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Vol. XC No. 8
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Pius XII Library will get a facelift By ERIKA MILLER Enterprise Editor
Pius XII Memorial Library is finally on track to becoming the centerpiece of Saint Louis University, the highlight of campus tours and an inviting study space for students. Student leaders have spoken and the administration is prepared to take action: Pius is now poised for a two-part renovation. Student Government Association President Courtney
Anvender presented a proposal for Pius renovations at a Sept. 24 meeting of the student development committee of the Board of Trustees and also at a Sept. 30 meeting of the President’s Coordinating Council, comprised of the University president and other top administrators. Anvender said that the mood in both meetings was very positive and supportive, and that members in both meetings understood that there was substantial student
support behind the initiative. “[They] really gave us the floor to speak and we are so appreciative of it,” Anvender said. College of Arts & Sciences Senator Patrick Grillot, who also attended the PCC meeting, expressed gratitude for the warm reception. “It is encouraging to see PCC reciprocate the level of excitement students have shown,” he said. SGA’s proposal for change was part of a massive research
effort to compare Pius library to the libraries of other top institutions. Part of the proposal included student surveys on the library, the results of which revealed that 56 percent of students were “very or moderately dissatisfied” with the lack of available outlets; 47 percent were “very or moderately” dissatisfied with the group study space available; 39 percent of respondents expressed that they were “very or moderately” displeased
with the availability of study space. “We were very specific in our proposal with an emphasis on creating state-of-the-art study space,” Anvender said. Both the SGA proposal and an article in the Sept. 23 issue of The University News highlighted the major differences between Pius and the libraries of Marquette University, Loyola University Chicago and Washington University See “Library” on Page 2
DPSSS: ‘Customer service’ around the clock
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New director emphasizes security, sense of community By JONATHAN ERNST Editor-in-Chief
“He saved me, he saved me.” Department of Public Safety and Security Services Officer Henry Owens often hears this on campus as a thankful student greets him for his service. “This one student always says hi to me and tells his friends that I saved him for breaking up a fight he was in, and since then he always greets me when he sees me,” Owens said. Owens received the Saint Louis University Star, an award that recognizes employees who go above and beyond the call of duty, for this and his response to other incidents during his patrols. Since Sept. 7, DPSSS, under the new management of Roland Corvington, assistant vice president and director of the department, has worked toward making this student-officer relationship an enduring call of duty. “That customer service is number one, and although we have an enforcement responsibility, the number one responsibility is our relationship with the students, faculty and staff of this University because we are a part of the fabric of the University,” Corvington said. In his first two weeks, Corvington, formerly of the FBI, has observed and reassessed the department, laying out a strategic shift document that illustrates from what the department is progressing and what he envisions it can be. The document lists 13 modifications, which encompass the following: progressing from a reactive to a proactive role of data-driven security and law
enforcement risk management, from an undervalued perception of security to a vital part of SLU’s culture and from a licensed private security force to a professional, accredited police service. Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary Bill Kauffman, who oversees Corvington and the department, has noticed these additional steps and he believes Corvington is an “exciting individual” for the University. “Roland is seeking out administrators to help identify the issues and to partner and create a comprehensive approach to safety and security on this campus,” Kauffman said. “I think we are already seeing additional steps including visibility, attitude and partnership to allow us to transition to a safer environment.” These strategic shifts were presented to University President Lawrence Biondi, S.J. and his vice presidents a few weeks ago. According to Corvington, Biondi “blessed this as our direction.” “I believe that I have built a framework from which to evolve,” Corvington said. On Oct. 6 at 11 p.m., Corvington personally addressed his officers in his second roll call. He communicated this approach and discussed where he wants to take the department. Corvington highlighted collaboration and visibility on campus as two key components of increasing customer service. Bike Patrol Officer Dan Greeneway and other officers have been very receptive to these goals laid out for the department. See “Public Safety” on Page 3
DPSSS Priorities: 1. Improve upon DPSSS’ ability and capability to protect students, faculty, staff, property, and information. 2. Contribute, as a partner, to Saint Louis University’s capability to protect students, personnel, property and information. 3. Improve engagement and collaboration with Saint Louis University stakeholders to better identify and understand issues, manage expectations, and jointly develop solutions. 4. Improve engagement with counterparts in education, law enforcement, and private security to learn best practices.
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Interfaith Week to promote pluralism By ANDREA ROYALS News Editor
Although Saint Louis University is a Jesuit institution, not all students at SLU are Catholic. The Interfaith Alliance (IFA), an organization made up of students who identify with a variety of faith traditions, is hosting Interfaith Week from Oct. 2 through Oct. 8 to celebrate the diverse religious traditions of the campus community. Nipun Gupta, the president of IFA, said that the organization started in 2009 after she contributed to an article for One World, a social justice magazine publication at the University. Gupta said that her article, which contrasted religious pluralism and religious extremism, inspired her to organize the IFA and spread the concept of religious pluralism to her peers. “Ten years ago, interfaith work was done by older people - age-old pastors and rabbis sitting around tables and making commitments to treat each other with respect,” Gupta said, “But that youth component was really lacking.” Gupta said that the majority of people committing atrocities around religious extremism are within 16 to 30 years old. By creating a youth-based movement at the University, Gupta said that she hopes to combat religious extremism. “A lot of what IFA dialogues about are shared values of service and shared experiences - things that anyone, regardless of their religious tradition, can come together and talk about,” Gupta said. IFA held an event on Oct. 4 called “Speed Faithing,” in which participants of various faiths came together to discuss commonalities between religions. One group of participants explored the similarities of the Golden Rule: to treat one’s neighbor as one treats oneself. Participants shared stories from different religious scripts that illustrated this role. Lauren Segelhorst, a Christian, said that she originally did not want to share the parable of the Good Samaritan with her group because she thought that everyone would have already heard the story. Segelhorst said she was surprised when her group members were unfamiliar with the story of the New Testament in the Gospel of Luke, in which a Jewish traveler was beaten and robbed and left to die, only to be saved by a Samaritan after being ignored by several passersby. The story is unique in that Jewish people and Samaritans had generally despised one another, and in this parable the Samaritan treats his neighbor as he would like to be treated. “This was Jesus’ way of See “Interfaith” on Page 3
Blue the Billiken A new way to cheer
We asked students: What is your perception of Public Safety on campus? “I like seeing them on their bikes everywhere, it makes me feel safe. I think they’re great!”
Colleen Mathews Junior, College of Arts and Sciences
“They may have the image of not doing much, but I think they’re well-staffed and I do feel safe, especially considering the area we’re in.” John Glessner Sophomore, Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology
“When I go run on campus at night, they’re always there and make sure you’re OK.” Chris Webb Freshman, College of Arts and Sciences
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Thursday, October 7, 2010
Let Us Introduce You
DPSSS officer and student loves family, cars and nightclubs by ANDREA ROYALS News Editor
A student by day and a Department of Public Safety and Security Services officer by night, Ronileau Cyril spends the majority of his time studying for classes and protecting his fellow students on campus, among several other hobbies. Cyril was born in Haiti and moved to the United States when he was in junior high. His family settled in Boston, Mass., where he attended high school. After graduating in 2001, Cyril said that he was originally uncertain about attending college. Cyril said that after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, he felt compelled to enroll in the military. “Everyone wanted to be patriotic, and I felt that the best way to do that was to actually serve in the military,” Cyril said. He registered in the Air Force, and said that today most people are shocked when he tells them he is a veteran for the United States military. “Because I have an accent, most people don’t know that I served in the military,” Cyril said. He explained that many people assume that he served for the Haitian Air Force. Cyril’s accent is attributed to Haitian Creole, a cousin of the French language. When Cyril moved to the U.S., he said that, at first, he had trouble with English immersion because his family would only speak Haitian Creole while he was at home. As years passed, however, Cyril said he began to become more familiar with English and less familiar with his original language. He is currently enrolled in an Introduction to French course and is still learning the many differences between French and Haitian Creole. After serving in the military, Cyril obtained a scholarship to SLU in 2004, but left early and moved back to Boston to be closer to his family. “I was homesick. I missed Haitian food and I was tired of eating burgers here. I wanted to see my family,” Cyril said. A car enthusiast, Cyril enrolled at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Massachusetts, where he studied industrial design specifically for automobiles. “I have a passion for cars,”
SGA to focus on internal development by ASHLEY SELAS Staff Writer
Andrea Royals / News Editor
Cyril, who drives a Cadillac, said. “I love cars. I’m always reading auto blogs. I don’t have a favorite car. There are just too many out there.” Despite his car obsession, Cyril said he felt he lacked the artistic skills necessary to succeed with the occupation, like drawing and other art classes. He decided instead to study computer networking, and has become quite the expert. However, he said he lacked passion for computers and was concerned that many of his job opportunities were being outsourced to companies in India. Cyril decided to return to St. Louis in 2007 and pursue a degree in aviation at Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology, but he is concerned that he may face the same obstacles in job opportunities that he did while studying computer networking after he graduates. “I do want to fly airplanes, but I know that it is difficult to do right now, so I am backing it up with a management degree,” Cyril, who is double majoring in aviation science and aviation management.
Although Cyril’s plans for the future have taken several different turns during his time in college, he said that his dream would be to open a school for children in Haiti. When Cyril is not studying, working as a DPSSS officer or planning to save Haiti through education, he can be seen at nightclubs. Cyril said he enjoys dancing, and even met his wife, Crystal, at a nightclub. They have been married for two years, and have a one-year-old daughter named Jaelene. Cyril may be a military veteran, a DPSSS officer, a serious student, and husband and father, but he said he hopes that people look past the things that he does and focus on his character. “People sometimes confuse your position with your character, but I see things differently,” Cyril said. “I am a very kind guy, sometimes to a point where I may be too kind. But the way I look at it, you have to give everyone proper respect first. If I don’t know who you are and you don’t know who I am, I think it is fair for me to treat you well.”
