THE COLLEGE VOICE MONDAY, OCTOBER 3. 2011 NEW LONDON, CONNECTICUT
VOLUME XCV • ISSUE 2
Jose Limón Returns to Conn
CANDACE TAYLOR STAFF WRITER
As a part of the Onstage Series at Connecticut College, The Limón Dance Company graced the Palmer Auditorium stage on Friday evening. It is very fitting that the company pay Connecticut College a visit during its centennial year, a year of celebrating the college’s history. As fate would have it, the company already has a
place in the college’s history, having performed the work “The Emperor Jones” here on Palmer stage in 1957 just a year after its premiere. The company wonderfully presented three works by the late José Limón, one of the founders of the company, and a pioneer within the modern dance world. These works including, “There Is A Time,” “Chaconne” and “The Em-
peror Jones” were accompanied by a fourth work entitled, “La Cathedrale Engloutie” choreographed by Jiří Kylián.
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The New and Improved Harris?
JULIA CRISTOFANO STAFF WRITER My largest and least practical complaint about the Harris renovations, aside from the continually upsetting idea of swiping in on the right side instead of the left, is in regard to the large red dots that greet you upon entrance into the foyer of the dining hall. When I laid eyes on them for the first time, hanging from the ceiling like some sort of misplaced, circular stop signs, the primary thought that forced itself into my mind was “Oh Look!
My period!” My head was flooded with images of Kotex commercials where everything is in black and white and then a big red dot disguised as the center of a flower comes bounding along riddling off facts about superior tampon products and use words like “flow” and “absorbency”. Needless to say, this is not what I want to be reminded of every time I go to eat something. However, once inside Harris, I do appreciate the subtle, sophisticated ambiance that the new lights provide, the soft glow much more alluring than their florescent predecessors. Even the
thin strips of wavy looking metal that run above the salad bar are rather pleasant to look at and bring an open movement to the space that was never their before. But still, I can’t help but look up at the little two-inch lampshades scattered between the different food stations and think, “Really? You cost $250,000?” I just can’t possibly see how rearranging the salad bar, adding some light fixtures and suspending giant red dots could have cost anywhere near $250,000. CONTINUED ON PAGE 6
Students Move to Ban Bananas AMBER VILLANUEVA STAFF WRITER
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SGA has introduced a new initiative to completely ban Chiquita bananas from the dining halls. Two years ago students at Connecticut College first realized that the bananas served in the dining halls were products supplied by Chiquita, an American multinational corporation known for committing a number of human rights violations as well as harming the environment. Chiquita has funded dictatorships in Latin America in order to acquire cheap land to grow bananas. They have also hired local and indigenous people at low wages
to more easily exploit them and maintain an anti-union policy. In 2003 Chiquita admitted to funding a terrorist organization, Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, and still continued to fund them for another year. In 2007 the company pled guilty to funding the Colombian paramilitary group United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, and was ordered to pay $25 million in fines as part of a deal with the U.S. Department of Justice. Chiquita controls 25% of the global banana market, making it close to a monopoly. The production of Chiquita bananas has also been found
to be detrimental to the environment. Chiquita buys illegal fertilizers from the U.S. and Europe for their bananas, which makes the soil difficult to reuse. The company must destroy forests to continue growing bananas. Chiquita uses many toxic herbicides and pesticides, making the people who work in the production of the bananas sick, causing birth defects and polluting both the water and the soil in their environment, as well as harming coral reefs. Many of the students involved in environmental activism on campus would prefer the complete elimination of bananas on campus.
They argue that bananas are a remarkably unsustainable fruit even when certified free trade and organic, because producers need to continuously cut down forests in order to grow them because of how harsh bananas are on the soil. However, students recognize that this goal is far more difficult to achieve since many students would not support it. Professor Manuel Lizarralde of the Anthropology Department agrees that the bananas should be eliminated, and told the students, “If you want to reduce social and ecological injustice I recommend not eating Chiquita or Dole bananas.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 4
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I’m afraid to eat in Harris by myself. My apartmentcontingent reduced meal plan limits me to five meals per week of haphazardly-made sandwiches and French fries I stuff in my pocket on the way to class when my hunger isn’t accompanied by a friend. I haven’t sat down to eat in weeks. Recently, I was standing in my kitchen eating guacamole when my roommate invited me to Harris with her. She told me she was meeting Education Professor Michael James, or “Jaime” as she knows him. She took one of his classes last semester and they’ve stayed in touch; they meet semi-weekly for life crisis lunches with Web Content Editor Emily Rempell. I’m the new addition. Professor James greets me with open arms. After only one prior conversation, he remembers that I am a Government major, a former dancer, and the editor-inchief of the paper. The three of them chat over celery, hummus and KB Fields of Feta about the tensions of teaching in a school with varying socioeconomic locations, and the myriad requirements for teaching certifications. Then the conversation turns to me. James asks me how I’m going to use what I’ve learned from my internship in search of a job. He pushes me to use the contacts I made over the summer as leverage into the real world. I cower, and suddenly the discussion covers all of the things I don’t want to think about: my goals, where I want to live, my backup plan. He implores me to stay positive and trust myself and the strength of my education. He reminds me, however, that nothing comes easily and that I will have to work hard to get what I want. Soon after, he sent me a follow-up email. I’ve never taken a class with him before. Last week, I interviewed several prospective students for the Office of Admission, and many of them are fascinated by our school’s small size, questioning the benefits. The offices of Admission and College Relations choose to focus not on the population itself but on the “nine-to-one student-to-teacher ratio” factoid that is the core of every tour, information session and interview. Our small, intimate learning environment is one of our main selling points, but what about the advantages it offers us outside of the classroom? Blanche Boyd, my English professor and unofficial mentor, called me one morning in a tizzy—she was sick and unable to make it to class, but she didn’t want to cancel it. The next best thing presented itself: “Will you teach it?” I brushed my teeth and ironed my clothes while mentally
sketching out a lesson plan and texting Blanche along the way. She allows experienced students to lead class a few times each semester; it was the first time I ever considered myself “experienced.” I mentioned this in passing to my advisor, Government Professor Tristan Anne Borer, and she congratulated me on the newfound responsibility. But she also made sure that I took advantage of it by putting it on my resume. I’ve been trusted enough to take something I love—writing—and teach it to others by someone who’s taught it to me. This can’t happen without building a productive, open relationship with our professors. Our professors are more than just lecturers and graders; they are competent, knowledgeable advisors who can relate to where we are and can help us navigate where we’re going. The nine-to-one claim to fame offers us not only a classroom advantage, but also access to a bevy of adults that know us, trust us and are willing to endure repeated senior year breakdown conversations when they could really use a lunch break. Advisors don’t just drop us after freshman year, but stick with us through thesis ideas and decisions about majors, CELS internship recommendations and graduation photos with parents. This ratio is nothing without the professors that go the extra mile—via text message, email, or extended office hours—to enrich our learning experience. In an opinion article this week, Willie Muse debates the uniqueness of Connecticut College via our lack of tradition. I don’t disagree with him, but I do think that our school’s distinctions aren’t as pronounced as others. This doesn’t make them any less important. Instead of having symbols that we should avoid or lucky charms to fight over, we have access to real-life, tangible people who have a genuine interest and curiosity about how we will use the resources, connections, and knowledge that we’ve acquired both inside and outside of the classroom. Our uniqueness lies in professors who you can contact casually, open lunch dates, and a constant stream of advice. The resources that our close-knit community offers results in a college experience that no statue’s lucky foot or football field legend can match. - Jazmine
As proud inhabitants of Winchester 11, and therefore of the “village,” we would like to take issue with many of the points made in last week’s op-ed “Life in the Village.” We were frankly a bit insulted by the argument, because, while we respect Ethan’s right to an opinion, we also recognize that he signed up for this housing in the first place. Perhaps he should have done his homework a little better. We love the campus community, we are far from the isolationists he makes us out to be. We are here for different, specific reasons, of which, living independently and responsibly is just one. Ethan is right that living in the Village gives us the opportunity to practice living in the the so-called “real” world. Welcome to it buddy, things may not be so nice as they were growing up with your parents. Most of the world, including many in the United States, would consider the housing we live in to be a privilege and a luxury. As we are supposed to be practicing real world life, maybe learning how to wash dishes without a dish washer is a good educational experience In regards to the state of the housing, we have had some issues ourselves; we have had a very bad mold infestation, caused by the wet fall and the lack of a key exhaust fan. Despite this, Physical Plant has outdone themselves in their responsiveness, cleaned up the problem, and given us back our fan. Perhaps if Ethan wants somethings fixed, he should simply try calling Physical Plant and using a bit of basic human respect and diplomacy, instead of writing about it in the Voice. Our final point is in regards to the lack of power at the beginning of the year. In case nobody noticed, there was a Hurricane, which lead to deaths, mass evacuations, destruction of peoples’ homes, and loss of power for weeks in some cases. We are sorry that lack of total power was a huge inconvenience in the beginning of the semester, but please remember that others in our community (including professors and staff of the college) lost far more. We heartily agree with Ethan that living here is a privilege, and a compact, and that the best benefit of living here is our freedom. We also think however, that living here is a responsibility, and that those who choose to live here should make sure they are well prepared. After all, there are plenty who didn’t get in who would probably love to take our places. Ted Fisher, Lalita Russ, and Lauren Posillico
ATLAS has compiled headlines of world news not normally seen on the front page of the New York Times. THE AMERICAS President Evo Morales, the president of Bolivia apologized to the indigenous people for the humiliation caused by attacks from the police. Apparently the government never mandated the attacks. This occurred on Sunday, when 1500 indigenous protestors were marching to the capital of La Paz to protest the construction of a road through a national park. The police force allegedly tear-gassed and harshly treated about 1500 of the indigenous protestors. 4 people were killed and many people were injured.
OCEANIA Australian politicians have a new pitch: “Koalas need tunnels, speed limits.” In northern Queensland between the years 1996 and 2009, cars hit over 4,500 koalas. As the Senate is aware of the bad publicity that would follow Australia’s unique koala joining the threatened species list, they propose stricter speed limits and “koala-friendly” tunnels to aid in road crossing. In all seriousness, however, here’s to hope they work out a solution to save the “much-loved furry marsupial” from more roadside mishaps.
AFRICA Africa’s richest man wants the African continent to reap what he sows. He wants his continent to grow -- and some say his project to build its largest fertiliser plant could provide relief to farmers and help put a dent in food shortages starting in Nigeria. Fertilizers might be the answer to famine throughout the continent.
EUROPE Seven Italian scientists are on trial for failing to predict the 2009 central Italian earthquake. Over 300 people were killed and 50,000 lost their homes. Prosecutors insist that scientists are responsible for creating a false sense of security. Scientists, they contend, are legally obliged to make accurate predictions.
ANTARTICA An emperor penguin mistook New Zealand for his actual destination, Antarctica. Roughly 2,400 miles from home, he spends his days aimlessly wandering the foreign land. Wildlife authorities in New Zealand claim that we should stand aside and let him fend for himself, harsh as that may seem, for his return to Antarctica could endanger the entire penguin population if he harbors a disease brought on by the warmer climate of the south-western Pacific Ocean.
SOUTH ASIA Thailand is on the cusp of non-surgical breast augmentation. The quite painful technique known as “breast-slapping”, which involves hitting, massaging and kneading breasts, is the latest craze sweeping across the country. Said to work by moving body fat to the breast area, this method has been proven effective and granted government approval by the Health Ministry of the Thai Government. Khunying Tobnom, the owner of a Bangkok beauty salon whose grandmother taught her breast-slapping, says that it can lead to a two-inch increase in breast girth. She charges the equivalent of $399 for six 10-minute sessions. Khunying, the single beautician who knows the secrets of slapping, is planning to reveal her knowledge to ten other professionals for a fee of $263,504 each.
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Bananas to be Banned?
