Vol. CXXXIV—No. 94
Friday, October 8, 2010
Green complex houses ex-cons
Columbia launches Palestine center
BY JAKE DAVIDSON AND REBECCA WRIGHT Columbia Daily Spectator
Program first of its kind in the nation
A new $42 million housing development in West Harlem has opened its doors to low income residents who were recently been behind bars. The green complex, unveiled in September and dubbed “the Castle Gardens,” boasts Energy Star appliances, a green roof, aluminum solar shades, and other environmentally friendly traits. It is operated by the Fortune Society, a nonprofit that helps former convicts make their way back into society.
BY SAMANTHA JEAN-BAPTISTE Columbia Daily Spectator
“People coming out of prison want to make a fresh start.” —Timothy Bryant, Fortune Society member MATTHEW SHERMAN/ STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
According to the Fortune Society, the new 110,000 squarefoot building on 140th Street will provide 114 apartments for homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals. Monthly rents in the building range from $624 for a studio to $1127 for a three-bedroom apartment. Eligibility for low-income residents is 60 percent or less of the area median income of the surrounding neighborhood. “This is a place of real hope. It is a place where dreams will be made, where families will thrive, and, make no mistake, where lives will be saved,” said JoAnne Page, the president and CEO of the Fortune Society for over 20 years, in a press release. Jonathan Rose Companies, a planning firm which managed the construction of the project, implemented green technologies, such as a highefficiency boiler and toxic-free sealants. SEE HOUSING, page 2
AT THE CENTER The Middle East Institute launched the first-ever Center for Palestine Studies Thursday evening. Rashid Khaladi, a co-director of the center, left, and Michel Khlefi, a Palestinian film director of new film “Zindeeq,” spoke at the launch event. |
Urban New York postponed, no free tickets this fall BY FINN VIGELAND AND LEAH GREENBAUM Columbia Daily Spectator First-years hoping to see “The Lion King” for free may have to wait until the spring. Urban New York, a program run by the Office of Student Development and Activities and that distributes coveted free tickets to about 400 undergraduates, has been called off this semester, but will return in the spring. In the past, the program has given Columbia College, School of Engineering and Applied Science, and Barnard students the opportunity to win free tickets through a lottery, with the fall semester open only to first-years. But this fall, no one will be receiving free tickets through Urban New York. “We have begun conversations
about how we might revitalize the program for next semester and support it best in light of recent staff changes in SDA,” Terry Martinez, dean of Community Development and Multicultural Affairs, said in a statement. She emphasized that the program has not been “cancelled” but “postponed” until the spring. For new students hoping to take advantage of the free tickets, the postponement is a let-down. “That actually sucks that it’s been canceled,” Deryn Jakolev, SEAS ’14, said. Without free tickets through Urban New York, she said that going to shows “becomes less accessible, or you dismiss it because it’s too expensive.” For others, it’s a delayed opportunity to get off campus. “I realize I never see the city
because I’m always in my room working,” Jean-Charles Levy, CC ’14, said. “There’s just not enough time.” When you go to an arts events for free and enjoy it, Jakolev said, you’ll want to go to similar events in the future, even if they cost money. “I had never thought to go to a poetry slam, but we went with my CUE group [Columbia Urban Experience, a pre-orientation program] and now a lot of us are going back because we enjoyed it so much,” she said. Mark Choi, CC ’14 and a New Jersey native, said that he had been looking forward to attending more events across the city, but finds it difficult. “Even though I’ve lived near New York City my whole life, living in a suburb is a very different experience than having
a place to live in Manhattan,” he said. Phylicia Hisel, CC ’14, said she would have liked to participate in the program this semester, since the cultural promise of New York was one of the reasons she came to Columbia. “It’s unfortunate,” she said. “I would have been interested.” Martinez said in her statement that SDA will be working with students to improve the Urban New York program. “We also look forward to gathering and incorporating student input to ensure Urban New York continues to provide students with exciting and unique opportunities. We hope students will agree our decision to postpone Urban New York will lead to an enhanced spring program for the benefit of all students.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Columbia launched the first-ever Center for Palestine Studies in the United States on Thursday night, and organizers said that, despite limited funds, they are pushing forward. The center, which will run out of the University’s Middle East Institute in Knox Hall, was created by a group of faculty with the goal of promoting and advancing Palestine studies in a wide range of subjects, from politics to the arts. “Columbia has one of the most distinguished faculty of people that work on Palestine studies, and it was some sort of a logical outgrowth of that community,” Brinkley Messick, co-director of the Center for Palestine Studies, said. The Middle East Institute is over 50 years old on campus, but this center is the first of its kind.
“Columbia has one of the most distinguished faculty of people that work on Palestine studies.” —Brinkley Messick , co-director of the Center for Palestine Studies The center was also created in honor of former professor Edward Said, who taught at Columbia for 40 years before his death in 2003 and is widely known for his book “Orientalism.” “He was one of the most SEE PALESTINE, page 2
BORN TO RUN
Faced with budget woes, MTA approves new fare hikes The Me t ro p o l i t a n Transportation Authority’s newest fare hikes will hit the subway’s most loyal customers, public transportation advocates say. The MTA board approved a series of fare hikes on Thursday that will go into effect at the end of the year and help the cashstrapped agency yield a 7.5 percent increase in fare revenue. This is the third round of hikes for New Yorkers in the last three years. 30-day unlimited cards will face a 17 percent increase from $89 to $104, and an unlimited weekly pass will rise from $27 to $29. All riders will face a 25-cent jump for single rides, raising the fare to $2.50. The MTA cited a $900 million funding gap, in addition 30-DAY UNLIMITED
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to shortfalls in state tax revenue and cuts to state aid. The MTA says that internal costcutting measures this year will save $380 million in 2010. Transportation groups say the state has to find an alternative solution to its budget problems. “It’s just been assault after assault and asking people to pay more for less,” said Kim Martineau, a spokeswoman for Transportation Alternatives, an advocacy group. Commuters on the Upper West Side have already been hurt by the MTA’s financial woes—the local M104 and M10 buses had the southern ends of their routes slashed in a recent round of cuts. The hike announced this week, though, will impact
New Yorkers across the city. “People feel very frustrated and defeated,” Martineau said, adding that Transportation Alternatives has launched a “Rider Rebellion” campaign in response to the hikes—an effort to demand that the state legislature and candidates for office in Albany give the transit system the funding it deserves. The system needs to change, and the state needs to take public transportation much more seriously, she said. But for riders, the cuts and hikes have become all too familiar. “Sadly, I think riders are used to this now,” Martineau said. —Sam Levin $89 $104
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THREE STRAIGHT? | Sophomore quarterback Sean Brackett and the rest of the football team will look for their third straight victory when they host Lafayette Saturday. Back page.
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Thirsty for water, not knowledge
Columbia to square off against Penn soccer
Social Enterprise Conference
Rhonda Shafei argues that, although the world may lack water, Columbia has no shortage of solutions.
No major, more problems Samuel Roth re-examines the call to un-declare majors.
Tonight’s women’s soccer game will be a showdown between the Light Blue’s solid defense and Penn’s explosive offense. The matchup will take place on Penn’s home turf.
Listen to industry leaders discuss the status of social innovation. Lerner Hall, 7:45 am
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SUPPORTING | University affiliates, including English professor Bruce Robbins, crowded in for the launch.
CU launches first-ever Palestine center PALESTINE from front page
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LAUNCH | Co-director of the new Center for Palestine Studies Rashid Khalidi spoke Thursday evening at the launch event for the organization, which is the first of its kind in the nation.
prominent scholars of the late 20th century in literary criticism and public intellect, and one of his main interests was the question of Palestine,” Messick said. “He drew people to the University in his day, and that legacy is still alive, and that too fed into the realization that there was a very substantial community of scholars here that could well benefit from and contribute to a new center.” The goals of the center, which has been in discussion since late 2009, focus on the promotion of scholarship in Palestinian history, culture, arts, and literary studies. “One of the missions of the center is to inform people about the Palestinians in an academic setting,” said Bashir AbuManneh, an English professor at Barnard. The official launch on Thursday attracted a full lecture hall of students, professors, and even some guests from outside of Columbia. “It is monumental to have a space at Columbia University that represents the voice of a people that do not have their own. It is important to come to these spaces so that we can lend our voices,” said Lawrence Cobb-El, executive director of nonprofit School Streets and Beyond. Although the center is now
official, the details of its funding are not yet clear—a fact that caused concern among attendees at Thursday’s event. “I’m hoping that they encourage funding, especially for writers outside of the institution,” said Sousan Hammad, a journalist from Palestine. “They should allocate resources to people who normally wouldn’t have access to it.” Rashid Khalidi, co-director of the center, said in a speech at the launch that the center has little funding thus far and is soliciting donations. Students, too, expressed concerns over funding. “The center is a really big deal since it is the first of its kind, although I’m not sure how it will work out because of the lack of funding,” Kati Fossett, CC ’11, said. Some attendees hoped to bring more attention to the arts through the center. “I hope they encourage Palestinian writers and artists. They should connect with Palestinians outside the academic circle,” Suneela Mubayi, CC ’07, said. Khalidi said that they are just starting to implement programs. “Our activities, that are almost all in the planning stage, include lectures, conferences, art screenings, and developing archives.” For some students, the center is an opportunity to emphasize
Palestinian studies in the classroom. “As a political science student, I’m really excited,” Samira Khalifa, CC ’11, said. “There aren’t that many courses that have anything to do with Palestinian struggles.” Professors from some of the University’s other centers said that the creation of a Palestinespecific organization is an important step for academia at Columbia in general. “I think that this is a significant moment for Columbia University, if only because the lack of knowledge about Palestinians and Palestine is pervasive,” Yinon Cohen, a professor in the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies, wrote in an email. “It is, I believe, precisely a center like this that can begin changing this reality.” “It is so groundbreaking for the University as a whole,” said Aviva Buechler, BC ’11 and president of Columbia/Barnard Hillel. “With their mission of studying the history, culture, and politics of Palestine, I think it will really be a great experience for students to take part in.” “I do hope to see some real collaboration between the Center for Palestine Studies and the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies,” Buechler said. Amber Tunnell contributed reporting. email@example.com
Google News founder joins J-School in new media efforts Harlem green complex houses ex-convicts BY AARON KIERSH Spectator Senior Staff Writer
The Graduate School of Journalism’s emphasis on new media technologies has brought Google to Morningside Heights. The J-School announced Thursday the selection of Krishna Bharat to be a Hearst New Media Professional-inResidence at Columbia. Bharat, the founder of Google News, is a developer of formats for online journalism and is considered a visionary computer scientist. The selection of Bharat is the latest in a series of initiatives signaling the J-School’s commitment to integrating new media into its curriculum. The J-School announced in the spring a new division called the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, which administrators say will officially open in nine days. The J-School also recently introduced a dual-degree program in journalism and computer science.
