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University error reveals thousands of employee SSNs Harunobu Coryne Senior News Staff A mailing error last month that revealed the Social Security Numbers of more than 9,000 University employees may prove to be a costly mistake for everyone involved, as administrators urge staffers to protect themselves from identity theft and pledge to pay for costly credit-monitoring services. The mistake occurred on Monday, September 24, during a routine task: reminding employees to re-enroll in their annual health benefits. Only this
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time, on the postcards sent out, each recipient’s SSN was printed just below the address line. The postcards were not in envelopes. Four days later, Gwynne Dilday, an associate vice president in Human Resource Services, sent out an e-mail to the roughly 9,100 recipients, explaining the gaffe, apologizing, and directing staff to take steps on their own to protect their identities. In the e-mail, Dilday urged staffers to dispose of the postcard, “treating it as you would any sensitive document.” SSN continued on page 3
Arts hub stuck in funding limbo Joy Crane Associate News Editor “ What is SHoP?” Laura Shaeffer, the Southside Hub of Production’s de facto manager, asked a small, multi-generational crowd of SHoP team members, gathered for a family-style dinner. Two hours later, after assembling into smaller discussion circles, they still had not arrived at a succinct answer to describe the community arts venue. A trove of buzz words: communitarian, hyperlocal, independent, local culture making, darted across the
room to clarify the organization of many faces. Yet, SHoP’s description was the least of its worries. It was July 7, and SHoP’s final closing party was scheduled for that upcoming Saturday. Despite nine months of alternative arts programming ranging from writers groups, contemporary and folk art installations, community music, potlucks, and poetry performances, SHoP has been fighting a losing battle against time and money. Its residential crisis still remains unsolved. SHoP continued on page 4
Decisions, decisions, decisions Moderator Steve Edwards questions student debaters Stephen Lurie (left) and Eric Thurm about the Affordable Care Act during the Institute of Politics’s #Informed2012 debates in the Logan Arts Center. JAMIE MANLEY | THE CHICAGO MAROON
Ankit Jain Senior News Staff Hours before President Obama and Mitt Romney faced off in Denver on Wednesday evening, the man responsible for bringing the two candidates together took the stage in the Logan Center for the Arts and told a packed
SafeRide gone, night shuttles run longer and farther Sam Levine Senior Editor
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“In 1955, President Eisenhower had a heart attack. And I suggested to Adlai Stevenson, that instead of a conventional kind of campaign where candidates ran all over the country— great strain, great stress—that it be a series of televised joint appearances. And that idea was DEBATE continued on page 4
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University transportation officials have begun testing a new evening shuttle program that will replace SafeRide for this academic year in response to student complaints that the doorto-door service was unreliable. Students can no longer call a central dispatcher to have a SafeRide shuttle pick them up. Instead, the new program, NightRide, repurposes the five former SafeRide buses as normal evening shuttles that run more frequently over longer hours and service a larger portion of Hyde Park along four routes (see graphic at right). The evening shuttles begin running at 5 p.m. each day—one hour earlier than last year—and run until 4 a.m. each day, except for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, when they run until 6 a.m. Shuttles also now directly service every residence hall and
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audience the unlikely path that had produced the modern presidential debate. The man was Newton Minow, the vice chairman of the Commission on Presidential Debates, and the opening speaker of a debate watching party, the first event of the year hosted by the Institute of Politics (IOP).
The University’s career services office added two new programs, got a new name, and launched a new website this summer, as part of an effort to improve the resources and opportunities offered to students. The office, formerly known as Career Advising and Planning Services (CAPS), is now called Career Advancement. According to Marthe Druska, Director of Operations and Marketing for the office, the switch came about as the office was absorbed by the Office of Enrollment and Student Advancement. “The new name is a reflection of the expansion of the office, and of the interest on the part of the University of Chicago to support students’ career ambitions and career development, both while they are enrolled at the University and afterwards,” Druska said in an e-mail. The pre-professional programs have also been renamed. “Chicago Careers in…” are now referred to as “UChicago Careers in…”. In an e-mail sent to all stu-
dents, Meredith Daw, Executive Director of the office, said that the name change was to emphasize the connection between the University and the companies who work with Career Advancement. Career Advancement has also created two new programs intended to meet a greater range of student interests. UChicago Careers in Education Professions provides students with resources to pursue careers in all levels and fields of educational work, from K-12 instruction to research. The program will also continue the offerings of the discontinued Chicago Careers in Higher Education, Druska said. The other new program focuses on entrepreneurship, providing opportunities for students interested in start-ups, venture capital, and innovation competitions. Druska added that this series could be beneficial to all students, regardless of their career ambitions. “Because entrepreneurial skills are valued in every industry, all students at the University of Chicago can benefit from the innovation and entrepreneurship programming,” she said.
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Still in Theological Seminary, Co-op bookstore to move in November Marina Fang Associate News Editor
The Seminary Co-op’s new location on 5751 South University Avenue, one block east of its current location, will open in October 2012. SYDNEY COMBS | THE CHICAGO MAROON
A treasured Hyde Park institution is gearing up for a new chapter. Later this fall, the Seminary Co-op Bookstore at East 57th Street and South University Avenue will move one block east to the McGiffert House at 5751 South Woodlawn Avenue. According to the University’s Facilities Services, renovation of the new location began on July 18 and is slated for completion on November 30. The move, originally scheduled for this summer, was delayed in order for Facilities Services to obtain a construction permit. Both the bookstore and the Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS), which moved into a new building in January, are leaving 5757 South University Avenue to make room for the Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics. The University bought the building currently housing the Co-op in 2008. Co-op manager Jack Cella hopes to move into the new space immediately following the renovation. “Late November is an ideal time. Holidays are a big time in the bookstore world, followed by the beginning of [winter quarter],” he said. The store is planning for a soft opening, followed by an official unveiling later in Winter 2013. “It will give us time to get the kinks out. There is a lot of detail involved [in
moving],” he said. The 9,200 square foot layout of the new location will be more open and contain an independent cafe and windows on the south end of the store. The Co-op’s increased size will allow for events such as readings and discussion groups. According to Cella, the bookstore will be closed for no more than a day or two in order to transfer the books from its current location in the former CTS basement to the new building, which will already contain new shelving. “We won’t have the site-specific shelving we have now,” Cella said, referring to the intricate shelves built around and, in some places, into the winding pipes of the CTS basement. Despite the changes, Cella hopes to preserve the labyrinth experience of the store while improving the overall layout. “We’re hoping to recreate what people like about the space without the negatives,” he said. “[The new store will] replicate a lot of the sense of discovery without the bumping into people.” Cella has had substantial input in the planning and execution of the move. For the past year, he has met regularly with University officials and architects from Tigerman McCurry, the firm that designed the new space. “It has really been cooperative. I think the architects, the University, and everyone involved want to provide something that customers will be happy with,” he said.
