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U of C announces policy on undocumented students By Ella Christoph News Editor & Adam Janofsky Associate News Editor The U of C accepts undocumented students and provides them with needbased financial aid in accordance with its previously standing policies, Vice President for Campus Life Kimberly Goff-Crews clarified in a public statement and at a meeting with the U of C Coalition for Immigration Reform (UCCIR). “We’ve always been open to undocumented students,” said Goff-Crews to the Maroon. “Our culture has been that we don’t comment on political larger social issues as a university,” she said. UCCIR had petitioned last spring for the University to endorse the DREAM Act, a piece of legislation that would allow undocumented students meeting a number of qualifications to become citizens. They also petitioned for the University to offer two merit-based scholarships for undocumented students in particular. According to Goff-Crews, the University will not take positions on political issues in accordance with the Kalven Report, which dictates political neutrality except in extraordinary instances. Presidents at other universities, including Harvard, Princeton, and

Yale, have supported the DREAM Act. “Our response is very University of Chicago in that it focuses on central values that the university has held since its founding,” said spokesman for the University Steven Kloehn. Supporting undocumented students is in accordance with the University’s mission and diversity statement, not a political statement, Goff-Crews added. “We comment on things that relate directly to our mission—attracting, enrolling, and supporting the best students no matter who they are.” According to UCCIR leader and third-year Jonathan Rodrigues, GoffCrews said at the meeting she reread the University’s policies on scholarships and financial aid to evaluate whether the University could provide financial aid to undocumented students under its currently existing policies and legal obligations. Working with several departments, including admissions and communications, the Administration drafted the statement starting over the summer. As long as funds remain private, the University can provide financial aid to undocumented students. The statement on undocumented students clarifies, “In accordance with the law, the University admits and enrolls undocumented students and uses private funds to provide financial aid to support their studies.”

Rodrigues and fourth-year UCCIR leader Cindy Agustin said they didn’t know undocumented students could receive aid. They said the next step for UCCIR will be to educate the campus about the policy and to work with campus institutions to provide support for students. The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and the Office of International Students will be working with UCCIR to improve resources for undocumented students and increase awareness on the issue. “We’re going to do a systematic review to see where we can make changes starting next week —doing a review of policy practices and procedures that are blocking people’s ability to take advantage of this university,” said Goff-Crews. Goff-Crews said she was impressed by the group’s efforts to raise awareness. “They’ve done a very good job about educating us with the issues,” she said. Rodrigues and Agustin said they were very happy with the University’s response. Although it did not fulfill UCCIR’s specific demands, they said, it did fulfill the spirit of their petition. “This was a weak spot of the admininstration” said Rodrigues. “The administration needed to be called out on this point, and they responded very well,” he said.


econd-year Fred Schmidt-Arenales founded the U of C's latest comedy troupe. Read more on page 2.




Hyman, JFK speechwriter, touts Great Books

New website and app make catching shuttles easier

By Adam Janofsky Associate News Editor & Megan Anderluh News Contributor Although John F. Kennedy’s speeches were spoken with a thick Boston accent, the words on the paper were written by a University of Chicago mind. To kick-start this year’s Great Conversations lecture series, author, professor, and presidential speechwriter Sidney Hyman (A.B. ’36) spoke at the Gleacher Center

yesterday to “anyone concerned about the fate of higher education and the future of the humanities.” Hyman said Chicago’s Core was once a glamorous lifestyle — Hyman and event coordinator Bart Schultz said celebrities like Orson Welles would sit on the edge of their seats in Hutchins’s class. Hyman remembers standing by Robert F. Kennedy’s side as he listened to JFK read a Great Books-inspired speech he wrote. “The speech I wrote was really

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By William Wilcox News Contributor When it’s twenty below outside and you want to know just when the North Route will arrive—there’s an app for that. Last week the Office of Transportation, in partnership with


tracking system would increase campus safety. “By knowing where the shuttles and buses are, a person can choose to go to the pickup area at the appropriate time and spend less time outside waiting,” Transportation Director Rodney Morris said in an e-mail.

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5757 building meeting tempers concerns By Asher Klein News Editor

Sidney Hyman (A.B. '36) spoke with the MAROON on the Great Books' influence on his life.

Student Government (SG), introduced a system that allows students to track in real-time the movements of U of C buses and shuttles via computer or smartphone. N a m e d “ Tr a n s l o c , ” t h e S G Transportation Student Advisory Board (TSAB) advocated for the program with hopes that the bus

The Milton Friedman Institute for Research in Economics (MFIRE) hasn’t made too many friends over the plan to convert a historic campus building into its home, but a community meeting held by the University Wednesday aimed to do just that, or at least to clear the air. Renovators of the future home of MFIRE, 5757 South University Av e n u e , w i l l s e e k t o c o n n e c t the main quad and Woodlawn Avenue and make the building more accessible, they said, while also converting it for academic use. However, the price of the

controversial project has been left unresolved until further design is done. University architect Steve Wiesenthal and Boston firm Ann Beha Architects offered an audience of about 30 its vision of 5757 South University Avenue at a lunchtime meeting Wednesday in Ida Noyes Hall. It was the first community meeting on the project, and the first time Ann Beha Architects spoke on campus about the project, for which it was hired in May. A faculty group called the Committee for Open Research on Economy and Society (CORES) has opposed the formation of MFIRE since its inception in 2008. This

spring it gathered more than 100 signatures on a petition protesting the University’s commitment to establishing MFIRE and moving it into the building currently housing the Chicago Theological Seminary and Seminary Co-op. Community members also spoke out against removing the building’s stained glass windows and other modifications, arguing that it would reduce the building's architectural beauty. However, relocating the w i n d o w s t o t h e Th e o l o g i c a l Seminary’s new location was agreed upon by both parties when the University bought the building in 2008 for $44 million, along

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Peanut Gallery riffs on the theater of life

Gardening a perennial pursuit in Hyde Park

By Danny Rosa News Contributor The founder of the U of C’s latest comedy group doesn’t clown around about becoming a fixture on campus. Then again, the Peanut Gallery Players, which joins Off-Off Campus and Occam’s Razor among the University’s comedy offerings, doesn’t adhere to traditional clown expectations. Part improvisational and part scripted, the troupe wants to bring a theatrical edge to clowning and become part of the University Theater community. “Clowning, for me, is anything goofy and out of the ordinary,” second-year founder Fred Schmidt-Arenales said. “[It’s] exaggerated from what a normal person will do in everyday life.” Schmidt-Arenales hopes to make use of

unorthodox clown attire and performances, and in the process bring a new definition to the word ‘clown.’ Imagine a dinner scene where the dinner table is on a seesaw and a couple and their waiter must try to keep the table balanced. As the waiter pours a glass of water, the table tips to one side. To counteract the shift in weight, he must quickly pour a glass of water on the other side of the table. In an abstract way, the scene becomes a juggling act. Schmidt-Arenales hopes to use unconventional scenes like this to perform typical clown acts. “Our style is clowning,” he said, “and our method is a community-based, learning, explorative type of group.” Though the group is still in its infancy, Schmidt-Arenales plans on showcasing the group’s atypical clowning style during University Theater Day later this quarter.


