FRIDAY • JANUARY 11, 2013
THE STUDENT NEWSPAPER OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO SINCE 1892
ISSUE 18 • VOLUME 124
Gun control laws face uncertain trajectory Jon Catlin Senior News Staff
Party at the Smart Students celebrate being back on campus by making a collaborative mixed-media artwork during an evening party last night at the Smart Museum. JULIA REINITZ | THE CHICAGO MAROON
Law School Professor and U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Richard A. Posner, in a 2–1 decision from the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, declared the Illinois state law banning concealed carry of firearms unconstitutional last month. Posner, who has sat on the Seventh Circuit Court since 1981, penned the December 11 decision. “All that is clear is that an absolute ban on possessing a pistol is unconstitutional. The other restrictions a government might want to impose are up for grabs,” he wrote. The ruling, which came three days before the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, gave the Illinois
General Assembly 180 days to create their version of a new law. Meanwhile, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has asked for the Seventh Circuit Court to reconsider its decision before a 10-judge panel. Posner’s decision is considered a major victory for the National Rifle Association but has been contentious amongst lawmakers and legal experts. Illinois was the last holdout state in the nation to maintain a ban on concealed weapons. Former Law School dean and current professor Geoffrey Stone, Posner’s colleague, said that gun control’s legal history has been one of ambiguity. “It’s not a simple black-letter answer, unless of course that precise question is decided in a GUNS continued on page 4
Alumni grant sponsors Law School professor defends visiting Israeli scholars police code of silence ruling Lina Li Senior News Staff An alumni contribution will soon facilitate cross-cultural dialogue between Israeli academics and UChicago law scholars. David ( J.D. ’76) and Laureine Greenbaum donated $1 million last month to bring visiting scholars from Israel to the Law School. The University will host the scholars for at least one quarter of every year to teach Law School courses and lecture in the College. A faculty committee will be appointed to select the visiting scholars. According to Law School Dean Michael Schill, the process will be made easier be-
cause there are already substantial similarities between law scholars from UChicago and their Israeli counterparts. “Israel is one of the few places where law and economics are both prevalent in legal education, and obviously the University of Chicago is the home of law and economics, so there are lots of scholars who already know each other and work with each other,” he said. Beyond teaching, Schill said he hopes that the scholars will be able to participate fully in the UChicago community through working with other scholars to co-author papers and by offering LAW PROFS continued on page 4
Study abroad builds bridge to Oxford Janey Lee News Contributor Students now have the opportunity to study at one of the only universities in the world that looks more like Hog warts than UChicago. While the University’s seven other study abroad programs in
Great Britain and Ireland, which include direct-enrollment programs at King’s College London, Trinity College Dublin, and the London School of Economics, require students to stay for the academic year, the program at St. Catherine’s College will allow for more flexibility. OXFORD continued on page 5
University of Chicago Law School professor Craig Futterman advocated for the code of silence ruling in the recent court case Obrycka v. City of Chicago and Anthony Abbate. SYDNEY COMBS | THE CHICAGO MAROON
Hamid Bendaas News Contributor A U.S. district judge upheld a November 2012 jury ruling that the Chicago Police Department (CPD) follows a “code of silence” protecting fellow officers, thanks in part to the
efforts of a UChicago Law School professor. UChicago’s Craig Futterman and Northwestern University’s Locke Bowman filed a motion in December defending the original verdict that claims the existence of the code of silence against opposition from the City
of Chicago and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The case in question is that of CPD Officer Anthony Abbate who was caught on a surveillance video beating bartender Karolina Obrycka in 2007. The decision came to a close in November with the jury voting in CODE continued on page 3
Off-center for the arts » Page 6
Critical dissonance can’t stifle Les Mis’ storied voice » Page 10
After upset of Wash U, Maroons to take on unbeaten Rochester » Back Page
On Knowles’s latest album, sincerity is the mark of success » Page 11
Conference fall: Chicago drops UAA opener to Bears » Page 15
Safety: not first, but surprisingly close » Page 8
THE CHICAGO MAROON | ADVERTISEMENT | January 11, 2013
sale ends sat 1/26/13
Go online to order your Winter Quarter Books
UChicago.bncollege.com Save over 50% by renting You CAN highlight in your rental book!!! proudly brewing
970 e 58th st (58th & Ellis) /UChicagoBookstore
special quarter opening hours: sat 1/5 sun 1/6 mon 1/7 tues 1/8 weds 1/9
9-5 10-4 8-7 8-7 8-7
THE CHICAGO MAROON | NEWS | January 11, 2013
Russian legislators take a page from Harris rule book Amos Gewirtz News Contributor The Harris School of Public Policy played host to world leaders seeking to learn about local governance. On December 3, a delegation of Russian legislators visited the Harris School as part of an exchange program funded by the Open World Program, a congressionally-sponsored organization that aims to expose Eurasian leaders from post-Soviet countries to America’s form of democratic governance. The Harris School visit marked the beginning of a weeklong trip that took the five-member delegation to Washington, D.C. and Chicago. The legislators, all Moscow-based municipal council deputies, were interested in improving the efficiency of both the day-to-day operations of local government and broader long-term initiatives, which include regulating business, reducing corruption, and organizing volunteer programs. Along with administrators from the city of Chicago, Cook County, and Skokie, the delegation met with Harris School faculty members like senior lecturer Paula Worthington to discuss topics ranging from municipal finance to public park management to government transparency. According to Worthington, Chicago’s local problems could be used to demonstrate methods of combating some of the more nuanced challenges that generally face cities and municipalities.
“In Cook County we had two or three years with very high sales taxes. That led to a migration of businesses. Eventually those taxes were pulled back. These are problems that these legislators could now be able to avoid,” she said. Marc Farinella (M.A. ’87), the Harris School’s Chief Operating Officer, called the visitors “up-and-comers of Moscow’s government.” “They were young leaders who showed a real commitment to improving the way that things work,” he said. In selecting UChicago as a host, the Council of International Programs, which helped organize the trip, recognized its substantial public policy resources. “We chose the University of Chicago because it has a good public policy program and a capable team of faculty and staff, most with excellent experience, like Dr. Marc Farinella, who had extensive background with the U.S. electoral process in Illinois and other states,” said George Palamattam, executive director of the Council of International Programs. This type of visit is not uncommon at the Harris School, which has hosted foreign public servants and elected officials in the past. Several more exchange trips are planned, the earliest of which involves a delegation from a Serbian women’s leadership group coming to the University in mid-March.
Futterman: City bargain “outrageous” CODE continued from front
favor of Obrycka and awarding her $850,000 in damages to be collected from the City. The jury also ruled that an unofficial policy within the police department protected Abbate from punishment until the videotape became public. A month after the decision was handed down, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City of Chicago bargained to throw out the code of silence ruling. This is when Futterman decided to take action. Over the course of the five-yearlong Obrycka v. City of Chicago and Anthony Abbate trial, Futterman said he watched the case from the outside, intrigued but never formally involved. However, when it was announced that a joint motion had been filed to have the judgment against the City vacated, he felt the need to intervene. “It was outrageous. And I was far from the only one outraged,” he recalled. “It’s unfair that the City can buy itself out of a verdict. It simply doesn’t belong to them anymore.” The terms of the joint motion proposal, agreed upon by the mayor’s office and Obrycka, was that the code of silence verdict against the city be voided, with a guarantee from the City that it would immediately pay all damages and fees from the case and not seek further appeal. “One of the issues is, because it’s a joint motion, there’s no one who would be representing before the judge the public interest,” Futterman said. “Unless someone intervened, those arguments and those positions wouldn’t be aired.” Futterman asked Bowman (J.D. ’82), a friend and colleague who runs a clinic similar to Futterman’s, to help him file and defend a motion opposing
the City’s proposal. Ultimately, it took a team of volunteers to put together the brief defending their arguments to U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve. In her ruling, St. Eve accepted Futterman and Bowman’s arguments. Though the City’s lawyers argued that the code of silence decision could cost the City millions in future lawsuits, St. Eve upheld it on the basis that “it has a social value to the judicial system and public at large,” she said in her ruling. Futterman believes that the initial verdict and St. Eve’s subsequent defense of it is a step in the right direction. “If the City’s successful in being sure that their practices are never subject to scrutiny, there isn’t sufficient incentive to change.” He said he believes that addressing systemic sources of injustice in the police system, like the code of silence, not only benefits the victims in cases like the Obrycka case, but will also help good officers do their job better and create better relationships between police and the people they serve. Though Futterman acknowledges that Emanuel and current CPD superintendent Garry McCarthy were not responsible for creating the code of silence, he does blame them for “continuing a policy of denial that has allowed officers like Abbate to proceed with impunity for far too long.” “There was a political opportunity here to say, ‘Hey, we’re reformers and here are some lasting problems that need to be addressed,’” Futterman said. He said he wishes that Emanuel and McCarthy had used the Obrycka case as a chance to correct problems of police brutality, rather than evade them. “I was hopeful before and I remain hopeful, but what they did here was wrong.”
Park 52 bids adieu Park 52, an upscale comfort food restaurant located near Harper Court, hosts a closing celebration to thank its patrons over the years. BENJAMIN TRNKA | THE CHICAGO MAROON
Students mourn Indian rape victim Sindhu Gnanasambandan News Contributor University students joined members of the Chicago community in Millennium Park last Friday to hold a candlelight vigil in memory of the woman who died after being gang-raped by six men in New Delhi, India on December 29. The group of approximately 50 people was composed of students from UChicago and Northwestern as well as working professionals and members of advocacy groups. The majority of them were of Indian descent, according to Gunner Hamlyn, a graduate student at the Harris School of Public Policy and an attendee of the vigil. “The fact that she was a 23-yearold, middle class student made her representative of the Indian youth
itself. She was one of us in a way,” said Aman Chitkara, another Harris graduate student and one of the organizers of the vigil. The atmosphere of the event, Hamlyn said, was somber. “It was reserved and the emotions were specific and targeted. It seemed like a much more thoughtful kind of movement than just simply showing up to a place, carrying some signs, and shouting,” he said. Chitkara, who helped organize the vigil, wanted the event to play out as a forum regarding the issues of sexual violence and rape in India. He passed out a list of recommendations he compiled to send to the Justice Verma Committee, a council currently working to amend existing Indian laws regard-
ing this subject. The list included items such as broadening the definition of rape to include all forms of sexual assault and providing counseling and rehabilitation for survivors of sexual assault. “I believe the only way to get things done now is to maintain pressure on the legislative and judicial bodies. We must keep the visibility and keep voicing the issue,” Chitkara said. He added that open dialogue is necessary to adequately address the complexity of the issue. “It’s not only a governmental issue. It’s much deeper than that, as it’s societal in nature. The only way that you can address these issues is...by rather than stigmatizing it or calling it ‘taboo,’ you have to come out and just talk about these things.”