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can be accessed within one to two blocks of every building on campus. They will momentarily stop at campus landmarks indicated on route maps, even if no one is waiting outside, in order to pick up students who may be leaving those locations. As administrators planned the pilot program last spring , SG and Eckhart Consulting collaborated on a student survey assessing the program. The Transportation and Safety Advisory Board (TSAB) offered
input on service improvements as well. According to Director of Transportation and Parking Theresa Fletcher-Brown, the most common complaints were related to high demand for shuttles and long wait times, which could be around 50 minutes. “To address these concerns, the SafeRide program was redesigned to deliver shuttle service in a faster and more dependable way to the greatest number of users,” Fletcher-Brown wrote in an e-mail. She added that there have been “no reductions in the resources and personnel allocated
East meets West in new Istanbul Civ program for Spring 2013 Sarah Morell News Contributor This spring, U of C students can add Istanbul, Turkey, to their study abroad options, at a time when the University is constantly changing its turbulent Middle East programs and has discarded Cape Town as an option. The civilization studies program in Istanbul will be offered for the first time in Spring 2013. Lewis Fortner, Associate Dean of Students in the College, announced the program on August 3 via e-mail. Due to the sudden announcement, applications were due September 17 and restricted to students not already enrolled in study abroad for Spring 2013. This one-quarter program will fulfill the Core Civilization requirements, joining the ranks of 16 other programs spanning Central America, Africa, Asia, and Europe. It will consist of three consecutive three-week courses in Middle Eastern civilizations and a fourth quarter-long course in the Turkish language. The faculty signed on for Spring 2013 are Emanuel Mayer of the Classics Department, Walter Kaegi of the History Department, and Cornell Fleischer of the Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Department. Yildiz Technical University, located in
the historic neighborhood of Besiktas, will open its campus and resources to the program, according to the study abroad website. “The program will focus on Istanbul’s unique position in the European–Middle Eastern world, with a focus on the ancient Byzantine and Ottoman Empires,” Elana Kranz, program coordinator for the Istanbul program, said in an e-mail. Istanbul is the third Middle Eastern Civilizations program, in addition to iterations in Cairo and Jerusalem. Meanwhile, with the elimination of the quarter in Cape Town, the University will no longer have dots on the map for study abroad opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa, South America, or the Australian continent. Students offered a place in the Istanbul program have until Oct. 1 to decide if they want to accept. Fourth year Muhammad Shareef is currently balancing his desire to travel with preparing for medical school. “As a Muslim myself, it’s a very culturally rich part of the world. It’s the only country that spans two continents,” he said. “I haven’t fully accepted the program yet because I’m still considering whether I want to forego my last spring here, but, at the same time, that opportunity is very unique.”
to providing evening transit on campus” in the consolidation of the evening shuttle and SafeRide programs. At a transportation forum last spring, some students defended SafeRide and said that they did not feel included in the changes to the program. FletcherBrown wrote that her department would continue to work with SG, Eckhart Consulting, and TSAB, and that students can offer feedback throughout the year by completing surveys, attending open forums, and e-mailing suggestions.
Fourth-year Kow Akepanidtaworn only recently learned that evening shuttle service had changed when he realized the evening shuttle started coming earlier than usual, but was unaware that door-todoor SafeRide service had been eliminated entirely. Even with the increase in shuttle service, Akepanidtaworn still believes that there should be door-to-door service at night. “It’s not going to be convenient if there’s no SafeRide and you have to wait for the bus,” he said.
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She also recommended that they place a 90-day fraud alert on their credit reports, usually the first line of defense when someone suspects that his or her identity has been compromised. The University is also offering to pay for one year of credit-monitoring for any of the recipients, through Austin-based company AllClear ID. Credit-monitoring services keep tabs on clients’ credit files, which are maintained by the three national credit reporting agencies, Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion. Suspicious activity—like the opening of new credit cards, for example—is reported to the customer. It is unclear whether the University has an arrangement with AllClear ID, but the company charges $15 per customer a month for its services. With the University extending an open offer to some 9,000 people for twelve months each, the cost could quickly skyrocket. Some experts in consumer protection are also doubtful of the effectiveness of such services. Susan Grant, Director of Consumer Protection at the Consumer Federation of America in Washington, D.C., says that the credit monitoring cannot adequately protect people who have lost control over that most important piece of personal information, the SSN. When an SSN is compromised, she said, the “various ways that this information could be abused are not necessarily going to show up on a credit report.” For example, if an identity thief were to use someone’s SSN to apply for government benefits or to get a job, no credit-monitor-
ing agency would know immediately. “Really what’s needed is providing an identity theft service that would also monitor public records and other kinds of databases where it might be revealed if someone is using your [SSN] for employment, for government benefits, for medical services, and for a host of other things that are not going to show up in a credit report,” she said. “As for what people can do for themselves, it’s very difficult to do anything.” Because the SSN was printed on a notice about health benefits, some employees have raised concerns that the University violated HIPAA (Health Information Portability and Accountability Act) statutes which protect against disclosures of private health-related information, according to Mila Kuntu, a union steward for Teamsters Local 743. The fines for HIPAA violations, even by accident, can be staggering, reaching up to $1,000 per breach. Anup Malani, an endowed professor in the Law School who specializes in health care law, is doubtful that the University can be held liable. However, there are many factors to consider, such as the typical processes used to keep information private and the ways in which the University addressed any systematic or one-time problems. “The way that HIPAA is being implemented is to encourage entities [parties with health insurance coverage] to have good processes that limit the spread of health information,” he said. “If the University of Chicago has generally good procedures in place, and this was just a breach, then [it] might be in an okay spot.”
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Founded in October 2011 as a more homey offshoot of The Opportunity Shop, SHoP moved into Fenn House, a 16-room 1890s mansion on East 56th Street and South Woodlawn Avenue. The First Unitarian Church was seeking a new tenant for the building, securing SHoP founders Laura Shaeffer and John Preus with a one-year lease to house their vision of a “communitarian arts space.” But six months into the project, First Unitarian Church put Fenn House on the market, putting SHoP into “crisis mode.” “It was a solid one year lease and then at 6 months, suddenly it was ‘yeah, in 3 months you might need to leave.’ So we were kind of in this in flux limbo state that bred crisis-mode behavior. I think there’s something kind of creative to crisis mode, but it also breeds problems,” Schaeffer said. More challenges threatened to derail SHoP, including the University considering a bid on Fenn House in May, vision clashes with the First Unitarian Church, and an inconsistent volunteer base, disincentivized by SHoP’s seemingly imminent close. But in July, a silver lining appeared. Ken Schug, a retired chemistry professor at the Illinois Institute of Technolog y and an active member of First Unitarian, offered to buy Fenn House and then allow ShoP and other community organizations to use the space. After he spoke at the July meeting, it looked as if SHoP had found its hero. “[When I retired], I decided to do something rather than just sit around and do crossword puzzles for the rest of my
life. I was surprised at how much money had built up in my annuity pension plan, so I thought, ‘Why don’t I do something worthwhile while I’m still alive rather than passing it on to someone after I die?’” Schug said in an interview. Schug offered to underwrite introductory expenses during a transitional period until SHoP could turn a profit. The new plan aimed to rebrand Fenn House as a joint community center instead of SHoP as its sole inhabitant. Although Schug’s short-term solution had the potential to render Fenn House directionless due to the multiple tenants involved, it seemed promising. But, as October progresses, it seems that Schug doesn’t quite fit into his heroic tights. First Unitarian has extended the lease until October 31, but Schug has yet to commit to a firm offer to buy Fenn House. Even if the Church decides to extend the lease until January 1, Schaeffer says it may be time for the project to move elsewhere. “Ideally, the place would be bought. But right now we have no security: We’re losing momentum, even though we are gaining good programming and good reputation, which is positive, but are losing momentum in volunteerism. People are beginning to see SHoP as a venue rather than a community venture,” Shaeffer said. In the meantime, Shaeffer and her team are exploring other potential venues and plowing ahead with October programming. As Hyde Park’s community crossroads, SHoP’s mission will continue. The bricks are there, but someone will have to provide the mortar.
Creator of pres. debate keynotes for #Informed2012 year Mark Mahvi made the case for a Romney presidency while contending that President Obama had hurt the economy and failed to fulfill his promises to lower unemployment. Fourth-year Stephen Lurie and third-year Eric Thurm defended President Obama’s first term, saying that the country was making progress and should continue with the President’s economic plan. “I think both sides certainly put up a vigorous, and almost sort of wonky, defense of their policy positions. And the format really allowed for a free discussion to flow instead of just 30 [second] sound bites,” third-year audience member Adam Chaikof said. Afterward, students in the audience viewed the presidential debate on a large screen in the auditorium, the culmination of the evening’s events. Dillan Siegler, the IOP’s new senior associate director, said that the debate watching party was a good way to balance theory and practice. “It was then an opportunity to understand the actual real world, live issues that are currently happening, but then have our UChicago students, very, very bright minds, reflect on those, interact with those issues, engage with those issues,” she said.
