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  • Environmental goals for Conn. in 2014

    Each year, the bipartisan nonprofit organization Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV) releases a legislative briefing that describes the major environmental policy reforms that should be undertaken by representatives in Hartford. This year’s briefing highlights ten critical environmental health issues — two of these are: the need to permanently protect Connecticut’s open space and to end the state’s moratorium on wind energy.

  • Darkest before the dawn, Batman returns to Gotham


    Riddle me this.....is the night really darkest before the dawn?
    It hasn’t always proved a smooth ride but the “Zero Year” storyline has provided the “Batman” comics with some of the most exciting moments seen in the series in years. Issue No. 30 serves as a more than worthy addition to what has already been a fantastic series of comics.

  • UConn History professor’s research sheds light on colonial bestiality

     

     

    Thursday afternoon at the UConn Co-op Bookstore in the Storrs Center, Richard Brown and Doron S. Ben-Atar gave a talk on their co-written book, “Taming Lust: Crimes Against Nature in the Early Republic.”
    The book covers the topic of bestiality in the colonies, and is a historical study of sexual crimes against animals in New England during the colonial period. Brown and Ben-Atar found many clusters of these crimes within the New England colonies, more specifically in Connecticut and Massachusetts, and particularly focused on two cases. One crime that put on trial and convicted two men in their eighties for bestiality and had them executed by hanging, and the other case, two teens were put on trial for the same offense.
    at deal of information and intelligence on the subject.
     

  • Safely soak up the summer sun this summer

    Summer is right around the corner. With summer comes beach season, perhaps the time of the year when people care most about how they look. With this new focus on body image, people will often go to extremes to look ripped, tan or lean. You should always be aware of the risks of anything new you try, and I will try to highlight some of the biggest risks individuals take to make themselves “beach ready.”
     

  • Rethinking globalization with a human rights and conflict approach

    The UConn Human Rights Institute hosted the 2014 Economic and Social Rights Lecture, entitled “Dilemmas of the Alter-Globalization Movement,” on Thursday.
    The speaker, Dr. Immanuel Wallerstein, is a senior research scholar at Yale University. Wallerstein offered a refreshingly simple lecture; rather than relying on buzzwords, charts and infographics, Wallerstein wove together his expertise in economics and political science to explain the world’s history of uprisings and revolutionary movements on the national and social levels. His lecture served to historically and economically contextualize globalization and its oppositions, particularly the movement that has come to be known as “alterglobalization.”

  • Local band The Oddbodies discusses their career goals

    Deep in a Norwalk apartment, amongst the smell of put-out cigarettes and the indie-punk sounds of the Palma Violets, I find Jack Kelly, Joe Burns and Chris Parisi who make up the mellow punk trio called The Oddbodies.
     

  • Today, EcoHusky will be hosting a clothing swap in the Student Union north lobby in order to recycle

    Today, EcoHusky will be hosting a clothing swap in the Student Union north lobby in order to recycle old and unused clothing in an environmentally responsible way. 

  • Food for thought: Best served cold

    My plan for today’s column was to write about foods that are best served chilled or at room temperature, as the weather was warming up and it seemed spring was well under way. Even though that’s sadly not the case, today’s column will still be about cold food. After all, the cold isn’t all bad. Besides the obvious standards like ice cream, fruit and (potato, pasta) salad, there are actually plenty of foods that are served cold and are delicious.

  • Steelworkers harrassed due to gender and sexuality

    This past April 16, 2014, Anne Balay, English professor at the University of Indianapolis, gave a lecture titled “Steel Closets: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Steelworkers,” the latest lecture from the Sexuality Studies Spring Symposia Series.

  • Acclaimed photographer Richard Termine dicusses photography and puppetry in Storrs

    On Wednesday, April 16th, acclaimed photographer Richard Termine, came out from behind the lens to discuss photographing live performances. As part of the Puppet Forum Series, his talk, “Puppets Through the Lens: Photography and the Performing Object,” was held at the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry in Storrs Center.

