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Inside: Housing co-op discussions under way 2 SOON hitting Olde Club on Saturday Column: Alex explores floundering TV shows

Dip-feated On Saturday the men’s swim team broke the Franklin & Marshall Diplomats’ 22-meet Conference winning streak in a decisive 129-70 victory, p. 18


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Thursday, November 18, 2010 Volume 133, Issue 12

The independent campus newspaper of Swarthmore College since 1881. EDITORIAL BOARD Jeff Davidson Editor in Chief Amelia Possanza Managing Editor Menghan Jin News Editor Miriam Hauser Living & Arts Editor Camila Ryder Living & Arts Editor Susana Medeiros Assistant Living & Arts Editor Dante Anthony Fuoco Opinions Editor Victor Brady Sports Editor Marcus Mello Sports Editor Jacqueline Small Copy Chief Olivia Natan Photo Editor Xingyu Zhang Photo Editor Julia Karpati Graphics Editor Eric Sherman Director of Web Development



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Arsean Maqami dribbles around an opposing Maverick in a 3-2 loss to Medaille in the second round of the NCAA championship on Sunday.


gious sites to what they represent. PAGE 10

One-act comedy creates introduction to theater King speaks out at Jewish One-act plays may be short, but they can still Assembly demonstrate the great potential theater has Hanna King traveled south to New Orleans this November to protest the Prime Minister of Israel’s speech during the Jewish Federations General Assembly. PAGE 3

Students strive to form housing co-op Ideas are circulating between students about the formation of a housing co-op on campus, though no concrete plans have been made. PAGE 4

Living & Arts Shows going out not with a bang, but with a whimper It’s admittedly tragic when shows are cancelled too soon, but what about shows that weren’t cancelled, but should have been? Alex looks at four once-great shows that have passed their prime. PAGE 8

to comment on life and art. This potential was recently demonstrated by Abigail Henderson’s one-act “Playwriting 101: The Rooftop Lesson.” PAGE 11


Parity is king in the NFL in the 2010 season. There don’t seem to be any great teams and maybe only a handful of good ones. Tim says it’s anyone’s guess as to which team will make it to the Super Bowl. PAGE 15

Volleyball falls in ECAC semis to end 20-win year The Swarthmore volleyball team dropped a five set match in the semifinals of the ECAC south tournament to Bethany. The Garnet led 2-0 before Bethany ran off three consecutive sets. Kat Montemurro ’13 led the team with 16 kills. PAGE 19

Civil liberties still vital during travel, even with chal- The pride of Swat: men upset Widener in opener lenges For the first time since 2007, the

Thanks in part to a recent passenger and an online movement, travelers’ concern over the privacy and safety of tighter airport security may come to a head as the busiest holiday travel time approaches. While there seems to be no ideal security measures, we believe that travelers and government should remember the importance of civil liberties. PAGE 13

Swarthmore men’s basketball team began the season with a victory, knocking off the visiting Widener Pride 74-72. Swarthmore led by 12 at the half and held on for the win thanks to a Jordan Martinez ’13 layup with 17 seconds to go after Widener had come back to take the lead. PAGE 20

Opposing abortion is the You multitask. Shouldn’t only real moral choice Tyler argues that abortion is so principalyour money do the same? ly immoral that the government should Steve offers tips on how to save money and get the most out of sales. PAGE 9

step in to ban it. PAGE 14

Triple feature Olde Club Stress over personal, professhow explores electronica sional life reaches new level Saturday’s “2SOON” Olde Club show features Teengirl Fantasy, Brenmar and Post Post, groups that explore the limits of electronica, house/dub and punk music. PAGE 10

Learning how to maneuver faith in the Holy City In Jerusalem, Jasper notes, lies the potential for great demonstrations of faith, but only if practitioners look beyond the city’s reli-


From figuring out plans for next year to dealing with personal matters, life for seniors here only becomes more terrifying, Eva writes. PAGE 14

Sports It’s just one of those years: parity reigns in the NFL November 18, 2010

Corrections FROM THE NOVEMBER 11, 2010 ISSUE: The article titled “Student arrested in D.C. for MTR sit-in” misspelled Blaine O’Neill as O’Neil and gave his class year as ’13 instead of ’11. The article titled “Are gap years a growing trend among Swatties?” misidentified Myrt Westphal as Dean of Students. She is the Associate Dean for Student Life. For these and any other mistakes we may have unintentionally made, we extend our sincerest apologies.

STAFF Jacqueline Small News Writer Isaac Han Living & Arts Writer Dina Zingaro Living & Arts Writer Steve Dean Living & Arts Columnist Jasper Goldberg Living & Arts Columnist Alex Israel Living & Arts Columnist Jen Johnson Living & Arts Columnist Maki Somosot Living & Arts Columnist Ariel Swyer Living & Arts Columnist Naia Poyer Artist Emma Waitzman Artist Mark Chin Cartoonist Ben Schneiderman Crossword Writer Anna Shectman Crossword Writer Peter Akkies Opinions Columnist Tyler Becker Opinions Columnist Eva McKend Opinions Columnist Timothy Bernstein Sports Columnist Hannah Purkey Sports Columnist Andrew Cheng Photographer Paul Chung Photographer Eric Verhasselt Photographer Nick Brown Photographer Jakob Mrozewski Photographer Allegra Pocinki Photographer Morgan Bartz Copy Editor Stella Cho Copy Editor Renee Flores Copy Editor Madison Garcia Copy Editor Lauren Kim Copy Editor Daniela Kucz Copy Editor Catherine Meador Copy Editor Parker Murray Copy Editor BUSINESS STAFF Patricia Zarate Circulation Manager Madison Garcia Circulation Manager COVER DESIGN Julia Karpati, photos courtesy of Jakob Mrozewski CONTRIBUTORS Ana Apostoleris, Daniel Duncan, Gail Engmann, Renee Flores, Sera Jeong OPINIONS BOARD Jeff Davidson, Amelia Possanza, Dante Fuoco, Camila Ryder EDITOR’S PICKS PHOTOS COURTESY OF: Alex Younger TO ADVERTISE: E-mail: Advertising phone: (610) 328-7362 Address: The Phoenix, Swarthmore College, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore, PA 19081 Direct advertising requests to Jeff Davidson. The Phoenix reserves the right to refuse any advertising. Advertising rates subject to change. CONTACT INFORMATION Offices: Parrish Hall 470-472 E-mail: Newsroom phone: (610) 328-8172 Address: The Phoenix, Swarthmore College, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore, PA 19081 Web site: Mail subscriptions are available for $60 a year or $35 a semester. Direct subscription requests to Jeff Davidson. 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 © 2010 The Phoenix. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without permission.



events menu Today Houseplant Clinic Come to the Wister Center at 1:30 p.m. to re-pot houseplants and learn about good cultural houseplant practices with staff and volunteers from the arboretum.

King speaks out at Jewish Assembly

Law and Society in Late Imperial China: A View through Judicial Cases Professor Pierre-Étienne Will of the Collège de France will be in the Scheuer Room at 4:30 p.m. to give a lecture about the ways in which judgments and testimonies provide unique access to the everyday life of ordinary Chinese citizens. The 2010 Gilbert Lecture The department of political science has invited Jack Balkin, the Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment at the Yale Law School, to present a lecture entitled “The Constitutional Struggle over Health Care Reform.” Balkin will will begin lecturing at 7:30 p.m. in Sci 101. Tomorrow Winter Container Workshop Plant a successful winter container with curator Andrew Bunting at 1 p.m. in the Wister Center. Bunting will offer each participant three hardy plants to make winter containers. Space is limited to 25 people. ‘The Winter’s Tale’ It’s opening night of the Yellow Stockings Shakespeare Company’s half-tragedy, half-comedy play “The Winter’s Tale.” Come see them in Upper Tarble at 8 p.m. or at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday, November 20th Swarthmore College Jazz Ensemble Enjoy a concert featuring a wide selection of jazz music by the college’s Jazz Ensemble in the Lang Concert Hall at 7 p.m. Soul Shack 2010 Mozy on over to the Black Cultural Center at 7 p.m. to enjoy great music and great company. Snacks will be provided. Duck and Dumpling Parlor Party Satisfy your taste buds with Beijing-style roast duck and freshout-of-the-pot dumplings brought to you by the Swarthmore Chinese Society. Come to Shane Lounge at 8 p.m. to get your share. Monday, November 22nd Women’s Luncheon Converse with other female students, faculty and staff members over lunch in Upper Tarble at 12 p.m with food catered by Shere-EPunjab. E-mail submissions for the events menu to


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Hanna King recently filmed a protest at the Israeli prime minister’s speech in New Orleans. BY JACQUELINE SMALL The auditorium was packed with nearly 4,000 people listening intently to Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel, when a voice from the audience called out, “The loyalty oath delegitimizes Israel!” The voice belonged to an American protestor, and so did the voices that soon said, “The settlements delegitimize Israel!” and “The occupation delegitimizes Israel!” As the protestors were removed from the crowd, who chanted in Hebrew, “The nation of Israel lives!” a Swarthmore firstyear, Hanna King, stood by filming the action. She and other college-age students went to New Orleans to attend and demonstrate against Netanyahu’s speech to the Jewish Federations General Assembly on Nov. 8th. King is a member of Jewish Voice for Peace, an organization that, according to its online mission statement, “opposes anti-Jewish, anti-Muslim, and anti-Arab bigotry and oppression.” It wants to end the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, and ensure that both Israelis and Palestinians are treated fairly. It decries attacks on civilians and seeks peace and justice for all people living in of the Middle East. Stefanie Fox ’04, another member of Jewish Voice for Peace, has acted as a mentor to King, and was active in the planning of the protest. Part of the demonstration’s goal was to show that young Jews are not apathetic about Israeli-Palestinian relations. “Given the current obsession within the institutional Jewish community about where young Jews are, we thought it would be a perfect time to give young, proudly Jewish activists the opportunity to speak for themselves about where they ‘are’ and why Israel right-or-wrong politics are driving them away,” Fox said in an email.

Originally, the group planned to have a silent protest, where they would only hold up signs with their messages, but they feared that their signs would be taken away or destroyed and they would be removed from the audience without communicating their message. “We unanimously agreed with the decision to shout what was on our signs, though many were also sad to lose the solemnity of a silent protest. We were not there to ‘heckle’ but to speak out in an environment that silences dissent and refuses us the opportunity to make this point in another way,” Fox said. “We wanted to bring attention to Palestinians who are being oppressed,” King said. She and other members of Jewish Voice for Peace also interviewed people at the assembly for the Jewish Voice for Peace website and for the website for young adult members of JVP, “There are many more nuanced opinions than the Jewish establishment wants to think,” she said. Josh Sokol ’11, for one, said that his opinion is more balanced. Though he considers himself a “liberal Zionist,” he is troubled by the settlements and the loyalty oath. However, “The broader insistence that accepting Israel’s legitimacy is a prerequisite to finding tenable solutions to the Israel-Palestine conflict is not unexpected, nor is it difficult to understand and justify,” he said in an e-mail. King could not personally partake in the protesting because, as a 17-year-old minor, she could have been detained until her parents came to get her, so she videotaped the reaction of the crowd instead. King said that her parents and synagogue are not critical of Israel, but that her family is beginning to reconsider its view. She stressed that like other young Jews who support Palestine, she “honors the memory of the Holocaust and the terrible experiences of our ancestors” but does not think that the past justifies Israel’s

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actions. “A long history of conflict blinds people to the conflict they’re perpetuating,” King said. “Perpetuating oppression onto others is unacceptable.” The protests were reported by the Associated Press and Haaretz (a Hebrew word meaning, “the land”), the oldest daily newspaper in Israel, where some commenters expressed support and admiration. Other commenters, though, criticized the students as being immature, proPalestine and undeserving of being called Jewish. King, a prospective Peace and Conflict Studies major, is committed to working for peace, and says that Israel’s actions toward Palestine contradict Jewish values, such as Tikkun Olam, the repairing of the world’s injustices. “[The oppression of Palestinians] is not something I can live with,” she said. Sokol, however, was less willing to rely on religion to form political opinions. “I do not agree with the idea that Jewish values dictate a certain political stance on this issue — I think that there’s room for conscientious people to acknowledge the complex political realities standing in the way of peace, and to advocate for different, but still realistic solutions,” he said. King, who is opposed to violence, said, “Nonviolent action is the only way to end conflict.” She thinks that economic divestment is the best method to end Israel’s objectionable policies. The tactic of divestment, or boycotting a country or company’s products, was used by Ghandi, Mandela and Martin Luther King, Jr. “It helped end apartheid, so it’s a really very effective peace tactic,” King said. Going forward, King intends to continue to raise awareness for Palestinians as much as she can. “But my main focus right now is on being a college student,” she said. “Ultimately, it’s not my voice that needs to be heard. I just want to be a conduit of attention to those who need it.”