Renowned cancer researcher dies at 92 Stephanie Xiao Senior News Staff Molecular biologist Elwood V. Jensen (Ph.D. ’44), whose award-winning research on steroid hormones advanced the treatment of breast cancer, died from pneumonia on Sunday, December 16 in Cincinnati. He was 92. Jensen, the Charles B. Huggins Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the Ben May Department for Cancer Research, joined the U of C faculty in 1947 as an assistant professor of surgery and later became director of the Ben May Laboratory in 1969. At Chicago, he pioneered the study of steroid hormones, discovering a linkage between estrogen receptors and breast cancer that eventually led to the development of hormonal therapy treatments. These target estrogen-dependent tumors using drugs such as tamoxifen, which essentially inhibits the effects of estrogen to block breast cancer cell growth. At the time, standard breast cancer treatment involved surgically removing the ovaries or
adrenal glands. But after developing a test to detect estrogen in breast cancer cells, Jensen found that only a third of breast tumors carry estrogen receptors, thus allowing doctors today to identify which patients will respond to hormonal therapy and which will need chemotherapy. After retiring from the University of Chicago in 1990, Jensen served as worldwide research director of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in Zurich, the National Institutes of Health, Cornell Medical College, the University of Hamburg , and the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. He settled down at the University of Cincinnati as the George J. and Elizabeth Wile Chair in Cancer Research in 2002. “I really admired him,” his former Ben May colleague Shutsung Liao said in a University press release last month. “He was very careful, very serious in how he applied his knowledge of chemistry to biological problems. He opened a whole new field.” Jensen was nominated multiple times for the Nobel Prize in Medicine and was awarded the Albert Lasker Award for Basic
COURTESY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO NEWS OFFICE
Medical Research in 2004 for his work on estrogen receptors that, according to the Lasker Foundation, “saves or prolongs more than 100,000 lives annually.” A Fargo, ND native, Jensen is survived by his second wife, Pegg y, and two children from his first marriage, Thomas Jensen and Karen Jensen (M.D. ’77). Memorial services for Jensen were held yesterday in Cincinnati, and the University is planning a symposium in Jensen’s honor next spring.
THE CHICAGO MAROON | NEWS | January 11, 2013
Former Reagan home stays for now Biology professor faces off with Colbert—again Jake Smith News Contributor
Adam Shuboy News Contributor Associate Dean of the Biological Sciences Neil Shubin appeared on The Colbert Report for the second time on Wednesday night and delivered a
lecture the next evening at the Seminary Co-Op to promote his latest popular science book, The Universe Within: Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People. In his first book, Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the
3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body, Shubin drew on the relationship between fish and human anatomies in order to illuminate the phenomenon of evolution to readers. At the Co-Op, Shubin said that in SHUBIN continued on page 5
Soft Robots “jam”to a solid beat Harini Jaganathan News Contributor
LAW PROFS continued from front
workshops to students. The donation is considered a “leadership gift.” This type of endowment goes toward establishing a new institution, the creation of which is overseen by the donors. David, a member of the fundraising campaign committee, and Laureine offered their gift to support two causes they find especially meaningful: the Law School and Israeli-American dialogue. Despite the political controversy surrounding Israeli-Palestine relations, Schill
said that there was “no political component” to the gift. Andrea Hoffman, the interim director of Hillel, said the organization has not yet made plans to collaborate with the visiting scholars, though she said that Hillel would be happy to work with them to ensure more meaningful cultural dialogue. “We often don’t think about the nature of academia in other parts of the world, so this is going to be a tremendous opportunity to learn…about academia in Israel,” she said.
» December 19–January 1, 5625 South University (Fraternity House), unknown time-—Between 1 p.m .on December 19 and 4:40 p.m. on January 1, an unknown person gained entry into a room and took a television set.
Criminal trespass to vehicle
Damage to property
» December 20–January 2, 5812 South Ellis, unknown time—Between 4 p.m. on December 20 and 7:30 a.m. on January 2, an unknown person broke into an office cabinet and took gift cards.
Trespass to property
» December 14–January 3, Ida Noyes Hall, multiple incidents— Between 4 p.m. on December 14 and 7:30 a.m. on January 3, an unknown person entered a secured third floor office and took two computers. An unknown person also took cash from a first floor office. » January 5, 5118 South Dorchester, 12p.m.—An unknown person took unattended bags of groceries from the lobby of an apartment building. Source: UCPD Incident Reports
Type of Crime
S. Lake Shore
Law school dean: “No political component” to alumni contribution
Jan. 7 Jan. 10
S. Hyde Park
court,” he said in an interview. “What the Supreme Court did in [District of Columbia v.] Heller is guarantee individuals the right to purchase and possess a firearm, but it didn’t say the state can’t regulate what kind of firearm, it didn’t say the state can’t regulate who can own a firearm.” However, he recognized the potential difficulty of passing gun control legislation in Illinois.
“I would suspect that statewide regulation of guns would be a real challenge in Illinois. I mean, it’s not Montana, but it’s also not D.C.,” he said. “I think it’ll be a tough sell to get state laws substantially regulating guns in Illinois.” Governor Pat Quinn had previously threatened to veto policy allowing concealed carry, and a spokesperson for Rahm Emanuel said the mayor was “disappointed” with the ruling, according to an article published in the Chicago Tribune.
Since Jan. 1
Here are this week’s notables:
GUNS continued from front
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 37th to 65th Streets and South Cottage Grove to Lake Shore Drive.
Governor, mayor oppose concealed carry ruling
Weekly Crime Report By Marina Fang
landmark status cannot have any features deemed historically or architecturally significant changed without approval from the City. According to a report by the Commission, it decided the building “does not have sufficient architectural significance” and lacks historical value because it was “not associated with Mr. Reagan during his active and productive years.” According to the University statement, administrators are considering placing a dedicatory marker on the site to signify the building’s presidential legacy.
Jack Spicer, who sits on the Hyde Park Historical Society board, supports the forced delay and believes the University should consider concerns from community members before tearing down the property. “Respect ought to be paid whether or not you agree with [Reagan] politically,” said Spicer, who has actively spoken out against the demolition. Despite these sentiments, the Commission on Chicago Landmarks had previously halted the preservationists’ cause, denying an appeal to grant the location official landmark status. Any building granted
In the process of developing soft robots, Jaeger’s lab also came up with a soft gripper that can be used to grasp objects and which uses the same jamming idea. “We take a flexible bag, we fill it with grains, we press it against the object in its unjammed state, so it’s malleable and it’ll conform to arbitrary shapes,” Jaeger said. “Then we ‘jam’ it so it’s a rigid mold and it can pick objects up.” Jaeger is currently building upon his research in order to understand what materials specifically to use in soft robots and soft grippers. “Jamming works with almost any particle,” Jaeger said. “It’s a beautiful research problem. It involves essentially everything that science has a hard time with right now. It’s nonlinear, it’s far from equilibrium—all those wonderfully deep problems that we don’t know the answer to.”
After failing to qualify for landmark status, the unmarked boyhood home of President Ronald Reagan, where he lived for a year at the age of four, is being demolished by the University to build a new parking lot. KRISTIN LIN | THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
Doing “the robot” may become a little more fluid, thanks to the advancement by University of Chicago professors on what researchers are calling “soft robotics.” Physics professor Heinrich Jaeger and his team at the Jaeger Lab, a part of the James Franck Institute which is dedicated to interdisciplinary research in science, have collaborated with researchers at Cornell University, University of North Carolina, and iRobot, a company that produces military and household robots, to develop a multipurpose robot in the shape of a blob, capable of bending and squeezing through holes. Inspired by flexible animals like octopi, the Department of Defense’s Advanced Research
Project Agency (DARPA) initiated the project in order to develop a similarly flexible robotic system. The project was funded by DARPA and the National Science Foundation. “Typical robots always have hard components,” Jaeger said. “They wanted to find out if it was possible to develop something that was a completely soft version of a robotic system that might move and change shape.” The robot functions by using a “jamming” mechanism that allows materials to transition from a liquid-like state to a more rigid, solid state. “It’s essentially an elastic membrane that is filled with granulate, or particles,” Jaeger explained. “In this type of approach, you don’t have an essentially predetermined function for components. It’s just a bag of stuff that conforms to shapes.”
The University of Chicago’s plan to tear down an apartment building where President Ronald Reagan once lived has hit a wall. The University bought the building in 2004, intending to demolish it and use the space to expand the medical and biological research campuses, according to a University statement. Located at 832 East 57th Street, the property stands on the site of a proposed parking structure for the Center for Care and Discovery, the University of Chicago Medical Center’s hospital pavilion set to open in February. However, due to what some are alleging is its historical importance, the demolition has been delayed by the City of Chicago. The Reagan family lived in the building’s first-floor apartment for 10 months between 1914 and 1915, when the future president was three and four years old. On December 27, Heneghan Wrecking & Excavating Co., Inc. applied on the University’s behalf for a permit to demolish the now vacant three-story apartment building. But because the Chicago Historic Resources Survey designated the building as possessing “some architectural feature or historical association” in 1995, the demolition permit was automatically delayed for a maximum of 90 days. According to Peter Strazzabosco, a spokesman for the Chicago Department of Housing and Economic Development, the City of Chicago’s Historic Preservation Division will use this time to “reach out to the property owner and discuss alternatives to demolition.”
*Locations of reports approximate
THE CHICAGO MAROON | NEWS | January 11, 2013
New Oxford program to accept few students
Shubin on Colbert NEWS IN BRIEF appearance: â€œI wanted Arts hub closes up shop Southside Hub of Production (SHoP) has left to get science acrossâ€?
OXFORD continued from front
SHUBIN continued from page 4
Students have the option of staying for the entire year, for autumn quarter only, or for winter and spring quarters jointly. According to Assistant Director for Student Affairs in Study Abroad Lewis Fortner, the program was born out of studentsâ€™ long-standing interest in forming a liaison between the U of C and Oxford University. While several students have directly enrolled in Oxford programs in previous years, this is the first formal connection between the two universities. The program is not restricted to a particular theme, and students of all majors are eligible to apply via the regular study abroad application online. As with existing study abroad programs, students will be able to acquire credits for graduation as well as fulfill major requirements. Fortner said the application process will be highly competitive, as only about two students would be accepted. â€œIn many ways, while the names Oxford and Cambridge are magic, these universities are not appropriate for most visiting American students,â€? he said. As a St. Catherineâ€™s education is based on a combination of intimate one-on-one tutorials and lectures, successful applicants will be expected to demonstrate a significant amount of independence and self-motivation, Fortner said. The deadline to apply to study abroad programs in Great Britain and Ireland, including Oxford, is January 18. The Oxford program is only open to second-, third-, and fourth-year students.
The Universe Within, he wanted to go even deeper than he had in his previous book and delineate the relationship between living creatures and stardust. Shubin first appeared on The Colbert Report to promote his first book five years ago. The publication date of his newest book, The Universe Within, was moved up one week to coincide with his latest appearance on the show. Shubin planned his appearance carefully. â€œI wanted to get science across and not just be a guest,â€? he said. Drawing an analog y between the experience of conversing with Colbert and playing a chess game, Shubin explained that a degree of strateg y and preparation was necessary in order to get key points across about the science behind his book. Prepared with â€œ20-second sound bites,â€? he acted on the lessons he learned the first time around. Appearing on The Colbert Report provides the kind of opportunity Shubin cites as his motivation for penning the books he does. He said that writing popular science books lets him address â€œthe disconnect between what I and my colleagues take for granted and what many people in the general public take as utterly bizarre,â€? he said.
GOT NEWS? Visit www.chicagomaroon.com for more coverage.