Bharat’s most famous project, Google News, is an automated news aggregator that sends about 1 billion clicks each month to news publishers’ websites. The service has 72 editions in 30 languages, covering more than 50,000 news sources. Emily Bell, director of the Tow Center—and a recruit from the British daily newspaper The Guardian—praised the choice of Bharat on Thursday. “He’s an extremely interesting thinker on news taxonomies and informational technology,” Bell said. “It’s fantastic that he’s going to be associated with the school.” She credited Bharat for “bringing journalism to new audiences.” Bharat will continue to work for Google. “In founding Google News, Krishna became a real pioneer in making professional journalism more widely accessible than ever before, and he continues to be one of the leading thinkers about how news and information is disseminated digitally,” said Dean Nicholas Lemann
NEW FACES | Krishna Bharat, Google News founder, will be coming to Columbia’s J-School as part of the school’s new media efforts. in a statement. “We are excited that he will be here to exchange ideas with our students and faculty.” Some students are avid users of Google News and said they were excited by Bharat’s selection. Svetlana Didorenko, Journalism ’11, said that she turns to Google News many times a day. “It’s the best place
for me if I’m looking for something specific. I would just like to hear him [Bharat] talk,” she said. Yet Bell suggested that some J-School faculty may not welcome Bharat—or his brand of online journalism—so warmly. She said some may view Bharat as the symbol of traditional print media’s demise. But Bell rejected the legitimacy of these notions, arguing that Google’s presence in journalism should be admired. “We can’t blame things on Google,” she said. “But there are many issues to be debated.” Bronwen Tomb, Journalism ’11, said that news aggregation is simply a part of journalism today. “I think it’s interesting, it’s happening, and we should look into it,” Tomb said. Bell added, “He’s going to engage our issues, things the J-School is interested in. We should approach everything with an open mind.” Sarah Darville contributed reporting. aaron.kiersh @columbiaspectator.com
HOUSING from front page For nearby residents, though, it’s the atypical residential population that has caught their eyes. “I think it’s good for the neighborhood,” West Harlem resident Angela Hopkins said. “They’ve got to live somewhere, right?” In addition to a green lifestyle, the complex provides its tenants with resources to help them reintegrate into society, like a computer lab, counseling services, financial planning, and life skills development courses. Ex-convicts in transition are not new to the block. The new Castle Gardens is adjacent to “the Castle,” a different complex also run by the Fortune Society that has been housing formerly incarcerated residents for around a decade. Timothy Bryant, a member of the Fortune Society who was released from prison several
months ago, said that the Castle has been a vital support system for him. “It’s been a place for me to get back on my feet,” Bryant said. “I think it’ll be an asset to the community.” Despite concerns about a large population of ex-convicts in the area, nearby residents say that the Fortune Society hasn’t been a problem. Alex Colgan, who has lived across the street from “the Castle” for decades, said that despite “quite a concentration of convicts,” he’s never noticed anything out of the ordinary on the block. Since the opening of the original Castle, he said, “nothing untoward occurred.” Bryant said residents in Fortune Society buildings aren’t likely to cause any trouble. “They can avail themselves of the education and the training programs and such,” he said. “People coming out of prison want to make a fresh start.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Weekend win critical for Light Blue faithful GUPTA from back page team is a good team certainly, and I think they can finish better than fifth place, which is what they were picked to finish in the preseason poll. But I don’t think this is a championship-caliber team either. I didn’t think they had enough talent at the wide receiver position with Mike Stephens in the lineup, and with him done for the year, I certainly don’t think they do now. Mark Muston, Nico Gutierrez, and Brian DeVeau are all good players, but I don’t think any of them scare opposing defenses or defensive coordinators. Sophomore quarterback Sean Brackett’s mobility has covered up some of the holes in the offensive line this season, but if the Lions want to contend with the bigger hitters like Harvard and Penn, Brackett is going to need to spend more time in the pocket and less time running for his life. And while the defense has been strong this season, I’m going to hold out judgment until after I find out whether the defensive backfield can hold up in coverage. Let’s also remember that the team that the Lions just trounced, the Tigers from Princeton, were picked to finish below Columbia in the preseason media poll. They got back their star running back Jordan Culbreath, but they still rank seventh in the Ivy League in rushing offense. Receiver
Trey Peacock has the size and speed to be elite, but he has nearly double the receiving yards of the next closest player. Princeton was playing without its All-American (yeah, you read that right, All-American) linebacker Steven Cody and starting center Mike Muha. Bottom line to me is that Columbia piled on to a bottomof-the-rung team. Sure, it’s great that it was Princeton, and yeah, it felt good to see the Orange and Black leave with its tail between its legs, but let’s hold off just a bit longer before we crown this Lions team as the one that is going to end our futility. But hey, I’m not just here to be a negative Nancy, or a Debbie downer. I’ve seen signs from this team that they can be the first squad to boast a winning record in the Ancient Eight since 1996. To me, this is a year of unprecedented parity in the Ivy League. Harvard, who was predicted to finish first, lost to Brown in its first conference game of the season by 15 points, and recent bottom-feeder Dartmouth took last year’s champ Penn into overtime before falling. And that’s the same Penn team that led No. 1 Villanova with less than five minutes left in the game just a week earlier. The bottom line is that none of the teams in the Ivy League are outstanding, but by the same token, none of them should be taken as pushovers, either. I also saw something on the
sidelines against Princeton that I hadn’t seen before. In previous games, when Columbia would score, there would be high-fives and those awkward butt taps that you only see in football. But against Princeton, as the score began to run up, the celebrations and congratulations became more and more intense. I saw guys running out onto the field to chest bump, fist bump, and, even in some cases, to take those awkward butt taps airborne. But it was more than that. There were a couple of bone-jarring hits by the Columbia defense that left the stands shaking, both from the rumble of the ground as the Princeton players fell and from the loud cheering that soon followed. The excitement that grew on the sidelines was palpable in the stands, and I’d like to think that the players fed off it as well. The bottom line from all this is that this is unquestionably a talented team that looks like it has the playmaking ability on offense and strength up the middle on defense to make some serious noise in a watered-down and relatively even Ivy League. I saw a good Columbia team play great against a bad Princeton team, but I just need to see a little more before I’m ready to get on board. Kunal Gupta is a senior in the School of Engineering and Applied Science majoring in operations research. email@example.com
Penn hosts Lions in Ancient Eight matchup MEN’S SOCCER from back page at Columbia Soccer Stadium, with a goal in the 80th minute from a spot-kick from now-senior cocaptain Peppe Carotenuto. The Red and Blue could not find a way past the Lions’ goalkeeper Alex Aurrichio as he made five saves and was on-hand to pluck numerous crosses out of the air in his first shut-out of the season. The matchup was the Lions’
first conference win last season, and the team will be hoping history repeats itself. The Lions also triumphed on their last visit to Rhodes Field in 2008 when they got past the Quakers, 2-1. Bayo Adafin—who is second in the Lions’ points table with two goals and an assist this season— will try to improve his numbers by helping the Lions bounce back from the loss to Brown. “On the whole, we’ve started
better than past seasons that I’ve been here, and the team looks good,” Adafin said. “We may have become a little complacent after winning three in a row, and in that respect Brown was really a wakeup call. We’ve prepared well for the Penn game, and we’ll be looking to get a result to kick-start our Ivy campaign.” The game kicks off at Rhodes Field in Philadelphia on Friday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m.
EDITORIAL & OPINION
The 134th year of publication Independent since 1962
Good and bad ways to globalize Columbia BY JAGDISH BHAGWATI
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Universities function in a world that is increasingly integrated on many dimensions. Economic globalization continues in regard to international trade, shortterm capital flows, multinationals which constitute equity investments, cross-border flows of humanity, and transfer and sale of technology. Cultural globalization occurs through internet, television, and movies. Both forms of globalization are intensifying on a scale hitherto unimaginable. Evidently, universities cannot ignore these dramatic changes. Our curricula have already been affected. In economics, my primary field, the effect is seen dramatically in the fact that the old division between closedeconomy and open-economy models has given way to open-economy models in whatever courses we give. We also are witness to the fact that far greater importance now attaches to courses on international macroeconomics and on international trade. There are also added courses now being given regarding several aspects of globalization. I myself have been giving a very popular,
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Each Friday, a professor will share scholastic wisdom readers won’t find in lectures. Suggestions regarding which professors to feature are welcome. and now more salient, course for many years to economics and School of International and Public Affairs students on trade, aid, foreign investment, migration and other elements of globalization, and their implications for developmental policies. When it became increasingly clear that many civil-society groups were concerned instead with the implications of globalization, chiefly trade and multinationals, for “social” issues such as gender equality and rights, the environment, poverty in the poor and the rich countries, child labor, democracy, mainstream and indigenous cultures, my response was to take up the challenge and write the book “In Defense of Globalization” (Oxford, 2004). It was hugely successful because it uniquely and sympathetically examined many civil-society fears of this kind. These are all issues that variously concern those who are interested in questions of “social justice.” These issues now inform my courses. Yet another way in which increasing globalization should properly impact our universities has to be through the two classic functions of a university: teaching and (high-quality) research. Universities today, and Columbia is no exception, are opening themselves increasingly to an influx of foreign students at all levels and encouraging our own students to spend some time studying abroad. When I received an Honorary Degree from the University of Hyderabad (now India’s highest-ranked university), I was delighted to see two young Columbia undergraduates (one
who had worked at the Spectator!) at the reception afterwards—they were studying there on an exchange program. Columbia has also entered into a splendid collaborative program with the London School of Economics and Sciences-Po in Paris to facilitate exchanges of their top-notch faculties. But, contrasted with these achievements, some serious questions have arisen regarding our other responses to globalization. In particular, two issues need examination. First, should globalization also involve Columbia getting involved in pedestrian, consultancy projects abroad? These may marginally benefit the countries doing the consulting, but surely they are better off if they are advised instead by McKinsey, Boston Consulting Group, etc., which have a far better track record of producing outstanding policyoriented Reports than university-based consulting groups like the Harvard Institute for International Development, which was so badly managed that it also wound up compromising Harvard’s good name when it got tainted by scandal and a lawsuit against Harvard. Second, such “entrepreneurial” activities abroad, under the formal auspices of Columbia, inevitably embroil Columbia in local politics because the ambition to play a role in these countries, and perhaps to get political support from these governments in achieving other ambitions by mutual exchange of encomiums, will often lead to the kind of situation that arose when the Ethiopian Prime Minister was recently invited under the World Leaders
Forum. Here was a leader, widely accused by the Ethiopian intelligentsia of human rights abuses, who had been cultivated with incredibly gushing tributes by Professor Jeffrey Sachs of the Earth Institute—encomiums by Professor Stiglitz were also circulated by the outraged Ethiopians—and unfortunately President Lee Bollinger’s WLF website also carried similar endorsements (because the well-meaning President Bollinger obviously cannot micro-manage these things). Clearly, a distinguished university should not globalize in this way. It cannot prevent its faculty from doing low-level consultancies and political kowtowing. But it must take care to disengage itself from such activities by asking such faculty to always enter a disclaimer that these are NOT being sponsored or backed by Columbia. Also, when unpalatable leaders are invited to the campus, as they occasionally will and should be, the drill must be that they should be informed that there will be a formal discussant who will be permitted to make dissenting commentary. If the leader does not seek to come under that rule, so be it. President Bollinger’s decision to critique the Iranian President was well-meaning and has prompted the Ethiopians to ask why he did not do the same thing with the Ethiopian Prime Minister. But surely this cannot be the model: It led to many protests on the campus itself.
With all due respect, Professor—how do we know what that program is? My time in this world has been obscenely brief; my experience is parochial and sheltered. At 20, I am not trusted to responsibly enjoy a light beer. How can I possibly be expected to responsibly construct an
And our world seems fuller than ever of new juxtapositions. We need analysis and deep understanding. It is essential to the premise of this University that, when the brilliant new ideas do alight upon us, we will be better equipped to use them because we are trained in the classics, art and music, world cultures, and science. Surely, it will also be because we understand what it’s like to know a subject, or subjects, in detail. But why satisfy the immovable requirements of prescribed majors when one could embark on a thorough, self-directed study of the same subjects? Are we not terribly fixated on, in your words, “jump[ing] over hurdles … on a circumscribed track?” I respond: Why not simply visit one’s local library and skip college altogether? I came to Columbia for structure, for an expert opinion on what constitutes the basis of a worthwhile education. If I were making my own program, I might have opted out of Intermediate Microeconomics. But I challenge you to find an economist who says that a comprehension of microeconomics is optional to understanding the broader subject.
