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Goff-Crews to step down at end of academic year Raghav Verma News Staff Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students Kimberly Goff-Crews will depart the University at the end of the academic year for a dual position at her alma mater, Yale University, leaving behind four years here as a vocal agent of change and one of the administration’s most visible figures. Goff-Crews will become Yale’s first Vice President of Student Life and Secretary of the University. She announced her decision to leave, first in a December 20 e-mail to senior administrators and staff in the Office of Campus Student Life, and publicly informed students of her departure in an e-mail last night. Goff-Crews said she is most proud of her open dialogue
with student leaders on issues raised by the entire University community. “I have thoroughly enjoyed that aspect of my work,” she said, citing students’ input on the consolidation of campus health services last quarter. Prior to joining the University in 2007, Goff-Crews served as Dean of Students at Wellesley College. During her tenure at the U of C, she stewarded the University’s introduction of gender-neutral housing in fall 2009, the expansion of the Office of Spiritual Life, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, and the Office of LGBTQ Student Life. “Ms. Goff-Crews has continually sought to include the student voice in all aspects of the work done in Campus and Student life,” Director of Undergraduate Housing
Katie Callow-Wright said in an e-mail. SG President Youssef Kalad said that he has been struck most by Goff-Crews’s downto-earth engagement with students outside the classroom. “The last few homecoming games that I’ve gone to, she’s been to them, in the cold, cheering for the team,” Kalad said. “That’s the type of thing that matters to students.” Goff-Crews has supported SG’s efforts to open channels of communication between students and the administration, Kalad said, including last quarter’s trauma center forum and the quarterly “Coffee and Donuts” meetings with President Zimmer. “The best thing that she did—she not only helped measure the tone of students with more robust student life, but
Vice President of Campus Life Kimberly Goff-Crews announced her upcoming departure to take on a similar role at Yale. COURTESY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
she also helped bring it about,” Kalad said. Kalad added that he hopes Goff-Crews will spend the remainder of her time here continuing to help modernize the ADMIN continued on page 2
Uncommon interview: Austan Goolsbee After weeks of picketing, Regents Park staff were offered their jobs back by Antheus Capital. They were originally fired when Crescent Heights sold the building to Antheus. MONIKA LAGAARD | THE CHICAGO MAROON
Rebecca Guterman Associate News Editor Union representatives and owners of the Regents Park apartment complex reached an accord over winter break that returned jobs to most of the employees who were laid off last year, ending the sidewalk demonstrations and tensions that had embroiled the building for weeks. Roughly 50 employees lost
their jobs last October when Antheus Capital, the parent company of MAC Property Management, bought the building on 50th Street and Lake Shore Drive from Crescent Heights. More than half have since returned to work, following a series of negotiations that took place in late November and early December. Thirty of the 50 employees were under union contracts, and REGENTS continued on page 2
Noah Weiland & William Wilcox News Staff Austan Goolsbee returned to his post as the Robert P. Gwinn Professor of Economics at the Booth School of Business over the summer after spending the past two years in Washington, D.C. Prior to his appointment as Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA), he served as senior adviser to President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness and as a staff economist for the Economic Recovery Advisory Board. Goolsbee, who was the youngest member of Obama’s cabinet, has
long been one of the president’s closest aides. The Maroon spoke with Goolsbee about his work in Washington, and whether U of C students might be as stressed as White House staffers. Read the full interview at chicagomaroon.com. Chicago Maroon: How do you compare your work in academia to the kind of work you did in Washington? Austan Goolsbee: The sum of the subject matters was the same, as I worked on a lot of tax and public policy regulation kind of stuff. I had worked on studying different industries. So some
of the subject matters were similar, but the nature of policy feels totally different than academics. Partly, the standard of evidence is so much higher in academics, and you have the luxury of being able to take time to figure things out. In Washington, you really don’t have that. It has the downside that the basic question of academics, if somebody comes and presents a paper, we’re constantly trying to figure out, well is this really true, or is there some other thing going on? People tend not to ask that question in D.C. Partly it’s because you don’t have time. You’re scrambling, you have imperfect information, you’re not going to be able to get all the data in time.
The second way it felt pretty different is, in academics, the basic unit of activity is an individual paper and one professor; it’s not really a team sport. Washington is much more like working at a big organization. That’s a weird adjustment for an academic. CM: You’ve worked with President Obama for quite some time now,. How do you view his leadership style and his decisionmaking style? AG: He doesn’t want to just have one person summarize, “Well here’s what the people who don’t agree with what I’m about to tell you say blah blah blah.” His first reaction to that is: “Well GOOLSBEE continued on page 2
Two students robbed at gunpoint Thursday morning Linda Qiu Associate News Editor Two University students were robbed at gunpoint early yesterday morning near 57th Street and Ellis Avenue as they were returning from a visit to the University of Chicago Medical Center. At 4:35 a.m., the two male students were approached by two men, one armed with a handgun. The muggers took wallets, backpacks, a computer, and an iPhone, and then fled east in a silver car. The victims were not injured.
