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Volume 97 | Issue 7

November 14, 2008

AIDS memorial quilt to be displayed at UPS


27 years and more than 25,000,000 deaths

University welcomes new Asst. Director of Security By L i z z y Sta h l n ews w r i t er

Two weeks ago, the University welcomed Freda Deckard-Pace as the new Assistant Director of Security. The position had been vacant for over a year as security staff interviewed perspective candidates and reorganized the responsibilities of the assistant director. “We redefined the position, divided it into two and expanded upon the responsibilities of the assistant director. She will be more responsible for the supervision of patrolling, both by students and fulltime employees,” Director of Security Todd Badham said. Deckard-Pace joins the campus community after serving as Operations Supervisor at Pacific Lutheran University. She has eleven years of experience in law See Security page 2

UPS working to repair ailing Fieldhouse By Mi k e K na p e n ews w r i t er

UPS will be the only institution in the Pacific Northwest to house a piece of the original AIDS memorial quilt in order to help commemorate World AIDS day. By M at t A n der son n ews editor PS will be hosting two 12x12 foot panels of the original AIDS (Autoimmune deficiency syndrome) memorial quilt in celebration of World AIDS Day. The University will be the only location in the Pacific Northwest to display a piece of the original. The University will display the panels of quilt from Nov. 25 through Dec. 2. UPS is working in conjunction with several outside organizations to commemorate World AIDS day including: the Pierce County AIDS foundation, Planned Parenthood and the Pierce County Health department, according to University Chaplain David


Wright in an e-mail sent to The Trail. Working with the groups mentioned above, and others, the University, through the Department of Spirituality and Social Justice, will hold “Pierce County World AIDS day observance” inside the Rotunda in Wheelock Student Center. The quilt, which was first created in 1987 in San Francisco, Calif., now encompasses more than 44,000 squares, “most commemorating the life of someone who died of AIDS,” the quilt’s website ( states. The first display of the quilt, according to its website, occurred in 1987 at the Washington DC mall during the national march on Washington for Gay and Lesbian rights – at that time, the quilt was nearly 2,000 squares large and covered more than an entire football field.

There have only been five times during which the quilt was displayed in its entirety: in 1987, 1988, 1989, 1992 and 1996 – all were in Washington DC. The quilt, according to the website, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. It remains the largest piece of “community artwork” in the world, the website states. AIDS, which was discovered in 1981, has since claimed a death toll of more than 25 million. As of 2007, nearly 33 million people are suspected to be living with the virus, according to avert. org, an international AIDS charity. The AIDS virus cripples the immune system of those infected by attacking the body’s disease-fighting T-Cells, and white blood cells. It can be transmitted by sexual contact also by sharing hypodermic needles, among others.

While the lack of a primary gymnasium presents a serious hindrance to athletics, Facilities Services is working 24 hours, seven days a week to make the most of the bad situation. The construction provides the University the time and resources necessary to make improvements. “We have to take advantage of this opportunity while we have it. It takes close to two weeks to take down all of the scaffolding alone, so we’re doing everything we can right now,” Bob Kief, Director of Facilities Services, said. Lighting and acoustics are two of the main improvements. The University hired BCJ, the architectural firm working on See FIELDHOUSE page 2 Index News.......................................1-3 Opinions...............................4-6 Sports....................................7-9 Features...........................11-12 Combat Zone..............................13 A & E ..................................14-16


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Campus Greek system promotes philanthropy Fraternities and Sororities work towards fundraising goals this fall B y Kaw i k a Hu tson n ews wr i t er


reek houses have been active during the past two months in the campus community as well throughout greater Tacoma community. Each chapter holds their own philanthropic event each year, aiming to raise money for local and national charities. Most Fraternities and Sororities on campus have already held their own philanthropies, while the remaining chapters are currently in the process of planning and organizing their events that will occur either later in the fall semester or during the spring semester. Aside from each chapter’s main philanthropy, members of the Greek system participate in other charity events that benefit organizations like the Humane Society, Habitat for Humanity, and Relay for Life. The Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority held their annual event, “An Afternoon with CASA,” on Oct. 12. The event was held in the Rotunda, with a lunch buffet, entertainment by Garden Level, and a raffle with prizes from local businesses. CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is a non-profit

FIELDHOUSE the Center for Health Sciences building, to help. Lighting is supposed to be about approximately 75 percent brighter than before. The most drastic change is immediately apparent upon entering the Memorial Fieldhouse. The structural additions made to the roof truss system, including 300 lb steel plates on the ends of each truss, led to the removal of the drop ceiling in favor of the original wooden vaulted ceiling. Significant safety improvements are also being made. As one of the primary earthquake shelters, it is important that the Memorial Fieldhouse is seismically safe. The end walls have been strengthened to keep the building sturdy. The improvements also include new roof sprinkler systems and the complete rewiring of the electrical systems. A new air and heat system should be up and running by next year. Not everything has gone smoothly however. Since the

organization which provides dy Blumgart, Philanthropy in October. Over $2,500 was underprivileged children with Chair of Pi Beta Phi said. raised, with donations from court representatives. Members Derby Days, the annual phil- alumni and UPS students parof Kappa Alpha Theta began anthropic event of the Sigma ticipating in the run/walk. The working with CASA in 1989. Chi Fraternity, was held during proceeds were donated to The “We set a goal of raising the week of October 27th-31st. Science and Management of Ad$1,500 for CASA, and our to- The week-long event raised dictions Foundation (SAMA). tal amount of money raised proceeds that were donated to The Fraternity has been collaband donated to CASA was the Make A Wish Foundation, orating with SAMA for over $1,506.31,” Maura Ander- an organization that serves a year now, working closely son, Philanthropy Chair of children with life-threatening with board members Jeff and Kappa Alpha Theta, said. medical conditions. Derby Judy Bowlby, parents of forPi Beta Phi held their annual Days is a week-long compe- mer UPS Beta, Justin Mclean Arrowspike Volleyball Tour- tition between Sororities in Bowlby, who passed away durnament on ing the summer of Oct. 11. The 2007 from a drug overevent was held dose. Approximately “...Alpha Phi’s Red Dress Gala riased on Todd Field 100 UPS students funds for women’s cardiac care [of ] over and the money attended the event. raised was doThe Turkey Bowl, $15,000...” nated to the Pi hosted by the Gamma Beta Phi FounPhi Beta Sorority, was dation. The held Nov. 9, on Todd Pi Beta Phi Foundation serves which each house gains points Field. The event was a flag foota number of charitable orga- by participating in activities ball tournament at which cash nizations such as First Book, that are held throughout the donations and canned foods a nonprofit organization that week. The Sorority with the were collected for families dursupplies families in low-income highest amount of points at ing the Thanksgiving and holisituations with books for their the end of the week is declared day season. The canned food children in support of literacy, the winner. The winner of this items were donated to a local and Champions Are Readers year’s Derby Days competition food bank while, the money (CAR), a month-long reading was the Gamma Phi Beta So- raised, was donated to Food enrichment program for third rority. Over $4,000 were raised Lifeline, Washington’s largest graders. Last year, members and donated to the Make A hunger relief agency. Members of Pi Phi raised over $600 for Wish Foundation, this year. of the Sorority also fundraised the Pi Beta Phi Foundation. The Beta Theta Pi Fraternity off campus at Top Food and “This year, we exceeded participated in the Issaquah Drug, receiving large amounts our goal and raised over $850 Salmon Days Rotary Run, a of donations and canned foods. for the foundation,” Mad- community run/walk event “I was pleased to see how giv-

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Memorial Fieldhouse closed over a month ago due to failing roof trusses, construction efforts have been put to the test by everything from lead paint to electrical issues. “There’s definitely been a domino effect. All of the problems are related, we can’t fix one without fixing them all. We had to go through very systematically to find out exactly what was happening and why,” Kief said. The resources devoted to this end are substantial. There are three different scaffolding companies in use, enough so that any new scaffolding brought to the site is coming from out of the state. “We have to keep a very sequence path of action in order to manage everything at once. It’s a maze of people right now, so every day is a planning day. We have engineers coming in at every step to make sure things are right,” Kief said. Fieldhouse construction has

not affected the construction of the new Facilities Services buildings however. Facilities Services will move from their current offices behind theme row into the new complex in the coming few months. The project is on time and on budget. Kief had nothing but praise for Sierra Construction, the company doing the bulk of work for both projects. “Sierra has done an amazing job from the start. They have a great safety record, they’re always very proactive. Not to mention all of the work has required incredibly skilled labor,” Kief said. Safety continues to be an important facet of the project. The fire department comes in weekly to make sure everything fits code. Handheld air monitors are constantly checking the air quality around the site to keep workers safe. Kief is very confident that the Fieldhouse will open sometime mid February.


ing and generous the greater Tacoma community was,” Jeni Oppenheimer, Philanthropy Chair of Gamma Phi Beta, said The Red Dress Gala, a dinner and silent auction event with evening entertainment, was held on November 8th at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center. The event, hosted by the Alpha Phi Sorority, raised funds for women’s cardiac care. Over $15,000 was raised at the gala and donated to the National Alpha Phi Foundation, which funds programs that provide leadership and educational opportunities, as well as support for women’s cardiac health. Faculty members that attended the gala included Brad Reich, David Beers, and Lori Johnson. The Phi Delta Theta Fraternity is planning to hold an event called “Bash ALS,” according to Philanthropy Chair, Mikey Pannier. The fraternity plans on having a junk scrap metal car brought to campus which students may demolish after making a donation. On Nov. 20, The ALS Foundation is the national philanthropy foundation of Phi Delta Theta, the only national nonprofit health organization dedicated solely to the fight against ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis).

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enforcement, and has been a Washington resident for five. “I worked for a university in Texas of 36,000 students, and then at PLU, so I have experience with a broad range of campus security programs,” Deckard-Pace said. Deckard-Pace has been working as Assistant Director of Security for two weeks now, and is still familiarizing herself with the UPS campus. “These past two weeks have been great. There is good morale within the department and the faculty and the staff have all been welcoming. I have been treated with the utmost respect,” Deckard-Pace said. Although she is still becoming accustomed to the campus and UPS security operations, Deckard-Pace is no stranger to North Tacoma. “This used to be my old neighborhood. It’s good to be back, representing the

community I live and work in,” Deckard-Pace said. Commenting on the current state of the security measures on campus, DeckardPace agreed that the blue light emergency phone towers were a positive addition to campus and that their implementation has been effective. “At PLU we used the blue phone tower system, but the towers were older. The installation of new phones on the UPS campus is definitely a bonus,” Deckard-Pace said. Looking toward the future, the new assistant director mentioned some possible projects on the horizon. “I always like to stay a couple steps ahead of the game in terms of new security measures. One possibility that I’d like to see explored is the installation of surveillance cameras on the borders of campus,” Deckard-Pace said.

