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Patel beats out Wolff in landslide v Johnson only Paradigm candidate to win BY BEN SALES SENIOR STAFF REPORTER In his second bid for the Student Union Presidency, “eXperience” slate candidate Neil Patel garnered nearly 70 percent of the vote, beating Jon Wolff of the “Paradigm” slate. The only “Paradigm” candidate to win an executive position was Marius Johnson, who beat Ray Mailhot in the race for Student Union (SU) treasurer. Patel believes that the energy of his slate was the deciding factor in his victory. “It was one of the strongest, most well-oiled aggressive campaigns that this school has ever seen,” said Patel, who will be a senior next year. “We were everywhere. It was an amazing experience to meet so many people who cared and needed an outlet. SU will be that outlet.” Patel will be joined by fellow eXperience candidates Brittany Perez, who won un-
opposed as vice president and Rebecca Forman, who beat sophomore Yewande Alimi for secretary. Wolff, though he believes that his message was misunderstood during his campaign, was glad to campaign and believes that Patel will prove an able president. “I think a few things were misconstrued,” said Wolff, a junior. “The campaign has really been a good experience. Neil has got a lot of great ideas and I am confident he will do a good job.” Wolff added that he plans to stay involved on campus, but not necessarily in SU’s internal affairs. “I think I have another mission on campus,” he said. “I want to start a squash team. I love squash. I think it will positively affect the campus. I want to start an urban issues group looking at urban real estate, urban poverty.” Patel hopes that Wolff will remain involved in student
activities and plans to work with him in whatever capacity Wolff wants. “In whatever aspect he wants to be involved, I will have a conversation with him,” said Patel. “He offers great insight into issues [the eXperience slate] talked about.” Patel also looks forward to working with Johnson. While Johnson, a sophomore, fills out the executive as the only Paradigm candidate, he is excited to serve as treasurer. “Although it is unfortunate that I didn’t win with the slate I entered the campaign with, I am very comfortable with the other slate,” he said. “I knew all the people involved and had worked with them prior to this experience. I am excited to work with them after this experience.” In line with his campaign platform, Patel plans to work on improving campus fitness
President Neil Patel Jon Wolff
Art Diana Barbosa
Vice President Brittany Perez
Treasurer Marius Johnson 50.5% Ray Mailhot 47.8% Secretary Rebecca Forman 55.4% Yewande Alimi 42.9%
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President: David Ross External VP: Jonathan Brown Internal VP: James Kugler Treasurer: Chong Lee Secretary: Rubyn Wasserman
President: Karan Chopra External VP: Andrew Agins Internal VP: Wendy Xin Treasurer: Mansi Shah Secretary: Tori Fancher
Sam Fox conﬁrmed by recess appointment Professor Brown denied tenure, students rally in support BY SAM GUZIK
SENIOR NEWS EDITOR
President Bush named Sam Fox, a prominent University donor and member of the St. Louis community, ambassador to Belgium on Wednesday. Fox was installed using a recess appointment, a technique that allowed his installation over the objections of the Senate. Fox was nominated last December, but his name was withdrawn from consideration on March 28 after coming under ﬁ re for his donations to Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, a po-
litical group that was involved with a series of controversial advertisements about Senator John Kerry’s military history during the 2004 presidential campaign. But Political Science Professor Andrew Sobel said that ambassadorships to countries where the U.S. has stable relations are not major areas of concern. “Countries like Belgium and the Netherlands, those are political payoffs. And it’s not just the Republicans; the Democrats do this too. In the practice of diplomacy, all the real relations
are being done by the professional civil servant and foreign service staff,” said Sobel. The donation, which totaled $50,000, was brought to the limelight because Senator Kerry is the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations committee, the committee that handled the nomination. “The big issue is that Kerry challenged him in the congressional hearing and it made [Fox] look uncomfortable, maybe even silly, so Bush had to go outside the normal process to do it,” said Sobel. “This is part of the climate in D.C. right
now.” Fox’s installation was one of a number of recess appointments made Wednesday during a brief congressional recess. While Fox’s recess appointment is not expected to generate much controversy, others may. “I think we’re likely to get some congressional response, not on Sam Fox, but probably more importantly on Susan Dudely, who was the president’s choice to be the head of the Ofﬁce of Information and Regulatory Review,” said Steven Smith,
See SAM FOX, page 2
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WUPD Officer Mark Alexander, Officer Nicole Ruhland, Sergeant Ron Newbold, Officer Kim Chaitman and Officer Paul O’Donnell participate in the White Ribbon Campaign to raise awareness of male violence against women. On April 5, fraternities displayed white banners outside their houses while their members, WUPD and other men on campus wore ribbons pinned to their clothes.
See WU run, see WU win Women’s track and field takes first and men’s takes sixth at WU invitational meet. Be there when they next hit the field running. Sports, Page 6
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BY DAVID SONG NEWS EDITOR Leslie Brown, a well-respected African-American assistant professor of history, was recently denied tenure by Washington University. A number of undergraduate students, including the Association of Black Students (ABS) and several University alumni, have contested the decision, suggesting that Brown’s denial of tenure reﬂects poorly on the University’s commitment to diversity. Sheleena Taylor, a senior majoring in history and one of Brown’s advisees, is involved in a student letterwriting campaign to promote diversity on campus. “With her we’re doing a letter-writing campaign to raise awareness. She isn’t just a Washington University community member, she’s a St. Louis community member; she’s active in both communities,” said Taylor. Taylor added that the issue of Brown’s denial of tenure extends past her own career as an academic and to the issue of diversity in University faculty along the lines of race and gender. “We’re not trying to use her as a poster child for diversity. We’re using her as a case of how Washington University’s not living up to its promise of diversity,” said Taylor. Carmen Brooks, a graduate of the class of 2004, noted that her support for Brown was not personally motivated, but made to further diversity on campus. “This isn’t just a personal, emotional plea,” said Brooks. “I’ve seen her open students’
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minds to what it means to be black and a woman in America. It’s very much scholarly in forcing students to broaden their perspectives on American citizenship. Dr. Brown is a catalyst [for diversity]. She’s a phenomenal teacher, but it’s much bigger than that.” Brooks raised the issue of the number of minority professors in the College of Arts and Sciences. Brown, she noted, has been the only African-American teaching in the history department for the last two years. Of the AfricanAmerican professors in Arts and Sciences, six are tenured, four (including Brown) are on the tenure-track and two are adjunct professors. “We’ve lost minority faculty, not gained them,” continued Brooks. “You wonder, is it acceptable to lose faculty? The University has a history of not tenuring black professors. Of all the black professors, only two have been tenured. What does that say about the tenure process at Washington University?” Brooks also said that some histories go untaught in the history department itself. “You start realizing the larger issues of diversity. In the history department there hasn’t been anyone to teach Southeast Asian history; there’s no one in the department who teaches Caribbean history,” said Brooks. In July 2005, the Washington University Diversity Initiative was created. The initiative led to the creation of a Coordinating Council for Diversity Initiatives (CCDI), chaired by Leah A. Merriﬁeld. Brooks, however, questioned
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Jam for Justice Music, food and wine for social justice. Six local bands will jam at the Wash. U. Co-op (6021 Pershing Ave) from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. to raise money for Amnesty International. Entrance is $5 at the door. All proceeds go to help human rights movements in Ecuador. For more information, contact email@example.com.
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Italian Film Festival For the third year, the Italian Film Festival of St. Louis will be presenting ﬁ lms to promote Italian cinema and culture on campus. They will present “La febbre” (“The Fever”), the story of a 30-year-old who lives with his mother but tries to start a discotheque, at 8:00 p.m. in Brown 100. For more information, visit http://www.italianﬁ lmfestivalstlouis.com.