The University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) released a security alert Thursday notifying students of the robbery four hours later. UCPD will review surveillance camera footage for possible leads, according to UCPD spokesperson Robert Mason. Though UCPD always urges students to use Safe Ride and umbrella service, Safe Ride does not operate after 4 a.m. from Sundays to Wednesdays. However, umbrella coverage runs 24
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hours every day. “One thing that would help is if Safe Ride expanded, given that there are University buildings open 24 hours and students coming home from them for 24 hours,” fourth-year Emma Moore, a friend of one of the victims who lives on East 53rd Street, said. The University’s neon– clad security officers do not stand guard after 2 a.m., although a UCPD officer patrols until 7 a.m. “I don’t feel uncomfortable, but the events that hap-
pen are a little disconcerting. It’s more disturbing when things occur, like last quarter, on the main quad, on 57th, in well–traveled and commercial areas. You should be able to walk across your own campus and feel safe,” firstyear South Campus resident Alex Opechowski said. The victims were walking on a sidewalk that is currently under construction. The Chicago Police Department will investigate the incident with UCPD assistance. —Additional reporting by Rebecca Guterman
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SG President says Goff-Crews should focus on transportation, grad students in remainder of tenure ADMIN continued from front
transportation system on campus. He also hopes she will help work on graduate student life, an area that Goff-Crews said will have her attention in the coming months. Goff-Crews has also strongly defended the University’s commitment to freedom of expres-
Residents garner 700 petition signatures REGENTS continued from front
were all offered their old jobs. Of the 30, a few chose not to return, including maintenance workers and a door attendant, according to Eli Ungar, a partner at Antheus. Not all of the 20 non-union employees were offered jobs. Crescent Heights sold the building and laid off its employees before their union contracts had expired with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, according to Christopher Leach, a Regents resident since May who has spoken on behalf of the tenants against the move. Leach said that most employees were not aware that they were being let go until the night before they had to leave. The new staff began the next morning. “It would be customary for [Crescent Heights] to notify the employees that they wouldn’t be employed any longer,” Ungar said of the layoffs. “The fact that we didn’t hire back those people immediately is what caused the frustration.” After Antheus did not rehire the employees immediately, and hired new employees instead, tenants sprang into action, calling a meeting that drew nearly 200 Regents residents and circulating a petition that garnered more than 700 signatures in two days, according to Leach. Many tenants’ comments were targeted toward MAC, though Ungar said that MAC does not manage Regents Park. The original employees, alongside tenants, had been picketing in front of Regents Park since November 7. The protests continued until two settlements were reached. The first breakthrough was between the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and Standard Parking, the company which Antheus had contracted to replace the parking attendants Crescent Heights had laid off. The teamsters union reached an agreement with Standard Parking that secured the attendants’ jobs in late November. A little over two weeks later, in mid-December, Antheus offered a new contract to the maintenance workers and door staff represented by SEIU, which most employees signed. The staff has returned to work smoothly, Leach said, but the controversy reached a fever pitch while negotiations were ongoing. During the protests, Ungar said he brought in private security to ensure that everyday services could be provided, which disturbed tenants. “I know [security’s] presence was frustrating to some and unnerving to others,” Ungar said. “Everybody was happy when that was no longer needed.” Ungar held a town hall meeting November 8 at Kenwood Academy in response to petitions, letters, phone calls, and e-mails about the layoffs. Ungar said that he understood attendees’ concerns. “The residents of the building in a heartfelt and clear way showed their unhappiness and concern,” he said. François Tissot, a Regents resident since 2009, said that the original employees made the building pleasant and safe. “They took care of everything,” he wrote in an e-mail. “I had never seen anything of the kind before.” Third-year Matthew Lemieux, who has lived in Regents since last June, said that the layoffs were impractical. “Legality and morality aside...it was pretty stupid. They fired people who had kept that place running for, say, 20 years,” he said. Many of the tenants cited a close relationship with employees. “They are family,” Tissot said. “I trusted them, they were part of my life everyday, and everyday I was glad to see them.”
sion. After protesters interrupted a speech by former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in 2009, Goff-Crews wrote an opinion piece in the maroon calling the incident a “challenge and an opportunity” to examine the importance of free discourse. “Free expression is more than just a plati-
tude. It’s what makes our common endeavor worthwhile. It is a principle we cannot compromise,” she wrote. In a December 20 memo to senior University administrators, President Zimmer said that the University is launching a national search for Goff-Crews’s successor, who would assume the
post at the beginning of the next academic year. Goff-Crews said that she is excited to return to her alma mater, where she earned her B.A. and J.D. However, she will miss “the passion for knowledge that exists on this campus, and the dedicated and engaged community that supports that in their time here.”
Stress common to U of C students, white house staffers GOOLSBEE continued from front
where are those people? I’d like to hear from them. I don’t want to just hear from your characterization of what they say.” I always thought he got this feature from being at the Law School or maybe it’s like his legal thing—he likes nothing better than having just a room full of three or five smart people and their different views and they’re going to argue and he Socratically quizzes them: “Well, what about this, what about that?”, and from that, he’s really good at honing in on some of the core issues. CM: What’s the one specific policy that presented the biggest challenge, and were you happy with the way it was handled? AG: It was such an intense time to be involved in economic policy. When we came in, the month the president takes office is probably about the worst
month in the entire 64 years of data that we’ve had on GDP. Certainly that six month period is the worst. The most difficult things were probably in the spirit of, how do you confront the total free fall of the private sector in the U.S.? How do you avoid us going into a depression, which would be characterized as big economic downtown, big financial crisis, leading to collapse of the financial system, so we go down into an environment that we can’t get out of. The normal self-correcting mechanism doesn’t exist. I would say there were some fits and starts that were begun under the Bush administration. They did some things well and they did some things that put us in a bad position when we came in. But overall, we didn’t have a depression, and I think history will look back and say that was quite an achievement, because I think it was pretty close.
