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Thursday, October 27, 2011
Vol. XCII, No. 38
Love Your Body Week talks healthy dining options with ‘Eat This, Not That’ By Adriana Mariella Assoc. News Editor
Did you know that a standard bowl of pasta with meatballs from McElroy is almost 1,000 calories? The Women’s Resource Center hosted a Boston College Dining version of the popular no-diet meal plan book, Eat This, Not That to teach students this type of information on Tuesday. The workshop, which featured Sheila Tucker, executive dietician at BC, focused on helping students to make healthy decisions and decipher which foods at BC are the best for them. “There is no such thing as a bad food,”
Horseplay threatens fire safety Students wrongly set off fire alarms with fire extinguisher By Marc Francis For The Heights
“Who wants to be that student?” asked Residential Director George Arey as he described the overarching consequences of the recent horseplay at Ignacio. Boston College continually ranks in the nation’s top five for fire safety consistency, yet recent events have posed a serious threat to not just that ranking, but hundreds of lives. The yearly average number of fire alarms wrongly triggered by students is two—at two months into the academic year, BC has already tied that number. Two weeks ago, a student in Ignacio detached a fire extinguisher and unleashed its contents throughout the residence hall, triggering the fire alarms. Arey recalled the sight—surrounded by firefighters and policemen, 300 sleep-deprived students standing outside at 2 a.m., some worried over the Graduate Readiness Exam that awaited them in just a few hours, others wondering why they were forced out of their beds. Donald Wood and Thomas Keough, retired fire chiefs, described the 18-man response that occurs upon receiving an alarm from BC. “We hear an alarm and off we go,” Keough said. When an alarm is set off under no circumstance of danger, hundreds of people waste their time. Some of the 18 firefighters that responded to the Ignacio alarm were pulled away from their assigned areas—potentially, they could have been needed in real dangerous situations.
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Fire alarms wrongly set off by students threaten fire safety procedures on campus.
Tucker said. Instead, she emphasized an 80/20 rule to follow when eating healthy—focus on making good food choices 80 percent of the time, and don’t monitor choices the other 20 percent of the time. Tucker spoke about the most common dishes at BC and presented the best ways to fit them into a balanced diet. “All food [at BC] can fit in [a student’s] diet. [No] one food served is a ‘bad’ choice,” she said. “Dining has many, many tasty and healthful choices.” Basing her talk off of the United States Department of Agriculture’s “Choose My Plate” initiative, which replaces the old food pyramid, she presented ways to
easily improve one’s diet. Those included switching to whole wheat bread, reducing intake of added sugars, and switching to one percent or fat free milk. Tucker said that the event fits the message of Love Your Body Week because it prevents students from feeling badly about themselves for eating foods they deem bad. “I think the message of my Tuesday program relative to Love Your Body goals was that there are no good and bad foods and that part of taking care of your body is to find that moderation rather get stuck in the rut of it’s all or nothing with nutrition,”
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Sheila Tucker, executive dietician at BC (above), gave students healthy dining tips.
Boston’s archbishop Speaks O’Malley addresses the importance of reviving the mass
Real Food marks first Food Day
By Andrew Millette
By Sara Doyle
Cardinal Sean Patrick O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston, addressed the “crisis of absenteeism at the Sunday Eucharist” in a lecture delivered Tuesday afternoon in the Murray Function Room at Yawkey Center. After celebrating mass and meeting with students, faculty, and administrators, including University President Rev. William Leahy, S.J., O’Malley gave a lecture titled “The Eucharist: The Center of Catholic Life,” in which he challenged Boston College as well as other Catholic colleges and universities to play a proactive role in bringing Catholics back to church on Sundays. According to O’Malley, much of the importance of bringing Catholics back to Mass lies in the Eucharist. During his lecture, O’Malley provided many examples to support his view that the Eucharist is at the center of Catholic life. “More than we have kept the Sunday Mass, the Sunday Mass obligation has kept us a people with a sense of mission,” he said. The C ardinal al s o employe d a personal anecdote to describe the importance of the Eucharist , that
Monday, Oct. 24 marked the First National Food Day. Real Food, a club which promotes sustainable, local, and healthy food, marked the day with two cooking classes and a presentation geared towards the promotion of wholesome food practices. Real Food, which is associated with the campus farmer’s market and Addie’s Loft in Corcoran Commons, went on a club apple-picking trip on Sunday and used the apples to hold two cooking classes on the Boston College campus. The classes focused on healthy, applebased recipes. The day ended with a presentation in Fulton Hall featuring representatives from Naked Pizza and Corporate Accountability International. Naked Pizza, which was started in the wake of Hurricane Katrina as a way to promote local business and healthy food in the area, is committed to offering a pizza that is healthier and supports the local communities. They use local ingredients and do not add preservatives or chemicals to their pizzas, priding themselves on the fact that they have managed to combine good taste with more wholesome food. Corporate Accountability International is an organization that supports responsible food production. At the Food
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Cardinal Sean Patrick O’Malley (above) discussed the crisis of absenteeism at Mass.
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Rena Finder shares her story of survival with students Holocaust survivor Rena Finder reminds students not to sit back and let life pass by By Maurice Jackson For The Heights
She stood scarcely taller than her podium, but the presence and power that Rena Finder exerted over those packed into the Gasson 100 on Tuesday through the retelling of her biography was, for many, overwhelming. Finder’s speech was sponsored by the Boston College Hillel, the Mentoring Leadership Program, the Emerging Leaders Program, and the Shaw Leadership Program. She encouraged the Boston College community to not be passive bystanders of history. “When I talk to the young people, I want them to understand that you can’t just sit back and do nothing,” Finder said. Finder said her childhood in Krakow, Poland, growing up as an only child by the Vistula River, was happy one. When she was 10-years-old, the Nazis occupied Poland, and the Jewish citizens were forced into a ghetto. “I remember looking around my room where I was born and I couldn’t believe I was going to leave it,” Finder said. “But my
father assured me that everything would be okay when the world found out what is happening to us.” Finder recalled her initial feelings of isolation during the beginning of the Holocaust. “I remember as we started to walk away from my beloved building, I saw all our neighbors peering at us from behind closed windows and drapes, nobody there, nobody wanting to say goodbye.” Finder said that she felt as if the Polish people did not notice what was happening to the Jewish population. “What about us? Doesn’t anybody see us? Doesn’t anybody hear us?” Finder said. “All around us the Polish people went about their normal ways. They were occupied, but they were not threatened.” While in the ghetto, she lost her grandparents, and by the end of the War, she had also lost aunts, uncles, cousins, and her father. She considers herself lucky, however, because she, her mother, her grandfather, and one of her uncles survived. “They took my grandparents away and we were crying,” she said. “The last memory I have of my grandparents was of them
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Holocaust survivor Rena Finder (above) shared her story with students for a second time. walking away holding hands.” Finder said that she owed her life to Oskar Schindler. “Oskar Schindler was a member of the Nazi Party, but he did not have the heart of a Nazi,” she said. She informed the audience of the good deeds of Schindler, and how she and her mother realized the importance of this work. His ammunitions factory employed primarily Jews, and as a result he was able
to save over 1,000 lives. “As long as we would be working we would be needed, and would not be killed,” she said. She also recalled her sad realization when the war was finally over. “My father, my aunts, uncles, my cousin, they were all killed.” Finder recalled the traumatizing expe-
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Thursday, October 27, 2011
things to do on campus this week
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Today Time: 5 p.m. Location: McGuinn 121
Stop by a talk by Ethan Bronner, Jerusalem Bureau Chief of The New York Times. A series of New York Times articles on al-Qaida which Bronner helped edit were awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2001, and he has done three tours in Jerusalem.
Peformance of Eve Ensler’s The Good Body
Friday Time: 7 p.m. Location: Cushing 001
Don’t miss this student performance of monologues about women and their bodies, which is part of Love Your Body Week.
Boston College Hockey vs. UMass Lowell
Saturday Time: 7 p.m. Location: Conte Forum Be a Superfan and cheer on the Eagles as they take on the University of Massachusetts-Lowell Riverhawks Saturday night.
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On Campus Theology professor recognized with St. Elizabeth Seton Medal M. Shawn Copeland, a professor in the theology department, has been awarded the St. Elizabeth Seton Medal, which recognizes accomplishments of women in theology. Copeland was honored on Oct. 12 at the College of Mt. Saint Joseph in Cincinnati, where Copeland delivered an address titled, “To Be the Body of Christ.” Recipients of the award are selected based on their contributions to various areas of theology, including Scripture, ministry, and historical theology. They must hold a doctorate in a related field and have a distinguished career in higher education. Copeland holds a doctorate from Boston College/Andover Newton Theological School and is known for her research on theological anthropology, political theology, and African and African-derived religious and cultural experience. She was the first African-American to serve as president of the Catholic Theological Society of America and received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis.
Yesterday afternoon, the Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics sponsored the Clough Colloquium during which Adrian Fenty, former mayor of Washington, D.C., spoke about his role as a leader in urban education reform. Fenty is a native of Washington, D.C. and attended Oberlin College. As one of the youngest mayors ever to be elected, Fenty served from 2007 until 2011. During his time as mayor, Fenty was responsible for reforming the public school system, which previously had been troubled by poor test performance scores and low graduation rates. Fenty began his talk by showing his enthusiasm for being mayor of his native town. “There is no better job than being the mayor of the town you were born in,” he said. However, upon being elected, Fenty knew that education reform was mandatory. “If the kids go another year where they are three to four grade levels behind everyone else because we don’t have support from unions … well that’s too long and unacceptable,” he said. “My thesis was that we needed a mayor of Washington, D.C. who
Local News Mass. Senate advances bill to increase alcoholic beverage licenses Legislation aimed at allowing supermarkets and other large retailers to hold more alcoholic beverage licenses was given initial approval by the Massachusetts Senate on Monday, according to a report by The Statehouse News Service. Under this bill, the cap on licenses allowed by each establishment would be raised from three to five in 2012, up to seven in 2016, and nine in 2020. This comes two weeks after the Senate approved a proposal that would relax the ban on free or discounted drinks at restaurants and bars across the state.
their test scores in reading by 12 percent and in math by 15 percent. Every school now offered language arts, music, physical education – something that had never happened before. Fenty’s next action toward educational reform was to negotiate a new collective bargaining system. A new contract was drafted, voted by 80 percent of teachers, which rid teacher protection rights for a higher pay. The schools’ principals and master educators evaluated every teacher based on his or her energy level, preparation level, and success in daniel lee / Heights staff improving children’s scores. Adrian Fenty (above), former mayor of Washington, D.C., discussed his role in education reform last night. “We did a riff where we fired would run the city as a private proficient in math. Fenty looked woman, who Fenty believed was 252 teachers based on perforsector of business. We needed to the mayors of other cities to willing to risk everything for the mance,” Fenty said. to hire the best and the brightest get advice. sake of children’s education. Although many people saw a so that we could be focused on “The first place I looked was In the Parthenon report that change in the public education productivity. Boston,” Fenty said. “We went and year, Fenty saw his predecessors system, many did not approve of “When I got elected I thought visited cities and the mayors told found the need for educational Fenty’s decision to fire all these of the city as if I was the CEO,” us that we first had to get rid of the reform, but never achieved it. “No teachers and thus he did not gain he said. “How do I improve the school board.” one had the political courage to do enough support for re-election. value of this business and make the The contemporary school it,” Fenty said. Within six months, He said, “I ran unopposed for 14 shares worth more?” board was composed of nine Fenty, Rhee, and their administra- months so I basically ran against The answer to his question people. “Nine people cannot make tion closed 27 out of 141 schools. myself.” was to improve the public school a decision, Fenty said. “It’s not the They fired half the people of the Despite his loss, Fenty remains system. people, it’s the system. central administration. proud of his accomplishments At the time, Washington, D.C., He took this advice and took “Schools started to be fixed, and is hopeful for the schools in was reported to have the worst action by searching for a new we were returning people’s phone Washington D.C. Fenty said, “I public school system in the nation. chancellor. “We [needed] someone calls and then the test scores don’t have any material regrets. Graduation rates were less than 50 exciting, someone brave, someone came,” Fenty said. New York City’s Politicians are supposed to do percent. Only 8 percent of eighth smart,” Fenty said. He soon found five-year report stated that Wash- what’s right. Politicians are supgraders were reported as being Michelle Rhee, a Korean American ington, D.C.’s schools improved posed to put the kids first.” n
Voices from the Dustbowl
“What is your costume for Halloween?”
Friday, Oct. 21 6:59 p.m. - A report was filed regarding an adult male shouting obscenities at a child in his custody near St. Ignatius Church. Upon arrival, officers located the reporting parties and they reported that the male began to shout threats towards them when they showed concern for the child’s safety. The suspect was identified and Newton Police arrived on scene and took over the investigation due to jurisdictional issues. 8:51 p.m. - A report was filed regarding a bicyclist who was on the ground injured after being struck by a motor vehicle on Chestnut Hill Avenue. Upon arrival, the officers found that the party had not been hit but had fallen off his bicycle after overdosing on narcotics. He told officers that he was on his way to the Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at St. Ignatius Church. The Massachusetts State Police arrived on scene to take over the investigation due to jurisdiction. The party was transported to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. 11:34 p.m. - A report was filed regarding a party who reported being the victim of indecent assault and battery in the Plex. A sexual assault investigator is investigating.
Saturday, Oct. 22 2:23 a.m. - A report was filed regarding a call from a party who observed an individual who was trying to climb the first floor of Bishop Peterson Hall. Officers responded
and identified an underage intoxicated student who thought he was accessing his dormitory room. The student was transported to the Primary Care Facility in a BCPD police unit.
“Pacman.” —Matt Moran, A&S ’14
8:52 a.m. - A report was filed regarding a fax received from the Boston Police Department regarding a dispute between a landlord and a reported graduate student. A check of the Agora system revealed no such student. 10:02 a.m. - A report was filed regarding an older male who was acting in a suspicious manner. He was placed under arrest after an investigation revealed that he was in possession of two laptop computers, an iPod, three thumb drives, two calculators and a backpack belonging to students.
“A Power Ranger.” —Peter Campfield, A&S ’14
—Source: The Boston College Police Department
“Swiper from Dora the Explorer.” —Kate Leuba, A&S ’15
“Dora.” —Maggie Reeves,
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Sunday, Oct. 23 2:14 a.m. - A report was filed regarding uncooperative students in Claver Hall by the resident assistants on duty. Upon arrival they observed signs of alcohol consumption. Several BC students and one non student were identified. Two items of contraband were confiscated. Two students were transported to the Primary Care Facility due to intoxication. Approximately one hour later, officers had to respond back to the Primary Care Facility to speak with one party who was being disorderly and uncooperative with the nursing staff.
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Gaston Caperton, the president of the College Board, said that the organization will be reviewing its security practices after a recent SAT cheating scandal, according to a report by The Chronicle of Higher Education. A security consulting firm founded by Louis J. Freeh will conduct a review. Several former high school students in Great Neck, NY were arrested for allegedly hiring someone to pose as them and take the SAT. Caperton said the College Board is considering checking ID cards more stringently, including using digital photographs.
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CORRECTIONS In a Nov. 11, 2010 letter to the editor titled, “Invitation to a Concert of Thanksgiving” by Eve Spangler, Shaheen Lavie-Rousse was mistakenly identified as an Arab Israeli. He is a Mizrahi Israeli.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Freddie Mac CEO speaks pre-resignation Ed Haldeman speaks at a meeting of the Boston College Chief Executive’s Club By Ana Lopez Heights Editor
Over the audible protests of City Life/Vida Urbana demonstrators outside, Ed Haldeman, chief executive officer of Freddie Mac, the second largest source of mortgage financing in the United States, gave remarks on the pressing need for more private capital in the housing market to the members of the Boston College Chief Executives’ Club yesterday. Shortly after the close of his speech at BC, it was publicly announced by the government regulator that oversees Freddie Mac that he would be stepping down as CEO of the company at the close of the current year.
“We believe that what we’re doing is responsible lending—it is controversial.” —Ed Haldeman, CEO of Freddie Mac
The announcement of his resignation came along with the news that the organization’s chairman will be replaced, along with one other director. In recent days, four of the 11 total Freddie Mac board members have announced their departure. The protestors gathered outside of the Boston Harbor Hotel, where the event was held, had begun their rally in front of the Fannie Mae—a sister company to Freddie Mac—headquarters in the Boston Financial District. They were criticizing both companies for their opposition to renting foreclosed homes to former owners.
Haldeman’s address spoke to Freddie Mac’s evolving role in alleviating the affects of the housing crisis of 2008, in which the number of subprime mortgage delinquencies helped pushed the American economy into a recession. “It is tougher to get a mortgage now,” Haldeman said. “We believe that what we’re doing is responsible lending—it is controversial.” Freddie Mac is a secondarymarket-mortgage lender, meaning that they buy loans from originators and issue mortgage-backed securities that the sell to investors to create liquidity in the housing market. Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae together own 90 percent of all single-family mortgages in the United States and since 2009, Haldeman stressed that the company has helped 5.5 million American families own or rent homes. “The current standard of quality isn’t unusually high,” Haldeman said. “We’ve taken it back to where it was before the crisis.” In the wake of the financial crisis, Freddie Mac was put under conservatorship and received $65 million in federal bailout funds, of which it is currently paying back at a rate of $1.6 billion a quarter, $6.5 billion a year. Haldeman admitted that Freddie Mac is in no shape currently to pay back the principal of the loan and may even require more funds in the future. Haldeman, when asked how he approached leading Freddie Mac when he came in the height of the crisis in 2009, said that he tried to take a personal approach with employees concerned for the fate of their company. “I told them my story so they could identify with me,” he said. “When I came to Freddie, employees were reading everyday that their company needed to be dissolved. They were insecure.” Haldeman said he marked the sixth CEO that the company had seen in six years. He will stay with the company until a succession plan is put into place. n
WHAT TO EAT AT BC: In the spirit of Love Your Body Week, the Women’s Resource Center held an Eat This, Not That workshop to help students discern which foods are the best choices. While no foods should ever be considered “bad,” there are some easy fixes that allow students to still eat the foods they crave. The following are what Sheila Tucker, executive dietician, said students should reach for: - When you want a burger: photo courtesy of reuters
Haldeman (above) speaking to the BC Chief Executive’s Club.
A BC burger, with all possible toppings, amounts to a whopping 632 calories, while a gardenburger with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and a dill pickle amounts to only 431. The choice is clear between the two, but if venturing into vegetable territory is too much, a turkey burger is a happy medium. A turkey burger, with all possible toppings, amounts to 517 calories. Tucker mentioned that if a beef burger is the only way to go, choosing a burger from Hillside will provide more protein, as they are pure beef patties while the burgers elsewhere on campus are mixed. - When you want pizza: Pizza is an inevitable craving for most students, but there are ways to make pizza healthier than it normally would be. Tucker said that when faced with what type of pizza to eat,
students should choose a veggie option over a meat option. All veggie pizzas that are made at BC are made with a wheat crust, while regular pizzas are made on standard crust. The veggies, too, add nutritional value. Staying away from pepperoni, and other meats that include solid fats, can also cut down on unnecessary calories and fat. - When you want pasta: A standard serving of pasta with marinara sauce, meatballs, and a roll is approximately 1,054 calories. The size of the serving is large enough to be split in half, so Tucker recommends that students split a meal with their friends, or purchase a side of pasta and meatballs. The side includes three meatballs instead of six and a reduced, though still filling amount of pasta. Together, that amounts to about 680 calories. - When you want milk: Switching to 1 percent (available in regular or chocolate) or fat free instead of whole milk provides students with the same nutritional value, with less fat. Switching milks is an easy way to cut down on calories. All nutrition information has been taken directly from BC Dining, which is available to all students online. -Adriana Mariella n
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Haldeman became the CEO of Freddie Mac (above) in May 2009.
