MAY 22, 2018
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SG Pay Plan Goes to Referendum BY DEEPTI SAILAPPAN NEWS EDITOR
All University students will have the chance to vote to repeal an act that pays the Student Government (SG) Executive Slate. SG approved the Executive Leadership Renumeration Act (ELRA), which provides for the payment of $4,500 per year to the SG president and $2,250 per year for the two vice presidents, last Monday. Barring a repeal, quarterly stipends will be paid starting in fall quarter, and will come from the SG administrative budget. The student-wide referendum, which calls for the “complete repeal” of the ELRA, will be held on Friday, June 8, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Voting will occur via Blueprint. The referendum will pass if a simple majority of those who vote are in favor. The referendum comes after a group of students, led by first-year David Liu, submitted a petition to SG on Friday morning with signatures from over 1,000 students. SG’s Constitution allows for a ref-
erendum upon petition by 5 percent of the student body, which would require a minimum of 796 signatures. The petitions were circulated online through a Google Form posted to the four class pages on Facebook. Thirty students also collected signatures in Regenstein Library and around campus. The ELRA generated some controversy after its passage by SG Assembly, who voted 15-4 in favor, with six abstentions. The incoming Executive Slate—second-years Sat Gupta (president) and Natalie Jusko (vice president for administration), as well as first-year Malay Trivedi (vice president for student affairs)—released a statement on Monday night criticizing several aspects of the proposal. “This payment plan was proposed at the last Assembly meeting of the year, and there should have been more time for constituent feedback on the merits and details of the proposal,” the statement reads. Continued on page 2
Debates Over the Green Line Station BY CAROLINE KUBZANSKY NEWS REPORTER
versity, were also in attendance to discuss how UCPD functions in collaboration with CPD. Heath briefly mentioned that the University is updating its security alert system to be “opt-in,” after receiving varied feedback on the type and amount of alerts that the University currently sends out. King said that she convened the meeting to inform residents about new CPD technology and patrolling, in response to recent shootings in Kenwood and in anticipation that crime will increase during the summer. The meeting is the fourth in a series of security meetings that King is hosting throughout her ward. She confirmed that it is unrelated to the recent shooting of fourth-year Charles Thomas by a UCPD officer. During the meeting, Second
The debate over whether to restore CTA Green Line service on East 63rd Street between South Cottage Grove Avenue and South Dorchester Street has re-intensified this spring as a residents’ petition for restoration, authored last July, gains momentum. The controversy has spanned decades and prominent community leaders fall on both sides of the issue. The petition to restore service, which has hit more than 500 signatures, has attracted new attention as the Obama Center submitted its final proposal to the Chicago Plan Commission last week. Reuben Lillie, the author of the petition, and Fifth Ward Aldermanic candidate Gabriel Piemonte, are among those mounting a campaign to use the arrival of the Obama Center as a catalyst to restore the Green Line service on 63rd Street. However, developers and community activists in Woodlawn, most prominently Reverend Leon Finney, disagree with the necessity of restoring Green Line service. They even believe it would take away from the neighborhood’s burgeoning economic renaissance. “A Justice Issue”: Reuben Lillie on the Need for Reinstallation Now Lillie is a longtime former Hyde Park resident who attended McCormick Theological Seminary in the neighborhood and now lives in the South Loop. While he commends the activists in the late ’90s for working to improve their neighborhood, he believes that their placing blame on overhead trains for the community’s issues was not productive. “The vision that they cast treated the [Green Line] as if it was some sort of scapegoat,” he said.
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CPD’s Second District Implements New Technologies BY ELAINE CHEN LOCAL POLITICS EDITOR
Eric Heath, associate vice president of safety and security (left), and Fourth Ward alderman Sophia King (right) at last Wednesday’s meeting.
The Chicago Police Department (CPD) recently implemented new crime intelligence technology in the Second District of CPD, the police district that contains the University. As of last Wednesday, ShotSpotter gunshot sensors and Strategic Support Decision Centers (SDSCs), police station rooms in which that analysts develop crime prevention strategies, became fully operational in the district. CPD made the announcement at a community meeting hosted by Fourth Ward Alderman Sophia King last Wednesday at St. Paul and the Redeemer’s Church. Representatives from the University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) and Eric Heath, Associate Vice President of Safety & Security at the Uni-
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Events 5/22 – 5/24 Today Pet Love McCormick Tribute Lounge, Reynolds Club, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Stressed about finals? Missing your family pet? Come pet some dogs! A group of certified therapy dogs will be available for students to visit with, along with free snacks and coffee provided by Health Promotion and Wellness. The Future of Immigration Reform Quadrangle Club, 5:30–6:45 p.m. A panel of immigration policy experts will discuss what the future holds for DACA and for American immigration policy more generally. W hat should policymakers do about the 11 million undocumented immigrants who currrently live in the United States? And how should we create a new system for legal immigration into the country? Register online. Wednesday
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Public Controversy Surrounding the 63rd Green Line Station Continued from front
Although Green Line restoration is earmarked in the CTA’s long term budget, which reaches through 2050, this is not enough for Lillie, who believes the area around the Obama Center is likely to face rapid gentrification. In Lillie’s eyes, the gentrification process is already starting. “Just with the announcement of the OPC, the property values have skyrocketed, and the landlords…much of whom own land in Woodlawn, many of whom were behind the demolition of the Green Line, are making bank off the people who live there,” he said. Lillie thinks that infrastructure investment is badly needed in areas like the predominantly Black Woodlawn, which have historically been on the losing end of community improvement initiatives. “I understand that there are fiscal concerns, but public transportation is a community service,” Lillie said. “Things like institutional racism…were heavy players in the deterioration of the line that eventuated its demolition.” Lillie believes that developers in Woodlawn are resisting the restoration of Green Line service because it would interfere with the goal of “suburbanizing” the neighborhood. Lillie envisions this change in the form of middle-to-upper-income families coming to live in single family homes, at the risk of replacing current, primarily low-income residents. Piemonte, a pro-reconstruction aldermanic candidate for the Fifth Ward and South Side community organizer, said unhesitatingly that Chicago’s transit conversation is based on racism and segregation. He sees the lack of Green Line service as a serious inequity problem, wherein two neighborhoods of equivalent size and population see vastly different levels of service in terms of public transit. “When you look at the North Side and the South Side in terms of access, the El system is just a glaring example of overtly racist practices. In places where communities are predominantly white…I can choose which way I’m going to get downtown,” he said. W hat the city should focus on, Piemonte said, is making sure that residents of Woodlawn and similar neighborhoods have the same access the rest of the city as their North Side counterparts, instead of using predominantly Black neighborhoods like Woodlawn to test out new strategies that often leave the communities underserved. In 1993, in the wake of falling ridership and a drop in service quality, the city decided to reinvest in the stretch of Green Line track between Cottage Grove and Dorchester to experiment with “revitalizing” it. The entire Green Line closed for a three-and-a-half year project and the track between Woodlawn Avenue and Dorchester was even rebuilt with a federal grant. In 1996, the Green Line reopened for