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dorm that was once a house near the Lang Center and community gardens that currently houses 22 peoA group of over 25 Swarthmore ple. students have gotten together and But since the dorms are currently expressed interest in creating a occupied, no physical space exists housing cooperative on campus. on campus for the housing co-op this This co-op would thrive on the academic year. “Right now … we strength of its members intentional- just don’t have a new space for them ly creating a communal culture to go,” Hain said. where everyone lives, cleans and Both Hain and Head, though, cooks together. have expressed to Wolcott that hav“The co-op takes people who are ing a housing co-op offered to stuwilling to put a lot more time and dents would be logistically feasible. effort into their community and “I think it’s possible,” Head said. [decide] what that community is “Any type of theme housing is possigoing to look like and … really ble … but we don’t want to rush into [decide] that a new program they want to and not have it have a positive be successful relationship because we did“I want a more with all the peon’t have the ple,” said Ben infrastructure interactive relationship Wolcott ’14. of the program with the people I live Wolcott is figured out.” one of the more For Head, with [while] building a involved memwhat is most community together.” bers of the important for group actively her to figure Meredyth Duncan ’12 seeking the creout is whether Student ation of this cothe housing coop. He lived in op will have a a similar compositive influmunal environment during a gap ence on the student body and the year in Israel last year. “It was a current housing system. “We are really great experience for me; I really looking at all of the different learned a lot and I grew a lot,” options and looking at the larger picWolcott said. “I don’t think it’s an ture,” she said. inherently better option, [but] it can Currently, the co-op is still in its be a better option for some people.” early stages. Recently the group has Wolcott said that he believes that been having weekly meetings to living in such an environment craft a formal resolution to present would help people become independ- to Student Council. The resolution, ent and learn more about them- thus far, spells out their ideology selves. The co-op is intended to be a and why it would benefit the comcommunal growth experience with munity. everyone on board. If StuCo approves the resolution Meredyth Duncan ’12 is also with a two-thirds vote then a recomactively involved in creating the mendation will be sent to the adminhousing co-op. “I’m interested in the istration to give the group philoidea of creating an independent sophical support. Once that support lifestyle as a transition from college is gained, it will give them a stepto the real world,” she said. “I want ping point to iron out the details. a more interactive relationship with It is Wolcott’s hope that the housthe people I live with [while] build- ing co-op will be available to stuing a community together.” dents by next fall. Until then, knowAccording to Wolcott, there are ing what direction things will go in many housing co-ops in small liber- the future is quite unclear. They still al arts schools and larger universi- need to figure out how the meal plan ties all over the country. In fact, a will work, how they will work with quarter of Oberlin’s student body EVS techs for general cleaning and lives in co-ops. Wolcott feels that it maintenance, how financial aid will would be beneficial to have a similar transfer over and a whole host of option in Swarthmore. other obstacles. In various meetings with Vice The group has begun to realize President of Facilities Stuart Hain that trying to change things at and Assistant Dean for Residential Swarthmore is a slow process but Life Rachel Head, Wolcott was find it worthwhile nonetheless. informed that an ordinance in the Wolcott believes that the independborough of Swarthmore forbids ence that comes along with living in more than three unrelated people to a co-op and in a strong and supportlive in the same house. ive community is a unique option “Even if we had a house that was that is hard to find on our campus. a faculty house, there’s an ordi“When you’re cooking a meal nance that forbids … [them] from with another person, you’re creating living in one house,” Hain said. “If a group project that everyone gets to they want to live … in town, they’d enjoy at the end,” Wolcott said. “It’s have a difficult time doing that.” something you can be proud of and An alternative route would be to you can have awesome and fun find housing on campus. Currently, moments with that person which in the group is invested in setting up itself is a unique experience.” the housing co-op in Woolman, a Additional reporting by Menghan Jin.


Allegra Pocinki Phoenix Staff

Students enjoy buffet-style food from many local restaurants at the Village Education Project’s Eat for Education fundraiser Sunday night.

Olivia Natan Phoenix Staff

Vianca Masucci performs in the one act “Playwriting 101: The Rooftop Lesson” Sunday afternoon.

Olivia Natan Phoenix Staff

Members of Jumatatu Poe's idionsynCrazy Dance Company offer a lecture and demonstration on their new production, Flatland 2010, Wednesday afternoon.


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Seniors more likely to pack on extra pounds BY ALYSSA LANGER DAILYFREEPRESS.COM, NOV. 15, 2010

Boston University students who weighed in on a recent Indiana University study said they agreed the “freshman 15” may not be as big of a problem as the “senior 17.” The study, which was discussed at American Public Health the Association’s 2010 meeting, showed “a significant decrease in total physical activity ... from freshman to senior year.” It showed that of the 1,672 Indiana University students surveyed, seniors spent less time each week engaged in physical activity than other student participants. On average, seniors were about 17 pounds heavier than freshmen, the study said. Michelle George, the wellness coordinator at Student Health Services, said she wasn’t surprised by this phenomenon. “When you are going from a very structured home eating environment to one that is typically quite the opposite, weight changes are likely to occur,” she said. She attributed senior weight gain to

eating out, which she said makes it class all day and maybe exercise at “more difficult to maintain a healthy night,” she said. “[Which can] make it weight due to large portion sizes, difficult to establish a solid eating and excess of calories and unnecessarily exercise plan.” high amounts of added fats, sugar and Meal timing in combination with sodium.” students’ hunger level can influence Laura Judd, a registered dietician at their meal quality and quantity, she BU’s Nutrition said. However, Fitness and she said stuCenter, said she dents could easiagrees the ly avoid weight“Once you’re 21 ... it’s “senior 17” is a gain by adopting easier to get into a cycle real occurrence. a few measures. Judd said the “At BU we of drinking late, sleeping weight gain may have great in and eating greasy food resources to be caused by living off-campus, help students be to cure a hangover.” which forces more active and Brittany Rehmer uppermany make healthier classmen to take choices,” she BU senior the T rather than said. “[Students walking, as well should] take as having more advantage of classes in just one building on campus that long walk to class or the fact that due to specialization in their major. they live on the 10th floor.” Longer hours and busier schedules She also advises students to “think could also be contributing factors thoughtfully” when consuming foods because students’ schedules make it and drinks that don’t provide students difficult “for students to eat healthfully with “any nutrition” such as alcohol, and exercise enough,” she said. energy drinks and junk food. “It is not uncommon for students to Although College of Communication wake up early, skip breakfast, sit in senior Brittany Rehmer said she’d

never heard of the “senior 17,” she said she “imagines it’s linked to the fact that there’s less time to get to the gym between class, work and internships.” “Once you’re 21 and can head out to the bars every weekend, it’s easier to get into a cycle of drinking late, sleeping in and eating greasy food to cure a hangover,” she said. However, she said the Fitness and Recreation Center allows students to manage their weight. “At a school like BU where the gym is so nice, it’s much easier to motivate yourself to get over there on a daily basis,” she said. “I have friends from other schools that have one room gyms with gross equipment, and they avoid it like the plague.” Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences freshman Alanna Wolf said she thinks weight gain in college is due to the dining hall set-up. “It’s definitely harder to be healthy [in college],” she said. “Once I swipe into the dining hall, there is so much good and unhealthy food…so it’s hard to turn down a few cookies in exchange for a salad…I’ve had to make a conscious effort to choose healthy options over the dessert or French fries.”


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Four Loko cuts caffeine as Fda tightens its belt BY KELSEY SHEA PITTNEWS.COM, NOV. 17, 2010 Four Loko will no longer have caffeine, guarana or taurine, according to an announcement its manufacturer released late last night, only a few hours before the Food and Drug Administration sent a warning letter to the company. The malt beverage has placed its manufacturer, Phusion Projects, in the center of a national controversy over health concerns regarding caffeinated alcoholic beverages, prompting bans in several states and action from the FDA. A few hours after the manufacturer’s announcement, the FDA issued a letter to several companies advising that caffeine constituted an “unsafe additive” in alcoholic drinks. Letters also went to Charge Beverages Corporation, New Century Brewing Company and United Brands Company Inc. Representatives from Phusion Projects were not immediately available for comment. The letter to Phusion Projects stated that “a number of qualified experts have concerns about the safety of caffeinated alcoholic beverages” and went on to say “the agency is not aware of data or other information to establish the safety of the relevant conditions of use for your product.” A news release from the FDA said that the companies have 15 days to remedy the violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and prevent its recurrence. Further action, including seizure of the company’s product, was possible under federal law. Phusion Projects released a statement that both defended the product and conveyed its willingness to cooperate with regulators and policy makers. “We have repeatedly contended – and still believe, as do many people throughout the country – that the combination of alcohol and caffeine is safe. If it were unsafe, popular drinks like rum and colas or Irish coffees that have been consumed

safely and responsibly for years would face the same scrutiny that our products have recently faced,” the release said. After several highly publicized incidents involving Four Loko — including an incident in which nine female students were hospitalized at Central Washington University — Michigan, Utah, Oklahoma, New York and Washington state all banned the drink before the FDA released its letter today. At the heart of the Four Loko controversy is the question of whether or not caffeine and alcohol are safe when consumed together. Pitt’s Student Health Director Dr. Elizabeth Wettick said the combination could be dangerous for several reasons. “Mixing caffeine and alcohol can increase the risk of alcohol poisoning by making people feel ‘less drunk’ which can lead them to drink more alcohol for longer periods of time,” she said in an e-mail. “Moreover, this can make you feel ‘awake drunk,’ thus, making you feel more energetic even if you are drunk, which can lead to more dangerous behaviors such as driving drunk, violence or destructive actions.” She added that the effects on other parts of the body are harsh as well. “Alcohol and caffeine are both diuretics, which can lead to dehydration (and hangovers). The combination can also make your heart rate and blood pressure rise quickly and at a dangerous level. Moreover, adding caffeine (an addictive ingredient) to alcohol can make drinking alcohol even more addictive,” she said. A 2006 study conducted by Wake Forest University’s school of medicine found that North Carolina college students who drank alcohol with caffeinated drinks were nearly twice as likely to take sexual advantage of another, be sexually taken advantage of or ride with a driver who was intoxicated. The students who drank alcoholic energy drinks were also more than twice as likely to get hurt or require medical treatment.

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On Tuesday, the Good Food Project hosted its first ever Meat Day to spread awareness of sustainable food practices. All afternoon on Mertz Field, Good Food members tended to a locally-raised pig slow-roasting on a spit. A dinner feast in Bond Hall and a panel discussion took place in the evening.

Seasonal depression clouds students’ happiness BY SYDNEY SHEA DAILYFREEPRESS.COM, NOV. 17, 2010 This year’s winter may call for a forecast of depression for some Boston University students. Seasonal affective disorder, or seasonal depression, is a mood disorder that occurs in the winter and results in symptoms similar to depression, according to BU associate professor of Psychology Martha Tompson. Tompson, a director at BU’s Family Development and Treatment Lab, explained that SAD is primarily related to light exposure. “In tropical zones, people rarely have seasonal depression, but it doesn’t seem to be the change of seasons,” she


said. “Rather, it appears to be related to the amount of light available. During the season when the days are really short, folks with this problem get depressed.” Tompson said SAD is more abundant in people who live in the far north or south. “The closer you are to the poles the more likely seasonal depression is a problem,” she said. Stefan Hofmann, director of the Psychotherapy and Emotion Research Laboratory at BU, said people experience SAD as a result of the shortened days in the winter. “Seasonal affective disorder depends on the hours of daylight exposure time, not on the amount of sun exposure per se, so a place with a lot of sunlight but short days does

not help,” he said. “The change in season from summer to fall and winter makes the days and daylight exposure time shorter and the night longer. The biorhythm of some people takes longer to adjust to these changes.” “SAD is a dysregulation of the biorhythm that determines the sleep-wake cycle. Melatonin is an important chemical that is involved in this,” he added. Both Tompson and Hofmann said that light therapy is the primary treatment for SAD. “It works by underscoring the role of sunlight in this problem. The light therapy can be a little tricky. You have to sit near a light box for a certain amount of time per November 18, 2010

day when it is dark out,” Tompson said. “[Light therapy] makes the body ‘believe’ that the day is longer than it really is,” Hofmann said. Some students said they experience some slight mood alteration with the reduction of light and the onset of cold in the fall and winter. “I’m definitely more moody and irritable,” said Adrie Kordek, a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences from Maine. “I want to spend more time indoors because of the cold. I’m also less motivated, and snow isn’t exciting here, which adds to it.” “I hate when we leave class at 4 p.m. and it’s dark out,” added CAS junior and Virginia native Lindsay

Adler. “I also don’t like the cold.” “It’s really un-motivating when it’s dark out,” said College of Fine Arts junior Anna Gensler from Maryland. Some students said they are not fond of the longer New England winters. “We’re dominated by winter,” said Andrew Pate, a CAS junior from Oklahoma. “I definitely get more tired. I really like summer,” said Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences junior Dana Hindman. However, CAS junior and California native Helen Banach said she enjoyed the distinct season in Boston. “I really like having seasons. I was more frustrated back home when I was like, ‘So much for a white Christmas.” the phoeNiX





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BUSINESS POSITIONS Advertising manager (2) The advertising manager(s) work to recruit local and national ads. Responsibilities include keeping up-todate advertising records, sending out invoices and tearsheets to the advertisers, documenting paid invoices; providing up-to-date advertising income figures and attending weekly business staff meetings. Approximate hours per week: 6. Circulation manager (2) The circulation manager(s) must distribute copies of The Phoenix to areas across campus early Thursday mornings, stuff faculty and administration mailboxes, maintain subscriber lists and ensure that subscriptions are mailed out each Thursday on a weekly basis, deliver extra copies to The Phoenix office and answer subscription requests as they are received. Approximate hours per week: 3. Advertisers (3) Advertisers sell ads for The Phoenix website and print edition to local businesses. This position pays a commission for ads sold. Having access to a car is preferable but not required. Approximate hours per week: varies.

