TUESDAY • APRIL 9, 2013
ISSUE 35 • VOLUME 124
THE STUDENT NEWSPAPER OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO SINCE 1892
Political stars align for IOP ribbon cutting ceremony Ankit Jain Associate News Editor Several members of the Institute of Politics (IOP)’s newly inaugurated Board of Advisors cut a red, white, and blue ribbon to officially open the IOP House on 5707 South Woodlawn Avenue yesterday. The Board features an ideologically diverse cast of politicians and political advisors that range from Democratic San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to Romney Campaign Advisor Beth Myers. The role of the Board will be to oversee the broad vision of the IOP, while the existing student
advisory board will continue to be actively involved with the daily activities of the organization, IOP Director David Axelrod said. “[The Board of Advisors] will take a look from 20,000 feet and from the basis of their experience and give us advice as to how we might enhance our programs. The student advisory board is a day-to-day board that is integrally involved in the programs of the Institute,” Axelrod said in an interview with the Maroon. The first meeting of the Board was yesterday. They will convene at the IOP House twice a IOP continued on page 2
The Institute of Politics presents their Board of Advisors for the first time at the ribbon cutting ceremony at the IOP house on East 57th Street and Woodlawn Avenue. TIFFANY TAN | THE CHICAGO MAROON
Beloved Arabic professor dies at 70 Stephanie Xiao Associate News Editor
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Dr. Farouk Mustafa, a distinguished Arabic language and literature teacher and translator, passed away on Wednesday morning from a brief illness. He was 70. In the classroom, Mustafa was known for his “warm, welcoming, and encouraging character,” said third-year Near Eastern Languages & Civilization (NELC) major Kaylee Steck, who was a student in the first two courses of Mustafa’s High Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic sequence earlier this year. “I remember at the beginning of class first quarter, people were always kind of awkward and shy,
so he would always ask if anybody had any jokes, or he would interject with an anecdote about growing up in Eg ypt,” Steck recalled. “He was just a very vibrant character in the classroom.” Mustafa was born in Tanta, Eg ypt. He studied and taught English literature at the University of Cairo before receiving a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Minnesota in 1979. Since 1975, he had been a staple in the NELC department. He was the Ibn Rushd Professorial Lecturer in Modern Arabic Language and served as the associate director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES). “The one thing that’s going to be immediately OBIT continued on page 4
The choice to cheat Jennifer Standish News Editor While Harvard’s quiz bowl team has been consumed by the recent revelation of several cheating violations, the UChicago team had its own brush with scandal last year. Last month, the UChicago quiz bowl team retroactively received a Division I tournament championship title after a former Harvard team member was found to have exploited a security glitch in the National Academic Quiz Tournament’s (NAQT) website. Before this, though, a member of the UChicago team was found to have cheated during the 2012 Intercollegiate Championship Tournament (ICT). Then– third-year Shantanu Jha, at the
time working for NAQT as a collegiate tournament question writer, was found to have leaked knowledge to his teammates regarding ICT questions that he had accessed from the NAQT website. Jha, as question writer for collegiate NAQT tournaments, was not allowed to participate in the tournament. But he practiced with the team for the Academic Competition Federation (ACF) national tournament that took place the following weekend. Although his teammates did not think that he would divulge NAQT information, once at the tournament they discovered that Jha had been hinting at questions in the weeks leading up to ICT. “There were things that he QUIZ continued on page 2
Community confronts CPS reps
Loop Shuttle may run earlier, farther
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Community members expressed their grievances regarding the decision to close Miriam G. Canter Middle School, one of the 54 schools in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) system set to close at the end of this school year, before CPS representatives at a forum held in Kenwood Academy’s g ymnasium yesterday evening.
Canter Middle School, which serves seventh and eighth graders, is located at East 50th Street and South Blackstone Avenue. In order to accommodate the closure, CPS plans to expand two Hyde Park elementary schools, Ray Elementary, at East 56th Street and South Kimbark Avenue, and Bret Harte Elementary, at East 56th Street and South Stony Island Avenue, into K–8 schools next year. CLOSING continued on page 4
Student Government (SG) posted the results of the Roosevelt Shuttle Survey, which showed that the majority of students wanted the shuttle to run at earlier times and to have stops further north in the Loop, on Saturday. Significant changes to the shuttle are expected in the fall. The Roosevelt Shuttle, also known as the South Loop Shuttle, currently runs every hour
from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings. The shuttle takes students from Reynolds Club to the Roosevelt CTA station and back. The shuttle has had a limited number of users, a problem that was recognized by Raymond Dong, SG Chief of Staff. “People don’t really use the shuttle, and it seems like a waste for how much funding goes into it. The most people that are on the shuttle ROOSEVELT continued on page 4
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Quiz bowl strengthens web security in the wake of cheating scandal QUIZ continued from front
had said to us, like...some very obscure cello concerto, [Henri] Dutilleux, that no one had ever heard of, and he had said, ‘Oh, my favorite cello concerto is this Dutilleux thing’...and it turns out that [it was in] one of the packets that was not played in the tournament but could have been,” Matthew Menard, a quiz bowl team member and Master’s student in the physical sciences, said. After making the connection, the UChicago team immediately reported their concerns to Seth Teitler (Ph.D. ’10), a former team member who was working for NAQT at the tournament. Teitler took the information to Robert Hentzel, president of NAQT and the director of the tournament. “It was immediately checked and verified that [Jha] had been accessing the set [of questions] quite a bit in the week leading up to the tournament. [He] was supposed to have that level of access, but it was odd that he wasn’t taking a super active role in writing or editing,” Teitler said. Since none of the tournament’s outcomes were influenced by this knowledge and none of the members of the UChicago team who competed were complicit in the cheating, it was decided that UChicago would not have to
forfeit their fifth place tournament standing. According to a statement released by NAQT in April 2012, the company “has terminated that editor’s [Jha’s] access to its systems and declared him persona non grata at future tournaments (at all levels, in all capacities).” The UChicago team took similar action, barring Jha from playing in the ACF nationals quiz bowl tournament. Fourthyear Tracy Lee, president of the club, decided not to allow Jha to participate in any more quiz bowl events with the team. “It’s sort of sad because he’s a very, very good quiz bowl player and had put a lot of time into being very good at quiz bowl... It’s sort of sad on a personal level, too, that he won’t talk to any of us anymore,” said Menard. Jha, who dropped out of the College after that year, did not respond to multiple requests for comment. Hentzel, who considers Jha’s cheating to be equivalent to an editor selling questions, made a distinction between the UChicago incident and those committed by four other writers, because the latter involved writers who played in the tournament after accessing knowledge about the questions. After examining its server logs in response to suspicion of his performance in the 2012 ICT, NAQT discovered that
MIT player Joshua Alman, an NAQT high school tournament question writer, had accessed a non-public administrative Web page which listed the topic of each question. Clicking on the topic would have allowed Alman to view the entire question, but Hentzel said they could not prove he did so. Alman also accessed the “question by writer” page, which showed the first 40 characters of each question prior to the ICT in which he played. This discovery, in February, prompted an investigation of all of the writers’ activity on the Web site, according to Hentzel. The investigation found that three other NAQT writers “frequently accessed” pages on NAQT’s administrative website that contained information about questions for tournaments in which they competed, according to a statement released by NAQT in March. One of the three writers was former Harvard team member Andrew Watkins, whose four championship titles for the Harvard A-team in the 2009, 2010, and 2011 tournaments won two Division I Overall Championship and two Undergraduate Championship titles. The titles were redacted and awarded retroactively to the runners-up. The UChicago A-team received the overall Division I championship title for
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The UChicago quiz bowl team practices in Harper on Thursday night. After a student was found to have cheated last year, the team has come back to compete in the 2013 ICT tournament on Saturday in Rosemont, Illinois. JAIMIE MANLEY | THE CHICAGO MAROON
2010. According to Hentzel, rumors and accusations by the quiz bowl community that Watkins accessed questions before the event spurred an initial investigation of his Web site access shortly after the 2010 tournament. The investigation yielded no convincing results. “[We checked] server logs, firewall logs, whether he had been impersonating another user,” Hentzel said. “We did not find any evidence to suggest there was wrongdoing, because we did not look for exactly the right thing.” In response to the cheating, NAQT has further tightened its Web site security. According to Hentzel, the company now reviews its server logs each
week, questions writers who do not write regularly, and changes passwords more frequently. NAQT officials also updated their policy for electronic submissions of questions to reduce the risk of them being accessed by non-editors. Teitler suggests that the centralized infrastructure of NAQT’s question writing and editing makes it more susceptible to exploitation, comparing it to the decentralized ACF, another organization that holds collegiate quiz bowl tournaments. Hentzel argued there are costs and benefits to a centralized system. “Our Web site is hard to hack. [But] if you do successfully hack into our website, you get everything,” he said.
year, though the individual members may come to campus more often. Axelrod started recruiting members for the Board shortly after the presidential election ended. Castro said he was immediately receptive when Axelrod reached out to him in early November. “I’m glad to lend my support and my perspective to building up this Institute of Politics,” he said in an interview. The IOP House has already been in use for several months. Axelrod said the ceremony marks the end of renovations as well as the first meeting of the Board. Other Board members present at the ceremony were Stephanie Cutter, deputy campaign manager for President Obama’s 2012 campaign; Bill Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard; Mike Murphy, a prominent Republican political strategist; Neera Tanden, president of the progressive think tank Center for American Progress; and Howard Wolfson, communications manager for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign.
