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Students frustrated by Chancellor’s remarks
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BY ANDREA WINTER NEWS EDITOR In response to comments made by Chancellor Mark Wrighton, frustrated student leaders have committed themselves to working with the administration to work toward hiring a sexual assault coordinator. In response to a question from Lauren Bernstein, senior and president of the University’s Sexual Assault and Rape Action Hotline (SARAH), Wrighton said, “A lot of people write unanimous resolutions and we look at them seriously.” Wrighton spoke and answered student questions at the Chancellor’s Forum with student leaders last week. According to the Student Union (SU) Web site, last year, the senate passed only two resolutions. Unanimous resolutions have been approved by the SU senate and endorsed by the SU executive without veto. Rebecca Forman, sopho-
more and Student Union secretary, noticed that many students were unhappy with what the Chancellor said about the prospect of hiring a sexual assault coordinator. “I was disheartened to see that his response upset so many students,” said Forman. “It was upsetting to see that he didn’t really address an issue that students were passionate about.” Forman added that she was troubled by the fact that the Chancellor did not seem to take the unanimous resolution seriously. “The problem is when we send out a resolution it is really supposed to hold so much weight, so it’s really strange that it sort of didn’t in this case,” said Forman. “When a resolution comes out, inadvertently that’s the voice of the student body because they are the elected members of the student government.” The four campus groups who are in favor of the University hiring a sexual assault coordinator—SARAH, One in
Four, Committee on Sexual Assault (COSA) and Uncle Joe’s—will be meeting today to discuss how to push this issue forward. “We want to get organized and we really want to present this issue in a really uniﬁed, cogent way so that the University can understand why student body needs this,” said Bernstein. According to Carson Smith, speaker of the senate, SU plans to help students groups with their quest for a sexual assault coordinator in any way possible. SARAH is scheduled to go before SU on Wednesday, October 31. “Once I hear from COSA and we decide how we would like to continue to collaborate, we are planning on having them come back in the Senate to answer more questions and to give us a better idea of ways that we can help and then we will take the project from there,” said Smith. At the forum, the Chancellor said that if the recommen-
Obama to speak today at Union Station BY TEDDY WHITE CONTRIBUTING REPORTER Barack Obama, one of the Democratic presidential hopefuls, is looking to receive student support in his presidential bid. Today, the Illinois senator will speak at Union Station in St. Louis at an event catered specifically toward his grow-
ing base of student voters. “Traditionally, the youth vote, the generation 18 to 25 [years old], has been the least likely to turn out and vote,” said William Lowry, a professor of American politics. “If more young people are going out to vote, that segment of the population becomes that much more important in an election that could be pretty
Barack Obama will be giving a speech at Union Station today in hopes of gaining more voters and supporters.
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close.” Obama’s campaign is actively looking to engage with students for the Illinois senator’s presidential pursuit. “Barack Obama listens to the people,” said sophomore Michelle Stein, the Missouri State Commissioner of Students for Obama, the student wing of the Illinois senator’s campaign. “It’s nice to feel like you have a voice in the campaign.” Students For Obama is an amalgamation of different chapters of high school, college and graduate school students that spans across the country, including a chapter at the University. Washington University Students For Barack Obama has been involved in aiding campaign efforts in St. Louis. The group has been particularly involved in this event, which is the first stop on Obama’s “Countdown to Change” tour of Missouri. The efforts of the Obama campaign come as part of an effort by candidates nationwide to motivate students and to mobilize a segment of voters that has been largely apathetic in recent years. “Campuses have not been as active in recent years as they were, certainly 30 years ago,” said Lowry. “There are so many issues right now that should be so relevant to that generation—not just military involvement overseas but issues involving the federal deficit—that should make people more willing to take the effort to go out and vote and campaign.” In efforts to lure more students to Friday’s event, student ticket prices have been discounted from $25 to
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dations of all resolutions were enacted next year’s tuition could rise as much as 20 percent. “We need to ask ourselves, ‘Where do we want to make investments?’” said Wrighton. According to Bernstein, the Chancellor’s comment represents a challenge for the resolution’s supporters to more clearly articulate why this position is a worthwhile investment. “There are so many ways the issue affects the University—legally, campus police, education, counseling,” said Bernstein. “I think this position would strengthen our university. While I understand that we have don’t have unlimited resources, I think this position is important.” Bernstein said that she felt optimistic after hearing the responses of other students who attended the forum. “A resounding number of people came up to me after the forum and told me this is something they think we need,” said Bernstein.
BY MARLA FRIEDMAN Washington University is working to solidify technology pricing for the coming semester and the 2008-2009 academic year—and, just as importantly, to make sure students are aware of the changes. The rate for residential technology currently stands at $135, but will increase to $240 next semester. The University originally implemented this change at the beginning of the current semester, but delayed the change after recognizing that students and parents did not have enough time to plan for it. “What happened is that from an agreement at [the task force] level, the details of communication didn’t get executed,” said Andy Ortstadt, associate vice chancellor for technology and information systems. “The general students didn’t get the word, and that’s a failing on my part and my organization’s part, and that’s why we said at the end of the day that it wasn’t fair.” Ortstadt is working to
ensure this lapse in understanding does not occur when prices are raised next semester. “The communication I’ve been trying to do over the past month is to try to make this as visible as possible,” he said. “I’ve been having discussions with various student leadership groups on what’s included when we talk about residential technology to make sure that what we’re explaining makes sense.” Sophomore Jeff Nelson, the chairman of the Student Union Technology Resources Committee (TRC), attests that the University is not benefiting from the increase in price. “I’ve seen the cost breakdown, [which] will be sent to students in the coming weeks, and I can assure you that the University is not making a profit; in fact it is losing money—it will not even break even,” he said. The 2008-2009 academic year will face additional changes in the residential technology fee. The fee will be included
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Professor Michael Frachetti, the second replacement for Professor Darla Dale, spoke to students after class on Monday. Professor Frachetti took over teaching Dean Dale’s popular Introduction to Archeology class from Professor Tristram Kidder. Dean Dale, who is also an academic adviser, was called to jury duty at the start of the semester and has not been able to teach; she was expected to return by this point in the year, but the case has continued to drag on. “They are very big shoes to fill. She’s very popular and the course is very popular because of that,” said Frachetti. “I’m looking forward to teaching the rest of the semester, but she’ll be back. Ultimately, this is not something that’s going to affect people’s experience very much.”
New focus for a cappella benefit show BY PUNEET KOLLIPARA SENIOR STAFF REPORTER Last night at Graham Chapel, the second annual Rhythms for Rebuilding featured several ﬁrsts for the a cappella community and a new focus based on themes of hunger and poverty. The only concert featuring all nine groups of the A Cappella Auditions Council (ACAC), Rhythms for Rebuilding debuted last year in Graham Chapel as the most successful beneﬁt concert in Washington University’s history, raising more than
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$3,084 to aid reconstruction efforts after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast in late August 2005. This year’s theme, hunger and poverty in the community and internationally, was chosen after the Alliance of Students Against Poverty (ASAP) and the a cappella community decided to join forces for this year’s show. This year’s concert is also being hailed a success, with more than $2,600 raised at press time.