This week, Student Government Association focused on global commitments, as well as those close to home. The Korean Student Association came forward and voiced a desire to go to the Midwest Asian American Student Union conference in Minnesota in April of 2011. “[KSA] was very well prepared and showed that they were interested in attending the conference. This means a lot to SGA,” Tim Janczewski, SGA financial vice president, said. The MAASU conference is important to the KSA because they desire to build more effective relationships with other schools that will be attending the MAASU conference, as well as bringing awareness back to SLU about current events and leadership among Asian and Pacific Islander students. The KSA was pleased to experience a rise in interest from a membership of 20 students last year to 40 this year.
On account of the KSA’s sincere desire to represent SLU at this conference and express their leadership amongst other Asians and Pacific Islanders, the KSA was granted $1,330, and will be sending 10 students to the MAASU conference. Aside from attention directed to the many student organizations on campus, SGA considers it another goal to promote wellbeing within their organization. The SGA Internal Fitness and Morale Task Force is a unique committee whose goal is to try and promote activities for the senators within SGA aside from the meetings, and help the senators to understand each other outside of the chambers. “We are an internal organization of SGA responsible for activities to get everybody excited about SGA,” Tyler Sondag, the chair of the committee, said. This committee has existed since the spring of 2009, but this year a push for a greater presence in SGA is taking place.
“In order for senators to discuss important issues, they need to enjoy spending time together, and I really hope to see it thrive,” SGA President Courtney Anvender said. SGA is also hoping that this initiative will affect both morale of their working members, as well as the students that they work to represent. Sondag hopes that by increasing the internal fitness and morale of SGA, it will have an outreaching benefit to the students, though it is a work in progress. “I feel like within any organization, whether it be a CSO or SGA, you can bond with other people in it to make the work part easier,” Murphy Vandenberg, vice president of Internal Affairs, said. Sondag used the a PowerPoint presentation and a YouTube video as part of his task force presentation to senate. Sondag expressed that he would like to resurrect “Senator Saturdays,” which would encompass the members of SGA spending time with each other in order to facilitate a stronger sense of community.
Library: Student voices heard in renovation plans Continued from Page 1
in St. Louis. Key points included the lack of renovations done on Pius library, a deficit in available technology and general dissatisfaction with available study space. According to Kent Porterfield, vice president of Student Development, “the students did a great job researching and presenting. They deserve a lot of credit.” Porterfield noted that PCC is in support of initiating a two-phase renovation project for the library. The first phase would focus on internal improvements to the existing building, and the second
phase would be exploring the idea of a new addition, similar to renovations done at Marquette and Loyola Chicago, that would extend into the circle drive on Lindell Blvd. “[We] are committed to trying to improve the space,” Porterfield said. While the first phase of the renovation process may begin as early as this year, the second phase will take careful planning and consideration. Currently, the SGA civic affairs committee is expanding current research to look at premier libraries at universities across the country, and focusing on the idea of a library as a prime
study space. SGA Academic Vice President Katie Becherer said, “The library should be the academic hub of the University, and by completing the proposed renovations, SLU will continue to distinguish itself as a premier academic institution.” As plans are formulated for the library renovations, Anvender is confident that students will remain a vital voice in the plans for a modern library that can compete with libraries at other top universities. “I really do anticipate students being very involved. We set the ball in motion and we want to see it through to the end.”
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Rainbow Alliance encourages all to celebrate Coming Out Month by MEGAN SAKSEFSKI Staff Writer
Coming Out Month will be celebrated at Saint Louis University this October with the help of Rainbow Alliance. The nationally recognized month-long observation and celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history holds much importance for many SLU students of all orientations. “Coming Out month makes our presence known, and makes our organization more visible on campus. It’s much needed and it’s fun,” Rainbow Alliance Chair of Coming Out Month Scott Salomone said. Rainbow Alliance has activities planned throughout the month to commemorate and educate students on present LGBT issues. Coming Out Day on Oct. 11 will kick off the month’s festivities with Rainbow Alliance’s “Come Out and Play” event in the quad. The event will
feature games and inflatables. Later that day, students may attend “Sharing Our Stories,” where all are encouraged to either share stories of finding their sexual identity or to listen to the stories of others. “It’s not only about sharing coming out stories, it’s about knowing there’s support— and for many it’s just about being an ally,” Salomone stated. On Oct. 20 Rainbow Alliance will host a coming out vigil. The group also will host a coming out discussion on Oct. 27 which will allow students to ask questions to a panel of individuals that represent various views on sexuality. Nov. 12 is Rainbow Alliance’s largest event of the year, HomOcoming. “Ever yone is welcome, it’s basically a huge party where everyone can come and dance and have fun,” James Canfield, co-chair of HomOcoming Committee
said. HomOcoming will be held in the new flagtopped Center for Global Citizenship. The event will provide a safe environment for students of all orientations to come together and celebrate the end of Coming Out Month. “It provides a comfortable environment for all students, it’s just a good time where everyone can be themselves,” Canfield said. The growth of Rainbow Alliance on SLU’s campus has been substantial over the past four years, and this year’s Coming Out Month activities will likely attract more participants than ever. “Four years ago, a HomOcoming wouldn’t have even been possible. We went from having about 12 people at our meetings to having over 60. It really shows how things are moving along and more people are standing up for themselves and others,” Canfield said.
Active Minds seeks to erase stigma by KRISTEN MIANO News Editor
This past week, Active Minds hosted Mental Health Awareness Week. Mental Health Awareness Week was a four-day event meant to stress the importance of creating an environment in which students could comfortably talk about and deal with various mental health issues. “These events are especially important because in college, people deal with different issues like depression or anxiety,” said Maya Rao, vice president of Active Minds. “A lot of people don’t know what to do or what to look for until it becomes bad with a suicide attempt or a hospitalization.” Active Minds is a national organization that focuses on changing the way mental health is talked about, particularly on college campuses. The Saint Louis University chapter of Active Minds was started last year by alumnus, Amanda Textor. This year marks its first as a Chartered Student Organization, and
Mental Health Awareness Week is its first major event. Oct. 4 was National Day Without a Stigma. Active Minds set up a table by the clocktower with a poster for people to sign in order to show support and raise awareness of mental health issues. The goal was also to help erase the stigma that goes with mental health issues On Oct. 5, Active Minds gave out information and literature in the Busch Student Center and handed out silver ribbons. “The silver ribbon is actually a sign of brain health, but mental health is included in that, so this is really about overall mental health,” Rao said. Active Minds held a panel discussion in the BSC on Oct. 6. The panel included people who have had experience with mental health issues, particularly in regards to family members and mental health professionals. The panel spoke about various mental health topics and allowed for the audience to
ask questions. The week wraps up with a Game and Card Making Night on Oct. 7. The final event includes games and a chance to make friendly cards for psychiatric patients. “Mental Health Awareness Week is important, as we need to create an environment that encourages students to seek help as soon as it is needed and so students also realize they are not alone,” Meredith Obsorn, a counselor from Student Health and Counseling Services and the adviser for Active Minds, said. The SLU chapter of Active Minds is still a relatively small organization on campus, but it hopes to grow within the upcoming months. “We are definitely trying to get our name out on campus,” Rao said. “The more people know about mental health issues, the less stigma will surround them and the more people will be willing to talk about it,” Rao said.
Respect Life Week: Cemetery of the Innocents
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The Cemetery of the Innocents is a week-long display in the quad set up by Students for Life as a part of Respect Life Week. The event is meant to raise awareness about a variety of issues, including the death penalty, suicide and abortion.
Interfaith: Events unite SLU students of all denominations Continued from Page 1
saying that everyone is your neighbor and that everyone should be treated equally,” Segelhorst said. The IFA invited the SLU community to the Great Issues Committee’s event on Oct. 5, in which Eboo Patel, author of the First Year Reading Program book, Acts of Faith, spoke. Patel is the founder of Interfaith Youth Core, a national organization that seeks to spread religious pluralism among young people. Gupta said that Patel’s mission coincides with the mission of the IFA. On Wednesday, Oct. 6, the IFA held a workshop with Interfaith Youth Core trainers. The University has started a chapter of the Interfaith Youth Core on the campus with the intent to spread common ideas of service and faith among students. Ali Abunimah will be featured as the guest speaker for Interfaith Week on Oct. 7 at 7
p.m. in Kelly Auditorium. Abunimah is the author of One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and the founder of the Electronic Intifada, an online publication. The event is sponsored by Solidarity with Palestine. Interfaith Week closes with Garba Raas Bhangra Night, an evening of Indian dancing hosted by the Indian Students Association. IFA members are invited to attend at 7 p.m. on Oct. 8 in the Busch Student Center Ballrooms to learn about components of religion and to learn basic Indian dance moves. Gupta, a practicing Hindu, said that she and her friends founded the IFA when they noticed that many of them were of different religious traditions. She said that being around and learning about those differences has helped her to grow in her own faith. “My roommate, for example, is Christian, and I have
gone to church services with her and she has gone to Hindu prayer services with me,” Gupta said. “We have learned so much about each other’s traditions and it has helped both of us to develop our own spirituality.” Gupta said that going to college gave her the opportunity to question and grow deeper in her Hindu faith without guidance from her family. She said she learned the individual responsibility of her religion. Although SLU is a Jesuit institution, Gupta said that the University’s mission of social justice and service for others is what initially attracted her to the campus. “One of the reasons behind coming to SLU is that it is rooted in certain values and certain principles that are important to me,” Gupta said. “Other people here, regardless of their faith backgrounds are drawn to SLU because it has those principles that underline everything we do here.”
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Students tape together their home for the night during Habit for Humanity’s Cardboard City.
