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M O N D AY SEPT. 29,2003 Vol. 125, No. 15

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Professor uncovers oldest humans


Fossil bones are 34,000 to 36,000 years old

By Liz Neukrich q Contributing Reporter

Artist Squeak Carnwath spoke to the public at the University, but Cadenza’s Carol Ann Welsh dug deeper. Here’s a look at the artist through her own eyes, as well as look back on her career and some of her most interesting works.


WOMEN’S SOCCER The women’s soccer team extends its winning streak to nine games, thanks to a game-winning goal by Meghan Marie Fowler-Finn. Editor Joe Ciolli talks to coach Wendy Dillinger about the players in the backfield that make up the Bears’ solid defense, which has held its opponents to only eight goals so far this season.

Senior Noel Vivar prepares for his show, “The Confectionary,” on KWUR 90.3 FM. He is one of more than 65 students who work for KWUR, which was named best St. Louis radio station by The Riverfront Times.

KWUR best in city Station recognized for programming, efforts to increase wattage By Stacie Driebusch q News Editor

100-WORD LIFE STORY As a child, Lauren Milling’s mother called her “Spike” because she was so energetic that she wasn’t very careful about things. The name returned to her last year when residential advisor Duke Rodda, confused by the presence of two Lauras, made both of them confess childhood nicknames. Hers stuck. Prior to this small embarrassment (which will probably stick for the rest of her Washington University career) Milling earned her BA in English from Vanderbilt University. During her graduate work, Milling was involved with residential life at both Vanderbilt and Belmont University before being recruited by Washington University at a conference.

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cent newspaper recognition will give KWUR momentum in its fight against the FCC and KWMU. “I think that this might be a turning point for the station with all of the difficulty that we’ve been having,” he said. Bortinger also said he hopes the publicity garnered by the RFT article will help KWUR expand its audience. Although access to KWUR over the airwaves is limited, the station is accessible online at The station is also trying to do more to promote itself on campus by bringing hip-hop and rock bands to the Gargoyle. Bortinger said these are usually smaller, unpublicized bands that are still quite good. KWUR also offers a D.J. service that is competitively priced and serves such school functions as Bauhaus. Currently, there are roughly 65 students involved with KWUR. Before hosting their own show, students undergo seven hours of train-

Though KWUR’s signal hardly reaches the South 40, let alone anywhere else in St. Louis, The Riverfront Times (RFT) gave the Washington University student radio station top billing in the paper’s annual “Best of St. Louis” issue. “KWUR is the best radio station in St. Louis precisely because of its contrary nature,” wrote the RFT editors. “A 10,000-milliwatt powerhouse, KWUR broadcasts exactly what you’d expect from a college radio station…a little bit of anything and everything.” Sophomore Michael Bortinger has been a DJ for KWUR since last year, and currently serves as the station’s treasurer. He said the recognition is a testament to KWUR’s commitment to See top-notch programming. “Although we might not have as much wattage as other stations, our programming is on "Although it seems contrary to select a par,” said Bortinger. station that can't be heard more than a mile The RFT also went on to compliment KWUR on its “stand and a half from its transmitter (in Clayton, against the consolidation of the just off the Washington University campus), airwaves.” KWUR (FM 90.3) is the best radio station in Last spring, senior Spencer St. Louis precisely because of its contrary Kathol, KWUR’s general manager, nature. A 10,000-milliwatt powerhouse, and Jim Hayes, media advisor for KWUR broadcasts exactly what you'd expect the Office of Student Activities, from a college radio station: college rock, applied to the Federal Communiconscious hip-hop, Wash. U. sporting events cations Commission (FCC) to expand its broadcasting power from and a full afternoon of classical music on 10 to 100 watts. Kathol said that Saturdays -- i.e., a little bit of anything and they took advantage of a loophole everything. What sets KWUR above all other in the FCC application process, stations (at least this year) is its stand enabling KWUR to use the new against the consolidation of the airwaves. In station application, which would 2003 the station made another fruitless have allowed the station a six drive to expand its broadcasting power from month grace period to set up and a measly 10 watts to a tiny 100 watts, experiment. KWMU 90.7, St. Louis’s Nalosing yet again to the FCC, which has this tional Public Radio station, hownasty habit of kowtowing to the behemoths ever, feared the encroachment of at every opportunity. KWUR fought the Man KWUR’s signal on their own. The and the Man won, but if Cool Hand Luke FCC sympathized with KWMU taught us anything, it's that when George and rejected KWUR’s application. Kennedy smashes your face in, you keep Kathol and Hayes responded getting up because to do otherwise is to by creating a petition signed by admit that George Kennedy is better than roughly 2,500 University students. They are also working on you. And George Kennedy is not better than applying again. KWUR." --From the Riverfront Times Kathol said he hopes the re-


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KWUR: Best Radio Station in St. Louis


Erik Trinkaus, a professor of anthropology at Washington University, helped direct a team of researchers which recently discovered a human jawbone dated between 34,000 and 36,000 years old. The fossil, which is the earliest known modern human bone in Europe, was found in February 2002 in Pestera cu Oase, a Romanian cave located in the Carpathian Mountains. Trinkaus was contacted to aid in research soon thereafter. “The first fossil was found by [recreational] cavers in Romania [who] contacted the director of the caving institution [Institul de Speologie] in Cluj, Romania,” Trinkaus said. “[The institution] contacted cave biologist Oana Moldovan, [who] started searching the Internet and found my name, looked up my resume, and sent me an email.” Trinkaus was contacted because the focus of his research has always been the evolution of the genus

Professor Trinkaus shows off his team’s find.

Nelly lets his Pimp Juice flow WU grad helps develop new product By Sarah Kliff q Contributing Reporter William Wooten, a 2003 graduate of Arts & Sciences, spent this past summer co - creating Pimp Juice. The Washington University alumnus worked with Team Lunatics, a company belonging to St. Louis rapper Nelly, to produce this green apple -flavored energy drink. Wooton, with the help of Demetrius Denim, took the title of Nelly’s hit song, “Pimp Juice,” and transformed the idea into an actual beverage. By way of the Pimp Juice vehicle, word of mouth, and many cans, Pimp Juice has arrived on campus. Current students also played a part in creating the beverage. Sophomores Paul Lee and Josh Feldman, senior Matt Bernstein, and junior Darius Bates interned at Team Lunatics

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Filmboard edits mission Films now shown at Galleria 6 cinemas By Helen Rhee q Contributing Reporter “Cult classic” is the new theme for this year’s student-run Filmboard because, according to group leaders Victoria Caldwell and Stefan Block, it was predicted to draw the largest crowds. In line with this notion, Filmboard plans to show movies such as “The Big Lebowski,” “Fight Club,” “Office Space” and many more. Also, during spring semester, the group has planned special events like an Oscar party.


Every Thursday night at 7:00 p.m., Filmboard offers free movies to students. School buses park outside Liggett Hall near Wohl center on the South 40 to transport students to Galleria 6 Cinema. This year’s theme was decided by votes from group members and executive officers. Senior Block, a film major and president of the Filmboard, said that the theme serves a purpose. “We wanted to start with a theme,” said Block. “The idea was that by organizing the movie around the theme it would give people something to talk about, [and] maybe make films more interesting things that get into people’s conversation.” This year, club members are putting more

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Students watch last week’s Filmboard movie at the Galleria 6 Cinema. Filmboard shows are each Thursday at the Galleria.

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