Saturday, April 7 Hip-Hop Artist Congress Looking for a little bit of hip-hop to spice up your weekend? Join members of the Hip-Hop Congress for a concert and exhibition of acts from both the University and St. Louis communities. The performances will be in the Gargoyle and there will be additional art on display. Holi Indian Dinner Love color? In celebration of the Indian Festival of Colors, the Hindu Students Association is hosting a brief religious service followed by an Indian dinner in Lopata house at 6:30 p.m. There will be free pooja or a dinner buffet for $3.
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Students discuss Dr. Leslie Brown’s denial of tenure in an emergency meeting hosted by the Association of Black Students in Mudd House on Monday, April 2. Brown was denied tenure despite receiving the unanimous endorsement of the history department.
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whether UIniversity administration directed enough attention to the tenure process with reference to racial and gender diversity. “I believe Merriﬁeld is aware of [diversity] and trying to work in the best interests of the University. It’s the administration I’m worried about. It’s not enough to just establish a diversity committee and say, ‘this is your problem.’ The [CCDI] has made substantial steps. I’m concerned whether or not the administration is still engaged. We’re not asking to dumb down the tenure process. We hope for afﬁ rmative action as intended—to be no dumbing down, to give minorities opportunities. We’re not asking for quotas, but we are asking that the tenure process give due weight to everything asked of a minority professor.” Deva Rashed-Boone, also
Easter Mass Looking for something to do before your Easter egg hunt? The culmination of Holy Week will bring students to Graham Chapel for Sunday Mass at both 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. For more information about Sunday’s Mass or Holy Week activities, contact the Catholic Student Center.
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an alumna of the University undergraduate class of 2004, expressed with Brooks a concern that the University is not giving due attention to faculty diversity. “How can you profess to have a diversity initiative and not have a strategic plan and concrete goals?” she asked. “I want to see [Washington University] continue to ﬂourish. The number of African-American students in the buildings has boomed. It would be wonderful to see a similar plan to recruiting, hiring and tenuring black faculty. If you want to continue to see black students here, we need to be able to see ourselves reﬂected in our professors.” Professor Brown said that the event has helped to raise the difﬁcult issue of maintaining diversity at the academic level. “This situation has helped
students and others to realize how fragile diversity really is. I’m glad to see students care, not about me personally, but about who’s doing the teaching. I think that, for many undergraduates and my colleagues, this is the ﬁ rst time they’ve had a person of color [in a position] of intellectual authority, and that means something.” Brown also stated that she believed the University holds a strong spoken position on diversity. “I think the University has articulated a strong conviction for diversity, a strong belief in its importance.” While the details of the administration’s decision on tenure remain undisclosed, Brooks suggested that minority professors often face the challenge of having to meet greater expectations than their non-minority peers. Such a “minority tax,” said Brooks, remains a general problem for minorities in the academic ﬁeld. “With a minority professor, the [minority] students expect more of them. They go to someone who can understand their experience.” Undergraduate students have moved to support Brown and a number of student groups, from the ABS to the Inter-Fraternity Council to Sigma Iota Rho, have moved to approve the reconsideration of Brown’s tenure and the status of the University faculty’s diversity. “I believe that Dr. Brown has played an important role at this university, and that denial of her tenure is a substantial loss for our community,” wrote Micah King, president of Sigma Iota Rho, in an e-mail to Student Life. “The denial of Dr. Brown’s tenure is indicative of a wider pattern at Washington University, where faculty diversity is supported in rhetoric, but where it could be practiced in a manner more cognizant of the power structures and inequities that persist in our society.” As for Brown, she seems to remain uncertain about the coming academic year. “I don’t know,” she said with regard to the future. “I will ask for permission to apply for tenure next year.”
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nations would probably not change, Fox’s direction of funds certainly affected his nomination in congress. “If you are a member of the legislature and this has been where you’re running for ofﬁce, you get sacriﬁced at the hands of misinformation, you should be upset about that. And now that the Democrats control the committee, Fox’s actions came back to haunt him,” stated Sobel. Now that Fox has been named ambassador, the Senate will have one year to conﬁ rm his appointment or it will expire when Bush’s presidency ends. Originally provided for
in the constitution as a way for the President to make appointments while Congress was out of session, recess appointments have recently become a political tool. “A small minority of appointments have become more and more common in the last century,” said Smith. “During [divided party rule] presidents have become a little frustrated when congresses are slow to get appointments passed. Ultimately, though, these recess appointments do not last forever.” —Additional Laura Geggel
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Speaker Lovins urges environmental action BY SARA RAJARAM ASSIGNMENTS EDITOR A crowd of over 200 students and professors gathered in the Gargoyle yesterday to hear environmentalist Hunter Lovins, president and founder of Natural Capitalism Inc., speak on the business end of protecting the climate. Lovins is recognized internationally for her ideas concerning environmental sustainability and energy conservation. Lovins has also served as a Commissioner in the State of the World Forum’s Commission on Globalization, co-chaired by Mikhail Gorbachev and Jane Goodall. During her speech, Lovins recommended that the students pressure the University to implement environ-
mentally friendly policies. “Universities tend to silo —disciplines tend to stay separate. The first thing that students can do is start talking to other students in other disciplines and professors in other disciplines to try to get ideas,” she said. William Lowry, professor of political science and the environment, said that the University, in coordination with the Committee of Environmental Quality (CEQ ), is in the process of making changes on environmental policy, although it still lags behind many other college campuses. “Some campuses are a lot further along in developing environmental changes. Some campuses have done more with recycling, waste and in constructing build-
ings, according to environmental standards,” said Lowry. “The CEQ is waiting for the assistant vice chancellor position to be filled for the new sustainability director. When that is filled, then we’ll hear firmer commitments from the University as to what they can do,” said Erin Robinson, chair of CEQ and first-year graduate student in energy, environment and chemical engineering. According to Robinson, Lovins’s talk focused on dispelling the idea that pollution doesn’t have environmental, or carbon costs. “We’re assuming that the environment is free and the pollution that we emit is free. I think that the next step to look at is how we can incorporate our carbon
footprints into our everyday life,” she said. Lovins also added that the University should construct new buildings on campus with the goal that they generate their own energy and manage their own waste and water usage. The University has already taken some steps, such as installing solar panels on the roof of Olin library, and the CEQ is currently working with the administration to continue policy development. So far, the University has taken measures to conserve energy by closing outside vents to auditoriums in Lab Sciences at night. Future construction projects are also slated to be LEED certified, the gold standard for energy efficiency.
Lovin’s concept of Natural Capitalism seeks to conserve energy while keeping costs in mind. Glenn Stone, professor of anthropology, noted that while the concept is “innovative,” universities must remains wary of partnerships with companies. “Since we’re at a university, it’s especially important for us to monitor the corporate influence on academic environmental initiatives,” said Stone. Lovins also cited the Chicago Climate Exchange, a regional unit through which the University could potentially buy and sell carbon credits, as in a stock exchange. Hypothetically, the University could aim to reduce carbon emission by two percent.
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“It would be cost effective for the University to reduce carbon emissions. To me that was fascinating. She talked about everything in economic terms and the point is to save money,” said Robinson. Junior Jake Levitas, a student organizer of the event, suggested that universities should band together to lobby for energy conservation policies. “Then we could say, ‘We are the universities of St. Louis and this is what we want,’” said Levitas. The talk was also sponsored by the Sierra Club, Principia College and Southern Illinois University. Future plans for the CEQ include collaborating with the over a dozen other campus “green” groups for Earth Day celebrations on April 14.
