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Election Night: second term for Obama, significant firsts for United States history BY SAMANTHA TOSCANO AND BEN COOPER
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While the passing of the DREAM Act is certainly new for Maryland as is the legalization of recreational marijuana for Washington and Colorado, the election of President Barack Obama is nothing new for the country. In a historically close victory, Obama defeated Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney by 100 Electoral College votes (303-203, according to Politico at the time of press printing) carrying key swing-states including Wisconsin, Iowa and New Hampshire to his advantage. Some states were still considered “too close to call” by the very early hours of the morning, but the race was officially declared a Democratic victory just before midnight. Though the university seemed to remain quiet unlike the city of Chicago and other politicallycharged cities throughout the country, some university students voiced strong opinions on an otherwise somewhat apathetic campus.
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Newark weathers Sandy, narrowly avoids disaster BY KRISTYN DALY Staff Reporter
As Hurricane Sandy ripped up the East Coast last week, high winds and heavy rains left millions of people without power and caused severe damage in several states. Although Delaware was expected to be directly hit, Newark residents remained mostly unaffected by Sandy. Christine Maiese, communications manager at the American Red Cross, said the organization in the Delmarva Region provided shelter to those who were
mandatorily evacuated from the area. She said there were many people who had nowhere else to turn when the hurricane struck. “We meet the immediate emergency needs that people that have been affected by a disaster need,” Maiese said. “Whether it’s a house fire and a family has lost everything or a large scale disaster like Hurricane Sandy, we’re there to provide emergency needs like shelter, food and clothing.” According to Maiese, 25 shelters were opened during the peak of the storm throughout the entire state of
Delaware, nine counties in Maryland and two counties in Virginia. She said the Red Cross was able to aid 1,878 people during the storm. Maiese said seven shelters were open in Delaware, allowing 1,022 people to seek shelter who were either mandated by Gov. Jack Markell (D-Del.) to evacuate or whose houses were significantly damaged. She said the Red Cross prepares for different disasters by anticipating how many people are going to come and alerting their volunteers. “Even though thankfully storms like Sandy don’t hit frequently, we’re
ready for them because we know that they can,” Maiese said. “It’s not if a hurricane hits the Delmarva Peninsula, it’s when.” MCpl. Gerald Bryda of the Newark Police Department said a week before Sandy hit, the department was briefing tropical storm models, most of which were expected to make landfall in the Mid-Atlantic region. He said the department evaluated areas that could potentially cause problems and set up an emergency operations center with representatives from various police departments, public works, fire and
electric departments. “We are all at the ready before, during and after the event for anything that may come up,” Bryda said. With only a few reports of trees down, Bryda said Newark had no power outages, road closures or flooding. State officials made executive decisions, such as enforcing the driving ban, and the police department relayed the information to the public. Bryda said Newark residents were compliant and took warnings seriously.
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November 7, 2012
Economy professors debate Obama, Romney policies BY CHRISTIE GIDUMAL Staff Reporter
Six economics professors debated the merits and shortcomings of each presidential nominee’s economic plan Monday in Purnell Hall. Michael Arnold, Saul Hoffman and Laurence Seidman supported President Barack Obama’s policies while Burt Abrams, Stacie Beck and William Harris argued for Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney’s plan. Seidman began the debate by telling the audience that the economy could be much worse. He said the recession was not a depression because of the president’s stimulus plan, but the result was a higher deficit. “Once we get the economy strong, then we can balance the budget,” Seidman said. He said he did not think voters should blame Obama for the national debt, and he said Obama’s policies that would allow the economy to recover from the 2008 recession
should continue. Harris disagreed with Seidman, using graphs and charts, and said the president was at fault for the state of the national economy. He said Obama’s predictions were vastly different from what actually happened under his presidency. Harris said the general perception was that the “failed economic policies of George W. Bush” were worse than the “hope and change of Barack Obama.” However, he said Obama did worse than Bush in economic benchmarks such as average monthly unemployment, average annual GDP growth, average federal budget deficit and real median family income. “You were promised in 2008 hope and change, but you’ve been given what I call dopey derange,” Harris said. “Don’t be duped and fooled again. We can do better simply by not doing badly again.” Beck said the economy’s recovery from the recession was the slowest in history and it is not
getting any better. She said giving citizens stimulus packages would not solve the problem. “We need new sources of income,” Beck said. “Job creation
“Once we get the economy strong, then we can balance the budget.” -Laurence Seidman, economic professor is not occurring anymore. So what we have to do here is improve investment.” She said Obama and his administration are not creating a business-friendly environment
within the economy, which will only hurt its recovery in the long run. Arnold, who argued the Democratic side, said Romney should never be elected as president because he worked in the private sector and cannot fully understand the complexity of the U.S. economy or the needs of its citizens. “Romney’s comments about the 47 percent only scratch the surface of the man’s dark soul,” Arnold said. “He doesn’t care about most of the U.S. population, and he would be a lousy president.” Hoffman then said government regulation of health care, specifically the Affordable Health Care Act, commonly called “Obamacare,” was one of the most important aspects of economic policy. He said Romney does not have a strong healthcare plan for the country. “Here’s what he’s saying—‘I have no idea at all what to do, and, frankly, I don’t care if anything ever gets done,’” Hoffman said. Hoffman also said Republican Vice Presidential Candidate
Paul Ryan’s plan for budget cuts would leave social programs without money. Sophomore Sean Ward, an international relations major, said he was disappointed that the professors did not bring up many new ideas during the debate. “I just heard a lot of downplaying of the economic policies of the past four years by the Romney side but no clear plan on what Romney would do,” Ward said. “I think that the arguments were made off of biases rather than actual facts.” Vincent Marra, an economics professor who did not participate in the debate, said he enjoyed the professors’ range of opinion on the various topics covered during the debate. “What I had hoped to hear were things that came from economists that you wouldn’t hear from the candidates themselves,” Marra said. “A lot of the data they put up there I think was important, things that provided new information than you would otherwise get.”
Hurricane Sandy ravages Northeast, thousands without power BY ALEXANDRIA MURPHY Staff Reporter
After predictions that Hurricane Sandy would directly hit Delaware, the stated fared much better than expected, according to a Delaware Emergency Management Agency Spokesman Gary Liang. Liang, the communication relations officer for DEMA, said the hurricane was first announced as a Category 1 but downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it hit Delaware. This unexpected decrease in the force of the storm allowed most of the state to avoid major damage, but some areas were still badly affected. “The storm, overall, was less than we expected,” Liang said. “Early Monday was supposed to see the eye of the storm pass over Delaware, but instead it died down a bit, swerved and
hit New Jersey.” DEMA does not have any estimates of the damage costs as of yet, but Liang said it is clear that Sussex County suffered the brunt of the storm in Delaware. The worst of Sandy came in the form of floods, tidal surges, winds and high tides, and Sussex County was especially vulnerable to the high tide effects of the storm, he said. New Castle County and Kent County suffered mostly flooding in coastal areas and high winds. He said agencies in Delaware such as the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and the Delaware Department of Transportation were able to prepare staff and ensure there was proper equipment and personnel to aid during the storm. Other states along the East Coast braced for the impact of Sandy, and
government agencies reported extensive damages to coastal areas in the state. Counties along the Connecticut coast were heavily damaged by the storm and after Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman (D-Conn.) toured the state and said the damage suffered was something citizens could overcome. “The problem was we can’t get things done fast enough to get people’s lives on track,” she said. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has declared Fairfield County, Middlesex County, New Haven County and New London County disaster areas that are eligible to receive federal funding to rebuild. During a press conference on Oct. 31, Rhode Island Department of Transportation Director Michael Lewis said that four major coastal areas in Rhode Island required extensive repairs following the storm. There have
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Houses in Bethany Beach, Del. lie submerged in water after Hurricane Sandy caused severe flooding of the Indian River Bay.
been additional reports of damages to locations throughout the state, including the Newport Aquarium. In a press release on Friday Gov. Lincoln Chafee (I-R.I.) said the Narragansett Town Beach suffered 3,800 feet of sidewalk and more than 200 feet of seawall damages. The state hired private contractors to begin repairs on Saturday that totaled $1.2 million. The North Carolina Department of Transportation reported that coastal highways in the state from Pea Island to the Bonner Bridge, a seven-mile stretch on the Outer Banks, were covered in deep sand. According to news releases by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, one male ran into a downed tree on Monday night in Surry County in the northwestern part of the state and was declared dead on the scene. There were no other injuries in the state caused by Sandy. The department reported that the storm knocked out power for 4,200 customers. New York City officials are still trying to reach a state of normalcy according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I-N.Y.). At a press conference in front of PS 195 in Queens on Monday morning, Bloomberg said 94 percent of the city’s public schools opened that morning and over 86 percent of the students at those schools attended. He said Monday marked the first workday that the subway was open. City officials are still working to restore power to many homes. “The latest estimates of people without power is that 115,000 customers still remain without service,” Bloomberg said. “While that’s down from 145,000 yesterday, it’s still a lot of people without power. Most are in parts of the city, such as the Rockaways, Staten Island and south Brooklyn, that were hard-hit by Sandy.” Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) signed an executive order on Monday that declared a limited state of emergency for New Jersey because of gasoline shortages, according to a situation report issued by the state’s Office of Emergency Management. The order states that 12 counties in the state will
have a rationing system for gasoline purchases, which means citizens are restricted to buying gasoline on certain days based on their license plates. Representatives from the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management were unavailable to be reached for comment, but their website has been updated regularly following the storm. Sophomore Megan Nogan, who is from central New Jersey, said she chose to stay on campus during the storm despite the numerous phone calls, emails and text message warnings to leave issued by the university prior to the storm. “I was here early last year when Irene hit, and my house [in New Jersey] ended up getting hit worse than [Delaware],” Nogan said. “I figured that would probably happen again.” She said she made the right decision because the storm hit her neighborhood badly and the majority of her town experienced power outages, downed trees and lost cable signals. Sophomore Sean Dowling said he lives 15 minutes away from campus in Delaware and he went home before the hurricane hit. He said he left the school because his parents were worried by the messages they received from the university concerning the potential danger of the storm. “My parents scooped me up because of those messages,” Dowling said. “I didn’t really see much point in going home since I figured the damage would be pretty much the same there as here.” Dowling said his house did not suffer any damage from the storm other than a broken gutter. Sophomore Kelly Scanlan said she decided to go home during the storm despite living in central New Jersey. Although the storm caused damage to many homes, Scanlan said compared to other parts of the state, her home and neighborhood experienced very little. “I live in a part of central New Jersey near Princeton and Trenton,” Scanlan said. “We only had two minutes of power out, and I couldn’t see anything that wouldn’t be fixed soon after the storm.”
November 7, 2012
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Electronics stolen from students’ home
An unknown suspect broke the glass through a front door to rob a home on Prospect Avenue last Wednesday, according to Newark Police Spokesman MCpl. Gerald Bryda. The incident took place between 1 and 9 a.m. He said the intruder took a television and an Xbox. Although there are currently no suspects in the case, Bryda said once found, the suspect will be charged with burglary in the second degree and two counts of theft.
Student residents stop trespasser
A man forcefully broke into an apartment unit on Scholar Drive last Thursday at approximately 2:30 a.m., Bryda said. When the suspect entered the house he was confronted by the students who live there and fled, according to Bryda. He caused minor damage to the interior of the apartment and did not take any items. Detectives are currently following up on the possible identity of the intruder, and the suspect will be charged with burglary in the second degree.
Woman arrested for growing marijuana
Judith McDonald, 57, was arrested last Wednesday for having a marijuana operation in her home, according to Newark Chief of Police Paul Tiernan. Officers discovered 51 marijuana plants and 91 grams of cultivated marijuana when they searched her house on Radcliffe Drive, he said. Unit and the University Police Department began investigating McDonald in August after receiving anonymous tips about her alleged operation. The departments investigated her for two months until issuing a search warrant for her home on Oct. 24. They also found equipment used to grow the plants, such as grow lights, fans, a ventilation system and a watering system. Tiernan said McDonald was formally charged on Oct. 31 with possession and intent to distribute marijuana, manufacturing marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was released on a $7,000 unsecured bond. - Rachel Taylor
A concert titled “Crossing Bridges” followed a Grad Gala event on campus.
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In Brief Lost and found sale to be held on Friday The university’s Department of Public Safety is rescheduling its lost and found sale for Friday from 12 to 2 p.m. in the Perkins Student Center Parking Garage. The sale will offer reduced prices on used products including bicycles, backpacks, electronics, jewelry and other household items. The sale is open to the public and all shoppers must pay in cash or by check. All sales are final and refunds or returns are not available. Proceeds benefit crime prevention programs on campus.
Scientist to on Thursday
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Richard Alley, an associate of the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute at Penn State University, will speak in Mitchell Hall at 7 p.m., on Thursday. A celebrated scientist, Alley is known for his research on ice sheets in the Polar Regions. He will have an on-stage dialogue with history professor Adam Rome, followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience.
Wednesday, Nov. 7
Diversity and Democracy: A Perspective from India with Ram Rawat 12:20 p.m. Memorial Hall, Rm. 122
Thursday, Nov. 8
WVUD Presents Lower Case Blues 8:30 p.m. World Café Live at the Queen, Wilmington
Friday, Nov. 9
Fiesta Latina 8:30 p.m. Trabant University Center Multipurpose Rooms
Saturday, Nov. 10
Blue Hens Volleyball Bone Marrow Drive 5:30 to 7 p.m. Bob Carpenter Sports Building
Sunday, Nov. 11
Latin American party to be held on Friday
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Officers discovered 51 marijuana plants at Judith McDonald’s home on Radcliffe Drive.
HOLA will hold Fiesta Latina in the Multipurpose Rooms of the Trabant University Center on Friday from 8 to 11 p.m., as part of Latino Heritage Month. The Center for Black Culture is co-sponsoring the event, which is open to the public and will feature live music by La Orquesta Insaciable as well as food and dancing.
3rd Annual Engineers Without Borders 5k Run 1:30 p.m. Christiana Commons
Monday, Nov. 12
Health Sciences Career Fair 12:30 to 3 p.m. Trabant University Center Multipurpose Rooms
November 7, 2012
Politics Straight, No Chaser Long and Bitter Race Finally Produces a Winner
“And the winner is...OBAMA!”
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Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney speaks to a crowd at a rally in Pennsylvania.
For the past few months Americans’ lives have been inundated with political advertisements, persistent rhetoric and an innumerable amount of fact-checks originating from the campaign teams of President Barack Obama and Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney. But after this long and bitter race for the White House, the day has finally arrived when the American public will learn who will lead the nation for the next four years. In a time when the United States is facing substantial and enduring challenges, most notably a fragile and uncertain economy, the American electorate has been presented with the task of choosing whether they believe Obama has been an effective leader and deserves four more years as president or if the country will be better off with a new start from a much different politician in Romney. Both parties are confident that their respective candidates will win in what has proved to be an extremely close presidential race. As of Sunday, Obama is slightly ahead in most national polls as well as polls in key battleground states such as Ohio, Colorado, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Political analyst Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics has predicted a victory leaning toward Obama with 261 electoral votes compared to Romney’s 235. In his estimate, Sabato does not give either candidate the 270 electoral votes necessary to win the presidency as he has deemed 42 electoral votes from Colorado, Iowa, Wisconsin, Virginia and New Hampshire as complete tossups. However, more to Romney’s favor and depending on how superstitious you are, the Washington Redskin’s recent loss to the Carolina Panthers points to an advantage for Romney according to the “Redskins Rule.” The “Redskins Rule” recognizes that since 1940, no incumbent, except for George W. Bush in 2004, has won the presidency when the Redskins lost their most recent home game. If the rule holds true, Washington’s loss should be troubling news for Obama. Something tells me the president most likely has other, more significant concerns at the moment. No matter who wins, there will be little if any time for a post-election “grace period,” as there are urgent issues that must be addressed immediately. For one, the Bush-era tax cuts will expire on Dec. 31, prompting a return to higher rates unless a new policy is set. Obama has promised to veto any legislation that attempts to extend the Bush tax cuts to Americans who earn
more than $250,000 a year, calling for the wealthy to give their fair share. Romney, on the other hand, plans to implement a 20 percent tax cut across the board that will be paid for by cutting spending and closing certain tax loopholes. Next, $1.2 trillion of automatic budget cuts will be triggered through the so-called “sequester” unless Congress finds another way to generate that sum. Similarly, the United States will hit a new debt ceiling in the mid-spring that, along with the “sequester,” could prove to be devastating to the economy and possibly push it over the fiscal cliff. Both candidates have promised to reach across the aisle and work with Congress Matthew in a bipartisan Garlipp manner to address these critical issues. President Obama recognizes that there will be “struggles and fights” with Congress, especially given that the Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-K.Y.), announced that the Republicans’ main goal was to deny Obama a second term as president. Despite this, Obama promised to work with Republicans but said that he will not cooperate or agree to deals, however, if they involve measures such as spending cuts to student financial aid or policies that give insurance companies more power over their consumers. “That’s not bipartisanship. That’s not change. That’s surrender to the status quo,” Obama said regarding the matter. On this note, Romney claims that Obama has exacerbated the atmosphere of partisanship in Washington and warns that such discord could lead to a government shutdown or the defaulting of U.S. debts. Romney has assured to the American public he will reach across the aisle, bring people together and “lead America to a better place.” If elected, however, Romney will likely face the same partisan gridlock that his predecessor had to deal with. At the same time, Romney must try to appease the far right of his party, chiefly stubborn and uncompromising Tea Partiers. Either way, Americans recognize the next president, whether it is Obama or Romney, will have a challenging four years ahead. Despite the candidates’ last minute campaign rallies, the fundamentally clear differences between them leads me to believe that everyone who is actually going to vote has already made up his or her mind. Therefore, all we have left to do is cross our fingers and wait.