Harper Court design aimed at pedestrians By Giovanni Wrobel News Contributor Hyde Parkers discussed the details of the proposed redevelopment of Harper Court at a Tax Increment Finance (TIF) meeting Monday at Kenwood Academy. Howard Males, TI F Chairman and attendees took up an updated proposal from Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture and Harper Court Partners, who worked on the design plans. Conversation focused on proposed paneling that would cover elevated parking structures on the lower floors of the new buildings. The paneling is designed to complement the stone façade of neighboring Hyde Park Bank. The design team said its primary objective is to bring the buildings to the pedestrian level in order to encourage an increase in pedestrian activity along East 53rd Street. “My hope is, as we look at con-

nectedness among neighbors and neighborhoods−Woodlawn, Hyde Park, Kenwood and others−that as people look at what happens in the development here, it gives rise to new development, and other neighborhoods will benefit from this as well,” said Males, CEO of local business Research Pros. Architect Sophie Bidek said in an email that she found the conversation process helpful as the plans developed: “The Hyde Park community is architecturally sophisticated and concerned about design and planning. The design has evolved because of the community process, not in spite of it.” Currently in the process of finalizing leases with businesses, Harper Court Partners predicts that the first phase of construction should be completed sometime in 2013. The project seeks to gain more than $23 million from taxpayers for creating more taxable income in the area, and for further developing the space.

MFIRE facility to serve as public space and extension of campus 5757 continued from front page with McGiffert House on 58th Street and Woodlawn Avenue. Administrators and architect Ann Beha painted a picture of an “adaptive reuse” of the historic building that respects the architecture while providing a space suitable for academic use and integrating 58th Street and the section of Woodlawn Avenue behind the building with the campus proper. “The building is very special, and it’s really our pleasure but also our responsibility to work on a project like this. It takes a modicum of respect,” Beha said. Beha, whose firm began a year-long research phase into the building this summer, said that 5757 South University will need renovation to meet fire code and accessibility standards. The design will focus on transforming ecclesiastical spaces into academic ones, including the building’s two large chapels. Beha presented similar projects her firm has completed, including the adaptive reuse of Boston’s Charles Street Jail, built in 1851, into the Liberty Hotel. The firm’s goal with such projects is to “create buildings that are associative of their former use but also public spaces,” Beha said. Wiesenthal, University architect since 2008, said a reused 5757 would serve as a public space as well, and evoke the feel of being on campus. It would be “more about the landscape and the pedestrian than it is about through-traffic,” he said.

He suggested it would include Woodlawn Avenue from 57th street to 59th street more in campus life. Community members in the audience agreed in principle that such a move would be positive, though it would depend on specific design. Citing on the one hand the way the Booth School’s Harper Center references the nearby Robie House, and the “mistake” of the McGiffert House on the other, Jim Mann of the 5800 block of Harper Avenue said, “that’s why design standards on that block, that corridor, are so important.” Construction on 5757 Sout University itself is slated to begin in Spring 2012, Wiesenthal said. He added that Ann Beha Architects would assess whether the renovated space would also fit the Economics Department. But Wiesenthal and Vice President for Strategic Initiatives David Green could not say how much the project would cost when asked by the Maroon and CORES member Bruce Lincoln, a professor of religion. University spokesman Steve Kloehn clarified in a later e-mail to the Maroon: “Part of the design process is balancing projected costs against the needs of the project, in the context of the resources available. For that reason, we will not have a solid budget for the project until we have been through the design process.” Philip Chen, of Ann Beha Architects, said in an interview that the firm’s clients “sometimes” presented the firms with a target cost, in his experience.

By Haru Coryne and Moè Nakayama News Contributors Community garden roots go deep in Hyde Park — or at least deep into the annals of Hyde Park history, said greenthumbed scholars on campus this week. O n We d n e s d a y , p h i l o s o p h y p r o f e s sor Bart Schultz and civil rights activist Ti m u e l D . B l a c k ( A . M . ‘ 5 4 ) s n a c k e d on salsa and discussed the social and artistic importance of urban farms at a University garden named for Black at 5710 Woodlawn. With pollution, poor soil quality, and a dearth of fresh, affordable food options, maintaining communal gardens on the S o u t h S i d e m a k e g a r d e n s “a p i e c e o f environmental justice,” Schultz said at the one-year-old Timuel D. Black Edible Garden. Around 65 years before the discussion, the University’s women were answering a different call to justice with a similar set of tools. Journalist Elaine Weiss said “farmerettes”

across the nation fought World War II on the homefront with the hoe, rather than the rifle, at a Tuesday lecture in Classics 110. Farmerettes included Woman’s L and Army of America (WLAA). The feminist WLA A was formed in response to wartime food shortages, and Weiss said it was successful in its time, though overshadowed by the more popular ‘Rosie the Riveter.’ U of C women comprised a full 25 percent of the first group of volunteers educated at the WLAA’s Libertyville Training Farm. The University allowed these volunteers to receive their academic degrees, Weiss said, even with an early dismissal from the school year. B l a c k , a 9 1 - y e a r - o l d Wo r l d Wa r I I veteran, related the eponymous garden to the “victory gardens” of the era. But the garden is a move toward “a better world,” said Schultz. “There’s a statue dedicated to the birth of nuclear energy on the other side of the Regenstein,” he said. “But I think we have the better monument.”

Fighting in WWII, Hyman asked professor to send over classics like War and Peace HYMAN continued from front page a redraft of a paper I wrote about Alexander Hamilton’s Federalist Papers,” said Hyman, who also helped write the Pulitzer Prize winning “Roosevelt and Hopkins” biography. “The Great Books has popped up with everything I’ve ever done.” As one of the original students in Robert Maynard Hutchins’s Great Books program, Hyman’s connection with the U of C is as deep as it gets. And the classic texts he learned from, no matter how aged they were, never failed to influence his life and inform thoughts around modern issues, said Hyman. “So many of the reforms of education… really are rewriting what Hutchins was trying to do,” said Hyman, who also wrote for The New York Times Magazine. The lecture opened the Great Conversations series, which invites this year’s speakers the freedom to talk about anything in relation to the University’s history. Future speakers will include President Rob ert Zimmer, Dean of the College John Boyer, and law professor Martha Nussbaum. “We have an interesting experiment coming up,” said Schultz, adding that speakers can address whatever they feel are the important issues as long as they relate to the University of Chicago’s legacy.

“We’re formalizing our informality.” Hyman was chosen to start the series after speaking in one of Schultz’s classes. “My students loved him and this gave me the idea to develop this year’s Great Conversations [into] intimate conversations with the speakers,” he said. After Hyman graduated, he fought in World War II in the First Armored Division. He wrote to Hutchins’s colleague Professor Mortimer Adler asking him to send classical texts like War and Peace to keep himself busy. Hymen said Hutchins once remarked, “It’s as difficult to change a curriculum as it is to move a cemetery.” But the U of C eventually drifted away from the original Great Books curriculum — in 1999, the core curriculum was reduced from 21 to 15 required courses. Though some universities have switched emphasis from a core or liberal arts education to a math and science centered curriculum, Hyman suggested that a college education should enrich deep thought. “And I cannot imagine a more useful tool than the classics,” he said. “They don’t solve problems but at least they pose problems,” said Hyman, who taught Core classes as a U of C professor in the 1970s. “The kind of issues worth arguing about, there are really no answers to them.”

