Veterans Honored

In observation of Veterans Day, both men and women in uniform gathered in Alumni Hall Monday in honor of three veterans who have impacted the New Britain community and CCSU.

The veterans were presented with awards during the ceremony for their different work within the U.S. military by both President Jack Miller and New Britain Mayor Timothy O’Brien.

O’Brien addressed Miller during the ceremony about his appreciation for CCSU and its work with veterans.

“I’d like to offer my thanks on behalf of the city for continuing this wonderful tradition,” said O’Brien to Miller.

During the ceremony, Builder Third Class Robert P. Nowik was presented with the Public Service Award for Excellence.

Nowik served in the U.S. Navy from 1965 to 1969. He served two tours in Vietnam and was assigned to the Mobile Construction Battalion. After his time in the Navy Nowik he volunteered as Boy Scout Troop committee chairman and managed the North End School soccer team. After serving for eight years on the Housing Board of Appeals, Nowik was promoted to head custodian and was transferred to New Britain High School where he oversaw all the custodians in the New Britain school district.

Nowik is an active member at the VFW Post 511 where he has served as Chaplain and Surgeon. He is also a member of the Veterans Council and serves as the treasurer of the Disabled American Veterans.

“I think that your service both in military and in our community speaks wonderfully to who you are as a person and I have to say that our community is all the better because of everything that you have done,” O’Brien expressed towards Nowik.

President  Miller presented Sergeant Linnai-Anne Camcho with the 2012 Student Veteran Excellence Award.

Camacho is a mother of three and enlisted in the army in 2001. During her military career she served in Fort Lewis, South Korea, Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Camacho is pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Industrial Technology with a concentration in Networking Technology and minoring in Spanish. She is a chapter officer of the Golden Key International Honor Society and has a GPA of 3.9.

Specialist Jesse Caruso was presented with the Great Elm VFW 9945 Wethersfield Veteran’s Scholarship. Caruso is also a CCSU student veteran and entered into the Army’s Delayed Entry Program at the age of 17. Caruso has been trained in a variety of military communication systems and has served in Australia, Alaska, California, Louisiana, and Iraq. He is currently majoring in Mechanical Engineering.

O’Brien presented the honorees with proclamations of gratitude on behalf of the city of New Britain.

“It’s important that this university recognize our veterans,” said O’Brien. “It’s important that we work together to make sure that veterans receive the services, we honor them with the words that they deserve on the memorial day Veterans Day and every day of the year and that we’re showing that as a community CCSU we are saying thank you from the depths of our heart to those who have served our country and I say as the Mayor, thank you.”

Central Falls In CT Classic

By Matthew Aveni

The fourth annual Connecticut 6 classic was played Saturday at the University of Hartford.  The day was filled with buzzer beaters and overtime games; the last game of the day combined both when Central tipped off versus Fairfield University.

The Blue Devils have a difficult task this year replacing the schools number one and ten scorers in school history, Kenny Horton and Robbie Patcek respectively. Two integral parts of a team cannot be replaced in one season but Central Connecticut Head Coach, Howie Dickenman, did a great job bringing in new players and developing the current players on his roster.

Adonis Burbage has stepped up his play this season putting on 15 pounds and developing a knockdown jump shot.  Matt Hunter transferred into Central this year and can score at will.  He can create his own shot and be a catch and shoot type of player.  Kyle Vinales has an increased role this year being the primary scorer and target of most defenses.

Fairfield did exactly that. They attempted to slow down Vinales and make Hunter, Burbage and McMillan beat them.  Vinales got off to a quick start scoring five of Central’s first seven points.  The Stags responded by going on a 9-0 scoring run to make it 13-7.  Halfway through the first half, Central was scoring in bunches with ball movement and staggering threes from Burbage.

“We told Adonis to shoot if he has an open shot.  If he gets the ball when he is open and does not shoot we told him that we would take him out of the game.  Adonis is one of the best corner three point shooters in the conference and he will be a big part of our offense this year,” said Dickenman.

The half was finished slowly by each team but the Stags held a three point halftime lead.  The beginning of the second half was low scoring and displayed sloppy play by both teams.  Vinales hit a midrange jump shot with nine minutes to go to cut the Fairfield lead to just three points.

The three-point-shots kept coming in, Hunter hit a three with six minutes left to give the Blue Devils a two-point-lead. Central maintained its lead until the final minute of play where the Stags scored eight points to tie the game with time running down.

At the end of regulation Kyle Vinales had the ball in his hands but forced up a quick shot leaving time on the clock for Fairfield to score.

