second semester of her sophomore year because she wanted to get adjusted to college before jumping into something. “I was a little scared of a 400-person marching band coming from my high school where we only had like 20, so it was a big shock for me,” she said. Added Davignon: “I knew that I wanted to give back to the band and have a very big impact and role in the service to the band because that always appealed to me.” Bradley Sampson, on the other hand, jumped into Kappa Kappa Si during the first semester of his freshman year. He is currently the vice president of service for the fraternity. “The first couple friends

that I made here were like, ‘We’re going to do it, you should do it too,’” Sampson said. “So I ended up doing it and then throughout the membership process I kind of realized that I was with a really big group of guys, and this was my way to stay connected with both music and also service to music.” Rachel Rivard, the service chair of Sigma Alpha Iota and a junior drum major, said that SAI is more focused on servicing the music department and the Fine Arts Center than the marching band, but they have been trying to do more for the marching band. “Sigma Alpha Iota is more fundraising for local school bands and more service for the music department like painting the practice rooms and things like that,” Rivard said. “We don’t really have right now a direct service going for the marching band.” Added Rivard: “When there are things that need a larger group of people these groups are always willing to step in and help when we need them to.” Every member of the service organizations was adamant that the band was much better off because of the organizations. “What we do is supported a lot by the people who work for the band, like the ad staff and field staff, all that,” Rivard said. “I know a lot of the people in the Greek organizations are on those leadership teams, but really, having the Greek

TOBACCO BAN Some students are even questioning the motives behind the implementation of the policy. Nhan Nguyen, a sophomore, said he believes the policy is only “surface level,” and was implemented to boost the university’s reputation. According to Webley, Pearson and Horowitz, the policy is not enforced. Instead, students are encouraged to comply voluntarily. However, they acknowledged that violations of the policy do still occur. “My sense is that things are going well but not perfectly,” Pearson said. “It will take some time before there’s 100 percent compliance,” she added. Despite people ignoring the policy, Webley, Pearson and Horowitz remain confident in its effectiveness. Horowitz estimated that about 80 to 85 percent of the UMass community does not use tobacco. “I think there are people who are still smoking, but they’re in the minority,” Webley said. “With continued education and with help from students and faculty and staff who support the policy we think we can get to 100 percent compliance” Pearson said. According to Webley, Pearson and Horowitz, it is up to all members of the community to ensure that the policy is being followed. Students are encouraged to approach smokers and

organizations in each position, it’s really easy to be able to spread our ideas and to be able to get a communal group really working together for service for band so really, we couldn’t do as much as we do without people who are involved.” Each band member was excited for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and has been working hard with their service organizations to prepare for what Anthony referred to as the “pinnacle of parades.” Sigma Alpha Iota is selling pies, something that they do annually, but this year they are adding the twist of “bring home wherever you’re going,” according to Rivard. Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia has been contacting alumni in the area to organize an informal quasireunion. Anthony said that as a senior, however, it’s going to be a “weird” experience. “I’ve done parades in high school, in middle school and with UMass so this being the pinnacle of parades is kind of an interesting close to my marching band career,” he said. Added Anthony: “We just had senior day which was emotional enough in tears, and all that because it’s kind of the end of my marching band era of life as a performer. But it’s definitely, for me it’s a cool kind of close.” Patrick Hoff can be reached at

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remind them that UMass is now a tobacco-free campus. “If you see someone on campus who is violating university policy it is our responsibility to go up to them and in a nice manner say to them, ‘Listen we have a policy on campus that says you should not smoke,’” Webley said. Webley and Pearson also said that cards that promote the new policy will soon be handed out around campus. “As time goes on it will become more successful as more and more people realize that we are serious about this,” Webley said. According to Webley, education also plays an important role in encouraging compliance with the policy. Webley said that it is important to teach students the dangers of smoking and inhaling second hand smoke. According to Horowitz, 50,000 people die from second-hand smoke, and 400,000 people die from the effects of smoking every year. “(There are) people who are walking around with less than their lung capacity, people who are walking around with heart disease, and are still alive who are affected by this,” Webley said. Pearson also said that by informing smokers of the resources available to them on campus, they can further encourage compliance with the policy. “We’ve made a lot of resources available to peo-

ple who either want to try and discontinue their use of tobacco or who want to continue to smoke but are just looking for a way to get through the day,” Pearson said. Some of these resources include tobacco treatment specialists, counseling and vouchers for nicotine replacement therapies such as gum, lozenges and patches. Horowitz emphasized that people can easily access these resources by calling University Health Services. To students who protest against the policy, Webley, Pearson and Horowitz argue that it is being implemented to benefit the health of the UMass community. “The only way to make nonsmokers safe from second-hand smoke was to implement a tobacco-free policy,” Webley said. UMass is also not the only campus to adopt a tobacco free policy. “Any college or university who is not tobacco-free in the next 10 years is going to be in the archaic dark ages,” Webley said. According to Horowitz, the goal of the policy is to benefit the entire campus as a whole. He hopes that, by following this policy, the university can be “part of a sustainable, healthy community.” Rose Gottlieb can be reached at

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plow,” Pronovost said. “(Otherwise) they have to … change their whole pattern of where they’re plowing or they have to make a large swoop around (the vehicle) and it just makes a mess.” The parking ban is nothing new to longtime Amherst residents. Pronovost estimated that the ban was originally instituted in the 1960s or ‘70s. The parking ban was voted in as a town bylaw long ago. Today the Amherst select board can vote on and make revisions to the law, and the Amherst Police Department enforces it. Pronovost said the police have had fewer and fewer problems with violators of the parking ban in recent years. “We’ve actually seen a decline in the number of actual fines issued and vehicles towed,” he said. “I think that decrease is probably because we’re doing a better job getting the word out (about the ban).” The last week of November, police officers start putting warning tags

on vehicles to alert owners to the parking ban before it begins so that they can make arrangements to park elsewhere. Residents of Amherst can also view announcements made by the Amherst Police Department online. Information about the parking ban can be found at, as well as on its Facebook page. For students living off campus, Pronovost suggests they try to work with their landlords to come up with alternative places to park. If that proves unsuccessful, “then unfortunately (students) have to try to work into their schedule moving the car to the lower level (of the parking garage) or to the Pray Street lot, and then getting back there in the morning to move it back out,” Pronovost said. “I know that can be really difficult.” “I’ve heard of people trying to locate parking places from other private places but that’s difficult too because it’s at a premium around here,” he contin-

ued. Pronovost believes residents and students can successfully avoid violations of the parking ban if they develop a plan where they routinely move their vehicles. “Say you move (your vehicle) at eight o’clock at night,” he said. “You’re probably going to find a space in the lower level (of the parking garage) and you can still catch a bus back to wherever you’re trying to get to because the buses are running. … Then in the morning before you head to your class you have to make a detour and go move your car. It’s a pain, but it’s doable.” Pronovost is hopeful the Amherst Police Department will not have many problems with violators this year due to raised awareness of the parking ban and is “hoping that people will find a good alternative.” Shelby Ashline can be reached at

Serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin executed By Jeremy Kohler St. Louis Post-Dispatch BONNE TERRE, Mo. — Missouri has executed Joseph Paul Franklin, a white supremacist killer who targeted blacks and Jews during a multistate crime spree from 1977-1980. Franklin, 63, was put to death for the 1977 sniper killing of Gerald Gordon at a suburban St. Louis synagogue. The U.S. Supreme Court early Wednesday upheld a federal appeals court decisions overturning stays granted Tuesday by federal judges in Jefferson City, Mo., and St. Louis. Mike O’Connell, of the Missouri Department of Public Safety, said the execution got the final OK from Gov. Jay Nixon at 6:05 a.m. By this time, Franklin was already strapped to a table in theh state’s death chamber at Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center, ready for the injection. He received a lethal injection at 6:07 a.m., and his death was confirmed at 6:17 a.m. The execution was the first in Missouri using a single drug, pentobarbital. Three media witnesses said Franklin did not seem to express pain. He did not make any final written statement and did not speak a word in the death chamber. After the injection, he blinked a few times, breathed heavily a few times, and swallowed hard, the witnesses said. The heaving of his chest slowed, and finally stopped, they said. Jessica Machetta, managing editor of Missourinet, who witnessed the execution, said Franklin did not seem to take a breath after 6:10 a.m. Nixon said in a statement: “The cowardly and calculated shootings outside a St. Louis-area synagogue were part of Joseph Paul Franklin’s long record of murders and other acts of extreme violence across the country, fueled by religious and racial hate.” He asked that Gordon be remembered and that Franklin’s victims and their families remain in the thoughts and prayers of Missourians. Judges in two U.S. court districts had ordered stays of execution for Franklin on Tuesday. But Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster’s office successfully appealed both of the orders

to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey in Jefferson City granted the first stay Tuesday afternoon. She criticized the state for changing the plan just days beforehand for how the execution was to be carried out - using a lethal injection of pentobarbital produced by a secret compounding pharmacy - and then telling the defendant that “time is up” to challenge the method. Then, Tuesday night, U.S. District Judge Carol E. Jackson in St. Louis granted a second stay, based on Franklin’s claim that he is mentally incompetent to be executed. She wrote that Laughrey’s stay “does not moot the necessity to address the petitioner’s motion in this case.” Laughrey wrote that neither Franklin’s lawyers nor the court had been able to address the question of whether the state’s execution method passes constitutional muster, “because the Defendants keep changing the protocol that they intend to use.” Whether the use of pentobarbital constituted cruel and unusual punishment was among the issues raised in the request for a stay filed by Franklin and other plaintiffs. The stay was meant to “ensure that the Defendants’ last act against Franklin is not permanent, irremediable cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth Amendment,” Laughrey’s ruling said. Last month, Nixon delayed the execution of another man because of issues surrounding the state’s plan to use the widely used anesthetic propofol. Most of the supply of propofol comes from drug makers in the European Union, which opposes the death penalty and has said it would cut off supplies to the U.S. if the drug were used for executions. Nixon ordered the state to find a new drug, and the Department of Corrections settled on pentobarbital, which is commonly used to euthanize pets, to be provided by a compounding pharmacy. The name of that pharmacy is a secret, under a law passed by the Missouri Legislature that bans making public the identity of anyone on the execution team.

“The Department has not provided any information about the certification, inspection, history, infraction history, or other aspects of the compounding pharmacy,” the judge’s order noted. Koster’s office argued in a motion to vacate Laughrey’s order that “the use of sufficiently potent pentobarbital, in the dose planned, will lead to a rapid and painless death” and that the Supreme Court has said that some risk of pain is inherent in any method of execution. The office also argued that Franklin had not exhausted his administrative appeals, and thus had no right to relief from the court. The plaintiff’s expert, the judge’s order said, noted that the American Veterinary Medical Association recently discouraged the use of compounded drugs such as pentobarbital because of the “high risk of contamination.” In the competency appeal, Jackson ruled that a stay was necessary to investigate a defense expert’s claim that Franklin was insane. She noted that he “has routinely stated that he makes decisions based on idiosyncratic associations of meaning to particular letters or numbers or messages he receives in dreams.” Koster’s office responded in a motion that said Jackson relied on anecdotes and abused her discretion. “There is nothing inherently delusional about these things. Many people are superstitious or ascribe meaning to the symbols in their dreams. None of the anecdotes shows Franklin does not have a rational understanding of the State’s basis for his execution, and the district court offered no explanation or analysis to the contrary.” The Missouri Supreme Court had denied Franklin’s appeals earlier Tuesday. Franklin did not eat a final meal before his death, preferring to fast. In addition to the three media witnesses, six people witnessed the execution for the state. Franklin’s four witnesses left the prison about 4 a.m. and were not present for his death. While prison guards cordoned off an area near the prison for demonstrators for and against the execution, none arrived.


“I love humanity but I hate people.” - Edna St. Vincent Millay

Thursday, November 21, 2013

My meal plan costs how much? The University of Massachusetts undoubtedly has some of the best college food in the country, but

Jason Roche it loses some of its savory goodness when it is forced upon you. All students living on campus are required to purchase a meal plan, and the plans come with a pretty hefty price tag. Let’s break down the options. First, let’s consider the cost of food at UMass without any meal plan. If you walk into the Dining Commons with cash, it would cost you $8.00 for breakfast, $10.25 for lunch and $13.00 for dinner. If you paid for breakfast, lunch and dinner, it averages out to $10.42 a meal. If you are the type of person who only has two meals a day, it would average out to $9.13 for breakfast and lunch and $11.63 for lunch and dinner. Of course, you could also purchase food from the various retail outlets on campus, making it possible to get a full meal for under $7. If you live on campus, you do not have the option to pay only with cash, you have to choose a meal plan. The Value Meal Plan is one of the most popular meal plans among freshmen and sophomores, and, like its name suggests, it provides the best value. The plan costs $2,296.50 and includes 224 meal swipes, which breaks down to a tad over $10.25 a meal. The 224 swipes average out to roughly two swipes a day with about 20 left over for those days when you are feeling extra hungry. If you are choosing lunch and dinner as your two meals, then

