TUESDAY • APRIL 29, 2014
THE INDEPENDENT STUDENT NEWSPAPER OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO SINCE 1892
ISSUE 42 • VOLUME 125
Proposed Fulbright cuts garner opposition Andrew Ahn News Staff
From left to right, third-year Clemente Dadoo, first-year Alex DiLalla, and first-year Leeho Lim discuss their platforms for undergraduate liaison to the Board of Trustees in Kent 107 on Monday. MARTA BAKULA | THE CHICAGO MAROON
Slate and liaison candidates face off in SG candidates debate Felicia Woron Maroon Contributor Student Government candidates discussed issues ranging from a trauma center to the quality of the dining hall food in a debate yesterday in Kent Hall. Voting begins Wednesday at 9 a.m and ends on Friday at 5 p.m. Slate positions of president, vice president for administration, and vice president for student affairs are up for grabs. Two slates are running: United Progress (UP) and Delta Upsilon’s Moose Party. UP candidates are second-year Tyler Kissinger, third-year Arlin Hill,
and third-year Aseal Tineh, respectively. Moose Party candidates are second-year Kent Bischoff, second-year Sam Hopkins, and first-year Owen Grimm. The Moose Party is a satirical campaign put up by Delta Upsilon every year. Kissinger spoke of his support of the U-Pass program, which would cover all CTA transportation for a fixed fee. The Moose Party stood in opposition to UPass, saying that “the CTA is dangerous.” Hill spoke of launching a campus climate survey to examine how inclusive the University campus is, and said that UP’s core values consist of “promoting inclusiveness and diversity on our campus.”
Tineh spoke of UP’s goal of increasing accessibility of campus facilities. The debate was punctuated by loud outbursts by supporters of the Moose Party. After a boisterous outburst from the crowd in response to a question about establishing a Level I trauma center on the South Side, Kissinger said, “The fact that there is no Level 1 Trauma Center on the South Side is actually a life and death matter,” and that it is “profoundly important that we take this issue seriously.” The Moose Party offered putting “trauma centers everywhere, just all over SG continued on page 2
President Obama’s latest budget proposal cuts $30.5 million from the Fulbright Program, a prestigious federally funded international exchange program that a large number of UChicago students have taken part in. If enacted, the cuts would make an already competitive grant more competitive. According to the Fulbright website, the Program operates in 155 countries and awards over 8,000 grants annually for teaching and research opportunities abroad. The University of Chicago has been a consistent contributor to the student pool of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program—a branch of the Program intended for recent college graduates and master’s and doctoral candidates—since its inception. “We usually have about 4050 Fulbright scholars per year,” said Kyle Mox, senior adviser for scholarships and fellowships at the University. “The scholarship is a logical fit for our students because we have so many area studies programs and so many different languages that other schools don’t teach.” In light of the potential cuts, Mox is concerned that the Fulbright Program may have to drop exchange programs in some countries, or drastically reduce the number of grants. “With an average acceptance rate of around 12 percent, the Program will certainly
become more competitive,” Mox said. The proposed cuts have resulted in the Save Fulbright petition, which demands Congress to restore the $30.5 million to the Fulbright Program. Mox sent an email to the academic fellowships listhost about the petition, which has gained over 23,000 signatures since its creation last month. Congress has the ultimate authority on how much money the federal government provides the Fulbright Program for the 2015 fiscal year. They are currently negotiating the budget, with a deadline of October 1. The $30.5 million in suggested cuts represents 13.5 percent of the Fulbright’s total annual budget of $235 million. This money is proposed to be reallocated to resources focusing on Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, according to the Department of State’s budget report, including $10 million for “Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative” and $20 million for the “Young African Leaders Initiative.” Proponents say that these budget adjustments will create opportunities for new international educational programs in areas of the world generally untouched by the Fulbright Program, but the possible cuts have sparked an outcry. Fourth-year Kaylee Steck, a recent Fulbright scholarship recipient, was one student upset about the reallocation of funds. “Why can't a decrease of $30 CUTS continued on page 2
Edwardo’s closes shop after 36 years in Hyde Park Isaac Stein Associate News Editor After 36 years of continuous operation at 1321 East 57th Street, Edwardo’s Natural Pizza served up its last deep-dish in Hyde Park on Sunday. Edwardo’s is a Chicagobased chain of five restaurants which serve pizza and other Italian fare, and is a subsidiary of Bravo Restaurants, Inc. The manager of the Hyde Park Edwardo’s, who declined to state his name, said that Bravo decided to close the Hyde Park location because revenues had been in a long-term decline. “I recently got the call in from corporate that we were closing; I knew that our business had been going down for the past three years. [Bravo Restaurants] tried to hold off the closing for as long as possible, but
nothing could bring our sales back up,” the manager said. The manager said that the primary reason behind Edwardo’s decline in business was that Aramark, the University’s contracted food provider, prevented Edwardo’s from catering University-sponsored events; the manager suggested that this was previously a large part of Edwardo’s business. “I’ve been with this company for 20 years—we used to send a lot more pizzas to the U of C, especially for [University] events. Then, three years ago, Aramark came in...and we were forced out,” the manager said. Aramark signed a contract with the university in July 2011 extending their contract to provide food for the University dining halls and academic cafés. The University declined to com-
ment and Aramark and Bravo Foods could not be reached for comment for this article. The Edwardo’s manager also cited competition from the on-campus Hutchinson Commons restaurants. “More food on campus certainly didn’t help our business,” the manager said. The manager said that while he is disappointed about the closing of the Edwardo’s in Hyde Park, he appreciated his clientele—some of whom were devoted for years. “I have this one customer, this lady named Liz. She lives in New York, but she has celebrated her birthday with a spinach pizza at this Edwardo’s every year for the past eight years. This place, of all places. I just want to say that the Hyde Park clientele is some of the best in the country...and it’s been a pleasure doing business.”