Naming opportunities for Stokes Hall announced By Adriana Mariella Assoc. News Editor
With the construction of Stokes Hall, Boston College adds 46 new naming opportunities for generous alumni and benefactors. According to the Light the World website, which outlines BC’s 150th
Campus Green $10 million
Archway Plaza $5 million
Honors Library $5 million
Lecture Hall $2.5 million
anniversary campaign, a donation in support of Stokes Hall would “have a direct and meaningful impact on the BC student experience and the life of the University.” Donation levels range from $10 million down to $100,000, for everything from classrooms to cafes, from libraries to campus lawns. n
West Lawn $5 million
Cafe $5 million
30-Student Classroom 20-Student Classroom $1 million $500,000 Photos courtesy of the office of news and public affairs
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Element of trust in BC community at risk following student fire prank Fire Safety, from A1 “The worst consequence that could result from such an incident is the loss of a life, because that life is connected to a whole family and community,” Keough said, conveying the large impact of a seemingly harmless prank. Keough said that while traveling at dangerous speeds to reach designated sites, the odds of a police officer or fire fighter getting into an accident are enormously increased; and running down several flights of stairs in a state of shock, students are prone to falling. “When you do one dumb thing, you cause a lot of problems for a lot of people,” Wood said. Wood said that it appears that students who intentionally trigger alarms or tamper with fire equipment have no malicious motives—they are usually intoxicated and make poor choices. Keough said that with a prank like this, an element of trust in the BC community is compromised. By making poor decisions, BC students lose the trust of those that want to help them—the Residential Life staff, the police officers, and the firemen—and the respect of their fellow peers. What appeared to be nothing but a bothersome prank two weeks ago ended up causing over $6,000 in damage and clean-up fees. The contents of a fire extinguisher are caustic and have the capability to destroy electronics, induce asthma attacks, and damage lighting—as it did in Ignacio. When asked about the consequences a student
must suffer if he is deemed the offender, Keough slid a document across the table—“Massachusetts State Law.” The offender is subject to one year in jail, a $1,000 fine, or both. Arey made it clear that a consequence would be the unerring suspension from the University, but also stressed the loss of respect from peers.
“To see all the socializing, studying, and sleeping impacted by one person displays a general lack of respect for the community.” —George Arey, Director of Residential Life “To see all the socializing, studying, and sleeping impacted by one person displays a general lack of respect for the community,” Arey said. Many students are guilty of taking the university fire procedures and list of prohibited items lightly, but dorms have regulations for a reason. “One thing that scares universities incredibly is fire,” said Paul Chebator, interim dean of student development. Chebator said that most BC fires are caused by these prohibited items, and while some students may have foam mattress pads in their own homes, when 200 of them are gathered in one building the risk of a fire increases exponentially. n
O’Malley focuses on plan to bring Catholics back to the Church O’Malley, from A1 kevin hou / heights editor
Campus dietician educates students during the ‘Eat This, Not That’ program during the WRC’s Love Your Body Week.
BC’s dietician educates students about healthy dining options Eat This, from A1 she said, in an e-mail. “Too often, I have students in my clinical practice who feel you need to eat ‘healthy’ or ‘good’ foods all the time and then feel poorly about themselves and their bodies if they do not meet that expectation.” Katie Dalton, director of the Women’s Resource Center, said that while not all events have the same aim, they all seek to help students recognize these types of ways to love their body.
“Almost seven years since the inaugural week, Love Your Body Week continues to strive to encourage Boston College students to have a healthy relationship with their bodies, which can take the form of general acceptance of their bodies and recognizing the importance of treating their bodies with respect, like eating well and watching alcohol consumption,” Dalton said in an e-mail. “The programs that we offer aim to give students the tools to recognize what characterizes healthy and unhealthy relationships with one’s body, to identify strategies and develop a motiva-
tion to build a healthier relationship with one’s body, and to evaluate the false and problematic ways that our society and media presents the body and manipulates our understanding of beauty.” The Week, which started in 2004, began as a proactive approach to Eating Disorder Awareness Week, Dalton said. “The staff of the Women’s Resource Center collaborated with offices across the University to offer events and programs that challenged the student body to ‘start a revolution … love your body,’” she said. n
Rena Finder shares her life story Finder, from A1 riences she had at Auschwitz. “There really are no words to describe how Auschwitz was,” she said. Finder’s visit to BC last night was her second
time speaking on campus. Her friend Sonia Weitz, a Holocaust survivor, came to campus for 15 years, and passed away recently. “I know that my friend Sonia would want me to continue with her work and her legacy,” she said. n
Real Food celebrates first national Food Day Food Day, from A1 Day presentation, the representative from Corporate Accountability International discussed the group’s campaign entitled “Value [the] Meal,” which supports access to healthy food for the entire world and the reduction of diet-related diseases. The first part of “Value [the] Meal” is
“Today is about education and giving students the ability to take action.” —Rachel Weed, Vice President of Real Food and A&S ’12 the “Retire Ronald” plan, which photographs people holding signs asking for McDonald’s to stop its use of Ronald McDonald and its marketing to children and teenagers. Recognizing that child obesity and other diet-related diseases are becoming increasingly prevalent in the United States, Corporate Accountability International is attempting to end practices such as marketing fast food to children
in order to promote a healthier future for the country. “This day is about getting people talking about food and where it comes from, getting people talking about being green about what they eat, sharing recipes…. I think it’s really neat to be able to do that,” said Kathryn Kavner, CSOM ’14, who is a new member to the Real Food club this year. “There are so many problems with our food system nationally and globally, and it’s really important to get people thinking about their food and how it affects the environment.” Rachel Weed, vice president of Real Food and A&S ’12, described the goals of the club as being the promotion of Fair Trade vegetables, environmental sustainability, and supporting local farmers. Both Naked Pizza and Corporate Accountability International embody these ideas. Food Day, a national event, is new in 2011, and is expected to continue annually, promoting healthy foods, sustainable farms, and fair conditions for food and farm workers, in addition to other causes. “Today is about education and giving students the ability to take action,” Weed said. “Hopefully they will take what they learn here and do something good with it.” n
of a childhood family dinner. O’Malley remembered “forging [his] identity” at family dinners, and explained that receiving the Eucharist is a very similar phenomenon. He asserted that Catholics both forge their identities and experience God’s love when receiving the Eucharist. The Cardinal went on to explain that though many Catholic priests have expressed their displeasure about the new Catholic Missal that will be used starting next month, he believes it will allow Catholics to focus on the importance of the Eucharist again. After asserting the importance of the Eucharist, and thus explaining the “crisis” of not attending Mass, the Cardinal focused on what the plan should be to bring Catholics back to church in our modern age. Cardinal O’Malley’s goal is to turn “consumers into disciples.” He addressed the problem of modern Christians losing their belief in God and instead worshipping “money, power, and pleasure.” He has attacked this modern problem with a modern program, the “Catholics Come Home” outreach effort, which included television commercials that sought to inspire Catholics to return to the church.
Outside of this initiative, the Cardinal expressed his view that it is the general responsibility of all Catholics to be evangelists. “The Church exists to evangelize, to announce the good news of God’s love,” he said. The Cardinal said that the problem with modern Catholics is that they have become “reticent about being Catholic,” while they should be open about their faith and open to the idea
“In a modern society that is highly individualistic, we must communicate that discipleship means being a part of God’s family.” —Sean Patrick O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston of inviting their friends, family, and coworkers to attend mass with them. “In a modern society that is highly individualistic, we must communicate that discipleship means being part of God’s family,” he said. The Cardinal humorously depicted this situation, suggesting that Catholics were once “fishers of men,” but have
now become “keepers of the aquarium.” Cardinal O’Malley offered up one of his favorite quotes from John Paul II, “Do not be afraid,” as his best advice for modern Catholics. He said that he wants Catholics to be fearlessly open about their faith and to be proactive about building a worship community. “Young Catholics need to find a welcomisng faith community at universities ,” the Cardinal said. A sense of community is something the Cardinal said he was very happy to see at Boston College. He stressed that offering a welcoming faith community to students is the duty of all colleges. The Cardinal noted that in BC’s motto, “Ever to Excel in Religion and in the Good Arts,” religion comes first. He said that BC students have a duty to bring back Catholics to church and to provide as welcoming of a community as possible once they come back. BC students should be motivated to do this, because according to the Cardinal, they will “find their identities, experience God’s love, and fulfill the mission of evangelization that is ours as Catholics.” This is a set of experiences that, in the Cardinal’s opinion, may be even more important to a BC student’s development than “beating Notre Dame.” n
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Cut the confusion, embrace the essence Several messages are put forth during Love Your Body Week. Focusing upon those not often heard would be most helpful This week marks the Boston College Women’s Resource Center’s seventh annual Love Your Body Week campaign. Programs and events throughout campus are an integral part of supporting the mission of Love Your Body
The efforts of Love Your Body Week should be centered solely on the general acceptance and appreciation of one’s body. The ideas that beauty begins with one’s own belief in, and love of his or her own body is not as strongly stressed. Week, which is to encourage students to have a healthy relationship with their bodies. This idea is emphasized in two different ways. First, this theme is present through the campaign’s guid-
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“My parents taught me how to listen to everybody before I made up my own mind. When you listen, you learn. You absorb like a spongeand your life becomes so much better than when you are just trying to be listened to all the time.” Steven Spielberg (1946 - present), American film director
ing students to love and appreciate their bodies for how they are. On the other hand, treating your body well through healthy habits such as eating right and exercising, contributes to the other part of their mission. While these are both extremely important aspects of having a healthy understanding of one’s body, The Heights believes that campus efforts should also be centered solely on the general acceptance and appreciation of one’s body. The idea that beauty begins with one’s own belief in, and love of his or her own body is not as strongly stressed as would be ideal, and an entire week focused on the importance of body acceptance would thus be welcomed. The other aspects of a healthy body, like treating one’s body ideally through healthy habits, can be addressed within other efforts that are already in place on campus. Although the importance of Love Your Body Week cannot be echoed enough, a distinct focus on overall body acceptance would be welcomed. Since this is an idea that is not publicized enough, a week dedicated to this aspect of the mission is needed on campus.
The potency of effective marketing strategies When our campus is physically disconnected, advertising methods must compensate to attract students to events On Tuesday night, Holocaust survivor Rena Finder spoke to the Boston College community in Gasson 100. Well-known speakers have come to campus multiple times over the course of the semester, but the publicity of these events has often been less than stellar. Interesting and important events that are held on campus are often missed by many students due to poor advertising. The Heights feels that better methods should be employed to publicize events that students may be interested in. For example, mass e-mailing of BC students is used on a weekly basis for Nights on the Heights weekend updates and e-mails from football captains, but
is rarely used for fascinating speakers like Finder and last semester’s visit from New York Times critic Sam Sifton. This is just one method that could be employed to increase publicity. Though it was believed that the Dustbowl construction wall and the new myBC website would be used to allow advertising of on-campus events, both have seen lackluster use by students. The walls in the O’Neill Library stairs are so flooded with hundreds of fliers that they are often ignored as a general rule. By taking advantage of the two former areas, and by cleaning up the latter, advertising and attendance at events like Finder’s would undoubtedly increase.
How Ice Jam cheapened tuition To market the prize money for Ice Jam’s half-court shot competition as tuition is unsettling The second annual Ice Jam pep rally for Boston College’s hockey and basketball programs will take place tonight in Conte Forum. As last year’s inaugural event built its successful reputation upon interactive programming, including clever giveaways for students, The Heights would like to once again applaud the efforts of the UGBC and the athletic department for compiling an interesting line-up of promotions for this year’s follow-up. While free T-shirts, tickets to luxury suites, and costume contests are all incredible ideas that will bring scores of students to the arena, we take issue with how the largest prize – one that offers an audience member the chance to “win free tuition” upon the completion of a half-ice shot – has been marketed to the student body. Giving away such a large award is gen-
erous, and, in fact, impressive. But, as the money does not come from any scholarship fund – the prize is actually $50,000 in cash – and is not connected to any academic merit, we take issue with how advertisements for Ice Jam have marketed it as a year’s worth of education. For many students, funding a college education puts strain on the wallet and the mind. Relegating the concept of tuition - and all that goes with it - to a half-court contest is, at the very least, uncomfortable. The fact that this contest is solely aimed at drawing students to an athletics pep rally doesn’t help make it any more palatable. It is one thing for Ice Jam organizers to offer fun and extravagant prizes to pump up attendance; last year’s car give-away was a big hit. But it is a shame that, this year, the hefty price of a four-year education is attached to such a silly gimmick.
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Letters to the Editor On the difference between ‘doctors’
The following letter is a second rebuttal to the column, “Your nurse, the doctor,” by Marye Moran A recent opinion article titled, “Your nurse, the doctor”, argues that nurses with higher degrees, including a doctorate, should not be called “doctor”. The article claims that nurses with higher education degrees are not fully equipped to “treat medical illnesses,” and that when a nurse introduces herself as Dr. X, your nurse should not be trusted to diagnose “your ailments and prescribe the proper treatment.” As a nursing student, I felt betrayed by my fellow Boston College classmates for publishing the common misconceptions of nursing without factual information, and promoting out of date stereotypes of nurses. The professional practice of nurses has certainly been misrepresented by uniformed opinions like the ones stated in this article. The article reflects a common misconception of healthcare delivery structured according to a hierarchical chain of command, with physicians positioned at the top dictating the treatment plan to nurses and other members of the health care team who dutifully follow directives from above. Indeed this hierarchical stereotype has been identified by the Institute of Medicine and others as one factor contributing to miscommunication among health care providers that contributes to preventable patient errors in hospitals. To improve care provided to patients in all settings, health services research, and research conducted by nurses with doctorates, has found that collaborative models of practice among all health care specialists is most likely to improve outcomes of care to patients. The purpose of this response is to tell the truth
about why nurses are proud to be nurses and why we would never misrepresent our credentials to patients. The definition of a nurse as stated by the Nursing’s social policy statement is “the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations,” (ANA, 2011). This definition of nursing applies to all types of nurses regardless of the degree. A nurse practitioner is an advanced practice nurse who is highly educated to provide a wide range of primary and preventive health care services, prescribe medication, and diagnose and treat illness and injury (ANA, 2011). Other types of advanced practice nursing include certified nurse midwife, clinical nurse specialist, and certified registered nurse anesthetists. In 2015 additional coursework equivalent to the academic requirements for the doctor of philosophy degree will be required of all nurses seeking to be credentialed in advanced nursing practice. Nursing is following the lead of other allied health professions such as pharmacology, physical therapy, and social work, who recognized that an explosion in knowledge in their respective fields necessitated further academic training. Pharmacists, physical therapists, and social workers all have a doctorate degrees in their respective fields. Growing numbers of physicians who desire to conduct medical research also continue their education and earn a doctorate or Ph.D. Because of all disciplines in health
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care have doctorate degrees, typically, in clinical practice, individuals with the credential “MD” are introduced as “physicians” and not “doctor.” By law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, all healthcare providers must wear name tags that clearly state their professional credential to practice in bold letters so patients are not confused about who is caring for them. The article appropriately notes it could be dangerous for a patient to not know the distinction about who is providing care to them. Through legal mandates and ethical codes of conduct in every health care profession, it is the duty of every healthcare provider to accurately introduce him/herself to patients. Nurses became nurses because they prefer a holistic approach to patient care, rather than managing disease processes. Nurses and physicians complement their knowledge base and clinical skills by collaborating on a plan of care to support the patient in achieving wellness, recovery or a dignified death. The advanced academic knowledge of a doctorate equips the nurse with research skills, knowledge of population based health care delivery, and program evaluation to further promote high quality nursing care. Nurses are in no way to attempting to be “doctors.” We are proud of our profession and our contributions to promote a health among all individuals in our society, to support patients in achieving recovery at all stages of illness and in achieving a dignified death at the end of life.
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Thursday, October 27, 2011
7 billion potential zombies
Thumbs Up The Skin You’re In – The message to embrace what your momma gave you is being preached loud and proud across the Heights this week for Love Your Body Week. In a sea of people that shine for reasons that span the spectrum from smarts to the physical, it’s easy to forget that beauty is intangible. As John Constable said, “I never saw an ugly thing in my life: for let the form of an object be what it may - light, shade, and perspective will always make it beautiful.” Chitchen – As this semester’s brief but overwhelming Chobani Shortage Crisis taught us, the number of Chobani lovers on this campus is not inconsequential. However, as those of us whose diets revolve around the creamy Mediterranean delight, a little variety –and we’re not talking about trying the pineapple flavor–is needed. Thankfully, creators of the yogurt created a site called Chobani Kitchen, featuring Chobani-centered recipes for everything from pizza to strawberry scones. Too much of a good thing is ... a good thing. Ninja Noses – Ah, the Internet knows no bounds—and thank goodness, because from the supposed excess of freetime of one brilliant Net user, we now have the blog “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Noses.” The title is self-explanatory of the content of the site, with everyone from Britney Spears (remember her?) to Charlie Sheen (remember him?) outfitted with sassy green men on the tips of their schnozzes. And who said having a tiny nose was more favorable? The McRib – It’s back. Ridership on the B-line to Harvard Ave. expected to increase tenfold. Boston Boys – If there’s an event in the Boston-area that even slightly lends itself to becoming the plot of a silver screen hit, you can bet Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are on it. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that Affleck will be directing Damon starring as Whitey Bulger in a movie about the fugitive killer’s crimes and time on the lam. If their treatment of the Bostonbased story is anything like Gone Baby Gone, they deserve the right to beat out the competition.
