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Impact slate wins SG elections Alex Hays Associate News Editor Running on a platform to give SG a more progressive voice on campus, Impact was elected as SG executive slate for the 2013–14 academic year last night, beating out rival slates Ignite, UChicaGOLD, and Moose Party with 44.63 percent of the vote. President-elect and third-year Michael McCown attributed his slate’s victory in part to reaching out to students not normally engaged with SG. “We had a lot of one-onone conversations where people said, ‘Hey, I’m really glad this is on your platform because it’s important to me.’ Or people saying they had never paid attention to SG, but now this issue really mattered to them,” he said. Rallying support from student activists was also vital to their win, VP-Elect for Student Affairs and first-year Jane Huber and



Students react to dining inspection failures Thomas Choi Associate News Editor

From left to right, Impact slate’s first-year Jane Huber, third-year Michael McCown, and second-year Sofia Flores cut a cake in celebration of their election to Student Government on Thursday in the Reynolds Club. VIVIAN WAN | THE CHICAGO MAROON

VP-Elect for Administration and second-year Sofia Flores said. With no prior experience in SG, McCown, Huber, and Flores said they will be working with the outgoing slate and the administration to gauge the current

state of SG and University affairs, believing that their lack of experience will not be a major hindrance. The slate hopes to look into student wellness issues like the sexual assault policy and mental health services, which impact stu-

dents across campus and are not strictly activist issues. “We’re taking our activist experience and applying that to issues on campus that affect everyone,” Flores said. For the liaison positions, SG continued on page 3

New Gender Studies Civ sequence to begin next year Sarah Miller Senior News Staff A new, two-quarter civilizations sequence, titled “Gender and Sexuality in World Civilizations,” will be offered by the interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality (CSGS) beginning next fall. The sequence will fulfill the Core’s civilizations requirement. Political Science Professor and CSGS director Linda Zerilli said the decision to offer a sequence was motivated in part by the pop-

ularity of two introductory courses in the Gender and Sexuality Studies department. “The two sections of Problems in the Study of Gender and Problems in the Study of Sexuality were always oversubscribed,” Zerilli said. “And, in speaking with students, many of them said they wished they had taken these types of classes earlier on in their careers.” English Professor Sonali Thakkar said the sequence will be distinguished from those courses by the types of texts used.

The University of Chicago’s Web site won both the 2013 Webby Award and the People’s Voice Award in the category for School/University Web sites, the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS) announced on Tuesday. The current Web site was launched in WEBBY continued on page 2

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What does UChicago have in common with Kevin Spacey, Frank Ocean, and Jerry Seinfeld? All will be awarded a Webby Award in a star-studded ceremony held in New York later this month.

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Uncommon Interview: Attorney General Eric Holder Attorney General Eric Holder made history in 2009 when he was confirmed as the first African-American U.S. attorney general. While serving in the Obama administration, Holder led the attempt to try one of the alleged architects of the 9/11 attacks in civilian court, was behind the lawsuit against Arizona’s controversial immigration laws, and recently announced that the Department of Justice would cease defending the Defense of Marriage Act. On Tuesday, Holder introduced a panel discussion celebrating the legacy of Edward Levi, a former United States attorney general and University president, at the Logan Center for the Arts. Before the event, he sat down with the Maroon to reflect on the demands of the job of attorney general, the role of the Justice Department, and the legacy he hopes to leave. Chicago Maroon: What do you think Mr. Levi’s greatest contribution to the role of attorney general was, and how has that affected your tenure? Eric Holder: I think you need to look at it from a historical context and understand what the shape of the Department was when he got there. It was in the after-

IT Services awarded 2013 Webby for University site Arthur Li News Contributor

Cathey Dining Commons’s failure of a health inspection last Tuesday, coupled with Bartlett Commons’s failure of an inspection this Tuesday, has led some students to demand that the administration take action and terminate the University’s contract with food services provider Aramark. A campus-wide e-mail sent on Tuesday stated that while Cathey passed a follow-up inspection after a failure on April 22, Bartlett failed its inspection upon discovery of mouse droppings in the food preparation areas. In the last year, Cathey has failed three out of five health inspections. Bartlett and Pierce each failed once last fall. Upset by the health inspection results, second-year Griffin Burr, who believes Aramark to be the source of the dining issues, started a petition titled “Down with Aramark,” calling for the University to end its contract with the com-

pany. The University renewed their multi-year contract with Aramark in 2011. Since its creation a week ago, the petition has already obtained 343 signatures from current students, parents, and at least two incoming students. Several comments alleged a conflict of interest with the contract due to former Aramark CEO Joseph Neubauer’s membership on the University’s Board of Trustees. Neubauer, who stepped down as CEO in 2012, held the position for 29 years and has donated millions of dollars to the University. “We know an Aramark executive sits on the board of directors, and that this particular conflict of interest will result in inaction. We hope that you take the high road, and terminate this corrupt contractual obligation,” one signee wrote. Second-year Hadley Eichengreen, who has been heavily involved with the petition, supports switching to food provider Bon Appétit.

Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during the Institute of Politics talk on the legacy of Eric Levi earlier this week. FRANK YAN | THE CHICAGO MAROON




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math of Watergate. The reputation of the Department had been sullied by a variety of things, and he put the Department back together, and restored the Department’s reputation. He gave people in the Department a sense of mission. I came into the Department as a graduate of Columbia Law School, and he was the first attorney general that I ever worked for. He was a larger-than-life figure within the Department, and I think he set the standard for attorney generals, where what I have always heard is that you decide cases on the facts, on the law, irrespective of politics. CM: Former Attorney General Robert Kennedy once said: “Every time we turn our heads the other way when we see the law flouted…we strike a blow against freedom and decency and justice.” How do you view the attorney general’s role in protecting and promoting civil rights? EH: There is a lot wrapped up in what Attorney General Kennedy said there. I think we have a responsibility to protect the most vulnerable among us. It’s a primary function of the Justice Department, and we do that through our civil rights division; I think what Attorney General Kennedy says there is that when we turn away from doing the things that we are expected to do in the Department, the American people suffer. We are not being true to our oaths. CM: What is the significance of being the first African-American to be appointed attorney general? EH: Well, I think it’s a reflection of President Obama, who has really valued diversity in his cabinet. I would like to think that he selected me on the basis of my abilities and my experience in the Department. But, I think it also means that

I bring a certain perspective that the Department had not seen before, some sensibility that the Department had not seen before. CM: How do you think your perspective is unique? EH: I think you have to look at the time in which I grew up. I was born in 1951, so I was witness to the civil rights struggle, and I saw the sacrifices that people made in getting the 1965 Voting Rights Act to pass, the 1964 Civil Rights Act to pass. I saw people give their lives so that I would have the opportunities that I am now taking advantage of with the President, and that he is taking advantage of. So I think there is a connection between me and those people, and a responsibility that I have to pay homage to the sacrifices that they made, do as good a job as I can, and do the job consistent with what their thought was in fighting for civil rights. CM: What legacy do you hope to leave as attorney general? EH: Well, I would like to hope that people will think of me in much the same way that they think of him [Levi]. I think I encountered a Department that had had some problems, and I hope that we dealt with those issues to put the Department back on the right track. And I also hope that people will think that during my time as AG, we decided matters on the basis of the facts, the law, irrespective of whether the positions we’ve taken were the popular ones. We’ve been criticized a lot with some of the decisions I’ve made, but I’m convinced that the decisions were grounded in things that Edward Levi taught me as a young lawyer. —Andrew Ahn

Webby winners decided by David Bowie, Arianna Huffington, among others

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“The texts taught in [the introductory courses] are mostly theoretical,” she said. “The Core allows for a rigorous study of primary sources across different time periods and places, and then some theory.” Thakkar and French literature professor Daisy Delogu will be teaching the two sections of the first course in the sequence. Anthropology professor Susan Gal and Comparative Human Development Professor Don Kulick will each be teaching a section of the second course in the sequence, according to CSGS student affairs administrator Sarah Tuohey. The first quarter of the course will explore themes of personal relationships, creativity, and culture, while the second will center on

gender and sexuality in politics, religion, and economics. Two sections of the sequence will be offered each quarter. The third quarter, once it is added to the sequence, will consist of multiple sections with different topics based on the instructor’s interest, similar to the third quarter of the Greek Thought and Literature and Readings in World Literature humanities classes. Zerilli said that the third quarter could be introduced to the sequence as early as the 2014–2015 academic year. “We decided to go with Civilizations because of the very interdisciplinary and diverse nature of gender and sexuality,” Zerilli said. “They are a fundamental part of existence, and without them, there would be no civilization whatsoever.”