CM: Who are more stressed and depressed, White House staffers or UChicago students? AG: That is a very interesting comparison. I would say the one major difference is that UChicago students are being crushed under the thumb of their professors, but they’re kind of dutifully going “we will march on, we must deal with this.” It’s very personal. [Their] stress level is administered by the professors. The stress of the White House staff is oftentimes coming from amorphous events out in the world, like how is the economy doing or, you know, there’s a revolution…and now the price of gas is going up and so there’s way more scrambling done…I mean, it’s quiet desperation and drudgery, you know, the stress level…in the White House it’s more like yelling, calling “get over here right now, what’re we going to do?”
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Editorial & Op-Ed JANUARY 6, 2012
Student life support Goff-Crews’s untimely departure signals future instability for Office of Campus and Student Life The student newspaper of the University of Chicago since 1892 ADAM JANOFSKY Editor-in-Chief CAMILLE VAN HORNE Managing Editor AMY MYERS Senior Editor JONATHAN LAI News Editor HARUNOBU CORYNE News Editor SAM LEVINE News Editor PETER IANAKIEV Viewpoints Editor EMILY WANG Viewpoints Editor CHARNA ALBERT Arts Editor JORDAN LARSON Arts Editor MAHMOUD BAHRANI Sports Editor DANIEL LEWIS Sports Editor JESSICA SHEFT-ASON Sports Editor DOUGLAS EVERSON, JR Head Designer KEVIN WANG Web Editor ALICE BLACKWOOD Head Copy Editor DON HO Head Copy Editor GABE VALLEY Head Copy Editor
The Office of Campus and Student Life may be an undergraduate’s greatest advocate, and its recent growth and increased prominence on campus under the leadership of Kimberly GoffCrews has been more than welcome to students. However, unfortunately timed personnel changes and the failure to rapidly carry out a contingency plan could put the department’s forward momentum in jeopardy and leave student activities to suffer. As the Maroon reported over break, and in a University e-mail sent to students yesterday, GoffCrews announced that she will be vacating her position at the end of this academic year. She will be accepting a similar position at Yale University, her alma mater. This news alone is grounds for
concern. Over the past four years Goff-Crews presided over the completion of the South Campus Residence Hall and Dining Commons, the growth of programs seeking to better serve the multicultural and LGBTQ populations, and a comprehensive revamping of student care options for health and mental wellness. Goff-Crews also played a role in creating the official University policy regarding financial aid for undocumented immigrants— sidestepping the University’s policy against making political statements in an honorable effort to support its own students. Additionally, she has worked hard to engage with students: Her quarterly meetings alongside President Robert Zimmer and the occasional op-ed piece she pens
for the Maroon have made her one of the most visible administrators on campus. But the timing of Goff-Crews’s resignation could not have been worse. Sharlene Holly recently stepped down as Director of ORCSA after the Office of Campus and Student Life announced the creation of a new Director of Student Life position, which will oversee ORCSA in the future. However, that position has not yet been filled, leaving the Reynolds Club without a 10-year director who was also one of the most visible administrators on campus. This is in addition to the many adviser positions in ORCSA that have been left vacant in an unusual period of transitional flux. Although the Office of Campus and Student Life intends to im-
prove student services in the longrun, this hectic transition will undoubtedly hurt student activities in the short-term and current students are the ones who will likely see a step-down from the improvements introduced in Goff-Crews’s leadership. To at least limit the effects of the transition, the University should quickly launch a search for a replacement and put her in place before summer in order to shadow Goff-Crews. Additionally, the Office of Campus and Student Life should focus on filling positions at ORCSA and place as much emphasis on the present as it does on the future.
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The title of a front-page article on the BBC’s home site asks in seeming desperation: “Are the Republican candidates all crazy?” It’s a bold statement, meant to incite the ire of some and reaffirm the beliefs of others, but in actuality it’s misleading. There are Republican candidates that run the gamut from fiscally conservative to socially conservative, from isolationist to foreign policy hawk. What they all have in common is not insanity, but a sincere belief that President Barack Obama is leading our nation down the wrong path, towards Europeanstyle socialism and a post-American world. In Thucydides’s History of the Peloponnesian War, Pericles believed that a good leader was supposed to have three traits: knowledge of good policies, the eloquence to get those policies approved, and a sense of honest patriotism. In each of the Republican candidates these three ideals can be found. Policy briefs released from the campaign reveal ideas both old and new that would help pull America out of its downward spiral. Some of them never caught on, like the 9-9-9 plan, but many others have flourished, including the flattening of America’s taxes. Questions that have not been raised in generations are being brought up, spurring debate and discourse in areas ranging from foreign policy in the Middle East to the gold standard. This sort of discourse strengthens a party, and is accompanied by the increased prevalence of debates. This pre-primary season has been one of the most open, transparent, and televised yet, allowing American voters to get a better sense for the candidates than ever before. Mitt Romney is not crazy. He served as governor of the fairly Democratic state of Massachusetts, to generally positive evaluations. As governor, he embraced a centrist outlook, dealing with many fiscal issues con-