WEB STAFF (NEW!) Web Editor (2) The Web Editor(s) edits all stories that appear only on the web, moderates comments, posts to and moderates the forums, and coordinates the newly created Phoenix Web Staff. The Web Editor will hold a weekly or twice-weekly meeting with the Web Staff to ensure there is plenty of fresh content to keep the website as lively as possible. Approximate hours per week: 5-7. Web Staff (4) Web staffers are in charge of keeping The Phoenix website up-to-date throughout the week. Staffers will write stories, post blogs and/or take additional photos for the website. Staffers are required to attend weekly meetings to discuss the content to be placed on the website and will be required to post several items every week. WIth much less time commitment, it’s a great way to get started on The Phoenix. Approximate hours per week: 3-4. Assistant Webmaster / Ruby on Rails Web Developer The webmaster is responsible both for maintaining the website and for improving it in ways that engage our readers. Expect to post content, tweak styles, optimize the server configuration and maybe even build entirely new sections of the website. A wemaster must have experience with Rails or an avid interest in learning Rails as an extension of some existing web development background. Knowlege of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript is required.


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Shows going out not with a bang, but a whimper


mention the abomination that is Jenny Humphrey’s hair and wardrobe. Guys, there’s a reason that Cecily von Ziegesar’s books end at graduation. Definitely Dead: “Entourage.” When this show first aired on HBO, it was a wickedly funny satire of the business that is show business, featuring a magnificent study in Hollywood excess in the form of Jeremy Piven’s blowhard talent agent, Ari Gold. However, after that the show started featuring guest appearances by everyone from Scarlett Johanssen to James Cameron to Sasha Grey, and what began as a sharp-edged satire of

mention that Tara’s character became even more offensively stereotyped, and the pacing of the show stripped any suspense from the storytelling. Really, the only reason that I still hold out hope (and that I will watch at least the premiere of the next season) is that the writers of “True Blood”

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The list of brilliant television shows that were axed for underperforming by greedy networks is depressingly long; indeed, the Alex Israel snarktastic Pencils Down, website Television Pass the Remote Without P i t y ( has an entire section devoted to such “brilliant-but-cancelled” fare as “Freaks and Geeks,” “Firefly” and “Arrested Development.” However, if there is one thing worse than a show axed before its time, it’s watching a once-great show flounder to stay funny, dramatic or relevant, leaving audiences wondering why the actors haven’t yet left for greener pastures and wishing that the damned thing would just die already. In fact, there are many examples of shows that should have breathed their last years ago still clinging to the airwaves, riding on inexplicably high ratings or unwillingness to part with a former critical darling. In no particular order, here are four shows that should be allowed to slip away peacefully, as well as two that look as if they’re heading in that direction. Definitely Dead: “The Office.” I appreciate “The Office” as much as anyone. During its first seasons I found Jim and Pam’s will-they-or-won’t-they endearing, Dwight’s megalomania hilarious and Michael’s shenanigans just awkward enough. Over the past couple seasons, however, the formerly adorable Jim and Pam have become smug and the supporting characters have refused to evolve, allowing their defining quirks to become tired instead of becoming more realistic. The worst development, however, has been the way that Michael’s antics have veered from delightfully awkward to excruciatingly painful. Seriously, how is Michael Scott promising college scholarships to a group of underprivileged kids, only to go back on his word in a humiliating and tragic fashion, remotely funny? This “Office” should have taken a cue from the British version and ended back when it was still funny. Definitely Dead: “Gossip Girl.” I will admit to having led this show’s cheering section a few times too many, but in my defense, that was back when the kids were still in high school and the drama was still delicious. “Gossip Girl” fell victim to the classic high school-soap trap of losing its way when the kids moved on to college. Seriously, there is no way that Blair’s antics would in any way allow her to rule a college campus the same way she did Constance Billiard, and Serena’s liaisons with politicians and professors are sad, not soapy. Not to

Tinseltown became a self-congratulation fest filled with so many in-jokes that you need to actually be a part of Los Angeles culture to appreciate it. Which, news flash, most television viewers are not. Definitely Dead: “House.” When “House” premiered in 2004, its combination of medical procedural and charismatic, curmudgeonly anti-hero, winningly played by Hugh Laurie, proved to be critical and ratings gold. Seven seasons in, however, the patient-of-theweek formula has long since gotten stale, and efforts to shake up the show by adding new cast members have generated nothing but ill will. Not to mention that this season’s attempt to demonstrate House’s personal growth by hooking him up with Cuddy has turned the wounded loner into a loving, stable boyfriend — a move that would be lovely in real life, but which is incredibly boring on television. Who could have thought that stripping the show’s title character of his defining personality traits would harm the story so much? Oh, wait… Still Breathing: “True Blood.” It pains me to say this, but the most recent season of True Blood sucked. And not in a sexy, punny, sucks-yourblood way, but just good old-fashioned sucking. Flaws that, in the first two seasons, were masked by the nonstop action and sexy novelty of HBO’s vampire hit appeared full force, derailing the story with gaping plot holes and character decisions clearly motivated by where the story needed to go, not what the characters would actually do. Bill and Sookie’s relationship became even more unrealistic and unhealthy, and some of the show’s most interesting characters, like Jason and Lafayette, were wasted in dull sub-plots unrelated to the main action. Not to

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cooler moments. In the meantime, however, I would recommend “The Vampire Diaries” for your fang fix. Still Breathing: “Glee.” The pilot of “Glee,” which was released last June to build anticipation for the series’ run in the fall, is an almost-perfect episode of television, and the first half of the musical hit’s first season followed up on that promise with a winning combination of snark, heart and catchy musical numbers. As soon as the show came back from its winter hiatus, however, it started to seriously flounder, losing its edgy satire and replacing it with implausible, after-school-special type Lessonwith-a-capital-L episodes, and stripping many of its characters of any likeability they once had. I hesitate to declare this show dead so early in its run, and there have been good episodes this season — the lovely, understated (at least for “Glee”) “Duets” comes to mind — but they are few and far between. If this show wants to avoid becoming a cautionary tale, it needs to scale back on the heavy-handed moralizing and bring back the fun. Alex is a senior. You can reach her at

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You multitask. Shouldn’t your money do the same? A few years ago, I walked into my local CVS and saw a sale sign for travel-sized tubes of toothpaste that read: $0.01. I did a double-take, then instinctively looked toward the fine print to determine whether they limited you to only one item per person. But there was no printed limit. Still skeptical, I called a manager over Steve Dean and verified that the price Life Tips from a Dean was indeed one penny per tube, and that I could purchase as many tubes as I wanted. The manager, to my astonishment, confirmed this. I then proceeded to place every single bottle on the rack into my basket, and left with 44 bottles of toothpaste and a whopping bill of 44 cents. I saved $43.12 (based on the list price of travel-sized toothpaste at 99 cents/tube), and did not have to purchase a single tube of toothpaste for the entire duration of my college experience. Experiences like this do not have to be few and far between. Saving money (and making money, too!) can be incredibly easy, if only you know a few tricks of the trade. While on the topic of CVS, I’ll have you know that at the end of every product season, especially after major holidays, CVS marks its excess merchandise down at rates up to 90%. Are you addicted to $3.99 tubes of Burt’s Bees-style chapstick? Try stocking up when you see it on sale for 39 cents a tube. And if you have a free CVS discount card, there are a number of items each week that come with 100% rebates. That is, when you buy the item for $10, you get a coupon on your receipt for $10 that can go toward anything else in the store. I’ll happily admit that, thanks to deals like this, I have been able to shave with fancy electric vibrating razors for the past three years without paying a dime. While small retail stores like CVS may offer incredible deals every now and then, I strongly caution you against assuming that routine CVS shopping will save you money in the long haul. Small scale retail stores mark up their products painfully high, so a bottle of shampoo you could get at Target for $5 will likely cost you nearly double at a smaller retailer. Also, be very mindful when getting your prescriptions at any retail pharmacy. Many doctors routinely prescribe over-thecounter drugs like Tylenol or Zantac, and when you take your prescription for sixty Tylenol tablets up to the pharmacy counter, the pharmacy staff will likely walk out into the aisle and open up a 500-count bottle of Tylenol in order to fill your prescription, and then charge you the full retail price for your 60 tablets, which typically ends up being roughly equivalent to the price of the larger bottle. I am a pharmacy technician — trust me, this does happen. The net result here is that you pay the same amount for 60 tablets as you could have paid for 500 tablets, had you simply acknowledged that your prescription was for an over-the-counter drug. Let’s carry these retail savings over to the realm of online shopping. Before you even start looking for products online, download the browser extension PriceBlink. It’s a nifty little program that aggregates prices from over 3,000 online merchants and informs you whether the product you’re viewing is cheaper elsewhere. It also provides product reviews and site-specific coupons that you can use right at the checkout page. As for what products to buy, might I recommend something relatively cheap that will save you money every week for the rest of your life while reducing your ecological footprint to boot? A drying rack! Consider that most Swatties probably spend about $3 per month on drying machines, which over the course of a school year averages out to about $25. If you instead invest that $25 in a sturdy chrome drying rack (PriceBlink will tell you where to get it), you can begin saving $25-$35 a year for the rest of your life, all the while eliminating a large component of your carbon footprint. Enough with the buying — let’s talk about what not to buy: software. A copy of Microsoft Office costs anywhere from $99.99 - $149.99. As for a copy of Open Office, which offers virtually identical functionality: free. An account with Google Docs, which extends that functionality to the Internet so you can access all your office files from anywhere in the world: also free. For virtually every


other type of software you might consider buying, I merely recommend that you first check out Damicon’s List of Open Software, which provides direct links to hundreds of open source software programs that you can download — for free. Life is complicated, and sometimes saving money here and there just isn’t enough. We as humans like to multitask, so why not extend that multitasking potential to matters of money? I will close with three methods of forcing your dollars to work every bit as hard as you do. First, for all those dollars that are snoozing lazily in your bank account, wake them up with a super saver or club account at Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union. Many, if not most, Swatties already take advantage of at least one of these sources of free money. Super saver accounts at FMFCU earn 7% interest on the first $500, which means that if you leave $500 in that account, you are guaranteed $35 every year. I personally call it my “send Steve to Philadelphia Restaurant Week” fund. In addition, the holiday and vacation E-Clubs at FMFCU each provide 3% APY on your first $2,500, which could translate into $75/year of free money, for each account, at no cost to you whatsoever. Secondly, consider selling some of your old things. I had a TI-83 calculator from high school that I never planned to use again. It collected dust in my room until I decided to tap into the much-underappreciated power of the Reserved Students Digest. When it comes to selling things, the RSD makes life so deliciously easy. It immediately advertises your item to over a thousand potential

buyers, and in many cases you will have cash in your hand within hours of your ad’s publication. Also, don’t underestimate the power of For purchases of fairly expensive items, Craigslist can knock hundreds of dollars off of standard retail prices. Why get a new dorm fridge at the store for $200 when you can get the exact same fridge on Craigslist for $50? My final piece of advice is to take five minutes to create a proxy email address, and then use it to sign up for every member rewards program that you possibly can. Rewards programs entail discounts, special offers, and oftentimes free things. If you think getting gifts from friends and relatives on your birthday is fun, try being able to walk into any eating establishment and receive free food/drinks that day simply because your name is on one of their plastic cards. To be honest, you don’t even need the physical card itself. After five or six membership cards, your wallet starts to hate you anyway, so why not head over to where you can append the barcodes from most, if not all of your membership cards into one credit-card sized printout. Or if you have an iPhone, simply download the CardStar app that stores all of your club card barcodes for quick access when you get to the register. You work hard for your money, so it’s about time that you start making your money work hard for you. Here’s hoping that these tips will help keep that money in your hands and under your control. Steve is a senior. You can reach him at

