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The scheduled opening date of the Whole Foods currently being constructed on the corner of 51st and Lake Park has been pushed back from 2015 to 2016. Whole Foods is replacing the now-defunct Village Foods, pictured here. JULIA REINITZ | THE CHICAGO MAROON
Whole Foods delayed until 2016 Preston Thomas News Staff The real estate developer in charge of a new Whole Foods location at East Hyde Park Boulevard and South Lake Park Avenue has delayed its opening until 2016 at the earliest. Antheus Capital, affiliated with
MAC Properties, is developing the property. As Director of Community Development Peter Cassel recently told DNAinfo Chicago, “We are on track to deliver the space to them in the summer of 2015, then it’s on Whole Foods to do the build-out and prepare the store for opening.” At a public meeting of the 53rd
Street Tax Increment Financing (TIF) zone on September 9, Cassel revealed that the developer would not be able to make the property available for Whole Foods until 2015 because of a $25 million funding shortfall, which it overcame via city and state tax incentives from TIF granted by the City Council. WHOLE FOODS continued on page 2
Nicholas Barnes, a third-year in the College, was found dead in his dorm room in International House Saturday afternoon. He was 20 years old. An autopsy took place this past Sunday, but the cause of death remains unknown, though early results show no sign of foul play or suicide. Full toxicology results may not be available for another four to six weeks, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner. Barnes, who grew up in Pittsburgh, originally lived in Halperin House of South Campus. He moved to Booth House in winter 2013 following his studies abroad in Vienna in fall 2012. Fourth-year Andrew Burchill studied abroad with Barnes. “He was like a puppy. He was always excited to meet you. Nothing about him was mean. He was like a hyper-intelligent puppy,” he said. Burchill said Barnes had many intellectual interests. He liked going to Doc Films, especially
the films of Werner Herzog, and liked playing around with Google Maps. “Nick loved Google Maps Maker. Since he came to campus he made about 1000–2000 edits. His favorite pastime was going in there and updating Google Maps,” Burchill said. Michael Geyer, a professor of German and European History who advised Barnes on his B.A. thesis, remembers him as “amazingly mature for an undergraduate” and as “one of the people who could end up eventually as a very good professor.” “There was something special about him, a sense of how to ask questions, a sense of how to pursue questions then to a conclusion, which is quite precious at all levels, undergraduate, graduate, and professional. There are many in all three categories who don’t have that particular knack,” he said. Just two weeks ago, Geyer wrote a recommendation for Barnes to support his flight, travel, and lodging in Germany. “It was one BARNES continued on page 2
SSA symposium traces problems Fourth-year awarded faced by young black men Gates Cambridge Andrew Ahn News Staff In honor of Black History Month, the African American Alumni Committee of the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration hosted a series of workshops focused on the challenges faced by young black men called “Black Young Men in America: Rising Above Social and Racial Prejudice, Trauma, and Educational Disparities” on Saturday. The event included a discussion on “College Careers and Outcomes.” Panelists spoke about programs that aid black students in their pursuit of post-secondary educations. Dovetta McKee, director of the University’s Office of Special
Programs and College Preparation, spoke about Upward Bound, a federally funded program that helps black males start the college application process in ninth grade. “The whole idea of reality check and helping young people turn reality into dreams is something we do,” she said. “We help students answer the questions who am I, where do I want to go, and what steps do I need to take to make [my] dream a reality.” Upward Bound gives students the opportunity to take college courses and informs them of current trends in college admissions and financial aid. Marshaun Bacon (A.M. ’09) and Jason Story spoke about the two-year-long program Becoming A Man (BAM). Story and Bacon
are both BAM counselors. In 30 counseling sessions, BAM attempts to develop the character of its participants by reinforcing its six pillars of integrity, accountability, self-determination, positive anger expression, visionary goal setting, and respect for womanhood. “Among their peers, they try to uphold an image, but BAM provides an outlet and confidentiality where men can express themselves, even emotionally,” Story said. According to a recent UChicago Crime Lab study, BAM participants showed a 44 percent reduction in violent crime arrests and a 10–23 percent increase in graduation rates. The symposium received positive feedback from its attendees. SSA continued on page 2
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Thomas Choi News Editor Fourth-year Tim Rudnicki is one of 40 U.S. student recipients of the Gates Cambridge scholarship, a prestigious program that provides recipients a full ride to the University of Cambridge. These 40 students will join 55 scholars from different countries of the world announced later this year. He will attend the University of Cambridge this October to pursue an M.Phil. in economic and social history after he graduates from the College this June with a B.A. in history and economics. Rudnicki received the news last Tuesday after initial doubts that he had not won. “I had heard from previous winners that they were notified on Sunday, so when I didn’t hear anything then I thought that I hadn’t won, “ he said in an e-mail. “I was sitting in my kitchen on Tuesday morning when I got the e-mail from the Gates Cambridge Trust—I was in total shock. I tried to immediately call my parents but I had to hang up and re-read the email about five times before I actually be-
lieved what it was saying.” Since its founding, 18 UChicago students have received the Gates Cambridge scholarship. The scholarship was established through a $210 million donation from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2001. The final 40 recipients of the award were chosen from a pool of over 800 applicants, according to the Gates Cambridge website. Rudnicki expressed gratitude for the support he received from his college advisers, friends, family, and references throughout the process. “The application process was long and grueling—it started way back in May of last year, and really hasn’t stopped since...it was a lot of writing (and re-writing, and re-writing some more) personal statements and preparing for interviews, but well worth it in the end,” he said. While Rudnicki had already been accepted to University of Cambridge last November, the scholarship will allow him to attend for free. He is planning to focus on 17th- and 18thcentury English economic history. GATES continued on page 2
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Barnes remembered for his wit and intellectualism Whole Foods to anchor new $114 million facility BARNES continued from front
of my more exuberant recommendations because I was genuinely impressed by him as a very unusually intelligent, mature, and qualified student,” Geyer said. Barnes graduated from Shady Side Academy in 2011. In high school, he was involved in the literary magazine Egerian, the school newspaper, the speech and debate team, and he ran cross country. “[Nicholas] was this guy who was really, really smart, witty, and proud of who he was. He refused to be ashamed of himself. Watching him made me realize you didn’t need to ashamed of being smart,” said first-year Dani Plung, who attended
Shady Side as a freshman while Barnes was a junior. Plung remembers discussing previous University admissions essay questions with Barnes. “Talking to him about UChicago was one of the first times I thought about coming here,” she said. “Wanting to come here started in some ways with him.” Barnes was majoring in history and Germanic studies. In the fall of his second year, he studied abroad in Vienna as part of the University’s Western Civilization program. This past summer, Barnes received a Foreign Language Acquisition Grant, using it to study German intensively. According to Catherine
Third-year Nicholas Barnes passed away last week. Barnes was a Germanic studies and history major and a resident of Booth House in I-House. He was also involved in Sliced Bread, the campus literary magazine. COURTESY OF FACEBOOK
NEWS IN BRIEF SG to distribute Hyde Park Herald The Hyde Park Herald, a weekly community newspaper, will be available on campus starting this Wednesday due to a new Student Government (SG) readership program. SG will distribute 200 copies of the Herald each Wednesday to libraries, cafes, and studentrun coffee shops, according to second-year SG Community and Government Liaison Tyler Kissinger. “One thing that I think is particularly powerful about providing copies of the paper in public settings is that it provokes conversation about the topic. I also think that having the Herald distributed…would do a lot to break down the subconscious barrier between the University and the neighborhood that seems to be ingrained in institutional culture,” Kissinger said in an e-mail.
Kissinger proposed the readership program at an SG Assembly meeting in January, and the Executive Slate voted to fund it out of its administrative budget later that month. The pilot program will cost $50 a week, and Kissinger estimates it will cost around $1,500 to fund through the end of this school year. SG already sponsors a New York Times readership program, the latest iteration of which began in 2011. There is also an Uncommon Fund proposal to bring copies of the Chicago Tribune to campus, modeled on similar readership programs at Northwestern and Notre Dame. In 2010, an SG pilot program distributed copies of the Tribune to students, but it was discontinued due to limited funding. —Sarah Manhardt
Student ombudspersons named
Sixth-year Ph.D. candidate Cesar Favila and first-year law student Deepa Das Acevedo have been selected as the student ombudsperson and associate stu-
Baumann, a member of the Germanic Studies faculty, Barnes was going to write a proposal for an F. Champion Ward Third Year International Travel Grant. These competitive grants offer College students the opportunity to do B.A. research abroad during the summer between their third and fourth years. “He had a very interesting project, and he was writing a proposal to go to the city of Leipzig to work there in the German National Library, as well as the Bavarian State Library in Munich,” she said. “We talked a lot about the project and his fourth year and even beyond the fourth year. He was very excited to think that this could be expanded into something that could be meaningful beyond the B.A. paper. That’s really how I think of him, as sort of already embarking on his scholarly life.” Booth House Resident Heads Tom and Laura Ancona remembered Barnes as “a warm, genial member of the Booth House community.” “He was always quick to offer a smile and a kind word, even when just passing by in the hall. Nicholas’s friendly disposition was known by all who met him. He was curious and goodnatured, and often spoke fondly of his time abroad. We will miss him greatly,” they said in a statement. A memorial service was held in Ida Noyes on Monday. According to an e-mail from Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services Karen Warren Coleman, Barnes’s family is planning a funeral in Pittsburgh.
dent ombudsperson respectively. Favila and Acevedo have held the position since February 1, taking over for Charles Otte, a doctoral student in Near Eastern languages and civilizations. Acevedo said they have dealt with half a dozen cases since they started in their roles. “A lot of what we do is talk through things with students who may not want to take any formal course of action,” Das Acevedo said. “We’re there to listen, bring resources to light, facilitate dialogue, and mediate dialogue.” The primary charge of these salaried, part-time positions is to investigate specific grievances by students when other channels of communication or dispute resolution have fallen short. Ombudspersons operate outside the administrative structure of the University and advise students when they face University-related conflicts or concerns. Located on the third floor above the University Bookstore on East 58th Street, the Office serves both undergraduate and graduate students. —Joy Crane
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Whole Foods will be the anchor store in the City Hyde Park complex, a $114 million development project launched by Antheus Capital. The project began when, after acquiring the property in 2005, Antheus began researching amenities desired by local residents. The developer then made plans to construct retail stores and apartment units covering 110,000 square feet in a 20-story tower. The 53rd Street TIF zone, created in 2001, has provided
funding for the project and attracted retailers to Hyde Park. TIF sets aside city money in order to promote business and economic growth in less developed parts of Chicago. The city has granted City Hyde Park $11.3 million in TIF funds. Whole Foods spokesperson Allison Phelps explained to DNAinfo that the grocery chain requires 12 to 15 months to open a new store once it has acquired the necessary real estate. Thus, the Hyde Park location will open no sooner than June
2016. Although Phelps confirmed to DNAinfo that the postponed opening resulted from the delayed delivery by MAC Properties, when reached by the Maroon she was unable to comment on the details of the situation and referred all further questions to Antheus Capital. Cassel declined to comment when asked for further explanation of how MAC Properties overcame the funding shortfall and if any other factors delayed the project.
Rudnicki will study British economic history GATES continued from front
“It’s an interesting topic because it seems that most of the growth of the manufacturing sector in England was completed by 1700 rather than 1800, as most textbooks will tell you; but, we don’t know exactly when it occurred....It has important implications for our understanding of the industrial revolution and early modern
economic growth,” he said. During his time on campus, Rudnicki was a resident of Tufts House in Pierce. He has also been involved with the Prospective Student Advisory Committee (PSAC) and various health groups including Health Leads and Connect, as well as working as a research assistant for economics professor Glen Weyl and history profes-
sor Mark Loeffler. “While I am very lucky to be going to be Cambridge next year, the award and credit really should go to the communities that I have been a part of and the people that I have interacted with here,” Rudnicki said. “[They] have all played an indescribable role in shaping my experience, and I couldn’t have gotten here without them.”
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One of the day’s speakers, Monico Whittington-Eskridge (A.B. ’92, A.M. ’96), emphasized the role this symposium plays in a larger
context. “Since I attended the University, I understand how easy it is to get focused on things on [the north] side of the Midway, but it is
important to get involved in programs that address issues in surrounding communities, and this is something the symposium addressed,” she said.