Controversy over Chiquita bananas in the dining halls
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The Chiquita banana campaign began with a series of talks and a successful petition to eliminate Chiquita bananas. However, when the SGA Chair of Diversity and Equity, Juan Pablo Pacheco ’13, arrived on campus during orientation, he noticed the dining hall was once again serving that brand of banana. He then began to research the matter and spoke with Ingrid Birkman and Mike Kmec of dinning services. The directors of dining services explained that the fair trade Turbana bananas the school serves during the academic year cost more during times of low demand, such as winter and summer breaks. It is fiscally impractical to buy Turbana throughout the year, and therefore dining services eliminated Chiquita bananas only during the normal school year, bringing back the cheaper bananas whenever the general student body is no longer on campus. Kmec, the director of purchasing
for dining services at Conn, stated that his job is to satisfy the consumer, in spite of the fact that many students feel that the school is supporting Chiquita’s appalling exploitation and damage of the environment in order to get cheap bananas. “Dining services is customer driven. If the consumer wants something, we will get it,” said Kmec. Pacheco argued that our school “shouldn’t exploit people and countries based on the personal desires” of people who eat in Harris over breaks. After students learned about why the bananas had returned, the campaign for Banana Week began. Pacheco gathered together a group of students, including many involved in art, music and theater, in order to harness their creative skills and create a performance to educate people about the problems with Chiquita bananas. “To get people’s attention, we need support. Artistic performances are incredibly powerful to create a culture of speaking out and saying
how you feel,” said Pacheco. The students created an educational performance for the demonstration that took place in Harris dining hall on September 25. Kmec gave the permission for the presentation, stating that “We can be a tool for education, but not an enforcer. They are adults and it is their job to educate themselves.” Later in the week, students held the event “The True Cost of Chiquita,” inviting different people to speak about the controversy surrounding Chiquita bananas. Speakers included Kmec and Lizarralde, as well as several students involved in the campaign. They began a petition and handed it out to the SGA senators of each dorm in order to reach their goal of support from 51% of Connecticut College students. Chair of Environmental Affairs Elias Kauders ’12 and Pacheco agree that if they do not get the 51% of signatures needed from the dorm senator petitions, they will go door to door talking directly to students,
asking for their support. However, even if they do succeed in getting more than half of the signatures of the student population at Conn, dining services may not eliminate the Chiquita bananas completely. The issue is more complicated during breaks because students are not the only ones eating in the dining hall. There are many conference guests during summer breaks who pay $30 a day (as compared to the $10 a day that Conn students pay), and they demand bananas. Kmec explained that it would be impossible for dining services to get the conference guests to agree to ban the bananas since they are not regular visitors to the college, and it is the high price they pay that allows Conn students to only pay $10 a day in Harris over the summer. By all indications, the commitment of student activists to ban Chiquita on campus ensures that the presence of the bananas will continue to be controversial. •
Students Adjust to New Parking Policy
Over the summer, Conn has implemented numerous changes to campus, including the new paths in front of Smith, the boisterous construction site that has rerouted our roadways and the chic new decorations in Harris. Many of these changes are barely noticed by students. One set of changes, however, has sparked some controversy: the new parking regulations. The new parking policy means, among other things, that freshmen can no longer have cars on campus.While most upperclassmen may not have noticed this change, the incoming students certainly have a lot to say about the policy. One freshman claimed, “I was disappointed that we couldn’t bring cars to campus. If you come from a state that is farther away, it can be difficult to get a ride home.” “Freshmen year we went to all these places the camel van doesn’t go,” remembered Nora Swenson ’12. “And we don’t live on a campus where we can easily walk into town.” With the new regulations, the sophomore parking is now decided by a lottery system; half of the students receive Upper Parking and the other half receives Lower Parking. This change has left some sophomores frustrated with their results. David Shanfield ’14 said, “I don’t think it’s fair that it costs just as much to park at the AC as it does to park on main campus. I just took my car home instead of registering it. It just didn’t seem worth it.” Upper Parking consists primarily of spaces in North lot, South lot and the gravel lot. There are also some spots available outside of the Plex, Lazarus House, Earth House and 360. Lower Parking consists of spaces at the Athletic Center as well as spaces at River Ridge, Winchester and Abbey House. Lower Parking used to be mandatory only for freshmen, while the incoming sophomores would be upgraded to park in Gravel, North, or
South lots. Now those lucky sophomores who receive Upper Parking in the lottery can even park in spaces outside of the Plex, a privilege once reserved for seniors. But those granted Lower Parking have to repeat their previous year’s walk across
environmentally responsible.” While Connecticut College strives to be environmentally friendly in every facet of campus life, not all students agree that limiting the use of cars is a good idea.
the street every time they use their car. Sophomore parking assignments remain the same all year. Director of Campus Safety Stewart Smith explained the reasons for the parking reforms. “The changes are part of a long-term plan to make the campus more pedestrian friendly, combined with a student-led initiative to make the campus more
“It comes down between whether college policies are going to tell students they need to be environmentally responsible in certain ways, or if they can present the information and let the students decide for themselves,” advocated Laura Makl ’12. Smith added, “The new parking guidelines have their foundation in an initiative led by the 2009-
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10 SGA, which was taken up by the parking committee during the 2010-11 year, with participation from the 2010-11 SGA. The new parking regulations are a result of that process.” The senior privilege of having the closest parking spaces to the dorms has also been done away with. The central lot between Larrabee House and Smith House is now completely faculty and staff parking, as are half the rows outside of the Plex. Yet even the remaining spaces are hard to come by, as the majority of upperclassmen have the option for Upper Parking, and spots are no longer reserved for seniors. Amanda Eggert ’12 noted, “As someone who walks past the spots outside of Morrison and Hamilton, I always see empty faculty and staff spots all morning. And if they’re full it’s only because students are parking illegally.” Smith said, “The goal was to re-position parking to align with the current population.” There is, though, one element of the new parking regulations that has been better received, namely that students can park in faculty and staff spaces weekdays between 5 PM and 2 AM. In the past students could only park in faculty and staff spaces on weekends. Allowing students to park in closer spaces in the evenings adds greater convenience for those students who may need to drive over to the library, down to the Athletic Center or even just to a friend’s dorm when it gets colder out. But the reality of the situation is that if students are already parked in the gravel, North, or South lots, walking over to their car may take just as long as it would to walk to their ultimate destination. When asked about the success of the new parking regulations, Smith said, “The new parking system is in line with the College’s long-term goals. It’s been somewhat of an adjustment for some students, but as a whole the campus community seems to be transitioning well into the new system.” •
Conn College Wins Camelympics 2011
LIBBY CARBERRY STAFF WRITER October is a magical month. The trees change color and Halloween anticipation begins to bubble and buzz. Students are still refreshed from summer and can embrace the full-time liberal-arts student lifestyle. It’s fitting, therefore, that Camelympics takes place on the first of such an enchanting month, on the cusp of autumn. As a wide-eyed froshie myself, the concept of Camelympics as a kick start to a year of (hopefully successful) social and intellectual endeavors, is especially lovely. On Saturday I weaved through my events – Scrabble, Puzzling, Bananagrams – and it dawned on me that too few people allow themselves to give in to the potential that Camelympics offers. I had a really good time and saw a lot of other people having a really good time too, despite the generally sober state of the campus... so why is it still uncool to give into Camelympics pride? From the description on the Conn College website, I expected the entire campus to be out and about, roaming through events to cheer people on when they themselves weren’t participating. But the turnout for most
events seemed sparse, and the energy on campus was no different from any other Saturday. To convince you of the possibilities of Camelympics, picture this: I’m aggressively attacking an admittedly difficult jigsaw puzzle with a freshman girl from the third floor, with whom I hadn’t particularly bonded with prior to the event. In the midst of puzzling heat (it proved to be as
athletic an activity as Quidditch), the adjacent room began booming with cheers. Clearly, the arm wrestling competition had commenced next door with a small, but plenty enthusiastic, crowd. The roar of the arm-wrestling roadies breaks my partner’s and my focus, and after making eye contact for a split second, we
burst into laughter. How ridiculous it is to furiously tackle a dollar
store puzzle with about a million-and-two pieces missing. How ridiculous to briefly forget that we’re getting so involved in Camelympics, of all things. But what’s most funny is that we really do care, that after we joke around for a minute about the current hilarity, we’re still going to turn back to the puzzle with newfound fire in our eyes, the roar from the adjoining room unintentionally cheering us on. Getting enthusiastic about Camelympics is fun and worthwhile, and admitting this can make two strangers laugh together like they’ve known each other since Kindergarten. My teammate and I could not have failed harder at this puzzle competi-
tion, but we actually gained tons of insight on our peers and what kids at
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Conn are (and are not) capable of. In juxtaposition with the recent freshman elections, Camelympics much more accurately represented the true student heroes of Conn College, not just those kids who make witty posters to get votes. While a political election is telling of a person’s rhetoric, and therefore a person’s ability to convince us of something that may or may not be true, Camelympics reveals our peers’ characters. It turns out that the girl from upstairs who I’d never really gotten to know before is awesome. We worked so well as a team, communicating consistently and working individually when we needed to pick up the
pace, not to mention she made me laugh my ass off. After one hour of competitive puzzling, I had so much faith in this girl, my peers and the school as a whole. Camelympics really displayed those kids who have good character: the kids who come out to cheer on their friends in arm wrestling or run around a field dressed as a Golden Snitch just for the fun of it. I met a champion Banagrams player who humbly dismissed his skills, blaming them on the boredom of the Irene blackout, and a cocky Scrabble connoisseur who made sure the whole room knew that his team gained fifty points by adding a single ‘Q’ to the board. Just because Camelympics happens during the day and includes events like Wii bowling and Uno doesn’t mean we should write it off as lame or uncool. It may be two in the afternoon, and shot-gunning some Buds may be a less-thanappealing and less-than-applicable pre-game for Camelympics, but just because you won’t be hammeredsmashed-plastered doesn’t mean that you can’t learn from Camelympics. I certainly gained a lot of admiration for people I had never even paid attention to before. •
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OCTOBER 3, 2011
The Dance of Finance
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Professor Randy Martin of NYU speaks at Conn action to an end.” Martin explained that with this concept in mind, we have structured our financial interactions so that we can investigate “today” the future outcomes of our transactions. He also believes that within this concept, “some part of the relationship of the future and the present has gone awry.” It is at this place that we find ourselves in financial crises like the one our country is currently facing. Finance chops up our homes, our cars and even our very own identities into specific attributes, characteristics and qualities in an effort to “try to anticipate a profitable risk that can be acted on ‘today’, ” Martin argued forcefully. This break down of our various “possessions” is referred to as the derivative.
