November 17, 2011 | Issue #252
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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR The end is nigh! No, not the so-called apocalpyse of 2012, that’s bullshit. But the end of the semester, that’s as serious as it gets. Soon we’ll be enjoying 24/5 library hours, which is pretty much my favorite thing about the library. Soon we’ll all be scrambling to finish out the semester on a high note, soon we’ll be staking out our favorite study spots. (So help me, if anyone steals our couches, I might have to take legal action.) Soon we’ll all be headed away from here for a holiday break. But first, enjoy these last few weeks! Seize the moment, enjoy the unseasonably warm wather, make sure you take a break from your work to go see one of the great events planned for the end of the semester. Also, buy me some jalapeño poppers from the Hub. (I’m just kidding. Wait, no, I’m not kidding at all, those things are delicious and I’m addicted and unashamed.) It’s obvious that I’m waxing romantic because this is my last semester and I don’t get to come back in the spring., but I suggest that everyone look at the end of the semester the way I am. If you savor it all now, you’ll have a lot more nostalgia to enjoy when you graduate! Now, did I miss any clichés?
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BY Róisín McCarty
Although the origins of the holiday of Thanksgiving (mass murder of Native Americans, et cetera) are less than savory, the resulting few days that we’re granted of no school have been a sweet ritual to me since I was five years old. Thanksgiving break is my favorite time of year. It’s a sturdy amount of time to not worry about classes, spend time with my family, relax, and of course, drive my car and pet my cat. And I’m really fucking ready to get away from all these ladybugs on campus. The best part? Unlike other breaks, it’s not quite long enough that I start to develop cabin fever, begin itching to return to Purchase, and it’s also the perfect length for seeing a few good friends, but being able to avoid the rest of your graduating class if you so desire. This year, I get to play Scrabble and drink wine with my family. The time of year is also perfect because you either get to relax right before everything gets hectic with the projects and finals of the end of the semester, or you get a week to catch up on work without falling behind in every other class. All this while eating home-cooked food instead of the the monotony of same two things you always order from the Hub. “I see my family. Take that for whichever side you want to,” Dillon
Torchia said, laughing. “No, I’m kidding. I love Thanksgiving.” Sophomore Josh Myers said, “I can’t wait to go home. I haven’t been home since the semester started and I miss my family a lot more than I expected to. And it’s nice that Purchase finally gave us a break for a holiday like every other school does.” Cassidy Barr, also a sophomore, shared a similar sentiment: “I’m really excited for Thanksgiving break because I get to spend a few days with the people I love at home, and it gives me time to miss the people I love at school.” “I’m not looking forward to the trip,” Mallika Mandhyan, a New Jersey native, said. “Public transportation is always a bitch, and every single Loop is filled to capacity. Last year I made it home in two hours. I just want to skip the trip and play with my dog and see my friends.” Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not, are looking forward to going home, dreading the forced family time, staying where you are, or having a vegetarian meal with the turkeys that live in Alumni, enjoy your few days off from the Purchase grind.
