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Summer? please Although Summer Breeze was moved inside, bands (and Bulls) made do with Mandel Hall.
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TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2011 • VOLUME 122, ISSUE 48 • CHICAGOMAROON.COM
Mandala today, gone tomorrow
Rain blows breeze inside Summer Breeze relocated to Reynolds Club By Sam Levine Associate News Editor
eser and Gendun, Tibetan monks from the Gyuto Vajrayana Center in the Bay Area, create a sacred sand mandala Monday afternoon at Rockefeller Chapel. The creation of the mandala, which is part of a weeklong festeval devoted to spiritual life, is intended to show the impermanence of beauty. It will take three days to complete the mandala, and will then be ceremonially dispersed at Lake Michigan Thursday morning. DARREN LEOW/MAROON
What is often considered one of the days students look forward to the most at the U of C quickly cooled down after an unwelcome rain this weekend. The rain and heavy wind prompted the Major Activities Board (MAB) to relocate the Summer Breeze concert into Mandel Hall last Saturday, limiting one of the most popular events on campus to 1,000 students. “I think that we made the right decision,” fourth-year and current MAB chair Marie Joh said. “We at least wanted people to be able to see [the concert].” MAB organizers began precautionary preparations for an indoor concert nearly a week before Summer Breeze. Third-year and incoming MAB chair Sam Abbott said that they considered holding the concert outside in the rain, but decided to move the concert into Mandel Hall at 7 a.m. on Saturday due to safety concerns
of having electronic equipment outside in the rain. The strict capacity of Mandel Hall meant that only the first 1,000 students to purchase tickets would be allowed to enter the concert, leaving between 400 and 500 students with void tickets that they can receive a full refund on next week. Joh noted that the fountain in Hutch Courtyard was flooded after the concert and that there was nearly an inch of water on the stage that had been set up outside in case Saturday’s rain held off. It would have been impossible to reschedule the concert, which featured performances from The Walkmen, Milkman, Wale, and Crystal Castles, because all of the acts are booked months in advance for one particular day. The rain also took a toll on MAB financially. In addition to the tickets that will have to be refunded, the Board was also unable to sell any tickets at the door, usually one of the Board’s biggest marketing opportunities.
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Out of the A-Level, DealPuncher rises
Library like no other opens to crowds
By Jessica Sheft-Ason Maroon Staff Jacob Rabinowitz and Kaushik Vasudevan are trying their hand again at creating a website with a punch—this time for profit. The two first-years launched DealPuncher last Tuesday as a Groupon-like site where users print coupons and redeem them at local businesses. So far their clients include Asian-fusion restaurant Noodles Etc. and student-run coffeeshop Hallowed Grounds. Vasudevan said the idea for the site came up in a discussion about Groupon, explaining that he wanted to make the model, with its tens of millions of subscribers around the world, more specific to U of C students. “We wanted to keep it local, so we’re not going to be promoting deals that are irrelevant,” Rabinowitz said. “The deals we line up are deals we would want.” While Groupon tailors its deals to the customer’s current city and has no restrictions on the email addresses it accepts, DealPuncher can only be used by those with a U of C e-mail address and does not offer deals outside of Hyde Park. Instead of money being exchanged through the website, users print out coupons and bring them into the store.
DealPuncher is not the first website on which the pair have collaborated. Earlier this year, they launched The A-Level, a now-suspended forum for students to discuss problem sets, quizzes, and professors. When their first site failed to generate the usership the two had hoped for, they took it down to allow for greater server space for DealPuncher. Because the DealPuncher coupons are not individually marked or coded, an unlimited number of them can be printed, but shopowners will only honor a limited number of coupons. Rabinowitz and Vasudevan hope that this will cause competition among customers. “Students should feel that there’s a rush to the business,” Rabinowitz said. Rabinowitz presented his plan for DealPuncher to the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce in April. He said that while some businesses expressed interest, only Noodles Etc. created a deal with the site. Rabinowitz and Vasudevan selffinanced the website and maintain that they stand to profit, but declined to elaborate on their business model. Instead, Rabinowitz commented on the aspects of business they’re straying away from: “I met with a lot of local businesses that have been
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The sun goes down over the newly opened Mansueto Library. After opening at 8:30 a.m., the library was completely filled with students, faculty, and visitors wanting to study and tour. JAMIE MANLEY/MAROON
By Crystal Tsoi Senior News Staff Few seats were empty in the Grand Reading Room of the Joe and Rika Mansueto Library yesterday as students poured in to see the finished outcome of the $85 million project that began over two years ago. During a tour yesterday,
Director of the University Library Judith Nadler demonstrated the library’s Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) in the Mansueto’s basement levels, which can hold 3.5 million volumes. When the rest of the University’s 8.5 million-volume collection is moved in to its permanent home on campus from its current stor-
age site in Indiana, the Mansueto and Regenstein library complex will be the third largest collection of books under one roof in America. Central to the ASRS’s design and function is the efficiency of its b ook retrieval mechanism. Five automated cranes plumb the 55-foot depths of the library’s
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University librarian anticipates increased interactions between librarians and IT support with Mansueto opening
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Mansueto architect Helmut Jahn surprises a tour led by Director of the University Library Judith Nadler yesterday morning. Jahn, who has been working on the project for five years, considers the Grand Reading Room his favorite aspect of the new library.
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MANSUETO continued from front page subterranean book racks, with an expected book retrieval time of about five minutes. The opening of Mansueto yesterday signals future advancements in the University’s library system, according to Nadler. “ Te c h n o l o g y a n d l i b r a r i a n s h i p w i l l become more intertwined as we go forward,” she said. Among the possible initiatives, Nadler discussed an Apple-inspired “genius bar” that could offer IT support, explaining that such an addition would provide a more convenient satellite location for IT Services to interact with students. IT Services staff members would be able to help troubleshoot software and hardware issues on the spot, Nadler said, as well as provide advice for product purchases.
Nadler views the technological innovations incorporated into the Mansueto’s design as a way of reconciling a national trend toward book digitization with the physical demands of University faculty and student research. She explained that the library’s ability to keep both digital and physical resources close by is an important part of maintaining the U of C’s spirit as a research institution. Mansueto architect Helmut Jahn also toured the library yesterday, sharing his favorite aspect of the dome during his visit. “It’s about the closest you can be to the outside. It’s really a different library than the conventional library, and it starts with the way books are handled,” Jahn said. “For students, studying here is a real
pleasure. But I wouldn’t say I’d want to go back to school,” he joked. Third-year Maddie Sokal studied by the reading room’s glass walls yesterday. “It’s beautiful. There’s so much natural light. For the first day it’s kind of hard to concentrate, but it’ll be a great study place because it’s just so open, as opposed to the other libraries, which can get very dark,” she said. While the Mansueto seems to have a bright future, for certain students, it may be too much so. “I can barely see my screen because there is so much sunlight,” fourth-year Chris Mendez said. The official dedication of the library will be on October 11, 2011, following the completion of the book transfer process.
