Daniel Nott, aspiring political cartoonist, someday meets his death

Daniel Nott, a senior at UMass known for his aspirations to capture the absurdities of his country in political cartoons and his enthusiasm for travel will die someday.

Nott is remembered by friends as caring deeply about politics, which he became passionate about during what he described as “the democracy-slaying corporate fascist regime” of the Bush Administration that was in power while he was in highschool.

Before attending UMass, Nott campaigned for President Obama, though friends said that he “was never the type of person who thought his country would change, so he wasn’t surprised at all when it didn’t.”

Nott studied Political Science at UMass, where he was enrolled in the Commonwealth Honors College. About halfway through his education, he designed a second major that focused on using art and journalism as a means of communicating what he learned in political science.

“Academic writing in the field of Political Science is the most self-aggrandizing and ego-centric occupation that I can imagine. I hoped that through journalism and informed doodling I could be a little more modest, and create products that not only highly educated elites will enjoy” a friend recalled Nott explaining.

Nott started drawing cartoons when he was in elementary school, and when he enrolled at UMass he began publishing them intermittently in the Daily Collegian, where he served as production manager in his senior year.

During his junior year at Umass, Nott spent 5 months in Istanbul, a place that he said “catered to his curious personality and loose sense of time.” He travelled across much of the country with a passable knowledge of the Turkish language, as well as Jordan and Lebanon in a time when the Middle East was in upheaval. His pictures from these experiences may someday be nominated for a prestigious photojournalism award.

Friends recall Nott as having a number of unique quirks and habits; including maintaining a large collection of old newspapers and index card to-do lists that he refused to part with.

“There were always newspapers everywhere, “explained a former roommate who lived with Nott in Sunderland, where he spent his last year at UMass. “Just so many newspapers.”

Friends knew that he wanted to be a political cartoonist, but knew he would have to supplement it with actual work. They claimed that while he never seemed to have any serious plan for the future, he spent a lot of time thinking of occupations he’d like to have.

“I want to write a feature story for Atlantic magazine as an excuse to experience life as a Somali pirate, or go fight for the rights of imprisoned journalists in Turkey,” a friend remembered him muttering as a response to the question. “I also wouldn’t mind converting a warehouse into an affordable space for artists and musicians to live and be creative. The idea of making a house out of shipping crates has also always appealed to me.”

Nott, who was older than 22, was born in Gardner, MA, and lived in Athol briefly before his family moved to 31 Mount Jefferson Road in Hubbardston, MA.

A collection of Nott’s artwork and photography can be found on his facebook page. Nott is survived by his younger brother David, and his parents Stephen and Lisa Nott.


Over Pizza, UM Professor talks Social Media in Middle East

By Daniel Nott

What do fax machines, revolutions against decades-old Middle Eastern dictators, and UMass students organizing against the administration have in common?

The multi-facetted answer that involved the history and implications of new media was the focus of a faculty talk by Political Science Professor Jillian Schwedler last night in the lounge of Goodell Honors building.

“Social Media has gotten so much attention in the Arab Spring this year,” she said at the beginning of the talk, “One of the things that I think is interesting is that this media revolution goes back several decades.”

The talk, “Can Social Media Start a Revolution?” was a mix of lecture and discussion, with questions and comments being encouraged to the approximately 20 students who were present. The talk was put on as part of Commonwealth College’s weekly “Pizza and Prof” program.

After a brief introduction that gave her a chance to take a few bites of pizza, Schwedler explained that one of the first developments in new media communication was the fax machine in the 1980’s. The new device which could send text and images across phone lines allowed people to get documents across borders very quickly, making it an important political tool.

“It used to be that when you were doing research you’d get stopped at the airport, and it would be very difficult to get documents out of the country,” said Schwedler.

Schwedler talked about Jordan, which along with Yemen is where her research has been focused. She recalled when the Internet arrived in the monarchy in 1996, it was just an email service, but by the end of the decade, something phenomenal had happened.

“The [Jordanian] minister of information put up a website in English and in Arabic. In English they had a section on it called ‘ask the government.’ It was literally [where] you could post questions and he would go on and answer them. There were a few questions a week for a while, and the questions were things like, ‘why do they keep digging up the road in front of my house?’ Just sort of frustrating questions that no one really knew how to answer.”

