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University to aid hurricane victims By Liz Neukirch Associate Editor In response to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Washington University is providing financial aid to affected students and organizing a campus-wide fundraising initiative to benefit the American Red Cross. Students and practicing physicians at the University’s School of Medicine will also be providing

healthcare services for evacuees of the disaster as they arrive in St. Louis throughout the week. As of yesterday, over 200 students from schools affected by the disaster had inquired about taking classes at the University. Chancellor Mark Wrighton said the University estimates that it may enroll as many as 75 of these students. “As you might imagine, if you were in the same circumstance, you’d be contacting more than

one institution and trying to find the right place at the right time,” said Wrighton. “I think one of the important challenges for students wishing to come here is that we’re already underway with classes… If a student doesn’t become enrolled with us sometime this week, it’s very hard to catch up. It’s a pretty rigorous curriculum.” For this reason, the University is urging interested students to make a decision promptly if

they wish to attend. Wrighton noted that many institutions on the East Coast and in California don’t start classes until mid-September, which would be an easier transition for students who are not ready to make definitive plans. Students who decide to attend classes at the University will be enrolled as ‘visiting students,’ enabling them to take night courses through University College as well as day courses

offered through the University’s other colleges. Wrighton said that the University is trying to provide a setting for students who wish to continue their education, not trying to recruit them to transfer into the University’s degree programs. “We’re trying to accommodate the students’ needs and interests at the same time, not undermine the ultimate wellbeing of institutions where they may be degree candidates,” said

Wrighton. Members of Student Union (SU) will be working to help welcome and acclimate these new students, some of whom are freshmen who have yet to go through a college orientation. The University will be providing emergency financial aid to both the new students as well as returning students affected by the hurricane.

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Residential Life swaps keys for swipe cards By Sarah Kliff Senior News Editor

St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa watches as Boston Red Sox shortstop Edgar Renteria (right) embraces his former Cardinals teammate Reggie Sanders before a game between the Sox and the Cardinals. La Russa will kick off the Assembly Series today at 11:00 a.m. KRT CAMPUS

LaRussa to lead off in the fall Assembly Series lineup Cardinals coach speaks on “realities of life in Major League Baseball” By Jeff Reul Contributing Reporter While driving toward the best record in baseball and a possible return trip to the World Series, Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa will make a brief stop at the University today to kick off the Fall 2005 Assembly Series. Without giving too much away, LaRussa offered a few hints at what his speech will cover. “It will be a combination of

comments about finding an edge in whatever you are seeking, and I’ll touch on how to mix information and people and the realities of life in Major League Baseball,” he said. With the Cardinals on the fast track for a return trip to the playoffs and the World Series on everyone’s mind, LaRussa shared some thoughts on Major League Baseball and the World Series. “It’s different stages, or levels, of what you seek,” he said. “The first goal is to reach the Major Leagues. The World Series is what you dream of as a kid. It’s the culmination of the biggest dream you can have. You should try to reach the biggest dream possible as long as it’s realistic. Push yourself to the extent of your potential.”

LaRussa will sign copies of the Buzz Bissinger book “Three Nights in August: Strategy, Heartbreak, and Joy Inside the Mind of a Manager” at the campus bookstore today from 9:45 a.m.–10:30 a.m. “Three Nights in August” chronicles what it is like inside the mind of a baseball manager, in this case Cardinal skipper La Russa. La Russa’s speech will follow the book signing at 11 a.m. in Graham Chapel. His visit is sponsored by Chimes, a junior honorary society. “Three Nights in August” is available for sale in the campus bookstore. Proceeds from its sales will benefit the Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF), cofounded by La Russa. For more information, visit

In an effort to increase the security of Washington University’s residential buildings, the Office of Residential Life has started a fiveyear project of replacing key locks with swipe-card access locks. With the new system, students use swipe cards rather than keys to enter their rooms. The swipe card, which does not contain any information regarding the door that it opens, unlocks the student’s apartment or suite door and his or her personal door. The anonymity of the cards makes the system safer, according to Scott Wagganer, facility and services coordinator for the ResLife. Wagganer said the new locks “help to make students secure in the environment that we’re in.” The cost of key replacement has also decreased, with the University charging $25 for replacement swipe-cards rather than the $190 cost of re-keying a lock. According to Wagganer, they also disallow users to make duplicates. “Keys can be copied and duplicated but these [swipe cards] cannot be duplicated,” said Wagganer. Dean of Students Justin Carroll noted that the replacement effort has been a long time in the making. ResLife began researching the locks in the 2003–2004 school year. After deciding upon the Schlage Campus Lock, they installed the new system in one Millbrook apartment as a test run. Over the summer, ResLife began using the locks in the Millbrook Apartments,

Buildings 9 and 10, Koenig, Danforth, Shepley and Wheeler. “We’ve been looking at it for several years, motivated primarily by enhancing security,” said Carroll. “Card access seems to be the direction the University is going in. We decided it was a safer thing, that’s foremost.” ResLife plans to install the new swipe-card locks in all residential buildings over the next five years to spread out the cost of the project. Both Wagganer and Carroll would not comment on the exact figures, but Carroll noted that the cost was “not inexpensive” and that he knew “the project is significant.” While ResLife began installing the system this summer, some students have already discovered defects with the new lock’s design.

The new locks can be broken into with the simple swipe of a credit card between the door and the doorframe. Using an expired phone card, students found they could access their Millbrook apartment quicker by “carding” between the door and the door jam rather than by the two or three swipes of a key that it typically took to open the swipe-card lock. Carroll said he was unaware of the defect and began taking steps to address the problem on Friday. Carroll still sees the locks as enhancing safety and convenience, noting that “if you really work at it you can get into any room. But overall, it is more secure. I can’t say that someone can’t devise a

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Sophomore Matt Drobak swipes into his dorm room in Wheeler. The dorms in the William Greenleaf Eliot Residential College are some of the few campus locations to receive the new swipe card locks.

Kings of Crunk set to shake up campus for fall WILD By Elizabeth Lewis Staff Reporter The Kings of Crunk are coming to Wash. U. Team 31 has announced that the popular hip-hop group Lil’ Jon and the Eastside Boyz will perform at fall WILD on Sept. 23 in the Brookings Quadrangle. Some of the group’s bestknown songs include “I Don’t Give a Fuck,” “Put Yo Hood Up,” and “Get Low.” Lil’ Jon has also performed with other well-known artists, such as Usher in his hit song “Yeah!”. Junior Anjan Tibrewala, co-chair of Team 31, is excited about the group they picked to headline the concert and believes that WILD “should be a good show.” He hopes that Lil’ Jon and the Eastside Boyz is a “good name that people recognize.” The innovative group, which features Lil’ Jon, Big

Sam, and Lil’ Bo, hails from Atlanta, where they are known as the torchbearers to a hip-hop movement called “crunk.” According to the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, the word “crunk” is a portmanteau of “crazy” and ‘drunk.’ Crunk rap “is a mix of repetitive chants and drum machine rhythms...The delivery of the lyrics, as with other Southern rap, is based on rhythmic bounce and is very effective in clubs.” Tibrewala noted that Lil’ Jon and the Eastside Boyz’s performance isn’t the only activity taking place on the Quad. Team 31 will provide pizza and host a barbeque from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. He urges everyone to “get there early if [they] want food.” The Quad will open at 4:00 p.m., and the show will start around 5:00 p.m. Activities will be provided in Bowles

Plaza from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., along with infl atable games and free pizza. “Students should get involved and work behind the scenes. More student groups should get involved with daytime activities,” said Tibrewala. There will also be an event called Second Stage, which is a chance for student musicians and bands to play. For bands that wish to perform, Tibrewala suggests that they “just sign up or send a tape.” As for the other acts that are scheduled to perform at WILD, Team 31 will not decide until this Friday. Overall, students seem excited to see Lil’ Jon and the Eastside Boyz headlining WILD. Will Thomas, a sophomore, said, “I think that’s hip!” Sophomore Ben Macon shared the same enthusiasm. “I’m excited that he’s com-

ing,” said Macon. “He brings a lot of energy to his concerts. The things he says get the crowd pumped up.” Senior Jarrett Cabell was impressed by the big name act that Team31 was able to bring to campus. “That’s big,” said Cabell. “I think it’s cool to see how Wash. U. landed a big name, even though I’m not terribly excited about seeing them.” Junior Caroline Broome was a bit less enthusiastic. “I’m not very musical,” she said. “I’ve heard that Lil’ Jon has done a lot of collaborations. He sounds like a sideshow.”

