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Students express concern over study abroad costs BY BRITTANY FARB STAFF REPORTER Due to a recent investigation of the study abroad industry conducted by the New York State attorney general’s office, universities across the country are scrambling to prove the legality of their study abroad programs. At Washington University, students planning to go abroad are concerned about the costs of the programs. While students are usually guaranteed to pay the same tuition while abroad, this is not always the case. “I really don’t think it is ever the case that it is truly the same amount,” said senior Tony Lett, who studied at King’s College in London last semester. “I definitely think Wash. U. makes a profit off students going abroad. At the time, paying top dollar didn’t really bother me. This was my only time in London so I was going to make the most of it.” After hearing about a friend’s unfortunate tuition experience at another school, junior Molly Sandler admitted being cautious when she goes abroad to Chile. Sandler plans to study at the Pontificia Universidad Catolicade de Chile next semester. “I have a friend [who] went abroad through another school other than her own and she got ripped off because that school’s tuition is cheaper,” said Sandler. “She had to pay regular tuition even though it was more expensive.” According to Priscilla Stone, director of overseas programs in the school of arts and sciences, University tuition is charged to all students on approved programs for which University credit is granted. “By charging all students Washington University tuition rates we provide

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greater clarity for parents and students, eliminate concerns related to foreign exchange rates, minimize financial incentives in the choice of study abroad programs and emphasize academic priorities,” said Stone. “This payment arrangement guarantees that whatever financial assistance or aid the student receives from Washington University will continue to apply wherever they study.” Currently, other American universities operate several study abroad programs offered to university students. For example, Duke University manages a consortium of schools that sends students to China. According to Stone, students will never pay another university tuition other than Washington University. “If a study abroad program’s tuition is higher than Washington University tuition, students are charged Washington University tuition and not the higher external rate,” said Stone. “Conversely, any difference in what we pay as tuition to the foreign program providers reverts to Washington University and is used to help recover administrative costs required to provide faculty oversight and student services for our programs abroad.” Sandler, however, remains aware of possible discrepancies that may arise when she receives her tuition bill. “I think that it is probably more expensive [to study abroad through Washington University] than doing it on my own,” said Sandler. “But Wash. U. also absorbs some of the other costs along the way.” Although Lett was originally angered by this procedure, he later understood the reasoning behind the University’s procedure.

Governor, mayor commit to fight global poverty

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Governor Matt Blunt speaks at the ONE campaign against poverty on Thursday, Sept. 4 in the Women’s Building Formal Lounge. Missouri is the 9th state to sign the ONE proclamation which spotlights challenges associated with global poverty and disease. BY SAM GUZIK SENIOR NEWS EDITOR This Thursday morning, Governor Matt Blunt and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay convened on the Washington University campus with other prominent members of the St. Louis community to declare their solidarity with the ONE campaign in the fight against global poverty and disease. “As Americans living in the twenty-first century, we enjoy an unprecedented level of freedom and prosperity that really is unequaled in the world,” said Governor Blunt. “But prosperity and freedom are not the only qualities that distinguish us. There is also a can-do attitude that leads more American to service than any other nation in

the world.” Blunt and Slay signed proclamations declaring Missouri and St. Louis a state and city of ONE, respectively. The declarations represent a commitment to the values of the ONE Campaign, a coalition of prominent non-profit organizations and millions of Americans in the fight to improve the quality of life of people around the world. Missouri is the ninth state to declare itself a “State of ONE,” joining Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine and Vermont. St. Louis is the second city in the state to align itself with the movement, following New Madrid, which made its proclamation in early August. The University Alliance of

Students Against Poverty (ASAP) and the ONE campaign worked together to bring the event to campus. “This event really echoes our mission to reach out and unite people working to fight the same cause no matter what their background is,” said sophomore Stephanie Koh, a member of ASAP and one of the speakers at the signing. Koh worked with members of the ONE campaign over the summer to plan the event that invited politicians, educators and religious leaders. Multiple speakers highlighted the significance of holding the proclamation on a college campus. “What’s so exciting about this is the student involvement,” said Jack Oliver, co-chairman of the ONE board. “At time when

Americans have become so cynical about politics, this issue is creating an opportunity show that we can make a difference.” Both Blunt and Slay underscored Oliver’s remark by ceremonially presenting their signed proclamations to Koh. The signing also worked to bridge political divides, as Blunt and Slay respectively belong to the Republican and Democratic parties. “Someone asked what the governor and I were doing in the same place at the same time, and I said, ‘We have a common enemy, and that’s poverty,’” said Slay. Other speakers at the event included Reverend Clinton McCann, an Evangelical professor

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Students build Ecuadorian chocolate factory BY DAVID SONG NEWS EDITOR

COURTESY OF JAKE LEVITAS

The group crossing the Napo River, an Amazon tributary, near Shandia, Ecuador.

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At Washington University, the chocolate factory is more than something from Roald Dahl. Jake Levitas and Mason Earles, seniors in the College of Arts & Sciences, have been working with a cocoa cooperative in Ecuador to build a chocolate factory. “Last fall we took a semester off and traveled in Ecuador,” said Levitas. “When we got there, we volunteered for Kallari, a local, organic cooperative based in the Amazon, with about 800 farming families. We were there for six to eight weeks and after getting to know the organization, we realized they wanted their own chocolate factory.” Initiated in 1997, Kallari is comprised of over 30 rural Amazonian communities, with around 50 families each. Currently, Kallari rents out a factory

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away from the cooperative and the chocolate produced there goes to chocolatiers based in Europe and Canada. However, the costs of hiring an architect and a business consultant were prohibitive for Kallari; Levitas and Earles decided that students at the University could help with that problem. “We came back in the spring and we wanted to fi nd students interested in this project,” explained Earles. While they originally sought students from each of the University’s schools, Levitas and Earles eventually found five architecture students, one business student and two students in Arts & Sciences interested in working with the cooperative in Ecuador. Once all students were organized, they set a deadline for spring break and began working on architectural and business plans for the factory. The University’s Undergraduate Research office and the

