SEPTEMBER 29, 2011 • THE CAMPUS NEWSPAPER OF SWARTHMORE COLLEGE SINCE 1881 • VOLUME 134, ISSUE 6
Inside: Students protest pipeline proposal Players’ Club takes on ‘Our Town’ Pezzola smashes kills record
Is aggression towards Party Associates becoming a pattern?
Thursday, September 29, 2011 Volume 134, Issue 6
The independent campus newspaper of Swarthmore College since 1881. EDITORIAL BOARD Amelia Possanza Editor in Chief Menghan Jin Managing Editor Marcus Mello Managing Editor Adam Schlegel News Editor Patrick Ammerman Assistant News Editor Parker Murray Living & Arts Editor Preston Cooper Assistant Living & Arts Editor Reem Abdou Opinions Editor Tim Bernstein Sports Editor Allegra Pocinki Photo Editor Peter Akkies Webmaster Eric Sherman Webmaster
Justin Toran-Burrell The Phoenix
Groups of visiting students, also known as “specs,” walk down Magill Walk to leave campus after enjoying a weekend on campus during Disco Swat. Discover Swarthmore Weekend brought close to 165 high school seniors from all over the country.
in the movie industry, going so far as to call them marketing gimmicks. PAGE 8
Pak ’12 displays emotion, Swatties arrested at D.C. diversity at senior recital Senior Daniel Pak gave his emotionally mass sit-in powerful senior recital this past Saturday, A group of Swarthmore students, who participated in a direct action in Washington, D.C. against construction of the Tar Sands pipeline earlier this month, plan to continue their activism. PAGE 3
Party policy may hinder senior class fundraiser, raise weeknight activity
Recent enforcement of a rule against parties thrown after midnight on school nights causes concern among students. PAGE 4
Living & Arts Laying out the important tips on pleasurable oral sex
Vianca delves into the misconceptions and mysteries surrounding what she calls the most “loved and feared” sex act and offers some hands-on, how-to advice. PAGE 6
playing a diverse selection of pieces from different time periods. PAGE 8
McCabe movie collection features untold variety
COVER DESIGN Amelia Kucic CONTRIBUTORS Victor Brady, Julia Carleton, Koby Levin, Chris Nam, Yared Portillo, Harshil Sahai, Sam Sussman, Chi Zhang
ing and her obsession of bananas into a delicious recipe: banana oatmeal cookies — vegan style. PAGE 11
The Moneyball philosophy made famous by Billy Beane’s Athletics has been hailed as a revolutionary change to baseball, but in reality, it’s been around for a long time outside the sport. PAGE 19
TO ADVERTISE: E-mail: email@example.com Advertising phone: (610) 328-7362 Address: The Phoenix, Swarthmore College, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore, PA 19081
CONTACT INFORMATION Offices: Parrish Hall 470-472 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Newsroom phone: (610) 328-8172 Address: The Phoenix, Swarthmore College, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore, PA 19081 Web site: www.swarthmorephoenix.com
Genny Pezzola broke Swarthmore’s alltime kills record as the Garnet avenged its early-season loss to Moravian at the York College Spartan Invitational. PAGE 18
The banana of my eye: vegan banana oatmeal ‘Moneyball’ and how we cookies Lauren Kim combines her passion for bak- got where we are now
Opinions why these sorts of placements should be required by all departments. PAGE 13
than help, the economy. PAGE 14
Diversity workshops perpeta religion of civility How to succeed in Holly- uate Sam reflects on the ways dialogue in diversity workshops is superficially meaningful, wood without really trying imploring us to break away from our culPerplexed by the American box office, Nolan Gear takes a look at how 3-D films — most recently the re-released “Lion King” — have become the highest earning films
BUSINESS STAFF Business Manager Ian Anderson Advertising Manager Paul Chung
Volleyball takes three of four, Pezzola sets kills record
American Jobs Act an inept Heed the warning: a “Black economic strategy Danielle analyzes Obama’s jobs bill, offerSwan” is soon approaching ing myriad reasons why it will hurt, rather
Aliya Padamsee warns of a “Black Swan,” a crucial unexpected event that shapes history. She suggests that a financial “Black Swan” could be unfolding. PAGE 7
Commenting on what he considers a spectacle of a presidential primary, Peter takes this opportunity to uncover the more unpalatable of Republican political strategies. PAGE 15
In addition to offering a variety of sources for doing research and writing papers, McCabe also houses an often overlooked collection of DVDs and VHS tapes, ranging from Halloween horror flicks to Oscarnominated dramas. PAGE 9
Placements deserve a place Swarthmore curriculum Players’ Club of Swarth- in With Ed placements already functionas a mandatory means of experiential more presents: ‘Our Town’ ing learning, The Phoenix offers insight into The theater troupe at the ville’s very own Players’ Club of Swarthmore is currently performing Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town.” PAGE 7
Exposing Republicans, the woes of a leaderless party
STAFF Sera Jeong Living & Arts Writer Steven Hazel Living & Arts Writer Nolan Gear Living & Arts Columnist Jen Johnson Living & Arts Columnist Lauren Kim Living & Arts Columnist Vianca Masucci Living & Arts Columnist Susana Medeiros Living & Arts Columnist Aliya Padamsee Living & Arts Columnist Johnny Taeschler Living & Arts Columnist Naia Poyer Living & Arts Artist Tyler Becker Opinions Columnist Danielle Charette Opinions Columnist Olivia Natan Opinions Columnist Peter Gross Opinions Columnist Shimian Zhang Opinions Columnist Emma Waitzman Political Cartoonist Renee Flores Sports Writer Ana Apostoleris Sports Writer Paul Chung Photographer Simone Forrester Photographer Cristina Matamoros Photographer Elèna Ruyter Photographer Holly Smith Photographer Renee Flores Chief Copy Editor Shashwati Rao Copy Editor
ture’s shared civil religion in order to confront the more unseemly aspects of trauma and discrimination. PAGE 14
FROM THE SEPTEMBER 22, 2011 ISSUE Miyuki Baker ’12 was misquoted in last week’s article “Sew Swatties stitches feminism, environmentalism.” She stated, “We also want to have a focus on feminism because sewing has connotations domesticity ... By proclaiming that we want to be feminists, we are reclaiming this identity. Sew Swattie is also a platform for us to teach people really practical skills and create skills and create a community in the process.”
OPINIONS BOARD Amelia Possanza, Menghan Jin and Marcus Mello EDITOR’S PICKS PHOTOS COURTESY OF: (clockwise from top left) englishwithjo.com sofvina.wordpress.com statesymbolsusa.org http://www.flickr.com
Direct advertising requests to Amelia Possanza. The Phoenix reserves the right to refuse any advertising. Advertising rates subject to change.
Mail subscriptions are available for $60 a year or $35 a semester. Direct subscription requests to Amelia Possanza. The Phoenix is printed at Bartash Printing, Inc. The Phoenix is a member of the Associated College Press and the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association. All contents copyright © 2011 The Phoenix. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without permission.
A photo credit in last week’s “Week in Pictures” has Allegra Pocinki as the photographer when it was Julia Carleton. In last week’s issue, the women’s soccer article stated the team lost to Ursinus 6-3. It actually beat Ursinus 3-0.
September 29, 2011
Events Menu Today DART Pizza Parlor Party Come to Shane Lounge tonight at 8:00 p.m. to spend some time with Swarthmore’s Dart Team. The parlor party will include pizza to eat and games of darts set up to play. Come to ask any questions you may have about drugs and alcohol at Swarthmore.
Swatties arrested at D.C. mass sit-in
Movie Night with FOTS Friends of Taiwan Swarthmore will be showing a Hayao Miyazaki movie tonight at 9 p.m. in Kohlberg 302. All are welcome, and there will be lots of food. Tomorrow Love Your Body Festival Free Mini Reiki Healings, Wellness Screenings, and Massages will be available beginning at 4 p.m. in the Scheuer Room of Kohlberg. You will also have the chance to practice yoga, make your own body and facial scrubs and to have a healthy snack. The event is being put on by the Student Wellness Program. Fashion Forward: Fashion Show and Silent Auction Swarthmore’s first-of-its-kind fashion show and silent auction will help to raise money for the Trevor Project — a non-profit organization dedicated to crisis intervention and suicide prevention efforts among LGBTQ youth. The event begins at 8 p.m. in Upper Tarble. Swarthmore Chinese Society Movie Night The film “Hot Summer Days,” a Chinese romance-comedy, will be screened tonight at 9 p.m. in Kohlberg 115. There will be free dumplings for all who attend. Alumnus Campus Visit: David Lyon ‘73 David Lyon ‘73 will come to speak about his career in foreign service and give some advice on how to prepare for the challenges of international work at 2 p.m. in Sci 105. Lyon had a 32-year career in the Department of State, and his final post was as ambassador to the countries of Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu. Saturday, September 30th Open Mic Night For anyone who wants to perform a poetry reading, song, dance, or anything else, SQU is hosting an open mic night in Bond Hall. The event begins at 7 p.m. Cake, Condoms, and Cinema This is SHC’s first Cake, Condoms and Cinema night of the year. Come to watch a screening of the film “Saved!” and to ask questions of Swarthmore’s sexual health councilors. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in Sci 199. Email submissions for the events menu to news@swarthmorephoenix. com.
Courtesy of tarsandsaction.org
People from all over the U.S. and Canada rallied in Washington D.C. from August 20 to September 3 to protest the proposed project, the Keystone XL tar sands pipline, to be built from Alberta, Canada to Oklahoma. By Patrick ammerman email@example.com
Earlier this month, a group of six Swarthmore students took a two-day trip to Washington D.C. to participate in one of the largest acts of civil disobedience in decades. Over two weeks of protests that lasted from August 20 to September 3, a total of 1253 people were arrested as part of a movement to stop the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline from being constructed, according to tarsandsaction.org. The proposed project calls for a 1,661 mile crude oil pipeline that would run from Alberta, Canada to Oklahoma. The group of Swarthmore students who went to D.C. to participate attended the last day of the two-week long protests. They represented six of the 244 people arrested that day for participating in the action. “Our getting arrested in and of itself didn’t mean so much, but the idea is that over 1,000 were willing and able to come and pay the fine and be arrested,” Rachel Giovanniello ’14, one of the students who went, said. “Hopefully Obama and other people in the White House would see these people standing in front of their homes for the full two weeks and be moved by [them].” The group from Swarthmore arrived the night before their day of arrest, and lodged in a church that was open for protesters to stay in for only four dollars a night. The church also hosted a training before the next day’s event, informing protesters more about the issue and giving those who wanted to risk arrest information about how they should behave. The next day, protesters assembled in Lafayette Park across the street from the White House. Holding banners, they walked in single file lines across the street and then sat down right in front of the White House. Shortly thereafter, police came and delivered two warnings to the tar sands protesters. “After the second warning, those who did not want to fully risk ar-
rest left,” Pat Welsh ’14, another Swarthmore student at the action, said. After the warnings, all remaining protesters sitting in front of the White House were formally placed under arrest. According to Ali Roseberry-Polier ’14, another of the Swarthmore students who attended, these arrests began at 11:30 a.m., approximately half an hour after the protesters arrived. The police did not finish arresting all 244 people until after 3 p.m. that afternoon, three and a half hours later. “We had to just wait around. Then the SWAT team came up to us and told us to turn around. Then they put [zip tie] handcuffs on us and we were taken away,” Walsh recalled. Arrested persons were put into either paddy wagons or even a metro bus and were taken to a nearby police facility to be processed. Processing took about two hours, after which each person paid a $100 fine and then was released. According to Roseberry-Polier, their charge was a traffic violation, the repercussions of which are “about the same as a speeding ticket.” The arrest process was highly civil and orderly, according to those who went. The organizers of the action had made arrangements with the police beforehand to ensure that the arrests could be done quickly and without incident. Welsh emphasized that the importance of the arrests was its symbolic nature. “It’s showing that these people are willing to give up the privilege they had and give up part of their day to get arrested,” he said. Some of the most valuable experiences taken away from the rally for those who went were conversations with the other people protesting there. “We had so many great conversations: on the sidewalk waiting to get arrested, in the paddy wagons on the way to the facility, and then waiting outside the jail afterwards waiting for the rest of our friends to be released,” Roseberry-Polier recalled. Welsh and Giovanniello found that
September 29, 2011
meeting people from communities that would be affected by the pipeline was a powerful experience. Learning the stories of groups that came to D.C. from places such as Nebraska, North Dakota, and indigenous communities in Canada really revealed the scope of the project’s effects. The students felt privileged that they were able to be a part of the tar sands action. “It was a great opportunity because we had the ability to go down in the van and to take time out of our weekend to go and be there,” Welsh said. Giovanniello agreed. “The [action’s] show of solidarity is sort of a turn I hope the environmental movement will start to take. People [were] coming together to recognize how these issues affect all of us even though only certain communities are affected . . . [and were] really taking time to learn about the people who are hurt by the things that are happening and not just the earth . . . I think it’s important that the environmental movement start to care more about that,” she said. Now, these students are planning more trips to go protest in D.C. They will be attending another action put together by the same organizers over fall break, and are planning to return for another large event in November. “I’m really excited because this wasn’t just something that I did in September. I’m going to be going back to D.C. twice over the next six weeks because the people who organized this one protest is organizing a larger campaign to make sure the pipeline doesn’t get built,” RoseberryPolier said. The group remains hopeful that their participation in this action will help yield political results. “We don’t know what the consequences of what all of us being arrested will be, but hopefully it will affect Obama’s decision,” Giovaniello said. Anyone interested in learning more about the issue of the tar sands pipeline or about upcoming political actions regarding it should e-mail Ali Roseberry-Polier at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Party policy may hinder senior class fundraiser, raise weeknight activity
Week in pictures
discovered that the fraternities had not been in compliance with that policy so Tom Elverson reminded them Many students at Swarthmore of what our policies are,” Braun said. spend their Thursday nights at Pub Though the policy has been longNight, a weekly event held at Paces established, no student currently at Café. In the past, some Pub Night Swarthmore was here before 2008 attendees have moved to the frater- when it was last enforced. According nities afterwards to unwind after a to Hall, students are used to the frats’ night of dancing before returning to role as a pressure release valve after their rooms, an outlet that is no lon- Pub Night, and they are concerned ger available as about the possithe administrable consequenction has begun of eliminatOur party policies have es once again to ing that valve. enforce a longOne potenbeen developed standing rule tial result of with . . . the expectation the policy is deagainst weeknight parties afthat students take creasing class ter midnight. fundraising. responsibility for their Any gatherHall said own behavior. ing at Swarthhe received an more of ten or email from a Liz Braun more students senior class ofDean of Students where alcohol ficer concerned is served is rethat the closing quired to have a of the frats to party permit. Previously, the permits students after midnight was affectwere technically only allotted to par- ing Pub Night attendance, the sinties between Sunday and Thursday gle largest fundraiser for the senior that ended before midnight. class’s Senior Week at the end of this According to Tramane Hall ’12, year. DU’s rush chairman and social chairAnother potential consequence man and president of Swarthmore may be an uptick in late-night dorm Student Council, this rule had faded activity on Thursdays. With the frats from student consciousness, and the turning people away, revelers spillfraternities had been hosting parties ing from Paces at the end of Pub Nite after Pub Nite since 2008 without be- may be settling on their dorms as ing cited by the administration. places to blow off steam. “We usually have a keg on Thurs“I’ve had people email me about days and our parties tend to last from not being able to work or sleep on 12 a.m. to 2 a.m., so in effect we can Thursdays,” Hall said. “[The policy] no longer have is clearly havthese parties,” ing unintended Hall said. repercussions For its part, Swarthmore is supposed for people who the administradon’t might go to believe in Quaker tion notes that on Thursvalues, one of which is out its party polidays and norcies are meant consensus-building, and mally wouldn’t to foster a safe, have to worry academic envi- this change is clearly not about people ronment. a reflection of that. coming back “Our party from Pub Nite.” Tremane Hall ’12 policies have The shift in StuCo President been developed effective policy with a focus on has not yet been education, comformalized in munity responsibility, and the ex- an announcement by the administrapectation that student’s take respon- tion. sibility for their own behavior and Hall believes this reticence is condecision making,” said Liz Braun, trary to Swarthmore’s values and Dean of Students. should be rectified with dialogue. “I “The party permit policy and the think there needs to be a dialogue Party Associate program were both between the administration and the established to support these central student body on this issue,” he said. goals,” she added. “Even if there is no middle ground Dean Braun emphasized that the that can be reached, we need diaweekday party permit policy is not logue. Swarthmore is supposed to new, and that the administration had believe in Quaker values, one of been unaware before this year that which is consensus-building, and the fraternities were in violation of this change is clearly not a reflection it. “At the beginning of this year we of that,” Hall said. By KOBy LEVIn email@example.com
Cristina Matamoros The Phoenix
Lauren Bailey, Acting Deputy Director of Online Communications, gave a talk about federal employment and service in the Scheuer Room on Tuesday afternoon.
