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The Official Campus Newspaper of Swarthmore College Since 1881 VOL. 136, ISSUE 2

StuCo Elections: Take Two

The Phoenix THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2012

Oil paintings of New England seashore premiere today

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Field Hockey Team Ready for Season By ROY GREIM Sports Writer rgreim1@swarthmore.edu

By CHARLIE HEPPER News Writer chepper1@swarthmore.edu

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Controversy surrounds last year’s voided election process The abrupt annulment of the spring Student Council elections last semester amid a hectic final exam period took Swatties by surprise, leaving many confused on the exact reasons for this decision. This turn of events began with an official appeal made by one of the presidential candidates — Victor Brady ’13 — after the election’s conclusion. The appeal raised two issues; that his opposing candidate — Daniel Cho ’13 — had been soliciting votes and intimidating voters at the polling station and that inadequate time had been provided to the candidates to make their platforms public. In the end, the council adhered to a strict interpretation of Section 1.3.1 of the Constitution, overturning the results of all four races because 14 days had not been allotted to publicize platforms. Secretary Sarah Dwider ’13 elaborated on the council’s decision. “While both complaints were seen as valid, the platform publicizing issue was more all-encompassing and the decision to overturn the election was primarily based on it, although the issue of election interference was also significant,” she said. Much of the subsequent confusion about the reason for the overturn originated from the council’s official email sent out on May 3, which listed the charges of electioneering without mention of the platform publicizing issue. “A candidate engaged in asking a significant portion of students to vote for them at the voting station. The candidate then continued to watch the students vote resulting in intimidation. In accordance with Section 1.6.3 of our Constitution, ‘If SC finds that an election was fraudulent to the extent that the determination of the winner was probably affected, the election shall be voided,’ Student Council has, thus, voided the results of the entire election,” said Co-President Matt Lamb ’12 in the email. Cho, who won the first election by a rather wide margin of 131 votes, felt the ambiguous charge of electioneering was political.

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Bernard Chaet’s ‘Seascapes’ exhibit will open in List Gallery today, with the opening reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. Deborah Krieger reviews the exhibit. PAGE 5

With no roster turnover from the previous season, the Swarthmore College field hockey team is well equipped to build on last year’s result. In 2011, the Garnet was eliminated on the last day of the regular season after dropping a 3-1 contest to Haverford on October 30. Since posting only one victory in the Centennial Conference in 2009, the team has improved steadily, adding two wins to its conference record each season. If the trend continues for this year, the Garnet could find itself in the conference playoffs for the first time since 2000. The key to success will be the chemistry and continuity that the team has built in the last few seasons under head coach Lauren Fuchs, who is entering her fifth season at that position. “We’re really excited by the fact that we have so many returning players, as well as a great group of freshmen,” defender Allison Ranshous ’13 said. “We’re hoping to work off the good things we were doing last year, and we’ve already gotten to know each other really well on and off the field. Bringing this team chemistry into game days will be crucial for a successful season.” The scoring attack for the Garnet will be led by forwards Nia Jones ’14, whose nine goals were team-best last season, Beth Johnson ’15 (7 goals, 7 assists, 21 points), midfielder Sophia Agathis ’13 (7-5-19) and forward Katie Teleky ’13 (72-16). In 2011, both Jones and Agathis were named the Centennial Conference Second Team. Joining Agathis in midfield are experienced players Catie Meador ’13 and Aarti Rao ’14, both of whom started all 18 games last season. Sophomores Eileen McHugh ’15 (12 starts in 2011) and Abby Lauder ’15 (9 starts) and newcomer Julia Thomas ’16 will also see minutes for the Garnet this year. Ranshous, who has started in every contest of her 55-game career, will anchor the defense with the help of Julia Tallarico ’13 and captain Anne Rosenblatt ’14, whose seven assists in 2011 led the team, which averaged a Centennial-best 2.06 assists per game last year. In goal, Gabby Capone ’14 enters as the starter after posting two shutouts in 2011 and earning Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors on October 3, 2011 for her efforts in victories over Johns Hopkins and Eastern. The Garnet will face stiff competition this year in the Centennial, which is one of the strongest conferences in the entire country. The Ursinus Bears, which claimed last year’s Centennial title and was a Final Four team last season, and Continued on Page 15

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

NEWS BRONCHETTI HOLDS FACULTY LECTURE

LIVING & ARTS HOT DIGGITY DOG: TOM ELVERSON & HENRY

OPINIONS ANALYZING SORORITY BY STATISTICS

SPORTS ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: MADISON HEPPE

Assistant Professor of Economics Erin Bronchetti will hold a lecture in the Scheuer room today at 4:30 to talk about the Affordable Care Act and its implications for immigrant children. PAGE 3

A new feature takes a look at our faculty and staff ’s favorite furry friends. This week, meet Alcohol Education Specialist Tom Elverson and his eight-year old Labrador Retriever, Henry. PAGE 7

Harshil Sahai digs into the hard numbers surrounding the sorority issue, concluding that installing a sisterhood would be beneficial to the campus community as a whole. PAGE 13

First-year volleyball defensive specialist Madison Heppe kicks off the semester as The Phoenix’s first Garnet Athlete of the Week. Read about her achievements and answers to our questions. PAGE 15


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Play for those who couldn’t score the sought-after wristbands... or the complimentary condoms. PAGE 6

NEWS

Reincarnated . . . more like reincarfakin’ it

StuCo Elections: Take Two

åfter last year’s annulment of StuCo election results, the college prepares to re-cast votes. PAGE 3

Akure takes a critical look at Snoop Dogg’s new album “Reincarnated” — and his new, self-promoted Rastafarian image. PAGE 7

Referendum Against Sorority Gains Prom- Seniors Reclaim Their First-Year Halls inence Seniors on Parrish 3rd and Wharton EF 2nd discuss Students express disappointment over the creation of Kappa Alpha Theta. A referendum encouraging further reconsideration of the sorority’s establishment is being met by strong opposition and intense debate. PAGE 3

Students Rev Up for for Presidential Election and New Pennsylvania Voter Laws With the November election quickly approaching, many of Swarthmore’s student groups are hoping to encourage voter registration and political debate on key issues. PAGE 5

LIVING & ARTS “Seascapes” to Open Today in List Gallery

Deborah Kriegar and List Gallery Curator Andrea Packard explore “Seascapes,” featuring the landscape paintings of Bernard Chaet. The opening reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. tonight. PAGE 5

Orientation Play Delivers New Twists on an Old Favorite

Jeanette Leopold recaps Saturday night’s Orientation

their decision to live on old halls with old friends for their final year at Swarthmore. PAGE 9

ber keeps an eye on our civil liberties; his first piece explains the unfairness behind Pennsylvania’s new Voter ID Law. PAGE 13

Forget Politics, and Let’s Talk Issues: Romney’s Plan for America The Swarthmore Conservative pushes back on Democratic allegations that Romney has no plan for the next four years, spelling out the points of the GOP nominee’s vision for America. PAGE 14

The Sorority Question: Bringing in OpinElectric Zoo Raves, But With Questionable ions from 1931 Dr. Aydelotte, College President during the final years Quality New York City’s premier electronic music festival lured in audiences with headliners like David Guetta and Skrillex, but for attendees looking past the bold lights and neon garb, most sets fell short. PAGE 10, 11

of Swat’s last sorority, voices his opinions in this speech dug out from The Phoenix archives. He urges students to be open-minded and experiment with different solutions to the issue at hand. PAGE 14

OPINIONS

SPORTS

Let Them be Sisters: A Campus-wide Referendum on a Sorority at the College is Inappropriate

Women’s Field Hockey Sets High Goals for This Season

The Phoenix argues that allowing the entire student body to vote on whether to allow a new sorority would be an egregious misuse of the power of referendum. PAGE 12

Pennsylvania Voter ID Law an Affront to Civil Rights

In a new column, “The Civil Libertarian,” Aaron Kroe-

After a successful start to their season this weekend, the women’s field hockey team looks to the season ahead. PAGE 15

Though Underdogs, Men’s Soccer Aims High

With the loss of several key members of the Class of 2012, the men’s soccer team has been pegged as underdogs, but is still looking to dominate. PAGE 16

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Referendum Against Sorority Gains Prominence Students Express Disappointment Over the Creation of Kappa Alpha Theta By NEHMAT KAUR News Writer nkaur1@swarthmore.edu

As is now common knowledge across campus, the student group, Not Yet Sisters (NYS), worked with the college’s administration over the summer to establish a sorority at Swarthmore that will open it doors to the community in Spring 2013. As students returned to campus over the past week, negative sentiments regarding Greek life and the creation of this sorority have been voiced through a petition calling to further reconsider its creation. Titled, “Call for Referendum on Sorority at Swarthmore College,” it states that “The motivation behind this petition is that sorority presence on college campuses affects each and every one of us at Swarthmore College.” The reasons for petitioning a referendum and for opposing the sorority and Greek life in general have been expressed in many forums, most prominently in the comment section of the online petition. Hope Brinn ’15 echoes the petition’s reason for needing a referendum. “I believe that Greek life runs counter to the Quaker values that Swarthmore holds. Other Quaker schools like Guilford have banned Greek life for the same reason,” she said. In 1933, Swarthmore abolished sororities on campus following a vigorous campaign led by students and two referendums held a year apart from one another. In 1931, sororities enjoyed great popularity amongst the student body. In fact, three-quarters of the women at Swarthmore belonged to one. Julia Melin ’13, a member of NYS, said “If

Quaker values did conflict with the principles of Greek life then fraternities wouldn’t have existed at Swat when it was still a Quaker institution in the 1800s.” The main issue that weighs against the sorority is the perceived inherent nature of a sorority and its members. “Sororities are inherently exclusive institutions with problematic histories that include hazing, sexual abuse and emotional abuse,” Brinn said. Kappa Alpha Theta’s rejection of a Jewish student in the 1930s was one of the reasons that prompted student Molly Yard to rally against the sororities, eventually causing them to be banned from Swarthmore. The college’s efforts to dispel the negative “exclusionary” perception of Greek life are being met with skepticism. “Both fraternities and sororities are exclusionary by nature, neither should be allowed on campus,” Aaron Kroeber ’16 said. The preconceived notions of the kind of people who become members of fraternities and sororities are also proving harmful for the sorority’s image. An agitated Melin responded to such comments by saying that the prejudiced perception of students who are members of fraternities and sororities is unfounded and that some research would prove to doubters that many great students, including class presidents, have belonged to the fraternities at Swarthmore. The idea that Swarthmore’s two fraternities ought to be balanced out with at least one sorority is countered by many, like Alexander Ahn ’14 who commented on the petition, “The solution to male-dominated Greek culture on campus is not the institution of a female parallel. It is better to abolish the tradition altogether.” The sentiment

AROUNG HIGHER EDUCATION

NEWS IN BRIEF

Sandusky costs university $16.8 million

Professor Bronchetti Holds Faculty Lecture

By CASSIE HART The Daily Collegian September 5, 2012

Penn State has incurred nearly $16.8 million through June 30 in costs related to the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse case and surrounding issues, the university announced on its Progress website Tuesday. The largest chunk of that money was used for funding internal investigations and crisis communications, totaling $9,972,854. Money under this category were distributed to companies such as Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan — which ultimately produced the report compiled by former FBI Director Louis Freeh — and Daniel J. Edelman, Inc., one of the public relations firms the university recently hired. Six months prior, the same category had spent $2,468,137, as released on the previous “openness” website. Freeh’s report, which gave Freeh’s team “unfettered access” to conduct the $6.5 million independent investigation prompted by the Board of Trustees, was released on July 12 and detailed what failures had occurred at the university involving Sandusky and suggestions for the university to reevaluate its governance. Sandusky was convicted

on 45 counts of child sexual abuse in June. Funding for officers’ legal defenses, including the defense of former Interim Senior Vice President for Finance and Business Gary Schultz, former Athletic Director Tim Curley and former university President Graham Spanier, amounted over $1.5 million and was paid to eleven different counsels. According to the Article 5, Section 2(a) of Penn State’s bylaws, every university officer is entitled to be compensated by the university for expenses, counsel fees, and liabilities “in connection with any actual or threatened claim, action, suit or proceeding, civil, criminal, administrative, investigative or other.” None of the officials have been convicted, but Schultz and Curley both await a trial in January on charges of perjury and failure to report suspected abuse. In February, when the original “openness” website was launched, the university reported that it had spent $210,309 as of Dec. 31, 2011 for the legal defense of Spanier, Schultz and Curley. Today’s figure represents a $1.4 million increase since the end of 2011. Nearly $4 million has

been spent on university legal services and defense. The website also answered the question of how the $60 million fine resulting from the National Collegiate Athletic Association sanctions would be paid. Using funds from football reserves, the deferment of capital and maintenance expenditures and a loan to the Penn State Athletic Department, the $60 million will be paid over the next five years in increments of $12 million. The fine was incurred to fund and support prevention of child abuse programs. No costs for legal defense and public relations stem from student tuition, taxpayer funds or donations. The university maintains General Liability and Directors and Officers insurance policies, which is expected to fund defense claims against its officers, employees and trustees, according to the Progress website. A disclaimer on the website also stated that some of the fees and costs are expected to be reimbursed to the university under its insurance policy. University spokesman David La Torre said he had “no other information” regarding the updated financial figures.