My generation is constantly reminded that the political, environmental, and social challenges we face offer a narrower margin for failure than ever before. These problems may indeed lie beyond the capacity of a single generation to solve. For us, there will be no concentration to hastily conclude before moving on to more agreeable pursuits. Our course will take at least a lifetime to complete. So let us have requirements to fulfill evermore. Let us never tire of running at the hurdles. When we take our leave of this miraculous institution, it will be with a profound sense of loss and regret at the things not done. Such is the curse of our entry to a place with more options than could ever be explored in four years, or 40. Yet, in the world beyond, the challenges will not be of our own choosing. Let us feel that we worked to satisfy them to the last breath.
more rights to the Nile to offset increased drought periods, a move staunchly opposed by Egypt and Sudan. A British colonial statute signed in 1929 granted and continues to grant Egypt and Sudan the right to extract the majority of water from the Nile. The statute also stipulates that the East African nations upstream must gain the consent of the Egyptian-Sudanese bloc before undergoing projects that could constrict Nile flow, such as hydroelectric dams. While East African nations have cried foul, citing the statute as an outdated remnant of colonial
East Africa should be included in the discourse toward finding a solution. The Earth Institute should invite the Sudanese and Egyptian governments to its new Drylands Initiative or pursue the issue of East African drylands within pre-existing international and regional arrangements. All aspects of the issue must be examined, and the politics should not be evaded in private negotiations or in public forums. The solutions to Africa’s water problems could very easily lie at Columbia, within the minds of its students or the chambers of the Earth Institute. These solutions can only be achieved through the comprehensive discourse that epitomizes Columbia. As news sources begin to highlight the dispute between African nations over water resources, as NPR did earlier this week, we should think of inclusive solutions that deal with all facets of the problem: ecological, technological, and most certainly political. We are undoubtedly lucky to have world-renowned faculty and institutions dealing with the world’s most pressing issues, but until Columbia fully engages the student body, unleashing our own human capital, all we can ever expect is political standstill.
The author is a university professor in law and economics.
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Dear Professor Helfand, In the Oct. 1 edition of this newspaper, you published an op-ed in which you called for students to “un-declare” their majors (“Picking a major? Just say no., Oct. 1). As I persist in my efforts to complete three at the expense of any elective coursework, I felt it appropriate to defend myself and every Columbia student who takes pride in a prescribed course of study. “Take the time you would otherwise spend trying to shoehorn all those required courses into your schedule,” you write, “and think about what big questions really interest you and how you can craft, from the wealth of courses available, a program of study that will enrich your experience here as well as your life beyond.”
How can I know what the big questions are?
Watering down politics
this issue, Sachs has exemplified a fartoo-common approach of solving issues in Africa at the most superficial level without delving into salient underlying problems. Drylands in East Africa suffer from vast variability in yearly rainfall, which causes floods at times and extreme drought at others. We’ve already seen from Darfur that areas of poor water management can spiral into violence quite rapidly. The individuals from the Earth Institute stressed that East African communities needed new technologies to better collect water and provide for irrigation throughout the year. Sachs prefaced the talk by introducing the “Drylands Initiative,” a process spearheaded by the Earth Institute and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa. All the East African representatives referenced this initiative, as their nations are all party to the process—Kenya, Ethiopia, southern Sudan, and Eritrea will also partake in the initiative. The speaker from Uganda discussed plans that her government was undertaking to prevent droughts through the construction of dams. Herein lies the problem. Constructing a small dam along the Nile River in any East African country can cut off water supply to nations who use the water downstream. The Nile runs, geographically speaking, from south to north, originating in Ethiopia, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, and Rwanda, and flowing to Egypt and Sudan. Beginning this past May, East African nations have used the Nile Basin Initiative—a process sponsored by the World Bank in which all nations that surround the Nile are included—to lobby for
here is no better way to engage ourselves in Columbia’s immense human capital, which is arguably the University’s greatest resource, than through RHONDA discourse. Through SHAFEI discussion, we expose ourselves to all sides of The an issue before acting, Po l i t i c s ensuring that the most efficacious and judiof cious actions take place. Hummus It’s therefore disappointing to find instances on campus where discourse is shirked, at events where speakers overshadow essentials instead of elucidating intricacies. On Sept. 20, Earth Institute director and professor Jeffrey Sachs moderated a discussion titled “Challenges of the Drylands,” where a panel of leaders from Uganda, Djibouti, and Somalia joined two Earth Institute personnel to talk about water scarcity in East Africa. Sachs and the panelists threw their support behind an unabashedly technical approach to solving this important water issue. By dealing with drylands in strictly ecological and technical terms, leaving out the substantial political undertones that have stymied progress on
educational foundation to sustain me for the rest of my life? How can I possibly know what the big questions of my life are going to be? I agree that our world requires solutions that may cross the boundaries between traditional disciplines, and I am sure you correctly identify the administrative pitfalls of the traditional departmental model. Yet, there’s no such thing as a seminar in unexpected connections. Unexpected connections, like life itself, happen “while we’re busy making other plans.”
Casual Friday: Some don’t like it hot O
n Wednesday, Housing Services sent out its annual “seasonal notice.” No message so cruel has ever arrived under such innocent cover. Officially, the email reminds us that Columbia’s heating systems, now activated, may conspire with the fluctuating autumn temperatures to leave us uncomfortably warm. Unofficially, it says that we are entering that dreaded part of the year when the outside temperatures suggest sweaters, but indoor climates frequently turn the sweatered into the sweaty. We are left uncomfortable, gross, fainting from the heat, and, in an ironic twist, feeling anything but hot. This experience is, sadly, a familiar one. The blustery days demand that we put on sweaters, boots, and adorable caps. It is cold outside, and so we layer. But layering is both form and function. We plan our outfits around these layers. And at the center of the layers— well, you know what we mean—is the sweater. It keeps us warm, yes, but it also keeps us fashion-forward. Sweaters are to autumn what scarves are to winter and lovely short-sleeved
shirts are to summer. We can face the fall into fall because we are styling in our sweaters, which we are able to wear comfortably because the weather is chilly. But the heat is on indoors, forcing us to peel back the layers, leaving a stinking onion of an outfit underneath. The alternative—to suffer for our style—is to become sweaty and uncomfortable in the name of fashion. We thus embark on the demented dance of adding and subtracting articles of clothing, again and again, until the mere act of taking off and putting on our blasted sweaters has us overheated (where’s the freaking head hole?). We want to be as cool as the temperature, and yet our fuzzy boots in the 80-degree Hamilton classrooms—a conspiracy of sorts between nature and Housing’s nurture—prevent that dream from ever being realized. In short, here is our seasonal notice to the fluctuating temperatures: We want autumn to feel like autumn so that we can wear our sweaters comfortably. We want to know which season this is, in and out of doors.
Water scarcity is highly politicized and complex. oppression, Egypt, too, has complained that unwarranted projects upstream have cut Nile flow substantially. And while East African nations have periods of scarce as well as heavy rainfall, Egypt has close to no rainfall annually, placing its citizens far below the international average for per capita water usage. It isn’t the place for any individual to decide which party—the East Africans or the Arab northerners— lays legitimate claim to water. What’s important is that we recognize that the problem of water scarcity in Africa is highly politicized and more complex than just transplanting high-profile Western solutions abroad. All nations that are remotely related to the issue of water scarcity in
The author is a junior in Columbia College majoring in economics, history, and political science. He is a member of the Editorial Board.
Rhonda Shafei is a Columbia College junior majoring in history. She is an executive board member of the Columbia International Relations Council and Association, and the secretary general of the Columbia Model United Nations Conference and Exposition 2011. The Politics of Hummus runs alternate Fridays.
OCTOBER 8, 2010
CU football welcomes Leopards FOOTBALL from back page probably stick with it,” head coach Norries Wilson said. “We’ll try to stay as balanced as we can, but to date we’re probably 65-35 runpass, so it depends on what they’re gonna try to take away.” So far this season, the Light Blue’s offensive line has been a quiet but effective force on the field. Although the crew doesn’t attract much attention or post big numbers on the stats sheet, the line has been remarkably important to the Lions’ play this year. The offensive line has done a solid job protecting quarterback Sean Brackett and giving him time in the pocket. Running back Nick Gerst has been a beneficiary of the o-line’s success as the sophomore currently leads the team with 197 yards rushing. Gerst attributes much of his success on the ground to good blocking from the Light Blue linemen. Likewise, Columbia’s defense will have to maintain its consistency on the gridiron in this weekend’s game. Lafayette quarterback Ryan O’Neil threw 24-for42 against Harvard for 210 yards last weekend. Lafayette may also have a secret weapon hidden in its depth chart to pull out in Saturday’s game, as sophomore Andrew Shoop came in briefly against the Crimson and completed two of his three attempted passes, including one for the Leopards’ only touchdown. One weakness of the Lafayette squad is the offensive line. Harvard defenders broke through several times throughout the game, sacking O’Neil four times. Columbia defensive end Josh Martin—who leads the Ancient Eight with 3.5 sacks—will have to get a good grip on the line if he intends on reaching the QB. Lafayette has, however, proven its ability to play more than a full 60 minutes of football—something coach Wilson has harped on often this season seeing as the Lions lost several games last season with just a few minutes of bad play. Against Princeton two weeks ago, the Leopards went into double overtime and almost came out with the win. The team stayed strong through much of the additional minutes of play, proving its strength, athleticism, and determination. “They’re gonna probably pound the football at us and make us stop the run,” Wilson said. “They’re gonna pick their poison with passes, probably try to back us up a couple of times.” The Lions will also have a challenge when they’re up against Lafayette’s defense. So far this season, the Light Blue offense has tended to start a little slowly, stumbling through the start of the game. Whether in an immediate rhythm or not this weekend, the offense will have to watch out—it’ll need to protect itself well and be deliberate in all its motions. “They’re running to the football and still pressuring you a lot on defense, so we expect that from Lafayette,” Wilson said. Although the Leopards are having a rough start so far, coach Wilson still expects a competitive game out of them. “They’re not a bad team. You look at the stats and they dominated the stats against Georgetown: Turnovers cost them that game,” Wilson said. “When a team doesn’t have a win, it’s dangerous. They’re going to do whatever they’ve got to do to find the win.” Whatever happens this Saturday, at least one unsuccessful record will be changed. Lafayette is gunning for its first win of the 2010 campaign while the Lions, looking to extend their win streak to three, could give coach Wilson his first win against the Leopards. Kick-off for the Leopards and Lions is set for 12:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Baker Athletics Complex.