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rejected flatly by everybody,” he said, discussing his involvement in the growth of the presidential debate over the last half century. In 1960, Minow later helped Stevenson persuade Congress to repeal the Equal Time Law, which required broadcasters to give equal airtime to all candidates seeking a political office, including those not associated with the Democratic or Republican parties. Congress agreed, a decision that led to the famous Kennedy– Nixon debate, Minow said. After Kennedy’s election, Congress declined to suspend the rule again until 1976, when President Gerald Ford agreed to debate Jimmy Carter to improve his standing in the polls. Minow also described how the Commission developed the format for this year’s presidential debate, which was contrived to encourage free flowing discussion between candidates. Immediately following Minow ’s conversation with IOP Deputy Director of Programming Steve Edwards, four U of C students tested the debate format. In a debate that focused on the economy, healthcare, and the role of government, third-year Eric Wessan and fourth-
CORRECTIONS The Sept. 21 article “Campus Traditions” incorrectly identified the organizer of Kuvia. The organizer is the Committee on University Programming (COUP). The Sept. 21 article “Varsity Sports” incorrectly identified the most recent U of C team to win a conference. It was the women’s tennis team. The Sept. 21 article “Chicago Politics” mispelled Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy’s name.
Weekly Crime Report
By Rebecca Guterman
This is a series the Maroon publishes summarizing instances of campus crime. Each week details a few notable crimes, in addition to keeping a running count from September 24. The focus is on crimes within the UCPD patrol area, which runs from East 39th to 64th Streets and South Cottage Grove to Lake Shore Drive. Here are this week’s notables :
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» Sept. 25, Burton-Judson Courts, 3:15 p.m.—University Police (UCPD) arrested a male who had taken an iPad from victim’s hand, after he began to flee. The iPad was given back to the owner.
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» Sept. 30, Regenstein Library, 6:47 a.m.— Unidentified person called in a tip that bombs were placed in the library. UCPD, along with the Chicago Fire 47th and Police Departments, responded and cleared the library.
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» Sept. 25, 47th and Lake Park, 10:00 p.m.—Four unidentified males forcibly stole a man’s cell phone as he was walking on the sidewalk.
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Editorial & Op-Ed OCTOBER 5, 2012
Back on topic As students return for the new academic year, so do ongoing campus issues The student newspaper of the University of Chicago since 1892 JORDAN LARSON Editor-in-Chief SHARAN SHETTY Editor-in-Chief COLIN BRADLEY Managing Editor HARUNOBU CORYNE Senior Editor DOUGLAS EVERSON, JR Senior Editor ADAM JANOFSKY Senior Editor SAM LEVINE Senior Editor REBECCA GUTERMAN News Editor LINDA QIU News Editor AJAY BATRA Viewpoints Editor
Welcome—or as it may be, welcome back—to the U of C. Given the many changes that are always happening at our University, there are a few topics that warrant mention for both new and returning students. Whether you need an introduction or merely an update, listed below are a few of the more contentious issues campus faces, ranging from the promises of Student Government to the creation of a new shuttle system. As the year progresses, the Maroon editorial board will keep its eyes on these issues and more, and we encourage you to do the same.
DAVID KANER Viewpoints Editor EMILY WANG Viewpoints Editor
HANNAH GOLD Arts Editor DANIEL LEWIS Sports Editor VICENTE FERNANDEZ Sports Editor MATTHEW SCHAEFER Sports Editor SONIA DHAWAN Head Designer BELLA WU Head Designer KEVIN WANG Online Editor ALICE BLACKWOOD Head Copy Editor DON HO Head Copy Editor BEN ZIGTERMAN Head Copy Editor JAMIE MANLEY Photo Editor
In the wake of last year’s Pierce plumbing debacle, which garnered attention across the city, the University acknowledged the need to replace the outdated residence hall. While a new dorm is now officially in the cards, it remains unclear where the 250 or so students housed in Pierce each year will be placed once the tower is closed and construction gets underway. With the 1,500-strong Class
of 2016 now on campus and additional houses already springing up in New Graduate Residence Hall and I-House over the past two years, it looks as though the next several years will truly test the U of C’s four-year housing guarantee. NightRide The University this year followed through on plans to replace the muchmaligned SafeRide shuttle service with a pilot program it claims is shaped heavily by student input. NightRide, as the program is known, aims to replace its ondemand predecessor with more frequent nighttime shuttles scheduled to follow fixed routes through high-traffic areas. The new system appears to have done away with the inefficiency of SafeRide, but it remains to be seen whether it will succeed in providing safe, timely, and convenient transit. Socially Responsible Investment It’s now been more than a full academic year since students voted in favor
of the creation of a Socially Responsible Investment Committee (SRIC), but no effort to actually create such a body has succeeded. Administrators have thus far demonstrated an unwillingness to lend any authority to student concerns regarding University investments in firms with checkered labor, environmental, and human rights records, including companies that do business with the Sudanese government. Nonetheless, student support for a SRIC remains, even in the face of the University’s commitment to the Kalven Report’s recommendation of political neutrality. Administrative Change By now you’ve probably noticed that CAPS is now known as Career Advancement, and that the first “C” in CCI— Chicago Careers In...—has become a “U.” All of this has something to do with the fact that Dean of College Admissions and Financial Aid James Nondorf has taken on the additional role of Vice President for Enrollment and Student Advancement. Under Nondorf ’s direc-
tion, the U of C’s reputation has surged upward in the eyes of high school seniors the world over. If early changes are a sign of things to come, the U of C is likely in for even more careful image shifting. Student Government This year, Student Government will be run by Connect Slate. The diverse slate ran on a platform centered on bridging the alleged gap between the undergraduate and graduate student communities, increasing SG transparency, and resolving campus transportation woes. Led by third-year law student Renard Miller, the executive slate won in an election with an overall 12 percent increase in voter turnout, driven by an unusually high level of grad student participation. Breaking through the traditional apathy of the student body towards its elected representatives, however, will be no easy task.
