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MAY 11, 2010

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SCAV HUNT

LAW SCHOOL

And four makes it a dynasty

Obama taps former professor Elena Kagan for Supreme Court By Crystal Tsoi News Staff

Third-year Christina Daly, dressed as Skeletor, prepares to complete a road trip item (no. 93) on I-90 next to the world's largest tire for the Max P. Scav team. For more photos from Scav, see pages 6 and 7. TOM TIAN/MAROON

By Asher Klein News Editor Even before the winner was declared, this year’s Scav Hunt was going to be memorable. One team’s namesake died the day Scav began; it was the first competition for South Campus, a potential powerhouse; and even President Zimmer got involved, trying his hand at snowball fighting. Teams raced books on two-hour reserve as far from the Reg as they could—without using a car. They made plasma in a mason jar and cut through knives with butter.

They brought a piece of Hell back from Pennsylvania. Four produced Stradivariuses. One took a flamethrower to a straw goat. But in the end, it was Snell– Hitchcock’s victory that stole the limelight. With just over one hundred more points than their competitors, the team was crowned the winner for the fourth time running, the first such dynasty in 24 years of hunting. Fourth-year Jordan Phillips, a captain for Snell-Hitchcock (Snitchcock), said the achievement felt “pretty fucking great.” Snitchcock has won or tied 12

times since the competition began in 1987 (including one win-bydisqualification, in 1997), winning on average two of three since 1993, which was the beginning of the only other three-peat in Scav history. “It’s such a big community accomplishment. It just feels really thrilling to be part of that and to feel at least partially responsible for that success,” said Phillips, who has never lost a Scav Hunt. Snitchcock “put in a remarkable effort,” according to fourth-year and Head Judge Emily Watkins, who credited the victory to consistently

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Though John Paul Stevens (A.B. ‘41) is retiring from the Supreme Court next month, there may still be a former Hyde Parker on the bench next fall. Former U of C Law School professor and U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan was nominated to the Court Monday morning by President Barack Obama. Kagan served as an assistant professor at the Law School from 1991 until 1995, overlapping with Obama’s tenure there. She was appointed to a full professorship in 1995, but took a leave of absence to join the Clinton Administration’s White House legal team. Known for her scholarship on the First Amendment, Kagan published articles such as “Regulation of Hate Speech and Pornography after R.A.V.” and “Private Speech, Public Purpose: The Role of Governmental Motive in First Amendment Doctrine” during her time at the Law School. These publications will likely come under scrutiny during her confirmation hearings in the Senate, since Kagan has never served as a judge before, meaning relatively little is publicly known about her legal philosophy. According to her former Law School colleagues, Kagan has the qualities of a great justice. “Elena is a resolutely non-ideological person,” Law School professor David Strauss said in an e-mail interview. “She is great at asking hard questions. She does not approach issues with preconceived views; she tries to figure things out. She is practical and tough-minded.” Law School professor and former provost Goeffrey Stone touted Kagan’s academic excellence. “Elena quickly

established herself as a brilliant teacher, focusing particularly in the areas of constitutional and administrative law,” Stone said in a press release. “In the classroom, she was tough, sharp, and incisive. The students loved her classes.” Stone was also dean of the Law School during some of Kagan’s time at the University. Current Dean Michael Schill knew Kagan as an undergraduate. “I have known Elena Kagan for almost 30 years—first as a fellow student at Princeton, then as a faculty member and dean. I believe she has all of the

Elena Kagan was an associate professor at the Law School from 1991-97. COURTESY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO

qualities of mind and temperament to make a spectacular justice of the Supreme Court. I am also proud that her career as a scholar was formed at the University of Chicago Law School. No other school in the nation trains the mind like ours,” Schill said in the same press release.

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STUDENT LIFE

DISCOURSE

Summer Breeze tickets for sale online in SG pilot program

Jane Goodall brings ape activism to campus

By Will Sims News Staff Summer Breeze tickets are available for the first time on a revamped uBazaar, a Student Government (SG) website that it hopes will turn into a platform for Houses and RSOs to sell merchandise and more. The website, ubazaar.uchicago.edu, allows students to purchase tickets by credit card and pick up them up at will call the day of the event. The Major Activities Board (MAB) allocated 400 Summer Breeze tickets for online sales, which began Wednesday. “It’s kind of a trial run for now,” second-year MAB Marketing Representative Sam Abbott said. “We hope to be able to use uBazaar more in the future if this goes well.” For fourth-year Chris Williams, the outgoing SG vice president for student affairs and uBazaar point-person, “the idea seemed an obvious one.”

With the website, Houses and RSOs will be able to sell merchandise and event tickets to both students and alumni, eliminating the need for tabling in the Reynolds Club, Williams said. “We are piloting it with MAB’s Summer Breeze and a few other organizations, as we work out the kinks and plan for a system where multiple RSOs are using uBazaar simultaneously,” he said. Whether it will get to that point depends on how Summer Breeze tickets sell, and if they can be easily distributed to students, Williams said. Around 100 tickets have been sold so far, Williams said, and an e-mail will soon be sent to the U of C community letting them know tickets are available online. Although SG created uBazaar in 2008, when it was used to sell Summer Breeze tickets, the site was abandoned for technical reasons. “Going into this year, I set uBazaar as a priority for our slate to get restarted,” Williams said.

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By Adam Janofsky Associate News Editor

At Rockefeller Chapel Friday evening, Primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall speaks next to her friend, Mr. H Jr., about preserving the environment. EMILY LO/MAROON

Internationally renowned primate researcher and environmental activist Jane Goodall spoke to a packed Rockefeller Chapel Friday about the need to stop “battling” our planet. Goodall described her conservation work with animals and her work with degraded forests in central Africa. She also discussed her early fascination with animals and reflected on her first experiences in Africa exactly 50 years ago. “I fell passionately in love with Tarzan,” Goodall said of her favorite childhood book, which opened her eyes to animals. “And what does he do? He goes for that other wimpy Jane.” Goodall spent her early 20s researching in Africa, where she managed to overcome two big obstacles: She had no degree and was female in a maledominated field. “I was the wrong sex,” she said, adding that it didn’t stop her from taking a boat from England to