Well rested Columbia rackets ready to swing back into action While five other Ivy women’s tennis teams have been competing on the west coast in the ITA/Rivieria Women’s All-American Championships this past week, the Lions have stayed local. For the past two weeks, the Light Blue women’s tennis team has been preparing for its instate trip to Flushing, N.Y, for this weekend’s USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Women’s Collegiate Invitational. Columbia is coming off a disappointing showing at last weekend’s Cissie Leary Invitational where no Lion advanced past the quarterfinals. With its strong freshman recruit Bianca Sanon absent due to injury, Columbia suffered in the Flight A singles bracket. With the possibility of Sanon’s return in this weekend’s invitational, the Lions anticipate better results. Last year in the same competition, Nicole Bartnik seized the championship
USTA COLLEGIATE INVITE Flushing, N.Y., Oct. 9-11
title in the A singles bracket. This year, the Lions hope to continue the trend. To do this, the Lions will need to face the Quakers’ freshman superstar Connie Hsu once more. The last time the Quakers and Lions met, Hsu blazed through competition at the Cissie Leary to capture both the singles and doubles championships, teaming up with senior Alexa Ely. This weekend’s competition will feature seven of the eight Ivies, with Princeton as the lone Ancient Eight rival missing from the invitational. The National Tennis Center Women’s Collegiate Invitational will take place this weekend in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., from Saturday, Oct. 9 to Monday, Oct. 11. —Lauren Seaman
Lions look to overturn October trend with wins against Harvard, Dartmouth Before Columbia’s loss to Cornell, the volleyball team had not lost for a month. Now, though, the Lions are 0-1 in October. September was great. The Lions won a program-record nine straight games, Megan Gaughn won Ivy League Player of the Week honors, and the freshman class has been outstanding. However, October is still a big unknown, and Columbia’s 3-2 loss to Cornell did little to prove that the Light Blue can surge through its schedule in the next month and a half. Last season, the Lions also swept through the early parts of the season, garnering a 9-4 nonconference record. However, last year’s Lions couldn’t capitalize on this momentum, losing 3-0 to Cornell to begin October, and mustering just three more wins the rest of the year. This weekend, in matchups at Harvard (3-11, 0-2 Ivy) and Dartmouth (11-2, 2-0 Ivy), Columbia (9-3, 1-1 Ivy) will have a chance to show that it can carry its dominant nonconference play into Ivy competition. Columbia will start off the weekend by playing Harvard Friday. Although the Crimson
COLUMBIA AT HARVARD Cambridge, Mass., Friday, 7 p.m. COLUMBIA AT DARTMOUTH Hanover, N.H., Saturday, 4 p.m.
currently stands last in the Ancient Eight, Harvard similarly struggled early last year, but then defeated the Light Blue 3-0 and 3-2 in both matches. After the Harvard game, Columbia will head over to Hanover, N.H., for an early season showdown with the league-leading Dartmouth squad. The two teams have the best opponent hitting percentages in the Ivy League—Columbia is in first with a percentage of 0.113, while Dartmouth is right behind with 0.145—and both teams also have the two best nonconference records in the Ancient Eight. A win over this Big Green squad would be tremendous for Columbia volleyball. Today’s match begins at 7 p.m. in Cambridge, Mass. Competition begins in Hanover, N.H., tomorrow at 4 p.m. —Michael Zhong
Light Blue golf team to visit Virginia for weekend tournament Coming off a secondplace finish at the Cornell Invitational, the men’s golf team will travel to Williamsburg, Va., this Saturday to participate in the Joe Agee Invitational. Hosted by the College of William & Mary, the tournament includes a variety of teams from the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. The event is the second to last of the Lions’ fall season, and will give the team a good opportunity to preserve its momentum as it prepares to defend the Ivy League crown next spring. At last year’s tournament, the Lions finished sixth overall, one stroke behind George Mason. Despite the team’s poor showing, then-junior Clark Granum moved up 20 spots in the individual standings on the final day to tie for third. Thensophomore Brendan Doyle tied for 15th. This year’s squad appears poised for a better finish. While the fall of 2009 began slowly
JOE AGEE INVITATIONAL Williamsburg, Va., Oct. 9-10
with 11th- and sixth-place showings, the Lions have performed at a consistently high level in 2010. The team took third at the Rutgers Invitational and finished second last weekend in Ithaca, behind the stellar play of freshman Jordan Lee, sophomore Michael Yiu, and Granum. Granum, whose electrifying final round last April sealed the Lions’ Ivy League victory, shot a four-under par 67 at Rutgers and Yiu notcahed a fifth-place finish at Cornell. With a team largely composed of returning players, the Lions will feature several golfers who are familiar with the course after last year’s invitational. The team gets back into the swing of things with tournament competition all day Saturday and Sunday. —Ian Scheffler
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DOWNFIELD | Lafayette quarterback Ryan O’Neil will lead his team on the field this Saturday against the Lions. The Leopards are 0-4 so far this season, looking for their first win this weekend.
Leopards come to town with QB O’Neil O’NEIL from back page some time on the sidelines due to injury this season. O’Neil “didn’t play much in the second game, following a bone bruise on his knee from the first game,” Leopards head coach Frank Tavani said. Despite the injury, O’Neil decided to play through the pain, opting to return to the lineup as soon as possible. He “played towards the end of the second game against Penn— we brought him in down the stretch to run our two-minute deal,” Tavani said. However, adversity is nothing new to O’Neil, who began his college career back in 2008 on the junior varsity football squad, using spring practice to work his way up the Leopard depth chart. Last year, O’Neil gained valuable experience as the backup quarterback behind then-senior Rob Curley. “He’s a
kid that’s worked very hard for two years preparing himself to be in a situation,” Tavani said. Through his backup role, O’Neil played in two games last season. “He’s done a great job in developing leadership from the position,” Tavani said. “The position itself dema nds that you obviously have some leadership qualities.” Even though the Leopards have had a tough start to the season, O’Neil has transitioned well from backup to starter. “He’s handled that very well,” Tavani said. “He’s a tough-minded kid. He’s a serious competitor. Each game he gains that valuable game experience.” O’Neil, however, still has plenty to learn and room for improvement over the next season and a half. “We’ve had some real frustration, some key drop balls that
were right in people’s hands to win games and be in a different situation than we’re in, but unfortunately, the reality is we’re sitting here 0-4,” Tavani said. Before college, O’Neil had years of experience on the gridiron at Iona Preparatory School in New Rochelle, N.Y. O’Neil excelled on the field, passing for 2,300 yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior and lettering in both basketball and football. O’Neil has also displayed an impressive level of academic excellence through two years of college: In 2009, he was selected to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll and currently maintains an impressive 3.22 GPA. Although the Leopards have yet to win a game, rest assured that they are a force to be reckoned with, hungry for their first victory and led by an intelligent and motivated signal-caller in Ryan O’Neil.
OCTOBER 8, 2010
Local competition on deck for Light Blue The Columbia Lions cross country team is energized heading into this weekend’s competition: the 2010 Metropolitan Championships. The Light Blue boasts a celebrated reputation at this event, where the men have been victorious in an impressive 10 out of the last 12 years and the women have perfection, winning 12 consecutive championships. “Obviously, we want to continue this tradition of success,” head coach Willy Wood said. “I am expecting them to run very well and for us to win.” With all these past achievements, the pressure is mounting for the Lions. Wood is not
planning to enter any of the racers that competed in the Paul Short Invitational last weekend, and without these premier 10-12 runners on either side competing, it will be up to the rest of the team to represent Columbia well. The Lions will “look for the rest of the team to step up considerably and keep our win streak intact,” Wood said. Wo o d feels the Metropolitan Championships will play an important role in helping him gauge where his team’s fitness level stands. He anticipates using the meet’s outcome to identify which runners will ultimately make up the varsity squad for the remainder of the season.
COLUMBIA VS. CORNELL Ithaca, N.Y., Saturday, 2 p.m.
Though NCAA PreNationals loom just one week ahead, Wood is completely focused on beating the competition this weekend. Team members are “only concerned with running our own races and competing relative to our fitness for the week,” he said. “We have every intention of defending our title.” The 2010 Metropolitan Championships kick off at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Van Cortlandt Park. —Alexander Contratto
Tough competition ahead for Lions soccer BY SARAH SOMMER Spectator Senior Staff Writer The Columbia women’s soccer team blanked both of its Ivy League opponents this season. Penn scored a combined seven goals in its first two Ivy games. This weekend, the teams known for successes on opposite ends of the field will meet on the same pitch. “This will be quite a showdown,” senior captain Kelly Hostetler said. Columbia (6-2-2, 1-0-1 Ivy) travels to Penn on Friday for its third Ivy game of the season and a chance to earn its second conference win. The Quakers are tied with Princeton for first in the league standings, while the Lions hold sole possession of third. Columbia has displayed its defensive prowess throughout the year, achieving a league-high six shutouts and allowing a leaguelow five goals. Junior goalkeeper Lillian Klein has already made 50 saves, the second-most in the conference. The Lions’ defense is a force on the national scale as well, ranking second in save percentage (0.915) and eighth in goals-against average (0.47). While Penn’s offense will pose a significant challenge, Columbia’s defensive approach remains firm. “Our intention is always to deny the other team quality scoring chances and to keep them off the board,” head coach Kevin
McCarthy said. “That does not change from game to game.” Penn (5-5-0, 2-0-0) will look to overpower Columbia with multiple goals. The Quakers began league competition with a 4-3 win over Harvard, the reigning Ivy champion. In their second Ivy matchup, they rolled to a 3-0 victory at Cornell. Freshman forward Kerry Scalora—a two-time Ivy Rookie of the Week—leads Penn with three goals.
“Our intention is always to deny the other team quality scoring chances” —Kevin McCarthy men’s soccer head coach Last year, Columbia earned a 4-2 win over Penn. The Lions scored twice in each half and took a total of 14 shots. Klein made six saves in the victory, including blocking a penalty kick in the 80th minute. While Columbia and Penn have developed reputations this season, neither team has limited its success to one aspect of the game. Penn has posted four shutouts this year, including one in conference play. In the Quakers’ most recent matchup, a loss at Army, they allowed just
COLUMBIA AT PENN Philadelphia, Penn., Friday, 7 p.m.
one goal. Though the Lions have struggled to score in recent games, they have tallied 14 goals this season— just as many as Penn. Columbia also leads the league with 70 corner kicks, a sign of the Lions’ aggressive attack. In order to win on Friday, Columbia must regain its scoring touch. The Lions need to finish the scoring opportunities that they create, especially against a team that is torching Ivy opponents. While Columbia’s defense could stifle Penn, it will not lead the Lions to victory on its own. In all of the Lions’ wins this year, they have scored at least one goal before halftime. A firsthalf goal could propel Columbia on Friday. But the Lions have higher standards. “We need to recognize that when we do get an early goal, that we can’t be satisfied with that,” Hostetler said. “We have to keep pushing for a second and a third, especially in Ivy play.” Still, the theme of this weekend is clear. Even if Columbia capitalizes on scoring chances, the battle between its defense and Penn’s offense will take center stage. “It’s about the immovable force against the unstoppable object,” McCarthy said. “We think it’s going to be an interesting game.”
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DROP KICK | Goalkeeper Lillian Klein has contributed to two shutouts against Ancient Eight opponents so far this season. In 10 games this year, the Lions have only let in five goals so far.
REACH FOR IT Senior Kevin Kung and the Lions are looking to improve their play at this weekend’s invitational. The Light Blue has home court advantage at this weekend’s Columbia Classic. |
Columbia to host weekend invitational BY KUNAL GUPTA Spectator Senior Staff Writer Coming off two straight subpar performances in fall tournaments, the men’s tennis team will host the Columbia Classic this weekend with hopes that playing indoors on its home courts can turn around its fortunes this fall. Columbia failed to place a single player in singles or team in doubles in a final at the USTA Collegiate Men’s Invitational, the most recent tournament. At the Princeton Invitational the week before that, the team had only one player reach the finals in singles while once again, no doubles team reached the finals. No. 1 singles player Haig Schneiderman has been battling a nagging back injury since the end of summer and drew a tough draw in the USTA Invitational, where he faced top overall seed Marc Powers in the first round. Last year, Schneiderman came into the Columbia Classic having played in the D’Novo/ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla., earlier in the week and was upset in the first round by Jason Magnes from Penn, a former junior rival. Senior Kevin Kung has had the most solid results of any Columbia player this fall, as he reached the quarterfinals of his draw at the Princeton Invitational and beat players from Yale and Princeton along the way. He
also reached the quarterfinals in the USTA Invitational and reached the semifinals in the “A” doubles draw at the Princeton Invitational with Nate Gery. The duo was upset early in the USTA Invitational by a team from Penn. Last year at the Columbia Classic, Kung reached the semifinals of the “B” singles draw, but was defeated by teammate Cyril Bucher in three tight sets.
