Jim Henson Foundation showcases importance of funding puppetry at Ballard Institute event

Jim Henson Foundation showcases importance of funding puppetry at Ballard Institute event

The Puppet Forum Series at the Ballard Institute had its first event of the Spring 2018 semester, highlighting the work and patronage of the Jim Henson Foundation.

Nurturing New Work for Puppet Theater: the Jim Henson Foundation was co-hosted by Foundation President Cheryl Henson, Foundation Manager and UConn puppetry alum Lindsey Briggs, Leslee Asch and Richard Termine.

Cheryl Henson, daughter of famous puppeteer Jim Henson, began the event by providing a brief history of the Jim Henson Foundation.

Men’s basketball travels to Kansas for rematch with No. 22 Wichita St.

Men’s basketball travels to Kansas for rematch with No. 22 Wichita St.

The UConn men’s basketball team will have their work cut out for them when they travel over to Kansas to take on No. 22 Wichita St. Saturday.

The two teams first met back on Dec. 30 at the start of conference play. The Huskies held on in front of a nearly sold out XL Center crowd, playing 35 tough minutes before letting the game slip from their grasp at the end, falling 72-62.

Women’s Hockey: UConn set for a weekend in Vermont in pivotal conference battle

Women’s Hockey: UConn set for a weekend in Vermont in pivotal conference battle

Senior forward Leah Lum and the UConn women’s hockey team look to continue their four-game winning streak this Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m., as they hit the road against Vermont.


“The team knows what we have to do, and I think just sticking to the game plan, playing for a full 60 minutes and focusing on the little details will help us be successful,” Lum said.

Elect Her aims to demystify campaign process

Elect Her aims to demystify campaign process

With midterm elections just around the corner, Elect Her at the University of Connecticut aims to help equip women with the skills and techniques to run for office both inside and outside of college. Women have always played a significant role in politics, but they are still greatly outnumbered by men. In an increasingly contentious political climate in the United States, women may be more inclined to run for office.

Women's Lacrosse: Huskies head to Orange to open season

Women's Lacrosse: Huskies head to Orange to open season

The UConn women’s lacrosse team will open up their 2018 season on Friday afternoon at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York.

This season, the Huskies have six seniors leading the squad including attacker Grace Nolan and defender Cassie Ekstrom. Both Nolan and Ekstrom were named to the pre-season all-conference team. This was Nolan’s third season in a row being named to the team in addition to her being a unanimous selection.

Literature and Liquor: ‘Ham on Rye’ and Bulleit Bourbon Frontier Whiskey

'Ham on Rye' and Bulleit Bourbon Frontier Whiskey. (Dean Ravenola/The Daily Campus)

Despite a myriad of poetry publications and book sales, Charles Bukowski is a name that is often excluded from Western literary canon. Critics have rebuked Bukowski as a misogynist, unsophisticated, distasteful and narcissistic. Even though these condemnations may very well be true, his work has stood the test of time for one reason alone: Bukowski is unabashadley himself. Although his methods may be lewd and crude, Charles Bukowski pours his own personal truths into every piece of his writing. “Ham on Rye” is no different, as Bukowski allows readers a murky glimpse into his formative years through the lens of his thinly veiled alter ego, “Henry Chinaski.”

This coming of age story is not for the faint of heart. Each is page dripping with profanity, masturbation, violence and booze. “Ham on Rye” recounts Bukowski’s rugged upbringing in Los Angeles during the Great Depression. From his abusive father who takes out his anger and disappointments on Henry and his mother with a razor strop, to the aggressive case of acne and boils that brand him an outcast during puberty and the sickening experimental treatments he undergoes to remove them, young Henry’s life is teeming with misfortune from the very start.

Although the novel careens from scene to scene, covering the most impressionable moments of his childhood without a semblance of traditional structure or plot, Bukowski touches upon a number of precarious topics. Some of the most prominent themes in “Ham on Rye” include disillusionment with the myth of the American Dream, the discrepancies between idealistic societal values and real life, and raging against the machine or system. Sometimes disgusting and almost always depressing, Bukowski’s coming of age novel demonstrates his incredibly sharp wit as he deconstructs and satirizes the plentiful hypocrisy he felt surrounded by growing up in early 1900s Los Angeles.

As you dejectedly ponder the flaws and falsities of society with Bukowski, a terrific bottle to wallow with is Bulleit Bourbon Frontier Whiskey. Although it may not seem like it to a broke college student, Bulleit is fairly affordable for such a full-bodied and flavorful bourbon, usually retailing for only slightly over $30. Bulleit Bourbon exudes a robust odor of oak, vanilla and honey, that somehow manages to smell both sweet and bitter. Despite being 90 proof, Bulleit is remarkably light for whiskey and has a surprisingly multifaceted flavor profile. Unlike most conventional bourbons, Bulleit incorporates a much higher percentage of rye, which not only ties back to the title of Bukowski’s novel, but also provides it with a spicy kick that is most pronounced when served neat. The powerful spice taste of Bulleit Bourbon is supplemented by woody oak tones and hint of darkly agreeable caramel. Just like Bukowski, this bourbon packs a punch and cannot be casually consumed in large gulps. It is best to take small sips at a time, and allow the biting taste to slowly flood your taste buds so as to not overwhelm your senses.


Dean Ravenola is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at dean.ravenola@uconn.edu.