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MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2008

Earthquake hits Midwest BY PERRY STEIN NEWS EDITOR


This graph shows recent seismic activity. The epicenter of the 5.2 magnitude earthquake that shook the area last Friday morning is marked in blue.

As students slept Friday morning, a 5.2 magnitude earthquake rumbled through Washington University and the Midwest, shaking a community rarely affected by such occurrences. Despite the numerous construction sites on campus, Assistant to the Chancellor Rob Wild said that the University sustained no damage. “On Friday, following the earthquake and the aftershock, we began conducting an inspection of all of our buildings and still at this point have found no damages or reports of major damages,” Wild said. “We’ve done a pretty extensive inspection at

this point and will continue over the next week.” According to the University’s Facilities Planning Manager Bill Wiley, the buildings on campus are up to code and the University was prepared for the earthquake. “We are in the new magnitude area so there is quite a bit of consideration for this,” Wiley said. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the earthquake resulted from two tectonic plates along the New Madrid fault line moving apart. The New Madrid fault line is a seismic zone covering areas in Illinois, Kentucky, Arkansas, Tennessee and Missouri. The earthquake and its subsequent aftershock, of 4.5 magni-

Students and faculty upset over business school tenure decision BY JEREMY ROGOFF STAFF REPORTER Students and faculty have come out to oppose the decision of the Olin Business School to terminate the contract of Tzachi Zach, assistant professor of accounting. “I think it would be very difficult WUSTL IMAGES for anyone to Tzachi Zach say that we are better off as a school without Professor Zach here,” Mark Soczek, lecturer

of accounting and the director of the center for experiential learning in the business school, said. “I would challenge anyone to make that statement.” Despite being widely regarded as an exceptional teacher, Zach, in his sixth year at the University, was denied the chance to pursue a tenured position due to an apparent underproduction of research. “I think collectively the school has made a mistake,” Soczek said. “This is sort of my call to the students that I basically agree with them.” Zach said that his body

of work warranted an extension of his contract and the chance to be considered for tenure in three years, regardless of his teaching record. “When you look at the details, it drives me nuts,” Zach said. While the business school’s policy on tenure stresses the equal consideration given to teaching, research and service to the University in tenure candidates, Zach said that the school’s main metric is a professor’s quantity and impact of publications in peerreviewed journals. Following an article in

Student Life [April 14, 2008] that announced Zach’s departure, a group of four former business school students submitted an article in protest of the decision, and addressed the role of research in the tenure process. “It is the Olin administration’s choice to ignore exceptional teaching and apply such a heavy weight to published research,” Kristin Haggerty, the lead author of the article and a 2006 graduate of the business school, wrote. Emphasizing their oppo-

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Stars come out in the afternoon


Stars singer Amy Millan pumps up the crowd at Saturday’s WUStock on the swamp. The Montreal band, as well as many others, performed in the day-long concert sponsored by CS40, Project Earth Day, The Gargoyle, APO and Eleven Magazine.

W.I.L.D. just got a little bit wilder It’s time to start W.I.L.D. homework. Learn all about George Clintion, this year’s headliner. Also, find out the difference between Parliament and Funkadelic. Cadenza, Page 8

Jumping to victory The women’s track and field team won its eighth straight UAA title over the weekend, led by strong performance from juniors Danielle Wadlington and Alli Alberts. Sports, Page 5

tude, did not originate from the main fault line along the Mississippi River but rather from another area on the fault line called the Wabash Valley Seismic Zone. There are no reported injuries and Dave Overhoff, a geologist with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, said this was not a major earthquake. However, it serves as a warning, and reiterates the importance of researching the New Madrid fault line. “It kind of borders on the small to moderate earthquake, but what it does is increases awareness and makes people realize there is an earthquake threat in the center of the continent, even if we don’t understand how that works,’’ Overhoff

was quoted saying in the PostDispatch article. “People have to understand that threat is there and prepare for it.” Although the earthquake’s epicenter was located in Bellmount in southeastern Illinois, 127 miles east of St. Louis, most students felt the shocks of the earthquake. Sam Kentor, a freshman from Texas, said he was frightened by the violent shaking that woke him up at 4 a.m. “My only experience with earthquakes was with ‘The Land Before Time.’ I thought my dorm was going to fall into the depths of the earth,” Kentor said. Katy Southworth, a freshmen

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Researchers examine a key risk factor for Alzheimer’s BY JOHN SCOTT STAFF REPORTER Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine have spent four years working to determine what effects a specific protein can have on Alzheimer’s brain plaques, a key risk factor for the disease. An estimated five million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s, a disease that destroys brain cells and causes people to develop memory and behavior problems. John Cirrito, research instructor in neurology and lead researcher of the study, said that the study, published in the April 10 issue of the journal Neuron, has been underway for 1.5 years. The topic has been studied for four years. The team of researchers examined amyloid beta, a protein derived from amyloid precursor protein. Buildups of amyloid beta can create plaques in the brain that lead to a variety of problems including death of brain cells, eventually contributing to Alzheimer’s disease. According to Cirrito, scientists have been trying to determine what regulates the protein’s production. Cirrito said that amyloid beta affects two key areas of the brain, the cortex and the hippocampus. The cortex is responsible for cognitive functions while the hippocampus controls memory. The plaques inhibit the functions of these areas, leading to the symptoms indicative of Alzheimer’s disease. “Before [the plaques] kill the cells, [researchers] think they’re making neurons fire incorrectly,” Cirrito said. The study targeted a cellular process known as endocytosis, a process in which cells absorb materials from their surroundings by pinching off a section of their membrane. Production of amyloid beta is linked to both endocytosis and communication between brain cells. In the study, stopping endocytosis decreased the level of amyloid beta by 70 percent.