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Gems of academia: Faculty research shines Sindhu Gnanasambandan News Staff With the help of funding from a variety of sources, UChicago faculty are engaged in groundbreaking research in fields ranging from education and economics to psychology and physics. In the 2012 fiscal year ( July 1, 2011–June 30, 2012), funding for University of Chicago faculty-led research increased by 6 percent, spurring a wide range of interdisciplinary research. Three quarters of the total $466 million came from federal agencies and the rest from corporations, foundations, and other non-profit organizations. Faculty typically receive funding through a rigorous grant application process that connects faculty research goals and initiatives with the interests of the funding agencies, according to Elaine Allensworth, the interim executive director of the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research (CCSR). “It’s a conversation always with funders in terms of work that we want to do and work that they want to do. Different funding organizations have different things that they want
researched,” she said. CCSR, which is dedicated to informing reform efforts in the Chicago Public Schools, received $1.2 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to examine the ways to maximize student success through high school for a project started about a year and a half ago. In a letter describing the mission of their foundation, the Gates highlight the “failures of America’s education system” as one of the key issues of their foundation. Because of the area-specific nature of its research, CCSR has been able to produce cutting-edge, practical theory that has informed policy in both the Chicago area and in schools nationwide, according to Allensworth. “A lot of researchers complain that their research just sits on a shelf, but because we work to make it very accessible and usable for policy and practice, it actually does get used, so we are seen nationally as very successful,” she said. “When you are successful, it is easy to get money because people want you to work on their questions.” The John Templeton Foundation funded research by both economics professor John List’s Science of Philanthropy Initiative and
Psychology Professor Howard Nusbaum’s Defining Wisdom Project. List received $4.8 million beginning in October. Nusbaum’s three-year project received $4.9 million beginning last May. Nusbaum noted that his research aligns with Templeton’s area of interest. “Sir John Templeton was very interested in wisdom,” Nusbaum said. “He was interested in a number of ideas that had to do with our knowledge of the world and knowledge of ourselves as people, specifically positive attributes of humanity like gratitude, and trust, and generosity, and wisdom.” One trend in research that can be seen at UChicago, as well as the rest of the academic world, is approaching fundamental questions through interdisciplinary methods. “The University of Chicago is a good place to study wisdom because we have a lot of people across disciplines who are thoughtful and work together such that we can bring science and humanities and social sciences together to study wisdom in a way that might be relatively unique,” Nusbaum said. This interdisciplinary approach is seen in the hard sciences as well. The Kavli Institute for Cosmological Phys-
ics, which combines research from astronomy and physics, has received $3 million a year for the last 12 years from the National Science Foundation. “The Kavli Institute brings together both astronomers and physicists to figure out the big questions: How did the universe begin? What is dark matter? What’s dark energy? How are particles unified? What is space and time?” Michael Turner, the current director of the Institute, said. Allensworth also attested to the benefits of the interdisciplinary approach. “We have psychologists, economists, sociologists, and people doing policy studies and education,” she said. “All the researchers here learn from each other...so then you get people thinking outside of their disciple in terms of how they approach things.” Not only are the fundamental questions approached from different perspectives, but the research itself is interrelated and compounding. “We try to build our studies onto each other, so we are not just doing isolated studies where we look at this fact and that fact, but we are coming to an understanding, a deeper understanding of an issue,” Allensworth said.
Defining Wisdom Project
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•Intended to make the University a hub for developing research on the study of wisdom. •Currently composed of six projects divided into separate themes, the expertise in wisdom and the experiences that lead to making people wiser. •First three projects are about expertise in language, economic decisions, and medical expertise; the second three explore the use of metaphor, level of insight postsleep, and mental practices such as yoga and meditation.
•Hopes to answer the following questions: What does it mean to be ready for high school? What should middle–grade schools be focusing on to make sure their students are able to succeed? What are the efforts that really matter? What is malleable? •Looking to predict high school student success by exploring three outcomes: passing 9th grade classes, getting As and Bs in high school, and meeting the college readiness benchmarks on the ACT.
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•Research focuses around the nature of the dark energ y and its impact on the evolution of the Universe, the possibility of an inflationary epoch in the first moments of the Universe, and the unification of forces. •Considers fundamental cosmology, looking at questions regarding how the universe come into being , the nature and material of it, and what the destiny of our universe is. COURTESY OF NASA
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•Looks to answer the following questions: Why do people give? How do people give across their lifespan in different cultures? And How do we increase charitable giving ?” •Composed of 12 different projects as well as researchers outside of the University funded by through sub-awards. •Important part is to create partnerships with the nonprofit community in order to conduct natural field experiments, which can inform charities of enhanced fundraising techniques.
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NEWS IN BRIEF Patients forge UCMC signatures University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC) physicians reported two incidents of prescription forgery intended to obtain controlled substances to authorities on April 2 and 3. The forged prescriptions were detected after pharmacists in local pharmacies attempted to verify the prescriptions they received with the physicians whose names appeared on the prescriptions. The physicians denied signing the prescriptions. The UCPD has not been actively involved in the case but was “notified of the incidents for information purposes,” UCPD spokesperson Robert Mason said. Prescription fraud is a class three or four felony and falls under the jurisdiction of the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), according to Mason. Because the CPD and the DEA are better equipped to investigate these incidents, Mason said, the UCPD is not currently investigating the cases. It is unknown what, if any, relationship there is between the two reported incidents. Mason said the issue will be part of the CPD
investigation. Another forgery of a UCMC physician’s signature for prescription medications was reported in 2012. Mason said that he was “not aware of any [UChicago] students ever being involved in incidents of this nature.” At the time of publication an officer in the CPD news office did not have a comment on the progress of the case. —Lina Li
Law school no. 1 for post-grad employment The University of Chicago Law School produced the highest percentage of 2012 graduates with full-time, long-term law jobs that require passing the Bar exam, according to a study by the National Law Journal. An analysis by Law School Transparency, a law school reform group, found that 55.1 percent of all 2012 law school graduates are employed in full-time, long-term law jobs that required passing the Bar. Of 215 total 2012 graduates, 94.5 percent of UChicago Law School graduates were employed in such jobs, according to the Na-
tional Law Journal. U.S. News and World Report ranks UChicago Law School as the fourth best law school in the country. Yale, which tops the U.S. News and World Report list, is thirteenth in the National Law’s ranking. —Celia Bever
SG candidates to be announced tonight SG’s spring elections will kick off this evening with a mandatory candidates meeting. Petitions for slate positions, including those of president, vice president of administration, and vice president of student affairs, and for the positions of undergraduate and graduate liaisons to the board of trustees, College Council representative, and community and government liaison are due this evening at 5 p.m. Candidates must turn in their platforms by next Tuesday, which will be posted on the SG website, and an official debate will take place next Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. in McCormick Tribune Lounge. Voting will begin Tuesday, April 23rd and end at 5 p.m. on April 25th. Winners will be announced that evening. —Madhu Srikantha
Teacher: “If you close Canter, you’re going to divide this community.” CLOSING continued from front
The school was targeted to close based on its low 58 percent utilization rate. By CPS’s school utilization formula, the middle school is expected to educate 390 students, but currently there are only 223 students enrolled. Though the school is classified as a “Level 3” school by CPS, the lowest score on CPS’s scale of student performance, the school was separately classified as “Well-Organized for Improvement,” the highest possible rating in the 5Essentials survey system developed by the U of C’s Urban Education Institute (UEI). The 5Essentials survey tool also rated Canter as “strong” for having effective leaders, involved parents, and a collaborative teacher culture. “Canter is a good school,” said Reagan Allen, a current student who credits his time at Canter for motivating him to become academically successful after he struggled in elementary school. Several students be-
gan to openly sob while describing their experience at Canter and expressing their hope for it to remain open. Parents, students, and concerned community members passionately argued against the closing, pointing to the school’s committed teachers and administrators, as well as the special attention students are able to receive because of its small size and focus on a narrow age range. Janak Paranjape, a longtime teacher at Canter, spoke to the feeling of community in the school. “Take a look,” he said, pointing to the audience in the bleachers. “This is the Canter community. If you close Canter, you’re going to divide this community. It’s my community.” Isabelle Badili, mother of a former Canter student, also asked the CPS representatives to consider the people who will be affected by the closing. “We’re talking dollars, we’re talking statistics, talk about numbers. Did we
forget we’re talking about human beings?” she asked. Fifth Ward Alderman Leslie Hairston expressed her frustration and offense to what she perceived as “disrespect” of her position by CPS. “I was elected to represent the people… I matter, my people matter… We will not allow you to disrespect us,” she said at the microphone to the CPS representatives, drawing loud cheers from many in attendance. According to Hairston, whose ward includes both Ray and Harte, she was neither consulted nor informed about the removal of Ray Elementary’s two principals nor about yesterday’s meeting to discuss the transition. “It’s indicative of [Emanuel’s] administration,” she said in an interview with the Maroon. Fourth Ward Alderman Will Burns (A.B. ’95, A.M. ’98), whose ward includes Canter, was also in attendance, though he did not sign up to speak in front of the microphone.
Shuttle survey received over 900 responses, with majority choosing 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. option ROOSEVELT continued from front
at once is around ten people,” said Dong. Dong developed a survey that asked students which times and dropoff spots they preferred for the shuttle. The results revealed that the majority of respondents want the shuttle to run from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Students
also said they wanted the shuttle to stop near Millennium Park instead of in the South Loop. “Making the shuttles earlier is definitely a feasible change. We want to work on it as early as next fall, and we will potentially [add] two more stops in front of the Art Institute and right behind Millennium Park,” Dong said.
He began working on this SG initiative last spring with the University’s Director of Transportation, Theresa Brown. Deciding that he needed more information on student opinions to understand how to reform the shuttle, he created and posted the survey during winter quarter. “I feel the best way to make changes
here is to collect large-scale data and prove a point to the administrators,” he said. Dong said he was encouraged by the number of responses. “We got over 900 responses in two to three weeks, and 500 of these responses also had additional comments, which shows how much peo-
ple actually care about the issue,” he said. Out of the 900 respondents, approximately one-third were graduate students. Dong commented on the importance of talking to them, who, with an enrollment of over 10,000, comprise a large portion of the campus.