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By Stacey Kirkpatrick News Staff Graduate students have lately found out that academic jobs have thinned out with the recession. Lucky for them, Career Advising and Planning Services (CAP S) has of late been offering more career workshops and programs to prepare graduate students for entering the workplace and aid them in the financial struggles that some face on the way. CAP S and the Office of Graduate Student Affairs will begin administering graduate exit surveys this year that will help assess grad studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; preparedness for the job market. These types of surveys are now in place in the College, but with graduate students, â&#x20AC;&#x153;this type of data collection has been hard to collect because of the decentralized nature of the graduate division,â&#x20AC;? said Heather Sevener, CAPSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; s associate director of Graduate Services. A professional workshop series was created this year to help students acquire skills like networking. The workshops teach students â&#x20AC;&#x153;how to work the roomâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;how to give an elevator version or quick and effective spiel of a proposal,â&#x20AC;? said Brooke Noonan, director of Graduate Student Affairs. In addition, CAP S held GradUCon, a graduate student development conference Thursday that provided sessions on topics such as finding academic jobs, postacademic careers, and academic and grant

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uBazaar part of larger SG push for more online content UBAZAAR continued from front page The site was developed by student-run media group Stockyard Media and was created with the cooperation of NSIT, ORCSA, and the Bursarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office. The website charges a one-dollar processing fee used to cover costs associated with credit card processing and online transactions. Program representatives said there will be a $1.50 fee per transaction in the future to help SG to recoup uBazaarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s development costs and to fund future online development. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ultimately SG wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make a significant profit on uBazaar, and if it does, the goal is to wean SGâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget off of the Student Activities Fee,â&#x20AC;? Williams said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;uBazaar is meant to be a service for the University community, not a way for SG to profit off of a much-needed solution.â&#x20AC;? The uBazaar website is part of a larger initiative, including the revamped SG blog and SG apartment search website, that aims to provide online services for students through Student Government.

With an item calling him "no fun," Zimmer tosses snowballs, shows Scav a bit of joie de vivre Overheard

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â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Item 193. (Road trip) After the burnt-out building, look for Our Lady of the Wastes. You're very close now. Can you smell it?...bring us back a piece of Hell. [30 Points]

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â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Item 133. Look, Maria, this is ScavHunt. While I'd love to spend a whole day frolicking through the Alps with you and the von Trapp children, I simply don't have the time. You're going to have to take your Do-Re-Mi and speed it up...[1.6 points per 10 seconds under 5 minutes]

SCAV continued from front page producing high-quality items rather than any one, exceptionally valuable one. Phillips said that was due to a huge collective effort. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Having an amazing group of really enthusiastic people is really important. We work from the begining of O-Week to get first-years excited about Scav,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Making it a community activity that we all share has been key to making it work for us.â&#x20AC;? But Burton-Judson (BJ) and Max Palevsky (Max) both came close to the winning tally, and Watkins was quick to note that those teams also did well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;BJ and Max both did excellent jobs, and I was really excited to see they both got recognized for that with the tie,â&#x20AC;? she said. BJ and Max both scored around 3225 points for second place, according to scores provided by Watkins; Snitchcock scored 3379.24. The Maclean and Pierce team, MacPierce, came in fourth, South Campus fifth, and Breckinridge eked out Blint, a team made of Broadview and Flint House, by under 40 points. GASH, FIST, and Team Lanie came in eighth through tenth place, and Team T-Rex Ate My Team Name did not score points. Second-year BJ captain Grace Fisher said placing second was â&#x20AC;&#x153;excellent,â&#x20AC;? especially for a team whose motto is, â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you're not having fun, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing it wrong.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;For us, placing doesn't really matter except as recognition of all of the hard work everyone put it,â&#x20AC;? said Fisher. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had an incredible amount of fun which is what our team cares about the most.â&#x20AC;? She had nothing but nice things to say about Max's team, which dedicated this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hunt to its namesake, Max Palevsky

(Ph.B. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;48, S.B. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;48). Palevsky passed away Wednesday morning, about 14 hours before Scav began. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very meaningful that Max Palevsky passed away on the day that Scav started,â&#x20AC;? third-year and team captain Sarah ElShafie said Thursday evening. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to be Scavving the entire hunt in honor of Max Palevsky.â&#x20AC;? She noted that the team held a moment of silence for its namesake, and Watkins said another was observed during Judgment Sunday. Zach Binney (AB â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;08), a former Maroon writer who scavved for Max for his sixth straight year, was resting in a side room in Ida Noyes with some sleeping teammates when he spoke with the Maroon, as the teams were in the midst of Judgment (where teams present their accumulated items to judges in five chaotic hours). He said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d had 10 hours of sleep since he woke up Wednesday morning at 5 a.m. for work. Work which is in Washington D.C., by the way; Binney flew out that afternoon to take part in the proceedings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another world entirely,â&#x20AC;? he said of Scav, as a jazz quartet tried to play a live, in-game soundtrack to Super Mario Bros. 3. He compared Scav to the end of the Roman empire: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just nothing but frivolity and hedonism.â&#x20AC;? President Zimmer took part in the hedonism this year. Item 210 said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zimmer is just no fun,â&#x20AC;? and awarded points to the team that could show him how itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s done by throwing a snowball at former president Don Randel. BJ did one better, getting the president to toss some snowballs at a cardboard cutout of Randel outside Rockefeller Chapel Saturday, after a meeting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think he had ever participated in an event before. I was actually pretty surprised about that because in the past, it

seemed like he had not wanted to get as involved in Scav Hunt as other presidents have,â&#x20AC;? Watkins said. He threw around 10 snowballs (made of shaved ice) just to the left of the Randel cutout. Across the Midway, the South Campus team was hard at work in its first year of competition. As the biggest and newest dorm, South Campus was rich in resources but low on experience; its predecessor, the Shoreland, was not a Scavving kind of dorm, and few upperclassmen returned to help the team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are pretty much starting from scratch,â&#x20AC;? Watkins said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That they managed to be an entirely new dorm, mostly full of first years, and to come in fifth place was really impressive.â&#x20AC;? Second-year and South Campus captain Emily Ayala was also impressed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our team worked together really well,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was completely unexpected, too.â&#x20AC;? Fourth-year Caitlyn Buchanan scavved for Shoreland last year and captained for South Campus this year, even though she lived off-campus. She said the facilities South Campus offered the team were a a lot nicer than at Shoreland and that more people were involved, including â&#x20AC;&#x153;a lot more really excited freshmen who can stay up all night and really donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mind that much.â&#x20AC;? Snitchcock captain Phillips said that South Campus has a bright future ahead of it, and not just because the dorm has a glass exteriorâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to which the team name, the Glass Panopticon, gave a playful nodâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; but because the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current form bodes well for the future and should prevent the game from getting stale. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seeing a newcomer show up and play so well and show such enthusiasm is good for the future of the game,â&#x20AC;? Phillips said.