Simone Forrester The Phoenix
Students enjoy a game of Muggle Quidditch with brooms, quaffles and all the works on Mertz field early Sunday afternoon.
Holly Smith The Phoenix
Amanda Diva, Hip Hop artist, performs alongside DJ Noit and the Welfare Poets at A.B.L.L.E.’s event in Olde Club Saturday night.
September 29, 2011
PAs and Public Safety clear out party early, create stir By Chris Nam firstname.lastname@example.org Two weekends ago, an event hosted jointly by Enlace and Olde Club was shut down when it began to stretch into the hours of early morning, despite its party permit stipulating the event end at midnight. The ensuing argument over the party’s ending time resulted in one of two reported incidents of physical force used against Party Associates (PAs) this semester. Enlace — Swarthmore’s Latin American student organization — and Olde Club joint-hosted a series of shows and musical acts that had been authorized to run until midnight on Saturday, September 17. However, the event showed no signs of relenting at midnight, as its hosts subsequently planned for it to last until 2 a.m., at which point there would have been no PAs left to ensure the event’s safety. “The two PAs at Olde Club contacted me at around 12:15 a.m. to tell me about the situation,” said David Hill ’13, one of the two PA coordinators on campus. “I was on duty at DU [Delta Upsilon] at the time, so I rushed off to see what was going on and double-checked the party permit for the event.” Party permits — documents that authorize on-campus parties, shows, and other events involving alcohol — are kept on file by Thomas Elverson ’75, Swarthmore’s Alcohol Education and Intervention Specialist; the host of the event in question; and Swarthmore Public Safety, who may intervene if the event spirals out of hand in any way. According to Hill, Elverson and Public Safety’s copies of the party permit for this event stipulated the event run from 9 p.m. to midnight; however, the hosts’ copy of the permit allegedly read that the event would run from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., which led to the subsequent confusion. “With the party over [at midnight], I actually had already switched to PA-ing the DU hootenanny for the rest of the night, which means that the party had no PAs,” said Chele Harrington ’12, a PA on duty at Olde Club that night, “which Swarthmore has mandated to be a condition of hosting legal parties on campus.” Hill initially talked to Olde Club and Enlace individuals present at the event, and when they could not reach an agreement, Hill proceeded to contact Public Safety.Upon their arrival, Public Safety officers again attempted to settle an agreement with the hosts for the event to end early. Upon the hosts’ refusal, Public Safety asked Hill if the event could continue; Hill declined because of the lack of employed PAs present at the event. At approximately 12:45 a.m., Public Safety began taking more forceful measures to halt the event, and by 1 a.m. the event’s participants had cleared out. The weekend before the Olde Club incident, an on-duty PA was shoved. Hill declined to give details about this earlier incident of a party-goer acting aggressively toward a PA. Elverson attributed the Olde Club incident as a one-off that transpired through a simple misunderstanding. “I believe it was a clerical error or a communication mistake that led to the closing of that event at midnight,” Elverson said. “All is rectified now and future events are all set at Olde Club. Olde Club has a new party permit and last weekend
Allegra Pocinki The Phoenix
The Enlace party at Olde Club two weeks ago was shut down early due to a miscommunication about its party permit.
went very smoothly, I understand.” Hill also characterized the incident as a misunderstanding that could have been easily avoided, although he did not approve of the alcohol-induced aggression that the event’s participants reacted with in response to his efforts to shut down the event. “I think this incident was just a simple misunderstanding, spurred on by alcohol,” Hill said. “But this was the second weekend in a row with belligerent behavior towards PAs. When drunk, a lot of students don’t recognize that PAs are fellow students, not trying to prevent them from having fun, but trying to help them be safe. I hope that this kind of understanding is promoted in the future.” Hill, who is now in his second semester as a PA coordinator, said he had never seen this type of aggression directed at PAs before. When asked whether concrete changes to the PA system could help avoid such instances of violence in the future, Hill was pessimistic. “Unfortunately I don’t think there is much that one can do [other than promoting greater understanding of PAs]. The presence of intoxicated individuals provides a variable that cannot be easily controlled for,” Hill said. Olde Club’s co-director Tayarisha Poe ’12, who also attributed the incident as down to a “clerical error with the permit,” concurred with Hill that a greater empathy towards PAs would alleviate the situation. “All parties involved have discussed the situation in order to ensure it won’t happen again,” Poe said. “Why isn’t the student body involved in a wider conversation about the fact that PAs aren’t here to stop fun — they’re students, just like us, whose concern is to keep us all safe. We’re all peers, let’s not forget that.”
Start Your Career in Accounting.
Northeastern’s MS in Accounting/MBA for non-accounting majors: • Earn two degrees in just 15 months. • Complete a 3-month paid residency at a leading accounting firm. • Proven track record of 100% job placement.
November 15, February 1 and March 15 Learn more about the program and upcoming events at: www.msamba.neu.edu. Become our fan on Facebook. facebook.com/northeasternuniversitymsamba
617-373-3244 email@example.com www.msamba.neu.edu
September 29, 2011
Living & Arts
Laying out the important tips on pleasurable oral sex Oral sex. It needs no introduction. As the sloppy drunk sister of penetration, oral sex frequents most lovesmash sessions. Like Vianca Masucci God, it is both loved Missing Parts and feared. A lot of that anxiety aspect comes from worries about odors, preconceived notions about the act and performance anxiety. Really, don’t let that bullshit stand in the way of having a junkpopsicle for dessert. Oral sex holds a leading role in the Days of our Labia (or penis or anus, or whatever else you like), so, if you haven’t been introduced, find a way to meet the star. Most people like their partners to have a little Bissell in them. If you are in a relationship in which oral sex is a common interest or with a partner who wants a little downstairs dining, don’t be discouraged from giving it a whirl. You may discover a venue of pleasure that suits you and your partner perfectly. Like any form of sex, oral sex comes in as many varieties as Baskin-Robins ice cream flavors. Everyone likes it a certain way, at a certain time (or all the time!), in a certain place. So, don’t assume that you’re King Kong of the buffet boning and chomp down like a wild beast. Conversely, don’t just jump right into the deep end because you have no clue what’s going on. With each partner, start from scratch to create a style of oral that is especially customized to their preferences. Don’t be too afraid or too cocksure (pun intended). Consider it a Lewis and Clark type journey and explore your partner’s entire western frontier until you discover gold. There are no specifics on how to do this. You are (or will be) better versed in the vocabulary of your partner’s dicktionary than I am. However, there are some general notes that I must share with you:
The Aroma A topic that always comes up when it comes to going down, smell can be something that discourages many from giving or receiving head. Now, genitals are not nicknamed potpourri or jasmine-citronella or fresh baked cookies. They’re called junk for a reason. The genital area is the home to many sweat glands and is hardly exposed to fresh air or sunlight. It is, basically, the basement of the human body. If you know anything about basements, you know that they don’t smell like a field of azaleas. Your twat, cock, and/or ass doesn’t either. Genitals are an acquired taste/smell. That’s the reality of the situation. Just take the time to acquire that taste for the sake of both you and your partner. Fortunately, we’re all in the same boat when it comes to the breeze from the south, so, don’t sweat it. Sex is about becoming intimate with the way your partner’s body feels, sounds and smells. Consider this one more awkward, yet amazing aspect of sexual intimacy.
south of France. The environment inside of your mouth is totally different than the one outside. Draw things into your mouth and suck/flick/nibble or just play around with licking and tongue movement. Your tongue can be used very precisely in the tense, pointy formation or generally in the flat, wide formation. It can be used inside of your mouth or outside. Experiment with the speed, cadence, tempo and/or pressure of your tongue, lips and mouth. Additionally, don’t be shy about using your hands. I always advocate the double stimulation. This is one place where using your fingers (or any other penetration tool of choice) while you eat is not in poor taste. Try different combinations of your mouth and fingers in different parts of their genitals with varying movement and rhythm. Sooner or later, you will find what your partner likes.
The Muff Dive When figuring out what kind of oral a woman likes, don’t dive head long and start using her clit as your chew toy. Down, Rover. The clit is the Mecca of the allusive female orgasm, but it is not the only spot that excites a woman. In fact, nerve endings from the clitoris stretch all across the labia, uterus, and down to the thighs. Excite those areas, too. A nice way to tease your gal is to stimulate all the nerves except for her clit. That makes her little prodding pal all the more eager for some TLC (Tongue Licking Clitoris, that is). The vagina has many little nooks and folds. All of which crave the attention of an eager diver or a massaging hand. Just follow the generilingis guide and use some common sense. In the end, take a pilgrimage back to the clit to finish what you’ve started. When you feel like a seasoned carpet diver, you can always experiment with different positions as well. Starting with her on her back is nice because it gives you easy access to the ice cream truck. But, once you’ve become familiar with the stock and you’re interested in trying something new, try a new position. Any change in position could change the experience of the sensation. I suggest dining from behind while your girl is on all fours or facesitting for a kinky twist. The Blow Job To learn the style of oral drives your
boy bonkers, just try the generilingus variety of techniques until you ding his doorbell. Firstly, the shaft is not the be all and end all of a blow job. In fact, much like the vagina, the nerve endings from the head of the penis stretch all along the genital area. Additionally, the balls are a pleasure button (oh, the joys of tea bagging) and the prostate is always just around the corner. Experiment with stimulating all these areas, both solo and simultaneously. The head of the penis is the most sensitive area, but, similar to the clitoris, that is the area that you start slowly with and save for last. Something that makes blows jobs different is the whole protruding organ thing. The average American cock is about 5.5 inches. (Yes, really! I warned you that porn is very deceiving.) The average American oral cavity is about 2 inches. Now, if you’re some kind of super human, deep-throating, no gag-reflex-having freak that can use your throat as a sheath for a full length machete, congratu-fucking-lations, I am very envious of you and I wish you all the best. But, for us regular, gag-when-you-brushyour-tongue in the morning type of Joes, there is hope! This hope is the glorious hand. Your hand is one of the most well-trained parts of your body. Your tongue is the strongest muscle in your body. That is a deadly combination; so use it. Stimulate as much of your boy’s member with your mouth as you can and use your hands to pleasure the rest (if necessary). The gag reflex is not to be ignored. Something that no cultural references to oral sex ever allude to is the risk of vomiting. Gross, I know, but it is something that I had to mention to be fair. Only practice can help calm your gag reflex, so try to play the flesh flute as much as possible.