November 7, 2012
November 7, 2012
Students protest pesticide use at UD
Chinese students weigh in on China, U.S. relations BY SKYLER GOLDMAN Staff Reporter
BY JACK COBOURN Managing Sports Editor
More than 1,000 students have signed a “Green the Green” petition to encourage the university to stop using pesticides on campus, according to junior environmental science major Megan Mauger. Mauger, who helped create the petition, said she hopes the university places warning signs in areas on The Green where herbicides are used and ultimately switches to organic lawn care procedures free of toxic materials. The petition is posted on Change.org. She said she wants to protect students from the chemicals because of their possible carcinogenic nature, which can also affect plants and animals in surrounding areas. The chemicals are also known to cause respiratory problems and skin irritations, she said. “It’s a human health issue,” Mauger said. “But then also from an environmental standpoint, the pesticides runoff into our watersheds and cause harm to the wildlife and possible environmental issues.” Grounds Services workers use Basagram T/O and PowerZone herbicides to treat weeds, university spokesman John Brennan said in a statement last month. They also use an organic fertilizer called Milorganite on The Green, he said. Brennan said both are safe when applied are directed, and groundskeepers are trained in how to use them. “These chemicals are both registered for use with the EPA [Environmental Protection Agency] and are widely used in this type of setting,” Brennan said. He said there is no policy requiring workers to post signs when they spray an area with herbicides. Officials from Grounds Services could not be reached for comment about the petition. Sophomore environmental studies major Maddi Valinski, a member of the group that created the petition, said she signed it in order to alert people about the harmful side effects of lawn care chemicals. “I think it’s really important to be aware of the pesticides that are being spread around us, so that we can really make good choices and know more information about everything that’s
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Students sign a petition to “Green the Green.” Petition organizers believe the possible carcinogenic nature of pesticides can harm students. going on around us,” Valinski said. She said the group is doing well in their efforts and trying to learn more about different methods of lawn care. “I think we’re doing a really great job, we’re trying not to offend anyone,” Valinski said. “We really are hoping right now for information and then looking into alternatives for thew future.” Mauger said she found a group of students from her classes and other environmental organizations who shared her concern about the issue to help her draft the document. Some of the students are enrolled in English professor McKay Jenkins’ Environmental Journalism class. Jenkins wrote a book titled “What’s Gotten into Us?,” which Mauger said taught them about lawn chemicals and pesticides and inspired her to create the petition. “[Jenkins] has a whole section on pesticides in the book,” she said. “And so, we’re learning day after day about how awful these chemicals are that we’re spraying on The Green, and we’re not doing anything about it.” On Monday, Jenkins spoke about the “Green the Green” petition on WHYY radio. The petition also received national attention when Paul Tukey, 51, of Kingstown, R.I. and former publisher of “People, Places and Plants” magazine began blogging about it on his “Safe Lawns” website, according to Mauger. Tukey is a former landscaper who said he felt wrong about spraying
pesticides on people’s lawns in the 1990s. He later began developing organic lawn care practices, and in addition to his TV show and magazine, wrote “The Organic Lawn Care Manual” in 2007. He said he cares about lawn chemicals being used on college campuses because of the negative effects they can have on students’ bodies, which are still growing. “You’ve got a lot of people laying around in poison […] really, the human body isn’t fully developed until age 25 or 26,” Tukey said. “So you’ve got developing minds, developing bodies, freshman students […] until your body’s fully developed, you are much more susceptible to those products.” Mauger said the group held an educational event on The North Green on Monday in order to inform students about the lawn care issues and to gain signatures. Approximately 600 students from a variety of majors signed the petition, she said. She plans to make a proposal to the Student Government Association next month. University administrators know about the petition and students have talked to employees and emailed university President Patrick Harker about the issue, Mauger said. However, she said she does not know how university Ground Services feel about the petition. “Ultimately, we’re paying to go here, we’re putting a large amount of money into our tuition,” she said. “And we should have a say on the practices that this university upholds.”
During this year’s presidential debates, both candidates discussed China’s influence on the United States. Zijian Tang, a graduate student from China in the English Language Institute, said while he did not appreciate the negative comments made about his home country during the presidential debates, he was not particularly insulted. “People emphasize the bad things about China, but the relationship between China and the [United States] is not so simple,” Tang said. President Barack Obama and Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney had differing views upon China’s role in economics of the United States. Obama said during the third presidential debate he thinks China can help the United States economically, but he wants the United States to assert its independence. “With respect to China, China’s both an adversary but also a potential partner in the international community if it’s following the rules,” Obama said. “And we believe China can be a partner, but we’re also sending a very clear signal that America is a Pacific power, that we are going to have a presence there.” Romney said he would be willing to combine efforts with China for the United States economic policy. “We don’t have to be an adversary in any way, shape or form,” Romney said. “We can work with them, we can collaborate with them, if they’re willing to be responsible.” Romney also said China’s effort to let the public know more about happenings within the government will help them work with the United States better in the future. Ran Tao, an ELI student from China’s Jilin Province, said the main difference between Chinese and American governments is that the U.S. government is more open and friendly while the Chinese government is more rigid and structured. Tao said he believes many U.S. residents think Chinese citizens have stolen job opportunities for Americans. He said the complicated relationship between China and the United States has led to hard feelings, but the countries can still be competitors without having significant animosity toward each other. Haihong Yang, a Chinese language professor, said she believes the presidential candidates played “the China card” because the country has become a leading power economically, politically and culturally. “Because of globalization, the relationship between the two countries has become interdependent,” Yang said.
Although Yang does not have the right to vote in the upcoming election, she said she hopes the candidate who is elected can promote cooperation between the two countries. She said a leader who can improve ChineseAmerican relations could significantly impact the future of the United States. Sophomore and College Republicans President Elizabeth Catt, said U.S. presidents commonly use China as a scapegoat in times of economic distress. She said candidates should be more diplomatic when discussing the influences of powerful foreign nations. “Candidates must be careful in what they say because our trade relationships with China are valuable,” Catt said. Jianguo Chen, director of the Chinese program and Chinese Studies professor, said candidates would not have debated over China’s economic standing 20 years ago. He said living in the United States for the past 25 years has allowed him to observe both sides of the debate. “I’ve seen this bridge between the two countries get more and more solid,” Chen said. Obama knows how to keep balance and promote close collaborations with China, he said. According to Chen, any economic slowdown on the other side of the Pacific Ocean will have a reciprocal effect on the U.S. economy. He said without China, the price of goods would increase and American living conditions would lower. “An interesting analogy about the relations between the [United States] and China is that they are like a difficult couple,” Chen said. “Both quarrel, yet agree to stay in the marriage as the relationship is too important to break up.” Junior Mary Crowley, vice president of College Democrats, said she believes the country’s relationship with China is invaluable. She said she does not know how the United States would be able to provide products without Chinese manufacturers. “My iPhone was made in China, my clothes, my desk,” Crowley said. “The global trade partnership affects Americans lives every day.” Tao said he does not think policy with China will be affected no matter which candidate wins the election. He said despite differing opinions over the outcome of the election’s impact on Chinese policy, both Chinese and American students have an investment in the presidential election. “I care about the election because America is the most powerful country in the world,” Tao said. “Everybody should care about its politics.”
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Junior Ashley Thomas, who describes herself as a libertarian voter, said she was not personally surprised by the results and thinks Romney isolated himself from women voters with comments about “how business should alter hours so women can basically go home to cook.” Thomas said women’s issues played a major role in this election and the re-election of Obama was a victory for women and other groups as well. “I think it’s a really big win for the
LGBTQ community,” Thomas said. Some members of the LGBTQ community found immediate victory in the election, including Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, who was the nation’s first openly-gay person to serve in the Senate. Others found victory in the states of Maine and Maryland, where gay marriage was legalized. Additionally, 2013 will see a record high number of women in the Senate, which will maintain its Democratic majority. The House of Representatives will remain dominated
by Republicans and Republican Vice Presidential Nominee Paul Ryan will keep his seat as a representative of Wisconsin, a position he has held since 1998. Romney will maintain his position as well, and said he plans to continue his work as governor of the state of Massachusetts. But most Republicans did not want a Massachusetts governor, they wanted a president. Sophomore and President of College Republicans Elizabeth Catt said she was not shocked by the outcome and
thought Romney conducted a “wellrounded campaign,” but missed out on an opportunity to appeal to college-aged voters. “Mitt Romney’s campaign could have been more effective in targeting and energizing young voters,” Catt said. Senior Justin Heanue agreed with Catt’s sentiments. He said as a Republican, he was not pleased with the election results and thinks that Romney did not do everything he could to win. He said Romney missed out on his presidential opportunity.
“Romney was winning most of the districts, but Obama was really hitting it home in the urban centers,” Heanue said. “More than ever in this election you really see a polarized, partisan electorate.” Romney, who despite the controversy surrounding reports he only prepared a victory speech, delivered his concession at 12:55 a.m. and called for an end to partisan gridlocks. He said the nation is at a “critical point” and bi-partisanship is key moving forward.
November 7, 2012
Romney’s “Expand The Map” raises $9 million
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As a final effort to raise funds for his campaign, Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney launched ExpandTheMap.com to raise $7 million in seven days in order to combat Obama’s campaign funding. He announced his presidential plan to create 12 million new jobs on the website. Economics professor Burton Abrams said he thinks Romney’s attempt at last minute fundraising could be beneficial in reaching undecided voters. He said the effective use of the campaign money could be good for Romney, depending on what he spends it on. “Obviously $7 million is not going to directly translate into 12 million jobs,” Abrams said. “However, if it gets a person into office, it can help create 12 million jobs.” Abrams said while Romney has run an effective campaign, President Barack Obama has been stronger in raising money. He said Obama’s role as president and his campaign strategy have been major contributing factors in his success. Junior Mary Crowley, a public policy and economics major and a member of UD College Democrats, said she did not think expand the map would be successful at this point in the campaign. The attempt at fundraising was pointless because it was too late, she said. “I think it’s kind of foolish, because if you look at what you can buy this close to the election, there’s not much left to buy,” Crowley said. “At this late in the
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The Expand The Map website asks for contributions to “expand the electoral map” and defeat “Obama’s billion-dollar machine.” game, there is no more air time to buy.” In the last stage of the election, face-to-face campaigning is more effective than using commercial political messages, she said. Romney’s campaign money would be better spent on recruiting volunteers to go door-todoor, Crowley said. Sophomore Elizabeth Catt, President of College Republicans, said she thinks it was important for Romney to host a last minute fundraiser in order to secure the election. She said she thinks the funds can effectively help Romney reach voters in states who may not receive his message. The influx of money in the last few days before the election can provide a boost for Romney to increase his media presence. “It’s a very crucial period right before the election,” Catt said. “No effort is too late when it comes to winning a presidential election.” Sophomore Kevin Pregent, Secretary of College Independents, said while Obama has more campaign money than Romney, he does not think the difference is significant enough to favor a specific candidate. He said he does not think funds will be what decide the presidential race. Pregent said continual spending
until Election Day benefits both candidates because there are enough undecided voters who may be able to change the tide of the election. Getting the candidates’ messages across in these states can decide a winner. “The candidates will probably focus on the swing states,” Pregent said. “There are even swing counties within states that the candidates should focus on.” Pregent said he believes Romney’s promise of 12 million jobs is important for voters to think about before voting. College students in particular should consider this pledge, he said, as most will be looking for work at some point within the next presidential term. Catt said while economic issues like job creation are an important factor for college students to consider, it is not the only factor that should be noted when voting. She said college students in particular most likely considered social issues such as gay marriage and contraception rights when voting. “A lot of other issues matter to students more than economic issues,” Catt said. “Social issues are a huge push in how college students will vote. The majority of students will not vote solely based on economic factors.”
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The university strongly urged students to go home and canceled classes from last Monday to last Wednesday. Junior Claire Davanzo said she took the university’s evacuation seriously and went to her friend’s house in Cochranville, Pa. She said she was expecting the storm to be worse than it turned out to be. Davanzo said her friend’s family bought non-perishable food, charged all their electronic devices and got their flashlights ready for the storm that was predicted to knock out electricity for nearly a week. She said while the power in Cochranville did not go out, they would have been ready if it had. Davanzo’s hometown of Morris County, N.J. is flooded and still without power. She said this has caused significant stress for her and her relatives. “At home, the town’s pretty flooded,” she said. “Nobody has power. We’re 40 minutes outside of New York, so it’s pretty close.”
Sophomore Haley Schoenfeld said she stayed in her residence hall during the hurricane. With the university dining hall and other food locations closed because of the storm, she said she bought extra water, flashlights and nonperishable food items. Schoenfeld said she was expecting power outages, destruction, downed trees, blocked roadways and flooding in the area. Although Newark was fortunate to not experience significant damage, she said her hometown in northern New Jersey did. “My house is fine,” Schoenfeld said. “My yard is wrecked—we have trees down. My neighbors even have a tree on their roof. There are lots of power outages, and they’re still without power.” Brian Handloff, owner of the National 5 & 10 on Main Street, said he had every intention of staying open Monday until Gov. Markell declared a driving ban. He said he wanted to make sure his products would not be ruined if the store flooded so he and his staff put
crates under the expensive merchandise and lifted everything in the storeroom up. Handloff said the store only suffered a minor roof leak and the damage will be fixed shortly. He said bad weather in the winter is when the store typically sees an increase in sales. He said snow shovels, sleds and salts are the normal big ticket items. For Sandy, he said the National 5 & 10 sold several flashlights and sold out of D batteries. “It’s better to be over prepared and not need it,” Handloff said. The store reopened at 11 a.m. Tuesday morning when the driving ban lifted, he said. However, with university offices closed and classes still canceled, Handloff said there were not many customers until students began to make their way back to campus Wednesday. He said considering the amount of damage predicted, Newark was extremely lucky. “It’s hard not to look at the news and just be grateful for as much as we were spared,” Handloff said.
On Friday, after Hurricane Sandy passed through the East Coast, university President Patrick Harker sent an email to students commending staff and students on their preparation for the storm and sending sympathies to those affected. Sophomore Nicole Gomes said she read Harker’s announcement postSandy and thinks he did a good job recognizing the university staff for working during extreme conditions, but the message should have been shorter. The body of the email was 576 words, which is approximately two doublespaced pages. More students would have read it if it was not so long, she said. While she thinks the university was prepared during the hurricane, Gomes said officials could have done a better job notifying the students who stayed on campus since their situation was stressful, and Harker did not address that in his message. She said she would have liked the alerts to be more accurate and specific because the university allowed students stay on campus. Starting on Oct. 26, email, text and voice messages from UD Alert strongly advised students to leave campus and informed students of office closings, driving restrictions and dining hall options. Gomes said she knows the alerts only need to address the students the school is responsible for, but they should have included more information and guidance for off-campus students. “They’re still students and they still go here,” Gomes said. “If the storm was worse, they still would have been affected and they need to be safe.” Marcia Nickle, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, said she sends out the alerts that inform students of class cancellation and the university’s status. She said the students in the residence halls are the university’s responsibility, so they felt it was best to let them know to leave. “In the interim we felt it was safest to tell the students we were responsible for that they should go home if they could,” Nickle said. She said their fear was that important buildings, such as residence halls and dining halls, would lose power and there would be no heat or food for the on-campus students. Nickle said she wanted the alerts to make it clear that the university did not want students to be in residence halls in case the power went out or they flooded. She said the alerts generally provide less information for offcampus students because they do not use campus services. Nickle said there was emergency preparedness information on the Office of Campus and Public Safety website, but it could have been advertised better. Gomes said the alerts were helpful and the emails were informative, but they all gave the same information. She said the school should provide students with more information and make the emergency tips on the website more accessible. She did not know it was online and would have liked to see it before Sandy. Gomes said she lives in Sharp Residence Hall, and stayed on campus because it would take too long to travel
back to her hometown in Massachusetts. Her Resident Assistant and her family told her most of the emergency preparedness tips she needed for the storm. She and her friends made sure they all had flashlights and went to Walgreens to stock up on water and non-perishable food. UD Alert said students with a meal plans could get six meals from the dining hall prior to Monday, Oct. 29, and Tuesday Oct. 30, when it was closed, Gomes said. However, by the time she and her friends arrived, she said most of the food was gone and they had to wait for more meals. Dining Services staff had left sandwiches and snacks on tables for students to take at their will, she said. “The dining hall was chaotic,” Gomes said. “It was a mess and we were all freaking out.” She said she was also unsure of when the dining hall was closed. Gomes thought it was open on Oct. 31, but there was very little food when she went there. Senior Kyle McDonnell stayed in his house on Cleveland Avenue because he said it would have been just as dangerous to go his hometown in Harrisburg, Pa. and more enjoyable to stay in Newark. He said his roommates also stayed on campus, which proved better for them because their hometowns were hit much worse than Newark. McDonnell said he understands that the alerts did not address offcampus students because the school is not liable for them. He said he got the warnings that the hurricane was coming and classes were canceled, but people should use their common sense in dealing with their own preparations. He said the alerts are the fastest way to let students know about cancellations and impending weather emergencies, and said that was enough information for him. “They warned us but that’s it,” McDonnell said. “I don’t know what else they could do.” Nickle said advice for how to react to emergencies is her responsibility, but she did not want to send out tons of alerts and annoy the students. She said if they get too many they might stop taking them seriously. While she does want students to know how to prepare, that information does not coincide with the alert system, Nickle said. “We could have done a better job for off-campus students,” Nickle said. “But I think there were enough messages in the media for students to get information.” Some students have an idea of how to prepare on their own for emergency situations, according to Nickle. She said she did not want to send out an alert with how to prepare for the storm and then send out another telling students to go home because it would have been conflicting information for students. McDonnell said the employees deserved Harker’s recognition for being prepared, but it was unnecessary to praise them at such length in his email message. He said he thinks there should have been a shorter email just thanking the employees instead of going on about how well they did. “They definitely want to give recognition, which is fine, but when you send something that long to 15,000 students not everyone is going to read it,” McDonnell said.
November 7, 2012
Students find keeping friendships after college takes work
BY ALINA O’DONNELL Staff Reporter
University alumnus Carle Foster said he met his wife Kathy in marching band during his junior year when he played the drums and she played the piccolo. Foster, who graduated in 1986, said he and his wife, a 1988 graduate, have stayed in close contact with their group of friends from marching band and the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, which frequently socialized with the band. “We see a lot of each other during football season, we all have season passes,” Foster said. “Some of us even try to go to one or two away games. During the off-season we’ll meet up for pool and beer, poker games or golf.” Over the past year, 4,156 former students attended 131 alumni events around the country, excluding events held by fraternities, sororities, sports teams and individual colleges within the university, according to Cindy Campanella, assistant vice president of the Board of Alumni Relations. While it can be difficult for graduates to stay in contact after they graduate, these events give alumni the space to reconnect with old classmates, she said. Campanella said alumni involvement has risen in the past four years. There has been a 20 to 25 percent growth in number of activities and attendance, she said. Campanella attributes this increased participation to the rise in alumni using social media, as well as more events. “When I joined in September 2009, Dr. Harker really made it a mission to focus on alumni activities,” Campanella said. “I’ve been here four years, prior to that there were some small things but not to the degree of concentrated efforts happening now.” Athletic events in particular, especially the university’s baseball series, attract alumni, she said. The Board of Alumni Relations asks all clubs to host one baseball game throughout the year, either major or minor league. Campanella said there were 18 baseball events and more than 1,000 alumni present coast-to-coast this past year. Sporting events appeal to some alumni due to the social aspects and a
family-friendly atmosphere, she said. It is an affordable way to have the night out with a reception held before to give alumni the chance to reconnect with their former classmates, Campanella said. Sociology professor Barret Michalec said internal shifts in an individual’s identity occur between high school, college and post-college, and alumni events give former students the opportunity to come back t o g e t h e r in their new identities. He said these shifts lead to changes in friendships. “At reunions and things like Homecoming, there’s a sense of nostalgic collective effervescence that reminds you of what you were in college,” Michalec said. “Now you’re a worker, husband and father in addition to a UD alumni.” College is a crucial time to form a social identity, he said. After students leave college, there are different kinds of influences which cause perceptions, values and beliefs to evolve. Foster said although he and Kathy are able to reconnect with other alumni on a monthly basis, it is difficult for all of them to make time for these reunions, especially since most of their friends have young children. The Fosters have a daughter who is a sophomore in college. Kerry Halbedl, a 2002 university graduate who lives in Greenville, Del., said she still stays in touch with roughly a dozen of her closest friends from college. She said while she is fortunate most of her friends settled down in Delaware and Pennsylvania, physical distance does not dictate how friendships will pan out after graduation. “As we get older, it’s hard to get together every weekend like we used to, but we see each other as often as we can,” Halbedl said. “We’re there for weddings, baby showers, our birthdays, our children’s birthdays, yearly Christmas gatherings, and so on. Several of the friends I speak to every week, others it’ll be a bit longer between conversations.” Those who are committed to a friendship will make it work, she said. Although it becomes more difficult when people move away, devices such as Facebook make it easier to keep in touch, Halbedl said. Foster said most of his friends
Alumni events give former students the opportunity to reunite and share old memories. are dispersed throughout Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey. He said he also thinks using Facebook bridges distance because it allows people to reconnect in a way that would not have been possible 10 years ago. Senior Taylor Zoghby said he does not think he will stay in the area after he graduates because he values job opportunities over proximity to his friends. “If I get a job in this area, I may be near friends, but I’d say it’s more likely I’ll get one in another state,” Zoghby said. Michalec said students tend to value their friendships most just before graduating. He attributes this behavior to the socioemotional selectivity theory, the idea that people become more intent on securing emotional ties when they perceive their time left as terminal, whether it be time before they die, leave a job or graduate college. “We seek out relationships, whether they be long or short, for emotional wealth as well as information about ourselves, others and the world
around us,” Michalec said. “When our perception of time shifts from long to short, we shift what we want out of our relationships. When you hit second semester senior year, what you want is that emotional good stuff, you start trimming peripheral ties and look for emotional ones.” Michalec said he observes a quarter-life crises, which affects those who have just graduated. He said this occurs when graduates realize their expectations, such as staying in touch with friends, landing an ideal job and making money immediately do not come to fruition. He said they can show signs of depression and anxiety that comes from the transition from student to a working adult. Campanella said she also observes this fear among seniors. They often express anxiety about the evasive “realworld” looming ahead, she said. “It’s a very exciting time—you want to graduate, but you don’t want to graduate,” Campanella said. “You don’t want to leave because you’re having so much fun, but you know you need to get
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out in the real world.” Senior Chrissy Hentz said she will pursue a job with a social media marketing agency in New York City when she graduates this spring. While she expects most of her friends will be in the area or within a half-hour radius, she said it will be challenging to maintain these friendships when they start professional careers. “It will be difficult to talk as much as we’d like to,” Hentz said. “We’ll all be working and adjusting to being real people. I think the job aspect and adjusting to a new life will make it harder to keep close than the distance will.” Hentz said several of her friends have graduated over the past few years, and they often talk about how they look forward to alumni events. Foster said as schedules compress and priorities shift, people become choosier about who they want to keep as friends. He said they often snip tenuous ties and focus on the relationships they value the most. No matter how near or far, Foster said the most important thing is to make an effort.
