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APRIL 20, 2010
VOLUME 121 ISSUE 38
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Sexual assault policy put to vote
Lab campus to expand By Elie Fuchs-Gosse News Contributor
During the Student Government elections this week, students will vote on a referendum put forth by the Working Group for Sexual Assault Policy challenging the University's sexual assault code. MATT BOGEN/MAROON
An overwhelming “no” vote could spur policy changes By Amy Myers News Staff A referendum on whether or not the University should change sexual assault policy will go before the student body today as part of the Student Government (SG) election. The referendum is the first in three years. Students may vote Tuesday through Thursday on the SG Web site alongside the SG elections. Voting “no” on the referendum supports a reform of the current
sexual assault procedures, while voting “yes” supports the current procedure, a decentralized process in which sexual assault cases are handled within each academic unit. Though the referendum will not automatically enact any change to current policy, members of the Working Group on Sexual Assault Policy (WG SAP), who have been promoting a change for years, hope overwhelming student support will prompt action from the provost’s review committee, including WG SAP member and s e c o n d - y e a r S ch o o l o f S o c i a l Service Administration student Ursula Wagner.
“We’re not just hoping for a majority. We’re hoping for an overwhelming majority,” Wagner said. Deputy Dean of Student Affairs in the Office of Campus and Student Life Martina Munsters said the review committee would make an informed choice on reform taking into account many differing opinions on the policy. “Knowing how the student body views the issues raised in the referendum is likely to come up in the discussions of the committee,” Munsters said. “The committee will make recommendations to the provost.” According to WGSAP member and fourth-year Megan Carlson,
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The L ab Schools’ Early Childhood Center will likely be built at the site of the Doctors Hospital at 58th Street and Stony Island Avenue, University officials and a representative from the architectural firm FGM announced at a meeting in Judd Hall Thursday. Plans for a new Art Wing on the main campus were also announced. The plans for the Early Childhood Center, which will specialize in kindergarten to second-grade education, include a large pick-up and drop-off facility in order to lessen the impact on Stony Island Avenue traffic in the mornings and afternoons. The new buildings are intended to architecturally complement their surroundings. Construction has been scheduled to end in 2013. The Lab Schools’ main campus at 59th and Dorchester Avenue had also been considered as a possible
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No more midnight breakfasts in Hutch, for now By Asher Klein News Editor Though many stopped by Hutch Commons for late-night, made-toorder dinner and breakfast last week, it wasn’t enough to prove the program could sustain itself over a long period of time. “We averaged about 150 transitions per night for the four-day pilot program. We needed 200 to break even. The Campus Dining Advisory
Looking to secure liquor licenses, Walgreens faces fight with alderman
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By Jonathan Lai News Contributor Facing stiff community resistance, four Walgreens in and around Hyde Park are trying to obtain liquor licenses, including the Walgreens at East 55th Street and South Lake Park Avenue. The stores hope to sell beer and wine, but aren’t seeking to reintroduce the large liquor sections of the past, according to an April 14 article in the Hyde Park Herald. Fourth Ward Alderman Toni Preckwinkle is fighting the move, and her Chief of Staff Mae Wilson said the office had sent a letter to the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection asking that the Walgreens not be granted the licenses. “We’re waiting to hear when there’ll be a hearing,” Wilson said. Wilson said that when Walgreens used to have a liquor license, problems had occurred, and that while
future problems weren’t necessarily inevitable, “one way to not have them is to not open that Pandora’s box. That’s my thinking, and maybe that’s what [Preckwinkle is] thinking, too.” Wilson said the focus was on Walgreens, not on liquor licenses in the area in general. “This is just about Walgreens,” she said. When Preckwinkle heard the news, “her first inclination was to decline their request,” Wilson said. The Chicago Police Department may also be opposed to granting the licenses. Commander Genessa Lewis of the second District was quoted in the Hyde Park Herald last week saying, “The police department 100 percent doesn’t want this.” However, follow-up calls this week were referred to the News Affairs office, where Sergeant Patrick Donahue said that the issue had to be looked into further before an official statement could be made. Th e U n i v e r s i t y o f C h i c a g o declined to comment on the issue.
site at the first meeting announcing plans to build the center in February. Th e A r t s Wi n g i s s l a t e d t o include space for art and music classes and will be added onto the Lab Schools’ main campus. “The Schools’ arts classes are currently held in classrooms designed for other purposes,” FGM spokesman Joe Chronister said, commenting on the need for a distinct arts area. A woman who described herself as a “neighbor of the construction” expressed concern over the noise and material hazards of the proposed construction at Stony Island. “We’ll be working on mitigating noise and dust as we proceed,” Chronister replied. He said his firm has a “dust and noise mitigation plan” in addition to following standard municipal construction regulations. According to the University, there will likely be one more meeting on the expansion plans this summer.
Board (CDAB) is going to crunch the numbers and see how we can make Late-Night Dining more economically feasible,” first-year College Council representative Patrick Ip said in an e-mail. Breakfast skillets, biscuits, and French toast sticks were offered from 9 p.m. to midnight. “Overall though, everyone enjoyed the experience, and so we will be looking to make it possible,” Ip said.
By Stacey Kirkpatrick News Staff With Student Government’s (SG) 2009–2010 term almost up, its executive cabinet can say it lived up to many of the planks of its campaign platform. Fourth-years Jarrod Wolf (S G president) and Christopher Wi l l i a m s ( v i c e p r e s i d e n t f o r Student Affairs) and secondyear May Yeung (vice president for Administration)—who ran as YouChicago—improved transportation, added online University services, and put credit cards in coffee shops. The slate made transportation one of its priorities when it ran for office and during its tenure in office. Late-night shuttles run later and more frequently on the weekends, a new downtown shuttle now runs on weekends, and SafeRide efficiency was increased.
Last year's winning slate, YouChicago, at the Student Government debate last year in the McCormick Tribune Lounge. MATT BOGEN/MAROON
While the slate pushed for 2 4-hour transportation to and from Hyde Park during its campaign and into fall quarter, it dropped the issue after realizing there were greater inefficiencies
in the system, Williams said. “We went on the shuttles and asked students what they wanted.” Expanded dining-options ambitions, like allowing for flex in
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Executive Slate: Next Generation
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Though they are running largely unopposed, Next Generation is making some serious campaign promises, including a 10-point plan for their first 30 days in office. The plan aims at making Student Government (SG) more accessible to students and more helpful to RSOs, presidential candidate and third-year Greg Nance told the Maroon in an interview, by holding regular office hours in the C-Shop and purchasing three used vans to be rented by RSOs. “We’re trying to create a lot of momentum on each of these projects,” Nance said. “Patrick, David, and I are committed to making each of these happen to the best of our abilities within the 30-day timeframe.” The slate—in which second-year David Chen is running for vice president of Administration and first-year Patrick Ip for vice president of Student
Affairs—has also identified longer-term goals that range from the practical (more electrical outlets in Hutch, limiting the number of warning bells at closing time in the Reg) to the more broad (helping reform Advanced Residency tuition for graduate students, improving campus walkability through discussions with University-employed contractors). Nance conceded that some larger issues will take longer than Next Generation’s time in office, due to the complexity of a bureaucratic university, but said the slate would initiate SG involvement. Many of Next Generation’s campaign pledges involve technological advancements, like creating an online sports calendar and adding attendance and voting records to the SG Web site, on which it hopes to improve traffic. To accomplish this, the slate said it would bring in first-year Cyrus Eslami as technology specialist.
