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Grad student in Haiti “OK”
Huge rise in applications most dramatic in U.S.
Chelsey Kivland COURTESY OF THE KIVLAND FAMILY
By Carolanne Fried News Staff
A message from the U.S. E m b a s s y i n Po r t - a u - P r i n c e , Haiti, was the first thing Chelsey Kivland’s family heard about her, two days after the earthquake.
“Chelsey Kivland wishes to tell you that: I am OK, please contact everyone,” the message, sent to her mother in Prairie Grove, IL, said. Kivland, a sixth-year anthropology graduate student, was among the many initially missing in Haiti, following Tuesday’s high-magnitude earthquake that killed thousands, including some A m e r i c a n s . Th e e a r t h q u a k e struck late Tuesday afternoon, devastating the city’s infrastructure and making it difficult to get aidworkers in and information out of the country. “Time has stood still since Tuesday,” Kivland’s mother, Cynthia, said before she recieved the e-mail. It was just before 8 p.m. Thursday when the clock started moving again. “All your prayers have been answered— she’s alive. That’s all we know!” Cynthia Kivland wrote in an e-mail to family, friends, and jour-
nalists, although her sister has since reported she may help with “Eye-popping” increase relief efforts. Kivland, a Fullbright-Hays fel- could bring acceptance low, had been living in Port-au- rate under 20 percent Prince for more than two years as a Fulbright Scholar while working By Michael Lipkin News Editor on her doctoral dissertation. Kivland’s exact location at the time of the earthquake was Applications poured into the U unknown. “Most likely, she would of C in record numbers this year, have been on her way home, or promising that competition for home. She wouldn’t have been spots in the next first-year class doing her research that late in the will be fiercer than ever. afternoon,” Cynthia said. Admissions officials pointed to Kivland’s family and friends a host of factors to explain the had been in touch with State overwhelming response—a 42 perDepartment officers and other cent increase—from academic and agencies, and remained hopeful student-life improvements over throughout the day. “We have the past decade, a more aggressive just spread the widest net possi- marketing campaign, the recent ble,” Cynthia said before Kivland move to the Common App, and was found. even an “Obama factor.” They were also heartened by “All the investments we’ve made “a friend of a friend,” who saw strengthening the College have come Kivland’s house still intact, said to fruition,” Dean of the College John HAITI continued on page 4 Boyer said, referring to expanded
study-abroad programs, Odyssey scholarships, and the millions spent on new buildings on campus. Colleges across the country have also seen increases this year, mostly due to the poor economy, admissions experts said, but none as dramatic as the University’s. The recession caused more high school seniors to apply to more schools nationwide, especially ones with competitive financial aid packages. Barmak Nassirian, an executive director of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, said that while an increase at the U of C was expected, the 19,000 applications were “eye-popping.” “Schools that always had the benefit of selectivity are now beginning to look more ideal since they have adequate resources to package people,” Nassirian said. “But this magnitude
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Developer picked for Harper Court, seeks to break ground in 2011
University posts up new kiosks
By Burke Frank Associate News Editor
University and City officials selected a firm to develop Harper Court, the University announced yesterday. Vermilion Development, a Chicago-based developer, won the contract after a long deliberation process that began with a request for proposals in November 2008. “Vermilion offered the best combination of skills, ideas, expertise, and resources to see through the kind of project the city and the University would like to see at
Harper Court,” University spokesman Steve Kloehn said. Kloehn also cited Vermilion’s financial stability in the decision, explaining that a long-term project taking place in a recession necessitates a developer “with the means to see it through.” As part of Vermilion’s proposal, CEO and President Dave Cocagne described a two phase project: The first, to begin in early 2011, would consist of constructing retail and office space, a hotel, and a parking structure, to end by 2013. Phase two would consist of mixed
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Advocating to preserve cMail, College Council passes resolution By Al Gaspari News Staff
cMail should not be taken away from any current student, College Council (CC) members said in a January 6 resolution, responding to NSIT’s plan to end cMail support by 2012. NSIT cited the costs of maintaining e-mail servers and the prevalence of e-mail forwarding on campus in its decision. First-year representative Frank Alarcon drafted the resolution, which voiced CC’s opinion but does not compel University action. “Any student who has access to cMail should have access to it until they graduate. No one should part with something they rely on,” Alarcon said in an interview.
NSIT estimates that 51 percent of students already forward their e-mail to third-party providers like Google, but response from the other 49 percent prompted Alacron’s action. “This resolution was a direct response for people in my class ,” he said. Even though cMail does not include features standard in commercial e-mail accounts, some students prefer it because the University provides it. “A lot of students are concerned about commercial e-mail providers,” Alacron said. Students worry about the privacy and reliability of commercial providers, he added. The University should keep the service, the resolution said, due to the large student population still using
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Posts like this one have been appearing all over campus since winter quarter began. When finished, they will serve as information kiosks, meant to replace outdoor bulletin boards, University spokesman Jeremy Manier said. CAMILLE VAN HORNE/MAROON
By Alicia Sanchez-Ramirez News Contributor
Spreading the word ab out student life on campus will soon be easier, as the University finishes installing new information kiosks to replace its run-down bulletin boards. The finished structures will consist of metal posts with a rubber surface surrounding them. The materials, as well as the inclusion
of a small roof and a light, make the information kiosks an upgrade from the former outdoor bulletin boards, University spokesman Jeremy Manier said. “The previous wooden ones were old and weathered, which is why they were removed and are being replaced,” Manier said. The replacements are designed to better protect posted notices from the elements, as well as to withstand the passage of time and harsh outdoor conditions.
The six new stands are spread through campus, located near the Hutchinson Courtyard, the H i t ch c o ck Q u a d , t h e S o c i a l Sciences Quad, the Classics Quad, Bartlett Dining Commons, and Pierce Hall. It is uncertain when this project will be completed, as the final step involves installing the lights to illuminate the kiosks. This requires waiting for the snow on the ground to thaw, Manier said.