First Prize $1500 Second prize $500
Fenn House with no specific plans for its relocation. SHoP had its last event, a closing party and concert, at Fenn House on December 31. The First Unitarian Church, which owns Fenn House, decided against renewing SHoPâ€™s lease for 2013, and instead entered into negotiations with a buyer from the Hyde Park area. In an interview with the Maroon last November, Laura Schaeffer, the hubâ€™s artistic director, said she would continue searching for a new Hyde Park location to provide space for SHoPâ€™s community events, which include potlucks, concerts, and art galleries. There are several local properties in mind, according to the Hyde Park Herald, though it is uncertain exactly when or where SHoP would move. â€”Madhu Srikantha
Alum dies after Tasered by cops An alumnus of the College died December 13 after police used a Taser on him twice. Philip O. Coleman (A.B.â€™96) was arrested for allegedly beating his 69 year-old mother in her West Pullman home December 12, according to a Chicago Tribune article. The next day, Chicago police officers used the Taser on Coleman during transfer from the Calumet police station on East 111th Street to court because he became â€œcombative,â€? police said. He was then taken to Roseland Community Hospital, where police said he became â€œphysically aggressiveâ€? to hospital staff and police officers, leading the officers to use the Taser on him a second time. Coleman was admitted to the hospital and given a sedative, which hospital president Dian Powell said is hospital protocol, the Sun-Times reported. He died that evening while still in police custody. â€”Celia Bever
OldCo-Oppreparesfornewtenants CTA alters transit options Renovations began this past month to redesign 5757 South University Avenue, the previous location of the Seminary Co-op, as the future home for the Department of Economics and the Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics. Phase one of the renovations includes new tiered classrooms and study commons. It also includes work on some of the buildingâ€™s deferred maintenance issues, namely parts of the masonry and slate roofing. Phase two of the renovations is set to begin in December 2013 and will include the construction of a new economic research pavilion as an expansion to the north side of the building between Woodlawn and University Avenues. The addition is scheduled to be completed sometime in 2015. The project also includes plans to extend the quad by turning the stretch of 58th Street between Woodlawn and University Avenues into a pedestrian walkway. â€”Alex Hays
Changes to some Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) bus and train routes went into effect December 16. These included expanded service on highly trafficked routes and cuts to routes with low ridership. The 2 Hyde Park Express, 4 Cottage Grove, and 6 Jackson Park Express bus routes, which all serve Hyde Park residents, will run more frequently during weekday rush periods. The 6 and the 59 routes will also have extended service hours in the early morning and late evening. Some routes have been cut due to â€œlow ridershipâ€?, including the X28 Stony Island Express, which provided an express route from 47th Street and Lake Park Boulevard to Union Station during weekday rush hours. As a result of the X28â€™s elimination, the 28 Stony Island Local route, which also transports riders to Union Station, will run more frequently during rush hours. In all, the plan has added service to 48 bus routes and eliminated 12. â€”Marina Fang
Premedicine and Professional Health Careers 4HE 0REMEDICINE AND 0ROFESSIONAL (EALTH #AREERS PROGRAM PREPARES STUDENTS INTERESTED IN APPLYING TO MEDICAL SCHOOL AND OTHER HEALTH RELATED PROGRAMS 4HE CONCENTRATIONS ARE DESIGNED FOR STUDENTS WHO HAVE NOT COMPLETED THE COURSES GENERALLY REQUIRED FOR ADMISSION TO THESE SCHOOLS !LL COURSES OFFER UNDERGRADUATE CREDIT
Concentrations: s Premedicine s Prenursing s 0REPHYSICIAN !SSISTANT s 0RECLINICAL 0SYCHOLOGY s 0REPHYSICAL 4HERAPY
Online Information Session: Tuesday, January 15, 6 â€“7 p.m. www.scs.northwestern.edu/health s 312-503-4682
www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/crerar/crerar-prize Submission deadline: April 8, 2013
Editorial & Op-Ed JANUARY 11, 2013
Off-center for the arts Departure of SHoP from Fenn House calls University’s commitment to art, community into question
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 JAMIE MANLEY Senior Editor CELIA BEVER News Editor MARINA FANG News Editor MADHU SRIKANTHA News Editor JENNIFER STANDISH News Editor AJAY BATRA Viewpoints Editor DAVID KANER Viewpoints Editor EMMA BRODER Arts Editor HANNAH GOLD Arts Editor DANIEL RIVERA 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 JEN XIA Head Copy Editor BEN ZIGTERMAN Head Copy Editor SYDNEY COMBS Photo Editor TIFFANY TAN Photo Editor JOY CRANE Assoc. News Editor ANKIT JAIN Assoc. News Editor STEPHANIE XIAO Assoc. News Editor EMMA THURBER STONE Assoc. Viewpoints Editor ALICE BUCKNELL Assoc. Arts Editor SARAH LANGS Assoc. Sports Editor JAKE WALERIUS Assoc. Sports Editor JULIA REINITZ Assoc. Photo Editor
The new year is, for many, a time of improvement. For the Southside Hub of Production (SHoP), 2013 will be a year for starting completely anew. On January 1, SHoP—a community arts venue in Hyde Park—moved out of Fenn House, located near the northwest corner of 57th Street and Woodlawn Avenue, its home since September 2011. The First Unitarian Church, which owns Fenn House and is based in the adjacent building, leased the property to SHoP for a below market rate. Now, however, the church plans to sell the 6,000–square foot building as a residential home; listed at $1.195 million, its sale is currently pending, according to a December 27 Hyde Park Herald article. Fenn House has a long tradition of serving as a space for community enrichment, and in light of its pending sale, the University has a responsibility as a steward of the community to ensure that independent endeavors like those it housed still have the opportunity to thrive in Hyde Park. First Unitarian purchased Fenn House in 1952 with the aim of expanding its own educational
facilities. After a spell playing host to classes for what was then the Graduate School of Business, Fenn House began its decadeslong history as a center of community-oriented pedagog y. Blue Gargoyle—a nonprofit program that provided residents of the South Side with tutoring, literacy training, counseling, GED prep, and child care—operated out of Fenn House until its closure in 2009 due to financial difficulties. The program brought together community members of all ages, educators, and student volunteers, all under Fenn House’s roof. Speaking to the Maroon in 2009, a former Blue Gargoyle staff member called the organization’s closure “a devastating loss to a lot of people and the community.” Unfortunately, now that SHoP is out in the cold, Fenn will be the site of another such loss. SHoP acted as a bona fide center for artistic expression and education, but, as with Blue Gargoyle, its success as an institution lay in its ability to draw in the whole of Hyde Park, not just UChicago students. Its status as a fully independent and self-defined organi-
zation broadened its potential offerings; in a single week it could host a slam poetry reading, intimate talks, arts and crafts activities, and a weekend flea market that would draw not only large crowds but also diverse ones. As with Blue Gargoyle’s closure, the decision to end SHoP’s lease was financially motivated, with a First Unitarian representative claiming that the church could no longer reasonably afford to subsidize SHoP’s tenancy. While the project appears to have the financial backing of Ken Schug, a member of First Unitarian Church who offered this summer to buy Fenn House on behalf of SHoP, it is discouraging to see that the University seemingly has no interest in the matter. UChicago is undoubtedly a stalwart, especially in the financial sense, of Hyde Park and of the South Side in general. Yet, in spite of both that reality and the oft-stated claim that it is proud to be a part of the city of Chicago—and its recent push to have its students share that pride, in thought and in action—the University has made no public effort to ensure that SHoP will have a place
in Hyde Park, where the project has already accomplished great things as a cultural center and where its true potential remains even greater. With the Logan Center now a vibrant part of campus life, the University has laudably expressed a heightened level of commitment to the arts and cultural exchange. However, by failing to perpetuate Fenn House’s role as a thriving center for the Hyde Park community, and by not offering any assistance as SHoP searched for a new home, the University missed opportunities to cultivate local and independent arts and service initiatives. Such efforts are capable of an impact similar to that of the Logan Center, but with the added important benefit of coming directly from the community. And if the University does not demonstrate a willingness to support such endeavors, all its rhetoric about a sense of belonging to the city of Chicago may, like Fenn House, be empty.
The Editorial Board consists of the Editors-in-Chief and the Viewpoints Editors.
A state of unrest Consider the value of all you do in terms of the life-altering sleep it will cost you
TYRONALD JORDAN Business Manager VIVIAN HUA Undergraduate Business Executive TAMER BARSBAY Director of Business Research QUERIDA Y. QIU External Director of Marketing IVY ZHANG Internal Director of Marketing VINCENT MCGILL Delivery Coordinator HYEONG-SUN CHO Designer CHELSEA FINE Designer ANDREW GREEN Designer SNEHA KASUGANTI Designer NICHOLAS ROUSE Designer CATIE ARBONA Copy Editor
By Ajay Batra Viewpoints Editor
KEN ARMSTRONG Copy Editor AMISHI BAJAJ Copy Editor MARTIA BRADLEY Copy Editor SHANICE CASIMIRO Copy Editor CONNOR CUNNINGHAM Copy Editor LISA FAN Copy Editor ALAN HASSLER Copy Editor SHERRY HE Copy Editor NISHANTH IYENGAR Copy Editor
Now, it is winter. We’re all freshly returned from a break which ideally consisted of at least enough rest and relaxation to make the next 11 weeks seem like a sensible endeavor. I, for one, just spent three solid
weeks sleeping like a baby. Really, “like a baby” doesn’t even do it justice: A family member who I’m reasonably sure is still in diapers pulled me aside at a Christmas party to tell me she knew what I was going through, and to stay strong. While I did appreciate the solidarity (and the helpful tips about teething), I knew deep down that there was no need to worry. As a direct result of getting sufficient sleep over break, my life was so much more enjoyable than it had been in the previous few weeks. I woke up feeling refreshed, energetic, alert, and able to live my life with a gusto I hadn’t had since
about halfway through last quarter. I glided around the streets of Las Vegas feeling almost too aware of everything happening around me, feeling more capable of taking it in. And I owed it all to getting eight or more hours of sleep a night. (Now maybe it wasn’t a controlled experiment, and all the not-finals I had to do certainly didn’t hurt, but I stand by my claim.) It was great while it lasted, is what I’m saying. But that’s not all I’m saying. As I unpacked my things after once again arriving in Chicago, I realized that, in my suitcase of tightly packed clothes, I’d also managed to squeeze in most of
the good sleep I’d be getting for all of winter quarter. A pile of papers left on my desk from last quarter reminded me that things are about to get real; that my prolonged respite really was just a respite; that all I’d done was spend three weeks filling up a reservoir of rest only to spend the next three months completely draining it. Now is when I begin to act out the experimental one-man play that I always put on in real time when I’m here—in which a guy, having been bitten by a zombie, undergoes the slowest transformation to undeadhood in recorded history. SLEEP continued on page 9
CECILIA JIANG Copy Editor MICHELLE LEE Copy Editor JONAH RABB Copy Editor LINDSEY SIMON Copy Editor ESTHER YU Copy Editor
After Newtown The emotional impetus of the tragedy in Connecticut cannot foster long-lasting change on its own
The Chicago Maroon is published twice weekly during autumn, winter, and spring quarters Circulation: 5,500. The opinions expressed in the Viewpoints section are not necessarily those of the Maroon. © 2012 The Chicago Maroon, Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 East 59th Street Chicago, IL 60637 Editor-in-Chief Phone: 773.834.1611 Newsroom Phone: 773.702.1403 Business Phone: 773.702.9555 Fax: 773.702.3032 CONTACT News: News@ChicagoMaroon.com Viewpoints: Viewpoints@ChicagoMaroon.com Arts: Arts@ChicagoMaroon.com Sports: Sports@ChicagoMaroon.com Photography: Photo@ChicagoMaroon.com Design: Design@ChicagoMaroon.com Copy: CopyEditors@ChicagoMaroon.com Advertising: Ads@ChicagoMaroon.com
By Maya Fraser Viewpoints Columnist What should we take from Newtown? We can fail to understand. We can mourn. We can sit in our homes, huddling in fear. We can call for reforms in our gun laws, in our mental health
system, in the video game industry. We can turn our schools into fortresses. We can make sure that every teacher is packing. We can lift all gun bans. We can ban all guns. But we can’t bring those children back from the dead. Now we must decide what changes will be implemented to prevent something like this from happening again. I have seen a vast outpouring of grief over the past month. Our collective empathy has proven to be powerful. We wept for children that we never knew, because we can imagine with painful clar-
ity losing those that we do. We busied ourselves raising money, knitting stuffed animals, or posting on Facebook. But in time it will fade. All tragedies do. It will fade from our collective consciousness and lose its sense of urgency—as have all other shootings, terrible accidents, and weather-related disasters. Though we are capable of great empathy, we are only capable of so much and for so long. Of the slew of possible reforms and legislation that have been proposed, how many will still be on the table a year from now ? If we want to create policy in
the light of tragedies such as Newtown, we must find a way to continue our emotional involvement with them for a long time after they happen so that policy changes are not dropped, conduct a less emotion-based analysis to determine what changes would be most effective, and ensure that we include changes that will not be restricted to the specificities of the particular incidents. Such a measured approach would allow us to take advantage of the motivation for change that comes after tragedy, but not let our emotions drive us to make NEWTOWN continued on page 9
THE CHICAGO MAROON | VIEWPOINTS | January 11, 2013
Post, “Like,” Memory In the age of Facebook, it is growing more difficult to look on the past with undue sentimentality
I wonder if, years from now, my memories from the ’90s will become indistinguisable from our collective memory of that time.