Senior Kevin Kung has had the most solid results of any Columbia player this fall. Sophomore Cyril Bucher has had mixed results this fall, as has his younger brother Tizan, a freshman on the team. Cyril lost all three of his matches in the “B” singles draw at the USTA Invitational, and Tizan won his first round match, but was beaten badly in his second round match. The brothers have teamed up to play doubles together as well, but have not found the right rhythm yet, as they were beaten in the first round at the USTA Invitational. Cyril has had much better results indoors and reached the finals of
Columbia Classic Dick Savitt Tennis Center, Oct. 8-10
the “B” singles draw last year before falling to the No. 1 seed in a third-set tie-break. Nate Gery has had some tough-luck losses this fall, including one to Aba OmodeleLucien from Harvard in a thirdset super tie-break at the USTA Invitational and a third-set tiebreak loss to Joel Samaha from Yale at the Princeton Invitational. Gery reached the quarterfinals of the Columbia Classic last year. Rajeev Deb-Sen had a big win last year, beating Adam Schwartz from Penn, but fell to eventual champ Matija Pecotic from Princeton in the second round in three sets. Deb-Sen has also been a hard-luck loser this year, particularly in the USTA Invitational, where he lost both of his matches in three-set heartbreaks. Defending “A” singles champion Matija Pecotic is playing in the Columbia Classic once again this year, along with players from Ivy rivals Princeton and Penn, although Penn’s top player Hicham Laalej isn’t expected to play since he is taking part in the ITA AllAmerican Championships this week. The Columbia Classic will start on Friday and conclude with the finals matches for both singles and doubles on Sunday.
FRIDAY FOURTH DOWN
Lafayette at Columbia (-6.5) Cornell at Harvard (-22.5) Brown at Holy Cross (+6.5) Colgate at Princeton (+5.5) Penn at Bucknell (+18.5) Yale at Dartmouth (+2.5) LSU at Florida (-6.5) Philadelphia at San Francisco (-3.5)
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The Lions have struggled to put points on the board or even put together very successful drives early in the game so far this season. It would be a big boost to the Light Blue’s momentum if the offense could get in the swing of things right from the start of the game.
So far this season, Lafayette has shown a weakness in the rushing game—last week, the Leopards only ran for 55 yards. Therefore, if the Light Blue defense can stay strong and prevent Lafayette from making progress on the ground, the Leopards should have trouble making their way to the end zone.
Kicking Head coach Norries Wilson has stressed many times this season that the Lions need to get a firm grip on their kicking game. Though there has been improvement since the Light Blue’s first game against Fordham, the Lions still need to work on maintaining a consistent kicking game.
Mark Layton Wide receiver Mark Layton is currently leading the Leopards with 240 passing yards this season. The Lions have yet to establish a pair of starting wide receivers, though Nico Gutierrez has consistently taken to the gridiron so far. Gutierrez, who has 177 receiving yards this season, will need to try to match Layton’s numbers this weekend.
While the Lions’ defense has come on strong so far, each and every week poses new challenges. This week, Lafayette brings star linebacker Schmidlein, who has 38 tackles in four games this season. Schmidlein is not far behind Gross, who already has 39 tackles in three games. Both teams’ defenses will have to work hard to keep their opponent from putting points on the board.
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HARVARD VS. CORNELL
DARTMOUTH VS. YALE
The Big Red (1-2, 0-1 Ivy) and the Crimson (2-1, 0-1 Ivy) will face off tomorrow in Cambridge, Mass. Both teams have a 0-1 conference record and are looking for their first win in the Ancient Eight. Harvard was dealt its first Ivy blow by Brown two weeks ago, 29-14. In the Bears’ first ever night game at their stadium, they shocked the preseason favorite Crimson by jumping out to a 23-7 lead. Harvard responded to that loss by trouncing Lafayette 35-10 last Saturday. Cornell was dominated by Yale, 21-7, the same weekend Harvard lost to Brown. Both teams will have to step up their game this weekend if they hope to improve to .500 in the conference, but the Crimson has home-field advantage.
The Big Green (2-1, 0-1 Ivy) will host the Bulldogs (2-1, 1-0 Ivy) this weekend in each team’s second round of Ivy play. Dartmouth is coming off of a heart-wrenching loss to the Quakers last week. The Ancient Eight foes were tied at the end of regulation, but a Red and Blue touchdown in overtime sealed the deal for a 35-28 Penn victory. Similarly, Yale dropped its most recent matchup to Albany by a close score of 23-20. Leading the Elis on the gridiron will be quarterback Patrick Witt, who threw for 231 in the last game. Similarly, Big Green QB Conner Kempe threw for 239 yards in his last contest.
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Wow, you really can get anything into Spec... time for my comeback.
Eagles True Blue
Bolland on the breakaway!!!
Bart Lopez (9-15)
Crush the rush
I know my record’s bad, but the Nats’ is way worse.
Jacob Levenfeld (10-14)
At least I’m undefeated in Spec Sports’ fantasy football league...
Cornell Holy Cross
Kunal Gupta (11-13)
Jacob’s shoutout is not a robot.
Michele Cleary (12-12)
Lucas Shaw (13-11)
Philadelphia doesn’t deserve the Phillies.
BY THE NUMBERS
Jim Pagels (13-11)
Cliff Lee vs. Roy Halladay Game 1 of the WS. Mark your calendars.
KEYS TO THE GAME
Corny Crusaders Toothpase Not Penn Bulldogs Florida 49ers
Michael Shapiro (9-15)
HOLY CROSS VS. BROWN
PENN VS. BUCKNELL
PRINCETON VS. COLGATE
The Bears are slated to close out their nonconference schedule this Saturday against Holy Cross. The Crusaders (2-3) have already faced an Ivy foe once this season, though the outcome was not in their favor. The Crusaders dueled the Crimson two weeks ago, but Harvard came out victorious, 34-6. Brown, however, won its first Ivy game against Harvard, suggesting a grim outlook for Holy Cross. The Crusaders do have the benefit of the home crowd, though, as they will host the Bears in their neck of the woods.
After beating Dartmouth 35-28 in overtime last Saturday, Penn will take a break from conference action when it travels to Bucknell this weekend. The Quakers lost their 21-14 halftime lead in the third quarter, but a one-yard run by quarterback Billy Ragone in the first overtime period sealed Penn’s victory. The Bison are 0-4 on the season, and have lost to Ivy foes Cornell and Dartmouth.
The Tigers will try to rebound from last week’s 42-14 loss to the Lions when they host the Raiders this Saturday. Though Princeton leads the all-time series 26-24-1, Colgate has momentum on its side after winning last year’s matchup in double overtime on the Tigers’ turf. So far this season, Princeton has allowed its opponents to score at least 30 points in every game. Offensively, the Raiders have reached that benchmark in two games this season, both of which they won.
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COLUMBIA (2-1, 1-0 Ivy) vs. LAFAYETTE (0-3) SATURDAY, 12:30 P.M., ROBERT K. KRAFT FIELD RADIO: WKCR 89.9 FM, WWDJ 970 AM • SPECTRUM.COLUMBIASPECTATOR.COM
Lions to ﬁght for third win of season
QB O’Neil to try hand against Lions BY ROBERT WREN GORDON Spectator Staff Writer
BY VICTORIA JONES Spectator Staff Writer
Before the Lions can advance to 3-1 this Saturday, they will have to face the Lafayette Leopards, led by junior quarterback Ryan O’Neil. In O’Neil’s third season as a Leopard and first season as a starter, he has
“[O’Neil’s] done a great job in developing leadership from the position.” — Frank Tavani, Lafayette head football coach passed for 891 yards, thrown four touchdown passes, and completed 68 percent of his attempts in just three games. However, despite O’Neil’s play, the Leopards have failed to win a single game this season, a season which has been marked by challenges, not only for the Leopards, but also for O’Neil. O’Neil has already spent
SEE O’NEIL, page 5
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SUPER SEVEN | Tight end Andrew Kennedy set a personal record last weekend against Princeton. Kennedy caught seven passes for a career-high 148 receiving yards—a team high as well for the day—a feat he will try to improve upon this weekend against Lafayette.
CU still has something to prove
t’s funny how some things never change. Exactly one year ago on this day, I sat in this exact same chair and found myself in the exact same situation. The Columbia KUNAL football team GUPTA was 2-1, coming off a Moving big win over the arch-rival Princeton. Chains The campus was abuzz with chatter about how this was the team that was going to turn around a historically bad football program. Lafayette was the next opponent—a formidable one to be sure—and Columbia would certainly be the underdog, but it was a winnable game. With a victory, Columbia would be considered an elite team. I cautioned at that time that before we all jump on board, we had to see one more solid team perfor-
With a victory, Columbia would be considered an elite team. mance. The team came out and jumped out to a 21-10 lead at halftime, but an embarrassing second half that included only three completions by quarterback M.A. Olawale doomed the Lions to a 24-21 heartbreaking defeat. The team we all thought was on the way up finished 3-4 in Ivy play and we were once again back to square one with a team that found a way to grasp defeat from the jaws of victory. Well, here we are one year later, and I’m going to echo the same sentiment of caution. The
SEE GUPTA, page 3
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KEEP AWAY | Henning Sauerbier has broken onto the scene of Columbia soccer in his first season of play.
