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HARMONY — The 14th Dalai Lama spoke about religious tolerance and Buddhist traditions in Bender Arena, Oct. 10. The Dalai Lama concluded his visit to D.C. with a teaching at AU after meeting with prominent U.S. government officials, including Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. He was also presented with a human rights award.

Dalai Lama enlightens AU By LINDSEY ANDERSON Eagle Staff Writer Human suffering and troubles are the result of human ignorance, said the Dalai Lama during his teaching, “Finding Wisdom in the Modern World,” at AU Oct. 10. No human being wants trouble or suffering, he said, but suffering is a human creation. Lust for money and power, jealousy, lies, sexual abuse, murder and theft are all the result of ignorance, he said

“All these [are] negative action[s] due to certain negative emotions,” the Dalai Lama said. “These negative emotions, these destructive emotions, are basically based on ignorance.” The 14th Dalai Lama spoke to a packed Bender Arena at 9:30 a.m. He sat on a large beige armchair and spoke enthusiastically to the full arena. A large cloth banner, called a thangka, stretched from ceiling to floor behind the stage, colorfully depicting the Buddha.

The teaching began in English, with the Dalai Lama using a translator for occasional words. Toward the middle of the speech, the translator played a larger role. “As a human being, the number one commitment is promoting human values in order to be a happier human being, happier family, happier community,” the Dalai Lama said. Religious harmony comes about by accepting all religions, he said. He defined ‘secular’ not as a rejec-

tion of religion, but as respecting all traditions, religions and non-believers. The Dalai Lama said sometimes his Muslim and Christian friends disapprove of the word secular. “Sometimes they suggest to me I should not use the word ‘secularism,’ but I prefer to use it continuously,” he said. Then, he sneezed powerfully. “Sometimes when I give some teaching, perhaps a bit long, there is people being asleep, then this sneeze

is useful in waking them from sleep,” he said. There are two main questions in Buddhism, the Dalai Lama said, what is self, and does that self have a beginning and end? Many non-Buddhist traditions believe in souls, something that will last after this life and is outside this body, he said. But Buddhists do not believe in a soul and a self that is permanent, n

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Pregnancy centers questioned Alumni pioneer Anti-abortion centers may give false info By ALISSA SCHELLER Eagle Contributing Writer Crisis pregnancy centers, which are usually funded by nonprofit, anti-abortion organization, can give women misleading and untruthful information about pregnancy, contraception and abortions, according to a panel discussion hosted by AU Students for Choice. The panel discussion, “Exposing Fake Clinics,” was held Wednesday, Oct. 7 and consisted of Dr. Laura Meyers from Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, Diana Onken from NARAL Pro-Choice America, Wendy Matheny from the Feminist Majority Foundation and Lisa Brown from the National Abortion Federation. They discussed the issues surrounding crisis pregnancy centers. CPCs usually do not offer comprehensive medical services or options that include abortion services, counseling or referrals. “CPCs use misinformation, fear and shame tactics to coerce and intimidate women out of considering abortion as an option. Many CPCs go further — discouraging the use of contraception, even claiming that condoms are a ‘con’ job,’” according to a Sept. 21 press release from the Feminist Majority Foundation, a non-profit feminist organization. Amanda Pelletier, the national affiliate liaison for AU Students for Choice and the organizer of the panel discussion, said she thinks CPCs are dangerous for women.

“A lot of times they’ll advertise free pregnancy tests, and the person on hand will tell them, ‘Oh, you’re not pregnant,’ and so the woman will leave thinking that she’s not pregnant, and she’ll go on living her life as if she wasn’t pregnant ... that stalls the time in which she can have an abortion, and the procedure does become a little bit more risky.” Care Net, a national network of CPCs, lists two centers near AU on their Web site. The Northwest Center is about two and a half miles from campus and the Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center is about six miles from campus. A spokesperson for the Northwest Center said the center offers free pregnancy tests, material assistance and referrals to health, adoption and legal services. The center does not offer any medical services, including ultrasounds. The Northwest Center tabled at the Wellness Fair in September. The Student Health Center does not refer students to the Northwest Center, according to Dan Bruey, director of the Student Health Center. The Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center did not respond to phone calls or e-mails from The Eagle. According to its Web site, the center “serves the Gospel of Jesus Christ by providing intervention and abortion alternatives for women and men facing crisis pregnancies.” They also offer free pregnancy tests and confidential counseling, according to their Web site. Katie Koch, the president of AU Students for Life, said in an email that, “the clinics in D.C. (including the Capitol Hill Pregnancy Care Center) do not pretend to be more than they are. They do not offer medical services and would never claim to.” The Northwest Center does not provide any medical services and is not a medical clinic, ac-

cording to a spokesperson for the center. During the panel, speakers discussed issues surrounding CPCs, such as the way the centers advertise, and the practices they engage in to try to prevent women from getting an abortion. Pamphlets given out by CPCs state that abortion leads to an increased risk of breast cancer, depression and suicide, negatively effects future fertility, and leads to other health issues. According to the World Health Organization, induced abortion does not increase the risk of breast cancer. “AU Students for Life works closely with the Capitol Hill Pregnancy Care Center,” Koch said. “At this center, volunteer peer counselors are not allowed to tell a woman that abortion is evil, but they will present her with facts about the procedure that an abortion clinic will not.” A 2006 report by Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., “False and Misleading Health Information Provided by Federally Funded Pregnancy Resource Centers,” stated that during an investigation of 23 CPCs that received federal grants, “20 of the 23 centers (87 percent) provided false or misleading information about the health effects of abortion.” Pregnancy resource centers received approximately $1 million through the Compassion Capital Fund, created in 2002 as a component of the Bush Administration’s faith-based initiative, according to the report. The report also said that CPCs received over $24 million in Community-Based Abstinence Education funds between 2001 and 2005, and at least $6 million from abstinence funding provided to states. You can reach this writer at news@theeagleonline.com.

job search site By BROOKES MAY Eagle Contributing Writer Two recent AU grads are fighting a monster — monster.com that is. Dave Rodriguez and Dave Simnick both graduated this year from the Kogod School of Business and the School of Public Affairs, respectively, and their new Web site, GrouperEye. com, takes a different approach to job hunting than other résumé-posting sites. The idea that spurred Simnick and Rodriguez to give up their arguably

more stable job offers with established companies in favor of entrepreneurship is a simple one: you are more than your resume. Rodriguez started as an intern with GrouperEye in January, when it was just founder and CEO Ted Williams. “I actually had my interview in the Tavern, right in front of Chick-Fil-A,” Rodriguez, who has since acquired the title of president and co-founder, said. “Then when I graduated, I had n

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H1N1 vaccines coming to campus By SARAH RUDNICK Eagle Staff Writer The AU Health Center will be receiving its first H1N1 vaccines shortly, according to Director of the Student Health Center Dan Bruey. The District of Columbia acquired 36,000 doses of the vaccine in nasal spray form on Oct. 7, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. Additionally, the Department also distributed hundreds of thousands of doses throughout the country, according to its Web site. The Health Center does not know when or how much of the vaccine it will receive, Bruey said. However, he said the campus will not be left uninformed when it does arrive. “After we receive the vaccine, the Student Health Center will notify the campus community, through Today@ AU, of our vaccine clinic plans,” Bruey

said in an e-mail. The Health Center agreed to be an H1N1 administration site and will be distributing the vaccine according to its allocation regulations — enabling some individuals to receive the vaccine before others, according to Bruey. The first round of the vaccine will be given to individuals in the “priority groups,” Bruey said. These groups include pregnant women, household contacts and caregivers for children younger than six months of age, health care and emergency medical personnel, all people between six months and 24 years old and people between the ages of 25 to 64 who have health conditions that put them at a higher risk of medical complications from the flu. Kaitlyn Rooney, a junior in the Kogod School of Business, said that n

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Creativity and Conflict Resolution Presentation 4 - 6 p.m. WHERE: Kay Spiritual Life Center Lounge A INFO: Dr. Tatsushu Arai will present his new book about how creative ways of resolving social conflicts emerge, evolve and come to be accepted or rejected in inter-group relations. CONTACT: For more information, e-mail Rebecca Davis at peace@ american.edu.

Panel Discussion: Change +1: Are Young Voters Talking Back to Obama? 6:30 - 8 p.m. WHERE: Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center INFO: A diverse panel of experts will look not only at how the Millennial generation views President Barack Obama personally, but also how this age group views the important issues facing America today. CONTACT: For more information, email Sarah Cumbie at americanforum@american.edu.

Speaker: Liz Funk 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. WHERE: Ward Circle Building Room 1 INFO: Liz Funk, author of “Supergirls Speak Out: Inside the Secret Crisis of Overachieving Girls,” will speak about the dangerous consequences of striving for perfection. CONTACT: For more information e-mail Alan Duffy at duffy@american.edu.

Green on the Screen Film Series: “Trouble the Water” 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Bender Library Media Classroom INFO: AU EcoSense and the Center for Environmental Filmmaking present this powerful documentary about one woman’s struggle during Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. CONTACT: For more information email Chris Lewis at clewis@american.edu.

Film Screening: “Pray the Devil Back to Hell” 2 - 4 p.m. WHERE: Ward Circle 2 INFO: The Peacebuilding and Development Institute, the Africa Council and Women’s Initiative present “Pray the Devil Back to Hell,” a film about a group of extraordinary Liberian women who come together in the midst of a civil war. CONTACT: For more information, e-mail Patrick Shirak at shirak@ american.edu.

Public Media Camp 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. WHERE: Mary Graydon Center 200 INFO: A two day national Public Media “un-conference” hosted by Center for Social Media, NPR and PBS with a goal of identifying opportunities to improve public media at both the local and national levels. CONTACT: For more information email Micael Bogar at bogar@american.edu.