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Goodall's early research on African chimps challenged fundamental assumptions about what defines humanity GOODALL continued from front page Tanzania in 1960. “Back then, it was only the boys that would adventure.” According to Goodall, having no background in scientific research turned out to be an advantage. The unconventional ways she looked at animals— such as giving her chimpanzees names like Goliath and David Greybeard instead of numbers, and acknowledging their individual personalities—led to important anthropological discoveries. “Back then, it was thought that humans and only humans make and use tools,” said Goodall, who was the first researcher to wit-

ness a chimpanzee use a stick as a tool and the first researcher to be accepted into chimpanzee society. “Now we would have to redefine man, redefine tool, or accept chimps as humans.” After getting a Ph.D. in ethology from Cambridge and studying Africa’s wildlife, Goodall made a career switch in 1986 when she attended a Chicago Academy of Science conference on conservation. “I came out as an activist and since then I haven’t stayed in the same place for more than three weeks,” said Goodall, who has since been named United Nations Messenger of Peace and Dame of the British Empire.

As Goodall learned more about environmental issues, she invested more effort in her Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) that now provides microcredit and scholarships for girls, family planning and AIDS education resources, and assistance for African farmers selling coffee. “Poverty is one of the most terrible destroyers of the natural world. If you have a family to feed, you’re not going to care about cutting down trees for food,” Goodall said, adding that JGI started the global grassroots program Roots and Shoots to promote sustainability in developing areas. Fifteen-year-old Indiana native Laura Gibson

spoke during the talk about how Goodall influenced her to start a local Roots and Shoots program to help her area. “To me, Roots and Shoots is giving the confidence, inspiration, and tools to change our world for the better,” said Gibson, who is now involved in the organization’s national office. Roots and Shoots has been able to expand its influence to 120 countries as conservation and sustainability have become larger issues. “There is a growing awareness that we really have harmed the planet, and it’s time we get together and do something about it,” Goodall said.

DISCOURSE

STUDENT GOVERNMENT

In talk, columnist probes Americans' "Beijing Olympics opening ceremony" image of China

Incumbent slate working to fulfill campaign promises

By Elie Fuchs-Gosse News Contributor

Atlantic columnist James Fallows spoke to a packed room at International House Thursday about his experiences living in China, arguing against what he saw as American misconceptions of the country as a progressive powerhouse. According to Fallows, a current writer-in-residence for nonfiction, the popular American view of China is that of a coordinated, motivated, and expanding country. This “Beijing Olympics opening ceremony” view implies China is able to tackle the problems of the future while holding a regressive stance on political freedom, but that is only true

episodically, he said. Fallows added that China may not be as ready as most Americans think to deal with environmental problems and move 1.3 billion people into a higherlevel economy, because it often seems like “twenty countries glued together.” Fallows suggested that the American fear of China expanding to become “paymaster” is faulty, and that it’s best for America to cooperate with China. “We should be able to work with them, rather than work against them,” he said, adding that the advancement of each country’s interests is not necessarily a zero-sum game. While the United States’ debt to China is worth correcting for the health of both economies, not

just for American interests, there is one potential area of conflict, Fallows said. If a Taiwanese independence movement were to get serious, then China and the U.S. would have to take sides, possibly leading to military conflict, he said. Fallows argued that Americans overstress political freedom in China. “To know China mainly by the arrests of dissidents is like knowing the U.S. mainly by Guantanamo,” he said. Th e l e c t u r e w a s s p o n s o r e d b y t h e Committee on Creative Writing. Fallows is at the University for the quarter as the Committee’s Vare Writer-in-Residence, a position given to distinguished nonfiction writers to teach a writing course for one quarter.

Critical Inquiry presents

Joan Copjec The Sexual Compact Thursday, May 13 4:30 PM Swift Hall Third Floor Joan Copjec is Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at SUNY/Buffalo and current Critical Inquiry Visiting Professor. Her publications include Imagine There’s No Woman and Read My Desire. For more information please contact Andrew Skomra at (773) 702-8477.

By Amy Myers News Staff Newly-elected slate NextGen set itself a series of goals for its time in office during its campaign, and while the incumbents won’t officially take office until the current slate graduates, NextGen is already hard at work. Officers Greg Nance, Patrick Ip, and David Chen gave themselves a series of goals for their first 30 days in office, aimed at improving the RSO experience, making SG more accessible, and increasing University spirit. “We have an obviously ambitious set of 10 goals,” said third-year Nance, Student Government (SG) president-elect. Still, the officers believe that completing each task, or at least making significant progress, will be possible, and they have already started working in order to “get the ball rolling,” Nance said. Visibility and increased communication will be among the major tenets of SG’s first days in office. “We want to see a spike in our attendance in student forums,” said first-year Ip, who will be vicepresident for Student Affairs. Among the plans to increase accessibility, the officers plan to schedule regular C-Shop hours and host four-square games in Max Palevesky quads to encourage students to interact with SG. Nance believes securing three used vans for use by RSO groups would be the most difficult task listed in the 30-day plan. He cited insurance and liability issues as major challenges before the vans could be incorporated into the system of UchicaGo vehicles. The 30-Day plan also includes activities ranging from a school spirit-fostering 21+ pub crawl to a webcast for major events to keep alumni and students abroad connected to campus. Looking past the 30-day mark, NextGen’s plans for long-term goals are underway. They have already secured $5,000 to add additional electrical outlets to Hutch and C-Shop—a goal SG plans to complete next winter. Large-scale plans for this summer also include a legal clinic to serve students. The officers and University hope to make legal information available online and to expand free services to students. The officers will also work this summer to expand the existing student discount program to businesses downtown. The officers hope to keep up this pace through the rest of the year with a specific timeline of set goals for each quarter. The lists have been posted online at uchicagonextgen.com to ensure accountability and 100 percent transparency, Nance said. May 16 marks NextGen’s first meeting, and the officers have entered SG with a set plan of action to complete their goals. “All hands on deck, ready to make a difference. That, for us, is what it takes,” second-year and soon-to-be Vice-President David Chen said.

