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Hair today, gone tomorrow

Illinois economy will recover eventually, says Currie By Sam Levine News Contributor

Artist Peter Ziegler plays barber in his art installation at 53rd Street and Harper Court, a replica of Barack Obama's favorite barbershop. COURTESY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO NEWS OFFICE

By Stacey Kirkpatrick News Staff and Haru Coryne News Contributor A favorite Barack Obama landmark has gone from hair-do hangout to gallery-hopper’s hot-spot, thanks to Art Here, Art Now, a Chicago Art Month exhibit put on by the Hyde Park Alliance for Arts & Culture (HyPA). In coordination with HyPA, the University is lending storefronts to

house pieces by Chicago-based artists, including alumni Danielle Paz (MFA ‘09) and Andre Callot (MFA ‘10). Works include local artist Peter Ziegler’s diligent facsimile of the barbershop on 53rd Street and Blackstone Avenue, where Barack Obama used to get his hair cut. “This was dreamed off the top of my head,” Ziegler said. It’s so realistic, he said, “they think I’m the barber.” Ziegler, who painted Obama at his barbershop, didn’t start out as an artist; initially, he was the caretaker for the

building. When the University bought the space and other businesses vacated, it was his responsibility to keep the structure in shape. “And now I’m an installation artist. I never knew it was coming,” Ziegler said. One space in particular called to him: the barber shop where President Obama used to get his hair cut. Ziegler acquired a barber’s chair and booth seats from a restaurant that had been in the building

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Illinois General Assembly Democratic Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie (A.B. ’68, M.A. ’73) spoke on the state’s current financial impasse at an event hosted by the U of C Women’s Alliance at a law firm in the Loop last Thursday. Currie, who is the first woman to hold the office of majority leader in the Assembly and has served on the Assembly for 32 years, represents portions of Hyde Park, South Shore, Kenwood, Woodlawn, and South Chicago. Although Currie was optimistic about the state’s financial future, she said divided politics is one of the biggest dangers to our government. “Everything is black and white,” s aid Currie, who sponsored a Governor’s bill last session that would have helped balance the state budget but fell short due to divisions in the General Assembly. “People have no reason to listen to what other people say, and there is a general unwillingness from politicians to roll up their sleeves and get to work solving issues that people are most worried about.” Audience members asked questions ranging in topic from Illinois’s $13 billion debt to Springfield’s upcoming plans for

economic recovery. Currie was hopeful that the state would find ways to generate additional sources of revenue, which would gradually improve its fiscal situation. Fo r i n s t a n c e , i n t h e l a s t Assembly session she supported Governor Pat Quinn’s proposal to raise the Illinois income tax by one percent, and Currie proposed on Thursday that the State could save a significant amount of money by doing more correctional work in local communities and not state-funded prisons. A conversation about Chicago politics wouldn’t be complete without mentioning corruption, and Currie argued that former Illinois governor Rod R. Blagojevich shares the largest burden of the responsibility for the state’s debt. He failed to exercise “any form of fiscal restraint” during his time in office, she said. Currie urged audience members to be patient and reminded them that change in Springfield would come gradually. She pointed to the slow implementation of major pieces of legislation in the General Assembly—tougher domestic violence and sexual assault laws, and a statewide mandate for prekindergarten—as evidence of how major legislation takes time to take effect. “People are going to have to wait,” she said. “After all, you can’t rebuild Rome in one day.”

STUDENT GOVERNMENT

CAMPUS

Redesign adds practical features to SG website

Co-op, admin solicit input for renovations

By Amy Myers Senior News Staff As Student Government (SG) prepares to launch UAchieve—a website with the goal of highlighting student achievements and advertising student opportunities—it is looking larger and more robust than it has in years. SG has added new technical positions, updated its website, and created teams of student volunteers in a series of SG expansions implemented for this quarter, all part of an effort to increase transparency and improve student life. The updated website aligns with SG’s goal of extended outreach, according to second-year Frank Alarcon, the undergraduate liaison to the Board of Trustees. “The reason we’re focusing on our websites is we’re taking communication very seriously,” Alarcon said. He believes the updated website will allow for more SG transparency and highlight important information like events and

program announcements. Third-year Teng Bao and firstyear Corey Rateau have filled the positions of Lead Web and M a r k e t i n g M a n a g e r a n d We b Manager, respectively. Bao has already revived complaints.uchicago.edu, a resource that allows students to lodge complaints or offer suggestions about campus policies,” Alarcon wrote in an e-mail. SG asked Bao to assist in minor modifications of uchicagoapartments.com, a website that allows students to search for housing and includes information on legal issues and a renter’s guide. Bao will also be responsible for launching UAchieve, an SG initiative aimed at promoting the good works of UChicago students. Though still in a developmental phase, the UAchieve website features separate categories for student opportunities and student achievements. UAchieve is set to launch early this quarter, though a specific date has not been set.

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By Jonathan Lai News Staff The University and the Seminary Co-op bookstore are soliciting community input on building renovations as the Co-op prepares to move, making way for the Milton Friedman Institute for Research in Economics (MFIRE). The University held a brown-bag

lunch with Ann Beha Architects yesterday, the renovators of 5757 South. University Avenue, the new home of MFIRE and possibly the department of economics. The Maroon did not attend the lunch. Jack Cella, general manager for the Co-op’s parent company, has begun meeting with Tigerman McCurry, the firm selected to design the bookstore’s new location at the McGiffert House

on Woodlawn Avenue and 57th Street, and is asking for feedback from students. Ann Beha Architects will lead the controversial “adaptive reuse” of 5757 South University Avenue. The firm has won a number of preservation awards for their renovation projects. Recent projects include the renovation and expansion of the glass-sheathed

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Tigerman McCurry, the firm chosen to renovate McGiffert House, designed the Holocaust Museum in Skokie, bringing in history with strong symbolism and exaggerated geometry. COURTESY OF FLOYD WILDE


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RESEARCH

Stem cell legislation leaves scientists in limbo By Burke Frank Associate News Editor Reversals in federal funding of University stem cell research have left the fate of current University grant applications unclear and could impact the long term viability of the scientists’ work, according to a University researcher. The most recent, a September 28 ruling by an appellate court, stayed a District of Columbia federal court injunction that forbade federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. But the scientists feel they are in limbo. “As we go through this process of stopping and going and stopping and going, it really retards our ability to make decisions based on science,” said John Cunningham, a University researcher who studies blood diseases, in an interview with Chicago Public Radio. Cunningham said in the interview that he wants to research the effect of embryonic stem cells on leukemia. He was not available for comment. The University currently performs no research on embryonic stem cells, according to Medical Center spokesman John Easton, who offered no further comment. But researchers like Cunningham, whose webpage calls him a leader in pediatric stem cell transplantation, have applied for National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding to use embryonic stem cells in their research.