“The reason I think it’s interesting for mobilization is that during this period there were a lot of protests, and a lot people figured out that it was a non-edited site, so you could just post things.”

Over the course of a weekend in 1999, Jordanian protesters and activists used the government website to share information with each other, leaving hundreds of messages that the government could not keep up with or delete in time.

“And so long before we had Facebook and Twitter, people have been finding innovative ways to use these openings in technology, trying to stay ahead of the curb of what the governments were doing, and being pretty effective at it,” said Schwedler.

Schwedler explained that while the way protesters and activists use social media such as Youtube, Twitter and Facebook to organize and communicate is interesting to political scientists, what is possibly more significant is how it will effect the ability of non-democratic states to remain non-democratic.

“In a number of Arab countries, TV and radio are military posts,” said Schwedler. “Why? Because it used to be that with these you could control the message. He who captured TV and radio could tell the world what was going on, [either] there’s nothing going on in the streets, go home, everything’s fine, or the government has fallen come out into the streets.”

Now with satellite, the monopoly on messages and images has been broken. Any home in the Middle East could get a stream of images from Al Jazeera, a popular news network that started in 1996 in Qatar. Schwedler claimed that the recent revolutions, rather than “facebook or twitter revolutions” have been described more aptly as Al Jazeera revolutions.

As the lecture opened into a discussion, the conversation turned toward the social media revolution here in the United States, and even at UMass.

One student mentioned that in only six days, nearly 1,400 students had joined a facebook group called “Save UMass Peer Mentors” in response to the recent controversial decision to cut the program from residence life.

“It’s an open forum, and I love to be able to go on and be able to see the active dialogue that’s going on,” said a freshman that was recommended to the group by her peer mentor.

While Professor Schwedler thought it was great to see students involved, she noted that the new media brings challenges as well.

“The new media can be an incredible resource for those who are politically engaged and active. The problem is when you retreat only to social media, and you’re not out there politically engaged and active.”

Schwedler wrestled with whether the emergence and influence of new media has a positive or negative effect. She offered facebook as an example of social media that has advantages and disadvantages for mobilization and questioned the effectiveness of people solely “liking” pages and causes that they agree with.

“But it’s interesting what you see with the Occupy movements, with people actually getting out there, and they’re finding solidarity with supporters on these media sites, Schwedler noted. She paused and added: “I think we have all different versions of ‘is it good, is it bad?’ and not enough data points to draw a broader pattern yet.”

“I see it happening in exciting ways, and I see it happening in ways where nobody’s getting out there, and activism is reduced to the time you happen to be on facebook, or another site.”

Honors Residential Complex reinvents Commonwealth College

By Daniel Nott

On the south side of campus, UMass is undertaking its largest construction project in its history: a $186.5 million residential and academic complex that will house a reinvented Commonwealth Honor’s College.

The Commonwealth Honors College at UMass Amherst was created out of the university’s honors program in 1996, when the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education agreed to institute a “public honors college” to serve top high school graduates from across Massachusetts. Now, 17 years later the college is receiving a miniature “campus” of its own within UMass, in a change that is likely to have major implications for honors and non-honors students alike.

Associate Dean of the Honors College and History professor Daniel Gordon said the move is a “natural step,” noting that honors programs at large public Universities such as Arizona State, Penn State, and Indiana have their own building,

The ground plan for the new Honors Residential Complex, which is being built on the south side of campus between Boyden Gym and to the new Recreation Center.

Like other colleges in the university, the Honors College has a dean as opposed to a program director and offers a number of interdisciplinary classes, though most honors courses are still taught within regular academic departments.

One of the biggest changes that the new complex will bring is a reorganization of housing for honors students. Currently, most UMass students enrolled in Commonwealth College live alongside the larger UMass community, in one of the six residential areas on campus.

An exception is found in the Commonwealth Honors College Residential Academic Programs, or “RAPS,” which are certain floors designated to honors students in a number of dormitories across the Central, Orchard Hill, and Northeast residential areas. Over the course of the year, students take at least two classes with the students on their floor as a way to build community. When the complex opens in the fall of 2013, these RAPS will be consolidated inside the new residences.

“I thought it was a really great way for me to meet like-minded people,” said Wendy Simon-Pearson of the American Politics Residential Academic Program she was in her Freshman year.