Eslami is running for vice president of Student Affairs for Delta Upsilon’s (DU) Moose Party; Nance is also a DU brother. “David, Patrick, and I have our own strengths ,but technology isn’t one of them,” Nance said. “So Cyrus is going to be sort of the right-hand man on a couple of these projects.” Nance said other individuals, mainly from SG but not acting in their SG capacities, would be asked to work through Next Generation on individual projects. “A lot of projects, if you place them at the top and all 17 of us [in College Council] are going to work on it—it can be very, very slow. You’re basically throwing it to a bureaucracy and watching it slowly turn through,” Nance said. Projects undertaken individually, he said, are often more successful. Nance used the restaurant discount program, a fall-quarter project by second-year College Council representative Chen Kuan, as an example. “They basically just hustled for three weekends and came back with 14 restaurants that want to give us discounts.” The slate told the Maroon that none of the initial projects in the 10-point plan would require SG approval. Its three candidates all have leadership and SG experience: Nance and Chen founded MoneyThink, a group that teaches financial responsibility to high school students, and Ip is the national director of Rethink Learning Now, a campaign for holistic education reform. Nance won a Truman Scholarship this month (awarded for leadership potential) and is the current undergraduate liaison to the Board of Trustees. All three serve or have served on College Council. —Asher Klein
Executive Slate: Moose Party Th e M o o s e Pa r t y , f r a t e r n i t y D e l t a Upsilon’s (D U) perennial slate, said it would advocate for a biodome protecting the school, with a surrounding moat and a dragon guarding the campus, if elected as Student Government’s cabinet. It would like the physical fitness test to be composed of beer pong, keg stands, and flip cup. The slate is composed of three D U brothers: Riley Heckel, a third-year running for president; Cyrus Eslami, a first-year running for vice president of Student Affairs; and Alex Casariego, a first-year running for vice president for Administration. The brothers, the latest in a long line of Moose Party slates that have lost the elections for 16 years running, said they run to make the debates more fun, not to win the elections. The Moose Party said it planned to give students what they want. “The way to go about inspiring that change is to take over Student Government and make it what it should be, which is beer for everyone,” Eslami said. The slate said they had gone around campus soliciting ideas for change from students and planned on implementing some of these suggestions, like having blueberry vodka come out of the water fountains. —Ella Christoph
Undergrad Liaison to the Board of Trustees Frank Alarcon First-year College Council representative Frank Alarcon is running a “pragmatic campaign” for undergraduate liaison to the Board of Trustees. Alarcon is basing his campaign on effectively gathering student sentiment and conveying that sentiment to the Board. In addition to expanding the visibility of the position on campus at open forums, Alarcon plans to speak with Board members beyond those on the Campus and Student Life Committee, currently the only committee the liaison sits on. He will also seek to educate the student body on both what is said at the meetings and what the roles of the Board and its student liaisons are, he said. “In my opinion, the liaison to the Board of Trustees is a reactive position. [Liaisons] are not student activists,” Alarcon said, referring to the perception some on campus have that the position is meant as a platform for liasons to air their issues to the Board of Trustees. In a March interview with the maroon, Andrew Alper (A.B. ’80, M.B.A. ’81) said the Board’s role is in setting long-term strategies and not day-to-day issues. Alarcon agreed, pointing out that the student liaisons serve at the pleasure of Board of Trustees. “The liaisons should never antagonize the Board...shouting is not in the best interest of the students,”
Rafael Menis he said. Nevertheless, Alarcon suggested the Board could hear more from the students and said he would try to communicate with the Board’s Campus Planning and Facilities, the Community and Civic Affairs committees, and with all 47 members at Board receptions. “The Board of Trustees definitely thinks long-term, but it also serves an influential role over short-term policies,” Alarcon said, noting overwhelming student sentiment on any issue would warrant Trustee involvement in some capacity or another. He cited February’s student arrest and the student reaction around it as an example of an issue on which the Trustees should have been briefed. —Asher Klein
David Akinin Second-year David Akinin plans to strengthen the role of undergraduate liaison to the Board of Trustees by increasing the presence of Student Government (SG) on campus and establishing a trusting relationship between student representatives and the Board if he is elected. Akinin said he plans to find a middle ground with the Board on issues like the U-Pass, which would allow students to
take the CTA for free. First, however, he said the position of the undergraduate liaison must be made more legitimate and influential. “We haven’t gained the trust of the Board of Trustees to even have a strong voice in the one committee we’re represented in,” Akinin said in a maroon interview. “My impact would be on developing that relationship and strengthening that voice so that, in the future, when our voices are really recognized by the Board of Trustees, they can actually be taken into consideration.” While Akinin says that he’s worked with past Liaisons, he criticized them for not bringing important student issues to the Board. Referring to the sexual harassment policy referendum and Palestinian/Israeli conflicts on campus, Akinin said, with “issues of this sort, if there’s a possibility to bring it to the Board of Trustees, I would have already tapped into it.” In addition to strengthening the Liaison’s relationship with the Board, Akinin plans to encourage student and SG interaction. Remarking that SG helps fund most events on campus, he said, “It wouldn’t hurt to have SG representatives talk about certain issues that are going on around campus at the beginning of the event, at the end of the event, [and] throughout the event, or at least have a presence [at the event].”
Third-year candidate for undergraduate liason to the Board of Trustees Rafael Menis said that, if elected, he would focus on bringing the student body together as a whole. Because the liaison is voted on by the entire student body— both undergraduates and graduate students— Menis believes the position should focus on the unification and desires of the full student body. “The campus at the present time, is somewhat lacking in a sense of community,” he said. He does not have specific issues that he aims on bringing to the Board of Trustees, but rather plans on talking with a wide cross section of students to determine what issues they would like raised with the board. He seeks to clarify methods of communication within SG, especially on their Web site, so students know how, and with whom, to raise concerns. While Menis said he is most interested in determining what issues the student body would like to raise with the Board, he said he would be interested in re-examining the Kalven Report. He said it can be interpreted to allow the University community increased input on what companies the University should invest in, without making changes to the report itself. Menis, who wears tie-dye every day, said he would continue to wear tie-dye but would adapt his attire for the meeting with the Board if necessary. “If need be, I’d be perfectly willing to tie-dye a suit,” he said.