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2008 Presidential Election

A Winner: Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) was announced as the winner of the 2008 presidential election. In a clear victory, PresidentElect Obama picked up 364 electoral votes with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) picking up 163. “It’s been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this date, in this election, change has come to America,” Obama said in his victory speech at Grant Park in Chicago, Ill. “America, we have come so far, been so much. But we have so much more to do.” Obama, 47, will be the first African-American President in United States History.

Holiday travel plans may stretch budgets By Jess i c a Sp eva k News Wr i t er


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Thanksgiving Travel Plans Stretching the Student Budget Labor Day 2008 is when it all started. Across the United States, domestic plane flights were cut by almost 10%, reducing the airline industry to a level not seen since 2002, after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Since then, stories have flooded the news of more flight cuts and rising flight prices as airlines see fewer and fewer travelers each month. The financial crisis brought bitter relief to consumers. Drivers saw lower prices at the pump and the oil producing companies of OPEC cut production costs. However, consumers are still seeing rising fuel prices and fewer flight options. Will the break in gas prices extend to airlines? Thanksgiving is a time of mass travel for UPS students. The majority of students go back to their hometown for the brief holiday break, and the airports are packed to the brim with travelers looking to get away for a few days before the chaos of the winter holidays. For those who live around the area, travel by car presents an attractive mode of transportation. However, since a large percentage of students live more than a state away, flights become the only practical option. And despite the decline in fuel prices,

airline prices are still rising. “Especially the people from Hawaii are having trouble, and most of them end up not going home because it’s just too much trouble. They would all end up on the same flight anyways,” said Laura, a sophomore. If there was ever a time when making Thanksgiving flight arrangements was a hassle, this is it. Although the supposed “ease” of online reservations and pre-airport check-in have made things speedier, airline travelers are still feeling the strain on their wallets. The cheapest flight able to be found from Sea-Tac International Airport to Minnesota is $324 with taxes. One student paid $500 to go to Chicago. A typical flight to London/Heathrow International Airport in London, England costs $539. Many are negating the possibility of going home altogether, or waiting until days before in hopes of getting a last minute deal. “I’m going to stay with my Dad on Thanksgiving instead of going back home because airline costs are so ridiculous,” Kira Gerrits, a freshman, said. “I had to promise my mom when I came to college that I wouldn’t come home until Christmas because it would be so expensive to fly me back over Thanksgiving, “ said Caitlin, another freshman.

Security Report The following incidents occurred on campus and were reported to Security Services between Nov. 4 and Nov. 10: •A Facilities staff member discovered someone attempted to force open the north Union Ave. tunnel entrance door in an apparent effort to gain entry. It does not appear that they were successful and the minimal damage occurring to the door and jamb has been repaired. •A student reported his vehicle was the victim of a hit and run accident while parked on N. Lawrence Street near Kittredge Hall. The student observed the accident, but was not able to obtain license plate information for the other vehicle while it left the scene. He could only describe the vehicle as being an SUV with a spare tire mounted on the back. The student’s vehicle received minor damage to the hood. •Security staff contacted three students who were suspected of smoking marijuana in the alley off campus north of N. 18th Street. A student reported damage to her vehicle which she believes occurred while it was parked near Kittredge hall. The damage is consistent with her vehicle being side-swiped on the rear bumper. •A student reported his vehicle was broken into while it was parked in the large lot south of the Wheelock Student Center. The driver’s side door lock was defeated and the vehicle was entered. He was not able to find anything missing, however. • Courtesy of Todd A. Badham, Director of Security Services

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Our generation’s skewed view of Feminism L au r en B agby O p i n i o n s Wr i t er

Feminist. There are many debated connotations and volatile reactions packed into that word. This is much like how Liberal or Conservative is all too often uttered with a sneer and a whole lot of negative undertones. The labels of Liberal and Conservative and their respective identifier’s grievances toward one another are largely dismissible as partisan banter and slander. However, anti-feminism, especially when espoused by a fellow female, is something else entirely. Inspired by a class discussion, I decided to talk amongst my friends and classmates about their views on feminism and those that consider themselves to be feminists. Disturbingly, I was largely met with either a blasé attitude toward the entire subject in general, or I encountered relatively strong opposition toward it. Why should this be? Most of these women are good friends of mine who I know to be extremely intelligent and empathetic, so I know it could not be for lack of intellect or compassion that they would feel frustrated or apathetic toward “feminists.” As I listened to their reasoning, while struggling to remain calm, I realized that the word Feminist, like Liberal or Conservative, has for many evolved into such a dirty word that the im-

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Misunderstood: Feminism not to be discredited, scorned. portant work done by many before us to secure equal political, economic and social rights for women has fallen by the wayside. Mostly this is attributed to the more outspoken and radical women who claim their superiority over men or who are condescending toward more traditional women who choose to remain at home with their children. As with any categorization, radical individuals compose a small minority of

the whole, but their agenda tends to communicate louder and clearer than the majority of individuals within a movement resulting, in this case, to massive negative connotations being attributed to Feminism. I would even venture to say that women who think themselves superior to men or who regard housewives with disdain are not feminists at all, but sexists. I am no Feminist scholar nor do I know nearly enough

about all the current types of feminism, but I do know that, despite its evolvement, social, political and economic equality between the sexes was and still remains its primary goal: a goal that I believe to be shared by those who mistakenly claim to be anti-feminist. My unofficially polled friends, like too many women of my generation, are reacting to a radical and largely sexist discourse that does not speak for any majority of feminists. As young women, we are lacking an education about the long and bitter struggle that many before us have endured so we can vote, get a post-secondary education and have job opportunities that pay as much as men (a struggle that is not yet complete). Women who choose to tend to the home and family and not be employed, or who do not exercise their right to vote need not be opposed to feminists who may choose to prioritize their life differently, and vice versa. The key word to remember is choice. Without the efforts of our predecessors fighting for the rights that we now enjoy, choices would not be available to us. We would not be in these classrooms discussing course material with our male classmates as equals; I would not be writing this article. And I certainly would not have had any hand in electing the first black President of the United States.

Whether a woman’s priorities are to graduate from UPS and go on to become a CEO, or to get married and raise a family, she cannot afford to dismiss--or worse, oppose--feminism and the movement that started and undeniably continues today to provide equality and choices for women. The personal autonomy that we, as women, increasingly enjoy should never be taken for granted, and an understanding of feminist thought and its history is necessary to ensure that we comprehend the importance of its impact upon our quality of life and the opportunities we now take advantage of. I would like to see a greater emphasis upon understanding the feminist movement in our high school history classes (and even before) so that the concept is not misconstrued and dismissed by those of us who especially need to be reminded of how fortunate we are today. With a more complete sense of historical perspective, women today would learn that whether or not they choose to take advantage of the opportunities that are available to them, the fact that there exists the choice is reason enough to be grateful to those who came before us and who continue to fight for equality.

• Lauren thanks the feminists who came before her for the opportunity to write this article.

Seward’s social dynamics awkward, unintegrated Wa lt Mi tc h ell O p i n i o n s Wr i t er

Before arriving at UPS, we were all familiar with the stereotype of “dorm life”. The companionship, the spontaneous assemblies in the hallways and lounges, the study sessions, the sexiles. We saw ourselves getting close to not only our roommates, but others around the building as well. We know that college is a time for making slews of new friends, and that dorm life is a one-of-a-kind community. For some freshmen, their preconceptions were fulfilled, and they found that welcoming community, those open doors. Others were not so lucky: many freshmen assigned to Seward Hall have been living in a place of closed doors and awkward interactions with neighbors they might never have had a conversation with. What makes Seward so dramatically different from any other dorm on campus? Seward is the only UPS dorm consisting entirely of gender-specific floors. The University is required to have gender-specific living space set aside for students who request it. Just as women can choose to live without men in Regester Hall, Seward’s male

only floors are the only option for young men who wish to live separately from the opposite gender (except for the basement of Smith, which, by some stroke of misfortune, is composed entirely of males this year). This arrangement bears with it many social consequences. A floor that consists entirely of one gender tends to be quieter and less integrated communally. People, especially young adults, are usually more driven in social situations when members of the opposite sex are present. When individuals, male or female, are exposed exclusively to members of their same gender, interactions lean more in the direction of competition than camaraderie. Many Seward residents spend most of their time in other dorms, and several Regester girls try to avoid spending time in their dorm’s somewhat sterile atmosphere. When forced to live in an environment so agonizingly reminiscent of summer camp, students are driven elsewhere to pursue more realistic social contact. The negative effects of the “gender by floor” system are magnified on the male exclusive floors. Robert Niese, Seward’s third floor RA, requested living in a “gender by door” hall, but was as-

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Unsatisfying:Co-ed by floor robs residents of valuable social dynamics other dorms enjoy.

signed his position in Seward. “I was afraid of being RA for an all male floor, because male floors are notorious for being hard to handle,” he said. Last year, Robert lived on the third floor of Todd-Phibbs, and enjoyed the co-ed element. From an RA’s perspective, Robert said of mixed floors, “It’s easier to bond with residents.” The fact that these floors are widely considered abnormal confirms that this is not merely a coincidental social dynamic, exclusive to this year’s resi-


ollege of Puget Sound professors are sent to school for instruction on how to use television sets as an educational tool. “A strange, glowing tube is creating a new breed of prof ” the trail reports.

dents. The “gender by floor” arrangement is undoubtedly the cause of social abnormality. Robert told of how, when living in TP, doors were always open if residents were in, and students were constantly sitting in the halls, doing homework or just chatting. While this may sound ordinary for students living on co-ed floors, such a laid back and welcoming atmosphere is entirely foreign to most Seward residents. “I feel like I’ve been ripped off. This isn’t what I was expect-



ing of the ‘college experience,’” said an anonymous Seward resident. “I thought there would be people, like, chilling in the halls, and that groups of friends would form more quickly.” The gender issue is the direct cause of this disparity, especially on the all-male floors. Men tend to be less social amongst each other and are invigorated socially by the presence of women. This is

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he College of Puget Sound Logger football team put their record nine game winning streak on the line against their cross town rival Pacific Lutheran College Gladiators in the annual Kings X game.

