NHL Playoffs: 5 things to take away from round one

After one round of the NHL Playoffs, here are five things learned as the second round gets underway. 

1) New York needs more offense in round two 

The New York Rangers are a popular pick to be the last team standing at the end of the daunting NHL Playoffs. They did everything you’d expect from a Stanley Cup favorite in the regular season. They were third in both goals scored and goals against rankings, which ultimately led to their third Presidents’ Trophy victory in franchise history. In five playoff games against the Pittsburgh Penguins, however, the Rangers’ overall play significantly diminished in quality. New York scored only 11 goals and went a dismal 3-for-20 on the power play, all of which are serious concerns for the Rangers, who are set to take on the Washington Capitals in Round 2. The lone bright spot for the Eastern Conference’s top seed was goalie Henrik Lundqvist’s evolution into playoff form. Rightfully referred to by the New York faithful as “King Henrik”, the 2012 Vezina Trophy winner posted a 1.54 Goals Against Average and a .939 save percentage against the Pens. If the King continues to stymie opposing offenses and the Rangers’ own offense addresses their woes, then New York will pose legitimate concerns for opponents moving forward.  

2) Chicago’s depth proved to be the difference

From double overtime in Game 1 to triple overtime in Game 4, the Chicago Blackhawks seemed to outlast the Nashville Predators by using experience to their advantage. While the Predators scored more goals in the series than the Blackhawks, winning that battle 21-19, Chicago was able to score major series-altering goals including two overtime winners from two different defensemen, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook. Blackhawks Captain Jonathan Toews led the team with 8 points in the series, and four other ‘Hawks had 5 points or more. Offensively, depth has always been a strong suit in the playoffs for Chicago. This year, depth in the net-minding position may have tilted the series in their favor. After surrendering three goals on 12 shots in Game 1, starter Corey Crawford was pulled and relieved by Scott Darling, who stopping 42 shots and surrendered no goals in a double OT win. In Game 2, Coach Joel Quenneville went back to Crawford, and the result was a 6-2 loss. Darling then started Games 3-6, but after only stopping 33 of 40 shots in the last two games, Darling lost the job, and Crawford stopped the last 13 shots the Predators took in the series. Quenneville has stated that Crawford will get the start in Game 1 against the Minnesota Wild, but the goalie carousel will continue in Chicago unless Crawford plays the way he did in 2013 when the Blackhawks hoisted The Cup.

3) St. Louis has the playoff blues

Despite tying the Anaheim Ducks for the most points in the Western Conference, the St. Louis Blues were dispatched in the first round of the playoffs for the third consecutive season. St. Louis has the talent to not only get out of the conference quarterfinals but also contend for a Stanley Cup Championship. Vladimir Tarasenko headlines the star-studded lineup, and he played rather well in the series against the Minnesota Wild, finding the back of the net six times. Goal scoring as a team, however, plagued the Blues as they totaled only 14 goals in six games. Captain David Backes and free agent pickup Paul Stasny contributed a mere one goal each. Lower than expected production was a result of both poor execution and opposing goaltending. After allowing six goals in Game 4, Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk put together back-to-back games in which he only surrendered one tally. No matter how well Dubnyk played, mustering only two total goals in the final two games of the series is unacceptable for a team of this caliber. Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock’s future with the team may be in jeopardy after another poor postseason showing.

4) Anaheim looks like a serious contender

The Anaheim Ducks managed to sweep the Winnipeg Jets by leading just 38 minutes and 26 seconds of the 245 minutes and 12 seconds that were played during the four contests. This may sound alarming for the top seed in the West, but outscoring the opposition 10-1 in the third period and overtime of this series signals that when the game is up for grabs, the Ducks are the more determined team. Corey Perry, who notched 7 points, and the offseason acquisition Ryan Kesler, who added five of his own, led the Ducks in scoring. Acquiring Kesler is proving to be a worthy move for the Ducks as he scored some of the biggest goals in the series, including an overtime-forcing tally on the road late in Game 3. Continued production from Kesler and Perry as well as increased output from Captain Ryan Getzlaf will be key in a second round showdown with the surging Calgary Flames. Both teams are top 4 in the playoffs in both goals per game and power play percentage, so expect this series to be a high scoring thriller out west. 