“Intuitive” tracking system locates university shuttles and CTA buses SHUTTLES continued from front page Plans to display the app on computers and flatscreens in the Reynolds Club and the Regenstein Library are in the programming and imaging stages, Morris wrote. “We’re going to be looking at what students want the most and, if this is a priority, it’s definitely something we’ll be working on this year,” said Patrick Ip, second-year and SG vice president of student affairs. TSAB, a group of representatives from InterHouse Council, SG, and the Administration, started researching bus tracking programs last November. “After meeting with and looking at several other vendors we selected TransLoc based on their level of service, user friendly system, and their recommendations from other institutions,” Morris said.

First-year Sean McClelland said the system was accessible and accurate. “It’s all very intuitive,” he said. ”It’s pretty easy to figure out which buses go where and where they are going at any given time.” Transloc covers CTA buses that run in Hyde Park as well as University shuttles. “Since buses are one of the main methods of transportation in Hyde Park, I would recommend this to people who are looking for the quickest way to get downtown or any place in Hyde Park,” McClelland said. SG representatives expect Transloc to become a valuable amenity during the colder months. “Essentially, when winter comes in you are going to want to know where that bus is,” Ip said.


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Uncommon Interview

with secular advisor Josh Oxley One of my roles is to provide a voice for those students when there are bigger discussions on campus about religion or life stance things. It’s more about engaging people in the conversation and helping people realize there is a conversation. And seeing secularism as a positive rather than just a negative, which I think is the overwhelming narrative in the country. CM: So, can you work with theists? JO: I myself am willing to work with anyone from any religious background whatsoever. My role to the University is specifically to help out the students who have questions or are in some way interested in questions about secular life or come from a secular background. But I’ve had students who e-mail and say ‘I’m Christian but I’m interested in hearing what you have to say about x, y and z.’ I meet with anyone, I think it’s important that people open the room for those types of conversations. MATT BOGEN/MAROON

By Stacey Kirkpatrick News Staff Following Harvard, Rutgers and Adelphi Universities, the University’s Spiritual Life Office hired a Humanist Advisor this year. Like his colleagues (including the Lutheran Campus Minister, the Director of Hillel, and the Pagan/Wiccan Collective Advisor), Divinity School student and proclaimed secular humanist Josh Oxley is available as a resource for discussions on spiritual and secular life. The Maroon sat down with Oxley in the catacomb-like basement of the Rockefeller Chapel to discuss what it really means to advise on matters secular, spiritual, human, and all three at once. CHICAGO MAROON: Why is it important to have a humanist advisor here? Josh Oxley: Historically, campus ministries have left out students who don’t have an accepted reli-

gious background or an accepted religious identity. Those students have been left to the curb....I think that it’s important to see those students and say these students are asking important questions, and not only that but they are coming to important answers that can be shaped by their identity. And that is a unique perspective that should be celebrated and brought to the wider community. CM: What does it mean to be a humanist advisor? JO: Working with students who are humanists, secularists, atheists, agnostics—anyone that comes from kind of a naturalistic or non-theistic perspective. Those are the students that I’m responsible for. CM: What else does your job entail? JO: I advise for the Secular Student Alliance. I’m the graduate advisor for them. But at the same time my role is to really do whatever needs to be done for students. It’s not just about answering questions.

CM: Do you weave spirituality into your advising? JO: It depends on where the person is comfortable. There are people who are staunch atheists who don’t see a spiritual dimension to life and I would never force that on them. And there are other people who find spirituality in specific arenas of life like nature. It’s a lot about meeting people where

they are already at and then moving from there. CM: How did you get the job? JO: I talked with Elizabeth Davenport, the dean of Rockefeller, and we discussed as part of my role as a student who had come in the MDiv [Master’s of Divinity] program as a Christian who, by a little while in the program, had decided that I identify more as a secularist humanist, that kind of discussion would be good on our campus. Dean Davenport had always been interested in having more of a representation of a large body of our students, our secular students. CM: How else are you qualified for this position? JO: I’ve worked in church settings for a lot of my life. I’ve had two internships at churches and I was a chaplain at a summer camp. I think it’s a lot of the same questions being asked. The community we’re in ends up coming to different conclusions than the other communities do, but at the same time, we’re all human and we’re all trying to wrestle with the same questions of meaning and identity. CM: Have you had anyone come to you yet? JO: I have had a couple of students come to me so far. I think even the position starts a good conversation itself.

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Alumni bucks back CMAC By Madalyn Frigo News Contributor When Wen Yang Qi (A.B. ‘09) challenged Chicago Men’s A Capella (CMAC) to reach out to alumni and better publicize their group, they rose to “Wen’s Challenge� and hit their highest note yet—a $2,600 donation from several alumni. The six-year-old choral group will use the money to help cover expenses for the year, which includes recording a CD, slated to be released in the spring. It is also reaching out to the Alumni Association in hopes of continuing the group’s connectivity. The donation is “a testament to the passion the alumni have for the group,� said John Li, president of CMAC. Andrew Boshardy, C MAC librarian, described the power of the alumni relationship with the group. “CMAC learned its roots from alumni. They helped breed the CMAC attitude,� he said. Since its origins in the winter of 2005, the group has grown from eight members to 40. “Students look up to the alumni who give back to the university at such an early age,� Li said.


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Homecoming provides students with the rare opportunity to enjoy U of C community Homecoming Weekend means different things for different people. For some, it means tailgating; for others, fundraising; some come for the football, and still others spend the weekend begging well-to-do alumni for jobs during down economies. For lots of U of C students, the most meaningful part of Homecoming Weekend—which starts today—is probably the free, all-you-can-eat picnic, but there will be a lot more than barbecuing going on this weekend. Tonight the College Programming Office is holding a banner-making competition; if your banner evinces enough Maroon spirit and is free of all “images, verbiage, or innuendos which could be deemed

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I have a friend who likes it “on the bed,” another who likes it “on the table,” and a third who likes it “wherever it lands.” I’m not particularly close to any of these friends, so these proclivities are far from the small talk we normally cover when we pass each other on the quad. However, since they are my Facebook friends, these are their Facebook status updates; and since it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, they’re sharing it with everybody. In case you don’t have a Facebook account—or you do and haven’t yet been driven to Google “I like it on the floor Facebook”—then I’m going to hit you with some knowledge: When Susie Stevens from the seventh grade posts that she likes it “on the counter,” she means that she often sets her purse down on the counter. And somehow, with the insinuating “it” actually referring to her purse, she is spreading awareness about breast cancer. Part of the game is that only girls are supposed to play. As was the case with a similar meme that went around a few months ago—in which girls posted their bra colors as their status updates, also ostensibly to spread breast cancer awareness— the whole shebang was supposed to be kept a secret from the fellas. I think the logic here is that women have purses and women get breast cancer.