Cardboard City focuses on advocacy by MARK CAMPOS Contributer
Students participated in Habitat for Humanity’s annual Cardboard City event on Oct. 2. in the quad. Event participants used previously-collected cardboard, duct tape, and spray paint to erect makeshift structures to sleep in overnight. Though the quad became a creative space for students to build structures as elaborate or as simple as they’d like, the purpose of the event was to get students to empathize with members of the St. Louis community that have to resort to living in substandard housing. “My hope is that everyone who comes leaves knowledgeable about substandard housing,” Caitlin Dunn, copresident of SLU’s Habitat for Humanity organization, said. She said it was a visual and interactive activity that gave participants time to reflect. Though the event intended on being reflective as well as enjoyable, students who participated also could also use Cardboard City as a learning
experience. In order to get building materials, students had to answer trivia about substandard housing. They were invited to graffiti their buildings with these facts and figures. “Some showed off their skills with a building made out of wood and nails. There have been Saran Wrap buildings, igloos, sandcastles, a jungle gym,” Dunn said. In order to participate, Habitat for Humanity asked for a three dollar donation before Oct. 2, or five dollars if students signed up on the day of the event. According to Dunn, the entire donation went to help fund Habitat for Humanity’s projects. At the event, a current owner of a home that Habitat for Humanity helped build spoke about her experiences before and after having her house. Compared to last year, Dunn said that Habitat for Humanity has seen a rise in membership and popularity. However, mostly in response to some criticism last year, the event attempted
to focus on education and advocacy. “This is not an accurate portrayal of substandard housing,” Dunn said. “We hope this will encourage students to advocate for a change in how we treat the less fortunate, but no less deserving, who are in need of simple, decent shelter.” Students also had the option to sign a petition that advocates for a change in substandard housing to send to our senators and congressmen. Dunn said that a common misconception about Habitat for Humanity is that the organization just gives houses away. “Habitat is trying to supply simple, decent shelter. Homeowners purchase the houses from Habitat on a zero percent mortgage; the labor is volunteered, and [homeowners] only pay for the house,” Dunn said. Dunn thought that the event was fun, and believed that students enjoyed participating in the project and were reminded to be happy for what they have.
Public Safety: Director aims to connect with students Continued from Page 1
“Corvington is doing a great job,” Greeneway said. “We should have more interaction with students, faculty and staff; I think it is good that he wants to push for that.” Part of this push for increased interaction is the recent selection of a new public affairs officer to help further engage the department with the students, faculty and staff. Five-year veteran with the department and former St. Louis County Police Officer Pat Signorino will perform these public affairs duties along with his duties as a field supervisor. One of Signorino’s new duties is to open up more interaction with the student body by communicating through Student Government Association and the student media outlets. “I am looking forward to my new duties. I think a lot of the officers are excited about the changes and about the future,” Signorino said. “I think education as far as safety goes is really important, and I don’t think students realize that they are an important part in helping us keep this campus safe.” This semester, SGA has started a new Safety and Security Concerns Committee as a way to address the student concerns regarding DPSSS. Committee Chair Caroline Rutledge is working to establish an increase in communication and collaboration with the department after her initial meeting with Corvington last month. “Our goals are to set up that constant collaboration with public safety to ensure that the needs of the students are being communicated,” Rutledge said. “We are trying to change the student’s perception of public safety to a more positive perception.” Students’ negative perception of DPSSS is apparent to the officers as they patrol campus. Three students looked down and passed by as Bike Patrol Officer Jonathan Young said “hello” to them as he patrolled “beat two,” from Grand Blvd. to Compton Ave., during the day in the Grand Forest apartments. “This uniform can have a bad perception. Since DPSSS is here, they think that someone screwed up and we are containing them for it instead of thinking that we are here to serve and protect,” Young said. Corvington believes the negative perception of his officers may be based on
past occurrences and word of mouth, rather than the personal interaction that he is working toward. Owens also encounters this disconnect from students while he patrols “beat three,” from the clocktower to Grand Blvd., on a Friday night near the Village Apartments. He combats this by pulling out simple jokes to better interact with students walking around. “These are the rules and that doesn’t mean you can hate us because of it,” Owens said. “You just have to joke with the students and interact with them. Sweet Caroline is my favorite song and when they start singing it, I will sing along with them as long as they are getting home safely.” The department is also pushing to better utilize the technology and resources officers have while on patrol while also increasing visibility on campus. During the “A shift” from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. on an ordinary Friday or Saturday night, 14-15 officers patrol the Frost Campus, Medical Campus and all other SLU property. A dispatcher in DuBourg Hall office coordinates these patrols to try and maximize the officers’ coverage of the campus. “We have to have more directed patrols to areas that are more of a concern to our customers,” Corvington said. “We are trying to look at technology and ways of applying technology to enhance our ability to use our resources better.” In an attempt to increase
the coverage by patrol officers, the department tested two Trikes last week as an initiative to increase awareness and give officers more tools for their patrols. These threewheeled vehicles, which were demo models on loan from a local car dealership, are completely battery-powered and feature a PA system and patrol lights. The Trikes can go up to 29 mph and cost approximately $9,000. “[A Trike] lets you patrol more of the campus at a quicker pace,” Field Training Officer Joshua Hyde said. “It is a very good tool and it has many applications for us and we have had a lot of positive feedback from students, it is something new and a little different.” The officers were asked to test drive the vehicles and report their evaluations, as Corvington will put in a capital request for funding to purchase three for the department. Better equipment and more efficient patrols represent just one of the many changes enacted since Corvington took over the department. These improvements, coupled with a customer-service oriented approach, reflect a true partnership between the University community and DPSSS. “It is a collaboration. It is not just trying to solve problems, it is us trying to solve problems and contribute to others to be sure that there are efforts in place to protect the students, faculty and staff on this campus,” Corvington said.
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Officer Jonathan Young locks up the Il Monastero building while on the A shift from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.
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A flurry of activity vivifies SLU as officers and students collaborate on public safety In our many travels between social, aca- for example, is one such innovation. demic and domestic spheres, we form a colIt ser ves as a test project that will help lege bubble where we nestle comfortably DPSSS determine the efficacy of improving in our homely routines. Our bubble here officer patrols with these new-age vehicles at Saint Louis University was breached last called Trikes; by experimenting with highyear with security concerns and a few jolt- tech security options, DPSSS is truly honing the focus on student, faculty and staff ing incidents. Concerns about our safety arose, and safety and expanding its potential. Adding to this is a mapped out plan for many students went home over the sumimproving the efficiency mer wondering whether of daily tasks for offiSLU were as safe a bubcers. ble as they had thought. Student Government This year, SLU students can breathe easier durWe can reasonably and Association is similarly its bureaucratic ing those late-night confidently say that the flexing muscles with its new walks back from the SLU administration has Safety and Security librar y. The Department of Public Safety and actively listened to the Concerns Committee. It focuses on addressSecurity Ser vices has needs of students. ing student safety from established its presence the student perspective; more firmly and more this added dimension to amiably on campus than the implemented poliin previous years. Personal stories of affable conversations cies of DPSSS bolsters our confidence that with DPSSS officers have accumulated, as student safety holds genuine, ponderous they have increased their presence among weight on the busy planners of SLU adminstudents. We not only see them patrolling istrators and SGA senators. The steady culmination of these proat night, but we also see them during passgressive measures brings us to the bright ing periods and other times of day. Their active presence has helped us feel threshold of an exciting idea: We can reamore comfortable in calling SLU our home. sonably and confidently say that the SLU Increased officer patrols and geniality fit administration has actively listened to the into a larger flurr y of activities that the needs of students. We can clearly see that our safety is a administration and DPSSS have fostered priority for those in leadership positions on on campus. We can see the quickened energy and campus, and that we will not be ignored. efficiency that our new DPSSS Director This harmonious collaboration of adminRoland Cor vington has brought to this istrators and students stands proudly as a key organization, and it is a most refresh- laudable achievement in our eyes, and we ing and appreciated change of pace. The are more excited than ever to be a part of chariot cruiser that was spotted recently, an increasingly safer SLU community.
We applaud SGA’s leadership and innovative strength Pages flip silently through a weathered yearbook, the faces of a different century smiling cheerily through the antique sepia gild. We see Saint Louis University in its seminal years when DuBourg Hall housed both students and professors in the style of old Victorian boarding schools. Gliding through the volumes of years, we arrive back home to the present day. This progress, especially in our physical make-up, that SLU has seen is staggering. The addition of whole blocks of a city street, a multitude of buildings, and a series of renovations and additions have burgeoned into a modern University. After Student Government Association’s successful presentation to the President’s Coordinating Council and the Board of Trustees, new additions to Pius XII Memorial Library have been heartily approved. A powerful moment of student-administration collaboration has helped to bridge what is usually a tense gap between student interests and administrative interests. In cultural media, the administration is usually portrayed as the villain, placing the rule of law and political interests above student initiatives and needs. The fight against bureaucratic forces is an archetypal conflict that literature, movies, stories and history have created into a quintessential drama. In our microcosmic SLU bubble, we are no different in our daily quibbles and larger conflicts between student groups and various administrative policies.
When we see the steps that SLU undertook throughout the years to bring enhancements to campus, we wonder at how much toil and strain students and administrators alike must have undergone to enact said changes. SGA took a student need, polled the student body for feedback and data, and communicated this need to the administration using logic and research to warrant arguments. The administration responded with an exciting affirmation. The harmony of this process is a rare gem. We will now see our library with new, state-of-the-art additions that will make Pius a true place of study. We need to see more such collaboration between students and those in power. Our campus can only improve, as it has done throughout the ages, if student needs are interpreted correctly and taken seriously by administrators. We exalt the results of the Pius initiative not only because we will now have a library comparable to those of other sister universities, but also because we see that students are a real priority for those individuals who hold the highest positions in the SLU hierarchy of power. We applaud SGA in the strong leadership it showed in bringing this important point to the attention of administrators. We all have added another page to the history of our University; we can proudly look upon our efforts, and we hope to welcome future collaborative successes that will bring progress and modernity to our education.
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Pro-choice voices on campus need to be heard We at B*llikens for Choice would like to give credit to Students for Life for expanding the scope of Respect Life Week to include issues of euthanasia and the death penalty. However, there is still no space on campus for people to openly debate these issues. Students who have differing views on abortion are not being heard. We believe that being pro-choice means respecting the life of the woman and entrusting her to make decisions about her own life and body. Women who choose abortion do so for a wide range of reasons -- rape, incest, financial situations, etc -- and that choice is private one. Prochoice means pro-woman, pro-child, pro-family. Our organization was formed to provide a space to give a voice to the other side of the issue. We fundamentally believe that safe sex is the best sex, and Saint Louis University is not providing any services to the student body. Students should have access to contraception and resources on protecting themselves. We’re here to give students access to condoms, information about safe sex practices and resources about reproductive choice. -B*llikens for Choice.