than a minute. The increased availability of documentation of our own lives should reduce the temptation to rely on fuzzy memory to evaluate one’s history. One of my friends once complained that digital cameras made photos less meaningful because we don’t have to worry about wasting film or photo album space anymore. However, I actually like having access to all these seemingly mundane pictures. Photos in which everybody’s neatly posed and grinning broadly are always nice to see because they’re often taken during significant or treasured
THE CHICAGO MAROON
I’ve been a little wary of nostalgia ever since I read One Hundred Years of Solitude, which seemed to imply that feeling too much of it will cause you to have children with corkscrew tails (all right, that may not exactly be the point of the book). Nevertheless, winter break is a nice time to indulge in nostalgia, since that’s when you get to hang out with people you haven’t seen in months or perhaps years. Plus, everybody gets to take a lot of pictures together. As I was uploading my photos from winter break to Facebook, I began to think about how the effect of nostalgia on memory will change with modern technology. Looking back on all the photos, I realized that my life from the mid-2000s onward is far better documented than my life in the years preceding. Despite my relative shortage of mementos from the late ’90s, I still have a fairly genial recollection of that time. Gel pens, Pokémon, the better seasons of Friends…what’s not to like? And then I remember that I was only seven when the ’90s ended. I suspect that my memories of the decade have been disproportionately colored by pop culture. Looking over the “25 Ways to Tell You’re a Kid from the ’90s” list from Buzzfeed, which relies a lot on appealing to the nostalgia of rather young people, I recognize Trapper Keepers, Ring Pops, the Macare-
By Jane Huang Viewpoints Columnist
na, and Lisa Frank from my childhood. Other items, such as Fresh Prince and Are You Afraid of the Dark?, did not enter my consciousness until well after the decade was over. I wonder if, years from now, my personal memories of the ’90s will become indistinguishable from our collective memory of that time—like when a Broadway cast recording replaces my memory of a performance I attended because I’ve listened to it so many times. Whereas I would probably have to spend hours digging through photo albums or boxes to get mementos from the ’90s, I can find photos and writing from six years ago by clicking around on my computer for less
moments in our lives, but the candid shots convey valuable truth as well because they aren’t so sentimental. Awkwardly timed shots of me eating a sandwich are rather amusing in hindsight and as much a part of my experience as anything else. Though the things we store on our hard drives or present to others on the Internet hardly provide a raw, gritty portrait of our lives, the more frequent opportunities to cringe and then smile at our past selves should keep our selfappraisals a bit more honest. I try to avoid mythologizing the past. For instance, I have never bought into the popular nostalgia for the 1950s. Eisenhower and Johnny Cash are pretty darn cool, but McCarthyism and segregation? Not so much. It’s worthwhile to be able to appreciate the past, but not at the expense of ignoring the progress that has been made since. I don’t think people our age will be able to entirely escape the fate of lectur- perience of it. Any sweeping generalizaing later generations on how times have tions people might be tempted to make changed for the worse and casting our for- about these years will have to face a wealth mative years as a golden era (“When I was of contradictory information from others. your age, Pluto was a planet…”). Neverthe- As someone from the ’90s might say, we less, maybe it will become harder to build can just focus on keeping it real. a prevailing collective narrative about the past that will overpower our personal ex- Jane Huang is a third-year in the College.
SEEKING WRITERS, DESIGNERS, COPY-EDITORS, CARTOONISTS, PHOTOGRAPHERS Have what it takes to make the Maroon Staff? Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
THE CHICAGO MAROON | VIEWPOINTS | January 11, 2013
Safety: not first, but surprisingly close Commonly-held perceptions of crime in Hyde Park do not match the actual numbers By Sheridan Lardner Viewpoints Contributor From first-years to graduate students, there is a widely circulated myth that Hyde Park is an exceptionally unsafe neighborhood. We certainly see a lot of daily evidence as to this danger. Campus street corners seem to have more security and police patrol cars than most military installations. CTA bus drivers often remind students to keep their phones hidden while on the bus. A number of violent, high-profile robberies during the last year made it into both the Maroon and even Chicago Tribune pages. And letâ€™s not forget Chicagoâ€™s nationally publicized 506 (or 513, depending on your source) murders in 2012, many of which occurred only a few miles from Cobb Hall. Between these constant reminders of imminent peril, it is no wonder that University members live with such crime anxiety. Fortunately, this fear is almost entirely unfounded. As many students know, the University and Hyde Park are actually some of the safest places in all of Chicago, let alone on the South Side. There are many factors contributing to this, including the exceptional officers of the University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD), high property values, low poverty and demographic diversity. This reality is often obscured by the constant export of tragic, violent stories from surrounding communities, many of which do suffer from extreme crime rates. But according to Chicago Police Department (CPD), over the past five years, Hyde Park had one of the lowest occurrences of violent crime in any Chicago neighborhood.
As an example, consider 2008, the most recent year in which Chicago surpassed the grisly 500-homicide mark. Hyde Park had a violent crime rate of 558 per 100,000 residents. By comparison, the citywide rate was more than twice as much, at 1,263 per 100,000 Chicagoans. Of course, then there were nearby communities, many of which experienced a different sort of violence entirely, one far more tenacious and constant than we are accustomed to in Hyde Park. Take for example Woodlawn (1,904), Washington Park (3,138), and Englewood (5,405)â€”just a snapshot of â€œthe other Chicagoâ€? that lies beyond our borders. Trends over time tell a more complete story than just yearly snapshots, and that is as true of crime data as any other field of social science. The UCPD reports that Hyde Park violent crime steadily declined for the past decade. But did this trend continue into 2012, a year that saw awful spikes in violence across the rest of Chicago? Were Hyde Park and the University affected? To answer this question, I looked at UCPD and CPD crime logs from 2011 and 2012. Although the data sets have overlaps in reported crime, there are often big differences; incidents called in exclusively to the CPD do not show up in UCPD reports, for example. This meant it was possible that UCPD and CPD data showed different stories about what happened in these two years. Because violent crime is so uniquely harmful to victims and a community, I only looked at robbery, battery, assault, and murder. Property crimes, although damaging, just do not cause the same sort of profound trauma.
CONTEMPO: CHAMPIONS OF TOMORROWâ€™S MUSIC
01.12.13 SAT | 7:30 PM Shulamit Ran, Artistic Director
6:30 PM discussion with UChicago composers and Professor Martha Feldman
Performance Hall, Logan Center for the Arts Celebrating UChicago Composers
In the end, both sources were in agreement: Hyde Park has gotten a whole lot safer from 2011 to 2012. According to the UCPD, there was a 12 percent decrease in Hyde Park violence, from 103 incidents in 2011 to 91 in 2012. The CPD, with a more comprehensive set of reported crimes, reported 758 incidents in 2011 but only 537 in 2012, a whopping 29 percent decrease. Admittedly, some readers might be very alarmed by these raw numbers, totals that still seem high. To put them in context, consider the hyper-affluent Gold Coast on the cityâ€™s North Side, a neighborhood that is widely acknowledged to be the safest community in the city. In 2011, the Gold Coast recorded 502 violent incidents, with 404 in 2012. These numbers are right in the range of Hyde Parkâ€™s, proving not only how safe our South Side home is, but also that it remains one of the safest places in Chicago. Despite these statistics, our University is
still in an urban area. Crime still occurs, especially violent crime. As head instructor in the UChicago Self-Defense Club, I always remind my students to remain vigilant and aware, even though crime in our area is thankfully so low. For those who are the victims of crime, these probabilities and percentages are little consolation. But for most students, alumni, applicants, professors, and Hyde Park community members, the facts about local crime are very heartening. In light of these findings, letâ€™s all make a collective resolution in this new year to stop preaching the myth of UChicago and Hyde Park crime and danger. Also, returning to those wise CTA drivers, letâ€™s actually put those iPhones and handheld devices away when we are in transit, whether walking or bussing. Sheridan Lardner, A.B. â€˜11, is a graduate student in the School of Social Service Administration.
SUBMISSIONS The Chicago Maroon welcomes opinions and responses from its readers. Send op-ed submissions and letters to: The Chicago Maroon attn: Viewpoints 1212 East 59th Street Chicago, IL 60637 E-mail: Viewpoints@ChicagoMaroon.com The editors reserve the right to edit materials for clarity and space. Letters to the editor should be limited to 400 words. Op-ed submissions, 800 words.