that Greek life should be abolished entirely is repeated throughout the comments for the petition, with some current students stating that they chose Swarthmore because it had minimal Greek influence on campus. Speaking on behalf of NYS, Melin explained, “We knew that the decision to have a sorority would be a revolutionary one for Swarthmore and expected all the attention that the issue has been receiving.” She highlighted the social contributions that the sorority would bring to campus, such as “social events, networking opportunities, tutoring, mentorship for new students, more opportunities for service,” and also explained that the national nature of a sorority makes it a more desirable group to form than just another Women’s Society or Union. While NYS has consistently maintained that they welcome discussion and conversation about the sorority and never practiced a closed door policy, the student body remains ambivalent about such a decision being made without their direct approval. Dissuading fears that an expansion of Greek life would change the social culture at Swarthmore, Melin stated, “The sorority is not trying to change Swarthmore’s culture, only trying to enhance it.” As a final statement on the issue of holding a referendum, Melin said, “If the entire student body were to make decisions for a small sub-set of the school’s population, it would equal oppression. The term to use would be ‘tyranny of the majority’.” As the number of signatories for a referendum grows (more anonymous than known) the previous statement clearly outlines NYS’ stance on having a referendum. Aaron Kroeber is an opinions columnist for The Phoenix. He had no role in the production of this article.

By KOBY LEVIN News Writer jlevin1@swarthmore.edu

The passage of the Affordable Care Act in March 2010 set off a parsing extravaganza in the United States. Citizens of every stripe were suddenly forced to ask a big question of an expansive thicket of legislative language: how would they and their families be affected? As the U.S. media and government set out to answer the question for the general public (and, one has to imagine, some brave layperson actually tried to read the thing), Erin Bronchetti, an Assistant Professor of Economics whose interests include the economics of health and child wellbeing, set out to answer it for a more specific population: the children of immigrant families. She had been offered the chance to take a research-oriented sabbatical, and in deciding what to study, she said, “I chose the topic because this population is growing so rapidly (1 in every 4 children in the U.S. now belongs to an immigrant family) and because there are striking disparities in health care and health outcomes between children of immigrant families and children of U.S. natives,” Bronchetti wrote in an e-mail. Now, her sabbatical complet-

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ed, Bronchetti will be presenting her findings in a Faculty Lecture today (Thursday, Sept. 6) at 4:30 PM in the Scheuer room. The lectures are generally given by professors returning from sabbatical. For Bronchetti, her talk, titled “Recent Changes in Public Insurance: Implications for the Health of Immigrant Children,” will be an opportunity to share her ideas with a broader audience than she usually sees in class. “As a junior faculty member, this is really one of the first chances I have had to [reach a campus-wide audience],” she wrote. “It also forces me to think carefully about how to present my approach and results to an audience with wide-ranging interests and different areas of expertise.”


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Students Rev up for Presidential Election and New Pennsylvania Voter Laws By SARAH COE-ODESS News Writer scoeode1@swarthmore.edu

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College Dems member Paul Shortell discusses with the group at their recent meeting. With the United States’ presidential election quickly approaching, politics is a prominent topic of debate around campus. And because Swarthmore College found a way around Pennsylvania’s voter identification registration law, the election is increasingly personal to Swarthmore students. The law, implemented this year, requires that any registered Pennsylvania voter own a government-issued photo ID with a valid expiration date. After much outcry that this law discriminates against students, the elderly and lower-income citizens, Swarthmore

found a way to allow its students to still vote. “The Swarthmore College student ID card is legal voter ID for voting in Swarthmore, PA, because the College ID has your name, photo, an (unexpired) expiration date, and proves your Swarthmore affiliation,” Registrar Martin Warner wrote in an email addressed to the entire student body. Warner is not the only person on campus who is trying to get the word out about voting, though. Several student groups, including Swarthmore College Democrats and STAND, also plan to be particularly politically active in relation to the upcoming presidential election. Swarthmore College Democrats, for example, will be tabling in Sharples Dining Hall later this month to increase voter registration on campus. “I’m hoping we get the word out enough that [students] realize that [the Swarthmore ID] is fine,” Swarthmore College Democrats President Allegra Pocinki ’14 said. Additionally, the Swarthmore College Democrats are working on three campaigns for this election — the Barack Obama presidential campaign, the George Badey seventh congressional district campaign, and the Larry DeMarco state house campaign for the 164th district. In fact, Badey spoke at Swarthmore on September 4. “We are organizing groups of students who want to work for specific campaigns to take them to the campaign offices,” Pocinki said. “We’re also doing a lot for the voter ID law, helping people [in Chester] fill out forms, getting them educated on what’s different this year.” STAND, a student anti-genocide coalition, is also trying to spread political awareness on campus. While predominantly focusing on the budget cut on foreign aid, which prevents genocide, STAND President Danny Hirschel-Burns ’14 also plans to hold a viewing party for the debates and hold discussions the following day to discuss what each candidate proposes in relation to genocide. Regardless of the primary focus, student groups on campus encourage students to be politically aware and vote in the upcoming election. “I feel like everybody should be [politically aware,] because that’s what the system is based on,” Pocinki said. “I feel like people who complain about day-to-day events and don’t participate should really be helping out [in any way possible.]” Allegra Pocinki is a layout editor for The Phoenix. She had no role in the production of this article.

StuCo, continued from page 1 rather wide margin of 131 votes, felt the ambiguous charge of electioneering was political. “While hanging up flyers, and in the presence of another Student Council representative, I asked a couple students if they had voted yet, then told those who were interested about my platform. There are no rules against Election Day campaigning, and I was there for less than half an hour on Election Day. The idea that I was somehow coercing other students came out of left field.” While Cho questioned the integrity of the entire appeal, stating, “I am a bit skeptical if Mr. Brady would have appealed the elections on constitutional grounds had the election been in his favor,” he noted that he was excited to have continued dialogues with other students. “I am looking forward to sharing my ideas once again about how we can improve Swat life and Student Council’s roles on campus. I am still very hopeful that we can accomplish good things this year.” The appeal meeting was held on May 3. No official records of the meeting exist because appeal meetings do not require the proceedings to be recorded. The council found the issue over platform publicizing unambiguous. The complaint stated that candidates were only given 10 days notice to publicize their platforms instead of the two weeks, or 14 days, that Section 1.3.1 of the Constitution requires. According to a strict reading of the constitution, this violation would invalidate the entire election. DANIEL CHO FOR THE PHOENIX The decision on the issue of election interference, however, was complicated by the weak wording of the StuCo Daniel Cho’s campaign posters dotted the front of Sharples during last May’s Student Council elections. Constitution on the guidelines for campaigns and elections. “While there is no official rule prohibiting this [practice], Despite the controversy on the overturn decision, the “I was, and still am, strongly opposed to throwing out the many people felt it was a violation of an unwritten rule,” Apentire election. To invalidate the races based on a small tech- council hopes to start over with a clean slate and has urged pointments Chair William Lawrence ’12 said. Lawrence described the council’s deliberations over the nicality seemed unfair to the students who voted, and the all of the previous candidates to run again in the emergency candidates who devoted their elections to be held during the fall semester. fate of the election as Co-President Gabby Capone ‘14, currently leading the time to what turned out to be an “highly contentious,” irrelevant election,” Lawrence election committee, said “This [election] will be further diswith some members adcussed and planned during Orientation week so that we can vocating a strict reading I am a bit skeptical if Mr. Brady would said. Lawrence also stressed that hit the ground running, and in our StuCo meetings, which of the constitution and have appealed the elections on the council’s purpose is to advo- are open to all.” the overturn of the enIn response to the disputes over the interpretation of the the interests of the Swarthtire election. constitutional grounds had the election cate more student body and hope Constitution, one of the election committee’s main tasks will “The rest of StuCo been in his favor. that similar quarrels will not be to improve the limitations and ambiguities in its wording. wanted to only re-do the “Prior to the election, Student Council will draft more limit its mission in the future. Daniel Cho ’13 presidential election, to “Students have a lot of le- specific campaign and election guidelines in order to ensure ensure fairness and that gitimate concerns and Student these circumstances do not arise again,” Co-President Matt people’s votes would not Council should be working with Lamb ’12 stated. be influenced, but preDwider further commented on the preparations for the students to have those concerns met by the administration. I serve the results of the other three races,” Lawrence said. Not all of the council members are in accordance with the hope Student Council can move past this business and work election. “Right now, we’re just making sure we cross the t’s decision to scrap the election on the basis of the relatively mi- with the entire student body to build power and improve this and dot the i’s and have everything in order so that the next elections will run more smoothly.” college for all of us,” Lawrence said. nor infractions raised, with Lawrence being the most vocal.

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Bernard Chaet’s ‘Seascapes’ Exhibit Opens Today at List Tucked away in the Lang Performing Arts Center, the List Gallery is a little gem of a space that has been serving the Swarthmore College community for around two decades. The small space puts on several shows per year of both well-known and more obscure artists; in addition, the gallery hosts the college’s senior art major exhibitions. Some background on the current show: Bernard Chaet, born in 1924, is a native of the Boston area. He received degrees from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, to name but a few, and has held teaching positions at institutions such as Yale University. The seashores of New England have captivated many artists, and Chaet is no exception. Many of the works on display in the List Gallery were painted en plein air, or outdoors and on-site, at various locations in Massachusetts and in Maine. Others were reworked many times in the artist’s studio DEBORAH KRIEGER until he found the perfect combination of color, atmosphere and form. And what forms they are! The List Gallery starts the year off right with I On the Arts this collection of vibrant oil paintings and watercolors. List Gallery Director dkriege1@swarthmore.edu Andrea Packard ’85 has meticulously and thoughtfully curated the exhibit, which opens today. It is a survey of sorts, a collection of Bernard Chaet’s seascapes from 30 years ago to, more recently, 2008-2009. Taking visual cues from the Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and Expressionist movements, the works in the gallery display luminous color and tangible texture. The oil works in the gallery’s first room are somewhat literal recreations of the sea and of the shore, while the watercolors occupying the second room are looser and more abstract. The most striking aspect of Chaet’s works is his glorious use of color. Recalling painters such as Cezanne and Matisse, the paintings glow with sometimes surprising colors. The palettes of the works range from hazy pastels to murky ochres to arrestingly bright hues. The exhibit is organized and hung so that the works complement both the gallery space and one another in a lovely array of visual harmony. The highlights of the exhibit are several of the oils in the first room as well as one work in the second room. Chaet paints vigorously, with gusto and with a sure hand. The love for his chosen subject matter is present in the joy with which he applies oil to canvas and watercolor to paper. The aforementioned standouts include the works titled “Soft Morning” (#1), “May” (#2) and “Bass Rocks 1” (#15) as well as the watercolors “Morning Message” (#6) and “Rain” (7). I urge my fellow Swatties and art lovers to take a walk over to LPAC to see this exhibit! The opening reception is today, September 6, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. The artist was not able to appear at the gallery opening, unfortunately, so his wife, a fellow artist, will be making an appearance. In addition, there will be delicious edibles. The show runs from September 6 to October 24. This is Deborah Krieger’s new column for the Phoenix, “I On the Arts: The College Years”, signing off. Until next time!