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“UPenn recently changed providers from Aramark to Bon Appétit, and Johns Hopkins is also making the switch this summer. Wash U, which is ranked as one of the best colleges in the nation for food, also uses Bon Appétit,” Eichengreen said. Burr also created a Facebook group named “UChicago: Where Good Food Comes to Die,” which has gained 1,065 members since its creation one week ago. Burr said the page was inspired by what he considers a lack of response by the University to student concerns expressed via e-mails and phone calls. Students have posted pictures on the page ranging from insects in their food to dirty plates and silverware. “We’re dissatisfied with the response more than anything. It’s as if they’re apathetic about the whole situation,” Burr said. “I’ve tried calling the administration, and I emailed them four times.” Burr contacted Interim Associate Dean of Students in the University and Director of Undergraduate Student Housing Ana Campos, University President Robert Zimmer, Dean of Students in the College Susan Art, Dean Boyer, Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services Karen Warren Coleman, and Dean of College Admissions James Nondorf. Director of Campus Dining Richard Mason sent individual e-mails to each of the students who contacted him with their complaints on Monday. The e-mail apologized on behalf of Campus Dining for not being able to “deliver fully on the expectations for the program to date,” assuring them that Dining is “strongly committed to improving the dining program.” Second-year Ezgi Cubukcu, an SG Committee Member on the Campus Dining Advisory

Board, acknowledged the gravity of the situation but pointed out flaws with the Facebook group. “It’s definitely unacceptable and very unattractive,” Cubukcu said. “But if someone finds something in food, rather than posting it on Facebook, they should show it to the managers so that they know. They had no idea it was happening.” Burr and Eichengreen attributed their decisions to move off-campus next year to the poor dining conditions. Fifty-five percent of students live in on-campus housing, according to University spokesperson Jeremy Manier. “For how expensive the meal plan is, cooking for myself would be much cheaper and better. It’s one of the main reasons I’m leaving housing. At the very least, the meal plan shouldn’t be required for most people in housing,” Eichengreen said. At an open meeting Wednesday night to which students were invited to discuss the issue, Richard Mason spoke with the College Council regarding their search for an external health inspector. This search began autumn quarter after Cathey failed two inspections in one week. “We are looking at a third-party auditor for food safety and sanitation reasons. Once we get this information then we will look at future possible steps,” said Mason. “We have made lots of changes and are still not seeing ideal outcomes. So we need someone to come in with a fresh set of eyes with professional advice.” Mason said that he could not comment on the possibility of replacing Aramark with another food service provider. “It is not predictable,” he said. “We don’t know what the outcome of the study will be.”

The University Web site was awarded the 2013 Webby Award and the People’s Voice Award for best Web site in the School/University category. COURTESY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO

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September 2012 after a redesign by members of IT Services’ Web Services unit. Project manager Stacey Shintani, front-end developer Jack Auses, and graphic designer Andre Marques spearheaded the project. This was the site’s first major redesign in four years. “We are really proud that we won, but we are proud of the site even if we didn’t win,” Shintani said. “Everybody in Web Services touched the project at some point. It was always a really huge group effort.” The improvements included changes to the site’s interface and navigation and enabled it to accommodate different browsers. In the future, Web Services hopes to make more regular changes to the site instead of conducting less frequent overhauls. “We are hoping to go to a model where, instead of having a major redesign every four years, there

would be regular developments on the site so that it is constantly evolving,” Auses said. The winners of the Webby Awards are decided by members of the IADAS. Members include David Bowie, Arianna Huffington, and Twitter co-founder Biz Stone. The People’s Voice Award is decided by the general public, and the University’s Web site led by about five percent moments before the polls closed last Thursday. Shintani credited the University community for their win. “It was just a great site that worked well with the users, who really took pride with being affiliated with UChicago,” she said. The team of three will travel to New York to attend the award ceremony on May 22, hosted by comedian Patton Oswalt. “The Webbys are like the Oscars of the Internet.” Shintani said. “We are thrilled.”

During a routine health inspection last Tuesday, city health inspectors discovered two violations involving food temperature and the presence of mouse droppings in food preparation areas at Cathey Dining Commons. The dining hall remained open after failing the health inspection. FRANK YAN | THE CHICAGO MAROON


Divestment referendum passes with 70 percent of voters answering “yes” Divestment Referendum

Slate Results

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Weekly Crime Report This is a series the Maroon publishes summarizing instances of campus crime. Each week details a few notable crimes, in addition to keeping a running count from January 1. The focus is on crimes within the UCPD patrol area, which runs from East 37th to 65th Streets and South Cottage Grove to Lake Shore Drive.

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Traffic Violation

» April 24 to 25, 5812 South Ellis

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NEWS IN BRIEF MAB cancels Summer Breeze beer garden Due to Programming Coordinating Council (PCC) funding cuts, this year’s Summer Breeze festival will no longer feature the beer garden typically situated next to Botany Pond. Instead, fourth-year Major Activities Board (MAB) chair Lyndsey McKenna said, the area around Botany Pond will feature alternative sources of entertainment, including vendors and sponsors with giveaways. “I can say we will be hosting games and competition with prizes including two

The twelve winners for College Council positions were also announced last night. Benjamin Hammer, Mark Reid, Alex Bennett, and Theodore “TJ” Welch will represent the Class of 2014. Class of 2015 representatives, which had only two official candidates running for the position, Aseal Tineh and Yusuf Janahi, also include write-in candidates Scott Southern and Matt Montequin. Mike Viola, Holly Rapp, Timi Koyejo, and Amay Sheth will serve as representatives for the Class of 2016. This year’s election cycle was marked by multiple complaints and accusations of misconduct by candidates and constituents, prompting the Elections & Rules Committee (E&R) to issue numerous vote penalties. But according to E&R chair and fourth-year Lester Ang, Impact’s margin of victory meant the election results were not affected by the vote penalties the committee imposed before the election began.

three-day Pitchfork Music Festival passes. We’ll have giveaways from a number of campus organizations, and we’re really excited to partner with Dance Marathon,” she said. The PCC, which represents the six largest student programming groups, increased the funding for Doc Films earlier this year, resulting in smaller allocations for most of the other groups, including MAB, which also cut its annual Winter Quarter comedy show this year. “Moving forward with Summer Breeze, we wanted to focus on artists and talent and production costs. We wanted to ensure that the concert event is our main focus,” she said. “Unfortunately, a beer garden just isn’t the main feature of that.” —Stephanie Xiao

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» April 25, South Ellis Avenue between East 51st & 52nd Streets, 10:15 p.m.—Three males, one

47th armed with a handgun, took property from a man and a woman on the street off campus. The case has been turned over to the CPD for investigation.

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second-year Brendan Leonard was elected Undergraduate Liaison to the Board of Trustees and Navin Jose Manjooran, a first-year M.B.A. student at the Booth School of Business and the only official candidate, was elected Graduate Liaison to the Board of Trustees. The Community & Government Liaison position, which had no official candidate after the disqualification of first-year Christina Dong early Tuesday morning, went to first-year Tyler Kissinger, a writein candidate. The referendum calling for the University to divest from companies that contribute to climate change also passed last night, with about 70 percent of voters voting “Yes” to the question: “Should the University shift its investment strateg y to account for the environmental impact of oil, gas, and coal used by the companies it invests in?”

» April 25, 5550 South Dorchester Avenue, 7:13 p.m.—UCPD officers detained a male suspect who had committed an armed robbery off campus. The suspect was turned over to the CPD, and the case is now under CPD jurisdiction.


S. Lake Shore

349 votes

Brendan Leonard Holly Rapp Joanna Kadieva Rohan Manthani Thomas Remissong

S. Hyde Park

123 votes

Ignite, 556 votes


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Undergraduate Liaison to the Board of Trustees

Avenue (Citibank), unknown time— Between 6 p.m. on April 24 and 7 a.m. on April 25, an unknown person damaged the entrance door card reader.