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VIEWPOINTS

EDITORIAL & OP-ED MAY 11, 2010

EDITORIAL

CHICAGO MAROON

The student newspaper of the University of Chicago since 1892

JORDAN HOLLIDAY, Editor-in-Chief JAKE GRUBMAN, Managing Editor ASHER KLEIN, News Editor ELLA CHRISTOPH, News Editor PETER IANAKIEV, Viewpoints Editor HAYLEY LAMBERSON, Voices Editor BLAIR THORNBURGH, Voices Editor AUDREY HENKELS, Sports Editor WILL FALLON, Sports Editor A. G. GOODMAN, Sports Editor VICTORIA KRAFT, Head Copy Editor MONIKA LAGAARD, Head Copy Editor HOLLY LAWSON, Head Copy Editor CAMILLE VAN HORNE, Photo Editor MATT BOGEN, Photo Editor JACK DiMASSIMO, Head Designer ABRAHAM NEBEN, Web Editor ADAM JANOFSKY, Assoc. News Editor ALISON HOWARD, Assoc. Viewpoints Editor ILYA GUTIN, Assoc. Voices Editor JORDAN LARSON, Assoc. Voices Editor

A super market uBazaar provides a much-needed service to campus community and alumni uBazaar, the Student Governmentrun web store, is such a good idea— and in 2010, such a seemingly straightforward concept—that it is hard to believe something similar isn’t already well-established. All of us who buy our Summer Breeze tickets on the site and dodge this week’s May showers will be thankful for the service, and this is only a glimpse of what uBazaar can offer. Once the service catches on, uBazaar could greatly streamline the ticket-selling process for the Major Activities Board and performance groups, but the real upside is for Houses and RSOs looking to sell t-shirts and other merchandise. As it stands, groups that raise money by selling t-shirts have to staff tables and spam listhosts just to reach the relatively limited

market on campus. Once uBazaar has t-shirts in stock (which SG Vice President for Student Affairs Chris Williams says could soon be the case), anyone, be they students, staff, or alums, will be able to visit and see all items offered at any point. Students peddling their merchandise won’t need to shout at passersby in the Reynolds Club anymore, and posting links on Facebook and Twitter—instead of posting fliers on bulletin boards— will multiply the number of people who know about each sale. And while those of us on campus are enjoying the convenience of uBazaar, it’s fair to expect that those who can’t make it to Hyde Park will appreciate the site even more so. Strange as it may seem with finals looming, some portion

of UChicago grads go out into the world with fond memories of this place—fond enough, even, that they would buy a sweater or shot glass to remember it by. Of course, the University’s official online store, which is affiliated with Barnes and Noble, features only the stodgiest maroon-and-grey apparel, all of which appears to have been vetted for any trace of the humor or irony that signifies a genuine “UChicago t-shirt.” There are surely alumni who would want a “Hell does freeze over” t-shirt plus a chance to support their old House or favorite RSO, and in uBazaar, they’ll get both. The service is not without its drawbacks. Some have raised concerns that SG officials can see the details of each purchase (minus

credit card number), and would prefer that only the RSOs and Houses selling an item have access to that information. Privacy issues and other logistics will always be tricky with a service like uBazaar, and SG should do all it can to put users at ease. But more important is that we not let uBazaar fall by the wayside. Without sufficient student involvement, it’s easy to imagine uBazaar languishing with only a sale or two going at a time. For all the effort that has gone into the system, and all of its potential to raise funds for student groups, uBazaar is one site that deserves to be in all of our “favorites” bars. —The MAROON Editorial Board includes the Editor-in-Chief and the Viewpoints Editors.

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Rethinking immigration reform Liberal compromises on immigration reform conflict with the goals of organized labor

Greg Gabrellas Columnist

When it comes to immigration policy, the Republican Party is schizophrenic. Vehement racists and xenophobes, who yap about the incontrovertible browning of the American population, dominate one section of the GOP. Most liberal-

minded people rightly disdain these demagogues, who transparently spurn civil liberties in favor of the dubious rhetoric of national security. But this is not the only face of conservatism. Libertarians and the businessmen who support them are willing to concede that we need to reduce illegal immigration while also increasing the flow of legal immigrants who come for work. Such politicians seem reasonable enough, and liberals are more than willing to

endorse bipartisan measures to grant legality in the form of expanding socalled “guest worker” programs. But this isn’t reform—it’s just good business. The libertarian perspective narrowly considers the free flow of workers across borders to fill gaps in the labor market left vacant by Americans who are assumed to be either too skilled for or not interested in the jobs being created. This perspective overlooks, however, the degradation of work under an

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expanded “guest worker” regime and its consequences for the erosion of effective civil liberties, including the right to organize. A guest worker program would create working conditions that only the most desperate workers would consider, giving fuel to the quaint myth that Americans prefer immigrants to do their dirty work for them. Such reform will lead to the slashing of overall wages while union organizing efforts are

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Lazy Mondays

“A continental oversight” underestimates economist’s methods

Procrastinating intelligently is a valuable life-long skill By Alison Howard Associate Viewpoints Editor It seems to me that senioritis is starting to set in, that is, if it hasn’t completely invaded your soul already. I’m not actually a senior, but this is one of those contagious social diseases that’s pretty equal opportunity, and can affect anybody, regardless of senior status; seniors are just particularly susceptible, because they’re so old, like real senior citizens. In case you haven’t encountered this before—all you former d i l i g e n t h i g h s ch o o l s t u d e n t s —senioritis is an end-of-the-year malaise in which doing schoolwork, or work of any kind, becomes one’s lowest priority. This means that your class read-

ings might be an even lower priority than watching new episodes of The Vampire Diaries online, even when you’re in public and doing so is very embarrassing. Some would call this hitting rock bottom, but rock bottom is actually when you prioritize watching re-runs of The Vampire Diaries online over doing actual work. I’m proud to say I haven’t reached this point yet. Lots of people see senioritis— in actual seniors anyway—as an opportunity of sorts. It’s the last time they will b e able to completely blow off life and play Super Smash Bros. Brawl instead. I would argue that this is an activity that you can perform almost seamlessly throughout your entire life (except for a short period in which your hypotheti-

cal children will be too young to handle the controllers, and thus too young to have their priorities in check and join in, forcing you to feed them instead). However, most people have a better grasp on reality than I do. In any case, the nostalgia college students have for simpler times—in which their biggest concerns consisted of beating their older sisters at Duck Hunt and figuring out how to add negative numbers— is understandable. If college, or really any time spent in school, is the American designated time frame for goofing off, then the end of a school year is destined for academic disaster. This is especially true for graduating seniors, who are dealing with something much more seri-

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“A continental oversight” (May 7) offers its own myopic understanding of economic analysis. The author criticizes Emily Oster’s application of the economic analytic method to the behavior of African men. I find it hard to understand how one could be offended by the treatment of African men as rational beings capable of recognizing the factors impacting their lifespans. Were another economist or anthropologist to offer the explanation that African men failed to change their sexual behavior in light of AIDS because they were irrational, or because they had a longstanding tradition preventing them from practicing safe sex, Mr. Som’s reaction would be understandable. His objection to viewing Africans as forward-looking, rational beings is thoughtless. Jeffrey Clark A.B. 2006