ELECTIONS v FROM PAGE 1 facilities upon assuming office. He hopes to institute a uniform fitness fee and provide better equipment in order to promote overall exercise on campus. “[I want] healthy students, healthy minds, healthy bodies,” he said. “I want a better gym. I want easier accessibility. People can say, ‘Working out is fun. It does not have to be a hassle.’” Patel says that his second issue, improving the Assembly Series, contributes to creating healthy minds on campus, but that it cuts into students’ schedules at its current time and gives them an incentive to miss class. “You get people bursting into the Wash. U. bubble to talk to you, to invigorate your mind in some aspect,” he said. “We need it at a time when people can go. Right after most classes end, but before most meetings start.” Patel’s third issue, providing better Internet technology for students, is one that many senatorial candidates ran on as well. “We have a mandate from the student body to make Internet better in several ways,” he said. “These people were elected on that [platform] in competitive elections.” Johnson also hopes to directly help the student body by analyzing the budget and paring it down. “My number one priority at this point is trying to assess what is necessary in the budget,” he said. “This way, we can have as much money as possible for groups in the general budget.” While all of the executiveselect are proud of their campaign and look forward to the year, Patel said that they plan to pick up where they left off. “What we want is [for] the success of the campaign to be the success of next year,” he said. “There is no reason the campaign cannot continue for the rest of the year.” EST, Campus Y, Uncle Joe’s all receive block funding; Dance Marathon denied. Emergency Support Team (EST), Campus YMCA and Uncle Joe’s Peer Counseling Services all were approved for block funding in yesterday’s election, while Dance Marathon (DM) was denied funding. Block funding enables groups to budget for several years in advance instead of having to budget for each semester. EST provides emergency medical attention on campus, while Campus Y acts as an umbrella for several social service groups and Uncle Joe’s provides a resource for students seeking peer advice. DM is an annual 12-hour dance event to raise money for children’s cancer cures. “I think we have tried to communicate that block funding was important not only because it would allow us to look ahead and make largescale improvements, but [because] it would allow our budget to be more flexible in covering our various needs,” said junior Greg Perlstein of DM. “I think the fact that we did not win two-thirds of the vote reflects the fact that it is very difficult to explain to the student body how our budget works and how treasury works in general.”
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lmost one year after the below editorial was written, there is still much work to be done at Student Union. We would highly encourage newly elected SU executives and representatives to seriously consider the proposals outlined in last year’s editorial. Student Union still needs to focus on providing competitive elections beyond the executive slate candidates. And it must also begin working towards reducing the class council budgets. Any student outreach programs must also take into account the fact that students are not apathetic towards Student Union per se; they simply have many other priorities that do not make it easy to fit it into their schedules. Any efforts to increase student participation must understand this and a successful outreach effort will minimize the amount of student investment required to be informed about Student Union. We would also highly encourage Student Union to seriously re-examine the mandatory student health insurance policy. Some health insurance is not necessarily better than no health insurance, and it is not fair to ask students to pay $660 annually for a plan that does not even offer many of the most basic preventative care options.
The David Ader era has at long last reached its conclusion. Student Union inaugurated Paul Moinester as president last Tuesday, officially ushering in the end of the tenure of Ader as president, Pam Bookbinder as vice president, Ed Banti as treasurer and Sally Smith as secretary. For all of the old administration’s successes, there is still much work to be done by the new execs, most notably raising awareness about Student Union (SU). First, there must be some election reform. It is a disgrace that the Bunny probably got enough writein votes to earn a Senate seat. If fielding enough candidates continues to be a problem, perhaps it is time to cut some Senate seats instead of letting the first person to decide that SU is a good resumébuilder get the job without campaigning as hard as everyone else. Competitive elections are vital for any legitimate governing body. By spending so much time campaigning, candidates can prove to constituents that they actually want to serve in Senate, and by having a platform, the candidates have something for which they are accountable. When Senate is composed of write-ins who did not receive student votes, students are not strongly connected to their senators and these write-ins do not have the same mandate to serve dutifully as voted-on senators have. Competitive
elections help both SU internally with how senators act and externally with how the student body perceives SU. If this lack of competition continues, SU should not hesitate to cut a couple of seats in the Senate in order to restore competition. The new SU execs also need to cut the budgets of class councils. This year, SU allotted the Class of 2006 $15,615 and $43,394 in appeals, the Class of 2007 and 2008 got $6,940 each and $5,205 for the Class of 2009. As of this writing, the Class of 2006 had $28,735.22 left over, the Class of 2007 had $1,302.60 left, $5,000.07 for the Class of 2008 and $3,795.32 with the Class of 2009. It is hard to imagine that the Class Councils will be able to use all that money up before the year is over. Some of these funds could instead have been allocated to other student groups. The Gargoyle could have brought more bands to campus or one of the political groups could have tried to bring in a high-profile speaker. There is such a wide array of student groups that do not get enough money from SU, it is almost disheartening to see Class Councils that have so much money that they really do not need. The most important thing that the new execs need to concentrate on, however, is making students understand why they should care about SU. The bands and the speakers that come to campus, as well as the events put on by Class Councils, and pretty much every event on campus, are funded by students’ money. And that is a lot of money. SU has the ability to take large-scale action on campus that can change the day-to-day life of students. One example of this is the national newspapers delivered daily all over campus. This campus readership program is definitely beneficial, but it hasn’t always been there. People can sit in Mallinckrodt reading the New York Times for free because of SU. Students need to realize that this is their money and should voice how they want their money being spent. The first and last points go hand-in-hand. If there are competitive elections, people will care about them more and if students can realize the power that SU wields, the SU elections and decisions will be more meaningful. If a voter has to choose between two candidates, one who thinks more money should be given to the Gargoyle or Filmboard and one who thinks more speakers should be brought to campus, the decision will show SU how the majority of the student body wants their money spent. Granted, the budgeting process is not that simple, but people will know what SU does and they will care about it. And that is a necessity.