Impact, 1395 votes

Type of Crime

Stony Island


Cottage Grove

uchicaGOLD, 541 votes

Here are this week’s notables:


Moose Party, 387 votes

*Locations of reports approximate

Source: UCPD Incident Reports



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Editorial & Op-Ed MAY 3, 2013

Election oversight SG must immediately restructure Elections and Rules Committee to guarantee electoral accountability The student newspaper of the University of Chicago since 1892 REBECCA GUTERMAN Editor-in-Chief SAM LEVINE Editor-in-Chief EMILY WANG Managing Editor DOUGLAS EVERSON, JR Senior Editor JAMIE MANLEY Senior Editor MATTHEW SCHAEFER 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 VICENTE FERNANDEZ Sports Editor SARAH LANGS Sports Editor JAKE WALERIUS Sports Editor HYEONG-SUN CHO Head Designer SONIA DHAWAN Head Designer KEVIN WANG Online Editor ALICE BLACKWOOD Head Copy Editor ALAN HASSLER Head Copy Editor JEN XIA Head Copy Editor BEN ZIGTERMAN Head Copy Editor SYDNEY COMBS Photo Editor TIFFANY TAN Photo Editor COLIN BRADLEY Grey City Editor JOY CRANE Grey City Editor THOMAS CHOI Assoc. News Editor

Impact’s victory in Student Government (SG) elections last night ended a campaign that has been plagued by candidates’ allegedly unethical behavior. While it has been disappointing to see ideas about improving our campus overshadowed by these accusations, equally alarming has been the inability of the Election and Rules Committee (E&R) to ensure a fair election. Although the committee has had to deal with a striking number of allegations, the way that it has handled these complaints has been opaque, unfair to accused candidates, and inconsistent with the SG Constitution. Impact must work with the outgoing slate and the rest of SG to immediately address fundamental problems in E&R so as to restore fairness in elections and trust in SG. Last month, E&R chair and fourth-year Lester Ang told the Maroon that the committee “reserves the right to reveal as much as we can to the complainant and the public.” The committee’s need to deliberate privately is understandable given the sensitivity of the accusations it hears, but it also must be transparent

under SG’s Constitution: Article 1, Section 5 mandates that “all meetings, impeachment trials, and other operations of Student Government” shall be open to all students. While E&R took significant steps toward transparency by eventually publicizing its database of complaints and meeting minutes last week, the committee never held any public meetings, nor did it announce when it would deliberate. To ensure transparency in the future, the committee should be required to post its meeting minutes and have a clear policy about when to reveal the names of those involved in ongoing investigations. E&R should also hold public meetings where students can voice concerns about election fairness before the committee. Despite applying five vote deductions and disqualifying the only official candidate for Community and Government Liaison, the committee has no clear definition for what constitutes an infraction of campaign rules. For example, in a comprehensive list of campaign guidelines distributed to candidates this year, E&R lists “spreading false rumors

about other candidates; sabotaging another slate’s campaign, etc.,” as actions that could result in a major penalty. The guidelines, however, do not explain what constitutes “sabotage.” More disturbingly, minutes from E&R’s April 23 meeting show that the committee spent a considerable amount of time figuring out what the word meant in the context of the election before imposing a major penalty on a slate that engaged in it. If the committee itself does not have a clear understanding of what constitutes an infraction, it is unfair to expect a slate to know any better. Ang has admitted that interpretations of campaign rules change yearly with each new committee—a problem that could be minimized by explicit definitions of what behavior will result in an infraction. Requiring the E&R chair to serve for consecutive years or mandating that the position be filled by someone with E&R experience will help ensure a more consistent set of rules. Beyond implementing clearer rules, E&R must institute standards of proof that complainants must meet in order to ensure that

the accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty. The committee currently has no such stated standards, and its meeting minutes reveal that the credibility of evidence is up to E&R’s discretion. The April 23 minutes, for instance, show that “the integrity of the evidence” in a complaint was up for debate; subsequently, and without explanation, the committee found the evidence “convincing and acceptable,” but only on the strength of a majority vote. The election of Impact—a slate whose platform centered on achieving progress on significant campus issues—indicates that students are enthusiastic about the potential of a new SG to effect change at the University. In order to build on this extension of trust to SG and implement its platform, Impact’s first priority needs to be reforming an institution that can maintain that level of trust no matter who is running or elected.

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A sport for sport’s sake German footballing dominance over Spain shows how sports’ beauty can be corrupted by the political

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By Raghav Rao Viewpoints Columnist If you open up a Spanish daily newspaper, the first half of it will be about the country’s 27.2 percent unemployment rate and the European Central Bank’s slashing of interest rates. The second half, around 15 pages, will be about soccer—specifically, about Real Madrid and FC Barcelona’s shocking exit from the Champi-

ons League at the hands of German clubs Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich. There’s a poetic justice to these defeats. After the eurozone crisis, Germany’s exchequer has come to dominate policy decisions in Spain. A running joke is that the capital of Spain is no longer Madrid—it’s Frankfurt. Many people, often Marxist ideologues, have written about how sports—and soccer in Europe in particular—are an opiate of the masses. They’ve attacked all forms of passive entertainment as agents of distraction. With sports, the general line these critiques follow is that workers are exploited and alienated by their jobs, but find community and sol-

ace in the collective effervescence of the stadiums on the weekends. Similar anti-escapist arguments often crop up in relation to television, a form of entertainment that’s popular on the same scale, but we’ve seen it progress visibly beyond the narrow role that’s often been assigned to it. For instance, no episode of Chappelle’s Show can ever be said to have provided a hollow repose for traditionalist values. Defenders of the integrity of sports will be quick to point out that they, too, have value beyond the escape it provides. In Spain, the first time the Ikurriña and the Senyera (the flags of the Basque and Catalan regions, respectively) were displayed publicly after their

suppression by Franco was at a game between Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona; the two clubs were defiant bastions of republicanism during the dictator’s regime. Furthermore, soccer has effectively fought racism in some areas. That a player like Samuel Eto’o—a four-time African Player of the Year who has been the target of racial abuse throughout his career in Spain and Russia—was the darling of Catalonia is not just lipservice. It represents true progression. Yet sports have been slow to embrace pluralism with regard to homosexuality. The first active player in the NBA—or in any major American sport—to come out as gay did so only this past week. SPORTS continued on page 5


Mistaking identity We shouldn’t paper over the gaps in our knowledge of individuals with things we feel safe to assume

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By Jane Huang Viewpoints Columnist Like most ambitious young kids, I was told that I could be anyone I wanted to be. While that hasn’t completely panned out, it’s true that I’ve been a lot of different people: I’ve been known by the names of Anne, Anna, Amy,

Emily, Karen, Alison, June, Jenny, and Grace; I was born in China and in Chicago; I’ve grown up in California, unspecified suburbs, and Chicago’s Chinatown; I’ve been a pre-med since my second year of college; and I’m majoring in biology, biochemistry, mathematics, economics, and occasionally statistics. Or so I’ve been told by other people, anyway. Some of the mistakes people make about my background and identity are understandable. The South Campus staff members give me June Huang’s mail because our names are nearly identical. A lot of people were born in the city

in which they grew up, so it’s not surprising that many people think I was born in Chicago. However, there are times when some details that people get wrong about me come from assumptions they’ve made before I’ve disclosed anything about myself. There are other times when they have simply mixed me up with somebody else. Every once in a while, they will even swear they have crystalclear memories of me sharing said incorrect details with them. Though I’m willing to give individuals the benefit of the doubt, it’s hard not to wonder whether the overall pattern of mistakes

boils down to ethnic stereotyping. It’s certainly not tragic for people to think you’re a pre-med; worse assumptions have been made. At least in my case, there might even be some benefits associated with people’s wrong impressions: I’ve always wanted a multisyllabic first name and I hear that math degrees are super useful. Nevertheless, it feels a little strange to take note of the discrepancies between who you know yourself to be and who other people think you are. I’ve been considering how well people actually know me—and, subsequently, how well we actuDIVERSITY continued on page 6



Going down down, baby Major Activities Board’s choice to bring Nelly to campus for Summer Breeze inconsistent with concert’s forward-thinking past By Kirsten Gindler Viewpoints Contributor I barely remember the spring of 2011, my final year of high school. But certain moments have stuck with me, such as the afternoons I spent on my computer, excitedly committed to UChicago and hungrily scouring the internet for even more reasons to love my soon-to-be school. It was during one such afternoon that I discovered the website for the Major Activities Board (MAB) and read about the history of Summer Breeze. One of the things that amazed me about the concert’s history was not only the ability of the organizers to draw some of arguably the most influential artists of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, but also their ability to do so in a way that spanned many different genres to create a well-rounded archive of line-ups. These records, preserved on the MAB website, show just how impressive Summer Breeze has been, along with how important it is to

our school’s history. The artists that graced the stage in Hutch Courtyard were always on their way up. Even those artists that had already enjoyed commercial success were still in the midst of their most creatively fruitful years. We hosted U2 in 1981 during their tour to support October, their second album and second platinumcertified release. We hosted Public Enemy a year after they released It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, the first rap album to be voted “Album of the Year” by the Pazz & Jop critics’ poll in The Village Voice, and the highest-ranking rap album on Rolling Stone’s list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.” We hosted Sonic Youth in 1998, three years after they headlined Lollapalooza. We hosted The Ramones, The Roots, The Phillip Glass Ensemble, The Decemberists, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, The Indigo Girls, Jeff Tweedy, The Pixies, and many others. Wynton Marsalis performed at Summer Breeze in 1985 and 1988.

