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Plans to renovate Chabad WU ID card equipped with Center in near future new functions BY JACOB GREENBERG


BY PUNEET KOLLIPARA CONTRIBUTING REPORTER The Washington University student ID received a facelift this summer. From laundry to vending machines, familar services are now a quick swipe away. The highly anticipated new campus card program is a feature borne initially out of student interest. In Feb. 2005, the Student Union passed a resolution requesting the University to add new features to the student ID card. In the fall of 2005, a survey created by the Campus Card Steering Committee (CCSC) and administered by the Student Union listed several potential services that student ID cards might begin to offer. More than 2,300 undergraduate students took the survey. Features that the CCSC included in the campus card this year are laundry, copying and printing services and vending machines. Results showed that 87 percent of respondents rated laundry as a high priority, 82 percent for copying and printing, and 77 percent for vending machines. With the new system in place, students can pay for these services and their meals with their ID card. The services are part of a new account that is separate from the students’ mean plans and are also fully optional. Students can activate their campus card accounts by clicking on “Campus Card” in WebSTAC’s menu, or in person at the ResLife offices. Paul Schimmele, assistant to director of operations and a cochair of the committee, said that finishing the new laundry service was of high priority “because of one thing: quarters.”

The new laundry service on the campus card eliminates the need for students to use quarters in the machines, making laundry significantly more convenient. Freshman Hunter Banks, who lives on the South 40 and who plans on using the campus card program, said simply, “It’s so easy.” According to Schimmele, out of the 62 laundry rooms in ResLife-operated housing, all but five or six are functioning on the new campus card system, with the remaining rooms to be added to the system in the near future. However, as the new laundry system is still not complete, students have encountered some problems. Anna McGrew, a sophomore living on the South 40, said the system in her dorm’s laundry room was not functioning properly and that some of the machines were offline. Schimmele added that the laundry aspect of the campus card program will not be finished for another two or three weeks as minor glitches are resolved and the remaining laundry rooms are properly equipped. Once the system is fully operational, students can expect a failure rate on machines of around two percent. Students may use the new card to pay for copying and printing in the Olin Library, which will start charging for these services Oct. 20. Additionally, the campus card is also compatible with new vending machines in the School of Business, the School of Law, and the athletic center. “It’s definitely convenient for vending, and I like how the money just goes on there immediately,” said McGrew.

This summer, Washington University’s Chabad on Campus found a new residence adjacent to the South 40, at 7018 Forsyth Blvd., with renovation plans to commence in the near future. For almost four years, Chabad was located approximately one and a half blocks away from campus on the 7200 block of Forsyth. The initiative to move sites came from “a clear recognition that there was a demand among the student population for what Chabad was offering,” said director Rabbi Hershey Novak. The previous facilities were far too small and geographically inconvenient, according to Novak. “The new space will be large, close, and permanent.” COURTESY OF CHABAD Although Chabad moved A diagram of the proposed renovations to the Chabad building on Forsyth Blvd. into the new center in July 2006, renovations are not scheduled cost $270,000 in total. Already, Wash“We are finishing the leadership to begin until November. Construc- ington University parents have raised See CHABAD, page 5 tion and renovations are estimated to $100,000.

Greeks “Rock the Row” v Greek Life revamps image with a year-opening barbeque BY JOSH GOEBEL CONTRIBUTING REPORTER

See ID CHANGES, page 3


Sigma Chi brothers lounge in the pool outside their house on Fraternity Row during Sunday’s Rock the Row event.

The Women’s Panhellenic Council and the Inter-Fraternity Council took a new approach this year in welcoming students to Greek Life, opting for a casual afternoon barbeque rather than the late night party that has kicked off past years. “Rock the Row” offered attendees burgers and hot dogs straight off the grill as The Rich McDonough Band, a local music act, played St. Louis blues in the background. “We loved and appreciated the opportunity to be back at our house playing games like washers and cornhole…cooling off in our kiddie pool, and celebrating being a part of a great Greek community,” said junior David Schlichter, president of Sigma Chi Fraternity.

With wiffle ball, bean-bag tosses, and football, the atmosphere was certainly a contrast to Greek Life’s opening event in previous years. Greek Life has traditionally begun the year with the “Opening of the Row,” a event that began in the early evening with food and a deejay and carried on into the night. Leaders in Greek Life, including Panhellenic Council’s (Panhel) president Amelia Gariepy, felt that Opening of the Row was sending the wrong message. “[The previous event] was not only unsuccessful, but also a misnomer as the Row does not officially open until Sept. 8,” said Gariepy, a senior. The change in format worked well in converting the occasion to a

See “ROCK THE ROW,” page 3

Sy Hersh kicks off Assembly Series BY ELIZABETH LEWIS STAFF REPORTER


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Seymour Hersh, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, will open the fall 2006 Assembly Series with a lecture entitled “Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Gharib and Beyond,” today. Hersh has had a strong and varied career. Born on April 8, 1937, he went on to graduate from the University of Chicago. In 1967, he reported on the Vietnam War and, in 1969, won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting for exposing the My Lai Massacre. In 1972, Hersh began working for the New York Times and became a regular contributor for the New Yorker. Hersh has written several books, including “The Price of Power: Kissinger in the Nixon White House” in 1983 and “The Dark Side of Camelot” about the

scandals of John F. Kennedy. In addition to Hersh, there are several other unique individuals appearing throughout the Assembly Series. Bill Nye will be speaking Wednesday, Sept. 13. Nye was born in 1955 and later graduated from Cornell University. He is best known for his Emmy award winning educational show “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” which ran from 1992-1998. Many students are excited about Nye’s arrival. Robyn Haas, a junior, said, “I always loved watching Bill Nye as a kid, and so it will be fun to actually get to see him in person. It will make a good story to tell my brother.” Succeeding Nye will be David Robertson, the music director and conductor of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and the principal guest conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his work with

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these orchestras, Robertson was the first person to serve simultaneously as Music Director of the Orchestre National de Lyon and the Artistic Director of Lyon’s Auditorium. The Sept. 26 lecture will highlight one of Washington University’s resident experts, Mark R. Rank. Rank is the Herbert S. Hadley Professor of Social Welfare in the George Warren Brown School of Social Work. In his lecture, he will discuss ideas from his book, “One Nation Underprivileged: Why American Poverty Affects Us All.” Rank’s areas of research include poverty, social welfare, social policy, and economic inequality. The series will continue with speakers Temple Grandin, a world-renowned professional designer of humane livestock facilities, Bonnie Oda Homsey, an actress and choreographer,

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and B.D. Wong, an actor for the hit show “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.” Wong is a noted actor with an exhaustive repertoire. He made his Broadway debut in “M. Butterfly,” and he is the only actor in history to be honored with the Tony Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, the Drama Desk Award, the Clarence Derwent Award, and the Theater World Award for the same performance. Following Wong will be Marjane Satrapi, a graphic novelist and the author of “Persepolis” and “Embroideries,” Steven Strogatz, a professor in the Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics and the Center for Applied Mechanics at Cornell University, and Richard Epstein, the James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago.




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Life OfďŹ ce has identiďŹ ed two long-term goals. The ďŹ rst is increasing each Greek chapter’s focus on AretĂŠ, a code of morals and values communally shared by members of the community. The administration’s second goal relates to the overall objective of unifying the Greek community. “We’re working hard [to] reorganize and reunite the Black Greek Council,â€? said Laue. Chapters in black Greek life are citywide chapters, while the black Greek council is the governing body for the University. Already, Laue reports that communication has increased and goals are becoming more uniďŹ ed between the Black Greek Council and the Greek Life OfďŹ ce. In general, Laue has been very impressed with the students he has worked with.