To me, this seems a bit shortsighted. After all, men can have both purses and breast cancer. Sure, most men don’t have either, but they do have moms and sisters and friends who might, and money to donate to the cause—the cause in this case being breast cancer, and not purses. If this disease is something we’re serious about fighting, it’s counterproductive to pit boys and girls against each other. And then there’s the basic fact that most of the statuses don’t make sense in the actual context of purses. I may just be too persnickety, but it is probable that no, you do not actually like your purse on the table or on the floor or on the bed. After all, when you leave your purse in these places, you don’t have room to set your plate down at dinner, or you trip over them, or you can’t get a proper nap in the afternoon. I would guess that most people only actually like their purses in places where they’re easily accessible and not liable to get lost. But I guess this kind of honesty is not very alluring. After all, saying you “like it on a hook in the closet,” or worse, that you “can never seem to find it,” just isn’t very sexy. In any case, the problem here is not the innuendos themselves. Innuendos are funny (well, I think so, and so do at least six of my Facebook friends). In fact, I would encourage them to be in more status updates. Regardless, strategies like this one, that is to say, the posting of statuses only tangentially related to breast cancer, are completely insensible ways to actually do something about raising awareness. I would guess that most of the people who

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By Charna Albert Viewpoints Contributor As long as UChicago summers are, the beginning of the school year somehow still manages to creep up unexpectedly. It can be hard to get back into the drill of going to class, getting through 300-page readings, and waking up before noon. Moreover, the process can be demoralizing. It feels as though last year has just been conquered, and yet here we are, back at the start. Most people don’t have a definition for this feeling, so I’m going to try to provide one: It’s called losing your mojo. When you feel like you just can’t concentrate on Kant, when chem lecture leaves you feeling unbalanced, and when econ problem sets have lost their value, that’s called losing your mojo. Losing your mojo can also loosely be defined as “feeling sorry for yourself ” and “wishing it were still summer.” A great way to overcome your inertia is to glean some wisdom from celebrities, millionaires, and other well-known figures who have been through hard times and emerged victorious. I’ll provide a few examples: Steve Jobs. Before Steve Jobs built the Apple technology empire, he was working on an orchard and experimenting with eating a purely apple diet in the hopes that it would prevent him from needing to bathe. To the best of my knowledge, it didn’t work. Now, Jobs is a gazillionaire. This teaches us that if you want to get your mojo back, you should probably turn your eccentricities into a revolu-

tionary new suite of technological devices that no one realized they couldn’t live without until they found themselves purchasing their sixth iPod after it sustained water damage, and putting it in the oven somehow didn’t help. Not that I did that. You should also take a shower. Martha Stewart. In 2001, Martha Stewart was named the third most powerful woman in America by Ladies Home Journal. She fell from grace after being convicted of lying to investigators ab out insider trading in a stock sale and served five months in prison. Despite this seemingly precipitous drop in mojo, Martha managed to make her company profitable again a mere two years after her conviction. How did she do this? Some say it had to do with the line of products she launched for Kmart stores. Others say it had to do her with her guest appearances on The Apprentice. I think it had more to do with attitude. When a CBS anchor grilled her about the case before her conviction on the Early Show, Martha retorted, “I just want to focus on my salad.” (She was ostensibly chopping cabbage during said interrogation.) Rather than dwelling on her mistakes, that is to say, breaking the law and getting caught for it, Martha just focused on that salad, and got her mojo back with a vengeance. So take a lesson from Martha. Can’t concentrate on your classes because of all the run-ins with the law you had over the summer? Maybe you should

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On Afghan peace, listen to Afghanis The case for pulling out of Afghanistan ignores the human rights crisis that would ensue By Chase Mechanick Viewpoints Contributor “The middle east region of the world has been warring over religion for thousands of years. Do we really think we can win a war with them over it?” So reads the description for the Facebook group titled “Let’s Negotiate With the Taliban.” As farcical as this kind of thinking should seem to any student of the greater Middle East, it encapsulates a growing sentiment. Six in ten Americans now oppose the war in Afghanistan. They are joined by scholars such as Stephen Walt, who frequently criticizes what he calls “the costly and counterproductive business of nation-building” in Afghanistan. The famed conservative George Will arrived at a similar conclusion when he proclaimed that Afghanistan isn’t a country that “actually matters.” Some leftist circles are just as eager to denounce our military venture, though they are concerned less with American national interests than with the humanitarian catastrophe in Afghanistan— which they erroneously attribute to U.S. and coalition forces. Indeed, we are living in a novel age. For the first time in its long history, the political Left is now almost unanimously opposed to the idea of military struggle in defense of basic democratic rights. Even Afghanistan’s unelected president has begun to give up the fight. Hamid Karzai, who has already purged his bureaucracy of anti-Taliban dissidents and packed it with a slew of chauvinistic warlords, has allegedly been conducting secret talks with the Taliban and there are whispers of a powersharing agreement. What do hardcore policy realists, “anti-imperialist” talk factories, and the corrupt government in Kabul have in common? None of them see a reason to continue the fight against the Taliban—arguably the most depraved, reactionary, misogynistic, and religiously totalitarian army on Earth. So, it’s not surprising that none of them seem to care much about what the Af-

ghan people have to say on this issue. To be clear, the war in Afghanistan is not about “nation-building.” Afghanis have spent the past three hundred years building their beautiful country; coalition forces are helping them defend it from a foreign (read: Pakistani)-backed guerilla army. The popular Western fantasy of Afghanistan as a benighted wasteland inhabited by a race of teeth-gnashing peasant warriors eager to rip apart the fair-skinned apostate foreigner could not be further from the truth. Afghanistan was one of the Muslim world’s first modern, independent nation-states; it is not for nothing that Kabul was once called the “Paris of the East.” While the Taliban have made every effort to turn Afghanistan into a carnival of religious fanaticism, the political landscape was at one time splendid in all the modern trends: nationalism, liberalism, Marxism. For much of the twentieth century, the country was united under a strong monarchy, checked by a national assembly—the Loya Jirga—before entering into a republican and then a socialist phase. Afghanistan, in other words, is not the loose affiliation of illiterate authoritarian feudalists it is portrayed as nowadays. There is no dearth of horror stories about Taliban injustice. The example that is now best known in the U.S. is probably the case of Bibi Aisha, the nineteen-year- old girl featured on the cover of Time magazine, whose nose and ears were cut off as punishment for the crime of running away from an abusive arranged marriage to a Talib. Residents of Musa Qala, a town in Helmand Province that was liberated in 2007, detailed to one British journalist that the Taliban, while in power, had beaten them for such offenses as trimming one’s beard and listening to music, and had also made a point of hanging suspected spies. In Musa Qala and other areas, the complaint is not that there is too much occupation, too much military presence, too much security—instead, the complaint runs the other way. Taliban extortion, intimidation, assassination and gen-

eral thuggery continue even in liberated zones. “The government is unable to bring security to the regions and the Taliban are killing people and planting mines,” complained one taxi driver in Mehlajat, Kandahar Province to a New York Times journalist. “Don’t leave us to the Taliban,” pled another resident. “If the Taliban come again, we will face serious retaliation for being helpful to the government.” Between NATO on one side and the Taliban on the other, it is clear to those caught in the middle who constitutes the bigger threat.