In years following, he became the first jazz musician to ever win a Pulitzer Prize for music, was honored by Time as one of America’s most influential people, and received honorary degrees from Harvard, Princeton, and Yale. When Andrew Bird

Summer Breeze has hosted many incredible artists, but what is truly impressive is how far it has fallen.

appeared at Summer Breeze in 2008, his most successful album, Armchair Apocrypha, peaked at No. 76 on the Billboard 200. His two subsequent records have respectively hit No. 12 and No. 10, and his fame only continues to grow. The Black Eyed Peas appeared at the show in 1999. Three years later, they were joined by Fergie, released Elephunk, and went on to enjoy enough success to justify an

Facebook food fight Online griping won’t do much to fix larger issues with campus dining By Tori Borengasser Viewpoints Contributor Last Friday, a Facebook group called “UChicago: Where Good Food Comes to Die” was created in order to give voice to students dissatisfied with the recent health inspection failures at Cathey and Bartlett Dining Commons. The group calls itself “a Public Forum for people to post pictures/comments about things happening in the dining halls.” Within hours of its creation, a petition titled “Down With Aramark,” was created. Currently the group has 1,065 members and continues to grow rapidly. It’s easy to take a back seat and post some pictures of hair in your food on Facebook, but that does not an activist movement make. The group essentially reduces the larger issues of dining on campus to posts worthy of a few “likes” and laughs on the “Overheard at UChicago” Facebook group. What’s even more problematic is the way it allows students to make immature and irrelevant complaints, spread false information, and makes those involved feel good about supporting an issue while actually doing nothing to initiate change. The majority of complaints on the group don’t reflect real issues in the dining hall and are representative of a privileged attitude. Last Friday, a student’s post read, “On Wednesday there was a dish of yellow spicy noodles with chickpeas at the Halal station in South, on thursday [sic], the exact same dish appeared at the Euro station as a ‘side’ to a completely unrelated meal.” Seriously? Check your privilege at the door and realize that leftovers don’t mean poor food quality. Leftovers do not only prevent food waste; they’re also economical. If you want better, more exciting, and less repetitive food, you will have to pay more. Both the petition and the Facebook group declare, “Students are forced to pay $5,232 a year,

$1,744 a quarter or $581.33 a month to eat repetitive, flavorless, cold, and undercooked food.” This kind of attitude seems to reflect dissatisfaction with the offerings in food variety rather than qualms over a basic right to health. Another student comments, “I physically can’t comprehend why for that much money I’m being fed slop.” Cathey is not a feeding trough, you are not a pig being fed food scraps, and the food certainly isn’t worthy of comparisons to slop. There are a few comments that discuss real measures that should be taken by students outside of Facebook as well as discussions on the University’s relationship with Aramark, but they are few and far between. This Facebook group aims to be taken seriously and have its images of poor food quality viewed by University officials and Dining staff, but the immature and exaggerated comments that litter it lower the credibility of students’ legitimate complaints. On Sunday, a Tumblr blog called “uchicagofoodproblems” was also created to supplement the Facebook group. The blog posts images of failed inspection records from the city’s food inspection database and reposts images from the Facebook group. The blog’s aim seems to be to increase the level of bad PR that UChicago Dining receives in order to elicit a response from the University. However, creating another social media outlet just regurgitates information for the sake of awareness. And we are all very aware that changes must be made to campus dining. Even housing and dining officials know that things need to change, and they want to change them. The real issue is taking action. Finally, the original iteration of the petition claimed, “This year there have been no dining representative meetings to talk about issues within the dining hall,” which is blatantly false. The Campus Dining Advisory Board meets every three weeks each quarter and involves three members

from Inter-House Council, Student Government reps, and the head of dining services. They have, in fact, had three meetings this year so far. Aside from the spoiled rants about food blandness, the petition publicizes false information about the level of transparency between students and dining staff and makes it seem as if signing an online petition is the only way to set change into motion at UChicago. Don’t get me wrong: I, too, am very disappointed with the declining food quality over the past two years and the multiple failed health inspections. In fact, as a resident of South Campus, food at Cathey Dining Commons was the largest factor in my decision to move off campus next year and cease to support UChicago Dining and Aramark. What I find immensely disappointing is the number of students who believe that using social media to complain is an effective way of bringing about change. It didn’t work for Kony 2012, and it’s not going to work for where you eat lunch. If you are upset with UChicago Dining, tell them. Email them or use their Web site’s feedback form. Fill out a comment card at any of the dining halls. Speak to a dining hall manager. Talk to your Inter-House Council representative or, best of all, talk to your house’s Dining Hall Representative. And if none of these options seem to work, take to the streets like those campaigning for a South Side trauma center or meet with dining and housing officials yourself to ask them why these important issues are being ignored. These myriad means of reaching out to UChicago Dining, Aramark, and the University itself are easy ways to take action and effect change with your words. Notice that Facebook is not one of them. Tori Borengasser is a secondyear in the College majoring in cinema and media studies.

entire Wikipedia article titled “List of awards and nominations received by The Black Eyed Peas.” Summer Breeze has hosted many incredible artists, but what is truly impressive is how far it has fallen. I was disappointed when, my first year, Ludacris was the headliner of the event. Though his rap stylings did not violate any previous Summer Breeze programming patterns, he had not released any notable hits since Release Therapy in 2006, which was, until the release of his next album in 2008, his least commercially successful album. This year’s headliner, Nelly, is as ludicrous as the last: Throughout his 13-year career, Nelly has yet to enjoy commercial success rivaling that which he received for his breakout, Country Grammar, in 2000. Entering an era dominated by such critically and commercially acclaimed artists as Kanye West and Jay-Z, whose combined influence will most certainly endure, he will never find himself in a historically important position like many of the other

artists hosted throughout Summer Breeze’s 30-year history. The worst of it is that we already know this. Booking performers is undoubtedly expensive—MAB recently decided to cancel their winter comedy show to increase the budget for Summer Breeze—and it may never again be possible to host influential artists in the height of their careers. But Summer Breeze’s money would be better spent taking risks on up-and-coming performers rather than on lazy selections from the Billboard Top 20 of 10 years ago. Before I attended this school, Summer Breeze organizers were always looking forward; since then, there has been a monumental shift. They are now stuck in the past. On the bright side, Summer Breeze will, at this rate, probably host Marky Mark and Sir Mix-a-Lot in two years, therefore crossing the line from painfully awkward to edgy and ironic. Kristen Gindler is a second-year in the College majoring in English.

Sports are not automatically laden with the ideology inherent in art SPORTS continued from page 4 This back-and-forth on whether sports are instruments for distraction from real issues or tools for the alleviation of suffering phrases the central question in incorrect terms. It is not out of a desire for political freedom that the multitudes seek sports, though it is for reasons of political control that politicians encourage them. Nor is it sheer tribalism that draws people to sports. If that were the case, then Americans in small towns would not walk around in

How do we reconcile the knowledge that sports are smokeand-mirrors shows with our enjoyment of its artistry?