Students need to actively seek advisers and participate in campus events Editor’s Note: This is in response to the editorial “Billiken magic vanishes for currents students, leads to disenchantment” published in the Sept. 30 issue.
I am writing this letter to express my disappointment in the members of our student body that do not take advantage of all of the programs, activities and opportunities that Saint Louis University has to offer its students. As a University Ambassador in the Office of Undergraduate Admission, I can attest that they are doing a fantastic job of recruiting students to our campus. The Office hires the best and brightest employees- in turn, they recruit the best and brightest students. As a two-time SLU 101 Summer Orientation Leader and the current president of Oriflamme, I have seen the “grandeur of Welcome Week” from behind the scenes, and know just how much work goes into making these programs run so successfully. Although I have worked extensively with prospective and first-year students, I am a member of several other organizations, participate in the numerous programming activities that are put on by various departments and take advantage of all of the services and opportunities SLU has to offer. When I am giving campus tours, I am often asked to identify my least favorite part about SLU, and my honest answer is that I feel as though SLU has so many things going on that it becomes difficult to choose an activity. This is a problem that arises for people like you, and for others who share your apathetic viewpoint. SLU has so many highly-qualified academic programs, impressive student organizations, large-scale events and well-known and caring faculty members. If you have not felt the love, care and dedication that comes from the people who work here, then you must not get out much. Maybe it’s time you leave your room and experience all that campus has to offer. There are a number of ways for students to get connected and remain connected to SLU, but you must take that initiative to get involved: join a Chartered Student Organization, go to a SLUsponsored event, go speak with a professor. I feel as though I am not a member of the “faceless crowd of current Billikens” because I have chosen to get involved and give back to this campus everything that it has given me. I took the initiative and have grown through my experiences as a leader on campus. I am confident that I will be able to look back on my college years and know that SLU made an impact on my life forever. -Keeley Farmar is a senior in the John Cook School of Business.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Funding for artists could preclude Internet censorship A bill recently suggested in Congress, although now delayed, the Combating Online Infringement and Commentary Counterfeits Act sought to censor and restrict the ways in which we use the Internet. AccordNoah Berman ing to EFF. org, the website of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the COICA would create two internet “blacklists.” One, a list of websites that users would be prevented from reaching, established by court orders. These are sites that do things that are actually illegal. Two, a list of websites determined by the Department of Justice to be guilty of “infringing activities.” This second list would be established with no regard for judicial review, just...this is a site that infringed copyright, user access revoked. What sites might be guilty of this sort of thing? Some “pirating” sites, a few TV series uploading hotspots. But imagine the day that a record executive decides that YouTube users are illegally using recordings made by his or her company. So he/she would call up the government. A few days and a few calls to Internet Service Providers (and other similar companies) later, and the next time you go to YouTube, all you get would be a “404 Page Not Found” error. Not just for one video, but for every video. Every link. Every stupid comment. American viewers could no longer access YouTube because
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some jerk uploaded a video with a Justin Bieber song in the soundtrack. This is a somewhat hyperbolic prediction. But it isn’t impossible. We don’t exist in a world where corporations have our best interests at heart. While I - as a photographer and moviemaker - do not endorse copyright infringement, I don’t want to respond with this type of approach. Corporations that would send these sites along to the government would not be doing so out of an interest in protecting their talent, no, they want to safeguard the bottom line. I don’t feel that shutting down any site that steals something I make is an appropriate way to protect my content. An appropriate way to make sure that those in power stay
in power, in wealth, perhaps, but not a way to provide me with fair compensation for my skills or a way to ensure proper distribution of content. There are, I feel, two ways to deal with this problem. Solution one is essentially the Hulu model: Put ads everywhere. This is annoying for the consumer, and only reinforces corporate culture. Instead, how about we take the radical step of massively increasing federal funding for the arts? I don’t mean doubling the NEA’s budget. I mean embarking on a funding project of Rooseveltian proportions: Make it possible for American artists - musicians, filmmakers, photographers, sculptors, painters, conceptual artists, whatever - to do art without them worrying about
feeding their family or paying off college loans. Allow artists to become federal employees (subject to zero political control; this money is paid out, no questions asked, to broaden our culture and our minds) first, corporate employees second. With this strategy, artists can still become megastars, working for corporations, but without relying on insufficient, infrequent incomes from those same entities. Artists would still be paid for their work - a company would have to compensate fairly for the use of an image in an ad campaign or a song in a commercial - but no longer would ‘illegal’ usage of such song become a major wage-killer for the artists themselves. How we would pay for this
is a whole other commentary: In short, we would move some of the money going to waste in the defense budget to things like the arts, education and science. Before you take out the pitchforks, this is an oversimplification of what I think we should be doing with our tax money. It would be worth it, though: Media could become cheaper, artists could become more plentiful, and in the end we could keep our Torrent, Limewire and YouTube soundtracks. Best of all, though, when I say I want to be an artist, people will stop asking me how I like wsorking in coffee shops. Noah Berman is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Students for Life has successfully inspired Dear Saint Louis University, the Jesuit mission is missing here dignity and respect in new, diverse goals Sitting in the comfort of my to find the truth. You stay siHundreds of crosses fill the quad, representing the victims. Four signs stand in front, representCommentary ing the atrocities. Dozens of students marched Sunday night, representing a cry for help. Chris Ackels And on this campus we have one clear representation of hope: Students for Life. This year, in the heart of Respect for Life Week, it’s only appropriate to recognize the work of one of Saint Louis University’s strongest and most well established student organizations – one with a direct impact on students’ lives. Students for Life is a group dedicated to the social justice issues of our time, and equally dedicated to students. When students called, the group listened. And in looking at this week’s schedule of events, it’s clear to see the simple goal of education. As students of this University, we can really appreciate this goal. After organizations on campus hold event after event of self-promotion, fund raisers, or recruitment, Students for Life has dedicated an entire week educating SLU
students on the issues that sometimes can get swept under the rug. The Death Penalty. Euthanasia. Abortion. As we inch closer to Election Day, we continue to talk about the poll numbers, the finger pointing,and the cups of tea. But we often overlook these issues – the issues of life and death. This week, SLU students are called to remember the life and death issues. T uesd a y ’ s speaker on suicide and euthanasia addressed many of the headlines we’ve seen in the news recently. Wednesday’s session on the death penalty brought to life the staggering evidence that capital punishment does not help our society. Thursday’s presentation on abortion gets across its message in its title alone: “Social Justice Begins in the Womb.” This weekend, the group has organized a service day at Our Lady’s Inn Pregnancy Center – an activity that doesn’t require any preregistration. From the religious aspect of the opening prayer
service, to the educational aspect of the nightly events, to the service aspect of the closing project, Respect for Life Week is possibly the most well-rounded and wellorganized student-led event on campus. And it perfectly promotes SLU’s Jesuit mission. So for us, as students, it’s time to heed the message. As politics heat up, and as we enter adulthood and workforce leadership, let these issues come to mind. In a world where we struggle with the death penalty, abortion and euthanasia – just as we struggle with gang violence, sexual discrimination, hate crimes, unjust war and torture – we have to be mindful of the human right to dignity. And to understand the universal human right to dignity, we must first understand that dignity on our own campus, and in our own hearts. Dignity begins here.
...Respect for Life Week is possibly the most well-rounded and well-organized studentled event on campus.
Chris Ackels is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences.
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apartment the past few weeks lent and you allow for rumors reading The University News, I to spread and speculation to have come drive endless conversations. across two What is more embarrassCommentary brave souls ing is that you tried to hide who no- that failure from us as a stuticed some- dent body. You let one email thing I did. be your word, and have kept S o m e - silence while media outlets try thing is re- to deliver the information we ally wrong deserve to know. Maybe you with Sain felt that by keeping it hushed Louis Uni- you could avoid another demversity, and onstration from the students Bretton DeLaria has been on the need for change. for a while. You stand on a pulpit and I found call us to forgive the offendmyself moved this week to ers. How can I forgive when join the chorus of voices that you violate sole identities of is asking you to listen to stu- our Catholic Jesuit Mission? dents, faculty, staff - the esYou have not been open to sential people here at SLU. growth or change, and have I know you have institu- not allowed us to seek truth. tional duties that guide your How can we grow and learn to decision on such issues, but forgive if you have abandoned there is a point where the Ignatius’s call for conversagood of the whole supersedes tion and discernment of spirbureaucracy. its as a community? To quote one of the great How can we forgive if we doctors of the church that has never know the truth? I am guided Christian thought, “Ev- willing to forgive, but I will not ery judgement of conscience, do so until you apologize for be it right denying or wrong, the many be it about victims things evil of sexual, in themWhat is more embar- e t h n i c , selves or rassing is that you tried c u l t u r a l , morally ing e n d e r, dif ferent, to hide that failure from discrimiis obliga- us as a student body. nation and tory, in rape the such wise right to that he have their who acts stories against his conscience always heard to have justice. sins.” The truth is that we are SLU, I love you, but I love safe as we sit in our rooms, you too much to let you get but outside our doors our away with the atrocity you brothers and sisters are being have committed against us. devalued as humans. We can’t When the allegations of rape right the wrongs and come appeared last year, it was together to uphold those who quickly hushed up as if it nev- have been devalued by others er happened. as a community if you hide Where were you, SLU? As the facts from us. a Jesuit institution, I expected There is something terriyou to come to the aid of the bly wrong if we get no knowlvictims and uphold dignity. I edge from you, but find out hoped that you would value from News Channel Five that your student body enough to an ‘incident’ occurred, and give us the truth of the events that there have not yet been of that fateful night, and not repercussions to those who simply a vague email. were found guilty in violatWas it too embarrassing ing the rights of a member of that the systems in place our community. We desire to to protect students, espe- know what happened to our cially female students, actu- loved ones. We desire to have ally weren’t what you claimed the facts, and we desire them them to be? Was it that you from you. felt it more important to proI write this because I love tect your marketing plan than you, SLU, and we deserve to tell us the truth? better. So look around and I don’t know your reasons, you might see that things and I doubt I ever will, but aren’t as cheery as they seem. the fact is that you failed. You Something is terribly wrong, failed the victim by not up- and when will you admit it to holding her dignity. You failed yourself and to us, Saint Louis the students by hiding the al- University? legations. Instead, you sought siBretton DeLaria is a junior lence. You stay silent while in the College of Education and the world around you tries Public Service.
