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Jalapeno-Bacon Mac-and-Cheese Kid Allegedly Assaults Cop

The incident took place at a rehab center in Florida

(Newser) - A former University of Connecticut student who went on a drunken, obscenity-laced tirade about jalapeno-bacon macaroni and cheese has been arrested in Florida after an altercation with a police officer, the AP reports. Luke Gatti was charged May 28 in Boca Raton with battery on an officer and resisting an... More »

Chef Who Restrained Mac & Cheese Kid: Join the Military

Bill McKay says he forgives Luke Gatti

(Newser) - Bill McKay, the Union Street Market chef who restrained a wildly intoxicated Luke Gatti after Gatti got physical with McKay's supervisor while demanding bacon jalapeno mac and cheese , has something to say: "I forgive Luke Gatti," McKay writes in a letter to the University of Connecticut's... More »

UConn's Mac & Cheese Ranter Speaks

Luke Gatti apologizes for meltdown while 'very intoxicated'

(Newser) - His profanity-laced rant about wanting bacon jalapeno mac and cheese made him famous on YouTube . Now, University of Connecticut student Luke Gatti is turning to YouTube to apologize. In a 2.5-minute video , Gatti, 19, admits he was "very intoxicated" when he got into an argument with the manager... More »

Student's Mac and Cheese Rant Spawns a Benefit

Money will go to food service workers who were berated

(Newser) - UConn students are trying to use an embarrassing video of a fellow student berating food service workers who refused to sell him mac and cheese to raise money to give the employees a night out. "A top-20 research university shouldn't have to be redeeming its name after one... More »

Student Arrested After Epic Mac & Cheese Meltdown

Did we mention he was allegedly drunk?

(Newser) - A 19-year-old University of Connecticut student was arrested Sunday night after a drunken argument involving mac and cheese. A video of the incident posted Monday has more than 1.6 million views and includes the lines, "Just give me some f---ing bacon jalapeno mac and cheese" and "I'... More »

Now UConn Boots Frat in 'Bacon' Hazing

SAE gets kicked out for 5 years over sorority hazing incident

(Newser) - It's not every day a fraternity gets itself kicked out over sorority hazing, but UConn has unceremoniously dumped Sigma Alpha Epsilon on the heels of giving Kappa Kappa Gamma the boot last week—both over hazing allegations by a former member of the sorority who said she was forced... More »

UConn Boots Sorority Over 'Bacon Hazing'

Sophomore: I was told to 'lay on the floor and sizzle like bacon'

(Newser) - Another day, another Greek organization shut down on a college campus over hazing—but the case of the University of Connecticut's Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority is rather ... unique. Sophomore Hillary Holt is charging that she and others were hazed at the school's Sigma Alpha Epsilon frat house, and... More »

Astronaut Delivering Commencement Speech From Space

UConn alum Rick Mastracchio will address his old school via space station

(Newser) - University of Connecticut alumnus Rick Mastracchio would have liked to deliver this year's graduation address to the school of engineering in person. But he'll be out of town on May 10—orbiting the globe on the International Space Station. So UConn has arranged for the 54-year-old astronaut to... More »

UConn Wins 8th Title in Rout of Louisville

93-60 victory was most lopsided in title game

(Newser) - UConn rolled to its eighth national championship last night, denying Louisville a March Madness sweep and handing head coach Geno Auriemma a delicious word: dynasty. He has now tied Pat Summitt for the most titles in in NCAA history, but wasn't ready to discuss a repeat. Yet it's... More »

Scientists to Study Adam Lanza's DNA

Investigation prompts controversy among experts

(Newser) - Following a request by a Connecticut medical examiner, geneticists appear poised to investigate Adam Lanza's DNA. Outside experts say the University of Connecticut scientists—who have agreed to "give any assistance they can"—will probably search for genetic mutations or abnormalities that might prompt mental illness or... More »

UConn's Jim Calhoun Retiring

Move comes in year Huskies wouldn't be eligible for NCAA tournament

(Newser) - Jim Calhoun is leaving Connecticut after coaching it to three national titles, ahead of a season in which the Huskies will be ineligible for the NCAA tournament because the team violated national academic standards. The 70-year-old Hall of Famer scheduled a news conference for 2pm today to announce his retirement,... More »

'Joke' Rape Film Sparks UConn Uproar

Video scrubbed from UCTV following protests

(Newser) - What is it with New England universities? Just days after news broke that a sex assault accusation may have scuttled a Yale quarterback's chance at a Rhodes Scholarship comes word of a "joke" rape video aired on the University of Connecticut's student broadcast network. The "comedy... More »

Bronx Prodigy, 13, Heads to College

Autum Ashante speaks three languages; has 149 IQ

(Newser) - A young prodigy from the Bronx is headed to the University of Connecticut—at age 13. She already speaks three foreign languages: Arabic, Swahili, and Spanish. Her IQ tests at 149, better than most college students’. And she’s traveled the US performing spoken word, reports Black Voices via the... More »

UConn, Stanford, Tennessee, Nebraska Get Top Seeds

Defending-champion Huskies bring along 72-win streak

(Newser) - The University of Connecticut's defending champions earned the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA women's basketball tournament, putting their record winning streak on the line. Geno Auriemma's Huskies have won 72 consecutive games, but none of them have come against Pat Summitt's Tennessee squad, which got another No. 1... More »

UConn Women Win 71st in Row

Top-ranked Huskies eclipse school's 2001-03 mark

(Newser) - The University of Connecticut women's team set a new NCAA record tonight, winning its 71st consecutive game by beating Notre Dame. The Huskies, who haven't lost since April 6, 2008, broke the record the school set from Nov. 9, 20001-March 11, 2003. UConn has trailed just 86 minutes in... More »

UConn Football Player Slain on Campus

Cornerback Jasper Howard, 20, was stabbed to death

(Newser) - A University of Connecticut football player has died after being stabbed on campus early this morning. Jasper Howard, a junior cornerback from Miami and the first member of his family to attend college, was 20. Two groups of people scuffled as a dance at the student union was letting out,... More »

Critics Boo as Schools Nix Athletic Cheerleading

UConn accused of sexism for cutting gymnastic routines

(Newser) - Ditch all those nasty gymnastics routines, girls, and look cute again! That's what some observers heard when the University of Connecticut ended gymnastic and tumbling skills in its cheerleaders' routines last week, Sarah Ball writes in Newsweek. "Even if school officials weren't solely motivated by wanting to see less... More »

Big East Dominates Top Seeds

North Carolina joins Louisville, Pitt, UConn at top of bracket heap

(Newser) - Big East powers Louisville, Pittsburgh, and UConn helped the league that was created for hoops become the first conference to earn three No. 1 seeds in the NCAA tournament in the field announced tonight. North Carolina, the regular-season ACC champ, was the other top seed. The coup comes 24... More »

Syracuse Tops UConn in Epic 6 OTs

You read that right, six damn overtimes!

(Newser) - It was a game for the ages, the longest in Big East history and nearly the longest college hoops has ever seen. After six grueling overtimes—you read that right, six overtime—Syracuse emerged victorious over UConn last night, to the final tune of 127-117. “I've got no words,... More »

Norovirus Sweeps Campuses

Hundreds of students made ill for days

(Newser) - Noroviruses are sweeping US colleges, delivering severe cases of nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. The same crowded conditions which allow noroviruses to thrive on cruise ships give them free rein on campus, reports Inside Higher Ed. There have been recent outbreaks at Georgetown University, the University of Southern California and colleges... More »

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