Grove is worse off because its portion of the line was never demolished, and that infrastructure presence in the area fostered crime. “We got so much pushback from the people who lived south of 63rd Street… that we did not close the El from Calumet to Cottage Grove. There was not enough public will to close it down,” he said. In fact, Finney attributes Woodlawn’s budding economic revival to the removal of the Green Line. “I cannot see the [El] helping to inspire development on 63rd Street,” Finney said. “What we’ve done by virtue of removing it is we’ve seen growth. I’ve got plans in my car right now…for another 160 homes to be built on 63rd Street, both sides. You think those homeowners would be interested in buying a house on the El tracks?” Finney’s suggestion for how to rebuild an economically depressed area? Convince people from all socioeconomic classes to buy homes there. “Why do we have to make Woodlawn a reservation for the poor?” Finney said. “We want to bring working class, middle income families back to Woodlawn. [We’ve] got enough land…why can’t we live together?” Finney placed little weight on Lillie’s assertion that rebuilding the Green Line could provide a cheap way for Woodlawn’s lower-income residents to access other parts of the city, or that the single family homes on which WCDC has focused could price those residents out. He emphasized that WCDC builds a number of housing units set aside for low-income Woodlawn residents, and is confident not only that there is enough land in Woodlawn for people of all economic stripes, but also that the reintroduction of the Green Line in the neighborhood would be unhelpful to residents. “I’ve built 218 single family homes through the WCDC, 1,192 low income developments,” Finney said. “That validates my credentials to talk about what we would do to preserve affordable housing. And most of these, over here, are mixed income, for sale,” he said, gesturing to a different part of the map. “Go back to visit the area west of Cottage Grove and see how the elevated has helped those residents. It hasn’t.” In his view, existing public transit infrastructure is sufficient for Woodlawn—and access to the Obama presidential library—without encroaching on its development aspirations. “I wouldn’t discount [the bus],” Finney said. “Had there been no bus transportation to traverse 63rd Street from Cottage Grove to Stony Island, we probably wouldn’t have pushed for the El to be torn down. The Metra line is being restored,” he said. “I don’t see the natural feasibility of building one more rail transportation system to accommodate people who can be adequately served by another means of transportation.”
“...the more people learn about SG the more they will support pay...” Continued from front
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service, but only west of Cottage Grove Avenue. In 1997, following community agitation for its removal due to fears about safety, the Cottage Grove–Dorchester portion of the Green Line closed. The thought was that having train tracks in the neighborhood would make it a convenient spot for criminal activity, particularly if they were defunct and deserted. Perhaps more pressingly, removal of Green Line infrastructure would also assist development in the area, demolition proponents said. Taking down the elevated structure “will allow 63rd Street to become a focal point for community activity rather than a barrier,” said the city’s then-commissioner of planning and development. Leon Finney: “Why do we have to make Woodlawn a reservation for the poor?” Finney welcomed the new approach. A lifelong South Sider, president of the Woodlawn Community Development Corporation (WCDC), pastor of the Metropolitan Apostolic Community Church, and entrepreneur, Finney says he is deeply invested in the Woodlawn community. “The only thing that I have a personal interest—me, Leon Finney—is this here,” he said. “I am an 80-year-old president of a not-for-profit corporation, [WCDC]. I have consistently been involved in community preservation and community development for now 55 years.” Finney participated in the effort to convince the city to dismantle the 63rd Street tracks in the late 1990s and opposes their reinstallation today. The area, he says, has improved since the CTA left the neighborhood, and its return would be detrimental to that improvement. Finney’s WCDC owns many of the single family homes arriving on 63rd Street, which he referenced as proof of this improvement. “You have to notice where there is hope here,” he said. “Those homes were built in 1995, after the [El] was down. Those homes in 1995 sold for $250,000, bringing middle-income families back to Woodlawn. And by 2008, they were reselling at $550,000.” Finney also grounds his argument against the reinstallation of the CTA in Woodlawn’s historical status as a middle-income neighborhood. After the 1968 Chicago riots, which are thought to have accelerated depopulation and urban blight in Woodlawn and several West Side neighborhoods, 63rd Street saw a departure of white-owned businesses and patronage. Finney says that following the area’s economic decline, the Green Line tracks became a frequent host to crime in the area, especially after they ceased operation in 1993. While Lillie saw the decision to dismantle as top-down, Finney disagreed, referencing two public hearings and significant community support for the closure. “Overwhelmingly, the community was for the closing of the El,” he said. Finney said the area west of Cottage
Liu said the other organizers of the referendum petition—Class of 2021 Representative Tony Ma, incoming Class of 2021 Representative Alex Levi, incoming Class of 2020 Representative Eugene Miravete, second-year Cathy Nie, and first-year Matthew Pinna—had different reasons for opposing Executive Slate payment. “This petition brought us together to affirm our values of transparency, in response to a deliberate lack of communication with
the student body; accountability, seeing the way ELRA was passed as a slippery slope; and fiscal responsibility, noting that funding for other SG programs have recently been cut,” Liu wrote in an e-mail to The Maroon. Fourth-year and outgoing SG president Calvin Cottrell reaffirmed his support for the ELRA following the referendum announcement. “Student Government Executive Pay is a [common] practice around the country,” Cottrell wrote to The Maroon in an e-mail.
“Over 70 percent of universities pay their executives because of the large benefits Executive Pay brings to campus. I am confident that the more people learn about SG the more they will support pay, which is why the resolution passed SG by a huge margin.” Fourth-year Max Freedman, the outgoing SG parliamentarian, urged students to vote in an e-mail on Friday announcing the referendum.