A note on etiquette It’s good oral sex manners to give your partner a heads up before you shoot the glue gun. If you feel yourself getting close, let your partner know. He/she/ze may not want you to come in their mouth but may suggest an equally alluring alternative. Just ask. If you are worried about not being able to control yourself in the heat of the moment, negotiate the terms beforehand. It doesn’t have to be like the signing of the constitution. Work it into your dirty talk or
ask in a casual manner. This advice applies to ladies that have a history of squirting, too.
Tossin’ the Salad I don’t want to beat a dead cock. For anilingus, try out different combinations of digital and oral manipulation, different speeds and pressures, stimulating the genitals as well as the anus, formations of the tongue and so on and so forth. Nerve endings from the clitoris and the penis are nestled back there, so feel free to let your tongue roam. Eating ass has to be one of the most notorious sexual acts. It has quite a reputation. But, don’t be intimidated by it! Anuses are your friend. A common misconception is that, when giving anilingus, you’ll be exposing your tongue to the undigested remnants of your partner’s lunch. In fact, once you enter the anus, the first 10 inches or so is called the anal canal. This is where you are free to penetrate without worrying about any … mess. Any higher up, and you reach the rectum, where the mess is actually stored. Now, yes, there is some risk of you encountering mess in the anal canal. But, as long as your partner uses the bathroom before you start your trip on the Hersey highway, it’s all good. If you’re still worried about it, try some non-penetrative oral on the puckered prince until you get comfortable. Poking around someone’s digestive track with your tongue is something that you are more than allowed to ease into. Rim jobs are popular for a reason. Sex is the only act in which it is equally satisfying to give and receive. This is especially true for oral sex. For the receiving partner, the benefits are obvious. But, for the giving partner, feeling your partner squirm under your touch in mind-numbing pleasure can be just as rewarding. Take your time to discover intricacies of savoring genitals and always remember that your partner’s pleasure is your top priority. As always, practice safe sex. Safety during oral sex frequently falls to the wayside. Most STD’s can still be transmitted during oral — including HIV. Use barrier methods and make sure to avoid brushing your teeth/flossing up to thirty minutes before a genital brunch (to prevent open cuts in the gums). Be safe, have fun and bon appetit!
cartoon by naia poyer
Generilingus Oral exploration is the key to discovering what gets your partner off. As always, start slowly, and use your mouth, lips, tongue and even teeth (but only if she/he/ ze asks) to arouse various areas of their
September 29, 2011
Living & Arts
Players’ Club of Swarthmore presents: ‘Our Town’
BY PRESTON COOPER firstname.lastname@example.org
Few plays possess the enduring, trans-generational quality exemplified by Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town,” which is currently being performed by the Ville’s own community theater, the Players’ Club of Swarthmore (PCS). The play, directed by renowned Philadelphia theater veteran Ellen Wilson Dilks, opened on September 16 and will have more performances through the end of this weekend. As Dilks writes in her director’s note, “This beautifully simple play was written to be performed without scenery, without props — even without period costumes if the director chooses.” She elaborated in an interview with Stage Magazine that this minimalist style was rare in the era that the play was written, and the audience interaction which runs rampant in the script was practically unheard of. The PCS production wasn’t as minimalist as other productions of “Our Town” have been. A few chairs and tables, as well as simple backdrop, graced the stage for the production. However, all props were absent, and characters completely mimed the actions of opening doors and handling milk jugs. This lack of physical materials, while distracting at first, served its purpose in the long run as the play educated its viewers about the beauty of the little things in our short lives. Set just after the turn of the twentieth century, “Our Town” follows the fates of two families in Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire. Young Emily Webb (played by Bailey Lynn Shaw), a girl with scholarly ambitions who can’t seem to focus on the present, falls in love with George Gibbs (played by Richard Deaver, Jr.), the boy from across the street whose own plans do not extend beyond the town lines of
Grover’s Corners. Narrating the play is the Stage Manager (played by John Harvey), who continually reminds the audience that they are watching a play about a small town that is just like any other town. He follows the life of Emily Webb from her grade-school years to her marriage to George and the throes of her death. Harvey and Shaw are polar opposites on the stage. Harvey, host of the popular Philadelphia radio show, “Harvey in the Morning,” brings the Stage Manager to life as an omniscient, fatherly narrator who stays above the fray of normal people and their human weaknesses. Shaw is spellbinding as the naïve Emily, maintaining the generic yet timeless persona of an eager schoolgirl all too ready to face the world through the twelve years that the play spans. Her last monologue about the simple beauty of the Earth and all its people transports us to another dimension entirely, leaving the audience with a tear in the eye and a desire to live life to the fullest. In her interview with “Stage Magazine,” Dilks noted that the play shows the audience “how we so easily fail to appreciate the simple things.” She also explained that the play, while set in rural New Hampshire at the turn of the century, is timeless. “We’ve consciously chosen not to use New England accents to show the universality of the story,” she said, elaborating that the year the play was written — 1938 — was sandwiched between the Great Depression and World War II, a dark era for the world. “Wilder’s story … offered comfort and hope,” she said. “It seems highly appropriate to revisit Grover’s Corners at this point in our history, in the climate we face today.” “Our Town will run for three more performances — tonight, tomorrow and Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 for students and $15 for general admission. They may be purchased online at www. pcstheater.org.
Upcoming Schedule at the Player’s Club of Swarthmore The Main Stage of the Players’ Club will feature six additional productions in its 2011-2012 season. Here’s what’s coming up next:
“Arsenic and Old Lace.”
This quirky romantic comedy by Joseph Kesserling will open on Friday, October 21. Tickets are $8 for students and $15 for general admission.
“Crazy For You.”
A jazz musical with plenty of tap dancing. Music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin. This version features a modernized book by Ken Ludwig. The show will open on Friday, November 25. Tickets are $13 for students and $25 for general admission.
Heed the warning: a “Black Swan” is soon approaching “We have never lived before under the threat of a global collapse. The financial ecology is swelling into gigantic, incestuous, bureaucratic banks — when one fails, they all fall. We have moved from a diversified ecology of small banks, with varied lending policies, to a more homogeneous framework Aliya Padamsee of firms that all resemble one another. True, we Money Matter$ now have fewer failures, but when they occur . . . I shiver at the thought.” ~Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable (2010)
film “The Black Swan” refers to a statement of impossibility, or to an event so unlikely that it defies comprehension. Take the events of 9/11, for example. The notion that modern jetliners could be used as missiles was outside the purview of comprehension by U.S. intelligence. Since they couldn’t fathom this as a possibility, there was no way of preparing for this threat. It, therefore, constituted a “Black Swan” event. The term “Black Swan,” is derived from Latin phrase “rara avis in terris nigroque simillima cygno,” which translates to, “a rare bird in the lands, and very like a black swan.”
1. It is an outlier beyond the scope of regular expectations with no historical precedence, 2. The event has a major impact, and 3. After the event has occurred, it is rationalized in hindsight as human nature takes over and concocts a justification, making it a predictable event.
In the past decade, there are quite a few examples of financial “Black Swan” events. Among them are the credit default swaps and financial derivatives that derailed the banking system, the demise of Lehman Brothers and the liquidation of Bear Stearns that sent shivers through Wall Street and its untouchable investment houses, the BP oil spill and the Dow Jones flash crash, which had the Dow reeling with a 1000 point move on May 6, 2010. Since events of these magnitudes are all previously unheard of in history, their repercussions ripple for years to come. The ability to define and quantify the unthinkable is in the purview of risk management. Ponder the improbable. Courtesy of rahulme.wordpress.com Expect the unexpected. Profit from the unexpected. A Black Swan is unfolding … Aliya is a sophomore. You can reach her at email@example.com.
The financial markets are reeling in Europe. The European Central Bank can no longer be sure if the member banks will support its existence. Greece is set to default. There are no more economic bullets left in the European Union’s policymaking gun that can make up the math for the massive debt issue. Will the EU be able to extricate itself or will it splinter, fragment or morph into something we have not dared to envision? How will it affect us here across the Atlantic? As you read this, we may have a potential “Black Swan” in the making. The term “Black Swan,” popularized by Mr. Taleb in his first book, “Fooled by Randomness,” and later seen in the THE PHOENIX
This English expression was derived from the presumption that all swans are invariably white, as there were no historical records of swans being any other color. The first report of a black swan was in the 17th century in Western Australia. A catastrophic event must have the following three attributes to qualify as a “Black Swan”:
September 29, 2011
Living & Arts
How to succeed in Hollywood without really trying
I am consistently mystified by the American box office — and not just those absurd moments when soul-dismemberingly bad movies retain the numberone slot for a second weekend (2008’s “Beverly Hills Chihuahua” or Nick Cage’s 2007 “Ghost Rider” — ugh). No, more than finding box office returns lamentable or laughable like so Nolan Gear many critics and academics, I just find the whole Oui Oui Wiseau thing utterly perplexing. I don’t think the box office represents some collective numbing of taste or consciousness, or some “death of culture” as the howling beleaguered elite insist, so much as it represents the unpredictability and capriciousness of American preference and popular opinion. For instance, this weekend in theatres we had two classic models of the star vehicle: a film whose financial success hinges on the popularity of its central celebrity. Brad Pitt’s “Moneyball” and Taylor Lautner’s “Abduction” seem (on the face of it) to wage a straightforward ticket-sales war on the plane of celebrity, rather than the planes of genre or form. I’ll grant you that “Moneyball” and “Abduction” are birds of amusingly dissimilar plumage. The one is a character study of Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane, who revolutionized preseason scouting strategies; the other is an action movie about kidnapping and guns and conspiracies and stuff. I’ll also grant you that genre is never an insignificant — it is often the most significant — factor at the box office. But honestly, last weekend had all the trappings of a multi-million dollar popularity contest. Considering Mr. Lautner’s infamous abdominal muscles and retinue of vociferous tweenish fangirls, and considering Mr. Pitt’s simply being Brad Pitt, one might expect it to have been quite a close contest indeed. It wasn’t. “Moneyball” made nearly twice as much
($19,501,302 versus $10,925,253 according to boxofficemojo.com) but in the end both films lost out ... to “The Lion King.” “The Lion King.” Originally released in 1994. Recently re-released in 3-D. Number one in the nation. For the second weekend in a row. WHAT. American filmgoers, if I could have a moment of your time: You’ve already seen this movie. You might already own this movie. If you don’t own it, you could buy it for less than you spent on those hyper-inflated 3-D ticket prices and those stupid headache-inducing disposable glasses. American filmgoers: what were you thinking? I don’t mean this derisively — I really just don’t
“The Lion King.” Originally released in 1994. Recently re-released in 3-D. Number one in the nation. For the second weekend in a row. understand the collective motivational system that gets millions (millions!) of people into theater seats to see “The Lion King: 3-D.” Steven Zeitchik, writing for the LA Times’ entertainment blog “24 Frames,” articulates my incredulity in a (perhaps reactionary) post entitled, “Lion King: Is moviegoing changing before our eyes?” Mr. Zeitchik muses, “The 17-year-old movie didn’t just defeat a late-summer dump-off. It trumped — in its second week of re-release — a well-reviewed, heavily marketed crowd-pleaser with one of the world’s most famous celebrities.” Right, this is bizarre not because a kids’ movie holds magisterial sway at the box office (Pixar and Disney learned this long ago) but because a 17-year-old film can regain this much momentum — it’s made more than $60,000,000 in less than two weeks. This suggests something new about the viability, virality (and if you ask me, virulence — but I’m a curmudgeon) of 3-D marketing. We already knew that filming a
new release in 3-D boosts ticket sales. “Avatar” and every recent Pixar movie reconfirm this strategy and have indeed crystallized it as phenomenon, not fluke. But now 3-D has entered a new phase in its Hollywood hegemony (I’m half-serious, folks). Now we know it actually reanimates tired material. Zeitchick mentions past blockbusters, “Titanic” and “Ghostbusters” among them, now in line to get the 3-D treatment. Which sounds a lot like high-tech botox for old movies. It sounds like thoughtless, effortless, cyclical and cynical reuse of a material artifact — one that despite its democratization through DVD reproduction and the endless disseminating energy of the internet, still somehow drags us back into theaters. And now, gives us headaches and astigmatism. Gimmicky play with spectatorship is nothing new. Smell-o-vision and rumbling chairs have come and gone (well, kind of — the most recent Spy Kids installment marketed “aroma” as the Fourth Dimension, which makes me want to kidnap a team of studio executives and demand they write a commercially viable adaptation of Stephen Hawking’s “A Brief History of Time” in this glorious, eternal, Sisyphean circuit of revenge). Anyway, 3-D remains as the Great Gimmick — the Greatest Gimmick. Maybe it will transcend its lowly status as a cheesy marketing ploy, will instead become enough of a threat to contemporary modes of spectatorship that it validates the slightly hysterical title of Zeitchick’s blog post. I certainly hope not, but only time will tell. PS: Since I won’t be writing before October break, I urge you all to check out the following films, none of which will be affecting the box office in any but the most peripheral ways: “Take Shelter” with Michael Shannon, Almodovar’s “The Skin I Live In” with Antonio Banderas, Tomas Alfredson’s “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” (his last feature was “Let the Right One In” and the idea of him directing a spy movie makes me a little delirious) and especially “Weekend,” which just won the Grand Jury prize at Outfest Los Angeles and opens in Philly on October 7. Unfortunately, none of these titles are coming out in 3-D. Nolan is a senior. You can reach him at ngear1@ swarthmore.edu.