Public libraries are up for sale Public libraries have always been a place where anyone can go get a book, relax and enjoy its conCommentary tents. Libraries are usually run by the city, and the city knows the basic demands of the people. Nicole Palazzolo H o w ever, when a library goes from being a public library to a private one and the process of outsourcing comes into play not many people will be happy. According to dictionary. com, outsourcing is “When a company or organization purchases [goods] or subcontract [services] from an outside supplier or source.” A company named Library Systems and Services (LSSI) is being hired to “clean up” libraries that the cities feel are in danger of eventually closing due to the economic downfall. A new $4 million deal in Santa Clarita to run three of their libraries have people up in arms. When a private company comes into the picture, their main objective is to make money, no matter who they affect. Whether this be the people in the city or the employees, it does not matter. The employees of the libraries must now contend with a retirement investment fund and no pension. Many are also let go due to cut-backs in positions. When people go to the information desk, they might not find anyone there. The Santa Clarita city council hired the LSSI, even though there was no immediate threat to the libraries. Their excuse was that they wanted to ensure no threat would come in the future. What I don’t understand is why the city council risked upsetting the people of Santa Clarita, as they are the ones who keep the libraries going. Many citizens of Santa Clarita are so upset about the idea of outsourcing that they have vowed not to use the library. The LSSI says not many noticeable changes will occur from this mild switch. However, when a private company takes over a public one, the bottom line income becomes very important. There are no more “reading times” for the little children because that costs money. There is no one to help look up where a certain book is because that costs money as well. When the library is a “public” one, and it takes a person several weeks to return a book, it is no big deal. However, when there’s a private company involved then turning that person into a collection agency in order to demand their money is not below them? How is it we have entered an age when even the idea of a library, which has been around since the beginning of America, has turned into a money grabbing industry. It used to be a place where one could go for extra activities and a spot to read and simply relax, but the effects of the economy and the money appeal of a private company has drowned that idea into a sea of black suited men with dollar signs the only object in their eyes. As an avid book lover, I cannot relate enough how much the idea of libraries “selling out” and being run for profit saddens me. There have always been greedy businesses, but the good old days where the economy allowed us to bypass them without a backwards glance are gone, and I can only hope they will soon return. Nicole Palazzolo is a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences.
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MUSIC Thursday, October 7 9:30 p.m. Oh my god Firebird STL Tickets are $10 10 p.m. Kim Massie and the Solid Senders Beale on Broadway Tickets are $5 Friday, October 8 3:30 p.m. Student Recital Samuel Cupples House Admission is free 7:30 p.m. Pokey LaFarge Off-Broadway Tickets are $10-13 Saturday, October 9 8:30 p.m. Joshua Redman Trio Jazz at the Bistro Ticketsare $15 Monday, October 11 9 p.m. Madahoochi and Friends Cicero’s Tickets are $3 Tuesday, October 12 7:30 p.m. Drake with TYGA The Fox Theatre For ticket prices visit thefabulousfox.com Thursday, October 14
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THEATER Friday, October 8 and Saturday October 9 8 p.m. Almost, Maine Xavier Hall Theatre Tickets are $7 Sunday, October 10 2 p.m. Almost, Maine Xavier Hall Theatre Tickets are $7
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Waiting for Superman portrays the corruption of American school systems Documentry combines education with activism When I first saw the trailer for Waiting for Superman, which included an education activist saying, Film Critique “Either children are getting stupider…,” I proclaimed it to be the irony of Brent Lang the century. H o w ever, after watching the documentary, I realize that this error takes little away from its overall impact. I suppose that for the majority of readers, especially those that attended public schools, the fact that the United States has underperforming schools and lower test scores than many other nations comes as no shock. This is the theme of Waiting for Superman, a documentary by Davis Guggenheim, the same director that made An Inconvenient Truth. It follows educators, activists, students and parents, while addressing many of the issues affecting America’s schools. In doing so, Guggenheim shows the audience the very real and human impact that this issue has. This documentary succeeds in that it addresses the systemic issues such as teacher unions, dropout factories, incorrect compensation for teachers and pedagogical issues, which all ultimately affect student performance. Although this documentary is successful overall in presenting its message, there are times when weak analogies are pushed a little too far. Unfortunately, this includes the title of the film itself, which was arbitrarily extracted from a conversation with Geoffrey Canada, an education reformer interviewed throughout the film. As a result, the viewer is forced to suffer through old Superman clip, in order to clarify why Guggenheim chose Waiting for Superman for the title.
The information presented in the documentary.
The Bad: The random analogies.
The Verdict: Don’t pay to see it in theaters; wait to see it until it comes out on DVD.
Not only does the film present issues that are important to consider when evaluating our education system, but it does so in an intriguing and suspenseful manner. During the climax of the film, we sit fitfully at the edge of our seats as we await the results of a lottery, which will then determine whether or not the children followed in the documentary can attend the better performing schools. Even though I understand the need for some sort of dramatic climax in order to follow the basic rules of a successful story, I can’t help but to think that telling these children that they are likely to fail at their underperforming school isn’t a good thing. It is a clear example of stereotype threat, which has been proven empirically with regard to the stereotype that women are bad at math. A final strength of this film lies in its ability to combine education with activism. True to form, Guggenheim supplies the viewer with clear ways to address the problem and become a part of the solution. In the end, Waiting for Superman is a thought-provoking and enjoyable documentary throughout. Hopefully, it will have an impact that translates into activism, as in Guggenheim’s previous work. Waiting for Superman opens in theaters on Oct. 8.
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Anthony (right) with his grandmother Gloria (left) in Davis Guggenheim’s documentary “Waiting for Superman.” Anthony is a fifth-grader from Washington D.C. He desires a life different from that of his dad, whom he lost to drug addiction.
Director hopes to inspire action By GINA CASSARO Staff Writer
Most consider the likelihood of winning the lottery not very high. The drop of one numbered ball contains the power to manipulate what may be a person’s entire future, giving the individual an opportunity he or she might not have otherwise to buy a house, afford college or have a chance to make a name for him or herself. The drop of that small ball has the power to change a life. In Academy Award Winning director Davis Guggenheim’s new documentary Waiting for Superman, which hits theaters on Oct. 8, Guggenheim uses a metaphor of the lottery to portray his beliefs in the corruption of the current American school systems. Waiting for Superman follows five families from different areas of the U.S. as a child from each tries to get into the one good school available to him/her. According to Guggenheim, in his metaphor, the kids around America in universi-
ties won the lottery. He imagines that college students everywhere will identify with the fact that it is unfair for others to not have access to a good education and presents a “civil rights problem.” Through Guggenheim’s documentary, he calls for everyone to fight so that all people have a chance at a good education. At age five, young Guggenheim, a St. Louis native but a current D.C. resident, came home from school and asked his mother, “Why do I take a 40-minute bus to Virginia for school every day?” His mother replied, “Honey, because our schools are broken here.” If you look at the story of our country, it is a story of success. Public school was a ticket to be the first in your family to attend college. They used “an elevator up,” according to Guggenheim. There are 1,000,200 dropouts every year, walking the streets without a diploma. Schools are structured to track the top 10 percent of students in middle schools and place those boys and girls in the most prestigious
Almost, Maine has a lot of heart
Provides an engaging story with lovable characters It can get pretty lonely all the way up in Almost, Maine, John Carlani’s small Commentary New England town, w h e r e snow drifts and pine trees are more numerous than the residents. Ben Eldredge But despite this distance between Almost and the real world, the locals manage to find their fair share of love and heartbreak. In a series of vignettes bound together by the themes of faith, heartache and love-atfirst-sight, Carlani has constructed an engaging story with extraordinarily lovable characters. The play is divided into 11 skits, each a duet between two eccentric characters. Some of the most memorable include “This Hurts,” a tale of a man who cannot feel pain, beautifully portrayed by senior James Cougar Canfield and senior Erin Almand. Also moving was “Where It Went,” in which a struggling couple is forced to confront the fact that they have fallen out of love. “It’s incredibly real and heart-wrenching. And honest,” Canfield said. Not all of the stories are serious, however. In “They Fell,” sophomore Paul Lewellyn and sophomore Billy Bommarito play two best
friends who overcome the societal stigma of “man-love” and finally express their feelings to each other, the results of which are awkward, hilarious and heartwarming. Of course, with the subject matter, it is inevitable that Carlani rings false at some point. A few of the stories are eyeroll inducing, and many of the “twists” that come at the end of almost every skit are predictable. However, these flaws are almost unnoticeable due to the believable dialogue and solid acting. The audience responded favorably to Saint Louis Univeristy Theatre’s rendition. “It was engaging from start to finish,” sophomore Jack Brentin said. “I thought a few of the stories kind of missed the mark, but other than that I really enjoyed it.” One of the challenges of putting on such a seemingly disjointed series of stories is audience involvement. How can the audience grow to love the characters if they are only on stage for 15 minutes? That is where the actors come in. “One must listen, concentrate, imagine and be present!” senior Alex Woodruff said. “It’s probably the deepest I have ever dived into the psyche of a character,” Canfield said. Almost, Maine is different from most other theater productions, so it follows that working on it would be different as well.
“Working on this play was really different because each scene is a play in itself,” Almand said. “It was also interesting to play two different characters. Both characters are vastly different so I [had] to make sure I [got] into character for each part I play[ed] at the correct time.” In addition to these unfamiliar methods of rehearsal and acting, the SLU Theatre ensemble also tried out some unorthodox methods of train-
“[Director] Tom Martin and Billy Bommarito frequently pretended to be velociraptors during the rehearsal process,” Woodruff said. While the theatrical purpose of emulating dinosaurs may be lost on us non-thespians, Almost, Maine is a charming play with a lot of heart; one that all but the most cynical can enjoy. In the words of Woodruff and Fergie, “We’ll get you love-drunk!”
