MARCH 7, 2017
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Uncommon Fund Announces Winners BY EUGENIA KO STAFF REPORTER
Student Government announced Monday the six Uncommon Fund proposals that it will sponsor. The winning projects were chosen in part through an online contest through voting by students and members of the community. Proposals called Swipe Out Hunger, Phoenix Farms, the MAROON Digitization Project, “What If,” It’s On Us, and Art as Pedagogy will all receive a portion of this year’s fund. Swipe Out Hunger, which received the highest number of votes, 621, was awarded $2,019.13 to start a UChicago chapter of a national program that donates leftover food from dining halls to local communities. Phoenix Farms, at 615 votes, received $2,688.27 in funding for its urban gardening project that hopes to grow gardens and beehives on campus. The MAROON Digitization Project received 581 votes and was awarded $3,417.10 to digitize the newspaper’s archives. M AROON CFO Andrew Mamo said the Maroon Business Team hopes to work with Special Collections to
create a library database that will allow students to digitally search through over a century of MAROON issues. “We have 125 years of great journalism that our students have done,” Mamo said. “But the fact that [it’s] not ‘googlable,’ if you will, makes it that you would have to come to [the Regenstein], ask for physical copies, and flip through and find it. Digitization is going to make that 125 years of journalism easily accessible to anyone whether you want to do a full scale academic research project or you’re just interested to see what your grandparents wrote about going to UChicago in the ’30s and the ’40s.” The Uncommon Fund also awarded $4,685 to “What If,” a planned public policy podcast project that received 186 votes, and $2,685 to It’s On Us, a project with 110 votes that aims to raise awareness about sexual assault through student athlete involvement. Art as Pedagogy was also funded $1,337.18 at 104 votes for its project that hopes to integrate art into local elementary school curriculums. The six winners were chosen from 10 project proposals and will work with the Center for LeaderContinued on page 2
Brooke Nagler Third-year Emma Preston, second-year Tommy Zhang, and fourth-year Natalie Richardson sing about mud.
UNDERGROUND COLLECTIVE MORE THAN JUST A BLUR BY NATALIE PASQUINELLI ARTS STAFF
Before the Underground Collective took the stage with Blur last Friday night, the Revival on 55th Street was buzzing with a full house. “Buy drinks!” shouted one performer into the mic as others scuttled back and forth across the stage. Music came on and off. Finally the emcees took the stage, giggling, and presented the acts to come. With its sheer en-
ergy, the troupe emphasized the venue’s intimacy and space as a hub for thought and performance. A self-described safe-space performance collective, the members of the Underground Collective presented Blur, a showcase of poetry, music, dance, rap, and theater. Blur burned brightest with poetry, particularly in the first act. As a fellow audience member said during intermission, “It’s one thing to read poetry and another to perform it,” and boy, did
College Republicans Travel to CPAC
Members of UChicago College Republicans who attended the Conservative Political Action
Conference (CPAC) this year described the conference as a display of conservative “unity.” The trip last weekend was subsidized in part by Student Government and the Institute of Politics.
Courtesy of College Republicans
Eight members of the College Republicans traveled to attend CPAC in National Harbor, Maryland. President Matthew Foldi said that it was the fourth or fifth time he attended the conference, but it was the fi rst without Obama as president. Members of the College Republicans attended last year, but Foldi has been attending since high school. Foldi left for the conference a day earlier than other College Republicans members, who left on February 23 and returned on February 25 because of class schedules. “Last year, it was extremely hectic because the presidential election was in full swing, and each of the candidates were making pitches for why they should Continued on page 3
A Retort to the Kalven Report
In response to an invitation sent to President Robert J. Zimmer inviting him to speak about free speech at College Council (CC), the University said in a statement to THE MAROON that there would be time for dialogue at Zimmer’s regular meeting with the Executive Committee. Thirteen members of CC—none of whom are on the Executive Committee—penned a public invitation to Zimmer to speak at CC on March 2 following his February 20 Wall Street Journal interview in which he stated that it would be “fine” for white nationalist and alum Richard Spencer to speak on campus if in-
Undefeated University of St. Thomas defeats Maroons 73–69 in DIII tournament.
BY JAMIE EHRLICH DEPUTY NEWS EDITOR
Tournament Run Halted
Top Three Finish for Maroons
JLCO and CSO Join to Jazz Up the Classics
A Spokesperson Said the President Can Talk Free Speech With SG Representatives at a Quarterly Meeting
The No. 10 South Siders of Chicago went 2–1 this weekend at the DIII indoor championship.
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Admin Responds to CC’s Zimmer Invite
According to Attendees, the Convention Was Noticeably More Unified than Last Year’s BY LAUREN PANKIN
they deliver on the latter. Thirdyear Emma Preston’s unflinching “Barefoot,” which recounted the surges and stings of communicating with her father for the first time, was particularly strong. Another notable voice was first-year Felix Lecocq, performing “I Hate It When I’m Performing Poetry and My Voice Squeaks” with a strength and charm that had the audience yelling in their seats. These were moments when the
vited. THE M AROON asked University spokesperson Jeremy Manier if Zimmer has considered the invitation, and if he plans to accept it. “As you probably know, President Zimmer meets regularly with the Executive Committee of Student Government, which includes the chair of College Council. There should be opportunities for dialogue at these meetings around the University’s longstanding commitment to the principle of freedom of expression,” Manier wrote in an e-mail. Zimmer meets nearly every quarter with the Executive Committee of Student Government to discuss campus issues in a meetContinued on page 3
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“Objectivity Isn’t Objective”
3/7 — 3/10
South Side Weekly Leadership Talks Past, Future of Paper
BY CAMILLE KIRSCH STAFF REPORTER
Bronzeville Out - Gwendolyn Brooks Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, 4 p.m. A panel will discuss the impact that poet Gwendolyn Brooks had on the African-American art scene in Chicago. New Poetry: Elizabeth Arnold and Cindy Hunter Morgan Seminary Co-Op, 6 p.m. Poet Elizabeth Arnold will read from her latest collection, Skeleton Coast. Cindy Hunter Morgan will share her work inspired by shipwrecks from her collection, Harborless. Ada Palmer: “Seven Surrendurs” 57th Street Books, 6 p.m. Ada Palmer will discuss the latest installment in her series of science fiction novels. March 8 Stand Your Ground: A History of America’s Love Affair with Lethal Self-Defense Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture A panel of experts will examine the evolving role of “stand-yourground” laws in American culture. Uncommon Nights Presents: The Big Apple! Reynolds Club, 10 p.m. Kick off reading period with this New York City and apple-themed study break. There will be free mac-and-cheese, a baking competition, and performances by student groups. March 10 Young Adult Fiction Collection Launch Regenstein Library, 6 p.m. This event will give students a chance to suggest books for the new Young Adult collection.