Lil’ Jon attends the 18th Annual Soul Train Music Awards in Los Angeles, Calif., on Sat., March 20, 2004. Lil’ Jon and the Eastside Boyz will perform at fall WILD later this month.



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Iraqis conclude constitutional deliberations WU professors comment on the “complicated” situation By John Hewitt Staff Reporter Yesterday, Iraq’s parliament finished deliberations on a new constitution that will serve as a foundation for the country’s new civil authority. Although full copies will not be available until Thursday, the text is unchanged from the draft of last week. A referendum will be held on Oct. 15 to approve the constitution. The document enjoys little support from Sunni Iraqi political leaders, who argue that Shiite and Kurdish political factions will have too much power. The draft document was supposed to be finalized by Aug. 15, but too much was left unresolved at that time and the process was extended. In a press conference on Aug. 12 from his ranch in Crawford, Texas, President Bush said, “The establishment of a democratic constitution is a critical step on the path to Iraqi self-reliance. Iraqis are taking control of their country. They’re building a free nation that can govern itself, sustain itself and defend itself.” Victor Le Vine, a professor

emeritus of political science at Washington University, is studying the situation. “It’s very complicated,” said Levine. “You can’t expect a constitution like ours. Our constitution is an extraordinary model; in any case, it’s rare that you’ll get something like this. The usual kind of constitution is too long, too complicated, too diffuse—and to get something like we got is nothing short of a historical miracle... but you get the best that you can under the circumstances, but you hope that there’s enough there to build on it and to keep the country stable… “If they get a permanent government, that will at least have much more legitimacy than the government in office right now, which is transitional under transitional rules. What we’ve had is three constitutions already.” Article two of the draft constitution has been one of the greatest sources of controversy among Western commentators, who claim that it is contradictory by the standards of secular democratic constitutions. Some say that it abandons the promotion of women’s rights in Iraq, which is one of the arguments that the American administration has used to support their enduring presence in the region. According to the Associated Press translation, the


beginning of the article reads as follows: “1st—Islam is the official religion of the state and is a basic source of legislation: (a) No law can be passed that contradicts the undisputed rules of Islam. (b) No law can be passed that contradicts the principles of democracy. (c) No law can be passed that contradicts the rights and basic freedoms outlined in this constitution.” “The body of Islamic law in question is the Shi’a version... and it’s pretty open. There’s no way of knowing if this is like the Council of Guardians in Iran,” said Le Vine. Fatemeh Keshavarz, associate professor of Persian and comparative literature and chair of the department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages and Literature, believes that women can win economic, political, family and educational rights under a system that uses Islamic law as legislative foundation to certain extents. She argues that Iraq may follow a path similar to that of Iran, whose system government is heavily in-

fluenced by Shiite Islamic law, as Iraq’s is sure to be according to the text of its constitution and its demographic makeup. “Although there are things in Iran that I disagree with, I think the situation of life for women in Iran has improved dramatically in the past 20 or 30 years,” said Keshavarz. “What I would predict is that most probably in Iraq, too, things will

follow the same way more or less that happened in Iran. There will be, in general, a reaction to the extremism and [Iraqi women] will just have to continue to correct their course of action. There might be some initial hardship for Iraqi women to face —I don’t know if that will be the fate of Iraq... but it’s something they have to do for themselves.”

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By John Hewitt Staff Reporter Alphonso Jackson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, spoke to Washington University students and faculty in a surprise visit to the Swamp Saturday. Student Life conducted an interview with Secretary Jackson on the subject of his department’s response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. STUDENT LIFE: What’s the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s #1 priority in the immediate aftermath for the victims of the disaster? SECRETARY JACKSON: It’s three phases. The first phase right now is with Homeland Security. That is to safely evacuate as many people as we can to put them in stabilized shelters for the next zero to three weeks. During the second phase—during that period of time—is to give them transitional housing, because they can only stay in shelters for really no more than

three weeks at the most and try to find churches, faith-based organizations, someone’s homes that are willing to take them. At the end of that period, we have an agreement with the U.S. Conference of American, the National County Association that on Wednesday I will announce with the Secretary of Homeland Security at the request of President Bush that we have 20,000 units within the 500 mile radius that are willing to take families that want to relocate. Now, it’s important to understand—this is the most difficult thing to understand—families are not going back to New Orleans any time soon. At best, maybe a year for those areas that are affected. And that’s important to understand, because there are a number of things that have happened. First of all, the flood came—but that’s not the devastating part. The devastating part is that animals died—human beings died, mosquitoes have become a problem. We’re going to have infectious disease. So even when the water recedes,

it’s going to take us 60–90 days to go in and clear everything to make sure we desanitize, disinfect so no diseases will spread. SL: How will the relief funds be distributed, physically distributed? JACKSON: First of all, the relief funds are going directly to the Red Cross and the Salvation Army. We have phenomenal people who are working. We don’t necessarily need people; we need funds. SL: Okay. How are people going to be matched up with temporary housing in the future? Right now the government Web site —FEMA says to use Craig’s List. Will the government be setting up their own program for matching people with temporary housing? JACKSON: We will. Those people in the shelters —those people that we move. Now we have a problem in some sense. The Web site there is called 1-

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Hurricane hits close to home By Helen Rhee Staff Reporter


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For Lainie Turkish, a freshman from New Orleans, the school year started off with unexpected surprises. After her parents helped her move into her room on campus, they returned to New Orleans, only to discover that they had to evacuate to a different place. “The hardest part is not knowing what is in store for us when we do get to return home,” Turkish said. While the devastation of Hurricane Katrina shocked the nation, for University students from the New Orleans area, the disaster has been especially painful. This week they found themselves shuffling between classes, all while waiting for word on the status of loved ones and struggling to deal with the reality that they might not be able to return to the place they once called home. Turkish’s father is a doctor in New Orleans. He was origi-

nally supposed to stay in New Orleans to assist with new patients but had to be evacuated when the hospital closed down. Her family still does not know the whereabouts of her uncles, aunts or grandmother, who lived in a nursing home at the time of the storm. She noted that the support of friends and well-wishers has helped her through this difficult time. Since the storm, she has received e-mails from her RA, her fellow residents and her professors, all asking if she is okay. Turkish lived in Metairie, located in the uptown of New Orleans. One of the levees was located at the end of her street. Junior Michelle Hall’s house is located in the West Bank section of New Orleans, near the Mississippi River. As of now, she is not sure about the condition of her house. “I am not sure about my house. As far as my extended family, they live near lower ninth ward, their houses are completely under water,” said Hall.

All of Hall’s family members are safe and sound. They managed to evacuate New Orleans before the storm hit the region. “My immediate family members evacuated to Baton Rouge. They are waiting to see what is going to happen.” She has two younger brothers, both scheduled to start 11th and 12th grade. Now, she is uncertain as to where they will attend to finish their remaining years of high school. When the news slowly came, documenting the aftermath of Katrina, she found comforts from the Harambee Christian Ministry at the University. “I have a support system here at Wash. U. They have asked me if I needed anything; they will be there fore me,” said Hall. Erica Jones, a sophomore, is from the Lake Bullard region of New Orleans in the eastern part of the city. Luckily, her family evacuated the region before the storm came. Her grandfather,

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JACKSON v FROM PAGE 3 800-LOVE-17—I think that’s what it is right now for the Red Cross for people to call in. So we will know what their housing needs are. At that point in time, we will try to work with them. First to get them stabilized to make sure that they have furnishing, make sure they have clothing. Now, the one point that we’re still working on is jobs. And this is the critical point that we are facing right now. Many of the persons in the shelter around the country right now think that they will be able to go back to their homes in 60, 70, 80 days. And I don’t think that it is likely that that is going to occur.