Closed provost search bothers faculty, students BY ZAC CROCE Staff Reporter
Martha Buell, human development and family studies professor and a faculty senator, said she is upset by the university’s process for hiring the new provost. She said the process differs from past administrative employee searches because the university will not tell students and faculty who the candidates for the position are. She said the open search for former provost Tom Apple did not hinder his ability to perform professionally. Buell said she thinks the university should continue using an open search process as opposed to a closed one because faculty and students should get the chance to meet the candidates the committee has chosen. “If you don’t know what kind of people you’re getting involved with, you don’t know what kind of trouble you’re getting yourself into,” Buell said. Nancy Brickhouse has served
as the interim provost since Tom Apple left the office to take a job as chancellor of the University of Hawaii at Mānoa in June. The university has not reported any new developments to the faculty, and the Provost Search Committee is maintaining a closed, confidential search. University President Patrick Harker said at the general faculty meeting on Oct. 1 that hiring committees at Temple University and the University of Minnesota have used similar search methods and found one candidate. Harker also said the university has hired the Spencer Stuart firm to help conduct the search. He said the University of California-Berkeley hired Spencer Stuart to find their chancellor as well. According to the Cal-Berkeley Position and Candidate Specification packet, Jennifer Bol and Kristine Johnson are the consultants handling the search for the chancellor, who have experience in hiring administrative positions for universities but have not
held any administrative positions at a university. Despite taking part in open interviews during his hiring at the university in 2007, Harker said the trend for hiring administrators has shifted toward conducting a closed search.
“When it comes right down to it, the hire is up to President Harker.” -Jeff Jordan, philosophy professor “What’s happened is, over the last six years, because of the recession and other things, is sitting presidents, provosts and deans are reluctant to put themselves into an open search process,” Harker said.
Buell said if the candidate does not fulfill the provost position successfully, she is not sure of who will be to blame. “If it is all super-secret, who is being held accountable?” Buell said. “How is Spencer Stuart being held accountable if nobody knows anything about who they’ve contacted and what they’ve done? Just because they’ve been hired by other people does not mean we need to use them.” Chair of the Provost Search Committee George Watson said Spencer Stuart augments the search. “As the search committee, we screen the candidates, we identify the candidates and we interview the candidates,” Watson said. “The search firm does not decide who is recommended to Harker. It is to help us manage the process.” Senior and Student Government Association President Michelle Barineau, President of the faculty senate Sheldon Pollack and Vice President of Student Life Michael Gilbert are three of the 17 representatives who compose the
committee from different fields at the university. Jeff Jordan, the former President of the faculty senate and philosophy professor, said he did not think the nature of the provost search is an issue. “When it comes right down to it, the hire is up to President Harker,” Jordan said. “He could already have in mind who he wants to hire.” The university has not specified how much they will pay Spencer Stuart. However, according to the Register-Guard, the University of Oregon paid the same company $75,000 plus additional expenses to search for a men’s basketball coach. Although Spencer Stuart is not choosing the candidate, Buell remains skeptical of whom the potential candidates are due to the influence the firm may have and the implications of the new hiring. “With the secret search, there is no accountability,” Buell said. “If they can show this approach they are taking is accountable to us, then that is a different story.”
10November 7, 2012
Electoral College sees mixed opinions
End of election season relief for some students BY ALEXANDRA DUGGAN Staff Reporter
BY ZACHARY CROCE Staff Reporter
The Electoral College has been controversial since its inception, according to political science professor Matthew Kerbel. Kerbel, the chair of the Political Science Department at Villanova University, stated in an email message that people have always tried to modify the Electoral College because they believe the president should be elected by the popular vote. He said some have tried to abolish the process, but it is unlikely to happen. “It requires a Constitutional amendment, which in turn requires broad political support,” Kerbel said. “And since changing the rules of any game invariably changes the likely winners and losers, it’s not as easy to do as you might think.” The Founding Fathers created the Electoral College to ensure that an elite group of electors could choose the best candidate to be president, he said. According to the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, the Electoral College is located under Article 2, Section 1 of the Constitution. The Electoral College allots 538 electoral votes throughout the country, of which the presidential candidate needs 270 to win. The number of votes per state is proportional to the number of Congressional representatives each state has in Congress. The amount of representatives each state has in Congress is based on the size of the state’s population, so it can change over time. The five states with the most electoral votes are California with 55, Texas with 38, New York and Florida with 29 and Pennsylvania and Illinois with 20, according to The New York Times Electoral Map. The majority of states, with the exceptions of Maine and Nebreska, use a “winner-takes-all” format in
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The Founding Fathers developed the Electoral College to ensure an elite group could chose the best candidate. the Electoral College, meaning if one candidate garners the majority of the vote, he or she will receive the state’s electoral votes. Kerbel said the Electoral College can make the election a “series of several highly targeted state races” rather than a national race. He said the voters in states which will vote either way are the ones that will play the biggest part in the upcoming election. “If you live in Ohio right now, you’re being showered with attention by the major candidates, because Ohio has emerged as one of the key states, if not the key state, that will determine the outcome,” Kerbel said. However, he said everyone’s vote counts. Freshman Kevin Miller said he thinks individual votes still matter to an extent but some votes have more impact than others in some states. He said the minority party’s votes tend to count less. “I think it should be based on [the popular vote] but I don’t think it ever will be,” Miller said. Lawrence Butler, associate dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Rowan University, said he thinks the Electoral College is a minor contributor to why Americans might feel as though their votes do not count. “You can also say that about main offices in states, where the office is strongly partisan, whether it be Senate or some other position,” Butler said. “It is the nature of a competitive Electoral College.”
Butler said he does not foresee any changes being made to the election process because the Electoral College is a part of the Constitution and would require an amendment in order to be changed. Junior Allie Kulig said she thinks much of the general public do not have a complete understanding of the Electoral College. “I think many people who talk about the election don’t talk about the process, they talk about the candidates,” Kulig said. Sophomore Jessica Doyle said the Electoral College is a method that can correct voter error. “One advantage of the Electoral College is it forces campaigns to run nationally because they can’t focus in on certain types of regions and craft their message to the exclusion of others,” Lawrence said. “There is also the possibility on the other side that the person who gets the most votes loses.” Kerbel said while Delaware voters usually vote Democratic, President Barack Obama will still need those votes to get the majority. He may count on the state’s three electoral votes to win. If neither presidential candidate gets the majority of the votes, the House of Representatives would choose the next president out of the three candidates who received the most electoral votes, and the Senate would choose one of the two vice presidential candidates.
Junior Abigail Kramer said she is happy the election is ending because she is tired of constantly being bombarded with political coverage. She said she has become desensitized to campaign advertisements because of the constant flow of information. Kramer said she watched election coverage to make an informed decision, but thought the many political advertisements took away from the real issues. “The election slowly started becoming less interesting as the coverage became more and more constant,” Kramer said. As Election Day marked the end of President Barack Obama and Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney’s campaigns, students had varied reactions to the closing of election season. Sophomore Paul Gunteski said the amount of attention media outlets gave to the election was overwhelming, but it was not unwarranted. “I don’t think the constant coverage was too much,” Gunteski said. “I think it was important and it should be all over the media. People need to be informed of what is going on with our government.” He said he constantly keeps up with political coverage and is sad to see the election come to end. On the other hand, sophomore Mike Hession said he will not miss anything about the election because he is tired of constantly hearing about the candidates on television and in class. He said the most interesting part of the election campaign was watching the debates because he could learn about candidates’ policies and see how they spoke to each other. Hession said he enjoyed watching Obama and Romney’s expressions during the debate. “I’m at an age now where I can understand the different policies and what concepts the
candidates are talking about and how they will affect my family and I,” Hession said. Gunteski said he liked that the election gave him a chance to form his own political beliefs. “It’s different being at school away from my parents,” Gunteski said. “I don’t have to hear their political views, therefore, its easier for me to form my own opinions.” He said he enjoyed debating and discussing the election with friends because people are more informed during the election, which makes for interesting conversation. However, Grunteski said uneducated debates on social media annoyed him because people make themselves look ignorant by putting uninformed opinions on the Internet for everyone to see. Hession said the constant flow of political news on Facebook and Twitter was excessive. “I am looking forward to no longer seeing people who are not knowledgeable about politics and the policies of each candidate stating their clearly uneducated and biased opinions via social media,” Hession said. “It’s just frustrating to watch.” Kramer said the social media buzz about the election will most likely continue well after votes are cast. She said people will probably want to voice their opinions about the election results. Sophomore Steve Cronin said he has enjoyed keeping up with the election this year, but he will probably not think about politics until the next presidential election. However, he thinks political fighting will not slow down on Facebook and Twitter as the election comes to a close. “People like to use both Twitter and Facebook to elicit a response from someone,” Cronin said. “As long as there are people with strong political views, there will be people who argue on Twitter and Facebook.”
Online note publishing, construction, provost search debated at Faculty Senate BY GILLIAN MORLEY Staff Reporter
The Faculty Senate discussed the ongoing search for a provost, voted on legislation to protect the intellectual property of professors and listened to acting Provost Nancy Brickhouse’s report on current and future construction at the university during their monthly meeting Monday. The senate passed a resolution that recommended the university conduct the Provost’s search and other high level searches in a “reasonably open manner” with 43 members in favor, nine opposed and two abstentions. Faculty Senate President Sheldon Pollack and Brickhouse both voted against the resolution. According to Pollack, the private search firm Spencer Stuart and the 17-member provost search committee are looking for the new provost confidentially.
Pollack, who is a member of the search committee, left the meeting during the discussion. Before the vote, he said he originally favored a more open search process, but the search committee and university President Patrick Harker have since convinced him of the benefits of conducting the search privately. “If three people come to campus, two people are not going to get the job,” Pollack said. “Those people are afraid that they are going to back to their home campus and have their careers ruined. The argument is that you will get a bigger pool of people to participate.” Physics and astronomy professor John Morgan said two major universities, University of Minnesota and Temple University, have both recently conducted successful public searches for high-level administrative positions. “There certainly are recent cases where very good universities have
successfully done relatively open searches for provosts and deans,” Morgan said. Pollack reminded the senate that they will not be able to create more transparency in the current provost search because it is already underway, but their vote will change the way the university conducts future administrative searches. Biology professor Deni Galileo said he thinks the search is too confidential and does not give professors the opportunity to thoroughly screen candidates. He said the search team cannot talk to the candidate’s colleagues and gather sources properly because of the lack of openness. “How can the search firm contact the home institution and gather information without letting the cat out of the bag?” Galileo said. Pollack said the university is intensely screening current candidates
for provost and Spencer Stuart has contacted candidates’ colleagues at current institutions. The senate also passed a policy, 41 to three, that will allow teachers to include language in their syllabi to prohibit students from sharing class notes on online forums. Students posting notes online against their professor’s wishes would violate the university’s Code of Conduct under the new rule. Pollack said although he didn’t mind his own students posting his notes online, other faculty members were worried about students getting paid while violating their professors’ property rights. He said the senate did not want to make posting notes online a violation of the code of conduct but rather help faculty members who are concerned with protecting their ideas. Brickhouse then updated the faculty on the construction of the $140
million Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Lab, which she said is the largest project currently underway on campus. The university will receive a certificate of occupation for the building and they will hold opening ceremonies in October 2013, according to Brickhouse. She said the building is made for high-end scientific instrumentation and many members of different academic fields will use the facility. “It will allow us to do research and compete for grants in a way that we have not been able to before,” Brickhouse said. She also said the Allison Hall renovations should be completed by May 2013. Brickhouse said students have been the most dissatisfied with the construction of the Bob Carpenter Sports Building and the university will finish the project in 2013.
November 7, 2012
Trabant, Perkins offers diverse dining options BY CATHERINE ZIMMERMAN Staff Reporter
Gil Johnson, associate director of university student centers, said the location and design of Trabant University Center is unique compared to Perkins Student Center. He said the location of Trabant is ideal and was designed for students on-the-go, while Perkins has a different atmosphere. “The flow of the facility is quite different from Trabant,” Gil said. “The additions to the facility created separate and compartmentalized areas that create a cozy feel.” Senior Christine Scannell, president of Student Centers Programming Advisory Board, said she sees Perkins as a great place to study with a comfy, relaxed atmosphere. She said while Trabant is a more dynamic environment, Perkins is a place where people stay and get schoolwork done. “You can grab a coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts and hang out there for a while,” Scannell said. Sophomore Gabriel Lefton said although he lives closer to Trabant, he prefers Perkins because it is easy to find a seat, and Dunkin’ Donuts is a plus. He said when he does go to Trabant it is usually to pick up a package or to quickly grab food, while his reasons for going to Perkins are generally more activity related. He said he has participated in many events and activities that met in Perkins, such as the swing
club and the chess club, and thinks Perkins promotes socialization among smaller groups of people. He said the Bacchus Theater and Hen Zone in Perkins also attract students. “Trabant is more utilitarian whereas Perkins is more social,” Lefton said. “In the evening the facility is vibrant with student group meetings and events.”
“In the evenings [Perkins Student Center] is vibrant with student group meetings and events.” -Gabriel Lefton, sophomore Scannell said the stage in Perkins makes it ideal for Tuesday night coffeehouses and comedy shows. Yet some students, such as freshman Laura Russo, said they prefer Trabant because it is more convenient. Russo said Trabant is closer to her dorm, George Read Residence Hall, so it is easier for her to go there to study and eat. She said she likes the new student lounge in Trabant and would
rather study there than at one of the tables in Perkins. Although Russo said she prefers Dunkin’ Donuts and the Scrounge in Perkins over the food in Trabant, the center is too far from North Campus for her to go there often. Sophomore Wei He said he also frequents Trabant because it is close to where he lives in Sypherd Residence Hall on North Green, although he prefer Perkins’ quiet atmosphere for studying. Trabant’s location contributes to a busier and louder environment, he said. “It’s on the center of campus, so after class people usually come [there] and grab food,” He said. Freshman Dan Clark said besides the occasional trip to ChikFil-A, he almost never goes to Trabant because it is too crowded and the students seem to always be in a rush. Like He, Clark said he has trouble finding a seat in Trabant during lunchtime, and the crowded atmosphere is the main reason why he chooses not to go there. Scannell said the Trabant Lounge was built in part to address the space issues Clark and He mentioned. She said students who come to Trabant to study tend to take up whole tables, so the lounge frees up space for people who just want to stop in and each lunch between classes. According to Scannell, the university has tried to place student centers close to dorms so they are convenient for students, however she
thinks an additional center geared toward students who live off campus would be beneficial to the university community. She said students tend
to gravitate toward Main Street, so a center near the Barnes and Noble university bookstore would likely attract a large number of students.
THE REVIEW/Stephen Pope
Students said they favor Perkins because of Dunkin’ Donuts and visit Trabant for variety of food choices.
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“At a time like this, we can’t risk partisan bickering and political posturing,” Romney said. “Our leaders have to reach across the aisle to do the people’s work.” Romney also said while the nation chose another leader in Obama, he and his wife “pray for him and for this great nation.”
Obama, on the other hand, said the country is not as divided as politics suggest. He delivered his victory speech shortly before 2 a.m., in which he expressed his desire to build on the progress he has made and keep the promise of the country’s founding that “you can make it in America if you try.“ “I’ve never been more hopeful about our future, I’ve never been more hopeful about America,” Obama said.
THE REVIEW/Amelia Wang
Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney said he ran for the presidency because of a concern for America’s future.
12 November 7, 2012
University strives for brand awareness BY BO BARTLEY
Administrative News Editor
University administrators are trying to increase the university’s brand awareness in various ways, including YouDee’s participation in the Capital One Mascot Challenge, according to Andrea Boyle, senior editor at the Office of Communication and Marketing. Boyle said the competition, during which college mascots face off each week in a voting contest, gives the university the media attention it needs to boost brand awareness. The university is the only non-Bowl College Series school in the competition, which is made up of schools in the Southeastern Conference, Big Ten Conference and those that get a lot of football coverage, she said. “It’s an even slightly bigger bonus because we don’t get that sort of coverage in the same way that they do,” Boyle said. She said it is difficult to measure the impact of the television, Facebook and YouTube advertisements from Capital One featuring YouDee, but the exposure is important. Besides the Capital One Mascot Challenge, Boyle said two separate types of marketing exist at the university—marketing by the Office of Communications and Marketing and by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. She said OCM focuses on public perception of the university, while the admissions office concentrates their efforts on how the school appeals to prospective students.
Amy Foley, associate director of admissions, said the responsibilities of her department are to communicate the university’s brand and opportunities to prospective students, encourage them to apply to and attend the university. Foley said her department purchases 200,000 names of high school sophomores and juniors, mainly from a standardized testing company called College Board. The names are chosen based on characteristics including standardized test scores and high school and neighborhood characteristics. She said once the profiles are purchased, her department begins a communication process with prospective students that involves traditional mail and email. Foley said she creates all of the materials in-house. “I work with some younger staff members, as well as student assistants, so that the material is fresh and it’s being produced in a medium that I think is going to be most effective with our market,” Foley said. Freshman Jessi Gerowitz said she applied to the university after her guidance counselor recommended her to. She said the university is up-and-coming and has become a popular choice for many graduates from her high school. She said instead of focusing their efforts on the Capital One Mascot Challenge, she said the university should concentrate on alumni relations and word-
of-mouth to promote the school. According to Gerowitz, the university is currently outshining similar schools and thinks marketing administrators should take advantage of that. “When I looked at a lot of
“I’ve been able to see the progress that Delaware’s making and the effort they’re putting into committing themselves to becoming a better school.” -Jessi Gerowitz, freshman other schools, they weren’t able to mention a lot of the things they’re putting their money into right now,” Gerowitz said. “Since I’ve been walking around campus and since I’ve been here, I’ve been able to see the progress that Delaware’s making and the effort they’re putting into committing themselves to becoming a better school.”