An Abridged Conversation with List Gallery Director Andrea Packard ’85

Deborah Krieger: What led to the selection of the artist? Of his works? Andrea Packard: This show was selected, like many of our shows, [from] a conversation between me and the studio art faculty of Swarthmore... We see each other constantly and exchange ideas, but we have formal meetings at least once a year to talk about the future, and we try specifically to choose exhibitions in a variety of media that inform our studio arts curriculum. Then, in addition to that, we look for shows that might provide bridges to other disciplines, or appeal to broader audiences, and so we were discussing sculptors, video artists, you name it… Logan Grider, who teaches here, suggested Bernard Chaet. And so we all looked at his work online… and thought, of course, “Of course; we should do this”… It was left to me to explore the feasibility of this idea. I talked to the galleries that represent the artist and I talked to the family of the artist and figured out how this show could come together… I went there over the summer and selected about 19 works… this work comes from three sources: two galleries and the artist’s own collection. DK: How far in advance do you plan the exhibits? AP: At least a year in advance. Some shows have been planned two or three years in advance. I already have a plan for a show in the spring of 2014 to coincide with our sesquicentennial at the college… A lot of this work is recent; I think some of it’s as new as 2008 or 2009… Here’s an artist who has sixty years making paintings and he taught for at least thirty years… We’re just sort of celebrating a really varied and accomplished life in art by bringing this show here. It’s by no means comprehensive because he has a much broader output and we really decided to narrow our focus just to his seascapes. But his landscape paintings and his seascapes, I think, are the heart of his art; it’s really, perhaps, arguably the core of his practice… I hope this show represents something of the essence of his spirit of inquiry. DK: So how many years are spanned in this exhibit? AP: …Of the works I brought here, I hung 19 works out of about 30 works that I borrowed… The works that I brought here span from 1977 to 2009. DK: So… why the sea? AP: I can’t speak for him, obviously, but so many artists throughout history have engaged with the sea as a topic. It’s universally mesmerizing…

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The Barnes Foundation 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA September 7 The increasingly popular First Friday welcomes the new kid on the block — The Barnes Foundation — in its new Ben Franklin Parkway digs. The Barnes will be hosting a bevy of events, including live music, food and drinks, and a discussion with UPenn professor and art historian David Brownlee (tickets are $18). The highlight of the night, though, will be the beer tasting, which samples American craft beers while enjoying the incredible artworks. Galleries open until 10 p.m. Tickets: $18 for the event, while the beer tasting costs an additional $40. Visit www. barnesfoundation.org for more details. COURTESY OF BLOGS.UBLIQLIFE.COM

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DK: It’s interesting because you mentioned that he was inspired by the many expressionists, but I did some research on his works and I thought Cezanne, Gauguin, that Post-Impressionist style… AP: Absolutely. DK: And a little bit of Fauve… maybe a touch. AP: Yeah, maybe a touch.

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DK: Like Edward Hopper and Winslow Homer. AP: Yeah, although I would say his antecedents are… [different]… when he was coming of age, at that time in Boston a lot of artists were the expressionists [such as] Max Beckmann… He studied with artists who connected him with the European expressionists…. When you look at his paintings, immediately you think of a lot of great expressive interpreters of the landscape… Chaet’s about the elasticity of the brushstrokes and the drawn line, and if you look at the pictures, a lot of times you just look at the lines and how they do from wispy and thin to meaty and thick. There’s a tremendous range and musicality.

DK: Because of the brightness of the colors. AP: There are some works that are not in this show that are quite intense! It’s just that when you hang a show…what paintings you put next to each other can really make them cancel each other out…and make them lose their uniqueness… Even though they’re all seascapes, there’s a tremendous variety… hopefully we’ve captured something of that…. It’s not that each work derives from [an artist inspiration] but that each artwork is an opportunity to think about certain problems…paintings is a little bit more like poetry than a novel in that sense, that you take a particular focus and you’re not trying to be epic.

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Reincarnated... more like reincarfakin’ it

Snoop Dogg’s recent game change far from great About a month and a half ago, California rapper Snoop Dogg made music headlines when he announced his name change to Snoop Lion. Accompanying the shift, Snoop also revealed that AKURE IMES his latest project Music Munchin’ would be a regaimes1@swarthmore.edu gae album titled “Reincarnated,” scheduled to drop later this year with no definitive date announced. Social networks and music blogs popped off, expressing mixed views. The crossover to reggae seemed fair. Hip-hop, rap, reggae and dancehall have always had a connection and Snoop Dogg has been at the forefront of the sharing. His verses were stylized with a Caribbean twang. He has collaborated with artists such as Damian Marley. And of course he is the original herb smoking, skinny dude who birthed green rap, a sub genre of sorts. He is Uncle Snoop to the Wiz Khalifa’s of our generation who rebirthed green rap. Nothing about him making a reggae album sounded far fetched… The shift did not, however, excuse the whackness of the name switch. Many people change their names to reflect growth and life experiences. Earlier this year, Mos Def’s morphing into Yasiin Bey coincided closely with the January release of “Niggas in Poorest”. Different, right? But Snoop Lion? Really, ma dude? For a man out of Long Beach, California who brought West Coast rap on the world map, it was way too predictable and generic, to say the least. It sounded too boring for a man who, since the birth of his career, has remained one of the most renowned and respected hiphop artists. When I found out that Snoop was calling himself “Bob Marley reincarnated,” hence the name of the album, a suspiciously bad taste formed in my mouth. This could be nothing more than yet another publicity, money-making stunt to remain relevant in a fast-paced switch-up music industry. Still, the story was intriguing. What made him want to change his name? Some person on the PR tip knew there were people itching for education on Snoop Lion’s transformation and reincarnation as Mr. Bob Marley. Conveniently, a forty-eight minute live press conference uploaded to YouTube answered my questions. As he sits easily hunched over a round table, Snoop stands out among his production team in an oversized red and blue jersey. A Nike check mark is on one shoulder and the American flag is on the other. In the middle of the shirt is an obnoxiously huge “USA,” causing anyone who knows about the values of Rastafarianism to uncontrollably cough up a flurry of suspicions. Rastafarianism is a political and social movement rising out of Jamaica in the 1930s. Of the many practices the followers carry out, active opposition to the materialism and exploitative ways of the West is one of the primary practices. He messed up on that one. The symbols did not add up with what he was saying. In the press conference Snoop claimed that he had experienced a transformation by

going home to Jamaica to visit the Nyahbinghi high priests. In the press conference he says it was the priest who said he was Snoop Dogg no more, but a lion. He was now living not a religion, but the lifestyle of a Rastafarian. What a story. Thankfully, the other components were on point enough to fool the lazy eye of the masses. The black couch that seated Snoop and the team had a red, yellow and green stripe shooting across the back. Two healthy-sized diamond rings weighed down each of his wiry fingers and a ring with red, yellow and green stripes was on other. A black tam with red, yellow and green stripes covered Snoop’s head. DJ/producer Diplo of Major Lazer is the executive producer of the record and kills all doubt of it not sounding like authentic reggae. In the press conference he speaks of striving to achieve that sound. But by using samples from reggae artists of the 1960s, he couldn’t have committed too many faults trying to reach the feat. Diplo used Ken Boothe Artibella’s 1966 track “Who’s Got Your Love?” for the album single “La La La.” Wow, sounds like that is a game changer. Of course it is going to sound authentic if you sample a song from the time period from which reggae came about. Contrary to how music is produced today, musicians of the era were not trying to sound like anything. They were not trying to recreate a feeling of another sound, but instead were channeling energy from themselves directly into their instruments. While it is not my place to doubt anyone’s sincerity, experiences or realizations, all of the chips fell into place too perfectly. Good music stands alone. It does not need a press conference promising me how real the music sounds, a photo book, and a documentary (set to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival September 7-8). Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and modern reggae artists like Capleton and Buju Banton have a spontaneous creativity that can be felt through the tune and lyrics. Though Snoop Lion, Diplo and the rest of the team put in hard work I am sure, I do not think the music will transmit the same skin tingling, thought provoking sensations.

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Girls high above the crowd whipped their hair in every conceivable direction, the floor shook as a thousand people broke all conventions of polite dance (p. 10-11)...

When I found out that Snoop was calling himself “Bob Marley reincarnated,” hence the name of the album, a suspiciously bad taste formed in my mouth.

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Hot Diggity Dog: Tom Elverson & Henry Now featuring: Faculty and staff with their beloved canines By GABRIELA CAMPOVERDE Living & Arts Writer gcampov1@swarthmore.edu Meet Tom Elverson, the College’s Alcohol Education and Intervention Specialist, and his eight-year-old Labrador Retriever, Henry. The start of a wonderful companionship Henry was given as a gift to Tom on his 50th birthday by his children. The wrinkly and adorable Lab pup was only nine weeks old when he was introduced into the Elverson family. “Oh Henry!” When he was just one year old, Henry broke off his leash in the Crum. Tom began

to ran after his puppy, but lost sight of him for awhile. It turns out that Henry was only taking a leisurely swim in the Crum River. What makes my tail wag Among his favorite treats, Milkbones are definitely Henry’s favorite. He also enjoys long walks and the occasional tummy and ear rubs. Take me through the jungle From time to time, Tom takes Henry on walks. During one trip, this adventurer took a tour of the whole campus as he visited favorite locations such as Tarble, Frat Row and Parrish Beach. More than a pet After Swarthmore’s Human Resources Team gave an official OK to allow dogs in faculty offices, Henry has become a beloved member of the campus community. His presence is therapeutic, and he has quickly become popular within the student body. In fact, Tom remarks, “Sometimes I hear students shout ‘Hi, Henry!’ rather than ‘Hi, Tom.’”

Successful Orientation Play Delivers Laughs, Advice By JEANNETTE LEOPOLD Living & Arts Writer jleopol1@swarthmore.edu

Those not fortunate enough to get a coveted wristband for admission to the Orientation Play missed seeing Andrew Dorrance ’15, as the RA, sweep across the stage in a long red cape; they missed an inspiring performance by Josh McLucas ’15, who pulled tremendous depth into a character probably written for comic relief; they missed hilarious Boy Meets Tractor-style movies, and ultimately they missed one of the most heavily attended theatrical events at Swarthmore. The play, directed by Elliot Weiser ’13 and Patrick Ross ’15 and stage-managed by Supriya Davis, starred ten actors who ranged wildly in acting experience, from senior honors theater majors to undeclared sophomores. The show opened to a packed house and closed to a partial standing ovation. While the script of the play is essentially the same from year to year, the show changes dramatically because of the interpretations that each new actor and actress brings to his or her character. Particularly interesting this year was Meryl Sands ’13’s performance as Christina Martinez, the hipster whose boyfriend dumps her via text message. Sands, who self-identifies as queer, played a character who is uncomfortable when she finds out that her roommate Avery (Audrey Edelstein ‘15) is gay. “It’s not so much that she’s homophobic, it’s just that she never thought that a queer person would be her roommate,” Sands said. She explained that while Christina was comfortable with the idea of a gay person, she wondered if it would be weird simply because they were living together. “It’s a conversation a lot of people have to have,” Sands continued. “I hope we’ve demonstrated to the incoming class one way that we can deal with it.” Another issue that the play dealt with was sex. Allison McKinnon ’13 played the ultra hot, sex-loving Stephanie. Her roommate, Anne (Kimaya Diggs ’15) is a much more conservative character. Stephanie would pick up random guys on the way home from class and sexile Anne. This behavior resulted in a great deal of tension between the roommates, and the RA eventually had to step in to emphasize that situations like this are one reason to make a roommate contract. Anne, meanwhile, develops a loving and adorable relationship with Phil (Daniel Cho ’15). Their love is less sexual than Stephanie’s and elicited many “awws” from the