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“I think it was incredibly successful, not only in raising money but raising awareness and getting people out to learn more about the causes that diverse groups from poverty-related groups to a cappella groups support on Wash. U.’s campus,” said senior Liz Kramer, public outreach chair for ASAP. ASAP will be splitting the proceeds between two charities, Centenary CARES (CC), a soup kitchen in downtown St. Louis,
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Third year law student Elizabeth White argued an employment discrimination case in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit last Wednesday. Under the supervision of professor of law Bruce La Pierre, students in the Appellate clinic at the University’s law school have the opportunity to represent actual clients in cases that are to be heard on appeal in this federal Eighth Circuit court. “[The clinic gave me] the opportunity to work so closely with other students and Professor La Pierre and it simulated a real world law experience by working on a real case with a team,” said White. The client in this case, International Paper Co. worker Lee Smith, sued the company for his supervisor’s racial discrimination and consequent retaliatory actions against him. When Smith lost his case at the district level, he appealed and the case was then assigned to the University’s appellate clinic. With the guidance of La Pierre, White and the other law students—Sophie Alcorn, Matt Lewis and T.R Bynumall—worked on the briefs for this case. White and Alcorn also wrote the reply briefs over the summer. “In the course of writing the briefs the students have done a great bulk of the work that is necessary to argue the case,” said La Pierre. “The preparation consists of going back over and making sure that they understand the law, but most importantly its making sure that they are thoroughly familiar with the record and that they know the facts of their par-
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ticular case in great detail.” Although participating in the clinic is worth four class credits, the law students said that is was hard to juggle it with their other courses. According to Alcorn, she spent up to 15 hours per week researching and writing the briefs for this case. “It was very challenging. I think the biggest challenge is to keep making time for other commitments because being in a clinic is so compelling. It’s really easy to spend all that time in a clinic and not fine time for anything else,” said Alcorn. In order to prepare White for presenting her case in court, the Law School created a moot court for which three professors served as the judges and White argued her case before them. “It gives the student a chance to understand what type of questions may interest a judge when it comes to the real argument so that they will be prepared when they get to the argument,” said La Pierre. White said that although she was nervous, she felt well prepared as she was arguing her case before the judges last week. “I was so in awe of the three people I was standing in front of,” said White. “I was so nervous and exhilarated that I don’t think I had time to think and take it in. I just had to respond to the questions they asked me.” La Pierre stated that White was prepared and did an excellent job. “Elizabeth faced and handled as strong a set of questions as any lawyer would have faced in the course of her argument,” he said. “She handled it every bit as well as the most talented and most experienced appellate advocate would have done.
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TECHNOLOGY v FROM PAGE 1 as part of the residential contract, rather than constituting a separate charge. Ortstadt recognizes that this does not eliminate the increasing technology costs. “The majority of feedback from students and parents is that they prefer not having separate fees, and so recognizing that there is a cost, the preference seems to be to combine the costs,” said Ortstadt. “Just by putting it in the residential contract, it does not mean the University costs go to zero.” Nelson wants to work with the University to create a technology endowment, which would get rid of any
technology fees for students living on campus. “The TRC is always looking for money to do new things, but we can’t just take out money from the endowment because that money is often designated for specific things,” he said. “I am confident that within the next five to ten years we can help to make a move to getting a technology endowment.” Ortstadt said that he has had similar thoughts about creating an endowment, but is not yet sure about its feasibility. “I think that to the extent that technology is critical to the learning experience, if
we’re able to map out a program that alumni find compelling, then I would hope that we could generate some funds,” he said. Until any new developments are made to this effect, students can keep in mind that they are receiving a wide scope of residential technology services in return for the increasing costs. “It’s much more than just the Internet accessing connections, it’s a full range of services that are intended to help students use technology,” said Ortstadt. “It’s important to think holistically about the whole program and what that costs.”
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Sophomore Ashley Schneidman and senior Emily Flanders, both from the Amateurs, performed at last year’s Rhythms for Rebuilding benefit concert. and Meds and Foods for Kids (MFK), a group aimed at helping malnourished children in Haiti. Senior Chandan Khandai, concert coordinator and member of the Amateurs, said the charities symbolize the domestic and international scope of the show’s focus, with CC reﬂecting the local aspect and MFK the international aspect. The theme of Rhythms for Rebuilding will change yearly, but the structure of the show will remain the same. “[The show] is not as much about the fundraising as it is about raising awareness, and there are so many different causes and issues to be aware of,” said Khandai. “So we felt it best to change the cause each year but to keep the same structure.” This year’s concert featured the nine ACAC groups that performed last year and a 10th group added this year, the contemporary Christian group known as Deliverance. According to Khandai, with non-ACAC group Deliverance now part of the show, Rhythms for Rebuilding now features the campus’s entire a cappella community in the same show for the ﬁrst time ever. Members of Deliverance,
which formed three years ago, were excited about being part of the show. Before this show, most of the group’s performances were outside the scope of the University’s a cappella community. “We’re excited to be part of the a cappella community, because we’ve wanted to be at that level for a while now,” said junior Tyler Peck, a member of Deliverance. “It’s taken three years or so to build up our style and performance ability.” According to Peck and senior Joyce Huang, also a member of Deliverance, the group chose songs with themes of hope and community to complement the charitable angle of the show. Also new this year this year was a song featuring the seniors from all 10 groups, the ﬁrst time the entire a cappella community has performed a senior song. The selection, “Candle on the Water” from Disney’s animated ﬁlm “Pete’s Dragon,” was directed by senior Chris Stephenson and closed out the show. “We hope that it will be a new tradition embraced by the Wash. U. community, in the same way that senior dance is done at the cultural shows,” said Khandai. “This provides a way for the seniors in Wash. U. a cappella
to be honored for their years of dedication and passion for entertaining the Wash. U. community.” The show once again featured speeches by members of campus community service organizations between sets to raise awareness of different service opportunities on campus. Students enjoyed the show and applauded its cause. “I thought it was really great for everybody to be able to hear all of the a cappella groups together, and it’s all for a good cause,” said sophomore Snow Powers. The show’s cost was fully subsidized by Student Union, the Community Service Ofﬁce and ASAP. With Khandai graduating in May, assistant concert coordinator Charlie Franklin will be taking the reins next year. “I’m very excited to be coordinating Rhythms for Rebuilding in 2008,” said Franklin, a sophomore. “I really believe in the concert’s cause. It raises a lot of money, and it beneﬁts some great organizations in the St. Louis area.” —With additional reporting by Sam Guzik.
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New music building to debut Saturday BY KAT ZHAO CONTRIBUTING REPORTER Sunday evening will mark the official opening of Washington University’s new 560 Music Center in University City. In celebration, the Department of Music in Arts & Sciences will be presenting “Piano Extravaganza,” a variety performance of eight classi-
from 1974 until 2001, when the Community School became a part of Webster University. The University purchased the building in 2005 when Webster decided to move the music school into another facility on its own campus. Renovations of the 560 Building began there in the spring of 2006. Throughout the past, both
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Leonard Slatkin, the music director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C.is performing as a guest conductor for Washington University’s “Piano Extravaganza” Sunday, Oct. 28 at the opening of the new Music Center on the Delmar Loop. cal piano masterpieces. The evening will be conducted by special guest Leonard Slatkin, current director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C. and former conductor of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Slatkin was scheduled to be in St. Louis during this weekend and agreed to conduct the performance. Seth Carlin, professor of music and head of piano, and John Stewart, director of Vocal Activities, have both worked with Slatkin in the past. “He’s always had strong connections with Washington University,” said Stewart. “He was very generous in adding in his time to conduct the performance.” The Music Center’s building previously housed the Community Music School
faculty and students have found the space provided for the Department—Tietjens Hall and Blewett Hall—to be insufficient. “As our faculty has grown somewhat in the years, there wasn’t enough room for all of us, let alone the staff and teachers,” said Department Chair Dolores Pesce. “We’ve always had to struggle for more space in Tietjens Hall,” said senior Zach Radwine, who is involved in jazz and frequently uses the music facilities for rehearsing and performing. “It’s nice to have a space of our own now.” “The Music Center will provide the additional space for administrating, instructing, rehearsing and performing— something the Department’s faculty and music students have long anticipated,” said Pesce. “It has turned out to
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be very good for the faculty and the students.” The new, state-of-theart facility now has 45,000 square feet of space for its remodeled E. Desmond Lee Concert Hall, a theater with 200 seats, a small recital hall, 25 studios for music lessons, seven practice modules and four rehearsal rooms, in addition to a number of other office rooms and lounges. The concert hall, where the concert will be performed, is now the largest performance space for the University, almost doubling the Edison Theatre’s holding capacity of 656. The building was originally built as a synagogue in 1929. Pesce remarked that the three main performance spaces in the Music Center have undergone almost no changes from their original form. “You will see the signs of Judaism, with stained glass, various mosaics and symbols,” she noted. “It is a historically preserved building.” The 560 Music Center is located at 560 Trinity Ave., the westernmost part of the Delmar Loop. Pesce considers its location as an opportunity to reach out to the outside community. “I think it is now possible to see ourselves having a real presence in the Loop area,” said Pesce. The University hopes to draw a larger, more diverse crowd from the community to the Music Center’s performances. “Piano Extravaganza” will feature classic pieces from Johann Sebastian Bach, Edvard Grieg, Francis Poulenc, Sergei Rachmaninoff, John Philip Sousa, Franz von Suppé and Richard Wagner, as well as the original composition “All Hands on Deck,” by Martin Kennedy, an assistant professor of music.