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School of Architecture aided them with $8,000 in funds. That money served to bring Kallari Director Carlos Pozo from Ecuador to the United States as part of an educational tour with St. Louis chocolatiers. “Part of the money also went toward bringing [Pozo] to St. Louis,” said Earles. “We visited Bissinger’s Chocolates in St. Louis, a local chocolate company, to talk about the chocolate industry.” Despite relatively few resources and little experience with which to operate, the team managed to present their plans at the University Undergraduate Research Symposium in the spring. After receiving several grant awards from the University, seven team members returned to Ecuador over spring break to present their work to local communities. “We worked with the Skandalaris Center for Entrepre-

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The Arch All freshmen and transfers are invited to explore the Gateway Arch at night from 7-11 p.m. You can take a tram to the top, hang out at the museum and meet a lot of new people. Contact your Orientation Ambassador, Resident Advisor or Residential College Director for more details. Hip-Hop Party Ballroom Dance Club, WUsauce and Penthouse 6 Productions are hosting a night of smooth Latin beats blended with Hip-hop beats. This annual dance will be held in the Gargoyle from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. Polish Falcon Festival A two-day celebration of Polska food hits St. Louis this weekend at the Polish Falcon Gardens at 2013 St. Louis Ave. Lunch will be from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. and dinner from 4-7:30 p.m., featuring a lot of kishke and a lot of beer. You can also listen to Chicago’s Downtown Sound between meals. Admission is free, but food and drink are not.

Saturday, September 8 Potluck Come enjoy a delicious potluck dinner in Friedman Lounge from 6–8 p.m. sponsored by the Association of Mixed Students. Many cultural foods will be served, including “fusion” dishes. Don’t forget to bring money. Yoga for Peace Join people from around the city at this day-long Yoga session in honor of the September 11 victims, held at the Tower Grove Farmers’ Market & Bazaar at 4256 Magnolia Avenue. The 108 sun salutations—a series of postures—begin at 9 a.m. Admission is $10–25 and all proceeds go to peace organizations.

Sunday, September 9 Dance Marathon Info Session Want to learn how to be a part of one of the largest University fundraisers of the year? Go to Ursa’s Fireside from 8–9 p.m. and get involved in this philanthropic event that raised more than $123,000 in 2006 for the Children’s Miracle Network of Greater St. Louis. South Asia Heritage Fair Head out to the Columns Banquet and Conference Center at 711 Veterans Memorial Parkway. from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. to learn about cultures and histories from India, Pakistan, Nepal and many other nations. The fair also features a ton of food booths. Admission is free. Learn more at www.sahf2007.com.

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Last week, Washington University residents and commuters arrived on campus for a new year. Many of them, however, noticed a price increase in student services which add to the price of tuition. “It’s an institution, not a business and I feel like [the University] is doing business with the students,” said South 40 resident and junior Jennifer Han. Most notably, there have been increases in the prices of parking, laundry, health insurance and campus meals. Last year, the yellow, blue and brown parking decals all cost $380. This year, however, the cost is now priced at $400. Without these stickers, students are not able to park on campus. Lisa Underwood, director of parking and transportation services, stated that parking permit prices typically increase every year. The money from parking permits, said Underwood, goes toward supporting new structures, as well as toward maintaining old structures such as elevators, lighting and the surfaces in parking garages. “We are providing a program and that program has costs associated with it,” she said. According to Underwood, parking prices are also high because only students who possess permits are paying for the facilities and services that the

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neurial Studies and director Ken Harrington,” said Levitas. “The design was reviewed by architecture professors Jana Pereau and Don Koster; they enjoyed it and gave a lot of good advice.” According to Levitas, professors Pereau and Koster are University authorities on sustainable design—one of the goals of the Kallari cooperative, which also includes building a sustainable community. “Another one of the goals was to work toward sustainable community; Kallari’s mission is to provide alterative jobs to [work] in the petroleum and logging industries,” said Earles, referring to two of Ecuador’s more dominant sectors of employment. Fair trade practices for the cooperative’s workers—one

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the University’s commitment to fighting poverty both actively and academically. “I’m really impressed with the leadership that our students are bringing into the community and public service broadly,”

“We want to continue with the design and implementation process of the factory,” noted Earles. “We want engineering, art, architecture, environmental studies students involved to [create] a relation between students and Kallari, and for [the project] to be educational for the students, with a real problem for them to solve.” Levitas hopes that the project will establish a relationship between the University and Kallari, and manage to set up an independent study class in Ecuador for University students. Work with Kallari and the chocolate factory, he hopes, will be very interdisciplinary and encompass many departments at the University. “It’s hands-on experience that you don’t get in the classroom every day,” said Levitas.

more of Kallari’s goals—have also been a significant part of the project. “Through fair trade prices, getting the prices for the beans has increased profits for the farmers,” said Levitas. “Making [chocolate] bars has more value added to it.” “It’s beyond the standards of fair trade,” added Earles. “The wages have seen a steady, substantial increase of wages each year for farmers.” Because a number of students involved graduated last year, the project currently rests in the hands of Levitas, Earles and a third University student. Nonetheless, Levitas says that he anticipates the actual building of the factory to occur within the next year and hopes new University students will become involved in the project.

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ccording to the Study Abroad Office’s Web site, 34% of WU graduating seniors report having studied abroad during the school year or the summer during their time at Washington University. Often touted by the University in promotional literature is that study abroad during the school year will cost “only” as much as Washington University tuition. There are two defects in this promotional strategy. First of all, it is often mentioned only as a side note that there are many additional costs that are necessary beyond Washington University tuition when one studies abroad. The Web site claims that “the WU program price” includes tuition, student health insurance, “and any housing, food, airfare or other costs paid by WU on the student’s behalf.” But the Uni-

versity does not pay for these things on a student’s behalf— the student pays for them him or herself. The policy is only clarified as an afterthought: “It is important to note that Washington University tuition covers only the educational costs of any study abroad program.” Extra costs pile up for most study abroad students from airfare, room and board, tourist expenses and within-country transportation expenses, making the ultimate cost for the study abroad program far more than Washington University tuition. The second aspect of study abroad not emphasized or even mentioned in the literature is that many of the study abroad programs cost less than Washington University tuition if students go directly through the school in which they will study.