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Corrections The headline of an article printed last Friday incorrectly stated that New Americans tutors undocumented Chicagoans. The organization tutors immigrants preparing for the U.S. citizenship test.
The past year has been a big one for the South Side Weekly. The South Side–focused publication increased its staff, inaugurated new special issues, and received coverage from Harvard’s Nieman Lab for its investigative work with journalism start-up City Bureau. Editor-in-chief Jake Bittle was supervising it all. Bittle, a four th-year student, will soon graduate and pass the torch: the Weekly recently held elections to select its new editor-in-chief, third-year Hafsa Razi. T H E M A R O ON sat down with the two editors—old and new—to discuss the Weekly’s mission, its changing relationship with the University community, and why they think objectivity is obsolete. T his inter v iew has been lightly edited for clarity and brevity. C H IC A G O M A R O O N : Ja ke, what do you see as the South Side Weekly’s mission and why is Hafsa a good person to continue it? Jake Bittle: As I see it, our mission is to provide in-depth, accurate, and humanizing coverage of areas of the city that don’t receive it from other media outlets. Whether it’s a deep dive on the CPS budget or a sitdown interview with an artist or a dancer or musician from the South Side of Chicago, I think the point is to both spotlight these things that are going on in these neighborhoods, and also then to point out inequities and injustices in those very same neighborhoods. Hafsa is the best person to do this because she has shown an incred ible sensibility for finding stories and seeing them through to their end. She knows the South Side of Chicago, she knows where the stories are, and she really understands the component of the paper which is founded on teaching.
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ship and Involvement throughout the year to carry out their projects. The Battle RAyale and Familiars are Made Evil (F.A.M.E.) projects as well as proposals of a bounce house replica of the Regenstein Library and a bilingual poetry publication written in Chinese and English for the centennial anniversary of modern Chinese poetry were among the 10 finalists but were not granted awards. The Uncommon Fund could not immediately be reached for comment on how many votes these four projects received.
CM: Hafsa, what direction are you looking to lead the paper in? Hafsa Razi: I don’t necessarily see myself as taking the paper in a totally new direction, but more of continuing and strengthening what we’re doing to meet some of the goals Jake talked about. Making sure that we continue to be a teaching paper, as he said, a place where people of any and all experiences and walks of life can walk into our newsroom and find a way to contribute. Then there’s our mission of providing justice-oriented coverage up the South Side and also of making our paper more representative and diversive within our own staff. CM: What does the Weekly being a teaching paper mean to you? HR: The Weekly strives for citizen journalism, which by my definition means you don’t need to be someone with a journalism degree, you don’t have to be someone who’s a career journalist. People have knowledge from their experiences. If someone wants to come write for us, if they have an idea, they can walk in the door and we’ll meet them where they’re at. I love that about the Weekly. CM: Jake, what are some of the things you’re proudest of from your time at the Weekly? JB: Three things. One, I think that within our staff we’ve created a couple really important new positions that have made the staff function a lot better. The second thing is that we produced a lot of really kickass stories! We’ve had a lot of really, really amazing investigative work done with data. And then the third thing is that I think this past year, we’ve developed relationships with writers and contributors who are not from the University of Chicago. CM: How do you guys see the paper’s relation to the University of Chicago? HR: As an institution, we
effectively don’t have a relationship. We became a nonprofit two years ago, in 2014, and we ended our RSO status in 2015. A lot of our contributors are University of Chicago students, so in that sense we have that connection to the community of people. JB: Our editorial staff is around 80 percent students, and the contributor base, in terms of people who have written in the last year, is like 65 to 70 percent students at the U of C. That sounds like a lot, but two years ago it was 100 percent on both. We’re taking small steps, but they’re steps. I don’t know anyone who’s ever thought that it was a good arrangement to have all University students writing about the South Side of Chicago. CM: There’s a long tradition of objectivity in journalism, where writers are sort of supposed to keep themselves out of the paper. Do you guys think there’s a place for writers’ identities in their stories? JB: One hundred percent, yeah! For sure. People might come for us for saying this, but we at the Weekly really think that journalism suffers when it leaves out voices. I think that objectivity just isn’t objective. The idea of a view from nowhere, or a neutral view, on a story is not possible. I mean, just in choosing what to cover, you’re making a decision. I do think that there should be a distinction between an opinion piece and a piece of reporting. But even when you get to reporting, we see our reporting as oriented toward justice. We don’t put objectivity before us as an ideal, but we do have fairness as an ideal. The idea is not to leave a perspective out, but to understand that when you put some perspectives together in a story you’re going to foreground one. It’s just the way that happens. This is a progressive newspaper. And a lot of the non-profit funded journalism institutions,
they won’t say it, but they’re prog ressive outlets too. We don’t really abide by this sort of old-world sacred view of objectivity, and we do think that in a newspaper, identity, and perspective have a place. HR: Papers that do place the ideal of objectivity front and center, for them identity matters too, but they just don’t say it or acknowledge it. Your identity and perspective affects how you write, it affects the language you use, it affects what you see or don’t see. To a degree it’s inevitable. And there are ways to push back on that—what Jake said about fairness, we put that into practice when we edit stories and direct writers and fact-check. Your identity will impact your reporting, but your reporting still has to be backed up by facts. CM: Jake, do you have any advice for Hafsa as she takes over for you as editor? JB: What my predecessors told me and what I would tell Hafsa is that in the midst of all the different projects and dynamics that you have to deal with, it’s really important to stay excited about the actual journalism. If you just stay excited about the coverage and you stay hungry for the next story and the next investigation, that’s the first thing, and everything else follows from there. CM: Hafsa, do you have a message for Jake? HR: No. (laughs) Just kidding! I came into the Weekly three years ago, and sometimes I lose track of how much has changed. I give a lot of credit to Jake and to our current and past leadership teams, because it has taken a lot of work and a lot of risk-taking to get us to be what we are and have the goals that we have. And I’m really excited to do this!