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LAW STUDENT v FROM PAGE 2 She did a great job.” Although White is still a student, she argued against a lawyer; according to La Pierre, students are held to the same standards as lawyers. “There is every indication that they [the judges] hold the students to absolutely the same standard that they
hold all lawyers to,” said La Pierre. “The students have the responsibility to the client and the mere fact that they are students does not reduce the scope of their obligation.” After she made her argument in court, White said she met and talked to Smith for the first time.
“The most rewarding moment was meeting Mr. Smith and actually shaking his hand and talking to him; hearing the story straight from his mouth and knowing that he had to live through the experience we had read about for the last 10 months.”
OBAMA v FROM PAGE 1 $15. According to a Facebook event for the rally, more than 400 students have indicated their intent to attend. Obama was the first candidate to open a political office in St. Louis, and that office is one of the two offices he has in Missouri. “Missouri is a pretty important state because it has been so close in the last couple of elections,” said Lowry. “It generally reflects the way
the rest of the country is going to go.” The Missouri presidential primary is scheduled for Feb. 5, 2008, on the nationwide “Super Tuesday.” According to recent polls of the Democratic primary field, Obama is trailing Senator Hilary Clinton in the bid for the Democratic nomination. Despite this, the Obama campaign remains hopeful
that it can reach out to students and effect change in the political system. “I believe that if we focus and work together, then the results will be very good,” said Stein. Tickets to the event can be purchased online as well as at the door before the event scheduled to start at 5 p.m. —With additional reporting by Sam Guzik.
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ecently, the College Board released a report evaluating the cost of attending college. Unfortunately, the results were rather grim. On average, tuition and other costs at four-year private universities rose 6.3 percent. Even more concerning, this increase is more than double the rate of inﬂation. But while we’re certainly discouraged by yet another year where the cost of attending college substantially increases, the data on ﬁ nancial aid for disadvantaged students has genuinely disturbed us. According to the Project on Student Debt, average undergraduate debt rose by 8% during the 2005-2006 school year, an increase that outstripped even the rise in college costs. Robert Shireman, executive director for Project on Student Debt, commented on the implications of this increase in student debt thusly: “College ofﬁcials always tell us not
to worry [about rising costs] because there’s plenty of ﬁ nancial aid, but that aid is clearly not going where it’s needed.” Obviously there are serious concerns about how students will manage the rising costs of attending college. These concerns are so widespread, in fact, that the United States Senate Finance Committee has proposed legislation mandating that colleges and universities send a greater percentage of their endowment to providing ﬁ nancial aid. Schools that refuse to do so would lose their tax exempt status. For Washington University, which recently saw its endowment grow from $4.75 billion to $5.66 billion, news of this possible measure shouldn’t raise too many eyebrows. After all, the school’s ﬁ nancial success has left it well equipped to pour more of its endowment into programs designed to ease students’ ﬁ nancial burdens. Yet despite this good for-
tune, Washington University is one of the schools that is actively opposing the ﬁ nance committee’s measure. Why is this the case? Barbara Feiner, the vice chancellor for ﬁ nance at Washington University, has explained that the University opposes the measure because mandating the school’s spending of its endowment could go against the wishes of the donors. According to Feiner, “spending from the individual endowments is for the stated purpose of the respective endowment as determined by the donor.” While we understand that donor wishes limit how much of the school’s endowment can be used, we do not believe that this justiﬁes the administration’s decision to oppose the measure. For starters, not all of the University’s endowment is restricted. A quick survey of the Campaign for Washington University, a recent multi-year fundraiser that secured $1.55 billion in endowed gifts from
more than 95,000 individuals, reveals that while many of the donations were designated for speciﬁc purposes, many were not. Approximately $558 million was marked for academic programs, $230 million for faculty support and research, $180 million for facilities, $120 million for the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center and $216 million for “unrestricted and other endowment purposes.” At least in theory, it is possible to redesignate endowment funds for student ﬁ nancial aid. To be sure, it is possible that these unrestricted endowment funds might already be tied up in other projects, yet this still does not mean the administration should oppose the Senate Finance Committee’s measure. Instead, the University could begin a new fundraising campaign devoted exclusively to raising money for student ﬁ nancial aid programs. The success of the Campaign for Washington University has shown us that
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a sufﬁcient donor base exists within the campus community for such a campaign to be a success. And more to the point, even a mildly successful fundraising effort would do much to ease the costs of attending Washington University. In the past, the administration has coped with the rising costs of energy and employee health insurance by passing the extra costs onto the students. The result has been an annual series of tuition increases that have raised tuition from $25,700 during the 2001-2002 school year to $34,500 this year. Even more concerning, the University has failed to provide any indication as to when these tuition hikes will cease. The hikes have unfortunately become the status quo, and this needs to end. Should we expect another tuition increase this year after news that the Washington University endowment grew by nearly a billion dollars?
Stephen Colbert for President BY SARA REMEDIOS STAFF COLUMNIST
The great escape
unior year in college, I’m glad to report, is nothing like junior year in high school. Back then I was barely a student. I was more like a death row inmate feverishly preparing for her ﬁnal appeal. Getting out and getting far away from the monotony that was high school was my mission, and it was do or die. For better or for worse, I was keenly aware that Tess my great escape hung tenuously on my resume. It had to be convincing; it had to be impossible to ignore; it had to be somebody else’s. So with slightly desperate zeal, I became a resume builder, determined to become a wellrounded, highly marketable
college applicant. I spent my junior year on the high school hamster wheel —spinning in well-rounded circles and trying to please the ﬁckle college admissions gods. My special challenge: trying not to sacriﬁce my unique self in order to become a better version of everyone else. Having a grandmother who’s a college admissions counCroner selor brought reality into clear focus—a multitude of mandatory activities and personal character traits, precipitously lacking on my application. In class, my peers would rattle off community service hours, leadership activities and AP
scores so often I could write up everyone else’s resume better than I could my own. The competitive dash for college ran me ragged. I felt so much pressure to be someone I wasn’t and to waste my time bulking up my resume. I’m glad now that I didn’t make more sacriﬁces than I actually did. I honestly couldn’t have afforded to sell my soul so early in life. (Hey, you never know if you might need it later on.) A few soulful years later, junior year in college is truly a different world. Sure, there’s still pressure. Sure, I want to go to graduate school. Of course, I’d like to be an appealing job candidate. But even with all that, and even though I’m still sweating grades and tests and awesomely massive homework
assignments, I’m off the wheel. I’m done waiting for my sentence to be carried out. Junior year in college has delivered me a full pardon. Suddenly I feel free to try new things (things that might even make me a more wellrounded person.) And those aren’t things just for a resume, they’re just for kicks. Doesn’t it feel good when you get past attempting to simply be better than everyone else? Here’s to being a junior again and working on becoming a better version of myself. At least until I ﬁnd out what kind of resume grad schools are expecting. Tess is a junior in Arts & Sciences and a Forum editor. She can be reached via e-mail at email@example.com.