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The University is exploring a plan to build an Early Childhood Center (ECC) for the Lab School on the site of the Doctors Hospital, the center of 2008â€™s controversial dry-vote campaign. If approved, the ECC would be designed exclusively for students through the second grade, University spokesman Steve Kloehn said. Part of a major Lab School expansion underway since July 2007, the ECC would provide more space for the young students in a more open design teachers think is conducive to learning at early ages. In 2008, residents of the 39th precinct blocked another plan that would have replaced the architecturally and historically significant Doctors Hospital with a hotel. Residents voted to ban the sale of alcohol in the district, preventing potential interest from hoteliers and expressing their displeasure with a perceived lack of communication from the University. Kloehn emphasized that the plan for an ECC is neither fully developed nor settled within the University. Furthermore, the Hyde
Park community has been and will continue to be involved in planning and approving whatever replaces the ECC, he said. â€œIn the coming weeks, there will be some public meetings convened by the alderman and the University to lay out the possibilities on the Stony Island site,â€? Kloehn said. A smaller â€œgroup of people who can hear the ideas, react, and raise issues they think are important to the conversationâ€? has already met with University officials, he said, but did not have specific information about the group. Kloehn also said any final plan will have to apply for a permit to change the intended use of the site (a process involving local elected officials, public meetings and the city) and would also have to pass inspection for demolition. Lab School Director David W. Magill announced the plan to a parentsâ€™ council on Monday, Kloehn said, although N-2 faculty were told in December and planning has been underway for a year. The Lab School hopes to increase its class size to a little more than 2,000 from 1,780. It has raised $30 million dollars for the initiative in two-and-a-half years.
Kuvia draws biggest crowds ever after last yearâ€™s cold-dampened festivities By Tiffany Young News Staff
Participants in Kuvia/Kangeiko will walk to the Point once again today to salute the rising sun, after freezing temperatures prevented the walk from occurring last year. â€œThe salutes to the sun at the Point are the culmination of the entire event; itâ€™s what everyone looks forward to the whole week,â€? said fourth-year Agnes Bugaj, chair of the Counsel on University Programming, the organization that runs Kuvia/Kangeiko. Last year, dangerously low temperatures caused buses to freeze and warranted serious frostbite warnings. â€œBeing able to go to the point and see the sun rise over the water this year should be really beautiful,â€? Jean Treese, associate dean of students, said. Attendance, interest, and activities have only increased since Kuviaâ€™s inception in 1983. Today, the Kangeiko crowd ranges from excited firstyear newbies to fourth years taking advantage of their last chance to see what Kangeiko is about. On Monday, Treese took one look at a wellfilled Henry Crown and said it was the biggest turnout the event has ever had. â€œMore and more people have come out every year. Itâ€™s true this has to do with the increasing number of students in the College, but I think more people are recognizing what a fun tradition this is,â€? Treese said. Over 400 students attended Mondayâ€™s session, with numbers dropping off somewhat on Tuesday. â€œItâ€™s always like this, the first day always has the best showing, and there are less people towards the end of the week, but we expect about 250 to 300 people on Friday,â€? Bugaj said. Every morning is an intense ritualâ€”those interested must add theirs to the pool of synchronized alarm clocks blaring at around 5:30 a.m. and join the stream of people making the
trip to the gym. No one understands Kuvia better more than residents of Dodd-Mead, in BurtonJudson, who have won the house competition 12 years in a row and are bidding for a 13th. â€œItâ€™s hard to wake up, but I feel like it energizes me. I feel more awake, especially in the mornings, but also throughout the day,â€? Dodd-Mead House member and first-year Caterina Maclean said. Morning stretches are led by different administrators every morning, from Ted Oâ€™Neill instructing the room to â€œshake your tushesâ€? in the hokey pokey, to Dean of Students Susan Art demonstrating the effectiveness of â€œaerobic bursts.â€? As in the past, different dance and martial arts RSOs are invited to lead tutorials on their craft; after students perform their customary calisthenics, they can experiment with anything from tae kwon do to ballet, tap dance to flamenco. Kuvia has its roots in a freshmen class retreat that was held the weekend after winter break in Wisconsin. But bad weather and hostile blizzards kept students on campus and unenthusiastic about retreat dates later in the quarter. Sociology professor and former dean of students Don Levine brought it back in 1983, citing the need for a winter festival. Treese named the festival â€œKuviaâ€? out of â€œKuviasungnerk,â€? an Eskimo word that refers to a time of the year when the fish are plentiful and the mood ripe for celebration. Treese said it captured the essence of happiness and energy that she wanted to usher into the normally bleak Chicago winter. With an enduring passion for martial arts, Levine suggested it incorporate Kangeiko, after an early-morning exercise regimen practiced by Japanese samurai. Ever since, Kangeiko has been a second-week staple. â€œThe one year it was cancelled, students protested to bring it back,â€? Treese said.
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ADMISSIONS continued from front page defies all expectations.â€? Part of the surge is likely due to a concerted Admissions Office effort to provide more targeted information to prospective students. High school seniors now receive thematic e-mails on a variety of topics theyâ€™ve expressed interest in, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Jim Nondorf said, including the cityâ€™s art scene, international programs, and Jewish activities on campus. â€œThe University of Chicago is an amazing school,â€? he said. â€œWhy wouldnâ€™t people around the world want to come here?â€? Boyer called it an â€œaggressive, broadbrushed effort,â€? that provided more information than before about post-Core academic life at the University. â€œYouâ€™re not just choosing the first two years,â€? Boyer said, referring to the typical amount of time it takes to complete the Core. â€œItâ€™s what the full range of your life is going to look like.â€? The College saw gains in every demographic, Nondorf said, especially those in which the U of C â€œhas not been as appreciated.â€? It was also the first year that any state (California) submitted more applications than Illinois, the Universityâ€™s historic demographic base. Nondorf and Boyer both said the U of C owed some of its recent popularity to its connection with Barack Obama. â€œWithout a doubt, there was a lot of positive press about the University and Obama,â€? Nondorf said. In many ways, Nondorf said, the University is closer to its Ivy League peers than ever before, including overall applications received and geographic distribution. While the U of C currently has the highest acceptance rate of its peer (27 percent) Nondorf said the jump in applicants means the rate should fall to 19 percent. But those statistics donâ€™t mean the U of C is trying to emulate the Ivies, Nondorf said. â€œIâ€™m not gunning for them by any stretch of the
imagination,â€? he said. â€œI just want to reach out to every scholar in the country and let them make the decision if theyâ€™re a good fit.â€? Boyer agreed that the U of C is closer to its peers than ever in recent years. Boyer compared the University with Columbia, which also features a core curriculum and defines itself by its urban environment. â€œI believe weâ€™re a better university than they are, so I think we should get more applications than they do,â€? he said. The applications were â€œjust as high caliberâ€? as the past few years, Nondorf said, denying that an applications spike diluted the applicant pool, something students on campus have worried about since the switch to the Common App was announced in 2006. â€œAnd even if students miss our message and donâ€™t have academics first in their mind, we probably wonâ€™t read them as kindly.â€? Sally Rubenstone, an adviser at popular admissions forum College Confidential, agreed that the Common App could only help the University. â€œIâ€™m sure that there are some purists out there who perceive that the move to the Common App is not just a watering down, but a selling out,â€? she said in an e-mail interview. â€œ[But] admissions officials still hold the strings.â€? Many high school guidance counselors said their students responded well to the Admission Officeâ€™s outreach campaign. Stuyvesant High School in New York City, a perennial feeder school for the University, sent more applications than any other high school in the country, 102, nearly a 40-percent increase from last year. Lake Forest High School, in Lake Forest, IL, had twice as many seniors apply this year than two years ago. College counselor Jacquie Berkshire attributed much of the increased interest to the connection her students felt with the U of C. â€œThe more directed mailings psychologically matter. They feel â€˜Oh my gosh, do they really like me?â€™â€? she said. â€œTheyâ€™re feeling the love.â€?