Barcelona jerseys; they’d head to a local hockey game. Rather, beauty is what draws spectators. The hegemons of Spain know this and that’s why they’ve brought the great footballing artists to their shores: Ferenc Puskás the Hungarian and Alfredo Di Stéfano the Argentinian were the standard bearers of Franco’s Blancos, the legendary Real Madrid team of the ’50s and ’60s that Franco allegedly supported. In more recent times, geniuses like Denmark’s Michael Laudrup, France’s Zinedine Zidane, and Brazil’s Ronaldinho have plied their trade in Spain. That these players make the music of the spheres on which they played is beyond question; but that they have allowed Spain to become a country that airs out its dirty politics through soccer is up for discussion. The eagerly anticipated clashes between Real Madrid and Barcelona have become simulacrums for tensions

that exist between Madrid’s central authority and Spain’s regional loyalties, most notably those of Catalonia. The media in Spain feasts on these clashes and openly uses them in an effort to diffuse attention to true attempts to fight oppression. Canal+, a France-based satellite television channel, in a telling foible, reported that the crowds gathered in Madrid in support of the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protests were merely Real Madrid fans celebrating in the streets. Sports are not true battlegrounds for freedom against oppression, though exceptions to the rule—such as Tommie Smith’s Black Power salute at the 1968 Olympics—sometimes give the appearance that they are. Sports are, essentially, distractions. However, unlike state-sponsored art whose every stroke smacks of propaganda and, consequently, loses its beauty, the revolutions of the ball as struck by Ronaldo (either one) retain their artistry, since, in the universe of the game, they contain no ideology. Art is inherently political; sports are inadvertently political. Herein lies the central dilemma for global soccer fans who style themselves as politically aware. How do we reconcile the knowledge that sports are smoke-and-mirrors shows with our enjoyment of their artistry? The truth is that I don’t know. Watching sports is turning into a guilty pleasure for me. As I ignore the BBC’s coverage on Syria and instead click on a Wimbledon hyperlink, I feel like I’m listening to Nero’s violin while Rome burns. Next year, Madrid fans may cheer if they lift the Champions League trophy, but Mariano Rajoy will still be flying over to Frankfurt with his tail between his legs. Raghav Rao is a fourth-year in the College majoring in English.



Exposure to diversity is only the beginning DIVERSITY continued from page 4 ally know each other—because of the recent hullabaloo over the “Politically Incorrect Maroon Confessions” Facebook page. Aside from the general offensiveness of the page, which is ground that others have already covered, I found it striking that a lot of the posters seem to put the onus of ending stereotypes on the individual being stereotyped, not the people doing the

If individuals really did have complete agency over what other people perceived them to be, stereotypes wouldn’t exist in the first place.

stereotyping. Why, they wonder, don’t people just walk, talk, or dress differently if they’re so worried about being unfairly judged? Such reasoning is bizarre: If individuals really did have complete agency over what other people perceived them to be, stereotypes wouldn’t exist in the first place. To some extent, universities nowadays help contribute to the sense that individuals should take up the responsibility of disproving the stereotypes surrounding them. I think they mean for this to be an affirming experience, but it puts a lot of pressure on people. One of the ideas behind promoting diversity is that exposure to people different from yourself will broaden your perspective. The hope is that some kind of magical transmission of knowledge and understanding is going to occur when you

stick two people in the same room. However, simple proximity isn’t going to teach much. If someone “knows” that you’re inarticulate, uncultured, unintelligent, or dangerous, they’re not going to ask for a CV, transcript, and interview just so you can try to prove her wrong. Consequently, the burden of communication rarely falls on those who cling to stereotypes. I would be falling into the trap of overgeneralization if I tried to make any claims about whether a given Facebook page fairly represents a student body. For all we know, all of the submissions may come from a single person with a lot of spare time. Nevertheless, I think recent events have raised some interesting questions about what it really means to know someone. A college education often gives people the confidence to speak with authority—hence the phenomenon of underclassmen who become unlicensed therapists after their first intro to psycholog y midterm. And yes, in theory, we should know more upon leaving college than when we entered. But in some respects, I think we need to leave college “knowing” less than we did before. The temptation upon meeting people in college is to think to ourselves, “Ah, yes, now I’ve filled some of the gaps in my knowledge about football players/Iowans/vegans.” But that’s a misleading way of thinking. It implies that there comes a point when meeting additional football players, Iowans, or vegans isn’t going to tell us anything new. Rather, I believe that meeting new people should widen the gaps in our knowledge, because it is at those moments that we should recognize how different individuals can be. Jane Huang is a third-year in the College.

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With first pourover bar, dotCross hits the grounds running Alexandra McInnis Senior Arts Staff As temperatures soared above 80 degrees for the first time this year, students lined up in Common Knowledge Café in Harper to sample piping hot specialty coffee at the dotCross Coffee Project’s first pourover bar. Winners of the 2013 Uncommon Fund, the members of dotCross have pledged to change the way the UChicago community thinks about coffee. The team consists of five members who advocate consuming coffee as a pleasurable experience rather than simply as liquid fuel, as they demonstrated on Tuesday with a plethora of facts and figures about the art of coffee brewing. What makes their coffee so different? According to second-year Aaron Goh, one of the original brains behind dotCross, it is the group’s commitment to preparing coffee using the most sophisticated methods. A “cup by cup” brewing system means the coffee beans are ground on the spot for the individual coffee drinker, lending a vibrant freshness to each brew. Their coffee-making process calls for an exact ratio of coffee to water (1 gram of coffee to 15 grams of water), and the use of burr grinders as opposed to blade grinders to crush the coffee beans fully,

releasing more oils and hence more flavors from the beans. They don’t add milk or sugar. “When coffee is really good, you can taste the nuances of the black coffee on its own... it’s like tasting wine,” Goh explained. Coffee, according to Goh, has even more flavor compounds than wine. The first coffee I tried was the “Tairora Project,” made from beans from Papua New Guinea. As someone who avoids drinking coffee black at all costs, my initial reaction was that it needed milk and sugar. However, as I slowly kept drinking the coffee I began to pull out individual tastes, and there was a smoothness to the brew, instead of the usual bitter and overly-acidic qualities of black coffee. I personally couldn’t discern the “berry” notes advertised by the dotCross team, but, by the end of the cup, I had noticed a rich, complex taste. The other coffee at the bar was the “Nueva Llusta” from Bolivia. I liked this one less, because it had a thinner taste, though the team said this may have been due to the pourover technique rather than the infusion method that they were using for this particular coffee. Goh used the word “earthy” to describe the taste, and second-year dotCross member Kirsten Gindler said the team had intentionally used two contrasting

coffees to help people build their coffee palate. “Drinking coffee like this requires a different mindset. You have to look for qualities in it as you’re drinking it,” Gindler said. In order to make the pourover bar possible, dotCross has relied on various forms of support. The Uncommon Fund has financed their equipment, but Counter Culture Coffee, a coffee company specializing in sustainability and fair trade, has provided the group with free coffee beans and barista training sessions. DotCross also travels downtown weekly to attend free coffee-cupping sessions at Intelligentsia, which are elaborate, sommelier-style coffee tastings. With this support, dotCross can currently provide high-end coffees to students for free, with suggested donations to the Seed Fund, which helps local social change start-ups. DotCross plans to open its pourover bar twice more this quarter, and three times in the fall. With goals of working with iced coffee, bringing Counter Culture Coffee to the Logan Café, and eventually becoming an RSO, their agenda is busy as they seek to introduce their gourmet coffee approach on a campus where coffee is abundant, but taste is mediocre. Sustainability, quality, and accessibility—they’re all part of the meaningful pursuit of caffeine.