Premedicine and Professional Health Careers 4HE 0REMEDICINE AND 0ROFESSIONAL (EALTH #AREERS PROGRAM PREPARES STUDENTS INTERESTED IN APPLYING TO MEDICAL SCHOOL AND OTHER HEALTH RELATED PROGRAMS 4HE CONCENTRATIONS ARE DESIGNED FOR STUDENTS WHO HAVE NOT COMPLETED THE COURSES GENERALLY REQUIRED FOR ADMISSION TO THESE SCHOOLS !LL COURSES OFFER UNDERGRADUATE CREDIT
Anthony Cheung: Roundabouts for piano Marta Ptaszynska: Four Portraits for string quartet Marta Ptaszynska
Marta Ptaszynska: Spider Walk for solo percussion Shulamit Ran: Under the Sunâ€™s Gaze (Concerto da Camera III)
Concentrations: s Premedicine s Prenursing
Augusta Read Thomas: Passion Prayers
Augusta Read Thomas
Augusta Read Thomas: Scat
s 0REPHYSICIAN !SSISTANT
Cliff Colnot, conductor
s 0RECLINICAL 0SYCHOLOGY
Performers: Anthony Cheung, piano;
s 0REPHYSICAL 4HERAPY
eighth blackbird; PaciďŹ ca Quartet; guest artists Dedicated exclusively to the performance of new music, Contempo is one of the most successful new music groups in the nation. Donâ€™t miss this evening of creative and virtuosic music. Anthony Cheung
$25 / $5 students with valid ID Buy your tickets today! 773.702.ARTS (2787)
â€œâ€Śa winning combination of intriguing music and superb performers.â€? âˆ’ Chicago Sun Times
Online Information Session: Tuesday, January 15, 6 â€“7 p.m. www.scs.northwestern.edu/health s 312-503-4682
THE CHICAGO MAROON | VIEWPOINTS | January 11, 2013
Only give up a full seven-to-niner if it’s for something that’s really worthwhile SLEEP continued from page 6 And the funny thing is, there are always a lot of people doing the same thing. I could call them plagiarists, but I won’t. Instead, I’d like to point out how absurd it is for a small society of over a thousand young people in the prime of their lives to willingly wave goodbye to their full potential as beings merely by neglecting sleep. For three whole months, too. This little world of ours is one in which it is totally acceptable to talk about sleep like it’s some sort of rare and vastly depleted resource, like diamonds or French Toast Crunch. Nineteen year-olds walk out of their dorms and apartments with irrepressible swagger and a seeming need to sigh contentedly every five seconds after getting a whole six hours of sleep, which you’ll notice is clinically not enough. They’re gonna brag to their friends about those six hours like they won a Daytime Emmy. ( Just Daytime. I don’t want to exaggerate.) Doesn’t that worry you, reader? Isn’t that insane? We’re talking about sleep here, a thing whose bounty is prerequisite to your capability to flourish as a living organism. As the quarter progresses and your bedtime grows ever more shameful, you become a standing human rights violation to yourself. In the past, I’ve caught myself saying horrifyingly positive things about getting a less-than-horrendous amount of sleep for precisely one night in a row. Things like, “It was friggin’ sweet,” or, “Shit was cash.” Yeah—“Shit was cash.” Ridiculous. You’re only supposed to say that about, like, mouth stuff. At this point, I suppose I should give you some dopey tips about how to make a full dose of sleep—a full seven-to-niner—possible night after night. But I will not; I know that this would constitute a series of hope-
less pleas and impossible asks. For example, I couldn’t in good conscience recommend that anyone cut down on the time they spend on the Myface or Readit or any other web zones, not least because I google on those as much as anyone. Casually stalking acquaintances and looking at pictures of cats as they make this or that face are more immediately entertaining than, let’s say, homework, and I mean that sincerely. So, rather than ask you to do something as implausible and unwise as further extracting fun from your life, I’ll ask you to really consider the true importance of every “important” thing you spend your time on. Those things—the class work, the RSOs, the internships—are the real culprits behind sleep deprivation. We focus on them with an intensity that is so often driven by our expectations, and vague notions of what they might one day lead to or bring. But I implore you to take a moment to consider the intrinsic enrichment each such endeavor confers upon you. After all, that’s exactly what you lose out on when you burn the midnight oil on the daily: You know full well that everything you experience and every feeling you feel becomes less amazing than they could be when you drag your feet through life. Shouldn’t you be able to walk away from something in order to avoid that? I, personally, am not. Even after having these thoughts, I have no intention of surrendering a single one of my responsibilities. But that’s only because I love them; they make my life wonderful; I know that they’re worth it. If you choose the same path I have, all I ask is for you to make damn sure that you really, truly feel the same way. Ajay Batra is a second-year in the College majoring in English.
Sustained commitment, willingness to look at broader issues necessary for progress NEWTOWN continued from page 6 hasty or thoughtless decisions. After all, such incidents do not tell us much that we do not know, but instead provide an emotional impetus for action. The Newtown shooting has exposed potential weaknesses in the safety of our schools, our mental health system, and of course, our approach towards guns. However, that these weaknesses exist should have been a surprise to no one given our current discussion of healthcare and the mass shootings that happened earlier in the year.
We must seek to keep our empathy for the victims and their families while placing the incident in a larger context.
Though specific incidences can often spark great change, the kinds of changes that are implicated by the Newtown shooting are changes that can neither be made quickly nor easily. This is one of the problems with policy-making in response to periods of national emotion. Policy changes may never materialize, or they may address only very specific aspects of the current crisis—for example, measures that will only address schools and not gun violence in general. There is a further problem with making
policy in response to high-profile incidents: Though these crises are flashy, they may not lead to the most effective policy. From a utilitarian perspective, the policies that are implemented in the wake of tragedy may provide emotional catharsis, which is certainly important, but will not necessarily save the most lives. Newtown has brought up much concern about mass killings, but victims of mass killings only represent one percent of homicide victims in the United States. If we want to prevent homicides, then focusing on preventing mass shootings will only be widely helpful if it prevents homicides or gun violence more generally. We could also say that we want to save as many children’s lives as possible. In the 5 to 14-year-old age category, both car accidents and cancer cause several times more deaths than do firearms. If we want to protect our children, we should probably be more worried about seemingly mundane laws pertaining to traffic safety than about guns. This is not to say that gun policy is not important and that we should not seek to prevent mass killings. It is likely that addressing the roots of the Newtown incident will also help us to solve larger societal problems. However, we must seek to keep our empathy for the victims and their families while placing the incident in a larger context. Emotional reactions to the tragedy can provide a motivation for change, but we must let that change touch wider issues and continue after our newspapers have moved on to the next story. Maya Fraser is a third-year in the College majoring in sociology.
David and Kris Wray, Resident Masters of Max Palevsky Residential Commons, present
The Winter 2013 Izaak and Pera Wirszup Lecture
Richard Rosengarten Religion and Literature Divinity School
The Retablo Tradition and the Portraits of Frida Kahlo Wednesday, January 16 7:00 pm
East Commons Max Palevsky Residential Commons 5630 S. University Ave.
dessert reception to follow free and open to the public
Trivial Pursuits JANUARY 11, 2013
Critical dissonance can’t stifle Les Mis’ storied voice
Paola Cardona Arts Contributor By the time this piece has been published, chances are that most of the people who read it will already have seen Les Misérables, the recent film adaptation of the massively popular stage musical adaptation of one of the most beloved French literary classics of all time. For those who have, by some remarkable luck, managed to miss all three incarnations of this story, be warned that this piece contains spoilers.
LES MISÉRABLES Tom Hooper AMC River East
The film, directed by Tom Hooper, is not an entirely faithful adaptation of the novel. Major fans of the book that have had no exposure to the musical could find the experience a bit jarring, especially if they are not fans of musicals in general. The book, as the title so succinctly suggests, tells a rather somber story, and to have it told through a medium that is famous for portraying lighter tales in an upbeat manner can seem like a major conceptual contradiction. Luckily for Victor Hugo’s novel, the creators of the musical were somehow able to pull it off and depict all the major themes and emotional impact of the novel in what is more than a two-anda-half hour-long operetta. I say operetta
A concerned Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) carries Fantine (Anne Hathaway) to the hospital in a scene that is soon to turn tragic. COURTESY OF UNIVERSAL STUDIOS
because Les Mis takes the music part of musical play very, very seriously—so much so that the whole dialogue is expressed in a series of songs that somehow transition into each other perfectly and guarantee a constant flow of the plot. It is likely for
this reason that many believe the pace of the musical to be too fast. At around 1,500 pages, Victor Hugo’s work stands out as a voluminous novel. It is safe to say, then, that any single adaptation will have to do away with
certain plot elements and move at a fast pace. This is one of the criticisms that the film has received, and I can see how somebody who has had no exposure to the musical or even the book might feel this LES MIS continued on page 11
After six seasons, TV bids farewell to Generation XO Margaret Schurr Arts Contributor My fellow students, I am sad to announce the end of an era: On December 17, 2012, the Gossip Girl series finale aired. Whether you care to admit it or not (I’m not here to ruin any hipster reputations, you don’t have to come forward) Gossip Girl has registered on your radar. It’s been on air since September 2007 (my
freshman year of high school) so it was, truly, an era. I will reminisce about Gossip Girl the way my parents reminisce about high school. Whether you honored the passing of Gossip Girl by attending a themed viewing party— possibly the one I had in my basement—or just by snorting in indignation at a tweet about the big reveal the next morning (spoiler alert: it was Dan the entire time), you noticed its passing. Over one-and-a-half million people
watched it, the most viewers Gossip Girl has had since its fourth season. By the series finale the quality of Gossip Girl was declining. Any teen drama in its sixth season will run out of characters for other characters to hook up with, and Gossip Girl was no different. But it was a major TV phenomenon in its prime, and while most of the world treats the interests of teenage girls like they might treat a fly in their soup, Taylor Swift’s album
Blair (Leighton Meester) and Chuck (Ed Westwick) are under arrest for being so attractive and in love. COURTESY OF GIOVANNI RUFINO
sales alone prove that they are a force to be reckoned with. They’re worth thinking about. At its best, the show was beautiful to watch. It placed a premium on being on the cutting edge of fashion and music, and nearly every deliciously indulgent episode centered on some fabulous party the beautiful 20-somethings had to attend. It was surprisingly snappy and self-aware in its dialogue. The series finale, though, was filmed like a Spanish soap opera. It was poorly thought out (why had Dan sometimes acted surprised when he read Gossip Girl blasts alone in his room? Is he that good of an actor?), and the scene where Chuck’s father died for the second time gave new meaning to the word “cheesy.” The series finale, while star-studded (Kristen Bell made an on-camera appearance, Taylor Momsen made an uninspiring return, and Lisa Loeb married Rufus) and dramatic, came nowhere close to Gossip Girl’s prime, in which it became the show that launched a thousand personalities, but not a whole lot of careers. Blake Lively has already scored two Vogue covers and for some reason is the love of Anna Wintour’s life. Penn Badgley is dating Zoë Kravitz. Perhaps most surprisingly, Chace Crawford continues to get parts despite his hair. Josh Schwartz had previously secured his spot in the TV hall of fame and in my heart with The O.C., but he was hunting bigger game with Gossip Girl. Schwartz didn’t just want to create a TV show: He wanted to create a TV magazine, and he succeeded. For five years, Gossip Girl told teenagers what was fashionable (Anna Sui created a line inspired by Gossip Girl in 2009 and Birchbox released a Gossip Girl–themed makeup goodie bag curated by the show’s makeup department head), what music was cool (both new and old: Lady Gaga and Sonic Youth have performed on the show), GOSSIP continued on page 11
THE CHICAGO MAROON | ARTS | January 11, 2013
On Knowles’s latest album, sincerity is the mark of success Ellen Rodnianski Arts Contributor Although she was independently set on pursuing a musical career at age 13, Solange Knowles always found herself the underdog in her family. She was compared to her pop-star older sister, Beyoncé, from the very beginning; her voice indeed sounded like an underdeveloped version of her sister’s on her first album, Solo Star (2003).