Developerâ€™s proposal not set in stone, U of C spokesman says HARPER COURT continued from front page residential properties, including apartments and a condominium tower, and would be paced according to demand, ending as early as 2015. Kloehn cautioned, however, that these plans were merely part of Vermilionâ€™s original proposal and are subject to change. â€œThere are likely to be office spaces, restaurants, and amenities, but beyond that I think the details still need to be worked out as to what else is right for that mix,â€? Kloehn said. He added that the hotel and residential aspects of the proposal are especially tentative. Both Kloehn and Cocagne said more definite plans would be presented at the next 53rd street Tax-Increment Financing (TIF) meet-
ing, which is scheduled in March but could be held sometime next month, Kloehn said. Plans to redevelop Harper Court stretch back to May 2008, when the University first bought the property for $6.5 million. Business at the property had been steadily declining for a decade, and the University hoped to revitalize the 53rd Street shopping center. Cocagne said his company hopes â€œto put together a very compelling program that both celebrates Hyde Park and provides new amenities and services for the community.â€? â€œWeâ€™re very excited to be undertaking this project,â€? Cocagne said. â€œWe think it will be very transformative for the commercial core of Hyde Park and will really celebrate all that Hyde Park is.â€?
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Greg Beckett (Ph.D â€˜09), a friend and colleague of Kivlandâ€™s. â€œMany of the roads are just impassable, so if she was in her field station, she may not have been able to get back to her house.â€? Kivland was researching performance in Carnival, working with a class of musicians who critique politics through art. She had been working in Haiti for two years until last September, and returned last month. She won a Fulbright fellowship, a WennerGren Foundation for Anthropological Research fellowship, and an N S F Dissertation Improvement Grant in 2008. â€œA triple win like that is quite extraordinary,â€? anthropology department administrator Annie Chien said in an e-mail interview. After earning a B.A. from Colorado College and an M.A. from Columbia Teacherâ€™s College, she came to the U of C in 2004 looking to get a Ph.D. in sociology. She switched to the anthropology department in 2006. Joshua Walker, another graduate anthropology student, said Kivland was looking forward to finishing her research in Haiti when they e-mailed last week. â€œI think she felt pretty good about her research; she was looking forward to just wrapping up. She had finished the bulk of her research [and was] looking forward to writing her dissertation,â€? he said. Walker said many people in the anthropology department had expressed concern over her safety, and the atmosphere was â€œanxious but hopeful.â€? Beckett, who also spent time in Haiti doing anthropological research, said he wasnâ€™t surprised such a disaster could sever communication for so long. â€œEven at stable times, there would be stretches of four or five days without phone or Internet access,â€? said Beckett, who is now an assistant professor in the College. Beckett was in Haiti during the rebellion in 2004, and experienced the chaos of evacuation. â€œIt all happens without being able to get in touch with people.â€? University spokesman Steve Kloehn said the University is looking to help any affiliate in Haiti, and those who have family there. â€œ[The office of ] Campus and Student Life is following this most closely, but thereâ€™s been a broad-based effort from across a lot of different departments and units in the University to identify what affiliates might be or might have family in Haiti or other connections, and obviously communication is so difficult right now there, that there arenâ€™t a lot of definitive answers,â€? he said. While Kivlandâ€™s family and friends waited by the phone for any developments, students on campus pledged their support to any of the quakeâ€™s survivors. Fourth-year Adama Wiltshire put together a fundraiser this week in the Reynolds Club, involving the Puerto Rican Students Association, the African and Caribbean Students Association (ACSA), and Beats and Pieces. Third-year and ACSA president Judith Kituku said ACSA was quick to show its support. â€œIt goes without saying that with this happening to a Caribbean country, it is our obligation to help,â€? Kituku said. All donations will be sent through the Red Cross and Partners in Health. â€œIf we could even raise $700 to give to the Red Cross and Partners in Health, who have a history of working with Haitians to provide health care and food, that could go a long way,â€? Wiltshire said. Students, staff, and community members alike have been contributing to the relief effort, said Kituku. â€œItâ€™s only been 24 hours and we have made some money, and we believe going into next week people will be even more aware.â€?
cMail and the administrationâ€™s inability to hold commercial providers accountable. â€œStudents should have a choice between a service provided by the University and commercial sources,â€? Alarcon said. NSIT director Greg Anderson said he welcomes further conversation with students, and thought the resolution provides an opportunity to do so. â€œItâ€™s good to hear this voice of the students,â€? he said. Anderson said he will be listening to studentsâ€™ opinions, but is still considering what forum best suits the situation. NSIT will implement the plan that has the most student support. â€œThere are reasons for a longer transition [away from cMail]. No matter what, we do need to maintain and upgrade the existing cMail system,â€? Anderson said. Any resources used to keep cMail operational, however, drain funds from other projects, though Anderson was vague as to what those projects could be. â€œI donâ€™t have a particular preferred outcome except that weâ€™ve got multiple competing resources,â€? he said.
â€”Additional reporting by Asher Klein
With new Jewish Studies Center, meshuggeners and menschen will come together By Hannah Fine Senior News Staff
The newly established Chicago Center for Jewish Studies will better connect different areas of interest for Jewish scholars by restructuring related Civilization courses, building upon the Jewish Studies minor, and developing more undergraduate courses. The Center, directed by professor Josef Stern, will oversee the Jewish Studies major and minor in the College, two sequences of Judaic Civilization, and all Hebrew and Yiddish language programs. More than 40 of the faculty are members of the Center, including those from the history, law, and music departments. The Center has no offices of its own yet, but hopes to gain space in the next few years.
â€œWe see the Center as a platform that will not only build bridges between different units engaged in Jewish Studies, but also bring scholars and students from outside of the field into conversations that will significantly enrich both sides,â€? Stern, a professor of philosophy and Jewish studies, said in an e-mail interview. The Center will offer research travel grants, an internship program with global Jewish organizations, and an undergraduate essay contest with a $500 prize on any topic related to Jewish Studies. Although the Center is not a department or ethnic studies program, â€œwe want to emphasize not only the inter-disciplinary character of Jewish Studies, but also the importance of cultivating intellectual conversations and exchanges with as many disciplines and fields as possible,â€? Stern said.