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IM sports justified in rules Dear Editor: Re: “IM Sports are sexist” [Mar. 30, 2007]. Recently, the rules of coed IM sports have been called into question, citing the scoring system and participation levels of female competitors relative to male competitors as sexist. The rules, however, should be recognized for what they truly are: the reality of competitive sports. The article from the March 30 edition of Student Life fails to recognize basic principles of physiology. On average, men are bigger, faster and stronger than women. The fact that the rules of coed IM sports recognize this fact in order to create a more level playing field should not be criticized, but praised. The rules help promote the involvement of the female competitors and the subsequent differences in point values are an added incentive to ensure that the sports played are in fact coed rather than a group of males running around ignoring the involvement of their female counterparts and forcing them to stand on the sidelines. In a vast majority of modern competitive sports, women have different standards in order to accommodate the physiological differences that exist between men and women while maintaining a similar style and level of game play set in place prior to women’s participation in the sport. Furthermore, to cite the success of the women’s varsity sports teams relative to that of the men
and use this as evidence to support the argument that men and women are equal athletically is absurd. I applaud the success of the women’s varsity athletic teams and their success is an invaluable asset to the school. They do, however, compete against other women. Are there female athletes not only in the world, but here at Wash. U. who are more athletically talented than any number of men? There most definitely are and I train with a number of these female superstars every day. On average, however, the physiological differences in terms of athletic ability are undeniable and still swing in favor of males. I’m not trying to stir up a hornets’ nest; I’m simply defending the underlying principles of coed IM sports and providing a proper justification for their existence. -Todd Mowry Class of 2009
Reasons for the war in Iraq Dear Editor: Re: “Out of Iraq, Hands off Iran” [Mar. 7, 2007]. Prof. Brick and students Julia Baskin and Ahmet Karamustafa show a fundamental misunderstanding of the war in Iraq and of the threat posed by the government of Iran. While we all mourn the deaths of 3,000 Americans, and wish no more will die, that is not a sufficient reason for a pre-
cipitate and unconditional withdrawal: 1. The war in Iraq is not a war of the United States against Iraq. While Iraqis wish there were no American soldiers there, many of them recognize that the alternative might be worse (recall that during WWII even our British and Australian allies complained that American soldiers were, “overpaid, oversexed, and over here’’). It is first a war of Sunni terrorists engaging in indiscriminate murder of Shiite civilians, men, women and children, usually by means of suicide bombs in crowded public places. Secondarily, it is a war of reprisal murders of Sunnis by Shiites. The former appears irrational. The latter is more comprehensible (though that does not excuse it). The likely consequence of an American withdrawal would be an escalation, culminating in ethnic cleansing and murder on a scale resembling that of the partition of India, in which millions died. It may be rational for Americans to accept this in order that no more Americans die, but we should not pretend it is noble or honorable. 2. The reasons for this war may be difficult to understand because our mindset is so different from that of Iraqis. The war arises from a culture of absolute power in which the ruler can kill anyone he wants, whenever he wants, for any reason or no reason at all (recall the Arabian Nights). That culture makes the insurgents do whatever they
can to bring on civil war, from murdering anonymous civilians to destroying sacred shrines, in the hope of obtaining an independent Sunniland in which they will be dominant. Anything is better than to be subject to Shiite power to a Sunni culture in which power is so unrestrained. 3. We cannot view this with indifference. An independent Sunniland, unrestrained by American might, would be Saddam Hussein’s Iraq all over again. Based on past experience, it would wage war against its neighbors and develop nuclear and chemical weapons (as Iraq worked on, with great progress, prior to the first Gulf War). 4. Iran has supplied its agents in Iraq with effective weapons used against Americans. That is an act of war. It has seized and held our British ally’s troops as prisoners. That is also an act of war. It is actively developing nuclear weapons. When one’s enemy engages in acts of war against oneself and one’s allies, and works towards developing more effective weapons, it is only common sense to act to prevent future catastrophe. We have many options, and they do not include a land invasion of Iran. They do include strikes against Iranian naval bases, oil refineries and export facilities and the Iranian nuclear effort. -Jonathan Katz Professor of Physics
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Housing: The worst experience of my life BY SARA REMEDIOS STAFF COLUMNIST
he worst experience of my life.” Yes, I know, it probably sounds like I’m either completely exaggerating or I have lived a very boring and uneventful life, devoid of even the most minor of stresses. If I were looking at the title, I’d assume hyperbole, borderline sarcasm, pandering for dramatic effect; yet, sitting here writing, I can promise you that I am completely and totally, one thousand percent serious. Trying to ﬁgure out where in God’s name I’m going to live next year, and with whom, has been hands down the most stressful and emotionally exhausting experience I’ve ever had to live through—and I say that in a week during which my mother was hospitalized for a “cardiac crisis,” one of my best friends threatened and seemed to be in the midst of a full-on mental breakdown (possibly also complete with hospitalization) and I almost accidentally broke up with my boyfriend. All of which are entirely separate issues, but the relative comparisons give you some idea of the extent to which I ardently hate housing—on and off campus—at the moment. For most of you, housing is probably not that much of an issue. You ﬁ nd a group of friends and while you may or may not end up in your ﬁ rst choice group, it’s still a group. There’s always someone, and something always works out. Despite the fact that all of my girlfriends with whom I’d be comfortable living are going abroad or living in Millbrook (and the thought of sharing a kitchen and bathroom with
ﬁve random strangers when cleaning and upkeep are managed by residents completely wigs me out), that’s been my basic philosophy as well. “Don’t stress, deal with roommate ﬁ nder, ﬁgure something out, it’ll work.” It was an excellent plan three weeks ago, when the ﬁ rst would-be living situation presented itself. It was still a decent plan one week ago, when a second possibility sprang up only hours after the ﬁ rst imploded. And then yesterday, when even that fell apart, it still seemed almost viable. Until this evening, when out at dinner with my parents (who had decided to come into town to celebrate Easter and to prove that, despite the hospitalization, my mother is completely ok and life is ﬁ ne and I don’t have to worry), I had a hard-core panic attack, having realized that my housing contract was due twenty minutes ago and I was not on campus. Nor had I been since early Tuesday morning, because having family requires entertaining family—and having parents still reeling from health-related drama means, more than usual, being showered with attention and necessarily devoting all personal
“The process should not be this difﬁcult.” time to convincing myself and them that I believe that things are okay now. In consequence, I did what is probably completely unforgivable in the eyes of ResLife, but also basically unavoidable given the fact that real life and family crisis is, in fact, more impor-
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tant than arbitrary Residential Life deadlines. I forgot. As such, I now have no idea what is going to happen and if I will have to move off campus (which isn’t really an option given that I don’t have a car and would be single-female-living-alone). And have lost count of the number of times I’ve been completely screwed during this process— even if that last one was my fault. Personally, I blame the
process itself, which disallows the possibility of the random assignments that made freshman year so much easier (such assignments disallowing the possibility of social drama and general life getting in the way of having an actual place to live). Having the only way to ﬁ nd a living situation if you’re not ﬁt in with friends be the roommate ﬁ nder… yeah, that works for a lot of people, but it also requires
trusting people you’ve known for about ﬁve minutes not to change their minds and do something else. If people change their minds, it’s not their fault, it’s understandable—housing is a yearlong commitment and ending up somewhere you don’t want to be would suck. And yes, I’m bitching and moaning and possibly overreacting given the still completely drained condition I’ve been left in this
week, but at this point I don’t care. The process should not be this difﬁcult. Yes, the ability to live with friends is great. It should not, however, exclude the possibility of just plain living somewhere. That is all. Judge me if you will. Sara is a sophomore in Arts & Sciences. She can be reached via e-mail at saremedi@artsci. wustl.edu.