servatively while actually expanding the state government in areas such as health care. Starting in 2008, Romney has tacked rightwards socially, but he isn’t running for office on his laurels as a social conservative. He is depending on his bona fides in the private sector to convince voters that he has an understanding of how the economy works. In this election cycle, the most important issue so far has been the faltering economy; Romney provides a sharp relief to the current administration’s mismanagement. Rick Santorum and Rick Perry are not crazy. At worst, they are guilty of expounding their ideas inarticulately. Both of them hold socially conservative values that are in line with many of America’s evangelicals. They attempt to fire up the party with exciting, grand pronouncements. Despite Perry and Santorum’s various gaffes and the fact that the latter’s name should never be Googled, neither is an extremist, and both serve to give a voice to those who place social issues first. Rick Santorum fills a niche for those who are pro-life, but do not necessarily think that government needs to be slashed. His more statist ideas concerning social issues correspond with neoconservative values. Rick Perry claims to be more economically conservative than Santorum, and his gaffes hint not at craziness, but at a lack of debate acumen. Alternatively, Newt Gingrich has proven to be an expert debater. Building on his successes at the debates, Gingrich revived a dying campaign and briefly surged to become the GOP frontrunner. Recently, negative ads have pulled him down, but not because of any sort of insanity. True, his claims of social conservatism do not mix particularly well with his three marriages, and those who are looking for someone to limit the size of government are not likely to fall in love with Gingrich, who has expressed support for cap-and-trade and appeared in an ad with Nancy Pelosi regarding global warming. Though these
are not standard conservative beliefs, they are most certainly not insane. Additionally, Gingrich’s economic plan recently garnered the endorsement of Ronald Reagan’s economic advisor, Arthur Laffer. Laffer claims that lowering marginal tax rates will raise output and increase government revenues. Gingrich’s stature as former Speaker of the House of Representatives also shows past experience and leadership ability. Opposed to Gingrich is Congressman Ron Paul. Paul has consistent beliefs that go back decades concern-
What Republicans share is not insanity, but a belief that President Obama is leading our nation down the wrong path. ing libertarian policies. Socially, Paul is unique in his belief that the federal government should not intervene on many issues. Economically, Paul is the same, advocating low taxes and regulations to help our failing economy. Paul’s hands-off foreign policy is one of the main issues for the Republican mainstream. His desire to leave the conflict in Afghanistan has many supporters, but his beliefs concerning foreign aid and a nuclear Iran are far from mainstream. However, this is a condition not of insanity, but of reason. Paul’s libertarian nature appeals to the residents of the next primary in New Hampshire. New Hampshire, a state that claims its motto as “Live Free or Die”, is one of the friendliest early primary contests for Paul. Finally, former Governor of Utah and Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman rounds out the race for the Republican nomination. Huntsman has held little traction so far in the race, and is generally perceived as one of the more moderate candidates. He is young and has also stuck to his beliefs, unwilling to flip-flop on some of the issues less popular with Republican
primary voters. Relatively unknown, his ideas are reasonable, well thoughtout, and definitely not crazy. Huntsman is holding out hope that a strong showing in New Hampshire will raise his national support, but Romney’s dominance makes this unlikely. This is what the GOP has to offer for the nomination. Each of the candidates is better suited to be president than Obama. Later this year, the delegates appointed from primaries will gather in Tampa Bay to anoint President Obama’s challenger. This man will have an opportunity to show the world that America is not going to remain on its current path toward socialism and insolvency. His ideas and sincere beliefs will anchor policies intended to maintain America’s status as the best country in the world. Most importantly, this is the man that will stand in opposition to the ideas of the past two-and-a-half years. Obama’s muddled foreign policy and economically poisonous domestic policy leave much to be desired and changed, and hopefully, the Republican nominee, whoever he is, will be able to turn things around. Eric Wessan is a second-year in the College majoring in political science.
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Trivial Pursuits JANUARY 6, 2012
Child’s play gets serious in Suárez’s “Memoria”
Suárez uses mixed media to create compelling images of the Latin American immigrant experience. COURTESY OF HYDE PARK ART CENTER
Alice Bucknell Arts Staff For most people, the memory game is simple enough. Flip a card over and try to find its match. But how can a player win when no two cards are exactly alike? In “Bibiana Suárez: Memoria” the meaning of this seemingly straightforward children’s game is contorted to reveal the deep-seated prejudice toward
and unjust treatment of Latin American immigrants to the United States. The exhibit uses the familiarity of the memory game to encourage an immediate acquaintance with the artwork. Before observing each of the 108 panels separately, the viewer must first understand the gallery’s function. Because the exhibit imitates a simple matching game, the viewer begins to engage in the game itself, attempting to find identical
pieces in the sea of images displayed. However, the exhibit soon takes a dark turn as the unsettling nature of the individual pieces reveals itself. Despite the apparent playfulness of the gallery, which evokes childhood fun and bright, dynamic colors, the playing cards themselves speak to a more serious issue: the racial persecution of Latinos in America, both past and present. Many of the exhibit’s upturned panels display images with an imperfect match somewhere else on the playing field of the gallery. Though they possess the same basic features, there are obvious differences between these ‘matches.’ “Negrito tejaricano” (“Black Texarican”) and “Blanquito tejaricano” (“White Texarican”), for example, reveal the same small child with identical features—except for a difference in skin color. The cards entitled “Negrita tejaricana” and “Blanquita tejaricana” make use of the same concept, except with two young girls. “Se habla español” and “Se habla ingles,” presented at both ends of the gallery, introduce an interesting conflict: the former piece reveals the phrase “we speak Spanish” in English while the latter proclaims “se habla ingles” (“we speak English”) in Spanish. By writing each phrase in its unintended language, Suárez suggests that the two languages—and consequently, the two cultures—are not as dissimilar or unequal as once assumed. Similarly, two panels featured on the south wall illustrate identical slogans of the United Farm Workers, with one stating the
phrase in English (“Yes we can!”) and the other revealing its counterpart in Spanish (“¡Sí, Se Puede!”). As the viewer seeks out the similar images presented within the exhibit, these subtle differences lessen in significance. The brain adapts to find “sort-of similarities” rather than perfect matches, making the differences that separate the two cards (American culture and Latino culture) gradually dissolve. Eventually, they