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After WGSAP's push, disciplinary boards now undergo sensitivity training REFERENDUM continued from front page divisions like the Divinity School with a small faculty pool create conflicts of interest because the accused faces a panel of familiar professors. Carlson also cited a lack of uniform procedures and privacy concerns among the chief problems with the current policy. WG SAP advocates the creation of a pool of well-trained faculty from many departments that could be called to handle each case. The cases would also be centralized, making them more fair and no more expensive, Carlson said. The group achieved one of its major goals in the past year when the University implemented sensitivity training for faculty serving on the disciplinary boards, where they had received none before. â€œNo one understood why sexual assault cases are different than a normal case. A lot of people were handling it like it was a plagiarism case, which was totally different,â€? Carlson said. The sensitivity curriculum is almost completed. WGSAP, a group Carlson described as a â€œgrassroots, renegade RSO,â€? began work two and a half years ago in response to a 2007 sexual assault case at the University. After reading through a record of the proceedings, the student group saw a need
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for reform. â€œ[The case] was incredibly botched,â€? Carlson said. â€œA case should be prompt and equitable. It was neither.â€? Efforts by WGSAP and student support led to the creation of a review committee by the provost this year. Memb ers of WGSAP believe that another demonstrated show of student support of the referendum will lead to changes in the policy. â€œAsk the average person what happens when they file a sexual assault charge. They donâ€™t know,â€? Wagner said. With flyers and banners across campus as well as a Facebook campaign, WG SAP has encouraged students to consider the current system. Carlson said no student groups have stepped forward to oppose the changes, and first-year candidate for undergraduate liason to the Board of Trustees Frank Alarcon said he supports reform. â€œI dis agree that professors should b e in the business of determining what is and isnâ€™t sexual assault,â€? Alarcon said, adding that he is planning to vote no on the referendum. Even if WGSAP doesnâ€™t get a majority of the votes, it will continue to fight for sexual assault policy reform. â€œIf it doesnâ€™t get passed, we wonâ€™t give up,â€? Carlson said of the referendum.
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Student Government endorsements The MAROON endorses Next Generation, David Akinin, and supports changing the sexual assault policy Executive Slate Although there is only one competitive slate on this year’s Student Government (SG) ballot, the Maroon is confident that Next Generation will ably represent students’ concerns and institute a number of worthwhile changes on campus, and so the Maroon endorses Next Generation for Executive Slate. Next Generation consists of thirdyear candidate for president Greg Nance, second-year candidate for vice president of administration David Chen, and first-year candidate for vice president of student affairs Patrick Ip, who bring a wealth of SG experience to their ticket. Next Generation’s understanding of SG is apparent in its commonsense platform, which emphasizes small, practical reforms that will have a positive impact on student life at the U of C. As one example, organizing a pub crawl, which Next Generation promises to do within its first thirty days in office, will give a much needed shot-in-thearm to University nightlife. Similarly, their proposed expansion of the student discount program to restaurants in Chinatown and downtown would
encourage exploration of Chicago and seems practical, given that a more limited version of the program is already in effect. For those staying close to campus, Next Generation hopes to make late-night dining permanent. Not only would this fulfill a longstanding student demand for better food and social spaces at night, but it seems within reach after last week’s trial run of late-night dining in Hutch. Next Generation’s focus on the small-butconcrete is again evident in their pledge to bring back the UCPD’s bike registration program, which aids in recovering stolen bikes. Since this program has been available in the past, it shouldn’t be overly difficult to revive, and it offers a clear benefit to the Hyde Park community. However, the Maroon encourages Next Generation not to overemphasize matters of transparency and communication, which make up a large portion of their platform. While nobody opposes increased communication with student representatives, SG’s focus should be on getting things done; when students see regular evidence of SG’s impact on campus, they will want
to communicate with their student representatives, whether SG solicits such contacts or not. Ultimately, an SG slate is judged not by the number of office-hour sessions it offers each week, but by its ability to bring about substantive change, and on that count the Maroon is optimistic that by this time next year, Next Generation will be considered a success.
Undergraduate Liaison to the Board of Trustees For the office of undergraduate liaison to the board of trustees, the Maroon endorses second-year David Akinin. Akinin, who ran for the same position last year, showed a thorough understanding of the liaison’s somewhat limited role at trustee meetings and demonstrated a keen interest in SG affairs. Akinin has been active on a number of SG committees and has considerable knowledge of issues pertinent to the student body. The Maroon was impressed by Akinin’s ability to convey his ideas, and we expect that he will be a passionate and articulate voice for student concerns.
Sexual Assault Referendum On the sexual assault referendum, the Maroon strongly encourages students to vote against keeping the current policy. It makes no sense to place something as important as sexual assault allegations in the hands of the accused’s own department; doing so invites conflicts of interest and decentralizes a process that should be uniform across the University. In the future, however, more must be done to publicize such referenda and the pros and cons associated with a vote of “yes” or “no.” While the Working Group on the Sexual Assault Policy has done an admirable job conveying their particular position to the University community, few students understand the rationale behind the current policy and what—if anything—they stand to lose by altering it. SG, as a neutral party, could provide an outline of the benefits of voting “yes” and “no” and disseminate it with fliers, campus events, or an all-campus e-mail. Such steps would ensure that students are fully informed when they log on to cast their votes. —The MAROON Editorial Board consists of the Editor-in-Chief and Viewpoints Editors.
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Today students will begin voting in Student Government elections. By and large, such elections go hand-in-hand with apathy. But there is one thing on the ballot that deserves far more than the
Referendum 1 is a vote to change policy. The current system defies common sense, ensuring that sexual assault cases are adjudicated not necessarily by an impartial committee, but rather by faculty members exclusively from the accused’s own academic division. For this column, I spoke to Deputy Dean of Students Martina Munsters and Vice President and Dean of Students in the University Kim Goff-
Crews, both of whom declined to take a position on whether sexual assault discipline should be centralized—that is, whether Referendum 1 should be voted for or against. They said that their role was not to advocate for or against a policy change, but rather to support students and their process of creating the referendum. To the extent that they “argued” for the current policy, they
Law Professor Diane Wood, and Solicitor General Elena Kagan. The Times reasons that Garland, being the most conservative contender, is the safest choice, while Wood, being the most liberal, is the least confirmable; Kagan sits between the two. I hesitate to put very much stock in The Times’s decision to feature these three candidates as the supposed frontrunners, though, since there seems to be
no reasoning behind the newspaper’s decision to highlight them. It is more likely that the White House just leaked these names in order to appease whichever constituency will be dissatisfied by Obama’s eventual choice: For example, if he ends up nominating a moderate or conservative judge, progressives can cling to the fact that they were represented on the short list.