Pak ’12 displays emotion, diversity at senior recital period,” Pak said. He explained that the pieces he played were from five different composers and represented five different time periods. Domenico Scarlatti, the On September 24 at 8 p.m., Daniel Pak Italian composer, represents a Baroque ’12 held his senior recital at the Lang Con- period while Ludwig Van Beethoven and cert Hall. In this one and a half hour per- Frédéric François Chopin are classified as formance, he drew a time axis of music by Classical and Romantic period composers, playing a variety of pieces from different respectively. Charles Edward Ives marks periods of history, ranging from Scarlat- the early 20th century American music ti’s Sonata in B minor to Chopin’s Scherzo style while Claude-Achille Debussy, a No. I in B minor. French composer, shows the impressionist “I wanted to cover each kind of time music which, unlike the strict rhythm in Beethoven’s pieces, is more free. Pak said he tries his best to incorporate his own emotions into different melodies and to show the audiences how music is emotional, colorful and serious. “You have to take music seriously and you have to listen to music seriously. Julia Carleton The Phoenix Especially Daniel Pak plays the piano during his senior recital in the Lang Concert for classical music, Hall as page turner Joyce Han watches.
BY chi zhang firstname.lastname@example.org
you really have to employ all your senses to really understand it,” Pak said. “You can get to what the composers want to express by following the markings on the pieces, but at the same time you also need to add some of your personality to the piece. Everyone plays a piece differently and it will always sound different. You have to realize what’s your goal to achieve in this piece, while still maintaining the integrity of it,” he said. When Pak practiced for Scarlatti’s pieces, he used an original version which contains no signs of tempo and no dynamic markings, only notes. By playing the notes themselves and creating stories in his head, he began to understand Scarlatti’s mood at that time. “Scarlatti’s Sonata in B minor is very meditative and reflective. It’s about thinking of the past very seriously for a long time. For the D major one, I just want to keep it very light, fun and almost childish.” The emotion he displayed greatly impressed the audiences. Samuel Buchl ’13 commented, “I thought he did very well, as he played such a diverse range of music. He started with music with slower tempo and finished with a very stunning piece. He handled it very well.” Linda Gai ’14 said, “I think his performance [was] really good. The pieces are very beautiful. I especially like[d] the Scarlatti’s Sonata in E Major. I’ve never attended a piano recital before. I think I am going to make time for it in the future.” People often say that a one-minute performance onstage takes ten years to practice offstage. Having studied the piano for almost 14 years, he said “I couldn’t imagine my life without it.” He started taking
September 29, 2011
music classes at Swarthmore ever since his first semester. According to him, what he learned from his piano teacher, Professor Marcantonio Barone, is not just the technical piano skills but the emotion to display when playing a piece and the attitude toward music. “I think he is one of the teachers who really taught me that I have to give everything to my music, to take it very seriously. It’s not just about playing the notes, but expressing a lot more,” Pak said. Together with the support of his professors, Pak also benefits from being a part of the chamber music group. He considers it helpful, though a little challenging when it comes to developing and learning music together in such a large group. “I am planning on continuing taking lessons for piano and performing in the future,” Pak said. Majoring in Chemistry, he believes music and science can complement each other. These two fields combine the ideas of harmony and order of the world from different perspectives. According to Pak, learning music, like studying science, also requires a lot of effort and hard work to achieve what one wants to accomplish. “Music is like freedom to me. It’s just beyond this world,” he said. Pak hopes more people can truly appreciate music, especially classical music. “These composers are geniuses. It’s all inspired music. Today’s modern music is cool and I appreciate it as well. But it’s never going to have that same level of intensity of emotion as these classical pieces. I really hope that our generation understands classical music more, pursues it and just keeps it alive.”
Living & Arts McCabe movie collection features untold variety swarthmorephoenix.com
VHS and DVD shelves contain some old classics and new hits, as well as some unknowns By brad lenox email@example.com
Most Swarthmore students are painfully aware of our collective tendency to stay on campus. Swatties don’t always make it to a movie premiere or spend the evening in Media. Luckily, Swarthmore offers excellent resources on campus to screen and rent feature films and documentaries. In the past six months alone, the Tripod network has registered 321 new DVDs or VHS cassettes available for students at McCabe. Though it seems anachronistic to include VHS in this number, librarian Allison Masterpasqua said
traction known as hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) last year. The film is politically charged, and highly engaging, which made it perfect for exhibition at GREENmarch 2011, and it is now available for private viewing as well. Another controversial documentary, “Inside Job”, was shown last year by the Political Science department as a talking point for financial regulation. The library, adding to the already excellent documentary section, recently acquired it. With thousands of other informative and engaging movies like these already available, students need not worry about taking a tooindulgent study break again. However, for occasions when nonfiction is less appealing, the Swarthmore library system has plenty of feature films for any mood. Many of last years top films, like Oscar-winners “The King’s Speech” and “The Fighter”, or equally excellent but more daring fare like “Black Swan” are available for rentals. Other notable films include new releases by the Criterion Collection: “Blow Out” and “White Material”. “Blow Out: is a 1981 thriller film directed by Brian De Palma, which tells the story of a sound effects engineer, played by John Travolta, who discovers audio evidence of an assassination. Also interesting is 2009’s “White Material” by Claire Denis, an intense character examination of an entitled woman living in Africa, tirelessly fighting to save her family’s coffee plantation from civil war. Autumn is newly arrived, and soon enough Halloween will follow, making the next few weeks the perfect time for scary movies. Horror fans can find Guillermo del Toro-produced Spanish-Mexican horror film “The Orphanage” as well as a re-release of “Dracula: The Legacy Collection”, which includes the original 1931 classic and its less compelling sequels. The former film draws on one of the most powerful themes in horror — seen in classics like “The Excorcist” and “The Omen” — children. First time director J.A. Bayona captures well the magical spirituality of Latin American culture and the naive horror of the unknown in children and childhood. Fans of del Toro’s “The Devil’s Backbone” or more popular “Pan’s Labyrinth” should feel right at home.
that many new documentaries have been added in that format. The Swarthmore library system owns a tremendous amount of visual media; according to the most recent issue of “@library.edu”, about 6,000 feature films and almost 3,000 documentaries are kept in McCabe. This includes favorites, like the much circulated 90’s comedy classic “The Big Lebowski”, which tops McCabe’s list of most popular film rentals. Experimental favorites like Lynch’s “Mulholland Drive” as well as American classic “The Godfather” and foreign darling “Amelie” round out a varied hit list. For those looking to procrastinate for just a short while, many TV shows are available, located within the feature film shelves. Some well-rented television shows include the ever-popular “The Wire”, “Sex and the City” and “The Sopranos.” A complete list of top rentals is available in “@library.edu” and is posted on the wall of McCabe’s third floor. One change that might not be immediately apparent is the new location for documentaries, which have been moved closer to the feature films. Many films that have had previous screenings at Swarthmore for a variety of departmental or campus events are now available in McCabe. The Movie Committee screened the savagely selfaware and puzzling film, “Exit Through The Gift Shop” last year, which was recently acquired by McCabe. Directed by enigmatic street artist Banksy, the movie provides the audience with blinding satire of the Internet hype-fueled cult of personality. The Movie Committee also showed “Gasland”, an exposé on the controversial practice of natural gas exTHE PHOENIX
“Dracula” is a film that has had such an impact on culture that its own original qualities seem to be repeating cliches. Stoic and suave Bela Lugosi plays the eponymous Count in the 1931 Universal version, included in this volume, and chillingly interprets a powerful and lasting myth. The Legacy Collection is a notable new addition because it includes the arguably superior Spanish release of Dracula (which was less subject to controversial censorship) and the delightfully bizarre “House of Dracula.” That film, which features visits from Frankenstein’s monster and the Wolf Man, details Dracula’s almost silly goal of finding a cure for vampirism. For those not wanting to leave the comfort of their dorm room, streaming services of a variety of film types are now available. Most excitingly, streaming has been adopted by McCabe to expand the system’s already vast selection of films. Netflix streaming is set up for use in a screening room on the third floor. Students should check with the Circulation desk to rent two remotes in order to use the streaming service. Through the Subject Portal section of the Tripod website, additional streaming databases can be accessed.As explained in the Toilet Paper flyers posted throughout McCabe, these new databases, Filmmakers Library Online and Films On Demand, can be found under “F” on the Subject Portal listings. Both sources are rather large, 1,000 and 4,000 titles respectively, but focus on documentaries and educational films spanning multiple disciplines and subjects. Anyone interested in exploring what other film resources are available can find any needed information off the Tripod homepage. Click the hyperlink at the bottom center of the page entitled “New Books, Films, etc.” and a variety of search modifiers are available to sort through the database. Because new items, like most of the aforementioned titles, are constantly being added, there is always something new or exciting available so check back often.
September 29, 2011
White Material poster courtesy of maaretta.wordpress.com House of Dracula poster courtesy of posters555.com Black Swan poster courtesy of comingsoon.net
Living & Arts
CAMPUS PANACHE Photos by Elèna Ruyter
Galoshes Galore Swatties haven’t let the recent storms rain on their style. Girls have adopted the trendy Hunter boot — a rainboot tailored to the luxury market — to both boost their looks and protect themselves from the elements. Some guys, though not many, have begun pulling out their L.L. Bean duck boots to ensure full coverage from the pesky puddles that show up all over campus. For now, we sit in wait to see what shoe styles students choose for the even harsher winter weather...
September 29, 2011
Living & Arts
The banana of my eye: vegan banana oatmeal cookies Fruits add such a nice touch to basically everything. Whether they comprise a colorful centerpiece on a table, decorations on a mardi gras hat or a sweet way to end a meal, fruits come in handy in so many ways. Speaking of which, I am personally biased in favor of fruit-related desLauren Kim serts. Fruit-based tarts, muffins, cakes and espeCollegiate Confections cially ice cream. Sharples used to serve banana ice cream once upon a time. Trust me, that was about a year and a half ago, and I still hang around the ice cream bar like a hawk to this day in the hopes of coming across it again. Oh, for the joy of eating banana ice cream again… When I lived in Kyle last year (the eight-person women-only dorm near the Lang Center), my blockmates and I would very often bring back fruit for the house. Living there was so convenient: we had a very nice kitchen space, which we used very often to make food when we got too lazy to go to Sharples. I personally used the kitchen a lot for my baking exploits. And it was there that my idea for today’s recipe was born. As you can probably tell by now, bananas are my favorite fruit. I would bring back two or even three of them at a time if I was feeling ambitious, and then keep them in the house’s fruit basket. In my over-zealous love for bananas I would usually end up bringing more than necessary, resulting in my watching the poor things rot away. And this is where my fabulous idea comes in. I knew how to make oatmeal cookies, using peanut butter as the sticky base. Why couldn’t I use banana, instead, as the ‘glue’ to hold the ingredients together? And thus began my experiment: instead of peanuts I used walnuts, banana’s best friend; to add some “kick” to this recipe, I also incorporated some spices I was especially partial to. And voila, I had created my first set of these scrumptious treats. The best part about these babies is that they are so easy to make, and yet just as sweet and delicious as any other cookie out there. Plus, they are gluten-free and do not require extra butter or sugar, which further expands their potential target audience. For banana lovers, these cookies are just perfect. For banana
avoiders, please just take one little nibble: there’s so much more texture and flavor to a banana after it’s been incorporated with nuts, oats and spices, and then warmed up to perfection in the oven. So I made these cookies often last year, perhaps a few more times than I should have. But by the end of the year, at least to most of my fellow Kyle residents, they had become my ‘signature dish.’ These definitely are my go-to food. When I got better and faster at making them, I would even whip up an extra-quick batch in the morning to eat for breakfast. Altogether, the whole process would take me between 30 to 35 minutes. I’d say that baking is an art because one can get really creative with the ingredients, but I also agree with the majority who classify the process as more of a science. It is true that baking has a more rigid structure, since there is an optimal ratio, or balance of dry
ingredients against wet ingredients that determines texture, flavor and color. But, as with the arts and sciences, baking is something you get better at with time and experience. Yet with these banana cookies, it didn’t take me too long to reach that point. They are so simple and perfect for the beginner. Wash them down with a glass of milk (chocolate milk is even better) or coffee and start your day off with a big smile. Just one word of caution: don’t go overboard with the bananas like I did my first time. That is, unless you want your cookies to mold into each other to form a pancake. (But that wouldn’t be such a bad idea, actually.) Lauren is a junior. Please submit any recipes you would like to share with Lauren for her to try out for her next column by e-mailing her at lkim1@swarthore. edu.