There is no dearth of horror stories about Taliban injustice. In recent months, the Taliban have actually intensified their campaigns in light of the massive amounts of development aid and nationbuilding projects that coalition forces have overseen. Not only have they continued to assassinate important figures, like police chiefs and government officials, but they have also resorted to poisoning the food that people eat to break the fast of Ramadan. It is a desperate fit put on by a group that has now decisively lost the moral high ground in the astute eyes of the Afghan public, according to all reliable polling data. According to a Gallup poll taken last year, a full 80% of the public considers the Taliban a negative influence on their country. According to another BBC poll, more than two-thirds of the public supports the presence of U.S. troops. This is the kind of hard data that is conveniently left out of Code Pink and ANSWER Coalition agitations against the war. Many Afghans, despite the enormous difficulties they are facing, continue to fight for democratic civilization, even as many commentators

and activists in the Anglophone world turn their back on it. While antiwar buffs continue to congregate on university quads and major city thoroughfares, denouncing with one voice the Yankee occupation of a Muslim nation, those living inside occupation itself are singing a very different tune. Dr. Massouda Jalal, Afghanistan’s former minister for women’s affairs, remarked earlier this month, “Afghanistan is very sick, it’s very sick. It cannot stand on its feet … we need to care for Afghanistan, otherwise this wounded body will be used by negative energy.” She was delivering an impassioned plea to a Canadian parliamentary committee not to withdraw troops or support ‘peace’ talks, as though a Talibanized junta would bring peace to the fifteen million women in the country. Jalal was echoed by Jamila Afghani, the executive director of the Noor Education Center and a defender of women’s rights, who maintains, “there is a Taliban revival and terrorist revival going on. The future will be even worse than the past, so I don’t suggest they should leave. Or if they leave, we should be satisfied before they go.” Dozens of human rights workers—unsurprisingly, a great number of them women—have issued similar admonitions against reconciliation and withdrawal. Though the Afghan jihad of the 1980s was spurred by the Soviet invasion, the Soviet withdrawal did not bring peace. Rather, it ushered in a civil war that was not resolved until NATO occupied the country. There is no reason to expect a different outcome this time around. “First, a massacre campaign will start,” explained the exchief of Afghan intelligence, Amarullah Saleh. “The human cost in this country will easily be up to two million people killed at least.” Back in Musa Qala, one Afghan police officer put it more candidly: “This time there will be so much blood that you will smell it from as far away as London.” Chase Mechanick is a third-year in the College majoring in Political Science.

Mojo key to surviving a UChicago school year MOJO continued from page 5 stop watching Glee reruns and bake some soufflés. Gandalf the Gray. Not unlike many other public figures who have coped with loss of mojo over the trajectory of their careers, Gandalf the Grey had a near brush with death. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Gandalf was in the process of accompanying Frodo the hobbit and the rest of the Fellowship on their way to Mordor to destroy the One Ring when they had the misfortune to encounter a Balrog from ancient times in the Mines of Moria. Gandalf killed the Balrog, but sacrificed himself in the process. Psych! Actually, he came back to life as a much more powerful figure, Gandalf the White, who always wore white robes instead of gray. There are a couple of lessons we can

learn from this. First—if you haven’t read Lord of the Rings, what are you even doing at the University of Chicago? Seriously. Second, if you haven’t washed your clothes in so long that they are all turning gray, you should go to the laundry room. Really. People will start sitting next to you again. Or, you might want to start tacking a title at the end of your name, like “The White.” It sounds so dignified. So, whatever you’re going through right now, I hope you’re able to work though it. Maybe you’ll end up with a line of Kmart products at the end of the day, too, or at least a set of snazzy new robes. And good luck. It’s arguably impossible to go through an academic year at the University of Chicago with depleted levels of mojo. Charna Albert is a second-year in the College.

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powerful tool that people use every day, often several times a day, and it’s a major presence in the social fabric of our generation. As such, it is an entirely plausible means of raising awareness about a whole slew of issues. However, posting silly innuendos in the name of breast cancer trivializes the disease, not because they are frivolous innuendos, but because they have nothing to do with breast cancer. There just has to be a more clever way to do it. Alison Howard is a third-year in the College majoring in English.


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Lifeline's Wuthering Heights looks at the dark side of romance By Ana Klinchynskaya Voices Tall, Dark, and Handsome Most people regard Wuthering Heights as a love story, a romantic tale of a doomed love that is stronger than death. In fact, the United Kingdom’s Daily Mail named it the best romantic novel of all time. But there is a rather large portion of Wuthering Heights that is far from romantic, and Lifeline Theatre’s adaptation of Emily Brontë’s classic gets this part right. It captures the essence of the story in all its thematic elements while avoiding the failures of numerous other adaptations that cast it purely as a tale of love.

WUTHERING HEIGHTS Lifeline Theatre Through October 31

In adapting the novel for the stage, Christina Calvit does not bring a new “twist” to this enduring classic. She tells the story just how it is, albeit with a much different tone than usual. Wuthering Heights is as much about hate, despair, and revenge as it is about love. Although the thwarted love of Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff is at the tale’s center, their passion effects the lives of all those around them. It is a story full of brutality and emotions more powerful than the cold winds that blow on the wild moors where the story takes place, and Christina Calvit’s version is fearless in its portrayal of violence, hate, and passion. There is little of the sappy romance that one might expect from other stage adaptations. She unhesitatingly stages fights between the characters that make the viewer flinch. At o n e p a r t i c u l a r l y g r i s l y m o m e n t , Heathcliff (Gregory Isaac) hits his son L i n t o n ( N i ck Vi d a l ) s o h a r d , t h a t h e sprawls right at the feet of the front row. Heathcliff and Catherine do not go off for romantic walks in the moonlight; the only suggestions of the love between the two come from quotes taken directly from the novel. Indeed, quotations from the novel compose much of the dialogue, thus ensuring that the characters and plot stay faithful to the original. The only addition seems to be the ghost of Catherine (whose existence was not so definite in the novel), which reappears (perhaps unnecessarily) again and again to tempt Heathcliff and prowl around with clawed hands and a hard-todefine look on her face. While Brontë’s novel includes narratives within narratives (within narratives), this adaptation does away with these, so that the viewer is confronted directly with the tale ‘as is.’ Calvit attempts to bring the viewer into the story, increasing the involvement of the audience in general. She floods the theater with cold air to evoke the cold and desolate atmosphere of the moors, forcing shivering audience members to borrow blankets during the intermission. Gregory Isaac perfectly plays the part of the charming villain, captivating audience members but later revealing his fiendish nature. Lindsay Linton, although at

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The city celebrates the silver screen

By Megan Anderluh Voices Screen Siren Even in the age of Netflix, there are many people who still enjoy seeing movies on the big screen. For them, October 7 marked the beginning of a 14-day tribute to movie-going: the Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF). Celebrating its 46th year, the event is the oldest competitive film festival in America and has given a start to countless successful directors and famous films. The film festival can be a bit overwhelming, showing over 150 films in two weeks at the AMC River East 21 cinema downtown. Organizers bring the best, brightest, and most unconventional movies, documentaries, and short films, some of which may not make their way to mainstream theaters in the U.S. otherwise. Showing foreign films in more than 10

languages, C I F F offers examinations of on minority persecution, historical dramas, and even controversial titles such as Big Tits Zombie (in 3D, by the way). There really is something for every movie viewer’s taste, whether it be quirky or condescending.