Simon-Pearson is now a senior at the Commonwealth College who is pursuing a major in Chinese Government and Economic Affairs through the UMass’s Bachelors Degree with an Individual Concentration, or BDIC. She also studied at Peking University in China for two semesters last year through the Commonwealth College’s 3-year International Scholars Program.

However, some students are skeptical about the benefits of all-honors housing for UMass and the Commonwealth College.

“Unless the new dorms are being built as dilapidated as the Southwest dormitories, I don’t see why Honors students should be getting special treatment just because they complete a Capstone project,” said Felicia Cohen, a BDIC student in Advertising in Graphic Design expecting to graduate in 2014.

“Have you seen the lobby of JQA?” she added, referring to the John Quincy Adams Tower in Southwest Residential Area, which was built in 1966.

Simon-Pearson commented on the benefits of having a diverse mix of students in the dormitories.

“Some of my best friends freshman year came from the non-honors part of the floor, and they’re still to this day some of my best friends,” said Simon-Pearson. “They were just as interested in the things I was interested in but they didn’t happen to have as good of a GPA in high school,”

Gordon acknowledges this preference in many students.

“We estimate about half will want to live in the new building, and half will not,” he said.

“I imagine that many honors students will continue to identify with other communities and choose not to live in the new honors building.  Some honors marching band students will want to room with other marching band students who are not in honors.” Gordon said, adding that the same thing would likely apply to athletes, fraternities, sororities, and other student groups.

The new Honors Residential Complex, which will include 500,000 square feet of residential, classroom, and administrative space – including 1,500 beds and nine classrooms- is an attempt to provide centralization to a college that is dispersed throughout campus. It is being built with money borrowed from the University of Massachusetts Building Authority.

3-D model of the Honors Residential Complex at the construction groundbreaking. (Chris Shores/Daily Collegian)

“It will help create a community among the students.  Without a building, [The Honors College] defined primarily by its course requirements.  The building will bring students together academically and socially,” said Gordon.

Currently, Goodell Hall adjacent to the Du Bois library serves as the central location for Honors programs, including the Community Engagement Program, International Scholars Program, Pizza and Prof Nights, and Weekly Wednesday Workshops. It is likely that the range of Commonwealth College programs, as well as their attendance, will increase after their new acquisition.

“A special lecture held in the building will draw a lot of students because so many of the students will be in the building already,” said Gordon. “Right now, we do hold special evening events in Goodell but attendance tends to be low because students have to make a trek over from their residence halls, which can be very far away.”

Gordon and Simon-Pearson both expressed hope that the new residence will help attract excellent high school students to UMass.

The college says: “The honors residential complex will serve as a visible representation of the campus’s commitment to academic excellence for undergraduates in all fields of study.”

The new residential complex is in line with an economic policy of new building construction, which comes as the campus approaches its 150th year in 2012. According to a draft of the UMass Amherst Campus Master Plan, UMass is in the midst of a 10-year, billion-dollar capital improvement program that started in 2004.

Live view of the construction

Quiz #2

Question 1:Smart Leads: Iranian Embassy Attack

Britain deepened Iran’s isolation on Wednesday by closing the vandalized British embassy in Tehran, withdrawing all its diplomats and ordering the Iranians to do the same at their London diplomatic mission within 48 hours, escalating the most serious rupture of relations in decades. At least four other European countries also moved to reduce diplomatic contacts with Iran. (New York Times)

            This lead takes into consideration that people have likely heard about this incident and is now focusing on the response by Britain, including imposing a timetable. The lead tells us what the British response was, and a little historical context for the seriousness of the event, which is good. What I don’t like about it is that the only clue it gives as to what the original story was is that it refers to the embassy as “vandalized,” which can mean many things. I don’t like the imprecision of “At least four other European countries.”


Iran is rapidly heading for increased isolation from Western countries, as the European Union is set to decide during a crucial meeting Thursday in Brussels to downgrade relations, diplomats said Wednesday.

well-organized attack by Iranian hard-liners Tuesday on two British diplomatic compounds in Tehran set off a series of retaliatory moves in which Britain on Wednesday withdrew its diplomats from Iran and ordered the closure of the Iranian Embassy in London within 48 hours. (Washington Post)

            This lead also focusses on the response, but does not give any historical context for the relationship. It informs the reader that it is important enough for the European union to act collectively, and that there is a timetable set by Britain. I like that this lead gives more information about the event, and who perpetrated it, which the NYT lead does not do.