Cab drivers protest By MICHAEL ONO Eagle Contributing Writer Several cab drivers servicing the Adams Morgan area have been refusing to work Saturday and Sunday nights in protest of a bill designed to regulate and limit the number of taxis operating in the D.C. area. Though Council Member Jim Graham, D-Ward 1, has withdrawn the bill he proposed in an attempt to appease angry cab drivers, the drivers have still continued with protests as planned. Proposed in June, the bill called for the D.C. Taxi Commission to implement either a certification system or medallion system for local cabs, according to a copy of the bill obtained by The Eagle. Under the medallion system, the Commission would charge a fee depending on the type of vehicle each cab driver operated. Lowemissions and wheelchair-accessible vehicles would receive their medallions for free, while all other vehicles would need to pay in order to stay in business, according to the bill. Drivers have been protesting on weekends by refusing to pick up passengers between 1 and 4 a.m. in areas north of U Street N.W., east of Connecticut Avenue N.W.,

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south of Harvard Street N.W. or west of 16th Street N.W., according to The Washington Post. “I think that the message was getting through, and the strike was successful,” said Larry Frankel, a spokesman for the Dominion of Cab Drivers. Graham argued that a lack of restriction was causing too many cabs to overwhelm the District. Some critics of the bill say that limiting the total number of cabs in operation is not a good thing. “The medallion system that is being proposed will force out all of the self-employed cab drivers,” Frankel said. A gas station on 15th and U Street that serves as a rest stop for cab drivers by day has become a place for drivers to meet up during the work stoppage at night. While drivers convening here did not feel comfortable speaking to The Eagle on the record, most said that the proposed rules and regulations were not clearly communicated to them by anyone. Lauren Durden, a sophomore in the School of International Service, said she thinks the proposed regulations are a bad idea. “If you restrict it, then there’s less competition and, I mean, they’re bad enough already about being

on time,” Durden said. “If there’s a smaller number then they’re not going to be able to handle all of the people who are calling them.” Carla Brun, a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, said the work stoppages on weekend nights will probably present a problem for AU students. “I think for the particular population of AU students who are 21 [years old], it would be a bigger deal, because how are you going to get back from a bar when the Metro is closed, and people have been drinking, and you obviously can’t drive?” she said. The certification bill also created a bribery scandal before it was withdrawn. Ted G. Loza, Graham’s chief of staff, was arrested Sept. 22 for accepting $1,500 in bribes on behalf of the taxicab regulation bill, according to the Post. No charges have been filed against Graham, who said he plans to continue fighting for taxi oversight, according to the Post. When asked to comment on the withdrawn legislation, a spokesman from Councilmen Graham’s office said, “I believe that the system is not corrupt.” You can reach this writer at news@theeagleonline.com.

Eagle Staff Writer Thousands of people converged on the West Lawn of the Capitol Oct. 11, decked out in everything from rainbow flags and glitter to chicken costumes — calling for equal rights for the gay community. The crowd participating in the National Equality March congregated at 15 and E Streets and then marched to the Capitol for a rally. Several diverse representatives of the gay community spoke at the rally, including activist David Mixner and Judy Shepard, who lost her son, Matthew Shepard, to anti-gay violence in 1998. Co-directors of the march Kip Williams and Robin McGehee took the stage early-on to cheers from the crowd. “This is how you do it,” McGehee said. “Grass roots!” Williams added. The pair rallied the crowd, congratulating everyone on the huge numbers that showed up to the march. The lines of people flocking toward the Capitol lawn during the speech were seven blocks deep, McGehee said. McGehee then discredited Rep. Barney Frank’s, D-Mass., statement that the march would not make a difference.

Frank had previously said that the march was a “waste of time” and that gay and lesbian activists should petition their elected representatives instead of participating in protests, according to The Associated Press. The amount of people that showed up to the march proves that Frank is out of touch, McGehee said. “We’re here because we believe we can cause this change,” she said. As McGehee and Williams spoke, continuous streams of people still completing the march swarmed into the Capitol lawn. Those in the crowd included drag queens, girls in belly shirts and face paint, elderly couples, dogs in rainbow bandanas and parents pushing small children in strollers. One man wearing a chicken suit and pink high heels posed for tourists’ pictures holding a sign that read, “Don’t be a chicken, Obama.” McGehee and Williams passed the microphone to members of the audience, who gave their name and where they were from. Answers ranged from as far as California, Ohio and Texas. Several participants were speaking foreign languages. Dani Libsman, a sophomore in the School of Public Affairs, attended the protest because she said she believes in marriage equality and

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wanted to do something to take advantage of her location in D.C. “I feel like I live in D.C. now. I’m from Kansas, where [a demonstration like this] isn’t even [a possibility],” she said. “It came up two years ago, and it was immediately stricken down.” Libsman thinks events like the National Equality March will make a difference in the long run. “I believe in it,” she said. “I’m here.” Eric Oliver, a sophomore in the School of International Service, said he was impressed by the atmosphere created by such a large turnout of people. “I think it’s really cool because I agree with it a lot,” Oliver said. “I saw a sign that said, ‘I can’t believe we still have to protest this crap.’ I think that’s an awesome sign, because I can’t believe this is even still a problem in today’s world. So it’s awesome to see so many people are on the same page like that.” He said that while it may take a while for all 50 states to legalize gay marriage, it will probably happen in the near future. “I mean, look at the progress that’s been made in the past ten years,” Oliver said. You can reach this staff writer at mkendall@theeagleonline.com.


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For our generation, religion means mix of old, new beliefs IN OUR OWN WORDS

KRISTEN BOGHOSIAN With the words of hope and spirituality the Dalai Lama brought to AU this past week, there also came the question of religion and the younger generation. As a group coming to adulthood when so much of the status quo has been questioned, are we a group able to follow faith blindly? Our generation is one that accepts greater sexual freedom. We understand that being gay is not a decision, but rather part of a person. We desire to be colorblind. And we also face the question of whether or not religion is compatible with our modern beliefs. I’ve found that often, it feels as though being religious means being hypocritical. One cannot deny that adhering strictly to religious observances is increasingly difficult. It seems unfair for a Jewish girl in college to have to turn down a night out with friends because a restaurant can’t ensure her plate hasn’t touched meat — not to mention most restaurants within a college budget probably can’t. Being part of a certain faith should make one feel like they are part of a group, not alienate them from others. Yet many students who practice Judaism do not strictly keep kosher and consider themselves highly religious. One could also point out that this generation’s beliefs contradict those of our religions. Christianity, for example, encourages followers to sacrifice their own well-being in order to ensure the wellbeing of others. To give without expectation is to practice faith; to accept and forgive others is to do the work of God. However, the church does not recognize gay marriage; thus, we are asked to not accept our friends in gay relationships. We are asked, in a sense, to stand

against the well-being of our friends. When religions are morally opposed to groups of people, one must wonder if we can stand as one united group of people, hoping to do the best for everyone. It has long been true that religion has been the cause of most wars in history. One could even argue that religion is behind the wars of our political parties. Is there any hope for young Americans to practice a faith and practice what we feel is right? I would like to think so. We are of a different mindset than many of our parents, as they are of our grandparents. There was once a time where your wedding kiss was supposed to be your first. Social norms have changed a lot since then, but religion has remained a constant — an unchanging facet of life that holds us in common with our ancestors. This is why it’s no surprise that religion will follow us through graduation — if faith and morality made it through the ‘70s, it can make it through anything. We will have religion as long as we take faith as it takes us: as a whole, overlooking some of our lesser characteristics. The fact that we can practice religion that we may not agree with 100 percent gives me great hope. It shows that we have open minds; while we may not agree with all parts, we stand for what the whole stands for. The fact that our generation still practices religion — 81 percent of freshmen students at UCLA, according to a university study, shows that we are comfortable being ourselves, despite how our beliefs may be different. If our generation can keep this open-mindedness and welcome the fact that other people have different opinions, we may be in a much better place come 20 years. Kristen Boghosian is a senior in the School of Communication and the School of Public Affairs and The Eagle’s managing editor for The Scene. You can reach her at kboghosian@theeagleonline.com.

Seriously, TDR would be better without flying silverware, rudeness THAT AMERICAN LIFE

ERIN CADY Since arriving at AU, I’ve had some great times at the Terrace Dinning Room and some less-than-excellent experiences at TDR too. The Eat Local Challenge Day was wonderful, for example. Honeycrisp apples, cider and other fresh options — all in all, it was a prime TDR experience. But food choices aside, there are a few things that we can do to make TDR experiences better for everyone. Stop throwing silverware: I honestly have trouble believing that this is an issue for college students, but sure enough, it is. This past Thursday, one of my friends got hit in the side by a flying fork. Somehow it “slipped out of some kid’s hand” from the opposite side of the dining hall. Luckily, she wasn’t hurt, but she definitely could have been, and as TDR is not a warzone, no one should feel the need to duck and cover while eating dinner. For all of you who are still as mature as middle-school kids: forks, spoons and other eating utensils are not meant to fly, especially halfway across the room. Bon Appétit believes that we are all grown-up enough to handle metal silverware. Let’s not make them change their minds and relegate all of us to the plastic sporks we used in elementary school. Clean messy tables: I have no desire to walk into TDR to find that the only tables that are empty are covered with dirty silverware, empty hot sauce bottles and used napkins. If we all take the responsibility to clean up after ourselves, we won’t have this problem. Really, it’s not that difficult to clean up your table. The trash cans and dirty silverware containers are right next

to where you deposit your dirty plates and where you exit. Behave better in lines: TDR is as much a social experience as it is a culinary one. We all enjoy talking to our friends while waiting in what are inevitably long lines, but be cognizant of your surroundings as well. When there’s a gap of five feet or more between you and the person in line in front of you for Comfort Zone, it’s probably a good idea to move up. Not only will this make you much more popular with the irritated and hungry people in line behind you, but it also won’t cause the length of the comfort food line to get in the way of people trying to get french fries at the American Grill. Push in chairs: after one meal at one of TDR’s long tables, it is pretty obvious that whoever decided to put long, curving tables close together was not the engineer of the century. Especially if you’re sitting at the wallend of the long tables, it’s nearly impossible to navigate the tiny corridor that exists between two tables’ chairs. If you try to sit up to the table and push your chair in when you leave, you’ll save everyone a lot of hassle, and yourself from being pummeled with purses and book bags as people try to squeeze behind you. Throw away mint wrappers: mints are the best way to end a TDR experience, but don’t be one of those people who throw their wrappers on the floor while walking up the stairs. Really, there are trashcans all over the place. Utilize them. If we all obey this simple guide to TDR etiquette, the experience that is TDR will be much better for everyone. Let’s spread civility to TDR. Erin Cady is a freshman in the School of Public Affairs and an AU Affairs columnist for the Eagle. You can reach her at edpage@ theeagleonline.com.