Students should hope not, but unfortunately experience has shown everyone that it is not wise to assume there is a light at the end of the tunnel. At the end of the Campaign for Washington University, David Blasingame, executive director of the campaign, stated that the success of the campaign will ultimately be measured by, “what we do in service both to our students and to the wider world.” We would hope that this was not empty rhetoric, and we expect the administration to keep its pledge toward helping students in need. A university’s worth can be measured by the good it does for its students. But Washington University is not doing any good by forcing qualiﬁed prospective students to look elsewhere due to ﬁ nancial circumstances. For these reasons, we ask that the administration seriously reconsider its opposition to the Senate Finance Committee’s measure.
K, this might sound like a rip-off of a mediocre Robin Williams movie, but I genuinely believe that Stephen Colbert’s run for president (in South Carolina, and only South Carolina) is no less than pure genius. And that’s not just because I worship him. For those who don’t know (a.k.a. have been living in a shoe), Stephen Colbert is the host of Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,” a spin-off of “The Daily Show” (on which Stephen was a correspondent for years). The show is more or less a spoof of Fox News, playing up the hardcore Americana and utter lack of, well, fact, in the commentary of many conservative news critics. Last week, Stephen went on “The Daily Show” to announce that he was considering candidacy and roughly 20 minutes later announced on his own show that he will be “seeking the ofﬁce of president of the United States of America” in the 2008 election in the great state of South Carolina. This might sound irresponsible and/or overly-irreverent to some, but to me, as I said, it’s just… genius. First of all, there’s the basic fact that the run pokes fun at the electoral process. Stephen is, after all, a satirist and let’s be honest: The buildup to presidential elections is nothing if not convoluted and crying out for satire. Stephen’s announcement of his intent to “ofﬁcially consider” whether or not he would “ofﬁcially declare” that he was “considering” a presidential run (this being his initial statement on “The Daily Show”) both mocks and mimics in equal parts. “Will I run,” “I might run,” “I’m not ruling out a run” are all passive-aggressive ploys for free media attention used by politicians prior to declaring—or rather, prior to the onset of hardcore policy analysis and mudslinging. Stephen captured their melodramatic obviousness perfectly. Secondly, Stephen’s candidacy is bringing attention to the primary process itself.
Those who might not otherwise remember/think to vote, but who always remember Comedy Central—in other words, high school and college students— will now be reminded daily of the approaching primaries. You could argue that droves of South Carolinian teens “getting out the vote” for Stephen Colbert is not quite the paragon of civic duty, but hey, at least they’ll know (kind of) what’s up. It’s a step in the right direction. Moreover, by televising “every step” of his campaign, Stephen Colbert has called attention to some of the minutiae of the process that’s completely missed most of the time—for example, the fact that the registration fee for the Democratic primary in South Carolina is only 10% of the Republican registration fee, and can actually be waved with a petition. Also, apparently it’s completely legal to run on both tickets. Who’d’ve thunk it? Mostly, though, I love the fact that Stephen Colbert is running for president (in South Carolina) because it’s just plain badass. Stephen’s campaign doesn’t “bastardize” the democratic process because the whole point is that we should all be allowed our say, allowed equal access. Why not Stephen Colbert? And, he’s only running in South Carolina, so he gets to have his say without being in any real danger of election (or rather, political obligation). Attention is called to his “issues” and to the primaries in such a way that’s almost more honest than real politics. In the same way “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report” sometimes get closer to the truth with their obvious biases than do “balanced” reports, an intentionally farcical run in the primaries says a lot about how overly-dramatized the primaries are to begin with. Taking it away from the issues to the point of satire does a lot to show just how far from the issues we sometimes come. Hillary’s pink jacket, anyone? God forbid a middle-aged woman have breasts. Sara is a junior in Arts & Sciences. She can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Halloween you didn’t know you had BY ANDREW WEISBERG STAFF COLUMNIST
he story is one we all know and love: the eternal hunt for something to do on Halloween night freshman year. You and your friends have all ﬁ nished (or procrastinated on) the next day’s homework, put on your Rago-Rama supplied costumes and, to the tunes of a repetitive party mix, prepared yourselves for the adventure that awaits you. The night is
“Tests and papers will always be due, but Halloween only comes once a year. ” yours, and you would like to make the most of it. If only you knew where to go. Half of your ﬂoor is already asleep, the other half follows you into the dark night. The wind whistles through the trees, chilling your scantily clad companions to the bone. Without any text messages from friends to guide your journey, you venture boldly onward toward Fraternity Row. Halfway to the business school, one of your companions becomes overtaken by the witch’s brew that you concocted back in your dorm and persuades the group to detour to Whispers for something to calm his stomach. Walking quickly through a deserted Mallinckrodt and past the sleeping security guard, you soon pry open Olin’s doors, delighted to have ﬁ nally reached your secondary destination. Upon entering, your eyes are treated to the truly frightening but all-too-common spectacle of students studying on a holiday. These night owls encircle the café counter, demanding endless espressos and iced coffee. Settling for some chocolate-covered pretzels, you beat a hasty retreat out of Olin and return to the
beaten path toward Frat Row. Passing by the Law School, you realize that your goal is almost in sight. You check your cell phone to see the time and realize that you missed a text from a friend, telling you about a great party somewhere near the Row. The message is incomplete; apparently the Halloween magic in the air can only handle 160 characters. Your group ventures onward, hoping to ﬁ nd something to do by trial and error. Reaching a dead end at a mysterious mansion to the left of Kappa Sigma, your group changes its mind. It is too late at this point, you all agree, and decide to re-trace your steps and call it a night. Tired from the long walk, you all decide to make a stop in Bear’s Den, where all sorts of food that you have already had a million times awaits you. Ignoring the throngs of people already inside, you “maneuver” to the front of the line and place your order. Waiting for your order to be ready, your eyes glaze over and your eyelids become heavy, plunging you into a trance that anesthetizes the agony of the wait. Once your meal emerges from the boiling oil (for once I didn’t need a Halloween metaphor), you swipe your card and sit down with friends. Swapping stories over chicken ﬁ ngers and French fries, you experience the camaraderie that makes the fruitless college night so beautiful. Sound familiar? The legend of the pointless night is certainly one that most Washington University students know from personal experience. Although nights like these disappoint many people, who see them as a wasted opportunity to chalk up another party on their social resume, this is not the case. Particularly on socially driven holidays like Halloween, students tend to worry more about what they will do than about how much fun they will have. Without any concrete plans for the night, many students choose to stay in on Halloween and get
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ahead on their work. It’s easy to get lost in the seriousness of our workload here at Wash. U. Midterms and papers are certainly integral parts of the college experience, but so is having a good time with your friends. We should all take advantage of this Halloween as an occasion to momentarily put aside our never-end-
ing workloads and give our brains a rest. Treating Halloween as yet another thing to do misses its importance entirely. Halloween should be a time to relax, dress ridiculously and simply have a good time —regardless of how you choose to do so. Most people choose to party on Halloween night, but you don’t need to drink
to enjoy Halloween. In fact, the best times at college probably won’t be a party you stumbled upon (or into, or out of, for that matter). Truly making the most of college life means embracing its social scene as well as its academic one. This Halloween, take time to get away from your studies and appreciate the random,
pointless things that you do with your friends (which, for some reason, usually end up at Bear’s Den). Tests and papers will always be due, but Halloween only comes once a year. Andrew is a sophomore in Arts & Sciences. He can be reached via e-mail at email@example.com.