THE CHICAGO MAROON - MAY 22, 2018
South Side Home Movie Project Combats Media Stereotypes BY JADE YAN NEWS REPORTER
A new digital archive, and a program of frequent public screenings and exhibitions, has been created for the South Side Home Movie Project, which was started in 2005 by University professor Jacqueline Stewart. The Project archives, digitizes, and publicly screens the home movies of South Side families produced from 1929 –1982 on 16 mm, 8 mm, and Super 8 films. According to Stewart, by collecting and screening the experiences and minutiae of the films’ predominantly Black South Side families, the Project aims to challenge the negative images and stereotypes of the South Side that pervade American media. Stewart began the project after she was unable to find early Black films for her research, according to Candace Ming, the project’s archivist. “She knew they had to exist, and she likes to say she was nosy,” Ming said. “Ordinary Black families had to have films that documented their lives, and of course she was right.” When Stewart began collecting the films, the families involved were often skeptical of the films’ value, believing that they were so personal that they would be boring to outside viewers. However, aud ience reactions t o public screenings of the home movies proved otherwise. According to Stewart, at one public viewing, a white family from Bridgeport and a Black family from neighboring Bronzeville began engaging in conversation after recognizing having owned the same sofa as the one depicted in the film. Ming also described viewers recog-
nizing streets, or even people, from the films. She added that the films’ universal themes, such as parental affection, allow the films to transcend divisions of race and class. “After watching all these movies, it’s like, ‘Hey, I’m part of your family now,’” Ming said. In addition, in depicting the private lives of South Side residents, the films shed new light on historical events by presenting them from the perspectives of many different individuals. In an interview with WBEZ, Ming described one of her favorite film reels, a longer 20-minute movie that documents historical events such as the Bud Billiken parade, the largest African American parade in the nation, and the 1963 school boycott against the segregationist policies of the Chicago Public Schools. One of the films also includes the memorial march for Medgar Evers and features his widow Myrlie Evers-Williams. “People really respond to this footage...because it’s showing such a different perspective of the South Side,” Ming said of the films’ effects on their contributors, who are primarily South Side residents. She added that the films have proven especially powerful for children and teenagers, who are constantly inundated with negative depictions of their communities in the media. In 2017, teenage South Siders responded to the home movies by making their own films. The project, entitled “Breaking Barriers,” used cell phone footage and clips from the South Side Home Movie project to compare common portrayals of the South Side with the teenagers’ own experiences. The Home Movie project also provides families or individuals with the opportunity to see their home movies,
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A Christmas season still from a film shot in the 1950s. It shows the family of Dr. George Reed, an Argonne National Laboratories physicist. very often for the first time. According to Ming, many people who brought in their family film reels had thrown out the equipment to view the films and brought the movies to Stewart’s project in order to be able to see what was on them. Ming added that Stewart believes in allowing viewers to see the original footage played on the original equipment, which is at odds with traditional archiving principles of avoiding screening unique prints to assure preservation of the film. “Working with Jackie
has changed…how I view archiving,” she said. The project is expanding its collection by the day, Ming said. Stewart professed her desire to obtain resources that would allow videotaped movies to be added to the collection. Videotaping was an affordable option and many of the family movies were captured on tape, but digitizing these films is an expensive process. “ The camcorder…is cheaper, and opens up a broader range of family demographics,” Stewart said.
Fourth-Ward Alderman King supports new CPD tactics, stresses “good community policing” Continued from front
District Commander Crystal King-Smith announced that ShotSpotter gunshot sensors and SDSCs are now up and running in the Second District. According to King-Smith, when a shot is fired, ShotSpotter sensors triangulate the shot and immediately send phone notifications to CPD officers. CPD Captain Marc Moore told T he M aroon that on the first day the sensors were installed in the 2nd District, they detected a shot on 57th and State, and CPD officers arrived on the scene before receiving a call about the shot. Information from ShotSpotter sensors are also sent to SDSCs, which were developed by the Crime Lab of the University’s Urban Labs. SDSCs are police station rooms that contain large TV screens that display surveillance footage and crime maps. In the rooms, officers work with
Crime Lab analysts to synthesize information from data analysis, human intelligence, and community input to produce crime reduction strategies. ShotSpotter sensors and SDSCs were first introduced to Chicago last year in six police districts. Last fall, CPD announced that the new technology would expand to the 2nd District and five other police districts by mid-2018. According to The Sun-Times, after the Seventh and 11th Districts –two of the most violent districts in the city–implemented the technology, murder and nonfatal shooting rates dropped by double-digits. The technology has inspired substantial support, with billionaire Kenneth Griffin donating $10 million in early April to support further development of SDSCs. However, community groups have also voiced critiques about the legality and ethics of the technology, the South
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Side Weekly reported. The American Civil Liberties Union has raised concerns that ShotSpotter sensors can potentially threaten individuals’ Fourth Amendment rights, citing incidents in other in cities in which gunshot sensors have picked up conversations that were later used in court cases. At the meeting, King-Smith stressed that the ShotSpotter sensors will pick up only gunshot sounds and not any other sounds or voices. UCPD Chief Kenton Rainey said that UCPD will be able to access all information from the Second District’s ShotSpotter sensors and SDSCs. “There is no separation between what CPD is doing and what UCPD is doing,” Rainey said. Kevin Ryan, Area Central Deputy Chief, also announced that CPD will increase the frequency of bike patrol in the Second District in the summer. Rainey
confirmed that the increased bike patrol will also run through UCPD jurisdiction. At the end of the meeting, one resident expressed concerns that UChicago’s security alerts are not comprehensive enough. Heath responded that he has also received feedback that there are too many alerts, and his department is in the process of updating the security alert system into an “opt-in” system, in which people choose how many and what type of alerts to receive. He said the goal is to introduce the new alert system by this summer. Throughout the meeting, King repeatedly emphasized her goal of achieving good community policing. “Everywhere I go, safety is the number one concern,” she said. “People don’t say that they don’t want police. People want police presence. They just want good community policing. It shouldn’t be mutually exclusive.”
