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Student housing part III: Student experiences Sarah Manhardt Deputy News Editor In the final installment of the student housing series, the Maroon examines current students’ experiences in different forms of housing. Students in dorms, apartments, and fraternity houses reflect a broad array of living situations, making it impossible to generalize a typical experience in any setting. Many students, however, expressed
Third-year Arlin Hill (left), third-year Aseal Tineh (middle), and second-year Tyler Kissinger (right), members of the United Progress executive slate, cut the cake to celebrate their election to Student Government on Friday afternoon in the C-Shop. JAMIE MANLEY | THE CHICAGO MAROON
United Progress wins, 14 percent of students voted in SG elections Ananya Pillutla maroon Contributor United Progress (UP) was elected as next year’s executive slate in last week’s Student Government (SG) elections, with 59 percent of the votes. Leeho Lim was also elected as undergraduate liaison to the Board of Trustees, Katie Schumacher as the graduate liaison to the Board of
Trustees, and Kenzo Esquivel as the community and government liaison. Fourteen percent of students, 1,991 in total, voted in the election, which took place from Wednesday morning until Friday afternoon. Elections were extended by an hour, due to the fact fourth years were inadvertently prohibited from voting for the first few hours of scheduled voting. Election & Rules
Summer Breeze scalpers get punk’d Will Dart Arts Editor Last Wednesday, April 30, at 11 a.m., tickets went on sale for the Major Activities Board’s (MAB) annual spring concert, Summer Breeze. Maybe MAB’s advertising efforts were especially thorough, or perhaps it was simply the mass appeal of trap artist Harry “Baauer” Rodrigues, but by 3 p.m., all 2,550 tickets had been sold. Many students went home empty-handed after a four-hour wait that day. And, as always, some of those tickets and some of those students went immediately to UChicago Marketplace. The following day a post appeared on the popular student Facebook group Overheard at UChicago announcing some potentially troubling news. The post read, in part:
“Overheard: Some guy who’s been fake-offering to buy Summer Breeze tickets for $75–$100 and then not showing up and telling people that they’re awful for selling above the list price.” The post alleged that the “guy” also made xenophobic remarks towards international students and disparaged economics majors. The likes and comments piled up in short order. The ensuing debate on Overheard was an interesting experiment in outrage dynamics: Which was worse, a xenophobe or a ticket scalper? Discussion of the issue was heated and varied, covering topics ranging from fair ticket pricing to class privilege to U.S. law and the Nash equilibrium. A mathematical model was designed, with percentage points. The term “morally definsible” at least once. TICKET continued on page 10
(E&R) Committee Chair third-year Steven Wendeborn said that this was “not a conscious decision” on the part of E&R. Fourth-years have historically been able to vote. “It was assumed that fourth-years would not take part in voting because fourth-years would not be on campus next year, and this election deals solely with candidates who SG continued on page 2
an assumption that moving out of University housing at some point is the norm, challenging the community within the House system and developing communities beyond the bounds of residence halls. House culture Community begins for undergraduates in the House system, the launch pad of the first-year experiHOUSE continued on page 2
Uncommon: Blogger Daniel Hertz William Rhee News Staff Blogger and Harris School student Daniel Kay Hertz has seen his work referenced by major media outlets such as The Huffington Post and the New York Business Journal, in the past few months. He is currently working toward a master’s degree in public policy at the Harris School of Public Policy and plans to graduate in 2015. Hertz sat down with the Maroon for a conversation about his acclaimed blog, City Notes, which documents his thoughts on Chicago’s urban policy and other
urban issues. Chicago Maroon: What’s the goal for your blog ? Daniel Kay Hertz: I started it over two years ago, with no intentions of anybody actually ever reading it. It was around the time I was getting serious about urban issues and working eventually in the field of urban policy, and I was trying to find a way to catch myself up to the field, and I wanted a way to track what I was thinking and play around with the different ideas I’ve been working with. And since then I guess the HERTZ continued on page 4
University mourns Gary Becker Ankit Jain News Editor Nobel Prize–winning economics and sociology professor Gary Becker passed away Saturday night after a long illness. He was 83. Becker pioneered a new field of social economics. He won his Nobel Prize "for having extended the domain of microeconomic analysis to a wide range of human behavior and interaction, including nonmarket behavior.” “I think Becker is probably the most significant social scientist of the past 50 years,” Victor Lima, co-director of undergraduate studies in economics, said. Lars Peter Hansen, research director of the Becker Friedman Institute, said that Becker changed the direction of economic thinking. “What he really did, in a very important and central way, was expand the scope of economic analysis to address a whole wide variety of social problems of
Nobel Laureate and University of Chicago Professor of Economics and Sociology, Gary Becker, A.M. ’53, Ph.D. ’55, passed away on Saturday. He was 83 years old. COURTESY OF JOE STERBENC BECKER FRIEDMAN INSTITUTE
considerable importance,” Hansen wrote in a statement. Becker’s research focused on explaining sociological problems economically. He examined problems
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would not begin in their new roles until next year,” he said in an e-mail. “But that was not the case, and we modified the election within the first day, as well as [extended] voting hours.” UP consists of second-year Tyler Kissinger as president, third-year Aseal Tineh as vice president for student affairs, and third-year Arlin Hill as vice president for administration. They overtook Delta Upsilon’s Moose Party by a margin of 298 votes. UP’s platform included generating more student involvement and transparency in Student Government, conducting a Campus Climate Assessment, and increasing access to RSO funding. The slate also wants to add two more administrative positions to SG. Hill expressed confidence in UP’s chances due to their outreach. “Over the course of the week, we attended a lot of meetings, reached out to a lot of people, a lot of different student leaders, and had con-
versations with them about what they wanted to see from us and what it would take to get them on board,” he said. Kissinger said the newly elected slate’s next step is to set a concrete agenda of what they intend to accomplish next year. Hill said that the campaign process helped with this goal by building connections between the slate and a variety of students. “I think that through elections the process has already been started in the sense that we have already been starting the relationships with different student groups and different RSOs and student leaders on campus; we really began the process of engaging,” he said. Other SG cabinet members were also elected. Newly elected undergraduate liaison to the Board of Trustees firstyear Leeho Lim received 63 percent of the votes for the position. First-year Kenzo Esquivel received 57 percent of the votes for the position of community and government
liaison, and Katie Schumacher won with 36 percent of the votes for the graduate liaison to the Board of Trustees position. Only 124 students voted for that position. Lim expressed relief at his victory. “Although I was the only name on the ballot, I was still a little scared that the other candidates did campaign heavily and they were all equally qualified,” he said. Lim specifically referenced second-year Alex DiLalla’s campaign for the undergraduate liaison position. Second-year Mike Viola, current College Council chair and future representative for the Class of 2016, said that for next year’s Student Government to be successful it must focus on changing the way it functions. “I hope to increase SG’s social role, especially for undergrads, since it has a centrality that most RSOs do not, allowing it to serve a very large number of people,” he said. For full election results and vote tallies, see the Maroon website.