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ous than summer looming. After all, they have the Rest of Their Lives beginning after graduation, future video game–addict babies and all. I know it doesn’t help for me to rub this in, considering that my own graduation is relatively far-off. Even so, I’ll be in that place soon, and so will everybody else at this school. It’s pretty much how college works. We’re all worried about our futures. And for some reason, this worry seems to coincide with a lack of desire to work. These two phenomena are not necessarily related. There are much less complicated explanations for senioritis. We’re in our third quarter of a long school year. All of our friends at different schools are out for the summer or finishing up with finals. Simply put, we’re tired. However, we’re going to be working for four quarters of a year out in that scary real world, and it’s going to suck. That is, unless we start now to enjoy the time we spend in a working environment. Senioritis isn’t just slacking off. It’s a way to keep yourself sane. While in an ideal world, everyone would have a job they thoroughly enjoy doing, this isn’t necessarily what happens after you graduate—especially when you’re just start-

ing out. I know I shouldn’t advocate not doing your work, but I’m pretty confident that UChicagoans afflicted with senioritis still get their stuff done. It’s just not up to our characteristically impossible high standards. Sometimes you just can’t put all of yourself into tedious work, and in these cases, you need other outlets. So, if you’re going to have senioritis, you might as well be productive about it. And by that I mean, prioritize your unproductive activities. Do the things that you’re afraid of losing as you get older. Hang out with your friends. Go to the beach. If you’re very brave, do a Lord of the Rings marathon with the director’s cut (I’m not that brave!). Basically, don’t waste time just to waste time. To me, senioritis makes sense—to a point. While I don’t think this argument would work in the context of anywhere else but a liberal arts college, we luckily happen to be attending one. If your senioritis isn’t so far advanced that you’re simply not getting any of your work done, then you’re definitely going to survive. And you might even have some fun doing it. —Alison Howard is a second-year in the College majoring in English.

The Lumen Christi Institute and the France Chicago Center SUHVHQW

West Meets East French Sacred Music from Cyprus featuring

Schola Antiqua of Chicago Michael Alan Anderson, Director The professional early music ensemble Schola Antiqua of Chicago presents a program of sacred music (plainchant and polyphonic music), taken exclusively from a single manuscript source (Torino, Biblioteca Nazionale J.II.9). Composed for the French Lusignan court stationed on the island of Cyprus, this book of music represents one of the rare windows into the rich sound world of the early fifteenth century.

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busted. The class structure of immigrant labor is undeniable. However, the immigrant rights movement has been unable to make the problem explicit. Part of the problem is the emphasis on “immigrant rights” as a single issue. For example, since 2006, May Day marches nationwide have explicitly focused on immigration policy for the as-of-yet unachieved goal of comprehensive reform. The March 10th Movement of Chicago, a coalition of students, workers, and immigrant rights activists, organized the 2006 march that brought out about 500,000 people to the streets. But the turnout for these demonstrations has dropped precipitously; this May Day, only about 10,000 people marched despite the convenience a Saturday afternoon affords to many Chicagoland residents. Something isn’t working in the movement for immigrant reform, and the problem isn’t that people don’t care enough. Students from the University of Chicago joined the May Day march in record numbers. They represented two long-standing activist organizations— Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA) and Students Organized United with Labor (SOU L)—and one new one, University of Chicago Coalition for Immigrant Rights (UCCIR). Altogether, over 50 students participated in the demonstration. The UCCIR chose to bring the issue home by emphasizing the precarious situation of children of undocumented workers that are the students’ own age. Cindy Agustin, one of the group’s leaders, emphasized how many of the children of the approximately 12 million undocumented immigrants cannot receive financial aid for higher education. “Our students and organizations are trying to bring awareness to this specific issue,” explained Agustin, “because they are our peers, and we don’t think it’s fair that students who are more than capable of going to college and getting a college degree have to face such difficulties— especially when they had no choice or say in where they would be living in the future.” Agustin also noted that many students were outraged by Arizona Senate Bill (S.B.) 1070 and marched in protest. However salutary this reaction may be, it falls into the liberals’ blackmail of any real reform. We can’t neglect attacking the vicious nativism expressed by the Arizona bill, but that doesn’t do much more than throw the movement on the defensive. The exclusive focus on immigrant rights—and in the case of S.B. 1070, civil rights—risks displacing some of the key economic issues that intimately affect all workers’ lives, and inadvertently channeling movement efforts into pushing for legislation that might grant some of the activists’ demands but is socially regressive. This is how the Democratic Party maintains its grip among reform-minded liberals: By posing

as the opponent of Republican xenophobia, Democrats broker compromises to seem like they are making change. But they destroy any reform’s progressive character, under the banner of “change we can believe in.” Such illiberal reform could introduce dangerous measures to legalize unfree labor, undermining a unified working class movement for years to come—and with it, immigrants’ dreams of dignified employment. Some undocumented immigrants might participate in “guest worker” programs because they see it as a way out, much as the rural masses fled England to become indentured servants in colonial America. But unlike their colonial predecessors, “guest workers” have only a nominal chance of remaining in their new home. Chances are they will be tossed back after a short period of work. Moreover, since these indentured workers would be nearly impossible to organize, they would effectively lose their civil rights, in particular their freedom to bargain for the price of their labor. Easily intimidated by their employers, such workers would displace full citizens, because large firms would prefer to hire people who they can toss around. We already have documented evidence that “guest worker” programs lead to unfair labor practices and facilitate the degradation of work conditions. An LA Times article in 2007, for example, reported the case of Indian and Mexican workers brought to the Gulf Coast region on H-2B visas. The interviewee, who had come from South Asia, related not only the miserable quality of life, but also the blatant wage exploitation and employee intimidation that was common practice. He compared the treatment of the workers to pigs in a sty. All of this is unnecessary: Immigrants could be granted full civil rights and permission to reside in the United States. Far from hurting America, they would help revitalize it, but only if they are granted the full rights to place them on equal footing with Americans. Otherwise, guest workers would be a despised secondclass category of residents who are used to undermine the playing field between free buyers and sellers. For this to be realized, students and working-class leaders must go beyond immigrant rights to recognize the class character of their demands. Rather than co-opt the tradition of May Day, they should embrace it. Also known as International Workers’ Day, the holiday commemorates Chicago martyrs, workers who struck in 1886 for an eighthour day and were murdered by the police of the McCormick Harvester factory. May Day reminds us that workers must fight tooth and nail for every gain, often at great costs, and that our vast achievements are a result not only of their labor, but of their political power, as well. —Greg Gabrellas is pursuing a Master of Arts degree in the social sciences.