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missed is his voice more than any other thing because he would boom out, and anyone in his corridor would know when he had arrived and was teaching,” said Kay Heikkinen, Mustafa’s wife and a lecturer in Arabic. Heikkinen met Mustafa in 2004, when she joined the NELC department. They were married in 2008. “Our recent marriage has been great, but not long enough in my view...It’s amazing to me that we were married such a short time, and yet the loss is so huge, so gaping,” she said. “When someone like him disappears, it’s a black hole. Not just a gap, but a black hole.” Associate Professor of Persian Language and Literature Franklin Lewis also emphasized the impact of Mustafa’s absence on the NELC department in a statement to Adabiyat, a Middle Eastern literary discussion e-mail list of which Mustafa was a member. In the statement, Lewis said that Mustafa would leave behind “an empty office next to mine, from which he presided over the Arabic program; an empty chair in the Fazlur Rahman lounge in the
Center for Middle Eastern Studies, from which he presided over informative and funny conversations; a spot in the back row of our lecture hall, from which he regularly posed big and poignant questions in a booming but very friendly voice to our guest lecturers.” In addition to his work at the University, he was a longstanding member of the City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations, which investigates suspected discrimination in housing, employment, and other human rights issues, and aids hate crime victims. “He was really a very proud U.S. citizen, and he was always trying to teach people in Eg ypt about democracy as he learned about it on the Commission [on] Human Relations,” Heikkinen said. Mustafa was also a renowned translator of both English and Arabic works. “It’s extremely unusual to translate into a language which is not your native language, and especially to do a good job of it, which he did,” Heikkinen said. “He was very humble. We knew that he worked on a lot of translation projects on the side, but
he was never very loud. He never told us the depth to which he was involved,” Steck said. “He really had an important role in translating and one that will be hard to fill.” Under his pen name, Farouk Abdel Wahab, Mustafa translated more than eleven novels by Eg yptian writers. His final translation, Hala El Badry’s Rain over Baghdad, will be published later this year. In 2007 Mustafa was awarded the Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation and was featured in a Guardian article about Arabic literature. “Whether you think it’s going to be a ‘clash’ or a ‘dialogue’ of civilizations, we have to know what the rest of the world is doing and thinking, and nothing expresses that better than literature,” he said in the article. Heikkinen said that Mustafa liked teaching so much that he compared it to medicine. “He loved teaching and felt as if it rescued him from being quite sick in 2011,” she recalled. “He started calling it “Vitamin T.” Mustafa is survived by Heikkinen, three step-children, and numerous relatives in Cairo.
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Editorial & Op-Ed APRIL 9, 2013
How to launch a shuttle SG and student enthusiasm regarding Roosevelt shuttle revamp crucial to improving this valuable service The student newspaper of the University of Chicago since 1892 JORDAN LARSON Editor-in-Chief SHARAN SHETTY Editor-in-Chief COLIN BRADLEY Managing Editor REBECCA GUTERMAN Editor-in-Chief-Elect SAM LEVINE Editor-in-Chief-Elect EMILY WANG Managing Editor-Elect 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 EMMA THURBER STONE Viewpoints Editor EMMA BRODER Arts Editor ALICE BUCKNELL Arts Editor DANIEL RIVERA Arts Editor DANIEL LEWIS Sports Editor VICENTE FERNANDEZ Sports Editor MATTHEW SCHAEFER Sports Editor HYEONG-SUN CHO Head Designer SONIA DHAWAN Head Designer KEVIN WANG Online Editor ALICE BLACKWOOD Head Copy Editor JEN XIA Head Copy Editor BEN ZIGTERMAN Head Copy Editor SYDNEY COMBS Photo Editor TIFFANY TAN Photo Editor ANKIT JAIN Assoc. News Editor STEPHANIE XIAO Assoc. News Editor
A Student Government (SG) initiative to reform the Roosevelt shuttle service, which is currently the only free student transportation service that runs to downtown Chicago, recently obtained its most pressing and vital component: student input. On April 6, the SG blog published the results of a questionnaire that requested feedback on time of operation and drop-off location of the shuttle service. The success of the survey, both as a SG initiative and as an example of student engagement, represents significant progress toward more efficient and relevant transportation services, which could be implemented as early as this fall. The service provided by the Roosevelt shuttle is a unique and indispensable one, and its improvement merits both time and attention. While this process is far from complete, current efforts on the part of both SG and the student body are promising and ought to continue with the same, if not greater, level of participation. According to a January 24 SG blog post, the Roosevelt shuttle
service suffers from low student ridership, even though it offers a free, nonstop service to a common destination for University students. In response, SG announced the new survey, which was put online February 23 and further advertised to students in a later e-mail. Participation, as reported in the April 6 post, was impressively high: The survey was completed by over 900 students, a third of whom were graduate students. The shuttle was a long-awaited and highly anticipated initiative, but its features have failed to match up with student preferences. According to the November 17, 2009 Maroon article reporting on its launch, the shuttle, which currently runs from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., was originally intended to “provide a safe way [for students] to get home after a night out on the town.” It appears that students are not spending many nights on the town: The results of the survey indicate that the most popular timeframe for a new downtown shuttle is the much more conservative 6 p.m.
to 1 a.m. “Behind the Art Institute” was identified as a desired drop-off location in addition to “the South Loop,” which encompasses the shuttle’s current stop. The intent of the shuttle service is a highly commendable one. The fact that the University provides its students with a free and safe way to explore the city of Chicago is admirable, and students should not take the existence of this service for granted. The city is, after all, our namesake, and the shuttle program is in line with the administration’s stated aim of facilitating student engagement with Chicago. It is also laudable that Student Government, recognizing the value of the shuttle, is committed to making it a more relevant and accessible resource for students. However, in order for these efforts to bear fruit, the onus falls on students—whether or not they currently make use of the shuttle—to continue to give feedback wherever possible. The Roosevelt shuttle’s past flaws are no justification for students to ignore the current campaign for
improvement. In fact, they provide a prime opportunity for students to contribute to optimizing this crucial service. A second student transportation survey, which is set to begin circulating this week, provides just such an opportunity. Students should continue their engagement with this issue at the level they have so far demonstrated in order to ensure that changes made are most in line with their preferences. The administration cannot be receptive to student needs unless students take it upon themselves to make those needs known. The Roosevelt shuttle survey exemplifies the possibilities created when students and administrators work together to eliminate inefficiencies and strengthen existing services. But such possibilities cannot be realized unless students remain communicative and attentive to instances when their opinion is solicited.
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I’ve never liked small talk. Idle chitchat. Elevator bullpucky. Whatever you want to call it, I’m not a fan. I suppose it’s a necessary evil, but I have a suspicion that that’s only the case because people are too cowardly to admit that they dislike it and just stop doing it. Some of it can be nice, I guess. Talking about the weather, for example, can be great. Sometimes, when it’s quiet and you’re sitting in the dining hall with one other person sitting diagonally across from you (not directly across—that’s too much of a statement of intent), it’s not enough to look outside at the nice weather and be silent for a moment. “Nice out today,” he says. “Yehh.” You reply with a mouth full of broccoli. It’s one of those inexcusably huge florets. Silence. “It was, uh. Colder. Before. Like, last week,” you manage, making hopeful eye contact. “Egh.” Lovely. And to think you could’ve been looking outside
at the sunshine the whole time. Though it’s cloudy now, somehow. But really: Some small talk can be nice. Maybe it’s a little rainy out. You’re sitting in the dining hall again, this time with someone directly across from you, and that’s it. It wasn’t supposed to be this way—everyone else left at pretty much the same time while you two were still chewing your broccoli. It’s nice when rain falls—like a blanket descending thread-wise. There’s something generous about it. And there’s something peaceful about watching it. It certainly makes the broccoli easier to swallow, you think, chewing down on it for the 100th— “Rainy.” You’re interrupted. Your gaze turns from the window to the person sitting across from you. She’s looking at you expectantly. “What?” You heard what she said; you just can’t believe it happened. “It’s rainy,” she repeats, nodding , as if to say, “Yes.” “Aye.” What? Are you Braveheart? What the fuck was that? “Uh, yeah.” That’s better. Now you can bring it home. “It’s coming down pretty hard.” “Not as bad as last week though,” she says. “Was that last week? I thought it was the week before.” Well, now you’re invested in it. Might as well get things right. “Oghh.” She’s done with her broccoli; there’s no possible excuse for that noise. With that pleasant inter-
change over—and now that you’re enlightened—you can go back to looking at the rain. There’s hail coming down now, obviously. Looks painful. OK, OK, I’m not really selling this. I’m serious, though: Some small talk is fantastic. Like, imagine you’ve just gotten a haircut. I just got a haircut—a pretty dramatically short one— so I have plenty to draw on for this one. You’re walking down a hallway in Harper and you see an acquaintance. “Hey! Oh, you got a haircut,” she says. So, what, she doesn’t like it? Don’t say thank you. “Th—yeah!” Close one. “See you around,” you add, quickening your pace, upset with yourself for not seizing a rare chance to say, “Nope—I got ’em all cut!” Would’ve been classic. “Later!” Does it really look that bad? You make a note to preen in the next reflective surface you encounter. I swear haircut small talk is usually really good. I just can’t think of a better example right now. And I honestly do think there’s something to be said for small talk. I don’t like it, overall, mostly because of everything you’ve just read—because of all those times when there’s an opportunity to point out something obvious, someone seizes that opportunity, and no one has a nice time. But, occasionally, something deeper can be revealed when SMALL continued on page 7
Pull up an armchair Disdain for “slacktivism” distracts from potential of social media to raise awareness and compassion for key issues