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Process of naturalization in the United States

Lacks relevance in American society today

Underlying principles give process value and meaning Isab elle Ey re O pin ions Writ er

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Attaining Citizenship: Legally crossing borders by achieving citizenship requires a civics test that can be seen as a waste of time or as a test of dedication. Lis a Griswo ld O p i n i ons Wr it er According to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the government sector overseeing the naturalization process, “citizenship is one of the most coveted gifts that the U.S. government can bestow.” Many immigrants desire to become American citizens, and the process to do so is multifaceted and lengthy. The naturalization process consists of completion of an application, interview, fingerprinting, English and civics tests, and saying the naturalization oath. According to the official online docket produced by the USCIS, the process can take anywhere from two to five years after the initial application is submitted. The application is a general survey of an individual’s background information and official government documenting. Another facet of the process is the completion of the exams. The civics exam is a definite cause for concern. This test evaluates an individual’s understanding of American history and fundamentals of democracy. On the surface, this type of exam would appear acceptable in the eyes of the beholder; however

the questions posed seem highly irrelevant to modern society. Test questions include: “Who said give me liberty or give me death?”, “In what year was the Constitution written?”, and “What are the requirements to be eligible to become president?” Questions like these have a high likelihood of being answerable by current United States citizens. Individuals who were born within the confines of United States territory are, of course, exempt and never have to approach the exam. Is it a problem that we are requiring applicants for citizenry to know what the bulk of our nation does not know? Knowledge of basic American history is helpful, but it really should not be required for citizenship because it is not applicable to general home or work life. An individual’s awareness that Patrick Henry was the one who shouted infamous, revolutionary words yield no direct advantages to society. In the last few months, the USCIS created a new naturalization test to broach different questions and address a variety of different applicant education levels. However, I believe the test should be abolished completely. Questions should not be revised like previously done.

Instead, the civics test should be eliminated due to its inequitable nature. It seems discriminatory that applicants are forced to know topics of American history that are primarily disregarded by a majority of individuals who are already citizens. According to the USCIS, most applicants are successful on the civics exam, scoring within the nineties out of a one hundred percentile. Nevertheless, the fact of the matter is, the test is not pertinent. It is not only irrelevant, but it also prolongs the already taxing amount of time it takes to complete the process of naturalization. Instead, it would be easier if the USCIS approached the situation of educating individuals like many other government agencies do. Provide a book to applicants about American history, values, and general democracy information. This way it is an option, just as it is for current citizens, to learn the background of our nation. Implementation of this type of “Americanization” would create an equitable process to those who want to share in the American dream, but who are unaware of obscure Colonial era knowledge.

• Lisa won’t say if she passed the test of not, because it’s irrelevent.

People have made fun of the American citizenship naturalization test for years. The questions on the exam are either asinine or painfully obvious historical and cultural events. Most of what is espoused we take for granted. We do not care who said, “Give me liberty, or give me death,” we just care that someone did say it (it was Patrick Henry, by the way). Deep in the American subconscious is a sense of what is intrinsically “American”, but the history or specifics of that American identity are not clear to everyone. The American naturalization test, which contains questions about early American history and the basic structure of the U.S. government, is difficult for many natural American citizens to pass. On an MSNBC online version of the test, those scoring in the 85-100 percentile range were informed they knew “more about this great land than most Americans.” Is the test just a pretense, or does it actually serve a purpose? While the individual questions themselves are not that important, I would argue the overall design of the test is. Caring enough to go through the legal motions and learn about the very basic tenets of the American democracy proves that you are not taking for granted what this country is. I see it as proof that all those prospective citizens are coming here for the right reasons. Many people immigrate to this country illegally. Fleeing from economic problems, puppet governments, or war-torn places in the world, droves of people come to America seeking something better. The United States has been held up on a pedestal for immigrants since the 19th century, a place where millions of people move with high hopes and conse-

quently become disillusioned. The vague truth about the United States, the idea that we are “The Land of Opportunity”, is heard around the world. I am proud of the people who study the Constitution and our history and learn about the actual particulars of that theory. The legal immigrants have a better idea of the fallibility of the country they are “getting into”. Instead of unrealistic expectations of a promised land, they have a better idea of what this country was founded on than even some natural born citizens. Far be it for me to suggest that the number of years a representative serves, by itself, will be beneficial to most of these new arrivals. That fact alone is trivial. The principle of exam, the fact that you have to work hard to “get ahead”—studying the backbone of democracy to become a part of it, is a very American idea. It is a living example of the American work ethic. Natural-born citizens have a much easier time of it than the people who want to become citizens, true. But it is also true that people within the country itself are born with vastly different opportunities available to them. As recent historical milestones have taught us, though, if you work hard enough, you can achieve anything. Really, with those standards in mind, taking a hundredquestion test on some basic historical facts about the United States is a small price to pay. Many people come to this country because they believe that it is a remarkable place, so those who come legally must have an especially great respect for the laws and our unique history. When they do become fullfledged citizens, perhaps they will discard most of what they learned. Even if one or two facts stay with them, however, these new Americans will be taking our country’s principles less for granted than some of us who were lucky enough to be born here. • Isabelle passed the test!

Mudslinging: focus misplaced from the issues M . L aw r en c e O p i n i o n s Wr i t er

The recent election, like every other one that I can remember, was wrought with dirty politics, and judgments on the private lives and characters of the candidates. I wonder why politics is so concerned with digging up minute details about candidates rather than focusing on what the candidates have to say. The most recent instance of this dirt digging is the case



of Obama’s aunt. About a week before the election, the news came out with the potential scandal that one of Obama’s aunt’s might be an illegal resident of this country. It must be obvious that someone had to dig hard and deep to find the information that she might be an illegal alien. Even if this were relevant, Obama said that he had no knowledge of her status. Obama’s statement should have been the end of it, but instead, the story bounced around

the news for about a week. The news did not care to discuss what his policy on immigration is. It did not matter that there are thousands of illegal immigrants in the country. Instead, it only mattered that this could be a scandal. There is an absolute refusal to leave candidates alone. While it is certainly relevant what Obama’s immigration policy is, it is not a reason to personally attack his family. Instead, we should focus on what he himself stands for, and what he will

omer Chemistry Professor Curtis Mehlhaff sued the University after he was denied a promotion from Assistant Professor to Full Professor. Mehlhaff cited emotional and mental stress as well as negative effects on his salary and pension benefits as reasons for filing the lawsuit.

do with immigration policies. I cannot help but think that the voters of this country would be much more informed about their candidates if the news spent more time focusing on what the candidates actually say, rather than trying to find some flaw in their lives. A similar example, also coming out of this year’s presidential election, is what happened when Hillary Clinton cried in an interview. She was asked how she kept going on the road. What was remembered about



this interview was not her answer but that she had cried. The media fixated not on the reason why she was crying but went straight to the question of whether or not she had played the “woman card.” I found this to be similarly absurd. I think that sometimes politics asks candidates to be perfect and superhuman. However, crying is a natural human response, and there was no evidence that

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nglish Professor Hans Ostrom responds to a climate of fear within the faculty regarding the evaluation process for untenured professors in a letter to the Trail and campus community. “The (2nd) most important group (on campus) is the untenured faculty, for they are the university’s future” Ostrom said in defense of the faculty.

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University facilities not up-to-date Ha rry Yu O pi n io ns Wri t er


t happened again. This morning. I was in the shower. I had just started scrubbing when I dropped the soap. I bent over to get it and…I felt it. An intense heat centered right on my lower back. It burned like hellfire. I jerked upright and twisted the tap and almost instantly, the water turned to arctic ice. “Not again,” I moaned. This was just another woeful experience with unsatisfactory facilities at UPS. The showers on campus are not terrible. I mean, at least the pressure is decent on occasion. I was dreading taking my first shower at UPS. A slight drizzle of water, that takes 30 minutes to go from luke-warm to warm was my lowest expectation. So I was pleasantly surprised when a full stream came on with an adequate temperature. The only problem was the sensitivity of the tap; there just was not a sweet spot. It was either too cold or too hot. I felt like Goldilocks. The morning shower for me and others is a ritual. It is what we do in the morning to wake up. The shower refreshes us, cleans off the nightly grime, and most importantly helps to wake us up with lovely heat in the form of soothing water. It is simply sacred. And the showers here interfere greatly with that ritual. At first, the problems only occurred in the morning. That is understandable. Everyone who has a morning

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class would be taking a shower then, so any temperature fluctuations are given. This is not the problem though. The real problem is that, lately, whenever I take a shower the temperature jumps up and down to both extremes of hot and cold. I was sure that a few showers had definitely resulted in serious burns. I have taken a shower at all times of day. Every time the tem-

perature moved around to the point of ridiculousness. Because I am from California, I do not know too much about Washington weather. But it is a lot colder than I am used to come November. Since it is getting colder, it is possible that it may be harder for the water heater to heat the water. And since there are so many people using the shower in the morning, the hot water gets

Transferable high school credits should be allowed Nat h a n Mo o r m a n O pi n io ns Wri t er

High school students are often given the opportunity to take college courses while they are in high school, encouraged by the idea that they will get a head start in college. With college-level classes in high school, it was possible for someone at my school to completely skip freshman year of college. UPS however, often does not accept all college in high school credits. According to, the university “reserves the right to limit the transferablity of a course based on the source of credit, the method of instruction, or the duration of the term.” While this policy appears to be flexible, there are numerous instances in which the extra efforts students have put in in high school is not rewarded because their courses were not deemed sufficiently rigorous enough. I am not necessarily advocating that UPS should accept all credits, because it is true that some colleges simply do not have the same teaching requirements or rigors of others. I think, though, that the extra

effort that is put in should be rewarded: not with full credit, but maybe with half credits or possibly activity credits. Not only would accepting more classes for credit encourage people to take college classes in high school, but because these college-level classes often cost money, it would also allow people to actually see some results for the fiscal investment that they have put into their education prior to arriving at UPS. Our registrar’s office is quite effective at helping students out whenever they have questions about their education. I was in there recently to see if I could transfer a separate credit and it took no more than two minutes for them to pull out my file and have a discussion with me about different things I could do. Their dedication is commendable on helping students, but some of their policies might need to be looked at again. Making the effort that students have put into their education completely worthless is not something that our school should encourage, in my opinion. Students usually do not pay attention to the transfer policies at the col-

lege they hope to attend back at the beginning of their junior year of high school when these “college in high school” classes are offered. It is ridiculous that high school students are expected to already know this and to plan their high school schedule accordingly. I was more focused on studying for the ACTs and SATs than I was about studying the different credit transfer policies of this university, and I highly doubt that I am abnormal in this respect. So, while this policy allows the university to set the standards for how their students should learn, and that is a good thing. But should we not still reward the extra effort that students have put in by giving them at least something in return for their work? Even .25 credits can make all the difference when it comes to registering for classes. Maybe it is time for the Registrar’s office to take another look at this policy and possibly consider different ways to maintain our academic standards while still giving students a return on their efforts in high school.