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Barack Obama’s house is about two blocks away from my apartment. That’s pretty much my closest connection to politics. I haven’t voted in an election, I’d struggle to name my home state’s congressmen, and—until I found out Mayor Rahm Emanuel studied dance when he was our age—I thought all politicians preened themselves since birth for public life. It’s not that I have anything against politics—on the contrary, three of my classes this quarter are in the political science department. But it hardly needs to be said that academics at this university tend to focus on theory, not current events, and the workload often prevents us from keeping up to date with local and national politics. So when my roommate told me a couple weeks ago he would be debating in an event hosted by the Institute of Politics, I was glad to have an excuse to listen to the pundits and watch the first presidential debate. Apparently, so were the hundreds of other students who showed up an hour early to make sure they got a seat. It’s clear that the Institute of Politics (IOP), announced at the beginning of the year, is filling a unique and long-
needed role on this campus. Instead of enlisting professors and focusing on research, the Institute was established to “supplement academics” with politics and public service. And students have clearly welcomed it with open arms: the Institute has hosted three major events so far and all have received huge turnouts, garnering excitement from both students and local media. But so far, the scope of the Institute has been extremely narrow. All three events have focused on the 2012 presidential election and all internships overseen by the Institute this summer were at the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. I’m not sure what else is to be expected considering that David Axelrod (A.B. ’76), senior strategist for the Obama campaign, serves as the Institute’s inaugural director. But while the election is entertaining and important, the IOP has neglected both national and global politics as a whole. For instance, Burmese political opposition leader and Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi spent the past three weeks on a rare tour of the United States, speaking at peer universities including Harvard’s Institute of Politics (which ours is modeled after). Considering that she has been under house arrest for the majority of the past 21 years, and the fact that she’s one of the most respected politicians of the 21st-century, the IOP missed out on a speaker that would have appealed to students interested in foreign relations, human rights, Asian politics, or diplomacy. On the other end of the spectrum, the Institute has yet to engage students in, or even acknowledge, Chicago politics. While the stakes IOP continued on page 6
By Matt Walsh Viewpoints Columnist As O-Week stumbled drunkenly to a close, a first-year class of over 1,500 tossed aside shutter shades and rage tanks in favor of thickrimmed glasses and button-downs. They put down a beer soaked OBook and picked up a copy of The Marx-Engels Reader. They logged into Chalk for the first time, only to have their hangovers twinge at the amount of pages they had to read for Monday. They prepared to become one of us. For the next four years, these students will look back fondly on their first week of college. And, speaking as a fourth-year who was around for O-Week 2012, that’s exactly what it looked like: a first week of college. But it did not look like a first week of U of C; I heard very little self-deprecation, spoke with plenty of socially adept students, saw fun happening on a Penn State level, and it was warm outside to boot. So, as each member of this class becomes one of us, what happens to “us”? We change. And, personally, I think that it’ll be a change for the better. But for legal reasons,
including [REDACTED], the mishap with [REDACTED], and that one time with Dean Boyer’s cat, I’m not allowed to speak on behalf of my class, this school, or any incorporated part of Cook County. All I can do is provide you with my reflections on OWeek and on the Class of 2016, and leave you to come to your own conclusions. For one, the Class of 2016 is big. Not fat, not pregnant, not a movie about a boy who wishes to become an adult, but big in pretty much every other way. At over 1,500 students, they give the Office of Undergraduate Student Housing’s promise of “guaranteed housing” a run for its money. With each firstyear in a Hum class capped at 19 students, there will be over eighty separate Hum classes this year. That’s the whole southeast corner of the Quad! (Probably!) They also have big personalities, but not in a “That Kid” sort of way. From election-inspired political debates to enthusiastic cheering for (or, sadly, against) the Bears, this class showed itself to have enormous personality. They’re also tall, which is an odd thing to mention but an even odder thing to observe. Visibility across the Quad will be reduced by 30 percent at a minimum—45 percent in the winter when everyone starts to wear puffy hats. Oh, and they’re loud. Or rather, ahem, THEY’RE LOUD. At night, particularly (maybe there is a causal relationship between bigness and loudness; the statisO-WEEK continued on page 6
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Institute of Politics should look outside presidential campaigns to promote public service IOP continued from page 5 might not be as high as the presidential election, the implications are still important and interesting. For instance, Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., who represents much of Chicago’s South Side, has an overwhelming lead in an election that he’s not actively campaigning for. By focusing all its energy on the presidential election, the IOP not only sells itself short as an intellectualized source of entertainment, but it mischaracterizes the term “public ser-
vice.” From healthcare to journalism, activism to education, many of us will graduate wanting to give back to this country and will do so in ways that don’t involve running for president. The IOP can help students of all majors and interests realize the ways they can apply their knowledge to advancing the public good. One of the first steps that can be taken is including internships in nonprofits and all sectors of the government—not just campaigns. While I think it’s clear that the IOP can
improve by broadening its focus, I say so only because it has so much potential to be a great feature of the college. I’ve been fortunate to attend two of its three events and they were among the best I’ve been to on this campus. Additionally, I think they’ve been organized in thoughtful ways—the one this past Wednesday presented the student debate, not the presidential debate, as the main attraction—and I’m hopeful that they can transfer those considerations to events on political
subjects broadly defined. As Plato once said, “The beginning is the most important part of the work.” It’s good that the IOP’s first events gave it needed attention, but now it’s time to widen its focus and work towards fulfilling its mission of bringing young people into the public arena. Adam Janofsky is a third-year in the College majoring in Law, Letters, and Society.
Class of 2016 is big, tall, loud—and still uncommon O-WEEK continued from page 5 tical analysis has yet to render—damn you SPSS!) I spent a lot of O-Week evenings in my dorm, where noise levels weren’t too bad. But as soon as I stepped outside, I could hear people yelling, music blaring, and large groups conversing loudly. It was as if people weren’t afraid of being outside at night! Maybe this fearlessness of Hyde Park Nights was even inspired by Danielle Allen’s
article on political friendship in the Orientation Reader, which I’m sure you remember discussing (or hearing discussed around you) during your Chicago Life Meetings. More likely, however, this vibrant afterhours culture was being enjoyed in place of reading the Orientation Reader. I wonder how Danielle Allen would feel about that. Also, they’re still uncommon. True, the Class of 2016 is one of the first few years of applicants to use the Common App. The U of C is now a more selective school, but a less self-selective school. But don’t worry: This class is in every way as quirky and interesting and unique as past classes. Their uncom-
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monness manifests itself in diverse interests and varied viewpoints, as opposed to the booger-picking weirdness that many upperclassmen (wrongfully!) describe this school as having. During O-Week I met a kid who had an encyclopedic knowledge of both Chicago architecture and Chinese political leaders, and I met two different synesthetes with two different types of synesthesia. There are sons and daughters of celebrities, as well as a few students who became celebrities themselves through their behavior on the Class of 2016 Facebook group. These first-years bring both their bigness and their loudness to bear on their uncommonness. Of course, there’s much more to say about the incoming class, and they’ll change and assimilate so much in the first few weeks of classes that everything I just wrote might be invalid by Thanksgiving. For now, at least we’re all acquainted. The first-years prospied and visited and read a bit about the student body before deciding to come here, and you just finished reading a piece about them written by a guy who’s known them for all of seven days. Since we all know one another equally well—that is, not well at all—here’s to watching the
metamorphosis of “us” and still not really knowing what to expect. Cheers. Matt Walsh is a fourth-year in the College majoring in economics and political science.
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Danh Vo puts the ‘u’ and ‘us’ in Uterus Alice Bucknell Associate Arts Editor Late-summer evenings leave campus quiet and empty in the dying light; a couple Thursdays back, though, it was a different scene entirely. Just shy of five o’clock, a crowd made its way out of the Renaissance Society, located on the fourth floor of Cobb Lecture Hall, and headed across the length of the Main Quad toward the Oriental Institute. The museum’s Breasted Hall was full of spectators, all eagerly awaiting the evening’s talk with Danh Vo, whose exhibit Uterus had premiered at the Society less than an hour before.