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Advocating an honest abortion debate AU Students for Choice hosted a panel this week, which addressed misinformation on the abortion issue. Both sides should realize dishonesty never helps anyone. It’s always tough to talk about abortion. It’s a divisive issue on which many good people vehemently disagree. This is true at American as it is across America. On our campus, the Students For Life and Students For Choice organizations both thrive. Both are big; both are active. The abortion debate plays out articulately and passionately, to the credit of all involved. This newspaper has no plans to take sides in this struggle, especially because there is diversity of opinion among our editorial board. However, we are supportive of advancing honest and open discourse on this issue, which is why we appreciate the panel discussion AU Students For Choice hosted this past week. Clearly, “Exposing Fake Clinics” was a pro-abortion rights affair. Wednesday’s panel featured

representatives from Planned Parenthood, NARAL, the National Abortion Federation and the Feminist Majority Foundation. It’s safe to say none of these organizations advocate overturning Roe v. Wade or supporting Sarah Palin for president in 2012. Still, social conservatives can and should learn from them. The panel exposed disturbing misinformation campaigns on the part of antiabortion rights activists, which undermine the anti-abortion cause and embolden pro-abortion activists. More importantly, they are harmful to American women, pro-life and pro-choice alike. According to a Sept. 21 press release from Feminist Majority Foundation, many anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers in this country use “misinformation, fear and shame tactics to coerce and intimidate women out of

considering abortion as an option.” Some call condoms a “con job,” completely misrepresenting their effectiveness in preventing pregnancy and disease. Additionally, some CPCs distribute pamphlets that claim abortion leads to an increased risk of breast cancer. The World Health Organization refutes this claim completely. To be fair, pro-abortion organizations can also be guilty of stretching the truth and omitting information harmful to their cause. This should go without saying. But no serious activist on either side of this issue would justify bad behavior by pointing to more bad behavior. In fact, most activists on both sides of this issue would probably agree on a few things. Given that abortion remains legal in this country, women should be able to access a wide range of

accurate information on this sensitive topic. Social conservatives should stop their scare tactics and misinformation. Social liberals should be honest about abortion’s physical and emotional consequences. Abortions are not a walk in the park. They can be gruesome and they raise troubling moral and ethical questions for an increasing number of Americans, including an increasing number of young people. This issue is divisive and emotional. For many, gray area simply does not exist. But this is all the more reason why our campus and our country deserve an honest, substantive debate. The abortion argument should never be reduced to competing smear campaigns. Precisely because we cannot render this culture war unnecessary, America must fight it fairly.

Changing lanes in taxi cab controversy Limiting the number of operating taxi cabs would be disastrous for college students in the District — especially late at night. It’s time for students to speak out. Imagine it’s late Saturday night and you and some friends are trying to catch a ride back to campus from Adams Morgan. You can’t find a cab. The last train just left Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan Metro station. Avoiding this scenario may well become a necessary consideration as a result of the recent taxi strike. Cab drivers all around Adams Morgan are abandoning their 1:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. beats to protest proposed legislation that would restrict the supply of cabs available to D.C. residents. Initially crafted by Councilman Jim Graham, DWard 1, the legislation would limit the number of cabs by creating a

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Panel explores principles of Buddhism, meditation By MARISA KENDALL Eagle Staff Writer The ideals of Buddhism are open to people of all faiths because they teach non-exclusive concepts such as compassion and the wisdom to tell right from wrong, Buddhist teacher and master Her Eminence Mindrolling Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche said during a panel discussion held after the Dalai Lama’s Oct. 10 teachings. The dialogue, titled “Using Wisdom as the Heart of Change — A Symposium,” took place in Bender Arena as a way to deconstruct and further explain what the Dalai Lama had said at AU earlier. Several experts in Tibetan Buddhism spoke and answered questions regarding the practical application of Buddhist practices to everyday life. Robert Thurman, a Buddhist studies professor at Columbia University, served as the symposium’s moderator. Other panelists included Buddhist monks and teachers from Tibet, as well as American psychologists and scholars of Tibetan Buddhism. Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche, dressed in the traditional red robe of a Buddhist monk, said one does not need to be a Buddhist in order to help

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unitary or independent, as non-Buddhist traditions do, he said. “That’s what it says if one focuses too much on the continuity of the self, there is danger of focusing on the permanence of the self,” the translator explained. As the translator interpreted his remarks, the Dalai Lama put on a red visor. The crowd chuckled. “What do you think, this goes with this?” asked the Dalai Lama. “I don’t care. It’s something practical, something useful.” The notion of self-sufficiency and self-governance is false, he continued. It grasps at the notion of self and is a form of distortion. In Buddhism, that kind of self is a form of ignorance, he said. “So the Buddhist concept is selflessness or no self,” he said. Buddhists also believe in a self that is impermanent and constantly changing. Everything is changing on a moment-to-moment basis, the translator explained. These changes and continuity, and whether or not there is a beginning to the self, are the beginning of consciousness and the notion of self. “So the Buddhist answer: no beginning, no end,” the Dalai Lama said. Non-Buddhist traditions often

others. “The purpose of all this is to become good human beings,” she said. “It’s quite simple.” Rinpoche and others spoke to a crowd that nearly filled the arena but consisted of few college-age audience members and even fewer AU students. However, many of the panelists expressed satisfaction with the number of people who attended. The panel was broken into three sections, which discussed the view, meditation and action considered “right” under Buddhist teachings. Possessing the right view is the first step to achieving the right meditation and action, according to Geshe Thupten Jinpa, the Dalai Lama’s English translator. Each individual creates his or her own view of the world and of him or herself, Jinpa said. People who see things in a positive light will always be much happier than those who see things in a negative light. “Basically you can bring, as part of your view, whatever ideas that would be beneficial,” Jinpa said. Part of finding the right view is giving up the idea that individuals exist as unique, fixed identities, Thurman said. Most people suffer because they get caught up in the egocentric

emphasize God as infinite love, he said. Like traditions that have a creator figure, Buddhism also aims to reduce self-centeredness, but through a different approach. “Those religious without emphasis on a creator is on action,” the Dalai Lama said. “Any action which brings happiness or joyfulness to other, that action produces positive consequences for yourself. Any action that brings pain or trouble on other, the consequences negative you have to face.” Many of Buddha’s teachings appear contradictory, the Dalai Lama continued. Maybe one day he taught something, then forgot it and taught something else the next day, he said. Or maybe the Buddha was sometimes drunk, he said. Maybe he was trying to confuse his followers, he continued. “Certainly not,” he said. One philosophical view is not sufficient, he explained. To some people, a certain view is more useful, while to others a different view is more useful. One religious tradition in a world of six billion people is not enough, he said. “That’s why we need acceptance of religions,” the Dalai Lama said. You can reach this staff writer at landerson@theeagleonline.com.

belief that they have one “absolute self ” that needs constant attention. “Everyone’s problem is they go around secretly thinking ‘I’m the one!’” Thurman said. In reality, individuals only exist as a “relative self,” or as one flexible, shifting identity out of many. Therefore, the only way to achieve happiness is to focus on the well being of others, Thurman said. Just as there are no fixed identities, there is also no beginning or end to any moment or to any person’s existence, Thurman said. “We’ve been in this lecture many, many times according to Buddhist view,” he said. Once an individual has established the right view, he or she uses meditation as a tool to internalize this view and turn it into action, Jinpa said. He used meditation on loving kindness as an example of this process. When people meditate on this idea, they conjure up images of their loved ones and become filled with loving sentiments. They then expand these sentiments and apply them to everyone else in the form of kind actions. “You’re cultivating a certain type of being,” he said. “At a certain point, that process becomes effortless and natural.”

Tsoknyi Rinpoche III, a Tibetan Buddhist mediation teacher, said that when “hippies” brought meditation to the United States as a new type of trend, most of them did not know the right view. They were therefore meditating on nothing, or engaging in “stupid meditation.” “Without view, meditation could be like walking with blind eyes,” Tsoknyi Rinpoche III said. There are also scientifically-proven health benefits to meditating on compassion, according to Charles Raison, a professor in Emory University’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Stress and anger instigate the release of biological chemicals that prepare the body for defense. These chemicals put a great deal of wear and tear on the body. Compassion meditation essentially eliminates these negative thoughts by turning bad situations into positive situations and enemies into friends. “It gives the brain a sense that somebody’s got its back, that it’s not living in such a dangerous world,” Raison said. Once the right view has been internalized through meditation, the individual should practice right action by cultivating positive courses

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HELLO, DALAI — The Dalai Lama’s teaching in Bender Arena on Oct. 10 marked his first visit to AU since 1998. Tickets for the event sold out. and helping others, Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche said. “When the action and the view no longer contradict each other, then you can consider yourself enlightened,” she said. Anyone can transform themselves and get rid of emotional pain by med-

itating and creating cognitive steadiness, Tsoknyi Rinpoche III said. “I’d like to see you transform,” he said. You can reach this staff writer at mkendall@theeagleonline.com.

D.C. unemployment increases Contrasts with rate of Metro area By MEG FOWLER Eagle Staff Writer D.C.’s unemployment rate this August increased to 11.2 percent, a level not reached since June of 1983, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This increase in D.C.’s unemployment rate contrasts with a decline in the regional unemployment rate over the past few months. The unemployment rate in the Washington region, which encompasses parts of Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, fell from 6.5 percent in June to 6.2 percent in July and 6.0 percent in August, BLS reported. The August rate for the Wash-

ington region was among the lowest unemployment rates nationwide for large metropolitan areas, according to BLS data. However, in August, D.C. surpassed the national unemployment rate of 9.7 percent and had the seventh-highest unemployment rate when compared to the 50 states, according to BLS. Changes to the unemployment rate can result from fluctuations in both the size of the labor market and the size of the job market. While the Washington region is gaining jobs in the federal government and contracting sector, its unemployed labor force decreased by 7,500 people, according to George Mason University’s Center for Regional Analysis Web site. But the transfer of jobs to suburban residents and the large population lacking higher education within D.C. creates the disparity between regional and D.C. statistics, according to The Washington Post. In addition, students in the region quit their summer jobs in

August to return to school, which also reduces the size of the labor pool and improved the statistics for the unemployment rate. This shows that the lower regional unemployment rate does not necessarily reflect a revived economy, according to the Post. Ethan Kolodny, a junior in the School of Public Affairs, said he is worried about what will happen after he graduates and enters the job market. “I think that it’s going to take a few years before we see the economy turn around,” Kolodny said. Members of the AU community at the AU Career Center and in student-based initiatives work to address issues that arise as a result of the current economic climate. “Though unemployment in the D.C. metropolitan area may seem to be improving, the Career Center continues to prepare students for tough times ahead,” said Bridget O’Connell, the AU Career Center’s director of outreach and marketing. “If students intend to be employed by May, they must focus on their job search now and

remain tenacious,” AU students are also taking steps to reach out to the community and improve the job market. Jeremy Cherson, another junior in the School of Public Affairs, is working on The D.C. Project, which addresses both unemployment and inefficient energy use, he said. The D.C. Project encourages contractors to hire workers from poor parts of D.C. with low income and high unemployment rates to install green technologies to homes and office buildings, Cherson said. “That’s kind of a holistic approach to creating jobs and also fighting an environmental problem all at the same time,” he said. “It’s one of the many things that can certainly help lower the unemployment rate in D.C.” Marisa Kendall contributed to this story. You can reach this staff writer at mfowler@theeagleonline.com.