Becker is remembered for intellect, kindness BECKER continued from front
consumption and emphasizing household production. In his work The Economics of Discrimination, published in 1957, Becker showed that discriminatory hiring practices can be an economic loss for employers. Another esteemed work, A Treatise on the Family, was published in 1981 and looked at divorce, the decision of choosing a spouse, and family size. In 2007, Becker received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award. He and his mentor Milton Friedman are the only economists to have earned both the Presidential Medal of Freedom and a Nobel Prize. In 2011, the University named the Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics after the two scholars. Having mentored a crop of prominent economists, Becker’s influence greatly extended past his own work. Lima, for example, took several classes with Becker and came to him with questions throughout his teaching career. “My intellectual debt to him is huge. And that informs the classes that I teach every quarter. So every time, 150 students who take Honors Econ get a very heavy dose of Gary Becker…. You know, one person removed, but the influence is there,” Lima said. Becker’s friends and colleagues highlighted his strong reasoning skills. “Every time I spoke to him I learned something, or I viewed a problem in a way that was different from how I had thought about it personally,” Lima said. “He saw things that I didn’t and he would engage
and talk about it…. I’m really going to miss knowing that he’s not up there.” Becker was famous for calling on students in class to answer difficult, open-ended questions. If they answered correctly, he would continue to press them until they made a mistake, then explain the mistake to them. “In class he would call on you all the time and that was tough. Even if you were meeting with him one-on-one, he still tried to keep you on your toes, because that’s where he felt like you had to apply yourself and question what you were thinking,” said economics graduate student Kris Hult, who was advised on his B.A. thesis and Ph.D. dissertation by Becker. Becker taught both undergraduate and graduate classes and was teaching an undergraduate class this quarter called Human Capital. He had never shown up for the class and students were told that he was sick but getting better, according to third-year Kay Li, who was enrolled in the class. Friends and colleagues remembered Becker not only for his towering contributions to the field of economics, but also his kindness. “I would highlight his generosity, both intellectual, in terms of influencing research and helping you and working, but also mentorship,” Lima said. “[He was] always concerned about his students…. He wasn’t just about the great students. He was about all the students.” It was a common occurrence for Becker to step in to help colleagues without expecting anything in return. In a post on his Freakonomics blog, Booth professor and famed author
Steven Levitt wrote, “Years ago, my son Andrew died unexpectedly in the middle of the school term. I cancelled my classes for a few weeks. Only when I returned did I discover that Gary had stepped in, without anyone asking him to, and had taught the classes in my absence.” Becker is survived by his wife, Guity Nashat Becker; his sister, Natalie Becker; two daughters, Catherine Becker and Judy Becker; two stepsons, Cyrus Claffey and Michael Claffey; two step-grandchildren; and two grandchildren. His death caused a great shock in the economics department. “It just feels like there’s a huge hole. Like the spiritual pillar of the department is gone. So it’s weird,” James Marrone, a third-year economics graduate student who served as a T.A. for two of Becker’s classes this year, said. “All the students were kind of talking about it, but not, because it felt a little bit like the elephant in the room. We don’t really know how things are going to be different, we just know things are going to be real different.” Becker leaves large shoes to fill at the University. “Two hundred and odd years later we still read Adam Smith. I think 200 and odd years later we’ll still read Gary Becker,” Lima said. “I think Becker was an extremely bright light who illuminated all of us. And we see better today because of what he wrote and what he thought…. And that, we should all thank him for.” —Additional reporting by Marta Bakula and Harini Jaganathan
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ence. “When you’re new, it helps build up a friend group and it helps you explore more things,” first-year Mahmoud Aliamer said. Aliamer lives in Snell House. Despite expressing enthusiasm for House culture and the dorms, both Aliamer and another first-year, Davis Tsui, said they plan to move off-campus at some point. “I just feel like moving off is part of the college experience, living by yourself and with your friends in an apartment that’s not run by the College, [you’ve] got to be independent and it just seems natural to move off third year,” Tsui said. The view that moving offcampus third year is natural was echoed by multiple students living on- and off-campus. The high percentage of students in college housing in peer institutions, however, suggests this may be a distinctly UChicago trend. RSO and legacy housing Once students move out of campus housing, they retain the option to become a House associate and participate in House activities. However, many students choose to associate with other communities and organizations instead. Some RSOs share apartments, including the Ultimate Frisbee team and Off-Off Campus improv comedy group. Off-Off maintained an apartment from the early 1990s until two years ago, when the majority of the group moved elsewhere and a portion of the troupe moved into a different apartment in the same building. Third-year Peter Herman lives in the new Off-Off apartment with two other roommates, one of whom is also in the group. Next year, three additional members of Off-Off will move into the apartment above Herman’s. Herman described the distinctive decorations of the previous Off-Off residents of his apartment, who left things such as old OffOff posters, furniture with carvings, Doc Films schedules from the 1980s, a VHS collection, and drawings of monsters in the apartments. The previous Off-Off tenants called the apartment the Hall of Jellyfish, creating Yelp and Facebook pages and adding it as a destination on Transloc. “Part of the thing in living here is we had to make a decision, do we carry on what
is essentially someone else’s inside joke or do we make our own thing?” he said. He and his roommates retired the Hall of Jellyfish, but continue to maintain the apartment with Off-Off ’s sense of humor. Greek life housing and culture Fraternities have been intertwined with housing since their founding at the University in the early 1890s, and Greek life has expanded in recent years, adding a new sorority and several new fraternities, suggesting that more students are looking for more specific communities. “With a sorority you generally join based on your personality matching with the sorority, whereas a House it’s a little more random, so in that it makes you in a group with people who share your interests more than perhaps in a House,” third-year Ellen Mulvihill, Delta Gamma president, said. Sororities do not have houses at the University but have expanded on campus in recent years. Pi Beta Phi colonized a chapter last year, and formal recruitment was notably larger than before, according to Mulvihill. Third-year Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) President Bryan Tisdale emphasized the importance of a house for his fraternity. “You don’t move into it for the amenities, you definitely move in for the culture, the fun. I don’t think you get any closer to somebody than living with them,” he said, also noting that more members live in the house this year than in previous years. Building alternate communities Within off-campus apartments students find a variety of living situations. While many students live in threeor four-bedroom apartments, some other, more distinct options exist in Hyde Park. Fourth-year Caitlin Grey, currently on extended enrollment, and third-year Lily Gordon live in an eightbedroom apartment, which was previously the Off-Off Campus apartment, with six other roommates. Gordon has lived in the apartment for the past two years, but said that in the past year a more communal living style has developed, captured in the apartment’s joking nickname, the Faux-Op. “I think the majority of
people living here this year were excited about living more like a co-op, where we all chip in equally to purchase cleaning supplies, food for meals we eat together, but also to actually do cleaning, to invite each other to different events we know of,” Gordon said. The group meets approximately once a week, shares appliances, and buys spices and cleaning supplies communally, along with some other items. “[It’s] really nice to come home and know there will always be people here, and it feels like, not like you belong here as opposed to somewhere else, but there’s a place that you come back.… I feel very much connected to here, because it’s like a home and a community,” Grey said. Gaining independence Many students living offcampus cited a desire for independence as a factor in their choice to leave University housing. The desire for more independence may explain the assumption that students move off for their third year. Though some students move out of University housing for their second year and some remain for all four years, students interviewed almost universally expressed a desire for more independence than University housing provides. “I like the fact I [am] not being babied anymore, and we have real problems to deal with. You take for granted just how much fun it can be to deal with stuff like those or how informative it can be. [It] makes you feel like an adult,” third-year Varun Suri said. Many students do choose to stay on campus as upperclassmen, however. Thirdyear Nadia Alhadi said she continued to live in housing in Wick House in Broadview due to her apartmentlike situation and enjoyment of House culture. “I think there’s some surprise that I would have an interest in staying in housing,” she said. “It’s out of the ordinary, but once I explain my reasoning and the positives people understand.” —Additional reporting contributed by Kelly Zhang
Editor’s Note: Sarah Manhardt is a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority.
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SG projects aim to foster unity Kelly Zhang maroon Contributor After plans for holding two big events with $30,000 set aside as a Campus Unity Fund fell through, Student Government (SG) will spend $14,000 this year on three different projects. All three projects are intended to promote “unity” among students, faculty, and staff members in different ways. The Fund was allocated to a Campus Unity Committee tasked with organizing the events. The first event was planned to resemble a Taste of Hyde Park day in fall quarter and another unspecified event was planned to happen in winter quarter, according to a post on the SG website from May 2013. However, plans for these events fell through when no one stepped up to lead them, leaving $30,000 that SG did not know what to do with. The Unity Fund represents less than 0.02 percent of the Student Life Fee from the 2012–2013 academic year, in which Student Government allocated a total of $1,849,000 of Student Activities Fee funds. SG allocated $14,000 to three projects during their February 13 meeting: $7,000 to a graduate student social event called Party in the Sky; $6,000 to One Campus, a
day-long social event aimed at connecting students and staff ; and $1,000 to the relaunch of Café Careers, a project matching up undergraduate and graduate students with similar interests. The remaining $16,000 will be returned to SG, though it is unclear what the money will be used for. According to SG President Michael McCown, the SG Cabinet will suggest reallocating the money to other funds within SG rather than maintaining the Unity Fund. Party in the Sky aimed to bring graduate students together. “I just had a spur-ofthe-moment thought that some of this money could be put toward the Party in the Sky event to make it more affordable for grad students, especially in some of the divisions like humanities or social sciences where the tickets have been a little bit too expensive for them… and historically [those students] weren’t able to attend in very large numbers,” Josh Johnston, Graduate Council Chair, said. The event, held at the Willis Tower, almost doubled its attendance this year with the lower-priced tickets, according to Johnston. Last year tickets were priced at $65, but this year they were sold for $20 to $25. One Campus was proposed by second-year Sindhu
Gnanasambandan. The event, taking place on May 20, will pair up about 300 students with 300 non-academic staff to share meals. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served and will be free for all attendees. The organization decided to serve meals throughout the day so that staff members could participate in the event during their breaks without missing work. “We’re trying to show more appreciation to the non-academic staff… [to] highlight their presence on campus, and really show and make students aware that they’re actually there and that they have a big impact,” first-year Leeho Lim, undergraduate liaison to the Board of Trustees–elect, said. The Café Careers initiative starting in the fall will match undergraduate and graduate students based on similar interests and provide each pair with a $5 voucher to have coffee together. The initiative began during the 2012–2013 academic year, but did not continue because it was not heavily advertised and not much money was allocated to it, according to Mark Sands, Class of 2016 College Council representative. Sands is spearheading the relaunch of Café Careers. Editors Note: Sindhu Gnanasambandan is a Maroon editor.