Inconsistencies in Pakistan BY ZACHARY STEINERT-THRELKELD STAFF COLUMNIST
enazir Bhutto, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, is supposed to be dead. Returning from an eight-year exile—the current President, Pervez Musharraf, overthrew her in 1999—to hundreds of thousands of elated supporters in Karachi, she was doing what any good politician does: enjoying a slow drive through the city greeting supporters and occasionally making speeches. (Though warned of a possible assassination attempt by the Pakistani government, Bhutto decided to return anyway with a light police escort and the armored car; in addition, hundreds of her party supporters formed a human shield around the convey.) Then events turned sour. According to the Pakistan government, a grenade was lobbed at her (bullet and
bomb-proof) limousine while a suicide bomber blew himself up nearby. Reports vary around the exact number, but most sources estimate that at least 135 civilians were killed and another 540 wounded, making this the deadliest attack in Pakistani history. Having entered her limousine 10 minutes before the blast, Ms. Bhutto survived unscathed, though the car’s windshield was blown out and the trailing truck destroyed. According to the Pakistani government, i.e. all that is being uncritically reported, the assassination attempt represents the work of two Islamic militants with possible links to al-Qaeda. Initial reports indicated that one threw a grenade and the second blew himself up, but now the government claims both were suicide bombers; they know this because two heads have been discovered which have gone unclaimed.
This is then what every media outlet, including The New York Times, reﬂexively reports, especially because it corresponds nicely with our binary understanding of events: Bhutto is the good Western lady who evil Islamofascists (the inanity of the term suggests its own absurdity) want to kill. The problem, however, is this: Anyone with a basic understanding of international politics and a moderately critical mind (which is a lot to ask of Americans) should have serious suspicions about what we are being told. I will quickly go through some facets of the story that do not make sense or are suspicious. First, Karachi, where the events transpired, is a southern port city. These “Islamic terrorist groups” are organized in the Northwest Frontier Provinces, a secessionist area on Afghanistan’s border where Osama bin Laden hides and from where
the Taliban operate. Most importantly, it is hundreds of miles from Karachi. It is difﬁcult to believe that two men could travel across the country with vests of C4 and not be caught, especially since being from the area would immediately arouse suspicion on the government’s part. Moreover, there is a continuous and long-lasting independence movement in the Northwest Frontier Provinces, and government troops have suffered heavy losses battling those forces. (On Tuesday, one soldier was killed and two wounded after a bomb attack on their convoy.) It does not make sense that two young men would travel across the country to attack a politician who has been in exile. Granted, this politician is female and so might not be liked by a lot of people, but she ruled for most of the 1990s without any assassination attempts,
so it is difﬁcult to accept that she has suddenly become their target. Musharaff would be a much higher value target. Third, a grenade and a suicide vest do not kill 150 people and wound another 500. No other suicide bombing anywhere in the world has claimed nearly as many casualties. The crowd was undoubtedly dense, but, like a soldier throwing himself on a grenade, this should have limited the blast effect to the bomber’s immediate vicinity. The immediately surrounding bystanders would surely have been mutilated, but they also would have absorbed the blast and shrapnel. This is the most alarming aspect of the attempt. There is a clear discrepancy between the casualties reported and the weapons supposedly used. Something more institutional, like a coordinated bomb attack, best explains the
casualty accounts. There are other inconsistencies. The “bombers” would have been martyrs and so have made videos to be released upon their deaths, but no videos have surfaced. The streetlights around her convoy were not working. She was escorted by only six or seven police cars (presumably sacriﬁced). As alarming, however, is the complete acquiescence of Western media—no major media outlet has cast a discerning eye on these events. There is a fundamental disconnect between the facts being given by the Pakistani government and what logic dictates, and it is a shame that no one has talked about these more. But Pakistan is a fundamental ally, and politics always trumps truth. Zachary is a senior in Arts & Sciences. He can be reached via e-mail at zsteinert@gmail. com.
The real way to fight terror BY EVE SAMBORN STAFF COLUMNIST
he College Republican’s recent attempt to promote IslamoFascism Awareness week is a telling illustration of everything that is wrong with our execution of the War on Terror. Not only was it offensive, it was also counterproductive. I applaud College Republicans for their efforts to connect Wash. U. students to a truly important issue. The threat of Islamic fundamentalism is real and must be addressed. I also support their willingness to address the role of Islam in fostering terrorism, particularly at a university where even a slight challenge to multiculturalism is likely to be unpopular. My objection is to their
unnecessary use of inﬂammatory and imprecise rhetoric. Fascism refers to a speciﬁc political ideology favoring total state control over individual citizens. By incorrectly applying this label to disorganized groups of Islamic fundamentalists, College Republicans and federal policymakers have confused us into supporting poorly conceived policies. The conservative Sunni government of Saudi Arabia isn’t allied with the revolutionary Shi’ite government of Iran. Iraq’s Saddam Hussein is not merely a clone of Al Qaeda’s Osama bin Laden. As the civil conﬂ ict in Iraq has shown, violent Islamic extremists are not the monolithic group we once thought. We learned this lesson once when we discovered that communist China could
be an ally in our struggle against the Soviet Union. We should exploit the differences between Islamic fundamentalists rather than ignoring them. The College Republicans also missed another important point: Islam is not the root cause of terrorism. It’s true that jihadists use passages from the Koran to justify their actions; however, the Bible contains similar violent passages and millions of Muslims read the same Koran without becoming suicide bombers. We need to stop alienating moderate Muslims by criticizing their religion; we want American Muslims to spend their resources ﬁghting Islamic fundamentalists, not right-wing politicians. New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman recently wrote an excellent column
entitled “9/11 is over,” arguing that our ﬁ xation with the threats exposed on 9/11 has blinded us to the challenges facing us in the world of 9/12. It’s not that terrorism isn’t a serious threat, but that our fear of it has become counterproductive. As Friedman said, “[w]e can’t afford to keep being this stupid!” We need a homeland security system that works. Color-coded warnings based on Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff’s “gut feeling” do not make us safer. We need smarter airport security with more behavioral experts and fewer arbitrary liquids regulations. My toothpaste isn’t as dangerous as the person who lied about their intended destination. We need more National Guard units at home to respond to potential terrorist attacks or
natural disasters. We need to improve our intelligence capabilities and inter-agency coordination. We also need to ﬁ x our military capabilities. Our enormous military budget is worthless if we’re incapable of winning wars in the 21st century. Iraqi insurgents represent a new kind of threat, and all the nuclear weapons in the world won’t help us ﬁght it. It’s time to stop worrying about the strength of our bombs and to start teaching military commanders how to win the battle for hearts and minds. We need more Arab and Farsi linguists. We need to support our troops with more than just patriotic declarations; we need to provide better protective equipment, more care for veterans and shorter overseas deployments.
The Wash. U. College Republicans aren’t solely responsible for our failures in the War on Terror, yet their mistakes mirror those being made by the entire country. The best way to ﬁght terrorism isn’t to keep reminding us that Islamic fundamentalism is a threat; it’s to move on and discuss counter-terrorism measures that are effective. As the 2008 presidential election approaches, we need to demand that candidates outline real policies for improving the War on Terror. It is not enough to wave an American ﬂag and declare that all Muslims are the enemy. Eve is a freshman in Arts & Sciences. She can be reached via e-mail at elsambor@wustl. edu.
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Four Bears say farewell to Field House BY JOHANN QUA HIANSEN SPORTS REPORTER
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Senior Ellen Bruegge attacks the ball during the Oct. 17 game vs. Division II University of Missouri-St. Louis. The seniors on the volleyball team will be honored during their 7:30 p.m. game against Principia College.
“Haleigh Spencer, will you marry me?” These simple yet powerful words written in blue ink on a white board capture one of many priceless moments in time. For several players, this will be the last chance to make memories like that in the Field House. Seniors Lindsay Schuessler, Kathy Leeper, Haleigh Spencer and Ellen Bruegge will all say goodbye to the Field House as fourth ranked Washington University takes on four schools in the Bears Classic. Tonight’s games are against Peru State University at 5:15 p.m. and Principia College at 7:30 p.m., while Saturday action will see the Bears battling with Adrian College at 10 a.m. and Webster University at 2:30 p.m. in the last home game of the season. Wash. U. will honor the seniors in a ceremony prior to the Principia match. “I hope we’ll see a huge crowd Friday evening to appropriately recognize and honor the commitment our seniors have made,” said Coach Rich Luenemann.