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Hamza Walker, associate curator for the Renaissance Society and director of education, sat house left, grinning under the stagelight. After a brief introduction of the exhibition, he called Danh Vo to the stage. Vo emerged from the audience, cautiously took his seat, and defensively crossed his arms and legs. In his aloof and tightly bound manner, Vo mirrored his artwork. Walker started with simple questions: Where did you find influence for the title of the show? To what degree do these works serve as a biography? A
few questions concerned the nature of art vs. artifact, Vo’s stance on copyright and ownership, the importance or possibility of intrinsic meaning in individual artworks, and how these meanings transform over time. These were legitimate concerns, since one of the pieces in Uterus featured a portrait of Vo’s nephew; another was a casting of his mother’s jawbone. Flanking the entrance to the exhibit was a collection of letters written by Henry Kissinger to Leonard Lyons in the ‘70s, framed and mounted on the wall with no modifications or explanation. Though he was prodded, Vo didn’t budge. Instead, he provided cryptic, one-sentence answers to questions that begged several minutes of open discussion. Throughout the talk, it was impossible to tell whether Vo was innocent or if he was keeping the crowd in the dark about the nature of his exhibit. Was he one step ahead of everybody the whole time, or had he not noticed elements of his art that were glaringly obvious to everyone else? Perhaps Vo’s unwillingness to explain his exhibit in any formal way points more to Uterus’ self-conscious lack of cohesion than to the artist’s aura of uneasiness. The works included aren’t supposed to connect, but are meant to be observed individually. Vo mentioned in the interview that he coined the show’s title before knowing what he wanted it to include. Furthermore, when patterns emerged in the work he selected to show, he axed the emerging trend and
Facial fragment of Lady Liberty from Danh Vo’s We the People installation in the Oriental Institute. COURTESY OF THE RENAISSANCE SOCIETY
started over. When the gallery isn’t filled with distinguished guests and those who are there to listen to them, the bareness of the physical space is immediately apparent. Around half a dozen works are allotted the entirety of the gallery space. A six-piece display in a room seems normal when considering the large-scale canvases of artists like Pollock or Rubens, but Vo’s pieces are all tiny, colorless and self-contained. The positioning of the
artwork emphasizes the slightness of form: most pieces are assigned to corners of the gallery. An old milk crate, narrow white shelves that bleed into the pasty coloring of the room, and a bay window structure contain the separate works in their unique worlds. In contrast to the self-alienating pieces that constitute Uterus, Vo’s other project We the People is a violent splintering and destabilizing of an iconic whole. This sculpture-based installation is a
life-size bronze replica of the Statue of Liberty split into four hundred pieces and dispersed throughout some fifteen cities worldwide. Alongside the opening of Uterus, five of these pieces were also placed on campus: two included in the Oriental Institute’s museum gallery space, two located in the Law School quadrangle, and the other placed adjacent to the Booth School of Business. Save for the piece placed VO continued on page 11
Rookie hits home run for young, fashionable feminists Jordan Larson Editor-in-Chief I stumbled upon Rookie’s website about a year ago, just as it was getting started. An online magazine dedicated to giving teenage girls a little more to work with than beauty tips and exercise routines, Rookie promised to be “a magazine for teenage girls that respected its readers’ intelligence.” I remember thinking it was an intriguing project and wishing I were a few years younger so I could better enjoy it (or at least feel less guilty about doing so). I had completely missed the point. Sure, it can get annoying having my Tumblr dash flooded with post after reblogged post about the Rookie crowns people have made (one of the magazine’s signature styles and the product of one of its more popular DIY features). Not to mention that the cutesy aesthetic—plenty of glitter, floral patterns, and anything found in The Virgin Suicides—sometimes grates on my nerves. Yet even given the sometimes childish, cloying designs, Rookie is more than the sum of its eclectic parts, and Tavi Gevinson, the magazine’s child prodigy of an editor, is after something bigger. There are a lot of things Rookie does well. The very best thing it does is show teenage girls (and all its readers, really) that it’s fine to be feminine, that it does not exclude you from being a feminist, and most importantly, that it does not exclude you from being a person that is taken seriously. This single solid point is what makes
Rookie so notable and so novel, and the release of Rookie Yearbook One is a big step in the magazine’s impact. The September release of the Rookie Yearbook marks the magazine’s one-year anniversary, and its staff has pulled out all the stops. A huge, colorful book of illustrations and designs, the Yearbook is a collection of the best features, interviews, and photoshoots from the past year, supplemented with stickers, a 7-inch flexidisc, and other ephemera. Arranged by month, the themed spreads contain everything from doodled heart decorations and cut-out tiaras to interviews with directors John Waters and Joss Whedon, articles about deepsea creatures, and photo spreads of pastel proms. There are probably a few good reasons the Yearbook was made, not least of which is that it’s a good way to snare new readers and catch you up on all the great stuff all the cool girls have been reading and you’ve been missing out on. Well, that tactic kinda worked on me. I didn’t realize I was a Rookie fan until I actually held the 352-page behemoth in my hands. The wide range of content Rookie puts out is made even more apparent by transferring its web presence into print, where seemingly disparate elements are constantly rubbing elbows. Even though the Yearbook contains a fraction of the content Rookie published this past year (the site posts new content three times a day, five days a week), the single book serves as a veritable bible to those it interests,
the most comprehensive girl guide created of late. Weaving through this plethora of content is the usual feminist and body-affirming fare; there are articles on the best late night junk food to consume (“best” being the most delicious, not necessarily the most healthy), tips on masturbation, and, my personal favorite, how to bitchface (it’s harder than it looks). While these inclusions are incredibly necessary, the sort of feminism employed by Tavi & Co. tends to skew in certain directions. Given Tavi’s background in fashion blogging, much of the empowerment in the Yearbook happens through fashion (especially telling is her article “How to Not Care What Other People Think of You,” which is divided into three components: “wearing what you want,” “liking your body/face,” and “liking your brain/personality/ soul/that stuff ”). Given this variety, it seems hard to believe that there could be some critical things missing. Unfortunately, this is the case. A very particular aesthetic dominates the project, snaring in the same type of reader: someone who likes foreign films, sassy dresses, and uses Instagram all the time. While I love it for what it does, I wish there could be more room for other aesthetics, other tastes, and other people. What if I don’t like vintage stores, having séances, or wearing Halloween costumes to school? Am I still the reader Rookie wants, the reader that’s still deserving of smart, empowering content? The Yearbook seems a little unsure.
Gevinson’s sharp and sartorial tome collects Rookie Mag’s best. COURTESY OF ROOKIE MAG
Whether or not you can really enjoy Rookie’s particular brand of cutesy girl power, its ultimate aim (to provide teen girls with a smart, feminist counterpoint to teen mags like Seventeen and Teen Vogue) is pretty hard to argue with. This conversation pertains to all of us, and the very existence of Rookie should be fascinating to ev-
eryone. It’s only one step and one development, but it’s a necessary, if imperfect, one. I only hope that its existence can lead to other projects, that one day it won’t be the only place to go for an interview with David Sedaris, tips on how to make a zine, and other content that makes teenage girls feel like a little more than walking Barbie dolls.
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THE CHICAGO MAROON | ARTS | October 5, 2012
After dark, Grizzly Bear is easy like Sunday morning Scotty Campbell Associate Arts Editor The only decoration on Chicago’s Riviera Theater stage was a series of canvas lanterns, dripping tendrils of tissue paper while casting a soft, shadowy light. As Grizzly Bear’s concert went on, however, these same lanterns took on a variety of forms— while hanging low and in clusters, ghostly red light made them look like props on the set of a stage adaptation of Spirited Away. Pulled toward the top of the stage so that the cords could hang down and then supplemented
with blue-green light, they turned into strange jellyfish. These lanterns, which could so thoroughly change and adapt with the simplest tactics, were oddly appropriate for the Brooklyn-based band, whose tour for their latest album Shields brought them to Chicago this past Sunday. Grizzly Bear started out as a solo project by current lead singer Ed Droste and, since its 2004 inception, has been able to produce a striking array of sounds and moods in the context of a standard four-person indie rock quartet. Their last effort, Veckatimest,
released in 2009, was full of lush, carefully arranged ballads, sometimes slightly melancholic but usually light and airy. Shields, however, just released mid-September, is much more earthy, the aggressive percussion in songs like “A Simple Answer” and “Gun-Shy” providing an obvious contrast to their previous works. Chris Bear clearly enjoyed the aggressive mood, reveling in his complex compound-time drum solos; appropriately, the sprightly Droste announced partway through that this was Bear’s hometown and that his grandmother was in
Grizzly Bear proves you can look contemplative no matter the angle at which your head is pointed. COURTESY OF TOM HINES
attendance (the latter may have just been dry Sunday night humor). But it wasn’t just Bear who enjoyed himself. The whole troupe acted more like a jazz band or tight-knit chamber ensemble than a normal rock band, with every member but the drummer providing vocals; guitarist and singer Daniel Rossen even whistled at points, and bassist Chris Taylor exchanged extended duets with Droste. There was no one leading man, and for some parts of the concert this collaboration provided the most entertainment. Extended ballads like “Sun in Your Eyes” normally would be soporific
From left to right: Chris Taylor, Daniel Rossen, Ed Droste, and Christopher Bear. COURTESY OF TOM HINES
on a Sunday evening, but here the visual joy of seeing close-knit, talented musicians work together with obvious delight cut through the slow pace of the music. The band played mostly songs from its new album, a fact remarked by not a few concertgoers who wanted a mix of more material. Of course, Grizzly Bear played those few songs from its repertoire it can’t end a concert without: Veckatimest’s bouncy “Two Weeks” was given a more or less orthodox performance, Rossen’s piano and Taylor’s xylophone pounding out the GRIZZLY continued on page 11
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At Harris Theater, Lebowitzâ€™s politics take no prisoners Alexandra McInnis Arts Staff â€œWhat is my greatest criticism of the current generation?â€? Fran Lebowitz, esteemed author and culture critic, asked herself onstage at the Harris Theater on Tuesday night. â€œThey are the worst pedestrians I have ever encountered. They donâ€™t move out of the way for anyone. So even if theyâ€™re playing on their phones and donâ€™t see me, I choose to walk into them anyway.â€? Young pedestrians were just one of Lebowitzâ€™s cultural woes vocalized at the â€œA State of the Union Conversationâ€? as part of the Broadway their Way series held at the Harris Theater, but her stance was emblematic of her famed take-noprisoners approach to public speaking and the world in general. Since the release of her collection of essays, Modern Life, in 1978, Lebowitz has been derailing popular beliefs on issues ranging from pop culture to family dynamics to smokersâ€™ rights (despite the current hyper-emphasis on health, she remains a dedicated smoker). The subject of the 2010 Martin Scorsese documentary Public Speaking, Lebowitz has unapologetically strong opinions, and seemingly no concerns as to who she offends. Onstage, Ms. Lebowitz is a fearsome and
A calm finish to a fastpaced show GRIZZLY continued from page 10 songâ€™s signature repeated chords. But even then, Shieldsâ€™s music took the spotlight, the audienceâ€™s ears so accustomed to its heavier sound that â€œTwo Weeksâ€?â€™s xylophone seemed out of place. The band came out for an obligatory encore after less than 10 minutes. But when the members came back onstage, they picked up more than just their previous instruments. Taylor produced a saxophone and flute, among other instruments, and what sounded (and looked) like an extended jazz improvisation session ensued. Later, Rossen joined Droste in a duet for a haunting rendition of Veckatimestâ€™s â€œAll We Ask.â€? Grizzly Bear realized it couldnâ€™t rouse a Sunday night crowd to head-banging status, but instead of trying, it gave the audience a hypnotizing display of immense talent and musicianship, much like a Sunday trip to the symphony. Perhaps it was a concert Chris Bear would have taken his grandmother to after all.