For example, the school offers a program through Utrecht University in the Netherlands. The tuition of this program through Washington University one year is $33,460, not including additional expenses. But the University of Utrecht charges only 5,50010,000 euros for students from outside of the European Union for a year’s tuition, which comes out to about $7,50013,500. In a news article titled “Students express concern over study abroad costs,“ Priscilla Stone, director of Overseas Programs in the School of Arts and Sciences told Student Life that, “by charging all students Washington University tuition rates we provide greater clarity for parents and students, eliminate concerns related to foreign exchange rates, minimize fi nancial incentives in the choice of study abroad

programs and emphasize academic priorities.” While we have no doubt that the Overseas Program should be concerned about making a student’s study abroad decision as simple as possible, we question tactics such as these which add thousands of dollars in unnecessary costs to study abroad programs. Students can only get the original tuition by taking the formality of a leave-of-absence from the University for the amount of time they study directly through the desired school. And after their leaveof-absence abroad, students get only two credits directly through the discretion of the study abroad office. To attain three or more credits from such a non-University-sponsored study abroad program requires petitioning people in the department for each course for which credit is desired.

Essentially, the University is presenting students with a choice: pay more to study abroad than it actually costs, or jump through hoops to get credit. Washington University, then, ought to either modify the manner of promotion of study abroad opportunities to warn students of the potential extra costs, or they should modify their study abroad system. We recommend the latter. The study abroad administrators should lower the costs of study abroad programs where schools have lower tuition than Washington University, and the extra monetary requirements outside of educational tuition should be made clear as soon as possible to potential studiers-abroad. With this change, the school would even be able to improve their approach to promoting study abroad opportunities to

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prospective students—rather than paying the same tuition to study abroad, potential students would be enticed by the idea of paying less. For the same reason, the opportunity to study abroad would become more attractive to current undergraduates as well, and the 34% of graduates who have studied abroad would increase significantly. Study abroad is an important opportunity for students to fully immerse themselves in another culture and an increased percentage of students who have studied abroad will mean students that are more familiar with the world and mindful of cultural diversity. The University should consider modifying their study abroad policies to make studying abroad a monetarily fair experience and something from which students truly know what to expect.

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BAUER “FACTS” ARE MALICIOUS Dear Editor: While I understand the need for irreverent and sometimes sophomoric humor in a college newspaper—and indeed at this point I don’t expect much more from Student Life—the recent “Just the Facts” piece lampooning former Wash. U. professor Jerome Bauer’s “Cervantes Free University” was not only meanspirited but embarrassingly unfunny. One would think that if Student Life decides publish a piece that is potentially offensive to members of the Wash.

U. community, as this “article” certainly was, that it should be justified by some sort of satirical, or even ironic, purpose. Barring that, your readers at the minimum have the right to expect the piece to be funny. This didn’t come close. (e.g., “stealing traffic detour signs and using them to steer unwitting drivers to CFU open house meetings.”) I’m embarrassed to go a school where the student newspaper is so desperate for content and so unconcerned with maintaining a minimum level of discourse that it is will-

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HARRIS AND SUBWAY Dear Editor: This is to clarify the employment history of William Harris at the Washington University Subway. Mr. Harris was employed by us for two months in 2003. He worked primarily at our Delmar Loop

store. He was a recent graduate of University City High School with no criminal or misdemeanor record. He was arrested in our store for the unrelated crime in University City that your article mentioned. He never worked for Subway again. We do background checks on all new employees we hire. - Loren H. Grossman OwnerWashington University Subway

t’s a funny thing about free many times in your life have you had large chunks of time time; too much of it can with no one around, no TV, no feel awfully restricting. At work to do and no car? Seems school I fantasize conpretty clear now that savoring stantly about empty hours and quiet solitude is something a blank schedule. When I’m that has to be learned. You sweating deadlines and skiphave to fight for freeping sleep, images of dom in your free time a cozy bed and a good and not indulge your book dance in my more indolent inclinahead (and the dance tions. can get louder and I think I’m better louder, like flamenco at fighting that battle inside my skull). now, but this past When you don’t have summer was a bruissomething, it can be ing discovery of how all you want. And Tess Croner totally dependent I can here at Wash. U., I be on other people for want free time badly. entertainment. And But here’s the funif I don’t have people, I usuny (or sad) part: this past sumally have a TV. Without either, mer I had loads of free time. I things can get pretty lonely. was working eight hours a day, But I shouldn’t have been but I came home to my quiet lonely. I’ve always considered TV-less rented room each day myself a private person. I’m and faced several long hours OK with my own company. But chock full of nothing. These I think college classes, dorms were homework-free hours that sometimes tied me up in knots. and parties can make you forget how to be comfortable on I’m not sure what it is that your own. Daily 24-7 exposure can make so much free time to so many people can leave so daunting. Maybe I just you feeling antsy on your lonechoked on the pressure to use some. You have to stay calm to it well. Yep, that’s right, I used enjoy free time on your own. it poorly (at least at fi rst). I had You have to work at it. to make a tremendous effort to So don’t be surprised if do the exciting or constructive when you face the limitless things I envisioned for such a possibilities of free time, you rare opportunity. I kept thinkfi nd yourself feeling woeing, who knows when I’ll have fully limited. Time to yourself so much time to myself again? doesn’t seem that appealing I read like crazy but frankly it if you spend it rolling up little was a struggle to do any of the balls of lint and clicking anxten thousand wonderful things iously through friends’ photos a person can do by herself. online. Hey, it happens. But not I knew I shouldn’t waste as often once you realize how such precious free time, so even free time demands some why was I so often tempted effort. You can fantasize about to stare at a wall or stare at the freedom, but if that’s all Facebook or wait for an e-mail? you do, that’s all you get. Instead of counting my lucky stars and going for it, I was Tess is a junior in Arts & counting down the hours until Sciences and a Forum editor. going to bed. Pretty pathetic, but I’d like to think I can blame She can be reached via e-mail at forum@studlife.com it on a lack of practice. How

Correction: A photo accompanying the Scene article, “Free things to do in the Lou,” on August 31, 2007 is identified as being the “Old Cathedral,” the Basilica of St. Louis. It is actually the New Cathedral. Student Life regrets the error.