Crossword ACROSS 1. Numbskull 4. Former CBS CEO Laurence 9. Easter dinners 13. Le Sage’s “Gil _____” 15. Lawn care brand 16. Jacob’s twin 17. Lake Mead impounder, originally 19. Craze 20. “Sesame Street” resident 21. Trouble spot for Indiana Jones 23. HBO series set in Baltimore 26. Freud subject 27. Stop on the PGA tour 33. Bring back in 37. “Ligeia” author, briefly 38. Singer Fitzgerald 39. Much of afternoon TV 42. Tear apart 43. Church cries 45. 1998 name in the news 47. Oil tycoon John 50. _____ la la 51. Large, imposing structure 56. Predict 61. _____ motion (start) 62. Boxer’s prefight attire 63. Neolithic mystery 66. Sign for the superstitious 67. Implement for an apple 68. Rich soil 69. Calendar pages 70. In tune 71. Like Seinfeld’s humor DOWN 1. Monastery head 2. What water in a bucket may do 3. Béarnaise, e.g. 4. Little piggy 5. Like “to be”: Abbr. 6. Norms: Abbr. 7. Big name in fragrance 8. Payment of respect 9. Roll call response 10. “Pronto!” 11. Travelers to Bethlehem 12. Bird feeder fill 14. Cabbage dish 18. Faucet problems 22. Laker Bryant

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24. Model T contemporaries 25. Longest river in Spain 28. 22-Down’s sport, for short 29. Make, as an income 30. Imitates 31. Suddenly fall asleep, with “out” 32. Actress Lamarr 33. Derriére 34. “Sesame Street” resident 35. Actor Baldwin 36. PNC and Wachovia 40. Soccer icon 41. Scand. language 44. Meyers of “Saturday Night Live” 46. _____ Car Bomb (drink similar to a boilermaker)

48. The Sistine Chapel ceiling, e.g. 49. Home of Lafayette College 52. Touch 53. “Do _____!” (“Stop procrastinating!”) 54. Stogie 55. Foe 56. Egg on 57. Italia’s capital 58. Follow orders 59. Bic products 60. Part of N.Y.C. 64. Previously named 65. Suffix with station or green BY BEN SCHNEIDERMAN

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Triple feature Olde Club show explores electronica BY SERA JEONG Saturday’s “2 SOON” Olde Club performance will feature a night of electronica, as house/dub band Teengirl Fantasy, DJ and producer Brenmar and local rock band Post Post take the stage. Teengirl Fantasy is comprised of Logan Takahasi and Nick Weiss, who formed the duo during their orientation week at Oberlin College. Their music brings in elements of punk and house, a style of electronic dance music. “We listen to all kinds of music, a lot of house and dub, as well as experimental and classical,” Takahasi and Weiss said in an e-mail. Their new single “Dancing in Slow Motion” blends synth and underground music styles with a flavor of the 80s. Other tracks, such as “Portofino,” sampled from the original version of electronic music innovator Raymond Scott, feature a more dub influence. Teengirl’s music is versatile, producing a mix of stimulating and relaxing tracks. These qualities will help draw a diverse crowd to Saturday night’s show. “Their live show will incorporate psycho-futuristic visualizations and dance-worthy beats that resist classification,” Blaine O’Neill ’11, Olde Club manager, said. Brooklyn-based DJ and producer Brenmar began creating music in his early teens. Bill Salas’ stage name, Brenmar, comes from a nickname given to him by his brother and is pronounced similarly to Bryn Mawr. Brenmar balances elements of house, R&B, hip hop and UK bass. Brenmar’s combination of these genres comes from his desire to produce dance-floor

friendly songs whilst being true to his love of hip hop and R&B. Though Brenmar may be little known, his songs sound largely familiar due to their remixing of hit hip hop and R&B songs. “Back Beating” puts a house/bass spin to Destiny’s Child’s 2004 hit “Soldier.” “I’m far from the first, but I’d like to think I have my own take on it,” Brenmar said of his remixes. Teengirl Fantasy and Brenmar are well acquainted, as Teengirl has played with Brenmar’s band These Are Powers before. Takashi and Weiss are looking forward to “seeing Brenmar spin.” Performing after Teengirl is Post Post, a local indie rock band formed from Tri-Co students Michelle Zauner on vocals and guitar, Marisa Helgeson on synth and vocals, Kevin O’Halloran on Bass and vocals and Casey Sowa on drums and vocals. All students are from Bryn Mawr with the exception of O’Halloran, a Haverford student. Zauner expresses that the relationship between Tri-Co education and music is two-way. Zauner counts her Tri-Co education as heavily influencing her while creating music. “I had an amazing creative writing professor at Bryn Mawr who has at least improved my fiction writing … [and] the way I construct lyrics,” Zauner said. Yet in the case of band member Helgeson, it was music that influenced her Tri-Co education as the Growth and Structure of Cities major is working on a music-related Cities thesis. Vocalist Zauner admits the band has recently been on a short hiatus, and this weekend’s show will be the first in a month. However, the band members are

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Post Post, comprised of Tri-Co students, is one of three groups that will be performing at Olde Club on Saturday. looking forward to performing. “We've all gone to Swat shows before too and it'll be fun to experience things on the other side for the first time,” Zauner said. This weekend, the performances of Teengirl Fantasy, Brenmar and Post Post will bring a high level of energy and excitement to the music scene. “They seem to share a D.I.Y. ethos that will hopefully come across in the fun and inviting nature of their performances,” O’Neill said.

Learning how to maneuver faith in the Holy City T h e city of Jerusalem always induces m i x e d feelings for me. I first visited in 2007, and I returned last week Jasper Goldberg to see it Around the World again. On in 70 Days the one hand, the Old City of Jerusalem is truly a place unlike any other. I have never visited a city that I could mistake for Jerusalem’s Old City, and I have never run out of places that I want to visit there. At the same time, I sometimes feel that the Holy City can bring out the worst aspects of religion. Too often, the veneration and defense of holy sites replaces interest in the primary messages of its three faiths: Christianity, Islam and Judaism. The city of Jerusalem lies at the heart of the Arab-Israeli conflict. The city can be divided into two parts, West and East, the latter of which includes the walled Old City, which in turn can be further divided into four quarters. The Old City contains four quarters; Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Armenian. It also houses the holiest sites of Christianity and Judaism, as well as Islam’s third holiest site, after the cities of Mecca and Medinah, which are so holy that nonMuslims are not allowed entry. Although most people live outside of


the Old City’s walls, it is by far the most important part of the city, and every square foot seems to have significance. While visiting the city one night last week, a friend of mine and I walked 50 feet down a street that led off of David Street and found ourselves surrounded by a group of children who yelled at us, “Go away! Only Muslims, no Jews allowed.” By mistake, we had crossed between the Jewish and Muslim Quarters of the city, a boundary only visible if one pays careful attention to the graffiti and street signs. The most contested part of the Old City is the Temple Mount. Nearly 2,000 years ago, the Romans destroyed the Jews’ Second Temple after the failed Jewish Revolt. Since then, Jews have revered the Western Wall, which is one of the only remaining parts of the Temple complex. In the Qur’an, Muhammad ascended to heaven from the furthest Mosque, which Islamic tradition believes to be the Temple Mount. The primary Mosque on top of the Temple Mount is the Dome of the Rock, one of the best-known symbols of Jerusalem. In addition, people of both faiths, as well as Christians, revere the site for its links to Biblical figures. Immediately following Israel’s capture of the Old City during the 1967 Six Day War, the Israeli military gave control of the Temple Mount back to Muslim authorities. Jews are not supposed to walk on the Temple Mount because of

Jewish law, and Israel bans all nonIslamic religious materials from the site. While the security line for non-Muslims is slow, the Temple Mount is perhaps the most tranquil place in the Old City. The most important site for Christians in Jerusalem is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The church is divided between six branches of Christianity, who do their best to make the larger Middle Eastern conflicts look like goodnatured arguments. A few years ago, a monk’s decision to move his chair to the shade was seen as disrespectful to the other groups, leading to 11 hospitalizations before police ended the brawl. The problems are not new; in 1192, Saladin appointed two Muslim families as church gatekeepers, a role the families continue to this day. My intent with this article is not to criticize organized religion. I come from a family of two faiths, both of which we practice in my home. People of all faiths and no faith have dramatically changed our world for the better. Christianity, Islam and Judaism all have strong messages of social change that have inspired countless people, and the actions of some should not overshadow this. My problem with Jerusalem is that it sometimes seems as though religious authorities encourage the worship of the holy sites without considering the larger messages of why these sites are holy. Religion is not just something to be done at a particular place in a particular city.

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No site, no matter how old, famous or revered, should replace the practice of these principles in any religious person’s daily life. Haifa, where I am studying, always feels like a breath of fresh air after the intensity of Jerusalem. There is a saying about Israel that goes, “Jerusalem prays, Tel Aviv plays and Haifa works.” As dull as that might make Haifa sound, it has become my favorite city besides my native city of San Francisco. Besides, the “work” thing isn’t so bad when you can go swimming at the beach in November. Haifa also contains holy sites, especially for the Baha’i faith. Unlike the crowded buildings of the Old City of Jerusalem, the Baha’i maintain an enormous garden on the slopes of Mount Carmel overlooking the Mediterranean. Although I am not a Baha’i, the Baha’i Gardens are my favorite religious site in this region. Their tranquility and blend of human-made and natural elements are a stark contrast to the crowded Old City, and they are a wonderful place for contemplation. That being said, I’m heading back to Jerusalem this weekend for the second time this month, and I already have plans to spend Christmas there. For all of its flaws, Jerusalem is an incredible place. As long as one doesn’t get too carried away like the monks of the Holy Sepulchre or the crazier tourists, it is a wonderful city to visit. I have no doubt that it is a Holy City, and I hope that some day all of its residents and faiths will be treated with the same reverence and respect that its religious sites already receive. Jasper is a junior. Your can reach him at


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­S wat­Style­Snapshot Name: Daniel (Grey Daniels) Niati Year: 2012 From: Long Island, NY Current Residence: Strath Haven What He’s Wearing: As Niati explains below, his style has two moods: the dressed up and the cozy and casual. For his sophisticated look, pictured, Niati is wearing a blue button-down shirt from LP, his khaki slim fit pants are D&G and his printed scarf is from Urban Outfitters. His leather boots are by the Italian brand Lavorazione Artigiana and his jacket is by Shades of Greige, which is designed by Niati’s friend Micah Cohen and is sold at Urban Outfitters. Though not pictured, Niati wanted to emphasize this duality in his style, as he is regularly seen in more casual, comfortable looks. When interviewed, Niati was wearing a Willets shirt (though he’s never lived there) and the Swarthmore sweatpants and zip-up jacket. While sweatpants and sweatshirts are not the typical outfit choice for the sartorially savvy, Niati dressed his casual look with leather gloves, shoes from Chinese brand Roadposh, and jewelry including a Buddhist charm bracelet and a necklace representing the Democratic Republic of Congo. How He Describes His Personal Style: “It’s an eclectic mix,” Niati said of his changing style. “It really depends on my mood. When I’m depressed, I dress really well. When I’m happy, I’m kind of comfortable.” While some people work the opposite way, Niati finds that his melancholy moods allow him to tap more into his creative side. Rather than turning to sweatpants and t-shirts while feeling down, Niati gravitates towards “sleek and chic, avant garde and hip.” “Fashion and clothing, it’s really just for me. It’s a personal tool for expression,” he said. Fashion Influences / Inspirations: “Fashion kind of runs in my blood,” Niati said. His great aunt designed for Versace and his sister was a runway model. Talk about a fashion forward family. “It’s just

been kind of natural. It’s been ingrained in me — what looks good, what doesn’t.” Niati could be considered a citizen of the world, as he was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and has traveled through Europe and China. Inspiration comes from a variety of places, as Niati enjoys shopping in China, Paris and Italy. “To pinpoint my style, it would have to be very European — chic and classic. I suppose also with an Afro twist,” he said. Where He Shops: Niati does not shop much while in the United States for school. Besides shopping in China, Niati likes menswear from designers like Givenchy and Kris Van Assche. Aside from these designers, Niati also loves the aesthetic of Alexander McQueen and Philip Lim, who he worked for as a public relations intern during Fall 2008. “He doesn’t do men’s clothing, it’s mainly female clothing, but it’s really classic, clean lines,” Niati said of Lim’s designs. Wardrobe Staples: Niati offered up wardrobe staples for both men and women. “For girls, you need to have those pair of jeans that you feel great in along with awesome heels to match,” Niati said. Isn’t the perfect pair of jeans every girl’s dream?. As for guys, Niati advises a more sophisticated look. “A nice fitted suit jacket,” he said. “It’s really hard to come by and once you get it, keep it.” A fitted jacket is also a staple that has made its way from men’s closets to women’s, as the fitted blazer can sharpen up those perfect jeans and heels.