Alleged Snell-Hitchcock thief apprehended Marta Bakula maroon Contributor The University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) has apprehended the man who was allegedly responsible for the thefts and unlawful entry into Snell-Hitchcock and Max Palevsky Residential Commons during winter quarter. The UCPD did not release his name. The man gained access to Snell-Hitchcock on two different occasions, on January 8 and February 11. During the first instance, he stole four laptops from residents of Hitchcock House. In the second incident, SnellHitchcock’s Resident Master Penny Rothfield was sleeping on her couch when she woke up to see the man standing in her living room, according to an email sent to residents by Shaun Crisler, the community assistant director of College Housing. The man said he was there for a “study group” and left without incident when Rothfield told him to leave. The offender has also been accused of an unlawful entry to Max Palevsky Residential Commons on a separate occasion over winter break, although no theft was recorded by the UCPD. Described as a black male in
his mid-20s with a mustache and goatee, carrying a black North Face backpack, the man stood in front of entrances to residence halls and waited for residents to enter using their ID cards. He then followed them inside the buildings and walked the halls searching for unlocked or unsecured rooms, according to an e-mail sent to residents of Max Palevsky and Snell-Hitchcock dormitories. The thief gained access to Snell-Hitchcock through the exterior Snell door, the entrance into Snell-Hitchcock that lacks a front desk. The door has since been permanently locked and remains inaccessible to students. Police ultimately apprehended the suspect through a tip from a Snell-Hitchcock resident. “A few weeks ago, a student noticed suspicious behavior as the person of interest was lurking around the door of Snell-Hitchcock, and called UCPD,” UCPD Chief Marlon Lynch said in a statement. “The UCPD canvassed the area and found him nearby. A foot pursuit ensued and he got away. A short time later he was apprehended and positively identified through the investigative process, which included identifying him through security camera footage.” After these thefts, first-year
Snell House resident Griffin Cox said that news of the arrest brought him relief. “But I still think it won’t change much, since the incident has left students putting guests of other Snell-Hitchcock residents under a lot more scrutiny,” he said. In addition to locking the door to Snell House, College Housing has recently implemented new safety mechanisms and alarms on other SnellHitchcock doors. “After the arrest, people are beginning to question whether or not the Snell door should continue to stay locked to residents,” said Cox. “However, it doesn’t seem like there would be a better solution, since implementing a front desk for security would be expensive.” Housing has also held multiple community meetings with students in order to discuss exercising safety precautions around campus. “The safety of the students and other residents in College Housing is a top priority for all of us,” Associate Director for Community Life Nicole D. Eggleston said in an e-mail. “Although there has been an arrest, we remind everyone to continue to secure their room doors and personal belongings, and to continue to be alert and aware of their surroundings at all times.”
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goals have changed—there are certain things I would like to get more on the radar screen of the people in the city who care about that kind of stuff, everything from public transit issues, to housing prices and how zoning is related to housing prices, but also things about Chicago history that I think people don’t know very much—everybody knows Chicago is segregated, [but] why is it so segregated, what happened? I’m still figuring it out. CM: Has your blog allowed you to get in touch and interact with other individuals who are involved in the same work as you’re doing ? DKH: Yeah, it’s amazing.
Really in the last couple months, I’ve been trying to reach out to people for the last two years, but the pace at which you can meet people has just picked up tremendously. Sometimes maybe they’ll reach out to you, but other times you’ll reach out and be like, “Hey, I’m this guy, maybe you’ve seen this map [made by him in August depicting homicide rates] floating around.” It’s been super, super helpful for meeting new people. CM: When you consider Chicago’s urban policy, what do you think are the biggest issues we should be talking about? DKH: I think mostly people got it: crime, the schools, racial and economic segregation, that
sort of puts a huge hamper on the ability of people to do with their lives what they would like. The one thing that I would like to be more broadly understood is the interplay between zoning and housing prices and segregation. There’s a really overwhelming amount of evidence that right now the city makes it illegal to build anything other than single-family homes in the vast majority of the city, let alone the suburbs. As a result you have neighborhoods like Lincoln Park— which is incredible, lots of people would love to live in Lincoln Park—but it’s too expensive, because it has lost housing units since 2000 and probably since before that. Basic laws of supply and demand are go-
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ing on in a bunch of North Side neighborhoods, and it’s largely because we don’t allow people to build more housing where people like to live. CM: How would that issue potentially be resolved—would that involve changing the zoning laws? DKH: Ideally, you would change the zoning laws; you would make it more flexible. More realistically, in the short to medium term, aldermen have the ability to waive zoning restrictions in their wards, but right now they almost never do because if an apartment building is proposed, maybe it’s just 10 people, maybe it’s 20, maybe it’s less than that, show up to a public meeting about it, get really
upset about it for a variety of reasons and they say this quite openly—in [some] cases they are quite explicit about not wanting an apartment building because they think it will attract lower-income people and the alderman [goes] along with it, because he’s scared, people are upset about it, he doesn’t want people to be upset at him or her. So I think in the shorter term, [this can be resolved by] creating some sort of awareness—that there’s a tradeoff there, if you don’t allow this to be built, prices are just going to go up. CM: What do you think is the best way for one to educate him or herself on these kinds of urban issues? DKH: If you’re really
interested in this stuff and you want to go into it, I have…a book roll of the books I found most influential and illuminating about how cities work. If you’re less interested, there aren’t that many places where a regular, reasonably intelligent person who does not want to make urban issues their thing but would like to be reasonably well educated on it could go. I guess I would hope that one of the places would be my blog. And I try to make it accessible to people who aren’t self-consciously urbanists or anything like that. Editor’s Note: This interview has been condensed and edited. For the full version, see the Maroon website.