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The a cappella march BY MICHELLE ALBERT STAFF COLUMNIST

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recent decision by the music department has all but forcibly expelled the nine active a cappella groups on campus from rehearsing in the music classroom building so conveniently located on main campus, right next to the South 40. And as a fully functioning member of one of these a cappella groups, I can safely say that we all are not happy. Take this past weekend, for example: a cappella auditions weekend, a four day affair where groups spend their time, from 9 a.m. until sometime past midnight, in the same room, while hopeful singers, mainly freshmen, file in and out, eager to make their scheduled appointment. In previous years, all auditions were held in the various classrooms and offices of the music school, a convenient and accessible space for both the groups and the auditionees. This year, however, thanks to the removal of the music school from the acceptable spaces an a cappella group can use, auditions were spread all over the 40. Auditionees rushed from dorm to dorm trying not only to make it to their next audition on time, but trying to just find the location. People were stressed, late and everyone was annoyed. But that was not the worst part. On Labor Day, when all the groups held callbacks, some groups had to relocate to the new music building on Delmar, next to the

Loop. And if you thought the freshmen had problems navigating the South 40, well, this was much worse. There is a shuttle that is supposed to run from Mallinckrodt to the new music school and back every 30 minutes, but service that day was spotty at best, and the buses were not well-marked. Those that chose to walk or bike got lost more often than not. And forget walking at night—the reports of random violence around the Delmar Loop area are more than enough to deter walkers after dark, and rightfully

“A cappella groups require very little: just a piano and a space. So why shouldn’t that piano and that space be in a location that benefits every member?” so. The lone security guard installed at the new music building’s entrance just does not cut it. Now I am not against the institution of the new music building, as both a practice and a performance space. As a voice student, I am pretty thrilled. The new building is gorgeous, with large studios and three performance spaces. But as a member of an a cappella group, I am quite unsatisfied. The building is not accessible to freshmen whatsoever. Or to any student without a car, for that matter. As the shuttle

schedule is still in a formative (and sloppy) stage, arriving on time for rehearsal will be very difficult. Also, as many groups must rehearse late at night to accommodate their members’ schedules, the trip to the new music building becomes even more daunting. Solo travel to a somewhat unfamiliar area off campus at night is scary. Until the shuttle runs on time, door to door service and that the entrance to the new building is well-lit and well-guarded, no one will feel comfortable rehearsing there. Even more than an inconvenience, it is also a safety issue. And the old music school, directly adjacent to the South 40, is a spot that everyone is comfortable with. A cappella groups require very little: just a piano and a space. So why shouldn’t that piano and that space be in a location that benefits every member? The Wash. U. a cappella community does so much for this school by singing for faculty, current students and potential students. We put on concerts for charity and act as representatives of this school, exemplifying what a great experience Wash. U. can be. It is time the school did something for us. Give us back our rehearsal spaces, our feeling of safety and our connection to the school. Wash. U. a cappella has a reputation for being great. And it would be nice to keep it that way. Michelle is a senior in Arts & Sciences. She can be reached via e-mail at mgalbert@wustl.edu. CHRISTINE GARVEY | STUDENT LIFE

A small town girl living in a Wash. U. world BY ROXY KOHLER OP-ED SUBMISSION

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know I am not the only student at Washington University to come from a small town, but I still often feel like it. Most of my close friends are from very large cities or, at the very least, mediumsized college towns. I, on the other hand, have lived my whole life just outside the same small Missouri town. St. Louis is the closest city to my childhood home, so I’ve always just casually identified myself to outsiders as a Saint Louisian even though it really isn’t true. I often found myself liv-

ing this lie because I thought it was easier for me to seem like everyone else. That worked until people realized that I wasn’t acting like I was from a city. Sometimes I showed a false sense of security. At other times, the most mundane aspects of city life fascinated me. Growing up on a wooded expanse of land that boasted a waterfall, dozens of creeks and more trees to climb than New York has skyscrapers, I learned how to navigate without a compass or a map. It took a lot of patience; sometimes I just had to wait for the sun to start setting. But those experiences helped me develop a sense

of direction that has never failed to get me un-lost, even in an urban setting like St. Louis. I have made some wonderful discoveries while I was lost, both in the city and the country, but I was always able to fi nd my way back. One of the things I’ve noticed while going to school here in St. Louis is that people who have never lived in small towns are perfectly willing to tell me they dislike them. Oftentimes, they surmise that it can’t be fun living in a town where everyone knows everyone else’s business. But I don’t see it that way. Yes, this campus has a larger population than

my small town. And yeah, ultra-aware people can be a pain, but it keeps you honest. Seriously, I knew that anything I pulled in high school would be reported to my parents just in time to ground me for the upcoming weekend. I feel as though this kept me from getting into trouble, and thus helped me gain admission to this great university. Plus, there are downsides to being just another face in the crowd in a big city. St. Louis has sometimes left me with a sense of isolation. Sure, Wash. U. has its gossips, but people aren’t invested in each other like you’d fi nd in a small town. When I moved into the

America, France and colonialism BY ZACHARY STEINERT-THRELKELD STAFF COLUMNIST

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espite the vitriol of the last few years, America and France resemble each other as much as, or more than, America and Great Britain. Two hundred and thirty years ago, the two countries created the modern idea of republicanism and its accoutrements: egalitarianism, capitalism, bourgeois middleclass, mass education and nationalism, among others. Through colonial expansion and Manifest Destiny, the sister countries expanded their dominion over previously independent territories, implanting their values and language on top of other cultures. And now, Nicholas Sarkozy is shaping up to become the French version of Tony Blair; if his American vacations, prognostications on Iraq and Iran, and enthusiasm for more liberal economic ideas are any indication, he will be the most Americanized French president ever. Aside from some minor differences—beer over wine, Amtrak versus a working railroad system, sickness versus universal health care, two weeks of vacation versus five—the two countries have one singular difference: the degree of their imperial past.