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Incoming freshmen are not the only new faces to arrive on campus. Both the Greek Life OfďŹ ce and the OfďŹ ce of Student Activities are adjusting to large staff turnovers at the beginning of this semester. The Greek Life OfďŹ ce welcomes Ron Laue as the interim director for Greek Life, Jessica Gendrom as the coordinator for Greek housing programs and Karen Acton as the program coordinator. With roughly 25 percent of Washington University’s student body involved in Greek life, the new administration is focused on better connecting students within the community. According to Laue, the Greek

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According to the St. Louis Metro police, Georgia Solsten, an elderly woman in her mid-80s was fatally struck by a MetroBus while crossing Skinker Rd. at Waterman Blvd., on the northeast corner of campus. The accident occurred Friday evening. The driver maintained that he did not see the woman because his view was blocked by another car. The driver of the bus will not be charged About 50 students and staff with the incident. members from New Mexico State University protested the decision to remove Pluto’s status as a planet Friday. The protestors were friends and colleagues of Clyde Tombaugh, the astronomer who discovered the planet and A chief oil analyst at the Oil founded the University’s research Price Information Service said astronomy department. The progas prices could fall to nearly testors were upset because it took $2 by Thanksgiving, with sharp 60 years for better telescopes to decreases expected in the next ďŹ nd other objects with similar, month. With the current nation- unusual orbits and 73 years to ďŹ nd bigger objects in the same

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“I have thoroughly enjoyed and been impressed with the leadership in the Greek community‌with the passion and caring [students],â€? said Laue. Senior Vikram Sasi, president of the 2006 Interfraternity Council, was optimistic about the new staff for the coming year. “They’re continuing a great tradition set by [the previous staff],â€? said Sasi. “Everybody is looking forward to a great year. Sasi also noted the unique challenge set upon the new staff of running the Greek Life OfďŹ ce with all new members. “They all understand that it is going to be a hard transition because the entire ofďŹ ce is leaving, but they’ve done a fantastic job handling it,â€? said Sasi.


area. The decision to demote Pluto came from the International Astronomical Union, who said its orbit was not round enough since it overlapped with Neptune’s.

Steve Irwin, “Crocodile Hunter,â€? dies from stingray attack Australian naturalist, Steve Irwin, also known as the ‘Crocodile Hunter’ was killed by a stingray this Monday. Irwin was attacked while shooting a documentary underwater at Batt Reef in the Great Barrier Reef of Port Douglas in Queensland state. The incident occurred when Irwin swam over the top of the stingray that was hidden underneath the sand. According to hospital ofďŹ cials who examined his body, the stingray barb pierced Irwin’s chest, putting him into cardiac arrest after it pierced his heart. Australian Prime Minister John Howard tearfully told reporters that the state will honor Irwin by giving him a state funeral if the family wishes to do so. Irwin was famous for working with crocodiles, sharks and other dangerous animals. Irwin’s most famous word was “Crikey.â€?

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4:31 p.m. LOST OR STOLEN ITEM—SOUTH 40 RESIDENCE AREA—Complainant left his wallet laying in the grass while playing basketball and later returned home without retrieving same. Upon his return, the wallet was no longer where he had left it. Disposition: Pending.

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12:04 p.m. AUTO ACCIDENT— 700 ROSEDALE, ANGELICA BUILDING—The Allied Security OfďŹ cer struck a wall with the GEM cart on the west side of the building, causing damage to the passenger side of the vehicle. Time of occurrence: Aug. 17. Disposition: Cleared.

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“ROCK THE ROW” v FROM PAGE 1 more desired setting. “We wanted to change from a Saturday night party to an afternoon BBQ,” said senior Mark Potkewitz, Inter-Fraternity Council’s (IFC) vice president of programming. The conversion received good marks from students and leaders of Greek Life. Senior Bryce Rattner, president of Pi Beta Phi, said, “Compared to last year, people seemed happier and to be enjoying themselves more.” Greek leaders cited campus construction as a source of frustration. Bright orange fences from work on the tennis courts and other projects on the Upper Row blocked several paths. Security was on site to ensure participants’ safety. With no control over the surrounding construction, Schlicter commented, “We do wish that this event was a little more welcoming to guests.” Participating organizations were satisfied with the revamp of the event, which is likely to become the norm for future years. Senior Cristin Datch, Panhel’s vice president of standards, said, “It was a great kick off to an exciting year as well as a fabulous

new tradition that future IFC and Panhel members can build upon

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A B&D Security Officer takes the stage with Richard McDonough for one song at Sunday’s Rock the Row event on Fraternity Row.

ID CHANGES v FROM PAGE 1 In the future, Schimmele expects that there will be about 50 vending machines on campus, with new locations for machines still under consideration. The campus card program has quickly become well used by university students. In the two weeks after the program’s launch, approximately 1,500 students added money to their campus card accounts, and as of Sept. 1 that number was approaching 2,000, said Schimmele. WebSTAC also underwent summer changes. It now includes several new features, including housing information, a new cell phone number field in the on-

line directory forms and the new campus card account. Before the housing assignment feature was implemented, housing assignments were sent out by mail. “We had a need for a long time to provide housing information to students on the web,” said Rob Wild, associate director of residential life. Students can now access their housing information by logging into WebSTAC. This feature, according to Wild, allows all students living with Residential Life, including international students, to access their housing information with greater convenience

and security. WebSTAC additionally allows student posting for cell phone and pager numbers to the directory. These numbers can be added to the directory by logging into WebSTAC, clicking “Contact Information” and “Addresses,” and then selecting an address to change from the list. Students can provide feedback and learn more about the new campus card program by visiting The Web site also includes a laundry machine service request form, in the event of laundry machine failures.

STAFF TURNOVER v FROM PAGE 2 The Office of Student Activities is another organization that works closely with students to improve leadership and overall life skills. According to Julie Thornton, director of student activities, OSA has recently lost four of their staff members and gained two more this past summer. Turnover in OSA, however, is fairly common.

“I have worked here for over 2 years and [I have] never worked with a full staff,” said Thornton. Thornton explained that the office hopes to create long-lasting changes in the future. Regarding the staff, she said, “They’re going to help us raise credibility and relationships with students.” The two new members joining the OSA team are Naomi Daradar, coordinator for student

involvement and multicultural leadership and Mike Saxvik, coordinator for student involvement and programming leadership. As a team, their main goal is to, “build a team that works together and that can work better with students,” said Thornton. “[We are working towards] a stronger, better, more credible resource for leadership on campus.”

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CHABAD v FROM PAGE 1 phase of development and transitioning to the public phase,” said Novak. Only after the project has been fully funded will renovations begin. The Chabad Center is currently able to serve 45 guests. After renovations are completed, the ground level of the house will be handicap accessible, and will comfortably accommodate 150 for Shabbat dinner, prayer, and learning. The new center will also feature a full lounge/library, which will remain open 24-7 for students, and an industrial kitchen, where cooking

tion,” said Novak. ZBT supports all of Chabad’s efforts, said junior Justin Snyder, president, but there are no plans to create an official affiliation. “Although ZBT is historically Jewish, only about 50 percent of our current members are Jewish,” said Snyder. “We don’t want to alienate any members, past, present, or future.” Chabad’s role on campus “is to advise recognized student groups and — like all other religious groups — offer off-campus services to students, faculty, and community members,” said No-


A diagram of the proposed renovations to the Chabad building on Forsyth Blvd. classes will be held for University members. Many student ideas were implemented into the new design plan, including a family style dining room and a reception area. “The new facility will allow Chabad to serve more people and do so in richer, more engaging ways,” said Dr. Stewart Greenbaum, Bank of America Professor of Managerial Leadership. Renovations will be completed in stages, allowing Chabad to remain fully functional during the remodeling process. By spring, Chabad hopes to open the main dining room. Other additions and renovations are projected for completion by summer 2007. Aside from renovations, Chabad also looks forward to creating a connection with its new neighbors in the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity. “We are working to build a relationship with the local chapter which is historically Jewish and the national organiza-

vak. Chabad is one the fastest growing Jewish organizations on college campuses, having nearly tripled in campus presence in the past five years. It recently opened its 100th campus location “We [Chabad] find fertile ground [in universities] for our signature approach of offering inclusiveness coupled with a strong sense of tradition,” said Novak. Chabad has a very strong mission of bringing people back to the faith, said Greenbaum. “Chabad also tends to have a more focused approach than Hillel. Chabad appeals to a different part of the community and in a different way.” Students said they see great potential for Chabad’s new location. “College students can be lazy,” said Ariela Schmidt, undergraduate and president of the Chabad Student Association. “The closer location should attract more people.”