In March 2009, President Obama signed an executive order removing restrictions on embryonic stem cell research created under the Bush administration. Under the Bush agreement, scientists receiving federal funding could experiment on existing stem cell lines—cells cultivated from one embryo—but could not create new ones, strictly limiting opportunities for research. The Obama order, well received among scientists, permitted the creation of new lines, which increased in number from 21 to 75 through August 2010. “For years [scientists] have contended with research limits that prevent innovation but do not serve a clear moral purpose,” wrote medicine professor Janet Rowley (B.Phil ’44, B.S. ’46, M.D. ’48) in the March 23, 2009 edition of US News & World Report. Rowley served on President Bush’s Council of Bioethics. But the D.C. federal court order this August found Obama’s decision in violation of the Dickey-Weber Amendment, a 1996 law that prohibits federal funding for research in which embryos are destroyed. The most recent reversal, should allow the NIH to continue funding embryonic stem cell research, but the fate of embryonic stem cell research is still uncertain. State and private funding for the research have been limited -- three years ago the Illinois Senate voted to fund embryonic stem cell studies in the state, but a weak economy and budget deficits left no money for the programs.

Scientists believe access to embryonic stem cells like this one could help them make discoveries that would improve treatment for a variety of diseases. COURTESY OF THE WIKIMEDIA FOUNDATION

DISCOURSE

Monkeying around may be theater too, says director By Tarika Khatar News Contributor “Can monkeys make theater?” It’s a question that brought dozens of students to Max Palevsky East on Friday, but theater director Sean Graney didn’t have an answer. “I’m here to ask, not answer that question,” said Graney, wearing a green cap, a tattoo, and a wide smile on his face. Graney challenged attendees to consider theater in a broader con-

text — asking if monkeys can make theater, he said, isn’t such an absurd question. The director of Court Theatre’s ongoing production of Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, Graney challenged audience members to examine their relationship with theater throughout the talk. He asked audience members how their lives might be different without theater and what society would be like without performance. “Going to the theater for me is like a dress

rehearsal for life,” he said. Graney has directed a number of plays at Court Theatre, most recently the popular Mystery of Irma Vep. He also founded The Hypocrites, a Chicago-based theater company known for its avant-garde approach to adapting classics. His adaptation of The Comedy of Errors includes historical dialogue but is still relevant to contemporary audiences, Graney said. He aims to capture the pulse of the play and com-

municate it in a way that today’s audience can understand, he said. “What [Shakespeare] wanted for his society, I wanted for our society: the comedy of the errors.” Graney suggested that there is a symbiotic relationship between actors and the audience and this is both a product of and a contributor to learned behavior. “Theater is not about entertainment or escape for me,” he said. “It’s about seeing something worthy of beholding which will inform me of aspects of my life.”


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CAMPUS LIFE

Websites “only part of the equation” for SG expansion

Prof calls for CPS reforms By Linda Qiu News Contributor Chad Broughton, faculty director of the Chicago Studies program, pushed for public school reform after explaining the history of Chicago’s ethnic migrations at the School of Social Service Administration Thursday. Explaining that mass migration leads to social isolation and segregation, which adds to the concentration of poverty and the decline of social organization, Broughton called for educational reforms to “address the place, the isolation, [and] the poverty,” he said. “There’s attrition [at] all stages of this systemic failure” of public schools, he said. According to Broughton, Chicago Public Schools have a high school graduation rate of 50 percent and a college attendance rate of six percent. “The question is, how did we get here?” However, Broughton was optimistic that things

would improve. He pointed to a large subset of undergraduates majoring in public policy who have strong interests in local schools and neighborhoods. “It’s an exciting time for education on campus,” he said. The lecture, the first of a series of public discussions on combating local poverty, was followed by a question-and-answer session, in which community members voiced frustration concerning the practicality of research without tangible applications. Some students in the audience said the University’s administration is lagging behind those who take initiatives in community service. “The University could definitely do more,” fourth-year English major Marisa Adam said. “Part of the Core should have to do with the community. We need to hear voices in the community that affect our lives directly.” Adam said she felt like the lecture was the first organized event that catered to issues in the community.

Second-year and vice-president for student affairs Patrick Ip, fourth-year and president Greg Nance, and third-year and vice president for administration David Chen. COURTESY OF PAMELA VILLA

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Art in Hyde Park like "light under a bushel," says Olson ART continued from front page and arranged them to look like a real a barber shop. The walls are lined with records he held onto after Dr. Wax closed and threw them out. Art Here, Art Now opened Friday, and featured a host of University and Hyde Park art enthusiasts, including Michelle Olson, director of external and government affairs in the Office of Civic Engagement. “We’re trying to make people aware of the culture,” Olson said, adding that art in Hyde Park is hidden in plain sight, like “a light under a bushel.” Irene Sherr, executive director of HyPA, said she wanted the project to showcase the vast talent she sees in Hyde Park. “Our community has never taken advantage of its art density, of its amount of art per square inch. It’s unsurpassed,” Sherr explained. She added that another of the project’s goals is to “enliven what’s already here.” The spaces, located in a long-vacant building on the corner of 53rd Street and Harper Avenue, serve as the artists’ temporary studios and displays, offering passersby the opportunity to observe the artistic process as it unfolds. The initial idea, presented by local artist Melissa

Weber, was centered on the concept of an open studio, Olson said. Ultimately the project came to focus on stationary installation art, though other media are also represented in the project. For artist Cydney Lewis, who is currently presenting her work at the space, much of the program’s appeal comes from its disarming transparency. “Most people say, ‘Oh, I don’t know anything about art,” she said. “Even when I was at a gallery, people were intimidated.” Putting the artist as well as the art on exhibition “takes away that scariness,” she said. The University’s department of visual arts also has a gallery within the Art Here, Art Now program space that features works created by alumni who earned their MFA degrees here. This gallery, which will also feature the works of current thesis students, will eventually relocate to the Logan Arts Center, once it opens. It is scheduled for completion in spring 2012, at a projected cost of $114 million. The exhibitions at 53rd and Harper will be open throughout the month of October. While official “open house” hours are every Saturday between 1 and 5 p.m., each artist is free to come and work according to his or her own schedule.