France, following Britain, conquered its way through the nineteenth century while America expanded domestically (imperially but less expansively) and did not acquire overseas territory (except for the Philippines). Moreover, and in contrast to the British, the French viewed themselves as spreading their values; the economic benefit became, rhetorically, secondary to spreading “civilization.” America’s Iraq expedition, and especially the foibles of the last few months, has erased this fi nal distinction between the two nations. This article is not trying to debate the merits of the Iraqi invasion, the War on Nouns or the nature of American dominance. Instead, it seeks to point out the hypocrisy to which American leaders are submitting us. American mythology portrays the country as a land of opportunity, equality and freedom, but our (relatively few) international forays had always been pragmatic and amoral: never devoted to proselytizing. And, until reality intervened, Desert Storm II was predicated on this same mission: ridding the world of an evil tyrant to protect America from al-Qaeda and weapons of mass destruction. (To hear an alternative interpretation, read David Harvey’s “A Brief

History of Neoliberalism.”) Once this did not pan out, Plan B (or C or D or E, no one is counting) arose: America is spreading freedom and democracy. Fine, so rationales change. At least Iraqis were choosing their president and officials while America created security so democracy and capitalism can flourish. Giving the administration the benefit of the doubt, let’s assume that it in no way wittingly interfered in domestic politics: America then could claim to be a benevolent, neutral force only trying to assist less-fortunate citizens of the world. In an exported sense, has this not always been America’s calling? But we have now assumed the colonial role we stumbled into some time ago. Over 50 American congressmen have visited the country this year to ascertain its status. Several of the same people have also openly called for Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki to either resign, shift strategy, or called him ineffectual. President Bush, Condeleezza Rice and Robert Gates just met with al-Maliki to discuss strategic military issues. The point is that there is a disconnect: on one hand, we have birthed—remember the “birth pangs of a new country”?—an independent, sovereign na-

tion, but we expect it, probably because of colonial levels of money and lives spent, to listen and bend to our whims. President Bush would be indignant if al-Maliki retorted on al-Jazeera, “Actually, I think your policy is bad, too. You should really focus on insuring more of your citizens while reforming your international policy to secure nuclear weapons and accommodate China’s inevitable rise. Mr. Bush, really, you are running your country rather poorly.” But Iraq did not colonize America, so they do not hold the power to opine like this. The recent rhetoric demanding policy changes from a foreign leader represents behavior only an advanced, entrenched colonialist exhibits. This is doubly hypocritical: America acting contrary to its foundational ideology and belying the independence, democracy, and sovereignty of Iraq. International diplomacy is always a dialogue, but it is supposed to occur behind closed doors. Thrust into the public arena, American foreign policy seems to be to shame al-Maliki into submission. Zachary is a senior in Arts & Sciences. He can be reached via e-mail at zsteinert@gmail. com.

dorms freshman year I brought with me many of the ideas I had formed about living in the sticks. It was a very strange awakening for me to have those ideas challenged from actually living in the city rather than just visiting St. Louis for a day of shopping or an afternoon stroll through Forest Park. After more than three years in a world so close to my old home and yet so unlike it, I have shed some of my rural beliefs and adopted a more cosmopolitan view of the world. That said, I plan on moving out of the city when I graduate. This isn’t because I don’t like the city. It’s just that there are many

things I feel I need to relearn by living in the country. In a sense, our nation was built on the frontiers and I think it only makes sense that everyone spend some time out in the great wide open. I have come to miss the clear starry nights, trees as far as the eye can see and the perfect safety that one feels walking into the deep woods in total darkness. Having lived in both a large city and a small town, I can honestly say that I’m a more balanced person. Roxy is a senior in Arts & Sciences. She can be reached via e-mail at rekohler@wustl. edu.

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Senior Haleigh Spencer bumps the ball during a practice. The Bears look to continue their perfect season this weekend at the Washington University National Invitational.

Some things never change. After sweeping the Illinois College Invitational by beating Illinois College and Millikin University last Saturday as well as Bethany Lutheran College and Cornell College last Friday, the national runner-up Washington University volleyball team will attempt to continue their perfect season despite tough competition. The fourth- ranked Washington University will be playing Wittenberg University (no. 2), Concordia College-Moorhead (no. 12), Ohio Northern University (no. 15) and Central College (Iowa) this weekend. All participating teams except for Concordia College have perfect records going into the Washington University National Invitational. Last weekend’s volleyball action saw the Bears emerge victorious. “Our team showed a lot of maturity in our ability to pull out each of our four wins in just three games each,” said junior setter Audra Janak, who was selected to be part of the all-tournament team with her 22 assists and 22 digs.

Junior right side Nikki Morrison was the MVP of the tournament with 21 kills against Millikin and 13 against Illinois as well as multiple kills in the other games. “She read the other teams’ defense and blockers very well and was able to put the ball away almost every time,” said senior co-captain Haleigh Spencer. “It’s a group effort and an individual can’t succeed without the support of everyone else—the other players on the floor, the bench and the coaches,” said Morrison, another captain. “That’s the beauty of volleyball. Everyone has their moments of glory, but at the end of the day, the team is who receives a tally in the win column and that’s what we’re all playing for—the team.” The wins in three straight sets will probably not occur in upcoming games as they feature, “outstanding, quality opponents, so matches will be close ones,” said Head Coach Rich Luenemann. “This year may be our toughest schedule ever.” After this challenging weekend, the volleyball team will be competing with archri-

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The Lady Bears will be playing against Ohio Northern at 3 p.m. and Central College at 8 p.m. on Friday. Saturday action will begin for the Bears at 10 a.m. against Wittenberg University and then conclude at 3 p.m. against Concordia College. All games will be happening in the Washington University Field House. “We love having the support of the Wash. U. community at our games,” said Morrison.