Former Secretary of Education to Join Harris as Fellow BY SONIA SCHLESINGER NEWS EDITOR
Former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has become a distinguished senior fellow at the Harris School of Public Policy, according to a Friday News Office statement. Duncan served as Secretary of Education in the Obama administration from 2009–2015 and chief executive of Chicago Public Schools from 2001–2009. He is a graduate of the UChicago Lab Schools, and his father taught psychology at the University. He lives in Hyde Park and is currently a managing partner of Emerson Collective, which works on issues ranging from education to immigration. As a Harris fellow, Duncan will act as a special adviser to the Harris School’s dean and will plan
events at the Harris School. “The University of Chicago and Harris are internationally recognized leaders in education and outcomes-focused research, which are passion points for me,” Duncan told
the News Office. “I am pleased to join the UChicago community, with its outstanding reputation for debate and inquiry—it certainly played an important role in shaping my education as a child.”
Courtesy of University of Chicago Duncan (left) speaks at an I-House event in 2013.
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One Member of CR Said the Conference Felt More â€œMellowâ€? This Year
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ing. These meetings are closed to the public, while CC meetings are open to the public and press. Third-year CC representative Chase Harrison was the primary author of the letter. â€œZimmerâ€™s meetings with Executive Committee are in private. Seeing as Zimmer has felt so comfortable speaking to the press on free speech, he should feel comfortable speaking about it in a public setting on campus. I am asking Zimmer to respect his own stated commitment to open discourse by giving students the opportunity to ask questions and express concerns,â€? Harrison wrote to THE M AROON about the Universityâ€™s statement.
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Katie Akin Zimmer (center) speaks at a residence hall visit on March 3.
University Increases Fundraising Goal by $500 Million BY HILLEL STEINMETZ ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR
On Monday, the University announced that it raised its fundraising goal by $500 million to a total $5 billion. The Campaign of Inquiry and Impact, which began a public fundraising project in fall of 2014, has a goal of raising money from alumni in order to fund research, provide fi nancial support to graduates and undergraduates, and establish the Universityâ€™s academic influence across the globe. According to the News Of-
fi ce, the chair of the Board of Trustees Joseph Neubauer said that the new goal is meant to make the most of the campaignâ€™s traction. The campaign had raised more than $3.61 billion as of last week, breaking records for the most money raised by a University of Chicago campaign. â€œBy raising the goal, weâ€™re recognizing the success of the campaign to date, and affi rming the Universityâ€™s determination to broaden access for all students and support critical areas of inquiry,â€? Neubauer said. The funds raised so far have
been pledged to a variety of projects such as the Pearson Global Forum, announced fall of 2015, and the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation, announced last March, in addition to a $100 million expansion to the Odyssey Scholarship program. â€œThis campaign is a commitment to the future of what they will accomplish, and it continues to demonstrate the enthusiastic support of the University of Chicago community for an ambitious approach to intellectual exploration with broad impact,â€? President Robert J. Zimmer said.
be the Republican nominee,â€? Foldi said. â€œThis year, with the new president, it was interesting to see how it was less overwhelming.â€? In 2016, there was a lot of bitterness expressed toward Trump that was not present this year, Foldi said. Last year, Trump dropped out of attending CPAC the day before he was scheduled to speak. The CPAC organization tweeted on March 4, 2016, that they were â€œvery disappointedâ€? by Trumpâ€™s decision, which they said â€œsends a clear message to conservatives.â€? Second-year Michael Sitver said he agreed with Foldi about the tonal shift. â€œThere was a new unity,â€? Sitver said. â€œEven people who werenâ€™t fans of Trump were very grateful for the fact that Trump lifted the party on his coattails and helped bring the party back to a level of prominence we havenâ€™t seen in a long time.â€? Second-year Chelsea Smith said that this yearâ€™s CPAC was more â€œmellowâ€? than last yearâ€™s conference. â€œLast year, it felt like there was a dichotomy between the Trump people and the anti-Trump people, and this year it was more chill because there wasnâ€™t that tension,â€? Smith said. Since there is less divisiveness within the conservative sphere post-election, networking
at CPAC was friendlier and more accessible than in 2016, Smith said. Foldi said that there was a strong push by Breitbart News to pivot their organization toward the mainstream. Breitbart journalists moderated several panels, Foldi saw. â€œI was glad to see that there was a panel called the â€˜Alt-Right Ainâ€™t Right,â€™â€? Foldi said. â€œI was very heartened to see the very forthright condemnation of that because for some people thereâ€™s somehow a conflation of that with actual conservatism.â€? Foldi said that this message was corroborated when white supremacist and UChicago alum Richard Spencer was kicked out by security. He added that he was optimistic about the conference as a whole. â€œThere was a lot more unification in terms of positivity than in previous years, when the focus has been that they disagree with what Obama has been doing,â€? Foldi said. â€œThis year, the general trend was that people are happy that there is someone in office with whom they are more likely than not to agree with.â€? Foldi was interviewed at CPAC in a NowThis video that has been watched hundreds of thousands of times. He suggests that many Trump supporters on college campuses choose not to tell anyone they voted for him out of fear of being â€œostracized.â€?