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According to Cirrito, the function of amyloid beta and its precursor are still unknown. Endocytosis, however, is a necessary function for nearly all cells in the body. Therefore, it is very difficult to inhibit the process without causing harm to the cells, so treatments must be specifically targeted. “It may be possible to inhibit [amyloid precursor] endocytosis specifically, not going after all endocytosis, by finding selective drugs that will only affect [amyloid precursor protein], which then would presumably lower amyloid beta production,” Cirrito said. Cirrito said the method used in the study would not be feasible for human treatment of Alzheimer’s disease because the methods in the study required that drugs be inserted directly into the brain. “It involved [the researchers] putting something inside the brain, which I don’t think is feasible [for humans],” Cirrito said. The best chance for successful treatment comes with carefully targeted inhibition of endocytosis, Cirrito said. “Hopefully in subsequent experiments, instead of going after the hammer approach of hitting all endocytosis, we [could block] very select kinds of endocytosis,” Cirrito said. Cirrito said that there are still several questions that need to be answered through further research, including what causes the proteins to form plaques once certain levels of buildup are reached. “We know that high amyloid beta levels make it more likely that it’s going to aggregate in these plaques. We don’t know why these levels would increase at some point in the progression of Alzheimer’s disease,” Cirrito said. Although much is unknown about amyloid beta, according to Cirrito, scientists want to find ways to keep its levels as low as possible to reduce the chance of it forming into plaques.

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MONDAY | APRIL 21, 2008

Wash. U. Mock Trial team successfully finishes season

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The Washington University Mock Trial Program strongly finished this year with two teams placing in the top 10 at the 2008 American Mock Trial Association National Intercollegiate Mock Trial Tournament. The tournament, featuring 34 teams, was held in the Lake County Courthouse in Waukegon, Illinois from March 14 to 16. The successful results at the national tournament were characteristic of the program’s performance throughout the entire season. The Washington University Mock Trial team (WUMT) had one of the most victorious seasons in the country this year, participating in 11 intercollegiate mock trial tournaments and earning four first-place finishes and 14 top-five finishes. According to junior Bran-

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don Harper, president of WUMT, the tournament was one of four national intercollegiate tournaments across the country. “We sent two teams, with eight competing members in each team. Obviously, they did very well,� Harper said. “All in all, it was a really good experience for all of us and a very successful season.� “[The season] was very competitive, but I think we really developed and grew as a team,� sophomore Fernando Cutz, WUMT director of recruitment, said. “We went from being a smaller team of 20 people to 28 people.� Despite the recent increase of team members, Harper said that WUMT is still on the lookout for new talents. “We continue to draw large crowds at our information sessions. We are looking to bring in new members and to recruit many talented, enthusiastic members for next

year,� Harper said. While arguing in front of a judge for mock trial may be an obvious benefit for students considering a career in law, Harper said that it is also a great chance for theater students to act as witnesses and those with other specialties to lend their expertise. “We need people who can convince others during a trial by portraying a role, whether as a witness or doctor,� Harper said. “We are looking for people who can fill all of these areas so we can have the most competitive team as possible.� Although most of the tournament weekend is spent in a debate environment, Harper said that there is plenty of time for interaction with other teams from all across the country. “[When we go to a competition], we often stay in hotels with other teams or are on flights with other teams. There’s also time be-

tween rounds to get to know one another,� Harper said. “I know there are some people on the team that have really strong relationships with people from other teams.� WUMT is coached by Jessica Bernard, an associate in the Kansas City office of the law firm Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP, with the help of assistant coach Brian Shank, an associate in the firm’s St. Louis office. Both coaches studied as undergraduates at the University, and Bernard is also a 2004 graduate of the School of Law. Warren J. Davis, an assistant dean in the College of Arts & Sciences, is the team’s adviser. For students interested in participating in WUMT, there will be information sessions held during orientation in August and after the fall activities fair.

tried to portray,� Zach said, referring to comments made by Dean Mahendra Gupta in last Monday’s article that stated Zach did not produce enough research to have his contract extended. “Was there an effort to make people aware of [my] contributions in other dimensions? No,� Zach said. When asked to comment on Zach’s tenure situation for this article, Gupta wrote in an e-mail, “I have nothing further to add at this point.� While Gupta made the final decision to release Zach, the process began with an evaluation of Zach’s work by the accounting department and a subsequent recommendation to the senior faculty, who ultimately would

vote on his future at the school. Zach, too, echoed the sentiments of the alumni in wanting to involve students in the process. Saul Kopelowitz, a senior and former teaching assistant for Zach, thinks the business school’s decision sends a clear message to the students. “The administration is blatantly saying that the students’ input is inferior to consideration of faculty research,� Kopelowitz said. “They’re saying the research mission is their priority over educating students.�

With additional reporting by Kat Zhao.