Foley said it is important for the university to have an active alumni base and her department tries to take advantage of its alumni as much as possible. She said the university mainly recruits from the northeast region. In smaller communities, it is helpful to have an alumnus contact that is identifiable among prospective students, she said. “It’s important on one level because people are thinking about, ‘Who is going to employ my child?’” Foley said. “And so you want parents and families interacting with successful alumni in those areas.” She said students who are not residents of Delaware must first decide to go to school out of state and, once they make that decision, they must decide to go to the university. That is why, according to Foley, campus tours are crucial to a prospective student’s decision to apply. 70 percent of prospective students who visit the university end up applying, she said. Freshman Savannah Coffey said her stepfather attended the university and convinced her to apply. Although she said she originally had no intentions of going to the university, after her visit she said she “fell in love.” “It’s what I pictured college would look like,” Coffey said. Coffey, who is from Lindenhurst, N.Y., said members of her community in Long Island were impressed she was accepted to the university. She said people in her area generally perceive the university to be a good school with
an active social atmosphere. Boyle said another way she helps to bolster the profile of the university is placing experts from the university in the media when news stories related to their fields enter the news cycle. If she thinks someone at the university can comment on a story, she said she will try to get news outlets to use them as an expert source. Boyle said she also tries to identify research happening at the university and pitch stories to media contacts in order to get coverage. “Like any kind of exposure to something, the more you see it and the more you connect the name of the university with important ideas and important goings-on, the better that reflects on the university and the more highly you think of the university,” she said. Foley said news stories that positively reflect on the university are important for its image. Although the university is respected, she said it will take decades for the school to become a national premier institution. Schools generally regarded as the best in the country will likely maintain that status for years, according to Foley. The university can aim to join their ranks, but she said it will take some good luck and patience. “Give us a few more Nobel prize winners, give us more star quarterbacks,” Foley said, referring to chemistry professor emeritus Richard Heck and university alumnus and Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.
Stray cat colonies populate Newark, generate concern BY ANDREA LUNA Staff Reporter
Contributed by Chelsea Johnston
The University of Delaware students see stray cats around Newark.
Senior Matt Ulloa, who lives in the University Courtyards apartment complex, said he has noticed a large number of stray cats outside of the apartments. Ulloa said on one occasion a stray cat followed and climbed into his car. “I think people are getting tired of cats and throwing them away,” Ulloa said. Holly Powers, an alumna who is now studying veterinary medicine at the University of Pennsylvania’s graduate school, said she attributes the large amount of stray cats in the area due to breeding. “A lot of it comes from that the stray cats aren’t spayed or neutered so they keep reproducing,” Powers said. Some cats run away when people let their cats outside, but, unfortunately, sometimes they do not come back, she said. Junior Lizzy Neely has also seen an abundance of cats living near her Haines Street house. “This year we are across from Russell and I’ve seen five stray cats, at least three are adults,” Neely said.
During the summer, Neely and her roommates had four kittens living on their property. Neely says they took two of the kittens to the vet and one of her friends’ adopted the two. Neely does not agree with the idea of adopting strays, however, since she is aware of the many diseases they can carry. Leanne Kress, a volunteer coordinator at the Delaware Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to the Animals, said she believes the strays are a result of both unsprayed and unneutered cats breeding as well as owners abandoning their former pets. Since the Delaware SPCA opened in 2000, they have neutered 15,000 dogs and cats, according to Kress. Powers also warned students against being too friendly with the stray cats. She said she thinks many residents believe they are helping the stray cats by feeding them and giving them water. However, she said cats are not vulnerable creatures and can adapt to a life outdoors. Kress believes strays frequent Newark in larger numbers since food is more accessible because of students and businesses. “The [former] Chrysler plant used
to have a ton of cats and the rescue would come and trap them,” Kress said. “They are trying to find different resources to survive.” Powers believes people who feed stray cats will keep them coming back. She also said stray cats may fight over the food residents provide for them, so it may cause more problems than solutions. Powers suggests residents call a shelter to care for the stray cat. Ulloa said he is worried about the safety of the cats on campus. “Cats themselves can get injured, they could get run over by a car, or by other animals,” Ulloa said. Kress said the Delaware SPCA is doing its best to trap cats, spay them and then release them back into the area. “We don’t get funding so when we are full, we are full,” Kress said. “We try to make sure that we will spay and neuter every cat we have here, but we are all at capacity doing the best we can.” Powers said she believes people should support the programs that spay and neuter cats, since this will decrease the amount of stray cats on the streets. Another way residents can help is to adopt the strays, Powers said.
November 7, 2012
Local politicians avoid email, phone advertising, prefer soliciting in person BY HABIBEH SYED & BEN COOPER
the voter is more likely to listen to messages and read emails from Staff Reporter & the candidate. Student Affairs News Editor According to Schwartz, political nominees usually contact While President Barack people who have registered for Obama and Republican Presidential the party. Since anyone can find Nominee Mitt Romney relied on registered voters information email and telephone advertising in most states, it is easier to to attract voters, local politicians get a hold of voters’ personal in Delaware used face-to-face contact information than noninteractions to improve their registered voters. chances of winning. University alumna Jennifer Democratic Nominee for Muzzi, who graduated last spring, Delaware State Senator Paul said over the past few years she Baumbach said national nominees has received emails from Obama’s can access large databases campaign. She said she gets them containing email addresses and at least once a week and usually phone numbers. However, he said ignores them. The emails do not his campaign staff does not email bother her as much as the phone voters due to the difficulty in calls she has received. finding such information. Muzzi said she is registered as He said sending mass emails is an Independent voter and recently also ineffective because he cannot received a phone call from a local cater the email message to each Democratic campaign asking her individual voter. Politicians can to complete a survey. pay for services that claim to have “The only thing that bothers phone number and email lists, me is how did these guys get my according to Baumbach, but his phone number because I have a campaign staff does not use them. cell phone,” Muzzi said. He said he does not think She said the phone calls do not making recorded phone calls is bother her though if a real person an effective way to get voters’ speaks on the other line. support either. He Freshman uses other means C a r o l o u of the Internet and Schlegel social media such said she does as his campaign not receive website, Facebook emails from and Twitter. politicians “I don’t but receives think you end multiple phone up convincing calls whenever too many people an election is with Facebook,” near. She said Baumbach said. most calls “But you can she receives keep people are friendly, charged up to r e c o r d e d continue helping.” messages J o s e p h urging her to Schwartz, a vote for the political science candidate, p r o f e s s o r but she is not at Temple -Joseph Schwartz, always happy University, said them. political science to hear emails and phone “ W h e n contact is only professor at y o u ’ r e useful if a voter doing Temple University busy has shown interest something in the campaign. and the phone Schwartz is constantly said emailing voters requires less ringing, it’s really distracting,” people and time than phoning Schlegel said. voters does but it still does not Delaware State Senate serve as an effective approach. Nominee Bryan Townsend said he Many people easily ignore and also knows of services that offer eventually delete the emails, personal information of the voter, he said. but recorded phone messages and “A lot of political organizations mass email advertising do not believe that personal door-to-door interest him. contact with voters if possible is Townsend said he won the most effective,” Schwartz said. State Senate primary election by Baumbach said because voters knocking on doors and meeting can ignore unrecognized phone with voters in person. calls they see on their caller IDs, “I just think that that goes he relies primarily on traveling to show that, yeah, you can have from door-to-door to speak with all this advanced technology voters in person. but nothing beats face-to-face Once the candidate and the communication with a voter,” voter have met, Baumbach said Townsend said.
“A lot of political organizations believe that personal doorto-door contact with voters if possible is most effective”
Students agreed that celebrities use their power to influence uninformed voters.
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Celebrities endorse candidates BY CHRISTIE GIDUMAL Staff Reporter
From actor Clint Eastwood to singer Bruce Springsteen, celebrities are getting involved in the current election. Political science and international relations professor James Magee said he understands the reason behind celebrity political participation. “Because they are celebrities they make a difference,” Magee said. They have money, they have a voice, and they have an audience. They have instantaneous recognition. By virtue of the fact that they are very, very wellknown people, well-known to the public, they have influence.” Junior Maggie Stohler said she thinks fame gives celebrities the power to influence important issues. “They think they have the voice that regular people don’t, so they want to use it,” Stohler said. Junior Debbie Zandi said she believes celebrities’ impact on the election is determined by voters’ political knowledge. She also said the opinions of political pundits, like Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, could influence opinion. People who do not know much about politics are more susceptible to outside influence, she said. “If you have one concern or have read one unbiased article then I don’t think [the opinion of] Hilary Duff is going to make a difference,” Zandi said. Sam Losow, a senior political science major, said he agrees that uninformed or undecided voters are more easily swayed if they see their favorite celebrity endorsing a political candidate. He said celebrities have the ability to abuse the power they hold and shape the election. Daniel Kinderman, political science and international relations professor, said he believes the impact of celebrity endorsements is a symptom of a larger issue in American politics. “Their system does not endorse deep thought, does not endorse contemplating the issue or even understanding things,” Kinderman said. “It’s very superficial. Clint Eastwood got more attention than Mitt Romney did at his own convention.” Eastwood recorded an automated phone call, or robocall, in which he tells voters to fire President Barack Obama for failing the nation. He then appeared at the Republican National Convention, where he gave a speech criticizing Obama.
Both Magee and Kinderman said both political and popular celebrities can have significant financial influence on an election as well. Bruce Springsteen’s fundraisers have helped Obama with his campaign this year, but anonymous contribution by political celebrities have an impact that is protected by law. With the Supreme Court decision on the Citizen United v. Federal Election Committee case to allow corporations to donate unlimited amounts of money to campaigns via Super Political Action Committees, people, including political celebrities, can anonymously donate to campaigns. “People have always had the ability to donate to a campaign, but not in the same way that it is now occurring,” Kinderman said. “That magnifies the impact of certain citizens and private interest on the whole political process. Citizens United is a disastrous decision and the impact on democratic politics on America is very negative.” Magee said the Citizens United decision allowed people to become political celebrities and influence the election, but remain out of the public sphere, such as Charles G. Koch and
David H. Koch. The two brothers are owners of the second largest privately owned company in the United States, Koch Industries. Magee said the Koch brothers inherited a large sum of money and reinvested, becoming even wealthier. They proved that money talks, he said. “Money talks a lot more now that corporations can contribute and speak anonymously,” Magee said. “You don’t have to expose who your donors are, and it’s not really clear who’s giving what, so we don’t know who’s participating across the board.” Political celebrity status does not exclusively apply to those outside of the public eye that financially support campaigns. According to Magee, Obama had celebrity status during his 2008 campaign, however he is not the only public official to benefit from celebrity status. Magee said Palin, who ran for Vice President in 2008, also became a political celebrity. “Whether she has anything to say is immaterial,” Magee said. “It’s the fact that it’s her presence that revs up an audience.”
THE REVIEW/Grace Guillebeau
Celebrities use the Internet and social media websites to make their opinion about the election known.
November 7, 2012
ONLINE READER POLL:
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Students could use hurricane prep tips
University should have encouraged Sandy preparation On Friday, students received an email from university President Patrick Harker regarding Hurricane Sandy’s effects on the university. In this email, Harker shared details of the minor damage Sandy left on the campus, mentioning that the university community can breathe a sigh of relief after the hurricane. Harker concluded his email by saying, “In short, a stellar job all around.” The university’s response was far from stellar. This email virtually praised all students and staff on campus, reading more like a public relations announcement than a candid reflection of how the university handled the storm. While the university bombarded students with phone calls, text messages, emails and other “UD alerts,” it essentially did nothing to ensure that off-campus students were prepared to handle Sandy’s wrath. While students were urged to go home for the storm, only students living in residence halls had to fill out a form with their reasons for wishing to stay on campus during Sandy. The university failed to offer hurricane-related advice to both on and off-campus students. Although the storm did not hit as hard here compared to neighboring states, many weather reports anticipated that the brunt of the storm would hit Newark. Offcampus students were not given any safety precautions to take, nor were
they offered any places to stay in case they could not return home and felt unsafe at their Newark location. The university could have done a better job offering students stormrelated resources or valuable advice to students who have never endured a hurricane like Sandy. It is possible many students were unaware of what safety precautions to take prior to the hurricane, such as stocking up on major supplies including flashlights, battery-operated clocks and radios and bottled water and preparing the home by taping windows to prevent water leaking indoors or filling the bathtub to have water for flushing the toilet. The university could have taken precaution by sending an email related to hurricane preparedness, rather than emailing the student body afterward. Moreover, the university’s dining halls lacked the resources it needed to feed and supply the students who chose to stay on campus last week. The dining halls reportedly offered students minimal perishable goods with little staff supervision during the storm. Some students took trays of sandwiches for themselves, while others were left empty-handed. While the university seems to gloat at their reaction to Sandy, there is no doubt officials could have easily gone above and beyond to ensure the whole student body and university community was safe and prepared for the storm.
Celebrities should encourage voters to be more educated about candidates
Stars stress going to polls over learning about the issues Celebrities have the power to impact popular opinion over a wide audience, especially in the time of a presidential election. According to U.S. News, well-known stars like Will.i.am, Eva Longoria, Zach Braff, George Clooney and Scarlett Johansson have each donated $5,000 and over to President Barack Obama’s campaign. These celebrities have spoken publically in favor of the president, urging people to get to the polls. Accordingly, websites like Rockthevote.com and Votesmart.com convey similar messages: don’t forget to vote. Both celebrities and voting-related websites emphasize the importance of voting and stress the importance of being heard, but rarely do they elaborate on the importance of being educated about American politics. According to CNN.com, dozens of A-list celebrities have endorsed Obama’s re-election. As of April 2012, the President’s donations from celebrities in television, movies and music totaled nearly $7
million. They have the ability to host fundraisers and rally crowds on their views, yet many of them speak of reelecting the president solely based on social issues, like gay marriage and eliminating Planned Parenthood, while ignoring other hard-pressed election issues, like the economy and healthcare. More or less, they all stress Americans need to get to the polls on Election Day, rather than tell people to get educated on both sides of the issues beforehand. Celebrities need to recognize their position in the limelight has the power to affect a wide-range of people. It is important that their messages influence people positively, especially because they often reach a younger audience. It would be more effective for them to empower their audiences to get educated first, rather than simply getting their audience to head blindly the polls. Either way, at the end of the day, it’s the citizen’s role to filter these opinions in order to make an educated decision about a critical election.
THE REVIEW/Grace Guillebeau
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November 7, 2012
LAST POLL’S RESULTS: Q: Have you completed a study abroad program?
Yes: 65% No: 35%
Inhumane treatment of animals abroad often overlooked, considered Egyptian cultural custom Assem Abd El Khalik
In Egypt and other countries, animal cruelty has become a cultural custom that needs to change. As the fall semester was starting, I had some difficulty adapting to my new schedule. However, after some time, I found myself perpetually doing the same tasks everyday. I have class from 8 to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday. The process of studying is ongoing just like in the high school days
during which my life seemed far from interesting. One day on my way back from lunch, the burden of my routine life disappeared when I suddenly felt a pang of nostalgia from my childhood days in Egypt. I was squinting at another student trying to coax a squirrel using a bag of peanuts—he got down on his knees and lobbed a peanut to the animal. As the peanut was slowly making its way back on earth, the squirrel grabbed it in midair and retreated back about 10 feet from the student and began to nibble on the nut. The squirrel, with its cute thumbs and sharp teeth, broke the shell of the peanut as it was cautiously watching us. Growing up in the city of Cairo, I didn’t really appreciate the environment or its inhabitants. Coming to the United States at nine years old, I was very disappointed. There were no cats or dogs idling the streets. This caused me to wonder what the other kids do for fun in this country. Playing video games and sports were the most pop-
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ular answers to my question. Even though I didn’t know what “video games” were, I wanted to be back in Egypt again with the other neighborhood kids practicing our rock throwing at the cats and dogs on the street. We thought it was fun and hilarious, especially when the stone ended up striking and leaving a bloody cut running down the animal’s face like a cracked curve on a mirror. We never thought about the pain those animals endured during those absurd games we played in the evenings. And the biggest problem of all is no one cared about these animals in Egypt, not even our parents. Every year during the Eid Al Adha, an important Muslim religious holiday celebrated by sacrificing a sheep, my father and I would travel 40 kilometers (about 25 miles) in our Volkswagen Beetle to a farm to purchase a sheep a week prior to the sacrifice. Once we bought it, my father and I would tie its four legs together and throw it in the front trunk of the car. On the way back, under the blistering hot sun and heat, my father would talk about how he could not wait to eat the sheep and use its fur as a carpet in our apartment. I never really thought about how the sheep felt being trapped in that trunk under that heat with its prodigious amount of fur until writing this. This inhumane treatment of animals contradicts the ancient Egyptian’s benevolent attitude toward animals. The ancient Egyptians thought animals were sacred because they believed their gods or goddesses were represented as a specific species. For them, treating animals with kindness was a crucial way to please the gods and goddesses. Animals like dogs, cats and horses were deemed sacred. Those Egyptians also thought animals shared an afterlife with their masters. Therefore, animals were mummified and buried within family tombs. One of the most scared animals in ancient Egypt was the cat. The cat symbolized the goddess Bastet, who was represented as a protective goddess. This archetype was given a head of a lioness to protect the king in battle. One should not be surprised to find the punishment for any animal abuse was execution, but nowadays, the animals that were once praised as religious icons in Egyptian history are neglected and forced to work. There are no ancient Egyptians alive to bring justice to today’s Egyptian customs. Humans are given the ability to think with reason and yet, why is there a huge difference in how people treat animals in the United States versus in Egypt? Yes, there are a myriad of slaughterhouses and abused animals in the United States, but it seems the difference here is that students are taught to exercise morals toward both hu-
mans and animals. In this country, you will never see street kids throwing glass bottles at dogs and cats. You will never see horses, controlled by kids, forced to pull tons of weight in bricks, sand or clay. You will never see abandoned dogs and cats sleeping under parked cars. You will never see donkeys being hit repetitively with a robust wooden stick until it starts to bray and their skin becomes so fragile the blood starts running down their legs. You will never see pigs being lifted by a loader and dumped into a truck and then disposed of in the desert. These types of abuses exist in Egypt and other countries because people live in poverty and lack the education, and possibly common sense, to resist cruelty. Muhammad Hussanin, a graduate student at the university and friend of mine, told me the high schools in Egypt are broken. “I never showed up to classes because the teachers never taught anything,” he said. “Sometimes they don’t even show up. All my friends and I were all taught by private tutors.” Although Egypt’s education system seems to be lacking, people in Egypt should be more knowledgeable because of the teachings of Islam, the predominate religion in Egypt. “There is not an animal that lives on the earth, nor a being that flies on its wings, but they form communities like you / Nothing have we omitted from the Book, and they all shall be gathered to their Lord in the end,” reads 6:38 in the Quran, Islam’s holy book. This verse in the Quran supports the idea that animals as well as humans coexist in communities together. Animals pray and worship God, just like humans. “He who is not kind to God’s creatures, and to his own children, God will not be kind to him,” Prophet Muhammad says. It is obvious today that the Muslims’ ignorance and illiteracy defaulted on this religious text. They use their power against defenseless animals the same way as a dictator uses his power and authority against his own people. While I was ruminating on these thoughts and memories, the student, realizing that he was being watched, looked at me and smiled. I smiled back. Then he rose up and waved at me, another way of saying, “The show is over.” I waved back at him and took one more look at the squirrel as my body turned and legs carried me back to Brown Laboratory. I had a lot of work to do.
Assem Abd El Khalik is a guest columnist for The Review. His viewpoints do not necessarily represent those of the Review staff. Please send comments to email@example.com.