SL: Sir, will there be some sort of Habitat for Humanity–type reconstruction plan where people are given funds to help rebuild homes elsewhere and given living wages, things like that? JACKSON: We will have living wages, but we will have Habitat for Humanity involved but the federal government, the President is committed that we are going to rebuild the coastal Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana. And yesterday we had the Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, Sen. Thad Cochran, and the Chairman of the Housing Committee, Chairman Shelby, with the President, and we

KEYS v FROM PAGE 1 way around it. Its intention was to increase the security.” Students have additional concerns regarding the differences from the old lock system. Junior Ben Pasquier sees the door’s inability to remain closed and unlocked as a flaw in its design. “I think that you’ll get students who will leave their doors open,” said Pasquier. “If I were a freshman, I would leave more doors open since you can’t leave it closed and unlocked. If you get on a floor with a lot of through traffic and you have more open doors, then you have a security concern.” Pasquier, a resident of the Millbrook Apartments, also sees the move as an amount of distrust in students. “They’re taking on your personal responsibility instead of making sure that you protect your own stuff,” said Pasquier. “They’re doing it for you.” His roommate, senior Josh

Faust, agreed that students with the new swipe-cards would be more likely to leave doors ajar. “If you have people coming over and want to leave your suite door open, you have to have it actually open,” said Faust. “Before you could’ve kept it closed.” One resident of the Millbrook Apartments reported putting duct tape over his lock, allowing him to leave his door both closed and unlocked. However, Carroll suggested that leaving a door closed and unlocked is equivalent to leaving it open and gives students a false sense of security. “It’s deceiving,” said Carroll. “That’s what has already been done in older buildings and kids come back and their laptop’s gone…I hope that those who judge it as an inconvenience see that our purpose wasn’t to make it more difficult but to make it a safer place.”

made, we began to make that commitment that the President last night at 9:00—we were all in the room—would sign $10.5 billion... that’s only the beginning. We’re looking at a $100-billion disaster that has happened to this country. And the President is committed that we are going to rebuild those communities. SL: People have been talking about the racial issue—is it the fact that many of the affected, that many are minorities, is that affecting the relief effort, where the money’s going and how it’s, and how it’s ----JACKSON: I would tell you absolutely no. The President, Chairman Chertoff, myself—I wouldn’t care if the people were green. The most important issue is that we evacuate people. And I think that it is misleading and it is disingenuous on the press to press that. There are a number of people both Asian.... the largest community hit in Bay St. Louis, Missis., were Asians... no one has said that they were totally wiped out. But to zero in just on black Americans when there are a lot of white Americans in New Orleans, it’s strictly the same problem. They [are] enhancing the racial issue. It is not a racial issue. It’s an issue of having the resources to wade through the waters. The biggest problem that we face is that had we not had the flooding, we wouldn’t have a problem today. You could not anticipate the flooding... that’s the biggest


problem. We couldn’t get to the people; that’s the biggest problem. SL: In the immediate aftermath, are you going to encourage mortgage companies to relax standards for loan documentation? Many have lost their proofs of income and identification. How is that going to be handled? JACKSON: That is already happening. What we have said— anyone who has a standard mortgage, anyone who has an FHA mortgage, Ginny Mae mortgage, a Fannie Mae or a Freddie Mac—we have insisted that first of all they not be charged their monthly note. Second of all that until the President assures that they are back on their feet, they should not be charged. SL: Just one last question. Since the price of building materials is going to go up so high—is that going to be taken into account in the amount of relief funds that are going to be spent? JACKSON: The President said yesterday when he was in New Orleans—New Orleans will rise again and Alabama, Mississippi—it doesn’t matter how much it costs. Money is not the issue. The issue is to put the people’s lives back in order. So that they can leave in decent, safe—an environmental free life. For a complete transcript of Jackson’s speech, visit www.

HURRICANE v FROM PAGE 3 who remained in New Orleans during the storm, was among the first people to be transported to the Astrodome in Houston, and the rest of her family is safe and sound in Atlanta, anxiously waiting for the news that they will be able to return to their home in New Orleans. Jones remarked that although her immediate family members were able to evacuate safely out of the region, she had not heard from her more distant family members. She fears that some of them might have been killed during the storm. “My family is dealing with it okay. It’s hard to be displaced from home. They are staying with relatives. For me it’s unreal. It’s hard to be separated from my family,” said Jones. “I have grown up all my life in New Orleans. Part of living in New Orleans is that you always expect that the city might get flooded one day.”

She noted that she would cherish the photos, keepsakes and other irreplaceable belongings, adding that friends, classmates and others have been very supportive since the storm. “I am lucky,” said Jones. “I could have asked for nothing more. But some students have been insensitive to others; they have made comments such as ‘would Mardi Gras still happen?’ It is sort of upsetting.” All four students have received e-mails from Chancellor Wrighton, their Residential College Directors and other University officials, offering services and assistances for those affected by the storm. None of them know the condition of their home, though as of now, they are just relieved that most of their loved ones are safe and sound.

VICTIMS v FROM PAGE 1 Campus bands together to raise funds, provide health care In addition to aiding students directly, the University is organizing a community-wide fundraising initiative to benefit the American Red Cross. At a meeting last Friday, over 150 students, faculty and staff gathered to brainstorm potential programs, which ranged from throwing a school-wide party to packaging school supplies for elementary school students to holding a large-scale raffle where prizes would include a year of undergraduate and graduate tuition. One group suggested a weeklong series of events similar to the University’s Sesquicentennial celebration, which might incorporate all of the ideas brought up at the meeting. The fundraising program, which will be the University’s main volunteer effort, is being co-chaired by Director of Community Service Stephanie Kurtzman and SU President David Ader. While no definitive decisions have been made, announcements will be posted on the volunteer Web site that has been set up at Student groups can submit information about any individual volunteer event they are planning, and it will be posted on the site. Despite difficulties updating the site over the weekend due to problems with the ResTech server, Kurtzman has received many submissions and hopes to have all updates available online today. “Nobody has a roadmap for this. We’re just trying to figure it out moment by moment, what’s the best way to build on the energy of the campus, help it flourish, and see good things happen and help promote them,” she said. Kurtzman noted that she intends to keep the individuals at Friday’s meeting posted on future planning meetings as more definitive plans are made. Dr. Godwin Ogbuokiri and his family, who were living in New Orleans when the hurricane hit, were invited to the meeting to speak with people afterwards about their experi-

ence. While Ogbuokiri agrees with the University’s decision to donate to the Red Cross, he feels there are other more direct steps that must also be taken. “I think the Red Cross is very good because they can address both immediate and long-term problems,” said Ogbuokiri, whose family is currently living with his daughter, a student at the School of Medicine. “But individuals can still do things at their own level because definitely there are going to be families moving in, there are going to be [students] still trying to get admission to schools outside New Orleans, and they need help. They can be helped. They need the help now.” Kurtzman said Steve Hoffner, executive vice president of Quadrangle Housing (which owns the University’s offcampus housing), is committed to making sure incoming students have a place to stay. Wrighton said the University has already accommodated a number of first-year students through extra on-campus housing as well as assisted “a good fraction” of incoming upper-class students from outside St. Louis through offcampus housing. Kurtzman also noted that plans are underway to add an additional space on the site for members of the University who wish to connect with and host a survivor of the hurricane. In addition to the University’s efforts to assist displaced students, practicing physician faculty members and students at the School of Medicine are providing healthcare services for hurricane evacuees as they continue to arrive in St. Louis throughout the week. “The medical school, in collaboration with others, is involved in assisting people who are displaced from the affected regions,” said Wrighton. “I don’t know exactly the logistics of it, but there will be physician services and health needs provided… and it will [include] people who are in the education process.” The Department of Health and Human Services first contacted the School of Medicine last week about the possibility of providing services to survivors of the hurricane.

