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October 11, 2012 Volume 87 – Issue 7

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Styrofoam use on campus challenges AU’s green image By SAMANTHA HOGAN EAGLE STAFF WRITER

Styrofoam used at privatelyowned eateries on campus conflicts with AU’s sustainability efforts. However, the lease agreement between the University and these restaurants do not require them to use eco-friendly materials. Asian Flavors, which uses Styrofoam containers, is one of these leased locations. Tom Gera independently operates the restaurant. Megabytes, Asian Flavors, Mud Box, American Café and the Katzen Café are privately owned by Gera. The lease between these restaurants and AU requires Gera to adhere to federal laws and regulations, contract manager for Auxiliary Services Juanita Edwards said in an email. AU adopted its Sustainable Purchasing Policy in 2010, which encourages the use of recyclable and re-usable products by the University, Sustainability Out-

reach Coordinator Joshua Kaplan said in an email. “Styrofoam is the worst [packaging] option because generally there is nothing to do with the container after a single use except send it to a landfill, where it will stay for decades, if not centuries,” Kaplan said. Styrofoam is not accepted for recycling in D.C., he said. Gera said he had not been approached by AU, the Office of Sustainability or students about his use of Styrofoam as of Oct. 9. Gera said his eateries were the first to use biodegradable containers and utensils four years ago. However, he switched to Styrofoam containers because they are cheaper than the biodegradable boxes he previously used. “I found most of the time people did not care,” he said. Gera said he is open to hearing students’ concerns and may consider switching back to biodegradable options. Bon Appétit cannot use Styrofoam because it is required to fol-

low AU’s sustainability standards, Edwards said. Eateries owned by Bon Appétit include TDR, Tenley Café, Einstein Bagels, Greens, Pronto, Eagle Express, Salsa, Tavern and Eagle’s Nest. Bon Appétit ’s 2001 sustainability policy prohibits the company from purchasing Styrofoam items, Derek Nottingham, resident district manager for Bon Appétit , said in an email. Bon Appétit bought pre-packaged ice cream in styrene cups once this semester, Yvonne Matteson, district manager for Bon Appétit said. Styrene is a product similar to Styrofoam that can be recycled and has only minor environmental effects, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Bon Appétit occasionally buys prepackaged ice cream, Michelle Mooney, AU’s general manager of Bon Appétit , said in an email. No sign was posted saying the cups were styrene and could be recycled, Matteson said. SHOGAN@THEEAGLEONLINE.COM

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Proposed D.C. bill may require disabled citizens to pay for parking By LINDSAY SANDOVAL EAGLE CONTRIBUTING WRITER

D.C. Councilmember Mary Cheh proposed a bill on Oct. 2 that would require disabled citizens to pay for reserved street parking. Disabled people with government-issued permits would have to pay hourly parking fees and honor time limits for the spaces under the new bill, titled the Accessible Parking Amendment Act of 2012.

Parking spaces reserved for disabled citizens would be designated by a red top, according to Cheh’s press release. However, disabled people will now have to pay to use these spots. The bill proposes 10 percent of D.C.’s 18,000 parking meters be marked as “red-top” meters. The D.C. Council will vote on the bill in upcoming weeks.

DISABLED CITIZENS DON’T PAY FOR DESIGNATED PARKING SPOTS IN CURRENT SYSTEM

“Red-top” meters are currently open to the public and only require payment from those without disabilities. However, if a person with disabilities parks in a “red-top” meter today, he or she receives free parking and a longer time limit. Approximately 1,500 “redtop” parking meters existed as of Oct. 2, the press release said. The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) introduced these painted red meters last spring. However, the D.C. Council halted the “red-top” meter program in March because DDOT did not have the authority to enact these measures, Cheh said. An investigation of the “redtop” program found many drivers had committed parking fraud, according to Cheh, who represents Ward 3. “We had extraordinary in-

stances of people parking all day,” she said.

REFORM FOR SUGGESTED HANDICAP PARKING SPOTS

Under the new bill, disabled drivers will also have to pay for parking at “blue-top” meters. These are safe and accessible parking spots that are suggested to disabled drivers, according to the press release. “Blue-top” meters are located in popular areas in the District such as the National Mall. All members of the public can park in “blue-top” parking spots, which will continue under current and proposed legislation, according to Kiara Pesante, Cheh’s communications director. Disabled citizens who park in “blue-top” spots currently make no payments for parking and are given time extensions, Pesante said.

A public forum to discuss this proposal will be held on Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. at the Council Chambers of the John A. Wilson Building near Federal Triangle Metro. Laura Bruns, the events director for AU’s Disability Rights Coalition, said she is disappointed that the District is penalizing the disabled in order to combat parking fraud. “If everyone else is paying, it doesn’t necessarily strike me as unfair,” Bruns, a sophomore in the School of Public Affairs, said. “But going from something free to paying seems kind of weird to me.” However, Cheh said the bill is a matter of fairness. “All may park, and all must pay,” Cheh said. Eagle Staff Writer Alex Greco contributed to this report. NEWS@THEEAGLEONLINE.COM

AU alumnus accused of murdering wife, defense seeks further psychiatric evaluation By PETER SEREMETIS EAGLE CONTRIBUTING WRITER

An AU alumnus’ defense attorneys requested Oct. 9 that an independent expert examine their client in the hope that he can be deemed incompetent to stand trial for the alleged murder of his wife in August 2011. The D.C. Superior Court ordered experts from the defense and St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, a psychiatric hospital in D.C. operated by the National Institutes of Health, to submit official competency reports by Nov. 19 so a trial can begin Dec. 3. Alumnus Albrecht Muth, 48, was arrested Aug. 17, 2011 and later charged with the murder of his 91-year-old wife, Viola Drath, a Georgetown socialite. Muth received his bachelor’s degree from AU in 1991. Alumni Relations did not disclose any more information about Muth’s

time at AU, citing privacy concerns. Muth told the Metropolitan Police Department he found his wife unconscious on the bathroom floor of their house in Georgetown on Aug. 12, 2011, according to police reports. Medical Legal Examiner Michelle Mack pronounced Drath dead the same day at noon. Her remains were then transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, according to police reports. However, Deputy Medical Examiner Carolyn Revercomb said Drath’s body had signs of “strangulation and blunt force injuries” after performing an autopsy on Aug. 13, 2011. She reported Drath’s death as a homicide, according to charging documents. Muth was charged with firstdegree murder on March 6, according to charging documents. He was hospitalized in Febru-

ary after going on a two-month hunger strike. Doctors ordered him to receive psychiatric care until they could determine if he was competent to stand trial, according to The Washington Post. The Supreme Court ruled in 1960 that in order to be deemed competent to stand trial, doctors would have to prove three factors at minimum: tBEFGFOEBOUSFBTPOBCMZVOderstands the charges against him, tSFBTPOBCMZVOEFSTUBOET court procedures like pleading guilty and not guilty and tJTBCMFUPSBUJPOBMMZXPSL with his attorney. Muth was diagnosed with and received medications for delusional disorder and other mental illnesses as of Feb. 15 in St. Elizabeth’s, according to a report filed by hospital CEO Patrick

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Amtrak conductors, engineers fail drug test By CHLOE JOHNSON EAGLE CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Seventeen Amtrak employees failed company-run drug tests in 2011, according to a recent report released by Amtrak Inspector General Ted Alves. These employees were in “safety-sensitive positions” such as engineers and conductors, the report said. The report determined that Amtrak is not controlling substance abuse. “Amtrak runs a safe railroad today and we are committed to making further safety improvements for passengers and employees,” the company said in an unsigned email to The Eagle. Suggestions for improvement in the report included raising the amount of annual drug testing, training supervisors to recognize signs of abuse and engaging

senior management in the process. The findings represent a small sample of employees. Federal guidelines only mandate one-fourth of workers be tested, and the most recent test covered almost one-third. Amtrak plans to raise testing to 50 percent of their employees due to the results of the latest tests, Alves’ report said. Current screening procedures were put in place after a collision in 1987 in Chase, Md. The engineer of a Conrail train, which collided with an Amtrak train, was under the influence of marijuana at the time of the accident.