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usual indifference: Referendum 1, which would send a message to the administration that students do not accept the current, crucially flawed sexual assault disciplinary policy. The referendum is simple enough. It asks, “Should faculty from a student’s own unit sit on the disciplinary hearing board of a sexual assault case involving the student (as is currently the policy)?” A “no” vote on
To no one’s great surprise, Justice John Paul Stevens is retiring from the bench this year; more uncertain, however, is whom Obama will nominate to replace him. On the heels of health-care reform and serving as prologue to the midterm elections in
November, Obama’s nominee and his confirmation will prove to be an important test of his administration’s judicial philosophy and, of course, the Democratic leadership’s political will. Whom might the President nominate? Although the White House reports it is considering 10 names, The New York Times notes three frontrunners: D.C. Circuit Judge Merrick Garland, 7th Circuit Judge and University of Chicago
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Uncommon experience? The average prospie’s experience does not reflect life at the U of C By Alison Howard Viewpoints Columnist It’s prospie season, which means that this upcoming Thursday, campus will be overrun with high school seniors, some more eager than others, on a scale that may be inversely related to whether or not their parents are following closely behind. I understand that overrun is a pretty mean word to use (so, if you’re my prospie and you’re reading this: Sorry! Also, I’m sorry that I probably haven’t learned your name yet). But it’s not wholly unjustified. Several planeloads of prospective students swoop down for a short period, eat our food, sleep in our rooms, disrupt our lives, and leave like the wind, never to be seen or heard from again, except for maybe awkwardly around campus the following year. Yeah, that description of events was way overwrought. And I’m not even anti-prospie. I’m just afraid that the prospie experience doesn’t actually help prospies experience UChicago in an authentic way. I’m saying this as someone who has only ever been a prospie host, and never a prospie. As a member of the decidedto-come-here-at-the-last-minute variety, I
remember sending in my housing application on April 30th. I was swayed to come by the promise of derogatory T-shirts (I haven’t bought any yet) and Scav (I haven’t participated in that one either)— and I can’t imagine being anywhere else. I took a mostly uninformed gamble on this school, and I’m happy with how it turned out. Still, I don’t think I would recommend that approach to a current prospective student. I’ve heard that visiting a campus is the best way for a student to figure out where he or she wants to go. That’s why I’m consistently surprised by how some of my friends ended up here. Most of their stories simply involve being ignored by their hosts (sorry, my prospie!), but a few are really horrific. There’s even one that involves a spinning wheel. For every bad-prospie-experience story I’ve heard from a current student, I know at least one bad-prospie-experience-inflicted-on-a-prospie by a current student. My favorite is the kid who was so freaked out by the party going on in his host’s room that he took the bus to Northwestern to escape. Clearly, this is a cycle. People come here to stay even after they have an
Admins can’t defend current sexual assault procedures REFERENDUM continued from page 4 did so only in reporting others’ arguments. That’s what they told me, but my own view is that both administrators seriously blurred this line—the line between echoing others’ views and advocating their own—in many instances that I will highlight. Flaws with the status quo are not hard to find. Most fundamentally, the policy defies impartiality. In defense of the policy, Munsters said, “Faculty have [sic] a real st—involvement in a student.” What she was about to say instead of “involvement” was “stake.” She corrected herself, but was right the first time—faculty do have a stake in their students, and that’s exactly why those same faculty should not sit on a committee that helps determine students’ future at the U of C. It’s not hard to imagine a situation in which someone accused of sexual assault is not given impartial treatment by his own faculty. Consider a student who is exceptionally talented in his field; the loss of that student would be harmful to the academic division. Should the faculty that would bear some of that harm really be involved in that case? On that point, Goff- Crews told me, “Most faculty really want to do the right thing.” This is undoubtedly true, but GoffCrews is wrong when she says that this potential bias is “less of an issue when you’re actually in one of those cases than students think.” But just because faculty “want to do the right thing” doesn’t mean that hidden biases and potential conflicts of interest won’t affect how they view a case—or, ultimately, what they consider “the right thing” to be. The current policy was borne out of a committee from several years ago that determined that discipline should be handled within a specific department, the idea being that certain disciplinary issues ought to be dealt with differently depending on the context of a student’s academic division. An example of this, offered by Munsters, is plagiarism cases, where citation standards
awful time here. Also, awkward prospies are just as common as awkward students. The University seems to recognize this problem—that is, the potential lack of fun during April overnights—because P SAC (the student-run Prospective Students Advisory Committee) has organized a bunch of things for prospies to do. There’s the RSO fair, a variety show, a multicultural show, a movie, and even Capture the Flag on the quads. This multitude of simultaneous events is surprisingly realistic. Seriously, on any given weekday night, there really are that many activities to go and do (sadly enough, Capture the Flag is not a regular activity). But do most students participate in extracurriculars with that much intensity? No, not really. Unless I’m completely out of touch with the majority of undergraduates living in student housing here, on a normal Thursday night, a student will go to dinner, maybe to a club meeting, and will then go back to the dorm, or maybe the library, and try to do homework. Try is a key word in this sentence, because this trying will be full of wonderful procrastination brought on by housemates and friends—YouTube videos of bunnies
eating flowers, or Madonna music videos, impromptu karaoke (possibly to the aforementioned Madonna music video), innuendos found in class readings that must be shared, heated debates about the appropriate pronunciation of LOL (obviously it’s loll), unplanned cookie baking, and subsequent unplanned cookie-eating study breaks. I don’t think it’s unjustified to say that social life in the dorms revolves around study breaks, unplanned or otherwise, and I think it’s great. Nevertheless, these are difficult scenarios to enact if there are upwards of 30 prospies in your House, especially if each host doesn’t have the time or motivation to spend time with his or her prospie. In that case, all the prospies end up hanging out in the lounge, maybe watching a movie, playing a board game, or making small talk about how many APs they’re taking this year. Basically, if you’re a prospie: Be forgiving. Life at UChicago is, propaganda aside, awesome in the most fantastically nerdy way possible. And if you’re a host, for goodness’s sake, learn your prospie’s name. — Alison Howard is a second-year in the College majoring in English.
Based on record, Obama unlikely to nominate true liberal might be different across academic divisions, or where more leniency might be granted to a first-year in the College than a seasoned grad student. This might make good sense when it comes to academic issues like plagiarism, but how would differences in academic divisions affect how a sexual assault case should be handled? I asked Goff-Crews this question a couple of times, and all she could say was, “It can, but I can’t give a specific example.” Munsters was similarly stumped, failing to cite a single instance in which this might be the case. In an interview, Ursula Wagner—a secondyear student at the SSA, and a member of the Working Group on Sexual Assault Policy, which helped write the referendum—also pointed out how the current policy can compromise consistency. In one case before the Divinity School, Wagner said that committee members were “concerned about saving,” in a spiritual sense, the accused. As Wagner argues, this goal might be specific to the types of faculty who are part of the Div School, as compared to the faculty at, say, the business school. Regardless of the merits of such an approach, it should be applied consistently across all sexual assault cases. Moreover, there is real value to bringing perspectives from all different disciplines to any committee, instead of having members consist solely of professors from a single discipline. Wagner also contends that, in many cases, the current policy doesn’t allow for diversity among members of the disciplinary committees. In certain departments— the Physical Sciences Division, Wagner said, for example—finding enough female professors to ensure gender balance on the disciplinary committee is a real challenge. Th e a r g u m e n t s a g a i n s t t h e c u r r e n t policy are numerous and persuasive; the arguments in its favor are incoherent or nonexistent. It’s at once an easy choice a n d a n i m p o r t a n t o n e : Vo t e “ n o ” o n Referendum 1. —Matt Barnum is a fourth-year in the College majoring in Psychology.