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Hurricane relief: let’s move faster on this


n reaction to the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina, the University’s administration initially seemed to have the right ideas with regard to its efforts. The chancellor sent out an e-mail last Thursday detailing a number of ways the University community could help, which ranged from giving to the Federal Emergency Management Agency to aiding potential visiting students affected

by the storm’s destruction. The e-mail also alerted different student organization representatives of a meeting Friday where a Universitywide hurricane relief effort could be discussed. Since that meeting, unfortunately, the University’s efforts have dwindled significantly. The meeting’s main focus was raising funds for the Red Cross. In addition to this choice being an inherently political one, it showed

a lack of concern for how the University community at large wanted to help victims of the hurricane. Furthermore—and more problematically—little has happened since this meeting. There has been no word of a second meeting, despite the e-mail list that was collected Friday specifically to keep students informed of the University’s efforts. The administration must move more quickly when re-

sponding to a disaster such as this. Students are most willing and excited to help with relief efforts right now, in the wake of the storm. The University also needs to come up with a more detailed and efficient plan for collecting the funds raised by these student groups. Currently, there is no clear plan, which leaves significant room for error and mismanagement when dealing with these funds. At

Life’s a gas – until prices rise By Nick Loyal Staff Columnist


’m a 19-year-old college sophomore. I like dark rum, good music and existential conversations with my friends about the aesthetic nature of the Scooby squad that carry on until 3 a.m. I am the future of the nation, I am the master of my own destiny and I am dirt, dirt poor. Ordinarily, this wouldn’t be that much of a problem—but recently I gained possession of an automobile that handles more like a Bradley than a BMW and gets about as many miles to the gallon as something that was designed to lay siege to the walls of Stalingrad. And all of my friends have this one little thing that they need to have moved. Having a car in college seems like a great gift during your freshman year. It brings social possibility, an adventurous spirit and, most importantly, the ability to get off campus for an hour or two after you’ve spent seven hours in a dungeon memorizing the bonding properties of nitrogen. And for these

reasons, automobiles are a privilege that I wholeheartedly appreciate. However, it should be known that for the week following move-in, your precious baby (or old, beat-up Buick) will be filled with the oddest assortment of cardboard and steel that you will ever see. I’m pretty sure that UTrucking has some sort of graft agreement with Parking and Transportation Services because after carrying your third fridge half a mile from brown-permit parking to Wheeler, you will curse the dolly-filled U-Haul that pulled up right outside its door and whatever corruption allowed it to exist. The biggest problem with a car in college, though, echoes back to the financial. Last week, immediately before the effects of Hurricane Katrina had shockwaved into Missouri, I filled up with eleven gallons at $2.69 a gallon. That was half of a tank. Gas has gone up since then, and it doesn’t show any signs of stopping. The price of oil (even in a low-cost-of-living environment like the Midwest) has gone up to so high a level

that I don’t want to drive myself to Target to buy detergent. Suddenly my grand ideas of road tripping to see my friends at different schools have gone flying out of my gas tank, and even a 45-minute drive home is turning into a $25 trip. Granted, I shouldn’t be complaining. The Red Line is still free. But the concept of a car in general now seems shackled by the weight of the fuel within it. For the first time, I wish I drove some little 55-mpg hybrid. And trust me, for someone who learned how to drive in a 1993 Ford Explorer, that’s big statement. And who knows, tuition might go up again next year just so that the half-mile drive to Schnucks won’t require federal funding. The sad thing is that this doesn’t look like it’s just going to go away. Gas has been rising since I was fifteen and there were only two digits on the sign at the Shell station (three for premium). Congress passed an energy bill last month that didn’t address rising prices, Katrina has shut down pretty much every refinery on the Gulf

Coast and my family still drives four SUVs. My dad always used to tell me about how he could only fill up his Pinto on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the ‘70s, and I dare say that a situation such as that could repeat itself. Only, you know, with fewer Pintos. Having a car in college is a major step in responsibility—both personally and financially. And it’s something that every student must weigh as to its worth. Do you want to pay that much for gas? Do you really need more than one car per suite? Do you really need to go on a beer run every day? Personally, the freedom of my big black Bradley is a ticket to escape from the stresses of the daily grind. My roommates will just have to deal with that when they pay me to drive them to sushi. Nick is a sophomore in Arts & Sciences. He can be reached via e-mail at naloyal@artsci.wustl. edu.


happens, the children will need to be given e-mail addresses, and when school-issued e-mail addresses come, the Facebook will follow. The first Facebook drama will quickly ensue. Six-yearold Alvy Singer will cause a riot by being the first male to proclaim his interest in women, thus declaring his willingness to get cooties. All of young Alvy’s classmates will summarily avoid Alvy like the

Daniel Milstein plague, and Alvy will become a social outcast. This will lead to Alvy becoming very neurotic, manifesting in his relationship with a woman named Annie turning into an Oscar-winning movie. And you thought it was bad when a person hides his or her previously “single” status, throwing into question whether or not that person is actually in a relationship. After kindergarten, the Facebook will go in an opposite direction and land at retirement homes. However, it

might be troublesome until a generation of computer-literate senior citizens arrives. There could be a venerable coup when Morty Seinfeld inadvertently rejects Jack Klompus’ friend request, resulting in Morty being impeached as condo board president. By this time, a currently secret Facebook arena will be common knowledge: the three branches of the government. Previously, a series of Facebook wall messages about duck hunting between Justice Antonin Scalia and Vice President Cheney launched Justice Scalia into a major controversy. Just last week, President Bush joined the Facebook as part of the executive branch and was shocked to see that Scalia listed his political views as “very conservative” instead of “moderate,” which is supposed to be standard for all Supreme Court justices. After seeing this, Bush left a message on Judge John Roberts’ wall, cryptically writing, “its urs.” This was right above another note left by Bush on Roberts’ wall in June. The June posting said “CONGRATS” and included a drawing of a naked woman composed entirely of letters and other symbols found on the First Computer. Daniel is a sophomore in Arts & Sciences and a Forum editor. He can be reached via e-mail at

community is so ready and willing to help. On a campus notorious for its “bubble,” the reaction has been strong and enthusiastic thus far. Hopefully, the whole school will be able to work together to fully take advantage of these efforts so that those who truly need help will receive it.


Don’t let them make you a victim Dear Editor: Over the course of my faculty career at Washington University, I have been generally encouraged by the decline in the number of students who are smokers. However, in the last few years, I have noticed that smoking seems to be becoming fashionable again on campus, a trend that I find deeply disturbing. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, smoking costs the U.S. economy over $90 billion a year (this makes it comparable to the expected economic impact of Hurricane Katrina), and it kills over 400,000 Americans every year. This is more than 100 times the number of people who died in the World Trade Center bombing! For my money, this makes Phillip Morris a much more dangerous threat to the United States than Al Qaeda. Talk about an axis of evil!