By Anastasia Golovashkina Viewpoints Columnist Did you change your Facebook profile picture to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC)’s pinkon-red equals sign two weeks ago? If you did—and judging anecdotally by the sea of red avatars that flooded my News Feed on Tuesday morning, you probably did—you also probably understand that the nearly three million-strong campaign coincided with the Supreme Court’s hearing of oral arguments about the legality of same-sex marriage. Or perhaps you refrained from posting anything because, as one of my friends put it, “Posting a picture won’t change the Supreme Court’s ruling.” He wasn’t the first to make this argument. In 2010, Blink author Malcolm Gladwell raised a similar point in a New Yorker op-ed, writing that “the evangelists of soSLACKTIVE continued on page 7
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Antisocial conservatism Dems shouldn’t let concerns about losing support detract from the positives of GOP’s increasing acceptance of same-sex marriage
By Luke Brinker Viewpoints Columnist In 2004, the year President George W. Bush proposed a federal constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, only three sitting United States senators publicly supported marriage equality. As Bob Dylan once crooned: The times, they are a’ changin’. With endorsements last week from Sens. Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Tom Carper (D-DE), marriage equality now counts 54 supporters among sitting senators. Same-sex marriage supporters now include liberals like Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), middle-of-the road types like Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), and even conservative Republican Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, whose gay son
prompted Portman to switch positions on the issue. No longer is same-sex marriage a quixotic cause relegated to the most progressive corners of the Democratic Party. With a recent Washington Post–ABC News poll indicating that 58 percent of Americans support same-sex marriage, there’s no denying that marriage equality has gone decidedly mainstream. The vast majority of congressional Democrats back full equality for gay and lesbian couples, a stark turnaround from a decade ago. In the 2004 Democratic presidential primaries, single-digit candidates Rev. Al Sharpton and Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) stood alone among the party’s contenders in supporting same-sex marriage. Now, it’s inconceivable that the Democrats will nominate an anti–marriage equality candidate in 2016. Republicans, meanwhile, remain mostly opposed to gay and lesbian nuptials. Portman and Kirk are the only two sitting GOP senators to support the freedom to marry. Based on their public statements and their history of backing gay rights, there’s reason to believe that moderate Sens. Lisa Murkowski (RAK) and Susan Collins (R-ME) could soon join Portman and Kirk. While they’d be among few
current GOP officeholders to support marriage equality, they’d also be part of an increasing number of establishment Republicans urging the party to alter its stance on gay issues. While the authors of the party’s official autopsy of the 2012 campaign stated that the GOP should stick to its opposition to samesex marriage, they also advocated respect for different points of view and an end to strident anti-gay rhetoric. That report came after over one hundred nationally prominent Republicans signed a brief urging the Supreme Court to affirm marriage rights for same-sex couples. Among the Republican rank-and-file, promarriage equality sentiment is mounting. A recent CBS News poll found that 37 percent of Republicans nationally support same-sex marriage, a marked increase on last year’s 13 percent. What’s more, the poll found that among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents between the ages of 18 and 49, supporters of the freedom to marry outnumber opponents, 49 percent to 46 percent. Given that older, socially conservative voters still constitute a hefty portion of the GOP base, the GOP is not going to nominate a pro–mar-
riage equality presidential candidate in 2016. But it’s possible that sometime in the 2020s, at which point marriage equality will almost certainly be either federally guaranteed or legal in states harboring a majority of the population, there will be a pro–same-sex marriage GOP presidential nominee. Many progressive Democrats may fret at this prospect. Once the GOP is no longer dominated by troglodytes and gay-baiters, won’t affluent gays start voting their pocketbooks, since their livelihoods will no longer be on the ballot? And won’t many young voters turned off by the GOP’s firebreathing rhetoric in 2012 warm to a more socially moderate Republican Party, thereby erasing the Democratic advantage among Millennials? Rather than worry that a more enlightened GOP will eat away at their support, progressives should embrace Republicans’ slow-but-sure acceptance of the political reality surrounding marriage equality. Having more Republicans come around on gay rights won’t mean the end of the culture wars—abortion will likely never fade as a hot-button topic—but the emerging consensus on marriage equality will offer the opportunity to DEMS continued on page 7
Divest in the future
Letter: Artistic differences
Halting investment in firms that harm the climate would be in line with UChicago’s liberal academic tradition
Frustrating scarcity of Core art classes results in wasted time, talent for College students
Paul Kim Viewpoints Contributor
Three years ago, I chose UChicago over UC Berkeley, in part because of the University of California’s budget cuts. During my Berkeley visit, I talked with a number of students who had been forced to take summer classes or graduate late due to required classes being cut, and I wanted no part of that. I came to UChicago expecting that there would be no problems getting into required classes at a university with an endowment in the billions and a strong undergraduate college. Overall, my expectations have been proved correct. However, the arts requirement has been a glaring exception. Along with many of my friends, I’ve been bidding for arts classes for three years, but to no avail. Faced with a heavy load of major classes next year that all but require me to get my arts core out of the way early, I emailed professors and attended four sections of arts core classes only to find forty people showing up for classes capped at twenty, competing for two or three open spots. Most alarmingly, in all of the classes I attended, there seemed to be more graduating—or, rather, desperately trying to graduate—fourth-years attempting to pink-slip into the class than there were available
The SG ballot (voting is open from Tuesday to Thursday of fourth week) will likely contain a referendum calling for the University to divest from, or sell its stock in, oil, gas, and coal companies. Due to the lack of climate leadership in Washington, it is crucial for independent institutions and individuals to lead the way on this grave economic, political, and social issue. Given the valuable contributions UChicago scientists have made to climate and paleoclimate studies, divestment is especially appropriate and important at the University of Chicago. Scientists have reached the consensus that human emissions are directly contributing to increasingly violent climate events. Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy are domestic examples of a much longer and more severe global list. Organizations including the American Geophysical Union, the US National Academy of Sciences, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have officially stated that human action will cause warming that is “disruptive, reducing global agricultural productivity, causing widespread loss of biodiversity, and—if sustained over centuries—melting much of the Greenland ice sheet with ensuing rise in sea level of several meters.” All these organizations have called for a more proactive approach. World leaders have agreed on a cap for a global temperature increase of 2 degrees Celsius. To meet this constraint, however, we must curb our carbon emissions more drastically than any official plans currently mandate. Estimates for how much carbon we can still release range between 250 Gt (gigatons) and 500 Gt of carbon, and proven reserves total around 750 Gt. Thus, even the most liberal estimates available state that we cannot burn even a third of all remaining fossil fuel reserves. This cap is necessary in order to avert even greater instability, but it will be the largest financial write-down of assets in human history. So, it is no surprise that fossil fuel companies are fighting to convince politicians that adopting renewable sources of energy is unfeasible and unnecessary. According to OpenSecrets.org, the Energy/Natural Resources industry, which is dominated by oil and gas interests, contributed $138,705,629 in the 2011–2012 election cycle. In return, the oil, coal, and gas industries received $70.2 billion in subsidies and tax breaks between 2002 and 2008, dwarfing renewable subsidies of $12.2 billion over the same period. Meanwhile, President Obama looks poised to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which former NASA climate scientist James Hansen called “game over for the climate.” Through its investments, UChicago is currently linking its academic reputation to companies such
as Arch Coal, in which it had invested millions since 2011. This company has been held liable for millions in fines for environmental damage caused by mountaintop removal mining. While our researchers are reporting on the dangers of fossil fuel use, we are still maintaining a financial affiliation to the companies responsible for activities that damage the environment. Not only do oil, gas, and coal companies break apart communities by undermining their physical foundations, clean air and water—their business model now threatens me and everyone I know. Divestment would sever these ties and, if more of the 256 colleges with divestment efforts join, help remove the social legitimacy that these companies do not deserve. Thirty years ago, students helped expose South African apartheid by demanding University divestment from companies operating there. International scrutiny made apartheid increasingly costly for South Africa and contributed to its fall. A mass movement around climate change is sorely needed, and UChicago’s involvement might help tip the balance. The financial cost to the University would be negligible. The benefit in fossil fuel investments is chiefly the reduced variation from diversification rather than any merit in the investments themselves. However, the Aperio Group, which specializes in screened investments, measured the impact on variability of excluding the fossil fuel industry. The corresponding theoretical return penalty is 0.0034 percentage points. Given our 2012 endowment value of $6.57 billion, this corresponds to around $225,000 in sacrificed return, or measurement error. Moreover, this calculation is done “all else equal”; since the fossil fuel industry’s assets could in essence become worthless, or it could operate in a world rocked by climate change, there is substantial uncertainty. Ultimately, divestment will benefit today’s young people, including UChicago students. Americans age 25 and younger will live to see disasters that make Hurricane Sandy seem tame. A divested University would speak for itself and for those with less power than us: the Philippine village wrecked by Typhoon Bopha, the family in South Africa whose well has dried, and the Pennsylvania town where local water supplies have been contaminated by hydraulic fracturing. The University of Chicago has a proud liberal history, from early coeducation to freedom from anti-Semitic racial quotas to awarding the first doctorate earned by a black woman in the United States. Divestment from fossil fuel companies is a new opportunity for the University of Chicago to distinguish itself as a university that is conscious of scientific realities and their humanitarian concerns. Paul Kim is a third-year in the College majoring in mathematics.