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VIEWPOINTS A Retort to the Kalven Report UChicago’s Refusal to Discuss Divestment Is Inexcusable
Soulet Ali The University of Chicago’s unyielding embrace of the Kalven Report has been repeatedly called into question as of late. The University’s supposedly neutral stance on public affairs was challenged by a division of UChicago Student Action (UCSA), Stop Funding Climate Change (SFCC), which hosted a discussion on the Kalven Report. At this seminar, a panel presented their views. Speakers included Jendayi Jones, a third-year public policy major; professor Raymond L odato, a public policy lecturer in the College; and Jamie Kalven, a UChicago graduate, founder of the Invisible Institute, and son of Harry Kalven. The panelists addressed an array of problems stemming from the Kalven Report, namely the administration’s lack of economic transparency and the clear political stance taken by the University when it refuses to acknowledge divestment from the 200 fossil-fuel companies that SFCC specifically protests against. The University has attempted to utilize the Kalven Report as a convenient way to avoid politically charged, but relevant, conversations about potentially divesting from fossil fuels. The University is feigning neutrality on an issue in which a neutral stance is not possible. Investing in fossil-fuel com-
panies, at its core, is a political move on the University’s part, as they economically benefit from and thereby support fossil-fuel companies. By refusing to discuss divestment, the University is implying that climate change is a political issue. But how can climate change be political when it is a scientific fact? This is an astonishing stance, given that universities inherently serve as champions of the dissemination of knowledge. This commitment to silence clearly violates the mission and fundamental values of the University and is at odds with the doctrine of the Kalven Report itself, which says that “in the exceptional instance, these corporate activities of the University may appear so incompatible with paramount social values as to require careful assessment of the consequences.” T he K alven R epor t was originally designed to advocate for the students and faculty of the University community, but over time it has been reduced to something else entirely and now functions merely as a tool for the University administration to justify their problematic silence on salient issues like climate change. Junior faculty who were asked to sign their support for divestment were unwilling due to the issue of job security: “There have been
professors we have come to in the past to ask for support, and they have said, ‘Yes, the University should divest, but I’m not tenured yet so I’m not going to sign.’ In a truly neutral institution, no one should have to fear for their job security for an innocuous belief,” Jones said. There is no existing procedure for the community to approve of the administration’s investments. We, as members of the University community, must demand increased transparency from the administration with regard to its often politically fraught investments. The administration has consistently avoided even basic discussion of these concerns, an especially hypocritical act for a university that likens itself to a bastion of free speech: “We extended an invitation to Darren Reisberg, who is the interface between campus and the board of trustees. For the University to talk about free and open discourse and then to not even bother to come out here and hear its students is hypocritical and completely convoluted,” said Keegan Morris, a third-year political science major in the College and the co-coordinator of SFCC. Disregarding members of the University community is not
acceptable from the University administration. Disregarding scientific evidence and then employing the Kalven Report as an excuse to avoid action on climate change is profoundly antithetical to the fundamental goals of an academic institution. The University administration must change its one-sided rela-
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Trump’s first speech to a joint session of Congress last Tuesday was a master class in deception, distraction, and deflection. He showed, once and for all, how setting up just enough smoke and mirrors can earn praise from even his harshest critics and divert attention from his policies. Van Jones, for example, said after the speech that Trump “became President of the United States in that moment.” The truth, however, is that Trump did not become president in that moment—that occurred on January 20. Rather, he gave an ominous glimpse into our future if we continue to treat politics as a superficial game in which optics and tone reign supreme. On the afternoon before the speech, Trump again proved how easy it is to take advantage of the press, and by extension, the American people. He met with network anchors in the White House and offered meaningful platitudes about immigration
reform and a path to citizenship for those without documentation. A stark departure from nearly all of his previous statements and proposals on the matter, Trump’s comments set off a flurry of headlines before his big speech, all alluding to the possibility of a radical shift in the White House’s thinking on immigration. He was praised by many for seeking common ground on the controversial matter, as if new attempts at compromise somehow trump the past few months of ideological rigidity and unilateral action. Of course, none of the comments would prove consequentia l — except i n generati ng positive stories and confusing A mericans try ing to make sense of his policies. There was no shift: no elusive pivot to the middle. As a senior White House official told CNN’s Sara Murray, Trump’s earlier remarks were simply a “misdirection play.” In other words, Trump’s inner circle was bragging about his abil-
ity to play the media. And played they were. The joint session speech offered more of the same severe rhetoric and proposals on immigration. Important for the pundits, however, was Trump’s subdued tone. In a remarkable feat, the President read pre-written sentences without interruption for a full 60 minutes. While showcasing his basic literacy and ascending to some vaguely “presidential demeanor” in the process, Trump nevertheless offered the same extreme policies. As one senior White House official put it, the address embodied “nationalism with an indoor voice.” Regrettably, that “indoor voice” is substantive for many in the media. Pundits on network news channels heaped praise on Trump for what was, ultimately, a speech with lots of platitudes, few policy changes, and scarce plans to meaningfully implement policy. The Washington Post’s Robert Costa reported that even those close to Trump were surprised by the reaction. He tweeted: “Some sources in WH are frankly surprised at how pundits are warming to the speech. Say Trump has not changed, no big shift in policy coming.” Continued on page 5