ZACH v FROM PAGE 1 sition, the alumni created a Facebook group titled “Olin School of Business needs to rethink its priorities.� The group currently has 100 members and invites people to express their disapproval by writing to the chancellor. “I thought he was the best teacher I had at Wash. U. by far, not even close,� sophomore Ryan Grandin said. “I think it’s tough to judge a person only on the numbers of papers they write. Professor Zach has had a significant impact on some students and is the reason why some kids are accounting majors.� Zach Freedman, a junior accounting major, met Zach as a prospective student at the business school’s spot-

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light weekend. “I think the business school is trying to get their name out there and trying to enhance their image among students,� Freedman said, “and Tzachi Zach is one of the biggest draws for people.� Zach, who will begin working at Ohio State University in the fall, said that the amount of research he yielded, if judged today and not in January when the decision was made, would have resulted in an extension of his contract. Since the tenure decision, two of Zach’s articles have been published in top-tier accounting journals. “It is not a case where one could say that Zach didn’t do anything, like the dean

EARTHQUAKE v FROM PAGE 1 living on the South 40, said the noise of her door banging woke her up, rather than the actual earthquake. “I didn’t realize it was an earthquake until I went to class and we talked about it in class,� Southworth said. According to the Web site of the Washington University Police Department (WUPD), in preparation for an earthquake students should secure appliances and shelves and remove any heavy objects from shelves above head level. Students should also locate beds away from windows and heavy objects. During earthquakes students should remain calm and, if indoors, should go under a table or bed or stay in a narrow hallway. If outside, WUPD advises students to move away from buildings, wires, trees and utilities.

ALZHEIMER’S v FROM PAGE 1 “If high levels are bad, then let’s keep levels as low as possible. We don’t know why it increases, but we know we want to keep it low,â€? he said. The study answers questions about how important amyloid beta was to Alzheimer’s disease. “We did ďŹ nd that most of the [amyloid beta] that gets produced in the brain relies on endocytosis,â€? Cirrito said. “At least 70 percent of the [amyloid beta] that’s made is because of endocytosis. We knew that endocytosis played a role, but we didn’t know to what extent. It’s a major player.â€? Cirrito said that further research will probably try to determine what regulates endocytosis, especially as it relates to amyloid beta. Many drugs already on the market target the interactions between nerve cells, so Cirrito said that those drugs will be studied to see how they inuence amyloid beta levels. “Just about every psychiatric drug out there that people take affects a neurotransmitter system somehow. How do those types of drugs play into the system of Alzheimer’s disease? â€? he said.

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WU chapter of Invisible Children hosts fashion show BY STEPHANIE WONG CONTRIBUTING REPORTER Washington University’s chapter of Invisible Children, a nonprofit organization that promotes peace in Uganda, hosted a fashion show Friday night at Ursa’s. The event raised money and awareness for the group and attracted about 70 students. The organization showed a documentary about the conflict before and after the show. “I first saw the documentary ‘Invisible Children: Rough Cut’ when I was in high school. The situation in Uganda is really bad, and the film made me want to get the word out,” sophomore Andrew Hoekzema, a member of the University’s chapter of Invisible Children, said. The chapter was founded two years ago by Raymond Huang. This will be the chapter’s second annual fashion show, and the organizers said they plan to both entertain and educate students who come to see the show. “We’re showing the documentary to make them aware of the hardships in Uganda and we will be selling totebags and t-shirts to raise money for the cause. But since the topic is really depressing, which makes it difficult to get large groups of people together, we’re doing it in the context of a fashion show,” junior Michellanne Deutsch, who is in charge of the fashion show, said. The Invisible Children movement was created in response to the problem of

children being kidnapped and forced to serve as soldiers in northern Uganda. In 2003, three young filmmakers from southern California went to shoot a documentary in Sudan. After finding themselves in Uganda, they became aware of the Lords Resistance Army’s rebellion against the government. Children, especially orphans, were at constant risk of being kidnapped by the Lords Resistance Army and many families were forced from their homes. “We’ve got two main goals,” Hoekzema said. “To promote peace in the region and to redevelop the area so that people can go back to their lives. Everything fell apart, so we need to get displaced families back to their homes and schools running again. ” While the fashion show was free, Deutsch said there were clothing items with the Invisible Children’s printed logo available for people to purchase. “We’ve even got handpainted baseball caps from last year,” Deutsch said. “They’re limited edition.” Chapter members have been preparing for the fashion show since before spring break, working to obtain clothes and to train the models. The models walked along a walkway, posing in two or three places to show off the clothing. “I called basically every boutique in St. Louis, asking them to loan clothes to the show. They were so generous and wonderful to work with.


Freshman Alice Gu walks in a fashion show with other students at Ursa’s on Friday night trying to raise awareness for Invisible Children. And they are all unique, trendy, youth-oriented and fashion-forward,” Deutsch said. The boutiques were all small St. Louis businesses, and considering their small sizes, their generosity was impressive, Deutsch said. Four boutiques—Femme, Boutique Chartreuse, Daisy Clover and Lori Coulter—lent four or five outfits each. One shoe company, Bronx Diba, made all of its shoes available to the nonprofit cause. Deutsch, who is in charge of the fashion part of the event, is excited to be working on a fashion show that is low-stress and is for a good cause. “I’m a fashion major, so I just love the clothes and getting people dressed up. We’re not being judged, so this is fun to organize. And though I’m fine with pandering to the masses and trying to make clothes to sell, it’s

nice to work for the situation in Uganda. This show isn’t about the money,” Deutsch said. Deutsch was also one of two emcees at the event and commented on the clothes and their material while another Invisible Children member discussed the conflict in Uganda, to increase awareness among students. “My vision for Wash. U. is that people recognize the power they have to be agents of change for Uganda if they become aware of the situation,” Hoekzema said. “Invisible Children supports the area by political action and through money. Already there has been progress in Uganda, and many of the displacement camps have disappeared, but ultimately we’d like to see stability.”