Solange Knowles Terrible Records
However, five years later, Solange’s musical talents were recognized with the release of her second album, Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams, in which she demonstrated a unique style of mid-to-late ‘60s soul. The album peaked at number nine on the U.S. Billboard 200, and its revenues doubled the amount made by her debut album, establishing Sol-Angel as her first real success. Despite the evident sensation, Solange decided to go independent. In 2012 she signed with Grizzly Bear member Chris Taylor’s label, Terrible. Her label change was foreshadowed by a tweet she posted in 2009 saying her next album would be a continuation of the style she had found in Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams, but that she would create it independently, without the involvement of Inter-
scope-Geffen-A&M record label. Her latest album, True, is her first release with Chris Taylor’s label. It is also a slightly new style for her: new wave–inspired, funkier soul. As Solange promised back in 2009, the album develops her previous retro soul style and incorporates dance-pop. The album, which she co-wrote with Devonté Hynes, was digitally released on November 27. CDs and vinyl records came out just a few days ago, on January 8. Her opening song, “Losing You,” is a paragon of this new genre: a mixture of playful dance and more emotional, morose vocals that creates appealing musical disarray. The oddly rousing beat combined with her dreamy vocals makes the album very easy to listen to. The sincere lyrics about heartbreak, daily life, and catchy hooks rise above the beat, making the album that much more relatable. “Some Things Never Seem to Fucking Work,” for instance, recounts the story of how Solange found love but later asked her ex to leave. It’s simple themes like this that make the album an accessible and very radio-friendly addition to this year’s newest releases. Although “Losing You” is her best work on the seventrack album, other songs like “Lovers in the Parking Lot” try to replicate the musical chaos that functions bewitchingly in “Losing You,” and, at times, prove overwhelming due to a blend of classical piano, jumbled synth, and vocals. Nevertheless, True is the best work of Solange’s young career. It was difficult to say which way Solange’s musical path might go next—her style was changing and her label situation uncertain. But with the release of this album, her future as an artist looks promising. Solange finally found her niche.
Solange Knowles’s third album, True, will upgrade u. COURTESY OF ELIAS TEHAN
Don’t sing for me, Russell Crowe, the truth is this would have been better dubbed LES MIS continued from page 10 way. There is much emotional depth to the characters, and Jean Valjean, in particular, goes through an important transformation that is better paced in the book. This is treated in a much more careful manner, though, than other developments such as Marius and Cosette’s instantaneous romance, which is downright silly, even in the context of a musical. The one element that makes the pacing work is the songs, without which neither the stage nor film versions of this interpretation would have worked. Every major character has at least one song that captures perfectly his or her internal struggles, and an argument could be made that it is through their songs, more than through their actions, that we come to know these characters well. One thing that the movie had working in its favor was the caliber of the actors, many of whom are rightfully being recognized for their work (see the latest Golden Globes, Oscars, and BAFTA nominations). Anne Hathaway in particular has a very strong chance of winning an Oscar for her performance
as Fantine. If not, her Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical/Comedy is virtually guaranteed. This being a film, certain adjustments needed to be made to the score and the performances to better suit the medium, and Anne Hathaway adjusted perfectly in her interpretation of “I Dreamed a Dream.” In the stage version, virtually no one in the audience would be able to see Fantine’s face up close, but Hathaway takes advantage of the intimate setting afforded by the movie to deliver a crushing performance. I was also impressed by Samantha Barks, the actress who played Eponine. Barks had a unique background compared to the rest of the cast, considering that she had already played Eponine for one year in West End (London’s equivalent of Broadway). She was forced to make changes in how she was accustomed to play the part on stage in order to better fit the screen. I applaud her, and I’ll definitely be keeping a close eye on her in the future. It probably also helped that Hooper experimented with the way in which musical films are shot and had the actors sing live on camera. This might
Spoiler alert: It was Dan the entire time GOSSIP continued from page 10 and who was worth knowing in the world (NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg made an appearance, as well as socialite Tinsley Mortimer and author Sloane Crosley). They did it all while offending parents across America and being publicly scoffed at, but secretly watched, by most everyone else. I don’t believe in guilty pleasures. I have never subscribed to the idea that because something is unrefined, I shouldn’t enjoy or learn from it, though I read enough diatribes against Honey Boo Boo to know that I am not in the majority. But Gossip Girl is a different animal from most guilty pleasures. It takes the best parts of reality TV, gossip magazines, and the fashion world, and turns them into neat, 40-odd minute episodes that you can now watch on Netflix Instant. Watching people with not-shiny hair not confront people and not be upper-class would not be an interesting show. Oftentimes MTV
makes that show under the guise of being “reality,” and it offends a whole lot of people. Entertainment should be entertaining, and after a long, hard day of reading Tolstoy, what’s wrong with watching Gossip Girl and texting your friend, “Omg Dan and Serena are so Pierre and Hélène right now #intrigue”? Seeing story arcs that worked in 1869 work again in 2012 is kind of cool, and because it’s been uncouth for a while now in America to laugh at the poor, you should kick back by laughing at the spoiled and imaginary. Alas, even though Gossip Girl is over, when one guilty pleasure door closes, another opens. Season 3B of Pretty Little Liars premiered on January 8, and if you don’t know anything about that show, let me give you a summary: basically it is Gossip Girl, but in addition to knowing all the main characters’ secrets, Gossip Girl is also trying to kill them. Intrigue! If you missed it, don’t worry; you can catch up on Hulu.
seem surprising (or not, depending on how cynical you are), but any real singing done for a musical movie occurs before or after production in the comforts of a studio. Hooper opted for a more authentic method, and it certainly paid off. Well, for the most part. But now let’s discuss Russell Crowe. I love him. He makes good movies, and I was able to forgive and forget Robin Hood. A singer he is not. Yes, I’m aware that Crowe has been in a band; however, that did not automatically qualify him for the role of Javert. Singing-wise, he was downright awful. If Les Mis had been any other movie musical, this major flaw could have been masked. Of course, not only was the movie shot with the actors singing live, without the help of a studio, but the entire role also consisted of singing. Hooper would have been better off with a bad actor that could sing really well. Instead, we got Crowe’s monotone crooning, and some pretty wooden acting on top of that. I’ve spoken to some other Les Mis fans who say that they loved Crowe’s interpretation because that’s how they
always imagined Javert: cold, clinical, and completely devoid of any emotions. I can see their point, but I personally prefer that Javert be more passionate, at least in scenes that undoubtedly call for emotion. The most important one, of course, is Javert’s big scene toward the end. This moment came off as completely random. Had it not been for the song, which pretty explicitly states the emotional turmoil that Javert is suffering , the audience would have had no idea as to the true extent of his pain, thanks to Crowe’s utterly blank expressions. The movie is a spectacle—a raw, emotional event—but it’s unlike any other musical or Les Mis adaptation out there. I can’t recommend Les Mis for everybody. Hardcore fans of the musical will love the film, if they can accept Crowe. Hardcore fans of the book might love the movie as well, depending on how open they are to musicals in general. General audiences that don’t like musicals…it’s hard to sell, in that case. The reception of Crowe’s performance is just one of many factors in the movie that depend on personal taste.
CLASSIFIEDS Classified advertising in The Chicago Maroon is $3 for each line. Lines are 45 characters long including spaces and punctuation. Special headings are 20-character lines at $4 per line. Submit all ads in person, by e-mail, or by mail to The Chicago Maroon, Ida Noyes Hall, Lower Level Rm 026, 1212 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637. The Chicago Maroon accepts Mastercard & Visa. Call (773) 702-9555. 3BR
3 BR, 1 bath in vintage graystone across from University of Chicago south campus res hall, 61st and Greenwood. Spacious, sunny, well-maintained with private, landscaped back yard, CAC, DW, security/intercom, laundry hookup in unit, garage parking avail., additional $100. Available now. No Sec 8, no pets. $1200. 312.953.5853
3 & 4 bed restored Hyde Park apartments. Large sunny apartments, 52nd & Ingleside & 50th & Ellis; gated entry. New kitchen & baths, stainless appliances, separate living & dining room, sun-room, back porch, in-unit washer & dryer, a/c, internet & cable & 2 parking spaces. Agent owned. Short term lease ok. $1750-$2300. Call 773-851-1888
3BR 3 BR, 1.5 bath, walk to University of Chicago. Spacious, sunny, well-maintained, with private backyard, rooftop deck, hardwood floors, DW, CAC, ceiling fans, security/intercom, laundry hookup in unit, garage parking included. 63rd and Ingleside, near lakefront, Museum. No Sec 8, no pets. $1195. 312-953-5853.
YOUR AD HERE advertise in the maroon ADS@CHICAGOMAROON.COM
THE THE CHICAGO CHICAGO MAROON MAROON || ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT || October October 9, 9, 2012 2012
THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND ATHLETICS
PHOENIX FITNESS WINTER CLASSES 2013
The following fitness, recreation and health/safety certification class offerings through the Department of Physical Education and Athletics are provided in a “progressive” format to all undergraduate and graduate students of the University. Participation is FREE to all UC students. Progressive classes are taught in a sequential manner with skill advancement occurring as the quarter proceeds and class session content dependent upon previous sessions. Therefore, students are asked to commit to the class and attend all sessions so that the class is effective for all participants. If a student misses more than one class in a 3 or 4 week class, or more than two classes in a 6 or 8 week class, he/she will be asked to discontinue participation and register again in a future quarter when attendance can be regular. Registration for a spot in Phoenix Fitness classes may be accomplished by completing an online registration form at http://athletics.uchicago.edu/physed/physed-class-registration.htm or by contacting Katie Pommier, Assistant for Physical Education and Wellness, at email@example.com anytime prior to the first day of the class. An e-mail confirmation will be sent to all registrants. Additional Phoenix Fitness information may be found online at: http://athletics.uchicago.edu/physed/physed-coursedescriptions.htm
WINTER QUARTER SCHEDULE 3 Week Classes (January 14 - January 31) Class
Circuit Training: January
RAC Fitness Center
Fitness & Conditioning: January
RAC Fitness Center
CPR/AED for the Prof. Rescuer
3 Week Classes (February 11 - February 28) Class
Circuit Training: February
RAC Fitness Center
Fitness & Conditioning: February
RAC Fitness Center
HCFH Fitness Center
4 Week Classes (February 11 - March 7) Class
RAC Dance Studio
RAC Dance Studio
6 Week Classes (January 14 - February 21) Class
RAC Dance Studio
Walking & Running for Fitness
The Golf Swing
HCFH MP Room
HCFH Upper Level
RAC Dance Studio
8 Week Classes (January 14 - March 8) Class
RAC Dance Studio
Phoenix Fitness Fitness is not a requirement, it’s a responsibility.
THE CHICAGO MAROON | ARTS | January 11, 2013
WITH HANNAH GOLD
CALEND AR 1
Do What You’re Told
7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31
Friday | January 11
Instead, featured authors Ben Tanzer, Matt Rowan, Sam Weller, Kyle Beachy, and Megan Stielstra will be reading their best new work that also happens to be inspired by hair metal hits by bands such as Kiss, Bon Jovi, Poison, and Lita Ford. Maybe you’ll even manage to get a rock-star writer to sign your literary anthology with glitter eyeliner. 4736 North Lincoln Avenue. Starts at 7 p.m., free.