THE CHICAGO MAROON - MAY 22, 2018
VIEWPOINTS A Case for the Executive Leadership Remuneration Act The ELRA Compensates SG Members For Real Labor And Would Help Low-Income Students As College Council representatives who were present at the public Student Government (SG) Assembly session during which the Executive Leadership Remuneration Act (ELRA) was voted on, we want to explain the resolution and our reasons for supporting it. Before looking at the resolution itself, it is important to understand the purpose and structure of SG. SG is headed by the Executive Slate—the president, the vice president for student affairs, and the vice president for administration—which oversees College Council (CC) and Graduate Council (GC). CC holds public meetings once a week, while GC meets less frequently. CC representatives sit on various committees, which distribute RSO funds and approve new RSO applications. Both councils hold public Assembly meetings with the Executive Slate three times per quarter to hear committee updates and vote on resolutions and budgeting decisions. SG representatives do important work to improve student life, its primary purpose is to allocate the entirety of its annual budget to committees and RSOs. The ELRA states that the president of SG shall be paid $1,500 and the vice presidents should be paid $750 each, after the successful completion of each eligible quarter they serve: autumn, winter, and spring. Assuming these students work 10 hours a week (for 10 weeks), the president receives $15 per hour and the vice presidents receive $7.50; however, this should be taken in context with the actual estimates of the hours they work per week (12, 10, and nine). Taking into account these estimates brings these numbers to $12.50, $7.50, and $8.33 per hour for the president, vice president for student affairs, and vice president for administration, respectively. Another important note is that no one voted to pay themselves. The resolution was introduced by a graduate student, and the incoming Executive Slate’s voting members both abstained. No one who voted “yes” would be paid under this resolution, either now or next year. But the question is about student life fees. To quote College Council representative Tony Ma, “Student Government members should NEVER have the power to pocket our student life fees—hundreds of dollars each of us pay in our tuitions—without explicit permission of the
student body.” What is crucially missing from this account is that the people who voted for this resolution are your democratically elected representatives, whose jobs are principally to determine the use of your student life fees and to whom you have given power by voting into office (or by not voting at all). Student Government allocated $2,361,000 of your student life fees for the 2018 –19 school year. The $9,000 to be paid to the Executive Slate constitutes 0.38 percent of that annual budget and is exclusively drawn from those allocated to the SG administrative budget, which itself constitutes 0.91 percent of the total 2018–19 budget after having been reduced by 36.76 percent from the previous year. This money is not coming from the SG Funding Committee (SGFC) and Annual Allocations (which together fund most of the 411 RSOs on campus for a total amount of $803,635), the Coalition of Academic Teams (which funds $249,404 to College Bowl, the Debate Society, Mock Trial, Moot Court, the Model UN Team, and the chess team), the Program Coordinating Council (which funds $539,991 to COUP, MAB, Doc Films, Fire Escape Films, University Theater, and WHPK Radio Station), Student Health and Counseling Services (which is not funded by Student Government), or any of the other RSOs or students groups we know and love because these groups were allocated their funds on April 23, 2018, three weeks before the ELRA even came before Assembly on May 14. Although the SG administrative budget has historically been underutilized, it fundamentally has a purpose: to be used at the discretion of the Executive Slate. The ELRA puts this administrative budget to regular use, fulfilling its purpose. Nationwide, paying student government executives is not uncommon. Many other universities’ student governments pay their Executive Slate equivalents, including those at UC Berkeley, UCLA, the George Washington University, and the University of Texas at Austin, to name a few. That point aside, there seems to be a feeling that Executive Slate doesn’t need to be paid, and that since RSO leaders are not paid, Executive Slate shouldn’t be either. However, the history of Student Government shows that the jobs performed by Executive Slate were per-
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formed by paid University staffers prior to SG’s acquisition of the Program Coordinating Council, Coalition of Academic Teams, and the establishment of SGFC. But most importantly, it is necessary to understand that we live in a society in which paid labor is the norm; the idea that you shouldn’t be paid for your labor assumes that you are able to make money elsewhere or merely have it available. Ideally, all labor should be paid or compensated in some capacity (the sentiment implicit in the goals of Graduate Students United, which has garnered huge support at UChicago), meaning that just because one group is not paid does not mean that we all should be unpaid. In fact, we should be trying to work towardsthis ideal that everyone is paid for their labor. We believe that this resolution is a first step in achieving this goal, though that is not to say that the ELRA is perfect as is. There is certainly room for this resolution to be amended. For example, we support the idea of Executive Slate only receiving their payment after they’ve released a public report on what they have achieved in that quarter for the sake of transparency. That being said, if you think that a certain Executive Slate has not done their job, it is possible to pose a resolution or referendum to prevent that slate being paid for that quarter (or even the whole year). Looking beyond this, we can create and improve upon opportunities to fund RSO leaders like the Student Leadership Recognition and Access Program, which aims to grant stipends to students whose work in RSOs prevents them from taking on jobs and gaining additional income during this time period. Publicizing and expanding this program in the future may help achieve our overall goal. The point we’re most personally interested in is accessibility. Each year, the student body elects several College Council representatives who are low-income but dedicate their time to improving student life for current and future classes. Unfortunately, it is rare to see these same people stay and move into Slate positions because a lack of compensation often makes the time commitment unreasonable. Speaking from the position of a College Council representative who is low-income, I, Marlin Figgins, found myself unable to run for an Executive Slate position. This is because in order to do so—and to do so well—I would need to quit my job. This may not seem like a serious issue to some, but I need to work to survive! There are several representatives who share my sentiment. By opting to pay Executive Slate, you open the door for low-income students to confidently be able to run and take on positions that significantly impact the student body. In other words, more people will be able to take charge and be involved in Student Government in a very substantial way. Current vice president for administration Sabine Nau said in Assembly: “I do think that it’s important to echo the sentiments about compensation for labor. SG is seen as a cursory position for a resume, but the actual work that we’re doing is real, and I’ve had to take less hours at my job to do this work. Compensation would’ve been helpful, for me at least, but yes, talking about the numbers is a fair conversation. I would really like
to see this conversation expanded in the future and to recognize more and more workers. Not recognizing this work is, I think, a disservice to future SGs.” Frankly, the amount of money that this resolution ensures is not worth the effort for those who would run for the position just for the money. Before seeing even the first third of the payment, the three candidates that form a slate would have to collect 300 signatures from the student body as well as campaign for three weeks, win the election, and complete the autumn quarter term of their service as the Executive Slate. Simply put, there are much easier ways to earn $1,500 ($750 in the case of the two vice presidents). Defaulting to the narrative that Executive Slate shouldn’t be paid because people would run for the wrong reasons is a disservice to the people who would do it for the right reasons but can’t due to financial barriers. If anything, this resolution should lead to an increase in competition during executive slate elections, as the past two slates ran virtually unopposed. (This year, members of Delta Upsilon ran under the Moose Party slate as a joke.) This is a reason to be invested in Student Government, to be engaged in how we vote, to talk to your representatives and tell them how you feel, but the claim that Student Government does nothing or is doing the wrong thing falls on deaf ears when no one is paying attention in the first place. Moving forward with this goal in mind may be difficult; it will require communicating your ideas with your SG representatives as well as a personal investment in ensuring this happens, but surely this is a first step in transparency, accountability, and paying students for labor, as well as ensuring that positions on SG itself are accessible. DISCLAIMER: I, Marlin Figgins, will not be able to run for Executive Slate next year because of this piece. This year, there was a financial burden preventing me from doing so, and now, it’s because I’ve chosen to stand up for the idea that Executive Slate should be paid— which, I believe, is really the right for people to be paid for their labor, the right for low-income students like me to be able to take on these positions in the future. I have no stake in this other than my personal need to fight on the behalf of low-income students to the best of my ability. I, Myles Hudson, have no intentions of running for Executive Slate in the future. As emphasized in this piece, the time commitment, responsibility, and expectations of all three positions are immense, and I am content with continuing to push for change from my position as a College Council representative. My purpose in campaigning for the ELRA is to drive home the idea that all labor for the University should be paid and to increase access to low-income students vying for Executive Slate positions. Marlin Figgins is a second-year, and Myles Hudson is a first-year in the College.