• Nathan would be a frigging Senior if they’d accept his other credits.

used up far more quickly than usual. And therein lies the rub. The problem with dorm showers just opens up a whole stream of other issues I have noticed here on campus. The showers are one of the top concerns, but for those not living in dormitories which have had their internet re-done, connection speeds can be very grating in the afternoon and at night. It should not take a full minute to open up Gmail or Google. I have also heard several swimmers say that the pool needs to be rebuilt. The seating and clock are both inadequate. The system that controls the water level of the pool sometimes does not drain the pool or just drains all of the water. Basically the pool looks like it did 50 years ago. The Fieldhouse also has its share of problems. Asbestos was reported inside amongst other things. But the most surprising and dangerous issue was the Fieldhouse closing due to a potential problem in the roof. While it is great that Facilities Services caught the problem before the roof fell on people, it makes one wonder about the rest of campus. This is not an attack on Facilities Services; they do a good job, generally. However, for a University with a high tuition rate, it seems a bit wrong that many of the buildings are outdated. I, for one, have started taking showers before I go to bed. The price may be really weird morning hair, but at least I get relaxing, hot water.

• Harry swears he still showers despite the hot/cold... honest.

MUDSLINGING a man in Hillary’s position might not also have cried. I wish so much that politics and political reporting could focus not on undermining an opponent through digging up potential scandals and small flaws, but rather could focus on undermining him or her by focusing on how his or her policies are weaker than the opposing ones. That is to say, if politicians and their advisors spent the energy they currently spend on negativity instead on out-competing their opponents through the power of their statements and beliefs, their campaigns would be much stronger. This tactic would additionally have the bonus of showing voters the distinction between who really had something powerful to say

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no mystery to the men themselves: one must undergo quite an extensive search to find a male who requested their segregated Seward living space. The same goes for the females, though. Women will typically be more motivated to socialize when the interaction is not entirely with other women. The only difference, then, is the fact that girls tend to bond with each other sooner than men might. Generalizations should be avoided, and by no means can anyone claim that Seward is antisocial, or deny that some Seward residents have found great community and friendship among those they live with. Indeed, the first and second floors of Seward seem somehow more communal than other floors. Robert clarifies that he does enjoy his floor and his residents, especially the closeness that a small floor boasts. Even so, the difference is painfully obvious. While Seward residents might enjoy the company of their neighbors, they can tell you just how clearly different the dynamic is from any other dorm. If the university were to realize how unhealthy this arrangement is, they might reassess just how many students actually request to live in Seward. It truly is a shame that so many freshmen must begin their college experience in such an unhealthy social atmosphere, and one can only hope that this dated system will be altered for the better and soon.

• Walt is starting to get lonely living in Seward.

cont. from page 5 and who is better at gossiping. Likewise, if reporters spent their time analyzing the larger actions of candidates and what they had to say, rather than circulating the gossip, the average voter would be more informed about what he or she was actually voting for. Nobody is perfect, and asking for our politicians to be so is simply setting them up for failure. It would be far more constructive to focus on the good they can do and what they have to say, rather than fixating on some small high school like drama that does not accurately reflect the potential they have to affect this country.

• Meredith has secrets she doesn’t want anyone digging up if she goes into politics.

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Two UPS women’s athletic teams earn spots in championship tournaments

Men’s soccer ends season while Volleyball squeezes Women are tournament-bound into West Regional, face Cal Lutheran University Regals Davi d Skoln ik Sports Wr i t er

Women’s Soccer The UPS women’s soccer team wrapped up their record setting season with two more wins on the final weekend of NWC play. A 4-0 victory over Lewis &

a hand in each of the Loggers’ two first half goals. In minute 23 Levien rifled a shot from the left side of the box that easily got past the helpless Pioneer keeper. In minute 27 Levien took a pass from Freshman Jenny Moore (Kent, Wash.) and one-touched it over to Freshman Catherine Means who

on a cross from Freshman Mikaela Freeman (Alameda, Calif.) and direct the ball into the back of the net. A minute later, Freeman earned another assist, this time to Moore, who gave the Loggers the 4-0 lead with her seventh goal of the season. The Logger defense had their most impressive outing

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The #23 UPS women’s volleyball team finished up another successful regular season last week, with wins against the George Fox Bruins and Lewis & Clark Pioneers. The Loggers are second in the Northwest Conference and now will set their sights on the NCAA D-III Volleyball Tournament. The team dominated the Bruins, sweeping the team three games to zero in Newberg on Thursday, Nov. 6. The first set, the Bruins put up a fight, tying the Loggers

once again gave the Loggers a tough time, pulling ahead at 22-18 late in the set. The Loggers battled back, and tied the score at 25-25 before turning on the heat and beating George Fox 30-28 for a 2-0 advantage in the match. The Bruins were no match for the Loggers in the third set. Facing a barrage of scores, they were unable to come up with the points needed to secure a victory. The Loggers walked away with a win of 25-17, officially sweeping the Bruins for the second time this season. Freshman Brynn Blickenstaff (Eagle, Idaho.) led the


Keeping Stride: Freshman Midfielder Maya Heck (Corvallis, Ore.) out-paces a Willamette defender in their final regular-season game. Heck has seen playing time in 14 of the Loggers’ games this season.

Clark on Friday, Nov. 7 and another 4-0 win over Willamette on Saturday, Nov. 8 solidified the first undefeated conference record in the history of Northwest Conference women’s soccer and punctuated the end of one of the greatest seasons in the history of Logger Athletics. On Saturday, Senior Janece Levien (Beaverton, Ore.) had

put the ball in the net, giving the Loggers a 2-0 lead with her second goal of the season. The Loggers scored two goals in under two minutes in the second half to put the game out of reach for Lewis & Clark. Freshman Abby Goss (Spokane, Wash.) gave the Loggers a 3 goal advantage when she was able to get her head

of the year, holding the Pioneers without a shot on goal for the entirety of the game. It was the first time since 2005 that the Loggers had accomplished such an impressive feat of defensive dominance. The Willamette Bearcats Came to Peyton Field on Sunday

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Golden Ticket: The UPS Volleyball team found out the morning of Nov. 10 that they would be playing in the NCAA Championship Tournament.

at several points during the game. But with blocks from both Erika Greene (Draper, Utah) and Sophie DeWitt (Astoria, Ore.) and a flurry of scores, the Loggers pulled out with a 25-21 victory. In the second set, the Bruins

Loggers with 16 kills. Junior Emma Bryant (South St. Paul, Minn.) also turned a strong performance, with another 12 kills. The Loggers were also aided by Senior Jamee



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to the Pioneers onslaught of points in the first set. They hit negative numbers and allowed Lewis and Clark to start the match with a 1-0 advantage. The next two sets, however, went strongly in favor of the Loggers, as they crushed the Pioneers 25-14 in the second set and again won with 25-18 in the third, which officially gave the Loggers a 2-1 advantage. In the fourth set the Pioneers showed that they


Ready: Junior Lindsey Denman (Kenmore, Wash.) surveys the opposing defense before the serve. Denman leads the team with 285 kills.

Fred (Centennial, Colo.) who put up 46 assists and Freshman Juliette Witwous (Sonoma, Calif.) who came away with a match-high 23 digs. Just two days later on Saturday Nov. 8, the Loggers faced

the Lewis & Clark Pioneers in their final match of the 2008 regular season. The Loggers had a tough time finding their rhythm in the first set, but were able to get the win after five. The Loggers were slow to rise

weren’t going down without a fight. The game went back and forth before ending in a Pioneer victory at 25-21. The match came down to pivotal fifth set with both teams hungry to end their regular seasons with a victory. It was another close frame for the Loggers until they muscled up the energy to pull ahead and end the match with a 15-11 fifth set victory. The ladies were led by Junior Lindsey Denman (Kenmore, Wash.) who walked away with 17 kills and 26 digs. Erika Green had another great match, adding 15 kills without any errors. In the last regular season match of her career, Jamee Fred aided in the victory with 47 assists. The Loggers ended their regular season with a record of 17-7 overall and 12-4 in NWC play, securing their spot as second in the Northwest Conference, just two games behind rival PLU. The Loggers’ next appearance will be at the NCAA Division III Women’s Volleyball Championship Tournament. Information about the tournament can be found on the net:

• Chris Dugovich is maintaining that he knew they would make it.

Soccer with hopes of ruining the women’s dream of a perfect season. These hopes, however, were crushed during an overpowering 4-0 victory for UPS. Freshman Jenny Moore (Kent, Wash.) opened the scoring when she took a pass from Freshman Mikaela Freeman (Alameda, Calif.) and drove a shot into the right corner of the goal. By minute 14, the Loggers had a 2-0 lead after Moore found Senior Fiona Gornick (Portland, Ore.) open in front of the net for the easy goal. It was the sixth goal of the season for Gornick. A minute later and the Loggers had scored again, this time it was Junior Midfielder Melissa Abellanida (Pukalani, Hawaii) who controlled a ball after it caromed off the right post and fired a shot from yards out that found the back of the net. The team wasn’t satisfied with three goals and four minutes later they got number four when Abellanida put her head on a corner kick from Senior Defender Nikki Graff (Corvallis, Ore.). It was the thirteenth shut-out of the season for the Loggers, who gave the Bearcats only seven shots, none of which were on goal. UPS finished their perfect conference season leading the league in virtually every significant offensive statistic including shots, points, goals, assists, goals allowed, and shutouts. Levien was the individual leader in shots, goals and points while Gornick lead the league in assists. Junior Keeper Kallie Wolfer (Salt Lake City, Utah) was tops in goals allowed and save percentage. Ranked #6 in the nation and #1 in the region, the team waited anxiously for Monday morning for information on their post season. The national bracket was released at www. at 9:00 am PST.

The Trail CONT. FROM PAGE 7 Men’s Soccer The UPS men’s soccer team finished their season at home on Saturday, Nov. 5 with a 2-0 victory over the visiting Willamette Bearcats. The victory put a positive note on the end of what had been a difficult season for the Loggers. UPS used two first half goals and 90 minutes of strong defensive play to dismantle the Bearcats and bring the season to a close with a final record of 10-7-2 overall and 8-4-2 in conference play. The first goal of the game came in the ninth minute when Senior Defender Kyle Johnson (Bremerton, Wash.) sent a cross from the left corner of the box that found Sophomore Forward Kyle Benson (Lynwood, Wash.). Benson finished the play with a powerful shot that gave the Loggers a 1-0 lead. In minute 30, Benson played the role of assist man when he threaded a pass through the Willamette defense to Sophomore Midfielder Chris Shaw (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho). Shaw was able to finish the play with a goal from just in front of the right post. The Bearcats had two chances to score in the second half, but Junior Keeper Greg Saetrum (Boise, Idaho) made two outstanding saves to preserve the shutout win. The Loggers controlled the ball for most of the game, outshooting the Bearcats 12-8 and earning a 7-1 advantage in corner kicks. While the goals belonged to a pair of sophomores, the win was perhaps most meaningful for the Logger seniors who were playing in their final game at Peyton Field. Prior to the opening whistle, Johnson and fellow seniors Taylor Hyde (Sandy, Utah), Danny Murty (Portland, Ore.) were honored in front of their teammates, coaches and fans. And while they will be missed by everyone associated with Logger soccer, they can rest assured their legacy of success will be carried on by the strong group of players who are set to lead the team in seasons to come. • David Skolnik is waiting anxiously for winter sports.