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Students react to election results via social media
THE REVIEW/Amelia Wang
Students comment on the difference of the phrase “four more years.”
Rove, Gibbs lecture on presidential election BY MATT SCHULZE & BO BARTLEY Staff Reporter & Administrative News Editor
Republican Karl Rove and Democrat Robert Gibbs pretended to prepare for a fistfight Thursday in mockery of the second presidential debates. The two opposing political pundits
faced off at the Bob Carpenter Sports Building to talk about the presidential candidates’ performances, their campaigns and the keys to winning the Electoral College as part of the National Agenda speaker series. Rove, a political consultant, was a senior advisor to former President George W. Bush during his presidency and is the founder of
THE REVIEW/ Stephen Pope
Karl Rove and Robert Gibbs talked about the key to winning the Electoral College as part of the National Agenda speaker series.
American Crossroad “super PAC,” a large organization that finance efforts to affect federal campaigns. Gibbs is President Barack Obama’s senior campaign advisor and his former press secretary. Both Rove and Gibbs talked about how the campaigns would likely conclude, but thought their respective party’s nominees would win. Although he was satisfied with his overall campaign, Gibbs said there were some things Obama could have done better, such as his performance in the first presidential debate. The Obama campaign unsuccessfully tried to lower expectations for Obama, and he said Obama’s poll numbers took a hit following the first debate. Incumbent presidents’ historically give weak performances during the first debate, however, according to Gibbs. He said presidents are not used to debates because they do not go through the same primary process as the other candidates, and are typically not used to someone aggressively disagreeing with their policies even while in office. He said he noticed how people change when entering the Oval Office. “As Karl will tell you, there’s always some guy who says, ‘You know what, I’m going in there, and I’m going to tell him that this is wrong and I’m going to tell him what for,’” Gibbs said. “And then
he gets in there and says, ‘That’s a very nice tie Mr. President, you look great today.’” Because of the nature of the media, Gibbs said the debates and the party conventions were the only opportunities voters had to see the full and uncut message of the nominees, and the lack of filter during the debates affected Obama. Rove said he thinks Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney has given himself a chance to win. He said there has been a late push to potentially sway Pennsylvania to vote Republican. Sen. John McCain(R-AZ) tried the same strategy when he ran for president four years ago, but he was unable to flip the state, which usually votes Democratic. He thinks this time around, Romney could successfully close on it. “If you have the resources and polls are going the right way, go for it,” Rove said. Director of the Center for Political Communication Ralph Beglieter moderated Thursday’s debate and said nearly $2 billion was spent during this election. Gibbs said this campaign garnered more money than ever, and voters don’t like it. However, Rove said the influx of money is a way for people to express their opinions. He said he does not agree with the criticism that “super PACs” are detrimental to politics. “Big deal,” Rove said. “We
live in a $16 trillion economy.” He and Gibbs said another theme in this election was technology. Gibbs said he thinks of tweets as thought bubbles that appear over people’s heads in real time and are a good way to immediately gauge reactions. According to Rove, the use of social media is still new and most experts are unsure how to approach social networks like Twitter. He said he has a “sneaking suspicion” that the social media is insular and people who communicate on the sites are talking with those who share their same political views. Senior Allison Becker said the tone of Thursday’s debate was a good break from the partisanship of most political events. “I found it refreshing,” Becker said. “It was not nearly as confrontational as I expected, and after this election cycle, I think it’s necessary.” Senior Laura Schultz said she was surprised by the amount of dedication the two men had toward their parties. She said many in the audience were “shocked” to find out how much time the two men put in to their causes. “Sometimes, as a political outsider, you don’t realize the precise strategy that goes into running a campaign and an administration,” Schultz said. “Rove and Gibbs really showed how difficult the political game can be, on both sides of the aisle.”
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Members of Fun. (pictured above) and Eli Maiman of WALK THE MOON (below) perform at the Bob Carpenter Sports Center on Monday night.
Q&A:Fun.’s Jack Antonoff Fun., an American indie pop band based in New York City, performed at the university Monday night. Erin Quinn, Managing Mosaic Editor for The Review, interviewed Jack Antonoff, Fun.’s guitarist. The band, which created The Ally Coalition to fight for LGBT equality, also met with Haven before the event to discuss LGBT issues. About Fun, Erin obtained interview, why its newsworthy Erin Quinn: After playing on Saturday Night Live the other night, you came here and then you’re headed right back to New York. Is that a normal kind of week for your tour? Jack Antonoff: That would be on the easy side of it. We just played in New York and then flew that night to London and 10 hours later flew to Atlanta and then drove up to New York. It’s just crazy, crazy stuff. It doesn’t make any sense. EQ: Do you perform at universities often? JA: As much as we can, we really enjoy doing it just because it’s more of a hands-on experience for the students who bring you here by their own choice. […] there’s a little bit more excitement and ownership. I just think it’s cool that that kind of thing can happen. EQ: Is there a different kind of atmosphere when you play at a college? JA:Well it’s just that, there’s more excitement. There’s a lot of pride in the show—like the kids decided to bring us here and they’re putting on the show. They’re literally loading the equipment. It’s cool. EQ: How was meeting with Haven and do you usually meet with LGBT
groups? JA: Awesome. Every day we meet a couple. EQ: What do people get out of that kind of interaction? JA: What we get out of that is just the hope that they get something out of it. […] With those groups we can show support and we’ve been making donations on every stop along the way so we’re just helping them exist and do what they do. That stuff is vital right now for general LGBT culture to be mainstream and be present, to have groups and not be, you know, relegated to some underground thing that some people feel uncomfortable with. I think it’s common for bands to come to schools and do environmental work or do “Rock the Vote” or stuff like that, but gay rights and all issues that go along with it are the most important issues of our time and the most important issues right now. We want to highlight that; we want to talk about it. […] I just think it’s cool to meet those people and those groups because I think they’re having a unique experience right now that no one else can really understand. EQ: What inspired the band to create the Ally Coalition? JA: We’ve been doing a lot of work in that field—talking about it, raising money, trying to rally people together. We just realized that we could be more effective if we had, like, an umbrella to put it under. And we also kind of saw a lack of presence from the straight voices or the idea that this is kind of everyone’s issue. It should be something that we’re all talking about. We thought that it would be impactful to start a nonprofit coming from that
angle. […] we’ve learned that a lot of people want to go on record and say something—put it on their Facebook or Twitter and talk to their family and friends but don’t really necessarily have an avenue to do it… One thing that we’re really doing is giving people a real alley to go and talk—just making it a little bit easier to get that conversation started. EQ: What barriers do you think there are to starting the conversation? JA: There’s a lot of barriers. I think that, you know, you grow up and people are like, “You don’t talk about religion and you don’t talk about politics.” Those are just two things you don’t talk about. And I think that all gay issues are rooted in both, they’re political and they’re religious. And they’re polarizing. You can’t have a lighthearted conversation about gay rights like you can about the economy or foreign policy […] it’s tough and one thing that we’ve learned from talking about it a lot is that there’s effective ways to talk about it and ways that are just further polarizing. EQ: Aside from the nonprofit, do you bring up these issues onstage? JA: If it’s necessary. Interestingly enough, we do a lot of this but we’re not really like a political band or anything like that. It’s just that this issue is important right now. We’re still a band because we play music/ We didn’t start a band so we could talk about political issues [...] this whole tour feels really timely and it feels right; we’re on college campuses, speaking to the very generation that has the power to make the biggest difference.
WALK THE MOON, a rock band based in Cincinnati, performed at the university on Monday night. Cady Zuvich, a features editor on the staff of The Review, had the chance to interview two band members, Eli Maiman and Kevin Ray, before the concert. Cady Zuvich: How and when did the band form? Eli Maiman: Nicholas Petrrica founded the band around 2008. He was going to school at Kenyon, a university north of Columbus. After his friends graduated, they all went their own ways, but Nick kept the band going and gathered this motley crew of individuals and included Nick, Sean and myself. We all got really lucky–the four of us all were really passionate about music and wanted to do music as a living. It’s rare to find people who share that passion and are willing to drop everything in their life to do it. Kevin Ray: I love these guys. I think that’s the common denominator between the four of us, that there is no question that we will do this for the rest of our lives. It’s hard to find people that have the ability to do it and function in a group like this. We’re lucky to have gotten this far and hopefully we keep going. CZ: For forthcoming albums, are you more focused on preserving your own sound or experimenting with new sounds? EM: I think it’s just in the nature of an artist to progress and explore and try to find new ways of expressing yourself. We consume a variety of music–I think that will inevitably find its way into our new songs. We are playing three new songs relatively regularly in sets, and there are shades of Kings of Leon and shades of The Killers and 70s funk. It’s really all over the place. It’s important to us keep it within this realm of Walk the Moon, but I think there are always new territories to explore within that world. KR: When we’re out touring, we’re listening to a lot of music than we did before–we have a lot of ‘headphone’ time. Just consuming large amounts of new music is changing our music without us trying to have to. EM: We’re curious and we have terrible ADD, so anything could happen. CZ:What are some of the bands you’re listening to now? EM: The new Milo Green record is really great. We were home for a week, and it was the only CD in my car, so I listened to it all week. We’re also going out with a band called Family of the Year from Los Angeles who are really cool and kind of in that same vein. KR: There is kind of this family of 10 or 15 of these indie bands that are meeting each other and interweaving, like us, Imagine Dragons, Grouplove, Young the Giant and Cage the Elephant. All these bands seem to get together, especially during this summer. We’re really looking forward to this summer and meeting up with everyone. CZ: How did the face painting at shows originate? KR: The face paint originally came from the “Anna Sun” music video. We were kind of throwing around “The Lost Boys,” “Hook” type thing. That’s the vibe we had going into that and someone came up with the idea of face paint–like you’re going into battle. It was really fun doing it, so when we premiered the video in Cincinnati, we had a party and paint was a big part of that party. It was a fun way to interact with people who were seeing the video for the first time or maybe hearing us
for the first time. That just carried over to live shows–people started showing up with paint and we would bring paint. It became a good way to go out in the audience and interact with people beforehand. As we go on, it is what it is. It’s a very organic thing to let it happen. CZ: How much does The Police influence your music? EM: The Police influence is a little more subtle than our other influences. The Police have this playful, mysterious quality that we really want to draw from and that’s much more apparent than any actual musical influence. CZ: How much of your own college experiences is put in your album? EM: I think where the struggle is, the conflict in the narrative that is Walk the Moon is this territory that exists between youth and adulthood and for a lot of people, I think that happens during college or near the end of college and struggling to become responsible and grow up while maintaining a sense of fun and playfulness and not letting growing up mean growing cold. I think that’s a frequent theme on the album. KR: I think if you basically read the back of the VHS tape of “Hook” that is probably a good description of it. It seems that story of wanting to stay in Neverland and be youthful but realizing you have to grow up but maintaining that sense of youth. CZ: What is the non-stop touring lifestyle like? KR: We’re lucky to have the support of our friends, families, loved ones and girlfriends. That’s the biggest thing. We get home for a couple days with just enough time to do laundry and then we’re on the road for three weeks or six weeks. I think it’s easier than I thought it would be because everyone is so supportive. It would be really tough in an environment where I didn’t have that kind of support. CZ: What is your favorite part of touring? KR: Other than getting to play live music, I think it’s the inside jokes. We have really funny cast of characters that we travel with and they always keep us entertained. EM: The brotherhood and comradery. It’s really funny to see the regional differences too. We just got done doing a month with Fun. in Europe and it was a different country every day, a different language and a totally different way of ordering pizza. Figuring out and navigating those social difference is really interesting and enlightening. CZ: How are playing festivals like South by Southwest and Firefly different from playing your own shows? KR: We did seven shows in 30 hours at South by Southwest. It was crazy. I couldn’t hear anything by the end of next day–my ears were ringing really bad. EM: The sets like Firefly are fun when you can hang out. You know, it’s almost like you get wrapped up seeing Yeasayer, The Killers, Modest Mouse, Grouplove and Cake. Then you’re like, “Oh s***, I have to work too.” You kind of lose yourself. KR: I think we’re figuring out that as we grow, it’s getting harder to hang out. I remember our first summer as a festival band we did Lollapalooza, and we played in the morning and then we had nothing to do – we did a couple of interviews and had nothing to do. We got to hang out the whole day and it still felt a little rushed. So it’s just getting harder and harder to take the time but we share that with the other bands like us.
November 7, 2012
Dunham, Fey, Kaling share stories, advice in autobiographies BY ASHLEY PAINTSIL Copy Editor
In early October, a book of essays authored by Lena Dunham, star of HBO’s “Girls,” sold for $3.5 million to the publishing company Random House. With the success of the book, titled “Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s Learned,” Dunham joins the company of comedians Mindy Kaling and Tina Fey, two female authors who have also had success in the sales of their respective books. Fey’s “Bossypants” peaked on the New York Times Best Seller List in 2011 and spent 27 weeks on the New York Times hardcover non-fiction list, while Kaling’s “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)” spent three weeks on the New York Times hardcover non-fiction list. Communication professor Juliet Dee says Fey’s comedic autobiography “Bossypants” gives readers humorous anecdotes about Fey’s life and career from a feminist viewpoint. Dee attributes this success largely to her role as Liz Lemon on NBC’s “30 Rock,” as well as her satirical take on Sarah Palin in NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” “Her brand of humor is certainly from a feminist point of view,” Dee says. “If you would go back 100 or 200 years ago,
you might find women generally deferring to men and in the year 2012, Tina Fey definitely does not do that.” She says she is not surprised that Fey’s book debuted at No. 2 on the New York Times Best Seller List while Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi’s book “A Shore Thing” debuted at No. 24. Dee says she attributes Polizzi’s lack of intelligence to the failure of her book. Dee says Fey is a lot smarter than Snooki, which influences the success of their respective books and how readers receive them. “[When] you have somebody who’s a lot smarter, writes something that’s funnier and more interesting, it’s going to be higher on the New York Times Best Seller List,” Dee says. Sophomore Michele McNelis says she read Kaling’s “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)” after she heard about it on Twitter. She says she initially thought Kaling’s book would be a stand-up act in book form but was surprised to find out about Kaling’s education at Dartmouth College and how hard she worked for roles on “The Office” and her new show “The Mindy Project”. She says that even though she is not exactly a fan of Dunham’s, she would like to read her book to know more about her creative process since so many people are talking about Dunham and her
show “Girls”. According to the Wall Street Journal, “Girls,” which was recently nominated for five Emmys, is a “dramedy” that follows a group of twenty-somethings as they navigate their lives in New York City as young adults in a postgraduate life. Dunham writes and acts in the show, which is based on her own experiences in the city. Junior Bria Schirripa says she watches the 26-year-old’s show because she can relate to many of the character’s experiences the on each episode. She says she appreciates Dunham’s witty, quirky writing and her honest sense of humor. “As someone who’s in college, I can relate to all of them in some way because they are dealing with anxieties of finding a job and living situations,” she says. “I feel like they touch on real problems [that people who are] 22, 23, 24 years old actually experience and they’re not sugar coating what post-grad life is like.” Sophomore Lindsay Saienni says Dunham is a role model for women in their early 20s because she has reached success at a young age and she realistically portrays what life is like for women in that stage of their lives. “She shows girls that they can do whatever they want,” Saienni says. McNelis says she has mixed feelings about Dunham’s show
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because she does not believe that the characters are always portrayed well, noting an episode in which Dunham’s character Hannah dismisses an incident of sexual abuse. McNelis says she is not sure whether Dunham deserves the amount of attention she is getting for her work because she creates poor role models in the show, but she respects that Dunham promotes a healthy female body image on “Girls.” “I don’t strive to be like Kim Kardashian and I don’t think the characters on the show strive to
Voter Turnout in the Previous 5 Presidential Elections In the 2008 presidential election, 131 million people voted, which represented 64 percent of the voting age population (citizens aged 18 years old and over), according to the Census Bureau. Between 2004 and 2008, citizens between the ages 18 and 24, were the only age group with a statistically significant increase in voter turnout, according to the Census Bureau. In 2008, 71 percent of votingage citizens were registered to vote, which decreased from 2004. In 2008, 146 million people were registered to vote, which was up 4 million from the 2004 presidential election, according to the Census Bureau. According to the Census Bureau, registered voters have a high likelihood of voting in elections and in 2008, nearly 90 percent of registered voters cast ballots, according to the Census Bureau.
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be like that either so I wouldn’t necessarily say that they’re 100 percent comfortable with their bodies,” she says. “It’s nice that they have that sort of portrayal.” While the release date is yet to be announced, Saienni says she thinks it’s fair for people to get excited about Dunham’s upcoming biography. She says she thinks Dunham is getting paid the right amount of money to write about her life and experiences. “I think she’s smart, funny and she’s talented,” she says.” “She’s working for what she wants and she’s putting herself out there.”
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“Flight” is a movie that takes off from the beginning and continues to capture the audiences’ attentions until the end. Directed by Robert Zemeckis (“Cast Away” and “Back to the Future”), “Flight” is captivating because of Denzel Washington’s strong performance as a coke-snorting, boozedrinking playboy airline pilot named Whip Whitaker. These unhealthy habits lead to the premise of the film’s plot, as Whitaker clearly pilots his plane under the influence. When the plane malfunctions, Whitaker’s expertise at flying kicks in and he performs a few tricks to save most of the crew onboard right in the nick of time. Whitaker is now a hero. Or is he? That is exactly what Zemeckis implores the audience to think about throughout this emotionally-charged character study. “Flight” firmly addresses the potential struggle, addiction and pain of alcoholism. Because of his alcoholism, Whitaker faces jail time, is divorced from his wife and estranged from his only son. Whitaker tries to stop drinking on his own but can’t, and even after his lawyer asks him to stop drinking, he cannot. His good friend Charlie Anderson (Bruce Greenwood) eventually forces him to stop drinking and he remains sober for nine days until caves again. It takes all of this for Whitaker to finally realize he has a problem.