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“After all, distract and dazzle—or perhaps more accurately, distract and frazzle—has been at the heart of Donald Trump’s tactics from his earliest days in the spotlight...” Continued from page 4 prised at how pundits are warming to the speech. Say Trump has not changed, no big shift in policy coming.” It should not require the very people seeking to deceive and distract us explicitly telling us what they are doing to wake us up. After all, distract and dazzle—or perhaps more accurately, distract and frazzle—has been at the heart of Donald Trump’s tactics from his earliest days in the spotlight. The gambit is perhaps the one thing that Trump is best known for and is indisputably skilled at doing. It is one of the many things he has learned from his father, Fred, for whom he has an almost singular reverence. Back in 1972, for example, when Trump and his father were being sued by the Department of Justice for racial discrimination, Donald Trump hired Joseph McCarthy’s chief counsel Roy Cohn to represent the Trump company. Rather than settling in the face of very clear evidence, Cohn goaded Trump’s instincts, and the two agreed to hit back harder. Trump held a press conference in New York, where he accused the Department of Justice of fabricating a case against him (an episode that is quite familiar to all of us more than 40 years later). Trump had no factual basis for his claims, but he knew that in simply going at the matter with a hammer, he could effectively win the PR battle. Cohn pushed forward, seeking $100 million in damages for false and misleading statements from the Department of Justice. Of course, the case was dismissed, and
Trump eventually had to settle the racial discrimination suit. This should have been considered an objective win for the Department of Justice, but Trump knew that he could make himself the victor if the narrative was spun properly. He claimed victory and later wrote, “In the end the government couldn’t prove its case, and we ended up making a minor settlement without admitting any guilt.” That was key for him: He did not admit any wrongdoing. Trump would walk away with his pride intact and begin building a reputation for never letting up or being played. It was exactly this reputation, after decades of media manipulation and literally thousands of lawsuits, that aided Trump in his rise to the White House. As Mitt Romney put it last year, “Trump is a phony, a fraud.” And his schtick works when all we seem to care about in politics is tone, rhetoric, and optics—when we allow “misdirection plays” to dominate our news cycles. Too often, we act as though our nation’s politics exist in a bubble, with key players frolicking around Washington in a grand show for the American people. They don’t. Politics is personal. It’s people’s lives at stake. And the truth is that we’ll never escape Trump’s game if we don’t start paying more attention to what matters. The policies. The people. The outcomes. Dylan Stafford is a first-year in the College.
ARTS “Richardson brought third-year Ben Glover (Chief Wicked) on stage for an unanticiapted perfomance.” Continued from front page
audience was entirely in the palm of the performer, and one word from the stage could swathe us in silence or rouse us into applause. Not all moments were like this, of course, but the rest was no less charming. During one act, in which Preston and fourth-year Natalie Richardson sang a comedic song about eating mud, Richardson turned to Preston with delighted surprise to remark, “They’re laughing!” This moment spoke to the lighthearted undercurrent of the show; it was as if the troupe were putting on an impromptu performance for a pack of close friends. This was particularly remarkable, considering the
often heavy and painful nature of the Collective’s stories. Another instance of this intimacy was when Richardson, Preston, and third-year Maddie Anderson performed “That One Time in My Dorm Room” and spilled out confessions that rarely get a platform, like having an IUD pulled out during sex, explaining clitoral anatomy to presumptuous boys, or hiding small attractions from your friends—“Eric! I know you’re on a date, but you have a really nice butt!” This outpouring of common but unspoken experiences garnered the greatest audience reaction of the night, leaving us bent over and breathless from laughing.
The audience was equally rowdy when Richardson brought third-year Ben Glover (also known as Chief Wicked) onstage for an unanticipated performance. Not to mention how the audience (myself included) swooned over first-year Jeremy Lindenfield every time he sang. From the clumsy music transitions to the endearing and improvised announcements, the troupe was above all honest and open, and that is why the audience loved them. Blur largely dealt with firsts—a first time in a city, first date, first time having sex, and all of these firsts seemed to be soaked in a desperate longing, a longing to share that city with someone, to not be alone, to have more
time or more support. But something about the clear camaraderie among the troupe members, or perhaps the love the audience was so willing to give, made it clear that this longing was paired with defiance. There was something building up between audience and performer that seemed to pronounce that sharing these experiences is a worthy cause, that doing this helps everyone in the room. As third-year Bryan Waterhouse said in his poem “Theme Park,” “I can’t really fuck up much, so why not try?” The Underground Collective puts on quarterly showcases. Stay tuned for spring.
900 Years Later, It’s Time to Incude Women in Their Own Narrative BY BROOKE NAGLER ARTS STAFF
A prolific Italian novelist, playwright, poet, and orator, Dacia Maraini has understood the value of storytelling since her youth. As a child during World War II, her family was forced into a concentration camp in Japan, where they were starving. Her parents became “person-books” from whom she learned her favorite stories in a time when books were impossible to acquire. In a lecture last Wednesday in Harper, Maraini spoke about the power of words and stories for women from the 12th to 18th centuries under oppressive patriarchy. She focused on female Italian writers in the Church and in brothels who wrote prolifically despite regulations that forbade them from intellectual thought—let alone writing. “I grew up with fathers, literary fathers, wonderful fathers which I love,” Maraini said, noting the dearth of female writers. “But at a certain moment I ask myself: where
are the mothers?” She decided to look for female writers, and, to her surprise, found them in abundance in convents. This apparent anomaly makes sense: Unlike most women of the time, nuns could read, think, and speak together, enjoying a certain intelleactual freedom. Maraini began by discussing nuns who wanted to deal directly with God, circumventing the Catholic hierarchy put in place to control how mortals interacted with the divine. They so transfixed the public with their oratory that people viewed them as prophets or mystics. But Maraini did not simply give a history of these women—she retold their unpublished stories. One mystic, Santa Chiara, wrote about a dream in which St. Francis asks her to drink from his breast—this was censored because its imagery depicts the emasculation of a saint. Although some of the female mystics wrote stories, many were illiterate because authorities deemed women writers vulgar;
they often contracted scribes to record their stories instead. If no scribes were available, the women found other ways to document their ideas. In one touching example, Maraini described how a group of women each memorized a portion of a mystic’s story to ensure that it would not be forgotten, demonstrating the community that women created to support and preserve each other’s work. Maraini also spoke about the works of prostitutes such as Veronica Franco, a 16th-century poet and courtesan. An outspoken intellectual, she publicly defended her passion for writing when it was dangerous to do so. Through her openness, she transcended her predetermined condition as a sex object: When she was invited to spend a night with a French king, their exchange was one of literature and poetry, not of sex. On the problem of history’s treatment of women, Maraini concluded: “I found that the mothers are there, but they are not remembered—they are lost, they are censured, they are forgotten.”