FINDINGS PROMPT STUDENT WORRY

Many AU students use Amtrak to travel between school and home because it has multiple routes along the east coast. Kate Wiznitzer, a sen-

ior in the College of Arts and Sciences, uses the system to travel home to Stamford, Conn., for school breaks. “I’ve never had a problem with Amtrak, but this does make me hesitant in the future,” she said. Daniel Hovaness, a freshman in the School of International Studies, said he also uses Amtrak to go home for long school vacations. “I though it was worrisome but not a major concern in my travel,” he said. Hovaness said the company should perform substance tests more often but that the findings didn’t warrant anything “radical.” Wiznitzer agreed there should be more testing. “It should be mandatory testing for everyone,” Wiznitzer said. “It only takes one person to jeopardize someone’s safety.” NEWS@THEEAGLEONLINE.COM

AU ranked No. 10 for famous faculty by online college guide By IULIA GHEORGHIU EAGLE CONTRIBUTING WRITER

AU ranked No. 10 in the “Top 10 Famous Faculty” categor y in the 2013 College Rankings released by Unigo, an online college guide, on Oct. 2. Columbia University, University of Colorado at Boulder and Pennsylvania State University

ranked as the top three on the list. Famous faculty at AU include former presidential candidate Ralph Nader and Jackie Norris, who ser ved as Michelle Obama’s chief of staf f. Nader is an adjunct professor at the Washington College of Law. Norris teaches a Leadership Internship

course available during the spring semester. More than 30,000 college students across the nation voted on the 2013 College Rankings in categories such as “Best LGBT Scenes” and “Happiest Students,” according to Unigo’s Community Outreach Manager Kathy Tang. NEWS@THEEAGLEONLINE.COM

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Greek restaurant opens in Tenleytown By EMILY CLAPP EAGLE CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Cava Grill, a Greek restaurant, opened a new location in Tenleytown on Oct. 4. The restaurant is part of a chain that serves healthy food in a timely manner for little cost, according to Brett Schulman, the operating partner for Cava Grill. “It’s great for students, office workers and families because the grill is set up

like an assembly line, so people can get their food and go if they need to,” he said. Similar to Chipotle, customers first choose a main dish of salad, pita or a bowl. Then they choose a meat or vegetable dish and toppings. “Falafels, Crazy Feta and other spicy sauces are our most popular items on the menu,” Schulman said. The restaurant is located near the corner of Van Ness Street and Wisconsin

Avenue, near McDonald’s. The restaurant will soon accept Eaglebuck$, Schulman said. Cava Grill is offering dine-in dishes at their Tenleytown location to become more eco-friendly. Only disposable dishes are offered at the restaurant’s other D.C.-area branches. “We hope to test it out at the Tenleytown location and incorporate it at the other locations,” Schulman said. NEWS@THEEALEONLINE.COM

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Caravan. Delusional disorder is when an individual experiences everyday beliefs that have been proven false such as believing one has been deceived by a lover for at least one month as Muth did, according to the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Doctors of St. Elizabeth’s had deemed Muth

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MIC CHECK — WVAU DJ Cameron Meindl and GM Emily White.

Radio station WVAU back on air with brand new image By KENDALL BREITMAN EAGLE STAFF WRITER

After a six-week delay, WVAU is back on the air with a revamped face for radio. WVAU, AU’s student-run online radio station, premiered live on Oct. 5 after relicensing the station with Sound Exchange, an organization that pays royalties to artists for online streaming. WVAU could not broadcast until the proper fees had been processed, WVAU Music Director Max Tani said. With the changes coming from this relicensing, including the ability to now archive their shows on their website, WVAU has begun to revitalize and reorganize the image of the organization. “In the past few years, I’ve seen the station slowly grow and expand, and with these changes we’re becoming more of a legitimate organization,” General Manager Emily White said. In May 2011, WVAU’s budget increased from about $8,000 per year to $23,600 in order to fund

the studios redesign. This transition includes a newly refurbished studio complete with a new console, speakers, headphones, computers, chalkboard wall, website redesign and an audio encoder to increase the quality of WVAU’s online stream. Beyond that, the station has also revamped their logo, which was recently redesigned by Art Director Morgan Wheaton, a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. White says she plans to create a learning lab within the organization for students to build upon their audio technical skills. To do this, White plans to revitalize the station’s editing room to invite the possibility of in-studio performances and prerecorded promo spots and station IDs. Outside of the studio, WVAU plans to be more visual across campus to broaden the audience. “We have all these musicminded people, we have all of these great shows, but people are frustrated with the lack of listenership,” White said. “For a long time

TV pick of the week: “Fringe” 8 we have put the promo efforts on the DJ, but there is a lot we can do to promote ourselves. My number one goal has always been that we need to play on campus.” WVAU will now be playing in TDR during dinner hours on select nights of the week. For the first few weeks, students from the organization will be tabling outside to collect listener surveys. Eagle’s Nest has also agreed to broadcast WVAU during all hours of operation. WVAU has also taken its music across the quad, as it sponsored its first acoustic set in the Davenport on Sept. 24, featuring D.C. band Dance for the Dying. The organization also plans to continue to host open mic nights and concerts on campus. “By having our presence in other places on campus, it automatically exposes people to WVAU,” White said. “If we put WVAU in places students don’t have to seek out, that is the best way to get new listeners.” WVAU also plans to build upon the station’s connection with D.C. through the continuation of the organization’s “Capital Punishment” series. The series has been a long-time fixture of the station and offers free concerts open to the public featuring up-andcoming bands from the area. On Oct. 5, WVAU hosted their first installment of the series, which featured bands “Shark Week,” “Teen Suicide” and “Teen Lit” at the Kay Spiritual Center. White says her goal is to host at least three of these shows per semester. “It just felt like this is our moment,” White said. “We’re getting this new studio, now it’s time for us to revamp.” Full Disclosure: Eagle Staff Writers Maeve McDermott, Sean Meehan and Marissa Cetin are DJs at WVAU. They did not write or edit his report. KBREITMAN@THEEAGLEONLINE.COM

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European artist Per Kirkeby opens his largest US exhibition By SEAN MEEHAN EAGLE STAFF WRITER