val and defending national champion, top-ranked Juniata College, along with the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and the University of La Verne, ranked third and sixth respectively, next weekend. One of the biggest challenges facing the Lady Bears is the lack of experience since several key players, including Amy Bommarito and Whitney Smith, graduated while senior Emilie Walk is out for the year with a chronic back injury. “We’re basically a brand new team this year,” said Spencer. “We’re still not where we need to be but we’re defi nitely getting better and coming together more as a team.” Opposing squads, such as Wittenberg University with their entire starting squad from last year, will have many returning starters when compared to the bears. The freshman players, with the exception of Jennifer Varriano who injured her ACL, have already had court time. “They are all in the mix, competing for starting positions as the Bears look for the right combination on court in terms of talent and chemistry,” said Coach Luenemann.

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ooking for an affordable meal off campus can seem like a nightmare. The choices are usually slim and include things like greasy pizza and fast food. Fortunately for students who are short on cash but unwilling to compromise quality, Zuzu’s Handmade Mexican is located just a few minutes from campus on North Central Avenue in Clayton. We gathered a group of friends together to try out this new fi nd. At fi rst glance, Zuzu’s looks just like those fast food restaurants we’ve been trying to avoid. Orders are placed at a counter and diners are given big plastic numbers so the cashier can bring their meals to the table. Needless to say, it’s pretty much the exact opposite of eating in an

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authentic Mexican restaurant. Our attention, however, was quickly shifted to the salsa bar where patrons are invited to choose one of three salsas (mild, spicy or salsa verde) and add things like chopped onions, lime or cilantro. It started to seem like Zuzu’s might be better than the average cheap restaurant after all. Though the menu was not as extensive as those at more established restaurants, it did not disappoint. Zuzu’s had traditional items like soft and hard shell tacos, burritos, fajitas, enchiladas and quesadillas. Also on the menu were several different grilled chicken and combination platters. The combination platters consist of tacos, enchiladas or burritos with gorditas (corn patties with black bean puree) and a flauta (a corn tortilla rolled and fi lled with cheese). The side dishes ranged from Mexican rice to

roasted potatoes to side salad. In addition to these dishes, there were unconventional choices like Mexican pizzas and large salads. The drink selection consisted of several Mexican beers and margaritas. Perhaps the most appetizing aspect of the menu was the price of each plate. An average diner could get an entire meal for less than $10. Right after ordering, we realized one of the best things about eating at Zuzu’s: a bowl of chips is free with every platter. This is where the make-your-own salsa bar comes in handy. After picking and choosing our own unique salsas, we sat down to wait for the cashier to bring our meals. By the time the chip bowls were empty, the food had arrived. For a restaurant that takes your order and delivers your food in about 10 minutes, the presentation at Zuzu’s was surprisingly attractive. The steak fiesta salad was served

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in a tortilla bowl with a sour cream flower decoration on top; quesadillas and tacos were graced with a similar garnish. One of our favorite dishes was the enchilada platter, succulent and a little spicy. We all agreed that the enchiladas were among the best we had ever tasted, and the accompanying potatoes were well-cooked and also exceptional. In all our dishes, we found the steak to be marinated, tender and much better than expected. The chicken, however, was a little dry and left something to be

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desired. After our meal we were excited to try Zuzu’s desserts, specifically their flan, “catega nacho sundae” and sopapillas. We were thus very disappointed to learn that the restaurant was out of every single one of their sweets. Upon leaving, we noticed

something worth mentioning: a newly opened Chipotle a few doors down. Unfortunately for Zuzu’s, this other fast Mexican restaurant is better known and was more crowded. Still, for an alternative to the more processed Chipotle, we recommend Zuzu’s for a cheap, authentic meal.

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HealthBeat Forty-seven years ago, the Searle drug company received FDA approval for Enovid, the fi rst birth control pill ever. Although Enovid was effective at preventing unwanted pregnancies, it also had terrible side effects, some of which were lifethreatening. In recent years oral contraceptives have become increasingly popular, especially among unmarried and younger women. The widespread use of oral contraceptives today is due in to advertisements that tout them as a panacea for all sorts of ailments. Irregular menstrual cycles, heavy menstrual cycles, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), premenstrual depressive disorder (PMDD) and even acne are all “curable” with today’s birth control pills. Of course, that’s assuming you are on the right pill for your body. So what is the right pill

for “your” body? It’s guess and check these days. A doctor often recommends a brand he or she feels might be appropriate based on the patient’s needs, but it is not uncommon for a patient to tinker with the prescription until she fi nds one that is better suited for her. The problem with all this tinkering is it throws the body’s natural rhythm off beat, and it can often be a long, arduous and unpleasant experience for the woman subjected to this trial and error method. While some women end up with the proper pill right off the bat, others go through some very difficult times. Girl A was a cross-country star with irregular periods. Her doctor suggested her to take birth control to regulate her cycle. What happened next? Her periods became heavier and more cum-

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bersome and she became emotional and irrational. Her chest enlarged and while that seemed like a small positive side effect, she was plagued with frequent migraines and felt as though she had less energy during her meets. She was told that the frequent migraines could lead to a stroke later in life, so she stopped the oral contraceptives immediately. Girl B tried one type of birth control to ease her menstrual cramps. She was fi ne for a while and it seemed her pain had been banished. Then, she started becoming nauseous frequently and complaining of stomach aches every time she ate. After a few months, she realized it was her birth control and switched to a new brand, convinced that her worries were over. But still, she didn’t feel right, and a few months later she decided that the

side effects were not worth the benefits. In the end, she discontinued the use. Girl C went on birth control because she and her boyfriend of several months were having sex regularly. She was tired of worrying