the plan saves you $1.38 a day compared to paying with cash. However, if you choose breakfast and lunch, you are losing $1.12 a day compared to cash payment. Juniors and seniors are still required to purchase a meal plan if they live on campus, but they are given the revered option of the Your Campus Meal Plan. This plan allows students to use their meal swipes at the various food retail locations throughout campus. This plan is often a favorite of upperclassmen because of the convenient locations of these retail cafes and because the YCMP plans have the lowest overall price tag. Do not be deceived by

register, and the leftover change is lost with each swipe. So in comparison to paying with cash, you are losing at least $1.70 a swipe, considering you have the YCMP Platinum and picked your items just right to equal $9.50. The only way to save any money with the YCMP plans is to use your swipes at a Dining Common during dinner. Imagining you have the Platinum Plan, you would save $1.80 during dinner at the dining commons. However, you would lose $0.95 at lunch and a whopping $3.20 at breakfast. When breaking down the costs of the meal plans, the only area where students are receiving a discount

“I would think that students should pay less for food on campus than someone walking in from the street with some cash on hand.” the lower overall cost of the YCMP plans, though. At $2,240 for 200 swipes, the YCMP Platinum plan costs $11.20 per meal. At $1,145 for 100 swipes, the YCMP Gold breaks down to $11.45 a meal. And the YCMP Commuter option at $700 for 60 swipes is $11.67 per meal. The convenience of the retail dining options seems like a great reason to get a YCMP plan, but when you consider that each swipe only gives you $9.50 at these retail locations, it does not seem like much of a deal. Not to mention that it is almost impossible to reach exactly $9.50 at the cash

is if they are using their swipes during dinner time. This is because the university charges $13 for dinner, a price that you would see on your check if you were going out on the town. If you do not frequent the dining commons at dinner time, you are losing money by purchasing a meal plan. It would cost you less to pay in cash. Another factor that must be considered is leftover swipes at the end of the semester. The university does not offer rollover meal plans, and so any extra swipes are lost once the Jason Roche is a Collegian columnist semester finishes. If you and can be reached at jwroche@ have the Value Meal Plan

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there is nothing you can do with your leftover swipes except gorge yourself at the dining commons during the final weeks. With the YCMP plans, you can throw all of your remaining swipes at the retail outlets. The university prepares for end of the semester bulk sales, where students purchase entire cases of drinks, candy, chips, etc. Students do not receive a discount on these bulk purchases like you would get at Costco or BJ’s. Instead, students pay full price for every individual item. So students use their $9.50 swipes that they paid $11.20 for and buy a case of Monster for $72 instead of the $35 it would cost in a store. The university makes it mandatory for on-campus students to purchase a meal plan. It seems appropriate that the university uses the term meal plan instead of meal deal, because these required purchases are not saving students money. I would think that students should pay less for food on campus than someone walking in from the street with some cash on hand. The university should either take measures to give students a discount on campus dining or drop the requirement of a meal plan. Even with the best discount of the Value Meal Plan at $10.25 a meal, you could be eating at restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Unlucky events can lead to most interesting stories Vacations don’t always go as planned. In the summer of 2009, my family made the

Steven Gillard two-hour drive to Lake Compounce in Bristol, Conn., to spend the day at the amusement park. It was going to be a fun day, a break from work for my parents and a change from the monotonous and boring summer days for my siblings, cousins and me. Upon our arrival, the kids all got in line for the first ride of the day: a rollercoaster. We were about halfway through the line, and I was leaning over the railing, watching the rollercoaster twist and flip above me, when I heard a thump. I looked behind me to see my sister lying face down on the ground, passed out. My cousin screamed. My brother shook her. I stood there, shocked, not sure what to do. We hadn’t even been on one rollercoaster. My parents and park security rushed into the line while various bystanders tried to revive my sister. A cold bottle of water to the face did the trick. Unfortunately, our day of fun was over before it had begun. My parents spent the rest of the day

of the board are elected by us, it is our right to have full representative power: power in fighting for poli-

voice that we deserve, and will be a progressive step for the university system as a whole. Tyler O’Day

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town? How could people be so heartless? Needless to say, our vacation was ruined. For me and my siblings, it was a rude awakening into the real world. The thieves didn’t care that we were on vacation; they didn’t care that our family relied on the van and that we were now without a car. We drove home in a rental car, wondering if our family van would ever turn up and if the thieves would ever be caught. It did turn up three months later, abandoned on the side of the road. It was totaled. The perpetrators were never found. So what’s the point in telling these stories? Well, at the time, both of these events seemed disastrous. Our day trip to Lake Compounce, one of the few days of the summer my whole family spent together, was ruined. Our vacation to Philadelphia, which large amounts of planning and money had been put into, was ruined as well. Not to mention, it cost my family a car. During both of these events, it would have been helpful to ask myself a question: Will this matter 10 years from now? Will this affect the rest of my life?

“Sometimes, the worst cases of luck end up being the best stories.” in the hospital with my sister, while the kids stayed at the park with my aunt, but going on rides while the doctors tried to uncover my sister’s ailment just felt wrong. Fast forward a couple of years, and my family, along with my aunt’s family, were vacationing in Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love. We carpooled into the city on our second day, excited to take in some American history. Upon returning to the hotel in my aunt’s car, my little brother pointed out that the parking spot in which our van had been parked was empty. After searching the parking lot for our car, we determined that it must have been mistakenly towed. We checked with the hotel desk, but they had not towed any vehicles that day. The van was stolen. We couldn’t believe it. There were hundreds of cars in the parking lot. Nicer cars. Faster cars. Yet the thieves had decided to take our Dodge Caravan. We wondered what reason had compelled the criminals to select our car. Was it its proximity to the street? Was it the Massachusetts license plate, and the fact that the Red Sox were in

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The answer was no. On both of those summer days I learned a valuable lesson: life doesn’t always go as planned. Things go wrong. Bad things happen. The only things worth worrying about, however, are the events that will actually matter in the long run. My sister, after two more subsequent public faints, began taking daily supplements of iron, which stopped the spells, and, although it was a temporary financial burden, we bought a new van and carried on with our lives. In retrospect, neither event was nearly as bad as it had initially seemed. I wouldn’t say I’m glad they happened, but I wouldn’t say that their effects were devastating, either. Sometimes, the worst cases of luck end up being the best stories. After all, how many people can say their sister fainted in the middle of an amusement park, or that their unremarkable, sky-blue minivan was stolen out of a hotel parking lot? Not many. Steven Gillard is a Collegian columnist and can be reached at sgillard@