THE CHICAGO MAROON - MAY 22, 2018
ARTS The Originalist: A Novel Twist on Antonin Scalia at the Court BY PATRICK EGAN ARTS STAFF
The Constitution of the United States… its only keepers, the people. – George Washington These are the words written on the front of the pocket-sized Constitutions handed out to playgoers as they take their seats at the Court Theatre. Patrons are immediately encouraged to consider the role of Supreme Court justices as protectors of the Constitution and, by extension, of American democracy as they watch The Originalist by John Strand. Nobody took this responsibility more seriously than Antonin Scalia, the intellectual father of originalism, who was
either despised or loved by all for his judiciary-altering interpretive methodology and distinct conservative tilt. Once the audience settles into their seats, “Libiamo, ne’ lieti calici” from Verdi’s opera, La Traviata, begins playing, and Edward Gero, portraying Justice Scalia, emerges from behind the curtain, pantomiming a composer to the amusement of the audience. One feels the intimacy of Court Theatre as he addresses the audience directly, pretending to be a guest speaker addressing an audience of aspiring law students. It is here that we meet Scalia’s foil, Cat (Jade Wheeler), a young, Black, lesbian Harvard Law School graduate, who describes herself as a “flamin’ liberal.” Despite
their obvious external differences, it is the intellectual and experiential similarities between Cat and Scalia that ultimately convey the message of the play. The majority of the show is composed of philosophy-driven conversational sparring between Scalia and Cat. Scalia’s decision to hire Cat as his clerk encapsulates the overarching message of the play to embrace debate and respect the opinion of others. At the start of the clerkship, Cat emphatically states that her politics will not be influenced by Scalia and is reluctant to try to understand the reasoning behind opinions
that differ from her own. As her time in the justice’s chambers goes on, she begins to see that Scalia (at least as written by Strand), is actually open-minded, and that his personal beliefs often differ from the conclusions that one might draw from his dissents. His decisions are consistently driven by a commitment to limit the so-called legislative power of the court (i.e. not condemning affirmative action, but at the same time not seeing it as a constitutional right). By the end of the play, Cat disassociates from her personal beliefs and drafts Scalia’s opinion on United Continued on page 7
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Moving from Dialogue to Action diversity community inclusion Over the past year, people from across the UChicago community have contributed their ideas and energy to the issue of diversity and inclusion. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, and postdocs, are invited to a student forum to learn about these activities and advance discussions about the state of campus diversity and inclusion. Please join us for panel presentations, discussions, and action planning with multiple campus partners. Dinner will be served immediately following the program.
STUDENT FORUM Thursday, May 24, 2018 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Biological Sciences Learning Center 924 E. 57th St., Room 115
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THE CHICAGO MAROON - MAY 22, 2018
Lake Street Dive Makes a Splash at Thalia Hall BY PERRIN DAVIDSON MAROON CONTRIBUTOR
Lake Street Dive has gone from local festival darling to international phenomenon. I saw them play for less than 500 people four years ago, but now you can catch the band at sold-out stadiums and late-night talk shows across the nation and abroad. On tour promoting their recent May 4 LP release, Free Yourself Up, the band has had eight consecutive sold-out shows, including their May 15 Thalia Hall show. The line to gain entrance into Thalia Hall’s second-floor theater was already three blocks long by the time the doors opened. The crowd was an eclectic mix of 20-somethings drinking the latest cocktail the bartender had crafted, and Gen Xers, perhaps your best friend’s mom, calmly sitting in the balcony. The audience was restless to see the masters of live performance, Lake Street Dive. The opener Mikaela Davis, dressed in tight glittery pants and playing a concert-size harp center stage, performed with her three-piece band. She put on a solid show; her high, country voice meshed well with the electric guitar, bass, and drums to create syncopated, intricate songs worthy of Price and Calabrese’s endorsement. Then, with sweeping blue and yellow stage lights, Lake Street Dive took the stage. Immediately, “Baby Don’t Leave Me Alone
With My Thoughts” from their new LP reverberated throughout the hall—McDuck’s funk guitar riffs filling in space behind Kearney’s solid bass lines and Price’s precise vocal lines. Their show was designed for the visual experience as well as the musical. Four disco balls rotated on the floor behind the band, casting scattered white beams of light across the stage and the entire hall, truly a sight to behold. “Are you ready to free yourself up tonight?” lead vocalist Rachael Price asked before playing “You Are Free,” the eighth track off the album. Although the band’s album release was only two weeks ago, the audience happily sang along—granted, the song is incredibly catchy. After playing “I Don’t Care About You” from their first release with Nonesuch Records, 2016’s Side Pony, Lake Street Dive dove into an original by their drummer Mike Calabrese, Free Yourself Up’s “Red Light Kisses.” After staying faithful to the LP version of this cross-genre love song, the song breaks down. “I’m getting lonely up here!” Price said walking around the stage, and soon the entire audience was singing along: The left side of Thalia Hall sang with Price “Red light! / sure sign!” while, with Calabrese, the right side responded with “Let me know you love me!” The concert continued spectacularly
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Lead vocalist Rachael Price performs at Thalia Hall. through fan favorites, both new and old: litically charged “Shame, Shame, Shame,” “Call Off Your Dogs,” “Good Kisser,” “You Price addressed the audience: “We’ve been Go Down Smooth,” “Seventeen,” and “Rich feeling it. Everybody’s been feeling it. We Girl,” to name a few. feel powerless.” She went on to discuss an In incredible showcases of virtuosity, organization called HeadCount, with which and through the powers of Price’s dance they have been working to increase voter moves, as well as the band’s astounding participation. It was a compelling ending to live performance ability, Lake Street Dive a fantastic performance. The audience was put on an amazing show. But perhaps most reminded that music is able to do more than importantly, the band came with a message just bring pleasure. Music can send a mesbeyond the sonic value of their music. Before sage—in this case, that the power is with playing their last song, Free Yourself Up’s po- the people.