WU grad student tracking Lyme disease BY LAURA GEGGEL NEWS EDITOR Brian Allan has caught Lyme disease twice despite wearing a full-body white suit when he goes tick hunting. “White clothes makes it easy to spot ticks,” he said. “I caught the Lyme disease very early both times I had it, so it wasn’t that different from having the flu. At a later stage it would have been much more severe.” The 27-year-old graduate student in the evolution ecology and population biology program at Washington University is spending the majority of his time tracking ticks with ehrlichiosis, a bacterium carried by lone star ticks prevalent in Missouri. Lyme disease typically occurs in the American Northeast where deer ticks congregate looking for sanguine hosts. Lyme disease isn’t typically found in the St. Louis area, but ehrlichiosis has similar flu-like symptoms. “The difference is that Lyme disease is famous for the bulls eye rash,” said Allan. Ehrlichiosis has no similar mark and causes those infected to get sicker and sicker. “With Lyme disease, people start to get sick with flu-like symptoms and then they get better before getting much sicker some time down the road. “With ehrlichiosis, it’s actually a good thing because it makes it much easier to catch the disease. People usually get so sick they go to the doctor,” explained Allan.

Most tick-borne illnesses are treated with a round of doxycycline antibiotics. In 2005, Missouri had 213 cases of tick-caused diseases, such as Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Infected ticks comprise about one to two percent of the tick population and are usually found in wooded areas or overgrown fields. Allan, who works in Jonathan Chase’s laboratory, is researching which animals infected ticks are feeding on. If the ticks were, for example, getting blood meals from infected white tailed deer, then Allan could make the policy suggestion to increase hunting regulations for deer to control wildlife population. “You can also do things that affect deer populations, such as the way people change landscapes. Things like logging, deforestation, housing development: all these things can change the distribution of tick hosts,” said Allan. Allan links the ticks to different hosts by analyzing their last meal. By using Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Allan and his colleagues can amplify the amount of DNA found in the tick’s previous blood meal and match it with a corresponding animal. Students don’t have to worry much about getting bitten by ticks on Danforth campus. “We tried to collect ticks in Forest Park once and I think with something like three hours of searching we found one tick,” said Allan, adding that the tick

was not infected. Students do have to worry about mosquito bites. West Nile is found in a relatively low percentage of mosquitoes in the St. Louis area, but 12 human cases have already been identified for the 2006 year in Missouri, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Mosquitoes buzz over to their prey after sensing humidified carbon dioxide and other chemicals given off by respiration and skin. West Nile cases tend to show up in mid to late summer after the virus has had a chance to replicate in various birds, including crows, sparrows and robins. “What makes a bird a good transmission host is that it gets infected by mosquitoes and replicates the virus in its blood. The virus then reaches a threshold so that another mosquito could come by, bite the bird and get infected,” said Mike Diamond, associate professor in medicine, microbiology pathology and immunology at the medical school. As the virus amplifies within the bird, another mosquito has a greater chance of contracting the virus and passing it onto humans. Symptoms include fever, headache, tiredness and body aches, according to the Center for Disease Control. St. Louis constantly monitors West Nile through passive surveillance, which involves residents calling the city and alerting officials of dead birds, and active surveillance, which demands the periodic checking of mosquito traps and testing captured in-

sects for infections. If a West Nile hot spot is found, the city will intervene. “If it was very high density they might spray,” said Diamond. But “spraying for mosquitoes is not that effective because you want to get the mosquitoes before they’re flying.” Diamond said that biological intervention often proved to be more effective. “They might put certain fish in or certain types of microorganisms in their breeding grounds to cut down on the larval stage of mosquitoes,” he continued. Diamond’s laboratory, while not primarily focused on finding a vaccine for West Nile, is currently studying how the immune system reacts to the virus. We are “trying to understand what the virus actually does to try to sabotage the human immune response,” he said. Students without compromised backgrounds, such as diabetes, cancer or HIV, can be less wary of West Nile, but Diamond still suggested wearing mosquito repellent, putting on long sleeved clothing and avoiding going outdoors in the evening when mosquitoes are more prevalent. Besides ehrlichiosis and West Nile, “There’s not a lot of insect borne diseases here in this part of the country,” said Diamond, except St. Louis encephalitis, another mosquito transmitted disease that hasn’t been found in the region for several years.

ASSEMBLY SERIES v FROM PAGE 1 Bell Hooks, the Nov. 1 speaker, is a writer and social activist who has published over thirty books, ranging in topics from black men and masculinity to self-help, engaged pedagogy, sexuality, and the politics of visual culture. The series will close with David Rieff giving the Holocaust Memorial Lecture. The only son of Susan Sontag, he is a nonfiction writer and policy analyst and has contributed many articles to publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Le Monde. Post-Assembly Series Student Discussions (PASSD), which take place in Umrath at

the conclusion of every lecture, continue the conversation of issues raised by the speakers. The discussions are limited to 25 students and free pizza is served. The first one following the

Seymour Hersh lecture will feature Ian MacMullen, the assistant dean and academic coordinator in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Sabah Al-Jadooa, an Iraqi citizen and a graduate of the University. Stuart Yoak,

the executive officer for the Study of Ethics and Human Values said, “[These discussions] are an opportunity for students to carry on the discussion and conversation that happened during the lecture.”

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here’s a big hole right in the middle of campus where Prince Hall used to be. There’s another big hole on Snow Way that kind of looks like the Hoover Dam from the top of the Millbrook parking garage. And there’s also a bunch of cars parked behind the Business School, right where grass used to be. Isn’t Washington University obsessed with making the campus look beautiful? The new University Center (and underground parking

What I learned from the Freshman Reading Program BY DENNIS SWEENEY STAFF COLUMNIST


o it was “repetitive.” Maybe it “put you to sleep the second you started reading it.” It’s even possible that “you could read the last chapter and basically have read the whole book.” But really. You should still read it. Professor Mark Rank’s book “One Nation, Underprivileged,” the focus of this year’s Freshman Reading Program, wasn’t “Playboy” magazine. It wasn’t even Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations.” Its low level of surface relevance considered, though, I was still stunned that a lot of people didn’t read it. How many people didn’t read it? I won’t claim scien-

“If you knew that you would blow off One Nation even as your eyes read the words, way to go in not reading it.” tific knowledge here, or any credibility at all really, but of the “subject group” (the people I talked to about it), let’s just say there was a significant number of people in the “I Didn’t Read It” and “I Didn’t Finish It” categories. The “I Read the Damn Book” category was actually heavily represented, but that’s not what we’re talking about here. What we’re talking about is that I thought this would be the one place where people would actually read the summer reading. Was I the only guy picturing a bunch of people who really cared about learning? Was I the only one surprised that there are people here that actually just don’t do work sometimes? That led me to this idea (1:59 a.m., Monday morning): The people that didn’t read the book are just highclass bare-minimum-doers. They are the people who bust ass in school and do whatever they have to do to get a really good grade, and do nothing academic beyond that, because in reality it

in part to the sheer multitude of construction projects currently being undertaken by the University, might deter some prospective freshmen who are deciding between enrolling at Wash. U. and an academically similar institution. Tour guides have always been able to point out a picturesque campus to prospective freshmen and their parents, but now, tour guides might fi nd themselves stuck between a big hole and Eliot Hall. The prospective freshmen will be