WMATA strives to prevent future track suicides By MELISSA MASON Eagle Contributing Writer Eight people have committed suicide by jumping into oncoming D.C. Metro trains this year, more than in previous years. In addition to deaths by suicide, a June 22 crash between the Fort Totten and Takoma Metro stations killed eight passengers and one train operator, according to The Washington Post. Since the crash, another three Washington Metropolitan

Area Transit Authority employees have died in on-the-job accidents, and one subcontractor was fatally electrocuted in a Metro bus garage. WMATA is considering steps to prevent future suicides, such as launching a prevention program, said Bessy Guevara, a communications representative for WMATA. “We currently are exploring a partnership with a regional coalition of suicide prevention organizations led by CrisisLink, which is out of Arlington, Va.,” Guevara said.

Marshall Ellis, the director of development for CrisisLink, said the organization is looking to launch a three-part suicide prevention program with Metro. The first part would be a public awareness campaign, which would make the public aware that help is available and suicide is not the answer. The second part would be “Gate Keeper Training.” “[Gate Keeper training is about] providing suicide prevention training to different groups of Metro

employees so that they can be better able to recognize and respond to people that are displaying warning signs,” Ellis said. The third part of the prevention plan would be a response component. If there were a fatal suicide attempt, CrisisLink would step in to help the driver and those who witnessed the suicide. However, the suicide prevention program is not ready to be launched. “At this point we have only had

a few preliminary discussions with Crisis Link, and again, because it’s in the early stages, we don’t know when exactly this program is going to be initiated,” Guevara said. The D.C. Metro system is not the only mass transit system to start a suicide prevention campaign. The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority has begun work with the Samaritans Suicide Prevention Program on behalf of the MBTA’s subway routes in Boston, Ellis said. WMATA also provides services

to help its employees cope with the aftermath of witnessing a suicide, according to Guevara. When a suicide involving a Metro train occurs, it can be a traumatic experience for the train’s driver, the Metro transit police and the clean-up crew. “We also do have an employee assistance program,” Guevara said. “We do have licensed professionals to help frontline personnel.” You can reach this writer at news@ theeagleonline.com.


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‘30’ ‘rocks’ NBC primetime McBrayer exudes energy of Kenneth

feine to be that peppy. Sometimes, I’m just like, ‘Wow, daddy needs a nap!’” As a result of the show’s success, McBrayer has become something of a hero to actual NBC pages. “I’m not gonna lie, I do get some special attention at the Rockefeller Center,” McBrayer said. “One of the pages even showed me that in their handbook, there’s a section called By YOHANA DESTA ‘Tips from Kenneth.’” Eagle Contributing Writer For Carlock, “30 Rock” also reflects a lot of his own life. When comedian Tina Fey and “In a way, I’m definitely similar writer-producer Robert Carlock de- to Liz Lemon,” Carlock said. “I’ve cided to develop a television show, done the writing thing for ‘SNL’ and they ended up striking comedic gold. ‘Friends,’ so I know what it’s like. The This is not surprising, considering shows are so different, but ‘Friends’ reboth Fey and Carlock’s backgrounds ally helped prepare me for this show.” in “Saturday Night Live.” The treasure Unfortunately, though, the writing in question became “30 Rock,” an experience as shown on “30 Rock” is NBC sitcom named after the building nothing like the process in real life. it is produced in, 30 Rockefeller Plaza. “I mean, we spend so many hours With a whopping 22 Emmy nomina- with these people, writing,” Carlock tions, as well as said. “We always Golden Globe try to incorpoand SAG awards, rate the actor’s “30 Rock” is a personal qualibona fide hit, enties into their tertaining audicharacter. Someences of all ages. times though, we The show do get distracted. centers around One time, someLiz Lemon (Fey), one found these head writer of like punching a sketch compad things and edy show called some Star Wars “TGS with Tracy marbles ... they – Jack McBrayer Jordan” (Tracy made up this Morgan). Everygame where day is something you had to hit new for Lemon, the marbles or whether it be dealing with her right- something, I think we called it ‘Paddly wing boss, Jack Donaghy (played Marblies.” by Alec Baldwin), or enduring the With the long television filming peppy page, Kenneth (played by Jack process, different things fuel the playMcBrayer). Life in show business is ers of “30 Rock” for their strenuous fast-paced, and audiences watch while days. Lemon tries to keep her personal life “Diet Mountain Dew and a bowl intact and her professional life suc- of cereal,” McBrayer said cheerfully. cessful. “Then you can throw in a little bran, “There’s actually very little improv and it fills you up.” on the show, because the writers are so Both McBrayer and Carlock are good at what they do,” actor Jack Mc- excited about the upcoming season Brayer said in an interview with The of “30 Rock” and what audiences can Eagle. “Even if you have no comedic expect. timing, these guys will make you look “Kenneth is just up to his usual higood.” jinks, but there’s going to be an episode “And we do!” Carlock chimed in. where Liz Lemon and Donaghy go to For those who watch the show and Kenneth’s hometown, where pretty wonder if Jack McBrayer is anything much everyone is like him,” McBrayer like the loveable Kenneth, dispel your said. “That should be a funny one.” worries. He is — right down to the auCarlock also thought fans had esthentic Southern accent. pecially funny shows to look forward “I’m really similar to him,” McBray- to. er said. “We’re both people-pleasers, “We have this great upcoming Halwe both want to do well at our job. I loween episode,” Carlock said. “Tracy guess the hardest part though is being Jordan starts to get really paranoid so extremely peppy at the crazy film- that he’s gonna die and so he freaks out ing hours! I have to have a lot of caf- and sees who he can get to die, before

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ROCK THE HOUSE — The upcoming fourth season of NBC’s “30 Rock” is set to hit televisions on Thursday, Oct. 15. The show has garnered countless awards, with many for the show’s lead actors, Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin. himself ... Oh, Halloween is a magical night for drunk girls in strange costumes.” Four seasons in, “30 Rock” has proven itself a comedy favorite. With

kooky characters and hilarious dialogue, it is as relatable as it is entertaining. If you haven’t checked it out yet, just let the awards speak for themselves. “30 Rock” is infectious and will

have you wishing you had these characters in your own life. You can reach this writer at thescene@theeagleonline.com.

Carlile proves staying power Raw talent captures 9:30 audience By CAITLIN E. MOORE Eagle Staff Writer Critics and fans alike have found it hard to group singersongwriter Brandi Carlile into a single genre. She’s been described as rock, folk, alternative and even country. After watching her perform at the 9:30 club Wednesday night, it’s easy to see why Carlile cannot be contained to one set of rules. Musician Katie Herzig opened the show with a short set of songs from her albums “Weightless” and “Apple Tree.” Herzig’s music falls under the mellow-but-stillslightly-techno category that has recently taken over the television airwaves on shows like “Smallville” and “Grey’s Anatomy” — programs in which her own music has been featured. With a voice part-Jewel and part-Anya Marina, Herzig’s breathy delivery was unique but enjoyable, especially on the more rock-heavy “Hologram,” a song she introduced as her angry break-up tune. The eclectic mix of sounds in her set, with instruments ranging from clarinet to accordion, proved Herzig is entertaining and talented, but one could tell the crowd was waiting for the real star of the show to begin. The crowd went crazy with applause once Carlile took the stage. Without wasting a minute, Carlile and her band delved into an

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BRANDI (YOU’RE A FINE GIRL) — Singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile brought her unique brand of music to the 9:30 club Wednesday night. Her five-piece band showed their range with both rocking hits and unplugged numbers. Carlile’s hit, “The Story,” has been featured on television programs like “Grey’s Anatomy.” a cappella version of “Oh Dear,” from her newest album “Give Up the Ghost.” The five-part harmony was impeccable and proved from the beginning that Carlile’s voice is one to be reckoned with. This was not the only time Carlile sang sans technology in the show, as later in her set her band performed an unplugged version of “Dying Day.” Despite the naturally raspy tone of her voice, Carlile has the range and delivery of a seasoned professional. Satisfying her fans

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of varying time lengths, Carlile sang songs from all three of her studio albums, making sure to play hits like “Happy” and “What Can I Say” from her first selftitled debut, as well as her newest single, “Dreams,” and various tunes from her latest CD, released the day before the D.C. concert. The emotion evident in Carlile’s voice is perhaps the biggest attraction for fans. Before playing the next likely single off “Give Up the Ghost,” “That Year,” Carlile explained that she wrote the song

about a friend who had committed suicide when they were both 16 years old, and how she wasn’t even able to speak his name for 10 years before one day waking up and just writing the song. Carlile looked near tears as she played the acoustic solo piece, and as she ended, one could hear sniffs in the audience as people wiped away tears. Big on audience participation, Carlile played to the crowd, often standing on the very edge of the stage and playing directly

above all the fans singing along. She also kept a bevy of monogrammed guitar picks stuck to her microphone stand that she used and then tossed out into the audience after each song. During “Turpentine,” an audience favorite from her second album “The Story,” Carlile stopped the song to teach the audience a threepart harmony for the chorus that temporarily turned the sea of screaming fans into a D.C. choir of sorts. Though Carlile’s own songs have been racing up the charts (her newest release hit was number one on the iTunes chart for a few days this week before slipping down to third position), her encore was full of covers of other artists’ songs. A rousing rendition of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” elicited an amazing guitar solo from Carlile’s guitarist Tim Hanseroth. Carlile then sat at the piano for an emotional version of The Beatles’ “Let It Be,” before finally launching into three of her own songs, ending the show with parent-dedicated “Pride and Joy.” As evidenced by the line wrapping around the block of the 9:30 club to have Carlile sign autographs after the show, one could easily tell that her music truly strikes the heart of fans and her dedication to them is evident. Staying outside for over an hour after the show signing records, picks, ticket stubs and the like, Carlile proved that much like her fans that night, she has staying power. You can reach this staff writer at cmoore@theeagleonline.com.