5) Home ice is crucial in close out games

Teams playing at home with the opportunity to end the series were a combined 6-2 in the first round. The only losses were Montreal playing Ottawa at home with a 3-1 series lead and the Detroit Red Wings facing the Tampa Bay Lightning with a three games to two edge at the famous Joe Louis Arena. Home ice advantage proved to be monumental in both Game 7. The Washington Capitals were able to eliminate the New York Islanders in a close 2-1 game, and the Lightning dispatched the Red Wings by a score of 2-0 behind goalie Ben Bishop’s best night of the postseason. Both Game 7 environments were electric, and the home players of both teams certainly fed off the crowds’ energy to seal the games late in the third period. Vigorous playoff atmospheres in the NHL surely give the hometown players an extra spark on the ice, and that extra step over the opposition usually ends up being the difference in a tight series-clinching game. 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures

Fans of Iron Man, Captain America and the other members of the notorious Avengers clan don’t have to worry about. “Avengers: Age of Ultron” not living up to the legacy of its action-packed predecessor. “Ultron” is on par with “The Avengers” in terms of CGI-laden action and great humor, but it doesn’t aspire to add anything groundbreaking.

The film is exactly what audiences expect from a Marvel film. It’s a fun, thrilling ride that, despite a few story hiccups, serves as an entertaining summer blockbuster.

After the events of the previous film, Captain America (Chris Evans) and the rest of the Avengers struggle to protect the world from an ever increasing number of threats. Desperate to create a way to guard the planet so that the Avengers aren’t constantly needed, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) creates a sentient computer program called Ultron (voiced by James Spader) designed to patrol for crime. Upon uploading himself into a mechanized body, Ultron goes rogue when he determines mankind is the greatest threat to the planet and teams up with two mutants to rid the Earth of humanity. The Avengers race to stop Ultron as deep-seated divisions among the team threaten to tear the group apart.

“Ultron” again proves that Marvel films can be light-hearted despite the destructive action sequences and heavy themes of doubt throughout. Unlike movies based on characters from Marvel’s rival DC Comics, such as the colorless, brooding “Man of Steel,” “Ultron” is filled with humor that makes the characters more relatable. Sequences, such as the celebratory party thrown at the Avengers headquarters early in the film, work as great character development while providing some laughs. It proves Earth’s “Mightiest Heroes” are interesting even when they’re not battling bad guys.

Director Joss Whedon expertly handles the action scenes. He thoroughly plans every shot to clearly capture every punch and explosion. Watching Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk and Iron Man go toe-to-toe in a citywide rampage is a delight. The only downside is the climactic battle, which takes place in a crumbling city besieged by Ultron’s robotic army and feels derivative of the final battle from the first film.

The film’s heart comes from its strong acting. Downey carries a majority of the film’s one-liners, and his sarcastic demeanor is charming. Evans’ Captain America is a good-natured and forceful leader, but Downey’s presence overshadows him. Evans only truly shines in the fast-paced action sequences. Spader’s Ultron possesses the charisma of a megalomaniac with a major God complex, and his sardonic nature is humorous and eerie at the same time.

The film does have flaws that keep it from being a true superhero epic. Some weak side-stories plague the plot. Chris Hemsworth’s Thor is sent on a pointless side-quest, and the payoff only turns out to be a setup for the next sequel. Meanwhile, Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk and Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow suddenly become love interests, a twist that comes out of nowhere. The motivation behind their attraction is so thin that it’s difficult to believe. The film’s pacing is also off in some crucial moments. Ultron’s “birth” is rushed through too quickly, while a few quiet, sentimental moments run far too long.   

Overall, “Ultron” proves that superhero films still have some punch left in them. It may possess a few structural issues, but it remains a solid action film that embraces the fun and excitement of comic book stories. With heartfelt, funny performances by both the leaders of the team and the villain, “Ultron” is easily the next hit in Marvel’s long string of successes.


  • Director: Joss Whedon
  • Genre: Action
  • Runtime: 141 minutes
  • Rating: 8/10 Robot Armies

 I would like to offer a significantly different perspective from the recent Firing Lines by Bobby French and John Stephen Taylor, neither of whom I know.