Thumbs Down Robberies – Well, most of us don’t have kids or wives to hide, but given the amount of intruders in the Brighton area recently, definitely hide your roommates and belongings. We could offer the mother advice of reminding BC students to lock their doors, but perhaps the advice giving should be geared toward those commiting crimes: from what MSNBC’s Lockup tells us, prison food doesn’t taste very good. Fake Life – True Life: I’m Occupying Wall Street is set to become the latest in the popular MTV mini-documentary series in less than two weeks. The show will follow the trials of the protestors looking to recreate America through tent-living and hating capitalism. Alas, True Life: I’m Trying to Succeed in College and Am Too Busy Studying for Midterms and Being Active on Campus to Occupy Anything but O’Neill Library didn’t make the cut for MTV’s fall lineup. Twitter: @BCTUTD
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CJ Gustafson I’ve had my fair share of experiences with mere sleepwalking, but what I’ve seen on my favorite TV show, The Walking Dead, is enthralling. If you haven’t caught a glimpse of the series yet, it’s on Sundays at 9 p.m. on AMC. A band of survivors in a post-apocalyptic world battle their way through blood-thirsty zombies in search of a safe home and a new start. The show eerily paints a picture of what looks like a combination of plague and atomic warfare as the group trudges through decimated regions of the United States. In the most recent episode, one of the characters hypothesized that a zombie infection could be nature’s sick and twisted way of keeping the population down. Joel Cohen, an opinion columnist of The New York Times, recently discussed the societal implications as the earth’s population is expected to reach seven billion people by the end of this week, and 10 billion by the end of the century. I thought South Street was
crowded enough. I can’t imagine how packed the streets of Boston will be a few generations down the road. Cohen argues that the current methods for gauging the earth’s growth are flawed. He says that we can no longer purely look at how many people inhabit the earth, or the gross domestic product of a country, but must evaluate how well “we foster dignity, creativity, community and cooperation; by how well we care for our biological and physical environment.” Good thing I just invented the handy-dandy “Foster Dignity, Creativity, Community and Cooperation Ruler” to see exactly where we stand. If you buy one within the next 10 minutes, we’ll throw in a free Sham-Wow and Apple Nicer Dicer. But in all seriousness, Cohen could be right. If we look back over the course of history at major catastrophes and conflicts, whether it be an earthquake or a World War, the casualties are staggering in number and hard to put into perspective. So it’s difficult to imagine that if something horrible did occur, such as a zombie plague or small pox infection, the results would be even more caustic from a purely numerical viewpoint. It’s interesting to think that as more people populate the earth, there is generally the same number of leaders for each country. Sure, there may be more congressmen represent-
ing Californians than Floridians, but as the earth’s population grows larger, the same number of leaders represent a greater number of people (i.e. there is still only one president in the United States even as the country’s population increases by millions while President Barack Obama is in office). If a nation is dragged into war through the mistakes of a few leaders, more people will be fighting more people. It’s like two kids having an argument and settling it on the playground. Except now each shows up with three times as many friends than expected to back him up. They’re still fighting on the same playground, with the same three swings, two seesaws, and jungle gym, but three times as much damage than expected is about to occur. Our world is a playground with a few new toys but a lot more people trying to play on the same acre of land in between the school parking lot and tennis court. Plainly speaking, do we have the space and infrastructure for this population increase? A more positive way to look at the exponential increase in population is that with more humans there will be more solutions. Innovative companies recognize that their most valuable asset is human capital. As technology improves and information is more easily available, there may not only be more people on the earth, but more educated
and useful people on the earth. If there are three times as many people on earth in comparison to the population when Einstein lived, does that mean we will be graced with the ideas of three times as many geniuses? It’s an abstract question without an obvious answer. In 1960 the world population was three billion. That number has more than doubled since then. Does that mean that there are twice as many people applying for the same job I’m applying for in comparison to when my parents entered the work force? Does that mean that there are twice as many people polluting the air as they drive to a relative’s house to have Thanksgiving dinner in a few weeks? Does that mean there are twice as many battling for the same amount water and resources if zombies attack? I’m not the greatest at math, and I’ve never battled zombies (at least not yet). So my assumptions thus far are far from scientific. But I remain confident in the fact that human’s have solved problems for centuries, whether it be inventing the wheel or creating mechanical hearts. So if zombies do attack, the seven billion of us will find a way through this together. CJ Gustafson is a staff columnist for The Heights. He welcomes comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Too politically correct? Dineen Boyle Earlier this month, Somerville principal, Anne Foley, received media attention for an e-mail she sent to her staff, in which she lambasted long-established American fall holidays. Her comments beg the question: is it possible to be too politically correct? Foley wrote, “When we were young we might have been able to claim ignorance of the atrocities that Christopher Columbus committed against the indigenous peoples. We can no longer do so. For many of us and our students celebrating this particular person is an insult and a slight to the people he annihilated. On the same lines, we need to be careful around the Thanksgiving Day time as well.” She goes on to say that it is also inappropriate to celebrate Halloween. Parents were outraged, students were devastated, and politicians were offended. Disciples of Howie Carr and other conservatives were quick to
label her as a “moonbat,” an enemy of fun, and a symbol of all that is wrong with modern America. The upheaval eventually culminated in Foley issuing an official statement of apology to the community. A product of a very liberal education, I have been taught from a young age the importance of being mindful of all cultures. This is a lesson that I cherish and feel has helped to enrich and positively shape my worldview. At the same time, I wonder if in our efforts to be culturally sensitive, we sometimes cross a line and begin to dismantle our culture. At what point, if ever, do we take ourselves too seriously? In examining Foley’s message I take away a notion that being socially aware and being well-educated are incompatible with celebrating these holidays— that one must choose between them. I contend that both are possible. If one delves into the annals of history, intent on eliminating holidays with negative aspects, none would remain. Name an American holiday and I can make a case for how it undermines ethical standards or marginalizes a group of people. One could argue that Veteran’s Day celebrates war; that President’s Day honors men who owned slaves; that Martin Luther King, Jr. Day honors a man with a history of marital
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infidelity. However, to abandon these holidays is to ignore the much larger ideals for which they stand. Few American traditions are without flaws. For example, one can argue that football and other popular sports promote a culture of violence. But they also emphasize the importance of physical fitness, mental perseverance, and working together to achieve a collective goal. Therefore, we treasure athletics as an integral element of our national identity. We note that despite their shortcomings, abandoning contact sports would only serve to deprive us of significant, beneficial elements of our culture. I recognize that it is both impossible and distasteful to equate athletic roughhousing with the actions of Columbus. I mean to suggest that rather than ignore holidays, we should view them as teaching moments that mirror the complex, imperfect, and tremendous history of this country. I have, at times, been made to feel that patriotism is shameful— that in order to be considered well-educated, one must appear to be somewhat apologetically American. I think this is wrong. I acknowledge that Columbus Day is a specifically problematic holiday. Boston College faces the task of balancing the delicate dichotomy of being
an institution of higher learning in the country’s most liberal state while still maintaining traditional Catholic and American values. And although BC chooses to call the holiday by its original name, I understand why some universities have chosen to rename Columbus Day weekend as “mid-fall break.” I fully agree that we must adapt our culture to reflect better-informed social ethics, but when we begin to attack holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving, we risk subjugating our own identity. We must remain diligent in our quest to improve cultural sensitivity and we must never cite ignorance as an excuse. While doing this, we must also use good sense. The dictionary defines the word “dismantle” in two ways. The first is to break something down into parts, presumably to examine and then rebuild. The second is to put an end to something in a gradual, systematic way by removing key elements. We must be careful to avoid the latter, because ultimately, if we dissect everything, we may be left with nothing. Dineen Boyle is a staff columnist for The Heights. She welcomes comments at email@example.com.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
BOSTON COLLEGE AT MARYLAND
When BC runs the ball Deuce Finch racked up 92 yards on 18 carries last week against a tough Virginia Tech defense, and he is looking like one of the few bright spots for BC. He has shown his ability to use a burst of speed from the line of scrimmage to pick up big yards, especially on first down. Look for him to continue doing so. Advantage:
When BC passes the ball Despite a large number of incompletions against Virginia Tech, Chase Rettig had arguably the best game of his season, or at least his best half. Rettig didn’t have any help from his offensive line but was sill often able to avoid pressure and find the open receiver downfield. The Maryland secondary has been solid, but nothing impossible to pick apart if Rettig gets enough time to see the field. Advantage:
When Maryland runs the ball Davin Meggett is averaging 4.8 yards per carry for the Terps, but has only topped 100 yards twice in seven games this season while racking up just three touchdowns. The BC rush defense has not been stellar though, allowing 165 yards per game. The Eagles showed flashes of a stout run defense last week before letting Virginia Tech run wild. Advantage: alex trautwig / heights editor
One goal for the BC defense will be putting pressure on the quarterback, whoever it may be. Maryland is still deciding between C.J. Brown and Danny O’Brien (above).
When Maryland passes the ball The BC secondary has been absolutely putrid this season. Opposing quarterbacks have found more holes in the secondary than Swiss cheese, and the defense backs have been unable to prevent big plays. Maryland’s starting QB for Saturday has not yet been decided, but it will be Danny O’Brien or C.J. Brown. Either could be in for a solid day. Advantage:
Special teams Ryan Quigley has seen plenty of action punting the ball lately for the Eagles, while Nate Freese has been pretty dependable, despite not having a field goal attempt since the Wake Forest game. Maryland’s kicker Nate Ferrara has been solid, but not from 40-plus yards, whereas Freese has shown his strength from long distance. Advantage:
Coaching and intangibles The BC coaching staff looked like geniuses for the first-half game plan against Virginia Tech last week, but failed to make any adjustments at halftime, a major complaint among many BC fans. Maryland’s Randy Edsall came into his role hyped up, but has not lived up to the talk. Both teams have lost three straight. Someone has to win, right? Advantage:
Identity issues limit the Boston College offense Austin Tedesco Imagine that you are Maryland football coach Randy Edsall. Your job this week is to get your team ready to play Boston College. After watching some game film, you’ve probably arrive at the same conclusion that most Eagles fans have come to recently: This football team lacks an identity. Oklahoma State and Clemson have succeeded this season by relying on consistent aerial attacks that set up their run games, scoring touchdowns at will. Their defenses barely need to show up to keep producing wins. Kansas State has done the opposite, choosing instead to run the ball down its opponents’ throats until a big passing play looks open. Michigan State has been mediocre offensively, but a strong defense keeps it in contention. To be successful in college football, you don’t have to be good at everything. You can do a few things really well and build from there. This season, the Eagles have had trouble finding that part of the game they do really well. BC will head to College Park on Saturday ranked 107th in total offense, averaging less than 19 points per game. BC has only one more rushing attempt than passing attempt, but this has not led to a successful, balanced attack. Stanford, Virginia Tech, and Georgia distribute between run and pass about as equally as BC does, but
for those teams the run sets up the pass and vice versa. All three schools have at least eight more offensive touchdowns than the Eagles do this season. These teams prove that you don’t need to be run or pass-heavy to score, but a balanced offensive identity requires variety in passing and rushing style. Forcing runs up the middle again and again won’t work, especially when the struggling offensive line pulls the load. Constantly focusing on the slot receivers and chucking up deep balls that aren’t set up well by the run will also continue to keep this offense under 20 points per game. Why aren’t the tight ends being targeted more? Why don’t more runs start off going outside? Where is the play-action? Where are the screen passes to counter constant pressure on Chase Rettig? BC has allowed Rettig to take a beating this season, giving up 2.57 sacks per game, ranking 91st in that category. The troubles for the defense aren’t nearly as great. Unlike the offense, the defense has an effective strength that has kept the Eagles competitive in most games this season. Rarely does a team score redzone touchdowns against the Eagles. Only 47 percent of the time has an offense finished a possession deep in BC territory with seven points. This is an impressive number, but the problem is that teams too often find themselves in scoring position against the Eagle
defense. BC ranks dead last in field goals allowed. Opponents are either starting a majority of their possessions near field-goal range or the defense doesn’t buckle down until backed up against the endzone. The defense’s biggest weakness has been pressure on the quarterback. BC is, statistically, the worst team in the country at creating havoc in the backfield, with just five sacks in seven games. Either more pressure from the defensive line or better blitz packages giving quarterbacks less time to throw would help end possessions even earlier and cut down on the high field goal tally for opponents. Given better field position to work with and improving defensive performance early on in possessions could change this defense from good to great and help make up for offensive struggles. Things may sound bleak, but I know this team has enough talent to beat Maryland on Saturday. The Eagles that showed up in the first half against Virginia Tech could have beaten anyone on the schedule. Assuming an effective balance between Finch running and Rettig spreading the ball around as a consistent offensive identity for both halves will be key this weekend.
Austin Tedesco is a guest columnist for The Heights. He can be reached at sports@ bcheights.com.
Doing the little things can help BC sustain its drives By Drew McKay For The Heights
A failure to put together complete drives has plagued the Boston College offense this season. The Eagles’ offense ranks No. 107 (of 120 FBS schools) in total offense. BC has proven it can start games well. Against Northwestern, Andre Williams took the first play 69 yards. In Blacksburg last week, Chase Rettig connected with Colin Larmond, Jr. for a 35-yard gain on the Eagles’ second play of the game. BC has had many big plays, but when they don’t happen, the Eagles have struggled to consistently put together touchdown drives. “Our problem up front all year has been, we’ve been second-and-10, third-and-nine,” offensive tackle Emmett Cleary said. “We’ve been pretty good on third down in terms of conversion percentage, but it’s just so tough to live in that world. The way you move the chains on third down is being good on first and second down and leaving yourself in manageable situations where it’s not a deep drop
“Last week we were inside the 50 quite a lot. We have to work on finishing. We have to finish everything. If we put it together for a whole game, I think we can put up some points.” and long pass route.” A lack of a consistent rushing attack is keeping the Eagles from flying down the field and putting together complete drives. “Against VT, when we blocked things right, we were getting seven or eight-yard hits,” Cleary said. “When we weren’t, it was no gain or a two-yard loss. Especially when you do that on first and second down, it puts you in a terrible position for third down and that’s why we saw so many seemingly promising
drives sputter out. We would have a bust and you can’t waste a play like that. The key to our success is not even having great plays, but if we can consistently get a three or four-yard hit when we need to. It makes the offense so much easier.” These negative or no-gain plays have kept BC from finishing drives. The Eagles have been forced to punt or settle for field goals. “Last week, we were inside the 50 quite a lot,” running back Deuce Finch said. “We have to work on finishing. We have to finish everything. If we put it together for a whole game, I think we can put up some points.” The Eagles implemented the screen pass effectively last week against Virginia Tech and Frank Beamer’s notoriously aggressive defense. Chase Rettig completed three screen passes to Finch to help keep drives alive. BC also utilized the screen pass earlier this year with Rettig dumping the ball to Tahj Kimble for a 31-yard touchdown against Duke. The screen supplements the run game, especially against aggressive defenses, opening up the passing game. “The screen pass helps a lot with the pass rush,” wide receiver Bobby Swigert said. “If we can hit a couple of those screens when they’re flying at Chase, I feel like that helps us a lot. It also helps our running game. We can get a consistent running game going. I feel like that helps our offense the most. The DBs come down, we can pass more, we can hit those screens. I feel like if we can run the ball effectively this week that will help us tremendously.” Screen passes help stimulate the running game, which keep drives going and give the defense a much needed break. “If we can control the ball and actually keep our defense off the field more, I think that will help us a lot,” Swigert said. “At VT, they were out there a lot, getting tired because they played so hard in the first half to shut them down. It would have been nice for us to put together one of those 12, 13-play drives to keep them off their feet for a little bit.” Swigert may have a point. Against UMass, the Eagles played the fewest minutes on defense of the season. In that game, BC had two interceptions and two fumble recoveries that went for touchdowns. While the screen game and rushing attack might help defense get a break, the defense can provide some scoring punch, too. n
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Nate Richman (above) and Luke Kuechly are two of the leaders who gave pep talks last weekend, receiver Bobby Swigert said.
Looking to turn around the season Football, from A10 team that usually plays them close. The past two match-ups between these teams have been decided by three points or less. “It always kind of ends up as a real physical knockdown, drag-out game,” Cleary said. As a team also riddled with injuries, the Terrapins have been hit especially hard on defense. Each of their starting linebackers has been hurt, and on two occasions this year all three were unable to play. However, Darin Drakeford returns from injury this week looking to solidify a defense currently giving up an average of over 30 points per game (ranked 94th in the FBS). “Maryland has a tough defense — maybe not as consistent as Virginia Tech right now, but they definitely can play,” Swigert said. “Their defense is just as good as Virginia Tech, I feel, talent-wise and everything. There are some holes, hopefully we can exploit them.”
On the offensive side for Maryland, first year head coach Randy Edsall will likely have to make his most critical decision in his short time in College Park in choosing which quarterback will start for the Terps. Sophomore Danny O’Brien threw for 22 touchdowns last year, but was benched recently in favor of fellow sophomore C.J. Brown. While Brown ran for over 100 yards in consecutive losses to Georgia Tech and Clemson, he has been generally ineffective throwing the ball (completing under 50 percent of his passes). Edsall said the decision will be made at game time, providing a unique challenge in preparation for the Eagles. “I don’t think anyone cares who we play, where we play, it’s just more of what can we do to win,” Kuechly said. While at first glance this game appears to have minor implications, these two teams will be fighting for something incredibly important: a chance at redemption. n
Thursday, October 27, 2011 The Week Ahead
The football team is on the road again at Maryland. Men’s hockey has a home-and-home with UMass Lowell. Women’s soccer has a key match-up with Wake Forest. Women’s hockey hosts BU Wednesday night. The Rangers are up 3-2 in the World Series.
Recap from Last Week
Game of the Week Women’s Soccer
Football extended its losing streak to three at Virginia Tech. Men’s hockey won both games on the weekend. Women’s soccer lost to North Carolina, while the men edged out Duke in overtime. Notre Dame fell to USC at home.
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Football: BC at Maryland
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Men’s Hockey: UMass Lowell vs. No. 1 BC (series)
Women’s Soccer: No. 7 Wake Forest at No. 21 BC
Women’s Hockey: No. 5 BU at No. 4 BC
World Series: Rangers vs. Cardinals
The No. 21 women’s soccer team (10-4-2, 5-4-0 ACC) will close out the regular season against No. 7 Wake Forest (12-2-3, 5-1-3) tonight in Newton. The Eagles are coming into the game after a 1-0 win against NC State on Sunday. Senior goalkeeper Jillian Mastroianni is coming off her ninth shutout of the season. The Demon Deacons prove a difficult match-up, as they are currently one spot ahead of the Eagles in the ACC standings. The Eagles will have their hands full in containing Katie Stengel, who leads Wake Forest with 13 goals on the season. She is second in the ACC in points and goals.
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Tavener grows into scoring, leadership role Tavener, from A10 to play together while growing up, from practicing at home to joining the same club team. Although the sisters always enjoyed playing together, neither could have guessed at the opportunity that was about to present itself to them. After graduating from high school, Michelle decided to play for New Hampshire. Two years later, though, she was looking to transfer to a different school. At the same time, Courtney, then a senior in high school, was going through her own recruitment process, and had chosen BC. Coincidently, Michelle was also looking at the Heights, and ended up transferring to BC about a month after Courtney committed. Playing with Michelle again gave Courtney a mentor on the team. “It’s always special when siblings are willing to go to the same college,” head coach Ainslee Lamb said. “A lot of younger siblings want to pave their own path, and it’s a tribute to Michelle that Courtney had plenty of opportunities to pave her own path. But it was really clear that she wanted to follow in her sister’s footsteps.” During her earlier years on the team,
Courtney spent a lot of time working with her sister and was happy to have someone on the team from whom she could learn. Although Michelle has now graduated, the impact that her mentorship had on Courtney shows on the field today in her willingness to adapt for the team. When Courtney first started playing at BC, she was more focused on getting assists than on scoring goals. “As she was developing as a player, she was actually a very assist-oriented player,” Lamb said. “She would have an opportunity to shoot, but then ditch it off, so we’ve been working hard to help her balance the desire to set a teammate up and a desire to score. This year, she has found that success when she works hard for that assist. But she understands that for us to be successful, she needs to put the ball in the net, too.” This balance is reflected in her statistics: Tavener already has 26 points this year, which is more than the 18 she had during the previous two seasons combined. Although she still has a lot of assists, the difference is in her willingness to take aim at the goal. Having taken 39 shots this season, compared with 27 last season and 15 during her sophomore
year, Tavener is proving that she can fill the role of both playmaker and finisher for her team. For the senior, being a member of the field hockey team means more than just being one of 20 players. “Whether scoring or setting up a goal,” Tavener said, “I’ve always prided myself on being a team player.” Tavener’s team-first approach has been most pronounced this season. After working with a team builder at the beginning of the season and focusing on strengthening their friendships, the players are now more than ever focused on working together, on and off the field, to ensure success. “You win together as a team,” Tavener said. “You have to rely on everyone, not one or two players.” While Tavener’s contributions to the team as both a creator and, more recently, a goal scorer have influenced the team’s success this season, what is most important to her is that future teams can maintain the mentality of this year’s squad. “You need three lines to play well,” Tavener said, “but to be a successful team, everyone on and off the field needs to play hard.” n
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Courtney Tavener is not only a scoring force, but also a facilitator for her teammates.