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SUPRIYA SINHABABU, Editor-in-Chief TOM TIAN, Managing Editor MICHAEL LIPKIN, News Editor ASHER KLEIN, News Editor EVAN COREN, Viewpoints Editor HAYLEY LAMBERSON, Voices Editor BEN SIGRIST, Voices Editor JAKE GRUBMAN, Sports Editor JORDAN HOLLIDAY, Sports Editor BEN ROSSI, Editorial Board Member DANI BRECHER, Head Copy Editor ERIC GUO, Photo Editor CAMILLE VAN HORNE, Photo Editor
Lab school’s proposal for Early Childhood Center would be a good fit for vacant hospital space This week, the L aboratory School announced an exploratory proposal to develop an Early Childhood Center at the University-owned Doctors Hospital site. Although the plan would demolish a structure with some historical and architectural significance, the University has found a use for the vacant property, which promises to benefit both the University and the larger community. The University’s last attempt to develop the property into a Marriot hotel was blocked 14 months ago when local residents voted their district dry. Those who opposed the plan
cited concerns over congestion, the developer’s union policies, and the building’s historic interest. Their drastic move to halt development left the decrepit hulk standing, a trophy of sorts for Hyde Park’s most intransigent preservationists. It seems unlikely that the new proposal could, or should, cause as much controversy. The new Early Childhood Center would allow the Lab School to move forward with expanding its enrollment, which would allow more non-Universityaffiliated parents in the community to send their children there. The plan would also cut
down congestion on 59th Street without the potential parking problems of a hotel. Whatever the historical significance of the current building, the new center would b e incalculably more valuable for a community that prizes education so highly. Furthermore, the University seems to have learned its lesson from the hotel fiasco about opening up dialogue with the community early and often. While the University didn’t hold a public meeting about the hotel plans for almost a year after they were announced, this time officials have already begun talks with community
members, with a meeting in early December and another planned for the coming weeks. Though still in its earliest stages, the new proposal seems to offer a use of the Doctors Hospital space that both Hyde Park residents and administrators can be happy about. University students, meanwhile, have reason to hope that an embarrassing eyesore may at last keep its appointment with a wrecking ball. — The MAROON Editorial Board consists of the Editor-in-Chief, Viewpoints Editors, and an additional Editorial Board member.
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that could have been obtained, but the expected relapse into a state of natural moral disregard. Why do people have this viewpoint? The basic root of the idea that “good” is above the reach of man lies in the Christian doctrine of original sin, which states that vices are to be expected, since man’s basic nature is tainted from birth. Given a supernatural standard of ethics, original sin is a necessary doctrine since, if the good is not sought in a worldly standard, but in another godly dimension inaccessible to humans, man must, by his inability to wholly transcend worldly experience, be unable to
Lamenting the end of free printing at the Mac Lab, the Editorial Board repeatedly objected to the “inconvenience” it created (“Out of Print,” 1/13/10). The editors do not take seriously the administration’s claim that the policy was too expensive to maintain, and thus break with previous editorials that supported cuts in workers’ hours and praised the discontinuation of the printed course catalog. L ast Novemb er, the editors praised the University’s “fair prioritization of competing interests” when deciding to cut some workers’ hours from 40 to 35 per week (“Reasonable Hours,” 11/10/09). “Setting priorities,” the editors counseled, “is an essential part of running any university.” Although the editors were neither then nor are now privy to the complete University budget, they deferred to the administration’s balancing of priorities. Forgetting such deference mere weeks later, the editors today play accountants, and in their financial omniscience judge that the free printing policy “seemed like a reasonable burden for the University to bear given all the service it provided.” They offer no data and cannot claim to have pursued any serious analysis to support this conclusion. Like free printing, there is no doubt that printed copies of the course catalog were “well used [and] much appreciated” by students, particularly since the online catalog is not easily browsable. Never mind this (and other) concerns, because the printed catalog was “a tremendous waste of money” (“Scrapping Paper,” 11/30/0 9). To reach this conclusion, the editors deferred to the administration’s accounting.
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I hate New Year’s resolutions: the banality, the disingenuousness, or else—even worse—the earnestness. So, I never make promises to myself at the turn of the new year. A new quarter’s resolution, however, is an entirely different story. Technically, such a resolution starts not at the beginning of the quarter in question, but rather at the end of the preceding one. It is finals week, and four o’clock in
the morning; I am sitting in the eerily quiet Crerar, the obnoxiously boisterous A-level, or else my oppressively familiar room. I’m wearing sweatpants, an oversized U of C hoodie and glasses, as coffee cups and thick paperb a ck s — t h e i r C o - o p p r i c e t a g s unremoved, their spines barely broken—surround me. Things are going well, relatively. My 10-page paper is due in eight hours, at noon, and I’m five pages in. I can do it. Easy. I’m fine. Or else I’m not fine, not at all. I’m not going to finish; I’m going to fail. And then I’m not going to get a job or get into grad school. By the way, I ask myself slyly,
h o w ’ s t h a t j o b s e a r ch g o i n g ? Once you get started down this slippery path, it’s awfully easy to exaggerate your faults. Another part of me watches with almost clinical interest the cyclical mood that inevitably goes hand-in-hand with late night paper writing. I’m up and I’m down; I’m hot and I’m cold. I’m a Katy Perry song. Such a night at the Reg or Crerar is a lifetime: I die a thousand times, but achieve salvation a thousand and one times. During the lows, though, I promise myself the world. Next quarter I will do all the reading,
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“Only” human? Public response to Woods scandal reveals deeper moral issues
By George Saad Viewpoints Staff Though certainly upsetting, the revelation that the seemingly purposeful and focused Tiger Woods behaves like an aimless libertine in his personal affairs is far less disturbing than the public’s general reaction to this disillusioning truth. While some liberals critique him as a superficial corporate creation whose illusion of decency has been shattered, and some conservatives suggest that a religious conversion is necessary to redeem his soul, most echoed the same resigned conclusion: “Tiger Woods is only human, after all.” In the words
of Ben Wyatt, of C N N’s World Sport Blog, “The intrigue generated by a figure…proved a powerful draw to global consumers of news…through curiosity that the machine-like forger of fortune had revealed himself as a human capable of mistake after all.” The popular acceptance of this notion, that to be human is, in its most fundamental essence, to be corrupted and compromised, is far more tragic than Woods’s particular misdeeds. To equate the dishonorable with the human is to regard the honorable as an aberration or accident, as something beyond the human, making moral transgressions not offences against a good