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Letter: Outgoing SG slate reviews year in office Now that our term is coming to a close, we on the Student Government (SG) executive slate would like to take this opportunity to reflect on what we have achieved and to assess what next year’s SG can still accomplish. But first, many congratulations to the United Progress slate on their victory in the recent election; we have great faith that Tyler, Aseal, and Arlin will serve students tirelessly and with integrity. As the Maroon noted in “A Progressive Path for Student Government” (5/2/14), we ran on a platform that promised to set a progressive agenda for Student Government, and we believe that we delivered on that promise during our time in office. Sofia Flores, vice president for administration, has led a student committee to design a peer education curriculum on the University’s sexual assault policy to inform students of their rights and the ins and outs of navigating the University’s process. She is also coordinating the Sexual Assault Awareness Week, which begins May 19. Michael McCown, president, chaired a committee of Assembly members that studied the question of how students are
placed on the Independent Review Committee (IRC) of the UCPD. The committee produced a set of suggestions for future SGs to consider when selecting students for the IRC. We also worked with members of College Council to begin a pilot program to increase accessibility for persons in need of accommodations at RSO events. Last week’s Maroon article somewhat mischaracterized our more ambitious platform pieces; we never claimed we would bring a trauma center to the University of Chicago—obviously, that is not a decision within SG’s purview— nor did we claim we would unionize graduate students. Rather, we pledged our support for these preexisting campaigns that are ongoing and to which SG will always be of marginal tactical significance. We hope that future SGs will not shy away from being vocal about issues of social justice on our campus, as SG is the democratically sanctioned forum for students to gain representation to the administration. Additionally, SG is a place where students of differing opinions are able to engage in dialogue with one another
about these issues. At an Assembly meeting last quarter, SG voted to endorse the Coalition for Equitable Policing’s petition regarding UCPD transparency, but not before representatives registered dissenting opinions and discussed the significance of the petition to campus safety, social justice, and the student body. The petition is a small example of how a more progressive SG can enhance, but not replace, students mobilizing to change aspects of the University. A concrete success of this model is Hallowed Grounds. Our conversations during the summer months with students and administrators, but most importantly the intense activity of a large number of students to directly lobby administration, kept the popular coffee shop from being merged with office space before school began. Similarly, we worked closely with students after sudden and unpopular changes were made at the University Community Service Center (UCSC), although with less success. However, the UCSC has established a student advisory board modeled after the one SG recommended it institute
to incorporate student voices in the restructuring process. We have also been busy reforming areas within our direct purview, which is the operation of the Student Association and the over two million dollars of Student Life Fee money Student Government is allocated to disburse to the myriad of RSOs on campus. Jane Huber, VP for student affairs, has worked with the Program Coordinating Council and the Coalition of Academic Teams to codify the way they work and to best support the different interests from all the different RSOs in the groups. Together with Flores, she revived the Funding Advisory Board to support the different funding bodies on campus by organizing more meetings, sharing best practices, encouraging more communication between members of the SG assembly, and advising the SG assembly on how to best allocate funding. There is more we could talk about. We worked closely this year with Student Health Services to set up a robust Student Health Advisory Board that played a key role in renegotiating the University Student
Health Insurance Plan. We held multiple events with administrators, including an event with the UCPD attended by over 100 students, and will host an upcoming discussion with administrators on how the faculty Protest and Dissent Committee will affect future student demonstrations. So that students are aware of these events as they occur throughout the year, we have recently added a new Communications Director to the SG Executive Board to help us to develop a strategic communications plan for SG. As a part of these larger efforts, this week we plan to launch a new website to more clearly present information on SG: what we do, how to utilize funding, and what services and resources we provide. As the school year is coming to an end, much of this work will have to be completed by the United Progress slate, and we look forward to working with them in the transition to lay the foundations for next year. We hope that they will continue key aspects of our legacy, and we are certain they will leave their own.
no apology for the decision to completely exclude fourth-years from the electoral process. While it is nice that you can go to the Student Government website, click on committees, and find a new affirmation in the Elections and Rules section that yes, fourth-years are part of the Student Association, this is not enough. The vast majority of fourthyears probably are unaware that an unaccountable group of unelected officials attempted to disenfranchise their entire class. This second-yearin-a-row election disaster dovetails with the true issue at hand: Student Government as an institution does not adequately represent or administer the needs of the students. Many, if not all, of the problems being discussed by the College Council are problems of Student Government itself. On April 9, they argued against elections to fill vacant seats, because they know better and think that elections are susceptible to people “mobilizing existing social networks.” To many, that sounds like the point of an election. It is also notable that this change was made by the Council without convening the Elections and Rules Committee. While I understand that the Elections and Rules Committee is appointed by College Council and therefore would likely agree with everything they would put forward anyway, this is distasteful. Additionally, on April 16, they discussed throwing themselves a mocktail party. On April 17, members of Student Government wanted to vote to give the five cabinet members a $1,000 stipend per quarter (or more) because the five to 15 hours a week that they work may preclude them from
working a part-time job. Many major clubs and organizations around campus have members that work on RSO activities five, 10, 15 or 20 hours a week. While I have no doubt some people around campus sympathize with the hard-working Student Government, there are more members of the campus community outside of SG with whom we all can empathize. There is never enough money allocated to clubs. Many organizations do not get the full amount of money they request, and to divert any of that to provide a stipend to Student Government is an affront to hard working students across campus. If Student Government leadership is admitting that they must be paid, and paid more highly than some student jobs on campus, in order to be able to deliberate on this sort of weighty issue among others of its type, I believe that those student leaders should step down. There are definitely students on this campus that will fulfill the requirements of Student Government without cost, similar to how every other club on campus is able to find dedicated leadership without payment. If no one is willing to run Student Government without a large stipend, then that is yet another signal for reform. When only 1,900 students out of a voting population of over 14,000 choose to participate in these campus-wide elections, that sends a clear message that more than 85% of individuals are unhappy with the system or do not care. As more layers of this rotten onion are peeled back, it seems more and more apparent that there needs to be large-scale structural change to the way Student GovernELECT continued on page 7
—Michael McCown ’14, Sofia Flores ’15, and Jane Huber ’16
Electoral dysfunction Student government fails to satisfy student concerns Eric Wessan Maroon Contributor Last year, Student Government elections were a farce. Two major slates for the Executive Board of the Student Government and one other candidate were accused of violating campaign by-laws and were subsequently docked votes. The fallout
from the elections, the complaints with names redacted, and otherwise lack of character of many of the candidates were as sad as they were illuminating. This massive impropriety in an election that is mostly meant to elect administrators who are to liaise between the student body and campus is despicable. The slate that ended up winning had no major
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election issues, but the entire process left a bad taste in many students’ mouths, and was an embarrassment for the student body. Following that debacle, you would think that every party involved would be working diligently to ensure that there were no hiccups this year. The first election this year was held to elect first-year representatives. There were some hiccups, some people had issues with voting, but in the end it was apparently resolved. Fast-forward to the end of this academic year, when the Student Government elections for the entire student body were set to occur. It’s 9 a.m., and the polls open. As students attempt to vote, they are told by the website (when it loads) that they are ineligible. At first, the word was spread that the bug had just hit seniors particularly hard but, upon emailing the chairman of the Elections and Rules Committee, it became apparent that there had been a change in the rules. The committee had decided to disallow fourth-years the right to vote in elections this year, breaking with years of tradition. Additionally, they did so without a formal meeting (as formal meetings are obligated to be posted with reasonable warning on the E&R website). I met with the chairman of the Elections and Rules Commission, who quickly agreed that they had violated the University Constitution and must fix the problem at hand. An ORCSA representative sent out an email apologizing for technical difficulties and completely avoided the fact that the so-called technical difficulties were actually a concerted effort to deny voting for fourthyears. The email, though, contained
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Not in Kentucky anymore Home isn’t just a safety net for happiness in the case that our dreams aren’t as grand as we thought they’d be
Road to Joy A few days ago, my mother called to tell me that we are moving. We are moving away from 17 years of memories, people, and places in beautiful, beautiful Kentucky. In a few weeks, I’ll make my final sixhour trek down to my city to sort through my dust-covered existence and see which globs of memories can be packed into square card-
board boxes and which must be left behind. I’ll be forced to step out of my horse- and bourbon-filled comfort zone, and keep on walking until I leave it for good. A few days ago, I also watched La grande bellezza (The Great Beauty) at Doc Films. It was exhausting to watch, but not because it was particularly long. It was exhausting
to watch because I had watched something that seemed to empathize with me on many of my biggest fears and frustrations without becoming too clichéd or concocted. It knew all of my excuses, and it left me feeling terrible and grateful, but mostly like I wasn’t alone. My life timed itself well. Though I don’t want to minimize this great beauty of a movie into some extremely specific, personalized life lesson, there was a recurring theme of “home” in the movie that resonated with me while I worried about my own departure from Lexington.