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One-act comedy creates introduction to theater BY DINA ZINGARO In any theater production, to entertain and amuse the audience poses a challenge. However, director Abigail Henderson ’14 and her cast of three succeeded in their mere 10-minute-long one-act play “Playwriting 101: The Rooftop Lesson.” Originally the Drama Board — a student committee that funds productions outside the Theater Department — coupled Henderson’s one-act with the “24 Hour Theater Festival” on Friday night. Following the oneact, those interested would begin collaboration to write, direct, and act in a play to be performed the following Saturday evening. Due to a lack of participation, Drama Board canceled the festival, but since the show must go on, the cast of “Playwriting 101” still performed on both evenings. Written by Rich Orloff, the comedy opens on an exchange between a jumper on the edge of a building and a Good Samaritan trying to save her. Interrupting the two characters’ dialogue, a feisty and pretentious theater instructor lectures on the craft of playwriting by pausing and rewinding the scene with just the click of her fingers. Yet, after being replayed too many times, the two characters revolt against the instructor in the play’s humorous climax. Along with its unique fusion of serious and comical content, the one-act breaks the theatrical “fourth wall,” which is the imaginary wall maintained at the front of the stage between the actors onstage and the audience. Often, for comedic or dramatic purposes, this boundary is broken, and in “Playwriting 101,” the teacher and Good Samaritan break the wall when they address the audience directly.


About two weeks before opening night, Henderson began rehearsing with actresses Michelle Ammerman ’14 and Vianca Masucci ’13, cast respectively as the jumper and teacher. Later, Meghan Auker Becker ’11 joined the cast as the Good Samaritan. Without scenery or props, the play afforded the cast more time to focus primarily on character development. No longer than about thirty minutes, comedic oneacts serve as short and poignant doses of laughter, whereas much longer comedic plays can easily grow monotonous. However, with the brevity of a one-act, directors must work to guide actors to invest thoroughly in creating characters who appear real and believable. “[One-act characters] don’t have the same backgrounds and detail as characters in full-length plays do,” Henderson said. Actors, with such little script material, are really only exposed to one side of their character and thus, are denied a generous amount of time for character building. In developing her sassy and melodramatic character, Masucci said, “I didn’t get the chance to have that ‘intimate alone time’ with my character. It was still really fun, but trying to make my character distinct and an individual in the short amount of time was a challenge.” Though, for first-time actresses like Becker, the shortness of a one-act presents a less daunting challenge for those trying their hand in performance art. Though Becker considers her acting career as both beginning and ending with “Playwriting 101,” she enjoyed the opportunity to disengage from reality during rehearsals. “You didn’t have to think about schoolwork or about your personal drama. Part of the requirement was that you had to get into that character and it was nice to be able to detach from the real world,” Becker said. In considering her cast’s various strengths,

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Henderson commended Becker for her impressive range of sincere facial expressions during a specific segment when she actually has no lines. “When actors aren’t delivering lines, they don’t thinking anyone is looking at them, so they just sit there and stare off into the distance. It’s really important to stay in character the whole time,” Henderson said. For Becker, she expressed the need to find a balance between remaining engaged and not upstaging the central action. Her facial expressions, though subtle, did the job and satisfied Henderson’s philosophy of “letting your face be like your whole body for that moment.” Drama Board member Alexandra Kreindler HuberWeiss ’13 said, “One acts are also good for budding directors, because they give them a taste of directing, but they don't have to take on the huge weight of a full length play.” Under Henderson’s direction, Masucci admired the creative energy, along with her perfect dosage of patience. “As a director, you need to be patient, but not too patient because you have to give actors a push in the right direction,” Masucci said. While directing, Henderson loves vicariously living each character through the actors. In rehearsals, her own vision for each character fuses with the “flavor” of each actor. “Even though, I had this character pictured in my mind, the actor will do something and I’ll be like ‘that wasn’t how I picture it, but that was really cool,’” Henderson said. As a theater major, Masucci treasures the distinctive ever-changing nature of performance arts. Whereas a painting is completed and then exhibited, Masucci feels her performance transforms each time because “we are different people in every second.” She said, “The performance moves with you, it’s not stoic. It lives and it breathes, just like you do.”


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Civil liberties still vital during travel, even with challenges Preparing to board a flight out of San Before Diego last Saturday, John Tyner made a choice that many travellers may make next week: Not to go through a full-body scanner. As per protocol, a TSA agent then instructed Tyner that he would need to go through an extensive body pat down, and he resisted yet again, saying he would only go through a metal detector. “If you touch my junk, I'll have you arrested,” he bluntly told the TSA agent, asserting that he would not submit to what he considered sexual assault. He then did not board the plane and was refunded the price of the ticket. Tyner recorded the encounter on his phone, and this week that video and his ensuing blog posts have become viral. He’s not alone in his resistance to recently introduced airport security methods. A bipartisan group of legislators in New Jersey and Idaho are working to ban X-ray machines in their states. In what’s being called “National Opt-Out Day,” several groups and airline labor unions representing pilots and flight attendants are calling for passengers next Wednesday — Thanksgiving eve, traditionally the peak “If you touch my junk, I'll have you of airport traffic — to slow the security process by choosing a physical search over the quicker body scanner. Introduced in 2007 but more frequently adopted shortly after last year’s unsuc- defended the security methods, describing Americans support full-body scanners at cessful Christmas Day airline bombing, them as safe and critical to passengers’ airports, according to a CBS News poll released earlier this week. the full-body scanners create detailed safety. November 24, the set date for “opting This debate underlines an important images of a person’s entire unclothed body in an effort to detect concealed non-metal- question that should be considered in all out,” will test whether an Internet movesecurity issues: how far can the govern- ment will actually cause passengers to lic explosives. Last month, TSA introduced “enhanced ment infringe upon the civil liberties of take some kind of stand or make some concrete sacrifice (like Tyner not getting on pat-downs” that allow agents to use their the people they are trying to protect? The Phoenix supports movements that his plane) — and if the government will lispalms, instead of the back of their hands, to feel around a passenger’s breasts and ask the government to consider the tough ten. Perhaps Tyner’s stance seems childish. ethical questions genitalia; passenof recently instat- But he has, in part, helped begin questiongers resisting fulled security meas- ing security measures that need to be body scanners at ures because we as The new TSA measures airports get the country cannot pat down instead. and the speed with which adisregard or forget Organizers the importance of and supporters of they are increasing are basic civil liberthe National OptLetters, opinion pieces and online cause for concern. ties and rights of Out Day have said comments represent the views of their privacy. the scanners and writers and not those of The Phoenix Certainly, secustaff or Editorial Board. The Phoenix the “enhanced” reserves the right to edit all pieces pat downs are unwarranted invasions of rity tactics are a contentious issue to dissubmitted for print publication for privacy. Added concern regarding the cuss in a post-9/11 era, especially considercontent, length and clarity. The scanners comes from some scientists, ing that there don’t seem to be any “ideal” Phoenix also reserves the right to including a John Hopkins researcher, options. No one should doubt the need for withhold any letters, op-eds or comclaiming that X-ray risk may be minimal, an entity such as the TSA or claim that the ments from publication. but the full-body scanners increase decisions the government makes regarding travel and security are easy. chances for cancer. All comments posted online and all But the new TSA measures and the In terms of privacy issues, the governop-eds and letters must be signed and ment has claimed that the naked images speed with which they are increasing are should include the writer’s full name. from these scanners cannot be stored and cause for concern, or at least some healthy are automatically deleted. Gizmodo earlier skepticism. The TSA has installed 385 XLetters are a minimum of 250 words this week, however, questioned the accu- ray scanners at 68 airports airports across and may not exceed 500 words. Op-eds racy of this by obtaining 100 stored images the country, whereas this time last year are a minimum of 500 words and may from a similar imaging system at a U.S. there were fewer than 50, according to a not exceed 750. Letters and op-eds recent Bloomberg article. Roughly 1,000 Marshals courthouse. must be submitted by 10 p.m. on Though there is a lower resolution in scanners will be in use by the end of 2011. Monday, and The Phoenix reserves this system’s images that make them “less Just last month, one was installed in the right to withhold letters and opembarrassing” than airports’ X-ray scan- Philadelphia’s airport. eds received after that time from pubIf a frequent flier chooses to forgo an Xners, Gizmodo sharply asserts that the airlication. port devices may have the same retention ray scanner because of very justified health concerns, it’s inherently problematqualities. Letters may be signed by a maximum Since calls for Opt-Out Day, the govern- ic that his only other option now is to be of five individuals. Op-eds may be ment has predictably been annoyed and extensively patted down. As Tyner insinusigned by a maximum of two individfrustrated. TSA head John Pistole said ated, if it weren’t the government, such a uals. The Phoenix will not accept that urging passengers to not go through move would be considered sexual assault. pieces exclusively attributed to In reality, most people in this country scanners is “irresponsible” given still groups, although individual writers present security threats. Homeland don’t see a problem with the full-body scanners. For instance, 81 percent of Security Director Janet Napolitano has


arrested.” Emma Waitzman Phoenix Staff

questioned and should be thoroughly evaluated. A healthy degree of skepticism is not the enemy in a culture that needs to embrace informed decisions and democratic values more than ever. The shift in airport security toward full-body scanners is in theory a necessary one, but it shouldn’t become the norm without some opposition. We cannot forget that, even in the face of security threats, Americans still deserve civil liberties.

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Opinions Opposing abortion is the only real moral choice

When you think of social conservatism today, there is one position you expect every social conservative to take: opposition to abortion. The reason for this is complicated but gets to the heart of why I am a social conservative. I have opposed abortion ever since I knew what the procedure was. I recognize Tyler Becker that this is the reaction of many who are pro-choice. The Swarthmore People who are pro-choice Conservative argue that while they may not morally agree with the procedure or ever want to choose to have an abortion, it is a legal right for women to choose if they should have an abortion, no matter how immoral ending the potential life of a human is. I come to a different conclusion when it comes to abortion: not only do I oppose it on moral grounds, I also believe the government should restrict abortion to be only used in cases of rape or severe danger to the mother’s life. This is a typical pro-life stance today, which I am not sure everyone understands. In fact, this is the stance taken by Senator John McCain (R-Ariz,), former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and many other prominent Republicans. Former Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin even goes as far to say that abortion should be permitted when there is the potential for severe danger to the mother’s life. One comment I get on my abortion stance is often that I call myself “pro-life.” I am actually willing to concede that the word “life” is prejudicial. I am willing to call myself anti-abortion because abortion denies life in my mind, so the terms don’t matter. Why do I feel this way? The Declaration of

Independence states that we have specific “unalienOver the last couple of months, I have covered able rights” which are “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit many aspects of social conservatism in order to fosof Happiness.” Abortion denies the fetus, which is the ter a campus discussion about these issues. I started beginning of a living being, these fundamental rights. with an op-ed about getting the government out of the The United States Constitution’s Ninth marriage business. I wrote about “equal” pay, free Amendment grants the fundamental constitutional speech and the burning of the Qu’ran. I asked you to rights to those not specifically protected by the consider the implications of pornography on relaConstitution. While the Supreme Court rejected this tionships. I wrote why business is good and why the argument in the Roe v. Wade decision, I believe that American Dream must be protected. And I end with life begins at the moment of conception and the Ninth the travesty that is abortion. Amendment covers the fetus as it is alive. During this semester, I hope that I have made you Pro-choice supporters often say that I am trying to feel more comfortable with social conservatism, institute moral law and that is not what government whether you agree with me or not. I have enjoyed all is intended to do. There are 62 million women of the comments I have received walking around between 15 and 44 who get about 1.2 million abortions campus. One person told me that they “secretly each year, according to enjoy” my column, the U.S. Census Bureau; despite not agreeing I think that it is a cause with me. The right to life is such a for concern that our The most rewarding society and government part has been hearing fundamental moral right that it allow this to happen. conversations start must be protected by Someone needs to quesbecause of this column. tion the morality. When I chose to write the government. I am a social conserabout pornography and vative because I considhow it has the potential er it necessary for morality to be a centerpiece in to damage relationships in the future, I knew it was a society. If the government is not promoting morality, contentious issue. The debates I heard and was the citizenry will not follow. The right to life is such involved in because of that column reminded me of a fundamental moral right that it must be protected why you can be socially conservative at Swarthmore; by the government. Abortion is not moral in any way. people may not agree with you, but they are willing All of this does not mean that I always complete to talk. perfectly moral acts and strictly follow all moral I like to say that I am someone who has a set of vallaws. After all, I am a human being and a college stu- ues. While I may not be perfect, I always know that I dent. have tried to uphold these values as much as possiThe point of my social conservatism is to aim for ble. the ideal. In a perfect world, nobody would complete I challenge you to think of your own limits and any immoral acts. Everyone would carry a moral consider your own values. They may be very differcompass in their back pocket. If this happened, how- ent from mine, but at least you have them. ever, the world would not be as exciting. And I underTyler is a first-year. He can be reached at tbeckstand that as much as anyone else.