“I wish I could take that play back.  I shouldn’t have gone to the hoop with that much time on the clock.  It was a bad play on my part and it’s not what Coach wanted me to do,” said Vinales.

Overtime seemed like much of the first half.  Central scored five quick points to grab an early lead but the Stags came back hitting three’s of their own.  With only 40 seconds left on the clock the Blue Devils took the ball with the game tied at 63. Vinales had the ball and Joe Efese set a solid screen to try and set up a shot for Vinales, but he slipped and forced up a shot that was blocked by the Stags.  With the poor shot being forced up Fairfield pushed the ball up the court and was fouled with 2.3 seconds left in the game.  With the first free throw being made there was not much left the Blue Devils could do as they fell 64-63.

“I slipped and had to force up a shot that I never wanted to happen.  Coach drew up a play and I couldn’t get the job done,” said Vinales.

Coach Dickenman is very optimistic of the direction that his team is headed and is confident that his players can get the job done going into NEC play for the rest of the regular season.

 

Colts Season Nothing Short Of A Miracle

By Justin Muszynski

Spontaneity is why the world of sports will never grow tiresome. It simply cannot be duplicated.

When one watches sports they do it with the pretense that they’re going to see something they have never seen before and that they could very well be witnessing history in the making. Should you turn your head for a moment you could fail to see an incredible hole-in-one or a field goal miss wide-right that changes the course of the game.

The unscripted nature of sports is what makes what the Indianapolis Colts are doing so extraordinary. No matter how great a film is it can never escape the fact that it is fiction. Even if it is based on real-life events, chances are it has been sensationalized to the point that it’s barely the truth anymore.

Before the season began the Colts chose not to re-sign arguably the greatest quarterback of all time in Peyton Manning to pursue the development of their fresh faced rookie Andrew Luck. This sort of move is nothing new. It happened to greats such as Joe Montana and Brett Favre and will continue to do so as long as the NFL is a profitable business.

But what’s different about the Colts’ situation is that they unloaded several key players in addition to Manning to clear cap-space for the hopes of being able to sign stars in the future. Despite this, they have gotten off to a great start of the season going 6-3. At the beginning of the season, many predicted that the Colts would do no better than 6-10. While this is still a possibility, it’s highly unlikely given the level that they have been playing at.

The most amazing feat to this story, however, is what is motivating the Colts. Earlier in the season, Chuck Pagano, the head coach, was diagnosed with leukemia. Multiple players have attributed the team’s success to their inspiration from his battle with cancer. To show their support for Pagano, numerous players shaved their heads. The team has seemed to find extra incentive week after week through Pagano’s story.

As it stands right now, the Colts are in wildcard playoff position, which is pretty good for a team that wasn’t supposed to even go 500. Imagine what a deep playoff run would do; that kind of a story would take “win just one for the Gipper” to a whole new level.

In this day and age of reality shows entertainment is so far from the truth, which is ironic. But sports bring some truth to a world that is mostly made up of phony forms of amusement. You simply can’t root against a team like the Colts given that they are playing for a coach battling cancer. You also can’t script stuff like this. If you do, it becomes much less effective than the real thing.

We watch sports for the unexpected events that will soon transpire and the Colts’ 2012 season thus far has been a perfect illustration of this.

You don’t get that genuineness in Hollywood.

“Flight” Takes Off Strong

By Alyssa Pattison

Flight, directed and co-produced by Robert Zemeckis, is a story that loosely resembles the events of Flight 1549 piloted by hero Chesley Sullenberger, which was crash landed in the Hudson River in 2009. Flight is Zemeckis’ first live-action film since Cast Away in 2000, after which he does not disappoint.

The film begins catching a moment in the daily life of main character William “Whip” Whitaker (Denzel Washington), who wakes up hungover and sleep deprived in his hotel room in Orlando.

After relying on cocaine to wake him up, he gets to work flying to Atlanta. Shortly after take off they experience turbulence, which the overly confident Whip approaches aggressively. Afterwards, when skies clear, he passes the control to his nervous copilot Ken Evans (Brian Geraghty) and opts for a drink and a nap.

He is abruptly awakened by a mechanical noise as his plane begins falling from the sky. Eventually, he is able to crash-land beside a church in an open field, but loses consciousness in the midst of the crash.

When Whip regains consciousness, he awakes in a hospital room to find Charlie Anderson (Bruce Greenwood), a representative of the airline’s pilot union and also a former colleague and friend of Whip’s. He informs Whip that his actions saved 96 of the 102 passengers. By the nation’s image, Whip is regarded as a hero.