Experts explore geopolitics at BRIC conference By Jingwen Hu News Staff CEOs, politicians, and policy experts from around the world joined U of C professors over the weekend for a two-day conference on the burgeoning international presence of Brazil, Russia, India, and China, which currently constitute more than 25-percent of the world's GDP. Titled "BRIC in 2020” (referring to the four nations by the acronym coined in a 2001 Goldman Sachs report on emerging markets), the conference presented panels on energy policy, the middle class, economics, and geopolitics. Fo r m e r I l l i n o i s S e n a t o r A d l a i E . Stevenson delivered the keynote lecture. Following his tenure in Congress, Stevenson has since made a career investing in East Asian countries. Stevenson urged the United States to cooperate with BRIC in the future, especially China. He believes the four countries represent a new era of global prosperity. Pennsylvania State University Professor Barry Ickes, who also teaches at the New Economic School in Moscow, described the lengths of Russia’s dependence on oil, explaining how the nation’s economy is heavily reliant not just on the oil companies but also on the manufacturers of the equipment and support services used to extract oil. President Robert Zimmer opened Saturday’s session of the conference at the
International House. Other University professors speaking at the conference included Dean of the Booth School and Professor of Operations Management Sunil Kumar and Professor of History Dipesh Chakrabarty. Joining a host of University experts were Marcelo Neri of the Brazilian Institute for Applied Economics, former Secretary of Energy of Brazil Afonso Moreira Santos, CEO of the public relations firm US-India and Corridor Angela Chitkara. Heidi Levin (M.S. ’11), who was formerly the Executive Director of the Energy Initiative at the University, said that her plans to begin a position involving investments in one of the BRIC countries motivated her to attend the conference, though she would not elaborate further. Flipping through pages of the notes she took during the conference, Levin said she was especially surprised to learn the extent of Russia’s dependence on oil. “They’re creating companies and investing in companies that aren’t efficient but are used by the oil companies to keep the economy going,” she said. Like Levin, Susie Qiu, a Chinese masters student in financial math, also attended the conference for professional reasons. “I think maybe in the future I may have an opportunity to touch upon those issues or turn my career direction to that field,” she said. Qiu was most interested in a presentation by Craig Burton of PositivEnergy Practice, an expert in China’s energy
p o l i c y. B u r t o n m e n t i o n e d t h e Pe a r l River Tower in Guangzhou, a high rise with slit-like openings which suck in wind and generate energy for the entire building. During Burton’s talk, Qiu questioned why a private investor would construct the building. She said that, ultimately, real sustainability in China can be achieved if similar energy-efficient projects “can be expanded to other areas without the sponsorship of the government.” Together, the BRIC nations are taken as a major player in the future of the global economy, representing over 40 percent of the world’s population and constituting a large chunk of the world’s GDP (figures differ, but the conference’s description cites 24 percent). Luiz Filipe Serravite, a third-year in the College and international student from Brazil who co-chaired the conference, said that his interest dates back to 2003 when he first read the Goldman report and was impressed with its predictions and figures. “It was really exciting seeing all these numbers—by 2050, China totally taking over the US, India almost taking it, seeing Brazil as the fourth largest economy,” he said. “Those were very big numbers that even inspired me to pursue a major in economics at a certain extent.” He plans to return to his home country after he graduates, partially due to its economic boom.
Sasha Belyi (A.B. ’09), also a co-chair of the conference and a first-year masters student in Chicago’s Urban Teacher Education Program (UTEP), described the difficulty of predicting Russia’s economic and political future. Even as a Russian, he said he personally could not know all of his country’s problems due to its vast size and manifold complexities. Skeptical of the Goldman Sachs report’s relevance today, he said that while Russia may have been growing in 2001 when the report was first published, the financial crisis of 2008 has since changed the country’s economic and political landscape. “Nob ody knows who’s going to get elected in 2012. If it’s going to be [current Russian President Dmitry] Medvedev, the country probably will take a more progressive route,” he said. “If it’s [current Russian Prime Minister Vladimir] Putin, it might stagnate where it is, and corruption is not going to stop.” Jordan Sokoloski, a second-year and conference vice-chair, said that he walked away with the impression that the BRIC countries are more different from each other than alike. About 300 people attended the conference in total, with roughly 150 showing up on Friday and Saturday each. Belyi and other students are already discussing plans to host another conference next year and including other countries such as South Africa, Turkey, Thailand, or Indonesia.
CHICAGO MAROON | NEWS | May 17, 2011
After 75 years at U of C, Alice Chandler dies at 93
Alice Chandler speaks with University President Hugo Sonnenschein at the 1996 staff service recognition event during Sonnenschein's administration at the University of Chicago. This annual event that celebrates employees' years of service has recently been named after Chandler. COURTESY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO NEWS OFFICE
By Sam Levine Associate News Editor Alice Chandler, whose 75-year career at the University began before the construction of the Regenstein library and the birth of University President Robert Zimmer, died last Thursday at the age of 93. A native Chicagoan, Chandler began working at the University when she was 16 years old, just after graduating from high school. As the decades passed, her role at the University landed her a variety of responsibilities, including positions as the office manager for the President’s and Provost’s offices. “Her quiet and unshakable dedication to the University inspired all who worked with her and is one of many gifts she has left to us. We will miss her deeply,” President Zimmer said in a May 13 press release. Executive Assistant to the President Susan Huie said that she could tell that there was something special about Chandler when they first met 12 years ago. Huie said that as the two worked together in the Office of the President, Chandler became a mentor and a close friend. “She was always someone you could go to. She had an incredible warmth about her,” Huie said.
DealPuncher swaps coupons for coffee at Hallowed Grounds DEALPUNCHER continued from front page approached by sites like Groupon and Living Social and have turned them down because of those websites’ steep, steep commission rates.” The site’s inaugural deal, organized with the help of Director of Student-Run Coffee Shops Stacey Brown, offered users a coupon for a free small coffee at Hallowed Grounds. For the Summer Breeze festival Saturday, they offered five-dollar packages of dumplings from Noodles Etc. to the first 50 students who came to their table with a coupon. According to Rabinowitz, the student response was strong. With 89 followers on Facebook, the pair are already drawing up plans for expansion. “Speaking as an optimist and not as a practical person, if we are able to create a solid model, we can extend that model to other colleges,” Rabinowitz said. Groupon co-founder Brad Kewell, who taught a course with fellow co-founder Eric Lefkofsky at the Booth School of Business, said it is against the company’s policy to comment on other coupon websites.
Even in her later years, Chandler would drive herself to work and arrive before 7 a.m. Associate Provost for Faculty and Student Affairs Ingrid Gould described Chandler as a “mother hen” who cared deeply about the problems of the people she worked with, both inside and outside of the office. “She was a shining example of how to live well, how to build a community, how to care about people,” Gould said in the press release. Mary Harvey, associate provost for program development, met Chandler in 1998 when the two worked in the Office of the Provost. Harvey said that Chandler’s long experience at the U of C gave her an intimate knowledge of the inner workings of the University, and made her one of the best administrative problem solvers. “If you needed a problem solved, Alice would pick up the phone and make it happen,” Harvey said. Over the course of her career, Chandler witnessed the abolition of varsity football and its reinstatement 30 years later, a 1969 protest in which 400 students laid siege to the administration building for two weeks, and the appointment of the University’s first female president. The University will hold its first Alice W. Chandler Staff Service Ceremony, named in her memory, on June 14. Chandler is survived by her son Dean.
uBazaar ticket sales cause confusion among students who did not have tickets honored SUMMER BREEZE continued from front page Since money from Summer Breeze ticket sales go towards MAB’s budget the following year, Joh said that MAB was working with ORCSA to minimize fund losses from this year’s concert. The Council on University Programming (COUP) was also forced to move their annual Summer Breeze carnival from the quads into the Reynolds Club because of the heavy wind and rain. While COUP was able to relocate RSO performances and food tables inside, the carnival could not host large inflatable rides. The carnival’s beer garden, managed by MAB, was cancelled entirely. “I think people understood the circumstances, and we did the best we could inside,” said fourth-year and COUP chair Diana Li. Li also noted that the mechanical bull ride and inter-fraternity cook-off remained outside in Bartlett Quad. This year also marked the second year that MAB sold Summer Breeze tickets through the SG run uBazaar. The online system generated some confusion on the morning of the concert, since the electronic ticket number did not necessarily correspond with the order in which the ticket was purchased. This meant that a student with a ticket marked 13 did not
purchase the 13th ticket, and may not have had his ticket honored. “Obviously there are some bugs,” Joh said, adding that the system had trouble handling the volume of ticket requests. To ensure that the 1,000 available tickets were fairly distributed, MAB members hand checked time stamps for each ticket sold. MAB posted lists online and in the Reynolds Club of students who had valid tickets. Only the first 200 people to arrive at the concert received yellow wristbands granting them access to the open dance area in the front of Mandel Hall, while the rest of the audience was restricted to the seating area. While security guards stood in the aisle during rapper Wale’s set, restricting those without a yellow wristband from entering the dance area, security guards did not enforce the separation during Crystal Castles’ set. In the middle of Wale’s set, rumors that Chicago Bulls point guard and 2010-2011 NBA Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose was backstage spread through the audience. As chants of “MVP!” rang out, Rose, a native South Sider, joined Wale on the stage and thanked the audience for supporting him. “We had no idea he was coming,” Abbott said. “Wale just brought him along.”