occurrences, specifically those relevant to the United States. After explaining the lack of clarity that finance brings On Thursday, September 29, 2011, about, and in effect covering the room Connecticut College was treated to a with a thick layer of confusion, Martin phenomenal guest lecture thanks to The did however note very clearly that the Sherman Fairchild Foundation. Upon occurrence of making things (identifyan invitation from the dynamic David ing certain characteristics or qualities) duo, professors David Dorfman (Dance and giving them value (deciding how Department) and David Kim (Religious much each of those attributes is worth) Studies), Professor Randy Martin, Chair was happening at the same time and he of the Art and Public Policy department likened this occurrence to the compoat New York University, presented a sition of a dance, and consequently, he lecture to an audience of students, facbegan to link the financial principles ulty and staff entitled, “Dance & The he’d explained to the history of moveSocial Logic of the Derivative.” ment. With bright eyes and an eager stance, He introduced a concept called the Martin gave a warm welcome to his ausocial kinesthetic that is a value of dience and dove right into his presentaa society translated into movement. tion of the topic of his lecture. When financial sovereignty As founder and chair of a dewas not evident, it could be partment that is interdisciplinreinforced by the social kinary in nature, Martin’s topic of esthetic. For instance, in the choice naturally had a multicreation of ballet, the social faceted focus; in his presentakinesthetic is height, length tion, he aimed to explain the or more directly an “assent to relationship between dance and the heavens” and a connection finance in our society. He made to God. This was a translation note that in its essence, finance of King Louis XIV’s declarahas a “compulsory movetion of sovereignty. Because ment”; however, he added, “in he was connected to God as this compulsion to move, there the king, his performance of isn’t much insight.” Finance the ballet movements, as well does not have a component as the overall aesthetic of the that aids us in understanding technique, ought to reflect this its true essence. It was through fact as well. This was just the his lecture that Martin aimed beginning of the connections to demonstrate how we can made between finance and use art, namely dance, to give dance. finance a voice of explanation We then proceeded to watch and therefore bring forth a three videos: Trisha Brown’s sense of understanding to those “A Man Walking Down the who otherwise would be lost in Side of the Building,” the thethe confusing world of finance. atrical trailer of “Dogtown and Before officially beginning the Z-Boys,” and a clip from his lecture, Martin sought the Style Wars called “Throwaid of his audience to provide down at USA.” After watchsome framework for the rest of ing these videos and briefly the talk. He posed the followdiscussing them, we identified ing classifying question: “What that out of the ruination of is your sense or understanding three different areas of housas to what [our] financial disas-Professor Randy Martin, Chair of the Art and Public Policy ing, the artists in the videos ter or debacle is?” The roomdepartment at NYU were able to be innovative and seemed to come to a general create off the very surfaces of consensus that our financial position For instance, if you break a person’s ruin. It was here that Martin brought has fallen into disarray for various rea- identity up into the various derivatives home his main point. In this examinasons. Martin agreed with this sentiment; you may come up with a list like the tion of the dance, we were able to anhowever, he desired to use his lecture to following: black, American, daughter, swer questions about the process of not solely agree that our financial state friend, artist, student and leader. You moving through poor financial circumhas fallen into ruins and thus “settle for thus take that person’s singular iden- stances that lead ruin to some form of [these] ruins”, but to employ methods tity and, in a sense, multiply it. We as creative achievement. Professor Martin with which we can figure out what can a society do this all the time, and thus urged us to understand that by looking come of what is left of the system and identity, as Martin put it, “ has become to dance we can find “sources of value identify “the phoenix that can rise from more and more fluid over time,” and be- that can lead us to greater collective apthese ashes.” cause of this “we have naturalized the preciation” of the things that surround Martin started his lecture by explain- language of the derivative.” Through us. It is from this point of view that we ing the fundamental elements of fi- this idea of measuring identify in order can see dust yet also imagine the phoenance. He explained to us that the root to measure risk Martin believes we have nix that rises from it. • of the word finance, ‘fin’, comes from “created unmanageable risks.” the French for ‘end.’ Thus, finance is Martin continued to explain many “the means by which we bring a trans- more financial concepts and historical PHOTO FROM WEB
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makes the new and improved code “more honorable.” Arenge stresses Before this year, our Honor that the college is not in any way Code dictated the school’s policy condoning underage drinking, but for alcohol and drug violations as that this change is simply a verbal well as academic honesty, property technicality that changes the way violations and other infringements. infringements are handled. In the fall of 2009, a commitAdditionally, Honor Council tee came together with hopes to chair Alicia Cauteruccio ’12 hopes change this tradition. A new code, that the removal of alcohol and called the Student Code of Con- drug violations from the weekly duct, is now in place. This new case load will give members more legislation lays out a separate path time to focus on more “serious” for drug and alcohol violations; infractions. namely, that first time offenses go “Before this year we were one straight to Dean Sarah Cardwell, of five colleges that had an alland repeat infringements are un- inclusive honor code,” says Honor der the jurisdiction of a new entity Council member Evert Fowle ’14. called the Student Conduct Board, “But even now, we’re among only which is staffed about fifteen collegby members es that have any sort of the Honor “Some students expressed of student honor worry that the college code…which is still Council. There are simply wanted to be able pretty special.” multiple reaAside from the to say that we abide by change in content, sons behind this change, the honor code truthefully, the former J-Board the most signif- while not actually enforc- has also undergone icant of which structural ing drinking law violations some was a worry changes, including on campus” that weekend a new, more compartying, often prehensible name: involving underage drinking, was Honor Council. degrading the status of the Honor Other changes include a larger Code because of the frequency of board – four representatives from violations. each grade instead of two – and This issue was discussed at a rotating schedule, so there will length in comments on a Voice ar- only be six members at each hearticle written by Jazmine Hughes ing, plus the chair. According to ’12 last spring. Some students Arenge, there had previously been expressed worry that the college whispers of a “concentration of simply wanted to be able to say power.” She points out that the that we abide by the honor code new set-up allows for a larger pool truthfully, while not actually en- of personalities and opinions. forcing drinking law violations on Cauteruccio emphasizes the fact campus. that this new system will not cause Recent graduate Andrew Crimer inconsistencies. “We’ve been re’11, though, disagrees. “To dis- ally careful to mix new and old tinguish between the Honor Code members in each rotation,” she and school rules is a tacit acknowl- says, and the council always exedgement that we all live under plain the precedent on similar casrules which are not necessarily re- es before discussion begins. flective of our personal or shared “For a while, people were talkbeliefs,” he commented. “It’s the ing about having a rotation bedifference between a speed limit tween the whole school…like jury and the First Amendment.” He duty,” Arenge noted. “But it just attributes much of his opinion on wouldn’t be functional. It takes a the matter to a talk given by Pro- while to get the hang of it…we’re fessor Simon Feldman, in which still working on that with the new Feldman discussed the difference members.” between an outside law and an Cauteruccio and Arenge both agreed-upon honor code between agree that it is too soon to tell if the a group of people, such as the col- changes are for the better, but they lege community. have not dropped their positive Honor Council member Gab- outlook. Cauteruccio believes that by Arenge ’14 believes that the “once we get our traction, everychange is for the better, and that it thing will work out for the best.” •
Pizza, Profundity and Paleocene Park
CHRIS GIRI CONTRIBUTOR
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Professor Derek Turner took the podium at last week’s Pizza and Profundity lecture, an ongoing lecture series hosted by the Philosophy Department. The series features speakers both from Conn (such as Turner) and experts visiting from other universities across the country to discuss philosophical issues. Once the applause had subsided, Turner addressed the “large crowd” his lecture had drawn. Indeed, the event proved far more popular than I had anticipated and I was relegated to a less than ideal seat in a corner behind a television set. The first portion of Turner’s lecture was largely focused on the science behind his argument. Any hopes of the Jurassic Park scenarios hinted at in the talk’s title “The Ethics and Science (Fiction) of Extinction Reversal” were dashed rather quickly. Regardless, it was near impossible to come away disappointed by Turner’s insights into the science of extinction reversal. His passionate energy towards the subject, as well as his modesty – he freely admits that this research is all relatively new to him – made the information, running from longshot theories by Japanese scientists to cutting-edge experimental breakthroughs, all the more engaging. Though Turner seems to rule out anything too outlandishly sci-fi, at least for the foreseeable future, he admirably laid the scientific ground-
work for the debate about potential extinction reversal. As the discussion of the ethics behind this science began, it became apparent to what extent the lecture demonstrated the virtues of the liberal arts: a philosophy professor has independently researched a scientific topic to bridge the gap between disciplines and has presented his findings to the entire college community for discussion and dialogue. This bridging certainly provided some interesting ethical conclusions. Turner came to the surprising conclusion that two schools of thought typically taken to be central to environmentalism seem largely incompatible. Bioconservatism, which says that we shouldn’t use technology or other means to restore ecosystems, is directly at odds with restorationism, which says we should do our best to intervene in the environment. Turner pointed out that modern environmentalism incorporates both paradigms, and that the question facing us now is whether to reject one of the positions or try to find a compromise between them. By viewing this scientific issue through the lens of philosophy, Turner made himself just as much participant as speaker. He made his biases clear throughout, but encouraged the audience to prove him wrong or present the issue to him from another angle. He was searching for answers and clarity just as
much as his audience was. The prepared portion of Turner’s talk concluded just as the pizza arrived, and everyone took a recess to grab some refreshments. Once the group reconvened, the crowd had thinned substantially, but the most engaging part of the event was yet to come. As Turner opened the floor for questions, it quickly became apparent that Turner had set himself up to be put on the spot for quite some time. The talk proved provocative enough to elicit questions and comments from the audience ranging from those interested in Turner’s opinions on the plausibility of finding sufficient gene pools for true extinction reversal, to insights on the artificial selection of more shearable sheep to a student who weighed the benefits of a Poison Ivy-style bioterrorist approach to environmentalism. Even more interesting than these inputs, however, was seeing Turner’s response style. He took no comment lightly, and it was clear that he weighed each opinion against his own beliefs before responding. This rapport between students, other staff members and Turner himself was perhaps more indicative of a quintessential liberal arts experience than the mere mixing of disciplines at work here. •
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OPINIONS The New and Improved (?) Harris
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the counter isn’t even used for anything, so what is the problem? Additionally, the new placement of the panini presses and toasters next to the cereal is a traffic-inducing nightmare from 8 AM to 11 AM. Everyone is swarming the area attempting to scoop cereal simultaneously from two rows of bins, send bread through the toaster the typical two times (because inevitably someone who only likes their bread warm has set the machine to a warp speed setting) and those who are early to lunch are desperately
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Money and aesthetics aside, the new set-up of Harris is simply illogical, the best example being the new placement of the silverware. Before the renovations, when the silverware was on rolling cart-like structures, there were barely ever times when silverware ran out. It only took until my first dinner at Harris this year before all the forks were gone and large metal trays of silverware had to be used to meet the demand. If you’re going to drill into a countertop and make places for silverware, why not drill enough holes? The other end of
trying to fight the crowd and avoid burning their arms on various metal contraptions as they struggle to reach the panini press awkwardly out of reach in the corner. Clearly, someone did not think this through. Despite my complaining, there are actually upsides to the new system. The line for the hot food now has much more room to expand rather then backing up in to the entryway and the pizza looks especially gorgeous on the new countertops. I’ve also come to realize
An Untraditional Campus WILLIE MUSE CONTRIBUTOR
I recently visited my friend who goes to the University of Michigan. As we were walking along, we came across a large letter “M” etched onto the ground. My friend and all the other Michigan students walking by actively avoided walking over the letter. “Only seniors can walk on it,” my friend explained. “If underclassmen step on it, they’ll fail their first exam.” After hearing this, my first reaction was to jump around on the “M” and make fun of my friend for refusing to do the same. After that, though, I couldn’t help but feel a little jealousy. Why didn’t Conn have anything like that? I’m a senior now, and I still feel that same jealousy. In my three-plus years at Conn, I’ve felt a little deprived of traditions. In truth, when I began to write this article I could not name a single one (aside from Fishbowl), so I went to The College Prowler for assistance. Seeing the website’s list of Connecticut College’s so-called traditions ended up being redundant (we all know about Floralia), and it did little to sway me. Of course, I already knew about most of the events that made the list (although, what the hell is Camel Cabaret?), but I don’t really think most of them count as traditions. I think a more accurate name for things like Harvestfest, Camelympics and
Festivus is “annual event.” If I were to describe for you my family’s traditions, odds are I wouldn’t just say Christmas. Rather, I would describe the things my family does which are uniquely our own. (First, my mom wakes us all up at exactly six o’clock. Then it’s off to the den for eggnog and figgy pudding...not actually, but you get the idea.) As I see them, traditions are those special little rituals shared among a group. I don’t think that we have those here. Next to each event listed on The College Prowler is a little description of said event which more closely resembles what I think of as traditions. Unfortunately, while everything The College Prowler lists is interesting, it’s not entirely accurate. Sure, we all celebrate Festivus, but when’s the last time you “started the night by exchanging gifts with your ‘Secret Snowflakes’ at a dorm party...”? They’ve gotten enough right that I don’t think that they have us confused with Wesleyan like in other sections of the website. (I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t think that the worst part about going to Conn is getting caught in the Middletown bubble.) I don’t think that the Prowler is making things up about our fair school. I think it’s much more likely the traditions that made our school unique have been lost to time. I mean, think
about all of our major school celebrations—how many of them stray from the formula of dress up, have a couple of drinks and go out somewhere to dance? Now, some of you may be wondering why I’m complaining. After all, it’s a fun formula, but I see Conn’s lack of traditions as a part of a much larger issue: as a school, we don’t have a very strong identity. We certainly have a very special school, but I don’t know that I would call it unique. I don’t think that this is necessarily our fault. We’re only now celebrating our centennial which in college years is the equivalent of entering adolescence. Just like most adolescents, we are still developing our sense of self. It’ll come eventually; I’m sure of it, but that doesn’t mean we can’t help the process, and I think that it will be much more productive if we learn how to make the things we already have truly unique to us, rather than just slapping a camel on it and calling it a day. Traditions must start somewhere, so why can’t they start with us? Anyway, I should probably wrap this up. I have a quiz tomorrow, and I’m going to go rub the wings of the angel statue down south. I hear it brings you good look on school work. •
that coffee produced in mass quantities will inevitably never be as good as Starbucks or a homebrewed pot, but the new flavor shots are truly a gift from the dining hall gods. I can only hope that Harris will continue to restructure and improve the look and functionality of the dining hall, but please, I’m begging you, just get rid of the dots. •
Connecticut College Runs on... Jazzman’s? ANDREA AMULIC STAFF WRITER
So, did anyone notice that the Harkness Café (I mean Jazzman’s Café) is open? Finally, after weeks of construction and hurricane-related delays, the students of Connecticut College have yet another option for quenching their late-night thirsts for espresso beans, and I will no longer be woken up at 7 AM by the sounds of drilling and hammering. Talk about a win-winm situation. However, the opening of yet another café on this campus begs the question, “Why?” Coffee Grounds, in KB, and the Coffee Closet, in Cummings, are two entirely student-run cafés that do an excellent job of caffeinating the student population already, and the Blue Camel Café, conveniently located in Shain Library, is managed by a woman who lives in the greater New London area. So why do we need to bring in outside corporations to encroach on the metaphorical territory that is so well managed by students and local people? And just how many coffee shops do 1,800 students need? There must be something to set this café apart from all the rest, right? WIll it be open at convenient hours? During the few weeks before the top-secret opening of the café, my friends and I labored under the delusion that this café would provide us with an alternate breakfast option on days when we would be running late, or on Sundays, when the walk to Harris becomes five
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miles long. Unfortunately, the café opens at 2 PM, thereby negating that possibility. Maybe it’ll be a really cool space. Abigail Stevenson ’14, a student worker at the café, says, “It’s different from other snack shops on campus because of the vibe.” I’m not sure what the intended vibe of the café is, but the only vibe I felt from the uniforms, printed menus and bare walls when I stopped by was mall food court. Although, I suppose that is a distinguishing feature. Maybe the food and drinks will be excellent. Well, not unlike our other options on campus, the food at Jazzman’s café is homemade from fresh ingredients (I have this information on good authority from a shift manager)! But by “homemade,” she means made by Sodexo… at Mitchell College (except for the pastries, which are churned out by the infamous Harris Bakery and price tagged). I’m still unsure. While I understand that many other colleges and universities provide their students with cafés and snack shops that are run by outside corporations, I don’t see a place for such cafés at Conn. We are such a small community that it feels unfitting to introduce large corporations that ultimately do nothing more than take customers away from our communityrun businesses. •
Does our recently elevated ranking in U.S. News & World Report actually mean anything?