After 36 years of continuous service within the Hyde Park community, Edwardo’s Natural Pizza, located on East 57th Street, closed on Sunday. SYDNEY COMBS | THE CHICAGO MAROON
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Candidates talked UCPD, U-Pass, divestment SG continued from front
the place. That’s the way to solve it.” Next to debate were the candidates for the undergraduate liaison to the Board of Trustees: first-year Leeho Lim, and write-in candidates first-year Alex DiLalla and third-year Clemente Dadoo. The three expressed different positions on voting rights for the position: DiLalla supported the Duke model that would create three undergraduate liaison positions with staggered terms and elections taking place annually to replace one liaison every year. Liaisons could only vote in the last two years of their term. In the Duke model students have to be rising fourth years to run, but DiLalla said he would be open to modifying that system at UChicago. Lim, meanwhile, expressed support for full voting rights for the graduate liaison but not the undergraduate liaison. Dadoo said that he did not think that liaisons should be able to vote on the Board. “One person’s unique opinion does effectively represent the student body as a whole,” he said. Lim also said that he would work to increase unity between administration and students and take measures to establish a trauma center on the South Side. Dadoo spoke of further developing pre-professional academic programs like engineering and expanding the #171 bus route during rush hour. DiLalla expressed support for University divestment from fossil fuel companies and increased UCPD transparency. Regarding the accessibility of the board, Lim of-
fered the idea of inviting students to informal conversations with the trustees. DiLalla added the idea of having larger town hall–type meetings with students and the Board both involved. Dadoo brought up the problem of student apathy, saying that students are often “too bogged down by a Sosc paper or econ p-set” to express their voices. He said that he wants to ensure the issues brought up to the Board of Trustees are ones that matter to the student population. DiLalla, however, believes that “the reasons students feel apathetic is because they feel their individual voices do not matter.” The final debate was among the three write-in candidates for community and government liaison: first-year Kenzo Esquivel, second-year Brendan McGuire, and first-year Lizzy Noble. Noble said that it was “ridiculous” that the U-Pass system is not implemented already, and also offered the idea of holding quarterly meetings with community business owners. McGuire hopes to increase the number of student service days. “[My] best experiences at the University of Chicago [have] been through community service,” he said. Esquivel also highlighted community service, and said that the University and the community can work well together. “By engaging students in community service, we can really make a difference in the South Side community,” he said. Read more about the candidates’ platforms on the Maroon website
“$30 million cut will compromise U.S. commitment to promoting international educational exchange” CUTS continued from front
million in the Department of Defense be applied to new initiatives in Africa and Asia? Why is it logical to cut from a program that already
has well-established connections and programming in Africa and Asia?” Steck said in an e-mail. “A $30 million cut will compromise U.S. commitment to promoting
international educational exchange.... A government that seeks out new initiatives at the expense of this responsibility will lose credibility on the global stage.”
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Money no longer able to be loaded on old CTA cards Starting Thursday, CTA users will no longer be able to load money onto their Chicago Cards or buy the traditional magnetic-stripe fare
cards. The change marks the start of the city’s phase out of these cards. After May 1, when Chicago Cards or fare cards run out of value, they will stop working. On June 1, old cards will stop being accepted on any CTA service or Pace, the suburban bus service. The city began the transition to the Ventra card system, a reusable card that can function as both a debit card and fare card, in September. Its introduction was met with a series of problems, including undelivered cards and payment failures at turnstiles and on buses, though these issues have since been mostly resolved. With Ventra, users are able to auto-load value when the amount on the card drops below a certain value, or load value directly online, at machines, and at retailers. To facilitate the transition, CTA officials will waive the initial $5 card-purchasing fee at card retailers until July 7 and will also offer opportunities for customers to bring a maximum of five old cards with at least $5 total on them and have the value transferred to their Ventra cards. —Victoria Rael
South Campus West, Max Palevsky welcome new Resident Masters College Housing and Residential Services has appointed two members of the faculty and their spouses as new resident masters, beginning at the start of the 20142015 academic year. Jason and Suzanne Riggle and Philippe Guyot-Sionnest and Caryl Gout will become the new Resident Masters of Max Palevsky Residential Commons and South Campus West, respectively. They were jointly appointed by Dean of the College John Boyer and Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services Karen Warren Coleman.
“[Suzanne and I] are delighted about being selected,” said Jason Riggle, an assistant professor in the Department of Linguistics and director of the Chicago Language Modeling Laboratory. “As resident masters of Max Palevsky we hope to preserve the traditions that students really enjoy, such as Max Arts and Humans vs. Zombies, while also bringing in more cultural events to further increase enthusiasm for student life.” Suzanne Riggle is the managing director of operations and finance at the Becker Friedman Institute. The couple will be moving into Max Palevsky with their children, Matt, 8, and George, 6, this summer. They will replace David and Kris Wray, who have been the Resident Masters since fall 2004. In South Campus West Guyot-Sionnest and Gout will succeed John Lucy and Suzanne Gaskins as resident masters this fall. Guyot-Sionnest, a professor in the Departments of Chemistry and Physics, said that he hopes to bring science-themed events to South Campus. The couple said that they hope to maintain new and old traditions for the residents. They also intend to expose students to Chicago neighborhoods other than Hyde Park. “We hope to create a strong sense of family through traditions and act as role models for the students,” said Gout, a small business owner in downtown Chicago. According to Jennifer Luttig-Komrosky, executive director of college housing and residential services, resident masters keep their positions for many years. “The new resident masters will continue the 40year legacy of integrating academic life into the College houses,” she said in an e-mail. — Marta Bakula
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Editorial & Op-Ed APRIL 29, 2014
SG 2014: Slate endorsement The MAROON endorses United Progress for executive slate United Progress The Maroon endorses United Progress (UP) for the Student Government executive slate. UP consists of second-year presidential candidate Tyler Kissinger, thirdyear vice president for administration candidate Arlin Hill, and third-year vice president for student affairs candidate Aseal Tineh. United Progress has several outward-looking initiatives described in its platform, and also displays an awareness of the mechanics necessary for effectively bringing about such changes. Much of the power SG holds is through resolutions and referendums, which are only meaningful when backed by significant student support. This can only be achieved through an increased level of SG’s visibility throughout the student body. United Progress plans to address this through more aggressive social media promotion,
the use of student-wide emails, and the expansion of the role of the director of communications, appointed this year. Furthermore, United Progress plans to appoint two additional assistants to the vice presidents, who will relieve some of the burden of everyday tasks from the slate, leaving them the time to consider and more effectively implement longer-term vision. Below, the Editorial Board outlines and comments on three of the party’s major tangible goals for the coming year:
U-Pass, Kissinger stated that 80 to 90 percent support from a larger student sample would be needed in order to bring U-Pass to campus. The Editorial Board supports UP’s goals for U-Pass if these criteria are met, but acknowledges that doing so relies on SG’s increased visibility and interaction with students. As mentioned above, the slate has concrete initiatives to gain this visibility, and for U-Pass to become a reality, these plans must manifest themselves both clearly and effectively.
cultural Student Affairs. We laud the slate for their attention to the past successes of Student Government. The mechanisms for conducting this assessment, though, are complex—in 2006, the report took 18 months to administer. To that end, we encourage UP to be forthright with their administrative plans and projected timeline for conducting a survey of this breadth, both as a gesture of transparency and to facilitate greater accountability with regards to this goal.