Opening the festival on the 7th was Stone, director Josh Curran’s psychological examination of the division between criminality and criminal justice. The story follows parole officer Jack Mabry (Robert DeNiro) and inmate Gerald “Stone” Creeson (Edward Norton), intertwining

the dark pasts of the two men in a way that causes viewers to question their perceptions of good and evil. Norton and Curran both attended the premiere. Of the many documentaries being shown at CIFF, filmmaker Lucy Walker’s Waste Land is one of the most anticipated, coming from Sundance and the Berlin Film Festival with a slew of awards. Walker follows Vik Muniz, a Brazilian artist, to the monumental landfill outside Rio that serves as the site and inspiration for his projects. The moving film shows the capacity of art to find beauty, even in a mountain of trash, and to touch even its inhabitants. The film will be shown on October 10 and 11, with Walker attending the first showing. Fo l l o w i n g t h e s u c c e s s o f C l i n t Eastwood’s Invictus, his first collaboration with Matt Damon, Hereafter is another hot ticket, thanks to positive advance

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Chicago Manual of

by Jessen O’Brien

For those of you too busy to keep up with the flow of fashion weeks around the world, or for those who want a quick guide to trends that are just catching on or refuse to leave the runway, I’ve taken up your cause. With the New York and Milan fashion weeks last month, and Paris and London’s weeks wrapping up now, here’s a review of the new, the old, and the retro: Color: Rejoice! After enough black fabric for every Vogue reader to run a funeral home, color is back. This spring, you can look forward to color trickling down from Lanvin and Gucci to H&M, Forever 21, and all the other brands that you can actually buy. But don’t wait for spring to cling to color—American Apparel, always bright and cheerful no matter what the latest trends, isn’t doing so well, so buy now. You

might save the store, and if not, at least you can stock up on the basics before it’s au revoir forever. The ’70s: Chances are you weren’t alive during this time, but enlighten yourself with a quick Google search or watch All the President’s Men and Annie Hall. The silhouettes are long and simple—maxi dresses, jumpsuits, high waists, and nothing too tight. Great news if you’re tall, but shorter fashionistas might have a harder time. Don’t mix this with crazy patterns or color combinations, but when done right your legs will go on and on and on. Sheer: Although this might not be the best look for class, designers from Ralph Lauren to Oscar de la Renta are sewing in see-through fabrics. Given that we dress for Chicago and not for Miami, pair sheers

Mad Men to Minimalism: A fashion week primer with a blazer on top and a cami underneath, lest you freeze. Just like with ’70s inspired options, don’t wear anything too tight—think breezy, not sleazy. And I’d recommend only one sheer item per outfit—at least until you’ve mastered the art of hide and seek. Minimalism: Still in, and will likely be here at least as long as Calvin Klein is around. Plus, it works with ’70s looks, so one feeds off of the other. “Less is more” can also be seen in the continuation of menswear—get rid of frills and frippery when grabbing blazers, oxfords, and button-downs. The ’50s: Thanks to Mad Men, ’50s style is cool in a way that it’s never been before, not even then. Full, feminine skirts, higher heels, and an emphasis on an hourglass shape can be seen on the runways and in magazines everywhere. For inspiration on

how to dress this way during the winter, check out Prada’s latest obsession with big hair, bigger skirts, and lots of tweed. Take my advice and stock up on ’60s gear as well—Now that Betty, Joan, and Peggy have entered a new decade, we’re sure to do the same next year as well. Enjoy searching for the latest looks. Keep in mind that it’s better to start small (and cheap) before committing to a look. You never know what trends will last and which ones will end up in the back of your closet forever, tucked away after one wear. Although it’s great to be up-to-date with what’s going on in New York and Paris, don’t let new trends take over your personal style. Incorporate what you like into what you already love and you’ll find yourself with pieces that last for years.


Smart Museum brings Chinese Art back to the future

Audience gets chilled to the bone with immersive adaptation HEIGHTS continued from page 7 sublime in the climactic scene before her death. John Henry Roberts gives quite the performance as Hindley, Catherine’s cruel and drunk brother. However, the cast’s attempt at Scottish accents was hit-or-miss, often sounding unnatural. At times they seemed more Southern than Scottish, which seemed to

By Megan Anderluh Voices Lost & Found Echoes of the Past, the beautiful and thoughtprovoking new exhibit at the Smart Museum, is aptly named. The exhibit displays art and sculpture from the Xiangtangshan (Chinese for “Mountain of Echoing Halls”) cave temples and imparts to the viewer the impression that what remains of the Buddhist temples is but a hollow echo, an eerie shadow of the caves’ former splendor.


ECHOES OF THE PAST Smart Museum of Art Through January 16

The exhibit displays temples that were constructed in the sixth century during the Qi dynasty, one of the most short-lived Chinese dynasties. They were commissioned to be built into the side of northern Chinese mountains as a reminder of Buddhist culture in an era of declining religious fervor and rising political and social turmoil. Although the Qi dynasty lasted no more than 27 years, the caves were preserved until the early 1900s, when the caves were rediscovered and their art was chiseled away. The first photographs we have of the caves, displayed in the exhibit, show damaged engravings and decapitated statues, their heads violently cracked off and sold all over the world to the highest bidders. Echoes of the Past is evidence of the University of Chicago’s extraordinary passion for things thought to be long lost—languages, the plundered heads of ancient statues—and using intellectual rigor to piece them together. For the last six years, a team of scientists associated with the University has been digitally reconstructing the caves and collecting what it could to resurrect their beauty and meaning. But enough with the history lesson. The art displayed in the exhibit is beautiful and worth seeing even without any knowledge of its origins. There are sculptures of Buddha much different from those seen in Chinese gift shops. These are faces with serene, half-closed eyes and exquisitely carved hands and garments. There are gorgeous floral engravings and statues of demons and ghosts, the Chinese equivalent of gargoyles. The statues’ peaceful expressions are even more striking in contrast with the violence of their removal from the caves by plunderers,

alienate the audience, despite the production’s attempts to the contrary. Overall, the play failed to find the middle ground between fidelity to the original and creative license in adaptation. Yet, in the end tåhis was a satisfying, well-staged production. Go see this play if you would like to remind yourself of what the novel is actually about.

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Xiangtangshan, Head of a Bodhisattva (Attendant of Maitreya) COURTESY OF THE SMART MUSEUM OF ART

which is evident in the damage to the pieces, and the fact that most of the art is in fragments—a head here, a hand there. However, the loving and delicate work that went into restoring and repairing the pieces is also evident in each of them. The true marvel of the exhibit, however, is the digital reconstruction of the caves. Sit on a bench in front of three large screens and be transported into the actual temples, surrounded on all sides by the walls and art as they were meant to be seen. The screens alternate between a view of the caves as they truly are—headless statues, scratched paintings—and a view of the caves as they looked before they were plundered, recreated through laborious research. The virtual tour is a marvel of technology, and it could be the future of museums. Instead of ancient artifacts traveling from museum to museum, far (and often wrongfully taken) from their place of origin, patrons may still be able to experience art in a way that is almost just as interactive. So sit on the bench and ponder what lasts and what is destroyed: dynasties, stone sculpture, religious doctrines that come and go. But it’s certain that as long as there are humans with intellectual curiosity, lost things can be brought to life again, and art can be just as meaningful when it’s a thousand-year-old echo of its former self.