spaces. In a couple, there were several times more. Needless to say, I did not get into any of the six classes I tried to get into, nor do I expect to next quarter. Worse yet, there are apparently a number of fourth-years who face the possibility of being denied a degree despite their best efforts to satisfy all their degree requirements. If the University persists in requiring all undergraduates to take one of the very small number of art, music, and drama classes approved as part of the Core curriculum, it must dramatically increase the number of sections offered each quarter, especially for the most-requested classes, like drama. Making most undergraduates expend considerable time and effort scurrying between dozens of art classes only to be forced to take one they’re not particularly interested in because nothing else is available is a careless policy at best and unconscionable neglect at worst. UChicago students have better things on which to spend their time and energ y than begging to get into art classes. The University would do well to alleviate this unnecessary hindrance. Alex Kolchinski, Class of 2014
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Facebook avatars for marriage equality a good starting point SLACKTIVE continued from page 5 cial media” seem to believe that a Facebook friend is the same as a real friend” and see social media– based activism—slacktivism, as it is called today—as “activism in the same sense as sitting at a segregated lunch counter in Greensboro in 1960.” But to evaluate a social mediabased movement by such a grandiose rubric is to completely miss the point. If used correctly, today’s slacktivism can act as an irreplaceable catalyst for political activism, providing a simple, safe, social, and—above all—nonbinding channel for people’s political energy. It can allow passionate newcomers to ‘test the waters’ of any given issue or social-political movement. It is, by far, the best way to begin getting involved. The term “slacktivism” was first coined in 2002 by New York Times writer Barnaby Feder to describe “the desire people have to do something good without getting out of their chair.” But a lot has changed since 2002. Ninetynine percent of college students now use Facebook and 99.8 percent have a cell phone (four out of every five of which are smartphones). In 2002, just 86 percent of college students even went online; Facebook didn’t yet exist. In the decade since Feder first thought it up, the notion of “slacktivism” has also come to encompass any sort of activism rooted in email or social media. But raising quick and widespread awareness no longer requires us to get out of our chairs—and, at least for the purposes of social and political activism, that’s a very good thing. No one changed his profile picture with the expectation that doing so would affect the Supreme
Court’s ruling, just as no one in 2010 (with perhaps the exception of Gladwell himself ) would have even thought to compare an online-only movement with the violent sit-ins of the civil rights era. This doesn’t mean that either of these modern, slacktivist movements was doomed from the beginning ; it simply means that each had different goals. HRC’s avatar campaign did not pursue the sort of radical, risktaking change of the civil rights era primarily because it wasn’t an actual, physical protest. It was an attempt to raise awareness—not only about the marriage equality cases being argued before the Supreme Court, but also about encouraging people to gauge their communities’ opinions and contribute to those opinions’ formations. This is especially important for controversial issues like samesex marriage that may seem awkward to simply bring up in day-today conversation. Equal rights may start with abstract legal concepts, but they are made very real through local implementation (or lack thereof ). In this way, slacktivism plays the fundamental role of signaling to our peers our stances on a given issue. It forms and reinforces our understanding of the beliefs and priorities of the world immediately around us. For closeted members of the LGBTQ community, for example, the knowledge of their peers’ support could prove decisive by lessening fears of ostracization if they were to come out. It’s true that most Facebook users with pink-on-red avatars probably won’t end up doing much else for LGBTQ rights. But that didn’t make their show of solidarity with the LGBTQ community
any less important, and shouldn’t negate the importance of the few who were inspired to get involved. Nonetheless, no one likes to be labeled a slacker, especially not a student at the workaholic haven that is the University of Chicago. But the problem with slacktivism is not the activity itself—it’s the attitude that virtual engagement cannot be translated into realworld involvement and change. In assuming that the Internet and the real world operate as separate spheres, pessimists like Gladwell fail to appreciate the paramount importance of the two acting in unison. Whether through the declaration of public opinion, the demonstration of community solidarity, or the dissemination of information and the rallying of support, slacktivism can and does serve as the ultimate sidekick to contemporary activism. The Arab Spring revolutions were all organized and documented through social media, as were Russia’s electoral fraud protests, which, at their height, drew an unprecedented crowd of nearly 100,000 to Moscow’s Red Square. Livetweeting didn’t make these movements any less significant; on the contrary, it brought the movements the sort of global attention that the world (and particularly the United States) does not typically lend them. Instead of criticizing each other, let’s start seeing slacktivism as a springboard for real activism. Let’s stop underestimating the power of dialogue and sharing. But let’s not allow “I passed it on” to become our excuse for passing something by. Anastasia Golovashkina is a second-year in the College majoring in economics.
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SMALL continued from page 5 one merely remarks on what’s obvious. I think that’s the reason people soldier on with small talk. It’s that hope that they’ve found the unsuspecting tip of a glorious, equally unsuspecting iceberg. A perfect example, once again from my recent personal experience: I returned from spring break not only shorn of my sultry locks, but also a little red in the face—a lot red in the face, actually, and I mean that literally. Of course, being that we’ve just returned from SPRING BREAK, it all adds up to one thing , to one comment, that I’ve received countless times and in various forms recently: “Spent some time at the beach, did we?” Ha. No, I didn’t. All I care to explain in regard to the way I looked (and still sort of do) is that penicillin is a hell of a drug. In turn, I’ve also realized Benadryl is a hell of a drug , and that being trapped in the busy Maroon office for several hours while you’re on it is a hell of a trip. Now that that non-explanation is out of the way, I suppose I should admit that my gripes
with small talk—at least, with the essentially superficial sort of it that I’ve superficially discussed here—are pretty personal. I’ll concede what’s probably obvious at this point, which is that at least part of the reason I have painfully awkward conversations about the weather or my hair is because I am a painfully awkward person. And I usually have painfully awkward hair, too. (I think one of my ancestors must’ve offended the founder of Supercuts at some point, and no one’s told me.) Moreover, I’m particularly annoyed with small talk as a concept right now because my most recent forays into it have left me no choice but to leave people the impression that I’ve 1) been to Bermuda now or that 2) I’m just straight-up dying. With that in mind, I’ll end by asking you, dear reader, to really assess your own feelings on small talk and such. Also, here’s an honest parting question: Do you ever think there could be more to the tip of an iceberg than the mere fact that there’s something beneath it? Ajay Batra is a second-year in the College majoring in English,
Progressive economic policies—not social stances—are Democrats’ biggest draw consciousness amid a recession wrought DEMS continued from page 6 move beyond one of the most divisive by private sector greed, the current gensocial debates of the twenty-first cen- eration of young Americans is unlikely tury. Much of that energy spent defend- to vote for the party of plutocrats siming the fundamental rights of gays and ply because it’s no longer as anti-gay as lesbians can be channeled toward long- it used to be. A more socially liberal GOP could ignored progressive causes—grievous income inequality, reinvigorating the also help Democrats shore up support American labor movement, combat- among constituencies that long ago ing the abuses of corporate America, abandoned the party of Franklin D. curbing the influence of big money in Roosevelt. Once the two parties reach politics, and confronting civilizational a general truce on same-sex marriage, many socially conservative, working challenges like climate change. Surveys show that Millennials ex- class white voters may well reevaluate press high levels of support for progres- their support for the GOP, which has sive economic policies, so there’s more done nothing to improve their lot in keeping them in the liberal fold than life. A renewed emphasis on economic just a concern for gay rights. In No- inequality and social justice could very vember’s exit polls, voters between the possibly convince church-going whites ages of 18 and 29 endorsed Democratic in middle America that their true interhealth care policy over that of the GOP ests lie with progressive Democrats. Inby 54 to 35 percent. A 2011 Pew sur- stead of hoping for an unreconstructed vey found considerable support among GOP, progressives should acknowledge Millennials for the Occupy Wall Street that it behooves them to engage in a movement, with 47 percent of 18- to political debate that is less focused on 29-year-olds indicating an unfavorable wedge issues. view of capitalism as currently practiced versus 46 percent who viewed capital- Luke Brinker is a graduate stuism favorably. Having come to political dent in the MAPSS program.