BC-Lowell should be competitive Hockey, from A10
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Men’s hockey head coach Jerry York will have to readjust his lineup after Patrick Wey severed a tendon on top of his foot.
a point in all three of his team’s games, on his way to three goals and two assists. Behind Wetmore, UMass Lowell will rely heavily on seniors and leading 2010-11 goal scorers David Vallorani and Matt Ferreira, along with freshman forward Terrence Wallin, who was named Hockey East rookie of the week after a three-point weekend against Minnesota State. Also, Riverhawk junior Malcolm Lyles will be making his return to Kelley Rink on Saturday after transferring to Lowell following two seasons with the Eagles. BC comes into the series in the midst of a pivotal nine-game Hockey East stretch to open conference play. Last weekend, the team defeated UMass 4-2 at Kelley Rink before coming from behind to beat Northeastern in overtime at a hostile Matthews Arena, 4-3. “Last weekend was a great boost for our team psyche,” York said. “It was good to see us be motivated and take energy from a hostile Northeastern crowd as well as our own fans against UMass.” Sophomore forward Bill Arnold scored twice against UMass and registered the overtime winner at Northeastern on his way to earning Hockey East co-player of the
Overtime victory shows potential
week honors. Arnold’s hot start has him leading the team in goals (five), assists (five), and points (10) to date. More worrisome for the Eagles this season has been the 41 penalties they taken, which equates to almost 14 minutes per game in the penalty box. “We’re taking some unnecessary penalties,” York said. “We’ve got to check better and position ourselves a bit better so that we don’t have to take those types of calls.” In BC’s overtime victory at Northeastern, defenseman Patrick Wey had his right foot stepped on by a skate, severing a tendon. Wey underwent successful surgery to repair the tendon on Monday evening. “He’s facing a rehab anywhere from six to eight weeks, but there’s even a little bit of guessing on that,” York said. “It’s a highly unusual injury, but it does happen. Hopefully, we’ll get Pat back around Christmastime.” To compound Wey’s injury, York mentioned that he would like to see improvements “from the blue line” after the Eagles allowed five goals last weekend. This weekend against Lowell, the Eagles will look to correct any such defensive deficiencies and continue to put pucks in the net at a prolific pace as they chase four conference points. n
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maturity. Last season’s team looked to seniors like Joe Whitney and Brian Gibbons for offensive production. This season’s team, led by defenseman and captain Tommy Cross, has shown the ability to spread the scoring opportunities. In Saturday’s overtime period, the Eagles were in control. The team outshot the Huskies by a combined 15-4 between the third period and overtime. This comeback continued off the stick of Arnold, who redirected a Patch Alber shot for the game-winning score. This team may be young. It may lack as much experience as in years past. It may have lost a number of top-tier players from last season. However, this year’s roster has the chance to overcome early season uncertainties and continue the program’s tradition of excellence. While it is difficult to doubt York due to his past success, many were left fearing the number of highprofile players lost to graduation and professional hockey obligations. People questioned how the lineup would shape up after such a long period of stability. They questioned how everything would piece together. Would this season be a rebuilding year? The only question now is how far can this team go?
Kristie Mewis will shift from the wing to a central attacking role in an effort to get her better opportunities in the box. “Right now, Kristie Mewis leads the conference in shots per game, but she doesn’t lead the conference in goals,” Foley said. “We’re trying to get her in a higher percentage area of the field so her opportunities will have a better rate of converting into goals.” The ACC leader in goals per game is Demon Deacon center forward Katie Stengel, who, with total 13 goals this season, will be challenged by the Eagles’ solid back four. Along with Stengel, Wake Forest forward Rachel Nuzzolese (eight goals) poses a threat to BC, but the steady defense is prepared to shut them down. “We’ve watched tape on [Stengel and Nuzzolese],” Foley said. “We’ve talked about their tendencies and how important it is not to give them space and cut off their feeding opportunities in the 18. I’m really pleased with the coordination of the back line, both individually and as a group. We have no doubt they’ll continue doing what they’re doing.” The Eagles are prepared for their last match to determine their fate in both the ACC and NCAA tournaments. They “have the control” and are prepared to “fight for home territory” to defeat the Demon Deacons. n
Chris Marino is the Assistant Sports Editor for The Heights. He can be reached at sports@bcheights. com.
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Alyssa Pember (6) and the women’s soccer team will look to shut down Wake Forest scoring leader Katie Stengel.
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New-look lineup has BC rolling
improved lowell can challenge bc By Andrew Klokiw Heights Staff
For a team that has earned the No. 1 national ranking for the second time six games into the 2011-12 season, the tendency might be to overlook a conference foe who finished last season with a dreadful 5-25-4 record. For the Boston College men’s hockey team (5-1-0, 3-0-0 Hockey East), however, complacency is not part of the equation against UMass Lowell (2-1-0, 0-0-0) in a home-and-home series this weekend. “Over the course of the year our first goal is to win a Hockey East championship,” head coach Jerry York said. “In the regular season, two points against any team is the most important thing in our minds and now with the back-toback, it’s a big series for us. We don’t downplay it. These four points count the same as four points against New Hampshire or anyone else.” York’s team will travel to the Tsongas Center for the Riverhawks’ home opener Friday at 7 p.m. The following evening, both teams will travel to Chestnut Hill for another 7 p.m. start, at Kelley Rink. Last year, BC swept all three contests with
their Hockey East counterparts by scores of 5-2, 5-3, and 5-1, respectively. During the 2009-10 season, in which the Eagles captured the national championship, Lowell managed to take two of three matches from the Eagles. Perhaps due to last season’s poor results, the Riverhawks replaced 10-year head coach Blaise McDonald with former player Norm Bazin this year. Bazin has already made his presence felt with an opening weekend sweep of Minnesota State. Though York acknowledged the uptick in the program under Bazin, he remarked that it was “too early to tell” the exact changes the new head coach has brought about. Bazin inherits a young team, led by only four seniors and junior captain Riley Wetmore. Wetmore has proven himself to be the Riverhawks’ most dangerous attacking option so far this season, as he has registered at least
Eagles a big win over a tough opponent and improve NCAA tournament seeding. Not to mention, the win will certainly boost team confidence. The team has been putting in hard training sessions to prepare both mentally and physically for a game in which so much is at stake. On the attack, the Eagles are focusing on their play in the final third.
Entering the 2011-12 men’s ice hockey season, Superfans had a number of questions. Who would light the lamp after the team lost its top three scorers? How would the Eagles fare without John Muse between the pipes? Where would the high number of freshmen fit into head coach Jerry York’s lineup? While the tea Eagles have only played six games, they have shown us that there is really no need to worry. With five wins and only one loss, they play fearlessly, despite the new-look lineup. They’ve been able to regain the No. 1 ranking earned after two blowout victories against former No. 3 North Dakota and Michigan State, despite playing against a number of ranked opponents and Hockey East foes. The question of who will score the goals has been answered somewhat vaguely: everyone. Through six games, 11 different players have scored. The current team leader in goals has been somewhat unexpected, though. Sophomore Bill Arnold has five goals, which is already halfway to his goal total from last season. Right behind Arnold is Chris Kreider, who many have viewed as the team’s early favorite for offensive leader, with four scores. Senior Barry Almeida and freshman Johnny Gaudreau come in third with three goals apiece. While York’s recruiting class impressed many, no one could have expected the early production that we’ve seen so far. Gaudreau (three goals, four assists) is leading the way statistically, but several of his fellow freshmen have been impressive. Destry Straight has done well playing on a top line with more experienced players. Danny Linell, Michael Sit, and Cam Spiro have all found their way into the lineup and will be looked upon down the road. Goaltender Parker Milner has slid into the starter’s role almost seamlessly. Logging almost 363 minutes, the junior has a .911 save percentage and 2.15 goalagainst average. While he’s had a few up-and-down moments early on, for the most part he’s succeeded at keeping his team in the game. York said before the season that Milner’s strength comes in his puck handling, and his biggest area of improvement is making the stops. He’s shown signs of progress as the season has progressed, despite several tough outings. His performance against Denver showed some lapses, but he bounced back quickly with a 5-1 rout of New Hampshire. Boston College has outscored its opponents 26-14, but it has won its last two games by a combined three goals. If anything, this is a positive. Massachusetts and Northeastern are both quality Hockey East opponents. A loss to either would be bad, but not a huge upset. Winning both shows that the Eagles can win in a variety of ways, including pressure-packed close games. Last Saturday, the team traveled across town to face the Huskies. Down by two scores entering the final period of regulation, Almeida led the comeback charge with a goal just past the eight-minute mark. He was followed minutes later by defenseman Brian Dumoulin’s score, tying the game at 3. The team showed resiliency down the stretch. Despite the average age of the squad being just over 20 years old, everyone played with poise and demonstrated their
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The loss of junior Patrick Wey (above) will require head coach Jerry York and his teammates to make major adjustments on the defensive side of the ice.
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Foley turns to seniors before final ACC game By Raychel Kruper Heights Staff
Women’s soccer head coach Alison Foley is calling on the senior class to carry the No. 21 Eagles past the No. 7 Wake Forest Demon Deacons in the team’s final game of the regular season tonight on home turf. “You always ask your seniors to be the ones to make a difference because it’s their last game — it’s their last season,” Foley said. “Ultimately it’s all on their shoulders to make sure we keep playing more soccer. We presented this challenge to our seniors this year. You love playing soccer, and it’s the end of your career, so keep this season going. Be the difference.” The members of last year’s graduating class — co-captains Chelsea Regan and Hannah Cerrone, Amy Caldwell, Natalie Crutchfield, Brooke Knowlton, and Jillian MacNeil — improved the program each year they were here with their passion, leadership, and dedication. In 2007, the team reached the first round of the NCAA tournament, and made it to the Sweet 16 in 2008. The following year, the Eagles made an appearance in the Elite Eight. Last season, they punched their ticket to the first College Cup in Boston College history. This year’s senior class, comprised of co-captains Alyssa Pember and Jillian Mastroianni, Alaina Beyar, Julia Bouchelle, Stephanie Wirth, and Marissa Mello, is certainly up to the challenge, and having had a taste of the College Cup,
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Stephanie Wirth (22) is one of several seniors that head coach Alison Foley will turn to in the team’s regular season finale vs. Wake Forest. they are craving another bite. “We’re at the end of the regular season, so we look to our senior class, in totality, as a full group, to make the difference at the end of the year,” Foley said. “It’s amazing that so much is at stake for the last game of the season. You don’t have to worry about next week because this game dictates next week, and you have so many different variables being rested on the last game. It’s about getting the result.”
As Foley said, tonight’s game against the Demon Deacons is more than just the last game of the regular season season. It carries weight going into tournament time. If the Eagles win tonight, their ACC quarterfinal game will be at home this Sunday, which takes last-minute travel logistics entirely out of the equation. Furthermore, the Demon Deacons are the No. 7 team in the country. Taking them down would give the
Family ties define Tavener
BC, Maryland look to turn around season ACC Atlantic cellardwellers square off in College Park Saturday By David Groman For The Heights
After a slow start, including two consecutive losses to ranked teams, Boston College finds itself facing an opponent in an oddly similar situation. The Maryland Terrapins (2-6, 1-3 ACC) enter Saturday’s game in College Park (3 p.m., NESN) leading BC by a single game at the bottom of the Atlantic Division. No matter the eventual victor, this match-up will be crucial for two squads searching for anything to spark a turnaround. While excitement and early-season expectations surrounded both teams, injuries, schedule strength, and inconsistency have hindered both the Eagles and Terps. Though it would be easy for emotions
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Courtney Tavener, who plays both midfield and forward and is the field hockey team’s leading goal scorer, has registered 10 goals and six assists in 16 games. Earlier this season, she was named the ACC player of the week. But if you ask Tavener what she thinks about individual success, she’ll refer you to the Dan petersen / ap photo
Chase Rettig (11) will need to overcome last week’s frustrating loss in order to beat Maryland. to be running high after stumbling to a 1-6 start, BC players have focused on maintaining their composure. “It’s definitely extremely frustrating, and I think everyone on the team is feeling that right now,” junior offensive tackle Emmett Cleary said. “But, you just have to identify the positives. It’s never as bad as it looks. It’s tough, but we know we have enough to win these games.” Team captain Nate Richman and junior All-American Luke Kuechly, among others, have helped identify those very positives and further motivate the Eagles. “When they give speeches before the games in the hotels and everything, it really hits home for me and a lot of people that these kids have gone through so much,” sophomore wide receiver Bobby Swigert said. “They’re all seniors, Luke’s a
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junior, but they’ve played so many games and gone through so many practices and workouts that it just really hits home when they look you in the eyes and tell you they’re going to give everything they’ve got. I feel like we’re playing for each other right now and it really helps us with our mentality.” Following a tough trip to Blacksburg, going on the road to Byrd Stadium to face Maryland will be no easy task. The Terrapins are currently on a three-game losing streak, but they have either had the lead, or been in position to score the go-ahead touchdown in the final five minutes of play, in three games against top 20 teams this year. If they hope to reach a bowl game, they will need to finish against an Eagles
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Courtney Tavener is the Eagles’ leading scorer with 10 goals and six assists for the season.
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This weekend at Maryland, BC will try to finally find a personality on offense.........................A8
other 19 players on the team who make all of that possible. “I’ve never cared about what my stats were,” Tavener said. “The most important thing, whether we’re winning or losing, has been being a team player, and this year it’s all come together.” As the No. 12 Eagles prepare for their final regular season game on Saturday at Wake Forest and for a potential NCAA tournament bid, it is clear that this mentality permeates the team. Family has always been an important concept to Tavener. Before she knew how to walk, her aunt gave her a field hockey stick. From her mother, she received a necklace, which she can always be seen wearing, except during games, when she and other players on the team put their necklaces around their trainer’s neck. Even with her teammates, some of her fondest memories have taken place off the field, like going on a paintballing trip with the team during her sophomore year. “I can be uncoordinated, so it was very funny,” Tavener said of the trip. “And the coaches were very competitive.” Initially motivated by her aunt, Tavener began playing at a young age along with her older sister, Michelle. Although Michelle is two years older than Courtney, the pair had a lot of opportunities
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the sundance kid: getting to know elizabeth olsen Elizabeth Olsen is more than the younger sister of “those twins.” Earning rave reviews for her performances in cult drama Martha Marcy May Marlene and psychological thriller Silent House, Olsen became the toast of the Sundance Film Festival last winter and teeters on the brink of stardom. Her performance in Martha Marcy May
Marlene, in particular, is getting talked up heavily for its mix of assuredness and confidence laced with fear. With a rapidly growing resume, the breakout actress already has four other films lined up for release, including Liberal Arts with Zac Efron and How I Met Your Mother’s Josh Radnor. The 22-year- old actress took time to talk to The
Heights about her performance in Martha Marcy May Marlene, her training at New York University’s Tisch School, and what she learned from Oscar-nominated costar John Hawkes, among other things. Olsen has a lot on her plate, but that comes with the territory of being the next big thing. - Darren Ranck
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Darren Ranck I never expected the essence of Darren Aronofsky’s drug-addled thriller Requiem for a Dream to merge with the dancehall funk of Rihanna into one exceptional piece of media, but lo and behold, it’s been done. Today’s popular music scene requires the mass audience to expect the unexpected, and the latest video for Rihanna’s “We Found Love” achieves that effect by bringing some R-rated material into mainstream homes. There’s cigarette smoking, uninhibited drug use, alcohol, and “teen partying,” domestic abuse, and a rather sordid hook up between Rihanna and a Chris Brown look-alike. Director Melina Matsoukas fits in all the chaos in under three minutes before giving way to the rather devastating conclusion. The video already had a lot of buzz before release due to the pop princess’s shaming by a prude Irish farmer, but the latest project has split reception. Fans and a majority of critics consider it Rihanna’s true coming of age. The transformation from the Jay-Z packaged singer of “Pon de Replay” to the dangerous and versatile artist, a woman responsible for some of recent music’s biggest and most provocative hits, is nothing, if not astonishing. This camp believes the video marks the pinnacle of her creative career and her entrance into the pop stratosphere. Detractors of the video, though, consider it a ham-fisted attempt to keep up with the reigning queens of pop music. This is Rihanna doing her “Gaga thing.” The video begs the question, “When does an artist stop being edgy and creative and simply become a try-hard?” As many could argue, Lady Gaga changed the game with her music videos and performance style. Before her, the music industry championed the Britney’s and Christina’s, the female singers who looked the very definition of perfection and conveyed an attitude of strength, vulnerability, and maybe just a hint of sexuality. Talented, sure. (Have you seen the way Britney climbs sets in lieu of dancing these days?) These women lacked the vision that now seems a requisite for superstardom. Gaga enters stage left and makes a splash with the “Bad Romance” video. She had already mastered top 40 with “Poker Face,” but not until the “Bad Romance” video did people see the alter ego’s creation. The iconic Alexander McQueen outfits, the claw dance, the stark white sets, each part contributed to a wholly-realized vision that no one except Gaga herself could truly make sense of. That’s why people loved it. Even at the release of that video, though, people argued the video tried to be intriguing. It tried to make Gaga look “weird.” It tried too hard to mark even a hint of brilliance. This may sound counterintuitive, but shouldn’t music artists always try? I understand that trying too hard can read as contrition, but shouldn’t mass culture expect artists to push the boundaries at all times? Consider those female artists whose videos exclusively earn raves. Katy Perry reached back into the early ’90s era for her “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” video and pulled out Hanson, saxophonist Kenny G., singer Debbie Gibson, and teen actor Corey Feldman. Beyonce continually pulls from ’60s and ’70s fashion and art to create alluring and eye-popping R&B videos. Credit where credit is due, these videos have the power to entertain. That being said, they don’t possess the same inventiveness of Lady Gaga or Rihanna’s videos. They play on pop culture’s love of nostalgia and the evidence of what appeals to the masses. The cutting-edge pair of Gaga and Rihanna, however, create videos that people believe “try too hard.” Frankly, I believe the phrase has become interchangeable with the word “uncomfortable.” As stated earlier, many of these videos attempt to tell a hyper-ambiguous story that cannot be understood. How are we to make sense of a leatherclad Rihanna walking blogger Perez Hilton on a leash in the “S&M” video? That frustration and search for meaning leads to discomfort. Rihanna’s latest video shows a darker side of typical pop music-an unexpected side. Rather than criticize her for trying too hard, embrace the video for the fact that it tries to push us away.
Darren Ranck is the Arts & Review editor for The Heights. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. BEST ACT WORLDWIDE Britney Spears has proven herself to be the queen of comebacks. And she could technically be the best act in the whole wide world if she wins the 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards Worldwide Act category. Spears, nearing the big three-zero years old, will be representing North America and competing against the four other continents’ acts: Eurovision Song Contest winner Lena for Europe, Korean boy band BIGBANG for Asia, singer Abd EL Fattah Grini for Africa/India/Middle East, and boy band Restart for Latin America.