New Co-op will have space for readers as well as books ARCHITECTURE continued from front page Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, NH, and the Cambridge Public Library, a Romanesque Revival building built in 1887. Chicago-based architecture firm Tigerman McCurry was selected to design the bookstore by the Architect Selection Committee, a committee composed of University faculty, community members, a student representative, and Cella. Tigerman McCurry has designed a number of postmodern buildings in Illinois, including the Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, IL, a collection of stark, metaphor-laden buildings. Other buildings in its portfolio include Pensacola Place apartments, a North Side apartment complex topped by curved windows and an allusion to Ionic columns, and the Burnham Station apartments, composed of stacked glass cubes. “It wasn’t an easy choice. Each of them had such great proposals,” said Jack Cella, general manager for the Co-op’s parent company. Tigerman McCurry declined to comment on potential redesign plans. The Seminary Co-op of the future will be more roomy than its current home, featuring reading chairs and more open space. Other possibilities include a coffee shop and a backyard. “The University’s pretty intent on having a student-run coffee shop,” Cella noted. Cella was particularly excited about the

increased space that will be available to the bookstore in its new location. “There’s a lot of space. What we’re trying to replicate is the sense of a variety of different rooms and spaces, while making it less confusing for our visitors. I would like to have spaces that can be used for book clubs, student groups, and events.” The Co-op has been in its present location, in the basement of the Chicago Theological Seminary, on University Avenue and 57th Street, since its founding in 1961.” This space has served the Co-op well,” said Cella. “We’ve been here for 49 years, but I think, right away, [the move] had so many possibilities. It’s much more accessible. The temperature can be controlled.” Envisioning a long-term future for the bookstore, Cella said that the move will allow the bookstore to be more modern. “Content delivery is changing,” he said. “One way to respond is to see a bookstore as an intellectual community, a gathering space for people of different ideas.” Cella hopes to have chairs spread around the bookstore, movable shelves for flexible space, and use of the backyard. Tigerman McCurry has committed to weekly meetings with representatives of the Co-op, and Cella is asking for feedback from students. “The ownership structure is still the same: a community-owned bookstore. You’re the owner, I’m the owner, the President of the United States is the owner. If people have suggestions, the people here are anxious to hear them.” —Additional reporting by Ella Christoph

Rateau’s main responsibility as the Web manager includes transforming the now inactive UBazaar into a usable website for students, Alarcon said. Additionally, the website will now feature voting records and the attendance of both College Council and Graduate Council members at SG meetings. The change, suggested by Alarcon last year, comes as part of an SG push toward accountability. “Websites are not the only thing we’re doing,” Alarcon said. “Websites are only part of the equation.” The expansion of SG’s online presence follows the creations of new liaison positions and new initiatives like the SG van programs. Fourth-year Allen Linton was chosen for the new position of Community and

Government Liaison, created last March. SG also plans to expand through a series of volunteer groups, called action teams. Those have been grouped into an events and outreach team, a discounts program team, and a UAchieve team. The potential exists for the creation of more teams, specifically a technology-based group, according to Alarcon. “We hope to mobilize the action teams starting after this week,” Alarcon said. He expects the student body will see the effects of the groups this quarter. Recruitment for the teams began in O-Week and informational sessions have been scheduled for this weekend. “We’re expecting a core group of people,” Alarcon said. He hopes for “15 to 30 regular members” to comprise each action team.

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Construction must go on, but admins should meet students midway and get job done during summer If you don’t live in BurtonJudson or SCRH, you may want to check out what’s happening on the south side of campus. The Midway Plaisance, which this time of year is usually an uninterrupted stretch of autumn foliage and scattered Frisbee games, is now a series of construction projects and concrete barriers, an extended mud pile all the way down the Ellis and Woodlawn crossings. Returning students immediately noticed the rather blatant impediment to a usually unobstructed (albeit wind-ravaged) crossing of the Midway, and were left wondering why such heavy, safetythreatening development was not mostly completed during the summer. Branded the Midway Crossings Project, the construction will create a symbolic “bridge” across the Midway: a recognizable landmark to cultivate a sense of community and comfort. The project includes

a wider, renovated sidewalk, new light towers and LED side-lights for increased illumination, and tree-laden “buffer” zones. Additions like the Midway Crossing Project both enrich the aesthetic quality of the university and increase student safety. It’s not clear, however, why the work couldn’t be finished during the summer. According to the project schedule, construction should end November 10, six weeks after classes have begun. It’s a familiar situation, and one that’s getting a bit old. If construction had begun even a month earlier, the brunt of construction would be completed, well, now. This fact is crucial because this type of construction—unlike that of the Mansueto Library—actively interferes with student life. Morning walks to Hum become mini-odysseys, with bustling two-way foot traffic within the few feet that the barriers provide.

Commonly used CTA routes like the #171 and #172 are frequently delayed by the fact that buses have to painstakingly turn around those same jutting barriers. Worse still, safety phones are far less accessible than they were before construction began, and being stuck between a concrete wall and a fence isn’t the most comforting situation for a student walking home late at night. Th e c o n s t r u c t i o n h a s i n f a c t exacerbated the safety concerns that were the central reason for undertaking the project in the first place. Yes, construction happens, and it won’t always be ideally executed, but finishing these kinds of projects before the summer simply must be a priority. Letting the majority of the student body find out about such projects by forcing them to navigate the horror of Ellis Avenue on move-in day isn’t the most productive of strategies.

When projects like this one have significant implications for student life and safety, why not have open meetings so student concerns and solutions can be taken into account? Or, better yet, finish before the school year and avoid the problem altogether. Cooperation must accompany construction. The project might increase safety, but its construction does not. Instead, it leaves commuters feeling vulnerable and cramped. When projects radically change the way we go to classes, the amount of time it takes just to get to Walgreens, and the amount of space available for midnight soccer, they ought to be discussed as a community and, as much as possible, resolved during the summer. The MAROON Editorial Board consits of the Editor-in-Chief, Viewpoints Editors, and an Editorial Board member.