Letter: Student culture at heart of SASA show In response to “SASA show a surface-level affair” (Apr. 5) When I first read Raghav Rao’s column, “SASA show a surfacelevel affair,” I was inclined to agree with him. As a South Indian–American, I didn’t see or hear anything at the show that connected strongly with my ancestral background. Yet, as I watched the show, I began to realize that Mr. Rao’s column was in fact guilty of the same crime that he accused the South Asian Students Association show of committing: being a “surface-level” examination of culture. Culture is not simply an object to be shown to the world; it is an ongoing and integral part of life. As this is the case, it is subject to the pressures of generalization and conflation from hegemonic society. As Vijay Prashad (Ph.D. ’94) writes in his seminal work on South Asian–American identity, The Karma of Brown Folk, “People adapt and incorporate artifacts from the past in the context of their own particular historical conjuncture, fighting their own battles and struggling with their own contradictions.” Culture is an active process—a process performed by individuals—that draws from a well of ancestral and societal knowledge and customs. In this vein, it is worth noting that this was not the “South Asian Cultural Show,” but instead the “South Asian Students Association Cultural Show.” While the culture “presented” at the show may not have been an accurate representation of the culture of South Asians as a whole, it is unfair to claim that it was not representative of the culture of the students involved. Indeed, to argue that SASA’s culture is inauthentic would be to claim that all culture affected by social pressures—that is, all culture—is inauthentic. While at first glance cultural
shows seem to also fall victim to the view of culture as an object, it was clear to anyone attending the SASA show that the goal of presenting culture to the wider world was, at best, ancillary. The attendance of hundreds of members of the South Asian community as well as the raucous cheers coming from SASA members themselves belied the true purpose of the show: to provide South Asian members of the UChicago community a method of expressing aspects of their culture in a way that American society does not normally permit. Does this mean that SASA should not examine the problematic aspects of its organization? Certainly not: Culture, as a part of life, is not divorced from social responsibility. I hope that the members of SASA take some of Rao’s criticism to heart. However, the fact remains that the SASA show was a vivid and valid expression of the culture of its participants. Yadav Gowda, Class of 2014
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Zumba brings jazz-whupping workouts to Ratner
Eliza Brown Arts Staff On the first day of spring quarter from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., young women streamed into Ratner Athletics Center wear-
ing bright shoes, stretch pants, and ponytails, all with water bottles in hand. Attendants at Ratner steered them away from their usual destination, the second-floor dance room telling them the previously
unimaginable: Zumba had moved to the g ymnasium. This move is truly incredible because it reflects the massive increased interest in this form of exercise, which combines aerobics with Latin-, Indian-, and
Arabic-themed music along with booty popping, bust thrusting , and hip grinding. Before the move, students tended to arrive at least 30 minutes early in order to get a spot in the room, preferably with a good view of themselves in the many mirrors. With the move, some 110 students now participate in this close relative of Jazzercise during the evening classes, up from about 30 students per class during autumn quarter. Students talk about Zumba as if it is a club, and, indeed, it often becomes a key fixture in their social lives. Second-years Nicola Brown, Megan Porter, Kaitlyn Bregman, and several of their friends from Burton-Judson Courts all come together. “It’s brought us closer,” Brown said. First-year Amelia Clements comes to Zumba four to five times a week
and is a master Zumba networker, inviting friends and housemates. In fact, she is the one who originally convinced Brown and the other girls from Burton-Judson to try it out. All these students agreed that they love being “regulars,” knowing their spots, the songs, and the other students who attend with some regularity. Zumba has grown in popularity along with the outsized personality of one of the Zumba instructors, Cruz Gonzalez- Cadel. Gonzalez-Cadel is in many ways a cult of personality, with students asking her advice, hanging on her every word, and tweeting about her on the Internet. A 27-year-old Argentinean actress, Gonzalez-Cadel adds much drama to every class with costume changes, energetic comments, and song selection. “It’s been really rewarding to
see people get healthier over the past year,” said Gonzalez- Cadel. The other Zumba instructor, 31-year-old Kimberly Rios, is a psycholog y professor at UChicago and originally decided to get certified as a Zumba instructor to help develop her teaching skills for the classroom. Rios is good at targeting different muscles through her routines; all the same, she does not garner the same cult status as her feisty counterpart. It is important to explain that the story of the growing popularity of Zumba at UChicago is a highly gendered one. As many g ym regulars know, the first floor is usually populated by men, while the cardio rotunda includes more women. To venture to alternate spaces often proves somewhat awkward and frightening, even ZUMBA continued on page 10
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Jessen O’Brien byby Alexandra McInnis
Spring is the most puzzling season to dress appropriately for. The weather is partly to blame. On warm afternoons, there is an incredible temptation to shed our winter layers of wool and cashmere in favor of sleeveless blouses and bare legs, but the post-winter chill still reemerges at random hours. And unexpected bouts of rain pose a threat to delicate fabrics and new ballet flats. Spring fashion also fails to get its due respect when people go running for their shorts and flipflops as soon as the temperature hits 50 degrees. Not only is this over-eagerness to wear summer clothes a bit desperate, but it’s also highly impractical, and you’ll regret those shorts as soon as the sun starts to go down. I personally reject the notion that spring is just a cooler version of summer. We should instead take time to relish the gentle warmth and brisk air before the humidity and boiling heat sets in, and even enjoy the rains we’ll be clamoring for by August. Dressing for spring means different things for different people. When I think of spring, I envision a clean slate, with tailored pieces in cream, beige, and ivory. Several different designers opted to create a blank canvas with their Spring/Summer runway collections. Take Emilio Pucci and Valentino, who showcased sheer white pieces that
were layered for subtle transparency without being too revealing for everyday wear. White also took the form of neat sportswear at Lacoste, and bright white pieces with mesh detailing were a similar nod to athletic apparel at Chloé and Richard Nicoll. White clothing on this year’s spring runways was evocative of movement and an active lifestyle, perfectly embodying the rejuvenation and vitality of spring. Others will look to the glorious spring surroundings as inspiration for their wardrobe. Every year retailers aim to convince us that spring means festooning ourselves in floral prints and pastel colors. However, the Spring/ Summer Moschino collection rejected simplistic representation of flowers in favor of bright, geometric floral prints that practically screamed for attention (a reference to later 1960s fashions, no doubt). Chanel and Dolce & Gabbana did away with prints and instead featured three dimensional fabric flowers sewn onto dresses and coats for a whimsical effect. Meanwhile, Prada stencilled oversized Warhol-esque flowers onto glossy black coats, and Ralph Lauren scattered red carnations onto moody Spanishinspired evening wear. Flowers are inevitably incorporated into spring clothing, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be interesting and unconventional. How do you translate all of
this into your everyday wardrobe? Chances are you’ll still need layers, but thankfully you can put away your heavy winter sweaters and instead reach for breathable cotton cardigans. You may need a coat to protect your delicate whites from the
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elements. And while the trench coat is my ideal spring outerwear piece, there are a variety of other mackintoshes or even long, fitted blazers that will do the job nicely. I might add a pale blue linen scarf, because it’s hard to resist pastels altogether, but
do exercise restraint with Easter egg hues. Most of all, don’t be afraid to wear rain boots with your updated floral print dress, because it shows a carefree balance between beauty and practicality. And that’s what spring is all about.
Left: Floral prints grew more graphic (and sassier) in Moschino/Prada’s Spring collection this year. Right: This mesh-clad model at Richard Nicoll’s show is the picture of tabula rasa and tennis chic. COURTESY OF GORUNWAY
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Gosling’s latest finds him stuntin’ like a daddy
Luke Glanton (Ryan Gosling) pauses for a moment of Zen meditation between motorcycle stunts. COURTESY OF FOCUS FEATURES
Kimberly Han Arts Contributor Resembling the narrative of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic Psycho, Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond the Pines makes audiences turn their heads and whisper, “Wait…did that really just happen?” The two films’ resemblances end there. Yet it is important to note that this movie does not heavily rely on Ryan Gosling and his I’m-a-badass-I-don’t-
talk-much character but instead stands on its own and leaves the audience with a powerful and memorable ending. The film begins with a long tracking shot revealing the muscular back of Luke Glanton (Gosling ). Luke is strikingly similar to the driver Gosling played in his 2011 film, Drive, as if the character were simply reborn in the body of a heavily-tattooed motorcyclist. This opening scene stalls on disclosing the star’s face
and continues to film his rugged back as he walks into the motorcycle stunt arena. Cianfrance manages to sneak Gosling’s stuntman into the globe of steel without breaking up the long take, tricking us into briefly thinking that the producers have lost their minds and thrown Gosling into the dangerous globe of death. Fortunately, the stuntman is talented—and Luke lives on. The brilliant opening shot begins an PINES continued on page 12
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Dance, dance revolution takes on the gender politics of your exercise ZUMBA continued from page 9 to a woman like me who has enjoyed lifting and other maleoriented athletics. This division is fascinating and certainly worthy of future study, but Zumba represents an even more drastic departure from this segregation. Every evening , male students’ jaws drop as what is usually a basketball court becomes utterly unrecognizable to them. Ratner attendants lower drapes over the windows to grant privacy to the many scantily clad women, lending a private and risqué air to the space. Although there are nearly always male participants, they are vastly outnumbered by the women, perhaps on a scale of 1:20. Indeed, Zumba is a female space in ways other than attendance demographics. GonzalezCadel often speaks about having menstrual cramps, hair problems, and other women-specific issues. Third-year Peter Truong mentioned this aspect of class but said that it did not bother him. Indeed, he hopes that more men will become interested in attending. “It’s not just for old ladies,” Truong said. Interestingly, many more male students attend GonzalezCadel’s course than Rios’s and are some of the main subscribers to her fan club. Perhaps the interest in Zumba speaks to female students’ desire for a female athletic space, whether they are conscious
of it or not. Alternatively, it may just respond to students’ desire for fun and sex that they are not receiving in other areas of life. As a fourth-year student whose friends prefer wine and potlucks to Jungle Juice and strobe lights, I have little opportunity to really “get down” at UChicago outside of Zumba. There may be many other students who just want to dance and have fun. Zumba provides a wonderful and, just as importantly, safe outlet. Ultimately, the women and men who attend Zumba represent many different populations of UChicago, from sorority girls to Divinity School students, from Latinas who love to dance to overweight men trying to get fit. Zumba is in many ways a great equalizer, as it is nearly impossible not to look ridiculous while clapping one’s hands and performing grapevine after grapevine. Indeed, Zumba has become a culture unto itself, with regular students asking after those who are missing and a deep devotion to the customary songs and dances. I find myself talking and tweeting about Zumba on a nearly daily basis as it gains more and more prominence in my life and schedule. Although my love of Zumba began in irony, my passion has grown to be sincere; I now count myself a true believer. Maybe I’ll see you in class on Monday—I’ll be center-right.