Deschutes Brewery is engaging in product placement and celebrating its Chicago launch all week with a string of special events spotlighting its beer—possibly at a bar near you. This evening, help Small Bar finish its weekend food supply at a lovely “beer dinner” (four courses, and an appropriate four-ounce pairing for each). Plus, you may come empty-handed, but you’ll be leaving with a brand new Deschutes four-ounce tasting glass! It’s not a car, but it is what you deserve. 2047 West Division Street. Starts at 6 p.m., $26, no tickets or reservations required.
at noon, board the train, and act like you usually would. Then, when your team leader gives the signal, calmly remove your pants. Keep the pants in your backpack as you exit the train, wait on the subway platform, and enter your next target car.
Do not intentionally piss people off in the process or wear underwear that is too showy. “Wear two pairs of underwear if it makes you feel more comfortable,” the Web site advises. Meet at 1210 West Arthur Avenue. 12–3 p.m., free.
| THE CHICAGO MAROON
The contemporary chamber players, Contempo, will make their debut at the Logan Center with their concert “Celebrating UChicago Composers”, which takes as its inspiration a spiral of reminiscent exploration. The first several of its programs will be dedicated to music by UChicago composers and company members from the recent and slightly more aged past, and the concert will be preceded by a short discussion led by Marta Feldman, the Mabel Greene Myers Professor of Music and the Humanities, at 6:30 p.m. One of the most well-known works to be performed this evening is “Spider Walk,” a piece for solo percussion composed by Marta Ptaszynesky, which employs visual and aural elements to create a spiraling musical logarithm that uses the same ratio by which a spider spins its web. 915 East 60th Street, Performance Hall 074. Starts at 7:30 p.m., $25, $5 student.
Consider yourself lucky, if only for the sake of your gut, that Chicago Sketchfest lasts roughly a week (Jan 3–13). The celebration began about a decade ago as a seven-week extravaganza, conceived by Brian Posen in order to satisfy his woefully long rental commitment to Theatre Building Chicago. Tonight at Stage 773 you can catch dozens of comedy crews in the act, including British Teeth, Drop the Root Beer, Crassus, and Reformed Whores, with multiple shows playing at once in hourly intervals. One-night passes are still available for tonight and Sunday; you can also catch Saturday’s individual showings. 1225 West Belmont Avenue. 8–11 p.m., one-night pass $4; single admission $14.
Sunday | January 13
Saturday | January 12
Join the guy who created the Facebook event and potential scores of other Chicagoans for today’s No Pants Subway Ride (1st annual, obviously). Participation is easy, fun, and probably safe. Simply meet at the Loyola Red Line stop
Bang your head and snap your fingers at The Book Cellar’s special reading, “Hair Lit.” The event has nothing to do with setting your head on fire.
Richard I. Kaufman DDS & Louis R. Kaufman DDS & Associates Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
We welcome all new and returning students and faculty!
Cinema is the ultimate pervert art; it doesn’t give you what you desire , it tells you how to desire. —Slavoj Žižek
Call our office today and find more information about our: • Convenient office hours • Quick appointments between classes • Affordable monthly payment options • Free examinations • Special discounts for University of Chicago students & faculty
The Hyde Park Language Program offers its 2013 winter/spring course in
Reading French PROFESSIONAL HOME WHITENING SYSTEM
Learn how to smile again
Proud member of
Whiten your smile in only 3-minutes
No Pain, No Shot, Perfect Smile that will last over 20 years
Join the hundreds upon hundreds of students who have taken this course to high-pass the U of C graduate French exam (even without any prior knowledge of French) or otherwise to advance their ability to read French.
Richard I. Kaufman DDS & Louis R. Kaufman DDS & Associates 1525 E. 53rd St., Ste. 734 Chicago, IL 60615 773-643-6006 • 773-493-3340 www.chicagodentistr y.com Before
*Tooth contouring may be necessary. Individual cases may vary. ©2008 Den-Mat® Holdings, LLC. World Rights Reserved. 801252400 8/08 MD
Mondays evenings, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM, beginning January 28 and ending April 22 in time for students to take the UChicago spring graduate French exam.
Cost: $850 www.hydeparklanguage.com firstname.lastname@example.org 3 courses each year: autumn/winter; winter/spring; summer intensive
THE CHICAGO MAROON | SPORTS | January 11, 2013
Knoche: Team has something to prove W. BBALL continued from page 15 defended well on Saturday, and we didn’t get off to a great start. We are hopeful [that we will] have better starts this week.” The South Siders will have a chance to prove themselves in their next game tonight at 6 p.m. ET at Rochester. The Yellowjackets (8–4) are coming off a close, double-overtime loss to Emory. Last season the Maroons bested the Yellowjackets easily in their two UAA meetings by a combined margin of 29 points. Looking toward Friday’s game, the team is going to have to focus on defense and starting strong. On average, Rochester is outscoring its opponents in the first half and winning by a margin of almost 12 points. Knoche anticipates a familiar game pace though. “Rochester is defensively very similar to us,” she said. “They like to muddy things up and play a half-court game.” Two days later, on Sunday the 13th, the Maroons are scheduled to face #17 Emory.
Chicago places fourth behind three top-25 teams
The Eagles are currently at 11–1 and have the best preseason and season record in the UAA. “We couldn’t be preparing for more opposite teams in the same weekend,” stated Knoche. “Whereas Rochester is similar to us, Emory is a run-and-jump press and uses their defense to create a high-tempo offense. They also have returned a very good nucleus of people who have a lot of experience. The key to that game will be making sure we take care of the basketball, because if we turn over the basketball we are giving them the opportunity to score.” However, Knoche doesn’t expect her team to shy away from the challenge. “This weekend is very interesting and the team has something to prove in these two games,” she said. “Amidst injuries, our team has been tremendously resilient and very open to playing different positions. This weekend is also one of the tougher ones. I’m not sure there are two more extreme styles of play, but I think we can rise to the occasion.”
WRESTLING continued from page 15 fourth-years Josh Hotta and Joeie Ruettiger, and third-year Sam Pennisi. Hotta and Pennisi struggled with their matches, while Ruettiger competed well. Kocher chalked the former’s issues up to the overwhelming quality of the opponents. Ruettiger also wrestled a tough opponent from the University of Oklahoma, who placed third out of 49 teams. To round out the Maroons’ winter break throwdowns, they journeyed to Knox College on January 5 for the Chuck Porter Duals. Chicago began by beating Loras College 21–12 with wins from Joe Ellis (141 pounds), Ruettiger (149), Devon Range (157), Sam Hopkins (165), Ryley Hankerson (174), and Pennisi (184). The Maroons fell to Wabash College by a score of 25–12 in the second match but rebounded against tournament host Knox, winning 47–6. Adam Wyeth (133), Alex Moore (141), Jacob Smith (149), Ryan Klein (157), Steven Franke (174), and
Hopkins all came out victorious against Knox competitors, and Mario Palmisano (197), Jeff Tyburski (285), and Pennisi won by forfeit. Chicago fell to Augustana in the final round by a score of 25–15. The Maroons, going 2–2 on the day, moved their record to 4–3. Overall, Kocher was pleased with his team’s performance. “I felt the team competed well against nationally ranked teams Wabash (#10) and Augustana (#17),” he said. “Riley Hankenson was in action for the first time and looked good, going 3–0 at 174 [pounds]. Mario Palmisano was also 3–0 on the day and defeated a nationally ranked opponent from Wabash,” Kocher said. The Maroons placed fourth out of eight teams, finishing behind #15 Luther College, #10 Wabash, and #17 Augustana. The Maroons continue their season on Saturday, January 19 at the Elmhurst College Invitational at 9 a.m.
Young squad to face dominant Oshkosh Track Isaac Stern Sports Staff While many of us were traveling and enjoying time off from school this past winter break, a select few of our classmates trained for the beginning of the indoor track and field season. The Maroons will open their 2013 season this Saturday when they compete against UW–Oshkosh in a dual style meet. In last year’s meet against Oshkosh, the men lost 87–47 while the women lost 88–48. Oshkosh enters the season as a strong team. In the USTFCCA preseason rankings, they rank third in the nation on the men’s side and second on the women’s side. Comparatively, the Maroons enter the season with the men ranked 56th and the women 53rd. The Maroons will look to improve their rankings this year after a productive off-season. “I know some guys and girls invested a lot of time into their training over the break, so it’s exciting to see what happens this weekend,” second-year Kevin Vollrath said. “I think the team has done just what it needed to over the past couple months and that we’re ready for a great season.” Last year’s team fell short of expectations with a third-place finish by the women and a fifthplace finish by the men in the conference meet. However, Chicago has a strong team this year, with numerous returners such as fourth-years Billy Whitmore (5000m) and Kayla McDonald (800m) and second-year Pam Yu (long and triple jump), all ranked nationally in their respective events. In addition, a slew of young talent joins the team and will look to prove itself, starting this weekend. “Things go up,” Vollrath added. “Runners will have new opportunities to test and prove themselves. It’s hard to tell for this meet though, because we hardly have any idea how good any of us are right now.” The meet will serve as a sort of warm up for the upcoming season. While most of the team will compete, those who remain injured from fall sports—such as cross-country or football—will continue to rest. While everyone expects to put in his or her best effort, one shouldn’t expect national qualifying times or distances from team members just yet. “This meet will be a great opportunity to test ourselves and see where our fitness is and what to work on,” Vollrath said. “Right now, we’re just fired up.” In addition to the normal races, jumps, and throws, both Oshkosh and Chicago will compete in an annual dizzy bat race. The comical event will take place most likely towards the end of the day for those interested in attending. The meet will take place this Saturday starting at noon at Henry Crown Field House.
Resident Head In the University House System Resident Heads live in the College Houses to provide guidance, advice and direction to members of the undergraduate House communities. Advanced graduate students are encouraged to apply. Single, domestic-partnered, or married persons who are at least 25 years of age can apply. Children are welcome.
Compensation is valued at approximately $18,000 for a single person. For married persons, the value is increased by the meals and health benefits provided for spouses and children and has been estimated to be as high as $32,000. Compensation consists of a cash stipend, furnished apartment for 12 months of the year, meals when the College is in session, and University student medical insurance for full-time registered students and their dependents.
Application materials and additional information are available on the Office of Undergraduate Student Housing website at http://housing.uchicago.edu
[Final Information Session \ The final Information Session about this position and the selection process will be held on Saturday, January 12 at 10:00 AM ~ Fairfax ~ 1369 E. Hyde Park Blvd. Attendance at an Information Session is required for all applicants.