2.BEYONCE VS. KHIA Beyonce the Plagiarizing Diva strikes again in another musicvideo caper! Fans who saw Beyonce’s music video for “Party” alerted rapper Khia that it looked oddly familiar to her video for “My Neck, My Back.” Khia took the accusations and ran with a series of sarcastic tweets, including one in which she thanks Beyonce for taking her, “advice and tips on how to make a real hood video xox.” Luckily for Beyonce, @QueenKhia doesn’t “bulldag” with “prego women.” Whatever that means.
3. GRAND THEFT AUTO V For fans of the cathartic Grand Theft Auto series, there’s good news: A trailer for V (the label helpfully explains that this stands for “five” for those of you who don’t speak Roman numeral) is set to be released Nov. 2. The franchise is famous for taking place in different cities, where gamers can make their character commit all sorts of crimes, from butchering people to stealing cars. This time around, gamers can switch between characters as they complete missions in the story mode.
4. STEVEN TYLER SPILL
5. BURGLAR BUNCH
We’ve all been there, just walking around, minding your own business and then suddenly – face meets floor in an obvious, cannot-play-it-off-as-a-dancemove fall to the floor. Accident-prone Steven Tyler, best known as lead singer of Aerosmith and judge on American Idol, took a nasty spill in a hotel shower in Paraguay. According to sources, as a result of the fall, Tyler suffered from a cut eyebrow and two broken teeth. At the age of 62, he’s lucky that is all he broke.
A couple years back, a group of thieves known as the Burglar Bunch started raiding the homes of famous celebrities. Last month, 21-year-old Rachel Lee, the mastermind behind the gang, pleaded no contest to one count of first-degree residential burglary for stealing $43,000 worth of Audrina Patridge’s property. She has been sentenced to four years in prison, the same sentence that Conrad Murray of the Michael Jackson trials will serve if he is convicted. Her co-conspirators, who raided the homes of Orlando Bloom, Megan Fox, Paris Hilton, and Lindsay Lohan are still awaiting trial.
Serial Story In last week’s serial story: A postcard, hidden at the foot of the mountain, revealed the Duchess Sophia’s love for the professor had not been extinguished, but constrained by the circumstances of her title.
@DamonLindelof (Damon Lindelof, Writer, ’Lost’)
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“Mary was a Duchess. More startling, Mary wasn’t a Mary. He’d lived with a secret Sophia for a decade.” - R.H.
In which Herman discovers his wife’s deception Rich Hoyt None of this made any sense. Herman mulled it all over again and again, absently picking at the nylon strap keeping him safe and trapped as the sedan rolled with a quiet wash of tire, softer than silence, down the cold roads leading away from the mountain. His thoughts kept whiting out, sliding from his grasp like phantoms to furl around the bleach sleeves of his strange escorts, landing somewhere deep in the snowcapped mountains rising up higher and higher with the car’s descent. Mary was a Duchess. More startling, Mary wasn’t a Marry. He’d lived with a secret Sophia for a decade. How many mornings did she wave him goodbye, desperately waiting for him to disappear through the doorway so she could sigh with relief, move the coffee table out to launch into her Pilates, teaching her muscles an aching love of resistance while she tested her memory of hierarchies of French or Polish aristocrats and proper eating etiquette at dinner banquettes? “Where to, Mr. S? We’ll be out of the mountain roads soon,” one of the men in white called over his shoulder. Herman abandoned strange situation, and all its painful considerations (How many times had he kissed his beloved, unaware she wasn’t kissing back?) to focus on the present weird. Why had MarySophia, as he thought of her now, hid for 10 years with him, in a suburb in the shadows of her parent’s mansion, instead of simply hiding somewhere with Netrovsky? Why had she chanced an unlikely encounter with a postcard in a giftshop rather than a telephone or a letter? She said she’d be back in two days…back to Germany it seems, so was she in the country now? In Herman’s tiny home, no less? His heart leapt and sank at the thought. And why had Netrovsky fled on
the mountain? “Do you know who these men are, Herman?” The professor had asked in the snow. Herman had thought Netrovsky had been cold, frustrated, but was that ice in his voice something else… something of dread? Herman thought of what could keep him somewhere trapped for 10 years, what could make him run into the wilderness. Only one motivator was strong enough: fear. “Mr. S?” the man in white repeated impatiently. Herman realized he could soon be in a terribly unpleasant situation and that each word and action from here on out would be of great consequence. He resisted a small yelp his throat was currently birthing, coughed, and prompted: “Yes, yes I’ll direct you as we go. Right at this next cross road, connect to Route 28 at the first opportunity.” Herman then added, “and please, call me by my last name. Mr. S sounds so annoyingly mysterious.” Neither of the men in white spoke, but sat with expectant posture, waiting for Herman to continue. It seemed they had no idea who Herman was, and that could keep him safe. Now he needed to provide a name, and fast. “Sherman, just Sherman will do,” Herman said after a beat. A blend of his last and first name, close enough in sound that he should pick up on responding to it naturally, impossible to trace back to the real Herman Sherbert. Reluctantly, Herman felt a thrill at his cleverness. “Fine, Sherman, where are we heading?” “Keep driving this way, I’ll let you know when the exit is coming up.” So we have to head to my work, I supose. Herman pondered. Home wouldn’t do and he didn’t fancy taking these guys to a cafe. They’d want answers and he’d have to have a coffee, which made him all jittery. He straightened his bowtie absentmindedly, and admitted to himself that he was in a fix. Herman wasn’t the
sleuthing type – crossword puzzles made him nervous, and he had to turn most spy movies off halfway, preferring to not know rather than be startled by each new clue. But what was left of the Mary he knew might be in danger, he himself might be, and with Netrovsky running off into the snow, Herman reluctantly took up the magnifying glass and deerskin cap. But he’d need help, and with a grimace he understood where it needed to come from. With the men waiting in the lot, Herman snuck around the cubicles of his work, avoiding one janitor in headphones, pushing a large wheeled trash barrel around the workspace dividers to empty each employee’s rubbish bin. It was arguably more suspicious to dodge and weave around the cleaning staff rather than give a friendly wave and proceed directly to the unlocked, unimportant office Herman was heading toward, but Herman was naturally terrified of life, and his day of intrigue and danger had been to his disposition what a serious diagnosis must be to a hypochondriac. Each cold was probably polio. The collie on Herman’s block was probably rabid. His mother probably did say mean things about him at her bridge club. Herman withdrew the file he needed, the person he knew could comb through insurance forms and employee evaluations like a supercomputer. Monique Vasquez. A frigid, proficient supercomputer. “Take me to this address,” Herman said, getting back into the car. “Sure thing, Sherman, who are we going to see?” asked the man with the five o’clock shadow. Herman sunk back into the seat and sighed. “We’re going to see the Ice Queen.”
Rich Hoyt is a columnist for The Heights. He can be reached at arts@ bcheights.com.
“The Mcrib is trending. Take that, terrorism. #AmericaEffyeah” @sethmeyers21 (seth meyers, actor, ‘saturday night live’)
“if they ever did a ‘law and order: Libya” it would only be thirty minutes long #notrials” @kathygriffin (kathy griffin, comedian)
“hey @Donniewahlberg I’m at foxwoods performing. come to my dressing room & leave the wife at home. this is a direct message, right?” @askanyone (Sloane Crosley, Writer)
“I don’t understand boy eating habits. 100% okay w/no food for 7 hrs then boom: a whole pizza. men! They’re just like sad sorority chicks!” @realtracymorgan (tracy morgan, actor, ‘30 Rock’)
“Just found out me and kurt cobain are biological twins and liz taylor is my aunt.” Submit your favorite tweets of the week for consideration at email@example.com.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
an independent frame of mind
Adopt a confident Halloween persona
CMJ events raise concerns about control
Get in tune with nature, or glam it up for fall festivities
Therese Tully “Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play – it – safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary,” Cecil Beaton, an Academy Award – winning costume designer once said. What better time of the year to live out these words than at the end of the October, Halloween that is. What we choose to dress up as has a lot to say about us. But in actuality, we make these same choices every day, and have the ability to project any image we choose. We discover as children that Halloween is a time for make believe: fairy princesses, cowboys, Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles, we can be whatever or whoever we want for that one night a year. When we start school, we are constantly told that we can be whatever we want, that we have endless possibilities before us, as long as we are willing to work hard. We believe this for a while, but most of us become disillusioned. No that isn’t really Batman, just a little boy in a cape; no I cannot be a surgeon, I just don’t have the inherent talents required for that profession. But hope is not lost; there is another realm of possibility. Maybe Halloween wasn’t so wrong after all. Maybe what we wear can affect our attitudes every day. Is it wrong to take on a persona every once in awhile? Maybe Halloween will give us the confidence to try these personas in our every day life, just maybe. For one night of “Halloweekend” this year, I will be dressing as Holly Golightly, Audrey Hepburn’s character in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, a cult classic for all of Audrey’s hordes of admirers. What is it about a little black dress, long black gloves, and a tiara that just makes one feel classy? Is it the simple black fabric, or is it the cultural associations we have with it? I think it’s safe to say the latter. Fashion leads the fashionable wearer to project a certain image while dressed in a certain way, to hold themselves to a certain standard. Dressing as Beyonce, perhaps in her video for “Countdown,” this Halloween? Chances are you can’t help but feel a little strong, a little fierce, and just a little bit powerful. What if you could translate these positive attributes into your day – to – day wardrobe? The challenge is, to find clothes, or accessories, that make you feel this way – this confident and this strong. For me, it can be as simple as changing my shoes. There is something about putting on a pair of heels that just instantly changes your attitude. Or maybe, it’s just that one article of clothing that just makes you feel fashionable, but not
false. Something that is so you that it becomes like a second skin, and you forget you are wearing it. Maybe that is how Beyonce feels in her leotards, she seems to have a lot of them. The saying goes, “if you’ve got it, flaunt it.” With this sort of confidence we can all be like Beyonce every day, and what else could you really want? There are days, when you just feel more in tune with nature. Maybe this translates into dressing as a traditional hippie for Halloween, decked out in tie-dye and peace signs. Though this is quite cliche, very been there done that, there is a way to translate this attitude on any day of the year. All it takes is a maxi skirt and I instantly feel a little bit like a hippie, a bit folksy, and a bit earthy. Our culture has imprinted in my mind countless images of the “Flower Children” of the 1960s who embodied these qualities, and rocked these skirts, with the best of them. Why not pick up this persona of peace, spirituality, and togetherness. One day I am feeling preppy, the next day sporty, the next a bit grungy; each day staring into my closet is a little like Halloween, but without the scary plastic masks. Seriously those things should be illegal. Who should I be today? The possibilities are endless. It’s not about pretending to be something you are not, but channeling who you are inside, for the whole outside world to see. And really if what you are is a super hero, Alexander Wang makes heels with capes on them. I’m serious.
Therese Tully is a Heights Editor. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Ever since Michael Scott left The Office, it’s been difficult to determine if fans will stay loyal to the hit comedy. Many say the show has been declining, but in last week’s episode, it seemed as though the show might be able to be successful without Steve Carrell. It centered on Andy’s decision to throw an elaborate garden party at Schrute Farms. In turn, Dwight becomes so serious about being a good host that he orders the sole copy of Throwing a Garden Party. Little does he know that the book was written by none other than co-worker Jim Halpert in an attempt to toy with Dwight, per usual.
In this penultimate episode of the hit series Project Runway, Tim Gunn is sent to each of the designers’ home workshops in order to comment on their collections in progress. With so little time left, there isn’t room to choke; yet a few of the contestants seem quite unprepared. The designs by contestants Anya and Kimberly were falling short of viewers’ expectations. Tonight’s episode is the season finale, where all four designers will show their collections at New York Fashion Week. Stay tuned!
In last week’s episode, everyone is again tied up in hilarious endeavors. Phil attempts to give Haley an “authentic” college experience by giving her a tour of his alma mater (Go Bulldogs!). With Phil away, Claire ditches a moms’ night viewing of Gone With the Wind for an opportunity for a night out on the town that quickly goes south. Meanwhile, Jay attempts to find a way to spend more time with Gloria who is too preoccupied with Manny-related worries. Finally, Cam and Mitchell accidently find themselves hijacking a Prius. As always, the show is entertaining through and through.
Taste debate: MTV commodifies occupy wall street
Arts & Review Editor
Over the past decade, MTV’s True Life series has introduced a variety of issues and practices to youth culture. The subjects range from the deadly serious, such as the episode on eating disorders, to the melodramatic and silly, including True Life: I Have Digital Drama. With True Life: I’m Occupying Wall Street, the show can bring to light highly relevant and complex issues. So much misunderstanding regarding the goals and tactics of Occupy Wall Street requires a force to educate young people. The movement itself revolves around the power of the youth and a particular subsection of America. Through a network that caters to that audience, Occupy Wall Street can fully explain its mission. The True Life format also allows for several perspectives over the hour. Each episode usually focuses on three different people to offer three distinct viewpoints. Considering the movement from several perspectives offers the opportunity to show different facets of the movement. Obviously, only the most newsworthy items make the evening news and daily publications. Perhaps True Life: I’m Occupying Wall Street can reveal other, more effective forms of protest that resonate with the average citizen. This broadcast can only benefit the movement because it can achieve what is most necessary for Occupy Wall Street at the moment – the necessity to educate and grow the cause.
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Occupy Wall Street may have begun in New York City, but it has now spanned the country and the world, spreading with incredible speed and consistency considering that one of the movement’s main tenets is that there are no leaders. With this in mind, how can MTV hope to encapsulate the enormously complicated social, economic, and political motivations for the participants of Occupy Wall Street? The short answer is that they cannot. Especially given that MTV sought out protestors to film with a Craigslist ad, are only following people from New York City (thus completely ignoring the global implications of the movement), and have film from only three weeks at the beginning of the protests that have no indication of dying down soon. While it is a legitimate creative project to try and capture the emotions that sparked Occupy Wall Street and take a sampling from the different lives of people involved, True Life is not the right mechanism to do so. It does not nearly have the journalistic integrity of shows such as 60 Minutes, thus attempting to take on a project of this scope and importance is a flagrant attempt by MTV to jump on the bandwagon and make money. To that affect, the people who allowed themselves to be filmed are going against the movement itself, since MTV will sell commercials and support the 1 percent that Occupy Wall Street is trying to disillusion, making the project nearly a farce.
Perhaps owing a debt of gratitude to its massive college population, Boston has one of the nation’s most sprawling music scenes. With clubs like the Middle East, the Paradise, and the newly opened Brighton Music Hall, the city has played host to bands both huge and small in the past several years. That is why, I suppose, I find it so difficult to bemoan my absence from New York City during the week-long frenzy known as the College Music Journal Music Marathon (or just CMJ for short). More than any other time of the year, late October becomes a nonstop hub of music and art installations. Singers and bands come from all over the world to the city just to perform for the masses. Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton held a massive CMJ party last week that featured acts like DJ Pauly D, Little Boots, Karmin, and Mary J. Blige. Other showcases featured open bars, raucous crowds, and buzz-bands like Class Actress and Real Estate. For smaller groups, CMJ is the perfect opportunity to expose audiences to their music, while more well known artists use the celebration to try out their DJ skills or to play to more intimate audiences. For me, however, the most attractive event that CMJ has to offer was last weekend’s iteration of the Creator’s Project. Sponsored by Vice and Intel, the event was the hottest ticket of the year, a free event that had the allure of acts like Justice and Florence and the Machine. According to the organization’s website, “the Creators Project is an ongoing global arts initiative dedicated to supporting musicians, artists, and filmmakers who are using technology to push the bounds of creative expression,” which doesn’t even begin to cover all of the wonders and marvels that made up the Project’s first event in the summer of 2010. Held in Milk Studios in Chelsea, the first ever Creator’s Project featured floor after floor of mind-bending art exhibitions and performances, all for free. Artists like M.I.A., Die Antwoord, and Gang Gang Dance kept the partygoers dancing until the wee hours of the morning. It was an event unlike any other in that its exclusivity was randomized, a guest list determined only by a computer that randomly shot out RSVPs to anxious hands. Though the event’s main stages were scattered throughout DUMBO warehouses, it took a little work to find one of the Project’s more unique and alluring showcases. In Brooklyn, Yeah Yeah Yeahs lead singer Karen O joined with Rent cast member Adam Rapp and fellow band member Nick Zinner in Stop the Virgens at St. Ann’s Warehouse. The Creator’s Project is not just a onetime event, however. As an organization, it attempts to promote art and music on a regular basis all across the globe. Its founders were the masterminds behind Arcade Fire’s “Summer Into Dust” experiment that took place at this year’s Coachella Festival. If you have any free time, search on YouTube for it—it features thousands of battery powered LED-lit white beachballs that, once popped, contain devices that fans could register online to show the festival’s wide reach. It, along with the band’s jaw dropping “Wilderness Downtown” music video (which is now a part of New York’s MoMA), was described as “nostalgia made possible by the most advanced technology.” More than that, however, it encourages creativity and freedom of artistic expression. Every member of society today fancies him or herself as a creator—bloggers and app developers and synthesizer performers. The documentary PressPausePlay describes our collective creativity perfectly, linking it to the digital revolution of the last decade and labeling it “democratized culture.” But doubts still linger—does corporate sponsorship mean that artists participating in the Creator’s Project are “selling out,” and perhaps more importantly, does its popularity mean that consumers are more willing than ever to have culture dictated by the interests of big business? Florence and the Machine made a name for itself as a band as an undiscovered talent who leapt at the chance to record a surely timedefying debut album. It’s great to see her success in the industry, and it’s nice to have companies supporting good music for a change, but the fear of ownership remains. CMJ is the type of festival that allows concertgoers to take back control of the music industry and now more than ever, that control could mean much more than just the thrill from a concert.