Doctrine of original sin hinders moral judgments HUMAN continued from page 5 achieve full moral virtue. In this view, some atonement for sinful nature may be possible, but only through alignment with a better, otherworldly realm. Man alone, as a creature of the earth without the redemption of his God, must rot in depravity and decay. While the modern world has questioned the existence of a godly realm, it has left unquestioned the ethical corollary of religious belief: original sin. People’s attitude toward morality has remained one of humble piety, accepting the notion that their earthly existence cannot be moral on its own terms. Thus retaining the attitude that morality must be something beyond the human, but without the standard of a supernatural order, the modern attitude is one of cynicism toward ethics. Our inherited understanding of the good, still informed by the notion of original sin, leaves man seeking standards in another world he cannot find. Taking the achievement of the good as a superhuman enterprise in this way undercuts ethical foundations at their very base. For all the shock over the revelation of his infidelities, the judgment rendered against Woods was largely not made from an attitude of moral righteousness. Accepting that man’s nature is fallen by default denies the possibility of such confident moral judgment. If man is fallen, and sin is to be expected, why should it at all shock or revolt those who disapprove of it? This psychology paralyzes judgment, since, if everyone is sinful simply by virtue of their humanity, any judgment of moral inferiority is unjustified. Note that the predominant reaction toward the revelation of Woods’s moral crimes was not outrage, but the surprised sense that he was just like everyone else, so that the public did not censure him as the breaker of a proudly upheld moral code, but a fellow sinner who had crossed a line he was expected to cross. As Jennifer Donahue of The Huffington Post commented, “We are again stopped in our tracks by Mr. Woods and the human condition, unable to turn away from the shared experience that defines every one of us, and hoping it is not ourselves we are watching on TV.” This collective acceptance of a flawed nature amounts to the negation of ethics as a positive search for the good into mere quibbling about how much evil can be indulged. The ethics of the human as inherently perverted, based on this notion of original sin, is a relic of religious striving for a union with another world, and must be discarded if we are to achieve any greater understanding of the good. If ethics don’t come from the supernatural, but from the natural standards present in man and inherent in his functioning, then the good must be included in the scope of the human, in that it is something accessible, if not guaranteed, to humans on earth. To claim that the quintessentially human attributes reside in man’s worst potentials is to spit in the face of one’s species. Dissolution, depravity, and moral decay require no special effort, yet the human life is made unique by the capacity for reasoned, directed action. Man distinguishes himself by the ability to transcend animal inclinations in favor of a consciously chosen, demanding life of achievement and ever-growing ability, a life not to be shamefully compared against some heavenly order, but enjoyed with pride as good on its own terms. It should be in response to his persistence, focus, and ability on the golf course that we dignify Tiger Woods with the label of human, not in response to his shortcomings. Those who claim that Tiger Woods is human for his vices should observe the sum of mankind’s achievements, from the sciences that preserves life to the arts, and reconsider if “human” should be taken as a slur. — George Saad is a second-year in the College majoring in classics.
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Existential crises over coursework breed cynicism, not better work habits RESOLUTION continued from page 5 participate(!), make an outline a week before the paper is due, attend office hours religiously. And, most importantly, never leave a paper until the last minute like I am doing at that very moment. I end up turning the paper in, of course—my dire predictions of my failed paper and failed life don’t pan out—and afterwards, removed from the early-morning haze—shower taken, sleep attained—I remember the promise I made to myself. To work harder, b e more diligent, to take full advantage of my education. I’ve never genuinely kept such promises to myself, but even now, in my fourth year here, I buy into these resolutions. I really do believe that I can, that it’s possible, to turn the corner, and become the academic superstar I’ve always imagined. I’ve become more cynical over time, sure; the doubting voice in my head has become louder, more triumphant, as he’s accumulated victory after victory, quarter after quarter.
Letter to the editor, continued LETTER continued from page 5 And yet here I am, writing this, vaguely self-aware of past failings, but nevertheless believing that this quarter will be different. I’m off to a good start, too! And maybe I can do it. Maybe not, though; maybe I’ve set expectations too high for myself. Maybe I’m selling myself short. It’s not like I never feel engaged with my classes. Maybe that’s enough: To take what you can, and do enough to get through where you need to. Yet if that’s really the best that I can muster, isn’t that truly depressing? But maybe the fact that I always have hope is a good sign, and not, as I had imagined, an indication of my inability to learn from the past. Perhaps I can take heart that I go to a school where banal existential crises like these are indulged, at least to some extent. Anyway. At least, I think I’ve found a New Year’s resolution I can fully embrace: no more new quarter resolutions. — Matt Barnum is a fourth-year in the College majoring in psychology.
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They pursued no analysis of their own. The editors’ primary objection to the end of the free printing scheme is that it is inconvient to students. From now on, they warn, students “working on a deadline” (read: printing out their paper minutes before it is due) will have to spend precious seconds putting money on their card before printing their assignment. This claim cannot be taken seriously. Put money on your card beforehand. Lastly, and most notably, the editors’ suggestion of a compromise policy is without merit. “If 30 pages proved too costly,” they say, “then the Mac Lab could have lowered the individual cap to 15 pages per week, cutting the costs by half without negatively affecting the majority of student users.” Th i s i s i r r e l e v a n t : S i m p l y b e c a u s e a 30-page limit is too expensive, it does not follow that a 15-page limit is affordable. Andrew Thorton Class of 2011
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT JANUARY 15, 2010
Rockefeller helps students find That Gargoyle on their shoulder By Marcella de Laurentiis Voices Goliath With all the recent snow and wind, there has hardly been a day during these first two weeks of the quarter when students have been able to lift their heads during their walk across campus. But above our fur caps, and below the unforgiving January sky, rises the tall neo-gothic architecture of the main quad, populated with UChicago’s emblematic gargoyles. Who wasn’t told the folklore of Hull Gate during a campus tour or O-Week? And who hasn’t paused on a nicer day to take in the architecture, gargoyles included, of Stuart or Bartlett? But you don’t have to brave frostbite right now to appreciate our campus’s stony guardians. Head over to Rockefeller Memorial Chapel and take a look at their new exhibit, That Gargoyle on My Shoulder. Second-years Alexander Aciman (left) and Emmett Rensin (right) discover that pool-side lounging is very conducive to tweeting.