Brooke Genkin about getting pregnant, so she tried a birth control pill recommended to her by a health professional on campus. She found that the

pills may have been effective in preventing pregnancy, but ironically, she no longer wanted to have sex. Her sex drive had diminished and she was always tired and lethargic. After just two months, she decided worrying was better than feeling like a sloth, so she tossed her last packet of pills and stopped taking them for good. These are just three reallife stories from girls on our campus and I’m sure that there are many more. Keep in mind that a lot of these side effects are common, and about 40% of all women on “the pill” will have some sort of minor side effect for the fi rst three months of use. These side effects include but are not limited to light bleeding between menstrual periods, skipped periods, nausea, weight change, bloating and/or an increase in

vaginal infections. Many of these problems often go away after switching to another brand of birth control pill. However, you should defi nitely consider making a health appointment at Student Health Services if you have been experiencing these symptoms for more than three months or if are experiencing any of the following: abdominal pain, chest pain, headache, eye problems, severe leg pains (easily remembered by the acronym ACHES). My best advice is to be aware of the new medications you are on—be on it for contraceptive purposes or other needs—and take note of side effects or symptoms. Your body might be reacting to specific chemicals in the pills you’re taking and you need to be aware of how to handle your personal medical circumstances.

Etched in stone: A who’s who of campus plaques BY LANA GOLDSMITH SCENE REGULAR FEATURES EDITOR As we trek around campus, we are bound to stumble upon dozens of commemorative plaques. Some of us may have

taken the time to read the inscriptions, but few of us actually know anything about the people being honored. These plaques are erected to honor people who have made significant contributions to the school or

who have been very influential in the Wash. U. community. To write about every person behind every plaque would fill this entire paper, but here is a quick introduction to a few of Wash. U.’s noteworthy alums.

Who: Samuel B. Grant Plaque location: On the medical side of Health Services

Who: James and Marcile Reid Plaque location: The Reid Courtyard, Knight Center

Who: Alvin Goldfarb Plaque Location: McDonnell Hall, Hillel

Karl D. Umrath dedicated this plaque to his friend and doctor, who died in 1982. Grant graduated from the Washington University School of Medicine in 1920 and went on to serve on the clinical faculty. He founded the Grant Medical Clinic, which transformed medical practices of the day. He is also well-known for his research on treatments for diabetes and hyperventilation syndrome. If you are a medical student on scholarship, you owe a lot to Grant. He worked as a representative to the Washington University Board of Trustees and helped raise scholarships for medical students. A fun fact: before it changed locations, Student Health Services was actually named in honor of Grant.

After graduating from Washington University in 1928 with a degree in business, James Reid went to work for his father’s company, Robertson’s Farm Supply Inc. Reid inherited the business and its $600,000 of debt when his father died in 1931. In six years, the debt was fully repaid and the business became prosperous enough that Reid was able to sell the company and begin investing in other areas. Marcile Reid was a graduate of Brown’s Business College in East St. Louis. Before she married James, she worked as an assistant purchasing agent at the St. Louis Structural Steel Company. In their lifetimes, the Reids were patrons of several institutions of higher education in the St. Louis area and also supported their church. The Reids have both passed away, but they have left $11,000,000 to the Olin School of Business—the biggest endowment the school has ever received.

Alvin Goldfarb was a graduate of the John M. Olin School of Business in 1937. First, he established a career in sales. He then became president of Worth Stores Corporation, a company centered in St. Louis that sold women’s apparel. Along with his wife, Jeanette, he was a founding sponsor of the Scholars in Business Program in the Olin School of Business. Goldfarb was the recipient of the Dean’s Medal from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work, an honorary doctor of humanities and the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Olin School of Business. You are likely to see Goldfarb’s name on other parts of campus, too. An auditorium is named for him in James S. McDonnell Hall, and a professorship established in 2000 was named in his honor. Across the street from the Danforth Campus, you will find the Alvin and Jeanette Goldfarb House, which is the site of St. Louis Hillel.

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The plaque for Reid Courtyard in the Olin School of Business, seen here, commemorates James and Marcile Reid.

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REAL ESTATE ASSEMBLY SERIES SEEKS student to post fliers on weekend in all Danforth Campus areas. Must know campus well. Approx. 5 hours per week. 935-4620. CHILD CARE/MOTHER’S Assistant Needed. Busy mother seeking assistant to help with household tasks and childcare, Monday through Wednesday afternoons. $10/hr Contact Peg 538-5026 or pegpetralia@ aol.com. EARN $800-$3200 a month to drive brand new cars with ads placed on them. www. AdCarClub.com. FUN JOB, FEW Hours. Start immediately! Babysit fantastic 2nd grader in great UCity Loop home! Wednesday and Thursday 3:30 - 7:00 PM. Must have car, creative personality, ref- erences. $10/hour. Sarah: 616-4145. KUMON ASSISTANT NEEDED. The Kumon math and reading center of Oakville is looking for enthusiastic, patient, and dependable assistants/graders who have excellent math and reading skills and are willing to work with students from pre-school to high school. Email resume to: oakville_mo@ikumon.com NIGHT STUDENT SEEKING babysitter. Monday and Wednesday from 6:15 - 9:15. $10/hour. UCity Location. Please contact mbarnett@ im.wustl.edu or 314-6075627.

MAD SCIENCE INSTRUCTORS. Enthusiastic instructors needed to teach part-time (after-school, 2-4 days per week), FUN, hands-on science programs in elementary schools. MUST HAVE TRANSPORTATION. $25$27.50 per 1 hour class. For more information, please call 314-991-8000. PART TIME JOB: help children to learn Kumon math and reading. Locations in Ladue. Hours are flexible on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Saturday. Pay is $10-$17/hour. Contact w w w. k um o n - la du e . c o m . Send resume to: tdk@cse. wustl.edu. SITTERS WANTED. AVERAGE $10 per hour. Register free for jobs near campus or home. Visit us on the web at http://www.studentsitters.com. STUDENT TRAVEL AGENTS: Make more money part-time than your professors do fulltime! Call 888-822-9728, ID Code: 151FR. Interview Online TODAY: http://www.studenttravelagentinterview. com. ID Code: 151FR. WASHU CALLING CENTER. Up to $9/hour, Monthly and Weekly Bonuses, Only 2 Shifts/Week, Tuition Reimbursement, and much, much more. WANTED: FRENCH TUTOR. French lessons from native speaker, 1 hr/week, intermediate level. Call 314-4028881.