Brennan Carley is the Assoc. Arts & Review Editor for The Heights. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
The new ‘It’ Girl: Introducing elizabeth Olsen ALL PHOTOS CCourtesy of Fox searchlight
I thought what was so disturbing about this film was how real the characters were, and I was wondering if you could comment on the dynamic on set between you and [director] Sean Durkin, and how much leeway he gave you to really become the character versus sticking to the script? Elizabeth Olsen: Yes, well, the great thing about Sean as a director is he presents himself as an open book. He has every single character’s back-story figured out in his head, and he has all these answers, but he also says, ‘If you have questions, ask me, and I’ll give you my answer. But, I’m open to everything that you want to bring to the table.’ So, he is very specific in what he wants, but he’s not a micromanager. So the script – no one really wanted to deviate from the script. The only way to deviate from the script was probably by minimizing some of the language just by nature of rehearsal and figuring out exactly what we need and what we don’t need. But it was really a great communication, and you felt open to being fully creative, and you also felt like—you also knew that he was going to be able to take care of you and steer you in the right direction if you were caught up in anything. And we also created such a tight-knit family, it was a small crew; it was a small cast; and we all lived together on location. And so all of that created an amazing, creative environment. I was wondering if there was any particular film or actor or character that you tried to channel while portraying Martha, if anything influenced you. E.O.: No, not for the acting part. I did, however, coincidentally actually, it wasn’t out of research, someone told me – I told them I was doing a movie about a cult, they said, ‘Oh, have you ever seen Jane Campion’s film Holy Smoke?’ Kate Winslet – and they explained to me that she’s in a cult, and Harvey Keitel comes in and tries to help her out of her brainwashed mindset. Basically, I just saw the movie because I was curious. It had nothing to do with research for the film, but what it did do for me because she does – there are lots of vulnerable and difficult scenes that Kate Winslet was like really brave to do. So by watching that film I felt confident to be put in situations that were physically and emotionally vulnerable. And it also – watching the movie also gave me an under-
almost make two different movies, because I was the only person besides the crew who was able to be on both locations. It really did feel like making two different movies, because she has two different journeys in both locations. I felt lucky that I got to be able to explore someone’s positive life of growth, which I would say of the cult, even though it ends up turning out not so great. But I was excited to try and figure out where there was hope in that, and then the struggle in the lake house was a fully different story. So it was really – I just enjoyed being challenged in that way. What was it like working with the seasoned actor, John Hawkes? E.O.: I mean, there’s so many things. He first off is really funny, and caring, and kind, so there were no tricks we played on set. He never tried to make me feel uncomfortable or any of those things. He actually did the total opposite and we always checked in with each other to make sure that we’re doing okay, we’d always be rehearsing, and we worked very delicately and specifically. And what I learned from him is how much you can do, and also same with [actress] Sarah [Paulson] … is how much an actor can do for you when it’s your coverage, and they’re not even on screen. He would think of ways to surprise me when it was my coverage, and this is my second film so I didn’t realize – he always asked, ‘If there’s anything you need me to do with your coverage, tell me,’ and I’m just thinking, ‘Just be here.’ I didn’t realize that there was more that someone can do to help you with your performance. And I learned that from him, also, and I always tried to be able to do something like that for him, but he thought I’d be distracting. But yes, he was so supportive off camera that I’m so thankful I learned so much from him because of that.
in life, and everything’s a transition period, I think. And it’s a healthy way to think of the world in general. And so that’s why I really love the ending, and if we were to start to go in another direction of what happens next, you’d have to make a whole other movie.
so she identifies herself as Marlene when she’s answering the phone at the house, and then also when she calls back when she’s at the lake house the person on the other end identifies themself as Marlene. So that’s where that comes in a few times. And what do you mean by the end motif?
So for this story being told within the first two weeks of her state of mind from leaving this cult, I think that’s really the only place you can end it. And the funny thing is when we were filming, I never questioned it. I never thought it was a weird ending. I thought – I couldn’t imagine how else it would end. So that’s my answer and I know Sean’s answer.
The ‘M’ motif. The letter ‘M.’
I believe I read that the Sundance trailer was the first time you saw the film. After spending, you said, two different journeys really, shooting both of the different locations, and then finally seeing the film in the way it was meant to be told, how did you feel? Was it like coming to it with fresh eyes?
E.O.: Not at Sundance. At Sundance it was very confusing to watch the movie, because it was my first time seeing myself on screen also. And, so to me it was like a moving photo album, like I’d just see a scene and I just thought about the … set, because it’s only like two and a half months after we finished filming. They edited it really quickly. But then when I got to see it in Cannes, that was my first experience being able to distance myself from it, and it was so interesting to watch because I truly believe that everyone should see this movie more than once, because it is so smart, and there are so many things hidden and framed specifically, and lines that all come together that you won’t be able to notice just on the first watch. And that’s how clever it is and intelligent it is and beautiful it is to watch. I really – I had such a great time watching it. I have a hard time though – I’m in every frame of the movie, and so that was difficult to watch. I don’t really necessarily enjoy watching myself for that long. But now is the same thing with Silent House. Silent House is the same where I’m in every frame of the film, so my first experience watching myself is in that, which was overwhelming. But I love this movie a lot. It is very similar to the script, just a little bit cut down. I was wondering if you could explain the title a little bit to me. Like OK, I understand Martha is her name, Marcy May is her cult name, and then I kind of – it seems like she was addressed as Marlene once or maybe addressing somebody else. But I wasn’t really sure about that. So I was wondering if you could tell me about the title and maybe comment on the M motif that’s recurring in it.
elizabeth olsen and writer / director sean durkin. standing of how nudity could be used in a way for it to tell a story as opposed to being gratuitous or sensationalized. So her performance in that is off the wall, so I was very happy to have seen that before working, so it just gave me a sort of confidence. But I didn’t base Martha off anyone real, whether that was in my life or in fiction. That was just all based – it was just all on the page and trying to realize what Sean wrote down. So this movie was raw and emotional. Was it difficult to show such a multi-faceted character at different points in her life? E.O.: I was lucky. I felt lucky that I was able to essentially
young woman’s experiences in that time.
I know that you focused a lot on your education up until now. What specific skills did you learn from your training at NYU and the Atlantic Theater Company that you apply in your work now or in Martha?
“I felt lucky that i got to be able to explore someone’s positive life of growth ... I was excited to try and figure out where there was hoping that.”
What’s your interpretation of the film’s ending? E.O.: Well I don’t like to talk about the ending and neither does Sean in a sense of our opinions. And I don’t know what Sean’s opinion is, because he calculated everything to be so specific in the film. What it means to me and why I like it – well, I know what Sean says. Sean says that the questions that people have at the end of the film will hopefully align with the same questions that Martha has in that moment, and he really just wanted to do a character study of those two weeks. He wanted to be true to this
E.O.: Oh, the ‘M.’ I think that was just an alliteration thing that Sean liked. He actually titled the film before he finished the script. He really loved the title, the alliteration of it, and I know he—to me it represents just highlighting on the fact of the shattered identity that is this film and this girl.
He didn’t want to have any fixed, twisted ending just to give the audience relief because that wasn’t true to people he met who experienced this. And for me, what I find is so cool about it, is the movie begins and ends in transition. She ends running away from the cult and then it ends with her leaving this lake house. And they’re both transitional periods, and I think in films we’re not used to that.
E.O.: Well, there are moments that [Marlene] comes in. Basically the alias that everyone goes by at the farmhouse, because Sean believes that the house had to be under someone’s name, so anytime they talk to anyone in the public on the phone, if people were maybe inquiring about the house, they would always refer to themselves as Marlene and Michael Lewis, just because they had to – he just imagined that the house had to be under someone’s name. So that’s where that came in.
We’re not used to seeing something in transition. We go and we see something that’s like fixed up and tied in a knot or shocking us or something like that. And that’s what we see in movies, but we never have that type of satisfaction
But what it is, is when she’s on the phone in the farmhouse there’s something written on the wall that has the list and steps of how to answer the phone. And one of them is identify yourself as Marlene or Michael Lewis. And then
E.O.: It’s very analytically based, and for me that’s the most effective way to work, especially on a script that’s so riddled, and there are so many puzzles. The only way that I can approach acting this is really making everything as specific as possible from an analytic point of view and not what they really highlight at the Atlantic. And also it’s an action-driven technique that they teach. And so for me with the film that’s so quiet, and I’m alone a lot, the only way that I could actually figure out about how to convey anything, it’s like always figuring out what kind of active thing I’m doing, and I have to figure out exactly what I’m responding to even if I’m by myself in a room. So all those things to me were things that I learned from them that helped me with all of the private moments where you really have to figure out in your mind what you’re reacting to and responding to and what your action is. You can have some clear arc throughout the story of following where she is in her mind, besides the editing, because … so much of that. But I think, also, it’s important for actors, for me in this film, because it’s so much of her face, to have clear, specific actions. I really enjoyed the movie. What do you hope that people take away from the movie, or what are you most proud of? E.O.: For me, the reason why I love the script so much is because I truly think it’s an original and unique story, and I think the way it’s told is original. But what I want people to get out of it is just a new cinematic experience. I think experiencing this film is something that is an experience that people don’t get watching any other movie. And as they said, it was more from American ’70s films like a Robert Altman, or I don’t know, I guess just not American but … like [Roman] Polanski, or something. So I think for modern audiences that there’s just nothing like it. So I hope that people go in with an open mind, and trust that you don’t always have to have the answers to everything you see and that you are treated as an intelligent audience member and can figure out your own story while watching it and also just get behind this woman’s psychology which I think Sean does really effectively. So I just think it’s a ride, I just think it’s a really fun ride. When I was reading the script I was so excited to turn the next page and figure out the next puzzle piece. So that’s what I hope people get out of it. n
Thursday, October 27, 2011
‘Mylo Xyloto’ has immediacy, but lacks staying power
By Brennan Carley
1 We Found Love Rihanna 2 Sexy and I Know It LMFAO 3 Someone Like You Adele 4 Make Me Proud Drake w/Nicki Minaj 5 Mistletoe Justin Bieber 6 Pumped Up Kicks Foster the People 7 Moves Like Jagger Maroon 5 8 Without You David Guetta 9 Stereo Hearts Gym Class Heroes 10 Paradise Coldplay
Assoc. Arts & Review Editor Some bands spend a grueling amount of time in the studio because they wish to create an album of the utmost perfection, a sonic revelation that will appease fans and critics alike while making strides in the field of music. Others, however, are perfectly content to stick to the sound that had millions flocking to them in the first place. While Coldplay certainly falls into the latter category on its newest release, the Simmishly-titled Mylo Xyloto, it demonstrates a creative growth that extends beyond just different instruments and vocal styling. Xyloto is the type of album that must be played at full volume in massive fields and stadiums across the world, and that’s just the way Coldplay would like it. Lead singer Chris Martin has clearly spent some time studying artists like Brian Eno (a collaborator on this album) and David Byrne in the years since Viva La Vida’s release. Their presences are felt on paintinglike songs like “Hurts Like Heaven,” the closest thing to an electronic track that Coldplay has ever produced. It is theatrical and sweeping, with an unforgettable chorus (“you used a heart like a weapon / and it hurts like heaven”) and a guitar that curls and unfurls on itself in brisk succession. It’s an upbeat song with an almost uncomfortable closeness that could cause a ruckus among live
audiences. It’s worth touching upon the fact that previously released tracks, “Paradise” and “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall” are two of Coldplay’s strongest to date. An earthy organ leads the procession into “Paradise,” a grainy anthem that fuses quivering violins with synthesizers. The instrumental “M.M.I.X.” precedes “Waterfall” and gives the latter’s introductory notes a prolonged punch they had previously been missing. Martin’s vocals are at their strongest here, a stack of voices that shuffles between secular and religious in one cloudy mass. The tune joins “Yellow,” “Fix You,” and “Viva La Vida” as one of the band’s most noteworthy tracks. Martin and his comrades designed songs like “Charlie Brown,” a clever and massive tune that draws upon Vince Giraldi’s classic, “Christmastime is Here,” for mass consumption. The album can barely withstand the song’s grand ambitions, its plunking keyboards and colossal vocals straining to break free of headphones and speakers. Lyrically, the song is lacking. When others like Arcade Fire have so masterfully tackled the rebelliousyouth song (“We Used to Wait” and its ensuing video), fragments like “we’ll run wild / we’ll be glowing in the dark,” fail to make any noise at all. One of Xyloto’s most immediate songs is “Major Minus,” a word salad with spitting, toothed stanzas. With jagged vocals that sound as if they’ve been sifted through a subway grate,
Mylo Xyloto Coldplay produced by Capitol Records released OCT. 25, 2011 Our rating B+ courtesy of google.com
Some of ‘Xyloto’s’ tracks will resonate for decades, but others lack the necessary traits to stand the tests of time. “Minus” sounds almost like a B-side to the band’s classic “God Put a Smile Upon Your Face.” The band revs hard with dystopian lyrics like, “they got one eye watching you / one eye on what you do,” but to soften the blow, follows it up with the transcendent and acoustic “U.F.O.” The balance is magnificent, one harsh and the other almost wilting under Martin’s gentle, balmy crooning. Coldplay enlists Rihanna in its pursuit of a dance-anthem on “Princess of China,” which might be titled because of the vaguely Asian-inspired opening flourishes but otherwise bears no resemblance to its title. Nonetheless, the
pairing of the Barbadian bombshell and the Brits oddly works, their vocals intertwining on the R&B decorated track in which language works best as sound. Rihanna’s voice sounds more beautiful than ever, lamenting that she “could’ve been a princess / you’d be the king” as the syncopated drums pound animatedly in the background. It is a striking departure from Coldplay’s previous work, and establishes some serious groundwork for the group’s next move. Other tracks feature serious, thunderous experimentation that I wish could have been drawn out to completion. The beginning of “Up
in Flames,” with its shattering bass drum, sounds like the music of Odd Future meets dubstep, both entirely out of Coldplay’s previous melodic realms. Sadly, the enrapturing track fades into the band’s typical sound within seconds, but the little eddies stand out. In essence, Mylo Xyloto is a blueprint for concert sing-alongs, rife with perhaps a bit too much optimism that nevertheless brims with emphatic rhythms and character. It is a love story in every sense of the word, as Martin coaxes out sumptuous stories with every last breath–it’s a wonder that here, he never runs out. n
1 21 Adele 2 Come to the Well Casting Crowns 3 Clear As Day Scotty McCreery 4 Evanescence Evanescence 5 Duets II Tony Bennett Source: Billboard.com
One of rock’s raspiest voices, Tom Waits delivers the goods on ‘Bad’ By Sean Keeley For the Heights
If Bob Dylan proved to the world that rock vocalists don’t have to sound conventionally pretty, Tom Waits has spent his career taking that fact to the ultimate extreme. Since 1973’s Closing
Time, Waits has been rock music’s raspiest and most unlikely voice, sounding like a cross between a demented hellfire preacher and the local town drunk. After seven years with no new material, Waits is back with Bad as Me, howling and growling his way through 13 new songs co-written with his wife
Kathleen Brennan and performed by an ace band, including support from David Hidalgo of Los Lobos and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones. It’s easy to characterize Waits as a bluesman, but Bad as Me reveals that he has a more eclectic set of influences that includes jazz,
Bad As me Tom Waits produced by Epitaph released Oct. 25, 2011 Our rating B+
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Waits rivals only Bob Dylan in his untraditional vocals, which makes him one of America’s most unlike musicians.
rock ‘n’ roll, folk, and grunge. But Waits kicks things off in typical fashion with the opening track “Chicago” – a quick, propulsive little rocker about a couple preparing to strike out for a new life in the Windy City. Over a complex mix of instruments that includes guitars, drums, saxophones, harmonica, bass, clarinet, and a trombone, Waits half-chants and half-howls: “To leave all we’ve ever known / For a place we’ve never seen / Maybe things will be better in Chicago.” At the song’s end, Waits maniacally screams, “All aboard!” – as if inviting the listener along on his twisted musical journey. Unfortunately, the album’s second track, “Raised Right Men,” is something of a dud, with trite lyrics and an irritating, repetitive organ part. But the album quickly recovers with a high point, “Talking at the Same Time,” a slow but affecting blues groove that features Waits in a more subdued voice than usual, dragging out notes over a soft piano tinkle. The topical lyrics comment on our current economic state with a bitter resignation: “Well we bailed out all the millionaires / They got
the fruit / We got the rind / And everybody’s talking at the same time.” Next up is “Get Lost,” a simple, catchy, and lusty rock song that shows off Waits’ capability for expressive vocal fluctuations. Waits follows this track with a trio of somber little songs about rejection, the most notable of which is called “Pay Me.” On this track, Waits’ husky voice is humorously juxtaposed with the sweet-sounding accompaniment of accordion, violin, and piano. The song also provides a good example of Waits’ dark and cynical humor, with lines like “The only way down from the gallows is to swing.” Waits brings the energy up with the title track, which features a halting start-and-stop rhythm, brilliant electric guitar work, and classic shrieking vocals. Immediately following is “Kiss Me,” which sounds distinctly like a jazz nightclub song – albeit sung by the most unconventional of vocalists. A few tracks later, Waits channels his inner folkster with “Last Leaf,” an affecting acoustic ode to perseverance featuring a duet with Keith Richards. These sudden changes in style are a large part of what
makes Bad as Me so engaging: Waits doesn’t confine himself to one genre, but constantly experiments to put his distinctive voice to new uses. And somehow, these experiments come off successfully as Waits is able to maintain the dark, deranged sensibility of his writing even in atypical genres. The last two tracks bring even more surprises. “Hell Broke Luce” is a stream-of-consciousness antiwar rant from the perspective of an embittered veteran. The sheer anger of the lyrics as delivered by Waits, together with the dense mix of instruments, sound effects, and clapping make this track a standout. Finally, the album closes with “New Year’s Eve,” an appropriately bitter closing note that samples the classic holiday song “Auld Lang Syne” to ironic effect. When popular musicians reach middle age, the challenge is always to push in new directions rather than stagnating in the glories of the past. Bad as Me shows that Tom Waits has more than met the challenge, crafting an album that is distinctly his own but which is unafraid to take risks and surprise the listener. n
Justice pumps up the ‘Audio’ but often fails to transcend genres By Kira Mulshine For the Heights
In our current hip-hop, dubstep, and R&B infested musical generatio,n you rarely discover an album that is playable from start to finish. People often find their ears drowning in booming bass beats, distorted vocals, and over-
whelming synthesizers that can only be tolerated for one or two tracks. Plus, the average person avoids purchasing popular albums entirely and chooses to download the newest club-bouncing single online instead. If they can only stomach a few heart-pounding tracks at a time, why would they spend their cash on any more than
just that? Fortunately, today the electronic Parisian band Justice, consisting of Gaspard Auge and Xavier de Rosnay, released their sophomore album Audio Video Disco, which transcends this recent norm and is currently enjoying the dance music spotlight. The electro-pop-rock duo’s newest release is an 11-track
Audio Video Disco Justice produced by elektra released Oct. 25, 2011 Our rating C-
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‘Audio Video Disco’ features thundering dance tracks that, more often that not, come off as far too predictable.
composition that transitions effortlessly from one song to the next, creating 45 minutes of easy dance music. They mingle intriguing bass beats, catchy vocals, and stimulating synth tones seamlessly to fashion a surprisingly revitalizing album. When the first, voiceless track “Horsepower” begins, you will have the urge to lace up your pumped up kicks to go for a nice long run with their new-found energy. Both responses to “Horsepower” will persuade you to listen on. It is beyond doubt a powerful, energetic, and successfully captivating opener. The album becomes noticeably more rock-based than their previous album, Cross, as it progresses, though it preserves the same energetic intensity and computerized rhythms. This is especially apparent in “Civilization” –the second song on the album and the first single, released in March. It opens with thunderous synthesizers that merge aggressively, and soon welcomes systematic drum patterns a1nd a memorable vocal melody. The organization in this number is quite predictable and follows the typical song structure that they break away from in most
other tracks, but you will still find yourself bouncing buoyantly to the beat. “Ohio” follows with an indieelectronic feel. If the eccentric members of MGMT ever wrote a song inspired by a trip to the circus, the final product would be resonant of this intriguing piece. It is a simple but unconventional track that is destined to gain approval from collective indie rockers. Several tracks, like “Canon” and “On’n’on,” are reminiscent of the renowned electronic sensation Daft Punk or the current growing techno-pop phenomenon MSTRKRFT. “On’n’on” presents hopeful vocals that are complemented by an unexpected but welcome flute solo. The organization of this song and its optimistic feel is calmer than, but similar to, Daft Punk’s cheery classic “Digital Love.” It mingles constant bass, soothing vocals, flawless flute, and jazzy synth vibrations to formulate the top song on this creative album. Regrettably, the simple sounds of Audio Video Disco cause one hefty problem. Each track is individually inventive, however they fail to retain attention because there are no surprises as the al-
bum progresses. Once you pass “Brianvision,” the seventh track, this album becomes mindless background music to your daily routine. If you stripped away the pauses amid the last few songs you would have trouble picking out the distinct moments where each song ended and began. The transitions between tunes are admirably fluid, however, they fall over that precarious boundary of overly continuous. People are captivated by diversity in music and they found this in Cross, Justice’s premier album. They fancied the sensual melodic themes and the diverse energy emanating from each track. Notwithstanding Audio Video Disco is the most masterful of current electro-pop-rock music and surpasses most overplayed, cliched melodies blasting from radio speakers today. Many artists formulate a few hit singles and purely fill up the rest of an album with sub-par material. Gaspard and Xavier are not like that majority. They absolutely deserve praise and recognition for spending the past four years assembling an easygoing electronic album that can be savored as a whole. n
Radio singles by Molly Moltzen Justin Bieber ft. Usher “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)” Nothing evokes the spirit of Christmas like songs that are released before Halloween. Bieber and his mentor demonstrate their take on a classic and (expectedly) prove that they are no Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. They over-complicate the song with a variation of notes, not to mention some “ahhs.” Are those “yuletide carols” you hear? Nope. It’s just an unnecessary and bizarre electric guitar solo.