Transit Changes UP supports providing University students with U-Passes, and Kissinger has stated that the main barrier to the implementation of UPass is the level of student support. While a recent SG survey showed that 59 percent of 175 students surveyed support implementing
Campus Climate Report An important part of UP’s larger goal of soliciting the student voice and working towards greater equity and inclusivity on campus is the execution of a campus climate assessment. A similar study was last conducted in 2006, and lead to the formation of the Office of Multi-
Supporting RSOs UP has outlined a three-pronged approach to supporting student organizations. First, they hope to lobby individual graduate schools to make their buildings available for undergraduate RSO meetings. Although this process will probably be lengthy, the availability
of even one more building, such as Booth, would be a significant benefit. Second, UP aims to improve the clarity and accessibility of information currently available regarding funding processes for RSOs. Accomplishing this would be a tangible manifestation of UP’s commitment to internally reorganizing Student Government. Third, UP is committed to a more fair allocation of funds, especially for smaller RSOs that currently spend a significant amount of time fundraising. Broadly, we are encouraged by UP’s clear plan for moving forward with these initiatives that will streamline the dayto-day operations of RSOs as well as signal a commitment to improving student life.
The Editorial Board consists of the Editors-in-Chief and the Viewpoints Editors.
Underrepresented among minorities Schuette v. Coalition dialogue marked by a failure to acknowledge Asian perspective
The Ionic Column Last week, as I was perusing media coverage of the Supreme Court ruling on the case Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, which upheld Michigan’s ban on considering race, sex, and ethnicity in public university admissions, I was surprised to see how little of the cov-
erage mentioned Asian Americans. Granted, The Atlantic’s Conor Friedersdorf and The Washington Post’s David Bernstein and Ilya Somin all wrote articles that pointed out that the Supreme Court opinions neglected to discuss Asian Americans. Indeed, a quick Ctrl+F of the opin-
ions doesn’t turn up any results for the word “Asian”; neither do searches for “Chinese” or “Japanese.” I even tried looking for the word “Oriental” just in case one of the justices had a predilection for outdated racial descriptors, but found nothing. Meanwhile, searches for terms such as “white,” “Latino,” “black,” and “American Indian” all turned up multiple matches. Friedersdorf, Bernstein, and Somin brought up Asian Americans in the context of criticizing Justice Sotomayor’s dissent, saying that her analysis of the
benefits of affirmative action on minorities is weakened if one considers Asian Americans to be minorities as well. However, the issue brought to mind for me is that Asian Americans are usually an afterthought at best in many major discussions of race. By now, I’m used to reading papers and articles on race in which Asian Americans are shunted into the “other” category, if there even is one. Maybe this is because, relative to other ethnic groups in the U.S., there simply aren’t as many of us. According to the 2010 census, only
4.8 percent of people in the United States reported themselves as Asian, compared to the 12.6 percent and 16.3 percent reported as black or African American and Hispanic or Latino, respectively. However, within the context of higher education, that reasoning does not hold up. For example, according to the ethnicity reports produced by the University of Michigan’s Office of the Registrar, Asians were the second-largest ethnic group—after whites—and made ASIAN continued on page 4
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“Reading allows us to grow from situations sans the actual experience”
Katzenjammer Why do we read? Why parse laborious literature by old and foreign writers like Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky? Why open Lolita or Reading Lolita in Tehran? Are we reading to join an elite membership of the “cultured”? To pass a class? To show off at cocktail parties? Is our reading marked by a utilitarian pursuit of facts, or by care for reflection, pleasure, inquiry, and development? In A Simple Story by Shai Agnon, the protagonist Blume is told by her father Hayyim before his death, “I know that I won’t be leaving you any riches. But at least I’ll have taught you how to read a book. No matter how black your life may be, you can always find better ones in books.” Prima facie, Hayyim captures the magic of books. But, drenching these words in irony, the novel itself does
not end “happily ever after,” thus disqualifying itself as a “better life” the reader can vicariously experience. There have been times in my life when I’ve identified with Hayyim. When I felt my books were friends, that my bookshelf was my medicine cabinet—that people would come and go, but that the stories I read would always remain. Yet Agnon may be telling us otherwise—that we don’t read to escape our lives for better ones in books, but that we read to live a better life when we close them. Reading allows us to grow from situations sans the actual experience. You can learn how to deal with a breakup without the pain of going through one; see the perils of racism, the tendencies of groupthink, or the banality of evil without joining the Nazi Party. In a sense, books are case studies for life.