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if the group has very specific short-term goals that will allow for the achievement of longterm goals, students will be able to attribute successes to SCI and continue to stay involved with the group even after some of the current leaders graduate. To achieve this, SCI needs to set specific benchmarks for itself and for the administration. What tangible effects should we be seeing on campus in the next few months as a result of the group’s efforts? How about the next few years? How will we, as a campus, know that we have reached the underlying goals of SCI as a campus? In order for SCI to become an established, effective group, we need to know how to measure their successes. In the same vein, SCI currently has very few student members. In order to take on such a big and important project as promoting civic engagement on campus, SCI will need to make sure to include

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more students in its efforts. With some of the already-small group’s members graduating, SCI needs to plan ways to recruit students ro increase its size. A larger group will ensure a larger campus presence for SCI and its dedication to civic engagement will last for more than a few years. We only offer these criticisms because the underlying goals and motivations of the SCI are so important to the lives and experiences of students at Washington University. We hope to see the SCI grow and impact the University community in many tangible ways, especially in emphasizing the importance of local, as well as national, politics. Promoting civic engagement is vital to our campus, and all students have a vested interest in its success. We hope SCI will work toward setting specific, measurable benchmarks and goals for itself and for the administration so that it will succeed in its mission.



Stop forcing out the best professors BY ALEX NEUMANN OP-ED SUBMISSION


s a first-year student at Washington University, I am not supposed to be noticing trends. I am supposed to be adjusting to college life and all the rigors and joys that come along with it. However, in just my two semesters here, I have witnessed disappointing incidents that hint at a greater overall problem with the University’s policy. As a prospective Economics major, I was very excited to take introduction to political economy, or microeconomics, last semester. Assistant Professor Charles Moul taught this course. His engaging style made it fun to navigate material that was at times tedious. Not only did Professor Moul’s students have fun, but we also learned. He was able to compel me, a student sometimes too lazy to even buy his course books, to read every chapter of the textbook as well as every handout he gave us. Professor Moul captured the attention

of a 100+ student class in a way that I have seen few other lecturers do. In fact, for his immense ability as a lecturer, Professor Moul has won numerous teaching awards. However, Professor Moul was recently denied tenure and will be leaving soon for a position at Miami University in Ohio, his alma mater. The professors whom I have talked to about Professor Moul’s failure to obtain tenure suggest that his research was the deciding factor. This semester I decided to venture into the business school, as I was excited about pursuing finance as another possible major. In my fi rst business school class, I encountered Tzachi Zach, assistant professor of accounting, a constantlyengaging lecturer. My friends at some of our peer institutions have told me that their respective financial accounting classes were “the most boring class ever” and “sleep-inducing, at best.” However, Professor Zach was able to capture his class’s attention in a way I

have only seen demonstrated by Professor Moul. His lectures take what many consider to be a boring subject and turn them into a full-on accounting party. Class attendance is high not only because Professor Zach knows all of his students by name from the fi rst day of class, but aslo because students are able to learn in the academic environment that he creates. Unfortunately, Professor Zach was recently denied tenure, and research was again cited as the reason for the decision. These two assistant professors, both award-winning teachers, are shining examples of the lecturers that Wash. U. students want. We want professors who are engaging, witty, intelligent and articulate. We want professors who will stay after class discussing the intricacies of their field without once checking the clock to see if they are late for a meeting. It is never a bad thing when you encounter a teacher who compels you to attend every class and to diligently study the material.

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Student Civic Initiative needs specific goals sion that spurred the group’s formation) the University will continue to deny SCI requests while still claiming to support the broader goals of the group. In order to make sure the administration will truly work to incorporate SCI goals, the group needs to take specific requests to administrators to see whether these requests will be upheld. SCI needs to ask what specific, tangible steps the administration is willing to take. Students need to know if the administration has committed to the SCI platform in such a way that they can hold administrators accountable. The lack of detailed, tangible plans also puts the future of SCI in jeopardy on a basic level. Given that SCI has taken on such a large project, and one which has been taken up in some ways by other student groups and Student Union, it will be difficult to measure the specific impact that SCI has on the University at large. But,

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argely in response to the University denying Barack Obama’s request to speak on the Washington University campus, a group of students formed the nonpartisan Student Civic Initiative (SCI). The group’s mission is to get students involved in politics by getting them to vote, discuss politics and interact with candidates. The group will take a leadership role in finding nonpartisan ways for candidates to speak on campus. While we fully and enthusiastically support the mission of SCI, in order to ensure that the group’s goals become a tangible reality, some changes need to be made. SCI has gotten off to a great start by meeting with members of the University administration. SCI members say these meetings have been positive and the University supports their vision. But even if administrators say they support the vision, we worry that in specific situations (like the Obama deci-