Big K.R.I.T. Ft. 8-Ball, MJG, & 2 Chainz “Money On the Floor”
Bow Wow Ft. Lil Wayne “Sweat” If you are anything like me, the last time Bow Wow (now without the “Lil”) crossed the pop culture register was his stint on Entourage. Now he shows us that he may have a hit. “Sweat” is like a less entertaining version of “Look at Me Now” – complete with a guest appearance by the hit-maker Weezy. With its danceable beat but lyrically horrible raps, it’s destined to be played on the radio 24/7.
This song is straight up classic Southern rap with heavy beats and a chill vibe with lyrics about sexual prowess. He’s from Mississippi, and friends with Ludacris and Bun B – a connection that makes sense here. While one couldn’t say lyrically the song achieves any new heights (“black on black, head to toe / smelling like Prada cologne”), K.R.I.T. has a great flow and the song is certainly addicting.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Leon Panetta By Brandon Stone Heights Staff
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Secretary of Defense Leon Edward Panetta took office on July 1st after serving as director of the Central Intelligence Agency since 2009. He made headlines yesterday when he when openly referred to North Korea as a “serious threat” during a visit to American soldiers stationed at a base in South Korea. Panetta is in the midst of a weeklong visit to Asia during which he has pledged, despite United States military budget cuts, not to reduce the number of American troops in South Korea. Panetta was born on June 28, 1938 in Monterey, California to Italian immigrant parents who owned a restaurant and later a farm. Panetta went on to earn both his bachelor’s and law degrees from Santa Clara University. After serving in the Army from 1964 to 1966, Panetta began his career in politics. He first worked as a legislative aide in the
Senate and before his eventual appointment as head of the U.S. Office of Civil Rights, from which he was forced to resign after fighting for the desegregation of Southern schools. Panetta practiced law in Monterey from 1971 to 1976, before returning to the political sphere and serving eight terms in Congress. As a Congressman, Panetta was known for his work on environmental causes, as well as his opposition to Ronald Reagan’s military initiatives. From 1994 to 1997, Panetta served as chief of staff for Bill Clinton. Thereafter, he dedicated ten years of his life to co-directing the Leon and Sylvia Panetta Institute for Public Policy, a non-partisan center aimed at guiding young men and women towards lives of public service. Panetta was appointed director of the CIA by President Barack Obama, a decision many considered surprising given Panetta’s lack of significant intelligence experience. Panetta has since been named Secretary of Defense and will face the difficult task of making cuts to the U.S. defense budget. n
Exotic animals killed in rural Ohio
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Apple’s creation celebrates 10 years From iPod, B10 the form of piracy and illicit file sharing. It’s no secret that iPod users often fill their devices with songs that are obtained in an unlawful manner, contributing to the problem of artists and record companies incurring large amounts of losses in revenue. Yet, according to The Chicago Tribune, digital album sales rose
13 percent last year and 19 percent in the first half of 2011. It appears as though a viable digital music market is taking shape as online music stores continue to expand and offer a wider range of tracks. The iPod has undoubtedly had a profound impact upon the culture of music. Over the last decade, Apple has redefined what it means to listen to music.
Michael Ackerman, Los Angeles entertainment attorney has called the iPod a “game changer”: [The iPod] “provided greater facility in managing and carrying one’s music.... The shuffle feature, play-list creation features and general catalogue management features were all novel and at the same time essential in that ‘How did we live without that before?’ way.” n
Amendment looks to consider fertilized eggs humans by law
Zachary Halpern These last few weeks I’ve admittedly been obsessed with the GOP primary. The candidates and their interactions have been fascinating. Just last week I probably watched Rick Perry and Mitt Romney’s passionate exchange at the Dartmouth debate on YouTube 10 times. But while the politics of personality are entertaining and important (to an extent), it is ultimately the policies that these candidates can pass that impact our lives. This time the radical policy that concerns me does not stem from Herman Cain or Michele Bachmann, but Personhood USA. If you’re like me you’re probably thinking, “Who the hell is Personhood USA?” Well, according to their website (which is a little creepy) they “serve Jesus by being an Advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves, the pre-born child.” Sounds innocent enough, but they are the leading advocates in a new constitutional amendment in Mississippi that according to the New York Times would, “effectively brand abortion and some forms of birth control as murder.” The amendment will come to a vote on Nov. 8 and, if passed, will consider fertilized eggs as humans under the law. Similar amendments are circulating in
Florida, Ohio, Wisconsin, and other states. In my view, this is extreme. While I am prochoice, I do support limitations on abortions. This goes way too far. The abortion issue no doubt affects everyone. But for young adults and college students it is a particularly salient issue. According to a 2006 survey by the American College Health Association 39 percent of female undergraduates take oral contraceptives. Many of these women are sexually active and it’s important that women have access to “morning after pills” in the event that such oral contraceptives fail. A woman who chooses to use a morning after pill is surely not a murderer in my opinion. This act wrongly demonizes the young women who make that choice. It’s important that the people of Mississippi realize that this act sets a dangerous precedent. Opponents of the so-called Personhood Amendment include women’s groups, the National Right to Life, and certain Catholic bishops. This is noteworthy. Groups are opposing this movement for several key reasons. Medically it doesn’t seem to make much sense. Randell Hines, a physician and fertility specialist working for Mississippians for Healthy Families told the New York Times, “Once you recognize that the majority of fertilized eggs don’t become people, then you recognize how absurd this amendment is.” If every fertilized egg doesn’t eventually develop into a human how can a government define it as such?
It doesn’t make sense. More importantly a main goal of the Obama administration has been to extend health care to everyone regardless of race, socioeconomic status, or—in this case—state. The exact effects of the Personhood Amendment on healthcare are unknown, but there could be devastating consequences. Life threatening pregnancies pose an interesting example. How will doctors treat such a case? Will they be tried if they chose to abort the pregnancy? This law blurs the lines between the legal and healthcare systems. Doctors may have to proceed differently and in some cases provide inferior care due to fear of prosecution. The Personhood Amendment may well pass in Mississippi, a state that is overwhelmingly pro-life. But what will that mean for the rest of us? Personhood USA has almost one million signatures on its website’s petition. The Supreme Court could very well overturn such an amendment, but in the mean time it’s important that grass roots organizations and leaders in Washington condemn this law for setting potentially endangering women and undercutting the American healthcare system. In the meantime I’ll be patiently waiting to hear what the GOP candidates have to say about this one. I’m anticipating some pretty entertaining answers from them (read: Michele Bachmann). Zachary Halpern is a Heights editor. He welcomes comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In a scene seemingly lifted straight from the plot of a bad horror movie, police in rural Zanesville, Ohio, were recently forced to shoot 48 exotic animals after their suicidal owner freed them from his private zoo. The surreal scene that unfolded at dusk placed Ohio lawmakers in hot water, as the case is a textbook example of the dangers of mixing exotic animals with domestic settings. While some have questioned the decision to shoot to kill rather than tranquilize, evidence suggests law enforcement acted appropriately by protecting human life at the expense of the escaped animals. The ethical debate surrounding the tragedy stems from Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz’s decision to kill the escaped animals. Social media outlets blew up after news of the incident broke, with outraged onlookers accusing Lutz of being a bloodthirsty cop acting out a violent fantasy with automatic weapons and big game animals. Rather than gunning down lions, tigers, and Hepatitis B–carrying monkeys, why didn’t the sheriff enlist zookeepers or use tranquilizer darts? In this situation, the animals could have been moved to zoos and wildlife preserves across the country with minimal risk to human life. Instead, Lutz found himself in a worst-case scenario. When he was called to the scene there was only an hour until dusk, which meant he absolutely had to have the situation under control by the time the sun went down. The time constraints ruled out tranquilizers, as in this situation, tranquilizing the animals
would have exacerbated the risk. In an interview on Good Morning America, wildlife expert Jack Hanna stated, “You cannot tranquilize an animal like this, a bear or leopard or tiger [at night],” as the tranquilized animals could hide until daybreak, thus increasing risk to the public. One also must consider the physical and mental state of the animals when judging Lutz’s response. Like their owner, many of the animals had a history of unpredictable behavior. A week before he committed suicide, Terry Thompson drew the attention of authorities when neighbors complained that his horses were running free. He also recently had a problem with a lion escaping. Three years ago, a task force surveyed the private wildlife reserve during an animal cruelty investigation. According to Muskingum County Sheriff ’s Office records, the experts found that some cages either weren’t padlocked or were secured with partially-chewed plastic ties, the bottoms of several fences were not secure, and gates meant for dog kennels were used to enclose lions, tigers, and panthers. Adding to the inhumane conditions, one tiger was missing its tail and a veterinarian believed another animal living in an adjacent cage bit it off. Clearly Thompson was not properly equipped to deal with the finances of running a zoo, and the inhumane conditions contributed to the argument for killing the animals rather than taking them alive. In the aftermath of the killings, most of the blame for the incident has fallen on the state of Ohio for its loose regulations concerning exotic animals. In the words of Humane Society expert Debbie Leahy, “People … should be blaming the Ohio government for not taking action to prevent this incident.” Ohio has notoriously lax regulations on the housing and purchase of exotic animals by
private individuals, and these laws allowed Thompson to accumulate his absurd collection of deadly predators. Thompson does not have the legal standing one would expect to be necessary to own wild animals, as he had previous animal cruelty convictions and spent a year in jail for possessing unregistered weapons. He even once reportedly traded weapons for a monkey, a leopard, and a tiger cub. Most, if not all, of the blame for the tragedy falls at the feet of the Ohio state legislature for failing to take necessary precautions to protect the populace. The killings of 18 highly endangered Bengal tigers and other creatures could have been prevented if the state had taken action to prevent individuals such as Thompson from ever hoarding the animals. Stricter regulations on the ownership of exotic animals appear more necessary than ever in light of the recent events in Zanesville. Governor John Kasich took a commendable step in the aftermath by ordering temporary measures to restrict the sale and ownership of exotic animals while new laws are drafted, but it seems like too little, too late. While some argue that exotic animals can be domesticated just as well as dogs and cats, perhaps the final nail in the coffin proving that this line between wild and domestic can’t be blurred comes from the coroner’s report. It stated that a “big cat” bit its owner on the head a minute after he committed suicide. In this case, the public safety risk from Hepatitis B-carrying monkeys and hungry predators on the prowl outweighed the potential benefits of the rescue of these animals, and law enforcement agents acted appropriately by shooting to kill. Chris Watson is a staff columnist for The Heights. He welcomes comments at marketplace@ bcheights.com.
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Fourty-eight exotic animals, such as the tigers shown above, were shot and killed in Zanesville, Ohio last week.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
A Green Piece
Sustainability awards released
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European citizens in numerous countries, such as above in Greece, have been rioting due to economic crisis.
European citizens erupt in riots as economic situation worsens
Matt Stanley Europe is still in the pits as threats of a recession have dawned, and the European Union (EU) is scrambling to quell fears. This negative outlook arises over continuing political strife concerning the issue of how to handle the mounting debt. Officials seem to be unable to come to an agreement as to what is the proper way to ease the debt crisis without causing the economy to fail. Leaders in the EU will convene in Brussels on Wednesday to try to find a solution to the nation’s debt crisis. A major aspect of overcoming the debt crisis is fixing the problems in the banks. A good portion of the summit held on Wednesday will be used to discuss how to appropriately recapitalize banks in the pivotal nations: Germany, France, Italy, and Spain. The toll that banks in these nations has faced has been tremendous because they have had to deal with the debt of weaker neighboring nations such as Greece and Ireland firsthand, as these nations were unable to pay their debts themselves without assistance from larger economies. In theory, the idea was that the larger economies of Germany
and France were supposed to be enough for the EU to withstand a bailout of this proportion, but in reality this is not the case. As Germany was hesitant to offer assistance for bailout funds, countries like France and Italy were not, and this caused a disproportionate flow of capital among banks in Europe, leaving some with excess capital and some with very little. What this did was move money into the banks with high debt loads, but the problem is that the money does not circulate back nearly as quickly, and once countries like Greece are forced to liquefy their assets in order to pay debts, countries like France and Italy are left with no return on the money lent. Thus they begin to suffer from a lack of liquid assets. Currently, Germany and the European Central Bank are the only two entities with a stable amount of capital on their balance sheets. For banks of other European nations, this is not the case. Countries like France are supposed to have enough capital to fund bailouts if need be, and since this is not the case and the EU is at a point where bailouts may be needed in the near future, threats of a recession have opened up. In coming days, much concern will be placed on solutions to restructure Greece’s debt, raising a bigger bailout fund, and trying to convince sovereign-wealth funds in China and other countries to come to Europe’s aid. Leaders in the EU have been discussing these
matters for weeks, and agreements on how to proceed on these matters have been promised to come out of Wednesday’s summit. It is crucial that there is not too much political strife during the summit as this has been known to hold back the country by leaders failing to agree on a particular course of action. With the United States economy on a recent upswing, there is actually potential for a bright spot among all of this restructuring. If Europe is able to come out with substantial solutions, then there could actually be a turnaround in the global state of the economy. Right now, with Europe as slow as it is, manufacturing, production, and output are all significantly down on account of the weight of the debt on the economy. Even Germany’s rate of production is down for recent quarters. Properly figuring out a way to save Greece while at the same time restructuring the debt of the bailouts to affect the economy as least as possible and trying to recapitalize the banks to a stable level is what Europe needs to see. If the leaders can make this happen, a great deal of strain will be relieved from the economies of the nations of the world. No easy task, but a necessary obstacle that needs to be overcome if we are to see a recovery in the next year or two. Matt Stanley is a staff columnist for The Heights. He welcomes comments at marketplace@ bcheights.com.
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) recently released a list of their 2011 campus sustainability awards for the best projects in sustainability in United States universities. Awards were based on case studies submitted by the universities themselves. Boston College did not submit a case study—but let’s take a look to see how we match up against the competition. Faculty Sustainability Leadership: awarded to Emory University’s Peggy Barlett. BC Compares: Laura Hake, Faculty Chair of SustainBC, regularly holds Faculty Curriculum Development Workshops that advise professors how to integrate sustainability into the syllabus. Over 20 professors and courses have now completed the workshop. In addition, BC offers a minor in Environmental Studies, chaired by Noah Snyder, which allows students to explore the science and policy behind contemporary sustainability issues. Innovation in Green Building: The University of Texas at Dallas’ LEED Platinum Student Services Building. Completed $1.1 million under budget, the building boasts unique sustainability elements including exterior floating terra-cotta shades that respond to solar exposure for an energy-efficient shading strategy. BC Compares: Stokes, which is currently under construction, is slotted for LEED Gold or Silver status. LEED Platinum status is considerably more prestigious and difficult to achieve, but BC is gaining ground in their green buildings plans. The age of BC’s buildings occasionally holds the university back in the areas of energy efficiency and sustainable improvements, as they were not designed specifically
for natural light maximization or constant air flow, as many modern buildings now are. To see how much energy campus buildings use, check out www. buildingdashboard.com/clients/ bc/ which meters main campus as a whole and each residence building on a daily basis (except the Mods). Best Campus Sustainability Case Study: University of Alberta, awarded for their “Deliberation on Campus Sustainability” project that engaged hundreds of students, staff, and faculty in creating recommendations for sustainability across campus. The platform of the study was based on a deliberative democracy method and has proved to be a great tool toward engagement. BC Compares: SustainBC, which traditionally functioned as a faculty-student discussion zone, has reformulated itself this year as the umbrella institution for sustainability on campus. SustainBC hopes to engage all interested students, faculty, staff, and administration in dialogue about sustainability at BC, though the organization has some work to do to catch up to the University of Alberta. Aside from the Master Plan, which mostly addresses building and structural issues, BC has yet to formulate a comprehensive sustainability plan for campus or sign on to any major GHG reduction or climate change adaptation commitments. Student Sustainability Leadership: awarded to Jonathan Glencross of McGill University for his work with the Sustainable McGill Project. Glencross was particularly concerned with “institutional memory” and making sure that the rapid four-year student turnover didn’t result in a loss of initiatives at McGill. He was heavily involved in setting up the McGill Office of Sustainability and implemented a $2.5 million fund for community-based sustainability projects at McGill. BC Compares: BC is home to some of the best and brightest students, and recent leaders such as Elizabeth Barthlemes, former EcoPledge president
and BC ’11, RealFood pioneers Julia Gabbert and Sarah King, both BC ’10, and Colleen O’Connor and Emily Luksha, EcoPledge members and BC ’10, have provided the grounds and framework for current students to continue to strive towards sustainability. This year, leaders from EcoPledge, RealFood, and UGBC hope to continue working together and with the administration. A key aspect of this is getting underclassmen involved to ensure continuity. Paul Rowland, executive director of AASHE, says of the awards that “Sustainability in higher education continues to gain momentum and we are proud to recognize both the veteran as well as the new student leaders in these activities.” BC has much to work on in order to catch up to the leaders in this field. As a university, some of our main priorities should be formulating a comprehensive document or agreement that outlines our long-term sustainability goals and current practices, and why sustainability is important to BC. BC will be able to gain a significant amount of respect from current and prospective students, faculty, and administrators, as well as fellow universities, by signing on to the American College and Universities Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) and following those guidelines outlined in the ACUPCC agreement. BC can also address sustainability in the classroom by providing an environmental studies major, rather than a minor, and gathering a core group of faculty devoted to environmental studies. In light of BC’s recent successes in sustainability, we know that we have the resources and momentum to keep reaching new heights in this field. We are constantly reminded that we are “men and women for others,” which fundamentally entails a care for our environment and future generations. Meg Lister is a staff columnist for The Heights. She welcomes comments at marketplace@ bcheights.com.