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H E A LT H & F I T N E S S

Bikram Yoga: exercising body and mind Popular style has a home in Northampton By ElEna lopEz Collegian Correspondent One-hundred and five degrees sounds more fitting for a desert than a yoga studio, but at Bikram Yoga Northampton, the heat is always on. Bikram is a style of yoga that is done in a heated room, typically between 100 and 110 degrees, utilizing a series of classic postures and breathing exercises relative to traditional yoga. The Bikram style of yoga originated and gained popularity in the 1970s when its creator, Bikram Choudhury, brought the traditional Indian form of yoga practice into a heated environment. Choudhury’s theory of success in crafting this style of yoga was that human muscles perform at its best in extreme heat. Heat also helps relax the muscles to allow for easier stretching, and the body naturally flushes toxins through sweating, which further helps to augment the health benefits of yoga. In the last few years, the Bikram style of yoga has gained a

considerable amount of popularity, and Bikram Yoga Northampton is reaping the benefits. Audrey Blaisdell, the owner of Bikram Yoga Northampton, went through a nine-week certification course in order to teach the Bikram style of practice. In 2007 she bought the studio in its current location after moving from Utah to Northampton, and has been molding bodies and minds with yoga ever since. “After years of suffering with horrible depression and trying everything from medication to marathon running, I finally found something that actually works to heal mind and body,” Blaisdell said. Her main goal with opening the studio was to provide that same solace to those in need around her and to spread the wealth of Bikram in Northampton and the surrounding community. Hearing all the hype, I decided to try Bikram Yoga for myself. At Blaisedell’s studio on King Street, incense swirled in the entrance, welcoming yogis into the studio and wafting into the heated room, engulfing the patrons as they began meditating. Yoga fans with mats and towels fight for space on

the studio floor as I settle indiscreetly in the middle of the room, intimidated by the clearly experienced yogis. The beginner’s class offers an exercise routine involving 26 positions that work in cohesion with the warmth of the room to efficiently stretch and strengthen all muscle groups in the body. The intense heat of the room helps move fresh oxygen throughout the body, which makes for a more effective workout. It sounds easy at first, but mastering all 26 poses with confidence takes months and dedication. Laurie Posen, a 62-year-old resident of Northampton, has been doing Bikram yoga consistently for over four years and says that it is “the physical complement to my spiritual life,” and that she feels a new sense of direction in her life since she starting practicing. The instructor of the class, Nikki Starr, stresses that focused breathing and resisting the urge to slack on more difficult poses are the keys to improving abilities and getting the most out of Bikram. Nikki started practicing Bikram yoga in 2006 and became certified as an instructor in 2010. She feels that Bikram “allows you

H E A LT H & F I T N E S S

Coffee or no coffee? Weighing benefits and disadvantages By HaE young yoo

Collegian Correspondent

It is no secret that Americans drink a lot of coffee. According to the National Coffee Association’s 2013 National Coffee Drinking Trends study, 83 percent of the country’s adult population drinks coffee, and a large portion of that percentage is made up of college students. Some students need only a single cup to wake up in the morning or to get that paper done by midnight, but there are others who depend on multiple caffeine rushes throughout the day to keep them sane and functioning. There has been much debate on how good coffee is for the human body, but here are some pros and cons to help illustrate the debate more clearly.

of Scranton, it is the primary source of antioxidants in the diet of the average American citizen. The leader of the study, Joe Vinson, Ph.D. says, “Americans get more of their antioxidants from coffee than any other dietary source.” Antioxidants are essential because they protect the body against degenerative diseases like heart disease, cancer and diabetes. They are found in great quantities in foods like fruits and beans, but since most people choose to sip on a hot café latte or cappuccino instead, it is not surprising that the majority of antioxidant consumption comes from coffee drinking.

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drinking four cups of coffee or more a day was linked to a moderately increased risk of osteoporotic fractures, especially in women who do not get enough calcium in their diets.

Blood pressure More research needs to be done, but studies have shown that there is a connection between chronic coffee drinking and higher blood pressure. The increase is not high, and people who already suffer from high blood pressure or hypertension are most likely to be affected.

Dependence A regular coffee drinker knows what can happen if he does not have his cup of coffee in the morning; he will have a headache and be far from his usually cheery self. When someone who drinks coffee daily tries to quit cold turkey, the withdrawal effects are more intense, with symptoms that include pounding headaches, feeling irritable, depression, nausea and anxiety. People get addicted to coffee not only because it makes them feel great, but also because the brain grows accustomed to functioning with all the caffeine. Researchers will continue to study coffee and publish their findings, but coffee is not just the most popular and favorite drink among Americans. It has become a part of the culture in this country, and despite the cons, the fanatics who want their coffee will have it.

Adenosine is a naturally occurring molecule in the brain that builds up during the day and produces feelings of tiredness when they bind to adenosine receptors. Drinking coffee makes people feel alive and invincible The pros: because caffeine so closely resembles adenosine that it Caloric value can fit into its receptors and Although it is a bit bor- block them off. Caffeine also ing, the classic black cup of stimulates the nerves, which coffee is very low in calories, helps to improve mental with up to five calories per performance, and increases eight ounce cup. It’s the milk, the heart rate to pump more sugar, cream and everything blood throughout the body. else that is added to coffee The cons: that often gives it the high calorie count and fat content. Osteoporosis A Pumpkin Spice Latte from Coffee has been associated Starbucks is a classic fall with osteoporosis, a disease favorite, but a tall cup with whipped cream has about 360 in which the bones become calories, and a grande can weak and break easily due to a lack of calcium. This have up to 480. is because the caffeine in Antioxidants coffee takes calcium away Coffee is rich in anti- from the bones. A study in oxidants, and according to a the journal Osteoporosis Hae Young Yoo can be reached at study done at the University International concluded that

to really get into your muscles and your body.” Her favorite part of teaching is getting to share her passion with others. All levels of yogis, from first-timers to experienced contortionists, are represented in the studio’s classes. On the day I attended there was a wide range of ages present, from college students all the way up to people in or near their 70s, but there was no judgment: anyone willing to be committed to the practice is welcome. So why do it? As typical college students, we’re prone to stress and it shows itself in all forms, whether it’s emotional stress or physical exhaustion. After completing the 90-minute yoga class, not only was I sweating more than I ever had in my life, but I felt completely at ease. My stress was relieved after a tumultuous few weeks of midterms, and I felt completely refreshed and ready to renew my focus. Besides being calming for the mind, practicing yoga regularly can help to cultivate a healthy body as well. Bikram yoga reminds its practitioners that stronger muscles, good health and a general well-being will follow if they practice frequently. Even

after one class I felt considerably more flexible and felt like I could bend myself into a human pretzel. For many, Bikram Yoga has become a necessary part of daily life to feel at peace not only with themselves but in their interactions with others as well. Some of the long-term benefits include stronger bones, a lowered risk of heart disease and a surefire method for maintaining a healthy weight. Bikram Yoga offers serenity in an otherwise chaotic life and is a gem in the middle of Northampton. Bikram Yoga Northampton is located on 241 King Street near Smith College and can be accessed at, where class schedules, hours, the phone number and rates are available. Starting in January 2014, the studio will move to 375 South Street but will be maintaining classes until then at the current studio. Students are offered a discount, so it’s hard to find a reason not to go and take part in this physical and spiritual experience. Your body and mind will thank you as you make the change. Elena Lopez can be reached at aelopez@