Spring semester should be a walk in the park It’s time to talk weather. And this weather report is a call to action. Spring came on so suddenly, like a speeding bullet or a freight train or some other fast moving object. Without so much as a warning or a courtesy e-mail, temperatures snorted and Tess Croner bulled their way out of the winter freeze and bucked into the 70s, 80s, 90s and beyond. Suddenly there were ﬂowers: the tulips popped up,
seemingly from nowhere, like zombies from the grave. The trees exploded in color like Joseph’s stupid Technicolor Dream Coat. (Are you starting to pick up on my lack of joy with the current spring conditions?) The birds are chirping, the bees are buzzing, the bunnies and squirrels are out in full force. Sex is in the air. It’s spring, baby,and everyone is trying to get sprung. I don’t see how anybody can miss it. It’s not just the ﬂowers; it’s all the couples lying around outside of Whispers. Yeah, you know who you are. Staring at the sky, napping on the grass. (Even with spring fever, is that
really necessary? That’s what dorm rooms are for. Open the window, let your giggles mix with the warm, fresh air, but, please, just get a room.) But who am I kidding? I know there is no quick ﬁx for rampant springtime PDA’s. They’re unstoppable. Like Rambo on a killing spree. Lusty feelings are just another part of spring. I mean, I have an entire class devoted to watching the Wild Asses at the zoo and waiting for them to feel frisky. And things are deﬁnitely starting to heat up. Come on, these are forces of nature at work. It’s in our blood. So I ask you—and now at long last I get to my real gripe—how can
Cage fighting is the greatest thing ever BY GREG ALLEN STAFF COLUMNIST
t was the classic story of David and Goliath. A sixfoot-eight, two hundred and sixty-ﬁve pound mountain of a man was slated to ﬁght an opponent half a foot shorter and forty pounds lighter. Oh, and one more thing, David is forty-three years old, twelve years older than his biblical foe. Maybe the match is better described as Rocky and Goliath. Anyway, playing David is Randy “The Natural” Couture, a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) superstar and former three-time world champion who has come out of retirement in order to go after the belt one last time. Standing in his way and playing Goliath that evening was Tim Sylvia, the reigning Heavyweight Champion of the World. Everybody who knows anything about martial arts knew Couture was past his prime. Even worse, everybody knows that in combat sports, style makes a ﬁght and Randy’s was the wrong one. Sylvia has a strong background as a kickboxer and striker. Couture is predominately a wrestler, having been an alternate for the Olympics back in the day. In MMA, strikers beat wrestlers just like rock beats scissors. Everybody knew the inevitable outcome of this ﬁght was a mauling of Couture by Sylvia. The view was so pervasive that most analysts of the sport
thought the ﬁght was just a way to shift some of Couture’s popularity with the fans over to Sylvia so he can draw bigger crowds after he re-retires Couture. Everybody was wrong. The ﬁght opened with an out of nowhere right hook from Couture that blasts Sylvia backwards. Immediately, Couture jumps on the giant’s back and begins raining punches from above. The crowd goes wild. As if it couldn’t get any more unbelievable, Couture then picks Sylvia up and throws him to the ﬂoor. Now might be a good time to explain that MMA is not pro-wrestling. Nothing is staged and the ﬁghters are athletes, not actors. But, Sylvia didn’t get to be the champ by being a pushover, and despite the initial ﬂurry, he recovers and the ﬁght begins anew. Not much changes though. For the remainder of the ﬁght, Couture does everything right. In the stand up exchange, he manages to dodge just about every one of Sylvia’s punches a la Muhammad Ali and punishes Sylvia for each attempt. On the ground, Couture writhes around Sylvia’s defenses like an anaconda, and repeatedly chokes off Sylvia’s airway. David and Goliath doesn’t even begin to capture the showcase of Randy’s talent. David got a lucky hit. Randy smacked Goliath around for half an hour. The crowd counts down the ﬁnal ten seconds of the match
like it’s New Year’s, and the comparison is ﬁtting. This match marks the dawn of a new era in sports. MMA now routinely draws higher ratings than baseball and basketball, and once you’ve seen a ﬁght, it’s not hard to see why. Events like the CoutureSylvia match are inspiring in a way other sports can only be in the movies. Now that baseball, basketball and football are packed to the brim with moneygrubbing steroid users, MMA, grounded in the respect and dedication taught by traditional martial arts, comes like a breath of fresh air. Matches begin with ritual displays of respect and the athletes actually care more about performing to their best than they do collecting the best salary. And the ﬁghts, when they’re good, are like watching a beautifully unfolding game of chess. Advance, counter, redeploy, evade. The strategy combinations are everywhere in the sport. Sure, some of the viewers are just looking for a good brawl, but experienced fans can see the subtleties that make it a true art. When Couture had his hand raised that night, everybody knew that was one of the most inspiring moments in the history of sports. This time though, everybody was right. Greg is a freshman in Arts & Sciences. He can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
professors expect us to work so much when we are so distracted? Is that really fair? Should I really be held to task as a student when my very biology is driving me elsewhere? I would say, “No.” Absolutely unfair. But wait, there’s more. After many long cold months deprived of sunlight and gentle breezes, a beautiful day is hard, nay foolhardy, to resist. It is my duty to my physical health and sanity to be outside as long as the weather is inviting. Sadly, this need, essential to all of humanity, is not recognized here at Wash. U. (Do my professors expect me to enjoy the spring sunshine by taking my home-
work outside? Impossible.) Our longing for the sun is getting as little consideration as our longing for the other stuff. Same goes for allergies. You know how they’re ﬂaring up all over the place. It’s pretty hard to read when your eyes are watering. It’s also a challenge to type and sneeze at the same time. It seems obvious the faculty needs to give all this springtime disorientation greater weight and act accordingly. And remember, spring in St. Louis not only takes you for a ride, it can knock you on your butt. This last week or so was delicious—couldn’t have asked for more—and then today was
cold, gusty, bitter, frigid. And I just checked Weather.com and there’s no end in sight. Seriously, what’s the deal? It was warm like two days ago, and now it’s winter again? That’s a pretty cheap shot in my books, and professors shouldn’t add to the sorrow. I’m calling for some serious springtime empathy from the Wash. U. faculty. My concerns are backed by science and founded in biological fact. Please, no more serious work in spring. Thank you. Tess is a sophomore in Arts & Sciences and a Forum editor. She can be reached via e-mail at email@example.com.
We need more positive media coverage BY EMILY FRISCH OP-ED SUBMISSION I am saddened about where this world is heading. I am afraid to rear children in this world and even more afraid that I am stuck here witnessing the fall of America. Maybe I am wrong, but I feel like Anna Nicole Smith’s death is getting more media coverage than the Walter Reed Scandal or Harriet Woods’ death, more than a month ago. When you think about it, we put more emphasis on those who have no direct influence in our lives than those who have impacted our society indefinitely. How do people like Anna Nicole Smith impact my life? They don’t! She was a drug addict who promoted liberal sex and bad dieting. She was a horrible role model for young girls and yet her face is plastered all over the news as if she were the President. Why not give the same attention to Harriet Woods’ death or the mass anti-war protest in Washington D.C.? Why are Americans more interested in Hollywood and the redundant drama of celebrities more than the global affairs occurring today? I worked in the social work field for six years
prior to starting graduate studies at Washington University. As a result of this experience, I have come to realize just how much young people pay attention to what is in the media and how much they aspire to be like celebrities. Instead of being intelligent, they would rather be “ditzy, blonde flirts,” who men can peruse and then abuse.
“Why are we surprised that our daughters want to wear shirts that barely cover their breasts and pants that allow for their thongs to show?” Why are we surprised that our daughters want to wear shirts that barely cover their breasts and pants that allow for their thongs to show? So what is the answer? I am not sure if there really is any. I am not advocating for censorship, although I think that parents, adults, Hollywood and the entire community need to work together in preventing “non-
sense” media, such as the Anna Nicole hype, from hitting every single airwave in America. Our youth should instead be watching stories about real heroes: people such as Harriet Woods and Barack Obama. Sure these stories are also in the news, but are often over-shadowed and made less important by the dominance of Hollywood stories and celebrity lives. Our youth need guidance, and because it often comes from the radio, iPOD or television it should be news, coverage and/or stories that are influential or meaningful in their lives. It is a free nation, one that promotes free speech. This is one thing every American should take pride in having. However, there comes a point where our freedom of speech crosses over boundaries, which will in turn affect people who don’t necessarily have a voice. Policy or not, help advocate for positive media coverage, or at least media that has a direct impact on how we live our lives and how our country is or is not developing. Emily is a graduate student in the School of Social Work. She can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Track teams shine at home meet BY UNAIZ KABANI SPORTS REPORTER
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Hitting the road running, men’s track and field took sixth place at the meet.