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However, we have come up against an obstinate University that, in its quest to be recognized as a top research university, has lost sight of its own students. We, as students, should be the University’s focus. Our tuition, which recently increased by more than five percent, makes up a large part of University revenue. I, for one, would like my tuition dollars to go to the hiring of more teachers like Professors Moul and Zach—teachers whose passion and dedication for their fields is reflected in the many students who have chosen to emulate them by pursuing careers as accountants or economists. Not once have I sat in one of their classes and wondered whether the $40,000 we pay each year to attend this University is going to waste. But, if the University continues to follow this trend of forcing out some of its finest professors, perhaps it is time to reconsider. Alex is a freshman in Arts & Sciences. He can be reached by e-mail at

make for great entertaintheists and ment and important plot Christians may developments. But they not have much in are stereotypes nonethecommon philoless. sophically, but they do Some might disagree have this to share: Both with me that Christians tend to get the shaft when are portrayed in it comes to poputhis way. There are lar media portraycertainly counterals. examples, but my The typical argument is about onscreen atheist is a tendency, not a broken-spirited a certainty, and cynic. She may the tendency is to have been a beconform to these liever in the past, stereotypes. but an unbearable Others might personal tragedy Bill Hoffman say that the has darkened her stereotypes are accuoutlook and shattered her rate—Christians really are faith. stupid, crazy and humorRarely will you see a less! To be sure, there are non-believer on film who plenty of stupid, crazy has arrived at an optimisand humorless Christians tic atheistic worldview around, but to paint with through her own reason such a broad brush is unand agency. Instead, her fair and irrational. atheistic beliefs are forced A more subtle (and upon her by circumstancslightly more reasonable) es beyond her control. variation of this view is As PZ Myers, a professor of biology and a that only some Christians prominent atheist says, behave this way, and it “The acceptable atheist is these Christians who is the one who has faced are being mocked in the so much tragedy, whose examples I gave above. No life has been damaged by need for a Christian to be cruel fate to such a degree offended then, unless he that his declaration that is himself stupid, crazy or there is no god is underhumorless. Hopefully the standable.” way I have characterized Myers wrote this after this view should make its seeing “I Am Legend,” implausibility painfully which features Will Smith obvious. as one of the few surviIt is as absurd as claimvors of a plague that has ing, as Rudy Giuliani did, wiped out most of humanthat the normal majority kind and turned all but a of Muslims should realize tiny fraction of the survithat they are not the tarvors into vicious, zombieget of rants about “Islamolike monsters. When he fascism,” so they need not later encounters another take offense. Both of these survivor who shares her views tar entire groups belief in God with him, with negative associations, he angrily recounts these and both are unacceptevents and declares that able. God cannot exist. I expect that some will A similar portrayal is accuse me of ignoring found in Mel Gibson’s perthe plight of other more formance as an ex-priest disadvantaged groups in M. Night Shyamalan’s and wonder why I bother “Signs.” Gibson’s character defending atheists, and loses his faith after his especially Christians, who wife’s death in a car acform a majority in this cident and her seemingly country. Let me be clear— arbitrary dying words to of course it is much hardhim (“Swing away”). er in America to be a black Atheism, then, is like person, a gay person, a a deep wound, always unMuslim or a woman than fortunate and never to be it is to be a Christian. But celebrated. Atheist charmost of you, enlightened acters are rarely found in college students that you movies, but when they are, are, already realize this, they almost always conand I’m writing for Stuform to this stereotype. dent Life , not USA Today. Christians don’t fare And as Nicholas Kristof much better. While not of the New York Times has quite as narrowly pigeonpointed out, “[Christian holed as atheists are, none evangelicals] constitute of the multiple stereoone of the few minorities types of Christians is very that, on the American f lattering. In movies and coasts or university camtelevision, Christian charpuses, it remains fashacters are typically either ionable to mock.” This is stupid, crazy, humorless consistent with my experior some combination of ence at Wash. U. the three. The beliefs and arguThink of the uptight ments of atheists and Angela from “The Office” Christians are fair game or Ann Veal from “Arrestfor respectful criticism. ed Development” (humorBut character traits are less), Freakshow (the guy not beliefs and tarring with the hideous boils) them with negative stefrom “Harold and Kumar” reotypes is unfair and (crazy and possibly stuunjustifiable. pid) or Eli from the recent “There Will Be Blood” (toBill is a senior in Arts & tally insane). Don’t get me Sciences and a forum ediwrong—these are all great tor. He can be reached by shows and movies, and the e-mail at forum@studlife. stereotypes they employ com.




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Track excels atvWomen UAAswin, men take 4th BY JOHANN QUA HIANSEN SPORTS EDITOR


Junior Alli Alberts jumps at the meet on April 5. She took first in the javelin throw with a final toss of 36.53 meters at this weekend’s UAAs, which set a new Haydon track record.

Women’s tennis takes third at UAA Championships BY JOHANN QUA HIANSEN SPORTS EDITOR Washington University’s women’s tennis placed third at the UAA Championships, bouncing back from a 2-1 deficit in doubles play to defeat the University of Chicago 6-3. The Bears entered singles play after winning only one doubles match against New York University in their opening match. “Our doubles is always really close and it’s improving,” freshman Kalee Cassady said. “Our singles always comes through. We’re right there.”

Wash. U. then cleaned up in singles with four wins to defeat NYU 5-3 in the quarterfinals. Freshman Karina Kocemba led in the second singles but the game was left unfinished after her teammates won their singles. Kocemba teamed with classmate Jaclyn Bild to win the only doubles match against New York. With the win, the Bears advanced to the semifinals where they fell to eventual UAA runner-up Carnegie Mellon University 7-2. It was a tough battle for the Red and Green as the last four matches went to three sets.