SUPREME COURT continued from page 4 Unfortunately, the administration’s previous illiberal legal positions make this hypothesis sadly plausible, and a moderate or conservative nominee is thus most likely. On the issue of executive power, Obama has asserted the power to pre ventatively detain those “who cannot be prosecuted for past crimes,” but who are considered dangerous enough to merit imprisonment, without traditional court oversight. And on the social front, his administration has used weather-worn conservative arguments to fight equal marriage rights from gay couples in the courts. Consider that if Obama nominates a decidedly liberal candidate, she may rule against his administration’s arguments from the bench. No doubt this consideration enters his decision-making, just as it crossed President Bush’s mind in the height of executive excesses during the “War on Terror.” (Bush nominated Harriet Miers.) Equally worrisome is the Obama administration’s sluggishness in filling lower court vacancies: Out of 858 appeals and district court judgeships, 103 sit unfilled. A group of law professors, including the University of Chicago’s Geoffrey Stone, recently wrote to Obama about their “growing concern that [his] Administration must act with far more energy and dispatch in the vitally important task of nominating and confirming federal judges.” Despite GOP obstructionism in the Senate, they warned, “the successful management of the confirmation process is critical to the nation and, ultimately, is the White House’s responsibility.” (For comparison, Stone and his brethren point to the fact that Bush had appointed 89 judges at the same point in his presidency that Obama had only successfully appointed 43.) It may be too far to say that these gloomy observations suggest that Obama is uninterested in the health of the judiciary: After all, Obama may simply prioritize differently. Replacing Stevens with a bona fide liberal is not important because of some contrived
scheme to achieve parity between liberals and conservatives in the judiciary. For example, when 9th Circuit Judge Jay Bybee, known for his role in the Bush Era torture memos, was nominated and confirmed to the bench in 2003, Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) explained that “[t]he 9th Circuit is by far the most liberal court in the country. . .and therefore. . .Bybee will provide some balance.” Rather, Stevens must be replaced by a bona fide liberal because the Supreme Court has become reactionary and must be tempered in several important future cases. Citizens United certainly comes to mind. Whatever response Democratic legislators manage to pass to salvage regulation of corporate political expenditures, if they do so at all, it will undoubtedly meet court review. Equally important on future dockets is Perry v. Schwarzenegger, a challenge to California’s Proposition 8 last year. It will be appealed to the Supreme Court, where the justices’ ruling may set back—or advance—the marriage equality movement a decade. The Supreme Court will also hear conservatives’ eventual challenge to the constitutionality of the Democrats’ healthcare reform package. Heralding trumpets notwithstanding, Obama’s election and its concomitant Democratic legislative majority did not automatically mean a return to the rule of law. Even if he were wholly concerned with the legality of his administration’s policies—a fantasy, really—his judicial nominations would be among his most important presidential duties. But, since he has instead continued the lawbreaking of the Bush era, the courts are his only impediment—and thus are our last resort. The seat warmed by John Paul Stevens and William Douglas deserves a legitimate lib eral, not one who will roll over at whatever executiveprivilege claim the Obama administration argues is legal. —Andrew Thornton is a third-year in the College majoring in Philosophy.
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New Work Week puts student writing on stage
First-year Graham Albachten and fourth-year Alli Urbanik perform “Limbs and Lungs” during New Work Week 2010. ALEX GLECKMAN/MAROON
By Yasmeen Hussain Voices Drama Queen In the past week, aspiring writers, directors, and actors have engaged in New Wo r k We e k , p r e s e n t e d b y U n i v e r s i t y Theater (UT) and TAPS. Containing mostly original scripts composed by students, it featured a diverse array of genres ranging from drama to comedy, and included everything in between. From viewing several of last week’s plays, one thing became clear: There is a plethora of talent among our college’s writers, directors, actors, and
stage crew. One of the student playwrights, thirdyear Nick Currie, commented upon the source of inspiration for his play, March Rose: “This particular play was inspired by a story someone told me years ago, and it’s a story I’ve been trying to tell, to make my own since then,” he said. “The characters and setting were always there, but the question was how I wanted to tell the story—what the narrative needed to look like, what kind of meaning I wanted the events of the story to bring out, how to use the language of the characters and their
interpersonal dynamics to speed the plot.” Though the ideas may have been incubating in the minds of the playwrights for some time, the speediness of the productions’ development demands that the actors, directors, and stage crew collaborate at all times. First-year Ted Gold sheds some light on the experience of New Work Week, noting that “there’s the distinct possibility that you have the show rewritten out from under you over the course of rehearsals. But since you always have the scripts while onstage, who cares?” Currie also discussed how his play had a tendency to develop during the simultaneous writing/staging process. “[The play] sort of developed over time —it’s gone through a lot of variations and versions before I decided to tell the story this particular way... That’s part of what’s great about New Work Week: It shows you the possibilities your play has yet to explore, and reminds you that really, you’re never finished. And that that’s a good thing, and an exciting thing.” When his production was finally pre sented to the public, Currie couldn’t help but feel jittery. “Watching it as the playwright meant a lot of mixed feelings. There were moments where I was just so captivated by what was happening—laughing, like you said, but also sitting with my hand on my face and my mouth open, leaning forward and holding my breath—where I almost forgot I had written those words.” Gold feels a similar rush when acting onstage. “There’s the basic pleasure you get from pretending to be somewhere
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Million Dollar Quartet goes for broke with shallow nostalgia By Jonathan Grabinsky Voices Boy Named Sue It is December 3, 1956. Four of the greatest innovators in music are put together in a studio to combine their talents. Million Dollar Quartet, currently showing at the Apollo Theatre, combines musical theater with rock ‘n’ roll and centers around this exceptional artistic collaboration.
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Apollo Theater Through September 5
The show promises a journey back into an historical moment when four country boys, during the escalation of their musical careers, united in a spontaneous recording session in the storefront studio of Sun Records in Memphis, TN. Record producer Sam Phillips combined the talents of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash, which the production accurately calls “the greatest rock jam sessions of all time.” I expected the performance to be a nostalgic experience—a voyage away from contemporary concerns to the conservative and more rural world that Carl Perkins’s “Blue Suede Shoes” and Jerry Lee Lewis’s “Great Balls of Fire” burst into. I expected a piece of theater that would explore the complexities and tensions of the ’50s, juxtaposed with each of the
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Symposium probes Chicago’s poetic tradition By Rob Underwood Voices Snaps When I first walked into the Special Collections Research Center at the Regenstein Library for the Chicago Poetry Symposium last Saturday, I got the impression of a quietly reflective attitude throughout the room—a disposition born, no doubt, out of the dialogues which took place there. The first Symposium took place in 2008, and it has striven ever since to bring consistently engaging speakers each year to discuss a variety of themes, which was certainly the case for this year’s event. David Pavelich, the bibliographer for “Modern Poetry” at the University library, introduced the event as he has in the past, giving some substantive background information of the event and a foreword to the topics of the day. For the rest of the afternoon, a mix of professors, graduate students, and writers discussed four poets and editors from Chicago history: Sterling Plumpp, Alice Notley, Margaret Anderson, and Henry Rago. It is this focus on Chicago-rooted poetic creation of varying sorts that gives the Symposium a unique significance within the university, not least because one of the subjects under discussion, Rago, was himself a professor here in the Divinity School and New Collegiate Division. Two different speakers (Al Filreis, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and Don Share, senior editor of Poetry Magazine) gave talks on Rago, making specific men-
tion of his dual standing as University of Chicago professor and contributor to and editor of Poetry Magazine during the ’50s and ’60s. Aside from the actual content of the talks, this portion of the afternoon shed light on the University’s role in shaping a poetic culture in the city, and how the city itself can take part. Extending the thematic scope beyond the University, the event included two talks on editors of Chicago literary magazines: Margaret Anderson (editor of The Little Review from 1914–1929, discussed by Nancy Kuhl) and Alice Notley (editor of Chicago magazine from 1972–1973, discussed by Stephanie Anderson). Both speakers emphasized the dual role each editor had as both an objective art critic and someone able to shape the entire magazine itself into a work of art. Once again, it was not only the specific details regarding these editors that were of value, but also the wider historical context within which they operated. Both women had considerable influence in the art world while they were active, and Anderson’s work in particular is widely seen as some of the most important of the century—James Joyce’s Ulysses, for example, was serialized in The Little Review during her tenure as editor. Going further afield, the discussion on Sterling Plumpp, a Mississippi-born poet and former University of Illinois professor, stepped outside the boundaries of the city into the country at large. Focusing on the dual environments of Chicago and Mississippi in Plumpp’s work, instructor
Stephanie Anderson (left) and Nancy Kuhl (right) answer questions during the Chicago Poetry Symposium at the Special Collections Research Center in the Regenstein on Saturday. MATT BOGEN/MAROON
Garin Cycholl showed how even within the apparently broad context of a city or state, geographical designations in America break down in a number of ways that demand consideration of a more national context. The methodical arrangement of the afternoon, which covered three ever-widening social contexts in which to consider these writers, was the main strength of the event. In addition to the assorted historical
points made earlier, the format of the event allowed it to pass not as if I were listening to a lecture, but rather like I was watching what itself was an intentional work, similar to the poetry and magazines discussed. As a first-time attendee, I cannot say whether this organizational dimension is a staple of the event, but as long as the poetry symposium maintains this structure, it ought to remain an influential center for poetic dialogue and conversation on campus.