Moreover, the United States is relatively fortunate when it comes to smoking. In other countries that lack the restrictions on advertising that we have here, smoking is much more prevalent. When I have traveled to Europe and the Far East, I have been amazed to see how common smoking is in countries that lack our consumer protections. The tobacco industry cynically exploits the deeply addictive nature of nicotine to get people hooked and make them victims for life—a life that is made substantially shorter by their products. Don’t let these merchants of death make you a victim. If you don’t smoke, don’t start. Don’t even think about it. If you do smoke, stop—right now. If you have friends who smoke, talk to them about quitting. Let’s eliminate this deadly scourge. Lives depend on it. -Jon Turner, Henry Edwin Sever Professor of Engineering

How I spent my summer vacation

The Facebook invasion ike a pandemic, it’s spreading. Faster than the lines at Bear’s Den, it’s growing. Then again, it’s not exactly news that Facebook elitism is everywhere. With Washington University being one of the first fifteen or so schools on the Facebook, students here may have felt a little irked when schools like St. Francis NY—the Fontbonne of Brooklyn—were added to the Facebook and, in some weird, perverted way, given equal standing with our top11-ranked University. This was probably even the case at schools such as Harvard in the three months between the creation of the Facebook and the addition of our University to the online directory. Now that the creators of every college student’s favorite stalking tool have come out with a high school version, even casual elitists are getting a little annoyed. Alas, this column isn’t about the pros and cons of Facebook elitism. It’s about scooping News’ crack team of Facebook journalists and maybe even the Facebook creators themselves. I know where the Web site is going next: kindergarten. The progression to kindergarten is still a while off. Currently, most kindergartens do not give their students e-mail addresses, but it’s only a matter of time before five– and sixyear-old kids will be going to for their initial schooling. When that

this point, perhaps a better option would be for student groups to raise their own money and donate it where they see fit, rather than unnecessarily relying on the University as a middleman. This would give students greater freedom with the money they have raised and also eliminates a seemingly useless step from the process. Ultimately, what is important is that the University


may have missed out on a lot of things this summer, but one thing I’m glad I did skip was fetching coffee for Johnny McCEO at Kiss My Ass Incorporated. I interviewed for internships at ABC, MTV, NBC, etc. I finally ended up accepting a position close to home at the St. Louis Regional Arts

Molly Antos Commission on the Loop. When I told people where my internship was, no one was overly impressed; fostering culture in the greater St. Louis area is certainly not in the same ballpark as producing “The Real World.” I believe that my experience, however, surpassed a big-name company internship. Just a few of the minor perks of this job were having my own cubicle complete with phone and computer, being on a firstname basis with the staff (as opposed to the blank stares and

“hey you”s that may occur in a larger company) and free tickets to numerous plays, operas and musical events throughout the summer. More important, at such a small business, it was necessary for the interns to take on actual work, and we were entrusted with high-priority jobs. There’s no better way to gain experience in high-pressure office situations than to be right in the thick of things. Deadlines, finely detailed editing and picking up the slack of irresponsible organizers all allowed me to catch a sliver of a glimpse of what life after college might actually be like. Living in my own apartment and actually having to grocery shop definitely contributed to my encroaching adulthood. I almost cried when the first electric bill came. We have to pay to turn the lights on now? What is that about? I guess the only way to learn how to be an adult is just to jump right into it. Another fabulous life hurdle I got out of the way this summer was getting fired for the first time. More importantly, I got fired for pretty much no reason at all. Nothing like having your employment terminated for wearing a pair of green shoes to teach you a lesson about life not being fair. Since this was my last sum-

mer as a college student, I spent a lot of time thinking about what I might potentially be doing at this time next year. I got nothing. I mean, all I really figured out was that I don’t want to have three jobs, and I wouldn’t mind staying in St. Louis. I also realized that I cannot possibly spend the entirety of my senior year worrying about what’s going to happen afterward.

“Living in my own apartment and actually having to grocery shopdefinitely contributed to my encroaching adulthood.” So just a recap of what I learned this summer: smaller companies rock and treat you like a real person, green shoes = death, not being 21 sucks and senior year is scary and inevitable, but it should also be fun. Molly is a senior in Arts & Sciences and the senior Forum editor. She can be reached via e-mail at




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IN BRIEF: The Washington University men’s soccer team defeated Millsaps College 3-0 and tied Rhodes College 2-2 over the weekend. The football team lost to No. 2-ranked Mount Union College 33-7 in the season opener on Saturday.

Underclassmen shine in men’s soccer opening weekend By Joe Ciolli Sports Editor Going into this past weekend’s match-ups against Millsaps College and Rhodes College, the Washington University men’s soccer team found itself in an uncertain position. Having lost an exceptionally strong defensive back line and an all-conference goalkeeper, the Bears found themselves without what was previously one of their greatest assets— stability in defense. On the other end of the field, however, the offense also sat in a transitional period. Contained with a fair amount of success over the past several seasons, the Bears found themselves with a vastly improved attacking core going into the Millsaps game. But while the Bears may not have assumed the same look as in previous years, they were able to get results. “We went in there only having practiced for two weeks as a team,” said senior midfielder Sam Jacobs, “so we were still trying to figure out starting spots and formations. We viewed the game against Millsaps and the weekend in general as a learning experience for us, so we still went into games with confidence.” “A number of us were personally aware of their record,” continued Jacobs. “No one went in there with an overconfident mentality. One of our major problems in the past has been putting away inferior competition. With

everyone wanting to prove themselves, I don’t think we took them lightly.” Opening the scoring for the Bears was sophomore forward Marshall Plow. Having transferred before the season from Southwest Missouri State University, Plow made his presence felt immediately by netting what would prove to be the winning goal. Sophomore Onyi Okoroafor, who led the team in assists last season, provided the assist on Plow’s goal. Another newcomer provided the offense for the Bears’ second tally, as freshman Ben Ryugo found the net with a cross that was misplayed in the Millsaps penalty area. Rounding out the 3-0 fi nal score was senior forward Andrew Franklin, who knocked home the rebound after sophomore Sergio Tripodi’s initial effort was denied. Defensively, the Bears held up well against Millsaps, as junior goalkeeper Matt Fenn picked up both his fi rst career win and shutout. Having served as back-up to departed all-conference selection Colin Robinson, Fenn shone in his fi rst game in goal for the Bears. “Any time you lose a player like Colin it hurts,” said Jacobs. “But we all have confidence in Matt and he should do a great job. He worked hard for two years under Colin and as the year goes on he’ll continue to improve and build up confidence not only with his physical abilities but also in terms of leadership and orga-

nizing the defense.” The Bears’ defenders also played well in the shutout, as Seth Schreiber, senior John Horky, and sophomores Ethan Silver and B.J. Heuermann got the starting nod at the back. Providing a stiffer test for the squad was their second opponent of the weekend, Rhodes College. Having defeated Rhodes last season, Coach Joe Clarke’s squad knew better than to underestimate a team that would undoubtedly be looking for revenge. “Aside from the freshmen, everyone who’s been with the team knows that when you have to go down and play Rhodes you’re in for a battle,” said Jacobs. “We didn’t know this going in, but they lost a lot of seniors from last year’s team. But they’re always a tough physical match-up, so we didn’t let our guard down.” The Bears struck fi rst in the eighth minute as Okoroafor notched his fi rst goal of the season on the receiving end of a cross from Franklin. However, Rhodes answered in the 29th minute and the two teams went into halftime deadlocked at 1-1. Shortly after the break Okoroafor was once again involved in the scoring as his pass set up freshman midfielder Kevin Brege. Brege’s fi rst career goal put the Bears up 2-1 and they appeared to be in control. However, 13 minutes later Rhodes was awarded a penalty kick with the chance to knot the game at 2-2. Fenn did well to keep

Football drops opener 33-7; looks to build on loss in coming games By Derek Winters Sports Reporter For the second straight year the Washington University Bears football team dropped their season opener to No. 2 ranked Mount Union College, who extended their regular season win streak to an impressive 105 games. Washington University Head Coach Larry Kindbom seemed pleased with the way the team played. However, the lack of scoring really took a toll on the team. “Mount Union is a very good football team,” said Kindbom. “We just could not get any points on the board.” Despite losing 33-7, the Bears only trailed by 12 points at halftime, but couldn’t keep the game close. Mount Union’s dominating mix of rushing and passing plays gave them the win. Mount Union controlled the ground game with 142 rushing yards versus the Bears’ 31 yards. Senior defensive back John Grit recorded three solo tackles and two assists on the day. Grit was really proud that the defensive unit held Mount Union to 12 points at halftime. “As far as the defense goes we have gelled much better than last year and that certainly showed in Saturday’s game,” said Grit. “We went into the game with the idea of playing solid defense and making them turn the ball over,” added Kindbom. “I think we did a good job of that.” Freshman Tommy Bawden, who spent two seasons in the Boston Red Sox organization, appeared in his fi rst collegiate football game and recorded his fi rst interception, while also combining for ten total tackles

out the initial shot, but Rhodes converted the rebound to earn the tie. Of considerable note following the weekend was that four of the team’s five goals came from underclassmen. Combine this with the fact that there were five underclassmen starters in the fi rst game and six in the second, and it becomes apparent that the Bears have some undeniable young talent. Additionally, the Bears showed an amount of offensive explosiveness that has rarely been seen in previous years. “We have a more of fe n s i ve -m i n de d team with more weapons this year,” said Jacobs. “Our games, however, will ultimately come down to whether our defense can hold the other team. In tough games you PAM BUZZETTA | STUDENT LIFE might only get a few chances to score, Senior forward Rob Weeks aggressively wins a header over three opposing players. so it’s important to Weeks and the Bears went 1-0-1 through two games in Memphis this weekend and make sure the de- will take on Fontbonne University this Wednesday. fense is solid.” bonne never poses much of a could get a good turnout for The Bears continue their pre-conference threat to Clarke’s squad, but the game and build on that,” schedule this Wednesday as the Bears will surely be look- said Jacobs. they take on Fontbonne Uni- ing to make an impact on the Game time is slated for 7 versity in their fi rst home home crowd. “It would be great if we p.m. at Francis Field. match of the season. Font-