My Lead: An orchestrated attack on the British Embassy by a mob of Iranian hardliners set off a flurry of diplomatic action in Europe in one of the worst ruptures in relations in decades. Britain ordered the closure of their sprawling embassy in Tehran and recalled their ambassadors, while ordering Iran to vacate their embassy in London within 48 hours. According to diplomats, the European Union will decide whether to downgrade relations with the Islamic Republic when they meet in Brussels on Thursday.


Question #2: Interviewing Al Gore

The first thing I would do if I had the opportunity to interview Al Gore is read up on what he has been doing since he released “An Inconvenient Truth” because that is the last I have heard of him. I would also research what his connection to Hampshire college is, because I would want my interview to be a combination of local interest (Why is he speaking at Hampshire College?) and national interest. I would buy a nice suit, and probably read as many recent interviews with him that I could find. Without doing this research beforehand, my interview questions that I list here are probably too general and not what I would actually ask, but I’ll give it a shot:

  1. Mr. Gore, It’s been over 5 years since you’ve released your internationally acclaimed documentary, an Inconvenient Truth. What is the shape of the environmentalist movement today, and do you think attitudes toward this science have improved?
  2. All over the country, and indeed the world, there are protests and demonstrations that are calling for higher accountability and greater democracy in our government. Do any of the messages put forth by the national occupy movements appeal to you?
  3. What is the most important thing that you, as an influential ex-presidential candidate, are choosing to spend the majority of your time on?

Question #3

So I hear that Tom Brady is looking to, or possibly has already bought, a hill top house in Leverett. I would check a realty site, of course, and identify houses that I believed would be in Mr. Brady’s price range. I would personally go to all relators and ask them and use their own pride at the fact that they are helping Tom Brady get a house to get them to brag to me about it. I could look at a topographical map and identify which houses were on hills (though I would not exclusively look into this.) I would pay a visit to the Leverett town hall, and see if I could find any information on property acquisitions. I would call the Patriots press office and probably get turned down (but it’s worth a shot.)  How much is the house? How big is it? WHERE is it? Why leveret? When is he moving? Will it be a full-time house? Is it being renovated? Is a local contractor working on the house? Who is the contractor? Once I found out where the house was I could wait around for someone to come by to talk to, and it would also be much easier to look up information on.

Question #4: Verbaitum

When talking to veterans, there is a wide variety of reasons that they enlisted in the military. For some people it was for the uniform and the guns, or as a response to the attacks of September 11th, but for Northhampton local Peter Duffy, it was the values.

[The Marines], he said “were honorable; they had traditions and a disciplined style of living that appealed to me.”

Duffy was twenty years old when he was first deployed to Iraq in the the 2nd Marine Division known as “The Warlords,” first as a nuclear, biological, chemical (NBC) defense specialist, and later as infantry in Al-Mahmudiyah, Zaidon, Fallujah, and Al-Karmah.

“Because there weren’t any weapons of Mass destruction, my job just didn’t mean anything,” he said. “The Marines are very adaptive-if you can’t do your job, you have to do another job.”

And adapt is what Duffy had to do. On his first deployment, he went from being a chemical specialist to manning a machine gun on the fourth truck in his division’s convoy. In this role he received an intimate first-hand look at the U.S. occupation of the Iraq-its successes and its dysfunctions.

He described meeting with Iraqis to try and build schools and police stations, which would often be destroyed right after they were built.

“Sometimes it was the people we’d hired to be the police, sometimes it was local farmers,” he explained.

Duffy explained that there was often an attitude of “The United States is going to come here tomorrow and build a new police station, and they’re probably going to come ask me to help build it.”

“It’s not as grandiose as people make it seem,” he said. “It’s really basic, people need to take care of themselves.”

After deadline, Amherst Housing Authority widens eligibility for sale of donated Schiffer House

By Daniel Nott

Members of the Amherst Housing Authority met on Nov 28. Left to right: Paul Bobrowski, Donna Crabtree, Joan Logan, Janna Tetreault (Program Specialist), Connie Kruger, Peter Jessup

The Housing Authority voted unanimously to expand the criteria for the sale of the Schiffer House, named for former Amherst resident Eva Schiffer, who donated the house to be sold to a municipal employee at a reduced rate.