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This Quartet’s a couple bucks short MILLION continued from page 7 performers’ internal, more obscure struggles. But director Eric Schaeffer and writer-director Floyd Mutrux decided not to examine the issues buried underneath Elvis’ hair gel or the pain hidden in Johnny Cash’s aching throat. It's like taking the meaning out of the color in Pleasantville. They oversaw the “recording studio” as a potential setting for tension, ego clashes, and character disclosures. The plot is not completely without tension, though. We do see Sam Phillips confront Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, and Carl Perkins as they reveal to him their decision to sign on to more “mainstream” record labels. And we also see the conflict that develops as the young, still unknown Jerry Lee Lewis attempts to show off his talent to the other “rising stars.” Nonetheless, the tension is often predictable, underdeveloped, and is either unsatisfactorily resolved or unconvincingly ushered out through the sudden beginning of a musical piece. The acting and musical performances aren’t those of a good imitation group either. Perhaps the play’s greatest sin is that of David Lago’s imitation of “The King.” Lago’s representation of Elvis Presley is childish, as opposed to suave, with his facial and corporeal expressions seeming agitated and weird, rather than sexy and smooth. He appears small and hyperactive when he should be confident. Not even his final rendition of “Hound Dog” saves him from butchering the image of “the Boy from Tupelo.” While Lance Lipinsky as Jerry Lee Lewis and Gabe Bowling as Carl Perkins are talented musicians, their acting is merely passable and far from extraordinary. Perhaps what keeps the show from sinking is Sean Sullivan’s representation of Johnny Cash. His presence is sober and his dialogue modest, but his talent automatically draws his authority on stage. I could not help but feeling the bittersweet, stinging sentiment of Cash’s music as Sullivan sang to the chords of “I Walk The Line.” Bravo to Sullivan for being talented enough to portray a Cash who transcends the restrictions of the mediocre writing. At the end of the show, when the Million Dollar Quartet gives its “live concert,” the production’s gray-haired audience suddenly begin to scream, sing, dance, and do all types of awkward, potentially hazardous motions. Rock ’n’ roll becomes the “idol” that it once was, and the pulsing world of the ’50s comes alive in the theater. The devil of rock and roll is alive again, and the near-insane audience reaction makes the whole place vibrate. As promised, the Million Dollar Quartet does revive rock ’n’ roll—but the revival is long and painful. The last three songs efficiently portray the catharsis of the “greatest gig of rock ’n’ roll,” but the climax of the show comes at the end and, in my opinion, way too late.
Bottom left: Dyanne (Kelly Lamont) bids the audience a soulful adieu. Bottom right: Jerry Lee Lewis (Lance Lipinsky) gives audience member his best Blue Steel. Top: Jerry Lee gets a little help from his friends. COURTESY OF MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
UT/TAPS presents week-long showcase of creative collaborations NEW WORK WEEK continued from page 7 else. People have spent years of their lives talking about the ‘best’ way of acting, but it comes down to this: You’re being given license, as an adult, to play make-believe onstage. That’s awesome.” The creative process was empowering, but also constantly evolving, and there were times when nothing was as it
seemed. “It’s so different than when I sat down and wrote it,” Currie said of his play. “You get surprised by what’s powerful onstage. And likewise you see where you’ve gone too far, or not far enough. There’s only so much you can do at your desk on your own; sooner or later you have to give it over to someone else to make sense of. But I was able to watch the play and remember why I wrote it,
and that’s really important as well.” Gold kept the spirit of New Work Week in perspective. “By all accounts, this year was pretty high quality, so count the blessings, no?” Everything wasn’t always perfect, but that wasn’t a concern. “It really comes down to this: it’s a show,” he said. “Shows need to be worked on.” UT/TAPS’s annual New Work Week provides the opportunity for aspiring novice
playwrights to take their ideas and thoughts and share them aloud. It gives them a fresh perspective on what needs to be changed, improved, or kept intact. Meanwhile, actors are given the flexibility to toy with the writer’s words. Finally—what is the best part for the rest of us—we the audience are allowed a glimpse inside the workings of a creative master’s mind.
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by Jessica Hester
At last, museums put fashion on a pedestal Visitors to the Chic Chicago exhibition at the Chicago History Museum last year left certain that the 60 couture creations on display were brilliant works of art. The heavy, intricate gowns, slinky, body-hugging evening dresses, and prim-and-trim suits were all inventive, masterfully made, and beautiful—much like a great painting. These clothes weren’t just fashion-forward; they were selected to communicate certain messages about culture and sophistication that contradicted stereotypes of Chicago as a relentlessly brutal and industrial city. As women in Chicago changed their clothes, they tried to change their image, along with that of Chicago at large. It seems that an increasing number of museums are paying homage to fashion’s artistic side, staging exhibitions of textile collections or fashion photographs. But it’s not all about aesthetics: Even as patrons delight in the visual beauty of the objects on display, they’re reminded of fashion’s contributions to cultural identity at large. In 2006, Italian designer Valentino, hailed
as fashion’s “Last Emperor,” displayed the treasures of his reign in an end-of-career exhibition at the Ara Pacis Museum in Rome. Processions of mannequins clothed in Valentino’s signature glamorous evening gowns stretched their arms toward the Altar of Peace, built for emperor Augustus between 13 and 9 BC. As they glorified the famous relief housed in the museum, the beautifully bedecked mannequins also celebrated fashion’s grandiosity. At the same time, the exhibition marked a kind of reclamation of the place of Italian design in the worldwide fashion market, now no longer dominated by designers with the same kind of craftsmanship Valentino spent decades honing. While the exhibition was a celebration of the designer’s life work, it was also a reaffirmation of the endurance of Italian design. Similarly, a number of museums here in the U.S. have recently shown retrospectives of fashion photography that acknowledge the medium’s symbiotic relationship with fine art. Last fall, the newly reopened
Detroit Institute of Art featured a massive exhibition of Richard Avedon’s seminal photographs. Over the span of his 60-year career, Avedon shot aspirational images that promoted cultural rehabilitation after World War II, celebrated the civil rights movement by being one of the first fashion photographers to cast models of color, and ended the era of the static fashion photo, posing models in dynamic scenes that took inspiration from circus performers and featured imaginative storylines. Despite his avant-garde approach to fashion shoots, Avedon’s photographs reveal a relationship with more mainstream art historical trends. His technique of cropping an image to reveal the accoutrements of the fashion shoot—the lights, the backdrop, the equipment—is the kind of attention to medium that characterized much of the art of the modernist period. His images, which featured the “jumping model” pose that is now ubiquitous in the pages of fashion magazines, emphasized that the culture was in flux, as well.