MEMORIA Hyde Park Arts Center Through March 25
become irrelevant altogether. Through Suárez’s mindful application of a mere child’s game, Latinos—long persecuted by the American government, long mistreated by the American people— become temporarily equal to their nonLatin American counterparts. Suárez’s version of the memory game is an interactive exhibit considerably more thoughtful and demanding than the children’s game in which it finds its origins. The need to remember and recall extends far beyond the length of any single match itself as the exhibit delves into historical events of racial persecution and injustice against Latino immigrants. Many of the gallery’s 71 upturned cards reference various laws and invectives from the past that have attempted to undermine or threaten the Latino community within the United
States, now the largest minority group within the country. The controversy surrounding Puerto Rico’s status as a US territory and its budding desire for independence, the American exploitation of Mexican farmers through the Brasero Program of the 1960s, and the dislocation of 14,000 Cuban children through Operation Peter Pan (1960–1962) are all conveyed through Suárez’s panels. She uses maps, photographs, anatomy charts and a number of other resources to create dynamic presentations of the long-standing governmental injustices and cultural prejudices facing Latino immigrants today. At the heart of the game, Suárez’s evocative take on the Latino struggle owes its potency to its highly interactive nature. Before the viewer is even aware of the seriousness of its subject matter, the exhibition draws its visitors in by using a touch of the familiar. The viewer has to surrender to the challenge of the game before the true nature of the exhibit is revealed. It’s a vibrant, commanding quasi–show-and-tell that exposes the hardships Latinos continue to face in the United States. And, by the time the cards are doled out, there’s no backing down: The viewer is face-toface with the radical injustice against the Latin American community and must play until the game is over, if it will ever truly end. Suárez’s exhibition gives a powerful, insightful perspective on the racial inequality and persecution Latin Americans face, all under the guise of a harmless children’s game.
The girl who saved The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Tomi Obaro Associate Arts Editor Making a Hollywood adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is inherently a risky endeavor. First, there’s the cultural impact of Stieg Larsson’s bestselling books to contend with. The trilogy has sold more than 45 million copies worldwide. As with any international literary phenomenon, the books’ fans are fervent and faithful. Second, there’s the 2009 Swedish film adaptation. Looming like a specter over any subsequent remake, the movie did well with both critics and international audiences. Director Niels Arden Oplev made his own feelings about the upcoming Hollywood adaptation clear in a 2010 interview: “Why would they remake something when they can just go see the original?” Reasonable words, perhaps, but David Fincher ( The Social Network, Fight Club ) went ahead and made his own version, anyway. The result is a good—not great—film buoyed by the presence of a riveting Rooney Mara. Daniel Craig ostensibly stars as Mikael Blomkvist, an investigative journalist at the fictional Millennium magazine. The loser of a vicious libel suit, Blomkvist is broke and excoriated in the
court of public opinion. Vengeful, Blomkvist accepts the offer of one Mr. Henrik Vanger (the always excellent Christopher Plummer), an aging patriarch who wants Blomkvist to solve the mystery of his missing grandniece Harriet. In exchange, Blomkvist will receive damning evidence against the man that sued him—
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO David Fincher AMC River East
nefarious businessman Hans–Erich Wennerstrom. Meanwhile, Lisbeth Salander (Mara), a consummate computer hacker, does illegal surveillance work for a large company. Deemed unfit to interact normally with society, she’s a ward of the state, which apparently means she must undergo habitual sexual assault at the hands of a paunchy lawyer in order to access her own funds. Soon enough, Blomkvist’s and Salander’s paths cross, and they work together to solve the Vanger mystery. As far as storylines go, Girl veers towards the formulaic. It follows the conventions of a mystery novel—upon which, of course, the movie is based. There are the obligatory red herrings,
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long stares at old photographs, and suspenseful walks through dimly lit corridors. Characters are rather broadly drawn. Much has been made of the fact that the literal Swedish translation of Larsson’s first novel is “Men who hate women.” The bluntness of that statement is certainly felt here. In both book and film, there’s an eerie preoccupation with sadistic violence against women—in a way that reduces all rapists to vile, inexorable creatures when in reality, they are much more fully–realized, making them all the
more perturbing. Also, everyone speaks in clipped Swedish accents. (Except for Daniel Craig, who can’t be bothered and sticks to British English.) But Fincher clearly knows what he’s doing, and his sure, steady directing makes the movie work. At an intimidating two hours and forty minutes, the film is certainly long, but it never drags. Each scene works to a gratifying climax. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’s pulsing score definitely helps as does Jeff Cronenworth’s
beautiful cinematography. The most important directorial decision Fincher makes, however—and the one that pays off the most—is his casting of Rooney Mara. His choice of the gamine starlet has actually sparked a minor cultural phenomenon. She’s graced the covers of three different magazines in recent months, including November’s Vogue , and the current issue of W. New York magazine’s Vulture blog even has a slide show dedicated TATTOO continued on page 5