Cardinals’ Tony LaRussa to speak at Assembly Series, sign books at bookstore “Three Nights in August” a must-read chronicle By Allie Wieczorek Sports Columnist


Senior linebacker Ben Schaub gets in position during this past weekend’s game against Mount Union. Schaub led the Bears with 11 tackles and kicked the team’s only extra point in a 33-7 losing effort. playing defensive back. Offensively, the Bears’ lone touchdown was scored by twin brothers, juniors QB Pat McCarthy and WR Robert McCarthy, hooking up for a 10-yard score with 37 seconds left. The starting quarterback slot has not yet been given to either McCarthy or his competitor for the job, junior Nick Henry. Both were given playing time against Mount Union; Henry went 12-of-23 for 95

yards, while McCarthy threw for 56 yards on 5-of-12 passing and one touchdown. Senior captain Brad Duesing led the Bears with four receptions for 41 yards, and sophomore Dan Cardone added recorded a team-high 47 receiving yards. The Bears look to build on their toughest challenge of the season when they travel to Fulton, Missouri, to battle Westminster College at 1pm this Saturday, Sept. 10.

As much as sports are about competition and the unadulterated loathing of your team’s rivals, there must be a simultaneous element of great respect and appreciation for this enmity. Consequently, my dedication to my beloved Chicago Cubs and utter hatred for the St. Louis Cardinals is what attracted me to picking up a copy of “Three Nights in August,” Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa’s new book. La Russa and “Friday Night Lights” author Buzz Bissinger teamed up to co-write “Three Nights in August,” which takes us behind La Russa’s grave, intimidating glare and behind the scenes of America’s favorite pastime. The focus is on a late-August series against the Chicago Cubs in the 2003 season, but offers much more than the details of three nights in Busch Stadium. Many people—both sports and baseball fans included—have spoken of the game of baseball as boring. It is a wonder to many how people can sit through nine or more entire innings of this sport, especially in the comfort of their own homes. At the stadium, at least fans have fried food, popular music, and a few exciting plays to keep

them engaged. But Bissinger’s words and La Russa’s brilliance capture and reveal the beauty of each game, each at-bat, each pitch, and each moment. As a result, readers are given profound insight into the inner-workings of managing a baseball team. It is truly amazing how much goes into this job. Plans, plays, and pitches are constantly changing. Players never fail to surprise you— whether by a dangerously sub par or a magically outstanding performance. A manager must know the strengths and weaknesses of each component of the opposing team—in both their play and their players. Baseball through a manager’s eyes is almost like poker. Each and every pitch count has a hell of a lot riding on it. Managers are consistently trying to fool each other—by pulling on their earlobes, scratching their heads, and making other ridiculous gestures—in terms of what cards they’re going to play next. And at the same time, they’re trying to read each other in order to call each other’s bluffs. “Three Nights in August” walks readers through this three-game series by means of Tony LaRussa’s mind, heart, and soul. We see what goes into each decision and each chaotic event that arises to test a manager’s talent

and patience. Whether an arrogant yet mediocre player is complaining about coming off the bench, a much-needed pitcher gets injured, or a player is just so satisfied with his uncanny salary that he loses his drive and tenacity, such scenarios fall under the manager’s scope. LaRussa’s obvious managing talent and understanding of the game of baseball is apparent in his record five Manager of the Year awards, and the fact that he has won more games than any other current manager among other impressive statistics. However, no one truly has a grasp on this manager or this man until he or she has read this book. Bissinger puts it best when he states, “[LaRussa] is a manager of unique distinction, but more important, a man with qualities of loyalty and honor and decency as rare as they are gratifying.” LaRussa will be signing books at the University’s bookstore starting at 9:45 a.m. today. Immediately following at 11:00 a.m., he will be speaking in Graham Chapel as part of the Assembly Series. I hope everyone eventually picks up a copy of “Three Nights in August”— but more important, everyone must take advantage of the opportunity to hear one of the greatest minds in baseball speak.


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Under-recognized films and their college-age counterparts By Adam Summerville Cadenza Movie Editor There are quite a few movies that are almost unanimously loved by college students such as “Fight Club,” “Garden State,” and “Anchorman.” While these movies are certainly entertaining, there are a lot of lesserknown movies that fans of these would love, were they to give them a chance. Here are five movies, along with their adored counterpart, that given the chance, could one day replace that “Usual Suspects” poster from freshman year. “25th Hour”: “Fight Club” Counterpart Instead of looking to “Fight Club” for your Edward Norton fix, give “25th Hour” a chance. “25th Hour” is a film by Spike Lee chronicling the final day before Monty (Norton) is sent to jail. With the greatest performances ever seen from Norton, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rosario Dawson, Anna Paquin, and Brian Cox, the movie is a character driven tour de force that is probably the best and most overlooked movie of 2002.

“Old Boy”: “Memento” Counterpart A Korean film released this year in America, “Old Boy” is the most twist-filled and bizarre movie (that still manages to be coherent) ever produced, managing even to make “Memento” seem like a predictable affair. Dae-su Oh (Min-sik Choi) is a drunk, a bad father, and a listless businessman until he is abducted and kept captive devoid of all human contact for 15 years. He is eventually released and then devotes his life to learning the reason behind his imprisonment. From this already disturbing beginning the movie only becomes more bizarre, and just when one thinks that the story has taken its most twisted turn, the movie proves that it can do much more barely 15 minutes later. “Bottle Rocket”: “Royal Tennenbaums” Counterpart The next time you need a bit of Wes Anderson, look to his first and perhaps greatest film, “Bottle Rocket.” Starring the brothers Owen and Luke Wilson, the movie follows the listless Anthony after his

release from a mental institute. He meets up with his best friend, Dignon, who is an aspiring criminal who tries feebly to get them involved in the criminal world. The movie, like “Rushmore,” “Royal Tenenbaums,” etc. focuses on very flawed yet quirky and loveable characters, and Dignon and Anthony are the most interesting and believable characters that Anderson has yet produced. “Rules of Attraction”: “Kill Bill” Counterpart As weird, stylized, movies comprised of vignettes go, “Rules of Attraction” almost out-Tarentinos old Quentin himself. Starring James Van Der Beek, Jessica Biel, Kip Pardue, Ian Somerhalder, and Shannyn Sossamon, “Rules of Attraction” is the greatest film adaptation of a Bret Easton Ellis novel (“American Psycho,” “Less Than Zero”) and a great film in its own right. Horribly mis-marketed as a teen sex romp when it was first released, “Rules of Attraction” chronicles the lives of rich, shallow, disaffected college students (certainly we all know or possibly are someone like this) through an ordeal of drugs, sex, and violence.