We The People and Uterus present a united front VO continued from page 8 immediately in front of the Instituteâ€™s hippogrifflike Lamassu figure, which is very apparently a section of Lady Libertyâ€™s face, the four other detail works scattered around campus are of fairly unremarkable portions of the original statue. Sheets of her clothing, when broken down into segments and viewed in isolation from one another, lose any visual connection to the sculpture they are modeled upon. Due to their highly abstracted appearance, these fan-like slabs of metal pull the meaning of the original statue into further obscurity. Despite Voâ€™s refusal to entertain the development of a pattern, and his obsessive desire to treat objects at face value, the syncretism between We the People and Uterus is undeniable. We the People presents a single statue split into hundreds of abstract pieces that only gain meaning when understood collectively. Conversely, the significance of Uterus, as its name might suggest, is entirely self-contained: each object has its own unique significance that is irrelevant to that of all others in the show. Somehow, through the muddle and the mystery surrounding them, these two exhibits of completely opposite scale and ambition end up complementing each other through their alternate understandings of meaning. Whether or not this was Voâ€™s secret plan all along is probably something he will never tell us.
hilarious force of nature. Perched on a plush white armchair, she dove with unrelenting wit into every comment from moderator Martha Lavey, who mostly served to feed Lebowitz opportunities to be her sardonic self. Each question garnered a clever response delivered in a sharp, mile-aminute voice, all without a momentâ€™s reflection or a pause for breath. Lebowitz regaled the audience with comments on a variety of issues, ranging from life as a New Yorker (â€œI live in the West Village, also known as NYU-stanâ€?) to fashion shows (â€œTheyâ€™ve become sporting events. When you start seeing heterosexual male models on the runway, you know the economy really does have problemsâ€?) to her own life (â€œI prefer to read than to liveâ€?). She never missed a beat, and displayed the type of spontaneous humor that rivals that of the best professional comedians. However, when the conversation turned to the impending presidential election, Lebowitz revealed a sense of conviction that lies beneath her bravado and sarcasm. She referred to Mitt Romney as â€œtruly, profoundly, a horrendous choice for presidentâ€? and equated his claims of self-made success with strolling on an automatic moving walkway at an airport. â€œYou say, â€˜I am walking, therefore I am working,â€™ but youâ€™re also speeding past these people walking on the regular
floor. Thatâ€™s the kind of advantage heâ€™s had in his life. Mitt Romney doesnâ€™t think this is a country, he thinks this a country club.â€? According to Lebowitz, the difference between Governor Romney and President Obama is so great that â€œanyone who calls themselves undecided at this point really has problem. Theyâ€™re the ones who shouldnâ€™t be allowed to vote.â€? She described Obama as one of the most moderate presidents in history, almost too moderate for her own taste, and stated that the vehement opposition he faces is almost incomprehensible. At the heart of the matter, she claimed, is â€œracism, pure and simple. But of course no one admits that, since we now live in a country where it is apparently worse to call someone a racist than to be one.â€? During the question and answer session, Lebowitz had no qualms shutting down questions she judged to be unimportant, or offering blunt responses for comic effect (â€œWhy are there female Republicans? I do not knowâ€?) but she did shed some light on some of her views on various other political issues. Of abortion, she said, â€œNo country can go forward if every 30 years it keeps fighting the same fight.â€? Additionally, Lebowitz referred to gay marriage as a â€œdistracting issue, something that is not centrally important.â€? She then added, â€œI donâ€™t think anyone should be allowed to get
married anymore,â€? possibly to lighten the effect of her comment. With regard to the Republican Party, Lebowitz described a culture that hates elitism in terms of intelligence, but not necessarily wealth. They have been enabled, she claims, by â€œby 35 years of truly awful public education, which is probably why they donâ€™t want to fund public schools, because they thrive on the ignorance of others.â€? She labeled ignorance as the most deplorable quality of voters, Republicans or Democrats, since it prevents them from understanding what theyâ€™re actually voting for. â€œThereâ€™s a real problem when people dismiss politics as â€˜complicatedâ€™ and allow someone else to dumb it down for them,â€? Lebowitz concluded on the matter. â€œThe fact is democracy is complexity, which is why we are losing it. Simplifying politics only enables plutocracy, because it allows people not to tell the truth. The simpler the situation looks, the more dangerous it becomes.â€? The best summary of Lebowitzâ€™s views of contemporary America arose when describing what she considers to be an overabundance of writers. â€œThere is too much democracy in culture and not enough in society. We live in a plutocracy, but everyone writes a book.â€?
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Friday | October 5 The 10th Annual Andersonville Arts Weekend kicks off with its “Night of 100 pARTies,” an evening of theater, gallery hopping , music, and more, at least for those who are ver y good at time management. Stop by Anderson Galleria for their First Friday event, sprint over to the Edgewater Historical Society to ogle the masterful work of Plan Air Painters, and make a mad dash to the Neo-Futrarium to watch the Neo-Futurists perform 44 Plays for 44 Presidents, with any luck, in 44 seconds so you have enough time to attend the other 97 parties. But in all seriousness, there are actually 13 events, and you are going to have a fabulous time attending them. 6–10 p.m., free, Clark St. b/w Olive and Winnemac Aves. (note: tickets must be purchased for some theater events). While shopping around for courses that satisfy (as best they can) your highly attuned intellectual tastes, perhaps you missed out on a few other classes that were sure to get you hammered. “Everything
Yo u’ve Ever Wa nte d to Kn ow Ab o ut Whiskey,” for example, was offered at the Columbia Yacht Club, and The Savoy hosted “Red, White & Green: Two Hours of American Absinthe.” The fact is that Chicago Craft Spirit Week has been getting its drink on under the radar since Monday and the only way to make this okay is by going to the dozen or so tastings taking place throughout the city this weekend, including those at 2 Sparrows, Printer’s Row Wine Shop, and In Fine Spirits on Friday. 6-10 p.m., free-$50, various locations. Saturday | October 6 If you know anything about the pug life, then you must have heard of Ben Friedman and his canine companion Knuckles, who are hosting the Fall 2012 Pug Party today. This isn’t just your run-of-the-mill pet bonanza, as there will be karaoke, food tr ucks, and a caricaturist. Bring your scrunch-faced pooch, your chew toys and your kids, but, please, for the love of dogs, don’t bring your cat. However, since it’s
likely that you have none of these things, maybe just go with an open mind. 12–5 p.m., adults $8, kids $4, pugs $0, 1133 West Fulton Market. Dean Boyer knows that there is no more beautiful way to see Hyde Park than by bike. Apparently sociologist Terry Clark and political scientist Mark Henson are of similar minds, as the three academics are leading the 2012 South Side History Bike Tour, sponsored jointly by the Office of Sustainability reCYCLES Bike Share Program and the Office of the Reynolds Club and Student Activities (ORCSA). The 15-mile route hits important sites such the Stephen A Douglas Tomb and Memorial, Hull House, and the DuSable Museum. You must bring your own bike and helmet. 10:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m., free, leaves from Bartlett Quad. To register visit chicagostudies.uchicago.edu. Witness the birth of tragedy, comedy, and possibly something about zombies at the round-the-clock UT/TAPS event “24-Hour Play Festival.” Anyone who says
they know what will happen is absolutely lying to you because student participants will write, direct, rehearse and do tech for their caffeine-fueled dramas between the hours of Friday 8 p.m. and Saturday 8 p.m. Be prepared to laugh and to cry, but don’t expect any particular plot points. Performance starts at 8 p.m., $3, Third Floor Theater at Reynolds Club. Sunday | October 7 For just a fraction of the price of a ticket to Munich, you can take a couple of trains and maybe a bus or two to “Bachtoberfest” at the Music Institute of Ch ica g o in Evanston. Here you will listen to “Toccata and Fugue in D Minor” and “BWV 811” on harpsichord rather than to the sound of beer bottles smashing against pavement. There will be a buffet stocked with German food and drink and proceeds go towards a wonderful cause—supporting the 40th annual Bach Week Festival, slated for spring 2013. 5:30 p.m., $50, 1490 Chicago Ave, Evanston.