THAT GARGOYLE ON MY SHOULDER
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Rockefeller Chapel Through March 19
Whatever the reason you may enter Rockefeller—maybe to thaw your fingers or to light a candle in remembrance of the recent tragedy in Haiti—you cannot help but notice the spiritual warmth and reverential silence that fills the space. That is, until you notice the strange gray molds attached to the easternmost wall. Ask anyone who works there and they
One of the University of Chicago's many petrified gargoyles waits for the night, when it will awaken and go to battle with its kinsmen. COURTESY OF LORRAINE C. BROCHU
will proudly tell you that the artwork was created by sixth-grade students over at the Lab School. And, if you take a closer look at the 30 papier-mâché constructions
and their accompanying smaller sketches, you will notice just how impressive they are for middle-school artwork. Heck, you may even be inspired to break out some
glue and newspaper and decorate your dorm room. But rather than scare your roommate with a gargoyle above her bed,
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Dombrowski discovers wisdom in the Reg: not in the books, but on the walls her artistic process, her own relationship with the Reg, and the evolution of the University’s culture over the years.
make this book, and we’ll see if people are interested.” It turns out people have been. CM: Was there a particular reason you began taking pictures in the Reg?
CRESCAT GRAFFITI, VITA EXCOLATUR By Quinn Dombrowski Self-published
CHICAGO MAROON: When you started taking these pictures of the graffiti in the Regenstein Library, was there ever an intended audience?
The producers of Juno only wish they could think of something as twee. COURTESY OF QUINN DOMBROWSKI
By Keegan Hankes Voices Defacer The most honest representations of a university are typically those that aren’t commissioned. It was the cheeky advice and vulgar wisdom written on the walls of the Regenstein stacks that spoke to Quinn
Dombrowski, and which she captured in her book, Crescat Graffiti, Vita Excolatur: Confessions of the University of Chicago. As a coordinator for NSIT, she wandered the halls of the library, searching for the random beauty of anonymous scrawlings. Between her walks through the stacks, she was able to spend some time talking to the Maroon about
Quinn Dombrowski: When I started there wasn’t really an audience at all. For the last two years now, I’ve been taking at least one picture every day of just sort of random beauty. When I got a job for NSIT, and my office was in the Reg, I was wandering in the book stacks and saw all the graffiti that was written there and thought, “Wow, this stuff is really interesting.” So I just took pictures of it like I took pictures of everything else. I sort of watched it evolve, and I kept coming back and taking more pictures until I started doing it routinely. I started posting pictures of them online on Flickr, ever since I started taking them. The thought occurred to me that maybe one day I might want to put them together in a book. I had gotten a lot of feedback from alumni and current students that they really loved the Flickr site. In an article in the LA Times blog over last summer, there was a lot of attention drawn toward the Flickr site, and I said, “Alright, now is the time to
QD: Well, I happened to be working there. So I would wander out there during my lunch breaks. CM: What was your method for finding the graffiti? Or where did you find the most meaningful pieces? QD: For a while it was just the book stacks. I discovered pretty quickly that the fourth and fifth floors are the best places to go, the third floor sometimes, the second floor not so much. So, it was pretty much the stacks for the first six months or so. Then I started going down to the A-level, when they reopened it as the 24-hour study space, to see what people had been writing on the white boards. There was a while where everyday I would go down and take pictures of the A-level. At one point, I think probably only three or four times over the course of the last couple years, I’ve gone into the study carrels, which tend to evolve much more slowly than the stacks. I would just spend an entire hour or so going through all of the study carrels one by one, looking for graffiti and taking pictures. CM: What are a couple of your particular favorite pieces?
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Voices STD (Stuff to Do) Friday | January 15 Join the University in honoring the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr., at the annual MLK commemoration service. This year’s service features keynote speaker Dr. Melissa HarrisLacewell, associate professor of politics and African-American studies at Princeton University. A reception and student performance at Ida Noyes Hall will follow the service. Also, don’t forget to register for the MLK Day of Service on Saturday. (Rockefeller Chapel, 3:30 p.m., free)
Saturday | January 16 Th e 2 0 1 0 C U SA s h o w “ X i a n g ” (“Hope” in Mandarin) tells the life story of Liu Xiang, the first Asian man to win a gold medal in track and field at the Olympics. Since all the dining halls will be closed Saturday night, a ticket to the CUSA show also includes a banquet dinner at 5:30. (Mandel Hall, 8 p.m., $12)
Why wait for the summer festival season to celebrate all things Armenian when the indoor Armenian Winter Fest is this Saturday? Munch on authentic Armenian food, including homemade pastries and shish kebabs, and dance to live music after 5. (6700 West Diversey, 3 p.m., free)
Sunday | January 17 Chicago Public Radio’s second annual Winter Block Party celebrates the city’s vibrant hip-hop scene. The event will feature live graffiti mural painting and performances by Chicago’s most up-and-coming young artists. The event will culminate with the State of Society Report at 7 p.m., given by social entrepreneur William “Upski” Wimsatt, titled “Movement-Building in the Age of Obama—An Evening of Stories, Strategies and Straight Talk.” (2433 North Lincoln Avenue, noon, free)
"Go to Italy. Be a cobbler." Graffiti becomes students' unofficial mantra DOMBROWSKI continued from page 7 QD: “I’m in love and it’s finals week,” is definitely a good one. “Go to Italy. Be a cobbler” seems to have really hit the mark with a lot of people. It’s definitely the number-one piece of reused graffiti. It’s been on a bunch of different blogs, mostly people anxious about their careers. CM: When you were taking and compiling all the photos you took for the book, was there a criterion for which graffiti was chosen? QD: When I first started doing it, there wasn’t a final product in mind. I’ve been going through everything the last couple days to compile a data set, and I don’t really remember this, but the evidence shows that I only took pictures of things that I thought were interesting. I definitely omitted a lot of things in the beginning. So, there’s an incomplete record from summer 2007 and the few months following that. But ever since I started going routinely, I take a picture of more or less everything. CM: Not all the graffiti shown in your book is congruent with the student image this school loves to promote. Did your own perspective on the University of Chicago student change at all as you put together the book? QD: Not really. You know, I was a student here. I’ve been there; I’ve done that. It’s been a long time since I was under any illusions that the glossy, sort of magazine cover of U of C is all there is. It’s been interesting to see how some of the culture has changed over time. When I was
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Human rights activist and the first R i ch a r d & A n n S i l v e r Po z e n Vi s i t i n g Professor in Human Rights, Justice Albie Sachs, will be giving a talk on the antiapartheid movement in South Africa in a special program for Martin Luther King day. Justice Sachs is currently teaching a five-week course at the U of C. (5710 South Woodlawn Avenue, 3 p.m., free)
At 37, Joey McIntyre is no longer a new kid on the block. Therefore, the former ’90s hottie is on tour promoting Here We Go Again, the latest album in his prolific solo career. Dinoscopy will be spinning DJ sets between McIntyre’s tracks. (2424 North Lincoln Avenue, 8 p.m., $30)
Tuesday | January 19 C a t ch Ro d B l a g o j e v i ch b e f o r e h e spends the next 30 years in a prison jumpsuit. The former governor and current Celebrity Apprentice contestant will be speaking on his latest political gaffes, and will be available for a Q&A session after his speech. (Mandel Hall, 8:30 p.m., free)
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Expanding exhibit encourages student gargoyle contributions a student here, I never would have imagined that there would be frat graffiti in the Reg, but lo and behold, there has been frat graffiti in the Reg, and that’s been kind of interesting to see. CM: Have you ever personally contributed any graffiti to the Reg? QD: Never. Not once, seriously. The book cover was written on my bedroom wall. There was one time I was tempted to. There was a really sad piece of graffiti, “I’m too invisible for anyone to care,” and I wanted to write back to that one, but to be able to have the credibility to say, “I’ve never written on the walls,” I didn’t. CM: Your Web site says you’ve taken a picture every day since August 29, 2007. What is your favorite subject matter? QD: Just random beauty. Things left on the sidewalk, just really anything. I have probably pushing 40,000 pictures on Flickr. I upload pretty much everything I take. They’re all creative commons licensed, and people use them on newspapers, blogs, whatever.