Freshman Karina Kocemba hits a ball in the April 19 UAA semifinal match against Carnegie Mellon. Kocemba and her partner, Allison Dender, won their match, but Wash. U. fell to Carnegie Mellon 7-2.

Sophomore Allison Dender and Kocemba teamed together to pull off the only doubles win in the number three slot while freshman Elise Sambol won the only singles match in the number six spot against Carnegie Mellon. Sambol prevailed in a spirited rally, dropping the first set 1-6 before coming back to take the second and third 6-3 and 6-4. “It was a challenging match,” Sambol said. “It was mentally challenging because it required a lot of mental patience.” According to Sambol, as she looked up she saw several of her teammates engaged in three-set battles. “I thought we could pull it off,” said Sambol. “We all wanted it.” Cassady took her match against Carnegie Mellon’s Ashley Herrick to the wire, winning the first set 6-4 before falling 7-5 and 7-6. Kocemba was also engaged in a tough fight but fell 7-5, 2-6 and 6-4 against Carnegie’s Jennifer Chui. “We were so close in the end,” Cassady said. “Those matches could have gone either way.” Wash. U. faced a familiar foe in Chicago after playing them twice before. “We knew we could beat them,” Kocemba said. Wash. U. defeated them the last time they played against each other to take third at the Midwest Regional Invite. The tandem team of Kocemba and Bild were the only pair to prevail in doubles as they sweated out the narrow 97 win. Down 2-1 after doubles play, Wash. U. was not worried. “We’ve been in that situation a lot,” Kocemba said. “We know singles is our strength.” The Lady Bears built on their momentum as Kocemba, Bild, Dender, Cassady and Sambol won each of their singles matches. “We’re deeper than most teams,” Kocemba said. The Lady Bears dispatched each of their foes with straight sets. The No. 14 Bears will now wait for news on their postseason fate, which will be announced on April 28.

The Lady Bears took the track by storm to win the UAA Outdoor Championship title, while the men’s team placed fourth. “It was so great because Chicago beat us in indoor [UAA conference championships],” junior Alli Alberts said. “We hadn’t lost conference in such a long time. It felt great beating Chicago on their home turf.” Wash. U.’s women’s squad retained its title for the eighth straight year. “We haven’t lost ever,” junior Danielle Wadlington said. “Everybody was focused and organized.” Wadlington was everywhere, leading the way for the Red and Green by taking the UAA title in the triple jump and the 100-meter hurdles. Wadlington automatically qualified for nationals in the triple jump with a 12.02 meter fi nal and had a provisional qualifying time of 14.91 in the hurdles. Wadlington also placed third in the 100-meter dash and second in the 200-meter dash. “She scored around 50 points by herself and placed in the top three in the events she ran,” Alberts said. “If they let her warm up for other events, she could have scored even more points.” Alberts took fi rst in the javelin throw with a fi nal toss of 36.53 meter, which set a new Haydon track record. Alberts also took second in the high jump after a tough jump off. “It was more about scoring

team points,” Alberts said. Classmate Caitlin Molloy took the UAA title in the 400meter hurdles while sophomore Allison Lee fi nished third in the same event. Junior Jessica Lane took second in the pole vault, falling in a jump off with the eventual UAA champion from Emory. Wash. U. excelled in distance and team events taking fi rst in the 4x800 and 4x400 relays. The 4x800 relay squad was made up of freshman Vie Duncan, sophomores Kate Gallagher and Molly Schlamb and senior Angela Hartman. The 4x400 squad was composed of juniors Erika Wade and Wadlington, Schlamb, and Hartman. Senior Tyler Mulkin took fi rst while classmate Kate Pentak took fourth in the 10,000meter run. Mulkin also took second in the 5,000-meter run, provisionally qualifying for nationals in both events. Senior Abbey Hartmann provisionally qualified with a second-place fi nish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11:11.46. Freshman Taryn Surtees came in third with a season-best time of 11:16.64. Hartmann also fi nished second in the 1,500-meter run with classmate Lisa Sudmeier coming in third. Schlamb took second in the 800-meter run with Sudmeier fi nishing a close third. Junior Tanner Coghill powered to a fi rst-place fi nish in the 400-meter hurdles, provisionally qualifying for nationals with a time of 53.22.

Freshman Scott Pettit took the men’s pole vault while classmate Ben Harmon won the long jump. Harmon provisionally qualified with his 7.08-meter jump. “It felt great to come out in outdoors and show that I can take conference,” Pettit said. Pettit fi nished third in Indoor UAA Championships. Sophomore Keith England took second in the javelin throw; classmate Iboro Umana was runner-up in the 400-meter dash and senior Jesse McDaniel fi nished third in the 5,000-meter run. The 4x400 relay squad also took second. “We left it all on the track,” Pettit said. The Bears will compete at the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Cougar Open on Saturday.

Red Alert T-shirt swap Red Alert will be sponsoring free Ben and Jerry’s ice cream and a T-shirt swap at the Men’s Tennis match against NAIA opponent Lindenwood University on Tuesday at 4 p.m. Red Alert will give students who donate another college’s shirt a free Washington University shirt. Lindenwood is on a 13-match winning streak and is 19-1 this year.