A DAY OF REMEMBRANCE
BY ALEXA DILLENBECK
Camila Guzman, 38, was stabbed several times in the neck and the back and died on August 1, 2011. Guzman was a New York City resident, a victim of murder, and a sex worker. Guzman was also transgender. Transgender Day of Remembrance (also known as TDOR) is observed on November 20th worldwide to pay homage to those whose lives have been lost to trans-phobic hate crimes. In 2010 there were 27 murders of LBGTQ people, a 23% increase from 2009, according to the National Coalition of AntiViolence Programs (NCAVP). “Transgender women make up 44% of the 27 reported hate murders in 2010, while representing only 11% of total survivors and victims,” according to the NCAVP media release from July 12, 2011. The full report showed that 70% of these deaths were people of color, which means that transgender people of color are 2.5 times more likely to be discriminated against than white transgender people. It also stated that five of the 12 murdered transgender women that year were sex workers at the time of their death. According to the report, “research shows that transgender women have high rates of participation in the sex industry and that these high rates are connected to homelessness, lower education status, and a lack of social support.” The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) started when Rita Hester was murdered on November 28, 1999. The crime has yet to be solved, the same goes for the cases of many other trans* people who have been killed. “What is most disturbing isn’t the assaults
and murders, but the way our entire society permits subtle violence in everyday life,” said Arielle Cohen, co-president of FORTH. On the TDOR website, there are 20 people listed as victims of murder in 2011 and it provides their name, location, cause of death, date of death, age and where that information was found. Eight occurred in the United States. “I think that ignoring preferred gender pronouns, asking about the state of someone’s genitals, or any act that involves treating people in ways that you simply wouldn’t treat a cisgender person—is a subtle act of violence,” said Cohen, “and until you attempt to start to be an ally, you are guilty.” While many transgender people die far too young from causes of hate and ignorance, Purchase College’s Trans Action is holding the Day of Remembrance to spread their love to those who have been lost and share love to one another and the trans* community. The club has held this event annually since 2006. All students are welcome to give their respects to those passed and to show their support for the trans* community. “[TDOR] is important because I think that trans-phobic violence gets overlooked a lot, and people don’t see how they can come up with a solution,” said Taylor Edelmann, co-president of Trans Action. The intimate event will feature a performance by Kit Yan, a trans* spoken word artist, and a march around the mall. “It’s important that as a community we stop and celebrate the spaces we’ve created and how far we’ve come, but it’s also essential that
ACTIVISM we remember those who has been lost as a result of trans-phobia and homophobia,” said Andy Archer, co-president of Trans-Action. “TDOR is a day for us to stop and remember those people, whose deaths are largely unaccounted, and for whom justice is rarely served.” The event could get very emotional and possibly triggering, so there will be a counselor there for anyone in need of support, and a talkback at the end so attendees can share their own stories and experiences. “Trans and gender non-conforming people face a tremendous amount of violence,” said Cohen. “Transgender Day of Remembrance is crucial for all people to understand a part of our community that is allowed to be brutalized and dehumanized.” Other locations of TDOR events in New York are, according to the TDOR website transgenderdor.org, in the Bronx, Buffalo, Flushing, Ithaca, two on Long Island, New York City, Palmyra and Poughkeepsie.
Trans* Day of Remembrance Sunday, November 20th Stood Cinema at 7:30pm
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candlelight performance & vigil spoken word artist Kit Yan march around campus live music • talk-back memorial installation
TO THE PURCHASE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
BY ARIELLE COHEN & ALEXANDER GORMAN
If hope is an impossible demand, then we demand the impossible. – Judith Butler Early Tuesday morning, Zuccotti Park was bulldozed and raided. Mayor Bloomberg has demonstrated his fear of the Occupy movement. What should we make of the Occupy movement? There are no clear demands, no leaders. Yet SUNY and CUNY students have rallied around the momentum that began in Zuccotti Park. Major unions, the United Teachers Federation and the MTA have rallied. Solidarity movements continue in Egypt, Spain, Greece and beyond. This is global. Many have criticized the movement’s lack of policy points or strategy. At first I was skeptical too. Yet we have seen over the last two months a of public outcry over the sense of abandonment by our institutions and leaders. Globally we have seen public institutions eroded, austerity measures pushed. Locally, widespread home foreclosure, rampant tuition hikes, unemployment. Corporations reap record profits, but still no jobs. What does this have to do with Purchase? Students face the same debt burden and funding cuts caused by austerity measures. This won’t be fixed by a partisan vote. If you are frustrated by the global crisis, you can raise your voice in the GA and speak for your own politics. This is an invitation to hear the concerns of your community, express your hopes for the future, your demands for our common wellbeing. We can’t have anyone do it for us, they won’t. We’ve seen the transformative power of this movement. This is history, this is your chance. Speak.