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It’s always harder to stay fashionable in winter, so here are a few tips on what clothes are in style this season, as well as how to stay warm enough to wear them. First of all, invest in a pair of double -knit tights or—even better—plush lined leggings. They look completely normal on the outside, but the inside is layered with fleece. They’re so warm that you’ll still be able to wear skirts as the temperatures plummet, and you might even prefer to. Maxi-length is still in, so pair your plush lined leggings with thick socks, cute boots, and a long skirt. Get a great coat that you absolutely love, because you’ll be seeing it every day. Make sure it’s warm and large enough that you can still button it over your sweaters and winter gear without messing up its shape. If you opt for a puff coat, go for one which hugs instead of obscures your shape, and choose one with a belt. Longer coats and more classic silhouettes are in, so take advantage of it and invest in a coat that will keep you warm and look great for years to come. Make sure you have a hat, scarf, and pair of gloves that are both stylish and warm. You’ll be wearing them every day, so go for quality and versatility. Opt for elegance this season with fur trimmings and elbow -length gloves, fashion statements that will give you an extra layer of warmth. Keep your coat neutral and your accessories bright so you can get maximum wear and still be fashionable. Tartan’s also in this season, so you might want to pick up a patterned scarf to add a little extra brightness to your winter wear. Or switch it up and go for a coat
with a large pattern and keep your accessories solid. Wear wool. Buy wool socks and plain, long-sleeved shirts to layer underneath your other clothing. Wool is also a great structural fabric, so look for wool skirts or coats that have unexpected shapes to make a statement. Wide-legged pants and ’40s vintage are both in, so look for a pair of high-waisted wool trousers to pull off that taller-than-life, sophisticated Katharine Hepburn look. Get creative with your layers. Treat a jean jacket or button-down as an in-between layer, pull knee socks over your tights, or pair a fleece headband with a hat (fedoras and oversize berets are particularly in). You’ll not only be warmer in several light to medium layers, but you’ll also have more versatility as you cross over from the frigid outdoors into toasty classrooms. Shearling everything is in this season, a nod to the ever-fashionable ’70s vibe. Think early ’90s Abercrombie & Fitch as you dig in your closet, and look in the back corner for a shearling coat or vest to keep you warm and trendy. Wear a sweater with everything—pair a big, oversize one with skinny jeans and tall boots, or a sweater dress with patterned tights, or a sweater jacket with a turtleneck underneath for particularly cold days. Horizontal stripes or sweaters combined with lace and fur are all the rage this winter. But, most importantly, have fun with your clothing. Keep the blues away with bright colors, fun patterns, and cozy pieces that make you smile no matter how much it snows.
Rooney Mara keeps Dragon Tattoo compelling TATTOO continued from page 4 to her rapidly avant–garde fashion sense (no doubt inspired by the movie). The film’s red band poster, featuring a glowering, topless Mara staring directly at the camera with Daniel Craig’s bulky arm wrapped protectively around her, caused a little seismic uproar. But Mara deserves the coverage. Her transformation from Movie Mark Zuckerberg’s former squeeze to feral, goth hero is harrowing. In Vogue, Mara recounts the ritualistic horrors involved in transforming from a lush haired brunette with delicate elfin features to a hulking, pouting black thing : “[They] cut my hair, shaved the sides, bleached the eyebrows, then dyed my hair black,” she says. “Then we went and did the piercings—all in one day.’” She also had to start smoking. She had to learn how to ride a motorcycle. She got banged up shooting take after take of a brutal rape scene.
But it’s worth it. When we first see Mara in Girl, her eyebrows are bleached blond, her face seemingly stripped of all color. Her jagged black hair is held haphazardly in place by some safety pins. Bedecked in dark canvas pants and a ripped t–shirt, cigarette perpetually in her mouth, Mara is Lisbeth Salander— and it’s disconcerting. Noomi Rapace, who plays Lisbeth in the Swedish original, looks like a woman—but Mara looks like a posturing adolescent. Underneath the tough exterior is a vulnerable child. It’s that vulnerability matched by an unwavering confidence in her own moral sensibility that makes this Lisbeth so compelling. Those bluish green eyes carry an ocean of hurt, rimmed though they are by heavy black eyeliner. Mara throws herself into this role, putting on a fantastic performance in a year of standout performances by women. Lisbeth is the film’s saving grace. For her alone, the film is worth watching.
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Men’s Swimming & Diving Sarah Langs Sports Staff Fresh off a training trip to Florida, the men’s swimming and diving team is ready to resume its season with the first meet of winter quarter this Saturday. “The team’s mentality is very positive,” said assistant coach Krista Carlson. “Over break, we put in a lot of hours in the pool. Both the divers and swimmers worked incredibly hard.” With extra practice in their system, the Maroons are ready to continue their dominant season. “The entire coaching staff is pleased with how our season is going,” Carlson said. Still, even in a season that has featured three wins, one second-place finish in a nine-team field, and no losses, there is room for improvement. At this point, the team just needs to sustain the momentum it started during the fall season. “I think the team just needs to keep their mental toughness. Conference is right around the corner and they need to keep their work ethic up and focus on little things,” Carlson said. The meet this weekend will provide an opportunity for the team to see how its Florida training trip will pay off and will also help the swimmers get
back into the habit of competing. “This weekend will be a challenge for the men’s team and a great way to measure where we are at this point in the season,” Carlson said. One swimmer who managed to keep competing even over winter break is first-year freestyler and backstroker George Gvakharia. Unable to attend the Florida training trip, Gvakharia, a native of Mexico City, had another idea. “Most of my teammates went to the training trip, and the rest of the guys decided to train in their hometowns,” Gvakharia said. “Personally, I decided to attend the Mexican Nationals.” Gvakharia finished second in the 100m backstroke and third in the 200m backstroke. After having managed to stay fresh over the break, the team should be able to get right back in the swing of things with the meet this Saturday. “We have been really committed to training hard and not missing any practices at all. This commitment is due to our assistant coaches’ great ability to motivate us under hard circumstances,” Gvakharia said. With this commitment anchoring them, the swimmers and divers will be looking to build on the improvements they made from having practiced over break, be it in Florida, Mexico, or elsewhere, as they take on Kalamazoo this weekend. The first events will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Ratner Athletics Center.