Eva Schiffer, who after a long career as a UMass professor became an active member of Amherst’s municipal government, deeded her house to be sold to a town municipal worker at an affordable price.

As the 6-week application period ended on September 30th with no municipal members applying for the house, which is located at 27 Kendrick Place in Amherst, the Housing Authority discussed how to widen the pool of eligible applicants.

While the home deed restricted the sale to municipal employees with a household income of under $58,563, the Housing Authority agreed to open the eligibility to all town personnel, including police, firefighters, school and library workers, and staff of the housing authority.

They increased the household income limit to 120% of median household income for Hampshire County, which is scaled based on the size of the household. As such, the household income limit for a 1 person household will be set at $69,000, while for a family of 4 it will be limited to $98,250.

Chair member Peter Jessup described the changes to eligibility “specific enough for the probate court and flexible enough for us to work with.” The request will have to be approved by the Probate court, said Executive Director Donna Crabtree.

Connie Kruger, the only appointee to the five-member elected Board of Commissioners, described the Housing Authority as only partly an Amherst agency, which operated state and federal funding to provide equal opportunity housing though the management of 13 sites.

The Housing Authority, which meets in the Community Room on the 5th floor of the Ann Whalen Apartments in downtown Amherst, also discussed the budget and finalized the contract for the new executive director.

Denise LeDuc will replace Donna Crabtree as Executive Director, who at the end of December is leaving her post after serving for 27 years.

An Aside

Members of the Housing Authority were displeased with an article run by the Amherst Bulletin and Daily Hampshire Gazette that Connie Kruger alleged misrepresented the hiring process of the new Executive Director.

“It upset a number of people,” Kruger said.

The article clamed that Kruger relayed in an email that the vote was “based on feedback of housing authority staff, tenants of its properties and the public.”

“It’s those darn journalists,” said treasurer Paul Bobrowski, with a smile and a side glance toward the group of student journalists covering the meeting.

“Once the press gets involved you can’t count on them to necessarily get it right,” added Jessup.

New “White Hut” brings inexpensive burgers and hotdogs to Amherst Center

Assignment: Descriptive Piece (+interview)

By Daniel Nott

On November 5th, Amherst Center’s unique variety of worldly cuisine received an addition of something a little more local— A hamburger and hotdog joint called “White Hut” that began 72 years ago in West Springfield, MA.

The new restaurant sits in the space left by Newbury Comics’ move to North Hampton last year, and faces the currently developing Boltwood Walk. The name “White Hut” is illuminated with an orange glow on a freshly painted white awning that pops next to the dark brick colored buildings surrounding it. There is still fluorescent yellow construction tape at the base of the building indicating the ongoing work.

Upon entering, the newly painted interior glows white, and six employees are bustling around the hardwood floor. Some are wearing white polo shirts and others are sporting tie-die maroon shirts with the White Hut logo. The shirts contain some of the only color currently in the bright room, except for the matching maroon bar stools arranged along the walls and counter. From one of these counter seats, customers can watch and listen (and smell) their food being cooked to order.

At the register is listed a simple menu presented on printer paper: Hamburger, $2.65. Cheeseburger, $2.90. Double Hamburger $3.65…

At around 3:30, the restaurant is empty except for the staff—some of which have been brought from the original location in West Springfield—giving them a chance to continue setting up and teaching the new local employees the procedures associated with running the business. The mood is happy and excited, and no one is dragging their feet as they run around.

The Amherst White Hut has surprising lack of logos, either a sign of the business’s simplicity or of the work that still needs to be done following their recent opening. Soda is served in plain clear cups, and the hamburger, ordered “for here” is served on a standard white napkin.

The lone picture on the wall is a small, framed print of the original White Hut in West Springfield surrounded by now-ancient automobiles. At the bottom, the print is signed “Best Wishes from E.J. and Bobby –Mitch Borowiec UMass ’62.”

Aside from the main room, which is divided by a counter into a kitchen and a dining and ordering area, there is a back office that is just big enough for a small managers desk with a computer and some yet to be unpacked shopping bags from Target.

Closer to 4 p.m., people start wandering in, often stepping to the back first to take in the new space and its menu. It’s a normal mix of Amherst residents that flow in and out: high school students hanging out after class, college students taking a break from schoolwork, and older Amherst residents scoping out the new fixture in their town.