The Washington University women’s and men’s track and field teams finished first and sixth, respectively, at the W U Invitational, March 30-31 at Bushyhead Track. The women’s squad tallied 114 points to edge Greenville College (105) for first place, while the men’s team finished with 67 points, 54 points behind champion Rend Lake College. The women were led by sophomore Alli Alberts’ second-place finish in the heptathlon. She scored 4,285 points, breaking the Bears’ outdoor record by 40 points and provisionally qualifying for the 2007 NCA A Outdoor Championships. In the individual events, Alberts placed first in the 800m, second in the long jump, third in the javelin and high jump and fourth in the 100m hurdles. Senior Delaina Martin continued her dominance in the field events by finishing first in the hammer throw. Her throw of 45.07m was less than one meter short of the provisional standard. Earlier this season, Martin obtained provisional qualifying marks in the shot put and finished third in the NCA A national indoor meet in the weight
throw. On the track, senior Natalie Badowski finished second in the 800m with her time of 2:13.90. She obtained another NCA A provisional qualifying mark for the Bears and finished just short of a Wash. U. school record. Despite the men’s sixth place finish, the team remained upbeat. “We are running well and having fun,” said junior cocaptain Doug Beattie. Junior Jesse McDaniel led the men with his secondplace finish with a 31:13.33 in the 10,000m. Sophomore Todd Mowry finished third in the 100m dash in 11.39s and the long jump with a leap of 6.54m. Both men relay squads also finished second. The 4x400m relay team missed a school record by a little more than a second with their time of 3:18.85. The 4x100m relay team posted a time of 42.81. Wash. U. will head back onto the track Friday and Saturday, Apr. 6-7, to host the W U Select Meet at Bushyhead Track. The first two events, the hammer throw and javelin, are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. “We’re excited,” said Beattie. “We are facing good teams and should have some good competition.”
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Wash. U. shotputter throws the shotput during the track meet on Mar 31. See them take the field this Friday and Saturday.
Men’s tennis sweeps D-II UMSL BY JEFF LESSER SPORTS REPORTER It may not have been a pretty day, but it was ultimately another win for the Washington University men’s tennis team. The 10th-ranked Bears defeated their cross-town foes from the University of Missouri-St. Louis on Wednesday, by a decisive score of 9-0. By defeating the Division-II school, Wash. U. moved to 8-3 overall on the season. In extremely cold and windy conditions, the Bears were ﬁrst able to triumph in all three doubles matches. The closest competition was at ﬁrst doubles, where freshman Charlie Cutler and sophomore Chris Hoeland teamed to defeat UMSL’s more experienced pairing of Francis Lam and Boris Simic, 9-8(4) in a hard-fought tiebreak. The ﬁrst doubles victory set the tone for the Bears’ triumph for the entire afternoon. Second doubles was played by junior Charlie Howard and freshman John Watts, who defeated their Rivermen opponents by a convincing score of 8-4. At third doubles, sophomore Trevis Bowman and freshman Slavi Fildish also won 8-4. In the lead three matches to zero, the Bears needed only two victories in the ﬁnal six singles
matches to secure a team triumph. The Red and Green did not stop there. They won all six. Led by Cutler at ﬁrst singles, the Bears fought through the difﬁcult weather to complete the sweep. Cutler won a tightly-contested battle by the score of 7-6, 7-5. Watts, the 10th-ranked player in all of Division III, won far more convincingly at the second singles spot, 6-2, 6-0. Hoeland rounded out the top three, winning 7-5, 6-1. Freshman Danny Levy saw action at fourth singles, triumphing by a score of 6-3, 6-2. Fifth singles proved to be the tightest match of the day, as Howard split the ﬁrst two sets with his opponent, freshman Andre Chemas. With a Wash. U. victory already ensured, the third set was decided in a ten-point super-tiebreaker. In the deciding tiebreak, Howard, the team’s captain, pulled through, ultimately winning 4-6, 7-5, 10-7. At the sixth singles position, freshman Mark Partridge capped off the Wash. U. performance with a 6-1, 6-4 victory. After the sweep, Howard stressed that the outdoor conditions played an enormous factor in determining the outcome of the matches. “It was horrible weather. It was cold. It was windy,” he said, adding that everyone on the team, “just battled and stayed
persistent.” “It was real scrappy, and it was deﬁnitely not pretty tennis,” he said, although he was still very happy with the team’s overall performance. “[UMSL] was deﬁnitely a good team.” The victory marked Head Coach Roger Follmer’s 80th career win, in what is just his sixth season at Wash. U. He commented that the whole team adopted a “no excuse attitude” that allowed the Bears to prevail, in spite of “very unfavorable” conditions. “Everyone on the team really fought through the weather,” added Howard. “Everybody won their matches.” After all, that is all that matters. Wash. U. has now won four straight contests, not conceding more than a single match during the streak. “We are pretty good this year,” said Howard. “I think we are still improving.” With the Bears already in mid-season form, that should be a scary thought for their future opponents. The team next battles Maryville University on Friday night at 7 p.m. The Bears follow that with a Saturday showdown against Wheaton College on Saturday at 10 a.m. Both matches will be held at the Tao Tennis Center on the Wash. U. campus.
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BY MARGOT DANKNER AND ALEXA NATHANSON SCENE REPORTERS This week, we decided to head down to the Wash. Ave. loft area for our ﬁ nal review. We wanted to end our tenure as Stepping Outers with a bang—a review of a classy, delicious and fun place in the newly buzzing downtown area of the city. Mosaic, a hip new establishment that serves modern fusion tapas, seemed the perfect choice as our ﬁ nal destination. Not only is it very hip and popular (the earliest reservation available was at 8:30 p.m.), but its eclectic and exciting menu looked too good to pass up. An herb infused house-made mozzarella napoleon? Tandoori glazed roast chicken with chive ﬂower pesto and minted tabouli? We had to try it. Unfortunately, Mosaic did not exactly provide the “bang” we were going for. Perhaps the ﬁ rst sign that we had made a bad decision was the fact that, despite arriving on time for our reservation, we were shooed over to the bar. The host insisted that we have a drink while our table was prepared for us. We’re not picky people, and we were happy to split a pitcher of
house sangria ($16 for a large and tasty, if slightly watered down, jug) while we waited. Thirty minutes later, however, when we were on our third or fourth cups of the sugary cocktail, our patience began to wane. We were starving and more than ready to be seated. Fortunately, a hostess ﬁ nally arrived at around 9:15 to show us to our table, where a waitress promptly took our orders. The extensive menu at Mosaic features inﬂuences from all over the world. Italy meets Mexico and Thailand in the ﬂash fried baby artichoke hearts served with Thai chili sauce and chipotle aioli, and the Moroccan tenderloin kabob gains Asian inﬂuence from baby bok choy. Everything looked good, and on the advice of our waitress we ordered 13 tapas for our party of ﬁve. While waiting for our food to arrive, we admired the restaurant’s stylish décor. The room had high ceilings, a curvy bar in the center and a beautiful blue-green mosaic made out of glazed tiles on the back wall. Most of the walls had exposed brick, which gave it a downtown, city-like atmosphere. The restaurant was still hopping at 9:45, with nearly all of the tables full and a solid contin-
gent at the bar. Techno music was playing in the background and everywhere we looked we saw well-dressed young St. Louisians sipping on wine or sangria while watching an oddly matched combination of sports and cooking shows playing on ﬂat screens over the bar. The hip quotient was deﬁ nitely there—but the food still had yet to come. When, at last, our dinner arrived, four or ﬁve dishes came out in rather quick succession. The lobster and avocado salad was ok, but the medium-sized chunks of crustacean had the spongy taste of having been recently defrosted and the guacamole was too bland to hold up the sub-par shellﬁsh. The mozzarella salad was good but nothing noteworthy; the rather bland slices of cheese needing more of a vinegary contrast from the underperforming marinated tomatoes and peppers. Ahi tuna tartare was, however, an absolute delight, the cubed jewels of pink ﬁsh arriving atop crisp wontons with a delicious coating of sesame oil, chive oil and soy. An herbed gnocchi, pillow-like yet with a delicately crispy exterior, and North African style hummus layered with a generous portion of feta, kalamata olives and tomatoes were similarly
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Margot and Alexa say goodbye to their beloved foodie fans. This is their grand food finale. huge successes. But then nothing else came… for a really long time. Having ﬁ nished off the ﬁ rst few plates, we were ready and rarin’ for the next eight or so we thought were coming. With the sangria gone our plates empty and our waitress nowhere in sight, a mutiny seemed afoot. It was nearly two hours after our 8:30 arrival time and we wanted the rest of our dinner. Luckily, the chef spotted our agitation and came over to the table. He promptly sent out all of our remaining dishes, plus a complimentary tandoori chicken. Though we appreciated his effort and the free chicken, having eight dishes all at the table at the same time was slightly overwhelming. We moved past this new obstacle though and were
rewarded with several truly standout dishes. A panseared, soy-glazed Chilean sea bass served with baby bok choy was perfectly crisp on the outside while maintaining the slight oily decadence of its ﬂaky interior. Pulled Korean BBQ pork was tender and delicious served inside a baked fuji apple. Seared organic sea scallops were cooked at the peak of freshness and were boosted by a vibrant, slightly spicy chimichurri sauce. Pot stickers stuffed with suckling pig and heady with ginger were another highlight and the beef tenderloin was juicy and tender. But then, just when we thought the evening had been salvaged and that the bad service had been overcome by an attentive chef and good food, our waitress disappeared. Again. For half an hour we
sat ready to pay the check. And after our waitress ﬁ nally came to take our cards, it took her another half an hour to return. Overall, Mosaic was not a solid choice. It was difﬁcult to tell how much to order, as the sizes of plates varied wildly. The meat dishes tended to be far larger than the seafood tapas. We also felt that most of the plates were too pricey. Many of the dishes were great once we got them, but ultimately it was the service that ruined our experience. Though we are not leaving on the culinary “bang” as we’d hoped for with Mosaic, we are leaving with many good memories from our time as Stepping Out reporters. As George Bernard Shaw once said, “There is no love sincerer than the love of food.” We totally agree.