[ APPLICATION DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2013 \
THE CHICAGO MAROON | SPORTS | January 11, 2013
15 MEN’S BASKETBALL
Conference fall: Chicago drops UAA opener to Bears Women’s Basketball Mary MacLeod Sports Contributor During winter break, Chicago was hard at work with a demanding schedule. Coming away with two wins and two losses, the Maroons will start this quarter at 3–8 overall. On December 16, the Maroons lost 59–56 on the road against Loras College. The game was close all the way to the end, with Chicago only down by one point with nine seconds left on the clock, but two free throws put the Duhawks over the edge and sealed the game. Nevertheless, the contest saw several Chicago players turn in strong performances. Second-year guard Morgan Donovan enjoyed a particularly strong game, scoring a career-high 22 points—an effort that earned her UAA Athlete of the Week honors. On the 18th, the Maroons beat Saint Mary’s at home in a decisive 79–59 victory. Controlling the paint and out-rebounding the competition 50–39 proved key to helping Chicago snap its seven-game losing streak. “One of the things that was great for us going into that game was that despite numerous injuries we had a consistent group of players at practice who were able to practice everyday and have good practices,” head coach Carissa Knoche said. “I think that that is a credit to the kids, and the major jumps we have made in the past month happened right about that time.” The Maroons continued their winning
UAA Standings Rank 1
Record 12–0 (1–0)
Win % 1.000
2 3 4 5 5
Brandeis Case Western Chicago NYU Washington (MO)
10–2 (1–0) 8–4 (1–0) 7–5 (1–0) 10–2 (0–1) 10–2 (0–1)
.833 .667 .583 .833 .833
8–3 (0–1) 3–9 (0–1)
Points Rank Player John DiBartolomeo 1 2 Jake Davis 3 Austin Fowler 4 Carl Yaffe 5 Chris Klimek
School Rochester Emory Case Western NYU Washington (MO)
Avg/G 23.7 19.3 18.0 16.5 15.7
Assists Rank Player John DiBartolomeo 1 2 Alan Aboona 3 Michael Florin Royce Muskeyvalley 4 5 Jordan Dean
School Rochester Washington (MO) Emory Chicago Case Western
Avg/G 5.9 5.8 5.7 4.5 4.3
Free Throw PCT First-year Caitlin Moore looks for an open teammate in a game against the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point earlier this season. COURTESY OF HANS GLICK
streak against Mount St. Joseph on the 30th, defeating the Lions 80–52. Once again, Chicago relied on its post play for the win, especially from second year Ellie Greiner, who finished with 14 points, eight rebounds, and four blocks. In addition, the team’s 80 points, 28-point margin of victory, and 22 made free throws all marked season highs for Chicago.
But on January 5, in its first game of 2013, Chicago came up short against #3 Wash U. The Maroons struggled from the beginning after falling behind 12–2 to the Bears, and eventually lost the contest 96–67. “It’s no secret that rebounding has been the difference whenever we play Wash U,” Knoche said. “I also don’t think we W. BBALL continued on page 14
Against ranked opponents, South Siders hold their own
Rank Player 1 McPherson Moore 2 Alan Aboona John DiBartolomeo 3 4 Nate Vernon 5 Kyle Stockmal
School Emory Washington (MO) Rochester Rochester NYU
Pct .958 .944 .919 .902 .864
Rebounding Rank Player 1 Austin Fowler 2 Matt Palucki 3 Carl Yaffe 4 Jake Davis 5 Michael Friedberg
Rank 1 2 3 4 5
School Case Western Washington (MO) NYU Emory Emory
Avg/G 9.3 8.3 7.8 7.2 7.2
Field Goal PCT Player School NYU Devin Karch Rob Reid Rochester Chris Klimek Washington (MO) Rob Mohen Carnegie Rochester Tyler Sankes
Pct .683 .657 .650 .642 .581
UAA Standings Rank 1 1 3 4 5 5 7 8
Record 11–1 (1–0)
Win % .917
Washington (MO) Carnegie Brandeis Case Western Rochester NYU Chicago
11–1 (1–0) 9–3 (1–0) 7–5 (1–0) 8–4(0–1) 8–4 (0–1) 7–5 (0–1) 3–8 (0–1)
.917 .750 .583 .667 .667 .583 .273
Points Rank 1 2 3 4 5
Player Evy Iacono Melissa Gilkey Emily Peel Hannah Lilly Megan Dawe
School Avg/G Case Western 19.6 Washington (MO) 16.8 Carnegie 16.2 Emory 15.4 NYU 14.1
Assists Rank Player 1 Savannah Morgan 2 3 4 5
Erica Iafelice Riley Wurtz Jordan Thompson Evy Iacono
School Emory Case Western NYU Washington (MO) Case Western
Avg/G 5.8 5.7 5.3 4.4 4.1
Second-year Joe Ellis pins his oppenent in a match earlier this season. IVY ZHANG | THE CHICAGO MAROON
Sam Zacher Sports Contributor Following a 2–1 start to the season, the Maroons (4–3) continued their solid wrestling over winter break, stopping at several locations along the way. The team, led by head coach Leo Kocher, first ventured west to Colorado Springs, CO in order to train. 25 of the 34 athletes on the roster traveled, and they certainly got their money’s worth. “The two-a-day workouts combined
with the high altitude created a pretty intense training experience,” Kocher said. “We got a lot of work done and were exposed to some high-level wrestling technique.” The five-day trip included four days of practice and workouts at the Olympic Training Center and one day of scrimmaging with wrestlers from Air Force Academy. After a short break for the holidays, the Maroons hit the mats again on December 29 at Northwestern University for the
Rank 1 2 3 4 5
Player Riley Wurtz Misha Jackson Emily Peel Melissa Gilkey Loren Wagner
Rank 1 2 3 4 5
Player Emily Peel Melissa Gilkey Brooke Orcutt Megan Dawe Berit Eppard
Rank 1 2 3 4 5
Player Alyssa Johnason Emily Peel Evy Iacano Ally Zywicki Melissa Peng
School Avg/G NYU 9.7 Emory 9.0 Carnegie 8.5 Washington (MO) 7.8 Rochester 7.7
Field Goal PCT
Midlands Tournament. “Midlands is the best collegiate-style invitational tournament in the nation,” Kocher said. “The field of competitors is full of nationally ranked Division I athletes from the Big Ten, Big 12, and other Division II and NAIA. We enter a few wrestlers in this high-level event each season in order to raise their selfexpectations and to learn from the experience.” Three Chicago wrestlers competed: WRESTLING continued on page 14
School Carnegie Washington (MO) Case Western NYU Case Western
Pct .596 .567 .529 .528 .523
Free Throw PCT School Washington (MO) Carnegie Case Western Rochester NYU
Pct .893 .814 .804 .800 .788
“It’s okay Notre Dame this happened to the Jets every week.” —American model Kate Upton consoling Notre Dame after their blowout loss to Alabama in the BCS National Championship.
After upset of Wash U, Maroons to take on unbeaten Rochester Men’s Basketball Alexander Sotiropoulos Senior Sports Staff It was clear what the Maroons needed to do to beat archrival #5 Wash U: Control the boards. Going into the contest, the Bears (10–2, 0–1 UAA) had out-rebounded their opponents by an average of 16.4 rebounds per game, the largest margin in the nation. But on Saturday, it was the Maroons (7–5, 1–0 UAA) that had the margin over Wash U. Chicago totaled 41 rebounds compared to the Bears’ 35 en route to a 68–60 win. It is just as easy to point out what the Maroons need to do in order to play spoiler again, this time to #4 Rochester (12–0, 1–0 UAA)— contain point guard John DiBartolomeo. The senior leads the UAA in assists per game (5.9), points per game (23.7), and ranks second in three-point field goal percentage (50.8). DiBartolomeo has garnered first team AllUAA status the past two seasons and was named to the D3hoops.com Team of the Week. He is also this week’s UAA Athlete of the Week. “He’s got a lot of intangibles that are very impressive; he’s tough, and he’s got a savvy-ness to him,” Chicago head coach Mike McGrath said. “He doesn’t get rattled, and he’s very impressive in making the right reads as often as he does.” In spite of all the praise McGrath gives DiBartolomeo, he said that the Maroons have an advantage that most teams do not have with two high-quality point guards in second-year Royce Muskeyvalley and third-year transfer Wayne Simon. Muskeyvalley averages 23.2 minutes per
game compared to Simon’s 19.2. McGrath said that there is no secret to guarding the Rochester star. “If you bring a lot of help, [DiBartolomeo will] find the open man. You’ve just got to, at some point, sit down and guard him as best you can,” McGrath said. “And I think we have two guys who are capable of doing that, and they’re going to be focused on that.” Both Muskeyvalley and Simon have shut down premier point guards this season. In the Maroons’ upset over the Bears, they allowed third-year Alan Aboona to dish out only two assists. He averages 5.8 per game. Still, Chicago will be faced with a difficult task against the Yellowjackets as a whole, especially since they are playing at Rochester. “I think Rochester is going to be more comfortable playing at home than Rochester was playing here, and that will make the challenge that much harder,” McGrath said. The Maroons will continue along the East Coast for Sunday’s game against Emory. “Emory is a very, very potent offensive basketball team,” McGrath said. “They’re much more multidimensional than Rochester. Handling the basketball against their pressure and dealing with them especially in transition will be two big keys.” With a healthy lineup, Chicago looks to contend for the UAA title after a 6–5 start in non-conference play. “[The feeling is] that the team’s coming together. We’re not there yet, and the team’s got to get more consistent,” McGrath said. “We took another step in terms of the way we’re capable of playing, and we need to do that again this weekend. The guys are excited.”
Third-year Wayne Simon handles the ball in a game against Southwestern earlier in the season. COURTESY OF HANS GLICK
Just keep swimming: Season resumes following Puerto Rican training trip Swimming
A member of the UChicago men’s swim team races the butterfly during the Phoenix Fall Classic earlier this season. JAMIE MANLEY | THE CHICAGO MAROON
Tatiana Fields Sports Contributor This weekend, the Maroons will host the annual Chicago Invitational at the MyersMcLoraine pool, giving the team a chance to get back into
racing after a month-long hiatus. Twelve teams will be coming to compete against Chicago in the Invitational, including traditionally competitive teams Lincoln College and Calvin College. With the UAA Championship
only a month away and NCAA Championships after that, the Maroons are looking to practice and mentally prepare for the competition to come. “I consider all of our in-season competitions as training and competing opportunities to
prepare for a championship meet,” head coach Jason Weber said. “[We need to] get back into the racing and competing mindset after not having an official meet in close to two months.” While the team has not competed in any official competitions since November, the Maroons have prepared in other ways for the upcoming meets. During winter break, the team had an intensive, weeklong training trip in Puerto Rico and had informal meets against the University of Puerto Rico and University of Alabama. “Training trip is a crucial part of our training as it comes directly in the middle of our season,” Weber said. “The focus of this trip was to put together some high-intensity training to prepare for our championship meets at the end of the year.” Fourth-year captain Denver Barrows cannot stress the importance of the training trip enough. “In Puerto Rico, we had one job, and that was to swim,” Barrows said. “With that as our sole focus, we were better able to channel our energy at each practice. The product was a very successful week of training.” Heading into the Chicago Invitational, the men’s side is undefeated and is coming off an
impressive showing at the Phoenix Fall Classic. The women’s team is also having a strong season, with just one second-place finish at the Classic. Though the Maroons will not face particularly challenging competition at the Invitational, the meet will allow swimmers to race events they normally wouldn’t compete in and get used to the structure of a longer meet. “While we will not be racing any tough competition this weekend, the format of the meet mirrors our conference championship in February,” Barrows said. “It is an opportunity for people to mentally prepare for that format.” As the team looks to the UAA Championships, returning and new swimmers will be expected to lead the team. Third-year Eric Hallman has already achieved an NCAA B-cut, and firstyear breaststroker James Taylor was named Collegeswimming. com’s Swimmer of the Week for his victories at the Phoenix Classic. On the women’s side, a strong class of first-years will be expected to place well at the UAA Championships. The team hopes to pick up momentum at the Invitational and carry that into the remainder of the season. The competition starts today at Ratner at 6 p.m., and will continue on Saturday at 10 a.m.