Men’s soccer to shoot for first Ancient Eight win BY MRINAL MOHANKA Spectator Staff Writer The Columbia men’s soccer team (4-5-1, 0-1 Ivy) will be looking for its first win in Ivy League play when it takes on Penn (7-2-0, 1-0 Ivy) this weekend. The matchup marks the first time since 1990 that the Light Blue has the opportunity to make it three consecutive wins against the Quakers, in a series that dates back to 1958. The Lions will travel to Philadelphia, on the back of a 3-0 loss to Brown, hoping to recapture the form that won them three straight games prior to that defeat. Columbia’s Ivy campaign got off to the worst possible start as the team struggled to get into the game in Providence and squandered several chances to level the affair as it trailed 1-0. Earlier this week, freshman Henning Sauerbier was crowned Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the second time this season. Sauerbier is the Lions’ leading goal-scorer, having found the back of the net three times this season, and he also leads the Light Blue in points. The Lions will be hoping Sauerbier can add to his tally and influence the game in Philadelphia. The Quakers have been in fine form this season, and will aim to get their second Ivy win of the season against Columbia. Penn managed to sneak past Cornell this past
COLUMBIA AT PENN Philadelphia, Pa., Friday, 7 p.m.
weekend in a tight affair that ended 1-0 to the Quakers. Travis Cantrell scored in the 89th minute to break the deadlock and hand Penn the points. Freshman forward Stephen Baker has been a dominant force this season and is well ahead of his teammates in the points tal-
“We’ve prepared well for the Penn game, and we’ll be looking to get a result to kickstart our Ivy campaign.” —Bayo Adafin, senior forward ly. Baker leads the Penn scoring charts with seven goals, and will be in search of his first goal against Ivy League opposition. Last season, the Lions triumphed against the Quakers, 1-0,
SEE MEN’S SOCCER, page 3
Zero wins, four losses. So far this season, Lafayette’s football team is 0-4. In his tenure as head coach of the Lions, when it comes to playing Lafayette, Norries Wilson is 0-3. But by the time the clock runs out on Saturday, someone is going to have a first win. Saturday’s matchup against Lafayette will be the Light Blue’s final nonconference game of the season. The Leopards have already faced three Ivy opponents this season, but have yet to find their stride and put a win on the board. There was a big disparity in rushing game performance in Lafayette’s last matchup that could be beneficial to the Lions this weekend. In their game against the Crimson—a 35-10 decision in favor of Harvard—the Leopards failed to find their rhythm on the ground. Harvard’s offense rushed for 311 yards while Lafayette was only able to accumulate 55. Sticking with the run—should Columbia’s offensive line continue to perform up to par—could be a key aspect of this weekend’s game. “Every game is different and if the running game’s clicking, we’ll
SEE FOOTBALL, page 5
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2010 • PAGE B1
Reconsidering Times Square, one bite at a time BY CAITLYN MCGINN Spectator Staff Writer It may seem as though Times Square is the ultimate time-suck of befuddled tourists, overpriced chain restaurants, and rampant capitalism, and it is—especially in students’ eyes. Interest in the ol’ Square generally crashes and burns shortly after the weather turns cold freshman year, if not by the end of NSOP week. Other than cheap Broadway tickets via the Columbia TIC booth, nothing was going to make me, a senior, trudge downtown to the center of tackiness, tourists, and tastelessness. But after many a night when I found myself hungry after seeing a two-and-a half-hour show, I started developing my hypothesis of Times Square as a secret weapon, full of tasty and surprisingly reasonably priced restaurants disguised as tourist-magnet chains with primary colors, costumed employees, and neon lights. And so I began my mission to discover Times Square beyond the allure of bright lights, one meal at a time. First on my agenda was a quick, early lunch. After surveying a couple blocks worth of dirty and expensive restaurants, I succumbed to the shiny metallic exterior of the Midtown location of Shake Shack (Eighth Avenue and 44th Street). I’d always heard that Shake Shack was a New York institution, but I’d never bothered to actually go. The line wasn’t terribly long. I ordered a cheeseburger, fries, and lemonade for only $9.50. Food-wise, Shake Shack lived up to its reputation, especially in terms of its relatively studentfriendly prices. But the joy of visiting this Times
Square restaurant is the view. For instance, during my visit, half the restaurant, myself included, watched a tourist in a minivan awkwardly attempt to parallel park for 15 minutes. He scooted up and back and sideways without ever getting closer than three feet from the curb, and demolished the front license plate of the car behind him in the process. The two tables next to the window cheered when he gave up and unloaded his kids in his pair of white sneakers and rolled-up socks—peoplewatching at its finest. For dinner, I decided to stop by the behemoth of hokey chain restaurants, Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, at Seventh Avenue between 43rd and 44th streets. Sure, the “Forrest Gump” theme, New Jersey school groups, and confused foreign tourists can be a little disconcerting, but the food is worth it. And what’s even better is that for customers who order strategically, the food is a great deal as well. The trick at this restaurant is for diners to split everything they order. The prices are double what they should be, but that’s because customers are given double the food. One order of the Bourbon Street Mahi Mahi is $18.99, but it includes two four-ounce filets of charbroiled Mahi Mahi, nearly two cups of mashed potatoes, 10 grilled shrimp, and an amazing bourbon sauce—plenty for two hungry students on a mid-size budget. For students with a hankering for Southern shrimp, Gump’s is well worth the trip to Times Square. My final stop on the Times Square food rediscovery mission was inspired by my love of cheese
SEE TIMES SQUARE, page B2 JIIN CHOI
New Museum exhibit is black and white and read all over BY DANIELLE ARONOWITZ Columbia Daily Spectator A cohesive collection of interactive art uses the black and white foundation of newspaper print to set the stage for a new wave of gallery exhibition style. On Wednesday, the New Museum in SoHo opened an exhibition titled “The Last Newspaper,” which focuses on artists’ reactions to the news and how these reactions are incorporated into works of art. Compositions by renowned artists such as Hans Haacke and Judith Bernstein are brought together under one roof in an effort to recontextualize the influence of newsprint. “The Last Newspaper” features pieces from 27 artists as well as interactive, on-site contributions from nine groups of artists visiting from around the globe. According to co-curators Richard Flood and Benjamin Godsill, the goal of the exhibit is to portray how artists have rooted their reactions to the media in their own innovative art. Over the next 10 weeks, a portion of the gallery will act as a center for public interaction where contributing artist groups can exchange ideas with visitors about the content of the exhibition and the specific projects each group will produce on-site. Unlike other museums, the New Museum strives to experiment with the “socialization of the museum space,” Flood said. The gallery space is filled with art and intellectual dialogue expressing the way in which news publications play a definitive role in people’s everyday lives. The pieces address a range of topics, from popular culture and on-camera murders to the downfall of Saddam Hussein. The artists used various types of materials, such as yellow Plexiglas frames, mannequins dressed in wigs, and, of course, newsprint. A plethora of interactive pieces were also on display, including a collection of the morning’s local newspapers for any visitor KAI ZHANG FOR SPECTATOR
A visitor at the New Museum in SoHo examines a work in the current exhibit “The Last Newspaper.”
SEE NEW MUSEUM, page B2
OCTOBER 8, 2010
Sample sale websites
Like Magnolia cupcakes or Central Park picnics, sample sales usually stay comfortably in the confines of the only island with enough Rag & Bone devotees and Tory Burch aficionados to fill tiny Garment District spaces to the point of frenzy. Even for Manhattanites with access to drastically discounted designer wares, the advent of websites like Gilt Groupe or Swirl is a welcome alternative to the long lines and elbowing shoppers customary at the traditional sample sales downtown. —BY LIZZY FOYDEL
Gilt Groupe Gilt Groupe, one of the first and most well known sites, became popular in 2007, when it began to offer coveted big-name lines like Marc by Marc Jacobs and Missoni. Unlike other websites that offer seasonal sales or discounts, Gilt offers 72-hour flash sales of past-season designer stock. The items are sorted into categories either by designer or by theme, and are typically sold for 50 to 70 percent off the original selling price. True to a competitive shopping mentality, Gilt’s daily rounds of sales open for business at 12 p.m. EST and require membership sign-up with an email address to log on to the sale site. The best deals and choicest pieces often go within the first 15 minutes. In addition to mens- and womenswear, Gilt also offers bargains on gifts, vacations, and city food and cultural events.
Fashion Vault at eBay
Rue La La Rue La La offers two-day “boutiques” of everything from Free People and Current/Elliot to Valentino Prêtà-Porter, Calvin Klein, and Gant. Each week’s sales can be previewed through online lookbooks. Referring a friend to the site earns a registered member $10 in shopping credit. Countdown tickers to the closure of current sales and the start of upcoming ones make the experience more authentic than casually perusing the sale merchandise on a department store website.
Banking on the success of such ventures, eBay has entered the sample sale market with its “Fashion Vault” section. Instead of the typical eBay bidding war, the Fashion Vault works more like an online outlet mall. Shoppers browse flash sales of brands such as French Connection and DKNY at 60 percent or 70 percent off and use the “Buy It Now” feature to instantly purchase from the selection currently available.
Swirl Swirl, which also offers up to 80 percent-off fashion, is the sample sale affiliate of DailyCandy, a New York-based daily email newsletter that urban fashionistas have subscribed to since the beginning of the aughts. Long a purveyor of insider info on steals and sample sale listings for the NYC area, DailyCandy recently launched its own virtual selling floor, which occasionally houses some of the brands mentioned in its newsletter. JIIN CHOI
Reconsidering Times Square one bite at a time TIMES SQUARE from page B1
kai zhang for spectator
Mannequins decked out in pop culture imagery appear at the New Museum.
Exhibit is black and white and read all over NEW MUSEUM from page B1 to rip up and add to a bulletin board. Godsill described the piece as a way “to create a space for the audience to take part [in the exhibit] in an active way.” The most recent work on display is a series of paintings done by the artist Nate Lowman, whom Godsill described as a “young, brightly energized artist.” The exhibit refers to Lowman as an “image thief ” who stole images from pop culture, art history, and the news for his own artistic purposes. Lowman’s collection of paintings and ink blots may catch the eye of the popculture-savvy viewer. Social figures such as Justin Bieber, Lindsay Lohan, Jake Sully and Neytiri of “Avatar,” and Michael Jackson are featured in four of his 17 paintings. This portion of the exhibit will expand over time as Lowman adds additional paintings. As one of the contributing artist groups stationed at the gallery, Jeffrey Inaba and the Columbia Laboratory for Architectural Broadcasting displayed a piece titled “Cloudy with a Chance of Certainty.” The piece, consisting of three mounted plasma screens, demonstrates the impact weather can have on cities across the country. Posted quotes by weathermen, such as “Hang in there,” “This again is an estimate,” and “Cross your fingers,” point out, in a comedic tone, the unpredictability of the weather and the persistent attempt of forecasts
to master the unknown. A second group, Latitudes—a curatorial organization based in Barcelona, Spain—will compile, edit, and publish a weekly newspaper that will catalogue information about the exhibit and the contributing artist groups over the next 10 weeks. To emphasize its importance, Flood referred to this publication as “the journal of the exhibition.” Columbia alumni teamed up with Kazys Varnelis, a faculty member and director of the Network Architecture Lab at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, to form a third artist group. In contrast to Latitudes, NetLab will create several issues of a graphic publication titled “The New City Reader” to focus on the active role of newsprint in New York City. The current issue shines light on the 1977 blackout and how news continued to flow even as the city came to a sudden halt. The publication has a number of illustrations that vividly demonstrate the events of that day as the city sat in darkness. “The Last Newspaper” has taken elaborate and innovative steps to differentiate itself from stereotypically static art exhibits, and instead mirrors the accelerated and ever-changing culture of newsprint. Topics covered by news publications worldwide can range from the bizarre to the unfortunate. In any case, Flood said, a newspaper—not unlike art itself—is a “work that exemplifies all of these issues.”
and old-school P. Diddy: Junior’s Cheesecake on 45th Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues. Arguably one of the all-time greatest reality TV moments is P. Diddy’s demand for Junior’s Cheesecake on MTV’s “Making the Band 2,” when his wannabe singers and rappers had to walk from Midtown to Brooklyn to get it. Unfortunately for them, that was back in 2002, before the Theater District location opened up—now, students no longer have to leave the island for fantastic cheesecake. Junior’s has all the standard varieties, such as plain, strawberry, and chocolate swirl, and for times when cheesecake just seems a little too, well, cheesy, Junior’s has got students covered with one of the best items on the menu, the Devil’s Food Cheesecake. This decadent dish is half devil’s food cake, half cheesecake, and all greatness. Junior’s even has a to-go deli counter adjacent to the main restaurant for diners who want to grab an individual slice and run from the tourists as soon as possible. However, it may not be so easy to avoid those tourists anymore, thanks to the massive redesign of Times Square that has closed down Broadway from 42nd to 47th streets. Painted green and topped with tiny, red folding chairs and tables, the street is now a resting spot for tourists too tired to continue holding their bags stuffed with commercialism and kitsch. While slightly zombie-movie-esque, the mobs of people wandering through the street provide moments of hilarity for those New Yorkers just visiting the neighborhood. I found the perfect people-peeping game to play on my visit: tourist or exercising New Yorker? The only time I’ve confused a local for a tourist is right before or after they’ve gone to the gym or for a run—tennis shoes, cargo shorts, or even a loose name-brand T-shirt might be found on New Yorkers, but only when they’re exercising. The crowds are still mildly repulsive, but I
Post-meal activities that aren’t just for tourists POP TART WORLD (128 West 42nd St., between Broadway and SIxth Avenue) Craving an individualized pastry experience? This pop-up Pop Tart store is akin to the M&M store, including a massive “Varietizer” that lets visitors choose six flavors for their own personal box of treats. TOYS R US (1514 Broadway, at 44th Street) It may not be the ultimate store for the college-age shopper, but the animatronic T-Rex and life-size Barbie dream house can satisfy even the most jaded Columbian’s inner child. Plus, it’s a great resource for students seeking seasonal jobs. ‘BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON’ (242 West 45th St., between Seventh and Eighth avenues) The hot new musical of the season has an emo-rock score and is led by actor-comedian Benjamin Walker, who happens to have a fantastic voice. GRAPHIC BY STEPHANIE MANNHEIM
now have three reasons to visit the neighborhood that are more appetizing than the tourists are unfashionable. With new lunch, dinner, and dessert spots, I can expand my New Yorker wisdom and look cool by refusing to put down Times Square and instead offering insider information on chain restaurants no one would expect to enjoy. All it takes is a little determination, open-mindedness, and tolerance for neon lights.