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A call to action Both students and administration can play a part in overdue sexual assault policy reform The student newspaper of the University of Chicago since 1892 REBECCA GUTERMAN Editor-in-Chief SAM LEVINE Editor-in-Chief EMILY WANG Managing Editor AJAY BATRA Senior Editor DANIEL LEWIS Senior Editor MATTHEW SCHAEFER Senior Editor EMMA THURBER STONE Senior Editor THOMAS CHOI News Editor MARINA FANG News Editor HARINI JAGANATHAN News Editor ELEANOR HYUN Viewpoints Editor LIAM LEDDY Viewpoints Editor KRISTIN LIN Viewpoints Editor EMMA BRODER Arts Editor ALICE BUCKNELL Arts Editor WILL DART Arts Editor LAUREN GURLEY Arts Editor DANIEL RIVERA Arts Editor SARAH LANGS Sports Editor SONIA DHAWAN Head Designer KEVIN WANG Online Editor MARA MCCOLLOM Social Media Editor CONNOR CUNNINGHAM Head Copy Editor ALAN HASSLER Head Copy Editor SHERRY HE Head Copy Editor KATARINAMENTZELOPOULOSHeadCopyEditor BEN ZIGTERMAN Head Copy Editor SYDNEY COMBS Photo Editor JULIA REINITZ Photo Editor PETER TANG Photo Editor FRANK YAN Photo Editor COLIN BRADLEY Grey City Editor JOY CRANE Grey City Editor
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights is currently conducting an investigation of the University’s sexual assault policy to determine any breaches of Title IX, which protects against sex-based discrimination. While federal involvement in the University’s sexual assault policy is recent, the student body’s attention to the issue is not. Based on research and work that several student groups have compiled, many specific areas of reform have already been raised to the administration by students and alumni over the past two decades. The administration has announced that it is creating a specialist-led disciplinary committee that will examine complaints of unlawful harassment from all divisions of the University. Students have been asking for a more centralized and specialized disciplinary process that would ensure consistency, improved care, and transparency since the 1990s, so the University’s recent actions are certainly a welcome development. But even these plans only acknowledge one concern with the University’s sexual assault policy; never has the administration addressed the issue comprehensively. The administration must do so now. Given the strict scrutiny that the University’s sexual assault policy is currently facing, now is also an opportune moment for
students to press the administration to make concrete, significant changes immediately. The University’s sexual assault policy has long received the attention of the student body, followed by minimal or slow response by the administration. In 1996 and 1997, students formed the Action for a Student Assault Policy and the Coalition Against Sexual Violence to address what they perceived to be an “urgent need for reform in how our university prevented and responded to sexual and other forms of assault,” according to an open letter that the Alumni for a Student Assault Policy (ASAP) sent to President Zimmer last week. From 2007 to 2010, the Working Group for Sexual Assault Policy and other student groups raised awareness of the issue, one effect of which was the implementation of sensitivity training for faculty where they had previously been none. The group’s efforts also culminated in a 2010 referendum to reform the sexual assault disciplinary process, which included centralization as one of its core objectives. After 78 percent of the student body voiced support of reform, Provost Thomas Rosenbaum set up a committee to review student concerns, which resulted in changes to the sexual assault disciplinary policy that reduced the
potential for bias against the accuser. But it is only four years after the formation of this committee—and 20 years after this core concern was originally raised—that the administration is publicly acting on student requests for centralization of the disciplinary process. Even with the steps that the administration has taken to address these issues, however, attention to problems with the sexual assault policy has been far from comprehensive. For one, the dean of students in the College’s role in mediating the complaint process has yet to be clarified, as suggested by the editorial board in December 2012. Additionally, Student Health Service’s sexual assault support group is currently exclusive to females, even though it could benefit survivors of all genders. These are two significant aspects of sexual assault policy that have been pushed aside in the absence of comprehensive reforms. The recent federal investigation has undoubtedly brought the issue back into the spotlight, but based on the University’s track record, it is not necessarily enough to inspire immediate and large-scale change. Student-led action has resulted in the current federal investigation as well as the success of past campaigns, while contributing an invaluable perspective to the conversa-
tion on campus. Now, during such a pivotal moment in campus discourse, it is even more critical that students continue to vocalize their support for reform. In doing so, students also extend a gesture of solidarity toward fellow students who have been affected by sexual assault and are vulnerable to flaws in the current system. While students have a responsibility to draw and maintain attention to the issue, this entire situation also demonstrates the administration’s pivotal role in policy reform, since students have inherently short tenures on campus. “As happens, we graduated and left the university. We were not there long enough, or with enough leverage, to see that those improvements were made,” the alumni wrote in their open letter to Zimmer. As students come and go, sexual assault will unfortunately continue to exist on campus. Slow response to an ongoing problem will only hurt the victims of sexual assault, who need to feel secure during an undoubtedly difficult process. Given the federal investigation, it is time for the administration to make the appropriate changes—as soon as possible.
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Had it not been for the Sochi broadcast, it would have been nearly impossible to even imagine anyone doing a worse job televising an event than NBC during the London Olympics, like when they cut over an hour of programming from the Opening and Closing ceremonies (most notably a moving tribute to London terrorist victims because—get this—“our programming is tailored for the U.S. audience”), to make room for the clearly very important premiere of Animal Practice, a sitcom that got cancelled five episodes later. But like the truly committed athletes they broadcast, NBC still somehow managed to outdo themselves. Because above and beyond Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira’s demonstrated incompetence as hosts, there reigned an undeniable obsession with making everything about Russia—and by association the Sochi Olympics and its Opening Ceremony—look as bad as possible. This time around, NBC pulled out the scissors to scrap key parts of the International Olympic Committee’s anti-discrimination statement. Not the entire thing, but a carefully-selected segment—great, right? NBC also cut the Russian Police Choir’s rendition of “Get Lucky”—my favorite part of the entire ceremony—but I’ll give them credit for featuring their performance on the Today Show, albeit to a much
smaller audience. In place of Animal Practice, we got hosts Lauer and Vieira’s unbelievably pretentious, practically painful excuse for commentary, which somehow managed to be both lazy and relentless at the same time. Between the hosts’ ignorant dismissal of the Cyrillic alphabet (“If you need more information, Google it”) and their incessant speculation about what “Putin is trying to project,” the hosts managed to find something wrong with nearly everything they saw, demonstrating a complete inability to divorce their distaste for Russian politics from their experience—and by consequence, their viewers’ experience—of this incredible international event. But the U.S. media’s repeated attempts to make a mockery of the Sochi Olympics didn’t begin with NBC’s abysmal coverage of the Opening Ceremony. Though NBC has certainly played its part in constructing a hypernegative image of the Sochi Olympics in the United States, their broadcast was but a symptom of a highly biased, hyper-critical reporting trend that had already been brewing for months. Between the subsequently disproven NBC report that claimed visitors to Russia would have their computers and phones hacked almost immediately upon arrival and the misleading, highly selective stories about the Sochi Olympics’s exorbitant price tag that had SOCHI continued on page 5
One year ago today, I attempted suicide. Those words have been running around my head for the past few weeks as the date has drawn closer. Sometimes my brain slips up, though, and settles upon an alternate phrase: One year ago today, I committed suicide. For a long time, I thought of it this way and desperately wished it were true. Not because I actually still wish I were dead, but because I so desperately wished I could start my life fresh and new, rising from the ashes of my overdose as a new being with no scars to remind me. After all, the best predictor of eventual suicide is a nonfatal suicide attempt: Approximately 15 percent of people who attempt suicide eventually die from it, according to a 2004 study by Suominen. Suicide seeps into your veins and stays there. Even though I’m no longer suicidal, I still get momentary pangs of remembrance every now and again—my mind jerks back as I’m opening a pill bottle, or when I see an ambulance. I am reminded of my attempt often, and I’m not ashamed to admit I shed a tear or ten at the (admittedly rare) depictions of suicides in television, theater, or movies. Suicide is not something you can just leave behind.
I don’t think suicide is something that should be left behind, though. I don’t think I should view myself as someone who indeed committed suicide and was reborn. I am of course not advocating self-harm or suicide; I think both are very serious issues that need to be addressed with care and patience by a support system including not only medical professionals, but also friends and family. Suicide needs to be something by which survivors feel empowered: We reached the bottom and came back from it, and with treatment, we can become stronger and louder advocates for others like us to get help. I also don’t think that suicide should be left behind because every single person is worth the life he or she has, and worth getting treatment in a way that is sensitive to the idea of suicide. This is something I have struggled with, particularly here at the University of Chicago. Being suicidal is not within a person’s control and is not a choice a person makes. It is a medical condition, and it is never too late for treatment and recovery. However, my first therapist through the Student Counseling Service (SCS), when I confessed my suicidal feelings, took me by the hand and asked me to “promise” her I wouldn’t self-harm. No steps were taken THERAPY continued on page 5
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Divestment is not only necessary, but feasible SFCC, UChicago’s fossil fuel divestment campaign, answers Zimmer’s call for more concrete argument Sam Zacher Viewpoints Contributor Since the Student Government climate change referendum passed last spring, Stop Funding Climate Change (SFCC) hasn’t been in the media much, but we’re back—in the public eye, that is—and we’ve got big plans for the remainder of the school year. That referendum, for which 70 percent of the student body voted yes, asked students, “Should the University shift its investment strateg y to account for the environmental impact of oil, gas, and coal used by the companies it invests in?” Only a week later, on May 7, 2013, University President Robert Zimmer told students at a question and answer session that he wanted to hear a more concrete argument in favor of divestment before considering the issue further. Well, that time has come. On Thursday, February 27, we will be releasing our Divestment Report that lays out arguments for fossil fuel divestment in four categories: scientific, financial, institu-
tional, and moral. The report will also suggest potential reinvestments that are environmentally friendly. As a branch of the 350.org national divestment movement, SFCC’s divestment campaign hopes to persuade the University to do two things: first, freeze any new investments in the 200 companies that Carbon Tracker ranks as having the largest oil and gas reserves. And second, divest from direct ownership and any comingled funds that include fossil fuel private equities and corporate bonds within five years. We’re pushing the University to take such action because climate change is an urgent problem. It’s 2014, and many scientists agree that humans have contributed to global warming. They’ve also agreed that an increase in the earth’s overall temperature of just two degrees Celsius will make the planet unlivable. The average temperature has already increased by about 0.8 degrees, and if humans burn just one fifth of the known coal, oil, and gas reserves, we’ll reach the two-degree mark. Something must be done to limit such harmful CO2 emissions and
temperature rise. The numbers don’t lie; they motivate. We argue that divesting would spark other institutions with endowments over $1 billion (ours is $6.67 billion) to follow suit, causing a snowball effect. Thus far, no academic institution that has divested—out of nine— has had an endowment over $1 billion. Companies such as Exxon Mobil (41.03 gigatons CO2) and BP (34.6 gt CO2) are some of the worst offenders. These companies allow everyone access to coal, oil, and gas, facilitating the destruction of our planet, while continuing to look for more reserves. Although our society currently relies on burning fossil fuels, we should transition as quickly as possible to renewable energ y options, and that requires massive investments in the right kind of energ y. For those students worried that divestment will diminish their institution’s ability to fund research, pay professors, or build lavish new dorms, don’t fret. Aperio Group LLC published a report last year stating that divesting from fossil fuel compa-
nies would have negligible effects on portfolios. Divesting from the “Filthy 15”—a list similar to the top 15 of the Carbon 200— would increase a portfolio’s absolute risk by 0.0006 percent, and divestment from a more comprehensive list of companies would only increase absolute portfolio risk by 0.01 percent. Based on that research, fossil fuel divestment would have a minimal effect on the University’s investment returns (three to four percent of which are in fossil fuel companies), if any. On the institutional side of the argument, yes, a university exists to educate—and divestment won’t hamper the institution’s financial ability to do so. The University of Chicago especially doesn’t like to deal with social, political, or environmental issues: The 1967 Kalven Report states that the University will not take any stance whatsoever on political issues in order to most effectively foster the harvesting of all ranges of ideas. However, making a decision to either divest or keep all fossil fuel investments is taking a stance, one way or the other, so it’s impossible to remain
neutral. All these arguments are expounded upon in the SFCC Divestment Report that will be released on February 27. That day will culminate with the delivery of the report to President Zimmer’s office. Lastly, look out for a panel event on institutional fossil fuel divestment, planned for early May. Imagine a world in which universities divest (without losing any money), and oil and gas companies are socially stigmatized and influenced to shift their focus to renewable energ y, or legislation caused by institutional stances forces them to do so. This is the fast track to renewable energ y that our planet needs. In time, the administration will be forced to declare a position. Will it take the shortsighted one with the easier, normative political statement, or the environmentally—and socially—intelligent one? Editor’s Note: Sam Zacher is a Maroon Associate Sports Editor. Sam Zacher is a second-year in the College majoring in environmental studies and economics.
In rapport with the Kalven Report Affiliation with Obama library would contradict University’s commitment to neutrality Andrew Young Viewpoints Staff The responses to my recent column “Obama Library Is A Compromise Not Worth Making” (1/17/14) raise a number of important questions. On January 31, 2014, President Robert Zimmer formally announced the University’s support of efforts to locate the Obama presidential library on the South Side. Zimmer’s statement did not advocate for locating the library on campus, but instead voiced support for establishing it in “our neighboring communities on the South Side of Chicago.” This is significant, as it indicates the potential for the Obama presidential library to exist independent of the University, but still remain near campus, an idea for which I voiced support in my previous column. Moreover, Zimmer’s words came after a statement by Mayor Rahm Emanuel in late January that the city of Chicago will be making a unified bid for the library. The legal and statutory rights to the library itself would arise after confirmation of the library’s location. However, if the library should be in Chicago, the proximity of the institution to our University is not relevant to our affiliation with it. While the University has neither indicated its support for a unified bid nor explicitly stated that it will be making an individual bid for the library, it has expressed interest in fostering an academic relationship with the library, according to the FAQ on the University’s news website. Thus, what constitutes “affiliation” in terms of the University’s relationship with the library is the most important issue at hand. “Affiliation” constitutes an academic,
legal, and financial relationship, and presidential libraries have a history of financial affiliation with universities. Other universities that host presidential libraries, such as Southern Methodist University, which supports the Bush library, have endowments dedicated to supporting programs and exhibitions at the institution—an idea Zimmer floated in the press release—and funds to help with construction and operations of the institution. Because of the way presidential libraries are funded and operated, they have distinctly shifted away from their original goal as repositories and toward their role as museums, due both to federal budget cuts for these libraries and generally lower funding levels: After the construction of the library, the museum portion is funded jointly by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the corresponding Presidential Library Foundation. According to a report complied by the Congressional Research Service, “[P]rivate foundations often pay for the exhibits that are displayed in the presidential libraries and their accompanying museums. Private funding, therefore, supports the research and design of the exhibits that may inhabit areas that are owned and run by the federal government.” The result is increased private influence in the libraries. As Larry Hackman, the former director of the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, has said: “[T]here are hidden and in some cases there are some odious strings that come with [private] money that keep the library directors, no matter how well-intentioned they are, from developing certain exhibitions or programs.” So the claim that libraries are unbiased
retrospectives of a president’s term is true only insofar as the powerful and well-connected allow them to be. NARA itself, though charged with presenting information dispassionately, has little control over the museum component of each library. As Hackman has also noted: “Most of all, [NARA] may fear that a more formal and extensive policy on exhibits would create high tension with influential individuals interested in such exhibits….” (emphasis mine). Because of this dynamic, presidential libraries have increasingly become, as Benjamin Hufbauer, author of Presidential Temples: How Memorials and Libraries Shape Public Memory, notes, a “huge, glitzy, glamorous museum of spin—a giant campaign commercial in museum form,” that do not provide “sufficient oversight and impartial decisions.” The University has a precedent for avoiding affiliation with such partial institutions. On November 11, 1967, the University of Chicago adopted an official University policy of neutrality with regard to political issues. The Kalven Report, named after the Law School professor Harry Kalven, Jr., held that “[t] o perform its mission in the society, a university must sustain an extraordinary environment of freedom of inquiry and maintain its independence from political fashions, passions, and pressures.” The Kalven Report should serve as a guide in determining both if and to what degree affiliation is acceptable—and affiliation with the Obama library would violate it. So Zimmer’s claim that “[t]he University’s involvement would be independent of politics or ideology” skirts the issue. There exists a difference between the University claiming an explicit position on an issue
and the more nuanced, implicit, principled intellectual environment that is affected by the University affiliating itself with a political and ideological institution. It is quite obvious that a University can maintain an explicitly neutral position on an issue while simultaneously involving itself with an institution or holding investments reeking of political passions and pressures. When the Milton Friedman Institute was announced, faculty responded in a manner similar to the way one who is opposed to the Obama presidential library would respond: “When the University of Chicago invests so heavily in culturally and politically conservative thought we wonder about its commitment to strong intellectual diversity in the tradition of the Kalven Report….Some colleagues are disturbed by the specter of the University of Chicago becoming another Stanford, with the Milton Friedman Institute taking on the imposing campus presence of the Hoover Institution,” a group letter from over 100 faculty members said.