The film’s main character, Jep, is a writer who hasn’t written a book in 40 years. Jep is a man of aesthetics. He sees the shallowness and mediocrity of his fellow writers and artists as flaws, rather than part of being human, so Jep is condescending toward others and sees these flaws as nothing but failures. For Jep, being human, being a true writer and artist, is to exist beyond these humanistic roots. And so, he does not write. Jep’s best friend, Romano, struggles to create something—a play, a song, a book—beyond beautiful, and thus travels to Rome. Two hours into the movie, disappointed by the seemingly sensational, beyond-beautiful city of Rome, Romano returns to his hometown, his roots—where he can, at the very least, be comfortable and content. Jep’s life was nothing because he only looked for brilliant, beautiful—nonexistent—things; Romano’s life was nothing because he expected these brilliant, beautiful things to come with the city of Rome. Both lives are unfulfilled because of the failure to come to terms with the ugly, yucky things that are part of being human. Like Jep and Romano, I have often stuck up my nose in Chicago—my own version of Rome. I am quick to see through the phoniness of some “intellectuals” at this campus and have allowed myself to feel superior for it. I created my own disappointment in trying to find the
perfect, aesthetically pleasing great beauty—the impossible, nonexistent great beauty. But, after exhausting and disappointing quarters in Chicago, there was always Lexington to rely on, at the very least for comfort and contentedness. I can rely on my hometown as a break on my fruitless search for the great beauty that I thought I’d find at this university, in this city. Like Jep and Romano, I let my hometown become a backup safety net of happiness. Though I understand and completely acknowledge how important the idea of a hometown is, I’ve let the thought of moving away from Kentucky consume me. But perhaps it is more fulfilling to live, or at least to survive as a student here, by not displacing our happiness to the nostalgia of home, but instead to realize that we are all human. We are all, at times, mediocre and shallow, insecure and full of bullshit. Even here at UChicago. I am sad that I have to move out of my hometown, but even sadder that I loved it only for the reasons of safety and recovery in contrast to a city and an institution I regarded as greater. As the 104-year-old Saint Maria whispered in one of her few lines in the movie, roots are important. Human roots, geographical roots alike—they are important because they are the great beauty. Jenny Lee is a second-year in the College majoring in political science.
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Wessan: UP leaders should step down ELECT continued from page 5 ment operates. A successful election should require not only a majority of students voting yes, but also a majority of students voting. But in this last election, less than 15 percent of students voted. This should be taken as a “no” vote on the existence of Student Government. If Student Government is so invisible and incommunicative on our campus, it needs to be temporarily eliminated. If the current Student Government is eliminated, real pressure will be put on administrators to work with the student body to enact a student government that can effectively act, or suffer embarrassment
in front of its peers. What selfrespecting top-tier university is happy without a student government? If a majority of students cannot be bothered to vote in favor of having a student government, then perhaps it makes more sense to hire a few more people to work at ORCSA and handle the administrative aspects of student life that are currently being mishandled by our socalled representatives—until the pressure builds and we can get a student government worthy of our campus. Eric Wessan is a fourthyear in the College majoring in political science.
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Reality over reputation Title IX investigation takes UChicago’s identity out of admin’s hands, for the better Ellen Wiese Maroon Staff There are a lot of big names on the list of schools under federal Title IX investigation for issues of sexual assault: Harvard, Dartmouth, Princeton, Carnegie Mellon, the University of Chicago—the list goes on. It covers institutions of every size and affiliation, spanning from Vermont to Hawaii, including many of the stock schools that University of Chicago students also apply to. Schools that vie for positions on the list of America’s Top Colleges; schools with carefully cultivated reputations. And now, these schools are facing heat for reaching the apparent conclusion that a good reputation means covering up sexual assault. There’s power in reputation. I decided not to apply to Amherst after hearing horror stories of their treatment of sexual assault. But it seems that I misidentified the problem: Sexual assault isn’t an issue at one school, or even at 55 schools. It’s an issue at every university, and indeed everywhere beyond—but after the Department of Education
released this list, we see it most clearly in schools that subsist strongly on their image and owe their existence to how effectively they attract the tuition of promising young scholars. The University has a procedure for sexual assault. It has a Sexual Assault Deanon-Call and a comprehensive website of advice and resources. On paper, the University looks organized and competent. The right words are in the right order—consent, support, resources, respect. And yet the University of Chicago is on the Department of Education’s list of ongoing Title IX investigations. In terms of sexual assault, colleges in general are in a difficult position. Lacking the punitive power of the legal system, they are nonetheless expected to be accountable for the safety of their students. It’s a combination that often leads to accused assailants graduating free of charges or even consequences. In the wellknown case of Olivia Ortiz here at our university, which resulted in investigations beginning last year, her name and position are disclosed and recognizable. Her assailant, however, re-
mains anonymous. A rape case has lasting effects on your reputation, after all, and on the reputation of the college. In case after case across the country, those involved in sexual assault are encouraged to undergo unofficial mediation and avoid legal involvement. Universities seem to think that covering up the existence of sexual assault will protect their image, and this is true to some extent. No one wants a sexual assault case to show up when prospective students and parents google their school. But the Department of Education’s list has made damage to the reputation of identified universities unavoidable, and this is a good thing. By forcing the issue into the open (the news of the investigation is one of the top Google search results from “University of Chicago”), perhaps we can move past the futile concern with a spotless record in favor of actually addressing points of crisis. From there, hopefully our school’s reputation can develop to the point where it depends on a transparent and effective system for handling sexual assault—even if that means
acknowledging that sexual assault happens on our campus. Presumably no one at the involved universities is defending sexual assault policies found to be in violation of Title IX. We don’t even have to go so far as to claim that the administrations under fire at our school and others had any malicious intent. But the idea that justice is compatible with laying a sexual assault case quietly to rest intersects very neatly with upholding a name, a brand, and a reputation. It’s important to avoid vilifying the administration, faculty, or counseling services. Sexual assault is complicated, bureaucracy is complicated, and sometimes there isn’t a clear way forward. At the same time, that’s no excuse for placing the sustaining of an inaccurate reputation before the interests of students. Hopefully, the Title IX investigations will make schools realize that it is not the existence of sexual assault that most hurts their reputation, but the mismanagement of such cases. Ellen Wiese is a firstyear in the College.
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Behind the wheel, Tom Hardy takes on another dark night Robert Sorrell Associate Arts Editor The car is a modern, individual command system. It is a big, metal personal bubble. It roars, it speeds, it turns, it stops. The car is an escape pod from life. It is where many people find solace and purpose, comfort and joy. And, in Steven Knight’s recent film Locke, the car is given one of the most loving and strange treatments it has ever received in mainstream cinema. Knight’s 85-minute film only ever leaves its protagonist, Ivan Locke (Tom Hardy), and his car for a few stolen moments, often to show swarms of other cars speeding down the highways. The film opens with shots of a construction zone at night, and we are first introduced to Locke through two things: his heavy, dirty work boots, and his pristine BMW X Series SUV. Locke takes off his boots, wrapping them up carefully before climbing into his car. The SUV is a thing of wonder; the dash lights up in pleasing yet subdued colors, and the steering wheel automatically adjusts itself to Locke’s personal setting. From the beginning, the car is presented almost like a spaceship, and with Dickon
Hinchliffe’s modern, dark yet jangly soundtrack, some early bits of Locke feel like a BMW commercial: the sleek car darting through the night to the swelling music, the scene dark, urban, and sophisticated. Locke unfolds essentially in real time over a two-or-sohour drive between Birmingham and London, during which Ivan Locke, construction manager and family man, tries to traverse the unraveling of his personal and business lives on Bluetooth, all without leaving the driver’s seat (though perhaps a better word would be cockpit). Locke behind the wheel is like Captain Kirk sitting in his big chair on the starship Enterprise. The only difference is that Kirk is surrounded by crewmembers. Locke is always alone. In fact, Tom Hardy is the only actor who actually appears in the film. There are many voices that alternately howl and whimper and coo and gasp across Locke’s hightech car phone, including his wife, his son, his boss, a policeman, a doctor, a drunken city council member, but no other faces. Not even glimpses. Locke’s on-screen solitude echoes his own intense moral drive. His trip is in many ways a quest for personal atone-