audience. The plot of the play is supposedly about the “admissions mistake,” or the idea that one freshman was admitted by accident and does not belong at Swarthmore. Preston Cooper ‘15 played the devious Dean GABRIELA CAMPOVERDE/THE PHOENIX Durgin, the Deputy Dean of Admissions Tom Elverson sits on the steps of Parrish Hall with his eight-year old Labrador Retriever charged with finding the mistake. However, Henry. the majority of the play is more focused on roommate relationships, and in particular, books, and stated that he was going to major probably relate to. the fact that everyone has some sort of inse- in everything. McLucas’ character cascaded When asked what challenges he faced in curity or issue in their life, just as everyone from intensely focused to certifiably insane. directing this play, Weiser said, “The chalhas value and something to offer. At the first Paces party he got wasted and lenge was the fact that it all happened in a One roommate relationship, Fred (Navin embarrassed himself in front of the girl he week. It’s a short amount of time to pull this Subharwal ‘14) and Derrick (Abigail Hen- liked — a situation that many Swatties, not disaster piece together but it came together derson ‘14), highlights the way in which two to mention college students everywhere, can well.” people who are socially very different can help each other out. Fred is “LOW BUDGET SWACAPELLA” nerdy; he likes to study and cannot imagine partying on a Thursday night. Derrick is a bro ACROSS __-Con 22. Sicilian volcano who would much rather 1. It can be spring or neap 12. Novelist Wharton 24. Angered get wasted than go to a 5. Dodge 15. You have to return them 25. It’s part of DNA study session. In one of 9. There are five in a five 18. Full, in Mexico 26. Like org or net the opening scenes of 10. First paragraph 19. One who acts the play, the audience 11. Low budget Swat a capella 20. “Glee” star Michele BY PRESTON COOPER sees Fred worry that he group? will not ever have a so13. First three vowels cial life unless he goes to Derrick’s party. At the 14. German “the” same time, Derrick wor16. NCAA rating system ries that he will fail out 17. Swat club of school unless he goes 21. Non-stick material to Fred’s study session. 23. Low budget Swat a capella “I think that the group? play’s humor provides 26. Feel for a great outlet for a lot 27. Second Amendment advoof the tension resulting cacy group from joining this new and diverse social en28. Put a ring on it? vironment,” said McK29. Built innon. A lot of people might worry that if they DOWN do not start studying 1. DU party-wear or partying now, it will 2. Uncontested, in the legal never happen. By exaggerating that fear, the system play shows its absurdity 3. Make a vacuum? and hopefully helps to 4. Sixth sense alleviate some anxiety. 5. World’s largest fashion McLucas played Lesmagazine ley, a character whom 6. Lose your way many Swatties can re7. 1990 rights act for the late to: the overachiever. disabled For the solution to this week’s puzzle, see The Phoenix’s online edition at He walked onstage in 8. Emergency rating system: www.swarthmorephoenix.com under the multimedia tab. a business suit pushing a shopping cart full of

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Swat Style Snapshot Name: Chuck Jiang Year: 2016 Hometown: Shanghai, China Possible Major: Film and Media Studies, Sociology & Anthropology From Shanghai to Swarthmore

Hailing from cosmopolitan Shanghai, China’s cultural capital, Jiang is a first-year student. Growing up in the most populated city in China, Jiang describes his home city as being “very international” and was subsequently exposed to diverse range of clothing styles. “Older generations wear more traditional clothing,” he says. But in Jiang’s opinion, young Shanghainese embrace international cultures and wear clothes from British, Korean and Japanese cultures, to name a few. “Shanghai is a very interesting city and you can see all kinds of people there,” he says. For Jiang, Swarthmore is no less visually stimulating. “This is a very interesting and diverse campus in terms of style.” Being part of i20, the international students’ group, has heightened his awareness of cultural diversity. “I know this girl called Efua from Ghana and yesterday she wore very traditional African clothes, which is amazing.” He has even been impressed by the style of his professors, such as Juma, his dance professor. Jiang is especially taken by Juma’s hair, which has a dyed portion in the front.

CHUCK JIANG ’16

A Globe-Trotting Shopper

Through both travel and online shopping, Jiang procures much of his clothes and accessories from abroad. Before coming to Swarthmore, he traveled frequently to Hong Kong and the States, making a point to purchase items that are not often available in his home city. ‘When I get to a new city, I like to walk around and visit different shops,” he says. Despite being on campus for less than a fortnight, Jiang has already purchased two pairs of shoes in Philadelphia. He has discovered a store in the city that sells special edition shoes and purchased a pair of collectable Star Wars Adidas sneakers. Jiang was surprised to nab a great deal. “People sell them online for $500 and I got it for $40.” His signature accessory is his pair of glasses which was made in Japan. Jiang purchased the pair online and is especially attracted to its woodgrain handles that contrast against the black, lustrous plastic frames.

Personal Style

Jiang denies demonstrating a fixed personal style, but rather synthesizes elements from different clothing styles. “I like to mingle a lot of clothes together,” says Jiang. However, he frequently purchases brightly colored garments and accessories and adds elements of hip-hop to his outfits as he is a rapper. He and a friend from home make up the rap duo Feezigga. The socially-conscious artists have created 10 tracks rapped in English in makeshift studios in their homes. Feezigga produces tracks that address China’s social problems such as gaokao, China’s national college entrance examination. Jiang describes the exam as being harsh and collaborated in creating a track about the exam as a tribute to his friends applying to local Chinese colleges. He hoped the song, entitled “Real Life Warfare,” would encourage his friends and mediate their stress. But according to the aspiring rapper, “ I don’t really wear super baggy jeans or chains.”

His Current Outfit

Jiang enjoys wearing jeans, as, in his opinion, they go with everything. The pair he is currently wearing has a simple front profile but features a large print of wings spanning both his back pockets. He wears an open short-sleeved shirt that has military-inspired hues and rivets made by a Hong Kong brand. Unbuttoned and open, it reveals his graphic-print and metallic t-shirt made by a Shanghai brand, which Jiang claims makes garments of good quality and durability. He has coordinated the shirt and the t-shirt to create a contrast of dark and bright colors and matte and metallic finishes. As a foil to the rest of his attire, Jiang’s neon, multi-colored Adidas sneakers are eye-catching. “A lot of people on campus have seen them and noticed them,” he says. Jiang purchased the sneakers from Hong Kong, where he had to fly to take the SATs since his local Chinese school did not offer SAT testing. Daily, he spends five minutes to coif his hair into voluminous spikes. Before setting on this specific style, he experimented with various styles including long hair and bangs that covered his forehead. He says his current hairstyle is consistent with the rest of his aesthetic, which he describes as having character without being too conspicuous. “It goes pretty well with my style, my clothes, everything.” TEXT AND PHOTOS BY SERA JEONG swarthmorephoenix.com


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When Rooming Assignments Work:

Seniors on Parrish 3rd and Wharton EF 2nd return to their first-year halls By ALLI SHULTES Assistant Living & Arts Editor ashulte1@swarthmore.edu

Freshman rooming assignments do not always work. Despite the painstaking deliberation taken over the firstyear housing survey (how many clothes can I toss on the floor and still qualify as “moderately messy?”), the perfect roommate can elude us, and many part after two semesters with well wishes, but no intention of renewing the roommate contract. This was not the case for 2013-ers Nick Gettino, Seth Foster and Nathaniel Lo. Neighbors and roommates on Parrish 3rd as first-years, the friends opted to recreate their freshmen living arrangements as seniors — with some minor adjustments. Gettino and Foster, who shared a double in 2009, now live across the hall in singles, and Lo sits in a position of authority as an RA. Lo believes that proximity may have played a large role in their initial friendship. With interests ranging from rugby to creative writing, the hallmates found common ground in favorite TV shows, video games, and music. “We just really appreciated each other’s different activities... even if we didn’t participate, we still respected them,” he said. Commonalities increased as the friendship grew. Lo, an engineering and English literature double major, remembers reading Gettino’s poetry over his shoulder long before taking an interest in the English department. “Who knows, maybe that’s part of the reason I got into it.” The group attempted to block together as sophomores, but the housing lottery ultimately prevailed. Lo wound up on the hall this year after a lucky swap moved him

from the fourth floor down to the third. The rooms look much the same as they did four years ago. Foster is sleeping on the same sheets; Gettino’s rock collection remains on display; and Lo’s “Alice in Wonderland” and “The Hush Sound” posters have survived three years of Swat Storage. After a visit from fellow-freshmen Parrishers this past weekend, “It really felt like we were back,” Lo said. “I’m trying not to milk the nostalgia too much, though,” he added. “We want this to be a new experience — we’re not trying to recreate an old one.” Working as an RA definitely changes the nature of the setup. Reprimanding Foster for playing rugby in the hall heralded in the “awkward power dynamic” created when friends are given authority over friends; however, mutual respect will hopefully keep the peace — and quiet — on

“I’m trying not to milk the nostalgia too much,” Lo said. “We want this to be a new experience — we’re not trying to recreate an old one.” the Hall of Shakespeare Mad-Libs. Also returning to the coveted site of their first-year dorm assignments are the seven seniors of Wharton EF 2nd. Although not as intimate as first-year neighbors like Parrish’s trio, common MARACAS groups and dormwide study breaks allowed permanent bonds to transcend the staircases: veterans of EF first, second, and third, the seniors now live somewhere in the middle. While the sheer number of returning hallmates is im-

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Kim, Coke, Geselowitz and Pietsch represent their 7-person block on Wharton EF 2nd.

pressive, their track record lends even more faith to the roommate matching process. Reed Coke bunked with a roommate from his freshmen quad for three years; Lauren Kim’s roommate of two years, whom she met at international student orientation, now lives next door in CD; and the inseparable Benjamin Geselowitz and Richard Chen have lived together for all four years (they are now more distant neighbors — Chen lives one floor down — but often make time to visit). As in Parrish, some things on EF 2nd remain unchanged by the passing semesters. The lounge, home to a perpetually shirtless basketball player in 2009, is now frequented by Chen, whose chiseled abs rival those of his former upperclassmen neighbors. The room of returning Wharton-er Atish Agarala, visited by a mouse in his sophomore year, is still cluttered. However, with the disappearance of a vibrant group of 2009-ers since their last stay on the hall, the returning blockmates are forced to come to terms with their own aging — despite signs that suggest otherwise — and step up to improve hall life for the dorm’s new occupants. “We had some really great seniors on our hall freshman year, but we also never saw the faces of a third of the hall,” Geselowitz said. “We kind of have a PR campaign going... we want them to feel like we can all hang out, that they can get to know us, instead of just being these mysterious, unseen faces,” Jackson Pietsch, formerly of EF 1st, added. So what is the secret for a miracle roommate match? Pietsch suggests EF’s block is only part of the story. “There’s a lot of us here, but there’s also a lot of people we lived with as freshmen who aren’t living here now,” he said. “It’s like marriage — sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.”

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Nostalgia kicks in as Lo returns to his first-year hall as an RA.

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Gettino, Foster and Lo became fast first-year friends while living in Parrish, despite their varying interests. (Right) The hall mates sit beneath Lo’s bed on Parrish 3rd. swarthmorephoenix.com


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Zoo Goes Wild in New York

Festival Lineup Promises Big Names, But Small Acts Deliver Innovation By TAYLOR HODGES Living & Arts Writer ehodges1@swarthmore.edu

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Dixon (left) drops the needle as Apparat (right) finishes a tremendous set.

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The duo Nadastrom (right) finish a set blending dub and moombathon.

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Pretty Lights follows David Guetta to close Friday night.

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Deep house rising star Maya Jane Coles brings her singature sound to Saturday.