Claiming that we need to bring the Obama presidential library to the University of Chicago because its scholarly and academic value is too good to pass up creates a false choice. The inherent value of the documents in the library is not contingent upon their affiliation with the University, nor would the scholarly benefits of the Obama library evaporate if it were located in the greater Hyde Park area or surrounding community. Rather, the University’s affiliation with the Obama presidential library would connect us with an institution that evokes strong partisan, political passions—one that attempts to make history rather than report it, and which highlights those things which private money has deemed important. With this in mind, would all of those who advocate for the University’s affiliation with the Obama library be as enthusiastic in their support if we were talking about the George W. Bush library instead? Andrew Young is a first-year in the College.
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“It isn’t just bad journalism. It’s bad sportsmanship.” SOCHI continued from page 3 dominated U.S. channels in the lead-up to the games, by the time the Opening Ceremony was to begin, the onslaught of negative coverage was already well underway. Even worse, many media outlets grew so entrenched in this race to outnegative one another that they began publishing everything from hyperbolic half-truths to flat-out lies under the guise of real reporting. Because these smaller, less significant, harder-toverify stories tended to gain comparatively less attention, they had a much lower chance of being disproven. but still made a powerful negative point through the sheer quantity of their presence in the media. Interestingly, although the Russian national media is itself no stranger to stretching the truth, Russian readers are well aware of this fact and take a critical eye to everything they read in the press. Americans, however, are generally anything but discerning in their reading and viewing. The U.S. media has a reputation for taking a much more equitable and inclusive approach to its coverage—a tendency which deserves great praise—and that reputation, like any, comes with the responsibility and expectation of maintenance. But with regard to the Sochi Olympics, we’ve instead encountered a situation where we’re lucky to find even one article that tells the whole truth (and nothing but). Instead of giving audiences the facts they need to hear, our media has taken a collective step towards the Fox News approach, leaving viewers feeling informed while in fact being less informed than if they’d watched and read nothing at all.
In the midst of all this, there have been far too many stories fixating on the smallest of Sochi Olympic evils, and far too few focusing on, you know, sports. Even many reports that claim to be about sports often end up devolving into discussions of Putin’s politics—an approach that devalues the importance of the athletes’ achievements, and more broadly, what the Olympic Games are meant to be about. And despite all these reports, the Sochi Olympics have gotten off to a great start, with no major problems (or #sochiproblems) in sight. The thing about this highly biased approach to reporting is that it isn’t just bad journalism. It’s bad sportsmanship. Now, it’s true that some of these reports raise important criticisms and concerns. It’s absolutely important to discuss Russia’s many problems, and I am excited to (finally) see so many take a genuine interest in Russia, and to see the international community rally behind important causes like LGBT rights. In criticizing the way the western media has approached covering the Sochi Olympics, I am in no way supporting, condoning, or attempting to minimize or excuse the significance or damage of Russia’s brazen corruption and human rights violations. But there is a way to highlight the many positive aspects of the Sochi Olympics while still opposing the host country’s stance on human rights, and a way to praise other countries’ athletes’ achievements while still opposing those countries’ political leaders or regimes. Perhaps more importantly, there is a way to provide a clear, in-context picture of what is going on without resorting to half-truths or hyperboles. But this is precisely what the U.S. media has
failed to do. Not since 1980 have we seen the media take such a collectively negative, biased stance against a host country. More recently, Mitt Romney (who helped organize the Salt Lake City Olympics in 2002) was heavily criticized for his own criticisms of the London Olympics’ preparedness in 2012. In some ways, it reflects both the remaining aftertaste of the Cold War and the general attitude the United States has taken towards Russia since the fall of the Soviet Union: Our country is objectively “better” than yours; therefore, we are qualified to provide prescriptive recommendations that we expect you to adhere to perfectly, reserving the right to criticize you for any and all ways in which you may fail to meet our standards. But it will be far more beneficial for everyone—for the mutual respect between our nations, for all the hardworking athletes competing at the Sochi Olympics, and for us all as readers and citizens—if we’re just told the complete, contextual truth. Though coverage has, thankfully, grown considerably better over the past few days, the U.S. media’s heavily biased, ignorant tone on all things Russia has anything but subdued. It’s likely that, come time for the Closing Ceremony on February 23, this coverage will resume in full force. If you only take away one thing, let it be this: The coverage is, and will continue to be, biased—highly biased. Draw your own conclusions. Anastasia Golovashkina is a thirdyear in the College majoring in economics.
First Prize $1500 Second prize $500
Counseling stigma still exists THERAPY continued from page 3 to give me any further help other than unproductive talk therapy that only made me more ashamed and guilty for feeling the way I did, and to my knowledge no other people were notified or made aware of my condition. This is a clear violation of the contract one makes with a mental health professional when one enters treatment: It should be mutually understood that the therapist, psychiatrist, clinical social worker, or other person in the field has a responsibility to provide the full extent of services that are needed for recovery. To be fair, this was not my experience last year with SCS; since my first therapist, I have visited with several different doctors, with mostly positive results. However, it is inexcusable that any mental health professional who is unable to provide the services required to save lives is employed at the University. When I was at the mental hospital, there were seven students from UChicago, whereas DePaul, SAIC, and Northwestern only had one student each. While the disproportionately high number of UChicago students may not be indicative of a general trend in the University, it is certainly a striking disparity compared to other Chicago-area universities. What is it about this university that caused such a high number of suicide attempts? Surely the fact that the suicide rate doubles among young adults aged 20–24
compared to younger adolescents means the prevention of suicide and self-harm should be an extremely high priority for the University. But it doesn’t seem to be. We are subjected to extreme stress, and yet the student body promotes a self-deprecating culture, as if unhappiness and depression are the natural state of a University of Chicago student. This is an extremely dangerous mindset to promote. Of course resources are made available, and are promoted to some degree; however, it still remains stigmatized in the community to utilize these services and be a happy, fulfilled individual rather than the apparently quintessential miserable University of Chicago student. The survivors of suicide attempts and our allies need to address not only the underlying causes of depression and the risks associated with being a young person with changing brain chemistry, but also the problems with the way our community handles mental illness, promotes unhappiness as the norm, and goes about treating depression. I myself am stepping forward to say that I am a victim of what this culture can produce, but I don’t want to remain one. As taboo as mental illness is, we cannot afford to lose any more of the bright, creative, and beautiful minds that populate this school. Lillian Erickson is a second-year in the College.
Thomas Aquinas and the Many Faces of Wisdom a lecture by
Lawrence Dewan, O.P. ȱ¢ȱǰȱĴ
Thursday, February 20, 4:30PM Swift Hall, 3rd Floor Lecture Hall
All three of Thomas Aquinas’s presentations of the whole of Christian doctrine begin with considerations of the sapiential nature of the knowledge to be communicated. This lecture will consider the many modes of wisdom described by Thomas in the Commentary on Peter Lombard’s Sentences, the Summa contra Gentiles, and the Summa theologiae, seeing how the mind is called to union with the Creator in a variety of situations.
Submission deadline: April 22, 2014 Presented by The Lumen Christi Institute Cosponsored by the Department of Philosophy & the Medieval Studies Workshop Visit www.lumenchristi.org or call 773-955-5887 for more information
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South by South Side: Hicks headlines UChicago’s folk fest Robert Sorrell Arts Staff Have you noticed a preponderance of corncob pipes and suspenders around campus? Worried you’re being outshone by the foot-long beards that cropped up around Mandel Hall last weekend? Well, have no fear; it isn’t a new trend, and you need not throw away your beard trimmer yet. Unless, of course, you plan on jumping onstage and pulling out your fiddle. Yes, last weekend was the University of Chicago Folk Festival, and the air rung sweetly with the sound of instruments both familiar and strange. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, the University of Chicago Folklore Society took over Mandel Hall and Ida Noyes for the 54th annual Folk Festival in Hyde Park. This year, the big names included 10-time Grammy-winning fiddler Bobby Hicks and Louisiana Music Hall of Famer Sheryl Cormier. Also in attendance were Chicag o -based g ospel singer Calvin Bridges and Chicago Irish folk royalty, tenor Paddy Homan, guitarist Dennis Cahill, and fiddler Teresa Shine. The concert on Saturday night started with a twang courtesy of old-time (that
is, Appalachian) music from supergroup Bigfoot, includ ing Grammywinning banjo player John Herrmann. Their set was full of foot-stompin’ music and quirky tales, including one song that reputedly made a man stick his hand down his pants and wag his finger out of his fly during a funeral. From there, solo guitarist and singer Ari Eisinger lent the air a darker, smokier tinge with blues classics from the 1920s and ’30s. Dressed in business casual, his cropped white hair balding on top, Eisinger would’ve looked more at home at a corporate conference than a folk festival. But his guitar chops and folksy banter proved he more than deserved his spot on stage. Near the end of his set, he even took a crowd request for a song by blues legend Big Bill Broonzy. After Eisinger, New York–based traditional Irish band The Yanks proved that folk music isn’t just for those who can remember the 1960s. The four young musicians, mainly wearing flannels, looked like they just stumbled out of an Irish bar in lower Manhattan. The group, consisting of fiddler Dylan Foley, accordionist Dan Gurney, flautist
Ari Eisinger leads a workshop on the guitar style of blues musician Blind Blake. More pictures at www.chicagomaroon.com. COURTESY OF EZRA DEUTSCH-FELDMAN
Isaac Alderson, and guitarist Sean Ernest, funded its newest album through Kickstarter (slated to come out this spring or summer), and whipped up one mean set of stomping , yelling , pint-chugging –worthy tunes. During their last song The Yanks had the crowd breaking out into whoops, whistles, and grunts. Sheryl Cormier & Family and Bobby Hicks finished up the evening with two
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excellent sets. Cormier, with her husband Russell on vocals, son Russell Jr. on drums, and various other relatives on guitar and bass, proved that Cormier & Family is not just a fun band name, and that it is possible to play a soulful, bluesy solo on a bright red accordion with a lobster painted on the front. Hicks and co. then slowed things down a bit, with tight harmonies and a gently bouncing swing. The group all
wore suits, and Hicks himself donned a cowboy hat for the occasion. Their low, rumbly yet soothing North Carolina accents provided a serene ending to an evening of intense musical energ y and emotion. The festival also included workshops, jam sessions, and a small market in Ida Noyes Hall on Saturday and Sunday where musicians gave free advice on technical aspects of their craft as well as told sto-
ries and chatted with fans. Irish guitarist Dennis Cahill exuded wisdom and expertise in the Ida Noyes library on Sunday, including the “first commandment of Irish guitar: Thou shalt not break the phrase.” After talking specifics for a while, he jammed with some fiddlers who were in the room. Loosening up a bit, he mentioned, “This isn’t about safety nets. It’s about having a bit of fun.” The rest of the Fest agreed.
Post-reboot, Career Ad- South of the border, an historical rant vancement is in a JAM James Mackenzie Arts Staff
Emma Broder Arts Editor Third-year Will Craft, an aspiring journalist, plans to work for an investigative newsletter that tackles corruption in the oncology drug industry this summer. Last quarter, seeking funding for his unpaid internship, he found a grant online through UChicago Careers in Journalism, Arts, and Media (UCIJAM) that promised to do just this. When Craft met with UCIJAM’s Ben Waltzer, he was informed that the grants, still advertised on UCIJAM’s listhost, no longer exist. He attempted to have his internship turned into a Metcalf through the program, but after several months of “nothing really happening,” decided to simply begin emailing Career Advancement (CA) advisers at random. Eventually, he got in touch with someone from UChicago Careers in Health Professions, and
converted his internship into a Metcalf within two weeks. UCIJAM, a new initiative that replaced both UChicago Careers in Arts (UCIA) and UChicago Careers in Journalism (UCIJ) at the beginning of autumn quarter, is headed up by Waltzer (he is the Klingensmith Program Director). Waltzer, a full-time employee, has absorbed the duties of former part-time employees Lloyd King and Kathy Anderson, who ran UCIA and UCIJ respectively, plus the role of a counselor in “media” professions. Anderson, who left last April, declined to be interviewed for this article. King was hired in 2010 when UCIA began; he left his position last May. The $4,000 grants Craft was seeking used to exist as UCIJ grants, but now most closely resemble UCIJAM’s apprenticeship JAM continued on page 12
For a while, there was a hole in the wall of a men’s room stall on the third floor of South Campus East. You can still see the outline of scratches and misshapen plaster where it used to be. It mocks all those who pass through, endlessly begging the question, “Why does this institution still bother?” The dorm was conceived as an attempt at both expanding the University’s presence south of the Midway and also providing new housing for students in the defunct Shoreland dorm. Designed by architect group Goody Clancy and Associates, South Campus arrived on this campus well past both its original time frame and budget. Despite that, the administration maintained a veneer of positivity where its pet project was concerned. Katie Callow-Wright, then director of undergraduate housing , said, “The
transparency and openness is not just so that you can see from the outside that there’s a vibrancy—that it’s a social hub—but also so that if you’re on the second floor or the fifth floor, you can look into the courtyard and see that there’s a social life all around you.” If that means spying on people in common rooms from your dorm window in the dead of night, then this particular goal has been a resounding success. S outh Campus Residence Hall has always seemed like the unwanted stepchild of the University, never even granted the dignity of a name. No; upon its opening in 2009, the building maintained its placeholder title. Now, almost five years later, with the original generation of South Campus residents recently graduated, that placeholder name has stuck. Five years. Five years of breakdown and decay. Five years of duct tape building up on the stairwell handrails. Five years of court-
yard doors blowing open on windy days, threatening the welfare of the students huddling within their lounges. Five years that saw at least one student banished for letting his peers in through a window. Five years of a dining hall whose transgressions were not discovered for four. Five years bookended by fire. Perhaps the writing was on the wall before the dorm was even completed, when a generator fire occurred during construction in 2009, drawing 37 fire trucks to the building in order to douse the flames. And then this past fall quarter, as finals week plodded on and the snow fell, residents were sent outside on two consecutive nights by fire alarms, both as a result of fires in the dining hall and in the dorm itself. It all could have ended one of those nights. Or a few weeks earlier, when tornado sirens blared in the distance and water poured onto the windows. Students sat in their loung-
es, barring the courtyard doors against the unrelenting wind. They used makeshift contraptions made of chairs and scarves, the products of the best and brightest young minds from around the world. They failed. South Campus was waiting , its delicate, glassy exterior vulnerable to the wrath of mother nature. Eventually the skies cleared and the sirens grew silent. That day was not to be the last day of South Campus. But that day is coming. As a new campus rises in the north, the administration needs to take a step outside into the sub-sub-zero air and take a look at what they have before them. In the 21st century, this university needs to stand for innovation. That’s what led it to build South Campus those five long , long years ago. It is time to take those steps again, and finally put this giant glass tomb out to pasture. We’ll always have the memories, but we have to know when to say goodbye.