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Have you heard “L ove The Way You Lie” by Eminem, featuring Rihanna? Chances are if you turned on the radio this summer, you couldn’t escape it. It’s a horrible song, and the video is probably worse, but the truth is it rings eerily true to our political reality. Progressive voters in November will have to decide between a Republican Party with no agenda and a Democratic Party that has failed them on every count. The real question of this election cycle will be, do progressive voters love the way Democrats lie? It’s more than being angry that the Obama administration has compromised on every issue to the sacrifice of progressive goals while never capturing that elusive bipartisan unicorn. It’s not that voters like me are angry that compromise exists— we understand political realities. The real problem is that we’re not respected—our mandate doesn’t count. While Republicans proudly, and intelligently, pander to their base, Democrats openly flout their own. What do progressive/liberal voters get in return for their faithful votes? Why, they get the distinction of being “effing retarded,” according to Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel. More amusing still, they get the

Administration’s press secretary, Robert Gibbs, publicly chastising them for apparently wishing to eliminate the Pentagon! The Democrats’ election strategy is two-fold: First, come out and seem liberal. Interestingly enough, touting progressive policies such as healthcare reform and financial regulation is popular and wins elections. In the past month and a half, we’ve seen Obama in 2008 fury. He raises his hand, he yells, he uses cute metaphors about ditches and cars and Republicans sipping slurpies. All this is great politics, because it’s true: Republicans have put up unprecedented resistance to any legislation, even if partially crafted by their side. But in the face of disastrous and irrecoverable poll numbers, the Administration has taken another stance, one that has been a personal favorite of the president in every speech: slamming the progressive wing of his party. In a coordinated onetwo, Biden first told us to “Buck up” and come out and vote, while the President himself called progressives “irresponsible” if they choose to sit this election out. This leaves me with only one conclusion. The Administration has already raised the white flag; they’ve accepted losing and are scapegoating the left for its inexplicable losses. How a party that achieved a mandate so huge

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By Peter Ianakiev Viewpoints Editor In listing all that is wrong with America today, the GOP’s Pledge to America asserts, “An unchecked executive, a compliant legislature, and an overreaching judiciary have combined to thwart the will of the people and overturn their votes and their values, striking down longstanding laws and institutions and scorning the deepest b eliefs of the American people.” This statement contains a number of errors. Most obviously, there is the question of whether or not the Obama administration can be said to be “unchecked.” Beleaguered liberals have to ask here, on which of his major initiatives was President Obama fully able to get everything he wanted? Th e p a s s i n g o f h e a l t h c a r e reform and financial regulation were both marked by numerous compromises on issues like the public option, not to mention the unprecedented number of Obama nominees to federal offices that t h e Re p u b l i c a n s i n C o n g r e s s have successfully been able to block. The Republicans have a 19-seat deficit in the Senate and a 75-seat deficit in the House of Representatives. If a party so dramatically in the minority is able to affect the outcome of political negotiations in such a profound way, one has to wonder how the

major issue facing Americans today is an unchecked executive. Then there’s the issue of a compliant legislature. Here, the gulf between reality and the contents of the Pledge is even more extreme. According to Senate records, the 111th Congress has seen 123 motions for cloture in its term. This is almost twice the totals of the 10 9th and 10 8th Congresses, which were the last times Democrats were in the minority. Considering these facts, it’s simply absurd to assert that Congress is compliant or that President Obama’s power is unchecked. One can’t even argue that it’s just the Democrats who are overly compliant with the President’s wishes; the very threat of a filibuster by the opposition is enough to scare away the Congressional Democratic leadership from trying to pass a bill, while Democratic senators like Ben Nelson and Mary Landrieu practically fall over themselves trying to find excuses to disagree with their party. Simply put, the 111th Congress is the furthest thing from a rubber stamp for Obama’s policies. But these are relatively minor points of contention with the sample of text above. Its content, which reverberates throughout the pledge, has to do with the government ignoring the demands and pleas of voters.

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Democrats slated to lose elections because of President Obama’s weakness CAMPAIGN continued from page 5 and overwhelming in 2008 could lose so pitifully to a party impervious to facts is dumbfounding. But the truth is Democrats will lose this November. Not because there are more Republicans or because the Tea Party is too strong or because Democrats

have done too much in a center-right country. They will lose b ecause b oth their base and Independents will not vote. Democrats have failed to deliver on the change they promised in 2006 and 2008. More importantly in American politics, the Administration has been the face of weak-

ness on every single issue, and weakness in politics is suicide. Good policy is good politics when coupled with bold leadership and a continuous show of strength. The Democrats have failed on all counts and have set themselves up for failure. My only hope is that they learn their lesson

(they won’t), because I believe the country already has—we’re done with the abuses of the Democratic party.

in a political body, when that party is the chief reason for those specific problems. If Republicans were truly concerned with the “transfer of power back to the people,� their main target would not be Speaker Pelosi, but rather the Senate filibuster, whose record use assures that any major piece of legislation has to have at least 60 votes in favor. The filibuster allows unpopular minority parties to control the debate over various issues, as well as whether or not anything significant gets passed. It was the threat of a filibuster which prevented the addition of the public option to healthcare reform and which prevented any sort of major consideration of environmental regulation. For Republicans to complain ab out Washington ignoring the views and opin-

ions of the American people and not talk about their own overuse of the filibuster takes serious chutzpah. I would never suggest that popular support necessarily means one policy is better than another. Nobody can truly believe this—especially not the Republicans who blocked the public option. But if the GOP wants to accuse Democrats of not respecting the will of the people and the values of the voting public, it at least has to acknowledge its refusal to follow the majority when it came to the public option, climate change, and financial regulation. To do anything less than that would simply be hypocrisy.

Jonathan Rodrigues is a third-year in the College majoring in Latin American Studies.

Republican Party pledge is inconsistent with party’s own actions PLEDGE continued from page 5 There is something to this charge, but it seems that the pledge gets things exactly backward here. The public option, for example, was a widely supported plank of health care reform and it was the Republican opposition and the threat of a filibuster that kept it from being passed. How can Republicans really argue that Democrats scorn the beliefs of the American people and seek to thwart their will, when President Obama was the one who campaigned on a public option and the American people supported it during the debate over health care reform? Given that health care was the major political issue of the last Congress, this does not seem like a minor point.

There are other examples, of course; polls show that a significant majority of American voters favored financial regulation, as well as stronger efforts to combat global warming. Congressional efforts to combat global warming were rendered impossible by the Republican opposition. Then, clearly, if our government actually ignores the will of the people and seeks to “scorn the deepest beliefs of the American people,� the blame for that goes to a Republican Party that has little to no interest in respecting the majority will of the people whenever it conflicts with party ideology. There’s something wonderfully ironic in a party platform that derides the inefficiency, incompetence, and lack of representation

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Howl tenderly depicts a great mind of the Beat generation By Rob Underwood Voices Angelheaded Hipster I am hard-pressed to recall a recent movie I've thought more about before viewing, than Howl, Rob Epstein’s and Jeffrey Friedman’s first major foray into non-documentary filmmaking. The film centers on the public and private life of poet Allen Ginsberg and the 1957 obscenity trial over the publication of Howl and Other Poems. The bold decision to name the movie after the poem, the writer/directors’ history of focusing on gay-related themes in American society, and the cultural clout of Ginsberg and his ever-controversial poem all made for a considerable amount of

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material to consider before showtime. The result was a somewhat predictable, yet extremely efficient, exploration of brief portions of Ginsberg’s life and the obscenity trial that can hardly be placed in the now-stale category of “biopic.” Split into roughly three sections, the two which focus on Ginsberg and the work itself are undoubtedly the strongest. The first section takes Ginsberg the man as its subject, with James Franco providing an extremely sentimental and subdued performance based on actual taped interviews of Ginsberg.

