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Volume CXIII No. 62 Friday, November 14, 2008 www.dailycampus.


Student to represent hometown in Htfd

By Paul Petrone seek a 10th term this election season. Eventually, she joined Killingly’s Joe Courtney’s winning 2006 cam-
Flexer credited her victory to her vol- Democratic Town Committee at age paign over incumbent Republican Rob
Campus Correspondent unteer efforts that started in high school 18. By age 23, she was the youngest Simmons in Connecticut’s 2nd district.
On Nov. 4, 28-year-old Democrat and carried over to UConn, where she person in the state ever elected Town Flexer was then hired by Donald
Mae Flexer, a UConn continuing stud- received her undergraduate degree in Committee Chairwoman, according to Williams, president of the state senate,
ies student, won a landslide election political science. her Web site. where she worked as his legislative
over Republican challenger Angeline “Volunteering as a high school and Flexer was politically active in her aide for three years.
Kwansy to become the state representa- college student helped me create the UConn undergraduate days, participat- Eventually, she went back to UConn
tive for the 44th district. connections I needed to get me going ing in the legislative internship pro- where she enrolled in public adminis-
Flexer defeated Kwansy by a nearly in politics,” Flexer said. gram and becoming the president of the tration classes. She plans to apply to
2 to 1 margin, turning the district blue Flexer’s interest in politics began at UConn College Democrats. the university’s graduate school next
for the first time since 1990. She takes age 17, before she could even vote, After she graduated, she volun- semester. Photo courtesy of Mae Flexer
the office held by Republican Michael when she jumped in town budget bat- teered in several campaigns, most Mae Flexer, newly elected as a state representative,
Caron of Danielson, who chose not to tles, according to her Web site. notably Democrat Representative » UCONN, page 2 poses in front of the Capital building in Hartford.

Reports of
gunshots at
Chopping it all off for charity Va. Tech a
false alarm
An exploded cartridge from a nail
gun produced sounds similar to
gunfire near a Virginia Tech dor-
mitory Thursday, briefly scaring
a campus still scarred from mass
shootings last year.
The scare was the first use of the
university’s revamped crisis alert
system. Virginia Tech added text
messages and other ways of warn-
ing students of possible danger
to its system of e-mail alerts after
gunman Seung-Hui Cho took 32
lives before turning the gun on
The results were spotty: While
an initial text message explaining
police were investigating potential
gunfire was successful, text mes-
sages that explained the sounds
were not gunfire did not go through
on mobile phones. The problem
was traced to the service provider
in the mountainous area, university
spokesman Larry Hincker said, and
school officials have asked the ven-
dor for an explanation.
“We attempt to use as many
channels as possible to notify the
community of emergency situa-
tions,” Hincker said in a statement.
ED RYAN/The Daily Campus
“We regret that the one system not
under our control failed to work as
Beautician Kathy LaJoie (right) puts rubber bands in 3rd-semester psychology major Dana Addorisio’s hair. Dana donated 8 inches of her hair to Pantene Pro-V Beautiful Lengths program, a charity expected.”
that makes wigs for women suffering from cancer. For more on Thursday night’s hair drive, which featured shows from two student performance groups, see page 7.
Police secured Pritchard Hall
around 1 p.m., and searched every
room in the 1,000-student dormi-
tory. They reopened it two hours
later after finding no evidence of
The school sent out a campus

Friends remember
alert saying police were investigat-
ing “reported sounds of gunshots
in Pritchard Hall” before police

late freshman
determined that the sounds came
from an exploding cartridge from a
nail gun that had been set off near
a trash bin.
Police responded to the dormi-
By Emily Volz ily studies major, met Mposo tory within three minutes of the
at Wilbur Cross High School report, Hincker said, and the cam-
Campus Correspondent pus was alerted with a series of
shortly after she moved from
It’s been more than a week the Congo to New Haven. The messages sent to e-mails, to cell
since a 19-year old freshman, two quickly became friends. phones, on the school Web page
died at Hartford Hospital after “We were really close,” and to classroom message boards.
losing consciousness at a post- Teron said. “When we both Several students said they got
election celebration party at found out we got into UConn, alerts both by e-mails and text
the Student Union Nov. 4, but we were so excited.” messages. About 30,000 students,
the feeling is still fresh for the Teron said he and Mposo faculty and staff on the 28,000-
students, family and friends spent almost every day student campus subscribe to the
who are mourning their loss. together. When he learned of AP emergency text message system,
Bertozzi Mposo’s sudden, Mposo’s death, it seemed sur- Michael Miller, left, and Ross Zachs, both of Hartford, kiss after being married in West Hartford on Wednesday. Since Wednesday and 70 percent of them wanted
unexpected death sent shock- real. morning, 66 same-sex couples across the state have taken advantage of a state Supreme Court ruling allowing gay marriage. that to be the primary way they are

66 CT marriage licenses granted to

waves through the UConn “It was like something out notified about potential danger on
community after the campus of a movie,” Teron said. He campus.
received news of the loss. wasn’t aware of Mposo’s “I was actually very impressed
UConn students, faculty and
staff were informed by an
e-mail from John Saddlemire,
death until friends extended
their sympathies to him after
class last Thursday.
same-sex couples since Wednesday by how quick it was,” said Adam
Parker, a sophomore who got an
e-mail and two text messages.
vice president for Student Teron said it was a complete HARTFORD (AP) — A partial tally by including 28 to opposite-sex couples. But freshman Lauren Dalton
Affairs, on Thursday, Nov. 6. shock to hear the news. city and town clerks in Connecticut shows Public Health Department spokesman said, “By the time I got the alert,
Mposo was a 1st–semester “She was an encouraging they’ve issued 66 marriage licenses to same- William Gerrish says couples have 65 days to it was over.”
economics major who lived in person,” Teron said. “She sex couples since Wednesday, the first day have their nuptials “solemnized” by a minis- Officers found an exploded car-
Buckley hall. She had moved had a positive spirit that she that gays and lesbians could get married in ter, justice of the peace or other officiator. tridge from a power nailer used in
to the United States from brought on everybody – she the state. The state Supreme Court ruled 4-3 last construction near trash bins near-
the Democratic Republic of made you feel like you could The state Department of Public Health has month that same-sex couples have the right by. Police theorized that someone
Congo three years ago. do anything.” received data from 130 of the state’s 169 cities to wed in Connecticut. A lower-court judge caused the construction shell to
Joel Teron, a 1st-semester and towns so far. A total of 94 licenses were entered a final order permitting same-sex explode, possibly by slamming the
human development and fam- » FRESHMAN, page 3 issued Wednesday from those municipalities, marriages Wednesday morning. lid of a trash bin, and the sound



Student comedians Both basketball Weather 2
keep the mood light teams get ready Commentary 4
as students shed their for their regular Focus 7
locks for charity. season openers. Comics 10
see page 7 see page 14 Sports 14