Outside hitter Haleigh Spencer Her first memories in the Field House were of filling up water bottles as a freshman. Three years later, she’s one of the team captains of the number 4 team in the nation, with a 20-4 win loss record and a perfect 7-0 in UAA conference play. Spencer was the UAA Most Valuable Player in 2006 while setting career highs of 20 kills and three solo blocks this season. “I love my teammates,” said Spencer. “They’re just an incredible bunch and it will be hard not playing with them next year.” Her teammates describe her as “intense, fierce and a hammer, as she’s determined to nail each ball into the floor.” “All the 5’ 8” hitters in the world should note how successful someone of her stature can be,” said Luenemann. Outside hitter Kathy Leeper Another team captain, fellow Bears refer to Leeper as “the mother of the team,” “the heart and soul of the team” and “the best coach on the court.” “Kathy is the most court aware player I have ever coached,” said Luenemann. “When we need a crucial point, we’ll put her on the court.”
This year, Leeper set career highs with two solo blocks and two assists in a match. “I really regret not having Lindsay and Ellen as four year Bears,” said Luenemann. Schuessler and Bruegge began their Wash. U. careers last year after transferring from Division I University of Oklahoma and Syracuse University, respectively, where they played in front of thousands.
man hitter Nicole Penwill. Middle hitter Ellen Bruegge Bruegge had an interesting transition into the Field House. In her first game, “someone wrote on the white board ‘my mom’s name is Ellen, it’s ok with me if we get married,’” said Bruegge. “It caught me so off-guard that I gave the doodler an unintentional look of death… but now we’re friends.” This season, Bruegge has set career highs of 16 kills and three solo blocks against Juniata. “There is just one thing missing from my collegiate career that could be achieved this year…a [national championship] ring,” said Bruegge.
Defensive specialist Lindsay Schuessler Her first recollections of the Field House weren’t from the year she joined the Bears but all the way back in 4th grade when she attended a volleyball camp hosted by former head coach Teri Clemens. “It’s really neat to think of all the kids looking up to me as a player just like I looked up to the players when I was a camper,” said Schuessler. Now she’s the role model when she coaches at camps as she’s set career highs of 12 digs and four aces in a match this season. She’s known as a “fighter,” “a great defender” and “a vital part of our team chemistry” on the court. “Even when her schedule is tough, she always comes to practice with a smile on her face,” said fresh-
“[Losing to Juniata is] a memory and feeling that I won’t ever forget,” said Spencer. The team is determined to capture that elusive national championship, as it’s the last chance for the seniors. Tonight, fans should flood the Field House. “I hope that a lot of fans come to watch us play since this could be the last time they can see a game,” said teammate Alli Alberts. “We haven’t had many home games so Wash. U. should be itching to see us play.”
Seniors say good-bye at last home game this weekend BY TRISHA WOLF SENIOR SPORTS EDITOR Sunday marks the ﬁnal regular season appearance of Washington University’s six senior women’s soccer players at Francis Field, a group of tough women that will undeniably be missed. “They were the ones we stayed with as recruits and we came here because of them,” said junior Jenny Philip. “The seniors embody what is special about the program and our chemistry.” “This group is very passionate about the game and brings lots of heart,” added Head Coach Wendy Dillinger. Injuries have had a large impact on the careers of this year’s seniors. Perhaps the most noticeable has been that of captain Kim O’Keefe. A starter since her freshman year, O’Keefe has been named honorable-mention on the allUAA team every year. Unfortunately, she tore her ACL over the summer and was forced to sit out her entire senior season. “Even though she hasn’t played this season, she still has been a big source of leadership,” said junior Caitlin Malone. “She makes sure people are working hard and keeps up team morale.” Captain Carrie Sear has
been the team’s starting goalie the past two seasons after recovering from a broken nose as a sophomore. Her 0.34 goals against average last season set a single-season record, an accomplishment which led to her being named to the ﬁrst team all-UAA and all-region. She currently sits at third on the all-time wins list with 30. “It will be weird not having Carrie there,” said back-up goal keeper Amanda Boe. Abbey Hartmann has been a starting outside midﬁelder for the last two years. Also a standout on Wash. U.’s track team, Hartmann recovered from a broken leg just in time to play this year and currently leads the team in assists with four on the season. Marin McCarthy ﬁrst established herself as a midﬁeld starter her sophomore year. She has been a leader on that part of the ﬁeld ever since, starting every game this season despite the fact that her knees have worn down to the cartilage. “They bring so much experience and are so valuable on the ﬁeld,” said Dillinger of Hartmann and McCarthy. “As seniors, they know what they’re up against.” After establishing herself as a starter partway through her freshman year, Jessica Deneweth also served as a staple on defense as a sophomore. Fol-
lowing an injury, she only appeared in two games as a junior and spent all of last year rehabbing her back. Rebounding this year, she has made appearances in 12 games. “This year was about proving to myself that I can do it,” said Deneweth. “I wanted to make it as good as possible and enjoy as many moments as possible.” Midﬁelder Lisa Goldsmith spent much of her freshman and sophomore years building up her playing time. She missed all of her junior year with a knee injury, which still plagues her as she has only made one appearance this season. “Her body keeps telling her to quit, but she doesn’t want to,” said Malone. More than anything, these players have helped to build Wash. U.’s women’s soccer program. “The program has undergone a whole lot of changes and keeps making strides towards a national championship,” said Boe. “They helped to pave the way and now we are getting top recruits. We couldn’t have gotten to this stage without them.” Because of what they have overcome, these players will be missed. “There are so many so many strong personalities on the team,” said Philip. “There will be big shoes to ﬁll when they leave. It will be hard to step up into that role.
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Senior goalkeeper Carrie Sear stops an incoming ball in the Oct. 22 game vs. Wheaton. Sear, a captain of the women’s soccer team, has been the starting goalie for the past two years.
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alloween is a standout date on many peopleâ€™s calendars, but the facts behind its superstitions and trends tend to get overshadowed by mounds of candy and plastic JackO-Lanterns. Do you actually know the origins of this spooky celebration? How about the reasons behind popular superstitions? Here are some interesting facts that you and your friends may not know about different aspects of this oh-sohallowed day.
The history of Halloween Halloween, which falls on the last day of the Celtic calendar, was originally a pagan holiday that honored the dead. It used to be referred to as All Hallows Eve and dates back 2000 years.
Trick or treating To appease evil spirits like ghosts, goblins and demons, the Celts would build bonfires to light a way for the spirits to find their way into the living world. They would also hold a huge feast, making sure to leave food and treats out for the spirits. If no offerings were made, the spirits would play evil â€œtricksâ€? on the living.
Orange and black The colors orange and black became tied to Halloween because of supernatural rituals of the occult. These rituals included events like commemorative masses of the dead, held in November. Orange, unbleached beeswax candles were used in this ceremony, and the ceremonial caskets were covered in black cloths. These days, the orange and black color scheme can be found gracing everything from cookies to earrings.
Bloody Mary Bloody Mary is a ghost or witch that is said to appear in a mirror when her name is called. Though she will reportedly come if you call her name anywhere from three to 100 times, 13 times seems to be the most popular choice. To summon her, ghost-seekers must be in a darkened room lit only by a candle. Accounts of the real-life Mary vary
widely. Most accounts say that Bloody Mary refers to Mary Worth, who was horribly disfigured in a car crash, but others believe that she was a witch burned at the stake who returns for revenge. Still other believers say that Mary Worth was a child-murderer or possibly the English Queen Mary I, whose life was plagued by miscarriages and false pregnancies and whose reign was marked by religious persecution.