Per Kirkeby might be the most famous artist you’ve never heard of. Despite his fame in Europe, Kirkeby has never gained much exposure in the states. The Phillips Collection is trying to fix this with their current exhibit “Per Kirkeby: Paintings and Sculpture,” the largest U.S. exhibition of his work to date. The 26 paintings and 11 bronze sculptures displayed cover the entirety of Kirkeby’s 40-year career, showcasing the constantly evolving style that has made him Scandinavia’s most celebrated living artist. Drawing on his background in geology, Kirkeby’s works often rely heavily on layering. A pair of untitled paintings in which Kirkeby used chalk and blackboard paint show off this ethos well, with abstract figures created just as much by rubbing and erasing marks as by the final, clear lines on top. Because of this layering process, curator Klaus Ottmann described Kirkeby’s work as being “larger on the inside than on the outside” during the preview of the exhibit. Although Kirkeby’s work does require more time from the viewer to digest, there is an important difference between it and art that has an intentionally hidden meaning. Rather than serving as a puzzle for the viewer to solve, Kirkeby’s work can be easily understood. But it takes time to fully appreciate its intricate layering and coloring. “A lot of people today are

shying away from art that’s difficult,” Ottmann said. “My ultimate task is getting people to look at art again — not to understanding it, but looking at it and immersing oneself in it.” Kirkeby’s work provides a perfect avenue for this goal, as its abstractions are not an attempt to obscure meaning but rather a way to add more depth. “New Shadows V” is a perfect example of this, with a still-recognizable image of a forest abstracted by use of rich yellows and reds painted with an intricacy and sensual attention to each brushstroke that is only apparent upon closer inspection. Kirkeby also brings to his art an encyclopedic knowledge of art history, allowing him to borrow from and reference multiple movements such as pop art or minimalism without confining himself to the rigidity of these movements. Because of this, Kirkeby’s work accumulates contextual meaning via reference to other movements and artists. The best thing about Kirkeby’s work, however, is that it doesn’t depend on this context to be appreciated. In fact, the viewer is free to place the works in whatever level of context with which they are most comfortable, as the intricate beauty of these works can stand on its own. The work displayed in this collection demands time from the viewer not because it is confusing or difficult to understand, but rather because these paintings and sculptures get better the longer you look at them. SMEEHAN@THEEAGLEONLINE.COM


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‘AMERICAN IDOL,’ ‘NASHVILLE’ GRAB SMALL SCREEN ATTENTION MARK LIEBERMAN — TAKE 5

COURTESY OF FOX

TV PICK: FRINGE By MICHELLE EIDER EAGLE CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Brace yourselves, sci-fi fans: Fringe Fridays are back. Season five picks up where the mind-blowing fourth-season episode “Letters of Transit” left off. After being preserved in amber, our heroes have reunited 25 years in the future to find their world transformed into a dystopian, Observer-ruled society. FBI Fringe Division team members Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv), Walter Bishop (John Noble), Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson)

and Astrid Farnsworth (Jasika Nicole) are now tasked with aiding in the resistance of the Observer regime, along with a little help from Peter and Olivia’s now-grown daughter Etta (Georgina Haig). Since the beginning, “Fringe” has skillfully managed to balance its “freakof-the-week” format and overarching mythology with relatable character development and a surprising amount of poignancy. For every plot twist, universe jump and alternate timeline, viewers are rewarded with an emotionally resonant subplot, be

Tennis serves up winning fourth show in the District By SYDNEY GORE EAGLE COLUMNIST

The temperature may have plummeted to 40 degrees in the District on the night of Oct. 8, but the Rock N Roll Hotel was all fired up for Tennis’ performance. Husband-and-wife duo from Denver, Colo. Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley set the mood for an energetic night with their endearing indie tunes. Wild Belle opened the show with soulful alt-folk songs reminiscent of the 1970s, exemplified in their

breakout single, “Keep You.” Both siblings, Natalie and Elliot Bergman, dressed professionally in blazers and button-downs with jeans and boots. Using tambourines, saxophones, keyboards and more, the Chicago-based band reintroduced the audience to old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll with a reggaejazz vibe to it. Natalie’s foxy voice sounded similar to an edgier Grace Potter mixed with a dab of Amy Winehouse, belting out buoyant melodies for the band’s first

it an exploration of a scientist’s God complex or a touching search for forgiveness. Although the show’s chances of returning for a fifth season initially looked slim at the start of renewal season, fans can now rest assured knowing that the show runners will have the opportunity to resolve this often weird, always wonderful show on their own terms. THESCENE@THEEAGLEONLINE.COM

“FRINGE” AIRS FRIDAYS AT 9 P.M. ON FOX.

D.C. show. Soon after, the venue’s disco ball was set in motion and Tennis took the stage. Starting the set with “It All Feels The Same,” the band’s single from their sophomore album “Young & Old,” the crowd never stopped moving, dancing and swaying to songs, both new and old. Tennis also included favorites from their first album, “Cape Dory,” such as “Marathon” and “Baltimore,” as well as a cover of Television’s “Guiding Light.” With four members assembled on stage, the band has a fuller sound

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This week’s pop culture headlines ranged from the latest Adele track, to the new TV show that has everyone talking. Take a break from midterms and catch up on the happenings of Hollywood and beyond.

BACK FOR THE “FALL”

Although 2011 was perhaps the most successful and gratifying year Adele will ever have, the seemingly infallible songstress receded from the spotlight in 2012 to prepare for the arrival of her new baby with boyfriend Simon Konecki. Last week, though, she emerged from her hiatus to debut “Skyfall,” the haunting, epic theme song for the latest eponymous James Bond film. The song, recorded with a 77-piece orchestra, ascended the iTunes chart within hours, a reminder to the music industry that few hitmakers are as reliably commercial or musically satisfying as Adele.

KNOCKOUT COMPETITION

Tensions are at an all-time high behind the scenes at “American Idol” after new judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj interrupted a recent audition taping with a profane shouting match, during which Minaj reportedly threatened to knock Carey out. In retaliation, Carey

spoke to Barbara Walters about the incident, prompting Minaj to post a series of enraged tweets. Portions of these events may have been concocted or encouraged to generate muchneeded buzz, although rumors of conflict have been circulating since September. Nonetheless, the prominence of this story may indicate a renewed interest in this flagging franchise, set to air January.

NASHVILLE’S THE STAR

ABC’s new hourlong drama “Nashville,” praised by some critics as the best new network show of the season, stars Connie Britton (“American Horror Story”) as a troubled aging country star and Hayden Panettierre as a feisty upstart in the vein of Taylor Swift. In addition to stirring acting and heightened melodrama, each episode of the show will feature several songs, including country standards and original tunes penned by artists as diverse as Hillary Lindsey, Elvis Costello and T Bone Burnett. Fans of drama and music alike should tune in on Wednesdays at 10 p.m.

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After a long career of leading roles that some critics might call “underwhelming,” Ben Affleck stepped behind the camera in 2007 to

direct the acclaimed crime thriller “Gone Baby Gone.” Following that film’s success, coupled with an Oscar nomination for his follow-up “The Town,” Affleck has become one of Hollywood’s most in-demand directors for buzzworthy drama projects. It’s no surprise, then, that his latest film “Argo,” about a curious attempt to free Iranian hostages, has attracted critical buzz at several international film festivals. With a stellar cast including Affleck, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston and Alan Arkin, it’s a must-see.