KYLE DAVID SMITH CONTRIBUTOR
All is well at Connecticut College— the birds are chirping in the morning, the skunks are skittering about in the moonlight and the prospective students taking tours of campus are about to get a little bit smarter looking. As you likely have heard, Conn has recently been upgraded in the eyes of the premier source for college rankings, U.S. News & World Report. In the latest edition of the perennial list that keeps college presidents awake at night, Connecticut College has hurdled up four positions, from last year’s 41 to its current spot at 37 in U.S. News’ National Liberal Arts College category. It’s likely that you’ve heard some of your friends talking about how we’re no longer the lowest ranked NESCAC school (don’t get too excited
just yet; we’re now tied with Trinity for that honor). No matter how large a critic of these rankings you are, be honest, you’re at least a little proud of Conn. Some might now even feel a little more assurance about finding that elusive job or getting into that top graduate school post-graduation. Rankings are a tool that a great deal of people pay attention to, and a great majority of us likely used them to make decisions when we were the students on tours. They’re a resource that many after us will also likely use. The question, though, is should they be this important? In the words of U.S. News, they have been ranking colleges every year since 1983, “to help [college applicants] make one of the biggest decisions of [their lives].” In this respect the actions of U.S. News should be highly
venerable, because as many of us know, picking the right college is far from easy. Understanding what any particular college experience is like requires a gargantuan amount of information, of which the average applicant can discern only so much. That’s where the ranking services come in; they make their best attempts to gather all of the information that the average high school student simply can’t and then they try to translate it into an understandable language. SAT scores, acceptance rates, student-to-faculty ratios, financial aid information, graduation rates, retention rates, survey information and a handful of other nicely quantifiable statistics are all factors in this process. It’s debatable what the importance of any of these statistics actually is, but nonetheless they become highly important in the ranking
process. Surveys of college administrators and students have their place as well. Then you have the information – the kind that actually affects how much each of us truly enjoys our time spent in college – much of which is likely impossible to quantify at all. Expert opinions become welcome when making difficult decisions, but on the flipside, how can such mounds of varied information be compressed into a neat and tidy number or letter score with any sort of consistency? Furthermore, how does it become mass-produced and standardized for consumption by a hugely varied base of consumers, each with their own idea on what warrants a good score? How can this information hold any worth after so much compaction and contortion? The truth is that it probably doesn’t.
So while it’s hardly a bad thing that Conn has been looked upon a little more kindly this year it hardly means that we’re any better or worse than any other college on the list. This likely isn’t breaking news to many, but it’s at least something worth being thought about. In today’s world, one where the easiest and most digestible sources of information become the most looked at, it can sometimes be easy to forget that there’s an entire wormhole of a story beneath even the tiniest speck of a headline. We all know the kids that will never be satisfied unless there’s a “#1” stamped next to everything they associate themselves with. The important thing to remember when it comes to these matters is who is doing the stamping: is it you, or is it some self-proclaimed expert simply trying to sell a few more magazines? •
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THE COLLEGE VOICE • OCTOBER 3, 2011
One Flu Over the Cuckoo’s Nest NORA SWENSON STAFF WRITER
DEVIN COHEN ARTS EDITOR
take alcoholic shots, because it enables me to take cold medicine every other Ny-and-Day-of-my-fall-semester-lifeQuil with ease, and it’d be really nice if my mom’s care packages (which as a senior, I realize I’m still lucky to be getting at all) didn’t have to consist of laundry sheets and on-the-go chloroseptic. Given the fair share of males on this campus who aren’t even inclined to bother to shut the stall door while peeing, I realize writing this article may be for naught. But at this point there’s no harm in trying. Fortunately, these days you don’t have to rely on hand washing alone to keep from getting sick, given the numerous flu shot options available to the New London area. This year, Walmart is offering them for $20, Target for $24, CVS for $30, Rite Aid for $25 and Walgreens for $29. Conn’s Warns-
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halls never serve Chiquita, he said, “It should be a minor transition, but it probably won’t be.” Kauders made that statement a week and a half ago, and it proved to be true. The issue started when, upon returning to Conn after the summer, students noticed to their dismay that the dining halls were serving Chiquita bananas, even though two years ago there was an
agreement between students and dining services that Chiquita would no longer be served if there was a “better” option available. That agreement was made after Forest Justice and a group of unaffiliated students held talks and circulated a petition stating that they no longer wanted Chiquita to be served, and that dining services should look into another option. After some searching, Turbana bananas were chosen and, during the 20092010 academic year, the transition from Chiquita to Turbana was so smooth that few students even noticed. Problems arose, however, because Turbana bananas were purchased from the vendor Fresh Point, which provides the school with fair trade and local fruit. During summers and breaks, when the number of students on campus decreases, t h e demand for fruit drops sharply, and the school cannot make large enough orders to purchase fruit from Fresh Point. Because of this, the school had to switch to another vendor who can accommodate smaller orders, but this vendor only offers bananas from non-fair trade companies, such as Chiquita and Dole. Chiquita has a long history of human rights and environmental abuse. In 1928 the United Fruit Company (which became Chiquita in 1984) responded to a month-long worker strike with violence, culminating in one of the largest massacres in the
Last week in Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah made the announcement that women will have the ability to vote and participate in all subsequent elections. If typical spectators only examined the reactions from women in Saudi Arabia, they might get the idea that this decision transforms the lives of the country’s female population. Numerous women triumphantly asserted that this is a “great leap forward” for their demographic, boasting that King Abdullah has provided them with a “new voice.” Soundbites, tweets and status updates aside, the level of optimism displayed by Saudi women, although quite inspirational, does not seem to be rooted in reality. Intrinsically, Saudi Arabia is an absolute monarchy. King Abdullah, and the institutions through which he asserts himself, maintains strict
hold.. Even if permission is granted, women must submit to purdah, which necessitates a sharp separation between the world of the man and the woman. These worlds are so distinctly separated that women must use alternate facilities when leaving the house, most of which are of inferior quality to designated male facilities. Additionally, women must adhere to the strictest dress codes forwarded under Sharia law when exiting their house, combining a hijab (head covering) and an abaya (full black cloak) to cover all the body but the eyes. Good thing that women can now vote, because I almost assumed that Saudi Arabia was participating in horrifically misogynistic practices. It is also nice to know that King Abdullah is on the side of women, as he stated last week that his ad-
control over the country regardless of votership or political participation. Women’s vote will make no difference over policy. In fact, it can be reasoned that by allowing women access to vote for the one party in power (as political opposition is forbidden), the regime is only further entrenching themselves into the nation’s political structure. This structure, seamlessly intertwined with the proscribed social practices of the Wahabi sect, propagates, reproduces and mandates patriarchal domination in every fabric of Saudi life. Even if women have the right to vote or nominate themselves in elections, cultural constructs dictate that women should not be engaged in the political process. Thus, it would be safe to assume that friends and family would deter women voting for fear that the social ramifications of doing so might be too jeopardizing. It is an unfortunate reality that Saudi women must take these consequences into account when making decisions. But they are real, and they are austere. Not only are females not allowed to represent themselves or hold places in a court of law, but a man’s vote equals twice their own, and verdicts are given by a panel of male judges. Females are treated as guilty until proven innocent in a court of law under a legal system that rationalizes and promulgates female inferiority. Under the eyes of the law, women are no more to men than what minors are to adults in America-subject to the control of their guardians. This comes as no surprise from the country that ranked 129 out of 134 on the Global Gender Gap report in 2010. Stated simply, it would be easier to create a list of things that woman can’t do in Saudi Arabia than a list of things that they can. The fact that women aren’t allow to operate motor vehicles in Saudi Arabia allows men to further assert influence and domination over female voting practices, as they are dependent upon a male guardian for transportation to a voting booth. Accordingly women can only work, travel and be educated with the approval of their male guardians, an approval that is not so readily given as it is a commonly held belief that the woman’s place is in the house-
ministration “refuses to marginalize the role of women in Saudi society.” With the unparalleled amount of chauvinism embedded within the political and social infrastructure of his country, King Abdullah may not even allow this “progressive” law to come to fruition. He has been promising change since 2005, and just announced a law that will come into effect in 2015. The ten-year gap between assurance and result does not inspire much confidence in the leader who, for praising reform, has been quite resistant to change. In 2008 the Association for the Protection and Defense of Women’s Rights in Saudi Arabia was cautioned that there would be repercussions for openly protesting and assembling against its current practices. Although he wants to present himself to the public as an integrationist, King Abdullah will only allow women “rights” that directly benefit him, disallowing, and possibly further intimidating those that campaign for true integration, equality, or mobility. So, how much has granting women the right to vote changed the political and social landscape of Saudi Arabia? Less than twenty-four hours after King Abdullah made the announcement, Amnesty International reported that a Saudi woman was sentenced to a severe flogging for simply getting behind the wheel of a car. Corporeal punishment does not seem indicative of progress, beautifully illustrating the arbitrary nature of this recent decision to give women the vote. It is appeasement at best, insult to injury at worst and a symbolic gain accompanied by nothing substantive. These issues extend far beyond the ballot box, and cannot be solved by simple voting measures. It took women in the United States nearly fifty years to gain their basic rights after they were granted the right to vote, and the wait in Saudi Arabia will be immeasurable in comparison. If the Arab Spring has taught us one thing, it’s that authoritarianism can be overcome with coordinated efforts amongst a population. But as Saudi Arabia will teach us, overcoming cultural entrenchment can be a lot more problematic. •
huis Health Center, on the other hand, weighs in at a very reasonable $15 that can even be billed to your student account. The only hold up is that you’ll have to wait until October 18 for their supply to make it in, and they’ll only be around until the 21. So, if you don’t want to spend three consecutive Thursday nights in November in bed like I did my sophomore year, consider a flu shot. That rumor that you can get sick from the shot is false. Flu vaccines cannot give you the flu. The viruses in the vaccine are either killed (flu shot) or weakened (nasal spray vaccine), which means they cannot cause infection, according to Target. In the meantime, wash your hands. You might as well make the most of that water bill your tuition is paying for. •
Going Bananas Over Chiquita
The current debate that seems to be dominating SGA is the fate of Chiquita bananas on our campus. There have been talks, petitions and student demonstrations, but each day in the dining halls, the only option seems to still be “bad” bananas, or no bananas. After interviewing Juan Pablo Pacheco ’14, the Chair of Diversity and Equity, and Elias Kauders ’12, the Chair of Environmental Affairs, the most telling quote to surface from the debate comes from Kauders. When describing how he and other students want to get Turbana bananas, fair trade bananas grown in humane and environmentally friendly conditions, back in our dining halls, and to have the dini n g
Now That Women Can Vote in Saudi Arabia, Is the Country Actually More Democratic, Or Less?