â€œIf one breaks a mirror, one will have bad luck for seven years.â€? This superstition harks back to an ancient myth that the image in a mirror was actually a personâ€™s soul. A broken mirror thus represented the soul being separated from the body. In order to break the spell and prevent misfortune, one must wait seven hours (one hour for each year of bad luck) before picking up the pieces of a broken mirror and burying them outside in the moonlight.
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ushi is a staple in the diets of many Washington University students, and choosing between the many sushi restaurants in the area can be a little tricky. Miso on Meramec delivers excellent sushi, as well as delicious pan-Asian fusion cuisine, all in a beautiful setting. Though the prices are a little higher at Miso than they are at other St. Louis restaurants, the quality of both food and service makes Miso worth every dollar. Even at 6 oâ€™clock on a weekday, Miso was starting to get crowded. We were given the option to eat outside, but we decided to venture downstairs. As we walked down the steps,
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we almost forgot that we were at an Asian restaurant. Before we reached the bottom, we were struck by what would seem to be the VIP section of a swanky club, complete with plush, upholstered chairs and small glass tables. In fact, Miso doubles as a lounge with a bar that stays open long after the kitchen closes. A friendly hostess greeted us at the bottom of the stairs and seated us a standard table on the roomâ€™s left side. We wondered why we werenâ€™t offered a table on the other side, which was complete with inviting couches and slipper chairs. While that seating deďŹ nitely appeared cozier, we soon forgot about the discrepancy. Dim lighting and a bounty of leather made us feel at home in any part of the basement of
â€œIt is bad luck to walk under a ladder.â€? Before the gallows existed, criminals were hung from the top rung of a ladder and their spirits were believed to linger underneath. It is supposed to be bad luck to walk underneath a ladder because to do so one must pass through the triangle of evil ghosts and spirits.
â€œSparrows are bad luck.â€? Black sparrows are thought to carry the souls of the dead, so killing a sparrow is believed to bring bad luck.
There are, of course, many versions and explanations for all of these superstitions and mysteries. Having given some of the mystical and supernatural aspects of Halloween, I will leave you with one fun (and helpful) Saint Louis fact: in St. Louisâ€”and only St. Louisâ€”trick-or-treaters are actually expected to tell a joke or do a trick to receive candy. So pick your joke, get some candy and have a happy Halloween!
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this former bowling alley. In addition to sushi, the menu at Miso boasts soups, salads and small and large plates. Our attentive waiter conďŹ rmed the order in which we wanted our food served but soon after informed us that the sushi bar was backed up and asked if it was OK to switch up the order of our plates a bit. We had no objections. Our small plates arrived minutes after we placed our order. We dove into the Vietnamese spring rolls. These were simple, made with fresh vegetables and mint that was contrasted by a tangy and delicious Vietnamese Hoisin sauce. At ďŹ rst the rolls seemed light and refreshing, but it wasnâ€™t too long after we ďŹ nished the ďŹ rst roll that we both noticed something tasted a little off. Thankfully, our problems with the spring rolls were quickly alleviated when we tasted the ďŹ‚ash-fried calamari. They were lightly breaded and served with a wasabi aioli, which tasted almost like a spicy honey mustard sauce. This dish was absolutely delectable and set the tone for the rest of the meal. By the time we had ďŹ nished the small plates, our waiter brought over the sushi. We ordered two kinds of maki sushi (rolls) and four kinds of nigiri sushi (pieces). The California roll consisted of crab, avocado and cucumber and was very
tasty. The Dynamite roll had salmon, tuna and whiteďŹ sh in a spicy sauce with avocado and cucumber. It was appetizing, but the cucumber and avocado took away from the ďŹ‚avor of the ďŹ sh and we would have liked to see more creativity. The nigiri sushi was excellent. Each order of nigiri sushi comes with two pieces, and we had salmon, yellowtail, crab stick and toro (fatty tuna). The ďŹ sh was fresh and savory, and the sushi chef had put just the right amount of wasabi on the rice. The toro was the best weâ€™ve had in St. Louis. After sampling the sushi offerings, we were excited to try our large plate choices. The spicy lamb stir-fry and the shrimp pad Thai were both excellent and ďŹ‚avorful. The stir-fry was sautĂŠed in an appetizing soy-vinegar sauce with water chestnuts, leeks and spinach. Though it was very good, we would have preferred if it were slightly less spicy. The pad Thai dish was also enjoyable, particularly because it was topped with fresh bean sprouts and sliced carrots. The shrimp was perfectly cooked, and the nutty ďŹ‚avor was especially scrumptious. Though the check was beyond our usual price range, the food was worth the extra money. We would deďŹ nitely recommend Miso for a special night out or with family visitors.
Miso sushi is sure to delight diners.
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re you tired of being the lone tomato at Halloween? Every year, it’s hard to ﬁ nd a costume that is clever and stylish enough for you to wear all day, especially if your friends and classmates wear their typical jeans and hood-
ies. While getting attention is always fun, we all know how awkward it can be when you clearly stick out of a group. So this year, why not try wearing coordinating costumes with your friends? Instead of being the solo tomato, you can be part of the whole cast of Veggie Tales. Groups always have a better time wearing costumes together and sharing in the fun of Halloween night. Pair up with a friend, coordinate with your suite, or if you’re ambitious you can even try to organize a ﬂoor-wide
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theme. If you’re dressing up with one other person, your choices for get-ups are pretty much endless. While it’s fun to dress as a famous pair like the Olsen Twins or Posh and Becks (tabloid talk for David Beckham), try dressing up as a pair of inanimate objects. We all know that the fork ran away with the spoon, and who wouldn’t love to be part of a pair of bananas? Keep in mind that clever plays on words can always add spice to a simple costume. You will never forget the time you got “plugged” all night long—because you were an electric socket and your best friend was dressed as a plug. There are many options for dressing with your suitemates or roommates, too. If you all love Disney movies, dress up as popular movie characters. Whether you’re fans of “High School Musical,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” or “Winnie the Pooh,” you can use your creativity to create a memorable
look. Female suites can also easily dress as the Fantana Girls or characters from “Sex and the City.” Male foursomes can be the news team from “Anchorman” or the Ninja Turtles. If you don’t share many common interests with your costume buddies, try dressing up as matching food products or a collection of ofﬁce supplies. Floor-wide groups can draw off of all sorts of pop culture mainstays. Take your inspiration from a popular TV show like “Desperate Housewives,” “Scrubs” or “The Ofﬁce,” and assign every member of your ﬂoor a speciﬁc role. Alternatively, pay some homage to any sort of ridiculously-dressed music group such as the Village People, the Backstreet Boys (in their all-white get ups, of course) or the ﬁve-inch-heelclad Spice Girls. If you have always wanted to try out the leggings trend but never found the right time to start, now is your chance: you can wear
A suit and tie (and mustache) will do it. spandex all night long if your friends dress up as a gang of superheroes. The Incredibles and the Justice League come to mind, but any other assembly of crime ﬁghters will do, too. I know a lot of girls are tempted by the thought of donning a sexed-up version of basically any costume already in existence, but remember that Bauhaus is held outside in a tent and it might get pretty chilly out there. Think seriously before you buy that lace pinafore nurse costume and keep in mind that shivering all night in a sexy outﬁt will not be nearly as fun as enjoying yourself in apparel that pro-
vides a little more warmth. When it comes to actually assembling your costume, be creative—you don’t have to go out to the store and spend $50 on a costume. Look around your dorm room and scour your friends’ shelves to get the clothes you need. Chances are that someone has those pink ﬁshnet stockings or tweed suit you need to make your costume shine. Also ask your friends about any old costumes they might have. While they probably will want to wear a different costume, their old outﬁt will be new for you. Take Halloween as a chance to dress up as something utterly ridiculous or obnoxious and enjoy the feeling of letting go of your normal self-consciousness, which will probably come back in all its glory the morning after you and your fabulous costume make your society debut. Only one question remains: How old is too old for trick-ortreating?