But many a Nazi was well-read. And your kind, socially intelligent friends aren’t always the ones who read the most Austen and Joyce. Perhaps the key is not how much or what you read, but how you read it. If you’re looking to pick up as many plots and arcane references as possible, you will probably just improve your score on a literary BuzzFeed quiz. But if you’re exploring beyond the text, playing with it, challenging it, tasting it, reading between its lines, and applying the messages you discover to real-life scenarios, then you’ve unlocked the magic of literature connecting us to ourselves and others. I’ve learned this from the Jewish hermeneutical tradition, in which each word of the Bible and Talmud is dissected and examined contextually, philosophically, historically, homiletically, and through the lens of a plethora of commentaries, and commentaries on commentaries. There is an acronym to remember the approaches to biblical exegesis in rabbinic Judaism—PaRDS (proBOOK continued on page 4
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Asians may be considered “overrepresented” in colleges, but they are far from it in media ASIAN continued from page 3 up over 13 percent of the undergraduate student body in 2013. Asians also make up a substantial portion of the student body at other major institutions, including 18 percent of the domestic College population here at UChicago. Regardless of the stance one holds on the Supreme Court’s recent decision, neglecting to acknowledge the potential impact of policies on more than one out of every 10 students is irresponsible. And while Asians have been deemed “overrepresent-
ed” in college, they are hardly overrepresented in the media, which plays a large role in shaping discussions on race. As far as I know, the three writers I mentioned above are not of Asian descent. Even though acknowledging the existence of Asians is a reasonable start, I also would have liked for the same mainstream publications to have included an Asian perspective on Schuette v. Coalition’s broader implications for racial equality. However, my concern is that the space for Asians in discussions on
race is so ill-defined that any attempt to expand that space might lead to accusations of trying to co-opt the conversation. Despite believing that Suey Park’s #CancelColbert campaign—a response to a joke that The Colbert Report tweeted concerning Asians— was misguided, I was also frustrated by criticism that she had made the prevailing conversation all about Asians instead of about Native Americans. Even though the conversation had originally revolved around Redskins
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Schuette v. Coalition has used “minorities” as shorthand for “underrepresented minorities.” To a certain degree, I can understand the shortcut, but given that Asians belong to one group and not the other, Asians may or may not be minorities depending on whatever ideological point the speaker is trying to make. The vague terminology we use to describe Asians now contributes to the sense that Asians are not “real” minorities, and that therefore our contributions to discussions on discrimination and equal-
ity are less valid. Though it might be dreadfully inconvenient to have to distinguish between “underrepresented minorities” and “minorities,” and to have to tack on “Asian” while listing ethnicities, more precise language is fairer to everyone. In order to have the hoped-for honest, open conversations about race, the conversations actually have to be open to everyone. Jane Huang is a fourthyear in the College majoring in chemistry.
Stories imprint moral lessons into readers’ being BOOK continued from page 3 nounced pardes, related to the word “paradise”): Peshat— simple or direct meaning. Remez—allegoric meaning beyond the literal sense. Derash—the comparative (midrashic) meaning, through similar accounts. Sod—secret or esoteric/ mystical meaning. A few years ago, I was conversing in Persian with a woman who noticed some specific pronunciations of mine. “Are you a person of the book?” she asked me, using a phrase used to describe Jews. The Persian my grandmother taught me had distinct Jew-
ish slang influences, and from those pieces alone this woman was able to deduce my heritage. Here I see the root of the longevity of Judaism and Jewish culture: our identity as the “People of the Book.” Jewish values and traditions have been promulgated from generation to generation via literature. From the Bible to the Midrash to the Talmud to the commentaries to Shai Agnon to Chaim Potok—literature has served as a prime mode of cultural communication. We learn hospitality from Abraham, assuredness in the face of physical giants
from David, the dangers of knowledge from Saul, and the importance of forgiveness from Joseph. These stories are digestible forms of intellectual or moral lessons which have been imprinted into my very being; I live a life in citation where texts paint both my reception and action in the world. For me this literature is often religious, but it is not limited to the sacred sphere. All great literature is a playground for deep analysis and internalization in all parts of life. Eliora Katz is first-year in the College.
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Hyde Park Arts Center expands, takes local art by the horns Sammie Spector maroon Contributor New art opportunities are opening closer to home. The Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC) has just unveiled plans for the construction of a new wing on the building to accomodate the work of burgeoning artists, as well as a new installation to celebrate 75 years of providing art in the neighborhood. The new artist workshop wing is set to open spring 2015. The renovation will convert the space, previously used for storage, into the Guida Family Creative Wing, named in honor of the family’s $750,000 donation to HPAC. The new wing will house the art center’s residency program. This program provides a Chicago-based artist with one year of studio and apartment space in the center, with resources to work toward a major exhibition showcased in the spring. In addition to supporting local talent, HPAC also provides two to three months of research residency for foreign artists of note. Right now the residency program is hosting Einat Amir, popular in her hometown of Tel Aviv. Amir’s experimental work focuses on participatory performance art and video installations, blending fiction and reality to create discourse on social and political issues. Brook Rosini, HPAC’s marketing
and communications manager, states that these residency programs create dialogue for the local art world. “Particularly the foreign aspect helps facilitate dialogue and idea exchange between artists and the community,” Rosini said. HPAC is Chicago’s oldest alternative exhibition space, established in 1939. It has been housed on South Cornell Avenue since 2006, but has a long history of moving within Hyde Park; its first location was a defunct saloon, and its last location, the local army warehouse. The University of Chicago leases this now-converted warehouse to HPAC, and the space costs them a whopping $1 dollar in rent a year. The center’s artful architecture itself is conceptually interesting. It not only has an entire glass façade to showcase digital film projects which can be seen from both inside and outside the center, but it also shirks its own main entrance, giving way to five metal garage doors that open up to the main gallery from the street. Both of these constructs allow for greater transparency in the art-making process and exhibition world. HPAC has had a strong impact on the community since its opening. “Always located in Hyde Park, it has become a facet of the community’s identity, specifically catering to this neighborhood,” Rosini states. It
“The Beast,” by artist John Preus, is on display at the Hyde Park Arts Center until August 3. Un-bull-ievable. COURTESY OF JOHN PREUS
is free and open to the public, and produces numerous events throughout the year. UChicago students can use HPAC as a resource that showcases not only art from local and global artists but also the actual artists themselves. Students many the opportunities to get involved, from showcasing work to coming to free events and meeting artists. “Our mission is to support artists…there are lots of entry points and ways to get involved. For anyone pursuing an arts degree, the HPAC features a biennale called Ground Floor, reviewing nominations specifically from
Miss Lee’s serves up betterthan-Good Food on Garfield Isaac Stein Associate News Editor “They’re grrrreat!” Truth be told, I always thought that the character of Tony the Tiger was a bit of a jerk. Kellogg execs are correct in touting Frosted Flakes as a tasty breakfast cereal, but great? Sugared corn flakes are not LeBron. It’s just pretentious. By name and by character, Miss Lee’s Good Food, a soul food and BBQ joint located in the heart of the Washington Park neighborhood, has no such pretensions. Miss Lee’s sits at 203 East Garfield Boulevard—about two blocks west of the Garfield Green Line stop. As a reviewer, I try to follow the creed of “don’t judge a restaurant by its surroundings,” but I was initially skeptical of Miss Lee’s—it doesn’t have much in the way of competition. The surrounding few blocks are home to a couple of liquor stores and a Hollywoodthemed McDonald’s, but that’s about it; given the lack of other businesses in the area, I doubted that Miss Lee’s had any incentive to be particularly good. The experience proved that my suspicions were quite stupid.