University Center. Furthermore, campus just looks ugly right now. One of the University’s main selling points has been its aesthetic appeal. While Brookings is still looking great, it’s hard to fi nd the beauty in “the Hole.” Combined with the aforementioned “Village Hole” and new impromptu parking lot, there are now a lot of eyesores on campus. While the benefits of the construction may be great, one has to wonder if the unsightly look of campus, due

quick path from the 40 to the Danforth campus, travelers have to go around the hole and through Mallinckrodt, making the trek to class even longer. And parking, which was scarce enough to begin with, has become nearly impossible with the parking spaces lost to the construction. Driving to campus is essentially pointless unless you can leave early enough now. Worst of all, the majority of the students having to deal with all this trouble won’t even get to reap the benefits of the

garage) will surely be a sight to behold. Rumored to have everything from a wine bar to a recording studio for KWUR, the University Center should be an upgrade from Mallinckrodt. And while some sacrifices must be made to get the center built, the University has taken on too many construction projects at one time. First and foremost, the construction has made getting around campus terribly inconvenient for those already here. Instead of having a nice,

forced to wonder what happened to the pretty campus in all the brochures, and reminisce about all the other pretty campuses they have seen. The construction itself is unavoidable, but it did not have to be done all at once. If it had been staggered more, campus would look nicer now, and life would be a lot easier for the students who go here. Instead, the students who are here now are suffering more than they have to for a benefit many will not even see.


really doesn’t interest them and they’re working for some other abstract, meaningless purpose. And then this thought bounced into my head (2:06 a.m.): I hope this article comes together soon. It’s looking really crappy but I want to send it in by tonight so that I can sleep in tomorrow ‘til like 12 and have free BBQ waiting for me on the Swamp right when I wake up. And after that came, the union of those two thoughts (2:12 a.m.): Oh. Here I am, sitting in front of my computer at 2:15 a.m. the day before my article is due, combating my own procrastination, and trying to decry laziness. It looks like we’re all bare-minimum-doers, procrastinators, loopholefinders, real-work-duckers, it’s not just the people who were obvious about it by not reading the book. We are all lazy; it’s different here only in that when we do stuff, we do it really well. I really was going to write an angry column on the ridiculousness of people blowing off the very first opportunity of their college career. It is a shame, but how can you blame a kid who undertakes a task like going pre-med at Washington University. I was going to put in that it should be about the education, not the grades, at an amazing school like Wash. U. But there seems to be enough grade-related classwork to take up a whole life, and it looks like any other education is going to have to wait for winter break or summer. I was even going to jump on Professor Mark Rank’s comical convocational comment about his book we at least “should have read” over the summer; I would have pointed out how that laugh-getter was contrary to his and the school’s purpose. But I believe the man claims to be grounded in reality, and if the reality is that people couldn’t get through his book, cheers to him for facing up to it. The conclusion to the angry version of this column, though, was going to be a


Katrina coverage misleading Dear Editor:

Boissiere Class of 2007

As natives of New Orleans, we were very disappointed by Brittany Farb’s article “Voices from Katrina: One Year Later.” While the featured students’ sudden change of college plans was unfortunate, they at least had somewhere to return to. Many of the real victims of Katrina lost a place to call home- families were separated; parents lost their jobs; a whole city was destroyed. Brittany Farb’s article was not only insensitive but also ignorant to the reality of New Orleans one year later. Not only has life not “returned to normal,” as stated by Jackie Singer, but little has changed to improve the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. There are 42 students at Wash. U. from the state of Louisiana, and many more from the affected Gulf Coast region—surely a more appropriate “voice of Katrina” could be found amongst them.

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Two more views on student health insurance Dear Editor: I am writing in response to the letters from Mr. Rick Friedman and Mr. Brian Barnes. As they were writing in two capacities -- Mr. Friedman is the parent of an undergraduate student, and Mr. Barnes is a graduate student -- so I am responding in two capacities: I am the parent of two undergraduate students, on the one hand, and on the other hand I am the administrator in Arts & Sciences who works with graduate students on health issues. In role one, let me say that I have no objection whatsoever to paying the health fee for my sons. It

is true that they were both insured on my employee insurance plan when the health fee became mandatory, and one of them is still insured through me as well as through the health fee. However, there are two factors contributing to my support of the student health fee with medical insurance included. One is that the best decision for the entire student community on the Danforth Campus is to have adequate health insurance for all students. About $660 per year seems to me a very small price to pay for the peace of mind that comes from knowing no student is attending here without any medical insurance. The other fact is that having both primary and secondary insurance is a better deal for me in case of major medical expenses. When one of my sons had an expensive hospital stay, the student coverage cut the bills in half immediately and paid 80 percent of the remaining

half; then my employee plan covered everything else. Had we been using just the employee coverage, we would have paid 20 percent of the whole bill: enough more than the zero amount we paid that the health fee was a very good deal indeed. In role two, I would point out that Student Health Services is enormously responsive to the concerns of graduate students. It has been known for some time that prescription drug coverage is a high priority for the post-baccalaureate population. Last year, discount cards could be bought to defray some prescriptions somewhat. This year, a plan can be purchased that defrays more prescriptions a larger amount. Progress is, admittedly, incremental, but it is steady, driven in part by the members of the Graduate Student Health Advisory Committee (GSHAC). Changing insurance companies

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What President Bush’s summer reading list reveals about Iraq A

ccording to columnist Maureen Dowd, there are two famous men who have recently been caught reading French philosopher Albert Camus’ 1946 classic, “The Stranger.” One of these men is the fictional movie character Jean Girard, a gay French racecar driver who happens to be the villain in “Talladega Nights,” a NASCAR movie starring Will Ferrell. The other man is, ironically enough, George W. Bush. During a recent interview with NBC’s Brian Williams, President Bush revealed that he had read “The Stranger” during his summer vacation at his Crawford, Texas ranch. When later asked for comment, Press Secretary Tony Snow also admitted that he had discussed the origins of French existentialism with the president after he finished reading the book. Comedians were quick to pick up on the story and it’s not hard to see how they

would spin it. “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” cracked that Bush was actually “catching up on his ninth grade reading list.” As if that angle didn’t have enough comedic value, Nathan people also began focusing on the fact that George W. Bush was reading something from a very famous French philosopher. This is the man, after all, whose 2004 presidential campaign was filled with negative suggestions that John Kerry was a little too French to lead the country. This strategy became so popular to the point that one of Bush’s campaign advisors began telling reporters that Kerry “looks French.” In fact, every part of Bush’s demeanor is constructed on a heavy disdain for the intellectual elite and, by extension, France. It’s not surprising, then, that a few people would be stunned to

find Bush reading a book written by one of France’s greatest literary heroes. But while the story may have provided a few laughs at the president’s expense, the more interesting Everly question is how he began reading Camus in the first place. It is no coincidence that “The Stranger” is also widely regarded as an existentialist novel. In fact, that’s probably why Bush decided to read it. Camus was a firm believer in a basic assumption that life is a thoroughly indifferent and meaningless existence. Given this condition, he argued that man cannot rely on God to create something of lasting value. “The Stranger” was written with this philosophy in mind as it told the story of an atheist named Meursault who awaits his execution for murdering an Arab. It is an altogether somber novel that would

ordinarily seem like the last thing that President Bush would ever want to read. Yet it seems that recent events in Iraq have finally forced the president to change his reading habits.