My mother introduced me to tennis at Eastwoods Park just north of UT in 1945, when I was 9 years old. After 2 weeks she turned me over to Daniel Penick, the longtime UT tennis coach (over 50 years) on Saturday mornings. When Caswell Tennis Center opened a short time later, I spent my youth through my years at Austin High there almost every day. Then, in 1954, when I enrolled in Plan II at UT, I was on the freshman team. My senior year, 1958, I was captain. I got to play under Penick and my junior and senior years under Coach Wilmer Allison (only the second tennis coach in the school’s history). My junior year I got to play with Dave Snyder (a senior), who became the third coach for the next 29 years. The original courts where I played were on the north end of Memorial Stadium and were clay.

The tennis alumni had a meeting in October to discuss the situation with athletic director Steve Patterson. We were told that we, the alumni, needed to raise $15,000,000 before construction could begin. Meanwhile one of the best collegiate teams in the country must work out at the Intramural Fields, where there are no stands, no dressing rooms and no scoreboards. Contrary to the information given by Taylor, the new facility will not be built at the Intramural Fields, from what I have been told. One other point that needs to be addressed: Taylor asks, “Where has Coach [Michael] Center been?” I must point out that Center is not in a position to make a decision. He has more than enough to do to coach some of the finest young men that have ever represented the University of Texas tennis team.

They are students, gentlemen on the court and winners. I, and the alums, could not be prouder of the team and the coaches. Now I hope the University officials who have the power and the money to make the decisions will act with due speed to bring about a solution to this unjust and inexcusable situation.

— Laurence A. Becker, Ph.D., captain of the UT Tennis Team (1958), assistant coach (1962-1964), in response to Bobby French’s Tuesday Firing Line titled “Texas Tennis deserves proper home” and John Stephen Taylor’s Wednesday Firing Line titled “Texas Tennis fan got it right.”

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is a prime example of the growth of the Marvel film series. Just as the first “Captain America” film led into the events of “The Avengers,” “The Winter Soldier” also serves as a setup for larger events to come. Even though the movie connects with a much bigger plot, it still manages to tell an entertaining, self-contained story. “The Winter Soldier” is a fun, thrilling superhero flick that beautifully mixes serious action with funny humor and likeable characters.

After the events of “The Avengers,” Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) struggles with adapting to life in a modern age while embodying the role of Captain America. He stays loyal to the country by continuing to work with S.H.I.E.L.D. and its head, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). Finding a plot in the works to bring S.H.I.E.L.D. down from the inside, Captain America works with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and former soldier Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) to stop forces that plan to simultaneously assassinate millions of citizens. Meanwhile, the three are stalked by a mysterious enemy, the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), who poses a deadly threat to the team.

Marvel films tend to include an appropriate amount of humor in their plots and often use it more naturally than the gritty DC Universe films. “The Winter Soldier” follows this trend, as most of the jokes stick while every subtle, humorous gesture possesses great timing. These action scenes are phenomenal and well-paced while maintaining a constant, pulsing thrill. The action-loaded climax, which takes place on a monstrous Helicarrier, demonstrates the excellent pacing and brutality of each punch. 

The effects, despite relying on an overload of CGI, seem real enough to enhance the setting. The story features a few gimmicky, predicable plot elements, but it unfolds with a smart instinct for audience expectations and is richly entertaining. References to other Marvel heroes and villains are dropped constantly, yet they feel like natural universe-building, not forced synergy. Directors Anthony and Joe Russo show a clear knack for balance as they paint a fun comic book story with heavy action and complex character relationships.

Evans steps up his acting game as Cap, who finds his loyalty to S.H.I.E.L.D. and his country tested. But it is clear that Johansson and Mackie are the real acting powerhouses. Johansson has Widow pegged as a sardonic, but dangerous, heroine who is enchanting in almost every scene. Mackie, who plays Falcon, is also a humorous and effective character who commands the camera. Jackson reprises his role as Nick Fury, who actually has a larger role in the film than he has had in any other Marvel film, and it seems that he has perfected a formula that keeps his performance of the character from growing stale. Robert Redford plays a big role in the film, dominating as a powerful S.H.I.E.L.D. official. Oddly enough, the titular antagonist is surprisingly underplayed. The Winter Soldier is offered as a small tool of a larger threat. Stan, who played a role in the previous film, portrays him as overly mysterious, and while he looks extremely cool with his robotic armor and lethal persona, he lacks much of a character. The Winter Soldier is more of a force of mayhem than a fully realized villain.