DAMAGE CONTROL

In the past two years, Jason Aldean has ascended from reasonable success to genuine superstardom in the country music world, having topped the charts with stylistically inventive hits like “Dirt Road Anthem” and “Don’t You Wanna Stay.” Just in time for the release of his new album “Night Train” (out Oct. 16), fresh controversy has surrounded the married father of two and his inappropriate conduct during a dinner outing with former “American Idol” contestant Brittany Kerr. Aldean is likely hoping that the fallout from this controversy will not hamper album sales or his public image. MLIEBERMAN@THEEAGLEONLINE.COM


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live than on its records. The slightest alterations like the addition of maracas created a breezier flow, giving their live set a surf-rock edge. During “Petition,” drummer James Barone experimented with a jazzier beat while also hitting a tambourine. Riley’s guitar also stood at the forefront of their set, shredding so hard that his toes curled up in his boots.

Eagle Rants AU needs more cats. Tulane has a “cat problem.” I don’t see how that can really be a “problem.” WHERE ARE THE CATS? It hurts when you realize that you have feelings for your best friend and just when you’re going to let her know she gets asked out to dinner by someone else and accepts.. For the Sophomores sitting next to me in the Perch who had Bubble wrap last night. Thank you. I forgot how much of a stress reliever that bubble wrap is. So I don’t follow politics and I’m a Stats major… why am I at AU? I was disappointed at the lack of pink on campus Wednesday. Seriously, do NONE of you have pride on Mean Girls Day?

The band also debuted a brand new song titled “Dimming Light” that showcased Moore’s vocal range on its prolonged high notes. Her whimsical voice has a softer side, yet she still manages to sing out above the other instruments, all while pounding away on the keyboard. Moore was appreciative of her fans, expressing her gratitude frequently throughout the night. After playing 16 songs, the “longest set we’ve

ever played,” Tennis enthusiastically did an encore. “At our second show [in D.C.], we opened for The Walkmen at 9:30 club, but I was so ner vous that I was throwing up back stage,” Moore said. “And our third show…I was so sick that I had to have random people come up on stage…and sing ‘Marathon’ with me. Tonight, we’re breaking the semi-curse,” Moore said. THESCENE@THEEAGLEONLINE.COM

Go ahead, speak your mind. We’ll probably print it.

In less than one year, we’ve lost the McDonalds and all the candy from the Eagles Nest. Their replacement? A Froyo machine. I DON’T WANT FROYO. I WANT MY $3 LUNCHES FROM MCDONALDS AND CANDY WHEN I FEEL LIKE IT. At first I thought I was about to be attacked by a bloodthirsty splicer in Rapture. Then I realized that I was safe, it was just the girls shrieking in my hall. -__I wish this paper would write itself. I have no interest in it anymore. Thing to learn from this issue of The Eagle. -Less beer = more crime Neil Kerwin is a Pakistani woman

There are plenty of single, straight, attractive men on campus. They just don’t want to date a judgmental chick like you who doesn’t think that they exist/are good enough for her. Honey. You’re at AU. Beggars can’t be choosers. If you want your boyfriend to propose, I don’t think that flirting with other men is the good idea, especially if you want a solid marriage. Just a thought. I literally feared for my life last night. It’s interesting watching TV shows and going, “Hey, this episode was totally written to get this specific character an Emmy.” I’M LOOKING AT YOU, WEST WING. (though really, I love you, baby.)

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RIHANNA, C2C DELIVER AMPED UP NEW TRACKS JANE MORICE — FIVE SONGS This week, I was introduced to some catchy new releases. Whether you like all the songs or just one, my goal is just to give you something to jam to while walking to class, “studying” in the library or really just anywhere!

1. “THE GOLD LINING”—BROKE FOR FREE: I found this song on

music website The Kollection after I was initially drawn in by the album artwork: the Golden Gate Bridge enveloped by humongous sand dunes. After giving it a listen, I knew it would be a song worth sharing. Broke for Free, a San Francisco beatmaker, opens this song with a chill and almost beachy vibe, but then builds up the song by combining a funky guitar riff and a hip-hop reminiscent beat. It may sound strange, and frankly it is something I usually would never give a second listen to. But something draws me in. I recommend this lyricless song to fans of a band like The Postal Service, or, as The Kollection suggests, Explosions in the Sky.

2. “REMEMBER ME (FEATURING THE WEEKND)”—WIZ KHALIFA: I

admit it, I love Wiz Khalifa, and yes, I knew who he was before his mainstream breakout hit “Black and Yellow.” In fact, he was a much better artist before he released his first studio album. Yet after Wiz admitted to his fans (in so many words) that “Rolling Papers” was not an album he wanted to replicate, I was hoping for something that reminded me of the old Wiz I know and love. This song, slated to be on his upcoming album “O.N.I.F.C.,” combines Wiz’s signature flow and lyrical content with an eerie beat that only Toronto crooner The Weeknd could sing over. Even if you’re only a little curious to see what Wiz is up to (besides being a daddy-to-be), I suggest

giving this song a listen.

3. “DOWN THE ROAD”—C2C:

Admittedly, I know next to nothing about C2C besides the fact that they are a renowned turntable group from France. This song was introduced to me by a friend of a friend, and it was stuck in my head for the rest of the day. I would not even know how to categorize this track besides saying that it could be a song ‘90s group Jamiroquai would release that Justice would later remaster. Intrigued yet? Just listen — I (almost) guarantee you’ll love it.

4. “DIAMONDS (ALESSIO SILVESTRO REMIX)”— RIHANNA:

It seemed as if everyone was excited when pop queen Rihanna released her single “Diamonds” two weeks ago. And while I usually like Rihanna, I am not a fan of the original song. It’s too slow compared to the dance tracks I have come to expect from her. So to make it more enjoyable for me, I was introduced to this remix. I could not have asked for anything better. All I want to do when I hear this song is dance, and I bet you’ll have the same experience.

5. “JUST WHAT I AM (FEATURING KING CHIP)”—KID CUDI:

I completely respect an artist’s right to experiment with their style. But honestly, I don’t know one person who enjoyed Cudi’s experimental last album, “WZRD.” But since releasing this song and “King Wizard” from his upcoming album, the old lovable Cudi is back with a vengeance. I like both new tracks, but I chose this song because of its trippy vibe and “Man on the Moon” feel. Expect this song to blow up and be played everywhere, so start listening and loving now before you get sick of hearing it! JMORICE@THEEAGLEONLINE.COM

AUDIOPHILE

Looking for new music? DJs at WVAU share their thoughts on a range of recent releases.

LUPE FIASCO FOOD & LIQUOR PART II: THE GREAT AMERICAN RAP ALBUM PT. 1 After publishing two thoughtful, well-put-together albums (“Food & Liquor” and “The Cool”) along with several solid mixtapes (“Revenge of the Nerds” Parts 1, 2 and 3), Lupe Fiasco threw out the over-produced stinker that was “Lasers.”

While “Food & Liquor II” does return to the conscious roots that made Fiasco special in the first place, the rapper still tries to impress far too much by overcomplicating his work. The album’s grandiose title is a perfect example of this tendency; it mentions two different parts of

METZ S/T Post-hardcore group debut album that is super heavy but maintains structure.