The 27 Club
Thursday, November 17th PAC upper lobby at 7pm
• hosted by Jackie Schroeder • DJ Matt Levinson • Choral Pleasure • circus performance by Justin Wood • Samuel McCausland • Madeline Mondrala • Chelsea Lynn Roffman
Chess Club Day
Thursday, November 17th commuter lounge at 8pm
• free food • casual chess games • tournaments • prizes
Junior Photo Show
Friday, November 18th VA Basement from 6–8pm
MFA Dance Concert Friday, November 18th Dance Theatre Lab at 8pm
• Anthony Aiu • Kurt Douglas • Hua Xia • tickets $5, $3 with ID
Friday, November 18th the Stood at 8pm
Thursday, November 17th
• Wool Over Eyes • Big Gunz • + more TBA
Whitson’s at 8:30pm
• Porches • Battle Ave • Fat History Month • Elephant
WPSR Coffee House
Thursday, November 17th the Co-Op at 10pm
Patchen Markell Lecture (Philosophy Society event) Friday, November 18th Red Room at 2pm
Cirque du Purche
Friday, November 18th D-Hall mezzanine at 5pm
• carnival food • prizes • games
Songwriters for Autism Acceptance Friday, November 18th the Co-Op at 9pm
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Hannah Norris Mitski Miyawaki Madeline Mondrala Angelina Torreano
Noche de Sexo ( presented by LU ) Friday, November 18th Southside at 10pm
Saturday, November 19th Wellness Center at 3pm
Hatha Yoga for a Natural High
EVENTS Cover Show
Saturday, November 19th the Stood at 7pm
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Descendents • No Doubt Iggy & the Stooges • Fugazi The Offspring • The Sonics Ke$ha • The Unicorns Built to Spill • Dead Boys
Space Jam Party
Sunday, November 20th Olde Community Center at 6pm
• 15th anniversary! • screening • trivia • prizes • discussions
Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant Teach-In and Convergence Sunday, November 20th
teach-in: Southside from 1–7pm Stony Point 55 Convergence: 3–6pm
hosted by the Green Team
Women of Wonder:
Feminine Identities in Geek Culture
Monday, November 21st Southside at 8pm
KATE BORNSTEIN and women out loud:
Thursday, November 17th Fusion: CCN 0014B at 7pm Film: Humanities Theatre at 7pm RPGA: Hub Basement at 8pm Chess Club: comm. lounge at 8pm Cheese Club: Co-Op at 10pm OAPIA: Hub Basement at 10pm Trans*Action: LGBTQU at 10pm
Monday, November 21st MSA Club: Sparks at 5pm FORTH meeting: Southside at 8pm Bible Talk: Starbucks at 9pm The Indy: CCN 1011 at 9:30pm Brick Meeting: Red Room at 10pm
Tuesday, November 22nd Public Art Committee: Co-op at 4:30pm CoCOaS: the Stood at 5:30pm Green Team: Co-Op at 6pm Alternative Clinic: CCS from 6–9pm DDR Club: the Stood at 7pm Public Relations: Co-Op at 8pm PUSH: Hub basement at 9pm SAC: Stood at 9:30pm General Events: Stood at 9:30pm Complexuality: LGBTQU Lounge at 10pm LU: Hub basement at 10pm
H A U S O F V U LVA
Wednesday, November 30th the Stood at 7pm
• Kate Bornstein • free condoms • Rainbow Children • good food! • sex toy raffle • funk dance party
BY TOMMY ROACH
Four of them. I just saw four zombies on my way to the Hub. This campus isn’t safe anymore. Not for me. Not for you. Not for anyone. It’s a blessing that they can’t attack you indoors. They said that all we had to do was last until Sunday. They said we just had to play it safe, play it smart. “Just don’t get tagged,” Ethan said, “Shoot them on sight! They can’t attack you for another 15 minutes if you hit them.” I was foolish enough to believe it was that simple. I thought I could handle this. I thought, “Hey, it’s just a game, right? I’m tough enough to cap a zombie here or there on my way to class, right?” Wrong. This is serious. It’s not a game anymore. It’s just me, my Nerf guns, and an everexpanding army of the undead. Shit is getting real. The first infection happened on Sunday morning. Some guy who had one too many D-Hall hot dogs, I think. Since then, it’s been hell. That same day, three more zombies joined the ranks. Monday came along, and they managed to infect another three. That’s right, by Monday there were seven of them. I think I watched someone else get infected on my way here. That’s eight that I know of. There could be more lurking in the shadows. Now they have “missions” for us. They had us assemble a zombified Disney Princesses puzzle in the goddamned graveyard. I’m telling you, the moderators of this game are twisted. On Wednesday they want us to help some girl who’s apparently been stranded somewhere. Risk our