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Voices STD (Stuff to Do) Friday | October 8 Explore the Pilsen neighborhood during its monthly Second Friday Gallery Night, where more than 30 creative spaces in the Chicago Art District keep their doors open until 10 p.m. The galleries around 18th Street and South Halsted will also be hosting wine receptions. (1821 South Halsted Street, 6 p.m., free) After pre-gaming in Pilsen, head over to the Hyde Park Art Center for their monthly Cocktails and Clay reception. There will be clay sculpting lessons, open exhibits, dancing, and drink specials all night. (5020 South Cornell Avenue, 8 p.m., $15 suggested donation)

Saturday | October 9 While it’s no Blues ‘n’ Ribs, celebrate Chicago’s vibrant vegan community at the annual Vegan Mania Festival. This year’s gathering will feature various Chicagoarea chefs, bands, and speakers on everything from the nutritional aspects of going

vegan to how to effectively bake desserts without using animal products. (1419 West Blackhawk Street, 10 a.m., free)

Sunday | October 10 Catch the popular Nickelodeon show Yo Gabba Gabba at Yo Gabba Gabba Live! Join all of your favorite characters—including DJ Lance Rock, Brobee, and Foofa—at the jam-packed, fun-filled, hour-long spectacle. (175 North State Street, 2 p.m., $25) Judge for yourself whether Disney is right in pushing for Toy Story 3 to win the Best Picture Oscar at Doc’s Sunday matinee of the film. Although it came out 15 years after the original Toy Story, the third and final installment of the series managed to captivate audiences worldwide and became the fifth highest grossing film of all time. (Max Palevsky Cinema, 1 p.m., $5)

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Monday | October 11 Although Sue is between 65 and 67 million years old, she has only been at the Field Museum for 10 years. Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Sue the Tyrannosaurus Rex by catching the popular Sue Escapes! exhibit. The exhibit, along with the rest of the museum, will be free this Monday as part of the Target-sponsored Free Second Mondays. (1400 South Lake Shore Drive, 9 a.m., free)

Tuesday | October 12 Relax those sore muscles before midterms start at the weekly restorative yoga sessions in Rockefeller Chapel. The free yoga session is part of Rockefeller Chapel’s R e s t o r a t i v e Tu e s d a y s e r i e s , w h i c h also features organ and carillon recitals. (Rockefeller Chapel, 6:45 p.m., free)

showing his early works up to his wellknown masterpieces. This week’s film is the 1962 adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita, starring the then-14-year-old Sue Lyon as the namesake of the film that sparked a censorship debacle. (Max Palevsky Cinema, 9:45 p.m., $5)

Thursday | October 14 If Hyde Park Produce just doesn’t cut it for you, get fresh fruits and vegetables at the Hyde Park Farmers Market. Aside from the usual produce, local vendors also sell baked goods, herbs, and fresh-cut flowers. (52nd Place and Harper Court, 7 a.m., free)

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This quarter at Doc Films, Wednesdays feature a retrospective of Stanley Kubrick,

Danny Boyle, Ed Norton, and other stars come to town for the Chicago International Film Festival FILM FEST continued from page 7 reviews. It’s hard to remember the last time Damon was in a flop, and he keeps his streak going by playing a middle-class American struggling with an unsolicited ability to connect with the dead. His “talent” will bring him into contact with two strangers: Marie, a French journalist, and Marcus, a young Londoner. Although the characters exist separately for the majority of the movie, their eventual meeting will transform them forever. French

actress Cecile de France plays the role of Marie exquisitely and will attend the film’s showing on October 14. The Chicago International Film Festival also offers lighter fare. One of the highlights of the comedic options is Brother and Sister (Dos Hermanos), showing October 10, 17, and 18. The film received acclaim and box office success in its native Argentina for the clever, biting exchanges of its two main characters, an aging brother and sister preparing for retirement. Produced by

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Stammler planned career in finance since graduating from Maryland Luckily, it survived the earthquake in January so we’re excited about that. We actually just identified a new well last night and we’re going to look at that in greater depth to see if that’s a good opportunity to bring clean water to another neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. CM: How did you get into doing all that? SS: I went down to Haiti in 2006 with a couple of Haitian teammates and got the bug to make a difference and focus my efforts outside of the soccer field, the locker room.

Seth Stammler with recipients of last year’s Sporting Chance Foundation scholarships. COURTESY OF SETH STAMMLER

STAMMLER continued from back page like the markets and the fact that they fluctuate and it creates opportunities to make money both as an individual and as a company. CM: What are you interested in doing with your M.B.A. after you graduate? SS: Right now, I’m really here to focus on the different paths I can take once I get my degree in finance from the U of C. There’s a path that I kind of set my sights on at this point, sales and trading, probably on the sales side at one of the big banks. I’m not sure what product group I’d like to get into, but hopefully that’ll get more clear at my internship next summer. CM: Why did you choose the University of Chicago? SS: I’m originally from the Midwest so that’s where I started my search. There are some usual suspects that I think most people would entertain. . . I think the program speaks for itself, and just the correspondence I had from students and faculty

and staff appealed to me. They’re very well accomplished but still humble, down to earth and I think there’s something to be said for that, and there’s a reason they still continue to climb up the rankings and prove that they are one of the top few schools in the world. I got my acceptance a number of months ago and I’m very excited and knew that it was going to be my next step. CM: You’re involved in the Pepsi Refresh project, right? How did that come about? SS: It ended a few weeks ago, but we were competing for it, along with foundations from each team in the league. CM: What was your project? SS: I started a foundation a few years ago called Sporting Chance Foundation. It strives to provide access to education and clean water through scholarships and wells, respectively. We started in 2007, and we’re going into our third school year right now. Last October we finished our first community water well, which provides water to Port-au-Prince.

CM: You’re 29 years old, which is still middle age for a soccer player. Why are you retiring now? SS: Coming out of Maryland, I had my sights set on something in the financial world. I had a career I really enjoyed and I like to consider successful. . . After sitting down with friends and family and talking about the options, it just made sense to take that next step in life and not hang on to soccer too long. To go out on top, while I’m still playing and playing well. CM: But you’re still playing, right? SS: Yeah, I’m flying back periodically to train and compete in games. CM: How are you able to handle that? SS: I am working with our strength and conditioning coach at the New York Red Bulls. He came up with a program that I can do like 4 or 5 days a week, just to stay fit. Obviously, I’ll get back to training sessions to get touches on the ball and then hopefully that’ll continue to be enough to keep me sharp for the rest of the year. CM: You’re going till November, right? SS: Our last game is October 21 and the playoffs start the weekend of October 31. To read more of the Stammler interview, visit

Five Maroons advance to ITA Nationals next weekend W. TENNIS continued from back page nant play that has brought home two straight NCAA D-III doubles titles. With the new pairing of VacaGuzman and Li streaking through the other side of the bracket, Chicago found itself with competitors in all four semifinals matches on Sunday. When the Maroons came out on top in all of the semifinals matches, Chicago’s contingent consulted the tournament director at Wash U and got permission to take the tournament home to Stagg Field for Monday’s finals. “It was nice,” Kung said. “The weather was a lot better than I thought it would be, and it was really competitive. Even though we were playing our teammates, everyone was really competitive, and both were really good matches.” Monday morning’s singles final saw Kung capitalize on a quick start to take down Higgins 6–4, 2–6, 6–1, before Higgins came back with Hu to capture the doubles crown 6–4, 6–3 over VacaGuzman and Li. The only downside of Monday’s all-Chicago championship day was that VacaGuzman and Li were knocked out of contention, and Higgins’s trip in the singles bracket ended. Later in the week, though, Chicago was notified that all five competitors would be making the trip to Mobile. “When it was over, I was really happy for myself, but I also felt bad for Kendra because she was off that day,” Kung said, “and now we both get to go.” Kung has a shot at her second ITA Championship, having won it as a first-year in 2008, while Higgins is looking to improve on her second-place finish a year ago. Higgins and Hu also finished seventh overall in last year’s tournament. The action continues October 14.