Overall, “The Winter Soldier” is perhaps the best Marvel offering since “The Avengers.” Its great action and fantastic story present pure blockbuster entertainment. Mixed with stellar performances and well placed humor, the film proves that Marvel has succeeded in finding the balance that keeps superhero movies fun without being too gritty or campy. Despite being considered a prequel for next year’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “The Winter Soldier” is a great blend of elements that make an incredibly powerful superhero movie.

“Captain Phillips” is a by-the-book thriller that employs a documentary-like style to chronicle the hijacking of the America cargo ship Maersk Alabama by Somali pirates in 2009. Like “Zero Dark Thirty” last year, “Captain Phillips” focuses on the people directly involved in America’s response to a foreign attack. Director Paul Greengrass (“The Bourne Ultimatum”) and Tom Hanks deliver a procedural drama that entertains without offering any standout elements. 

Greengrass doesn’t waste any time getting out to sea. There is a brief introduction for Captain Richard Phillips (Hanks) and his wife as they drive to the airport, but Phillips is at the helm of the ship within 10 minutes of the movie’s start. The other major character, pirate captain Muse (Barkhad Abdi), is also introduced heading out to sea. Muse’s village is run by a Somali warlord who forces the male villagers to patrol the nearby waters for possible target ships. Muse picks his crew of four and departs, knowing he cannot return without something to offer. The small pirate crew comes upon the Alabama in international waters and moves in to make its score.

The best parts of “Captain Phillips” involve forcing a normal response to an abnormal event. Phillips runs his ship with the efficiency of a military instructor, and the film portrays his handling of the initial encounter with the pirate skiffs as calm and strategic. Even after the four pirates have boarded the ship and taken control of the bridge, Captain Phillips keeps a clear head and works the pirates’ unfamiliarity with the ship’s interior to his crew’s advantage. 

The plot begins to drag around the midway point. There is a significant location shift after the pirates realize they cannot control the ship or its crew. The result is over an hour of the Captain and his captors in a much more confined space. Greengrass’ jumpy
camera style in these sequences makes one feel both disoriented and claustrophobic, and makes the viewer miss the wide shots and interiors of the Alabama. 

The other major problem is the portrayal of the
pirates. The attempt to make Muse and his crew into tragic figures is unsuccessful. The justification and history is present, but the Somalis are too menacing throughout the film to ever deserve the audience’s empathy. While the portrayal of hostile foreigners is a step above what we saw in Argo — at least the Somalis are given subtitles — the pirates are still not given any greater role beyond militant fisherman who bit off more than they could chew. 

Hanks delivers a fine performance as Phillips. Far from the helpless hostage, Phillips works his captors from the moment they meet by attempting to engage them in conversation and leaving clues to help the military end the situation. Hanks goes for realism over powerhouse acting, and as the film builds to an edge-of-your-seat finale, you can’t help but fear for him even though the story’s conclusion is well documented.

Like its titular character, “Captain Phillips” is efficient. It delivers a candid account of the extraordinary events that happened off the coast of Somalia in April 2009. Greengrass’ direction and Hanks’ performance yield an interesting recent event drama that, while thrilling, is not the kind of movie that will leave a lasting impression.

Photo Credit: Erica Reed | Daily Texan Staff

It was Colonel Mustard in the kitchen with the candlestick. 

The theater department’s production of “Dial ‘M’ for Murder” by Frederick Knott is a classic murder mystery with a twist. This British classic was made famous by the Alfred Hitchock film by the same name.

“Dial ‘M’ for Murder” tells the story of Tony Wendice, a man who hires Captain Lesgate (aka Charles Swann) to murder his wife Margot because he discovered her affair with American crime novelist Mark Halliday. The plot seems simple enough, but it goes horribly awry. 

“The story is very intriguing because it is a whodunit in reverse,” said Brant Pope, director of the play and head of the University’s department of theatre and dance. “In this play we know early on who did it, the real question is if he will get away with it. My approach to it was to tell that story well. It’s very intriguing. It’s fun to watch.”

The play’s complex plot, classical style and wide audience appeal made it an exciting show for Pope to direct. 