Turner returns to NoHo

Folk-punk artist coming to Noho By SaraH roBErtSon Collegian Staff

United Kingdom singer-songwriter Frank Turner will be playing in Northampton this Sunday with The Smith Street Band and Koo Koo Kanga Roo. A sensation in the UK, Turner has established roots in the United States with singles such as “Photosynthesis,” “If Ever I Stray,” and most recently “Recovery.” Following the release of his latest album “Tape Deck Heart,” Turner has been touring in the U.S., Canada and Europe to promote his fifth album. Turner tours with his band, The Sleeping Souls, which consists of guitarist Ben Lloyd, bassist Tarrant Anderson, pianist Matt Nasir and drummer Nigel Powell. Together they have produced five full-length albums, two EPs, two compilation albums and several collaborative projects in his nearly decade-long musical career. Having sold out the Pearl Street venue last year, Turner will be playing the Calvin Theater on Sunday to what is expected to be a much larger audience. Turner’s following in the U.S. has grown considerably in the past few years since his days in the small post-hardcore band Million Dead. He joined the band in 2001 and remained a member for four years until its split in 2005. Million Dead released two albums

during its time, all while Turner was already getting started on his solo career. As a solo artist, Turner ventured far from his hardcore and alternative roots. Turner adopted the genre of acoustic folk-punk and made it his own in his first solo EP “Campfire Punkrock,” which he released in 2006. Without slowing down, Turner released his first solo album in January 2007 titled “Sleep Is For the Week,” which featured his first single “Vital Signs.” His following two albums, “Life, Ire & Song” and “Poetry of the Deed” were released over a year apart and were met with much success in England but fell short of the popularity he needed to get into the American mainstream. In June 2011, Turner released “England Keep My Bones” featuring tracks “I Still Believe” and “If I Ever Stray,” which peaked at No. 12 on the UK’s Top 100. The release gave Turner the popularity he needed to make it onto the American airwaves, and ever since he has been gaining a steady cult following in the U.S. Turner’s latest album, “Tape Deck Heart” was released this past April with the popular singles “Recovery” and “The Way I Tend to Be.” Touring in the UK’s alternative and hardcore scene had a significant influence on Turner’s style of music early on, but at his core he remains a punkrock artist. He also is a fan of Bruce Springsteen and Billy Bragg, from whom he draws much of his

Touring in the UK’s alternative and hardcore scene had a significant influence on Turner’s style of music early on.

American rock and roll and folk-rock influences. His music takes British punk rock and softens it with acoustic hooks and folk influences that can make his edgiest songs sound like melodies. As lighthearted as his music may sound, Turner makes many bold political statements, some of which have earned him some enemies. An ardent libertarian, he sings songs that preach individuality, distrust of power and, above all, freedom. Following an erroneous interview with The Guardian in 2011 in which he claimed he was “right-wing,” Turner received hundreds of death threats and hate mail from punk fans everywhere. Still, Turner is not afraid to openly criticize English government in songs such as “Thatcher F**ked the Kids” and “Love, Ire, & Song.” Turner’s show at the Calvin Theater will mark his second time in Northampton. Tickets are on sale for $23.50 and doors open at 7 p.m. Seating is available in the venue but floor space for standing audiences will also be open in front of the stage. Sarah Robertson can be reached at



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with the CMU offense, it is coming off of a strong performance against Akron, in which it caused three consecutive turnovers in the first quarter while only allowing 14 points. “One of the takeaways from the Akron game was that our defense did a great job at bouncing back,” Molnar said. “The last time we were on the field, we didn’t perform up to our standards. This game, I thought our defense played very well for most of the game


and outstanding at other parts. The turnovers that we created were outstanding. “Our guys played hard and they played together.” UMass will try to duplicate that defensive intensity this Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. in Mount Pleasant, Mich., and the game can be seen on Cameron McDonough can be reached at and followed on Twitter @Cam_McDonough.

TOURNAMENT tier teams, including Clemson, Davidson, New Mexico, Temple and the Minutemen’s first round matchup, Nebraska. “I watched (Nebraska) on TV and that new 15,000seat building that sold out is a great site to watch on national television,” Kellogg said of the Cornhuskers. “They’re playing with a lot of energy and fire, and I think, because of where they were picked in the league, they definitely have something to prove.”

and give us a good game,” Micheletto said. Like the Minutemen (3-7-2, 1-4-2 Hockey East), the Catamounts have battled some injuries between the pipes as well. UVM was without starter Brody Hoffman early in the season, leaving it up to freshman Mike Santaguida – 2.69 goals against average, .908 save percentage – to carry the load through the first month. With Hoffman back in the lineup, the Catamounts are back into a regular rotation, with each netminder

The Cornhuskers were picked to finish last in the Big Ten preseason poll, but Kellogg still sees them as a challenge. They haven’t made the NCAA Tournament since 1998, but second-year coach Tim Miles is slowly trying to guide his team back to national prominence. “I’d say they’re much better than where they were picked in the preseason in the conference,” Kellogg said. “They’re a scary team. They remind me a little bit

of ourselves, actually, the way they play (with) kind of a couple hybrids, two guards and a bigger guy. The bigger guy actually steps away from the rim. It’s little bit eerily similar watching them play and watching us play.” Aside from getting an idea of what it takes to play multiple games in a short period of time, this is also a chance for the Minutemen to prove their maturity to Kellogg and the rest of the coaching staff. They will

UPSET getting a start in the last two weekends. So UMass is planning to see both this weekend. “We’re not at any point where we can focus on one goaltender against these guys this weekend,” Micheletto said. “We need to prepare to see both of them.” And while UVM (3-5-1, 2-4 HEA) doesn’t have the name or the accolades that a program like BC has and has lost four of its last five games, the Minutemen are stressing the importance that this week’s conference