In terms of plot, “The Man with the Iron Fists” may superficially seem like a fairly unoriginal martial arts flick. The story is that of a group of warriors intent on saving a village while reclaiming a chest of stolen gold. The heroes include a British soldier (Russell Crowe), a blacksmith (Robert Fitzgerald Diggs, known as Rza) and Zen Yi (Rick Yune), a young leader of the legendary Lion Clan. Other members of the excellent cast include Byron Mann as the villain behind the gold robbery and betrayer of the Lions and Lucy Liu as Madam Blossom, the brothel owner around which the story is centered. The movie is noteworthy for being Rza’s directorial and screenwriting debut (the film was co-written with Eli Roth). Rza is better known for being a member of the hip-hop group, the Wu-Tang Clan. He is also responsible for producing the majority of the group’s albums. While Rza had previously acted in films, “The Man with the Iron Fists” proves to be an impressive entrance into the action behind the camera. The film’s charm is its tongue-in-cheek representation of the martial arts genre. It is as much a comedy as it is an action film. The fighting sequences are absurd and overdone, and the editing jumps from traditional martial arts cuts to a style reminiscent of a music video with
Denzel Washington kills it in one of his best performances to date. He plays an alcoholic so convincingly the audience can almost smell the booze on his breath. However, any good movie is not good without its humor. This is where Whitaker’s drug dealer, Harling Mays, (an outstanding John Goodman) comes in. Mays is not just any drug dealer, though. He brings Whitaker naughty magazines and alcohol in his hospital bed as a funny, but sincere way of showing his care. Later in the movie, Mays brings Whitaker more cocaine to help cure his hangover right before an important meeting with government moguls who could throw him in jail. If that wasn’t enough, the false sense of professionalism that Mays casts on himself had the audience laughing out loud. Zemeckis crafts a compelling and wildly entertaining movie with “Flight.” He does an extraordinary job portraying Whitaker in a neutral sense. Is he the good guy or the bad guy? Just when the audience thinks he’s a careless, negligent person who deserves to rot in prison, Whitaker proves he’s actually a man trying to desperately escape his demons and it is this complex character study that makes the film so alluring. —Nick La Mastra, firstname.lastname@example.org
several panels on the screen and CGI-aided slow-motion. The dialogue is cheesy and shallow. The soundtrack shifts from the expected ambience to hip-hop. Characters change personas mid-fight as if several scenes were left out somewhere in between. The greatest surprise, however, is that this works. “The Man with the Iron Fists” ensures that every moment, including any slower plot progression points, keeps the viewer’s interest. If there is no action sequence, there is certainly a ludicrous plot twist or a terrible line of dialogue that is simply impossible not to laugh at. These elements are done tastefully, since such interjections certainly have the potential to be annoying if overdone. The film walks that thin line extremely well, with the final product keeping a steady flow of entertainment throughout. While the fight scenes are good, those who go see “The Man with the Iron Fists” with hopes to catch a standard action flick might be disappointed. But those who see it with an open mind will definitely be impressed. It is a film that tries (and succeeds) at delivering good fun without worrying if it will fit into a mold. —Marcin W. Cencek, email@example.com
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Artist of the Week: Lord Huron with Jackie Feminella If you like: Fleet Foxes, Maps & Atlases, Great Lake Swimmers Lord Huron, an up-and-coming atmospheric indie band, began as the solo project of Michigan born Ben Schneider, a self-described “man of extremes.” While reconnecting with nature on a trip home, inspiration struck and the EP “Into The Sun” was produced. Several months later in August 2010, the live band began touring, and their second EP “Mighty” was released. Their first full-length album, “Lonesome Dreams,” was released on Oct. 9 and I’ve had it on repeat ever since. Schneider used to be a part-time art teacher to pay the bills for his music
goals. Album art is critical to him, and he says he associates visuals with each song while writing. He’s also clearly one with nature, and uses the mountains and the trees as a coping mechanism for modern day woes. This therapy is blatantly stated in “She Lit A Fire,” with lyrics, “I’ve been through the desert / And I’ve been across the sea / I’ve been walking through the mountains / I’ve wandered through the trees / For her.” When prompted about his writing style in Interview Magazine, Schneider said, “I have the songs pretty much fully fleshed out by the time we actually go to
the studio, and the way I think about it a lot is visually—imagining landscapes that I’m trying to describe sonically.” Besides nature, he’s described some of his strongest influences to have come from old Western movies, particularly in their storytelling qualities. A lot of the influence on this album came from Schneider’s travels, and consequently the album is great road trip music. Songs to check out are “The Stranger,” “We Went Wild,” “Lonesome Dreams,” “End of the Earth,” and “She Lit a Fire.” Lord Huron is currently touring in California. —firstname.lastname@example.org
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November 7, 2012
Students volunteer with local, national campaigns BY PAIGE CARNEY Copy Editor
Even with all the time demands of campaigning, students like senior Jake Weil say they commit because they truly believe in their candidate’s ability to make effective change. Weil has spent this election season knocking on doors and making political phone calls on behalf of Bryan Townsend as part of his regular schedule. Weil, who manages the campaign for Townsend, the Democratic nominee for the 11th Senate District, had to schedule time for campaigning in between classes and the other responsibilities associated with being a full-time student. “We have other obligations,” Weil says. “Being a student is a full obligation. It’s a lot to balance. A local race like this is a lot easier than a state race. The challenges are the same though just balancing all these different aspect of life.” Junior Chelsey Rodowicz, who has been interning for the campaign team to re-elect Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), says the benefits of campaigning outweigh the demands. “It has been hard to balance with a lot of other things […] even if I sacrificed some for the campaign over my schoolwork, it was definitely worth it,” Rodowicz says.
Rodowicz also says there are benefits to working with university alumni on the campaign trail. Rodowicz works under alumnus John Collins, who serves as Carper’s campaign manager and worked for him during his last term in office. Rodowicz says this connection made working on the campaign less stressful and while she enjoys her current position, she remains uncertain as to whether or not she will have the same opportunities to become involved in a future campaign. “I probably won’t be a main intern on a campaign again because this is a once in a lifetime experience,” says Rodowicz. “But I will definitely volunteer again.” Junior Erin Burns has been campaigning for the Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney and his running mate, Republican Vice Presidential Nominee Paul Ryan, and also says that she is unsure if she would pursue a political career. Burns, who primarily campaigned by knocking on doors and making phone calls, says that while she learned a lot from her campaign experience, political careers are often unstable because there is no promise the candidate will be elected. “I enjoy the volunteering, but it’s a relatively uncertain career path
because you have a job for so many months, but after that there is no guarantee,” Burns says. Although there is no promise of a future career, students like Burns and junior Elizabeth Catt say they find value in and gain knowledge though volunteer campaign experience. Catt has been working with College Republicans to elect or re-elect Republican politicians to congressional and senatorial positions, and she says all American citizens should be politically involved. “I will always be politically involved,” Catt says. “It’s part of the civic duty. I think everyone should strive to achieve it.” Despite Catt’s interest and dedication, she says that the same cannot be said for all of her classmates and students are working very hard on both sides to get students involved and their respective candidates elected. While Catt has being working on the right, Weil has been working on the left and says getting students interested in politics is important because “politics run every aspect of your life.” “It runs the health codes, the traffic lights, how you pay taxes,” Weil says. “You need to be informed to actually offer an opinion.”
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Students campaign outside of Jones Elementary School on Election Day.
Invisible Children releases new film, ‘Move’ BY COLLETTE O’NEAL Staff Reporter
Invisible Children, the nonprofit organization that released the film KONY 2012 last spring, has released a new movie titled “Move,” which several hundred students gathered to see Thursday in the Trabant University Center. When the film “KONY 2012,” which documented the crimes of warlord Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army in Eastern and Central Africa, was released in March, it reached over one million views within 36 hours of upload and became the most viral video in history. The event was sponsored by the registered student organization Uganda Untold and volunteers from Invisible Children presented the new film, which details the creation and success of “KONY 2012” and the events leading up to co-founder Jason Russell’s public breakdown and its impact on the organization. Shortly after the movie’s release, Russell was seen running nude and cursing in San Diego after multiple news interviews about the credibility of Invisible Children. Russell offered an apology in the new film for his actions and the loss of trust it potentially caused. Despite media scrutiny, Russell says they will continue to follow the campaign’s slogan, “Stop at nothing,” to bring Kony to justice and the movie included the next steps people can take to help bring about Kony’s arrest and the end of the war. According to the film, since 2006, Kony and the LRA have
spread their influence from Uganda into the neighboring countries of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic and South Sudan. Kony is the International Criminal Court’s most wanted and has been indicted for war crimes and crimes against humanity including murder, enslavement, rape and forced enlistment of children. “He has cut off people’s ears, he has cut off people’s lips, he has made children eat the flesh off a human being,” Regional Ambassador of Eastern and Central Africa Okot Andruvile says in the film. “One child will tell you, ‘I killed more than 200 people.’ That is how bad Joseph Kony is.” Junior Allie Copman, who says she had not seen the original film, says watching “Move” helped her clear up the confusion she had about the LRA conflict and Invisible Children’s project. “I really had no idea about the gravity of the situation,” Copman says. “And getting to see this movie just made the impact so much bigger now. I’m glad I saw it” In addition to the film, survivor Ojok Amos from northern Uganda spoke to students about his personal experience of growing up during the war. He says when the war started in 1987 he was 10 years old and already a partial orphan. Two years later, Amos says, much of the assets left by his late father were depleted and his mother died, leaving him to care for his nine other siblings. “I was 12 years old, still young,” Amos says. “I did parental love, I did emotional support as an already full orphan.”
After the death of his mother, Amos says he briefly found someone to pay his high school fees and basic needs but then had to work to earn money to support himself and his family. Eventually he went to college and studied education. “When I got to college the only study I could think of was education because I needed to hurry and support my younger siblings,” Amos says. After college, Amos worked as a teacher for several years before becoming a mentor for Invisible Children in 2006. As a mentor he identifies children affected by the war and helps them receive a scholarship as well as emotional guidance and support. For his closing remarks, Amos encouraged students to attend the organization’s next event Move: D.C. in which the younger generation is asked to rally around the White House. The hope is to get the newly elected president and world leaders to meet and initiate the arrest of Kony, according to the film. The United States has already put military advisors in Central Africa and President Barack Obama has pledged to support the efforts to stop Kony. Amos says it is important for the younger generation to rally in Washington, D.C. and around the world if they want their leaders to take action. “We need to speak up and remind our world leaders of the promises they have made to end this brutal war,” Amos says. Senior Victoria Cosgrove, project council coordinator of
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A speaker presents ‘Move,’ a film produced by the makers of ‘KONY 2012,’ at a Uganda Untold event on Thursday. Uganda Untold says the group speaking to students not only had been in contact with Invisible represents giving a voice to his Children for several years and asked people in Uganda but also a way for them to come to the university. young people to connect to the war. She said they hoped the event He says he hopes that by talking would re-inspire students to take with them, it will inspire them to action and to reiterate that the LRA participate in Move: DC. conflict is a still an ongoing problem. “I am quite confident that “We really want people to know Americans are still passionate about that ‘KONY 2012’ and the conflict the people around the world, and in general is not a fad and that it’s by sharing our experiences they not over,” Cosgrove says. are moved to making that happen,” Amos says being on tour Amos says.
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Drug-resistant gonorrhea blamed on oral sex BY ASHLEY PAINTSIL Copy Editor
Sex therapists Amy and Charles Miron participated in an “Ask the Sexperts” discussion on Thursday night about safe sex sponsored by Kesher, a reform Jewish registered student organization. It was also sponsored by Hillel and Student Wellness and Health Promotion. One of these topics was how gonorrhea and the Human Papillomavirus are affecting both male and female students. Japanese doctors Magnus Unemo and Makoto Ohnishi found a new strain of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea, called H401, last year. Amy Miron says this antibiotic resistance should be a cause of concern for students. “It’s scary when you understand how the field of sexually transmitted infections has grown over the years,” she says. “It’s a battle because as you increase the antibiotics they learn how to survive.” Amy Miron says students should be more concerned about having oral sex because it is one of the main reasons HPV and gonorrhea viruses are mutating and becoming resistant to antibiotics. “I think what’s happening as far as oral sex is that it has become
so common and people don’t use latex, polyurethane or isopropylene condoms because they think it’s safe,” she says. “It’s the HPV virus whether it’s your throat, your vagina or your rectum.” Senior Aryeh Kuller says in a college setting, fewer people judge students for having oral sex because the way people look at sex has evolved over time. “Oral sex was like a huge deal in ninth grade, but it’s not as much of a big deal now,” Kuller says. “Any sex is sex, but at the same time the magnitude of what people consider sex acts has definitely changed.” Senior Leah Diamant, the vice president of Kesher, says she does not think students view sex any differently now than they have in the past. “They know that everything they do is sex,” she says. “I don’t think people care.” She says says the talk was an informative way for women to learn about how to take preventative measures so they do not spread sexually transmitted diseases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Protection, “gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease caused by a bacterium. Gonorrhea can grow easily in the warm, moist areas of the
reproductive tract, including the cervix, uterus and fallopian tubes in women and in the urethra in both men and women. The bacterium can also grow in a person’s mouth, throat, eyes and anus.” People get gonorrhea by having sex anally, vaginally or orally with someone who has the disease. The CDC estimates that more than 700,000 people in the United States get new gonorrhea infections each year. Symptoms include a burning sensation during urination and pus discharge from the genitals. However, the disease is oftentimes asymptomatic. When gonorrhea is left untreated it can lead to chronic pelvic pain in women and increases the risk of HIV transmission. Amy Miron says there are over 30 strains of the HPV virus, but only four strains cause disease. She says Gardasil, a series of three vaccines, protects the body from strains six and 11, which cause warts and strains 16 and 18, which cause cervical cancer. She recommends both men and women get the vaccine. “If you intend to be sexually active with any human being other than yourself, I would get the Gardasil vaccine,” Amy Miron says. Symptoms of HPV in women, according to the CDC, are warts on
Male birth control pill being developed, students hesitant BY JACK COBOURN Managing Sports Editor
Men could soon have a new option in the birth control market, as scientists at the Dana-Farber/ Harvard Cancer Center in Boston are developing a new pill specifically for men that helps testicles “forget” how to make sperm. Nursing professor Judy Herrman says there would likely be resistance to the drug at first and thinks there would be a need for education about the drug before it becomes fully accepted. “I think that there would probably be a lot of work that would need to be done as far as conceptions and misconceptions,” Herman says. “I think traditionally, anything that changes male fertility raises red flags for many men.” The pill is being developed by James Bradner of the Dana-Farber/ Harvard Cancer Center whose team was originally trying to develop a new cancer drug that would attack a protein in a cancer cell, causing the cell “forget” it was a cancer cell and making it inactive. According to MSNBC, Bradner then began to look at other proteins that had the same structure as the cancer cells and found one in male testicles. Because Bradner is dealing with cancer and not fertility, he spoke to Martin Matzuk, who has a background in reproductive and developmental biology and works at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Matzuk’s team tested the drug in their lab by injecting it into mice. When they were taken off the
drug, results showed they were able to father healthy babies. The doctors also reported the drug was tested on human versions of the protein that became inactive after injection. Male birth control hormone injections, which will alter testosterone levels and can give unwanted side effects such as breast tissue growth, are also being studied. Because Bradner’s pill attacks a protein, it will not affect testosterone levels and should not have the effects of the injections. However, according to Herrman, one concern with the pill is that, unlike condoms, it has an inability to prevent sexually transmitted infections. She says it would be marketed to people who still need to be reminded that it will not protect against STIs and HIV, and makers should market it carefully like they market female oral contraception. “I think it would be highly marketable, it would just need to be in conjunction with other measures,” Herrman says. Herrman also says while marketability seems favorable, she does not think there has been a positive response because of the worry about infertility and the side effects like breast tissue growth. Despite predicted hesitation, some male students find the idea of male birth control in pill form favorable. Junior Ian Roberts says he believes as long as male birth control prevents pregnancy, it is a good idea. “I think any option you can get out there, as long as it’s effective, is probably beneficial,” Roberts says. “I mean, as long as it’s not harmful, I
don’t see how it could possibly hurt the situation.” Some female students also expressed favorability toward the idea of male birth control as it could potentially create more equality between genders. Sophomore Amanda Perfit says she finds it fair that men should have to take birth control for reasons including the ability to share responsibility and thinks male birth control is a good idea because it would change people’s perspectives of gender roles. “I think that opinions would change about how birth control for women is viewed,” Perfit says. Perfit also says she has no problems with the pill’s safety, but senior Jessica Chopyk says she is worried because the pill puts users in the “same situation” regardless of whether it is a pill for males or a pill for females. She says she is not convinced male birth control popularity will prevail over female birth control popularity because she feels that most men would be deterred by feelings of decreased masculinity associated with taking the pill. “I think the male ego is a little too big,” Chopyk says. Roberts says his decision of whether or not to take the pill would be based on its efficacy and as long as the drug is advertised well, people will not have doubts about the pill. “People are always skeptical,” Roberts says. “The market is fickle. You have to market it the correct way or else I don’t think it will take off.”
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The Gardasil vaccine protects against four strains of HPV. Changes in sexual behaviors have led to drug resistant strains of diseases. the vulva, vagina and cervix while men experience warts on the penis, scrotum or groin. She says these warts should not be confused with herpes blisters that are painful and fluid filled. She says that many times women do not feel the symptoms of HPV because they do not examine their genitals every day. “How many women go around daily with a mirror looking at their genitals?” Amy Miron says. “Men’s
genitals are out front—they handle them when they urinate every day. Women don’t usually explore their genitals, though we recommend that you look at them.” Kuller says it is important for men to get the HPV vaccine so that the virus does not spread. “If there’s something you can do to prevent yourself from getting sick from in any way, I think you should go ahead and do it,” Kuller says.
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Science, color contrast behind beauty of fall foliage BY CADY ZUVICH Features Editor
Every year, as the month of October winds down, hues of golden yellow, orange and red foliage fill the campus, giving the university an aesthetic autumn backdrop of Newark’s fall at its prime. Though student observers note the natural beauty autumn has to offer, professor John Frett, director of the university’s Botanic Gardens, says these leaves do not change just to “look good.” Frett says the process of autumn leaves exposing their various hues primarily involves chlorophyll, a pigment found in leaves. As the days grow shorter and the nights grow longer, chlorophyll production slows down, which begins to strip the leaves of their green color. This process is what first brings out the yellows, which Frett says is the most predominant color of fall foliage. “Trees salvage nutrients and it begins to leave yellow [pigments],” Frett says. “Everything first turns yellow.” As chlorophyll breaks down, two other pigments, carotenoids, which produce yellows and oranges, and anthocyanins, which produce reds, begin to maintain a presence in leaves, according to the Department of Agriculture. Frett says warm days and cooler nights are the most ideal for this process to produce the most vibrant colors. Though all trees undergo this process, not all trees are created equal, Frett says. Certain trees provide different hues and shades for onlookers. He says there is “tremendous diversity” of sweet gums, “brilliant scarlets” of black gums and “bright reds” of red maples. Frett says while certain trees
primarily feature certain colors, variation in colors provides contrast that is quintessential to a proper autumn experience. “Changes in color are what appeals to people,” Frett says. “Having one color is like taking a canvas and just painting it bright orange—you have to have contrast.” Frett says that while New England’s foliage does not change faster or for a longer duration than Newark’s fall, its contrast of leaves is what makes New England’s autumn more striking. The evergreen leaves provide an opposing green backdrop to the orange, yellow and red colors presented by the other trees, which is naturally appealing to onlookers. Senior Victoria Cosgrove, who is originally from Glastonbury, Conn., says although fall in Glastonbury is beautiful, Newark’s fall still has much to offer. She says she especially enjoys the foliage around White Clay Creek State Park and the trees on The North Green around Gore Hall. “It’s nice to feel the crisp air, look around and see trees,” Cosgrove says. “It’s much more enjoyable with the foliage.” She says one advantage of living in Connecticut was that it was more wooded than Newark, which made fall very distinct. Cathleen Grimes, president of Students for the Environment, says Newark’s weather is at its peak when it is shifting from summer to fall. With this shift brings Grimes’ favorite aspects of fall—the crisp autumn air, color variations in leaves and sweaters. “For me, fall signifies a changing in season,” Grimes says. “It’s one of the best parts of living in the Northeast.” Though onlookers often revel in autumn’s beauty, many questions are
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Colorful fall trees line the pathway outside of Perkins Student Center. Professor John Frett says the variation in colors is what makes fall foliage outstanding. raised about what to do with leaves the Delaware Solid Waste Authority Botanic Gardens. once they have fallen. According also has a yard waste recycling “Burning leaves wastes good to the Environmental Protection program, in which residents can drop resources,” Frett says. “It removes Agency, leaf burning, a practice off their yard wastes, which are then substantial amounts of nutrients previously used by homeowners recycled. that would end up being replaced by throughout the country, often leads The university also recycles its fertilizers.” to health problems, air pollution and leaves, according to Frett. Frett says Though fall has much to offer fire hazards. In the state of Delaware, the natural leaf-dropping process is aesthetically, Frett says each season the practice of burning leaves has important and that because leaves provides us with different qualities, been banned since 1995, as the ban have nutrients, it’s important to making it impossible for him to pick reads it is “important to protect let them decompose naturally in a favorite season. people, animals and plants from a compost pile. Many leaves on “Every season has a unique harmful chemicals that are produced campus are taken to compost piles, quality plant-wise,” Frett says. by open burning.” some of those leaves being used to “There’s always something going In an attempt to be sustainable, provide nutrients to plants in the on.”