For dotCross’s first public outing with its Uncommon Funds, it served up two different blends of coffee for free. COURTESY OF THE DOTCROSS COFFEE PROJECT

One tequila, two tequila, three tequila for Cinco de Mayo Andrew Green Arts Staff Cinco de Mayo is misunderstood. It is not Mexico’s independence day; nor is it a random day in early May to sit around drinking margaritas. Cinco de Mayo is arguably more American than Mexican and is a celebration of Mexican-Amer-


ican heritage and pride. The holiday has its origins in the historically contested zone of the Southwestern United States and northern Mexico. After a series of conflicts effectively bankrupted the country in the mid–19th century, France, led by a certain diminutive and land-hungry emperor’s nephew, decided

this would be a great opportunity to establish an empire in Central America. Landing in the port of Veracruz, the French troops were held up just outside the city of Puebla. In the ensuing battle, 8,000 French soldiers attacked the smaller and poorly equipped Mexican army. Miraculously, the Mexican


This Sunday, make peace with the Paloma, rise and shine with the Original Tequila Sunrise, and remember your history with the Bloody Puebla— shaken, not stirred.

army was triumphant and saved their country from the threat of French conquest. It would ultimately take a combined MexicanAmerican effort to defeat the French, but the Battle of Puebla would live on as a seminal moment in Mexico’s history. Though the date of Cinco de Mayo marks the battle of Puebla, the character of the celebration is inclusive, and essentially celebrates Mexican heritage and Mexican-American cooperation, evidenced by the willingness of the United States to come to Mexico’s aid during this period of conflict. In the 20th century, Mexican-American communities in places like Los Angeles, Houston, and Chicago began observing Cinco de Mayo, and in 2005 Congress issued a concurrent resolution requesting for “the President to issue a proclamation... calling upon the people of the United States to observe Cinco de Mayo with appropriate ceremonies and activities.” Appropriate ceremonies and activities.... I think we all know what that means. Given the holiday’s time of year, these three tequila-based cocktails seem like the perfect fit to enjoy alongside any jubilant

celebration of MexicanAmerican heritage or appreciation for the historic cooperation between the United States and Mexico that has today been largely forgotten. There are several varieties of tequila. Blanco is a clear spirit bottled immediately after distillation, and is the least aged of all tequila varieties. Reposado, literally meaning “rested,” is tequila aged for between two months and a year in oak barrels, giving it a slightly smoky flavor. Añejo, or “aged,” is tequila that is allowed to rest in oak barrels for over one year. Each tequila has its own strengths—Blanco, for example, is the easiest to mix in cocktails because it lacks a strong oak-aged flavor, while Añejo is the easiest to drink straight, because, like whiskey, the aging process infuses the spirit with a delicate flavor. The Paloma 1 part Blanco tequila 1 part fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice 2 parts Jarritos, Sprite, or other soda The Paloma, Spanish for “dove,” is the most popular tequila cocktail in Mexico. In a cocktail shaker, add te-

quila, grapefruit juice, and ice, and shake or stir to the desired temperature. Strain into a highball glass (salt the rim if you’d like), add ice, and top with a splash of Jarritos, Sprite, or any other lemon-lime soda. You can also use club soda, a little sugar, and some fresh lime juice. Garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy. Grapefruit juice pairs wonderfully with tequila, and the soda adds sweetness. The Original Tequila Sunrise 2 parts Blanco tequila 1 part crème de cassis 1 splash lime juice Club soda The Tequila Sunrise, as commonly understood, is pretty much just tequila, orange juice, and grenadine, if you have it on hand. This utilitarian preparation is what gives the cocktail its bad name, because, more often than not, this drink shows up when those are the only two ingredients lying around. This version is a product of the Las Vegas bar culture of the 1970s (shudder), while the true tequila sunrise is actually a child of the early 20th century, the golden age of cocktails. CTAIL continued on page 8



This Sunday, have a shot at love with Blanco tequila CTAIL continued from page 7 This drink combines tequila with crème de cassis, a black currant liqueur, and fresh lime juice, with club soda to lighten the drink. Mix the tequila, crème de cassis, and lime juice in a glass; add ice; and top with club soda to your desired dilution. Garnish with a slice of lime and enjoy while you watch the sun rise. Bloody Puebla (¥Recuerde la batalla de Puebla!) 1.5 ounces Blanco tequila 1 teaspoon Cholula (or other Mexican hot sauce) 1 ounce tomato juice 1 ounce lemon juice Jarritos, Fresca, Sprite, or other soda This drink is like a cross between a Bloody Mary and a margarita. It’s definitely got a kick, so go easy on the Cholula if you want to keep things chill. In a cocktail shaker, combine the tequila, tomato juice, and lemon juice, and add ice. Add Cholula to taste. When you’re satisfied, transfer to another glass and top with a layer of lemon-lime soda. Make sure there’s lots of ice and a lemon wedge, and you’re good to go. Spicy, tart, and sweet, this drink is great any time of day.

Latest programming from Netflix lacks bite Daniel Rivera Arts Editor I’m just going to come right out and say it: I’m into supernatural. I like it cheesy, violent, wildly disconnected from reality. The more B-movie, the better. Werewolves? Check—An American Werewolf in London, Ginger Snaps, even Wes Craven’s Cursed. Vampires? Check. Let the Right One In, The Lost Boys, From Dusk Till Dawn. I don’t discriminate: The Craft is my shit to this day. In case you’re not in the know,

supernatural is fascinating because it allows you to enter a world of selective reality, or at least it transfers the weight of social issues to a realm that is separate from us. Obviously Buffy has homework, but she has also to stake vampires. And it’s much easier to read or watch X-Men and see the government marginalize mutants (and hunt them with sentinels) than it is to watch the same (sans sentinels) happen to a minority we might fall into. A good paranormal or sci-fi movie allows us to escape, without rob-

bing us of the chance to engage. For instance, I mentioned Ginger Snaps, and honestly, has there been a better movie about puberty? Actually, don’t answer that, I’m not interested. And this isn’t a thing that’s going to die anytime soon. While vampires become dystopia becomes whatever, the playing field remains essentially the same. True Blood was jumping the shark by the time HBO revealed its ace in the hole, Game of Thrones (“vampires and titties� usurped by “dragons and titties�). The CW,

by anyone’s number charts, should no longer exist. But its evolution into pure genre TV, coupled with a propensity for casting leads of color and not being too triggerhappy with the cancellation gun, has allowed it to cultivate a fan base that it treats well. Supernatural sells. It has always sold, and so long as it can be repackaged into looking new, or it waits just long enough to have us forget about a fad before “bringing it back,� it will continue to do so. That’s not to say it’s a freeHEMLOCK continued on page 10

Sem Co-Op hosts reading for homegrown publication Lauren Gurley Associate Arts Editor The University of Chicago is a magnet for start-up bookstores, newspapers, and magazines. Arguably, the greatest success story has been that of the Seminary Co-Op, which was born out of the basement of the Chicago Theological Seminary in 1961 with an initial investment of $170. Today, the Co-Op frequently promotes fledgling publications originating in Hyde Park and its surrounding neighborhoods. Most recently, the Co-Op has lent a hand to The Point, a journal founded several years ago by three grad students that publishes essays on contemporary life and culture. At the Co-Op stores, copies of the magazine are placed front and center at checkout stations and on magazine racks. On Wednesday, the

Co-Op held the first Point reading at its flagship location on Woodlawn Avenue. “Jack Cella [the manager of the Seminary Co-Op] has been enormously kind to us from the start,� said Jonny Thakkar, co-editor of The Point and a doctoral candidate in the Committee on Social Thought. “In general, he seems to treat us with a kind of avuncular pride, having witnessed the rise of previous U of C–based magazines like The Baffler in his time.� At the recent reading, three essayists—Thakkar, Emilie Shumway (A.B. ’10), and Ben Jeffery—shared their pieces from the sixth and latest issue of The Point to a small audience of students, faculty, and other Point enthusiasts. The subject matter ranged from current left-wing politics to popular music to a personal story about finding

a job in the 2008 recession. A common theme among the three essays seemed to be the ways in which the turn of the millennium has seen political, cultural, and economic stagnation. Thakkar’s piece, “Socialism We Can Believe In (Part I),� criticized the platforms of the Left for being too moderate. “Occupy and Obama seem to represent the exhaustion of the Western Left in general,� he says in his essay, in which he argues for the need to revise liberalism in the West by revisiting socialism. In her essay entitled “My Job Search,� Shumway discusses receiving hundreds of job rejection letters and working for minimum wage after graduating from the University. “I feel like I’ve been broken up with by life,� she says in the piece. Finally, Jeffery, another member of the Committee on Social Thought, spoke in his essay, “Out with the New,� about

how popular music has recently been “barren in terms of distinct, innovative content.� The Point editors hope to continue this partnership with the Co-Op and to hold more readings in the future. “In a way, this was a kind of dry run; we had never done a bookstore reading before, and we were experimenting with the length and number of readings versus question-and-answer time,� Thakkar said. Many students at the University read The Point—a few are even members of the staff—yet only a handful showed up for the reading on Wednesday. “Next time, we can put a bit more effort into promoting the event. We are thinking that it might make sense to make it a bit more of a social event, folding it into a drinks reception so that it’s less formal, and readers can meet other readers, as well as writers and editors.�



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Hemlock Grove drops the ball “with little enough punch to make sure it’s fun for no one” HEMLOCK continued from page 8 for-all. We, the escapist consuming masses, are amused by shows outside of reality, but we still demand of them certain conventions. Just because a character’s a fairy doesn’t mean he or she has a right to never evolve as a person. Tone also must be consistent; I just recently found myself in the middle of a debate among friends about whether or not Buffy post– season five is even worth talking about as canon.