ment. Throughout the film, Locke repeats, “I’m going to do the right thing,” “I’ll make it OK,” and “I will take care of it.” In Locke’s world, he has the power to make everything right. He has his big, shiny car, his endless patience, his clipped and businesslike accent. To Ivan Locke, it doesn’t matter much that he messed up, but that he is going to fix it. With emphasis on the “going.” Yet the philosophical and psychological complications of Locke’s arc through the dark night ultimately fall moot beside the galloping pace and the one-two punch of Knight’s direction and Hardy’s acting. The film is as tight and gut wrenching as a wellpaced thriller (which perhaps explains part of the decision behind casting Hardy, whose previous roles include leading parts in The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy). It has you by the balls in 15 minutes, entranced by its slow, smoldering burn. Despite the film’s sparseness and trimmed-down story line, it is not a cinematic ode to the car, the drive, or the road. Knight utilizes a variety of different camera angles of the car, mainly sticking tight to either the interior or direct exterior of the SUV, using the
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Yet it wasn’t until former student and digilante Kevin Zhang (A.B. ’13) offered to reveal the name of the hitherto unnamed anti-scalping crusader that things crossed from mildly humorous, armchair debate into the realm of real-world vendetta. “You can [private message] me the name,” Zhang offered. “I’ll publicly name-and-shame them and call the Internet Police.” Zhang eventually made good on his offer, and the Internet Police were called on a one Cam Cunningham, fourth-year, music major, semi-professional jazz guitarist and noted hater of scalpers. “What I was basically trying to do was to add as much entropy to the market that I could,” Cunningham said. “So we got a group of people together and just tried to buy these tickets, set up times to meet these people—and just not show up.” In ensuing online conversations, Cunningham says, they would reveal their motivations to the would-be scalper, “sometimes more eloquently than others,”
alluding to some of his more disagreeable comments. “We were hoping that these people would become very frustrated…and, hey, maybe they also wouldn’t be able to sell these tickets.” Cunningham and a small group of “co-conspirators” attempted this ploy multiple times before being outed on Thursday, and did not pull their punches. “It was clear that a lot of these people had bought their tickets just to sell them to the highest bidder,” said Cunningham, who took issue with what he perceived be a money-grabbing scheme being made out of University- subsidized tickets. “Comments about ‘correcting the market’ are really absurd to me.... The purpose of the event was that it was not a ‘free market,’ since these were subsidized tickets. So to have these guys so arrogant, with their noses stuck in their economics textbooks, that they think this was a ‘free market’ — I didn’t really approve of that.” It was comments like this that really ruffled the feath-
ers of Cunningham’s targets. One of those targets, first-year Victor Tan, was particularly miffed. “His whole thing is like, ‘I’m better than you, I’m smarter than you, I’ve got this whole justice thing on my side, therefore you [the scalper] deserved to be messed with,’” Tan said. Tan alleges that words like “capitalist” and “foreign” were used against him by Cunningham. For his part, Cunningham claims that Tan called him an “effeminate guitarist,” and that his supposedly xenophobic comments were misconstrued. “My point was that it doesn’t matter where you’re from—if you’re an asshole, you’re an asshole, and we have plenty of American assholes….Granted, I did not state it well,” he said. He will not, however, back down on his stance that scalpers like Tan are going against what Summer Breeze is all about. Tan is similarly adamant in his choice to scalp: “I’m not gonna make pretenses about me being an angel or anything,” he said, “but someSCALP continued on page 10
Tom Hardy stares down a long and lonely road in Locke, his first vehicle with writerdirector Steven Knight. Hardy prepared for the role by driving to work. COURTESY OF A24
always-fruitful combination of lights, night, and reflection in a way that’s popping up everywhere (even in TV shows) since Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami’s rise to fame. Yet the various shots, while playful and interesting, often seem to be almost a visual tic, more a means of maintaining visual interest than advancing the film. This is a concession I think most viewers will be willing to give Knight, as the shots are well handled, electric lights abstracting into flowing patterns across the sleek glass. Such moments also offer a much-needed distance from Locke in his darker moments.
It takes a bit of time and distance to truly appreciate Hardy’s acting; his Locke is one of those performances so effective and distinctive that the actor and role meld in your mind. Hardy manages to make Locke fanatical yet human, and his almost Shakespearean soliloquies—delivered to the empty car—would’ve come across as ridiculous in other hands. What is perhaps most intriguing about Hardy’s performance is precisely how not-strange he manages to make these little speeches, which are far and away the weirdest parts of the film. One wonders if he took some cues from Gary Oldman’s fantas-
tic monologue to an empty chair in Tinker Tailor, though instead of Oldman’s suave, underhanded delivery, Hardy injects an almost manic fury, which bubbles hotly right below the surface. There are many visual cues throughout the film to help the viewer follow Locke’s slow deterioration: sleeves rolled further and further up, nose and eyes reddening, hair increasingly mussed—but the most convincing and subtle of these changes is Hardy’s incredible command over his voice. Throughout the film, Locke’s strange accent (oddly reminiscent at times of Peter LOCKE continued on page 10
NORTH SIDE WEAKLY ARTS, CULTURE & OVERPRICED BEER ਂ SINCE 2014 Heartfelt grooves and Urban Pale Ale in Pilsen Rohan Sharma maroon Contributor OK, so as the title suggests, I didn’t make it that far north this week. To be fair, Pilsen is a little north of Hyde Park, so cut me some slack and just roll with it. Last Thursday I went to the hardwood neon-signed paradise that is the Lacuna Artist Loft Studios to check out the hip-hop heavyweights Run the Jewels’s show for zero dinero, courtesy of Goose Island and The FADER’s Analog Migration series. Lacuna Loft is a venue tucked between warehouses off West Cermak Road and normally reserved for weddings. However, last Thursday night it was transformed into something straight out of a club scene you’d imagine in a movie made for yuppie 20-somethings in Silicon Valley, where everyone is sporting manicured scruff, well-tousled hair, or side-swept bangs. Next to the building is a cargo shipping container with a rusted three-wheel Toyota resting atop, which makes for a great subject for small talk while
you wait in line to check in and get carded twice. Upon entering we were greeted by rows of servers with neon trays crowded with tallboys of 312 Urban Pale Ale, a citrusy APA that I became very familiar with throughout the night, because it was free and pairs surprisingly well with the artisan pretzel sticks and spicy mayo that we were served, both in generous quantities. The space was surreal, complete with AstroTurf lounge chairs, neon liquor signs, old arcade games, a pop-up record store, and The Bosco, which claims to be a “state of the art photo booth and video confessional” but is really just a glorified box where you can take copious amounts of iPad selfies. It was almost too much of a good thing—free brews, food, music, and a balding old man grooving his heart out to DJ Timbuck2, who was lazily putting ’90s hip-hop anthems to the needle. We were initially afraid it was a “Hotel California” kind of situation where the only cruel catch was that we would be stuck in this place forever, forced to live out our
days sipping pale ales, eating thick pretzels and tiny cheese quesadillas, all while documenting our slow descent into insanity via selfie. However, no one seemed to share these fears, mingling about happily and firing off what I imagine were emoji drunk tweets about free beer. As the intimate loft party reached capacity, Tijuana Panthers took the stage, a threepiece garage rock band from the West Coast band that sounds exactly like what you’d expect given the ubiquity of indie rock these days. The set was thoroughly average, but I guess they were putting out good vibes and were decent enough to casually sway to while double fisting. Special shoutout to the guy in paintstained overalls who made me look like a lightweight, showing his love for the free beer hustle by managing to fit six beers in his many pockets. Finally, at around 11 p.m., the headliners and veteran MCs Killer Mike and El-P, collectively known as the hip-hop duo Run the Jewels, NSW continued on page 10
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Game of Thrones: From page to screen There has been much controversy in recent weeks over the increasingly drastic changes made in adapting George R.R. Martin’s famed fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire, to the small screen in HBO’s wildly popular Game of Thrones. Changes are inevitable in any kind of adaptation, but this season, show runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have gone rogue. New adventures off script range from the accidental (the unintentional rape scene of several weeks ago) to the invented ( Jon Snow’s crusade against Night’s Watch mutineers) to the mining of privileged and unpublished material straight from Martin’s files (the especially controversial revelation of the Borglike means of White Walker reproduction last week). The end result has been a season that has kept viewers buzzing, but not always in the best way. The tone-deaf rape scene adapted from a more consensual if no less disturbing scene from the books received the most vitriol—and deservedly so—but the intentional changes are far more complicated. The most recent TV-exclusive plotline has been the aforementioned problem of the Night’s Watch mutineers and how they crossed paths with both Jon Snow and Bran Stark. The most recent episode found Bran captured by these renegades and Jon Snow on a quest to hunt them down. Compli-
cating matters was Locke, the bannerman of Roose Bolton sent to do away with the young Bran. His role in this subplot was, you guessed it, another invention of Benioff and Weiss. The episode ended with a battle between Snow’s Night’s Watchmen and the mutineers, leaving Snow victorious, Locke dead, and Bran continuing on his way north. Despite those changes, there will be no longterm divergence from the books in this plotline, bringing into question the point of this extended plot arc. Without any character change or lasting damage to the world, one has to look at the sequence as nothing but filler. With the publication of new books by Martin nowhere in the foreseeable future, the prospect of the show passing the books is becoming more and more likely by the year; this Jon Snow–led diversion and the inclusion of White Walker baby-freezing may be an attempt to ease the audience into a show without books as a basis. Benioff and Weiss do have inside info on the future of Martin’s series, so this is feasible. But rumor has it that the pressure of the show’s ongoing march has created tension between Martin and HBO, creating more slowdown in Martin’s already glacial writing process, as well as feeding into the show’s increasing independence from the page. The Game of Thrones machine has gone beyond what Martin could have imagined, but it has cost him his vision of the story’s adaptation. Whether that will be for the better or worse remains to be seen. —James Mackenzie