Upon entering the restaurant, the owner, Miss Lee Hogan, personally greeted me and told me that she was happy that I had come to eat at her place. This was striking; I felt as though I was more than a hungry mouth with a dollar sign on my chest. After the introduction, Miss Lee guided me through the menu. The offerings
MISS LEE’S GOOD FOOD 203 East Garfield Boulevard Average meal: $10
are Southern through and through; in addition to a multitude of chicken and rib dishes, adventurous customers may be inclined to try the neck bones ($10, of unknown animal) or the pig ears ($10). There are certainly worse ways to experiment with $10; for the purpose of this review, I went with the grilled herbal chicken with rice ($10.75). The plate included two corn muffins, a container of Great Northern beans, and a side of collard greens. As I was waiting for my food, the cashier came around to the front and offered me a Styrofoam cup full of Miss
Lee’s homemade “jungle juice.” I have no idea what this beverage is made of, or even what it tasted like—unlike the “jungle juice” served in fraternity basements, which is of indiscernible taste because of $11-perhandle vodka, this drink is a genuine mystery—but that’s not the point. Rather, the point is that it was sweet, it was on the rocks, and it was free. That’s customer service. Upon receiving my food, I promptly left—Miss Lee’s is carry-out only. So, I channeled my inner bum and conducted the tasting from a bench at the corner of East 55th Street and South Cottage Grove. Tasting Impressions Food quality should not be dependent on temperature, but on some level, it is. Anyone who has been to a McDonald’s and had the fries right out of the fryer knows what I’m talking about. Miss Lee’s wins a few points due to the fact that everything was piping hot. The chicken is executed well—cut into small chunks and heavily seasoned. I suspect that the high surface-area-tovolume-ratio accomplished by dividing the chicken into chunks (as opposed to whole pieces) allows more seasoning to seep into the meat. No comFOOD continued on page 6
MFA candidates in Chicago,” Rosini said. As for the second surprise after the announcement of a new space visitors were led into an impressive space, dominated by the figure of a fallen bull made entirely of coarse fabric rugs. Titled “The Beast,” this installation is by John Preus, current artist in the HPAC residency program. Preus says he was influenced in part by Jonah’s adventure and internal reflection within the belly of the whale. Built in just five days, Preus had to climb the bull’s body, grasping the horns to finish his work. The in-
stallation space becomes even more impressive, as well as eerie, when visitors are led inside of the bull. Large enough to fit a small crowd standing, the hollow interior of the beast serves as a performance space. On opening night, Preus played with his experimental band in the “bowels” of the beast. The installation seemed an apt choice alongside HPAC’s grand news of the new wing—there’s so much more to be seen on the inside. (“The Beast” will show through August 3 at the Hyde Park Arts Center, 5020 South Cornell Avenue. Admission is free.)
NORTH SIDE WEEKLY ARTS, CULTURE & OVERPRICED BEER ਂ SINCE 2014 ScHoolboy Q and bucket hats in Wrigleyville Rohan Sharma Maroon Contributor Last Tuesday, I dropped a few dead presidents on one of the most exciting shows I’ve ever been to. I was in Wrigleyville, which is usually a neighborhood I can’t stand because it’s the Chicago equivalent of a frat party 24/7, which sounds (and is) absolutely miserable. However, Metro, a concert venue off North Clark Street, is completely different—and way better. ScHoolboy Q’s Oxymoron tour with supporting acts Isaiah Rashad and Vince Staples had finally rolled into town to promote the headliner’s new chart-topping, goofy-yet-gangster album Oxymoron. The lineup struck a perfect balance between drug-fueled party songs via Q and the more introspective wordplay of Rashad. The show started at 8 p.m., so we rolled in at 8:30 p.m. because parking is hard and it’s at least a little cool to show up late to a sold-out gig. The haze and distinct aroma of hundreds of blunts hit me first, then the music. Vince Staples was halfway
through his set, which is alright because I don’t know much of his work beyond some great features on Earl Sweatshirt’s Doris. The pit was getting packed and there were more bucket hats than your grandpa’s last retirement home–sponsored fishing trip. We’re all rhythmically bobbing to the beat with the kind of bass that rumbles in your stomach and convinces you that mankind is so close to discovering and musically incorporating the brown note. Following Staples we moved further into the pit, in time for the incredibly talented Isaiah Rashad, who murdered his set, getting the crowd to go absolutely insane with songs like “R.I.P. Kevin Miller” and “Shot U Down.” Rashad’s stage presence was on point, complete with crowd surfing, stage diving, water spraying, and high-quality moshing. The audience didn’t need much more encouragement to get fully turnt up, fragrant with l’eau de weed et sweat. Jean Deux came out to perform her feature on “Menthol,” a track with a beat more buttery than
Paula Dean’s pound cake. Rashad wrapped up his set by playing tunes aimed at sustaining the excitement for the headliner, including Kendrick Lamar’s “Backseat Freestyle,” Yeezy’s “Blood on the Leaves,” and the gangsta anthem “I Don’t Like” by the allegedly-airwaves polluting South Side native Chief Keef. When the bass dropped on the latter, people were bumpin’ hard and there wasn’t even anyone on the stage save for a DJ busily rolling a joint. Q stepped out in a black hoodie and a textured leopard-print bucket hat, and if that’s not the pinnacle of patterned men’s headwear, I don’t know what is. The last time I saw someone famous wear a bucket hat might’ve been on that show *Deadliest Catch* but those dudes got nothin’ on Q. He was accompanied by a Kimbo Slice doppelgänger who was a looming mountain of muscle that didn’t blink during the entire set and just looked tough as hell for 90 minutes. Q opened with “What They Want,” which features a 2 Chainz verse that NSW continued on page 6
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is straight fire and got the crowd to instantly go off. He followed it up with ‘Hell of a Night’ and ‘The Purge,’ which includes a menacing hook by Tyler, The Creator tucked between the sound of approaching sirens and later the attire-appropriate lyric “bucket hat with my shades on, my wardrobe look awesome/ Now nah, I ain’t on no dolphin, fuck rhyming, I’m Cripping.” This is my first column where, while reporting, I was stone-cold sober for the entire time, although I had a $12 beer at Avec earlier that day which was embarrassing for everyone involved. Despite sobriety, the rest of the show is a haze of tracks off of Oxymoron and his older stuff. I will say that when Q started
blasting “m.A.A.d City” the King Kendrick stalker-fan in me came out hard and I thought he might cameo, but, alas, it was not meant to be. He took a minute to genuinely thank the fans, stating, “Hip hop didn’t save my life, my fans saved my life,” before ending with his debauchery-laden smash hit and absolute banger “Man of the Year.” By this time, I was dehydrated, sweaty, and slightly bruised. If you’re going to Wrigleyville, avoid the plethora of bad bars, but definitely check out the intense bars and beats at Metro, a fantastic venue which is both small enough to feel personal and large enough for everyone to vibe in (but bring your own water because otherwise it’ll run you three greenbacks).