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In Lolla land, ticket prices and music reach a high note Anastasia Golovashkina Arts Contributor Lollapalooza’s secret sale “souvenir” passes sold out in less than a minute. It was almost to be expected, as the $75 tickets got fans into a festival that would have otherwise cost them no less than $200. But then the ‘Early Bird’ ($200) three-day passes sold out in six minutes; ‘regular’ $235 counterparts were gone in an hour. Last week, it took just one hour for the festival’s single-day passes ($95) to completely sell out. Saturday passes were the first to go (scheduled acts including Mumford & Sons, the Lumineers, Ellie Goulding, and Mandel Hall darlings Matt & Kim), followed by Friday (Nine Inch Nails, Lana Del Rey, Hot Chip, and Summer Breeze alums Crystal Castles), and finally, Sunday (Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, Grizzly Bear, Tegan and Sara, and Lolla veterans Skrillex and Boys Noize’s latest side project, Dog Blood). Part of the single day passes’ slower sell-out (if one hour can be deemed ‘slower’) had to do with the fact that $95 is a lot of money— and that $285 is considerably more money than the $200 or even $235 most fans were probably preparing to spend. Part of it had to do with Frontgate’s new ticket sale algorithm, by which users were only able to purchase one day of passes per log-in. (By the way, orchestrating the sale of hundreds of thousands of tickets—in some undisclosed combination that corresponds to a capacity of roughly 100,000 attendees per day—without so much as a single hiccup is no small feat. Props to the unsung heroes of Lollapalooza and Frontgate’s tech team for making it happen.) But who are we kidding? Passes sold out in less than an hour. Last year, three-day passes didn’t sell out until the very end of May, with
one-day passes staying on sale well into even the quarter system’s definition of summer vacation. It’s easy to forget that Lolla wasn’t always this popular—or eclectic, or expensive. In fact, Lolla wasn’t even always a stationary three-day festival. Founded by Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell in 1991 as a “farewell tour” for his band, Lolla was originally set up as a single-day, twelve-act affair that toured throughout North America. In fact, Lolla was the first in what soon became a trend of traveling alternative music festivals; Warped Tour was founded in 1995, followed by Ozzfest in 1996, Projekt Revolution in 2002, Taste of Chaos and Riot in 2005, Mayhem in 2008, and Uproar in 2010 (to name a few). The timing of these festivals’ foundings was by no means a coincidence. In 1994, Kurt Cobain’s suicide barred Nirvana from taking part and led Farrell to grow bored with the festival. Lolla ground to a halt in 1997, only to be revived for one year in 2003 as a sort of Jane’s Addiction reunion tour, only to be cancelled again in 2004 due to, believe it or not, poor ticket sales. But then 2005 happened. It was then that Lolla finally and (semi-) permanently parked itself in Chicago’s Grant Park. Thanks to a new partnership with Capital Sports Entertainment and the William Morris Agency (best known for ‘packaging’ stars like Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, Deadmau5, and Rihanna), Lolla began to market itself as the weekend destination festival it is today. In 2006, the festival extended to three days. In 2008, Farrell got his own stage—the electronica/dance–dedicated Perry’s, which Farrell himself played every year until 2012, when he transitioned to playing at Lolla’s new camps in Chile and Brazil.
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Beyond the Pines: “If you ride like lightning, you’re going to crash like thunder” Here I ponder what happened in these fifteen years that led to such an irreparable situation. The consequences of the two distinct men and their corruption are the delinquencies of AJ and Jason, which become almost too sad and sickening to watch. The lack of a true father is detrimental to the behavior of the sons, and whatever happened during the 15 years of time that Cianfrance has chosen to skip over does not seem to be so important as the legacy that Luke and Avery’s fateful meeting left behind. The Place Beyond the Pines shows the inevitable cycle of the degeneration of two families over time. “If only” is a question that lingered in my mind long after I left the theater. But fate is a powerful tool for director Cianfrance, and there are no “ifs” in his rulebook. Legacy is fate, and there is only one conclusion to his story.
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PINES continued from page 10 epic tale of two men and their sons, who cross each other’s paths through time and space. The brief yet significant encounter between Luke and cop Avery Cross (Bradley Cooper) results in an intertwining story of police corruption, family, drugs, violence, vengeance, and legacy. With slow-beating music in the background, the story unravels in a deceptively rapid, yet deliberate pace through 15 years’ time. Unable to support his newborn son Jason and lover Romina (Eva Mendes), Luke turns from his motorcycle stunt job to bank robbing as an occupation. However, he fails to become a loving father when his last and most desperate mission goes awry at the hands of Officer Cross. Luke ignores the warning of his friend Robin, which is also the best line of the film: “If you ride like lightning, you’re going to crash like thunder.” So Luke continues to ride. Officer Cross, on the other hand, connects deeply with Luke, who has a oneyear-old son as well. Fast-forwarding 15 years from the fathers’ encounter, the narrative transitions into the struggles and collision of the two children. AJ Cross is the unfortunate result of his father’s corruption. Officer Cross has exploited the police corruption to rise in status—meanwhile intentionally avoiding his son, who becomes a spoiled druggie because of his of lack of parenting. AJ moves in with his father, who is now running for New York State Attorney General. At a new school, AJ meets a new friend Jason. Fate joins the sons of the two unfortunate men, and the fathers’ legacies are set to untangle.
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Chicago dominates Midwest, wins fifth straight Regional title Women’s Tennis Alexander Sotiropoulos Senior Sports Staff The Maroons kept the legacy alive. For the fifth straight year, No. 6-ranked Chicago (13–3) won the Midwest Invite, virtually breezing through the tournament. The Maroons shut out Gustavus Aldophus 9–0 on Friday, were barely scathed by No. 25-ranked Case (10 –7) 8–1 in the semifinal, and defeated UAA foes No. 13-ranked Wash U (10–5) 6–3 on Saturday. The weekend’s victories increase Chicago’s winning streak to 10 matches. Second-year Megan Tang kept another streak alive as well. By going 6–0 on the weekend, the No. 1 singles and doubles player is on 12-match and seven-match win streaks in singles and doubles, respectively. Tang credits her success in part to head coach Jay Tee. “[Tee] has constantly been telling us to be very greedy when we play, especially in singles; he would rather have us win points by our opponents’ errors, instead of us going for winners too early,” Tang said. Tee’s words were especially important in Tang’s match against Case’s Sara Zargham. The Spartan is ranked third in the Central Region while Tang is ranked first. The Maroon defeated Zargham earlier this year by keeping the ball in play. “[On Friday, Zargham] immediately started going for her shots and was making a majority of them,” Tang said. “I’m assuming her plan this time was to try to get me on the defensive, so she could be in control of the match.” Zargham’s early strateg y put Tang in a 3–1 hole. But the second-year wasn’t down
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THE CHICAGO MAROON | SPORTS | April 9, 2013
Men and women team up for fourth-place finish Track & Field Isaac Stern Sports Staff In the battle of the Windy City’s best, the South Siders breezed into fourth place. The men’s and women’s squads both finished fifth, their combined scores good enough for a fourth place finish (120.5) overall behind DI teams DePaul (284) and UIC (125.5). The only DIII team to beat the Maroons was North Central (178), which currently ranks first in the nation on the men’s side. Despite poor weather conditions, the Maroons started the outdoor season strong. They had 10 top three finishes across all events and posted numerous competitors in scoring position. “I think the races went pretty well this weekend,” first-year Brianna Hickey said. “Obviously, now that we are outside, weather conditions are going to have a huge impact on everyone’s performances, but we just tried to keep a positive attitude about the conditions.” Hickey narrowly defeated Nora Ferguson of North Central by 16 tenths of a second in the 1,500m run with a time of 5:01.64. The exciting finish earned Hickey second place in
the event and eight points for the team. Chicago started its outdoor season a week later than the majority of opponents due to the University’s timing of spring break. Because of this, maintaining fitness over the break is a serious challenge for the Maroons. “We plan on working really hard to catch up to everyone else since they’ve been having practice for way longer than we have been,” first-year Chase Wilson said. Wilson finished eighth in the pole vault with a jump of 3.75m. Before this weekend, he had never placed high enough to contribute points at such a competitive meet. “It felt really good to score,” Wilson added. “It was my first time placing in a large meet like yesterday, and was a great way to kick off the outdoor season.” Only fourth-years Jonathan Weatherwax and Julia Sizek won their events outright. Weatherwax ran the 10,000m in 32:19.19, while Sizek dominated her competition in the same event, winning by almost two full minutes in a time of 35:54.93. That is currently the third fastest 10,000m time in the nation. Other top finishers included
Fourth-year Isaac Dalke competes in the Chicagoland Championship last year. Last weekend, Dalke placed second in the 5,000m run at this year’s edition of the meet. COURTESY OF DAVE HILBERT
fourth-years Vicky Espinoza (3,000m steeplechase, 12:10.30) and Isaac Dalke (5,000m, 14:56.25), along with first-year Catherine Young (5,000m, 17:35.90). All three finished second in their respective events, and Dalke earned the 33rd best time in the nation.
Next up for Chicago is the Benedictine Invitational in Lisle, IL. However, the Maroons look at the meet as yet another warm-up to the conference championship that looms only three short weeks away. “Now that outdoor has started we
don’t have very much time before we compete in UAA conferences. So, the team is really focusing on preparing ourselves for that meet,” Hickey said. “Just keeping everyone healthy and injury-free will be really key as the season progresses.”
Double digit streak comes to an end against No. 29 Warhawks Men’s Tennis Sam Zacher Sports Staff The men on the court finally ran out of gas. This past weekend, No. 30 Chicago (11– 2) lost to No. 29 University of Wisconsin– Whitewater (10–11) by a score of 6–3, snapping the Maroons’ 10-match winning streak. Chicago’s next match, on Saturday against Carroll College, was cancelled due to inclement weather. This squad hasn’t had such a winning streak in over 15 years, and this was particularly impressive considering the young lineup. Some of the Maroons’ top contributors are first and second-years. Playing on the No. 1 singles court,
second-year Deepak Sabada claimed one of the Maroons’ victories on Saturday, winning 6– 3, 6–4. Fellow second-year Ankur Bhargava, playing on the No. 2 court, also picked up a point for Chicago, and the No. 3 doubles team of first-years Jake Crawford and Gordon Zhang also won. Sabada thinks the Maroons needed to step up their game in clutch situations on Saturday. “As a team, we felt that we didn’t play our best tennis [during ] the important points, which led to us losing some close matches that would have changed the result of the overall match,” Sabada said. On the other hand, Bhargava attributes this loss to complacency on Chicago’s part. “I think the reason UW—Whitewater
was able to win most of the matches is because of our lack of intensity,” Bhargava said. “Up [until] this match, we had been winning comfortably and did not step up our preparation and work ethic for this match. Whitewater walked onto the court with more energy, which is what allowed them to dominate us. Essentially, they wanted it more.” Currently on an eight-match singles win streak, Sabada has been playing extremely well this season, and is also helping to lead the team. Head coach Jay Tee says he has “stepped up his game” and filled the No. 1 singles role the team has needed. Sabada modestly credits his teammates. “Playing against my teammates in practice every day has prepared me for the
level of competition I have faced and has led to my recent success in matches,” he said. The Maroons look to rekindle the fire and begin another win streak on Wednesday against University of Illinois–Chicago. Sabada believes the upcoming match will help the Maroons get back on track. “I think as a team we want to use that match against UIC to get back to winning and to set the tone for the upcoming weekend where we play Wash U and Gustavus Adolphus,” he said. The DI UIC Flames (5–12) won’t be an easy win, though. They defeated UW– Whitewater 4–3 earlier in the season. Chicago heads to UIC for their match this Wednesday at 4 p.m.