Electronic music has reached ubiquity in America, but that does not mean that Aphex Twin is going to play at New York’s Electric Zoo. The festival, which just hosted its fourth annual weekend, would not care to host Aphex Twin, who is the closest thing the electronic music community has to an unquestionably respectable composer. Instead, Electric Zoo’s Friday headliner was David Guetta. This is not to say that real artists in the highbrow sense of the word were not present at the festival, but those who care about these artists are not the Zoo’s main demographic. Most of the festival’s best and brightest were relegated to the festival’s smallest tent, while the three biggest of the festival’s four tents played home to the DJs performing for the masses. Looking behind the tents at these decks, one could catch Diplo, Steve Aoki, Knife Party, Dillon Francis, Tiësto and — never one to turn down a festival — Skrillex. These were the venues with big light shows and even bigger bass, and the crowds at these stages moshed while wearing furry boots, neon tank tops, glow sticks and full-body spandex. These big tents though, did surprise with some good performances. Netsky, a British artist who produces drum and bass, a genre of super up-tempo rhythms clocking in around 140-160 beats per minute, delivered a monotonous, but briefly interesting set. At first, the young DJ jumped from drop to drop of his similar-sounding, hundred milesper-hour beats, then began to toss in some dubstep songs. Here, Netsky’s set became an examination of how early UK dubstep grew out of late 90’s drum and bass. He showed how dubstep moved the melody to mid-bass range and the drum programming dubstep borrowed from drum and bass. Since most of the big tent DJs were playing his style of dubstep, it is unsurprising that the best big-tent performance came from the man who brought dubstep to the masses: Rusko. The English producer came into prominence in 2007 when dubstep was leaving London’s Croydon neighborhood and coming onto the world stage. He gained mainstream recognition when he began to turn away from dubstep’s traditional dark, ominous sound1 by developing an attitude that was instead brash and noisy. Thus came brostep, the sub-genre that many Americans today would identify as “dubstep.” “Brostep is sort of my fault,” Rusko said to the BBC in 2010. “A lo t of dubstep fans come because they just want to hear the most disgusting, hard, dirty, distorted music possible, and that’s not what [dubstep]’s about.” Regardless of what true dubstep is, when Rusko stepped up to the decks he shouted, “Are you ready for that stupid bass?” and pumped out music full of brutal mid-range bass, laser sounds, and some throbbing wub-wubs. And as much as it was some of the least structurally interesting music that played all weekend, his set was wild. Bulging arms hanging out of lacrosse pinnies moshed up and down, girls high above the crowd on the shoulders of their friends whipped their hair in every conceivable direction, the floor shook as a thousand people broke all conventions of polite dance; it was one of the craziest audiences of the weekend and was the wild rave Rusko had in mind when he first pushed brostep forward. Unfortunately, few other big tent acts made their sets exciting from beginning to end. Benga, one of dubstep’s biggest innovators since 2006, might have turned in an interesting set, but he held true to his recent claim that he wants to be a pop star. Benga did not play the forward-thinking alien beats that earned him a place in the zeitgeist, but instead gave record time to the dubstep equivalent of techno anthems, all of which sounded much like “Katy on a Mission,” the track he produced for British pop superstar Katy B.

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At the same time, many artists, like Dillon Francis, made novel, but not wholly interesting sets by combining the aggressive sounds of dubstep and trap — a trendy genre characterized by the hard hitting bass, condensed snare hits of southern rap.2 However, innovation and surprising track selection were mostly absent at the festival’s big venues. David Guetta played a predictably mediocre set of bland trance and top 40 that all seemed to be constructed out of the same drum kit. Tiësto’s set of squeaky techno surprised no one, and sounded much like his gigs from the past ten years. Closing out the festival, Skrillex played a set of his own music, largely the same set he has been playing since he released a new EP almost two years ago. To see DJs dig deep into their record bag or play a set that held that audience’s attention from beginning to end, you had to head over to the festival’s smallest tent, the confusingly named “Sunday School Grove.” Last year it hosted James Holden’s noodling, shoe-gazey house, minimal house mastermind Richie Hawtin, Detroit legend Carl Cox, and recent wunderkind Nicolas Jaar. This year the Sunday School Tent was decorated with one big row of two white school buses along the back of the stage. The fronts of the buses were placed at the front of the stage so DJs could put their gear where the steering wheel should go. The tent’s Friday headliner was resident Ibiza DJ Luciano, and mid-day Saturday was home to last year’s MixMag breakout DJ of the year, Maya Jane Coles, who brought her dark brand of thumping deep house music. The first half of her set was made of pumping house, which allowed her to take her energetic audience deeper in her set’s second half. She played “Ima Read,” the underground rap hit from rapper Zebra Katz and the crowd lit up when she dropped “All Alone,” a cut from her recent DJ Kicks mix. Saturday night made way for Berlin techno king Chris Liebing. Liebing, whose current DJ set-up finds him playing four songs at once with Traktor, is known for his aggressive brand of techno, but his set started off gently. “Just wait for it,” an audience member said to me; “His sound is going to get real hard.” And it did, but unlike most hard techno, his set still retained a beauty even when his bass got loud and his even synths packed punch. Aside from a few highlights, most of the festival’s best performers were slated to perform on Sunday. The super group “Better Lost than Stupid” composed of producers Martin Buttrich, Davide Squillache and Matthias Tanzman —each of whom would have drawn a significantly bigger crowd if billed solo —played a rocking two hours of house that drove the dancing crowd smoothly from start to finish. Their set was followed by a proficient but unremarkable set by Umek, but was succeeded by Apparat, who brought one of the best sets of the weekend. The set was in fact a milestone for Apparat. Raised on the 80s sound of the Cure and Depeche Mode, Apparat has long pushed a sound heavy on melody and melancholia. But when interviewed about a mix he released on the Sunday before the Electric Zoo, he said, “This mix marks a real turning point in my life; I’ll be a happy and optimistic person from now on.” Whether or not Apparat was joking, his set at the Electric Zoo, the first after his announcement, was ebullient and packed with hits. He started with Carl Craig’s remix of “Kill 1 to Warn 100” and segued into last year’s big club hits, Daphni’s “YeYe” and Scuba’s “The Hope,” while mixing in current hits like Julio Bashmore’s “Au Seve” and Jamie xx’s remix of Radiohead’s “Bloom.” It was a booming, expertly mixed set that bled right into Dixon’s. Dixon, one of Berlin’s deep house veterans, played a good set that ended, surprisingly, with Frank Ocean’s “Lost,” but his set felt a bit uninspired. Another reporter in the crowd, who had just interviewed the DJ, mentioned that Dixon did not like doing hour and a half sets, and while the set was as


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thumping bass. His sets usually begin like his mix albums The Grandfather Paradox and Live at the Robert Johnson Vol. 8, folding slow ambient chords over one another. When a kick drum makes its first appearance an hour into one of his typical sets, it always hits like a revelation. The last two DJs to play the Sunday School tent that night were Boyz Noize and Marco Carola. While some performers may wink at the audience, subtlety is not the intention of Alexander Ridha’s project, Boyz Noize. While some DJs over the weekend picked up the mike to shout, “Wow, you guys sure look like you’re having a good time out there,” the first track from Boyz Noize’s DJ set chanted, “Ecstasy, Ecstasy, fun for you and fun for me.” His techno was imbued with the same lack of subtlety and was the hardest techno of the whole festival. Boyz Noize was able to fill the tent due to his ability to make techno palatable to the dubstepfavoring masses, but in doing so lost the heart of the genre. His songs were not about propelling forward, or about trance progression through harsh sounds, but he dropped distorted sonics to inform the crowd that this was their time to mosh and dance. Although veteran Italian techno DJ Marco Carola ended the last night at the festival’s best stage, coverage of the Electric Zoo would be remiss if it didn’t mention the previous night’s performance by late-nineties rave legend, Sasha. When he was featured on the cover of MixMag, his story’s title line read, “Son of God?” and while Sasha may have resented the unnecessary hyperbole, it is pretty spot on. Sasha is no longer unanimously embraced as the world’s greatest DJ, but he still is because he is the master of the skill that makes all DJs great: keeping your signature sound while pushing forward and keeping relevant. He preserved his creative integrity when he was one of the first DJs to wholeheartedly embrace computer DJing near the turn of the millennium, and his Saturday night set at the

Electric Zoo confirmed his unwavering mastery. He played a fresh set of progressive house that closed with Hot Chip’s recent single “Flutes.” It was typical Sasha to turn a lyrically cheesy pop tune3 into an impeccably mixed, uplifting, and compellingly danceable tune. Sasha has managed to keep his sets up-to-date in his style, while the rave world has changed around him. When Sasha came into prominence as a DJ, electronic music was still an underground affair that promoters were not willing to gamble on. Now, America alone throws dozens of electronic festivals a year, the biggest being the Electric Daisy Carnival in New York and Las Vegas, and New York’s Electric Zoo. Electronic music is bigger than ever, but most attendees at these events do not seem to care too much about quality. They will go see whatever is loud and TAYLOR HODGES/PHOENIX STAFF fast, while legends and innovators play the small Gesaff elstein drops some acid house into dubstep beats. tents. When recently asked what he thought about all this, electronic musician Matthew Dear said, “I think it’s great because all these hundreds of thousands of kids going to these festivals in Vegas and New York—wearing furry boots, living the rave dream—are binge-drinking music. They’re taking it all in.They don’t care about quality— it’s about the epic build and formulaic comedown. But five years from now, they’re going to stop that, and there’s a good chance that 20% of those people will stick around and start finding avenues towards Aphex Twin...That’s fantastic. That’s going to be an influx of people that are going to make this music last longer and be relevant. That’s all I care about.” Footnotes: 1 For classic ominous dubstep see Skream’s 2006 debut, Skream! 2 For prime example of trap rave see TNGHT’s “Higher Ground” or Baauer’s “Harlem Shake.” 3 Lyrics: “One day you might realize / that you might need to open your eyes.” The faregrounds at Randall’s Island.

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AROUND HIGHER EDUCATION In the face of rain and humidity, thousands of concertgoers in rain jackets and patriotic colors swarmed Benjamin Franklin Parkway for Philadelphia’s first annual Made In America festival this Labor Day weekend. Over 30 artists performed at the two-day concert, including Jay-Z, Pearl Jam, Miike Snow, Drake and Calvin Harris. Event organizers had hoped for at least 50,000 attendees each day. According to Mayor Michael Nutter, there were 41,000 goers on Saturday and 39,000 on Sunday. Nutter, a 1979 Wharton graduate, called the event a “great success for the city,” because it not only reinforced Philadelphia’s reputation as a music town, but it also boosted the economy face of rain humidity, thousands of well-known hits such as “Alive” and “Better Man.” By JENNY TRANG theIn local for and nearby hotels and restaurants. concertgoers in rain jackets and patriotic colors Attendees were accommodated with free water refills and tents for Wi-Fi and The festival was also streamed by YouTube and Pandora and created some buzz for the city. 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Sykes Radford ’14 The said festival wason also streamed bystop YouTube and so much fun.” Many the rain Sunday did not them from enjoying Made In America. “Even though it was raining it Pandora and created some buzz the city. Students expressed excitement and said they would was nice because it cooled you off,”for Chen said. “Thisjunior is getting international exposure forweather the city and showing what great city at all. go again if Philadelphia hosts another concertbecause next year. 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Thousands to Fling, I think Made in America may haveRadford topped Fling “It’s comparable to Fling, think Made in America have topped Fling because it“It’s wascomparable a festival and there but were so many different performers,” said. bedanced, jumped, and pumped their fists inofthe air aswhich fog blasted out from causeCollege it was senior a festival andChen theresaid. were“Isoreally manyliked different performers,” said. “They had good sang mix of a lot of different types artists, I thought was tubes really cool,” Jerry the DJs there, likeRadford Afrojack.” and rave lights to the beat of the music. haditgood of agood,” lot of she different types of had artists, which I thought real- go Michelle Chen flashed agreed that the Freedom Tent where the DJs performed was her favorite.“They “Overall was mix really said. “If they it next year I wouldwas probably The foot of the Philadelphia Museum of Art was home to the main stage, where ly cool,” College senior Jerry Chen said. “I really liked the DJs there, like Afrojack.” again.” Jay-Z kicked off the festival Saturday night. Fans rapped and danced to Jay-Z’s perMichelle Chen agreed that the Freedom Tent where the DJs performed was her formance as a few others pushed through the crowd to inch closer to him. Between favorite. “Overall it was really good,” she said. “If they had it next year I would bouts of drizzle, Pearl Jam closed the two-day concert on Sunday, performing his probably go again.”