The debut album from Metz hits hard and fast, lasting not even half an hour but maintaining a relentless barrage of heavy music. Each track runs about two minutes, which is almost

FLYING LOTUS UNTIL THE QUIET COMES

With one ear to the future and one to the past, the producer delivers an understated but vibrant electronic record.

With both “Los Angeles” and “Cosmogramma,” Steven Ellison has proven himself a leader in the world of electronic music. On his latest release, his synthesis of jazz and hip-hop may at first seem backed off, less outstanding and, to the eager fan, a bit disappointing. However, after a thorough listen, you realize that all the intensity and brilliance of his other releases are still there, simply stated in a subtler manner. Slow-moving jazz grooves contrast with a more upbeat electronic sound with smooth, cascading keyboards against artificial

two different projects. At least the verses themselves are much improved from the other Lupe work in recent memory. He’s snarky, thoughtful and sharp throughout the release, even though he continues to annoyingly elaborate on his verses. Seriously, man, we don’t need you to sing the last punch line. The production also leaves something to be desired. About every third beat is of “The Cool” caliber while the others resort to played-out canned percussion hits and piano lines. “Food & Liquor II” isn’t a bad album by any means, but the rapper that we all loved hasn’t come back to us just yet. Recommended If You Like: Kanye West, Mos Def and Kendrick Lamar By SPENCER SWAN

as much as the average ears can take. Each is a short burst of heavy, atonal guitar backed by a thunderous cascade of drums, all with vocalist Alex Edkins shouting and shrieking over it. “Knife In The Water” begins with a heavy guitar riff and eventually descends into repetitive shouts of “down!” But even through all of this seeming chaos, the album maintains a strong structure. There’s nothing intricate about this album — instead, it moves in large chunks of screamed vocals, distorted guitar and feedback. RIYL: Big Black, The Jesus Lizard, Sleigh Bells By BILL OLDHAM

woodblocks and high-hats. Tracks flow so seamlessly it’s sometimes impossible to know you’ve changed songs. By the fifth track, the quick-moving bass lines of Ellison’s protege and fellow Brainfeeder member, Thundercat, begin to enter the mix, bringing with them a heightened sense of expression and complexity. Vocal contributions by Erykah Badu and Thom Yorke add to the spacey and shimmering qualities of the music but blend into the aesthetic, never distracting the listener from Ellison’s compositions. Songs waver between pure jazz and pure electronic, from the organic, almost psychedelic “DMT” to the colorful, high-pitched synths and maximalist bass on “Sultan’s Request.” Flying Lotus once again shows his gift for melding the classic and the present-day, just this time in a more understated way. RIYL: J Dilla, A Tribe Called Quest, BadBadNotGood By BILL OLDHAM


OPINION

STAFF EDITORIAL

Proposed parking law more confusing than helpful Right when students thought parking in D.C. could not get any more complicated, the D.C. Council introduced another law. New legislation, proposed by D.C. Councilmember Mary Cheh, will change how public handicap parking functions. Previously, disabled citizens could park in “blue-top” meters free of charge and time restrictions. However, some drivers took advantage of the no-pay area and parked all day. Cheh thought it was necessary to re-evaluate the program. The accounts of fraud are legitimate and action should be taken. How-

ever, the new policy is just another complex D.C. parking regulation to worry about. A law issued this summer required students to obtain D.C. license plates

passes, how will people know whether to park by a “red-top” meter or a “blue-top” meter? This is especially pertinent to D.C.’s large foreign population. D.C. is home

D.C. for long will have no idea to what the “red-top” meters indicate, especially because the color red is not normally associated with handicap parking. Drivers in D.C. are go-

Fraud is a serious matter, but making disabled citizens pay for parking is not the way to prevent abuse. in order to park in specific residential zones. The law confused students and passed relatively under the radar. The Eagle believes the changes to handicap laws will be passed the same way. It’s simply bad policy. Disabled citizens can no longer park for free.

Respect the Aramark workers DEREK SIEGEL | ETHICS WITH A SIDE OF TOAST Aramark and other university workers are often an invisible workforce, providing essential services for our campus. Students don’t always know how to demonstrate respect and appreciation for the work that they do. In many ways through our action and inaction, we contribute to their invisibility. Our culture binds us to informal rules of decorum. In other words, when we

Fraud is a serious matter, but making disabled citizens pay for parking is not the way to prevent abuse. The D.C. Council could certainly strengthen parking enforcement around

do not know what to say to somebody, we often don’t say anything at all. This leads to a series of awkward moments such as smiling nervously, avoiding eye contact or finding another bathroom to use. Our silence, born out of our own embarrassment, sends a powerful message regarding student-worker dynamics. When we don’t say anything, we say a lot. We say that they aren’t

metered areas. This policy is creating the wrong dialogue; we are now debating disability rights instead of focusing on the abundance of parking fraud. Combating fraud with a confusing series of colorschemed meters cannot be the answer. If this law

to thousands of foreign diplomats and tourists coming from all over to enjoy the monuments. If dissecting this law is difficult for residents, it will only be harder to figure out for people whose first language is not English. Also, the lobbyists and politicians who are not in

ing to have questions, and the law is going to turn into more of a hassle than a blessing. D.C. parking enforcement may end up dealing with more parking abuse than before. AU has a significant population of students with disabilities. With parking time now limited

worth our attention and that students are somehow superior to workers. Diffusing this silence begins with a simple good morning, good afternoon and good evening. Greetings are crucial because they show that we recognize somebody and that we aren’t ignoring them. Something as basic as greeting workers shows that students value them, whereas silence shows that they aren’t worth your time. We feel most uncomfortable in social situations that we’ve never encountered before, so our silence also involves racial and cultural dimensions. Many Aramark workers are

Latino men and women, and we may be unfamiliar with Latino people and cultures. You may not know what to say to somebody who speaks a different language and differs from you culturally. First, I encourage students to look past these differences and acknowledge their similarities with Latino Aramark workers. Second, recognize that despite these apparent linguistic and cultural differences, we can still show respect towards these men and women. We don’t want to assume that a worker speaks Spanish, but try saying both “good morning” and “buenos días.” This shows that you’re

making an effort to recognize that person, that you want them to feel comfortable and you value their work. Finally, you should not make workers’ jobs more difficult. A great way to acknowledge workers is to respect your living spaces. When you make a mess, Aramark workers need to take the time to clean up after you. Leaving trash around sends a message that you do not value the worker’s time. Be aware of your own presence. If you’re studying in your lounge and a worker is clearly trying to vacuum, unplug your computer charger so it’s not in the way. Do not wait

and expensive, it may detract students with disabilities from coming to AU. AU is not immediately accessible by Metro, and the AU shuttle is often unpredictable. Students with disabilities who depend on driving will encounter problems if this law passes. Driving in D.C. is stressful enough Changing the colors of meters will only make driving more difficult, and will force drivers to give up before they lose their sanity. Maybe, the goal of the D.C. Council is to get drivers off the road entirely – one can only hope they would let us know. ≠ E EDPAGE@THEEAGLEONLINE.COM

for them to ask you, or to try to vacuum around your charger. Instead, try asking: “Am I in your way?” It’s common courtesy, but also an opportunity to show that you appreciate workers and the time they spend maintaining our campus. Reflect on what you do and don’t do when interacting with Aramark workers. We have the opportunity to respect their contributions through recognition or to reinforce student-worker hierarchy through our uncertain silence. The little things matter. Derek Siegel is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. EDPAGE@THEEAGLEONLINE.COM