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Enter Hemlock Grove. If Netflix aims to be the streaming-centric HBO—HBOGo notwithstanding, as it’s only available to the cable channel’s subscribers—and House of Cards was its answer to The Sopranos (or, less ambitiously, Boardwalk Empire), then Hemlock Grove had the job of matching season one of True Blood. And on paper, this is a pretty intuitive idea. The viewers of supernatural-centric TV aren’t the same people who tune in mindlessly to the CBS evening comedy lineup. Most supernatural shows court an investment in plot and arc that nightly comedies just don’t. And with shows like Arrow or Nikita or Thrones, which, by virtue of being adaptations, already have

rich histories, the average viewer probably spends a lot of time on the internet, anyway. Add to that Eli Roth, who is by all means a repugnant person but who has had his fair share of hits and who knows his way around a gallon of red corn syrup, and everything’s looking good. What could go wrong ? As it were, everything. Where a ball could be dropped, Hemlock Grove took care to throw it to the ground recklessly, with little enough punch to make sure it’s fun for no one. Famke Janssen— or Jean Grey, and later (woefully), Phoenix, in the X-Men movies—gets top billing, but has the appeal leached from her slowly by a grating faux-English accent. She’s supposed to be worldly, malicious, sexy, but instead she’s annoying as hell. Her son, played by Alexander Skarsgård’s little brother, Bill, is supposed to be the alluring otherwordly bad boy, but instead he just looks like a young Steve Buscemi doing a bad James Dean impression. He is one of two characters given the most screen time, both of whom are meant to be tween heartthrob bait, but was that really Netflix’s target audience in opting to open up with an unnamed prostitute having car sex? Said sex scene begins the show’s first episode. It’s gratuitous, which we’ve been conditioned to expect from this sort of thing, but it’s strangely lit and filmed, and just in general the antithesis of titillating. You’d think Roth

Bill Skarsgård, who plays Roman Godfrey, is wishing with all his might and muscle tank that he looked a little more like his older brother, Alexander, or even his father, Stellan. COURTESY OF NETFLIX

would know his way around a chase scene, but the opening monster attack is nonsensical, quick, and not even particularly gory. Hemlock Grove is having a bit of an identity crisis: It wants to be noir, but doesn’t have the budget; it wants the excess skin and sex of an HBO show, but refuses to commit; it has the license to be gory, and was advertised as such, but instead seems shy. Paradoxi-

cally, it’s trying just enough so as to be too much for the campiness factor served by similar offerings from the CW and MTV. I would tell you more about the plot, but several episodes in there still doesn’t appear to have much of one. I’ll allow that there is a setup for a sort of supernatural “whodunit,” but the writers give us no reason to care. Hemlock Grove is the victim of the idea



that if you take one aspect of everything that has worked for a supernatural show, ever, and squish it all in together, then something worth watching will come out. Clearly that’s not the case. And if Netflix hopes to use its original programming to keep the subscribers rolling in, as the small bump in its most recent earnings call indicated, then this is a lesson that’s going to bite.



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said about Lopez’s recent offensive success. When asked about his performance in game two, VanWazer was quick to give praise to his teammates. “Tony Logli and I were on the same page all game. I was fortunate to have good defense all day, especially on some nice plays from [third-year outfielder] Ricky Troncelliti and Lopez,” he said. On Wednesday night, the South Siders brought both their hot hitting and dominant pitching to trounce the Thunder. Fourth-year Matt O’Connor continued to exude supremacy on the mound, going the distance and giving up only one run on four hits with six strikeouts and three walks. “I think a lot of our success recently can be attributed to strong outings from our pitchers. [First-year] Lucas Friss threw great during his last outing against Wash U, Andrew [VanWazer]

and [fourth-year] Drew [Nicholson] both had great outings against North Central, and Matt [O’Connor] continued his great season on the mound last night against Wheaton,” Massey said, applauding the Maroons’ recent brilliant pitching. Massey has also been a factor in Chicago’s recent success, considering he went three for four against Wheaton following his strong showing the night before. Massey is VanWazer’s choice for the Maroons’ recent standout performer. “Dylan Massey was four for six on the day after getting injured in game two and then hit by a pitch. He battled through it and had a great day all around,” VanWazer said. Chicago scored two in the second, three in the third, and one more in the fourth with no response from Wheaton. The South Siders broke open the scoring even further with a five-run sixth. Fourthyear outfielder Jack Cinoman drove in two with a

triple and scored on a single by second-year infielder Kyle Engel. The tandem repeated this formula in the seventh as Cinoman singled up the middle and Engel immediately followed with an RBI double, capping the Maroons’ scoring at 12 for the day. “[Fourth-year outfielder] Ben [Bullock], Steve [Schwabe], Jack [Cinoman], and Kyle [Engel] hit as well this week as they have all season. J.R. [Lopez] had a slow start this year, but he’s starting to see the ball well, and he’s hitting line drives to all parts of the field,” Massey said. “As for me, I’m just playing loose and enjoying the last couple weeks I have with this senior class. They’ve put a lot of work into this program, and we’re going to miss them when they leave.” The Maroons have a chance to continue their recent success as they travel to take on Concordia (28–5) today at 3 p.m. and Carthage (16–19) on Sunday at 1 p.m.

South Siders bid final farewell to graduating fourth-years


UAA Standings Rank 1 2 3 4 5 5

School Case Western Chicago Wash U Emory Rochester Brandeis

Rank 1 2 3 3 5

Player Engel Schwabe Bullock Cinoman Lowery

Rank 1 2 3 4 4

Player Engel Cinoman Pakan Lowery Kessinger

Rank 1 2 2 2 5

Player Engel Billig Pakan Cinoman 6 tied at

Rank 1 2 3 4 5

Player Gish Dillman Bonser King Quaranta

Rank 1 2 3 4 5

Player Dillman Johnstone Gish Bonser Quaranta

Record 25–12(5–3) 21–11(0–0) 23–15(5–3) 22–17(4–4) 15–21(4–4) 15–21(2–6)

Win % 0.676 0.656 0.605 0.564 0.417 0.417

Batting Average School Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Wash U

AVG .419 .402 .400 .400 .394

RBIs School Chicago Chicago Case Western Wash U Wash U

RBIs 41 36 34 32 32

Home Runs School Chicago Wash U Case Western Chicago

HRs 5 3 3 3 2

ERA School Case Western Emory Wash U Rochester Wash U

ERA 1.74 2.20 2.33 2.34 2.50

Strikeouts School Emory Case Western Case Western Wash U Wash U

Ks 26 20 19 18 17


UAA Standings Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6

School Emory Wash U Case Western Brandeis Rochester Chicago

Rank 1 2 3 4 5

Player Genovese Janssen Komar Light O’ Brien

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Beloit on Monday. Cygan pitched six innings and held defense tight, allowing only three hits and two runs. Second-year Emily Ashbridge took over for Cygan in the last inning with one strikeout. The second game started quickly for the South Siders. The brunt of the hits came from Kohm and McManus once again; Kohm hit a double down left field for one run, and McManus added to the Maroons’ lead with a run from a fielder’s choice. However, besides the first inning , the Maroons were lacking in offense and it hurt their overall performance. “I feel that we put forth the same effort [in the second game], but our offense did not stay on top every inning ,” Lopez said. “We won the first inning by scoring first, but after that we didn’t score.” Elmhurst shortened Chicago’s lead to 2–1 with a sacrifice fly in the fourth, and tied the game in the fifth with an unearned run. The Bluejays earned the win at the bottom of the seventh with an RBI single, bringing the score to 3–2 in the host’s favor. Though the season may not have wrapped up the way the Maroons wanted, they remain hopeful of success next year. The South Siders will lose graduating fourth-years Cygan, Jacqueline Ryan, and Vicky Tomaka for next season, but will be retaining the vast majority of its squad. With a team-high batting average of .382, Lopez will lead the South Siders on offense along with Carpenter, who batted .368 this year. Ashbridge and first-year Jordan Poole will have big shoes to fill on the pitcher’s mound but seem up to the task, only giving up 2.90 and 3.04 runs per game respectively. The Maroons have reason to be confident of improving on what has been a somewhat inconsistent season.