Logger Football sticks with Bearcats through first half but comes up short in 49-27 loss in Salem Ky r a Fri edell Sports Wr i t er

The UPS Loggers fought an incredible first half, but eventually fell to the Willamette Bearcats 49-27 last Saturday, Nov. 9 as they played in the infamous northwest rain at McCulloch Stadium in Salem, Ore. The game elevated the Bearcats to their highly respected 10th place position in all of Division III football and the playoff game also left Willamette in first place in the Northwest Conference with a record of 5-0. The Bearcats scored on a 30yard pass from Senior Quarterback Grant Leslie to Senior Tight End Josh Lee with 11 minutes left in the first quarter. Mitchell Rowan kicked the PAT leaving the Bearcats with a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter. UPS responded with less than three minutes left in the first quarter when Senior Quarterback Kavin Williams (Ocean Shores, WA) made a one yard run following an impressive 73-yard drive. Fresh-

man Kicker Wyatt Evenson (Spokane, WA) helped tie the game up for the Loggers. The second quarter followed a similar pattern. The Bearcats scored again early in the second quarter from Leslie again who threw an extraordinary 93-yard pass to Sophomore Wide Receiver Scott Schoettgen. The touchdown gave a 14-7 lead that could have unraveled the Loggers’ game, but UPS answered back instead with touchdown with 16 seconds left in the second quarter going into half 13-14. The scoring trade off pattern continued after the half when Sophomore Flanker Merben Woo scored for Willamette launching the Bearcats to a 13-21 lead with nine minutes left in the half. Later, Woo made a three yard run, which was followed by a completed PAT from Freshman Mitchell Rowan. The Loggers seemed to have trouble recovering from the second blow when they fell out of the back and forth scoring pattern evidenced in the first half.

Fortunately, the Loggers were able to recover and scored a touchdown five minutes later with four minutes left in the game. It was an actionpacked last couple of minutes as Williams once again made a one-yard run off an eight play, 66-yard drive to leave the score almost tied at 20-21 with the Bearcats still leading. Williams’ score was quickly answered by the Bearcats 18 seconds later when Leslie threw another long pass for the touchdown. Woo caught Leslie’s 65-yard pass which set the Bearcats off on a 20 point scoring run into the fourth quarter. Puget Sound had problems with a lot of holding calls and suffered from some punting errors, which threw off their game to significantly. Puget Sound attempted to punt the ball, but the Bearcats Junior Free Safety Luke Giligan blocked it, picked up the ball and ran it in for a touchdown. Rowan continued on his run of excellence scoring a PAT for a 35-20 lead. The Bearcats utilized an 82yard drive when Woo scored

off a 31-yard pass once again from Leslie, proving their status and win yet again. Rowan once again didn’t disappoint, this time leaving the Logger’s 22 points behind the Bearcats with a score of 42-20. Their last touchdown was a 31-yard pass caught by Sophomore Tailback Jose Green thrown once again by Leslie and a PAT kicked by Rowan. The Bearcats finished their scoring streak with a 49-20 lead. With

six minutes left, UPS managed one final touchdown, scored by Senior running back Silas Paul who ran 24 yards to finish the game for the Loggers 27-49. UPS was able to withstand the top ranked team well in the first half, answering all of their touchdowns with equal effort, but the third and, especially fourth quarter proved to be trying for the Loggers. • Kyra Friedell is back in the saddle again


The Loggers charge onto the field prior to a home game earlier this season. UPS will finish their season Saturday.

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Northwest Conference coaches’ poll picks Logger men’s basketball to finish first in 08-09 season UPS will rely heavily on play of seniors Jason Foster and Antwon Williams Chris D u g ovich Sports Wr i t er

After a disappointing end to last year’s season, the UPS men’s basketball team is looking to live up to the lofty pre-season expectations. The Northwest Conference Coaches’ Poll picked UPS to finish first in league play, in front of backto-back conference champs Whitworth University. I spoke with pre-season All-American Jason Foster (Spanaway, Wash.) and First Team AllNorthwest Conference guard Antwon Williams (Portland, Ore.) to get the inside info on how the team is preparing for the upcoming season:


Chris Dugovich: Last year didn’t end the way you guys wanted to. What’s the team doing differently this year to make sure that doesn’t happen again? Jason Foster: As of right now, we haven’t made any changes. We did great in the pre-season last year and plan on doing the same. Most of

the changes will come when conference hits, but those


are going to be a surprise. Antwon Williams: The point of emphasis has really been defensively, making sure that we are all on the same page, getting multiple stops while controlling the tempo of the game. This is key to this program’s success. CD: What’s the team dynamic? How do you keep each other motivated? JF: Everyone on the team is personally motivated because each one of us wants to win. The seniors know it is their last time around and use that for motivation. We want to bring the conference championship back to UPS and make it back to the tournament. We don’t want to end the year like we have the past two seasons. AW: We are a very closeknit group. The chemistry is good, and for the upperclassmen, we have been in

this system for a few years and are comfortable with it. CD: The team was picked to be first in the conference. What are the team’s expectations/goals? JF: We’ll take it one game at a time. Of course we want to win the conference but we have to earn it. Nobody is going to lie down and let us have it. We have to step on the court with a killer instinct no matter who we are playing. We want to win conference and move on to the NCAA tournament. AW: We are motivated and determined to accomplish all of our goals, and with the presence of six seniors, the sense of urgency is high. CD: How are the new faces on the team? Are there any preseason rituals? JF: We have the best freshman class in the country, no doubt about it. We have no real preseason rituals other than physical practice and having fun. AW: We expect a lot out of this team, but we can only take it a day at a time, one practice at a time, one game at a time, using the time we have together to really progress and get better as a unit. Five of the Northwest Conference’s head basketball coaches picked the Loggers to finish first in the division, laying lofty expectations on the team, but it seems the Loggers are keeping level heads. The team faced D-1 Eastern Washington Saturday, Nov. 8 in an exhibition match in Cheney,


Ready: Seniors Jason Foster and Antwon Williams plan to lead logger men’s basketball through the end of the 2008-2009 season.

Washington. The Loggers were defeated 90-66, but demonstrated that, even for a DIII team, they were not to be taken lightly. Jason Foster led the team in scoring with ten points, followed closely by Bryce Levin (Everett, Wash.) who scored nine points. Even with the loss, the Loggers aren’t worried. Like Foster and Wil-

liams said, the team just has to take it one game at a time. The season officially opens at 8:00pm on Saturday, Nov. 15 when the Loggers face off against UC Santa Cruz in the second game of the Allstate Cantillana Tip-Off Classic at Henry Foss High School.

• Chris Dugovich is a great guy.

Trail Featured Athletes - Lindsey Denman, Brynn Blickenstaff, Volleyball This week the sports section has chosen two featured athletes, both from the Women’s Volleyball team. Senior Outside Hitter Lindsey Denman (Kenmore, Wash.) and Freshman Outside Hitter Brynn Blickenstaff ( Eagle, Idaho) were both selected to the First-Team All-NWC Volleyball team for their outstanding contributions to the 2008 season. Denman and Blickenstaff are the stars of the UPS offense which leads the Northwest Conference in hitting percentage and kills. The duo leads the team in kills with 285 for Denman and 232 for Blickenstaff. Both Denman and Blickenstaff had strong perfomances in the Loggers’ final conference game against Lewis and Clark, the win that propelled UPS into the play-offs. The Loggers now rely on both Denman and Blickenstaff to continue spearheading the team’s explosive offense. keep their season going far into the play-offs when they travel to California for the West Regional Tournament.


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ith a college education comes that allimportant question: what to major in. With so many choices and so many interests, it can be hard to decide on a major, let alone what you want to do with your life. Here are a few options.

FLIA offers many opportunities to mix and match majors B y A m b er Cat ford fe at u r es w r it er

must choose between Chinese and Japanese, and for the European language focus, there Foreign Languages and In- is a choice of German, French, ternational Affairs (FLIA). It or Spanish, with either a Latin sounds intriguing just from its American or European emphaname, doesn’t it? A program sis. Within the language you unique to the University of have decided to take you will Puget Sound, it is part of the also have to choose between a Department of Foreign Lan- Business or Economics focus. This major leads well to parguages & Literature, and a great ticipation in a study abroad option for students interested in a language but a broader focus. program, and students are “It is nice if you want to strongly encouraged to particistudy languages, but don’t pate. UPS has various partner want to study literature,” as programs in locations such as at a lot of schools would be Dijon, France; Munich, Gerthe natural pathway, accord- many; London, England; Tunging to Kira Becvarik, who is hai, Taiwan; Madrid, Spain; a senior French FLIA major Oaxaca, Mexico; and Waseda, with an economics emphasis,. Japan. These programs make the Becvarik came to UPS spe- process very simple, and while cifically for this program and one can also travel through recommends it highly. While other programs, the departshe admits FLIA is somewhat ment should be consulted about similar to the School’s Inter- the transferability of credits. With a total of fourteen national Political Economy major, she says the emphasis units required for this maaround language is what makes jor, it is a bit more work than FLIA unique and appealing. some, but according to BecAnother nice thing to know varik, totally worth it. She adabout FLIA is that unlike mits that the coursework does IPE, there is no final thesis, get a lot harder as you go, but only a portfolio that includes that is to be expected with work from your time at UPS most majors, and it still allows and any research or other re- time to pursue other interests lated things you have done. and take other classes as well. While she already knew exFor those majoring in FLIA, there are a lot of options for actly what she wanted to do research opportunities or in- with this major when she came ternships related to the major. to the school (get involved in You can apply for grants to do trade in the wine industry), research in a country whose there are all sorts of directions language you are studying or that people end up going. Some intern there for a summer. people go into teaching lanWhile Becvarik’s major is spe- guage, others get more involved cific to French and Economics, with the business or econ side, there are a lot of combinations and others still go into law Becvarik recommends FLIA one can choose from if deciding on this major. There is the with a lot of enthusiasm. It International Affairs/European has been everything she has Languages Focus and the In- wanted in the program, and ternational Affairs/Asian Lan- provided her with some great guages Focus, both of which opportunities to pursue her inare 14 units for the major. For terests. “It is so open you can the Asian Language focus, one really do anything with it.”

Approximately 14% of UPS students are Business majors.

Designation in Asian Studies requires 7 units plus study abroad or internship in Asia.

Every year, the Business Leadership Program has about 75 to 100 applicants, but no more than 25 are accepted.

Foreign Language and International Affairs majors submit a portfolio of their work instead of a senior thesis.