Chrysanthemum Tran Reclaims Her Roots Through Poetry BY BROOKE NAGLER ARTS EDITOR
“Everything I learned about hating myself/ I learned in classrooms,” stated Chrysanthemum Tran, opening her poem “Cognates.” She introduced the poem with some context about her childhood. “I grew up in the South where there was a church on every block. To grow up in a religious conservative place was very tricky. But then to also be queer and trans, in addition to being the child of refugees in a very immigrant-heavy neighborhood, was very interesting.” On the last leg of her tour last Monday, Tran visited the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture (CSRPC) as part of the PanAsia Solidarity Coalition Spring Festival, which was cosponsored by the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality. Following her opening poetry reading was a discussion led by Omie Hsu, a graduate student in the political science department and teacher. Much of Tran’s poetry explores the complexities of language—how outsiders assign names to identities, weaponizing language as a means of violence. Her poem “Cognates” explores the colonization of language; Tran looks at Vietnamese words derived from French—breaking down their roots and exploring their connotations—to show how Vietnamese words are historically linked to the insults colonizers used against those they exploited. Because of these linguistic nuances, “diasporic narratives tend to live in the perpetual idea of contradiction.” Yet, Tran concludes her poem by reclaiming these expressions of violence, finding empowerment in exposing their histories and choosing her own names for herself. Tran’s poems themselves are feats of language, her wording so crafty that it often takes a moment to fully process the complexities of her message. She presents the work with intensity and clarity, mastering the art of delivery—skills she has honed as an award-winning slam poet. In 2016, she became the first transfeminine finalist for the Women of the World Poetry Slam. Some of her other titles include
2016 Rustbelt Poetry Slam Champion, 2017 Feminine Empowerment Movement Slam (FEMS) Poetry Slam Champion, and 2016 “Best Poet” at the National College Slam. During slams, Tran has three minutes to perform her piece. “I have to figure out how to get someone to humanize me in three minutes,” she said. She described her thought process when crafting her poems: “I am trying to convince strangers that my life matters, that the things that happen to me are important and my survival is important.” Although Tran noted that at times she cannot get her audience to humanize her as she hopes, at other times, she is able to change people’s perspectives completely. “I get to see how people, when they see me face-to-face, get transformed—because how often do most people see an Asian-American performer of any sort—but then a queer Asian performer, and a transfeminine Asian performer.” Yet there are costs attached to being a person of her specific identities, and often the first whom people have ever met. “I have to lean into the exotic novelty of who I am because people are interested in what they have not seen,” she explained. She emphasized that she does not have to bear the burden of sharing her complete trauma. “I present a version of what has happened to me, but I also mix it in with imagination. What has happened to me does not have to be a factual account—I want to remember my past in magical ways because oftentimes what has actually happened to me is darker and scarier.” Furthermore, although Tran describes how her identities are new to the majority of her audience, she makes sure not to speak for anyone else’s experience. “The pronoun ‘I’ is really crucial to my poetry,” she said. In navigating her experiences, Tran stresses that she finds vital support systems through her friends, with whom she exists in a chosen family. “When I think about what blood family means, I think about the people who were there for me when my literal blood family abandoned me.” Her chosen family provides a community outside of traditional familial structures, demonstrating “what intimacy can look like from people of
marginalized groups.” These folks are “the people who I would bleed for regardless of the circumstances. It isn’t the fact that we share blood, but that we would spill blood
to survive.” That is why it is so vital to have centers like the one where Tran performed, and why it is crucial for performers like Tran to share their stories with students.
a lecture by
Olivier Boulnois (Ecole Practique des Hautes Etudes) with responses by
Jean-Luc Marion (University of Chicago) Willemien Otten (University of Chicago) moderated by
Ryan Coyne (University of Chicago) Friday, May 25 | 3pm | Swift Hall, 3rd Floor Lecture Free and open to the public. Presented by the Lumen Christi Institute. Cosponsored by the Theology Club at the Divinity School.
register at www.lumenchristi.org
Olivier Boulnois is Professor of Philosophy at Ecole Pra-
tique des Hautes Etudes. His work focuses on the history of medieval philosophy and metaphysics. He is the author of several books, including Métaphysiques rebelles, Genese et structures d’une science au Moyen Age and Lire le Principe d’individuation de Duns Scot.