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UMass coach John Micheletto said they will give it a try at practice, but whether or not he’ll be ready to play this weekend will ultimately be up to the doctors. If Mastalerz is forced to miss a second straight weekend, Micheletto will at least be comfortable with what he has in Haight. “His mental preparation was good, he came out with the same energy, attacked pucks and I think our guys had a real level of comfort there in the early going that he was gonna settle in

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opponent is just as important as last week’s. “You can’t take a team lightly just because of the name on the front of their jersey,” Sheary said. “Every team is gonna give us a hard battle in this league and we just gotta be prepared for everyone.” Friday’s game is set to begin at 7 p.m. at Mullins Center. Sunday’s game is scheduled for a 4 p.m. puck drop at Vermont’s Gutterson Fieldhouse. Nick Canelas can be reached at and followed

be forced to gameplan for one team and then have less than 24 hours to prepare for the next team. Kellogg doesn’t believe that preparation should be a problem for a more mature team than in past years. “I just kind of give them a quick game plan and get them ready to play,” he said. Patrick Strohecker can be reached at and followed on Twitter @P_Strohecker.

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squad. “That’s what you need to do to be successful,” Dawley said. “Their huddles on the floor, it said it all. They were a unit tonight.” Despite trailing by double-digits the majority of the second half, Rutgers never went away. Led by Rachel Hollivay’s dominance in the post with 14 points and five rebounds, the Scarlet Knights didn’t make things easy for the Minutewomen. Although Rutgers entered the contest heavily favored, UMass played the underdog role to perfection.

“Every time they punched us, we punched back,” Mital said. Mital hit two clutch 3-pointers midway through the second half to keep the Scarlet Knights at bay. Whenever Rutgers seemed eager to make a run, Mital answered. “I know I’m a shooter, coach wants me to shoot it, so I let it go,” she said. “That just gave us more momentum on the defensive end.” Joey Saade can be reached at and followed on Twitter @Jsaade1225.



UNH, ND, PC remain atop GMU, GW headline big HEA with strong weekends wins for Atlantic 10 By Ross Gienieczko Collegian Staff

The No. 3 Providence hockey team won its fifth straight game Saturday night, as it shut out Vermont 3-0 at Gutterson Fieldhouse. The Friars (9-1-1, 5-1 Hockey East) snuffed out the Catamounts’ attack, limiting them to just 23 shots on net. Jon Gillies was there to stop all of them for PC, as he picked up the win in net, which was his eighth of the year. The first goal of the night didn’t come until the six-minute mark of the second period, when Friars forward Steven McParland picked off a UVM pass behind the net and quickly fed Ross Mauermann in front. He converted and PC took the 1-0 lead. Less than three minutes later, Nick Saracino blasted home a slap shot from between the dots to increase the lead to 2-0. Late in the third, Kevin Rooney added another goal to provide the final goal of the night. It was a trying weekend for the Catamounts (3-5-1, 2-4 HEA), who also lost 3-2 Friday night to the Friars. They’re now 1-4 in their last five games and have been shut out twice in that span.

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pleted a dominating weekend against Northeastern, winning Saturday night at Whittemore Center by a final score of 4-1. It was an all-around team effort that saw 10 different Wildcats record points, and Trevor van Riemsdyk led the way with two assists. Casey DeSmith picked up the win in net, stopping 31 shots. The game was scoreless after a first period that actually saw Northeastern outshoot UNH (6-5-1, 4-2 HEA) by a margin of 12-6. But the Wildcats struck twice in the second period with two goals just 40 seconds apart, as Nick Sorkin and Casey Thrush each scored to give UNH a 2-0 lead. Kevin Roy scored early in the third to bring the Huskies (6-5, 1-4 HEA) within one, but that was as close as they would get. The Wildcats added insurance goals from Matt Willows and Grayson Downing to seal the victory. UNH was led by its outstanding power play, which went 3-for-4 on the night, including two goals in the third period. The win wrapped up a homeand-home sweep for the Wildcats, as they beat Northeastern 3-0 on Friday night in Boston.

Hockey East contest in school history, No. 6 Notre Dame didn’t disappoint the home crowd, thrashing Merrimack 4-0 on Friday night. Fighting Irish goalie Steven Summerhays stopped 31 shots, and Peter Schneider scored twice to power the Notre Dame offense. Summerhays carried the Irish (8-3-1, 2-1-1) in the first period, when the Warriors outshot them by an 11-3 margin. Notre Dame got its offense going in the second period, when Ali Thomas and Schneider each scored to make it 2-0. They added two more goals in the third period, coming from Mario Lucia on the power play and Schneider again with an empty netter. Merrimack (3-6-1, 0-31) has struggled against ranked teams this season. The Warriors have a record of 0-5-1 against teams ranked in the NCAA’s Top 20. The two teams played again Saturday night, with a more positive result coming for Merrimack, as the two sides skated to a 2-2 tie.

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a few minutes remaining. That’s when Jackson hit her Led by Meghan Nipe’s 3-pointer, and the Colonials career-high 31 points, the held the lead for the remainGeorge Washington wom- der of the game. en’s basketball team pulled St. Bonaventure cruises off a 75-72 upset over No. 10 past Niagara California on Friday night at Katie Healy’s double-douthe Charles E. Smith Center. ble led St. Bonaventure to a Danni Jackson’s clutch comfortable 73-57 win over 3-pointer with three minutes, 11 seconds left in the game Niagara on Tuesday night proved to be the clincher for at Bob Lanier Court at the the Colonials (2-0), giving Reilly Center. The sophomore tied her them a 69-67 lead over the career high with 21 points Golden Bears (3-2), which and recorded a new career they wouldn’t give back. GW led by as many as six high with 14 rebounds. The Bonnies (4-1) scored points in the first half, when the first basket of the game Nipe and Jackson hit backto-back 3-pointers to break on a Gabby Richmond layup, a 9-9 tie. Cal rallied to tie but then went five and half the game at 21-21 with nine minutes without scoring. It minutes left and then used a was sluggish on both ends as 19-9 run to close out the half, the Purple Eagles (0-3) also giving it a 41-34 lead after 20 failed to score for the first six minutes. minutes of play. But Healy would end the The second half was competitive throughout as both drought in a big way. Healy caught fire and teams battled for momenscored 11 points during a 13-2 tum. The Colonials surprised the Golden Bears with run with just five remaining a quick 9-2 run, tying the minutes left in the first half. game up 43-43 on a 3-point Healy’s success spread to shot by Nipe. After leading Nayla Rueter, who matched by one with nine minutes, her teammate’s 11 points all six seconds to go, GW rallied within the last minute and for seven consecutive points a half, clinched by a buzzerto take a game-high eight- beating 3-pointer to put the Bonnies up 39-20 at half. point lead at 61-53. St. Bonaventure came But Cal battled back. Mikayla Lyles’ 3-pointer out sluggish again for the sparked a 14-5 run for the first six minutes of the secGolden Bears and gave ond half and Niagara took them a 67-66 lead with only advantage. However, its 7-1

run would not suffice. The Bonnies’ lead held safe lead for the remainder of the game, cruising to the 16-point victory.