This summer, the Costume Institute at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum of Art will share their collections to present two shows that illustrate fashion’s artistic and cultural aspects. The exhibitions American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity and American High Style: Fashioning a National Collection (opening May 5 and May 7, respectively) will both focus on clothing as a way to explore the contributions of women in social movements. The exhibitions will analyze the getups of suffragettes, bohemians, screen goddesses, and other American feminine tropes as a way of investigating how women’s changing standards of dress corresponded to their changing domestic, legal, and professional roles and opportunities. While it’s true that the clothes don’t make the man, fashion is inextricably involved with shifting cultural norms and, like many works of art, helps investigate— and construct—identities, both personal and national.
Liszt Into Spring! University Symphony Orchestra Barbara Schubert, Conductor featuring piano soloist Alice Chen, ﬁrst place winner of the 2010 Concerto Competition
Saturday, April 24 • 8 pm Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th Street Donations requested: $10 general /$5 students Franz Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-ﬂat Major, Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, and more! event hotline: 773.702.8069 • music.uchicago.edu Persons who need assistance should call 773.702.8484.
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CHICAGO MAROON | SPORTS | April 20, 2010
At UAAs, Chicago men expect three-way race with Emory, Wash U
Maroons defeat Emory in UAA championship, bringing an end to Eagles’ 22-year win streak
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fi rst-years Chris Cheng and Eric Villhauer in the 3000-meter run, 800-meter run, and javelin, respectively. The 400-meter relay, consisting of fourth-years Blake Obuchowski, Patrick Offner, Bill Cheng, and first-year Dee Brizzolara, took first place as well. “Outdoor is a weird season in that we only have three meets leading up to the conference championship, whereas in indoor we had six or seven,” Ray explained. “Especially with throwing, it takes a while to get back into the groove of throwing the different outdoor events (hammer, discus, and weight).” Ray, however, was pleased with the day’s results. “I think our team did an excellent job. It was nice going against Wash U and seeing what they were made of,” she said. “And of course it’s always nice winning meets!” In terms of the season overall, however, this meet was less important than the end goal. “I didn’t race a number of people last weekend in preparation for the UAAs,” Hall said. These included third-years Liz Lawton and Brian Andreycak, who should benefit from the rest. This kind of strategy at this point in a season is fairly typical for the track team. The runners are tapering in practice in order to reach maximum potential in the coming weeks. “Basically, we want to reap the benefits of a lot of hard work by maintaining fitness and freshening up,” Hall said. “We have switched to lighter explosive power lifts rather than high-intensity and difficult lifting [this week],” Ray said. This training strategy will hopefully mean a slew of new qualifiers for the upcoming nationals meet.
When asked about NCAA qualifiers, however, Hall was quick to draw the focus back to the team as a whole. “Our focus at the UAA meet will not be on national-qualifying performances, but on competing to win the meet,” he said. “We do have several qualifiers already and expect more will occur at UAAs. But [we] will be focusing on the NCAAs after this weekend.” For the women, this means looking to repeat their results from the indoor season, and Hall predicts that their greatest competition will come from Emory. While they defeated Emory last quarter at the indoor UAAs, the Maroons won by just 13 points. In outdoor, different events are scored than in indoor, which could or could not be to their advantage. The men, on the other hand, have a difficult challenge ahead of them, Hall predicts. “Our men’s team will be in a three-team battle with Wash U as the favorite, and ourselves and Emory very close together,” he said. Looking back to indoor UAAs as an indicator, they came in second, 27 points behind Wash U and five points ahead of Emory. Other recent Maroon success will serve as inspiration: “Our teams will recognize everything they [women’s tennis] have accomplished and try to live up to the success they had,” Hall added. Ray has high hopes for the competition. “I think big things will are going to happen in St. Louis,” she said. She’ll be sure to be wearing her lucky headband: “I wouldn’t let anything fly from my hand without it,” she said. The men’s and women’s teams will head to Wash U this weekend to compete in the UAAs.
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meeting of the UAA’s pair of national powerhouses, the Chicago-Emory final was not a foregone conclusion—until the teams took the court Friday night. The top seed in the tournament, Emory made quick work of NYU in the first round, winning 5–0 before beating Rochester 6–0. None of the Eagles’ singles matches went past the second set, and none of their doubles opponents won more than four games. Second-seeded Chicago looked to keep stride with the Eagles. After besting Case 5–0 in the first round, the Maroons topped 10th-ranked Carnegie 6–0 to reach Sunday’s final. “We had a slow start in doubles against Case—and that was to be expected, the first couple of minutes playing the UAA tournament—but we got some momentum,” Perry said. “Against Carnegie, we came out strong start to finish...We brought our A-game that day.” The tournament, which took place at the Paramount Tennis Club, 40 minutes south of host Case because of rain and cold weather throughout the weekend, threw the squads a curveball Saturday night, switching the match’s format to play singles first due to scheduling conflicts with private users on the indoor courts. Shuffled rosters for both Emory and Chicago meant some new matchups from the last time out, when Emory won 6–3. The Eagles’ Zahra Dawson played first singles, switching with defending NCAA champion Lorne McManigle, while the fourth and fifth players swapped, as well. Chicago shuffled the bottom five spots of
its singles lineup, meaning that only one of the singles matches was a repeat of February’s meeting. The Maroons took control of the match early, winning the first set in each of the top five singles matches. That advantage set up straight-set wins at first through fourth singles to hand Chicago a 4–2 lead heading into doubles competition. Playing against a large deficit, however, the Eagles kept the Maroons sweating by taking early leads in all three doubles matches. “There was a point where everybody was like, ‘They [the Eagles] could actually come back,’” Kung said. The Maroons did more than breath a sigh of relief when second-years Carmen Vaca Guzman and Aswini Krishnan clinched the title by winning 8–6 at third doubles. “We just held our breath and waited,” Kung said of the moments immediately after the match had finished. “Then I think all of us just started screaming and jumping. I think it took longer for [Vaca Guzman and Krishnan] to realize that they clinched...and then they saw everyone else rushing onto the court.” The win for the Maroons, which took place on the same weekend as secondranked Williams upset top-ranked Amherst, confirms the squad’s status as a top contender in the NCAA tournament May 28 to 30 in VA. “We’re going to be somewhere in the top three,” Perry said. “We’ve just got to make sure we’re ready for Regionals. [We have to] take it one step at a time, like we’ve been doing all year, and not worry about Virginia yet.”