history of Colombia. In 2007, Chiquita was fined 25 million dollars for funding terrorist organizations between 1997 and 2004 to protect their land. There are still complaints coming out of Latin America about how Chiquita and Dole treat workers unfairly and poison the local environments with pesticides banned in the US and Europe. I have heard many students complain that there are many other issues to focus on. Our clothes come from sweatshops, the minerals used in our cell phones come from mines in the Congo, and almost all the fruit we eat is probably picked by people paid unfairly low wages. Why should we focus on bananas? The debate about bananas is not just because bananas are “bad” or worse than anything else we consume, but because two years ago, students made it clear that they no longer wanted Chiquita bananas to be served. With the help of dining services we found a solution to that problem, but now we have regressed, and this time around instead of a relatively seamless transition that few students noticed, a debate has broken out across campus about whether it is fair for SGA to tell dining services that they cannot purchase a specific item. SGA is not trying to get rid of all bananas, even though rumors have been circulating saying that that is the goal. Right now Kauders and Pacheco’s main concern is to educate students as to why Chiquita bananas are not the best option, to make students conscious consumers who are aware of the consequences of their actions when they decide what to consume. Sure, there are other things that they could be focusing on, but when we already had a solution worked out, and we know that the solution caused little if any disruption to banana consumption two years ago, why would we not implement that solution once again? •
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Precious little in this world motivates me more to wake up for a 9 AM Monday class than knowing that after living for a week in filth, the Larrabee bathrooms will have a fresh stock of paper towels, and the concrete floors a delicate scent of Pinesol. But after living in the dorms for the past four years, I’ve definitely desensitized to the “grossness.” Frankly, after reminding myself that there are communities in the world where hundreds of people share only one toilet, to complain over a little pee on a toilet seat is nothing more than a blatant white whine. When it comes to spreading germs and illnesses, which is all but unavoidable on a tightly-knit campus (remember the 2009 swine flu?), I start to justify my utter frustration for what feels like living among...swine. Flushing toilets is perhaps the greatest source of germs. Although I have definitely been one to opt for the “foot flush,” I’ve recently taken the initiative of using a square or two of toilet paper to avoid getting germs on my hands while flushing. There are the issues with hand washing. Granted, the unfortunate reality is most people these days will only bother to wash their hands after peeing because they don’t want the person who recognized their feet to know they don’t wash your hands. Social graces can be an awesome hygiene motivator! But next time you’re caught in a “tree falling down in a forest” situation, why not just spend the extra fifteen seconds and wash your hands? Even opening and closing the latch on that bathroom door stall probably introduced you to a substantial number of bacteria. Do you really want to go back to your laptop after a quick bathroom trip, only to coat your keyboard with all that? Gross. At this point, I realize I’m probably coming off as a germaphobe. I swear I’m not that bad. I fall victim to laziness just like any other young adult. But I’ve also gone as far as prizing my ability to
OCTOBER 3, 2011 • THE COLLEGE VOICE
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Dining With Ahmadinejad: A Moral Conundrum
Ten CISLA students were recently invited to a dinner conference with controversial Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The following articles depict some of their reactions to the event. CARRIE RUBURY CONTRIBUTOR
The first question was what shoes would look best with my black dress. The second question was did I feel comfortable going to an event hosted by one of the world’s worst dictators. Had I really considered the reality of sitting to listen to a man speak who denies the Holocaust, murders homosexuals, oppresses women and wants to “wipe Israel off the map”? I all too quickly replied “yes” to a CISLA email asking who would like to attend a dinner and dialogue with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran’s current president. Without reflection, I was filled with the excitement of meeting someone of such status. However, Ahmadinejad isn’t just a man of status. He is a man who is notorious for being a violator of human rights and one of the world’s most oppressive leaders. What did it mean that I was attending his event? How did my presence legitimize his regime and compromise my own morals about human rights? Ten CISLA students majoring in International Relations along with Professor Forster and Professor Borer loaded onto a bus last Wednesday and headed into New York City. During the trip there, Professor Borer asked us to reflect upon the meaning of this upcoming dinner and what our attendance meant. The event, we all knew, had nothing to do with President Ahmadinejad’s interest in America’s youth but rather a PR stunt to improve Iran’s image in the world community as well as Ahmadinejad’s imagine in his own country. By going, we were supporting this effort. Clearly none of us agreed with his actions, opinions or policies. None of us were under any illusions going into dinner. We were using this as incredibly rare chance to speak with a head of state, a chance many of us would never get again. It was an extraordinary learning opportunity in which three years of government classes would come alive. The difficulty with which I struggled was that it was coming alive with what most people would view as a monster. Earlier that week, we learned that students from Columbia University, another school invited, were going to stage a protest of their peers’ presence at the event. A student from Columbia explained that he “took issue with the moral implication of Columbia students sitting down to an off-the-record, intimate meal with an international pariah.”
In a recent CNN article, activist David Ibsen stated that people attending the event “should be ashamed of themselves” since the event was merely “a propagandistic attempt by the regime to improve its image.”
Was it wrong for us to go? Should we have upheld our morals and protested the dinner? Professor Borer pushed the conversation further and asked how we felt about smiling in a photo with the president. I can only imagine that such a photo would be used to prove that President Ahmadinejad wasn’t such a bad guy since so many smiling students from some of America’s top schools were interacting with him. We never did get the chance for a photograph with Ahmadinejad but the question still haunted me. Was the photograph with such a man over my moral limit? When I had first heard about the photo opportunity I was excited to have proof of the meeting. However, as I pondered the matter further I discovered not only would I probably not get a copy of the picture but I did not want it. I felt that this decision had established some sort of boundary but other questions still remained. Was it wrong for us to go? Should we have upheld our morals and protested the dinner? Of course, someone else would have taken our place but it would have been our small way of objecting to his policies. Perhaps our presence and our questions would serve as a reminder to Ahmadinejad and others like him that the citizens of the world—even privileged college students—are watching him and know what he’s about and that he’s not fooling anyone. Or perhaps I need that rationalization, I’m not sure of any of this anymore. But it is a good question to ask one’s self: Where is my line? Would I have dinner with Kim JongIl? Pol Pot? What about Hitler? Are there seats in hell for enablers? And as I pondered those weighty issues I stepped off the bus and walked into the hotel where I was to associate with a very, very bad man. •
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If you were invited to interview Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, what kind of conversation would you anticipate? Would you prepare to hear him ramble for hours about the fact that homosexuals do not exist in his country, or about how he wants to wipe Israel off the map? These were some of the questions that passed through the minds of ten CISLA students as we boarded a bus to head to a question-and-answer session with one of the world’s most controversial heads of state. However, when we sat down to hear President Ahmadinejad speak last week, he did not, much to our surprise, live up to those expectations. The Iranian Permanent Mission to the United Nations invited 100 students and professors from 12 universities, including the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Princeton Graduate School, Fordham, Columbia, Bard and Hofstra, to meet with Ahmadinejad at the Warwick Hotel in New York City on the night before he was to address the General Assembly of the United Nations. Ten CISLA International Relations majors attended, accompanied by Professor Tristan Borer of the Government Department and Professor Marc Forster of the History Department. After an hour-long wait and an elaborate Persian buffet, we were ushered into a narrow room crammed with tables, each of which was equipped with headsets to allow for simultaneous translation. After being introduced by an Iranian diplomat to the UN, President Ahmadinejad, rather short in stature, began the evening with a short speech and then opened the floor for dialogue. Each university was given the opportunity to ask one three-minute question. One of the most anticipated topics was the Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations. When Ahmadinejad was asked about Iran’s official position on the issue, he pointed out that the Palestinians have inalienable rights, including the right to freedom and independence that is guaranteed by the UN Charter. He also spoke about the history of the conflict and stated, “The reparations for World War II, a war that took place in Europe, were drawn from the pockets of the Palestinians.” He ended by asserting, “It is in the best interest of the American government to stop backing the Zionist movement as it has outlived its usefulness and will only negatively affect the
United States.” Another popular subject for questions was Iran’s nuclear program, to which Ahmadinejad replied bluntly, “We are against nuclear weapons. We consider them to be anti-human.” He stressed that creating a nuclear weapon would be pointless, as one bomb would be ineffective against the stockpiles of weapons owned by other countries. Pointing to the collapse of the USSR as an example, Ahmadinejad claimed that nuclear weapons do not improve national security or reduce conflict, and should not be considered a legitimate form of warfare. He ended his response by stating, “Quite clearly we are not afraid of anyone. If we wanted nuclear weapons, we would have readily announced it.” There were also several questions asked regarding the strain in U.S.Iran relations. Ahmadinejad emphasized how after 9/11, Iran was of great assistance to the American government at the beginning of the War in Afghanistan, and U.S.-Iranian relations seemed to be improving at that time. However, relations turned sour after then-US President George W. Bush unexpectedly included Iran in the so-called “Axis of Evil” in his 2002 State of the Union Address. Ahmadinejad declared that today the countries “have no common interests” because the U.S. refuses to bestow equal power in decision-making to the rest of the world. However, he claimed that the U.S. and Iran would have “unlimited” common interests if both countries were aiming to create a more just international political arena that promotes self-determination for all countries. Representing Conn, Manuel Jimenez ’12 asked about IranianIraqi relations and the role of Iran in the process of state building in Iraq as the United States withdraws troops this winter. In response, the President stressed the shared culture between Iran and Iraq: citizens intermarry, cross the borders for work and travel and friendly relations exist naturally. Ahmadinejad asserted that “because all conflict between the two countries is due to foreign occupation, the withdrawal of the U.S. will permit a healthy friendship to blossom. Iran has only been involved in the state-building at the request of the Iraqi government. We do not accept politics of imposition and force and we want to leave all decisions to the Iraqi people.” Throughout the night, Ahmadinejad repeatedly targeted the “meddling of Western forces” as the source of all conflict in the Middle
East. Cristóbal Pérez ’12 commented that “while some of these statements may come as a shock to many of us, upon reflection they hold a lot of truth. After the Second World War, most if not all conflicts in the Middle East have been created or sponsored by Western European powers or the United States. Furthermore, the U.S. has not played the peacekeeping and liberating role that is portrayed in the American media.” Many of the Conn students and faculty present were surprised that Ahmadinejad’s responses to the questions seemed rational and reasonable. He diplomatically maneuvered through each question in order to emphasize his stated goals of increasing understanding and participation in world affairs, especially through the framework of the United Nations. He repeatedly emphasized the importance of a common love for humanity and the need for transparency in negotiations. The tone of the Iranian president remained light and positive throughout the evening. On numerous occasions he even made witty comments. For example, when asked by a professor from Bard College about his opinion of the FIFA ban on the Iranian women’s team due to their headscarves, he joked, “I think FIFA needs to figure out who they are: an athletic organization or a fashion house?” At the end of the night, we were all left wondering how much of what Ahmadinejad had said reflected his true values, goals and perspective and how much was said in the interest of appearances and politics. There are clear contradictions between his domestic policies and his international political rhetoric. Influenced by Western media and politics, however, we often view foreign perspectives of the global order as irrational or illegitimate. We have learned, however, that understanding is improved by considering the points of view of disparate actors on the world stage. Whether or not an agreement is reached, a treaty signed or in this case, academics and world leaders are satisfied with one another, we all learned the value of constructive engagement between individuals, likeminded or not. That same lesson was reflected in President Ahmadinejad’s closing remark that he and his country sought nothing more than that of total involvement and participation in decisions in world affairs by all states, and that his personal wish is to replace weapons with pen, paper and dialogue. •
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The evening was filled with presentations of group works as well as a solo piece, each work proving to be as aweinspiring and stunning as the next. The dancers gracefully moved across the stage with what seemed to be effortlessness. Having had the opportunity to take a master class with the company’s artistic director, Carla Maxwell, I can assure you that the coordination and precision demonstrated on the Palmer stage was not nearly as easy as it appeared. The principle of using breath to guide movement is a staple of the Limón movement, which was early identifiable in the performance. Even a simple lean to one side seemed to have more life than one would expect it to. Through the connectivity with the breath, the dancers were able to extend their movement far beyond their own bodies. The energy they emitted was boundless, and continued to inhabit the space long after they shifted to another movement. The stage was flooded with costumes of intense color. Warm spring reds and deep purples were accompanied by many other strikingly colorful fabrics. These colors seemed to float, coast and glide through the air, aiding the dancers’ movement through space. Often the dancers seem to mimic the appearance of their costumes, pushing through the air with a textured quality. They also pushed one another’s bodies to perform different movements, folding into and against one another and using shift and transfer of weight to move seamlessly into the next movements. Each transition was not only seamless, but it was also innovative and exciting. The element of surprise was so thrilling that I could feel an eagerness swelling within me throughout the performance of each work. Another one of the outstanding aspects of the performance was the remarkable musical quality of the movement. The dancers had such a strong connection to the music. As the music seemed to sing within their bodies, they sang legato, at times added contrasting rhythm and also sang rhythms that they created on their own bodies in the space. Each was always informed by the music and engaged in a very provocative conversation with it. Overall, there was a grand motif of circularity within the performance. Yes, there were clear visual formations of circles; however, there were also spiraling movements that created a centrifugal and circular atmosphere within the space. Even further than that, the movement had a circular quality about it through timelessness. All of the works seemed to still have a clear connection to the time they were originally choreographed. I felt as if the dancers were bringing me back to the place where the dances were in their first performance rather than bringing the dances to where the show was staged. It has this ability to transcend the “present”, the “now” and the “here” and it connects audience and dancer through the cyclical nature of time. •
Roasting, Charlie Sheen?