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Senior Erin Almand plays in The Saint Louis University Theatre’s rendition of John Carlani’s Almost, Maine.
programs in high school. Good teachers understand everyone deserves a chance to succeed and can perform at a high level, according to Guggenheim. “It haunts me that, as a country, we haven’t been able to face this. Our schools are really in trouble. It is morally wrong to fail so many kids and also, morally unsustainable. I want people to say, ‘Because I saw this movie, it is possible for me, as a citizen of my city and state, to take action’,” Guggenheim said. According to Guggenheim, too many people feel this mission is impossible. They feel that the schools have been broken for too long, so most people react one of two ways: either they stick their heads in the sand, or they act out of self-interest, as Guggenheim is in the making of his documentary exposing the injustice. In order to help and find solutions to the problems at hand, visit Guggenheim’s official website, waitingforsuperman.com/action, for a list of things that can be done in every area to promote change.
Bad luck has effect on Oh My God’s latest album By ASHLEY JONES Arts Editor
Chicago band Oh My God has seen its fair share of bad luck. Since their formation in 1999, they have encountered accidents, thefts, fires, illness and family trials. The band’s organist Ig explained that their last round of bad luck had an effect on the overall vibe of their latest album The Night Undoes the Work of the Day, which was released in 2009. In addition, it influenced some of the specific lyrics of the album. “There are some aches and pains on that album...but hope and humor, too. We bring the whole package here at Oh My God Music, Inc.!” he said. Prior to the release of The Night Undoes the Work of the Day, the band released six other albums. Ig co-founded the band with singer Billy O’Neill more than 10 years ago, and they both remain the songwriters. “We started with guitar in the band, went most of our years without it and recently added it again. But all along, it's been built around the chirps and screams of the organ I play and the emotions, words, melodies and hang-ups of Billy E. O'Neill,” Ig said. While he explained that they both came from very different backgrounds, their collective inspirations include Van Halen, Black Sabbath, John Lennon and REO Speedwagon. See “Oh My God” on Page 8
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Mexican artist finds similarities in music and painting By MATT BOMMARITO Staff Writer
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The National performed at The Pageant on Sept. 29. The band’s music has been described as Radiohead, but more conventional. Above: The band entertains the crowd with their harmonious tunes.
Concerts prove difference between good music and sound In The Republic, Plato discussed “the lovers of sight and sound.” These people seek out Commentary things that are beautiful, and in doing so, they miss the meaning of real beauty. If Plato were to visit the Noah Berman present day and go to all the music festivals that exist, he may be able to say which bands he liked the most, but even he would not be able to explain what it actually means to hear a “good song.” He wouldn’t even think such a thing were possible: “Man, I’ve seen all sorts of awesome bands, I mean, come on! That lady from that obscure band you’ve never heard of is so hot, but you want me to tell you about why their music is good and Nickelback’s isn’t? Come on, dude, it’s Nickelback!” No, dude, it isn’t. There has to be a reason that we think one band is better than another, an objective thing called “beauty” that we can apply to good bands and an objective thing called “ugly” that we can apply to bad ones. We might not ever be able to define it exactly, but as we go through life, if we look for what beauty is not what is beautiful we can come up with a better guess as to whether or not we ought to listen to Nickelback. Now, whether or not you
share that particular philosophic view, were you to have been at The National’s concert at The Pageant on Sept. 29., you would have been given a taste of something that falls into the ‘beauty’ column, at least as far as I am concerned. When the band took the stage, you could tell something good was about to happen. For those of you who have never listened to The National, the best way I can describe their sound is Radiohead, but more...conventional. “Sulkfest 2010” was what one person I know suggested this concert might turn out to be. But if you stop thinking of them as Radiohead clones, you might be able to see the appeal of a band with a similar, but more ordered symphonic sound. Certainly the sold-out crowd at The Pageant understood the greatness of The National. Scheduled to go on at 9:15 p.m., the crowd started chanting somewhere around 8:55, something you might not expect of Sulkfest 2010! Eventually, the band took the stage, and with Matt Berninger belting out his trademark crazy lyrics in his trademark baritone, all had a good time rocking out to songs from all across the band’s repertoire. Because that’s just what The National does. They are not a band in which each instrument has its own little character, own little bit to play, and instead everything comes together in one massive wall of sound. Not a massive wall of discord and hazy noise, like, say, Nickelback, but instead an orches-
tral type of tune: sound that zooms out, surrounds you and then makes you rock out. A good thing. Like a symphony, but with more electric guitars. The National is an example of good music. But they also help us figure out what “good music” might really be; perhaps, instead of a cacophony of terrible sounds, a cacophony of excellent sounds provides for beautiful music. The National, unfortunately, was not the only concert I attended that weekend. I am a photographer as well as a reporter and so I was assigned to cover both The National and a band called the Drive By Truckers over the course of three days. As you might imagine, there is a bit of a tonal difference between the two acts, but because I am here to bring you nothing but the whole picture of music in this city, I bravely went where I had not gone before. Namely, to a so-called “alt-country” concert. I don’t understand alt-country, never have, and probably never will. I don’t get this “alt-genre” thing as a whole, actually. So, I went to a country music concert. It isn’t that I don’t like country music. I like anything but pop-country, such as Taylor Swift or Hannah Montana or the guy with the song about America kicking, ahem, tail. The thing is, I don’t know quite how to classify the Drive By Truckers. They seemed like they couldn’t decide which sound they wanted to chase after. Moving between rock, country, the blues, a lit-
tle bit of funk and even a spot of punk, the Truckers are clearly talented musicians, but it seems that even they have not been able to figure out what alt-country means. They were fun, as evidenced by the massively bearded man next to me jumping up and down like a kid experiencing Christmas in July, but indecisive. This inability to pick - as far as I could tell - a musical story they wanted to tell meant that they wound up playing a wall of sound. Not a harmonious wall of sound, but a buzzing wall of sound. The Truckers are an odd band in that they have three guitarists, and this could have made for an interesting sound, but in my concert experience each guitar got lost in the buzz. So, to review: One way in which it is possible to approach the beautiful in terms of music is to, if you’re going to make a wall of sound, make it well. Produce a harmonious tune that wraps around the audience and draws them in, not a wall of discordant noise that pushes them back. The National succeed at this, while the Drive By Truckers fall slightly short.
An exhibition of the works of Mexican artist Leonardo Nierman will open Friday Oct. 8 at the Saint Louis University Museum of Art. The exhibit is entitled Kaleidoscope: Works by Mexican Master Leonardo Nierman, and it will be at the museum until Dec. 31. According to Mary Marshall, marketing coordinator for SLU’s museums, it all started when the Mexican consulate in Kansas City contacted the Regional Arts Council, which contacted SLUMA and asked if they would like to exhibit some works of art by Nierman. Nierman is a prominent Mexican author, sometimes described as the Jackson Pollock of Latin art due to his use of color with abstract paintings and sculptures. He was born in 1932 and displayed an interest in music from a young age. His foray into the art field was via the violin and wanted to become a professional violinist. Ultimately, that did not happen, and he then got a bachelor’s degree in Physics and Mathematics at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City. He later studied the psychology of color and went on to become a painter. “Everything is very, very vibrant, very expressive,” Marshall said.
Nierman has created many works of art from which 12 tapestries, 18 paintings and 10 sculptures were chosen for the exhibition at SLUMA. Nierman credits his unique style of painting and sculpting to his youthful obsession with music. On Nierman’s website, he says that his contact with music gave him a harmonic point of view on life. This point of view helped him see painting differently. He explains that music and painting are similar. For him, painting and sculptures are simply different manifestations of a prime creative impulse. “His passion is very evident throughout the work he made during his long career,” Marshall said. Nierman’s work has been viewed in galleries and museums all across the globe. His works have been on display at Museum of Modern Art and Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico City, The Vatican Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome, The Art Institute of Chicago as well as various other museums in Detroit, Bogotá Colombia, Madrid and Honolulu. They have also been shown at the Harvard University Art Museum in Cambridge, Mass. To view these works of art visit SLUMA at 3663 Lindell Blvd. To learn more about Nierman and his art, visit www. leonardonierman.net.
Oh My God: To perform at the Firebird Continued from Page 7
“The music is really all over the place, from melodic, melancholy reverbed-out piano songs to gritty, grimy, distorted-organ garage-rockers. I can only describe the particular song playing at the moment,” he said. Currently, the band is focusing on their remaining tour dates and, as Ig said, “on not crashing or falling victim to theft or conflagrations along the way.” In addition, they have put out videos for “Bring Yourself” and “My Own Adven-
ture,” both of which are on their most recent album. The band will be playing in St. Louis at the Firebird on Oct. 7. “Our live show is the center of the Oh My God universe. It's unpredictable, even to the band mates, and overflowing with energy and emotion. Brief nudity and adult situations abound, too. No joke,” he said. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and the show begins at 9:30 p.m. Tickets will cost $10. For more information on the band, visit ohmygodmusic.com.
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Hopes of winning the Atlantic 10 Conference are on thin ice after SLU went 1-1 in a recent roadtrip. The Billikens did well against the Charlotte Fliers, taking the game 3-1. But they sputtered at George Washington, dropping the game 3-1. SLU (7-9, 2-2) now stands in seventh place in their conference behind undefeated Dayton and 3-1 Xavier, among others. However, the Bills are tied with three teams for fourth place. The Billikens return home briefly for a 4 p.m. tilt against IllinoisChicago on Saturday, Oct. 9, at Chaifetz Pavillion.
Cross Countr y For the first time in history, the SLU women’s cross country is ranked in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Midwest Region rankings. The Billikens come in at No. 15 on the chart. The team is off to its best start in program history, led by junior Hilary Orf and freshman Margo Richardson. The Billikens return to action on Oct. 15 for the Bradley Classic, and will compete in the Atlantic 10 Championships on Oct. 30.