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CHICAGO MAROON | SPORTS | April 20, 2010
Maroons blast Lawrence in doubleheader sweep By Matt Tyndale MAROON Staff As the weather warms up, Chicago is heating things up in the softball diamond. On Sunday, the Maroons (19–8–1) traveled to Appleton, WI, to take on Lawrence University (13–9) in a doubleheader, only to rout them by a combined score of 15–2, including an 8–0 shutout. “We finally realized our potential,“ fourthyear Kathleen Duffy said. “We practiced more in-game situations.” After a scoreless first inning in game one, the Maroons opened up the second with three consecutive doubles by Duffy and fellow fourth-year Lauren White and first-year Vicky Tomaka. Chicago led 3–0 heading into the fifth, when a combination of high-powered hitting and Lawrence fielding mistakes blew the game open. The Maroons recorded five unearned runs and three hits to go up 8–0, demolishing the Vikings. But the real story was Chicago’s outstanding pitching and defensive play. They gave up only one hit and committed only one error during the doubleheader. “Our pitching was solid and our defense backed it up,” head coach Ruth Kmak said. “We hit the ball hard in batches together instead of scattering hits on offense. Mostly, we put two wins together in a sweep when we needed to.” In game two, the Maroons returned to their more characteristic explosive offense, but they also exhibited some clutch defense. While giving up seven hits, the Maroons
managed to hold the Vikings to only two runs. They posted seven themselves in this second dismantling of Lawrence, this time by a score of 7–2. Early in the game, with Chicago holding a precarious 5–1 lead in the bottom of the third, Lawrence seemed primed for a comeback with three runners on base and no outs. But the Maroons’ strong pitching and resurgent defense recorded two pop-fly outs and a strikeout to maintain their dominant position. Lawrence was unable to recover. The Maroons have now posted a 7–3 record over their last 10 games. During that span, the Maroons posted three shutouts and have held all but three opponents to two runs or less. This comes immediately after an eight-game stretch where the Maroons struggled with a 3–4–1 mark, mainly the result of defensive struggles. But it appears that these problems at defense have finally been rectified. This recent trend suggests that the Maroons have rediscovered the swagger that propelled them to open their season 9–1 over spring break in sunny Florida and snag an early national ranking. “We have been focusing on the little things we need to improve to win the tight games,” Kmak continued. “[These are] things like more aggressive base -running, working together with improved communication on defense, executing our offense, and the intangibles, which are most important.” The Maroons return to action Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Stagg Field in another doubleheader, this time against Aurora.
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IN QUOTES “He accidentally vomited. He put his hand in front of his mouth and vomited on the person in front of him, the wrong person.”
—Dave Clemmens, the uncle of a spectator who is alleged to have intentionally vomited on an off-duty police officer and his 11-year-old daughter during last Wednesday’s Phillies game.
CHAMPIONS Maroons capture first place at UAAs By Jake Grubman MAROON Staff
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Head coach Marty Perry and his women’s tennis squad had tried everything to get ready for their matches against Emory. The result: four straight losses over the past 13 months. This weekend, the Maroons finally solved the Emory puzzle, winning 5–3 in Sunday’s UAA Championship match to end the Eagles’ 22-year UAA title streak and bring home Chicago’s first conference championship. “I think we’ve done the nervous thing, we’ve done the ‘get pumped up’ thing, and nothing worked,” Perry said. “We made a pact with ourselves to put it all on the line, to play hard, to put the blinders on and not really think about anything but our match, and that’s kind of what we did. We didn’t get excited, we didn’t get scared; it was just one of those days.” After storming past Case and Carnegie on the first two days of the tournament, the Maroons toppled rival Emory—finally—to capture the first UAA Championship in the
program’s history. “I’m still having a hard time believing we did it,” second-year Jennifer Kung said. “I think a lot of us are still in shock.” The match was over a year in the making: It was March 29, 2009, when Emory first defeated the newest incarnation of the Maroons’ squad. The two teams met three more times over the last year, each one ending in an Emory victory. Heading into Sunday’s UAA final, the Eagles held an 11–0 record against Chicago all-time and had never lost the UAA Championship in the conference’s 22-year history. “They’re very talented, they bring in good players every year, they’re very well coached,” Perry said of Emory, “and they play with confidence. Rarely do you see them get tight because they’ve been there. They’ve won a lot of championships, and that’s what we’re trying to get to. We want to play with the confidence that they play with. “It took a while to figure it out, but they’re a good team, and this is an exciting win for everyone.” While both squads looked forward to Sunday’s potential
WOMEN’S TENNIS UAA CHAMPIONSHIP FRIDAY QUARTERFINALS CHICAGO 5 CASE 0 After falling behind early in doubles, the Maroons came back to sweep pairs play and two straight-set singles matches.
SATURDAY SEMIFINALS CHICAGO 6 CARNEGIE 0 The 10th-ranked Tartans came no closer than 8–5 in doubles and only one of three completed singles matches went to three sets.
SUNDAY FINALS CHICAGO 5 EMORY 3 Playing singles before doubles, Chicago won the first four singles matches in straight sets, then won third doubles to clinch the title.
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Chicago hits top gear in conference championship lead-up By Will Fallon Sports Editor
Fourth-year Bill Cheng sprints at the Chicagoland Championships at Haydon Track. Cheng was part of the Chicago team that won the 400-meter relay at Saturday’s Wheaton Invite. DARREN LEOW/MAROON
The time for mistakes is over. Last Saturday at Wheaton the Chicago track and field team had their final meet before heading to UAAs. Despite competing with with their focus on this weekend’s championship meet, the Maroons still came away with favorable results. The women took first, defeating Illinois Wesleyan University and North Central College, while the men finished third behind North Central and Central Colleges. “[I] feel very good about the meet,” head coach Chris Hall said. “We did not enter to do well as a team with UAAs a week away, and still won the women’s meet over the team we tied with for fourth in the country in the indoor season [Illinois Wesleyan].” Not only that, but both the men and women had several provisional qualifiers. For the Lady Maroons, fourth-year Claire Ray led the team with three first-place finishes in shot put, discus, and hammer throw. Fourth-year Nicole Murphy followed close behind in both shot put and discus. Both Ray and Murphy achieved distances good enough to provisionally qualify for
Nationals later on this season. Third-years Dipti Karmaker and Stephanie Omueti also qualified for triple jump and the 200-meter dash. Additionally, third-year Lizzy Bright turned in a solid first place performance in the 3000-meter run, a race not held at nationals. The men were led by the gargantuan leaps of third-year Drew Jackson. Not only did he post a long enough distance to qualify for nationals with his first-place jump, he was declared UAA Athlete of the Week. Following his lead were three other first-place finishes by second-year Mahmoud Bahrani and
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CA LEN DA R Tuesday
•Baseball @ Rockford (DH), 2 p.m. •Softball vs. Aurora (DH), 3 p.m.
•Baseball @ North Central, 3 p.m.
Friday •Men’s Tennis @ UAA Championships
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