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Uniting liberal arts, leadership and business B y M a ry K r aus zer feat ur es w r i t er

Ever wonder how UPS can provide a distinctly liberal arts education and still maintain an impressive School of Business and Leadership? Personally, I like to think it is the extraordinary ambition and competence of UPS students. One example of this ardor is the Business Leadership Program, which survives in the face of liberal arts . Students in the program enjoy much of the freedom of a liberal arts education while simultaneously pursuing valuable business and leadership experience. The BLP is a highly selective four-year program that focuses students on business through program-specific classes, mentor programs, internship opportunities, and program camaraderie. But BLP students do not spend all their time in the board room. Many students in the BLP complete double majors, mastering both a personal area of interest and the impressive business major. Others pursue the Business Leadership Program with the fervor of focused collegiate goals and the liberal arts freedom within a business major. Senior Ian Jaray is a perfect example of this zealous student. Jaray is in the BLP, serving as a senior representative and current president of the BLP Student Board. Jaray had leadership experience in high school as captain of the track team and Student Government president. This leadership interest drew him to the program, applying Early Decision and earning admittance into the BLP as a freshman. He was drawn to the Puget Sound School of Business specifically because of the “unique opportunity to combine business and liberal arts together,” showing that drive of UPS students to pursue business at a competitive level but also foster varied academic interests. As one facet of the BLP, stu-

dents are matched with a business leader from the Tacoma community and participate in that mentor relationship during their sophomore through senior years. Jaray told me that this was the highlight of his experience so far. He noted how valuable it was to be “able to connect with a community member [and receive] advice and opportunities for possible future jobs.” Jaray emphasized the importance of networking that is both a mission of the BLP and a side effect of it. Students network with local business leaders through program events, but also network with their fellow students in the camaraderie of the BLP. As a senior, Jaray participates in the sophomore-senior resume swap. This transfers the wisdom of the more experienced members at a time when students should really be building resumes in anticipation of graduation. At the request of program heads, Jaray has also compiled a senior resume book which can be distributed to alumni for further networking within the UPS family. Outside the program, Jaray’s leadership is equally as impressive. He works as a Campus Visit Program Coordinator overseeing tour guides and overnight hosts, Student Admissions Associate interviewing prospective students, and a member of the Budget Task Force and Retention Task Force, participating in on-campus decision making. Off-campus Jaray maintains an impressive internship at Russell Investment. Business and leadership seem imbedded in all that Jaray does, even as a Passages leader teeming with charisma or a friendly fellow student. This unique and ambitious application of BLP concepts to the general liberal arts experience is what allows UPS students to get the best of both of these separate but co-existing worlds.



A taste of Asia B y Shelb y Tay l or fe at u r es w r it er

Growing up, history classes spent little or no time orienting students with the culture of people outside of the US and Euro spheres. Asia, in particular, has remained largely mysterious. Thus, the University of Puget Sounds provides an Asian Studies Program (ASP) for students to engage with “the vast region labeled ‘Asia’ [which] is complex and diverse and […] [the] varied Asian peoples and institutions [which] have greatly influenced, and continue to influence, human experience throughout the world,” ASP Director Karl Fields said. As for what ASP entails, “courses in the program allow students to develop the ability to read difficult texts, to understand and to formulate abstract ideas, and to make informed judgments about a world of many cultures and about their own society as viewed by others,” Fields said. ASP not only consists of Chinese and Japanese courses, but it is interdisciplinary, as Religion and History classes are offered in the Asia vein. In terms of entering into the program, Fields pointed out that there is no Asian Studies major or minor. Rather, an Interdisciplinary Emphasis in Asian Studies designation, which appears on a student’s transcript, and is available once the student takes various East, South, and Southeast Asia electives. “Fundamental to the program is its invitation to a student who chooses the designation to cultivate her or his intellectual autonomy by exercising flexible choice of courses and participating in co-curricular events. Students who demonstrate academic excellence and complete a one-semester senior thesis will achieve the added designation Robert Trimble Distinguished Asia Scholar,” Fields said. Students who have graduated with the above designation “have gone on to a host of meaningful careers, graduate programs, and other adven

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tures. Many of our students choose to pursue graduate study in the humanities, social sciences and professional programs in law, business and public policy. Others pursue employment in the private, public or not-for-profit sectors. Still others have volunteered for the Peace Corp, Oxfam, and other nongovernmental organizations,” Fields said. Having such a designation does opens doors. Since the designation requires a student to study abroad in Asia, those interested could partake in the Pacific Rim Program. The Pac Rim program occurs every three years and involves a full year course load taught in various Asian countries. Preparation for the trip includes prerequisite classes and readings assigned by the Pac Rim/ASP director. One such student who is currently abroad thanks to Pac Rim is Katerina DeHart. “I had heard about [Pac Rim] during the admissions process, and it was one of the things that made me interested in UPS... What drew me to the program was hearing from the PacRimmers who went on the last trip how much fun they had had. What appealed to me was that I would be able to visit many countries all around Asia and be able to visit places and participate in activities that I may not have been able to experience had I gone on my own for travel.” For DeHart, “The program so far has been amazing. It has been an opportunity to relax and enjoy the beauty of the world around me. As for my best memory so far... I’d say it would be our 10-day long bumpy bus ride of a trip through the Mongolian countryside in which we searched for dinosaur bones at the Flaming Cliffs, rode camels, and hiked to the top of the massive Konghor Sand Dunes in the Gobi Dessert.” For more on ASP and Pac Rim, visit and edu/pacrim.xml. The blog and Wiki for this year’s Pac Rim group is also available at sites.

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Asian Studies: The Pac Rim program takes students across Asia, where they can fulfill their major requirements while experiencing other cultures. These are just some of the sights they’ve seen, which include temples, wildlife, caves, landmarks and major cities.

Comparative Sociology, study abroad and the Peace Corps: A senior’s journey through choices B y Casey Whi t l atch fe at u r es w r it er

Andrea Gorton is like many seniors at UPS. She racks up $60 dollars in library fees studying for her thesis class, is a Comparative Sociology major (two classes away from being a Math, Art History or Chemistry minor), and with full time classes, two jobs and extracurriculars she finds her head sometimes spinning. But, if we widen the angle and look at her through the lens of the average American, Andrea is more than ordinary. The youngest of three in a Protestant Midwestern family, she defied the statistic and chose a private, out of state university to continue her education. “As a freshman I came in planning to double major in Chemistry and Comparative Sociology, study abroad in Scotland,

and graduate in four years,” she said when asked about her tenyear plan as a freshman. “After graduation I intended to go to go to graduate school at American University in D.C. and study Anthropology with an emphasis in Museum Studies. And then, I don’t know. I was going to move somewhere and get a job.” I asked her what had changed since then, she laughed, “Now, I am a CSOC major, I studied abroad in Samoa, and I’m hoping to join the Peace Corps. After the Peace Corps, I’m considering graduate school in an undetermined field of anthropology or sociology. Maybe in Canada. That’s as far as I’ve gotten. I’m going to try really hard to not move back to my parents’ house in Minnesota.” This doesn’t necessarily make her stand out from other students-- especially at UPS. But, unlike most students here,

Andrea’s parents aren’t footing the bill. Along with every decision or goal comes a future price tag. High on her list of reasons for joining the Peace Corps is “avoiding my loans.” She went on to describe what she had seen from the Peace Corps when she studied abroad in Samoa. Citing her education as the source of her confidence, Andrea told me that “[During study abroad] I got to see how much privilege I’ve had. It was really intense. I also got to see how much impact the Peace Corps and one individual can have: I want to be a part of that.” It’s obvious that the experience has had an effect on her. Over my tea I watch her face light up as she talks about a Corps volunteer from the 60’s. He was Andrea’s language teacher in Hawaii during the first part of the groups stay in Hawaii. In doing research for her paper in

Samoa, she ended up at the village in which he had done his volunteer work, “They were still talking about him. They were still naming kids after him.” She isn’t looking for anything quite as grandiose. Andrea wants to be remembered affectionately, “that’s all.” How did where she’s from prepare her for where she’s going? Andrea has been fortunate enough to travel during her summers. She’s been to 39 of the United States and 16 countries. Those travels have allowed her to “see the links between people everywhere.” That bond, she hopes, is what will get her through any rough patches she may encounter during her tour. Like any early 20 something, Andrea’s biggest fear is “discovering that I can’t do it.” She also laments the fact that she will miss out on supporting her close friends and family dur-

ing any milestones that occur in their lives while she’s abroad. Not everything is certain, yet. If Andrea doesn’t get her nod for the Peace Corps she plans to “apply to a similar program through the ELCA which would take me to either West Bank or South Africa for a year. I’m hoping to win the Amazing Race to take care of my financial issues,” she says with a smile. Lofty goals, indeed; but, her preparation reveals something about the middle class in America. It’s not just a dream anymore. College students from exceedingly average backgrounds (like Andrea’s, mine, and maybe yours) are achieving the elusive “it.” Success. Our generation has claimed the word for more than just that monetary meaning. We strive to affect the world and many of us are doing it. Andrea is just one example of how exceptional ordinary can be.

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Best party in recent history Top 8 things to do held Saturday, was awesome while dining alone B y R ex Teep ee Co m bat Z on e Part ygoer

Last Saturday, a Celebrity Impersonation themed house party located on 10th and Alder finally unseated Mike Paxton’s Quadruple Kegger of ’78 as the most fun party in history. The party was so fun, in fact, that any partygoer who entered the party was stricken with a hitherto unprecedented level of fun and rendered incapable of leaving. Various neighbors who dropped by to complain about the noise from the happening dance music, that was still easy to have a conversation over, were powerless to exit and ended up playing six games of beer pong each. Even the losers of the ‘Best Costume Award’ were happy, and not the fake kind of happy where they pretended to be happy but were mad, but the real kind of happy where they were really actually happy. Multiple calls about noise violations brought three police officers to the party with an intent to break it up. When the officers entered, however, they were sucked in by the gaiety and cheerfulness of the social event, and formed a flip cup team taking all challengers. They went the entire night with only one defeat at the hands of a professional flip cup team that stopped to ask for directions and left some nine hours later. Some experts point to the Celebrity Impersonation theme as the key reason for the party’s heretofore-unachieved success.

“The theme allowed for normally unfunny people to dress up in ironic or clever costumes, while also allowing every girl attendee to dress like a traditional skank,” said Maxim Magazine editor Francis Taylor. Many of the gentleman attendees went shirtless, citing David Hasslehoff or Brad Pitt from Fight Club as inspiration. “The party really brought out the best in…WOOOOOO! KEG STAND KEVIN!!! DRINK KEV-DOG, DRINK DRINK!!!” said Aaron Timber, a distracted speedo clad fraternity member, as he rushed off in the direction of his colleague Kevin Andrews.