Next time in The University News Thursday, Oct. 21 • Meet SLU’s groundskeeper, who maintains the soccer and baseball fields • More pieces on SLU’s extensive club sports program • A recap of all the action from midterms week and fall break
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Students vote on new name for spirit section By NEIL DuROSS Staff Writer
Beginning this basketball season at Chaifetz Arena, feel free to go on, sludents, and just go ahead and shake your tail feather. All students who wish to cheer on their Billikens will leave behind their normal personas and take on the Nelly inspired “SLU-pun” SLUnatics title after a campus-wide election was held in an effort to rename the student cheering section, formerly known as Blue Crew. The new name of the student section for basketball games won by a high percentage over the other 20 candidates suggested. Other names submitted onto the ballot by students included Billiken Brigade, SLUmania and SLUpertroopers. SLUnatics, a mixture of the SLU and the word for describing somebody who is insane, comes to signify a change in tone for the student section at Chaifetz. “It adds personality and spunk to what it means to support the Billikens,” group president, senior Mike Putnam, said. Putnam is in charge of relaying the student section’s wants to the Athletic Department. “Blue Crew served us well, but we have done so much better with SLUnatics. No other school or organization has it.”
That originality is what fans hope will add to the experience of attending basketball games. “I think the history of student apathy toward athletics is starting to turn in a big way,” Billiken fan, junior Zac Miller, said. “Many more groups of people are taking initiative and adding their personal touch to the student section.” Miller feels some sentimentality about the re-branding, but believes it is for the best. “I grew up knowing the student section as Blue Crew, and it is a little weird seeing it go. But it’s time, with basketball enthusiasm at an all-time high,” Miller said. The new name is intended to capitalize on this enthusiasm, an enthusiasm that was palpable last year in the form of section antics, crowd noise and hijinks. “Anyone who came to a game last year saw how excited and electric the student section gets,” Putnam said. “SLUnatics is creative, fun, and most importantly, a little bit crazy--when you have a Chewbacca and ‘the Situation’ a la ‘Jersey Shore’ in the stands, you know we take our spirit seriously.” The SLU student section last year was applauded by a multitude of opposing coaches and players, including Dayton’s Brian Gregory and Temple’s Juan Hernandez. Media outlets even ranked Chaifetz Arena as one of the
toughest places to play. Regularly-attending basketball fans hope this new name also clears up confusion in the student section between those who viewed themselves as members of the student section, but not members of Blue Crew. “I think SLUnatics will help if it is made clear to the students that this is not a student club or an exclusive group in any way,” Miller said. “It needs to be obvious that this is renaming the student section and basically retiring the idea of a ‘student fan group.’” Putnam hopes that the new name will increase student involvement. “Because students decided the name, they will feel more invested in the program,” Putnam said. “Anyone who comes to the games to cheer on the team is a member of the SLUnatics.” When asked why students should attend basketball games, Putnam
said that the student section is about “being a part of something larger than yourself. “It’s part of the SLU experience, and if you’re not very interested in the game, there’s always the chance you can be on the Kiss Cam.”
Thoughts on the SLUnatics: “You know you’re representing your school when you put on the jersey. When you actually see your classmates and friends up there, it definitely gets your adrenaline going and pumps you up.”
“When a team comes into our home, it can be intimidating for them to see a passionate fan base like our own. There is no better feeling than playing in our arena when the crowd is packed and going crazy.”
Nick Maglasang Sophomore, Men’s Soccer
Christian Salecich Sophomore, Men’s Basketball
Competition: The driving force behind SLU sports I realized this weekend that something beautiful is happening on our campus. I am not sure that I Commentary could tell you when it started, but it was completely evident these past couple of weekends. And Derrick Neuner it has the potential to change the way we think about our University. The Saint Louis University Billikens are competitive. Let me explain what has me so giddy about our Billiken athletes. I was having a conversation with a friend about why
America is such a sports-driven nation. Have you noticed how, with the start of the 2010 NFL season, our country seems to stop on Sunday afternoons? Or how about how we all froze two years ago to watch Michael Phelps win gold after gold in Beijing? We had our back-and-forth about the topic, concluding that it wasn’t just men that turn into boys at the sound of a homerun. Ladies, how many of you watched the Superbowl last year? And Chicago ladies, who won the Stanley Cup this year? That’s what I thought. No, we decided, there had to be something more. Finally it hit me. Ever since our inception 234 years ago, our great nation has been addicted to competition. King
George, the South, Germany (twice), Russia… when has America ever backed away from a fight? We can vicariously feed our hunger for battle through watching athletes wage war each week on the gridiron, around the diamond, on the field and over the net. And, as is our American nature, we are addicted to winning. The only thing better is when the little man beats the big, bad bully. So let’s revisit Homecoming Weekend at SLU. Let me fill you in on what has me so giddy about where our athletic programs are now, and where they are headed. War was on the horizon for the volleyball team as they hosted Nemesis #1 (Dayton) and Nemesis #2 (Xavier). I cannot put this lightly
enough; when I say war, I mean smack-them-down, make-them-cry-wee-wee-weeall-the-way-home war. The show was everything that was promised and more. Dayton came out swinging and, with a one-two punch, pushed SLU to the edge of the cliff. Here’s where the story gets good. Those young volleyball players, players who were up against a mammoth, did not run; they dug in and they fought back. Resiliency: another fine American trait. While Dayton came away with the 3-2 match win, the American (okay, the guy) in me was roaring proudly for what the emergent team did against a much older and much better Dayton squad.
Oh, and by the way, SLU went on to smack Xavier around 3-1. Regardless of age, experience or tempo, SLU Billikens find a way to win. Anne Kordes’ squad is just one fine example of the beauty that is taking place on courts and fields across our campus. Here at SLU, we compete. Hard. And we revel in it. So, God bless the American spirit. And God bless the Billikens. After all, without the St. Louis Cardinals playing October baseball, and with the St. Louis Rams (about that…), we need someone to give us a reason to rattle our sabers, rally around each other and pretend we have the greatest teams since SLU had football.
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High expectations as team nears A-10 play through a grueling nonconference schedule this season, squaring off against the likes Saint Louis University’s of No.6 ranked Louisville, men’s soccer team has high No.7 Tulsa and No.16 South expectations heading into Florida. this year’s conference play. The Bills took both Coming off of a 7-2 Atlantic 10 Louisville and South Florida conference record and a con- to a draw, while dropping a ference tournament champi- 4-1 decision to 2009 national onship last year, the Bills are quarter-finalist Tulsa. looking to once again stake “[The tough nonconfertheir claim as the best in the ence schedule] prepares us. A-10. It lets us test ourselves, get The Billikens, tabbed by better and work on things we the league’s coaches as the need to work on. It gives us favorite to win the conference a clear picture of who we can title, head into league play count on and what we need to with a 2-3-2 record. Fresh off develop,” McGinty said. of a tough defeat at the hands The stiffest challenge to of the Clemson Tigers, the the Billikens for A-10 supremBillikens travel to Duquesne acy on paper is shaping up to this Friday to kick off their be the Charlotte 49ers. quest for an A-10 regular seaRanked No. 25 nationally son championship. in the College Soccer News “We have the same expec- preseason poll and picked tations [as those coaches do],” to finish second behind the head coach Mike McGinty Billikens in the A-10, the said. “The preseason rank- 49ers have shown flashes of ing from the brilliance other coaches in defeating is flattering, No.11 Wake It doesn’t matter but we don’t Forest, but pay attention if we’re picked to ultimately to it. It doesn’t finish first or third. finished their matter if we’re We tr y to win ever y n o n c o n f e r picked to finish ence slate first or third. game we play. with a 5-4-0 We try to win record. —Mike McGinty every game we Their 15 play in, to be regular season points thus champs, to boost our RPI; we far this season (three points just play every game to win.” for a win, one for a tie) have The road will be anything them among the league’s but easy, though. If there is best, tied with Fordham and one word to describe the con- St. Bonaventure. ference as a whole, that word In SLU’s only meeting is parity. with Charlotte last year, the Six A-10 teams came out Billikens dropped a tough of nonconference play with 2-1 decision at Robert R. records of .500 or better, and Hermann Stadium. The the rest of the league has rela- potential of the opponents, tively similar records to each which the team will see later other. With the exception of in the year, does not faze the the top six teams, every other Billikens yet, though. squad has posted either one “I haven’t looked too closeor two wins. ly at all the teams in the conThe preseason favorite ference. We’re just focusing Billikens have gotten off to on the next opponent, not trysomewhat of a slow start, but ing to look too far ahead past recent history has shown that Duquesne,” McGinty said. SLU takes its game to another The Bills face Duquesne level when conference play and St. Bonaventure’s this rolls around. weekend. Last season, the Billikens The Dukes come out of posted a pedestrian 5-4 non- nonconference play with a conference record, but pro- 4-3-2 record, tied for secondceeded to rip off nine wins best in the conference. Led in 11 games against confer- by freshman Simon Gomez ence foes. Much like last (six goals), the Dukes looked year, the Billikens played impressive in a 2-1 loss to By BRIAN BOYD Staff Writer
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SLU’s Benny Estes overtakes a Bulldog forward during the Billikens Homecoming victory on Sept. 25.
CALL THE DOCTOR Senior Jimmy Holmes, who scored two goals in the Billikens’ first four games this season, has had his season ended by a recurring knee injury. Holmes took a medical redshirt last year after initially hurting his knee. He is therefore ineligible for a redshirt this season. He ends his Billiken career with nine goals and four assists in three years of play. SLU is also missing junior Mike Roach, who is recovering from a leg injury. No. 15 Michigan State and a scoreless draw with No. 21 West Virginia. The Dukes finished 4-4-1 last year in A-10 play, never playing the Billikens. Next up for the Bills is St. Bonaventure, another squad that posted a winning nonconference record, finishing 5-4-0. Last year the Bonnies posted a 5-4-0 clip in conference play. This matchup marks the first time the Billikens have competed against St. Bonaventure since the 2008 season, when SLU beat the Bonnies 4-0. After traveling to Duquesne and St. Bonaventure, SLU closes out a grueling three-week road trip against Richmond, George Washington and Charlotte. Richmond and GW finished their nonconference slates with 1-7-1 and 2-7-0 records, respectively.
But the Billikens know that there is no such thing as an easy out in A-10 conference play. Last season, the Billikens took out both squads en route to their 7-2 conference finish. The two matches against Richmond and GW precede perhaps the toughest matchup the Billikens will face in the A-10, a date with the Charlotte 49ers on October 22 in North Carolina. Upon their return home on Oct. 26, the Billikens get a break from A-10 action when they square off against University of MissouriKansas City, then host their final four regular season conference games. Temple, Saint Joseph’s, Rhode Island and UMass all head to Hermann Stadium this year to take on the Billikens.