However, days later it is revealed through a toxicology screening that Whip was intoxicated when admitted into the hospital, a fact that threatens Whip going to prison on drug and manslaughter charges. Hugh Lang (Don Cheadle), Whip’s attorney, convinces the National Transportaion Safety Board who performed the screening to disregard the results.

Whip is able to convince himself that no one else could have landed the plane like he had, and begins a trail of lies. Overcome with guilt, Whip continues to feed his alcohol addiction. The evening before the NTSB hearing, Charlie and Hugh leave Whip in an alcohol-free hotel room to guarantee he won’t drink.

In the middle of the night, Whip finds a door connecting the room to another room with a mini fridge stocked with alcohol and is found the next morning passed out drunk. They call in Whip’s drug dealer, Harling Mays (John Goodman), who gives Whip cocaine before the hearing to perk him up.

At the hearing, Whip is commended by the investigators on his actions during the crash, as they explain no other pilots were able to safely land in the same conditions. Although he is technically off the hook, Whip cannot stand the guilt and comes clean about flying drunk and about his alcoholism.

While a lengthy movie to sit through, and at some points laughably obvious, Flight contains a deep moral message, making it worth the watch.

Dishin’ It: Turkey Bombes

By Alyssa Pattison

With the holiday season approaching, you may be thinking about festive ways to contribute to the upcoming events. Holiday gatherings with family and friends are a great time to try out a new recipe and receive an immediate reaction to your new ideas.

To really stand out among the typical holiday go-to desserts, perhaps attempt something different this year, such as this dessert recipe festively dubbed the ‘Turkey Bombe,’ created by Clinton Kelly (of TLC’s What Not To Wear) and Carla Hall. This recipe was featured on ABC’s The Chew earlier this month.

Of course, if you plan on giving a recipe as a gift, be sure your gift is delicious! Creating a test batch to be sure you’ve reached the intended outcome of your recipe is highly recommended.

 

Clinton Kelly and Carla Hall’s Turkey Bombe (Featured on ABC’s ‘The Chew’)

Skill Level: Moderate

Time: 30-60 min

Serves 12

 

Kitchenware needed: Cupcake liners, dry and liquid measuring cups, cupcake tin, mixing spoon, large mixing bowl, rubber spatula, pastry bag (a zip-top bag will work, also), sifter, and hand mixer

 

Ingredients

  • For the Cupcakes:
  • 3/4 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 3/4 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 12 tablespoons Butter (1 1/2 sticks)
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream

 

For the Whipped Cream Filling:

  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/3 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Cloves

 

For the Icing:

  • 32 ounces Cream Cheese (4 blocks softened)
  • 4 sticks butter (softened)
  • 4 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Dark Rum

 

To Top:

  • 1 cup Sweetened Coconut (lightly toasted) or
  • 1 cup Chopped Walnuts (lightly toasted)

 

Directions:

Step 1: (Refer to ingredients for the whipped cream filling.) Whip cream into soft peaks, add sugar and spices and continue whipping to achieve medium peaks. Gently fold in pumpkin puree. Transfer to a pastry bag or zip-top bag fitted with a piping tip.

Step 2: (Refer to ingredients for the icing.) Whip together softened cream cheese, butter, powder sugar and rum until combined. Transfer to a pastry bag or zip-top bag fitted with a piping tip. Chill until ready to use.

Step 3: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat a muffin tin with cooking spray.

Step 4: (Ingredients: ¾ cup Coca powder, ¾ cup All-purpose flower, 1/2 tsp. Salt, 1 tsp. Baking powder.) Sift flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder together in a bowl.

Step 5: (Ingredients: 12 Tbs. or 1 ½ sticks of Butter, 3 Eggs, 1 cup Sugar, 2 tsp. Vanilla extract.) Using an electric mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Continue mixing and add one egg at a time until incorporated. Mix in vanilla.

Step 6: (Ingredients: ½ cup Sour cream.) Alternate between the flour mixture and sour cream, mixing slowly to combine.

Step 7: Evenly distribute batter among muffin tins and bake for 20-25 minutes until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Cool in pan until cool enough to handle. Finish cooling on a wire rack.

Step 8: Use a knife to trim the bottom of the cupcake to round off.

Step 9: Pierce the bottom of the rounded cupcake with the pumpkin whipped cream filled pastry bag and squeeze to fill cupcake with a few tablespoons of mixture.

Step 10: Cover filled cupcakes with icing, smoothing to achieve desired look.

Step 11: (Ingredients: 1 cup Sweetened coconut – lightly toasted or 1 cup Chopped walnuts.) To top: Roll in your choice of coconut or walnuts.