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Let Them Be Sisters

A Campus-Wide Referendum on a Sorority at the College is Inappropriate Staff Editorial

A new institution will soon join Greek life on campus. In 2013, Kappa Alpha Theta will become Swarthmore’s first sorority since 1933. Though the sisterhood has not yet begun, its very existence has been the subject of intense controversy throughout the previous school year, with scores of students opposing the presence of a sorority on campus for various reasons. Now that the administration has granted sorority advocates the green light, opponents have called for a campuswide referendum on the issue. Originally dubbed, “No Sorority at Swarthmore College,” but now bearing the revised title, “Call for Referendum on Sorority at Swarthmore College,” a petition published by sorority opponents has been circulating online, calling upon Student Council to “hold a referendum on whether or not students agree with the presence of a sorority at Swarthmore.” Holding a referendum on whether or not to allow a student group to operate on campus is highly inappropriate. An issue should only go to referendum if the outcome will affect every member of the community voting. It is appropriate for such issues as national independence, or statehood. For example, come November Puerto Rico will vote on whether to become the 51st state in the Union. Becoming a state will allow Puerto Ricans to vote in presidential elections and send delegates to serve in Congress, but will also subject them to different laws and regulations than they would need to abide by as a territory. All citizens of Puerto Rico would be affected if the island became a state, so it is only fair that everyone has a say. It is inappropriate, however, to hold a referendum across an entire community when only a small segment of that community would be directly affected. One could argue that everyone in the nation, and perhaps the world, would be indirectly affected if Puerto Rico achieved statehood. Depending on the political persuasion of the delegates the new state sends to Washington, the balance of power in Congress would shift, and thereby change the content of the laws it produces for the whole nation. At its core, though, this is an issue of whether Puerto Ricans want the rights and burdens that come with being a state. It is not the business of the other fifty to interfere with the island’s choices, just as residents of Montana cannot vote in Senate elections in Massachusetts even though they may feel the repercussions of the outcome. Puerto Rico’s decision of whether or not to become a state should be its own. The same is true for the issue of whether or not to start a sorority on campus, since the only members of the community who would be directly affected are those who decide to join. Sorority opponents voice many concerns about the as-yet-hypothetical sorority, including a too-active party culture, exclusiveness and a dislike of the word “sorority” being associated with their college. But these concerns all refer to indirect repercussions, if tangible repercussions at all. Holding a referendum on the establishment of a sorority is somewhat akin to holding a referendum on whether to grant a community the right of same-sex marriage. The only people who would be directly affected by the establishment of a same-sex marriage right are those who choose to exercise that right. Others may be indirectly affected because it offends their moral or religious philosophy, but such concerns are not sufficient to force a referendum on the issue. Not to mention that the concerns sorority opponents voice about the potential sisterhood are immaterial if the sorority founders are listening. Swarthmore is a college with strong values which most campus groups respect. The sorority leaders will likely go out of their way to ensure that Kappa Alpha Theta is not racist, classist or homophobic, or a breeding ground for emotional and sexual abuse, as sorority opponents fear. The College’s third Greek institution will ensure that it adds to rather than detracts from campus life and sense of community. In the unlikely event that, after the sorority has been established for a few years, students determine that the majority of them are being negatively affected by its presence, then a referendum on its right to continue to exist might become appropriate. But at this point in time, with the sisterhood not yet off the ground, the College could not justify leaving its fate in the hands of those who have nothing to do with it. Swarthmore ought to follow the simple, moral philosophy of live and let live, and let its students be sisters.

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Members of sorority advocacy group Not Yet Sisters: from left, Callie Feingold, Christina Obiajulu, Julia Melin, and Olivia Ensign. The administration approved the sorority over the summer, but it still faces stiff opposition from students on campus.

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It’s no secret that the sorority is a contentious issue at the College. Many students, especially those opposing the sorority, expected discussion to continue in the fall. However, the administration jumped the gun by prematurely approving the sorority without sufficient input from the student body. Over the summer, sorority advocacy group Not Yet Sisters met with the president and the board several times to argue for the presence of a sorority on campus. By the time the summer ended, the Administration had made up its mind without giving those who hold a different opinion time to rebut and explain their own reasoning. It is no small segment of the campus that has reservations about allowing more Greek life into Swarthmore. Many of their concerns, such as sororities’ histories as breeding grounds for irresponsible partying and sexual abuse, are very legitimate, and they seem to have been dismissed. Not only was there a lack of equal say, but the fact that the discussions took place over the summer meant that the entire campus was not present to hear Not Yet Sisters’ plan for how the sorority would work. How can Swarthmore be comfortable with a sorority if it’s kept in the dark about the precautions, if any, NYS will take to ensure that the sisterhood will not detract from campus life? A little more conversation would go a long way.

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Where the Facts Stand: Analyzing the Statistics of Sororities

I believe it is in Swarthmore’s and its students’ best interest for the college to charter a sorority on campus. HARSHIL SAHAI I feel this Conservatively Liberal way not Economics because having a hsahai1@swarthmore.edu sorority is “fair” and “equal,” not because it is “Swarthmore’s duty” to uphold a democratic atmosphere and not because it will bring a more “diverse social scene” to campus. My opinions on sorority inclusion at Swarthmore arise not from politics, but simply from raw, no-BS data. National data gathered by the University of Missouri, “Why Go Greek?” and independent, college data gathered by various universities including Miami University, Fresno State, Colorado State, UC San Diego, Lehigh, Cornell, etc. suggest that on average, sorority members tend to achieve higher GPAs. Moreover, students in sororities have more and higher leadership roles on campus. In fact, over 85% of the women leaders on 730 campuses nationwide are members of sororities. Having a sorority will neither distract nor impair a student from their academic responsibilities; rather, it will enhance and amplify Swarthmore’s academic, community and social experience. At a fundamental level, it makes sense. Although sorority pledging and responsibilities may take time, students are likely to relieve their stress, feel a sense of sisterhood and be able to ask other sisters for advice, insight and tutoring, and perform better during classes and exams. This creates a learning atmosphere with robust support mechanisms to encourage growth as a group. Furthermore, the constant social interaction within a sorority will likely alleviate the traditional Swattie “social awkwardness,” improve organizational skills and thus help fuel leadership in school organizations. In addition, Greek members form the largest network of volunteers in the nation. As undergraduates, Greek societies give roughly 850,000 hours of community service each year, raising over $7 million to charities worldwide. Again, this makes sense as most sororities uphold community service requirements and hold organization-wide values of volunteerism. Judging by this statistic alone, a Swarthmore sorority will help improve membership within volunteer/social action groups on campus as well as invigorate humanitarian efforts at both a local and global level. Data shows that on-campus sororities not only positively impact a student’s college experience, but that they also prepare sisters well for life after their undergraduate degrees. Greek-affiliated alumni form over 76% of the “Who’s Who in America,” 85% of Fortune 500 executives and 86% of the CEOs of the 50 largest corporations in U.S. However, Greek life not only prepares members well for positions in Fortune 500 corporations (a direction that is somewhat lacking at Swarthmore), but also, statistically, improves chances of working for government agencies.

Actually, 76% of all U.S. Senators are fraternity or sorority members; 70% of the Presidential cabinet members since 1900 have been Greek; and the only two women justices to ever be appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court were part of, you guessed it, sororities. These statistics are consistent with the activities and structure of sororities. Having access to a large network of sorority members and alumni will help introduce business connections, support networks and mentoring opportunities, in addition to specialized career programs and resources available to sorority members. Clearly, all sororities, at least those that have national recognition and presence, are much more than just college rituals, formalities or “party groups.” In any event, I am confident that the students of Swarthmore will select a reputable sorority offering the optimal opportunities for personal and professional development. Nonetheless, others may argue that instituting a sorority on campus will be costly to an already budget-tight college. However, studies show that implementing sororities cost about 2% of campus group fees. With Swarthmore’s activity fee of approximately $400 per student, that brings the per-student cost to about $8. This gives a chosen sorority about $12,000 to charter itself. After this point, the sorority is likely to be self-sufficient off membership dues and/or financial aid from the larger organization if need be. Although the $12,000 may seem like a large up-front fixed cost, which it is, the sorority alumni will likely pay back Swarthmore in full, with interest. Studies show that sorority members give four times more in alumni donations than non-affiliated students. After a successful chartering and development of the sorority program at Swarthmore (10 years conservatively), sorority alumni in their 30s will likely participate in alumni donations. Specifically, the average non-affiliated alumni donation in America per year is about $300. Four times that would be $1200 for Greek alumni. Assuming a sorority class of about 30 students, that brings the total alumni donation from sorority alumni to Swarthmore at about $36,000 per year. This means that after 11 years, Swarthmore will receive $36,000 from sorority alumni donations; after one more year, $72,000 (30 original sorority alumni in their 30s, and 30 more new); after one more, $108,000 (60 current, and 30 more new) and so on and so forth. So with an initial investment of $12,000, Swarthmore will achieve an annualized real return of about 7% for 11 years, 17% for 12 years and 22% for 13 years! Investing the principal to institute a sorority on campus would outperform most alternative investments including both stock and bond markets, let alone having Swarthmore store such funds at a bank gaining a negligible 1% in interest. Enough jargon. The main point is that Swarthmore will benefit in many ways from having a sorority on campus. GPAs will increase; group leadership will expand; community service will advance; job placement, both in the commercial and public sector, will improve; and social and behavior skills will develop. All of this will also improve Swarthmore’s image and reputation, both with the student population as well as the outside world. And funding the venture will not only be principalprotected, but Swarthmore will likely enjoy a non-trivial return. For all these reasons and more, Swarthmore should welcome a sorority to our campus.

Pennsylvania Voter ID Law an Affront to Civil Rights It is a fundamental tenet of democracy that the government is stronger and its power more justified when more citizens are enAARON KROEBER franchised. The Civil Libertarian America has akroebe1@swarthmore.edu progressively relaxed restrictions on the right to vote — be they based on property ownership, gender or race — and has thus created fairer and freer elections. For the most part this movement has been unidirectional; rarely have voting rights been rolled back once granted. For the most part, we now agree that all non-felon adults should have the right to vote. Of course, the key here is ‘for the most part.’ Voting rights are apparently up for argument again, threatened this time by the thinly-veiled Voter ID law here in Pennsylvania, as well as others across the country. Just as Jim Crow laws kept African Americans from the polls through literacy tests and poll taxes, Voter ID laws aim to keep the urban working poor (read: the Democratic base) from voting. Is there an epidemic of in-person voter fraud that we’ve all somehow been missing? No. Is there any reason to believe that elections will be fairer with ID laws? No. This isn’t a solution to any existing problem. Moreover, if there were a problem, in what universe would requiring voters to present ID before all voters even have ID be a good idea? If we accept that all citizens have the right to vote, then that right cannot be infringed upon. More than that, the government has an obligation to protect our fundamental rights. Now, I understand that the right to vote is not explicitly enshrined in the constitution, but if that is the argument then we’ve lost sight of democracy. In a true democracy, the government should not be making voting a rigorous process; it should be uncomplicated and open to all who are eligible. Let’s say that, despite the lack of any evidence showing that in-person election fraud has any real effect on our elections, states decide to seriously address individual voter fraud. These Voter ID laws are not the right way to do even that. The first step in requiring ID to vote should be requiring everyone to have a standard ID in the first place. If ID is going to be required to exercise a basic civil right, then why not just have a National ID? Issue it to everyone freely, without them having to go through the hassle of getting ID currently, which for many involves lengthy journeys to other parts of the state (though IDs themselves are free, many counties do not have a DMV or another government office able to issue IDs, requiring those who live in such counties to travel to the nearest issuer, trips which can be costly for the poor). I’m going to make a guess, though: the people pushing for Voter ID laws would be the same ones who would fight against a National ID. When they’re pushing Voter ID, it’s for fraud prevention and security,