Contemporary documentary and fiction film are becoming increasingly intertwined, and I blame Michael Moore. Although Moore is frequently cited for violating the integrity of the documentary medium, he’s perhaps the most important — but by no means best — documentary filmmaker of our time. Before I address Moore’s virtual destruction of the documentary, let’s take a look back to the good old days. The documentary film arose in the tumultuous social, political and economic upheaval of the 1930s. The medium then held a journalistic, muckraking-driven focus in its visual documentation of news, history and truth. The most exemplary form of the documentary is one that adheres to the stylistic and narrative tenants of the Cinéma-Vérité, or direct cinema, genre. These films, shot on location with intimate, hand-held cinematography, are chiefly concerned with presenting the truth without the lavish aesthetics of feature films. The audience, like the filmmaker, becomes a fly-on-the-wall witness to given circumstances. Information is presented to the viewer in bipartisan manner devoid of subjectivity, because the Cinéma-Vérité filmmaker isn’t concerned with dictating one’s opinion on the topic at hand, but rather to arm the viewer with the truth to make his or her own judgment. But let’s get real, y’all. How many of you were bored with the fly-onthe-wall image? Did you picture some dry BBC special too? Don’t get me wrong. I love me some Cinéma-Vérité, but if there’s one place I don’t turn to for my fix, it’s the documentary film. For that, I depend on Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, the genius Belgium brothers behind the 2006 masterpiece and Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or-winning “L’Enfant.” There’s a reason why the average viewer doesn’t turn to the documentary for socio-political realism: it doesn’t exist. Documentaries these days are far more interested in entertaining the viewer while providing dollops of fact and truth here and there. America is becoming an increasingly insecure society in which we question and scrutinize everything we see and hear in the realm of politics. And after eight years of the Bush administration’s blatant fear mongering, lies and betrayals, can you blame us? This skepticism has pervaded movie theaters, too. With our heightened understanding of how power can be abused, detecting partiality in media is easy. Bias is perhaps the most hotly contested topic within the sphere of documentary filmmaking, especially after Michael Moore practically reinvented the genre for the public. Moore’s repertoire of controversial social and political documentaries mark a dramatic shift in the nature of the genre from a quest for the truth to a quest for the truth with the infusion of entertaining fiction film tactics along the way. He’s going to display some facts, tell you how he feels and have you laughing in stitches until the credits roll. After Moore’s controversial Academy Award-winner “Bowling for Columbine,” the documentary would never be the same. By including fiction film humor gimmicks, a crystal clear presentation of the filmmaker’s ideology, and making the filmmaker a character within the story itself, Moore revived the ailing documentary genre, and audiences ate it up. Three of his films, “Bowling for Columbine,” “Sicko” and “Fahrenheit 9/11,” rank among the top 10 highest-grossing documentaries of all time — the latter film boasts the top spot. “Columbine” sent shockwaves down the spines of audiences, tackling the disturbing Columbine High School shooting and America’s obsession with guns, while vilifying the right wing left and right. This antagonistic, interactive spirit revon

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Instruments, vinyl create ‘Wax’ sound By TONI TILEVA Eagle Contributing Writer French turntablist Wax Tailor’s tour in support of his recently released third album, “In The Mood For Life,” made its stop at DC9 on Thursday, Oct. 8. Wax Tailor’s name is very apropos: his unique blend of trip-hop, hip-hop, downtempo, clever movie samples, jazz and soul has garnered him many accolades, with his 1995 album “Tales Of The Forgotten Melodies” becoming one of the best-selling electronic releases of the year. Wax Tailor’s new album perfectly showcases how natural and symbiotic the blend between hip-hop and downtempo can be. Since the release of DJ Shadow’s seminal album “Endtroducing,” many musicians such as DJ Krush, RJD2 (whom Wax Tailor previously toured with), DJ Vadim and others have shown that turntablism by its very definition is a genre-defying art form. Wax Tailor has always had a consummate ability to build sonic blends — an ability that comes from having feet firmly planted in both the DJ-centric hip-hop culture and the beat-and-atmospherics world of trip-hop. Astronautalis opened the show with an interesting shoegazer, rocktalking, blues-punk, hip-hop-Beckesque hodgepodge. The set-up of electric cello and flutes on the stage signaled Wax Tailor’s natural musical evolution on this tour. “I would say this album is a lot more organic; I have been working with a lot of orchestral stuff lately,” Wax Tailor explained to the audience. A constant element throughout the entire performance was Wax Tailor’s live turntablism — he could have very easily relied on laptop wizardry but he worked the wax with the seasoned knowledge of a pro. Yet, he did not take center stage or allow the scratching to overtake

the performance. In a subtle way, he used the turntables and vocal samples to work with the other musicians. Songs flowed together seamlessly creating a sonic landscape, and the entire set felt thoroughly uncontrived and flowed together perfectly, incorporating both the free-style format of hip-hop and the improvisational component of live music. The set list consisted of material mostly from his new album, and with 19 tracks on the new release, there was plenty to mine from. Chanteuse Charlotte Savary’s performance was especially spectacular — in the pantheon of female voices in downtempo music, from Beth Gibbons with Portishead to Martina Topley Bird with Tricky and Emiliana Torrini and Lulu with Thievery Corporation, she more than held her own. Her lilting, beautiful voice lent itself perfectly to the atmospheric instrumentals. Her first song “Dragon Chasers” is sure to be one of the hits from “In The Mood For Life” with its melancholy vocal loop chorus and languid flow. Rapper Mattic followed with a crowd-stirring performance of “Until Heaven Stops The Rain” and free styled effortlessly with the band and the turntables. Cellist Matthieu Detton and flutist Ludivine Issambourg’s performance was absolutely phenomenal — very unlike a typical set-up where these instruments support and weave in and out; they were an integral component of all the songs. The flutist improvised and took center stage on many of the tracks, with this call-and-response pattern lending itself perfectly to the improvisation style of both hip-hop and turntablism. On “Fireflies,” when both Charlotte and Mattic took the stage, the seamless way in which all five musicians worked with and off each other showcased the sheer musical breadth and genre blending that is a hallmark of Wax Tailor’s

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WAX ON, WAX OFF — A unique blend of instruments like flutes and cellos mixed with DJ-sounding tunes filled Wax Tailor’s show at DC9 this Thursday, Oct. 8. Wax Tailor is known for his seamless genre blending of instrumentals and technology-fused music. work. Toward the end of the show, Mattic offered a raucous take on “B Boys On Wax,” a truly appropriate homage to the MCing and turntablism culture that Wax Tailor clearly knows and contributes to. The band then performed two songs off “Tales

Of The Forgotten Melodies” — “Que Sera” and the DJ Krush-esque “Out Dance.” The final song was the uptempo new single “Say Yes.” Wax Tailor has always shown a consummate ability to craft sonic landscapes, but what makes him unique is that, while he is an excel-

lent turntablist, he never makes his work solely about that. While this new album incorporates more live instrumentation, it also doesn’t do so jarringly or take his style in an entirely new direction. “In The Mood For Life,” as its title suggests, is very much about a natural and subtle in-

tegration of the turntables and the instruments, the songs and the atmospherics, the slow and the fast, the melancholy and the upbeat. You can reach this writer at thescene@theeagleonline.com.

N.Y. trio ‘Lights’ up small venue Cover songs a By CLAUDIA NUÑEZ-CESPEDES Eagle Contributing Writer In today’s music scene, it is rare to see a band made up of less than five members and each guitar playing a lackluster simplified pop-rock melody. Lights Resolve eats bands like that for breakfast. This three-piece group from Lawrence, N.Y., are proving that less is more and, if done right, just one guitar along with bass and drums can have just as much power as a five-piece. Lights Resolve came out to the D.C. area Wednesday, Oct. 7, playing Jammin’ Java in Vienna, Va., to rock the house along with We Shot the Moon and Destry. Although these New Yorkers are playing at much smaller venues this tour, they are no stranger to huge arena venues, opening up for bands like Dashboard Confessional, The Used and Straylight Run, even selling out the famed Bowery Ballroom in New York City as headliners. But now, after months of writing and recording for an upcoming release (yet to be determined), the guys came out to the Jammin’ Java knowing quite well that their name was not known and that they had to win the crowd over with their stage presence and passion. Guitarist and vocalist Matt Reich said he had no problem going from playing for huge bands in arenas to shows where only 20 people show up. “Our sound works best in arenas where it travels so far from three small guys so that is amazing, and

playing small venues where no-one knows is tough,” Reich said in an interview with The Eagle. “But in both situations it’s great because it makes us work harder to win over new fans and it pays off like it did in August at the Bowery, which was a dream come true. This band is all about the uphill battle.” Although this night in Vienna lacked the screaming fans that the other arenas had, Lights Resolve still managed to steal the show, opening with a song from their 2008 EP “Currency” called “The Hills and Michael Jackson,” while showcasing each of their abilities on their respective instruments right from the start. Next up was “With the Pieces,” a new song still in the perfecting stages. The piece shows clear comparisons to a band that the three all look up to, Muse, who they all recently saw on tour alongside U2. “It was probably one of the most inspiring shows we have ever seen,” drummer Neal Saini said. “We all aspire to someday reach a level of performance that they have... [and] hope to take a piece of what we saw and learned that night and make it our own and deliver it to our fans.” The trio has been together since late 2005, after a previous band they were in fell apart. Luke Daniels came in to replace their former bassist over a year ago and has proven that he can roll with the other two, especially with his delicious bass line groove in the song “Hurt a Little.” While none of the

guys had experience being a lead vocalist before, as auditioning for a lead singer went on, they realized that one of their own had the power to do it all along. “It turned out that none of the singers [we auditioned] could sing the parts as well as I could, even though I didn’t know exactly ‘how’ to sing,” Reich said. “But we decided to give it a stab and I started taking vocal lessons and it happened naturally — at the lucky age of 23.” Lights Resolve has never been a band that you could quite fit in any one category and the band members know this. “Actually I think we’ve finally come up with a genre that fits us: alt-rock/nu-gaze/pop n’ roll,” Reich said. Nu-gaze, as explained by the group, is a spinoff of shoe-gazing, a genre of the ‘90s during which bands would stare at their pedal boards the entire time playing with a plethora of effects and are extremely sound driven. “We try to tap dance as much as possible on stage,” Reich noted. What sets them apart the most, however, is the fact that they are a band of three. “It would be great to have a little extra help at times, but it’s a huge part of what makes us unique, “Reich said. “We’ve figured out how to balance our sound — we make sure that our parts don’t blend in together, yet that it still balances out well. What you hear is what you get.”