This Historic Issue... marks 122 years of continued coverage Vol. 3 No. 1
The Daily Maroon THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2014
U of C connects to new social website April 30, 2004
April 11, 1969—ON STRIKE: Pickets outside Murray School Thursday support teachers’ strike.
SIT-IN ENDS! February 14, 1969
Students occupying the administration building have voted to end their two week old sit-in. A motion to leave the building within 24 hours passed by an overwhelming majority at a meeting in the building early Friday morning. Earlier at that meeting, students had voted to modify the original demands of the sit-in. As of press time, it was not clear whether the group intended to maintain its demands after ending the sit-in. They moved up to non-nego-
Samosas on 53rd
tiable status three demands that were formerly stated “in principle” The demands are: -End demolition, start construction in Woodlawn -Open a day care center for faculty children -Admit as students more Negroes, workers, and people from the “third world.” Students at the meeting favored a plan to assemble as many people as possible in the administration building and stage a dramatic mass exit Friday afternoon. There will be
a rally in front of the building at noon. The students plan to leave the building at 4:30 p.m. Marlene Dixon, whose reappointment was the demonstrators’ chief demand, made an appearance at the meeting and talked briefly about the success of the sit-in. The student power demand, which had been the most controversial inside and outside the two week sit-in, was dropped after little discussion. Only about a dozen voted to retain it.
A new website known as thefacebook.com may be the largest Internet trend to hit college campuses in recent months, and it will be available to University of Chicago students as of today, April 30, according to the website’s founders. The Facebook is an interactive website allowing college students to create profiles and view those of other students at their school. It is the brainchild of Mark Zuckerberg, a sophomore at Harvard University. Zuckerberg’s site, which is not affiliated with any academic institution, first opened up to Harvard students on February 4. Since then, it has become available to 30 universities in the United States. Accumulating nearly 100,000 users in less than three months, the popularity of The Facebook continues to grow exponentially. According to Zuckerberg, the expansion of the site began at schools where there was a friendship “overlap” between those schools and Harvard. With most of the necessary web-infrastructure in place at universities, Zuckerberg and his team only have to configure the site to accept the schools’ e-mail addresses of the students for login purposes. The Facebook allows students to build their own profiles, with the option of listing their course schedule so that they can see who is in their classes while learning
about their classmates. Perhaps its most popular feature is the ability for students to connect with each other by creating a “friends” network. Students can then see their social networks, similar to the Friendster website, which served as part of the inspiration for The Facebook. The site’s founders have also created an extensive list of privacy features that enable students to limit viewership. According to Chris Hughes, the site’s press manager, The Facebook owes its success to a unique combination of fun and utility. “The Facebook is a tool where you build your own identity, see those of others, and connect,” said Hughes. “At the same time, it is useful for finding contact information and starting study groups.” Hughes said that he and his team have been adding schools to the network at the rate of about three per week, while an average of 6,000 new members have registered daily. The explosion of the site’s popularity at Northwestern has been particularly conspicuous, with some 1,700 users signing on in 48 hours. Hughes suggested that the popularity at Northwestern might stem from the fact that it was registered relatively recently, and students there had already heard about the site from friends at other schools. In a New York Times article last FACEBOOK continued on page 9
One hundred and twentytwo years ago, the University of Chicago Weekly was born on the first day of classes at a new University in Hyde Park. A decade later, the Weekly evolved into the campus’s first paper of record, the Daily Maroon. When the World War II draft decreased enrollment and advertising revenue, the paper became the Chicago Maroon and moved to publishing twice a week. Today, we look back at content from our history, and it’s clear that while the font constantly changes, the issues that shape our campus hardly do. Student run-ins with the administration, obsession with admissions, the opening and closing of dorms, an ambivalent relationship with football, and the necessity of Rajun Cajun are always topical. We have reprinted columns from Nate Silver (A.B.’00), David Brooks (A.B. ’83), and Tucker Max (A.B. ’98), already developing personalities that would later emerge on the national stage. This issue is a tribute to the history of our University and of Hyde Park, but it is also a testament that students in generations before us—from those drafted into war, to those who were the first to log on to Facebook—faced the same questions that we do. The historical issue represents 122 years worth of students understanding how the University, Hyde Park, and the world were changing. —Rebecca Guterman & Sam Levine
Shoreland’s last year
College admissions more selective in ’88
September 18, 2008
April 8, 1988
October 8, 1996 Every morning at 10:30, Trushar Patel and his wife Anila burn sticks of incense over a tiny brass platter and pray to Ganesh, the Hindu God of Beginnings. With a firm Hindu faith seldom seen in times as widely denounced as decadent as these, the Patel family, in front of two paintings of Krishna, prepare to do business once the doors of their restaurant, Rajun Cajun, open for business. For years the shoebox-sized lot at 1459 East 53rd Street, which houses Total Eclipse Hair Salon upstairs, existed as Cajun Joe’s Chicken Place, serving up Cajun and soul food in a fast food setting. The reputation of the place was rather bad, though, as the restaurant was not only typically in disrepair but also featured a clientele that tended to scare away other patrons. Cajun Joe’s was familiar throughout the city, with its bright yellow and red colors on SAMOSA continued on page 8
Enjoy it while it lasts, because this is the last year that Shoreland Hall will be in the University’s hands. The dorm, a former luxury hotel that allegedly hosted the notorious Al Capone, has a special appeal to its residents—so much so that when administrators announced four years ago that the building would be sold because of escalating repair costs, students rallied in an (ultimately unsuccessful) “Save the Shoreland” campaign. Taking about 25 minutes to reach on foot and 10 minutes by bus, the Shoreland is the farthest dorm from campus. But residents tend to enjoy that separation from the daily grind of the Regenstein Library and the academic quads. (That separation is less fondly discussed when students are waiting outside for the bust to arrive before a 9 a.m. class!)
With personal kitchens and suites that make Pierce rooms look like hovels (well they sort of are, right?), it’s no wonder that residents are willing to put up with the commute to enjoy more spacious living. The dorm tends to have an active social life, and on Friday and Saturday nights, first-years can be seen in packs roaming from floor to floor looking for that party that was heard thumping through the ceiling. One of the treats for residents living in the upper half of the building is the view of either Lake Michigan or Hyde Park. The Shoreland is located just three blocks from the #6 bus stop (with downtown services) and around the corner from restaurants on 53rd and 55th Streets. When the weather warms, grab a good book and head over to the lake to walk around in the park or sun at the man-made beach.
Applications for the freshman class in the College for the 1988-89 school year were up nearly 24% from 1987-88, but the number of students admitted rose only slightly, making it still more difficult to be admitted to the College. Despite the small rise in acceptances, administrators expect that next year’s entering class will be about the same size as this year’s. According to Ted O’Neill, director of College Admissions, 5347 students applied for the 1988-89 school year, of whom 2168, or 40.5%, were admitted – down from 48.7% last year. O’Neill said that his department is “aiming at a class size of about 825.” Last year there were 4313 applicants, of whom 2102 were admitted. There are 828 students in the current first-year class, or 39.4% of those who were admitted last year. O’Neill attributed the increase in the number of applicants to “a better perception of
the University in the minds of high school students. They see us as a place that’s not only great, but liveable and pelasant. We never ahd to convince them that we are a great university, we had to convince them that it is liveable here. I think we were successful, and it’s not just the admissions office that’s responsible for that; it’s the students and the faculty.” The number of black students admitted to the College also is up this year, according to O’Neill. He noted that this is the first time in his six years at the College, and probably the first time ever, that over 100 black students were admitted to a freshman class. The current first-year class has fewer than thirty black students. The male-female ratio of the new class is “roughly 60/40,” about the same as it has been for several years, according to O’Neill. O’Neill characterized the prospective class as “very much like previous Chicago classes—smart, active, and ambi-
tious. I would like to say it’s the best class ever, but in fact it’s very much like the classes of the past few years…They care about intellectual life, about making a good life in a rigorous academic setting.” He did not have precise figures on the SAT scores of those who were accepted, but said that they are “roughly similar” to those of last year’s class. Director of College Aid Alicia Reyes said that she does not yet have complete information on the financial aid situation of the prospective students, since some forms from the College Scholarship Service have been delayed and some students are still applying for financial aid. But she said that the incoming class is “similar to the current freshman class. There are not many more needy students.” “Perhaps next year’s class is better in some ways,” said O’Neill. “Maybe they’re a little more active, more accomplished. But basically they’re like the students we’ve previously admitted.”
THE CHICAGO MAROON | HISTORICAL ISSUE | February 18, 2014
Washington to announce his candidacy for mayor November 9, 1982 Illinois representative Harold Washington, a Hyde Park resident, will announce Wednesday his decision to run for Mayor of Chicago in 1983, according to Fifth Ward Committeeman Alan Dobry. Washington will join State’s Attorney Richard M. Daley as challengers for Mayor Jane Byrne’s office. Many political analysts also expect Alderman Roman Pucinski of the 41st Ward to announce his intentions to run for Mayor after Washington confirms that he indeed will run. Washington won-re-election last week as representative of the 1st congressional district, collecting 98 percent of the votes. Dobry and Fifth Ward Alderman Lawrence S. Bloom have both said that they will support Washington’s mayoral bid. While the South Side Independent movement as a whole is expected to support Washington for mayor, several North Side Independent and some time allies of Dobry and Bloom, including Alderman Marty Oberman of the 43rd Ward and State Senator Dawn Clark Netsch, are expected to support Daley. Some black independent leaders, such as Alderman Allen Streeter and Alderwoman Marion Volini
who have been somewhat supportive of Daley, may switch their allegiances to Washington after he declares his candidacy. Renault Robinson, a Byrne-appointed member of the Chicago Housing Authority board and executive director of the AfroAmerican Police League, will direct Washington’s campaign. In a four-way race between Mayor Byrne, Daley, Pucinski, and Washington, Daley would be expected to take the Southwest side and whatever Independent votes he can muster. Pucinski would try to capitalize on the city’s “ethnic” votes, most notably those of Chicago’s large Polish community. Washington would take the votes of the black community and also have several liberal independent supporters, while Byrne would use the powers of incumbency and the probably support of the Regular Democratic Organization in an attempt to gain re-election. The Democratic mayoral primary will be held on Feb. 22, 1983, the same day as the first round of the non-partisan aldermanic elections. The mayoral general election and the run-off round of the aldermanic elections will be held in April.
Kissing, though nice, may be pathological January 6, 1956
If a recently-proposed medical theory that kissing is responsible for the spread of mononucleosis is correct, scarcity of the disease here would indicate some sort of deficiency in the inter-personal relations of UC students. Implications of the hypothesis may have far-reaching results, providing unexpected evidence for social scientists investigating contemporary trends in osculation. But the theory itself is still tentative. A recent publication of the Abbott laboratories contended that infectious mononucleosis, commonly called “glandular fever,” is spread by kissing, evidence being certain epidemiological oddities of the disease which has so far defied scientific explaining. Why, for example, does the disease become epidemic younger nurses and interns in hospitals but not among veteran nurses and doctors? Why
is it prevalent among boys and girls in co-ed colleges but not students? Only two UC students have been hospitalized with mononucleosis since July, Dr. Henrietta Herbolsheimer, director of Student Health reported, although one college student was admitted New Year’s Day. There are a small number of ambulatory cases. Mononucleosis is believed to be a virus disease, she stated, and is often mistaken for the common cold. It can cause extreme disability and malaise, giving the victim “that rundown feeling.” Dr. Herbolsheimer, however, would not assent to the theory herself. She explained that, aside from the inconclusiveness of the evidence, kissing communicates many things besides disease, and she warned against “throwing out the baby with the bath.” Indications are that, people being what they are, she has little to worry about in this respect.