necks for some damsel in distress, just so she can show us where to find the one vial of the cure. Only one. Who gets it? Maybe this was a huge mistake. Maybe I shouldn’t have gone outside that Saturday night. I could have just stuck around, had some tea, maybe played some video games. Video games with zombies. Except the zombies aren’t real in those games and you can just respawn later. There’s no respawning in real life. I know there are others like me out there. Others who are smart enough to travel in groups. I was once wise like them. Then the zombies fixed that for me. Now one of my best friends is an abomination. And to make matters worse, there are rumors that the army of humans is running out of options. I’ve heard on the street that the military is planning to come in and cleanse the entire area on Saturday, whether we’re alive or un-dead. I don’t think I’m ready for that. Sure, I have enough ammo left to take out a couple of zombies here or there, but an entire squardron of actual soldiers? I’d be safer just offing myself. Bottom line, I don’t know who to trust. Mike was my brother in arms. Now I have to kill him? This is more than I bargained for. It’s not a game anymore. It’s personal. This means war. Humans vs Zombies is sponsored by the Athletics Department & Purchase Nerf Guild
Nerf Guild meets twice weekly in Humanities Wednesdays at 10pm, Saturdays at 6pm
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REVIEW: Melancholia BY Liam Delaney Lars Von Trier is a very interesting man. On the one hand, there are videos of him at Cannes making statements about how he is the greatest director that has ever lived and how he “understands” and “sympathizes with” Hitler. On the other hand, we see his actors, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Willem Dafoe, and most recently Kirsten Dunst explaining how sensitive and deeply sincere he is. I’m sure that many of us have at least heard about his last film, Antichrist. It was an extremely disturbing journey through the psychological landscape of a relationship gone wrong in every single way. To top it all off, it had a few of the most agonizingly beautiful shots I have ever seen put to the silver screen. Now Lars Von Trier has a new magnum opus, Melancholia, starring Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland and numerous other actors, all of whom give breathtaking performances. This film has some of the best acting that I’ve ever seen. It is broken into two parts, titled “Justine,” after Dunst’s character, and “Claire,” after Gainsbourg’s character. In “Justine” we see the marriage of Justine and a co-worker, taking place at a huge country club in the countryside. From the onset, when the bride and groom arrive several hours late thanks to limo trouble, we can tell that things are going to end in disaster. It is the acting that really pulls this section together. Dunst’s character spends the entire night
depressed and unsure of herself; her emotions seem real in a way that only the greatest actors can manage. Everything is collapsing around her, her boss is ruining the night by demanding that she give him a tagline, she seems unsure about the marriage. All of this is incredibly portrayed by Dunst in what has to be the best performance she has ever given. Gainsbourg is spectacular as well. She plays Justine’s sister, and the relationship between the two of them is magically problematic. Gainsbourg plays a subdued and barely concealed anger with an expertise that I have rarely seen. Her acting in the second part brings such an immense depth to the relationship between Claire and Justine that it is heartbreaking to watch. Taking place after Claire’s wedding, “Claire” begins with Justine coming back to the country club during the off-season, emaciated and depressed. Claire initially finds herself caring for Justine, and then engaging in philosophical conversations with Justine as a stray planet threatens to crash into the earth. This transition—from the role of a caring, almost mother-like figure to one of hopelessness and fear—was a joy to behold. There was one final aspect of the film that took it from merely interesting to something that will stick with me forever. The images in this film were unlike anything I have ever seen. The entire film begins with a string of extremely slowed-down, dreamlike images. (continued on page 11)
HAS YOUR REMEDY
Madame, I met this guy. He’s into me and
Madame Query, twice a week when I’m
I’m into him, but he is significantly shorter
walking to class from my car, I pass this
than me. I really like talking when we are
guy walking to his car from class. He’s
sitting down, but I’m worried that I won’t
really cute, but he never looks up or
ever be comfortable walking around with
anything. Sometimes he’s even listening
him and I don’t know what to do.
to music. How do I casually tell him that he’s sexy as hell?