Popcorn, cotton candy, ice cream, and fried twinkies were served for Summer Breeze in the Reynolds Club. The building’ s makeshift conversion came after a rainstorm hit Hyde Park. LLOYD LEE/MAROON
Residents of historic co-op sue building managers By Giovanni Wrobel News Staff The spirit of cooperation has run dry at one of Hyde Park’s historic co-ops. Ten residents of a former cooperativelyowned building on 5000 East End Avenue have filed suit in Cook County’s Circuit Court alleging that the building’s Board members improperly handled the conversion of the co-op. Some residents, who claim they cannot afford the conversion costs, now face eviction. Once the tallest building in Hyde Park, the 29-story tower was built in the 1920s, and is the former residence of former Senator Carol Moseley Braun (J.D. ’72). Co-ops were common in the pre-war era in Chicago and New York City, when residents owned shares of the building under a corporation. Major decisions in the building were made by elected members of the Board. In March 2010 the residents voted to dissolve the 5000 East End Building Corporation, and prepared a plan for the conversion of the
property into condominiums. Under the plan, the Board would dissolve the corporation and each resident would receive the deed to their unit. Their leases would be terminated. Before the plan was proposed, the Corporation was nearly $3 million in debt to National Commercial Bank (NCB) for repairs, with the property valued at $7.9 million. Seven months after the March decision, residents alleged that the Board then approved a special assessment that intentionally overestimated the value of the property to $8.5 million to cover debts and defer maintenance projects. The plaintiffs now contend that the Board violated the dissolution plan and the Illinois Business Corporation Act (IBCA), which requires a two-thirds vote by the shareholders in order to approve any special assessment. The plaintiffs also claim the deeds were supposed to be returned to the shareholders following the dissolution, which never occurred. “The board adopted a multimillion dollar special assessment and decided that only those shareholders who paid their share
of the special assessment in one lump sum would receive deeds to their units. The rest of the unit owners were left in a state of limbo, unclear as to whether they are shareholders in a co-op, owners in a condominium, or neither,” Daniel Bronson, the plaintiff ’s attorney, said. Many of the residents are retired and live on fi xed incomes but are now required to pay amounts as high as $176,000 to keep their homes, according to Bronson. He also said they are especially disadvantaged by the move because they will not have their property deeds to fi nance the payment of the assessment. The Board maintains that they acted in the interest of the conversion process, and that the residents would not have been able to convert their homes into condos without making the “city-mandated and necessary capital improvements to the Building,” according to a statement made by the Corporation. The case has a status date set for some time in September, but Bronson believes the case will not go to trial for another year.
| VIEWPOINTS | May 10, 2011
EDITORIAL & OP-ED MAY 17, 2011
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CAPS should build on Metcalf Fellows success and increase funding for internships As Spring quarter winds down, U of C students from every department and major are finalizing their summer plans and setting up internships and sublets. For those students with summer jobs, no matter where they’re working, CAPS has more than likely played a positive role–whether it be through practice interviews, one-on-one advising, or the grants and fellowships they award. The Jeff Metcalf Fellows Program, for instance, has grown over the past fifteen years from a budding funding source for eight fellowships to an integral part of CAPS with almost 250 internships. Just last year, the Chicago Careers in Journalism (CCIJ) Grant bumped funding from $3,000 to $4,000 and offered a wider range of opportunities after an increase in student interest. These opportunities provide students with a leg-up when applying to jobs upon graduation and also allow them to
explore experiences outside of the classroom. To help meet student demand, CAPS should further expand the summer grants and fellowships they offer and reevaluate their funding and requirements. Although the awards CAPS offers are highly regarded, they hardly pay more than a minimum wage job. Currently, Metcalf Fellowships offer $4,000 a summer and require 400 hours of work in addition to writing a reflection and participating in CAPS events. Students commuting to their internship, working overseas or in a high-cost city are lucky to simply break even after paying for housing, food, transportation, and other living costs over the summer. This gives students receiving financial aid bigger issues, since the University assumes they save $2,000 over the summer that can be contributed towards their education. A college student with only a couple months to prepare
for living in a new city–while balancing schoolwork and other commitments–can easily run into a number of burdens on the way, including finding a sublet on such short notice. Also, one of the greatest opportunities of a Metcalf Fellowship is exploring a new city and different cultures. Increasing the money included in CAPS’ grants and fellowships by just $500 or $1,000 would go a long way with helping students get the most out of their summers without reaching into their savings. There should also be more specialized opportunities geared towards students with particular interests. While programs like the CCIJ Grants and the Environmental Studies Internship Program offer a guided source of funding to learn and work in a specific field, students who have other pursuits are left behind. Programs like Chicago Careers in Law and Business are structured
to help students gain perspective in a professional field, and would greatly benefit from offering more paid summer opportunities that will help engage students. Although increasing the amount of summer grants and fellowships offered by the University is a significant cost, it’s one of the best investments the College can make. In a time where finding a job can be extremely difficult and the bulk of unemployment falls on recent graduates, having work experience in a field specific to a student’s interest can give them the edge over graduates from other universities. The steady growth of these programs is a testament to their success, and they should be further expanded and reevaluated to help maximize students’ summer experiences. The Editorial Board consists of the Editor-in-Chief, Viewpoints Editors, and an additional editorial board member.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
A concerted effort
News article omits lack of formal grievance process
Despite move indoors, Summer Breeze salvaged a wintry weekend
By Emily Wang Viewpoints Columnist All week, my excitement for Summer Breeze grew. It promised to be a carefree escapade across the quads in break-out-thepopsicles weather. It promised an outdoor music festival–like atmo-
sphere for the bands. It promised, most importantly, my secret obsession: a moonbounce. Then Saturday happened. Rain happened. Chilly temperatures happened. And there was no moonbounce. I thought, of course, that all was lost. Last year it was beautiful, everyone said. Not wanting to waste the fifteen dollars I had already spent, I checked it out anyway, not hoping for much. With a light drizzle falling, my friends and I ran to the Reynolds Club in search of something to salvage the day. It started out just OK. We grabbed our Peach
Pleasures and Strawberry Surf Riders, our veggie burgers and our brats. We watched a short but entertaining circus performance by our campus’s own troupe; we watched the roommate game, which was a bust (we couldn’t really hear what was going on); we stood in line for caricatures, which didn’t particularly look like my friend or like me, though we’ll hang it in our room next year anyway; I tried two separate times to win a pair of sunglasses and failed both times, picking out two bouncy balls instead; we made balloon animals and hats.