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Enough said. Item 73: Fourth-year Nathaniel Berry attempts to start the Blintstones’ steam-powered car at the Scav Hunt judging session at Ida Noyes Hall on Sunday. None of the teams’ inventions managed to achieve steam-propelled motion. DARREN LEOW/MAROON

Item 255: Second-year Max Palevsky resident Alex Brandt dances with his troupe of zombie marionettes at judgement. DARREN LEOW/MAROON

Item 133: Snell-Hitchcock performed a very sped-up Do-Re-Mi dancing and singing number on Saturday at the Linneaus Statue on the Midway. Item 133 required “as much of the appropriate choreography as possible—the carriage ride, skipping gaily about the fountain, step-jumping, etc.” and that “all seven children wear the play-clothes you made from those tatty old curtains.” CLAIRE HUNGERFORD/MAROON

Item 107: Third-year Jake Friedman (left) and fourth-year Paul Brown of the Max P. Scav team confer with other teams’ road trip retinues at the Chestnut Grove Cemetery, located in Ashtabula, OH, as part of the Scav road trip. TOM TIAN/MAROON

Item 172: Item 172, found in Pennsylvania: “In Granny's Motel in Frackville, the Accidental Mummy clings to Skeletor, mirroring the incredibly creepy figures behind them.” TOM TIAN/MAROON

Item 210: BJ residents convinced President Robert Zimmer to join in the Scav fun and throw a snowball at former President Don Randel. MICHAEL LIPKIN/MAROON

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LITERATURE

Lahiri speaks on life, literature, and libraries

Author Jhumpa Lahiri reads from her book Unaccustomed Earth at the International House Monday evening. The event was organized by the Committee on Creative Writing. CAMILLE VAN HORNE/MAROON

By Dani Brecher Voices Bibliophile Jhumpa Lahiri writes for a very specific audience—herself. During two events on campus yesterday, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Interpreter of Maladies and The Namesake spoke about writing stories with personal resonance, as well as her diverse literary influences,

the obligation of the writer, and the importance of public libraries. Lahiri, this year’s Kestnbaum Writerin-Residence in the Division of the Humanities, spent Monday afternoon and evening on the Chicago campus talking to students and community members about her literary work. An intimate question-and-answer session with a small group of undergraduates

started off Lahiri’s visit and was followed several hours later by a large and well-attended public reading and interview in the International House’s Assembly Hall. The afternoon Q-and-A focused mainly on Lahiri’s writing process. Responding to student questions about the origins of her short stories, Lahiri described the organic process

through which her stories and characters take shape, sometimes over a period of many years. “Something strange happens in that the characters live inside me for that time [while I’m writing],” Lahiri said. “Not like multiple personalities or anything, but I become the characters a little bit when I’m working with them, perhaps in the way an actor does.” Lahiri also stressed the indebtedness of her writing to the influence of other authors. For her three interlocking short stories comprising “Hema and Kaushik,” Lahiri turned to the works of Alice Munro and Mavis Gallant, but claims equal inspiration for her latest collection, Unaccustomed Earth, from Nathaniel Hawthorne. While rereading the introductory essay to The Scarlet Letter several years ago, Lahiri was struck by a passage about the flourishing of immigrants in their new country. The passage included the phrase “unaccustomed earth,” from which she took the title of her collection. Reading aloud, “I felt like I was shaking his hand, like reaching into the grave,” Lahiri described. “Why does one write? Why does one read? For moments like that, moments of connection.” The I-House event began with a reading from Lahiri’s “Year’s End,” a story from Unaccustomed Earth. Donna Seaman, an associate editor at Booklist, then interviewed Lahiri about the use

of detail and the New England landscape in her writing. During both sessions, several audience members asked Lahiri if she felt a responsibility to represent the IndianAmerican community in a specific way. However, Lahiri firmly maintained that she has neither a political nor educational agenda when she writes. “I feel under no obligation when I write fiction. That’s why I write it,” she said. “For me, writing is a place of freedom and exploration, not at all about obligation.” Lahiri closed the evening by talking about the importance of books. While she affirms, “I will have books for the rest of my life,” Lahiri, the daughter of an academic librarian, is even more invested in the continued existence of the public library. Growing up in Rhode Island, Lahiri says that the local library was “as meaningful to me as a child as food and water and shelter. Without it, I don’t think I would have survived.” She worries that, without libraries, appreciation for “imaginative writing” will evaporate. Outside of the Assembly Hall, though, a table selling books both by Lahiri and her predecessors, including Gallant and Munro, was almost cleaned out by the end of the evening. In Hyde Park, at least, appreciation for Lahiri’s brand of beautiful writing continues to run deep.

is the Internet, controversy begot pageviews, and people took note. In each of these videos, the music really isn’t the point (has it ever been?). But violence, nudity, and hackneyed rebellion aren’t the only ways to increase viewership. Even when the song takes a backseat to the antics onscreen, the result

can be quirky and intricately creative, like OK Go’s madcap Rube Goldberg machine in their video for “This Too Shall Pass,” or campy and epic, like in Lady Gaga’s infamous “Telephone” saga. But if the video does have a message, it doesn’t need to resort to easy attention tactics and cheap thrills.

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Internet killed the video star By Voices Editors Voices Andy Rooney Let’s be honest: Who actually watches music videos with any regularity anymore? Gone are the days of TRL, the VJ, and Pop-Up Video. And yet people are still making music videos—expensive, elaborately choreographed productions that amount to no more than a flash in the pan. It takes a lot to convince our jaded selves to make the voyage to YouTube, click, load, and watch it all the way through. Artists Miley Cyrus, Erykah Badu, and M.I.A. have turned to shock value to generate buzzworthy controversy and get those all-important views. Miley Cyrus, aka Avis Cyrus, ruffled the feathers of a few with the release of her new video for “Can't Be Tamed.” Playing off her sexed-up pole-dancing shenanigans at the Teen Choice Awards last August, the new video is dark, and a blatant attempt at being seductive, with Cyrus gyrating and squawking in a dominatrix-esque bird outfit, complete with cage and nest. Even though the video is another permutation of the former Disney princess, the new “sexy, rebellious” video can’t help but feel stale and comparatively tame in the wake of her pop predecessors Britney, Christina, and (of course) Madonna. Cyrus's video was expected to be the inevitable rite of passage from a 12-year-old, female fanbase, to

a middle-aged, scuzzy male one. It’s controversy-lite: People are shocked, but they aren’t shocked that they’re shocked. We've seen it all before, and it's hard to trump a burning cross. Erykah Badu, by comparison, actually broke the law to film her video for “Window Seat.” Strolling through Dealey Plaza in Dallas, she casually casts aside her sweats and skivvies, until she is shot naked by a sniper, on the sidewalk where Kennedy was assassinated. The video's shoot was unannounced and unexpected (passersby stare at Badu in the nude with genuine perplexity) and the singer risked a hefty fine or jail time for indecent exposure. It’s clear that the video has a message, but it takes a long time to make its point, and even when it does, it’s not very clear. Despite (or perhaps, because of ) Badu’s exhibitionism and its violent end, the coverage of the video gave its online presence a significant boost. Even those who were unaware of the singer’s long career couldn’t avoid hearing about the video where a naked chick gets gunned down. Rapper M.I.A. wins the prize, however, for raw shock value. The nine-minute tale set to her single “Born Free” can hardly be called a music video. Though the short film has an ostensible, vaguely political message about “ginger profiling,” any thoughtprovoking value is overshadowed

by disturbing imagery of sex, drug use, and extreme violence. You see someone burst apart, guts and all, on a minefield. A child is senselessly shot at point-blank range. The video was too much even for the borderline-tasteless YouTube, refugee for Internet voyeurs everywhere. But in the meta-sphere that