The lack of female representation in the literature is perpetuated not only by historical narratives, but also by school curricula. Even though Maraini attended an all-woman boarding school, she noticed that “learning was based on a patriarchal world” and that works bywomen writers made up only five percent of anthologies taught. With her account of the literary works of female artists in oppressive institutions, Maraini provided a small glimpse into a world of literature left out of history. But her message runs deeper than a lack of representation. It indicates a cultural bias that discredits the importance of existing female-authored works and, at times, even erases their very existence. “There are lots of important women writers whose works are published,” Maraini continued. “But when you arrive at a place... where literary institutions establish the models for the next generation, then it becomes difficult to find women.”
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JLCO and CSO Join Bands to Jazz Up the Classics DEPUTY ARTS EDITOR
In Absolutely on Music, Haruki Murakami quotes Duke Ellington: “There are simply two kinds of music, good music and the other kind.” “In that sense, jazz and classical music are fundamentally the same,” Murakami wrote. “The pure joy one experiences listening to ‘good’ music transcends questions of genre.” The concert hall at Symphony Center seemed more packed than usual last Friday night, and not only in the balconies. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) managed to squeeze into a space between the conductor and strings: a cluster of chairs, a piano, and a set of drums. Friday marked the end of the JLCO’s three-day Chicago residency. It’s been a decade since the first collaboration between the two orchestras, and the turnout on Friday night showed that their collaboration has been enthusiastically welcomed, if not sorely missed, year after year. Bandleader and trumpet virtuoso Wynton Marsalis brought his venerable ensemble to the Windy City on Wednesday, starting his time here with a concert for the Symphony Center Presents Jazz Series. On Thursday he and the JLCO introduced the life and music of Count Basie to students at the Carl Schurz High School as part of its Jazz for Young People program. Friday evening’s concert opened with what conductor Edwin Outwater called a “classical appetizer,” Mikhail Glinka’s Overture to Ruslan and Ludmila. The program then fast-forwarded a century to Duke Ellington, whom Outwater considers one of his favorite musicians in any genre. The River, which was first performed at Lincoln Center
in 1970, is one of the few classical pieces that Ellington composed. “You can kind of hear where Duke Ellington would have gone if he had explored the world of orchestral writing,” Outwater said. The CSO played three movements from The River: “Spring,” “Meander,” and “Giggling Rapids.” “Meander” effortlessly channeled the blues tradition with its trawling tempo and use of jazz-style percussion. “Giggling Rapids” opened with a cheerful piano solo, followed by bold brass notes paired with adept violin runs to round out the piece. Both movements posed rhythmic and technical challenges, but the musicians ably rose to meet them. The CSO then brought in the JLCO for the next and most notable piece of the program, Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures from an Exhibition—but with a jazzy twist. As Outwater explained, Ellington had a tradition of taking classical pieces like The Nutcracker and interpreting them in the jazz idiom. Musicians from the JLCO did the same with five movements of Pictures, specifically for this concert. Outwater described the resulting performance as a “trading back and forth.” The CSO played Ravel’s orchestration of the piece, interspersed with jazz arrangements by the JLCO. “ [It’s] lots of different voices and imaginations bringing Mussorgsky’s music to life,” he said. Every time Outwater stepped off the podium and sat down to let the JLCO take over with its arrangement, there was always a sense of curiosity—what would happen next? The audience chuckled when a sputtering trombone solo interrupted the CSO for the first time, its timbre so markedly different from what had preceded it. There was a wonderful sense of spontaneity, so typical of jazz
EXHIBIT [A]rts [3/07] TUESDAY 5:30–6:30 p.m. Stop by McCormick Tribune Lounge and grab a Bite—literally—at Bite Magazine’s winter quarter launch party. Flip through UChicago’s quarterly print culinary magazine, complete with snacks from Cedar’s Mediterranean Kitchen, Pho 55 Vietnamese Kitchen, and homemade cheese parfaits. Stop by to feed your mind and mouth! McCormick Tribune Lounge, Free. 4:30–6 p.m. Join the program in Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES) and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture (CSRPC) for the latest installment of CRES Talks, entitled “Bronzeville Out: Gwendolyn Brooks and the Reshaping of African American Poetry.” The panel discussion, which will feature poets and performers, is a part of a Winter 2017 course, “Gwendolyn Brooks: Poetry and Politics,” and the city-wide celebration of Gwendolyn Brooks, “Our Miss Brooks: A Centennial Celebration.” 5733 S. University Ave., Free.
music, in the arrangements. The contrasts between the orchestral and jazz parts shone throughout Pictures. During “Ballet of the Chicks in Their Shells,” the CSO played delicately in the upper register, mimicking the tapping of chicks against eggshell. JLCO followed with the next movement, “Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuÿle”— the swinging, argumentative nature of their playing seemed more remarkable by contrast. The CSO’s solemn “Catacombs: Sepulcrum romanum” and the JLCO’s energetic, hectic “The Hut on Hen’s Legs (Baba-Yaga)” provided another refreshing juxtaposition. The trading of movements between both orchestras sometimes seemed to fragment the piece: The JLCO would often signal its return with a crash of the cymbal or a drumroll. This tension between jazz and classical perhaps instilled a hope that they would end together. But although the JLCO found its way into the last movement through a section arranged by trumpeter Marcus Printup, the CSO finished Pictures so soundly that it almost felt like a reminder that Pictures primarily belongs to classical music. But this, of course, was hardly the point. “Duke Ellington had all these dreams of combining jazz and classical music in a different way—and in a way that really worked,” Outwater said. Even with its alternating sections, Pictures captured a jazz-classical collaboration that was delightful for the ears and full of surprises. The last piece of the program, Wynton Marsalis’s “All-American Pep” from Swing Symphony, saw both the JLCO and CSO unite in a way that seamlessly melded classical and jazz, featuring a solo from associate concertmaster Stephanie Jeong and powerful brass from the JLCO. “I guess it worked,” Outwater responded
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The JLCO and CSO shared the stage for the first time in 10 years last Friday at the Symphony Center.