gable laborers of the Alumni House call squad). A few lucky students do get chosen to man the charming staples of campus culture, the student-run coffee shops, but I think my music taste is slightly too accessible to be played in Cobb. So what is left for me? I too need to earn money to waste on $9 sandwiches at Z&H and $5 cover charges at Club DU. Where can I turn? You may think, in the context of U of C culture, that “yoda” refers to a well-spent Friday night with the Star Wars trilogy (I’ll ignore Episodes I-III), or that “sona” must be a typo in an essay on Brave New
I enjoyed reading Harunobu Coryne’s article “Childcare center scares grad parents,” which highlights the problems that graduate student employees face finding childcare on campus and in Hyde Park. To all that he reported, I would simply add one point. Coryne’s last sentence caused some confusion for many people currently asking the administration for childcare resources: “The G S U has not filed an official grievance with the University.” Some graduate student workers started to ask each other, “Can we file an official grievance?” The simple answer is “No.” University administration provides no formal and independent process for graduate students to file complaints about childcare or any other problem they confront while working for the University. This is a basic workplace right that students teaching and working in the University do not currently possess. In lieu of a standardized grievance process, the administration recommends that student workers take up concerns with their immediate supervisor (often the professor teaching the course) and work their way up, talking to the dean, etc., until the problem is resolved. This puts teaching assistants, for instance, in the uncomfortable position of having to bring problems about their supervisor to their supervisor, and then to their supervisor’s
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COLIN THE SHOTS
Getting psyched Participating in research studies provides interesting experiences, profit
By Colin Bradley Viewpoints Columnist As long as there has been a University of Chicago, there has been tension between the graduate and undergraduate programs: Which should be our preeminent focus? I, a young undergraduate,
say unreservedly: graduate! Why? Because U of C graduate programs are world leaders in research? Maybe, but that’s not what I’m concerned about. What I care about is a little more selfish. Graduate programs do mean research, but research means test subjects! And that is where I, a young, broke undergraduate, gladly step up to the plate. Many of the most coveted jobs around campus are work-study (I’m talking to you, person who guards the door to the Harper Reading Room) or involve getting hung up on by disgruntled alumni or parents (we still appreciate you, indefati-
VIEWPOINTS | May 17, 2011
WHO WHAT WHERE WHEN HOWARD
Rat tales, part 2 Passage of time gives new perspective on difficulty and stress of college experience
By Alison Howard Viewpoints Columnist In my first column for the Maroon, a little over two years ago, I wrote about exercising in Ratner. In this, my last column for the Maroon, I thought I’d return to that subject. This has been a matter of some difficulty because I haven’t actually gone inside Ratner for a matter of weeks, instead preferring to get most of my exercise by foraging for food, forgetting my laptop charger at my apartment and having to go back, and otherwise walking around aimlessly. The basic argument behind my first Ratner article was that the experience of going to the gym was a grand analogy for going to the U of C. The U of C can be as intimidating to a first-year who perceives herself as mentally unprepared as going to the gym can be to someone who perceives herself to be out of shape. The fact that I explored this comparison doesn’t say much for my self-esteem as an 18-year-old. And really, this school kicks your ass—not
unlike the step aerobics class I took first year. My first quarter, I was rejected from the staff of a literary magazine and from both campus improv groups. (To the judges of the Occam’s Razor audition, who I’m sure have forgotten by now: I don’t know what I was thinking with that unnaturally shrill U of C–as-Hogwarts-let’s-say-crucio-all-overthe-place joke. I apologize.) Plus, I got my first B in eight years. (I know, I’m a nerd. I bet you are too.) Back then, those failures were devastating. But looking back with a few years of wisdom, they don’t even register as small disappointments. I found extracurricular activities that I loved, in which I didn’t have to see the facial expressions of an audience when my attempts to induce laughter failed. And, honestly, I’m lucky I got a B in that one class, because I didn’t understand how “syllabuses” on “Chalk” worked and didn’t do any of the readings for the first six weeks. We might joke that the U of C is all pain (Crucio! Crucio! Crucio! OK, still not funny), but it’s actually pretty cushy. Similarly, step aerobics might have made me break a sweat, but really I was just walking up and down one step for half an hour, listening to old-school Rihanna, and then kind of sort of trying to do squats. This isn’t to say that the U of C is easy. As nerds, we go hard. We might spend six hours a day on Stumbleupon, but that’s followed by ten hours spent reading, hammering
By participating in studies, making money can be as easy as watching The West Wing STUDIES continued from page 4 World. They are, however, online databases for “human subject pool management.” They are, essentially, my perpetual job application that rarely gets denied–they are my meal tickets at the U of C. Thanks to sona, I have found myself in the Physiology building (yes, that exists) sticking my hand under a black hood and entering the “roughness rating” of various materials on a keypad. Thanks to sona, I have had electrodes strapped to my head and fingers while I sit in a plush recliner and gamble fake money on a flat-screen TV (Beecher has the ultimate “Man Cave” if you know where to look). Thanks to sona, I have found myself watching The Cosmos with Carl Sagan on a Friday afternoon, and I have been wearing a sleek hospital gown and climbing into an fMRI machine before Sosc class. And all this for the same pay as a Metcalf Internship. Okay, so it’s not exactly glamorous–or totally consistent. But it does pay well. My Sunday night routine now includes watching an episode or two of The West Wing looking for real life parallels to Obama, and logging on to sona-systems to browse through the upcoming week’s study offerings (lay off me, I’m only taking three classes this quarter– something, incidentally, that I highly recommend). If I can squeeze in three hours or so of studies, well, there’s some spending money
for the weekend, and if I can score a big one (like the much coveted fMRI study), then maybe I can even save some money (thank you, Econ 198). But I feel like I’m slighting one of the most popular contributors to undergraduate cash flow: Booth’s Decision Research Lab (DRL). If you’ll forgive a timely sports reference, the DRL is sort of the Joakim Noah of the U of C study scene–a not-too-flashy but definitely reliable source for a few points (or bucks) on a Friday evening. Plus (here’s an insider tip I almost hesitate to publish), if you put up with the longer waits on a Friday afternoon (typically the DRL’s busiest time of week), the Winter Garden in Booth is often the source of inexplicable free food and booze. Fill out a few surveys, maybe watch a clip of Who’s Line Is It Anyway?, and grab a tamale and a glass of cheap Merlot when you’re finished–sounds like a good deal to me. So perk up, starving undergrad. Put down that meager block of ramen. Log onto sonasystems (http://uchicago.edu.sona-systems. com) and squeeze a study into a lunch break or two. You can make it from the BSLC to Beecher, make $10 in a study, and book it to Henry Hinds in under an hour–I promise, I’ve done it more than once. Colin Bradley is a first-year in the College majoring in Law, Letters, and Society.
Standardized grievance system would benefit graduate student workers LETTER continued from page 4 supervisor. Graduate students have had some success with the ombudsperson’s office, which tries to mediate students’ conflicts with other students, faculty, and administrators. Mediation, of course, is not arbitration. The ombudsperson lacks authority to enforce decisions and relies upon the goodwill of all parties involved. Further,
the ombudsperson can only work on a case -by-case basis. A standardized and independent grievance process would provide accountability on the part of the employer (i.e. the University), and would set precedents that could provide systematic improvements in the workplace.
Joseph Jay Sosa Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology
out problem sets, “engaging in discourse,” “unpacking arguments,” building things up, tearing them down, and logging on and off Facebook. Of course, this is followed by eight hours of sleep (lol, jk). Just like going to the gym, you have to put effort into your University of Chicago education to get something out of it. That being said, food and sleep have become my new exercise routine: the unattainable thing that’s supposed to make your life better. I could go run on a treadmill for 45 minutes and watch Made on MTV— the ultimate arena of self-deprecation and improvement—or I could go get a sandwich at Z&H with Anna, the now former-roommate mentioned in my old Ratner article, who is similarly cynical, graduating early, and hungry “all the time, seriously, where is all the food ever?” Clearly, I’m speaking both flippantly and from a place of privilege. A liberal arts education, upon closer examination, is both incalculably valuable and despairingly meaningless. “First-world problems” is a meme that has salient resonance in our own lives, lives in which the phrase “a meme that has salient resonance” actually means something, or at least means enough to get published in the student newspaper. There are real problems out there, ranging from the classic and tragic example of those who ask themselves, “Where is any of the food ever?” to those paying off student loans, finding a job to
help them do so, and actually dealing with the real physical harm they do to themselves by sitting all day and not getting enough sleep. Once we leave the U of C, we’ll finally be able to appreciate both the luxury of going here and the way that it’s been more of a mental exercise than practical training. Because the fact is, no university can actually prepare you for real life. It can only give you the critical skills to look at your life and ask, “What is wrong with how things are, what do I need to fix, and what can I fix?” So as I near graduation and that final sweep of exams and papers, I probably won’t make it to Ratner at all. All the optimism I expressed two years ago about getting “buff and toned” (seriously, what was I thinking?) has given way to amusement. You might put into exercise and into work at the U of C what you want to get out of them, but sometimes, when the end is near, you just want to get out. You want to see what’s in this great, new, real world, and to let it kick your ass too. So now right before graduation, while I can’t boast about my fitness as a gym-goer or as an undergraduate, I don’t beat myself up over it either. I’m not running any marathons, but I can walk up to the fourth floor of Cobb well enough, and for now, that’s all I need. Alison Howard, a Viewpoints Editor emeritus, is a graduating third-year in the College majoring in English.