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Amanda Dobbyn Sports Contributer Early this Saturday morning, a gang of 25 muscled Maroons will pile into a bus bound for Galesburg, Illinois. There, at the Knox Duals tournament, they will attempt to wrestle a win out of the hands of four opponents: Knox, Wabash, Central College (IA), and Loras College (IA). “I believe we should be competitive with pretty much any team we face going forward,” Head Coach Leo Kocher said. The team has been focusing on honing its fundamentals. “[We’ve been working on] conditioning, technique improvement, broadening their attacks, and raising their intensity,” said Kocher, who attributed much of the team’s recent improvement to a training trip at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, during the first week of break. Second-year Matt Klein called the experience “incredible.” “We were in the same room with famous coaches, past Olympic gold medalists, and NCAA DI qualifiers training for the Olympics,” Klein said. Klein’s teammate and fellow second-year, Ryan Hoyt, agreed that the trip to Colorado Springs made all the difference. “We wrestled twice a day, every day, and on Saturday we wrestled the Air Force Academy. They’re a DI team, but even so, we did extremely well against them,” Hoyt said. “By now, I don’t think anyone can be in better shape than we are.” The trip not only afforded the team invalu-
able training but also brought the squad of South Siders closer than ever. “You sleep in hotel rooms with the guys, you eat together. You really get to know your teammates without all the schoolwork and other concerns of the University,” Hoyt said. Kocher recalled that one of his fondest memories of the season was turning his wrestlers loose on the meal services of the Olympic Training Center. “[There was] amazing quantity, variety, and quality of food,” Kocher said. The team had no weigh-in to go through, which allowed everyone to eat to his heart’s content. “I think the guys ate every meal like it was the last one they were ever going to have,” Kocher said. The team left Colorado full of food and optimism. “The intensive training session…should put us in a good position for this weekend. I would say that the team is poised to do well,” Ryan Klein, Matt’s twin, who is also on the team, said. “After Saturday, everything is aiming toward our national qualifiers,” Hoyt said. The national qualifying meets will take place during the sixth week of the quarter. Kocher feels confident that his boys will leave it all on the mat at the upcoming tournament and for the rest of the season. “Like all Chicago students, these guys are used to achieving and they are relying on each other to push themselves in preparing to meet the very strong challenges our schedule provides,” Kocher said. The first dual meet will take place at 9 a.m., with Chicago taking on Loras.
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The Maroons (7–4) are no strangers to pulling out emphatic victories against Wash U (8–3). Last season, Chicago opened and closed its UAA play with wins against their archrivals. Going into this Saturday’s UAA opener in St. Louis, though, the Maroons’ head coach Mike McGrath is not ready to call a win too soon. “They’ve really improved over the last year,” he said. “They always execute well. They have good chemistry. The kids are playing hard.” The Bears’ improvements have shown in their early season record. They have already upset the then top-ranked team in the country in Augustana and have also defeated nationally ranked Wheaton at home, where they are unbeaten. Because of the Bears’ abilities at home, McGrath said that rebounding, especially on the offensive end, is the key to pulling the upset. Wash U has out-rebounded its opponents on the offensive end by a 156– 99 margin. Meanwhile, the Maroons hold a 118–90 advantage in offensive rebounding this season. “They are really hurting people on the offensive boards, and we’ve got to do a really good job there,” McGrath said. Individually, the Maroons are looking to closely guard fourth-year Dylan Richter. The Bears forward has averaged 16.5 points per game along with 4.1 rebounds. In all three of Wash U’s losses this season, Richter has shot below 50 percent from the field. “He’s somebody that, when [Wash U] has been really good, he’s been really good; when they’ve just been falling, he’s been falling,” McGrath said. “You’ve got to keep him from going off.” Aside from the defensive awareness McGrath hopes to see from his team, fourthyear guard Matt Johnson’s play-making and shooting abilities will be a large factor in determining the outcome of the game. On December 17, Johnson paced the Maroons with 37 points en route to an 88–79
Saturday can’t come soon enough for Chicago. Inter-conference play begins this weekend with the Maroons (10–0) traveling to St. Louis to take on Wash U (10–1). Chicago had one last tune-up Tuesday against the Vikings of Bethany Lutheran (1–9), and despite winning by 21 and leading by as many as 30 points throughout the night, the Maroons are adamant that they have a lot of work to do before heading to St. Louis. Chicago started the game on a 12–2 run. Fourth-year guard Bryanne Halfhill hit two three-pointers during the opening stretch and shot 50 percent for the game from behind the arc, a welcome improvement from her 31 percent mark on the year. The game was never close after the initial burst from the Maroons, as the Vikings had difficulty scoring with any kind of consistency. A blistering and energetic Chicago defense forced 24 turnovers, many of which led to easy points in transition. “I thought defensively, our energ y was really good. I thought we really limited them and forced a lot of turnovers,” Head Coach Aaron Roussell said. “I wish we could have scored a little bit more off of those turnovers. We have to make our easy baskets, and we have to make our free throws.” Chicago was only able to shoot about 59 percent from the line. Despite some trouble on the offensive end, Chicago was still able to put the game away early and give all players an opportunity to see the court. All 15 Maroons scored. Morgan Herrick, who had been sidelined due to her fourth knee surgery, played well in limited minutes off the bench, scoring nine points and snagging three rebounds. She even stepped back and knocked down a long three-pointer as the game was winding down. Herrick’s minutes will not be limited against Wash U, Roussell said. “Today was just getting her bearings straight, and to be fair, I think she was the best player on the court,” Roussell said. “I’m really happy with how she’s responding to the treatment. She’s done everything right and you saw the product of that to-
