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F R I D A Y MAR. 19, 2004 Vol. 125, No. 61

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STUDENT LIFE T H E I N D E P E N D E N T N E W S PA P E R O F WA S H I N G T O N U N I V E R S I T Y I N S T. L O U I S S I N C E 1 8 7 8

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Live to play spring WILD

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By Kelly Donahue q News Editor As students at Washington University cope with the stress of studying for midterms, many are already wishing that the end of the academic year could come sooner rather than later. University students now have something more to look forward to: Team 31 Productions has announced that the rock band Live will headline this spring’s WILD. Opening acts have not yet been selected, but Team 31’s coordinators are already excited about the end-of-semester concert. This spring’s WILD will coincide with the last day of classes on Friday, April 30th. Sophomore Mike Duncan of Team 31 is pleased with his organization’s selection. “[Live] was our first choice,” Duncan said. “This is the earliest we’ve ever gotten a band for WILD, and we’re really excited because Live is a pretty big name.” Junior Kevin Carlberg, another WILD coordinator, expects that students will be satisfied with Team 31’s choice. “[Live] is a really high energy rock band that a lot of people at the University should enjoy,” he said. “We tried to pick a band that would appeal to a lot of students.” Personally, Carlberg is also excited to see the band perform in the Quad. “I’ve seen them a few times in concert and I was really impressed,” he said. “They’ve been around for a really long time and

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The women’s softball team defeated eight teams in University Athletic Association play to take home the league’s championship title. It’s the team’s second UAA championship. They also won in 2000. Overall, the team’s record is 12-0.

PAGE 10 STUDENT SNAPSHOT do you think about Q: What Live playing WILD? Great! That “Lightning A: A.Crashes” song was my favorite in junior high. I’ve been waiting for their Behind the Music. B. Eh...they’re okay. It could be worse. I’m sure Kid ‘n’ Play and New Kids on the Block were available. C. No. They totally suck. Why can’t they find a band that’s actually had a hit in the past ten years? Live belongs with Vanilla Ice in the Surreal Life. D. Bands play at WILD? I don’t seem to remember that part too well. It must come after my tenth shot and before I wake up naked in the elevator in Danforth. Check out studlife.com

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Soldan High School students Temika Sevier, Terrisha Hutchinson, and Brandy Blair were on campus Thursday for German Day. As part of the day’s activities they were participating in a German scavenger hunt taking place on campus.

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Fox Arts Center $10 million short of making dream reality

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University to go ahead with April groundbreaking unfazed By Liz Neukirch q News Editor Despite being 10 million dollars short of the 56.8 million dollar budget set for the Sam Fox Arts Center, Washington University officials intend to follow through with the buildings’ scheduled groundbreaking on April 14. Liam Otten, who coordinates public relations for the University’s fine arts, voiced confidence in the project’s timely completion regardless of the current insufficiency of funds. “I don’t really think of it as being 10 million short—I think of it as, ‘Wow, we’ve raised 46.8 million dollars,’” he said. “I look at the amazing [fundraising] work the administration has done, and we’re so close. It’s not like we have to have every single penny in hand to break ground—[we have] the bulk of the fundraising.” While faculty members involved with Alumni and Development Programs—which is overseeing fundraising efforts for the new arts facilities—were unavailable to comment on the current status of fundraising plans, Dr. Harriet Switzer, secretary of the University’s Board of Trustees, asserted that the new buildings will be finished regardless of insufficient funds. The current plans for the Sam Fox Arts

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Top: An arial view of what the future Sam Fox Arts Center. Above: A painting studio in the new arts center. Despite a $10 million budget shortfall, the University will break ground next month.

Gap year allows students to explore world Broadened horizons are a benefit of taking time off between high school, college By Sarah Kliff q Staff Reporter At Washington University and on college campuses nationwide, “the gap” has started to represent more than just a popular clothing brand. Many students are taking off a gap year between high school graduation and their freshman year of college in order to explore their interests.

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“We have consistently had about two dozen students who request a deferral of their enrollment for a year while they pursue another activity,” said Director of Admissions Nanette Tarbouni. “We have several students who go abroad—to Israel, on a rotary exchange. We have had students do other interesting things like dance for the Boston Ballet, be a trapeze artist, join Teach for America, AmeriCorps, etc. We even have a student who is currently serving in the army in Iraq.” Julie Turner, employer relations specialist at the Career Center, believes that the many opportunities offered by such organizations are one of the driving forces behind the rising popularity of the gap year. Since so many organizations offer

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programs that are well organized and well run, students have started taking advantage of them. “Students enjoy these opportunities because they are both experiential and experimental,” said Turner. “There is a finite amount of time devoted to the opportunity—a beginning and an end—that I think appeals to students.” Turner said she also believes that such programs give students a great advantage when applying for jobs in the future. “We see these experiences as great resume builders,” she said. “Many [of the gap-year] fellowships are competitive and hold a certain level of esteem, which appeals to employers.” After hearing about other stu-

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dents’ experiences abroad, sophomore Adam Winner decided to try it out for himself. Through the Rotary Club, he spent a year in Mexico immersing himself in a new culture and new language. “I could not think of any reason to not go,” said Winner. “My mom was always telling me about [a friend’s daughter who] had taken a year off between high school and college through the same program and absolutely loved it. The idea of going to a foreign country after never having been away from home for more than a couple of weeks was a little more than intimidating, but knowing a foreign language was definitely something I wanted.”

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