Crystal Castles a touching experience, despite being indoors SUMMER BREEZE continued from page 4 Here’s where it began to pick up. We settled down right in front of the stage for the hypnotist’s show. I was initially skeptical, but the Chippendales show by the hypnotized male students won me over completely. Regardless of whether or not those volunteers were simply great actors and actresses, the audience giggled and guffawed; I laughed so hard at one point my eyes began to water. After a break to whip up a quick dinner, we headed back to Mandel Hall to catch the end of The Walkmen, the opening act of the concert. Only a small contingent of students, unfortunately, had arrived, most likely due to the rain and the 1,000-student limit. The band didn’t get the attention it deserved, finishing up its set in an understandably understated fashion. Students trickled in slowly for Milkman, whose hipster-bro aesthetic and hip hop–pop mash-ups seemed to please the crowd. I stepped out again for some air and a change of clothes—after years of concert-going, I somehow still end up wearing a sweater and knee-high boots—and returned just in time to see Derrick Rose, newly-anointed MVP of the NBA, walk on stage during Wale’s set. As a lifelong Chicago resident and Bulls fan, I lost it. I screamed like a teenybopper at a Justin Bieber concert, much to the irritation of the bewildered girls next to me and to the amusement of my friends, not one of whom knew who this random “Derrick Rose” person was, or why he could render me so embarrassingly starstruck. The night couldn’t get any better. But when Crystal Castles finally took the stage, the crowd had swelled and the night was inching closer to an improbably grand
climax. Swallowed by the crowd, I felt the full force of hundreds of sweaty, writhing bodies in what could only be described as a primitive, ecstatic fervor. It was not exceptionally sweaty or packed, yet it felt different simply because I was experiencing it here—at my school, with so many of my peers. And it was incredible. Utterly exhausted and gingerly walking back to my dorm, I was happy. No, there were no popsicles to cool a sweltering day, nor were there nostalgic leaps in moonbounces, but there were small surprises, like bouncy balls, a surprisingly convincing hypnotist, and of course, Derrick Rose. There were still flaws, like the disappointing space constraints that forced many students to miss out on the concert, but on the whole, COUP and MAB did a good job making the best out of less-than-favorable circumstances; it was not exactly the “Bummer Freeze” my friend jokingly called it (he is not very good at puns). Often the best experiences are the ones least expected—a cramped concert in Mandel Hall may not sound like the most exciting, liberating atmosphere, but it proved to have many memorable moments. It wasn’t necessarily better than a huge, spilling-all-out-on-thequads concert outdoors would have been, but it held its own. That is all it had to do. The year is now coming to a close, and I will remember all these little moments that remind me of just how much I unreservedly love the University of Chicago. As for next spring? I will be wholeheartedly recommending Summer Breeze, rain or shine. Emily Wang is a first-year in the College majoring in English.
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BLOWING AWAY MANDEL Photography by Darren Leow  The Walkmen, an indie rock band from New York, opened the night to a more subdued crowd at 5:30 p.m. The band played at Mandel in 2004, and at Lollapolooza last summer.  Second in the line-up was Milkman, who began making mashups at University of California-Santa Barbara and has made his way across college campuses since 2008.  For the final act, Crystal Castles took to the stage, and soon enough, lead singer Alice Glass took to the audience. She spent the act drifting between the stage and her fans' awaiting arms. [4} Sporting his Chicago Bulls gear, rapper Wale surprised the crowd by inviting Bulls MVP Derrick Rose in the middle of his set. While some students were starstruck, others didn't recognize the star.  After a less raucous first two acts, students erupted for Wale as he took the stage. Despite bracelet color segregated sections, students clamored to the edge of the stage to dance for Wale and Crystal Castles.
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Chicago makes it freeze, Crystal Castles makes it rain By Hannah Gold Voices Cubic Zirconium On the drizzly Saturday morning that was May 14, many U of C students awoke from their cushy weekend dreams only to find that there was a list—and that they were not on it. Due to the potential rain and generally dismal weather, the much anticipated Summer Breeze concert was moved into Mandel Hall, resulting in a steep cut in the number of tickets the University could honor. Students would have to enjoy the collective energy of The Walkmen, Milkman, Wale, and Crystal Castles in a more confined setting. At the Summer Breeze carnival, which was moved from the quads to the Reynolds Club, there was a general air of frustration, hunger, and resignation. There was quite a lot of cotton candy, noise from WHPK’s soundstage, and students on their cell phones trying frantically to secure a ticket. Worst of all, there was no bouncy castle. Students began calling the event Summer Freeze, and, at least from what I could hear, there
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Crystal Castles' vocalist Alice Glass performs at MAB's Summer Breeze Music Festival Saturday evening at Mandel Hall after the concert was moved inside. DARREN LEOW/MAROON
New tour springs Elizabeth & the Catapult into the spotlight By Hallie Grumer Voices Wonder Woman Elizabeth & the Catapult defy expectations, blending introspective, deep themes with lighter pop songs that display a well-developed albeit dark sense of humor. Made up of singer/songwriter and keyboardist Elizabeth Ziman, drummer Danny Molad, and guitarist Peter Lalish, the band blends elements of pop, folk, rock, and jazz. Needless to say, they have created a unique sound, one that earned them attention for their first album Taller Children, which has only continued to grow with the recent release of The Other Side of Zero. The Maroon sat down with Elizabeth Ziman to discuss touring, inspiration and,of course music. Chicago Maroon: You recently finished touring with Sara Bareilles. What was that like? Elizabeth Ziman: That was an amazing experience. We were basically playing for 2,000 people a night that hadn’t heard of our band, ever, and they had come really early and were really excited about music, which was an incredible opportunity. Also, Sara is one of the best hangs I’ve ever had. The first thing she did was run to everyone in my band and give them the biggest bear hug, you know, the first second that she met us. It was kind of like camp: we were all crying the last day and singing covers with each other on stage. CM: Where was your favorite performance from this tour? EZ: All of the southern shows were pretty crazy; I wasn’t expecting that kind of raucous love coming from the South. I think Ashville was the most
fun. First of all, Ashville is an awesome city, but there was this vintage place down the street, and I was going to buy a new tutu because I wore tutus, for some reason, every night on the tour. I saw this superhero costume with my initials on it...it looked like a Wonder Woman costume, so I bought it and played in that. Maybe it was that everyone was dressed up or maybe it was that everyone was really drunk, but whatever it was about that show... it was great.