Stress over personal, professional life reaches new level Last week, my friends and I were waiting for a lecture “The H e r o i c Monster: D e x t e r , Masculinity and Violence” to begin in the S c h e u e r Room when Eva McKend we noticed a According to Eva poor defenseless chair that didn’t stand a chance. Dug in and ripped apart, some Swattie that clearly had too much on their mind engaged in a one-sided assault with something that evidently had been used for more than sitting. “You’d think our basic needs weren’t met,” my friend laughed. “I mean we all have food, water and shelter.” This is absolutely the case — just being Swatties affords us a unique privilege that not everyone can claim. However, that doesn’t make our stress or our personal concerns any less legitimate. Disney sensation Demi Lovato may not be a Swattie, but girlfriend is stressed. At the beginning of the month, she left her tour to check into a rehab facility, citing emotional and physical issues. The media is deeming her “secret struggle” a result of a bad breakup with Joe Jonas — a struggle that led to self-harm and an eating disorder. We may not take the problems of Demi Lovato very seriously. She’s a celebrated


entertainer whose basic needs are more After I got accepted to a few colleges, I than met, but life, to borrow from a went back to my contacts at each instituOneRepublic song, is more than just the tion and asked them about the dating and air we breathe and a place to rest our social life. I sent an e-mail to the young head. woman who conducted my admissions For seniors on campus, we are in the interview. She was a senior in 2007. I still final lap and there is nothing more terri- remember her name and her face very fying. This is the last time in our lives that well. we will be children. After graduation, She had a boyfriend but said that the there will be no more opportunities for experience for women of color was vastly intern mistakes, afternoon naps and swip- different and sent me the contact informaing in at the dining hall. We will be adults tion of a few of her friends. I never folwith bills to pay lowed up. and meals to preOn top of fulfillpare — completeing the academic ly and solely So if you see me with my requirements necresponsible for essary of a head down and my ourselves. Swarthmore stuI witnessed a dent, finding a job iPod on, I’m over here friend, who I or finding fellowstressing up a storm. haven’t seen so ship opportunimuch as frown in ties, holding down four years, tear a part-time internup at Sharples last week just thinking ship in Philly, being a SAM and a halfway about it. I am equally, if not more, tor- decent friend, I am worried about my permented at the reality of leaving sonal life post-Swat because as disastrous Swarthmore because even on my worst as things can be here, this institution is days screwing up here, they will be indicative of how the larger world opertremendously better than screwing up in ates. corporate America. I find myself scramI would even argue, that at times, it bling to accomplish all of these things that shows mercy that we may not see outside I will not have the chance to do after I these walls.You would have to be living graduate, plagued by a sense of this men- under a rock not to have seen the slew of tal checklist. reports earlier this year on the depressing One of my concerns is my lackluster state of black relationships. dating experience, which as a black Black female professionals often woman on this campus has been particu- claimed the last time they were in serious larly tragic. I hope that it will provide you relationships was in college. I can’t help with a bit of humor that it was something but wonder what this means if you were I actually inquired about when I was a never in a relationship while you were in senior in high school. college or even went out on so much as a

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real date. My friend from Morehouse College, who already has a job offer for next year, doesn’t think I should be the slightest bit concerned about my post-Swat prospects, professional or personal. He repeatedly argues that our twenties are a time for self-exploration. To him, the idea of being committed to one person at a young age is detrimental to our development as young adults. There is too much he wants to do with his life to have any attachments. I find his reasoning flawed. It seems quite silly to me that one would wake up at 35 and decide it was all of a sudden time for them to start thinking in a serious way about a person other than themselves. I can’t help but admire the path of my 20-year-old friend and Swattie who will be getting married in January. She will avoid the long arduous process of trial and error and heartbreak that so many of us will have to engage in after Swarthmore. As my friend logically pointed out, “What if you meet someone after Swat on like the street or something. They could be a serial killer.” So if you see me with my head down and my iPod on, I’m over here stressing up a storm, giving the mean side eye to this adorable freshman couple on my hall. I have a lot of work to do and I have no idea what I’m doing next year. All I know is I won’t be here. I suggest you don’t ask any of the seniors about their plans. For now, no news means we are surviving and if it’s great news, we will gladly relay the message. Eva is a senior. She can be reached at



It’s just one of those years: parity reigns in the NFL W h e n the NFL o w n e r s voted this May to decide what stadium would host the 2014 Super Bowl, none of the three candigot Timothy Bernstein dates t h e Bullet Points required 75 percent in the first round. In the second round, all three again failed to get 75 percent, so Sun Life Stadium in Miami was eliminated with the lowest total. In the third vote, neither of the remaining stadiums, the New Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey nor Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, was able to get the 75 percent it needed. Finally, the owners gave up on the idea of a clear winner and voted in the New Meadowlands Stadium by a simple majority. And that’s how Super Bowl XLVIII came to be played in New Jersey. Or New York. No one seems to know for sure. Think about using that strategy to pick the best team in the NFL right now. Try the best teams in the NFL right now. Do any of them get to 75 percent? Does any team even make every ballot? Who are the unanimous selections, the ones that everyone looks at and agrees, “Yep, this is the real deal”? The answer to all of these questions is the same: There are none. This is parity at its finest. No group has risen to the top like the Saints, Colts and Chargers did last year. No one team has left everyone in the dust like the Patriots in ’07. Hilarious parity factoids are popping up all around us: Three weeks ago, the Raiders beat the Broncos 59-14. Last Sunday, the Broncos beat the Chiefs, who led their division, 49-29,

paving the way for the Raiders to take over first-place. Defending champion New Orleans lost to the Cleveland Browns by two touchdowns. After ten weeks, the largest division lead held by any team is one game. The most amazing one comes courtesy of Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, who wrote that this season is the first in which each team has had at least two losses ten weeks in … since 1959. Who said Obama and Eisenhower have nothing in common? Some writers have gone so far as to declare that there aren’t even many good teams out there, let alone great. While this isn’t necessarily the case, you know that moment where you’re watching your team perform so badly that you’re tempted to think, “A Super Bowl team would never have a game like this?” What really makes 2010 different is that every team has had at least one, if not more, game like this. It’s gotten so bad that it’s become almost like a Six Degrees of Good-ButNot-Great. Like the actual Six Degrees, you can pick anywhere to start. How about … the Steelers? Sure, they could be the best team, except they just got embarrassed by the Patriots on national TV. The Patriots? Humiliated by the Browns on not-national TV, those same Browns who two weeks earlier had beaten the Saints, who missed a chip-shot field goal that would have beaten the Falcons in overtime. How about those Falcons? Good in general, great at home, but shouldn’t a Super Bowl team beat a team quarterbacked by Dennis Dixon? They also needed a couple of iffy penalties to keep their home win streak alive against the Ravens. Oh, right, the Ravens! Except … have you seen the Bengals this year? Two wins, and one of those came courtesy of a fourinterception afternoon from Joe Flacco. Then there was Baltimore squandering a ten point fourth quarter lead against New England … although that’s forgivable under the right circumstances, and they did beat the Jets to open the season. Sure, the Jets think the Jets are the

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Michael Vick has thrown for 11 touchdowns and no interceptions in 2010. Vick has the highest passer rating of any QB in the league and has led the Eagles to a 6-3 record. best team in football, but does the best team in football usually get shut out at home against a mediocre Packers defense? Hard to say. But not really. The Packers, though? A popular Super Bowl pick in the preseason, they’re currently trailing Jay Cutler in the division because of an 18-penalty performance at Chicago in Week 4. Chicago actually was 3-0 at that point, then promptly surrendered 10 sacks to the Giants, and the dream of an undefeated season was no more. Not that I’m suggesting that the Giants, who were so terrible last week against the Cowboys that either God or Michael Strahan tried to bail them out by shutting off the power at the New Meadowlands Stadium (home of Super Bowl XLVIII!), are topping any lists right now, having already suffered three of those “a Super Bowl team would never” losses already, the other two coming to Tennessee and Indianapolis. You know those teams: One is pinning its title hopes on whether Randy Moss enjoys the catering, while the other one is scoring on plays like “Manning slant right to Tamme” and “3-yard run over right guard by Javarris James.” Not sure how that will hold up in January. You may have realized that I left out one team deserving of Best in the NFL consideration. They were supposed to be a team in transition this year, having finally cut ties with their superstar veteran quarterback with the hopes that they would justify the move by putting in a new, young starter with a world of potential. As it turned out, they got everything they wanted, except the new, young starter wasn’t that young or new. He’d just been away for a while, but now he’s back and playing the best football of his career. Now, in his first Monday Night Football start since 2006, he not only gives the best performance of his career, but also helps his team thoroughly disembowel a division rival, quarterbacked by none other than the guy his team dumped

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before the season. That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, it’s looking like Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles will be your 2010 Super Bowl … (listening) What’s that? (listening) Oh, he’s still coaching them? (listening) So that means he gets to manage the team’s timeouts and challenges? (listening) Um … never mind. If we weren’t sure that Andy Reid will, at some point, make sure that either his team is on the field with too little time or the other team is on the field with too much time, the Eagles would be the choice at the ten-week mark. A 6-3 record, tied for first in the division, with all three losses coming in games Kevin Kolb either started or took most of the snaps. In the meantime, Vick has somehow managed to become a devastating passer to go along with running abilities that didn’t seem to lose much when he took his two-year vacation from football. If nothing else, Philadelphia’s advantage is that it is the only team whose fatal flaw right now has nothing to do with its players. But a fatal flaw it remains. To borrow an example from classic American cinema, the movie Rat Race was about a bunch of people doing whatever they could to claim a $2 million prize. Each one of them had a quality that gave them an edge in the race, but each one also had a weakness that looked like it could stop them. The moral of the story: This season will end onstage at a Smash Mouth — yes, that Smash Mouth — charity concert, with the Super Bowl ultimately being donated to the charity. What a film. What a season. Timothy is a sophomore. You can reach him at



Penalties doom Garnet; Swarthmore finishes 16-1-4 BY VICTOR BRADY

For the second consecutive year, the Swarthmore Garnet men’s soccer season ended with an official tie, a result that hardly seems fitting after the Garnet’s dominance this season. After Transylvania advanced past the Garnet on penalties in the Sweet 16 of the 2009 Division III men’s soccer championship, the Medaille Mavericks, on Clothier Field, advanced past Swarthmore 3-2 in a penalty shootout. Swarthmore ends the year 16-1-4, a year that saw Morgan Langley ’11 shatter program scoring records, the Garnet reach a No. 1 ranking for the first time in program history, the team complete an unbeaten Centennial Conference schedule and win its second Centennial Conference tournament in three years. For the third consecutive season, the Garnet hosted first and second round matches of the NCAA tournament at Clothier Field. Saturday saw another playoff thriller, with Swarthmore and the DeSales Bulldogs matching each other through the first 89 minutes of play. With 960 fans in attendance and nearly that many watching online, sophomore Kieran Reichert connected on a blast from the top of the box, burying the ball inside the near post out of the reach of a diving Adam Franczak to give the Garnet a 1-0 lead. But the Bulldogs responded 17 minutes into the second half, when off a throw-in, Jonathan Balfour headed the ball over Swarthmore keeper David D’Annunzio to knot the match at one. With the game seemingly headed to overtime, Langley ran onto a ball in the left corner and laid a beautiful ball across the box to the foot of Fabian Castro ’12, who touched it under Franczak with 47 seconds to go, setting off a raucous celebration and propelling the Garnet into the second round of the NCAA tournament for the third consecutive season. “The energy level that our fans bring to us is one of the most important things that we have, and that is why we’ve felt, from day one, that playing at home in November was such a big goal for us,” head coach Eric Wagner said. For Langley, it was the final assist of his stellar career, in which he became the Garnet’s all-time leading scorer. The win set up a second round matchup with Medaille, which defeated Rochester 1-0 in the opening round of the tournament. Swarthmore dominated the Mavericks in nearly every facet of the game, controlling possession, getting clear chances on goal and outshooting Medaille 17-12 through regulation, but Swarthmore failed to find the back of the net, sending the game into overtime. After playing even through the first overtime period, Swarthmore completely controlled the second overtime, outshooting Medaille 7-1 in the final ten minutes of play. The best chance for the Garnet came off a


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Fabian Castro races onto Medaille’s side of the field on Sunday in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

corner kick, the team’s 16th of the game, which went to the head of Gage Newman ’11 camped at the far post. Newman’s powerful header hit Medaille’s keeper Nick Kurtz in the side of the face and bounced straight down to the turf, where Kurtz, who made 10 saves in the match, was able to pounce on the ball. Medaille countered and nearly ended the match moments later as the Maverick’s leading scorer, Alexander Rouse, unleashed a drive on goal from the left corner of the box. D’Annunzio made a sprawling save, his sixth of the game, to send the match into penalties. Though D’Annunzio stuffed Medaille’s first and fourth attempts in the shootout, Swarthmore failed to convert on its final three penalties, with David Sterngold ’12 and Roberto Contreras ’12 robbed by Medaille’s keeper and Fabian Castro ’12 sliding the Garnet’s final attempt just wide of the post to end the season.