“It’s both a really good audience piece that the audience will enjoy and it’s really good training for all of our students — actors, designers and technicians,” Pope said. 

When selecting the season, Pope and the other theater faculty members created a season with a lot of variation.

“A season has to be balanced to give your audience and students different kinds of experiences,” Pope said. “So ‘Dial “M” for Murder’ is a classic. It’s a famous play that is traditional in the best sense of the word.”

Theater senior Sean Moran, who plays Captain Lesgate, said he is excited to be involved in such a classic play that contrasts the more abstract plays often seen in Austin. 

“The theater department is just coming out of the Cohen New Works Festival,” Moran said. “It’s been a lot of new and experimental pieces and this is just a return to very stately theater. To have a very traditional play, with a very traditional set and structure is really refreshing to see.” 

The department held auditions for all fall shows earlier this year, and rehearsals began the last week of August. The “Dial ‘M’ for Murder” cast is composed of mostly undergraduate theater students with the exception of one graduate student, Ryan Belock, who plays Mark Halliday. 

“I’d urge people, especially in the university community, to come see the show because it’s your peers,” Moran said. “It’s a mostly undergrad cast, and being able to see people in your age range doing the kind of things you’d only expect professional actors to do is really encouraging for people who want to step into the arts.” 

Even though “Dial ‘M’ for Murder” called for a prescribed style of acting that required the cast to explore and experiment, the play remains a traditional theater piece at its core.

“It’s just a really great night of theater, and I mean theater in all of its facets,” Belock said. “It’s beautiful design work, beautiful direction, and it’s incredible talent on and off stage. Especially for people who have seen the movie, this is a new, fresh look at ‘Dial “M” for Murder.’” 

When Captain Julie Gillespie joined the UT Police Department in 1986, not only was she one of the few women working in a male-dominated workplace, but she was also gay.

“Pretty much almost immediately I was out at work and I probably was not the first lesbian that worked there but was the first one to be out,” Gillespie said at a panel last week titled “Living with Pride: Out at Work.”

For those in the LGBT community, coming out at work presents a set of social, moral and legal implications. While Gillespie describes her experience with the University and within the police department as “nothing but positive,” many struggle with the decision of whether or not to come out at work.

The “Living with Pride” panel hosted by the Gender & Sexuality Center, the Sanger Learning Center and UT Residential Life was just one of several events on campus last week organized to mark National Coming Out Week and National Coming Out Day on Thursday. Coming out in the open about one’s sexual orientation is often associated with its effect on friends and families, not bosses and supervisors.

Amanda Ritter, president of the GLBTQA Business Student Association, said deciding to not hide one’s sexual orientation at work can be a challenging but rewarding decision for many LGBT students.

“Not all students are comfortable and confident because this country is still in the process of accepting the LGBTQ community,” Ritter said. “Therefore, a lot of students do struggle. A lot of students that choose to come out, including myself, do so because we don’t want to hide any part of who we are. It just makes things easier to enjoy your job, too.”

In Texas, the legal implications can be especially threatening to LGBT employees. Cary Franklin, assistant professor at the UT School of Law, specializes in employment discrimination.

Franklin said Texas’ labor laws do not defend openly gay employees from discrimination.

“It is legal, under state law, to terminate employees on the basis of sexual orientation,” Franklin said.

Fortunately for students at UT, Austin is one of several Texas cities that have passed bans on employment discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation, Franklin said.

Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth and El Paso have passed similar laws. In the 2011 Texas legislative session, Rep. Mike Villarreal D-San Antonio and Rep. Marisa Marquez D-El Paso, respectively, authored a bill to enact a statewide ban on such discrimination, but the bill failed to get out of committee.

Music senior Torsten Knabe said coming out at work is important for reasons far more personal than simply the legal aspects involved.

“People are most productive when they feel they are in a healthy, friendly environment that accepts them for who they are,” Knabe said. “You want people to be able to bring their identity to the table versus having to hide themselves.”

For her part, UTPD Captain Julie Gillespie said she doesn’t see herself as a role model to LGBT youth, but hopes her example can show that coming out at work can be a positive experience.

“I think as individuals, as we come out and are able to see people on TV and people in high positions coming out and it being okay and it being supported, then I think it helps them as they struggle with the issues of coming out in a workplace or at home or wherever,” Gillespie said.