ELIZABETH & THE CATAPULT Schubas Tavern Tuesday, May 17
CM: For your new album The Other Side of Zero, I read that you were influenced by a certain book… EZ: Yeah, well I’m always pretty obsessive about Leonard Cohen. He’s one of my big songwriting muses, but for this album I wrote the whole album on the road while I was reading David Lynch and Leonard Cohen, who wrote a book called The Book of Longing about his experiences in a Zen monastery over the years and his struggles to reach these Buddhist goals. But the whole point of the book is that even if he fails to meet his goals, it’s really just about the intention of trying. The whole process that I was going through, just day-to-day on that tour and in life, but also, you know, the album, was just “letting go.” You know, it’s easier said than done. CM: You were trained as a classical pianist from an early age, and later planned to pursue film scoring. How
has this broad background influenced your own style? EZ: Well, I wanted to be a classical pianist until I was 15 or 16, and I think that at a certain point I just didn’t want to be locked in my room by myself all day practicing. Even if I were kept company by music, it would have been a very lonely life. I guess writing for films would also be rather lonely sometimes, but at a certain point you’re working with dozens of people so it’s a lot more of a social career....I idolize my favorite movie directors and actors so I felt like that was a good way to put it all together. When I ended up going to school for the more cinematic approach, this jazz singer came to the school looking for a band and cheap back-up singers to go with her on the road. I was somehow convinced that it was a good idea to audition even though I had no experience in jazz singing or scatting or any of the things I would need to know. I did it somehow, anyway, and then I met Esperanza, the bass player, who ended up playing with me for a couple years after that in my band, and she encouraged me to start writing my own songs. I started playing more clubs out in Boston, and two years later, after school, I started doing the residencies and started exploring that side of what I do. CM: So how do you decide what you really want to do? EZ: It’s a roundabout way, huh? It’s all music and it’s all the same thing. To tell you the truth, my father went to school to be a doctor, and then he ended up leaving school and being a mime, and then he was an actor, and then he went into real estate. I just feel like I have many lifetimes to figure out
Elizabeth Ziman's music, like her wardrobe, is an eclectic mix of styles. COURTESY OF MEG MCLEAN
what I want to do, and at least it started with music. Most of my favorite musicians started with art school—David Burn, Lou Temple. CM: You said earlier that you were influenced by your favorite directors. What’s your favorite movie? EZ: That’s such a hard question. I love Beetle Juice. It’s just incredible; the music to that movie is incredible. It’s just so creepy but still really beautiful. I think that’s kind of what I aim for in my shows. I don’t know if I really get there, but that’s my goal. CM: I can really see that in the “You and Me” music video, you know, the one with the alien. EZ: Yeah, or “Perfectly Perfect.” Those are two videos where the songs are kind of cute, and I approached the director of the videos and said, “If we can make this still have that humor but also be a little darker and leave the audience a little confused, that would be
great.” So I think that’s what happened. It’s not Tim Burton, but it’s definitely a little awkward. CM: What are you listening to now? EZ: I listen to a lot of St. Vincent; I actually also went to school with her. I’m always kind of just blown away; it’s weird for me because we were playing shitty clubs together ten years ago, but she’s incredible. I listen to a lot of a band called Elysian Fields. I really like Sufjan Stevens’s new album too. I was definitely listening to a lot of Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and Tom Waits when I was making my new record. CM: So what’s next for you? EZ: I’m doing a tour this month and then I’m touring with Lenka next month. I think it’s just going to be hanging out with my friends on the road. It would be really fun to do some more touring this year. I’m always writing as I go ’cause I get bored, so hopefully I’ll get to the studio sometime.
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Graney turns a cerebral classic into a hallucinatory horror By Rob Underwood Voices Diamond in the Rough The Hypocrites’ production of Woyzeck at Wicker Park’s Chopin Theater is a daring new take on Georg Büchner’s posthumously published play. Büchner’s play, left unfinished and out of order at the time of his death, has become a classic commentary on the dehumanizing effects of military culture and sexual repression. The play has inspired artists ranging from Werner Herzog to Tom Waits, and many have succeeded in persuasively filling out the skeletal play Büchner left us with.
WOYZECK Chopin Theatre Through May 22
Director Sean Graney updated this production of Woyzeck by organizing stark, minimalist backdrops in a captivating fashion, adding a dimension of extreme theatricality and in turn giving new emphasis to the incredibly frenetic dialogue. Though these unique developments have the potential to completely detract from the dialogue’s content, Graney skillfully maneuvers from subdued pathos to near-psychotic tirades, creating a mostly compelling, though thoroughly unpredictable, adaptation. Even before the play begins, the amalgamation of theatrical décor and participant, set-piece and actor, is considerably blurred. At least twenty minutes before the scheduled time, the theater is full of activity and sound; music consists solely of ambient drones, while a figure in a full-body suit and gas mask mops the stage floor around what seems to be a dead body. Acts of sterilization and quarantine, which are not properly explained, serve to highlight the cold light of medical and psychological examination, which the title character (played by the boyish yet seething Geoff Button) undergoes throughout the
Geoff Button (Woyzeck) gives Sean Patrick Fawcett (the Captain) a menacing shave in Büchner's Woyzeck. Boyish yet seething, Woyzeck must navigate a world which tries to emasculate him at every turn. PHOTO BY RYAN BOURQUE
play. Husband and father, Woyzeck subjects himself to manual labor and bizarre medical studies to support his illegitimate child and commonlaw wife, Marie (Lindsey Gavel). Hounded constantly by the Captain and Herr Doktor (Sean Patrick Fawcett and Ryan Bollettino) who oversee his activity, Woyzeck’s only sense of comfort and stability crumbles when Marie cheats on him with a brash soldier who retains all the virility and dynamism this military culture seems to be draining from Woyzeck. Though captivating in itself, the play would be nothing without Tom Burch’s hallucinatory set design and
Graney’s deft use of absurdist and meta-theatrical techniques. Mixing elements of pastoral romance, slowly-developing psychosis and chaotic violence, Burch uses incredible economy in populating the set with diverse tools that Graney can manipulate. Despite this diversity, Burch keeps the environment grounded by instilling a comprehensively sterile, even lifeless atmosphere: a clearly fake plastic deer stands completely untouched throughout the play; a rock stands in for Woyzeck and Marie’s illegitimate child; Woyzeck uses a baseball bat rather than an axe to “chop” wood. The disconnect between what the
objects represent and how the characters use them gives the production an undercurrent of unsettling humor which thoroughly entertains without removing the critical dimension of Büchner’s words. Graney takes full advantage of the diverse theatrical implications that such an adaptation provides. Specifically, actors never leave the stage, becoming instead part of a system of “interactive” set pieces when removed from the actual dialogue. Sitting on stumps which line the border of the stage, the actors repeat various thematically-charged words (in particular those oriented around death).
Th e w a y i n w h i c h G r a n e y incorporates the characters into the environment, along with the various forms of verbal repetition he utilizes, emphasize his personal and uniquely modern approach to theater. Though the actors all provide capable and compelling performances, they are not responsible for the enduring originality of the entire production. This stems directly from the way in which Graney makes use of their craft, his ability to organize both actors and set-pieces into perpetually unique forms, and his fresh expression of words that have been adapted and re-adapted for nearly two hundred years.
Voices In Your Head warms up for album release By Wenjia Zhao Voices Oozes "Ahhs" O n e r a i n y Th u r s d a y e v e ning a group of singers huddle into a music practice room in Goodspeed Hall. The room is tiny, and the group squeezes in together near the lone baby grand piano in the corner. The singers are the Voices in Your Head a capella group, and tonight they will be rehearsing a new song for their upcoming performance and CD release party. Someone plays a note, and the room falls silent. A few people begin humming, and practice begins. Voices in Your Head is a diverse collection of students bound together in musical camaraderie: its singers range from a soonto-b e mathematics Ph.D. to a second-year music major. Ask the singers what makes their group stand out among all the other a
capella groups on campus (there are at least eight, seven of which are on the A Capella Council), and the group hesitates. After a moment, Ph.D. student and accompanist Chris Rishel pipes up, “We treat a capella as an art. Some of the other groups don’t take it seriously, but we do.”
VOICES IN YOUR HEAD Bartlett Dining Hall Saturday, May 21
The group has plenty to be proud of. They recently received three nominations in the 2011 A Capella Community Awards c a t e g o r i e s Fa v o r i t e O r i g i n a l Song, Favorite Female Singer, and Favorite Mixed Collegiate Group. In the meantime, until the competition results are released in June, the group is busily preparing
for their upcoming performance, which marks three years of work brought to fruition. The group’s C D release party will also feature performances by Xtension Chords, the all-male University of Illinois a capella group, Off-Off Campus, circus group Le Vorris & Vox, and dance performances by third-year Kate Oppenheimer and second-year Andrew Rosner. After warming up the group begins their practice in earnest. Having run through “Break Your Heart,” a familiar piece the group has performed before, the singers switch to a new track. Tonight they’re tackling “The Message,” an arrangement of the popular Coldplay song. This is group m e m b e r R u s s e l B e ck e r ’ s f i r s t arrangement for the group, one that has taken him over a year to complete. Not all practice sessions are this rushed. Fourth-year Lily Baker
explains, “Sometimes it is longer [when] it takes choreography and planning. It depends. But we’re trying to get this song in time for the show.” The group hopes to learn it in about a week, but they will have to see how much they can accomplish tonight. “Not everybody in the team comes to the practice sometimes, because grad students have jobs and work and the undergrads, well, are UChicago students,” Ph.D. candidate Michael Glista said. However the group has more pressing concerns. Most of the singers are graduating and will leave before the end of the year. Though the group must act fast to find fresh talent, they remain optimistic. Graduate student Zach Madden hands out music scores and the singers move into action. They divide by gender, and the men head into a separate room to
practice. The women and accompanist Rishel stay with the baby grand piano. At his direction, the group b egins to vocalize, practicing their melodies with “oohs” and “ahhs.” They will not add in the lyrics until the second run-through, but it is apparent that the speed and the complex rhythm of the piece is going to be tricky enough. After thirty minutes the men come back into the room, and the group starts a full run-through together. As the song approaches the bridge, the harmony becomes difficult; stray notes fly and the melody starts to feel a little jagged, the rhythm out of place at times. Rishel, who is playing the music, rhythmically taps his foot to get the beat back on track. The singers sway and snap their fingers. Some will miss their notes, but soon they’re sure to be pitchperfect.