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HealthBeat Can weather really change your attitude? As spring rolls in, the sun comes out more and the temperature rises, I can’t help but notice more and more smiling faces on campus. There is just someBrooke thing about good weather that seems to make everyone a little bit happier. For some, however, these changes can be extreme and even detrimental. Over 10 million Americans suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.). S.A.D. is recognized by the American Psychiatric Association’s diagnostic manual as a subtype of major depressive episode and is attributed to the change in seasons. Most people are unaware that there are two types of S.A.D.: the ﬁ rst having its affects in the winter and the second having affects in the summer. Symptoms of winter S.A.D. include depression accompanied by exhaustion, an increased need for sleep, cravings for sweets and weight gain. The onset of these symptoms is usually seen in late fall and they typically do not resolve themselves until springtime. Summer S.A.D. comes with a whole different set of symptoms including anxiety, insomnia, weight loss, decreased appetite and increased libido. Many assume that S.A.D.’s sole trigger is the weather outside and that it is therefore most likely to affect people who live in regions with extreme weather. As it turns out, winter S.A.D. is only slightly more common in northern latitudes and summer S.A.D. is only slightly more common in southern latitudes. It seems S.A.D. has much more to do with personality type and psychological mindset than geographic location. Still, since sunlight does regulate our natural sleep cycles and Circadian rhythms, not getting enough sunlight could easily offset that balance and result in nights of troubled sleep. Interestingly, 70-80% of
S.A.D. sufferers are women. S.A.D. commonly affects people who work in buildings without windows or spend a lot of time indoors. Just Genkin a small warning to those of you who like the level B-Stacks of the library—it might not just be that paper that’s gettnig you down. If you have been feeling unusually down and you are a B-Stacks studier, you may want to try moving on up to a ﬂoor that gets natural sunlight. Even a small and seemingly insigniﬁcant change may be able to improve your mood. There is a portion of the population that suffers so severely that they are prescribed lithium-based drugs to help improve their mood. Yet, most people that suffer from S.A.D. have relatively mild symptoms that can easily be corrected with behavior modiﬁcation like moving to a sunnier part of the library. For slightly more severe cases, psychological counseling and/or the use of light boxes (for those with winter S.A.D.) can usually relieve symptoms. Light boxes are exactly what they sound like—lamps that expose patients to light that is supposed to imitate the effects of sunlight. It is recommended that patients expose themselves to these light boxes ﬁ rst thing in the morning and throughout the day as needed for periods of 30 minutes to several hours. Evidence about the boxes’ effectiveness is still fairly inconclusive, but many people do report that they feel a bit better after using them. If your mood has ﬂuctuated signiﬁcantly within the past few weeks you may want to set up an appointment at Student Health Services. Because we have just changed seasons, now is the perfect time to ﬁ gure out if your sunny smile really is a result of the sunny weather. ---My ﬁ nal tip: don’t get SAD, get glad!
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St. Louis Chinese Christian Church All Asian Worship 9:30am Worship in English 11:10am Worship in Mandarin
Worship at 10:30 am Bible Study at 9:00 am
832 N Woods Mill Rd, Chesterfield, MO 63017
“No Matter Who You Are or Where You Are on Life’s Journey, You Are Welcome Here!” An Open and Affirming Congregation
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Pastor Mark Manning (C) 314.346.7210
6501 Wydown Blvd • 314-721-5696 Right next to the South 40! www.firstcongregational.org
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INSPIRING ETHICAL LIVING The Ethical Society is a community of people united in the belief that an ethical life creates a more just, loving and sustainable world for all. Join us on Sunday mornings for the 9:45 Forum and 11:00 Platform Address. Children's Sunday School meets 10am-noon Ethical Society of St. Louis (1/4 mile west of the Galleria) 9001 Clayton Rd. (314) 991-0955 www.ethicalstl.org
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he most miserable fever I’ve ever had was the ﬁ rst time I fell ill after leaving home. I was spending the year on a mountain in northern Israel, home to crappy food and no registered doctors, half a world away from my mother’s chicken soup. I languished in a dorm room for three days with my two roommates taking adequate, if minimal, care of me. I let the sickness take its natural course with hardly an aspirin to speak of. It wasn’t one of my better weeks. The experience is essentially the same at Wash. U.,
except that the dorm beds are more comfortable and doctors are only a two-hour wait away at Student Health. Still, even with those amenities, what’s missing at college is the pampering of our childhood. Back when I was a little kid, I used to look forward to getting sick, since it meant a day of lying in bed watching “The Wonder Years” or “The Price is Right!” while having the best foods right at my ﬁ ngertips. When I was in sixth grade, I missed ten days of school to sickness and I’m none the worse for it. A regular Ferris Bueller, I was.