  • ‘Testimony’ is Hip-Hop/R&B’s happy medium

    “Testimony” takes off like a lot of entry-level R&B albums: a soft, Drake-y intro littered with piano and girly appeal, making its first impression as your typical “slow-jam” set list. What follows, to our surprise, is a lot deeper. R&B and occasional hip-hop artist August Alsina opens his adolescent wounds in “Testify,” giving way to a painful reflection on absent fatherhood, poverty, dropping out of high school, and even becoming suicidal. He claims this as his opportunity to “testify,” thus setting the frank and sensitive mood for the rest of his thoughtful tracks, much like stories, to come. 

  • Ian Anderson continues to make great music

    Only two years gone from “Thick as a Brick 2,” the follow up to his band’s landmark progressive-rock album from 1972, Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson returns with “Hono Erraticus.” The third installment is another-genre contorting box of assorted musical chocolates in the “Thick as a Brick” chronology, detailing the adventures of Gerald Bostock, who served as protagonist in the two previous albums.

  • Ingrid Michaelson avoids genre busting

    Genre busting has become a musical trend these days, particularly among female pop stars searching for a more mature sound. Very rarely do these efforts truly succeed, however — far too often the artist simply just slaps on some superficial changes and calls it a day. Luckily, Ingrid Michaelson’s newest album Lights Out avoids such laziness, producing a unique blend of innovative music that explores new lyrical themes.

  • Rhythm and soul: Walkmen

    If you haven’t seen the video that went viral this morning of kids between the ages of 5 to 12 trying to figure out what a Sony Walkman is, stay away and preserve your sense of youth. 

  • ‘Hearthstone’ takes on ‘Magic: The Gathering’


    The online collectable card game “Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft,” developed by Blizzard Entertainment, has been rapidly gaining popularity in the online game community. 

  • Gamer's Piece: Videogames: A superior art form

    Video games are the supreme art form of the 21st century because their very DNA is comprised of all other great expressions of art that have come before it.

  • Nintendo has fans on edge for details on latest ‘Super Smash Bros.’ game


    Slowly but surely, Nintendo has been releasing information on the new “Super Smash Bros.” The game will be the fourth in the franchise and will be packed with tons of new features and characters.
     

  • Latest ‘inFamous’ a solid effort


    “inFamous: Second Son” is the first major exclusive to hit the Playstation 4 since launch. Much like “Killzone: Shadowfall” before it, the title is unlikely to win over many new fans, but for those who have enjoyed the series before, you’ll find yourself right at home.

  • lunafest Lunafest: Film festival by, for and about women heads to UConn

    At the Student Union Theater on Tuesday evening, stories of hardships, magic, triumphs and failures were all tied together by one theme: women. Lunafest, a collection of films, is made for, by and about women. 

  • SEX AND THE UNIVERSITY: Graduation breakups

    A few of my friends have found themselves in relationships, only to realize that the end of the year—and graduation—is nearly upon them.

  • benton Benton invites students to express creativity

    This week, the William Benton Museum of Art is hosting “Draw on!,” an event that invites everyone to explore their creativity, and provides all the materials and help to do so.

  • Online courses offer new approach to learning

    With finals coming up and a long year coming to a close, many Uconn students probably feel maxed out on learning right now. However, summer is just around the corner, and our well-deserved free time is imminent. And while perhaps re-engaging in formal learning wasn’t what you had in mind for your time off, the breadth of learning opportunities available may just change your mind. 

  • ‘Rio 2’ lackluster in substance and scope

    It is hard these days for animated movies outside of the Disney-Pixar monolith to succeed; other studios like Dreamworks may produce a hit once every couple of years, but far too often their attempts simply don’t do as well. “Rio,” a feature released by 20th Century Fox three years ago, had been one of the few exceptions by making the company quite a lot of money and achieving a fair amount of acclaim for its simple yet poignant storytelling and catchy music.

  • Pop Off: Generational movies

    Once in a while, a movie comes along that completely captures the ideas and behaviors of a major demographic in society. Or alternatively, a film that revolutionarizes a certain genre and earns the fixation of the masses. Either way, these are generational movies that will still be talked about fifty years from now, those born and raised beyond the time of its release will associate with the people of its respective era. 

  • ‘Oculus’ achieves shock factor, little else

    In today’s film culture, it’s easy to become a horror movie buff. With technology, creativity and interest in the paranormal at their peak, an influx of wonderfully terrifying stories have been making their way to the screen.