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Bulls MVP Derrick Rose joins Wale on Mandel stage CONCERT continued from page 7 was a lot of doubt as to whether the concert would live up to those of previous years. Upon setting foot in Mandel Hall, it was clear that the event seemed forced. The room was intensely segregated into those with yellow bracelets (welcome to the mosh pit) and those with blue bracelets (enjoy the show from the very same seat in which you watched SASA and Shostakovich). This rule was not enforced so much when The Walkmen and Milkman were on stage but as soon as Wale came on, it became clear that some would have to fight for their right to party. The problem was that nobody had cared too much about partying when The Walkmen and Milkman were on. Both bands played good pump-up music, and could splice a top 20 hit with decent flair, but were not riveting by any means. Wale got the crowd going a bit more. He seemed fairly excited to be performing at Mandel Hall and made the audience members repeat various phrases after him, like, “I smoke so good. I smoke so great. Always late.” This part was pretty fun for me (I guess) but what really drove the crowd crazy was when Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls (who, believe me, I now know is the MVP), took the stage and stood in place while waving timidly for a minute before bowing out. This excited the mosh pit so much that it just about collapsed in on itself, probably because everyone was experiencing either awe or confusion—or both. Now, at last, we come to the main attraction (and the main reason people came to the concert). Composed of Ethan Kath and Alice Glass, Crystal Castles is an electro-indie group with a healthy dose of synth-induced punk on the side. Kath mixes and remixes his beats until they play like screamo arcade games. Glass, a 23-year-old with ice blue eyes and jet black hair cropped just below her ears, screeches vaguely sexual, mostly incomprehensible lyrics
Students reach out to Wale during his set at Summer Breeze. The lucky few with yellow wristbands made it to the front of the crowd. DARREN LEOW/MAROON
at the top of her lungs. It’s really awesome. When Crystal Castles took the stage, blue wristbands joined with yellow wristbands in the pit and the concert began in earnest. Kath blasted his syncopated sounds and the requisite strobe light suddenly made everything look really cool. Beneath the cutting, coruscating lights, Glass was a diva demon in Converse sneakers. She leapt into the crowd no less than 10 times, sending the
faithful flock into a frenzy of adrenaline and adoration. They played songs from their two albums (both self-titled, strangely) ranging from the trendy “Crimewave” to the loud and brash “Baptism.” The room pulsated, fueled by the vibrating vim of the mic and the pit. Glass, sporting a black skirt and loose blue top, did her devilish dance across the stage, fell to the floor, and then, renascent, threw a sweater over her face and swayed like a punk-rock
palm tree in the summer breeze. So, yes, outside it felt like the worst of fall, and, true, the carnival ran out of burgers before I even got there at 2 p.m., but even the worst days should be given a chance at redemption. This one turned around big time because what promised to be just another drizzly springtime day in Chicago turned out to be an electrifying, propulsive mosh pit in the middle of Mandel.
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Dostoevsky’s Pilgrimage: Aesthetics and Ascesis in The Brothers Karamazov Contempo: Tomorrow’s Music Today I WEDNESDAY / MAY 18 / 7:30 PM Fulton Recital Hall, 1010 East 59th Street. Goodspeed Hall, 4th Floor
Paciﬁca Quartet eighth blackbird
Robert Bird University of Chicago
Grammy-winning artists perform student compositions Works by UChicago doctoral candidates in composition Andres Carrizo, Dylan Schneider, Andrew Jasinski, Yuan Chen Li, and Gary de Sorbo.
Contempo: Tomorrow’s Music Today II SUNDAY / MAY 22 / 3 PM Ganz Hall, Roosevelt University, 430 South Michigan Avenue, 7th Floor
Cliff Colnot, conductor Paciﬁca Quartet eighth blackbird
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Works by Füsun Köksal, Jacob Bancks, and Michael LaCroix.
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Highly competitive meet hurt from athletes pulling out of events TRACK AND FIELD continued from back page at home with my teammates and friends, some of whom actually braved the weather and showed up to watch. I feel incredibly fortunate to have had this wonderful opportunity.” The meet did not run as smoothly for the women’s team. The Maroons could only muster one second-place finish from third-year Paige Peltzer in the high jump. Beyond that performance, Chicago secured third-place finishes in six different events, including Peltzer in the javelin, first-year Jennifer Porter in the 400-meter hurdles, and fourth-year Stephanie Omueti in the 400-meter dash. Omueti was one of the four women who chose not to compete in the 4x400 relay, due to the horrendous weather. “We collectively decided it was in our best interests to not run the 4x400, of which we are chasing a national standard. We felt that by the time we were to compete in that race, the weather conditions would be even worse, leaving us prone to injury and just not running a fast time.” The weather made it especially hard for throwers like fourth-year Kristin Constantine, who threw a provisional standard in the ham-
Maroons go undefeated in Regional play; will face Denison in the next round mer throw, despite placing sixth. “I thought I performed pretty well considering that I felt like I was competing in a small, chilly hurricane for a good portion of it,” Constantine said. “The problem with rain and throwing is that the rings get soaked. Then other competitors track mud and dirt inside them, so they get very slippery and hard to compete on. Traction issues affect hammer much less, which was reflected in my performance.” “The weather was such a bummer because the meet was seeded to be one of the most competitive in the country, but no one could take advantage of it. It was a terrible meet for every team, in every event.” Even in terrible conditions, the Maroons wouldn’t miss a track meet for Summer Breeze. “I’ve attended Summer Breeze once in my four years here. It’s just not that big of a deal for me,” Omueti said. “As for me, I’d pick a track meet every time,” Andreycak said. Chicago will compete at the North Central Last Chance meet in Naperville on Friday, the last meet before D-III Championships.
Keeping newly found top ten status a high priority for next year’s team MEN’S TENNIS continued from back page national champion. The winner would advance to the NCAA team national finals at Claremont College. The Maroons held the lead after doubles play, as fourthyear co-captains Will Zhang and Kunal Pawa added a victory at third doubles to Brinker and Karandikar’s success at second doubles. However, “once we got into singles, our intensity plummeted and Trinity took full advantage,” said Zhang, who, along with Pawa, was competing in the unfinished singles matches against Grinnell. Both fell along with Abrams and Stefanski. “Sunday was a very painful loss, especially for Will Zhang and me, because the two of us played a great doubles match together for the first time, but we could not produce the same performance in what turned out to be our last college dual match,” Pawa said. “However, it was a good lesson for us because I think it showed what needs to be done for Chicago to not only crack into the top 10, but to maintain that level.” Maintaining top national and UAA rankings seem to be the goal for returning players.
“We expect to build on this year’s progress,” Abrams said. “Our goal is to solidify our spot in the top 10 and move on from there. Wash U, who is probably our biggest rival, loses their two best players and other UAA schools like Carnegie lose their top players as well. When we played both of those teams, they seemed to be stronger than us at the top of their lineups, so losing their top players should be extremely helpful for us in the next year or two.” However, Wash U and Carnegie’s superior play at the top was more indicative of their strength than any Chicago weakness. Brinker, Chicago’s three singles player, was selected to the All-UAA team for both his singles and, along with Karandikar, his second doubles play. Stefanski and Abrams also made the second team at fifth and sixth singles, respectively. But most impressively, Zhang, who topped the singles lineup, qualified for the NCAA Singles Championship for the third consecutive year. He will represent the Maroons in Claremont May 27–29, looking for glory after having reached the quarterfinals and the round of 16 the past two years.