Rank 1 2 3 4 4

Player Neal Light Berg Roberts Korn

Rank 1 2 2 4 5

Player Light Bradford Korn Berg Neal

Rank 1 2 3 4 5

Player Kardys Carpenter Brottman Poole Grage

Rank 1 2 3 4 5

Player Taylor Pitkin Grage Neal Carpenter

Win % 0.929 0.714 0.649 0.561 0.541 0.529

Batting Average

Kim Cygan (left), Jacqueline Ryan (center), and Vicky Tomaka (right) played their last games for the Maroons on Tuesday. COURTESY OF UCHICAGO ATHLETICS

Record 39–3(8–0) 30–12(5–3) 24–13(3–5) 23–18(3–5) 20–17(1–7) 18–16(0–0) School Brandeis Wash U Case Western Emory Case Western

AVG .455 .453 .430 .424 .405

RBIs School Wash U Emory Wash U Case Western Rochester

RBIs 54 53 39 38 38

Home Runs School Emory Rochester Rochester Wash U Wash U

HRs 12 11 11 9 8

ERA School Emory Emory Emory Chicago Rochester

ERA 1.38 1.60 1.76 2.26 2.56

Strikeouts School Case Western Wash U Rochester Wash U Emory

Ks 153 118 107 87 86


UAA Standings Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

School Emory Carnegie Chicago Wash U Brandeis Case Western Rochester NYU

Record 13–4(3–0) 12–7(2–1) 16–5(2–1) 14–7(1–2) 10–9(2–1) 12–9(1–2) 12–8(1–2) 5–6(0–3)

Win % 0.765 0.632 0.762 0.667 0.526 0.571 0.600 0.455


UAA Standings Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

School Wash U Emory Case Western Carnegie Chicago NYU Brandeis Rochester

Record 17–5(3–0) 14–6(2–1) 21–6(2–1) 13–7(1–2) 14–5(2–1) 8–6(1–2) 8–12(1–2) 13–11(0–3)

Win % 0.773 0.700 0.778 0.650 0.737 0.571 0.400 0.542




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Maroons close season with split against Elmhurst Softball Tatiana Fields Associate Sports Editor

Third-year catcher Zoe Oliver-Grey (center) grabs a high pitch against Wheaton in a game earlier this season. TIFFANY TAN | THE CHICAGO MAROON

Following two victories against Beloit (7–29) on Senior Day, the Maroons split their last doubleheader of the season against Elmhurst (17–15) on Tuesday. The South Siders ran their record to 18–16, and this record will stand as the team does not expect to make it to the postseason. The Maroons won the first game 6–2 but gave up the second game to the hosts 3–2. “We are disappointed that we ended the season with a loss, but we are happy that we won the first game,” first-year Kristin Lopez said. “We wanted to win that final game, but it just didn’t turn out that way.” The first game got off

to a slow start with no runs crossing the plate in the first two innings. The Bluejays took the lead in the third on a two-run homer. The Maroons tied it up in the fourth with two RBI singles by second-year Raechel Cloud and thirdyear Kaitlyn Carpenter. The real shift in the game was in the sixth, when the South Siders’ offense heated up with four runs. First-year Kathleen Kohm stepped up to bat with the bases loaded and two outs, and tallied a two-run single. Third-year Maddie McManus matched Kohm’s effort with a second tworun single, running the score up to 6–2. Fourth-year starting pitcher Kim Cygan claimed the victory on the mound after achieving her first no-hitter against SOFTBALL continued on page 11

Chicago downs Cardinals, Thunder, winning fourth straight Baseball Russell Mendelson Sports Contributor The Maroons made a resounding impression on their opponents this week as they thoroughly defeated North Central in a doubleheader on Tuesday and then beat Wheaton the following evening, running their winning streak to four. Chicago (21–11) first swept North Central (16–18), winning by scores of 10–8 and 3–0. The Maroons followed this solid performance with a much larger margin of victory, beating Wheaton (12–23) 12–1. In game one, the North Central Cardinals drew first blood in the bottom of the first when Vito DeRango scored on a throwing error by third-year

shortstop Dylan Massey. Massey redeemed himself shortly, however, when in the following frame he plated Chicago’s first run with a single to left field. Two more runners scored in the top of the second, putting the Maroons ahead early. After the Cardinals put up three in the bottom of the third, Massey ignited the South Siders in the fourth, leading off the inning with a single. Fourthyear infielder Steven Schwabe drove Massey in with a double, and he and fourth-year catcher Tony Logli went on to score on wild pitches. Chicago scored one more run in the sixth and three in the seventh. This substantial lead prevented a late rally in the bottom of the seventh for North

Central to have any significance, leaving the Maroons with their first win of the day at 10–8. The second game exhibited Chicago’s other strength as of late: its starting pitching. Secondyear Andrew VanWazer pitched a complete game shutout on eight hits with four strikeouts and three walks. All of the runs came off fourth-year J.R. Lopez’s basesclearing double in the top of the first, setting the score where it would stay for the rest of the game at 3–0. “J.R. is a great hitter, and his career stats signify that. He’s batting in the five-hole now, and that’s allowing him to drive in runs when the first four guys in our lineup reach base,” VanWazer BASEBALL continued on page 11

Fourth-year Brenden Dunleavy takes a lead during a game against Dominican University earlier this quarter. JAMIE MANLEY | THE CHICAGO MAROON

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Fourth-year sprinter Dee Brizzolara and first-year pole vaulter Michael Bennett were both honored by the UAA this week for their performances at the conference championship. Brizzolara was named the Men’s Most Outstanding Performer in running events and Bennett won the Rookie of the Year award. Brizzolara won both the 100-meter (10.78) and 200-meter (21.73), both times placing him in the Maroons’ all-time top 10. Bennett won his event with a jump of 4.81m. That height smashed the previous UAA Championship record of 4.65m and was 0.26m higher than any of his competition.



Head football coach Dick Maloney announced his team captains for the 2013 season on Wednesday. Third-year defensive tackle Michael Cifor, thirdyear quarter back Vincent Cortina, and third-year linebacker Brian Duffy were elected by their teammates to captain the team next year. All three players are coming off of outstanding 2012 seasons. Cifor was named First Team All-UAA, recording 28 tackles and four sacks, Cortina threw for 1,377 yards and 10 touchdowns, earning him an Honorable Mention All-UAA, and Duffy made 43 tackles, six tackles for a loss, and two sacks.

Chicago finished its season by splitting a doubleheader against Elmhurst on Tuesday and must now say goodbye to its three graduating seniors, fourth-years pitcher Kim Cygan, infielder Vicky Tomaka, and infielder Jacqueline Ryan. Ryan finished the season batting .330 with seven RBIs, while Tomaka batted .289 with a homer and seven RBIs. Cygan anchored an impressive rotation, finishing the season with a 2.79 ERA in 15 starts. On Monday, the three fourthyears bid farewell to Stagg Field in a doubleheader against Beloit, highlighted by Cygan’s five-inning no hitter in the first game of the two.

The Maroons have only five games left in their regular season, including games against Concordia and Carthage this weekend. The South Siders currently sit third in the independent conference standings behind Covenant and Huntingdon. Huntingdon (30–9) has the conference wrapped up, but a strong finish could potentially see Chicago (21–11) leapfrog Covenant (25–13), which has no regular season games remaining, landing in second place. With fourth-year pitcher Matt O’Connor on the mound and the offense continuing to roll, the Maroons will feel confident.


After fifth and third place finishes for the men and women, respectively, at the UAA Championship last week, the Maroons must now wait to find out their NCAA tournament fates. The women’s team was the runner–up at last year’s tournament and, after a solid finish in one of the strongest conferences in the country, will expect another tournament appearance this year. The question for them will be whom they face. The men’s fate is less certain. They placed 30th in the last national rankings, but a fifth place finish at conference may not be enough to secure them a spot in the national tournament.

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