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Maroons welcome Denison to Homecoming

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First-year Ian Gaines shirks two defensive backs during last week’s 30-6 Maroon blowout of Ohio-Wesleyan. DARREN LEOW/MAROON

By Matthew Luchins Sports Contributor The vaunted afternoon of pregame picnics, tailgates, tug-of-war,

and football has finally arrived with Homecoming weekend, as the Maroons square off against Denison at Stagg Field. In an evenly-matched game of

3-2 teams, the Maroons, once again playing without injured fourth-year quarterback Marshall Oium, will host the flailing Big Red—losers of their last two contests. With first-year quarterback Vinny Cortina and second-year Kevin Shelton likely to split time behind center, the Maroons will look to replicate last week’s special-teams masterpiece, in which three blocked punts led to 16 points in a 30-6 victory over Ohio Wesleyan. This was in large part due to secondyear punter and kicker Jeff Sauer who was named UAA Athlete of the Week for special teams this past week after overcoming horrid weather conditions to pin the Battling Bishops inside the 20-yard-line on three of five punts. “We spend more time practicing special teams than I’d say 99 percent of college teams,” said head coach Dick Maloney. “Schematically Ohio Wesleyan had a few things we took advantage of and I expect Denison to be sounder in their kicking game, but we’re always strong in that area.”

After last week’s inclement weather led the Maroons to adopt a runbased offense, attempting only seven passes that accounted for just four yards, Maloney expects to call a more balanced attack against the Big Red. “We always like to pass the football,” he said. “[Last week] because of the weather and our injuries at quarterback, we were forced to break out our version of the wildcat formation against Ohio Wesleyan.” Denison’s defense has surrendered a generous 25 points a game and their secondary has allowed ten passing touchdowns so far. This record augurs a strong day for Chicago’s offensive skill players, who hope to add to an already impressive resumé. Fourth-year receiver Clay Wolff holds the school’s modern-era record for receiving touchdowns, while second-year receiver Dee Brizzolara is on pace to lead the UAA in allpurpose yards, a feat he accomplished last year. Third-year running-back Francis Adarkwa leads the UAA in rushing and scoring.

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Chicago serves up two championships at ITA Regionals By Jake Grubman MAROON Staff A tournament that started off with the Central Region’s best D-III women’s tennis players wound up becoming a celebration of Chicago’s potential for the upcoming season, as the Maroons took home both the singles and doubles championships— and had the runners-up for both sides of the bracket. Third-year Jennifer Kung topped classmate Kendra Higgins in the singles final Monday morning at Stagg Field for the second ITA Regional title of her career. Hours later, Higgins and fourth-year Chrissy Hu successfully defended their regional title by defeating third-year Carmen VacaGuzman and second-year Linden Li in another all-Chicago final. The women’s tennis team was so good at this weekend’s ITA Central Region Championships that seemingly only they could eliminate each other. Chicago’s six singles entrants lost a total of six sets to players from other schools this weekend, with four Maroons making the quarterfinals. They were so good that they were able to decide the location of the final round for both singles and doubles from Wash U to Stagg, because they

could. And now, five of the six members of Chicago’s contingent at Regionals will be making the trip to ITA Nationals next weekend. Withdrawals from the championship rounds in Mobile, Alabama, have cleared the way for both of the Central Region’s runners-up, meaning that Higgins will appear in the singles bracket and VacaGuzman and Li will compete in doubles. For the Maroons, it’s an early statement in the team’s quest for elite status in D-III tennis. “It just shows our team is the strongest team right now in our region,” Kung said. “It’s also good because not that many teams even in the other regions can do this.” The action started Friday, with five of Chicago’s six singles competitors coasting through to the Round of 32. On Saturday, Higgins, Kung, Li, and VacaGuzman advanced all the way to the quarterfinals, losing a total of one set between them along the way. In the quarterfinals, Higgins defeated VacaGuzman in a rematch of last year’s final, while Kung eliminated Li across the bracket. The doubles bracket saw Higgins and Hu continue a brand of domi-

W. TENNIS continued on page 11

By Asher Klein MAROON Staff MBA student Seth Stammler is on campus today, but tomorrow he’ll suit up in New York for a 3 p.m. soccer game against a team from Salt Lake City, on the same side as two players just arrived from the best soccer club in the world—Thierry Henry and Rafael Marquez. He’s been on the New York Red Bulls longer than anyone else, but he’s hanging up his boots soon: Stammler is leaving the Red Bulls at the end of the season to commit full time to business school, which he started this quarter. A finance and marketing grad of the University of Maryland, the soonto-be former Red Bull player is busier than ever, but he took a little time out to talk on the phone with the Maroon on Wednesday about soccer, Chicago, and his philanthropic venture. CHICAGO MAROON: Welcome to the U of C, Seth. How have you liked your first couple of weeks? Seth Stammler: Definitely so far it’s lived up to the billing. The students have been great, the faculty’s been great, the professors have proven why they are the top of the industry. CM: Is it weird getting back to the life of the mind after so long? SS: Yeah, I mean, honestly, for the last seven years I’ve been just playing soccer. I got my undergraduate degree a number of years ago, so firing up the old brain cells has taken some getting used to, but a welcome change and one I’m really enjoying. I’ve got a lot less free time on my hands now compared to when I played soccer every day. CM: What did your teammates say when you told them you were going to grad school? SS: You know, some of them understood, I’ve been taking about this for a couple of years, and they all knew I had a passion for finance... Some of them were definitely caught off guard and couldn’t understand what the rush was to get going with school. But once I explained my situation they all supported me and understood where I was coming from. CM: What do you like about finance? SS: I’m very comfortable with numbers, I like the way that they’re very objective and they never change—and honestly, I

STAMMLER continued on page 11

CA LEN DA R Friday


• Men’s and Women’s Cross Country @ Benedictine Invite, 3:30 p.m.

Saturday Fourth-year Chrissy Hu serves at ITAs this past weekend. Hu and third-year Kendra Higgins won their second-straight ITA Regionals doubles title. DARREN LEOW/MAROON


• Women’s Soccer @ Emory, 11 a.m. • Football vs. Denison, 1 p.m. • Men’s Soccer @ Emory, 1:30 p.m.


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