How To: Turn A utumn into Art S T with
Dear “I’m tired of raking leaves,” I have always adored the autumn season. Maybe it is because my birthday is right around the corner or maybe because I love Halloween so much and it happens to fall (pun intended) right in the middle of this glorious time. Or maybe, it is simply because I am from just north of New York City where the leaves turn perfectly and hold on to their captivatingly warm hues of burnt reds, tender oranges and golden yellows in just the right way for just the right amount of time. Whatever the reason might be, I have come to associate the turn of the leaves with a turn of my mood undeniably for the better; yet, not all of you will agree, and I think this might have something to do with that raw feeling left in your hands from holding a rake for too long in order to have a beautiful, clean lawn. And as someone who grew up raking leaves just to jump in them, I completely understand your sentiments. But this season, I encourage you to put down the rake and bring the leaves inside your home instead of pushing them farther from your yard.
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In order to turn fallen leaves into fine art, first gather the leaves that appeal to you. I tend to go for the most vibrant leaves in a variety of shapes and colors that are just fallen and without tear or decay. Then you can craft your autumn away.
Preserved Leaves: One of the most
beautiful and simple ways to decorate for fall is to scatter leaves on windowsills, tables or in baskets throughout your house. You can even hang them on fishing line in windows to catch the light and splash the fall palate into your home. In order to do this, you want to preserve the leaves by gently dipping them in wax and letting them dry. All you have to do is melt wax, which you can buy at any craft store, dip the leaves, and hang them by the stem on a line (with newspaper underneath to catch any wax drips) for a couple hours. The leaves will maintain their shape and color way beyond the time when the others fall outside.
Leaf Prints: Grab some construction paper, glue, newspaper, paint or whatever else you think will make a fantastic print and do not forget to incorporate those beautiful leaves. You can dip leaves in paint (color of
your choice) and stamp them or hammer them (place the leaf down and hammer the pigment out) on newspaper or construction paper before putting them into a frame. You can also buy a see-through frame and simply place the leaves in artistic patterns in the frame. Either way, with a little effort and creativity, you can hang your art instead of raking it away.
Autumn Candles: Another way to
bring the best of the outdoors inside is by incorporating leaves into candle décor. You can do this in a variety of ways, including simply filling the candleholders themselves with the actual leaves. If you do not have any candleholders then you can go ahead and make them yourself by taking old mason jars or other glass containers and doing a leave decoupage (you can buy the necessary adhesive at any craft store) on the outside. Or you can always take out the middleman that is the candleholder, and apply leaves to the candle itself. Get out your glue gun or decoupage and assemble the leaves in any pattern around the candle. Add a festive flare with a ribbon scarf running around the candle and tie it with a twig in the knot. Whichever route you take, your leaves will look much better with candlelight bouncing off of them than sitting in piles on the lawn.
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Fall sweaters, as seen on “The Cosby Show”
with Megan Soria
During Hurricane Sandy last week, littered with “UD Alert’s” alarming texts and phone calls, my parents found an excuse to rush down to Delaware and smuggle me home. Fortunately, not only did we have power for most of the time, but my family and friends stayed safe, so my heart and prayers go out to all the people who were affected by Sandy. Any idea that involves me coming home to the constant care of my parents is a great one to them, but being confined at home for 48 hours only means one thing to me— doing nothing. With the busyness of schoolwork and only acquiring channels one through 12 in my apartment at school, TV isn’t really an option, (aside from the recent presidential debates or boring QVC sessions) so the idea of snuggling in my cozy sweater and doing absolutely nothing but watching a black box at home sounded incredible. This indolent pleasure involved reruns of “The Cosby Show”—my first and favorite TV obsession as a child (blame my big brothers), which reminded me of my favorite fashion piece of the season. There’s nothing that gets me more excited about fall than a cozy sweater—they’re neat, chic, warm and comfortable, so there’s really nothing to complain about. There are a variety of styles
and cool ways to wear them, so whatever your style or personality, there’s one that’s just right for you. Heathcliff Huxtable of “The Cosby Show,” the original Brooklyn hipster himself, was famed for the iconic “Cosby Sweater” —a colorful explosion of wacky patterns on a chunky knit pullover. This particular sweater might not cater to everyone’s taste—if anything, you might spot one of these vintage beauties at an “ugly sweater party.” Yet to me, they’re totally quirky, fun and cute. One of these oversized sweaters with a pair of leggings or skinny pants make for a fun laid-back outfit. Then there’s the classic cableknit sweater that can either be seen on your grandpa or on a chic J.Crew mannequin. They’re the best type to wear over a collar for a posh touch. Add layers of necklaces or dress them down with cool boots to create a younger, fresh look. Cardigans are always a great go-to fashion piece. They are not about boring librarians anymore (no offense to librarians). Cardigans now come in cool patterns and fun colors. They’re the easiest, most accessible piece to throw on a boring outfit to add a touch of color and a bit of warmth. Layer thin cardigans of different colors over each other and create fun, innovative looks. Basic, boxier sweaters with
a clean boat neckline might seem drab, but they are a girl’s best friend when coordinating with some of the season’s loudest trends. The moment you buy those amazing floral pants, that crazy colorful skirt or even daring leather pants, you’re stuck asking yourself, “What do I wear with this?” This is where your “best friend” comes in. The basic and clean details of a boxy sweater balance out the latest trend you want to pull off. You can even pair it with plain, cropped trousers or skinny black pants with ballet flats for a classic Audrey Hepburn look. If oversized isn’t your thing, fitted or wrapped “ballerina” sweaters look flattering, especially on petite figures. Layer loose sweaters over a longer dress and heeled boots for a Boho vibe, or add a thin fashionable belt to show off your waist. Play with different colors, textures and styles such as cable-knit, argyle, mohair, cropped, regular or long. Just remember that sweaters can look like a lot more than a nerdy school uniform or a bad Christmas present made by your great Aunt Myrtle. The power did happen to go out at 10 p.m., which was probably best for my brain. I did not even have to change into PJs because my cozy sweater did just fine. —firstname.lastname@example.org
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Lower Case Blues at World Cafe Live The Queen Theater, Wilmington Thursday, Nov. 8, 8:30 p.m. Thursday Night Comedy Mojo Main Thursday, Nov. 8, 8 p.m.
Public Safety Lost and Found Sale Perkins Student Center Garage Friday, Nov. 9, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Chapel Street Junction Home Grown Cafe Saturday, Nov. 10, 10 p.m.
Engineers Without Borders 5k Run Christiana Commons Building Sunday, Nov. 11, 1:30 p.m.
Harrington Theatre Arts Company presents Little Shop of Horrors Bacchus Theatre Thursday, Nov. 8, 8 p.m.
Endless Wine Tasting Stone Balloon Winehouse Wednesday, Nov. 7, 5 to 7 p.m.
Fiesta Latina Trabant University Center Multipurpose Rooms Friday, Nov. 9, 8 p.m.
Diversity and Democracy: A Perspective from India Memorial Hall 122 Wednesday, Nov. 7, 12:20 to 1:10 p.m.
Chorduroy Deer Park Tavern Sunday, Nov. 11, 10 p.m.
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The Weekly Beaker with Jock Gilchrist
Infinite Pasts, the Multiverse, and Stardust: Stephen Hawking’s “The Grand Design”
“The Grand Design” by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow is chock-full of weird facts about our universe that will make you seriously question your view of reality. Below are a few of the most mind-bending ideas from the book. One of the amazing concepts discussed came from the work of bongo-playing American physicist Richard Feynman. Feynman analyzed the famous double-slit experiment from a completely new and creative perspective— because previously no one knew how to interpret it. In the doubleslit experiment, light particles— photons—were fired one at a time at a recording screen through a plate with one vertical slit. Over time, one band of photons appeared on the recording screen. But when a second slit was added to the plate, rather than two bands of photons showing up, multiple bands appeared, indicating that after passing through the two slits, the
photons interfered with each other as if they were waves. Yet, when fired one at a time, what can a single photon interfere with? It interferes with itself. The strangeness of the quantum world is perfectly encapsulated by this one experiment: the photon traveled through both slits at once to produce the interference pattern. According to the Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, it is impossible to know an object’s position precisely at a given time, which essentially enables it to exist in more than one place. Our observations limit it to one place, whereas it would have been in many places, each of differing probability, if we hadn’t observed. This means that if we place a detection device at the two slits, we confine the particle pattern to two narrow bands on the recording screen, because our observation changes the phenomena itself and stops the self-interference possible without observation. Feynman took this explanation a step further. He said a particle takes
every possible path to the recording screen simultaneously, and ends up in its particular place because of the
“I’m sure you’ve heard that inspirational quote: ‘We are all made of stardust.’ Well, that is quite literally true.” probability for that location. And yet if a measuring device is placed just before the recording screen, it confines a particle to a path that it could not have chosen until it was detected. Particles, when measured near the screen, show the two-band pattern rather than interference. But the particle couldn’t have known
that it was going to be observed, that it couldn’t take all possible paths, that it would have to choose either one slit or the other, until much later than it actually reached the slitted plate—the decisive moment. Our present observations affect the past. In other words, the unobserved past is a spectrum of infinite possibilities, but one of those possibilities is made real once we shine the light of observation on it. OK, take a step back and regroup if you need to. That was intense. But it gets cooler. Feynman’s “alternative histories” approach applies to the birth of our universe as well. The universe started in every possible way, with many universes born at the same time, each with different physical laws. The laws of most of these universes cause them to collapse again relatively quickly, before having the chance to develop matter, stars and life. But some of these universes are similar to ours. And again, by peering into the
Marshall’s Mugs with Ryan Marshall Sorry for the language folks, but Flying Dog is too crafty of a beer to pass up. Flying Dog is a somewhat local brewery in Frederick, Md., which is located west of Baltimore. Flying Dog features 10 year round brews such as lagers, pale ales and oyster stout. Raging Bitch suits any season. Drinking this brew is a unique experience. It has the hoppy flavor of an American India Pale Ale and the body has the sweet nectar of a Belgian style. The Belgian IPA is a kneeslapper at 8.3 percent and includes 60L caramel specialty malt that really gives the beer its color, body and sweetness.ra Three different types of hops are used in the brewing process. Warrior, Columbus and Amarillo give Raging Bitch its spicy, pungent aroma. The Warrior hops are added in the main brewing, while the Columbus and Amarillo are added just at the end of the boil. Flying Dog also dry hops Raging Bitch with the Amarillo, which gives it an extra punch of hoppy flavor. What I found most interesting about Raging Bitch is the El Diablo yeast they used. I had never heard of this yeast strand and I was interested to taste it. El Diablo is a Belgian white beer yeast, which is why this IPA has an oddly smooth finish for a such a hoppy brew. I suggest pouring this Belgian IPA into a tulip glass. The hazy caramel
color rises to the top of the glass with a well-carbonated white collar. The citrusy Amarillo and Columbus hops really stand out in the nasal passages. On the first sip, confusion ensues. How does this above 8 percent IPA go down so smoothly? Like I said, the yeast is magical. The Warrior hops provide the first wave of bitterness, but then the citrusy Columbus and Amarillo hops violently take over. Before you know it, a rush of caramel sweetness washes it all down. If you just let the beer sit on your tongue for a second, you really get all of the flavor reactions. In 2010, Flying Dog released Raging Bitch as their 20th anniversary beer and those who have tasted it know you know why. Try pairing it with a spicy buffalo chicken sandwich or something cooked with citrus, but be careful—it’s deceptively drinkable. Reverse ends of the beer-loving spectrum unite. IPA lovers will really enjoy this beer. Belgian lovers will enjoy this beer. So give it a try and use the little key below to understand what thes numbers of mugs stand for. 1: Don’t try 2: I probably would only drink it if someone bought it for me 3: Always worth a try 4: Buy it for a friend at the bar to impress them 5: Christmas present for dad, because, yeah, it is that good
QUICK REVIEW: (all mugs out of 5)
Taste: This beer definitely took a while to grow on me. At first I thought there was too much going on, but then I really started to appreciate its complexity.
Feel: A complex drinkable beer that is unique in its own right— spicy, citrusy and yet sweet.
Look: A hazy caramel color that deceives the eye as the hops lay the smack down on your mouth.
Smell: Citrus really stands out in the smell, which is why it pairs so well with spicy foods.
unobserved past with telescopes, satellites and recording equipment, we choose the path of history that led us to where we are, which was previously all possible histories. And I’m sure you’ve heard that inspirational quote: “We are all made of stardust.” Well this is quite literally true, and here’s why: A heavy element like carbon (the molecular basis for our life) can only be formed under the intense pressure and temperature of a star. But even normal star conditions aren’t enough to generate carbon— only once the star nears the end of its life does its core collapse and rise in temperature, to around 100 million degrees Celsius. Three helium nuclei are able to fuse to form stable carbon. Then, the most epic explosion in the universe happens—a supernova—and the star’s contents are spewed all over, some of which might condense into a little planet like Earth. —email@example.com
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Former Delaware baseball player Jeff Trout holds the school record for career runs scored with 86.
Hens miss out on playoffs with 3427 overtime loss against Towson Delaware misses postseason for second time in a row, can end year above .500 record with win vs. Spiders BY RYAN MARSHALL Managing Sports Editor
Delaware and Towson entered Saturday’s football game knowing only one team could win and keep its playoff hopes alive. Towson scored on its opening drive of overtime and held the Hens to four straight incomplete passes to win 34-27. Although Delaware’s postseason hopes ended with a record of 5-4 (CAA 2-4), the Hens showed the quality and intensity head coach K.C. Keeler has talked about all season. “I told the kids after the game, ‘You physically, mentally and emotionally committed this week just like you did last week,’” Keeler said. “And that is difficult because I couldn’t ask for anything
more from this team.” Delaware lost last week against No. 5 Old Dominion, 31-26, in a similar fashion. The Hens could not mount a dramatic fourth-quarter comeback against the Monarchs, but they did against Towson. At halftime, both teams had battled back and forth with the Tigers leading 14-10. Towson received the second-half kickoff and moved downfield in a 16play, 75-yard drive that took 8:42 off the clock. The Tigers scored when running back Terrence West ran for a 1-yard touchdown, but Towson missed the extra point and led 20-10. The Hens responded with a long drive of their own, going 74 yards in 2:49. Sophomore
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Sophomore quarter back Trent Hurley (12) escapes pressure during Saturday’s game against Towson. quarterback Trent Hurley capped off the drive by lobbing a 25yard touchdown pass to fellow sophomore wide receiver Michael Johnson. Johnson was wide open on his corner route after he left the defender scrambling with his cut to the left. Down 20-17, the Hens defense stepped up and forced a Towson punt. On the second play of the fourth quarter, junior backup running back Julian Laing took a run up the middle and bounced it outside for a 4-yard score.
Delaware ran a hurry-up offense that Towson struggled to defend and resulted in both of the Hens’ second-half scores. Delaware played without junior running back Andrew Pierce because of a knee injury he suffered last week. Laing was able to fill the void with 14 rushes for 59 yards. Towson had just over seven minutes to try and drive down the field for the game-winning score, and that is just what the Tigers did. As a result of the score, Delaware
had 40 seconds to tie the game at 27 with the ball at their own 35yard line. On the first play, Hurley found streaking sophomore wideout Jerel Harrison for a 24-yard gain. Two plays later, a penalty backed the Hens to the Towson 46-yard line with just 19 seconds left. Hurley dropped back to pass, ran around a few defenders and lobbed the ball to the middle of the field as he was tackled.
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Ten inducted into Blue Hen Hall of Fame BY MATT BITTLE Sports Editor
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The 10 Hall of Fame inductees pose for a group picture after Friday’s ceremony.
Eddie Conti, a member of both the football team and the track team from 1994 to 1998, set 43 school, conference and national records in his time as a football player. He said it was high praise to be recognized as one the university’s most outstanding athletes. “To be able to up here now, it’s really unbelievable to me,” Conti said. “It’s something I could have never even dreamed in my wildest dreams.” Conti was one of 10 of Delaware’s greatest athletes and coaches who were inducted into the university’s Blue Hens Hall of Fame on Saturday. The Hall of Fame was
founded in 1997 and now consists of 137 former student-athletes, coaches and officials dating back to the 1950s. The event consisted of a ceremony lasting approximately 75 minutes with dozens of guests watching. These individuals included former Hall of Fame inductees, university officials and friends and family of those being honored. Athletic Director Eric Ziady, who officially began his job at the university Friday, said he was thrilled to meet the inductees, as they represented a part of Delaware’s history. Ziady also invited past athletes back, urging them to visit Delaware and the current Hens. University President Patrick
Harker then expressed his gratitude to the honorees for their commitment and integrity. “I want to thank you for showing all who come after us what athletics is truly about,” Harker said. Scott Klatzkin, the voice of the Hens on WDSD, introduced the 10 inductees. Aggie Bixler, the university’s field hockey coach in 1969 and 1971, helped create the Hens’ women’s sports program. Raymond Crawford, a basketball player from 1951 to 1953 and 1955 to 1957 who at one time held the school record for career points, was inducted posthumously. He was represented by his children, Katherine and Peter.
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ChickenScratch Weekly Calendar
Friday, Nov. 9 Volleyball vs. William & Mary 4 p.m. Bob Carpenter Sports Center Women’s Basketball vs. Sam Houston State University (Women’s Pre-Season NIT) 8 p.m. Bob Carpenter Sports Center Saturday, Nov. 10 Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving vs. Rider and La Salle Universities 12 p.m. Bob Carpenter Sports Building Men’s Basketball at La Salle University 3 p.m. Football at Richmond 3:30 p.m. Volleyball vs. UNC Wilmington 7 p.m. Bob Carpenter Sports Center
Henpeckings Volleyball: The Delaware volleyball team won at Georgia State, 3-1, Friday night, earning them at least a fourth seed in the CAA tournament. Senior middle hitter Chelsea Lawrence registered a game-high 15 kills and had .407 hitting percentage. The Hens’ record is now 13-13 (7-3 CAA). Field Hockey: The Delaware field hockey team fell to host Drexel 2-1 Saturday in the CAA semifinals. Freshman Michaela Patzner scored her seventh goal of the season giving the Hens a 1-0 lead going into half time, but the Hens allowed two second-half goals, including one with just seconds left in regulation. The Hens, who upset No.4 William & Mary last week, were just one game away from reaching the CAA Championship game. Swimming and Diving: The Delaware men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams hosted the CAA Pod Meet this weekend at the Bob Carpenter Sports Building. The men’s team lost meets against UNC Wilmington (136-217) and William & Mary (156191). Senior Ryan Roberts won the 200-freestyle with a time of 1:41.69. The women’s team lost to James Madison (231-117) and William & Mary (194-153) and beat UNCW (200153). The Hens took the top three spots in the women’s 200-butterfly and were led by sophomore Amy Stelmaszyk. The Hens’ record is 1-3 (0-3 CAA) for the men, and 3-2 (2-2 CAA) for the women.