How Comedy Central lowered the standards of the time-honored Roast DANIELLE PALMIERI CONTRIBUTOR
A few Sundays ago, Comedy Central aired the long-awaited Roast of Charlie Sheen. And I, along with many other people with nothing else to do on a Sunday night, tuned in to the shit show we all knew it would turn out to be. Now I suppose that forming an opinion before the show was unfair. But let’s be real. A guy that claims he is “winning,” has “tiger blood” and laughs about drug filled nights with porn stars is bound to be branded an attention seeking, self-destructive mess in the eyes of most people. The roast began with three-time roast master Seth MacFarlane, the creator of Family Guy, cracking utterly predictable jokes about Sheen’s drug addiction, his love of prostitutes and his impending overdose, which sets the show up for more of the same jokes that do not stray far from his drug addiction or partying. Big surprise. Following suit, fellow roasters Jeff Ross, Anthony Jesselnik and Jon Lovitz delivered forgettable jokes about drugs, sex and alcohol that seemed to condone Sheen’s chauvinism. Unsurprisingly, the jokes generated mediocre laughter from the crowd, which included Slash and Sheen’s newest love interest. (I would like to point out that after every joke about domestic abuse, the camera focused directly on her while she was laughing. What a disgrace.) However, the most memorable and humorous moments of the night are accredited to Steve-O, Mike Tyson and
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rising comic Amy Shumer. Although they were unlikely roasters, they stole the show with jokes that (thankfully) produced genuine laugh out loud moments. When it was finally SteveO’s turn, the Jackass star ran into Mike Tyson’s fist, attempting to get a black Charlie Sheen taking the stage at his Comedy Central Roast, garnering more publicity for his controversial antics. eye. Though he somewhat borderline stomach-churning behavior of their achievements and failures that missed, after the show, he did it again into a joke that the American public can were more funny than insulting. Aland broke his nose. Awesome. laugh at, especially when it has become though Sheen is and always will be conAfter Steve-O, Shumer took the stage so self-destructive and embarrassing? sidered a “bad boy,” his achievements and unexpectedly delivered jokes that As a fan of Comedy Central and their do not surmount to what is considered some would argue went a little too far, Roasts, I found Sheen’s roast particu- deserving of a roast when you stand such as apologizing for the death of larly insulting. back and look at the whole picture. Steve-O’s friend Ryan Dunn and how And this is the crux of my point-the Alright, you all get the point. But instead, it could have been Steve-O. fact that Sheen has received so much I would like to think that we live in a She then asked the crowd “Why wasn’t hype in the last year because of infa- society in which some things can still it?” Low blow. mously scandalous behavior is not a be considered inappropriate and offenSome would argue that joking about good enough reason to be roasted. The sive in the public eye. Except for when Sheen’s erratic behavior is acceptable previous ten roastees, which included Steve-O broke his nose. Now that was because that is the point of a Comedy Bob Saget, Denis Leary and William hilarious. • Central roast. But I disagree. Why Shatner, were not roasted because of should we turn Sheen’s abusive and recent downward spirals, but because PHOTO FROM WEB
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Sporcle vs. Stumbleupon
The battle over which procrastination site reigns supreme
It’s a beautiful Sunday afternoon, you know, that time in America where students are sitting in their rooms cranking out those two papers due Monday. Yes, we did have homework throughout the week and we did have to make time for our Thursday night shenanigans, but these are not the only culprits that have led to our weekly scheduled breakdowns and panic attacks. In fact, these offenders are even worse than our obsession with clicking home on Facebook every six seconds just to see if any new activity was detected. No, these time-stealing, mindnumbing and A.D.D.-amplifying distractions are known to all as Stumbleupon.com and Sporcle.com. There are three different types of people who access these sites. First, you have the hyperactive procrastinators who aren’t satisfied by Facebook and therefore go to Stumbleupon to give themselves a whole new arena in which to button-press their time away. For all of you who are thinking, “What is Stumbleupon?” this site is quite literally what it sounds like. After signing in, you can click various interests of yours (ranging from sports to humor to the paranormal) and by pressing the coveted “Stumble button,” it will whisk you through random sites on the Internet that match the interests you’ve selected. Stumbleupon is the ideal site for procrastinators who love pushing buttons who don’t mind losing hours of time in the process. The second type of people are those who want to delay their work through the most intellectual way possible; this is where Sporcle.com is a go-to-site. Although less popular than Stumbleupon, Sporcle is much more fun and beneficial. It is a site compromised of testing your knowledge in various categories, such as science, literature, entertainment and sports through a quiz-like process. If you are a science geek, you can test your knowledge by trying to name all 118 known periodic elements in under fifteen minutes. For those more interested in sports, try naming all 45 clubs in the Premier League in less than eight minutes. And for those who want to just have fun and test your knowledge on the capitals of every European country rather than actually writing your paper on European civilizations, then don’t fret because there is a quiz for you too. Sporcle is the perfect site for those of you who want to procrastinate in style. This last group of procrastinators is the Oprah of the television world, the Babe Ruth of baseball, the best of the best. This elite group of procrastinators uses both Stumbleupon and Sporcle to make sure their papers are done on those Sunday afternoons. Being one of these fine members, I will showcase some examples of what I’ve stumbled upon, and what quizzes to take on Sporcle. Stumbleupon: a site that can direct you to photos that are perfectly timed (for example, a picture of a man parasailing right next to the moon so that it looks like he is actually on the moon). You might find a Tic-Tac orchestra (in which a child performer makes music on the street simply by creating different instruments only out of TicTacs). Or perhaps you might see my all-time favorite site, displaying a band called the Axis of Awesome playing an original piece entitled “the 4 chord song” (if you
haven’t seen this video yet, I definitely suggest you look this up). As for Sporcle, I suggest a few miscellaneous options: the quiz entitled Famous Faces Badly Drawn is definitely both challenging and hilarious (and it’s great because they have about 4 different versions of it). The Movie Quotes (Clips) quiz is entertaining, and if you are a movie buff then this will definitely tell you how well you know your movies. Lastly, if you see a quiz that says Minefield, give it a click. So next time you’re writing a paper, stop clicking the
home button on facebook and go to one of these sites; I promise that it will keep you captivated for hours and you will come out an addict. And for the 95% of you that already use these sites, congratulations, you are a procrastination champion. Warning: it took me about 3 hours to write this article due to a Stumbleupon marathon; I am almost certain that I have carpal tunnel in my right wrist due to an incessant amount of button clicking. •
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Odd Future are the kings (and queen) of sarcastic, internet-fiend youth often mistaken as hipsters. We’re in day when the term “hipster” means apathetic asshole disliked by his peers and elders not because his thoughts are rebellious or revolutionary, but because he and his so-called counter-culture just don’t add up to those of the past (hippies and punks, namely). Odd Future does not fit this definition. It is safe to say that they are not apathetic, lazy or pretentious. Rather, they are pop artists who are putting together a multimedia collection that has become Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (OFWGKTA). They have created a product, so to speak, with a cause and a mean to spread it. Below the surface of profanity, they don’t actually buy into names of rappers who claim a history of “swag”; i.e. one full of death, rape, poverty and guns. Once you sit down, listen, watch and participate in what Odd Future is, it becomes very clear that theses guys are just hormonal, insightful, cynical and slightly damaged kids who actually have something interesting and possibly forward to say about our society. Odd Future began documenting their talents (music and lyricism, videography and editing, goofing around and being teenage skate rats) in 2007, the same year YouTube began producing and circulating memorable viral videos. The group has had time to gradually build a repertoire of work on the Internet, perfectly syncing their growth with American youth’s gradual realization of the Internet’s glorious capabilities. So now, as masses and masses of teenagers reach Internet literacy, Odd Future’s giant collection of work has blown up, creating one of the more prominent cult followings on the Internet to date. It’s generally understood that these kids can make beats with killer kick and lyrics with serious power. But what really reeled in most
reason why Odd Future is so scary is because they are correct to so aggressively mock. Aren’t all truly novel ideas terrifying at first? Odd Future is accustomed to moving at their own pace. Though they have been a spectacle on the Internet since 2007, in the past year they have suddenly launched into a very real and mainstream limelight. “Tyler, the Creator” or Tyler Okonma just recently accepted an MTV Music Video Award for best new artist, the group’s first formal recognition from a major network or organization. Pharrell Williams, a dude with some hot jams (you may have heard him in “Drop it Like it’s Hot”) and sex appeal, told Sucker Free that he was bummed not to sign Odd Future himself. And it’s a possibility for the group, in the footsteps of the more ‘mainstream’ Odd Future captain Frank Ocean, to collab with Nas and Method Man. Oh! And Adult Swim has opened up a time slot for a new sketch comedy show completely creatively run by Tyler’s crew. That’s, like, pretty nice, I guess. The new fame, however, throws the luxurious pace of Odd Future completely out of whack. Tyler and others now deal with a sort of pressure to say things faster and in a more exaggerated way. This has led Okonma to begin a series of characters much less subtle than those of the past (“Tyler, the Creator,” “Wolf Haley,” or “Ace”). Unfortunately, such caricatures call for less dimension, less artistic freedom and less of that Odd Future charm. An example of this made news this past week in the form of Okonma’s most recent character, “Young Ni**a.” Odd Future’s recently assembled record label, Odd Future Records, announced last week that that they “could not pass up the opportunity,” to sign a rapper known as “Young Ni**a.” Later that very same day, Young Ni**a’s single debuted on the Odd Future website, but not before a big name in the music industry, Pitchfork, could notify the public. Pitchfork reported the story (in their pretentious, journalistic fash-
In Defense of Odd Future of their fans? Humor. When used correctly, humor can expand a person’s perspective by making them question something they’ve always believed, all through joke and jest. It forces self-deprecation onto a person, but in a way that makes them laugh in glee. Odd Future’s sense of humor, however, can be as dry and subtle as sarcasm comes. Even big names like Tegan and Sara have complained about the group’s supposed ignorance. But, like I said, once you give the group your ear and eye (their presence on YouTube and Tumblr is incredibly expansive and very at-your-fingertips) it becomes apparent that they are just trying to be funny with a political undertone. So what is the group trying to say? What are these “political undertones”? Let’s set the scene: A lanky Tyler stands between a palm tree and a giant suburban street light sarcastically mocking a tween’s high register, “It’s big swag y’all, bitches over here hanging out