This can be seen in their new single, “Dreaming of Love,” a song that will be featured in the new installment of the popular video game “Rock Band.” Lights Resolve is not affiliated with any record label yet, but they don’t view that as a bad thing. “We know bands that owe hundreds of thousands of dollars to labels and are lesser-known than we are,” Daniels said. “That doesn’t mean we aren’t in debt — I’ve only been in this band for a year and I’ve spent thousands already — but we owe that to ourselves, not a label looking out for themselves and not our music.” For the past three years, they’ve done everything on their own, making their two EPs and promoting and spending every moment they can with their fans. “It’s great getting to know the people that come to our shows,” Reich said. “They are the reason we are able to do this.” This trio is not afraid to put themselves out there as a band and as people and their set was full of passion and interaction with the crowd, according to Reich. “A long time ago we decided that in this band we were gonna play our hearts out, tour our asses off, and make the best music we could possible make, and be in an environment where the three of us are happy,” he said. You can reach this writer at thescene@theeagleonline.com.

‘Paranormal’ gives realistic fright By ALEXANDER GRABOWSKI Eagle Contributing Writer

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“Paranormal Activity” is a movie that truly lingers in the mind after you finish watching it and haunts you after you leave the movie theater. Unlike most contemporary horror flicks, it taps into something deeper and more powerful. The film chronicles several days in the life of Katie (Katie Featherston) and Micah (Micah Sloat). After the young couple moves into a typical suburban “tract” house, they become increasingly disturbed by an unknown presence. Katie keeps hearing thumps in the walls. Micah, the skeptical boyfriend, decides to document any peculiarities by setting up a camera in their bedroom at night. The camera often rolls during the day, too, as Micah and Katie, with the help of a hilariously terrified psy-

chic, struggle with the effects of the increasingly freaky haunting. Katie reveals to Micah that she’s experienced such events sporadically throughout her life. Micah makes several attempts at communicating with what the psychic calls a “demon.” At times, he playfully quarrels and jokes about this so-called demon with Katie. However, when Micah’s recordings show increasingly spooky material, the joke ends up being intensely serious. Following the likes of “The Blair Witch Project” and “Cloverfield,” “Paranormal Activity” is shot using a handheld camera. Though it reverts back to the once novel, subjective camera horror, it surpasses it in its effectiveness. It is also a lot scarier. The shot of the bedroom

at night skips ahead in time-lapse form until weird occurrences emerge. While some nights are ordinary, the banality of the couple’s day-to-day existence when they’re not hearing anything enhances the realism of the movie. Although this may make some impatient, it provides the necessary tension. Ultimately powerless, the couple ends up experiencing supernatural forces that leave one squirming in their seat. Unlike “The Blair Witch Project,” “ Pa r a n o r m a l Activity” shows what is going on between the characters and ant agonizing entity. The images and sounds don’t relinquish from your mind as quickly as the apparition itself, and it all looks believable. It makes you think twice about the plausibility of the situ-

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ation and wonder what happens when you go to sleep yourself. In the vein of Hitchcock, director Oren Peli achieves a lot with little. The film only focuses on the inside of the house. Costing only $15,000, the ultra-low-budget horror film is reminiscent of atmospheric pieces like “The Shining.” The setting plays a large part in the audience’s discomfort; the ways in which the house is established leaves you no air to breathe. The low-budget aesthetic, though small, produces brilliant, heightened effects which end up helping the filmmaker execute a ropebalancing act with the audience’s emotions and expectations — and it works. This is a no gag-inducing gore flick. If you are in the mood for a horror movie that is scary, entertaining and actually realistic, this is the movie for you. You can reach this writer at thescene@theeagleonline.com.

hit-or-miss art By KATRINA CASINO Eagle Staff Writer If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then the cover song is the greatest homage that one artist can pay to another — or, at least, for the most part. Sometimes it’s an audacious move, as the cover artist is assuming that they even have enough credibility to be re-creating the work of the first. Other times, the second act is a show-stealer; the cover is so great that listeners forget there was ever an original. Maybe it’s even good-natured mockery, an obscure indie artist covering chart-topping pop hits with his acoustic guitar, or more recently his ukelele. At any rate, the cover song is an art form and the perfect method of musical recycling, it keeps old tracks fresh. The most successful and widely received cover songs are those that re-interpret and re-invent the original songs. No one needs a millionth cover of “Wonderwall.” We all know what it sounds like. Most interesting are songs like ska band Save Ferris’ rendition on the ‘80s pop-rock-Celtic hit “Come on Eileen” or the Watson Twins’ country-folk take on The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven.” Indie artists love cover songs. This is because indie artists love irony. From Ben Gibbard’s rendition of Avril Lavigne’s “Complicated” to Jenny Owen Youngs covering Nelly’s “Hot in Herre” and Tegan and Sara’s cover of “Umbrella,” it has become quite evident that there’s no bigger crowd pleaser than an indie favorite taking an acoustic guitar to a genre where it doesn’t belong. More than that, cover songs have become venues for calling original artists out on their own absurdity — it’s a form of commentary. In 2003, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs made their name known to the world with “Maps.” In 2004, American Idol Kelly Clarkson topped the charts with her hit “Since U Been Gone.” In 2005, singer/songwriter Ted Leo realized both songs had the same guitar solo. Introducing his song as a cover of Clarkson’s hit, Leo picked up with “Maps” on the other side of his guitar solo, leaving audiences with the realization, “Oh, that’s why that sounds familiar.” Indie artists also love to cover each other, since indie artists are kind of pretentious and tend to believe they can do other people’s jobs just as well as they do,

though this is rarely true. Such is the case with “Maps.” Although the song is composed of little more than a simple guitar line and a thunderous drum beat, no one — not even the Arcade Fire, not even the White Stripes — have been able to capture frontwoman Karen O’s quiet, haunting vocals or mimic the way she pleads, “Wait, they don’t love you like I love you.” Sometimes the essence of a song lies in the singer. The White Stripes have had something of an unsuccessful record with cover songs. Besides “Maps,” Jack and Meg White also did Canadian twins Tegan and Sara the favor of putting them on the mainstream map with the cover of their song “Walking With A Ghost.” The vocals were far above White’s range, and the Stripes’ rock and roll sound meshed poorly with Tegan and Sara’s catchy indie-folk pop, but this was an instance in which quality songwriting prevailed. The simplicity of Tegan and Sara’s words combined with a catchy melody shined through the Stripes’ cover and propelled the twins into the public eye. And in this way, cover songs may be less imitation and more a portal to mainstream success. Entire albums, like the “Punk Goes Crunk” series, in which punk bands such as New Found Glory and Say Anything cover classic hip-hop tracks, have been devoted to cover songs, and artists have made entire careers of it. Lounge singer Richard Cheese earned his fame through re-creating kitschy, swing-band style covers of popular rock, rap, heavy metal and pop songs. Even his band, Lounge Against the Machine, is a parody of popular culture. Me First and the Gimme Gimmes are another band who, since 1995, have made their living off of punk covers of classics, perhaps most notably “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” which has been used as the theme song for HBO’s “Taxicab Confessions.” Segue to fame or lazy musicianship? It may not even matter, since the best covers inject their own dose of originality. More and more, musicians are straying from the tendency to cover a song note by note and taking covers as opportunities to showcase what they can do with an already existing work. You can reach this staff writer at kcasino@theeagleonline.com.


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lutionized the documentary medium and rendered it a resourceful medium for self-expression. Audiences effectively started watching documentaries again, as nearly 70 percent of the top hundred grossing documentaries of all time were released in 2000 or later. Moore has returned to the spotlight with his latest effort, “Capitalism: A Love Story,” which doesn’t quite match the poignancy of “Columbine” or “Roger and Me,” yet strays from the self-masturbatory shtick of “Fahrenheit.” “Capitalism” analyzes the roots of the global economic meltdown via a comical look at corporate, capitalist America. The film focuses on the epic transfer of taxpayers’ dollars to private financial institutions with heartbreaking glimpses of how these actions affected middle- and lower-income families in America. “Capitalism” has already made a dent in the top hundred grossing documentary list, ranking in at No. 15 after only a week in release. Moore’s tactics have rightfully undergone great objection, as they discard the aforementioned fundamental job of the documentary: to present the real, objective truth. It’s great that audiences are giving

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some other offers, but I really believe in GrouperEye.” The same goes for Simnick, who got involved through Rodriguez a few months later. “I like being enterprising and taking chances and building ideas,” said Simnick, director of membership and new user outreach. “Ultimately, we want to change the way students look for and apply for jobs. This idea is very unique.” Here is how it works: a company posts a problem, question or idea to GrouperEye. This is called a “case” or “mini case,” depending on the level of research and presentation required. A student then reads the case and develops a creative and original answer or solution. The student then submits their solution to the Web site. The company reviews the submissions, picks the best (usually top three) students and pays them the promised prize amount. This is sometimes accompanied by an invitation to contact and network with the company and, in the best-case scenario, to interview for an entrylevel job or internship. Isaiah Goodman joined GrouperEye in January of this year. He won seven out of the 16 case competitions he competed in, winning around $700.

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she would get the vaccine at the Health Center because it would be convenient for her, and agrees with the way it is being apportioned. “I think they could give priority first to [those] who are more susceptible to the virus,” Rooney said. “[But] I do not think everyone needs to get the vaccine — they can choose whether they want to get it.” According to the Centers for Disease Control Web site, young adults between 19 and 24 — the age of many college students — are

documentaries the attention they rightfully deserve, but it’s important to understand that Moore’s films, by definition, aren’t really documentaries. They’re docu-comedy films by a political pundit — ones that fuse the same three-act structure fiction films employ with documentary forms and stylistic aesthetics. Sure, you’ll hear some startling truths in “Capitalism,” but treat Moore as you would any other politician: with ample skepticism. It seems that the documentary film has adapted to our twentieth century Tweetin’, Facebook-statuspostin’ love for individuality and selfexpression. Moore has catered to this growing trend by casting himself, as filmmaker and bystander alike, in the film. It’s difficult to decide whether Moore has been beneficial or detrimental to the growth of the documentary, for in drawing audiences back to the medium, he’s simultaneously destroyed its bipartisan legacy. It’s a textbook “Catch 22,” but as long as audiences continue to question the source of the material onscreen, I’ll applaud Moore for bringing the documentary back to the forefront of contemporary film.