Lauren Kim Phoenix Staff
The Recipe for Banana Oatmeal Cookies (Vegan) Ingredients: 3 ripe bananas 2 cups oats 2/3 cup walnuts (or other desired nuts/chocolate chips) 1/3 cup canola oil 1 tsp vanilla extract Pinch of cinnamon/ nutmeg (optional) Makes about two dozen cookies.
Instructions: 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Farenheit 2. Mash the bananas in a large bowl 3. Stir in the oats, nuts, oil, vanilla and optional spices 4. Mix well and let the dough sit for about 15 minutes 5. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet 6. Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly brown
September 29, 2011
Living & Arts
Swarthmore’s First Fashion Fundraiser! Proceeds go to The Trevor Project Friday, Sept. 30 at 8:00 p.m. in Upper Tarble
Window on the Work: Zane Booker Friday, Sept. 30 at 6:30 p.m. in the Lang Performing Arts Center
By Allegra Pocinki
A Lily Lillies Poet Josie Foo & Choreographer Leah Stein in Conversation Monday, Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m. Scheuer Room
Alumni Campus Visit by David Lyon '73 of the Department of State Friday, Sept. 30 at 2:00 p.m. in Science Center 102
September 29, 2011
Placements deserve a place in Swarthmore curriculum At this point in the semester, students taking Educational Studies classes are settling into their placements at a variety of nearby schools, ranging from public to private, from inner-city to suburban. They’re not the only ones getting a glimpse of how their studies relate to the real world. The Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility designates several courses each semester as Community-Based Learning (CBL) because they “connect students and faculty directly with local communities and their members as part of the content of the course.” Ed placements are designed to connect conversations in classes to real systems of education. There are two types of placements: Those in which students simply observe the classroom setting and those in which Swatties are expected to get involved with students. The latter can range from taking field notes to interviewing students. Both types are sincere efforts at making palpable the course readings that students are relentlessly assigned — texts that often shamelessly deal with the rather unbecoming elements of educational policy (most notably, the challenges that urban schools face in meeting the needs of their students). It is this steadfast goal of allowing Ed students to engage with the material in a very tangible way that contributes to the generally positive consensus on campus towards the Educational Studies department. About Community-Based Learning, the Lang Center offers: “This pedagogical approach is based on the premise that the most profound learning often comes from experience that is supported by guidance, context-providing, foundational knowledge, and intellectual analysis.” So it would follow that there be curiosity about why “placements” aren’t the curricular norm. While both the Ed department and the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility (often working in tandem) provide ample opportunity for students to get off campus and garner crucial experiential knowledge, that option isn’t as readily available for English majors or those who are on a Pre-Med track. Not everyone enrolls in an Education class, and so it is quite easy (and more than likely) that most students will graduate without ever having set foot in a facility related to their course of study outside of Swat’s campus. Perhaps if Swarthmore departments across the board mandated at least one placement experience per student, those experiences would provide text and case material for work in the courses themselves. And they don’t even have to be in urban schools. How about organized “internships” of sorts that would expose a Poli Sci student to the intricacies of a nearby think tank? Or giving a Bio major some time in a non-university research lab (or even Penn’s)? These sorts of arrangements would be a compulsory component of courses, counting towards distribution requirements while simultaneously fostering observational and collaborative experiences. The value of that lies in giving us a chance to interact with professionals in a field while also exploring an academic discipline in depth. The Educational Studies Department’s placement mission is a commitment to “preparing undergraduates to meet the needs of all students in an era of rapidly increasing racial, ethnic and linguistic diversity and technological change.” But shouldn’t that be every department’s mission?
Where can you ffi ind ... ... articles not published in the print edition? ... a way to leave feedback on articles in the paper? ... a place to post your own photo and video? www.swarthmorephoenix.com www.facebook.com/SwatPhoenix THE PHOENIX
Emma Waitzman The Phoenix
Letter, op-ed and comment policy Letters, opinion pieces and online comments represent the views of their writers and not those of The Phoenix staff or Editorial Board. The Phoenix reserves the right to edit all pieces submitted for print publication for content, length and clarity. The Phoenix also reserves the right to withhold any letters, opeds or comments from publication. All comments posted online and all op-eds and letters must be signed and should include the writer’s full name. Letters are a minimum of 250 words and may not exceed 500 words. Opeds are a minimum of 500 words and may not exceed 750. Letters and op-eds must be submitted by 10 p.m. on Monday, and The Phoenix reserves the right to withhold letters and op-eds received after that time from publication. Letters may be signed by a maximum of five individuals. Op-eds may be signed by a maximum of two individuals. The Phoenix will not accept pieces exclusively attributed to groups, although individ-
September 29, 2011
ual writers may request that their group affiliation be included. While The Phoenix does not accept anonymous submissions, letters and op-eds may be published without the writer’s name in exceptional circumstances and at the sole discretion of the Editorial Board. An editorial represents the opinions of the members of the Opinions Board: Amelia Possanza, Marcus Mello and Menghan Jin. Please submit letters to: firstname.lastname@example.org or The Phoenix Swarthmore College 500 College Avenue Swarthmore, PA 19081 Please report corrections to: corrections@swarthmorephoenix. com Letters, corrections and news tips may also be submitted online to the paper by clicking “Contact” on the Phoenix website.
Opinions American Jobs Act an inept economic strategy swarthmorephoenix.com
The American Jobs Act is 155 pages of pedestrian ideas. President Obama has implored Congress to “Pass this bill!” so many times that the National Journal issued a catchy musical remix. No amount of sloganeering is going to put a dent in unemployment — the White House itself anticipates the rate joblessness to hover Danielle Charette of around 9 percent through next year’s election. The Nascent Neoliberal With the exception of “The Godfather,” sequels are always cheesier than the original. This Round II of federal “investment” looks to be a watered-down $447 billion bundle. Fictitiously, the AJA won’t add a drop to the deficit. Supporters claim it will pay for itself by sealing “corporate tax loopholes” and forcing wealthy Americans to step up to the plate. The whole thing is playground politics, more dependent on shouting about fairness than getting the economy chugging. It seems the worst thing that could happen for Obama politically would be for the AJA, by divine intervention, to actually pass in Congress. The bill’s hypothetical success would mean more spending, more unemployment and more disgracing of Big Government economist John Maynard Keynes. Right now, Obama’s reelection mission is little more than to portray himself as a Shakespearian foil to the House’s Tea Party faction. “Hope” and “change” language has lapsed into a sanctimonious broadcast of “Me versus those Un-American Republicans.” The AJA, like the original stimulus of 2009, is pure clutter. Take the bill’s Section IV, for example. It demands that public works projects “Buy American,” regardless of cost. The measure resurrects the bad taste of the 1931 Davis-Bacon Act. At the apex of the Great Depression, Congress mandated a union-sponsored wage for government positions. Indeed, the law was unabashedly aimed at preventing “itinerant colored workers” from the South from competing with white, indus-
trial Northerners. Today, the odious racial motivations formance of our public education program. There’s a are thankfully gone, but the loopy economics persist. whole generation of young, unemployed graduates with Maybe I’m behind the times, but I like paying the best education degrees out there. Essentially, teacher stabiprice possible for goods. Some of those goods might be lization protects one vanguard of tenured high school American, and many won’t be. The Obama Administra- math teachers against a wave of incoming competitive tion can jump through excessive hoops trying to justify geometry instructors. Perhaps the best rendition of the that higher wages give workers more spending power Pythagorean theorem comes with age, but I have no idea to boost demand in the market place. This is true, but how that’s supposed to benefit the American economy. Then there’s the bill’s anti-discrimination compowhen higher wages stem from the government and not the private sector, increased cash flow for Peter means nent, which makes it illegal for employers and employment agencies to ask applicants to demonstrate they constrained income for Paul. Another example in nonsense is the Act’s Section 101- currently hold a position. Regardless of what the fed102, which offers temporary tax cuts for employers who eral statute says, most employers are not going to run add workers to their payrolls in the coming months. At an interviewee’s employment history through the paper first, this sounds like a reasonable incentive to make tax- shredder. Employers understand that the job market has cut junkies like me happy. But no employer is going to been rotten and take this into consideration. But if an take on the responsibility of more employees for a nomi- employer is going to be prevented from properly vetting nal payroll reduction. Assuming we’re talking about job candidates in the name of federal even-handedness, he might opt not to hire at “good middle class” jobs all. here, what firm on Planet Alas, Warren Buffet may Earth would offer an emfeel like the cool tycoon on ployee a salary of $50,000, Without any new tasks to do, the block after getting a tax health benefits and vacait doesn’t matter what fleeting proposal for millionaires tion time for a one-time named after him. Conservahiring break? Firms that incentives the Feds dream up. tives need to call his bluff. were going to hire workers All of this “I-pay-less-thananyway, that’s who. my-secretary” rhetoric has The President’s basic theory of employment is backward. If I ever get around prompted many Americans to clamor for fairness. Yet to fulfilling my third-grade dream of setting up a lucra- comparing an office assistant’s income tax to Buffet’s tive lemonade stand, make it past the Board of Health capital gains tax is patently deceptive. Talk about apples and hire some earnest neighbors, it’ll be because I actu- and oranges. If we really valued fairness, perhaps we’d opt for a ally have lemons that need squeezing. Without any new tasks to do, it doesn’t matter what fleeting incentives flat tax, but the chances of that happening anytime soon the Feds dream up. Hiring requires productive tasks. is about the same as my acing quantum mechanics. In Productivity requires certainty, investment and capital. all, the wealthy already pay far more in taxes. The CBO Employers want to know what healthcare costs, regula- reports that the top 10 percent of earners account for tions and taxes will look like in five years. That means 70% of all federal taxes, while the bottom half of earners dramatically simplifying the tax code, not writing in pay no income tax at all. This year, households topping a million dollars a year will hand 30% of their income to more special preferences like vacillating payroll taxes. Another faulty move is the AJA’s “teacher stabiliza- the federal government’s outstretched hands. The American Jobs Act is not designed to salvage tion,” which modernizes school buildings and insists on maintaining current teacher salaries. This is a hearty jobs at all — least of all, President Obama’s. Danielle is a sophomore. You can reach her at dchanod to the teachers unions, but makes no effort to seriously correct the ongoing inefficient, substandard per- email@example.com.