GARGOYLE continued from page 7 you should consider contributing to the exhibit, which goes until March 19 and welcomes gargoyle-related artwork from anyone on campus. Besides featuring papier-mâché models, the exhibit currently displays photographs, watercolor paintings, and multimedia art from University of Chicago faculty, students, and Chicago residents. Exhibit organizers are hoping to add more photography, plus student poetry and 3-D artwork, by March. Considering that just about everyone’s O-Week photo album on Facebook usually includes at least one gargoyle shot, pretty much everyone is qualified to be a featured artist in this exhibit. For those of you who need a little more
incentive, exhibit organizers promise hot chocolate and coloring for anyone who steps in for a brief respite from both Sosc and snow. If you shudder at the idea of the omnipresent eyes of gargoyles watching over you, you might mistakenly bypass this particular spectacle. Sixty b eady eyes observing your every move certainly has the potential to be unnerving, but That Gargoyle on My Shoulder manages to unite the grotesque with the whimsical for an overall experience that is quite positive. The elephant-eared, tentacled, long-snouted beasts that adorn the inner walls of the chapel make the space a little eccentric, quite inventive, and very exemplary of the U of C.
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CM: As a self-proclaimed techie/nerd, do you prefer The Empire Strikes Back or Return of the Jedi? QD: Definitely The Empire Strikes Back, although I still clung to my childhood preference of Return of the Jedi until recently when I watched all of the three movies again. The original versions, not the bastardized ones.
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CHICAGO MAROON | SPORTS | January 15, 2010
Talented first-years, transfers add depth to improved roster M. TENNIS continued from front page greatest strength.â€? The teamâ€™s camaraderie is evident. Whether theyâ€™re taking jabs at Zhangâ€™s innovative junk-food diet or boasting about their teammatesâ€™ stand-up comedy gigs, this team is together. â€œThe teamâ€™s strengths are our post-point antics, our ability to intimidate our opponents, and many members can â€˜Jerkâ€™ and â€˜C-Walk.â€™ This says a lot about our team. We carried a very large presence onto the court last year, and we hope to do the same this season,â€? Namkoong said. The laid-back atmosphere has made the transition to Chicago easier for Klincke, who is seeing tennis from a team perspective for the first time. â€œThe team has a great dynamic,â€? said Klincke, who played individually in high school. â€œWe all get along really well, not just on the court, but many of us are friends and hang out off of the court. I have tremendous respect for our senior captains Garrett Brinker and Steve Saltarelli. They are fantastic players and really fun teammates.â€? With the good times a given, the team members know they need to use their potential this year and make a big play for NCAAs. â€œThis is definitely the best team that weâ€™ve had in the four years Iâ€™ve been here,â€? Brinker said. The players are eager to demonstrate their determination and skills. â€œThe key this year is to really put together our talent in the big-match situations,â€? Zhang said. The menâ€™s opener on January 16 against DePaul will be played at the Lakeshore Athletic Club at 5 p.m.
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â€œWe had a few stretches where we had some mental lapses on offenseâ€”missing some easy shots and making a few careless turnoversâ€”that you just canâ€™t have if youâ€™re going to beat a team like [Wash U],â€? Adams said. The Maroons believe the key to ending this skid is to remain confident and execute their game plan. â€œWe have talented players and great senior leadership, so we just need to stay confident and keep working to get better,â€? Adams said. â€œA performance like last Saturday was a step in the right direction, and if we can build on that and play well this weekend, I think we can get things turned around fairly quickly.â€? Another step towards getting back on the winning track will be to play stronger with more physical defense. â€œWe need to battle them physically. Re b o u n d i n g a n d d e f e n s i v e e x e c u t i o n will be keys because they are so big and strong,â€? McGrath said. Defensive consistency will be especially crucial as they square off against an NYU squad that averages over 73 points per game and has four players averaging more than 10 points per game. â€œWe had a two-minute stretch in which we allowed Wash U to score too easily,â€? McGrath said. â€œWe need to avoid stretches like that, which have been a big factor in our losing streak.â€?
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NYU poses a particularly tough defensive assignment with their explosive, dualthreat big men. The four main contributors in the front court combined for 63 points of a 99-point offensive outburst on Monday against Wesleyan in the Violetsâ€™ previous game. â€œNYU is a tough matchup because their post players are very good scorers in the paint, but also they are also their teamâ€™s best shooters from [the three-point line],â€? Adams said. Chicago has put in extra preparation in practice this week to defend NYUâ€™s unique Princeton offense, which relies heavily upon ball movement, screens, and backdoor cuts designed to create space for players and easy baskets close to the hoop. â€œ[The Princeton offense] is always a challenge to prepare for. Weâ€™ll need to be sure that we control the tempo and play at our pace instead of their pace,â€? Adams said. With their work in practice this week and the momentum from their strong showing against Wash U already on the Maroonsâ€™ side, the team is hoping the Beach Night atmosphere will be enough to put them over the top tonight against the Violets. â€œThe team always appreciates the support of their fellow students, and an enthusiastic fan base always inspires better play,â€? McGrath said.