But can we be chicken wings from young again? Is there Bear’s Den. a chance of reliving If you think this is those days of hot tea chauvinistic, or unin bed and a nurturfair, or too demanding hand? ing or maybe just inconvenient, conFortunately, those sider what you would things aren’t too far feel like in your away—if you’re in a Ben Sales girlfriend’s shoes. relationship, that is. These times, the ones The one salvation of where your better disease in the college half is at a disadvantage, are years is that your signiﬁcant the times where you can show other, as a sign of his or her your love in the fullest sense, deep care for you, will treat not with any hope of reciprocayou close to how your mother tion, but rather with the simple did back in the day. If not intention of doing something chicken soup, then maybe she nice for someone who means a can at least bring you some
The Real World, Big Willie style A
fter completing an excruciating fivehour drive from Chicago to St. Louis through an endless downpour, I decided, naturally, not to head home as I had originally intended, but to follow some advice provided by the friendly folks at Cadenza and swing by Harry’s Bar for just a momentary detour. Why, you may ask? Well, dear reader, I decided to try out for “The Real World.” When I arrived at the bar, I had absolutely no idea what to expect. I walked past a long line of eager contestants all salivating for the chance to be on reality TV. Unsurprisingly, each person turned to look at me as I walked past them to the back of the line, no doubt judging me and wondering if I was “Real World” material. As it would turn out, I was soon engaging in intense people watching myself, sizing up each of the new hopefuls as they walked by. After heading towards
had become friends the back of the with the future line I was handed a model and the two four-page applicacrackheads, so I felt tion, though only slightly more comone page contained fortable. information I was We were first required to comasked to go around plete. After answerthe table and introing questions like, Willie Mendelson duce ourselves by “What was your stating our name, most embarrassing age, hometown and somemoment?” and “What is the thing unique by which the most interesting thing about casting directors would you?” I finished the applicaremember us. tion and proceeded to wait When my turn came I in line until my name was told them, “Hey everyone. called. My name is Willie, I’m 20 I soon found myself years old, I’m from Chicago standing next to two other and I’m afraid of condoms.” hopefuls who were talking Amidst some laughter, one about their crack addiction of the guys at the table and a girl who, as I would shouted, “For real! You a later found out, dreams of virgin or a freak in bed?!” being a Playboy playmate. Unsure of how to respond, I Good, ambitious people just smiled and laughed and right there. After waiting in the director moved on to the line for about an hour, the casting director finally came next person. During the second round outside and led a group of of questions, the director ten applicants, including gave each of us an indime, to a room in the bar. vidualized question. While We sat down at a table, not others received questions exactly knowing what to like, “Who are some of your expect. Luckily, by then I
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biggest musical influences?” and “What kind of job do you see yourself pursuing?” I was asked the ever-popular, inevitable question of why I want to be on the show. After pouring out my soul about how I want to experience “the real world” and grow out of my sheltered upbringing, I sat and listened to the other applicants’ responses. The last hopeful received an interesting question— “If you could choose any two people at this table to cast for the show, who would they be and why?” The kid, a 22-year old “professional” roller hockey player (so he said), told the director, “The kid in the blue track jacket who is scared of condoms would be great on the show because he seems different and interesting.” I just chuckled, and soon after that the interview was over. Before we left, the director told us that if we were going to move on to the next round or a second interview we’d receive a phone call within 24 hours. Alas, I did not hear back from them, but they truly don’t know what they’re missing. The experience of waiting amongst some truly outthere people made the wait worth it. I can now officially say that I have, in all honesty, tried out for “The Real World.”
lot to you. An opposite example proves the point: early on in college, a friend of mine fell ill and was surprised on one day of her bedridden-ness to see her boyfriend by her side with a selection of tea and some hot water. While she thought it was sweet at the time (and it was), she later found out that he’d been advised to do it by a friend so he could get some action upon her recovery. My friend dumped him two weeks later. In my opinion, she made the right move. Sickness is neither a time to procure some
favor from your beloved nor an instance where you should be looking to “score points” with the one you’re actually scoring with on her better days. During that brief interval when cooties are real and you can’t get down in bed for fear of coming down with the ﬂu, take an opportunity to show your affection without any desire for return. Tea tastes good when you’re sick, but it tastes even better when it comes from someone you love. And if you’re lucky enough, that someone you love may even be up for a couple of episodes of Bob Barker.
Sushi Do’s and Don’ts
BY JACLYN ALLEN
SCENE REPORTER With the popularity of sushi growing every day and its somewhat recent arrival at Ursa’s, it’s logical to ask if are there any special manners to have at the sushi table. Here’s a list of some etiquette rules that you need to know.
Sushi Do’s • Do use the other end of your chopsticks to take sushi or sashimi off the communal plate or to place food on another’s plate; this is considered sanitary. • Do eat the sushi or sashimi in one bite; it was meant to be eaten that way. If it is too big, force it apart with chopsticks. • Do hold the chopsticks by the end rather than the middle or the tip. • Do use your ﬁngers if you can’t handle chopsticks. • Do start off a night with a white ﬁsh and move to redder and richer seafood. • Do dip either ﬁsh or rice side down; dipping methods vary even in Japan, although soy sauce is best on the ﬁsh.
• Don’t ﬁll the sauce dish to the top; the sushi will either splash down or the rice will be soaked in soy sauce. It’s also seen as wasteful, so only pour a little bit into the dish. • Don’t leave the sushi or sashimi in the sauce dish or the soy sauce will be overpowering. • Don’t rest chopsticks on the table; rest them against the plate or in chopstick rests. • Don’t spear food with chopsticks. • Don’t leave chopsticks stuck in the rice of the rice bowl; that’s a funeral custom. • Don’t top the sushi with the pink stuff. The pink stuff is pickled ginger and it’s to be a palate cleanser between different types of sushi. Sushi counterfeiters beware: Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture has launched a team of food inspectors to separate the good from the bad. Beginning in April, teams of food inspectors will be walking into Japanese restaurants around the world to see if the food is true to Japanese tradition. Restaurants that pass the test will be given a special seal of approval that incorporate cherry blossoms in the design. So if you walk into a Japanese restaurant in the next few years and see this seal, know you will be served authentic Japanese food.
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FRIDAY | APRIL 6, 2007
SCENE St. Louis’
BY TRISHA WOLF SENIOR SPORTS EDITOR High heels were not meant for working out. At least that is what every woman thinks after spending a night in stilettos. Still, the fitness studio at the Lifestyle Center in Clayton does everything in its power to change this attitude. This boutique gym offers Cardio Stripfit and Pole Dancing classes meant for those who want to work out in the highest of shoes. For the year that these classes have been offered they have been the rage of St. Louis, appealing to groups that range from college girls to soccer moms to 60-yearold grandmothers, all looking for a night filled of unique experi-
ences. After hearing about this new twist on exercise, my friends Vicky Crago, Elena Winzeler and I decided to try it out. The warmup seemed tame enough; it was your average workout warm-up with some slightly alluring moves thrown in here and there. As soon as that was finished, though, the fun really began. Our “strip” routine for the night was to Justin Timberlake’s “Sexy Back.” The routine involved crawling on the floor, dipping, straddling, shaking, bending and snapping. My friends and I laughed our way through the entire routine. Glancing around the room, I noticed that some other people were actually good at this—and taking the routine completely seriously. The routine turned out to be surprisingly difficult and a really good workout. “I consider myself to be a fairly athletic person,” said Winzeler,
a former rower. “But dancing in 5-inch heels worked muscles that I never knew I had.” Our teacher was particularly impressive. Every move she performed was filled with intangible grace and skill. I later found out that she was 19-year-old Jessie Gray, a ballerina who was pretty sure her former ballet teacher wouldn’t be so happy with her current profession. “I love having a job where I get to see women step out of their roles in their everyday lives,” said
Gray. “Working out in this kind of atmosphere gives women a chance to feel sexy, gain self-esteem and grow more confident with their bodies.” After a brief stretching interlude, we headed over to the poles to learn yet another alluring skill. I had a mild panic attack upon learning our third trick, which required circling around the vertical pole horizontally. I thought that I would for sure tumble to the ground. Somehow, I made it through the night. So did my feet, which were surprisingly comfortable after exercising in heels for over an hour. My friends and I ended the class with big smiles on our faces. “Strip fit was an absolute blast and a great work out, too,” said Crago. “I was sore for a good five days after the class, but I think it was worth it now that I’ve learned the wonderful skills of stripping and pole dancing.” Following class, I chatted with fellow classmate Liz Fuhro. “I had wanted to do strip since I first heard about the concept six months ago,” said Fuhro. “I saw an ad for this class this morning at work in Alive Magazine and rushed over here afterwards.” Despite the current popularity of the classes, they do seem to run the risk of being a fad. “Lots of people try these classes once,” said Gray, “but not many come back for a second time.” Perhaps the person who impressed me the most was Amanda Kreitler, who looked amazingly skilled as she did the class in six-inch heels. “This was my first time here,” said Kreitler. “I want to keep coming back and eventually teach the classes.”
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