Because shootout losses are officially recorded as ties, the Garnet remains unbeaten in the last two years at Clothier Field. The last home loss came in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament in 2008 against Amherst. “Medaille throughout was very organized defensively and on the occasions we did break them down, they always seemed to do just enough to prevent us from finishing,” said Noah Sterngold ’14, who assisted on Reichert’s goal against DeSales. “There’s always a chance that even with numerous opportunities a team will fail to score and unfortunately Sunday night’s game was that type of game for us.” “Sometimes the ball doesn’t bounce your way. Any other day we would have put a few of those away but the ball did not want to go in,” Arsean Maqami ’12 said. Maqami also gave credit to Medaille for its physical defense, but understands that “we left our hearts and our bodies on the line

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on Sunday and we leave the tournament knowing that.” Sunday marked the end of the stellar careers of Langley, Newman, and Philippe Celestin ’11, whose contributions to the program in the past four are too numerous to count. Langley terrorized the Centennial Conference in each of the past two seasons, finishing his senior year fifth in the country in total points and fourth in total assists. Newman was the anchor of a defense that finished in the top-30 nationally in goals against average in each of the past three years. Celestin scored two of the biggest goals in recent program history, the game-winner against Hobart in the second round of the 2009 NCAA tournament and the game-tier against Johns Hopkins in the Centennial semifinal this year. The Garnet will need to regroup offensively next year without Langley, who accounted for 28 of the team’s 48 goals this season (14 goals and 14 assists) and whose speed and creative touch on the ball was nearly impossible to defend. “Morgan will be greatly missed: as a goalscorer, a teammate, but most of all, as a friend,” said Maqami. “We have great strikers on this team who are more than ready to make up for those 28 goals. The style of play will have to adjust because Morgan has a lot of pace and a great deal of technical ability, but we will be even more dominant next season.” “Just like Morgan stepped up in the last two years, we expect a guy like [Castro], or a guy like Henry [Ainley ’12] or some of the younger guys to step up … we may adjust as a team, we may play a little bit differently, but I think that [Langley] and his productivity this year were a result of our team having a very good concept,” Wagner said. “[Langley] doesn’t get 14 assists this year without other guys there … and I think that the next person who comes along will be in a similar situation … Obviously it will be a little different without Langley in there, but we are a team, and he said it himself. We’re a team first,” Wagner added. Indeed, the Garnet will have much to be excited about come next fall, with the return of a veteran midfield that saw the emergence of Reichert to complement Micah Rose ’12, Contreras and David Sterngold. Reichert finished third on the team with 15 points this season, behind Langley’s 42 and Castro’s 18. Rose finished with 14 points on the season including three game-winning goals. David Sterngold also added three game-winners. “The takeaway message for me is that we dealt with pressure extremely well all year long,” Wagner said. “I think that is something that we can continue to tweak. Our capabilities are very strong, but I think that handling pressure is something to still work on.” The Garnet seniors leave with a remarkable record of 63-9-12 over their four seasons, good for an .821 winning percentage. THE PHOENIX


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XC women seventh at regional meet The Swarthmore women’s and men’s cross country teams finished seventh and seventeenth respectively at the NCAA Mideast regionals in Slippery Rock this weekend. The race marked the end of the 2010 season for both cross country teams. For the women, Hannah Rose ’12 and Emma Saarel ’14 led the team to the seventh-place finish. Rose and Saarel were named All-Region performers, finishing 22nd (23:12) and 34th (23:34.1) respectively in the 6K race. Rebecca Woo ’11 placed 39th with a time of 23:40.2, missing All-Region honors by only five seconds. Rounding out the scoring for the Garnet were Isabel Newlin ’13 (24:47.5) with an 89th-place finish and Caitlin Russell ’11 (24:48.1) with a 90th-place finish. On the men’s side, sophomores John McMinn and Jacob Phillips once again led the team. McMinn finished first for the Garnet in the 8K race with a time of 26:47.3 for 62nd place. Phillips followed behind McMinn for 76th place with a time of 27:08. Rounding out the top five for the Garnet men were Aidan DumontMcCaffrey ’13 (27:34.1) in 102nd place,

Chris Wickham ’12 (27:52.7) in 124th place and Bill King ’13 (28:07.5) in 140th place. It was a disappointing finish for the men, whose goal was to reach top ten in the region. The men’s team has high hopes for next season as the team is predominantly composed of first-years and sophomores. “We’ve been performing better this season than [we did] at Regionals,” Chris Wickham ’12 said about the team’s 17th place finish on Saturday. But despite the finish at regionals, this season has seen improvements for the cross country team and Wickham was proud of the team cooperation and camaraderie. “This season has seen more of us pushing each other. I hope this continues, that [there is] more working together than [everyone] doing their own thing.” One of the ways the team is trying to improve is by getting more of the runners to finish together; this means team cooperation is a high priority for the next season. BY RENEE FLORES

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A salute to our amazing supporters Dear Swarthmore College Community: On behalf of the Garnet men’s soccer players, coaches and staff, we would like to thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for the incredible support you provided us this season. From early in September, when we hosted the 13th Annual Garnet Alumni Classic in front of almost 600 of you, to October’s Homecoming Weekend in front of over 800 people, to late October when we hosted perhaps the largest crowd in Swarthmore Soccer history — over one thousand crazy Halloween-costumed fans packed Clothier Field — for the annual regular season finale against Haverford, you were there urging us on. Not only were you loud, rowdy and full of fantastic energy, but you were one of the most unique supporters crews in the country. (Only Swatties would play “Anagrams” with body-painted fans as the letters

during halftime!) Not only were you students, but you were alumni, faculty, staff and family members. We love playing at home in November, because we know you will be there with us, driving us to achieve Centennial Conference and NCAA success. From Morgan Langley’s first of 14 goals this season, seven minutes into the Gwynedd-Mercy match on Sept. 4th, until David D’Annunzio’s brilliant penalty saves against Medaille in the 2nd round of the NCAA tournament last Sunday, we shared our season with over 7,000 fans at Clothier Stadium. You are the undisputed #1 FANS in the entire country! Thanks you Garnet fans for all your love and support this season!!! Sincerely, Coach Eric Wagner & the Swarthmore College Garnet Men’s Soccer Team

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Garnet fans celebrate during Sunday’s NCAA Division III men’s soccer championship second round contest between the Medaille Mavericks and the Swarthmore Garnet. Over 1,500 fans packed the Clothier Field bleachers on Saturday and Sunday for NCAA soccer action.

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Men’s swim team crushes F&M, first time in 22 years BY ANA APOSTOLERIS Swarthmore athletics are never about fear, intimidation or surrender, especially not when all the pieces are in place for an underdog upset. After years of playing second fiddle in the Centennial Conference, the undefeated men’s swim team (3-0, 2-0 CC) took a giant step towards its goal of eventually wearing the name “champion” on Saturday as it dismantled the Franklin & Marshall Diplomats by a 129-70 final. The Garnet win snapped F&M’s 22meet Conference winning streak and also made an strong statement to the winners of the last six Conference championships; it won’t be so easy this year. “[The men] swam out of their minds,” said temporary head coach Casmera Wick, who is leading the team until Sue Davis returns from sabbatical. “I had a feeling we were going to win, but I didn’t know it would be this big.” “Depth” was the word of the day, as Swarthmore men recorded the top time in nine of 11 events. The Garnet came out firing on all cylinders, as the “A” 400-yard medley relay team, consisting of sophomore Roger Chin (backstroke), senior Sterling Satterfield (breaststroke), sophomore Daniel Duncan (butterfly), and junior Tim Brevart (freestyle) touched first in a fast 3:43.29 to open the meet. Directly behind them followed the Swat “B” team, as junior Sam Bullard-Sisken (backstroke), junior Lance Liu (breaststroke), sophomore Charlie Hepper (butterfly), and senior Santiago Lombo (free) teamed up for a 3:45.96. By the time the waters had cleared from the first event, Swarthmore had already built up a 15-4 lead and never looked back. Continuing the distance dominance that has come to characterize the 2010-11 men’s team, the Garnet swept the 1000yard freestyle, as sophomore Josh Satre (10:08.39) recorded his third win in the event in as many meets. He was followed by sophomore Tyler Hanson (10:19.51) and freshman Brian Nadel (10:27.45). Satre’s time is a full nine seconds faster than his personal best from last season and he projects to be a major factor at Centennials in his events, as he also took the 500 in Saturday’s meet (4:55.98) to remain undefeated in distance races on the season. “He’s just improved constantly since he started swimming here,” Wick said in praise of her breakout sophomore. “Last year, we saw lifetime best [after] lifetime best and that’s just continued this season.” The men proceeded to take the top two spots in the next four events. Duncan (1:47.93) and sophomore Jake Benveniste (1:51.17) bested the field in the 200 free, and Brevart (21.99) and Lombo (23.03) followed up with one-two touches in the 50. Firstyear Stan Le (2:03.76) and Hepper (2:04.41) teamed up to dominate the 200 IM, and Duncan and Hepper returned in the very next event to record the top times in the 200 fly (2:00.47 and 2:01.96, respectively). By the time the 500 freestyle rolled around, the Garnet was a mere four points away from clinching the victory. This was accomplished in characteristically outstanding fashion, as Satre, Hanson (5:02.71) and Benveniste (5:03.00) swept the top three places to give Swarthmore the victory and, for the time being, status as the team to beat in the conference. The significance of the rivalry was not lost on any of the Garnet swimmers going


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Backstroker John Flaherty competes in Saturday’s Dual Meet with Franklin & Marshall at Ware Pool. into Saturday. “Even though I'm a freshman, I came in knowing that F&M had been beating us at conferences for the past few years. Everyone knows about the rivalry. … Our coach had constantly reminded us that F&M was most likely our toughest competition, and the win today was huge,” Le said. Veterans Brevart and Satterfield echo Le’s sentiment. “F&M has always been a powerhouse in the Centennial Conference, and to us, they have always been the team to beat,” Brevart said. “The last time F&M lost a conference dual meet was … in 2006. Never before in our program's history have we managed to outscore them by as much as we did, so the win is a very positive indication of how we will compete against the other conference teams as well as at the championship meet,” he added. “We took out who we thought would be our biggest competition with relative ease, so this win gives us tons of momentum moving forward in the season,” said Satterfield. If this is the case, the individual performances on Saturday were enough to render any Garnet fan optimistic. Brevart, a finalist in both sprint freestyle events at last year’s championships, posted his first sub-22 second 50 of the season on Saturday – an impressive mark for such an early point in the year. Obviously enthusiastic about his results thus far, he said, “This has been my best season yet since I began swimming competitively. …I think the times I've been putting up so far are a reflection of the work I did this summer, so hopefully they will continue to drop as they have. By the time we taper for conferences, I'm hoping to break our school's 50 and 100 freestyle records, which would also mean a trip to the NCAA championship in March of 2011.” Satterfield, who medaled in both breaststroke distances in last year’s

Championships, won his season debut in his signature 200 on Saturday despite swimming well off his personal best. “I’ve been trying to recover from a small injury last year, so I've been taking it slow trying to get back into things,” he said of his season so far. “My win [against the Diplomats] wasn’t my best, but I’m feeling pretty good at this point.” Le’s accomplishments are not to be diminished either. Despite the fact that the season is only three meets old, his time in the 200 IM was fast enough to have placed him in the top 16 at last year’s championships. In light of his significant scoring haul in his first introduction to the rivalry, Le remains modest about his season and temperate in terms of looking ahead. “Hopefully I'll keep on improving,” he says, “but it’s a bit early in the season to make any predictions.” The Garnet women did not bode as well as the men in terms of overall performance, finding themselves on the wrong end of a 127-78 decision to the reigning champions. But in regards to the performance of the freshman class, women’s swimming too has much to be excited about. Swarthmore’s leading point scorers in the women’s meet were both members of the class of 2014, as Erin Lowe and Becky Teng continued their rookie runs on the conference. Both won two individual events apiece and contributed to the second-place 400 medley relay. Lowe came out victorious in the 200 free (2:01.15) and 200 fly (2:14.52), while Teng won the 200 IM (2:14.99) and the 200 breaststroke (2:31.28). “We have some very talented [firstyears],” Coach Wick said of her women, “especially [Lowe] and [Teng]. [Fellow first-year] Maggie Regan is also a very well-rounded swimmer.” Wick attributes Saturday’s loss to matters of matchups and focus. “I think that when we get to Ursinus, [the Garnet’s next