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ing margin on the season. Given the size and make-up of the Maroons, and the relative consistency of good rebounding, it is puzzling that they were beaten so handily on the glass. â€œI still have no answer for why that happened,â€? Roussell said. â€œYou just canâ€™t be that good at something and then get taken to the cleaners.â€? There is also the issue of the Maroonsâ€™ continuing struggles on offense. After Roussell raised concerns in the previous few weeks about their ability to score points, the Maroons came out of the Wash U game with only 11 field goals on 22.4percent shootingâ€”by far the worst mark of the season. Nevertheless, Roussell has faith in the foundation of the team, and believes that the excessive turnovers, lack of ball movement, and dubious shot selection that characterized the Wash U game were primarily the consequences of straying away from the game plan. As such, he is not looking to revamp or overhaul the offensive system. â€œOf course, whenever you score only 34 points in a game, you should sit down and take a good, hard look at your offense,â€? he said. â€œBut then again, we didnâ€™t exactly play our offense.â€? All of this leaves the Maroons with a lot to prove against NYU this Friday at Ratner. After a tough 68â€“73 loss at home to Brandeis (8 â€“3, 1â€“0), NYU has bounced back with a decisive 79â€“49 win at the College of Staten Island. The Violets are an athletic and dangerous offensive team, ranking second in the UAA in points per game and leading the league in three-point shooting percentage. After NYU, Chicago will host Brandeis on Sunday and try to slow guard Jessica Chapin, who garnered UAA Athlete of the Week accolades after averaging 27 points over the past weekâ€™s games, including 25 in the UAA opener against NYU. To get the best of NYU and Brandeis,
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the Maroons will have to regroup quickly around their foundation of solid defense and dominant rebounding. But it seems that the Maroons have been anxious for action: According to Roussell, there have been some very spirited practices since last Saturdayâ€™s loss. Ultimately, Roussell hopes that the game against Wash U will turn out to be a wake-up call for the team. Whatever its effects, they should be on display Friday at Beach Night.
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Fun-loving squad returns with sights set on NCAAs By Kat Jacobsen Sports Contributor Talent. Focus. Intensity. These are the three words that describe the men of Chicago tennis. Considering the four new players as well as the proven ability of third-year Will Zhang, the men’s team is ready to make an impact on Division-III tennis. They begin the 2 010 season poised, at number 16 in the preseason Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Rankings. Chicago is also represented in the individual rankings by Zhang, the nation’s 12th-ranked singles player. Justifying his being named ITA Player to Watch at the end of last season, he followed up an All-American title in spring by posting a 5–1 record in the fall, including advancing to the semifinals of the singles competition at the ITA Central Regional Championship. “I’m definitely motivated by my ITA ranking, and I’m looking to build on my last season and go deeper in the NCAA tournament this year,” Zhang said. As the Maroons look to compete amongst the nation’s strongest teams, staying injury-free will be crucial. “Luckily we have a deep team that can fill any gaps that may arise,” fourthyear Garrett Brinker said.
To avoid such need, head coach Marty Perry has been conditioning the team for the season in order to build strength and sharpen their footwork. “We can hit all day, but without strength training, our game cannot improve,” third-year Paul Namkoong said. “I’ve been focusing on increasing my max on the bench press, which directly correlates to how well I can play on the court. It helps with serving, smash-away forehands, and intimidation, which is key.” The team ranking is nice to get, but the players realize they still have to go out and prove that they are as good as number 16 or better. They have already succeeded in starting the year ahead of where they finished last season by moving up from last year’s finish at 17th. Now, they need get to NCAAs. The new players are ready to do their part. Making his debut as a Maroon is first-year Dillon Klincke, a native of Los Angeles, CA. “Since I’m part of a team now, I can’t allow myself to lose focus and make careless mistakes. There is more on the line now,” he said. “We have four new players, myself included, so we expect to be a much stronger team this year. The goal would be to make a strong run at the NCAA at the end of the season.” Other new players include first-year
After being named ITA Player to Watch and garnering All-American honors at the end of last season, thirdyear Will Zhang hopes to lead a deeper Chicago lineup to its second NCAA appearance in school history. SHANE COUGHLAN/MAROON
Harrison Abrams as well as Williamand-Mary transfer third-year Kunal Pawa. The Maroons also welcome second-year transfer Jonathan Alexander from Emory, the second-ranked team by the ITA in Division-III men’s tennis.
The depth of the team has driven practice to be more competitive and challenging as well as valuable preparation for meets. The men’s team is confident that the word “fun” completes the picture of
who they are. Brinker said, “We’re deep in both doubles and singles, we have a good combination of speed and size, but most importantly we’re funny. Our sense of humor could possibly be our
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Winter blues: Chicago hopes to end five-game slide at Beach Night
Maroons look to shake Wash U loss as NYU, Brandeis come to town
By Matt McCracken Sports Staff
By Jefferson Mao Sports Contributor
While it may not be Honolulu or Cancun, the atmosphere at Ratner is always a little different on Beach Night, with spectators sporting leis, getting low in halftime limbo, and munching pineapple pizza. Men’s basketball (6–6, 0–1) will try to keep those fans happy and end their recent five-game losing streak when they take on NYU (10–2, 1–0) tonight. In the latter half of the two-game home stand, the Maroons will host Brandeis (9–2, 0–1) at noon Sunday. “Beach Night is a great evening of fun for students, and we definitely want to win that game to make it more fun for the fans,” head coach Mike McGrath said. “There’s extra energy in the building during Beach Night, and I think our team really picks up on that energy,” assistant coach Drew Adams said. That boost might be crucial if the team is to stop its recent slide. The Maroons have lost their last five games, the most recent of which was a 64–60 loss to third-ranked Wash U in the UAA opener. It was a solid performance considering the opponent, but the coaches see room for improvement.
Hopefully, all the questions that were raised by the worst loss for women’s basketball in seven years will soon be answered on the basketball court. I n p r e p a r a t i o n f o r Fr i d a y ’ s game against NYU (8–4, 0–1) at Beach Night, the Maroons (8–4, 0–1) have been trying to adjust and learn from the sobering 63–34 loss at Wash U last
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Saturday. Unfortunately, it is still hard to pin down what exactly went wrong. “I felt quite good going into the game, and I thought we played really well for a while,” head coach Aaron Roussell said. “I was kind of shocked when they started to pull away.” In particular, Wash U enjoyed a decisive 54–32 rebounding edge, even though Chicago went into the game with a +14.1 rebound-
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• Swimming & Diving hosts Chicago Invitational, 6 p.m.
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Second-year forward Tom Williams, shown in practice, has led Chicago in scoring over the past four games with 12.3 points per game. DARREN LEOW/MAROON
• Wrestling @ Elmhurst Invitational, 9 a.m. • Swimming & Diving host Chicago Invitational, 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. • Track & Field hosts Phoenix Invitational, 11:30 a.m. • Men’s Tennis @ DePaul, 6 p.m.
• Men’s Basketball vs. Brandeis, noon • Women’s Basketball vs. Brandeis, 2 p.m. • Men’s Tennis @ N. Illinois, 1 p.m.
Published on Sep 14, 2011
Published on Sep 14, 2011
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