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At Stagg Field, a Saturday double-feature Barry: “[W]e are ready to take them on again with Carnegie, Lakeland on our home court” M. SOCCER continued from back
Wiercinski. “If you were to take a snapshot, we’d look very different from minute to minute.” On Monday, the Maroons will host Lakeland (2–7–2) in the second fixture of their four-game home stand. Chicago won comfortably against the Muskies last year, taking a 3–0 lead en route to a 4–1 victory. A similar result this year wouldn’t be a surprise; Lakeland has lost five of their last six games, including a 3–2 loss to North
Central, who the Maroons beat 3–0, and a 1–1 result against Concordia Chicago, who lost to the Maroons 5–2 early in the season. “Lakeland doesn’t quite come to town with the same reputation and the same rivalry as a team like Carnegie Mellon,” said Wiercinski. “But they’re physical and athletic, much like Carnegie, and are very capable of causing us problems.” Chicago’s games against Carnegie and Lakeland are scheduled, respectively, for 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. at Stagg Field.
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The Maroons will be honoring Buerkett by raising money for the Morgan Lee Buerkett Scholarship Fund. The squad also encourages you to wear baby blue to the games in support of the cause. Buerkett was an active church member, Woodward House resident, and sister of Delta Gamma sorority. She would have been a third-year this fall. The team’s toughest challenge on the court this weekend will come from Elmhurst, currently ranked ninth in the nation. On September 1, the Maroons lost to Elmhurst 2–3 in an away match. “We were a different team going into our match earlier in the season,” right-side hit-
ter Morgan Barry said, “and we are ready to take them on again on our home court.” After the tough loss to Emory this past weekend, Coach Walby hopes the team will bounce back with some new strateg y, intense focus, and dedication. “We are working on a lot of new competitive and challenging drills that should help us in any situation,” she said. “We try to break down strengths and weaknesses of our opponents and get a game plan we can feel comfortable with as a team.” Walby thinks the Maroons, if they play well, can “come out with two wins.” But it all comes down to execution. And maybe, when it comes to #13, being just a little bit lucky.
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South Siders to kick it with Carnegie in UAA showdown Women’s Soccer Jake Walerius Associate Sports Editor The UAA starts here for women’s soccer. After a hard-fought loss at No.1 Emory last week, the Maroons (7–3) welcome Carnegie Mellon (6–1–2, 0–1 UAA) to town, with both teams looking for their first win in conference play. Chicago won’t be beating itself up over last week’s loss, but they are aware of how important it is to rebound with a win. With only six games now left in the conference, there can be no wasted opportunities, and head coach Amy Reifert is relishing the opportunity to face a team that, on paper, has the talent to compete with the Maroons. “It should be a good game,” she said. “We’re two evenly matched teams who both lost on the first weekend of conference play and we’re both pretty desperate to get a win to get ourselves on the right foot in terms of conference play. We’re looking forward to a great game.” The Maroons suffered a tough loss last weekend, as they were unable to protect the lead given to them by fourth-year Brigette Kragie’s early goal, but they have taken some encouragement from their performance against the top-ranked side in the country. “It gives us confidence going forward, knowing that we can play with such a highly ranked team,” third-year Claire Mackevicius said. “We prepared for the Emory game just like we would any other UAA match and, though we didn’t maintain the lead after Brigette’s goal, we showed that we have the ability to compete with any team we might face.” “I know I’m biased, but I certainly be-
lieve that we are one of the top three or four conferences in the country, especially in terms of depth,” Reifert said. “There’s not an easy game in our conference. Getting to play against Emory on the road and compete well is great preparation heading into the Carnegie game.” It is unclear exactly what to expect from Carnegie on Saturday. Unlike the South Siders, the Tartans have found goals difficult to come by and may have to rely on their defense to overcome Chicago’s attack, the third most clinical in the UAA. Reifert, however, doesn’t think that either team is going to change their approach to accommodate the other team. “I think both teams are going to stick to what they do best and that it’s going to be a great competition,” Reifert said. “Obviously, we’ll make adjustments as needed for their top personnel, as I think they will for our top personnel, but I think both teams are going to put their best foot forward and believe that their teams can win with that best foot forward. “I can’t see one team or the other feeling like they needed to change things dramatically tactically to win this game.” Tactical adjustments or not, Chicago will be looking to their attack to lead the way. In a season in which they have conceded, on average, a goal per game, the Maroons will be relying on their two leading goal scorers, Kragie and second-year Sara Kwan, to continue to have the same sort of influence they have been showing all season and to get Chicago its first win in UAA play. The Maroons will kick-off at 11 a.m. tomorrow morning on Stagg Field.
In the team’s September 1 season-opener, third-year defender Katie Dana guards the ball from Kalamazoo midfielder Rachel Dandar. The defense prevailed: The Maroons went on to win the game 3–1. COURTESY OF NATHAN LINDSQUIST
Question & Answer with XC’s Chris Hall The men’s team is ranked 18th in the nation; the women’s, 16th. What’s next?