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plaints on this front. The sides, too, are proper soul fare. The collards were greasy, with visible bacon bits, and the beans were slightly (but not sickly) sweet. The only part of the meal worthy of criticism were the corn muffins. Side note: “muffins” do not resemble the breakfast food; rather, this word is interchangeable with cornbread. Miss Lee’s got the texture right—buttery, flaky, slightly crumbly—but the corn flavor was weak. Superior corn
muffins may be found at Daley’s Restaurant (809 East 63rd Street), if this particular point is of importance to you. Despite the lackluster corn muffins, I was pleased with what Miss Lee’s offered—two pounds of good food for under $11. I would like to state that while I finished the herbal chicken at 2 p.m., the food was filling enough that I had no desire to eat dinner. All without the indigestion of Harold’s. That, friends, is economy.
the Sketch Arts, Briefly. Campus North architect Jeanne Gang at the Logan Center An audience at the Logan Center this Monday got a sneak peek behind the blueprint of the building soon to replace Pierce from the architect of the project herself, Jeanne Gang. Though Gang’s misidentification of the phoenix on the back of the Rosenberger Medal she received from the University President last year as “an eagle” drew a couple of audible scoffs from O-Week-indoctrinates, the head of the eponymous Studio Gang quickly carried the audience into an awed silence for the next hour and a half. Instead of focusing on the specifics of the new dorm itself, Gang gave a fascinating description of many of the incredible projects she and Studio Gang have designed, each with a sharp eye for the environmental and social interactions between buildings and space. By far the highlight of the event came during the Q&A. Gang had explained earlier her studio’s commitment to building high-quality structures in the areas of this city she termed “architecture deserts,” and an audience member expressed her gratitude for the great good she believed the Children’s Village did for the Auburn-Gresham and Englewood communities it serves. She was proud to be able to say, “You know that Aqua building? That architect is making buildings in my neighborhood.” With Campus North, Hyde Park residents will soon be able to say the same. —Dan Ackerman
Chicago’s Biggest Liar Contest Remember that old riddle about the two doorkeepers in the desert, one who can only lie, and one who can only tell the truth? Well, I forgot how it ends, but this weekend Chicago natives promise to remind you just how bamboozling, irritating, and titillating liars can be. Sans sunburn and dehydration. The second-ever Chicago’s Biggest Liar Contest (dubbed the 25th annual by its mendacious organizers) will hunker down this Saturday at the Ravenswood United Church of Christ for the Battle Royale of Bullshit. The top prize? That coveted beaker of beguilement, the Hogwash Cup. Don Hall, the liveevents director for WBEZ Chicago, will fight and fib to retain his Biggest Liar status against ten other lying scoun-
drels including stand-up comics, an Emmy Award–winning writer, a poet, and a yoga enthusiast, among others. Put together by members of storytelling organizations This Much is True and Story Lab Chicago, the contest falls in line with Chicago’s deep oral narrative history, or perhaps, more correctly, blurs it. Featuring music from the Pants on Fire Choir led by David Boyle, and promising to be full of surprises, it would be a lie to say it isn’t worth the commute. Whether you ever figure out that riddle is another issue entirely. (Ravenswood United Church of Christ, 2050 West Pensacola Avenue, Saturday, May 3 at 7 p.m. Tickets $19.43, available online at chicagoliars. com. Or are they?) —Robert Sorrell
The Reverend P. Initial Brennan proclaims himself the son of God at the last Biggest Liar Contest. He took second place. COURTESY OF CHICAGO’S BIGGEST LIAR CONTEST
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THE CHICAGO MAROON | SPORTS | April 29, 2014
Timely hitting triggers 2–1 weekend as season winds down Baseball Eirene Kim Maroon Contributor Fourth-year second baseman and captain Dylan Massey helped the Maroons come out with a winning record this past weekend against Monmouth College and North Central College. This past Saturday afternoon, the Maroons triumphed over Monmouth in a doubleheader, beating the Scots 3–2 in the first game and 5–4 in the second game. Chicago’s pitchers stepped onto the field ready to play. “[First-year pitcher] Thomas Prescott again pitched very well and exceptionally with runners on base and in scoring position,” said thirdyear second baseman Nate Wagner. “[Fourth-year pitcher] Ray Kim came in to close the game out for us and was lights out too.” But it was Massey who stood out against Monmouth, leading Chicago’s offense. “Dylan Massey really was the reason we were able to win both games. He provided great production offensively with timely hits and stolen bases, including his home run in game two,” said second-year pitcher Alex Athenson. Massey amassed five hits in six atbats on the day, including a home run, three RBIs, and four stolen bases. “Dylan had two big games for us. He really was a catalyst that helped put us in good situations to score,” Wagner said.