Diversity workshops perpetuate a religion of civility The first thing I notice when I walk into a cultural diversity workshop is the absence of laughter. The room reminds me of a Sam Zhang hospital Sticks and Stones waiting room with its sterility and blank faces. As we situate ourselves in the chairs arranged in a circle, I begin wondering: for an event designed to promote cultural awareness, where is the culture? What is the point of this? Would anyone do this for fun? Sitting there, among my pale and similarly awkward peers, it hit me: diversity workshops are ritual initiations for minorities into the civic life of America. Minorities are not naturally a part of what sociologist John M. Cuddihy calls the American “religion of civility” in his book “No Offense: Civil Religion and Protestant Taste.” Cuddihy defines the religion of civility as an existential stance in which we choose to be constantly “complexly aware of our religious appearances to others.” Replace
the word “religious” with “cultural” — pression of “ungainliness” and “bad an easy substitution — and that is exact- taste” is the first step towards our conversion about the religion of civility, as ly the purpose of a diversity workshop. The facilitator is always smooth. He Cuddihy points out. After all, what is religion but 1) ideolor she can compassionately nod at any experience, walking the workshop’s par- ogy, and 2) expression? If the ideology is ticipants through the discomfort. Rather suppressed under the pretense of fightthan the minority student or the student ing privilege, and expression is supwith much to learn about race, the facil- pressed for the sake of not coming across itator is the actual biggest beneficiary as “embarrassingly elitist, ostentatious, of the workshop. Who else leaves feeling and unseemly,” then we have already like they have derived as much moral converted to the religion of civility. This legitimacy? The facilitator presents him is okay, of course, so long as it is recognized as or herself such. as someW e one who s t r a d d l e s The overwhelming issue on campus d o n ’ t the worlds is not of a red hot oppression, but of r e c o g nize our of rough c u l t u r e s a cool, paternalistic condescension. P r o t estant and posensilite institutions, but the mix often comes out bilities as they are. I sense a doublewrong. Facilitators frequently think speak at diversity workshops. We are that their purpose is to smooth out the asked to share experiences as a part of conversation and to navigate it away whatever group we belong to, yet the from any awkwardness. Awkwardness format — sitting in a circle, checklists is not celebrated in diversity work- and handouts, raising hands — denies shops. It is tolerated — just like every- the inevitable unseemliness that comes with the exorcism of long-suppressed thing else. The awkwardness swept under the pain. I have strong emotional reactions rug is at the real heart of the culture, when I talk about trauma and insecurithough. Any discussion that skirts ties — but who doesn’t? It is an affront around awkwardness, touching only to the strength of our experiences and our mentally cached scripts, does not our memories to expect them to fit corbroach any real issues at all. The sup- dially into the lap of diversity workshop
September 29, 2011
facilitators, cultural group leaders and other people who want to recruit us into the cultural mold. The refrain of “share anything, absolutely anything” is the bait that lures poetry, snaring it in a vicious analysis of prose. Cuddihy posited that Freud and Marx created their theories out of confusion from the collision between their Jewishness and the religion of civility. Similarly, the poetry of Negritude arose as an attempt to find shared black experience underneath a white hegemony. This is a pattern: any time there is an unmediated clash between cultures, creativity moves to find common ground. The overwhelming issue on campus is not of red hot oppression, but of a cool, paternalistic condescension. There is only one clash of cultures now, and that is between every other culture and secular Protestantism — which is only a clash in the sense that there is no clash, since civil religion absorbs every other culture with its polite tolerance. The mistake is to believe that ideological asceticism prevents oppression more effectively than a self-reflective culture with humility. Only once we recognize our frailty and the undesirability of the diversity workshop to universalize civil religion, can we then, like english rock band The Who, “get on our knees and pray” that we “won’t get fooled again.” Sam is a sophomore. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org. THE PHOENIX
Opinions Exposing Republicans, the woes of a leaderless party swarthmorephoenix.com
Concern trolling is one of my least favorite forms of punditry, so I have refrained from commenting on the Republican Presidential Primary thus far. I don’t like it when conservatives give “friendly” advice to Democrats and tell Democrats what is in their best interest, so I imagine that Republicans wouldn’t like a progressive like me Peter Gross to do the same to them. The Principled However, events during this primary season have Progressive left such a foul taste in my mouth that I can’t help but note how sad a spectacle the Republican primary has become. The first signs of the ugliness to emerge from the depths of the G.O.P. came in the form of the Donald Trump boomlet. Trump gave voice to the substantial block of Republicans who denied or doubted that President Obama was legally eligible to be president and rode their support to the top of the polls in April. The boomlet ended with the release of the now infamous “long form” birth certificate, but Trump’s supporters didn’t disappear. They are still out there, searching for the candidate who possesses just the right amount of bile tea flavor. For quite some time, no one emerged to fill the void that Trump left in the hearts of those Republicans with Obama Derangement Syndrome. Candidate after candidate — from Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, to former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, to Mississippi Governor Hailey Barbour — realized they couldn’t, or wouldn’t, cater to this extremist group known as the Republican primary electorate. One woman thought she had what it took to speak the language of the Tea Party and ride their support to the
nomination. And with that, Minnesota Representative Michelle Bachmann threw her hat into the ring. With the addition of Bachmann, the base got the hero they had been dreaming of. She is the fighter who doesn’t pull punches, one who uses incendiary anti-Obama rhetoric with glee. In her own words, she led the fight against every major Obama initiative. Her brilliant strategy of saying “no” to everything Obama proposed propelled her to a victory in the barely relevant Ames straw poll. Everything seemed well in Camp Bachmann. But then Rick Perry showed up, and it all fell apart for Bachmann. As soon as he entered the race, the base abandoned her in droves. She might have led the fight against every major Obama initiative, but she also lost every one of those fights. The base needs winners, and Rick Perry projected the image of a winner. He had the swagger, the charm, the fundraising ability and he killed a coyote on his morning jog with a laser-equipped pistol. Perry was poised to dethrone Mitt Romney as the Republican frontrunner. And it is here in our story where we come to the debates, where every demon afflicting the modern Republican Party reared its ugly head. It was at the hallowed grounds of the Reagan Presidential Library that the base threw off the shackles of reasonableness and embraced their id with full abandon. When debate moderator Brian Williams mentioned how many people Texas has executed while Rick Perry has been Governor, a sizable chunk of the audience erupted in applause. I’ll repeat, Republican base voters who are passionate enough to attend the Reagan Library debate cheered when the debate moderator mentioned Texas killing people. And Rick Perry embraced that. This isn’t an isolated incident. A couple of nights later at the CNN/Tea Party debate, members of the audience cheered when the moderator, Wolf Blitzer, asked Representative Ron Paul if we as a country should let the uninsured die if they are sick. Fortunately, Paul rejected this view, but the audience behavior during that exchange illustrates the perverse values that define the base of the
Republican Party. But those weren’t even the vilest moment of the debates. That unfortunate distinction has to be given to when audience members booed an openly gay member of the military asking a question. Rick Santorum, the candidate to whom the question was addressed, did not comment on the booing emanating from the audience. He instead answered the question as only Rick Santorum could. But he did not condemn the members of the Republican base who were booing a soldier who risked life and limb. In fact, no candidate on stage even mentioned it. In fairness to them, they might not have heard it, so I can forgive them for not saying anything while the debate was going on. But a week has passed, and none of the major candidates, save the completely unelectable Gary Johnson, have issued any kind of statement condemning the audience’s behavior. None of them, not Romney, not Perry, not Bachmann, have said a word about this. They don’t say anything because they can’t, because they need these people’s votes to win the prize they are chasing. Though I will never forgive John McCain for unleashing Sarah Palin upon the world, I credit him that at least he had enough sense to know when his party had gone too far. He possessed just enough leadership ability to take the microphone from the women who accused thencandidate Obama of being a secret Muslim and defended Obama from those baseless attacks. Romney, Perry and Bachmann can’t or won’t do this. They won’t try to lead their party away from their most basic instincts. Instead, they bend to its will. They cater to the lowest common denominator in the reckless pursuit of the nomination to an extent that the Democrats never had to. It’s a disturbing spectacle to witness. At a recent fundraiser, Obama quoted Joe Biden and said, “Don’t compare me to the almighty, compare me to the alternative.” Well, I have seen the alternative — I have seen the base they respond to, and I am deeply afraid. Peter is a junior. You can reach him at pgross1@ swarthmore.edu.
Why the iPad enjoys unwavering market success BY HARSHIL SAHAI email@example.com
In early 2010, Apple released a product that changed the way consumers approach entertainment. It’s large display, multi-touch interface, and luminous colors allowed users to scan through email, websites and apps with both style and convenience. Such a product took off better than even Apple’s analysts had predicted. Within a mere 15 months of its release, a whopping 29 million units were sold. What was once a symbol of status and extravagance, is now a staple convenience that can be seen everywhere from coffee shops to college campuses. Yes, we are talking about the Apple iPad. The result of such vast growth in one specific industry, by one specific company, is that other firms are getting jealous — they want a piece of the pie. Several technology companies such as Blackberry, Motorola, Samsung and Android have recently attempted to make their own tablets, hoping to undercut Apple either in price or functionality. However, such companies have found it very difficult to compete with the iPad’s brand name and user interface. Tablets, like the Samsung Galaxy Tab, have created both a processor— and memory—intensive device that may surpass the iPad in sheer power but have not been able to adapt a more user-friendly, simplistic interface that consumers desire (not to mention low enough prices to make the switch to Samsung worth it.) Yet recently, many technology analysts are entertaining high hopes for Am-
azon.com’s release of its own tablet later this year. Amazon plans to bring to the market an affordable, less-featured tablet with a price tag about half as much as the iPad. It is important to note the disparity between tablet consumers. First, you have the professionals who use tablets to check email, browse the web and occasionally view and edit documents. Such individuals are primarily motivated by practicality and simplicity. Next, you have those who view their tablet as a means for entertainment, playing games, listening to music and watching movies. These consumers feel that speed and a variety of media features are the most important aspects of a tablet. While the next Amazon tablet hopes to satiate the first category of consumers, Samsung, Blackberry, Motorola and Android generally seem to provide for the second. Apple, however, manages to cater to both categories — perhaps a testament to its undeniable domination of the electronics market. This means that (1) tablets that only seem to appeal to one of the two types of consumers need to lower their price, or (2) such tablets need to start appealing to both categories in order to compete with Apple. Amazon has already shown signs of catching up with the idea of lowering the cost, and it is only a matter of time before either Samsung, Blackberry and the like start improving their designs or decreasing prices. What does this mean for Apple? Well, the high-tech hegemon now needs to start preparing for formidable competition. One of the largest setbacks of the iPad is its price; perhaps with the affordability
of the Amazon tablet and other competitors, Apple may lose considerable sales and be forced to reduce their prices. On the other hand, Apple has much of what other companies do not. When the average American looks at any Apple product, such as an iPod, a Macbook or an iPad, they immediately recognize the technology as a slick, convenient and powerful device. Apple has spent years building up such an image among people worldwide due to its dedication to constant improvements, from refreshing their Mac operatiwwng system every few years to releasing a new iPhone update monthly. Consumers know they can trust Apple, given its history, and will purchase products accordingly. Amazon has also developed a fairly modest image among consumers. However, as one of a large-scale, affordable retailer rather than a company dedicated to technological excellence, it may come across hardships while producing a consumer tablet. The Amazon Kindle is only one example of a product that the company has developed and sold successfully. Even the Kindle proved to be difficult to market as a result of competing products like the Barnes and Noble Nook or the Borders Kobo, both of which seemed to provide the same level of performance and affordability as their Amazon competitor. Thus, making Amazon a far less recognized technology firm, that may lead to hesitance from new consumers. Moreover, problems exist within Amazon that pose as potential flaws in their tablet’s product strategy. One in particular is customer service. Suppose
September 29, 2011
a man decides to buy an iPad. He uses it for a while, loves it, but then suddenly he discovers that his iPad keeps restarting and has a huge loss in functionality. So, he conveniently takes his device to an Apple Store and the issue is solved within a matter of minutes. However, such a service does not exist within the largely online retailer of Amazon. Consumers would have to send their units back to Amazon headquarters for service, only to have them shipped back approximately five to seven days later. Realistically, the mammoth organization of Apple has much that other companies lack: brand name, an established supply chain, convenient customer service, humble design, numerous features and user-friendliness. Moreover, Apple solves compatibility issues very easily, instituting the same software for the iPhone, iPod, iPod Touch and the iPad, hence creating a sense of unity within Apple products that fosters customer loyalty and a short learning curve that attracts new consumers. That said, we should still expect a new wave of affordable tablet substitutes from a variety of vendors in the coming years. This explicates one of the major themes of free market theory: if there is an opportunity for profit, competition among firms leads to vast innovation in an attempt to develop products that better serve the needs of consumers. Until such innovation occurs, however, companies try to solve the mystery, investigating how exactly that tech company with the fruit logo manages to pull it off so perfectly. Harshil is a freshman. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My Name is Yon Yonson: Lessons from the Financial Crisis BY SAM SUSSMAN email@example.com
Three years ago last week, Lehman Brothers collapsed amidst a wreckage of overleveraging, overspeculation and appallingly reckless risk-taking. Lehman’s collapse sparked a financial crisis that led to rapid job loss: 3.5 million jobs were shed between September 2008 and January 2009. As the nation plunged into the “Great Recession,” the bankruptcy of thirty years of failed deregulation and supple-side economies, which gave rise to staggering inequality and a volatile financial sector, was laid naked. Three years later, it is instructive to carefully examine the lessons to be drawn from the crisis. The primary lesson of the financial crisis is that a robust financial system cannot function without sufficient regulation. This is a lesson the U.S. already learned the hard way. The immediate causes of the 2008 crisis — overleveraging, speculation, and excessive risk-taking — are the same that caused the crash of October 1929. Then, the Roosevelt Administration implemented reforms to ensure that a functional capital market was not overtaken by a winner-takeall orgy of speculation. Most prominently, the GlassSteagall Act insured commercial banks through the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, while separating them from riskier investment banking. For nearly fifty years, this regulatory structure worked: there was no financial crisis between 1933 and 1987. Unfortunately, the haste to find new comparative advantage in light of declining manufacturing led to a reckless deregulatory campaign. Between 1980 and 1999, bipartisan deregulation loosened rules on bank mergers, interest rates, savings and loans associations, mortgage lending, and commercial and investment bank ties. With each new deregulatory act, financial markets became more volatile. The Savings and Loans Crisis of 1987 was followed by the more
intense stock market plummet of 2001, itself a mere blip compared to that of 2008. Yet at each step — until the 2008 crisis, when Democrats tepidly raised their nervous hands to voice the foreign notion of regulation — both Republicans and Democrats vociferously advocated more deregulation. In part, this was due to the growing political influence of the financial sector. Before deregulation mania, the financial sector accounted for roughly 2% of corporate profits. By 2008, that figure was a shocking 40%. In a political system with few institutional barriers to prevent the influence of money — which can be donated to candidates, parties, political action committees, used to fund independent advertisements or think tanks that advocate policies in the donor’s interest — the growth of the financial sector meant that it increasingly set the terms of its own regulation. The second lesson of the crisis is that excessive income inequality is incompatible with sustainable economic growth. Political dialogues on income inequality usually revolve around normative conceptions of “fairness,” but extreme inequality creates economic problems that should be analyzed through a non-normative lens. Economies grow when wages rise with productivity, allowing middle and low-income workers to buy the products they produce, thereby incentivizing further production. When wages fall behind productivity — as has happened in the U.S. since 1975 — demand falls, production drops, and jobs are lost. This is what happened in the United States: real median income has been stagnant since 1975, while that of the top 1% has increased eleven-fold. This is for three reasons. First, manufacturing (which created a large number of middle income jobs) has been replaced by finance (which creates a small number of high-paying jobs). Second, the U.S. has failed to compensate unskilled workers hurt by international trade, which, while a net good, has almost exclusively benefitted skilled workers. Finally, anti-labor policies have crippled organized labor, the historical representative of middle and low-income Americans.