Allen Ginsberg (James Franco) begins his manifesto on how cool he is. Look at those thick-framed glasses! COURTESY OF OSCILLOSCOPE PICTURES

Epstein and Friedman retain the interviewstyle format, with most of Franco’s dialogue being directed to an unseen interviewer behind the camera. Within this narrative line come scenes which fictionalize and dramatize Ginsberg’s reflections (showing him interacting with

other prominent Beat artists, lovers of both sexes, etc.), but which always return to Franco sitting on a couch, smoking a cigarette, and answering questions into a recorder. The use of this overall interviewstyle structure helps rescue the movie from trivial biography and allows Franco to

ground his characterization of Ginsberg in a concrete time and place. This place is one of reflection, and despite some jubilant moments, the remembrances of Franco’s Ginsberg (which ostensibly take place during the obscenity trial) are almost always

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Renaissance Society becomes a room divided with Rebecca Warren By Morgan McCarty Voices Material Girl Sculpture is an artistic medium that is very much concerned with itself. The Renaissance Society’s latest exhibition—a collection of new works by London-based sculptor Rebecca Warren—is a rumination on the effect and method of sculpture. Mainly done in clay, bronze, and steel, the pieces exhibit a vitrine-like quality by playing off each other’s presences within the space. Interactive and engaging, Warren’s abstracted pieces are an argument concerning the definitions and limitations of sculpture.

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Filling the entirety of the gallery space, the pieces are split unevenly between its left and right sides. The left side is filled with numerous small, light, clay sculptures, while a few heavier, more exact steel pieces occupy the right. The two sides immediately ignite a conversation about the different forms of sculpture. And exactly in the middle of the exhibit space sits a small bronze cube on wheels. Walking through the exhibit (regardless of which side one starts on), each cluster of sculptures takes on a particular motif in addition to its similar formal properties. The pieces on the left exhibit amorphous, feminine qualities with exacting attention paid to the use of color. The

Rebecca Warren's "Cube" is centered in the room but considers itself a freewheeler. COURTESY OF THE RENNAISANCE SOCIETY

"Hills” series, “Rain,” and “Inland Empire” are mangled, awkwardly-colored clay forms that invite interactivity as they challenge the viewer to identify some sort of subject out of the abstraction. In the abstracted, cubic forms, one can see twisted glimpses of human figures in a diverse set of actions: clamoring to the top, falling, suspended. Situated on the left side is “A Culture,” perhaps

the most forthright form in the exhibit because of its shape, suggestive of the female form, and lack of color. The exaggerated anatomy and unique balance of the bulbous form is humorous, doting, and vulgar: an outlandishly feminine, carnivalesque form. In contrast, near this figure is the low-to-the-ground “Reclining Figure” made in steel and pompom. It lies, silently, in observation of the landscape before it, almost like it snuck

away from its companions. The right side of the gallery is dominated by angular steel constructions similar to “Reclining Figure.” The space is architecturally balanced, as “Vertical Composition III,” “Function V,” and “Large Male” triangulate the single clay form in the area, “The Other Brother Part Two.” Compared to the left side, the overall feeling of the space is less human, much more cold, and detached. Only a single pompom on each piece will bring a smile to your face. This tiny detail, in addition to the clay forms, seem to be the most accessible windows into Warren’s shrewd humor. Warren’s steel pieces are more linear and less accessible, and the steel figures oppose the single unrefined figure encased in a Perspex case instead of inhabiting the space with it. One gets the feeling that this figure has been separated from its companions for its difference and ability to relate to the other side. The steel figures emanate traditionally masculine qualities of strength, rationale, ambition, and precision. They literally and figuratively balance differently than their counterparts. Unable to stay separated, the two sides inevitably invade each other. For instance, united by the seemingly newly-minted, childlike “Cube” in the center of the space, “The Other Brother Part Two” and “A Culture” form a family, linking both sides of the gallery. In this way, it seems Warren is arguing for the progression of sculpture through marriage of disciplines. Rebecca Warren’s exhibit is highly self-referential in this way, as the motifs presented concern the very objects through which they are expressed.


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In the beginning, there was food Sometimes when you pick up a piece of paper, that piece of paper is covered in letters. And sometimes, in the life of Man, extremely important things happen. Often things which at first seem no more significant than a lonely twig, the guttural wailings of a lonely waif, or a piece of paper covered in letters. Is this one of those things? Is it? Is it?! It is. Take a quick breath of air, reader, and ready your imaginationsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;in we go. Before food (B.F.), the world was a cold, dark, and unforgiving terra. After food (A.F.), the world is rendered as soft and dry as a gently rising soufflĂŠ. Food is happy and free. Food congregates in pleasant bundles like the fat, lowing lambs of Etruria dotting the vista like white lint on a shirt black as the cold autumn night, like oh-so-many adolescent salmon wandering sinuous rivers. We call these bounte-

ous herds courses. And the fields that they roam, those we call restaurants. But it is the invention of food that is the topic of discussion today. Restaurants will be examined closely in future columns. One must not be too hasty. It would be madness to dive into the entrĂŠe without having first banished both soup and greens to the duodenum. And, dear reader, for all our faults, madness is not among them. Food was invented in 1407 A.F. In the era B.F., man found the basic nectar necessary for life in a barren selection of paltry solids known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;paleophoods.â&#x20AC;? These â&#x20AC;&#x153;paleophoods,â&#x20AC;? so much as we can intuit from modern archaeological evidence, consisted of five academies. Some parallels can be drawn from the â&#x20AC;&#x153;paleophoodalâ&#x20AC;? academies to the modern so-called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Food Pyramid,â&#x20AC;? but not many. About five. But for all their Neolithic inadequacies,

the simple joys of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;paleophoodsâ&#x20AC;? must not be forgotten, for modern food bears with it an unfathomable burden. What work of art is this food? This food is ornamental and expensive. This food is genetically engineered and mass-produced. This food has the ability to incur the sublime. It brings peoples together, inspires romance, and fuels the hungry Men of Science working even as you read this column to carry our civilization to its final and ultimate Utopia. Food is life. And you, I fear, cannot hope to explore this alone. We are your guides through this complex and misunderstood realm of shadows and shades. We are your Virgils. Your Rhadamanthi. Your boatmen on the River Styx. The reason we have opted to write a column on food, as opposed to some equally engaging topic, is that we do not know anything else. Food is our means, our ends,

our world, and our all-consuming passion. But in all seriousness, food is hard to find, and food is expensive. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll tell you where to find good food, and how much it costs, and how to get to where it is. And why would you do this? Because we think (and we hope that you thinkâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or will think) that eating Good Food is fun and important and a good way to spend your timeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;perhaps even an essential ingredient in the plentiful stew we call The Good Life. One last thing: Let us speak for a moment about drink. Drink is like food, but drink is not food. Whereas food is solid, drink is not. Whereas food is warm, drink is not. Whereas food is good, drink is not. And, whereas food is the topic of this, our column, drink is not. Nope. Make a note of that. Until we meet again, dear reader. Farewell, stay well, and eat well.