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The Washington University club roller hockey team competed in the 2008 National Collegiate Roller Hockey Championships on April 9 in Colorado Springs, Colo. in the Division II tournament. BY JOSHUA GOLDMAN SENIOR SPORTS EDITOR On April 9, the Washington University club roller hockey team traveled to Colorado Springs, Colo. for the 2008 National Collegiate Roller Hockey Championships. The team competed in the Division II tournament. “Coming into the season, we did not know what to expect since we lost a lot of seniors to graduation. We went beyond expectations across the board. We received a bid to the Nationals that we weren’t expecting,” junior Craig Markovitz, the team’s goalie and president, said. While the team went 0-4 in the tournament, losing to eventual champion Neumann College, Sam Houston State University and twice to Elon University (Phoenix), the team finished off a strong season with a combined regular and postseason record of 11-11-1. “The fact that we made it [to Nationals] with such a young

team was really great. The guys will continue to improve and grow more confident…The talent is there,” senior Andrew Stern, the captain of the team, stated. “A lot of the teams played more of a run-and-gun style. We have more of a slow-itdown, defensive style of play. It’s a matter of experience. Now that we know these things, we can practice for that next year,” Markovitz added. This year’s trip marks the fourth straight to nationals for Wash. U. The team finished third in the nation in 2005. The 11-6-1 regular season put the Red and Green in fourth in the Great Plains region, 10 points behind regular season champion Missouri State University. The team opened the year on a five-game winning streak but ended the season with seven consecutive losses. Though the team never beat Missouri State, it tied a Feb. 10 contest with the No. 2 team in the nation, which proved to be

one of the highlights of the season. “With 47 seconds left, we tied the game. It was really a win for us since we showed we could compete with anyone,” Stern said. Stern led the team in points with 37, followed by sophomore John Harvey with 31 and junior Alex Tint with 30. Tint led the team in scoring with 22 goals while Stern led in assists with 19. Freshmen Jonathan Wald, Daniel D’Amico, Joe Tutro and junior Doug Hyde recorded double-digit points this season, finishing the year with 17, 14, 13 and 13 points respectively. Markovitz averaged 3.73 goals-against over the regular and postseason, and he recorded two shutouts in the regular season against Western Illinois University and Southeast Missouri State University. With the team virtually intact next season, Markovitz thinks that they will, “possibly compete for a national championship.”


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Spring Fun

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The year is coming to a close, and soon, many students will be heading home or abroad, missing all of the events that St. Louis offers during the spring and summer.

Well, not all of them. Some spring celebrations have already started, and others will begin soon. Between the stress of exams and summer preparations, taking a break to check out St. Louis’ seasonal offerings could be the perfect way to unwind.

Twilight Tuesdays at the Missouri History Museum When stress starts to get overwhelming, heading over to Twilight Tuesdays at the Missouri History Museum is an excellent option. Pack a picnic dinner, grab a blanket and take the short walk from campus to Forest Park to enjoy a free outdoor concert in the warm evening weather. The first show will be on April 29 at 6:30 p.m., but for those staying in St. Louis over the summer, there will be concerts every Tuesday until June 10. The season will open with the local jazz band The Bosman Twins.

‘Dinoroarus’ at the St. Louis Zoo Also in Forest Park, the St. Louis Zoo opened its newest exhibit, called “Dinoroarus,” this past Friday. For anyone with the tiniest bit of kid in them, the life-sized animatronic dinosaurs and the fossil dig are definitely worth the $3 admission fee. However, that fee can vary. People willing to wake up early can get in free from 9 to 10 a.m. If you’re in the mood for a more intense experience, the 3-D motion simulator charges $4 for a wild ride. Big spenders can pay $5 for a Dino Pass that includes admission and the simulator ride.

Six Flags

30 miles southwest of St. Louis

Some people may not be willing to get in touch with their inner five-year-olds, but that’s okay. Six Flags recently opened for the year. Washington University students will need a car to get there; it is about 30 miles southwest of downtown, off of I-44, but the St. Louis location of this famous amusement park is home to the Screamin’ Eagle, which the Guinness Book of World Records once named the world’s fastest roller coaster. The $45 entrance fee is pricey, but thrill-seekers have to try this park while they have a chance.

Jazz at the Bistro

If screaming your lungs out on a roller coaster seems like a little too much, then more mellow, sophisticated entertainment can be found at Jazz at the Bistro, a restaurant and jazz club on Washington Ave. near the Fox Theater. Jazz at the Bistro is not seasonal, but its shows only come every so often, so it’s a good idea to take advantage of their few remaining performances before school ends. The Ray Brown Tribute Band will play from April 23 to April 26, the St. Louis Jazz Orchestra will play on May 1 and artist Erin Bode will take the stage on May 2 and 3. Doors open at 7:45 p.m. for the first set of each show at 8:30, followed by the second set at 10:30. Tickets for students are either $10 or $15, depending on the show.

on Washington Avenue

For those looking for something a bit more unusual, the city of Alton hosts a few haunting tours each spring and summer. The first tour this year will take place on April 26 at 7 p.m. Alton is supposedly one of the most haunted cities in America, sporting a long history of murders, plagues and mysterious happenings, including the first penitentiary in Illinois, which was abandoned and reopened again as a Confederate prison. The drive is long, and the $20 charge is a little steep, but who would turn down the chance to see a real ghost?