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OP-ED

Don’t feed the stereotype, go vote

Nothing makes my stomach turn faster than when someone says they’re not voting. I understand that apathy in general makes you seem aloof, and being aloof makes you seem hip, but not voting is not hip. Political indifference just ends up making you look lame and ignorant. Believe me. Voting is your civic duty, and it’s so unbelievably easy to fulfil. All you have to do is take 15 minutes and give the government your opinion. You don’t have to write an essay. You don’t need an original idea. You just need an opinion. There are a ton of issues that really only have traction with younger voters right now. The polar ice caps are melting. College costs a fortune. Only six states in the United States think gay people are harmless enough that they can get married. This stuff bites, but who cares enough to change it? Young people. We are the age demo-

graphic that is most affected by all this baloney. Let’s do something about it. Now, when I say ‘let’s do something about it,’ I’m talking about easy things. Don’t worr y about calling Congress, volunteering or organizing anyone for anything. If you don’t already do this, then you probably won’t in the future, which is really OK. These things require a serious time commitment, but voting does not. The whole point of having a republic is to elect someone to make the tough decisions for us. All we have to do is pick someone, that’s it. So easy, right? It’s such a painless task. You just have to pick a guy. Young people are often looked down upon and disregarded as lazy or uninformed. As young people, we know that’s not the case. Well OK, a lot of us are pretty lazy, but by and large we are all well-informed. We know what we want, we know what we like and we know what sounds

fair. When you boil it down, that’s all that politics is about. Which guy running for the White House, Congress or the Senate do you think is right? Pick him or her. Pick anyone. Don’t forget, you can’t gripe about rules, laws, leaders, fines or taxes if you didn’t even take part in the election. People that tr y to pull that just look silly. You also can’t justify not voting by saying you’re one vote won’t sway an election, because that’s just not true. We’re all in this together. Voting isn’t an individual kind of game. We’re supposed to have each other’s backs. When you vote, you’re helping improve not just your life, but also the lives of ever y other American. Anyone can change anything, hence why our ancestors came to this countr y. So much can happen when just a few people decide they want to get involved. Go vote. Joseph Chmielewski is a senior in the School of International Service.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Eagle’s article did not give PartnersAU enough credit I was pleased to see an article featuring our organization, Partners of the Americas (PartnersAU), in your latest online issue. I feel, however, that the report’s focus on statements about our membership aspira-

tions rather than our impact does an injustice to the impressive first-year accomplishments of our volunteers. In our first year alone, PartnersAU volunteers created hugely successful events on campus featur-

ing prominent speakers from Brazil, Peru, Ecuador and the United States. They raised money to buy computers for vulnerable community schools in Colombia, and they laid plans for a project in collaboration with Kiva, a

Neon honey creates global health scare SAM MENDELSON | SPORK The technicolor array of M&M’s is irresistible. Sorting is a must, as is trying different combinations of colors (blue and green or red and orange are highly recommended). Blue 1, Red 40, Yellow 6, Yellow 5 and Blue 2 merge to create the assortment of colors in the 400 million M&M’s produced each day. Brown, yellow, green, red, orange and blue are no longer just the colors of the candy that melts in your mouth, not your hand. These artificial dyes have also colorized a different food staple: honey. Since August, bees in the French town of Ribeauville have begun producing honey that is bright neon blue and green. The source of this psychedelic nectar is not a lab experiment gone wrong or a fluke mutation. Instead, it is the small circular candies consumed in over 100 countries around the world. The French bees lived near a biogas plant that processes the waste from a Mars plant that makes M&M’s. The result of the bees’ sweet

tooth is a honey that looks radioactive. The environmental impact of our industrial society has gone far beyond the brazen chemical runoff into a lake or dark toxic smoke of a factory. Human existence permeates every level of the biosphere, penetrating even the most remote ecosystems. The French bees are a vivid example of a food system riddled with chemicals, pesticides and inorganic compounds. What is considered “organic” or “natural” is often a farce. Even local apples, perfectly round and blemish-free, have been treated with a cocktail of sprays to ensure a consistent and visually pleasing fruit. Methylmercury, an organometallic cation released in the air by coal plants or is the runoff of mines, was found in every single fish tested in 291 streams by the U.S. Geological Survey. Twenty-five percent of the fish tested had mercury levels higher than the safety levels set by the Environmental Protection Agency. Frankly, our food system

is broken. Fruit, fish, grains and dairy have been saturated with chemicals, both intentionally and unintentionally. Since the beginning of October, there have been over a dozen food recalls in the United States. This is an astounding number and does not even account for the massive amount of chemicals deemed safe for consumption. Blue 1, Red 40 and Yellow 6 are all produced from the aromatic hydrocarbons from petroleum, which essentially means they are crude oil. Yellow 3 has been linked to hyperactivity, and Blue 2 is primarily used as a pH indicator. Many of these chemicals are banned in some countries and not recommended for children. Still, we eat thousands of tons of them each year. While the bees may find these chemicals sweet, they are not safe, healthy or natural. Sam Mendelson is a sophomore in the School of International Service

non-profit microfinance organization. Perhaps more remarkably, PartnersAU and Partners of the Americas leveraged support from American Airlines, who donated 14 round-trip plane tickets to bring student leaders from nine countries and four U.S. states to D.C. in July for the first-ever PartnersCampus Convention. For this year, PartnersAU is already planning a

series of events featuring USAID technical experts from the Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, a Latin American film series, a soccer tournament fundraiser and a service project in collaboration with the PartnersCampus student group in Puebla, Mexico. Seven of our members have gone on to paid internships at the Partners of the Americas’ International Office and one

has even worked as the organization’s consultant for class credit. Any new organization struggles to reconcile its dreams with the resources at hand. But for any student organization, regardless of its size, that is a tremendous first year. Ukiah Busch President, PartnersAU Master’s Candidate, US Foreign Policy Program School of International Service

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Between You & Me

The Eagle’s new political cartoon series.