Wine & Food Festival: Taste the city’s best FESTIVAL from page B4 well attended by students who down coffee like it’s water. Attendees will learn how to prepare top-quality, espresso-based drinks and even have the opportunity to taste-test. Anyone who has ever gone to a restaurant because Bobby Flay had a “throwdown” there will want to attend “The New York Insider,” which will be held Saturday. For $35, attendees will meet New York’s top restaurant owners and sommeliers and find out where they go when they’re not working. Nowadays, it seems every other restaurant claims to use local ingredients, but is this really true? The “Panel Discussion: Has the Word ‘Local’ Lost All Its Meaning?,” which takes place Friday, will help those who are skeptical by addressing whether the “local” movement has staying power. Students who attend the festival will likely develop a better understanding of current food issues, and plus, they will find out the latest happenings in the New York restaurant scene. Now that midterms have arrived, friends will surely appreciate those newly acquired coffee-making skills.
Upcoming Wine & Food Festival Events 1
FRIDAY, OCT. 8 2 3
1. TIMES TALKS—NEW YORK’S STAR-STUDDED CHEFS The Times Center, 242 West 41st St. (between Seventh and Eighth avenues) 6-7:15 p.m. | $30
SATURDAY, OCT. 9 2. GIADA DE LAURENTIS SIGNING The Welcome Center, 10th Avenue & West 15th St.
1:45-2:45 p.m. | FREE
3. ILLY MASTER BARISTA SERIES: BE YOUR OWN BARISTA Illy Issimi AuthentiCity Lounge, 632 Hudson St. (between Horatio and Jane streets) 1-2 p.m. & 3-4 p.m. | $10 4. THE NEW YORK INSIDER Locanda Verde, 377 Greenwich St. (at Moore Street) 12-1 p.m. | $35 GRAPHIC BY GEETIKA RUDRA
OCTOBER 8, 2010
An intimate look at the politics of porn
COURTESY OF LINCOLN RISTORANTE
Lincoln’s dining room is posh, but the food doesn’t live up to what diners might expect of the restaurant’s seasoned chefs.
Lincoln’s Italian eats are exquisite but lack inspiration BY JASON BELL Spectator Staff Writer In order to afford dinner at Lincoln, I ate peanut butter sandwiches for 10 days straight. One of this fall’s most highly anticipated new restaurants, Lincoln (142 West 65th St., between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue) serves upscale Italian fare to a pre-performance crowd—young couples out on the town, dusty Park Avenue types eagerly awaiting a night of ballet. Jonathan Benno, ex-chef de cuisine at Thomas Keller’s Per Se, heads Lincoln’s kitchen, and a host of other Thomas Keller alums fill out the ranks. Expectations for Lincoln were astronomical: Benno’s pedigree and reputation attracted intense media scrutiny, despite—and perhaps in part due to—his decision to deviate from Keller’s French-inflected American cuisine. Housed in an imposing glass structure, Lincoln feels like a luxe waiting room, an expensive dentist’s office where trust fund babies go to get root canals. Before dinner, take a stroll on the carefully manicured grass roof, gazing out on the stunning Henry Moore sculpture below. Once inside, nod appreciatively at the generically modern tables and leather chairs. There is an approximation of comfort here, but nothing more. Noise leaks into the dining room from the open kitchen—clattering pans and chattering voices provide a buzzing
hum, disguising a cold quietness that seeps into the cavernous space. Benno’s food is unimpeachable. Clearly, his time at Per Se has translated into technical perfection, a controlled and exacting execution of every component in every dish. Unfortunately, many of the surprisingly rustic Italian dishes lack emotional depth. The menu seems robotic, automatically produced with extreme precision. For instance, a foie gras, rabbit, and sweetbread terrine tastes impeccably smooth, dense as fudge, and painstakingly composed. The slab of terrine itself appears massive on the plate, looming over a few leaves of lettuce and greengage plums. After a few bites, though, the forcemeat grows tiresome, overly minimalist, and self-serious. Strozzapreti alla Genovese features zucchini, yellow squash, and squash pesto. The twisted pasta, made in-house, draws up the pesto and delivers a last breath of summer with every bite. $22 seems absurdly expensive, though, at least for such a (beautifully) simplistic dish. For a mere $6 more, try the rigati con granseola: elongated tubular noodles with Dungeness crab, Pacific sea urchin, peperoncini, and sea beans. Arrestingly delicious, this dish overflows with hunks of crab meat and whole, bright orange sea urchin lobes. Every mouthful is an immersion in turbulent surf, like breathing sea air after years away from the shore.
Regrettably, other seafood dishes feel less provocative, less engaging, and more obviously engineered. Striped bass, while seared to a correct golden crisp, tastes muddied and indistinct next to meticulously geometric cubes of cuttlefish, fennel, and orange. The plate speaks of Mediterranean-ness, but fails to evoke any particular place or moment. This dish makes little impression—nice, but too safe. Benno rarely takes risks, and so he rarely flops. But without any adventure, the main courses read like mass-market novels: painfully predictable. Another Per Se veteran, Richard Capizzi, leads Lincoln’s pastry department. Capizzi injects whimsy into classic Italian desserts, taking creative license to reinterpret old favorites. Alongside a generously proportioned huckleberry crostata, a quenelle of licorice gelato initially seems dissonant. Mellow and earthy, the licorice accompanies the sweet berries with a thrumming, piquant bass. Cool mascarpone adds a bright twang. While Benno constantly strives for perfection in Lincoln’s kitchen, a restaurant consists of much more than food alone. Awkward service and a disconcertingly bland atmosphere almost overshadow the food. Even with Benno’s superb cooking, Lincoln is not worth 10 days of peanut butter. My restaurant savings account could have been better spent elsewhere.
A spotlight on proper etiquette for student theatergoers BY MELISSA VON MAYRHAUSER Spectator Staff Writer Baggy jeans, rustling candy wrappers, and buzzing cell phones are all part of an informal atmosphere at many professional theater productions. As the new crop of Broadway shows opens this fall, New York City theaters are attempting to attract a wider variety of audience members, including students, to purchase expensive tickets, and many have become more lenient about expected behavior within the house. Many students have embraced this shift in theatergoing—citing the high ticket prices as a mandate to act as they wish—while others continue to revere the traditions as a sign of respect for the actors. Attending a theater production has conventionally been an exercise in formality. Although it was once considered the norm to wear elegant attire and to refrain from eating during a show, 21st-century viewers seem to be less concerned with these customs. “I see it as a larger pattern of devaluing formality,” history professor Christine Philliou said. Yet, some students view the shift toward a more casual theater experience to be a sign of a necessary relaxation of stuffy social codes. “I dress down,” Stephanie Figueroa, CC ’13, said. “I went to ‘Hamlet’ for 50 bucks each with a group of friends, and we are not going to pay that much money to dress up. We have the night to dress and act however the fuck we want.” Figueroa’s perspective that the cost of a theater ticket—often more than four times as much as a movie ticket—gives viewers the right to behave as they wish is one that an increasing number of young viewers, including Yaotse Kuwonu, CC ’14, are expressing. “I don’t think there should be a dress code,” Kuwonu said. “It should be enjoyable if you’re going to have to sit there for such a long time.” Kuwonu’s mention of time points to an issue faced by contemporary audience members: Why sacrifice so much time for an event that is perhaps an entertainment relic of the past? Some students would disagree with this judgment, though, finding that the act of upholding these norms is a means of paying homage to the people who have created a production. Anna Birinyi, CC ’13, pointed to her experience working at a theater, saying that dressing formally remains an essential part of theatergoing. “People would come into the theater in shorts and flip flops at times,” Birinyi said. “They have a right to dress however they’d like, but it’s a matter of respect to dress nicely.” Lacey Beck, BC ’14, values the established customs of the theater as well, although she does not see it as her role to judge others. “I think you should dress nicely and act nicely,” Beck said. “But I am not going to correct anyone.”
onica University, according to a thread on Yelp, is my official porn star name. Looking at it, I can’t help but think that the majority of the business I’d generate would consist of adults looking for VALERIYA evening classes, not nighttime SAFRONOVA entertainment. Besides narrowing down Sex in my list of post-graduation opthe tions, Googling the porn star Lion’s name formula apparently has little use outside of discoverD en ing a site that touts porn stars as “the heroes of our age.” An interesting label, especially considering the terms I, as a woman, have grown up linking to porn, none of them being positive. In my experience, there’s been a major discrepancy between the ways the genders perceive porn, making me wonder why it’s such an awkward subject for most females my age. The first time I was confronted with “pornography,” or my younger self’s estimation of it, was when a friend suggested we look up “kissing” on the Internet. Shocking, I know. We were so nervous about the results Yahoo (there wasn’t Google back then) would produce, we closed the window before they could even show up. Already, we associated any form of pornography with shame and secrecy. In the next few years, my encounters with porn usually had to do with boys joking about watching it, while girls either giggled or disgustedly hit them on the shoulder. It left me with the overall impression that every boy watches porn, and that all normal girls should deride it. As I’ve learned in the years since, it’s not just the male half of our population that’s into porn. According to a pamphlet published by Feminists for Free Expression, “Half the adult videos in the U.S. are bought or rented by women alone or women in a couple.” The pamphlet was written in 1993, and I can’t imagine that the number of women watching porn has decreased since then. And yet, if I mention porn in front of my female friends, the response is awkward shiftiness and breaking of eye contact. Male friends, on the other hand, will go so far as to call it the “best invention that man ever created.”