THE CHICAGO MAROON - MAY 22, 2018
Meet Thomas Comerford, Visiting Lecturer and Indie Musician BY GEN BRYANT MAROON CONTRIBUTOR
Reminiscent of Jeff Tweedy’s lyrical style, Leonard Cohen’s vocal technique, and Josh Ritter’s honest relaying of stories, Thomas Comerford’s third solo LP, Blood Moon, vibrates with acoustic guitar, savvy lyrics, and sweet melodies. Yet Blood Moon is uniquely Comerford’s work, exhibiting his evolution as an artist. On it, he demonstrates a diverse vocal register and lyrical content that is more sculpted than his previous albums. As I met with Comerford to discuss his album, he commented that the University of Chicago student body reminds him of his years as a student at Hamilton College. Now, Comerford is a part-time film, video, and audio production teacher, dividing his time between the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Chicago. He founded the indie band Kaspar Hauser after moving to Chicago in 1999. While writing for the band, Comerford was simultaneously compiling his own material. Although he enjoyed the ability to “rock out” that a band offered, he had other work of his own that contradicted that approach. To deal with this backlog of material, he started putting out solo records. During this time, he started paying more attention to how Leonard Cohen made the vocals the center of a song. “I figured out how to do more vocally. The lyrics are certainly important, but equally important to me is the phrasing, so how the words work musically but also how they drag out and come out in the verses.” With the band, Comerford recalls singing at the top of his lungs, but in his solo work, he does the opposite—he infuses a dimension of space into the music. His songs, he realized, could contain all the motion and play he found in rock music while delivering more expanded, drawn-out ideas and styling. Some songs on the upcoming record, for instance, use breathier vocal styles. Track five, “Sault Ste Marie,” is sung in falsetto.
The cohesion of Blood Moon is grounded in tone and mood. “The songs don’t explicitly relate to each other in terms of what they’re about.” Rather, Comerford sculpts the characters and imagery in his songs to have multiple associations, creating complex layers of storytelling. For example, on the concluding track, “Tonight,” the lyrics are ambiguous as to the story they tell, yet somehow the song’s mood feels all too familiar. The song deals with the weight of carrying out a task in the face of regret. While Comerford’s writing process is always different, most often he comes up with the melody first. With his solo albums, he has developed a consistent method, editing words more precisely and sculpting the lyrics. For Comerford, writing is spontaneous. Later, he will cherry-pick lyrics to fit the melody. “Each song is a person,” he said. He uses anchors to begin the writing process but then expands the form. He focuses less on the particulars of his experience, and tries instead to think “more about inner monologues or imagistic descriptions of states of mind.” Music has always been a part of Comerford’s life. Growing up, his mom played the banjo and had him play piano. Later, at age 10, he picked up guitar. He never could invest his time learning scales and exercises, but the guitar served as the perfect medium for working out ideas. In college, he started writing songs. He never studied music theory or learned how to play guitar from an academic perspective. Instead, he relies on his ear and gut when writing. The choice to use falsetto on the new album felt natural. He is always open to criticism and considers suggestions from people with sophisticated musical knowledge. But when people inquire about the use of particular chords or musical details, Comerford replies, “it just sounded good.” Much of Blood Moon is grounded in early American folk, blues, and gospel music. “I tend to favor stuff that is tried and true,” he said. Blood Moon contains tracks with three-
part backing vocals that are separate from the lead, and the use of call-and-response is prevalent. From the beginning, Comerford was interested in the communal aspect of music. He noted how it flourishes in the context of social gatherings, church, and community. “The professionalization of music is a bummer on some level,” Comerford said. Post-punk bands like R.E.M., Dinosaur Jr., and The Replacements fought to return music to an amateur setting. “Punk is about amateurs doing their own thing. [Musicians during that time were saying] we don’t need the product being marketed to us.” That same collaborative sentiment is what persists in Comerford’s musical process. “Sometimes I do make a bad choice in
the arrangement, and turn to other people for advice,” he said. He also tends to work with people based on their personality, because collaboration on projects always preoccupies him. With a more expansive set of players, he can discuss ideas and seek out new sounds. Blood Moon contains a varied range of emotion, relayed through open-ended lyrics, multiple vocal tracks, and extensive use of his voice. The “ooooo” line scattered throughout track one, “Lord of the Flies,” sounds like waking up on a Saturday morning, while lyrical lines like “Little hands hold it together / little feathers dry your eye,” in “Lull,” are more poetic. Blood Moon is more crafted than any of his previous albums and represents what Comerford has valued throughout his musical career: collaboration.
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The album cover of Thomas Comerford’s LP, Blood Moon.
The Originalist featured . . . at its core, an important warning against demonizing those with whom you disagree. Continued from page 5
States v. Windsor, which demands that she write from a perspective that upholds the Defense of Marriage Act, allowing states to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages. Gero’s portrayal of Scalia is impeccable. He captures the late justice’s penchant for showmanship, his sharp sense of humor, pugilistic stubbornness, and general mannerisms. Strand does a lot to humanize Scalia throughout the play, attempting to complicate the negative view of his character that a liberal audience would generally hold. He portrays Scalia as a
charming, opera-loving political idealist whom audiences can’t help but love. He emphasizes how Scalia attempted to separate his politics from his personal life by writing about his friendship and respect for Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He concedes that Scalia was a man with prejudices and could not always keep them out of his politics; he says that Scalia could never have a gay son because it would be his son. In the play’s program, Gero writes, “I’m used to playing characters that audiences love to hate, but [until now] I’ve never played one that audiences hate to love.” The Originalist featured excellent act-
ing, well-placed operatic musical scores, and at its core, an important warning against demonizing those with whom you disagree. At times, Scalia’s character could seem a bit romanticized. It’s important to remember that this play is fictional and the real Scalia would likely never have formed this type of mentor relationship with a Black gay woman. Perhaps Strand’s most impressive feat was to write a play about a polarizing political figure without sending a partisan political message or catering to a leftist or rightist mindset. I entered the Court Theatre much like
Cat entered her clerkship: ready to view Scalia as the villain of the play because of his political views. However, I left with a better understanding of his reasoning, making it harder to dislike him. Even though the real Scalia was different from Strand’s Scalia, and even though Scalia didn’t always keep his politics out of his decisions as he claimed to have done, Strand’s message of open-mindedness and respectful discourse still shines through, and makes The Originalist a worthwhile watch for anyone willing to challenge their own, seemingly unbendable, political stance.