“It is no coincidence that ‘The Stranger’ is also widely regarded as an existentialist novel. In fact, that’s probably why Bush decided to read it in the first place.” Fairly or not, Bush was reelected to be a war president and his legacy is now tied to an increasingly unpopular war. The insurgency in Iraq has grown to such a large size that The New York Times recently declared



was once told that legends never die. Then again, I was told this by a rather foolhardy individual. As such, the press release that solitarily graced the website of the Australian Zoo—which, coincidentally, is the website of the Crocodile Hunter—lamented the loss of “a great wildlife icon, a passionate conservationist and one of the proudest Dads on the planet.” Yes folks, on Sept. 4, 2006, we lost Steve Irwin. In what could have been a poignantly symbolic move, a stingray barb stung him in the heart (heartache? The croc hunter as the tragic romantic?) and emergency medical personnel were rushed to meet his boat. Shot through the heart, but you’re too late… The nature of his death may seem somewhat disturbing; I know it sure was for me. I mean, he’s the motha truckin’ CROC HUNTER, he’s supposed to be immortal! In a world where one of the most lovable nutcase animal enthusiasts can die so horribly in such unlikely circumstances (stingray injuries are rarely fatal), it only leaves us guessing: is anything sacred anymore? But maybe this is the wrong attitude. Maybe there was no

other way for the Crocodile Hunter to leave us, because, let’s face it, if I had to guess a year ago how I thought Steve Irwin would die, I’d guess by the hand (fi n? tail?) of some dangerous animal. The name of the program he was fi lming for was Ocean’s Deadliest. If anything, this dramatic conclusion to the life of a man who once described himself as a “wildlife warrior” only gives him credibility. It’s simply too appropriate, much like the passing of John Bonham— known for partying his ass off—who died partying his ass off. Icons, nay, LEGENDS—and the like—are almost required to burn out, rather than fade away. Irwin’s love for wildlife came back to bite, claw, and fi nally sting him. …Like bad medicine. This aspect of his death just leaves me emotionally confused. When Dimebag Darrel of Pantera was shot a year and a half ago, I felt awful. Cut down maliciously in his prime. I can only imagine how people felt when they heard John Lennon or John F. Kennedy had been shot fatally. Even when Rodney Dangerfield died, of health problems nonetheless, I nearly cried. But with Steve Irwin, I don’t know how to feel. He wasn’t old, but at the same time he wasn’t killed by the gun of a malevolent maniac. Unless the stingray had some

that it “has gotten worse by almost all measures,” compared to a year ago. U.S. forces have been unable to effectively combat this growing tide of unrest and have subsequently allowed local Shiite militias to take control of security in large areas of the country. This has created a very fragmented country that threatens the very legitimacy of the new Iraqi government. The country is also dealing with brewing ethnic tensions between Sunni and Shiite Muslims that are dangerously close to erupting into a civil war. All of this has made it extremely difficult for the Iraqi government to convince its citizens that it can actually protect them. This is sobering news, to be sure, but perhaps the most relevant indicator of how the war is going is the way in which it is now debated at home. Its merits are no longer being argued based on what will happen if we win. Instead, they’re

being argued based on what will happen if we lose. None of this means that the war in Iraq is lost. But it does mean that this war needs fewer idealistic delusions a la “the insurgency is in its last throes” if it is ever going to reach a turning point. There are already signs that this new reality has settled in at the White House. Last week, President Bush acknowledged recent struggles in Iraq by remarking, “When you see innocent civilians ripped apart by suicide bombs or families buried inside their homes, the world can seem engulfed in purposeless violence.” That’s the kind of statement that would make Albert Camus blush. Nathan is a junior in the school of Engineering and a Forum Editor. He can be reached via e-mail at forum@

SWEENEY v FROM PAGE 7 problem (that’s why it’s not angry anymore). I couldn’t really spit in everyone’s faces on campus for being sellouts and cheaters, because that’s not the way it is. I couldn’t quite say, “Well, guys, you missed this opportunity but take the next one, OK?” because that’s cheesy and no one would listen to it. But there is a certain quotation I like a lot that I’d like to end this column with: “Anything worth doing is worth doing well.” It means, of course, do your best in everything you choose to do. There is another half to the adage,

though. The things you choose not to do, neglect with conviction. If you’re not going to care about something, don’t do it. If you knew that you would blow off One Nation even as your eyes read the words, way to go in not reading it. So here is the new twist on the old adage: “Anything you know you’re not going to do well, just don’t do it at all.” Work for you? Dennis is a freshman in Arts & Sciences. He can be reached via e-mail at


ulterior motive… “Disgraced be you, Mr. Irwin! Isabella the iguana did not want to be touched like that, and now I bring you retribution on her honor!” Unfortunately, even the species of the stingray that got him cannot be disclosed due to Australian racial profi ling laws. Wanted dead or alive… Nevertheless, there is one thing we can be sure of: Steve Irwin lived his life to the fullest. I just want to live while I’m

alive… And, yes, he has passed on, but maybe his legend will in fact live on. Live on for our children to learn about and appreciate our world and its many non-humanoid inhabitants, because there may never be another Crocodile Hunter like the one we’ve seen. Geoffrey is a junior in Arts & Sciences. He can be reached via e-mail at

this year won our students fuller coverage and more options, without any increase in fee, than had been available in past years. Moving to a new facility for Student Health Services won our students better care and more of it, also without any increase in fee. Still without any increase in fee, the integration of Health Promotion and Wellness into the new SHS facility has made its programs

accessible to graduate as well as undergraduate students. There is room for further improvement, especially in the area of prescription drug coverage, but the track record of the University suggests that improvements will continue to be made. -Nancy P. Pope Associate Dean, Arts & Sciences, Graduate School

What we should remember from 9/11 BY DAVID SONG STAFF COLUMNIST


ive years ago I was a high school freshman in first period History on Sept. 11, 2001. I must have watched everything happen in New York City that morning like nearly everyone else not in New York City: gaping at a television, desperately trying to comprehend something awful. At least to a high school freshman living in Maryland, there was nothing real in New York that morning. This is because I knew that in real life, airplanes could not transform into bombs, no matter how much one desires. In real life, people who hated you for being American could not kill you with box cutters and pilot training on Tuesday morning. These things were the silly premises of a bad Arnold Schwarzenegger movie. Subconsciously, I expected that George Bush and Dan Rather and everyone else in the government and media would go on television and

yell “Surprise!,” revealing the whole ordeal to be a massively elaborate joke. Real life, the life without God-awful destruction and mass murder, seemed to have vanished into smoke and rubble along with the Twin Towers and a portion of the Pentagon, but no matter – we would just have to go about the daily routine until real life came back. On Sept. 11, New York City, for people a hundred miles and further away, became an unreal city, complete with falling towers. Jet planes became unknown spears hurtling and bullets flying in a dream-like war – in a nightmare where you know you are in a nightmare and therefore expect to wake up. My original reactions – mindless shock and a lurching sense of dread – don’t really matter, since along with hundreds of other people, I went to school as if nothing had gone wrong. I suspect this is the case with the Information Age. Turn on the television at the right hour, and you can view carnage and destruc-

tion: Columbine, Oklahoma City, 9/11. Today, there are rockets firing (more unknown hurtling spears) in the Middle East killing civilians and destroying homes. More people every week are perishing in very loud and painful ways in Iraq. All of this in the newspapers, on

“At least to a high school freshman living in Maryland, there was nothing real in New York that morning.” the radios, and on computer and television monitors, but seeing pictures of immense destruction does not equate with experiencing immense destruction firsthand. Imagine the Washington University freshman class, all gathered at convocation, being killed twice over (God forbid). But as it happens, the freshman class is in little danger of being killed. We are safe from

bomb-wielding madmen in our homes and dorms; how could our immediate experience – our real life without falling towers and kamikaze airliners – inform us otherwise? Such is why we continued to go to work, school, and dinner as if nothing happened. No doubt most of us will do the same thing 5, 10, 20 years afterward. A few days after Sept. 11, everything I watched on Tuesday morning sank in. That human beings had flown jet planes into skyscrapers and killed themselves and three thousand other human beings sunk in. That was real life, and real life was horrible. Real life remains horrible, in spite of having overthrown Saddam Hussein and the Taliban or having responded in whatever way we have to 9/11. The recent terror alert was distressing enough, no doubt triggering a few lapsed memories of five years before; on the flight to St. Louis, a sliver of my consciousness expected someone to stand up and blow up the plane with, of

all things, a Gatorade bottle. Five years after, people will probably talk about closure. Real life – the one with bomb-throwing madmen and everything – does not have seasons like a television show. I suspect we will give ourselves closure, and doing so will not make things better outside our own imaginations. That we will no longer care to remember, I think, is far too likely, but I’m hoping I’m wrong. George Santayana famously remarked that those who fail to learn from the past are condemned to repeat it. I believe that as a whole, people have spectacularly failed at learning from the past. After the trenches of the First World War, the jungles of Vietnam; after Auschwitz, Rwanda. The outcome of Bush’s “first war of the twenty-first century” remains murky, fraught with more people perishing in very loud and painful ways. There is little shortage of soldiers, fanatics, so-called Islamofascists, freedom fighters striking out in confusion and hate

and fear, the same emotions that motivate men to take the lives of a thousand strangers along with their own. Imagine that: an unending human history full of bombs and tanks, of New Yorks and Darfurs and Stalingrads. If the first six years of this century are any indication, the world is not in a new millennium when it comes to death and slaughter. When I was in New York City this summer, I saw the twin columns of light where the real towers were five years ago. The columns look like ghosts or phantoms, almost like the collection of spiritual and psychic residue that amounted from 9/11. They are not solid skyscrapers, and I hope solid skyscrapers do not replace them. Hopefully, people will look at New York City, at whatever remains and whatever is missing, and they will remember. David is a sophomore in Arts & Sciences. He can be reached via e-mail at