One man strives to cook his own American dream SAMOSA continued from page 7
the inside, highlighted by a trim of orange and yellow neon lights in front of the mirrors running along the trim of the ceiling. The operation, however, folded about three yearsr ago, as the entire franchise went bankrupt, and the lot on 53rd Street stood empty. At the time, Trushar Patel, who came to the United States in 1979, was the long-time supervisor of three McDonald’s franchises in northern Chicago. Having worked his way up the ranks in the McDonald’s corporation, Trushar hoped to own eventually his own McDonald’s franchise. Originally from the Gujarat region of India, Trushar finished six years of college in India to become an electronic engineer. He said that the United States attracted him because of its promise of opportunity. A devout Hindu who eats no beef and only occasionally chicken, Trushar said he realized the paradox inherent in his dream of owning a restaurant whose main product is beef. But he said he had separated business from faith, and considered financial stability more important. After over a decade devoted to Ronald McDonald, Trushar realized he could never own his own franchise. He said that even though he had all the necessary qualifications, he was overlooked time and time again. With his wish of owning a McDonald’s crushed, Trushar began pursuing the American Dream to its fullest. He wanted to be his own boss, and began to look around, eager to find a place where he could open his own restaurant. Satisfied with his own ability to cook, Trushar figured he could create a reasonable base for an Indian restaurant. When the issue of its location arose, his brother Roy, a doctor at Mercy Hospital, offered some important advice. According to Roy, there was not a single Indian restaurant on the South Side (and certainly not in Hyde Park). Trushar found the empty Cajun Joe’s Chicken Place and moved in. On December 9, 1993, Rajun Cajun (“Rajun” rhymes with “done” and means “king”) opened its doors to the Hyde Park public. Trushar kept one of the cooks from Cajun
Joe’s, Mahbub Hussein, from Bangladesh. He is the soul food specialist, preparing the collard greens and Cajun fried chicken every day. Trushar, however, was eager to inject a more defined Indian element into his menu. They homestyle cooking he enjoyed at home, prepared by him and by his wife, Anila, seemed destined for the stomachs of his patrons. But the change towards an Indian menu at Rajun Cajun came slowly. Only now, in the restaurant’s third year, is Trushar changing the décor to reflect a more Indian flavor. Gone will tbe drawings of the French Quarter in New Orleans—replaced by hand-painted Indian works. The recent months have brought other changes as well. During an interview, Trusher showed his new menus featuring Indian desserts. Brother-inlaw and employee Sanjay Patel, from England, said the restaurant hopes to soon have a refrigerated display case for the sweets, encouraging customers to try them out. Rajun Cajun signed on last year with Gopher’s, a delivery service for Hyde Park, and business has improved. Trushar appreciates the free advertising he gets from the affiliation, but instant name recognition, along the lines of that employed by Salonica, Thai 55, or the Med, continue to elude Rajun Cajun. As a result, undergraduates at the University frequently remain ignorant that Indian fare is available in Hyde Park, for a very reasonable price, compared to vegetarian dishes at the Nile and at Casablanca. When asked about the schizophrenic menu at the restaurant, featuring half Indian and half Cajun fare, and how it reflected on the business, Trushar said that about eighty percent of the patrons buy from the Indian menu, and even though Trushar would prefer phasing it out, the cajun food accounts for the necessary other twenty percent, especially during the day. Of that eighty percent, Trushar said, about a third are graduate students and others affiliated with the University. The rest of his vegetarian/Indian business comes from catering to the U of C Hospitals and the Reynolds Cub and from the
large Black Muslim population of Hyde Park. The heavy vegetarian load puts a strain on Anila, who does almost all of the Indian cooking. Trushar’s specialty is the Tandoori chicken, but he still has to cook all of the vegetarian fare when Anila is out. When asked about what he would eat if he were a patron at his own restaurant, Trushar said he would order the vegetarian combo meal, which comes with a samosa (pastry filled with potatoes, onions, garlic, and other spices), basmati rice, parotha (a skillet fried whole wheat flat bread), and two choices of spicy vegetables. His choices were the chana masala (chickpeas with spinach) and the mixture of green beans and lima beans in a subtle tomato curry sauce available that day. Trushar emphasized the “homestyle” nature of his restaurant, reflected in what he gave as the most important reason for the restaurant’s survival in high-rent Hyde Park: his low overhead. His wife is the head cook at Rajun Cajun, and her brother Sanjay helps out when she is absent. When the restaurant was just starting, even Trushar’s brother Roy would come by to help. Furthermore, everything available at the restaurant is served the same day it is cooked, which both Trushar and Anila consider a very important feature worthy of great pride. Other Indian restaurants typically cook two or three times a week, and then freeze whatever is not used. As a result, such things as low-quality twenty-cent samosas are possible at other establishments, said Anila. Rajun Cajun still cooks in great bulk, though. Trushar boasted that his restaurant uses more than 100 pounds of potatoes a day. Also to maintain a certain variety to his menu, he rotates the spicy vegetable sides every two or three days. Trushar also commits himself to healthier cooking. His food does not carry the same film of oil on top that similar dishes at other Indian restaurants would. A trim man, Trushar holds himself up as an example of the food’s health, saying that he eats his cooking seven days a week and does not get sick. But, ironically, the homestyle cooking servces as the ultimate
impediment to the future of Rajun Cajun. “We are not professional cooks,” Trushar said. Trushar and his wife cook as they would for their family. But to accommodate a varied Indian menu akin to the kind available in restaurants along Devon Street in the far North Side, Patel said he realizes that he would need a professional cook to cover everything, which is not currently possible. Rajun Cajun patrons, to whom Trushar said he tries to listen as much as he can, urge him to pen a sit-down restaurant here in Hyde Park, different to the partly-intentional fast food feel of the current Rajun Cajun. After all, the patrons claim, Hyde Park can support over a dozen Thai places and pizza places so why not one Indian place? Trushar plans a sit-down restaurant for the future. However, one key obstacle still stands in the way. Hyde Park, one of the most expensive rent districts of Chicago, puts a prohibitive chain around Trushar’s dreams of expansion. His current establishment is too small to accommodate the kind of restaurant he wants to open, and the long and narrow size of the lot doesn’t accommodate the sprawl that a typical sit-down restaurant needs. Even if the lot were appropriate, though, Trushar said he could not afford to close the current restaurant for the time it would take for a thorough renovation. For now, it’s all a matter of faith and hope for the future. Trushar and Anila are encouraged by their young son, Nishil, who has to live with Anila’s parents in London as his own parents work hard to provide for him. The Hindu gods Lord Krishna, Ganesh, and Laxmi, goddess of wealth, hang on the walls of Rajun Cajun and rest on the counter, casting a benevolent eye on Trushar and his work, and perhaps in these Indian gods Trushar will find the way to finally realize his American dream of not only being his own boss, but of owning his own sit-down restaurant—a source of stability for himself and his family. For now, though, he will have to settle for offering one of the least expensive and most satisfying vegetarian meals in Hyde Park.
THE CHICAGO MAROON | HISTORICAL ISSUE | February 18, 2014
Kleinbard comments on Gray theft May 24, 1996 Jonathan Kleinbard, vice president of University News and Community Affairs, commented today on the portrait of Hanna Holborn Gray, University president emeritus. The portrait, originally stolen in early April, was recovered and stolen once again later that same month. The Gray Bandits, as the thieves have been dubbed, have made their manifesto public in a series of letters and photographs dropped off at the Maroon offices. “Our hope is that those who have taken it will return it unharmed,” said Kleinbard. The portrait originally hung in Hutchinson Commons in the Reynolds Club. According to Kleinbard, a rumor circulated that the painting was to be turned in yesterday morning. However, he said that there is “no truth to the rumor. I hope that it will be turned in earlier rather than later because all of us are concerned that it will become damaged.” University police are working closely with Chicago Police to recover the portrait. Kleinbard is offering a $500 reward for the safe return of the painting.
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New York Jews with Chicago Blues October 12, 1982 David Brooks Viewpoints Columnist The best thing about this university is the diversity. We’ve got artists, poets, math whizzes, punk rockers and even New York Jews. Third year student. This quotation appeared in one of the brochures this University sent to prospective students about three years ago. “Wow! Even New York Jews!” we said to ourselves, astonished at the school’s liberality. Here was a place even we could be accepted. Here was the land of milk and honey. But for many of us, the milk was sour and the honey spoilt. You see, we New Yorkers imagine that every city in the world is like New York only smaller and less important. When we came to Chicago we expected to see small versions of the Empire State Building and itty-bitty World Trade Centers. We expected mini-Guggenheim Museums and pint-size Frick Galleries. We expected petite Greenwhich Villages with tiny artist’s colonies and short lunatic poets. And if we did not see hordes of beautiful, fashionably dressed women walking down the ultracosmopolitan thoroughfares, then we would have settled for small hordes walking down teeny-weeny alleyways. But Chicago is not a miniature New York. We discovered an American city, not an international one. And the last thing a New Yorker is ever prepared for
is America. So we got scared. And the fear was breeding ground for our deepest instincts, inbred by generations of subway battles and sidewalk brawls. We grew obnoxious. And it was worse for New York Jews. A Protestant can fit in anywhere. He will not even notice when the pastrami begins to taste like bologna. And Catholics do not have as tough a time because this town is run by Catholics. Of course, there are Jews here (I have six cousins in Skokie, all psychiatrists), but these are American Jews not New York Jews; they drive Pontiacs, not Volvos. They like their matzo with egg and onion instead of plain. And they don’t read Commentary or The New York Review of Rsvh zoyhrt d’Nookd. At these longitudes, we are fish out of water. We are a wandering tribe. And a prejudiced one at that. Always insulting Chicago. Always comparing it to the incomparable Apple. We cannot be much fun to be with. We need understanding and we need tolerance. All these ruminations came to me last night while visiting a friend. He, a first year law student and a New York Jew, had quickly developed an aversion to Chicago and wanted to go home. He called his mother to ask permission while I sat on the couch and pretended to read The Nation. I overheard his half of the conversation. “Hello, ma?...You got to let me come home...No, I haven’t flunked out. It’s only the second week. I just can’t stand it out here. This is a city of broad shoulders and
narrow minds. Yes, ma, it’s that bad. I’m living in a town where everybody buys their clothes at Woolworths. How many fake leather jackets do I have to look at?... Ir’s a whole different world out here. I tell people about a shop on Madison and they think it’s in Wisconsin. I mention CBGBs and they think I’m talking chemical formulas. They don’t even flouridate the water! Already I feel my teeth falling out...No ma, I’m not just saying this to make you miserable...I know your life has been one long sacrifice. ...Yes, you’ve told me how much I caused you during childbirth. I’ve apologized for that...What do you mean you didn’t even enjoy my conception?...Ok, I’m sorry for that too...Yes, I’ll apologize to dad as well...No I didn’t get this idea of dropping out from a Phillip Roth book...I promised you I’d never read anything by him. But that’s another thing. Roth, Bellow, Malamud, Stern and all those guys are killing us out here. Somebody finds out I’m Jewish and they ask, “So, when’s the novel coming out?” These midwesterners think all Jews do is write novels with putzy heros...Oh ma, it’s terrible. You’ve got to get me out of Illinois...Yes, Ma, Chicago is in Illinois. Yes, I’m positive it’s not in Wyoming. No I don’t know where Wyoming is either. I don’t even think there is such a state as Pennsyltucky...Yes, I know I wasn’t put on this earth to be happy...I don’t mind being unhappy. I’m used to it..Ok, listen ma, I’ll level with you. I think I’m losing my marbles...Ma! will you let me talk?! Last Saturday night I went out with
some other students to a restaurant called The Medici. I’m sitting across from this girl named Diana. She’s a midwesterner—you know, with straight blond hair and narrow hips, like the girls on TV...Anyway, she’s looking at me and she’s smiling. I want to make a nice impression so I smile back. After a while she begins to tell this dull story about her father investing in hog futures. I thought it was some kind of astrology for pigs but it’s not. Anyway when she’s done everybody smiles politely and gets back to their conversation. Except me. I laugh! I laugh!! I see her the next day in the lounge and all I do is laugh and laugh! I can’t help myself! She’ll be talking about wheat or her brother ran his pick up into a silo and I can’t stop giggling. I tell you, ma, something very bad is happening! The next day she invites me out to the state fair. You know how I feel about animals: any animal that can’t hold up a decent conversation I hate. But at the fair I get a warm feeling. It must be the heat flashes you get before a nervous breakdown. I tell you, ma. I’m cracking up. This girl has never heard of Russell Baker or Bloomies or 21! She’s barely human. But everytime I see her I feel like the Yanks just won the pennant. I’m losing my mind! You got to let me come home! Please!” I left the room thinking about New Yorkers. His mother better get him on the plane this week. A few more days with Diane and he’ll be putting down for the mortgage on the house in Skokie.
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Sunday, Emily Nussbaum wrote about The Facebook and a few similar sites, asserting their function to be somewhere in between a “procrastination tool” and a “flirtation stimulant.” “They’re not so much literal personals as interpersonal experiments,” Nussbaum wrote. “A way of making joking romantic overtures that might turn serious, given the right conditions.” Among college students, the website has yet to emerge as a popular dating tool. Emily Stolzenberg, a freshman at Princeton University, said that while The Facebook is useful for contacting classmates, some of the social effects are undesirable. “It’s really sad when people compete for who has the most friends,” said Stolzenberg, who cited the case of one student who had asked almost everyone to be his friend, but whom virtually no one knew. Other students, like Michael Abbriano, a junior at Harvard University, are not impressed with the utility of the new site. “As far as its usefulness, I think it mostly served as a timewaster,” Abbriano said. “But people seem to like being able to see who’s in their classes.” The Facebook has filled a void at Boston University, where the online student directory doesn’t publish the students’ pictures. ”The site has become the newest student obsession at my school and rightly so, I think,” said Imogen Lee, a second-year at BU. ”It’s a really great means for students to reach out to each other at a large school,” she added. On Monday April 26, online advertisements were introduced to the website, which will help fund The Facebook’s expansion. Previously, the site’s founders had funded the costs out-of-pocket. The founders say that there are no plans to institute user fees. Hughes said plans for the future remain “pretty solid,” with a goal of adding over 100 schools by the fall.