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single-season record of 15 assists that she set in 2015, putting her career total at 58 assists, the all-time school record. Calamari’s talent was also recognized across the soccer community, as she came in second in a poll for which DIII soccer player is best at assists with a whopping 36,362 votes. When asked about one of her favorite moments in her time at UChicago, Calamari said, “My four years as a Maroon on the women’s soccer team were filled with amazing memories, and I have my teammates and coaches to thank for that. One of my favorite memories was beating Pomona-Pitzer in 2016 in order to advance to the NCAA Final Four. We tied up the game with about two
minutes left to play. We stayed tied through both overtime periods and eventually won in PKs. It was one of the most rewarding games I’ve ever played in my life.” Outside of being a star on the soccer field, Calamari was heavily involved on campus and in the surrounding community. Calamari volunteered as a mentor for MoneyThink, a non-profit organization that aims to increase the financial capability of American youth by training college volunteers to serve as financial mentors for low-income high school students. In her free time, Calamari helped others pursue their soccer dreams, working as a soccer coach at the Johnson School of Excellence and the UChicago Lab Schools. Calamari is also a member of Del-
ta Gamma. Having majored in public policy, Calamari will be working at Chapin Hall, a policy research organization focused on youth and family policy, as a research and communications project assistant. First-year Katie Jasminski reflected on the strong presence Calamari had in school and on the field, saying, “Mia was a great leader on our team. Everyone respected her, but not just for school or soccer. How much she cared was obvious in everything she did. She has an amazing personality, and losing that presence is going to leave a huge hole in our team that will be really hard, even impossible, to replace.” Jasminki’s sentiments were echoed by fourth-year Kelsey Moore. “Mia Calamari
is a fiercely loyal friend, an unbelievably entertaining player to watch, and is the type of player who puts her entire heart out on the field. For the past two years, I played behind Mia as the defensive mid to her attacking mid. Every time I stepped on the field, I knew Mia would play her absolute hardest. She loves this sport more than anyone, and it would show through how hard she played. She is a record-breaking player and has left a legacy that has made an unbelievable impact on this program.” Calamari will graduate and leave Hyde Park this June after helping lead the women’s soccer team to national prominence and a dominant four-year stretch. Her presence will surely be missed by the team next year.
THE CHICAGO MAROON - MAY 22, 2018
SPORTS Senior Spotlight: Jake Fenlon BASKETBALL
BY ANDREW BEYTAGH SPORTS STAFF
Jake Fenlon will leave Hyde Park as one of the best shooters ever to suit up for the Maroons. Fenlon arrived at the University of Chicago four years ago after turning down other programs, including his hometown squad and conference rival, the University of Rochester. Fenlon beamed about how grateful he was to be afforded the opportunity to attend the University of Chicago, saying, “I want to thank coach [Mike] McGrath and coach [Jason] Petti for believing in me and constantly pushing me to be my best both on and off of the court.” Off the court, Fenlon embodies the mindset of the student-athlete. Fenlon has made the Dean’s List and All-UAA Academic team multiple times in addition to being a Dougan Scholar. Fenlon’s precise nature on the court carries over to his fastidious nature in the classroom. Friend and fellow fourth-year Ryan Shearmire commented on Fenlon’s attention to detail, saying, “Everything that he does is exact. From the way he comes off of screens to his [Math] 196 homework, everything must be perfect.” Aside from taking advantage of the resources available at UChicago, Fenlon praised the teammates that he had along his journey. “From the day that I arrived, everyone was so welcoming and made the basketball team my family. I could not thank them enough. I will miss being with the guys on a daily basis. I hope that we have laid the foundation for something special to happen in the future.” Fenlon took a step back to thank all
of his loved ones who have sacrificed so much to help him accomplish his goals. Fenlon noted, “Sometimes I find myself taking all of the blessings that I have had for granted, but I quickly try to remind myself on a daily basis of how lucky I am. My parents sacrificed so much over the past 22 years and have given me their unflinching support along the way. I just hope that I made them proud to be their son.” Fenlon also extended his gratitude to his teammates for continuing to urge him to shoot. Fenlon leaves Ratner as the best three-point shooter in the history of the program. After setting the school record for made three-pointers in a season as a third-year, he broke his own record this past season as a fourth-year. He also holds the career record for three-pointers with 254 makes on 653 attempts. Going into the final half of the season, the Maroons’ backs were against the wall, but Fenlon and his fellow fourth-year captain, Collin Barthel, put the team on their feet. Fenlon saved his best for last. The sharpshooter drilled six three-pointers en route to a career high of 31 points and an upset of No. 2 Wash U in the season finale. Fenlon reflected on his final game by saying, “That was special…. I couldn’t have dreamed up a more perfect scenario to finish my college career than by upsetting our rivals in Wash U.” Jake Fenlon leaves the Maroons with Zoe Kaiser some big shoes to fill next year, both on and off the court. Third-year backcourt Fenlon going up with the ball against Case Western. partner Noah Karras offered some concluding thoughts on Fenlon’s career and cago. On the court, he could drill a three everything that he did for the program.” legacy, saying, “Jake is a once-in-a-life- from anywhere, but off of the court he Next year, Jake Fenlon will be working time talent and someone that I can truly was a goofy guy who also killed it in the as an investment banking analyst for count as one of my best friends at UChi- classroom. We’re going to miss Jake and Credit Suisse in New York City.
Senior Spotlight: Mia Calamari WOMEN’S SOCCER
BY TRENT CARSON SPORTS STAFF
University of Chicago Athletics Dept.
Calamari dribbling the ball for the Maroons.
Fourth-year Mia Calamari finished her collegiate soccer career this past season, leaving a legacy on and off the field (and a few school records) along the way. Calamari ended her final year with another stellar season and a plethora of awards, including USC First Team All-American, D3soccer.com First Team All-American, NCAA All-Tournament Team, USC First Team All-Region, First Team All-UAA, USC First Team Scholar All-American, First Team Scholar All-Region, twice UAA Athlete of the Week, and UAA All-Academic Team. Calamari posted 30 total points on the season, as well as two game-winning goals. Since her second-year, Calamari has been a constant for the team in the midfield, starting the past 67 games for the Maroons over the past three season, plus 16 out of 21 in her
first year. Over her 88 total games played, Calamari totaled 16 goals, a .431 shot-ongoal percentage, and 90 points, putting her at third all-time on the University of Chicago records list. Calamari is a facilitator. From the very beginning of her career, Calamari’s adept vision and accurate passing skills have set her teammates up for numerous goals, helping the Maroons to a second-place finish in the NCAA Division III Championship in her fourth year. Throughout her time on the soccer team, Calamari pushed both her teammates and herself to continue getting better. Striving to improve each year, Calamari broke UChicago’s assists on the season record three times, two of which she set herself. This past season, Calamari set a new school record for assists with a total of 18, which ranked second in all of DIII. Calamari smashed her previous Continued on page 7
SCORE BOARD W/L Opponent
Women’s T & F
Men’s T & F