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but if someone proposed a National ID, that will suddenly be government overreach and the beginnings of oppression. I’m not saying that I am in support of a National ID, but then again I don’t think anyone should need ID to exercise a fundamental right of citizenship. I’m not saying that there are no problems when it comes to the fairness of our elections, it’s just that state governments seem to be going about the issue entirely wrong. We should tackle the problem at the institutional level, where there may be real, rather than imagined, problems. Tougher standards on drawing district lines, real non-partisan election commissions. Instead of, as in Ohio, letting the Attorney General break ties for the bi-partisan county electoral committees, why not force those by-partisan committees to reach a decision together? Or better yet, why not extend section 5 of the Voting Rights Act to all states, requiring them to get federal approval for their voting laws. No more gerrymandering in Texas, no more reduced voting hours in predominantly black counties in Ohio. Elections are a national issue, so let’s not let the local governments in a dozen counties decide the election. This should be an issue at the highest level, in the public eye. The threat to our elections doesn’t come from individuals, it comes from state governments themselves. Are conservatives willing to push for compulsory identification enough to require a standard National ID that could be used to prevent fraud? No. Are they ready to move beyond partisanship in the way that elections are organized so as to reduce institutional fraud? No. (I’m not in any way saying that liberals are without flaw, but look at who’s pushing for the Voter ID laws and working to reduce the ability of large segments of the population to vote.) Unless politicians are willing to take the issues seriously, Voter ID laws are a joke. In Pennsylvania, it is estimated that nine percent of voters lack acceptable ID to vote. The vast majority of these voters live in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh and are non-white. It doesn’t take an expert in electoral math to figure out who they’re going to vote for. Voter ID laws are discriminatory, as those without ID are largely poor and may not be able to afford the time necessary to obtain state ID. Apparently unconvinced that they can win voters over on the issues, the Pennsylvania Republican Party is turning to voter suppression in the hopes of victory. For all of our sakes, I hope they don’t succeed. How can the Republican Party be at once the party of limited government and individualism and the party of ‘show me your papers?’ This isn’t about reducing fraud, and it certainly isn’t about individual rights; this is about winning an election. I don’t believe there was ever a time where our elections were perfect and open and free, but I cannot think of another time that there has been such an attempt, though veiled with seemingly-good intentions, to suppress the votes of a specific group. Well, not since 1965. Let’s have elections and let them be fair and free of fraud, but let’s not lie about how we achieve that. Let’s combat fraud, real fraud and not scapegoat a non-issue. Let’s be honest and fair, let elections represent all Americans, not just most. Let’s not go back to Jim Crow.

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Forget Politics and Let’s Talk Issues: Romney’s Plan for America The Swarthmore Conservative evaluates competing visions in this high-stakes election year

TYLER BECKER The Swarthmore Conservative tbecker1@swarthmore.edu

Four years ago, Obama ran a campaign about changing the tone of politics, crystallized in his dazzling Invesco Field convention speech by the mantra, “There are no red states, blue states, just the United States.” His election was seen as essential to bringing America back together. Now, Mitt Romney is facing charges from the other side that he hasn’t been specific enough about the policies he will pursue as president. MSNBC and liberal blogs paint the Republican agenda as some sort of grand secret that will inhibit the rights granted by our forefathers to the great people of these United States. They act as if women’s rights will become a thing of the past if Republicans gain control of government. Vice President Joe Biden said to a crowd of African Americans that Republicans will put them back into “chains,” a deliberate attempt to equate Republicans with the pre-Civil War slave owners of the South. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told Chris Wallace last weekend that the Republican platform “looks

like the platform of 1812.” Attacks like these are intellectually dishonest. Democrats are now attempting to divide America and make individual groups feel that the Republican Party is waging a war on their rights. Bringing people together worked for Obama when he was up in the polls, but the Obama team has made a calculation to use a divide-and-conquer strategy in this tight election environment. Democrats are hiding under the Obama campaign’s slogan, “Forward.” They want you to believe that Republicans are trying to take the United States backward to the days of segregation, and President Obama and the Democratic Party are the only things standing in the way. So much for the new politics Obama talked about in his 2008 campaign. But, yes, there is a reason this election has turned into a cat-and-mouse game where the actual policy issues are so rarely discussed. This is not the fault of Republicans. It is that Obama has no credible record of achievement to run on. Each major legislative “achievement” Obama managed in the past few years has turned out to contain numerous broken promises and attained far less results than the lofty predictions of this administration. Take the stimulus package: $800 billion later, unemployment remains above 8 percent when it was supposed to decline to below 6 percent. Obama’s health care reform legislation, which was supposed to lower the cost of healthcare, is now raising the health insurance premiums on middle class families. And Obamacare cuts $716 billion from Medicare by paying doctors less for the same treatments. This will only cause those costs to be passed on to younger people not on a government insurance plan. The Dodd-Frank financial regulatory reform that was supposed to rein in the excesses of Wall Street is now hurting honest middle-class individuals working in the financial sector far away from Manhattan, who have to spend their time complying with all the new regulations. Obama does not have a plan for the next four years because he cannot run on his administration’s accomplishments since he was swept into office. The economy has not recovered and unemployment remains above the level when Obama took office. Too often, the Presi-

dent blames his predecessor for the nation’s economic woes, but there are far too many questions about the effectiveness of Obama’s own recovery plans to just continue blaming President Bush when 23 million are unemployed or underemployed. Obama cannot run a campaign on continuing what he is currently doing because it’s just not working. Mitt Romney has a plan. Romney’s plan starts with changing the conversation. For the past four years, we have endured a president who continuously degrades America rather than celebrates what we have accomplished as nation. The strategic logic of Obama’s ploy is clear: plant in the voters’ minds a picture of Obama and the government as responsible for all that is great in America to justify more government entitlements. When Republicans go to reform these entitlements to make them more efficient and sustainable, Democrats can then attack Republicans for not caring about specific groups of people (the poor, the elderly, etc.). Mitt Romney will talk about America in a positive light and America’s entrepreneurial spirit will be recognized in the policies he pursues. Middle class Americans will see their tax rates on interest, dividends and capital gains brought to zero to encourage more investment and greater rewards. The corporate rate will be reduced from 35 percent to 25 percent to make America more competitive with the rest of industrialized nations. Companies will have more money to invest in expansion, creating more jobs. Romney plans to start making the difficult choices that will be necessary to end the insanity of the nation’s deficit and debt. He will cap spending at 20 percent of GDP and return discretionary spending to the levels seen prior to Obama’s election. The Romney plan also calls for entitlement reform. In choosing Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as his running mate, Romney signaled that he is willing to talk about bold reforms. As president, he will work to preserve entitlements deemed necessary, such as Medicare, by making them more efficient without reducing their impact. Much has been made in this campaign about Ryan’s Medicare proposals, and the Obama campaign continues to lie to seniors about the true impact of the Romney-Ryan plan. Current seniors 55 and older will see no changes, and younger Americans will essentially be given an amount of money to purchase their own health care once they reach retirement age. The government will approve plans offered by private insurers looking to compete for having the lowest price and still meeting the same level of benefits enjoyed under Medicare. The amount of money that will be provided will be equal to the secondcheapest plan offered by private insurers on a regional basis that the government approves. The same Medicare benefits will be available from all of these plans, including the cheapest. Traditional Medicare will also still be an option. Increasing competition has the potential to reduce the cost of these plans, and preserve Medicare for the future. Romney will pursue a similar approach with other entitlements: if they are necessary, is there a way they can be more efficient? Obamacare will finally be repealed, but it will also be replaced. While the Obama campaign would like Americans to believe Romney will take away the ability of us young people to stay on our parents’ insurance until age 26 and discard the requirement of insurers to provide insurance to people with preexisting conditions, this is just not the case. Romney has a plan. President Obama does not. Tonight, when Obama takes the stage at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, the nation will be watching for Obama’s plan to be unveiled. He has to explain why four more years for him will bring America back on a path to prosperity. Based on the last few, I’m unsure there can be a plan at all.

The Sorority Question: Bringing in Opinions from 1931

The Phoenix Resurrects a Speech by Former College President Dr. Aydelotte Concerning Greek Life This speech was given by College President Dr. Aydelotte during a meeting of fraternity and non-fraternity students, both undergraduates and alumni, on December 15, 1931, two years before the abolition of Swarthmore’s last sorority. The meeting was a part of an ongoing discussion on the question of sororities, or women’s fraternities, at the college in 1931. In this stage of the debate, plans were drawn up by fraternity and non-fraternity members to address the concerns of the undergraduates. Seventy-seven percent of women on campus belonged to a sorority at this time. The plans included: a proposal to limit fraternity membership to 20 members per society, and restricting the number of incoming pledges each year to five students; a proposal for deferred bidding, so that only sophomores and juniors would be permitted to seek membership; and a plan to bid every girl who wished to join a fraternity into one of the existing social groups on campus. All plans included modifications of the rushing system. As described by The Swarthmore Phoenix on December 8, 1931, President Aydelotte’s opinion most strongly coincided with that of the lattermost proposal; as illustrated in this transcript of his speech given during the December 15 meeting, he did not enthusiastically support either the complete abolition of sororities or the continuance of sororities in their present state. Here is the transcript of the speech: “In commenting on the progress of the discussions of the fraternity problem, I should like in the first place to emphasize the point that this discussion was not originated by me or by the Faculty of the College but rather by student and graduate members of the fraternities. I emphasize this for the information of friends of the College outside who may find it difficult to believe. “As you all know, there have been, during the last few years, two movements originated entirely by the undergraduates for the abolition of fraternities. So far as I am aware no faculty took any part whatever in either movement as I certainly did not myself. Undergraduate social life ought to be a matter for undergraduates themselves to manage, and I should like to emphasize the point that so far as the faculty is concerned this is your problem and you will be left to the task of solving it.

“I wish to say very frankly that I approve strongly of the discussion, that I feel it is timely and needed, and that I admire very much the spirit in which the undergraduate girls of the College have attacked the problem. “I can readily understand the surprise which is felt by the public at large that we should have here a group of undergraduates who are too keen and too idealistic to accept the highly artificial working of the fraternity system as if it were one of the laws of nature. I congratulate you on your realization of the difficulties of the fraternity plan as it works here at present and upon your determination to improve it. “When I spoke to you three weeks ago I expressed the wish that your discussions would not be too long drawn out. I begrudge the time which the leaders of the undergraduate body are compelled to give to these discussions. I know that most of you are leaders not only in social affairs but in your studies as well and that this fraternity discussion necessarily interferes a great deal with your academic work. Nevertheless, I should like to say that I hope you will not hurry your decision. What you are trying to do is something new; undergraduate opinion is divided; and it is clearly the part of wisdom not to allow yourselves to be hurried but to take time for thorough discussion before acting.” “What you are trying to do at Swarthmore is to create a more democratic and a more delightful social life. The task is an important one. It seems to me that in an educational institution it ought to be part of the training of character that you should learn to think that no distinction is really important which is not based upon merit. It is for this reason that I believe you ought to so contrive it as to prevent fraternity memberships from bulking too large in undergraduate life and too near to the center of the stage. “When any new proposal is made the first thing thought of is objection to it, and I am told that a certain number of fraternity women are so impressed with the objections and difficulties in the way of any kind of reform that they are coming to feel that perhaps the best solution is the total abolition of fraternities. This may be the best course, but I myself am inclined to doubt its wisdom. It seems to me that there is a great deal about the fraternities which is good and that your task is to preserve that good and to eradicate the very real evils

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which now accompany it. My own predilections are always strongly in favor of reform rather than wholesale destruction. I want whatever solution is reached to be your own, and I give you advice only for the sake of what you may find it to be worth. But I hope you will first explore every possible method of eradicating evils and of making the very real good which is inherent in the fraternity system available for everyone before making your decision. “I hope you will attack this problem with an experimental frame of mind. Any step you may take will not be irrevocable. If you try some solution which does not work, you or the next generation can try another. One of the fortunate things about our small size is that we can make experiments, can closely study their workings, can alter them on short notice if necessity demands. If you approach the problem with the same experimental attitude that the faculty has shown in problems of academic work, I shall be confident of your success. “In arriving at your decision you have an opportunity not merely to make a great contribution to social life at Swarthmore but also to do something for the American college fraternity as well. As you doubtless know, the fraternity system is under criticism from a large number of forward-looking colleges and universities throughout the country. Many of the evils which you feel at Swarthmore are felt by students and members of the faculties of other institutions. If you can reach a solution of the fraternity problem which will make the fraternity system a force which will assist in the development here of a democratic and happy social life and which will work for the intellectual ends for which the college exists, you may be sure that your experience will be watched and that the measures you take will be initiated insofar as they are successful. If the fraternity is so inflexible that it cannot be changed, then it is as good as dead. But my contact with national officers of a great many fraternities leads me to think that they are eager for any suggestion or any experiment which may lead to its improvement. The opportunity to make that experiment is now in your hands, and I hope that in working it out you will be bold, large-minded, imaginative and wise. This may seem to you a good deal to expect of undergraduates, but I may as well confess to you frankly that this is what I expect from you.”