Cross country coach Chris Hall has high hopes for the upcoming season. JULIA REINITZ | THE CHICAGO MAROON
Isaac Stern Sports Staff Four years—four national semifinal appearances. Chicago (22–4) topped Johns Hopkins (18–6) 5–1 in Monday’s national quarterfinal in Cary, N.C. But the score does not tell the entire story. While fourth-year Jennifer Kung and third-year Linden Li gave the Maroons an early team lead with an 8–5 win at No. 2 doubles, an 8–6 loss by first-years Kelsey McGillis and Megan Tang
at No. 3 evened up the score. A win at No. 1 doubles would give the edge to the winning pair’s team heading into singles. As the new school year gets under way, the most important things on students’ minds range from “When is Amazon going to ship my books?” to “How can I switch into Drama?” But with the most important part of their season about to begin, the Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams’ thoughts may, understandably, be elsewhere. As preparation for regionals heads into its final month,
the Maroon sat down with head coach Chris Hall to discuss his teams’ prospects for the remainder of this promising season. CM: In your first four meets, the men’s team placed third, first, fourth and fifth, and the women’s team placed first, first, second, and 10th. How happy are you with those performances? CH: I am really pleased. Our women right now are undefeated against DII and DIII competition—we have only been beaten by scholarship schools so far. I feel like the women have a very deep and competitive squad. Our guys had a little stiffer competition from DIII. A school like North Central, which we have seen a couple of times, is the defending national champion and the number one team in the country right now. I feel great about how the men competed this past weekend going up against a predominantly DI field, including the defending DI national champions and currently number one ranked team, the Wisconsin Badgers. We’re not embarrassed to be beaten by teams like that. Those are great squads. CM: Last year the men’s team finished the year ranked 32nd and is now currently 20th, while the women’s team was ranked 24th and is now 21st. To what do you attribute this growth and national recognition? CH: You know, to be honest, I think our teams were under-
ranked last year. The NCAA ranks teams that advance to the national meet higher. Our men’s team is in a ridiculously tough region, where only the top five advance, and so they missed out on nationals. The women made nationals but were missing some key parts from injury last year that have come together this year. CM: In two weeks the teams travel to Wisconsin for the Wisconsin–Oshkosh invitational. Take us through the preparation the teams will go through to get ready for the meet. CH: I never considered cross country coaches to be Xs and Os kind of guys. We’re just going to try to train hard, stay focused, and work on achieving perfect running form. It will be nice, though, to see teams like Wash U there. It’s been great to run against teams like Wisconsin and Purdue, but we don’t know those squads— we barely know what colors they wear! Wash U, though, we look forward to seeing and getting a feel for. CM: Speaking of Wash U, several UAA teams also look to have strong squads this year. How do you think the men’s and women’s teams will stand up to our rivals at UAAs? CH: The UAA is stacked as a conference. Something like five or six of the UAA teams are ranked
in the top 25 consistently. But we have a goal, and that’s to win the conference title. Last year, we came in third on the men’s side and fourth on the women’s. We’ll have to run some great meets, and we recognize that other teams might have great meets too, but not too many teams are going into UAAs with the plan to win, like we are. And if we lose while running a great meet, we won’t be too upset with ourselves. CM: Regionals (national qualifiers) are just over a month away. What can Maroons fans expect on both an individual and team level? CH: I don’t know what you really mean by an individual level. Sure, individual qualifiers are great, but we would rather have the whole team go to the national meet. Our goal is to qualify both the men’s and women’s teams for nationals. We have never had both go in the same year, but we hope to change that. CM: If Julia Sizek and Billy Whitmore line up against a cheetah, how much trouble is that cheetah in? CH: Cheetah? I would say they’re the ones in trouble! Wait, is it a distance race? CM: Let’s assume distance. CH: Oh, in that case that cheetah is in for a whole lot of trouble. It might beat us around the first corner, but we’ll pass it up. Those things really are fast though!
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Men of steel: Maroons look to shred Tartans Men’s Soccer
Second-year midfielder Michael Choquette follows through on a shot against Illinois Wesleyan on September 18. Chicago dominated the game, winning 4–0. COURTESY OF NATHAN LINDQUIST
Derek Tsang Associate Sports Editor A Maroon squad well acquainted with dramatic matches, having faced
double overtime twice in the last week, plays fourthranked Carnegie Mellon (8–1–0, 1–0–0 UAA), one of the top teams in the UAA, at home this Satur-
day. Chicago (5–2–2, 0–1–0 UAA) will try to bounce back from last Saturday’s 4–3 loss to Emory, in which they came back from
a 3–0 deficit to knot the game in the 89th minute before conceding late. “The current taste in our mouth isn’t good,” head coach Scott Wiercinski
said. “Overtime’s great in the sense that you’re salvaging a loss, but it’s certainly frustrating. The guys feel like we should win every game we play.” The Tartans, conversely, will look to extend their six-game winning streak. Their defense, anchored by senior captain Ben Bryant, has held opponents scoreless in four of their last five games. A return to Stagg should prove a boon for the Maroons, who have outscored opponents 9–2 in five games at home. The team’s most dominating performances this season came during their last home stand, in the form of shutout victories against Illinois Wesleyan and North Central. If recent history is any indicator, though, the two squads seem destined for a nail-biter. Two seasons ago, Chicago surprised second-ranked Carnegie with their first loss of the season, triumphing 2–1 in double overtime. Last year, Carnegie got two late goals to knock off the Maroons
3–2, again in overtime. “Carnegie’s a very good team; they’re physical, athletic, and aggressive,” Wiercinski said. “We’ll try to entice them to be aggressive, and then try to play elsewhere.” The Tartans will see a very different squad this year, though. So far, the star of the season for the Maroons has been first-year Jorge Bilbao, who leads the team in goals with six. Bilbao mans the midfield for a young squad that, in their most recent match, started as many first-years (three) as they did third- and fourth-years. Chicago and Carnegie both play flexible styles, with goal-scoring and passing ability spread throughout the pitch. For the Tartans, Bryant has doled out a team-leading eight assists from the back, while the Maroons’ 4-1-4-1 formation affords their players plenty of freedom. “We like to play a very fluid style with players moving and interchanging different positions,” said M. SOCCER continued on page 13
For Monsters of the Midway, Lucky #13? Chicago to battle Elmhurst, Endicott it’s Gator-hunting season Volleyball Football Sarah Langs Associate Sports Editor Chicago football is on an upward trend. Five days after the NFL’s Chicago Bears beat the Dallas Cowboys, the Maroons maintained the pattern of success at the collegiate level, beating Oberlin 28–9. Sure, that school up north may be having a pretty decent season, too, but keep an eye on these South Siders. This Saturday, Chicago (2–2) takes on Allegheny (3–1). The Gators are coming off a convincing victory over a good Wabash team. The Maroons will need to put up a good offensive showing if they want to beat Allegheny. In three victories this year, the Gators have given up 14, 17, and three points, respectively. Their only loss occurred in a game against Carnegie Mellon, when they yielded 37. The South Siders will have to aim closer to that number on Saturday—as opposed to the zero they put up two weeks ago against Elmhurst—if they hope to pull out a victory. “The season is going well, but there is always room to improve,” fourth-year kicker and punter Jeff Sauer said. Fourth-year wideout Dee Brizzolara was a bit less pleased with the season’s path thus far.
Maddie Pisani Sports Contributor “I would have liked to have been 4–0 at this point, but unfortunately we didn’t do enough to earn two more wins,” he said. “[But] I really believe we’re on the upswing here, and I’m excited for the next game.” Looking ahead to Saturday, Sauer sees this game—and the rest on the schedule—as winnable. “We started slow against Oberlin but finished very strong and we’re looking to continue executing in all facets against Allegheny,” he said. “They recently beat Wabash who is a very good football team so the game on Saturday is going to come down to who executes better on offense, defense, and special teams. The goal for the rest of the season is to finish 8–2 and win another UAA championship, and we certainly have the players and coaching staff to do so.” The Maroons are hoping that their road towards that 8–2 season will start Saturday at Stagg Field. The game, their first home matchup of the academic year, starts at noon. “We just have to play Chicago football,” Sauer said. And no, he doesn’t mean Bears football, or Wildcats football. The Maroons are ready to show Chicago how it’s done.
Tomorrow the Maroons (15–5) face one of their biggest tests of the season as they host the Chicago Triangular. In their final home matches of the season, the South Siders play Endicott (6–10) at 10 a.m. and Elmhurst (14–4) at 2 p.m. The Maroons are also playing in memory of Morgan Buerkett, a former team member who died in a 2011 plane crash. Heading into the home stand, Chicago is coming off of a strong showing in the first UAA Round Robin. There, the team defeated Carnegie Mellon, 3–0; NYU, 3–1; and lost to number six Emory, 0–3. And—big news—the squad is ranked #13 in the DIII national poll. “[The team] appreciates the honor and opinions of the national poll, but as a team we realize we will need to work hard and earn every single win from here on out,” head coach Vanessa Walby said, “and come to play every match no matter who we are playing.” VOLLEY continued on page 13
Third-year Nikki DelZenero sets up fourth-year Katie Trela in Chicago’s 3–1 home victory against Benedictine on September 26. COURTESY OF NATHAN LINDQUIST