BY RYAN MIGEED / THE EAGLE

OP-ED Since 2004, the Pakistani people live in a continuous repeat of Sept. 11 through the use of drone strikes by the U.S. Between 2004 and July 15, 2,409 civilians were murdered in Pakistan by U.S. drone strikes alone, according to the Institute of Conflict Management. Interestingly enough, the International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic of Stanford Law School and the Global Justice Clinic at New York University School of Law reported a total of 344 drone strikes in Pakistan from June 17, 2004 to Sept. 2, 2012: 52

US drones keep Pakistani people in fear ordered by the Bush administration and a ruthless 292 ordered by the Obama administration. For President Obama to belittle these drone strikes is completely heartless. It’s hypocritical to his speech given at the American University of Cairo with deceptive rhetoric of progressing towards peaceful relations with the U.S. and the Middle East, and more importantly, it’s hypocritical to our own experiences of losing our loved ones and fellow Americans. We often wonder the cause of the rise of anti-

Western sentiments, but how can we be so imprudently naïve to the fact that the ills of our foreign policy and the continuous attacks on civilians, not terrorists, are the root of the hatred against the U.S.? No countr y hates us because we are “free and prosperous.” They hate us because our government imposes our Western values on them, creates covert operations to assassinate and prop up dictators, kills innocent people and funds weapons which dictators use for violence. They hate us because

our government makes them experience the hardship that Khairullah Jan had to go through. Jan had told the researchers from Stanford and New York University his heart-wrenching stor y living under drones. “I was coming from Mir Ali Bazaar going to my house. That’s when I heard a drone strike and I felt something in my heart … when all the villagers came and brought us news that my brother had been killed,” Jan said. “You feel like throwing ever ything away, because you feel death is near—death is

so close.” The drone strikes in Pakistan are an act of war. There is no difference between looking children in the eyes before shooting them and dropping bombs. The Pakistani people live in a war zone. They live through Sept. 11 ever yday. We must acknowledge that. I will continue to criticize the president regardless of his political party. I will speak up for people like Jan so that no one will have to lose a loved one due to a government’s cruel quest for dominance. I will

speak up for the American people so that another attack on the U.S. will never be an issue. I will speak up for what America is all about: the idea to our right to life, liberty and property; the idea that the people of Pakistan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia have those rights without the oppression of U.S. drones. I will speak up because it’s not only the right thing to do, it’s the only thing we can do. Sarah Harvard is a sophomore in the School of Public Af fairs. EDPAGE@THEEAGLEONLINE.COM


SPORTS

Volleyball battles back from 2-0 hole to defeat Navy at Bender Arena By JOSH PAUNIL EAGLE STAFF WRITER

Facing a 2-0 deficit against Navy and the prospect of falling three games out of first place in the Patriot League standings, the AU volleyball team rallied back to win three straight sets Oct. 5 in Bender Arena. “We played two close games, and we just made too many unforced errors in the first couple [of] games,” AU head coach Barry Goldberg said. “When we played game three, we kept saying ‘play it like it’s game one.’ We came right out, got a little bit of rhythm, started running it and controlling more of the rallies.” The Eagles (11-7, 3-2 PL) got off to a quick start in the first game, scoring six of the first seven points. Morgan Hendrix, who recorded two service aces in the stretch, hit a match-best .417 on the night. AU continued to hold a multipoint lead over Navy (7-10, 3-2 PL) during the early part of the first

game, but Navy used a 4-0 run in the middle to take a 17-16 advantage for its first lead of the match. The teams continued to trade points until the Midshipmen scored three straight to take the first set, 25-23. The second set featured a familiar feeling for the Eagles, when they again got off to a quick lead that they later gave up. They traded points for the remainder of a set that ended in another 25-23 Navy victory. Following the halftime break, AU came out firing on all cylinders to take an early lead that they sustained for the whole third set. Rebecca Heath posted seven of her season-high 17 kills in the game, which the Eagles won, 25-14. “The first set we got less kills, the second one we got more kills and still lost, but the third, fourth and fifth set just felt completely different,” Hendrix said. “You felt like everyone was there for you and had your back.” Heath recorded one of two double-doubles in

Soto’s strike puts men’s soccer atop conference By MICHAEL GARDNER EAGLE STAFF WRITER

AU men’s soccer is on top of the Patriot League standings, after Cristobal Soto

scored on a free kick 39 seconds into the first overtime period to give the Eagles a 3-2 win over Army Oct. 6. The Black Knights (3-7-1, 0-2-1 PL) were whistled for

the match, tallying 11 digs along with her 17 kills. “I think Rebecca has been a pretty big deal for us,” Goldberg said. “She’s got a pretty decent handle, hits bright spots and her leadership has been paying off.” Setter Kylann Scheidt posted the other doubledouble, chalking up 39 assists and 14 digs. Juliana Crum helped carry the baton in the fourth set, as she recorded two of her nine kills in the match and two service aces to lead AU to a 25-21 set win. The Eagles completed their comeback in the fifth set, winning 15-7. They hit a match-best .571 when it mattered most and recorded no errors. “It felt really good to know we could be down two games and have it in us to come back, even though we haven’t been able to come back in a few other games,” Hendrix said. AU now begins a fivematch road trip beginning Oct. 12 at Bucknell. SPORTS@THEEAGLEONLINE.COM

a foul within the first 30 seconds of OT, allowing Chris Kuramoto to take the ensuing free kick from just inside midfield. Kuramoto served the ball into the box, and Soto settled it and beat Army goalkeeper Winston Boldt for the game winner.

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MLB’s best and worst of 2012 By ERIC SALTZMAN EAGLE STAFF WRITER

With the Major League Baseball regular season over, it’s time to look back at the players who should take home awards for excellent (and horrible) performances during the year.

AMERICAN LEAGUE MVP: MIGUEL CABRERA, DETROIT TIGERS

Cabrera won the first offensive Triple Crown since Boston Red Sox great Carl Yastrzemski did it in 1967. Cabrera absolutely crushed opposing pitching, finishing with a .330 average, 44 home runs and 139 RBIs. Perhaps he should split his award with offseason addition Prince Fielder, who gave added protection to Cabrera in the lineup.

NATIONAL LEAGUE MVP: BUSTER POSEY, SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS

Some questioned if Posey could bounce back after sustaining a broken fibula in May 2011, especially at a position as physical as catcher. Posey proved to be the main offensive force for the 2012 season, hitting a stellar .336 average to go along with 24 home runs and 103 RBIs. In addition, Posey spent much of the season playing catcher, taking additional days off to keep himself fresh.

AL CY YOUNG: JUSTIN

VERLANDER, DETROIT Verlander is coming off another great season that saw him finish in the top five in four pitching categories and his team win another AL Central crown. The righty figures to be the first AL pitcher to win the award two years in a row since Pedro Martinez did it in 1999 and 2000.

NL CY YOUNG: R.A. DICKEY, NEW YORK METS

The story of R.A. Dickey is great, the rest of the Mets not so much. Dickey won 20 games despite pitching on a team that finished below .500 and frequently gave Dickey little or no run support. He also posted a remarkable 44.2 innings streak without allowing an earned run. Oh, and his main pitch is the knuckleball, one of the most difficult pitches to throw.

AL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: MIKE TROUT, LOS ANGELES ANGELS

Some will support Trout for MVP based on an exceptional season offensively, which saw the rookie hit .326 and lead the league in runs scored and stolen bases. He also hit 30 home runs and played some of the best center field all year. Keep in mind, Trout outplayed teammate Albert Pujols, and Trout is only 21 years old.

NL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR:

WADE MILEY, ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

This is wide open, as there are several candidates who could take the award home, including Washington’s Bryce Harper. Miley gets the nod after posting a good rookie season with 16 wins, 144 punch outs and an impressive 1.18 WHIP.

AL VILLAIN OF THE YEAR: BOBBY VALENTINE, BOSTON RED SOX

TechnicallyValentinewas just a manager, but he was certainly quite responsible for much of the Sox failure. In just one season, Valentine called out his top players and undermined his coaching staff during the year. The result: a last-place finish, the worst record for the Red Sox since 1965 and Boston looking for a new manager.