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SPORTS Volleyball team all business v Squad easily sweeps Washington University Classic tournament

Weekend Sports Recap Football


To quote an old adage, “Nothing is certain but death and taxes.� And the Washington University volleyball team. A 4-0 start to the season revealed flashes of last year’s success combined with the promise of this season. The Bears did not drop a single game throughout last weekend’s Washington University Classic. Friday afternoon began with a match-up between the fifth-ranked Bears and Dominican University. Setting the tone early, the Bears tallied 14 points before Dominican was able to quell the onslaught. The Bears went on to win the game 30-6. Senior middle-hitter Whitney Smith and junior outside hitters Emilie Walk and Haleigh Spencer led the evenly balanced offense by each registering more than 10 kills. Wash. U. controlled the remaining games 30-10 and 30-12 behind transfer setter Audra Janak. Janak totaled 29 assists, 4 kills, 9 digs, and 2 service aces in the commanding victory. “Audra’s greatest challenge will be to execute our system of combination attacks that create one-on-one attack opportunities,� said Head Coach Rich Luenemann. “She’ll be expected to read opposing blockers but overall we were very pleased with her success over the weekend. She’s established a strong rapport with her attackers, and they have a ton of confidence in her.� In the Friday evening game, the Bears faced University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Wash. U. took a quick lead in the first game when the defense began to step up. Walk finished the match with a team-high nine total blocks. The defense carried the team to a 30-17 first game win. The second game proved tougher for the Bears. UWPlatteville pulled within three points (23-20) before a rowdy Red Alert crowd spurred on a Bears rally to take the game to 30-23. “We really appreciated the vocal crowd. We always play better with that type of support. Hopefully the fans enjoyed our style of play

The Washington University football team opened its season in style Saturday, defeating host Lake Forest College 21-6. The Bears’ defense was absolutely suffocating, surrendering just 98 total yards of total offense. Senior captain Drew Wethington led the Bears with eight tackles, including ďŹ ve for a loss. He also recorded a sack. Sophomore Tommy Bawden and juniors Mike Eliot and Chris Rhodes also had sacks, with Rhodes’ being the ďŹ rst of his collegiate career. Offensively, the Bears were led by quarterback Pat McCarthy. The senior signal caller completed 17 of 24 passes for 172 yards. The ďŹ rst half ended in a scoreless tie, but the Red and Green ran off 21 unanswered points in the second stanza to coast to the victory. McCarthy and fellow senior Robbie Sutkay each had rushing touchdowns for the Bears, while the other score came as the result of a blocked punt by senior Travis Ferber. Junior Mat Balthazar recovered the blocked kick and took the pigskin to the house for the team’s ďŹ rst points of the afternoon. The Bears host Westminster College Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on Francis Field.


The volleyball team plays Emory at home last October. The Lady Bears swept this weekend’s tournament. and will return,� said Luenemann. The Red and Green cruised to a victory in the third game (30-24). Janak was again a strong presence for the Bears, collecting four kills, 3 service aces, 7 digs, and 32 assists. Sophomore right side hitter Nikki Morrison delivered 11 kills while Walk and Smith each added nine. Junior outside hitter Ellen Bruegge also added seven kills in her first weekend as a Bear. “We have guns all along the net,� said Luenemann. “Everyone is capable of scoring and opposing teams can’t just focus on one or two players. Our balance will be one of our greatest strengths this season.� The Bears stayed hot against Wartburg College on Saturday. Walk and Morrison collected five kills in the first game as the Bears took a 30-25 win. Walk continued to torment the Wartburg de-

fense as she tallied 14 kills in the match. After a 30-17 second game win, the Bears put together an 11-point run to win the third game and the match 30-21. Senior Whitney Smith added 11 kills and six blocks with the help of Janak who delivered another 25 assists. Spencer picked up 10 digs and senior Amy Bommarito collected nine digs en route to all-tournament team selections for both players. Spencer hit .421 with 50 digs and Bommarito did not miss a single serve reception in 68 attempts over the weekend. “Haleigh [Spencer] is simply a rock. She is very proficient in every phase of the game, a superb attacker and a strong ball control player. Her all-around play is critical to our success,� said Luenemann. In the closest match of the weekend, the Bears defeated Illinois Wesleyan University 30-23, 30-27 and 30-14. In

a close first game, Spencer delivered seven of her total 10 kills. Fellow all-tournament team member Walk added 11 kills and hit .427 with 22 blocks on the weekend. Bruegge collected an additional 10. Spencer’s career-high 22 digs and Bommarito’s 13 digs led a strong defense. This weekend’s match-ups in the National Invite tourney should prove more challenging for the Bears. “We’ll step up in competition with three of the visiting teams being nationally ranked. We’ll need to maximize our execution and minimize our errors,� said Luenemann. The Bears will face Pacific University and 17th ranked Central College on Friday. On Saturday the Bears will take on the 12th ranked Polar Bears of Ohio Northern University and second-ranked Wittenberg University.


The Bears’ first game is this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on Francis Field.

Soccer The Washington University men’s and women’s soccer teams both scored major upsets against Wheaton College (Ill.) over the weekend. The women won in dramatic fashion on the road Saturday as senior Sara Schroeder tallied the game winner in overtime, sending the Bears to a 2-1 upset win over the sixth-ranked Thunder. Freshman Becca Heymann scored the Bears’ other goal in the 85th minute. The squad’s next match is on the road Saturday at Aurora College. The team now stands at 1-1 for the season. The men were led by a pair of underclassmen in the championship game of the Bob Batista Invitational Tournament. Sophomore Kevin Brege scored via penalty kick in the games 18th minute and freshman goalkeeper John Smelcer had seven saves in the 1-0 shutout win over 22nd ranked Wheaton. The Bears host Rhodes College under the Francis Field lights on Friday evening. The game is set to begin at 7:30 p.m.


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“Crank” entertains with action and humor BY BRIAN STITT MOVIE EDITOR Whenever I watch the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie “Last Action Hero,” I feel that the movie missed out on a lot of jokes simply because of its kid-friendly rating. “Crank” does not have those restrictions and is therefore free to lampoon itself and other movies of its kind as raunchily as it wants to. Jason Statham, the star, doesn’t have quite the reputation Arnold did, so the jokes don’t write themselves – which forces the fi lmmakers to come up with many of their own gags. While this movie’s trailer makes it look like a cross between “The Transporter 2,” “Speed” and the noir classic “DOA,” “Crank” actually comes off as boldly original and masterfully tongue-in-cheek. The unfortunately named Chev Chelios (Statham) wakes up one morning feeling especially woozy and is informed by a DVD left in his apartment that an acquaintance, Verona (Jose Cantillo), has poisoned him with “some Chinese sh-t” which will kill him within hours and has no antidote. Chelios, a hit man, decides he isn’t going down without a little company and