ShopHouses to open nationwide From ShopHouse, B10 What is a shophouse? Defined on the ShopHouse website, shophouses are “atmospheric colonial buildings typically [housing] hard-working entrepreneurial families upstairs who run bustling restaurants and markets on the ground floor.” Rather than choosing a random ingredient on the menu (Chipotle reference), Ells chose to highlight the origin of this idea for the name of this new franchise. Tim Wildin is the Chipotle executive who created the original concept behind ShopHouse. He and Ells, who wanted to see the reality behind food in Southeast Asia, visited Thailand, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Vietnam for firsthand inspiration for their new concept. The result: the ShopHouse menu consists of a mixture of choices of noodles and rice, steak, tofu, and chicken, Chinese broccoli and spicy corn, various spicy sauces, and crunchy toppings such as crushed nuts and crispy garlic. These ingredients are served in the same cafeteria-style service as Chipotle in the first ShopHouse that opened on Sept. 15 in Dupont Circle in Washington D.C. It was only a matter of time before Ells looked to expand his genius, healthy fast food idea into different types of food, and if ShopHouse is anything similar to Chipotle, it will be a success. The idea of ShopHouse is extremely similar to that of Panda Express, only healthier and incredibly more modern. Luckily, Panda Express is a privately held company, so none of you can possibly own stock in their company, because ShopHouse will quickly replace Panda as the powerhouse in the Asian fast food industry. People are tired of the greasy and fat-filled food like that served at Panda Express, and in just a few years ShopHouse will be as common of a household name as that of its older brother Chipotle.
Concerning expansion, Ells vaguely stated, “I think it would be great if we opened more.” The Boulder, Colorado native singlehandedly has begun to transform the fast food industry. Major fast food chains like McDonald’s and Burger King need to be worried, because the success of the rapidly expanding Chipotle franchise is nipping at their heels, and in the next decade, has the potential to overrun these major players in the industry that they once controlled. So what is the moral of this story? Invest in Chipotle. Don’t we all wish we could have
bought stock in Apple a decade ago? I know I do. Starting at $22 a share in 2006, the Chipotle franchise is now worth $334 a share. Despite no definitive plans to expand ShopHouse, the idea of the success of these two paralleled franchises is exciting. If you have any faith in the Chipotle model, invest in the company as soon as possible, and thank me in 2020 when your profits are astronomical. Kameron Bain is a staff columnist for The Heights. He welcomes comments at marketplace@ bcheights.com.
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Rebel forces, above, filled the Libyan streets in celebration after the death of their dictator, Muammar Gaddafi.
Dictator’s last moments on tape From Gaddafi, B10
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Chiptole’s new restaurant venture, Shophouse, will serve Chinese food.
no means swift, painless, or dignified. He was roughed up, clubbed, tossed, and dragged. His lifeless body was tossed in a meat freezer where locals could come and take pictures of his pale and battered body. Death is personal, in the sense that it’s you who feels the pain, the anguish, life itself slipping from your very grasp, but when those last moments are shared by billions across the globe, the intimacy of it all is robbed. It was vindication for many Libyans and perhaps a gratifying end. But though the anger is understandable, is it excusable? Were such unlawful actions really justifiable given the extraordinary circumstances? This is a question that forces us to not only define what is moral and ethical, but decide under what circumstances we can abandon such principles, if at all.
There is no question as to where that anger was born out of. Oppress any body of people for such an extended period of time, and uprisings will certainly occur. Take a man’s children, his livelihood, and he’ll long for revenge. But is it right for that revenge to take a sinister turn? In truth, I am indifferent. In other words, I don’t know. Mussolini’s corpse was hung from a meat hook over a gas station and stoned by locals. I am sympathetic for Gaddafi and Mussolini but am empathetic to those that mistreated them. If any man was shot and then dragged through the streets many would condemn those who committed such a horrific act. But because of the significance of the man, because of the life he lived, the way he led his country, the evil that he conducted, and the fear he injected into the country, it is hard to condemn
such an act. It is hard to say what they did was not justified and was irrational. Yet, I know that it was wild, uncouth, and perhaps evil. Perhaps it’s the same spark that compels dictators to mistreat their own people. No matter how dignified and refined we may act on the surface, there is something innately animalistic about our nature. It is possible to push each and every one of us to the very brink of insanity, of barbarism. And when on that very edge we’ll lash out, violently, sadistically and claw at anything to protect, or avenge what we could or have lost. Gaddafi’s death was tragic, but a necessary final blow to the remaining pillars of that autocratic regime. Gerard Farara is a staff columnist for The Heights. He welcomes comments at email@example.com.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Should the Patriot Act be reformed?
Yes, though I don’t think it should be entirely abolished.
Definitely, insert a photo of Bin Laden with the caption “told you so”.
As Jay-Z said, “guilty until proven innocent.”
Some things should be looked over again, but overall the security of our nation is nothing to politicize about.
Absolutely. It is a gross invasion of our civil liberties.
Should taxes be increased to combat the struggling economy?
Only if spending is cut twice as much as the increased taxes.
Yes, tax every moron who puts a hashtag on a Facebook post. Deficit solved.
Yes, if only to shut up those blimey Beatles and their “Taxman” song.
Let’s make it even harder for businesses to expand, because we definitely have an over employment issue.
Provided that they go to the right programs.
Will Occupy Wall Street protests dissipate before Christmas?
Yes. It’ll be to cold for them to hold out in tents.
Si, they need to occupy Walmart on Black Friday.
Not if Kanye keeps stopping by.
I think they will get tired after Thanksgiving. We all do.
I don’t think so, they have quite a bit of momentum built up.
Was Gaddafi’s death just?
His last moments were terrible, but he was a terrible man.
Of course, he forgot to say “Simon Says” before “Don’t shoot!”
Listen, he wrote a song about Condy called “Black Flower in the White House.” Need I say more?
It is a sign of freedom for many people.
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In the wake of Gaddafi’s death, governmental situation left in question By John Morrison Heights Staff
Former Libyan dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi died last Thursday at the hands of Libyan rebels. Soon after videos of the event surfaced portraying Libyan rebels detaining a captured Gaddafi, humanitarians began questioning the legality of Gaddafi’s death. Many organizations and politicians have had mixed responses to the death of the ex-Libyan dictator because of the suspicious nature surrounding his final moments. Gaddafi, the authoritarian leader of Libya until civil war broke out nearly eight months ago, came to power about 42 years ago by means of a military coup. According to reports issued by The Wall Street Journal, Gaddafi was a ruthless dictator whose obsession with absolute control led him to create a Libya without many basic human rights. Before rebellion broke out, many times over the tenure of his 42-year rule Gaddafi was accused of international crimes against humanity. His oppression led to the eventual toppling of his authoritarian regime and his death. However, now a week after his death, the rebels that replaced Gaddafi are facing the same questions regarding the way in which they handled the captured despot. The beginning reports of Gad-
dafi’s capture explained how rebels besieged his childhood city of Sirte and then found Gaddafi in hiding. The rebel forces were being aided by NATO airstrikes. The rebels announced that they had captured Gaddafi wounded but still very much alive. However, Gaddafi died while rebels, attempting to transport him to a nearby facility, became engulfed in gunfire from
“The dark shadow of tyranny has been lifted. And with this enormous promise, the Libyan people now have a great responsibility.” -President Barack Obama Gaddafi loyalists. According to Libya’s leader of National Transitional Council, Mustafa AbdulJalil, Gaddafi was shot in the head by a bullet during this crossfire. Libyans from Tripoli to Benghazi were ecstatic as the headlines appeared on the news. Jalil emphasized the importance of the end of the Gaddafi regime by announcing to a crowd in Benghazi, “The martyrs, both military and civilian, I
hope are among us to celebrate. Our forces’ resistance to Gaddafi ended well, with the help of God.” One patron of the crowd told reporters of The Financial Times, “I thought the happiest day of my life would be when I graduated from university or got married,” he continued, “but it was the day the regime fell.” President Barack Obama released a statement concerning the death. Obama noted the difficulties Libya will face in the coming months to set up a democratic government, but he said that with Gaddafi gone, “The dark shadow of tyranny has been lifted. And with this enormous promise, the Libyan people now have a great responsibility — to build an inclusive and tolerant and democratic Libya that stands as the ultimate rebuke to Gaddafi’s dictatorship.” Shortly after Gaddafi’s death, United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights issued a statement saying, “We believe there is a need for investigation to see whether he was killed in fighting or some form of execution.” The main reason for demanding an investigation is the presence of video evidence that Gaddafi was at one point in captivity and shortly thereafter-pronounced dead because of a gunshot wound to the head. The United Nations was not alone in demanding an investigation. British Defense
Secretary Phillip Hammond and even Interim Prime Minister of Libya Mahmoud Jibril requested an investigation because of the circumstances surrounding Gaddafi’s daeath. Furthermore, these circumstances have raised many questions by human rights activists. In response to the potential international laws that may have been violated, Judge Philippe Kirsch of the International Criminal Court in the Hague stated, “In the laws of war there is an obvious difference between someone killed in combat or crossfire, or a captive being executed or summarily shot down.” Although L iby ans acro ss the world and many countries throughout the globe were overjoyed with the end of the Gaddafi regime, Libyans still face a massive problem—the prospect of setting up a democratic government in a country that has been ravaged by civil war without many economic or political resources. Already there have been fierce debates between Islamists and liberals about the best way to go about democratization. The murky situation surrounding Gaddafi’s death has lead to a questioning of the authority the institution of law has in the new Libya. The oppressive Gaddafi regime is gone but until these issues are resolved, Libya and its people will face difficulty day in and day out. n
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Mahmoud Jibril of Libya (above) will serve as the interim Prime Minister.
Republican frontrunners shifting constantly as 2012 election nears From Candidates, B10 of the Tea Party in large part because of her deeply conservative social platform and opposition to the Washington status quo. However, Palin soon found herself the object of ridicule on the part of the national media. She was famously mocked by Tina Fey on Saturday Night Live and became a favorite target of such programs as The Daily Show. The harsh media scrutiny brought her qualifications for the vice presidency, not to mention the presidency itself, into question. Though she remains popular among Tea Party voters, Palin has steadily faded out of the national spotlight. Michele Bachmann was elected to Congress in 2006 and arrived on the national scene in 2008 when, during a television interview, she declared that President Barack Obama “may have anti-American views.” Like Palin, Bachmann won support from Tea Party voters for her fundamental, socially conservative values. Bachmann has also come to define herself as an anti-establishment candidate. Notably, she recorded her own separate rebuttal to Obama’s State of the Union address, a move that was frowned upon by many GOP leaders. Bachmann has been a controversial figure since she entered the national spotlight. Her campaign has been marked by a number of gaffes including confusing the hometowns of actor John Wayne and serial killer John Wayne
Gacy. For a period of time early in the Republican nomination race, Bachmann appeared to be among the frontrunners in the group, but that time has since past. After facing more intense media attention, and ridicule, Bachmann has faded to the back of the race. Cain’s story is notably similar. His qualifications for the presi-
dency are unusual in that he has never held elected office. Like Bachmann and Palin, Cain is a controversial figure. Though he enjoys support from Tea Party voters, many dismiss his more radical proposals as unrealistic. For example, Cain pledged (though later backed down on his commitment) that he would veto any bill presented by Congress
that was longer than three pages. His proposal for a 9-9-9 tax plan, under which there would be a flat corporate, income, and sales taxes, each of 9 percent, has been written off by many economists as overly simplistic. Cain has used his radical proposals and atypical background to position himself as the anti-status quo candidate, just as Palin and
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Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin (above) declined to enter the tumultuous 2012 GOP primary race.
Bachmann sought to do. Cain’s recent surge in popularity has led to more acute media scrutiny. As a result of such scrutiny, Cain is forced to defend his proposals and qualifications now more than ever. The similarities between the three figures are clear. All three enjoy support from the Tea Party but not from the Republican
establishment. All three are charismatic but have committed gaffes for which they have been mocked. All faced intense media attention and mockery as their popularity grew. It remains to be seen, however, whether Cain is here to stay, or will follow the same path as Bachmann and Palin by fading into the background. n
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Politics Samuel Wurzelbacher, commonly known as “Joe the Plumber”, announced on Tuesday night his intentions to run for a seat in Congress for the state of Ohio as a member of the GOP. Mitt Romney finished at the top spot or tied for that position in the polls of New Hampshire, Florida, Iowa, and South Carolina, the first GOP polls to vote.
Revolutionary product celebrates 10th birthday
President Obama discussed a broad range of political topics with Jay Leno on his “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”. He insists that he is not concerned with his GOP opponents.
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This past Sunday marked the 10th anniversary of the iPod, one of the most revolutionary consumer products of the last decade. In just a few short years, the iPod transformed both the culture and industry of music. According to the Chicago Tribune, the iTunes store is the largest and most profitable music retailer in America, with more than 20 million tracks available and 160 billion songs downloaded since its launch. To complement this success, the iPod is by far the most popular digital music player, commanding a market share of almost 80 percent and piling up a staggering 300 million sales in the last decade. As a result of this success, a company struggling to find its identity 10 years ago is, today, one of the most recognizable brands in the world as well as the single most valuable company in terms of market capitalization. The iPod began with a successful first month, but saw revenues drop by over 50 percent in the remaining months of its first quarter. In year two, though, Apple opened the iTunes music store. Although it offered only 200,000 songs, the online music store, complemented by the iPod, set the stage for what was to become a drastic transformation in music. The initial version of the iPod offered five gigabytes (GB) of memory, holding about 1,000 songs. Over time, the iPod has evolved into an array of products, making its first model seem much older than it is. In less than two years after the unveiling of the iPod Classic, Apple released the iPod Mini. And within another year, both the iPod Shuffle and Nano followed. Today, Apple offers a Classic, Nano, Shuffle, iTouch, and iPhone, with
Economics Ford Motor Company’s sales have dropped as a result of their expansion into the European and Asian markets.
Sprint Nextel Corp. agreed to a deal with Apple Inc. to sell iPhones. The deal is worth $15.5 billion, and Sprint shares fell 4.4 percent as a result.
Charles E. Halderman, CEO of Freddie Mac, announced that he plans to step down from his position sometime in the upcoming year after only two years on the job.
Science & technology YouTube publicized its plans to create original video and media content in partnership with mediacompanies and well-known personalities like Tony Hawk and Anthony Zuiker. Nokia Corp. revealed its new smartphones in an attempt to compete with technology giants Apple and Google. These Window-based phones are named the Lumia 800 and Lumia 710.
Steve Ells is at it again. This time, the Chipotle founder and CEO is trying to conquer a whole new continent, figuratively speaking. After the raving success of Chipotle in the last decade, Ells is looking to entirely transform the fast food industry by introducing a Chipotle-style Southeast Asian restaurant chain that he has named ShopHouse. Beginning as a single restaurant in Denver, Colo., Chipotle’s success in the last five years is unmatched in the fast food industry. The chain has expanded from 80 restaurants in 2005 to 1,131 in the second quarter of 2011, with hundreds more already in plan to open in the upcoming years. The company’s net worth exceeds $1.2 billion. Anyone who has ever stepped foot in a Chipotle restaurant has experienced Ells creation. This CEO emphasizes respect and authenticity, but these cliche expressions are not the sole reason Chipotle has become such a success. All the different food types offered at Chipotle are sustainably and naturally grown, but the simplicity at Chipotle is just as effective at bringing in customers. Yes, the food tastes incredible, but the environment of Chipotle is just as appealing. Ells utilizes simplicity in two ways. The first is the menu. The menu at Chipotle is simple and short, enabling Chipotle employees to get customers in and out of the restaurant at an impressive speed. The second is the ambiance. From the modern industrial style design of Chipotle restaurants to the odd little graphics on the napkins to the Chipotle story on the cups, Chipotle has figured it out. They satisfy customers and keep them coming back for a hearty $8 meal.
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The iPod MP3 player has seen overwhelming sales and growth since its release in 2001. the largest amount of storage being 160 GB, or about 40,000 songs. Technological innovation has dictated the various shifts in the culture of music for many years, beginning with the record player almost 100 years ago. This led to the emergence of record companies and, shortly thereafter, radio. With the introduction of the cassette and the CD, a $16 billion industry gave rise to Sony’s portable CD players leading into the 21st century. And then came the iPod. Today, one device that’s a mere fraction of the size and weight of a record player gives listeners the luxury of having thousands of tracks literally at their fingertips. In his New York Times article, McGill University
neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin writes, “The average 12-year-old can hold in her hand more songs than my great-grandfather would have heard in his entire lifetime.” IPod users can scroll through hundreds of albums in the time it takes to remove a record from its case, place it on the record player, and position the needle. Listening to music used to be an activity in itself, but now it’s one that complements other things such as driving or working out at the Plex. Although there are many conveniences that have come with the age of digital music, problems have arisen primarily in
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Gaddafi killed in hometown
Unthink, a new social network, opened its registration on Wednesday. This Tampabased company prides itself on being everything Facebook is not by giving the user entire control.
7 billion the world’s population in the next few days as estimated by the United Nations.
471 Turkish citizens died in the 7.2 earthquake that hit their country last Sunday.
The life of a dictator is defined, immersed, and saturated in luxury. Its definition is materialistic, excessive, and extraneous. With unlimited power undoubtedly comes unlimited riches. Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin, Rafael Trujillo, and Idi Amin, at the height of their respective supremacies never lived a day without sustenance, shelter, and clothing. In fact, their lives went far beyond the necessary and in many cases redefined the excessive. But in the midst of such riches are thousands, often millions plagued by severe poverty. While these dictators spoil themselves, their people go without shoes, adequate medicine, and enough money to provide for their families. Never-
mind the constant worry and fear for the welfare of your life. The contrast is so drastic, so visible, yet unspeakable. It’s no wonder that millions long for an end to the tyranny and dream of a free and democratic life. But as the recent death of Muammar Gaddafi underscores, there is something perhaps sinister in that dream, a wish for their leader to suffer as much as they have, to fear for his own life like they have, and then disappear like many of their loved ones have. I suppose there was some satisfaction in the brutal and graphic end of the ruthless Libyan leader. But his death wasn’t just horrific, but public as well. The photos and videos posted all across the Internet really captured the fear in Gaddafi’s eyes, the trauma that seemingly paralyzed his body, the frantic scene of loud angry voices, pushing and shoving left viewers dazed and disorientated. Though the exact details are blurred, one thing is for sure: his last moments were by
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drop in the third-quarter profit for the online retailer Amazon due to massive spending.
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The Republican candidates (above) have already spent many months campaigning for 2012.
Republican candidates face long road to the 2012 election By Brandon Stone Heights Staff
“I have said the truth. I feel cured.” – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, on his battle with cancer.
We have to seize this opportunity now or never to correct the architectural flaws made when economic and monetary union was created.
– German Chancellor Angela Merkel, discussing the European debt crisis.
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Gaddafi’s body was held in a commercial freezer in a shopping center for more than 2 days.
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Herman Cain’s victory in the Florida Straw Poll and recent success in national polls have marked his ascendance into the top tier of candidates for the Republican nomination. Naturally, this rise in national prominence has led to increased scrutiny from the media. Cain’s charisma and small-government ideology has made him a favorite among Tea Party voters, but some of his more radical propositions, namely his 9-9-9 tax plan, have drawn criticism from the national media. Cain’s story, a Tea Party star who rose to national prominence on the back of an atypical campaign platform, and subsequent role as the object of increased media attention, is not a new
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one. In fact, a direct pattern can be drawn between Cain’s story and those of Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin. Palin is officially not a contender for the Republican nomination, but she publicly flirted with the notion of running and enjoyed support from an enthusiastic Tea Party base. She was long considered a likely candidate to enter the race, and faced the commensurate media attention. The former governor of Alaska entered the national spotlight when John McCain named Palin his running partner during his 2008 bid for the presidency. Like Cain, Palin immediately demonstrated charisma and defined herself as the alternative to the establishment. She found herself a darling
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