With Tucker, all things are possible June 2, 1998 Tucker Max Viewpoints Columnist The other day I was at a White Sox game, watching Moacir (the Viewpoints editor) request homosexual love from Paul O’Neill, berate his Irish heritage, and call him a drunk illiterate whose idea of philosophy is to swing on the first pitch. In between Moacir’s castigations towards the Yankee right fielder, Bryan Joiner (the Editor-in-Chief ) suggested that I write a “goodbye” column for the last Maroon of the year. The idea appealed to me. After three sometimes interesting, occasionally frustrating, and always turbulent years at the U of C, I could finally have the last word. After three years of hearing absurd rumors about myself, fending off malicious attacks on me and my work, and witnessing the creation of an almost humorous cult-type aura around me, I could bring closure to my college career on my own terms. Yet, when I sat down to write this, I, perhaps for the first time in my life, had trouble deciding what to say. I could easily write about why you shouldn’t give money to beggars, why you shouldn’t recycle, or why women aren’t actually paid 73 cents for every dollar men make, yet I can’t think of what to say in this golden opportunity I have been presented. I first thought I would use this opportunity to correct all the rumors and myths about me. Yeah, right. I could sooner explain the meaning of life. I next thought I might try to explain myself; I envisioned an attempt to give people a better understanding of who Tucker Max is. After all, my friend John says that I am “the most misunderstood person since Machiavelli.” But
a column like that would inevitably degenerate into a pompous, audacious diatribe about how great I am, especially if I wrote it about myself. Some people have a drinking problem; I have an arrogance problem. There are numerous thank yous I would give. I could thank DSA, Woman’s Union, and all the other random idiots at this school for giving me lots of laughs and things to write about. I could thank the Housing Office, the Dean of Students Office, and the Admissions Office for being perhaps even stupider, and giving me even beter things to write about. I could thank all the bad professors and grad students I’ve had (and there have been a few) for forcing me to learn the material on my own, because they had no ability to teach it. But there is no need. I’m so close to being done that if I pulled out right now, I’d come on the U of C. I’ll leave good enough alone. I almost feel that there is no need to say anything. Good-byes are generally for those people or places that you miss. I’m going to miss this place about as much as I miss the infection I got over spring break from that hot Venezuelan girl I met in South Beach. Someone asked me if I was going to cry at graduation. Yeah, and I’ll also give five percent of all my future earnings to fund interpretive jazz dance classes for unemployed Hopi Indian crack addicts. No, I’m not going to cry at graduation. The only people who cry at graduation are the imbeciles who don’t have jobs. As much as I bitch about the U of C, people often ask me if I regret having gone here. I have trouble answering that question. In one respect, I really detest this school. I feel like I’ve missed two
major parts of the college experience: hot girls and fun. I often visit my friends at places like Vanderbilt, UVA, or even UK, and get sick thinking that I could have had that much fun for four years, instead of just one weekend. And of couse I just relished every day of -20 degree weather. There is no one who has more enjoyed living in the ghetto. And there is nothing more fun that having to share an existence with the nitwits that constitute 80 percent of this school’s population (yes, that probably means you). Yet, in another respect, I feel that it would be hypocritical and dishonest to complain about this place. I like who I am and who I have become since I got here. I feel that I have learned an incredible amount in my time here. My intellectual and personal maturity have grown a significant amount in the past few years, chiefly as a result of my time here, and the environment this place has provided. I am the only one of my high school friends who actually looks forward to class. I am not sure if this is a result of some of my classes being that good, or the social life being that pathetic; it’s probably a combination of the two. The fact that I pretty much hate this place has, in an ironic-twist, forced me to grow as a person in a way that I wouldn’t have had I been an alcoholic, pussy fiend frat-boy at UVA. I now go forth with the confidence, ability and maturity that only a rigorous education can provide, instead of the cirrhosis and syphilis that four years at ASU would have provided. Knowing what I know now, would I come here again? I don’t know. I like who I have become after three years at this school, but I wonder if I couldn’t
have become the same person at UCLA, but have a lot more fun donig it. Hell, who cares? I sound like some disillusioned, angst ridden Gen-X idiot, lamenting the agonies of existence. I’m going to law school on a ridiculously large scholarship, I have a loving family, and great friends. I live in the greatest nation in the history of the world, at the best time to be alive. I have nothing to complain about. In all seriousness, I would like to thank everyone who, in my three years, has had the patience to put up with me, the fortititude to endure me, the compassion to help, and the sensibility to defend me. Of course, that goes double for my family, my close friends, and my girlfriend. Without all of you, I don’t know where I would be, but it wouldn’t be here. With this, I say goodbye to the University of Chicago. It has been a bitersweet experience, but one that in retrospect, I believe I am better for having. Tucker Max is a third-year student in the College concentrating in Law, Letters, and Society. He will graduate on June 13.
In Quotes “Whenever I get the urge to exercise, I lie down until the feeling passes away.” —Former Univ. President Robert Maynard Hutchins, who eliminated varsity football during his tenure.
UC QUITS BIG 10!
Maroons Unable to Compete Equally, Conference Is Told March 8, 1946
Full Sports Slate Will Be Maintained The University of Chicago, for half a century a major power in American collegiate athletics, will sever its relations with the Western Intercollegiate conference on July 1. T. Nelson Metcalf, director of athletics, will deliver the University verdict to the Big Ten athletic directors this morning at 10:30 and will assert that the University which founded the nation’s biggest and most successful intercollegiate league, is “no longer capable of providing equal competition and must withdraw from the conference at the end of the academic year.” Chicago bolted the Big Ten football ranks on Dec. 21, 1939, and today will permanently abandon its membership reducing the league for the first time since 1917 to nine teams. Principally affected by the decision are Chicago’s schedules in basketball, tennis, and track. University officials pointed out last night that the decision does not affect Chicago’s intentions for maintaining varsity teams “in those sports in which students want to compete and where schedules can be negotiated with teams of equal strength and standards.” The statement to be submitted
to the Big Ten officials today expresses the desire of the University to schedule contests with Big Ten teams “in those sports where competition is mutually advantageous.”
is unquestionably for the best interests of the conference and the University.”
Big 10 Interests Best Served, Statement Declares
University authorities said the verdict was attained after an “intensive consideration of its relationships with the conference.” Dean of Students L.A. Kimpton, U. of C. faculty delegate, will deliver the same statement to the conference faculty representatives this afternoon. An extensive study of the athletic department and its relationships to the University is now being carried out by Metcalf in conjunction with his athletic staff. A new sports program, emphasizing intramural competition with full participation, is expected to be drafted. The Chicago decision is not without precedent. Michigan dropped out of the Big Ten in 1908 but rejoined the league in 1917. The conference has been intact since that time. Rumored as potential successors to Chicago for several years have been Nebraska, Pittsburgh, Michigan State, and Notre Dame.
The move brings to an end an athletic dynasty which at one time was the most feared in America. The University statement asserts that Chicago leaves the conference with “regret” and that as a charter member “it has been reluctant to end its tradition of fifty years of competition with other members and its association with them in establishing scholastic and administrative standards for intercollegiate athletics that have been widely influential and beneficial.” Chicago’s athletics fortunes have declined steadily since the end of the first World War. Recently, the University has been under fire for maintaining “inept” teams in the Big Ten basketball race, creating inequity in the championship struggle for those teams which do not meet the Maroons. The Chicago statement tacitly recognizes the charge and declares that “the decision to withdraw
Intensive Study Preceded Move
University of Chicago students play intramural football on the Midway Plaisance (Chamberlin House versus an unidentified opponent).
UC Tradition Long, Colorful Chicago’s athletic tradition is one of the most colorful in the nation. The University was a founding father of
the Big Ten in 1896 and under Amos Alonzo Stagg, “the grand old man of Chicago,” it was a ranking athletic force for almost 40 years. Chicago was the first great midwest athletic institution, and its
athletes have included some of the most accomplished performers in the annals of sport, including All Americans Jay Berwanger, Clarence Herschberger, Walter Eckersall and Fritz Crisler.
Broncos’ win sign of cover-up January 27, 1998 Nate Silver Viewpoints Contributor While it’s certainly trite to say that “life imitates art,” the parallels between a recently released movie and the latest White House scandal are almost eerie to ignore. Wag the Dog is the story of a sitting president who is accused of having an affair in the Oval Office with a Girl Scout. With the election only a few weeks away, the President hires a team of spin doctors led by Robert DeNiro and Dustin Hoffman in a desperate attempt to find some way to divert attention from the incident. The savvy DeNiro determines that the only event with enough shock value to push the scandal off the front page is a war. Lacking the ability to instigate an actual global crisis, DeNiro recruits flambovant movie mogul Hoffman to help him to produce a war by spreading false rumors and bogus
video clips amongst the gullible press corps. In spite of some wild and zany sitcomesque complications, the operation proves to be a success. The enemy country targeted by DeNiro and Hoffman? Albania. Poor, hapless, but vaguely seedy, Albania is an ideal choice precisely because nobody could make up something as dumb as a war with Albania. Come to think of it, President Clinton could use an Albania right about now. Despite the President’s attempts to pretend that everything is going just swimmingly, it’s quite obvious that the White House is preoccupied with the allegations made by Beverly Hills sweetheart Monica Lewinski that the [sic] Mr. Clinton had an affair with he while she was an intern two summers ago. The rest of the country is equally obsessed with Monicagate. For the first time in my five quarters at
this school, a critical mass of University of Chicago students seem to be paying attention to an event taking place in the outside world, providing for some abnormally exciting lunch time conversation. The press loves Monicagate, too; Rush Limbaugh hasn’t been so happy since Ted Kennedy had one too many martinis on Chappaquiddick Island, and Geraldo Rivera hasn’t been so happy since Andre Paul had one too many glasses of chardonnay at the Pans Ritz-Carlton. Unfortunately for Clinton, Wag the Dog is doing well at the box office, so staging a war with Albania would be kind of stupid. Iraq would seem like a logical alternative since we’re apparently on the brink of some new crisis with them but we’ve been on the brink of some new crisis with Iraq for like five years now, and nobody seems to care. There are plenty of other slimy countries out there to have fake wars with, of course, but none
of them can match Albania’s perfect blend of menacing obscurity and alarming irrelevance. Faking a war seems to be out of the question. Clinton could stage a major earthquake, instead, I suppose, or a plane crash, or a terrorist bombing, or an alien invasion, but all of those things would seem too commonplace to the average American. What is needed is something unprecedented, something shocking, something extraordinary. Something like the AFC winning the Super Bowl. Now, it might not seem very plausible that President Clinton, sitting in Washington, could influence the outcome of a professional football game taking place in San Diego. But stranger things have happened. For example, the AFC just won the Super Bowl. As any self-respecting Cheesehead will tell you, the Packers have been the best
team in football for the past two seasons. The Pack haven’t lost many games at all, and they certainly haven’t lost very many games to teams with defenses as bad as Denver’s. The Packers are so good, the Cheeseheads have told me, that from time to time they’ll intentionally lose to teams like the Colts, just to prevent themselves from getting too cocky. I know when I was watching the game that it didn’t seem staged. Everybody looked like they were hitting pretty hard, and Elway never had an opportunity to pull off one of his patented comebacks; I know that if I were scripting the Super Bowl, it would include at least three Elways comebacks, as well as two immaculate receptions, and one missed Scott Norwood field goal. Still, I just don’t buy it. There are times in every man’s life when his common sense must take precedence over his five senses, and this is one of those
times. The AFC winning the Super Bowl? Gimme a break. That’s about as plausible as, well, a war with Albania. Somewhere in San Diego, at an obscure high school football stadium heavily guarded by a team of Navy SeALs [sic], the Real Packers played the Real Broncos in the Real Super Bowl, and Green Bay won by seventy-three points, just like they were supposed to. Now that I think about it, I’m sure I saw Dustin Hoffman’s face in the crowd at QualComm Stadium. And doesn’t John Elway’s toothy grimace look just a little bit too much like Monica Lewinsky’s toothy grimace? The rest of you can go ahead and believe that the Broncos won, if it makes you feel better about yourselves, but this columnist won’t be so easily fooled. Nate Silver is a second-year in the College concentrating in economics.
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THE CHICAGO MAROON | ARTS | February November18, 1, 2014 2013
Maroon goes gold Belgium’s official best foreign film entry hits all the right notes Ellen Rodnianski Arts Staff The Broken Circle Breakdown, directed by the Belgian Felix Van Groeningen and nominated for an Oscar in the best foreign film category, explores one of the scariest subjects for any parent: a child’s fatal sickness. The Broken Circle Breakdown, which is based on a play by Johan Heldenbergh and Mieke Dobbels and adapted by Van Groeningen and Carl Joos, is the story of love devastated by the trials of a child’s cancer. The movie, which jumps chronologically, follows the story of bluegrass musician Didier (Heldenbergh) and tattoo artist Elise (Veerle Baetens) as they fall in love at first sight, and then become a family. The first scene is the painful moment in the hospital when their six-year-old daughter Maybelle (Nell Cattrysse) is first diagnosed with cancer. Although the beginning is so strikingly tragic, the scenes quickly switch to those in which Didier and Elise are just getting to know each other. Didier learns of the tattoos that adorn Elise’s body, evidence of lovers past, as she discovers his love for American culture. Bluegrass music is a crucial part of the film, and the element that unites the couple in the first place. Upon meeting and falling in love with Didier, Elise joins his band. The moans of the slide guitar, deep male voices, and delicate string fingerpicking get a sweet countryesque addition in the form of Elise’s voice. As the movie goes on, the music accompanies both the happiest and saddest moments in the couple’s time together. When Maybelle first returns home from chemo treatment, Didier and Elise’s bluegrass band members greet her with song. All the songs are the original score of improvisational musician Bjorn Eriksson. As the audience’s first exposure to the couple is during their greatest tragedy, the ensuing scenes of their love at its earliest stages (their first flirty encounter, the public marriage proposal, their wedding ceremony) all have a kind of bitter sweetness to them. The full awareness of the future pain this incredibly happy couple will soon have to face adds a layer of melancholy to even the film’s brightest moments. Thankfully, these temporal hiccups are smoothly edited, avoiding any unneces-
Elise (Veerle Baetens) and Didier (Johan Heldenbergh) perform on stage in The Broken Circle Breakdown, a contender for best foreign film. COURTESY OF TRIBECA FILM
sary confusion. When the bedridden, facepainted Maybelle gives a tigerish roar, Nico Leunen, the editor of the film, creates a sound bridge to the low growl of the pickup truck that starts the next scene set in the past. These scenes in the past, almost in direct contrast with those of the tragic present, are particularly picturesque. Van Groeningen offers a very naturalistic portrayal of the house that Didier builds, the location of most of the events in the film. He shows the chickens that roost on the bed of the pickup truck. Elise and Didier’s love is captured in equally beautiful scenes, such as a shot of them riding a horse naked, and one in which they take a shower outside, surrounded by creeping weeds and the setting sun.