Howl avoids conventional anti-censorship rhetoric (almost) HOWL continued from page 8 tinged with the hint of futile longing and subdued pain. The second section would have benefited from a similar technique of restraint and subtlety, but the thoughtful substance which it lacks is at times skillfully replaced with fascinatingly severe and extreme images. This portion, derived largely from Ginsbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oral debut of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Howlâ&#x20AC;? (known as the Six Gallery Reading), with corresponding animation, constitutes a strange attempt at an â&#x20AC;&#x153;adaptation.â&#x20AC;? Again, the film benefits greatly from the decision to ground these portions in Ginsbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reading at the Six Gallery, rendering the hallucinatory and imaginative portrayal of Ginsbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s words comprehensible in context. The animation itself stays true to Ginsbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s graphic and uncompromised image of a devastatingly overbearing society, yet it was also one of the first places in the film where the predictability of the subject matter shone through. The images presented are the ones for which â&#x20AC;&#x153;Howlâ&#x20AC;? is famous: drug addicts ignored by society and left to rot, triumphant sex between men and women amongst landscapes constructed out of genitals, and the socio-industrial monster Moloch, who seeks to squash any perversion from social conformity. It is visually engaging at all times, but rarely does it deviate from the imagery already present in the poem. Still, these scenes have the virtue of being consistently engrossing, even on an instinctual level, something which the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third part, the portrayal of the obscenity trial between the state and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, sorely lacked. Headed by Jon Hamm as Ferlinghettiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attorney and David Straitairn as the prosecutor, one would think that this portion could produce a Law

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Jake Ehrlich (Jon Hamm) is the sexiest lawyer in town. COURTESY OF OSCILLOSCOPE PICTURES

and Order, or at least a Judge Joe Brown, level of courtroom drama and intrigue. Instead, we get a markedly dull parade of figures who either applaud or denounce the poem, a lineup not helped in any way by glints of contemporary star power. The idiocy of putting the literary worth of any work on trial is extremely wellwrought, with witnesses consistently fumbling over themselves as they try to pinpoint the meaning and worth of passages in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Howl.â&#x20AC;? Perhaps the filmmakers would concede my criticisms and still con-

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sider their job an undeniable success. After the ridiculousness of the court has been realized, however, the march of witnesses continues ad nauseam and only boredom ensues. Hammâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s uninspired closing speech denouncing censorship puts the kibosh on the ordeal, but not before delivering a oneliner of David Caruso proportions (donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; t want to ruin the surprise here, but youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll know it when you hear it). All three of these sections are scattered throughout the movie, creating a sort of three-way collage rather than a straight

triptych. To denounce the whole film based on the weakness of one of these sections would be unfair: Despite the shortcomings of the trial scenes, the other two-thirds are more than enough to carry the drama of Ginsbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; s life and work through to the end of the movie. And while the refined tone of the movie died in those court scenes, the ambiguous and chaotic relationship Ginsberg had with his work, and with society as a whole, shines through with complexity and drama for the majority of the film.


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CHICAGO MAROON | SPORTS | October 5, 2010

WOMEN’S SOCCER

Maroons show steel in win over Carnegie By Lori Knapp Sports Staff Despite difficult weather conditions, women’s soccer started off the UAA tournament with a victory on Saturday afternoon. The Maroons defeated Carnegie Mellon 2-1, improving their record to 6-3-1 and 1-0 in UAA competition. Chicago played a dominant game, with nine corner kick opportunities versus the Tartans’ three and outshooting their opponents 12-9. In a strong show of their leadership and experience, the upperclassmen took charge throughout the game. Fourth-year Emily Benoit started off the scoring with a 12-yard score off a pass from fourth-year Sarah Loh in the 17th minute. Carnegie Mellon’s Elsa Wu responded three minutes later with an unassisted goal in front of the net, leveling the score at one. Loh responded fifteen minutes later, however, scoring the game-winning goal in the 32nd minute, tapping the ball in off the crossbar. After the Maroons’ second goal, defense reigned supreme. Third-year goalie Emma Gormley performed strongly with four saves for the Maroons, compared to the Tartans’ two stops.

The team agreed that the weather was the biggest obstacle preventing them from b ettering their performance, but they believe they will continue to carry their momentum forward into the rest of the tournament. Second-year Marquel Reddish admitted, “It wasn’t the best game we’ve played this season. It was freezing and raining sideways. But we found a way to win and that’s what matters.” Last year, the Maroons began their UAA campaign with a tie at Carnegie Mellon, ending up 4-2-1 in the conference. With this game behind them, Reddish has hope for an even stronger finish this year, saying, “It was really important for us to start off our UAA campaign with a win at home.” Second-year Brigette Kragie viewed the game as good practice for the remaining matches in the tournament, especially the team’s next game at Emory. “On Saturday, we battled through the rain and continued to play our game on offense and defense, getting us the win,” Kragie stated. “Going down to Emory, we will have to do the same thing and not let the heat and humidity get to us.” Kragie remains confident the team will be able to defeat the elements and Emory, adding, “I know my team will fight to get the win.”