NL VILLAIN OF THE YEAR: MELKY CABRERA, SAN FRANCISCO

For most of his career, Cabrera was an above-average outfielder. In 2012, he hit for an NL-leading .346 average and won the All-Star Game MVP. Turns out Cabrera, who will be a free agent, tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs. An associate of his tried to cover up the positive test through a fake website, and then Cabrera finally withdrew his name from the conversation for the NL batting title. ESALTZMAN@THEEAGLEONLINE.COM


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they played in a lot of different areas, and I have nothing but positive things to say about this team.” Bucciero added that the team did well moving the ball, staying composed while moving with a good speed of play. He was also pleased with the scoring opportunities his team generated, along with the back

line’s handling of the counter attack. AU (4-8-2, 2-1 PL) jumped on the board in the eighth minute when Erin Mulhern passed to Michelle Montilio, who veered right and got past Lafayette goalkeeper Lauren Smedley to notch the opening goal. After the Eagles defense fended off the Leopards (48-2, 1-2 PL) for most of the half, AU goalkeeper Charlene Belanger went to work and stopped Lafayette from tying it up. Allison Stone took a shot on goal, but Belanger scooped it up at the 41st minute. AU started the second half with equal intensity, as Michaela Cowgill scored the second goal of the game when Sam Trotta’s pass soared in her direction. Cowgill headed it in to put the Eagles up 2-0 in the 65th minute. Lafayette came roaring back with an attempt that almost got past the relentless Belanger, when Jaclyn Giordano’s kick hit the bottom of the crossbar and bounced down just outside the goal line in the 76th

minute. The AU defense quickly recovered the ball and pushed it out of the box before Lafayette could score off the rebound. After Carleigh Morba took a shot that Smedley fumbled, the ball hit the ground and Kristin Piorun sent it into the net to give the Eagles their final goal with 4:30 left in regulation. AU outshot Lafayette 185, with Belanger remaining a dominant force in goal by posting two saves to gain her second straight shutout. “All season she’s been working her butt off trying to get that shutout,” AU defender Kirsten Eriksen said. “Finally it’s starting to come together and it’s at the right time, right place.” Friday’s victory over Lehigh came as a result of a 50th-minute score, when Jasmine Mohandesi sent the ball into the center, where Shaena Alfonsi was there to push across the game-winning goal. The Eagles now hit the road to continue Patriot League play, visiting Bucknell Oct. 13 and Holy Cross Oct. 19.

Knutsen came up with the save. More Black Knights rushed the goal for the rebound, and Trent Brown added the eight-yard finish to tie the game at 2-2. Both teams enjoyed numerous scoring chances over the final 25 minutes of regulation, but Knutsen and Boldt were able to make the necessary saves to keep the score tied. It was during overtime when Soto lifted the Eagles to its first conference road win of the season on his second goal of the year. The team followed up its road win over Army by dropping its non-conference match to Liberty, 1-0,

Oct. 9 in Lynchburg, Va. Liberty (4-6) had an early chance off a corner kick in the seventh minute, but Knutsen was able to register one of his four saves on the match. The Flames cashed in on an opportunity in the 29th minute, when Johnny Torres picked up the loose ball and fed it to Kyle Breitmeyer, who was able to put it past Knutsen for the 1-0 lead. After 45 minutes, the Flames held a 7-0 advantage in shots. Brett Habermehl gave AU its first shot of the match in the 60th minute, but Scott Sutarik saved the

sophomore’s header. The Eagles continued to look for the equalizer, but Sutarik came up with another save on Seigfreid’s attempt moments later. Late in the match Patrick Mehlert’s right-footed shot just glanced over the crossbar, and the Flames held on for their second consecutive defeat against the Eagles. Liberty held an 11-5 advantage in shots, with a 5-2 edge in shots on goal. The first-place Eagles resume Patriot League play when they travel to Easton, Pa., to face Lafayette Oct. 13.

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Erin Mulhern and the Eagles picked up two key wins this weekend.

Eagles impressive in victories over Lafayette, Lehigh By SAMANTHA RAPHELSON EAGLE STAFF WRITER

After battling icy rain, the AU women’s soccer team dominated in a 3-0 victory against Lafayette Oct. 7 at Reeves Field. The win marked the Eagles’ second straight against Patriot League opponents, following a 1-0

home victory over Lehigh Oct. 5. Sunday’s win saw the Eagles score early in the first half and seal the game in the second with two goals. “I thought that was one of the most complete performances we’ve put on in a while,” AU head coach Dave Bucciero said. “I’m really happy with the way

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Army scored first, taking an early 1-0 advantage in the 15th minute when Parker Dixon headed the ball into the net off Michael Kim’s corner kick. American (6-5-1, 2-0-1 PL) responded three and a half minutes later with a quick strike from Colin Seigfreid, who was able to place a low shot from 18-yards out off Dale Mc-

Donald’s assist. The Eagles took the lead in the 39th minute, when McDonald added his own goal, heading the ball in from close range off the feed from Seigfreid, returning the favor. Army added the eventual equalizer in the 66th minute. Kyle Golonski’s header hit the crossbar, and Josh Koeppe collected the rebound and turned to face the net, but AU’s Billy

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SCHEDULE OCT. 11 No games scheduled

OCT. 12

Swimming and diving vs. Catholic and GW at 5 p.m.

OCT. 13

Cross-country @ Leopard Invitational in Easton, Pa., at 10 a.m. Field hockey vs. Holy Cross at 11 a.m.

Swimming and diving vs. Catholic and GW at noon Women’s soccer @ Bucknell at 1 p.m.

Swimming and diving vs. Catholic and GW at 5 p.m. Men’s soccer @ Lafayette at 7 p.m.

OCT. 14

Field hockey vs. Towson at 1 p.m.

OCT. 15

No games scheduled.

OCT. 16

No games scheduled.

OCT. 17

Men’s soccer vs. Longwood at 3 p.m.

PATRIOT LEAGUE STANDINGS FIELD HOCKEY Lafayette 10-1, 2-0 PL Bucknell 8-6, 2-0 PL

≥ American 5-8, 1-1 PL Holy Cross 2-10, 1-1 PL Lehigh 3-10, 0-2 PL Colgate 2-10, 0-2 PL

MEN’S SOCCER ≥ American 6-5-1, 2-0-1 PL Lafayette 5-7-1, 2-1 PL Navy 5-2-3, 1-0-2 PL Colgate 3-5-5, 1-0-2 PL Bucknell 5-3-3, 1-1-1 PL Holy Cross 2-7-1, 1-1-1 PL Army 3-7-1, 0-2-1 PL Lehigh 1-10, 0-3 PL

WOMEN’S SOCCER Navy 15-1, 3-0 PL Colgate 8-4-2, 3-0 PL Bucknell 9-6, 2-1 PL

≥ American 4-8-2, 2-1 PL Holy Cross 5-7-1, 1-2 PL Lafayette 4-8-2, 1-2 PL Army 5-9, 0-3 PL Lehigh 2-10, 0-3 PL

VOLLEYBALL Colgate 7-11, 5-0 PL Army 12-6, 4-1 PL

≥ American 11-7, 3-2 PL Lehigh 6-9, 3-2 PL Navy 7-10, 3-2 PL Lafayette 8-8, 1-4 PL Holy Cross 1-19, 1-4 PL Bucknell 6-14, 0-5 PL


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