The overall effect of the film is such that the audience finds itself worrying alongside the couple even in scenes of joy. The use of temporal discontinuity contrasts the almost unimaginable happiness of the couple and the extraordinary grief into which it inevitably transforms. Van Groeningen creates an additional layer of tension in this already worrisome subject by introducing the argument of science versus religion into the narrative. This move seems unnecessary, introduced for the sole purpose of creating friction between the two protagonists, for while Didier has abandoned any faith in religion, Elise remains spiritual. The scene in which Didier explodes about the paradox of pro-lifers being against stem research feels artificial, a forced detail
that was added to emphasize the complexity of Elise and Didier’s relationship. The Broken Circle Breakdown is indisputably a powerful and well-made film, but alongside competition such as The Great Beauty and The Hunt it seems weaker. The cinematography is beautiful, but still not as stunning as that in The Great Beauty. And while the story it seeks to tell is undeniably important, the couple’s tragic love story cannot match the gravity of the events in The Hunt. Nevertheless, The Broken Circle Breakdown, with its unique methods of storytelling and its great acting, remains a resonant, simple parable of love, loss, and music, and a strong contender for the Oscar in the foreign film category.
“I want to build it from the ground up, and take suggestions from students,” says UCIJAM director JAM continued from page 6 program, started by King and a part-time student assistant, Kunal Basu-Dutta (A.B. ’13). Through this program, students are able to work with mentors in their field for 50 hours over a flexible time period and receive a stipend of $500. The loss of the grants places artists, journalists, and media-ists in the same field of competition for funding of unpaid opportunities. Studying abroad in Oaxaca, Craft remains excited about his upcoming work. He commented that his situation “is a bit strange, since I am going to be a journalist. But hey, I got funding for the summer.” King began the apprenticeship program because he had found
that a traditional internship model, with predictable working hours over a fixed period of time, could rarely be extrapolated to the arts in a way that made sense. The apprenticeships provided a new model for arts mentorship. This also allowed UCIA to parcel out its limited funds flexibly: For every Metcalf allotted to the program by what was at that time CAPS (now Career Advancement), there were eight apprenticeships. University spokesperson Jeremy Manier wrote in an e-mail that the number of Metcalfs could be expected to expand. “I’m told that last year we had more than 100 Metcalf internships connected to these career areas,” Manier said, adding that the University would
not have an official number of Metcalfs for the year until the end of spring quarter, when the recruiting season ends. Numbers aside, the transition from two part-time employees to one full-time hire has left the program spread thin in other capacities. King reported that he saw around 15 students per week when he ran UCIA, with an average wait time of one week for an appointment. Waltzer, too, sees 15 people per week, but his wait time averages closer to three weeks. Despite this, Waltzer is optimistic about his role in restructuring arts career counseling. “I want to build it from the ground up and take suggestions from students in terms of what they want,” Waltzer
said. “These fields are in a state of great flux, but there’s also great opportunity happening…, It’s a challenging opportunity, and it’s a challenge that I welcome.” He does not currently have plans to hire part-time help of the sort that both King and BasuDutta both said would be crucial to the new program’s success. “I’m thinking about getting some help with a student worker…, But in terms of any full-time thing, that’s not on my horizon, although it may become so. All things that are thriving at the University tend to build, and that’s a possibility in the future.” Basu-Dutta noted that the transition from two programs to one has been difficult to pin down. “I still receive e-mails asking about
UCIA,” he said. “As far as I know, UCIJAM can’t [engage students] right now…. There are things that are coming up—like a [career] trek has been planned—but how much talk has there been about it? Do students even know who Ben is? Have students met him? Do they know UCIJAM is actually journalism, arts, and media—or are they just confused about what that stands for?” “It’s really about the students here,” King said. “The students are going to get better advice if there are people like me and Kathy, who can come in parttime. But I understand the pressures that [CA] is under, and that if they’re not able to come up with a model that includes parttimers, then that’s the way it is.”
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Zane Burton Arts Staff Last Friday, Pitchfork Music Festival—the annual summer music festival held in Chicago’s Union Park— announced its initial lineup of artists. More artists will be announced in the months ahead, but the headliners and most of the major acts are set in stone. This year the festival will take place
July 18–20, and if the past few years are anything to go by, it will sell out sometime between now and mid-June. Pitchfork is one of several smaller Chicago-based festivals, with a capacity just short of 20,000. This pales in comparison to Lollapalooza, which packs five times as many listeners into Grant Park toward the end of each summer. Because of their smaller capaci-
ties, North Coast, Riot Fest, Spring Awakening, Pitchfork, and Wavefront all attempt to appeal to a more specific niche of listeners. With the exception of Riot Fest, though, most of Pitchfork’s contemporaries are EDM-centric (although a select few crossover artists make appearances from time to time). Pitchfork Music Festival focuses primarily on the independent music that
its sister publication covers, although this can manifest itself in a vast array of genres. Indeed, since its introduction in 2006, the festival has consistently produced a diverse lineup of artists, ranging from experimental rock to hip-hop and electronica. This year’s lineup continues the trend, with sets on the bill from artists like The Haxan Cloak, Pusha T, and the newly reunited Slowdive. Past headliners have included Björk, TV on the Radio, Pavement, and LCD Soundsystem. Over the past few years, Pitchfork has often been able to book fairly unique artists, and this year is no exception. While we’re still toward the beginning of festival announcements, many of the bands on the lineup have only scheduled one or two American festivals so far. Death Grips, for example, hasn’t played any shows since last August, and is not currently on any other festival bills. It’s unclear whether or not this is a result of last summer’s infamous series of no-shows that began at a Lollapalooza aftershow at the Bottom Lounge. I could imagine festival organizers turning a very wary eye towards booking the experimental hip-hop group this
summer, yet it is also possible that Death Grips is simply working on a follow-up to Government Plates. Perhaps the biggest draw this year will be Beck’s longawaited return to Chicago. While he’s played a few festival shows around the world since his 2008 release Modern Guilt, he hasn’t visited Chicago since his tour in support of that album. He’s been mostly quiet on the studio front as well, only releasing one “album”
he has not yet released a follow-up to 2012’s good kid, m.A.A.d city, and considering the fact that he’s hardly taken a break from touring since the album’s release, it’s difficult to imagine his set this year being markedly different from last year’s. With Pusha T on the lineup, though, it is possible that Kendrick could make a surprise appearance for “Nosetalgia”, one of the strongest tracks of 2013’s My Name is My Name.
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of sheet music since then. When he’s here this summer he’ll be fresh off Morning Phase, his first proper album in six years. Unfortunately, this year’s other headliners leave a little bit to be desired; Kendrick Lamar and Neutral Milk Hotel both made Chicago stops in the past year, and they’re both likely to be playing a large number of festivals across the world this summer. While Kendrick had an impressive set at last summer’s Lollapalooza,
Still, the lineup as a whole is definitely something to get excited about—seeing Grimes, Giorgio Moroder, and Beck all in one weekend will be quite the treat. At around half the ticket price of Lollapalooza, and an even smaller fraction of its size, Pitchfork necessarily has to find ways to attract an audience despite a somewhat limited budget. And, despite a couple of lessthan-exclusive headliners, they’ve once again managed to achieve their goal.
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In Atlanta and Cleveland, bifurcated conference meet yields success Swimming & Diving
The University of Chicago swimming and diving broke over a dozen school records this weekend in the the University Athletic Association (UAA) Invitational. FRANK WANG | THE CHICAGO MAROON
Charlotte Franklin Maroon Contributor School and pool records were broken left and right this weekend. The Maroons didn’t let the schedule changes hinder their performance at the UAA Championships this past weekend. Inclement weather forced officials to shorten the meet from three days to two
days, as well as to divide meet locations. The swim team competed in Cleveland while the divers were at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Due to the split in locations, the team scores have yet to be officially released. Chicago, Rochester, and Case competed at a satellite meet hosted by Case, while the remainder of the teams in the UAA com-
peted at Emory. Unofficially, however, the Maroons placed second on the men’s side, and third on the women’s. “For the men, this was huge because we came closer to the champion, Emory, than we ever have before. Two years ago or even last year it would’ve been unthinkable to beat those guys at conference, and this year we think we came
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within about 50 points of them,” said second-year swimmer Matt Veldman. Second-year Thomas Meek had an outstanding performance this weekend as he set two pool and school records in the 50-yard freestyle leg of the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 20.32s and the 200yard freestyle prelims with a 1:39.48 time.
First-year Jonas Fowler also broke the pool and school record in the 400-yard IM at 4:00.93. Veldman broke both records in the 100-yard butterfly prelims (49.05s). Veldman was also part of the topfinishing 200-yard medley relay along with second-years Bryan Bunning, James Taylor, and Meek. The relay team won with a 1:31.02 time. The other men’s relay team was the 400yard freestyle, which was made up of Veldman, first-years Mantim Lee, Jeremy Estes, and fourth-year Eric Hallman. The first-year women dominated the pool this weekend as Alison Wall set a school record in the 200-yard freestyle prelims with a time of 1:51.82. Abby Erdmann also broke a school and pool record in the 100-yard butterfly prelims (55.50s), as did Maya Scheidl in the 50-yard freestyle prelims (23.64). Cara LoPiano was the top finisher in the 1,650yard freestyle with a time of 17:14.59. Two women’s relay teams took first, including the 400yard freestyle and 100-yard medley. The freestyle relay team, which finished with a time of 3:27.17, was made up of third-year captain Jenny Hill, Wall, Erdmann, and Scheidl. The medley team finished in 1:44.71 due to the successful performances by
first-year Michelle Law, second-year Jenna Harris, Hill, and Erdmann. “I feel so lucky and proud to be a part of a team that is truly making UChicago athletics history,” said third-year team captain Sofia Gross. “With 27 school records, 14 pool records, five UAA records, and eight UAA champions, we are an official powerhouse for swimming and diving.” In total, the Maroons broke four school records. The results of who qualifies for NCAAs will not be revealed for several weeks, so those on the team who received B-cuts do not yet know if they will ultimately qualify. Approximately 22 Maroons are still in training. “We’ll be getting back in the pool for the next five weeks and training hard to try to make an impact at that meet [NCAAs],” Veldman commented. “Hopefully we’ll be getting excited for next year, when we’ll get to take another shot at unseating Emory from first place.” The Maroons will host the Midwest Invitational this coming Friday and Saturday, February 21 and 22, where the athletes not selected for the conference team will compete. The meet begins at 6 p.m. on Friday and continues at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
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Third time still not a charm vs. NYU after victory over Case Wrestling David Gao Sports Staff Against the NYU Violets and the Case Western Spartans, the Maroons nearly managed to take away the crown from the now three-time champions. The South Siders and Violets both defeated Case, 28–18 and 38–7 respectively, to set-up the championship match. Against NYU, the Maroons ended up fighting to the end, losing by one match for a final score of 21–18. “Case Western is in a great wrestling state. NYU has also now won three regional championships in a row. Both have talent and good people,” head coach Leo Kocher (M.B.A. ’87) said. “They’re a tough
team—that’s why the host team will wrestle the winner last. We’ve had success against Case Western and knew that NYU would be waiting for us. I thought they had put their strongest lineup for this championship.” Individually, first-year Paul Papoutsis, third-year Adam Wyeth, and fourth-year Jeff Tyburski won both their matches against Case and NYU to take the UAA title for their weight class. Papoutsis was named the UAA Rookie of the Year. On a match-by-match basis, the Maroons first went up against the Violets. Against the Spartans, whom the Maroons defeated 40–9 last year, the Maroons notched two wins by decision and another by major decision while dropping two
matches and forfeiting another two. With the Spartans in the lead and three matches left to wrestle, thirdyear Mario Palmisano and fourthyears Sam Pennisi and Tyburski delivered the win by notching two pins and a forfeit to defeat Case in the dual matchup 28–18. NYU beat Case as well to set up a rematch between the Maroons and the Violets, who have faced each other in the championships for the past two years. The Violets have won the matchup both times by one match. The matchup began at the 184-pound weight class. The Violets won the first match on a 6–1 decision and got by the next match on a 6–5 decision. At 285 pounds, Tyburski recorded a pin to tie the
South Siders scrape out win in NY, lose big at Brandeis Men’s Basketball Mary MacLeod Sports Staff This weekend, the Maroons (13–9, 6–5 UAA) traveled to New York and Boston for their last two away games of the season. They came away with a win against NYU (15–7, 5–6) but dropped their last game against Brandeis (12–10, 4–7). “NYU is extremely big and physical inside,” second-year forward Alex Voss said. “Our game plan was to keep the ball out of the post with the help of the guards pinching in and then close out to shooters on the perimeter and make them drive.” During the first half the South Siders allowed NYU to score on the inside, as after the Maroons went up 7–2 in the opening minutes, the home team rallied back with 14 quick points from the paint. Chicago then traded points with the Violets and pulled within one point thanks to a layup and two free throws by fourth-year guard Wayne Simon. Nevertheless, Chicago could not hold off NYU in the last five minutes of the first half, as they went on an 11–2 run to go up 34–24 at the break. The Maroons rallied back in the beginning of the second half with the help of Voss and fourth-year guard Derrick Davis, as the pair poured in 10 points to help dig their team out of a 13-point deficit. This seemed to light a fire for Chicago, as the team then went on a 14–5 run to gain the lead at 60–59. From then on out, Chicago was able to hold on for the win, besting the Violets 68–63. “We came out slow at the start, but the whole team remained calm and confident that
a comeback was in store,” Voss said. “The entire team continued to play hard.We knocked down a lot of open shots and forced NYU into one shot and grabbed the defensive rebound pretty efficiently.” Unfortunately, the rebounding that helped the Maroons secure their win against the Violets was lacking in their game against Brandeis, as Chicago was out-rebounded 28–45 in its 70–50 loss against the Judges. To make matters worse, Chicago was held to a 37 percent field goal shooting percentage and a 21 percent three-point percentage. “We weren’t able to get anything going on offense,” said fourth-year forward Sam Gage. “We turned the ball over quite a bit, which led to easy baskets for them going the other way. Even the open shots we got seemed to turn into long rebounds and fast break points heading the other way.” The game started off similarly to the game against NYU, with the Maroons going up 11–8 in the first few minutes. However, the rebounding and the ability of the Judges to get points in the paint tipped the table in Brandeis’ favor, as they went on a 12–5 run to capture a 31–26 lead at halftime. In the second half, the home team was able to build steadily to its lead, as although the Maroons’ offense was finally starting to produce points, a couple key three-pointers from Brandeis kept them ahead. The Judges then coasted to the final buzzer, outperforming Chicago in every stat category. The Maroons have a chance to redeem themselves this Friday at home against Carnegie Mellon. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m.