to thunderous applause. The JLCO performed Ellington’s “C Jam Blues” as an encore, inviting the CSO to improvise. True to the spirit of jazz, the encore saw moments of surprise and spontaneity. Charlie Johnson, a member of the CSO’s Bass section, displayed a latent talent by jumping onstage to play a striking piano solo worthy of Oscar Peterson. In another memorable moment, CSO bassist Rob Kassinger delivered a bowed solo while the brass sections—for once—looked on. On Friday, Symphony Center saw jazz and classical come together in the same hall and even in the same piece. One might wonder how many people in the audience were there for just classical music or jazz. But such distinctions didn’t matter as classical and jazz lovers alike sat side by side, equally captivated by what they heard. It was a good night for music, regardless of genre.
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Top Three Finish for Maroons WOMEN’S TENNIS
BY NATALIE DEMURO SPORTS STAFF
The No. 10 South Siders of Chicago went 2–1 this weekend to fi nish third at the ITA DIII National Team Indoor Championship in Murfreesboro, TN. The Maroons repeated their 2015 semifi nal victory over Wash U to come away with a top three fi nish at ITA Indoors for the sixth time. The team started the weekend off strong with a dominating 7–2 win over previously undefeated host Sewanee on Friday afternoon. The Maroons swept the No. 13 Tigers in doubles play to take a 3–0 lead going into singles matches, as they have done several times already this season. Third-year Ariana Iranpour, first-year Marjorie Antohi, and second-year Rachel Kim each took down their opponents in straight sets to give UChicago victories at the top three singles spots. First-year Alyssa Rudin claimed a victory at No. 6 singles for the Maroons’ seventh win of the day. The No. 4 and No. 5 singles matches went to Sewanee in third set super tiebreakers. On Saturday, the squad took the court against No. 6 Pomona-Pitzer for the semifi nal match. After dropping two out of three doubles matches, the Maroons struggled to regain their momentum and fell 4–2 in singles play. The 6–3 defeat was the fi rst loss for the Maroons
this season. UChicago’s three wins of the day came courtesy of fi rst-year Estefania Navarro at No. 5 singles, Rudin at No. 6 singles, and the pair of Iranpour and Navarro at No. 3 doubles. Sunday’s third-place match featured a UA A battle between UChicago and No. 11 Wash U. Two out of three doubles matches went to extra points, with the Maroons dropping both No. 1 and No. 3 doubles by margins of 9–7 and 10–8, respectively. Rudin and fourth-year Tiffany Chen took No. 2 doubles by a score of 8–5. Despite a 2–1 deficit going into singles play, the Maroons quickly bounced back with straight set victories at No. 2, No. 3, No. 4, and No. 5 singles to clinch the 5–2 win. The No. 1 and No. 6 singles matches were left unfi nished. In the championship round on Sunday, No. 1 Emory University defeated Pomona-Pitzer by a score of 5–4. Kim said of the team’s ITA Indoors performance, “This weekend we did a really good job staying positive throughout our matches and fighting for every point, even against our loss to Pomona-Pitzer.” She added, “We definitely could have had a better start in doubles the last two days, as sometimes we let the other team dictate the points, but we did a great job staying composed and coming back in singles.” Starting the season with a 9 –1 record so far, the squad hopes to continue
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First-year Marjorie Antohi prepares to return the ball over the net.
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SPORTS IN-QUOTES... “It’s very deflating...a tough moment.” —Cleveland Cavaliers star forward LeBron James on the injury of his new teammate, Andrew Bogut
Tournament Run Halted WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
BY JOSH PARKS SPORTS STAFF
In their fi rst NCAA Tournament action since 2012, the Maroons traveled to St. Paul, MN, to face Wartburg College on Friday night, with the winner advancing to face host University of St. Thomas the following day. After defeating No. 8 Wartburg by a score of 67–63, the Maroons’ season was cut short, falling to undefeated No. 2 St. Thomas in the Round of 32. Kicking off postseason play against a Wartburg team that reached the nation-
al semifinals a year ago, the Maroons brought the intensity all night long. True to the scouting report, the Maroon defense was suffocating early, forcing 16 turnovers from the Wartburg team in the fi rst 20 minutes. Catching fire in the first half was UAA Rookie of the Year first-year Miranda Burt, tallying 17 points and shooting a perfect 5-for-5 from behind the arc. Burt would go on to fi nish with a career-high 23 points, three steals and four assists. With an eight-point advantage coming out of halftime, the Maroon offense was stifled to just six third-quarter points. The
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Third-year guard Elizabeth Nye cuts to the basket during a fast break.
Knights continued to chip away at the Maroon lead in the fourth quarter, taking a 59–58 lead with just under two minutes remaining. A key layup from second-year Ola Obi and ensuing steal from Burt gave the Maroons a three-point edge with 55 seconds remaining. Thanks to clutch free throw shooting from Burt and third-year Elizabeth Nye, the Maroons closed out the Knights 67–63, halting Wartburg’s championship hopes and advancing to face St. Thomas in a Saturday night showdown. Less than 24 hours later, the Maroons were back on the hardwood to battle for a spot in the Sweet 16. After an action-packed first half, the teams remained deadlocked at the break. Trading baskets throughout the second half, the Tommies broke the 53–53 stalemate with an 11–2 run to take a 64–55 lead with just under two minutes remaining. Refusing to go away, Chicago converted on its next five possessions, including a deep three-pointer from Burt that pulled the Maroons within four points with eight seconds left in regulation. After a layup and strategic free throw miss by All-UAA fourth-year Britta Nordstrom, the Maroons trailed the Tommies 71–69. But it
was too late for the relentless Maroons as two St. Thomas free throws in the fi nal second put the game on ice, marking the end of a decorated career for Nordstrom and fellow fourth-years Stephanie Anderson and Michelle Dobbs. The Maroons conclude a remarkable season that saw the program’s most wins (19) since 2012 and an NCAA Tournament berth to match. As the senior class that finished with a .667 winning percentage and two UAA titles passes the torch to the next generation, the future of the program looks promising. “It feels awesome to come in and have so much success right off the bat,” said Burt, one of the young talents that the program will look to moving forward. “So much credit goes to those who came before us and the upperclassmen who led the way all season.” Asked about the program’s outlook moving forward, Burt cited the fourth-years as trailblazers for the years to come. “The biggest thing they leave behind will be their great example of how to lead and work hard…if we follow their example, we should be able to pick up right where they left off.”