Printed on Monday, October 15, 2012 as: Panel explores new side of 'coming out'

Clash of Marvel's Greatest Heroes

Heavy breathes. Tense muscles. Red gloves firmly gripping the star spangled shield. Captain America slowly recovers after deflecting an optic blast from Cyclops.

Cyclops and Captain America will be but two characters caught in a heroic grapple when Marvel releases their Avengers Versus X-Men 12-issue comic series on April 4th.

Brian Michael Bendis, writer of Avengers, and Jason Aaron, writer of Wolverine, laid out the story line of the series claiming the final outcome will forever change the fabric of the Marvel Universe. This is a welcoming idea when the comic books are known for killing off and easily bringing characters back to life.

Bendis is reported as having said that the usual formula for heroes picking up arms against each other was to meet, misunderstand each other, fight, followed by them making peace and saving the day together. However, this story line differs in that both sides have valid and defensible positions in their reaction to the conflict’s inciting incident: The return of the Phoenix Force.

Of course, this series comes at a time when Marvel has reached immense financial success with their X-Men and Avengers movie franchise, with the X-Men series having grossed nearly $2 billion and May’s Avengers movie finally bringing together the Iron Man, Thor and Captain America films. While the comic series is obviously another attempt to cash in on their films’ success, it’s a curious notion to see just who would reign triumphant on the physical and philosophical battlefield.

Comic book movies to fill box offices with excitement


What better combination could you ask for? I got that answer for you right here. Summer, that’s what. This summer has supplied us with some of the best comic book movies I have ever been lucky enough to drink a butter beer to at the Alamo Drafthouse. But what is next? What can we expect? Summer is almost over!

Don’t fret my little birds! We’ve got one more kick-butt comic movie on the horizon, and by “on the horizon” I mean this coming Thursday. “Captain America” will not be the final movie for us to look forward to however, for it is but an installation to the upcoming “The Avengers.”

True, “The Avengers” won’t be coming out until next summer, but it will most certainly be worth the wait my friends. Pretty much close to every comic book flick you’ve seen for the past couple years or so has been leading up to this one spectacular finish. “The Avengers” will host all the original cast members from hero movies including, but not limited to: Iron Man, Thor, and of course Captain America. Also, the Hulk will be played by mother flippin Lou Ferringo! What?! We can either be incredibly excited or apprehensive to the idea of such an icon returning to his original role of the big green man. Meh, it’ll be a kickass movie either way.

Another great film coming next summer is another “Spider-man!” “The Amazing Spider-man” to be more accurate. Now, if you’re like myself who has quite a preference for “The Amazing Spider-man” books above all other comics starring our favorite web slinger, then you’re probably bouncing in your booties. This movie sports a new Spidey, Andrew Garfield, with a new costume for the big screen. Both of which are pretty easy on the eyes.

Last, but certainly not least, on the hero movies to wait for would be “The Dark Night Rises.” The third installment to the “Dark Knight” series includes characters such as Catwoman, Ra’s al Ghul, and BAIN. Needless to say, the characters and cast assigned to this project are evidence enough that will be a great watch.

So don’t lose hope in hero movies just yet, and don’t think that these are the only movies to look forward to starring your favorite fictional characters. Even the easiest search through the Interwebs will bring you to databases of dozens of upcoming comic book movies. The market is booming, people, and we are going to enjoy every second of it.

A security camera caught footage of a suspect in an attempted sexual assault that happened at the entrance of Roberts Hall Dormitory Sunday morning at 1:25 am, UTPD Capt. Julie Gillespie said.

The suspect is described as an Asian male who is approximately 5’4” tall with a thin build and medium-length black hair combed to the right. He was wearing black-rimmed glasses. UTPD posted pictures on Facebook of the suspect captured from the security camera, asking for any information regarding the suspect.

“He was in the video with her,” Gillespie said. “We’re not going to go into detail on what was on the video, but he was associated with her in the video.”

On Friday, an armed robbery was reported just off of campus, where a single handgun was used to steal from a UT student. Gillespie said the two crimes are not connected and that there is not an increase in crime.

“We’re not seeing any major upswing in crime,” Gillespie said. “I would say it’s just a coincidence.”