and shit, smoking weed and doing drugs and shit,” as his friend unsteadily shoots from a hand held video camera trying to hold back breathy giggles. Tyler and the rest of Odd Future are constantly mocking the too-often one-dimensional world around them. Though they are clearly connoisseurs of contemporary rap and hip hop, they live in a time when most hip hop on the radio and MTV are completely indistinguishable thugs rapping about completely unidentifiable and ignorant themes associated with gangster life. That candid moment, taken from a low-viewed video from the group’s YouTube channel, is a playful version of what Tyler and the rest of OF aggressively say in their music. It’s much harder to recognize sarcasm behind Tyler’s husky, manic tone on albums like Radical (2010 Odd Future mix-tape) and Bastard (2009 Tyler, the Creator solo album). Not to mention, Odd Future only works
when their thoughts and actions are in the minority. Like all revolutionary groups of the past (that is, if we want to say that Odd Future could be revolutionary; in the very least they are some pretty rad kids), the aspect of minority is what allowed the masses to slowly understand, slowly adapt to new truths. Those truths could seep in gradually instead charging as an overwhelming flood of new ideas. If masses went around angrily spitting offensive, dry, but logically sound arguments around in good ole OFWGKTA fashion, then there would be no progress. The public would be scared and revert back to the security of a bandwagon society. For better or for worse, we live in a time when a friendly, yet forgettable person who kindly tells you the “truth” (whether it is actually true or not) is more valid than a rowdy yet enthusiastic person who forces you to think about what actually could be true. Keep in mind that perhaps the only
ion we know and love/hate) as if a legitimate Odd Future drop was about to explode. But it became very clear very fast that Young Ni**a was just Okonma being a doofus on the mic under yet another moniker. I’m going to be honest: the Young Ni**a single, “Come Threw Looking Clean,” is not that funny in and of itself. But if you pay attention enough to know that the OFWGKTA crew loves driving around ironically and shamelessly blasting Waka Flocka Flame’s recent collab with Gucci Mane, “Young Ni**az,” then you know the concept of Young Ni**a is pretty hilarious. Not to mention that Pitchfork, of all sites, reported the story of Young Ni**a as if they were Walter Chronkite. So I forgive Tyler for not blowing me away this time with “Come Threw Looking Clean,” because once again he has proved that the music industry (and pretty much everyone else) just doesn’t get it. •
Blink 182 Debuts Neighborhoods
The pop punk group releases its new album, progressing into musical adulthood
When you think of Blink-182, you might picture three men running down the sidewalk naked. It seems that the days when Mark Hoppus belted, “I ditched my lecture to watch the girls play soccer,” are over. After setting aside their differences and deciding to reunite, the three Californian skater punks have aged into the responsibility of adulthood and drifted away from their iconic pop-punk sound into lyrical and musical maturity. Blink delved into topics such as teen suicide on “Adam’s Song” on earlier albums. Their sound began to shift eight years ago on Blink-182 which focused not just on the guitar bass formula but also on employment of pianos and synths to develop a more sophisticated sound. Most of the album is more mainstream rock than punk, and more varied than the three chord fast-paced style of Enema of
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the State. Several songs on Neighborhoods add a heavy metal influence into the normally bright sound of the band. The first time I heard the intro to “Up All Night,” I almost expected to hear the edgy singing of a young Billie Joe Armstrong. Instead, Tom Delonge’s somewhat whiney voice starts the verse with “everyone lies and cheats their wants and needs.” While “Kaleidoscope” has elements of the older Blink-182, Delonge shows his new outlook claiming, “It’s the first time I’ve worried about a bad dream.” However, Blink also throws in some bright and poppy songs as well. The upbeat, syncopated guitar strumming and airy background singing on “Wishing Well” introduces a warm sound into the dark feel of the album. “After Midnight” also presents a soothing break from the driving chords of the first couple of songs in the in the album. Travis Barker’s elegantly crafted drumbeats stand out throughout Neighborhoods, providing an incredibly strong rhythm section to back up his two band mates. Unlike Enema of the State, Barker fills Neighborhoods with innovative and interesting beats that add another new element into the evolving sound of the band. The most interesting aspect from Neighborhoods comes from the way the band uses piano, drum fills and synth to further their new style. The introspective lyrics and mainstream rock sound of the album provides the listener with a modern take on the direction of rock and roll. Although Neighborhoods does not sound as futuristic as My Chemical Romance’s Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, it helps guide the listener into the sound of future mainstream rock music. While Neighborhoods explores this style for Blink-182, the album attempts to venture in too many directions. The tracks are too varied and do not mesh well together. “Love is Dangerous” clashes with the generally mainstream rock sound of “Mh 4.18.2011” and “This is Home.” Blink-182 gave the band a new, fresh sound while also providing clear motifs and a constant artistic direction. Neighborhoods lacks the certain-
ty and freshness that made Blink-182 unique, and one of the band’s better albums to date.
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MARK FERREIRA CONTRIBUTOR
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From left to right: Tom Delonge (guitar, vocals), Mark Hoppus (bass, vocals) and Travis Barker (drums)
Neighborhoods does display a newfound maturity, dealing with insecurities and personal conflicts. This is a new, interesting style for Blink-182, but the band seems unsure of what direction to go in. Most of the tracks do not present the driving drums and fast-paced chords that made Blink-182 unique and famous. Overall, Neighborhoods, while not exceptional, is a very decent album. Any fans of Blink-182 or rock and roll should check out the new sound of the band. •
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MLB Post-Season Preview
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twelfth thanks to a walk off home run from Evan Longoria. The Red Sox were one out away from beating Baltimore, but Jonathan Papelbon surrendered three straight hits to hand the game to the Orioles and the Wild Card to the Rays. The Sox even had a Buchner-like moment with Carl Crawford having a critical fly ball tip off his glove in the eigth. In the other wildcard, the Braves also collapsed, although not nearly as dramatically, with St. Louis taking the wildcard spot. The Tigers are in the midst of battling the Yankees while the Rays are taking on the Rangers. Anything can happen in a five game series, and as the playoffs move deeper into October, the ALCS/NLCS provide even more drama. Of course this all ends with the World Series. Last year, the Giants capitalized on their home-field advantage and great pitching and beat
Texas in five games. In 2009, the Yankees beat the Phillies in six. It may be hard to believe that the Phillies line-up has improved since 2009, but they have an incredible pitching staff and the best record in the majors this year. Being that I’m somewhat biased as a multi-generational New Yorker and Yankee fan I have to side with the Bronx Bombers this fall. In the past seventeen years, the Yankees have only once failed to reach the playoffs (Joe Girardi’s first season). Pitcher CC Sabathia has not been performing quite as well this season, but I believe he will pitch better in the playoffs than he has in the past two months. With both Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter missing time due to injury, Curtis Granderson has been the work horse along with Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano. Not to mention that Jeter is one of the most valuable postseason baseball play-
ers in history. The Yankees drew a tough first match up with Detroit and their ace, Justin Verlander. The Detroit Tigers won 95 games this season and Verlander may well win both the Cy Young and MVP awards. The Yankees could potentially face him twice. Though I love bragging about the Yanks, if they eventually see the Phillies in the fall classic, they will probably lose. Philadelphia’s starting rotation of Roy Oswalt, Cole Hamels, Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee heavily outweigh New York’s struggling pitching staff. Currently holding a franchise-record fifth consecutive NL East title, it’s difficult to imagine anyone seriously challenging their superiority this October. Still, the playoffs are playoffs, and anything can happen. After an incredible grand finale to the season, anticipations are high for an outstanding October. •
In the final game of the season, Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon gave up two runs in the ninth, blowing the save and ending a disappointing season for the Red Sox.
NFL Hot Seat
Ben Stepansky chimes in on the first few weeks of NFL play BEN STEPANSKY STAFF WRITER
With week three of the NFL in the books, there are some tough, Vince Wilfork-sized questions that need to be addressed. And with an imminent power shift in the league standings, we may be on our way to one of the most exciting football seasons since the lowly 2001 Patriots found their winproducing machine that is Tom Brady. But for now, here are my key stories on this early season: Which team is going to take the AFC East this season? With the Buffalo Bills scraping out a hard-fought win against the Patriots in Week 3 (34-31), NFL analysts could honestly say that the Bills are a threat to the power structure in the East. The only undefeated team in the AFC, the Bills are putting up points as if their lives depended on it. Led by the only Harvardproduced quarterback in the history of the NFL, Ryan Fitzpatrick, the team leads the league in Points For (113). And Fitzpatrick’s dominance (9 touchdowns in 3 games) is turning Stevie Johnson into one of the toptier wide receivers in the game. As we’ve learned in previous years, however, the Patriots and the Jets cannot be counted out. Brady looks the best he has since his record-setting 2007 season (despite his four interception performance against the Bills) and Jets head coach Rex Ryan will motivate his team to perform at its full potential unless he devours them first. Improving the defense should be key for both the Pats and Jets, and will put pressure on the Bills to crumble.
the season will show the true colors of the Lions. Come back to me midseason. What’s going on in Philadelphia?
Michael Vick is feeling the pressure. After deservingly winning the Comeback Player of the Year award in 2010, Vick has a lot of potential to live up to in the 2011-12 season. And right now, he isn’t doing that. And trust me, more people than just Michael Vick are upset. I took Vick in the third round of my fantasy draft and his lackadaisical play is part of the reason my team is 1-2. He looks hesitant in the pocket, the Eagles offensive line collapses faster than the Red Sox in September and he’s overthrowing receivers left and right. Not to mention how injury-prone he is when scrambling. The way for Vick to get
Can the Colts win without Peyton Manning? Simple answer: Nope! The start of the Indianapolis Colts’ season is clear evidence that Peyton Manning is the backbone of this team. Scratch that. He is the team. Without Manning, offensive players such as Reggie Wayne and Joseph Addai are immediately relegated to practice squad status. There is no replacement for Manning, especially with the likes of Kerry Collins and Curtis Painter. Collins turns 39 in December, making him an ancient artifact of the NFL, and Painter resembles the odd love child of Clay Aiken and Jude Law (look up his player profile page on ESPN. com). Manning threw for 4,700 yards and 33 touchdowns last season while leading the Colts to a 10-6 record and their ninth straight playoff berth. Yet, after losing the first three games of the season, it will be difficult for the Colts to beat out the Houston Texans who will likely win the division. Colts fans, pray for Peyton, otherwise pray for a winless season and the #1 draft pick. Is the NFC West or the AFC West the worst division in the league?