Jacobs leads GMU to comeback over Towson Trailing by eight with less than three minutes remaining, Kyana Jacobs took matters into her own hands, forcing a turnover that rallied George Mason to a 60-58 win over Towson at the Patriot Center on Tuesday afternoon. The Tigers (1-3) came out of the gates fast, opening the game on an 11-2 run carried by seniors Nyree Williams and Tanisha McTiller with four points each. Down 18-8 with 12:07 left in the half, the Patriots (5-1) scored 13 straight points to take a 21-18 lead. Both squads traded baskets during the second half, as LaTorii Hines-Allen led the Tigers’ offense with the first eight points of the half. Cierra Strickland’s basket at the midway point marked the sixth tie of the game at 46-46. Towson had the game in its grasp after Hines-Allen and McTiller scored back-toback baskets followed by an 8-2 run to put the Patriots down 58-50 with only a few minutes remaining. Robert Acer can be reached at racer@


A-Rod leaves meeting, calls arbitration hearing a ‘farce’ By steven MARcus Newsday

Alex Rodriguez stormed out of his arbitration hearing before noon Wednesday, creating a chaotic situation regarding his 211-game suspension imposed by Major League Baseball in the Biogenesis probe. “I am disgusted with this abusive process, designed to ensure that the player fails,” Rodriguez said in a statement. “I have sat through 10 days of testimony by felons and liars, sitting quietly through every minute, trying to respect the league and the process. “This morning, after

Bud Selig refused to come in and testify about his rationale for the unprecedented and totally baseless punishment he hit me with, the arbitrator selected by MLB and the Players Association refused to order Selig to come in and face me. The absurdity and injustice just became too much. I walked out and will not participate any further in this farce.” Rodriguez’s lead attorney, Joe Tacopina, said in an e-mail to Newsday that he would take the matter to federal court in Manhattan, where Rodriguez already has filed a lawsuit against

MLB, claiming in court papers last month that MLB was on a “witch hunt” to push him out of the game. MLB released a statement in response to Ro d r i g u e z l e av i n g Wednesday’s hearing. “For more than 40 years, Major League Baseball and the Players Association have had a contractual grievance process to address disputes between the two parties,” the statement said. “This negotiated process has served players and clubs well. Despite Mr. Rodriguez being upset with one of the arbitration pan-

el’s rulings today, Major League Baseball remains committed to this process and to a fair resolution of the pending dispute.” A source said Rodriguez bolted as arbitrator Fredric Horowitz was “going through his rationale as to why Selig did not have to testify. Alex slammed his hands on the desk really hard, literally scared everybody in the room. He got up, walked out, on his way out he passed (MLB Chief Operating Officer Rob) Manfred and said ‘You are full of - - - - ‘ and walked out.” Manfred, under Selig’s

direction, was in charge of the Biogenesis probe, which allegedly linked Rodriguez to performanceenhancing drugs from the former anti-aging clinic in Miami. The source said Rodriguez is “not going back” to the hearing. His lawyers briefly remained, then started to leave the hearing room, located at MLB’s offices on Park Avenue. Rodriguez’s attorneys had placed Selig at the top of an extensive witness list as the lawyers started to present his case this week before Horowitz. A source

earlier had said MLB had no intention of producing Selig. Rodriguez had been scheduled to testify but his lawyers apparently had second thoughts after MLB, a source said, required them to sign a document saying the player could face further sanctions depending upon what he said in a investigator interview. Rodriguez had been allowed to finish the season and continue being paid, pending the outcome of his appeal. The Yankees owe him $89 million on the remainder of his $275 million contract.


Thursday, November 21, 2013




Minutewomen upset Scarlet Knights UM looks ahead to UMass earns first Charleston Classic win of the season Prepare for three games in four days

By Joey Saade Collegian Staff

For the first time all season, everything came together for the Massachusetts women’s basketball team on Wednesday night at Mullins Center. Led by Rashida Timbilla’s double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds, the Minutewomen held off a furious Rutgers rally in the final minutes, coming away with a UMass 64 6u 4p -s6e 3t Rutgers 63 vt oi rc yto give UMass its first win of the season. “We felt like this was coming,” UMass coach Sharon Dawley said. “They just had that look about them. They led themselves.” Timbilla certainly had that look Wednesday night. Leading both sides in points and rebounds, while also dishing out six assists along with three blocks and a steal, she gave the Minutewomen (1-3) the allaround performance that they’ve been looking for since the start of the season. “They push to be more aggressive all the time,”

By Patrick Strohecker Collegian Staff


The women’s basketball team celebrates its first win of the season, a 64-63 win over previously undefeated Rutgers. Timbilla said. “So I just thought, why not go for the win?” But, it was a win that almost didn’t happen for UMass. Leading 64-53 with just over four minutes to play, the Minuetwomen went cold from the field, as they were held scoreless for the remainder of the game. They missed all three of their field goal attempts, both of their free throw tries and turned the ball over three times as their lead kept shrinking. The Scarlet Knights (3-1)


Mastalerz’ status still up in the air Haight expected to start in his place By nick canelaS Collegian Staff

Mac Haight’s relationship with Steve Mastalerz dates further back than being teammates on the Massachusetts hockey team this season. According to Haight, the two goaltenders first met six years ago through goalie coach Mike Buckley, who is now the goalie development coach for the Pittsburgh Penguins, when the two were at prep school. The goalies stayed in contact with one another following that first meeting. Even while Haight was in juniors when Mastalerz was at UMass the last two years, Mastalerz was always there to give advice. That sort of influence helped him make his decision to join the Minutemen as a recruited walk-on this season. “It was nice to come in and know someone like Steve to help me out,” Haight said. “Because I knew he was gonna help me out through the season and get me into that next level to be ready for college hockey.” Haight came into the year knowing his role was going to be limited. He started the year as the third-string goalie behind Mastalerz and fellow freshman Alex Wakaluk. And with the way Mastalerz was playing to start the season, the chances of him seeing ice time this season looked slim. “I knew I was gonna play behind (Mastalerz) because he’s quite the goalie,” Haight said. “I knew coming in here that my role was just to be whatever the team needed me to be.”