While 35% of private sector workers were unionized in 1975, only 7% are today. Consequently, our economic structures have been skewed toward the wealthy. This is easily observable in distribution pattern of the past decade, when 65% of income growth went to 1% of the population. Again, the unsustainability of income inequality is not new. Throughout the 1920s, as the progressive movement and organized labor lost influence, wages fell behind productivity. Income, concentrated in the hands of the wealthiest 1-2%, was saved at higher rates, and pushed into a stock market that created ever more risky speculatory devices. Then, on a fateful fall day, the bubble burst. Sound familiar? My favorite nursery rhyme is Yon Yonson. It goes like this: “My name is Yon Yonson/I come from Wisconsin/I work in a lumber yard there/Everyone that I meet/When I walk down the street/Asks me my name and I say/My name is Yon Yonson/I live in Wisconsin…” OK, you get the point. The Great Recession in which we presently mired is simply another line in the recursive history of financial crises whose causes we already understand. Even before this crisis, we knew that financial markets needed sufficient regulation, that finance cannot constitute 40% of an economy, that political influence should not correspond to economic might, and that an economy that benefits only 1% of the population is ultimately unsustainable. The real question is whether our political institutions can respond constructively to the present crisis. As disastrous as the Great Depression was, it served as an important period of reflection and reform from which the United States emerged a more prosperous, more egalitarian society. Whether the lessons of the Great Recession can be translated into paradigmatic shifts in public policy is the central question of our time, the answer to which will reflect the strength of our democratic institutions. It is to this question that I will turn next week. Sam Sussman is a junior. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Around Higher Education
The perils of a less democratic electoral vote redistribution By emma ellman-golan dailypennsylvanian.com, Sept. 26, 2011
Republicans in the Pennsylvania state legislature are trying to undermine Philadelphia in a new proposal to change the way the state’s electoral votes are distributed. In 2008, Pennsylvania had 21 electoral votes; after the 2010 census, that number was decreased to 20. A change in the number of congressional districts requires redistricting — in Pennsylvania’s case, the state is currently being redistricted to reduce the number of congressional districts from 19 to 18, and since Republicans control both houses of the legislature and the governorship, they get to draw the new map. Their proposed map will create 12 safe Republican districts and 6 safe Democratic districts. While Democrats have a 1.1 million voterregistration edge in this state, the Republicans’ plan, though not necessarily representative of the make-up of the state, is perfectly legal. Redistricting happens every 10 years, but something different is going on this year — something that has Democrats, and anyone who believes in the principles of democracy, in uproar. Harrisburg Republicans are trying to change the electoral vote distribution in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania, like all states besides Nebraska and Maine, has a winner-take-all system for electoral votes: the winner of the state’s popular vote in the presidential election wins all of the state’s electoral votes. In Nebraska (5 electoral votes) and Maine (4 electoral votes), electoral votes are distributed according to congressional district: the winner of the popular vote within each Congressional district gets one electoral vote; the winner of the state’s popular vote gets the extra two electoral votes. This system works in small states with few electoral votes. But now, Harrisburg Republicans are trying to bring the system of congressional apportionment to Pennsylvania. The Republicans’ motivation is clear: Democratic presidential candidates have won the state’s
electoral votes for the last 20 years. By tying the vote voters who have “not been represented because of the to gerrymandered congressional districts, Republicans huge turnout in Philadelphia.” Changing election policies to dilute the “huge turncan ensure that President Barack Obama won’t be able to win more than 8 of the 20 electoral votes in the 2012 out in Philadelphia” is inherently wrong, not to mention antagonistic to the minority voters who make up election. The Republicans’ sinister motivations are blatantly the majority of Philly’s voting base. If Corbett wants to obvious, but there are also a number of reasons why decrease Philadelphia’s influence, he should work to this proposed system would be devastating for Pennsyl- increase voting rates in other parts of the state, not decrease the significance of a vote in Philadelphia in comvania. First, the proposal would make Pennsylvania elec- parison to one in western Pennsylvania. Second, the proposed system would decrease Penntions less democratic. Under the current system, camsylvania’s significance paigns can turn out votin national elections. ers for both candidates. Pennsylvania is curThe candidate with the a competitive most votes wins the As Pennsylvania voters, our votes will rently state with 20 electoral electoral votes. Under be irrelevant; Harrisburg Republicans votes in play; presidenthe proposed system, candidates natuvoter turnout wouldn’t essentially just cast our presidential tial rally hold campaign really matter. As Pennsylvania voters, our votes for us by drawing us into heavily events here, which makes them more acvotes will be irrelevant; Republican or Democratic districts. countable to issues Harrisburg Republiimportant to Pennsylcans essentially just vanians. cast our presidential And third, this provotes for us by drawing us into heavily Republican or heavily Democratic con- posal would set a precedent for future restrictive voting policies. The Republican state legislature is already trygressional districts. Furthermore, the proposed system dilutes the votes ing to make it harder for young people and minorities to of urban Pennsylvanians. Almost half of all Pennsylva- vote through its proposed intricate voter identification nians live in Philadelphia or Pittsburgh, but congres- laws. Changing the electoral vote distribution would lay sional districts have been drawn in such a way that the groundwork for more laws aimed at restricting the residents of these cities only fit into a few districts. So if votes of demographics that traditionally vote Democrat. There is something to be said for a system of governPhiladelphia voters turn out to vote in November 2012, as they have in other national elections, the over 500,000 ment that elects Congress members, senators and the votes cast in Philadelphia will count toward the same president by three different means. This attempt by Harnumber of electoral votes as will the 20,000 votes cast risburg Republicans to change the way these elections in a rural county. In fact, Gov. Tom Corbett admitted are held, to sculpt the results of Pennsylvania elections in a radio interview that the proposed solution aims to so that they reflect less the popular vote and more the reduce Philadelphia’s effect in allocating the state’s cur- wishes of the Republican legislature is deplorable and rent electoral votes — he claims the proposal will help should not be allowed to pass.
September 29, 2011
SPORTS IN BRIEF
Carlson, women’s tennis thrive at ITA Regionals The Swarthmore College women’s tennis team was well-represented at ITA Regionals last weekend, as the Garnet saw several players perform well in singles matches. Lia Carlson ’14, Second Team All-Centennial last year, made it to the Round of 16 in the championship singles bracket. “The experience was very valuable for the team and gave us good momentum going into the offseason,” head coach Jeremy Loomis said. “The team pretty much met expectations and sometimes exceeded them. Most of the things that I’ve focused on in practice were evident during their competitions.” Carlson was the Garnet’s top performer, blasting her way through two preliminary championship bracket rounds to reach the Round of 16. In her first match, she annihilated Bridgewater College’s Marla O’Bryan, 6-1, 6-0, and in the second round she staged a comeback to beat Johns Hopkins’ Abby Clark, 1-6, 6-2, 6-1. Despite her success, Carlson felt as though her weekend was not representative of her best efforts. “I didn’t feel as though Regionals went as well as I could have expected,” she said. “I feel as though I lost [in the Round of 16] because of fitness rather than that the girl I played was better than me.”
There were more bright spots for the Garnet, as Stephanie Chia ’13, Epiphany English ’14, Brooke Wilkins ’14 and Gayatri Iyengar ’15 all won singles matches. Iyengar and Wilkins also teamed up in doubles, hanging tough against a pair from Carnegie Mellon before falling 8-5. “I feel the weekend went great. Everyone played really well and was there to support one another,” Iyengar said. “I was hoping to do a little better in doubles, but my partner and I played two really great matches that we’re really proud of.” “All of the players had their moments,” said Loomis. “I thought [that] doubles was misleading because, on the scoreboard, we didn’t win a match, but all of the matches were close and I definitely saw improvement from a couple of weeks ago. I think that the team was also happy with the results, they were impressed with the level of competition and can see that with continued work, they’ll be ready for a solid start to the spring.” The tennis team will go on a winter hiatus until February 26, when the spring season kicks off at home against Carnegie Mellon. BY ANA APOSTOLERIS
Courtesy of Swarthmore Athletics
Lia Carlson reached the Round of 16 at the ITA Regionals.
Around HighEr Education
Team Philly upsets LeBron, Team Melo at Palestra
by kevin esteves thedp.com, september 25, 2011
As the exhilarating exhibition wound down, Team Philly guard Tyreke Evans stared down his defender, Gary Forbes, and went to work. His crowd-pleasing crossover sent Forbes shuffling backwards and the Denver Nuggets forward could do nothing but claim he slipped on the wet floor in the sauna-like conditions of the Cathedral. He may have had a point if he had not been broken down off the dribble again by Evans on the very next possession. It was the seminal moment of “The Battle for I-95,” as it encapsulated the main takeaway of the game — Philly natives like Evans and Kyle Lowry were the entertainers this night, not the superstar trio of LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul. “I know the type of competitors that LeBron and Melo are,” Team Philly captain Hakim Warrick explained. “I knew it wasn’t going to be no love affair, so I had to make sure I had some soldiers.” Indeed, Team Philly had a city to represent and a homecourt to defend, and they played like it, ultimately emerging with the well-deserved 131-122 win. “I always knew we had a chance,” Warrick said. “We
have too much heart in this locker room.” The City of Brotherly Love’s finest jumped out to a 35-16 lead to start the game, thanks to effective penetration by the likes of Evans and Lowry. Meanwhile, Team Melo’s superstar-laden squad — which was missing two-time NBA scoring champ Kevin Durant — settled for walk-up three after walk-up three, resulting in empty possessions and a fan base rooting for the home team. “I came in thinking a lot of the Philly fans were going to be a little star-struck and cheering for [Team Melo] … but they actually did a great job coming out and cheering, showing support for the Philly players,” said Mardy Collins, a Temple hoops graduate. The tide of the game would change toward the end of the first half, however, as both James and Anthony made a concerted effort to abandon the threeball and punish the undersized Philly squad inside — the duo combined for 37 points and 19 rebounds in the first half. James punctuated the opening half by slamming down a onehanded alley-oop from Paul as the buzzer sounded to cut the deficit to 66-58. The third quarter saw Team Melo build upon that momentum, as James gave his team a lead with a follow-up slam on Gary Neal’s missed la-
yup. But Team Philly would not relent. Philadelphia 76ers guard Lou Williams, a Georgia native whom team captain Hakim Warrick calls an “adopted son” of Philly, heated up, knocking down a barrage of step-back jumpers. He would finish with 31 points on an efficient 10-for-17 shooting. “It was kind of hot, but that’s the kind of basketball we play,” Williams said. “It was just another night in the gym for us.” With about three minutes left and the game’s outcome no longer in question, the respective squads showed their true colors. Team Melo eased up on defense and hoisted up threes, while Evans and Lowry fearlessly attacked the rim. Before Evans’ ankle-breaking highlight of the night, Lowry, a former Villanova Wildcat, bulldozed his way to the cup and finished a three-point play to put Philly up, 126-119. Lowry finished with a team-high 34 points and eight boards to counter James’ gaudy line of 43 points and 23 rebounds. It may not have been the game the crowd initially expected, but the Palestra hordes witnessed a slice of Philadelphia hoops history. And what a fitting way to end it — seeing the homegrown, blue-collar Philly squad outwork and outplay the superstars from Team Melo.
Courtesy of The Daily Pennsylvanian Miami Heat superstar LeBron James put up an impressive line of 43 points and 23 rebounds, but his stacked Team Melo squad was outplayed at the Palestra.
September 29, 2011
Volleyball takes three of four; Pezzola sets kills record by victor brady email@example.com
In Harleigh Chwastyk’s ten-year tenure as Head Coach of the Swarthmore volleyball team, three outside hitters, all from the West Coast, have broken the program career kills record. Following first in the footsteps of Erica George ’07 and then Jen Wang’s ’09, senior Genny Pezzola ’12 eclipsed the previous mark of 1171 with an authoritative kill in Friday’s 3-0 victory over Centenary (NJ) as part of the York College Spartan Invitational. Pezzola’s record-setting kill capped a week of milestones for the volleyball seniors after Hillary Santana ’12 and Lisa Shang ’12 became the sixth and seventh players in program history to record their 1000th career dig in last Wednesday’s 3-1 victory over Ursinus in the Centennial opener. “Genny has never really faltered. Over her career she has progressively gotten better and improved as a complete player,” Chwastyk said. “She is an incredibly intense, competitive and team player. She is a very selfless player — yes, she has the kills record, but if you talk to her about the team, it is about the team and not what she accomplished as an individual.” Indeed, when asked about her milestone, Pezzola responded “My classmates and I care so much about this program. I’m glad to see the hard work of my classmates pay off, and I know we all working to reach milestones as a team and program.” With a third-place finish at the Spartan Invitational, the Garnet finished 3-1 to improve to 13-3 just past the halfway point in the season and entering into the heart of Centennial play. Swarthmore closed out straight-set victories over Centenary and SUNYIT and two rematches against host York and Moravian.