The most intriguing matchup comes against the Rhode Island Rams, who have had trouble living up to their projected fourth-place finish in the A-10. The Rams posted a 2-6-1 nonconference record, failing to live up to the preseason hype. Rhode Island has proven to be a tough out for the Billikens in recent years, though, with SLU squeaking out a 3-2 victory in the first round of last year’s A-10 conference tournament. Temple, who finished 2-5-2 in nonconference play, opens up the A-10 action at Hermann Stadium. Last year, the Bills knocked off the Owls 1-0. Saint Joseph’s notched their first win of the season against Iona, but ultimately finished their nonconference schedule with a 1-7-0 record.
Unfortunately, the Iona win for the Hawks was their first win in two years. The Bills will close out their A-10 season with a game against the Massachusetts Minutemen. UMass, despite returning 10 of 11 starters, has grinded through their schedule up to this point, posting a 1-3-5 record. With such a wide open league heading into conference play, the Billikens are poised to strike. If recent history is any indication, the best is yet to come from this young squad. “We’re just focusing on getting a good result and on ourselves, seeing how we can get better in the long term,” McGinty said. And it all starts with conference play this weekend for the Billikens.
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By TYLER VACHIO Staff Writer
True or false: The St. Louis Blues are the only hockey team in town. False. The Saint Louis University Billikens Club Hockey Team has been playing competitive hockey for 12 seasons as a member of the American Collegiate Hockey Association. As a part of this organization, the team offers high caliber hockey from high caliber players, all of whom are students at SLU. “SLU was always first on my list academically, and once I found out about how competitive the hockey team was, I was sold,” sophomore forward Johnny Moore said. The team has been successful at both the Division I and Division II levels. Over the past 12 seasons, the Billikens have been to three ACHA National Tournaments. The team tries to play between 30-35 games a year while practicing two to three times a week. But the club does not have an on-campus ice rink. The team practices and plays its home games 15 minutes away from campus at Webster Groves Ice Arena, located south of I-44. “The nice thing about playing at Webster Groves is that we have our own locker room that we use for game day operations,” sophomore forward and club treasurer Eric Wendt said. “It is nice being able to keep all of our equipment at the rink and not [have] to transport it back and forth.” The club operates just like any other student organization funded by SLU’s Student Government Association. They have a president, secretary and treasurer, all of whom are players. The team also staffs a team physician, athletic trainer and equipment manager. But perhaps the most shocking aspect of the organization is the Stanley Cup champion on its staff. Head coach Todd Ewen played 11 seasons in the NHL, including seasons with the St. Louis Blues, San Jose Sharks,
By CHAD CARSON Staff Writer
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SLU sophomore Johnny Moore (right) plays center for the Billikens Club Hockey Team. Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and Montreal Canadians. He was known as an “enforcer” in the league, with his most memorable fight coming against Bob Probert as a member of the Blues. Ewen currently ranks 58th on the NHL’s penalty minutes list, with 1,911 minutes in the box. His proudest moment in the league unquestionably came in the spring of 1993, when Ewen lifted the Stanley Cup as a part of the Montreal Canadians. But today, his focus has shifted. Ewen coaches SLU’s club hockey team and works hand-in-hand with the students who make the organization tick. “Heading into the season, our goal was to win the league championship, which is still in reach,” senior goaltender and President Jason Magusiak said. “After that, we hope to perform well in our regional and sectional tournaments, and qualify for the national championship.” The team has had an extremely successful season thus far. The Billikens began their season with a two-game home stand against McKendree University in September. In the first game, freshman Brent Wingerter
led the team with two goals and an assist on the way to a 5-5 tie. In the second game, Wendt scored a hat trick, leading Billikens to a win over the Bearcats. The next weekend, the Billikens traveled to the University of Illinois Ice Arena to faceoff against the Fighting Illini for two matches. On Friday, Sept. 17, the Billikens scored three second-period goals and took the Illini to overtime. Wingerter scored an overtime goal to win the game. Junior Charlie Garavaglia scored two goals and had an assist on Friday night in Champaign. The next day, it was the Illini who responded with an overtime win of their own. The Billikens returned home for a two-game series against Augustana the following weekend. The team took advantage of Augustana’s poor defense and goaltending and had their best offensive game of the season in the first match. Graduate student Justin Petruska had a hat trick for the Billikens, leading SLU to a 10-1 victory. The next day, the Billikens picked up where they left off, scoring 13 goals and only allowing two. Senior Phil Blackwood scored a team
record four goals and had an assist in the game. After sweeping the Vikings, the Billikens move to 4-1-1, with a goal advantage of 38-17. Perhaps the most important game on the 2010 schedule took place on Oct. 1, as the Billikens took on rival SIU-Edwardsville at Webster Groves Ice Arena. The Billikens were put in a quick hole down 4-0 at the end of the first period. Despite a lategame charge, the Cougars held off SLU’s attack to hold on to a 6-4 win. Senior captain Phil Blackwood said that the team “has played well thus far, but has a lot of room for improvement, like any other competitive hockey team.” Looking for ward, the Billikens will travel to the Chicago area this weekend to face the Northern Illinois Huskies. On the remaining winter schedule, games are at home against Lindenwood, Eastern Illinois and Loyola Chicago. The team has remaining games on the road against Iowa, SIUE, DePaul and Missouri State. “The next couple of weeks will show where this team will finish,” Ewen said. “We can win any game we want. [I tell the guys] every game is ours to lose.”
After a Sweet 16 appearance at Nationals last year, the nationally ranked Saint Louis University Rugby club team hopes to advance further into the post-season tournament this year. According to RugbyMag.com, SLU currently ranks eighth in the nation among Division II colleges. Even with such a winning history, what matters to the team is not just winning games but rather “promoting a sport that, for us as a team, is the best sport in the world,” senior team captain Kelly Mercer. But then again, it is even more than that. “Rugby is not just a sport; it’s the biggest fraternity in America,” Mercer said. While Mercer and his teammates have been undefeated in conference matches since 2007 and are capable of winning Nationals this year, the team’s primary goal is to “demonstrate the culture and personality of this unique sport,” Mercer said. The fraternal aspect of the game extends beyond the players and up to head coach Jason Whitton. “Rugby is half on the field, half off the field,” Whitton said. “There is a sense of camaraderie and culture associated with the sport that never changes.” Not only do experienced rugby veterans recognize this important aspect of the game, but it is something that even the newest players pick up quickly. Freshman Jimmy Harrison attributes much of the team’s early success to their “ability to grow together as a team.” Off the field, SLU Rugby participates in several service programs that “provide a community feeling that leads to success on the field,” Whitton said. The team has adopted a child with cancer through a program called Friends of Jacqueline and has partici-
pated in other St. Louis programs, such as St. Baldrick’s and Angels’ Arms. While off-the-field programs have created team unity, on-the-field success will come through a focus on the new players. “We’ve been blessed with a lot of new players who are interested in learning and who have a passion for the game,” Mercer said. “The key to our success will be getting the new players integrated into our team so we can move as one on the field.” While the primary goal of the team members may be to promote rugby, the team is aware of their rare shot at a national title. “Winning Nationals is just a matter of putting in the work,” Whitton said. Although the team faces opponents with larger student bodies and more funding, “we keep winning, and with the talent we have this year, we will keep getting better,” Whitton said. Leading the way to Nationals is a core group of solid upperclassmen, some of whom have had international rugby experience, including senior Matt Strohm. Strohm previously played for the London Wasps, a top-ranked team in England’s highest rugby league. To build on that international experience, the club team hopes to travel to Ireland for spring break, touring the country and competing along the way. “I’m looking forward to the new style of play,” Harrison said. Freshman and first-time rugby player Trevor Hash is also looking forward to the trip, citing it as an occasion “to grow as a player, and more importantly, as a team.” With several wins already, the club begins the journey to Nationals this Saturday with their first cup match of the season against Missouri University of Science and Technology. SLU’s next home match will be on Saturday, Oct. 23 at Forest Park against Washington University.
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Alli Reimer (5) eludes a defender during the Billikens’ match with Loyola on Sept. 19.
Women’s soccer drops two By DAVID MARTIN The Collegian at University of Massachussets Staff Writer
The Billikens women’s soccer team fell to Massachusetts 1-0 on Sunday in Amherst. The loss was the second straight for Saint Louis University, and pushes their winless streak to eight games. The Billikens (1-6-5) could not get much offense going against UMass, as much of the game was played in their own end. UMass outshot SLU 14-5 in the match. Massachusetts goalkeeper Emersyn Pullan picked up her first ever shutout after making two key saves late in the game. Pullan, a freshman, played in her second start, due to the injury of senior Emily Cota. UMass took the lead in the 74th minute of play with
a goal off the foot of junior attacker Meghan Collins. Freshman Lauren Skesavage picked up the assist on the tally when her shot careened off the crossbar onto Collins’ feet. “We really proved ourselves today,” Collins said. “That goal was great, especially since it proved to end our losing streak. Both our offense and our defense [were] really good today, and we proved it by coming out hard from the first whistle.” Saint Louis was able to put up an offensive threat late in the second half in retaliation to the goal, but to no avail. The drive was SLU’s strongest offensive push of the game, with two of their five shots coming in the drive. When asked after the game, Pullan could not be more pleased with the results. “It was a great game,” Pullan said. “It feels great
to get my first collegiate win as a shutout against a strong Atlantic 10 opponent like Saint Louis. It shows that I can really compete, both individually and on a team level, against other tough teams.” SLU goalkeeper Katie Walsh showed defensive prowess, despite giving up one rebound goal. Walsh made four out of five saves in the game. Massachusetts (4-7-0) picked up its first-ever victory against Saint Louis. The Bills also dropped Friday night’s match against Rhode Island in Providence, 1-0. These were the first two conference matches for SLU. The Billikens now return to St. Louis for a four-game home stand beginning this weekend. SLU takes on Duquesne and St. Bonaventure this weekend, then faces Richmond and George Washington over fall break.
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