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Field Hockey Sets High Goals for this Season By ROY GREIM SportsWriter rgreim1@swarthmore.edu

With no roster turnover from the previous season, the Swarthmore College field hockey team is well equipped to build on last year’s result. In 2011, the Garnet was eliminated on the last day of the regular season after dropping a 3-1 contest to Haverford on October 30. Since posting only one victory in the Centennial Conference in 2009, the team has improved steadily, adding two wins to its conference record each season. If the trend continues for this year, the Garnet could find itself in the conference playoffs for the first time since 2000. The key to success will be the chemistry and continuity that the team has built in the last few seasons under Head Coach Lauren Fuchs, who is entering her fifth season at that position. “We’re really excited by the fact that we have so many returning players, as well as a great group of freshmen,” defender Allison Ranshous ’13 said. “We’re hoping to work off the good things we were doing last year, and we’ve already gotten to know each other really well on and off the field. Bringing this team chemistry into game days will be crucial for a successful season.” The scoring attack for the Garnet will be led by forwards Nia Jones ’14, whose nine goals were team-best last season, Beth Johnson ’14 (7 goals, 7 assists, 21 points), midfielder Sophia Agathis ’13 (7-5-19) and forward Katie Teleky ’13 (7-216). In 2011, both Jones and Agathis were named the Centennial Conference Second Team. Joining Agathis in midfield are experienced players Catie Meador ’13 and Aarti Rao ’14, both of whom started all 18 games last season. Sophomores Eileen McHugh ’15 (12 starts in 2011) and Abby Lauder ’15 (9 starts) and newcomer Julia Thomas ’16 will also see minutes for the Garnet this year. Ranshous, who has started in every contest of her 55-game career, will anchor the defense with the help of Julia Tallarico ’13 and Captain Anne Rosenblatt ’14, whose seven assists in 2011 led the team, which averaged a Centennial-best 2.06 assists per game last year. In goal, Gabby Capone ’14 enters as the starter after posting two shutouts in 2011 and earning Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors on October 3, 2011 for her efforts in victories over Johns Hopkins and Eastern. The Garnet will face stiff competition this year in the Centennial, which is one of the strongest conferences in the entire country. The Ursinus Bears, which claimed last year’s Centennial title and was a Final Four team last season, and the Franklin and Marshall Diplomats, which fell in the third round of the NCAA Tournament, are both ranked in the top 10 of the National

Field Hockey Coaches’ Association (NFHCA) preseason poll with the Bears taking the sixth spot and the Diplomats in 10th. Swarthmore will open its Centennial schedule with a bang, facing F&M on the road on September 15 and then traveling to Collegeville, Pa. to play Ursinus on the 19th. “The conference should be very competitive this year between a number of teams. F&M and Ursinus are the top two finishers from last year, so those will be big games,” Teleky said. “Hopkins and Haverford are always big match-ups both in skill and rivalry, but really every conference game will be a key game for us.” This weekend, the Garnet began the season on the right foot, going 2-0 and claiming the championship of the Drew Fall Festival. In Saturday’s game against Cabrini, the Garnet bested the Cavaliers 2-0 behind goals from Teleky and an accidental tip-in by a Cabrini defender. Agathis, who had three shots on the day, collected the 22nd assist of her career on Teleky’s goal in the 27th minute. Capone performed ably in net, recording seven saves, including several crucial stops at the beginning of the second half, and earned her third career shutout. On Sunday, the team defeated the Mercy College Mavericks 3-1 after putting on a dominant offensive performance. In total, the Garnet took 36 shots, 23 on goal and 30 penalty corners, 10 times as many as the Mavericks. Although Mercy College leads in the early goings after scoring just under four minutes into the game, a goal by Anne Rosenblatt at the 8:51 mark provided a quick equalizer. The game remained knotted at one apiece for the next 50 minutes until a score by Tallarico broke the tie. A goal from Meador five minutes later in the 61st minute provided the final margin and gave the Garnet the championship on goal differential. Capone, who was challenged very little during the game, recorded one save for the contest. For her efforts in the two games this weekend, she was selected as the Centennial Conference’s Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday. Bolstered by this early season championship, the team has high expectations for what looks to be a promising campaign, which they hope will end with a berth to the postseason for the first time in 12 years. Success, however, always comes with the expectation of improvement. “This weekend we won games that we would not have won last year or the year before,” Capone said. “These wins were a great way to start off the season but the expectation is that moving forward our level of play gets tighter and cleaner.” The Garnet will return to action on September 6, when they travel to Galloway Township, NJ to face non-conference foe Richard Stockton College. That contest is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.

GARNET ATHLETE OF THE WEEK About her transition to college volleyball: The transition from high school to college volleyball has been wonderful. I love the atmosphere of a whole new level of competitiveness and dedication. What strikes me most of all though, is my awesome teammates.

Madison Heppe FR., VOLLEYBALL, NEVADA CITY, CA.

Favorite career moment:

My favorite career moment would be when I received the Dale Lacky CIF SacJoaquin Scholar Athlete Award.

Her season goals:

I hope to become a more consistent player all around- with my serve-receive, defense, and serving. I also really want to increase my communication while playing. Superhero she would be: I would be Cat Woman, because she is the coolest skilled martial artist and detective ever; plus, she gets to ride around with Batman in his bat mobile.

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PAUL CHUNG AND JUSTIN TORAN-BURRELL FOR THE PHOENIX

The Garnet hopes to improve on last season’s record, getting off to a strong start this past weekend by claiming the championship of the Drew Fall Festival.

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Though Underdogs, Men’s Soccer Aims High By DAN DUNCAN Sports Writer dduncan1@swarthmore.edu The Swarthmore men’s soccer team started the season on the right foot this weekend, coming away from the 15th annual Garnet Alumni Classic with a pair of wins against Rutgers-Newark (1-0 OT) and Manhattanville (4-1). The Garnet (2-0-0) showcased both experience and youthful talent while making the case that although this may be a rebuilding year, the team has the potential to do big things now. Saturday’s match against Rutgers-Newark may have gone into overtime, but the game was not nearly as close as the score indicated. The Garnet dominated all aspects of the game, controlling possession throughout the contest and limiting the Scarlet Raiders to only four shots all game. Of those, just one was on target, and goalie Peter Maxted ’14 handled it with ease to record his first career shutout. The Garnet pressured offensively, finding several golden opportunities that turned into near-misses, but were unable to find the back of the net in regulation. Five minutes into the first overtime, that changed. Barely seconds after entering the game as a substitute, Mike

Stewart ’15 scored off a pass from Joe Keedy ’14. Coming away with the win rather than a tie was a plus in itself, but moreover, “It confirmed to us that our possession style can wear teams down, which rewards patience, which is a huge vindication moving forward,” said Cameron French ’14. Swarthmore had a surprisingly easier run of it the next day against Manhattanville College, scoring early on and never looking back. Again, the Garnet dominated possession, running circles around their opponents. The Valiants, who were NCAA tournament participants last year, could not solve the Garnet defense, managing only a goal from Eros Olazabal in the 87th minute, after the outcome of the match was no longer in doubt. Jake Tracy ’13 preserved the win with three saves. Devon Baughen ’16 led off the Garnet scoring attack, burying a header in the net off a Jack Momeyer ’14 pass. After Geli Carabases ’14 found a streaking Stewart, whose shot was too hard for the Manhattanville keeper to hold onto, Swarthmore went into halftime

with a 2-0 lead. The offensive press continued throughout the second half, and McWelling Todham ’14 added two more goals for the Garnet. Both shots came immediately off shots from teammates, the first from Stewart and the second from Thomas Drew ’13. Todham said that the third goal was the most important of the match. “A two goal difference at half time is encouraging but is not insurmountable. We knew they were going to come out flying in the second half and Coach Wagner urged us to ‘Put this game out of their reach.’ Once the third goal went in, they were broken.” Captain John Pontillo ’13 said that in the offseason, “There were several key mindset changes, as well as training and tactical changes we wanted to make.” The dominance in both games this weekend came from an offseason emphasis on defense. French said, “We have really focused on team defense, which was definitely key to our success this weekend. That started all the way up top with the forwards, who did a great job of putting the opposing team under pressure all over the pitch, making them put their heads down and try optimistic but low-percentage attacks. This made [the defenders’] job at the back a lot easier.” Todman added that the strong defense boosted the Garnet offense, saying, “It was this defensive standard that enabled our wingers to get forward and create dangerous opportunities, both in the run of play and on the counter attack.” The weekend’s games showed some of the Garnet’s weaknesses in a rebuilding year, most clearly in timing while on the attack. Several times the offense was caught offsides, turning the ball over

and slowing momentum. On the whole, however, the team’s play leaves them optimistic for the rest of the season. Based on play in spring games, Pontillo said, “We believe we have the talent and drive to win the conference championship and make a deep run in the NCAA’s.” French confirmed the high expectations the team had, adding, “We certainly don’t view this season merely as a building year.” With freshmen like Baughen making an immediate impact, the team is optimistic about the youth on the squad. Pontillo said, “In my opinion, the quality of this class of freshman is comparable to the class of 2012, who just graduated.” French agreed, saying, “ And I am really excited about how young the team is. I am hugely impressed with this new class. They are definitely pushing us as a team forward.” Todman added that he did not think inexperience would be the biggest issue for the team: “I think a more immediate concern will be to maintain a high standard of play through the start of classes.” The departures of players like All-American Micah Rose leave holes to be filled, but nowhere is that more apparent than in goal. With the graduation of standout goalie David D’Annunzio, the Garnet find themselves with four keepers with a total of 240 minutes of collegiate experience. It is unclear who the permanent starter will be — Maxted and Tracy each started a game this weekend — but as Pontillo points out, “We are fortunate enough to have four very capable keepers, all of whom can play at the collegiate level...it is a good problem to have.” After a string of NCAA tournament appearances and an ECAC championship last season, the Garnet find themselves as underdogs for the first time in recent memory, picked by coaches to finish sixth in the Centennial Conference. The conference slate begins September 15, when Swarthmore pays a visit to the Diplomats of Franklin and Marshall. The Garnet hit the road for the next four games, including a match against Widener in the 320 Challenge. The next home game comes on September 19 in a tough clash against nonconference foe Stevens. The action at Clothier Field will begin at 7 p.m.

“We believe we have the talent and drive to win the conference championship and make a deep run in the NCAA’s.” John Pontillo’ 13 Captain

GARNET ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

Mike Stewart

SOPH., SOCCER, PHILADELPHIA, PA.

What he’s done:

Recorded two goals and an assist in the season-opening Garnet Alumni Classic, including the game-winner in overtime against RutgersNewark.

Favorite career moment:

There have been a lot of good memories, the RutgersNewark game was obviously great, but tying Colgate 1-1 last spring was a great result for the team. 

Biggest Goal This Season:

To win the Centennial Conference.

Pre-game ritual: AKSHAJ KUCHIBHOTLA/PHOENIX STAFF

This weekend, the Men’s soccer team comes away winning games against both Rutgers-Newark (1-0 OT) and Manhattanville (4-1).

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Nothing. I try to not think about the game too much until I’m on the field.


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