Despite Massey’s standout performance, he was not the only one who showed up offensively. “We had some clutch hitting with runners on base. We all had good atbats and had some bottom-of-thelineup contributors,” said secondyear catcher Tim Sonnefeldt, who had two hits on the day. The Maroons held the lead throughout game one. In game two, Monmouth took a 3–0 lead that Chicago eventually overtook, 4–3. In the sixth inning, the Scots tied the game, but third-year third baseman Andrew VanWazer knocked in the walk-off run on a single in the seventh, giving the South Siders the victory. “Great at-bats and timely hitting helped us win the game. [Thirdyear pitcher] Anthony DeRenzo, VanWazer, and Massey had RBIs in situations where we needed them to produce. [Third-year center outfielder] Eddie Akers had a great at-bat in game two to score a run and keep the inning going, allowing us to score two and work our way back to eventually tie and win the game,” Wagner said. Despite their two victories, the Maroons dropped their final game of the weekend to North Central the following Sunday afternoon, losing 4–1. Chicago’s offense was kept at bay by North Central’s pitching. The Maroons were shut down offensively and could not capitalize on key opportunities. “North Central’s pitching stifled
Fourth-year Dylan Massey hits the ball in a game against Hope earlier this season. COURTESY OF UCHICAGO ATHLETICS
us and limited us, especially when we had runners on base and were threatening to score,” Wagner said. The Maroons went 8-for-34 (.235) as a team on Sunday, as compared to 18-for-52 (.346) in the previous two games. “We just couldn’t find a way to break the game open, offensively. We had multiple opportunities with
No. 5 seed Chicago finishes fifth at Championship Men’s Tennis Zachary Themer Maroon Contributor Escaping Chicago for the week, the Maroons trekked down to sunny Altamonte Springs, FL last week to take part in the UAA Championship, as they looked to cap off one of the most successful seasons in school history. Competing as the No. 5 seed, the Maroons opened up the eight-team tournament with a Thursday matchup against the No. 4 seed Spartans from Case. Having lost to the Spartans earlier in the season, the South Siders entered the match with a strong hunger for victory. Unfortunately for Chicago, it was not able to have its appetite satisfied, as the Maroons dropped a 7–2 match to Case. For the South Siders, first-year Max Hawkins (No. 6 singles) won a three-set thriller by a score of 6–3, 0–6, 6–4, and the doubles pair of fourth-year Krishna Ravella and Hawkins won its pro set at No. 2 doubles by a score of 8–6. Not to be beaten down by their opening loss, the Maroons demonstrated the same impressive resilience and determination they have shown all season long. “After we lost our first round, we immediately focused on holding up our seeding, which would mean a fifth-place finish,” said third-year Deepak Sabada (No. 1 singles). “One of the characteristics of this team all year has been resilience, and I think we proved that with some good wins in the latter part of the season after a couple of tough losses early on.” Next on the platter for Chicago were the No. 8 seed Judges of Brandeis. Not to be mis-
led by the low-seeded Judges, who entered the matchup with a top-30 ranking and 10–8 record, the Maroons got to work early on, as they were able to sweep the three doubles matches that opened the day and jumped out to a 3–0 lead. However, the recipe for victory would prove to be difficult to master, as the South Siders had to rely on victories in singles by third-year Ankur Bhargava (No. 3) and fourth-year Zsolt Szabo (No. 5) in order to squeak by the Judges by a final match score of 5–4. With a victory and momentum in hand, the Maroons were prepared to end their stay in Florida on a strong note, as they took on the Violets of NYU in a match that would determine fifth place at the Championship. Refusing to let the Violets smell even the faintest hints of triumph, Chicago dashed NYU’s hopes early with 3–0 sweep on the doubles side of things. Contrasting with their match against Brandeis, the Maroons were able to handily take care of matters on the singles side, as Bhargava, first-year Brian Sun (No. 4), Szabo, and Hawkins all cruised to victories over their respective conference foes. The South Siders roared back from an opening round defeat to take home their last two matches and a fifthplace finish. Sabada looked back on the season with fondness. “[The] team had one of its best seasons in the last couple of years and will finish ranked inside the top 20 in the nation,” he said. “Coach Tee and coach Richie Gray were a big part of that success, and everyone is looking forward to building on this season next year.”
runners in scoring position and less than two outs, and we were unable to come up with those big hits,” Athenson said. This week Chicago will take on No. 3 Concordia, who will be one of the toughest opponents the Maroons will face this season. “If we play good baseball, I have no doubt that we can beat them. They
are definitely overlooking us, so it would be awesome to beat them, as the underdog. We need to focus on timely hitting, which is something we have been struggling with all year,” said second-year pitcher Pat McManus. The Maroons face off against Concordia this Wednesday at home. Chicago will toss the first pitch at 3 p.m.
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Women second, men fourth as Maroons litter top UAA finishers Track & Field Russell Mendelson Sports Staff The Maroon men and women took a brief pit stop at home this weekend to host the UAA Outdoor Championships, as they began the final stretch of the track and field season. The men’s squad finished the weekend in fourth place at the meet, while the women’s team slotted into second place, losing by less than 10 points to rival Wash U, which took the top spot in both overall rankings. Fourth-year Dan Povitsky stole the show for long-distance events, taking first in the 10,000-meter on Saturday night and coming back Sunday to win a close 5,000-meter race, in which he came in ahead of Wash U’s Elliott Petterson by a little more than a second. With the benefit of both experience and training under his belt, Povitsky did not let the busy weekend get to him mentally or physically. “As you become an upperclassman on our track team, doubling multiple events becomes an expectation as the team needs the points and collegiate training has gotten you to the point of being able to handle a double,” Povitsky said. Besides the ice bath, ibuprofen, and preparation in the training room the following morning, Povitsky credited his ability to compete back-to-back days to the upperclassmen runners who preceded him and stressed the
importance of having a strong network of teammates both past and present. “Our distance program also has a great culture of senior leadership and I’ve learned a lot along the way from the teammates who came before me about how to handle the 10K–5K weekend,” he said. “[I]n both races the support of teammates and alumni trackside helped immensely.” On the women’s side of the competition, third-year Pam Yu and secondyear Nkemdilim Nwaokolo provided standout performances by taking first-place finishes in the triple jump and discus respectively. First-year Olivia Clink placed second in the triple jump. In addition, first-year Michelle Dobbs attracted a lot of attention, as she was part of both the 4x400-meter and 4x800-meter relay squads and also captured the 800-meter individual title. Dobbs was tasked with anchoring both relays for the Chicago women. “When I’m the last leg of the relay, I know that this means my team is trusting me to give everything for the finish of the race,” Dobbs said. First-year Eleanor Kang, secondyear Alison Pikdner, and third-year Francesca Tomasi also ran on the 4x400-meter relay team. It took first place. Dobbs admitted to being quite “fired up” before her turn in the relay, but also acknowledged constructively channeling this energy.
Maroons fourth-year Sarah Peluse (right), fourth-year Michaela Whitelaw (middle), and secondyear Brianna Hickey (left) run in the UAA Championships on Saturday. JAMIE MANLEY | THE CHICAGO MAROON
“As soon as I have the baton...all of that energy is focused on racing as best I can. Being on a relay is really special, and I think knowing that I’m running for three other people motivates me enormously,” Dobbs said. The team has exhibited a strong dissemination of values from the more seasoned veterans such as Povitsky to the younger members like Dobbs, many of whom have already demonstrated their skills.