destroys everything in his path to get to Verona. Along his path of destruction, he fi nds that whenever his adrenaline gets pumping, he feels a little less nauseous. His shady doctor (Dwight Yoakam) confi rms his suspicions; the poison is linked to his adrenal gland and if he slows down, he’s dead. This sets off a wild chase through Los Angeles as Chelios does everything he can to keep his adrenaline pumping as he seeks revenge. It’s a ridiculous premise but one that works perfectly for an action movie. The fi lm not only invites over-the-top antics, it actually demands them. Every death defying choice Chev makes seems a little more reasonable when he literally has nothing to lose. His one hope is to fi nd his girlfriend, played with blissful ignorance by Amy Smart, so that she will not become part of the collateral damage. The police play as much of a roll as they do in “Grand Theft Auto;” they are categorically ignored until they get in Chelios’ way. A running joke involves television screens in the background reporting that police are baffled by this mystery man’s swath of destruction. Helmed by dual writer-

directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, “Crank” is a movie meant to be made by a committee. By ripping off Tony Scott’s visual style, they not only poke fun at the MTV look of action movies such as “Torque,” but also give the movie a camera that matches the hero’s heart rate. Characterization is not deep but done deftly in the short time allotted to that element. Visual jokes are strewn throughout the movie punctuating the action and reminding the audience to have fun. When a shirt factory is invaded by the gunfi re that follows Statham’s character everywhere, the Chinese subtitles are translated phonetically. Each joke is revisited later on in the fi lm, giving the entire affair a backbone which the fl imsy plot cannot match. “Crank” is raunchy, disgusting and, if it becomes popular, will probably herald the coming of the apocalypse. Limbs are chopped off and sexual acts are performed in public places as onlookers cheer. While it certainly does not rise above the B-movie genre, it delivers on many of the gut levels that “Snakes on a Plane” failed to. Other viewers might not give “Crank”

the slack I did and see it for what it is on the surface. But the laughs are there to be found, and I assure you they are intentional. To an open mind this can be one of the best movie experiences of the year. The action movie has been in a rut for quite some time, especially those of the high explosion to plot ratio, but by using an old bag and pulling out all the right tricks Neveldine and Taylor have crafted something triumphant, even thoughtful at times. But those moments are brushed aside because we aren’t there to watch someone cope with the fact that they will never grow old as they stare at a dying old man in the hospital. We are there to see him use that man as a bullet shield as he shoots his way past the cops. Could anyone ask for more?

Crank Rating: ★★★★✩ Directed by: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor Starring: Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Efren Ramirez Now playing at: Esquire


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Crossover: Spectacular air ball BY KYLE VANHEMERT CADENZA REPORTER “Crossover,” a ninety minute music video masquerading as a movie, may be the new heir to the sobad-it’s-good summer film throne that was claimed so completely (much to the chagrin of the blogosphere) by “Snakes On A Plane” during recent months. After New Line Cinema’s disappointing—though diabolically clever—transformation of Samuel L. Jackson’s fated flight from an earnest effort to a work of deliberate camp, movie watchers may find solace in and may even be actively impressed by the fact that “Crossover” packs nearly every stale stereo-

type, pedestrian plot-point and unoriginal utterance typical of urban coming-ofage tales into a single serving size of sheer stupidity. With shots lasting about half a second on average, the film is hyperactive, even to a reviewer of the attention deficit generation. The audience is bombarded with poor editing, poorer acting and one of the most poorly developed narratives this reviewer has ever found in a film. Much like an air ball free throw, “Crossover” is a shot misfired so horribly that it misses mere misfortune, even falling short of comedic effect. Set in Detroit’s illicit (and surprisingly well-organized) world of underground bas-

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one). He plays the de facto league commissioner who organizes games, takes bets and otherwise occupies a small slice of screen time with an inexplicably irrelevant romantic subplot. Despite Vaughn’s occasional vexations, the girls’ dubious commitment and Jewelz’s “z,” the leading duo have little to trouble themselves with. Hurdles typically impedimentary of young urban men—sex, drugs, money, crime—are conspicuously absent from the film. As Notorious B.I.G. famously lamented, “the streets is a short stop; either you’re slingin’ crack rock or you got a wicked jump shot.” “Crossover” would benefit from a serious examination

allowed to do the opposite. Artistic ineptitude is an inadvertent compromise. “Crossover,” in failing so miserably to deliver any social, economic, athletic, ethnic, or cultural insight, delivers significantly in the realm of comedy, a wild shot tipped unintentionally into the hoop.

of this principle, the role which sports play in young urban life. As it were, ignoring the short-stopped streets and crack rock, “Crossover” is, in essence, an African-American “Bring It On.” Still, the film when stripped of its faux-urban ornamentation is a parable for following one’s dreams. The two protagonists use their basketball skills as a resource, opening doors by shooting hoops in an effort to better themselves. The smallest notion of nobility in this premise, the fact that there is a message under so much delightful debris, is interestingly what allows one to enjoy this film. The film takes itself seriously, so the viewer is

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“Illusionist” eludes success BY DANIEL HAEUSSER CADENZA REPORTER Neil Burger’s “The Illusionist” stumbles with the harshest of its faults. In fact, it is offensively bland. I am usually impressed by the

performances of Ed Norton (“Fight Club” and “The 25th Hour”) and Paul Giamatti (“American Splendor” and “Sideways”), but no amount of acting can rescue this insipid tale. In turn-of-the-century

Austria, Eisenheim (Edward Norton), son of a lowly cabinet-maker, falls in love with Sophie (Jessica Biel), an upper-class girl of Vienna. The teenage lovers know their relationship is unrealistic, but arrange late-night


Edward Norton and Jessica Biel star in the recently released movie, “The Illusionist.”

trysts anyway. Hidden in the woods, they imagine simply “disappearing” together. Eventually caught, the couple is forcibly separated. Eisenheim leaves Vienna to travel the world and learn the art of illusion. Years later, Eisenheim returns to Vienna with his traveling magic show and soon finds his relationship with Sophie reignited. Yet, betrothed to Crown Prince Leopold (Rufus Sewell), she remains unattainable. Despite Eisenheim’s reliance on the support of the crown prince for the show to remain successful and open, Eisenheim insults him and begins meeting with Sophie, drawing Prince Leopold’s ire and suspicion. The prince asks Inspector Uhl (Paul Giamatti) to find pretense for shutting down the illusionist’s show and to arrest Eisenheim for fraud. These conflicts between the characters build towards the surprise conclusion. The film is an adaptation of the short story “Eisenheim, the Illusionist,” written by Pulitzer Prize winner Steven Millhauser and first published in the December 1989 issue of Esquire. The

short story reads like a historical treatise, with particular emphasis on an increasing blur between reality and magic. The short story is clearly a difficult tale to translate onto cinema. “The Illusionist” abandons the text’s thematic focus and injects the plot with the tried and tired combination of detective story and romance. In theory, this should not be so bad. However, Burger and his script run into problems in the design and implementation of genre. The story’s mystery fails by unveiling a climax that the audience foresees an hour early. Watching scenes crawl towards the inevitable denouement is simply not entertaining enough. The film commits even larger transgressions in its execution of romance. The relationship and dialogue between Eisenheim and Sophie is trite and infused throughout with clichés that make the audience wince in pain. Despite the acting talent, the characters are flat, wooden archetypes that seem designed for a fairy tale. That framework could have been effectively used to

harness the public’s desire to be entertained by the unexplained as well as out conflicting need to explain everything with scientific rationality. But it doesn’t. Played as a fairy tale, “The Illusionist” is a particularly soulless one.

The Illusionist Rating: ★★✬✩✩ Directed by: Neil Burger Starring: Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti, Jessica Biel, Rufus Sewell Now playing at: Hi-Pointe

The film’s greatest strengths lie in the costumes, cinematography and music. Filmed entirely in the Czech Republic with a haunting score by Philip Glass, the visual and musical tone of the film is topnotch. For some audience members, these strengths in combination with a predictable and clichéd plot may make it enjoyable. But for everyone else, “The Illusionist” is nothing but a familiar cinematic parlor trick.