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FRIDAY | OCTOBER 26, 2007
SCENE our hometown
fall time frolicking in the Lou
BY FELICIA BASKIN SENIOR SCENE EDITOR
Edgewood Children’s Center (St. Louis Protestant Orphan’s Asylum)
COURTESY OF THE DARKNESS
The Darkness haunted house is rated number one in St. Louis; this is a characteristic room inside. BY STEVE HARDY SCENE REPORTER
appy Halloween! What better place to spend the most haunted time of year than in St. Louis? The city has a rich history of ghost lore, including a few local favorite phantoms, like Hitchhiking Annie, Patience Worth and The Lavender Lady. Even the movie “The Exorcist” was based on real events that happened here: when the devil scratches words on the kid’s chest, he spells “Louis” in reference to our great city and the legend goes that the real-life exorcism was performed by local priests. The following sites offer up local Halloween scares. Some merely feature costumed actors rushing from behind walls for a quick fright, but other ghouls are much more sinister…and perhaps even real.
Lemp Mansion On February 13th, 1904 at 9:30 in the morning, William Lemp, Sr. took a gun, sat on his bed and shot himself in the head. He died 45 minutes later. Within the next 50 years, all his remaining children—Elsa, Billy and Charles—would die from self-inﬂ icted gunshot wounds. Interestingly, Lemp Sr.’s suicide is attributed to the depression he felt from
his favorite son’s death, which occurred in 1901. Today, the ghosts of the Lemps haunt their former home. Guests have recounted seeing doors opening and closing, candles lighting and objects being thrown. Many visitors report a palpable dread which looms over the house, and some have even seen mysterious ﬁgures that have been identiﬁed as William and his mother Lillian (also known as the Lavender Lady). The Lemp Mansion now houses a renowned murder mystery theatre, but haunted tours are offered at night.
The Darkness Whatever you fear, The Darkness has something to terrify you. Monsters, psychos, zombies and demons all make appearances in St. Louis’ premier haunted house. Animatronics and over 50 actors all contribute to the terror contained inside the two-story building. Now in its 14th year, The Darkness promises that this Halloween all your senses will be working in overdrive. Though a bit expensive ($15), it was ranked in the Top 13 Haunted Houses in America by both USA Today and AOL.com and has been featured on the History Channel.
This center was built in the 1830s in response to a cholera epidemic that orphaned many St. Louis children and then became a stop on the Underground Railroad. In 1890, two orphans got lost in a secret tunnel beneath the buildings and were later found dead. Then, in 1910, a ﬁ re destroyed much of the property and killed a young girl, whose spirit is rumored to inhabit Edgewood to this day. Staff have named her Rachel, and many claim that they hear her skipping and playing in the halls when no one else is around. Several say that they hear footsteps running through the air where a staircase used to be before the 1910 ﬁ re. Another ghost of a young girl is said to sit in the cottonwood tree outside. The center operates today as a home for abused children and can be visited, though no tours are offered.
Silo X Ever wondered what would happen if Half-Life was a haunted house? At Silo X, a military experiment has gone awry and all the soldiers have mutated into terrible ghouls. While the props aren’t quite up to par with those of The Darkness, Silo X features some pretty sweet mutated zombie soldier costumes that are worth the visit. While you’re there, take a ride on the Haunted Hayride or check
out Hornbuckle’s Cornﬁeld for more classic Halloween scares.
Six Flags Fright Fest Watch the park transform into a Halloween dream after the sun goes down. With several haunted houses and live shows, there’s a lot to see. Ghouls wander the park and every 13th minute of the hour you can watch them break it down and do the Zombie Stomp. If you ever need a break from the scary stuff, the park offers up its usual roller coasters, but try to ride before braving any of the special interactive exhibits. There’s the Cofﬁ n of Fear, where anyone plucky enough to share a casket with a few dozen worms can win a prize. Don’t like waiting in line? Take a spin on the Wheel of Fright. You can skip the wait, but you might have to eat a cockroach to do so.
Saint Louis Spirit Search This paranormal investigation team has been operating in St. Louis for about 15 years and was featured on MTV’s “Fear.” While they offer the ofﬁcial tours of Lemp Mansion, their business is primarily concerned with diagnosing and eradicating tricky ghosts. If regular maintenance can’t eliminate that unearthly voice, cold spot or apparition plaguing your home, self-proclaimed “Professional Ghost Hunters” will go to your residence and help give you peace of mind. They also offer spiritual counseling.
on’t get me wrong—goblins and mysteries can be fun from time to time. Still, having a good time in the fall doesn’t have to involve any sort of mischief or gore. There are plenty of ways to get out and enjoy the perks of this beautiful season without so much as having to search for a costume. The next time you need a break from the books, head on out to one of the following spots for some fresh air and a ton of fall-themed fun. Kirkwood Pumpkin Patch Whether your cravings run savory or sweet, the Kirkwood Pumpkin Patch is the place to go to fulfill your needs for fall treats. This quaint local destination features a year-round produce stand run by Summit Farms. Rows of delectable Honey Crisp Apples border stacks of fresh asparagus and sweet corn. A seasonal pumpkin patch is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and offers pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, priced by the pound. You can also find delectable treats like pumpkin rolls, apple butter and all sorts of yummy pies. On Saturdays, additional vendors set up in the grass around the market to offer wares like cinnamon rolls and Kettle Corn. The market is located at 150 East Argonne in the city of Kirkwood, Missouri. Forest Park Hayrides It’s simply not every day that you get the chance to ride on the back of a tractor through one of our nation’s largest parks. Tractors leave at regular intervals from Faulkner Drive (near the Science Center) on Friday and Saturday nights. A ride lasts forty-five minutes and ends at a bonfire. Visitors are encouraged to bring food like marshmallows or hot dogs to make the night even more festive. To make reservations, call the property’s Parks Department at (314) 289-5330. Great Godfrey Maze Cut into a seven-acre cornfield; the Great Godfrey Maze is quite the sight. This year’s maze has a cowboy theme and is composed of two separate twisting trails. Print off a coupon online and then take a trip to Godfrey, Ill. to wander and turn your way through the maze. If you want to go, you’d better do it this weekend—the maze’s season closes on October 28. Tower Grove Park Orange and black isn’t the only color combination that abounds in the fall. At Tower Grove Park, St. Louisans can enjoy the gorgeous scenery of fall time foliage. The park showcases more than 8,000 trees and shrubs that were imported back in 1968. There are also plenty of interesting sculptures, a Victorian pavilion and places to play sports like tennis or soccer. On Saturdays, the park hosts an outdoors farmer’s market, too. The park is open Monday through Friday. To get directions, use the destination address of 256 Magnolia Avenue, St. Louis, Mo. Shaw Nature Reserve
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The Lemp Mansion is spook-tacular.
Off the I-44 in the city of Gray Summit sits the Shaw Nature Reserve, an inviting property that spans four square miles of plant collections and landscapes. Botanical collections include prairie grasses, an upland forest community, and a series of wetland habitats. Visitors to the site can check out the visitor’s center for seasonal displays and educational programming or make a stop in a prairie era-like sod house. Pack a picnic, grab some friends and spend some time exploring what this testament to nature’s wonders has to offer. No matter how you choose to have your fun, make an effort this fall to take advantage of St. Louis’s unique attractions. You may not get candy at the door when you come and go from these local establishments, but the memories you make are sure to last far beyond the fall season.
COURTESY OF THE GREAT GODFREY CORN MAZE
Get lost in the Great Godfrey Corn Maze, one of the many fall delights available in St. Louis.
Raven’s Mansion is Creepyword’s haunted house and is located in a spooky pumpkin patch.
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