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Besides Tartans, Maroons forced to contend with rain, gusting wind to secure upset

Fourth-year Andy Dallos heads a ball in swirling rain against Carnegie. DARREN LEOW/MAROON

M. SOCCER continued from back page outshot Carnegie Mellon 21-14, including a 9-0 count in the two overtime periods. Carnegie, known as a big, physical, and athletic team, is capable of scoring in bunches and tends to command games by throwing midfielders into the attack. Chicago, however, was prepared for the Tartans’ strategy. Duffield started up top for Chicago, alongside third-year Stanton Coville, shifting Clifford to midfield for much of the game and giving the Maroons some height against the Carnegie defense. The poor weather certainly played a part in the game. It rained for over half of

the game, affecting the pitch and flow of the game as a southern wind gusted. In the first half and first overtime, it was at the backs of Carnegie. At halftime, neither team had scored. Wiercinski made a tactical change, choosing to keep Clifford as the lone striker, withdrawing Coville into the midfield to contend with Carnegie’s strength there. As a result, the game soon shifted in Chicago’s favor. Carnegie’s goal was laid off to the topleft corner of the box, where the left back one-timed it as hard as he could. The ball seemed to travel about 15 yards over the

bar, as Giusto turned to watch it fly onto 55th street. Strangely, however, the ball died in the wind and began to change directions in midair before bouncing right in the six-yard box for Carnegie midfielder Kyle Young to head home. The first Chicago goal came soon after. Pikna had a free kick from about 35 yards out in the left wing. He curled the ball beautifully with his right foot into the upper far corner of the net. The Carnegie goalkeeper was caught a little bit off his line as the ball carried with the wind. After the Maroons made their tactical adjustment, Carnegie surrendered a number of free kicks, one on which Chicago was finally able to capitalize. The game went into double overtime, still tied at 1-1. The Maroons played strong defense throughout the game. Chicago’s back line played phenomenally, especially central defenders Rashad Masri and Ryan Tunstall. With just seven matches for each team in the UAA, every goal and result counts, and Chicago’s win, combined with draws by Rochester, Wash U, and Emory, put the Maroons in a strong starting position. With an important win under their belts, the Maroons still face a difficult schedule in one of the nation’s top conferences. Chicago plays its first away game of the conference schedule Saturday, traveling to ninth-ranked Emory (9–0–1, 0–0–1), before heading to 14th-ranked Rochester (6–0–4, 0–0–1) next weekend. Wash U rounds out the conference’s contingent in the Top 25, currently ranked 13th. Although men’s soccer anticipates a difficult schedule, the upcoming forecast looks promising.

Maroons learn from tournament, look to carry momentum into Concordia match VOLLEYBALL continued from back page near reaching our peak. It could be that the loss needed to happen to fuel us for when we meet again.” Smalls felt the same way, stating, “It is good we won two out of three games, but we did not play our game, and we should have won all three.” She went on to say that the tournament was a wake-up call for the team, forcing them to reevaluate what they want out of the season. Coach Walby also sensed the missed opportunity, but as she said, “the girls learned, and maybe next time there will be a different outcome.” But the Maroons must still compete against the seemingly indomitable Washington Bears. The Bears have been national champions three times since 2003 and are currently the defending champions, a title they are protecting tenaciously with a 17—0 record. That type of resolve is what Smalls wants to see Chicago adopt. “We have to improve on playing consistently at a high level, playing our true game no matter who is on the other side of the court,” she said. “It’s easy to play lax against teams that are less competitive, but great teams, national championship teams, are ones that play tenaciously against any opponent. I think we need to take up the goal of consistency as individuals and as a team.” However, the Maroons must first take care of the Concordia Chicago Cougars in their upcoming match on Tuesday, Octob er 12th at the Ratner Athletics Center.

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On cloudy day, Maroons light up scoreboard By Nick Foretek Sports Editor Amid chilling downpours and swirling winds, the sort of weather that usually mutes cheerleaders and banishes mascots to heated clubhouses, the Maroons resoundingly defeated Ohio Wesleyan 30—6, snapping a two-game losing streak and improving to 3—2 on the season. Abetted by superb defensive and special teams play, the Maroons capitalized early and often on a multiplicity of Ohio Wesleyan turnovers. The Maroons jumped to a 7—0 lead halfway through the first quarter after secondyear Cameron Grimes blocked a punt immediately recovered and run into the end-zone by second-year Alex Dzierbicki. Th e M a r o o n s c o n t i n u e d t o w r e a k havoc against an Ohio Wesleyan spe cial teams unit that seemed intent upon competing with the weather for the least attractive portion of the day’s events. The Maroons recovered a fumbled punt early in the second quarter, later extending the lead to 10—0 after a successful 20-yard field goal from first-year Jeff Sauer. After a three-and-out for the Battling Bishops on the following possession, the Maroons once again blocked punter Brandon Urankar’s attempt, leading to a one-yard rushing touchdown by third-year Francis Adarkwa. The subsequent possession for the Battling Bishops yielded much the same result: three ineffective downs giving way to a third blocked punt and a scrambling touchdown by first-year quarterback Vincent Cortina, who was making just the second start of his career on Saturday. “Quite honestly, I determined early on in our preparation that we had a significant schematic advantage against OWU,” said linebacker and special teams coach Daniel Gritti. “The weather actually hurt our special teams. If the surface was less slippery, we would have blocked one if not two more punts.” The dominant Maroons took a 30—0 lead into halftime. “We added a few designed quarterback running plays suitable for me and a wildcat offense,” said Cortina, explaining the team’s offensive strategy coming into the game. “The weather was a huge factor in the game planning and execution. The weather completely

First-year Ian Gaines scores a touchdown after scooping up a blocked punt against Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday at Stagg Field. DARREN LEOW/MAROON

took away the passing game. It made us rely more on the run, which in the end turned out to be ok.” Ohio Wesleyan (0 —5) struggled offensively throughout the game, proving unable to advance the ball against a stifling Chicago defense. The Maroon wall continuously closed running holes and managed to smother the Battling Bishops’ ground game. This strength was reflected in the box score; Ohio Wesleyan was forced to pass the ball 20 times, as opposed to the seven passes attempted by the Maroons. This was largely because of the early Maroon lead and a repeated inability to forward the ball on first

and second downs. “We knew what we wanted to accomplish going in, and that was to eliminate the big play element and shut down the run through physical play,” said third-year defensive lineman Jake Longtin, who had 1.5 sacks on the day. “They ran an offense that our type of defense is specifically fine-tuned to shut down…. Fortunately, the weather was more detrimental for OWU than it was for us.” The game’s outcome was clearly determined halfway through the second quarter, signaling an important statement from the Maroons just one week before homecoming. The Maroons had dropped their previous two games by a

combined score of 62—34 but improved their home record to 2—0. Coming off their dominant performance Saturday, the Maroons look ahead to next week’s homecoming against Denison, expecting the return of starting fourth-year quarterback Marshal Oium from injury. Speaking of expectations moving forward, Gritti explained, “To paraphrase an old commercial: ‘This isn’t your father’s Maroon football.’ Playing well is no longer good enough. We only care about being great and winning championships. Accomplishing anything less is an abject failure on the part of both the coaches and the players.”