SINGING THE BLUES — Uruguayan singer Susana Anseimi is one of the many talented troupe members who will be performing at Teatro De La Luna’s 12th International Festival of Hispanic Theater. The festival will run from Oct. 13 until Nov. 21 at Gunston Middle School in Arlington, Va.

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“This Web site is really different from monster.com,” Goodman said. “It’s really being able to creatively express what you know and what you can do. Plus, you get an immediate connection to some great companies.” You can still upload a resume to your profile, like on monster.com, but that is not supposed to be the main focus of your content, Simnick said. The Web site currently has around 1,000 participants from colleges and universities all over the country. It lists 23 participating companies, including Under Armour and Sirius XM radio. There are currently five case challenges and five mini case challenges open for submission. “It is incredibly difficult for talent to stand out,” Williams said. “Resumes and interviews are mediocre predictors of success.” The company is called GrouperEye because its founders wanted to illustrate how applicants can stand out from a group. “You are the ‘I’ in the group,” Simnick said. “Or rather, the ‘eye.’ Plus, we don’t want to pigeonhole ourselves with a name. We want to be able to expand and evolve with our client base.”

The fall season is inevitably upon us, and the quintessential American autumnal activities, including hayrides, searching for Halloween costumes and drinking pumpkin spice lattes, are more than abundant. However, why not spend next weekend doing something with a bit more international flair? The perfect opportunity awaits right around the corner, at the Gunston Arts Center in Arlington, Va. The theater will host the 12th International Festival of Hispanic Theater starting this coming weekend. The festival, put on by the local nonprofit Teatro de la Luna, runs Oct. 13 until Nov. 21. Teatro de la Luna strives “to provide the Washington capital area — both its Spanish-speaking community and its English-speaking community as well — with a source of high quality theater as seen from a Latin American perspective,” according to their Web site. Through programs and events such as the upcoming International Festival,

at a high risk because “they often live, work and study in close proximity, and they are a frequently mobile population.” The U.S. government has purchased 250 million doses of the vaccine, which comes in the form of a shot or a nasal spray, according to the CDC. There are no expected shortages. However, the vaccines will be distributed as they are produced, rather than all at once, making initial dispensation limited. You can reach this staff writer at srudnick@theeagleonline.com.

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MADRID, SPAIN By TAMAR HALLERMAN Eagle Staff Writer Having grown up in a family filled with strong, loud and a tad overbearing Jewish women, I had automatically assumed no other culture in the world could touch the super-human force of nature and intimidation that is the Jewish mother. That was, however, until I met my señora, or host mother. Don’t let her 4-foot-11-inch

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Olympics of Humor in 2003, the press release said. Despite his award-winning talent, García is most known for co-founding Los Marinillos, a Columbian musical/ comedy company in 1983. The troupe reached remarkable fame in Columbia in their 15 years together. In addition to hosting the Saulo García Inc. troupe, the International Festival of Hispanic Theater will also highlight comedy and music troupes from six other countries, including Argentina, Uruguay and Venezuela. The Grupo TeaTeatro troupe from Argentina is putting on the drama “Abanico de Soltera (Fan of a Single Woman),” in its first U.S. performance, between Oct. 22 and Oct. 24. According to the press release, “the play is an homage to Federico García Lorca, recreating his magic universe through an encounter with the ghosts of his characters.” The play is highly anticipated, winning Best Show and Best Actress in the VII Festival de Teatro, “Rosario em cena,” in 2007, as well as Best One-Person Show in the Festival Iberoameri-

cano de Teatro, “Cumbre de las Americas,” in 2005. Tickets for all of the plays being performed at the festival are $25 for students and seniors, $30 for regular admission, $10 for children and free for children younger than 4 years old. The festival is also offering a discount of $10 if you buy three tickets for three different shows. Other extra features include a post-performance discussion after Friday night shows, as well as free live English dubbing, since all the shows are performed in Spanish. Theater Two of the Gunston Arts Center, the host of the festival, is located at Gunston Middle School and Community Center at 2700 S. Lang St. in Arlington, Va. and is accessible from either the Crystal City or Pentagon City Metro stops. For more information or to make reservations, call 703-548-3092 or 202882-6227, or visit Teatro de la Luna’s Web site at www.teatrodelaluna.org. You can reach this staff writer at ostitilis@theeagleonline.com.

frame fool you. She’s a Galician beast. When she talks, the walls shake a little, the dog instantly quiets down and all other natural sound in the world is drowned out — you had better listen. Her unquestionable dominance is most felt in the kitchen. When my señora cooks, she cooks for an army. Drawers in the fridge are filled with what has to be five dozen eggs stacked high. In the pantry, crates are overflowing with tomatoes, green peppers and apples, and milk cartons are bought by the half dozen. I came home from class last night and told her I wasn’t hungry. She told me to give her five minutes, and I was greeted with a giant four-course feast as she settled down into the chair across from mine at the dinner table. That’s the regular day-to-day mind game with my señora — rule number one: you are expected to eat every ounce of food on the plate (or else she takes it as a personal insult); rule number

two: every day that plate grows; rule number three: the first two rules only apply to you, the eater. She never actually eats any of her food herself. “Eat more,” she insists. “You don’t have enough meat on your bones.” Needless to say, I haven’t won a single match. She fixes my already-made bed, insists on ironing my underwear. During a night out with my friends after class, I received an angry phone call from my señora scolding me for not telling her I would be home late. After my first week at my homestay, I was annoyed at all of the nudging. One mother is more than enough. I didn’t want to feel like I was in high school once again. Nevertheless, my attitude dramatically changed one night after I came home from a long day filled with unapologetic professors, a fight with a close friend and a walk home in the rain. I looked like a wet poodle

and felt even worse. When I walked through the door, my señora gave me two big, wet kisses on the cheek, a big bowl of lentil soup and a cup of tea, no questions asked — exactly what I needed. While I don’t have as much freedom as I did at AU, I realize how lucky I am to have someone who cares about my well-being while living in such a strange, new place. It also doesn’t hurt knowing you have a delicious hot meal and a warm, loving house waiting for you after a stressful day of classes. So nowadays, even if I’m not hungry, I eat my “light dinner” of bread and omelet and soup and pasta and 12-inch-high veggie plate without a fight. It’s comforting to know my mother has found some resourceful way to watch over me while abroad. You can reach this columnist at thallerman@theeagleonline.com.

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Teatro de la Luna aims to bridge cultural divides and foster understanding of Latin American culture in the District. The first play of the festival is “El Insomnio Americano,” running from Oct. 15 to Oct. 17. The performance will be put on by the Saulo García Inc. troupe and stars Saulo García himself. “El Insomnio Americano” is a comedic portrayal of a Columbian man, García, and his time in Miami amongst thousands of other Latin American immigrants. Despite their grand hopes and dreams of a great life in America, the play showcases the harsh realities they encounter. “More a partially ad-libbed monologue than a scripted play, ‘El Insomnio Americano’ is by turns hilarious, emotional, touching and, in the end, true to life,” the festival’s press release stated. The play has received a fair amount of coverage, as it has already been performed in many off-Broadway theaters across the country. García is an acclaimed actor who has won several awards, including New York’s First

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Adams Morgan is not just the home of numerous hookah bars, late-night food spots and that one rude bouncer who took your fake ID last year (curse you, underwater-themed bar!). On Saturday, Oct. 3, it housed the Crafty Bastards “alternative” craft fair — an interesting event, to say the least.

Though craft fairs might seem like a great idea in an economic downturn — “We’re gonna get some cool stuff! For cheap!” — thriftiness turned out not to be the name of the game at this particular extravaganza, but rather variety. As the event’s Web site proudly proclaimed, there were indeed 150-plus vendors spanning at least three large parking lots. The uniform-white tents stretched further than the eye could see. Many of the booths had pretty cool stuff, regardless of extravagant prices. You could find all manner of ironic artwork (lots of old-time themes, animals in top hats, etc.), a thousand pairs of stereotypical homemade earrings (made from keyboard keys, bottle caps, beads and the like) and booths

too numerous to mention that elicited the response, “I could make that myself.” There were also many things you might want to own, but likely laid outside the price range of the average college student. A vintage cardigan with screen-printed scissors on it ran $150, while a few journals with cool covers from old books went for $35. It’s not that you didn’t want to own everything at Crafty Bastards, it’s just that the average person would probably feel guilty buying anything. To sum it up: all was cute, but unnecessary. Most people seemed to buy something little, like a wolf charm, a little piece of art, or a button. There were also a few free activities throughout the day — hula-hoop lessons, pin making,

needlepoint — so if you had some time to spare, there was some crafting of your own to do. Despite the fact that most either left with empty hands or an empty wallet, the event provided a nice excuse to wander around in the sun, even if the fair was a little crowded; you can’t really go wrong exploring the neighborhoods of the District. This was the sixth annual Crafty Bastards put on by the Washington City Paper, so make sure to come out next year to see some of the creations. If you come into some inheritance money or want to get some ideas for do-it-yourself (for those so craftily inclined), it is certainly a recommended place to go. You can reach this writer at

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JUMPING UP— Kelsey Brasher jumps up for a ball during AU’s 2-0 win over conference rival Holy Cross on Friday. The win keeps AU perfect in the Patriot League with a 2-0 conference record. AU will play Colgate University on Saturday, who is in the basement of the conference. AU is 7-7 on the year.