The air becomes filled with chitchat: “I haven’t had it yet.” “How is it?” “It’s good!”

When you see Bobby Barkett, it’s clear he is the owner and president of White Hut. He’s dressed in a white polo with an embroidered White Hut logo and black dress pants. He clearly wants to make a good impression, giving customers his undivided attention, and often ignoring his constantly buzzing cell phone.

Barkett explained that White Hut started looking into Amherst as a location about 15 years ago, but the economy has been a roller coaster. He explained that they started looking at moving to Amherst with a strong intention in July 2010.

The Amherst White Hut was slated to open on Nov. 1st, but the snowstorm caused some delay in setting up, Barkett explained. He pointing out the menus presented on printer paper and empty wall space behind the register where a menu board will be.

White Hut is a 3rd generation business in the pioneer valley, “a regular-customer kind of mom and pop store,” Barkett explains. Other establishments include the original in West Springfield, which was founded by his grandfather in 1939.

“When people come in, we ask your name, we don’t give you a number. If you’re coming in on a semi-regular basis, we want to remember your name, and what you like to order,” Barkett explained.

In West Springfield, the White Hut staff has a 6-year employment average and a 30-year manager. Barkett brought in four staff members from West Springfield to help train employees and export the culture, trying to balance the West Springfield traditions with hiring Amherst locals as staff.

The Amherst White Hut has had to make some changes from the original West Springfield model. While West Springfield White Hut opens at 6:30 in the morning in order to serve breakfast sandwiches, “that didn’t seem to make sense for college kids,” Barkett explained. Instead, the Amherst Branch will open for lunch at 11:30 and serve “Rockies,” or an egg on a hamburger for late night.

“And while West Springfield is a freestanding building, space is at a premium in Amherst. It’s truly Amherst to be in a cluster of businesses,” Barkett said.

While Barkett says that they advertised heavily with their regular customers in Springfield, they have been letting news spread by word of mouth in Amherst. He noted that the construction took long enough for people’s curiosity to be sparked.

“There’s been a very warm response from the community of Amherst” and a “tremendous” response from the business community, he said.

“UMass is a great because there are a lot of students from the Greater Springfield area that have heard of us. We’ve had a lot of students, firefighters and police come in, and they have been extraordinarily supportive.”

Barkett noted the advantage of the adjacent Boltwood Apartments, which are expected to be completed this January, and the amount of development going on in that section of town.

“We’re in it for the long haul, we’ve made investments, he said, nodding toward the large grill installed behind the counter. “We’re really excited about the possibilities in this community.”

Delaware News Budget 9.16

Compiled from various (&sparse) Delaware news publications

Governor visits Afghanistan

Delaware Governor Jack Markell is currently visiting U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. Along with CT Gov. Dannel Malloy, Markell is meeting with wounded soldiers in an attempt to bring attention to the sacrifice the members of the U.S. Armed forces are making in Afghanistan. The trip is part of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Governors Delegation program.


“Occupy” protesters in Salisbury

Two days after NYPD raided the Occupy Wall Street Camp at Zuccotti Park, demonstrators in Salisbury Delaware  are planning to rally Thursday as part of a nationwide “day of action.” Organizers say they want to draw attention to the need for infrastructure jobs, and for the nation’s rich to pay their fair share of taxes.


Dover Tourism Attraction

Dover has been recognized as the “Tourism Attraction of the Year” by Kent County Tourism’s 20th annual celebration. This is the 20th year that the nonprofit marketing organization has help the event.


Supreme Court Petition

The Indian River School district has filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court hoping to reinstate the opening prayer before School board meetings that was banned after a 2005 federal lawsuit. While the 128-page appeal is likely to be turned down, the attorney believes it may be relevant to national issues.


Burglars leave Homework at Crime Scene

Burglars used bricks to smash windows of a store in Rehoboth Beach, from which they took $16,000 worth of designer items. Police found fingerprints on a flashlight left at the crime scene, as well as the burglars Algebra II homework, which they used to draw a map of the outlet center.


Ambulance Owner please guilty in Child Porn Case

The owner of a Pennsylvania Ambulance service pleaded guilty to federal charges of trading images of child porn over the internet. Jason Haldeman, 38 was indicted by a federal grand jury in January after investigators found 16,000 files related to child porn on his computer. He faces  5 to 20 years in prison.