“I think it’s very important to set a precedent of strong performances for underclassmen because these victories provide a goal to aspire to,” Povitsky said. “It offers confirmation that if you put in the hard training for four years, strike the balance with academics, and listen to coach Hall, the successes will be there for you at the end of the road.” Other top event finishes include the men’s high jump (first place, thirdyear Semi Ajibola), the men’s 4x100-
meter relay (third place, first-year Temisan Osawa, second-year Jake Romeo, second-year Ben Clark, secondyear Zachary Jenkins), the women’s 4x100-meter relay (second place, Tomasi, second-year Mikaela Hammel, Pildner, and first-year Charissa Newkirk), and the women’s 400-meter (third place, Kang). The Maroons will compete next weekend in the North Central College Dr. Keeler Invite on May 8.
South Siders recover from losses, victoriously end regular season
Squad defeats Brandeis, places fourth at conference tourney
Jenna Harris Sports Staff The past few days could be Chicago’s last this season. Chicago (25–8) played seven games in five days, starting last Thursday against Elmhurst (15– 15) and celebrating the Maroons’ four graduating seniors: outfielder Kaitlyn Carpenter, first baseman Julia Covello, third baseman Maddie McManus, and catcher Zoe Oliver-Grey. “The seniors have been the glue holding this team together,” said second-year first baseman Kathleen Kohm. “They have given so much for this team, and it makes the rest of us want to play for them. They have contributed offensively, defensively, mentally, emotionally, and overall, they are just plain clutch.” “Clutch” is the word repeated constantly by the South Siders when describing their fourthyear teammates, who are experienced at competing under pressure. Thursday’s doubleheader was a disappointment for the Maroons; Chicago lost 2–1 in game one and 6–1 in game two, in part due to some fielding errors. Chicago faced Carthage
(22–12) on Sunday for the second time since the Florida spring break stint. The intense doubleheader produced split results, as the South Siders lost 3–2 and then won 4–3. The Maroons came out victorious in the second game due to the tenacity of their seniors. In the first inning, McManus hit a sac fly that scored secondyear outfielder Devan Parkison. In the seventh inning, Chicago loaded the bases for pinch hitter Covello. The fourth-year came through with a two-run double to left field. Carthage attempted to come back, but Oliver-Grey gunned down the runner trying to steal third base to end the game. Third-year pitcher Tabbetha Bohac summed up the fourthyears’ contributions. “Our seniors are leaders of this team and huge at coming through in the clutch,” Bohac said. “Zoe is a leader behind the plate and is the calming factor that keeps us all unified and calm. Maddie has been clutch all year with solid defense at third and coming through with many big hits this year. Kait[lyn] is the leader of the outfield and an incredibly reliable player in
both getting on base when we need her, but also always making the catch in the outfield. Jello [Covello] is the heart of the team—the loudest and most encouraging player I have ever had the privilege to play with.” The Maroons faced Lawrence (18–11) in Wisconsin yesterday afternoon to finish off the regular season and won big, 8–2, in six innings. Their second game was cancelled due to rain. Both Kohm and Bohac agree that this season has been one for the ages. “[This season has] taught me that each person has a very important and specific individual role that is essential to our success,” Kohm said. Chicago started phenomenally, beginning the season 11–0. “On an individual level, this season has been a blast,” Bohac said. “Our team has truly become a family this year, and it’s just been an honor to have a chance to play with all these awesome women. I look forward to hopefully having a chance to continue our season and seeing what we can do in postseason.” The Maroons await a decision on their postseason destiny.
Helen Petersen Maroon Contributor There is no season like postseason. This past weekend, the No. 12 Maroons traveled down to Altamonte Springs, FL to compete in the UAA Championships, where they have historically performed well. Chicago ended the weekend picking up a fourth-place finish with a win over No. 22 Brandeis and one loss each to No. 9 Wash U and No. 2 Emory. The South Siders brought their record to 10–10 on the season. The Maroons opened the tournament against Brandeis. Third-year Megan Tang and first-year Tiffany Chen, ranked No. 1 doubles team in the region, won the No. 1 doubles match against Brandeis’s first-year Carley Cooke and fourth-year Roberta Bergstein, 9–8 (7–2). No. 2 doubles duo second-year Helen Sdvizhkov and second-year Sruthi Ramaswami earned another win over the Judges 8–4. To round out the Chicago doubles sweep, No. 3 doubles partners second-year Stepha-
nie Lee and third-year Kelsey McGillis picked up a victory over Brandeis third-year Dylan Schlesinger and second-year Simone Vandroff 9–7. “Doubles is always key because you never know how singles will shake out. We saw that this weekend time and again where that extra point in doubles ended up making the difference in the final outcome. Also, going up 3–0 allows us to be a little looser in singles and takes a ton of pressure off,” head coach Jay Tee said. This sweep carried the Maroons for the rest of the day as they earned a 6–3. The match against Emory did not go as well for the Maroons. The Eagles won every match of the day, handily, with not one Chicago singles player able to win more than two sets in any match. The Eagles went on to pick up the UAA title, beating Carnegie Mellon 8–1. The loss to Emory sent Chicago into the bracket to compete for third place. The Maroons matched up against regional rival Wash U, who had lost to Carnegie Mellon the previous day, 6–3. This was not a new matchup
for either team, as the two teams last met just two weeks ago. “We were expecting another close match, but were very confident that we would play better as a team, especially in doubles. We didn’t have Helen [Sdvizhkov] for our first meeting, so that also gave us a stronger presence in singles this time around,” Tee said. The day began with Wash U gaining a slight advantage in doubles play, winning against Tang and Chen in a close No. 1 match 9–8 (8–6). The Bears also picked up the win in No. 3 doubles over Lee and McGillis, 8–2. The lone doubles win for the Maroons came from No. 2 duo Sdvizhkov and Ramaswami, as they defeated Aly Coran and Jamie Silverberg 9–7. Tang and McGillis would pick up the only two singles wins for the Maroons. McGillis fell behind early in the match, but she proved to be resilient, winning a hard-fought game, 4–6, 7–6 (7–5), 10–7. The Maroons will find out on Monday if they have received an NCAA tournament bid; individual qualifiers will also be announced.