Last Chance for Maroons TRACK & FIELD
BY EMMA GRIFFITHS SPORTS STAFF
This past weekend, both the men and the women of Chicago traveled to Carthage College and the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire to compete one last time, in an attempt to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Nationals Championships this coming Friday and Saturday at North Central College in Naperville. This meet will mark the end of the indoor season for the Maroons as they will soon begin working towards outdoor season, which starts after spring break. Second-year Alexandra Thompson took fifth in the high jump and first-year Isabel Garon snatched fourth in the pole vault at the Carthage Invite, although these fi nishes were not enough to qualify them for
the national stage. With exciting results sure to come, the South Siders will be bringing nine athletes to compete in six events. A highlight of this news is that third-year Khia Kurtenbach has qualified to compete in the 3,000-meter, 5,000-meter, and the distance medley relay. Although these results are astounding, they seem to be expected for Kurtenbach, as she is a returning All-American in the 3,000-meter and 5,000-meter. She is the third seed in both the 3,000-meter and 5,000-meter. Khia’s teammates on the distance medley relay include fourth-year Michelle Dobbs, third-year Megan Verner-Crist, and third-year Cassidy McPherson. This team is ranked seventh going into the national meet, boding well for their success this weekend. Interestingly, Dobbs is com-
ing off of basketball season and qualified as part of this squad just this Sunday after not racing the entire year. Two first-years will be competing this weekend for the Maroons, with Robin Peter running the 60-meter hurdles and Alisha Harris as a part of the 4x400-meter relay with fourth-year Eleanor Kang, third-year Olivia Cattau, and second-year Emma Koether. Robin is ranked ninth going into the meet and the 4x400-meter relay is ranked 10th in the nation. Representing the UChicago men, third-year Nathan Downey will be competing in the pole vault with a seed height of 4.9 meters. He is ranked 14th going into the meet. Other teammates that went to the qualifiers this past weekend include firstyear Laura Darcey in the pentathlon,
third-year Will Ackerman in the heptathlon, and the men’s 4x400-meter relay, which included fi rst-year Tyson Miller, first-year Elliott Paintsil, fourth-year Temisan Osowa, and third-year Obi Wamuo. With the meet being so close to UChicago, many of the team members are looking forward to watching in person and cheering on their teammates. This support is continuation of the strong team unity that has been exemplified throughout the season. “I’m excited to see what we can do there, and I’m also looking forward to our outdoor season where I’m sure our team will excel and also perform at a high level at our outdoor conference meet,” captain Kang said. The meet this weekend begins this Friday at 10 a.m.
Weekend Split for South Siders BASEBALL
BY MICHAEL PERRY SPORTS STAFF
The South Siders saw their first action of the season this weekend and began in quick fashion, playing four games in two days in Jacksonville, IL. The Maroons went 2–2 on the weekend, beating Lawrence University 8–3 and Elmhurst College 13–12, while losing to Loras College 5–15 and Illinois Wesleyan 6–16. The team started strong in their first game of 2017, with second-year starter Brenton Villasenor giving up only four hits and two unearned runs in six strong innings that included five strikeouts and only one walk against Lawrence. An offensive outburst in the fifth and sixth innings featured a bases-clearing double by fourth-year shortstop Ryan Krob. After that, second-year reliever Ravi
Bakhai came in for a clutch three-inning performance and the first save of the year. “My fi rst appearance went well,” Bakhai said. “I didn’t let up any earned runs but defi nitely got away with a few mistake pitches. I know there’s a lot of room for improvement and I am excited to continue to work at it.” The rest of the weekend did not go as well for the Maroons, as they gave up 44 runs in the next three games. However, they were able to put together some prolific scoring against Elmhurst, totaling a total of 13 runs. “We made a lot of ‘fi rst-time-outsideon-the-diamond’ mistakes, but that happens to everyone,” fi rst-year pitcher Pat Rogers said. “I remember being really upset that Derek Jeter made three errors on opening day one time. It’s a different game in Crown and on the field, but it’ll
come.” The other win of the weekend came in an offensive outburst that saw seven different Maroons log at least one RBI, led by second-year outfielder Connor Hickey with three. Second-year infielder Max Brzostowski scored three runs in the win over Elmhurst. The Maroons were plagued by sloppy play, logging a whopping 12 errors in the four games this weekend, many of which led to unearned runs. The outlook for the season is still positive, however, as the team has plenty of talent. Indeed, many of the players making significant contributions to the Maroons are first- and second-year players. “There were positives and negatives this weekend. We made a lot of errors and didn’t pitch the way we wanted to, but hit well and had a few bright spots
on the mound,” Bakhai said. “We have a lot of young guys, so we’re still working out a few things and figuring things out. I’m pretty confident that we will make the necessary adjustments and grow from our two losses this weekend.” When asked about expectations for the season, Bakhai did not hesitate that this team has its eyes set on the playoffs, saying, “Our goal undoubtedly is to make the playoffs. Our team isn’t in a conference so we have to have an extremely good record to get a bid. This means every game is crucial. We have the talent and now just need to execute.” The team does not play again until March 18, when it takes a trip to Florida during spring break.