“It’s incredibile for him to be coming in as a third string and putting on a performance like that for us.” Conor Sheary, UMass forward That all changed when Mastalerz suffered an injury against New Hampshire on Nov. 8 and Wakaluk struggled to replace him. Suddenly, the Minutemen needed him to be the starter against Boston College’s top-ranked offense in the nation. Haight said it was a situation he could’ve never imagined himself in this season, but he exceeded all expectations, allowing just four goals in two games while helping the Minutemen earn a point against the Eagles last weekend, earning him Hockey East Rookie of the Week honors. “It’s incredible for him to be coming in as a third string and putting on a performance like that for us,” senior forward Conor Sheary said. “It’s awesome to see for him and for us as a team it definitely gives us some energy and we wanna play for him.” Mastalerz returned to the ice for practice this week for the Minutemen, but his availability for this weekend’s series against Vermont, which comes to Mullins Center on Friday at 7 p.m. for the first of a home-and-home series, is still a mystery. see

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took advantage and went on a 10-0 run, cutting the UMass lead down to a single point with 6.7 seconds left to play. Asked what was going through her mind as Rutgers staged its late-game comeback, shooting guard Emily Mital wasn’t fazed by what was going on. “We’re going to win this game,” she said. “That’s all I was thinking about.” Dawley was impressed with the way her team handled the adversity of clinging to a lead that was slowly

slipping away. “No one really got shaken up at all,” she said. “The team looked very composed and clicked well.” UMass clicked well right from the get-go. Kymber Hill and Kim Pierre-Louis joined Mital and Timbilla in reaching double digits in scoring with 10 points apiece. Senior Kiara Bomben also chipped in with seven points and three assists, capping off a strong overall team effort from Dawley’s see

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Coming off the heels of three straight wins to start the season, the Massachusetts men’s basketball team must now prepare for its most daunting challenge to date. On Thursday, UMass will open up play in the Charleston Classic against Nebraska in a tournament that features other high-level opponents. While an early-season tournament like this is an opportunity for the Minutemen to play in South Carolina, where they don’t visit too often, coach Derek Kellogg wants to make sure his team still stays focused. “I think we’re gonna try to take this more on a business trip approach,” he said. “We’re going down there to play basketball: we’re just in a different place.” The early-season test of three games in four days in a tournament like this also poses an opportunity for Kellogg to evaluate where his team’s stamina levels are. It also presents an opportunity for more

playing time for freshmen Demetrius Dyson, Seth Berger and Clyde Santee, all players who Kellogg is hoping to get into the rotation more often. But this weekend could also be a bit of a learning tool for the Minutemen, who will have to play multiple games in consecutive days if they want to advance far into the Atlantic 10 Tournament later this season. While UMass has fared well recently in postseason tournaments – reaching the Atlantic 10 semifinals twice as well as the National Invitation Tournament semifinals two years ago – it hasn’t had the same success in regular-season tournaments. The Minutemen put together just a 1-2 record in both the Battle 4 Atlantis in 2011 and Puerto Rico Tip-Off in 2012. “I’m hoping that our guys, being more mature and a little older now and having been through tournaments – whether it’s Battle of Atlantis two years ago and then Puerto Rico last year – have learned some positives and negatives from both of them,” Kellogg said. This year’s field is made up of many topsee

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Minutemen look to avenge last year’s loss to Central Michigan Molnar uncertain about starting QB By cameron mcdonough Collegian Staff

The last time the Massachusetts football team took on Central Michigan, coach Charley Molnar threw a curveball the day after Thanksgiving last year. Mike Wegzyn started at quarterback in each of the Minutemen’s 11 games that season, but with the team about to finish with one win on the season, Molnar turned to backup A.J. Doyle to lead the offense against the Chippewas. Although UMass would lose the game 42-21, Doyle played well in his first start at quarterback, completing 30-of-45 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns. Doyle did have one vice in that game and it was his tendency to throw for interceptions, as he threw for three in the game to muddy his numbers. Fast forward almost a full year and the quarterback position is still seemingly up for grabs in Amherst. Wegzyn opened the year as the starting QB, but after losses to Wisconsin and Maine, Doyle replaced him. Since replacing Wegzyn, Doyle’s received the majority of the starts, but injuries have worked against him and Wegzyn has received more playing time as of late. Wegzyn went in against Akron and led his team down the field for its only touchdown of the game after Doyle limped off the field. With the recent injury issues for Doyle, the


Mike Wegzyn (above) is in a battle with A.J. Doyle for Saturday’s starting QB job.

“We came away from that game feeling like Zurlon Tipton was the best running back in the Mid–American Conference.” Charley Molnar, UMass coach path forward for UMass (1-9, 1-5 Mid-American Conference) at quarterback is up in the air once again. “The quarterback situation is unresolved at this moment,” Molnar said during his weekly MAC teleconference on Monday. “We’ll have to see when we get back on the practice field. I’m sure it won’t be clear until midweek exactly what direction we’re going to go.” Doyle wasn’t the only one who had a solid offensive performance in last year’s season-ending loss to Central Michigan. Chippewas (4-6, 3-3 MAC) running back Zurlon Tipton ran for 185 yards and four touchdowns, as he singlehandedly outscored

UMass on the afternoon. “We came away from that game feeling like Zurlon Tipton was the best running back in the MidAmerican Conference,” Molnar said during his teleconference. “He had a career day against us.” Tipton has only played in four games this season due to a broken ankle, but he’s been listed at No. 1 on Central Michigan’s depth chart at running back this weekend after playing in his second straight game against Western Michigan last weekend. He was back to his old self in that game, running for 114 yards and two touchdowns, showing signs that he’s regained his form just in time for a

potential encore against a Minuteman defense that has been shaky against the run at times this year. However, UMass has improved since giving up over 300 yards to Wisconsin to open up the season, but teams are still averaging 230.4 yards per game on the ground against the Minutemen this year. Other weapons for the Chippewas on offense include quarterback Cooper Rush, who is averaging 225.1 yards per game and has thrown for 13 touchdowns in nine games this year and wide receiver Titus Davis, who Molar also praised. “They’ve also got Titus Davis who is arguably one of the best wide receivers in the Mid-American Conference,” he said during his teleconference. “So our defense is going to have their work cut out.” Although the defense might have its hands full see

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