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Conference competitor], the focus will be back in place for the women.” It could be argued that this men’s dual meet victory is the most exciting thing to happen to Swarthmore swimming in years. As exciting as the win was in terms of point totals, what was even more impressive was the sheer number of individual Swarthmore swimmers who turned in winning performances. “We have a lot of very talented swimmers who are great not only in their events, but in a lot of different events,” said Wick of the men’s team. In a testament to the depth of the squad, five different swimmers took first place in individual events. Three others recorded secondplace finishes. In a championship format that values a team’s ability to put multiple point-scorers in each event, this roster construction bodes extremely well for the Garnet. Even in a purely short-term sense, Saturday’s victory can be described as nothing short of spectacular. “The win was huge,” beamed Brevart. “After three wins already, we remain undefeated, and beating the [Diplomats] definitely has everyone in great spirits and good confidence.” “We didn't just win either, it was more or less a domination,” added Le. “This was a huge boost for morale. …Hopefully, this win will serve to drive us to even greater heights. “ “Everything was perfect on Saturday; the team was excited, ready to race, and ready to win,” said Satterfield. “There was tons of energy in the building, and if we can keep that going it's going to be an incredible season.” The Garnet will head on the road to the Rowan Invite on Saturday, where action begins at 9 a.m. The team then travels to Ursinus for the third Centennial dual meet of the year on Tuesday. The head-tohead with the Bears is set to begin at 6 p.m.



Volleyball falls in eCAC semis to end 20-win year BY VICTOR BRADY Having secured their first 20-win season since the formation of the Centennial Conference in 1992, the second-seeded Swarthmore volleyball team dropped a heartbreaker to Bethany (WV) in the semifinals of the ECAC South championship. Swarthmore took the opening two sets in the match played in Latrobe, PA by scores of 25-18 and 25-19 respectively. But Bethany fired back, winning a close third set 25-23 before taking control of the final two sets 25-20 and 15-7. Third-seed Bethany went on to defeat top-seed St. Vincent for the title. Kat Montemurro ’13 led four Garnet players with double-digit kills. She recorded 16 and Danielle Sullivan ’14 provided 14 to pace the Swarthmore attack. Maggie Duszyk ’14 and Genny Pezzola ’12 supported the attack with 12 and 11 kills respectively. Playing in her first match since being named to the first team AllCentennial for the second year in a row, Pezzola also recorded 13 digs against Bethany, third on the team behind Sullivan (16) and Hillary Santana, a second team All-Centennial selection, who had 14. Montemurro joined Santana on the second team All-Centennial. It is her second selection in her two years at Swarthmore. The three players selected to the All-Centennial teams are the most in program history. The loss ended a year which saw the Garnet set numerous program records and reach the Centennial Conference finals for the first time in program history. Swarthmore defeated Gettysburg for the first time ever, and then beat the Bullets again in the postseason to reach the Centennial semifinals for the second consecutive year. Against No. 1 Haverford, Swarthmore avenged a regular season loss and a 2009 Centennial defeat with a thrilling five sets victory to dethrone

the four-time defending Centennial champions and earn a spot opposite Franklin & Marshall in the Centennial final match. Head coach Harleigh Chwastyk was also named Centennial Conference coach of the year for the second consecutive season. “We learned this season that when we set a goal, we can accomplish it,” said Chwastyk, whose team accomplished the goal of knocking off Haverford and fell just short of winning the Centennial Conference. “When we are focused, we can play really, really well, and when we are challenged, we can work to recover from mistakes,” Chwastyk added. Allie Coleman ’13, who established herself as one of the top setters in the Centennial with a breakout sophomore season, believes that the team has the talent to contend for a title next year. “We learned that we have the potential to be a championship quality team, but also that just having the the ability is not enough to actually win a championship. We need to be able to play at a high level for every single set of every single game if we want to be a team that actually performs to our potential,” Coleman said. Coleman recorded 919 assists this year, the third-most ever in a single season in team history. The Garnet will return all but one player next season, Sarah Lambert ’11, who ends her career with 134 service aces. A key for the Garnet to continue to improve is the development of a “killer instinct,” the ability to end matches after taking the lead. “That was a topic that coach talked to us a lot about and I’m not sure if we really figured it out,” Duszyk said. “I think the team will develop more of a killer instinct as the seasons go on. We are an improving program and, from what I’ve gathered as a freshman, seem to have more confidence with every passing season,” she added. Pezzola, who finished second on the

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team in kills and digs, wants to see the team become mentally tougher. “I think we improved mentally during the year. As the season progressed we played more and more for the love of the game and for each other, and I think that showed in our performance,” Pezzola said. “It will take a continual improvement on our mental game to get better next year. A consistent killer instinct needs to be developed in each player in order to get where we would like to be,” Pezzola added. With her 328 kills this year, Pezzola eclipsed the 1,000-kill mark for her career. Montemurro led the team with 332 kills and has 594 through her first two

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Despite loss, women strong in opener The Swarthmore Garnet women’s basketball team opened the 2010 in convincing fashion, falling to the Widener Pride by a score of 73-62. The Garnet built up a 19 point lead with 4:26 to go in the first half of play before Widener went on a run to cut the deficit to just nine at halftime. In the first half, Swarthmore was led by Kathryn Stockbower ’11, who scored 11 points and pulled down seven rebounds. But Stockbower was far from the only offensive presence for the Garnet, who shot 60% from the floor in the first half. Eliza Polli ’13 scored seven points off a three, a lefty layup, and a pullup from inside the arc, while Ceylon Bodur ’11 also added seven off of two driving layups and a spot-up three. But turnovers plagued the Garnet down the stretch in the half. The team committed nine in the first

half, including one with five seconds to go in the half that led to a Widener driving layup, shifting momentum to the Pride at the break. Widener came out firing after halftime, outscoring Swarthmore 4322 after halftime to win the game and drop the Garnet to 0-1 on the year. Stockbower finished with the 54th double-double of her career, recording 16 points and 13 rebounds. Bodur finished with 15 points and Polli with 12. First year Ginny LaFauci ’14 contributed seven rebounds for the Garnet. Swarthmore returns to action in the opening round of the Swarthmore Tip-Off Tournament on Saturday, with action scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. from Tarble Pavillion. BY VICTOR BRADY

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Ryan CaRmiChael

Friday, November 19 men’s basketball vs. Clark at haverford, 6 p.m.

sR., basketball, PoRtland, me.

Saturday, November 20 men’s and women’s swimming at Rowan invite, 9 a.m. men’s basketball vs. Washington & lee, 3 p.m. Women’s basketball vs. misericordia, 6 p.m.

What he’s done: the senior scored a career high 23 points in the Garnet’s victory over Widener on monday. Carmichael shot 8-11 from the floor and added five rebounds and a block in 33 minutes. Carmichael shot .325 from behind the arc last season and averaged eight points per game as a junior, second on the team. Carmichael locked down sharpshooter damian Palantino of arcadia in the team’s 69-47 win on Wednesday.

SuNday, November 21 Women’s basketball vs. tbd, tbd. tueSday, November 23 Men’sandwomen’sswimmingatUrsinus,6p.m. Women’s basketball at dickinson, 6 p.m. men’s basketball at dickinson, 8 p.m.

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moNday, November 29 men’s basketball vs. moravian, 8 p.m.

“beating conference champions Gettysburg my sophomore year.”

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season Goals: “to make the conference playoffs.”

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years at Swarthmore. First-years Sullivan and Duszyk also contributed heavilty to the Garnet offense all season long, with Sullivan finishing third on the team with 239 kills and Duszyk fourth with 170. Sullivan and Lisa Shang ’11 were tied for third with 276 digs this year. Santana led the team with 388 and Pezzola followed with 338. Chwatyk is excited about the team’s prospects going forward into next year. “There’s a bullseye on our back now. People are going to be expecting us to perform. We are going to elevate our competition level ... and get into the right mindset going forward.”

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“oatmeal raisin.”



The pride of Swat: men upset Widener in opener to be a playoff team. We’re looking forward to proving them wrong,” Carmichael said. After making strides last season, Wimberly added that the strength the Swarthmore men’s basketball of the first-year class could lead to team is already off to its best start in some surprises in conference play. recent years. The Garnet (1-0) won The offense is already looking their season opener for the first time improved after defeating Widener. since 2007 on Monday against Widener Carmichael had a terrific game, lead(0-1) 74-72. ing the team with 23 points on 8-11 The Garnet played excellent bas- shooting including 4-7 behind the ketball, showing many improvements three point arc. Gates and Martinez from the 2009-10 edition of the team. each contributed 14 points to start the The talented freshman class made a season off well. Overall, the Garnet strong debut while upperclassmen dis- tied its second-highest scoring output played their leadership and skills. from last season, a good omen if any. Despite shooting just 34.3% from the The team shot 40.4%, including 9-22 on floor last season, the Garnet still more three-pointers. than doubled their win total from the That defense was on display against season before. This year they look to Widener, forcing 15 turnovers. improve on that total yet again. Cheney had a monster collegiate In order to do so, the team needs to debut, recording eight blocks and improve not only on offense but pulling down eight rebounds. Gates defense as well. Defense was what and Federer each added two steals, kept the Garnet in games last year, and Gates also contributed seven and Ryan Carmichael ’11, who locked defensive rebounds and took two down Widener’s senior guard Chris charges. McDevitt, feels this year’s team is The Garnet came out firing in the even stronger on the defensive end of first half, heading to the locker rooms the floor. “I with a 42-30 lead think that we after a buzzerhave the potenbeater from Joe tial to be an elite Keedy ’14. The “No one in the defensive team team had scored conference expects us to just in our confer44 points in e n c e , ” the entire game be a playoff team. We’re Carmichael said. in a loss to looking forward to Coach Lee Widener last Wimberly added season. proving them wrong” that a key place Even after the Ryan Carmichael ’11 to improve will Garnet extended be with reboundthat lead to 14 ing and defense points late in the in the post position. He said there are second half, the visiting Pride mountmany good post players in the ed a comeback to keep the game interCentennial Conference that the esting. Garnet need to matchup better Rallying furiously, Widener actualagainst. ly managed to take a 72-71 lead with Co-captains Carmichael and Sam less than a minute to go. But the Lacy ’11 will be counted on for leader- Garnet was cool under pressure, scorship skills. As the team is very young ing with a layup from Martinez with (nine first-years and sophomores), the just 17 seconds left on the clock to seniors’ experience will be important reclaim the lead. A Federer free throw for the team to succeed. made it 74-72, and Widener missed The Garnet may be inexperienced their last attempt, a driving layup that but they make up for that in skill. Will rimmed out. Gates ’13 was named to the AllWimberly said he was pleased to Centennial Conference second team see the team compete without backing last year after scoring 16.1 points and down or losing composure, adding pulling down 7.3 rebounds per game. that the win was “a big win against a With the departure of Matt Allen ’10, very good team.” He was pleased to the Garnet will rely even more on see contributions from all of thefirstJordan Martinez ’13 to run the offense years. as point guard. The Garnet took a breather on This year’s first-year class looks Tuesday before returning to action especially good on paper, and several, against Arcadia on Wednesday. including Jordan Cheney ’14, Jordan Swarthmore dominated its second Federer ’14 and Jay Kober ’14, are non-conference opponent in three already seeing significant playing days, burying Arcadia by a final score time and making an immediate of 69-47. The Garnet led throughout, impact. With the addition of Federer extending a 15 point halftime lead with and Cheney, the possibility of facing a a 9-0 run to begin the second half. trio of Jordans may prove too much The Garnet returns to action on for opposing teams to handle, as each Friday, taking on Clark at Haverford fulfill different roles on the team. as part of the 19th Annual Equinox While the Garnet is expected to Classic. improve from previous years, few in Swarthmore returns home on the Centennial are expecting them to Saturday for the second half of the make a playoff run. Carmichael feels Equinox with tip-off against the team is not getting enough respect. Washington and Lee scheduled for 3 “No one in the conference expects us p.m. in Tarble Pavillion. BY DANIEL DUNCAN

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Ryan Carmichael ’11 was 4-7 from behind the arc en route to a career high 23 points in the Garnet’s season-opening win over Widener on Monday from Tarble Pavilion.


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