Tee: “We want to be one of the best teams in Chicago” MTENNIS continued from back
win just two games. The No. 2 tandem of fourth-year Zsolt Szabo and first-year Max Hawkins decisively won 8–4. Aside from Szabo, the singles lineup included only first- and second-years. Hawkins, Zhang, first-year Peter Muncey, and second-year Bobby Adusumilli took wins at No. 2, 4, 5, and 6 singles, respectively. Tee was especially pleased with the fight Zhang showed after having lost matches against Denison and Kenyon. “Gordon [Zhang ] really, really rebounded well after a performance he probably isn’t
happy with the week before,” Tee said. “He came out and played like he’s been playing all year, which was good to see again.” The Maroons will practice this week in preparation for their match against UIC on Saturday. While the Flames are a DI team, Chicago extinguished them 5–2 when the two teams last met in 2012. “We want this match,” Tee said. “We want to be one of the best teams in Chicago, no matter our division. It’s an opportunity to show ourselves and our talent against a good team.” Editor’s Note: William Leddy is a Maroon Viewpoints editor.
match at 6–6. Fourth-year Jake Schramm, who did not wrestle in the Case match, recorded a win at 125 pounds, followed immediately with a win by Wyeth. At 165 pounds, Papoutsis defeated his opponent to give Chicago an 18–15 lead, though the Maroons were unable to close out, dropping the match 18–21. “At any rate, everything had to go perfect for us against NYU, and it almost did. They just kind of caught us at one match,” Kocher said. “I thought the team executed very well. I was proud of them. We put together a very strong lineup. Even the guys who got beat; they kept the match close enough. I thought the whole team stepped up, and I was pretty happy with the effort.”
Chicago has now ended its regular season with a total record of 4–10 in duals and runner-up in the UAA Championships. The Maroons will travel next to Crawfordsville, Indiana, to participate in the NCAA Midwest Regionals on March 1. “It’s going to be a very tough tournament. Elmhurst and other top-ranked schools will be there. We’re just going to see what we can do in putting people into the Nationals,” Kocher said. “If we look at individuals from each region, there’s a lot of guys represented in the national tournament from the Midwest. I think that we’ll probably have some people. It’s just another opportunity to step up and show what we can do.”
In the Chatter’s Box with Sarah Langs Peter Muncey is a first-year on the tennis team from Duxbury, MA. We chatted with him to get some insider info on the life of a Maroon athlete.
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Chicago Maroon: When did you start playing tennis? Peter Muncey: I started playing tennis when I was 10. But competitively, when I was 16. CM: Isn’t that a little late to get to the game? PM: Yeah, I’d say, comparatively, it’s late. But I’d played other sports up until then, like hockey, soccer, and lacrosse, so I had the athletic side of things, and I just had to learn how to play tennis at that point. CM: How did tennis become the sport that you focused on? PM: One summer my coach said to me s o m e thing like, “You have some talent, but if you want to go further, you should drop your other sports and really devote your time to tennis.” And I remember I laughed at him, but eventually, I found it to be true that tennis was the one I had the passion for and that I liked the best. So I made the decision to drop [the others]—hockey and soccer were the toughest to drop. CM: Those seem like pretty different sports, hockey and tennis. How does hockey translate to tennis? PM: I’d say, objective-wise, for sure. But, athleticwise, they translate pretty well. The muscles for lateral movement in tennis and skating in hockey are actually the same. And they say they’re actually two of the best cross-training sports to have. But that was definitely not my intention when I was playing the two of them. CM: So when did you know you would play in college? Were you recruited, or trying to be? PM: I was definitely trying to be recruited…. It’s kind of a crazy story. I wanted to play in college, but during the recruitment process I was actually willing to give it up. I was choosing between Hamilton and Bates, and I actually verbally committed to the Hamilton tennis coach on the accepted students
orientation day. Then I got off the wait list at Washington & Lee…And all the while I had been on the wait list at UChicago. The past tennis coach told me she could get me in, and she got me onto the wait list. I found out from UChicago that I could get in after a gap year. But, long story short, I didn’t get recruited to play here, but I emailed the coach and got a walk-on spot, more or less. CM: What are the differences between high school–level and college-level tennis? PM: I’d say the biggest thing is that people don’t give up. Playing tournaments throughout high school, you could almost win the match in the first game; if you dominated somewhere early in the match, they would give up. You’d see a lot of scores like 7–5, 6–0...In college, you’ll see a lot more threeset matches. You’ll see someone get crushed in the first set 0–6 and then battle back and win the next set in a tiebreaker…I’d say skill-wise, there are bigger serves, bigger from the baseline, and less unforced errors. CM: Do you follow professional tennis? Who’s your favorite player? PM: Of course…I hate to say the cliché, Federer, but he’s done some incredible things. I’d say Nadal, for top-level professionals. CM: Are there any sort of little guys you like? PM: In terms of little guys, Wawrinka, the guy who just won the Australian [Open]. I was actually at the Australian last year when he lost to Djokovic...I was at that match, and it was heartbreaking to see that. But to see him win it this year was incredible. I love that tattoo on his arm. He has a tattoo on his forearm that says something like, “fail, fail again, fail better.” It’s awesome. CM: How do you feel about American tennis in general? My father’s always talking about how it used to be so much better; he’s a huge Pete Sampras fan. And you know, now there are just so many fewer people with that name recognition doing well. PM: The thing with American athletes is we’re just spread too thin. We have basketball, football, soccer—hardly even soccer, hockey. All the best athletes aren’t going to tennis. I wish I could say I see a trend in the other direction, but it’s one of those things where the start-up cost is too much for something to take fast action. For example, by that logic, I see lacrosse becoming a growing sport because it costs basically nothing for it to start up. That’s why, in the rest of the world, soccer is a huge thing, because the start-up cost is basically nothing. And then you have countries like Spain, where their main sports are soccer and tennis. But in America, we just have so many sports that tennis in America, unfortunately, I don’t see a huge increase. But that said, I think people like Ryan Harrison have potential. People like John Isner. We’ll see what happens. There’s definitely some players. It’s just not a huge pool.
IN QUOTES “Absolutely not. After that long on an airplane, you won’t have a temper.” —Ex-Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax on the team’s potential confrontations with the Diamondbacks in Australia
Weekend sweep gives Chicago sole possession of UAA second place Women’s Basketball Adam Freymiller Sports Staff While the Maroons (14– 8, 8–3 UAA) have demonstrated their acuity from three-point range throughout the entire season, their touch from beyond the arc was perhaps at its deftest this past weekend as they marched to impressive road victories against No. 24 NYU (18–4, 7–4) and Brandeis (12–10, 6–5). On Friday night, Chicago ensured that once it took control of the game early on, there would be no way back for NYU. The Violets fought neck-and-neck with the South Siders until the Maroons unleashed the kraken in the second half, going on a three-point binge with clutch threes from second-year guard Paige Womack, first-year guard Stephanie Anderson, and third-year forward Ellie Greiner, fueling a 22–6 run that put the game out of NYU’s reach. Chicago went 100 percent from the free-throw line in the second half and held NYU’s formidable offense to only 27 second-half points en route to a 73–57 victory. Fourth-year guard Julie Muguira, who scored 11 points on Friday, believes
that NYU’s defensive scheme played into Chicago’s game plan. “NYU play a sagging, in-the-gaps type defense. They really pack it in and force their opponents to hit from outside. Thankfully we were able to take advantage this weekend and hit from beyond the arc when we were open,” Muguira said. Anderson provided a huge lift in Friday’s game, leading Chicago’s offense with 14 points and five assists off the bench, as the Maroons displayed a complete performance at the Palladium. Sunday’s game turned out to be just as productive for Chicago’s perimeter offense, as the Maroons put on another three-point shooting exhibition against Brandeis. Greiner had a stat-laden performance: Her 15 points came from her 5–5 three-point shooting, and she led all players in rebounds with seven. While the Maroons’ 47.8 percent (11–23) threepoint accuracy was gaudy, the Judges will likely be rueing the points they left on the table, as they shot a dismal 7.7 percent (1–13) from three-point range and only made 61.1 percent (11–18) of their free
throws. The Maroons saw their comfortable halftime lead through the finish to coast to an 85–72 victory. While the stat lines from both games might paint the picture that Chicago’s offense was extremely triggerhappy, in reality, the threepoint chances came from persistence in offensive drives, according to head coach Carissa Sain Knoche. “I thought our kids were unbelievably patient and consistent in their attacks of the basket, which allowed us to get great looks from the perimeter, which definitely contributed to our shooting percentage this weekend,” Sain Knoche said. Chicago is now approaching its regular season home stretch, with two games against Carnegie Mellon (11–11, 2–9) and Case Western (9–13, 3–8) at Ratner next weekend and one final battle against No. 2 Wash U (20–2, 10– 1) the following Saturday. Situated in second place in the UAA standings at 8–3, Chicago has a slim chance of taking first place from the Bears but nonetheless hope to turn their successful February into March Madness by earning a berth in the NCAA DIII tournament.
First-year Britta Nordstrom shoots a layup during a game in December against Illinios Wesleyan. The women’s basketball team won their fifth straight game this month over the weekend in an away game against Brandeis. FRANK WANG | THE CHICAGO MAROON
School records fall after strong performances at Chicagolands
Textbook wins come at right time for Maroons
Track & Field
Isaac Stern Sports Staff The Maroons took the bull by the horns this past weekend at the Chicagolands Championship, one of the most hotly contested meets of the year. The women and men took fourth and fifth, respectively, out of 17 teams from across all three NCAA divisions. On the men’s side, secondyear Michael Bennett continued his undefeated streak in the pole vault, winning with 4.75m, and taking home UAA athlete of the week honors for his performance. Second-year Michael Frasco had a season best in the mile with his fourth-place finish of 4:15.68. Third-year Kevin On took third in the 5,000-meter run with his time of 15:19.83 and moved into sixth in the conference. And while it was a solid meet for the men, the women broke records with their performances. Literally. “[Coach Chris Hall] has a cool tradition that when someone breaks a school record, he brings in an actual record from his col-
lection and we get to throw it against the wall and ‘break the record,’” fourth-year Jennie Porter said. Porter, third-year Francesca Tomasi, and second-years Alison Pildner and Mikaela Hammel, broke the school record for the 4x400-meter relay with their time of 3:56.55, nearly 3.5 seconds faster than the previous school record. Chicago currently ranks third in DIII in the 4x4. They came in second to DII Lewis by less than half a second. “It felt amazing to break the school record,” Porter said. “As a senior, I’ve been looking at those records for a long time and know how special it is to break one. Our entire team ran down to the line after we finished and everyone was so excited and cheering. It was one big party. Being ranked nationally is the cherry on top of a great weekend.” Before the 4x4, all four runners had already competed. Hammel and Pildner took fourth (26.17s) and fifth (59.65s) in the 200-meter and 400-meter, respectively. Tomasi was edged out by Pildner
for the fifth place spot by four hundredths of a second. “Endurance was important,” Porter said. “But I think mostly what got me through that last 400 were my teammates. The 4x4 has always been my favorite event on the track. I knew I needed to finish it for them.” Second-year Brianna Hickey finished second in the mile with her time of 5:01.38. That performance moved her up to seventh in DIII and into a national qualifying position. Second-year Nkemdilim Nwaokolo achieved a personal record in the shot put with her fifth-place throw of 12.38m. Fourth-year Sarah Peluse took second in the 5000-meter run with her time of 18:01.92. Second-year Theo Kassebaum rounded up the rodeo for the Maroons with a personal record in the 60-meter hurdles with her time of 9.61s. The Maroons have a home meet this weekend before the conference championship. “I think we can go much faster,” Porter said. “We’re just getting started, and I’m excited to see how this season is going to end.”
Alexander Sotiropoulos Senior Sports Staff Sometimes, easy wins are just what a team needs. After losing to No. 5 Kenyon on February 9, the No. 30 Maroons (3–1) came out with a vengeance on Sunday, defeating both Luther and Augustana 9–0. “It was a positive for sure, but we were supposed to do that,” head coach Jay Tee said. “If we look at that result as something more than what it was supposed to be, we’re going to get caught next week.” The Maroons won every singles match in straight sets on the day and lost no more than five games in any given doubles match. For the first time, first-year Sven Kranz replaced third-year Deepak Sabada at the coveted No. 1 singles spot. He blasted through his opponents 6–2, 6–1 and 6–0, 6–1. “He looked like a number one, and he acted like a number one and did what he was supposed to do for our team and for himself,” Tee said. Considering the historical success of Sabada, who won his lone
singles match 6–4, 6–4 against Luther, the top of the Maroons’ singles lineup is in formidable shape. “We have a luxury that Deepak is also a top-10 player in the country, and now he’s playing two,” Tee said. “We can switch those up if we need to, but right now, we’ll play the hot hand at one, whoever that might be.” Sabada and Kranz were also unstoppable at No. 1 doubles. The duo took a pair of wins 8–3 and 8–5. Even without first-year Brian Sun playing, Chicago used a traditional lineup to defeat Luther, but against Augustana, knowing that Sabada and third-year Ankur Bhargava are battling ongoing injuries, Tee penciled in a plethora of underclassmen. “It was good for us to work on different combinations and see different people because we’re going to need different people to step up in a couple weeks,” Tee said. At No. 3 doubles, second-years Gordon Zhang and William Leddy allowed their opponents to MTENNIS continued on page 15
Published on Feb 18, 2014