Women’s soccer wins By ANDREW TOMLINSON Eagle Staff Writer AU women’s soccer holds sole possession of the top spot in the Patriot League with a 2-0 win over conference rival Holy Cross Friday at their Phil Reeves event. The Eagles jumped all over the Crusaders early. All but three AU starters appeared on the score sheet as the team had 11 shots in the first half alone. Not only did the team click on offense, but they also had a solid defense, allowing only one shot in the first half. While the Eagles did not get on

the board in the first half, it did not take long for the tie to be broken in the second half. Senior Kelsey Brasher put the ball up high in the right corner for her sixth goal of the season in the eighth minute of the second half. Just six minutes later AU scored again. This time it was Brooke Sheppard who took a cross by Carleigh Morba and dumped it into a wide open net. It was Sheppard’s first goal of the season. AU Head Coach David Bucciero was happy with his team’s perseverance after the game. “We had a lot of [high quality] play in the first half, a lot of shots that we didn’t quite get the goals,” Bucciero

told AU Athletics. “I like how our team stuck with it and didn’t get frustrated and eventually the goals came.” It is the teams third win in four games. The victory marked the 13th time this year that the team’s defense did not allow more than two goals. With a lack of consistent offense, the defense has been important to keeping the Eagles’ season alive. Despite the 7-7 overall record, AU has looked strong in Patriot League play. The closest teams to AU in the standings are Army and Lehigh who are currently 1-0-1 in the season. While records are important, it is the points total that determine who is

seeded where in the Patriot League Tournament. In women’s soccer a win counts for three points, a tie is one point and a loss is no points. The Eagles do not have to win out to have a shot at hosting the tournament and a No. 1 seed, but must beat the teams at the top of the standings to have a shot. AU’s next game will be against Colgate University on Saturday. The Raiders are 0-1-1 on the season in conference play and 4-6-3 overall. You can reach this staff writer at atomlinson@theeagleonline.com.

Equestrianism, the skill of riding horses, has commonly been a financially demanding and specialized sport, but the AU Club Equestrian Team offers riders an affordable way to continue riding at the collegiate level. Co-founded in the fall of 2003, the team welcomes riders of all ability levels and backgrounds. Members do not have to compete in order to be part of the team. Generally, the AU student body knows little about this club sport. Riders are hard to spot around campus because they travel to Lakeside Stables in Clarksburg, Md. for practice. There, Coach Jeff Becker provides team members with horses and once-weekly group lessons determined by their ability level. Of the 23 riders in the club, the team is only allowed to show 15 of them in competition. In order to give each rider a chance to compete, Becker rotates the lineup every competition. In competitions, also known as horse shows, each rider competes individually in equitation or jumping, collecting points for the overall team score and personal placement. The points a rider collects determine when they will advance to the next skill level. Many of the team members are involved in equitation, where riders are judged by their form and ability to control the horse. “Equitation is a lot about showing yourself off and showing how good you look,” said senior Bailey Bearss, president and captain of the team. “A lot of horseback riding is making the connection between you and the horse look effortless, like you are a pair.” The horses mounted in competition are, for the most part, provided by the host school. Prior to competition, riders draw a Pop-

sicle stick with the name of the horse they will be riding and the rider is not given the opportunity to warm up on the horse. According to junior Madeline Cohen, the hardest and most nerve-racking part of the equestrian sport is mounting a new horse. “It is about being very flexible as a rider and being able to ride a whole slew of different types of horses, because they are all different,” Cohen said. To prepare his team members for the spontaneity of competition, Becker requires members to ride a different horse each practice. This helps the riders learn to quickly adjust themselves in any situation. Despite training a young team this season — there are five returning riders — Becker is confident about the incoming talent. At the team’s first competition the weekend of Oct. 3, Becker saw a basis of a successful team being formed. “They all support each other and help each other,” Becker said. “They really are a good team.” Being on the team has taught AU’s riders important lessons that they have been able to apply outside of the sport. Sophomore Rachel Tranchik emphasized the patience the equestrian sport has instilled in her. “With any horse that you have, you have to learn their different tricks. Horses have the tendency to test you,” Tranchik said. “They know who you are and know your strong points and weaknesses, and they use that to their advantage.” Becker expects to the team to continue to grow and overcome their nerves and fears at their next showing on Oct. 24 at Goucher College in Baltimore. You can reach this writer at sports@theeagleonline.com.

FH stays perfect in PL By ANDREW TOMLINSON Eagle Staff Writer AU junior Hannah Weitzman picked up her first career victory and sophomore Melissa Casale had two goals in the field hockey team’s 5-1 win over Colgate University Saturday. With the win, AU moves to 6-5 on the year and 2-0 in the Patriot League conference. The win is the second game in a row where the Eagles scored at least five goals. AU’s defense also stepped up allowing only two shots throughout the whole game. It did not take long for the Eagles to get on the board. Just under two minutes in, Casale took a long pass up the right sideline from Anne van Erp and slipped it past the Colgate goalie for a 10 lead. AU would add two more goals in the half, from senior Rachel Carney and another from

junior Christine Fingerhuth. The team’s two other goals came late in the second half from Sarah Millman and Casale for her second on the day. Even though the team had a strong day on defense as well as offense, they did seem to lose their composure several times. The Eagles started both halves with a number of fouls and allowed seven penalty corners. While none of them got by Weitzman or the AU defense, it still demonstrated some sloppy play. AU has a big game next Saturday against Bucknell University, who also won on Saturday. The winner will claim the top spot in Patriot League with a perfect conference record. While the Bison have a better overall record at 74, they are tied with AU for two conferences wins each. There are only three Patriot League games left and the Eagles

will look to go undefeated in conference play for the seventh straight year. AU was the early favorite to take the conference coming into the season. If AU wins the regular season they will host the Patriot League tournament starting Nov. 6. AU starters have 18 goals on the season, and the team has 29 total. Opponents have only scored 17 total goals on 84 shots — about half of the number of AU shots. Senior Savannah Graybill is leading the team in game winning goals. There are only five regular season games remaining. Of those five, three of them are at home where the Eagles are 2-2. AU’s last game of the regular season is Nov. 1 at home against Lehigh University. You can reach this staff writer at atomlinson@theeagleonlein.com.

Men win in double OT Worden scores walk off goal BY ALEX ALBA Eagle Contributing Writer With time winding down in the second overtime, the Eagles men’s soccer team flew down the field with the ball and junior Mike Worden, alone in front of the Lafayette goalie, struck the ball into the net to end a sensational comeback, beating the visiting Leopards 2-1. Although it was not the best of games for the team, the Eagles moved into first place in the conference standings, remaining undefeated against Patriot League opponents. The win also improved their overall record to 6-3-1 on the season. For the Eagles, the first half resembled the weather: unpleasant and sloppy. The Eagles could not seem to break through the Leopard defense consistently as a group. Passes were intercepted, and many of the drives were

stopped before the Eagles could even execute a shot. The Eagles’ sophomore Jack Scott was able to dribble near the goalbox and shoot it towards the right side of the net in the 33rd minute but was unsuccessful. The Leopards took advantage of the Eagles lack of composure soon after. In the 35th minute, the Leopards lifted the ball into the goalbox where Eagles goalie Matt Makowski jumped up to snag the ball. Unfortunately, the ball slipped past his gloves and Lafayette’s Josh Brown scored the first goal of the game into an empty net, putting them up to 10. “For whatever reason, we came out flat,” Coach Todd West said of the first half. “You don’t expect it when it’s two first-place teams in a conference game [...] we challenged their mental toughness under pressure, and they obviously stepped up.” In the second half, the Eagles continued to struggle on the offensive side. Their frustration showed with bad shots and a yellow card for misconduct. With five minutes left in the game, the Eagles saw their chances at victory perishing. However, they suddenly came out with an intensity reflective of last week’s victory against Army. The Eagles made several con-

testing shots against the Leopards, but, none of them went in. Then, with 50 seconds remaining in regulation, junior Nick Kapus booted a free kick past Leopards goalie Andrew Pianko into the left side of the net to tie the score at 1-1, sending the game into overtime. In the first overtime, neither team scored, but the second one proved different. With four minutes left from a draw, the Eagles Mike Worden received a long pass ahead of the defense. With only the goalie to beat, Worden chipped the ball into the Leopard’s net, before being mobbed by ecstatic Eagle fans and players. Both teams came into the game having ended in a draw in their last three meetings. Lafayette had the edge based on their overall record. But, the victory added to AU’s winning-streak against Patriot League opponents, now at four games. After being held to six shots in the first half, AU retaliated to outshoot Lafayette 2115. They also received four yellow cards. The AU Men’s Soccer team will step onto Reeves‘ Field this Tuesday to face Pennsylvania at 3 p.m. You can reach this writer at sports@theeagleonline.com.

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BANDING TOGETHER — AU volleyball defeated their conference rival Navy Friday night 3-0. The team never trailed in the game and cruised to an easy win. Their next game is against William and Mary Tuesday night.

Eagles sink Navy By ELLIOT JEFFORDS Eagle Contributing Writer AU volleyball notched another win on Friday night with a 3-0 win against Navy. After a disappointing result six days earlier against Colgate, the Eagles rolled to an easy 25-16, 25-15, 25-23 straight set victory. The team came out of the gates fast and furious, jumping out to an early lead in the first set. Thanks to an impressive 6-0 run, the Eagles were able to gain momentum. Navy was able to stick with the Eagles as they fought hard to get the score to 14-10. This was as close as Navy would get in the first set, however. American extended their lead to 1710 following a Navy error. Errors plagued Navy all game, and they gave up big points as a result.

They finished up the first set giving up an error on AU’s first set point. The second set saw much of the same from the dominating Eagles. AU yet again used an impressive 60 run to jump out to a lead. AU was able to continue to open the lead. At one point, the team was up by 12 points at 17-5. AU did not see much resistance the rest of the game and won the second set easily, going into half time with a 2-0 lead in the match. Navy did their best to fight their way back into the match, as they made the third set the most competitive of the match. The Eagles again jumped out to an early big lead of 115. Navy fought back, however, and stayed tight with the teams sharing the score on eight separate different occasions. AU never tailed and was able to take the important two-point

lead and won the third set 25-23. Sophomore Rebecca Heath led the way for the Eagles with 11 kills, two aces and three digs. Claire Recht was the largest contributor to the team with four total blocks, while Krysta Cicala added 29 assists to the team’s winning efforts. As a team, the Eagles had an impressive .326 hitting percentage for the match, while committing only 11 errors across the three sets. The team will return to action on Tuesday night in Bender Arena when they face William and Mary. AU is sitting at 9-9 on the season with a 32 record in the Patriot League. The team has won the Patriot League for the last nine years. You can reach this writer at sports@theeagleonline.com.

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The Eagle — Oct. 12, 2009  

The Monday, Oct. 12, 2009 issue of The Eagle.

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