There are some who contend that this party should not have unseated the Paxton Kegger Party of ‘78. Michael Paxton was among the loudest voices, insisting, “My party was the best party ever! We had four kegs there! Four kegs! You name me a party that had more kegs. See? YOU CAN’T. Friggin’ AC/DC even showed up and shredded some sick tunes. Did AC/DC come to that stupid Celebrity Party last weekend? I DIDN’T THINK SO! This is an outrage. My party beat The Boston Tea Party for best party! The Boston Tea Party practically created America, and my party was better! I demand a re-count!” Paxton has appealed his case to the Supreme Court, but a best party decision has only overturned once before, when a party held by Socrates circa in 399 B.C. was ruled a mass suicide, and not a party. The party last Saturday will always remain etched in the minds of everyone who was there, with the exception of that one guy who tried to do the Tom Cruise in Risky Business slide and got a concussion. Previous winners of the best party award have been The British Whig Party of 1770, the great Puritan’s box social of 1663 and Crazy Shakespeare’s streak-forcharity event in 1601.

• Rex had a really great time at the party despite losing his foot to frost bite in a ‘who can put their foot in the freezer for longer’ contest. He also lost the contest.

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It happens to everyone. Dinner time rolls around and all your friends are too busy to accompany you for a quick meal. “Oh no,” you think to yourself, “I don’t want to eat by myself and look like a loser.” As your tummy rumbles, you begin frantically scrolling down your contacts list for absolutely anyone: Alice? No, she would read too much into the request. Beatrice? No…haven’t spoken with her since the bagel incident. Cathy? Who the hell is Cathy? You make a few calls to all your second-string friends, but each one lets you down. Now you must begin the lonesome walk of shame to the SUB. Groups of chatting strangers stop and stare as you nervously pass by. While this may seem like a recipe for a ruined meal, you do have options. Just use one of these 8 solutions to solo dining. 8) Order a burrito and book-it back to your room. Eating wrapped food on the run is classy and gives the impression that you are a leader with important things to do. You cannot be troubled to sit down and take a break. As you walk by people eating at tables, feel free to smile and nod, as if to say, “I wish I had time to do what you’re doing.” 7) Pay for your food and then eat it all while standing next to the silverware cart, pretending that you are waiting for a friend to come. Nothing says, “I have friends and/or a date tonight” like waiting next to the forks and spoons while wearing an impatient expression. As people pass you buy, make sure to shake your head and check the time on your cell

phone (or watch, if you own one). By the time your imaginary friend gets through the line, you’ll be all done eating.

6) Sit down and eat with strangers. Keep in mind this will either work or it won’t. 5) Walk around the tables and pretend to look for your friends (while eating). This involves a little more exercise and creativity, a great substitute for an hour at the gym. 4) Go grab a newspaper and pretend to read it. When people see you reading alone, they will think, “Goodness, that person sure is cultured. I wish had the discipline to read the news like that.” 3) Sit down at a table near people and then pick a fight with them (while eating). After taking a few bites, shout out an insult to the folks nearby. Try lines like, “You look ugly when you chew” or “Maybe you wouldn’t be so fat if you ate less of that salad.” As the yelling escalates, eat faster and then run away. 2) Talk loudly on your phone. Since all your friends are busy, this conversation will most likely be with your parents. Try to keep your responses ambiguous and witty, so that eavesdroppers will think you are chatting it up with someone cool. To add a little spice, wear a suit and say things like, “We need to keep the bottom line or sell half the inventory from third quarter.” 1) Do not eat. This option should not be overused. • One time Barry Goods didn’t eat for a week straight, and he lost his vision. Luckily, however, he gained two other senses.

UPS graduate struggles to get job, life B y D en n is P ean u t En t r epr en eur

In an attempt to track the success of UPS alums, Career and Employment Services (CES) and the Office of Admissions have been taking a survey of all of last spring’s graduates, and the results are in. Despite many students’ fears that they would be unable to make the transition into the professional world, the results have shown that almost all of them have found relatively good jobs and decent salaries since their graduation. However, CES and Admissions are reporting some dismay over a major outlier in their data that has severely skewed the otherwise high average they were hoping would attract prospective students to apply. It appears that the data would have reflected a probable average annual income for spring 2008 graduates around $30,000, had it not been for the mysterious outlier that reported an expected an-

nual income of merely $48.00. So, who is this failing outlier? We decided to do some research to find out. We began by doing a quick survey of students in the SUB, to see if anyone had information about the student in question. Surprisingly, it only took us about five minutes, as nearly five students pointed us right to the ex-student, who happened to be sitting in our very own Diversions Café. Turns out it is a fellow by the name of Alfonz Marshall. We were able to find out via hearsay that since graduating last year, he really hasn’t been off campus very much. We sat down with Mr. Marshall to ask him why he appears to be such a failure. When asked about his career Marshall said, “Of course I have a career! You know those weird companies that send emails to your Webmail account offering up to $3,000 a month to type up their documents? I took every offer that came my way and now I’m rolling in the dough! It’s to-

tal profit. It’s an online job and I don’t even have to pay for my Internet because I can still use the SUB’s wireless until my Logger login information expires. By practically living in the SUB I get to watch all the free CNN I want, stay warm, read the Trail for free even though I hate everything they write, and look like I’m still a hip college student.” With regard to the CES survey, Marshall explained, “I just didn’t tell CES about my job because then they might catch on and cancel my Logger account, forcing me to have to pay for Internet and cable.” As for having a life, Marshall explained, “Look guys, I have a very cool life filled with simple pleasures. I like food from all over the world. It just so happens that the SUB provides an array international foods in once convenient location. The SUB’s where it’s at. My fellow graduates with ‘real jobs’ and ‘meaningful existences’ don’t get it. Don’t hate me ‘cuz you ain’t me.”

• Peanut is allergic to peanuts.

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A sandwich is a good thing to order when you have no one to eat with and want to appear as if you are in a hurry.

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Arts & Entertainment November 14, 2008

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The Sea and Cake’s new album attention worthy B y E li z a b et h New ton A & E Con t r i b u tor

Car Alarm is The Sea and Cake’s eighth full-length album since their self-titled debut on Thrill Jockey Records fourteen years ago. Its prompt release after last year’s Everybody comes as a surprise to many fans who have come to know this band for their lengthy periods of hiatus, largely due to each of the members’ involvement in independent work; drummer John McEntire plays with the revered post-rock group Tortoise, Eric Claridge is a painter and visual artist, and Sam Prekop as well as Archer Prewitt have both released solo albums. Perhaps releasing two albums so close to each other will bring more attention to a band that has never quite gotten the recognition it deserves. A career as long as The Sea and Cake’s has seen its fair share of development. Early albums were marked by lush grooves and a largely jazzbased harmonic approach. The Biz felt looser and more raw. Later albums Oui and One Bedroom brought more incorporation of electronic sounds, while Everybody, released just last year, has been described as everything from accessible and inoffensive to organic and mischievous. Despite a long career of innovation, it is interesting to note

Nerdiness prevails in YouTube’s “The Guild� B y Davi d Lev A& E Wri t er

Nerd culture has been on the rise over the past few years. The Lord of the Rings proved that people will go see an epic fantasy movie in droves. The Harry Potter books proved the same thing for fantasy fiction. Marvel and DC are currently trying to adapt every comic book character imaginable into a film franchise. TV shows like Fringe, Lost and Heroes are incorporating elements of science fiction, fantasy and horror every chance that they get. And people from around the world spend hours upon hours playing as orcs or superheroes on online role playing games like World of Warcraft and City of Heroes. But the kingdom of nerddom is unquestionably the Internet, where giant crowds of consumers are not necessary for someone to be a success. On the Internet, the Church of Scientology wars with 4chan, people keep making those nerdy motivational posters, people post YouTube videos of comic book action figures arguing with

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Comeback: The Sea and Cake may have grown up quite a bit, but they are still making great music.

that The Sea and Cake have never changed labels or personnel. New albums have usually been met with the expectation that

nothing will stray very far from the essential musical foundation that long-time listeners recognize as decidedly Sea and Cake.

Car Alarm is no different. It is full of the group’s characteristic juxtaposition of subtle, organic beauty against precise rhyth-

mic and technical work, exemplified by the gorgeous “Fuller Moon.� In the middle of this track, out of a tight, energetic groove arrives a subtly arresting sort of grace, echoing the lushness of their self-titled album. We hear a similar complement of approaches on “Weekend,� where simple and detached acoustic guitar strums are heard only faintly under bold, synthesized effects that greatly contrast the raw intro. There are bits and pieces on this album that do drift substantially from the group’s typical sound. For example, the driving guitars on “Aerial� and “Car Alarm� will have the band’s toughest critics claiming they have strayed too far from post-rock into the mainstream. Indeed, these two cuts are the album’s weakest. Also, throughout the album, textures like drones, reverb and synths are used even more extensively than on previous discs. The purely electronic bleeps and blips of the instrumental “CMS Sequence� feel out of place, both in the context of this album and of previous ones. But even within these brief deviations, the entire album is bound by a force that never ceases. Interplay between each of the instruments combines to create an entity with its own energy, undoubtedly the result

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Spanish play both serious, entertaining By Colin Wall ac e A&E Wr i t er