RBIM Night at the Movies Rhythmic Bodies in Motion, with more dancers than ever, performed their annual spring showcase Saturday and Sunday nights in Mandel hall. This year their show was entitled Night at the Movies and featured pieces choreographed, taught, and performed by students at all levels of experience. Jialing Lu, administrative director, explained this year’s show: “Typically [the theme] used to be a lot more general. This year we had a more basic theme ,like ‘Night at the Movies.’ So with that ,we decided to implement a lot of things that would fit the theme. We have a lot of projectors and movie clips going on as trailers for each piece to [explain] …where we got the inspiration for the piece from.” The show included many diverse styles of dance, inspired by everything from sexy Latin music videos to the work of Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki. The group’s graduating fourth-years even created a nostalgic, satirical tribute to their O-Week, which included a hysterical number about the morning after, set to “Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye. Group numbers that made use of most, if not all, of the 90-student-strong RSO were the show’s highlight; whether in the avant-garde piece “Bedlam” (choreographed by Annie Pei) or the fun “Why So Serious?” (choreographed by Victoria Lee) which included the Madagascar song “I Like to Move It.”The show carried the audience between rapt attention and laughter, ultimately providing a smooth and entertaining night. —Evangeline Reid
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began their set, which consisted of a full run-through of their critically acclaimed, savage, and witty self-titled 2013 album. They opened with “Run the Jewels” (they might love eponymous stuff more than Marc Jacobs), a song that includes the hilariously gangster lyric, “I put the pistol on that poodle/ and I shot that bitch.” Killer Mike dwarfed the small stage due to his massive size, an issue he addresses poetically in his track “Banana Clippers” by claiming, “I move with the elegance of an African elephant.” The heavy, muddy bass and refined yet grimy electronic beats, paired with politically conscious lyrics that toe the line between tongue-in-cheek satire and stories of thugging out in the ghetto, made for an incredibly highenergy show where almost everyone was bouncing rhythmically, hands in the air.
Prior to the midnight encore, Run the Jewels gave thanks to Goose Island for helping put together the event. It is worth noting that this is not the first time the two groups have collaborated to bring together rap and beer fans. Last year the parties cooperated to brew a wheat ale called Goose Island Run the Jewels (another nod to the eponyms), which was supposed to “invoke one of the duo’s favorite aromas (wink-wink)” and “help alleviate cotton-mouth,” according to the commercial description of the lovely concoction. The energetic duo closed out the night with “Twin Hype Back,” a track that has inspired my new approach to pick-up lines and frugal first dates with the lyrics, “We can go over to Long John Silver’s, get a fish platter./ You can take me home and massage me with butter all on my neck./ I love you.”
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Sellers’s location-and-personality-less cadence in Hal Ashby’s 1979 Being There) ebbs and flows so delicately you hardly even realize it’s changing until Hardy is in the midst of a cascading, deep brogue. His voice lulls, explodes, growls—but mainly it explains, pleads, and surges on, on, on. Locke is determined to be a good
person, yet one that’s powerful and in control. And, courtesy of cinema sound systems, you can feel it in your bones as his low voice drives onward, with hints of exasperation and hope. (Locke is playing at AMC River East 21, 322 East Illinois Street, and Landmark Century Centre Cinema, 2828 North Clark Street.)
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thing arbitrary like ‘the spirit of the event’ shouldn’t jeopardize my right to do what I will with my property.” Tan ultimately sold his surplus tickets for $60 a pop, quite a bit more than the $20 MAB had promised. At least one student, second-year Sasha Chhabra, is happy with his second-hand purchase of two such tickets, which he bought for $50 each and later re-sold for a profit. But Chhabra remains somewhat ambivalent about the practice of scalping. “I don’t want to have to pay more than I need [for tickets],” Chhabra said. “On the other hand, I think I’m a fairly smart dude, and have experience with arbitrage so it’s a chance for me to make a ton of money.” And, if scalping is in fact a bad thing, he says MAB is the guilty party. “By allow-
ing people to buy four tickets and allowing resale for all four they are actively promoting scalping,” Chhabra said. For their part, the Major Activities Board released a statement last Friday in which they condemned the actions of scalpers selling tickets “above face value.” Members of MAB noted that tickets for their events are affordably priced due to their being subsidized by student life fees, which every student is obliged to pay as part of their tuition. “To abuse that system for profit is inappropriate and disrespectful to your fellow students. We strongly discourage the practice, and we expect everyone to hold others to the same standard,” MAB said in the statement. MAB declined to comment further on the subject. Meanwhile Cunningham, either the hero or the villain
of this weird series of events, has not been much affected one way or another. The rolling boil of outrage that preceded and fueled the controversy has cooled to a simmer, and most have made peace and moved on. “It’s not really about scalping anymore, it’s more ‘he said, she said,’— there’s not really an opinion to be had about that,” Cunningham said, referencing the argument over the wording of his missives and the scalpers’ response to them. “I mean, if you want that kind of thing you can watch Bravo.” And whether you sympathize with one side or another - the scalpers, the buyers, the lone crusaders—there are never any winners in these types of student-on-student fights. Ultimately we all coughed up at least $20 to see a live performance of the Harlem Shake.
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Brian Weisbecker is a second-year swimmer from Mission Viejo, CA. We chatted with him to get some insider info on the life of a Maroon athlete. CM: When did you know you’d be able to swim in college? BW: I guess…I was on a pretty well-known club team, so they had a very good recruiting channel for us. So once I got into the high school division and established myself within their groups, I made it to the national team... so most of us swam in college once you got to that level. COURTESY OF UCHICAGO ATHLETICS
Chicago Maroon: How old were you when you started swimming? Brian Weisbecker: Four. CM: And how old were you when you started swimming competitively, at meets? BW: Since I was five. CM: Did you play any other sports in middle school or high school? BW: I played soccer and basketball. CM: How did swimming end up being the one you played in college? BW: Well, I wasn’t any good at basketball, so my dad told me I should stop playing that. And then I really enjoyed soccer, but I was just better at swimming, so we chose to focus on that.
CM: What’s on your mind when you’re swimming, while you’re in the water and racing? BW: When I’m racing…I try to look at other people in my race and pick which person I’m going for, especially in an event like the mile. But for just normal events, I just have to focus on my race plan and keep my heart rate down so I don’t use all my energy too fast. CM: You recently wrote something online about your injuries, and multiple people sent that to me and suggested you for this interview as a result. What motivated you to share that? BW: Well, I had interned with the company that made that site, so they’d reached out to us and said, “Use what we’ve made, see if you’d like to write about anything.” And a lot of the people on the site kind of just use it for mindless jabber, whatever
they want. They’ll review a TV show, and I think that’s kind of pointless. So I just wanted to write about something that was really important to me, and my second post was about athletics here in general and why I enjoy it, and then my third one was about what I’ve been doing since I got injured really badly this year for the first time ever. I’ve never been out for an entire season. CM: So, what were you up to? How did you maintain your strength while still being out with your arm injury? BW: My ulnar nerve, I had to get surgery for it. I wouldn’t say that I’ve maintained my strength very well. My body is pretty weak right now. I actually just came from the training room, just doing rehab. I do rehab almost every day, every weekday. I don’t want to do too much, or I’ll break my arm. But I’ve just tried to stay consistent in that and then do outside stuff like aerobic work to make sure I don’t get pudgy. And then eat right. Eating right’s helped a lot. CM: Your goal is to start swimming again for next year? BW: Absolutely. CM: And then, what about looking ahead? Is it something
you hope to do for the rest of your life? BW: Well, I’m not really sure. I definitely want to swim all four years. And I want to be a productive member of the team, rather than just make it back and kind of be at like 70 percent for the rest of college. Afterwards I’m not really sure. Swimming is very destructive on my body. I will definitely always try to stay active, whether it’s swimming, running, or beach volleyball, whatever. I really enjoy being active and exercising, so as long as I don’t lose that I don’t really care which avenue I choose. CM: Have you gotten any interesting feedback on the post about your injuries? BW: Yeah. One cool thing was I had a lot of people reach out to me whom I wasn’t super close with but had been struggling with similar issues. A couple of friends from high school messaged me and said, “I’d read your post, and it really hit me hard,” because a lot of these people have been struggling with, I would say, worse conditions. I had a long-distance runner friend who seems to fall apart every season. And I got lucky; it was just one of mine. It was cool being able to connect with people on that.