“A VOLLEY DOWN MEMORY LANE” BY JACK COBOURN Let me paint a picture for you: it is a cold Friday night in Philadelphia. Inside the Wells Fargo Center, the temperature is rising as John McEnroe is swinging (and throwing to the ground) his Dunlop Max 200G tennis racquet. On the other side of the net, Jim Courier is setting up for another lob to counteract McEnroe’s serveand-volley tactics of running to the net. As the lob goes high into the air, it lands two feet behind the baseline. McEnroe’s eyes change from wild anger to pure joy and the crowd jumps to its feet as the umpire says, “Game, set and match McEnroe.” This could have been a scene from the early 1990s U.S. Pro Indoor tournament held in Philly. But it isn’t. It’s the Champions Shootout, round five of the PowerShares Series for former champion tennis players over 30. The PowerShares Series is just one of a group of championships that allow the greatest tennis players of all time to continue appearing in front
of crowds. The idea of senior tennis tours is not a new one, for the four major championships (Wimbledon, the Australian Open, the French Open and the U.S. Open) all had tournaments for legends over 45. In 1998, the Association of Tennis Professionals created the Champions Tour for players over 35. The requirements were that the player had to have either been No. 1 in the world, been in a major final or played singles on a winning Davis Cup team. McEnroe joined old foes Jimmy Connors and Björn Borg in tournaments held all over the world for prize money and ranking points. In America, the PowerShares Series is the top series for senior tennis players. Played across the country, four top players play in each tournament. The format is a simple one-day affair; two semifinals of one set apiece and then the final, where the winner is the first one to eight games. This year’s series is being played from Oct. 13 to Nov. 29. McEnroe’s hair is gray now, and instead of his original Max 200G, he’s tossing and winning with his new Dunlop Biomimetic Max 200G. However, he is still the same aggressive player he was in his 1980s heyday, always focused on winning the match and getting angry when he misses an easy point. However, most players see it as a bit of fun, sometimes more fun than when they were globe-trotting pros. Take the 1989 French Open champion Michael Chang and 1996 and 1997 U.S. Open champion Patrick Rafter, who played in the other semifinal. Rafter hit two bad serves and fell behind love-15. Chang responded with, “Are you going to hit those all night?” to which Rafter chuckled and sent a powerful serve right down the line. The two joked like old pals throughout their match. On one changeover, Rafter made two ladies’ nights when he jumped into the stands and hid from Chang, a practical joke that everyone, including Chang enjoyed immensely. Rafter won
the match and went on to meet McEnroe in the final. The final was a dream come true for me, as both Rafter and McEnroe play a serve-and-volley style where the server runs up close to the net after the serve and gives the ball a punch with their racquet. Used rarely by professional players today, it is a style that requires quick movement and control. I am trying to learn this style myself, so to see two of my heroes using it in person gave me an unforgettable learning experience. Sadly, not many people turned out, meaning that the Wells Fargo Center looked a little bit like it did the last time the U.S. Pro Indoor was held in 1997. The sadness was quickly dispelled, however, when the event security told everyone they could move up closer to the court if they wanted. My dad and I took two seats about 12 rows behind the VIP section and could see not only the baseline, but the players’ movements better. The crowd got into it, cheering every player on and shouting witty sayings at McEnroe, who let them all roll off his back. Even though Rafter won the final from McEnroe on their first-ever meeting, the real hero of the night was McEnroe, who put on the show everyone came to see, arguing with the umpire a few times and turning his anger into points. At $35 a seat, I got to see three great tennis matches I would have had to pay five to 10 times more to see had it been today’s pros playing. It was actually more fun to see past masters step out and have fun doing so than if it was Roger Federer against Rafael Nadal. If the PowerShares Series comes to Philly next year, come join me for the most tennis fun you can have at an affordable price. Jack Cobourn is Managing Sports Editor at The Review. Please send all questions, comments and offers for a 1985 Dunlop Max 200G to email@example.com.
Under Preview Delaware vs. Richmond About the teams: About Delaware: The Hens have a disappointing 5-4 record, with a 2-4 CAA mark. The team has lost four of its last five games followed by a 34-27 overtime defeat at the hands of Towson last Saturday. With two games remaining, the Hens will have to win at least one to avoid the third losing season of head coach K.C. Keeler’s 11-year career. About Richmond: The Spiders are 6-3 and 4-2 in conference play. They were picked to finish ninth in the CAA in the preseason coaches’ poll. Richmond is third in the conference scoring offense. They are No. 20 in the Sports Network FCS poll. The Hens won the matchup last season, 24-10.
Football Time: Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Location: Richmond, Va.
Why the Hens can win: The two teams are pretty evenly matched in most categories. The Hens showed poise last week with a gametying drive in the final minute to force overtime. Sophomore quarterback Trent Hurley played well despite a foot injury. Though Delaware missed the playoffs with a 7-4 record, the Hens would still have an outside shot at the playoffs if they won their last two games. Keeler should push his squad to come out motivated.
Why the Hens could lose: Though the Spiders have used multiple quarterbacks, they have combined to rank second in the conference in passing yards per game. Richmond has turned the ball over only eight times, tied for second-fewest in the nation. The Spiders would likely make the playoffs with wins in the final two games. Playing their last home game with a great deal on the line, the Spiders will be ready.
The numbers: 1.78: Richmond’s turnover margin per game, second-best in the country. 87.4: The number of yards junior running back Andrew Pierce is averaging on the ground per game. He averaged 116.3 in 2011 and 110.3 in 2010. 6.4: Delaware’s average margin of victory. Richmond has won by an average of 12.8 points.
The prediction: Call me a homer, but I’m going with the Hens in a minor upset. Richmond has its heart set on the postseason, but Delaware is playing for pride. The Hens return home after victory guaranteed a winning record. Delaware: 27 Richmond: 21 -Matt Bittle Sports Editor
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Men’s soccer ends season with first home victory By Daniel McInerney Sports Editor
For many of those on the Delaware men’s soccer team, Friday night’s 1-0 victory over the UNC Wilmington Seahawks marked the end of a disappointing season. But for three players, it was the end of their athletic careers at Delaware. The seniors were defender Eyal Gruber, goalkeeper Brandon Paul and midfielder Ben Raymond who were honored with a brief ceremony before their final game for the Hens began. Although it was Senior Night, the youth of Delaware’s team shined. UNCW controlled the pace early in the game and had several scoring opportunities thwarted by offside calls. The Hens began to settle down and create scoring chances of their own by countering UNCW’s high-pressure offense. The Seahawks’ best scoring chance came in the 21st minute when midfielder Jamie Dell beat freshman goalkeeper Paul DeFeo but could not find the net from a tough angle. As they continued to attack and create scoring chances head coach Ian Hennessy said he saw his team calm down and begin to play better. “The game was a little bit looser tonight I thought,” Hennessy said. “It was nice to see that we created chances and nice to see that we finished them.” The lone goal of the game came in the 35th minute when junior midfielder Vincent Mediate found freshman forward Joe Dipre streaking down the sideline behind UNCW’s defenders. Seahawks goalkeeper Sam Williams came out to challenge Dipre
who calmly put the ball past Williams. As the ball neared the net it appeared as if it was going to hit the post, but sophomore forward Kyle Bruno knocked it in at the last moment to give the Hens the lead. Bruno credited his teammates for setting up the play that lead to his second goal of the season. Bruno said he put the final touch on the ball to make sure it went in. Dipre, of Betchworth, England, said the transition to living in Delaware made him nervous at first, but his teammates, particularly the upperclassmen, were instrumental to the process. “The boys, especially the seniors made it so easy for me,” Dipre said. “I was very scared at the beginning, but they made it very easy for me.” As the second half began Mediate injured his nose after colliding with a UNCW player, which forced him to leave the game. DeFeo had three saves in the game for his first career shutout and was poised to maintain the lead and record Delaware’s first home win of the season. Bruno had an opportunity to record his second goal of the night in the 54th minute when he beat the UNCW defense and had a one-on-one with the goalie, but his shot was high and went over the crossbar. In the 81st minute Bruno created another scoring opportunity when he took the ball down the far sideline and drew the UNCW defense and goalkeeper to him. Just as the defense closed in, he found junior forward/ defender Mark Garrity who had the ball and an open net, but he shot it too softly and Williams was able to get back in time to save the shot.
Bruno said the team took pride in their home record last year and wanted to restore some of that pride with a win in their final home game. Both players and coach said they were pleased with the game’s result but felt as if the team failed to meet their expectations this season, especially after winning the CAA just a year before. “Our expectation every year is to go to the playoffs,” said Bruno. “You want to win. You do not want to play games that don’t mean anything at the end of the season.” Dipre said the team is better than their record and they will improve next year. He also stated that while it has been difficult to deal with the injuries they have suffered this year, the team must be prepared to handle them and find a way to win. Hennessy said he shares the same expectations with Dipre and that it was unfortunate the team had to overcome injuries to several key players this year but is looking ahead to the future. The Hens finished the season with a 4-11-4 record and a 2-5-3 record in conference play. After a few team photos and brief recounting of the game’s events, the players headed into the locker room, escaping the chill of the night and a season that failed to meet their expectations. Bruno, who said he was happy about the result but disappointed about the season as a whole was already looking ahead to next year as he left the field. “After this game I feel like we played with a lot of pride,” Bruno said. “Hopefully we carry that over into next season.”
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Sophomore forward Kyle Bruno advances the ball during Friday’s match. Bruno scored the winning goal to get the first home win of the season.
Lady Hens fall at CAA quarterfinals BY PAUL TIERNEY Assistant Sports Editor
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Senior forward Ali Miller steals the ball. Miller scored the Hens lone goal in the CAA quarterfinal matchup.
After a loss in the 2011 CAA semifinals against William & Mary, senior forward Ali Miller said the Hens would come out with a vengeance and win the CAA. UNC Wilmington thwarted Miller’s expectations in the first round of the CAA tournament on Sunday as Delaware lost on penalty kicks and finished the season with a record of 9-8-1 (6-4 CAA). The Hens’ season began with adversity when senior defender and co-captain Taylor Thompson tore her ACL and missed the rest of the year. Despite not being able to help her team on the field, Thompson said she was still emotionally invested in each game the Hens played this season. “It was definitely difficult at first,” Thompson said. “But I think even through the last game I realized how much I still felt a part of the team, and that I still wanted everyone to be successful out there. I cried after the last game, and I didn’t think I was going to do that. It was definitely a different type of investment into the team.” The Hens struggled in the early part of the season without Thompson to help the defense, and Delaware began their season with a 3-4 record in nonconference play. Head coach Scott Grzenda said
his team played some impressive soccer in the early stages of the season, and Delaware’s early losses resulted from an inability to finish opportunities around the net. “I think in the beginning we were changing things around a little bit,” Grzenda said. “I wouldn’t say it was slow. I think we’re just trying to find the right combinations […] I think we played pretty well during that time, we just weren’t taking advantage of our opportunities.” The team rebounded from their early losses with wins in their first four conference games against Towson, George Mason, Georgia State and UNC Wilmington. The Hens won each of these games by one goal. However, Delaware’s perfect run through the CAA ended as the team dropped a 3-1 decision to Hofstra. The Hens would go on to win two more games the rest of the season and placed sixth in the conference. When Delaware traveled down to North Carolina to take on UNC Wilmington in the first round of the CAA tournament, the Hens surrendered an early first-half goal. Miller brought the Hens back from their early deficit with a shot into the lower right hand corner of the net that sent the match into extra time. “We didn’t play bad soccer,”
Miller said. “Their goal was off of bouncing here and there in the box and some girl just touched it in from three feet away. We came out ready to go in the second half […] In the end, it was just such an unfortunate loss when we fight so hard to come back and wind up losing in penalty kicks.” Delaware landed four players on the All-CAA Women’s Soccer Team. Miller and sophomore midfielder Allegra Gray garnered first team honors, junior midfielder Chelsea Duffy was voted to the second team and senior midfielder Tania Domingos was voted to the third team. Furthermore, the Hens still had a chance to earn a first-place regular season finish in the CAA heading into their final matchup with Drexel, but Delaware lost. Senior defender and co-captain Polly Reinicker said she thinks the future is bright for the Delaware women’s soccer program. “Honestly, the past few years have shown how much the program is improving,” Reinicker said. “Our team is working really well together, and I think it’s only going to get better from here […] Even though we are losing eight seniors, we have a solid team. Every single person on our team deserves to be there, and I think they are going to have a chance to go all the way next season.”
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Q & A with Mike Trout Trout is a MLB Rookie of the Year, Player of the Year canidate, who batted .326 with 30 homeruns, 83 RBIs Jeff Trout, who played baseball at Delaware from 1980 to 1983, was inducted into the Blue Hens Hall of Fame on Friday. Among those at the ceremony was Trout’s son Mike, who plays center field in the major leagues for the Los Angeles Angels. Sports editor Matt Bittle was able to obtain an interview with the center fielder, who made the All-Star Team as a rookie in 2012. Matt Bittle: Do you ever still have a hard time believing you’re in the major leagues? Do you ever have like a ‘pinch yourself’ moment? Mike Trout: Sometimes. During the year and stuff, you’re just going with the flow of things, game after game after game, you kind of get caught up in that. Looking back in the offseason now, I pinch myself a little bit. I’m playing the game I love, and I’m fairly confident in my ability and I want to stay up there. MB: Was there one player you were really excited to meet or play against? MT: Probably Derek Jeter. He was my role model growing up, and I was very fortunate enough to play against him and be a teammate with him in the All-Star Game. Pretty neat. MB: Were you a Yankees fan
as a kid? MT: No, I was a Phillies fan. MB: Obviously, your team had a pretty good year, but you guys missed the playoffs. How do you feel about that? MT: Yeah, you know, one goal coming in during spring training is to make the playoffs. Came up short, we had a slow start, but next year we’re going to come out strong and try to achieve that goal. MB: You’re one the main contenders for the AL [American League] MVP, obviously, along with Miguel Cabrera. What would it mean to win that award, especially as a rookie? MT: It’d mean a lot. Coming into the season, you want to be the best player in the league and at the end of people debate between two players and you’re one of them, so it’s pretty cool. MB: How much did the fact that your dad played professional baseball for a few years, did that impact your career choice? MT: A lot. Education came first in my family, but the opportunity I got to come out of high school, selected first round, he really guided me through what to expect. Not even on the field but off the field, being away from home, just being out there by myself, so he helped me a lot.
MB: Would you say that it’s kind of a childhood dream come true? MT: Oh yeah. I had one goal coming into camp. Everybody’s dream as a kid is to become professional and just to have an opportunity. It’s awesome. MB: Shifting to Delaware, which is kind of why we’re here, did you ever think about playing baseball at Delaware? MT: They showed some interest, a lot of interest, my senior year, but when the draft came up, Angels selected me first round, great opportunity I couldn’t pass up. MB: What do you think this means to your father to be inducted? MT: Means a lot to him. He had a great career, four years here, unbelievable numbers he put up. Means a lot to him and it means a lot to us. MB: What are your personal goals for next season and your team goals? MT: Personal goal is obviously to be the best player in the league, and as a team standpoint, it’s to come in spring training and make the playoffs. One reason why you play the game so you get a shot at a ring, and that’s the main goal right now.
HOF: Of 10 inductees, nine were former players, Blue Hen Hall of Fame now has 137 total members dating back to 1950s Continued from page 28 Renee DuFlon was inducted for her success as a volleyball player from 1976 to 1979. She held the school record for career kills for 17 years. DuFlon said she was grateful to the university for both the opportunities given to her and the recognition as someone deserving of induction into the Blue Hens Hall of Fame. Robert Hooper was inducted into the Hall of Fame for his success as a dual-sport athlete. A football player from 1952 to 1955, he led the 1955 team to an 8-1 record. As a baseball player from 1953 to 1956, he helped the team reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time. Hooper said he was thankful to the university for helping him flourish, thanks to its academics and athletically. “The University of Delaware has over the years enjoyed one of the greatest marriages of athletics and academics in the country,” Hooper said. Megan Fortunato, a field hockey player from 1997 to 2000 and a member of the lacrosse team from 1998 to 2001, was a three-time all-conference player in both sports. She thanked the university coaches for allowing her to compete in two sports at Delaware and said she learned a number of lessons at the university. Tiara Malcom, a basketball player from 2001 to 2005 who won the CAA Player of the Year award in
2005, called the induction an honor and said it was a testimony to the many people who helped her over the years. “Receiving this recognition is a culmination of all the awards and accolades I received while a studentathlete at the university I love so much,” Malcom said. Alex Smith was inducted for his success as a lacrosse player from 2004 to 2007. Smith set the NCAA record for faceoffs won in a career and led the Hens to their first lacrosse Final Four in 2007. Klatzin called Jeff Trout, a second baseman for the baseball team from 1980 to 1983 who set the single-season Delaware record for batting average, one of the greatest hitters in school history. For his part, Trout said Delaware was a special program that helped him develop. “From the start it was immediately understood that academics and character came first and baseball was second,” Trout said. “The position I have held in my community, and the remarkable success of my family, I owe to the values that I was taught while a member of this storied program.” Julie Van Deusen, a diver from 2002 to 2004, won the CAA Diver of the Year award twice and was also the first diver from Delaware to make the NCAA Championships. Van Deusen called the induction a great honor. Harker said the night’s ceremony was dedicated to not just the inductees, but to athletics itself. He also said the honorees
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Former second baseman Jeff Trout speaks at the Blue Hens Hall of Fame ceremony Friday. were worthy of recognition as representatives of the university. “These are also the people who continue to inspire us years, even decades later,” he said.
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Senior linebacker Paul Worrilow sacks Towson quarterback Grant Enders.
Football: Hens playing for pride, will regroup, prepare for Richmond Continued from page 28 “I was rolling right,” Hurley said. “He [Mike Milburn] was coming left. He crossed the middle linebacker, he went over the middle linebacker so I knew the middle linebacker didn’t have any awareness where he was, so I just threw it back across my body and hoped for the best.” Junior wide receiver Milburn jumped and stretched his arms all the way out and pulled the ball into his chest at the 23-yard line. Hurley and his teammates sprinted to the line and spiked the ball with just seconds left. Junior kicker Sean Baner was going to attempt a 40-yard field goal into the howling wind to keep the Hens’ season alive. He had missed a similar kick earlier in the game, but his teammates said they had faith. “Once we get in field goal range, it’s a great feeling,” Laing said. “Because Sean Baner, I think he is one of the greatest field goal kickers in America. He missed the first one, but we knew he wasn’t going to miss two.” Baner knocked the kick clear through the poles with plenty of leg to spare and the game went into overtime, which eventually ended up in the Tigers’ favor. Keeler said it was part of the team’s youth and inexperience that played a factor in another loss. Senior linebacker Paul Worrilow said the game really came down to one or two plays where Towson scored touchdowns and the Hens made mistakes. “We didn’t make enough plays,” Worrilow said. “I think that is what it came down to, just the critical times when you are in a
position to win a ballgame to make those plays and get off the field.” Keeler said there were many key third and fourth downs that the Hens could not stop the Tigers. He said Delaware was given the opportunity and could not make a play. Towson had 22 first downs, and the Tigers were four-for-four on fourth-down conversions. The loss left a blank stare on the faces of Worrilow, Hurley and Laing after the game. The now unranked Hens still have two games left to play knowing Delaware can’t make it into the playoffs. “Our biggest challenge will be next week,” Keeler said. “Boy, it’s tough, now realizing you have no hope of making the playoffs and now finish this thing off, but we have to. That’s what we will do.” Worrilow said pride will take over in the next two games because the Hens aren’t competing for the CAA title, and he promised Delaware will come out just as fired up for the rest of the season. Hurley said he took full responsibility for the miscues in overtime and other bad throws. Hurley might have had his best game, going 25 for 34 with two touchdowns and 309 yards. He threw one interception that came on the last play of the game after the ball was tipped. He said every loss is disappointing, but the Hens didn’t get a moral victory and will be ready for next week. “That is how you win ballgames,” Hurley said. “If you don’t go out and prepare, you don’t watch film, you’re not emotionally invested—you are not going to win. Football is an emotional game. If you can’t come out here and get up for the game, you have no place in playing college football.”
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