The Hispanic Film and Theatre Series produced the play Yo tambiĂŠn hablo de la rosa in Rausch Auditorium last Thursday and Friday. Sponsored by the Catherine Gould Chism Fund and the Foreign Languages and Literature Department, the play was performed entirely in Spanish and was presented to the Puget Sound community free of charge. Director Rachel Wolfe said the play was an opportunity for two departments that are not usually associated with each other, Spanish and Theatre, to merge and make connections. “Many Spanish students [and students of other departments as well] do not make a habit of going to the other plays on campus or in the community. By offering a play that speaks particularly to their major, the Hispanic Play acts as an inroad to potential non-theatregoers who may become more interested in the art of live theatre as a result,â€? Wolfe said. Originally written in 1965 by Mexican playwright Emilio Carballido, Yo tambiĂŠn hablo de la rosa is about two street urchins struggling to survive in the slums of a city. Operating on the outskirts of society, the two youths, in their quest for nourishment, set in motion a sequence of events which leads to the derailment of a train. Over the course of the play, the moments leading up to the crash

are reinterpreted according to many different schools of thought, including Freudian philosophy and Marxist theory. Though the work tackles many heavy themes, Wolfe managed to underline many of its more humorous bits, through modern music and dance, as well as creative use of Rausch Auditorium’s projector and chalkboards. A wholly unexpected treatment of the Soulja Boy dance was one of the evening’s comedic highlights. Nevertheless, the work still imparted a serious message about the differing ways in which we as a society interpret events. For Wolfe, it was imperative that the play’s more urgent themes came across to the audience. “Most of our [generation’s] information is filtered either through the eye of the media or the various theories with which we are taught to interpret life. I thought that Yo tambiĂŠn hablo de la rosa spoke very well to those concerns, while at the same time being entertaining,â€? she said. Without question, Wolfe’s seven actors rose to the challenge, creating characters that were both amusing and relatable. This achievement is especially strong considering that all the actors were UPS students, most of whom do not speak Spanish as their first language. For junior Dane Goulet, the challenge of acting in a language which is not his own was part of the reason he decided to take part in the Hispanic Play. “I thought it would be in-

teresting to apply my knowledge of the Spanish language in a new context,� Goulet said. “It was initially very difficult to work in Spanish because a lot of the nuanced meaning of the text is lost on people who are not native speakers. We had to spend a lot of time just trying to understand exactly what we were saying.� The Hispanic Film and Theatre Series traditionally puts on a Spanish-language work every year in the fall, usually either a full-length play or a night of one-acts. The event has grown to become very popular and an integral part of the theatrical landscape at UPS. Each year, many teachers in the Spanish department offer extra credit for proof of attendance at the Hispanic Play. This incentive guarantees an audience of eager students who know the language and are prepared to laugh and cry in all the right places, and maybe help along those audience members who are not as familiar with the language. Indeed, the performance I saw on Friday night was packed with students who appeared to understand the play quite well and enjoy themselves immensely. Wolfe regrets that the Spanish department is the only foreign language department that is large enough to put on such an event. “It would be wonderful if the works of French, German, Chinese and Japanese playwrights were also getting some attention

on this campus,� Wolfe said. The Hispanic Film and Theatre Series has numerous other events coming up in the next couple weeks. On Nov. 10, they are showing the Spanish film Hormigas en la boca followed by the Chilean film Taxi para tres on Nov. 18. Telling by the quality of Yo tambiÊn hablo de la rosa, I would highly recommend marking them on your calendar.

• Colin Wallace es un hombre muy guapo y inteligente. Tickets are $6.00 with your student ID!

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15 attempting to revitalize bartering B y E lyssa Dahl A&E E di to r

Bartering between civilians in the United States went out of style around 1785. Once the founding fathers established a national currency and we started running on credit, it became pretty pointless to trade tobacco or corn in return for goats or wagon wheels. There is one excellent website that is trying to bring bartering back, even in a world of Visas and Mastercards and reliable paper money. is making it appealing to trade your belongings for those of others, just like back in the good old days. Imagine you have read a book cover to cover twice and decide it is taking over too much of the limited space in your dorm. So, you enter its ISBN to Swaptree, and agree to trade it with anyone who wants it. Additionally, you create a “wish list” of items you have been dying to get your hands on. Swaptree will match you up with users who have items you want and want items you have. When a trade is established, you will be sent an address. All you need to do from there is buy a $0.49 envelope from the bookstore and pay the $1.51 to ship the book across the country. Within several days, your desired item will appear in your campus mailbox and voila, trade complete. Swaptree boasts an extensive list of items including books, CDs, videogames and DVDs. The search tool allows you to find even some

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Trading: If you happen to have a goal of one day owning a vast personal library, Swaptree would be the place to start your collection.

of the most obscure items. It is perfect for people who cannot justify spending much money on a CD but would love to have a tangible piece of music. Swapping costs next to nothing and allows you to purge your living space of DVDs you have seen over

and over or videogames that you have beaten several times. Swaptree is careful to ensure that users know what to expect in the mail. When you enter an item, you must provide the UPC or ISBN to guarantee that you truly own the item you are claiming.

You are asked to identify the quality of the item and rate the other user as soon as the trade is complete, much like eBay. The website acts as an intermediary between two people across the country so that no one has to worry about getting ripped off. Each item’s page allows you to

GUILD each other and Joss Whedon is able to create a 40 minute long musical about a super villain with a crush on the girl he sees at the laundromat. On the Internet, nerd culture thrives. A particular favorite of mine is the YouTube video series “The Guild.” This series was created by Felicia Day, an actress whose most famous role was Penny in Doctor Horrible’s Sing Along Blog. The videos follow the adventures of a group of players in a massively multiplayer online role playing game, or MMO for short. Although the story takes place in the real world, the characters are known primarily by their handles within the game. Day plays Codex, the main character, a socially awkward young woman addicted to the unnamed MMO which has a certain resemblance to World of Warcraft. Her only friends are the members of a local guild inside the game. These include Zaboo (Sandeep Parikh), a strangely endearing stalker who thinks he and Codex are dating; Vork ( Jeff Lewis), the head of the guild and an extremely cheap shut-in; Bladezz (Vincent Caso), an immature young man who frequently makes inappropriate remarks, much to the annoyance of his guildmates; Clara (Robin Thorsen), a stayat-home mother so inattentive she does not realize for days that her nanny has quit; and Tinkerballa (Amy Okudo), a young woman who provides endless sarcasm and rarely stops

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cont. from page 14 nel is “watchtheguild”) and on “The Guild” website (www. A second season has been promised, but has not shown up yet. As well as the 10 episodes that make up the first season, there is a gag reel, a Christmas video and a video of Felicia Day failing at Dance Dance Revolution. On the “The Guild” website you can also buy the DVD, which includes all of the above, if you do not want to watch it on the Internet. Nerd culture is here to stay. Join up or be puzzled as to what the hell the rest of us are talking about.

• David Lev is a nerd and proud of it.

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YouTube: The Guild is based on concepts that everyone can understand, nerds and non-nerds alike.

playing games on her Gameboy. The plot itself gets started when Zaboo shows up on Codex’s doorstep, planning to move in with her because they have “chemistry,” and can’t take a hint from Codex to leave. When Bladezz gets banned from the game for spamming a chatroom with the word “fag,” the other guild members decide to meet in person to talk about what to do about him. This angers Bladezz, which is bad as he has all of the guild’s loot. The situation is made even more problematic when Zaboo’s overprotective moth-

er shows up, demanding that Zaboo come home with her. Even though I am not an MMO player, I still found “The Guild” fun. It has amusing characters who I enjoyed watching, although I am not sure I would enjoy hanging around them. The series is nerdy (it is obvious the actors are doing a show on something they are quite passionate about), but it does not overwhelm with nerdiness, since deep down it deals with something all of us can relate to: social interaction. All three conflicts in the first season are based around

characters unable to get along with each other (Codex cannot get through to Zaboo she’s not interested in him, Zaboo cannot face up to his tyrannical mother, and the rest of the guild is unable to deal with Bladezz being a jackass), and all three are solved through interactions with one another. It is somewhat heartening to realize after finishing the first season that these people can depend on and understand each other in a way other people cannot. The first season of “The Guild” is up both on YouTube (the name of the chan-

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Arts & Entertainment November 14, 2008


The Trail

Despite rumors, Shakabrah open for business

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By Jen Davis A& E Wri t er When Shakabrah Java closed its doors on Sunday, Oct. 12, many mourned its loss under the assumption that the neighborhood institution would be out of business for good. Never again would they entice hungry patrons with their signature diner food and “favorite joint” atmosphere that has meant so much to so many over the past fourteen years. At least that’s what we thought. I am pleased to report, however, that Shakabrah has indeed re-opened and intends to stay open for a good long while. This week, I sat down with one of the new owners, Caesar Kalinowski, to discuss the bright future of this venerated establishment. In a time when we see the closing of so many time-honored institutions, places that have being so significant to so many people, it gives us all hope that a place like Shakabrah Java, once teetering on the edge of oblivion, can be brought back to life by people so dedicated to its success and integrity.

• Jen Davis loves the smell of diner food in the morning.

Interview with Shakabrah owner Caesar Kalinowski JEN: So how did you and your wife come to own Shakabrah?

they asked what was going on, and would they be willing to sell. They said yes of CAESAR: Well, it was two course. So about three days Fridays ago, the 25th, and later Angel gave me a call. a couple of weeks prior to that, they had put a sign J: That seems pretty sudden. up that said Shakabrah Did you guys ever guess that was closing, and every- you would be the new owners? body was like, “No!” I mean the whole city wept. C: We never thought in a About a year and a half million years that we’d end earlier, we had written a let- up with Shakabrah, but ter to Angel Gambourski, Angel and I got together the owner, saying, “Hey and really hit it off. She we hear that you might was pleased that our vision be considering selling; for Shakabrah was to see we’d be super interested,” her vision continued and and we never heard back. that we wouldn’t mess it up. So then, since they We wanted to be able to posted that Shakabrah was fix things up a little bit, clean closing, my kids knew a it up a little bit, get shows couple of the servers, and happening again, get our

ing weekly music. We want to get a house band, so that you could come say, every Wednesday and hear the same band, the same artist.

J: You mentioned your desire to expand the artistic aspects of the venue. Is that something that’s beginning to take shape?

J: Do you have any new plans for the old menu?

C: We’ve got our first show booked for November 14th. It’ll be eight bucks and the proceeds go to food for the homeless. It’s gonna be a party. We’ll have wine and cheese. It’ll be a smokin’ night for eight bucks. We’ve got a couple more shows booked for this year, and we want to start hav-

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ALARM of a band that has been creating music together for fifteen years. The group’s cohesiveness is often described as a machine, but in reality their precise ensemble playing feels more like the natural workings of a human body than the moving parts of some well-oiled contraption. Eric Claridge’s loping bass serves less as motor than as a heart for the album, pulsing through every track. While it occasionally changes pace or intensity, it never stops beating. When drums, guitars,

beer and wine license back, and that’s all happening. It happened in about 10 or 11 days from the time we met until we closed that weekend.

synths and Prekop’s dreamy vocals are layered over the bass, mesmerizing textures emerge. Some naysayers will undoubtedly claim that Car Alarm is simply more of the same. But this is hardly a criticism when discussing one of alternative music’s greatest bands, one that has filled a career with beautiful and invigorating music. Long-time fans should find plenty to love about this album. For the uninitiated listener, there are earlier albums that might serve as a better in-

troduction to The Sea and Cake than this one. But that should not prevent new listeners from experiencing this album – it simply means that they had better hurry to catch up with the rest of us, because this is a band that never seems to stay in one place for very long.

• Elizabeth Newton likes eating cake by the sea shore.

TSaC Tour:

Sat. Nov. 29, 9:00 p.m. Chop Suey 1325 E. Madison Seattle, WA 98122 With The Uglysuit and special guests $15 tickets at 21 and over

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C: We’re going to be adding dinner back in about a month or so, but it’ll be a Shakabrah sort of dinner. You know, comfort food, too much for the money. It won’t be 15 bucks, 20 bucks; Shaka prices. We’re pretty excited about it. Right now we’re just trying to get everything under our belt, making sure that we’re not messing up the menu.

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•Elyssa Dahl thinks we should burn all the paper money.

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