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and national champion Bennett in the pole vault. “I think for what our people are trying to do at this point in the season, this will be a very good meet, and we could have some pretty special marks and times coming out of this meet,” Bennett said. The Maroons travel to Naperville this Thursday, where they begin competition at 12:15 p.m. and continue on Friday at 3 p.m.
McManus: “[we] need to focus on our situational hitting” BASEBALL continued from back noon, which ended in a 0–0 tie. “The alumni game is always fun and a good time to see previous teammates and people I never knew or played with, as well as seeing how baseball at UChicago has changed,” Wagner said. “We had a good turnout of alums, especially with guys who graduated last year,” said thirdyear pitcher Andrew VanWazer. “It was nice to reunite with them and see how their lives have changed now [that] they’re in the real world.” The Maroons hope to put their losses against Platteville behind them as they look forward to their game against Northwest-
ern this week. Northwestern’s DI status does not intimidate the Maroons, who have beaten the Wildcats each of the past two years. “We have good pitching going in and just need to focus on our situational hitting,” said secondyear pitcher Pat McManus. “We are 2–0 against Northwestern in my two years here,” VanWazer said. “My class and our sophomore class are looking to stay undefeated against them. I think we have a better shot at winning than the avid fan may think.” The Maroons play against Northwestern in Evanston this week on Tuesday at 3 p.m.
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Chicago’s nerves thaw, secure postseason berth Softball Jenna Harris Sports Staff “It was one of the most nerve-racking moments of my life,” said third-year pitcher Tabbetha Bohac. On Monday morning, the Maroons (25–8) awaited their postseason fate. Although the South Siders have had a strong season against a number of tough competitors, a slot in the postseason is never guaranteed. “We watched the selection show as a team in the Berwanger Room [in Ratner Athletics Center] at nine sharp in the morning,” said second-year pitcher Jordan Poole. “It was a really exciting moment for all of us. A lot of nerves as the teams were read off, and then a lot of relief and excitement!” Sixty-two teams were selected for NCAA play. “We were sitting there, watching each bracket as they came up until we saw UChicago,” Bohac said. It is now official: The South
Siders have qualified for the regional championships that will take place this weekend in Chicago. “We expected to make regionals with our record, but we were all still holding our breath during the DIII Softball Selection Show,” said first-year second baseman Anna Woolery. The format for NCAA DIII softball postseason has changed this year. Poole explained that whoever wins regionals will advance to super regionals, and then whoever wins that bracket will move on to the NCAA Tournament. “To go to super regionals, we have to win our doubleelimination bracket, which is made up of four teams, including ourselves,” Woolery said. Regionals will take place this weekend, and Chicago’s four-team pod will also include Thomas More College (30–10), Benedictine University (32–11), and No. 23 UW–Whitewater (31–9).
Of their three opponents, the Maroons are strangers to Thomas More and Benedictine, but saw UW–Whitewater a few weeks ago and split the doubleheader. Chicago is expecting an intense weekend, since all of the teams have similar records. The Maroons, however, are very strong on the mound with Poole and Bohac pitching, as well as at bat, with fourth-year third baseman Maddie McManus and thirdyear outfielder Raechel Cloud hitting .390 and .352, respectively. “We are incredibly excited, both to make it and to be at home,” Poole said. “We hope to keep having fun and clicking as a team. I know there was a lot of stress leading up to this morning, and now that’s turned into a lot of excitement!” The Maroons play their first game of the regional championship this Friday at 1 p.m. in Hyde Park. The rest of the tournament will be determined by early play.
Second-year Theo Kassebaum clears a hurdle in the UAA Championships at home on April 27th. FRANK WANG | THE CHICAGO MAROON
Another chance to spring to NCAAs Track & Field Zachary Themer Maroon Contributor A hard-fought season filled with early morning conditioning sessions is finally coming to a close as the Maroons enter their second-to-last meet of the year this Thursday in Naperville, IL at the North Central College Dr. Keeler Invite. With the women coming off of a second-place showing and the men off a fourth-place finish at the UAA Championships last week, the South Siders look to build upon that with an even better performance at North Central. Notably, the main goal for Chicago concerns not only a strong team showing, but also powerful statements by individuals as various Maroons look to extend their seasons and qualify for Nationals later
this month. “Several of our athletes are looking for a performance that will take them to Nationals,” said second-year pole vaulter Michael Bennett. “The Dr. Keeler Invite has some of the best athletes in DIII coming in, and it’s supposed to be in very good conditions, so that could really help our athletes out.” Though the Maroons will surely remain motivated, the stakes are much lower at the Dr. Keeler Invite. “We have some athletes going to compete just for the sake of trying to get a new personal record,” Bennett said. “This meet is also great for them because there is a lot less pressure to perform now that conference is over.” Some hoping to qualify for Nationals are the 4x400-
meter women’s relay team, which qualified last year and is looking to repeat that performance. The relay consists of first-years Eleanor Kang and Michelle Dobbs, second-year Alison Pildner, and third-year Francesca Tomasi. The team is coming off of a first-place finish at the UAA Championships, momentum they hope to use to propel themselves this weekend at Naperville and on to Nationals. Other athletes looking to justify seasons of hard work include the men’s 100-meter sprinters second-years Jake Romeo and Ben Clark, along with first-year Temisan Osowa, all attempting to improve on season highs at the UAA Championships. “Our 100-meter dash runners are all coming off our TRACK continued on page 11
Offensive seeds can’t grow into wins Baseball Eirene Kim Maroon Contributor
Third-year Emily Ashbridge winds up to release a pitch against North Park on April 8. COURTESY OF UCHICAGO ATHLETICS
A walk-off double cost the Maroons (9–24) a win in the opening game of their doubleheader against UW–Platteville (11–27). Despite an early lead in the second game, Chicago dropped this past weekend’s game as well. The South Siders played consistently well throughout game one against UW–Platteville on Saturday afternoon and put together a solid offensive performance, tallying 11 hits. “We hit well and came through with runners in scoring position,” said third-year second baseman Nate Wagner. Hits came from all over the lineup. Fourth-year first baseman Ricky Troncelliti singled to right center field and drove home
third-year shortstop Kyle Engel in the third inning. In the fourth inning, first-year second baseman Ryan Krob slapped an RBI single to right center field. Third-year center outfielder Edward Akers walked to force Troncelliti home, and fourth-year right outfielder Brett Huff stole home on a wild pitch from the Pioneers. First-year outfielder Nick Toomey had a clutch single up the middle to bring in two more runs to top off a successful inning. Chicago found itself up 6–1 in the top of the fifth. The Maroons then had a 6–3 lead on the Pioneers going into the final inning, but a final push from Platteville resulted in a 7–6 defeat for Chicago. The loss shifted the momentum to Platteville and hurt the Maroons in the second game.
“We couldn’t close out the game,” Wagner said. “Platteville hit really well at the end. The walk-off loss hurt us in game one and gave them confidence for game two.” In the second game, the South Siders pushed at the top of the second to create a four-run lead over Platteville. Chicago’s errors cost it the lead, as the Pioneers quickly responded with three runs in the bottom of the second and two more runs in the fifth inning. “In the second game, we outhit them, but we made four errors, giving up three unearned runs,” said fourth-year pitcher Alex Terry. The Maroons ended their weekend on a lighter note with an alumni game on Sunday afterBASEBALL continued on page 11
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