The Grates: “Gravity Won’t Get You High” BY BEN PAVIOUR CADENZA REPORTER The good thing about reviewing music in college is that the CDs are sent to the newspaper free of charge every week. The bad part about reviewing music in college is that some of those free CDs are not worth the effort it takes to make it through the album. The Grates are one of these bands. Their debut album, “Gravity Won’t Get You High,” features a giraffe on the cover, possibly because giraffes, like gravity and Grates, is spelled with a “g.” Things don’t improve much once you open the shrink-wrap. The Grates’ debut is best described as a mediocre mélange of modern alternative rock. Whether the songstress in question draws from folk, British, or poprock influences, it invariably suffers from the whine of a tone-deaf lead singer. Her name is Patience–yes,

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(possibly not a real instrument). The fact is that, no matter what the song’s instrumentation, Patience’s grating voice is the ubiquitous buzzkill. With a few exceptions, songs generally follow the pattern of buildup, wild screaming by Patience, more buildup and a few angst-ridden salvos before repeating the cycle. There are echoes of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs in the Grates music, and more subtly Be Your Own Pet. To their credit, an 8-track recording of one of the band’s songs, “Trampoline,” was submitted to national Australian radio station Triple J in 2004 and


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This fall in theatre A Performing Arts Department Preview BY IVANNA YANG SENIOR CADENZA EDITOR A season of innovation and premieres distinguishes the plays and performances on this year’s Performing Arts calendar. With a combination of student and faculty compositions, dance performances and a well-known musical, the Performing Arts Department is continuing the tradition of supporting the works of new playwrights while bringing well-acclaimed projects to Washington University. The upcoming season is especially exciting for the Chair of the Performing Arts Department, Henry Schvey. Four new plays will be unveiled, including one written by Schvey himself. “This year, there is an emphasis on student and faculty writing,” said Schvey. “It will be a season of new work.” Two of the new plays are by former Washington University students. “Hickorydickory” is the fi rst play of the semester and it is written by Marisa Wegrzyn who was recently commissioned to write a play by the famed Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago. “Hickorydickory” examines the themes of time and mortality, family ties and past actions. Another student-written play will debut in March called “Highness,” written by Carolyn Kras. Queen Elizabeth I is known today as one of the most powerful woman monarchs in history, but “Highness” focuses on her formative years and follows her tutelage under her step-moth-

er Katherine Parr, seeing her through court intrigues and eventual ascension to the throne. Kras is latest winner of the A.E. Hotchner Playwriting Competition, geared towards exposing aspiring University playwrights to a rigorous but rewarding selection and review process. “The A.E. Hotchner award is an open competition,” said Schvey. “All submissions are anonymous and a committee is formed to select the fi nalists.” Workshops then follow, and each year, a well-known dramaturge is brought to the University to act as a literary advisor who helps the winner refi ne his or her play. The two other plays to premier this year are “Kokoschka: A Love Story,” and “civil disobedience.” “Kokoschka” is written by Schvey and reveals the story of Oskar Kokoschka, an Austrian painter living in post World War I Germany whose tragic Pygmalion twist is a testament to the powers of love and memory. The other faculty written play is set in modern day United States. “Civil disobedience” takes the audience on a road-trip of confl icting ideals and beliefs, one that is fraught with both inter-generational confl ict and life lessons from unlikely wanderers. The familiar strains of “If I Were A Rich Man” and “Miracle of Miracles” will fi ll Edison Theater when “Fiddler on the Roof” is performed during Parent’s Weekend. The classic musical of a father learning to let go of his daughters will be

especially poignant during the three days when parents of University freshman will come to realize that the St. Louis campus is truly the new home of their sons and daughters. The season concludes with an unearthed treasure, “House of Desires,” written by a seventeenth-century woman. The play is quick to remind us that the love affairs and comedic exploits in today’s movies are themes eternal and timeless. The dance faculty is behind two performances combining innovation of movement with original choreography. Dance Closeup in early September is faculty-directed with evenings of contemporary, modern and world dance. Bodymind/Art of Movement appears in December and features student performed work under both faculty and guest choreographers. Many students seek entertainment and performances outside of campus at concert venues and movie theaters. Downtown St. Louis is usually buzzing with activity and awash in the lights of the Fox Theater and Powell Symphony Hall on weekend nights. However, attending a performance at Edison Theater—a venue many students pass everyday when walking to class—is not to be missed as a unique undergraduate experience. Be prepared to be amazed by the talent of your peers and by the breadth and quality of this unique PAD season. Who knows? You might catch the acting bug yourself.

This year in PAD Dance Closeup Sept. 7, 8 @ 8 p.m. Sept. 9 @ 5 p.m. & 8 p.m. By Choreographers from the WU Dance Division Artistic Direction by Mary-Jean Cowell Annelise Mertz Dance Studio

Hickorydickory Sept. 29, 30, October 5, 6 @ 8 p.m. Oct. 1, 8 @ 2 p.m. By Marisa Wegrzyn Directed by William Whitaker A.E. Hotchner Studio Theatre

Fiddler on the Roof Oct. 27, 28, Nov. 3, 4 @ 8 p.m. Oct. 29 & Nov. 5 @ 2 p.m. Based on Sholem Aleichem stories by special permission of Arnold Perl Book by Joseph Stein Music by Jerry Block Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick Directed by Jeffery Matthews

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BY MICHELLE STEIN THEATRE EDITOR In Dance Closeup, the dance faculty of Washington University have a chance to display their artistic research of the past two years. This show contains as many different dances as instructors, including bharata natyam, a type of Indian dance and Argentine tango. “It’s our way of publishing,” said Professor Christine O’Neal. “It speaks to the creative process and retaining an interest. This is why we’re here, what we’re teaching.”


Adjunct dance instructor Asha Prem choreographs and performs “Nada Tanu Manisham,” a classical Indian dance.

This show takes place biannually, with the Young Choreographers’ Showcase occurring in the off years. This time allows the faculty to choreograph their own pieces, or to find a choreographer they work particularly well with. Pieces take months, sometimes even years, to create. Professor David Marchant’s piece, “Leonardo’s Chimes” took a year and a half to prepare. At the end of all the practicing, planning and rehearsing is the finished dance. The head of the dance department, Mary Jean Cowell, understands that without this outside preparation, Dance Closeup would be impossible. The show only rehearses together three or four times before opening night on Sept. 7. All other practice is strictly individual. “Independently, this is how we spend our summer vacations,” said Cowell. “We can only do this as a group of professionals.” This professionalism is what the faculty hopes to show through this performance. The dance program at Washington University has amazing opportunities for dance, and professors want students to realize everyone can take a dance class and that Dance Closeup is a great way to understand different instructors’ style. “We are here to convey professionalism and professional quality and standard,” said Cowell. At the same time, the dance faculty wants students to realize that just because the dance program is professional, it does not mean that Washington University students have to be dancers once they graduate. The University is pleased to host the professional dance season opener for the St. Louis area. Dance Closeup performs in the Mertz Dance studio at 8 p.m. on Sept. 7 and 8, and 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Sept. 9. The studio is low-

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Kokoschka: A Love Story Feb. 8, 9, 10 @ 8 p.m. Feb. 10, 11 @ 2 p.m. By Henry Schvey Directed by William Whitaker A.E. Hotchner Studio Theatre

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Mary Mazello, a Washington University alumnus and an adjunct dance instructor, choreographs and performs the modern-influenced jazz dance “Quietly.” tech, and set up to have an intimate style. Tickets are available through Mallinckrodt in the Edison box office. Regular University student tickets are $10, while floor mat seats cost $6. The professors encourage all students to come, as the show offers such varied interests. “I just hope they come with an open mind and realize it’s a smorgasbord,” said Cowell.

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Highness March 29, 30, 31 @ 8 p.m. March 31 & April 1 @ 2 p.m. By Carolyn Kras Directed by Annamaria Pileggi A.E. Hotchner Studio Theatre

House of Desires April 13, 14, 20, 21 @ 8 p.m. April 15, 22 @ 2 p.m. By Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz translated by Catherine Boyle Directed by Alec Wild Edison Theatre




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*Restrictions may apply. Must be local resident, age 18 and over with valid photo ID. One pass per person. First time guest only. Pass expires September 26, 2006. ©2006 Wellbridge



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