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I’ll keep this one short for the sake of importance. The NFC West has a combined record of 4-8 while the AFC West boasts a 5-7 Are the Lions for real? record. In this scenario, I would give the edge to The Detroit Lions are 3-0? Bethe AFC only because fore the season started, I would of the lack of a powerhave had to pinch Matthew house team in the NFC Stafford to wake him up from a West. San Diego has dream. Instead, the Lions quarthe potential every year Matt Stafford’s play is one of the reasons the Lions are off to a hot start. terback has thrown for just undue to the leadership der 1000 yards (977), completed of Philip Rivers, and the 9 touchdown passes, and earned himself a his head on straight and lead the Eagles running back duo of Ryan Mathews and passer rating of 110.7, which is astounding to some wins is by giving the ball to run- Mike Tolbert is underrated. In the NFC when considering his career passer rating ning back LeSean McCoy at least 25 times West, the Cardinals will take the division of 75.8. Some fans might say the Lions a game. Right now McCoy only has 57 if Kevin Kolb and Larry Fitzgerald can were bound to become competitive after rushing attempts in 3 games but is averag- form the chemistry Fitzgerald had with their winless season in 2008. The team has ing 6.1 yards per carry. If I were an Eagles Kurt Warner on their way to winning the improved steadily each year, going 2-14 in fan, I would want McCoy to have the ball, NFC Championship a couple years ago. 2009 and 6-10 in 2010. If there’s one thing especially in crunch time. He became the that has helped the Lions to a 3-0 start it is first Eagles rusher to eclipse 1,000 rushIn order to level out the playing field in the ease of their schedule. With wins over ing yards since Brian Westbrook in 2007 a youth football league, the “Madre Hill Tampa Bay, Kansas City and Minnesota, and he’s improving each year. If McCoy rule” bans eleven-year-old Demias Jimerthe Lions’ opponent record in their first is utilized properly, defenses won’t know son of Malvem, Arkansas from scoring a three games stands at 2-7 (the Bucs con- whether DeSean Jackson is going to blow touchdown if he has already scored three tributing the two wins). That should not by the cornerback or McCoy is going to times and his team has a lead of 14 points diminish their thrashing over the Chiefs in pound it up the middle and run for 80 or more. If I could invest in pop warner which they won 48-3, but tests against the yards. I wouldn’t worry too much in Phila- football players like I could stocks, I’d put Cowboys this week, the Falcons in week 7 delphia. my money on Demias. • and two games versus the Packers later in
Successful Sailing Eyes Repeat Bid To Nationals MOLLY BANGS STAFF WRITER
On May 22, the sailing team traveled to Oregon to represent Conn at the National Championship. Nationals took place at a venue known as “The Gorge,” which because of its characteristically high winds, has garnered quite a reputation among collegiate sailors. Light winds and slight breezes combined with rough currents created odd conditions for the Camels to battle through for the first two days of the competition. At the end of the second day, the women’s team was ranked fourth. When the third and final day of racing rolled around, breezes were
’15 finished second place in the A division, and Bitsy Whipple ’12 and Kim Bolick ’15 finished fourth in the B division. Their combined high placing won Conn the entire regatta. The next weekend, the co-ed Camels team, led by Wilsterman and Kevin Martland ’14 in the A division and Brugman and Medley in the B divison, competed in the St. Mary’s College of Maryland Intersectional. The team ended up earning a first place finish with 78 total points, beating out the other seventeen schools present. Looking forward, the Camels expect to have a competitive season in both the fall and
The Camels make a strong case for another trip to nationals.
still extremely gentle. However, the Camels were able to snag a second place finish behind the University of Rhode Island, beating out the other finalists of St. Mary’s, Brown and Yale. Captain Liz Wilsterman ’12, Lucy Wallace ’13 and Captain Atlantic Brugman ’13 finished third place in the A division, and Brugman was additionally recognized with Women’s AllAmerican honors. The Camel women took home not just their second place finish, but also the Women’s New England Trophy. Says Senior Captain Wilsterman of the experience: “It was very exciting going to Nationals this past summer. I was honored to be able to represent my team and Connecticut College in both the co-ed and women’s divisions. We have been working hard over the past three years to be able to compete at the highest level of college sailing. It was an intensive two weeks of sailing and the conditions were the most trying I’ve ever sailed in, but we worked together as a team to stay concentrated.” The Women’s team is off to a great start to their fall season, as well. On September 17 and 18, the Camels competed at the Mrs. Hurst Bowl at the Dartmouth Women’s Intersectional. Brugman and Grace Medley
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RACHEL NEWMAN CONTRIBUTOR For baseball fans, October means playoffs. Eight teams have earned playoff briths and a shot at a World Series title. After a horrible September in which they lost 20 of 27 games, the Red Sox’s chances for the AL Wild Card came down to their final game against the Orioles. Despite the performance of rookie catcher Ryan Lavarnaway, the Sox fell one game shy of the playoffs. The Rays experienced a dramatic triple play in their second-to-last game that kept them from being knocked out. The concluding night of the regular season was the most improbable of all. The Red Sox needed a win and a Tampa Bay loss to make it to the playoffs. The Yankees were up 7-0 early against the Rays, but Tampa would go on to win the game in dramatic fashion, tying the score in the ninth and winning in the bottom of the
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After a wild end to the regular season, October should provide more dramatic finishes
spring. A large reason why the team yields such successful results is because of the yearround commitment its athletes make to the sport. “Coming into my senior year, the sailing team is definitely among my highest priorities,” said Claire Sacco ’12. “Over the past four years, it’s obvious to me the progress I’ve made. I’m able to sail at a higher level, and give advice to teammates confidently. It’s also great that the other members of my team have become my best friends, and they are all as committed and enthusiastic about the season as I am. I am expecting a great fall, and a better spring to follow.” Although the Camels have added some fresh new faces with the class of 2015, they welcome back the majority of their starters. Because of this, Wilsterman sums up that “We feel confident in our ability to stay focused as a group in order to give our competition a run for their money.” It seems as though with some hard work, the Connecticut College sailing team will find itself back at Nationals in 2012. •
THE COLLEGE VOICE
October 3, 2011 Editors: Dan Moorin and Jesse Moskowitz email@example.com
Men’s Water Polo on the Rise
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Camels athletes work hard in and out of the pool to make strides in collegiate water polo
Co-Captain James Green ‘12 fights for a steal against the Naval Academy.
DAN MOORIN SPORTS EDITOR
Few people realize the intense nature of water polo. The skill set necessary to compete at a high level combines the utmost fitness with the ball-handling technique, mental toughness and game awareness that rivals any other sport. The Connecticut College Men’s Water polo program has the challenge of competing in this difficult sport against some of the toughest competition in the country. Despite the fact that Conn College is a small liberal arts school that must abide by strict NESCAC athletic procedures, the Camel water polo program faces the likes of Division I schools such as Fordham, Brown, Princeton and Navy. While these teams are able to dish out scholarships to some of the top polo recruits in the country and organize preseason training long before the fall season start time, our men’s water polo team pushes forward year after year to be as competitive as possible. Without a lengthy preseason training period enjoyed by most of the teams they compete against, the Camels must have an extremely rigorous training regiment from the moment the team arrives on campus. This means twoa-day training sessions, 6 AM and 4 PM, from the start, with little more than one or two days off to recover. The team tackles long swim sets before the sun has risen, and heads back to the
pool to work on game play in the afternoon. In addition, to switch things up, Head Coach JJ Addison has the players on a weight lifting and dry land training regiment. “There’s nothing better than getting up in the morning and swelling to beats provided by Nick Sizer and James Green,” said senior captain Sam Mitchell. “Sometimes when I lift I feel like Atlas; we really pride ourselves on our vocalizations in the weight room.” From the moment the season starts, the team has a little more than two weeks to prepare for its opening weekend of play (with the unfortunate timing of Hurricane Irene, the Camels had even less time to prepare for competition this fall). This puts the team under a massive amount of pressure not only to be in top physical form, but also to have developed solid team chemistry in a very short time frame. Disregarding the stress of the preparation for the season, the Camel athletes must focus hard on their tough academic workload. NESCAC athletics focus on the importance of the studentathlete and, despite a schedule that includes mostly Division I teams, the Men’s Water Polo program is no exception. “My top priority at Conn is finding the balance between tickling my brain and tickling the twine,” Mitchell added. Coach JJ Addison has enforced strong academic standards for the Camels. The men
engage in weekly study halls and must submit academic check ups for all classes. (Not surprisingly, Addison’s Women’s polo squad posted the highest GPA in the country last spring, with an impressive 3.52 average). Despite the academic and physical challenges presented to the team, the Camels started the year off strong, posting a 5-0 record. The first four wins came against strong NESCAC opponents including Wesleyan and Bates. While Conn has the only varsity polo team in the NESCAC, the games gave the Camels a chance to
“My top priority at Conn is finding the balance between tickling my brain and tickling the twine...” get comfortable in competition, as well as show off the results of their hard work thusfar. However, hard work isn’t the only thing the Camels boasted in their opening weekend. Coach Addison revealed an impressive starting lineup of players, both old and new. Freshmen Robert Schramm (Schramm Slam), Robert Spencer (U-Boat), and John Stark (Tony) all broke the starting six and for good measure. Their combination of speed and talent was obvious in the first four games for the Camels.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT SCORES Field Hockey (4-3): Conn 1 — 4 Bowdoin
Men’s Soccer (5-3): Conn 1 — 0 Bowdoin Conn 0 — 2 Middlebury
Volleyball (11-4): Conn 3 — 0 Bates Conn 1 — 3 Bowdoin
Women’s Soccer (2-4-1): Conn 1 — 0 Bowdoin Conn 1— Middlebury 2
Women’s Rugby (2-1): Conn 51 — 5 Framingham
Men’s Ultimate Frisbee Conn 13 — 9 Brown Conn 13 — UMass: Dartmouth 11
SO YOU DON’T MISS IT GAMES Men’s Soccer: Temple Green vs Coast Guard Wednesday 10/5 3:30 PM Women’s Soccer: @Eastern Conn St: Wednesday 10/5 7:00 PM Women’s Volleyball: Luce Field House vs Clark University: Wednesday 10/5 7:00 PM
Coach Addison’s newly focused recruitment plan has already made a huge impact along with the hiring of assistant coach Ryan Pryor. Returning impact players James Green ’12, Sam Mitchell ’12 and Sam Burns ’13 rounded out the starting roster. In net, last year’s honorable mention All-American goaltender Clayton Witter ’13, showed Camel fans once again why he is one of the best shot stoppers in collegiate water polo. After a weekend of NESCAC games, the Camels headed to Annapolis, MD to compete in the North/South Invitational at the Naval Academy. In their first game, the team continued its winning ways, defeating Division III rival Washington and Jefferson by the score of 10-9. Sam Mitchell notched the game-winning goal. The Camels went on to suffer losses to east coast water polo powerhouses Princeton, George Washington and Navy. The Camels will make their annual visit to California over fall break to compete in the Claremont Convergence Tournament. The team will face off against strong California programs such as Claremont McKenna and Occidental. Past California they will face off against east coast rivals such as MIT, Iona and Harvard. Be sure to get down to the pool Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29 to support the team as they host Iona and Fordham. •
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This is the first installment of the NESCAC Power Ranking. The Power Ranking will be posted weekly and will rank the eleven NESCAC schools based on football, men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey, and volleyball. About a month into the NESCAC season, Amherst sits atop the ranking, holding the top team in football, men’s soccer, and women’s soccer. Tufts, Bowdoin, Wesleyan, Hamilton, and Conn all find themselves in tight contention, with a 0.7 average separating the five. Colby and Bates round out the conference, with either school holding the bottom team in four of the five sports.
The poll was devised as follows: Sports Editors, Dan Moorin and Jesse Moskowitz ranked all NESCAC schools in each sport. These rankings were based on NESCAC standings as well as quality wins and influencial losses to NESCAC opponents. These scores were averaged to create a composite overall ranking for each school. Note that Connecticut College does not participate in football.
DESIGNED BY STEVEN SMITH/TUFTS DAILY