Haunting tours

in Alton, Missouri

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W.I.L.D. GGeor orge Cl Clin getting W.I.L.D. with George Clinton Brown. His songs stand on their own as some of the best funk ever produced; his live concerts are freewheeling and extravagant. And this weekend George Clinton and the Parliament-Funkadelic are coming to W.I.L.D. to showcase their greasy and grooving funk. The saga that is George Clinton began on July 22, 1942 in Kannapolis, N.C. But his musical interests began forming when he was living in New Jersey as a youngster. Clinton originally formed “The Parliaments” as a doowop group. They even had a small hit in 1967 with “I Want to Testify.” Then, because of arguments with the record label, George Clinton formed “Funkadelic” which became the main outlet for his musical experimentation. The band released seminal rock albums like “Maggot Brain” and “Free Your Mind… And Your Ass Will Follow.”



he unforgetable chant “Bow-WowWow Yippie-YoYippie-Yay” have graced the mainstream music scene for the last 15 years. Whenever one thinks of the laid-back rap style (and other habits) of Snoop Doggy Dog, these words are often the first that come to mind. But Snoop Dogg’s signature song is not exactly unique. It is one of more than 25 songs that samples from George Clinton’s “Atomic Dog,” a 1982 funk masterpiece that has been used by, among others, Dr. Dre, Ice-T, Ice Cube, Public Enemy, Redman and 2Pac. The deep funk, better known as P-Funk, pioneered by George Clinton and his various bands, has made him the second most-sampled artist in hip-hop after James

Keyboardist Bernie Worrell began playing with Funkadelic in the early 1970s. He soon became one of the most essential components of Funkadelic. Working with George Clinton, they developed the trademark synthesizers and well-orchestrated horn parts of P-Funk sound. Two years after the addition of Bernie Worrell, Bootsy Collins joined Funkadelic. Collins was famous for playing bass with James Brown, and his contributions were essential to Clinton’s ensembles during the ’70s. Between 1970 and 1974 Funkadelic released five albums including “Cosmic Slop” and “America Eats Its Young.” In 1974 Clinton decided to reform Parliament, which would develop a more mainstream sound. Between 1974 and 1980 Parliament released a slew of albums, definitive examples of the slow, hard-grooving

funk for which Clinton is still famous. Albums such as “Mothership Connection,” “Clone of Dr. Funkenstein” and “Moter Booty Affair” have been so consistently sampled by rap-artists that many tunes have become ubiquitous without ever charting as singles. Parliament excelled at producing albums that worked as a single unit and some of their best songs were more than six or seven minutes long, which made them untenable as singles. Fortunately, Clinton was not content with having Parliament as his only musical outlet. Even though Parliament was producing the more mainstream music that helped him achieve widespread fame, Clinton had not abandoned Funkadelic. The band continued to release albums throughout the 1970s, focusing on less-mainstream funk-rock.


George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars will bring their massive stage show to the Quad this Friday at W.I.L.D.

George Clinton



Essential Play Li List

George Clinton has put out dozens of funk-tastic jams throughout his career, but some tower above the others as absolute classics of P-Funk. Here’s a list of some classics you should know for Friday’s concert, lest you face total embarrassment in your ignorance.


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Some of these songs and albums are fabulously funky, and some don’t quite hit the mark, but each is an interstellar example of a wonderfully-whacked P-Funk title.


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helped propel the album into a permanent place in the funk lexicon. By the mid 1980s Clinton had reunited with many of his former band-mates and began to tour and record as “George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars” (which would eventually evolve into “George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic,” which is the incarnation of the band that is playing at W.I.L.D.). After “Computer Games,” Clinton’s popularity waned for most of the 1980s. Few of his records made the R&B charts, and he produced little material that was considered noteworthy. It was not until the early 1990s that Clinton began to regain his stature as one of the pioneers of funk. This led to the resurgence in his popularity that still exists today. Clinton’s second rise in popularity grew from the fact that P-Funk became the basis for a new rap style called G-Funk. Developed by Dr. Dre during the 1990s, G-Funk uses the slow, hard beats from P-Funk. Dr. Dre’s first solo album “The Chronic” is, in essence, a collection of slower, rap-fueled Parliament and Funkadelic samples. The album was a massive success and reintroduced the public to the grooves of George Clinton. Many of Dr. Dre’s disciples, who used his Parliamentbased G-Funk, include Snoop Dogg, Warren G, Nate Dogg and Tha Dogg Pound. These artists helped the music of George Clinton reach millions of Americans throughout the 1990s. Hip-hop’s greatest artists pay homage to Clinton by sampling his songs and have earned his music, if not success, then at least recognition with a new generation of listeners. The saga of George Clinton will continue Friday night on Brookings Quad, where his band is the headliner of W.I.L.D. They play wild and uncontainable live shows that leave audience members mesmerized.

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They hit their musical peak in the late 1970s, releasing one of the most cohesive and powerful albums of Clinton’s career: “One Nation Under A Groove.” Its powerful funk lines and refusal to conform to the standard notions of funk hit a chord with the American public. It was Clinton’s first album to go platinum and is considered to be a masterpiece of Funk. Unfortunately, the momentum that was sustained by both Parliament and Funkadelic began to unravel in the early 1980s. Clinton dissolved the Parliament collective in 1980 and Funkadelic recorded its last album in 1984. This did not stop Clinton’s momentum, at least initially. One of his first solo albums, 1982’s “Computer Games” was a huge success. In particular, the song “Atomic Dog,” which featured drum machines and synth lines,


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Student Life | April 21, 2008  

THE INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER OF WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS SINCE 1878 Students and faculty have come out to oppose the de- cision of t...

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