Disappointed with performance, men hope to improve in coming races

Third-year Moe Bahrani crests a hill in the middle of the course at Saturday’s Loyola Lakefront Invitational. Bahrani was U of C’s top finisher in the men’s race, coming in 30th out of 528. MATT BOGEN/U OF C ATHLETICS

CROSS COUNTRY continued from back page uted to the women’s strong performance. Fourth-year Liz Lawton had a time of 17:50, which earned her fourth place out of

the 511 female competitors. She was only 17 seconds behind the winner, McMaster’s Jessica Pearo. Other notable athletes include second-

year Julia Sizek (18:35, 36th place), thirdyear Rachel Ohman (18:57, 50th place), first-year Michaela Whiteman (1910, 75th place), fourth-year Molly Peverada (19:21, 98th place), third-year Sonia Khan (19:21, 99th place), and fourth-year Lizzie Bright (19:27, 116th place). For the men, our top finisher was thirdyear Moe Bahrani, who finished 30th out of 528 with a time of 25:51. Compare this to the first place time of 24:32, run by DePaul’s Matthew Graham. Other standout athletes were secondyear Billy Whitmore (25:57, 41st place), f i r s t - y e a r D a n Po v i t s k y ( 2 6 : 0 9 , 7 2 n d place), third-year Brian Wille (26:19, 9 2nd place), second-year Wyatt Jones (26:21, 94th place), second-year Gregor Siegmund (26:41, 145th place), and fourth-year Andrew Wells- Qu (26:45, 154th place). The day disappointed some of the men’s strongest runners, according to Bahrani. “Two runners usually in our top five, Arthur Baptist and Issac Dalke, both had rough days, so its tempting to say that we would have done even better if those two had run where they were supposed to.” However, Bahrani acknowledged that variable performance is simply part of the sport. “‘What-ifs’ are dangerous to talk about because every team has ups and downs, and no one really cares if you have

one or two guys not run up to their potential. All anyone cares about at the end of the day are the results.” Heading into the second half of the season, both teams are focusing on specific areas of improvement. For the women, teamwork remains integral. “I think we need to close our gap for our 2–5 pack and run more as a team,” Sizek stated. “We’ve been working on this during practice […], but we also need to make sure that people stick together in races.” The men face different problems going into the latter half of the season, as Bahrani explained. “We’re doing all the right things training-wise and strategy-wise: running as a team and so on. But we’re just not good enough at this point to compete with the Augustana and UW- Stevens Point and other teams that we’re going to have to beat to get out of a very competitive Midwest region.” Only five teams from the Midwest region can advance to NCAAs. According to Bahrani, “Getting out of the region as a team has been our goal since day one, but we’re going to need to make some major strides in the next few weeks to do it.” On Friday, the Maroons compete at the Benedictine Invitation in Lisle, I L, where they will attempt to improve upon problem areas and working toward the NCAAs.


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SPORTS

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MEN’S SOCCER

Upset Special

Maroons steal show against undefeated Carnegie By Audrey Henkels Sports Staff The Maroons won their UAA opener in stunning fashion on Saturday, defeating previously undefeated and second-ranked Carnegie Mellon 2–1 at the end of double overtime as first-year Sam Duffield threaded a ball to fourth-year Alex Clifford who buried a ball in the back of the net. Following a scoreless first half, Carnegie (8-1, 0-1) took the lead on a header that straddled the goal line as a result of swirling winds. Chicago tied the match when third-year Alan Pikna blasted a 35-yard free kick past the Tartans’ goalie, who finished the day with ten saves. With time winding down in the contest, Duffield played the ball through the midfield to Clifford, who scored his second goal of the season on the ensuing breakaway to give the Maroons (7-3, 1-0) the upset victory. Third-year Chris Giusto collected a pair of saves as the Maroons

M. SOCCER continued on page 13

Second-year Garrett Laird passes across the pitch during Chicago’s 2–1 victory over Carnegie on Saturday at Stagg Field. DARREN LEOW/MAROON

CROSS COUNTRY

VOLLEYBALL

Chicago finishes strong at Loyola Invite

Brander and Maroons brand Brandeis at Round Robin

By David Kates Sports Staff

Fourth-year Liz Lawton keeps ahead of the pack during the Loyola Lakefront Invitational on Saturday. Lawton finished fourth out of 511. MATT BOGEN/U OF C ATHLETICS

Despite unfavorable conditions, the men and women’s cross-country teams finished impressively at Saturday’s Loyola University Lakefront Invitational, an 8-kilometer race held at Montrose Beach. The Maroon women placed fifth out of the 41 teams competing, while the men came in 11th, missing 10th by only four points. Th e s e r e s u l t s w e r e a l l t h e more impressive considering the adverse weather conditions. “On Friday, Coach Hall told us that the day would be a great day to be a cross-country coach, in part because of the expected low winds and 60–degree weather,” said Julia Sizek. Unfortunately, though, the weather turned out to be an enemy rather than an ally, Liz L awton explained. “When the girls’ race started, there were 30-mph winds and driving rains to the extent where I think there was hail. It was hands-down one of the nastiest race conditions I have ever competed in.” Nevertheless, the team “managed to perform better than expectations,” said Sizek. A number of athletes contrib-

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By Katharine Marsden Sports Staff Chicago volleyball claimed victories in their first and third games at the UA A Round Robin this weekend, defeating Rochester and Brandeis. Chicago lost the first set against Brandeis but came back strong, winning the final three. The victories were highlighted by strong attacks from fourth-year outside hitter Diandra Bucciarelli a n d s e c o n d - y e a r m i d d l e b a ck Caroline Brander. Between the two victories, however, lay defeat at the hands of Washington University. Chicago fought hard, winning the first two sets, but lost control in the third and fourth sets. The fifth set, closely played throughout, ultimately went to the Bears as well. Third-year outside hitter Isis Smalls and second-year middle back Katie Trela claimed the most kills with 11 each. Bucciarelli and second-year libero Samantha Brown also stood out with 12 and 17 digs, respectively. “[The] middle backs on the team were very consistent this weekend; the defenders also had a good rhythm,” said head coach

Vanessa Walby. Moreover, the depth of the team contributed to their success. Walby added that she feels “comfortable substituting several girls into different positions.” Third-year Isis Smalls agreed: “[It] attests to the growth and the depth of our team. Coach could feel free to make substitutes into the game that only improved the level of play.” Despite the loss, Walby was excited about the game. She said that the team was tough from the b eginning. They “hopped out pretty quick and made a nice statement, putting Chicago on the map.” Walby also stated that the team knew that first-ranked Washington would be a tough opponent. “We knew they were not going to roll over and die,” she said. Brown expressed disappointment over the loss to Wa s h i n g t o n , s t a t i n g , “ E v e n though the Wash U game was thoroughly dis appointing, the result shows a huge improve ment in our team. Last year, they stomped us in three games easily. This year, we could have, and should have, beaten them. The best part is that we are not even

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