ATHLETES OF THE WEEK JAMES TAYLOR, MEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING Head Coach Jason Weber: “James broke the school record in the 100-yard breaststroke while also placing 15th in that event at NCAAs, earning All-American Honorable Mention. James also swam the breaststroke leg of the 200-yard Medley Relay that placed 16th and earned All-American Honorable Mention honors. His performances helped the Chicago men’s team score its most points ever and secure the team’s highest finish at the NCAA Championships (28th out of 49 teams).”
CIARA HU, WOMEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING Head Coach Jason Weber: “Ciara posted the only All-American performance for the team, placing eighth in the 200-yard butterfly at the NCAAs. She also finished 10th in the 400-yard IM, earning All-American Honorable Mention honors. Ciara scored a majority of the women’s points at the NCAA Championships and helped our squad post a team-record eight combined AllAmerican performances, four of which came on the women’s side.”
COURTESY OF UCHICAGO ATHLETICS
COURTESY OF UCHICAGO ATHLETICS
The executive boards of the Women’s Athletic Association and the Order of the “C” have implemented a program, “Athlete of the Week,” to highlight athletes making a big impact on the campus community—both on and off the field. We hope the MAROON’s series on these ‘Uncommon’ athletes can start a conversation...and not just within the walls of Ratner.
“I got lost three times. Even when I got to the garage, two people who work here said, ‘Hey, do you know where you’re going?’ I was like, ‘Nope.’” —Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona describes the two-block journey to his new place of work.
Offense ignites in doubleheader sweep Baseball Madelaine Pisani Sports Staff The South Siders (11–7) swept their doubleheader against the Robert Morris– Springfield Eagles (5–12) on Sunday. The Maroons won the first game 17–3 before earning a closer 9–5 victory to secure the sweep. The first game began with five scoreless innings for both teams as second-year Andrew VanWazer kept Robert Morris at bay with his fastball–breaking ball combination pitches and the Eagles’ John Fike limited the Maroons to four hits across the first five frames. “While we were hitting the ball solidly we were having bad luck in that most hits were directed right at their players,” second-year catcher Brenden Dunleavy said. “[Robert Morris] just had to avoid mistakes and the competition stayed relatively even.” The Eagles started off the sixth inning with three unearned runs after four hits and two errors. Chicago immediately bounced back, however, racking up a startling 17 runs on 13 hits in the bottom of the sixth. Fourth-year J.R. Lopez went 3-for-5 with four RBIs and fourth-year Steven Schwabe and second-year Kyle Engel each had three hits and three RBIs. The stands began to fill toward the end of the game as third-year William Katzka, fourth-year Jack Cinoman, and third-year Connor Bartelman collected two hits and one RBI each.
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Fourth-year Matt O’Connor throws a pitch during a game against Monmouth last year. COURTESY OF DAVE HILBERT
Fourth-year Drew Nicholson was swapped in as pitcher in the seventh inning, allowing one hit and recording a strikeout to end the game. With the Eagles’ morale relatively low after the Maroons’ offensive outburst, it was time to begin the second game. Chicago took its momentum in the second game, piling on the hits in the three innings and jumping out to a 5–0 lead. In the first inning, fourthyear Ben Bullock scored after Steven Schwabe’s ground ball to the second baseman was
mishandled and booted by the second baseman into foul territory. Due to an errant throw Bullock would come all the way around to score. There were RBI hits by second-years Anthony DeRenzo and Schwabe, which led to two more runs in the second inning. DeRenzo who went 3–3 in the game with 3 RBIs explained the approach that led to his success: “I swing at fastballs whenever I can... Also I stole a base.” The Maroons almost blew their early lead after secondyear starting pitcher Kyle
Nitiss gave up four unearned runs in the fourth. Robert Morris tied the game in the fifth inning on another unearned run, although the situation could have been much worse as Nitiss worked out of a bases-loaded jam. The Maroons pulled ahead again in the sixth inning when they took advantage of three errors by Robert Morris to score four unearned runs. Reliever Ray Kim would be credited with the win after pitching a solid 1.2 scoreless innings. Chicago has now won four games in a row and will put its
win streak on the line today against Dominican (8–15). The Maroons’ pitching staff will have to watch out for the Stars’s leading hitter Joe Krasny, who boasts a .347 average. The Stars are coming off of a doubleheader split with Wisconsin Lutheran University. But, according to Cinoman, “After a day off practice the team is ready to come out strong against the opponent. We are really happy with our recent play and are looking to extend this winning streak as long as we can.” The game is scheduled for 3 p.m. today at Stagg Field.
South Siders take two from Vikings, hand Warhawks first loss Softball Tatiana Fields Sports Staff This weekend, the Maroons capped off two victories against Lawrence by handing UW– Whitewater its first loss of the season. The South Siders (12–6) secured two wins against the Vikings, and then split their doubleheader against the Warhawks. On Saturday, the South Siders won two games against the Vikings at home. The Maroons came out strong, scoring a run in the first inning when firstyear Kristin Lopez plated fourth-year Jacqueline Ryan with a double. Lawrence responded quickly, however, tying it up at 1–1 in the next inning. Much of the game went scoreless with both
Maroons mark DIII week with celebration of student– athletes
pitchers putting in strong performances. In the sixth, Chicago fell behind as Lawrence scored another run off a leadoff double. The Maroons fought back, scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh. With third-year Maddie McManus on first, fourthyear Vicky Tomaka hit a fly ball over the fence to give the South Siders a 3–2 victory in the first game. Chicago carried this momentum into the following game despite falling behind in the second. Third-year Kaitlyn Carpenter led the team with two runs, three hits and four RBIs on the way to a 6–2 win. The Maroons faced the Warhawks in Whitewater, WI on Sunday. Chicago scraped out a 3–2 win in the first game, before the Warhawks rallied in the
second game to defeat the South Siders 5–4. “During today’s games versus Whitewater, the team came out ready to go against an undefeated team,” fourth-year Kim Cygan said. “Our defense looked great, and we put the pressure on them on offense throughout the game. We did a great job playing with the relaxed intensity mindset that we always strive for.” In game one, the Maroons got off to another fast start as Lopez and Ryan scored in the top of the first. Carpenter added another run in the second to take a 3–0 lead. The Maroons did not score again, but relied on strong defense to hold the Warhawks to a run in each of the second and sixth innings, ending the game at 3–2 and bringing
UW–Whitewater’s winning streak to an end. However, the Warhawks were not held down for long, and fought back to win the second game. The Maroons took control of the game early with four runs in the first inning from Ryan, Carpenter, Lopez, and firstyear Jordan Poole to take the lead, 4–0. After this initial onslaught, Chicago was unable to score again due to strong pitching from UW–Whitewater first-year Bekka Houda, who pitched all seven innings to earn the win. UW–Whitewater trailed 4–3 when it came up to bat in the bottom of the seventh, but the Warhawks were able to score two runs, finishing off the game with a 5–4 victory. This is the fourth consecutive season that UW–Whitewater has
split its doubleheader with Chicago. The Maroons will face Illinois–Wesleyan (16–5) in their next doubleheader. The Titans have had a strong season thus far, and are coming off two victories against Elmhurst College. As a whole, the team has a .319 batting average, which is comparable to Chicago’s current average of .340. “For Tuesday we will need to be ready to go from the start, and specifically finish more when we have runners on base,” Cygan said. “Our goal is always to score every inning. We do a great job getting runners on base every inning but moving forward we want to get more runs on the board throughout the game.” The Maroons will play Illinois–Wesleyan on Tuesday at home at 3 p.m.
To kick off DIII Week, the University of Chicago celebrated National Student-Athlete Day for the first time on Friday. Team representatives from the Women’s Athletic Association (WAA) and Order of the C (OoC) organized the event that was held in Bartlett Quad. “We didn’t really know what to expect having it be the first year for an event, but we all considered it a success,” WAA President Kim Cygan said. “The hope was to outreach to the various groups on campus who impact the experience of student-athletes, and the UChicago community at large.” Student-athletes and nonathletes alike participated in trivia, soccer juggling, and radar throwing competitions with prizes including t-shirts awarded to winners. “We had many non-studentathletes participating in the events and on the leader boards,” Cygan said. “I was very happy with the number of people passing by that stopped by to do one of the competitions.” On top of the competitions, masses of students partook in the “Make Your Own Trail Mix” station. “Make Your Own Trail Mix was very popular, especially for the rushes of people passing by for class or lunch,” Cygan said. “We had the volunteers handing out the trail mix inform the individuals a little about National Student Athlete Day.” While this was the first year, according to Cygan, that National Student Athlete Day was recognized at the University of Chicago, April 6 was the 26th annual national celebration. Cygan said she first heard about the event during a University Athletic Association (UAA) conference in August. “I wanted to see if there was interest for an event at UChicago,” she said. “After discussing it with our advisor and bringing it up at WAA/ OoC meetings, we decided we wanted to do an event this year for it to kick off Division III Week.” Although National Student Athlete Day just celebrated its 26th year, DIII Week is only in its second year. On top of Friday’s event, WAA and OoC are holding a faculty appreciation reception on Wednesday and a staff/facilities luncheon on Friday. Friday’s event recognizes trainers, facilities managers, equipment managers, and others for their efforts.