In the opening weekend of the season, Moravian had were nearly enough for the Garnet to avenge last year’s come from 2-0 down to defeat the Garnet 3-0 while on Championship loss to the Diplomats, but Franklin & September 17, the Garnet had defeated York in four sets. Marshall held on for a 3-2 victory, 15-13 in the third set. This weekend, it was just the opposite, as the Garnet Santana recorded 33 digs and Coleman 46 assists in the beat Moravian 3-1 behind fourteen kills from Kat Mon- instant classic. temurro ’13 but lost in straight sets to York. Wednesday’s contest is part of a two-week run that The biggest differences? For Allie Coleman ’13, home also features a matchup with 2010 Centennial-semifinalcourt and revenge. ist Johns Hopkins and a trip to Gettysburg. In this run, “Last time we played [Moravian], it was in the cham- the team will need to continue to work on developing pionship of their home tournament which we won last a killer instinct set in order to close out matches and year, so they really had a lot to prove. Consequently, quickly suppress opponent runs. they played a really good game “The key is focus, which we lose that day. This time, we had more against some teams,” Montemurro to prove than they did since we had said. “But we have all had these just experienced a pretty [disapupcoming matched circled on our We know what’s at pointing] loss to York and we were since day one. They’re stake and need to fo- schedules out to beat them after losing last going to be our toughest matches time,” Coleman said. cus on playing our best, and they are all fun teams to play Added Chwastyk, “Home court because it is such good quality of advantage plays a big role. We and staying disciplined. competition. We know what’s at played Moravian at home and lost and need to focus on playing Kat Montemurro ’13 stake to them, played them on the road our best, and staying disciplined — and won. Same thing with York. doing all of the little things right in “The second time you play a team, order to win.” the motivation is higher for the team that lost earlier, Coleman believes that the competitiveness and magand I’m glad that we have that experience early on in nitude of each Conference match will help. the season.” “I think that part of it is that in a close match where One year ago, the Garnet defeated Gettysburg in the you know that every point matters, it’s easier to push first round of the Centennial playoffs just 10 days after for every point and keep focused throughout the whole beating the Bullets for the first time in program his- match … The other part is that we just have to mature tory. A return trip to the postseason will mean more pretty quickly and learn to fight for every single point rematches against familiar opponents. and not let the score or the opponent dictate our energy On Wednesday, the Garnet began the toughest four- or our level of play,” Coleman said. game stretch of the regular season with a 2010 CentenniThe Garnet returns to action against Johns Hopkins al-championship rematch against Franklin & Marshall. on Saturday from Tarble Pavilion with play scheduled Seventeen kills apiece from Pezzola and Maggie Duszyk to begin at 1 p.m.
Garnet athlete of the week
JR., CROSS COUNTRY, FORT WAYNE, IN WHAT HE’S DONE: Phillips finished first in the 8k run at the Dickinson Long/Short Invitational. FAVORITE CAREER MOMENT: Breaking 15 minutes in the 5k was a great culmination to a year of hard work. I could not have asked for a better way to end the year.” WHAT HE WANTS TO DO: “This year, we’re shooting to pass [Johns Hopkins] to place 3rd in the Conference in October and qualify for D-III Nationals in November.”
Courtesy of Swarthmore Athletics and York College Athletic Communications
The volleyball team continued its winning ways at the York Invitational, as Genny Pezzola (pictured alone on right) broke the program’s all-time kills record.
September 29, 2011
Allegra Pocinki The Phoenix
WHAT HE THINKS ABOUT DURING A LONG RACE: “Really exciting stuff...like making it up a hill or counting down the kilometers until you’re done.”
Sports ‘Moneyball’ and how we got where we are now swarthmorephoenix.com
For just a minute, forget that you have ever heard the term Moneyball. Pretend that if you were to hear it right now, the first thing that would come to mind would have something to do with announcing the day’s final lottery number, and nothing whatsoever to do how to win baseball Timothy Bernstein with games. In fact, forget baseBullet Points ball altogether. Instead, think about this idea of finding underrated assets, of compensating for the resources you don’t have by seeking value in places others wouldn’t think to look. Think about being backed into a corner until you are forced to concede that you won’t be successful doing things the way everyone else does them, and so you’ll just have to start looking at those things differently than everyone else does. What sorts of associations do these ideas — taken together, without a name attached — conjure up on their own? Finance, possibly? Something related to manufacturing? Maybe they inspire a vision of a retail corporation that has found a way to cut costs without sacrificing quality. The bottom line: those ideas could apply to just about any scenario involving how an individual or a firm or a company might run more efficiently. One example of a company happens to be a professional baseball team, and nine years ago Michael Lewis wrote a book suggesting that these broad principles might work for those companies as well. Of course, the name of that book was not something like “Common Theories of Success” or “What Baseball Clubs Can Learn From Other Industries”. The name of that book was “Moneyball”, and here we are. It is exactly that sheer universality of the core principles in Moneyball that makes so much of the controversy generated maddening to comprehend. Because what Lewis was trying to say throughout the book, and what he has been trying to reinforce ever since it got published, is that these ideas have been around FOR CENTURIES. These ideas are central to how businesses in every facet of the economy are run, and have been since before baseball was invented: Look for new ways to analyze commodities; find value where others don’t; J.D. Drew is worth every penny that he makes. What Billy Beane and the people running the Oakland Athletics have done, at the most transparent level, is simply apply those principles to their own business. The commodity in question? Players. Their value? Wins. How to go about finding this value? New and improved ways of analyzing statistics, collectively termed “sabermetrics.” When diluted to the basics, the question of whether Moneyball will work almost becomes ridiculous; it’s like debating whether Henry Ford’s assembly line idea is going to pan out. So what, then, if Moneyball has been around forever, is all the noise about? There are two general causes. On one level, there is an idea that those who believe in
the Moneyball philosophy believe in it as an infallible turned-broadcaster who has become famous to a new system, and one that will guarantee success if executed generation for declaring everything in the book to be correctly, and when a team using it is unsuccessful, this bullshit*, has resurfaced to declare that everything in becomes proof that the whole system doesn’t work. Fa- the movie is probably bullshit. *Morgan has spent most of the last decade drawing the mously, and to the delight of the detractors, the Oakland Athletics under Billy Beane have almost never won in ire of the sabermetric community — a community that’s growing fast — by refusing to acknowledge any value in the playoffs and never reached a World Series. But Moneyball never claimed to be about perfection. any new method of looking at the game of baseball. He It is a system designed to make up part of the disadvan- also continues to think that Billy Beane himself wrote the tage that huge gaps in resources create. Does Moneyball book “Moneyball,” which doesn’t help his cause. All of those people have a right to be angry if they promise that high-payroll teams like the Red Sox and choose, and if it takes a movie coming out to reignite Yankees will see their advantages erased? Not at all. There will never be a time when money isn’t a huge those feelings, so be it. But to start another back-andfactor, maybe the deciding factor along with luck, in forth about whether “Moneyball” works … well, anwho wins and who loses in the MLB. Oakland has to other thing the movie can do is help us remember just be dealt the perfect cards to win; New York and Bos- where we are right now in baseball. ton can, to a degree, make their own luck. All Oakland has been trying to do is close the gap and give themselves a shot to let the stars align. Another source of controversy has been the reluctance by people with actual baseball experience — former players, scouts, coaches — to take new insight on the game from those who have no experience. I tend to have more mixed feelings about this criticism of Moneyball. As easy as it is to laugh at people determined not to change at all costs, there’s a part of me that empathizes with that attitude in a way that extends far beyond baseball. Imagine devoting your entire life to one way of looking at something, only to be told that it’s the wrong way. How would any of us feel about that? Now throw in that the people who are telling you this tend to be about Artwork courtesy of Sanfranmag.com forty-five years younger on aver- Billy Beane, GM of the Oakland Athletics, is played by Brad Pitt in the film adapag, and just showed up last year. tation of Michael Lewis’ “Moneyball.” Wouldn’t the certainty those people have about how to play a We are in a place where there are more metrics used game they never played be just as ridiculous as your traditional beliefs are to them? To go one step further, to evaluate players than ever before. Where teams apwouldn’t any setback those people experience bring you preciate the potential of young talent and recognize the just a little bit of joy after they seemed so positive they decline that comes with age better than they ever have. were the only ones who knew what they were talking Where tools are available that can help us predict performance more accurately than anyone thought was about? In the early days after the release of the film version possible. Moneyball, or “Moneyball”or even Moneyball with of “Moneyball”, the strongest sign that it has been a faithful adaptation is that the same groups of people are Brad Pitt is not about on-base percentage, the risks of stealing bases and the incompetence of scouts. It is pissed all over again. Scouts are once more lashing out at the way they about finding ways to become smarter at what you are were portrayed: pigheaded, clueless, and more con- doing. It is at once part of a past that predates Billy cerned over whether a player has an ugly girlfriend Beane and a present in which nearly all of baseball has (“no confidence”) than how often he gets on base. Art embraced the statistical revolution and its promise. Most of all, it is the thing that reminds us both how Howe, the man who managed the Athletics during the 2002 season around which the book is centered, is again far we have come and how little we had to travel to get denying that he was simply a puppet micromanaged by here. Beane on everything from the lineup to where he should Tim is a junior. You can reach him at tbernst1@ sit in the dugout. Even Joe Morgan, the great player- swarthmore.edu
GARNET IN ACTION SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2
FRIDAY, SEPT. 30
Men’s tennis, ITA Regionals, TBA
Cross country, Paul Short Invite @ Lehigh, 11:00 a.m.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 3
SATURDAY, OCT. 1 Men’s tennis, ITA Regionals, TBA
Men’s tennis, ITA Regionals, TBA WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5
Field hockey vs. Johns Hopkins, 12:00 p.m. Volleyball vs. Johns Hopkins, 1:00 p.m.
Field hockey at Washington College, 4:00 p.m.
Men’s soccer vs. McDaniel, 3:30 p.m. Women’s soccer vs. Johns Hopkins, 7:00 p.m.
Women’s soccer at Washington College, 7:00 p.m.
September 29, 2011
Men’s soccer at Manhattanville, 7:00 p.m. THE PHOENIX
September 29, 2011
Golf falters, finishes ninth, at F&M Invitational by timothy bernstein firstname.lastname@example.org In the third tournament of the young golf season, the Franklin & Marshall Invitational at Bent Creek Country Club, Swarthmore’s promising season hit a speed bump. The Garnet shot a collective score of 329 on the day to finish at 45 strokes over par and place ninth out of eighteen teams. “The course was tough, a lot of bounce,” head coach Jim Heller said. “There were houses on every hole.” Coach Heller cited key absences, specifically “number-two golfer” Kyle Knapp ’14, as a contributing factor in the team’s poor play. “This is the hard thing about golf,” Heller said. “It is not played at night and on weekends and it is hard to get your best golfers to matches.” “[Monday’s] tournament was our worst of the season so far,” co-captain Alex Nichamin ’12 said in an email. Nichamin shot an 86 (tied for 56th overall). “The only score worth mentioning today was Andrew Park.” First-year Park ’15 shot a team-low 75 to tie for fifth overall for individual players in the tournament. It is his third consecutive round in the 70s. Park, for his part, stressed that he still had work to do.
“I wasn’t particularly happy or unhappy with my score,” Park said. “I still have a couple mistakes to clean up.” Co-captain Paul Weston ’12 placed second on the team and tied for 40th overall with a round of 83. Fresh off setting a Swarthmore record with a round of 69 in last week’s Messiah Fall Open, sophomore Jeff Wall ’14 placed third on the team and tied for 49th overall. Fellow sophomore Price Ferchill ’14 added an 86 round for the Garnet. “We played badly as a team,” Wall said. “We need to work, as a team, on staying focused throughout a round.” The generally despondent tone from team members regarding their finish is a reflection of how much hope and optimism they have for this season, which they strongly believe should end with a strong performance at next spring’s Centennial Conference Tournament. “This is easily the most talented team we’ve had in my four years here,” Nichamin added. “In addition to myself and senior co-captain Paul Weston (he has been all-conference the past two seasons, and I was all-conference my freshman year), the four sophomores on our team are very strong players, and Andrew Park is
very talented as well. We always say each year that we have a chance to win the conference, but this year is the first year that I truly believe it. If we aren’t in contention for the championship in the spring, it will be a major disappointment.” In the team’s two previous tournaments this season, Swarthmore won its namesake Swarthmore Invitational with a 305 score. The next day, lead by Wall’s record-breaking round, the Garnet finished sixth at the Messiah Fall Invitational with a score of 321. “We look very strong,” Sam White ’14, who did not play in Monday’s tournament, said in an email. “We didn’t lose any players from last year and [with the new first-year players] there will be some healthy competition for the top five starting positions. The team will certainly improve from having so much depth. “This will be the last year that we have co-captains Paul Weston and Alex Nichamin, so we want to take advantage of the experience and depth we have now.” Swarthmore takes a week off from tournament play, then returns to action on Saturday, October 8 at the McDaniel Fall Invitational. The tournament will be held at Bridges Golf Club, and the start time is to be announced.
Photos Courtesy of Swarthmore Athletics
Kyle Knapp (left) and Jeff Wall (right) participated in Monday’s F&M Invitational. THE PHOENIX
September 29, 2011
The Swarthmore College Newspaper