You need to let that go. Madame is not about to tell you to settle, but if you really like this guy, height should not be an issue. If the only thing you can think about when he’s near is how you have to look down, then maybe there isn’t much else to your relationship. Sorry, boo, but it’s definitely true. Madame speaks from firsthand experience—this campus is sparse of good guys. Heck I’m not going to let my gender get off so easy, it’s sparse of good people to date in general. He’s short. It’s a fact. Not an insult. This guy isn’t going to start wearing platforms to please you. At least I hope he doesn’t, because no one should ever feel like they have to change for someone they’re into. If you’re into him, then you should get past the height and realize what is making you happy when you’re with him. And if you can’t do that, then maybe there is nothing else going on in this relationship, and you should let him go so that you both can find other people. Madame would like to end this answer by stating that she does not think you are shallow at all. You are only human. How many people really don’t look at people physically before they actually get to know them personality-wise? Not too many. However, there probably is a lot more to this guy than just his height. If you can’t realize it, then it’s just time to go.
Even if he wasn’t listening to music, I’m not sure you should just say, “you’re sexy as hell” in broad daylight in the middle of W2. That wouldn’t really make the best impression, would it? I mean I personally love it when people say I look sexy, but not from complete strangers when I’m trying to move along in my day, minding my own business. That is just creepy. When you’re walking past him, give him a look. Practice in the mirror. Give yourself a good look. Hold this copy of the Indy up to your face so that you may read the following lines:
You are beautiful and you will be seductive. Whether it is with a cute smile or look that screams “I want you,” he’ll get the idea that you think he is “sexy as hell.” Believe me, if you have seen this guy twice a week, every week, for this whole semester, then he probably has seen you, and he probably just doesn’t know you’re interested. Once you start giving him the look, then he’ll notice that something is different than usual.
A DV I C E Madame, I met this knockout of a girl who is an incredibly nice and warm human being. I really like her a lot. However, I recently stumbled upon her literature in her room and it was filled with tracts on neo-Nazism and white power. Creepy. What should I do?!
Madame has noticed that a lot of students on this campus are very inquisitive. They have the natural curiosity to want to learn about all sorts of cultures. Subcultures, native lands, primitive histories…. Madame will stop spewing out words she heard thrown around in an intro to anthropology course she took freshman year. Okay, here is the deal: you never know why she might have these books. It could most likely be for research, not indicative of her own personal political interests. You’re telling Madame that she is very nice and warm. Well, Madame thinks that is the perfect person to open up to! Just simply ask her what those books are for! You don’t have to (and shouldn’t) go digging around her emails or following her around until she ends up at a KKK meeting. Just flat out ask her. Don’t ask her in an accusatory manner, because if it is research for her studies, you’ll be wasting angry energy on someone who now thinks you don’t trust her to be a decent human being. Be casual and cautious until you find out if her political leaning isn’t your style.
(continued from page 9) Kirsten Dunst standing in a field as dead birds slowly fall around her, Charlotte Gainsbourg and her son running across a golf course but making no headway, a large planet crashing into another planet. Lars Von Trier may be nearly criminally arrogant. He may be an asshole. But there must be something happening in his head. There has to be some hint of genius to him because Melancholia was the most beautiful thing I have ever witnessed. It was a spectacular coming together of brilliant acting, indescribably beautiful images and an exploration of depression and hopelessness. For all of the egomania that Lars Von Trier expresses, he is capable of making something that puts all of Hollywood to shame.
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