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Cadenza Movie Editor The Lawrence, Kan. quintet Ghosty have released their first full-length album, “Grow Up or Sleep In,” with mixed results. After first recording the album in 2003 with producer Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Cursive), the album is finally seeing the light of day despite departures from the band in the interim. “Grow Up or Sleep In” has more going for it than just a cute name, with a light pop-rocky sound that is very agreeable; however, the album has very few tracks of any import and is just a bit on the bland side. Instrumentally, the musicians show that they are at least capable, if not terribly interesting. The guitars do a good job of backing up the lead singer, Andrew Connor, but end up sounding sort of languish in the background. The

bass, as happens with most bands, does a fine job of keeping a nice little background but given how little it winds up affecting Ghosty, there would be no noticeable difference if it were to be absent. The drums are a welcome change in that they play a significant role while avoiding being overbearing, allowing the keyboards and vocals to have a chance to shine. As with a lot of indie bands these days, the keyboards play a key role in the album, taking a larger share of the spotlight than the guitars do. The instrument that really gets the most time in the forefront is Connor’s vocals, which is fine if only to convey the lightly angst-spattered lyrics. As with the rest of the band, his voice is fine, if a little bland. The songs on “Grow Up or Sleep In” are well-crafted, but

suffer from a few too many tempo changes for their own good. If I wanted odd tempo changes I would listen to some math rock, but it’s not what I want or expect in an indie pop-rock release. “Grow Up or Sleep In” is an album that is good enough, especially for those looking for something new, if not particularly great in any way.

Ghosty Grow Up or Sleep In Future Farmer Recordings Grade: C+ For fans of: Death Cab for Cutie, ELO Final word: Tends to follow the latter of its demands. Tracks to download: “Henry Greene,” “Clouds Solve It”

“Gardener” an excellent seed By Robbie Gross Cadenza Theatre Editor “The Constant Gardener” may be just what the movies most needed this summer. With the exception of an apocalyptic alien thriller, a few dude-flick comedies and a fine “Batman,” the summer blockbuster has left much to be desired. That is, until Fernando Meirelles arrived on the scene. The Brazilian director of the 2002 raw epic, “City of God,” Meirelles has created a movie so satisfying in its action, beauty, and tension, that it may have, quite out of nowhere, raised the bar for the dramatic thriller. Whereas “City of God” was a story almost too grandiose for film, “The Constant Gardener” represents a director’s dream. Based on John le Carré’s novel, the plot combines the best elements of contemporary storytelling. Just as the best stories recently have been nonfiction – the “9/11 Commission report” being one that comes to mind – so “The Constant Gardener” forces the viewer into current global politics. The love story that partially drives the movie is initiated in a conference room, where Justin Quayle (Ralph Fiennes), a British diplomat, is introduced to Tessa (Rachel Weisz) after she lambastes him for his speech on the merits of the (current) Iraq War. Justin’s official role is as a diplomat in Kenya, which happens to be where Tessa’s passion lies. She is an activist and an agonist, and after

marrying Justin and living in Africa she begins to surreptitiously engage in activities that run against British policy and economic interests. In the film’s opening moments we discover she has been brutally killed. The remainder of the movie is to unravel the mystery: why she died, and how Justin will discover and avenge her death. Meirelles’ direction takes the story and brings it to life. As the plot unfolds, we are taken back and forth in time and in place. He shot the film in the similar light/dark-clear/ grainy contrast as Stephen Soderbergh’s “Traffic,” and it functions tremendously. The lightness of Western civilization gives way to the darkness of African violence and poverty; and the lightness of African innocence gives way to the darkness of Western corruption. While early commentary has labeled the film a story of “liberal guilt,” the movie proves itself to be more complex. Fans of the unashamed brutality of “City of God” that witnessed scenes of small children being shot in the foot will not be disappointed. In “The Constant Gardener” we see Africans crucify their neighbors, and enslave and murder children; just as we see Westerners both struggling to aid and failing to succeed in a corrupt system they have neglected to reform and helped to foster. The story, carried by suspenseful and sophisticated games of politicking, is un-

fortunately held back only by the love story. As the elegant, determined and mournful horticulturist-widower in a dessert, Fiennes is perhaps even better than as his eerily similar role in the “English Patient.” Weisz is smart and persuasive in a role that reveals itself to be exceedingly complex as the film progresses. Together, however, the love story never takes off, and ultimately ends up undermining the rest of the film as we are forced to watch Justin mourn first before the action can continue. Fortunately, the love narrative is not persuasive enough to derail the film from its otherwise thrilling course. “The Constant Gardener” plants itself firmly in your heart and mind and becomes difficult to forget. One can only hope that the movie itself will play a role in history: that it will forever erase the lackluster summer action-thriller. The Constant Gardener Directed by: Fernando Meirelles Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Danny Huston Grade: AFinal word: A new standard of excellence for the summer blockbuster Now playing at the Plaza Frontenac

Cadenza Music Editor It’s tough for most unsigned bands to find an audience for their music, not to mention the financial support needed to record an album. Most demos and self-released LPs are immediately relegated to the “cheap drink coaster” pile before the reviewer even reads the title. Without the credibility of a label to back them up, most of these bands have a long way to go before people even listen to their music, let alone enjoy it. Thanks to a few high profile Web reviews, however, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah have managed to skip a few steps of the process. Their self-titled, self-released debut LP has somehow made it from their hard drive to record stores across the county without a label-generated hype machine behind them. In fact, the band has made a point not to spend a dime of their own money on marketing. Whether the lack of a calculated ad campaign makes their music somehow less sullied than a signed band is irrelevant. Label or not, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah have released one of the most original albums of the year. It’s a bit rough around the edges, it can

be a touch abrasive at times, and some of the songs run out of steam long before they end. Nonetheless, they’ve created a wholly original sound that has earned a lot of attention on its own merits. The album opens with the regrettable “Clap Your Hands!”, a calliope-driven ditty that does little more than deflate the listeners expectations before the true opener, “Let The Cool Goddess Rust Away.” Immediately, the strength of the band’s rhythm section takes hold and establishes one of the innumerable grooves that are the foundation of the album. Muted guitar stabs provide auxiliary percussion, and Alec Ounsworth’s vocals cut through the mix like a knife through something that’s easily cut by a knife. While the band is fairly talented instrumentally, it’s Ounsworth’s vocal performances that steal the show, and ultimately will determine whether a listener finds the music transcendent or unlistenable. At times it sounds as if he is trying to make his voice sound as shrill as possible, cracking notes as he reaches the upper registers. But he sings with such control and personality that his nasal timbre can

hardly be considered a flaw. The standout track of the album is “In This Home On Ice,” a chorus-drenched swell of guitars that sounds like a mixture between Kevin Shields and Johnny Marr. A reverbsoaked accordion fills the space between the guitar tracks, giving the track an enormous, murky sound that is uniquely their own. They may not yet have the resources of a label behind them, but Clap Your Hands Say Yeah have enough creativity and ambition to take them farther than most signed bands would dream of.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Grade: AFor fans of: Talking Heads, My Bloody Valentine, Modest Mouse Final Word: a bit rough around the edges, but wholly original Tracks to download: “Let The Cool Goddess Rust Away,” “Over and Over Again (Lost and Found)”, “In This Home On Ice”