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Dress in your workday best tion. If you’re unsure about what to wear for an interview at a creative company, Druska suggests taking advantage of the Alumni Career Network, where students can contact alumni in diverse fields to ask questions about the different office environments. When dressing for an interview or day on the job, it’s also important to consider the unique requirements of different office environments. For example, students interviewing for positions in science labs should consider safety precautions and remember to wear closed-toed shoes and long pants. “Girls working in a hospital or lab can’t wear heels or skirts,” says Jaclyn Tamaroff, a thirdyear who works in a biopsych lab. “It’s difficult to decide what to wear to an interview, too, because you might be taken on a tour around the lab,” she adds. Whether you’ll be sitting down to meet with the PI or getting your hands dirty with some chemicals, play it safe and dress in clothes that enable you to work without injury. In the end, you’ve still got to be comfortable. “Try on your outfit the night before,” suggests Druska. “Make sure that everything fits comfortably and that shirts, skirts, sleeves, and pants are the right length.” You want the interviewer to listen attentively to your answers—not be distracted by you readjusting your outfit. “Don’t try anything new,” Druska adds. “If you don’t usually wear eyeliner, an interview is not the time to experiment.” An interview is an opportunity to present yourself in the best possible light, without fretting about what your outfit or makeup looks like under the lighting. While it’s a good idea to wear something tastefully unique, a good interview outfit won’t be as memorable as a good candidate. Well-chosen clothes keep the focus on you, your goals, and your perfect fit for the job.

The University of Chicago Law School Presents: The Maurice and Muriel Fulton Lectureship in Legal History

Sarah Barringer Gordon The Arlin M. Adams Professor of Constitutional Law and Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania Law School

May 13, 2010, 4:00 p.m. This conference is free and open to the public. No registration is required, but space may be limited. For special assistance or needs, please contact Rebecca Klaff at 773.834.4326 or rklaff@law.uchicago.edu.

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We’re in the home stretch of yet another school year, but that doesn’t mean that we’re home free. At our school of go-getting overachievers, few students spend the summer lounging on the beach. We might not have to turn in O-Chem problem sets during the summer months, but jobs and internships present a whole other set of problems. The workplace comes with a bunch of sartorial conundrums. Dressing to impress can help you score the gig, but how do you know what interview attire will make the grade? To help find the answers, I got some tutoring from stylish students and Marthe Druska, a director at CAPS. Your interview garb doesn’t have to be bankbreaking or fancy: it just needs to be clean, crisp, and classy. You can wear sophisticated staple pieces already in your wardrobe to dress up dayto-day ensembles. “The same cardigan that you wear over a t-shirt to class can be paired with a button down and pressed skirt for an interview,” says Druska. For guys, clean, dark-colored trousers can easily transition from classroom to boardroom. Third-year Melanie Dang offers another suggestion for taking pieces from the classroom to the office. “I wear a cute blazer or jacket over a skirt,” she says. Stores like Express sell low-cost workwear like long, slouchy blazers that can be mixed with pieces already hanging in your closet. In creative fields such as graphic design or arts administration, it can be tempting to go wild with interview attire in an effort to make yourself a standout candidate. This is a tricky problem, because there’s a point at which your traffic-stopping ensemble can be distracting and detrimental to your interview. “Women should avoid dangly earrings or excessive rings or bangles,” cautions Druska. Clanging jewelry can make it hard for the interviewer to concentrate on your conversa-

artspeaks giving voice to vision

by Jessica Hester

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. The Spirit of the Law: Separation of Church and State from 19451990 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

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Ilya + Emilia Kabakov After presenting a retrospective of their work together, the artists will join in conversation with Matthew Jesse Jackson, professor of art history.

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Grammy-winning artists perform student compositions

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Pacifica Quartet and eighth blackbird perform works by Iddo Aharony, Andrew McManus, Francisco Castillo Trigueros, Eric Brinkmann and Michael LaCroix

Friday May 14 / 7:30 PM Fulton Recital Hall 1010 E. 59th Street

Tickets: $20 / $5 students Call: Artspeaks Hotline at 773-702-8080 Visit: Box Office at 5720 S. Woodlawn Avenue Monday—Friday, 10 am to 5 pm For more information, visit http://artspeaks.uchicago.edu The University of Chicago’s Artspeaks series is produced by The University of Chicago Presents in partnership with Court Theatre; the Smart Museum of Art; the Department of Music; the Department of Visual Arts; University Theatre; Theatre and Performance Studies; Cinema & Media Studies; the University of Chicago's Provost Office; the Museum of Contemporary Art; the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Gossett Fund/Center for Jewish Studies; and doc films. Artspeaks is made possible through the generosity of the University of Chicago Arts Council and the Office of the President. Persons with disabilities who believe they may need assistance may call in advance of the event, 773-702-8080.

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After leading the Maroons in hits, runs, RBIs, home runs, and slugging percentage during her final season at Chicago, fourth-year Kathleen Duffy will return to the postseason for the first time since her first year. DARREN LEOW/MAROON

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over Greg Ruth, a Social Sciences masters student. In the womensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; competition, a fiveplayer round robin eventually proclaimed Susan Klumpner, a social worker involved in the community, as champion, while graduate students Mallika Thomas and Ivan Davis came away with the title in the mixed doubles competition. The tournament has yet to reach its thrilling conclusion, as the mensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; doubles tournament has yet to be completed. This afternoon at 4 p.m. Mahylis and his fellow third-year doubles partner, Maroon Sportsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; own David Kates, will be taking on third-years James Tsai and Frank Li in the mensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; doubles final after seeing their way past the other six teams in the draw. Regardless of whether he wins that final match, Mahylis and the rest of the Tennis Club are just glad that their first event provided everyone involved with a great opportunity to play the game. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the best part is that everyone is able to find someone with whom they can have a good time hitting,â&#x20AC;? Mahylis added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why the club got started in the first place.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;For it being the first time we organized a tournament, I think it went as well as any of us could have hoped,â&#x20AC;? Hao concluded. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re already looking forward to next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tournament, which should be even better.â&#x20AC;? Food watch: An excellent spread of sandwiches and sides ordered from Hyde Park Produce really hit the spot after a hard match of tennis. The potato salad and coleslaw were prepared in the only acceptable way: absolutely smothered in mayonnaise.

the organizersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; parents, played out their own matches. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When we were organizing the event, in the back of my mind I was worried that the only people entering the tournament would be the people who were organizing it with me,â&#x20AC;? third-year Alex Mahylis, president and founder of the Tennis Club, said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was definitely impressed with the diverse turnout. Some of the people were club regulars, and some of them were people Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d never seen or met before.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Only about a week and a half ago, we really didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have too many people signed up, so I was really glad we could get as many people as we did,â&#x20AC;? third-year Jason Hao, who ran the registration for the event, added. Although the several dozen participants spanned a wide range of skill levels, there was still an opportunity for everyone involved to play at a level at which they felt comfortable. Experienced players engaged in heavily competitive matches, while those less familiar with tennis were offered the chance to participate in a beginners clinic to learn the basics. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was glad that there was a wide competitive range. We were able to structure the matches so that we were able to make the competition fair,â&#x20AC;? Mahylis said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone got to play multiple matches and multiple people, and everyone who played got at least one competitive match.â&#x20AC;? In mensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; singles play, two graduate students played their way past a field of 24 competitors. In the final, Pierre Gratia, a physics Ph.D. candidate, came out on top

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Maroons cruise to victory in fourth-years’ farewell By Audrey Henkels Sports Editor Men’s baseball swept Illinois Tech at home this Sunday in the team’s last competition of the spring season. Fourth-years Joe Pankow, who threw a complete-game victory in the second of the doubleheader wins, and Rob Serpico, who collected four RBIs over both games, played their final games as Maroons. “I think it was definitely a big day for the seniors and the team as a whole,” Pankow said. “We had to win both games to finish above .500 on the season. Dan [McConologue] pitched really well the first game, and we had a big inning to help secure the first win, and we carried that over into the second game.” “We played really well defensively in both games, which I think was key to the success,” Pankow continued. Chicago led 2–1 after five -and-a-half innings in the opening game before plating five runs in the bottom of the sixth en route to a 7–1 victory. Second-year Stephen Williams got the Maroons on the board with a towering tworun home run to left field in the first inning. After that, neither team scored until the sixth; in the bottom half, Chicago scored five runs off of just three hits. Serpico delivered a run-scoring single before firstyear Jack Cinoman and second-year Trace Capps drew bases-loaded walks. Third-year McConologue scattered five hits over seven innings en route to his third complete game of the year. McConologue (5–4) did not allow a hit until the fourth inning.

“I felt really comfortable on the mound in the first game because I knew that everyone playing behind me was going to give their best effort to pull away with two wins for our seniors,” McConologue said. “I think everyone wanted Rob and Joe to have a positive lasting memory of their last games on J. Kyle Anderson field.” In game two, Pankow (4–5) threw a twohitter as the Maroons swept the Scarlet Hawks 12–1. After yielding a run in the first inning, he allowed just three base runners the rest of the way as he notched his sixth complete game of the season. Serpico scored twice and delivered a two-run double as part of an eight-run Chicago outburst in the opening inning. He also provided a run-scoring base hit in the fourth. The double victory of the day was a proud moment for the Maroons. “We are a pretty close -knit group of guys, and the team will really miss Rob and Joe on and off of the field as they have been major positive role models for myself and other underclassmen,” McConologue said. “Having the last game at home was ideal, and we had a great showing of fans and parents alike.” The fact that the last game of the spring season was at home led to an atmosphere that was conducive to strong performances from the Maroons. “It was nice to see so many people come out and watch the game—definitely a great way to end the season,” Cinoman said. He added a pair of RBIs and went 3-for-4 in game two to finish the year with 59 hits— the most ever by a Chicago freshman. But the day was not just about individual

accomplishments. “We played very well as a team these last two games,” Cinoman explained. “It was very impressive to see what we could do as a team playing at our full potential.” “The [seniors] were honored before the first game, but the way they both played yesterday and the whole season, I think we all felt honored to be on the field with

them for their last game,” Cinoman continued. Chicago finished the season with an 18–16 mark, giving the Maroons their second straight winning season and 11th in the past 16 years. “I’m glad Serpico and I got to go out with two wins and a winning season,” Pankow said.

First-year infielder J. R. Lopez went 2-for-4 in the first of Chicago’s two wins over Illinois Tech. CLAIRE HUNGERFORD/MAROON

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With regional bid, Chicago’s season continues By Will Fallon Sports Editor Softball was psyched to discover that their 2009–2010 season is not over. Chicago (24–13–1) received an at-large bid for the NCAA D-III Division Championship at Simpson College in Indianola, IA, Thursday, May 13. “We are extremely excited to have earned a berth to the NCAA Tournament,” head coach

Ruth Kmak said. “Only 60 teams receive this honor every year, and we are lucky to have been selected.” “When we found out [Tuesday] morning, I felt relieved and so, so happy,” fourth-year first baseman Kathleen Duffy exclaimed. “We’ve worked so hard and finally, have gotten rewarded for it.” The NCAA Championship tournament is a double elimination format. The top eight teams will be playing each other in a bracket. If they lose, the teams are transferred to the second chance

bracket. The champions of these respective brackets will face each other in a final match. If the undefeated team wins this as well, the tournament is over. If they lose, a second game will be played. The division is heavily stacked. The sole team Chicago has already faced this year is secondranked Illinois Wesleyan, whom the Maroons lost to in a doubleheader. The Maroons, ranked eighth, will be facing top seed Linfield (35–5) Thursday. However, Chicago is undeterred.

“[The team] has really shown everyone that we have what it takes to compete at the highest level, and we’re not done yet,” Duffy continued. “So this is not an ending to a season, it’s a new beginning. Everyone in regionals is now 0–0, and we have work to do.” This fresh start could be what Chicago has been waiting for all season. Ever since the team’s stellar spring break performance in Florida, they have been marred by inconsistency. They went

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Tennis Club hosts first tournament By A. G. Goodman Sports Editor

The last time anyone instructed me on the finer points of tennis was over ten years ago, when I would spend Sunday mornings with my uncle who, bleary-eyed and, as I now recognize, hung over, would repeatedly lob tennis balls at me, yelling no further instructions than to try harder and run faster. So it was with unbridled confidence that I woke up Saturday morning and slogged through the miserable rainy weather to the Stagg Courts, where the Chicago Tennis Club was holding its first annual spring tourna-

ment. Two hours later, shamed and embarrassed after my partner and I were quickly swept aside in successive doubles matches, failing to win a single game in either one, I was left to watch from the sidelines as undergraduates, graduates, university professors, as well as members from the community, including

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