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The number of matches Chicago lost this weekend. Chicago went 10-0 en route to a regional championship. This is their third regional title in the past three years.
WOMEN’S TENNIS continued from back page awareness on the courts. “Everyone focused on their own match,” Li said. “No one depended on the other.” Singles play proved to be much easier than doubles. Needing two victories to reserve a spot in Sunday’s regional final against Gustavus Adolphus, Chicago did not let their concentration stray. Dominant victories by Kung at No. 2 singles, 6–0, 6–0, and Vaca Guzman 6–2, 6–0 at No. 3 singles ended the day much earlier than Luther had hoped for. The other four singles matches went unfinished. While Chicago cruised to an easy victory on Saturday, they were not ready to underestimate Gustavus Adolphus, the 16th-ranked team in the nation. “We especially didn’t want to underestimate Gustavus [Adolphus] since we know that they are a very tough team,” Kung said. The Maroons received a tangible boost with the return of Hu in doubles. Although she was still unable to play singles, the stronger lineup would ensure victory in matches, and this ended up being exactly the case. Krishnan and Kung were able to beat their opponents easily 8–1 at No. 3, with Li and Vaca Guzman winning with an overwhelming 8–3 score at No. 2.
The return of the two-time national champion pair, Hu and Higgins, did not disappoint, as they edged out their opponents 8–5. Once again, two singles victories would clinch a spot in the national quarterfinal in Claremont, California. This time, the first win came at No. 1 singles, where Higgins almost shut out her opponent, winning 6–1, 6–0. Vaca Guzman won 6–3, 6–0. While the Maroons are pleased to be the regional champions for the third year in a row, they know they still have much work to do to beat their performances of the past two years, both of which earned them fourth place at nationals. With Hu back in the lineup, Chicago is hopeful of winning the national title. “We’re all glad Chrissy [Hu] is back in the lineup since she’s our best doubles player, and she’s had really strong singles results this year. She’s been doing everything she can to get better as fast as possible. She’s still not 100 percent, but hopefully she’ll be close by the time we play next week,” Kung said. The Maroons take on Denison one week from today in Claremont, California. “We are ready to go to California and to take on whatever challenges are set up for us,” Li said.
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Third-year Jennifer Kung prepares to return a serve during last weekend’s regional. COURTESY OF DAVE HILBERT
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Maroons roll to regional crown By Alexander Sotiropoulos Sports Staff
Fourth-year Chrissy Hu prepares to receive a serve at last weekend’s NCAA Regional tournament. Hu has been a vital part of Chicago’s doubles and singles squad since returning from injury. COURTESY OF DAVE HILBERT
The women’s tennis team easily triumphed in NCAA D-III regional action this past weekend. Due to sub-par weather conditions, the Maroons played for a smaller crowd than they had hoped at Bally’s Total Fitness on 47th Street, instead of the Stagg Field tennis courts. In spite of the less-than-ideal weather circumstances, Chicago easily clinched the regional title, beating Luther 5–0 on Saturday and Gustavus Adolphus 5–0 on Sunday. The overwhelming victories give Chicago momentum going into national quarterfinal action against Denison next Tuesday. Going into Saturday, the feared 17–3 Chicago squad did not want to overlook the 22–10 Luther lineup, yet it was hard not to, given that the Maroons were the top-seeded team in the region and are ranked fourth in the nation. “Yes, it would have been easy to overlook our competition since we were the top seed, but our coach [Marty Perry] made sure that we stayed grounded and didn’t look too far ahead,” third-year Jennifer
Kung said. Chicago gained focus through the words of Perry. An injury sustained earlier in the season by fourth-year No. 1 doubles player Chrissy Hu emphasized to the Maroons the importance of maintaining focus throughout the first three matches of the day. Kung and third-year Kendra Higgins were able to maintain the focus necessary for victory. Besting their Luther opponents 8–1, the pair quickly put a point on the board for the Maroons. However, the other two doubles matches were a different story. Third-years Tiffany Nguyen and Aswini Krishnan edged out their opponents with a tight 8–6 victory at No. 3 doubles. Second-year Linden Li and third-year Carmen Vaca Guzman found themselves in a worse situation. With the score tied at 8–8, the first doubles team to reach seven points would receive a point for the dual. Mental toughness proved to be the key in the tiebreaker as the Chicago duo won 9–8 (3). The injury-plagued doubles lineup attributes their victories to their
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TRACK AND FIELD
Early exit for top Stormy weather puts damper on Penultimate seeded Chicago By Daniel Lewis Sports Staff
By Matt Luchins Sports Staff A day after falling behind in doubles only to come back against Grinnell (22–7) with strong singles play, history repeated itself for the men’s tennis team against Trinity (16–12)— but this time the Maroons were on the losing end. As the top-ranked team in the Central Region, the ninthranked Maroons (17–5) received a first round bye for the six-team regional finals of the NCAA Championship. They got off to a weak start in Saturday’s semifinal against Grinnell (22–7), falling behind after 8–4 decisions at both first and third doubles in Grinnell’s favor. The second doubles pairing of third-year Troy Brinker and firstyear Neil Karandikar kept the Maroons within reach by pulling an 8–6 win. Then the singles players went to work, sweeping the four completed pairings to clinch a berth in the final with two matches remaining. Brinker, third-year Jan Stefanski, and firstyear Alex Golovin all won both sets comfortably, while secondyear Harrison Abrams clinched the victory with a 7–6 (6), 6–1 victory at sixth singles. Sunday’s final saw the Maroons matched against eleventh-ranked Trinity (16–12), the 2000 D-I I I
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Howling winds, pouring rain, and biting cold dampened the Chicago Pe n u l t i m a t e i n Hy d e Pa r k o n Saturday. Although Chicago boasted some respectable performances across the board, the weather took center stage, with all the competitors sharing in each other’s misery. The men’s team featured six firstplace finishes, highlighted by an impressive triple jump performance from fourth-year Jacob Solus, who hit a provisional standard. Four other Maroons placed second in their event, including fourth-year Brian Andreycak in the 110-meter hurdles. But even 10 finishes in either first or second couldn’t overshadow the clouds. “The weather was absolutely awful, even before it really started raining hard. This was definitely the worst weather I’ve ever had at track meet, which is somewhat unfair for mid-May,” Andreycak said. “Considering that, I’m quite pleased with how some things went.” One of the six first-place finishes for the Maroons was a 4x400-meter relay team that was the only competitor in its race. The team consisted of fourth-years Pat Kacsur, Andrew Wells-Qu, and Toby Blattler, and second-year Henry Ginna. The fierce weather conditions scared off other teams from competing, but the determined Maroons ran anyway. “That’s exactly what separates a great team from the rest: An unwavering drive for self-perfec-
tion, despite all,” Wells-Qu said. “Even when it’s downpouring, even when you’re the only one on the track, even when others are telling you to quit, we keep running and throwing and jumping because we are not here to win—we are here to never quit.” Other first-place finishers include Ginna in the 800-meter run, fourthyear Felipe Fernandez del Castillo in the 10,000-meter run, and second-
year Connor Ryan in the javelin. Fourth-year Drew Jackson finished behind Solus in the triple jump, also hitting a provisional mark. It was Jackson’s first jump since pulling his hamstring at the indoor conference meet. Last year’s national runner-up in the triple jump, Jackson will need to improve his provisional mark in order to join fellow triple jumper Solus at the national meet. Solus’s mark of 14.60m, a lifetime best, has
him sitting 11th in the country, and will almost certainly guarantee him a position in the national meet. For Fernandez del Castillo, the 10k represented a final opportunity to run while wearing University of Chicago colors. “You don’t spend half your life doing something and just walk away from it like it’s nothing. But I’m really glad it ended the way it did, glad I was able to end it
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First-year Zihan Xu jumps at the Chicago Penultimate. Fellow jumper and fourth-year Jacob Solus was one of the few who wasn’t hampered by the stormy weather–his jump of 14.60 meters this weekend was 11th best in the country. JAMIIE MANLEY/MAROON
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