win against Rhodes College in Memphis. He leads the Maroons in scoring this season, averaging 17.5 points per game. “Obviously, we have to find ways to get shots from [ Johnson] and also find good high-percentage shots from other guys, whether it’s some guys attacking the basket, some guys taking jump shots and getting the ball to the post a little bit,” McGrath said. Relying on other players aside from Johnson will involve an entire team effort because fourth-year forward Tom Williams is day-to-day with an injury sustained at Wheaton on November 30. Fourth-year guard Chase Davis is also not playing on Saturday after colliding knees with an Illinois Wesleyan player on December 10. Given the loss of Williams’s length and Davis’s aggressiveness, the Maroons will need to heavily rely on fourth-year forward Steve Stefanou, third-year forward Matt MacKenzie, and second-year forward Sam Gage down low. The trio has a combined 48 offensive rebounds on the season. Emphasis on longrange shooting will be placed on Johnson, fourth-year guards Tommy Sotos and Michael Sustarsic, second-year forward Charlie Hughes, and first-year guard Alex Pyper. In all, the start of the UAA season means a new level of aggressive play. “It’s going to be a really, really tough game,” McGrath said. The Maroons will take on the Bears at 3 p.m. in St. Louis.
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day.” A scary moment came in the second half when second-year center Christiane Murray re-aggravated an ankle injury. Murray came out of the game briefly, but returned shortly thereafter. “I just wanted to push through. I’ve hurt this ankle multiple times, and I was frustrated at that, so I didn’t want it to affect me.” Murray would finish with four points and three blocked shots. Chicago now has to prepare for Wash U, a storied program with one of the top players in the country in fourth-year guard Dani Hoover. Last year, Chicago played Wash U three times, defeating them twice before a heartbreaking loss to the Bears in the Elite Eight. Like Chicago, Wash U features a well-rounded scoring attack. Although Hoover leads the Bears with more than 11 points per game, six different players have led them in scoring in only 11 games this season. The game will be in St. Louis, in front of some of the rowdiest fans in DIII basketball. “I’m really looking forward to it,” said first-year forward Hannah Ballard. “It’s what we want. It’s what we’re looking for.” Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. at Wash U.
South Siders aim to continue dominant season against Kalamazoo Women’s Swimming & Diving Derek Tsang Sports Staff The women’s swimming and diving squad followed last year’s strong campaign with an undefeated start to their 2011–2012 season, and barring disastrous luck, the layoff between the fall and winter halves of their season will not stop them from bigtime success come championship time. “We’ve done really well,” sixthyear Head Coach Jason Weber said. “I think this is our best season yet.” The women’s team is ranked
ninth nationally among DIII schools and second in the UAA, behind only Emory, who is ranked first nationally. Last year, the women’s squad finished second in the UAA Championships and sent six to the NCAA meet, including AllAmerican diver Becky Schmidt, who finished seventh in the threemeter dive. Each NCAA qualifier from last year has returned for the current season. “We want to keep training hard and continue to improve,” said Weber. “Hopefully we’ll qualify more people for the NCAAs.” Highlights of the season so far have included dominating victories over Illinois Tech and Wash U. The latter meet saw freshman
Bizzy Millen win a UAA Athlete of the Week award for victories in the 100-yard freestyle (54.56 seconds) and the 200-yard freestyle (1:57.97). In addition, the team placed first out of 10 teams in the Phoenix Fall Classic. After the first half of the season, the swim team went on what Weber calls a “winter changeup.” “It’s the team’s toughest training of the year,” Weber said. “The swimmers were responsible for keeping themselves in shape over the break, and those who continue to train hard during break tend to put up faster times in the second half.” Weber attributes the team’s continuing improvement and impressive success to a mixture of
talent and the team’s culture. “The recruiting pool seems to get better every year,” Weber said, “and we’ve really come together as a team; everyone feels accountable to each other.” The team’s slate for the rest of the year includes home fixtures against Kalamazoo, DePauw, and DI UW-Milwaukee. In addition, the Maroons will host the Chicago Invitational and the Midwest Invitational. With a deep, balanced squad that includes a promising freshman class, the Maroons will keep their eyes set on February and the UAA Championship, and, for the very best, the NCAA meet in March, where they certainly will not be out of place.
Chicago hosts Kalamazoo at Ratner this Saturday at 1 p.m.
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- Wrestling @ Knox Duals, 9 a.m. - Women’s Basketball @ Washington-St. Louis, 1 p.m. - Swimming & Diving vs. Kalamazoo, 1 p.m. - Men’s Basketball @ WashingtonSt. Louis, 3 p.m.
- Women’s Basketball vs. Marian (Wis.), 6 p.m.