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Senior Scene Editor / Felicia Baskin / scene@studlife.com

FRIDAY | SEPTEMBER 7, 2007

dealing

SCENE with the mess

BY KATRINA JONGMAN-SERENO SCENE REPORTER

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hen it comes to spills, moms—or fancy washing machines—always seem to have the magic touch. Convenient (or not), though, it might be that moms are not allowed to live in your dorm. It also means that you have to clean up after yourself, mostly with the help of some not-soadvanced washing machines. Luckily, you do not need mom’s magic touch to clean up those spills. Below are some common stains and a dormfriendly guide to cleaning them up.

Antiperspirant or deodorant:

soap and one cup of water. If you use toothpaste with whitening, you need to act fast so that it doesn’t bleach your clothing.

Red wine: Pour salt on the stain and let it soak up the wine for a few minutes. Once the salt is the color of the wine, wash it off and launder the garment immediately.

Fruit juice: Soak the garment in cold water and then rub some soap on the stain. Throw it in the laundry before it dries and wash with the warmest water possible.

Grass:

Blood:

First, dab the stain with water. Once it’s dry, use rubbing alcohol. Then rub the area with cold water and liquid detergent. Rinse it and let it dry again. If the stain is still there, wash it with the warmest water possible and use a bleach that’s safe for the garment.

Soak the garment in cold water. You can also add one tablespoon of dry detergent, but don’t use liquid detergent. If the stain still doesn’t come out, sprinkle the area with a pinch of salt and let it dry. Brush the salt off and wash it.

Ink:

Coffee, makeup, beer and vomit:

Use a cloth soaked in water to remove as much of the stain as possible. Wait until it’s dry and then put the stain face down on some paper towels. Rub the back of the stain with rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover. Wash the garment in warm water and let it air dry.

Soak the garment in a mix of one tablespoon dry detergent and two cups water. If the stain is still visible, soak it in a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water.

Ketchup:

If you can’t hide the stain by rubbing it with a dry towel, soak it in white vinegar for half an hour. If you don’t have any white vinegar, you can rub liquid detergent on the stain and let it sit for 10 minutes. Wash the garment in the warmest water possible after both options. Next time, let your deodorant dry or buy a brand that dries clear.

Let cold water run through the back of the stain and rub liquid detergent on it. If the garment is white, you can also rub it with lemon juice. Throw it into the laundry. If the stain is still there after you wash it, rub it with detergent again and soak it in warm water for half an hour. Rinse well and wash one more time.

Toothpaste:

Gum:

First try scrubbing the stain with warm water. If that doesn’t work, use a mix of one tablespoon clear liquid dish

Hold ice cubes on the gum until it becomes hard. Then scrape the gum off. Be careful: you don’t want to damage the fabric.

General tips: v Always read labels. You don’t want to ruin your clothes by using water that’s too hot or by using a damaging detergent. v Always fi nish the process by washing the stain in the warmest water that’s safe for the fabric. v Soaking and repeating the stain removing process are always good ideas. v Using a dryer or iron can make the stain permanent. v Never use rubbing alcohol on silk or wool.

§ Lingual love: Why do people find British accents so sexy? BY BEN SALES SCENE REPORTER

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his question, the very nature of which touches on all of the existential issues facing our society, isn’t really particular to the Brits. After all, who am I to single out England, the nation that gave us everything from the Industrial Revolution to Winston Churchill? I should be asking, rather, why people fi nd every accent so sexy, be it from France, Italy or the former Yugoslav/now Republic of Macedonia. I bring accents up now

because it relates to an enlightening experience I had last week. I was chilling with friends in a Jerusalem pub waiting for a refi ll on my Stella Artois when I noticed our Israeli waitress sitting alone at the bar. After she surprised me by agreeing to come over to my table, I was able to engage her in fl irtatious conversation for about an hour and a half. I could write another column full of worldly romantic advice on what went down after we left the bar, but the conversation is what interests me here. Our banter was good, not great, and without getting

into particulars, I’ll say that I’ve gone for better looking women on a Saturday night. Even so, this girl mesmerized me. There was something in her, beyond her personality, wit, intelligence and looks that attracted me more than other women had before. I can’t be sure, but my guess is that the attraction came from her not being American. We’ve heard this story time and again about the tourist drawn in by the exoticism of a foreign love, by the temptation of strange, sweet nothings whispered in a hotel room bed in a city somewhere across the Atlan-

tic Ocean. So where does that leave us Americans, possessors of an all too pedestrian accent? Are you at a disadvantage because there happens to be a Spanish guy sitting two rows down from you in your physics class? The answer to that question is probably yes, but that doesn’t mean that you should give up hope, stop looking for girls and drop the physics class. Even though Julio might have a leg up on you when it comes to getting it done at the next frat party, his advantage doesn’t begin and end with the fact that he inflects his tongue differently than you

do yours. Rather, the reason it’s so easy for Julio is because, by and large, people are looking for something new in each relationship, something they haven’t necessarily experienced before. Superficial as it may be, Julio’s accent fulfi lls that need. That isn’t to say that those guys with accents are in the wrong. Really, they deserve our compliments. I write this column out of healthy jealousy and not dislike because I, like most other Americans, need to fi nd something else to make me stand out. Everyone has something unique to them, something

that’s bound to attract the people they want. It just so happens that some guys need to look harder for their ‘it’ quality. Any potential partner of yours deserves that novelty the same way you do, and the sooner you fi nd the qualities inside yourself that put you ahead of the pack, the sooner you’ll get what you’re looking for in romance and in life. And if, perchance, you lose hope and say that you don’t have anything outstanding to show the world, just remember what Barney the Dinosaur told me when I was in kindergarten: Everybody’s special.


Student Life | September 7, 2007