“The Beautiful Country”: a scene without a soul By Chris Breault Cadenza Staff The Beautiful Country is one of those bad films that is bad at everything. It targets a specific, gullible audience found in art houses--those middle-aged people who watch movies they’ve heard will be good for them. But you don’t have to be an amoral bastard to reject this social consciousness/immigration epic picture. You just have to see it. Damien Nguyen plays Binh, a Vietnamese man looking for his father, an American GI who skipped town. Nguyen doesn’t act. His best move is relaxing his jaw, opening his mouth halfway and staring vacantly, an expression he uses whenever he can. When other actors play mutes, they work their faces like Nguyen does here. And his Binh may as well be mute, as nothing he says betrays a personality or a mind. Nothing would be lost by shooting The Beautiful Country as a silent film, muting it all, but I doubt it would be improved. The lauded camerawork is a lesson in how to shoot a film like a postcard. We see a lot of big, static landscapes; you could scrub the main character out of the image and write to Mom on the back of it. The film has no characters

to speak of. We get impairments and occupations in place of humans – an orphan, a prostitute, a slave trader, a coward, a rich man, a blind guy. Apparently, name actors eat that up: we see Nick Nolte, blind; Tim Roth, a slaver; Hong Kong comedy annoyance Chapman To, a bully; the beautiful Bai Ling, a prostitute. They have personalities like people have jobs. On top of this, Beautiful Country is one of those narrative miracles that moves forward without accumulating context, the very foundation of epic films, their grain group or something. Without it, every tear-stained death has the import of a scene you found a minute ago, flipping through the upper reaches of cable channels. At some level, the men and women who made “The Transporter 2” put together a film they thought people would have a good time watching, and the people behind “The Beautiful Country” made something that sort of looked like a film and called it done. Maybe they just got bored. It takes us from the lush Vietnamese countryside to an unremarkably decrepit city, through a mess of unpleasant overseas voyages, detainment facilities of all flavors and finally to America,

which, in the great immigrant tradition, turns out to suck. If you saw “An American Tail 2: Fievel Goes West,” you’ve seen it all before. Beautiful Country’s most mystifying bit of trivia is the involvement of co-producer Terrence Malick – you know, the guy who’s never directed a bad film? He can apparently produce them. Director Hans Petter Moland works without a personality, with nothing but artifice in his corner. Like Fernando Meirelles (“The Constant Gardener”) and Ridley Scott, he was a director of commercials before he did films, but I can’t imagine what his were like. There is no surprise, no imagination and precious little action in his film. Tire ads, maybe? The Beautiful Country Directed by: Hans Petter Moland Starring: Damien Nguyen, Nick Nolte, Tim Roth Grade: D

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Slew of indie bands to kick off Gargoyle season By Matt Simonton Staff Columnist You can’t accuse the good people at the Gargoyle of slacking in their duties. Next Tuesday, Mallinckrodt’s very own CBGB will host four of the independent scene’s most promising young acts. Minus the Bear, These Arms Are Snakes, Thunderbirds Are Now! and the City on Film represent a number of different styles, records labels and subject/predicate constructions, but all can be counted on to rock. Two of the groups involved share a common connection in their musical odysseys. Both These Arms Are Snakes and Minus the Bear emerged from the ashes of two other Seattle groups, Botch and Kill Sadie. (Others went on to form Pretty Girls Make Graves, who open for Franz Ferdinand later

this month.) Out of this frothy sonic stew came some of the hardest, most complex rock ‘n’ roll around, owing much to hardcore pioneers like Fugazi and newcomers the Blood Brothers. But if These Arms Are Snakes represent the serious, stoic end of the musical spectrum, Minus the Bear are the merry pranksters, spazzing out with song titles like “I’m Totally not Down with Rob’s Alien” and “Hey? Is That a Ninja Up There?” Their sound is similarly brainaddled, with enough changeups and melodic surprises to keep audiences guessing. These Arms Are Snakes prefer to continue in the tradition of At The Drive-In by keeping things impassioned and earnest. Their riffs will rock the socks off the most jaded hipster. Speaking of ATDI, Thun-

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CADEN Z A The Hatch have disappeared. Gone are the days of campus celebrity and late-night Friedman Lounge gigs, packed to the brim with appreciative underclassmen. The skateboard-toting pop-star hipsters have vacated their Wash. U. home to return to their L.A. roots, leaving a noticeable hole in the often-stale WU campus music scene. So who will replace the Hatch as Wash. U.’s main campus band? Here are a few bands who aspire to WU campus glory.


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On the surface, there doesn’t seem to be much in common between campus rockers Major A and their predecessors, the Hatch. Major A plays self-described “mentally handicapped pop-punk,” while the Hatch once graced the campus with their melodic brand of inoffensive guitar pop. But the Hatch have an unlikely fan in Major A drummer Blake Abrash: “Freshman and sophomore year, I went to almost every one of their shows…because the Red Sea was one of the few places around campus that served alcohol to minors.” Major A are Abrash, Ben Ewing on bass, Matt Ullrich on lead guitar and recent Wash. U. graduate Jeremy Weissman on rhythm guitar and vocal duties. After a year of playing gigs ranging from Small Group’s Black Box theater to the Creepy Crawl, and an extended run in the studio with Ullrich at the helm, Major A are poised to take the campus music scene by storm. That is, after vocalist Jeremy Weissman returns from

a long hiatus of roaming the country in search of enlightenment. With the band’s fi rst LP nearing completion and Weissman’s return on the horizon, the band’s prospects are better than ever. They’ve garnered the attention of the St. Louis music community through their Web site (www., but have set their sights on the Wash. U. scene, still reeling from the Hatch’s departure. They’ve taken a few cues from the once reigning Wash. U. rockers, too. Abrash keenly noted the LA boys’ cleancut appearance attracted more females to their shows, which is necessary for a successful party environment: “We can get more girls now that Ben shaved his beard, and that was an essential part of the Hatch.” You won’t be seeing Major A in matching sweater vests anytime soon, though…one look at the band’s blog shows they’re less about posture and more about raw energy, even if it causes a little controversy every once in a while.

What do you get when you put six guys together with hands on hips and elbows bent outward? You get the band Arms Akimbo, or something close to that. Arms Akimbo has been together at Washington University for about a year and includes members Cody Elam (guitar), Dan Katz (drums), Duncan Ward (bass), John Mancuso (trumpet), Norm Williamson (saxophone) and Dan Koff (percussion). This talented group of musicians plays a variety of styles, including songs from the funk music of bands like Galactic or Stevie Wonder to the jazz of Herbie Hancock, maybe with a little reggae spliced in the set or some classic rock like Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child of Mine.” With a newly learned set of material at their backs, Arms Akimbo is a band that surely encourages plenty of dancing with the high energy at which they perform. The immediate strength of Arms

A cover band is like that dependable friend who comes in and out of life. Never overbearing or too intense, it can be called upon when needed, without the awkwardness of having been apart for so long. Checkpoint is Washington University’s cover band. Formed last spring by David Weintraub (guitar), Jeff Stepp (keyboard), Yoni Sarason (drums), and Phil Bressler (bass), the band has quickly made a name for itself. It plays what audiences want to hear. It injects energy into the dullest of settings. As the members of the band are quick to point out, a cover band is only as good as the sum of its parts. Between the original four members and their new lead singer, Rob Dandorph, the band claims to have over 75 years of combined musical experience. “We’re probably the most talented [band in the school],” Bressler said. Talent and experience, for a cover band, is essential. With a list of past gigs that ranges from Relay for Life and Mr. Wash U to fraternity parties, the band depends on being popular crowd-pleasers. Their repertoire, appropriately, includes covers

of most of the pop bands nostalgic and inebriated college kids request: Journey, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guns N’ Roses, Eddie Money, Dispatch and Warren G. Beyond a prepared set list, Checkpoint has the experience and ear to provide just the right amount of spontaneity. “We can, usually, field requests without any problem,” Weintraub said. He added, “There’s nothing we all like more than playing in front of people, and the covers are part of that. We play songs that are good for partying. Why? Because it’s the most amount of fun.” After a little over a semester of pleasing its fans with recognizable covers, the band would like to start writing more originals this year. “We’d like to be a real band that plays real songs,” Stepp said. “The problem is we don’t have the time.” The lack of time was evident in their practice session. Effortlessly hitting all the right notes when practicing their covers, the band grew noticeably uneasy when it came to trying out an original, “No Regrets.” Written by Dandorph, the band wondered why he wasn’t singing his own song. “I forgot most of the lyrics,” he said.

Akimbo lies in their musicianship, each member equally talented in taking various solos throughout the night. Also, for those who have a fever for the cow bell, Arms Akimbo defi nitely provides with the added percussion of Dan Koff. The ability of the members to play off one another and their visible enjoyment in playing together exudes an energy into the crowd that creates an enjoyable and fun experience when listening to the band. The main weakness of Arms Akimbo is their lack of a permanent singer, which could only add more to this already capable band. They are not shy to invite crowd members to help sing along to some of their songs, but with a solid singer the band could become all the better. However, Arms Akimbo is a fun band to listen to and is certainly worth checking out this school year.


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