None of the terms I’ve grown up linking to porn have been positive. There’s a discrepancy between the ways the genders perceive porn, and I wonder why it’s such an awkward subject for most females my age. Some consider porn to be misogynistic and exploitative of women. However, feminist groups such as FFE have made a point of confronting these concerns with statements such as, “Sexism, not sex, degrades women.” They propose that exploitation of women happens in all fields and that what needs to be combated is not porn, but the combination of long-standing factors that cause modern misogyny. Adding to their arguments is the documentary “The Naked Feminist,” which consists of interviews with a number of major female porn stars who call their work empowering, not degrading. Another reason for the silence surrounding porn seems to be that many college-age women think that watching it makes them appear too sexually open, which, in my opinion, is reminiscent of how admitting to masturbating was weird back in 10th grade. We’re not quite old enough to be entirely comfortable with our sexuality, so we pretend like we’ve never even glimpsed a porno. This attitude seems to be driven in part by the myth that porn is made for men. It’s not hard to see where this idea comes from—turn on any adult entertainment clip and watch as the woman climaxes from simple penetration, screaming her head off like there’s no tomorrow. For a lazy man, a woman who orgasms from his most unskilled motions is probably ideal. Unfortunately, that’s not quite how it is in reality. What disappoints me about porn is that it lacks emotion, tension, or even a climax outside of the most obvious one. It’s insanely dry, with a bland repertoire of already-seen motions and mechanisms. According to the 2009 New York Times article “Lights, Camera, Lots of Action. Forget the Script,” it hasn’t always been this way. Back in the ’70s and ’80s, adult entertainment flicks had real story arcs, with viewers flocking to movies such as “Deep Throat.” Now, though, with the Internet’s demand for short, condensed clips that are easily downloaded, plots are no longer a priority for studios. We’re often labeled “Generation ADD,” and it seems that even our sex lives have been affected. At best, I think my relationship with porn is of the love/hate variety. It leaves me feeling empty, but I do understand the value many see in it. As one of the subjects in “The Naked Feminist” pointed out, though modern porn is far from perfect, it is much better for society than sexual repression. And that is definitely something I stand by.
Valeriya Safronova is a Columbia College junior majoring in East Asian languages and cultures. Sex in the Lion’s Den runs alternate Fridays.
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WHERE IT’S AT
Free Night of Theater
Time: Now through Oct. 31 Place: Theaters across the city Cost: Free
Event offers drama on a discount BY MARICELA GONZALEZ Spectator Staff Writer
New York City Wine & Food Festival
Taste the best the city has to offer BY KATHERINE FREEDMAN Columbia Daily Spectator The Third Annual Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival serves up something for everyone from this weekend through Oct. 10. It sounds like a potential “Real Housewives of New York”-type event, but one need not know the exact ingredients in ratatouille or be able to guess the year of a bottle of Château Mouton Rothschild to appreciate the celebration. The festival, which takes place mainly in the Meatpacking District, features legendary chefs and culinary personalities from New York and around the world—think Daniel Boulud and Ming Tsai swapping recipes with Bobby Flay and Paula Deen. Ticket prices range dramatically from $10 to $1,000, but the majority are between $40 and $100. No need to feel guilty about the splurge, though, since 100 percent of the proceeds go toward the hunger relief organizations Food Bank for New York City and Share Our Strength. Among the more affordable events are “TimesTalks—New York’s Star-Studded Chefs” ($30), which takes place Friday night at the Times Center. Iconic chefs Boulud, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and Michael White will talk about getting to the top of the food world and staying there. Food Network addicts will relish the chance to get a cookbook signed by stars such as Rachael Ray and Giada De Laurentiis. The signings are free and take place throughout the weekend. For example, De Laurentiis will be signing books Saturday at the Welcome Center, located at 10th Avenue and West 15th Street. “Illy’s Master Barista Series: Be Your Own Barista” is sure to be
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Even though the plays presented through Free Night of Theater are inexpensive, many are charged with dramatic excellence. FNT is a nationwide, month-long event that provides free tickets to a variety of theater performances throughout the United States. This year, from Oct. 1-31, the organization is sponsoring about 100 free shows in New York City alone. Granted, the productions are smaller and less well known—usually Off Broadway—as opposed to larger, more mainstream shows like “American Idiot” and “Wicked.” Still, FNT offers a chance for students, especially those who do not go to the theater often, to experience the New York theater scene without hurting their wallets. Typically, the productions are high-quality, with seasoned actors, directors, and writers showcasing rarely expressed viewpoints, such as that of middle-class Argentinean immigrants in 1980s Massachusetts in “underneathmybed.” This is also an opportunity for companies to display productions in wild, neverbefore-seen fashion, such as the Instant Shakespeare Company’s improvisational reading of “All’s Well That Ends Well” and “The Tragedy of Macbeth.” Yet, it seems that the ever-intensifying workload of Columbia students still keeps them in the confines of the University bubble. Alex Van Amson, CC ’13, learned of FNT in an advertisement on the TIC website. But since she is a native New Yorker, she does not go to many free events during the school year. “I usually go to festivals and events during the summer,” Van Amson said. “I try to take advantage of as many of those as possible, because during the school year … it’s so busy.” She also addressed the most important factors in deciding to go to events such as FNT: “I take advantage of free events first, and most importantly, if I know about them. Then, it depends on whether I have time to go and if it’s convenient.” Students who are not lucky enough to live in the city yearround have a limited time to experience New York theater, making FNT an even more significant cultural resource. Chantal Stein, CC ’13, did not know about FNT before being interviewed. When asked whether she would see a show through the organization, Stein replied, “October is pretty busy with midterms and papers, but I’d definitely still be willing to go to a free show as long as I could fit it into my schedule.” While going to the theater does not always fit into hectic student life, instructors sometimes incorporate cultural outings into courses. “I’ve seen a few CU theater productions, which were good but even smaller than Off Broadway shows,” Stein said. “I’ve seen more Off Broadway shows than Broadway shows, but I saw a lot of them for class [through ArtsLink].” As students attempt to stay afloat in the sea of schoolwork, FNT offers a chance to enjoy New York City culture and a night out in the best way possible—for free.
WHERE IT’S AT
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UNGRATEFUL DEAD | The team behind AMC’s zombie show “The Walking Dead” will speak at New York Comic Con.
Bowie Ball —Santos Party House, 96 Lafayette St. (at Walker Street), Sunday, Oct. 10, 8 p.m.–4 a.m., $10. This sixth annual extravaganza is not for the casual Bowie fan. Dancers are expected to come out in full Ziggy Stardust or Labyrinth apparel. Live performances, a screening of the 1983 film “The Hunger,” and a costume contest promise to make it a night to remember.
What to see UNDERNEATHMYBED Set in a 1980s suburb of Boston, “underneathmybed” centers on an Argentinean family plagued with dysfunction and haunted by the horrors occurring in their home country. While the fluid switches between Spanish and English may throw off some non-Spanish speakers, the emotions and frustrations of the characters, especially Josefina, the teenager, who is dealing with family members too wrapped up in their personal issues to notice her, are evocative in any language. “Underneathmybed” captures the hearts of the audience with relatable characters and striking visual effects. INSTANT SHAKESPEARE COMPANY Instant Shakespeare Company does not add any pretentious, over-produced costumes, sets, or props to their performances; the company puts Shakespeare directly in the spotlight. Stripped down to its core, performances are more like dramatic readings than fully produced theater productions; the performers read directly from Shakespeare’s word as they walk around the stage and through the audience, engaging attendees with the written word rather than elaborate sets and lighting. Instant Shakespeare Company performs yearround, but for Free Night of Theater, the company is performing two lesser-known works as well as Shakespeare’s classics: “Tymon of Athens,” “The Two Noble Kingsmen,” “All’s Well that Ends Well,” “Cymbeline,” and “Macbeth.” PLAN NINE FROM OUTER SPACE Many Off Broadway shows are intense and melodramatic, so it is refreshing for a show not to take itself so seriously. “Plan Nine from Outer Space,” playing in Williamsburg, is an adaptation of the classic B-movie of the same name. The play showcases an admittedly random array of horror movie clichés—aliens, zombies, oblivious cops—with hilarious results. This tongue-incheek production provides the perfect antidote to overly self-involved plays as well as an amusing prelude to the upcoming Halloween. GRAPHIC BY STEPHANIE MANNHEIM
New York Comic Con Nerds can unite over TV and ’toons BY RACHEL ALLEN Spectator Staff Writer
Time: Friday-Sunday, Oct. 8-10 Place: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center (West 34th Street and 11th Avenue) Cost: $40 per day
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BEDTIME STORY | Above, actors perform a scene from “underneathmybed,” one of the shows students can see for free this month through Free Night of Theater. The show incorporates English and Spanish to tell the story of a dysfunctional Argentinean family.
While comics, video games, and cartoons might sound like relics of a childhood past, they don’t have to be. Geekdom is very much alive in college, especially at Columbia—and certainly in New York, where the 2010 New York Comic Con aims to bring out the inner superhero in everyone who attends. While there are many on-campus groups with similar themes, such as CU Anime Club and the Columbia University Science Fiction Society, New York Comic Con is an all-inclusive nerd menagerie, featuring panels and events focused on everything from graphic novels to previews of blockbuster movies. But are Columbia students embracing their inner nerds and attending? “I’m going because I think comics are entertaining, but I don’t have a lot of chances to read them since it’s an expensive hobby, and also because I’ve wanted to go to San Diego’s con for years, so this is the closest I’ll get to something like that for a while,” Isaiah Everin, CC ’11, wrote in an email. The fifth annual NYCC, though not as well known as its San Diego counterpart, has no lack of promising events, even for the superficial fan of comics and pop culture. The popular college
RE:FORM SCHOOL —233 Mott St. (between Houston and Prince streets), Saturday-Monday, Oct. 9-11, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., free. Street art legends Shepard Fairey and Swoon team up with other New York artists to raise money for education reform in an abandoned Nolita schoolhouse. This gigantic art exhibition is being staged by The Hole, a recently opened gallery under the direction of Kathy Grayson, the former director of the now-closed Deitch Projects.
programs that compose “Adult Swim” will be on hand at the con with panels about their popular shows, including “Robot Chicken” and “The Venture Bros.” For fans of Joss Whedon and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” bad boy James Marsters, who played Spike in the cult hit, has his own panel as the spotlight event. There are also previews and discussions with stars of the BBC TV show “Sherlock,” the creative team behind the new AMC drama “The Walking Dead,” and a talkback with Eric Bana, Joe Wright, and Saoirse Ronan, the stars of Focus Features’ new film “Hanna.” But comic cons are known for their academic and industry events as well as for their celebrity panels and big previews. There are panels that will appeal to any type of student—from “How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse” and “Psychiatry and the Superhero,” to “How to Protect Your Intellectual Property and Not Infringe Others.” In addition to the jam-packed schedule (over 300 events), there is the “floor” chock full of exhibitors and booths with new video game tutorials, artist signings, and more merchandise for sale than is even imaginable. Brian Hunter, SEAS ’12, wrote in an email, “Often people who enjoy comic books and video games do so on their own, as it doesn’t sound like a group activity to most people, but in reality it’s a lot of fun to hang out and enjoy them with people who share your interest in them.” Whether it’s joining an on-campus group or attending impressive events in the city like New York Comic Con, it’s okay for students to embrace their inner nerds.
Oktoberfest on Governors Island
—Ferry at Battery Maritime Building, Slip 7, 10 South St. (between Broad Street and Broadway), Saturday, Oct. 9, 12-5 p.m., free.
There’s no better way to celebrate the newly arrived fall weather than Oktoberfest. Take the ferry out to Governors Island for a fall afternoon of beer, face painting, live brass music, and local farm produce.
Manhattan Vintage Clothing Sale —128 West 18th St. (between Sixth and Seventh avenues), Friday-Saturday, Oct. 8-9, 1-8 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturday, free. This huge clothing sale is a vintage lover’s dream. This year’s theme is based on HBO’s new series “Boardwalk Empire.” Attendees can expect spats and flapper dresses from New York’s top vintage dealers.
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